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Saturday, April 20 2019
The First Day In The Tomb On The First Day Of Passover
"Then led they Jesus from Caiaphas unto the hall of judgment: and it was early; and they themselves went not into the judgment hall, lest they should be defiled; but that they might eat the Passover ... Because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the Sabbath day, for that Sabbath day was an high day
Most Christian-professing people are aware that the sixth day of the week ("Friday" is the equivalent on the Roman calendar) is the "preparation" day for the Sabbath (which was just as much Christian in ancient "Old Testament" times as it is today; see Appearances Of The LORD God and The First Christian Church). That was specifically stated at the time when the LORD began providing manna to the Israelites in the wilderness of Sinai (notice also, here in Exodus 16, that the Sabbath was already commanded to be observed before they arrived at Mount Sinai, in Exodus 19 - another reason that the Commandment says "remember" the Sabbath Day, and that God's Eternal Law did not begin or end at Mount Sinai):
"16:22 And it came to pass, that on the sixth day they gathered twice as much bread [see Manna In The Wilderness], two omers for one man: and all the rulers of the congregation [see also What Did The Elders Of Israel Do?] came and told Moses. 16:23 And he said unto them, This is that which the LORD hath said, To morrow is the rest of the holy sabbath unto the LORD: bake that which ye will bake to day, and seethe that ye will seethe; and that which remaineth over lay up for you to be kept until the morning.
It was from that Preparation for the weekly Sabbath that many people incorrectly assume that the Preparation Day for the Passover, as stated here in Mark ("the Preparation, that is, the day before the Sabbath"), was also a Friday, and that therefore the Messiah was Crucified on the sixth day of the week.
"15:37 And Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost [see Giving Up The Ghost and What Does The Bible Really Say About Your Soul?].
So too in Luke, "that day was the preparation, and the sabbath drew on":
"23:44 And it was about the sixth hour, and there was a darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour [the sixth hour of daylight, which is about noon, while the ninth hour is about 3pm; see Hours Of The Day]. 23:45 And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst. 23:46 And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.
But notice carefully that the Sabbath that was about to begin when Christ died was "an high day" - Passover, not the regular weekly Sabbath.
"19:30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.
Further to that stated above, and even more plainly - the "high" Sabbath that was to begin at the end of the day when the Messiah was killed was the annual Holy Day/Sabbath of Passover, not the weekly Sabbath:
"18:28 Then led they Jesus from Caiaphas [see Annas And Caiaphas] unto the hall of judgment: and it was early; and they themselves went not into the judgment hall, lest they should be defiled; but that they might eat the passover." (John 18:28 KJV)
The Messiah (see also A History Of Jerusalem: The Coming Of The Messiah) was sacrificed at the same time that the Passover lambs were sacrificed - on the Preparation day of the "high day" Sabbath - an annual Sabbath, or Holy Day, known as the first Day of Passover, or First Day of Unleavened Bread. There were two Preparation days that week, for the two Sabbaths - the annual Sabbath on Nisan 15, and the regular weekly seventh-day Sabbath.
The actual series of events, as stated in the Holy Bible, for the two preparation days for the two Sabbaths that particular Passover week (the names of Roman calendar days are also included to assist in understanding, keeping in mind that Biblical calendar days begin and end at sunset):
Sunset Monday to sunset Tuesday (Nisan 13)
Sunset Tuesday to sunset Wednesday (Nisan 14)
Sunset Wednesday to sunset Thursday (Nisan 15, First Day Of Unleavened Bread)
Sunset Thursday to sunset Friday (Nisan 16, Second Day of Unleavened Bread)
Sunset Friday to sunset Saturday (Nisan 17, Third Day of Unleavened Bread)
Sunset Saturday to sunset Sunday (Nisan 18, Fourth Day of Unleavened Bread)
Fact Finder: How did the Roman "Sun Day" come to be the counterfeit day of worship for millions of Roman Catholics and "Protestants"? What Roman Emperor declared that the Roman "Sun Day" was to be the official day of worship in his Kingdom?
This Day In History
This Day In History, April 20
295: The 8th recorded passage of Halley's Comet.
1139: The Second Lateran Council opened in Rome (see also The Struggle For The Papacy).
1453: The last major naval battle in Byzantine (i.e. the East Roman Empire) history occurred; three Genoese galleys escorting a Byzantine transport versus the Ottoman blockade fleet (see also The Fall Of The Muslim Empire and The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1505: Jews were expelled from Orange Burgundy by Philibert of Luxembourg (see also Jews - Three Tribes and Three Meanings).
1534: French explorer Jacques Cartier set sail from St. Malo to explore the eastern coastline of Canada (see also Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).
1653: In England, Oliver Cromwell expelled the "Long Parliament" for trying to pass the Perpetuation Bill, which would have kept Parliament in the hands of a few members only.
1657: The English navy, under Admiral Robert Blake, destroyed the Spanish fleet in Santa Cruz harbor, Tenerife.
1689: The siege of Londonderry began when supporters of James II attacked the city. The population nearly starved to death before the siege was lifted on July 30.
1769: Pontiac, Chief of the Ottawa Indians, was murdered by an Illinois Indian. In 1763 he had led an uprising against the British garrisons in North America.
1770: English explorer James Cook discovered what is today the coast of New South Wales, Australia.
1792: France declared war on Austria, Prussia and Sardinia in the War of the First Coalition.
1809: Napoleon fought the Austrians at the Battle of Abensberg in Bavaria.
1862: Louis Pasteur and Claude Bernard complete the first "pasteurization" (named after Pasteur) experiments (see also Leviticus 13: Bacteria).
1902: Pierre and Marie Curie isolated the radioactive element radium (see also What Does Earth Mean?).
1910: Halley's Comet 29th recorded perihelion at 87.9 million kilometers (see also What Are The Hunter and The Seven Sisters Doing In Heaven? and What Can You See In The Firmament Of The Heavens?).
1918: During the First World War (1914-1918), Manfred von Richthofen (the famous "Red Baron") shot down his 79th and 80th opponents - his final victories before being shot down and killed by a Canadian fighter pilot, Captain Roy Brown, the next day.
1940: The first electron microscope was demonstrated.
1945: Near the end of the Second World War (1939-1945), Soviet troops began their counter-attack on Berlin (see Russia Or Europe - Who Has Been The Invader?).
1947: King Christian X of Denmark died.
1957: Comet Arend-Roland made its closest approach to earth. It was discovered the previous November by Belgians S. Arend and P. Roland. It was remarkable for its anomalous second tail which appeared as a sharp spike aimed at the sun (see also The Sun In History And Prophecy).
1973: The Canadian Anik A2 became the world's first commercial satellite in Earth orbit. A series of Anik satellites were launched from 1972 to 2013.
1978: Korean Airlines flight 007 was shot down by Soviet fighter jets after the airliner strayed over Russian airspace.
1989: The last Canadian $1.00 bill was printed. It was replaced by a $1.00 coin that became known as the "loonie" (as did the Canadian dollar itself) because of the engraving of a swimming loon (a fish-eating diving bird of the northern hemisphere) on one side of the gold-colored coin.
1999: The Columbine High School massacre in Colorado: Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold shot and killed 13 people and wounded 24 others before committing suicide.
2010: The Deepwater Horizon oil well exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, beginning an oil spill that would last six months.