Jesus himself said he would be in heart of the earth 3 days and nights.
So what's is up with the popular belief and teaching of a crucifixion Friday and resurrection Sunday?
Something is not adding up here. What's the truth on this? And does the truth even matter?
Watch this video as I shed some much needed light on this subject.
In Him, Mae
( see my notes for this video below. )
Three days and 3 nights.
Welcome to # 4 of the Desiring truth series.
In this one we are will be uncovering the myth of the common belief and teaching of the Friday crucifixion and Sunday morning resurrection. And reveal the truth. Jesus said He would be in the heart of the earth 3 days and 3 nights, did Jesus lie to us? Or is there a lie in the teachings of this? And we are missing out on something in the Bible?
Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee. But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas: For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here. The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here.
Matthew 12:38-42 KJV
So they took up Jonah, and cast him forth into the sea: and the sea ceased from her raging. Then the men feared the Lord exceedingly, and offered a sacrifice unto the Lord , and made vows. Now the Lord had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.
Jonah 1:15-17 KJV
When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost. The Jews therefore, 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,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.
John 19:30-31 KJV
In the NIV version it is called special sabbath.
Now it was the day of Preparation, and the next day was to be a special Sabbath. Because the Jewish leaders did not want the bodies left on the crosses during the Sabbath, they asked Pilate to have the legs broken and the bodies taken down.
John 19:31 NIV
What is the "high-day Sabbath" mentioned in this verse? Is it the same as a weekly Sabbath? The answer is no. A high day is technically an annual holy day, or annual Sabbath, as commanded in Leviticus 23.
The annual Sabbaths are seven: the first and seventh days of Unleavened Bread, Pentecost, Trumpets (Rosh Hashanah in Hebrew), Atonement (Yom Kippur), the first day of Tabernacles (Succoth), and the Last Great Day. The first three occur in the spring, and the last four in the fall.
Thus, the high day of which John was speaking was one of the three spring holy days, and since Jesus crucifixion took place on the day of Passover (Nisan 14 on the Hebrew calendar), the high day of which he speaks must be the first day of Unleavened Bread, which falls the day after the Passover (Nisan 15).
What we have to establish is when he would have rose from the grave. And then count back from that 3 days and 3 nights and we can then see when he was crusified and hurried. It says He was risen already when they came Sunday morning. Since he was buried in the evening we can know to make 3 days and 3 nights He would have risen in the evening and not morning. So that would have Sabbath even. Count back 3 days and 3 nights from that and you have Wednesday evening. Wednesday evening would have been the preparation day for the high sabbath which fell on a Thursday that week.
Wednesday night, Thursday -day, Thursday night, Friday day, Friday night, sabbath day, and sabbath evening Jesus would have risen from the grave in full victory!! They came Sunday morning and He was no longer in the grave!!
Why is this so important to know? Because God is the God of truth. We are to be not only lovers of God but lovers of truth. And many people hinge their belief of keeping Sunday versus Sabbath based on this false teaching of a resurrection Sunday.
They say Sunday is the Lord’s day and is the day they rest and worship on because it was the day he rose, but that is not even the day.
It's said Sunday is the lord's day because it's believed Sunday to be that day He rose, plus of the reference to the Lord's day in revelation.
The only verses that mentions Lord's day.
I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, Revelation 1:10 KJV
God can't lie.
That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: Hebrews 6:18 KJV
Having a love for truth and the spirit of truth.
It's so important and an urgency to dig into the truth. And we need to have a desire to search out and now the truth.
An urgency, because if not now, when? The time is running out. The time for truth is now.
The bible says to worship God in spirit and in truth.
Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
John 4:21-24 KJV
We are to not only be lovers of God but lovers of truth. Because is the God truth. he does not lie.
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15 KJV
If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. John 14:15-17 KJV
Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
2 Timothy 3:7 KJV
He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. Psalms 91:4 KJV
The Lord is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works. The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth. He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them. Psalms 145:17-19 KJV
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