So let me give you a little background before I start. The last few weeks I’ve been studying the crucifixion and the resurrection as I always do this time of year. I have concluded over the years that the crucifixion was definitely not on Friday as Pagan Rome tells everyone. And that Jesus was in fact crucified on a Wednesday. But that left a number past “3 days and 3 nights” that Jesus told us directly was how long he would be in the earth setting the captives free. So with that said, I’ve been studying it again.
Over the years (for some reason) I never thought to look in the Greek manuscripts at what was actually being said here in relation to his resurrection. Well…I did last week. Interesting enough, all four Gospels use the word σαββάτων (sabbatōn) or what we know as Sabbath for when Mary and the women went to take the spices to the body of Jesus. This is when they found the stone rolled away and Jesus gone. This word is used 11x and 5 of those are translated Sabbath, while the others are translated as first day of the week. Why they did this was probably for there own reasons, to promote the pagan Easter.
Now let me also mention this word σαββάτων (sabbatōn) is plural. Not singular. So this means that there were two sabbaths at this time of year, and there were. The first was a High Sabbath and this fell on 15 Nisan or the feast of Unlevened Bread or what we know as Passover. The second Sabbath was on the seventh day that according to GODs calender in Genesis, the 7 days started with the evening and then the day. Knowing all this, the Sabbath or the 7th day started on what we know as Friday evening at Sundown or Sunset and ended on our Saturdays sunset.
So back to the scriptures. I just needed to clarify how we are to look at the counting of these days when Jesus tells us that he would be in the heart of the earth for 3 days and 3 nights. Here is how we have always read this scripture.
And on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they, and certain other women with them, came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared. But they found the stone having been rolled away from the tomb. And going in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. (Luke 24:1-3)
Now here is the Greek of this same verse.
1 And μιά one των of the σαββάτων Sabbaths, όρθρου dawn βαθέως at deep, ήλθον they came επί unto το the μνήμα tomb, φέρουσαι bringing α which ητοίμασαν they prepared αρώματα aromatics, και and τινες some others συν with αυταίς them.
Now there are 2 Bibles that match the original Greek text exactly. All of the Gospels in the original Greek agree with this.
1 Bvt vpon one of the Sabbathes very early in the mornynge, they came vnto the Sepulcre, and brought ye spyces which they had prepared, and certayne wemen with the.
1 But vpon the fyrst daye of the Sabbothes, very early in the mornynge, they came vnto the sepulcre, and brought the swete odoures whych they had prepared, and other wemen wyth them.
The other 3 texts of this incident from the Gospels give us not only proof that it was on the Sabbath but it was early enough that it was before sunrise and it was dark. We have 4 witness of the same thing. Jesus resurrected on the Sabbath somewhere between 3-5 early on what we call Saturday morning, according to the text. Now 3ish am is in my opinion the perfect time for Jesus to resurrect. This is the darkest time of day and scholars as well as those in the occult agree that this time of early morning is when the veil is thinnest between our world and the spirit world. This for me has always been a time for prayer and spiritual warfare.
There are some who believe Jesus died on Wednesday but wasn’t resurrected until 3pm on the Sabbath. They believe that He needed to fulfill the 3 days with a 72 hour stay. Not sure how they get that but I disagree, especially when scripture tells us the women showed up prior to Sunrise on the Sabbath. I personally hold to a Wednesday (or a 4th day crucifixion death) at 3pm. He gave up the ghost and he was at that moment in Paradise (just like He told the thief) on the cross. There was no waiting to be put in a tomb in order to start the countdown for the 1st day, just like He prophesied. So the 1st day starts at that moment. It doesn’t matter if the 1st day only consisted of 4 hours at that point.
You count the 4th day “day” (Wednesday) as the first day. The first night was at sunset on the 5th day (Wednesday) which would begin “Thursday”. The following sunrise is the 2nd “day” (Thursday morning – 5th day). Thursday evening at sunset is the 2nd evening and starts the 6th day. Sunrise on Friday morning is the 3rd and final day and continues the “6th day”. Friday evening starts the Sabbath (7th day) at sunset and the final 3rd evening Jesus spoke of, fulfilling prophecy. The women showed up on the Sabbath between 3-5am on this 3rd evening showing us that Jesus did exactly what He said He was going to do.
And please notice that when GOD ordained the 7 days at Creation, He said the day started with the evening (night) and THEN the day. Not the other way around. But Jesus told us just the opposite, 3 days and 3 nights. Like I said, Jesus dying and giving up the ghost at the 6th hour or 3pm left time for Joseph and Nicodemus to take the body and prepare it for the tomb before this high sabbath for Passover (5th day of the week) that would start at sundown around 7pm.
Now something I also want to mention is when Jesus was going through the field with the disciples and they were eating the grain on the Sabbath. They got scared because they felt like they were breaking the Sabbath. Jesus had to reassure them that He was the Lord of the Sabbath. (Matthew 12:8, Mark 2:28 and Luke 6:5). Let me also bring up the transfiguration in Matthew 17. “Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, and led them up on a high mountain in private; and He was transfigured before them, and His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light.” This happened on the Sabbath and was showing the 3 what His glory would look like. These scriptures tells us why Jesus would resurrect on the Sabbath instead of any other day. The day of rest was the resurrection to give us rest in the LORD.
Let me also bring up His crucifixion being at the tale end of the 4th day. Look at Genesis 1:14-19. GOD creates the lights in the firmament to divide the night from day. They are to be for signs, and seasons and for days and years. This is when the light shone upon the earth as was the resurrection of Jesus was to give light to a spiritually dark world. This crucifixion was the turning point in history and Satan was at that point in history, bound to the abyss or bottles pit for this symbolic thousand years in Revelation 20. This was a historic sign. He also created the Sun and the Moon to rule respectively and to DIVIDE THE LIGHT FROM DARKNESS. Can you see how beautiful this is according to the 4th day crucifixion? It is amazing how GOD works.
Let me also add one more cool thing about this symbolic 4th day. Jesus was the final lamb sacrificed at the very moment the High Priest sacrificed the final Passover lamb at the sixth hour. He was showing us that it is finished as the veil was rent from top to bottom wench separated the Holy of Holies from the Holy Place in the Temple. Now when families were to get their Passover lamb, they were to get it and have it for 4 days. This means that the day Jesus made His kingly entry from Mount of Olives to Jerusalem on “Palm Sunday”, everyone was finding up their Passover lambs. They were to keep them for 4 days and this meant that the children would connect with these lambs and have an attachment like a pet. Unfortunately little did the children understand, this lamb would be an offering to the Lord GOD as a Passover thanksgiving. Jesus was with the people in Jerusalem for 4 days prior to Him putting Himself on that tree as a sacrifice for our sins. He was our final Passover.
Jesus Christ is risen. Yes, it happened on the Sabbath, not on the 1st day of the week or Sunday like we have been told. Don’t take my word for it and please look it up. Celebrate His resurrection today (Friday evening to our Saturday morning) on the Sabbath. This Saturday morning is when Jesus resurrected. The Son of Man is the Lord of the Sabbath.
Now I tell you all of this for a reason. This was conformation as to why I believe Scripturally He was crucified and gave up the ghost and went to Paradise on the 4th day (Nisan 14) of the week at the sixth hour (3pm). And He was raised from the grave and bodily resurrected on the late “evening” of the Sabbath at around the 22nd hour. Scriptures confirm this but what I was about to witness was awesome.
I had something strange happen this morning (early Saturday the 11th) at around 3:30 am and it just wasn’t me, but my wife also. I believe all of this is confirmation of what I was reading in scripture. And let me first say this, when I sat down and looked at the original greek of these texts, it was this morning (around 9am Saturday) after I woke up. I had no idea everything was going to fall into place the way it did.
A few years back I had made a point to get up early in the morning and pray. Unfortunately I hadn’t done this in a long time and for some reason I woke from dead sleep around 3:30am this morning. I don’t know why but once I was awake I couldn’t go back to sleep. Around the same time my wife woke up from a dead sleep and looked agitated. I asked her what was wrong and she told me nothing. Around 4 in the morning I just sensed I needed to get up and go pray. So I did.
After praying I fell back asleep and so did my wife. We both got to sleep in until around 8 (which never happens) and she asked me if she woke me up by saying something. I told her I woke up on my own for some odd reason. She ended up telling me that she thought she yelled “praise GOD and that woke me up. I didn’t hear her say that so she’s assuming she dreamt she yelled it. After we studied what I already mentioned everything started to click. There was a reason why I got up to pray at that hour. There was a reason why she dreamt she yelled “praise GOD” at that exact moment. We both believe GOD was giving us confirmation of what He was about to show. I believe at around this time when all this was happening, this was historically around the time Jesus resurrected. Praise GOD!!!