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The Easter Timeline and the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Christ are not Compatible
Did Christ die on Good Friday and rise on Easter Sunday?
If you do the math, how could he have died on Good Friday in the afternoon and rise from the dead Easter Sunday morning if he was to be in the ground the 'three days and three nights' that he had prophesied?
Most assume that Christ was crucified on Good Friday, but if Scripture is applied in context, it will reveal a different timeline that agrees with his spoken words.
For just as Jonah was THREE DAYS AND THREE NIGHTS in the belly of the sea monster, so will the Son of Man be THREE DAYS AND THREE NIGHTS in the heart of the earth. – Matthew 12:40
Historically, the Jewish timetable was different than our twenty-four hour day that is applied today. The Jewish people applied twelve hours to a night and twelve hours to a day.
As Christ prophesied, 'three days and three nights' would equate to seventy-two hours that he would be in the heart of the earth. If the time is added from 3:00 pm Good Friday to Easter's Sunday morning, there is not enough time to make the prophecy legitimate thus making Christ a liar. Christ rose on the Sabbath, but it was not on a Sunday a day and a half later.
Our Saviour’s spoken in Matthew 12:40 are indeed true, but we can no longer be ignorant of the Easter deception that has captivated the world including those in the church system.
Now on the FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK Mary Magdalene came EARLY to the tomb, WHILE IT WAS STILL DARK, and saw the stone already taken away from the tomb. – John 20:1
Jesus answered, “Are there not TWELVE HOURS IN THE DAY? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world. – John 11:9
A Man-Made Timeline
In 1572, Pope Gregory XIII changed the timeline where a new day started at 12:00 am midnight. The calendar of God would be altered. This has led to the deception of many believing in different times and events that historically have nothing to do with Christ, but rather have their roots in pagan tradition. The Pope established a man-made timeline instead of God’s.
“The Pope has the power to change times, to abrogate laws, and to dispense with all things, even the precepts of Christ. The Pope has the authority and often exercised it, to dispense with the command of Christ.”— Decretal de Trantlatic Episcop. Cap Ferraris Ecclesiastical Dictionary
Hebrew Night (12 hr) and Day (12 hr)
God separated day and night into two separate twelve hour periods where evening to morning was a twelve hours and morning to evening was twelve hours. The Hebrew word 'ereb' means sunset-dusk and 'layil' means away from the light. When the light-day was gone, evening-night till dusk was twelve hours.
Pope Gregory decreed the Gregorian calendar change in 1582 which attributed to the times and seasons change. New Year’s Day was changed to January 1st. This meant that the pagan celebration of Easter would fall closer with the Passover observance in Scripture. Sunday was the day that was named after the pagan sun god Mithras and today is assimilated with the resurrection of Christ. Additionally, Easter is a name attributed to the fertility goddess Ostara who would resurrect from the underworld in the spring according to pagan mythology.
The New Year according to the previous Roman Julian calendar began on April 1st. This date was closer to the scriptural Jewish timelines. Those who resisted the Gregorian calendar during the change were considered 'April Fools.' The common theme of April Fools Day is about hoaxes, pranks and lies. It is about trying to convince people that something is true when it isn't.
The parallels are the same when people try to convince others that Easter has something to do with Christ. As followers of Christ, it is important to understand that historical evidence indicates that Easter Sunday is not the true resurrection day of our Saviour.
According to Jewish timelines, Christ was buried on Thursday around 6:00 pm (Wednesday’s days end) and rose on Saturday evening before sunset when the Sabbath was ending. There is evidence in Scripture to prove this.
Now on the FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK Mary Magdalene came early to the tomb, WHILE IT WAS STILL DARK, and saw the stone already taken away from the tomb. – John 20:1
Crucifixion Week - Scriptural Timelines
Christ's death is consistent with Mosaic Law where the lamb was prepared on a fixed day of the 14th of Nisan and on the 15th was the Feast of Unleavened Bread where both the weekly and annual Sabbaths were observed.
‘You shall keep it until THE FOURTEENTH DAY of the same month, then the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel is to kill it at twilight. – Exodus 12:6
The Jewish calendar consisted twenty-eight days in each month that meant that the Passover would fall on the same day every year.
‘In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at twilight is the LORD’S Passover. ‘Then on THE FIFTEENTH DAY of the same month there is the Feast of Unleavened Bread to the LORD – Leviticus 23:5-6
‘These are the APPOINTED TIMES of the LORD, holy convocations which you shall proclaim at the times appointed for them. ‘In the first month, on THE FOURTEENTH DAY OF THE MONTH AT TWILIGHT IS THE LORD"S PASSOVER. ‘Then on THE FIFTEENTH DAY OF THE SAME MONTH THERE IS THE FEAST OF UNLEAVENED BREAD TO THE LORD; for seven days you shall eat unleavened bread. ‘ON THE FIRST DAY YOU SHALL HAVE A HOLY CONVOCATION; you shall not do any laborious work.
‘But for seven days you shall present an offering by fire to the LORD. ON THE SEVENTH DAY is a holy convocation; you shall not do any laborious work.’” – Leviticus 23:4-8
Then the Jews, because it was the day of preparation, so that the bodies would not remain on the cross on the SABBATH (FOR THAT SABBATH WAS A HIGH DAY), asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. – John 19:31
The Feast of Unleavened Bread was an annual Sabbath observance on the 15th of Nisan that was separate from the weekly Sabbath. Both these days were observed as a day of rest. The Passover was in remembrance of the lamb's blood that saved the Israelites from death and their release from captivity.
14th of Nisan, (Wednesday) Evening Timeline
And the disciples did as Jesus had appointed them; and they made ready the PASSOVER. Now when the EVENING was come, he sat down with the twelve. – Matthew 26:19-20
He riseth from SUPPER, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. – John 13:4
And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives. Then saith Jesus unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this NIGHT – Matthew 26:30-31
14th of Nisan, (Wednesday) Morning Timeline
Peter then denied again: and immediately THE COCK CREW. – John 18:29
When the MORNING was come, all the chief priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death: - Mathew 27:1
And straightway IN THE MORNING the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole council, and bound Jesus, and carried him away, and delivered him to Pilate. – Mark 15:1
Christ was put before the Sanhedrin early in the morning as soon as it was day.
And AS SOON AS IT WAS DAY, the elders of the people and the chief priests and the scribes came together, and led him into their council – Luke 22:66
Then led they Jesus from Caiaphas unto the hall of judgment: and IT WAS EARLY – John 18:28
The time is around 7:00 am (hour 1), the 14th of Nisan (Wednesday). This time would not have been in the p.m. as no trials would have been held in the evening. In order to make sense of time of the day, the first hour is an hour after dawn and the 6th hour would be equivalent to 12:00 noon our time.
And it was the preparation of the passover, and about the SIXTH HOUR: and he saith unto the Jews, Behold your King! – John 19:14
At the sixth hour or 12 noon Christ had already been crucified upon the stake. At the 9th hour or 3 pm Wednesday afternoon there was a lunar eclipse that put darkness upon the land.
There has always been a full moon on this date (14th of Nisan). The darkness that fell upon the earth started to become apparent from the 6th to the 9th hour.
It was the THIRD HOUR when they crucified Him. – Mark 15:25 - [9 am Wednesday morning]
And when the SIXTH HOUR was come, there was DARKNESS over the whole land until the NINTH HOUR. – Mark 15:23 - [noon to 3 pm Wednesday]
And it was about the SIXTH HOUR, and there was a DARKNESS over all the earth until the NINTH HOUR. - Luke 23:44 - [noon to 3 pm Wednesday]
On Wednesday afternoon, the 14th of Nisan (9th hour) at 3:00 p.m. Christ died.
And at the NINTH HOUR Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? – Matthew 15:34
Following the Biblical timeline based on the Hebrew calendar, Christ did not die on Good Friday. The Biblical evidence shows that he was taken before the Sanhedrin early in the morning and then crucified around 9am (3rd hour) and dying at 3pm (9th hour) that afternoon.
To believe that Christ resurrected on Easter Sunday is false. He rose from the dead at the end of the Sabbath (Saturday evening), not on Sunday morning fulfilling the law in Exodus 34:25.
In the end of the sabbath, AS IT BEGAN TO DAWN TOWARD THE FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. - Matthew 28:1
Thou shalt not offer the blood of my sacrifice with leaven; NEITHER SHALL THE SACRIFICE OF THE FEAST OF THE PASSOVER BE LEFT UNTO THE MORNING. – Exodus 34:25
The reason Christ did not resurrect from the dead Sunday morning is because the fulfillment of the Passover took place according to what Scripture states. The fulfillment of the sacrifice that was made for our sins was not left until the morning because he had already risen.
The historical evidence shows that there was both a weekly Sabbath and a yearly one. The yearly Sabbath was the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread on the 15th of Nisan that started on Wednesday evening. Counting seventy-two hours (three days and three nights), Christ rose from the dead on Saturday evening. What was prophesied had already been completed including the fulfilling of requirement of the law that no part of the Passover lamb was to be left in the morning.
The Chronological Evidence of Literal 3 days and 3 Nights by Counting Backwards
Skeptics of a literal timeline of Christ’s death and his resurrection will state that 'three days and three nights' in Matthew 12:40 is an idiom to preserve their Catholic timeline. However, phrases that include 'and nights' are not to be deemed as an idiom. [The Companion Bible, App. note 144 and 156 on Matthew 12:40]. This means that the 'days and nights' that Christ spoke of does not fall under an idiom, but becomes three literal twenty-four hour days.
When the Scriptural groundwork is laid, the day and time of Christ's death can be calculated both forwards and backwards.
The days begin and end at sundown. When it says 'early the first of the week while it was still dark,' could mean any time after sundown Saturday.
Christ was buried before the Sabbath 'high day.' It was not the weekly Sabbath. (John 19:31)
Christ was buried at the end of 'preparation day' on the the Feast of Unleavened Bread where the leavening is removed and disposed at the temple. (Mark 15:42; Luke 23:54; John 19:14)
Christ was in the ground for three days and three nights. (Matthew 12:40)
Christ left the tomb before sunrise on the first day of the week while it was still dark. (John 20:1)
The Scriptural facts can be reconstructed moving backwards from a known point.
Day 4 - Christ had already risen because he left the tomb before sunrise.
Day 3 - It was the weekly Sabbath (Saturday).
Day 2 - This day is what Christianity calls 'Good Friday.'
Day 1 - It was Thursday. It was the High Day, the annual Sabbath.
Day 0 - It was Wednesday, the 'preparation day.' Christ was buried before sundown.
We should note that since a day begins at sundown, Christ was buried at the beginning of Thursday or on a Wednesday evening on how we account for time.
We need to unlearn the habits and traditions from the old teachings with the notion that our Saviour was raised at sunrise on Sunday. This teaching comes from the false man-driven church system where they love to have their 'Pagan Easter Sunday Sunrise Sun Worship Service' that promotes a timeline that was never mandated by God. It is pagan tradition.
Easter is not the Lord's Passover and has nothing to do with him. Easter is an abomination to our Father in heaven. Easter is pagan and associated with worshipping false gods that were observed long before the birth of Christ. Many have fallen for this deception by believing that they are somehow honouring God and His Son during Easter that is a man-made tradition decreed by the religious elite.
Easter is about Tammuz
Easter is about a baby boy that was born named Tammuz from an incestuous relationship between Nimrod and his mother Semiramus. Tammuz was worshiped as a sun god. Easter traditions are symbolic of the ancient mystery religion of Babylon where the people worshiped the fertility goddess, Samiramus (Ishtar). She claimed a virgin birth of her son who was conceived through the sun god, Ba'al (Nimrod). At the age of forty, Tammuz was mauled to death by a pig.
After his death, the people were told that he ascended back to his father. The ham that is prepared and eaten on Easter Sunday is in remembrance of him. The forty days of Lent tradition from the forty day period of the time of sorrow for each year of his life prior to the anniversary his death.
Easter directly contradicts the word of God and should not be observed. Easter is a pagan passover celebration that does not bring honour Christ our Saviour, but to an antichrist named Tammuz.
The death, burial and resurrection of Christ does not have anything to do with Easter. His sacrifice on the cross for all of mankind is not about assimilating with pagan traditions.
To Which God Do You Worship?
Thus saith the LORD, LEARN NOT the way of the heathen - Jeremiah 10:2
“When the LORD your God cuts off before you the nations which you are going in to dispossess, and you dispossess them and dwell in their land, BEWARE THAT YOU ARE NO ENSNARED TO FOLLOW THEM, after they are destroyed before you, and that you do not inquire after their gods, saying, ‘How do these nations serve their gods, that I ALSO MAY DO LIKEWISE?’ “You shall not behave thus toward the LORD your God, for every abominable act which the LORD HATES they have done for their gods - Deuteronomy 12:2
Thinking about Christ while you are doing Easter traditions does not justify the actions because God says not to behave in this way. It would be like trying to justify adultery and saying, 'but I was thinking about my wife or husband while I was doing it.' That would make no sense, but this is the justification of many believers who think they can give honour to Christ and are justified in partaking in pagan traditions of the world.
“Whatever I command you, you shall be careful to do; YOU SHALL NOT ADD TO NOR TAKE AWAY FROM IT. - Deuteronomy 12:32
Scripture makes it very clear not to participate in worship services and practices that have pagan roots, even if you are thinking that you are worshiping God. Many still want to continue in these practices because they are emotionally connected them and believe that they are harmless and fun to do. The customs and rites of these practices are evil. Christ was neither crucified on a Friday, nor did he resurrect on a Sunday. To participate in a man-driven church services that acknowledge these days is making Christ out to be a liar. It makes it out that he did not fulfill the only sign he gave that would prove he was the Messiah. To accompany this with an Easter egg hunt, hot-cross buns and a festive ham aligns with the false worship to a pagan 'deity.' To celebrate Easter with man-made traditions shows irreverence towards our one true God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ.
Are you willing to face the truth?
Are you willing to accept what Scripture says or continue in the vain traditions of man?
The death and resurrection of Christ is a celebration of being a follower of Him by being baptized into his death and being resurrected into a life of victory in him.
Or do you not know that all of us who have been BAPTIZED into Christ Jesus have been BAPTIZED into His death? Therefore we have been buried with Him through BAPTISM into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.
For if we have become UNITED WITH HIM IN THE LIKENESS OF HIS DEATH, certainly we shall also be IN THE LIKENESS OF HIS RESURRECTION, knowing this, that our old self was CRUCIFIED WITH HIM, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; for he who has died is freed from sin. – Romans 6:3-7
May we no longer remain ignorant to the traditions we love to hold on to.
Can you see that the tradition of Easter and the crucifixion of Christ are not compatible with each other?
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