Good Friday to Easter Sunday

And when the people were gathered thick together, he began to say, This is an evil generation: they seek a sign; and there shall no sign be given it, but the sign of Jonas the prophet. For as Jonas was a sign unto the Ninevites, so shall also the Son of man be to this generation.   Luke 11:29-30

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.  Matthew 12:38-41

Try to count three days and three nights between Good Friday sunset until Easter Sunday sunrise. I get one day and two nights. What do you get? Did Jesus make a mistake?

When the even was come, there came a rich man of Arimathaea, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus’ disciple: He went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered. And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, And laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed. And there was Mary Magdalene, and the other Mary, sitting over against the sepulchre. Now the next day, that followed the day of the preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees came together unto Pilate, 63 Saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three days I will rise again.  Matthew 27:57-63
 

And, behold, there was a man named Joseph, a counsellor; and he was a good man, and a just: (The same had not consented to the counsel and deed of them;) he was of Arimathaea, a city of the Jews: who also himself waited for the kingdom of God. This man went unto Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. And he took it down, and wrapped it in linen, and laid it in a sepulchre that was hewn in stone, wherein never man before was laid. And that day was the preparation, and the sabbath drew on. And the women also, which came with him from Galilee, followed after, and beheld the sepulchre, and how his body was laid. And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the sabbath day according to the commandment.  Luke 23:50-56

“When the even was come” Joseph of Arimathaea came to ask for the body of Jesus to bury him. He took down the body and prepared it for burial on the preperation day as the “sabbath drew on.” “And the women also, which came with him from Galilee, followed after, and beheld the sepulchre, and how his body was laid. And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the sabbath day according to the commandment.” Which sabbath?

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 19:31

That particular sabbath “was an high day.” So we see that Jesus was burried just before sunset on the preperation day in order to avoid breaking the sabbath, therefore, in order for him to rise after three days and three nights, he must have risen just before sunset three days later.

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.And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men. And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.  Matthew 28:1-7

When the two Marys arrived at the sepulchre just before dawn, “as it began to dawn,” the angel told them that Jesus was not there. He had already risen. Jesus didn’t rise on the morning of the first day. He rose at the end of the seventh day. He was already gone.

Unlike the modern day where we count the day beginning at midnight, the Jews counted the day beginning at sunset. Now count backwards three days and three nights from sunset on the seventh day, our Saturday. Did you end up on Wednesday just before sunset? If Jesus’ prophecy is to be believed, and I believe it, He was crucified on Wednesday and burried just before sunset that same day to avoid breaking the sabbath.

Remember “that sabbath day was an high day.” The Jews have annual sabbaths that may fall on any day of the week (i.e. 15 nisan/25 December). That particular sabbath was on a Thursday and Wednesday was the preparation day for that sabbath. In the passover week there may be more than one sabbath in the week.

Jesus was resurrected on the seventh day at sunset. The justification for Sunday worship based upon the first day dawn resurrection of Jesus is unfounded. Jesus didn’t change the sabbath. If he had he would have broken the fourth commandment . Ex 20:8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. So how did the traditions of Easter Sunday come to be prevalent in Christianity?

Constantine the Great’s so called “conversion” to Christianity in the fourth century led to the so called “Holy Roman Empire” and the beginning of the so called Catholic “church.”

Catholic Encyclopedia: Constantine the Great (Historical Appreciation)

Not only Gnostics and other heretics, but Christians who considered themselves faithful, held in a measure to the worship of the sun. Leo the Great in his day says that it was the custom of many Christians to stand on the steps of the church of St. Peter and pay homage to the sun by obeisance and prayers (cf. Euseb. Alexand. in Mai, “Nov. Patr. Bibl.”, 11, 523; Augustine, “Enarratio in Ps. x”; Leo I, Serm. xxvi). When such conditions prevailed it is easy to understand that many of the emperors yielded to the delusion that they could unite all their subjects in the adoration of the one sun;god who combined in himself the Father;God of the Christians and the much;worshipped Mithras; thus the empire could be founded anew on unity of religion. Even Constantine, as will be shown farther on, for a time cherished this mistaken belief.

Easter is the Anglicized word for Ishtar, Astar, Astarte etc. She was the ancient goddess of fertility. This is where we get the fertility symbols of eggs and rabbits on Easter. She is the mother of the sun god, not the mother of the Son of God. Does any of this matter? If not, then Elijah wasted his time routing out the prophets of Baal.

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