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A special Passover - and how do the 'three days and three nights' fit?

A special Passover? Yes! The Passover of 2012 was special because the Feast is at exactly the same position in the yearly calender as it was when Yahshua was crucified.
How do we know this? Well, if you read in Matthew's gospel Ch. 12:39-40 "...no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonah: for as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the fish, so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth." Jonah being the sign of Yahshua, being three days and three nights in the belly of the fish, Yahshua was three days and three nights in the tomb. This raises some interesting thoughts, and we may have to open our minds to new concepts, of exactly what happened, and when having been taught from childhood that Yahshua was crucified on Friday and rose again on Sunday. We may find it difficult to come to terms with the actual truth of what happened. So, reader, I challenge you to be courageous enough to examine these thoughts for yourself, and hopefully receive a great blessing in understanding how things were by seeing them from a Hebraic and Biblical perspective. Come along with me on a delightful journey of truth and understanding as we examine the scriptures together.
First of all, let us look at some of the Gospel accounts of the resurrection of Yahshua. In Luke 24:7 we are told that "He spoke to you when he was in Galilee, that the Son of man must be ...and be crucified, and the third day rise again" So we know He would rise not after two days (as many try to fit between (in religious terms) 'Good Friday' and 'Easter Sunday' but after three whole days and nights! Let us therefore examine the Gospel accounts carefully to see exactly what is being said.

First, we will look at portions of Matthew's account. Matthew 28:1 states, "In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn towards the first day of the week,(The Bible states from the beginning i.e. Genesis 1, that a day begins in the evening, so a day is from one evening to the next. Not as we have been taught, as in midnight to midnight.) (Gen.1 "...and the evening and the morning were the first day") This shows that 'as it began to dawn towards the first day' meant, sometime during Saturday evening or night, after about eight in the evening (about the time of sunset in April ) "...came Mary...and behold there was a great earthquake..." and in verses 11-13 "...behold some of the watch (i.e. they were watching over the tomb, posted by the Chief Priests to make sure that no-one would tamper with it) came into the city, and showed to the chief priests all the things that were done (i.e. earthquake,angels, missing body etc.) ...they gave large money to the soldiers saying "Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole Him while we slept..." (So they admitted He was gone, during the night?)
Mark 16:1-7 "And when the sabbath was past, (i.e. some time after about 8.00 p.m./20.00hrs) Mary...and very early in the morning the first of the week, they came to the sepulchre at the rising of the sun (very early, probably about six o'clock a.m. (sunrise time in April) in the morning Israel time) ...they saw that the stone was rolled away....they saw a young man....and he said to them, "He is risen; he is not here...tell his disciples that he goes before you to Galilee (he had gone there already...!) Luke mainly re-itorates the account in Mark, and in John 20:1-18 we read "The first of the week cometh Mary, when it was yet dark, (and therefore before six o'clock in the morning) to the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away.... Yahshua said to her "Mary".
Taking all these scriptures into consideration, this means, that if Miriam (known in modern translations as Mary) went to the tomb "A great while before day" it was still night, only to find that He was risen already, then Yahshua must have risen earlier than Sunday morning at least, obviously before light, and more probably, during Saturday night or even earlier. As He wascrucified at 9 a.m. and 'gave up the ghost' at 3 p.m. (i.e.'the ninth hour') and Him being exact in all things, then it is not unreasonable to think that He rose about the same time three days later exactly. If He was gone during Saturday night, before light, when Miriam visited the tomb, ("a great while before day") then we can see that He rose some time before that, and it was a possibility that it was literally three days and three nights after His death, making it late Saturday afternoon, or at any rate, before Sunday morning. (This gave Him more time to visit and preach to and set the captives free.) see 1 Peter 19-20)

Now, let us go a little further. We will count backwards from the time of the resurrection of Yahshua as stated by the Gospels. We know now that Yahshua rose from the dead some time between 3.00 p.m. /15.00hrs Saturday afternoon, and before the sun rose on what is called 'The first day of the week' and we understand that this was before Sunday morning. Counting backwards then from say Saturday afternoon/evening, three days and three nights backwards from then would be Wednesday evening some time after 3-00 p.m.
This is a little mind-blowing if we have been taught by traditionalists. Therefore, what then was in the minds of the Jews when they asked Pilate to kill Him before the sabbath dawned (i.e. Wednesday evening ) the soldiers to break the legs of the crucified ones so that they would be taken down from the cross before Sabbath? (John 19:31 "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") Well, here comes the answer. If you read in Leviticus chapter 23 about the Feasts of Yahweh you will come across the Feast of Passover, which was when Yahshua was crucified.
You will also read that Yahweh had instituted a Sabbath day at the beginning and the end of the Feast of Passover.
If Yahshua had to be taken from the cross before the Sabbath of the Feast, it must Have fallen on Wednesday evening for Him to have risen late Saturday afternoon/evening i.e.'a long time before day' on the Sunday. The first Sabbath Day therefore was in fact, Thursday, or rather Wednesday evening to Thursday evening ('and the evening and the morning were the first day' remember Genesis 1)So, this was the Sabbath day spoken of by the Chief Priests. Notice that in this scripture in John 19 it actually says, "...that sabbath day was an 'high' day" i.e. a Passover Sabbath. (br) From this we are able to understand that when Yahshua was buried, it was the beginning of the first Sabbath day of the Feast of Passover.
Now it becomes clear that Yahshua was three full days and three full nights in the tomb. Brilliant. No, the Bible doesn't contradict itself and it is easily understood, if we are willing to open our minds to Hebraic thinking and a greater understanding of how the Old and New Testaments (Old and 'renewed' Covenants) fit together.
We do hope that you have enjoyed reading this and that you have been as blessed as we were when we began to realise that there was an explanation for the apparent mystery of the three days and three nights spoken of in relation to Yahshua's death and resurrection.

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