A Chapter From A Brothers Book. He Has Lived In Israel For 12 Years.
Mat 27:64 Therefore, command that the grave be secured until the third day, that His disciples may not come by night and steal Him away, and may say to the people, He is raised from the dead. And the last deception will be worse than the first.
Mat 27:65 And Pilate said to them, You have the guards. Go and take precautions as you know.
Mat 27:66 And they departed and took precautions by the grave and set a seal upon that stone together with the guards.
So it was commanded that a guard would be placed at the tomb of Yahshua UNTIL the third day from His crucifixion according to Scripture. And was the guard still present when the great earthquake happened right after His resurrection?
Mat 28:11 And they, having gone, behold, some of the guard coming into the city reported to the chief priests all things that occurred.
Mat 28:12 And being assembled with the elders, and taking counsel, they gave enough silver to the soldiers,
Mat 28:13 saying, Say that his disciples came and stole him by night, while we slept.
Mat 28:14 And if this is heard by the governor, we will persuade him and he will not make trouble for you.
Mat 28:15 And taking the silver, they did as they were instructed. And this report was spread by the Jews until today.
Most undoubtedly, the guards were there when the great earthquake happened right after Yahshua’s resurrection, so it stands to reason since they were only stationed UNTIL the third day that Yahshua had to rise within three days of early morning while it was still dark on the first day of the week, which can only put the crucifixion on Thursday afternoon, or day 5 of the weekly cycle. In looking at the above biblical timeframe let us not forget the scripture in Luke 24:21 where the two disciples meet Yahshua in the afternoon of the first day of the week just hours after His resurrection and clearly tell Him that day is “the third day since the crucifixion”.
Luk 24:21b But then with all these things, this third day comes today since these things happened.
So again most dogmatically from Scripture we can see counting back three days from Sunday afternoon (the first day of the week) can only bring you to a Thursday (day 5) crucifixion.
However, if He was placed in the tomb before sunset as Scripture states (Luk 23:51-55) and then, He was resurrected Saturday evening but before Sunday morning, as Scripture states “when Mary came to the tomb while it was still dark”, and if He died on a Wednesday as some falsely believe, then He actually would have been in the tomb a fourth day, as from Wednesday afternoon before sunset to Saturday night or early Sunday morning would have been into the fourth day, which would not fit Scripture as we have seen that it clearly stated He would rise ‘ON’ the third day Not after it, as Ps 16:10-11 has shown; He had to be resurrected before the 4th day for His physical body not to be corrupted.
That is the reason that some churches have tried to say that Yahshua was resurrected late Sabbath afternoon, to fit the three days’ timeframe, however, it just does not fit Scripture, as that would not have Yahshua being resurrected on the Feast of Firstfruits, as Scripture plainly shows, He was the wave sheaf; and again starting from Sunday afternoon (the first day of the week) when Yahshua met the two disciples on the road to Emmaus and counting back three days, no matter how you count it will not bring you to Wednesday afternoon. Counting back one day from Sunday, will bring you to Saturday, counting back two days from Sunday will bring you to Friday and counting back three days from Sunday will bring you to Thursday.
In addition, if He died on a Wednesday and was resurrected Saturday evening, then that would have Him being resurrected on the 4th day not on the third day as Scripture states. As we have seen from Scripture there was a great earthquake directly after His death on Thursday afternoon, and another great earthquake directly after His resurrection early morning while still dark the first day of the week.
Let me also say that I fully believe that Yahshua fulfilled His promise to be 3 days and 3 nights in the tomb (Math 12:38-40), but let me also say that in the Hebrew language NO WHERE does it state that time frame has to be exactly 72 hours. It is not being honest with the Scriptures to say that Jonah, according to Scripture, was exactly 72 hours in the fish’s belly.
If you look up the word “day” in Hebrew which is “Yom” it can refer to the whole 24 hour period from one sunset to another, it can refer to just the daylight portion of a day, which will vary according to the time of year, it can refer to a portion of a day and it could also refer to an extended time period such as “the Day of Yahweh”. This is not subjective but simply the biblical meaning of the word “Yom”. It is similar in English, as if you stated that Don was in Miami for a day, no one would take it to mean that I stayed in Miami exactly 24 hours. Look at the following scripture to prove this point.
Deu 21:22 And if a man has committed a sin worthy of death, and he is executed, and you hang him on a tree,
Deu 21:23a his body shall not remain all night on the tree; but surely, you shall bury him the same day. For he that is hanged is a reproach to Elohim.
According to the Torah, a person crucified around 3:00pm must be taken down and buried THE SAME DAY! The day he dies is inclusive in the count of his death.
This is exactly what happened to Yahshua. He was hung on a tree from 12:00 noon to between 2:00 and 3:00pm. Yet Deuteronomy clearly states that the day of the person being crucified is inclusive of being day one of the count of his death. People who use a Wednesday crucifixion never take this into account and start their count from sunset Wednesday missing a whole daylight portion according to the reckoning of time in Scripture.
So from the daylight portion of the 5th day of the week, which the Romans named Thursday, to the night portion of the first day of the week, which the Romans called Saturday evening is 3 days and 3 nights. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday are 3 days and Thursday night, Friday night, and Saturday night are 3 nights.
Some who believe in a Wednesday crucifixion try to purport that the Holy Day was on Thursday and that there is a mysterious non mentioned day between the holy Day and the weekly Sabbath. They use the following scripture in Luke 23, to try to prove their point and say that there is a two day window between verses 55 and 56, but let’s look at the scripture and see if the Bible really is coming to the conclusion that is being proposed.
Luk 23:53 And taking it down, he wrapped it in linen, and placed it in a quarried tomb, where no one was ever yet laid.
Luk 23:54 And it was Preparation Day, and a Sabbath was coming on.
Luk 23:55 And having followed, also the women who were accompanying Him out of Galilee, watched the tomb, and how His body was placed.
Luk 23:56 And returning, they prepared spices and ointment. And indeed they rested on the Sabbath, according to the commandment.
If we just read the scripture without adding anything into it, NOWHERE would it even remotely hint that there is a 2 day time difference somewhere between verses 53-54 and 55-56. And if I believe that proposed theory, that this Sabbath mentioned in Luke 56 was the weekly Sabbath, then I would have to believe as Christianity teaches of a Friday crucifixion, because clearly this Sabbath, which was the Holy Day (John 19:31) happened directly after the crucifixion, and there is not any hint of a 2 day time period between verses 53-54 and 55-56. Yahshua died between 2:00 and 3:00pm.
The women watched where His body was laid and returned to their home and prepared spices, before the Holy Day began at sunset Thursday, and then rested on the Holy day Friday and the weekly Sabbath on Friday sunset to Saturday sunset. Then, Saturday evening after sunset, when the Sabbath was over and the first day of the week had begun, they purchased and prepared the rest of the burial spices and went early morning while it was still dark to the tomb where Yahshua had just been resurrected.
If Yahshua died on a Wednesday and the Holy day was Thursday, then the women would have surely returned Friday morning to the tomb and would not have waited until Sunday morning. So anxious were they to get to the Tomb that they actually arrived so early on the first day of the week, that it was still dark.
It is inconceivable that if there was a day between the Holy Day on Thursday and the weekly Sabbath on Saturday that Mary would not have gone to the tomb on that interim day. In Jewish culture burying and caring for the dead is something that is done immediately, and if at all possible the very same day the person died as we have seen from Deut 21:23.
The only reason that Mary could not anoint the body directly after the crucifixion was that she didn’t have either enough spices or enough time to do it. Luk 23:56 shows that she did have some spices and started to prepare before the Holy Day, directly after the crucifixion, but had to wait until both the Holy Day was over and the weekly Sabbath before she could purchase the rest of the spices and go to the tomb early Sunday morning while still dark.
Joh 20:1 But on the first of the Sabbaths (The seven week count to Shavuot), Mariam Magdalene came early to the tomb, darkness yet being on it. And she saw the stone had been removed from the tomb.
Mar 16:1 And the Sabbath passing, Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Salome, bought spices, so that coming they might anoint Him.
Mar 16:2 And very early on the first of the week, the sun having risen, they came upon the tomb.
The fact that she even went to the tomb while it was still dark proves that she wanted to get there as soon as possible, so if there was a day (Friday) between the two Sabbaths, then certainly she would have went on Friday to the tomb, which is actually more proof that there was no mysterious day in between the 2 Sabbaths.
The biblical fact is that the last Passover (supper) happened on Wednesday evening and Yahshua was crucified on Thursday afternoon and sunset Thursday started the Holy Day of Unleavened Bread and sunset Friday started the weekly Sabbath.
Then, after the Sabbath was over (Saturday evening after sunset) Mary bought spices as Mark 16:1 tells us and prepared them and came to the tomb to see Yahshua’s body while it was still dark early Sunday morning, but He was already resurrected a short time before that right before the great earthquake that is mentioned in Math 28:2 before sunrise of the first day of the week, which was also the beginning of the Feast of Firstfruits or Resurrection Day.
Now the next question arises could she have bought spices Saturday evening? If you look in the Zonderman study bible you will clearly see in the study note for Mark 16:1, it shows that markets would have been open Saturday evening, after the Sabbath would have ended, and it notes that this was Saturday evening that this buying of burial spices took place.
Why would the New Testament even mention this fact? Again, you have to look at the set apart day this happened on, the Feast of Firstfruits. As the Pharisees were preparing their wave sheaf for the next morning by binding it and beating it and putting it through the fire, as they did with Yahshua the true wave sheaf, Mary, one of His most beloved disciples, was preparing for the wave sheaf by buying ointments and frankincense and sweet smelling fragrances for the perfect true wave sheaf ceremony. It shows the complete dichotomy between those who believe and those who didn’t. The Pharisees were beating the wavesheaf omer, as Mary was buying perfume to anoint the wavesheaf omer.
Also, look at the following scripture in Amos to again prove that buying and selling went on in the evening after the Sabbath ended.
Amo 8:5 saying, When will the new moon have passed, so that we may buy grain? Or the Sabbath, so that we may open the wheat, making smaller the ephah, and making greater the shekel, and to falsify the deceitful balances,
In these days the evil merchants were counting down the minutes to open their sacks (many lived right at their store) to be able to cheat the people for another week. In context, showing the greed of the merchants, it would make no sense if they were waiting another 12 full hours after the Sabbath to sell the next day. In the Hebrew mindset it is clearly showing they were opening the sacks as the sun was setting and a new day was starting.
Also, if you look up the word for Sabbath in Mark 16:1, it is the word in the Hebrew and Aramaic “Shabbat” which is the weekly Sabbath, not “Sabaton”, which would be the Holy Day Sabbath. In the Greek, the word is the same, but in the Aramaic and Hebrew, it is conclusive, so with that said, to develop a whole 2 days between verses one and two that does not exist, is just not being honest with the scripture.
Did you ever wonder why the Feast of Firstfruits is a not a Holy Day? After understanding the fulfillment of the wave sheaf as I explained above, it is simply for the reason that if it were a Holy Day, then Mary could not have bought the spices Saturday evening and went to anoint Him Sunday morning as the wave sheaf offering, this again should show the correct time sequence. Look at Math 28:1 in the original manuscript:
Mat 28:1 But after the Sabbaths, at the dawning into the first of the Sabbaths, (This was the day of firstfruits and the beginning of the 7 week count to Shavuot) Mary the Magdalene and the other Mary came to gaze upon the grave.
This scripture clearly shows that there were 2 Sabbaths between the crucifixion and resurrection, but again, never mentions another day in between these two Sabbaths, and clearly shows the importance of the resurrection being on the first of the Sabbaths or day of first fruits, and the first of the 7 week count of Sabbaths to Shavuot. The day the wave sheaf as the first- fruit was offered up to Yahweh and accepted by Him. Then, after the first-fruit offering was accepted, only then could the rest of the harvest ending at Shavuot also be accepted. Also, no new grain could even be eaten until the wave-sheaf offering was accepted by Yahweh on the Feast of Firstfruits or Resurrection Day.
Lev 23:14 And you shall not eat bread, nor roasted grain, nor fresh ears, until this same day, until you have brought the offering of your Elohim; it is a never ending statute throughout your generations in all your dwellings.
1Co 15:23 But each in his own order: Messiah, the firstfruit; afterward those of Messiah at His coming.
Rom 11:16 Now if the first-fruit is holy, so also the lump. And if the root is holy, so also the branches.
Joh 20:16-17 Yahshua said to her, Mariam! Turning around, she said to Him, Rabboni! (that is to say, My Great One). Yahshua said to her, Do not touch Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father. But go to My brothers and say to them, I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and My Elohim, and your Elohim.
So where do people come up with the reasoning that Yahshua had to be crucified on a Wednesday? It is by misinterpreting one minute scripture in the book of Daniel.
Dan 9:27 And he shall confirm a covenant with the many for one week. And in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the offering to cease.
Now, first of all, there is a reasonable debate as to whether this scripture even refers to the Messiah at all. In Hebrew grammar, the personal pronoun most usually goes back to the last person mentioned and in this case that would have been the anti-messiah of Daniel 9:26 and not the Messiah at all. There are many people who believe that this scripture talks about a 7 year agreement that will come with the anti-messiah and the Arab nations right before Yahshua’s return.
Secondly, even if this scripture was talking about the Messiah and not the anti-messiah, it is a 70 weeks of years prophecy and the week mentioned in Daniel 9:27, regardless of who it is referring to, is speaking about a week of 7 years, not a literal week of 7 days, so nowhere would it in any case be saying the Messiah had to die on a Wednesday, but rather, if it was referring to the Messiah, it would be saying that in the midst of His 7 year ministry, He would cause the sacrifice to end by His death. This happened in the third year of His ministry and would fall within the guidelines of this Hebrew word for midst, which simply means the middle part, but not exactly, directly, in the middle. According to this Hebrew word, if this scripture was referring to Yahshua, He would have fulfilled it as long as He was cut off in either the 3rd ,4th, or 5th year of His ministry, which He was.
There is no other scripture that even remotely hints that the Messiah had to die on a Wednesday. If we are honest from Scripture, a Thursday crucifixion is much more accurate. Also, if you simply go back and look at a new moon calendar, you will find out that in 30 AD, the year of crucifixion, that according to the new moon conjunction, the 14th day of Aviv (Passover) fell on a Thursday, with the Passover meal on Wednesday evening. The 15th day of Aviv was started sunset Thursday to sunset Friday and the weekly Sabbath would have followed. Go to any moon phase website to prove this for yourself.
In 30 AD, the year of crucifixion the Jewish Talmud mentions 4 great miracles that happened starting right after Yahshua’s death for 40 full years until the destruction of the Temple in 70AD. Each night the great menorah was lite and went out by itself. The great Hekel doors of the temple that took 20 men to open or close them opened on themselves for 40 full years after the crucifixion starting on 30 AD. Also, the white and black lot for the scapegoat on Yom Kippur came up black every time from 30 AD to 70 AD, and the red string that the High Priest would wear in the Holy of Holies and if the sacrifice was accepted by Yahweh would turn white, never turned white anymore from 30 AD to 70 AD.
If one is starting the new moon by visually sighting a crescent moon, then looking at when the crescent was sighted in 30 AD, you are back to a Friday crucifixion, which simply is not possible according to Scripture.