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Jesus Christ was crucified on Wednesday, not Friday.

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It is sad how the symphony of Scripture is often confused by error and tradition.

John 19:31 makes it clear that Our Lord’s crucifixion occurred on “preparation” day, i.e. preparation of the Passover meal. In other words, as most Jews were killing their lamb without blemish, God’s lamb, Jesus Christ, was also being slaughtered as a sacrifice for the sins of the world.

“Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world.” John 1:29

Wednesday (or perhaps Thursday) was the ‘Preparation Day’ for Passover. For Jews, all days start at sundown.

John 19:14-16 says: Now it was the day of Preparation of the Passover. It was about the sixth hour (mid-day). He said to the Jews, “Behold your King!” They cried out, “Away with him, away with him, crucify him!” Pilate said to them, “Shall I crucify your King?” The chief priests answered, “We have no king but Caesar.” So he delivered him over to them to be crucified.

It was a bitter sweet day indeed. Few understood it at the time. Few understand it today.

Confusion about the day of the week is easily explained. Mark 15:42 says it was “preparation day, the day before the Sabbath”. Most folks assume he is referring to the Saturday Sabbath. Not so.

There were 3 Sabbaths that week, two “high” Sabbaths and one regular weekly Sabbath (Saturday).

Passover is a “High Sabbath”

The 1st day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread is also a “High Sabbath”

And, Saturday’s are Sabbaths.

So, if ‘3 days and 3 nights’ means what it says then it is most likely Passover / Crucifixion that week landed on a Wednesday. He would have been dead, and in the grave, beginning Wednesday night. He rose sometime after Saturday evening because He had risen by Sunday before dawn.

(See – hover over: Leviticus 23:1-7)

Jesus foretold that He would be in the “heart of the earth for three days and three nights” and He was! Matthew 12:40

Friday at 6:00 p.m. through Sunday at dawn (36 hours) is NOT three days and three nights. It’s seems wrong to try and make it so.

Jesus’ body died at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday – likely on 13 Nissan. He raised His body back to life sometime after dusk on Saturday – on Sunday the 17th Nissan. On 14, 15 and 16 Nissan His body was dead, buried in a tomb – three days and three nights. Mark 15:42-47 Luke 24:1-12

Jesus Christ is our Passover lamb. Jesus predicted it. The whole Bible speaks of it.

On a previous Passover Jesus promised the unbelievers a sign. His death and resurrection was what He promised them as a sign. John 2:18-22

Abraham’s sacrifice of Isaac on the same hill was a ‘type’ to signify Christ’s crucifixion. Genesis 22:1-22

Way back in the Garden of Eden, God promised that Satan’s head would be bruised, but not before Satan would bruise His heel. Genesis 3:15 This also was also a foreshadow of the crucifixion, the price God decreed would be paid for Adam’s sin.

(One can recover from a bruise on ones heel. Satan will never recover from the head bruise to be inflicted one day. He will be in the Lake of Fire forever! Halleluiah! Revelation 20:7-10)

The ‘Passover lamb’ was the most obvious type of Christ. You can quickly read the story in Exodus 12. The firstborn all died. Jesus Christ, being God, was also God’s firstborn.

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. Colossians 1:15-20

Oh my, the riches of the Word of God!

How can one read it and not see it flawless synchronization, every page pointing to Jesus Christ?

HAPPY RESURECTION DAY TO EVERYBODY AWAITING OUR LORD’S CORRONATION!

  1. Joseph joubert says:

    To me it is more than I deserve that Jesus chose to die on the Cross for my sin 2000 years ago. A millisecond this way or that way does not alter the way He loves me. I love Jesus and I know I will soon be with my Savior where time does not exsist.
    Peace be with you.

  2. Ben Gillis says:

    The two-Sabbath week (one a High Sabbath, one a regular Sabbath) is what I thought for many years. But, I’m not so sure now.

    Reason: other counts in scripture are *inclusive* of the dates. For example, 40 years in the wilderness for Ancient Israel, the first was counted. Three days for the cupbearer per Joseph in the dungeon. Daniel’s 70 weeks included the 1st year of the decree. Tiberias’ 15 year included Year 1 as the two weeks he was in office before the Jewish civil year ended. And, many more. Also, Acts 10:40 says He was raised *on* the third day, not after it.

    AFAIK, we do not have a way to tell the same for Jonah in the whale. But, we do have is the above and I’m only counting a few of them. In addition: Daniel’s 70 weeks places Jesus’ ministry A.D. 27-30, and A.D. 30 is a Wednesday. Daniel’s prophecy said in the middle of the week.

    Here’s the Passover’s for those years: http://www.judaismvschristianity.com/passover_dates.htm

    Try giving this a read: https://www.wake-up.org/Daniel/Timing.pdf. It’s one of the most detailed and *objective* analyses I’ve seen in 30 years on this topic. And, it takes into account ALL the possible data (for example, the Jubilee calendar, check it out on page 35, is AMAZING what the timing is for EVERYTHING ELSE – not just the 1 or few points other reads make like this one, or others.

    The reading also lists quite a few biblical examples you can follow concerning *inclusive* counting in scripture. WE ASSUMED THREE DAYS AND THREE NIGHTS PER *OUR* RECKONING, NOT HOW THE JEWS KEPT TIME…and the author’s examples in scripture are referenced for your own judgement.

    Conclusion: A.D. 30 is the *only* year Christ could have been crucified using *ALL* the data we have on the subject.

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  4. Chucks Adajeh Ayomoh Ayomoh says:

    umar you are wrong USA case is different from your own case the case of the mystry Babylon is of america but your own case as Muslims are the Antichrist with the mark of the beast so steak out of what good Friday or not its two different things OK, just good and think fast the good fast and pray to Yeshua .

  5. Kevin Gullick says:

    What has that got to do with the TOPIC/SUBJECT that we are debating here?? Please stick to the subject in question.

  6. Kufre Anitie Okon says:

    Dear God,am sorry for what i have done that i know is nt right,i lie everyday and night,i still,disobey and so much dat i cannot even remember some,God pls i beg for your forgiveness,pls forgive me so dat u may be able to bless me and my family.Lord i know am nt worthy to be calling your name pls am sorry forgive me lord,bless me o lord,make my future be as bright as star in the sky,Thank you Lord for you have answered my prayer,thank you lord.

  7. John C. Brown says:

    The Passover did not happen on the 14th of Nissan but around midnight of the 15th. That same day was the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread. In other words, the Passover and 1st day of the feast were the same day. Not two high sabbaths but one. The 14th was the Day of Preparation for the Passover. They ate the Passover meal that evening after sundown, thus on the 15th. The actual passing over took place after that. The Passover meal is also the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Jesus was crucified on the Day of Preparation for the Passover.

  8. He is lord. That’s the truth

  9. JesusChrist.comUnity says:

    All Holy Days were called Sabbaths, not just Saturday. That week there was more than one in a row.

  10. How about the other texts mention that Jesus was in the tomb on sabbath and he resurrected on the first day of the week?

  11. anonymous says:

    look at this link
    it shows where you are wrong. “three days and three nights” is Jewish vernacular for referring to a period of time that touches on three days Friday, Saturday, and Sunday; one, two, THREE. it is not referring to a literal 72 hours. “three days and three nights” could be referring to as little as 25 hours, half an hour one day 24hours the next and another half at the end to total “three days and three nights” by Jewish reckoning.

  12. Zechariah 9:9King James Version (KJV)

    9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass
    ___________________________________Luke 19:33-37them.

    33 And as they were loosing the colt, the owners thereof said unto them, Why loose ye the colt?

    34 And they said, The Lord hath need of him.

    35 And they brought him to Jesus: and they cast their garments upon the colt, and they set Jesus thereon.

    36 And as he went, they spread their clothes in the way.

    37 And when he was come nigh, even now at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen. Isaiah 42, Isaiah 52:13-15, Isaiah 53:1-12, John 1 1 Johan 4:13, Isaiah 7:12-16, Isaiah 9, Isaiah 11, Isaiah 26:3, John 18:5-8, Genises 1:26 it says in OUR image not in my image., Luke 10:18,Revelation12:7:12 Ezekiel 28:16-17 in revelations is says how the devl was cast out of heaven Yehoshua said he seen him cast out the trinity is God in three persons not three sepreat persons there is God as the supreme being there is God as a human Yehoshua as some call Jesus and there God the Holy spirit which is a spirit three persons ONE GOD.

  13. Greg Rump says:

    The issue is He was a false prophet if these 3 prophesies He made were not fulfilled exactly:1)after 3 days and 3 nights 2) after 3 days and 3) on the 3rd day He would rise. This means He was entombed at the first millisecond of Thursday beginning at sun down Wednesday and rose at the last millisecond of Saturday. To gather every Sunday because He rose the first day of the week is to proclaim Him a false prophet not worthy to be the perfect sacrifice and therefore no savior at all. Therefore christendom declares every week that they are not saved

  14. Umar, did you know that Mohammad’s wife was Catholic?

  15. It is “Christendom” who has added to the scripture, Umar. You asked a great question – why celebrate good Friday? Because it was a knee-jerk reaction to the phrase “preparation day” for “The Sabbath”. This clearly was not the weekly Sabbath being talked about (as pointed out in John), it was an annual Holy Day – The First Day of Unleavened Bread. “Christendom” twisted the scripture so that Augustine could celebrate the “Venerable Day of the Sun God” (on Sunday) and force everyone else to accept the idea that the Sabbath was on Sunday instead of the true Sabbath Day, Saturday – the 7th day of the week!

  16. Impossible for Christ to be put in the tomb after sundown on Wednesday (the beginning of Thursday). Jews were very specific about touching a dead body on a Sabbath or a High Day – it would make them unclean. So, Christ had to be wrapped and placed in the tomb before sundown on the preparation day for the First Day of Unleavened Bread (which began at sundown). The ONLY sign he gave to prove He was who He said He was was the sign of Jonah – in the belly of the whale for “three days and three nights” (72 hours exactly). Therefore, He HAD to rise just before sundown on the weekly Sabbath (Saturday). The Roman guards knew the Jews would not steal the body on the Sabbath day (because they would have to touch it – becoming unclean), so there posts were probably not manned. This is why when the scripture says “early in the morning on the first day of the week, while it was yet dark” the tomb was empty. Christ had fulfilled His own prophecy and had risen from the dead! This was ON the weekly Sabbath – NOT on Sunday!

  17. NONO MICHAEL says:

    PRAISE THE LORD JESUS CHRIST…AMEN
    LETS OBEY THE TRUTH NOT FALSE,FOR JESUS WAS SENT BY GOD TO BARE WITNESS TO THE TRUTH ONLY,
    REV.19:9 SAYS BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO ARE INVITED IN THE WEDDING SUPPER OF THE LAMB,THIS WAS PASSOVER FEAST NOT CRUCIFIXION,JEREMIAH.6:16 SAYS TELL MY PEOPLE TO RETURN TO THE OLD PATH MY WAY,MEANING THAT WE SHOULD NOT BUILD OUR OWN WAYS BUT STICK TO WHAT IS ALREADY WRITTEN.DO NOT ACT TO BE FALSE PROPHETS,YOU WILL BE CONDEMNED BEFORE THE LORD FOR KEEPING AWAY FROM THE TRUTH

  18. I totally agree that He was ” cut off” in the midst of the week. Which would be Weds around 3.. And 3 days 3 nights is exactly what is meant which is 72 hours.

    Great article..I’ve believed and studied this for 30 years..

    After all it was a SIGN.

  19. Paul C Draper says:

    Grace,

    History argues that there was never a state in the land of Israel in the last 1800 years or so. After Jerusalem fell under Roman rule, the area was nothing more than a refugee area governed from afar by Rome, by the Ottomans, by the British and several others. The local people could at any time set up their own government. They never did until the mass migration of Jews in 1947-48. When a vote was held seeking to form the new state, the vote of all was for Israel. It was recognized immediately by the US and a day later by the UN. Welcome to history. Beyond this, there is a reason muslim workers are destroying evidence all around the Dome of the Rock that it is the historic home of the Jewish people.

  20. Wednesday (or perhaps Thursday) was the ‘Preparation Day’ for Passover. For Jews, all days start at sundown.

    You also added another Doubt “perhaps Thursday”
    Remove perhaps from your mind say boldly Wednesday.

  21. What part of “3 days and 3 nights don’t you understand??

  22. What doesnt add up is that you dont understand the Jewish term 3 days and 3 nights. Any part of a day is considered a day and a night. The term 3 days and 3 nights just means a continuous period and not a stop and go period like 3 days would be. People are such blahtering fools that interpret the ancient culture and language from what they know of their own language and culture. Shame on you!

  23. Bias and conservative thought forbid to know the Truth and there won’t be any peace in their souls. Person gets peace when he finds the truth and walks in the way of truth. We should not believe blindly anything, we need to find out which is right, truth .

  24. Tama po,hindi natin kelangan pagtalunan ang ang mga bagay n hndi naman kelangan pag talunan o pag usapan,dahil hindi naman dyan nababatay ang ating kaligtasan but through JESUS CHRIST our lord writtin in the bible by apostle paul in the book of acts chapter 4 verse 12

  25. Marieta
    Go to the head of the class, you are right.
    Late burial on the 14th (day of preparation)
    and very early resurrection on the 18th,first
    day of the week. Three full nights and three
    full days.

  26. Creation
    Evening and Morning the first day- days begin from evening to evening. Considering Ephesians 3:9-10 to make all men understand the connection of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world has been hid in God, WHO CREATED ALL THINGS BY JESUS CHRIST. To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the many-sided wisdom of God. Now,lets deal with Jesus’statement in Matthew 12:40 For as Johah 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.
    My guess is that Jesus knows what three days and three nights are.
    So, when did Jesus institute the New Covenant? When Nisan 13 ended at evening, Jesus told the disciples to prepare the Passover. He instituted in the evening right after Nisan 13 had passed. After they ate Jesus went to the garden to pray, when his agony of prayer was over, he was ready to be taken for his suffering for mankind, after the treatment of the Sanhedrien and meeting with Pilate, scourging, Jesus was placed on the cross and 9:00 am and died at 3:00 pm and placed in the tomb before the High Sabbath of Unleavened Bread.
    So who is in control of these times? II Corinthians 5:17-19 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creation: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are OF GOD, who has reconciled us to Himself by Jesus Christ and has given to us the ministry of reconciliation; THAT IS, that God WAS IN CHRIST reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and has COMMITTED unto us the word of reconciliation.
    Three days and three nights, Jesus rose at the end of the seventh day Sabbath and Jesus will never die again. Meaning he has entered an eternal Sabbath.
    John 17:2, 5,8 ,17 As thou (Father) have given me,Jesus, power over all flesh, that he (I,Jesus) should give eternal life to as many as you Father have given me. And now, Father, glorify thou me alongside thine own self with the glory which I had WITH THEE BEFORE THE WORLD WAS.For I, Jesus, have given unto them the words which thou gave me and they have received them and have known surely THAT I CAME OUT OF THEE…. Sanctify (Father) them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
    Exodus 31:13 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, My Sabbaths you shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that YOU MAY KNOW THAT I AM THE LORD THAT DOES SANCTIFY YOU.
    Mark 2:27-28 Jesus said, the Sabbath was made for man….Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the Sabbath.
    II Corinthians 5:15-16 And that Jesus died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them and rose again. Wherefore we regard no man according to the flesh; yet though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now from this time forward we know him (like this) no more.
    Hebrews 4:3-5,10-12 For we which have believed do enter into rest, as God said, As I have sworn in my wrath (those in unbelief) they shall not enter into my rest: ALTHOUGH THE WORKS WERE FINISED FROM THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD. For He spoke in a certain place of the seventh day this way, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works. And IN THIS PLACE again, those of unbelief shall not enter into my rest. For he that is entered into his rest, he also has ceased from his own works as God did from his. Let us be diligent to enter into rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelievers. For the word of God is alive and powerful and shaper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit and of the joints and marrow, and is a DISCERNER OF THE THOUGHTS AND INTENTIONS OF THE HEART..

  27. so you think Jerusalem belongs to Israel beuscae of History??? i’m assuming you think Israelis wer there first or something. there actually is history that the palestinians were there and they were in Jerusalem b4 Israel. a century ago who lived in Jerusalem?so believe in History! HIstory tells us Palestinians lived in Jerusalem b4 a state of Israel was illegally created and still not including Jerusalem .

  28. The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “By the One in Whose hand is my soul, soon the son of Maryam will decensd among you [according to another report: the Hour will not begin until the son of Maryam decensds among you] as a just judge. He will break the cross, kill the pigs and abolish the jizyah, and money will become abundant until no one will accept it.”

  29. Im Christian and took my family to Israel in 2005 ..THE ZIONIST JEWS TRIED TO KILL US BECAUSE THE MOTHER OF MY 3 AMERICAN BORN CHILDREN WAS BORN UNDER THEIR OCCUPATION. Evn thoguh she traveled with an American passport and was an American citizen.FOR 3 DAYS THEY TERRORIZED ME WITH MY 10 MNTH OLD SICK BABY IN MY ARMS IN THE SWELTERING HEAT.Beware- TRAVEL WARNINGS FOR AMERICAN CHRISTIANS TO ISRAEL ITS NOT FUN AND YOU MAY BE KILLED BY JEWISH TERRORISTS NOT THE poverty stricken Palestinians!

  30. Wow, all this fighting, I think evnoyree has forgotten the true meaning of life. God sent his ONLY Son here to bring us all peace and forgiveness God owns it All. Were just here for a short time. We will all face Him to be judged. That’s not our job . It’s HIS! Praise be to God on high! Do you all seriously think arguing and killing each other is what He wanted for us? He will come claim HIS Holy Land when He is ready.

  31. in Mark 16 and he would be healed. This would pobabrly be a great enough sign’ for him to imeadiatly believe in Jesus Christ. Yet because the Kingdom gospel is not being preached today, and we are now in a different dispensation (The Age of Grace) No Christian has the gift of healing. All we can do is pray that God heals him, either directly or indirectly (by sending him good Physicians and Medicines) . Amen. The reality is we ourselves and all our friends and loved ones will one day surcum to some dread Malady. We have an apointment. After this the judgement. Tony has a short time to consider these things. I pray God convicts his soul.

  32. JesusChrist.comUnity says:

    The Bible says only God is immortal. ”He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone possesses immortality…” (1 Tim 6:15-16)

  33. Umar brother, go to a site that will answer for muslims having questions. They can answer you openly and honest with no agenda to keep you in the Ummah so you do not leave. All cults do not want there followers to leave and will stop you by force if they can. Interesting that all other religions do not do this except cults. If you are fortunate enough to live in a free nation where the convictions of your heart about your worship are not forced on you – then find the truth brother! Do not just comment on sites with closed heart or brainwashed mind because you are not seeking truth yourself, but being told what to believe.

    It is not beneficial for your soul.

    Your soul is eternal brother…

    Be sure you have answers correct. Let no Imam or high Mullah or Sheikh tell you answers and you blindly follow. It is *your* eternal soul brother. Just seek with open heart and spirit and you will find TRUTH if you only humble yourself and pray and ask God to place protection around you spiritually while you openly seek the truth, and show your heart the truth through His Holy Spirit that your eyes do not see and your ears have not heard and your mind has been blocked from understanding because of what you have been told your whole life. This is not easy to do because really opening your heart and be unbiased is hard for us who have been told what to think our whole lives. Even told it is against our religion to read things or talk about things they say is not .

    It is YOUR SOUL.

    How will you know or find the truth if you do not look for it? Hardest thing to do is this because it takes strength to recognize truth when you have lived so long in untruth… being honest with yourself can be the hardest thing to ever do. And deep down in your soul you can feel there is something wrong… something missing… it is hard…

    Go to the site Answering Islam for answers to your questions or comments.

    And concerning Esa’s crucify & resurrection, go to this site also for information on the time and day for crucifixion was. Decide for yourself.
    http://www.levitt.com/faqs#/crucifixion

    People today do not consider time today the way they did in old Middle Eastern days. This is why you are seeing different opinions on it. Personally, I dont care what day or time because we argue these things but in the end its about what it means and thats all that matters in the end on the day you stand before Holy God and he judges your sin and sinful excesses and lusts and actions.

    But take into consideration the oldest traditons from ancient times before our own. Father Abrahim was from the beginning and what was he? Know your beginnings and try to open your mind and heart to understand the truth and where in time the truth was taken and made into a political gain. The poem Waraqa ibn Nawfal wrote about people being at first on the right path and then being deceived and going into the gardens is as true today as it was in the time of mohammed (pbuh).

    You must look at the character of yourself and your examples for your heart and soul… Consider and examine your heart and soul and what do you think would be pleasing to a Holy God who created and gave life to all mankind… is it ours to murder and take life God has given? Is it ours to force when even God has given freely each his or her own choice to accept or refuse Him? Even given this choice to all from the time of Father Abrahim?

    ….one man lived by the sword, one took a sword and put it away, One man lived a sinless life, and one man lived his life in excess and sexual sin. One man killed many and shed innocent blood because people did not agree with him, and One died for and gave his own innocent blood for all men’s sin…

  34. Umar Ahmed says:

    Why has the Christendom been celebrating good Friday? You are creating or adding your own idea into the bible ? The bible says whore to you for adding or deleting from the bible. Did god make that mistake? Shame on you.

  35. Umar Ahmed says:

    So all these years Christians have been deceived that Jesus was crucified on a Friday. Eh !! When and where did you get the Wednesday crucifixion? Because you are trying to escape the fact that Jesus was not crucified nor killed. You can not get the 3 days and 3 night fact if he was crucified on a Wednesday. All Christians have the courage to say and accept the truth Jesus was not crucified. Therefore , issue of resurreaction is does not arise at all.

  36. after doing much study into the old calendars, I have come to the same conclusion

    using the power of modern computers, we can track the cycles of the moon backwards into history, with such accuracy, that we find them lining up with the historial records

    the significance of this, is that as has been mentioned, in 31ad, the 14th of the first month indeed fell no where near friday

    there are 2 choices that seem to be available as to the timeing of the first month

    some would place it in march, in which the 14th of the first month would fall on about march 27, which was a monday

    others would place it in april, in which the 14th of the first month would fall on april 25, which was a wednesday

    having made this discovery, i have fully rejected my long held belief in a friday crucificton

    a wednesday crucifiction, actually better fits the prophesy of dan 9, for not only is it in the middle of the prophetic week, but it is also in the middle of the literal week

    and the whole of the prophesy of dan 9 is based on a prophetic application of the literal week

    you might also be interested to note that the wednesday crucifiction in 31ad also helps settle an important question regardin when to start the lunar year

    for the 14th of the first month to fall on wed april 25 in 31ad
    then the first of the month has to be defined in the following manner

    the first day of the first month of the new lunar year starts
    on the first cresent of the first new moon following the spring equinox

    if any one here is of sda origins or back ground, you might want to look at the lunar calendar for 1844, for william millars calculation that the day of atonement was oct 22

    you will find the lunar calendar he used, followed the same formular

    this is as opposed to the traditional use of the first full moon after the spring equinox being the passover moon, which means the start of the month could actually fall prior to the spring equinox

  37. Karen is completely right.

  38. Passover is an event not a day. The Passover lambs were slaughtered in the evening before sundown which began the first day of Unleavened Bread. Christ died at the same time of day, shortly after the 3rd hour, that the Passover lambs were being killed. Hence, it was the “preparation” of the Passover meal to be eaten in the beginning (evening) of the first day of UB.

  39. I agree totally :)

  40. Marieta says:

    This question has bothered me for a long time as well, I started looking at it, but got side tract and never completed my search until my 10 year old son recognized the same error this Easter Sunday. He did not quite buy my explanation of counting the days inclusively (part of Friday, whole Saturday, Part of Sunday).. and frankly in my heart I tried to believe it but could not feel peaceful about it.

    Then today I read John 19:31 again “that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, (for that sabbath day was an high day,)”..!!!

    I googled ‘high sabbath’ to find it’s meaning, re-read Leviticus 23 and had to draw some pictures :-) Confusing because we count the day first and the Bible counts the evening first. I agree with you. Jesus was crucified on Wednesday, but then I also agree with Karen, it was Nisan 14 (and not 13) – Leviticus 23:5 –
    Then Jesus rose up some time in the evening after sunset Saturday evening Nisan 18, which was already the start of Sunday. Prayers answered, explanation ready for young mind’s question. God Bless

  41. i agree that Christ died on a wednesday… but i will differ with you on this point…the phrase ‘preparation day for the passover’ refers to preparation for the high sabbath of the unleavened bread….passover ‘day’ itself has not been called a high sabbath day…there were 2 sabbaths, the 15th of Nissan (first day of unleavened) and then the weekly sabbath….Christ was crucified ON passover…the 14th of Nissan, a wednesday in the year 31AD….
    He was laid in the tomb wed before sundown, then rose at the end of the weekly sabbath, fulfilling prophecy.
    hope this helps clarify a little…
    shalom

  42. George Scheide says:

    As someone who believes God is a God of order, Wednesday makes more sense than Friday. Just as Jonah spent 3 days and nights in the belly Jesus had to be in the grave. I don’t have a problem with people recognizing it being on Friday, so long as they recognize the death and resurrection of our Savior. Without researching I had personally favored Thursday, but the points in this article make sense. The exclamation point of Lazarus being resurrected on the 4th day is it was believed after 3 days a person’s spirit left their body.

  43. Ken Doig says:

    Wednesday Crucifixion Scripturally Flawed

    The Word contradicts the possibility of a Wednesday Crucifixion of Jesus. Consider:

    Luke 23:53-24:1 (NIV)
    “53Then he [Joseph of Arimathea] took it [Jesus’ body] down, wrapped it in linen cloth and placed it in a tomb cut in the rock, one in which no one had yet been laid. 54It was Preparation Day, and the Sabbath was about to begin. 55The women who had come with Jesus from Galilee followed Joseph and saw the tomb and how his body was laid in it. 56Then they went home and prepared spices and perfumes. But they rested on the Sabbath in obedience to the commandment.
    1On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb.”

    Wednesday afternoon – Jesus dies, and before sunset his body is anointed and wrapped in linen according to Jewish burial customs (John 19:39-40). The women (Mary Magdalene, et. al.) watch this event at the tomb, and then they go home and prepare additional spices.

    Thursday (sunset to sunset) – It is Passover. The women observe the day of rest.

    Friday – Early in the morning, the woman purchase more spices (Mark 16:1-2) and go to the tomb to present their offering. They find the tomb sealed and guarded (Matthew 27:62-65), and they are prevented from using the spices.

    Saturday (sunset to sunset) – It is the Sabbath. The women observe the day of rest.

    Sunday – On “the first day of the week” they go to the tomb again to present their offering, undeterred by a sealed tomb and guards. They ignore Jewish burial customs and that He would be dead four days and stink (John 11:39). The guards are still there, but the seal broken. Jesus has risen.

    So, Mary Magdalene, what’s wrong with this scenario?

    We watched discretely when Joseph and Nicodemus anointed our Lord’s body with myrrh and aloes and then wrap Him in nice linen. There are other spices we thought more fragrant that we wanted to add at the first opportunity. But it was late, and the Sabbath was about to begin. We would have to wait until Sunday.

    Sunday? Your first opportunity to further offer spices was Friday morning. Jesus was crucified on Wednesday.

    Don’t be silly. We took a tour of Jerusalem on Friday, and hung out in the market. We saved our spices for four days until He stank.

    Hmm. Perhaps the stank is from the later-day Pharisees who teach a Wednesday Crucifixion.

  44. Christopher says:

    Thank you for responding. My question was more related to the typology of the first Passover & Firstfruits celebrated in the promised land and how that potentially models a match of the days of the week when Christ may have been crucified on April 3, 33 AD.

    After much research, I am content to allow for the plausibility of either a Wednesday or Friday crucifixion.

    But if anyone is interested in further support for Friday, I offer the extensive study done by F. A. Larson at … http://www.bethlehemstar.net/

    The dating of the cross is part three of the study, but I implore you to review the entire study which looks at real astronomical evidence of amazing events not only surrounding the birth of Christ, but also the day of the crucifixion.

    Larson presents excellent reasoning for the date of April 3, 33 AD based not only on astronomical data, but also on historical records, and the Daniel prophecy.

    If anything, it will certainly give you something to discuss. Blessings!

  45. I AM CONVINCED THAT JESUS DIED ON WEDNESDAY.

  46. JesusChrist.comUnity says:

    You ask if the “Day of Firstfruits fits into the Wednesday or Thursday crucifixion theory.” Yes. Please read our short article. It answers your question.

  47. Christopher says:

    Here is a link to the best evidence I’ve seen to support Friday crucifixion:

    http://biblelight.net/pasover.htm

    The article at this site addresses each of the concerns you raise and provides further support from the Old Testament.

    There are several passages to support an inclusive reckoning of “the third day” as the day after tomorrow.

    But the most interesting evidence is regarding Passover week and the importance of the “Day of Firstfruits” and the resurrection.

    I would be interested to know if the Day of Firstfruits fits into your theory, or if you do not agree that it is important.

    In your post, you claim that the Friday crucifixion is based on “error and tradition,” but I sincerely implore you to read the entirety of the article in the link.

    I do not expect you to change your opinion of the date, but I do hope that you will acknowledge that one can believe Friday based on thorough Biblical research.

  48. Christopher says:

    Please read the article at this link:

    http://biblelight.net/pasover.htm

    It presents very compelling arguments for a Friday crucifixion using a wealth of support from the Old & New Testaments. Each of the points are interesting in and of themselves, but the sheer weight of them all is overwhelming.

    I don’t expect you to change your opinion of the crucifixion day, but hopefully you will realize that Friday has been thoroughly researched and not just an erroneous tradition. Perhaps you might be at least willing admit that Friday is certainly plausible.

    So please, please take time to read the article on the link.

  49. Our church created “tombs” and gave them to the kids n church instead of Easter baskets, they were so cute,
    just a thought

  50. Yohanes.S says:

    I believe and follow Jesus Christ with all my soul, with all my heart without human logic.

  51. JesusChrist.comUnity says:

    There were three Sabbaths that week. Read the article. http://www.jesuschrist.com/jesus-christ-was-crucified-on-wednesday-not-friday/

  52. Lothar. Have a LOOK AT mARK 16:1 and Luke 23:56. The women bought the spices AFTER the Sabbath(After Jesus was dead….wed) then they prepared them and rested on the sabbath(friday)So which is it? How could they have bought the spices AFTEr the Sabbath AND then prepared them BEFORE the Sabbath? unless there were more than one Sabbath that week.Have a read and ask the Spirit to reveal the Truth

  53. Who says He hasn’t already returned in the person of the Holy Spirit? If we’re looking for His Body resurrected we have to look no further than those who walk by faith and who have been resurrected to new life. If we’re looking for Jesus Christ in the flesh – we have to look no further than Him fleshing out Himself through His Body — the Church.

  54. I should add that when Jesus died on the Passover day at 3 PM the second and final sacrifice for that day also occurred in the Temple!

    The plan of the Ages was made known to Daniel in the prophecy of 70 weeks. Daniel 9 is about the coming Messiah not some future anti-christ. Daniel 9:27 the “he” is the Prince not the prince.

  55. Hi, I support a Wednesday crucifixion as does this author however a number of things need to be pointed out:

    1. The Passover day on 14 Nisan is not a high Sabbath day as it was a day of preparation for the following day 15 Nisan – the First Day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread. No commandment was given for the Lords Passover starting 6 PM 14 Nisan to be a day of holy convocation.
    2. By the time of tabernacle and thus First and Second Temple periods two daily Passover sacrifices had been commanded – see Exodus 29: 37-41. Note a meat offering twice a daily for 7 days.
    3. There were a total of 8 days of unleavened bread – refer Exodus 12:18.
    4. There was a total of 7 days in that 8 day period called the Feast of Unleavened Bread – the first day of which was 15 Nisan a high day Sabbath after the Lords Passover which was a day of preparation.
    5. Jesus participated in the Lords Passover on 14 Nisan at evening. Note no meat is eaten at the Last Supper.
    6. Later that evening on 14 Nisan Jesus went to the garden, betrayed, arrested and trial and torture continued through the night when placed on a cross at approx 9 AM the time of the first daily sacrifice.
    7. Mark 15:42 and Matthew 27:57 “even had come” means not that 15 Nisan had arrived but “between the evenings” refer http://www.scripture4all.org/OnlineInterlinear/NTpdf/mat27.pdf 12 hour period which started at Noon.
    8. Jesus on was on the cross to the ninth hour 3 PM and was buried before the high day Sabbath to start 15 Nisan at 6 PM. See John 19;40-42.
    9. Jesus was in the heart of the earth for 3 days and 3 nights as per Jonah Matthew 12:40.

    Refer https://www.dropbox.com/s/j8dero5ooafldtc/The%20Events%20of%20Passover%20and%20the%20Crucifixion%20Week%20with%20respect%20to%20Daniel%2070th%20Week%20FINAL.docx

  56. Whoever says Jesus was crucified on a Wednesday has not read the Bible careful enough. My Friend, please read the Word of God again. Jesus was crucified on a Friday, but it is way more important that HE ROSE FROM THE DEAD ON SUNDAY! HE IS ALIVE AND HE WILL COME AGAIN! PRAISE TO THE SON OF GOD, JESUS CHRIST, MY LORD AND MY SAVIOR!

  57. Priscilla Bitah says:

    Everybody listen up, if you really want to know more about this stuff, go to rcg.org, there your will find a vast amount of gold ready for download. I am not a member of this church, but I am a truth seeker. If another is contradicting the Word of God I go other sites for truth.At this website it make the proponents of a Friday Crucifixion squirm. They will try to shake your faith in the Scriptures, but just hang on. Remember the Word Of Jesus, It is Written, It is Written, It is Written. This Friday Crucifixion is nothing,but a hoax put on by the Vatican.It is because they have counterfeited the word of God and they are selling it to the world and the world is eating it.They are the viruses of this world. Do as the Lord Jesus did quote from the Scriptures, that is your only safeguard. Remember to do your homework and do a lot of research outside of the Bible. May the Lord in His Power protect you all of you. Thanks

  58. Priscilla Bitah says:

    Praise the Lord for showing the truth about Christ’s Crucifixion.It is sad that lots of Christians who profess Christ are being led down the wrong road by an apostate power, thinking according they are doing a good deed.I have nothing against them, it is just SAD.

  59. Keep up the good work! From the comments above, there is much work yet to be done.

  60. Good research here, but the sacrifice that Jesus replaced was the Tamid, the standing sacrifice. At the moment that the veil was torn the chosen priest was offering the incense (remember Zechariah?). The Tamid was the sin offering … not the passover, although the passover was a good type of Christ. Need more research here on the twice daily Tamid, the incense, and the changed nature of the Mercy Seat offering since the Ark was no longer available in Herod’s temple. Jesus replaced the daily offering (see Hebrews). He has finished the work and our salvation is ONLY though His finished work.

  61. This is very good thinking. At our church we celebrate with a Good Wednesday service. In the evening we meet and speak about the cross and have the Lord’s Supper together. We do not have a good friday service.

    People get stuck in traditions and are offended if you say, “good friday” is not accurate according to the Scriptures.

    I tell pastors that their doctrines must come out of the Old Testament because these writings are the shadows and types of the reality of Jesus the Christ. In Exodus 12 it clearly tells us there are only four days after the passover lamb is chosen, not six.

  62. Study His Word Ministries says:

    Also, proper translation of Matt. 28:1 from the original Greek reads “after the sabbaths”. Sabbaths being plural indicates more than one sabbath between crucifixion and resurrection.

  63. Early Riser says:

    This is such a good teaching. I am a Messianic woman, who teaches Art at a Christian homeschool co-op. This March, I want to do bible based art projects with the children instead of the pagan bunnies, eggs, flowers, etc. I am praying right now for Abba to inspire me on creating a solid, art project to depict this truth to my Sunday Church friends in a non-threatening way. Thank you so much. If anyone asks about the art project, I have bookmarked this blog, and will point them to it. Beautiful are the feet that carry the Good News of Salvation in Jesus Christ (my version of the scripture. But you know what I mean)

  64. amen on that

  65. Seth Martin says:

    The Bible doesn’t say anything about Friday, let alone “Good Friday”. That is a misinterpretation. The first few paragraphs of this article explain exactly why and how it was misinterpreted that way.

  66. JesusChrist.co.uk says:

    I too believe that a Wednesday crucifixion is the only way a proper timeline can be constructed of the events we read in Scripture. This is a great article. Thank God even more so that Wednesday, Friday or any other day the death and resurrection were sufficient to remove all of the sins that kept us from the Father!

  67. Matt 12:40!!!

    James

  68. uchechukwu nworie says:

    why is it that christians are easily deceived,we are meant to understand that the bible is the word of God.and that those who wrot the bible were under the inspiraton of the Holy spirit,that is to say they were inspired by God himself because God is spirit,and we are all adicved to seek God’s wisdom and understanding,simply mean we should pray before we read the HOLY BOOK [Bible].i know that people have defferent reasoning and are inspired in defferent ways.i want us to know that poeple read the bible without even understanding anything and they will come and preach rubbish,if jesus did not die on the Good friday then GOD lied about himself.it also means he never inspired any of those that wrot the bible and it also means the bible fake is never the word of GOD.but one thing i do know for sure is that GOD never lires.he is God and not man.the bible says we should not add and we should not remove,but most ignored that warning,for me i can’t be a fool to beleive anything defferent from what i read in the bible.so my dear chritian brothers/sister i will advice you not to beleive anything defferent from what you read in the bible.if more to say this issue but that will be later.may the Good GOOD of truth be with you all[AMEN]

  69. kwakulondon says:

    I am that at least its not me alone and my church that knows of this secret. Yahushua once said to his decisples that to them it has been given to know of the mysteries in heaven. Its not everyone that can comprehend this mystery but except those whom the son loves reveals himself to. My Godfather before thought Jesus Christ (Yahushua) died on Friday as our sunday school teachers taught us. However, one day, he was caught up in a vision where Jesus Christ asked him when he died? To his astonishment, the master said no, it is not Friday but Wednesday. He proved to him by given him biblical references of which Mathew 12:38-40, 1 John 5:18-,John 17:1- and Daniel 9:27 were found his bed after his awake. Ever since, My GOdfather have not refuse to say the truth about the true day of Jesus’s death. Friday was a day Tamuz, a Roman sun-god worshiped before Jesus’s arrival on the seen. Jesus was never born on 25 December and never died on friday. However all these Easter and Christmas festivals were pagan occasions incorporated into Christianity by Constantine the great. The most important sacrament in the Bible left to us by our beloved Jesus Christ was The Lord’s Supper and this is the very thing the church today don’t preach and practice. Something that brings and leads to conviction have been stopped. You can celebrate your saviour’s death and birth but you cannot dine with him, shame to some Christians. Also, the so called picture of Jesus is fake. It was painted by Michealangelo and has ever since been used to deceive the whole world. That picture is called Jesus Sannata/da, an ocultist who will one day descend and anti-christ and present himself as the true messiah. Remember, what Our Master and Lord Jesus told us, “that when you hear people say that Jesus is here or there, don;t believe because it is fake. There has been reports of the appearance of Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ in some parts of the world. How can this be true. Blasphemy and this is the workings of antichrist and they will do same to the pictures you hang in your rooms and churches as the picture of Jesus Christ. God knew the mind of man that he will idolize Moses the prophet that is I why up to now, the Israelites did not know the remains of Him. God said in the Commandments, make no other god apart from.Bow down not to any graven image and worship no graven image apart from Me. But what do we see now, people hanging Jesus pictures in their rooms, cars, everywhere yet committing adultery and fornication as well. Jesus, the ral saviour of the World is coming. His criterion for heaven has not change abit. Ritheousness, holiness and blameless. Never think Jesus the wants people to accommodate heaven so he will be lenient, no way. He stands for the trut and nothing else but truth. Whom are you celebrating that Good Friday for. Has any body asked you. In fact the Bible never stated so in the teachings of Jesus the Christ. Brethren in the Lord, John who was the beloved of Jesus the Christ said in his Epiestle 1 John 5:18-, that we should think of this and separate ourselves from Idols. What idol was he talking about? The Friday Jesus, the calender Jesus, The Christmas Jesus and The Easter Jesus.When you go to church and a pastor tells you to picture Jesus, which Jeus are you picturing? The calender Jesus or the movie Jesus? Which Jesus are you picturing? The one revealed to by the Son himself of what? Be bold ad ask your pasto one day that, pastor, with all due respect, what Jesus do you want me to picture now? No wander today in churches, all sorts of dressing is found. You will get demon pastorsto tell you that it does not matter and that what matters is your heart.Brethren, Christians condemns Muslims yet how often will you see Muslim wearing a Christian attire to mosque? Apostle Paul the other time said, what yoke has the unbeliever and the believer, or what has darkness got to do with light. Where is our christian morals. Will God permit harlot dressing into heaven just because he wants people? Don’t misunderstand the death of Christ and the Grace given us. Jesus never stated that because of His blood we could do whatever we wish and still get to heaven. In fact he said that, if our righteousness does not surpass the pharisees, we should forget heaven.I have many to share but this for mean time will do.

  70. sure mam just keep thy faith
    ptl………

  71. Risen Angel says:

    “But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” (2 Peter 3:8)

    Let scripture speak for itself.

    “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.” (Isaiah 55:8)

    I don’t read the articles; I find the comments much more interesting. The children of men are fascinating and I’m beginning to see that there is a lot of dispute about theology. Why?

    “What is truth?” (John 18:38)

    “I am the way, the truth and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6)

    “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:32)

    “Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.” (John 18:37)

    It’s in times like these that I like to refer to the source. I am more interested in hearing what Jesus had to say than what some man has to say about what Jesus said, understand?

  72. whethe friday or not.all i know is that i love Jesus Christ with all my harth.

  73. Thank you for your clear and consie explanation of Christ in the Earth for 3 days and 3 nights! It was just as Jesus said himself in Matthew 12:40 “For as Jonah was in the belly of the great fish for three days and three nights, so will the Son of Man be in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights.” Do a word study on those words “days” and “nights” in Mt.12:40, and you will see the literal meaning of it, as has been exemplified by the author fo this article!! But, for some, with ears, they do not hear, and with eyes,they do not see….

  74. Jahovah Jira he is my provider

  75. I’m finally glad to find someone with enough sence to see the truth about this subject. It really gets on my nerves to hear people say it really doesn’t matter. It does matter. It comes down to a very simple fact. Either Jesus told the truth about three day or he did not. I think it is best that we understand the three days based on what Jesus said and the Bible rather than try to force Jesus and Bible to fit a man made tradition.

  76. James Verner says:

    Please send this to me on my email. James

  77. Sure!

  78. dmmaseoseoseo says:

    Is it okay to post some of this on my site if I post a link to this page?

  79. Justina Ekeh says:

    I luv GOD, JESUS AND THE HOLY SPIRIT, i jst wnt 2 knw d truth.

  80. Daniel Akoma says:

    my uncles name is chidiebere and hes an igbo man from Nigeria too 😀

  81. Cityofjoy says:

    No one has seen God but only begotting Son have made Him known to us,
    if gospel of John says in the beginning was the “Word”
    & we did not understand that the “Word” is God Heself. For example, if you owned a company in nigeria & you are in england, but you have sent your Word to them to do what you want them to do for you, & so they did not do what you exaltly asked them to do for you, this means they disobey your Word, they are the same time disobey you. If you understand this meaning, you also understand who Jesus is.
    Jesus said that you should honoured Him just as the same you honour my father, saying that who ever did not honour Him, did not honour the father who sent Him.
    Look at Mary the mother of Jesus as you may said. But i want you to know that Mary’s body was the only thing our God used to form a body of Christ Jesus. And, Lord God plant His Word in that body, and, body became a living soul. This Soul was programmed
    as a enterpriter of whatever might be spoken by God.

  82. Cityofjoy says:

    My real name is chidiebere, this means in english “God is merciful”. I’m an Igbo man from nigeria, i am not a pastor nor Rev. But, i love God, & i love Him through Jesus Christ. I have seen Jesus, when i saw Him, He told me we are really people that killed Him, when i was about to ask Him why He say so, He says to me you are a Jew, that i should not cry, because, i was on my nees at the moment when i saw Him speek.
    If i said Jesus is my God, please, don’t judge me. Remember that i ask you to go God & Him, He may give you His wisdom of understanding. Leave that name Jesus or you should leave body of Christ Jesus, but, believe in His Spirit. & That His spirit is God, God Himself is in body of Jesus Christ.
    I died so many times without numbered, but God’s last name is Jesus not Jehovah. In Him was life,& life was the light of Men. So He gave me life. Even, there was a time i died, but still working on my feet, eating, speeking, means i was alive without breath. Let me stop here. I shall say some more later, but i do know you won’t believe my story, & that is why i have not went to church to lay my testimony

  83. Cityofjoy says:

    If you are a christian, you should followed us keep the BIBLE as our manual document of day to day operatining system of life. Jesus Christ simply means a document of God, a name giving to an assignment with which our Lord God has finaly exemining His property. To day, whosover his name is not writen in this document of God will thrown in hell fire.

  84. Cityofjoy says:

    If you are not happy that we named that DAY GOOD FRIADY.why, take this in your mine that the DAY “friday” was the DAY Our God created MAN. And, this friday was also the DAY Our God through Jesus made MAN free from his bondage of Sin.

  85. Cityofjoy says:

    if i tell you that Jesus Christ died on friday, believed it, because it was exaltly the day He died. Ask God in your player to show you what a DAy friday means, because, it was the DAY OUR GOD FINISHED HIS WORK & rest on saturday, means sabbath DAY, JESUS ALSO REST, then resurret on sunday,went back to His father on sunday

  86. Hanaa Henin says:

    Amen we praise our Holy God Lord Jesus , He will come soon ,we will be withe Him forever He will come again to take His gingdum and we will with Him . He will create new heven and new earth and we will with Him forever . Amen

  87. Jesus Christ is the only name by which you can be saved. He was resurrected early on the first day of the week (Sunday). I do not understand where they got Good Friday and Easter Monday. It must have been a reworking of pagan ritual dates.

    His resurrection is proof of eternal life. Whosoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

    The New Testament of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ is flawless when compared to any church doctrine. The truth shall set you free!

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