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A Freeman

Can Christians Really Not Count to Three?

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 A Freeman    663

From “Good” Friday to Easter Sunday: can Christians not count to 3?

This coming weekend, over a billion Christians will celebrate the pagan holiday of Ishtar/Easter, with bunny rabbits and eggs, family gatherings and big holiday meals. Of course the claim will be that all of the pagan rites and rituals are tolerated because, like Christmas, everyone know the "real reason for the season".

The centerpiece of Christianity is the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus-Christ. Many, if not most Christians believe that Jesus was crucified on “Good”(?) Friday and was resurrected roughly 36 hours later, in the early morning hours of Ishtar/Easter Sun-day. But is this what really happened? A close and thorough examination of the evidence proves beyond ANY reasonable doubt this simply isn't the case.

Christ prophesied the following about the time between the crucifixion and the resurrection:

Matthew 12:39-40

12:39 But he answered and said unto them, An evil and unfaithfull generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonah:
12:40 For as Jonah 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.

So how can so many Christians be duped into believing the LIE that Jesus only spent half as much time in the heart of the earth as He (THE Truth – John 14:6) said He would? A half-truth is still a lie, and that includes the half-truth that Christ's Mission on Earth was only 3 ½ years.

Daniel 9:27 And he (Christ) shall confirm The Covenant (the New Covenant) with many for one week (7 days = 7 years in Bible prophecy code*): and in the midst of the week (WEDNESDAY) he shall cause the sacrifice (His Crucifixion) and the oblation (His Life which He willingly offered to show us The Way [John 14:6] and to redeem us from our PAST SINS [Rom. 3:25]) to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations (ALL of the churches, which teach the opposite of what Christ teaches) He shall make [it] desolate, even until the consummation (the "Lake of Hell-Fire"), and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate (those who refuse to listen to and obey God ONLY - Acts 5:29, Luke 19:27, Rev. 2:23).

*Numbers 14:34 After the number of the days in which ye searched the land, [even] forty days, EACH DAY FOR A YEAR, shall ye bear your iniquities, [even] forty years, and ye shall know My breach of promise.

So, according to the EVIDENCE, at the end of His 7-year Mission, Jesus was crucified on a WEDNESDAY, NOT on a Friday. And if the body of Jesus was buried “in the heart of the earth” for 3 days AND 3 nights, that means He rose on Saturday (the Sabbath Day, aka the Lord's Day) NOT on a Sun-day. But is there any evidence of this in the Gospel accounts? The answer is yes, but it requires actually reading them and recognizing that there were TWO Sabbaths the week Jesus was crucified.

The Last Supper, that Jesus ate with His Disciples, was the Passover, which is the day of preparation for the High Sabbath that begins the Feast of Unleavened Bread (Leviticus 23:5-7). The end of each day is at sunset, at which time the next day begins (Gen. 1:3-5). The High Sabbath that year was on a Thursday, which began at sunset on Wednesday, when Wednesday ended and Thursday began.

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.

The second Sabbath that week was the weekly Sabbath which, as always, took place on Saturday, the 7th day of the week. The account in Matthew, when properly translated from the original Greek tells us that it was after the Sabbaths (plural) that the two Marys came to see the sepulchre.

Matthew 28:1-6

28:1 After the (two) Sabbaths, as it began to dawn toward the first [day] of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.
28:2 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.
28:3 His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow:
28:4 And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead [men].
28:5 And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.
28:6 He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.

Christ-Jesus was not there as it began to dawn on Sun-day (the first day of the week) because He had already risen (on Saturday, the Sabbath Day/The Lord’s Day).

Mark 16:1-8 (see also Luke 23:50-56, 24:1-8)

16:1 And when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the [mother] of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him.
16:2 And very early in the morning the first [day] of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun.
16:3 And they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre?
16:4 And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away: for it was very great.
16:5 And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment; and they were affrighted.
16:6 And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus the Nazarite, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him.

*Buying and selling on the Sabbath is strictly forbidden under The Law (Exod. 20:8-11, Neh. 10:31, 13:15-21), so the ONLY time that the two Marys could have bought sweet spices would have been on Friday, between the two Sabbath days – the High Sabbath on Thursday and the weekly Sabbath on Saturday.

Remember, they had to hurry to take down the body of Jesus and bury it before the (High) Sabbath began (Mark 15:42-47), so there wasn't anytime for them to buy spices after burying the body of Jesus. And it was very early on the first day of the week, immediately after the (weekly) Sabbath, when the two Marys came to the sepulchre with sweet spices they had bought and prepared on Friday. Further confirmation of this can be found in the Gospel of Luke.

It is also of interest that the Greek word “pascha” is found 29 times in the original text of the New Covenant/Testament where it is correctly translated as Passover 28 times. The lone exception is in Acts 12:4 where, in most Bible versions, it has been intentionally mistranslated as Easter.

Passover Lamb NOT Easter Bunny

If the priests, pastors, etc. of Christianity can't get something as simple as reading and counting to 3 correct, about a subject as important as the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus, then how can anything they teach be taken seriously? No wonder Christ referred to them as "the blind leading the blind" (Matt. 15:1-14).

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