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Jesus’ Last Days

For centuries, Christians have been taught that Christ was crucified on Friday afternoon and was resurrected at sunrise on Sunday morning has led to the concept that Sunday is the Lord’s Day and thereby has justified the change of the weekly Sabbath worship time to Sunday.

We are commanded in the New Testament to prove all things: “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.” (1 Thessalonians 5:21) Most people are perfectly willing to let someone else do their thinking and proving for them as it relates to Biblical understanding. Please note that this Scripture commands an individual to   PROVE ALL THINGS and by holding fast to what you prove means to REPENT OF ANY ACTIVITY THAT YOU FIND CONTRARY TO SCRIPTURAL INSTRUCTION. Too many of our Judeo-Christian church beliefs are based on human traditions which pervert the worship of Yahweh, just like the jews with their traditions of men in Christs’ day; today they are known as the “Talmud.” In Yahweh’s sight, it is a very serious thing to preach or teach heresy and Yahweh considers it a dastardly deed when false doctrines are taught to an unsuspecting congregation.

                                  Early Deception

The deception and perversion of God’s Truth was recognized early on by Paul and other writers of the New Testament. Paul saw this happening in the Galatian church when he commented on how soon they were accepting a “false gospel.”

“I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ...As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received let him be accursed.”

According to Alexander Hislop and other historians of the early church, one of the principle deceivers was a man known as Simon Magus who appears in the eighth chapter of Acts.

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Acts 8:9‑23

“But there was a certain man, called Simon, which beforetime in the same city used sorcery, and bewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one: To whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is the great power of God. And to him they had regard, because that of long time he had bewitched them with sorceries. But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done. Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John: Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost: (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.) Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost. And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles' hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money, Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost. But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money. Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God. Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee. For I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity.”

This Simon was the leader of the Pagan Chaldean religion which had come down through the ages from none other than Nimrod and his wife Semiramis. Simon Magus, who was a Jewish magician with charisma and crowd-controlling abilities, was possessed by an evil spirit. He recognized the potential growth of this new Christian sect and he wanted a piece of the action.

Simon Magus intertwined the truth of God with the lies of Paganism so that he might gain the new Christian converts. History records that the church emerging in the middle of the second century was very different from the original church that is described in the book of Acts.

The new church which appeared had a Babylonian hierarchy with a religious leader as its dictator. This leader replace Christ as the head of the new religion. It was the Chaldean religion and the paganism of Simon Magus’ day that developed the theory that Christ was crucified on Friday (Good Friday) and was resurrected on the Lord’s Day, Sunday morning. By 325 A.D., the Emperor Constantine completed the transition from the Passover/Lord’s supper observance to the pagan Easter observance. Constantine commanded all Christians to reject the Sabbath and to worship on Sunday because it was taught that Sunday was the resurrection day of the Lord. All of these lies by Simon Magus perverted the Truth of God and promoted the deception started by Semiramis soon after the flood.

Paul spoke of this evil deception in his letter to the Thessalonians.

“And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, an shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved, And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that thy should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”

God allowed a strong delusion of error to be the predominant teaching of the new counterfeit Judeo-Christian church. Most people have gullibly accepted this li as the truth without ever looking into their own Bibles for proof. This study should help you to clearly understand what your Bible teaches concerning the death and resurrection o Christ, even without outside secular history to prove the point. All you need is your Bible and an open mind.

Under the first Covenant, God established a system of rituals and sacrifices. The spilling of innocent blood of animals pointed to the time when Christ would spill His blood as the Lamb of God.

“Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.” (Galatians 3:24)

The Old Testament Covenant called for an UNBLEMISHED LAMB to be sacrificed for Passover. (But this does not mean the Laws of God have been done away with)

At Christ’s last Passover, the sacrifice of the four-legged lamb was transferred to the True Lamb of God, Jesus Christ. John the Baptist properly identified Christ as the lamb of God.

“The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.”

Bod substituted His Own Son for the four-legged Passover lamb that all of the Israelites sacrificed at this time of the year. (Exodus 12) To make the transition complete, Christ as the Lamb of God, followed the Old Covenant rituals, concerning the Passover lamb.

Under the Old Covenant, the selection of the lamb for the Passover Sacrifice took place on the 10th day of the first month.

“Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house.”

The head of each family meticulously selected a VERY SPECIAL LAMB which was to be without any blemish. This lamb was to be set aside by the father as the lamb to be killed. No doubt, the entire family knew which lamb had been selected by the father for their Passover lamb sacrifice.

Just as the father of the family selected and set aside a lamb for sacrifice, God did exactly the same thing with Christ and presented His Son, the UNBLEMISHED LAMB OF GOD to the people also on the 10th day of the first month. Religionists erroneously call this special SELECTION event Palm Sunday, but you will see it was not on Sunday! On the 10th day of the first month, Christ rode into Jerusalem, selected and presented by our Heavenly Father as the TRUE LAMB SACRIFICE FOR ALL THE HOUSE OF JACOB. This corresponds to the lamb being set aside on the 10th day of the first month for the Passover sacrifice.

Christ riding into Jerusalem is described in Matthew 20:17-19:

“And Jesus going up to Jerusalem took the twelve disciples apart in the way, and said unto them, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be betrayed unto the (Jewish) CHIEF PRIESTS AND UNTO THE SCRIBES, and they shall condemn him to death. And shall deliver him to the Gentiles to mock, and to scourge, and to crucify him: and the third day he shall rise again.”

To prove that Christ was set aside and presented to the people on the 10th day, just as the lamb was set aside on the 10th day of the first month in compliance with Exodus 12:3, we read in John 12:1:

“Then Jesus six days before the Passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus was which had been dad, whom he raised from the dead.”

Now remember the Passover Day was the 15th day of the first month, Thursday; therefore, six days prior to Passover would have been the 9th of the first month, Friday.

“On the next day much people that were come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord. And Jesus, when he had found a young ass, sat thereon; as it is written.”

Did you notice that!!! In the beginning of the 12th verse it said “on the next day” which would place the timing on the 10th day of the first month and THE SABBATH!!!

Christ, in keeping with His assigned task of becoming the Passover Lamb, was now being presented as the UNBLEMISHED LAMB OF GOD on the 10th day of the first month when He was riding into the city. God was identifying to the world that Christ was to become the ultimate Passover Sacrifice.

Christ’s Last Supper: The Bible describes Christ’s last Passover meal, which is commonly referred to as “the Lord’s Supper.” The time is described in Mark 14:1:

“After two days was the feast of the Passover, and of unleavenbread: and THE (Jewish) CHIEF PRIESTS AND THE SCRIBES SOUGHT HOW THEY MIGHT TAKE HIM BY CRAFT, AND PUT HIM TO DEATH.”

This indicates that these events were just two days before the Passover. Remember, the Passover meal, which was to be eaten with UNLEAVENED BREAD, began the Days of Unleavened Bread. This was celebrated at dusk ending the 14th day of the first moth, leading into the 15th day of the first month, which is the PASSOVER DAY. So, the time spoken of here had to be the 13th day of the first month to qualify for two days before the Passover and the Feat of Unleavened Bread, which begins on the 15th day of the first month.

Continuing to read about the event, notice Luke 22:7:

“Then came the day of unleavened bread, when the Passover must be killed.”

A better understanding of this verse would be: then came NEAR the days of unleavened bread. You will note the first day of Unleavened Bread is the 15th day; the 14th day that the Lamb was killed and the unleavened meal prepared. (Exodus 12:6)

What day did they kill the Passover? It was killed at the end of the 14th day in preparation for the Passover service that evening. In fact, historians report that the ceremonial lamb was killed by the High Priest on the afternoon of the 14th day of the first month, around 3:00 P.M.

At this point, God had to make an adjustment in the Passover eating time for Christ and His disciples for this one MOMENTOUS event. If Christ was to eat the Passover meal BEFORE HE BECAME THE PASSOVER LAMB, it was necessary for Him and His followers then to eat the Passover at the beginning of the 14th, rather than the evening of the 14th, as had been the custom from the very beginning. Therefore, we find Christ eating the Passover at the beginning of the 14th of the month at evening, rather than at he ending of the 14th of the month at dusk.

“And in the evening he cometh with the twelve.” (Mark 14:17)

After the meal was finished, Christ instituted a new ordinance, the Lord’s Supper.

“When ye come together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the Lord’s supper...For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat; this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying. This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.” (1 Corinthians 11:20, 23-26)

After the supper, Christ and His disciples, while it was yet dark, on the 14th day of the first month adjourned to the Mount of Olives, where Christ earnestly prayed concerning the trauma H faced.

“Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.”

Of course, His willingness to fulfill the complete transition from the four-legged lamb to Himself was the will of God and He was willing to make the sacrifice ON OUR BEHALF. This praying in the Garden took place during the dark hours of the 14th day of the first month. Remember, God’s Days start with sunset and end with sunset. Therefore, the night time portion after sunset would be the beginning of the 14th day. Unlike our modern day calendar, where we change the days at midnight, God changes the days at sunset.

While Christ was yet praying in the garden, during the night of the 14th, the soldiers, led by Judas, seized Him.

“And while he yet spoke, behold a multitude, and he that was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them, and drew near unto Jesus to kiss him. But Jesus said unto him, Judas, betrayest thou the Son of man with a kiss? When they which were about him saw what would follow, they said unto him, Lord, shall we smite with the sword? And one of them smote the servant of the high priest, and cut off his right ear. And Jesus answered and said, Suffer ye thus far. And he touched his ear, and healed him. Then Jesus said unto the chief priests, and captains of the temple, and the elders, which were come to him, Be ye come out, as against a thief, with swords and staves? When I was daily with you in the temple, ye stretched forth no hands against me: but this is your hour, and the power of darkness.”

They took Christ to the high priest for interrogation and condemnation. Remember, this was still the 14th day of the first month (still dark). It is clear from the fact that Peter was siting down among the townspeople, gathered around the fire in the dark of the night. It was at this point that Peter identified as one of Christ’s disciples and he then denounced Christ three times before the rooster crowed, announcing the morning sunrise.

“And Peter said, Man, I know not what thou sayest. And immediately, while he yet spake, the cock crew. And the Lord turned, and looked upon Peter. And Peter remember the word of the Lord, how he had said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And Peter went out, and wept bitterly.”

Christ as falsely accused by lying witnesses hired by the religious leaders to justify their actions against the very Son of God. Unknown to them, they were actually fulfilling God’s plan which was to have Christ become the sacrificial Lamb for the Passover.

Since Judea was an occupied territory of Rome, the religious leaders did not have the legal authority to kill Christ; therefore, it was necessary for them to take Christ before the civil authorities for the DEATH SENTENCE to be rendered. Luke 23 describes Christ being taken before the civil authorities, Pontius Pilate as well as Herod. Pilate found no justification to kill Christ and he tried to remove Christ’s blood from his hands by letting the jews decide Christ’s fate. Pilate went before the people and offered them Barabbas or Christ for execution.

“I will therefore chastise him, and release him. (For of necessity he must release one unto them at the feast). And they cried out all at once, saying, Away with this man, and release unto us Barabbas: (Who for a certain sedition made in the city, and for murder, was cast into prison) Pilate therefore, willing to release Jesus, spake again to them. But they cried, saying, Crucify him, crucify him. And he said unto them the third time, Why, what evil hath he done? I have found no cause of death in him: I will therefore chastise him, and let him go. And they were instant with loud voices, requiring that he might be crucified. And the voices of them and of the chief priests prevailed. And Pilate gave sentence that it should be as they required. And he released unto them him that for sedition and murder was cast into prison, whom they had desired; but he delivered Jesus to their will.”

Christ was convicted by the crowd who had been incited by their Jewish leaders, just as they are doing today in order to get the people of the United States to destroy the Jews enemies, with malicious lies and propaganda. At the third hour of the day, which would equate to 9:00 A.M., on the 14th of the first month (daylight portion), Christ was nailed to the stake after suffering through the kangaroo trial of the religious and civil leaders, including brutal beatings and scourgings.

Darkness fell over the face of the earth at the sixth hour, which would b noon during the daylight portion of the 14th day until the ninth hour which would be approximately 3:00 P.M., on the 14th day. At that time, Christ died.

“Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.”

At His death, great power was unleashed which opened graves, restoring human life; the veil into the Holy of Holies in the temple was rent, opening direct contact to God. This veil was torn from TOP TO BOTTOM, showing it was born by a super-natural hand.

Notice the significance of Christ’s dying at the ninth hour, or approximately 3:00 P.M., on the PREPARATION DAY. This was the same hour, the soldiers came to Christ’s body and one of them pierced His side which caused His blood to flow out upon the ground, as was prophesied concerning His death. (Isaiah 53; Zechariah 12:10)

Christ died at approximately the same time as the high priest KILLED THE UNBLEMISHED LAMB FOR THE PASSOVER at about 3:00 P.M. This day was the preparation day for the Passover, which is an ANNUAL HIGH HOLY DAY. The Jews insisted that the bodies of the dead men be taken off the stake so as not to defile the upcoming HOLY DAY which started at SUNSET, beginning the 15th day of the first month.

“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.”

Joseph of Arimathaea, a disciple of Christ, came to Pilate and requested that he be allowed to take the body of Christ and bury Him before the High Holy Day began.

Humanity needs this deliverance, for the devil "walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour" (1 Peter 5:8).

Enemy (Matthew 13:25,28,39). The devil is man's worst enemy. This is one enemy Jesus does not want us to love. He is an enemy of Christ, the church, and the gospel; and he is tireless in his efforts to uproot good and sow evil.

Murderer (John 8:44). "He was a murderer from the beginning" are strong words from the lips of Jesus. The devil killed Abel and the prophets, and he wanted to kill Jesus before His time (John 8:40).

Deceiver (Revelation 20:10). Starting with Eve, the devil has attempted to deceive every living soul. Evil men operating under the power of the evil one will continue to deceive (2 Tim 3:13).

Beelzebub, Prince of Demons (Matthew 9:34; 12:24). The religious leaders of Jesus' time were guilty of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit because they claimed the miracles of Jesus were actually conducted by the devil. The KJV and some other versions incorrectly translate "demons" as "devils." There are many demons but only one devil. His name is Beelzebub, the chief leader of the fallen angels known as demons.

Ruler of This World (John 12:31; 14:30; 16:11). Three times Jesus called the devil the "ruler of this world." The devil offered the world to Jesus if He would worship him (Luke 4:5‑7), but the Lord refused with these words, "Get behind me Satan" (4:8). At Calvary God dealt a death blow to this world ruler. It is only a matter of time before God will win the final victory at the end of time (1 John 3:8; Matthew 25:41; Revelation 12:7).

The devil is strong, but Christians are stronger through the Lord (Ephesians 6:11). They have the protection needed to withstand his assaults. The devil tempts, but God provides a way of escape (1 Corinthians 10:13); the devil tries to take advantage of people (2 Corinthians 2:11), but he will flee if fought (James 4:7). The devil should not be feared, for Jesus is more powerful than this deceiving prince of the demons (1 John 4:4). (from Nelson's Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Copyright (c)1986, Thomas Nelson Publishers)



(dem'‑mon), (de‑mo'‑ni‑ak), (de‑mon‑ol'‑o‑ji) (daimonion, earlier form daimon = pneuma akatharton, poneron, "demon," "unclean or evil spirit," incorrectly rendered "devil" in the King James Version):

1). Definition. ‑ The word daimon or daimonion seems originally to have had two closely related meanings; a deity, and a spirit, superhuman but not supernatural. In the former sense the term occurs in the Septuagint translation of Deuteronomy 32:17; Ps 106:37; Acts 17:18. The second of these meanings, which involves a general reference to vaguely conceived personal beings akin to men and yet belonging to the unseen realm, leads to the application of the term to the peculiar and restricted class of beings designated "demons" in the New Testament.

II). The Origin of Biblical Demonology. ‑ An interesting scheme of development has been suggested (by Baudissin and others) in which Biblical demonism is brought through polytheism into connection with primitive animism.

1). The Evolutionary Theory: A simple criticism of this theory, which is now the ascendant, will serve fittingly to introduce what should be said specifically concerning Biblical demonology. (1) Animism, which is one branch of that general primitive view of things which is designated as spiritism, is the theory that all Nature is alive (see Ladd, Phil. Rel., I, 89 f) and that all natural processes are due to the operation of living wills. (2) Polytheism is supposed to be the outcome of animism. The vaguely conceived spirits of the earlier conception are advanced to the position of deities with names, fixed characters and specific functions, organized into a pantheon. (3) Biblical demonology is supposed to be due to the solvent of monotheism upon contemporary polytheism.

“And after this Joseph of Arimathaea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus: and Pilate gave him leave. He came therefore, and took the body of Jesus. And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight. Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury. Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulchre, wherein was never man yet laid. There laid they Jesus therefore because of the Jews' preparation day; for the sepulchre was nigh at hand.” (John 19:38-42)

Believe it or not, Christ was placed in the grave on the afternoon of the 14th day of the first month (Abib or Nsan) which was a Wednesday afternoon. The Passover, which was the 15th day of the first month was to be celebrated at dusk, ending of this 14th day and beginning the 15th day of the first month; THE BEGINNING OF THE DAYS OF UNLEAVENED BREAD. Note: God’s days begin and end at sunset.

During Christ’s ministry, many people saw His miracles and heard His message. Many were skeptical as to His true identity and He was asked to give the people a sign which PROVED THAT HE WAS GOD’S OWN SON. Christ answered His inquisitors by giving the ONE INFALLIBLE PROOF that He was, in fact, THE VERY SON OF GOD. Christ gave this answer in Matthew 12:40:

“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.”

Those who try to establish a Friday crucifixion and a Sunday morning resurrection of Christ are actually denying the TRUE SON OF GOD and substituting a FALSE CHRIST. Christ said that He would be in the grave THREE DAYS AND THREE NIGHTS. There is no possible way to find three days and three nights between a Friday afternoon crucifixion and a Sunday morning sunrise resurrection. As hard as one may try, there are not THREE NIGHT between Friday afternoon and Sunday morning.

The fact that Christ said THIS WAS THE SIGN of HIS TRUE IDENTITY is exactly the reason why the perverters of the truth try to ignore his all important statement by Christ. The truth of the matter is that Christ WAS IN THE GRAVE THREE FULL DAYS AND THEE FULL NIGHTS after which He was resurrected. Refer to Appendix on pages 21-23.

Christ’s Resurrection Time: One must remember that, DURING HOLY DAY SEASONS, a week can have TWO SABBATHS. One is the REGULAR WEEKLY SABBATH, falling on the seventh day of the week; the other is considered an ANNUAL HIGH HOLY DAY SABBATH, the 15th day of the first month bing a prime example. The annual high holy days fall on the 15th day of the first month; the 21st day of the first month; Pentecost which must be counted; the 1st day of the seventh month; the 10th day of the seventh month; the 15th day of the seventh month; and the 22nd day of the seventh month. These ANNUAL HIGH SABBATH DAYS can fall on any day of the week, with the exception of Pentecost which always falls on a Sunday. During these weeks, with the annual high holy days, God’s people have always celebrated two Sabbath days.

That fateful year, Christ was crucified on the PREPARATION DAY before the ANNUAL HIGH SABBATH DAY. The annual High Sabbath Day, the Passover was on Thursday. The weekly Sabbath, as usual, fell on the seventh day of each week.

After Christ was placed in the tomb and after the weekly Sabbath came to an end, friends of Christ came to the tomb to renew the spices and tidy up His burial sit.

“The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre.” (John 20:1)

Please note this was the First day of the week, which would be Sunday, while it was yet dark. This means before sunrise on Sunday morning. As God counts His calendar and even as we count the calendar today, the Sunrise on Sunday morning would have to place this event at a time BETWEEN SUNSET SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNRISE SUNDAY MORNING. Again, PLEASE NOTE “while it was yet dark.”

Notice, when the women and the disciples came to the tomb, Christ was already gone, even BEFORE SUNRISE ON SUNDAY MORNING! This means that, according to God’s reckoning, Mary and the others could have come immediately AFTER SUNDOWN ON what we call SATURDAY EVENING to take care of the functions they intended to do. They had purchased spices and ointments before coming to the tomb. If Christ had been crucified on Friday afternoon and they spent the last waning hours of Friday afternoon burying Christ, then WHEN WOULD MARY AND THE OTHER WOMEN HAVE HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO PURCHASE THESE INGREDIENTS FOR THE TOMB?

Luke 23:56 gives us a clue:

“And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the Sabbath day according to the commandment.”

This verse says that they prepared spices and ointments on the Preparation Day. This would place the time after the annual high day and before the weekly Sabbath day, which was the Friday preparation day for the weekly Sabbath.

“Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them.”

Again, at the time they came to the tomb,

“He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee, Saying, The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again. And they remembered his words.”

Note, they remembered that Christ’s SIGN OF HIS TRUE SON SHIP was that He would be in the GRAVE THREE DAYS AND THREE NIGHTS and this was completed LATE IN THE AFTERNOON ON THE WEEKLY SABBATH, SATURDAY. AT THAT TIME GOD RESURRECTED CHRIST. Mark 16:1 shows that Mary Magdalene and Mary, the mother of James, and others had gone out to purchase sweet spices that they might anoint Christ.

“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.”

The only time they could have possibly PURCHASED SPICES between Wednesday afternoon and the first day of the week had to be Friday, which was a usual business day and a PREPARATION DAY for the WEEKLY SABBATH.


Therefore, COUNTING IN REVERSE, three days and three nights that week ABSOLUTELY proves that Christ entered the tomb on Wednesday just before sunset and three days and three nights later He came out of the tomb, just before sunset on Saturday afternoon, ON THE WEEKLY SABBATH, making His stay in the grave3days and 3 nights.

The churches of the world have denied Christ by DENYING THE FACT THAT HE WAS IN THE GRAVE THREE DAYS AND THREE NIGHTS. They substituted a false Easter Sunrise Christ in His place. The SUNRISE SUNDAY MORNING SERVICE is nothing more than a HAND-ME-DOWN, PAGAN RITUAL OF SUN GOD WORSHIP. When people blindly follow religious leaders without challenging their teachings, they open themselves to deception, just as they are doing today in following the Judeo-Christian clergy, the television evangelists, and those on radio.

The Lord’s Supper, which should be celebrated each year, is a memorial to the SACRIFICE OF THE TRUE LAMB OF GOD, JESUS CHRIST; by drinking the wine and eating the bread, we symbolically ingest Christ into our lives.

May God help you to understand the clear truth of God’s Word and reject the Jewish fostered falsehoods of the TRADITIONS OF MEN and PAGANISM which so dominates the so-called Judeo-Christian religions of the world.


Old Testament                             New Testament

                                10th (Night) of Abib

                                 10th Day-Sabbath

Lamb Selected: Exodus 12:3, 5               Christ enters Jerusalem: John 12:1; 12-15; Luke19:35-38.

                                           13th (Night) of Abib

                                 13th Day-Tuesday

Found room for Passover/Lord’s

Supper: Mark 14:12-16; Luke 22:7-


                                         14th Day-Wednesday

Preparation for Annual High    Christ before Pilate: Luke 23:1-6

Sabbath Day:                                           Christ before Herod: Luke23:6-12

II Chronicles35:1-19                 Christ sentenced: Luke 23:13-24

9:00 A.M.

Crist nailed to the stake:

Mark 15:25

Killing of selected lambs:                        NOON: Darkness

Exodus 12:6                                             Matthew 27:45; Mark 15:33; Luke


Ceremonial lamb killed by                       3:00 PM: Christ dies!

the high priest: II Chronicles 35:11          Matthew 27:45-46; Mark 15:34;

Luke 23:44

DUSK: Passover Lamb eaten   BEFORE SUNSET:

Christ is buried: John 19:38-42

Preparation Day: John 19:42

                                           15th (Night) of Abib

Passover Meal Completed                       Continuation of Passover Meal/Night to be Much Remembered

1st Day of Unleavened Bread


MIDNIGHT: Death Angel

Exodus 12:29

Pharaoh called for Moses

Exodus 12:31

Night to be Much Observed:

Exodus 12:42

                                           15th Day-Thursday

Israel thrust out of Egypt                          1st Day of Unleavened Bread;

Exodus 12:31-34                                      Leviticus 23:6

Holy Convocation

First Holy Day

Leviticus 23:6-8

Holy Convocation



                                           16th (Night) of Abib

                                   16th Day-Friday

Preparation Day for                  Women buy spices for Christ’s

Weekly Sabbath                                       burial tomb. Luke 23:56; Mark 16:1



                                17th (Night) of Abib

                                 17th Day-Sabbath

Weekly Sabbath                       Weekly Sabbath


Matthew 12:40

Luke 24:7

Late afternoon




                                18th (Night) of Abib

Women visit tomb. Christ is

already gone. John 20:1-8.

18th Day-First Day of the Week

Women still at tomb. Luke 24:1-3

Mark 16:2-6

Disciples visit tomb. John 20:2-10

Christ appears first to Mary

Magdalene. John 20:11-16

WAVE SHEAF OFFERING by the             Christ becomes WAVE SHEAF

High Priest. Leviticus 23:11                     OFFERING when He ascends to The Father. John 20:17

(Taken, in part, from a booklet, by Pastor John A. Pinkston, Published by, The Congregation of God Seventh Day, Kennesaw, Georgia, P.O. Box 2345,Kennesaw, Georgia 30144, (770) 427-4189, Web Address:

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