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Three Days and Three Nights (conclusion)

Traditional explanations:

I've heard the explanation that Jesus was actually crucified on Thursday, double High Sabbaths, it was a unique year for Passover, but when I studied the events that took place between His being crucified and rising (what others were doing in the Bible leaves a timeframe) it did not add up to three days and three nights. See study of the footprints of time .

Partial days:

I've heard the explanation that the Jews counted partial days as a complete day, but why would Jesus twice say "three days and three nights"? Jesus  made a point of saying "and three nights" twice.

Nights declared and days
Should there be confusion about the assigned days/nights of Jewish time, know this:
1. "Jesus said to him, "Assuredly, I say to you that this night, before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times." (Matt 26:31) (note: Jesus was delivered into the hands of men before that event, that night)

2. "In the end of the Sabbath, as it began to dawn..." (Matt 28:1) "And when the Sabbath was past...and very early in the morning the first of the week... (Mark 16:1-2) "Now upon the first of the week, very early in the morning" (Luke 24:1) "The first of the week" (John 20:1) It all adds up to exactly three days and three nights.

Therefore, the nights were Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The days were Friday, Saturday and Sunday, after the day began, on the third day, EXACTLY as Jesus prophesied, He rose again.

Beautiful example of the "partial" third day (when the day broke on Sunday and Christ rose again) Read how this phrase was used before and the third day description answered:

Exodus 19:10 The LORD also said to Moses, “Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow, and let them wash their garments; 11And be ready against the third day: for the third day the LORD will come down in the sight of all the people upon mount Sinai.
...16 So it came about on the third day, when it was MORNING, that there were thunder and lightning flashes and a thick cloud upon the mountain and a very loud trumpet sound, so that all the people who were in the camp trembled.

The nights were Thursday, Friday and Saturday (with His death on Friday) and the days were Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Hallelulia! All praise and glory to Him!

Other objections answered:
Jesus said,

"Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up." (John 2:19)

 Again, destroy is part of the time frame. And when is a temple truly destroyed in the eyes of God? When it is taken apart brick by brick, or when it "becomes sin" first? If even the stones can break out in praise (Luke 19:40), when is a temple destroyed? Answer: when it becomes sin. Jesus became sin and was destroyed as a temple.

"I have been cast out of Your sight; Yet I will look again toward Your holy temple" (Jonah 2)

Someone made the argument that Jesus became sin when He said, "It is finished" (John 19:30). But if you look to just before "It is finished", the Bible says,

"After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith 'I thirst.'" (John 19:28)

Even if that meant something else?, the Bible doesn't say at that point He was made sin. To be honest, I think everyone is having a hard time accepting Jesus became sin because it hurts to imagine our blessed Savior suffering any more than we already imagine. I understand that, it's hard. The whole topic is difficult to think of.

Pondering thoughts

It's possible the "certain man" was the spiritual being that Daniel described in Daniel 10:5,

"Then I lifted up mine eyes, and looked and behold
a certain man clothed in linen

compares to a certain young man, having a linen cloth…same description. This spiritual being was wearing linen.

I still think the linen indicated something to do with the presenting of the sacrifice… God told Aaron, his sons and all the priests to wear linen as they presented the sacrifice to God.

"You shall anoint them, consecrate them, and sanctify them, that they may minister to Me as priests. And you shall make for them linen trousers to cover their nakedness; they shall reach from the waist to the thighs. They shall be on Aaron and on his sons when they come into the tabernacle of meeting, or when they come near the altar to minister in the holy place, that they do not incur iniquity and die."
(Exodus 28:41b…)

Maybe this certain young man is Melchizedek, which is also a mystery to me. Somehow I think this ties in but this is way over my head.

All the Lord told me was,

"It began before He was crucified."

The rest seemed to just leap off the pages.

If you are a scholar, I invite you to rework what is written here, find for yourselves if the Holy Spirit and Scriptures back this up. Write your findings, reword it, make this your own and if you can, publish it as such. I don't care about being credited. I only care that the message is given and I ask that you emphasize, this was given for the unbelievers. God is sovereign, and His desire is for the lost. Do not "copyright" the message itself, as it is freely given to you, so freely give.

To those who refuse to believe, there is no sign but the sign of Jonah.  But to the believer...  I am in awe of what God has shown us.  Seek Him, and you will find Him, knock and the door will be opened.  Questions? Contact us <---click here and I'll try to answer as God leads. Be sure to put a sincere title in the subject line. May God surround you and bless you with His peace.   ~ Jennifer Shroder

The 12 verses

1. "From that time forth began Jesus to show unto His disciples, how that He must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day." (Matthew 16:21)

2.  "Jesus said unto them, the Son of man shall be betrayed into the hands of man; and they shall kill Him, and the third day He shall be raised again." (Matthew 17:22)

3. "Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be betrayed unto the 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." (Matthew 20:18)

4.  "Son of man must suffer many things and be rejected of the elders, and of the chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again." (Mark 8:31)

5.  "For He taught His disciples, and said unto them, The Son of man is delivered into the hands of men, and they shall kill Him, and after that He is killed, He shall rise the third day." (Mark 9:31) (note: the repetition emphasizes Jesus was definitely dead, in other words, "make no mistake He IS KILLED" and not isolating the sequence.)

6. "and they shall mock Him, and shall scourge Him, and shall spit upon Him, and shall kill Him, and the third day He shall rise again." (Mark 10:34)

7.  "Saying, the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be slain, and be raised the third day." (Luke 9:22)

8.  "Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of man shall be accomplished, for He shall be delivered unto the Gentiles and shall be mocked, and spitefully entreated, and spitted on, and they shall scourge Him, and put Him to death, and the third day He shall rise again." (Luke 18:31)

9.  "The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of men, crucified, and the third day rise again." (Luke 24:7)

10.  (The disciples were explaining unknowingly to the risen Jesus ) "And how the chief priests and our rulers delivered Him to be condemned to death, and have crucified Him. But we trusted that it had to be He which should have redeemed Israel, and besides all this, today is the third day since these things (plural) were done." (Luke 24:20) (This verse is unique in that Jesus then replied, "O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into His glory?' " (Luke 24:25)

11.  "And said unto them, thus it is written and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day." (Luke 24:46)

12.  "And we are witnesses of all things which He did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged on a tree: Him God raised up the third day."  (note:  I looked up the original Greek word for "slew" used in the New Testament. It means "Alas! woe" which are clearly suffering and included in the sequence.  By our definition, "slew" means: "To kill by violent means." ~American Heritage )  (Acts 10:39)

Notice how each one gives the necessary sequence.  ALL verses follow the pattern and include the "deliverance," "betrayal," or "suffering" of  Jesus (Thursday night) within the sentence describing the three day timeframe. 

The only verse that comes close to omitting a mention of Christ's suffering as part of the time frame is when Paul later wrote to the Corinthians and relied heavily on what was previously written:

"For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures"

This is the age of acceptance, but with every passing day, time is running out.

"If you turn your back on Me,
 I will turn My back on you."

God will never forsake His own, but as a nation, if we keep insisting our children "walk through the fire," if we don't turn around from the perverse path we are on, then we, as a nation, will be destroyed. Don't blame the Muslims. We're doing it to ourselves.

Many have asked me, "What is your denomination?" I do not believe it makes a difference as long as the foundation is Christ. Biblical Christ. I have been to many different denominations, all sound. Though I am not a practicing Catholic, I am a confirmed Catholic. I do not accept all the Catholic  doctrines but I believe Catholics to be just as much Christian as Protestants and Protestants as Catholics. It's all about Christ. And the fastest way to irk me is to claim a person isn't saved if they don't speak in tongues, or a person isn't saved if they haven't been baptized, IT IS ALL ABOUT CHRIST and what He did and if we receive and are born again.

I just praise God that He came.

God bless and thanks for reading.


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