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Pamphlet #1071

Easter Sunday or Easter Saturday, which is it?

All my life I [we] have been taught
that Christ was crucified on Friday [Good Friday]
and arose from the dead on Sunday [Easter Sunday].

Have I [we] been deceived?

My Bible says: Jonah 1:17  Now the LORD had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah.

And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.

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

I don't know about you but by my calculations
Friday evening to Sunday sunrise
is only a small part of two days plus one full day and all of two full nights.

Have I [we] been deceived?

It is commonly taught that Jesus was crucified on what the churches call "Good Friday".
It is commonly taught that Jesus rose at "sunrise" on Easter Sunday morning,

Both traditional teachings are Biblically incorrect.

My Bible says: John 20:1  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.

If I read that correctly Mary went to the tomb on Sunday morning while it was still dark.

That pretty must disproves the Easter Sunrise theory!
Doesn't it?



Let's try to establish just how it must have happen.

From what we just learned,
It is obvious that Jesus was not crucified on a Friday.

If He arose before daylight Sunday
He could not have been buried before sundown Friday
[which would have been the start of the Sabbath we assume is referred to.]
because Friday day, the following night, Saturday day, and the following night
only total two days and two nights not three days and three nights as Jesus clearly states 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

Even if the sun was starting to break through when Christ arose we are missing a night!

Well I'll be!!!
Look what I just found in My "Little Black Book"!!!!

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 in KJV translated special Sabbath in NIV,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.

We are talking about two different sabbaths!!!

Jesus was crucified on the day previous to the high sabbath;
not the end of the week sabbath when Mary arrived at the empty tomb.

Why have I never noticed this before???

Why has this not been taught in any "Christian Church" I've ever attended?
Where do they get this "Good Friday" to "Easter Sunday" business?

Have I [we] been deceived?
And for all these years I thought our church leaders just couldn't count to three!
Three days and three nights, that is!

Jesus was crucified and became the Passover Lamb on a Wednesday
and was placed in the tomb just before sunset on Wednesday,
which would have begun the new day,
Thursday,
which was a High Sabbath,
the First Day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread,
the 15th of Nisan.

That being the case, He [His body] was in the grave three days and three nights as it is written.

     1st Night & Day = Wednesday sunset to Thursday sunset.
        2nd Night & Day = Thursday sunset to Friday sunset.
        3rd Night & Day = Friday sunset to Saturday sunset.

It makes sense to me.
If Jesus really arose on Saturday, at or before sunset,
Mary wouldn't have discovered it until Sunday morning because she didn't go to the tomb until then.

Is that why the Lord makes a point of telling us [Luke 23:56]
that Mary did not go to the Sepulcher on Saturday?

Luke 23:55 And the women also, who came with him from Galalee, followed, and beheld the sepulcher, and how his body was laid. [56] And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments, and rested the sabbath day, according to the commandment.

Notice in John 20:1 that when Mary arrived at the sepulcher that it was STILL DARK
and the stone was already rolled away and Jesus was gone!

Let's read it again!

John 20:1  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.

Jesus had been gone since the previous afternoon!

We Christians celebrate The Lord's resurrection on the wrong day of the week?

To learn more about when our Lord was crucified see pamphlet #7014
Pamphlet #7014 is must read for all Christians!



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