Three Days and Nights.
By: Jo Smith
Which day was Jesus crucified? Which day did he rise from the dead? Let’s examine the Word of God for this answer.
Matt.12: 38-40---Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee.
v39--But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas:
v40--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.
Three days AND Three nights = 72 hours.
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.
Three days AND Three nights = 72 hours.
Matt. 16:21---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.
Mark 10:34---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.
I think it is significant here, that Jesus prophecied in detail the things which would be done to him.
Luke 24:7---Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.
Going by Gen. 1---we find that the morning and the evening were one day. So, God is counting the 12 hours in a day, and the 12 hours in a night to be one full day.
Mark 8:31---And he began to teach them, that the 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. This three days includes the 12 hours of day; and the 12 hours of night; according to Gen.1. and John 11:9,10.
John 2: 19---Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and IN three days I will raise it up.
v21---But he spake of the temple of his body.
Now, this IN THREE DAYS shows that the resurrection COULD NOT have gone over, even one minute, into the fourth day; if it had, then it would not have been IN THREE DAYS.
Since Mark 8:31 said AFTER THREE DAYS --- and John 2:19 said IN THREE DAYS, this means it had to have been EXACTLY 72 hours = three days (12 hours each; ) and three nights (12 hours each),
3 days and 3 nights = 24 hours x 3 = 72 hours. 3 days and 3 nights.
John 17:1---These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the HOUR is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee.
They had tried, on several occasions to kill Jesus; but he had escaped from them; for he had said mine hour is NOT yet come. So, they could not kill him until the EXACT time God had set. Just as his birth was in the fullness of time: just exactly the time God had set.
Matt. 24:36---But of that day and hour knoweth no man no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
This shows that there is an EXACT time set by the Father for Jesus to return. No one knows that time except the Father; not even Jesus. But there is an EXACT moment set for this to occur. So God is precise in all that He does.
The death and resurrection of Jesus is no exception. It is exactly as God planned it; to the moment.
The resurrection took place at exactly the same time of day that he died and was buried ----three days later. This had to be in order for Jesus to be raised three days later; after the third day; in the third day; at the moment three days and three nights were finished = 72 hours.
Matt. 27:45-50--- Shows that Jesus died at the ninth hour.
Mk. 15:34-37 also shows this.
Luke 23:44-46 also shows this.
The ninth hour was 3 p.m.
Lev. 23:24-32--- This shows that God set up a special Sabbath, (not the weekly Sabbath)--for the children of Israel, to keep. This special Sabbath, an High day, was kept, v32, in the ninth day of the Seventh month, at even. This was the day of atonement.
They were to do no work on this day. If any one did, they were to be killed. This day of atonement, was the pre-shadowering of the Day of the crucifixion. So, this seventh month, on the ninth day , was the day of the crucifixion. Their year started with April. So this would make the crucifixion to fall on Oct. 9.
So, at even, on the ninth day of Oct. they kept this special Sabbath. It started at even, which would have been the ending of that day. So their day of atonement was the 10th day of the month. This was the Sabbath (the high Day Sabbath; not the weekly Sabbath.).
Their law was that one must be buried before Sundown. Their day ended at sundown. So Jesus had to be buried before Sundown (6 p.m.) that day.
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,) ..... .
Now, people have supposed that this meant Friday; for they read so casually, they just think this Sabbath was the weekly Sabbath.
But, see that the Word said, very plainly, that this was an high day; which means it was this SPECIAL SABBATH. This special Sabbath could fall on any day of the week. It was to be the 10th day of the 7th month; so, it could fall on any weekly day.
v33--he was dead already.
v42--There laid they Jesus therefore because of the Jews’ preparation day; for the sepulchre was nigh at hand.
Remember, this preparation day was for the high Sabbath; not the weekly Sabbath.
Now, this shows that Jesus was put into the grave just before 6 p.m. or the closing of that day. But WHICH DAY WAS THIS?
Remember, Jesus had to be in the grave exactly 72 hours = 3 days and 3 nights; no more and no less.
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.
v2--Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him.
This was the first day of the week; while it is still dark; and Jesus was already out of the tomb.
Matt. 28:1--In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.
v2--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.
v5---And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.
v6---He is not here: for he is risen, as he said.
Mark 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.
v6--Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him.
Notice, that NONE of these Scriptures say that Jesus ROSE on the first day of the week. They all say that by the time Mary arrived, while it was still dark, Jesus was not there. He had already risen BEFORE she came.
Mark 16:9---Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary...
Some suppose that this is saying that Jesus rose on the first day of the week, but it is saying this is when he appeared to Mary.
The ‘was risen’ is past perfect tense, meaning it had already happened.
Now, since Jesus was to be in the grave only 72 hours; no more and no less; he had to have come out of the grave just before the weekly Sabbath was over. This bears out with all the accounts of when Mary discovers that Jesus has already resurrected.
Now, they took Jesus and buried him on the day before the preparation; but this was the preparation of the High Day Sabbath; which that year fell on Thursday. So, this would have been Wednesday evening when Jesus died. This also matches what Daniel said that he would be cut off in the midst of the week; meaning in the middle of the week. Wednesday is exactly in the middle of the week.
The women prepared spices to take to the tomb on the preparation for the weekly Sabbath. See, that two Sabbaths and two preparations are involved in this week.
So, count. From 6 p.m. on Wednesday until 6 p.m. on Thursday gives one full day and night time = 24 hours.
From 6 p.m. Thursday until 6 p.m. Friday gives another full day and night time = 48 hours.
From 6 p.m. Friday until 6 p.m. Saturday gives the full three days and nights = 72 hours.
This is the only thing which could possibly fit the Scriptures given in this study: that when Mary came to the tomb early on the first day of the week, Jesus was ALREADY risen.
In the end of the Sabbath, as it began to dawn TOWARD the first day of the week, she came.
Jesus said in the third day; Mark said after the third day. So by putting these together, we find that it had to be exactly 72 hours; no more and no less. If it were less, then Mark would not be right. If were not the full 72 hours, then Jesus would not be right in saying in the third day.
So, it is easy to see that the world has been deceived about all this. They were brought into this deception by the Catholic Church; which changed this to fit their worship of the fish god and of a female deity they worship called Fryer. This is why they say Good Friday; and why they eat fish on this day.
People of God, come out from under all these lies and get to the real truth of God’s Word. All this Easter and Good Friday stuff is total idolatry.
Jesus died late Wednesday evening and rose late Saturday evening. That is what the Day of Atonement, kept on the 10th day of the 7th month, represents. So, Jesus was crucified on the ninth day of October. How does this fit the set time of Easter? Also notice, that it was a cold time. Peter stood by a fire to warm himself that night.
I hope this is clear and that some of you will study this and find it to be food for your soul.
You know what? I learned something myself as I did this message. I had never heard nor even thought it myself until I was studying that Scripture in Lev. about the Day of Atonement, that this revealed the exact time of the crucifixion.