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Resurrection Day - the Saturday Sabbath or Sunday?
Dr. Allen M. Barber
April 11, 2009


Matthew 28:1-8 NKJV

Now after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb. 2 And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat on it. 3 His countenance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow. 4 And the guards shook for fear of him, and became like dead men.

5 But the angel answered and said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. 6 He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. 7 And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you."

8 So they went out quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to bring His disciples word.

When Jesus said that every jot and tittle of the Law must be fulfilled (See Matt.5:18) before heaven and earth would pass away, He also meant that in relationship of Himself to the Law and particularly to the seven feast days of Israel. What is the jot and tittle in the Hebrew language?

The "Jot" is the Hebrew word "Yodh" which is the 10th letter of the Hebrew alphabet. It is also the smallest letter. It's European or English equivalent is the letter "Y" as in the English term Yahweh or in Hebrew YHVH since there were no vowel's used in the ancient script.

The word "jot" itself is an English transliteration of "iota" which is the 9th letter of the Greek alphabet. "Iota," in turn, is the nearest Greek equivalent for the Hebrew yodh.

The "tittle" is the small decorative spur or point on the upper edge of the yodh. If you can imagine a tiny letter with a slightly visible decorative mark.

Tittle is used by Greek grammarians of the accents and diacritical points. It means the little lines or projections by which the Hebrew letters differ from each other. One example would be the difference between the letter L and I. The difference is only one small mark. We use phrases like "the dotting of the i, and the crossing of the t," and "every iota."

It is interesting that the Jewish scribes who copied the MT (Massoretic Text) of the Hebrew Bible scrolls paid the greatest attention to the minutiae of detail and such marks attached to each consonant throughout the entire text. They even numbered every letter, word, sentence, paragraph, chapter, section, and scroll to insure that the total equaled that of the text being copied before allowing it to enter the holy synagogue.

The meaning of the passage is very clear. Not even the smallest letter or even its decorative spur will ever disappear from the "God Breathed" Word until all is fulfilled. In fact when heaven and earth are replaced by a new heaven and earth, the Word of the Lord will have accomplished its purpose and will be fulfilled in every detail even to the very letter. (http://www.bible-history.com).

In order for Jesus to become the propitiation (substitute; literally "go-between") for humanity's sin, He had to fulfill the Feast of Passover, Unleavened Bread and First Fruits - all which took place in the first sacred month, Abib, which corresponds with March - April on the Gregorian calendar (Gentile civil calendar). The background for the crucifixion and resurrection is in the Pentateuch (the five books of the law) as follows:

Exodus 12:1-28 NKJV

1 Now the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, 2 "This month (Abib) shall be your beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year to you. 3 Speak to all the congregation of Israel, saying: 'On the tenth of this month every man shall take for himself a lamb, according to the house of his father, a lamb for a household. 4 And if the household is too small for the lamb, let him and his neighbor next to his house take it according to the number of the persons; according to each man's need you shall make your count for the lamb. 5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year. You may take it from the sheep or from the goats. 6 Now you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of the same month. Then the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it at twilight. 7 And they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses where they eat it. 8 Then they shall eat the flesh on that night; roasted in fire, with unleavened bread and with bitter herbs they shall eat it. 9 Do not eat it raw, nor boiled at all with water, but roasted in fire — its head with its legs and its entrails. 10 You shall let none of it remain until morning, and what remains of it until morning you shall burn with fire. 11 And thus you shall eat it: with a belt on your waist, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand. So you shall eat it in haste. It is the LORD's Passover.

12'For I will pass through the land of Egypt on that night, and will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD. 13 Now the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.

14'So this day shall be to you a memorial; and you shall keep it as a feast to the LORD throughout your generations. You shall keep it as a feast by an everlasting ordinance. 15 Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread. On the first day you shall remove leaven from your houses. For whoever eats leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that person shall be cut off from Israel. 16 On the first day there shall be a holy convocation, and on the seventh day there shall be a holy convocation for you. No manner of work shall be done on them; but that which everyone must eat — that only may be prepared by you. 17 So you shall observe the Feast of Unleavened Bread, for on this same day I will have brought your armies out of the land of Egypt. Therefore you shall observe this day throughout your generations as an everlasting ordinance. 18 In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at evening, you shall eat unleavened bread, until the twenty-first day of the month at evening. 19 For seven days no leaven shall be found in your houses, since whoever eats what is leavened, that same person shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether he is a stranger or a native of the land. 20 You shall eat nothing leavened; in all your dwellings you shall eat unleavened bread.'"

21 Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel and said to them," Pick out and take lambs for yourselves according to your families, and kill the Passover lamb. 22 And you shall take a bunch of hyssop, dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and strike the lintel and the two doorposts with the blood that is in the basin. And none of you shall go out of the door of his house until morning. 23 For the LORD will pass through to strike the Egyptians; and when He sees the blood on the lintel and on the two doorposts, the LORD will pass over the door and not allow the destroyer to come into your houses to strike you. 24 And you shall observe this thing as an ordinance for you and your sons forever. 25 It will come to pass when you come to the land which the LORD will give you, just as He promised, that you shall keep this service. 26 And it shall be, when your children say to you, 'What do you mean by this service?' 27 that you shall say,' It is the Passover sacrifice of the LORD, who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt when He struck the Egyptians and delivered our households.'" So the people bowed their heads and worshiped. 28 Then the children of Israel went away and did so; just as the LORD had commanded Moses and Aaron, so they did.

Leviticus 23:1-14 NKJV

And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 2 "Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: 'The feasts of the LORD, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, these are My feasts. (Notice these are the Lord's feasts not Israel's.)

3 The Sabbath

'Six days shall work be done, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of solemn rest, a holy convocation. You shall do no work on it; it is the Sabbath of the LORD in all your dwellings.

4 The Passover and Unleavened Bread

(Num 28:16-25)

'These are the feasts of the LORD, holy convocations which you shall proclaim at their appointed times. 5 On the fourteenth day of the first month at twilight is the LORD's Passover. 6 And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the Feast of Unleavened Bread  to the LORD; seven days you must eat unleavened bread. 7 On the first day you shall have a holy convocation; you shall do no customary work on it. 8 But you shall offer an offering made by fire to the LORD for seven days. The seventh day shall be a holy convocation; you shall do no customary work on it.'"

9 The Feast of Firstfruits

And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 10 "Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: 'When you come into the land which I give to you, and reap its harvest, then you shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest to the priest. 11 He shall wave the sheaf before the LORD, to be accepted on your behalf; on the day after the Sabbath the priest shall wave it. 12 And you shall offer on that day, when you wave the sheaf, a male lamb of the first year, without blemish, as a burnt offering to the LORD. 13 Its grain offering shall be two-tenths of an ephah of fine flour mixed with oil, an offering made by fire to the LORD, for a sweet aroma; and its drink offering shall be of wine, one-fourth of a hin. 14 You shall eat neither bread nor parched grain nor fresh grain until the same day that you have brought an offering to your God; it shall be a statute forever throughout your generations in all your dwellings.

It is important for Christians to understand how and why Jesus fulfilled the letter of the Law concerning these three high feasts days (He actually fulfilled all seven feasts, but our focus is on the first three since this is the time of the crucifixion and resurrection which Christians are celebrating around the world). It is equally important that we understand the Law is still valid and has not been done away with regarding the moral commandments; it is still wrong to murder, to steal, to covet, to commit adultery, etc., but as concerns the ceremonial laws involving the blood sacrifice, those have been done away with by the Lord's sacrifice of Himself upon the cross. Remember that Jesus said He came to fulfill the Law and the Prophets, not destroy them; however, we must understand how He fulfilled and changed the law in His New Covenant. Christians who do not understand these things confuse law and grace and make both ineffective thinking one cancels the other when if fact they work together. The Holy Spirit works through the law to bring conviction to sinful humanity and by repentance and faith applies grace to our hearts - forgiveness of sin and right standing with God.

Now lets set the stage for the crucifixion and resurrection from the above passages and we will discover when the Lord rose from the dead and why.

In the Exodus 12 passage Moses is writing the history of the first Passover on the night the Israelites came out of Egyptian bondage and the instructions the Lord gave him for observing the Passover in succeeding generations. Notice also that God changed the calendar making Abib the first month of the Hebrew sacred year (the first month had originally been September - October, the same calendar the old world observed up to that time; Noah and the antediluvian world [the world before the flood] also observed the civil calendar with September - October as the first month. When Israel came out of the Babylonian captivity they reverted back to observing the civil Babylonian calendar and still do to this day in disobedience to the Law they claim to revere and obey). If you want to be on God's calendar, then you must pay attention to the Scriptures that relate to it, particularly prophecy.  Right here is where many prophecy buffs error; they attempt to fit prophecy into our Gregorian (Roman) calendar.

On the tenth day of Abib (April 4 in 2009), the head of every household was to take a one-year old unblemished sheep or goat from the flock and set it aside to be sacrificed (killed) on the fourteenth day, which is Passover. Notice in Verse 6, they were instructed to kill it at twilight (dusk dark as just as the sun was going down; no Passover lamb could be killed after dark. Then they were to take some of the blood and apply it to the doorpost and lintel of their houses. When the death angel entered the streets and houses of Egypt on that auspicious night, he would pass by or pass over the houses where the blood was applied. It there were no blood on the doorposts, he killed the first born of the Egyptians no matter what age. There was much death in the land of Egypt on that night; by this first Passover, God was revealing His will and work regarding sin via the future deliverer (Messiah), that is, without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sin. What the blood of animals could not do, Jesus did in His own blood on the cross (the book of Hebrews uses that term - "His own blood" (Hebrews 9:12; 13:12) took away the penalty for mankind sins. Even though His sacrifice was for the sins of the whole world (human race), the only way for it to be effective is to apply His blood to our hearts by repentance and faith. If any Israelite did not apply the blood on his doorposts that night by faith, he died the same fate as the Egyptians. The Bible implies that all the House of Israel applied the blood and were spared. No one who fails to apply the blood of Jesus to his sin nature shall escape the penalty for all unrepentant sinners - death in hell and the Lake of Fire (there is a heretical teaching today that there is no hell, no lake of fire and no eternal punishment for sin; one prominent teacher whom I have debated in several emails has a website that promotes this heresy; you should stay clear of all such teaching).

The night Jesus observed the Passover meal with His disciples (Abib 14, 32 or 33 A.D. depending on how one computes the change from B.C. to A.D. time as you lose one-year moving from B.C. year 1 to A.D. year 1.  B.C. or before Christ time is in descending order while A.D. or Anno Domini, [beginning with the conception of Christ and the Christian era; secularists have now changed these periods to B.C.E and C.E - before the common era and after the common era, which is an attempt to remove all vestiges of time linked to the Lord]), He changed the Passover as symbolized by the cup and the bread - the cup representing His blood and the bread representing His body given in sacrifice for our sins.  Christians are no longer to worship the Passover, Unleavened Bread, and First Fruits only in the month of Abib (March - April), but we are to observe the Lord's Supper whenever we come together or whenever we decide to keep it. We are not bound by days, years, etc. as the Israelites were according to the Law. Torah worshippers try to convince Christians that they must keep the Feast Days in order to be a true son of God, but that is heresy. Unfortunately, many believers are falling for that lie:

Galatians 4:8-11 NKJV

But then, indeed, when you did not know God, you served those which by nature are not gods. 9 But now after you have known God, or rather are known by God, how is it that you turn again to the weak and beggarly elements, to which you desire again to be in bondage? 10 You observe days and months and seasons and years. 11 I am afraid for you, lest I have labored for you in vain.

We worship Christ Jesus who fulfilled all the Feast Days of Israel and every day is a Sabbath or holy convocation to the Christian; however, we are examining how Jesus fulfilled the first high feast days during the month of Abib in order to establish when He was crucified and when He rose from the dead.

In Exodus 12:14-20, it is clear that Passover night was the beginning of the Feast of Unleavened Bread not a separate feast even though technically the observance of Unleavened Bread began on the 15th day of Abib or the day after Passover. Remember, in the land of Israel during the days of Jesus, the new day began at sundown not at midnight as does our time (the same is observed today in the nation of Israel, that is, they mix Middle East time with the Gentile Roman time - the more orthodox Jews keep the old civil calendar while the secularists the modern calendar). With Passover and the new day beginning at sundown, the first daylight hours of Unleavened Bread were at approximately 4-5:00 A.M. and ended at sundown the day following the night of Passover. This will become important later on in this article.

The Feast of Unleavened Bread ran for seven days - from the 14th day at evening to the 21st day; therefore, it actually spanned 8 days (Exodus 12: 18). Notice in Verse 16, the first day and the seventh day were to be holy convocations. A holy convocation is actually a Sabbath wherein there was to be no servile work or labor; it was to be a solemn day of worship. The literal Hebrew meaning of Sabbath is to repose or to cease from all common labor that would profane the worship of Yahweh - the Lord God. The important point is, and the Leviticus passage will shed further light on this, the 15th day of Abib was a holy convocation or Sabbath day of worship, but not the seventh day Sabbath.

Therefore, the Feast of Unleavened Bread began on Passover night (Abib 14) at twilight when the Israelites killed the Passover lambs (a one-year old unblemished male lamb or goat implying sinless perfection) and applied the blood to their households as protection from the death angel (a type of Satan). Satan's chief enemy is death for he hates mankind as we are God's creation and co-warriors (believers) with the Lord against our common enemy - Satan. Satan already has the rule of death over lost humanity, but he especially desires to kill as many Christians as he can with whatever means he is given. This is why it is vital to keep our spiritual armor in tack and to remain under the anointing of the Holy Spirit 24/7 (a holy walk) in order to keep Satan at bay. Many Christians are attacked and some even killed by the devil for failing to walk in the Spirit.

In addition, they were to eat only unleavened bread (without yeast) for seven days. Leaven in the Bible represents sin. As the virgin born Son of God, Jesus was without sin - had no sin nature for His Father was not the human Joseph, the husband of Mary, but the Father in heaven. Moreover, He was conceived by the Holy Spirit not by the seed (sperm of man). Mary provided the human body of our Lord while His conception was of the Holy Spirit - without sin. Some will say, but wasn't Mary a sinner having a sin nature? Yes, she was, but the sin nature is passed by the seed (sperm) of man (See Romans 5:12). Mary provided the egg, but God provided the spirit. The immaculate conception, which the Catholics have twisted to make it appear that Mary was sinless, is a great mystery nonetheless true. This is why it is important to salvation to believe in the virgin birth of our Lord. Cannot anyone not believe in the virgin birth and still be a Christian - absolutely not! The foundation of our faith is that Jesus was born of a virgin who had known no man sexually in order to fulfill the righteous law of God for the blood sacrifice. Jesus had to be without sin and He was and is!  Jesus is the sinless Lamb of God who took away our sins in His death and shed blood upon the cross. His death was for us not Himself as He had no sin.

Well, we need to look at the Leviticus passage as I have much more to cover concerning the resurrection.

In Leviticus 23: 1-14 (the third book of the Torah), Moses further elaborates on the first three high feasts of Israel. In Verse 2 God says these are His feasts, not Israel's, but His! They were to take part in worshipping God via the feasts. The Pharisees and Rabbis later thought these feasts belonged to them and took ownership of them adding cumbersome laws and rituals that God never intended. That is the root problem of most religions including the denominations, they think their religion belongs to them, and most of it does, for that is what it is - a man-made religion.

Before Moses writes about the first three feasts, he mentions the Sabbath - the Seventh Day Sabbath (Saturday). Notice in Verse 3 it is a holy convocation. Now it is important to understand that Abib 15 was a holy convocation - a Sabbath, but not the seventh day Sabbath. It was a mid-week Sabbath. Again, in Verse 4 God says these feasts are holy convocations or Sabbaths in which there was to be no common work (KJV says servile work). Verses 5 and 6 have the 14th of Abib as the Passover and the 15th as the first day of Unleavened Bread. Verses 7 and 8 state that the first day and the seventh day are holy convocations or Sabbaths. Well, the first day was not the Saturday Sabbath, but it was a holy convocation, meaning that it was to be set apart and worshipped as a holy day of rest from common labor making it a Sabbath day of worship; but a mid-week Sabbath.

Jesus told us that He would be in the grave (that is, His body) for three whole nights and days; some who try to hold to the "Good Friday" doctrine teach that parts of days represented a full day, but that is not the case in the crucifixion of Jesus. He was in the grave three full days (three 24-hour days);

Matthew 12:40-41 NKJV

40 For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

So-called prophet, L. Ray Smith (http://bible-truths.com/) teaches "soul sleep," that when a person dies they become unconscious and imperceptible, that is, have no awareness of themselves or environment. He believes that the three days Jesus was in the grave he was in a state of total oblivion unaware that He even existed. That is utter folly and non-sense for Jesus told the thief on the cross that He would be with Him in Paradise that very day. If Paradise is a place of total oblivion, then I care not to go there. In paradise, Abraham carried on a conversation in the spirit with the rich man who was in hell (the other chamber of Sheol where the wicked dead go). Now, it Abraham was in a state of imperceptible soul sleep, he could hardly carry on a conversation with the Rich man. In addition, the martyred souls during the Church Age are seen under the altar in heaven at the 5th Seal speaking to the Lord. If they are dead unconscious souls, they could not have a conversation with the Lord. We need to discern all things by the Spirit, but also use our brains and common sense. There are many brainless Christians in the Church simply because they do not use their God-given intellect to think upon the things of the Scriptures.

If Jesus had implied that He would be in the grave part of three days, then He would have said that, but when He used the terminology - three days and three nights, He mean three full days. Now, if His body was in the grave three full days and He died on Abib 14 at twilight (as we have pointed out, the Hebrew days begin at sundown), was the Lord crucified as the Abib 13th was ending and Abib 14th was beginning or was He crucified as Abib 14th was ending and Abib 15th was beginning?  This is not as difficult as it may appear. If Abib 15th day is the first official day of Unleavened Bread and runs for seven days with the 21st day included in and ending the feast, then Passover on the 14th of Abib was the last hour of that day with the 15th of Unleavened Bread beginning at sundown - about an hour or less when Jesus was crucified. His trial and beatings were held during the early morning and daylight hours of Abib 14. He was nailed to the cross at the third hour of Abib 14 - about 9 or 10 A.M. If He was crucified on the 13th or the 15th of Abib, it would be impossible for Him to fulfill the Feast of Passover on the 14th, as well as for Unleavened Bread to end on the 21st. The Lord was crucified on the evening of Abib 14, that is, the very last hour of that day. It would be like Him dying between 11 - 12 midnight on our clock - the last hour of the 24-hour solar time.

Now, if the Lord was crucified during the last hour of Abib 14 and was in the grave for three full nights, then He had to rise from the dead during the last hour of Abib 17 (the number 17 is the number of resurrection) to fulfill the Feast of Firstfruits, which He did:

Leviticus 23:9  The Feast of Firstfruits

9 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 10 "Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: 'When you come into the land which I give to you, and reap its harvest, then you shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest to the priest. 11 He shall wave the sheaf before the LORD, to be accepted on your behalf; on the day after the Sabbath the priest shall wave it. 12 And you shall offer on that day, when you wave the sheaf, a male lamb of the first year, without blemish, as a burnt offering to the LORD. 13 Its grain offering shall be two-tenths of an ephah of fine flour mixed with oil, an offering made by fire to the LORD, for a sweet aroma; and its drink offering shall be of wine, one-fourth of a hin. 14 You shall eat neither bread nor parched grain nor fresh grain until the same day that you have brought an offering to your God; it shall be a statute forever throughout your generations in all your dwellings.

The wave sheaf was the first ripe grain of the barley harvest and is typical of the overcomers in the body of Christ - the Church. Christ was the anti-type of the sheaf wave offering the Israelites brought to the temple priests as a tithe or firstfruit offering signifying that the full harvest would be blessed of God. In essence, the wave offering was a type of down payment for the full harvest in recognition that the Lord of the harvest had blessed their land and had given them a full harvest. It also typified that God owned the full harvest. In offering Himself as the wave offering or firstfruits for our sins, that is, the first to rise from the dead in glorified spiritual flesh, Jesus proved that He is Lord of the harvest and guarantees the resurrection of the saints. In that sense, He is the firstfruits also of the resurrections (plural). Firstfruits typify the First Resurrection of the overcoming saints and the final harvest of the non-overcoming saints. As Paul told us in I Corinthians 15, Jesus is the Firstfruits of the resurrection and we shall all stand before Him, but each man in his own order.

Now, we have come to the final point of this article - on what day was Jesus crucified and on what day was He resurrected?

The following outline will help to understand what took place in or about 32 or 33 A.D. in Jerusalem during Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread, that is, how Jesus literally fulfilled these feasts and why He rose from the dead on the 7th day Sabbath. Before I do you need to take off your religious hat and put out of your mind what you have been taught by traditional religion; however, if you prefer to continue observing the pagan Easter festival, that is certainly your prerogative:

Jesus fulfills the Passover as follows in chronological order:

Abib 10 - Saturday

According to both Exodus and Leviticus, the Passover lamb had to be separated from the flock on Abib 10 in preparation for being sacrificed (killed) on Abib 14. According to Unger's Bible Handbook and several other sources, Abib 10 fell on a Saturday in 32 A.D. which was the 7th day Sabbath. It is called the Great Sabbath because it immediately preceded the Passover, that is, within four days, as well as the time for the selection of the sacrificial lamb (See Unger's Bible Handbook, page 354). Obviously, Abib 10 does not always fall on a 7th day Sabbath, but in the year Jesus was crucified, it did signifying this was not to be just any normal day, for on this Great Sabbath the Son of God would separate Himself from the flock (Israel) to give Himself as a ransom for the many.

On Abib 10, Jesus enters Jerusalem and offers Himself as their lamb, but the people wanted a king to free them from Roman (Gentile) domination; they did not understand that before He could enter the office of king, He first had to offer Himself as the suffering servant of Isaiah 53.

Matthew 21:4-17 NKJV

4 All this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying:

5 "Tell the daughter of Zion,
'Behold, your King is coming to you,
Lowly, and sitting on a donkey ,
A colt, the foal of a donkey .'"

6 So the disciples went and did as Jesus commanded them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt, laid their clothes on them, and set Him on them. 8 And a very great multitude spread their clothes on the road; others cut down branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying:

"Hosanna to the Son of David!
'Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!'
Hosanna in the highest!"

10 And when He had come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, "Who is this?"

11 So the multitudes said, "This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth of Galilee."

12 Jesus Cleanses the Temple

(Mark 11:15-19; Luke 19:45-48; John 2:13-22)

Then Jesus went into the temple of God and drove out all those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. 13 And He said to them, "It is written, 'My house shall be called a house of prayer,' but you have made it a 'den of thieves.'"

14 Then the blind and the lame came to Him in the temple, and He healed them. 15 But when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that He did, and the children crying out in the temple and saying, "Hosanna to the Son of David!" they were indignant 16 and said to Him, "Do You hear what these are saying?"

And Jesus said to them, "Yes. Have you never read,

'Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants
You have perfected praise'?"

17 Then He left them and went out of the city to Bethany, and He lodged there.

So, on Saturday, Abib 10, the Great Sabbath, it appears not many were observing proper Sabbath keeping as the money changers were doing their thing of cheating the people who were bringing their gifts to the temple. Actually, what was supposed to be for the preservation of temple worship, had become a ritual of profit taking by the temple priests and merchandisers. Anyway, the temple priests and the people were more focused on finding the unblemished lambs from the flocks to be offered at the approaching Passover than keeping the strict Pharisaical rules for Sabbath worship. The population of Jerusalem in 32 A.D. was over a million; therefore, thousands of lambs had to be separated from the flocks and kept in a special compound watched over by the gatekeepers (shepherds). This was not a small thing and is the reason for the focus on obtaining the Passover lambs so the festival could be kept according to the Law.

At the end of Abib 10 Jesus goes to the house of Lazarus in Bethany whom He raised from the dead and lodges there. He does not reenter Jerusalem until the day of Passover knowing that He is going to be arrested by the Chief Priests and crucified.

Abib 11-13 Sunday - Tuesday

On Tuesday, Abib 13, which is appropriate for the number 13 signifies an evil omen, the wicked Scribes and Pharisees along with the High Priest plot to murder the Lord Jesus:

Luke 22:1-6 NKJV

1 Now the Feast of Unleavened Bread drew near, which is called Passover. 2 And the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might kill Him, for they feared the people. 3 Then Satan entered Judas, surnamed Iscariot, who was numbered among the twelve. 4 So he went his way and conferred with the chief priests and captains, how he might betray Him to them. 5 And they were glad, and agreed to give him money. 6 So he promised and sought opportunity to betray Him to them in the absence of the multitude.

Abib 13 (Tuesday) ends at sundown and begins Abib 14 (Wednesday) - the day of Passover and the beginning of Unleavened Bread. During the evening hours of Abib 14 (from sundown to midnight and the early morning hours), Jesus takes Peter, James and John with Him to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray in preparation for His suffering and death. I have been to the Garden Gethsemane, which is just east of the Eastern Gate and across from the Kidron Valley. When Jesus was praying, He could look up and see the locked doors of the Eastern Gate (the doors were locked at night to keep out intruders on the temple mount). I took a picture of the Eastern Gate from the Garden of Gethsemane and it is a strikingly beautiful picture (Jewish tradition teaches that Messiah will return and come through the Eastern Gate, which by the way the Arabs have filled with tons of concrete; I spoke with Arab guards who watch over the Eastern Gate and facetiously asked them why they were guarding the gate and they quickly told me to keep Jesus from coming through the gate - they actually used the name of Jesus not Messiah; I thought that was interesting).

Apparently, Jesus prayed all night and up until the time of his betrayal by Judas in the early morning - probably around 2- 3 A.M. This is why the disciples could not stay awake and pray with Jesus as sleep overcame them in the early morning hours. It was during this long ordeal of prayer that Jesus asked the Father if it were possible to allow the cup to pass from Him; however, He qualified the plea with, "Not my will but thine be done."

Abib 14 Wednesday

It was now approximately 9 hours or between 3-4 A.M. into Abib 14 on a Wednesday when Judas and his band of hired thugs from the High Priests entered the Garden where Judas knew Jesus often prayed - sometimes all night. He had instructed the guards to seize the one he identified as Jesus.

John 18:1-14 NKJV

1 When Jesus had spoken these words, He went out with His disciples over the Brook Kidron, where there was a garden, which He and His disciples entered. 2 And Judas, who betrayed Him, also knew the place; for Jesus often met there with His disciples. 3 Then Judas, having received a detachment of troops, and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, came there with lanterns, torches, and weapons. 4 Jesus therefore, knowing all things that would come upon Him, went forward and said to them, "Whom are you seeking?"

5 They answered Him," Jesus of Nazareth."

Jesus said to them, "I am He." And Judas, who betrayed Him, also stood with them. 6 Now when He said to them, "I am He," they drew back and fell to the ground.

7 Then He asked them again, "Whom are you seeking?"

And they said, "Jesus of Nazareth."

8 Jesus answered, "I have told you that I am He. Therefore, if you seek Me, let these go their way," 9 that the saying might be fulfilled which He spoke, "Of those whom You gave Me I have lost none."

10 Then Simon Peter, having a sword, drew it and struck the high priest's servant, and cut off his right ear. The servant's name was Malchus.

11 So Jesus said to Peter, "Put your sword into the sheath. Shall I not drink the cup which My Father has given Me?"

12 Before the High Priest

Then the detachment of troops and the captain and the officers of the Jews arrested Jesus and bound Him. 13 And they led Him away to Annas first, for he was the father-in-law of Caiaphas who was high priest that year. 14 Now it was Caiaphas who advised the Jews that it was expedient that one man should die for the people.

It is interesting that John the disciple whom Jesus loved did not record that Judas betrayed the Lord with a Kiss, as did the other gospel writers; however, Judas led them to arrest Jesus in order to fulfill the Scriptures that he sold the Lord of glory for thirty pieces of silver:

Zechariah 11:12-13 NASB

12 And I said to them, "If it is good in your sight, give me my wages; but if not, never mind!" So they weighed out thirty shekels of silver as my wages. 13 Then the LORD said to me, "Throw it to the potter, that magnificent price at which I was valued by them." So I took the thirty shekels of silver and threw them to the potter in the house of the LORD.

Matthew 26:14-16 KJV

14 Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests,

15 And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver.

16 And from that time he sought opportunity to betray him.

From about 3-4:00 A.M. on Abib 14 (Wednesday morning) Jesus was arrested and taken before the High Priest, Caiaphas, to stand trial before the kangaroo court until the third hour (approximately 9-10:00 A.M.) During this time, Jesus appeared before Annas, Caiaphas, Herod and Pilate - the religious and political establishment. Throughout the ordeal, Jesus did not answer the questions from the High Priest except to confess that He was indeed the Son of God and that one day they would see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of power and coming in the clouds of heaven. This was too much for Caiaphas, so he tore his robes in the sign of blasphemy and accused Jesus of being a blasphemer and a liar worthy of death; therefore, the Jewish high court (kangaroo court) sentenced Jesus to death by crucifixion. This was necessary to fulfill the law as only the priests could slay the sacrificial lambs on Passover. This does not excuse the wicked religious leaders of Israel for their part in murdering Jesus. They will be held accountable on judgment day.

Jesus was then led to appear before Herod, but did not answer any of Herod's questions, so Herod sent Him to Pilate who was the Roman Governor of Judea. The only question Jesus answered from Pilate was that He was the king of the Jews. Pilate then had Jesus flogged and handed over to the High Priest and the Sanhedrin who were screaming for Pilate to have Jesus crucified. Before appearing the last time at Pilate's judgment seat, the Roman soldiers mocked and ridiculed the Lord. They spit upon him; hit with their hands and pulled out his beard. In addition, they placed a crown of thorns on His head and a purple robe upon his body. Little did they know who was in their midst, the Son of God, the Lord of glory and the creator of heaven and earth. At any time, the Lord could have asked the Father and legions of angels would have wiped out the Jewish leaders and the Roman Empire, but that was not the purpose of why Jesus came to this earth. His mission was to go to the cross and pay the price for mankind's sins as all have sinned and come short of the Lord's glory; there is none, not a one, that is righteous.

Abib 14 Wednesday - the Third Hour

Jesus is taken outside the temple area (as the sin offering) in Jerusalem and nailed to His cross at approximately 9-10 A.M. Wednesday morning. This was to fulfill the law of the sin offering:

Exodus 29:10-14 NKJV

10 "You shall also have the bull brought before the tabernacle of meeting, and Aaron and his sons shall put their hands on the head of the bull. 11 Then you shall kill the bull before the LORD, by the door of the tabernacle of meeting. 12 You shall take some of the blood of the bull and put it on the horns of the altar with your finger, and pour all the blood beside the base of the altar. 13 And you shall take all the fat that covers the entrails, the fatty lobe attached to the liver, and the two kidneys and the fat that is on them, and burn them on the altar. 14 But the flesh of the bull, with its skin and its offal, you shall burn with fire outside the camp. It is a sin offering .

Mark 15:25-26 NKJV

25 Now it was the third hour , and they crucified Him. 26 And the inscription of His accusation was written above:

THE KING OF THE JEWS.

Abib 14 Wednesday - the Sixth Hour

Matthew 27:45 NKJV

45 Now from the sixth hour until the ninth hour there was darkness over all the land.

At the sixth hour (approximately 12 noon to 1:00 P.M.), an eerie thick darkness covered the city of Jerusalem. I covered the reason why in my article on the crucifixion so will not repeat it. You may want to read it again though.

Jesus has been hanging on the cross now for three hours dealing with excruciating pain and abuse as the religious leaders and the people walked by mocking and ridiculing Him such as, "If you be the Son of God, then come down off the cross and save yourself."

Abib 14 Wednesday - the Ninth Hour

It is now approximately 4:30 P.M. (twilight) as Abib 14 was ending in the land of Israel. Jesus has been hanging on the cross for six hours (the number of man) and drowning in his own blood and body fluids. In order to breathe, Jesus had to lift his chest and stand on his feet that were nailed to the cross. Each time He did so, the pain was unbearable and his lungs began to fill with blood and fluids (I once had a tape of the crucifixion recorded by a medical doctor who explained what crucifixion does to the human body; it was a horrible way to die). At the ninth hour, Jesus knew His death was drawing near, and it is at this time that He cries out to His father those awful words of abandonment:

Matthew 27:46-50 NKJV

46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, "Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?" that is, "My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?"

47 Some of those who stood there, when they heard that, said, "This Man is calling for Elijah!" 48 Immediately one of them ran and took a sponge, filled it with sour wine and put it on a reed, and offered it to Him to drink.

49 The rest said, "Let Him alone; let us see if Elijah will come to save Him."

50 And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit.

Jesus died at twilight just as the sun was setting to end Abib 14, Wednesday, 32 A.D. to fulfill Exodus 12:6 - the Passover lamb had to be killed at twilight on Abib 14. As the sun set and darkness enveloped the land, Thursday, Abib 15 began. Leviticus 23:6 says the 15th day of Abib is the Feast of Unleavened Bread, that is the first official day for the seven day feast (14th - 21st) and Verse 7 adds that it is a holy convocation or Sabbath (rest from common labor and time of worship); however, Abib 15 was on a Thursday in 32 A.D. and therefore not a seventh day or Saturday Sabbath.  Ungers Bible Handbook, page 941, refers to this holy convocation as the mid-week Sabbath.  Luke 23:54 says Abib 14 was the day of preparation and Abib 15 was the mid-week Sabbath (this only occurs during the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread, not every week as does the seventh day Sabbath):

Abib 15- Thursday

Luke 23:50-56 NKJV

50 Now behold, there was a man named Joseph, a council member, a good and just man. 51 He had not consented to their decision and deed. He was from Arimathea, a city of the Jews, who himself was also waiting for the kingdom of God. 52 This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. 53 Then he took it down, wrapped it in linen, and laid it in a tomb that was hewn out of the rock, where no one had ever lain before. 54 That day was the Preparation, and the Sabbath drew near.

55 And the women who had come with Him from Galilee followed after, and they observed the tomb and how His body was laid. 56 Then they returned and prepared spices and fragrant oils. And they rested on the Sabbath according to the commandment.

Roman Catholic theologians mistakenly took this as the seventh day Sabbath and reasoned Jesus was crucified on a Friday with the next day being the weekly Sabbath; however, that is inaccurate and unsound even according to logic. If Jesus was in the grave for three full days and nights as He plainly said; then if He was crucified at twilight on a Friday and rose early on Sunday morning, He would have been in the grave for approximately 36 hours - far short of a full 72 hours. The Catholic version of the crucifixion and resurrection is according to their traditions and not according to Sola Scriptura.

It is clear from Luke's account of the crucifixion that Joseph of Arimathea obtained permission from Pilate to take the body of Jesus down from the cross as Abib 14 ended and Abib 15 was just beginning. Abib 14 then is the day of preparation for the start of the Feast of Unleavened Bread because during the Passover Feast, the Israelites were not to have any leaven in their households. They were to remove all the leaven from their houses during Abib 14 in preparation for the seven-day Feast of Unleavened Bread. Abib 15 or the first day of Unleavened Bread was a holy convocation or Sabbath rest. This is the meaning of Luke 23: 54-55 - the Sabbath drew near and they rested on the Sabbath according to the commandment. What commandment?  Exodus 12:14-20 and Leviticus 23: 7.

Abib 15 was not the seventh day Sabbath, but the mid-week Sabbath. Jesus died on Wednesday Abib 14 during the last hour of that day and was placed in the garden tomb at the beginning of Abib 15 to fulfill both the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread. He was in essence the Passover Lamb whose blood was shed for the remission of sins and the Bread of life in whom was no sin in order to fulfill the Feast of Unleavened Bread.

Now what about the Feast of First Fruits; how did Jesus fulfill that feast?

Abib 16 -17 - Friday and Saturday

Abib 16 is called the morrow or the day after the mid-week Sabbath on Abib 15.

Leviticus 23:9 NKJV

9 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 10 "Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: 'When you come into the land which I give to you, and reap its harvest, then you shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest to the priest. 11 He shall wave the sheaf before the LORD, to be accepted on your behalf; on the day after the Sabbath the priest shall wave it. 12 And you shall offer on that day, when you wave the sheaf, a male lamb of the first year, without blemish, as a burnt offering to the LORD. 13 Its grain offering shall be two-tenths of an ephah of fine flour mixed with oil, an offering made by fire to the LORD, for a sweet aroma; and its drink offering shall be of wine, one-fourth of a hin. 14 You shall eat neither bread nor parched grain nor fresh grain until the same day that you have brought an offering to your God; it shall be a statute forever throughout your generations in all your dwellings.

As mentioned above, the Feast of Firstfruits during the Spring is the Barley Harvest (Barely ripens before wheat). This was not a holy convocation so there was no restriction on work. The first ripe barley grain or the first sheaf wave offering took place on this feast. The antitype is the resurrection of Jesus who fulfilled the feast:

1 Corinthians 15:20-24 NKJV

20 But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. 23 But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ's at His coming.

2 Timothy 2:6-8 NKJV

6 The hardworking farmer must be first to partake of the crops. 7 Consider what I say, and may the Lord give you understanding in all things. 8 Remember that Jesus Christ, of the seed of David, was raised from the dead according to my gospel,

While some try to separate the noun and adjective in I Corinthians 15: 23 by placing a comma between Christ and the firstfruits, there is no Scriptural justification to do so. Verse 20 clearly says in the context that Christ is the firstfruits of the resurrection. The overcomers (manchild) are the first fruits of the end-time harvest at the First Resurrection, but as to the subject at hand, Christ is the Firstfruit of the Feast of Firstfruits. "It is important to note that since Firstfruits is not a holy convocation or Sabbath, there is no reason for Christians to observe it as a post-resurrection Sabbath or to suggest Sunday as a new holy day. The feasts were both commemorative and prophetic in nature that pointed to future fulfillments. Since the feasts are appointed by God; to make Sunday a holy day or Sabbath-type worship is to say that God was in error by leaving out the post-resurrection Sunday worship."

Now how do we reconcile Firstfruits on Abib 16 with the resurrection of Jesus on Abib 17 for Jesus would not have been in the grave for a full three days and nights if He rose on Abib 16. In Unger's Bible Handbook, page 355, he says that firstfruits is not the fact of resurrection, but the results or the aftermath of resurrection. Firstfruits symbolizes the promise of a full harvest; however, Unger is a pretribber and makes the barley harvest the resurrection of the Old Testament saints. That would mean the Old Testament saints would be resurrected before the New Testament Overcomers, which distorts and slices up the First Resurrection into parts and pieces. There is only one First Resurrection that occurs on the Posttrib day of the Lord and all the overcoming saints of all epochs will take part.

While the temple priests in 32 A.D. were waving the first sheaf of the Barley Harvest on Abib 16, the body of Jesus was still in the tomb and would not be raised until the last hour of Abib 17 to fulfill the word of the Lord that He would be in the grave for a full three days and nights. According to Bullinger's Numbers in Scripture, the number 17 is the number of spiritual perfection. The perfect sinless sacrifice, the body of the Lord Jesus, rose from the dead on Abib 17 - a Saturday and the seventh-day Sabbath to perfect a new order of creation - spiritual regenerated people possessing eternal life with the promise of new glorified bodies. Again, Firstfruits is the promise that the Lord will harvest all the saints, but each in his own order (I Cor. 15:23)

Abib 17 Saturday

Matthew 12:39-41 NKJV

39 But He answered and said to them, "An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. 40 For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

According to Strong's Greek Word meanings (hemera - days) means literally the period between dawn and dark within a 24-hour period; therefore, the Lord meant what He said - His body would be in the grave for a full 72 hours or three complete days not parts of days as some Jewish and Catholic theologians surmise.

The Lord was crucified at approximately 4:30 PM on Wednesday, 32 A.D. during the last hour of Abib 14 (Passover). His body was placed in the tomb at the beginning of Abib 15 (Thursday), which during Passover and Unleavened Bread, was the mid-week Sabbath not the Saturday or 7th day Sabbath; therefore, to fulfill His own words about how long His body would remain in the grave, it lay in the tomb all day on Abib 15 (Thursday); all day on Abib 16 (Friday) and all day on Abib 17 (Saturday). Three complete days ended at approximately 4:30 P.M. at dusk on Saturday, Abib 17.

The women in Luke 23: 54-56 were observing the mid-week Sabbath in which no common work was allowed. It was a holy convocation, but not the seventh day Saturday Sabbath. In case you are still in doubt, look carefully at this passage in Luke and notice the following:

1. The day of preparation was Abib 14 - the Passover.

2. The Sabbath that was about to begin was the mid-week Sabbath (Abib 15), which as we have seen was on a Thursday in 32 A.D.

3. The women observed where the Lord's body was entombed at the beginning of Abib 15, a Thursday.

4. They kept the mid-week Sabbath as commanded in the Law (Exodus 12 and Leviticus 23). They rested all day, Abib 15, Thursday, 32 A.D.

5. If the Sabbath in question is the seventh-day Saturday Sabbath, then that would have necessitated the crucifixion on a Friday making the resurrection to occur the following Monday at approximately 4:30 PM. Since the Jews do not believe in the resurrection of Christ, the timing for the Sabbath's is of no consequence to them, but it is important to Christians; however, if the Jews did believe in Jesus, then His resurrection on the Saturday, seventh-day Sabbath, would be extremely important to them. Why? Because Jesus told the Pharisees that He was the Lord of the Sabbath. In addition, He told the Sabbath observing Jews that man was not made for the Sabbath, but the Sabbath was made for man. God created the 7th day Sabbath after He created man on the sixth day; therefore, it was made for man to rest from his earthly labors as well as to worship God; it was not made to bind man to strict legalistic laws as the Pharisees had made it.

When the Lord rose from the dead during the early dark hours of Abib 17 - the Saturday Sabbath, He proved that He was Lord of the Sabbath by taking up His dead body in resurrection power. No legally binding Sabbath Law could hold Him in the grave. He came out of the gave on the very Sabbath day He created in the original creation. Sabbath means "rest". This is why Hebrews 3:7-4:11 says Christ is our Sabbath rest. All works doctrine end in Christ Jesus when we accept Him as our Sabbath rest. We rest by faith in the finished work of Christ on the cross and the resurrection. Salvation by works doctrine was nailed to the cross of Jesus and we all now rest by faith in the works that Jesus accomplished for us. He symbolically proved He was our Sabbath rest by raising Himself from the dead on Abib 17, the Saturday Sabbath.

Notice this verse:

Hebrews 4: 9 ESV

So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God.

In closing, we need to look at one last passage, Matthew 28:1-6

Matthew 28:1 NKJV

1Now after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb.
2 And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat on it.
3 His countenance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow.
4 And the guards shook for fear of him, and became like dead men.
5 But the angel answered and said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified.
6 He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.
7 And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you."
8 So they went out quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to bring His disciples word.

This passage is always interpreted as proof that Jesus was raised from the dead on a Sunday - the first day of the week, but is that what it says. I challenge anyone to show me where there is any proof this passage says Jesus was raised from the dead on Sunday, the first day of the week!  There is no use even trying for it does not prove a Sunday resurrection.

Read what it says; it does not say that Jesus was raised on the first day of the week. What it says is; "As it began to dawn toward the daylight hours of the first day of the week, the women came to the tomb to discover that Jesus HAD ALREADY BEEN RAISED FROM THE DEAD! Remember by the time the daylight hours had begun, the day was already 12 hours in progress since in the Middle East the days begin at sundown. Well, some will say that proves Jesus was raised during the evening and morning of the first day (Sunday) but the women and disciples did not find out about it until sunrise. We have just proved in this article that Jesus had to have risen from the dead at the close of Abib 17 - the seventh-day, Saturday Sabbath to fulfill Exodus 12 and Leviticus 23, as well as His own words that He would be in the grave for three full days. If He was crucified at twilight on Abib 14, then He had to rise from the dead at twilight three days later, which was Abib 17.

More importantly, I have given Scriptural evidence why He rose from the dead on the Saturday Sabbath to prove He was in fact Lord of the Sabbath thereby becoming the Sabbath rest for the people of God.

Now does all this mean Christians must worship on the Saturday Sabbath? Absolutely not and neither is it required that we worship on a Sunday as a ritual.  To the Christian, everyday is the Lord's Day and we are not obligated to keep days, weeks, months, etc.

Galatians 4:8-11 NKJV

8 But then, indeed, when you did not know God, you served those which by nature are not gods. 9 But now after you have known God, or rather are known by God, how is it that you turn again to the weak and beggarly elements, to which you desire again to be in bondage? 10 You observe days and months and seasons and years. 11 I am afraid for you, lest I have labored for you in vain.

Believers can worship the Lord any day of the week they so choose. Anytime the saints come together for worship and fellowship is acceptable to the Lord - the day does not matter. Consider how the Church of Acts worshipped:

Acts 2:46-47 NKJV

46 So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.

The literal Greek says, day after day they came together in the temple and broke bread in their homes...The Greek word for temple is hieron meaning the temple grounds, not the inner holy places such as the Holy Place and the Holy of Holies (the naos). The physical temple was no longer the place of worship for the Lord Jesus fulfilled all the temple symbolism - the priesthood, the blood sacrifices, the Sabbath days, etc. I have often wondered how the temple priests understood the giant heavy veil (it weighed over a ton) separating the Holy Place from the Holy of Holies was ripped from top to bottom? They must have been puzzled how that happened as well as the meaning. The Pharisees more than likely blamed it on the earthquake that occurred during the crucifixion, but if that is true, why was the temple itself not damaged?

Well, may the Lord bless you with spiritual insight to understand this article for it is the truth from the Scriptures. My calling from God as a New Testament Prophet is to expose the lies of the devil that have placed the body of Christ in bondage to many things. The threefold commission the Lord gave me on March 31, 1994 was from Jeremiah 1:10:

- to pluck up and break down the flesh in the saints
- to destroy and overthrow the lies of the devil
- to build and plant the saints in the Word of God

I have tried my best to obey His commission.