And in vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.' Mark 7:7 EMTV

The Death of Jesus: when and how long did He remain buried before he was risen?

The consideration of the timing of the death of Jesus is important because it was given as a sign to the skeptics of His time and because it is used as the foundation for the establishment of Good Friday, Easter, and the so-called Christian worship day on Sunday, the resurrection day, which is in contrast to Saturday which the Torah calls on the alien converts and believers of today to keep and have a holy convocation on the Sabbath. We will go over the concept of a day in the Torah in its divisions of ‘evening and morning’. The Jews use two calendars. We will pay close attention to the timing of the events leading to Jesus’s arrest in the night, His overnight mock trial, the time He was taken to various authorities, His condemnation, His Crucifixion, His death, His burial, the predicted length of His stay in the heart of the earth, the resurrection and its timing. We will also look at the current timing of those events and their application. Then, we will make the determination whether or not we are required by Jesus or the Apostles to celebrate those events. The sign that Jesus gave His generation to seal His rights as YHWH Elohim involves days and nights (Matthew 12:40). We may not assume that the audience is familiar with the biblical day established in the Torah. Even the chosen people chose to follow in parallel another calendar even though at the Exodus YHWH Elohim (Jesus) decreed to them a new calendar. This month shall be the chief of months for you. It shall be the first of the months of the year for you. Exodus 12:2 KJ3. Observe the month Abib , and perform the Passover to Jehovah your God. For in the month of Abib Jehovah your God brought you out of Egypt by night. (Deuteronomy 16:1 KJ3) What is a day in accordance with the Torah (the Law)? And God called the light, Day. And He called the darkness, Night. And it was evening, and it was morning, day one. (Genesis 1:5 KJ3) Genesis 1:5 sheds light on Matthew 12:40 which contains the sign of the Prophet Jonah that prophesies the death and resurrection of Jesus. Matthew 12:40 does not call for 24 hour calendar days, as it specifies ‘3 days and 3 nights’ because a day is defined as the interval between ‘an evening and a morning, day one’. In Matthew 12:40, based on the language of Genesis 1:5, the ‘3 days’ refer to the ‘light’ portion of the day and the ‘3 nights’ refer to the ‘darkness’ portion of the day. In essence, for the sign of Jesus to be exact in accordance to His prediction, we must look for 3 daylights and 3 darkness between the day of His burial and the day of His resurrection. Anathema to those who inject their virus in the arithmetical chronology of the events of the Passion of Jesus by claiming that it was customary for the Jews to count part of a day as a day. That argument does not concern the sign of the Prophet Jonah which is about ‘ 3 days and 3 nights’, which is ‘3 daylights and 3 darkness’ from the perspective of Genesis 1:5. Based on the foregoing, in researching the timing of the events of the Passion of Jesus, we are not looking for our modern 3 days in the narrative of the New Testament. Rather, we are looking for any ‘3 days and 3 nights’ of the experience of the Prophet Jonah in the narrative of the death and resurrection of Jesus. As a starting point for the research, we look at the current application of the chronology of the vents of the Passion. Modern application of the timing of the death (Good Friday) of Jesus and His Resurrection (Easter Sunday) The death of Jesus is celebrated under the name Good Friday on Friday by the Christians who follow the lead of Catholicism and His resurrection is celebrated on the following Sunday which the majority of Christians call ‘the Lord’s day’ because Jesus is believed to have resurrected on Sunday. We have to pause for now to consider the making of Sunday as ‘the day of the Lord’, long after Jesus and the Apostles were dead. What is the day of the day of the Lord (YHWH) from the point of the Torah that went out of Jerusalem (Isaiah 2:3? The answer is found in Isaiah for whomever might be able see it, read it, and understand it. If you hold your foot back from the Sabbath, from doing your affairs on my holy day, if you call the Sabbath a pleasure, the holy day of Yahweh honorable, if you honor him more than doing your ways, than finding your affairs and speaking a word, Isaiah 58:13 LEB And heaven and earth and all their array were finished. (2) And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. (3) And God blessed the seventh day, and he sanctified it, because on it he rested from all his work of creating that there was to do. Genesis 2:1- 3 LEB The day of the LORD, Lord, YHWH, ADON, ADONAI, YHWiH, Jesus, is definitely the Sabbath day which is Saturday. No one may change that day under any pretence because Jesus Himself had declared that "Do not think that I have come to destroy the law or the prophets. I have not come to destroy them but to fulfil them. (18) For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not one tiny letter or one stroke of a letter will pass away from the law until all takes place. Matthew 5:17-18 LEB Thus, we know that nothing can change in the Old Testament, according to Matthew 5:17-18, not even the Sabbath day. Therefore, there cannot be another biblical day of the Lord. Even Jesus would not have agreed with Sunday as day of Worship since when Jesus created the world He chose the seventh day as His own and reiterated that ownership while He lived in flesh: For the Son of Man is Lord even of the sabbath. (Matthew 12:8 MKJV) And He said to them, The Son of Man is Lord also of the sabbath. (Luke 6:5 MKJV) GOOD FRIDAY How was it decided that Friday was the day when Jesus was crucified? I do not know but I suspect it has to do with the timing of the narrative of the events that lead to the Crucifixion. Let us read Now when evening had come, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who himself had also become a disciple of Jesus. (58) This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be given to him. Matthew 27:57-58 EMTV This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. (53) And having taken it down, he wrapped it in a linen cloth, and put it in a tomb cut out of rock, where no one had ever lain before. (54) That day was the Preparation; the Sabbath was drawing near. Luke 23:52-54 EMTV You have just read the day on which the body of Jesus was taken down. It was a day when ‘the Sabbath was drawing near’. Any layman knows what day precedes the Israelite Sabbath day. The day that precedes the Sabbath day is Friday. Therefore, in black and white, the Bible herself hints to Friday as having been the day of Crucifixion. However, there are other facts in the Bible that, had you been aware of them, definitely make you challenge the conclusion from Luke23:54 that the Crucifixion occurs on a Friday. The first challenge to the assignment of the death of Jesus on Friday comes from the fact that the word Sabbath does not refer only to the Saturday Sabbath day because the Torah (the Law) speaks of other days called also Sabbaths. The second challenge is mounted by the unequivocal declaration of Jesus that invokes the length of the experience of the Prophet Jonah inside the belly of the fish as the ultimate of His claim to Messiahship in Matthew 12:40 Darby For even as Jonas was in the belly of the great fish three days and three nights, thus shall the Son of man be in the heart of the earth three days and three nights. Without even considering the first challenge, the second challenge from the set length of entombment by Jesus is strong enough to annul the determination that the New Testament hints to a Friday Crucifixion as the majority of Christians hold to the other declaration from the pages of the Bible that Jesus resurrected on the first day of the week. 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. Matthew 28:1 KJV Then, again, Matthew 12:40 casts doubt this time on the translation, not the interpretation because there are not 3 days and 3 nights from Friday afternoon to Sunday morning.

You search the Scriptures, for you think in them you have everlasting life.

And they are the ones witnessing concerning Me. John 5:39 LITV. Luke 24:44

Luke 9:22 LEB saying, "It is necessary for the Son of Man to suffer many things and to be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and to be killed, and to be raised on the third day. Mark 10:34 LEB    And they will mock him and spit on him and flog him and kill him, and after three days he will rise."  Matthew 12:40 EMTV For just 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.
An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah." And leaving them behind He went away. Matthew 16:4 EMTV

The Death of Jesus: when and how long did He remain buried before he was risen?

Vocabulary of the translations

However, only one of the events of the Passion is mandated by Jesus to be kept . All the religious ordinances of the Old Testament can no longer be kept because Jesus fulfilled them, in addition to the fact that the venue required to perform the mandatory ceremonial accompanying rites does no longer exist. Moreover, no other human being has the authority to append to Moses, Jesus, or the Apostles, the Torah, or the Old Testament which went out of Zion.
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