Did the Savior Die on Friday?
Universally, Christians, almost without exception, believe that our Savior died on late Friday afternoon and resurrected early Easter Sunday morning. They do not consider that it falsifies the statement our Savior made when he said that he would be in the heart of the earth three days and three nights.
It is obvious the Church fathers of Rome did not consult with truth and reality when they decided to replace the original Passover with the pagan Easter (Astarte, Ashtoreth, Ishtar, Eostre), the Teutonic goddess of Spring and fertility. She was worshipped as the wife of Baal. The truth of the resurrection had to be disguised before they could convince the believers that Christ had been crucified on Friday. Friday was held sacred in honor of Dagon, the fish god.
That they did then and still do honor this fish god is made obvious as we see the pope of Rome crowned with a fish-head. The tradition of eating fish on Friday speaks for itself. This is the reason they would have us believe there were only thirty-six hours between the death of Christ and his resurrection. It seems to be an awkward attempt to include both their heathenish god and goddess into the Christian religion. The surprising thing about the whole operation is it has worked.
The fish-head garb the pope wears on his head belongs to Rome and to Rome only. The crown of the high priest of the Mosaic order is described by Flavius Josephus, a historian that lived in the Holy Land in the time of Christ. In “The Wars of the Jews,” vol.1, book 5, chapter 5, verse 7. He comments on the crown of the high priest, saying, “A mitre also of fine linen encompassed his head, which was tied by a blue ribbon, about which there was another golden crown, in which was engraved the sacred name; it consist of four vowels.”
According to Bede, a noted theologian (673-735 AD) and English historian, not only was the season of Ashtoreth or Eostre a time of great festivity, but sacrifices were offered to Baal and this goddess. And according to the Bible, many of these sacrifices were children and young women. See the seventh chapter of Jeremiah. The queen of heaven in this chapter is referring to Ashtoreth (Easter).
Many denominations are pointing an accusing finger at the Church of Rome while they are involved in her pagan rituals and honor the same pagan days she designated as sacred. If they allow these pagan days, with their heathenish customs, to replace the original holy days that were set in the Church by Yahweh, they are as guilty as the people who established them.
The most popular defense for keeping with these customs and objecting to honoring the original Holy days is, “We are not under the law; therefore, we are not obligated to acknowledge these days. And we are at liberty to acknowledge the holidays set apart by Rome if we choose.” And so they do, at great expense and a greater sacrifice of time, with no qualms. Yet adherence to the holy days, designated by the Father, demands no sacrifice and very little inconvenience to the dedicated Christian. They are given, not as a burden, but to make the heart glad. The great difference in observing the holy days Yahweh designated and in keeping those heathenish festivities designated by Rome, is that Rome’s days edify the flesh while the holy days of Yahweh edify the spirit. But keeping the biblical holy days invites persecution, scorn, and contempt for the Christian who refuses to bow to Rome’s demand to honor their days. The sad reality of this is that the persecution now also comes from the Christians without Rome’s assistance.
A shade, or shadow, is a veil that shields those who are unable to bear the fullness of the light, without diminishing the glory of the light. The Spirit-given holy days are given as just that. Perhaps some are able to approach the greater glories, but if they seek to destroy the veils that protect those who cannot attain to their realm of light, they allow their light to blind those that cannot look into the brighter light. Shadows reveal the presence of an unseen light without looking directly at it or without diminishing it.
If we should agree with Rome that the modern holidays remind us of the past, we would still be justified in our proclamation that they do not reveal the glories of future. But in reality, the custom of these religious days have absolutely nothing to do with Christianity; their customs are all from Babylon.
We should not argue with two facts. The first is that the Savior preached more than three years and obviously uttered many deep and wonderful sayings and did many miraculous works that are not recorded in the Bible. Yet the only record we have of His deeds and acts are recorded in the Bible. So few are they that an average reader could read everything written about Him in a very short time; therefore, it is obvious that every word that was written was written for an important reason. The second is that the mythical gods that were worshipped by the Greeks and Romans in those days were, in reality, demon spirits. It is also evident that many of those heathen relics and statues are still around. Of course we know the statues have no power. However, the spirits connected with them are demon spirits, and demons do have power. See First Corinthians 10: 20-21, Revelation 9:20, and Deuteronomy 32:16-17. This being true, should we not be thoughtful, prayerful, and willing to search for truth concerning the keeping of Sunday and other religious holidays at the expense of breaking the commandments?
If Christ did not resurrect on Sunday as they have pretended, then all claims of Sunday’s legitimate observance is invalid and pagan. The inspired word of Yahweh is clear on this subject. Because the world blindly observes these pagan holidays many sincere believers are involuntarily involved in idolatry. But the time has come to “Come out of her, my people, that you be not partaker of her sins and that you receive not of her plagues,” Revelation 18:4.
Yahweh’s revealed truth is alive and growing. The Church is receiving greater revelation day by day. We are not judged by the limited revelation of our forefathers, nor did our light of truth judge them. But we must search and strive to walk in the Word by discerning the Spirit of our day. We cannot say, “Our forefathers walked with Yahweh and were pleasing in his sight, even though they followed the traditions of Rome.” They cannot be judged by the word that was not revealed in their day. Their lack was sincere, ours is self-imposed. We have the answer, if we want them, while most of them did not. Therefore, if we are to be pleasing in his sight, we must accept the present revealed word in the Spirit of the day in which we live.
Yahweh said, “Today if you will hear His voice, harden not your hearts.” If we are willing to accept the revealed word for our day, we will have no need to worry about accepting the things that he will be revealing tomorrow. The Bible tells us to prove all things and hold fast to that which is good. We are to prove all things by the written word, certainly not by ignoring the word and holding to the pagan traditions. The church of Rome openly admits that she alone is responsible for the, so-called, sacredness of Sunday and the designation of the other holidays. Why then do Christians refuse to hear her testimony?
The Sign of Jonah
The Savior used the three days and three nights that Jonah was in the belly of the whale as a sign of his Messiahship. He said it was a sign to that wicked generation and the only sign they would receive; “Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee. But He answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeking after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas; for as (the same, no different) 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, Matthew 12: 38-40.
Some say that our Savior, because of his Greek upbringing, counted any part of a day a whole day and was not mindful of the night at all, as was the custom of the Greeks. But will the Bible support this theory? “Yasha answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day?” St. John 11: 9. If there were only twelve hours in one day, as the Savior taught, then the other twelve of the twenty-four hours must have been called night.
It matters not how the Greeks reckoned time; the Hebrews did not accept a partial day as a whole day, and the scripture that our Savior referred to was from the Hebrew writings; therefore it carries the Hebrew meaning. Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the whale according to the Hebrew scripture. Our Savior would be in the heart of the earth the same length of time. There is not one scripture that contradicts his statement; therefore, I see no solid ground upon which an opposition to its fulfillment could be established.
“And the angel answered and said unto the women, fear you not: I know that you seek Yasha, which was crucified. He is not here: for He was raised, as He said,” Matthew 28:6, Interlinear. Please note the past tense. They did not, as some suppose, walk upon a resurrection scene. The resurrection had already taken place. But when did it take place? Not at the dawning on Sunday morning—he was not there and this was before sunrise. It was very early, and if you take the angels word for it, he resurrected before they arrived. But do we have the answer? If we read the Bible, we do. “Remember how he spoke to you, yet being in Galilee, saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and to be killed, and the third day to rise again,” Luke 24:6-7.
In their fright, the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: “The Son of Man must be delived into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.” Then they remembered his words (Luke 24:5-8, NIV).
If He stayed in the heart of the earth three days and three nights, that would be six times twelve hours, or seventy-two hours. He did not say it would be three days and three nights from the time he was hung on the cross, neither did he say it would be three days and three nights from the time he died until he arose. He said He would spend seventy-two hours in the heart of the earth. I do not understand those who would go out of their way to discredit this sign to the generation of his day. And I can assure you that this sign has a greater depth of meaning than the sign he gave to that generation, if we have ears to hear and eyes to see.
The sign given to that wicked generation had to be a true sign. It had to be something they could see and believe, or it could not be called a sign. If he said he would give them a sign, I am convinced they received a sign.
In another scripture the Savior said there were twelve hours in a day. One twenty four-hour period was considered a complete day, such as a Sabbath. But when He referred to the particular time He was to be entombed, He was very careful to point out that it was to be three days and three nights, seventy-two hours. If anyone had believed him, they could have witnessed his resurrection. But even his mother had a few anxious moments over that one. She believed that she could conceive, but she did not fully accept that the earth would birth a Son.
The purpose of this study is to expose the myth that our Savior was crucified on Friday and resurrected on Sunday by using the truth revealed in the Word. The first truth that must be established is that our Savior fulfilled the sign of Jonah by staying in the tomb exactly the length of time that he had said he would.
If, by dealing in truth concerning this subject, we are able to expose the Easter and holy Sunday myth, we will break the power of the deception that holds many in bondage to idolatry through mythology.
If the Savior was crucified late Friday afternoon, He would have come out of the grave late Monday afternoon, if he was to fulfill the sign given by Jonah.
“And He began to teach them that it is necessary for the Son of man to suffer many things, and to be rejected of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and to be killed, and after three days to rise again,” Mark 8: 31.
Our Savior was choosing his words carefully so that they would convey a precise revelation. He was teaching a message that they could not comprehend at the time, but the words of his teaching must be so exact that they could believe he was the Son of Yahweh because of it. He was aware that they would strive to recall every word he had spoken as soon as the Holy Spirit revealed him to them. These were his witnesses; they were to spread his word, convince the world that he was the Messiah, and become so convinced that they would be willing to die for their witness. These men had to be given accurate information.
Could we be justified in assuming that much of what Christ told them was misleading and irrelevant to the gospel truth? Why did he say “after three days” if what he really meant was thirty-six hours or less? Why did he specifically say three days and three nights if what he really meant was one day and two nights? Was there a reason why he wanted them to know that he would be in the grave exactly seventy two hours? The unbelievers acted upon his word more than his family and friends. The women did not come to see if he had risen; they came to anoint a dead body.
Another facet of truth to be mindful of when dealing with the time element of the resurrection, is the difference in the Hebrew method of starting a new day. While most of the world begins a new day at midnight, the Hebrew’s start their new day at the start of our evening. This explains why it was necessary to bury the body of Christ before nightfall. If they did not dispose of the body quickly, they would have violated the High Sabbath, which was the first day of unleavened bread.
His disciples were aware that the true Messiah would die on Passover. They understood the Feast of Passover and the seven days of unleavened bread that followed. They would have known that the first day of the week was sacred to the sun worshippers; therefore, they would not have had anything to do with the so-called Sabbath switch.
Many say the day we honor as Yahweh’s holy, sanctified, Sabbath is irrelevant, but every seven days another Sabbath rolls around, and people go about their labors and wait for Rome’s so-called holy Sunday. They say it matters not which day Yahweh chose to call Sabbath. They are free to change the Sabbath at will. However, the Bible tells us that the seventh day was not called seventh day, but was called Sabbath from the day it came into existence (Genesis 2: 2-3). Those who make the above supposition, do so without scriptural authority.
It would be easier to change the name “horse” to “cow” than it would be to change the name of the seventh day. Yahweh said it was Sabbath; therefore, it was Sabbath; it is Sabbath. And as long as time exists, every time the six days pass the next day will be a Sabbath, that is, unless we happen to start counting on Thursday or some other day except on the first day of the week. If we decide to choose the first day of the week as our Sabbath, what then shall we call the seventh day? What does the Bible call the seventh day? Could we truthfully say we had kept the Sabbath? If we should keep six days and work on the seventh day, could we say we had kept the Sabbath? Sabbath is the name of the seventh day. This word is the Hebrew Shabbath. The Hebrew word for seventh is shebiyiy, and the Hebrew word for rest is shabath.
Please note, on the shebiyiy (seventh) day the people would shabath (rest) because it was the Shabbath (Sabbath) day of shabath (rest). If a man should shabath (rest) on the first and on the sixth day, he was still commanded to shabath (rest) on the shebiyiy (seventh) day because it was the shabbath (Sabbath) day. The people that Christ ministered to in the days of his flesh made the word of Yahweh of none effect by their customs. Could keeping Sunday be a custom? Is it biblical?
§ Shebiyiy = the Hebrew spelling of the number seven.
§ Shabbath = the name of the seventh day.
§ Shabath = what was to be done on Shabbath.
The point that I am attempting to make is that the people were to honor the Sabbath day because it was sanctified, set apart, hallowed, made holy, and blessed by the Father on the day it was created. The people were not commanded to cease from their labor because they needed to rest, pray, think, sleep, or for any reason other than the seventh day had been proclaimed sanctified (hallowed) as a memorial that Yahweh was the Creator, a fact that stands in spite of all that is taught in the public school system or dreamed up in the mind of man. The Creator created all things in six days, and for that reason, and for no other. He sanctified and blessed the seventh day; yet, we know the Sabbath has a symbolic message for anyone who has ears to hear. (see “The Sunday Controversy”).
Christ taught his disciples, saying, “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. The scriptures make it clear that our Savior was out of his tomb by the time his mother and the other women arrived at the sepulcher early on the first day of the week, Sunday, which was the day that the heathen had so named in honor of their sun god.
Most people are now taught that the day known to the Israelites as preparation day was on Friday, and this is where the confusion takes over because the next day after the crucifixion “was” a Sabbath (Mark 15:42). But if you count backward from Sunday morning, the day they say he resurrected, three days (three 24 hour periods) you will note that the crucifixion would have occurred on Thursday morning, and of course this makes no sense when compared with Bible teaching on the time. But if we take into consideration that Thursday was a “High” Sabbath, meaning it was the day following Passover (Exodus 12:16-17) and not a weekly Sabbath. It will quickly clear up the confusion.
People are sometimes deceived into believing that Yahweh allowed the days of the week to become confused. History research will verify this never happened. The first day of the week was a holy day to Rome hundreds of years before Christ came to be crucified. Do not think that they would allow their holy days to be lost. But if they had so desired to confuse the days, Yahweh would have preserved them. Has he not preserved his Word all these many years? His word shall never pass away.
History verifies that Passover (the death of Christ) was on Wednesday the 14th in the ninth hour (3 p.m. modern time) in the year Christ died. By the end of that day (12th hour) the body of our Savior was to be laid in the tomb. He was to be in the heart of the earth (the unseen state) for 72 hours: from Wednesday the ninth hour to Thursday the ninth hour is 24 hours— this 24 hour period was a High Sabbath. Then from Thursday the ninth hour to Friday the ninth hour makes 48 hours. And then from Friday the ninth hour to Saturday the ninth hour will total 72 hours. Yasha then rose on Saturday on the ninth hour of the day, which was three hours before Sunday, the first day of the week (St. John 19:41-42). Therefore he had been out of the tomb about twelve hours when the women went to anoint his body early Sunday morning.
If his disciples and relatives had believed, they could have witnessed the resurrection. He told them the exact time of his coming out of the grave. He could not have stayed less than seventy-two hours or more than seventy two hours and yet fulfill his prophecy.
People did not take his statements any more seriously than they do today. Many may feel if their church teaches it, they do not need to look for more truth. They are not concerned with any more than the status quo of their comfortable little nest.
My greatest fear is that I will drift off to sleep indifferent to the gospel and hear Christ say as he did to his apostles the night of his crucifixion, “Sleep on now, and take your rest.”
Timeline from Yasha’s death to His Resurrection