Huge and remarkable positive changes have been taking place in Christianity worldwide for several decades. The Reformation continues, especially in places like the American and the African continents. The name Yahuwah has been used very widely for decades in the form of Yahweh, which is the same in terms of consonants, slightly different in terms of vowels from the original name Yahuwah, but the essence is still there: YHWH
Among the many distortions, the circumstances and timing of the Sacrifice of the Lamb could not be left out. The enemy never sleeps. Several people are dealing with this topic, which is important because it is fundamentally our duty to restore everything that has been deformed by the institutional pseudo-churches. However, with this article, we will also examine
what are the deeper spiritual impacts of restoring such seemingly “minor” questions.
On what day did Yahushua die?
According to Christian tradition, Yahushua’s sacrifice on the cross happened on a Friday. Then, as we also read in the Scriptures, by Sunday morning the tomb was already empty and the Resurrection had taken place. Friday was chosen because we read in the Scriptures that this event took place a day before Saturday. Thus many people think that the Pesach holiday at that time fell on a weekly Saturday. They seem to have forgotten that in the Old Testament, all the major holidays are considered to be Shabbats. See in the Torah, book of Vayikra (Leviticus) 23rd chapter. Moreover:
No matter how we interpret the concept of day, whether from the Greek or the Hebrew perspective, a day or a night is always missing from the picture and it doesn’t take much mathematical knowledge to see that between Friday and Sunday many things can fit, except from 3 days and 3 nights.
However the promise is as follows:
For as Yonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
According to the Jewish calendar, the days begin on the evening of the previous day. This time of eve is what we call Erev, like in the expression erev shabbat which happens to be the name of our ministry as well. The Jewish day begins on the evening of the previous civil day, when the sun goes down.
The first day of the week, Yom Echad (Sunday), starts on Saturday evening.
But whether we count the 3 days and nights backwards from Sunday morning or Saturday evening, we will not fall on Friday in either case.
The crucifixion took place on Wednesday
From here we can start counting:
– Wednesday: CRUCIFIXION + FIRST night
– Thursday FIRST day + SECOND night
– Friday SECOND day + THIRD night
– Saturday THIRD day + with the arrival of the first day of the week, Saturday evening: RESURRECTION
The Jews were preparing for the Sabbath. But this Shabbat was the great holiday as we read in the Old Testament and not the weekly Sabbath. Thus, the same laws applied for Pessach since the Great Holidays are considered as being fully shabbats as well.
Furthermore, we read: When the Sabbath was over, Myriam Magdalene, Myriam the mother of Yaakov, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Yahushua’s body. Mark 16:1
Here we can also see that one Sabbath had to pass and the other had to come before the first day of the week, so that between the two the women could buy the oil and spices for the anointing of Yahushua’s body. Because no one works on Shabbat and everything is closed, and these faithful women are unlikely to have broken the law of the Sabbath even for such an act.
What time did Yahushua die?
The problem of the hours is similar. Today’s civilian timekeeping is identical to the Roman timekeeping of that time, according to which the day begins at midnight. So the first hour starts at midnight, and then a 12-hour cycle starts again at noon.
Interestingly, the calculation of the Jewish hours did not start with the onset of the evening, but the daylight hours only started at sunrise. At this time, around Pesach in Israel, the sun rises between 6 and 7 in the morning. Thus, the hours mentioned in the Gospels are to be counted from this time.
Yahushua was crucified at the third hour. This was roughly between 9 and 10 a.m. Roman/modern time. It was nine in the morning when they crucified him. Mark 15:25 as we can read in the renewed english translation instead of at the Sixth hour in the former versions. The changed the original SIXTH expression in order to make sure we understand the exact time of the day when crucifixion began. Then it follows saying instead of the original THIRD our, we can read: At noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. Mark 15:33
And darkness spread over the world around noon. When, if not then? At the time when the sun reaches its highest point, when it is the warmest and especially the brightest. In short, the darkness came when people least expected it. Elohim leaves nothing to chance, and arranges his signs in such a way that they cannot be misinterpreted or explained with other arguments.
This darkness lasted for three more hours after the curtain was torn apart, i.e. Wednesday approx. from 3 to 4 p.m.
After that, they put him in the grave and the period of 3 nights and 3 days began.
Were there two Seder evenings?
A very big question still remains regarding the described holiday and series of events.
Yahushua and his disciples ate the lamb at the last supper on the first day of unleavened bread on Nisan 14 according to the Mosaic instruction as we read: On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to Yahushua and asked, “Where do you want us to make preparations for you to eat the Passover?” Matthew 26:17
This is how we remember that evening – the day before the day of the exodus, when the angel of death killed the first-born Egyptians. We had to slaughter the 1-year-old lamb – which is a young ram – and smear its blood on our doorposts then quickly eat everything being fully dressed up and ready to go.
If this event fell on the date that Yahushua and the 12 disciples ate their last meal on earth, the Pharisees and Sadducees would have to arrest him one day before without letting them the chance to gather and have the Last Supper together. Why did they urge the execution only the next day which, according to Yahushua’s act of celebration, was already the day of Passover, thus a Shabbat?
Why didn’t the Jews of that time observe the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread when Yahushua and his disciples did?
Because they would have had to try to kill Him before that precise night when the Master and the disciples met for the last time and not the day after!
If the rest of the Jews had eaten the meat of the lamb then, like Yahushua and his disciples, they would not have been able to take anyone to the stake the next day, since it was already a holiday, i.e. Saturday!
We don’t know exactly why this shift happened. Perhaps Yahushua brought it a day earlier so that the Jews would symbolically sacrifice Him as a lamb when the lamb sacrifices were also made according to the law? Or maybe a Baylonian distortion modified the original counting of dates? Perhaps something happened in Babylon that besides modifying the Commandments did also modify the dates and forgot one day somewhere. One jewish day may have been left in Babylon? Who knows? I don’t have an answer to that question for the moment. No such historical record exists to my knowledge. But the latter explanation seems more logical, although in this case the shift did not extend to the days of the week, but only to the dates. Indeed, Yahushua and his disciples have always kept the same Shabbats at the same moment of the weeks as the other Jews.
But what is certain:
Yahushua’s sacrifice was to fall on the day when the Jews performed the lamb sacrifices.
Sequence of events
Yahushua eats the sacrificial lamb with his disciples
On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to Yahushua and asked, “Where do you want us to make preparations for you to eat the Passover?” … They left and found things just as Yahushua had told them. So they prepared the Passover. When the hour came, Yahushua and his apostles reclined at the table. And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer.
Matthew 26:17 and Luke 22:13-15
Yahushua prays in the Garden of Gethsemane
When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives (…) Once more he went away and prayed the same thing. When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. They did not know what to say to him. Returning the third time, he said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Enough! The hour has come. Look, the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners. Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!”
Mark 14:26, 39-42
Yahushua is arrested
They took Yahushua to the high priest, and all the chief priests, the elders and the teachers of the law came together.
Yahushua is brought before Pilate
Very early in the morning, the chief priests, with the elders, the teachers of the law and the whole Sanhedrin, made their plans. So they bound Yahushua, led him away and handed him over to Pilate.
Crucifixion in the 3rd hour (around 9:00 a.m.)
It was nine in the morning when they crucified him.
Darkness around noon until 3 pm
At noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon.
Yahushua dies / the Curtain is torn in two
And at three in the afternoon Yahushua cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” – which means “My Elohim, my Elohim, why have you forsaken me?” – (…) With a loud cry, Yahushua breathed his last. The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.
Mark 15:34, 37-38
They make sure He is dead
Now it was the day of Preparation, and the next day was to be a special Sabbath. Because the Jewish leaders did not want the bodies left on the crosses during the Sabbath, they asked Pilate to have the legs broken and the bodies taken down.
Yahushua is laid in a tomb
It was Preparation Day (that is, the day before the Sabbath). So as evening approached, Yossef of Arimathea, a prominent member of the Council, who was himself waiting for the kingdom of Elohim, went boldly to Pilate and asked for Yahushua’s body. Pilate was surprised to hear that he was already dead. Summoning the centurion, he asked him if Yahushua had already died. When he learned from the centurion that it was so, he gave the body to Yossef. So Yossef bought some linen cloth, took down the body, wrapped it in the linen, and placed it in a tomb cut out of rock. Then he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb. Myriam Magdalene and Myriam the mother of Yossef saw where he was laid.
The women buy, then prepare the anointing oil and finally rest on Saturday
When the Sabbath was over, Myriam Magdalene, Myriam the mother of Yakov, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Yahushua’s body. (…) Then they went home and prepared spices and perfumes. But they rested on the Sabbath in obedience to the commandment.
Mark 16:1 and Luke 23:56
Pesach is fulfilled
So Yahushua celebrated the Seder – the night before the Exodus, when the Jews living in the land of Goshen ate the meat of the sacrificial lamb while the angel of death was killing the firstborn in Egypt.
Then the disciples drank the blood of the lamb, thus symbolically smearing the blood by which they were redeemed on the doorposts of their hearts so that death has no longer power over them. The next day, through the death of the Lamb of Elohim, He offered mankind the door and opportunity of Salvation – the ultimate exodus of mankind from the fallen world.
The rest of the Jews, who did not follow the Messiah, crucified the Savior on the Day of the Lamb Sacrifice, precisely when the lambs were sacrificed in preparation for the Passover.
Prophetically, the Jews sacrificed their Messiah as a Lamb,
which most of Jews still have not consumed since then, because they persist in rejecting Him. But at the end of time, i.e. now, more and more of us, Jews, are gathering around that table of Seder where our Master sat with his disciples. More and more of us are continuously gathering there to accept His sacrifice and blood for the forgiveness of our sins and as a seal of our salvation.
Why are these questions important?
Again and as I have written many times: Dates and times do not save you, as Paul warns us. The feasts are fulfilled in us by being born again, by our covenant with Yahushua HaMashiach and Ruach HaKodesh filling our hearts. (See: The Feasts of Yahuwah in Yahushua)
Restoring dates and times are important because they are part of the whole picture.
They are part of the Gospel. And as such, everything has its exact role and place. And if we do Restorative work – Apostolic work – it must cover everything. Not in oder to create new dogmas/laws/theologies and breed new and even more Pharisees, but rather because Yahuwah ordered it that way and if Satan messes with it at any level,
then it is our duty by Ruach HaKodesh to restore the details as well, so that the whole truth is strengthened thereby.
Most often, the world rejects the Good News we are bringing because they see the contradictions caused by these deviations. And if we cannot give answers to their questions and objections, or if we approach them being contaminated by these distortions ourselves, then we are not credible and our testimony is weak.
There is another very big problem with this: the further distancing of the Jews from the recognition of the Messiah. When the Savior himself, Yahushua, declares that no other sign will be given to this people – the Jews – than the sign of Yonah, then any alteration of the times and days adds further bricks in the wall that separates the chosen people from their own Messiah. Thus, collective responsibility falls on groups of believers who do not smooth the way between Jew and Yahushua, as Yohanan (John the Baptist) once began. Such a person works against the prophecies and not for their fulfillment.
Do never lose sight of the fact that one of the essence of our ministry as disciples is as follows:
Prepare the way of Yahuwah, make straight in the desert a highway for our Elohim!
Isaiah 40 / Matthew and Luke 3…
This is the basic summary of reformation: taking all obstacles and stones away from the path between Man and Elohim.
See also: New Year’s Day: When the Messiah was born!, Prophet Ezekiel’s Message for Christmas, The Feasts of Yahuwah in Yahushua
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