“The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.” Romans 13:12.
The Jewish Messiah: Spoken of in the Tanakh
The Holy Scriptures proclaim that God “CAN NOT” lie.
“God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?” Numbers 23:19.
Nevertheless, many religions worldwide and even some “so-called” Christian organizations claim that Jesus Christ was not God. The Jewish people of Israel rejected Jesus Christ as the Messiah because “they,” the Jews, did “NOT” accept Jesus Christ as God. Even today (the year 2021), the Jewish people do not accept Jesus Christ as God; this is because the ancient Jews reject the doctrine of the “Trinity,” and therefore, the Jews of today still reject the Deity of Jesus Christ.
#1 SUBMITTED EVIDENCE: Messiah’s Virgin Birth
Old Testament Prophecy: The Messiah would be born of a virgin – Isaiah 7:14 & Jesus Christ fulfilled this Prophecy (Timeframe 700 Years later) according to Luke 1:26-38.
Jewish Perspective: Jewish leaders teach that Isaiah 7:14 is “NOT” claiming a virgin birth, but Rabbi’s teach instead of a “young women” giving birth to the Messiah.
Jewish Rabbis teaches that the “WORD VIRGIN” in scriptural contexts is “mistranslated by Christians.” These teachers claim that the “Hebrew” word ‘Almah’ (הָעַלְמָה) by Christians claim to mean ‘virgin,’ but “the Rabbi’s claim the word translated only means a ‘young women,’ therefore who is correct, the Jewish leaders or New Testament Christians?
JEWS FOR JUDAISM WEBSITE – EDITOR NOTES: “…The word Almah has been mistranslated by most Christians as “virgin.” In truth, this Word means “young woman.” Additionally, the definite Article (Ha-ה) means “the” and indicates that the prophet is speaking about a specific woman who he can point to. Interestingly when Matthew quotes this passage he not only mistranslates “young woman” as “virgin” but, to deflect the reference from a specific woman standing before Isaiah, he intentionally mistranslates “the young woman” as “a virgin.” To prove that “Almah” does in fact mean “a virgin,” missionaries fallaciously assert that this Word is used 7 times in the Bible and that it always refers to a woman who is a virgin…”
Source Link: https://jewsforjudaism.org/knowledge/articles/isaiah-714-a-virgin-birth/
The above “article” claims that if the Holy Scriptures were teaching us a “virgin birth,” the “ancient text” would have been “Betulah.”
Isahia 7:14 Hebrew – יד לָכֵן יִתֵּן אֲדֹנָי הוּא, לָכֶם–אוֹת: הִנֵּה הָעַלְמָה, הָרָה וְיֹלֶדֶת בֵּן, וְקָרָאת שְׁמוֹ, עִמָּנוּ אֵל.
Translation – “therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign: (the young woman) is with child and she will bear a son, and will call his name Immanuel.”
Immanuel (Hebrew: עִמָּנוּאֵל ‘Īmmānū’ēl, meaning,
“God is with us”;
Source Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isaiah_7:14
JEWS FOR JUDAISM – EDITOR NOTES: “…The New Testament book of Matthew recounts the genealogy of Jesus starting from Abraham and ending with Joseph the husband of Mary. It claims (Matthew 1:18-25) that when they were betrothed and had not yet consummated their marriage Joseph discovered that Mary was with child and still a virgin. Not wanting to disgrace her he planned to put her away secretly. Only afterwards does the gospel claim that an angel comes and informs Joseph that this event is the fulfillment of the prophecy in Isaiah…”
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“…This entire story is extremely puzzling and a major question begs to be answered. If the prophesy in Isaiah 7:14 is so clear and fundamental to the coming of the Messiah, why was Joseph, a descendant of King David, totally oblivious to it. Upon discovering that his virgin wife was with child he should have jumped for joy that this may be the precursor to the arrival of the Messiah. Instead he suspects her of infidelity…”
Christian Perspective #1: When one reads Matthew 1:18-25, Joesph did decide to put Mary away in secret. However, an angel of the Lord came to Joesph to explain what had happened; this is when “HE,” Joesph realizes that God was keeping to His promise and gave Israel the foretold Messiah informed to us by the prophet Isaiah. The editor of this Article questioned ??? “why was Joesph, a descendant of King David, totally obvious to it?”
I am not sure about this editor, but as a human being and a man, I would “automatically” assume my wife (assuming she was a virgin) cheated on our marriage when I found out that she was pregnant. Unless God revealed this to me, I could “NEVER” be able to accept that my wife somehow would have a virgin birth, even if my wife informed me prior before the Lord explained this to me. Why? Because this is human nature. I would logically assume this editor would react the same way as Joesph did if he had a similar situation happen to himself. The Lord would “NEED” to explain this “miracle” to “ANY RATIONAL HUSBAND.” Is that not logical? The editor, in my humble opinion, is being irrational to consider otherwise.
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“…Missionaries attempt to prove that “Almah” means a “virgin” by referring to an ancient Greek translation of the Bible, called the Septuagint, which was carried out by 70 rabbis approximately 165 years before Jesus. They claim that in Isaiah 7:14 the word “Almah” is translated as the Greek “Parthenos,” which they claim means virgin…”
Christian Perspective #2: It is indeed a “HISTORICAL FACT” that before the birth of Jesus Christ, (165 – 200 Years) the “WORD” “Almah” did mean by Rabbi’s “virgin.” As with any language, including “HEBREW,” words “often” can/do change in meaning over time. The goal behind any proper translation is to require translators to diligently translate words in their “correct” appropriate contexts of what “the historical author wrote.”
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- The Hebrew word, ‘almah, is never used of a married woman, but a “young woman” could be married!
- Some speculate that bethulah would have been a better word to use if “virgin” was meant, but bethulah is ambiguous. Joel 1:8 uses the Word this way, “Lament like a bethulah wearing sackcloth for the husband of her youth.”
- The Jewish scholars who translated the Hebrew word into Greek, giving us the Septuagint, used the Greek Word for “virgin,” and their translation was 200 years before Jesus’ birth.
- Greek Tanakh – Birth of Septuagint – Alexandria: 282 BC
- Matthew translated the Hebrew word using the Greek for virgin (cf. Mt 1:23)…”
The problems with Jewish rabbis with “their” understanding of the prophecy regarding Isaiah 7:14 getting fulfilled in the book of Matthew is because “they” lack knowledge. These Rabbi’s do not understand the “DISPENSATIONALISM” regarding “WHAT” this verse is “actually teaching.”
noun CHRISTIAN THEOLOGY
belief in a system of historical progression, as revealed in the Bible, consisting of a series of stages in God’s self-revelation and plan of Salvation.
Definitions from Oxford Languages Source: www.google.com
Why? Simply put, they lack the doctrinal teaching of “The Holy Spirit.” The Old Testament of the Scriptures (Which the Jews refer to as the Tanakh) explains various verses regarding God’s Spirit. The New Testament is “in away” a more detailed understanding of how God’s Spirit works, explaining in more depth detail in the New Testament of the Holy Scriptures.
As this chapter progresses, we will examine this proliferation more closely; however, take note (bookmark) Genesis 1:26-27.
“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.”
#2 SUBMITTED EVIDENCE – Messiah Born in Bethlehem
Micah 5:2 – “But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.”
Jewish Perspective: Several Jewish teachers believe that “their” becoming Messiah does “NOT” need to be born in Bethlehem physically. They instead “teach” that this verse “only” indicates that the becoming Messiah only needs to have a family connection (root) to this historical location. Rabbi’s believe that since the Messiah must come out of the family linage of King David – his relationship, David’s birthplace in Bethlehem is “ALL” that’s required not “their deemed messiah” (Antichrist) needing to “physically” be born in Bethlehem.
JEWS FOR JUDAISM – EDITOR NOTES: “…Answer: This verse refers to the Messiah, a descendant of David. Since David came from Bethlehem, Micah’s prophecy speaks of Bethlehem as the Messiah’s place of origin. Actually, the text does not necessarily mean the Messiah will be born in that town, but that his family originates from there. From the ancient family of the house of David will come forth the Messiah, whose eventual existence was known to God from the beginning of time…”
Source Link: https://jewsforjudaism.org/knowledge/articles/will-messiah-will-be-born-in-bethlehem
Old Testament Prophecy: The Messiah would be born in Bethlehem – Micah 5:2 & Jesus Christ fulfilled this Prophecy in Luke 2:1-20.
Jewish Perspective: Rabbi’s teach that “their” Messiah only needs to have a family connection with Bethlehem (King David).
Christian Perspective: New Testament Christians believe that this verse “mandates” that the Messiah, Jesus Christ, had to be born in Bethlehem “or” “HE,” Jesus “COULD NOT” be the foretold Messiah. Once again, this points to understanding the dispensationalism of Micah 5:2 “THAT” was fulfilled in the New Testament.
“Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came sie men from the east to Jerusalem.” Matthew 2:1.
“And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.” Luke 2:4-7.
“Hath not the scripture said, That Christ cometh of the seed of David, and out of the town of Bethlehem, where David was?” John 7:42.
The editor for the Jews For Judaism Website proclaims that John only applies in Chapter 7:42 that some believed Jesus was born in Bethlehem.
“…John relates that some people believed the Messiah will come from Bethlehem (John 7:42), but does not take advantage of the opportunity to demonstrate that Micah’s prophecy was fulfilled by claiming that Jesus was actually born there…”
Dear Reader, look at the content in the verse of John 7:42. “Hath not the scripture said.” John is not questioning (pondering ???) if this statement is valid. Instead, John is “PROCLAIMING.” He makes his audience “SEE” (REALIZE) that he was born in Bethlehem, as prophesied in Micah 5:2. The editor is “twisting” the scriptural text to meet his narrative.
Side Note: The editor also claims that the Book of Mark is silent on this issue. This “HOWEVER” does “NOT” invalidate the doctrinal teaching and the historical, scriptural recording of the book of Luke & John. The editor also questions if Jesus was “born” in Nazareth. The New Testament scriptures indicate that Jesus was born in Bethlehem, and “HIS” earthly family, Mary and Joesph, “moved” to Nazareth. Thus the fulfillment of Micah 5:2 was completed regardless if “He” Jesus moved with his family to Nazareth. The editor is only trying to make his audience ponder an illogical non-rational realization that the fulfillment of Micah 5:2 occurred (completed by Jesus) foretold in the Old Testament and finalized in the New Testament of the Holy Scriptures. Once again, John was “informing his reader the truth,” John – “Hath not the scripture said, That Christ cometh of the seed of David, and out of the town of Bethlehem, where David was?”
Chapter 7 does indicate that some did ask (questioning ???) Jesus being born in Bethlehem, this is indeed true. John “however” was not questioning this realization. Instead, he was settling the matter. Vs. 41 States: “Others said, This is the Christ. But some said, Shall Christ come out of Galilee?” John, however, settles it by “proclaiming” in vs. 42. “Hath not the scripture said, (a) & and out of the town of Bethlehem, (b) where David was?” (c).
#3 SUBMITTED EVIDENCE – Messiah Would Resurrect:
“Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead.” (Isiah 26:19)
The Jewish leaders sadly have rejected the belief in the historical biblical teachings of the Messiah’s resurrection. Why? We will study several reasons in this chapter since this is a crucial doctrine to understanding humanity’s Salvation by God’s Will to reconcile Himself with the unjust nature of sinful man. Although rabbis teach that man lives in a sinful condition within “THEIR” fleshly body, they seem not to understand how to reconcile this condition with God by accepting the Old Testament teachings of doctrine with the revelation given to us within the New Testament doctrinal writings.
“For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:” 1 Corinthians 15:3-5.
During ancient Judaism, the “so-called” rabbis did not understand the foretold prophecy of the becoming resurrected Messiah. Therefore, they lacked not seeing the “Dispensational teaching” of this “KEY” doctrine, the Lord’s Resurrection.
LET’S EXAMINE THIS DOCTRINE, SHALL WE???
Number One: For starters, one of the reasons is because “they,” rabbis, did not understand the doctrine of the Trinity.
Number Two: Secondly, “these Pharisees preached “a different gospel” that lined up with man’s desires over God’s desire. For example, the Jewish leaders under “they’re” corrupted theocracy taught that the Messiah would be a great “mortal king” like King David.
They taught that the Messiah would establish an “earthly kingdom.” Although Christ will reign on the Earth as King eternally, this fulfillment of Scriptures is not “yet” completed by God’s timeline. These man-appointed Jewish teachers did not realize “key” developmental stages within these foretold past, present, & future prophecies.
When “THEIR” Messiah entered the world, “JESUS CHRIST” through “His” Ministry, the various rabbis kept questioning Jesus’s teaching because they “NEVER” understood what these foretold prophecies predicted adequately. Although they had some foundational truths in understanding “these” prophecies, the Jewish teachers miss the “bigger picture.”
“And as they spake unto the people, the priests, and the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees, came upon them, Being grieved that they taught the people, and preached through Jesus the resurrection from the dead.” Acts 4:1-2.
You see, Dear Reader, in Acts 4:1-2, the priests (rabbis/teachers) were “grieved” that the disciples taught (preached) a doctrine they could not understand. This doctrine continues in Acts by claiming a “resurrection from the dead,” and this was a new concept that their intellect (priests, rabbis, teachers), did “NOT” accept under the Ministry of Christ. The rabbis did not understand the beginning stages of Christ’s teaching because they refused to acknowledge “their” lack of understanding scriptural discernment about the prophecies of the “future Messiah” and His foretold Ministry.
Jesus’s Earthly Ministry Begins: “And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, which was the son of Heli,” Luke 3:23.
Jesus’s Earthly Ministry Ends: “And it was the third hour, and they crucified him.” Mark 15:25.
Why? Their sinful nature refused to believe they were in an error of understanding. These “so-called experts” teachers needed an instructor themselves; that teacher was Jesus Christ.
The Crucifixion & Resurrection…
“Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split, and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and were manifest to many.” Mathew 27:51-53.
Old Testament prophesied…
“Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead.” Isaiah 26:19.
The resurrection of Christ during His crucifixion indeed “WAS” prophesied in the Old Testament. Understanding this prophecy is crucial to understanding proper biblical discernment regarding this subject Dear Reader. This is critical; from the teachings of old (Old Testament) and the connection of understanding these prophecies within the New Testament, it is clear that Jesus Christ was the only individual who was able to fulfill this prophecy.
Old Testament Prophecy Isaiah 26:19 – “Thy dead men shall live & shall they arise” illustrates with a clear understanding that the “REAL” Messiah (Immanuel – God is with us – Jesus Christ) would die on the cross and during his resurrection the former saints (who trusted in Christ to come) before A.D. (B.C. Period) would be resurrected. This prophecy was fulfilled in the New Testament illustrated in Matthew 27:51-53 – “and the graves were raised; & “AFTER” His resurrection” To assume the Messiah would only be a mortal man as several of the Jews believed is in my opinion blasphemous. Why? Simply put – their (former saints) trusted correctly in the true Messiah (Jesus Christ), and once Christ died and was raised from the dead, He conquered death. The nature of fallen humanity could now be reconciled with God by the Blood of Jesus Christ. “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” 1 John 1:7. The “pardon” could now begin. “Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.” Isaiah 55:7. Reconciliation was now possible. Why? Because “He (Jesus Christ / Immanuel)” knew “NO” sin. His sacrifice was the only sacrifice that could be offered to “PARDON” the sins of past, present, & future sinners.
“But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house.” Matthew 9:6.
Old Testament Writings…
Rabbis Forbidden Chapter – Isiah 53 – Why???
“Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.” Isaiah 53:10-12.
This prophesied verse explains that the individual named Immanuel (a “Man” in the flesh) would (physical person) be an offering for sin. The verses proclaim that “He”, Immanuel – Jesus Christ (physical man) would “bear their iniquities” It goes on to claim that “he poured out his soul unto death:” Christ would be the only person (physical human) to bare the sin of many and would be able to make intercession with us who are transgressors. (You, I, Us = Sins of Humanity).
This “Man”, the Christ, could be the only “lamb” to pardon our sins. Why? Great question: Because “He knew no sin,” He was perfect. He was the Son of God. He was God in the Flesh. The doctrine of the Trinity.
“For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”
2 Corinthians 5:21.
“And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.” Daniel 12:2-3.
“For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.” Psalms 16:10.
The entire Chapter Twenty-Two (22) of the Book of Psalms illustrates the Messiah being put to “DEATH” and praised by those who would humble themselves to His Divine Lordship.
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“(To the chief Musician upon Aijeleth Shahar, A Psalm of David.) My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring? O my God, I cry in the daytime, but thou hearest not; and in the night season, and am not silent. But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel. Our fathers trusted in thee: they trusted, and thou didst deliver them. They cried unto thee, and were delivered: they trusted in thee, and were not confounded. But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people. All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying, He trusted on the LORD that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him. But thou art he that took me out of the womb: thou didst make me hope when I was upon my mother’s breasts. I was cast upon thee from the womb: thou art my God from my mother’s belly. Be not far from me; for trouble is near; for there is none to help. Many bulls have compassed me: strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round. They gaped upon me with their mouths, as a ravening and a roaring lion. I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels. My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death. For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet. I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me. They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture. But be not thou far from me, O LORD: O my strength, haste thee to help me. Deliver my soul from the sword; my darling from the power of the dog. Save me from the lion’s mouth: for thou hast heard me from the horns of the unicorns. I will declare thy name unto my brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee. Ye that fear the LORD, praise him; all ye the seed of Jacob, glorify him; and fear him, all ye the seed of Israel. For he hath not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; neither hath he hid his face from him; but when he cried unto him, he heard. My praise shall be of thee in the great congregation: I will pay my vows before them that fear him. The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the LORD that seek him: your heart shall live for ever. All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the LORD: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee. For the kingdom is the LORD’S: and he is the governor among the nations. All they that be fat upon earth shall eat and worship: all they that go down to the dust shall bow before him: and none can keep alive his own soul. A seed shall serve him; it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation. They shall come, and shall declare his righteousness unto a people that shall be born, that he hath done this.”
The Jewish teachers got it wrong; this Messiah was not going to be just a man. The Messiah had to be God in the Flesh (The Trinity). But that “He” God was going to bring us His “Eternal” Son, God in the Flesh (Doctrine of the Trinity), which would eventually (three days later) require God to resurrect “His Son” back after His crucifixion.
Even doubting Thomas, one of the twelve (12) disciples of Jesus, did “NOT” realize “AT FIRST” the Old Testament doctrine of the Messiah being risen “AGAIN.” Thomas claimed he would need to “personally” (physically) see Christ and see his hands that got nailed (perched – psalms 22) on the cross for him to accept the Resurrected Jesus Christ.
“But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe. And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, peace beunto you. Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing. And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God. Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.” John 20:24-29.
You see, Dear Reader, this is the dispensational teaching of the Old Testament that was “MISSED” (not understood) by the rabbis of Jesus’s day, and currently, most Jews in our modern-day-of-age (the YEAR 2021) that they can “NOT” see.
This crucifixion allowed the process to complete God’s Will by “constitutionalizing” God’s Righteousness by crushing “His own Son (God in the Flesh) during the criminal court proceeding of Christ’s death sentence on Calvary.
The Jews cried for his “death sentence,” Note: Under Roman Law, a crucifixion punishment was legal. Jesus Christ “PROCLAIMED” He was “King of the Jews,” Jesus also claimed He and His Father was One. By His Statement, the Jews wanted Christ dead. “And Pilate asked him, Art thou the King of the Jews? And he answering said unto him, Thou sayest it.,” Mark 15:2. The Jews upset demanded His Death under the Roman legal penal code.
“…Ancient Greek has two verbs for crucify: anastauroo (ἀνασταυρόω), from stauros (which in today’s Greek only means “cross” but which in antiquity was used of any kind of wooden pole, pointed or blunt, bare or with attachments) and apotumpanizo (ἀποτυμπανίζω) “crucify on a plank”, together with anaskolopizo (ἀνασκολοπίζω “impale”). In earlier pre-Roman Greek texts anastauro usually means “impale.” …”
Interesting Note: Constantine the Great, the “proclaimed” Christian emperor, “abolished crucifixion in the Roman Empire” in 337 out of veneration (reverence) for Jesus Christ, its “most famous victim.
Source Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crucifixion
Christ’s death sentence constitutionalized the process “allowed by God” to get humanity reconciled with God. The blood of Christ (being without sin) was able to “wash away” man’s sin. “And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.” 1 Corinthians 6:11.
Therefore, this allows God to pardon the unjust (sinful man) by His Son, Jesus Christ, the (non-sinful) to be able to enter into a new re-birthed (spiritual relationship) with the One True God. “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3:3.
Reiterating Point: “For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.” Psalms 16:10. The Christ (God as a man = God in the flesh would die (the crucifixion) and would be raised from the dead (because He – Immanuel, Christ, would “NOT” see corruption. If Christ did “NOT” rise from the dead, humanity is still under condemnation (sin). Do you understand now? If Jesus Christ did “NOT” fulfill the “MANDATED” Old Testament Prophecy of His burial (Death) and “ALSO” be “RESURRECTED,” which clearly shows fulfilled in the New Testament, the entire Christian doctrine of “SALVATION” would be pointless. The whole (“entire”) New Testament Churches would have believed the “greatest” lie in all of human history. Humanity would still live in bondage to man’s sinful, fallen nature, “without” the hope of reconciliation with the Divine One True Holy Righteous God that was foretold to us in the Old Testament.
It is interesting to note: That virtually all Jewish leaders and Arab leaders (the two other major non-Christian religions) understand and recognize that Jesus Christ “DID INDEED” live on the earth as an actual person.
- Arabs: Even the Qur’an mentions Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is briefly mentioned in Surah Maryam, Chapter 19 of the Quran. Jesus is one of the most mentioned people in the Quran, reference twenty-five (25) times by the name Isa, third-person forty-eight (48) times, first-person thirty-five (35) times. Also, Note Other areas Jesus is mentioned as titles and attributes.
- Jews: Rabbis today and some in the circle of “their” religious secs believe Jesus as “the most damaging “false prophet” ever.” Since the Rabbis accept “their” alternative interpretation of Old Testament Messianic-prophecies by rejecting the “HISTORICAL FACT” that Jesus fulfilled prophecies that “ancient Rabbis” did not fully understand during the period of Jesus Christ & refused to accept “HIS” (JESUS) teaching. Their blindness to this dispensational doctrine is why the Jews of ancient times and today (the year 2021) are blind to the truth.
- Christians: New Testament Churches accepted the Old Testament teachings of the Messiah and realized the dispensationalist (revelation) “new knowledge” that completed Jesus Christ fulfilling those Old Testament prophecies in the New Testament during the Ministry of the “REAL MESSIAH” Jesus Christ.
TAKE NOTE: All the good that Jesus Christ did by healing the needy illustrates His Divine Nature. This would also demonstrate that Jesus Christ was not a mere “PROPHET” like the Muslims believe nor a damaging “false prophet” succeeding all the false prophets who have ever lived, that the Jewish leaders claim He was.
“When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick:” Mathew 8:16.
“And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick.” Matthew 14:14.
“Now when the sun was setting, all they that had any sick with divers diseases brought them unto him; and he laid his hands on every one of them, and healed them.” Luke 4:40.
“And whithersoever he entered, into villages, or cities, or country, they laid the sick in the streets, and besought him that they might touch if it were but the border of his garment: and as many as touched him were made whole.” Mark 6:56.
“He answered them, He that made me whole, the same said unto me, Take up thy bed, and walk.” John 5:11.
“And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay, And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.” John 9:1-9.
These miracles prove that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was God in the flesh. However, the rabbis could not see the Divine Nature of Christ in the Old Testament prophecies. Why? Because they “assumed” (by their own reasonings) that the Messiah would only be a “mortal man,” but a great man inspired by God. Therefore they could not accept Jesus as the Messiah because He claimed He was not just King of the Jews but “EQUAL” to God.
“I and my Father are one. Then the Jews took up stones again to him. Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me? The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.” John 10:30-36.
“And great multitudes came unto him, having with them those that were lame, blind, dumb, maimed, and many others, and cast them down at Jesus’ feet; and he healed them:” Matthew 15:30.
Jesus Christ even “healed” the “maimed.” Imagine walking in a hospital, and you see a patient who “somehow” had his left leg removed from his body (detached). The doctors are getting ready to try to “use” modern medical procedures to “reattach” his leg, “HOWEVER,” a Man, Christ, walks into the patients’ room and touches his detached leg and looks at this sick, dying patient and says you are “HEALED” and without modern medical prevention, the individual body part is instantly put back “onto” his body. How is this “NOT” Divine? How could a logical man “NOT” believe Jesus is Divine?
Sadly “John 10:30-36 illustrates” that they (the Rabbis) consider this statement from Jesus to blasphemous. They could “not see” His Divine Nature.
Due to their lack of reasoning, this is why the Jews wanted to “KILL JESUS.” Under the penal code of ancient Rome, putting Jesus to Death by His crucifixion for claiming he was blasphemous towards God fulfilled his death; thus, prophecies got paved to allow His resurrection to occur.
Ziony Zevit, a Jewish scholar, asserts that first-century Jews were not compelled to become Christians because there was no “developed precedent for the death and resurrection of the Messiah (in the Tanakh).”
< – – – RESURRECTION – – – >
“HOWEVER,” there is a generally agreed-upon theology “thesis” of a resurrection in the Old Testament.
The Old Testament (“Tanakh”) is filled with examples of a doctrinal “thesis” of a resurrection. The hermeneutics of this teaching is in embedded within the Holy Scriptures.
- concerning the interpretation, especially of the Bible or literary texts.
noun: hermeneutic; plural noun: hermeneutics
- a method or theory of interpretation.
Definitions from Oxford Languages Source: www.google.com
|Old Testament||New Testament|
|Psalm 49:15||Mark 16:6|
|Psalm 73:23-28||Luke 24:6-7|
|Psalm 26:19||1 Thessalonians 4:14|
|Ezekiel 37:1-14||Matthew 28:5-6|
|Hosea 13:14||1 Peter 1:3|
|Daniel 12:1-4||2 Corinthians 5:14-15|
|** CONNECTIONS **||1 Corinthians 15:3-4|
|Psalm 16:10||1 Corinthians 15:21|
|Psalm 22||Romans 6:5-6|
|Isiah 53:10-11||Philippians 3:10|
|Daniel 12:2-3||Hebrews 13:20-21|
|1 Peter 3:21|
Thus to fulfill prophecy, Jesus Christ had to “DIE” and on the third day, “RISE AGAIN.” When He claimed “He” and the Father are One, the Jewish people had pressured Rome to use their legal statute to put Him to death.
Source Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanhedrin_trial_of_Jesus
noun: crucifixion; plural noun: crucifixion
the execution of a person by nailing or binding them to a cross.” there is little evidence that the Romans used to flog their victims before crucifixion.”
the killing of Jesus Christ by crucifixion. singular proper noun: Crucifixion; noun: the Crucifixion
“Paul appears on the scene within a year or so of the Crucifixion.”
Definitions from Oxford Languages. Source: www.google.com
TAKE NOTE: Jewish leaders proclaim that Jesus could not have been the Messiah because the “Jewish Temple” was physically intact during that period since the “Temple” was not yet destroyed, and Christ “so-called” did not grant peace and gathered all the Jewish people back to the Land of Israel. Therefore, the claim of these Jewish teachers today is that at that time in “human history, Jesus’s Ministry,” these events could not have occurred by God.
“Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them: and I will place them, and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore. My tabernacle also shall be with them: yea, I will be their God, and they shall be my people. And the heathen shall know that I the LORD do sanctify Israel, when my sanctuary shall be in the midst of them for evermore.” Ezekiel 37:26-28.
“Fear not: for I am with thee: I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west; I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back: bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth;” Isaiah 43:5-6.
However, this period was “INDEED” the correct “time” because Roman Law allowed death by crucifixion under Roman-occupied lands. When Jesus Christ, during His trial, claimed “He was King of the Jews,” during this period allowed Rome’s legal authorities to give him the death sentence. The “forbidden chapter of Isaiah 53” by many “Rabbis” executes this case-of-point clearly & Psalms Chapter 22 prophesied the Messiah would receive a death sentence of a “crucifixion”. Thus proving that if Isaiah Chapter Fifty-Three (53) is correct regarding the foretold Messiah, Jesus would need to be sentenced to death during this period since the Roman Empire penal code would have authorized “His” execution, claiming “He” was “their” (the Jewish peoples’ rightful ruler) over the citizens of Israel, thus nullifying the constitutional authority over the occupied Roman territory of the ancient Holy Land of Israel and the legal code for punishment would allow the Savior to die by crucifixion.
Israeli criminal code “DID NOT” allow a crucifixion-style death sentence. Jewish Law would have only authorized capital punishment of 1: Stoning, 2: Burning, 3: Strangling, 4: Beheading. The ancient criminal penal code did “NOT” authorize a crucifixion death sentence. The Bible foretold us that the Messiah would be crucified. Psalms Chapter 22 vs. 16 proves this claim beyond a shadow of a doubt.
Source Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capital_punishment_in_Judaism
Rome’s criminal code “DID ALLOW” a crucifixion-style death sentence for several reasons.
Old Testament Crucifixion Prophecy Proclaimed:
“For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet.” Psalms 22:16.
New Testament Crucifixion Prophecy Fulfilled:
“And Pilate answered and said again unto them, What will ye then that I shall do unto him whom ye call the King of the Jews? And they cried out again, Crucify him.“ Mark 15:12-13.
“And when they had fulfilled all that was written of him, they took him down from the tree, and laid him in a sepulchre.” Acts 13:29.
Reiteration: The Jewish people “screamed” – “Crucify him” Prior to the Roman occupation of Israel, the Jewish criminal code did not “allow” such style punishment to occur. The Jewish people of Jesus’s day knew Roman Law. This would explain why “they,” the Israeli’s cried out again to “Crucify Him” and thus fulfilling the prophecy of Psalms Chapter 22 vs. 16.
Reference Link – Biblical Archaeology of Rome’s Wooden (Tree) Cross Crucifixion
“…The act of putting to death by nailing or binding to a cross. Among the modes of Capital Punishment known to the Jewish penal Law, crucifixion is not found; the “hanging” of criminals “on a tree,” mentioned in Deut. xxi. 22, was resorted to in New Testament times only after lapidation (Sanh. vi. 4; Sifre, ii. 221, ed. Friedmann, Vienna, 1864). A Jewish court could not have passed a sentence of death by crucifixion without violating the Jewish Law. The Roman penal code recognized this cruel penalty from remote times (Aurelius Victor Cæsar, 41).…”
Reference Link: Crucifixion Prior To Roman Occupation Was Not Allowed
Pondering Thought ???: If the Messiah was not allowed to occur during Jesus’s day, how would another futuristic person (mortal King) be crucified. Psalm 22 vs. 16?
Interestingly, the Roman governor of Judea, Pontius Pilate, did
“not” find any fault in Jesus Christ. He was even going to let go, set free, Jesus Christ. The Rabbis demanded Jesus to be put to death regardless. But Jewish guidelines prohibited His Death Sentence under Jewish Law. “Then said Pilate unto them, Take ye him, and judge him according to your Law. The Jews therefore said unto him, It is not lawful for us to put any man to death:” John 18:31.
However, the Jewish leaders were not authorized to perform executions (John 18:31). Thus, Jesus was taken to the Roman governor of Judea, Pontius Pilate. Interestingly though, history, has given Pilate a reputation as a ruthless and bloody ruler, “however the Bible records that he was hesitant to have Jesus killed, not finding fault with Him. However, the people called for Jesus’ death, so Pilate handed Him over to be crucified, a typical punishment for rebellious slaves and suspected revolutionaries.
Prior to Page 228 of this book, The Night Is Far Spent (Chapter 10), we discussed that the Rabbis of today do not accept Jesus as the Messiah on the grounds that “He” did not fulfill Ezekiel 37:26-28 & Isaiah 43:5-6. However, these Rabbis do “NOT” understand the “hermeneutic & dispensational” teachings of these two scriptural verses.
Jesus proclaimed that “He” was the Prince of Peace.
“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33.
“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:” Romans 5:1.
Jesus also proclaimed that “He” would rebuild the temple in three days.
“Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” John 2:19.
Jewish Perspective: The problem, as already mentioned repeatedly in this chapter, is that the Jewish leaders were expecting a “physical” building.
Christian Perspective: This prophecy informed us that God was going to bring His Son (God in the Flesh) to die, and three days later, Christ would rise from the grave, “the resurrection,” of Jesus Christ, which proved His Absolute Deity. The temple was God’s purpose to reconcile man with Him by offering Salvation through the Blood of Jesus Christ. That is why 1 Corinthians 6:19 “informs” us that a Christian’s body is the “temple” of the Holy Ghost (Ezekiel 37:26-28.)
“What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?” 1 Corinthians 6:19
“For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.” 1 Corinthians 11:23-26.
“And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” Matthew 16:18.
Christians believe that the New Testament is the fulfillment of the promises of the Old Testament. The new covenant, represented in the life, death of Jesus, including His resurrection, proved to be the “promised Messiah.” The Old Testament contains the undeniable truths confirming the writings of the New Testaments’ “revelations.”
Did Jesus fulfill the Prophecy of Isiah 53 and Psalms Chapter 22? The times of Christ clearly show “He” did fulfill these undeniable prophecies. Did Christ cure many illnesses? Yes, he did. Rabbis saw this repeatedly throughout “His” Earthly Ministry. Did Christ resurrect from the grave? Yes, “He” did. Therefore Christ’s conquering death and fulfilling the dispensational truths fulfilled to us from the Old Testament to the New Testaments that Rabbis, since his death, has sadly refused to accept.
The Jewish Holy Temple would not be “REMOVED,” getting torn down until 70 A.D. after Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection.
As promised in the book of Isaiah 43:5-6, This prophecy was fulfilled in 1948 when modern Israel became a nation again after the horrific war crimes committed upon the Jewish people during the Holocaust of World War II. This prophecy illustrates how close we are to the end of days when Jesus claimed that generation would not pass away. “Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.” Matthew 24:34.
Once “AGAIN,” these Jewish Rabbis did not understand the dispensationalism teaching of prophecy about the foretold construction of the new temple indicated in the Old Testament and fulfilled by Jesus Christ in the New Testament of the Holy Scriptures.
Previously mentioned above, Ezekiel 37:26-28 & Isaiah 43:5-6, “NOT” being fulfilled by Jesus Christ nullifies Him being the Messiah is simply not true.
Jesus fulfilled the prophecies of being the Messiah, and some of these prophecies being mentioned by these Jewish rabbis are still under future prophetic events that “WILL” be accomplished by the Lord & Savior Jesus Christ when He returns to raptures His bride, The Church – Saved Saints (Real Christians). Christ will also return again during His Second Coming. This time, Christ’s Second Coming will finish restoring the nation of un-repented Israel so they are able to have a proper relationship with God because the Jews by this point will be repenting nationally and believing in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Rapture Scriptural References: 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18, 1 Corinthians 15:51-52, John 14:1-3
Second Coming Scriptural References: Zechariah 14:4-5, 1 Thessalonians 3:13
#4 SUBMITTED EVIDENCE: 2 + 2 = 4
Critics claim the mathematical three days and three nights do not add up. Thus these people claim Jesus did not fulfill this prophecy. Therefore, let’s examine this, shall we?
Number One: We need to take into consideration that Jewish Law allows part of the day to be equivalent to a full day. What? Yes, this is correct.
Number Two: We must take into consideration that different cultures would have their own method of counting days. To understand the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we need to adopt the strategy of how the Jewish people calculated calendar days and understand Jewish Holidays and how they work in accordance to Jewish Law.
Number Three: We must also take into consideration that during Christ’s death during that period unknown to many Christians and even some Jewish non-Christians that Christ’s crucifixion occurred during the process of two individual sabbaths that year.
The writing published below is a great read that I believe is not credited enough in his findings and biblical discernment. This Article shows clear proof that Jesus Christ fulfilled the required Passover, Crucifixion, and His “three days and three night resurrection period. Author: Dave Hunt | Book Title: How Close Are We
“… Now before the feast of the Passover … supper being ended … the Jews, therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day (for that sabbath day was an high day) (John 13:1, 2; 19:31).
As it began to dawn toward the first day of the week … there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord … rolled back the stone from the door [of the sepulcher] and sat upon it (Matthew 28:1,2).
Read superficially, the Scripture account of those important days from Nisan 10-14 seems to contradict itself. Unless one has a clear understanding of events, Matthew, Mark, and Luke seem to indicate that Christ kept the Passover that last night with His disciples:
Now the first day of the feast of unleavened bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying unto him, Where wilt thou that we prepare for thee to eat the Passover. And he said, Go into the city to such a man, and say unto him, The Master saith, My time is at hand; I will keep the Passover at thy house with my disciples. And the disciples did as Jesus had appointed them; and they made ready the Passover. Now when the even was come, he sat down with the twelve” (Matthew 26:17-20; Mark 14:12-17; Luke 22:7-15).
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Of course, if Christ and His disciples kept the Passover the night of His betrayal and arrest, then the Passover lamb must have already been slain that afternoon. If that were the case, then His death the following afternoon did not coincide with the killing of the Passover lambs. Yet we know it had to, and it did.
The verses above need some explanation. For example, “evening” sometimes means late afternoon, and at other times it means early night. And as we have already mentioned and explain later in more detail, although the Feast of Unleavened Bread began on Nisan 15 when the Passover lamb was eaten, Nisan 14, when the Passover was prepared and the lamb slain was also a time of unleavened bread.
Verses which are not clear need to be understood in harmony with those which are clear. And we do have many very plain statements that the Passover lambs were slain the afternoon following the “last supper,” and at the time of the crucifixion. All of the Gospels agree in this regard.
When Was the “Last Supper” and the Crucifixion?
Mark says, “Now when the even [I.e., sunset was approaching] was come [after Christ had died], because it was the preparation [of the Passover lamb], that is, the day before the sabbath [the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread,], which began at sunset the Passover lamb had been slain], Joseph of Arimathaea … went in boldly unto Pilate, and craved the body of Jesus” (15:42,43). Luke agrees: “And that day was the preparation, and the [special] sabbath drew on” (23:54).. John gives even more detail:
Then led they [the rabbis] Jesus from Caiaphas unto [Rome] hall of judgment … and they themselves went not into the judgment hall, lest they should be defiled; but that they might eat the Passover [so it hadn’t been eaten as yet]. And it was the preparation of the Passover. … The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day (for that sabbath day was an high day [I.e., the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread]), besought Pilate and their less might be broken, and that they might be taken away (John 18:28; 19:14,31).
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So, as we noted in the last chapter, the Passover lambs were indeed being slain at the very time that Christ, the Lamb of God who fulfilled all of the relevant Old Testament types and prophecies, died on the cross. How, then, could Christ have “taken the Passover” with His disciples the night before? He didn’t. The Last Supper did indeed occur the night before that crucifixion, but it was not the Passover. This often-overlooked fact is clear from John’s account, which is a bit more precise.
While the other gospels refer to “the sabbath” drawing nigh, John alone explains that the sabbath which began at sunset the day Christ was crucified “was a high day.” In other words, it was not the ordinary weekly sabbath which always began Friday at sunset. It was, in fact, the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread (the fifteenth of Nisan), of which the first and last days were special sabbaths during which no work was to be done (Exodus 12:14-16).
John also clarifies the fact that the “last supper” was not the Passover: “Now before the feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come … supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot … to betray him” So the “last supper” actually took place the night before the Passover. How could it have taken place both “the first day of unleavened bread” and “before the feast of the Passover”?
Although technically the Feast of Unleavened Bread began with the fifteenth of Nisan after sunset of the fourteenth (the Passover lamb was slain just before sunset, roasted, and eaten that night), the days of unleavened bread were also counted from the fourteenth of Nisan because the eating of unleavened bread began “on the fourteenth day of the month at evening” (Exodus 12:18). Though they were two separate feasts, the Passover and Feast of Unleavened Bread were treated as one inasmuch as they overlapped. The Passover lamb, though “prepared” (i.e., slain and the roasting process begun) just
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before sunset on the fourteenth, was not eaten until that night, which was then the fifteenth.
What day of the week was Nisan 14? While we refer to Nisan 10 as Sunday, it began on Saturday after sunset when the sabbath ended. Remember, the Jewish day begins at sunset. Thus Nisan 11 began at sunset Sunday, the twelfth Monday, the thirteenth Tuesday, and Nisan 14, the day of preparation, began Wednesday at sunset. The “last supper,” then, took place Wednesday night, the beginning of Nisan 14, which was called the day of preparation. The following afternoon, in the “evening” of Nisan 14, the Passover lambs were slain shortly before sunset. Christ was on the cross and “gave up the ghost” at the same time that Thursday afternoon.
Thursday? Not “Good Friday”? Indeed not. A Friday crucifixion doesn’t fit the facts. Not only the prophecies but the Old Testament types as well had to be fulfilled. One of those types was known as “the sign of the prophet Jonas [Jonah].” It required Jesus to be in the grave “three days and three nights.”
Three Days and Three Nights
Obviously, had Christ been crucified on Friday, He couldn’t possibly have spent three days and three nights in the grave by Sunday morning. The verification of that fact is simple. What was left of Friday afternoon can be counted as day one. All day Saturday is day two. Friday and Saturday nights until dawn Sunday total two nights. The period comes up short by one day and one night.
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Even counting a few minutes on Sunday morning as the third day would not suffice. There would still be one night missing. Furthermore, no part of the day on Sunday may be counted because we are distinctly told that the angel rolled away the stone “as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week”. (Matthew 28:1). The tomb was already empty at that Point, so Christ must have risen from the dead sometime prior to dawn. How long before we are not told.
Had the Scriptures simply said “three days,” then a Friday crucifixion could have qualified by counting any part of a day as the whole. If Christ were crucified before sunset Friday, then that would be part of the day which began Thursday at sunset and ended Friday at sunset. The second day went from Friday sunset to Saturday sunset, and the third day, which began at sunset Saturday, would be counted as well.
The Bible, however is precise in its language and quite specific about “three days and three nights.” The specifications derive from Jonah’s experience: “And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights” (Jonah 1:17). Jesus Himself declared: “For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth [i.e. in that part of Hades known as Abraham’s bosom]” (Matthew 12:39,40; Luke 16:22). That specific requirement cannot be met by a Friday crucifixion.
In spite of the undeniable error, the Roman Catholic Church persists in the myth of a “Good Friday” crucifixion. Indeed, Rome has built much of its ritual and dome upon that obvious falsehood. It is too late for her to change her story now. In this fact alone we have sufficient evidence of the Roman Catholic Church’s manufacture and official endorsement of untruth to cast out upon everything else it affirms with equal dogmatism. And what can be said for the Protestants by the millions who go along with this lie so willingly to their “Good Friday” special worship services each year?
Does it really matter? Yes! Aren’t we just splitting hairs? No, we are not. The day of our Lord’s crucifixion is of the utmost importance. Christ said He would be three days and three nights in the grave. If He did not spend that time there, then He lied. Nor is this all. As we’ve already seen, in fulfillment of numerous prophecies, Christ had to die at the very time when the Passover lambs were being slain all over Israel—and He did. That necessity determined the day of His crucifixion.
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What About a Wednesday Crucifixion?
Some scholars claim Christ was crucified on Wednesday. Since it was late afternoon when He died, they don’t count that day. So Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday nights give the three nights; Thursday, Friday, and Saturday give the three complete days. It is thus concluded that He must have risen from the dead at motze shabbat, the end of the sabbath just before sunset on Saturday. That theory won’t work for several reasons.
First of all, the Scripture is clear that the angel rolled away the stone to expose the empty tomb “very early in the morning [Sunday] … at the rising of the sun” (Mark 16:2). Why would this heavenly messenger wait so long if Jesus had resurrected the previous afternoon? Why didn’t he roll away the stone before sunset Saturday to reveal that the tomb was empty then—if indeed it was?
And why were the Roman soldiers still there guarding the tomb when the angel rolled away the stone Sunday morning? If the three days ended the previous afternoon, Jesus having been dead since Wednesday afternoon, why continue to guard the grave? In fact, they would not. The soldiers had specific orders to guard the grave “until the [end of the] third day” (Matthew 27:64), the period within which Jesus had said He would rise from the dead … then that had expired, let the disciples steal the body if they wanted to. It wouldn’t matter anymore.
Even if the soldiers had stayed on for one more night, they surely would have sworn that the body had disappeared only after the three-day time limit—too late to claim a “resurrection.” Yet no such report was made, as we’ve already noted. We can only conclude that the three-day period had not elapsed until dawn Sunday.
There are more questions. If Jesus was placed in the tomb Wednesday afternoon, why did the two Marys wait until Sunday morning to come with spices to anoint His body (Matthew 28:1)? In that case, the Feast of Unleavened Bread and the sabbath it brought would have begun at sunset Wednesday. Between the Wednesday sunset to Thursday sunset special sabbath (the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread) and the regular Saturday sabbath, there would have been a normal workday, Friday, in which to anoint the body. No time would have been wasted to finish that necessary task before the corpse had begun to deteriorate. Time was of the essence, so why wait, as they did, until Sunday morning? It doesn’t fit. Only if He was crucified on Thursday would there have been two sabbaths together (the special sabbath of the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread from Thursday even until Friday evening, followed by the regular sabbath from Friday evening until Saturday evening), thus preventing the women from going to the grave until Sunday morning …”
JEWS FOR JUDAISM – EDITOR NOTES: “…While it is true that according to Jewish law part of the day is equivalent to a full day, Matthew’s Jesus promised to be buried specifically for three days and three nights. By the use of the phrase “three days and three nights,” Matthew’s Jesus indicated that he expected to be buried for three consecutive periods between dawn and dark (day) and dark and dawn (night), or approximately seventy-two hours…”
Source Link: https://jewsforjudaism.org/knowledge/articles/three-days-in-tomb
The author of this publication claims that since the Book of Matthew “ONLY” claims “three days,” that this contradicts the other testified accounts in the New Testament of the Holy Scriptures. The author is playing semantics with his Reader to try to prove bias point.
“From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day.” Matthew 16:21.
The problem with his semantics is that the statement in Matthew chapter 16:21 is illustrating to his readers that on the third day, Jesus Christ would rise from the grave. He is using the knife to cut the cake. He just made a bookmark for our own reality. He is making a “PROCLAMATION” that on the “third-day,” Christ will rise from the grave. Based upon Jewish Law and how the Jews added days and nights together, Jesus fulfilled the prophecy. Instead, this author wants to twist the narrative because he simply can “NOT” accept that Jesus once again has proven to fulfill prophecy.
REMEMBER – That during this historical time, the Passover, there were two sabbaths that year.
#5 SUBMITTED EVIDENCE: Messiah Riding a Donkey
“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.” Zechariah 9:9.
“And when they drew nigh unto Jerusalem, and were come to Bethphage, unto the mount of Olives, then sent Jesus two disciples, Saying unto them, Go into the village over against you, and straightway ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her: loose them, and bring them unto me. And if any man say ought unto you, ye shall say, The Lord hath need of them; and straightway he will send them. All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass. And the disciples went, and did as Jesus commanded them, And brought the ass, and the colt, and put on them their clothes, and they set him thereon. And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strawed them in the way. And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest. And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, Who is this? And the multitude said, This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee.” Matthew 21:1-11.
#6 SUBMITTED EVIDENCE: Overwhelming Evidence
Fulfilled Prophecies By Jesus Christ
|Jesus Fulfills Prophecies||Old Testament||New Testament|
|Messiah would be born of a virgin||Isaiah 7:14||Matthew 1:22-23, Luke 1:26-31|
|Messiah would be called Immanuel||Isaiah 7:14||Matthew 1:23|
|Messiah would be called a Nazarene||Isaiah 11:1||Matthew 2:23|
|Messiah would bring light to Galilee||Isaiah 9:1-2||Matthew 4:13-16|
|Messiah would be born in Bethlehem||Micah 5:2||Matthew 2:1, Luke 2:4-6|
|Messiah would flee to Egypt from King Herod||Hosea 11:1||Matthew 2:14-15|
|Messiah would come from the linage of Abraham||Genesis 12:3, Genesis 22:18||Matthew 1:1, Romans 9:5|
|Messiah would be a descendant of Isaac||Genesis 17:19, Genesis 21:12||Luke 3:34|
|Messiah would be a descendant of Jacob||Numbers 24:17||Matthew 1:2|
|Messiah would come from the tribe of Judah||Genesis 49:10||Luke 3:33, Hebrews 7:14|
|Messiah would be here to King David’s throne||2 Samuel 7:12-13, Isaiah 9:7||Luke 1:32-33, Romans 1:3|
|Genocide of children because of Messiah’s birth||Jeremiah 31:15||Matthew 2:16-18|
|A messenger would prepare the way of the Lord- John Baptist||Isaiah 40:3-5||Luke 3:3-6|
|Messiah would be a prophet||Deuteronomy 18:15||Acts 3:20-22|
|Messiah would speak in parables to his audience||Psalm 78:2-4, Isiah 6:9-10||Matthew 13:10-15, 34-35|
|Messiah sent to heal the brokenhearted||Isaiah 61:1-2||Luke 4:18-19|
|Messiah would be given title “King Priest”||Psalm 110:4||Hebrews 5:5-6|
|Messiah would be praised by little children||Psalm 8:2||Matthew 21:16|
|Messiah would be rejected by his own people – Jews||Psalm 69:8, Isaiah 53:3||John 1:11, John 7:5|
|Messiah would be betrayed by Judas||Psalm 41:9, Zechariah 11:12-13||Luke 22:47-48, Matthew 26:14-16|
|Messiah would be falsely accused||Psalm 35:11||Mark 14:57-58|
|Messiah would be silent before His accusers||Isiah 53:7||Mark 15:4-5|
|Messiah would be spat upon and struck||Isaiah 50:6||Matthew 26:67|
|Messiah would be hated without cause||Psalm 35:19, Psalm 69:4||John 15:24-25|
|Messiah would be given a crucifixion death sentence||Psalm 22:16, Zechariah 12:10||Acts 13:29, John 20:25-27|
|Messiah would be crucified with criminals||Isaiah 53:12||Matthew 27:38, Mark 15:27-28|
|Messiah would be mocked and ridiculed||Psalm 22:7-8||Luke 23:35|
|Messiah’s garments gambled by Soldiers||Psalm 22:18||Luke 23:34, Matthew 27:35-36|
|Messiah’s side would be pierced by Soldiers||Zechariah 12:10||John 19:34|
|Messiah would be given vinegar to drink||Psalm 69:21||Matthew 27:34, John 19:28-30|
|Messiah’s bones would not be broken||Psalm 34:20||John 19:33-36|
|Messiah would be forsaken by God- “The Father”||Psalm 22:1||Matthew 27:46|
|Messiah would pray for his enemies||Psalm 109:4||Luke 23:34|
|Messiah would be buried with the wealthy||Isiah 53:9||Matthew 27:57-60|
|Messiah would resurrect from the grave||Psalm 16:10, Psalm 49:15||Matthew 28:2-7, Acts 2:22-32|
|Messiah would be seated at God the Farther’s right hand||Psalm 68:18, Psalm 110:1||Mark 16:19, Matthew 22:44|
|Messiah would be a sacrifice for mankind’s sins||Isaiah 53:5-12||Romans 5:6-8|
The simple truth is that the Jewish people sadly rejected their Messiah and have been ever since Christ came to earth. Will the Jews get restored by Christ eventually? Yes. The nation of Israel is God’s Holy Land, and the Jews are God’s Chosen people. He will restore them nationally. This is a promise. Even some Jews currently have already been reconciled with Christ individually.
This chapter was written in recognition of God’s chosen. If a non-saved Jew today truly wanted to accept the truth and put aside their heresies and unbiblical teachings from their rabbis, they could possibly see with a clear eye that Jesus Christ is the One True Messiah.
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” Romans 1:16.
SALVATION is offered to God’s Chosen People first. The Jew seeking the truth must be willing to accept this undeniable, historically backed factorial reality. He was the lamb of God. Rabbis claim within the Old Testament a physical “Divine” Messiah is not mentioned. When one reads throughout the entire Old Testament, Jews were taught to offer sacrifices to the alter. “Isaiah 53” stops Jews from needing to provide an animal sacrifice to “COVER” their sins because God gave an “ETERNAL” sacrifice to “Pardon” man’s sins against Him the creator as foretold in the Scriptures. The Old Testament teaches throughout the ages a sacrifice for sins needing to be required. An animal sacrifice was a symbol of what was to come. Men gave lambs to the alter to have “their” sins covered in Faith to God for their forgiveness. God in Isaiah 53 – The Forbidden Chapter illustrates how God is “NOW” giving His sacrifice to “US..” The difference is the Lamb of God, the Eternal Messiah, was the only sacrifice that would not cover sins but instead “PARDON” sins. The Messiah is easily seen with those with open eyes in Isiah 53. Psalm Chapter 22 shows Christ’s crucifixion in vs. 16. The evidence is clear O’ Israel, repentance towards God and acceptance of faith in Jesus Christ is how humanity gets reconciled with The Almighty Creator.
The Doctrine of Trinity is in plain sight of Old Testament reading. Rabbis refused to accept they are in error.
“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” Genesis 1:26-27.
The first chapter of Genesis is written in a plural pronunciation of His Statue. Words: ‘US’ and ‘OUR’ = One God but in a functioning “Trinity.” ‘Own’ = The image of a man being created by the representation of God. Jesus God in the flesh was a physical Man; He was also the Eternal Christ, part of a functioning “Trinity.”
“And the LORD appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre: and he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day; And he lift up his eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood by him: and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself toward the ground, And said, My Lord, if now I have found favour in thy sight, pass not away, I pray thee, from thy servant:” Genesis 18:1-3.
This verse is a clear teaching that God works within a Trinity-Formation. A representation of a biblical ‘Trinity’ is shown to Abraham. When he saw the “three men”, he bowed himself and declared My Lord.
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6.
The Old Testament Prophecy of Isaiah 9:6 – claimed that a child would be born unto us. Us = the children of Israel. This Child, Christ, would be a Wonderful Counsellor. The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. That “Peace” is eternal Salvation in the Blood of Jesus Christ.
“Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.” Isaiah 44:6.
The Writings of Isaiah 9:6 – illustrates a redeemer would come. It claims this redeemer would be the “first” and the “last,” and beside Him (Christ), “there is no God. A working Trinity? It seems evident to the eyes.
“And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.” Genesis 1:2.
The Trinity of God starts out in the first Book of the Tanakh (Bible) within Genesis 1:2. It claims “The Spirit of God.” God is Spirit. Jewish teachers have this right. They sadly refuse to accept the other key “words” within various teachings throughout the Holy Scriptures that God presents Himself as a “physical” entity with His creation, mankind. Once again, “Let us make man in ‘OUR’ image.” Genesis 1:26-27.
I pray God lets you take this knowledge with you … Jesus Christ proclaimed He was ‘EQUAL’ with God. The Jewish religious secs of the Rabbi’s order did not understand this doctrine. These ‘proclaimed’ experts of Scriptures could ‘not’ see that throughout the Old Testament of the Tanakh that God was within His desired plan “REVEALING HIMSELF” to us. This dispensationalism ‘key’ doctrine was missed by these Pharisees.
“I and my Father are one. Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him. Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me? The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.” John 10:30-33.
Jesus was proving “OVER & OVER” “AGAIN & AGAIN” that He was the Son of God. He was God in the Flesh. The Jews loved His good works, all of these ‘Divine’ miracles he accomplished. What they “did not” like was “Him” claiming to be One with the Father. This is why they wanted the Blood of Christ. They did not want His Blood to “SAVE” them. They wanted His Blood because “they refuse” to accept the Holy Doctrine of the biblical teaching of the One True Godhead “Trinity.”
“For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.” 1 John 5:7.
“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” John 1:14.
These two verses, 1 John 5:7 & John 1:14, give us this new revelation found in the New Testament of the Holy Scriptures. The Father, the Word, the Holy Ghost are One. This One is the ‘Trinity’. Jesus became God in the flesh. Jesus was the Word who dwelt among us. He was the only ‘begotten of the Father. Do you see it now, dear Reader?
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16.
Jesus Christ was the “ONLY BEGOTTEN SON.” Do you accept this undeniable historical truth? Eternity is riding on it.
“I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”
Jesus Christ proclaimed he is not here for the “so-called” righteous man but those who seek repentance. Will you repent to God and believe in His Son (God in the Flesh) to save you from the sinful nature you are under?
“And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have shewed you, and have taught you publickly, and from house to house, Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.” Acts 20:20-21.
“From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
Will you Repent? Will you believe by faith that Jesus Christ was the Jewish Messiah. Will you accept this undeniable historical fact?
Jewish Rabbis and Gentile claim to be wise (those claiming that Jesus is not Christ). In all reality, these people without Christ are fools.
“Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,” Romans 1:22
This “so-proclaimed” Messiah that the Jewish religious secs are currently seeking will be the “false messiah.” This individual during the end-of-days will be the “Anti-Christ.” This “mortal” man will deceive millions upon billions, several Jews and even millions of more gentiles. I find it ironic because of humanity’s nature to her fallen, sinful condition that will make her not see this “false messiah” for who he truly is. Under the prophecy of Ezekiel Chapter 37, this “messiah” will counterfeit this verse by making a legal proclamation of a “Peace Treaty” with the nation of Israel. This will occur during Daniel’s 70th Week proclaimed in Scriptures. Daniel Chapter Nine (9). This false replica of so-called peace will be impart because the Jewish Rabbis believe Jesus did not fulfill Ezekiel 37:26-28. Therefore they will accept a humanistic version that they claim how this “anti-christ” fulfilled a false “peace” instead. The temple that they proclaimed Jesus did not build will probably be built during the rise of the Anti-Christ. They will also give Creedence within this verse as well to the Anti-Christ since the Rabbi’s did not understand the temple Jesus built was a Spiritual Birth with a new relationship with God.
Ezekiel 37:26-28 – This covenant WAS already made by those who accepted Jesus Christ. The Anti-thesis of Christ, the Anti-Christ, will deceive many in believing “he” sincerely brought political and worldly “peace” to the nation of Israel.
I would assume that even more “Jews” globally around the world will want to respect this “false messiah,” and therefore, I could see as well more Jews returning home to the Holy Land to respect this “mortal” grand military leader they believe will be “their” Messiah. Since the rabbis do not believe the “Messiah to be Devine.” I can therefore see Rabbi explaining Isiah 43:5-6 away with falsehoods to give Creedence to the “false-christ” instead of the real Christ.
After the Pre-Tribulation Rapture, the seven-year peace treaty begins with a man’s rise to power of great military strength in the Revived Roman Empire. This man will be what the “Jews” ironically have been seeking during Jesus’s time. What? Yep, a great military commander. A great king likes King David. This man, however, will be a counterfeit because Jesus was the Eternal King. This man will be a mortal king that the Jews were expecting during the days of Christ. This man will eventually require worship and total submission. People will be saved, but it will be at a cost during those days. This cost will be the result of living under the times of Jacob’s Trouble, Commonly Known As The Great Tribulation. This cost will require men to not surrender to the “ant-thesis,” the “antichrist,” and his “anti-christ global governing order.
“Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble, but he shall be saved out of it.” Jeremiah 30:7.
He will control not just the Revived Roman’s Military, but he will control the Revived Roman Economic Order. This man will require a cashless traceable currency exchange system. Men will fight back, but this anti-thesis person who is the counterfeit of Christ will destroy those whom he can.
“And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” Revelation 13:16-17.
From ‘small & great,’ ‘rich & poor’ free & bond’ this anti-thesis false christ will require a mark of ‘DOOM’ on their right hand or forehead. This identification prophesied in the “New Testament” of “ancient times” is now achievable in our modern advanced age of humanity with the leaps of technological advancements humanity has achieved.
ARE YOU READY???
“Therefore thus will I do unto thee, O Israel: and because I will do this unto thee, prepare to meet thy God, O Israel.”