It is Tuesday evening. We just got home from Messiah Fellowship, where we observed the Passover according to the week that Messiah fulfilled it, around 2000 years ago.
The week Yeshua was murdered, being sacrificed to set His people free from bondage to sin is what we are to remember. We know from what we’ve looked at in Parts 1 and 2 that He is called the “Lamb of GOD,” by John the Baptist, and that Paul said plainly that Messiah is our Passover. The Book of the Revelation says that John saw Him as a Lamb slain. John would know. He was there when Yeshua was slain. So what is the timeline of events? How did it all go down? Does the traditional story, put forth by Roman Catholicism, that Protestantism, Evangelical and most forms of Traditional Christianity fit what really happened? What does Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday have to do with what really happened? The first question is, “When did it happen?”
“Then came the day of Unleavened Bread on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, ‘Go and make preparations for us to eat the Passover.’” -Luke 22:7-8
It was at the time of the Passover, and the Feast of Unleavened Bread, which are appointed times given by YHWH, through the Spirit of Messiah, who spoke them to Moses to write down. The appointed times are all about Him. They are types that are meant to be observed, on an annual basis, where we appear before Him to learn of who He is, and what He wants to accomplish in us. Messiah says, in Luke 22:37, “It is written: ‘And he was numbered with the transgressors; and I tell you that this must be fulfilled in me. Yes, what is written about me is reaching its fulfillment.” The Moedim, the “Appointed Times,” were about what He was, and is going to accomplish in redeeming His creation from judgement. But if we don’t know the types, and observe them, how will we know Him?
So, now we have established that He is the Passover Lamb of God, who came to take away the sin of the world, and to deliver His people. We also know that the Passover, as given, is when the events of the week of His sacrifice began.
Now, in light of this, we need to look at that week, and the events that took place, and see if it fits the Good Friday – Easter model.
Yeshua, called Jesus by Traditional Christianity, eats the Passover of Tuesday evening. What happens next? After the supper He goes out to the Mount of Olives to pray (Luke 22:39). While He was praying a mob arrives and He is arrested and taken to the high priest (Luke 22:54-62), and we see the prophecy uttered by Messiah to Peter fulfilled, in that Peter denies Him three times “before the cock crows.” This all happened on the same night, after they ate the Passover together. Notice the timeline as to what happens next.
“When it was day, the Council of elders of the people assembled, both chief priests and scribes, and they led Him away to their council chamber.” -Luke 22:66
Yeshua ate the Passover with His disciples, went to the Mount of Olive afterward, in the night, to pray, was arrested, and when daylight comes the council gathers. Notice the timeline, as it lays out in the Verses below.
“Then the whole body of them got up and brought Him before Pilate.” -Luke 23:1
” When Pilate heard it, he asked whether the man was a Galilean. And when he learned that He belonged to Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent Him to Herod, who himself also was in Jerusalem at that time.” -Luke 23:6-7
“And Herod with his soldiers, after treating Him with contempt and mocking Him, dressed Him in a gorgeous robe and sent Him back to Pilate. Now Herod and Pilate became friends with one another that very day; for before they had been enemies with each other.” -Luke 23:11-12
Notice that this is still the daylight hours of the day that had begun the evening before, when Yeshua ate the Passover with His disciples. Next, during the same day, we read:
“Pilate summoned the chief priests and the rulers and the people. -Luke 23:13
Then the people reject Him for Barrabbas. And He is led away to be crucified. In Luke 23:44-46 we read that at the ninth hour, of the same day, which would be Wednesday according to the days used for the week today, Yeshua died. Notice what happens next.
“And a man named Joseph, who was a member of the Council, a good and righteous man (he had not consented to their plan and action), a man from Arimathea, a city of the Jews, who was waiting for the kingdom of God; this man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. And he took it down and wrapped it in a linen cloth, and laid Him in a tomb cut into the rock, where no one had ever lain. It was the preparation day, and the Sabbath was about to begin. Now the women who had come with Him out of Galilee followed, and saw the tomb and how His body was laid. Then they returned and prepared spices and perfumes. And on the Sabbath they rested according to the commandment.” -Luke 23:50-56
If you don’t know anything about the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread this will have no significance to you. But you must understand what is going on here, in order to know the timeline of Yeshua’s death and resurrection. The Feast of Unleavened Bread begins with a High Sabbath Day. Beginning at sundown on Wednesday was an annual Sabbath Day, when no work could be done. At this point we have to look at the other accounts of Yeshua’s week of fulfilling Passover, in order to see the entire timeline. Luke doesn’t record it all, but John does. John gives much more detail than does Luke.
“Now it was the day of Preparation, and the next day was to be a special Sabbath. Because the Jews 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.” -John 19:31
John records which Sabbath Day that is ready to begin. It is the First High Annual Sabbath of the Feast of Unleavened Bread. It is not the weekly Sabbath. It is a “special Sabbath.” This Sabbath began on Wednesday evening and didn’t end until sundown Thursday, or 5th Day, evening. Then the Friday, or 6th Day, is the preparation day for the weekly Sabbath, which is the 7th Day, the Sabbath of the LORD/YHWH.
Now we need to look at the sign that Yeshua tells them will be given concerning Him.
“Then some of the scribes and Pharisees said to Him, ‘Teacher, we want to see a sign from You.’ But He answered and said to them, ‘An evil and adulterous generation craves for a sign; and yet no sign will be given to it but the sign of Jonah the prophet; for just as JONAH WAS THREE DAYS AND THREE NIGHTS IN THE BELLY OF THE SEA MONSTER, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.’” -Matthew 12:39-40
Now let’s do the math. First of all, does it fit the Good Friday model? No! It cannot! If Yeshua died Friday before sundown he would have been laid in the tomb, spent Friday night (1 night) and then Saturday night (2 nights) in the heart of the earth. Why does the Traditional Church, even though many pastors and teacher know these passages, still cling to a lawless Roman Catholic pagan lie?
Now, do the math with what we’ve learned from Scripture. Keep in mind that the pattern for what is called a day is set forth in Genesis. The evening and the morning are the day. Leviticus 23:32 says, in witness, “It is to be a sabbath of complete rest to you, and you shall humble your souls; on the ninth of the month at evening, from evening until evening you shall keep your sabbath.”
Yeshua eats Passover Tuesday evening.
He goes out to the Mount of Olives to pray, while it is still dark, that evening.
He is arrested before sunrise, and taken to the high priests home.
He is led before the council at daybreak.
He goes before Pilate, then Herod, and then back to Pilate, before the people reject Him in favor of Barrabbas.
He is crucified died the ninth hour on the 4th Day of the week, being our Wednesday.
Yeshua is laid in the tomb and then the annual “special Sabbath” begins.
Yeshua is in the “heart of the earth” Wednesday night (1 night).
Yeshua is in the “heart of the earth” during the daylight hours of Thursday (Day 1) and Thursday night (2 nights).
Yeshua is in the “heart of the earth” during the daylight hours of Friday (Day 2) and Friday night (3 nights).
The weekly Sabbath begins on Friday evening at sundown.
Yeshua is in the tomb during the daylight hours of the 7th Day (Day 3), the weekly Sabbath.
Yeshua arises on the 1st Day, which begins at Sundown on what we call Saturday.
He has been 3 days and 3 nights in the heart of the earth!
Now for the culmination of the real Holy Week!
Yeshua eats Passover
Is Crucified as the Passover Lamb
Lies in the heart of the earth, according to His prophecy as the sign of Jonah, 3 days and 3 nights!
Rises early on the 1st Day (early on the day would be when it began, IN THE EVENING!
And that 1st Day is the Day of First Fruits!
Notice what the Apostle Paul writes in 1st Corinthians Chapter Fifteen.
“But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. But each in his own turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him. Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power.” -1st Corinthians 15:20-24
The Messiah is the First Fruits of those who have fallen asleep, because He was resurrected! And because He is the First Fruits, then we too, who truly belong to Him, will be raised as He was!
My friends, Good Friday and Easter don’t fit!
Messiah Yeshua is the Passover Lamb of YHWH who came to take away the sins of the world. He died, keeping His Appointed Time, the “Moed” of Passover. AND it perfectly fits the prophecy of the sign of Jonah, and the week that He was crucified and resurrected, after those 3 days and 3 nights in the heart of the earth.
I ask you to please consider this. No longer reject the Feasts of the LORD, that you’ve mistakenly called the Feasts of the Jews! Reject the pagan days of Ash Wednesday, Lent, Fat Tuesday, Good Friday and Easter. They are perverted pagan feast days of fertility goddesses.
He came according to the Spring Feasts, the Appointed Times of YHWH, His Father. He gave His Holy Spirit on the day that memorializes the giving of Torah at Sinai, on the Day of Pentecost, Shavuot. The Holy Spirit writes His Torah on the heart, and puts His Torah in the mind of those who enter into His New Covenant, in His Blood, as the Passover Lamb!
He will come back according to the Fall Feasts, the Appointed Times of YHWH His Father!
Don’t you think it’s time to listen to what He said, keep His Feasts and His Instructions/Torah, and quit listening to men who have added to and taken away from His Torah?
I pray you do.