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Day of the Passover

Leviticus 23:5 describes the Passover.  It says, “In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is the LORD’S Passover.”  Exodus 12:6 also describes the time of the Passover, “And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening.”   Notice these verses say the Passover happens in the evening.  This is verified in the New Testament when Jesus ate the Passover with His Disciples. Mark 14:16-17, “And his disciples went forth, and came into the city, and found as he had said unto them: and they made ready the passover.  And in the evening he cometh with the twelve.”

Luke 22:7-8 says, “Then came the day of unleavened bread, when the passover must be killed. And he sent Peter and John, saying, Go and prepare us the passover, that we may eat.”  Some people think that Jesus was crucified during the Passover because He was the Passover Lamb.  It is a good thought, but according to the Bible He wasn’t crucified during the Passover because He celebrated the Passover with His Disciples.  He DID offer them His body and blood symbolically at the last supper during the time the Passover was killed, to show that He was the Passover Lamb. This is also mentioned in Matthew 26:17-20.

But the best evidence that Jesus was not crucified during the Passover is the passage in Matthew 26:3-5, “Then assembled together the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders of the people, unto the palace of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas, And consulted that they might take Jesus by subtilty, and kill him. But they said, Not on the feast day, lest there be an uproar among the people.”  We know that this feast day was the Passover because Jesus mentions it just 3 verses earlier.  Matthew 26:1-2, “And it came to pass, when Jesus had finished all these sayings, he said unto his disciples, Ye know that after two days is the feast of the passover, and the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified.”  The rulers were not about to kill Jesus on the Passover, because they were afraid of the people and what their reaction would be if they crucified anyone on such a special feast day as the Passover.  That would be worse than working on the Sabbath.

Day of the Resurrection

Christ rose on the third day, not “after” three days.  See Esther for an example.  Esther 4:16 says, “Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day.”  Verse 5:1 says, “Now it came to pass on the third day, that Esther put on her royal apparel, and stood in the inner court of the king’s house.”  Esther said to fast three days, day and night, yet she went before the king on the third day.  It was probably morning, as the King had to notify Haman, then they went to a banquet she prepared (Esther 5:5), then Haman went home and called all his friends to come visit (Esther 5:10), then Haman told everyone about how special he was (Esther 5:11) and finally they built a gallows (Esther 5:14).  This all happened AFTER Esther went in to the King.  So when it says “the third day” it could very well be in the morning of that third day.  The main point is that, regarding the crucifixion of Jesus, any of the days He was in the grave could have been a partial day.  It didn’t have to necessarily be three complete days.

The phrase, “the third day,” appears 15 times in the New Testament, eight of those spoken by Jesus Himself.  It does say “after three days” in Mark 8:31, but when the Bible says “after three days” the Bible’s built-in dictionary defines it in the next verse.  Matthew 27:63-64, “Saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, AFTER three days I will rise again.  Command therefore that the sepulchre be made sure UNTIL the third day…”  Why would they only want the sepulchre secured UNTIL the third day if they thought Jesus would rise AFTER three days?

Day of the Crucifixion

There are different beliefs about what day Jesus was crucified. Good Friday is a Catholic belief that Jesus was crucified on Friday. He wasn’t. There are those also who believe that Jesus was crucified on Wednesday and rose Saturday evening.  There is no Biblical evidence of that.  The Bible is clear that Jesus was crucified on Thursday and rose Sunday morning.

Luke 24:17-21, “And he said unto them, What manner of communications are these that ye have one to another, as ye walk, and are sad? And the one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answering said unto him, Art thou only a stranger in Jerusalem, and hast not known the things which are come to pass there in these days?  And he said unto them, What things? And they said unto him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people: And how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him. But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel: and beside all this, to day is the THIRD day since these things were done.”  This happened on Sunday (see Luke 24:1, 13).  What is 3 days before Sunday?  It’s Thursday.

Don’t fall for the “a day begins at 6pm” theory.  The Bible is written for all men, not just for Jews, and as such, a day in the Bible is described the way it’s always been. There is no writing in the New Testament that states a day is from one evening to another.  It does mention that in Leviticus, but it is describing a feast day.  A day in the Bible is not from 6pm one day until 6pm the next day. Many people believe that, but let’s see what the Bible says.

Notice what Jesus said in John 11:9, “Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day?” A day in the Bible is from morning to night. It is not from evening to evening. In the Bible, a day was 12 hours, from 6am to 6pm. Notice Mark 15:33 says, “And when the sixth hour was come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour.” The sixth hour is noon and the ninth hour is 3pm. So 9am would be the third hour.  The hours are based on a day starting at 6am.  When someone says, “I’ll see you Wednesday,” they are usually talking about sometime between 6am and 6pm. If they are coming after 6pm, they would say, “I’ll see you Wednesday evening.”

The night was in watches. A watch was 3 hours long. From 6pm to 9pm was the first watch. From 9pm to midnight was the second watch. From midnight to 3am was the third watch. From 3am to 6am was the fourth watch. Matthew 14:25 says, “And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.”

Exodus 16:23 says, “And he said unto them, This is that which the LORD hath said, Tomorrow is the rest of the holy sabbath unto the LORD: bake that which ye will bake to day, and seethe that ye will seethe; and that which remaineth over lay up for you to be kept until the morning.” Notice it says “tomorrow is the rest of the holy sabbath.” Notice also it says “kept until morning.” This verse shows that the holy Sabbath begins in the morning. If the Sabbath begins at 6pm, why doesn’t it say “kept until evening?”  If the Sabbath is one day, and it begins in the morning, then it ends in the morning.  A day, which includes day and night (see Esther 4:16), is from morning to morning.

There is a parenthetical expression in Matthew that agrees with Exodus 16:23. A parenthetical expression is a descriptive addendum to the sentence. Matthew 28:1 says, “In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.” The two commas separate the identifier.  It would read perfectly clear without it – “In the end of the sabbath came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.” The identifier is highlighted here: “In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.” The phrase in between the commas describes the words “the end of the sabbath.”

Another such sentence is John 20:1, “The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre.” It would be a perfectly clear sentence without the descriptive statement in between the commas. The phrase “when it was yet dark” describes the word “early” so you know just what early means. The same with Sabbath. The phrase “as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week” describes “the end of the sabbath.” The parenthetical expression is common English grammar.

Luke 23:55-56 says, “And the women also, which came with him from Galilee, followed after, and beheld the sepulchre, and how his body was laid. And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the sabbath day according to the commandment.” They had the spices and ointments, but they were resting on the Sabbath.  Notice Luke 24:1 says, “Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them.” If they were resting on the Sabbath, and the Sabbath lasted until the evening, they wouldn’t have come in the morning. It says they rested the Sabbath day, and then it says they came in the morning, so the Sabbath was over when the morning came. If the Sabbath ended at 6:00 in the evening, they would have come after 6pm, because it was probably lighter outside in the evening after 6pm than it was early in the morning right before the sun came up (see John 20:1). But they didn’t come in the evening. They came in the morning.

It says the same thing in Mark 16:1-2, “And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him. And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun.” Notice it says two things – the Sabbath was past, and it was very early in the morning.

The Apostle John called Sunday the “Lord’s Day” in Revelation 1:10, which is called that because Jesus rose from the grave on Sunday.  This Bible study is based on what the Bible actually says, without anyone’s opinion or belief.  In the Bible, a day was a normal day.   All the previous Scriptures show that Jesus was not crucified on the Passover, that He was crucified on Thursday and not Wednesday or Friday, and that He arose ON the third day, not after three days.

 

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THE MIND OF CHRIST

As Christians, have you ever heard someone say, “How do you know what God likes?” or “How do you know what God thinks about such and such?”  The Bible addresses this.  First of all, those who are not Christians “know not the thoughts of the Lord, neither understand they his counsel.” (Micah 4:12)

1 Corinthians 2:14 says, “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them…” Those who are not saved CAN’T know the things of God. They think it’s foolish for Christians to say they know what God likes. They can’t understand that as Christians, we CAN KNOW what God thinks about anything.

Jeremiah 9:24 says, “But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me.”  The Bible says that we can know God and we can understand Him, including what He likes and what He doesn’t like.

1 Corinthians 2:12,13,16 says, “Now we have received, NOT the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God, that we might KNOW the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things we also speak, NOT in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he might instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.”  The Bible says we have the mind of Christ.  We can KNOW what Christ, Who is God, thinks about things, and what God likes.  We can know this, not by man’s wisdom, but by the Holy Ghost.

The Water Above the Universe

Here is a short video on the water that Christians must go thru to get to Heaven.  This is an excerpt from the video “Genesis Chapter 1.”

 

Slain in the Spirit

There is a practice in some churches of being “slain in the Spirit.” Being slain in the Spirit is not Biblical.  There are no instances of anyone in the Bible being slain in the Spirit as practiced in some churches.  When people are slain in the Spirit, they fall backward.  They say it’s the power of the Holy Spirit that throws them back.  But in some churches when a woman falls back, they put a towel or something over their legs.  What they are doing when they do that is accusing the Holy Spirit of causing a woman to be indecent.  The Holy Spirit, Who is righteous and pure, will NEVER cause indecency.  So just by the fact they cover a woman’s legs proves the Holy Spirit has nothing to do with it.

The belief of being slain in the Spirit is a fleshly belief that is all emotion and feelings.  This is easily believed in today’s society of weak people who go by their feelings and not facts.  People are mostly followers and don’t want to feel left out.  They want the attention and the emotional high of being focused on by others when they fall back.  I’ve seen people fall back at church who were newly saved from a life of drugs, just to fall back into drugs within a few weeks of falling back at church.  If the Holy Spirit’s power caused them to fall back, why doesn’t the Holy Spirit’s power at least keep them from falling back into the habits and lifestyle of the world.  The reason is because it’s not the Holy Spirit.  It is a show, and since the show is based on emotion and feeling, those are fleeting things and are not lasting and strong.  Because it is a show and based on outward appearances, the people at church can be fooled into thinking the person falling backward is touched by the Holy Spirit.  Nothing could be farther from the truth.

The Bible must be our basis for our doctrine and what we believe. God’s word must reign over our feelings and emotions. So let’s see what the Bible says about being slain in the Spirit, or falling backwards.

Isaiah 28:12-15, “To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.  But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken. Wherefore hear the word of the LORD, ye scornful men, that rule this people which is in Jerusalem. Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves.”  Notice in this context, the people who fell backward were scornful liars who made a covenant with death and hell.  Doesn’t sound like they were doing anything good.  God’s judgment was soon to come on them.

John 18:3-6, “Judas then, having received a band of men and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, cometh thither with lanterns and torches and weapons. Jesus therefore, knowing all things that should come upon him, went forth, and said unto them, Whom seek ye?  They answered him, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus saith unto them, I am he. And Judas also, which betrayed him, stood with them.  As soon then as he had said unto them, I am he, they went backward, and fell to the ground.”  The men who fell backward in this instance were evil men who were coming to take Jesus away.

Matthew 28:2-4, “And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.  His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow:  And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.”  These soldiers were definitely NOT sitting there or sleeping. The punishment for shirking their duty was execution (see Acts 12:19).  They became as dead men, so if a person was standing and then they became dead, they would surely fall.  Another instance of those falling back being the evil ones doing a bad work.

Acts 9:1-4, “And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest,  And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem.  And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven:  And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?”  Saul fell also, and he wasn’t doing anything good.  He was on his way to persecute more Christians.

Acts 5:3-5, “But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?  Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God. And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: and great fear came on all them that heard these things.”  This is one instance of someone being slain and falling down, but it’s not what the churches practice, because Ananias and Sapphira were actually slain.  Notice they weren’t doing anything good either.  They were lying to God.

In every one of these instances the people who fell backwards, or fell down, were all doing evil works.  There are no verses in the Bible that mention any Saint falling down as being a good thing.  There are no verses that even imply that the power of the Holy Spirit will cause fleshly feelings or emotions.

A baby Christian who is living in the flesh can be slain in the Spirit.  In reality, even a person who is not born again, but claims to be, can be slain in the Spirit, since it’s all depending on the person falling backwards, not the Holy Spirit.  If the unsaved person wants to feel spiritual, they can go forward to the altar and then fall backwards.  Since this is purely an outward show, this act can fool the people at church, who think that the person who fell backwards is saved and got touched by the Holy Spirit.  In conclusion, being “slain in the Spirit” is not Biblical, but is based on feelings and emotions, and as such, can fool others into believing that the person who fell backwards is very spiritual.

Why a Christian should believe in the death penalty

The death penalty, or capital punishment, should be believed and supported by any Christian that loves God’s word.  Many Christians profess to know and love the Bible.  But few know what the Bible really says about life and every day issues.  At every execution, there are always people who claim to be Christians that are protesting the execution.  They are either very ignorant of God’s word, or are concerned about a man rather than what God’s word says, or are false Christians.  The following short study contains the truth of God’s word concerning capital punishment.

Genesis 9:6, “Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.”  This is the main verse to support the death penalty.  Man is made in the image of God.  Therefore, when a person commits murder, he is disrespecting God and the person He created.  He is also disobeying the sixth commandment, Exodus 20:13, “Thou shalt not kill.”

The death penalty is reiterated in Leviticus 24:21, “He that killeth a man, he shall be put to death.”

There is to be no mourning or thought for the life of the murderer, nor hesitation in the execution, whether it is right or not.  That in itself is disrespecting God and His word and His creation.  Numbers 35:31, “Moreover ye shall take no satisfaction for the life of a murderer, which is guilty of death: but he shall be surely put to death.”

When a person is murdered, the blood defiles the land.  The only way to make the land clean of the murdered person is to put the murderer to death.  The murderer’s blood will cleanse the land that was defiled by the blood of the victim.  Numbers 35:33, “the land cannot be cleansed of the blood that is shed therein, but by the blood of him that shed it.”

This is also reiterated in Ezekiel 13:19, “And will ye pollute me among my people for handfuls of barley and for pieces of bread, to slay the souls that should not die, and to save the souls alive that should not live.”  God and His word is polluted by not putting murderers to death, by keeping alive a murderer who should not be allowed to live.

The capital punishment should be swift.  When a murderer has been sitting on death row for years and years, it leads to more murders and crime.  Ecclesiastes 8:11, “Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.”

The Make-My-Day law is based on the Bible.  Exodus 22:2, “If a thief be found breaking up, and be smitten that he die, there shall no blood be shed for him.” The person who killed the thief or the person breaking into the home should not be punished or put to death.  The thief’s blood is on his own head.

Notice the thief on the cross and what he said concerning his punishment of death.  Luke 23:39-41, “And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss.”  The thief was saying that being put to death was his due reward.  And he was only a thief.  Shouldn’t a murderer’s execution be a more just reward?

Paul told how he felt about capital punishment.  Acts 25:11, “For if I be an offender, or have committed any thing worthy of death, I refuse not to die.”  Paul said if he did any crime worthy of capital punishment, he would agree like the thief.  He would submit to the due reward of his crime.

A Christian should believe in the Bible and try to follow it’s precepts and commandments.  A Christian should honor God over ANY person.  Any Christian who disagrees with the death penalty does none of those.

When Jesus Doesn’t Answer Prayer

Many times we’ve had situations that need a prayer answered, yet we don’t seem to get an answer right away.  In those times, we wonder where God is, and if He even heard.  Our study of the situation of Lazarus will hopefully explain what could possibly be happening and why.

Lazarus was sick. John 11:1, “Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha.” John 11:3, “Therefore his sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick.” Lazarus’ sisters sent someone to tell Jesus that Lazarus was sick.  They knew Jesus and knew of the many healings He had done.  They were hoping Jesus would come to heal Lazarus.  People today think communication in those days was crude.  Quite the contrary.  They didn’t have cell phones, yet the person they sent to tell Jesus didn’t go from town to town looking for Him.  They went right to where Jesus was, even though Jesus had left Jerusalem (John 10:22) and went to Bethabara (John 10:40, 1:29), which is about 15 to 25 miles from Bethany.

When the person they sent to tell Jesus about Lazarus found Him, Jesus didn’t come right away.  John 11:6, “When he had heard therefore that he was sick, he abode two days still in the same place where he was.”  Jesus just stayed there for two days.  What do you think His Disciples thought?  Jesus had healed the man at the pool of Bethesda (John 5:1-9), healed a blind man (John 9:1-7) and fed more than 5,000 people with just five loaves and two fishes (John 6:2-14).  His Disciples were probably wondering why Jesus wasn’t rushing to heal Lazarus.  But Jesus didn’t rush.  In fact, He stayed right where He was for two days.

When Jesus finally told His Disciples that He was going to wake Lazarus out of his sleep, He told them He was glad that He wasn’t there – John 11:15, “I am glad for your sakes that I was not there.”  I’m sure His Disciples were wondering what was going on.  Here was Jesus apparently not concerned when told that one of the people He loved was sick. When Jesus was informed that Lazarus was sick, He just stayed where He was at for two days, and then when He did tell them He was going, He said He was glad that He wasn’t there.

Jesus knew that the death of Lazarus would glorify God. John 11:4, “This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.” Mary and Martha were heartbroken at the death of their brother Lazarus. John 11:19, “And many of the Jews came to Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother.”  Many people comforted them because of their heartbreak.  When Jesus saw Martha and Mary weeping, even He wept. (see vs. 33-35).

God knows your situation.  You might be heartbroken and need comforting, but God knows what will give glory to Him.  Jesus knew Lazarus was only sick before they even told Him.  But He waited until Lazarus was dead before He proceeded. He waited until it looked hopeless. Are you in a situation where you’ve told Jesus all about it and He doesn’t seem to answer?  God might be waiting longer than what we like.  Maybe God is waiting so He can get the glory.  Maybe He’s waiting until it’s worse.  What would be more miraculous, healing Lazarus or raising him from the dead?  Jesus could answer your prayer now, just as He could have healed Lazarus.  As Martha and Mary were weeping because Jesus didn’t heal Lazarus, you might be weeping and wondering why Jesus doesn’t answer your prayer.  Don’t be discouraged.  Jesus knows what will glorify Him the most.

John Chapter 3

Truth From the Book presents a Bible study on John Chapter 3. The whole Bible is the word of God, but some Chapters stand out. John Chapter 3 is one such chapter.

Video – War & Peace

Truth From the Book presents a Bible study on war and peace. God is a God of war, and He is also a God of Peace. Jesus is called the Prince of peace, yet He also makes righteous war. Get your Bible out and study along. God bless.

Video – Psalm 37

Psalm 37 has five verses describing our life in relation to God.
We are to Trust in the Lord, Delight ourself in the Lord, Commit our way unto the Lord, Rest in the Lord and Wait on the Lord.
This is a short Bible study on those five verses.

Video – Psalm 11:3, If the Foundations be Destroyed

Here is a Bible study on 5 Foundations, and the result if those Foundations are Destroyed.

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