“Two” Sabbaths During the Three Nights and Three Days Do the math!
–The Resurection was on the Creation Sabbath before the ending of the day!
According to religious tradition, Jesus was crucified on a Friday—which “appears” to be supported by the statement in John 19:31 that the day of His death “was the preparation [day].” Most have assumed that this statement refers to the Jews’ preparation on Friday for the weekly Sabbath. However, they fail to realize that the Passover day, on which Jesus died, had always been a preparation day for the Feast of Unleavened Bread, which immediately followed (Lev. 23:4-6). The first day of this feast, Abib 15, was observed as a “high day” —an annual Sabbath, not a weekly Creation Sabbath. The day portion of the Passover (Abib 14) was always used as a “day of preparation” for this yearly holy day. It is an error to interpret “the preparation day” in John 19:31 as evidence that the day of the crucifixion was a Friday.
The Scriptures clearly reveal that during the crucifixion week there were “two” Sabbaths. The first Sabbath was an annual holy day, the first day of Unleavened Bread, which fell on Thursday that year. The second Sabbath was the weekly Creation Sabbath, the seventh day of the week, called Saturday. During that week there were “two” preparation days. The day portion of Wednesday Abib 14, the Passover day, was the preparation day for the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, Thursday the 15th, which was an annual Sabbath. The following day, Friday the 16th, was the preparation day for the weekly Creation Sabbath the 17th.
In reading the Gospel of John, it is evident that the Sabbath following the day Jesus died was an annual Sabbath. “The Jews therefore, so that the bodies might not remain on the cross on the (annual) Sabbath, because it was a preparation day (for that Sabbath was a high day, an annual sabbath)…” (John 19:31). The term “high day” was never used to refer to the weekly Creation Sabbath, but only to annual Sabbaths. John’s use of this term makes it clear that the Sabbath which was about to begin was the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, Thursday Abib 15.
The women who followed Jesus observed the annual Sabbath, as commanded by God. They could not purchase spices on that day because all the businesses were closed in observance of the command to rest (Lev. 23:6-7). After the end of that high day, on Friday they purchased spices and aromatic oils to anoint Jesus. “Now when the annual Sabbath had passed, Mary Magdalene and Mary, the mother of James, and Salome purchased aromatic oils, so that they might come and anoint Him” (Mark 16:1).
The women purchased the spices “when the Sabbath had passed” and prepared them on Friday the same day. When they had finished, they observed a second Sabbath which is the Creation Sabbath. “And they returned to the city, and prepared spices and ointments, and then rested on the Creation Sabbath according to the commandment” (Luke 23:56). The Gospel accounts clearly reveal the observance of “two” Sabbaths during the crucifixion week.
If you count the nights and days that Christ was in the tomb, it is evident our Savior rose near the end of the Creation Sabbath. “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. And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre. And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus. And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments: And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek you the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen: remember how He spoke unto you when He was yet in Galilee, Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again. And they remembered His words, And returned from the sepulchre, and told all these things unto the eleven, and to all the rest” (Luke 24:1-9).
Initially the disciples thought that someone had taken the body of Christ because the grave was empty as they were told: “…They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him.” (John 20:2) “Then went in also that other disciple, which came first to the sepulchre, and he saw, and believed [that the body of Christ had been stolen]. For as yet they did not believe the scripture, that He [Christ] must rise again from the dead” (John 20:8-9).
“When they heard that He was alive and that He had been seen by her [Mary Magdalene], they refused to believe it. After this, he appeared in a different form to two disciples as they were walking into the country. They went back and told the others, who didn't believe them either. Finally He appeared to the eleven disciples while they were eating. He rebuked them for their unbelief and stubbornness, because they had not believed those who had seen him after He had risen” (Mark 16:11-14).
“So Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, ‘I have seen the Lord!’ She also told them what he had said to her. [Mark 16:11-14 lets us know that they did not believe that the Lord had risen!] It was the evening of the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked because they were afraid of the Jews. [They assembled for fear of the Jews, not because they believed that Christ was risen and thus they were not assembled “to celebrate any resurrection” of Jesus which had just occurred near the end of the Creation Sabbath!]. Jesus came and stood among them. He said to them, "Peace be with you."”[He also chided them for their unbelief as noted above in John 20 8-9] (John 20:18-19).
Easter is not a valid word that occurs in the Holy Bible. In 1611 translators put it in the “King James Version” of the Bible, ignoring the true translation of Passover, thus promoting false doctrine.
Easter sunrise service is a pagan worship that is modified and taught today by men’s traditions; but has no biblical substance for validity: “Then he brought me to the door of the gate of the LORD'S house which was toward the north; and, behold, there sat women weeping for Tammuz. Then said he unto me, Have thou seen this, O son of man? Turn you yet again, and you will see greater abominations (wickedness) than these. And he brought me into the inner court of the LORD'S house, and, behold, at the door of the temple of the LORD, between the porch and the altar, were about twenty-five men, with their backs toward the temple of the LORD, and their faces toward the east; and they worshipped the sun toward the east” (Ezekiel 8:14-16).
We must worship God in spirit and truth. “God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth”(John 4:24 ).
"Sanctify them by the truth: Your word [God’s word] is truth" (John 17:17).
Sunday is a traditional day of worship implemented by man. It is not holy, it is not sanctified by God. God says that it is a workday – a day to do labor. The Creation Sabbath was made holy at creation! “And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it [made the Creation Sabbath holy!]: because that in it He had rested from all His work which God created and made” (Genesis 2:2-3).
“And Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost. And the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom. And when the centurion, which stood over against Him, saw that He so cried out, and gave up the ghost, he said, Truly this man was the Son of God” (Mark 15:37-39).
“For the law [sacrificial] was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ” (John 1:17).
“Know you not that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple you are. Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seems to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He takes the wise in their own craftiness. And again, The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain” (1 Corinthians 3:16-20).
And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lies in wickedness. And we know that the Son of God is come, and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him that is true, and we are in Him that is true, even in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life. Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen” (1 John 5:19-21).