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1.   I will have no other gods.

2.   I will not make or bow down to any image.

3.   I will not dishonor you and your name.

4.   I will remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.

5.   I will honor my father and mother.

6.   I will not murder.

7.   I will not commit adultery.

8.   I will not steal.

9.   I will not lie.

10. I will not covet what belongs to my neighbor.

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Jesus was raised on the Sabbath not Sunday

by Bill Wong

 

 

 

 

Most Christianity today believes that Jesus was crucified on a Friday and was resurrected on Sunday morning.  From this, they further believe that God’s 7th day Sabbath was changed to the 1st day of the week Sunday and now call Sunday “the Lord’s Day” and observe the holiday Easter on Sunday (“Easter Sunday”) to honor the day they believe Jesus was resurrected.  


Though this is what many believe, the questions we must ask ourselves is this:

 

Is this really what God tells us in His holy word the Bible?  What is the truth about Sunday and Easter (and also the Sabbath, and by extension what is the truth about Christmas)?

 

We must search the Scriptures to find the truth and the truth is this:

 

No, the Bible does not teach any of this at all.  God’s word is very clear on when His only-begotten son was crucified and raised, and also what holy days we should be observing, and Bible truth does not agree with any of the beliefs of most Christianity today about the Lord Jesus’ death and resurrection.  Jesus was raised on the Sabbath not Sunday.  It should be noted also that the eternal God who is unchanging – never changed a thing:

 

Ecclesiastes 3:

14    I know that whatever God does, It shall be forever. Nothing can be added to it, And nothing taken from it. God does it, that men should fear before Him.    (NKJV)

 

 

 

God’s holy days to observe, not man-made holidays

 

In truth, the observance of the day the Lord Jesus was resurrected or the Sabbath being changed to Sunday are not in the Bible.  Sunday is a pagan day created by the Romans to worship the sun; hence the name ‘Sunday’ --- the day of the Sun.  However, the Bible does give us days to observe.  The only holy days given in the Bible are the weekly 7th day called the Sabbath (the only sanctified/holy day of the week) and the seven annual holy feast days ("high days" or "high Sabbaths"). 


Note that the word ‘Easter’ is incorrectly translated and mentioned once in the KJV in Acts 12:4, but it is the word ‘pascha’ (Greek Strong’s #3957) which means Passover and should have been translated as such (and it was in all other translations).  The word ‘pascha’ occurs 28 other times and always translated correctly as Passover (Matthew 26:2, 17, 18, 19; Mark 14:1, 12 twice, 14, 16; Luke 2:41; 22:1, 7, 8, 11, 13, 15; John 2:13, 23; 6:4; 11:55 twice; 12:1; 13:1; 18:28, 39; 19:14; 1 Corinthians 5:7; Hebrews 11:28).


The Spring holy days outline the first coming of the Lord Jesus and all that happened to Him concerning His death, resurrection and ascension.

 

The Passover and Feast of Unleavened Bread are ordained by God (Exodus 12:1-24; Leviticus 23:4-8).  The Passover is followed by the 7-day Feast of Unleavened Bread which has two of the seven annual high days/Sabbaths – on the first and last days of the feast.  Since Jesus was crucified on Passover, this means the week of His crucifixion contained two Sabbaths – the high day/Sabbath of the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread which started at sunset immediately after His death and also the weekly Sabbath.  

 

A major reason a Friday crucifixion (Good Friday) and Sunday resurrection (Easter) belief exists is because when the emperor Constantine, his Roman Empire and the Roman Catholic Church started to create and uphold Sunday and Easter observances for Christians in the 4th century, they did not account for the two Sabbaths and just chose the weekly Sabbath to base their new traditions which has passed down to this very day. 

 

They knew Jesus died before a Sabbath:

 

Luke 23:

52    This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus.

53    Then he took it down, wrapped it in linen, and laid it in a tomb that was hewn out of the rock, where no one had ever lain before.

54    That day was the Preparation, and the Sabbath drew near.      (NKJV)

 

 

But they ignored the Bible truth that the apostle John clearly tells us Jesus died before a high day Sabbath and not the weekly Sabbath:

 

John 19:

      14 Now it was the Preparation Day of the Passover, and about the sixth hour. And he said to the Jews, "Behold your King!"

 

31 Therefore, because it was the Preparation Day, that the bodies should not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.    (NKJV)

 

The preparation day was Passover, the day before the high day of the 1st day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread which was about to start at sunset (Jesus died at 3pm with an estimated sunset at 6pm). 


They ignored the truth that there were two Sabbaths that week.  This is evidenced in Matthew 28:1.  Most translations have it incorrectly worded as follows:

 

Matthew 28:

1    Now after the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week,    (NKJV)

 

However, the original Greek shows that “….after the Sabbath” should be plural as “….after the Sabbaths”.  The Greek word ‘sabbaton’ (Strong’s #4521) is in plural; this can be looked up in any good translation or interlinear/Greek New Testament with grammar tags.  The first Sabbath that week was the 1st day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread at sunset shortly after the Passover lamb was slain, and the second Sabbath that week was the weekly 7th day Sabbath.  So this truth was known to Rome and has been hidden for centuries to propagate the lie of Sunday and Easter resurrection.


 

Of course it makes total sense that the Lord Jesus died on Passover with the high day of the 1st day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread following immediately after, because the Passover lambs that were slain just a few hours before are partaken of at the Passover meal which began shortly after sunset at the beginning of the 1st day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread.  Also, contrary to what most people believe today, the apostle Paul did not teach against the Law of God and Old Testament, but he told the Gentiles to observe Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread!  We are told in the Bible by Paul that the Lord Jesus is our Passover and therefore all believers of the Lord Jesus must still observe the Passover and Feast of Unleavened Bread:

 

1 Corinthians 5:

7     Clean out the old leaven so that you may be a new lump, just as you are in fact unleavened.

      For Christ our Passover also has been sacrificed.

8     Therefore let us celebrate the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness,

      but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.      (NASB)

 

 

In other words, even if the Lord Jesus was supposedly raised on a Sunday (but we will see shortly that He was not), God still tells us that we are to observe the Passover and the sacrifice of the Lamb of God – we are to observe His death and not His resurrection.  This demonstrates the fundamental truth that without the blood of the Passover lamb, there can be no release from bondage at all.  This is true in the exodus from Egypt and also in our release from sin.  Jesus is the Passover Lamb of God who was sacrificed at the exact same time as all the lambs on Passover.

 

 

By promoting Sunday as the “Lord’s Day” as when the Lord Jesus was supposedly raised (thereby creating a so-called “Christian” Sabbath) and then creating an Easter holiday, the Roman Empire and its church which became the Roman Catholic Church has tried to do away with both God’s true Sabbath and the Passover.   The Roman Catholic Church goes so far as to even say that those who do not believe and observe the holidays which they create are “anathema” and are not true believers and of the true church (them). It is an excuse to persecute those who do not believe as they do.  


However, the Bible makes it abundantly clear which is the true Sabbath and that all His holy days – both weekly and annual, are relevant to all His people, both Jews and Gentiles. We all share the same Messiah and the blood of the same Passover Lamb of God who covers our sins so that we are freed from bondage to sin and death.  It is because of the sacrifice of the Passover Lamb of God that death will ultimately pass over us and He gives us the gift of eternal life.  He is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world:

 

John 1:

29   The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, "Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!     (NKJV)

 


What is the truth about Christmas?  What is the truth about Easter?  Easter and Christmas were created by the Roman Catholic Church which took pagan religious practices and labeled it Christian. Easter is a false substitute for Passover which was condemned as Jewish, somehow overlooking the fact that the Lord Jesus is Jewish and is our Passover. Easter is even deliberately scheduled to never coincide with Passover.

 

We must note that the Bible states mourning a man’s death is more valuable than celebrating his birth:

 

Ecclesiastes 7:

1     A good name is better than precious ointment, And the day of death than the day of one's birth;

2     Better to go to the house of mourning Than to go to the house of feasting, For that is the end of all men;

     And the living will take it to heart.

3     Sorrow is better than laughter, For by a sad countenance the heart is made better.

4     The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, But the heart of fools is in the house of mirth.

 

8     The end of a thing is better than its beginning; The patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.

     (NKJV)

 

 

Why does the Bible say that we should commemorate someone’s death and not his birth?  The Bible says it is because people will take it to heart and we will remember and focus on the life of the person who has died.  It is only when someone dies that we can see everything that the person is and has done, and gain meaning and perspective.  This is magnified to the ultimate degree in the case of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, because the very reason He came as a man was to suffer and die to atone for our sins.

 

This is exactly why the Passover is an everlasting memorial of the Lamb of God and His sacrificial atonement.  We must always put what He did for us – suffering and dying for our sins, first above all; it is the one thing that matters most and for which He became a man, and without it nothing else matters.  Ecclesiastes 7:1-4, 8 speaks against Easter (a rebirth or resurrection), just as it also applies to Christmas (a natural birth), which is another holiday of pagan origin masquerading as Christian. 


The Passover is the actual occurring of the core of the gospel of our salvation, when the suffering servant who is the Lamb led to the slaughter takes upon Himself the curse of all our sins; the Lamb led to the slaughter is our Passover the Passover Lamb of God:

 

Isaiah 52:

13   Behold, My Servant shall deal prudently; He shall be exalted and extolled and be very high.

14   Just as many were astonished at you, So His visage was marred more than any man, And His form more than the sons of men;

15   So shall He sprinkle many nations. Kings shall shut their mouths at Him; For what had not been told them they shall see, And what they had not heard they shall consider.

 

Isaiah 53:

1    Who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?

2    For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, And as a root out of dry ground. He has no form or comeliness; And when we see Him, There is no beauty that we should desire Him.

3    He is despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.

4    Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted.

5    But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.

6    All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.

7    He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, And as a sheep before its shearers is silent, So He opened not His mouth.

8    He was taken from prison and from judgment, And who will declare His generation? For He was cut off from the land of the living; For the transgressions of My people He was stricken.

9    And they made His grave with the wicked --- But with the rich at His death, Because He had done no violence, Nor was any deceit in His mouth.

10   Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief. When You 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.

11   He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied. By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many, For He shall bear their iniquities.

12   Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, And He shall divide the spoil with the strong, Because He poured out His soul unto death, And He was numbered with the transgressors, And He bore the sin of many, And made intercession for the transgressors.    (NKJV)

 

 

We must also never forget the other reason why Passover is the God-ordained holy day to observe (and again why Easter is not only un-Biblical and adding to God’s word, but has no legitimacy at all) is because the Lord Jesus being our Passover is the fulfillment of the prophecy that the Almighty will provide for Himself a lamb for the offering (for us):

 

Genesis 22:

1    Now it came about after these things, that God tested Abraham, and said to him, "Abraham!" And he said, "Here I am."

2    He said, "Take now your son, your only son, whom you love, Isaac, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I will tell you."

3    So Abraham rose early in the morning and saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him and Isaac his son; and he split wood for the burnt offering, and arose and went to the place of which God had told him.

4    On the third day Abraham raised his eyes and saw the place from a distance.

5    Abraham said to his young men, "Stay here with the donkey, and I and the lad will go over there; and we will worship and return to you."

6    Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son, and he took in his hand the fire and the knife. So the two of them walked on together.

7    Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, "My father!" And he said, "Here I am, my son." And he said, "Behold, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?"

8    Abraham said, "God will provide for Himself the lamb for the burnt offering, my son." So the two of them walked on together.     (NASB)

 


Everything in all of Scripture means nothing without the provision of the lamb for an offering and this is exactly what Passover portrays and is a fulfillment of.   The lamb provided as an offering by God for our sins in Genesis 22 is the Passover Lamb of God, and the same lamb we read in Isaiah 52-53.  This is why Passover, the sacrifice of the Lamb of God is the Biblically-commanded memorial – and occurs within two weeks of the beginning of the year (Abib 1 is the beginning of the Biblical new year and Passover is on Abib 14).


The early Christians for hundreds of years did not observe the Lord Jesus’ birthday or resurrection at all, but only His death.

 

 

When the Roman Empire through its emperor Constantine and its church supposedly made Christianity the state religion, it tried to do away with God’s 7th day Sabbath and replace it with Sunday, forcing people to do this under pain of torture and death.  The change to Sunday was due to hatred of the things of God and Holy Scripture which were labeled “Jewish” (the true believers had faith in Jesus and kept the laws of God; many were Jews and non-Jews (Gentiles) were called “Judaizers”), and also to seek more worshippers which were mostly from pagan backgrounds.  The reasons for dismissing God’s Sabbath and instead embracing Sunday were also behind the creation of Easter and Christmas.

 

Easter and Christmas are man-made holidays based on the worship of pagan gods, festivals and customs which were relabeled as Christian, because the Romans wanted to absorb the populace, which were mostly pagans into the state religion.  The Romans packaged Easter and Christmas as Christian, but combined all of the aspects of pagan worship and customs into these man-made holidays in order to gain these pagan believers into the Roman church and keep them happy.  

 

For Christmas, everything about it is has nothing to do with the Bible, God or His Christ and instead all of it has come from pagan god worship: the birthday of the sun god,  Mithra and Nimrod; the winter solstice (with the shortest day of the year (least sunlight) starting to become long again); festival of Saturnalia; tree; mistletoe; yule log; stockings; exchanging gifts; flying reindeer; Santa Claus, etc.  Even when we ignore the truth that God and all the early disciples did not allow or observe Christ’s birthday, we also know December 25 could not be His birthday, because Luke 2:8 says the shepherds were out in the fields watching their flock which is something they would not and cannot do in winter time.

 

For Easter, all of the same things apply and these are likewise from pagan god worship: the fertility goddess and "Queen of Heaven" Ishtar (the name Easter derives from her name); crying over the sun god Tammuz who was gored to death by a boar (Ishtar’s son; this is the "repentance" or "denying oneself of something" for the 40 days of Lent) and hence eating ham at the end in victory/celebration; sun worship (facing east for sunrise services); Spring; rabbits; colored eggs; making and eating hot cross buns for the "Queen of Heaven", etc.  The Bible mentions some of these pagan worship practices which are disguised as Easter and Lent, and God considers them as abominations:


Jeremiah 7:

18   The children gather wood, the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead dough, to make cakes for the queen of heaven; and they pour out drink offerings to other gods, that they may provoke Me to anger.     (NKJV)

 

Ezekiel 8:

12   Then He said to me, "Son of man, have you seen what the elders of the house of Israel do in the dark, every man in the room of his idols? For they say, 'The LORD does not see us, the LORD has forsaken the land.' "

13   And He said to me, "Turn again, and you will see greater abominations that they are doing."

14   So He brought me to the door of the north gate of the LORD's house; and to my dismay, women were sitting there weeping for Tammuz.

15   Then He said to me, "Have you seen this, O son of man? Turn again, you will see greater abominations than these."

16   So He brought me into the inner court of the LORD's house; and there, 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 were worshiping the sun toward the east.    (NKJV)


 

Remember that the Bible tells us through the apostle Paul we are to observe Passover and the sacrificial Lamb of God – His atoning death and not His resurrection.  As Paul said, we should observe Passover, because the Lord Jesus is our Passover;  He is not our “Easter” --- Easter is the name of the pagan goddess Ishtar! 


Is Jesus our Easter/Ishtar?  Is Jesus Easter/Ishtar? Should we honor God and Messiah by worshiping pagan gods and using pagan traditions? 


The answers are: NO, NO and NO. 


But the Bible says Jesus is our Passover and this is what we must observe.

 

 

These holidays of Christmas and Easter observe sun gods and not the Son of God; these holidays worship Satan and not God or Christ.

 

Through syncretism these pagan practices were merged with early Christianity. 

 

These holidays have deceived Christians to this day. They are thinly veiled pagan practices which pay homage to the pagan gods (therefore Satan) and have nothing to do with the Bible, God or Christ.  What is the truth about Christmas?  What is the truth about Easter? 


The answer is: there is no truth in them at all.

 

However, God considers it an abomination to follow pagan ways; He commands us to not follow pagan ways and likens them as the way to death, but God’s words and commandments as the way to life:

 

Deuteronomy 6:

14    You shall not go after other gods, the gods of the peoples who are all around you   (NKJV)

 

Deuteronomy 12:

29    "When the LORD your God cuts off from before you the nations which you go to dispossess, and you displace them and dwell in their land,

30    take heed to yourself that you are not ensnared to follow them, after they are destroyed from before you, and that you do not inquire after their gods, saying, 'How did these nations serve their gods? I also will do likewise.'

31    You shall not worship the LORD your God in that way; for every abomination to the LORD which He hates they have done to their gods; for they burn even their sons and daughters in the fire to their gods.

32   "Whatever I command you, be careful to observe it; you shall not add to it nor take away from it.    (NKJV)

 

Deuteronomy 30:

11   "For this commandment which I command you today is not too mysterious for you, nor is it far off.

12   It is not in heaven, that you should say, 'Who will ascend into heaven for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?'

13   Nor is it beyond the sea, that you should say, 'Who will go over the sea for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?'

14   But the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that you may do it.

15   "See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil,

16   in that I command you today to love the LORD your God, to walk in His ways, and to keep His commandments, His statutes,

       and His judgments, that you may live and multiply; and the LORD your God will bless you in the land which you go to possess.

17   But if your heart turns away so that you do not hear, and are drawn away, and worship other gods and serve them,

18   I announce to you today that you shall surely perish; you shall not prolong your days in the land which you cross over the Jordan to go in and possess.

19   I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing;

       therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live;    (NKJV)

 

Deuteronomy 32:

16   They provoked Him to jealousy with foreign gods; With abominations they provoked Him to anger.

17   They sacrificed to demons, not to God, To gods they did not know, To new gods, new arrivals That your fathers did not fear.

18   Of the Rock who begot you, you are unmindful, And have forgotten the God who fathered you.

19   " And when the LORD saw it, He spurned them, Because of the provocation of His sons and His daughters.

20   And He said: 'I will hide My face from them, I will see what their end will be,

       For they are a perverse generation, Children in whom is no faith.

21   They have provoked Me to jealousy by what is not God; They have moved Me to anger by their foolish idols.

       But I will provoke them to jealousy by those who are not a nation; I will move them to anger by a foolish nation.   (NKJV)

 

 

The Roman Catholic Church ignored God’s command to not follow the ways of the pagan nations which are abominations.  Instead, Rome defied the Almighty by doing exactly what God said not to do: it deceived themselves and the people to worship God and Christ with these pagan practices, which in reality is worshiping and serving the pagan gods. 


The Bible makes it very clear that we must have nothing to do with the way pagans honor their gods which are really demons, because Satan is the god of this world and leader of the fallen angels:

 

2 Corinthians 4:

3    But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing,

4    whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.    (NKJV)

 

John 14:

30   I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming, and he has nothing in Me.    (NKJV)

 

 

The Bible tells us we must not mix the worship of God with the practices of worshipping the gods of the pagans.  The apostle Paul elaborates further.  What Paul says about a sacrifice to pagan gods (demons) means the same thing as practicing pagan rituals (even if it is supposed to be “Christianized”), because they both serve or worship pagan gods --- the Bible states we must not share the table and cup of demons with the table and cup of Christ:

 

1 Corinthians 10:

20    No, but I say that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to demons and not to God; and I do not want you to become sharers in demons.

21   You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons.   (NASB)

 

 

However, sadly, this is exactly what most Christians do when they go against the Bible’s instruction and create and celebrate man-made holidays such as Christmas and Easter, etc. and replace or do away with God’s Biblical feast days such as Passover and others.  As if this was not bad enough, these same Christians additionally supposedly honor Christ with customs and rituals used to serve the pagan gods (Satan and his demons).

 

 

Indeed, the Holy Scriptures tell us what the true gospel is – it is to testify of Christ’s death, which is His atonement for our sins that completely erases sin and death and thereby gives us eternal life:

 

1 Corinthians 1:

22    For indeed Jews ask for signs and Greeks search for wisdom;

23    but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness,

24    but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.    (NASB)

 

Galatians 6:

14    But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.   (NKJV)

 

 

 

So what has happened in defiance of God was the following, and Christianity has been deceived or has not cared about God's truth ever since:

 

 

Christmas:

 

1)  God does not tell us to observe the birth of Jesus. 

 

2)  God tells us not to worship Him in the manner of the pagans and their customs and gods.

 

3)  God tells us observance of one's death is important, but observance of one's birth is not.

 

4)  God tells us to observe the death of Jesus (Passover).

 

5)  The above four items are ignored and Christianity creates Christmas Day which is not Biblical.

 

 

Easter:

 

1)  God does not tell us to observe the resurrection of Jesus.

 

2)  God tells us not to worship Him in the manner of the pagans and their customs and gods.

 

3)  God tells us to observe His seventh day Sabbath and He has never changed it.

 

4)  God tells us to observe the death of Jesus (Passover).

 

5)  The above four items are ignored and Christianity creates Easter Sunday which is not Biblical.

 

 

 

Add to this the truth that the Bible tells us the Lord Jesus Christ was never raised on Sunday, the 1st day of the week, but He was raised on God’s 7th day Sabbath --- we see how completely wrong the Romans were and how utterly deceived most Christians today are. There is no Biblical basis to get rid of the Sabbath and replace it with Sunday; nor is there any God-inspired reason for man to create his own holidays that are supposedly for Christ, but are really far from it and are instead abominations in the eyes of God. 

 

Sadly, these abomination pagan practices have been passed down to a slumbering Christianity today who unknowingly are actually celebrating Satan and not Christ. Satan's claws have dug deep and hold many captive; Satan shamelessly uses children as a way to enter our households --- with temptations of gifts and candy, to lure people into observing these man-made pagan holidays (this also includes Halloween) which honor him, when instead believers should honor God by observing His feast days in the Bible.

 

Let us discuss in more detail how these holy days reveal and confirm that the weekly Sabbath and the annual holy feast days are Biblical truth to be observed, and not the traditions created by men such as Sunday and Easter.

 

 

 

 

The link between the Sabbath and the Passover

 

 

A)   The Lord Jesus is our Passover and we are to observe the Passover (1 Corinthians 5:7-8).  The weekly Sabbath is listed first in the Leviticus 23 list of God’s holy days (Leviticus 23:3) before the annual holy days. If the Passover is to be observed, should we not also be observing the Sabbath?

 

Just like the Passover and Feast of Unleavened Bread have a date each year we are told to observe, the weekly Sabbath also has a date each week we are to observe: it was, is and will always remain the 7th day of the week, which started from the very first week – creation week, with 6 days of creating and the 7th day sanctified for rest. It is fixed on the 7th day and people cannot choose their own rest day such as Sunday or “any day in seven”; there is no Biblical support for such a practice. The only day of the week that is made holy by God is the 7th day – the Sabbath.

 

The Lord Jesus said He is the Lord of the Sabbath (Matthew 12:8; Luke 6:5). It is Biblical truth that we are to observe both the Sabbath and the Passover, because He is the Lord of both. Stated another way, the Lord of the Sabbath was crucified as our Passover. So if we are to observe our Passover on the Passover, then what of our Lord of the Sabbath on the Sabbath…..? We must always remember that God’s word is eternal (Luke 16:17) and the Lord Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). The Sabbath has never changed and we should rest on the day of which He is Lord, just like we observe the Passover, because He is our Passover.

 

 

B)   With the understanding that freedom from Egypt is symbolic and paralleled by our being released from sin and death by the Lord Jesus’ blood, we should note the relationship of the Sabbath and Passover in item ‘A’ above – that our Passover is also the Lord of the Sabbath, was emphasized since the Old Testament.

 

In Deuteronomy 5:12-15, when Moses restates the Law of God, the Bible tells us that the command to observe the Sabbath day is given so that we may remember we were once in bondage, but are now saved (verse 15).

 

Deuteronomy 5:

12   ' Observe the Sabbath day, to keep it holy, as the LORD your God commanded you.

13   Six days you shall labor and do all your work,

14   but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your ox, nor your donkey, nor any of your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates, that your male servant and your female servant may rest as well as you.

15   And remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the LORD your God brought you out from there by a mighty hand and by an outstretched arm; therefore the LORD your God commanded you to keep the Sabbath day.

(NKJV)

 

This clearly ties the Passover and the Sabbath forever together and is further evidence that the Sabbath is the seal of God’s people. God is telling us that those who have been liberated from the bondage of sin and death by our Passover’s blood, must remember this not just by observing the Passover, but also by observing the Sabbath day. Hence, He has commanded Sabbath observance for those who are freed by our Passover.

 

 

 

 

The sequence of the holy days during the week of the Lord Jesus' death and resurrection reveal the Lord Jesus was resurrected on the weekly Sabbath and not on Sunday

 

 

The Bible tells us to observe the Passover (when the Lord Jesus died), and not Easter (Jesus risen). However, even not considering this, the premise of Sunday and Easter observances are wrong from the very beginning, because the Bible tells us that the Lord Jesus was already risen before dawn of the 1st day of the week and was not raised on Sunday. The Lord Jesus was not in the tomb and the stone was already rolled away:

 

Matthew 28:

1    Now after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb.

2    And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven,

        and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat on it.

3    His countenance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow.

4    And the guards shook for fear of him, and became like dead men.

5    But the angel answered and said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified.

6    He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.   (NKJV)

 

Mark 16:

1    Now when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices,

        that they might come and anoint Him.

2    Very early in the morning, on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb when the sun had risen.

3    And they said among themselves, "Who will roll away the stone from the door of the tomb for us?"

4    But when they looked up, they saw that the stone had been rolled away --- for it was very large.

5    And entering the tomb, they saw a young man clothed in a long white robe sitting on the right side;

         and they were alarmed.

6   But he said to them, "Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified.

        He is risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid Him.    (NKJV)

 

Luke 24:

1    Now on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they, and certain other women with them, came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared.

2    But they found the stone rolled away from the tomb.

3    Then they went in and did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.   (NKJV)

 

John 20:

1    Now the first day of the week Mary Magdalene went to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb.    (NKJV)

 

 

The apostle John very clearly states it was still dark so there is no day portion of the first day of the week, Sunday.

 

The angels in the gospel accounts which spoke to the female disciples spoke in the past tense that Jesus had already rose.

 

Mark 16:9 seems to say He rose on the first day of the week, but this would contradict the other gospel accounts (and even itself in Mark 16:1-6), which all indicate when the disciples got to the tomb very early while still dark and just starting to dawn, the Lord was already gone.

 

It should be noted that one change in punctuation (there was no punctuation in Greek texts during the New Testament time) such as the location of a comma, makes the text read completely different and then align with the other accounts:

 

 

As it appears in Bibles:

 

  Mark 16:

 9     Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene,

      out of whom he had cast seven devils.   (AKJV)

 

Comment: You will notice that the way it reads in Bibles makes it sound like Jesus was resurrected

                early on Sunday which contradicts all other accounts that state He already rose while still dark.

 

 

 

With a change in the location of the first comma:

 

  Mark 16:

 9     Now when Jesus was risen, early the first day of the week he appeared first to Mary Magdalene,

      out of whom he had cast seven devils.  

 

Comment: Notice how the change of location of the first comma reads similar to and align with the

                other gospel passages – namely, that Jesus was already risen before the early part of Sunday,

                but only appeared to Mary early the first day of the week (Sunday).

 

 

 

It should also be noted that many manuscripts do not have the ending of Mark (Mark 16:9-20) including the oldest manuscripts; there are several versions of Mark 16:9-20; and many scholars believe it to be a spurious and late addition.

 

 

When asked for a sign by the Pharisees, the Lord Jesus gave the example of Jonah as the only sign for His resurrection as proof that He is the Son of God and the Messiah.  The sign of Jonah is:  as Jonah was 3 days and 3 nights in the belly of the whale, the Lord Jesus would be 3 days and 3 nights in the heart of the earth.  Indeed, the Lord Jesus said this two times during His ministry:

 

Matthew 12:

38   Then some of the scribes and Pharisees answered, saying, "Teacher, we want to see a sign from You."

39   But He answered and said to them, "An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.

40   For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.    (NKJV)

 

Matthew 16:

1    Then the Pharisees and Sadducees came, and testing Him asked that He would show them a sign from heaven.

2    He answered and said to them, "When it is evening you say, 'It will be fair weather, for the sky is red';

3    and in the morning, 'It will be foul weather today, for the sky is red and threatening.' Hypocrites! You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times.

4    A wicked and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign shall be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah." And He left them and departed.    (NKJV)

 

 

The sign of Jonah is confirmed another way.  After the apostle Peter by God’s revelation confessed the Lord Jesus is the Messiah (first time Jesus is confirmed as the Messiah to His disciples), Jesus then proceeds to tell His disciples that He will suffer and be killed, but after three days He will rise again:

 

Mark 8:

27   Now Jesus and His disciples went out to the towns of Caesarea Philippi; and on the road He asked His disciples, saying to them, "Who do men say that I am?"

28   So they answered, "John the Baptist; but some say, Elijah; and others, one of the prophets."

29   He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" Peter answered and said to Him, "You are the Christ."

30   Then He strictly warned them that they should tell no one about Him.

31   And He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.    (NKJV)

 

 

This was the only sign the Lord Jesus gave as irrefutable evidence that He was indeed the Son of God and Messiah – He must satisfy exactly the 3 days and 3 nights in the heart of the earth or He would otherwise be found disqualified and proven to not be who He claimed to be.  Anything less than or greater than 3 days and 3 nights would disqualify Him as Messiah.

 

As mentioned earlier, most Christians believe in a Friday crucifixion and Sunday resurrection; they say that Jesus was just using a Hebrew idiom and therefore parts of 3 days and 3 nights are fine and will satisfy this prophecy.  However, this is not true, because using both days and nights in the description means that a literal meaning is to be applied and not a loose figurative one.  Evidence of this can be seen in the first book of the Bible, Genesis when God expressly tells us He created all things in 6 days and included night and day (evenings and mornings) in His definition of a day; God created in 6 literal 24-hour days.


 

The Bible truth shows us that it was still dark and the Lord Jesus was already resurrected which means that absolutely no day portion of the first day of the week – Sunday, can be used in their calculation of 3 days and 3 nights.

 

 

So when we use the math of what 3 days and 3 nights are together with the following facts:

 

 

1.   The Lord Jesus was already gone from the tomb before dawn of the 1st day of the week;

 

 

2.   His words about the sign of Jonah and being in the heart of the earth for 3 days and 3 nights;

 

 

3.   Lazarus was in his tomb for 4 days and began to stink (John 11:17 39). This sets the example that to not undergo decay (a critical qualification for who is the Messiah), the Lord Jesus must be raised before 4 days (Acts 2:22-32), and also prove that He was absolutely dead (note: in antiquity, many peoples, including the Jews, believed that after 3 days the person is “irreversibly” dead). This is also why the Pharisee’s wanted to post a guard to keep His body in the tomb for the 3 days in Matthew 27:62-66 (verse 63 confirms Jesus said that after 3 days He will rise: 63 saying, "Sir, we remember, while He was still alive, how that deceiver said, 'After three days I will rise.'). They knew Jesus said “after three days I will rise”. So if the Lord Jesus can be kept in the tomb for more than 3 days and “stay there”, He would be “irreversibly” dead and be declared a liar and false Messiah and not the Son of God. However, being raised exactly 3 days and 3 nights satisfies all these points and is why the tomb was opened by the angel just before dawn on the 1st day – after the 3 days and 3 nights; the Lord proved He was indeed dead, but still rose and was missing, and is the Messiah and Son of God.

 

 

4. The Bible again defines itself.  The Lord Jesus refers to a day as 12 hours (and therefore a night is 12 hours) in John 11:9 – the same chapter He raises Lazarus:

 

John 11:

          9    Jesus answered, "Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world.

10    "But if anyone walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him."   (NASB)

 

 

5. The Lord Jesus was slain as our Passover the same time when all Passover lambs are slain (late afternoon/twilight shortly before sunset – Exodus 12:6; Leviticus 23:5; 1 Corinthians 5:6-8) which was 3pm (the ninth hour counting from 6am – Matthew 27:45-50; Mark 15:33-37);

 

 

6.  The soon coming Sabbath/sunset which made them rush to put the Lord Jesus into the tomb was a high Sabbath (annual holy day; Leviticus 23:6) and not the weekly Sabbath.  John 19:14 & 31 clearly tells us it is the annual Sabbath of the 1st day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread approaching which immediately follows the Passover sacrifice (the “preparation day” before the Sabbath is referring to the Passover day immediately before the 1st day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, and not the day before the weekly Sabbath).

 

7. Mark 16:1-2 and Luke 23:56 shows there were 2 Sabbaths that week of the Passover/Feast of Unleavened Bread; the first is the annual holy day (1st day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread) and the second is the weekly Sabbath. Note that the Sabbath which passed in Mark 16:1 is not the weekly Sabbath, but the high day of the 1st day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread.  These two Sabbaths were separated by a day, because the disciples bought and prepared the spices to anoint the Lord Jesus after the 1st day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread.  And they then rested for another Sabbath which was a Sabbath “according to the commandment” (Luke 23:56) and this second Sabbath is the weekly Sabbath of the 4th Commandment.

 

 

 

We find that simple math and the facts above tell us He could not have been crucified and died on a Friday at 3pm and be risen on a Sunday morning, which is the tradition most Christians believe. Such a time table is just not 3 days and 3 nights as the Lord Jesus said, but is only exactly half of 3 days and 3 nights; it is only 1 day and 2 nights (Friday night, Saturday day, Saturday night; remember He was already risen before Sunday morning).


And even if we were very liberal with the time and allowed a part of a day or night to qualify as a whole day or night, this would still only total at most 3 days & 2 nights. 

 

 

For example, if the Lord Jesus was crucified on a Friday, this is how the days and nights add up.

 

 

In English terms:

 

Even if we count He was in the tomb a small part of Friday day, then all of Friday night, all of Saturday day, and all of Saturday night (remember, the Bible truth says He was already gone before Sunday morning), we see even with giving the extra time (day portion Friday), it is still only 2 days and 2 nights. 

 

In Hebrew terms with a day starting at sunset:

 

Even if we count He was in the tomb a small part of the day portion of day #6, then the night portion of day #7 (Sabbath), the day portion of day #7 (Sabbath), and the night portion of day #1 (remember, the Bible truth says He was already gone Sunday morning), we see even with giving the extra time (day portion of day #6), this would only add up to 2 days and 2 nights.

 

 

However, the Lord Jesus was very explicit and said a literal 3 days and 3 nights and remember, stated it twice during His ministry that it would be the only sign of how long He will be in the grave and then raised to life. 

 

 

Also, we must remember that Deuteronomy 18 tells us how to determine if a person is a prophet of God or is a false prophet.  Everything a prophet of God speaks MUST come true, and if any part of what he speaks does not come true, then the prophet is a false prophet.  In other words, what Jesus said about His being in the grave for 3 days and 3 nights as a sign of being Messiah must come to pass exactly as He said, and if it does not, than He would fail the test and be a false prophet according to the Bible:

 

Deuteronomy 18:

15    "The LORD your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your midst, from your brethren. Him you shall hear,

16    according to all you desired of the LORD your God in Horeb in the day of the assembly, saying, 'Let me not hear again the voice of the LORD my God, nor let me see this great fire anymore, lest I die.'

17    "And the LORD said to me: 'What they have spoken is good.

18    I will raise up for them a Prophet like you from among their brethren, and will put My words in His mouth, and He shall speak to them all that I command Him.

19    And it shall be that whoever will not hear My words, which He speaks in My name, I will require it of him.

20    But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in My name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet shall die.'

21    And if you say in your heart, 'How shall we know the word which the LORD has not spoken?' ---

22    when a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the thing does not happen or come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him.    (NKJV)

 

 

The Lord Jesus clearly and very explicitly said He would be in the heart of the earth for 3 days and 3 nights as the only sign of Him being the Messiah.  So He must be exactly in the grave the full 3 days and 3 nights.  Anything less than 3 days and 3 nights would prove Him to be a false prophet, because He did not fulfill the words He spoke. 

 

Also, Deuteronomy 18 itself is a prophecy of the Lord Jesus, so Jesus being in the heart of the earth for 3 days and 3 nights will not only pass the test of being a true prophet of God, but also fulfill this prophecy as being THE prophet who is like Moses and comes from among Israel, and is the coming Messiah.  The fulfillment of Jesus' words: the 3 days and 3 nights He said is the only sign of His being the Messiah, is therefore fulfilled in multiple ways.  It fulfills not only His words, but also the prophecies of Jonah and Moses, and is proof He is a true prophet of God, the prophet like Moses, and the Messiah.

 

 

The belief in a Sunday resurrection therefore contradicts the Bible and would make the very words of the Lord Himself into a lie. 

 

Instead, we find the following to be true. He was raised before dawn on the 1st day of the week; the day before Sunday would be the 7th day, the weekly Sabbath – Saturday. It is on the weekly Sabbath when He was raised.

 

Knowing He died at 3pm (the 9th hour) and had to be put in the tomb before sunset (about 6pm), let us say He was in the tomb by 5:55pm for example. This means when He is raised would be at 5:55pm exactly 3 entire days (3 days and 3 nights) later.  This time of 5:55pm on the weekly Sabbath would be the approximate time the Lord Jesus was raised, because if He was resurrected on a Sunday morning, this would be 3 days and 4 nights which means He did not fulfill His own prophecy of the sign of Jonah and would disqualify Himself as the Messiah and Son of God.  So when we count back 3 days and 3 nights from this time (just before sunset as the weekly Sabbath was about to end), we find that the Lord Jesus was laid in the tomb on Wednesday at 5:55pm, just before the high day Sabbath of the 1st day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread which immediately follows the Passover.  

 

He was crucified and died on Wednesday at 3pm on the Passover and put in the tomb just before sunset at 5:55pm as the 1st day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread was about to start, and He was resurrected on the weekly Sabbath at 5:55pm, just before sunset, exactly 3 days and 3 nights later. Then the tomb was opened only after the full 3 days, just before dawn of the 1st day of the week, to prove beyond a doubt He overcame death and is the Son of God, our Messiah.   Please also read the article: ‘The Prophesied Messiah: Daniel 9:24-27’ which explains the prophecy of the exact timing of the years of Jesus’ birth, His manifestation to Israel and His crucifixion, which reveal a Wednesday crucifixion.

 

 

 

The timeline of the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus would be as follows:

 

 

Wednesday day (Passover):

 

The Lord Jesus dies of crucifixion at approximately 3pm as our Passover the same time thousands of lambs are slain for the Passover.

 

His body is hurriedly put into the tomb of Joseph of Arimathea shortly before sunset and the high Sabbath (1st day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread) begins.  This day is the preparation day before the high Sabbath.

Our Passover dies on Passover.

 

 

Wednesday night (night #1 the Lord Jesus is in the tomb):

 

The first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread begins; it is a high Sabbath.

 

 

Thursday day (day #1 the Lord Jesus is in the tomb):

 

This is the day part of the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread which is a high Sabbath.  The disciples rest.

 

The Pharisees and chief priests request Pilate to post guards at the tomb for three days and they are.

 

 

Thursday night (night #2 the Lord Jesus is in the tomb):

 

No activity.

 

 

Friday day (day #2 the Lord Jesus is in the tomb):

 

After the high Sabbath of the Feast of Unleavened Bread is over, some female disciples buy and prepare spices to anoint the Lord Jesus’ body (Mark 16:1-2).

 

After buying and preparing these spices, they rested for the upcoming weekly Sabbath (“according to the commandment”) upon sunset (Luke 23:56).

 

 

Friday night (night #3 the Lord Jesus is in the tomb):

 

The weekly Sabbath begins.

 

No activity; the disciples rest according to the commandment (Luke 23:56).

 

 

Saturday day (day #3 the Lord Jesus is in the tomb):

 

This is the weekly Sabbath; the disciples rest according to the commandment (Luke 23:56).

 

The Lord Jesus is resurrected from the dead shortly before sunset – exactly 3 days and 3 nights in the heart of the earth (which fulfills His own sign, the only sign that He is the Son of God and Messiah – the sign of Jonah and also to not undergo decay).

 

The Lord of the Sabbath is raised to life again on the Sabbath not Sunday.

 

 

Saturday night:

 

The night after the Sabbath.  The Lord Jesus is preparing Himself as the firstfruit wavesheaf offering (more below) and likely prays all night (Luke 6:12 “Now it came to pass in those days that He went out to the mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.”) which is appropriate as the Son of God who returns to glory, the High Priest and firstborn from the dead (Colossians 1:18; Revelation 1:5) now given all authority in heaven and earth (Matthew 28:18). 

 

At the end of the night just before dawn, the guards of the tomb are scared off by an angel who rolls away the stone blocking the entrance of the tomb (Matthew 28:1-6, 11-15).

 

 

Sunday day:

 

The day after the Sabbath.

 

The female disciples arrive while it was still dark and starting to dawn towards the first day of the week, and discover the stone was already rolled away from the entrance of the tomb and the Lord Jesus is no longer in the tomb, but has already risen (Matthew 28:1-6; Mark 16:1-6; Luke 24:1-3; John 20:1).

 

This further proves the sign of Jonah and that He is the true Messiah and Son of God – He was supposed to be in the tomb and sealed within it for more than 3 days to be declared “truly” dead, but even after 3 days and 3 nights, He still rose and was not in the tomb.


Remember, Matthew 28:1 is incorrectly translated, because the original Greek shows there were two Sabbaths --- “….after the Sabbath” should be “….after the Sabbaths”.




The truth that Jesus was not crucified on a Friday Passover is clearly evident by the actual history of the Passover sacrifice for over 1400 years since Passover was first instituted.  Israel always sacrifices the Passover lambs at 3pm which was the exact same time the Lamb of God was sacrificed for our sins as Scripture indicates.  However, whenever the Passover is on the day before the 7th day Sabbath, Israel does not sacrifice the Passover lambs at 3pm, but two hours earlier at about 12:30-1:00pm.  This shows us that the truth can only be one of two things – either:


1)  He is our Passover, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world who was sacrificed at 3pm as Scripture says; indicating He was not sacrificed on a Friday.


OR


2)  He is sacrificed on Friday, but therefore cannot be our Messiah, because His death at 3pm given in Scripture contradicts how the Passover was done since God gave the commandment to Moses and Israel. 

 


The evidence again tells us that option #1 is correct and not option #2.



This day, the first day of the week Sunday, the day after He was resurrected, is the Beginning of the Harvest (wavesheaf offering of the first of the harvest (barley); Leviticus 23:10-11).  Jesus is our heavenly High Priest (Hebrews 2:17-18; 4:14-15) who was raised on the Sabbath before sunset.  On the day after the weekly Sabbath during the Passover and Feast of Unleavened Bread, as the High Priest the Lord Jesus presents Himself as the wavesheaf offering to His father (John 20:16-17) as the very first of the harvest (and shortly afterwards also raises up some firstfruit barley saints: Matthew 27:52-53). The Lord Jesus Himself is the very first of all firstfruits who have entered the true Promised Land (1 Corinthians 15:20) who sanctifies this harvest and the harvests yet to come (Romans 11:16). 

 

The Sabbath resurrection of the Lord Jesus aligns perfectly with what is done for the Wavesheaf Offering. 

 

Just before the end of the weekly sabbath, the grain that has died and been planted exactly 3 days and 3 nights before has now brought forth new life, and very abundantly; it is not alone:

 

John 12:

23   And Jesus answered them, saying, "The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.

24   "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.   (NASB)

 

 

The first of all first fruits of the true and eternal Promised Land has come forth, the resurrected heavenly High Priest, and He is ready to be present Himself as the wavesheaf offering on the first day of the week (Sunday), the day after the Sabbath.  By His resurrection, Jesus is both the High Priest and first of all firstfruits, the firstborn from the dead. 

 

The resurrection of the Lord Jesus on the Sabbath aligns perfectly with the Passover, Feast of Unleavened Bread and the Beginning of the Harvest/Wavesheaf Offering.  


At this point let us be reminded again that a Sunday resurrection and Easter holiday are not Biblical at all (and Sunday and Easter are pagan in origin).  The 3 days and 3 nights of Jesus’ one and only sign just does not fit into a Friday crucifixion and Sunday resurrection; Christ was already risen before sunrise; and also the Almighty gives us Passover and Unleavened Bread to commemorate the Lord’s atoning death that wipes away our debt of sin and does not command us to celebrate His resurrection.  



We also cannot overlook the truth that Passover is the true holy day God commands us to observe and not Easter, because God commands His new year to begin for the sake of the Passover.  The Passover is the 14th day of the first month of the year:

 

Exodus 12:

2    "This month shall be the beginning of months for you; it is to be the first month of the year to you.

3    "Speak to all the congregation of Israel, saying, 'On the tenth of this month they are each one to take a lamb for themselves, according to their fathers' households, a lamb for each household.

4    'Now if the household is too small for a lamb, then he and his neighbor nearest to his house are to take one according to the number of persons in them; according to what each man should eat, you are to divide the lamb.

5    'Your lamb shall be an unblemished male a year old; you may take it from the sheep or from the goats.

6    'You shall keep it until the fourteenth day of the same month, then the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel is to kill it at twilight.

7    'Moreover, they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses in which they eat it.    (NASB)




In addition to this, the Bible gives us another supporting evidence of why a Sunday resurrection and Easter are false. 

 

It involves God’s feast days and which ones are declared annual Sabbaths or holy convocations/gatherings.  It should be noted that of all of God’s holy feast days: Passover/Feast of Unleavened Bread, Beginning of the Harvest (Wavesheaf Offering), Pentecost, Feast of Trumpets, Day of Atonement, Feast of Tabernacles and Great 8th Day – that only two of these are not or do not contain a holy convocation.  These two are: Passover and the Wavesheaf Offering.    

 

Passover is not a holy convocation for the simple reason that the Passover lambs (includes the Lamb of God) are partaken of at the meal that occurs a few hours later at the night/beginning of the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread.  So in effect, the first day of Unleavened Bread goes together with and is a continuation of Passover, and they are like one: the Passover Lamb of God suffers and is sacrificed on Passover, but the Lamb is partaken of on the 1st day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread – the same night that Israel (and spiritually speaking, all the people of God) are freed from slavery to sin by the blood of the Lamb. The first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread is an annual holy convocation.

 

But why isn’t the Wavesheaf Offering day a holy convocation?  Surely if the Lord Jesus ascends to heaven as the High Priest and the firstfruit barley wavesheaf offering, the firstborn from the dead to eternal life that it would be a special day to be worthy of being a holy convocation, but yet it is not.  The reason why it is not is because God is emphasizing that it is the sacrificial death of the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world with His atoning blood that is the most important thing – even His ascending to heaven to present Himself as the heavenly High Priest as the wavesheaf offering does not compare to His atoning death. This is because without His sacrifice (God providing the lamb for an offering; Genesis 22:7-8, 14 points to Passover), nothing in our salvation is possible.  His atonement to erase our debt of sin comes first above all; it is all about conquering the devil and the works of the devil, the originator of sin and death:

 

Hebrews 2:

14 Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil,  NASB)


 

And this reason applies also to the day of the Lord Jesus’ resurrection.  He was raised on the Sabbath day, but even this day is not remembered or memorialized by God at all.  God is telling us loudly and clearly that if He did not create an annual Sabbath/holy convocation for His son’s resurrection, then neither should we.  And since He does tell us loudly and clearly that He did create Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread for us to instead memorialize the suffering and sacrifice of His son, then we should, too.


Additionally, Messiah being the firstfruit barley Wavesheaf Offering confirms His being raised from the dead on the Sabbath.  How?  It is because the firstfruit barley is harvested by the priests at the very end of the Sabbath at sunset, just as the 1st day is about to begin, to be prepared that night for the offering at 9am in the morning.  In other words, the time of the resurrection of the Messiah – who is the firstfruit and firstborn from the dead, and the harvesting of the firstfruit barley by the priests for the wavesheaf occurs at exactly the same time!  So what the Lord Jesus was doing during the night portion of the 1st day of the week was preparing Himself as the wavesheaf offering on our behalf which occurs later at the day portion – all this parallels exactly what the priests were doing: they harvested and prepared the firstfruit barley to be ready for offering in the morning.  Please see the article: 'The Wavesheaf Offering (Beginning of the Harvest/Reishit Katzir)'.

 

All this makes sense, because the Lord Jesus said both He and His father work on the Sabbath (John 5:8-17) and the Lord Jesus always healed on the Sabbath.  This time, however, it was the Lord Jesus Himself who needed to be healed and raised on the Sabbath, and it was done by His father (Acts 4:10; Romans 6:4; Galatians 1:1; Ephesians 1:17-20).  He was exactly 3 days and 3 nights in the heart of the earth as He said He would be, fulfilling His prophecy of the sign of Jonah, the only sign He gave as evidence that He is the Son of God and Messiah.

 

Additionally and definitively, it is proof that the true Lord’s day is the Sabbath day, because He is the Lord of the Sabbath – and was raised on the Sabbath day of which He is Lord:

 

Mark 2:

27    Jesus said to them, "The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath.

28   "So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath."   (NASB)

 

 

Just as our Passover, He died on Passover, the Lord of the Sabbath was raised on the Sabbath not Sunday.  And just as we are to observe our Passover on Passover as an everlasting memorial, so too are we to observe the Lord of the Sabbath on the Sabbath:

 

Luke 16:

17    "But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one stroke of a letter of the Law to fail.   (NASB)

 

Ecclesiastes 3:

14    I know that whatever God does, It shall be forever. Nothing can be added to it, And nothing taken from it. God does it, that men should fear before Him.    (NKJV)

 

 

The Lord Jesus was given to us as our Passover sacrifice just as the Sabbath was given to us.

 

So let us stop observing man-made traditions of the pagan gods (Sunday, Christmas, Easter, etc.), but observe God's Sabbath and Passover, and His Biblical feast days. 

 

Let us choose this day whom we will serve:  will it be our own desires and the ways of the pagans ---  or the way of Almighty God and His Christ?   

 

We must NOT choose for our house to serve the carnal/fleshly world and our weaknesses which are man-made and of the pagans.

 

We must choose this day for our house to serve the Lord God by the strength of His Christ, and worship God in spirit, sincerity and truth:

 

Joshua 24:

14   “Now, therefore, fear the Lord and serve Him in sincerity and truth; and put away the gods which your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord.

15   If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”    (NASB)

 

John 4:

23   But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers.

24   God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”    (NASB)

 

 

 

Please also read the articles ‘God’s Salvation Plan in the Biblical Feast Days’, 'The Sabbath - not Sunday', 'Reasons for Sunday are not Biblical', and 'The Sabbath and Binding and Loosing'.