Tribulation People – Part 1

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Two articles will be used to discuss the subject of “Tribulation People.” The following text is Part I of the study. Part II will soon be published.

An Intimate Relationship With Christ – The Key To Protection From The Tribulation – The Key To Eternal Life In Christ

In the opening video, the words of Anne Graham Lotz are of eternal significance. Consider the words of Christ.

John 17:3 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
“This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.”

The significance of having an intimate relationship with Christ is key. If you have such a relationship, your spirit dwells within the Spirit of Christ, and the Spirit of Christ dwells within your spirit. Christ will not be present during the tribulation, neither will anyone be there whose spirit dwells within the Spirit of Christ.

The truth of John 17:3 is a textbook definition of that which is required for anyone to have eternal life. The formula that creates a life, where we will spend an eternity with God, is that of an intimate relationship with God the Father, through God the Son, being empowered by God the Holy Spirit. The first two words of the verse are the power of the verse: “This is!”… Eternal life begins at the time that anyone “knows” God intimately, through belief in Christ as Lord and Savior.

John 3:16 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”

Just as eternal life begins at the time of belief in Christ, there is permanency in that saving relationship of belief.

John 10:28 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
“and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand.”

A Definition Of The Tribulation

https://www.chafer.edu/content.cfm?id=389#T
CHAFER THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY
Tribulation – The eschatological seven literal years (Daniel 9:27; Revelation 11:3; 12:6) which is the end of the Age of Israel and of divine discipline against Israel, following the Rapture of the Church, and terminating with the Second Advent of Christ. The Church Age is an intercalation–a period of time inserted into the Age of Israel. The Tribulation is the fulfillment of Israel’s seventieth and last week, the latter half of which is the time of Jacob’s trouble, the Great Tribulation (Daniel 9:24-27; Jeremiah 30:7; Matthew 24:15-21; Revelation 6:1–19:21).

Sources of end times information and study.

All of us read things that have been written by other people. It is important, therefore, for us to select the works of Christian authors whom have shown themselves to be knowledgeable in the things of God’s Word that they speak of publish. It has been my pleasure to have been a student of the end times since 1976. The pastors, lecturers, authors and seminary instructors, of whom I have studied their works and listened to their words, have shown to have an understanding of the end times in which I find agreement.

The following links will show the names of my sources of information, as well as examples of their works and educational status. These theologians have provided a lot of documentation, and ideas, that have helped me to compose and publish my own articles.

https://equippingblog.wordpress.com/library/ (Works of sources)

https://equippingblog.wordpress.com/sources-of-information/ (Education of sources)

A Discussion Of The Tribulation

We need to be assured that Christ is, “God with us” (Isaiah 7:14/Matthew 1:23). For those, that are left behind from the rapture, they will need to read articles such as this one. They will also need to see videos that show that “Christ wants to be God with them.”

Have you ever been with someone who was dying? I have. I was with my mother when she drew her last breath; my brother died alone. My mother and brother were born again believers in Christ; they went from this life to the Presence of God (2 Corinthians 5:8). But, think about all of the people that will die during the time of the Tribulation, with many of them dying alone.. not having the promise of eternity with God.

All of whom will find themselves in the Tribulation, will have been left behind from the rapture; some of them will accept Christ as Lord and Savior during the tribulation, with no condemnation awaiting them (Romans 8:1); others will stay in their sin of unbelief (John 3:18), and will face the judgment of the Great White Throne Judgment and the Lake of Fire (Revelation 20:10-15). Those, having become saints during the tribulation, may die to this life but will wake to the blessings of being in the eternal Presence of God (Revelation 7:9-17). Those, not having come to saving faith in Christ, will die to this life and will be awakened to the Presence of the Great White Throne Judgment.

Consider the many people that will suffer and die during the tribulation, with many of them having come to saving faith in Christ. Those who come to belief in Christ will be known as “tribulation saints.” The “unbelievers” will continue to be known as unbelievers, with the Great White Throne Judgment awaiting them. Consider the following verses that tell of the violent deaths that will take place during the tribulation.

Revelation 6:8 New American Standard Bible (NASB) The Fourth Seal—Death
8 I looked, and behold, an ashen horse; and he who sat on it had the name Death; and Hades was following with him. Authority was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by the wild beasts of the earth.

Revelation 6:9 New American Standard Bible (NASB) The Fifth Seal—Martyrs
9 When the Lamb broke the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God, and because of the testimony which they had maintained;

Revelation 9:15 New American Standard Bible (NASB) The Sixth Trumpet—Army from the East
15 And the four angels, who had been prepared for the hour and day and month and year, were released, so that they would kill a third of mankind (the angels are demons, Ryrie Study Bible).

It is important to know that God will be in charge of the above judgments (Revelation 6:7, 6:9, 9:13).

There are two truths that reveal the joy, or fear, of the return of Christ to earth. One truth of His return (known as the rapture of the church) will be of Christ catching up His born again believers to Heaven. The other truth of His return (known as the second coming of Christ), will be for Him to return to Earth with His raptured believers, “from Heaven”, to judge sin and to set up His thousand-year Kingdom on Earth. The first return, where Christ will return in the air and not stand on Earth, will be joyous for those which have been born again, and will occur prior to the tribulation. The second return, where Christ will stand on Earth, will be fearful for those whom will be “dwelling on the earth,” and who will be known as “earth dwellers;” this return will occur at the end of the tribulation. For those which will have come to belief in Christ during the tribulation, His post-tribulation return will become joyous for them because they will be allowed to enter into the Kingdom of God on Earth (Matt 24:40-41, Jew; 25:34, Gentile); such an entry into the Kingdom was prepared for them, “from the foundation of the world.” John 3:3 is key. “No one can see the kingdom of God without having been born again.”

Let’s consider the joyous return of Christ in the catching up of the church, when Christ comes in the air, but does not stand on Earth. Notice that in the following scripture examples, nothing but good awaits those whom will be raptured up from the earth prior to the tribulation. For church-age born again believers in Christ, they look to the rapture and the good things that will follow. There is nothing of consequence for these born again believers whom will be caught up in the rapture; they will miss the consequences of not having being born again, to come under the Godly ordained persecution of the anti-christ and the judgments of God that will take place during the tribulation. Let’s consider three passages that tell of the catching up of the saints, and the joy that will follow.

John 14:1-6 New American Standard Bible (NASB) Forever with Christ

1 “Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. 3 If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also. 4 And you know the way where I am going.” 5 Thomas *said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, how do we know the way?” 6 Jesus *said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.”

Note. Christ will come to take His born again believers to the place in Heaven that He has prepared for them (1-4). Christ will personally take His believers to their place in Heaven (5-6). Many people see only the reward of belief in Christ in vs 6; but, it is clear from the verse that Christ will personally take His raptured saints from earth, “to Heaven.” During this journey, the saints will go to the judgment seat of Christ for rewards (2 Cor 5:10), and will continue to the marriage of the Lamb (Rev 19:7-8). Because of the rapture of the church, the saints will be guaranteed a seat at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb (Rev 19:9), which will take place in the millennial Kingdom after they return from Heaven with Christ for the Battle of Armageddon (Rev 19:11-21). The church age saints will not only be taken to heaven by Christ, but they will also rule and reign with Christ on Earth during the thousand-year Kingdom Age (2 Tim 2:12). These raptured saints will come and go, from Heaven to Earth, and from Earth to Heaven. Raptured saints “will not” be present for punishment at the Great White Throne Judgement (Rev 20:10-15), but will have an eternity in the New Heaven, New Earth and New Jerusalem, where they will dwell eternally with God (Rev 21:1-5). It is important to know that without the catching up of they saints, none of the above events will take place. Without the rapture taking place, believers in Christ will come under the same persecutions and judgments that are prescribed for the unbelievers of the tribulation.

1 Corinthians 15:50-54 New American Standard Bible (NASB) The Mystery of Resurrection

50 Now I say this, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 51 Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 53 For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, “Death is swallowed up in victory.

In the above rapture passage, it shows that mortal human beings can not be allowed entry into in Heaven. Deceased and living saints will be given bodies that are changed to be immortal, through the resurrection of the dead saints and the catching up of the living saints. The resurrected and raptured bodies of the saints will be made immortal; they will spend eternity in heaven, and will never die.

“A MYSTERY.” Consider the MacArthur Study Bible note. 15:51 mystery. This term refers to truth hidden in the past and revealed in the NT. See notes on 2:7 and Eph. 3:4, 5. In this case, the rapture of the church was never revealed in the OT. It was first mentioned in John 14:1–3, when it is specifically explained and is detailed in 1 Thess. 4:13–18 (see notes there). sleep. See note on v. 18.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+cor+15%3A51&version=NASB

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 New American Standard Bible (NASB) Those Who Died in Christ
13 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus. 15 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.

In this last passage about the catching up of the saints, we see the following. We are not to grieve the deaths of saints, “as is the case when unbelievers die.” Christ will descend from heaven; a shout of a trumpet will announce His descent from heaven to earth. He will raise up the bodies of the deceased saints, which are called “the dead in Christ,” and then will “catch up” the saints that are alive. These deceased and living saints will be caught up with Christ in the air, to always be with our Lord. There is no scripture that states that unbelievers will see the coming of Christ in the air to catch up His saints.

Titus 2:13 New American Standard Bible (NASB) The blessed hope
“looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus,”

The above passage states that the coming of Christ for His saints will be glorious. Only good things will follow for the caught up saints to experience. Notice the words, “for His saints.” Nothing in the rapture relates to unbelievers.

Part I of “Tribulation People” has been concluded. Part II will soon be published.

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Israel 11 – A Tent, A Tabernacle, A Temple – Exodus 25

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Isaiah 6:1-7 New American Standard Bible (NASB) Isaiah’s Vision

1 In the year of King Uzziah’s death I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted, with the train of His robe filling the temple. 2 Seraphim stood above Him, each having six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3 And one called out to another and said,

“Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord of hosts, The whole earth is full of His glory.”

4 And the foundations of the thresholds trembled at the voice of him who called out, while the temple was filling with smoke. 5 Then I said,

“Woe is me, for I am ruined! Because I am a man of unclean lips,
And I live among a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.”

6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a burning coal in his hand, which he had taken from the altar with tongs. 7 He touched my mouth with it and said, “Behold, this has touched your lips; and your iniquity is taken away and your sin is forgiven.”

In blog post, Israel 10 – Exodus 15-24, we see that God delivered the Israelites from their bondage in Egypt. After God led the Israelites through the Red Sea to safer land, He provided all of their human needs. God also gave the Law to the Jews, to include the Sabbath. Now, we see that God has put His chosen people to work, building a tabernacle.

Exodus 25:1-9 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
Offerings to Build the Tabernacle
1 The Lord spoke to Moses: 2 “Tell the Israelites,”8 “They are to make a sanctuary for Me so that I may dwell among them. 9 You must make it according to all that I show you—the pattern of the tabernacle as well as the pattern of all its furnishings.

God gave directions for the Israelites to build a tabernacle; He also gave precise instructions for the job. In this, and following articles, we will discuss, in detail, each of these structures:

Tent Of Meeting, Tabernacle In The Desert, Solomon’s Temple, Tribulation Temple, Millennium Temple. We will also discuss the reconstructed and renovated Solomon’s Temple.

The following video gives you a quick explanation of the tent of meeting and tabernacle in the desert.

The Ark and the Tabernacle – A Faith Kids Bible Story Video

The phrase “tent of meeting” is used in the Old Testament, specifically in Exodus, Leviticus, and Numbers, as the name of a place where God would meet with His people, Israel. Usually, the “tent of meeting” was used as another name for the Tabernacle of Moses. However, before the tabernacle was constructed, God met with Moses in a temporary tent of meeting: “Now Moses used to take a tent and pitch it outside the camp some distance away, calling it the ‘tent of meeting.’ Anyone inquiring of the Lord would go to the tent of meeting outside the camp. . . . As Moses went into the tent, the pillar of cloud would come down and stay at the entrance, while the Lord spoke with Moses” (Exodus 33:7, 9). The fact that Moses set up the tent of meeting outside of the camp underscored that the people had broken fellowship with God at Sinai when they had made the golden calf (see Exodus 33:3). After the tabernacle was built, Moses no longer needed his temporary tent, and the term tent of meeting began to be applied to the tabernacle.(Continued in link)
https://www.gotquestions.org/tent-of-meeting.html

The following information discusses the progression of construction, destruction and reconstruction of “Solomon’s Temple,” where God’s Presence dwelt within “the holy of holies/most holy place.” Information is also provided to show that, in all following temples, the Presence of God will never dwell, except the Millennium Temple. After the destruction of Solomon’s Temple in 586 B.C., the Presence of God was never present in the reconstructed temple of Zerubbabel, or the renovated Herod’s Temple, or will be Present in the yet future Tribulation Temple. There will not be the Presence of God in any temple until the Millennial Temple is built, which will follow the Tribulation. During the time that Christ walked the Earth, He never went into “Holy of Holies,” in the Temple in Jerusalem because, He was/is “the Most Holy/the Holy of Holies.” The following article discusses the details of the temple’s destruction:
https://www.bibleodyssey.org/en/places/related-articles/destruction-and-reconstruction-of-the-temple.aspx
Home Page https://www.bibleodyssey.org/ Author Bio http://huc.edu/directory/tamara-cohn-eskenazi

Notice, in the following timeline, that the Jews got the tabernacle completed in one year from the date that God told them to build it.

God commissioned the construction of the tabernacle/sanctuary (Exodus 25:8-9, 1491 B.C.).
The tabernacle in the desert was completed (Exodus 40:33, 1490 B.C.).
God commissioned King Solomon to build the first temple in Jerusalem (1 Chronicles 28:6, 1015 B.C.).
Solomon finished the construction of the temple in Jerusalem (2 Chronicles 5:1, 1004 B.C.)
The forces of Nebuchadnezzar destroyed the temple in Jerusalem (2 Chronicles 36:19, 586 B.C.)
The Temple was rebuilt in Jerusalem, being known as Zerubbabel’s Temple (Haggai 1:1-15, 2:1-23; Ezra 6:15, 515 B.C.)
Herod’s Temple, which was a remodeling of Zerubbabel’s temple, was completed in 4 B.C., but was not totally completed until 63 A.D.

https://www.bible-history.com/jewishtemple/
https://www.bible-history.com/jewishtemple/JEWISH_TEMPLEHerods_Temple00000006.htm.
Herod’s Temple was destroyed by the Romans in 70 A.D. https://www.preteristarchive.com/Ancient_Revelations/archeology/2001_harvardhouse_scientific-dating.html
The prophecy of the destruction of the temple was made by Christ in Matthew 24:1-2 (30 A.D.) https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=matthew+24%3A1-2&version=HCSB

Consider the Tribulation Temple. The Anti-Christ will most likely authorize the construction of the temple during the first part of the Tribulation, and place it on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem; yet, God is in control of the temple (Revelation 11:1, “the temple of God”). See the following Tribulation temple article. http://www.pre-trib.org/articles/view/the-tribulation-temple

There will be a Temple that will be placed by God in Jerusalem during the Millennium (Ezekiel 37:26), following the Tribulation. The Glory of the Lord had previously been seen by the Jewish prophet Ezekiel, in a vision, with the Glory departing the temple in 594 B.C. (Ezekiel 9:3; 10:4; 10:18-19, 11:22-23). The Glory will not return to any temple, until the future kingdom of Messiah has been established, and the Millennial Temple has been placed there (Ezekiel 43:2–7; 44:4, as was seen by a later vision of Ezekiel in 574 B.C.). There is no scriptural proof of the Glory of God returning to the rebuilt or remodeled temples of Zerubbabel or Herod. Presently, there is no temple in Jerusalem. The Tribulation temple (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4, Revelation 11:1-2) will not be one of Godly inhabitance. It will only be when Christ sets up His Millennial Kingdom, that God’s Gory will be present in the Temple in Jerusalem.

It is important to understand that regarding the law, including Temple worship, Christ has fulfilled all of the requirements of the Law, with that fulfillment being finished on the cross at Calvary. It is only through the finished work of Christ on the cross that anybody can have salvation (Matthew 5:17; John 1:29; John 4:19-24; John 19:30).

Matthew 5:17 New International Version (NIV) The Fulfillment of the Law

17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.

The following video discusses the tribulation temple.

What events will have to happen before the temple can be rebuilt in Jerusalem?

Consider the following detail of events of the tabernacle and temple.

1491 B.C. God commissioned the construction of the tabernacle/sanctuary (Exodus 25:8-9).
1490 B.C. The tabernacle in the desert was completed (Exodus 40:33).
1015 B.C. God commissioned King Solomon to build the first temple in Jerusalem (1 Chronicles 28:6).
1004 B.C. Solomon finished the construction of the temple in Jerusalem (2 Chronicles 5:1).
925 B.C. Shishak, king of Egypt, takes Jerusalem; the temple is plundered. (2 Chronicles 12:9).
850 B.C. The Philistines, Arabians, and Ethiopians lay siege to Jerusalem (2 Chronicles 21:16). The King’s palace is sacked and the Temple plundered.
586 B.C. The forces of Nebuchadnezzar destroyed the temple in Jerusalem (2 Chronicles 36:19).
515 B.C. The Temple was rebuilt in Jerusalem, being known as Zerubbabel’s Temple (Haggai 1:1-15).
63 A.D. Herod’s Temple, which was a remodeling of Zerubbabel’s temple, was finished in 4 B.C., but was not totally completed until 63 A.D.
https://www.bible-history.com/jewishtemple/
https://www.bible-history.com/jewishtemple/JEWISH_TEMPLEHerods_Temple00000006.htm.
70 A.D.Herod’s Temple was destroyed by the Romans.

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Resurrection Sunday – 2019

The Resurrection Of Christ – VaderRulz1 – It is Sunday, the first day of the week. But, this is not just any Sunday; it is the day that Christ was raised from death, to life. This particular Sunday will dawn with a surprise for many saddened followers of Christ. The women return to his burial tomb, “at first light.” Their plan is to complete the preparation of the lifeless body of Christ for His Burial. But! Christ is not in the tomb where the women last saw His body being laid. Christ was “dead!” Without a doubt, “Christ was dead!” Now, instead of seeing the dead body of Christ, they are shocked by the vision, and the statements, of two angels, “He is risen!” (Luke 24:6).

The Bible makes it clear that Christ was resurrected on the first day of the week, Sunday (Matthew 28:1; Mark 16:2,9; Luke 24:1; John 20:1,19). The resurrection of Christ is most worthy of being celebrated (see 1 Corinthians 15). While it is appropriate for Christ’s resurrection to be celebrated on a Sunday, the day on which His resurrection is celebrated should not be referred to as Easter. Easter has nothing to do with the resurrection of Christ. (See more of this discussion by clicking onto the following link: https://www.gotquestions.org/Easter-Sunday.html)

“Resurrection Sunday” is the correct term for the day that Christ was raised from death. Easter relates to a pagan festival. See “Easter” in Unger’s Bible Dictionary. Also see “Don’t Say Easter” in my post, 115, https://equippingblog.wordpress.com/2018/03/12/115-the-jewish-prophet-jonah-a-glimpse-of-passover/

Resurrection Sunday

Sunday Verses

Luke 24:1-12 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=luke+24%3A1-12&version=HCSB

Clarifying a prophecy of Christ

There has been a matter of confusion and misunderstanding, not to mention disagreement, about the day of the crucifixion of Christ. The prophecy by Christ, as related to an incident in the life of the Jewish Prophet Jonah will be discussed, thereby clearing up the matter.

Let’s consider the verse.

Jonah 1:17 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

17 Now the Lord had appointed a huge fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the fish three days and three nights.

The controversy: “three days and three nights.”

Comment. MacArthur Study bible. 1:17 a great fish. The species of fish is uncertain; the Heb. word for whale is not here employed. God sovereignly prepared (lit. “appointed”) a great fish to rescue Jonah. Apparently Jonah sank into the depth of the sea before the fish swallowed him (cf. 2:3, 5, 6). three days and three nights. See note on Matt. 12:40.

Comment. Reformation Study Bible. 1:17 three days and three nights. Jesus referred to the Book of Jonah in order to communicate truths regarding His own message and mission (Matt. 12:38–41; 16:4; Luke 11:29–32). He speaks of the “sign of the prophet Jonah” not only with reference to the three days and three nights that Jonah was in the fish (Matt. 12:39, 40), but also with regard to the efficacy of Jonah’s preaching. Without benefit of a miraculous sign, the Ninevites recognized Jonah’s message as one with divine authority, and they responded in repentance.

The prophecy of Christ:

Matthew 12:40-41 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

40 For as Jonah was in the belly of the huge fish three days and three nights, so the Son of Man will be in the heart of the earth three days and three nights. 41 The men of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because they repented at Jonah’s proclamation; and look—something greater than Jonah is here!

The controversy: “three days and three nights.”

The confusion: Christ was crucified on Friday afternoon and was buried prior to sunset. Christ was alive early on Sunday morning. When we consider “three days and three nights,” in today’s world we can look at our Timex, Bulova or Rolex, and come to the conclusion that “there is no way” that seventy-two hours elapsed between Friday afternoon and Sunday morning. Of course, culture enters into the conversation.

Words of Christ, “the third day,” relating to His resurrection.

Luke 9:22 New International Version (NIV)

22 And he said, “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.”

In 9:22, Christ uses the words, “the third day.” Such wording removes”seventy-two hours” from the conversation. Other verses that also state, “the third day,” in the same context are: Matthew 16:21, 17:23, 20:19, 27:64. Luke 18:33, 24:7, 24:21, 24:46. Acts 10:40. 1 Corinthians 15:4.

Consider the words of the seminary instructors, concerning Matthew 12:40.

Reformation Study Bible. Matthew 12:40. three days and three nights. An emphatic way of saying “three days.”

The New American Commentary. Craig L. Blomberg, Author. Matthew 12:40. “Three days and three nights” represents a Semitic idiom for any portion of three calendar days.”

Holman New Testament Commentary. Stuart K. Weber, Author. Matthew 12:40. By Jewish reckoning, a part of a day was considered to be a whole day. And it was common Jewish idiom to refer to even a part of a day as “a day and a night.”

The Bible Knowledge Commentary. An Exposition of the Scriptures by Dallas Seminary Faculty. John F. Walvoord and Roy B. Zuck, General Editors. Matthew 12:40. The Son of Man would be in the heart of the earth for “three days and three nights.”The Jews reckoned part of a day as a full day.

The Moody Bible Commentary. Matthew 12:40. The phrase, “THREE DAYS AND THREE NIGHTS,” causes some concern since Jesus only spent Friday night and Saturday night in the tomb. But, Jewish people regarded even a part of a day as “a day and a night.” (see 1 Sam 30:12-13; 2 Chr 10:5, 12; Est 4:16; 5:1).

Ryrie Study Bible. Matthew 12:40. three days and three nights. This phrase does not necessarily require that 72 hours elapse between Christ’s death and resurrection, for the Jews reckoned part of a day to be as a whole day. Thus, this prophecy can be properly fulfilled if the crucifixion occurred on Friday. However, the statement does require an historical Jonah who was actually swallowed by a great fish.

Holman Christian Standard Bible. Matthew 12:40. Re: Jonah 1:17: His prayer compared his experience to being in a grave. Thus, Jonah’s experience was analogous to Jesus’ resurrection of being interred for three days. Since Jesus’ resurrection occurred on Sunday, some may have argued that the reference to three days and three nights requires a Thursday or Wednesday crucifixion. However, 1 Samuel 30:12-13 suggests that “three days and three nights” could be idiomatic for a span of time that covered all of one day and parts of two others. Thus, Jesus’ interment late on Friday and His resurrection early Sunday counts as three days.

MacArthur Study Bible. Matthew 12:40. three days and three nights. Quoted from Jon. 1:17. This sort of expression was a common way of underscoring the prophetic significance of a period of time. An expression like “forty days and forty nights” (see note on 4:2) may in some cases simply refer to a period of time longer than a month. “Three days and three nights” was an emphatic way of saying “three days,” and by Jewish reckoning this would be an apt way of expressing a period of time that includes parts of 3 days. Thus, if Christ was crucified on a Friday, and His resurrection occurred on the first day of the week, by Hebrew reckoning this would qualify as 3 days and 3 nights. All sorts of elaborate schemes have been devised to suggest that Christ might have died on a Wednesday or Thursday, just to accommodate the extreme literal meaning of these words. But the original meaning would not have required that sort of wooden interpretation. See note on Luke 13:32.

Luke 13:32 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

32 He said to them, “Go tell that fox, ‘Look! I’m driving out demons and performing healings today and tomorrow, and on the third day I will complete My work.’

MacArthur Study Bible. Luke 13:32 today and tomorrow, and the third day. This expression signified only that Christ was on His own divine timetable; it was not meant to lay out a literal 3-day schedule. Expressions like this were common in Semitic usage, and seldom were employed in a literal sense to specify precise intervals of time. See note on Matt. 12:40. be perfected. I.e., by death, in the finishing of His work. Cf. John 17:4, 5; 19:30; Heb. 2:10. Herod was threatening to kill Him, but no one could kill Christ before His time (John 10:17, 18).

The conclusion: When we consider the words of Luke 23:54-56, and the above discussions that show the cultural usages of “three days and three nights,” we can see that the dead body of Christ was placed in the tomb on Friday afternoon, and was raised from death on Sunday morning.

Here is the clincher. In Luke 23:50-54, Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus (John 19:39), took the body of Christ to the tomb where they anointed His body (John 19:39-40). vs 55, the women followed, and saw Christ being laid in the tomb. vs 56, the women left the tomb (because the Sabbath would begin soon) and rested, “according to the commandment.” Luke 24:1, the women returned to be tomb on the first day of the week with the spices that they had purchased (after the sabbath, Mark 16:1-2), and had prepared for the anointing of the body of Christ. If the body of Christ had been laid in the tomb on Wednesday afternoon, or Thursday afternoon, the women would not have waited until Sunday morning to return to the grave to anoint the body of Christ. There is no proof that the women knew of the anointing of the body of Christ by Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus, or to the degree of the anointing.

In conclusion, let us consider Christ, and let us consider us.

We are the reason with lyrics HD (with Passion of Christ scenes) rj fernandez

John 3:16 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.

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Saturday/Sabbath – Passion Week – 2019

Paul Wilbur – Shalom Jerusalem – connectkevin – It is Saturday of Passion Week, which is the Sabbath. In order for anyone to have a fruitful study of anything to do with the Sabbath, they must have a working knowledge of the Jews, whom are the recipients of God’s gift of the Sabbath. Before we go forward, let’s consider the following verses of scripture that deal with God, Israel and the Sabbath. God’s love for Israel is clearly shown in each verse.

Genesis 12:3 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
3 I will bless those who bless you, I will curse those who treat you with contempt,

Exodus 16:29 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
29 Understand that the Lord has given you the Sabbath…

Exodus 31:12-13 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
12 The Lord said to Moses: 13 “Tell the Israelites: You must observe My Sabbaths, for it is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, so that you will know that I am Yahweh who sets you apart.

Deuteronomy 14:2 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
2 for you are a holy people belonging to the Lord your God. The Lord has chosen you to be His own possession out of all the peoples on the face of the earth.

Psalm 122:6 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May those who love you prosper;

Saturday of Passion Week is the last Saturday prior to Resurrection Sunday. Luke 23:55 shows the women at the burial tomb of Christ on Friday afternoon, prior to sunset; they had planned on preparing the body of Christ for burial. But, per Luke 23:56, the women did not finish that process, because the soon coming sunset would be the beginning of the Sabbath Day. Per Exodus 20:10, the women returned to their homes and rested on the Sabbath. The Sabbath would end at sunset on Saturday. It was during the time after sunset on Saturday that the women will purchase more spices for preparing the body of Christ for burial; they will return to the tomb early on Sunday morning to complete that preparation.

Preparation for Sabbath/Saturday Of Passion Week

Luke 23:54-56 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
54 It was preparation day, and the Sabbath was about to begin. 55 The women who had come with Him from Galilee followed along and observed the tomb and how His body was placed. 56 Then they returned and prepared spices and perfumes. And they rested on the Sabbath according to the commandment..

Consider the comments from the Ryrie Study Bible.

23:54 “It was about the preparation day.” Friday, the day Jesus died, was the time of preparation for the Sabbath, which began Friday at sunset. 23:56 “according to the commandment.” i.e., not to work on the Sabbath (Ex 20:10).

Consider the comments from the Reformation Study Bible.

23:55, 56 There was not time on Friday to do all that Jesus’ followers would have liked for His burial. The women took note of where the body was laid, evidently to know where to come when the Sabbath was over to complete the burial. Joseph and Nicodemus placed a considerable quantity of myrrh and aloes with the body as they laid it in the tomb (John 19:38, 39), but the women wanted to make their own contribution.

Consider the comments from the MacArthur Study Bible.

23:55 observed…how His body was laid. According to John 19:39, Nicodemus brought a hundred pounds of spices and aloes (probably obtained while Joseph was negotiating with Pilate for Jesus’ body), and he and Joseph wrapped the body with linen and the spices. These women, from Galilee, were probably unfamiliar with Joseph and Nicodemus, who were Judeans. After all, both men were associated with the Jewish leaders who orchestrated the conspiracy against Jesus (v. 50; John 3:1). So the women were determined to prepare Jesus’ body for burial themselves. So they returned (i.e., went to their homes) to prepare their own spices and perfumes (v. 56). They had to have Jesus’ body placed in the tomb before sunset, when the Sabbath began, so they were not able to finish preparing the body. Mark 16:1 says they purchased more spices “when the Sabbath was past,” i.e., after sundown Saturday. Then they returned Sunday morning with the spices (24:1), expecting to finish the task that had been interrupted by the Sabbath.

Passion Week/Holy Week

Holy Saturday is the name given to the day between Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday. As Christ died, He called out, “It is finished!” There was no further price to pay; sin had been atoned for. Our salvation comes from the finished work of Christ on the cross.

“Resurrection Sunday” is the correct term for the day that Christ resurrected from death. Easter relates to a pagan festival. See “Easter” in Unger’s Bible Dictionary. Also see “Don’t Say Easter” in my post, 115, https://equippingblog.wordpress.com/2018/03/12/115-the-jewish-prophet-jonah-a-glimpse-of-passover/

Consider the Sabbath. In the context of the scriptures that relate to the Sabbath, scripture shows that there was respect by some Jews for the Sabbath, and a lack of respect for the Sabbath by other Jews. Consider the following two examples that relate to those two groups of Jews and the Sabbath.

The following verses show a lack of respect for the Sabbath by Jewish chief priests and pharisees (vs 62).

Matthew 27:62-66 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
The Closely Guarded Tomb
62 The next day, which followed the preparation day, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate 63 and said, “Sir, we remember that while this deceiver was still alive He said, ‘After three days I will rise again.’ 64 Therefore give orders that the tomb be made secure until the third day. Otherwise, His disciples may come, steal Him, and tell the people, ‘He has been raised from the dead.’ Then the last deception will be worse than the first.” 65 “You have a guard of soldiers,” Pilate told them. “Go and make it as secure as you know how.” 66 Then they went and made the tomb secure by sealing the stone and setting the guard.

The following verses show respect for the Sabbath by Jewish women (vs 55)

Luke 23:50-56 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
The Burial of Jesus
50 There was a good and righteous man named Joseph, a member of the Sanhedrin, 51 who had not agreed with their plan and action. He was from Arimathea, a Judean town, and was looking forward to the kingdom of God. 52 He approached Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body. 53 Taking it down, he wrapped it in fine linen and placed it in a tomb cut into the rock, where no one had ever been placed. 54 It was preparation day, and the Sabbath was about to begin. 55 The women who had come with Him from Galilee followed along and observed the tomb and how His body was placed. 56 Then they returned and prepared spices and perfumes. And they rested on the Sabbath according to the commandment.

So, what is the difference in these two groups of Jews? Both probably claimed allegiance to “Elohim?” (Genesis 1:1). Let’s consider a very simply stated, and easily understood scripture.

John 4:24 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
24 God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

Consider those in the following worship video whom appear to be worshiping God in spirit and truth.

I enter the holy of holies – Paul Wilbur – Stranger in this world

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Passover – Passion Week – 2019

Passover 2019 begins at sundown on Friday, April 19, and ends Saturday evening, April 20. At the same time that Christians around the world will be observing Good Friday, Jews will be observing Passover, and sharing a Passover meal, just as Christ and the disciples did in Luke 22:14-20 and Matthew 26:26-29. (These two passages are not Christian communion). As we see in the opening video, Jewish families all around the world will be celebrating the Sabbath and the beginning of the eight days of the feasts of Passover and Unleavened Bread. Many Jews often use the term,” Passover,” to relate to the total period of the two feasts, with the ending date being April 27 at sunset.

The year that the Jews began their travel out of Egypt was approximately 1447 B.C. The Passover, as shown in Luke 22, was dated 30 A.D. Jews celebrate Passover each year. Let’s consider the verses of scripture that explain the feasts of Passover and Unleavened Bread. But, it is important to keep in mind that the names of Passover and Unleavened Bread are often used interchangeably. Passover is probably the most commonly used name for the eight-day feast. This year, Passion Week is on the way out, and Passover is on the way in.

Leviticus 23:5-8 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

5 In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at twilight is the Lord’s Passover. 6 Then on the fifteenth day of the same month there is the Feast of Unleavened Bread to the Lord; for seven days you shall eat unleavened bread. 7 On the first day you shall have a holy convocation; you shall not do any laborious work. 8 But for seven days you shall present an offering by fire to the Lord. On the seventh day is a holy convocation; you shall not do any laborious work.’”

Consider some other Passover and Feast Of Unleavened Bread Scriptures

Passover, Exodus 12:1-13, https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=exodus+12%3A1-13&version=NASB

Feast Of Unleavened Bread, Exodus 12:14-20, https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=exodus+12%3A14-20&version=NASB

The Passover-Unleavened Bread Festival, Deuteronomy 16:1-8,
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=deu+16%3A1-8&version=NET

Passover, Matthew 26:17-20, https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=matt+26%3A17-20&version=NKJV

“Passover is found 25 times in the gospels. Matthew (5); Mark (4); Luke (7); John (9).

Passover And Passion Week

John 19:14 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

14 Now it was the day of preparation for the Passover; it was about the sixth hour. And he *said to the Jews, “Behold, your King!”

Note. Ryrie Study Bible. “preparation for the Passover.” Friday of Passover week. In verse 31 “preparation refers to Friday as the day of preparation for the Sabbath. See Luke 23:54

Luke 23:54 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

54 It was the preparation day, and the Sabbath was about to begin.

Note. Ryrie Study Bible. “It was the preparation day.” Friday, the day that Christ died, was the time of the preparation for the Sabbath, which began on Friday at sunset.

John 19:31 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

31 Then the Jews, because it was the day of preparation, so that the bodies would not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.

Note. Ryrie Study Bible. “that day was a high day.” i.e., the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread fell that year on a Sabbath, making it a “high” or “special” festival.

A key to understanding the relationship of the Preparation Day to the Sabbath, is that (in yesteryear) many people would use Saturday as a day to get ready for church on Sunday. It’s the same thing with the Day of Preparation being used to get Jews ready for the Sabbath. This relationship of Preparation Day to the Sabbath shows that Christ was crucified and buried on Good Friday, prior to the sunset that brought in the Sabbath.

The fulfillment of Passover is found in 1 Corinthians 5:7,
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+cor+5%3A7&version=NASB

The fulfillment of the Feast Of Unleavened Bread is found in 1 Corinthians 5:8
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+cor+5%3A8&version=NASB

The following information comes from a Jewish website. It explains that the reason for the feast of Passover is to remind Jews that God delivered the Jews from their slavery in Egypt.

Passover is celebrated by eating matzah (unleaven bread) and maror (bitter herbs).
For the duration of the 8 (or 7 days in Israel) of Passover, chametz (leaven) is strictly avoided.

What Is Passover?

The eight-day festival of Passover is celebrated in the early spring, from the 15th through the 22nd of the Hebrew month of Nissan, April 19-April 27, 2019. https://www.chabad.org/calendar/view/month.htm

All feasts begin at sundown on the evening before the date specified.
https://www.hebcal.com/holidays/2019

Pesach – Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread – Apr 20-21 Sa‑Su; Apr 22-25 M‑Th; Apr 26-27 F‑Sa;
The feast of Passover begins on sunset prior to April 20, and continues through sunset of April 27. The first 24 hour period is Passover. The remaining days are the Feast Of Unleavened Bread.

Passover (Pesach) commemorates the emancipation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt. Pesach is observed by avoiding leaven, and highlighted by the Seder meals that include four cups of wine, eating matzah and bitter herbs, and retelling the story of the Exodus.

In Hebrew, Passover is known as Pesach (which means “to pass over”), because G‑d passed over the Jewish homes when killing the Egyptian firstborn on the very first Passover eve.

The above information comes from the Jewish website Chabad.ORG https://www.chabad.org/holidays/passover/pesach_cdo/aid/871715/jewish/Passover-Pesach-2018.htm

The following video uses a good technique for teaching the basics of Passover.

Passover! || Mayim Bialik

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Friday – Passion Week – 2019

Via Dolorosa. The Via Dolorosa, literally “the sorrowful way,” is the traditional route in Jerusalem which our Lord traveled on the day of His crucifixion from the judgment seat of Pilate, also called the Praetorium (Matthew 27:2-26), to the place of His crucifixion on Mount Calvary. (https://www.gotquestions.org/Via-Dolorosa.html) Repetition will be used in this article for re-enforcement purposes.

It is Friday of Passion Week. Good Friday, also known as “Holy Friday,” is the Friday immediately preceding Resurrection Sunday, and is the day on which Christ was crucified. Concerning this particular Good Friday,
“Oh! How things have changed.” Rock star status on Palm Sunday; fallen star on this, the following Friday. Such an abrupt “turn-about” in the minds of the unbelieving Jews in Jerusalem! Such is the week that Christ experienced. A meal with friends on Thursday evening; a cross of death on Friday. But, consider all that was accomplished through this sovereign ordered ordeal (Acts 3:18), “But the things which God announced beforehand by the mouth of all the prophets, that His Christ would suffer, He has thus fulfilled.”

God reached out to Israel, Isaiah 53:5 (NASB)
5 But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, And by His scourging we are healed.

God reached out to all of mankind, John 1:29 (NASB)
29 The next day he *saw Jesus coming to him and *said, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!

Good Friday’s calendar of events begins with the denial of Christ by Peter (Luke 22:54), in the morning’s, “wee dark hours” (Luke 22:55-56), and continue through Luke 23:55, with Jewish women leaving the tomb of Christ on Friday afternoon. It was due to the approaching of sunset for the observance of the Sabbath that the women left the burial tomb of Christ (Luke 23:56). The Sabbath begins on Friday at sunset, and lasts until Saturday at sunset. The women will return to the tomb early on Sunday morning, after the Sabbath has passed (Luke 24:1).

On Friday, Christ was mocked and beaten in Luke 22:63-65. In verses 66, through the end of chapter 22, Christ is taken before the Sanhedrin. Friday continues with Christ being taken to Pilate in the opening verse of Chapter 23, and stays through verse 55, when the women (above) follow the body of Christ to His burial tomb. During those fifty-five verses of Luke 23, Christ is taken before Pilate, and then before Herod. Christ appears again before Pilate. The crucifixion and burial of Christ follow. Luke 23, Verse 56, shows the women leaving the tomb because the Sabbath (Sunset on Friday) is approaching. So, it is on Friday that the crucifixion of Christ takes place. His body is taken to the tomb before sunset of Friday. Still, a very significant part of this last Friday deals with the call of the crowd in verse 18, “Away with this man (Christ), and release for us Barabbas!” and, in verse 21, “Crucify, crucify, Him”(Christ)! So, who was Barabbas? And, why would the crowd of Jews want Barabbas to be released, instead of Christ? Let’s give this matter some serious thought. We need also to consider, “the Jews.” There were “believing Jews,” and unbelieving Jews in Jerusalem that day. “Believing Jews” were those whom had accepted Christ as Messiah; unbelieving Jews “had not.” “Believing Jews” would not have called for Christ to be crucified.

An hourly timeline of Good Friday events follows. The trial before Pilate occurred at about 6:00 A.M. Christ was crucified at 9:00 A.M. Darkness fell all over the land from noon until 3:00 P.M. The death of Christ occurred at 3:00 P.M.(Unger’s Commentary On The Gospels, Mark 15:25-33). The body of Christ was taken to the burial tomb (Luke 23:53). The women followed and saw where the body of Christ was laid. Sabbath of Friday afternoon was soon approaching. The women left the tomb and rested on the Sabbath (Luke 23:54-56). Yes! Christ was crucified on Friday.

As a nation, Israel had been under attack and oppression of other countries and world empires, going back to 722 B.C. Such empires were the Assyrian, Babylonian, Medo-Persian, Greek and Roman. The Jews of 30 A.D. were looking for someone to free them from the oppressive Roman government. They saw Barabbas as being a rugged Jewish freedom fighter, always riding a mighty horse, trying to rid their land of the cruel Romans. Barabbas was in jail for insurrection against the Roman government, and for the murder of Romans in the insurrection (Luke 23:21-25; Mark 15:7.)

Consider the comment of John MacArthur on Mark 15:7. {15:7 Barabbas. A robber (John 18:40) and murderer (Luke 23:18, 19) in some way involved as an anti-Roman insurrectionist. Whether his involvement was motivated by political conviction or personal greed is not known. It is impossible to identify the specific insurrection in question, but such uprisings were common in Jesus’ day and were precursors of the wholesale revolt of A.D. 66–70.}

In his commentary of Mark, Dr. R. C. Sproul (Deceased) makes the comment: “Perhaps Barabbas was a hero of the people for his opposition to Rome (the very thing they had looked for in Jesus).”

There was a movie that was made about Barabbas. In the movie, Barabbas was seen as being a very rugged man, whom had a great hatred for the Romans. You can check out the trailer video for the movie in the following link.

Needless to say, the reason that Barabbas was released, instead of Christ, is a subject that has not been given serious attention. After all, the Jews in Jerusalem saw Christ, “the King of the Jews,” riding into town on a donkey, having already said, “turn the other cheek” (Matthew 5:39).

The following link leads to a very informative article that also discusses Barabbas. http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Barabbas

Passion Week/Holy Week – Good Friday.

Luke 22:54-23:55, Friday, The crucifixion of Christ

Consider the following verses, by link.

Friday

Luke 22:54-23:55 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=luke+22%3A54-23%3A55&version=HCSB
Matthew 26:57-68 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=matt+26%3A57-68&version=HCSB
Matthew 27:1, 11-56 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=matt+27%3A1%2C+11-56&version=HCSB
Mark 14:53-65; 15:1-47 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Mark+14%3A53-65%3B+15%3A1-47+&version=HCSB
John 18:13-24; 28-40 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+18%3A13-24%3B+28-40&version=HCSB
John 19:1-42 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+19%3A1-42&version=HCSB

Key supportive verses

John 19:14 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
14 Now it was the day of preparation for the Passover; it was about the sixth hour. And he *said to the Jews, “Behold, your King!” (Ryrie Study Bible Note: “preparation for the Passover.”Friday of Passover week. In verse 31 “preparation” refers to Friday as the day of preparation for the Sabbath. Re: Luke 23:54 “It was the preparation day, and the Sabbath was about to begin.” Ryrie note. It was the “preparation day.” Friday, the day Jesus died, was the time of the preparation for the Sabbath, which began Friday at sunset.)

John 19:30 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
30 Therefore when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit. (Ryrie Study Bible Note: “it is finished!” Receipts for taxes found in the papyri have written across them this single Greek word, which means, “paid in full.” The price for our redemption from sin was paid in full in our Lord’s death.)

John 19:31 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

31 Then the Jews, because it was the day of preparation, so that the bodies would not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. (Ryrie Study Bible Note: “”that Sabbath was a high day.” I.e., the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread fell that year on a Sabbath, making it a “high” or “special” festival; Exodus 12:16, Leviticus 23:7).

Note: Reading the Old Testament is important in understanding God’s plan for His chosen people, Israel. (Deuteronomy 14:2).

Note: On this Good Friday evening, cars will overflow the parking lots of churches of liberal mainline denominations that oppose Israel, and that support homosexuality and abortion on demand. The people in those churches are paving the road for an easy trip to the lake of fire (Revelation 20:10-15), for themselves and for their children. The words of John the Baptist are needed to be preached from pulpits today.

Matthew 3:2 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
2 “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

Lord, Have Mercy

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Thursday – Passion Week – 2019

It is Thursday of Passion Week. During Thursday of Passover Week, the following events take place: The preparation for Passover. The Passover meal and the washing of the feet of the disciples by Christ. Christ predicts His betrayal. A dispute among the disciples over whom would be the greatest. The Apostles’ reward during the Millennium. Christ foretells Peter’s denial. Christ warns the disciples of coming conflict. The agony of Christ in the garden. The betrayal of Christ by Judas. The two most significant events, which are the focus of Maundy Thursday, are, “the Passover meal, and Christ washing the disciples’feet.” Judas, the betrayer of Christ, was included in the Passover meal and the foot washing. Christ served bread and wine to Judas, and washed the feet of Judas, with the full knowledge that Judas would be His (Christ’s) betrayer.

The word Maundy is derived from the Latin word for “command.” The “Maundy,” in “Maundy Thursday,” refers to the command that Christ gave to the disciples at the Last Supper, that they should love and serve one another.

The opening video shows a Passover upper room experience. There will also be a Day Of Pentecost upper room experience, and will be discussed. It is important to know that this Passover meal was not a Christian communion. The church age had not begun. There was not a Christian church until the day of Pentecost. This Passover meal was being observed, based on Old Testament scriptures, and would be observed annually by Jews, based on Old Testament Scriptures. There is no scripture to indicate that the Apostles, or other Jews, which were present for this Passover meal would discontinue observing Passover, or any of the other Old Testament feasts, even after the Holy Spirit was poured out on them on the Day of Pentecost and the Church was born.

Leviticus 23:4-5 English Standard Version (ESV) The Passover

4 “These are the appointed feasts of the Lord, the holy convocations, which you shall proclaim at the time appointed for them. 5 In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at twilight, is the Lord’s Passover.

Passion Week/Holy Week. Thursday of Passion Week is the last Thursday prior to Resurrection Sunday; it is the fifth day of Passion Week, one day before Good Friday (the Friday before Resurrection Sunday). On this particular evening, there was intimate teaching and conversation among Christ and His disciples. Key conversation of this evening is recorded in John 13:1-17:26. The passage of Luke 8:1-3 tells of women traveling with Christ and the Twelve Disciples, and also of being taught by Christ. Women were present in an upper room as they, and the disciples, prayed for the Holy Spirit to come upon them (which occurred on the Day of Pentecost) (Acts 1:1-5;12-15; 2:1-4). The disciples prepared the Passover in an upper room (Luke 22:7-13). It is my belief that the upper room of the Passover is the same one of the Day Of Pentecost. It is also my belief that women were present in the upper room with Christ and the disciples on the evening of the Passover meal, foot washing and teaching of Christ.

Luke 22:7-53, Thursday, The Passover meal and betrayal of Christ by Judas.

Consider the following verses, by link.

Thursday

Luke 22:7-53 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=luke+22%3A7-53&version=HCSB
Matthew 26:17-56 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=matthew+26%3A17-56&version=HCSB
Mark 14:12-50 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=mark+14%3A12-50&version=HCSB
John 13:1-14:31 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=john+13%3A1-14%3A31&version=HCSB
John 15:1-18:3 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=john+15%3A1-18%3A3&version=HCSB

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