Jesus gave the only sign for his death, burial and resurrection – the sign of Jonah, who was in the belly of a fish for three days and three nights:
“And when the people were gathered thick together, he began to say, This is an evil generation: they seek a sign; and there shall no sign be given it, but the sign of Jonas the prophet.
For as Jonas was a sign unto the Ninevites, so shall also the Son of man be to this generation.”
Also in Matthew 12:39-40 we read Jesus’ prophesy of his burial that leaves no doubt about the full 72-hour period of His burial:
But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas:
For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
Since it is believed that Jesus was crucified on Friday afternoon, was buried just before the sunset the same day, and rose from the dead on Sunday morning, that cannot make up 72 hours by any stretch of imagination.
Since Jesus himself prophesied to be in the heart of the earth for three full days and nights, either Jesus didn’t fulfill the prophesy and thus failed to save the world, or we misread the details of his burial days.
The Argument about the Fullness of 72 Hours
Some Bible teachers say that by saying “three days” Jesus didn’t mean exactly three days. They say that sometimes Jewish people would say “three days” or “three years” without meaning exactly that time period.
This is true – sometimes when Jewish people would say “three years” they could mean less than three years or more than three years, and the same applies to “three days”. However, if they say “three days and three nights”, this means the specific time period of 72 hours, because the inclusion of nights was meant to convey the exactness of that time period.
We find this proved from the scripture too. For example, in Ezekiel 28:2 people are asked to fast for three days and three nights – so that they observe full 72 hours of fasting.
Therefore if Jesus gave the story of Jonah spending three days and three nights in the belly of a fish as the only sign of what was about to happen to him, we must take it literally.
Jewish People Knew about the Fulfilled Time Period
Since this prophesy was fulfilled, scribes and pharisees had to invent some other lie denying His resurrection, so they paid the Roman soldiers to lie that His body was stolen from the tomb by His disciples:
And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money unto the soldiers,
Saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept.
If Jesus wouldn’t have spent full 72 hours in a grave, they would definitely use this against Him to prove that He wasn’t the Messiah; because they desperately sought to deny Him in every way possible – of course they would use such an obvious failure of prophesy fulfillment against Him.
But they didn’t. That’s because they knew Him to have fulfilled the prophesy.
Jesus’ apostles couldn’t find anything wrong with the burial date either – because they also knew it to be fulfilled. That’s why there’s no talk in the Bible about Jesus failing to fulfill His own prophesy. It was known that He did fulfill it.
So this points us to the fact that it’s not the date that’s at fault, but our understanding of the Bible.
The Reason for the Miscalculation of Jesus’ Burial Period
There are a few reasons why people miscalculate Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection times.
Firstly, people aren’t aware of other Sabbaths apart from the weekly ones. Secondly, they aren’t aware of how time was calculated in the Jewish culture.
Thirdly, the Roman Catholic Church pagan festivals of “Good Friday” and “Easter Sunday” were Christianized. Popes squeezed Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection events into their pagan feast period to continue celebrating the fertility of their mother goddess under the disguise of Jesus worship.
Let’s address all these topics more in detail.
High Days and Jewish Time
Most Christians know about the weekly Sabbaths that the Jewish celebrate, which are our Saturdays. However, not many are aware of high Sabbaths – the high feast days, the three annual celebrations that are:
These are three annual feast days that are also called Sabbaths or high days; during them people aren’t allowed to do servile work in the same way like during weekly Sabbaths.
These feast days are more important than weekly Sabbaths; that’s why they are called high days. In the Gospel of John we find the apostle mentioning that the preparation day during which Christ was crucified followed the high day:
The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, (for that sabbath day was an high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.
Though Jesus legs weren’t crushed to fulfill the prophesy of Psalm 34:20:
He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken.
So this means that Jesus was crucified on the preparation day before the Passover – the High Sabbath. This day was the fourteenth day of the first Jewish month Nisan – our April. Therefore we have this sequence of events:
- 14th Nissan – Wednesday – Preparation Day – Jesus Crucified and buried. He gave up the ghost at around 3pm our time and was buried at around 6pm – before the sunrise. Jewish calculated their hours from the sunrise; so the first hour of the day began at around 6 to 7 am.
- 15th Nissan – Thursday – Passover – High Sabbath – full day and night in the tomb.
- 16th Nissan – Friday – full day and night in the tomb (Jewish weekly Sabbath starts from this day till our Saturday evening – thus the women couldn’t get to the grave until Sunday).
- 17th Nissan – Saturday – weekly Sabbath – Jesus resurrected at around 6pm, thus spending 72 hours “in the heart of the earth” – in a tomb.
- 18th Nissan – Sunday – Mary with other women (Mary and Salome) comes to the empty tumb early in the morning.
Poisonous Roman Catholic Leaven
Another reason people miscalculate the crucifixion and resurrection days is because of the poisonous leaven of the Roman Catholic doctrines. They introduced the celebration of Good Friday and Easter Sunday, which have nothing to do with Jesus. These celebrations were fertility celebrations taken from pagans.
They are celebrated for the worship of the Anglo-Saxon goddess of the dawn whose name was “Eostre”.
I believe she’s the same Queen of Heaven that was worshiped throughout thousands of years in all pagan cultures under different names, like Ishtar and Isis.
The hot cross buns may also be dedicated to her if she was indeed the Queen of Heaven, as the Bible mentions this heathenish practice in Jeremiah 7:18 and 44:19.
What’s more, eggs and rabbits have nothing to do with Jesus but all to do with fertility. Rabbits procreate frequently and bring forth many offspring; eggs, of course, represent fertility too.
So Easter Sunday is the festival to worship the procreative powers of nature and has nothing in common with Christ.
Prophet Joel’s Eclipse and Blood Moon Prediction
Prophet Joel predicted the eclipse that would occur during the crucifixion.
In Acts 2:19-21 Peter quoted prophet Joel’s prophesy:
And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke:
The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come:
And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Ancient historian Phlegon of Tralles (born in the 2nd century AD in the Roman Empire, modern day Turkey) in “Olympiades” writes that:
In the fourth year of 202 Olymbiad [AD 32 – 33] a failure of the sun took place greater than any previously known, a night came on at the sixth hour of the day [noon] so that stars actually appeared in the sky; and a great earthquake took place in Bthynia and overthrew the greater part of Niceaea.
Thallus wrote a history of the eastern Mediterranean world since the Trojan War. His original writings are lost, but he’s quoted by Julius Africanus, a renowned third century historian. Africanus writes that:
Thallus, in the third book of his histories, explains away the darkness as an eclipse of the sun – unreasonably as it seems to me.
Thus historians prove the incredible events that followed Jesus’ death – the darkening of the sun, the blood moon, and the earthquake that followed, which fulfilled Joel’s prophecy.
Comma Location in a Verse “Proving” Sunday Rising
Original Bible manuscripts didn’t contain commas. Therefore we do not have to agree with their placement in our English Bible translations. So the Bible verse of Mark 16:9 that’s traditionally read in this way:
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.
Could also be read in this way:
No when Jesus was risen, early the first day of the week he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, (…).
…Thus denying the Sunday morning resurrection.
Conclusion and Resources
All the necessary dates confirming the full 72 hours of Jesus burial period are in the Bible. People don’t see this because they are blinded by the false doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church of “Good Friday” and “Easter Sunday”. We also may not understand the dates correctly if we are ignorant of the high feast days and the way that Jews calculated time.
Here are some good resources that may shed some additional light to this topic:
Excellent explanation of dates associated with Jesus’ death, burial and resurection: E. W. Bullinger Appendix 156: http://www.therain.org/appendixes/app156.html
Short explanation: https://www.thebereancall.org/content/august-2000-q-and-a-1
Long explanation (they mark the start of the prophesy at 3pm though, when Jesus gave up the Ghost, and I would mark it at 6pm – when Jesus was buried in the tomb): CGI.org/Three-Days