In the last post, I talked about how Christians have rejected their Jewish roots for most of Christianity. It was a process that started very soon after the apostle Paul died in Rome. The signs of that split were evident in the book of Acts and in many of the Pauline Epistles. The split was good in that it allowed the Gentiles to accept Christianity easily. But in the process, it was bad, because we lost the understanding of Biblical truth from the Jewish point of view. Especially the fact that Jesus was both Jewish and taught from the Old Testament. His point of view was absolutely not the Gentile point of view. Jesus’ approached all of His lessons from the Jewish point of view and understanding. Not only that, His point of view was Middle Eastern and Asian. Many of the customs and habits He lived and taught are still lived and taught in the Middle East and Asian nations today.
On the other hand, we are generally taught an understanding of Scripture and cultural habits from the Roman, or Western European point of view. We understand a western calendar that is largely Roman. Our dating is based upon the Gregorian calendar and both bear no resemblance at all to the Jewish calendar. Our year starts at midnight on Jan. 1 in the middle of winter. Their calendar starts at sunset of the new moon of Nisan in the spring. Before the Exodus, their calendar started at the sunset of the new moon of Tishri in the fall. So their original calendar solved the riddle of the original sphinx that had the head of a woman and the tail of a lion. The year began in Virgo and ended with Leo. In Jewish terms, it started with Tishri and ended with Elul. After the Exodus, God told Moses that the new beginning would start with Nisan and end with Adar. This also explains why their leap year has two Adar months.
But concerning Easter, the break away from the Jewish calendar, broke Christians away from the Lunar/Solar calendar of Israel. We’ve been learning the Roman calendar and Roman festival of Easter for 2000 years without question until now. With the revival of Israel as a nation and our relationship with Israel on good terms, Christians have a renewed interest in the Jewish Passover and its relationship to Good Friday and Easter.
Since there is no real consensus for the year of Jesus’ birth, (from -7 BCE to 1 CE), there are only a few years when Passover occurred on a Friday. The first candidate is in 26 CE, when Passover happened on Fri., Apr., 19. For Jesus to be 33 years old, with a 3 year ministry, He had to be born in 7 BCE. The next Friday Passover came on Apr. 3, 33 CE. This has to assume Jesus was born Dec. 25, 1 BCE and is supported by the appearance of Jupiter directly over Bethlehem on the evening of the 24th when viewed from Jerusalem. This is the most likely time for the Magi to have arrived in Bethlehem based upon actual astronomical data. So these are the two candidates for a Friday Passover leading to a Sunday resurrection. However, 3 PM on Friday to 6 AM on Sunday doesn’t fulfill the sign of three days and three nights, of Jonah. At best, this would be three days and two nights. On the other hand, these two dates fit Christian theology and tradition.
Now, from 26 CE to 33 CE, there are three dates when Passover happened on a Wednesday. These dates are Apr., 9, 27 CE and Apr., 14, 30 and 31 CE. All three dates easily allow the three days and three nights of Jonah to be fulfilled and are all easily within the span of accepted years for Jesus’ birth.
Here are the dates for the rest of the years in between 26 to 33 CE. Monday, April 26, 28 CE; Saturday, April 16, 29 CE; and Monday, April 14, 32 CE. The two Monday dates allow more than enough time for a Sunday morning resurrection. The Saturday Passover of 29 CE is clearly impossible and rules out any birth date in 4 BCE. So these are all of the possible Passover dates that allow Jesus to be both 33 years of age with a three year ministry before His crucifixion and also fulfill the three days and three nights sign of Jonah.
Here are the dates once again.
|Friday, April 19, 26 CE||7 BCE Birth year for Jesus (questionable)|
|Wednesday, April 9, 27 CE||6 BCE Birth year for Jesus (plausible/likely)|
|Monday, April 26, 28 CE||5 BCE Birth year for Jesus (plausible/unlikely)|
|Saturday, April 16, 29 CE||4 BCE Birth year for Jesus (impossible)|
|Wednesday, April 14, 30 CE||3 BCE Birth year for Jesus (plausible/likely)|
|Wednesday, April 14, 31 CE||2 BCE Birth year for Jesus (plausible/likely)|
|Monday, April 14, 32 CE||1 BCE Birth year for Jesus (plausible/unlikely)|
|Friday, April 3, 33 CE||1 CE Birth year for Jesus (accepted/questionable)|
As you can see, a whole range of dates from 7 BCE to spring of 1 CE are all plausible dates for Jesus birth based upon the assumption of two clues. The first clue being, Jesus started His ministry at the age of 30. The second clue being, Jesus’ ministry lasted three years. If we want to eliminate every Passover that does not satisfy the sign of Jonah clearly, we have to eliminate these years: 26, 29, and 33 CE. If the Monday Passover leaves too much time to be plausible with the Biblical record, then 28 and 32 CE can be eliminated. This leaves us with three possible years that satisfy the sign of Jonah and all three had the Passover on Wednesday: 27, 30, and 31 CE.
As you should be able to see by now, the farther Christians strayed from the original Jewish understanding of the Bible and the start of Christianity, the more confusing our theology became. If you want to change any point of understanding to agree with tradition or church doctrine, then even more questions will rise up. More disagreements will result, more division within the family of God. These are examples of the way the devil has manipulated our human weakness against us. He has used the very focus of our religion against us, our love for Jesus, and our love to maintain Scriptural accuracy in our doctrines and traditions. Over time we changed our focus from gaining a spiritual relationship with our savior, to preserving doctrinal and traditional integrity. We turned into a Gentile version of the Jewish church that hated Jesus.
Over time, they denied Jesus altogether and Gentile Christians were left to figure out Christianity alone. Then as Gentiles distanced themselves more and more from the true Jewish roots of Christianity, we also forgot about our spiritual relationship with God. In the end, we became more concerned about doctrine than about relationship. The very relationship that Jesus made available because of His resurrection on Easter Sunday so many years ago. Does it really matter which year Jesus rose from the dead? The really important message is not the year He arose, but the fact that He arose. Does it really matter whether Jesus was crucified on Friday or Wednesday? Only if you really want to believe the truth of God’s prophetic sign of Jonah. If God’s Word is the Truth, then we need to allow it to be the standard of right and wrong, even if it exposes doctrinal inconsistencies. If the Word is the Truth, then let’s allow it to determine Truth and keep our focus in the right direction. That direction always points to God and builds our faith in Him. This is what Jesus accomplished for us when He rose from the dead on Easter Sunday.
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