There seems to be much confusion concerning the true day of the Messiah’s Resurrection. The majority claims He died on “Good Friday” then resurrected on “Easter Morning.”

     Because of this belief, many have adopted the belief that Sun-day is now the Christian Sabbath. Whereas, the seventh day Sabbath is Old Testament stuff for the Yahudim (Jews). History shows us that it was Constantine in 321 C.E. that declared Sun-day the day of rest under a penalty of death. All this was in honor of “Sol Invintus.”

     What day did Yahushua Messiah rise? Was it Sun-day or could it have possibly been another day?

     To find the answer to this question let us turn to the great book of Matthew. (emph. Added)

"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."
(Matthew 12: 39-40).

     That is pretty clear but the adversary is the author of confusion. "The thief cometh not, but  for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy:"
(John 10:10)

     Please do not let the adversary steal the simplicity of Yahuah’s words. Let us turn to John 19:14, "And it was the preparation of the Passover, and about the sixth hour: and he saith unto the Jews (Yahudim), Behold your King!"

     This is not the weekly preparation of the seventh day Sabbath. We find this was a much-anticipated High Sabbath.

“The Jews (Yahudim) therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the stake 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 down.” (John 19:31)

    Now we know this was a special high yearly Sabbath. The Messiah gave up His spirit about the ninth hour, which is about 3:00 in the afternoon.

"And when the sixth hour was come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. And at the ninth hour Yahushua cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? Which is, being interpreted, My Elohim, My Elohim, why hast thou forsaken me? And Yahushua cried with a loud voice and gave up the spirit." (Mark 15: 33-34; 37)

     Let us now begin the seventy-two hour count. Wednesday about the ninth hour (3:00 in the afternoon), He gave up His Spirit. Wednesday to Thursday, the ninth hour is one day (24 hours). Thursday to Friday at the ninth hour is two days (48 hours). Friday at the ninth hour to Saturday at the ninth hour is three days (72 hours). Three full days and three full nights.


     The above shows three full days. Remember Yahushua told us that the only sign they would get is the sign of Jonas, three days and three nights. Scriptures also tell us, that it was about the ninth (3:00) hour when our Saviour gave up His Spirit. For the sake of argument, let us say Yahushua Messiah gave up His Spirit on Thursday at the ninth hour. First full night would be Thursday, second full night would be Friday and the third full night would be Saturday. First full day would be Friday, second full day would be Saturday and the third full day would be Sun-day at about the ninth hour (3:00).
Unbelievably, once I point this out to some they still manage to make excuses, for the claim that he rose Sun-day morning (Easter Sun-day).


Then I kindly show them the following verse, John 20:1, "The first day of the week (remember time was from sunset to sunset so this would be Saturday evening), cometh Mary Magdalene early, WHEN IT WAS YET DARK, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre." Mary waited until the weekly Sabbath had ended, while it was still dark out, when she gets to the tomb the stone is taken away.

     This would be Saturday night! Can you see how the adversary has managed to trick billions into thinking the Messiah rose on Sun-day Morning? If He gave up His Spirit, at the ninth hour on Thursday (Day 5) instead of Wednesday (Day 4) then the full day would have been Sun-day, not
morning, but during the day around the 3:00 hour, in the afternoon. 

     Scriptures reveal to us, when Mary gets there, Saturday night (first day of the week) when it was yet DARK, the tomb was empty! Making Yahushua Messiah 'Master of the Sabbath!' What about Easter Sun-day? Yahushua does not lie, when He said three days and three nights He meant it. Men lie! Going by what Yahushua said then the following chart will show when the three full days and nights would be if He gave up His Spirit at the 9th hour (3:00) Friday (Day 6) afternoon.

There is no possible way one can squeeze 72 hours from Friday afternoon (Good Friday) to Sunday morning (Easter).

    Even though many have heard the Truth, sadly they have adopted the humanism philosophy. Blame this on hardened hearts, pridefulness, stubbornness, lukewarm; having itchy ears, the bottom line is…they have gone in the way of Cain!

     When one has grown accustomed to man-made traditions which includes the commandments of men, it can be a real struggle to repent (turn back around to Him).

     What about the first disciples (taught ones), didn't they gather on the first day of the week?

     Let us look at Acts 20:7. According to the, 'The Interlinear Greek-English New Testament Third Edition' (6) Acts 20:7: "And the one of the Sabbaths, having been gathered the disciples to break bread, Paul reasoned to them, being about to depart on the morrow continued and the discourse until midnight."
During this time, there was only one Sabbath and that was the Seventh day. Translations that use the term ‘first day of the week’ are indeed correct. The problem arises when the Tares twist the Scriptures. They lead many to think they gathered on Sun-day morning. Did they?

     Let us see, the word 'Sabbaths' in this verse is in plural form, meaning more than one weekly Sabbath. This would have been Saturday night, after the sun had set, close to midnight.

They gathered on the weekly Sabbath. When
the sun had set a new day (1st day of the week) began. Shual (Paul) reasoned with them all through that Saturday night, even up until midnight. They did not meet on Sun-day morning. They gathered to break bread on the Sabbath and they fellowshipped until midnight.
What about the 'Lord's Day? One word can change the whole meaning of a verse or sentence. According to the, 'Interlinear Greek-English New Testament Third Edition', Revelation 1:10, reads as follows:
Revelation 1:10, "I came to be in the Spirit on the Lord's day."

King James Version
reads as follows: "I was in the Spirit on the Lord's Day."

     'Was' is past tense while 'Came to be' is future tense. Meaning John's spirit left his flesh body and he came to be, was being shown the future by being placed in the great day of Yah! A day still yet to come.
Let us now look at Hebrews 4:9, "There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of Elohim."
Here is the same verse in the original Greek, 'ara apoleipetai sabbatismoV tw law tou qeou.'

     There is a big difference in the word 'rest' and 'sabbatismo'. The latter explains to us in more detail what     this rest actually is. Strong's #4520 Sabbatismos is used in this verse and means: a keeping Sabbath. Hebrews 4:9 is actually telling us that there remains therefore a Sabbath keeping to the people of Elohim!

     Now ponder for a moment, 'how many have made claims that the Sabbath has been done away with? Vast amounts have made such claims. Oh my beloved friend, this is a very dangerous heresy! Satan, the adversary hates the the Fourth Commandment. He has tried every means possible to destroy it! Why would he do that? Because the Fourth Commandment tells us whom we serve! Either we serve the one who made the heavens, earth, and everything they hold (YaHUaH) and have received His seal or we serve the counterfeit, with his Sabbath, holidays, name and have received his mark!

Excerpts from “Saturday or Sunday?”
(c) 2001 F.O.Y. Publications
By L. McGuire

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