Three Days and Three Nights!!!
Then some of the scribes and Pharisees answered, saying, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from You.” 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. 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.The men of Nineveh will rise up in the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and indeed a greater than Jonah is here. The queen of the South will rise up in the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and indeed a greater than Solomon is here…. Matthew 12:38-42
In our previous study we see Jesus speaking about not blasphemy the Holy Spirit and making the Tree which is our nature good so that the fruits that proceeds from our lives can be good fruits. And He concluded by warning us that we shall be justified or condemned by our words. But Here, we shall see Jesus response when people asked Him for a Sign and what He said concerning His Death and Resurrection.
Then some of the scribes and Pharisees answered, saying, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from You.”: They have just accused Him of casting out Demons by His relationship with the “Prince of Demons” and Jesus has spoken some serious words about being careful about our speech. And it is a very sad fact to notice that the Pharisees did not repent. There was no Repentance in them. They did not ask for His forgiveness, instead they changed the whole subject. Just like many Christians, whenever they hear a word that convicts them, and instead of repenting they just go on to listen to another message. Instead of asking, “What shall we do Lord”, they asked for a Sign!!! Have they not seen enough? Haven’t He done enough Miracles in their very eyes? Those who are not willing to respond to the Gospel of Christ will never be convinced by all the Miracles they have seen. They will always want more and more prove to validate what God has said.
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.: A generation that does not repent through what God has spoken in His words is an Evil and Adulterous generation. God’s word is enough!!! Why do we need a Sign? If God has said You will give an account for every idle words you speak, You don’t need a Sign. It is an Evil person who asks God for Signs to proof Himself. We cannot dictate to God. God gives attesting Miracles when He wants and as He wills. We have been called to walk by Faith and not by Sight. Let us therefore cleanse ourselves from asking God for Signs to prove Himself. For His words is sufficient for us. Even if you crave for a sign, the only sign that will be given is the Sign of The prophet Jonah!!! No attesting Miracle will be given to this Generation than this!!! What was the Sign of Jonah the Prophet? It is the Sign of the Death and resurrection of Christ. The only Sign for this Generation is that Jesus died and resurrected on the Third Day. We are witnesses of His resurrection.
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: I know many people will disagree with Me based on this, but Scriptures must be interpreted accurately. A lot of things Christians believe and practice are tradition and not according to Scriptures. A lot of people think Jesus was Crucified on what they called, “Good Friday” and that He rose on a Sunday. But simple arithmetic shows that Friday evening to Sunday morning is not THREE DAYS and THREE NIGHTS!!! But Jesus said it so clearly that He was Going to Use THREE DAYS and THREE NIGHTS. So how come people choose Friday as the day He was Crucified? It is because they have not come to the Bible as a Babe. They believe what others have told them. They have not subjected everything to the test of Scriptures. They are scared of what people will say about them and the terrible names people will call them, if they stand up to Question “Good Friday” I remember I once stood up in a Church to question that Jesus was Crucified on a Friday. And guess the reactions I got, I was called a” Fanatic” Even a Nursery class pupil will easily discover that Friday to Sunday does not give THREE DAYS and THREE NIGHTS. Let’s count together, if Jesus was Crucified on Friday, then He spent Friday(Night), Saturday(Day and night), Sunday(Day), which makes it Two nights and two days. This does not correlate with the THREE DAYS and THREE NIGHTS that Jesus said. From my own study, I have come to a conclusion that Jesus was Crucified on a Thursday which makes it, Thursday(Night), Friday(Day and Night), Saturday(Day and Night), Sunday(Day). By this, we have a complete Three Days and three Nights.
How do I come to this Conclusion? Did I just used my common sense as some say I do? Not at all. It is by comparing Scriptures with Scriptures. Let’s do this together. The assumption for “Good Friday” was based on the Fact that there was a Sabbath day approaching during Jesus crucifixion. And Jesus was Crucified on the Preparation Day before that Sabbath(Mark 15:42, Luke 23:54). So they concluded that if it was the Preparation day, then it must be Friday!!! But what they did not consider was that that Sabbath was a Special Sabbath(John 19:31). It was called “The High Sabbath” it was different from their weekly regular Sabbath(Saturday). And the Reason why it was different was that the Passover feast fall within that period(Matt 26:17, John 18:28,39), and God commanded them that during the feast of Passover, they were not to do any customary work but keep it as a Sabbath unto Him(Leviticus 23:4-8). So in that Year that Jesus was Crucified, there were two Sabbaths in that week. Which were the Passover Special Sabbath and the Regular Weekly Sabbath. So Jesus was Crucified on the Preparation Day which is a Day before this Special Sabbath(Mark 15:42,John 19:31). And that Day was THURSDAY, Since Jesus rose on the First day of the Week which was Sunday(John 20:1). It means that After He was Crucified and laid in the Tomb on Thursday(Night), they could not come to the tomb on Friday(Day and night) which was a Special Passover Sabbath, they could not come on Saturday(Day and night) which was their regular weekly Sabbath. So they rushed down to the tomb on Sunday Morning.
You may say, “How is all this important to us? How is this important to our Spiritual Life?” it is the glory of God to conceal a matter,but the glory of kings is to search out a matter(Proverb 25:2). God has hidden all these things so that we can search it out and to see if we will just accept what the Majority says even when it does not fit into what the Bible says. So it’s your Choice, if you feel it is important, Go through those verses again, and if you feel it is not, Never mind, follow the Crowd, You will stand alone to give an account for what You believed and why you believed it. He who has ears, let Him Hear!!!
Another thing that Majority of Christians have believed is that Jesus went to Hell in those three days to fight the Devil and collect Keys in Hell. When Jesus died on the Cross, His body was in the Tomb, but Jesus Himself was in the Centre of the Earth. This is the place where All departed Spirit go to. And This Place is called Hades(Place of Departed Spirit). But Hades has two sections namely, “Hell and Paradise(Abraham Blossom), and between this section, there was a great Gulf that separates them. You remember the Story of the Rich man and Lazarus(Luke 16:22-26). So this was the place Jesus was in those Three days. Now the question is,” Which Section? Hell or Paradise?” Very simple, Jesus Himself told us on the Cross where He was going, He said to the thief, “Verily Verily, Today(Not Three days Later, but Today, Today!!!) You shall be with Me in Paradise(Luke 23:43). So when Jesus died, He went to the Paradise Section of Hades. Jesus Suffered Hell on the Cross. Hell is a Place forsaken by God. Those Moment of three hours Darkness on the Cross were the time of Hell for Jesus. He cried out “My God, My God!!, why Have you forsaken Me?(Matt 27:45-46)” But the Father did not answer Him. And after those three Hours, He said, “It is Finished(John 19:30),Father into your hands(Not into Hell) i commit my Spirit(Luke 23:46). It is an insult to say Jesus went to Hell for three days to fight for Keys after He said” It is Finished” on the Cross. But now we know that Paradise is in the Third Heaven which is the immediate presence of God(2 Corinthians 12:2-4), when Jesus resurrected, He led all those that were held captive in the center of the Earth to the presence of God in Heaven(Ephesians 4:8-10).This is actually what the Bible teaches, “He who has Ear, let Him Hear”
The men of Nineveh will rise up in the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and indeed a greater than Jonah is here. The queen of the South will rise up in the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and indeed a greater than Solomon is here.: To hear the Message of the New Covenant and repent is a far more serious thing than to hear the Law of Moses and not repent. The men of Nineveh will Stand on the Judgement day and say, “We repented when we an ordinary Prophet Like Jonah preached to us but You people failed to Repent when Jesus preached to You, indeed You deserve More stricter Judgement than us”. In the same way, the Queen of Sheba traveled down from the South(1 kings 10:1) just to hear the wisdom of Solomon. She will rise up and say to this generation “I traveled all the way down just to hear ordinary Solomon’s Wisdom but You people did not have to travel, it is right here in your midst, You have it preached to you in your house and Television. You have the Bible written for You to read indeed You deserved to be judged strictly”. It is a serious thing to hear the Teachings of Jesus and Yet fail to respond to it. Remember to “whom much is given, much will be required(Luke 12:48)” Let us therefore take more heed to the things we have heard, lest the Men of Nineveh Stands against us on Judgement day to condemn us.
Dear Friend, don’t be a part of the evil and adulterous generation who seeks for a Sign. Remember the secret of the Lord are with those who fear Him. Mediate on The Three days and the Three nights!!! Question all that You have been taught and come to the Scriptures as a Babe. May the Lord grant You revelation in Jesus name(Amen). God bless you. Have a blessed day.
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