A sabbath Message 04/08/23 – Sabbath 2.0

Sabbath 2.0 is a term that I coined in yesterday’s post “Is Good Friday and Passover Really The same day?”. Well, can’t think of a better term since this weekly sabbath is also the first annual holy convocation of the Sacred Calendar year also known as the “High Day” in the Gospel of John Chapter 19 verse 31. I actually thought about “double whammy”, but it didn’t sound at all appropriate after looking it up in the dictionary.

What I didn’t cover in yesterday’s post were the narratives of events that took place in the other Gospels that have confused most in believing that Jesus Christ resurrected early Sunday morning just before daybreak. Let’s take a CSI-DoD (Comprehensive Scriptural Investigation – Doctrine of Definitions) look at them.

Note: The Strong’s index numbers to the dictionaries are imbedded. It is very helpful in understanding when going to the root words of the terms that are not a prime root and a derivation of another, especially those derived from the other language in which we have the scriptures.

Matthew 28:1

KJV(i) 1 In the end of the sabbath (G4521), as it began to dawn toward the first (G3391) day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.

*G4521 – σάββατον – the Sabbath (i.e. Shabbath), or day of weekly repose from secular avocations (also the observance or institution itself); by extension, a se’nnight, i.e. the interval between two Sabbaths; likewise the plural in all the above applications. Derivation: of Hebrew origin (H7676); KJV Usage: sabbath (day), week.

*G3391 – μία -one or first. Derivation: irregular feminine of G1520; KJV Usage: a (certain), + agree, first, one, X other.

Note: As is in most printings of the KJV, words in itilacs are added in translation for clarification. In this case, it confuses it. Since days in the Bible are rekoned from sunset to sunset, the “day” was not needed since it was already stated “…as it began to dawn toward…” and Saturday is the last or severth day of the week.

In the Gospel of Mark, we have two important events recorded, one prior and one after the crucifixtion as in Matt. 28:1.

Mark 15:42-43

KJV(i) 42 And now when the even was come, because it was the preparation, that is, the day before the sabbath (G4315)43 Joseph of Arimathaea, an honourable counsellor, which also waited for the kingdom of God, came, and went in boldly unto Pilate, and craved the body of Jesus.

*G4315 – προσάββατον – a fore-sabbath, i.e. the Sabbath-eve
Derivation: from G4253 and G4521; KJV Usage: day before the sabbath.

Note: The translation is correct! Joseph was asking for the body of Jesus prior to sunset Nisan 14 because the “High Day” Nisan 15 was to begin at sunset and the body could not remain on the cross after sunset.

Some believe that the Passover meal is to be eaten at the beginning of Nisan 15, that the Passover lamb was killed and eaten on the eve ending the 14th beginning the 15th. If this was so, then Jesus was instituting the new covenant with His disciples at the last supper (Matt. 26:19-30) and hanging on the cross (Matt. 27) at the same time. The other verse in Mark is:

Mark 16:2

KJV(i) 2 And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun.

What is here is also in Matt. 28:1. The “day” was added in translation. That leaves the Gospel of Luke

Luke 23:53-56

KJV(i) 53 And he took it down, and wrapped it in linen, and laid it in a sepulchre that was hewn in stone, wherein never man before was laid. 54 And that day (G2250) was the preparation (G3904), and the sabbath (G4521) drew on (G2020)55 And the women also, which came with him from Galilee, followed after, and beheld the sepulchre, and how his body was laid. 56 And they returned (G5290), and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the sabbath day (G4521) according to the commandment.

Note: The “ day” in verse 54 is in the Greek index. Although not in italics in verse 56, the “day (G2250) is not in the index, however, the translation would be correct in accordance to the definition of sabbath (G4521). The non-use of the word “day ” after “sabbath” in the KJV is commonplace throughout the New Testament. There are also six other Greek words translated “day”.

*G2250 – ἡμέρα – day, i.e. (literally) the time space between dawn and dark, or the whole 24 hours (but several days were usually reckoned by the Jews as inclusive of the parts of both extremes); figuratively, a period (always defined more or less clearly by the context) Derivation: feminine (with G5610 implied) of a derivative of ἧμαι (to sit; akin to the base of G1476) meaning tame, i.e. gentle; KJV Usage: age, + alway, (mid-)day (by day, (-ly)), + for ever, judgment, (day) time, while, years.

*G3904 – παρασκευή – readiness. Derivation: as if from G3903; KJV Usage: preparation.

*G2020 – ἐπιφώσκω – to begin to grow light. Derivation: a form of G2017; KJV Usage: begin to dawn, X draw on.

Note: Although G2020 is the Greek word translated “dawn” in Matt. 28:1, it was not drawing on to the first day of the week.

Now, this is where it gets tricky. The scriptures do not contradict themselves. The Gospels are in harmony!

Luke 24:1

KJV(i) 1 Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them.

Note the added “day” in italics. These spices were prepared on the evening part and probably a little after dark that transitioned the 14th to the 15th. There is only one very huge and major problem with a Friday evening burial and a just before sunrise resurrection on Sunday.

Matthew 12:38-40

KJV(i) 38 Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee. 39 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: 40 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.

A Friday at sunset burial and Sunday moring ressurection is only two nights and one day!

A 24 hour full day with half of it nighttime and the other half daytime is mathematically 36 hours. Three Days and three nights is 72 hours!

Was Jesus a liar?

Does scripture contradict itself?


Passover does not fall on the same weekday from year to year. Does your birthday fall on the same weekday from year to year? There is an answer!

From Missing Links Chapter IX:

…Days were reckoned from sunset to sunset. Passover is the 14th of Nisan and it is eaten at sunset beginning the 14th. The day that follows the 14th is the 15th and at sunset begins the seven-day Feast of Unleavened Bread. The 15th of Nisan is also the first annual holy convocation (high day) or annual Sabbath. (Jn. 19:31; Lev. 23) Both weekly and annual Sabbaths were commonly called Sabbath. Christ’s body was taken and placed in the tomb just prior to sunset on the 14th. When the sun was set, the annual Sabbath (high day) began, which also began the 15th. (Lk. 23:52-56) The Sabbath that the women rested on the day after Passover was the annual Sabbath, not the weekly Seventh Day Sabbath. Passover week is eight days, Passover Day plus The Seven Days of Unleavened Bread. (Nisan 14 thru 21)

It was early, just before sunrise on the first day of the week (Sunday) that the tomb was first found empty. Christ was already risen! Let’s back up three days and three nights and trust what our Lord tells us in his written word. Passover began at sunset on what we call Tuesday evening, which biblically begins the week’s fourth day – Wednesday. That night was what is called the Lord’s Supper. After Christ instituted the wine and bread as a memorial and washed the disciples’ feet, they went to the garden where Jesus was betrayed. It was our Tuesday midnight to Wednesday afternoon that Christ was ridiculed, mocked, beaten, interrogated, tortured, and then crucified. He was placed in the tomb just prior to sunset Wednesday evening, which began the annual Sabbath on Nisan 15. COUNT: Wednesday sunset to Thursday sunset (day one), Thursday sunset to Friday sunset (day two), and Friday sunset to Saturday sunset (day three). Christ rose from the grave late Saturday afternoon or early evening. Why was the tomb found empty early Sunday morning?

Jesus had already risen!

There was the annual Sabbath on Thursday and weekly Sabbath on Saturday. The women could not do the customary service to Jesus’ body on Thursday because it was the High Day, nor Friday because of the fact there was no admittance allowed. The Jews had the Romans post guards. That is how those high priests and ruling Pharisees kept their annual (High Day) Sabbath.

Matthew 27:62-66

KJV(i) 62 Now the next day, that followed the day of the preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees came together unto Pilate, 63 Saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three days I will rise again. 64 Command therefore that the sepulchre be made sure until the third day, lest his disciples come by night, and steal him away, and say unto the people, He is risen from the dead: so the last error shall be worse than the first. 65 Pilate said unto them, Ye have a watch: go your way, make it as sure as ye can. 66 So they went, and made the sepulchre sure, sealing the stone, and setting a watch.

This year, resurrection day is right at sunset on April 10. Has anyone ever wondered were Jesus was until he was first seen by Mary Magdalene? (John 20:11-18) Where did he go during the dark hours that began the evening of the fourth day? It was light on the opposite side of the planet. Ever wonder why many Native Americans call their God the GREAT WHITE SPIRIT?

John 10:14-18

KJV(i) 14 I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. 15 As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd. 17 Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. 18 No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.

Have a doubly restful sabbath 2.0!



  1. Tammi Kay says:

    I didn’t realize Jesus was crucified on Passover. I thought it interesting there is a total eclipse next year during Passover.


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    1. eze33 says:

      There is a total eclipse next year on April 8 that will pass over Mexico, USA and Canada. But Passover 2024 will begin at sunset April 21. For the children of Israel God began the Year in the spring on the month of Abib (Nisan) which is a lunar based calendar. (Ex. 12:1-2, 13:4) They were in Egypt 430 years (Ex. 12:40) and the Egyptians used a solar based calendar. The ancient Babylonians used a lunar based calendar and the Egyptians a solar based. If interested in the history of the calendar we use today and the different types, this is a good site: https://www.calendar.com/history-of-the-calendar/#babylonian-calendar


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