Third Day Resurrection Scriptures

The bible make it clear that the Christ would be resurrected the third day after His death.

THREE DAYS AND THREE NIGHTS

Jonah 1:17
17 Jehovah appointeth a great fish to swallow up Jonah, and Jonah is in the bowels of the fish three days and three nights.

Matthew 12:40
For, as Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights, so shall the Son of Man be in the heart of the earth three days and three nights.

THE THIRD DAY OR IN THREE DAYS

Matthew 16:21
From that, time began Jesus to shew to his disciples that it is necessary for him to go away to Jerusalem, and to suffer many things from the elders, and chief priests, and scribes, and to be put to death, and the third day to rise.

Matthew 17:23
And they shall kill him, and the third day he shall rise,’ and they were exceeding sorry.

Matthew 20:19
And they shall condemn him to death, and shall deliver him to the nations to mock, and to scourge, and to crucify, and the third day he will rise again.’

Mark 9:31
For he was teaching his disciples, and he said to them, `The Son of Man is being delivered to the hands of men, and they shall kill him, and having been killed the third day he shall rise,’

Mark 10:34
And they shall mock him, and scourge him, and spit on him, and kill him, and the third day he shall rise again.’

Luke 9:22
Saying — `It behoveth the Son of Man to suffer many things, and to be rejected by the elders, and chief priests, and scribes, and to be killed, and the third day to be raised.’

Luke 18:33
And having scourged they shall put him to death, and on the third day he shall rise again.’

Luke 24:7
Saying — It behoveth the Son of Man to be delivered up to the hands of sinful men, and to be crucified, and the third day to rise again.’

Luke 24:21
We were hoping that he it is who is about to redeem Israel, and also with all these things, this third day is passing to-day, since these things happened.

Luke 24:46
He said to them — `Thus it hath been written, and thus it was behoving the Christ to suffer, and to rise out of the dead the third day.

John 2:19
Jesus answered and said to them, `Destroy this sanctuary, and in three days I will raise it up.’

John 2:20
The Jews, therefore, said, `Forty and six years was this sanctuary building, and wilt thou in three days raise it up?’

Acts 10:40
`This one God did raise up the third day, and gave him to become manifest.

1 Corinthians 15:4
He was buried, and that he hath risen on the third day, according to the Writings.

AFTER THREE DAYS

Matthew 27:63
Saying, `Sir, we have remembered that that deceiver said while yet living, after three days I do rise;

Mark 8:31
In addition, began to teach them, that it behoveth the Son of Man to suffer many things, and to be rejected by the elders, and chief priests, and scribes, and to be killed, and after three days to rise again.

The Law of the Passover and Feast of
Unleavened Bread to the Lord

It is very important to understand the time-frame of the Passover and Feast of Unleavened Bread in order to observe the Passover correctly.

Exodus 12

1 And Jehovah speaketh unto Moses and unto Aaron, in the land of Egypt, saying, 2 `This month [is] to you the chief of months — it [is] the first to you of the months of the year; 3 speak you unto all the company of Israel, saying, In the tenth of this month — they take to them each man a lamb for the house of the fathers, a lamb for a house.

4 `(And if the household be too few for a lamb, then hath he taken, he and his neighbour who is near unto his house, for the number of persons, each according to his eating you do count for the lamb,) 5 a lamb, a perfect one, a male, a son of a year, let be to you; from the sheep or from the goats you do take [it].

6 `And it hath become a charge to you, until the fourteenth day of this month, and the whole assembly of the company of Israel have slaughtered it between the evenings; 7 and they have taken of the blood, and have put on the two side-posts, and on the lintel over the houses in which they eat it. 8 `And they have eaten the flesh in this night, roast with fire; with unleavened things and bitters they do eat it; 9 you do not eat of it raw, or boiled at all in water, but roast with fire, its head with its legs, and with its inwards; 10 and you do not leave of it till morning, and that which is remaining of it till morning with fire you do burn.

NOTE: Verses 6-8 make it clear that the passover lamb is slaughtered during the day part of the fourteenth day of the month and eaten during the night part of the fourteenth day of the month. Therefore, between the evenings means between the evening of the thirteenth day of the month and the evening of the fourteenth day of the month.

11 `And thus you do eat it: your loins girded, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand, and you have eaten it in haste; it is Jehovah’s passover, 12 and I have passed over through the land of Egypt during this night, and have smitten every first-born in the land of Egypt, from man even unto beast, and on all the gods of Egypt I do judgments; I [am] Jehovah.

13 `And the blood hath become a sign for you on the houses where you [are], and I have seen the blood, and have passed over you, and a plague is not on you for destruction in My smiting in the land of Egypt.

14 `And this day hath become to you a memorial, and you have kept it a feast to Jehovah to your generations; — a statute age-during; you keep it a feast.

15 Seven days you eat unleavened things; only — in the first day you cause leaven to cease out of your houses; for any one eating anything fermented from the first day till the seventh day, even that person hath been cut off from Israel.

16 `And in the first day [is] a holy convocation, and in the seventh day you have a holy convocation; any work is not done in them, only that which is eaten by any person — it alone is done by you, 17 and you have observed the unleavened things, for in this self-same day I have brought out your hosts from the land of Egypt, and you have observed this day to your generations — a statute age-during.

18 `In the first [month], in the fourteenth day of the month, in the evening, you do eat unleavened things until the one and twentieth day of the month, at evening; 19 seven days leaven is not found in your houses, for any [one] eating anything fermented — that person hath been cut off from the company of Israel, among the sojourners or among the natives of the land; 20 anything fermented you do not eat, in all your dwellings you do eat unleavened things.’

Leviticus 23

4 `These [are] appointed seasons of Jehovah, holy convocations, which you proclaim in their appointed seasons: 5 in the first month, on the fourteenth of the month, between the evenings, [is] the passover to Jehovah; 6 and on the fifteenth day of this month [is] the feast of unleavened things to Jehovah; seven days unleavened things you do eat; 7 on the first day you have a holy convocation, you do no servile work; 8 and you have brought near a fire-offering to Jehovah seven days; in the seventh day [is] a holy convocation; you do no servile work.’

NOTE: The fourteenth day of the month [is] the Passover and the fifteenth day of the month [is the first day of] the feast of unleavened things.

9 And Jehovah speaketh unto Moses, saying, 10 `Speak unto the sons of Israel, and thou hast said unto them, When you come in unto the land which I am giving to you, and have reaped its harvest, and have brought in the sheaf, the beginning of your harvest unto the priest, 11 then he hath waved the sheaf before Jehovah for your acceptance; on the morrow of the sabbath doth the priest wave it.

12 `And you have prepared in the day of your waving the sheaf a lamb, a perfect one, a son of a year, for a burnt-offering to Jehovah, 13 and its present two tenth deals of flour mixed with oil, a fire-offering to Jehovah, a sweet fragrance, and its drink-offering, wine, a fourth of the hin.

14 `And bread and roasted corn and full ears you do not eat until this self-same day, until your bringing in the offering of your God — a statute age-during to your generations, in all your dwellings.

15 `And you have numbered to you from the morrow of the sabbath, from the day of your bringing in the sheaf of the wave-offering: they are seven perfect sabbaths; 16 unto the morrow of the seventh sabbath you do number fifty days, and you have brought near a new present to Jehovah; 17 out of your dwellings you bring in bread of a wave-offering, two [loaves], of two tenth deals of flour they are, [with] yeast they are baken, first-[fruits] to Jehovah.

18 `And you have brought near, besides the bread, seven lambs, perfect ones, sons of a year, and one bullock, a son of the herd, and two rams; they are a burnt-offering to Jehovah, with their present and their libations, a fire-offering of sweet fragrance to Jehovah.

19 `And you have prepared one kid of the goats for a sin-offering, and two lambs, sons of a year, for a sacrifice of peace-offerings, 20 and the priest hath waved them, besides the bread of the first-[fruits] — a wave-offering before Jehovah, besides the two lambs; they are holy to Jehovah for the priest; 21 and you have proclaimed on this self-same day: a holy convocation is to you, you do no servile work — a statute age-during in all your dwellings, to your generations.

NOTE: The seven Sabbaths “from the day after the sabbath, from the day when you brought in the sheaf of the wave offering” are referred to as the first of the Sabbaths (first Sabbath), the second of the Sabbaths (second Sabbath), the third of the Sabbaths (third Sabbath), etc.

The Three Days and Three Nights

The Two Sabbaths

The two sabbaths during Passion Week are usually missed in a chronology, however, it is easy to see the two sabbaths during Passion Week when the relevant scriptures are put close together. Both Luke and Mark give witness to the fact that there were two sabbaths during Passion Week.

Luke 23:54-56 And the day was a preparation, and sabbath was approaching, and the women also who have come with him out of Galilee having followed after, beheld the tomb, and how his body was placed, and having turned back, they made ready spices and ointments, and on the sabbath, indeed, they rested, according to the command. Luke 24:1 And on the first of the sabbaths, at early dawn, they came to the tomb, bearing the spices they made ready, and certain [others] with them.

Mark 15:47 and Mary the Magdalene, and Mary of Joses, were beholding where he is laid. Mark 16:1-2 And the sabbath having past, Mary the Magdalene, and Mary of James, and Salome, bought spices, that having come, they may anoint him, and early in the morning of the first of the sabbaths, they come unto the sepulcher, at the rising of the sun.

Mark 16
9 He, having risen in the morning of the first of the sabbaths, did appear first to Mary the Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven demons.

The chart below shows the two ways people believe a 24-hour day was observed the bible. The chart below makes it clear that sunset-to-sunset day reckoning does not allow the Passover to the Lord to be observed correctly. This indicates that sunrise-to-sunrise was the normal way of reckoning a 24-hour day in the bible.

Sunset-To-Sunset Day Reckoning
14th15th16th17th
WednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday
The Passover lamb killed the 14th day but not eaten the 14th night.Passover eaten this night.
Sabbath, the first day
of the feast of
unleavened things.
Wave-OfferingFirst of the Sabbaths
counting to Pentecost.
0 NightPreperation Day1 Night1 Day2 Nights2 Days3 Nights3 Days
Sunrise-To-Sunrise Day Reckoning
14th15th16th17th
WednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday
The Passover lamb killed
the 14th day and eaten
the 14th night.
Sabbath, the first day
of the feast of
unleavened things.
Wave-OfferingFirst of the Sabbaths
counting to Pentecost.
Preperation Day1 Night1 Day2 Nights2 Days3 Nights3 Days4 Nights

The Preparation Day of the Passover

0 Days and 1 Night
Wednesday

John 18
28 They led, therefore, Jesus from Caiaphas to the praetorium, and it was early, and they themselves did not enter into the praetorium, that they might not be defiled, but that they might eat the passover.

Mark 15
33 And the sixth hour having come, darkness came over the whole land till the ninth hour, 34 and at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a great voice, saying, `Eloi, Eloi, lamma sabachthani?’ which is, being interpreted, `My God, my God, why didst Thou forsake me?’ 35 And certain of those standing by, having heard, said, `Lo, Elijah he doth call;’ 36 and one having run, and having filled a spunge with vinegar, having put [it] also on a reed, was giving him to drink, saying, `Let alone, let us see if Elijah doth come to take him down.’

37 And Jesus having uttered a loud cry, yielded the spirit, 38 and the veil of the sanctuary was rent in two, from top to bottom, 39 and the centurion who was standing over-against him, having seen that, having so cried out, he yielded the spirit, said, `Truly this man was Son of God.’

40 And there were also women afar off beholding, among whom was also Mary the Magdalene, and Mary of James the less, and of Joses, and Salome, 41 (who also, when he was in Galilee, were following him, and were ministering to him,) and many other women who came up with him to Jerusalem.

42 And now evening having come, seeing it was the preparation, that is, the fore-sabbath, 43 Joseph of Arimathea, an honourable counsellor, who also himself was waiting for the reign of God, came, boldly entered in unto Pilate, and asked the body of Jesus.

44 And Pilate wondered if he were already dead, and having called near the centurion, did question him if he were long dead, 45 and having known [it] from the centurion, he granted the body to Joseph.

46 And he, having brought fine linen, and having taken him down, wrapped him in the linen, and laid him in a sepulchre that had been hewn out of a rock, and he rolled a stone unto the door of the sepulchre, 47 and Mary the Magdalene, and Mary of Joses, were beholding where he is laid.

Luke 23
44 And it was, as it were, the sixth hour, and darkness came over all the land till the ninth hour, 45 and the sun was darkened, and the vail of the sanctuary was rent in the midst, 46 and having cried with a loud voice, Jesus said, `Father, to Thy hands I commit my spirit;’ and these things having said, he breathed forth the spirit.

47 And the centurion having seen what was done, did glorify God, saying, `Really this man was righteous;’ 48 and all the multitudes who were come together to this sight, beholding the things that came to pass, smiting their breasts did turn back; 49 and all his acquaintances stood afar off, and women who did follow him from Galilee, beholding these things.

50 And lo, a man, by name Joseph, being a counsellor, a man good and righteous, 51 — he was not consenting to their counsel and deed — from Arimathea, a city of the Jews, who also himself was expecting the reign of God, 52 he, having gone near to Pilate, asked the body of Jesus, 53 and having taken it down, he wrapped it in fine linen, and placed it in a tomb hewn out, where no one was yet laid.

54 And the day was a preparation, and sabbath was approaching, 55 and the women also who have come with him out of Galilee having followed after, beheld the tomb, and how his body was placed.

John 19
14 and it was the preparation of the passover, and as it were the sixth hour, and he saith to the Jews, `Lo, your king!’ 15 and they cried out, `Take away, take away, crucify him;’ Pilate saith to them, `Your king shall I crucify?’ the chief priests answered, `We have no king except Caesar.’

16 Then, therefore, he delivered him up to them, that he may be crucified, and they took Jesus and led [him] away, 17 and bearing his cross, he went forth to the place called [Place] of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew Golgotha; 18 where they crucified him, and with him two others, on this side, and on that side, and Jesus in the midst.

19 And Pilate also wrote a title, and put [it] on the cross, and it was written, `Jesus the Nazarene, the king of the Jews;’ 20 this title, therefore, read many of the Jews, because the place was nigh to the city where Jesus was crucified, and it was having been written in Hebrew, in Greek, in Roman.

21 The chief priests of the Jews said, therefore, to Pilate, `Write not — The king of the Jews, but that one said, I am king of the Jews;’ 22 Pilate answered, `What I have written, I have written.’

23 The soldiers, therefore, when they did crucify Jesus, took his garments, and made four parts, to each soldier a part, also the coat, and the coat was seamless, from the top woven throughout, 24 they said, therefore, to one another, `We may not rend it, but cast a lot for it, whose it shall be;’ that the Writing might be fulfilled, that is saying, `They divided my garments to themselves, and upon my raiment they did cast a lot;’ the soldiers, therefore, indeed, did these things.

25 And there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary of Cleopas, and Mary the Magdalene; 26 Jesus, therefore, having seen [his] mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he was loving, he saith to his mother, `Woman, lo, thy son;’ 27 afterward he saith to the disciple, `Lo, thy mother;’ and from that hour the disciple took her to his own [home].

28 After this, Jesus knowing that all things now have been finished, that the Writing may be fulfilled, saith, `I thirst;’ 29 a vessel, therefore, was placed full of vinegar, and they having filled a sponge with vinegar, and having put [it] around a hyssop stalk, did put [it] to his mouth; 30 when, therefore, Jesus received the vinegar, he said, `It hath been finished;’ and having bowed the head, gave up the spirit.

31 The Jews, therefore, that the bodies might not remain on the cross on the sabbath, since it was the preparation, (for that sabbath day was a great one,) asked of Pilate that their legs may be broken, and they taken away.

32 The soldiers, therefore, came, and of the first indeed they did break the legs, and of the other who was crucified with him, 33 and having come to Jesus, when they saw him already having been dead, they did not break his legs; 34 but one of the soldiers with a spear did pierce his side, and immediately there came forth blood and water; 35 and he who hath seen hath testified, and his testimony is true, and that one hath known that true things he speaketh, that you also may believe.

36 For these things came to pass, that the Writing may be fulfilled, `A bone of him shall not be broken;’ 37 and again another Writing saith, `They shall look to him whom they did pierce.’

38 And after these things did Joseph of Arimathea — being a disciple of Jesus, but concealed, through the fear of the Jews — ask of Pilate, that he may take away the body of Jesus, and Pilate gave leave; he came, therefore, and took away the body of Jesus, 39 and Nicodemus also came — who came unto Jesus by night at the first — bearing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, as it were, a hundred pounds.

40 They took, therefore, the body of Jesus, and bound it with linen clothes with the spices, according as it was the custom of the Jews to prepare for burial; 41 and there was in the place where he was crucified a garden, and in the garden a new tomb, in which no one was yet laid; 42 there, therefore, because of the preparation of the Jews, because the tomb was nigh, they laid Jesus.

The First Day of Unleavened Bread (Sabbath)

1 Day and 2 Nights
Thursday

Matthew 27
62 And on the morrow that is after the preparation, were gathered together the chief priests, and the Pharisees, unto Pilate, 63 saying, `Sir, we have remembered that that deceiver said while yet living, After three days I do rise; 64 command, then, the sepulchre to be made secure till the third day, lest his disciples, having come by night, may steal him away, and may say to the people, He rose from the dead, and the last deceit shall be worse than the first.’

65 And Pilate said to them, `you have a watch, go away, make secure — as you have known;’ 66 and they, having gone, did make the sepulchre secure, having sealed the stone, together with the watch.

Luke 23
55 And the women also who have come with him out of Galilee having followed after, beheld the tomb, and how his body was placed, 56 and having turned back, they made ready spices and ointments, and on the sabbath, indeed, they rested, according to the command.

The Second Day of Unleavened Bread

2 Days and 3 Nights
The Wave-Offering
The Weekly Sabbath Preparation Day
Friday

Mark 16
1 And the sabbath having past, Mary the Magdalene, and Mary of James, and Salome, bought spices, that having come, they may anoint him.

The Third Day of Unleavened Bread

3 Days and 4 Nights
The Weekly Sabbath
The First of the Sabbaths
Saturday

Matthew 28
1 And on the eve of the sabbaths, at the dawn, toward the first of the sabbaths, came Mary the Magdalene, and the other Mary, to see the sepulcher.

Mark 16
2 Early in the morning of the first of the sabbaths, they come unto the sepulchre, at the rising of the sun.

9 And he, having risen in the morning of the first of the sabbaths, did appear first to Mary the Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven demons.

Luke 24
1 And on the first of the sabbaths, at early dawn, they came to the tomb, bearing the spices they made ready, and certain [others] with them.

21 We were hoping that he it is who is about to redeem Israel, and also with all these things, this third day is passing to-day, since these things happened.

John 20
1 And on the first of the sabbaths, Mary the Magdalene doth come early (there being yet darkness) to the tomb, and she seeth the stone having been taken away out of the tomb.

19 It being, therefore, evening, on that day, the first of the sabbaths, and the doors having been shut where the disciples were assembled, through fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and saith to them, `Peace to you;’.

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