According to the article link below, Professor Colin Humphreys claims that Christians have been in error about the date historically recognized as “The Last Supper.” The article goes on to discuss how the Professor has determined a fixed date for Easter.
If the Professor is correct about the “Last Supper”, and I believe he is, then there’s an even bigger problem the article doesn’t even address. His findings would prove that Y’shua (Jesus) didn’t die on a Friday … which is bad news for the whole “Good Friday” tradition.
Aside from whatever calendar calculations the Professor has discovered, those who’ve read the gospel accounts of the death, burial, and resurrection know you can’t possibly get three days and three nights out of Friday afternoon at 3:00 to early Sunday morning.
The gospel accounts make it clear that Y’shua had already been resurrected before sunrise on the first day of the week (Sunday). Part of the confusion is that the gospels explain the leaders were in a hurry to complete the crucifiion and make sure that Y’shua was taken down from the stake before the Sabbath.
Often, due to a lack of a Hebraic background and understanding of Biblical festivals, Christian teachers fail to recognize that two Sabbaths were observed between Y’shua’s death and resurrection. The day after Passover is the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread (a seven-day festival). The scripture dictates that on the first and seventh day of Unleavened Bread, no work is to be done.
Y’shua died on Passover around 3:00pm in the afternoon. That evening began the First day of Unleavened Bread, which was then followed the weekly Sabbath. It’s also important to realize that, Biblically, the day begins just after sunset and ends at sunset. The first chapter of Genesis spells that out.
When the day begins and ends is important since Y’shua said that the one sign given would be the sign of Jonah. He explained he would be in the heart of the earth three days and three nights. It does make one wonder. Is the belief that Y’shua was only in the grave from Friday afternoon until Sunday morning just bad math and ignorance of the scriptures, or is it a complete blindness to the Sign of Jonah?
It must also be understood that Y’shua did not rise on Easter. Easter and Passover are not even remotely the same thing. Easter is the English translation of the name of the Babylonian fertility goddess, Ishtar. This same goddess is known by other names, but in the Bible, she is referred to as Ashtaroth. Historically, Israel often got snared by Baal and Ashtaroth (Easter) worship.
Many of the ancient customs of Easter worship such as the “sunrise worship services” and the sexual fertility symbols of eggs and rabbits continue to be popular. In the past, most of us were completely unaware that Easter, one of the holiest days in Christendom, is actually named after a fertility goddess. But in today’s world, information on the origin and customs of Easter are very easy to find.
It’s all so ironic. For centuries, masses of people were convinced it was wrong to celebrate the feasts established by the Almighty. All the while observing feasts and customs filled to the brim with idolatry.
It’s only by the hand of God that anyone, anywhere on the face of the earth, is even able to observe His ways and means after so many centuries of contamination. But He’s faithful to safeguard a remnant, always, and separate them to His use in due season. We’re truly blessed to be alive in this age to witness the Regathering.
I hope everyone has a great Sabbath and a blessed Feast of Unleavened Bread.