Posted by: missionventureministries | May 16, 2010

Was the prophecy of Jonah fulfilled?




Prophecy versus Tradition 

As Jesus tells us in (Matthew 12:38-42) “Then some of the scribes and Pharisees said to Him, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from You.” 39But He answered and said to them, “An evil and adulterous generation craves for a sign; and yet no sign will be given to it but the sign of Jonah the prophet; 40for just as JONAH WAS THREE DAYS AND THREE NIGHTS IN THE BELLY OF THE SEA MONSTER, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth “

Was the prophecy of Jonah really fulfilled in the burial experience of Jesus? According to the conventionally accepted chronology of events, it was not.

The customary chronology places the crucifixion on Friday morning and the burial on late Friday afternoon and the resurrection on Sunday morning. Thus, according to the traditional view, the body of Jesus was in the tomb only one full day (Saturday) and two full nights (Friday and Saturday). Jesus said His body would be in the tomb three days and three nights.

Jesus said all Messianic prophecy had to be fulfilled in Him, and we should believe that He meant every fact of every Messianic prophecy. Otherwise, it could be disputed that He was not the Messiah.

Let us think about the events in the last week of Jesus’ life to see if we can find some indication that will solve this dilemma. Perhaps the best place to begin is with the Scriptures. In (Mark 15:42) it says that the crucifixion took place on “the day of preparation before the Sabbath.”

This verse has led most people to believe that the crucifixion took place on a Friday since the Jewish Sabbath is Saturday. And that theory has in turn led to the conclusion that the crucifixion had to take place in 33 AD because that is the only year in the general time period of Jesus’ death when the day of preparation (14 Nisan on the Jewish calendar) fell on a Friday. In the year 31 and 32 AD the 14th of Nisan fell on a Monday.

Let us look at the Jewish Calendar

A careful study of Jewish calendar will show that it is presumed that the day of preparation in the year of Jesus’ death had to fall on a Friday. Such a statement is based upon Gentile lack of knowledge about Jewish feast days. (After much research I have found that the 14th of Nisan falls only on a Monday, Wednesday, Friday or Saturday, starting at sundown the day before and ending at sundown on a Monday, Wednesday, Friday or Saturday). Genesis 1:5, 8, 13, 19, 23, 31 states: “and there was evening and there was morning.” Therefore the Jews start their day in the evening.



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