How many days from Passover to Pentecost when Jesus was crucified in the crucifixion – crucifiction?
How many days was Jesus in the ground until Resurrection?
Note: The proper spelling is crucifixion as Jesus was affixed to a cross. Although many Christian writers use the spelling of crucifiction as if it is a fiction that Jesus was crucified.
This counting of days in the Bible record is somewhat confusing to modern people.
There are three methods:
- The Jews mostly counted the days as starting the previous sunset to the following sunset based on Genesis chapter 1 accounting of days in Gen 1:5 and Ex 12:18. And seems to be the time used in John’s Gospel and of the Sadducees who ran the temple at that time.
- And the Pharisees counted the new day as sunrise to sunrise based on Gen 8:22 and 1 Sam 19:11. This also seems to be the method that the Synoptic Gospels, Matthew, Mark and Luke use.
- Now what is an interesting point between these two methods is that the variation is in the evenings or nights. The days stay the same. So the daylight hours of any day, say Thursday, is the same. The only issue is where the previous evening after dusk belongs to which day, to Thursday, (sunset to sunset day counting) or the previous day itself (sunrise to sunrise day counting), in this case, Wednesday.
- Today we tend to count days more like the Pharisees. Although our calendar counts as of midnight, we often act as if the new day starts at sunrise or morning rising.
With this background, the first thing to establish is when is Passover.
First God decreed that the actual lamb sacrifice and eating of Passover could only be held in the Place of His Name, which is Jerusalem.
Deut 16:5 “Thou mayest not sacrifice the passover within any of thy gates, which the Lord thy God giveth thee: 6 but at the place which the Lord thy God shall choose to place his name in, there thou shalt sacrifice the passover at even, at the going down of the sun, at the season that thou camest forth out of Egypt.”
Here God stipulates that the Passover can only be sacrificed in Jerusalem, the place of His name.
This is a refinement on this basic command for the Jewish feasts, including Passover and Pentecost.
Lev 23:5 “In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is the Lord’s passover. 6 And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread unto the Lord: seven days ye must eat unleavened bread. 7 In the first day ye shall have an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein. 8 But ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord seven days: in the seventh day is an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein. 9 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, 10 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye be come into the land which I give unto you, and shall reap the harvest thereof, then ye shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest unto the priest: 11 And he shall wave the sheaf before the Lord, to be accepted for you: on the morrow after the sabbath the priest shall wave it.”
- Passover shall be on the first month of the year.
- Passover shall be on the fourteenth day of this first month
- On the next day they shall celebrate seven days of the Feast of Unleavened Bread. That is the 15th.
- They shall offer a fire offering all 7 days, and the 7th day is also a sabbath rest.
- Now based on the wording, there is a potential for confusion. On the next day, the 16th, they shall have a sabbath convocation, gathering.
- There shall be the feast of the First Fruits with a wave offering to the Lord after the Passover Sabbath.
Further more God sets the date of Pentecost when they celebrate the giving of the Law.
Lev 23:15 “And ye shall count unto you from the morrow after the sabbath, from the day that ye brought the sheaf of the wave offering; seven sabbaths shall be complete: 16 even unto the morrow after the seventh sabbath shall ye number fifty days; and ye shall offer a new meat offering unto the Lord.”
So, starting on the day after the sabbath, they shall count fifty days to Pentecost. This is called the season of Omer, where they count the fifty days and starts on the 17th. So the first day of Omer is the Feast of First Fruits. And then on the fiftieth day of Omer is Pentecost. This is when the Jews celebrate the giving of the Law, and Christians celebrate Jesus sending forth Holy Spirit.
NOTE: Just to clear up some confusions on this first month. It is called Abib and Nisan in the Bible . It is called Abib in Ex 13:4; 23:15; 34:18; and Dt 16:1 and Ezra 2:1 calls it Nisan. And Nisan is spelled both with one “s” and with two “s,” Nissan. With Nissan as apparently the modern spelling to better match the pronunciation.
NOTE: exactly what day of the week these months fell on depended on the status of the Jewish calendar for each year. Much like our leap year, the first of the year and every subsequent day by month name was listed, but not the days of the week. So on any given year Nissan 14 could be on a Monday or a Thursday, etc.
Notice that Nissan 14 was a great day of preparation. Not only were all the lambs slain and processed, but all the leavened bread was eaten and removed so there was no leavened bread on hand for the feast of unleavened bread.
Then on Nissan 15 all the First Fruit offerings were prepared for the feast on Nissan 17. This was because no service work could be done on the sabbath, so that left little time for that following Nissan 17.
So When Was the Last Supper and When Jesus Was Crucified?
In the synoptic gospels we get more detail over these days as was practiced in the time of Jesus.
Mark 14:12 “And the first day of unleavened bread, when they killed the passover, his disciples said unto him, Where wilt thou that we go and prepare that thou mayest eat the passover?”
Luke 22:7 “Then came the day of unleavened bread, when the passover must be killed. 8 And he sent Peter and John, saying, Go and prepare us the passover, that we may eat. 9 And they said unto him, Where wilt thou that we prepare?”
Notice in these passages we see that the same day the lambs were to be killed, also started the Feast of Unleavened Bread. We assume that this is Nissan 14. Not as an exact technical statement, but in the sense of Passover meal preparation. This makes sense on the sunset to sunset calendar as that day, Nissan 14, the lambs were killed, and that evening, after dusk, on Nissan 15, the Passover meal with unleavened bread was eaten. And to prepare the meal all the leavened bread was removed and only unleavened bread was available.
So by the time of Jesus many call the feast of unleavend bread and passover as eight (8) days of the feast.
Was there a Pre-Passover Meal?
The next issue is whether or not the Last Supper was also the Passover meal. John in 13:1 is interpreted by many to mean it was prior to the Passover meal of a lamb. That way Jesus died on the same day as the Passover lambs were slain.
John 13:1 “Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end. 2 And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him.”
This sounds like the Last Supper meal was BEFORE the lambs were to be killed and thus could not be the official Passover meal. The problem is the synoptic gospels indicate that the Last Supper was the Passover with meal, and this means Jesus was killed on the day AFTER the lambs had been slain.
But this statement makes perfect sense, not as a chronological statement, but if it is recalling a previous understanding that Jesus had that came to pass on the Passover meal concerning the actions of Judas. So Jesus knew before the Passover what Judas would do at the Passover meal. And thus the conflict about John’s statement of a potential non-Passover meal is removed.
This means that the next day, Friday, had been reserved for the true and complete Paschal Lamb, the One Who Takes Away the Sin of the World.
What we do know is that John gives the reason the legs were broken of those crucified with Jesus was to get them down before the Sabbath started.
John 19:31 “The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation [typically Friday or any day before a sabbath], that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, (for that sabbath day was an high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.”
Notice the concern was that the bodies would not remain on the cross on the sabbath day. This makes the sabbath starting at sunset. So that leads to a Friday crucifixion. This seems to conflict with the previous statement in John 13:1 as a chronological statement, but fits with the synoptic gospels. Thus the anecdotal view of John 13:1 is much stronger and removes any apparent conflict.
It does seem most strange that Jesus was not slain as on the day the lambs were killed for the Passover meal. And this fits with the Last Supper as the Passover meal with the lambs slain on that Thursday. Thus Jesus was not killed on the same day the lambs were. So instead of Nissan 14, He was crucified on the day of Nissan 15.
Thus the debate is on whether Jesus was killed on Thursday or Friday. If Thursday, the total time from the Last Supper, with a meal prior to the official Passover, to Pentecost, is 53 days.
Or if Jesus was slain AFTER the lambs were slain, with an official Passover meal as the Last Supper, then it is a total of 52 days to Pentecost. Since the statement of John 13:1 can be resolved as a historical or anecdotal comment, and not a chronology, then there are 52 days from Passover to Pentecost. And is consistent with most Christian teaching.
I actually started this based on a comment by another teacher that is was fifty-three (53) days. As you can see, my review here leads to the standard fifty-two (52) day teaching. And as you will see below, how the fifty-three (53) day answer can also be determined.
At the end of the day, it does not really matter. All these events are done and the issue is their spiritual significance for you. That is a much greater matter, and obviously the one God cares about.
The Bible is not a chronological historical document. Rather it is what we need to know to walk in the measure of the stature of the man Jesus per Ephesians 4:15. We should focus first on the event facts, and then the dates where critical.
In order for Jesus to be killed on the same day as the lambs were killed, the Last Supper had to be the night before and could not be the Passover dinner commanded in Leviticus. And based on the command in Leviticus 23, then the start of the seven-day Feast of Unleavened Bread is also that sabbath day. Thus one day might need to come out of the Jewish calendar.
Remember the debate over Jewish days is concerning the evening or night-time. In either the sunset or the sunrise method, the actual daylight hours stays the same. In the sunset method, the evening prior to the day is part of that day. While in the sunrise method, the evening after that day is part of that day and not the next day. And in the sunrise method, the previous evening is part of the previous day. In the sunset method, the prior evening is part of the next daylight period.
Debates Over the Dates
The typical Passover process was that the Lamb was slain in the afternoon of the 14th and the Passover meal eaten on that evening, the start of Nissan 15. If Jesus ate the regular Passover meal, Jesus was slain on the following day of Nissan 15. And at that time it was a Friday.
If the meal Jesus ate with the disciples was a Seder preparation meal, then Jesus died on the day of Nissan 14. And that is the same day as the lambs were killed for the standard Passover meal on the evening of Nissan 15.
Jesus’ words seem to settle the issue.
Luke 22:13 “And they went, and found as he had said unto them: and they made ready the passover. 14 And when the hour was come, he sat down, and the twelve apostles with him. 15 And he said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer.”
The feast of unleavened bread followed or was initiated by the Passover meal eaten after the day of Nissan 14 and at the start of the evening of Nissan 15. The feast of unleavened bread lasted a week, seven days after it started on Nissan 15. Some contend that Jesus was then killed the following day of Nissan 15, and not the same day as the Passover lambs were killed.
There seems to be little doubt that He rose on Sunday, which in that year was Nissan 17. The issue is not that He was crucified on Friday, but whether it was on Nissan 14 or 15. Per all the Gospels Jesus was crucified on the “day of preparation,” which is that standard Jewish name for a Friday prior to a sabbath.
I used two sources that addressed this in a scholarly manner, and each came up with a single answer to me, of which you can choose your own. No matter what you pick, there is some group of scholars who will agree with you.
Robertson, A. T., A Harmony of the Gospels for Students of the Life of Christ, Harper, San Francisco, 1922, pp 279-291. Here the base is the Revised Standard Bible (RSV), and supports the Good Friday Crucifixion as Nissan 15. This is not the day the lambs were slain.
Thomas, Robert L, and Gundry, Stanley N., A Harmony of the Gospels, Harper, San Francisco, 1978 and reprinted in 1991, pp 320-323. Here the base is the New American Standard Bible (NASB), and support the Good Friday Crucifixion and calls it Nissan 14. This book deals with all the arguments of Robertson and reaches the same conclusion as Robertson based on more scholarship. But I cannot follow their logic calling the day Nissan 14.
Here Thomas and Stanley conclude that Jesus was killed on Nissan 14 because the day of Passover fell on Friday only twice between 26 and 36 A.D., 30 or 33 A.D. Since it was on a Friday before a sabbath, then this also indicates Jesus’ death was in one of these two years, with 33 A. D. as the most likely. They make this statement but do not show how is solves Jesus being raised on the day of First Fruits, which also counts the 50 days of Omer to Pentecost.
And thus was possible that the Jews had to modify the schedule of events to handle this Passover with the sabbath, and thus some other issues of the exact date are cleared.
The chart at the beginning of the article is based on the Jewish calendar, and what each day was called back in Leviticus, which may not have been what the Jews used at the time of Jesus’ crucifixion.
Notice that this chart does not have designations such as Monday or Thursday as these were not Jewish terms of day at that time. As a general rule for the Jews, except when the calendar was re-adjusted as in our leap years, the cycle of sabbaths remained unchanged, so that exactly what day a feast of any kind fell on was handled each year.
Thursday Crucifixion: There are those that argue that Jesus was crucified on the same day as the lambs were killed for the Passover meal, and thus moves the Last Supper meal prior to the crucifixion as a pre-Seder meal and not the official Passover meal.
The arguments for a pre-Passover meal come from the Gospel of John, but are mostly resolved by understanding the word “preparation.” The Friday before a Sabbath was also called the day of preparation. In Passover you had several other preparations:
- Removing unleavened bread in preparation for the Passover and days of unleavened bread.
- Preparation of the lambs for slaughter
- Preparation of the Passover meal
- Preparation of the sheaves for the Feast of First Fruits.
If you consider that the term “preparation” used by John may include any of these “preparations” then the arguments for a Thursday or even Wednesday crucifixion are less strong.
Also for John we are told that the breaking of the thieves’ legs and the spearing of Jesus’ side was to make sure they were dead before the Sabbath started that Friday evening prior to that Sabbath. This seems to remove the issue over what day Jesus died, even if there are other apparent conflicts in the Gospel of John.
Friday Crucifixion: Until there is better evidence to the contrary, we believe the best fit to the most scripture is the Last Supper as the official Passover meal, and thus Jesus crucified on that Friday, and resurrected on the “third day” (some 15 references including: Matt 20:19 and Acts 10:40) or that Sunday as the “first day of the week” (Matt 28:1; Mark 16:2; Luke 24:1; and John 20:1).
So it appears the strongest argument is that Jesus died on that Friday, in the daylights hours after the Passover meal, and not on the day the lambs were sacrificed or that Thursday. Thus that day, Friday, Nissan 15, was reserved by God for the greater Lamb of God.
John 1:29 “The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.”
Rev 5:8 “And when he (Jesus) had taken the book [out of the hand of Father God], the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints. 9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; 10 and hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.”
JESUS IN THE GROUND
Jesus remained in the ground for three days and three nights.
Matt 12:40 “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.”
Matt 27:63 “Saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver (Jesus) 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.”
Since Jesus was buried in the last hours Nissan 15, He was in the ground on the day of the 15th, the evening and day of the 16th and the night and early morning of the 17th. So this met the prophecy Jesus gave concerning His resurrection.
If the exact requirement is three full days and three full nights, then Jesus had to die on that Thursday, and all the references to the Passover meal adjusted to mean a pre-Passover meal, and that is not very logical.
Rather than a literal statement, as was the custom of the Jews, three days and three nights are considered if any part of the day is included. Thus the term “third day” is more exact as Sunday is the third day from Friday.
Matt 16:21 “From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day.”
There are some 15 references to the resurrection being on the “third day” in the New Testament. So this makes a much stronger case that allows a Friday crucifixion.
This makes His crucifixion as on Friday, as Christians now celebrate. Arguments for Thursday are also in existence and is also an interesting story. If you have any ideas on this, care to fill us in?
Then Jesus rose in the night or before dawn on the morning of the 17th. In John 20 we learn the three ladies arrived while it was still dark. This is confirmed in Matt 28:1 as we learn they arrived just at dawn.
John 20:1 “The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre.”
Matt 28:1 “In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. 2 And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. 3 His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: 4 And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.
5 And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. 6 He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. 7 And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you. 8 And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word.
Here the first day of the week was also after the Saturday sabbath, which was why they did not finish the burial process. They came while it was still at night, just before dawn, of that Sunday, which was also the Feast of First Fruits.
Apparently they left while it was dark and got there just as day was breaking.
When they got there they found that Jesus had already been risen. Which means He rose sometime in that early morning to us, but near the end of the night of the 17th.
In the timing of events we have:
- Rising on Sunday, the third day and the first day of the 50 day Omer.
- 40 days with the disciples instructing them in the Kingdom of God.
- This left 10 days for the disciples to pray in the Upper Room for the Day of Pentecost and the sending forth of Holy Spirit after Jesus was glorified.
And sending forth Holy Spirit in a new and different way on that Pentecost day was the great purpose of God, so Holy Spirit could dwell in men due to our justification in Jesus, which we receive by faith in the resurrection of Jesus.
Gal 3:13 “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: 14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.”
Gospel Summary: So a simple summary of the gospel is that Jesus died for our sins and arose the third day in accordance with the scriptures, and was justified and glorified that we might receive Holy Spirit so God could reign through men and not just to men.
Any version of this that simply says you get to go to heaven is at best only half the message, and misses the main point. The grace of God puts us to work to bring heaven to earth right where we are. God has called us for purpose, and not to sit as china dolls in heaven.
As Paul said:
26 Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:
27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:
28 Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect (mature) in Christ Jesus:
29 Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.”
Notice that the message of Paul and the mystery hidden for ages was not that you get to go to heaven when you get “saved,” but that you would now be made the hope of heaven for you to fill the earth with the glory of the Lord in this life. This is the calling of God for each one “born-again” in Jesus.
Getting this message of the reality of “Christ in you,” out to the world is what drove Paul, and God working in Paul. So all the debate about specific days need to end in you being able to work more miracles, manifesting the glory of the Lord in your life in every aspect of life. And if that is your testimony, the arguments over the details become less significant anyway. And if this is what drives you, then you, Paul and God are in agreement. Otherwise Paul would say for you, he labored in vain.
Question: So how many days do you believe are from the Last Supper to Pentecost?
Answer: Fifty-three (53) days by the sunset to sunset method (the Last Supper is part of Nissan 14, the evening of the day the lambs are killed), and fifty-two (52) days by the sunrise method where the previous evening meal, the Last Supper, the Passover Meal is on Nissan 15.
We believe the best answer is 52 days and this is how we present it in the Power Trilogy book, Discovering Our Redemption. But whether 52 or 53 days has little consequence to you operating as God wants you to in this life.
This also has no impact on the number of days from the Feast of First Fruits with the Sheave Wave Offering where Pentecost is the 50th day later.
Thus Jesus rose on the third day, the Feast of First Fruits, spent 40 days with the disciples and then ascended. The disciples then spent the next 10 days in the Upper Room with Holy Spirit being poured out in a new and different way at about 9 AM that morning. And 9 AM is the first incense offering in the temple for that day.
So they had 9 days of prayer after Jesus ascended and before the morning of Pentecost Day.
During these forty (40) days Jesus apparently spent eight (8) of those days not with the disciples.
19 “Then the same day at evening (of Resurrection, Feast of First Fruits Day), being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. 20 And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord. 21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you. 22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost: 23 Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.
24 “But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.
26 “And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you.”
How many days in the Upper Room?
In this case of the forty (40) days, Jesus apparently spent the first day, Resurrection Day, proving He was alive to various disciples, then an eight (8) day gap, and then the following thirty-one (31) days training them in the Kingdom of God. So many count the forty (40) days as starting at the Resurrection.
Acts 1:3 “To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God: 4 And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. 5 For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. 6 When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? 7 And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. 8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. 9 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.”
If the eight (8) day gap is part of the forty (40) days, the disciples spent ten (10) days in the Upper Room. If the forty (40) days starts after the eight (8) days gap, then the disciples only spent two (2) days in the Upper Room. So they had 9 days of prayer before that Pentecost morning.
Here Weust seems to indicate that the forty (40) day period started on that first Resurrection Day, and therefore the disciples spent 10 days in prayer in the Upper Room prior to the promised Holy Spirit arrival on that following Day of Pentecost.
Acts 1:1-5 “The first historical narrative indeed I produced concerning all things, O Theophilus, which Jesus began and continued both to be doing and to be teaching until the day in which He was taken up, having previously given a commandment to the apostles through the intermediate agency of the Holy Spirit, those apostles whom He had selected out for himself, to whom also He presented himself as one who was living after His suffering by many indubitable proofs through a period of forty days, being seen by them at successive intervals and speaking of the things concerning the kingdom of God. (from The New Testament: An Expanded Translation by Kenneth S. Wuest Copyright © 1961 by Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. All rights reserved.)
Acts 1:3 “To them also He showed Himself alive after His passion (His suffering in the garden and on the cross) by [a series of] many convincing demonstrations [unquestionable evidences and infallible proofs], appearing to them during forty days and talking [to them] about the things of the kingdom of God.” AMP
So a more accurate translation shows these forty (40) days started on Resurrection Day. And then the disciples stayed nine (9) full days in prayer in the Upper Room and while in prayer on the tenth day (10th), that Pentecost Day, Holy Spirit came as promised and was one of the main purposes of all the events prior to this Pentecost Day. Probably some of the disciples started in prayer right after the Ascension and so they may have been in prayer a full ten (10) days, with Pentecost morning being on their eleventh (11th) day of prayer.
Acts 1:12 “Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is from Jerusalem a sabbath day’s journey. 13 And when they were come in, they went up into an upper room, where abode both Peter, and James, and John, and Andrew, Philip, and Thomas, Bartholomew, and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon Zelotes, and Judas the brother of James. 14 These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.”
Thus the disciples seemed to have lived out the general principle of praying a prophecy into existence. Which matches the general principle that God requires people on earth to petition Him in aiteo so He can fulfill or manifest the spiritual blessings of His Word and attitude.
Or as Paul said:
1 Tim 1:18 “This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them (the prophesies) mightest war a good warfare; 19 holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck.”
Here is a brief list of the appearances of Jesus during this forty (40) day period.1. Mary Magdalene (Matt 28:1; Mark 16:1-9; Luke 24:10; John 20:1-10) 2. Road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-31) 3. Appearance to disciples, except Thomas (John 20:19-24) 4. Appearance to disciples, including Thomas (John 20:26-29) 5. As the disciples fished and then eat with Jesus (John 21:1-23) 6. General appearances to up to 500 people (1 Cor 15:3-8) 7. Appearance to Simon referenced (Luke 24:34) 8. Just before the Ascension (Luke 24:36-49) 9. The Ascension in Bethany, Mt. Olivet (Luke 24:50-52; Acts 1:2-11)
So what does this mean to us today?
That answer is rather long in full detail. In the short, it is best described as what Jesus did so Holy Spirit could come on the Day of Pentecost and Paul could say:
Col 1:26 “Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: 27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: 28 Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus: 29 Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.”
So we summarize the gospel as “Christ in you, the hope of God to bring heaven to earth through you.” That is the impact of why Holy Spirit dwells in the Christian. It required the justification provided by Jesus so Holy Spirit dwelling in a person would not destroy them like God’s full presence did at Mt. Sinai with Moses.
We have written the book, Discovering Our Redemption, to describe all the physical and spiritual events of this extraordinary process of the death, resurrection and glorification of Jesus, the Son of God and the Son of God.
We cover every step of the process, the physical events, their spiritual significance, what it means, and most importantly, how to use these facts as the basis for a faith that brings Heaven to Earth so you can fulfill your destiny in God.
We are destroyed, walk in failure, fear and confusion, by lack of knowledge and lies, not some administrative decision by God.
God is no respecter of persons. Do the right things and you will get the right results; do anything different and you will be unhappy sooner or later. Digital Universe.
Evil works inspired and powered by the devil are no match for the Living God, but they sure tempt fleshly leaky neurons, even in those spiritually righteous.
There are no wrong answers here, only seek more of Jesus who already paid for every failure we ever made, are now making, or will make. Since He was healed of it, so are you.
It will be shameful for you to show up on the Day of Judgment and see that every hardness of heart was already healed and waiting for you to do the right labour to get that hardness of heart healing already done in Jesus.
A Bible not devoured is like bags of seed stored away. The potential of God into the Earth is there, but never a harvest is made. Jesus is the Seed. The only soil that matters is your heart.
Keep Working the Word so God can Work!
God Bless You and Yours in the Name of Jesus to be more Noble in Him (Acts 17:11-12)
Jesus is Lord of Heaven and Earth!
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Donald C. Mann
Speaker, teacher, navigator and author of:OK, God, Now What? (OkGodNowWhat.com) Discovering Our Redemption Battle Prayer for Divine Healing-Field Manual 2