THE PASSOVER SABBATH
1. Jesus Christ's Death
and the Resurrection - Luke 23:54-56; 24:1-3.
When Jesus Christ died
at Calvary, it was the preparation day, the 6th day of the week.
The next day was the weekly Sabbath. And He resurrected
on the first day of the week. There were three days involved in
2. The Jewish Passover
- Three Days Involved: 14th, 15th and 16th.
The day Christ died was
the 14th of the month of Abib, the Passover day for the Jews. This day
happened to fall on the 6th day of the week in the
year that Christ died. Had Christ died a year earlier or later, this
day (14th of Abib) would not have fallen on the 6th day of the
Since the 14th of
the month happened to fall on the 6th day of the week, it is only
obvious that the 15th of the month fell on the weekly Sabbath day. Had
Christ died a year earlier or later, this day (15th of Abib) would not
have fallen on the Sabbath day of the week; the seventh day.
Furthermore, the 15th
of the month of Abib is the beginning of the seven days of unleavened bread. It
is a holy convocation day for the Jews. The 15th of the month is a
ceremonial Sabbath which comes once a year. The ceremonial Sabbath is not the
weekly Sabbath. Thus, that Sabbath day became a HIGH SABBATH for the
Jews. Why? It was the weekly Sabbath and well as 15th of the month, the
beginning of the seven days of unleavened bread.
The ceremonial Sabbath
is based on the 15th of the month of Abib. It comes once a year. The
date is fixed for the 15. The ceremonial Sabbath may fall on
any day of the week just like your birthday. But the weekly Sabbath is
always on the 7th day of the week. The weekly Sabbath does not switch from
Saturday to Sunday, or to Monday, or to Tuesday, or to Wednesday,
or to Thursday, or to Friday in different months. Saturday is the
weekly Sabbath, and it will always be on Saturday.
3. The 2011 Passover Day
- 14th fell on Monday, April 18 in Gregorian Calendar
The Passover this year
2011, the 14th of the month of Abib in our Gregorian Calendar fell
on Monday, April 18. Hence, the 15th of the month of Abib fell
on Tuesday, April 19 in our Gregorian Calendar. Apparently, the 15th of
the month of Abibl is not the weekly Sabbath. Though the 15th of the month of
Abib is a ceremonial Sabbath, however, it does not fall on the weekly Sabbath
day this year.
4. The TRUTH
Opinions of men cannot
change the TRUTH. Circumstances, feelings and new moons do not change the
Sabbath day from Saturday to any other day of the week in every month. The 15th
of the month of Abib is a ceremonial Sabbath (a holy convocation), but it
is not the weekly Sabbath. The weekly Sabbath comes every seven days; and it is
the seventh day of the week. There are at least 52 weekly Sabbath days in
a year. However, the 15th of the month of Abib comes only one time
in a year, and it can fall either on a Saturday, or Sunday, or
Monday, or Tuesday, or Wednesday, or Thursday, or Friday. It all depends
on that year, just like your birthday.
Those who don't believe
in the literal six days of creation and the seventh day is the Sabbath day
where God set it aside for a holy purpose from creation will believe in evolution - Genesis 1:1-31; 2:1-3. Similarly,
to believe in the new moon as the determining factor for the Sabbath day is to
reject the literal week of creation and the weekly cycle given by God where the
Sabbath day is the seventh day of the week - Exodus 20:8-11; Mark 2:27-28; Luke 4:16.
The Sabbath is a
memorial that God is the Creator of the universe, including the sun, moon and