Messiah in Purim Chapter 14

  1. The cursed day of Job and the Hidden Day of Messiah
  2. Lord of space, time, matter, energy
  3. Counting the days
  4. The Hidden Day of Messiah

The cursed day of Job and the Hidden Day of Messiah:

The three days and three nights in “the belly of the earth” began after Nisan 14, the day that ended Friday, at the *sixth hour (around 12 noon), at the moment of the strange supernatural darkness that came over the land at midday. In his crucifixion the Messiah first experienced the wrath of man from the “third hour to the sixth hour” (around 9 am to 12 noon). Then Messiah suffered the unspeakable, unfathomable wrath of God from the sixth to the ninth hours (around noon to 3 pm). The Messiah’s soul, as well as body, was in torment from twelve noon to three. This means:

The Pesach Seder that Exodus 12 testifies to began exactly at the sixth hour and ended exactly at the ninth hour.

This is the ”night that was blotted off the calendar” that was claimed by darkness and the shadow of death. This Mystery of the Hidden Day is why there were two symbolic Passover Seders that occurred: one the night before Thursday sunset observed by the Messiah and his disciples; and one the night after Friday sunset observed by all of the worshipers who were assembled in Jerusalem.

After the Lamb of God completed our redemption he took “captivity captive.”

Just as the Jewish scriptures have foretold the Suffering Servant – Messiah ben Yosef of Israel claimed our salvation and thereafter was resurrected on the third day (Nisan 17). Therefore now the Messiah’s resurrected life has become the beginning of the firstfruits (HaBikkurim) of God’s New Creation.

וַתָּנַח הַתֵּבָה בַּחֹדֶשׁ הַשְּׁבִיעִי בְּשִׁבְעָה־עָשָׂר יֹום לַחֹדֶשׁ עַל הָרֵי אֲרָרָֽט׃

ותנח התבה בחדש השביעי בשבעה־עשר יום לחדש על הרי אררט׃

In the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, the ark rested upon the mountains of Ararat (Genesis 8:4).

This is a witnesses to the fact that the New Creation began on the 17th of Nisan.

Therefore, on the hidden day of Messiah’s resurrection the ark rested upon the mountains of Ararat. Note: the seventh month, seventeenth day after the flood became the first month, seventeenth day after the first Pesach (cf. Exodus 12:2).

הַחֹדֶשׁ הַזֶּה לָכֶם רֹאשׁ חֳדָשִׁים רִאשֹׁון הוּא לָכֶם לְחָדְשֵׁי הַשָּׁנָֽה׃

החדש הזה לכם ראש חדשים ראשון הוא לכם לחדשי השנה׃

This month shall be the beginning of months for you; it is to be the first month of the year to you.

Lord of space, time, matter, energy:

It is important to point out that in the Scriptures our heavenly Father has previously altered the length of a day by several hours and minutes (Joshua 10:12-14; 2 Kings 20:10-11).

אָז יְדַבֵּר יְהֹושֻׁעַ לַֽ ה’ בְּיֹום תֵּת ה’ אֶת־הָאֱמֹרִי לִפְנֵי בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל וַיֹּאמֶר לְעֵינֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל שֶׁמֶשׁ בְּגִבְעֹון דֹּום וְיָרֵחַ בְּעֵמֶק אַיָּלֹֽון׃ וַיִּדֹּם הַשֶּׁמֶשׁ וְיָרֵחַ עָמָד עַד־יִקֹּם גֹּוי אֹֽיְבָיו הֲלֹא־הִיא כְתוּבָה עַל־סֵפֶר הַיָּשָׁר וַיַּעֲמֹד הַשֶּׁמֶשׁ בַּחֲצִי הַשָּׁמַיִם וְלֹא־אָץ לָבֹוא כְּיֹום תָּמִֽים׃ וְלֹא הָיָה כַּיֹּום הַהוּא לְפָנָיו וְאַחֲרָיו לִשְׁמֹעַ ה’ בְּקֹול אִישׁ כִּי ה’ נִלְחָם לְיִשְׂרָאֵֽל׃

אז ידבר יהושע ל ה’ ביום תת ה’ את־האמרי לפני בני ישראל ויאמר ׀ לעיני ישראל מש בגבעון דום וירח בעמק אילון׃ וידם השמש וירח עמד עד־יקם גוי איביו הלא־היא כתובה על־ספר הישר ויעמד השמש בחצי השמים ולא־אץ לבוא כיום תמים׃ ולא היה כיום ההוא לפניו ואחריו לשמע ה’ בקול איש כי ה’ נלחם לישראל׃

Then Joshua spoke to Adonai in the day when Adonai delivered up the Amorites before the sons of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel,

“O sun, stand still at Gibeon,
And O moon in the valley of Aijalon.”
So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped,
Until the nation avenged themselves of their enemies.

Is it not written in the book of Jashar? And the sun stopped in the middle of the sky and did not hasten to go down for about a whole day. There was no day like that before it or after it, when Adonai listened to the voice of a man; for Adonai fought for Israel.

וַיֹּאמֶר יְחִזְקִיָּהוּ נָקֵל לַצֵּל לִנְטֹות עֶשֶׂר מַעֲלֹות לֹא כִי יָשׁוּב הַצֵּל אֲחֹרַנִּית עֶשֶׂר מַעֲלֹֽות׃ וַיִּקְרָא יְשַׁעְיָהוּ הַנָּבִיא אֶל־ה’ וַיָּשֶׁב אֶת־הַצֵּל בַּֽמַּעֲלֹות אֲשֶׁר יָרְדָה בְּמַעֲלֹות אָחָז אֲחֹֽרַנִּית עֶשֶׂר מַעֲלֹֽות׃

ויאמר יחזקיהו נקל לצל לנטות עשר מעלות לא כי ישוב הצל אחרנית עשר מעלות׃ ויקרא ישעיהו הנביא אל־ה’ וישב את־הצל במעלות אשר ירדה במעלות אחז אחרנית עשר מעלות׃

So Hezekiah answered, “It is easy for the shadow to decline ten steps; no, but let the shadow turn backward ten steps.” Isaiah the prophet cried to Adonai, and He brought the shadow on the stairway (lit. steps) back ten steps by which it had gone down on the stairway (lit. steps) of Ahaz.”

Therefore, these miracles were done to demonstrate God’s sovereign *rule over the universe (matter, energy, space and time). These variations in the amount of time a Hebrew day consists of supports our assertion that the Almighty One of Heaven (Elah Shemaiya) made a special sacred day of Nisan 15. This special day of Nisan 15 consisted of a shortened three hour night and a three hour day. It should also once again be pointed out that a normal Hebrew day begins with night (sunset-sunrise) and ends with day (sunrise-sunset). In the Tanakh days are not defined by hours and minutes but by the succession of one period of night followed by a one period of day.

*God’s providence (השגחת האל): The Creator (היוצר-Hayotzer) of the universe and all that occurs within it takes place under God’s sovereign guidance and control. God is not the author of evil. All that He has made is good; including our free will. The evil one is the first author of evil. God is the controller (temporal) and final Judge (eternal) of all evil. This means our free-will is limited and is ultimately subject to God’s will. Hayotzer governs His creation as an all-powerful, perfect, wise, all-loving Parent (אלוהים הוא אהבה), working all (temporal) things to our eternal good (cf. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy).

Counting the days:

Another unique facet of the Jewish day is how it is counted.

Any portion of a day (or night), no matter how small, is counted as a full day. Therefore, the Messiah was literally in the heart of the earth for three nights and three days. This is so because our Lord died in the darkness (night) just before the (Hebrew) ninth hour (approximately 3pm). The time table below demonstrates how the Salvation of Adonai, the Messiah Yeshua Ben Joseph Ben David, was physically dead for three nights and three days.

The Messiah was literally in the heart of the earth for three nights and three days.

By the way, it is curious that the Messiah refers to the period of his being physically dead as being three days and three nights. The only way his death should be sequenced in this way is if he was looking back in time at His crucifixion on the accursed tree. It is as if the Messiah is viewing his death from the vantage point of a later time. This means he actually viewed his death from vantage point of the future.

The Hidden Day of Messiah:

Number Sacred Day Secular Date Day Hours
Night 1 Nisan 15, 3790 April 7, 30 CE Friday Noon-3 PM
Day 1 Nisan 15, 3790 April 7, 30 CE Friday 3 PM- 6 PM
Night 2 Nisan 16, 3790 April 7, 30 CE Friday 6 PM- 6 AM
Day 2 Nisan 16, 3790 April 8, 30 CE Saturday 6 AM- 6 PM
Night 3 Nisan 17, 3790 April 8, 30 CE Saturday 6 PM- 6 AM
Day 3 Nisan 17, 3790 April 9, 30 CE Sunday At Sunrise

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