Fourth Day after Passover ~ 18th Day of Nisan

One of the foundational teachings of our faith is the resurrection of Yeshua.

Many people appreciate the wonderful teachings of Yeshua. Some even acknowledge Him as a great rabbi. But, it is His resurrection from the dead that sets Him apart from any other person in history. There is also something very important about the day on which He arose and how it fits into the Biblical Calendar.

The Roman Church tried to create a picture of the resurrection by making it fit in with the pagan celebration of Ishtar (Easter). However, there is a biblical holy day that clearly foreshadows this triumph of the Messiah.

In the Torah (Hebrew Bible), we are told that on the day after the Sabbath during Passover week, there is to be a special observance called Bikkurim (The Feast of First Fruits). This day was to be a time of thanksgiving for the ingathering of the barley harvest, the first grain to ripen in Israel every spring. As part of the Temple ceremony, the priest was to take a sheaf (omer*) of barley, lift it up, and wave it to the Lord in the sight of all the people (Lev 23:9-16).

The traditional observance of this feast points us to the resurrection of Messiah. It is a harvest festival and the barley sheaves are waved before the Lord. Yeshua told His disciples that His body will be like the grain of wheat (John 12:24) that must die in order to produce more fruit. Yes, He would also be lifted up and 'waved' before the people for all to see. (John 12:32)

Over the years, many people have debated: What day of the week did Yeshua die? I do not believe it was on 'Good Friday' as the Church has taught for centuries.

I believe that it was something like this:

  • Wednesday 14th Nisan -- Yeshua celebrated His last Passover with His disciples

  • Thursday 15th Nisan -- Passover - Yeshua died at 3pm and was buried before sunset. The small amount of daytime left after the burial counts as one day

  • Friday 16th Nisan -- One night and one day

  • Saturday 17th Nisan -- Shabbat. One night and one day

  • Sunday 18th Nisan -- The Feast of First Fruits/First Count of Omer. One night, on the basis that he rose before sunrise

Not only did He die on Passover, but he arose on the Biblical Day of the Feast of First Fruits. Only God could work out all of these details. Centuries before, the Lord gave the Festivals to Israel. Then He sent His son at just the right time for Him to die and be resurrected to complete the picture of the spiritual lessons of these festivals. Amazing or What??

Luke 24:1 "But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb...3 when they entered...they did not find the body of Yeshua... 4 Two men in dazzling white appeared before the women and said, "He is not here, He has risen" 13-16 "Two of them were going that very day to a village named Emmaus, about 7 miles from Jerusalem...while they were conversing together, Yehsua Himself approached and began traveling with them."

And so it was that Yeshua appeared in various places to various others during the next 40 days. Then, he was taken up into heaven from the Mount of Olives right before His disciples eyes! Acts 1:1-12

Today is the 3rd day of Counting the Omer.

The last day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread is the 21st Day of Nisan

The Ascension is the 43rd day of Counting the Omer.

Seven days after the Ascension is the Feast of Pentecost/Shavuot. Acts 2.

Between the Resurrection and the Ascension is Lag B'Omer , the 33rd day of Counting the Omer.