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Three Days and One-half
Jesus said to the Jews, I am the light of the world: he that
follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have
the light of life (John 8:12). This is the generation to see and experience
the promised Messiah and first one to receive light which would give them
eternal life. However, only a remnant of the Jews accepted Jesus as the
Messiah (Romams 11:5).
The Jews, by the leaders or their directives, hounded and
questioned Jesus through out his ministry, until finally
they felt confident enough to put him to death. On one occasion, the Scribes
and Pharisees asked Jesus, Master,
we would see a sign from you. But he answered and said unto them, An evil
and adulterous generation seeks after a sign; and there shall no sign
be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonah: For as Jonah 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 (Matthew 12:38-40).
The three days and three nights never made sense to me as
being connected to the cross. Every time Jesus mention his death and resurrection, he always made it clear that on the “third
day” he would be raised again. Nights were
never mention in the same context. I felt like the three days and nights
must refer somehow to the entire ministry
of Christ, but I still had a feeling of there being more to it. There was,
and it became more apparent when
connected with a prophecy in Revelation, chapter 11.
Revelation 11:9, 11: 9 And they of the people and kindreds
and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies
three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put
in graves (or, tombs)...... 11 And after
[the] three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them,
and they stood upon their feet; and
great fear fell upon them which saw them.
As we understand today, Revelation 11 deals with the message
going back to the Jews, after a remnant of
Gentiles have come to the fullness of God (Ephesians 3). Jesus told the people
that the Jewish leaders, Woe unto you,
scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres,
which indeed appear beautiful outward,
but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness (Matthew
23:27). While the language is different in Revelation 11, it lends to the
At first the Jews do not receive the message - i.e. they do not suffer the
truth to be planted in their graves. Later, a remnant see and accept the
Romans 6:4-5: 4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism
into death: that like as Christ was raised up from
the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness
of life. 5 For if we have been planted
together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of
Galatians 2:20: I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not
I, but Christ lives in me...
When the sign of three days and nights, plus the three and
one-half days are connected to the parable in Genesis
one, then they make perfect sense. Jesus was the light of the world by his
presence (John 9:5). The three days and
nights represent the Jews experience in that generation. They could not get
beyond day three of creation week.
That is, the light Jesus gave them remained earthly in their derstanding.
The three days and nights were not
about Jesus and the cross, but had to do with what the Jews would do with
the teachings of Jesus during his entire
However, in the last generation, a significant remnant will
get past day three of creation week, and into the light
of day four, when the Sun of righteousness (Malachi 4:2) arises in their
hearts, with healing in his wings; moreover
the light of the moon (law - Jeremiah 31:35) is also put in its proper places
in their understanding. But now we are
delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should
serve in newness of spirit, and not
in the oldness of the letter (Romans 7:6).
Whatever interpretation of scripture, the church will be the
test as to its accuracy. God uses all our gifts together
to move us forward in the truth. So, be open always for things to change
or be adjusted, as we move closer to
the end. God bless you all.
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