How can One be three days
and three nights "in the heart of the earth" and ALSO rise on the third day?
I submit that these two occurrences are a logical impossibility; they
are mutually contradictory. You cannot "rise on the third
be in Hades "three days and three nights."If you enter Hades on the
first DAY, you must emerge on the third NIGHT, in order to be there
for three days and three nights.
That is, IF we only think about it in the manner that everyone I have
seen posting on it is thinking about it (that "3 days and 3 nights" means 72 consecutive hours, among other unwarranted errors). Instead of believing
that the Scriptures have spoken" --- Luke 24:25.
Let's look at just some of those Scriptures, which I see no one paying
any attention to, in all of this:
Looking first at Exodus 12, theologically the most important
Chapter/event in the OT. God was very careful, as so often, to
emphasize timing in the Passover: The Lamb to be slain was to be
selected on the TENTH day of Abib (Nisan) --- Exodus 12:3.
And, it was on the TENTH day of Nisan, Monday, March 30, AD 33, that
God's Lamb (and Messiah) rode into Jerusalem, which we call "Palm
The establishment of this fact is very important, but too extensive to
go into in this post: it follows from Luke 3:1, the record of the
Lord's Passovers in John, the events of the "Passion Week," and other
But mainly, it follows from the Prophecies
below (believing them):
A very good treatment of it is Dr. Harold Hoehner's doctoral thesis,
chapter 4 of "Chronological Aspects of the life of Christ."
The command of God regarding the Passover went on to specify
emphatically that that Lamb, selected on (what would turn out to be
Monday, according to further revelation in Lev. 23) Nisan 10 was to be
kept until FOUR DAYS LATER, Nisan 14 (Ex. 12:6).
On that day, in the evening, the Lamb was to be slain. On Friday, Nisan
14, April 3, AD 33, our Lord was slain for (or rather, because of ---Rom. 4:24-25) our sins.
Exodus 12:6 further specified that the slaying was to occur in the
evening. Our Lord died at 3 pm, in the evening, contrary
to the "norm," on Friday, Nisan 14, four days after He had arrived in
Jerusalem both as her Messiah, and as the selected Lamb.
The hours from 3 pm to 6 pm satisfy the requirements for the first DAY
that He be in Hades(and there seems to be nothing to say that He could
not have been there during the preceding three hours of darkness, as
(and remember the significant comment that He had made to one of His
four companions on the crosses: "THIS DAY thou shalt be with Me in
Paradise" (one of the regions of Hades, at that time --- cf Josephus'
"Discourse to the Greeks on Hades" and Luke 16 story of the rich man
and Lazarus, etc)).
After Israel should enter the Land, when Israel would
have their first harvest, God gave further instructions regarding the
Passover, in Leviticus 23:5-12. This constitutes a continuation and
further elaboration of Exodus 12, and all that Exodus 12 was pointing
"the Passover of the Lord falls on the 14th day of Nisan" --- vs 5,
orienting us with Exodus 12 (notice that in John's Gospel, this got
changed to the Passover of the Jews).
And then, continuing: " Nisan 15, the next day (a Sabbath), is to be
called 'the Lord's feast of unleavened bread.'"
This was a most special Sabbath, in which, as every Sabbath, no sort of
work was to be done: vs. 7.
Skipping ahead, for the moment, to vs. 11: "On the DAY AFTER THAT
emphatically, a SUNDAY), the Priest shall wave the Sheaf before the
Lord to be accepted on your behalf"
This was to be a Sunday, Nisan 16.
On Sunday morning, Nisan 16, April 5, AD 33, the first day of the week,
our Lord had risen from the dead, and was conversing with Mary in the
Garden, just maybe an hour or so before the ignorant Priest in the
Temple would be performing the rite of the Sheaf of the Firstfruits,
as per Lev. 23 above.
"Touch Me not! For I have not yet ascended to the Father" --- John 20:17. But just a little over an hour later, He allowed to women to hold Him, obviously
implying that the reason for the restriction to Mary had now passed.
That is, in the interim, He had ascended to the Father, and had
And if the Priest in the Temple was doing it according to Kosher, the
actions of our Lord in those moments precisely coincided with the
actions of the Priest in the Temple.
Our Lord ("Christ the Firstfruits" --- 1 Cor. 15:20,23) was presenting
Himself "before the Lord, to be accepted on our behalf"
What happened in that interim is awesome; and it is the subject of what
the Lev. 23 Firstfruits was the picture, and is the subject of Romans
1:4, Eph. 4:7-10, Matt. 28:18, Heb. 4:14, etc.
But what happened in that interim is also the only possible solution of both of the problems:
(1) How can we say that He rose on the third day, when the Scriptures
are very plain that He rose "a great while before that day" ???
(2) How can we say that He was in the heart of the earth for three days
and three nights, when at the moment
He was talking to Mary, He had only been there for TWO DAYS and TWO
It's not actually a matter of counting days
at all: it's more of a matter that 3 days and 3 nights were
simply to be involved (see on 1 Samuel 30:12-13). They are not a matter of 72 consecutive hours of
time duration. As we have seen, they cannot
mean that, since that would contradict the rising on the third day!
As we will see, from several different logical points involved,
the Lord was in and out of Hades at least twice during the three days
and three nights. He was not there for only one consecutive
period. This was prophetically as well as physically necessary.
And the "Wed. view" does even worse, to say
nothing of outright contradicting the plain teaching of Scripture that
the Lord rose on Sunday, and was therefore crucified on Friday, in
agreement with the Types of Exodus 12/Lev. 23 (eg John 20:1, and the
unanimous testimony of the early Church writers).
When the Lord gave the triumphal shout on the cross, “Finished!” He did
not mean that there was nothing more to do. That cry simply
that the Atonement was completed, and his mortal life on earth. That
there was yet more to be done is shown by, for starters, John 20:17
and Heb. 4:14. He yet had to present Himself before the
“Christ the Firstfruits” (1 Cor. 15:20,23).And be declared “the Son of
God in Power” (Rom. 1:4, cf Matt. 28:18).And to make His passage
through the Heavens as our Great High Priest (Heb. 4:14). And
captivity captive” out of the realm of Hades to be with Him in the
third Heaven. Where all saints subsequently would go to be with Him,
Who is has not been left in Hades.
There were many activities and appearances that Sunday after He had
returned to the earth after His Firstfruits presentation before the
Father, and after He then allowed the women “to hold Him.”
this post, let’s briefly look at the last one of the day, and I
speculate that that is where He returned to Hades to fulfill the
prophets, leading the inhabitants of Paradise into the Third Heaven,
and completing the requirement of the third day and the third night in
the heart of the earth: Luke 24:29-31
But they constrained him, saying, Abide with us: for it is toward
evening, and the day is far spent. And he went in to tarry with them.
And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and
blessed it, and brake, and gave to them. And their eyes were
and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight.
leaving them, He returned in triumph to that region of Hades called
Paradise ("Abraham's Bosom"), fulfilling the third day and third night,
and leading His Saints out of Hades and into the Third Heaven to be
with Him forever more.