by John Greene
When Easter comes along, most Christian churches and their leadership are happy to announce their celebrations. In regard to this tradition descended from the Roman Catholic Church, Yahshua [Jesus] had something really important to say that has been conveniently overlooked.
Show us a sign and we will believe. This is one of the oldest cons that self-deceivers and pretenders insist on as they pretend to build their faith. So it was with the religious leaders in the face of Yahshua [Jesus]. (John 14:11; Isaiah 61:1)
“Then some of the Pharisees and teachers of the law said to him, ‘Teacher, we want to see a sign from you.’ He answered, “A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a sign! But none will be given it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. The men of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and now something greater than Jonah is here. The Queen of the South will rise at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for she came from the ends of the earth to listen to Solomon’s wisdom, and now something greater than Solomon is here.” – Matthew 12:38-42, NIV
“And the Pharisees and Sadducees came, and trying Him asked that He would show them a sign from heaven. And He answering, said to them, “When it is evening you say, ‘Fair weather, for the heaven is red,’ and in the morning, ‘Stormy weather today, for the heaven is red and overcast.’ You know how to discern the face of the heaven, but you are unable to discern the signs of the times! A wicked and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign shall be given to it except the sign of the prophet Yonah [Jonah].” And He left them and went away.” – Matthew 16:1-4, ISR98 (Luke 11:29)
Based on what Yahshua [Jesus] said, this sign of Jonah identifies the Messiah in no uncertain terms. (Jonah 2:1-2) When YHWH brought Jonah out of the whale, he was delivered from death or sheol. Without that intervention Jonah was finished. In his rebellion, Jonah would have been truly finished in the eyes of YHWH. (Jonah 2:3-6; Ezekiel 3:18-21)
“…An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.” – Matthew 12:39-40, NKJV
YHWH gave the Jews exact instructions for annual Festival Days and Sabbaths throughout each Jewish year. (Exodus 12:12-22; Leviticus 23; Isaiah 46:10) The Jewish leaders that confronted Yahshua [Jesus] fully recognized what He was saying to them. (Matthew 27:62-63) Yahshua [Jesus] would be in the earth for three days and three nights. (John 11:9) After his crucifixion, they feared an attempt to fake a resurrection. (John 2:19; Mark 8:31)
Yahshua [Jesus] was crucified on Preparation Day, one of the annual Holy Days described in Leviticus 23. He was crucified after taking the Passover and hurriedly taken to the tomb before the First Day of Unleavened Bread. Yahshua [Jesus] died and was entombed before sundown.
This First Day of Unleavened Bread was Wednesday evening through Thursday evening. The women, after seeing the body of Yahshua [Jesus] laid in the tomb just before sunset, returned and prepared spices and fragrant oils for the final preparation of the body on Friday, just before the regular weekly Sabbath. (Mark 16:1; Luke 23:56; John 19:31)
After the women rested on the regular weekly Sabbath, they went to the tomb of Yahshua [Jesus] early on the first day of the week (what we call Sunday), while it was still dark. (John 20:1-2) They found that He had already been resurrected before sunset on the Sabbath. (Matthew 28:1-6; Mark 16:2-6; Luke 24:1-3; “What is the Sabbath?“)
The Roman Catholic Church put a mask on scripture, swearing in the tradition of Constantine to obliterate everything Jewish. As a result, most Christians have become religious hypocrites, adopting the pagan traditions of the past. A Friday afternoon crucifixion and Sunday morning resurrection says, in reality, that Yahshua [Jesus] was entombed for a day and a half. The holiday Easter is even named after the Anglo-Saxon goddess of spring, a glaring sign of its roots. (“The Deceptions of Easter“)
When Israel and Judah became separate kingdoms, Jeroboam separated the northern tribes from Rehoboam. Jeroboam forbid anyone in his kingdom from celebrating the feasts in Jerusalem. Instead, he set up a golden calf at Bethel and Dan. He made an alternate version of his own feast in the eighth month like the Feast of Tabernacles. (2 Kings 14:25) In its day, apostate Israel came to worship the sun and the women to weep for Tammuz, adopting abominations from nations around them. (Ezekiel 8:13-16) Tammuz was no other than the fertility god of the region. You can see that the game of counterfeit substitution is nothing new! (“About the Christian Cross“; “The Perverse Gods of Christmas“; “The Deceptions of Christmas“)
As a prophet, Jonah was to call people back to YHWH, right teaching and living. In the same way, the Father’s Word serves as a fence of protection around His people. Those that follow YHWH and His Word are protected through the sacrifice of Yahshua [Jesus] the Messiah. False teachers and prophets tear down scriptural truth, turning it into a counterfeit false religion. Truth matters. The sign of Jonah matters. (Matthew 15:8-9; Deuteronomy 12:29-31) Now you know the truth. (“Spiritual Filth and How Worthless It Is“; “Ongoing Corruption of Christianity“)