It is important to understand the timing of Passover to Pentecost.
The timing of the Passover in its agricultural context was linked to the barley harvest. In its celestial context Passover came on the 14th day of the first month, Nisan. The Passover lambs came to inspection on Nisan 10. They were slaughtered on the 14th day of the Nisan moon at twilight. (Jesus was slain at the exact same time). The day following Passover was Nisan 15, the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread. This day was a “high day” or a sabbath. This point about the other sabbaths helps us understand the Feasts of Israel. Firstfruits is “day one” of the fifty days which are counted out to the Feast of Pentecost.
This explanation of Sabbaths also helps us understand how Jesus was in the grave for three days and three nights, not two days and two nights as church tradition has taught us for the past 1700 years. There were two Sabbaths, back to back in the crucifixion year of 32 A.D.. The first sabbath was a “high day” sabbath. It was the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread and it came on a Friday in the year of our Lord’s passion. The second sabbath, the next day, was Saturday, a regular weekly sabbath. Here we have a solid scriptural basis for laying out the three days and three nights in which Jesus was in the grave. “as Jonah was in the belly of the whale three days and three nights that He too would be in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights” (Mat.12:40). That extra sabbath, the first day of Unleavened Bread came on a Friday, followed by the weekly sabbath. Thus we have the extra day that fulfills the prophecy Biblical prophecy accurately.
One seventh of the time, on average, the Sabbath, (high day), of Unleavened Bread was followed by another Sabbath, a regular weekly Sabbath. In such years Passover week had two Sabbaths. In such years the omer was waved before the Lord three days after the Passover lambs were slain.
Firstfruits in such years would then fall on Nisan 17. So on those years in which Nisan 15, (the High day sabbath of the first day of Unleavened Bread), was followed the next day, (Nisan 16), by a regular Saturday sabbath the Feast of Firstfruits came the next day. Firstfruits would fall on Nisan 17. Nisan 17 would be the first day of the week,Sunday. This is precisely what happened in the crucifixion year. Firstfruits, (Resurrection Sunday) came on Nisan 17. This auspicious Firstfruits was also a day of deliverance from death. And it came on the 17th day of the Nisan moon in the crucifixion year, 32 A.D.
So Firstfruits in the year of the passion came three days and three nights after the prescribed Passover date of Nisan 14. On the morrow after the sabbath He rose from the grave as the firstfruits from the dead. (1Cor.15:20) In 32 A.D., the year of the passion of Jesus Christ, Passover, the crucifixion, came on a Thursday. The First day of Unleavened Bread was a Friday and the next day, Saturday was a regular weekly sabbath. The Resurrection of Jesus Christ came the following day, on the Feast of Firstfruits on Sunday, the morrow after the sabbath and the “first day of the week”. Jesus was in the grave during the passage of the three days and three nights as He had said. Those three days extended from Thursday the 14th of Nisan,(Passover), when He was laid in the tomb, through to Sunday the 17th of Nisan, (Resurrection Sunday).
Excerpts & Calendar came from detailed article by Expert, Dr. Gavin Finley, endtimepilgrim.org. website & Utube videos.
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