Learning How To Count To Three To Determine The True Messiah
Question on the 3 days and 3 nights
A Closer Look at the ‘3 days and 3 nights’ and ‘the 3rd day’ information from the Gospels
There are some that have a lot of difficulty understanding the ‘3 days and 3 nights’ prophetic timeline around our Messiah. Many do not fully understand that the crucifixion was on a Wednesday, and the resurrection on the weekly Sabbath. The study on the ‘midst of the week’ is a very huge study – everyone that does not fully understand the following information is obligated to seek out exactly what ‘midst of the week’ means for the Messiah and us. Many do not understand how the Friday crucifixion and the 3½ year ministry does not point to the true Messiah.
This study is going to address the ‘3 days and 3 nights’ and ‘the 3rd day’ – according to the Wednesday crucifixion, and also show how these phrases need to be worked with. May I suggest that the understanding of how to count 2 days is not as easy as it may seem, so I will be giving examples from the Old Testament to show the discrepancies. Every example in this study is only in alignment with the Scriptures when the day begins with DAWN – not sunset! The study from Joshua 3-5 (Joshua crossing the Jordan), lays a foundation for this problem of counting different periods of 3 days.
While we think we can count ‘3 days’ any way that we choose, we’d better think again. So, let’s take a look at some Old Testament examples where 3 days are mentioned, examine how they are counted out, and see IF there is consistency.
Creation Week – the first 3½ days of the week:
Learning To Count With Noah During The Flood
- Gen 7:11 In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.
- Gen 8:4 And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat.
- Gen 7:24 And the waters prevailed upon the earth an hundred and fifty days.
- Gen 8:3 And the waters returned from off the earth continually: and after the end of the hundred and fifty days, the waters were abated.
Let’s chart the information from Noah’s account on a table starting with the 17th day of the 2nd month.
The flood account is approximately 2300 BC. The creation months all had 30 days/month for 12 months totaling 360 days in the yearly cycle for the first 3300 years since creation. At the sundial event that occurred with King Hezekiah approximately 700 BC, the sundial shadow went backward about 10 degrees (Isa 38). The end result of this miracle added extra days to the yearly cycle, with an average of approximately an additional 5¼ days/year in the cycle. However, this does not change YaHuWaH’s creation calendar year.
The beginning of YaHuWaH’s month is always on the 1st day of the month. But that does not mean that every event in each Scriptural example of ‘counting’ has to always begin on the 1st day of the month. In the case of Noah, the count began on the 17th day, so the segments of full 30 day months were counted from that day onward.
Also, ‘the count’ does not have to begin at the ‘1st hour of the day’ as will be shown in several examples. The ‘count’ begins when one is instructed to ‘begin counting.’ The count can begin: a) in the morning; 2) in the evening; 3) in the middle of the afternoon; or anywhere in between. Special attention must be given to the content and context.
Several examples will be given to help us to learn to count so that prophetic timelines can be calculated properly.
Exodus Account Of 3 Days’ Journey Into The Wilderness
- Exodus 3:18 And they shall hearken to thy voice: and thou shalt come, thou and the elders of Yisra’El, unto the king of Egypt, and ye shall say unto him, YaHuWaH Elohim of the Hebrews hath met with us: and now let us go, we beseech thee, three days’ journey into the wilderness, that we may sacrifice to the YaHuWaH our Elohim.
- Exodus 5:3 And they said, YaHuWaH Elohim of the Hebrews hath met with us: let us go, we pray thee, three days’ journey into the desert, and sacrifice unto the YaHuWaH our Elohim; lest he fall upon us with pestilence, or with the sword.
- Exodus 8:27 We will go three days’ journey into the wilderness, and sacrifice to YaHuWaH our Elohim, as he shall command us.
- Exodus 15:22 So Mosheh brought Yisra’El from the Red Sea, and they went out into the Wilderness of Shur, and they went three days into the wilderness and found no water.
- Num 33:3 And they departed from Rameses [for the 3 days’ journey] in the first month, on the fifteenth day of the first month; on the morrow after the Pesach/Passover the children of Yisra’El went out with a high hand in the sight of all the Egyptians.
If Pesach/Passover is placed on either the 15th, 16th, or 17th, the 3 days’ journey will involve the weekly Sabbath. There are no instances where Yisra’El was commanded to travel on the weekly [H7676] Sabbath. Therefore, the only option for the placement of Pesach/Passover is on a ‘Tuesday’ or the 3rd cycle of the week.
In this scenario, the Firstfruits festival will be placed on Abib 19th. This is the only placement of Firstfruits that works perfectly with the Feast of Weeks (count of seven Sabbaths) to arrive on the 1st day of the week in Month #3 of Exodus 19 and 20 – the marker for Shavuot/Pentecost at the foot of Mt Sinai.
Shavuot/Pentecost ‘count of seven Sabbaths’ will not work IF Firstfruits is placed on the date of Abib 16, as many believe.
In this example of Exodus, the 3 days are counted AFTER the ending of Pesach/Passover day.
Remember: The first day of their journey began the morning of Abib 15. But: The first day of their journey is not completed until the morning of Abib 16, 24 hours later.
Exodus 16 Account For Quail and Manna
Remember: Take careful note of how these 15 days must be counted. Using
30 days per Biblical month, IF you begin counting to 30 days from Abib to Zif/Ziw by starting your count on Abib 15, you will not end on the 15th day of the 2nd month. The 30 day count must begin on Abib 16 because Abib 16 marks the 1st full day of their journey.
Exo 19:1 In the third month after the children of Yisra’El had come out of the land of Egypt, on this day [a Wednesday] they came to the Wilderness of Sinai. The ‘count’ will not work using the 15th day of the month Sivan. It only works with the first ‘Wednesday’ of the month.
Notice how the count works for:
- The ‘day’ and ‘date’ they enter the Wilderness of Sinai;
- The 3 days of ‘today’, ‘tomorrow’ and ‘the 3rd’
It will be impossible for Shavuot/Pentecost to arrive on the 50th day of the count of seven Sabbaths if everything from the 1st Month, the 2nd Month, and into the 3rd Month is not counted correctly.
In all 3 months, the weekly Sabbath is never violated with a journey. The camp of Yisra’El was always stopped and resting.
Joshua’s Examples For A Variety Of Counting 3 Days
(They are not all counted the same for different sets of ‘3 days’.)
We will examine 3 different examples in the book of Joshua – all begin the day with dawn twilight as given in Gen 1:1-5 for the first day of creation:
- Joshua’s command for crossing the Jordan in 3 days (Chapter 1)
- Rahab asking the spies to hide for 3 days (Chapter 2)
- Crossing the Jordan (Chapters 3-4)
- Healing from the circumcision over 3 days (Chapter 5)
Note: The Jordan was crossed on the 10th day of the month. Joshua gave these instructions on Abib 6 – but he did NOT count Abib 6 as the first of the 3 day count. You’ll see why when we work with the 3 days in the Rahab account when she gave instruction to the spies to hide in the mountains for 3 days.
It is wasn’t for Rahab’s instructions to the spies about hiding for 3 days, you would not know how to count these 3 days – whether to begin the count on Abib 6 or Abib 7. It gets really iffy.
Let’s look at Rahab next.
Let’s now notice very carefully how Rahab’s 3 days are counted. The count does not begin until she sends the spies away just before the gates close at dark. Three cycles of 24 hours each still = 72 hours no matter where the count begins. This is very important and will come in handy later on.
So, we must remember the crossing of the Jordan is to take place on the 10th day of the month. The spies return at nightfall on Abib 9th just in time for everyone to start getting ready to cross in the morning. No doubt the spies gave their report to Joshua and other leaders about taking Jericho.
So, what do we learn from this? Starting any count for ‘3 days’ does not necessarily have to begin with the ‘break of day’ – it begins where it begins – in this case, the ‘3 days’ began with nightfall.
This chart shows where:
- The 3 days of Rahab’s instructions would end – at nightfall of Abib 9.
- The 3rd day of Joshua’s command to get ready to cross the Jordan; but remember, the first day of Joshua’s account did NOT begin until ‘the next day’.
- Both cases involve 3 days – or 72 hours – and they both begin at different times.
- Crossing the Jordan was the ‘day after’ the 3rd
- One has to pay very special attention to all the details to know exactly how to count both sets of ‘3 days’.
Note: If the count uses a ‘day that begins with sunset, or evening’ not one of these Scripture testimonies will be accurate. It will be impossible to know how to count 3 days.
This chart shows where:
- The crossing of the Jordan occurred on the 10th day of the month.
- Abib 11 is circumcision day.
- This time the 3 days are counted starting with Abib 11 – IF – the men needed healing for at least 3 days as given in some other clues in Gen 34.
- Could it be that YaHuWaH would want the men to be feeling better before all the activities of Pesach/Passover on Abib 14?
Did you notice ‘these 3 days’ are counted different than the other sets ‘of 3 days’? Keep this in mind as we now continue to look at the different sets of ‘3 days’ in the Gospel Account. The charts will be very simple.
Addressing The Gospel Account For ‘3 days’ Or ‘The 3rd Day’ etc.
Introduction: Yahusha laid down some groundwork and principles approximately 3 months before His Pesach/Passover sacrifice. His words define the beginning and ending of the timeline for the ‘3 days and 3 nights’. Note these Scriptures:
- John 10:17-18 Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.
At the very beginning of Yahusha’s Pesach/Passover Day, notice the exchange of words between Pilate and Yahusha:
- John 19:10-11 Then saith Pilate unto him, Speakest thou not unto me? Knowest thou not that I have power to crucify thee, and have power to release thee? Yahusha answered Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: …
- Even though the trial and crucifixion could be described as ‘torture next to death’, Yahusha made it clear that no man, priest, emperor, or judge could put Him to death. He was in charge of when He would lay down His life and exactly when He would pick it up again at the resurrection.
- John 19:30 When Yahusha, therefore, had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the spirit. (cf. Matt 27:46; Mark 15:34; Luke 14:44-46.)
Yahusha provides the two witnesses or the two ‘speaking voices’ for beginning the timeline of His death:
- 1st ‘speaking voice’ witness for ‘3 days and 3 nights’ … ‘It is finished.’
- Luke 23:46 And when Yahusha had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the spirit.
- 2nd ‘speaking voice’ witness for ‘3 days and 3 nights’ … ‘Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit’.
This section will be addressed with individual verses if that is possible. So, let’s get started. Everything is recorded for a Wednesday crucifixion, using he pagan names of days for clarity. (For comparison, there is a chart for a Friday crucifixion.) In all of the charts we are going to look at how to count the 3 days, in whatever way the phrase is worded.
- Mark 8:31 And he began to teach them, that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders, and of the chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.
After Yahusha’s death at the 9th hour – He will rise after 3 days – or 3 cycles totaling 72 hours. That’s exactly what happened.
The ‘3 day count’ begins at the 9th hour on Abib 14 ending at the 9th hour of Abib 17 – Sabbath. Yahusha’s resurrection was on His Sabbath, not the ‘beast Sabbath’.
Even if the resurrection was on Sunday morning, there is no way for Yahusha to rise after 3 days using a Friday crucifixion – although some say you can use ‘inclusive reckoning’ and stretch this short period of time to 3 days. However, caution is strongly advised for anyone defaulting to, and using, ‘inclusive reckoning’ for any prophetic timeline around the Messiah. Inclusive reckoning is used around reckoning the reign of earthly kings of Yisra’El and the pagan nations, but NEVER for prophetic timelines for the true Messiah. In fact, the ‘inclusive reckoning’ on the chart above is a perfect replica for the pagan god Tammuz – for the pagans honor his Friday crucifixion and Sunday morning resurrection. Our Messiah’s passion would never be identical to any pagan god including Tammuz!
However, the challenge from many is … ‘BUT there are 12 verses from the gospels + 2 more in Acts 10:40 & 1 Cor 15:4 referring to THE THIRD DAY.’ (We will address these verses with referrals to one of 3 charts. Chart #3 is coming.) Out of the many witnesses, Luke 24:21 will be listed but dealt with separately as it seems the most tricky. It is also the verse that most want to use to discredit the many ‘well understood’ Scriptures around the resurrection day.
- Matt 16:21 From that time forth began Yahusha to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again THE THIRD DAY. See Chart #1
- Matt 17:23 And they shall kill him, and THE THIRD DAY he shall be raised again. And they were exceedingly sorry. See Chart #1
- Matt 20:19 And shall deliver him to the Gentiles to mock, and to scourge, and to crucify him: and THE THIRD DAY he shall rise again. See Chart #1
- Matt 27:63 Saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three days I will rise again. See Chart #1 – which is talking about AFTER 72 hours.
- Matt 27:64 Command therefore that the sepulcher be made sure until THE THIRD DAY, lest his disciples come by night, and steal him away, and say unto the people, He is risen from the dead: so the last error shall be worse than the first. See Chart #3.
The Green Brackets represent the three ’24 hour periods’ counting out how the Roman Guard was placed. The Hews did not ask for the Roman Guard until the morning of Abib 15 – and they wanted it for at least 3 days. This count would end on Abib 18, even though Yahusha had died about 18 hours earlier.
However, do not: the resurrection was on Sabbath at the 9th hour, so this Roman Guard was divinely dismantled [like dead men] long before the full 72 hours for the Roman Guard was completed. Somehow people were not at the tomb to know this – likely Jerusalem was in a real state of excitement because the Firstfruits that were captive had been raised at Messiah’s resurrection, and instructed to go into Jerusalem as witnesses to this awesome event.
Have you ever wondered why there is no gospel record for this amazing event? Well, now you will know! Remember, none of these eyewitnesses were gospel writers. The gospel writers only wrote about what they had actually witnessed with their eyes or witnesses from the women at the tomb the next day. Of course, none of the disciples were able to witness these events, because they were still behind locked doors for fear of the Jews. Even at the very last moments of the Sabbath while it was still dark. Just before Sunday Dawn arrives, Mary Magdalene called John and Peter as witnesses to the empty tomb. At this point, none of the disciples knew that Yahusha had risen. So, all the disciples missed all of these exciting events in Jerusalem when the witnesses were resurrected with Yahusha. They missed out because ‘unbelief’ and ‘fear’ locked them behind closed doors. Sad, isn’t it?
- Mark 9:31 For he taught his disciples, and said unto them, The Son of man is delivered into the hands of men, and they shall kill him, and after that, he is killed, he shall rise THE THIRD DAY. See Chart #1
- Mark 10:34 And they shall mock him, and shall scourge him, and shall spit upon him, and shall kill him: and THE THIRD DAY he shall rise again. See Chart #1
- Luke 9:22 Saying, The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be slain, and be raised THE THIRD DAY. See Chart #1
- Luke 13:32 And he said unto them, Go ye, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures to day and to morrow, and THE THIRD DAY I shall be perfected. See Chart #1
- Luke 18:33 And they shall scourge him, and put him to death: and THE THIRD DAY he shall rise again. See Chart #1
- Luke 24:7 Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and THE THIRD DAY rise again. See Chart #1
- Luke 24:21 But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Yisra’El: and beside all this, to day is THE THIRD DAY since these things were done. (Setting: Emmaus walk evening of Abib 18.) Luke 24:21 will not be placed on any charts. Important comment will follow later.
Note: The events of Luke 24:21 cannot be placed on this chart, but let’s try!
The Green Brackets represent the three ’24 hour periods’ of obligation for the Roman Guard once it was placed. Three options will be considered. The Jews did not ask for the Roman Guard until the morning of Abib 15 – and they wanted it for at least 3 days. This count would then end sometime on the morning of Abib 18, even though Yahusha resurrected on Abib 17th – 72 hours from the time He declared ‘It is finished!’.
The meaning of ‘since these things were done’ [Luke 24:21] is not expressed as clearly as it could be in English for THIS verse. Some may think the two disciples speaking with Yahusha [on their walk to Emmaus] could have been referring to the 3 days since the Roman Guard was placed which would link Matt 27:64. … OR …
Some may think they were counting this 1st day of the week [Abib 18] ‘as the third day’ from the 1st day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread [Abib 15]. The context of Luke 24:20 was about the chief priest and leaders, mentioning the deeds of deliverance and condemnation to crucify Yahusha. However, that was NOT the last of their deeds. The last order of business they needed to take care of was the sealing of Yahusha’s tomb with a Roman Guard to secure His body would be stolen. It was indeed the 3rd day SINCE that event – which brings the ‘count’ back to the Roman Guard. However, there is still a problem, as this timeline only reaches to the morning of the 1st day, not the evening.
However, that being said, even if this part is not understood (with a first and casual reading), this ‘one witness’ does not hold any weight to completely disregard the other 14 witnesses that are very clear on just how to count the three days of Yahusha’s prophetic timeline, or how to count to the 3rd day. This ‘count’ only works with a Wednesday crucifixion. The Friday crucifixion is completely eliminated – especially when considering the Roman Guard – because no matter which way one works the timeline from Friday 3 PM – the 3rd day will end on Monday Abib 19 (3 PM)! And then … the Luke 24:21 statement of ‘three days SINCE’ will not end until sometime on Tuesday, Abib 20th.
Do note the next listed Scripture from Luke, given 25 verses later in verse 46. Finally Luke gives clarification saying with exactness ‘THE third day’. As a final point, he is not being vague about this at all. The context is about Yahusha’s suffering, and His dearth – it has nothing to do with the Roman Guard and Abib 15.
We have just considered several options for Luke 24:21, of which NONE of them are 100% satisfactory. Therefore, we will eave this puzzle for the moment and seek a full explanation a bit later!
- Luke 24:46 And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Yahusha to suffer, and to rise from the dead THE THIRD DAY. See Chart #1
- Acts 10:40 Him YaHuWaH raised up THE THIRD DAY and shewed him openly. See Chart #1
- 1 Corinthians 15:4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again THE THIRD DAY according to the Scriptures. See Chart #1
Another part of this question addresses Jonah and his experience of 3 days and 3 nights. Now that we know that the 3rd day had a lot of excitement around the resurrection, the accounts in Matt 12 and Luke 11 (below) give exact details about this 3rd day. In order to get to the 3rd day, one has to count 3 days AND 3 nights. This rules out any possibility of ‘inclusive reckoning’ which counts only a small part of the 24 hours as being the same as a full 24 hours. Jonah and Matthew are two witnesses that do away with the idea of inclusive reckoning, just as we require 2 to 3 witnesses to establish a Torah Truth.
The comparison of the 3 days AND 3 nights between Yahusha and Jonah:
- Jonah 1:17 Now YaHuWaH had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.
- Matt 12:40-42 For as Jonas 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. The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here. The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here. Matt 12:40 is the 2nd witness to Johan 1:17, but vs 41-42 has a 2nd witness in Luke:
- Luke 11:31-32 The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with the men of this generation, and condemn them: for she came from the utmost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here. The men of Nineveh shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here.
I believe that Chart #1 is sufficient to explain the details of these 3 verses. Just as Jonah was ‘trapped’ in the fish and could do nothing about his circumstances, so our Messiah was ‘trapped’ in the grip of death and could do nothing about His ‘state of the dead’ circumstance. Both were separated from society, all cares, etc., for the same period of time. Johan’s experience was what Yahusha used as ‘the sign’ because He was asked to provide ‘a sign’ by those that doubted and scoffed at Him. The sign of Jonah is the one He chose to use. It was not the ONLY sign he gave, but it was the LAST sign and it contained a ‘timeline’ to remove all doubt. If they had not asked for a sign, it’s very likely these details would not have been written.
However, it is THIS sign which separates our Messiah from the false messiah – Tammuz. Let us never forget this. In Galatians chapter 1, Paul warns about his students accepting ‘another gospel’ or ‘another messiah’. Let’s make sure we don’t do the same thing. A Friday crucifixion and ‘inclusive reckoning of time’ points to ‘another messiah’ – specifically Tammuz!
There are many other examples in the Bible about 3 days, as has been shown at the beginning part of this study. However, as we noticed, all of them count different, and none of them say 3 days AND 3 nights. Therefore, Yahusha chose to use Jonah as the sign, so there would be no mistake. (Note: At the end of this study ‘others signs of the true Messiah’ are listed that were already given – and certainly were worthy of notice, although none of them were good enough for the accusers.)
Let’s return to the Luke 24:21 puzzle with a further investigation around this Sunday evening walk to Emmaus with the two disciples and their traveling companion, Yahusha. In urgency it is recorded:
- Luke 24:21 But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Yisra’El: and beside all this, to day is THE THIRD DAY since these things were done.
Luke 24.21 isn’t saying what we have been taught, or what it appears to be saying. It is another mistranslation attempting to force a Sunday resurrection. The key word is THIRD! Verse 21 does not say ‘this is the third day’ in Greek. The word for ‘third’ in this verse is <triten> which has its root in <tritos/G5154> which is defined by Thayer’s Lexicon.
Notice the KJV translation for G5154 in the red box is ‘third’ … or … ‘thirdly’.
The ‘third aspect’ coincides perfectly with some of the main senses given in Thayer’s Lexicon, such as the third part; the third time; and most importantly, in the third place, and thirdly.
What does all this mean?
Remember, during the conversation with Yahusha (before the 2 men recognized Him), verse 18 tells us: Then one of them, Cleopas, replied, ‘You must be the only person in Jerusalem who hasn’t heard about these things that have happened there the last few days.’ Cleopas used the term ‘these things’. Yahusha replied, ‘What things?’ Then in verses 19-21, Cleopas starts to rattle off ‘those things’, and when he comes to ‘the third one’ he says, ‘and the third aspect’ or ‘thirdly’.
For example: ‘We had hoped that He was the Messiah who had come to rescue Yisra’El. And moreover, in the third place it has been days since these things happened.’
That’s all this conversation is saying between these three men. The context is NOT saying: ‘this is the third day since these things happened.’
This is the first example to be considered. Let’s examine another aspect – that of Idiomatic Expressions.
According to A. T. Robertson, the problem with Luke 24:21 is that the phrase ‘today is the third day’ is an idiomatic expression – most difficult to translate into English. (See his book, Word Pictures in the New Testament for further details.) Because the phrase is idiomatic, its actual meaning cannot be understood by a literal translation which often serves to obscure the true meaning.
- With this in mind, many scholars and translators have studied how such idiomatic expressions were used by various writers of that era. What is another accepted discovery about this matter? The idiom is an expression of completed time. In other words, ‘today is the third day’ actually indicates ‘as of today, three days have already passed.’
- Berkley’s translation renders the phrase as ‘three days have already passed.’
- Moffat translates the phrase as ‘three days ago.’
Both of these translations properly convey the idiom to show a period of time that has been completed. Based on this information, a precise translation of Luke 24:21 would be: ‘But, besides all these things, as of today, the third day has already passed since these things took place.’ Thus, Luke 24:21 in no way supports the teaching that Yahusha was raised from the dead on the 1st day of the week, be it at morning twilight or sunrise!
Summary: When Luke 24:21 is understood according to the ‘other’ Greek definitions, and the proper definition is applied, then the translation in English will read in such a way that Luke 24:21 comes into full alignment and agreement with all other Gospel witnesses. Or, when the correct interpretation is given to an idiomatic expression, this also solves an ongoing problem in this area.
Once again, the lesson we must learn is that when something seems out of alignment it will likely be a translation error between languages – or not understanding the idiom correctly. It will not be a Scriptural error between Bible writers. With that information, Luke 24:21 should now have new meaning and clarification for this puzzle.
Conclusion: Word Study on ‘sign’ in the New Testament
The following 7 sections of Scripture contain the word ‘sign’ in conjunction with Yahusha and Him being the true Messiah and His resurrection. This is the part where you will recognize there was more than one sign given for Yahusha as THE Messiah – but the sign of ‘3 days and 3 nights’ was the LAST sign given just a few days before the crucifixion. (The following is a mini-study only!)