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APRIL 1, 33 A.D.
A great deal of new and highly revealing information has been covered up to this point. But there remains one item that has yet to be addressed. Here it is:
Let us now determine the exact date of Yahshua’s crucifixion.
We have already set forth the reasons Yahshua had to have been crucified in 33 A.D. And before we continue, let us rule out one thing. Examination of that time period reveals that there was not a solar eclipse that could have caused the three hours of darkness. Also, eclipses are not three hours of darkness in duration. And, it is not possible to have a solar eclipse during the time of a full moon at Passover. A solar eclipse is when the moon gets between the sun and the earth. So quite obviously, there cannot be even the slightest part of the bright side of the moon showing at that time. Therefore, the three hours of darkness were just as much a sovereign miracle as it was when Yahweh made it dark in Egypt for three days (and prophetically, they speak of the same thing), while it remained light in Goshen (Exodus 10:21-23).
To narrow this down even further, the only two possible months in 33 A.D. that a Passover could have been observed with the crescent moon beginning the lunar month, would have been in April or May. Passover would have been at or around the full moon in one of those two months. The full moon in May was Saturday, the 2nd, and that places the moon too late for a Passover with a Saturday resurrection. The full moon in March was on a Wednesday, the 4th, but March was too early for Passover. That leaves only one month in which this Passover could have been held – April.
Now let us add the clinching determining criteria of the specific days of these events. By doing so, we will narrow this down to find the exact dates of Yahshua’s death and resurrection.
To begin with, as the determining factor that trumps all other ideas, we know that Yahshua resurrected on one of the Jews’ seventh day sabbaths. Therefore, that firmly locks His resurrection down to a specific day and date – Saturday, April 4. This is the sabbath that would have followed their Passover, the sabbath that was repeatedly identified as “one of the sabbaths,” and even “the chief sabbath.”
Going back in time from there, that would mean the women bought spices the day before, which we noted was an open day, or Friday, April 3. The day before that would have been the Jews’ Passover, or Thursday, April 2. And that would have placed Yahshua’s crucifixion on April 1. Therefore, we have:
Based on all the facts set forth in the Scriptures, these specific days and dates are mandatory. But the final question is: Does this match with the moon?
What we find is that the full moon took place on April 3. Philo wrote during the time of Yahshua that the full moon was on the fifteenth day of the lunar month, the Jews’ Passover. But you can see here that April 3 does not match with the Jews’ Passover that year, for it was held on April 2. So how or why would their feast have been moved backward one day?
First, the Jews did not have the sophistication we have today to know the precise day, hour, and minute of the crescent or full moons. They went by sight and by mathematics. But there were other Jewish laws that determined a feast as well, including a provision to make sure two sabbaths did not occur back to back. In their experience, that would have placed too much strain on the people and on the pocketbooks. Therefore, they would let some feasts slide one day. And you can see here that if they had held their Passover on the full moon on Friday, April 3, which would have made Friday a sabbath, that would have been followed by yet another sabbath, the seventh-day sabbath. Therefore, given that we know the specific order and occurrence of these days as set forth by the Scriptures, particularly Yahshua’s Saturday resurrection, it is highly plausible that the very reason they made this shift one day backward, was to fulfill their requirement that Passover would not be followed by the seventh-day sabbath.
Of course, this is precisely the case evidenced in Mark 16:1 where the women bought spices on what had to have been a Friday, which were to be used the next day to anoint Yahshua’s body. Once again, Yahweh used the traditions of the Jews to accomplish His will. But for whatever reason they made this change, we are specifically told that Yahshua resurrected on a Saturday, which requires that that resurrection be on April 4; and therefore, He would have to have been crucified on the true sabbath, Wednesday, April 1.
It is quite interesting, and undoubtedly most revealing, that the day of Yahshua’s crucifixion has a long history of being April Fool’s Day. Nobody has known this Day’s true origin. Many theories are set forth. But now, knowing that Yahshua was crucified on April 1, it is entirely plausible, if not evident, that both Romans and Jews alike set forth His crucifixion day to be ridiculed as All Fool’s Day (the original name of April Fool’s Day).
Read the following account from Matthew 27:27-44 and ask yourself if this was not indeed the very event that made this day forever set apart in history as All Fool’s Day. Remember, the Romans despised the Jews – and what an opportunity to once again make them the brunt of a joke and foolery than to say that on April 1 the Jews killed their own king. And add to that that when Yahshua resurrected, the Jews and Romans alike had to come up with a way to diminish and dismiss this event. In fact, the Jews paid off the soldiers who were guarding the tomb to keep them quiet and to advance the foolishness and absurdity of His resurrection (Matthew 28:11-15). But an even more effective stopgap would have been the use of ridicule – establishing April 1 as the day those fools, the Jews, killed a man who said he was their king, and some believed he was the Messiah. What better way to mark this than an All Fool’s Day. In this regard, pay special attention to the instant ridicule this event evoked.
Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole Roman cohort around Him. They stripped Him and put a scarlet robe on Him. And after twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on His head, and a reed in His right hand; and they knelt down before Him and mocked Him, saying, "Hail, King of the Jews!" They spat on Him, and took the reed and began to beat Him on the head. After they had mocked Him, they took the scarlet robe off Him and put His own garments back on Him, and led Him away to crucify Him.
As they were coming out, they found a man of Cyrene named Simon, whom they pressed into service to bear His cross. And when they came to a place called Golgotha, which means Place of a Skull, they gave Him wine to drink mixed with gall; and after tasting it, He was unwilling to drink.
And when they had crucified Him, they divided up His garments among themselves by casting lots. And sitting down, they began to keep watch over Him there. And above His head they put up the charge against Him which read, "THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS."
At that time two robbers were crucified with Him, one on the right and one on the left. And those passing by were hurling abuse at Him, wagging their heads and saying, "You who are going to destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save Yourself! If You are the Son of God, come down from the cross."
In the same way the chief priests also, along with the scribes and elders, were mocking Him and saying, "He saved others; He cannot save Himself. He is the King of Israel; let Him now come down from the cross, and we will believe in Him. "He trusts in God; let God rescue Him now, if He delights in Him; for He said, 'I am the Son of God.' "
The robbers who had been crucified with Him were also insulting Him with the same words.
Who was the fool on that day of April 1, 33 A.D.? It was the one who believed that Yahshua was the Son of God, the Messiah.
Can you imagine the continuing tone of this entire event afterwards, how the mockery must have reverberated throughout the world, recorded and passed along by the Romans? What more plausible and explosive historical event could have caused this All Fool’s Day? High level figures would have laughed about this event all the way back to Rome. The soldiers who traveled the world would have laughed about it. This day would have become the brunt of every joke – on this day, April 1, the Romans killed the King of the Jews!
Even when the Romans were killing Christians in the Coliseum, they could have well called them April Fools, or whatever month and day was used at that time. The Romans hated the Christians, and thus what more reason for them to have made April 1 All Fool’s Day.
Therefore, it is highly probable that April 1 would have been advanced by both the leaders of Rome and by the Jews as the day synonymous with being a fool. There is no more powerfully motivated day in history to support the origin of April Fool’s Day, than the fateful day of Yahshua’s crucifixion on April 1, 33 A.D.
From the Roman soldiers who mocked Him, to the ridiculing sign they placed by Him, to the mockery of those who passed by, and the insults of even the two thieves crucified beside Him. From the undoubted insulting records and reports of both Romans and Jews alike, April 1 would always be remembered as All Fool’s Day, the day the acclaimed Messiah was killed.
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