1 Nisan 2013 Pazartesi

(EASTER; GOOD WEDNESDAY NOT GOOD FRIDAY) - WHAT WAS THE SIGN OF JONAH? REAL EASTER... UPDATE!

"CHRIST" NOT A NAME





















Over a thousand million Christians today blindly accept that Jesus of Nazareth is the
Christ. They produce "a thousand and one" prophecies from the Jewish Bible (the Old
Testament) to prove their claim that Jesus was the Messiah promised to the Jews.
Let us hold the thousand" prophecies in abeyance for a moment and examine the
only unequivocal claim made by Jesus in the Gospels and examine whether he
fulfilled his promise to the Jews.


We must admit that the word CHRIST is not a name. It is a title. It is a translation of
the Hebrew word Messiah, meaning "anointed." The Greek word for "anointed" is
Christos from which we get the word Christ.


Priests and kings were "anointed" when being consecrated to their office. The Holy
Bible confers this title even on a heathen king CYRUS (Isaiah 45:1).


We are reminded in the Gospel of St.Luke that "WHEN EIGHT DAYS WERE ACCOMPLISHED FOR THE CIRCUMCISING OF THE CHILD, HIS NAME WAS CALLED JESUS, WHICH WAS SO NAMED OF THE ANGEL BEFORE HE WAS CONCEIVED IN THE WOMB." (Luke 2:21). The name that was given to Mary for her yet unborn son was JESUS and NOT Christ. It was only after his baptism at the hands of John the Baptist that he, Jesus, claimed to be the Christ. The Jews were not the ones to accept his claim on its face value. They wanted proof!

MIRACLE AS PROOF






















Matthew records that the learned men among the Jews - the Scribes and Pharisees -
came to Jesus and asked, "MASTER, WE WOULD SEE A SIGN FROM THEE". (Matthew 12:38). What they really wanted was some "magic trick," some "sleight of hand" like producing a rabbit out of a hat or walking on the water or flying in the air or trodding on burning coal. This is the type of "sign" or MIRACLE they were looking for. The Jews mistook him for a sorcerer, a wizard, a charlatan.

NO "SIGN" BUT ONE




























With righteous indignation Jesus replies: "AN EVIL AND ADULTEROUS
GENERATION SEEKETH AFTER A SIGN; AND THERE SHALL NO SIGN (no
miracle) BE GIVEN TO IT, BUT THE SIGN (miracle) OF THE PROPHET JONAS:
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." Matthew 12:39-40). Jesus says, "NO SIGN." He does
not refer the Jews to blind Bartimeus whose sight he had restored. He does not
speak about the "woman with issues" who was healed by merely touching him; or
about the 2000 pigs he had destroyed to heal "a man possessed;" or the 5000 and
the 3000 people he had fed and satiated with a few pieces of fish and a few pieces of
bread. "No sign," says Jesus, BUT ONE! - "THE SIGN OF THE PROPHET JONAS!"
He is putting all his "eggs" in one basket. His claim to being the Messiah (Christ)
stands or falls the ONLY "sign" he was prepared to give.


Did Jesus fulfill the only sign he gave? Christendom answers with a unanimous YES! without heeding the Biblical advice - 'not to take things for granted.' - but
"PROVE ALL THINGS!" (1 Thessalonians 5:21) 

JONAH FLEES HIS CALL























What was the "sign" (miracle) of Jonah? We have to go to the "Book of Jonah" in the
Old Testament to find out. God commanded Jonah to go to Nineveh and warn
the Ninevites to repent from their "evil ways, and from the violence that is in
their hands." (Jonah 3:8) But Jonah was loath to go as a warner unto the Ninevites,
so he goes to Joppa instead of Ninevah, and takes a boat to run away from the
Lord's command.


While at sea, there was a terrible tempest. According to the superstition of the
mariners, a person fleeing from his Master's command creates such a turmoil at sea.
They began to enquire among themselves and said, "COME, AND LET US CAST
LOTS, (like the tossing of a coin, "head" or "tail") THAT WE MAY KNOW FOR
WHOSE CAUSE THIS EVIL IS UPON US. SO THEY CAST LOTS, AND THE LOT
FELL UPON JONAH." (Jonah 1:7). Though here was a temporary lapse on the part
of Jonah in fulfilling his mission, he manfully and most outrageously volunteers:
"AND HE SAID UNTO THEM TAKE ME UP, AND CAST ME FORTH INTO THE
SEA; SO SHALL THE SEA BE CALM UNTO YOU: FOR I KNOW THAT FOR MY
SAKE THIS GREAT TEMPEST IS UPON YOU." (Jonah 1:12)

DEAD OR ALIVE?























Since Jonah was selflessly offering himself as a "vicarious" sacrifice there was no
need for strangling him before throwing him into the sea, no need to spear him or
break his arm or limb. In his own words: "TAKE ME UP AND CAST ME FORTH."
The question now arises, that when the shipmaster and the crew threw him
overboard, was Jonah dead or alive? Any Christian child who has attended Sunday
School will give an immediate reply: "ALIVE!" The storm subsides. Was this perhaps
a coincidence? A fish swallows Jonah. Was he dead or alive when swallowed? 
Theanswer again is "ALIVE" Was he dead or alive when "JONAH PRAYED UNTO THE
LORD HIS GOD OUT OF THE FISH'S BELLY?" (Jonah 2:1)


Surely dead men don't cry and don't pray! The answer again is "ALIVE" For three
days and three nights the fish takes him around the ocean: dead or alive? "ALIVE!"
is the answer. On the third day it vomits him on the seashore: dead or alive? A-L-I-V-E, of course! What had Jesus prophesied about himself? He said: "AS JONAH
WAS ..... SO SHALL THE SON OF MAN BE" LIKE JONAH. And how was Jonah? Was
he dead or alive for three days and three nights? Alive! ALIVE! ALIVE! is the
unanimous answer from the Jew, the Christian and the Muslim!

UNLIKE JONAH


If Jonah was alive for three days and three nights, then Jesus also ought to have
been alive in the tomb as he himself had foretold! But Christianity hangs on the
flimsy thread of the death" of Jesus for its salvation. So it has to answer that Jesus
was DEAD for three days and three nights. The contradiction between his utterance
and its fulfilment is obvious. Jonah ALIVE, Jesus DEAD! Very UNLIKE Jonah! Jesus
had said "LIKE Jonah" not UNLIKE Jonah. If this is true then according to his own
test Jesus is not the TRUE Messiah of the Jews. If the Gospel record is genuine then
how can we blame the Jews for rejecting "CHRIST".

THREE AND THREE = 72 HOURS?

























The Doctor of Divinity and the Professor of Theology replies that in Matthew 12:40
under discussion, the emphasis is on the TIME factor - "as Jonas was THREE days
and THREE nights in the belly of the whale, so shall the son of man be
THREE days and THREE nights in the heart of the earth." "Please note," says
the learned theologian, "that the word "THREE" is repeated F-O-U-R times in this
verse to prove that Jesus was going to fulfil the prophecy as regards the length of
time he was going to remain in the tomb, and NOT 'As Jonas was' in relation to his
being alive or dead. If it is the time factor that Jesus was stressing then let us ask
whether he fulfilled that aspect of his promise to the Jews as well. The Christian
dogmatist answers: "OF COURSE!"

PUBLIC HOLIDAY





















The question arises: when was Christ crucified? The whole Christian world answers:
"FRIDAY!" Is this the reason we celebrate "Good Friday" - as a Public Holiday in
every Christian nation from America to Zambia, from Abyssinia to Zaire at Easter?
What makes Good Friday" so good? "it is the death of Christ on the Cross on this
day to wash off our sins," says the Christians. So he was killed on the cross on a
Friday, 19xx years ago? "YES!" says the Christians. From the Gospel records we
gather that the Jews were in a hurry to eliminate Jesus. Hence the midnight trial,
and then dispatching him off to Pilate in the morning; from Pilate to Herod and then
back again to Pilate. The vested interests were afraid of the general public. Jesus
was their hero. He had been their benefactor. His enemies had to do away with him
quickly, and succeeded in doing so. However, as much as they were in a hurry to
hang him on the cross, they were in equal hurry to bring him down from the cross
before sunset on Friday because of the Sabbath. The Sabbath starts at about 6 p.m.
on Friday and the Jews were warned in Deuteronomy 21:23 that the victim of
crucifixion was an "accursed of God" and was not to be permitted to remainhanging 
on the Sabbath day, "that thy land be not defiled which the Lord thy
God giveth thee for an inheritance." 


To satisfy the religious scruples of the Scribes and Pharisees the "secret disciples"
of Jesus took down the body from the cross. They gave the body the Jewish burialbath, 
plastered it with "one hundred pounds weight of aaloes and myrrh" (John
19:39), then placed the shrouded body into the sepulcher before night-fall.

WHY "SUPPOSED"?























There are numerous differences between the various sects and denominations of
Christianity, but on the above they are unanimous. Jesus is SUPPOSED to be in the
tomb on the night of Friday. He is still SUPPOSED to be in the tomb on the day of
Saturday. He is still SUPPOSED to be in the tomb on the night of Saturday.
Christians agree whole-heartedly with this. It will be noted that I have repeated the
word 'SUPPOSED' three times. The reason is that the Gospels are silent as to when
exactly Jesus came out of the tomb. He could have been taken away on Friday night
by his "secret disciples" to a more congenial and restful place, but I have no
right to assume about what the Gospel writers are silent. I have, therefore, repeated
the word 'SUPPOSED' three times.


In the final analysis, let us see whether Jesus was THREE days and THREE nights in
the tomb:-













You will no doubt note that the GRAND TOTAL is ONE day and TWO nights, and
NOT THREE days and THREE nights. According to the Christian Scriptures Jesus had
failed a SECOND time. FIRST he was unlike Jonah, who was ALIVE in the belly of
the fish, which is the exact opposite of what the Christians claim had happened to
their master Jesus, who was DEAD for the same period of time as Jonah was -
ALIVE.


SECONDLY, we discover that he also failed to fulfill the TIME FACTOR as well. The
greatest mathematician in Christendom will fail to obtain the desired result - THREE
days and THREE nights. We must not forget that the Gospels are explicit in telling us
that it was "before sunrise" on Sunday morning (the FIRST day of the week), that
Mary Magdalene went to the tomb of Jesus and found it empty.

"GOOD" WEDNESDAY

































The Armstrong family has debunked the whole Christian world. They seem to know
their arithmetic! Mr. Robert Fahey of the "Plain Truth" magazine, delivered a
lecture recently at the "Holiday Inn,' Durban, where I was present. Mr. Faheyattempted 
to prove to his Christian audience that Jesus Christ was crucified on a
Wednesday and not on Friday, as is supposed by Orthodox Christianity for the past
two thousand years. According to him if one counts backwards from Sunday morning
deducting 3 DAYS and 3 NIGHTS, one ought to get WEDNESDAY as the answer.


I congratulated Mr Fahey for his ingenuity. I asked him, how was it possible for the
past two thousand years the whole Christian world celebrated GOOD FRIDAY
instead of GOOD WEDNESDAY. Thus the 1,200,000,000 Christians of the world
today are ignorant of the correct day of the so called crucifixion! It means that even
the Roman Catholic Church – which claims an unbroken chain of Popes from Peter to
this day - according to Mr Fahey are mislead.

GOD OR THE DEVIL?






















The question arises, who deceived the millions of Christians for the past TWO
THOUSAND years. GOD or the DEVIL? Mr Fahey categorically answered: "THE
DEVIL!" "If the devil," I said, "can succeed in confusing the Christians in the most
elementary things of their Faith, whether to celebrate a Good Friday or a Good
Wednesday, then how much easier for him to mislead Christians in other things
concerning God?" Mr Fahey blushed and walked away. 

If this is the belief of the trend-setters of the Christian Faith in the world today, may
we not then ask: is this not the mightiest hoax in history?

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