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The Adventist Sabbath Paradox - Ellen White and the Synoptic Gospel Evidence.

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The synoptic witness gives us the following information about the timing of Jesus crucifixion...

Mark 15:42 "And now when the even was come, because it was [B]the preparation, that is, the day before the sabbath[/B]..."

Luke 23:54 "And that day was [B]the preparation, and the sabbath drew on[/B]".

Mark 15:42 "And now when the even was come, because[B] it was the preparation, that is, the day before the sabbath[/B]..."

John 19:14-16 "And it was [B]the preparation of the passover[/B], and about the sixth hour:...[B]Then delivered he him therefore unto them to be crucified[/B]. And they took Jesus, and led him away."

John 19:31 "The Jews therefore, because [B]it was the preparation[/B], that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on [B]the sabbath day, (for that sabbath day was an high day[/B])"

So we have the following...
...Jesus died on the preparation was Passover...the following day was the Sabbath.

Ellen White quite specifically agrees with this combination in her book The Great Controversy.

"The slaying of [B]the Passover lamb was a shadow of the death of Christ[/B]. Says Paul: "Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us." 1 Corinthians 5:7...
...These types were fulfilled, not only as to the event, but as to the time. On of [B]the fourteenth day of the first Jewish month[/B], the very day and month on which for fifteen long centuries the Passover lamb had been slain...the antitype of the wave sheaf our Lord was raised from the dead on the third day..." GC 399

Now if you put Ellen's specific nomination of the 14th Nisan for Jesus death...
...together with her quotes regarding His resting in Joseph's tomb on the Sabbath from the last blog...

"At last Jesus was at rest. The long day of shame and torture was ended. As the last rays of [B]the setting sun ushered in the Sabbath[/B], the Son of God lay in quietude in Joseph's tomb. His work completed, His hands folded in peace, [B]He rested through the sacred hours of the Sabbath day[/B]." DA 769

"At the setting of the sun [B]on the evening of the preparation day [/B]the trumpets sounded, signifying that [B]the Sabbath had begun. The Passover was observed [/B]as it had been for centuries, while He to whom it pointed had been slain by wicked hands, and lay in Joseph's tomb." DA 770

[B][COLOR="darkslateblue"]Ellen White clearly says Jesus died on the 14th Nisan...
...and was therefore in Joseph's tomb on the Sabbath which is the 15th Nisan.[/COLOR][/B]

The scriptures support this timing and Ellen White supports this timing...
...and Ellen White clearly thought that Jesus died on a Friday and was in Joseph's tomb on a Saturday/Sabbath...
...which was also a Passover.

However, Ellen White also supported the 31 AD crucifixion date required for the termination of the 2300 days/years in 1844...
...but a weekly Saturday/Sabbath and Passover can not coincide using a Julian/Gregorian calendar in 31AD.

Ellen White taught the paradox.


Updated 09-16-10 at 09:27 PM by Troubleshooter