And they were in the way going up to Jerusalem; and Jesus went before them: and they
were amazed; and as they followed, they were afraid. And he took again the twelve, and
began to tell them what things should happen unto him, Saying,
Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be delivered unto the chief
priests, and unto the scribes; and they shall condemn him to death, and shall deliver
him to the Gentiles: 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.
Why did God in His sovereign plan choose to have Christ return from the grave at the
dawning of the third day? Why not 6 days and arise on the 7th day? Certainly God is not
arbitrary, he does everything according to HIS Plan. As we have seen, the Feasts of the
Lord as described in the Bible had prophetic meaning that specified the exact days of the
Hebrew month. Perhaps we again have prophetic meaning in the 2 days that Christ would
be dead followed by the dawning of the 3rd day when he would return from the grave.
The early church fathers recorded their interpretation of the Creation Week followed by
the Day of Rest (Sabbath) as a prophecy of 6,000 years of human history followed by a
Millennium of Peace.
Studying their interpretation and combining this with the a literal interpretation of Bible
Chronology that places Christ approximately 4,000 years from Creation, we immediately
notice that there would be approximately 2,000 years of history following Christ (The
Church Age) followed by the Millennial Kingdom reign of King Jesus. Thus, his absence in
death for two days (Friday and Saturday) followed by his resurrection at the dawning of
the 3rd day (Sunday) could be a prophecy of 2,000 years of Church history where Christ
is not physically present on earth followed by His second return to set up The Millennial
Kingdom where peace will finally spread across the entire globe. We should not take this
as dogmatic truth but we should be aware of the possibilities and ponder them in our
And what about the Jewish Nation that has been estranged from her Messiah during the
entire Church Age? Consider the prophecy of Hosea :
I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in
their affliction they will seek me early.
Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath
smitten, and he will bind us up. After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will
raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.