Christ NOT Buried on Good Friday and Raised Up on Easter Sunday

Yes, it is a shocking statement, but before you tar and feather me, let me explain.

Christ could not have been buried on Good Friday afternoon and resurrected early Easter Sunday morning because that would be only a day and a half in the tomb–36-40 hours maximum.

“So what?” some may ask.  “So what if it’s just a day and a half; it was part of three days.  The important thing is that we believe that Christ arose.”

Yes, His resurrection is extremely important.  But  Christ Himself said that we should “dig deep and build our house on the Rock”–Him.  We cannot remain superficial on this.

No Other Sign Given–Three days and Three Nights in the Tomb

Christ gave only one sign to unbelieving mankind–one sign that would point out who the true Savior is.  His own words: “There shall no sign be given to it, but the sign 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).

But how long is a day and night?  Christ Himself said that there are “12 hours in the day” (John 11:9).   That would mean that there are 12 hours in the night.  This gives us the prophetical yardstick.  Three 12 hours days is 36 hours; three 12 hours nights equals 36 hours.  36 and 36 is 72 hours total time in the tomb, in the “heart of the earth.”

But What Difference Does It Make?

I’ll answer that question with another question.  If “Organized Christianity” can’t even get the one and only sign of the true Messiah right, then how can we trust them to teach us the deeper truths of God?

Hundreds of millions of professing Christians all over the world, many very sincere, will go to their respective church buildings and worship this Good Friday and Easter Sunday.  Yet hardly any of them will realize that their pastors, priests, and bishops have taught them error and un-truths concerning their Savior Jesus Christ.  How many other falsehoods are they teaching them?

If the Catholic and Protestant Denominations can’t even get the sign of the Savior right, how many other concepts that they teach about Christ and His gospel can be trusted?  If they have this sign wrong, how many other doctrines and traditions are wrong as well?

What Is the Fruit of This Error?

I believe that they are teaching a different concept of the Savior and another gospel.  Christ said, “You will know them by their fruits.”  What is the fruit of all the studies done in all the seminaries with all their doctorates in Theology and Divinity and Philosophy?  They have Christ in the tomb 36 hours! Please.

I share this, not to be disrespectful of anyone and their worship.  All pilgrims to the Heavenly Jerusalem are at “way stations” at present.  But I’m sharing this to alert those “who have an ear to hear” to dig deep!  “Prove all things.”  Know that if this only sign of  the true Savior is off, then something is dreadfully wrong with the whole spiritual building!

I share this, not to be argumentative, but out of concern–a concern that honest seekers of God must be told the truth about this one true sign of who He is.

Yet, Organized Churchianity keeps slugging on, teaching tired old erroneous doctrines  like this one–earnestly sharing half-truths, not realizing that “a little leaven (hypocrisy and falsehoods) leaveneth the whole lump.”

Therefore, we are admonished to “purge out the old leaven that the lump may be holy.”  We, the  spiritual body of Christ, His church, are supposed to be that lump of dough that turns into the bread of life after we suffer the fiery trials of this oven-like existence here on earth.  But we have to get rid of false doctrines and false concepts before we can be that holy bread of life that is to be broken and share with those hungering after righteousness.  “Take, eat, this is my body.”  We, His body, must be holy, and getting this right is a good place to start.

A detailed biblical account of how Christ was crucified Wednesday afternoon and resurrected Saturday afternoon is found here:

Kenneth Wayne Hancock

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17 responses to “Christ NOT Buried on Good Friday and Raised Up on Easter Sunday

  1. I found this at

    How Many Days Was Christ Dead?

    Some people have difficulty reconciling what Jesus said in Matthew 12:40 about the length of His stay in the grave: “As Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.” Does that mean Jesus had to be in the earth three full days and nights? No. Many commentators take that view and back the crucifixion to Thursday, so the three days and nights are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, with His rising on Sunday. The obvious problem with that view is that we are left with a fourth- day resurrection. Yet all the passages in Scripture dealing with this issue indicate He was to rise on the third day. That eliminates the need for interpreting Matthew 12:40 as referring to three 24-hour periods. The phrase “three days and three nights” was simply an idiom of the Jewish people referring to a three-day period.

    For example, if you were to say, “I’m going to San Diego for three days,” does that mean you’ll be there for three 24-hour periods? Not necessarily. It could mean you’ll be there for a few hours one day, all day the next day, and a few hours the third day. That is how Scripture refers to Christ’s burial.

    In Luke 24:21 the disciples traveling the road to Emmaus were bemoaning the death of Christ, saying, “We hoped that it had been he who should have redeemed Israel; and, besides all this, today [Sunday] is the third day since these things were done.” They understood that the Lord’s prophecy of His resurrection wasn’t going to take place after three 24-hour periods, but on the third day, which from Friday would be Sunday. After all, Jesus said He would “be killed, and be raised again the third day” (Matt. 16:21). Matthew 17:23 repeats, “They shall kill him, and the third day he shall be raised again.” The chronological, historical references to the death of Christ indicate a third-day resurrection, not one following three 24-hour periods. When Jesus referred to three days and three nights, we can conclude He was referring to a part of three 24-hour periods. Rabbi Eleazar ben Azariah (who lived around A.D. 100) said, “A day and night are an Onah [a portion of time] and the portion of an Onah is as the whole of it” (Jerusalem Talmud, Shabbath ix.3; cf. Babylonian Talmud Pesahim 4a).

    Do not fret. Although denomininalationalism is teaching much false doctrine and teachings, this one is correct.


  2. I must conclude that after some research, I must withdraw my first comment, since I think it to be erroneous now. I think that the following web site has some good ideas about what really happened:

  3. wayneman5

    Denny. Rule #1: Never trust the words of the Talmud to prove out a true teaching of God. This is a blasphemous book of heresy and lies, even denying the divinity of Christ.

    And Christ told the hypocrite Pharisees, who wrote the early Talmud, where their wisdom and their lineage came from: “You are of your father the devil…he was a murderer from the beginning and abode not in the truth because there is no truth in him…he is a liar and the father of it” (John 8: 44). “Then answered the Jews, Say we not that thou art a Samaritan and hast a devil?” (v. 48). They blasphemed the Son of God and the Father that dwelt within Him by accusing Him of being what they were–the devil!

    The Pharisee Idumeans of Jesus’ day concocted this very ruse and lie–that our Savior was only in the tomb from Good Friday to Sunday morning. They are liars.

    These practitioners of Judaism 2000 years ago were guilty of “Conspiracy to commit murder.” They sought to kill Christ and bore false witness in the Roman court and betrayed Him. They let the Roman soldiers do the dirty work. That is Murder One in any court in the land. After Paul’s conversion, “the Jews took counsel to kill him” (Acts 9: 23). We are talking about the “chief priests and elders of the synagogues,” the religious leaders of Judaism, who were doing these things.

    So, no, no, don’t base any truth on that which is found in the Talmud, for it places the “traditions of the elders” above the “scriptures of truth.” To see righteous anger in action, just read Christ’s denouncement of the Pharisees in John 7 & 8. Wayneman

  4. How about:
    Day 1 – crucified in the morning, dies in the afternoon, buried in the early evening. This is the end of day 1.

    Day 2 – He remains in the tomb the whole 24 hour day.

    Day 3 – He is in the tomb for part of the day. He raises from the dead in the afternoon. Thus he rises on the third day.

    Now, doesn’t this make sense?

    • wayneman5

      Clark, the problem with this scenario is that the sign that points to the true Messiah is that He would be in the “heart of the earth” 3 days (12 hours x 3 = 36 hours) AND 3 nights (12 hours x 3 = 36 hours)…36 + 36 = 72 hours in the grave. Christ’s own words are very specific concerning this {see article again}. So, your scenario does not agree with Christ’s words, and therefore, does not make sense, if making sense means agreeing with Him. Wayneman

  5. one thing certain is that The Messiah never testified of being “in the heart of the earth” for three 12 hour days and three 12 hour nights…….

    such is of wayneman5’s “imag”ination, or worse yet religious indoctrination…….

    Yet one other thing is certain.

    It is positively certain that Denny is held captive by his religious indoctrination…….

    it is quite clear that The Messiah arose from the dead before dawn on the first day(sunday) of the week…….

    Also quite clear that The Messiah “gave up the ghost” late in the afternoon before sunset on the day He was crucified.

    And there is no way you can get three days and three nights, of any length, from a late fifth day(friday) death til and early first day(sunday) resurrection…….

    friday afternoon = fifth day – day -died-
    friday evening = sixth day – night
    saturday day = sixth day – day
    saturday evening= seventh day – night
    sunday day = first day – day -resurrected-

    what “good friday” does, is that it declares The Messiah to be a liar ;-(

    hope is there would be those who embrace simplicity for The Messiah’s Life and Teachings revealed that “A Simple and Spiritual Life is the only Life that will survive”…….


  6. wayneman5

    Christ definitely said that He would be “in the heart of the earth” three days and three nights (Mt. 12: 39-40). Just like Jonah: “And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights” (Jonah 1: 17). Now I suppose you are going to tell me that the prophet Jonah back in 862 B.C. was only in the whale’s belly a day and a half, too?

    Listen to yourself. You were taught as a young impressionable child about Good Friday crucifixion and Easter Sunday morning resurrection. And you are using what they told you as a kid as your basis of truth–INSTEAD OF THE SCRIPTURE OF TRUTH.

    And then you say above in your comment, “What ‘good friday’ does, is that it declares The Messiah to be a liar.” No, Christ is not the liar. Start from what He said and then go from that starting point of truth.

    He said three days and three nights. He was buried in the late afternoon on Saturday before sundown. Go back three full days before that and He was buried on late Wed. afternoon. Your basis of truth exploration is the scriptures of truth–not what they told you as a child (Good Friday-Easter Sunday).
    Study out this timeline.
    Hope this helps. Wayneman

  7. wayneman, i’m glad you posted for the table in
    my posting was confusing. Forgive me.

    Simply the correct time table according to catholic/christian folklore would be…….

    friday day – The Messiah crucified and died
    friday evening
    saturday day
    saturday evening
    sunday day – The Messiah ressurected

    There is no way three days and three nights could occur between friday and early sunday morning when The Messiah resurrected…….

    What “good friday” does, is that it declares The Messiah to be a liar ;-(

    Yet you also err in your wednesday crucifixtion and the need for full 12 hour days and nights…….

    Reasoning would state that in that time of year the nights were longer than the days and The Messiah did not resurrect in the late afternoon when he was crucified and died.

    The correct timeline would be:

    fifth day, day – The Messiah crucified and died
    sixth day, night
    sixth day, day
    seventh day, night
    seventh day, day
    first day, night – The Messiah raised from among the dead

    The prophecied three days and three nights…….

    Hope is there would be those who embrace simplicity for The Messiah’s Life and Teachings revealed that “A Simple and Spiritual Life is the only Life that will survive”…….

  8. Teresa Silverthorn

    I’m still struggling with the term “Good Friday.” I don’t really care why it’s called that, historically. I think it’s insensitive to the story. When I’ve asked Christians why they aren’t bothered by the simple connotation of the word “good” to label a day when a man was tortured, they reply that it was “good” that he died, etc.


    Someday our world won’t need blood to believe in something….

  9. Vernon

    I wholeheartedly agree with your biblical understand of Yahshua’s, 3 days and 3 nights, crucifixtion and resurrection. The only thing I’d like to leave with your readers is this. in order for anyone to understand the 3 day and 3 night truth he/she must be aquainted with Jewish customs, particularly the annual feasts. In this instance the Passover and the first day of unleavened bread, which is a holy day, and the high day Sabbath referred to in the book of John. Because of this the women rested on this holy day and (bought and prepared spices on the Friday and rested on the weekly Sabbath before returning to the tomb to annoint the body of MessYah.

    • wayneman5

      Thanks, Vernon, for this background information, which is vital to understanding the truth about the 3 days and 3 nights in the tomb. God bless you and yours. Wayneman

  10. Rob

    What I can not understand is the following:-

    Mat 10:25 …. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more those of his household!

    What does one call people who visit whorehouses? = Prostitutes.

    What does one call the house that these Prostitutes visit? =Whorehouse.

    If we understand this then why associate with the church?



  11. Michael

    Mark 15: 42 – 43. And when evening had already come, because it was the preparation day, that is, THE DAY BEFORE THE SABBATH(i.e. FRIDAY.) Joseph of Arimathea cam, a prominent member of the Council, who himself was waiting for the kingdom of God; and he gathered up courage and went in before Pilate and ASKED FOR THE BODY OF JESUS. (Capatilization mine.)

    So, um. Yeah. The Bible specifically says He was buried on Friday at evening. Or at least that Joseph of Arimathea asked for His body then. Of course Joseph would have made sure Jesus was buried as quickly as possible out of respect. Because the Sabbath was the last day of the week (Saturday).

    And Mark 16: 8 says Now after He had risen early on the first day of the week etc.

    So He was raised on Sunday… The Bible actually spells this out for us…

    • Michael, thanks for taking time to comment. At first glance what you say seems plausible, but that pesky sign, the only sign of his Messiahship, is Christ being in the belly of the earth three days and three nights–or 72 hours–not a day and a half, or about 36 hours. That is the sure sign that we must start our search for concerning this portion of the truth. KWH

  12. Yes, “Good Friday” is a tradition of man. We all need to let YHWH be our Shepherd. When He is truly our Shepherd, we shall not want (see Psalm 23:1). The religious tradition of “Good Friday” totally disagrees with truth (to say that Christ was crucified on Friday). But, we sometimes blindly follow what we’re told without even thinking about it. This happens with a lot of truth — we set it aside for something men teach, despite how obviously men’s teachings oppose God’s word. God has got to open our eyes. “Open my eyes, that I may behold wonderful things out of your teachings.” (Psalm 119:18)

    We’ve got to get into God’s word and dig and study and seek His face with all we’ve got if we want to glean all that He has for us in His word. “Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the teachings of YHWH; and in His teachings does he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he does shall prosper.” (Psalm 1:1-3)

    I also highly suggest regular fasting if you’re really hungry for more of God. Isaiah 58 is a great guide to get you started. Fast for what God wants to accomplish in the fast (Isaiah 58:6,7). You can serve Him with fasting, and draw nearer and learn more as a trusted servant.

    • Yes, Julie, I agree that we must dig deep “and build our house upon the Rock.” That takes work–much prayer and study. In fact, we should study hard in order to “purge out the old leaven that the lump [the body of Christ] may be holy. Getting rid of erroneous presumptive teachings (doctrines) is paramount in growing up into Him. kwh

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