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I saw this article on an islamic website and to my shock I realised they had a point

3. The Post Crucifixion Prophesied Events never happened:

When the people were asking Jesus Christ if he was going to show them a sign, He replied by saying that the only sign that they should expect is the sign of Jonas. Jesus also made sure to specify what exactly this sign was. The details are shown in the following verses:
Matthew 12:38 Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee.
Matthew 12:39 But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas:
Matthew 12:40 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.
Jesus here emphasized what will happen to him by specifically saying that he will be like Jonas in terms of the number of days and nights he will be in the heart of the earth, " 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 12:40). Now let us see if this prophecy came to pass.
Jesus was crucified on Friday, this is certainly known among all Christians, and that is the reason for calling that Friday by "Good Friday". Jesus was buried on Friday night. Now let us start counting:
1.Friday night Jesus was buried. This is night number 1.
2.Saturday day Jesus was still in the grave. This is day number 1.
3.Saturday night Jesus was still in the grave. This is night number 2.
Mary Magdalene, very early in the morning before sun rise and after the Sabbath (Saturday), went to the see Jesus, and he was not there. The following verses relate this event:
Mark 16:1 And when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him.
Mark 16:2 And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun.
Mark 16:3 And they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre?
Mark 16:4 And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away: for it was very great.
Mark 16:5 And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment; and they were affrighted.
Mark 16:6 And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him.
The number of days and nights that Jesus had spent in the heart of the earth is 1 day and 2 nights. This clearly challenges what Jesus had prophesied. When I tell this to my Christian brothers, some of them responded by saying that what Jesus wanted to really say was that he will be gone for a while, and not that he will be in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights. This is clearly not the case. Had Jesus meant that, he would have said it, but it is clear that he wanted the people to know that this was a sign (miracle) and that it will be like Joans' sign, and that he will be in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights. These were his own words.

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joepasque, The key lies in the fact that there was a different calendar and way of designating times and days than there is now in the Western world.

Just as we celebrate Christmas on a designated day that is not the actual date of Jesus birth (which would change each year according to His Hebrew calendar), good Friday and resurrection Sunday are our traditional days to celebrate.

I was curious about this point also. A previous discussion thread about the topic can currently be found on site:

Study The Word of God Forum, page 3

Topic title: The Crucifixion three days and three nights
 
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To Christ said:
joepasque, The key lies in the fact that there was a different calendar and way of designating times and days than there is now in the Western world.

Just as we celebrate Christmas on a designated day that is not the actual date of Jesus birth (which would change each year according to His Hebrew calendar), good Friday and resurrection Sunday are our traditional days to celebrate.

I was curious about this point also. A previous discussion thread about the topic can currently be found on site:

Study The Word of God Forum, page 3

Topic title: The Crucifixion three days and three nights
Good post To Christ, I read the thread that you referenced and it is very good also.
joepasque, Please read these with a teachable attitude and I think God will bless you with some resolve to your questions. If you need any further assistance Go to the library and read about the Paschal Controversy. The Hebrew calender hasn't been used since around the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem in 70 A.D. It is difficult to follow. Please be careful.
 
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The New Testament never says that Jesus died on a Friday.
It does say that he died the day before the Sabbath, but as we know Jesus, our Passover Lamb (1 Cor 5:7) died immediately prior to Passover. Feast days such as Passover were also called Sabbath days. The Last Supper was a Passover meal. (Mk 14:12ff) Jesus quite probably was crucified on a Thursday.
Now it was the day of preparation and the next day was going to be a special Sabbath. John 19:31

We do know very definitely that Jesus rose from the dead on the Sunday...the first day of the week. (Mk 16:9; Lk 21:1; Jn 20:1)

Also according to Jewish thinking, even a portion of the day is referred to as a (whole) day.

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evangeline said:

Also according to Jewish thinking, even a portion of the day is referred to as a (whole) day.
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Thanks jiggyfly and evangeline. You both clarified points that had remained somewhat unresolved in my mind when the topic was last discussed.

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