The significance of the structure of the Holy Week
Craig A. Olson 2010 — 2018
As the Passover lamb was revealed on the tenth day of the month of Nisan and then slain
on the 14th day (Exodus 12:1-6), Jesus was selected as the savior on the tenth of the
month on Palm Sunday (John 12:1,12) and then crucified by the same people on the 14th
(Thursday), the day before the Passover. John 12:1,12 clearly reveals that the Passover
was 5 days after Christ's triumphal entry, but the apostate "church" has changed it to 6
days. Exodus 12 also shows us clearly that the Passover Lamb was slain 5 days after it
was revealed, but the apostate "church" has changed it to 6 days. In addition, we are
provided the 4th commandment, telling us to remember this day, but the apostate "church"
has changed the 7th day to the 8th day. There was a double Sabbath on Holy Week. The
preparation day spoken of in the gospels regarding that week was the day before the
Passover Sabbath, not the weekly Sabbath. Simple math shows that the crucifixion could
not have occurred on either Wednesday or Friday. As the Passover Lamb, Jesus was
crucified on the 5th day of Holy Week, on Thursday, 4 days after He was revealed as the
Lamb of God at His triumphal entry.
A Jewish day began at sunset and ended at sunset. In addition, any part of a Hebrew day
was computed as the whole day and the night following it—so anything occurring "after 3
days and 3 nights" has also occurred "on the third day." Both examples are well
represented throughout the Bible, and are very meaningful. For example, when Queen
Esther was about to risk her life by going uninvited before the king, she instructed her fellow
Jews to follow her example by not eating for 3 days and 3 nights (Esther 4:16). The text
goes on to tell us that Esther went in unto the king on the third day. Also, In Genesis 42:17,
Joseph incarcerated his brothers for three days. Then, according to verse 18, he spoke to
them on the third day and released them (all but one, that is). And in 1 Samuel 30:12,13,
the phrases “three days and three nights” and “three days” are used interchangeably.
We are told the Passover lamb, Jesus, was crucified in the afternoon. So the first day
began at sunset after Wednesday was finished, following the Last Supper; and the third day
ended at sunset Saturday. This satisfies both the Jewish period of three days and three
nights, as well as the third day description. The women wanted to embalm Jesus' body
before the fourth day, when the body begins to decay (ex. John 11:39 regarding Lazarus),
but this was not possible on Friday or Saturday because these were both Sabbaths.
Sunday was their only opportunity, so they set out on Sunday night to do it. But by the time
they reached the tomb, the body was already gone, because He had been raised by God
the day before.
The Saturday resurrection is a direct representation of the upcoming Messianic Kingdom.
This is the only scenario that makes all scripture passages interlock perfectly, which is what
we as believers should always be looking for. This is also why we are told to remember the
Sabbath day rest—Saturday, not Sunday. The body of Christ represents us, the Church,
who will be raised on His 3rd day with Him. Christ has not yet returned to earth. Simple
math shows the resurrection/rapture event will occur at the start of His third day, which is
also the 7th day of creation, when Christ will rise over His one-day (Messianic) kingdom,
and His Father will finally enjoy a day of long-anticipated rest after 6 days of dealing with
sinful mankind. Jesus' first coming occurred 4 days (4,000 years) after the creation.
Therefore, His third day lines up with the Father's seventh day. It is no coincidence that
Jesus and the saints will rise to rule for 1,000 years in the coming kingdom while the Father
rests after 6,000 years on the 7th and final day of history. The 4th commandment tells us
to remember this day, but in their ignorance, the apostate "church" has crossed out the 4th
commandment and changed it to the following day! We are also told by Christ Himself to
seek this day first, above all other things (Matthew 6:33). He also taught us that this day
should be the very first thing we should pray for, even above our sustenance (Matthew
There is much more evidence. But this brief study alone proves beyond the shadow of a
doubt that Christ's resurrection occurred on Saturday. This basic study shows the
crucifixion day, the time required between His death and resurrection, and what the
Sabbath day represents.
The Bible spells out that Jesus Christ will return to this earth to preside over the 7th
millennium. This 7th "day" is called the day of the Lord, or "the Lord's day". This Sabbath
day corresponds with the 7th day of the week, and points ahead to the coming Messianic
kingdom. A little study in pagan history shows how the seventh day was moved to the
eighth day. Let's be careful not to get caught up in the traditions of man, especially when
they contradict the Word of God.
The Word of God says:
Daniel 7:21 As I watched, the horn (of the beast) was waging war against the holy people
and defeating them, 22 until the Ancient of Days came and pronounced judgment in favor
of the holy people of the Most High, and the time came when they possessed the kingdom.
25 He (this horn of the beast) will speak against the Most High and oppress his holy people
and try to change the set times and the laws. The holy people will be delivered into his
hands for a time, times and half a time (the great tribulation).
The word of Rome says:
"The Pope has the power to change times, to abrogate laws, and to dispense with all
things, even the precepts of Christ." "The Pope has the authority and often exercised it, to
dispense with the command of Christ." -Decretal, de Tranlatic Episcop. Cap. (The Pope
can modify divine law.) Ferraris' Ecclesiastical Dictionary.
Rev. 17:5 reveals that the catholic church is the Harlot—the mother of the manmade
denominations, revealed in that passage as the prostitutes—and of the
abominations of the earth.
For those who contend that the Passover meal was on Thursday, not Friday, here
are some proofs that the last supper was NOT a passover meal:
1) The passover meal was not yet eaten when Jesus later stood before Pilate the morning
after the last supper, John 18:28
2) The last supper was not eaten standing in haste with staff in hand - they were reclining,
Ex 12:11, Matthew 26: 20, Mark 14: 18, Luke 22: 14
3) Jesus and His discliples did not keep their sandals on during the last supper, Ex 12:11 &
4) Jesus dipped bread with Judas and established communion using leavened, not
unleavened bread, John 13:26. They also ate bread at the last supper, not unleavened
bread, because it was BEFORE noon Thursday. Matt 26:26, Ex 12:18
5) Joseph asked for Jesus' body on passover preparation day, Mark 15:42-43
6) Simon from Cyrene, who carried the crossmember, was coming in from the field, which
was not possible on the Passover Sabbath, Luke 23:26 & Mark 15:21
7) During the last supper, the disciples discussed the upcoming Passover feast, John 13:29
8) "Before the Feast of Uleavened Bread" was changed to "on the first day of the Feast of
UB" in some versions, most likely in one of sevral attempts to "adjust" the day, Matt 26:17
9) The Passover cannot be prepared on the day of the feast, but only on the day prior, Luke
10) The Passover commemorated protection through the slain passover lamb. Under the
New Covenant, communion was instituted, which is in remembrance of Christ, who
BECAME the passover lamb.
11) How could they eat the Lamb before they killed it?
12) Jesus knew He was going to miss the Passover meal with the disciples. He stated, "I
will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes", Matt 26:29, Luke
Man's attempt to change the Lord's Day from Saturday to Sunday:
In A.D. 325, Pope Sylvester officially renamed Sunday “the Lord’s Day,”
In A.D. 338, Eusebius, the court bishop of the Roman Emperor Constantine, wrote, “All
things whatsoever that it was the duty to do on the Sabbath, we have transferred to "the
Lord’s Day" as more appropriately belonging to it.”
In his lecture at Hartford, KS, Feb 18, 1884, Catholic Priest T. Enright, CSSR, stated:
I have repeatedly offered $1000 to any one who can furnish any proof from the Bible that
Sunday is the day we are bound to keep...The Bible says, “Remember the Sabbath day to
keep it holy,” but the Catholic Church says, “No, keep the first day of the week,” and the
whole world bows in obedience.
In the Convert’s Catechism of Catholic Doctrine, we read:
Q. Why do we now observe Sunday instead of Saturday?
A. We observe Sunday instead of Saturday because the Catholic Church, in the Council of
Laodicea, (AD 336-381) transferred the solemnity from Saturday to Sunday.
Q. By what authority did the Church substitute Sunday for Saturday?
A. The Church substituted Sunday for Saturday by the plenitude of that divine power which
Jesus Christ bestowed upon her.
—Rev. Peter Geiermann, C.SS.R., (1946), p. 50.
In An Abridgment of the Christian Doctrine, we read:
Q. How prove you that the church hath power to command feasts and holy days?
A. By the very act of changing the Sabbath into Sunday, which Protestants allow of; and
therefore they fondly contradict themselves, by keeping Sunday strictly, and breaking most
other feasts commanded by the same church.
Q. How prove you that?
A. Because by keeping Sunday, they acknowledge the church’s power to ordain feasts, and
to command them under sin; and by not keeping the rest [of the feasts] by her commanded,
they again deny, in fact, the same power.
—Rev. Henry Tuberville, D.D. (R.C.), (1833), page 58.
In A Doctrinal Catechism, we read:
Q. Have you any other way of proving that the Church has power to institute festivals of
A. Had she not such power, she could not have done that in which all modern religionists
agree with her. She could not have substituted the observance of Sunday the first day of
the week, for the observance of Saturday the seventh day, a change for which there is no
-Rev. Stephen Keenan, (1851), p. 174.
In the Catechism of the Council of Trent, we read:
"The Church of God has thought it well to transfer the celebration and observance of the
Sabbath to Sunday!"
-p 402, second revised edition (English), 1937. (First published in 1566)
In the Lutheran Augsburg Confession, we read:
"They [the Catholics] allege the Sabbath changed into Sunday, the Lord’s day, contrary to
the decalogue, as it appears; neither is there any example more boasted of than the
changing of the Sabbath day. Great, they say, is the power and authority of the church,
since it dispensed with one of the ten commandments."
—Article 28, 25 June, 1530
In the Catholic "Our Sunday Visitor", February 5, 1950, we read:
“Protestants do not realize that by observing Sunday, they accept the authority of the
spokesperson of the Church, the Pope.”
In "The Faith of Our Fathers", we read:
"You may read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, and you will not find a single line
authorizing the sanctification of Sunday. The Scriptures enforce the religious observance of
Saturday, a day which we never sanctify. Cardinal James Gibbons, Ayers Publishing, 1978:
After a little homework with the Holy Spirit, it becomes beautifully obvious to any serious
bible student that holy week was 7 days long, not 8; and the day of the Lord is the 7th day,
not the 8th.
Jesus arrived at Bethany on Saturday, Nisan 9. We know this because it was 6 days before
the passover of the evening of Nisan 15 (Ex 12:6 and John 12:1).
Jesus made His triumphal entry on Sunday, Nisan 10. We know this because it was the day
following His arrival to Bethany, and 4 days (not 5 days) before He was killed in the twilight
hours of Nisan 14, on Passover preparation day (Ex 12:6, Mark 15:34, and John 12:12).
Jesus was resurrected on Saturday. We know this because He repeatedly stated He would
be raised on the third day. The first day was Thursday, so the third day was Saturday. The
women could not embalm the body until Sunday night, because both Friday and Saturday
were Sabbaths. They arrived at the tomb immediately following Saturday, but Christ was
There is only one passage in the Bible that states that Jesus Christ was raised on Sunday
(Mark 16:9), but that passage cannot be found in the oldest Greek manuscripts. This text
was added to our Bibles about 1,500 years ago, yet many believers, to their own peril, use
this added text as proof that Jesus was raised on Sunday.
All events of this glorious 7-day week, all events of our 7-day history, and the biblical
understanding of future events fall neatly into place once we repent of all traditions,
mythologies, philosophies, and mistranslations, which are ALL of men, and petition the Holy
Spirit for only the Truth. Jesus will return on the 7th day of history, which is also His 3rd day.
The Father will rest as Jesus rises to power during this messianic kingdom on earth, the
final day of history, which will last 1,000 years. Apostate believers have blindly accepted the
human tradition of an 8-day holy week and an 8-day history week, which subsequently
forces them to place the millennium 1,000 years later than it will actually occur. Those who
reject the Truth of the Holy Spirit do not possess the Holy Spirit. Only those who are led by
the Spirit are the Children of God (Romans 8:14). If you want the Truth, you WILL receive it.