Did Jesus Spend 72 Hours In the Grave?

KJV 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.

Have you ever puzzled over these words of Jesus Christ? He prophesied that He would spend in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights. He was crucified and buried on Friday: “Now it was the Preparation Day of the Passover, and about the sixth hour. And he said to the Jews, “Behold your King!”” (NKJV John 19:14). He rested in the tomb on Saturday and early the first day of the week [our Saturday night after sundown or early Sunday morning] raised from the dead: “Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils.” (KJV Mark 16:9). It makes three days (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) and two nights (from Friday to Saturday and from Saturday to Sunday) in modern reckoning. It is not three complete 24 hour periods, which we often call “days”. How could that be? Jesus could not have made mistakes. How should we understand His words from the Gospel of Matthew?

by Richard and Tatyana Noel

Today we present some biblical information for your consideration that will immensely help in understanding this issue.

I (Tatyana) was concerned about this matter, prayed and asked the Lord to help me to understand the chronology. He answered my prayer and gave me a revelation when my husband and I were reading the book of Acts, chapter 10. In this chapter it talks how the Apostle Peter saw a vision. As a result of this vision he started from Joppa to Caesarea to the house of Roman centurion Cornelius to proclaim the good news for him. To get the entire story read the whole chapter from your Bible. I will focus on the timing parts of it.

In this chapter the Lord drew my attention to the sequence of events and the number of days they took.

Acts 10:1-3 There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian band, 2 A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God alway. 3 He saw in a vision evidently about the ninth hour of the day an angel of God coming in to him, and saying unto him, Cornelius.

So, Cornelius saw an angel about the ninth hour. Though in the chapter it does not say what day of the week it was, for for the purpose of illustration we will consider it Monday. So, the events start on Monday at 9 o’clock.

4 And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, What is it, Lord? And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God. 5 And now send men to Joppa, and call for one Simon, whose surname is Peter: 6 He lodgeth with one Simon a tanner, whose house is by the sea side: he shall tell thee what thou oughtest to do. 7 And when the angel which spake unto Cornelius was departed, he called two of his household servants, and a devout soldier of them that waited on him continually; 8 And when he had declared all these things unto them, he sent them to Joppa.

The same day (Monday) Cornelius sends his servants to Joppa to bring the Apostle Peter to his house.

9 On the morrow, as they went on their journey, and drew nigh unto the city, Peter went up upon the housetop to pray about the sixth hour:

The next day, i.e. Tuesday Peter was praying about the sixth hour. Continue reading Did Jesus Spend 72 Hours In the Grave?

Amazing Phenomenon in Nature

In May we had frosts two nights in a row, temperature was 27 degrees. Our apple-trees and strawberries were in bloom. The day after the frost two apple-trees, strawberries and their blossoms were in a fine condition (see photo).

Яблонька не пострадала от морозаЦвет клубники не пострадал от мороза

And leaves on the third apple-tree and the blossoms of the magnolia were frozen (see on photo). What was the difference?

Цвет магнолии поврежден заморозком Листья яблони повреждены заморозком

I remembered how our apostle Daniel Rodes heard about approach of a frost and told his daughter to pray for their strawberries in bloom. When he came home after work, he decided to pray over the strawberry, and understood that somebody already prayed for it. He asked who prayed. It turned out, his daughter did it as he told her.

Their strawberries survived the frost perfectly. This example inspired me. I prayed in faith over our two apple trees on which there were blossoms, and over the strawberries, and all was good. For the third apple-tree I did not pray, because on it there were no bloom. And I had simply forgotten about the magnolia, and its bloom was lost.

My husband began to sprinkle apple-trees in the middle of day (he had heard that this way gardeners keep orange trees from frost), but I asked him to rely on God’s power and protection, he agreed, repented in not believing God, and switched off the water. We saw God’s power at work. I also photographed what became from a frost with the hosta leaves.

Листья функии повреждены заморозком

Glory to our wonderful and faithful Lord! He is the same yesterday, today and forever.

7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. (Mat 7:7-8 KJV)

Tatyana Noel-Tsygulska

Struggle for Healing and Victory through Jesus

This is a testimony about God’s miracle working power in the heart and the body of one of His children, Brother Mikhail. We are providing actual text of our recent correspondence with this Brother.

March 1, 2013.

Hello sister Tatyana!

Sorry for the long silence, it was difficult to write.
This is my 3d month of going through an ordeal that the Lord allowed for my correction.
Honestly, I don’t know how to pass this trial, I am praying and fasting, but the problem gets worse.
I’m seriously afraid of ending up in a wheelchair… At night I spend hours in prayer…

Because of my carelessness I ruptured, herniated spinal disc, I am having a disability, almost all the time I spend in bed…  I am avoiding a surgery as much as I can, but today got up briefly and suddenly my legs began to numb, no strength… I fainted…
I scared my children, they dragged me to bed…. Not fun…. I came to my senses – again prayed for healing with tears…

I opened my E-mail, and here is your letter [with Ivan Komarov’s message “To receive healing is simple“], may the Lord grant it to be the answer to my prayers!

Again, thanks for the link, I’m going to watch the program!
Mikhail

I (Tatyana) shared my testimony with Mikhail how the Lord healed me from back injury

On March 3, 2013, Mikhail wrote:

I started watching the video on your link, & 5 minutes was enough for me to lay hands on myself and to declare myself healed through the sacrifice of Christ (Isaiah 53). My heart began resisting it, but I strongly kept telling it that according to God’s Truth my spine has been healed already. 20 minutes went by and I fell asleep.

In the morning I felt very good, even took a shower without anyone’s help, and several times I got up on my own. But in the afternoon my condition began to deteriorate rapidly.

I spent the night without sleep, prayed and asked Jesus to reveal to me how the power of God works.

In the morning my family stirred in my heart thanks to God. However, a heavy stone laid on my heart. I talked with my sons and then verses from Job came to my mind. I grabbed my Bible and it opened up to Chapter 32 of Job! I was reading as drinking the living water. “Whom I love I punish, in order to turn away from pride” – Job 36:7-9. Great God in His mercy – He helped me to see my sin! Repentance brought untold relief, even pain let me go, thanks to our Heavenly Father!

It was so easy on my heart, again I laid hands on myself and declared myself healed by the stripes of Christ. This time my heart did not resist, it was delighted. But full recovery has not happened. I will try not to give up, because trials strengthen our faith.

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Scriptures Promising Salvation for Believer’s Children

When we pray we have to rely on promises written in God’s Word. Here are some of the promises about salvation of the children of believing parents.

Isaiah 49:24-25 24 Shall the prey be taken from the mighty, or the lawful captive delivered?  25 But thus saith the LORD, Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered: for I will contend with him that contendeth with thee, and I will save thy children.

Isaiah 54:13 And all thy children shall be taught of the LORD; and great shall be the peace of thy children.

Isaiah 59:21 As for me, this is my covenant with them, saith the LORD; My spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed’s seed, saith the LORD, from henceforth and for ever.

Isaiah 44:3-5 For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring: And they shall spring up as among the grass, as willows by the water courses. One shall say, I am the LORD’S; and another shall call himself by the name of Jacob; and another shall subscribe with his hand unto the LORD, and surname himself by the name of Israel.

Proverbs 11:21 Though hand join in hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished: but the seed of the righteous shall be delivered [saved].

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Mental healing from the Bible and Psychology

 

NAB Acts 10:34-35 “God shows no partiality. Rather, in every nation whoever fears him and acts uprightly is acceptable to him.”

 

NKJ Job 11:7 “Can you search out the deep things of God? Can you find out the limits of the Almighty?

 

Mental health is dealt with both in the Bible based Christianity and Psychology. Both viewpoints suggest ideas and concepts, which define and explain mental health phenomena. They also suggest practical methods of healing and help for people, who suffer emotional traumas, mental anguish and mental disturbance. There are a lot of mutual prejudices against each other. For example, a number of Psychologists consider Christianity impotent to render real help. This is not true. Many believers resist Psychology and deem it to be something like Extra-Sensory Perception or other satanic practices1. This is not true either, and you will be given a chance to be persuaded about it today.

Once a student of mine from Practical Psychology College who works as a School Psychologist related how the mother of her pupil, being an active believing Christian, refused to allow her son to attend a counseling session. The mother’s argument was, “You are a psychic (ESP).”

The goal of this presentation is to examine concepts and methods of achieving mental health and healing, suggested by Biblical Christianity and Psychology; to discover objective facts about common areas and differences between them; to define the source of those ideas and methods, to unveil popular misunderstandings.

Practical methods of mental healing are proposed by many branches of Psychology, in particular; Person-Centered Therapy2, Psychodynamic Therapy3, Cognitive Psychology, T-groups, Encounter groups, Gestalt Therapy4, etc.

There is a technology of healing of mind in the teaching and activity of Jesus Christ.5 and are described in the Bible. A psychiatrist once said, “With many of my patients I just take the Bible in hand and read to them Christ’s words. It is the best Psychotherapy”.

So let us compare Biblical teaching (Christianity based on the Bible) and Psychological approaches to mental healing, stated by the Bible and by the key Psychologists.

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  1. Jones S. L., Butman R. E. (1991). Modern psychotherapies; a comprehensive Christian appraisal. Downers Grove, Illinois, Inter Varsity Press [-]
  2. Rogers, C. (1961). On Becoming a Person. Boston, Houghton Mifflin. [-]
  3. Smith D. (1990) “Psychodynamic Therapy: the Freudian approach”. Individual Therapy. Open University Press, pp. 18-38. [-]
  4. Polster, E. and Poslter, M.(1973). Gestalt Therapy Integrated. New York: Brunner Mazel. [-]
  5. Menj A. Christian teaching about Personality. Lecture at Moscow University. March, 1989 [-]

Finding My Soul Mate

 

The curse causeless shall not come.

—Proverbs 26:2 (KJV)

 

Prologue

 The truth is more amazing than fiction, and the story I tell here is true. I began as an emotional failure and an alienated loner doomed to spinsterhood, and became a happily married wife. At first, I offered my story only to friends. It made a deep impression upon them and inspired optimism; they advised me to publish it.

 

Chapter 1

King Solomon’s Descendant

When I was 7 years old, a dramatic vision made me believe that the most important in my life was to love and be loved.

Out of nowhere, there came a bright scene, which lingered for a long time. I smelled the freshness of a river in shadowy woods. A slim young man with dark hair stood on the bank of the river waiting for his chosen one. With a graceful smooth walk, a young woman met him. She wore a white ballroom dress with a fluffy, airy skirt. Her face glowed with a happy smile. She stretched her arms out for an embrace. She was confident in her happiness, in their mutual love. I believed I was to be that girl.

Later, this childhood impression grew into a conviction that the meaning of my life was to love a certain man. I wished to dedicate myself to him and to live by him and for him. However, an insidious voice inside whispered, “It will not work. You will not make it.” I listened to it. Moreover, I believed it.

For long decades, my private life went nowhere. Those I fell for were either indifferent to me or despised me. I felt rejected and hurt.

 

If I had met my future husband earlier,

either I would have not noticed him

or I would have pushed him away

 

If my early failures were just random and unfortunate, they should not have repeated themselves every time. I should have been able to connect with someone at least once. I was not ugly. Young men would come up to me in the street to express their interest. Nevertheless, they did not interest me, and I did not have any success with the guys whom I did like. If I liked someone, he would not like me—or vice versa. I kept asking myself, “Why are they not interested in me?” I thought I might have been cursed.

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Good and Bad News: Biblical concept of personality development

We get used to the idea that positive changes in a person can happen only as minor modifications, with defects remaining anyway. There are many concepts of personality development (on becoming a person). Almost nobody strives with psychological measures to modify a human being toward being completely good, perfect. However, the Bible suggests this as a valid possibility.

The Holy Scripture sees the process of development, of becoming a person as a restoration (reconstruction, recreation) of perfect human nature, which was lost after the Fall1 or the process of sanctification. For simplicity let us illustrate this process with the means, which Jesus Christ used a lot, a story. This is a theological allegory, “Good and bad news”.

Tom was a terrible criminal. He was proud of not having any conscience, that he had committed every possible crime. Eventually he was caught. He was in prison and was worrying about what would happen next. He was thinking about escaping, even about suicide. But both were impossible. He was too well guarded. He was rehearsing different speeches denying his evil deeds, but none of them sounded persuasive enough. His future seemed absolutely dark. He was aware that he had gotten himself into a desperate situation.

Whom does the Bible consider a law-breaker, a sinner? “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”. Romans 3:25. It means this message applies to every one of us.

The only thing that prevents reaching perfection and sanctification is sin. What is sin?

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  1. Yancey Ph. Disappointment with God. Three Questions No One Asks Aloud. Harper Collins Publishers, 1988, 319 p. [-]

What Does The Bible Call A “Thorn In The Flesh”?

Usage of the words ‘thorn‘ and ‘thorns” in the Bible:

Literally describes physical thorns:

Job 41:2, Proverbs 26:9, 22:5, 24:31; Isaiah 5:6, 7:19, 23-25, 10:17, 27:4, 33:13, 33:12, 34:12, 55:13; Jer 4:3, 12:13; Hosea 2:6, 9:6, 10:8; Genesis 3:18, Exodus 22:6, Judges 8:7, 16, 2 Chron 33:11, Job 5:5, Psalms 58:9, 118:12; Matt 7:6; 13:7, 22; Mark 4:7, 18; 15:17, Luke 6:44; 8:7, 14; John 19:2, 5; Heb 6:18.

Figuratively used in:

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Eat Youself Slim: Low Glycemic Method of Nutrition

Eat yourself slimThe foods you eat affect your blood sugar levels. Refined products make blood sugar to sharply jump up, causing the pancreas to secrete a lot of insulin and to store sugar surpluses in the form of fat, and overloading the pancreas. We need food with low glycemic index (GI). If we eat natural products rich with fiber their glycemic level is low, pancreas secrets a less insulin, fat is dissolved also and the person loses weight. Michel Montignac – the author of the sensational book Eat Yourself Slim and low glycemic method of nutrition.

This method is directed mainly at losing weight, but there many other valuable things in it, like lowering blood sugar level. The low glycemic diet is supported by the American Diabetic Association. The beauty of this method is that quantity of food you eat is not limited; it is possible to eat as much, as you want. You just have to be more reasonable in the choice of products.

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