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Coincidences in my life – Part 3

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COINCIDENCES IN MY LIFE – PART 3©

ARISTEO CANLAS FERNANDO
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The number of Jesus

The number of Jesus is 888.  How did we know this?  The name of Jesus in Greek is ΙΗΣΟΥΣ (iota, eta, sigma, omicron, upsilon, sigma).  The Greeks had a numbering system called the Greek Ionic Ciphered Numeral System devised in about the year 300 B.C. whereby each letter of the Greek alphabet is assigned a numerical value.  Substituting the numerical values to each letter in the name of Jesus and adding them up, the total is 888.  The values of the letters are: iota, 10; eta, 8; sigma, 200; omicron, 70; upsilon, 400; and sigma, 200.  The sum of 10 + 8 + 200 + 70 + 400 + 200 is 888.

Did you know that when the family arrived in Australia as immigrants, it was on 1988-08-21?  August is the eighth month of 1988; hence, 888.  This was the choice of wife of post office box number in Campbelltown, New South Wales in 1993 because of its significance of our arrival in Australia.  We even registered the Holden Apollo car with a special number plate FAF 888.  Yet, all this time, I did not know that the number of Jesus is 888.

It was in May 1994 just before my 25th Wedding Anniversary when the first cousin of my first cousin (Anthony Castelo) arrived in Australia that I only learned about it.  I had not met him for about 35 years.  I read it in the book that he was reading titled A Scientific Approach to Biblical History by W. W. Faid which he lent to me overnight.

In July 1994, one year and five months after we got the post office box, I discovered that our box was in the middle of a cross.  There were four boxes to the left, to the right, to the bottom and three to the top.  Cross, Jesus, 888.  Then in December 1994, I discovered that the set containing box 888 was flanked to the right by a set where you may draw a cross also and to the left by a set where you may not draw a cross because the set contained small, medium, and large boxes.  The middle and the set to the right were all small boxes.  This reminds us of the crucifixion of Jesus wherein He was in the middle flanked by two thieves.

When we finally moved all our things from Campbelltown to Queensland on 2004-05-07, the post office rearranged the post office building from 2004-04-30 to 2004-05-02 affecting also the post office boxes.  Hence, you will not see this strange arrangement anymore.

For details about this and photos, please read http://aristean.org/jesus888.htm .

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Was Jesus crucified on a Wednesday?

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WAS JESUS CRUCIFIED ON A WEDNESDAY?©

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Some people claim that Jesus was crucified on Wednesday.  Let us anaylze if this is true.  Let us list down the criteria we will use based on the Holy Bible (1-4) and on tradition which are logical (5-7):
1.  Day after crucifixion was a high day and a Sabbath (John 19:31).
2.  Jesus was in the tomb for three days and three nights (Matthew 12:39-41).
3.  The tomb was discovered empty on the first day of the week (Matthew 28:1; Mark 16:2; Luke 24:1; John 20:1).
4.  Mary Magdalene et al. bought sweet spices for the anointing of Jesus after a Sabbath (Mark 16:1).
5.  Shops were closed on a Sabbath day.
6.  On the day before a Sabbath called Preparation Day, shops were open only in the morning.  In the afternoon, the Jews prepare for the Sabbath that would start when the sun has set.
7.  In winter, shops were open from sunrise to sunset.  However, in summer when it is hot in the afternoon, shops were open from sunrise to noon, and from about 3 to 4pm until about 30 minutes to one hour after the sun has set.

Presently, the crucifixion of Jesus Christ is observed on a Friday, called Good Friday, and His tomb was found empty on Sunday morning, called Easter.  This is not correct based on an analysis at http://aristean.org/wp091.htm titled “Was Jesus crucified on a Friday?”

A Jewish day starts at sunset and ends at sunset the next day.

If Jesus was crucified on a Wednesday, the first night and first day that Jesus was in the tomb would be Thursday; second night and second day would be Friday, and third night and third day would be Saturday.  The fourth day when the tomb was discovered empty would be Sunday.

When Jesus was crucified, it was Preparation Day for next day’s high Sabbath Day (criterion 1).  The next day was a Sabbath Day, a high day, and the shops were closed.  If Jesus was crucified on Nisan 14, was Nisan 15 a Thursday?  Nisan 15 was supposed to be the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread which is a high day.  In what years was Nisan 15 a Thursday?  Let us see what Nisan 15 was from AD 30 to AD 36 using the calendar converter at http://www.hebrewcalendar.net/htdocs/main.en.html .  Nisan 15, 3790 AM is equal to April 3, 30 AD which was a Thursday; Nisan 15, 3791 AM, March 24, 31 AD, Tuesday; Nisan 15, 3792 AM, April 12, 32 AD, Tuesday; Nisan 15, 3793 AM, April 1, 33 AD, Saturday; Nisan 15, 3795 AM, March 20, 34 AD, Tuesday; Nisan 15, 3795 AM, April 9, 35 AD, Tuesday; Nisan 15, 3796 AM, March 28, 36 AD, Saturday.  The year when Nisan 15 was Thursday was on 30 AD.  So was Jesus crucified on Nisan 14, 3790 AM orApril 3, 30 AD?  So far, so good.  We will see if other criteria are met.

BTW, AM is the Latin abbreviation for anno mundi or in the year of the world, in the Jewish calendar.  AD is the Latin abbreviation for anno Domini or in the year of our Lord, in the proleptic Gregorian calendar.

If Jesus was crucified on a Wednesday, the shops were open in the morning only of the second day (Friday) in preparation for next day’s regular weekly Saturday Sabbath.  Mary Magdalene et al. could have bought the sweet spices on Friday morning when the shops had opened.  After buying the sweet spices, they could have proceeded to the tomb to anoint Jesus.  Why then did the disciples of Jesus had to wait until Sunday, the fourth day, to go very early to the tomb?  As Martha, the sister of Lazarus, told Jesus when He asked to take away the stone covering the grave of his brother in John 11:39, “Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days.” 

But this going to the tomb is only the second day.  Criterion 2 says that Jesus was in the tomb for three days and three nights.  Could they have discovered that Jesus was still there?  Is Friday the first day of the week?  Based on these,  Jesus could not had been crucified on a Wednesday. 

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Was Jesus crucified on a Friday?

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WAS JESUS CRUCIFIED ON A FRIDAY?©

ARISTEO CANLAS FERNANDO
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Presently, the crucifixion of Jesus Christ is observed on a Friday, called Good Friday, and His tomb was found empty on Sunday morning, called Easter.  Are these correct?

To check whether Jesus was crucified on a Friday or not, let us list down the criteria we will use based on the Holy Bible (1-4) and on tradition which are logical (5-7):
1.  Day after crucifixion was a high day and a Sabbath (John 19:31).
2.  Jesus was in the tomb for three days and three nights (Matthew 12:39-41).
3.  The tomb was discovered empty on the first day of the week (Matthew 28:1; Mark 16:2; Luke 24:1; John 20:1).
4.  Mary Magdalene et al. bought sweet spices for the anointing of Jesus after a Sabbath (Mark 16:1).
5.  Shops were closed on a Sabbath day.
6.  On the day before a Sabbath called Preparation Day, shops were open only in the morning.  In the afternoon, the Jews prepare for the Sabbath that would start when the sun has set.
7.  In winter, shops were open from sunrise to sunset.  However, in summer when it is hot in the afternoon, shops were open from sunrise to noon, and from about 3 to 4pm until about 30 minutes to one hour after the sun has set.

A Jewish day starts at sunset and ends at sunset the next day.

If Jesus was crucified on a Friday, the first night and first day that Jesus was in the tomb would be Saturday; second night and second day would be Sunday, and third night and third day would be Monday.  But a Friday crucifixion and Sunday discovery of empty tomb would only be two nights and one day (Saturday night and Saturday day, and Sunday night).  A Friday crucifixion already fails based on criterion 2.

If Jesus was crucified on a Friday, it was Preparation Day for next day Sabbath Day.  The next day was the regular weekly Saturday Sabbath Day, and the shops were closed.  But was this Sabbath a high day?  If Jesus was crucified on Nisan 14, was Nisan 15 a Saturday?  Nisan 15 was supposed to be the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread which is a high day.  What year was Nisan 15?  Let us see what Nisan 15 was from AD 30 to AD 36 using the calendar converter at http://www.hebrewcalendar.net/htdocs/main.en.html .  Nisan 15, 3790 AM is equal to April 3, 30 AD which was a Thursday; Nisan 15, 3791 AM, March 24, 31 AD, Tuesday; Nisan 15, 3792 AM, April 12, 32 AD, Tuesday; Nisan 15, 3793 AM, April 1, 33 AD, Saturday; Nisan 15, 3795 AM, March 20, 34 AD, Tuesday; Nisan 15, 3795 AM, April 9, 35 AD, Tuesday; Nisan 15, 3796 AM, March 28, 36 AD, Saturday.  The years when Nisan 15 was Saturday were on 33 AD and 36 AD.  AM is the Latin abbreviation for anno mundi or in the year of the world, in the Jewish calendar.  AD is the Latin abbreviation for anno Domini or in the year of our Lord, in the proleptic Gregorian calendar.

If Jesus was crucified on a Friday, the fourth day when the tomb was discovered empty would be Tuesday.  Is Tuesday the first day of the week?  No, it is neither in the Jewish calendar nor in the proleptic Gregorian calendar.  Hence, based on criterion 3, a Friday crucifixion fails.

If Jesus was crucified on a Friday, the shops were open on the second day (Sunday) and third day (Monday).  Criterion 4 is met because Sunday is after the Sabbath and is the first day of the week in the Jewish calendar and Mary Magdalene et al. could have bought the sweet spices.  After buying the sweet spices, they could have proceeded to the tomb to anoint Jesus.  Why then did the disciples of Jesus had to wait until Tuesday, the fourth day, to go very early to the tomb?  As Martha, the sister of Lazarus, told Jesus when He asked to take away the stone covering the grave of his brother in John 11:39, “Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days.”  Since Sunday is just the second day, this fails based on criterion 2.

The third day, Monday, fails because Sunday was not a Sabbath Day based on criterion 4.  Another is that Monday is not the first day of the week to the Jews (criterion 3).

The verdict:  the argument that Jesus was crucified on a Friday fails.

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WHY JESUS SAID, TOUCH ME NOT©

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WHY JESUS SAID, TOUCH ME NOT©

ARISTEO CANLAS FERNANDO
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Jesus, when He resurrected after the third day in the sepulcher, asked Mary Magdalene not to touch Him.  Why?

From the Holy Bible, King James Version, John 20:11-18,
11 But Mary [Magdalene] stood without at the sepulcher weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulcher,
12 And seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.
13 And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou?  She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him.
14 And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus.
15 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou?  whom seekest thou?  She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.
16 Jesus saith unto her, Mary.  She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master.
17 Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.
18 Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that he had spoken these things unto her.

Why did Jesus say to Mary Magdalene, “Touch me not”?  Because no sinner can touch Him until He has ascended to the Father—to His Father and our Father, to His God and our God.

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Jesus nailed through the palm

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JESUS NAILED THROUGH THE PALM©

ARISTEO CANLAS FERNANDO
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When Jesus Christ was nailed on the cross, the nails were driven through His palm and not through the wrist.  This was revealed by the Holy Spirit.

The bones of the forearm from the elbow to the wrist are the radius and ulna.  We usually call this area at the end of these bones as the wrist where the wristwatch is usually placed, and the pulse is taken.  Jesus was not nailed to the cross in this area. 

From Webster’s Third New International Dictionary, the carpus is the “wrist or the part of the forelimb between the antebrachium [the part of the arm or forelimb between the brachium and the carpus: forearm] and the metacarpus”.  It is “the group of bones which contains the navicular, lunatum, triquetrum, and pisiform [first row of bones] that articulate with the radius and a distal row which contains the trapezium [greater multagumum], trapezoid [lesser multangulum], capitatum and hamatum [second row of bones] that articulate with the metacarpals”. 

Between these rows of eight bones is the “Tunnel of Destot”.  It is through this tunnel that the nail was driven through.

The same dictionary defines the palm as “the somewhat concave part of the human hand between the bases of the fingers and the wrist upon which the fingers close when flexed”.

Several listeners were fortunate to be allowed to feel where the nail was driven through.  Even though I requested one time, I was refused.  The Holy Spirit has reasons to deny my request.

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Two nails for the feet of Jesus

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TWO NAILS FOR THE FEET OF JESUS©

ARISTEO CANLAS FERNANDO
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There were three people who were crucified—the two thieves and Jesus Christ.  Jesus was at the center.  To His right was Dimas, the thief who said to Jesus, ‘Lord, remember me when thou comest  into thy kingdom’ (Luke 23:42).  To His left was Hestas, the thief who said, ‘If thou be Christ, save thyself and us’ (Luke 23:39).

Three nails were used to each of Dimas and Hestas—two for the palms and one for the feet.  Dimas’ feet were nailed with his right foot over his left foot to face the center.  Hestas’ feet were nailed with his left foot over his right foot, also to face the center.

Four nails were used in Jesus—one nail for each palm, and one nail for each foot, He being in the center.

This revelation of the Holy Spirit will correct the portrayal of the crucifixion of Jesus on crucifixes that only one nail was used to nail His feet on the cross.   

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Timeline from the birth of Abraham to the fall of Jerusalem to the Romans

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TIMELINE FROM THE BIRTH OF ABRAHAM TO THE
FALL OF JERUSALEM TO THE ROMANS©

ARISTEO CANLAS FERNANDO
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YEAR EVENT REFERENCE
2217 BC Birth of Abram Calculated, Genesis 27:7
2207 BC Birth of Sarai Calculated, Genesis 23:1
2144 BC Departure of Abram out of Haran when he was 75 lunar years old Genesis 12:4
2133 BC Birth of Ishmael (Abram was 86 lunar years old) Genesis 16:16
2122 BC Renaming of Abram to Abraham and Sarai to Sarah; circumcision of Abraham aged 99 lunar years and Ishmael was 13 Genesis 17
2121 BC Birth of Isaac  (Abraham was 100 lunar years old and Sarah was 90) Genesis 17:17; 21:5
2086 BC Death of Sarah aged 127 lunar years Genesis 23:1
2083 BC Isaac at age 40 lunar years married Rebekah Genesis 25:20
2069 BC Melchisedek built temple (2177 lunar years from fall of Jerusalem to Romans) Josephus, Wars, Book VI, Chapter X, Section 1
2064 BC Birth of Jacob and his twin brother Esau (Isaac was 60 lunar years old) Genesis 25:26
2049 BC Death of Abraham aged 175 lunar years Genesis 25:7
2002 BC Death of Ishmael aged 137 lunar years Genesis 25:17
1974 BC Birth of Joseph Calculated, Genesis 41:46; 50:22
1958 BC Joseph aged 17 lunar years sold to Ishmaelites going to Egypt Genesis 37:28
Circa 1948 BC Birth of Benjamin and death of his mother Rachel who was buried in Ephrath (Bethlehem) Genesis 37:19; 48:7
1947 BC Death of Isaac aged 180 lunar years Genesis 35:28
1946 BC Joseph aged 30 lunar years appointed by Pharaoh to rule over Egypt (except Pharaoh) and start of seven years of plenty Genesis 41:46
Circa 1945- 1940 BC Birth of Joseph’s two sons: Manasseh and Ephraim during years of plenty in Egypt Calculated, Genesis 41:50-51
1939 BC Arrival of Jacob and his family in Egypt in Nisan; second year of famine; Jacob was 130 lunar years old; start of 430 lunar years sojourn in Egypt Genesis 45:6; 47:9; Exodus 12:40-41
1934 BC Seventh year of famine Genesis 45:6
1922 BC Death of Jacob aged 147 lunar years Genesis 47:28
1870 BC Death of Joseph aged 110 lunar years Genesis 50:22, 26
1599 BC Birth of Moses Calculated, Acts 7:23
1560 BC Moses aged 40 lunar years killed Egyptian and fled to Midian Acts 7:23-24
1522 BC Moses aged 80 lunar years received instruction from God to return to Egypt to deliver the Israelites from bondage Acts 7:30
1522 BC Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt Exodus 12:41, 51
1484 BC Death of Aaron, brother of Moses, aged 123 lunar years on the first day of fifth month, 40 lunar years since Exodus Numbers 20:28; 33:38-39
1484 BC Death of Moses aged 120 lunar years in twelfth month, 40 lunar years since exodus Deuteronomy 34:7
1484 BC End of 40 lunar years in the wilderness of Sinai Peninsula Deuteronomy 29:5
1485 BC Entry to the Promised Land Deuteronomy 29:5
1100 BC Start of David’s reign in Hebron (7 lunar years and 6 months); maybe on first month Iyyar 1 Kings 2:11; 1 Chronicles 3:4; 29:27
1093 BC End of David’s reign in Hebron; start of reign in Jerusalem (33 lunar years) 1 Kings 2:11: 1 Chronicles 3:4; 29:27
1061 BC End of David’s reign over Israel; start of reign of Solomon in second half of year 1 Kings 2:11; 11:42; 1 Chronicles 3:4; 29:27
1058 BC Start of building of house of the Lord on second day of second month; 480 lunar years from Exodus 2 Chronicles 3:2; 1 Kings 6:1, 37
1052 BC Finished building of house of the Lord on eighth month of Solomon’s 11th year reign 1 Kings 6:38
1051 BC Dedication of the house of the Lord on the feast of the seventh month 2 Chronicles 5:3; 1 Kings 8:2
637 BC Fall of Jerusalem to the Babylonians (477 lunar years and 6 months from start of King David’s reign) Josephus, Wars, Book VI, Chapter X, Section 1
33 BC Birth of Jesus Christ (May 23) Revelation of the Holy Spirit
1 BC Death of Jesus Christ (August 17) Revelation of the Holy Spirit
AD 44 Fall of Jerusalem to the Romans (1179 lunar years from start of King David’s reign) Josephus, Wars, Book VI, Chapter X, Section 1

The Aristean Cycle was used in determining when past Jewish events happened.  The age-old puzzles of when Exodus and other Bible events happened are now determined.

The Aristean Cycle was developed while determining the veracity of the revelation of the Holy Spirit that Jesus was crucified on August 17. 

I would conclude that the Holy Bible is not a mere fairy tale book as claimed by non-believers but really God’s work.  Its placement of time when the events happened could be verified.  Any holes could have been pinpointed if found wrong or misaligned.

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