Passion Week is the most significant week in all of history. During this span of 7 days, we can see the fulfillment of God's prophetic blueprint to redeem us to himself; from the curse of sin shown on the 1st day of the week until Jesus' glorious resurrection on the 7th day, the work of reversing the curse has been completed and for those that trust in this work will share in Jesus' resurrection and live forever. Jesus' death on the cross marks the satisfaction of God's law and now ushers in a new age of grace where we can freely come to him (just as we are with all our imperfections) and receive mercy, grace, love and a new life.
The calendar below shows Passion Week as it occurred in 30AD. By placing your cursor over the days beginning on Nisan 9 and ending with Nisan 19 and clicking will allow you to open the days and see the events of Jesus' Passion Week listed in chronological order as recorded in the gospels so that you may reflect on these events on their respective anniversary days this year, which is also shown below. We hope that this tool gives you a deeper worship experience of our awesome Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!
THIS WILL BE THE 1,993 YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF PASSION WEEK
(PRECISELY EVEN TO THE DAY OF THE WEEK)!
PASSION WEEK IN 2023
NISAN 5783 (2023 A.D)
In the year 30 A.D., Passion Week or "Holy Week" as it is commonly referred to took place on Nisan 11 (April 1, 30 A.D.) and concluded on Nisan 17 (April 8th, 30 A.D). The 1,993 anniversary of the events of this week is fast approaching and will take place between Sat, April 1, 2023 and Sat, April 8th, 2023. You can see the corresponding calendar above, first showing Passion Week during Jesus' day, and then showing Passion Week as it will occur this coming year in 2023. What's amazing is that with careful examination you can see the correlation between the events on each of these days and the prophetic framework that God ordered and set in motion during creation week or what we like to call "God's Work Week." For nearly the last 6 thousand years, man has been working in the same way. Perhaps one day very soon we will have a rest day and experience Jesus return to rule with perfect peace and justice.
I [Jesus] am coming soon!
This was a statement made by Jesus almost 2000 years ago and has still not yet occurred. There's no King of Kings making rule on the Earth now and if he was ruling the Earth from Heaven, would we see the kind of evil prevail in the world as we do now? Definitely not, but was Jesus wrong about it being soon? A proper understanding of how God views time, helps us determine the meaning of Jesus' statement.
We know that God thinks on a much greater scale than us mere human beings. “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9 ESV
However, this does not mean that God did not provide us with the understanding of how he views time. 2 Peter 3:8 gives us the key. There it says, “But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” So, God calculates time on a greater scale in that 1 day equals 1000 years, and 1000 years equals 1 day, seemingly rendering the zeros as meaningless or perhaps a magnification of the original meaning.
If that is true, then from God's perspective, the last 2000 years have been 2 days. Let's apply this calculation from the beginning. We know from Adam to Jesus there was 4000 years (4 days). From Jesus to now, there have been almost 2000 years (2 days). Now, if Jesus returns by the end of this 6th millennium so that he can rule & reign for the 7th millennium (7th day) as stated in the book of Revelation 20:6, then we are on the brink of his return and it has never been more soon. If you have not done so, now is the time to accept the free gift of salvation that Jesus has offered to you, so that when he comes, you will be among the blessed! Jesus paid the debt for your sin when he died on the cross as a perfect sacrifice on your behalf. If you accept it, you will no longer be condemned in your sin. "If you declare with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved" Romans 10:9. This is good news!
No Man Knows the Day or the Hour
Jesus arrives in Bethany 6 days before the Passover (John 12:1)
Crowds arrive in Bethany to see Jesus & Lazarus (John 12:9)
Plot to kill Lazarus (John 10:12)
Jesus approaches the city and tells two disciples to go into Jerusalem for a colt (Juke 19:29)
Crowds put down palm branches as Jesus arrives in Jerusalem from the Mt. of Olives crying "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord (Matthew 21:9, Mark 11:9, Luke 19:38))
Jesus weeps over the city (Luke 19:41)
Jesus entered Jerusalem and went into the temple (Mark 11:11)
Jesus anointed by Mary after dinner (John 12:2-8)
In the morning, Jesus left Bethany and was hungry and cursed the fig tree that had no fruit while on the way to Jerusalem (Mark 11:12)
Jesus cleanses the Temple (Matthew 21:12-17, Mark 11:19, Luke 19:45-48)
The blind and the lame come before Jesus to be healed (Matthew 21:14)
After looking around at everything, as it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the twelve (Mark 11:11)
When evening came, they went out of the city back to Bethany (Matthew 21:17, Mark 11:19)
Greeks want to see Jesus (John 12:20)
Son of Man must be lifted up (John 12:27)
Continued unbelief by the Jews (John 12:36-50)
In the morning, as he was entered the city, the fig tree withered (Mark 11:20)
Jesus arrives in Jerusalem (Mark 11:27)
Jesus' authority questioned by the Pharisees (Matthew 21:23, Mark 11:27, Luke 20:1-8)
Jesus tells Parables & speaks about paying taxes, the son of David, do not practice after the Pharisees, and woes on religious leaders.
Jesus laments over Jerusalem (Matthew 23:37-39)
Chief Priest' plot to kill Jesus (Matthew 26:1-5, Mark 14:1-2, Luke 22:1-2)
Judas bargans to betray Jesus (Matthew 26:14-16, Mark 14:10-11, Luke 22:3-6)
Passover meal preparation (Matthew 26:17-19, Mark 14:12-16, Luke 22:7-13)
Poor widow's offering (Mark 12:41-44, Luke 21:1-4)
Jesus leaves the temple and goes to the Mount of Olives (Matthew 24:1, Mark 13:1)
Jesus tells his disciples about the end of the age (Matthew 24:3-14, Mark 13:3-13, Luke 21:7-19)
Jesus hid himself from them (John 12:36)
As soon as it was morning, Jesus before Pilate (Matthew 27:2, Mark 15:1-5, Luke 23:1-5, John 18:28-38)
Jesus before Herod (Luke 23:6-12)
Jesus back before Pilate (Matthew 27:15-26, Mark 15:6-15, Luke 23:13-25, John 18:39-19:16)
At about the 6th hour Pilate says "Behold your King!"(John 19:14)
ROMAN SOLDIERS MOCK JESUS (27:27:-31, MK 15:16-20)
THE CRUCIFIXION (MT 27:32-56, MK 15:21-41, LK 23:26-49, JN 19:17-37)
IT WAS 9AM WHEN THEY CRUCIFIED HIM (MK 15:25)
DARKNESS COVERED THE LAND AT 12PM UNTIL 3PM, WHILE THE SUN’S LIGHT FAILED AND JESUS DIED (MK 15:33, LK 23:44)
JEWS ASKED PILATE THAT THE LEGS BE BROKEN BECAUSE IT WAS THE DAY OF PREPARATION FOR THE HIGH SABBATH (JN 19:31)
JOSEPH TOOK COURAGE AND ASKED PILATE FOR JESUS’ BODY (MT 27:58)
THE BURIAL OF JESUS (MT 27:57-61, MK 15:42-47, LK 23:50-56, JN 19:38-42)
WOMEN FROM GALILEE SAW WHERE HE WAS LAID THEN RETURNED AND PREPARED SPICES AND OINTMENTS THEN RESTED FOR THE SABBATH (LK 23:55)
Beginning of the Passover meal at evening (Matthew 26:20, Mark 14:17, Luke 22:14-16)
Jesus washes the disciples' feet (John 13:1-20)
Jesus betrayer identified as Judas (Matthew 26:21-25, Mark 14:18-21, Luke 22:21-23, John 13:21-30)
Dispute about who is the greatest (Luke 22:24-30)
Jesus predicts Peter's denial (Luke 22:31-38, John 13:31-38)
The Lord's super instituted (Matthew 26:26-29, Mark 14:22-25, Luke 22:17-20)
Jesus teaches his disciples (John 14-17)
2nd prediction of Peter's denial (Matthew 26:30-35, Mark 14:6-31)
Jesus and the disciples go toward the Mount of Olives to Gethsemane (Matthew 26:36, Mark 14:32, Luke 22:39)
Judas betrays Jesus and Jesus is arrested (Matthew 26:47-56, Mark 14:43-42, John 18:1-12)
Jesus taken to Annas' house for questioning (John 18:13-24)
Jesus tried before the Sanhedrin (Matthew 26:57-68, Mark 14:53-65, Luke 22:54)
Peter denies Jesus before the cock crows (Matthew 26:69-75, Mark 14:66-72, Luke 22:55-62, John 18:25-27)
Jesus still before the Sanhedrin (Matthew 27:1, Mark 15:1, Luke 22:63-71)
Judas commits suicide (Matthew 27:3-10
THE CHIEF PRIEST AND PHARISIES GATHERED BEFORE PILATE TO ASK FOR A GUARD OF SOLDIERS TO SECURE THE TOMB UNTIL THE 3RD DAY (MATTHEW 27:62-66)
DAY 1 IN THE GRAVE
THE BEGINNING OF THE "HIGH SABBATH" ALSO KNOWN AS THE FEAST OF UNLEAVENED BREAD (LUKE 23:55, JOHN 19:31)
NIGHT 1 IN THE GRAVE
When the Sabbath was passed, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go and anoint him (Mark 16:1)
DAY 2 IN THE GRAVE
NIGHT 2 IN THE GRAVE
Jesus rose after 3 days and on the 3rd day, so at least 72 hours from his death which was from approximately 3pm, 3 days earlier on Nisan14 until approximately 3pm on Nisan 17 (Matthew 20:18-19, Mark 10:34, Luke 18:33).
DAY 3 IN THE GRAVE
Later (on the 1st day of the week) an angel will tell the women, "Remember how he told you while he was still in Galilee, the son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise." (Luke 24:6-7)
NIGHT 3 IN THE GRAVE
Toward the dawn of the 1st day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary (likely the mother of James) went to see the tomb and there was an earthquake as an angel of the Lord descended, rolled back the stone and sat on it. He told them Jesus was risen and that they would see him in Galilee. On their way with great fear and joy, Jesus met them and said "Greetings!" They took hold of his feet and worshipped him (so, this had to be after he had ascended to the Father to present himself as First Fruits because they were able to touch him) (Matthew 28:1-9).
After the sun rose, women went to the tomb and saw an angel inside the tomb sitting on the right side who said that Jesus was was not there but risen. The angel told them to go tell Peter and the disciples, but they were astonished and told no one because they were afraid (one of them must have spilled the beans, otherwise how would Mark know about this account?) (Mark 16:5-8).
Joanna (likely) and other women went to the tomb and saw two angels standing by them who said that Jesus was not there but risen and they were among the women along with Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James who told the disciples that Jesus had risen (Mark 16:5-6, Luke 24:4-6).
The disciples did not believe and Peter rose and went back to the tomb "while stooping and looking in he saw the linen cloths by themselves; and he went home marveling at what had happened." (Luke 24:11-12)
Meanwhile, the guards went to tell the chief priests all that happened. They paid the guards money to say that the disciples of Jesus came and took the body at night while they were asleep." (Matthew 28:11-15)
Jesus appears to the two on the Emmaus Road toward Emmaus which was 7 miles from Jerusalem (Luke 24:13-35)
Jesus is asked to stay because it is late in the day and toward evening (Luke 24:29)
On the 1st day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb "early" (likely before bed) while it was still dark and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. (John 20:1)
She runs off to tell Peter and John that they have taken the Lord. John outruns Peter, Peter goes in first and then John second and they see the linen cloths folded up and believed that his body had been taken. (John 20:2-9)
Peter and John return to their homes (John 20:10)
Mary stays weeping outside the tomb and sees Jesus. When she recognizes him she goes to cling to him and he says not to because he has not yet ascended to the Father (as he was to present himself to the Father as First Fruits, which would occur later that day according to custom) (John 20:11-17)
Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples that she had seen the Lord (John 20:18)
Jesus sits at table with the two he met on the Emmaus Road, breaks bread with them, then disappears from their sight. Then, they rose that same hour and went to Jerusalem where they would find the eleven disciples.. (Luke 24:30-33)
Jesus appears to the eleven as they were reclining at table Mark 16:14; Luke 24:36-49; John 20:19-25)
Thomas wasn't with them when Jesus came and said to them that he would not believe unless he sees the mark
and places his finger in the marks and Jesus' side
"These are the Lord's appointed festivals, the sacred assemblies
that you are to proclaim at their appointed times." Leviticus 23:4
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Since Jesus' death, burial and resurrection nearly two thousand years ago, countless individuals have attempted to determine the timing of the next greatest event expected to occur - the return of Jesus Christ.
However, in the last few decades, there has been a myriad of people attempting to predict when this will happen due to the influx of wars, cosmic events, natural disasters, diseases, etc that have occurred particularly over the last century. These such events are described by Jesus as precursors to the end according to Matthew 24. Unfortunately, many people have used these events to set dates for Jesus' return only to fail each time. This has resulted in a great deal of skepticism and mockery from those who don’t believe Jesus will return, despite the Bible's historical accuracy and validity. Not only did Jesus foretell of his return, but also foretold of the mockery that would precede it which is itself an indicator that we are living in the last days.
There are generally two schools of thought that Christians believe regarding this epic event.
1) That no man knows the day or the hour. 2) That we can know the timing of his return based upon a careful examination of biblical prophecy.
Here at Wheel of Ages, we believe that both are true. After all, the Bible is the only set of books that work in harmony successfully predicting the future concerning many events with absolute precision.
Jesus said in reference to the day of the Lord, "Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour" Matthew 25:13. We will certainly not debate the words of Jesus for what he says is absolutely true, but was he referring to the Rapture or his second coming? Both are separate events that will occur. We know that Jesus could not have been referring to the Rapture because this event was not even revealed until about 15 years after Jesus' Olivet Discourse. Let us also consider the words of the apostle Paul to the Christians at Thessalonica that the day of the Lord would not surprise them like a thief in the night because they were children of light and of the day. This could imply that we can know the season of his return, specifically the season of the Rapture. The scriptures revealed in advance when Jesus would come as the Lamb of God to be slain to pay the debt of sin that we owed. Is it unreasonable to think that he would give us clues for his return to keep us from the hour of trial that will come upon the whole world?
This question has led us to look intently into the scriptures to find the indicators of the second coming. Jesus himself spoke of the indicators of "birth pangs," but it is unclear if the mere influx of wars, celestial events, natural disasters, and diseases we are experiencing today are the indicators to his return since they have been happening for thousands of years, and are therefore unreliable as indicators. So, we looked deeper. Soon into our study, we discovered a very important key verse. Isaiah 46:10 says, “...I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying,'My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose...” This caused us to take our eyes off of Revelation and go back to Genesis to discover how he first declared the end from the beginning.
In Genesis we find that God worked for 6 days and then rested on the 7th day. This structure has continued from the beginning of time until now, despite man's effort to change it. Within this structure, God created specific things on specific days and to our amazement we discovered that these were prophetic types or shadows of actual events that would later occur in the future. But how?
By understanding the structure of how time has unfolded, first with the prophetic type, then its subsequent historical fulfillment, we can see God’s plan of redemption plainly laid out before us. It further reveals to us that creation week and man's history are equal in God's sight, not necessarily in duration (although we believe that to be true), but rather in sequence. By understanding the correlations between the prophetic types and their historical fulfillments and altogether their respective order within the sequence, we can not only determine why certain events happened in the order in which they did throughout history, but we may also determine how close we are to the conclusion of this current age. We know that after 6 days, God rested. Could this mean that after 6 days (or six 1000 year periods or ages) that man will also rest? That is our belief. Now if we account for the 7 year tribulation period also known as "Jacob's Trouble" that will precede the turn of the 6th millennium, then the Rapture may take place in the year 2023, which will be 1,993 years (7 years short of 2000 or "2 days") since Jesus' death, burial, resurrection and ascension.
We are excited to share this with you and by doing so hope this will help you obtain a greater understanding of biblical prophecy which will assist you in your own biblical study. Please note that our intention is not to set dates for Jesus' return, rather it is to show how soon this event and other future events are likely to occur based upon our observations of historical fulfillments of biblical prophecy so that you may be encouraged as we wait together with great expectation the return of our Lord & Savior, Jesus!