A little after Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, accompanied by praise, John 12:16 says, “everything has happened, exactly as the scriptures said it would”.
Later, Jesus and His disciples were outside Jerusalem when the disciples asked Him where He wanted them to prepare, so they could have the Passover meal together. As we know, their ‘days’ started at sunset (rather than at midnight). And likely the sun was setting, for John 13:1-5 says of later that evening, “before the festival of Passover.. He rose from supper and washed the feet of the disciples..”
But Mark 14:12, of the same day and hour, says it was the first day of the festival of Unleavened/Thin Bread “when the Passover lamb they were to sacrifice”. (This is how the interlinear word for word phrases it.) And we know the Passover lambs were prepared on Passover, which is the 14th of Nisan, and were sacrificed that same day – which had begun at sunset – at the time of the daily late afternoon, temple sacrifice. And the ‘Passover’ meal – commemorating the exodus out of Egypt during the night – was eaten then, after sunset, which begins the 15th of Nisan. And is the actual “first day of Unleavened Bread”. But it is still called the Passover meal. It was common to call the whole Spring Holy Week either Unleavened Bread, or Passover, blurring the days a little.
Jesus sent the disciples to make arrangements and procure a room, the upstairs room where a little later they shared the humble meal of bread and wine, His “last supper” (in preparation for the events about to occur).
We know He was arrested later that night, in the garden called Mt. of Olives. (Also from where He ascended and will return. Acts 1:11; Zech.14:4)
The next morning, when Jesus was before Pilate, John 19:14,15 says – “It was the day of preparation of Passover. The hour was about the third” (day hours began at six a.m. so third hour would be nine a.m.) “And Pilate said, ‘Behold your king!’.. and they answered ‘we have no king but Caesar!’…”
By a careful reading of verses, we see how He was brought during early morning/late night hours to the priests, to Pilates palace, then to Herod, and then back to Pilate.
And we can see Jesus was sentenced at the very hour of the temple morning sacrifice, which was daily at third hour, 9 a.m.
The soldiers, etc. put a purple robe upon Him and mocked and beat Him. And then there was the carrying of the cross and the procession to Golgotha hill.
And He died that day at 3:00 p.m., the very hour of the second daily temple sacrifice, and the hour on that day (Passover/Nisan 14) of the sacrificing of the annual Passover lamb.
And this, is how Jesus our Passover Lamb, “kept the Passover with His disciples”.
As evening was dawning, He was put into the tomb. Likely right as the sun was setting, for Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus were in a hurry to wrap Him with spices and put Him into the tomb before beginning of “the feast day/Sabbath, for that was a high Sabbath” when the actual Passover meal is eaten. And if they had been in touch with a dead body upon that feast day (the 15th) they could not join the feast. But would be “outside the feast”. — The first day of Unleavened Bread (Nisan 15) is a high Sabbath. And of course, that day begins at sunset (which to us would still be the 14th).
He was placed into the tomb at sunset, just as Unleavened Bread was beginning. He was the unleavened pure bread of life “in the grave for three nights and three days” just as He said He would be.
He rose exactly three sunsets later — as the regular weekly Sabbath was ending, and third Holy Day of the week began, which is called “Firstfruits”. This day always followed the regular weekly Sabbath of Spring Holy Week, thus always falling upon the first day of the week.
1 Corinthians 15:23 calls Him “Jesus the Firstfruits”.
This is the pattern of events, that fulfills the Spring Holy Days. It may perhaps involve a tiny bit of circular reasoning(?) But I believe it is just too perfect, to not be true.
“Everything has happened exactly as the scriptures said it would” – Mark 14:12.
And of course, on Day of Pentecost a few weeks later, the “promised Holy Spirit of God was poured out” upon the believers, and will be ultimately “poured out upon all flesh” (Acts 2:17).
Since He so very perfectly fulfilled the pattern of the Spring Holy Days, via His first advent, I believe it is logical to assume the pattern of the Autumn Holy Days of – Trumpets, Day of Atonement, and Tabernacles – will be perfectly fulfilled, via His long second advent.
The three main peaks of that advent being:
~ His return ~ ‘Day’ of Judgment ~ and the “all in all” event..
…when the Son gives the kingdom to the Father “all things subdued/under Jesus’ feet” and the Father makes “all things new” that “He may be all in all”. And God, the Father, “will now tabernacle/dwell with mankind upon Earth made new”.
“A new heavens and Earth wherein righteousness is to dwell”! (1 Cor.15:22-28; Rev.21:1-5; 2 Peter 3:13)
The Autumn Holy Days:
Trumpets – Day of Atonement – Tabernacles
A blowing of trumpets.. And
He returns at the last trump(et). There are “10 days” between Trumpets and Day of Atonement.
Day of Atonement was/is an annual, collective day of repentance and reconciliation, a strict Sabbath/day of no work and whoever will not submit on that day would be cast out and away from the people. (Leviticus 23:26-32)
(However) “Yahweh has sworn/taken an oath/declared and will not take it back, that to Him every knee will bow, every tongue will confess allegiance” (Isaiah 45:23).
Philippians 11:3 – “Every tongue will wholeheartedly confess Jesus is Lord” (per the Greek) “to the glory (praise, compliment) of God”.
“All the ends of Earth will remember and turn to the LORD, and all families of the nations will worship before Him” – Psalm 22:27.
There is “five days” between Day Of Atonement and Tabernacles.
It’s not hard to see the trumpets of Bible prophecy and His return at the sounding of the 7th/last one. Then the “1000 years” called His millennial rule. (Represented by the “10 days” between Trumpets and Day of Atonement.)
After which – “the rest of the dead come back to life after the thousand years”. And then begins “the Judgment”.
If the 10 days between Trumpets and Day of Atonement, represent the 1000 years – the Millennium – it seems logical, the 5 days between Day of Atonement and Tabernacles represents 500 years.
Will the Judgment be a great Day of Atonement lasting 500 years? Wherein all enmity/hostility will be vanquished and “put under Jesus’ feet” and “the last enemy to be subdued will be death”. So that the Psalmist cried out “Oh death! Where is thy sting?!”
I understand this is speculation. But I believe it to be very scripture based and logical.
The third Holy Day of Autumn Holy Week of course is Tabernacles. How can we not be reminded of Revelation 21:3 “God will now tabernacle with mankind” upon Earth made new.. When “all things” are “made new”. And God shall be “all in all”. (1 Corinthians 15:22-28; Ephesians 1:10; Colossians 1:20)