Pro and Con 1080

Posted 12-11-03

Incoming Asteroid Just ID'd Yesterday, Passing Right Now

by Mitch Battros (ECTV)
http://www.earthchangestv.com/mitch/december_2003/07asteroid.htm

...So here we are again with asteroid "2003 XJ-7" coming at a "hairs-breath" to Earth.

Asteroid "2003 XJ-7" is so close, it is coming right down the middle between Earth and the Moon....This NEA will come within 150,000 kilometers (93,000 miles) from Earth at approximately 19:04 UT today. That would be 11 AM (Pacific), 2 PM (Eastern). In other words, right about "now". At 33 meters across (108 feet), this rock could cause quite a bit of damage.

This asteroid was first picked up only yesterday by the LINEAR minor-planet survey in Socorro, New Mexico....

Incoming email

The article from Cutting edge and comments by Jerry Golden with your replies Marilyn is excellent. What a wealth of information you have provided to a large crowd of awakened believers. Thank you. Agape

My reply

Thanks for your kind words. There are a lot of things going on in this world that we have no control over. All we can do is watch and pray. Agape

Incoming email, Re: individual vs. group rapture

Is there anything scriptural to suggest all will go at once, versus individual disappearances?

My reply

There is reason to think that the Rapture will come in one hour of one day. Luke 12:46 says, "The lord of that servant (the unwise one) will come in A DAY when he looketh not for him, and at AN HOUR when he is not aware." In Mt. 25:13, Jesus said, "WATCH therefore, for ye know neither THE DAY nor THE HOUR wherein the Son of man cometh."

The wise will be looking for the Lord when that "day" and "hour" of the Lord's coming arrives. In Rev. 3:3, Jesus said to the churches, "Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. IF THEREFORE THOU SHALT NOT WATCH, I WILL COME ON THEE AS A THIEF, AND THOU SHALT NOT KNOW WHAT HOUR I WILL COME upon thee."

CUT-OFF POINT - WHEN THE DOOR CLOSES

Noah and his family all floated up at the same time. The unbelievers were cut off. No matter how much they beat on the door, it wouldn't open to them. The cut-off point was when THE LORD CLOSED THE DOOR and shut Noah and his family in before it began to rain that same day (Gen. 7:11-13).

Jesus is coming as the Bridegroom to get his Bride. At that time, some rise up and others are cut off, and THE DOOR TO HEAVEN CLOSES. At that time, those left behind can't get the door to open again, even though they say, "LORD, LORD, OPEN TO US" (Mt. 24:11).

I disagree with Rev. Carolu Joy's view. In her 12-6-03 ZionsCRY Prophetic NEWS letter, she said, "Noah was crazy for 120 years, til suddenly all but 8 humans on all the earth were swept away. The coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah. They did not understand until the flood came and took them all away; so will the coming of the Son of Man be. Matthew 24:37-39 RAPTURE DO NOT interpret everything you read as rapture. This is sin. It is escapism, and not of GOD. It is death. In the word I posted - The King Is Coming! - I DO NOT interpret as rapture. Frankly, people's emotional reactions regarding this word disturb me! For some there is such eagerness to escape this world, for others I feel such hatred toward this word, as they are convinced there is no rapture at all. What I am saying is - FOCUS on this word is SIN - DEATH."

It was the unsaved that knew not. Noah and his family knew. The proof? They got in the Ark at the right time, before the Lord shut the door.

I would be scared to death to say what Carolu did. I am "Looking for that blessed hope (the Pre-Trib Rapture), and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ" (Titus 2:13). Jesus is the Judge. In the Sermon on the Mount (Mt. 7:1), Jesus said, "Judge not, that ye be not judged."

In John 5:22, Jesus said, "the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son." Over and over, Jesus commanded us to watch. I listen to Him, and I keep watching. He knows what is best for us. In Mt. 6:20, Jesus said, "But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal."

In Mt. 24:42,43, Jesus said, "WATCH therefore: for ye know not what HOUR your Lord doth come. But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have WATCHED, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up." In Mt. 26:41, Jesus said, "WATCH AND PRAY, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak." In Mark 13:33,34, Jesus said, "Take ye heed, WATCH AND PRAY: for ye know not when THE TIME is. For the Son of Man (Jesus Christ) is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and COMMANDED the porter to WATCH."

In Mark 13:35, Jesus said, "WATCH ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even (1st watch), or at midnight (2nd watch), or at the cockcrowing (3rd watch), or in the morning."

ln Luke 13:38, Jesus said, "And if he shall come in the second WATCH, or come in the third WATCH, and find them so, BLESSED ARE THOSE SERVANTS."

In Luke 21:34-36, Jesus said, "take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so THAT DAY (day of the Rapture) come upon you (believers) unawares. For as a snare shall it (the Rapture) come on all them (believers and unbelievers) that dwell on the face of the whole earth. WATCH ye therefore, AND PRAY always, THAT YE MAY BE ACCOUNTED WORTHY TO ESCAPE (ekpheugo, to vanish, i.e., be caught up in the Rapture, to escape) all these things that shall (after the Rapture) come to pass (in the Tribulation), and to stand before the Son of man" (at the Pre-Trib Rapture, Rev. 5:9).

In Mark 13:37, Jesus said, "And what I say unto you I SAY UNTO ALL, WATCH."

Luke 12:46 contrasts the two classes of believers, the wise and the unwise. The unwise will be cut off in one day, the day when the door set before the Philadelphians in Rev. 3:8 closes.

Concerning the unwise believer, Luke 12:46 says, "The lord of that servant (the wise believer that became foolish, v. 45) will come in A DAY when he looketh not for him, and at AN HOUR when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder (lit., cut him off), and will appoint him (the unwise believer) his portion (the shortened Tribulation) with the unbelievers." When Heaven's door closes after the Rapture, the unwise believer is cut off.

Mt. 24:51; 25:1-10 adds, "And shall cut him (the evil believer) asunder (lit., cut him off), and appoint him his portion (the shortened Tribulation) with the hypocrites (pretenders): there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth (i.e., at the Pre-Trib Rapture). Then (tote, at the same time) shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins (10 believers whose past sins have been forgiven when they accepted Christ), which took their lamps (i.e., ones sealed with 'the earnest of the Spirit,' II Cor. 1:22), and went forth to meet the bridegroom (Christ, Mt. 9:15). And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil (i.e., extra Holy Spirit in their bodies) with them: But the wise took oil in their vessels (i.e., their bodies) with their lamps (their sealing). While the bridegroom (Christ) tarried, they all slumbered and slept. And at MIDNIGHT there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out (lit., going out, i.e., sputtering). But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. And while they went to buy, the bridegroom (Christ) came; and THEY THAT WERE READY (the Bride of Christ) WENT IN WITH HIM TO THE MARRIAGE (the Marriage of the Lamb): AND THE DOOR WAS SHUT."

How does the Bride get ready? I John 1:5-9 says, "This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness (i.e., sin) at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness (i.e., sin), we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."

When we are in fellowship with God, his Holy Spirit wells up within us like a fountain of living waters. I Thess. 5:19 says, "Quench not the Spirit." Sin quenches the Spirit, causing the level in our vessel to recede. When we confess that sin, the level of the Holy Spirit in our body goes up. Eph. 5:18 says, "And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit." Agape

Incoming email, Re: Pesach

From: Rich Pope

Three out of four gospel accounts have Jesus eating the Passover meal.

One gospel, has Jesus arrested prior to Passover. Anyone who has read the Gospels can see this. If you are happy with 75%, then great.

I wouldn't go to a doctor who passed medical school with a 75% average. Rich

My reply

All of God's Word in its original editions was true. The Scribes did a wonderful job of preserving it for us. It can be trusted. One part does not disagree with another part. God didn't put all details in every account on purpose. Why? Isa. 28:13 tells us. It says, "But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; HERE A LITTLE, AND THERE A LITTLE; THAT THEY MIGHT GO, AND FALL BACKWARD, AND BE BROKEN, AND SNARED, AND TAKEN." We don't want to fall into that trap. According to Dan. 12:10, only the wise will understand.

John 12:1 says, "Jesus SIX DAYS BEFORE (pro, prior to) the passover (Nisan 14) came to Bethany."

He came about 6 PM as the Saturday Sabbath began. They gave him supper that they had prepared on the preparation of the Sabbath (before 6 PM). John 12:12,13 says, "ON THE NEXT DAY much people...Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel." That was Palm Sunday, day 2 of the 6.

"SIX DAYS BEFORE"
(1) Saturday (Nisan 8) arrived at Bethany, ate and rested
(2) Sunday (Nisan 9) Palm Sunday, rode in as King
(3) Monday (Nisan 10) cursed fig tree, purified temple
(4) Tuesday (Nisan 11) fig tree dried up, Olivet Discourse
(5) Wednesday (Nisan 12) anointed for burial
(6) Thursday (Nisan 13) preparation of the passover, crucified

Mark 14:1,2 says, "AFTER TWO DAYS was the feast of the passover (Friday, Nisan 14), and of unleavened bread (Saturday, Nisan 15): and the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might take him by craft, and put him to death. But they said, NOT ON THE FEAST DAY (i.e., not on Friday, Nisan 14, Passover), lest there be an uproar of the people." Therefore, the Crucifixion took place before Friday, the Passover.

"AFTER TWO DAYS"
(1) Wednesday (Nisan 12)
(2) Thursday (Nisan 13)

"NOT ON THE FEAST DAY "
The Crucifixion was
Not on Friday, Feast of Passover (Nisan 14)
Not on Saturday, Feast of Unleavened Bread (Nisan 15)
Not on Sunday, Feast of Firstfruits (Nisan 16)

Luk 24:20,21 says, "the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him. But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel: and beside all this, TO DAY IS THE THIRD DAY SINCE these things were done."

"THIRD DAY SINCE"
1st day since Thursday - Friday, (Nisan 14) Feast of Passover
2nd day since Thursday - Saturday, (Nisan 15) Feast of Unleavened Bread
3rd day since Thursday - Sunday, (Nisan 16) Feast of Firstfruits (Resurrection)

Mark 14:12 says, "the first (prote, before, prior) day of unleavened bread, WHEN THEY KILLED THE PASSOVER (between the evenings, between 3 and 5 pm, on Thursday, Nisan 13), his disciples said unto him, Where wilt thou that we go and prepare (it was preparation day) THAT THOU MAYEST EAT THE PASSOVER?"

"WHEN THEY KILLED THE PASSOVER"
SAME DAY HE ATE THE PASSOVER, last chance Thursday (Nisan 13) "the preparation of the passover"

His Last Supper was on Nisan 13, the day of preparation of the passover, the day "when they killed the passover." He went into the stone tomb as the lambs were being put into the ovens. Therefore, He ate his passover a day early.

John 19:14 says, "IT WAS THE PREPARATION OF THE PASSOVER, and about the sixth hour (9 AM, Roman time): and he saith unto the Jews, Behold your King!"

Mt. 12:40 says, "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.

"THREE DAYS AND THREE NIGHTS"
Thursday (day)
Friday (night then day)

Saturday (night then day)

Sunday (night)

Mt. 26:2 says, "Ye know that AFTER TWO DAYS IS THE FEAST OF THE PASSOVER (Friday, Nisan 14), and the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified."

"AFTER TWO DAYS"
(1) Wednesday, Nisan 12
(2) Thursday, Nisan 13, "the preparation of the passover"
The day after - Friday, Nisan 14, Passover

Mt. 26:17 says, "Now the first (protos, before, prior) day of the feast of unleavened bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying unto him, Where wilt thou that we prepare for THEE TO EAT THE PASSOVER?" This was Thursday, preparation of the passover. All leaven was thrown out on Wednesday night, so that the food prepared on Thursday for the feast days would not have leaven in it. No leaven was eaten on Passover or during the 7 days of Unleavened Bread.

Luke 22:1 says, "Now the feast of unleavened bread drew nigh, which is called the Passover."

Mt. 26:18,19 says, "he said, Go into the city to such a man, and say unto him, The Master saith, MY TIME IS AT HAND (CRUCIFIXION DAY STARTED AT 6 PM ON OUR WEDNESDAY EVENING; I WILL KEEP THE PASSOVER at thy house with my disciples. And the disciples did as Jesus had appointed them; and they made ready the passover." He kept it one day early, because he would be dead by that time the next day.

Mark 14:1,2 says, "AFTER TWO DAYS was the feast of the passover, and of unleavened bread: and the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might take him by craft, and put him to death. But they said, NOT ON THE FEAST DAY lest there be an uproar of the people."

"AFTER TWO DAYS " is Passover
(1) Wednesday (Nisan 12)
(2) Thursday (Nisan 13) CRUCIFIXION "NOT ON THE FEAST DAY," NOT ON PASSOVER - Friday (Nisan 14)

Mark 14:14 says, "And wheresoever he shall go in, say ye to the goodman of the house, The Master saith, Where is the guestchamber, where I SHALL EAT THE PASSOVER with my disciples?" This was Thursday, because at that time on Friday, he would be dead.

Mark 14:16 says, "And his disciples went forth, and came into the city, and found as he had said unto them: and they made ready the PASSOVER."

Luke 22:7,8 says, "Then came the day of unleavened bread, WHEN THE PASSOVER MUST BE KILLED. And he sent Peter and John, saying, Go and prepare us the passover, that we may eat."

Luke 22:7 says, "And ye shall say unto the goodman of the house, The Master saith unto thee, Where is the guestchamber, where I shall eat the passover with my disciples?"

Luke 22:13 says, "And they went, and found as he had said unto them: and they made ready the passover."

Luke 22:15 says, "And he said unto them, With desire I have desired to EAT THIS PASSOVER WITH YOU BEFORE I SUFFER."

John 12:1 says, "Then Jesus six days before the passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, which had been dead, whom he raised from the dead."

John 13:1 says, "Now BEFORE THE FEAST OF THE PASSOVER, when Jesus knew that HIS HOUR WAS COME THAT HE SHOULD DEPART OUT OF THIS WORLD unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end."

John 18:28 says, "Then led they Jesus from Caiaphas unto the hall of judgment: and it was early; and THEY THEMSELVES WENT NOT INTO THE JUDGMENT HALL, LEST THEY SHOULD BE DEFILED; BUT THAT THEY MIGHT EAT THE PASSOVER."

John 18:39 says, "But ye have a custom, that I should release unto you one at the passover: will ye therefore that I release unto you the King of the Jews?"

Mark 15:25 says, "It was the third hour (9 AM, Hebrew time), and they crucified him."
1Co 5:7 says, "Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ OUR PASSOVER is sacrificed for us". He died when the lambs were being slaughtered at the temple.

Since he was our passover, it was necessary for him to die as the lambs died. Since he would not be alive on the Feast of Passover, he had to eat the Last Supper one day early. Agape

His reply

Please post this response to YOUR response.

You provided for me the very quote that shows John deviates from the other three synopitcs...

John 18:28 says, "Then led they Jesus from Caiaphas unto the hall of judgment: and it was early; and THEY THEMSELVES WENT NOT INTO THE JUDGMENT HALL, LEST THEY SHOULD BE DEFILED; BUT THAT THEY MIGHT EAT THE PASSOVER."

In this quote, Jesus was already arrested and taken to Caiaphas for judgment. And they Jews didn't go in because they didn't want to be defiled because they had not yet eaten the Paschal lamb.

In the other three gospels, Jesus holds a seder with his disciples, BEFORE being arrested.

In John, Jesus is arrested BEFORE Pesach, and doesn't eat the Paschal lamb.

Thank you for proving my point! Rich

My reply

You can't see the forest for the trees. If you figure out which day Jesus was crucified on, the Last Supper will naturally fall into its correct place. It was as Crucifixion Day began. It couldn't be otherwise, for by the end of Crucifixion Day, Jesus was in the tomb when others ate their passover.

In spite of different details being given in each account, the 4 gospels agree with each other. We should put them all together to see the whole picture. God didn't put all the clues in one place so the unsaved cannot figure it out and will "go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken" (Isa. 28:13).

It takes the indwelling Holy Spirit to help us understand these things. We should lay all four accounts beside each other and see what the whole truth is, not think that we have understanding when we read one account. They are meant to be considered together.

"NOT ON THE FEAST DAY"

Mark 14:1,2 says, "AFTER TWO DAYS was the feast of the passover (Friday, Nisan 14), and of unleavened bread (Saturday, Nisan 15): and the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might take him by craft, and put him to death. But they said, NOT ON THE FEAST DAY, lest there be an uproar of the people."

No matter how we might try to beat around the bush, we cannot escape this truth. It will be waiting for us when we get back. Jesus was not crucified on the feast day.

Not on the Feast of Passover (Friday, Nisan 14, Lev. 23:5)
Not on the Feast of Unleavened Bread (Saturday, Nisan 15)
Not on the Feast of Firstfruits (Sunday, Nisan 16)

He had to be crucified within those "two days" in Mark 14:1. Mt. 26:2 agrees. It says, "Ye know that AFTER TWO DAYS IS THE FEAST OF THE PASSOVER (Friday, Nisan 14), and the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified."

"AFTER TWO DAYS"

(1) Wednesday (Nisan 12)
(2) Thursday (Nisan 13)

Which is the correct day?

Let's look at the verse you quoted. John 18:28 says, "Then led they Jesus from Caiaphas unto the hall of judgment: and it was early (i.e., before 9 AM); and they themselves went not into the judgment hall, lest they should be defiled; but THAT THEY MIGHT EAT THE PASSOVER." It says nothing here about Jesus eating the passover. It is talking about the chief priests and rulers.

From just putting these two passages together, we can figure out which is the correct day. Here, the Passover (Friday, Nisan 14) is still future. Therefore, Crucifixion Day was the day BEFORE the Passover, Thursday, Nisan 13.

"THEY" ate the passover about 6 PM on the Feast of Passover, Friday, Nisan 14.

JESUS ate his passover about 6 PM on Thursday, Nisan 13, BEFORE he was taken prisoner. It was impossible for him to eat it after he was in the heart of the Earth, about 3 PM.

Luk 24:20,21 says, "the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him. But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel: and beside all this, TO DAY IS THE THIRD DAY SINCE these things were done."

SUNDAY - "THE THIRD DAY SINCE"

The Crucifixion was on Thursday. The 3 days since the Crucifixion were Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Let's compare the verses in all 4 gospels concerning the timing of the Last Supper to see how they agree. They have to agree. It's God's Word.

Matthew 26:17 says, "Now the first (protos, before, former, prior) day of the feast of unleavened bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying unto him, Where wilt thou that we prepare for thee to eat the passover?"

Notice that the translators added the words "day" and "feast of." That isn't what the original said. Under the Greek words, Green's Interlinear says, "Now on the first [day] of unleavened [bread]." It actually said nothing about this being a feast day.

This was the day before Passover, the day prior to the Passover, "the preparation of the passover" (John 19:14).

The Bediqath Hametz, search for leaven, was conducted on Nisan 12 so that no leaven could get into the food prepared on Nisan 13, Preparation Day. That food was to be eaten on the feast days. It was not to have any leaven in it at all.

Mark 14:12 adds a qualifier that helps us understand. It says "And the first (protos, prior) day of unleavened bread, WHEN THEY KILLED THE PASSOVER, his disciples said unto him, Where wilt thou that we go and prepare that thou mayest eat the passover?"

The day they killed the passover was Nisan 13, "the preparation of the passover" (John 19:14).

Luke 22:7,7,8 also adds a qualifier. It says, "Then came the day of unleavened bread, WHEN THE PASSOVER MUST BE KILLED. And he sent Peter and John, saying, Go and prepare us the passover, that we may eat." The passover was killed on Nisan 13, "the preparation of the passover" (John 19:14). Jesus ate his passover on Preparation Day.

John 13:1,2 makes it very clear. It says, "Now BEFORE (pro, fore, before, in front of, prior to) THE FEAST OF THE PASSOVER, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end. And SUPPER being ended..."

Jesus ate his Last Supper on the day of preparation that was "BEFORE THE FEAST OF THE PASSOVER." He was taken prisoner after the Last Supper, tried during the night and early morning, and put on the cross at 9 AM on Thursday, Nisan 13, 30 AD.

It was interesting to find out that the Sanhedrin met on Thursdays. Agape

More about The Sanhedrin and when they met

Their normal meeting days were Monday and Thursday.
(Courts, Judicial - International Standard Bible Encyclopedia)
www.searchgodsword.org/enc/isb/view.cgi?number=T2370

Thursday was the right day for them to meet, but according the Sanhedrin's rules and regulations, the trials of Jesus were not legal.

Three Trials

1. Before Annas and the SANHEDRIN at night
- - a. Supposed to meet in after the morning sacrifice
- - b. On capital punishment cases that could last into the next day
- - - - (1) Not to meet on the Preparation Day or the Sabbath
- - - - (2) Not to meet on the Preparation Day or a Feast
2. Before Caiphas and the Sanhedrin at dawn, still illegal
3. Before Pilate in the early morning, found him innocent, but allowed the crowd to decide

More wrongs

1. Wrong motive for trial--delivered him for envy" (Mark 15:10
2. Assumed guilt without hearing evidence
3. Witnesses did not agree (Mark 14:56-59)
4. Conspiracy of judges against Jesus
5. High priest was not to tear his clothes, but he did
6. No defense for the accused
7. Charges were changed during the trial

However, the Lord was in complete control of the proceedings. As unfair as it was, it was instrumental in bringing about our salvation. Jesus was to die as the paschal lambs died. The hurried illegal trials served his greater purpose. He knew exactly what he was doing and what he had said in the prophecies. He knew exactly when they were all fulfilled, when it was finished. Here is some more information on the Sanhedrin and the trials.

THE JEWISH TRIALS OF YAHSHUA

By Bertrand L. Comparet
http://www.childrenofyahweh.com/Comparet/jewish_trial.htm

...At least 37 votes were needed to convict, but conviction by unanimous vote on the 1st ballot was legally considered to be an acquittal. It was felt that such a conviction must be the result of passion and prejudice. If the second day's hearing also resulted in conviction, sentence was deferred until sunset. Any new arguments could be considered and if need be, a new vote taken. Because of this requirement of a second day's session, no trial for a capital crime could be lawfully begun on the day before a Sabbath or a holy day....
---
The Institution of the Sanhedrin is Further Evidence of an Oral Law
http://www.ao.net/~fmoeller/zchxxvii.htm

...Jesus was tried by the Sanhedrin for blasphemy--a capital crime...The procedure for the Sanhedrin to follow was preserved in the Mishnah, thus:

"In non-capital cases they hold the trial during the daytime and the verdict may be reached during the night; in capital cases they hold the trial during the day time and the verdict must also be reached during the daytime. In non-capital cases the verdict, whether of acquittal or of conviction, may be reached the same day; in capital cases a verdict of acquittal may be reached on the same day, but a verdict of conviction not until the following day. Therefore trials may not be held on the eve of a Sabbath or on the eve of a Festival-day." Mishnah: Sanh. 4:1
---
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
SANHEDRIN
http://www.searchgodsword.org/enc/isb/view.cgi?number=T7633

...A sentence of capital punishment could not be passed on the day of the trial. The decision of the judges had to be examined on the following day (Sanhedrin 4 1), except in the case of a person who misled the people, who could be tried and condemned the same day or in the night (Tosephta' Sanhedrin 10). Because of this, cases which involved capital punishment were not tried on a Friday or on any day before a feast....

THE ILLEGAL TRIAL OF JESUS CHRIST

by Rev. David Virkler
http://www.wordandtheworld.org/commentary_2.html

The trial of Jesus Christ, professed Jewish Messiah accused of terrible blasphemy, stands as history's most stunning legal catastrophe. Those commissioned to uphold and preserve the law became its most blatant violators....

TWELVE REASONS WHY JESUS' TRIAL WAS ILLEGAL

http://www.bibleresearch.org/observancebook5/b5w29.html

The trial of Jesus Christ was without legal precedent. Although Pilate found him innocent, he was convicted and executed. The following are twelve reasons that the arrest, trial, and conviction of Jesus was illegal.

THE ILLEGAL COURT TRIALS OF JESUS

The Illegal Court Trials of Jesus
by Allen Clark
http://www.curriculumunits.com/galileo/trials/Christ/right_for_trial_sermon.htm

...The Sanhedrin was the highest tribunal of the Hebrews. It was composed of 23 priests, 23 scribes, 23 elders, and two presiding officers....

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