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  • Roger Waite

    January 17, 2022 at 3:15 am

    There are two very important items of evidence in the years after the crucifixion which do lend strong support for a 30 AD crucifixion date which would then support the more accepted Passover 4 BC date for Herod’s death and a birth of Jesus date no later than 5 BC.

    1) The Roman siege of Jerusalem started 40 years to the day after Passover 30 AD.

    Nisan 14 is the true Passover date according to Leviticus 23:5. Jesus kept the Passover on the evening before the Jews kept it (compare Luke 22:13-15 with John 18:28). The Jews to this day still incorrectly keep Passover on the night of Nisan 15 (first day of Unleavened Bread). Jesus was killed on the day part of the Passover before the start of the annual sabbath (high day) that was Nisan 15 (Leviticus 23:6-7, John 19:31)

    IF Jesus was crucified on Passover in 30 AD notice what event took place 40 years <b style=”font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit;”>TO THE DAY as recorded by Josephus:

    “And indeed, why do I relate these particular calamities? – while Manneus, the son of Lazarus, came running to Titus at this very time and told him that there had been carried out through the gate, which was entrusted to his care, no fewer than a 115 880 dead bodies, in the interval between the 14th day of the month Xanthicus [same as Hebrew Nisan – see Antiq. 2, 10, 5)] when the Romans pitched their camp by the city and the 1st day of the month Panemus [Tamuz]. (War of the Jews Volume V, Chapter 13, Verse 7)

    The Roman siege of Jerusalem began on Nisan 14, 70 AD – the Passover – 40 years TO THE DAY after Passover, 30 AD and remember the significance of the number 40. It is the number of trial and judgment.

    2) Ongoing signs in the Temple for 40 years before Jerusalem’s destruction in 70 AD.

    When Christ died there was a great earthquake and darkness, the recently deceased saints temporarily came back to physical life and there was a tearing of the great curtain that covered up the Holy of Holies in the Temple. These were great public signs God gave to the people letting them know who the true Messiah was. God gave even more public signs like these.

    The Jerusalem Talmud tells us about some more of these great signs to the Jews of that day:

    “Forty years before the destruction of the Temple [starting in 30 AD]
    – The western light went out,
    – The crimson thread remained crimson, and
    – The lot for the Lord always came up in the left hand.
    – They would close the gates of the Temple by night and get up in the morning and find them wide open [These huge gates took 20 men to open and close].

    (Sotah 6:3, Jacob Neusner from his book The Yerushalmi, pages 156, 157.1).

    The fact that these signs started 40 years before the Temple was destroyed or from the year 30 AD is strong evidence that 30 AD was indeed the correct year for the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

    Personally I put more faith in those signs than rather than ambiguous astronomical interpretations.

    My take on the star of Bethlehem is that it is likely to have been an angel as we find that a star is a symbol for an angel in Revelation.

    It’s an awkward fit to say that a star or planet moved and then directly stood over a particular house (Matthew 2:9).