Jesus Raises a great Multitude from Hell (Hades) on Easter Sunday
From Psalm 16:10 (written 1000+ B.C.):
Reports of Saints who rose from the dead with Jesus on Easter
The Ante-Nicene Library is a collection of manuscripts written by important Christians from the time of Jesus Christ to the Council of Nicea (325 AD). These manuscripts were not included in the Christian Bible, so they are non-canonical.
Within this library are numerous writings about how Jesus descended into Hades while His body lay in the tomb, and that numerous saints (one report 12,000) rose from the dead with Jesus on Easter Sunday. These reportedly remained on earth for the 40 days Jesus remained after having risen and ascended into Heaven with Jesus. There are many reports of these risen saints having been seen in Jerusalem after Easter Sunday.
The apostle Matthew confirmed this
when he wrote: "and the graves
were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, and
came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the
holy city, and appeared unto many." Matthew 27:52-53
Pilate quotes Ben Isham, a sentry at Christ's Tomb:
Below from Acta Pilati (Pilates report to Caesar)..from Archko Volume. The Archko Volume is a controversial document written by Rev. W. D. Mahan, a Boonville, Missouri minister.
Christians should keep in mind that only Holy Scripture is deemed to be inspired by God. See the controversy surrounding the Archko Volume here
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BELOW IS A PORTION ONLY taken from
"Acta Pilati", said by Rev Mahan to have been found by him
in the Vatican Archives. Rev. Mahan said it is from a letter
by Pontius Pilot to his emperor Tiberius Caesar...
Our Lord suffered for our sins and then yielded His spirit to the Father when He died on the cross. While His body lied in the grave in Jerusalem, Jesus visited the realm of the dead where He probably declared a victory over Satan and his hosts (1 Peter 3:22; Colossians 2:15). Ephesians 4:8-10 also seems to indicate that Christ went to “paradise” (Luke 16:20; 23:43) and took to heaven all those who had believed in Him prior to His death. The passage doesn’t give a great amount of detail about what occurred, but most Bible scholars agree that this is what is meant by “led captivity captive.” We know from Jude 1:6-7 that the fallen angels and those unrepented hedonistic/homosexuals from Sodom & Gomorrah were not among those Jesus set free.
6 And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. 7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.
If Jesus died on Friday, what about this 3 days? Mark 8:31 says that Jesus will be raised "after" three days. Friday, Saturday & Sunday is 'after 3 days'...
Jesus said in Matthew 12:40, "For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth." Those who argue for a Friday crucifixion say that there is still a valid way in which He could have been considered in the grave for three days. In the Jewish mind of the First Century, a part of day was considered as a full day. Since Jesus was in the grave for part of Friday, all of Saturday, and part of Sunday—He could be considered to have been in the grave for three days. One of the principal arguments for Friday is found in Mark 15:42 that notes that Jesus was crucified "the day before the Sabbath." If that was the weekly Sabbath, i.e. Saturday, then that fact leads to a Friday crucifixion. Another argument for Friday says that verses such as Matthew 16:21 and Luke 9:22 teach that Jesus would rise on the third day; therefore, He wouldn't need to be in the grave a full three days and nights. But while some translations use "on the third day" for these verses, not all do and not everyone agrees that that is the best way to translate these verses. Furthermore, Mark 8:31 says that Jesus will be raised "after" three days.
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