3 days and 3 nights
The three days and the three nights are the spiritual perception of our repentance from the kingdom of darkness to the Kingdom of Light, not related to His resurrection since He raised on the third day.
Many think that 3 days and 3 nights are counted from His death to His resurrecton, in which means 72 hours totally, that would have Him raised on the 4th day, in which is not correct. It is not equal to the count from His death before the Shabbat began to His resurrection on the third day.
Three days and three nights:
Read Matt. 12:39-42: "But He answered and said to them, “An evil and adulterous generation craves for a sign; and yet no sign will be given to it but the sign of Jonah the prophet; for just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the sea monster, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. “The men of Nineveh will stand up with this generation at the judgment, and will condemn it because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and behold, something greater than Jonah is here. “The Queen of the South will rise up with this generation at the judgment and will condemn it, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and behold, something greater than Solomon is here."
Noteworthy, Jonah did not die in the belly of whale during the three days and three nights, therefore Yahushua is alive in the heart of the earth (the heart of inhabitants) judging between the good and the evil.
Why was Jonah thrown into the belly of the big fish (whale)? It was because Jonah fled from the command of YHWH saying to go to the city of Nineveh and preach the inhabitants to repent of their wickedness. If Jonah had listened to YHWH's command, he would have never thrown in the belly of whale. He did not die in the belly of darkness and restore back to His Kingdom of Light. Those who are the children of rebellion like Jonah who fled from YHWH’s command but later repent his wrongdoing, are in the belly of fish likewise in the heart of the earth (under judgment/Law) till they repent from their works of rebellion and become the children of freedom (under grace).
Why three days and three nights in the belly of whale?
What is inside the belly of whale? Darkness, not comfort, grief, shame for foolishness, hidden from the Kingdom of Light, death, hatred. As to Gen. 2:9 "the tree of knowledge of good and evil not to eat its fruits", Adam and Chauwah failed to obey YHWH's command and they were thrown out of the Garden of Eden to do their labor in the earth.
As to Matt 26:34-35, Kepha (Peter) denied Yahushua three times of following Him. Kepha was in the trouble of his saying hidden from Yahushua with his grief, but later Yahushua asked him (John 21:15-17) to love Him the three times as Kepha repented of his wrongdoing.
Why three times? It is the witness of three in the heaven (1 John 5:6-8), it is the Father, the Word and the Holy Spirit as they are united in one. Everyone has three witnesses in his heart: It can be either YHWH his Father in Kingdom of Goodness, His Word/Son, and His Spirit, or Satan his father of kingdom of evil, his word, his unclean spirit possessed in his heart. The three greatest spiritual fruits are love, hope, and faith, yet the love is the greatest of all (YHWH is love, His Word is faithful, His Spirit is hope to those who believe in Him) in 1 Cor. 13.
For Jonah, he had to repent from his wrongdoing from the kingdom of darkness (belly of whale): from the kingdom of darkness [3 nights/dark activities] (Satan, his word, his spirit) denying YHWH's command, to restore himself back to YHWH, His Word, and His Spirit [three days/Light activities].
Three days vs. three nights:
John 11:9-10 Yahushua answered, “Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world. But if anyone walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him."; 1 Th. 5:5 for you are all sons of light and sons of day. We are not of night nor of darkness.
The day indicates the Kingdom of Light and the night indicates the kingdom of darkness, in which both are in the works of opposition. We are the children of His Light (day) upon our repentance out of the kingdom of darkness in which the unrepentant ones are of the darkness (night).
Three days: The day of Passover [His Word of purification in the heart of repentant], the day of Shavuot [His Spirit received in the heart], and the day of Sukkot [YHWH our Father dwell in the heart]. John 21:17 "He said to him the third time, Simon, son of Yahuchanan, do you love Me? Kepha was grieved because He said to him the third time, Do you love Me?"
Three nights: The night of denying His Word of purification (Passover) [Satan's word of lies], the night of denying the Holy Spirit (Shavuot) [his unclean spirit], and the night of denying the heavenly Father (Sukkot) [Satan the father of darkness]. Matt. 26:75 "And Kepha remembered the word which Yahushua had said, “Before a rooster crows, you will deny Me three times. And he went out and wept bitterly."
The Son of man is in the heart of earth:
The Son of man is on the seat of judgment (heart) of the earth (the people) till the end of the flesh. Luke 21:34-36 "them that dwell on the face of the earth"; Acts 28:26-28 "the heart of the people". He comes to the hearts of repentant ones to throw out their old temple for the new Temple where the Holy Spirit dwells in their hearts.
The left hand of the Son at the crucifixion is at the kingdom of three nights for the unbeliever (child of darkness) serve Satan, his word of lawlessness, his unclean spirit. The right hand of the Son is at the Kingdom of three days for the believer (child of Light) serves YHWH, His Word of Light, and His Spirit. Matt. 6:3 "But when you give to the poor, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing." As everyone has two bodies of opposition, your right hand (imperishable body) does what is good in giving to the poor and your left hand (perishable body) does not do what your right hand does the opposite. We, the former servants of the kingdom of darkness (3 nights) subjected to Satan the father of lawlessness, his word of lawlessness and spirit/act of lawlessness, but now upon our repentance out of the kingdom of darkness, we return to His Word of Life (Yahushua/Passover Lamb), His Spirit of Life (Holy Spirit) and His Father of Life (3 days).
The Son of Man judges in the heart of His people between the kingdom of three nights and the Kingdom of three days:
Matt. 12:39-42: "But He answered and said to them, “An evil and adulterous generation craves for a sign; and yet no sign will be given to it but the sign of Jonah the prophet; for just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the sea monster, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth."
Yahushua the Messiah comes to the repentant hearts in the beginning of their spiritual lives (sowing time) to separate between the kingdom of lawlessness (three nights) on His left hand and the Kingdom of His Righteousness (three days) on His right hand until the end of their fleshly age, then He hands their spiritual houses to His Kingdom of Life at His coming (harvest time). The three nights are illuminated as Satan, his words of lawlessness and his acts of lawlessness as to oppose what is commanded for all to repent from the kingdom of darkness to His Kingdom of Life thru the day of Passover (Son/Word of Life), the day of Shavuot (Holy Spirit), and the day of Sukkot (heavenly Father). No evil generation comes to His Kingdom of Life unless they repent from the kingdom of evilness.
What is a significance of “three days” in verse 19 of John 2? John 2:19 "Yahushua answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up." There are over 60 “three days” phrases in the Bible.
Gen 40:18-19 “...the three branches are three days; within yet three days shall Pharoah lift up your head, and restore you to your office...”; Ex. 3:18 “...three days’ journey into the wilderness, that we may sacrifice to YHWH our Elohim.”; 10:22-23 “..thick darkness in all the land of Egypt three days...but all the children of Yisrael had light in their dwellings.”; 15:23-24 “..they went three days in the wilderness, and found no water....the people murmured against Moshe.”; Jos. 1:11 “...within three days ye shall pass over this Yordan, to go in to possess the land...”; 1 Sam 20:19 “..when thou (David) hast stayed three days...hide thyself...”; 2 Sam. 24:13-17 “...there be three days’ pestilence in thy land?...”; Est. 4:16 “...fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days...”; 2 Kings 2:16-17 “The Spirit of YHWH hath taken him (Eliyahu) up...they sought three days, but found him not.”; Jon 1:17 “...Yonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.”
Matt 12:40 “For as Yonah 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.”; 15:32 “..three days, and have nothing to eat...”; 26:75 “75 And Kepha remembered the word which Yahushua had said, Before a rooster crows, you will deny Me three times. And he went out and wept bitterly.”; Mark 8:31 “...be killed, and after three days rise again.”; 14:58 “I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and within three days I will build another made without hands.”; Luke 2:46 “..after three days, they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors...”; John 21:17 “He said to him the third time, Simon, son of Yahuchanan, do you love Me? Kepha was grieved because He said to him the third time, Do you love Me And he said to Him, Rabbi, You know all things; You know that I love You. Yahushua said to him, Tend My sheep.”; Acts 9:9 “And he (Shaul) was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink.”; 10:16, 19 “This happened three times, and immediately the object was taken up into the sky...While Kepha was reflecting on the vision, the Spirit said to him, Behold, three men are looking for you.”;
Ex. 3:17-18: From the day of affliction of Egypt (Passover), the children of Yisrael went thru the Red Sea (baptism of water) to the wilderness of Shur to serve YHWH in the mountain of holiness (land flowing with milk and honey). The three days indicates at the beginning of our hearts of repentance (Passover/Yahushua/day of Purification), then baptism of water (Holy Spirit/day of first-fruits), and service of YHWH in holiness (Feast of Tabernacles/Father/day of fullness/freedom). For David’s foolishness, Yonah’s disobedience, the complaints of children of Yisrael for no water, and all other manners of afflictions, they needed three days from purification of hearts to restore fully back to serve the holiness of YHWH. Yahushua was killed (His blood purifying our hearts), buried (our sins destroyed), was raised in the Temple of YHWH in our hearts. 1 John 5:4-10 is the indication of three that bear witness in earth (blood, water, Holy Spirit). The meaning of day is the activity of light (works of Spirit).
Yahushua is the very first-fruit of all on 16th of Aviv (3rd day he was raised) since he was killed on 14th of Aviv between the 2 evenings (14th and 15th) [Ex. 12:6 Rotherham]. Rise on the third day (about 15 times in N.T.): Luke 24:1-7 “Now upon the first of the Shabbats (Wave Sheaf day), very early in the morning (16th), they came unto the sepulchre...they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre...He is not here, but is risen.”; 21 “But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Yisrael. Indeed, besides all this, it (today) is the third day since these things happened.”
The third day is known often for the day of the resurrection of our Messiah after His living sacrifice was performed on the day of Passover and was completely buried in all our fleshly works which are completely consumed. The third day is illuminated that we become the first-fruits in our Messiah’s resurrection. We come to the day of Passover (1st day) thru the washing of His Blood after our confession of the wrongdoings against the Law of Righteousness, then receive the baptism of Holy Spirit on the day of Shavuot (2nd day) before we come to dwell in His Kingdom of Life on the day of Sukkot (3rd day) thru the resurrection of our Messiah.
Luke 23:50-56 and 24:1-25 explanation of "Third Day":
Luke 23:50-24:3 "50 And a man named Yoseph, who was a member of the Council, a good and righteous man 51 (he had not consented to their plan and action), a man from Arimathea, a city of the Jews, who was waiting for the kingdom of Elohim; 52 this man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Yahushua. 53 And he took it down and wrapped it in a linen cloth, and laid Him in a tomb cut into the rock, where no one had ever lain. 54 It was the preparation day, and the Shabbat was about to begin. 55 Now the women who had come with Him out of Galilee followed, and saw the tomb and how His body was laid. 56 Then they returned and prepared spices and perfumes. And on the Shabbat they rested according to the commandment. 24:1 But on the first of Shabbats, at early dawn, they came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared. 2 And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Master Yahushua....6 He is not here, but He has risen. Remember how He spoke to you while He was still in Galilee, 7 saying that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again...14 And they were talking with each other about all these things which had taken place. 15 While they were talking and discussing, Yahushua Himself approached and began traveling with them. 16 But their eyes were prevented from recognizing Him. 17 And He said to them, “What are these words that you are exchanging with one another as you are walking? And they stood still, looking sad. 18 One of them, named Cleopas, answered and said to Him, Are You the only one visiting Jerusalem and unaware of the things which have happened here in these days? 19 And He said to them, What things? And they said to Him, “The things about Yahushua the Nazarene, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word in the sight of Elohim and all the people, 20 and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered Him to the sentence of death, and crucified Him. 21 But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Yisrael. Indeed, besides all this, it (today) is the third day since these things happened. 22 But also some women among us amazed us. When they were at the tomb early in the morning, 23 and did not find His body, they came, saying that they had also seen a vision of angels who said that He was alive. 24 Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just exactly as the women also had said; but Him they did not see. 25 And He said to them, O foolish men and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Was it not necessary for haMashiyach to suffer these things and to enter into His glory?"
Chapter 23 Verses 52-54: 1st day: The preparation day (6th weekly day before Shabbat) is Aviv 14th as to what the lamb is to be slaughtered between two evenings (14th and 15th). Yahushua our Lamb was killed during 14th day. The burial of His crucified body was done before the day of Shabbat began at the sunset.
Verse 55-56: The women followed and saw the tomb where Yoseph laid the body of Yahushua in, returned and prepared spices and perfumes before the Shabbat (15th) day began at the sunset. The death of Yahushua on the stake is about 3 pm giving time to bury the crucified Body and to prepare spices and perfumes before the Shabbat comes at the sunset. 2nd day: Shabbat day (7th weekly day) is Aviv 15 as to rest according to the commandment to refrain all the fleshly works. The 22nd verse of Exodus 12 "...none of you shall go outside the door of his house until morning." speaks of not going out of house during the night of Aviv 15.
Chapter 24 Verses 1-2: 3rd day: the first of Shabbats (beginning of the count of 7 Shabbats to Shavuot/Pentecost) and also it is the day of Wave Sheaf (Aviv 16 - 1st weekly day). The women brought the spices which they had prepared to the tomb not finding the body of our Master early in the day.
Verses 6-7: Angelic message to remember that He is raised on the third day.
Verse 14-21 The things/happenings talked about are: Yahushua's capture in the night of Aviv 14, the accusations against Him, His crucifixion about the sixth hour of Aviv 14, His death about the ninth hour (3pm) of Aviv 14 which is 1st day, His burial before the Shabbat (Aviv 15) started, they rest on the Shabbat which is 2nd day, His body not found early in the day (Aviv 16) which is 3rd day.
Verse 21 says all these things came to happen and it is 3rd day when Yahushua was with the men, not knowing His resurrection, conversing about His crucifixion and death.
Verses 25-26 Yahushua who was raised from His death and talked to them on the third day.
To build the temple in three days:
It is not related to the times of the death and resurrection of our Messiah Yahushua, because He never destroys His Temple/Kingdom, but rather destroy our old temples when we commit ourselves to Him upon our repentance. As to Matt. 12:26 “If Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself; how then will his kingdom stand?”, therefore He cannot throw His eternal Kingdom. Satan’s kingdom shall be destroyed by YHWH at the end (of every fleshly age).
First, we throw out our old temple of man in heart (kingdom of good and evil) possessed by Satan the father of this world, his word of lawlessness, and his unclean spirit. Then we are restored back to the Kingdom of Light through the day of Passover to purge our hearts, the day of Shavuot to receive the baptism of Holy Spirit, and the day of Sukkot to dwell in the tabernacle of YHWH eternally. Three days is indicated from the day of purification (Passover/Yahushua our Messiah), then the day of holiness received (Shavuot/Holy Spirit), to the day of dwelling in the tabernacle of our heavenly Father (Sukkot/Father).