It’s been a few weeks since my last post; I’ve been speaking at conferences. Just two weeks ago, at the Westminster Conference on Science and Faith outside Philadelphia, I met John Lennox and Michael Denton, two published and well known scholars. If you go to my Facebook “author” page https://www.facebook.com/Douglas.Ell.Author you can see our smiling faces!
Today is Good Friday. The astronomical evidence is that, if you project the modern calendar backwards – in other words if you pretend the present calendar was in effect during Jesus’s lifetime – then Jesus died on the cross exactly 1,982 years ago today. He died April 3, 33 A.D. This follows from the Biblical references that Jesus was crucified just before Passover on “Preparation Day.” Other references from the Book of Acts and the Old Testament indicate that there was a “blood moon” – a lunar eclipse – the night he died. These events and other historical evidence suggest Jesus died April 3, 33 A.D., exactly 1,982 years ago. If this is true, then of course Easter this year will fall exactly 1,982 years after the day Jesus rose from the dead. The website Star of Bethlehem does a great job of explaining this.
The next year that Easter will fall on April 5 is 2026.
Thanks for reading and have a blessed Easter!