Third Day in Accordance
with Scripture Raised Again
In the Nicene Creed we profess :
and rose again on the third day
in accordance with the Scriptures.
“ ... he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures”
But which Scriptures ? Where ?
The list below was compiled by Michael Spyridon who
shows the parallels in the Old Testament.
Some may ask where in the Scriptures this is written?
Well… all over the Old Testament.
It was on the third day that God first created life on earth (Gen
1:12); and on the third day the Son of God vouchsafed eternal life to
the inhabitants of earth.
It was on the third day of traveling that Abraham lifted up his eyes
and saw the spot where he was to offer his Only Begotten Son Isaac (Gen
22:4); on the third day after traveling through hades preaching to the
souls awaiting him, Christ rose again.
Joseph prophesied that on the third day Pharaoh would restore the
servant to his place (Gen 40:13); on the third day, the Father restored
Jesus to his place.
It was on the third day that Pharaoh’s chief butler was restored to
his butlership (Gen 40:20-21); on the third day the Kings Son was
restored to his position of service to man
Josephs brothers would be imprisoned for three days before Joseph
instructed them on how to live (Gen 42:17); the sons of Joseph were
imprisoned in Sheol, awaiting the time when the Messiah for three days
would preach to them the Gospel.
Moses asked the king of Egypt for the Israelites to go on a three day
journey to make sacrifice to the Lord their God (Ex 3:18); after his
atoning sacrifice, the Lord went on a three day journey to the
There was a darkness over all Egypt for three days time (Ex 10:22);
there was spiritual darkness over the whole earth the three days the Son
of Man was in the earth.
The Israelites traveled for three days with no water before Moses
worked the miracle of water flowing from a rock (Ex 15:22); Jesus laid
dead with no water or blood flowing in him until the rock of his tomb
was removed and his blood flowed once more.
For three days the Israelites purified themselves, and on the third
day the LORD came down upon Mt Sinai (Ex 19:11); for three days the
Apostles mourned, and on the third day the Lord arose from the tomb.
The flesh of the sacrifice for the peace offering to the LORD had to
be consumed fully by the third day (Lev 7:17); after rising on the third
day, the flesh of the Lamb of God is perpetually consumed by those
The ark of the covenant traveled for three days with the Israelites
(Num 10:33); the Ark of the New Covenant, Mary, kept company with the
Apostles mourning her Son.
Any Israelite who had touched a dead body, was unclean unless he
purified himself on the third day, and was made clean on the seventh day
by virtue of purifying himself on the third day (Num 19:12); Jesus was
dead in the tomb until the third day, when he purified Creation, thus
fulfilling the seventh day of Creation and inaugurating the Eighth.
The Israelites, after a journey, came into their cities on the third
day (Jos 9:17); Jesus, after a journey in death, came back to Jerusalem
on the third day.
Joshua gave the Israelites three days to prepare before crossing the
Jordan to possess the land the Lord had inherited to them (Jos 1:11);
Jesus spent three days in the land of the dead before Resurrecting to
the promised land.
The Israelites hid in the mountain for three days to avoid their
pursuers (Jos 2:16); Jesus was hid in the tomb three days to overcome
sin and death.
King David hid himself “in the ground/field” until the third day (1
Sam 20:5); Jesus, the Son of David, allowed his body to be hid in the
ground for three days so as to come forth like a grain of wheat.
Samuel assured Saul that his asses which had been lost three days
prior were alive and well (1 Sam 9:20); Jesus assured his disciples that
after three days in the tomb, he would emerge alive and well.
The young Egyptian man, after three days with no food or water, had
his spirit returned to him (1 Sam 30:12); the man Jesus, after three
days dead with no food or water, had his Soul rejoined to His Body by
His Divinity so that his Blood would forever flow.
On the third day, a man came out of Sauls camp with his clothes torn
and earth upon his head (2 Sam 1:2); Jesus laid in the tomb atop the
earth, after having his clothes torn from him.
The king appointed the people to return to him on the third day (1
Kgs 12:12); King Jesus appointed humanity to return to him on the third
God told Hezekiah that on the third day he would be healed and go up
to the house of the LORD (2 Kgs 20:5); on the third day Jesus was healed
and went up to the house of the LORD.
David trusted that three days of being in Gods judgement was better
than other punishments (1 Chr 21:12); Jesus, the Son of David, was three
days dead by the judgement of God, becoming sin for us though he was
The Temple of God, after being destroyed, was raised up on the third
day of Adar (Ezr 6:15); Jesus’ Body, which is the New Temple, was raised
up on the third day after being destroyed.
Judith stayed in the camp for three days (Jud 12:7); Mary, the New
Judith, stayed with the Apostles for three days.
Judas Maccabeus and his army marched for three days through the
wilderness (1 Mac 5:24); Jesus marched for three days through the
wilderness of Hades.
After three days of mourning, fasting, and weeping, Judas commanded
his army to stand ready (2 Mac 13:12); after three days of mourning and
weeping, the Apostles were comforted by the Risen Lord.
On the third day Queen Esther put on her royal apparel and stood in
the kings palace (Est 5:1); on the third day Jesus was clothed with
power from on high and was ready to be seated on the Throne in the
Eternal Kings Heavenly Palace.
Hosea prophesied that on the third day we would be raised up and live
in Gods sight (Hos 6:2); on the third day after his death, Jesus was
raised up to live in Gods sight.
Jonah was in the belly of the fish for three days and three nights
(Jon 1:17); Jesus was in the belly of the earth for three days and three
nights, then Rose and defeated death by death.
I hope you all get some spiritual benefit from this list I compiled!