Question: Following the crucifixion of Christ what happened to the spirit of Christ during the three day time period until his body was risen from the dead?

by Rev. Jack Barr

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Date: Mon, 12 Jun 2000 18:52:19 -0500
From: Jack Barr
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Question: Following the crucifixion of Christ what happened to the spirit of Christ during the three day time period until his body was risen from the dead? And could you please provide your sources of information in order that I might study the same.

Now I do not believe that there was any kind of tremendous conflict with Satan as you have heard, as Jesus Christ is the Boss and Satan knows it.

For your answer:
The Prophecy of what would happen on the death of Jesus Christ was given in the Book of Isaiah.

Isaiah 61:1 ".......To proclaim liberty to the captives and the opening of the prison to them that are bound."

Jesus gave a parable (Lk. 16:19-31) about the rich man and the poor beggar Lazarus, where both of them die. The beggar Lazarus is carried by the Angels into "Abraham's bosom (also called Paradise). The rich man went to hell. This shows that hell itself was divided into two sections. In one there was torment, in the other, there were prisoners being held without torments. It is to these prisoners that Jesus would appear during those three days between death and rising from death.

From the time that Jesus was hanging on the cross until He rose from the dead, the following events happened. (I believe in the following order.)

Luke tells us that Jesus told one of the thieves that he will be with him (Jesus) in Paradise that day. Jesus does not say heaven, he says Paradise which we saw above is in a part of hell.

Lk. 23:43 "And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise."

Jesus dies.
Mt. 27:50 "Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost."


The Vail of the temple is torn in two from the top to the bottom - - there is an earthquake where rocks split -- Taken in the order given, the tearing of the Vail, which was very thick, opened the Holy of Holies to man. We no longer have to have a priest to approach God for us, We are now allowed to go before God ourselves. And then there was an earthquake which opened the graves.

Mt. 27:51 "And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent."

There were graves that were opened up in readiness for the saints to come out of the graves AFTER Jesus rose from the dead.

Mt. 27:52 "And the graves were opened;..........."

Jesus went into hell.
Eph. 4:9-10 "(Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)"

Jesus then preached to those being held in prison (Paradise or Abraham's bosom).

1 Pe. 3:19 "By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison."
1 Pe. 4:6 and Jn 5:25 makes it clear that these prisoners Jesus is preaching to are the dead.

All those who truly worshipped God. They were unable to enter heaven because It is ONLY through Jesus that anyone can enter heaven, and then not until after Jesus died to atone for our sins. Therefore all of the Old Testament worshipers of God could not enter into heaven until they could accept Jesus Christ. They were held prisoner in hell, sheol, paradise, Abraham's Bosom. (Take your pick, they are all the same place.)

Acts 4:10-12 "Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other; for there is no other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved."
1 Pe 4:6 "For, for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit."
Jn. 5:25 "Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God; and they that hear shall live."

In quoting David (Psa 16:10), tells us that Jesus, even though he goes into hell, that his soul will not stay there, and his body will not see corruption (decay).

Acts 2:27,31 "Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. (31) He, seeing this before, spoke of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell , neither his flesh did see corruption."

Jesus took the keys of death and hell away from Satan, meaning that Satan could no longer cause the death of anyone and could only bring someone into hell with the permission of Jesus Christ.

Rev. 1:18 "I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen, and have the keys of hell and of death."

Now Jesus rises from the dead

Mk. 16:9 "Now when Jesus had risen early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils."
Lk. 24:6 "He is not here, but is risen! Remember how he spoke unto you when he was yet in Galilee."

The saints who were dead now come out of their graves and walk in the city.

Mt. 27:52-53 "......and many bodies of the saints that slept arose. And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many."

I believe this will give you the answer to your question.

May God Continue to lead you into all Truth.

Rev. Jack Barr

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