|ELIJAH & “BETWEEN THE TWO
Below are the scriptures that pertain to the daily Evening Sacrifice where we find the
term <between the evenings>. Strong’s Concordance shows no difference in this phrase,
but lists it as <06153>. We find the term in the bible 11 times and 4 of them refer to the
daily Evening Sacrifice as listed below.
Ex 29:38 Now this is that which thou shalt offer upon the altar; two lambs of the first year day by day
39 The one lamb thou shalt offer in the morning; and the other lamb thou shalt offer at even <6153>
(between the evenings):
Ex 29:41 And the other lamb thou shalt offer at even <6153> (between the evenings), and shalt do
thereto according to the meat offering of the morning, and according to the drink offering thereof, for
a sweet savour, an offering made by fire unto the LORD.
Numbers 28:3 And thou shalt say unto them, This is the offering made by fire which ye shall offer unto
the LORD; two lambs of the first year without spot day by day, for a continual burnt offering.
4 The one lamb shalt thou offer in the morning, and the other lamb shalt thou offer at even <6153>
(between the evenings);
Numbers 28:8 And the other lamb shalt thou offer at even <6153> (between the evenings): as the meat
offering of the morning, and as the drink offering thereof, thou shalt offer it, a sacrifice made by fire,
of a sweet savour unto the LORD.
The question is, "To what time of day does this term refer?" We know that the Rabbis
considered the time of the evening sacrifice to begin at the 9th hour, or 3 O’clock in the
afternoon. Some have alleged that they were mistaken and the evening sacrifice
occurred after sunset. It is one thing to say that a nation of people can forget the time of
a yearly ritual, especially considering they were in captivity for some time. However, to
say that the nation forgot when they were to offer the <daily> sacrifice is less than
reasonable. They were in captivity for 70 years. There would have been several boys at
15 years of age who would have been 85 years old when they went back to Jerusalem. To
believe that they never thought of the daily sacrifices while in Babylon is also less than
reasonable. To witness the morning and evening sacrifice daily until the age of 15, and
then forget when the priests offered it at the temple is unthinkable. No doubt while in
captivity they thought and dreamed of the time when they would be able to resume their
Holy Land culture. Surely, the priests continued to teach and train the young Levite men
for the time when they would return to their homeland and resume the daily sacrifice.
Some may think that God brought about this slip of memory. However, we have a very
interesting biblical example, which times the offering of the evening sacrifice – and one
that occurred before the Babylonian Captivity. In addition, the prophet and God’s
approval of him should put to rest the question of when Israel offered the Evening
Sacrifice. Notice the account below. We are including quite a few scriptures to cover the
whole story from noontime.
1Kings 18:27 And it came to pass at noon, that Elijah mocked them, and said, Cry aloud: for he is a
god; either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is in a journey, or peradventure he sleepeth, and
must be awaked.
28 And they cried aloud, and cut themselves after their manner with knives and lancets, till the blood
gushed out upon them.
First mention of the evening sacrifice:
1Kings 18:29 “And it came to pass, <when midday was past> (noon), and they prophesied until <the
time of the offering of the evening sacrifice>, that there was neither voice, nor any to answer, nor
any that regarded.
30 And Elijah said unto all the people, Come near unto me. And all the people came near unto him.
And he repaired the altar of the LORD that was broken down.
31 And Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, unto
whom the word of the LORD came, saying, Israel shall be thy name:
32 And with the stones, he built an altar in the name of the LORD: and he made a trench about the
altar, as great as would contain two measures of seed.
33 And he put the wood in order, and cut the bullock in pieces, and laid him on the wood, and said,
Fill four barrels with water, and pour it on the burnt sacrifice, and on the wood.
34 And he said, Do it the second time. And they did it the second time. And he said, Do it the third
time. And they did it the third time.
35 And the water ran round about the altar; and he filled the trench also with water.
Notice all the things that take place after the time of the offering of the evening
sacrifice. The above actions took place before the time of the evening sacrifice as the
next verse shows.
1Kings 18:36 “And it came to pass at <the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice>, that Elijah
the prophet came near, and said, LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this
day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at thy
37 Hear me, O LORD, hear me, that this people may know that thou art the LORD God, and that thou
hast turned their heart back again.
38 Then the fire of the LORD fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones,
and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.
39 And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they said, The LORD, he is the God;
the LORD, he is the God.
They then took the prophets of Baal to the brook Kishon and killed them there. There
were 450 prophets of Baal, and 400 prophets of the groves assembled at mount Carmel.
How long did it take to drag 850 men down to the brook Kishon and kill them? We can be
sure they did not go to their deaths without a struggle!
40 And Elijah said unto them, Take the prophets of Baal; let not one of them escape. And they took
them: and Elijah brought them down to the brook Kishon, and slew them there.”
Elijah talked with Ahab, and then went up to the <top> of Mount Carmel. How far this
was from the brook Kishon, how long it took to get to the top of the mount, we cannot
say. However, the implication is that Elijah offered the sacrifice on Mount Carmel; then
they all went down the mount to the brook Kishon; then he and his servant went to the top
of the mount to pray for rain. The point is that this took several minutes at least. Keep in
mind that if the Evening Sacrifice were after sunset we do not have a lot of time before
dark – an hour would be pushing the daylight time from sunset to dark. Elijah has already
offered a sacrifice and the people have rejoiced together. Can we put less than 20
minutes for this? Then the people brought the prophets of Baal down to the Brook Kishon
and killed them there. Can we put less than 20 minutes for this? Now Elijah and his
servant head back up the mountain to its very top to pray for rain. Can we put less than
20 minutes for this? Now it is dark or the light in the sky is very dim – if “between the
evenings” is after sunset. However, we have other events that Elijah had to accomplish
Now, once they were at the top of Mount Carmel, Elijah began a series of seven (7)
prayers. Elijah was in earnest. This was not a breast prayer, where someone whispers to
himself. Elijah got down on the ground and put his face between his knees. At the end of
each prayer, Elijah sent his servant to go and look toward the sea. The servant went and
came back and said, "There is nothing." Seven times this took place. After the seventh
prayer, Elijah sent his servant to see what he could see. Notice what the servant saw: He
saw a cloud, the <size of a man's hand coming up out of the sea>.
If the evening sacrifice was after sunset, we have a time problem here. It is obvious that
there was enough daylight to see a cloud the size of a man's hand coming up out of the sea
from the top of a mountain. The servant was looking from the top of Mount Carmel out
over the sea. The sea would have been a bluish/greenish/gray from that distance. He saw
a cloud the size of a man's hand. It is obvious that the sun was still in the sky in order to
see something that small. Remember this was after the evening sacrifice. Elijah had the
850 prophets killed. He went up to the top of Carmel and prayed seven prayers with his
head between his knees. After all these events, it would have been dark for some time, if
the evening sacrifice were after sunset when he began. Read this story, and think about it
and ask yourself if there is any way that the Evening Sacrifice could have occurred after
1Kings 18:41 And Elijah said unto Ahab, Get thee up, eat and drink; for there is a sound of
abundance of rain.
42 So Ahab went up to eat and to drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; and he cast himself
down upon the earth, and put his face between his knees,
43 And said to his servant, Go up now, look toward the sea. And he went up, and looked, and said,
There is nothing. And he said, Go again seven times.
44 And it came to pass at the seventh time, that he said, Behold, there ariseth a little cloud out of the
sea, like a man's hand. And he said, Go up, say unto Ahab, Prepare thy chariot, and get thee down,
that the rain stop thee not.
45 And it came to pass in the mean while, that the heaven was black with clouds and wind, and there
was a great rain. And Ahab rode, and went to Jezreel.
46 And the hand of the LORD was on Elijah; and he girded up his loins, and ran before Ahab to the
entrance of Jezreel.
It is interesting to contemplate that the Roman Soldiers hung Christ on the tree at the 3rd
hour – 9 o'clock in the morning (the time of the morning sacrifice). He died at the 9th
hour – 3 o'clock in the afternoon (the time of the evening sacrifice)(or Passover sacrifice
on the 14th of Nisan). Further, consider that the priests offered no sacrifice before the
morning sacrifice and they offered no sacrifice after the evening sacrifice (except the
Passover) – for when they offered the Passover, the evening sacrifice was backed up to 2
o'clock in the afternoon*. Therefore, the Messiah hung on the tree for the entire
duration of time that Israel offered <any> sacrifice or made any offering. Christ is the
sacrifice to end all sacrifices; He covered them all. Christ was the morning sacrifice, the
evening sacrifice, and the Passover offering. He is the first and the last, the Alpha and
If the evening sacrifice (offered between the evenings) was after sunset, how do we
explain all of the foregoing? The truth is that there were no nighttime sacrifices or
*The priests continued to process the Passover offerings until just before sunset.
However, as the Messiah was on the tree when the priests offered the first Passover, He
covered that type of offering as well as all the others.
It is interesting to consider what it would mean to keep the Passover “between the two
evenings.” Some early 14th Passover advocates use the KJV bible to support their theory
that the Israelites kept the entire Passover and Passover Feast on the 14th Nisan based
on the following scriptures:
Exodus 12:6 And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole
assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening (between the evenings).
Leviticus 23:5 In the fourteenth [day] of the first month at even (between the evenings) [is] the LORD’
Numbers 9:3 In the fourteenth day of this month, at even (between the evenings), ye shall keep it in his
appointed season: according to all the rites of it, and according to all the ceremonies thereof, shall ye
Numbers 9:5 And they kept the Passover on the fourteenth day of the first month at even (between the
evenings) in the wilderness of Sinai: according to all that the LORD commanded Moses, so did the
children of Israel.
Numbers 9:11 The fourteenth day of the second month at even (between the evenings) they shall keep
it, [and] eat it with unleavened bread and bitter [herbs].
One important point these advocates overlook, or do not adequately consider, is that the
KJV bible does not include the correct term for evening in any of these verses. We supply
the correct term – between the evenings – in parenthesis above. If keeping Passover
meant anything more than slaying and preparing the lambs for the Passover Feast, Israel
would have had to cook the lambs and eat them “between the two evenings!” – based on
the above scriptures. This would have been a hurried meal to be sure!
Leviticus 23.5 says that the Passover is "between the evenings. Those who accept an
early 14th Passover as true do not believe that all of the Passover including the Passover
Feast occurred "between the evenings". “Between the evenings" is not all night long by
anyone's standard! All realize there was only enough time to slay, prepare the lamb, and
put the blood on the doorposts "between the evenings". Yet, they use these Scriptures in
the KJV to verify an early 14th Passover and insist that the Passover and its feast, based
on these scriptures, was on the 14th of Nisan.
We have discussed and answered this theory earlier. “Between the evenings” is specific
and one must not confuse it with the general term for evening. The bottom line is that
these scriptures, when correctly interpreted, do not prove an early 14th Passover.