|WHEN DID THE LAST SUPPER TAKE
From our study this far, it is clear that the Last Supper could not have taken place on the
15th. However, did it take place on the 14th? No, it did not! At this point, we want to
take you into a study that will show that the 14th was an impossible date for the Last
Matthew 26:1 And it came to pass, when Jesus had finished all these sayings, he said unto his
2, Ye know that after two days is the feast of the Passover, and the Son of man is betrayed to be
In the above passage, observe that it was two days before the Passover Feast. This would
have been toward the end of the 12th. Therefore, it would not have been earlier than the
beginning of the 13th when Christ and His disciples ate the Last Supper.
Notice what John 19:14 says:
John 19:14 And it was the preparation of the Passover, and about the sixth hour: and he saith unto
the Jews, Behold your King!
John tells us that it was the sixth hour or 12 Noon when Pilate released Christ for
But, notice Mark 15:25,
Mark 15:25 And it was the third hour, and they crucified him.
Mark tells us that it was the third hour or 9 AM in the morning when they crucified
Christ! Now, if the Messiah and His disciples ate the Last Supper at the beginning of the
14th, we have a contradiction! This suggests that Pilate tried and released Christ for
execution on the 14th Nisan at Noon and the Roman soldiers put Him on the tree at 9 AM
on the 15th Nisan – the following day! However, this cannot be because Joseph of
Arimathaea and Nicodemus placed Christ’s body in the grave just before sunset of the
How do we explain this conundrum? It is apparent that when The Messiah sent the
disciples to prepare for the Passover it was the afternoon of the 12th Nisan. Christ and
His disciples ate the evening meal and the Last Supper after sunset, which began the 13th
Nisan; and the officers from the chief priests and Pharisees guided by Judas took Him
captive that night and brought Him before Pilate the following morning. Pilate released
Him at noon of the 13th Nisan and committed Him to prison. The next morning the
Roman soldiers took Christ and put Him on the tree at 9 AM of the 14th Nisan.
Now the Scripture of the Old Testament that speaks of The Messiah as one taken from
prison makes more sense. The New Testament speaks nothing of this, however, it is plain
that they hung Him on the tree the day following Pilate’s sentence of Him. Therefore,
Pilate would have held Him in prison during that interlude.
Isaiah 53:8 He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for
he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.
It is clear that the disciples and The Messiah ate the Last Supper on the evening/night
beginning the 13th Nisan and Pilate released Him for hanging at Noon of the 13th and
hung Him at 9 AM of the 14th!
The word <preparation> in John 19:14 has confused us in the past as well. Notice that the
word <day> is not in that Scripture. John is speaking of the general period of preparation
that began on the 10th and ended on the 14th. It was during this period of time that the
Jews went to the temple for purification, for Passover. That was the concern of the
Pharisees in John 18:28. They had already been purified and would not go into the hall of
judgment for fear of being defiled, requiring the ceremony to be performed again in order
to take the Passover. They did not take this chance.
John 18:28 Then led they Jesus from Caiaphas unto the hall of judgment: and it was early; and they
themselves went not into the judgment hall, lest they should be defiled; but that they might eat the
Now some believe that the sixth hour of John 19:14 is Roman time. Others try to prove it
a mistranslation of the Greek. Some believe that the sixth hour was midnight. All of
these beliefs are baseless and create contradictions in the word of God. Contradictions
are unacceptable – for God does not contradict Himself.
Let us consider why Roman time is incorrect for this passage. The scripture shows that
the Jews did not bring Christ before Pilate until daybreak. Daylight begins about the
sixth hour according to Roman time. In other words, if we apply Roman time to John 19:
14, we are saying that Pilate release the Messiah as soon as He arrived – impossible –
only Jewish time works for the time in this verse.