sunset - 'between the evenings'?

New Testament Verses

midnight - true biblical/Jewish day!


Acts chapter 27 provides an account of a ship, which Paul is aboard, being
shipwrecked on Malta. Paul had initially advised against the voyage, warning
of an impending loss of life (verse 10). Failing to be persuaded by Paul's
warning the ship's captain set sail and the ship was caught in a severe
tempest (verse 18).

In the initial portion of the night, prior to them running aground on Malta,
Paul advised them that he had been told by an angel that there would be no
loss of life (verses 21-26). Notice from verse 23 the night had already

    Acts  27:23  For there stood by me this night an angel of the
                 God to whom I belong ...

Despite this, verse 27 goes on to speak of the subsequent arrival of the
'fourteenth night'.

    Acts  27:27  Now when the fourteenth night had come, as we were
                 driven up and down in the Adriatic Sea, ...

What Scripture is alluding to is that the first portion of that night
belonged to the 13th day and the later portion to the 14th day.

The time of this transition between the 13th night and the 14th night
is implied to be midnight!

    Acts  27:27  Now when the fourteenth night had come, as we were
                 driven up and down in the Adriatic Sea, about
                 midnight the sailors sensed that they were drawing
                 near some land.


Acts 20:4-12 describes Paul's arrival and stay at Troas. (The rendering
of this text is usually quite misleading.)

Paul and some of his companions arrived in Troas prior to the 7 day Feast
of Unleavened Bread. However, the other companions of Paul (including the
writer of Acts) did not set sail for Troas until after the first day of
the feast. These sailed (presumably via Corinth to pick up the Corinthian
food offering for the saints in Jerusalem) and arrived in Troas before
what would have been the 5th day of travel. The 6th day of the feast was
the weekly Sabbath (being the day before the 'first of the weeks') and
the 7th day was the day of commanded rest when they assembled together. 

The night of that last day Paul preached until the close of this annual

    Acts  20:7   Now on the first day of the week, when the
                 disciples came together to break bread, Paul,
                 ready to depart the next day, spoke to them
                 and continued his message until midnight.


The account of the feeding of the 5,000 confirms the existence of two
successive evenings.

    Matt  14:15  When it was evening, His disciples came to Him,
                 saying, "This is a deserted place, and the hour
                 is already late. Send the multitudes away, that
                 they may go into the villages and buy themselves

            :21  Now those who had eaten were about five thousand
                 men, besides women and children.
            :22  Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the
                 boat and go before Him to the other side, while He
                 sent the multitudes away.
            :23  And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went
                 up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when
                 evening came, He was alone there.
            :25  Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to
                 them, walking on the sea.

This second evening was after the first (ie sunset), but prior to the fourth
watch of the night.


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