Jesus' ascension, 40 days or 50 days


It has been suggested that there is an error regarding the timing of ascension and Pentecost. Peter Holley's article, "Jesus' Ascension and Pentecost, 40 Days or 50 Days?" provides an excellent answer. Also read Seppo Kanerva "Passover and Pentecost Timing Problem." (IUA Journal)

P.2057 - §3 It was almost half past seven o'clock this Thursday morning, May 18, when Jesus arrived on the western slope of Mount Olivet with his eleven silent and somewhat bewildered apostles. From this location, about two thirds the way up the mountain, they could look out over Jerusalem and down upon Gethsemane. Jesus now prepared to say his last farewell to the apostles before he took leave of Urantia. As he stood there before them, without being directed they knelt about him in a circle, and the Master said: ...

P.2057 - §7 It was about seven forty-five this morning when the morontia Jesus disappeared from the observation of his eleven apostles to begin the ascent to the right hand of his Father, there to receive formal confirmation of his completed sovereignty of the universe of Nebadon.

These two passages clearly note that the Master's ascension occurred at 7:45 am on May 18 (Thursday). Pentecost (the 50th day) was May 27 (Saturday), 10 days later. See Jesus' morontia career.

Also, ascension is recorded in the New Testament. (Mark 16:19, Luke 24:51, Acts 1:3, John 20:17, Ephesians 4:7-13, Romans 10:5-7, 1 Timothy 3:16, 1 Peter 3:21-22). That the ascension occured forty days after is stated in Acts 1:3, and the ascension is affirmed by Apostles' Creed and the Nicene Creed.

P.2057 - §7 It was about seven forty-five this morning when the morontia Jesus disappeared from the observation of his eleven apostles to begin the ascent to the right hand of his Father, there to receive formal confirmation of his completed sovereignty of the universe of Nebadon.

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Ascension, May 18, AD 30 (Thursday)

As this ancient map of Jerusalem indicates, the 11 apostles follow Jesus to the western slope of Olivet, arriving there at 7:30 am on May 18. Ascension occurs at 7:45 am.

After his ascension, the 11 apostles move back to the Upper Room of John Mark, but when they returned, and whether they returned directly, to Mark's home is not mentioned.

 

6. PETER CALLS A MEETING - P.2057

P.2057 - §8 Acting upon the instruction of Peter, John Mark and others went forth to call the leading disciples together at the home of Mary Mark. By ten thirty, one
P.2058 - §0 hundred and twenty of the foremost disciples of Jesus living in Jerusalem had forgathered to hear the report of the farewell message of the Master and to learn of his ascension. Among this company was Mary the mother of Jesus. She had returned to Jerusalem with John Zebedee when the apostles came back from their recent sojourn in Galilee. Soon after Pentecost she returned to the home of Salome at Bethsaida. James the brother of Jesus was also present at this meeting, the first conference of the Master's disciples to be called after the termination of his planetary career.

May 27, AD 30 (Saturday).

When the draft or early version of Jesus Papers arrived, they were much more voluminous. However, some limitations must have been imposed on the length of the Revelation, and subsequent editing required deleting many passages. Some paragraphs were ruthlessly deleted without providing any transition sentences or paragraphs to connect passages.

For each bestowal mission, it took three days for Jesus to move from his headquarters to the bestowal destination. Returning to Paradise would have taken more time. Thus, it would take at least three days, perhaps ten days for Jesus to send the Spirit of Truth to Urantia in his stead.

Where did the truncation occur? In Section 6 on page 2057.