And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.
Jesus tells the repented thief that he will be in paradise. When is the question we need to find?
According to the translation it is on Friday after Jesus’ death.
But I believe the translation is wrong because of the following reasons.
Reason 1: Jesus Himself didn’t go to paradise.
Where is Paradise then.
2 Corinthians 12:2,4 I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven. How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.
The paradise is in third heaven. So what is third heaven, is it the same place where God the Father resides. (interestingly the evangelicals and pentecostals teach that Jesus went to hell after death) Also they teach that Paradise is under that earth.
He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.
Tree of life is in midst of the paradise of God.
In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. Rev 22: 2 (Paradise is the same place as new Jerusalem).
New Jerusalem is in heaven.
And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. Rev 21:2
Conclusion: Paradise is heaven where God is.
Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God. John 20:17.
Jesus Himself didn’t go until the third day after His death.
Reason 2: After death it is a period of sleep until the day of resurrection when people will resurrect unto eternal life or eternal damnation.
John 5: 28Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, 29And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.
1 Thes 4:16For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
Daniel 12: 1And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book. 2And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.
Eccl. 9:5,6,10 “For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten. Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished; neither have they any more a portion for ever in any thing that is done under the sun.Whatsoever thy hand finds to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither you go.
Psalms 6.5 For in death there is no remembrance of thee: in the grave who shall give thee thanks?
Psalms 146.4 His breath goes forth, he returns to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish.
Job 14.10-15 But man dies, and wastes away: yes, man gives up the ghost, and where is he? So man lies down, and rises not: till the heavens be no more, they shall not awake, nor be raised out of their sleep. O that you would hide me in the grave, that you would keep me secret, until your wrath be past, that you will appoint me a set time, and remember me! If a man die, shall he live again? all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come. Thou shalt call, and I will answer thee:
Job 3.11 Why died I not at birth?… For now should I have lain still and been quiet, I should have slept: then had I been at rest.
1 Thess. 4.14-17 “For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which SLEEP in Jesus will God bring with him. vs. 4:13 “But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.” Jesus will bring the sleeping saints home to heaven as well! He will raise them with a
shout, with the trump of God,
Acts 13.36 “For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, FELL ON SLEEP, and was laid unto his fathers, and saw corruption:”
Matthew 9.24 “He said unto them (the mourners), Make room: for the maid is not dead, but sleeps. And they laughed him to scorn.” “For they knew she was dead.”(see also Luke 8:53)
Deut. 31:16 Moses was told he would sleep with his fathers
1 Kings 2:10 David slept with his fathers
Daniel 12:2 after a time of trouble, Michael will arise and the dead will awake from the dust of the earth
Matthew 9:24 Jesus described the dead girl as sleeping
Matthew 27:52-53 after the resurrection of Jesus, many dead saints arose from their sleep and appeared to many
John 11:11 Jesus described the death of Lazarus as a sleep
Acts 7:60 when Stephen was martyred he fell asleep
1 Cor. 15:18 Paul describes the dead as asleep until the resurrection of the
Many people do not realize that the original Hebrew and Greek Manuscripts did not have any puncuation, no commas, periods etc. So the translated added the puncuation etc. based on their …own understanding of the the bible text. And in this case the text says: “And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.” But many bible scholars believe that the comma added after the word thee, is incorrect. There should be no comma there. Look how it reads if we remove the comma after the word thee and put it in after the word today. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee Today, shalt thou be with me in paradise. The additional scriptures you posted support and also confirms that the Lord Jesus was not telling him that he would be in paradise with him today…but rather He was saying truly I say unto you today, you will be with me in paradise.