What took place on the Bible timeline in the month of April? April on our calendar coincides this year with the first month on the biblical calendar named Nisan. Nisan is full of holidays, Passover, Feast of Unleavened Bread, and First Fruits. On the Christian calendar we have Holy week culminating in the wonderful celebration of the Resurrection! Get ready to mark your calendar!
April 1 – Adar 29
Passover Instructions Given: On this day, the Lord told Moses that He was instituting a new calendar for the children of Israel. The Lord also gave Moses instruction for the celebration of Passover. Exodus 12
April 2 – Nisan 1
New Moon/New Month: The month of Nisan begins today. Nisan is the first month in the biblical religious year. Nisan is pronounced nee-SHAN.
Dry Land: Genesis 8:13 records that on the first day of the first month, Noah removed the covering on the ark because he could see dry land.
The Tabernacle: In the second year after leaving Egypt, the children of Israel set up the Tabernacle on Nisan 1. The Tabernacle would serve as the central place of worship until the Temple was built in Jerusalem during the reign of King Solomon. Exodus 40:17
The Temple Repaired: On Nisan 1, in the first year of King Hezekiah’s reign, he began to repair and restore the Temple. 2 Chronicles 29:3,17
Ezra: Ezra, the scribe, left with the second group of Jewish captives to return from Babylon to Jerusalem. When Ezra arrived in Jerusalem, he taught the people the Word of God. Under Ezra’s encouragement, the men who had taken pagan wives repented of their sin, put away their pagan wives, and made the appropriate sacrifices. Ezra 7: 9 and Ezra 10:16-19
April 4 – Nisan 3
Levites Ordained: Moses and the congregation brought the sons of Levi before the Tabernacle to ordain them for the service in the Tabernacle. Numbers 8:5-22.
April 6 – Nisan 5
Spies: In Jewish history, Nisan 5, 1273 BC, marks the day Joshua sent scouts to spy out the Promised Land and to explore the city of Jericho. The spies ended up at the house of Rahab who hid them from the king of Jericho who was seeking to find and kill them. Joshua 2:1-11.
April 9 – Nisan 8
The Temple Sanctified: In the first year of King Hezekiah’s rule in Judah, the priests and Levites reached the vestibule eight days after beginning to sanctify the Temple area. 2 Chronicles 29:3, 17
April 10 – Nisan 9
Palm Sunday: The Sunday preceding Easter on the Christian calendar is known as Palm Sunday. This commemorates the day Jesus entered Jerusalem for the final time. Palms remind us of when the people laid down clothing and branches on the road as Jesus entered Jerusalem. Matthew 21:8
April 11 – Nisan 10
Lamb Selection Day: In preparation for Passover, each family chose a lamb for a sacrifice. The lamb would stay with the family for four days, until it was sacrificed for Passover. Exodus 12:3
Miriam Died: On Nisan 10, 1274, Miriam, sister to Moses, died. She died nearly one year before Moses died. She was buried in Kadesh.Numbers 20:1
Jordan Crossing: After three days of preparation, the children of Israel crossed the Jordan River into the Promised Land and set up camp near Gilgal. Joshua 4:19
April 12 – Nisan 11
Jesus Cleansed the Temple: During the last few days of Jesus’ life, He visited the Temple. While there He overturned the tables of those who were using the area of the Temple to buy and sell. Matthew 21:12-17.
April 13 – Nisan 12
Ahava: Ezra and the second group of returning captives departed from the River of Ahava on this day as they made their way from Babylon to Jerusalem. Ezra 8:31
April 14 – Nisan 13
Haman: The Bible records Haman casting lots on this day to determine the date of destruction for the Jews living in Ancient Persia. Once the date was set, he issued the death decree that was sent throughout the kingdom. Esther 3:12
Maundy Thursday: Holy Thursday or Maundy Thursday is the day on the Christian calendar to commemorate the last meal Jesus shared with His disciples before His crucifixion. Mark 14:12-26
April 15 – Nisan 14
The First Passover: On the evening of Nisan 14, the Hebrews living in Egypt killed their lambs, put blood on their doors, and ate their Passover meals. Leviticus 23:5
Plague of the First Born: On this night, every first-born living in a home without the blood of the lamb on his doors died. Exodus 12:29
Good Friday: On the Christian calendar, Good Friday is also known as Holy Friday or Great Friday. Good Friday is remembered as the day Jesus was beaten, crucified, died, and was buried. For some, this is a day of fasting. Mark 15:1-16:6
April 16 – Nisan 15
The Exodus from Egypt: Following the death of his son, Pharaoh ordered the Hebrews to leave Egypt. On Nisan 15 the children of Israel departed from Egypt for the Promised Land. Exodus 12:31-32
Passover: This is the first of four spring feasts on the biblical calendar. On this day both Jews and Christians celebrate God’s deliverance of the Hebrews from Egypt. As believers, we are reminded of our deliverance from sin by the blood of The Lamb of God!Exodus 12:1-14; Hebrews 9:11-15
Unleavened Bread Begins: The Feast of Unleavened Bread, the second spring feast, begins today and continues for seven days. Exodus 12:14-20 and Leviticus 23:6
April 17- Nisan 16
Feast of First Fruits: The third biblical spring feast is the Feast of First Fruits. It is celebrated the first day after the first Sabbath after Passover. This was a time to offer the first fruits of the spring harvest. Leviticus 23:9-14
April 22 – Nisan 21
Red Sea Crossing: The Lord opened the Red Sea before the children of Israel, and they went through on dry ground on Nisan 21, 1312 BC. The army of Egypt was drowned as they chased the Hebrews into the water and the sea crashed over them. Exodus 14:21-30
April 23 – Nisan 22
Unleavened Bread Ends: The seven-day Feast of Unleavened Bread ends today. During this week unleavened bread is eaten to remember that the Hebrews left Egypt so quickly their bread did not have time to rise. Leviticus 3:6
Jericho March Began: On Nisan 22, 1272 BC, Jewish history records that Joshua and his men began their march around the city of Jericho. They would march around Jericho for a total of seven days. Joshua 6:1-3
April 24 – Nisan 23
Marah: According to Jewish history, this is the date on which the children of Israel camped at the bitter waters of Marah in the year 1312 BC. God told Moses how to make the bitter waters sweet. Exodus 15:23-25
April 25 – Nisan 24
Jesus and His Disciples: After Jesus rose from the dead, He appeared to His disciples. He showed them the scars on this hands and feet, and ate with them. Luke 24:36-39
April 27 – Nisan 26
Death of Joshua: Today marks the traditional date of the death of Joshua, son of Nun He was the disciple of Moses and led the children of Israel after the death of Moses .Joshua lived to be 110 years old and he is buried in the hill country of Ephraim. Judges 2:8
April 30 – Nisan 29
Jericho Fell: After Joshua and his men walked around the walls of Jericho for seven days, God brought down the walls of Jericho on Nisan 29, according to Jewish history. Joshua 6:15-20
There are many events on the Bible timeline in April. If you would like to know what is happening the rest of the year, see our Biblical Calendars!