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 6th Hour — Noon to approx. 3pm
9th Hour — 3pm to Sunset(or the Twelfth Hour)
This is the Jewish reckoning of the hours of the day. Each Jewish hour contains approximately three of our 60 minute hours.
12 hours of night
The hours of the night are reckoned by watches. These night watches were adopted from the beginning of the Roman occupation, in 63 BC. We can see these watches referred to by Jesus in Mark 13:35.
First Watch — Sunset to approx. 9pm
Second Watch — 9pm to Midnight
Third Watch — Midnight to 3am(or the cockcrowing) Four Watch — 3am(cockcrowing) to Sunrise
These are the 12 hours of day and the 12 hours of night, together making a full 24 hour day. The Prophecy of Jesus entails three of these days occurring in succession.
This is the exact time-frame spoken of in Jonah.
1:17 Now the LORD had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.
However, you will be hard pressed to find a commentator who will go out on a limb, and state that Jonah’s time was a full three days. Because if they did that, then they would have to admit the same about Jesus’ time in the “heart of the earth.”
However, it is fortunate that we are not dependent upon commentators for the truth of God’s Word. We have a more sure word, that of the Word of God Himself. Jesus made it clear He is not framing His prophecy according to the tradition of the elders, and their magical mathematics. He is taking the days and nights as they were created by Him. He is not perverting time, but stating it as it was created. He created the system of keeping time.

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