EASTER AS A TRADITION OF MEN
Easter does not exist in the original bible. But it was inserted as an interpolation into the King James Version.
1 Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church.
2 And he killed James the brother of John with the sword.
3 And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. (Then were the days of unleavened bread.)
4 And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people.
Every other bible says Passover except King James.
Even New King James was forced to change this interpolation to the right translation of Passover.
King James also smuggled in the concept of the Trinity into the Bible.
1 Jn 5:7
7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
This verse is fiction. It only exists in the King James version of the bible and was inserted by Trinitarians.
DIVINE INJUNCTIONS AGAINST HEATHEN WORSHIP
MILITATE AGAINST OBSERVING EASTER
Easter is heathen worship integrated into Christianity by the Romans. This integration contradicts God’s express injunctions in the scriptures:
1 Hear ye the word which the LORD speaketh unto you, O house of Israel:
2 Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.
28 “Observe and obey all these words which I command you, that it may go well with you and your children after you forever, when you do what is good and right in the sight of the LORD your God.
29 “When the LORD your God cuts off from before you the nations which you go to dispossess, and you displace them and dwell in their land,
30 “take heed to yourself that you are not ensnared to follow them, after they are destroyed from before you, and that you do not inquire after their gods, saying, ‘How did these nations serve their gods? I also will do likewise.’
31 “You shall not worship the LORD your God in that way; for every abomination to the LORD which He hates they have done to their gods; for they burn even their sons and daughters in the fire to their gods.
32 “Whatever I command you, be careful to observe it; you shall not add to it nor take away from it.
EASTER IS PAGAN
Easter means “movement towards the rising sun.” It comes from the religious rites of people who worship nature. It is the worship of Baal, or the worship of the sun. Astarte (Easter) was Baal’s wife. In the Bible, another name for Astarte (Easter) is Ashtoreth. Ashtoreth is the pagan Queen of Heaven.
11 Then the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD, and served the Baals;
12 and they forsook the LORD God of their fathers, who had brought them out of the land of Egypt; and they followed other gods from among the gods of the people who were all around them, and they bowed down to them; and they provoked the LORD to anger.
13 They forsook the LORD and served Baal and the Ashtoreths.
14 And the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel. So He delivered them into the hands of plunderers who despoiled them; and He sold them into the hands of their enemies all around, so that they could no longer stand before their enemies.
1 Sam 7:3-4
3 Then Samuel spoke to all the house of Israel, saying, “If you return to the LORD with all your hearts, then put away the foreign gods and the Ashtoreths from among you, and prepare your hearts for the LORD, and serve Him only; and He will deliver you from the hand of the Philistines.”
4 So the children of Israel put away the Baals and the Ashtoreths, and served the LORD only.
5 For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites.
6 Solomon did evil in the sight of the LORD, and did not fully follow the LORD, as did his father David.
7 Then Solomon built a high place for Chemosh the abomination of Moab, on the hill that is east of Jerusalem, and for Molech the abomination of the people of Ammon.
8 And he did likewise for all his foreign wives, who burned incense and sacrificed to their gods.
9 So the LORD became angry with Solomon, because his heart had turned from the LORD God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice,
10 and had commanded him concerning this thing, that he should not go after other gods; but he did not keep what the LORD had commanded.
11 Therefore the LORD said to Solomon, “Because you have done this, and have not kept My covenant and My statutes, which I have commanded you, I will surely tear the kingdom away from you and give it to your servant.
PAGAN ORIGINS OF EASTER
The origin of Easter dates back to ancient times, not long after the Flood recorded in Genesis 6-9 of the Bible. Nimrod, a grandson of Noah, had turned from following his grandfather’s God and had become a tyrannical ruler. According to the biblical record, as king, Nimrod created Babel, Ninevah, Asshur, Calla and other cities, all known for lifestyles that promoted unspeakable evil and perversion.
When Nimrod died, his wife, Queen Semiramis, deified him as the Sun-god, or Life Giver. Later, Nimrod become known as Baal, and those who followed the religion Semiramis created in his name were called Baal worshippers. They became associated with idolatry, demon worship, human sacrifice and other pagan practices.
The origin of Easter involves the birth of Semiramis’ illegitimate son, Tammuz. Somehow, Semiramis convinced the people that Tammuz was actually Nimrod reborn. Since people had been looking for the promised savior since the beginning of mankind (see Genesis 3:15), they were persuaded by Semiramis to believe that Tammuz was that savior, and that he had been supernaturally conceived.
Before long, in addition to worshipping Tammuz (or Nimrod reborn), the people also worshipped Semiramis herself as the goddess of fertility. In other cultures, she has been called Ishtar, Ashtur and yes, Easter.
LENT IS PAGAN
IT IS WEEPING FOR TAMMUZ
The celebration of Easter goes back to the springtime ritual instituted by Semiramis following the death of Tammuz, who, according to tradition, was killed by a wild boar. Legend has it that through the power of his mother’s tears, Tammuz was “resurrected” in the form of the new vegetation that appeared on the earth. Christians have decided to confuse the new plant life of the Spring season with the new life in Christ.
Lent does not exist in the bible as a Christian holiday. However, it is borrowed from the forty days of mourning for Tammuz, the lover/husband/son of Astarte. The bible specifically condemns this observance:
12 Then He said to me, “Son of man, have you seen what the elders of the house of Israel do in the dark, every man in the room of his idols? For they say, ‘The LORD does not see us, the LORD has forsaken the land.’”
13 And He said to me, “Turn again, and you will see greater abominations that they are doing.”
14 So He brought me to the door of the north gate of the LORD’S house; and to my dismay, women were sitting there weeping for Tammuz.
According to the Bible, it was in the city of Babel that the people created a tower in order to defy God. Up until that time, all the people on the earth spoke one language. The building of the tower led God, as recorded in Genesis 11:7, to confuse their tongues to keep them from being further unified in their false beliefs. As the people moved into other lands, many of them took their pagan practices with them.
JESUS WAS NOT CRUCIFIED AT EASTER AND DID NOT RESURRECT AT EASTER
EASTER REPRESENTS DEATH OF WINTER AND BIRTH OF SPRING
Have you noticed that your birthday falls on different days from year to year? This year, it might be Monday but next year it might be Wednesday. But how come the celebration of death and resurrection of Jesus Christ always falls on Friday and Sunday? Moreover, unlike your birthday, the date for Easter changes from year to year. Sometimes it is in March, sometimes in April.
Easter moves from year to year because it has nothing to do with the death and resurrection of Jesus but with the changing cycles of the moon. Easter is celebrated the first Sunday after the first Vernal Equinox full moon. The Vernal Equinox signifies the astronomical arrival of Spring.
Thus, it was considered the time to celebrate rebirth and renewal as nature resurrects itself from the death it suffered in the winter. Thus, the sun that died at Yule (Christmas) is reborn.
THE EASTER SUNRISE SERVICE IS PAGAN
Christians go to Sunrise services in Easter. Little do they know that these services are devoted to worshiping the sun.
15 Then He said to me, “Have you seen this, O son of man? Turn again, you will see greater abominations than these.”
16 So He brought me into the inner court of the LORD’S house; and there, at the door of the temple of the LORD, between the porch and the altar, were about twenty-five men with their backs toward the temple of the LORD and their faces toward the east, and they were worshiping the sun toward the east.
THE GODDESS OF FERTILITY
EASTER BUNNIES AND THE EASTER EGG ARE PAGAN
Contemporary traditions such as the Easter Bunny and the Easter egg can also be traced back to the practices established by Semiramis. Because of their prolific nature, rabbits have long been associated with fertility and its goddess, Ishtar. Ancient Babylonians believed in a fable about an egg that fell into the Euphrates River from heaven and from which Queen Astarte (another name for Ishtar or Semiramis) was “hatched.”
HOT CROSSED BUNS IS PAGAN
As children, we were taught this Easter limerick: “Hot crossed buns, hot crossed buns. One a-penny, two a-penny, hot crossed buns.”
In Western Europe, it is traditional to eat hot crossed buns on Easter Sunday morning. These small sweet buns are usually decorated with solar crosses made of white icing. These buns are of pagan origin and are consecrated in ancient Greece to the goddess of the sunrise. In ancient Babylon, the buns were offered to the Queen of Heaven; the goddess of Easter.
16 “Therefore do not pray for this people, nor lift up a cry or prayer for them, nor make intercession to Me; for I will not hear you.
17 “Do you not see what they do in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem?
18 “The children gather wood, the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead dough, to make cakes for the queen of heaven; and they pour out drink offerings to other gods, that they may provoke Me to anger.
19 “Do they provoke Me to anger?” says the LORD. “Do they not provoke themselves, to the shame of their own faces?”
20 Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: “Behold, My anger and My fury will be poured out on this place– on man and on beast, on the trees of the field and on the fruit of the ground. And it will burn and not be quenched.”
GOOD FRIDAY IS FICTION
There is no biblical authority for Ash Wednesday or Palm Sunday. Lent, according to Christian (non-biblical) tradition, begins on Ash Wednesday. On Ash Wednesday, ashes are put on the forehead of members of the congregation, ostensibly denoting their humble spirit. Never mind the fact that Jesus gave us beauty for ashes, Pastors give ashes back to the people.
Good Friday is the most ridiculous of all. It is clear that Jesus was not crucified on Friday but on Wednesday.
39 But He answered and said to them, “An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.
40 “For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
From Friday evening to Sunday morning does not constitute three days and three nights, but one day and two nights. Sunday does not even count as a day because Mary Magdalene came while it was still dark and found the tomb empty.
1 On the first day of the week Mary Magdalene went to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb.
The week in which Jesus was crucified contained two Sabbaths and he was crucified on a Wednesday.
31 Therefore, because it was the Preparation Day, that the bodies should not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.
The following Thursday was a high Sabbath day, the first day of unleavened bread.
62 On the next day, which followed the Day of Preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees gathered together to Pilate,
63 saying, “Sir, we remember, while He was still alive, how that deceiver said, ‘After three days I will rise.’
1 Cor 5:7
7 Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us.
Jesus did not resurrect on a Sunday. He resurrected on a Saturday; a regular weekly Sabbath day different from the high Sabbath of the preceding Thursday. Mary Magdalene discovered the empty tomb on Sunday morning, while it was still dark.
The determination to change the day of resurrection to Sunday was simply a continuation of the Babylonian tradition. Nimrod was ostensibly resurrected on a Sunday. By AD 321, Constantine established Sunday as part of the official state religion.
THE CRUCIFIXION COINCIDED WITH A PASSOVER DAY
Jesus was actually crucified on Passover Day, the 14th day of Abib, the first month of God’s sacred calendar. Daniel already prophesied that the Messiah would be cut off in the middle of the week:
26 “And after the sixty-two weeks Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself; and the people of the prince who is to come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end of it shall be with a flood, and till the end of the war desolations are determined.
27 Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week; but in the middle of the week he shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate, even until the consummation, which is determined, is poured out on the desolate.”
Wednesday is the middle of the week.
According to the Roman calendar, Jesus was crucified on Wednesday, 25 April A.D. 31. Jesus resurrected on Saturday, the Jewish Sabbath.
STRUGGLE BETWEEN EASTER AND PASSOVER
Although the observance of Easter was at a very early period in the practice of the false Christian Church, a serious difference as to the day for its observance soon arose between the true believers of Jewish ancestry and those of Gentile decent, which led to a long and bitter controversy. Jewish Christians observed the 14th day of the moon at evening, without regard to the day of the week.
Gentile Christians (Roman Catholics) identified the first day of the week with the resurrection, and kept the preceding Friday as the commemoration of the crucifixion, irrespective of the day of the month. Generally speaking, the Western Churches (Roman Catholic) kept Easter on the 1st day of the week, while the Eastern Churches (including the remnant of the true Church) followed the Jewish rule of the Passover
A final settlement of the dispute was one among the other reasons which led the Roman Emperor, Constantine, to summon the council at Nicaea in 325. The decision of the council was unanimous that Easter was to be kept on Sunday, and on the same Sunday throughout the world, and that none thereafter should follow the “blindness” of the Jews. In other words, no one was allowed to follow the example of Christ and the true Church he founded.
The Council of Nicaea “decided,” for all, the matter of Easter versus Passover: It decreed
(1) that all Christians should observe Easter on the same day,
(2) that Jewish customs should not be followed, and
(3) that the practice of the West, of Egypt, and of other Churches should remain in force, namely, of celebrating Easter on the Sunday following the first full moon after the vernal equinox.
The second stage of the Easter controversy centers around the Council of Nicaea granting that the great Easter festival was always to be held on a Sunday, and was not to be coincident with a particular phase of the moon, which might occur on any day of the week.
The truth is that the Passover was always tied directly to the moon, regardless of the day of the week on which it fell. The word month itself is derived from the word moon. The 14th day of Nisan (Abib) was God’s instruction concerning the Passover and not the nearest Sunday to this or any other date.
1 Now the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying,
2 “This month shall be your beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year to you.
3 “Speak to all the congregation of Israel, saying: ‘On the tenth day of this month every man shall take for himself a lamb, according to the house of his father, a lamb for a household.
4 ‘And if the household is too small for the lamb, let him and his neighbor next to his house take it according to the number of the persons; according to each man’s need you shall make your count for the lamb.
5 ‘Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year. You may take it from the sheep or from the goats.
6 ‘Now you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of the same month. Then the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it at twilight.
WOULD JESUS KEEP EASTER?
6 He answered and said to them, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written: ‘This people honors Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me.
7 And in vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’
8 “For laying aside the commandment of God, you hold the tradition of men– the washing of pitchers and cups, and many other such things you do.”
9 And He said to them, “All too well you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your tradition.
The entirety of traditional Christian worship is actually the worship of Baal, the sun God, who was named after his wife Ishtar. (Easter)