Why do most Christians observe a festival called Easter, instead of the biblical Passover? Every year when the festivals observed by the vast majority of Christians roll around, we see feature articles in newspapers, on TV and in magazines, explaining how the quaint customs associated with the various holidays have come down to us from paganism, and how they have been "christianized" by the church. It's all very upbeat and positive, with author and readers or listeners alike, apparently seeing absolutely nothing wrong with it. We are told, for example, that Easter was named for an ancient Goddess of spring, or of fertility, and that the symbols of eggs and bunny rabbits, while anciently depicting a sex?oriented religion, today picture the renewal of life ? the resurrection of the savior.
Is this what our savior wanted? Is this what He commanded in John 13:15, where He said, after He had washed His disciple's feet, "for I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you"? Is this what our Savior meant, in I Corinthians 11:23, 24 and 25, where Paul said "for I have received of Yahweh that which I also delivered unto you, that the master Yahshua the same night in which he was betrayed took bread and when he had given thanks, he brake [it], and said, take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also [he took] the cup, when he had supped, saying, this cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink [it], in remembrance of me." Paul went on in v. 26 to say "for as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do show Yahshua's death till he come."
The Savior himself, and also the apostles, told us to commemorate His death, not His resurrection. This was the memorial supper, and it was at the time of the Passover. How, then, did we begin to observe an ancient pagan festival named after the very pagan Goddess who was worshipped at that time of year, and use the very same rites and customs, the fertility symbols, that were used to worship her? And does it matter? Let's take a look at that first. If there is no Elohim in heaven above, then it doesn't matter. If the Bible is not His inspired word, then it doesn't matter. But there is a Supreme Being in heaven above, Yahweh, the very Creator of the universe, and the Bible is His inspired word for us to live by. In Deut. 8:3 we are told that man "does not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of Yahweh doth man live." Our Savior Yahshua repeated these words in Matthew 4:4 but he answered and said, it is written, man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of Yahweh.
Now, lets look at some of those words that proceed out of the mouth of Yahweh: Deuteronomy 11:16 take heed to yourselves, that your heart be not deceived, and ye turn aside, and serve other Elohim, and worship them; in Deut. 12:30, speaking of heathen, pagan peoples, "enquire not after their Elohim, saying, 'how did these nations serve their Elohim: even so will I do likewise'." Deut 4:2 says "ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it." Deuteronomy 12:32 what thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it.
Revelation 22:18?19: for I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, if any man shall add unto these things, Yahweh shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: and if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, Yahweh shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and [from] the things which are written in this book. Jer 10:2 says, thus saith Yahweh, learn not the way of the heathen..."
We have amply shown by the scriptures just quoted that our heavenly Father does not take kindly to idolatry. Worshipping Him by using the same rites and ceremonies used to worship false Elohim and idols, is an abomination to Him. Luke 16:15 and He said unto them, ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but Yahweh knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of Yahweh.
The word Easter does not appear in the Holy Scriptures, except in Acts 12:4, in the King James Version only. This is probably the grossest mistranslation in the entire Bible. For some unknown reason, the KJV translators made a deliberate decision to translate the Greek word Pascha, meaning Passover, as "Easter." This was not a mistake. It had to be deliberate, because in 28 other places in the New Testament, they correctly translated it as "Passover."
Even though Easter is not otherwise mentioned by that name, the pagan goddess we know as Easter is mentioned in Scripture. In the Old Testament, she is known as Ashtaroth and Ashtoreth. She is also called the queen of heaven. In the book of Jeremiah 7:18 Yahweh says "the children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead [their] dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto other Elohim, that they may provoke me to anger."
Then in chapter 44, Jeremiah is giving them Yahweh's message to repent of their sins, and stop their idolatry. Their answer is recorded in verses 16?17: "[as for] the word that thou hast spoken unto us in the name of Yahweh, we will not hearken unto thee. But we will certainly do whatsoever thing goeth forth out of our own mouth, to burn incense unto the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, as we have done, we, and our fathers, our kings, and our princes, in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem:"
In Ephesus, she was known as Diana. Acts 19 records that when Paul preached to them that Diana was only an idol and not a god, that they were infuriated, and shouted for two solid hours, "great is Diana of the Ephesians". Dr. E. W. Bullinger in the Companion Bible, note on Acts 19, Diana, says Greek "Artemis," "not the chaste huntress of popular mythology, but an oriental deity who personified the bountifulness of nature. An alabaster statue in the museum of Naples represents her with a castellated crown, and many breasts, with various emblematic figures indicating that she is the universal mother of all creation. Layard, in "Nineveh and its Remains," gives reasons for identifying her with Semiramis, the queen of Babylon, from whom all licentiousness in ancient worship proceeded."
She has been known and worshipped down through the ages under the following names, as well as many others: Semiramis, Ishtar, Isis, Eostre, Artemis, Cybele, Venus, Astarte, Diana and Ashtoreth, as well as Easter.
In Ezekiel chapter 8, Yahweh is showing Ezekiel some of the abominations that the people are practicing, and notice what a couple of them are:
Ezekiel 8:14 then he brought me to the door of the gate of Yahweh's house which [was] toward the north; and, behold, there sat women weeping for Tammuz.
Tammuz was the son of Easter, and was killed by a wild boar. Then he was supposedly resurrected or brought back to life, as an immortal "god." So a custom had evolved, many years before the Messiah, in which every year, during a period just before the time of the Easter celebration, women wept and mourned for Tammuz, which corresponds to our modern Lent, and then on Easter Sunday morning, there was great celebration when he was supposedly resurrected.
Now notice Ezekiel 8:15-16 then said he unto me, hast thou seen [this], o son of man? Turn thee yet again, [and] thou shalt see greater abominations than these. And he brought me into the inner court of Yahweh's house, and, behold, at the door of the temple of Yahweh, between the porch and the altar, [were] about five and twenty men, with their backs toward the temple of Yahweh, and their faces toward the east; and they worshipped the sun toward the east.
Tammuz was the sun?god, and they were worshipping him as the sun rose in the east ? in other words, an Easter sunrise service. This all happened hundreds of years before our savior, Yahshua the Messiah was born, and was nothing but a satanic substitute for the real event.
Thus we see that this event, which we call Easter, is hundreds of years older than the Savior, whose resurrection it is supposed to commemorate. We also see that it is pagan to the core, and has nothing to do with true Biblical religion. And we have also seen that we are forbidden by Almighty Yahweh to participate in any type of pagan rituals or ceremonies whatsoever, no matter how dressed up and righteous we try to make them appear to be.
The new Werner edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica says, "there is no trace of the celebration of Easter as a Christian festival in the New Testament or in the writings of the apostolic fathers." The Lexicon Universal Encyclopedia, 1985 edition, says of Easter: "according to the venerable Bede, the name Easter is derived from the pagan spring festival of the Anglo-Saxon Goddess Eostre, and many folk customs associated with Easter (for example, Easter eggs) are of pagan origin."
Then how did this abominable, idolatrous festival come into the church? A form of Christianity was accepted by the Roman Empire, and by the time of the emperor Constantine, around 325 CE, it was being enforced on all residents of the empire. As they expanded, they conquered and subjugated pagan nations of many different religions. In order to make the conversion from their pagan religions to the new Christianity, they were allowed to keep many of their old festivals and customs.
According to Alexander Hislop's "The Two Babylons", all pagan religions trace their roots back to the time of ancient Babylon, during the days of Nimrod and Semiramis, which is just another name for Baal and Easter, or Baal and Ashtoreth. Nimrod was the world's first despot, the first one to organize a rebellion against the Almighty Creator, Yahweh. We read of him in the 10th chapter of Genesis. Therefore, the customs of all these religions have a common bond. They were very similar. So the church gave most of them Christian sounding names, and just let the people keep doing what they had always done, only in the name of the Son of God, instead of the sun?god. However, in the case of Easter, they didn't even bother to change the name.
So what, you might ask, should I do about all this? What does this mean to me? That all depends. It depends on whether or not you want to obey your creator, your savior, or whether you want to continue on in the traditions of men. Are you serious about your salvation? Our savior said in mark 7:9, full well ye reject the commandment of Yah, that ye may keep your own tradition. Verse 13 making the word of Yah of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye. It takes courage to buck the system, so to speak ? to swim against the current, to be different. These pagan practices are so ingrained in our society, that the very thought of renouncing them seems ridiculous, if not impossible. You might ask, "if I give up this pagan worship, what would I do then? Do what the savior commanded! Do what the apostles did! The Elohim of heaven ordained annual festivals for us that have meaning! His festivals picture his plan of salvation, whereas these pagan holidays have no meaning for us at all. They are shrouded in mystery.
Revelation 17:5 and upon her forehead [was] a name written, mystery, Babylon the great, the mother of harlots and abominations of the earth. II Thessalonians 2:7 for the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth [will let], until he be taken out of the way. This is all a part of Satan's substitute religious system that has deceived the whole world, as we read in Revelation 12:9.
In II Corinthians 11:13?14?15, Paul said, "For such [are] false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore [it is] no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works. Did you get that? Satan has ministers who appear as ministers of righteousness. Ministers who tell you that the commandments of Yahweh are done away; ministers who tell you that it is all right to partake of pagan festivals in honor of other gods. Ministers who tell you that you don't have to obey, that the Messiah did it all for you.
Scripture says Satan is a liar. So are his ministers. He and they are out to deceive you. Beware. The truth is to be found in the pages of your Bible. All of Yahweh's Holy Days are to be found in many places, but one place where they are all listed in order, is Leviticus 23. They have real meaning for us today. They reveal Yahweh's plan of salvation for mankind. The New Testament reveals that Yahshua and His disciples kept these days. The Apostles continued keeping them throughout their lives. History shows that His followers for at least the next 300 years kept these days, but that gradually the vast majority of Christians adapted the Roman customs and holidays that now are considered to be an integral part of Christianity. Well-meaning followers of Christianity assume these pagan customs come out of the Bible.
Elsewhere in this issue you will find the year 2000 dates for these Biblical festivals, and where we will be keeping them. There are many locations, worldwide, where brethren of like mind will be meeting to observe these days. If you are within driving distance of our meetings, we invite you to participate with us. If not, we will help you to find a group nearer you. Just let us know where you are, and we will see if we can help.
Let's all resolve to forsake the worldly, pagan festivals we have all grown up with, and begin to honor the Creator, Yahweh, and His Son, Yahshua the Messiah, by keeping the Festivals He commanded, the ones that point us toward His eternal Kingdom. ~FB

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