Time, Truth, & Wisdom

Chapter 16---Easter

     One of the greatest tragedies in the history of mankind is to allow our children, on the most sacred day in Christianity, to roll colored eggs across the church grounds after Easter Sunday worship. If there was no better place to use the word abomination then it would be right here.

 

     They didn't do it at school, or at the library, or in front of a police station....THEY DID IT IN A CHURCHYARD!

 

     To take the pagan practices of worshipping the Teutonic goddess of fertility, Eostre, and apply them to the day that the Son of God, Jesus Christ, died on the cross for our sins, for one and all time, should sadden everyone’s heart and fill us with shame.

     The English word “Easter” is an Anglo-Saxon word that means Eastre, Estela or Eostre. She was a pagan goddess of fertility that was originally associated with the vernal equinox or the first day of spring. The obverse of this day would be the autumnal equinox which is the first day of autumn.

 

     As the fable goes, Eostre would drop an egg from the heavens and it would fall into the sea. The fishes of the sea would take their snout and push the egg up to the shoreline where it would be retrieved, set on a pedestal and decorated brightly. With much fanfare and dancing and music, including orgies, they would celebrate the beginning of spring.

 

     The symbols of fertility, in those days, also included the hare. (Sometimes called a rabbit to some of you.) Doesn’t take too much imagination to figure out why the rabbit was integrated into early fertility rites. Remember “quick like a bunny”? You got it. Let’s take it one step further: do we understand now as to how the tradition of the Easter Bunny worked its way into established religion and society as a whole?

     Do you want an example of how established religion misleads people: if you look up the word Easter in Fausset’s Bible Dictionary you will find, and I quote:

     “The KJV of ‎Pascha ‎(to be translated instead as “the Passover”) in Acts 12:4. “Easter” is a Christian feast; the” Passover” is a Jewish feast.”

     Do you understand what that said? From a Christian Dictionary, it says that Easter is a Christian feast while Passover is a Jewish feast. How do you un-teach such ignorance?

 

     During the Easter season, even in my neighborhood, you can drive around and see a tree in someone’s front yard with plastic eggs, no doubt purchased at their local Walmart, dangling from strings. These are not evergreen trees but oaks and poplars and even bushes.

 

     Our Father must be so proud of them. Sometimes He must think to Himself:

 

     “My Son was crucified on the cross for these people and they hang plastic eggs from Walmart on bushes in their yard to celebrate this event. Should have done away with ALL of them back in the Old Testament."

     Eostre was also called the “queen of heaven” and small cakes, in the shape of a cross, would be baked and eaten during the festivities. Do you think that our Father might have had something to say about this activity? Go with me to the Book of Jeremiah....

     Jeremiah 7:17 Seest thou not what they do in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem?

     Our Father is saying:

 

     “Look at 'em, Jeremiah, do you see what they are doing in Judah and Jerusalem?” 

     Jeremiah 7:18 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 gods, that they may provoke me to anger.

     The parents are teaching the children to gather wood and make a fire so that they can bake the cakes that will be used in the celebration of a pagan goddess.

     Many churches offer sunrise services on Easter morning. In the area of the south where I live a lot of them climb up the backside of Stone Mountain for these early morning services. They get a view of the sunrise from an elevation of about 825’ and they sing hymns and praise the Lord.

 

     I even came across a web site that offered instructions on how to have your own sunrise service. In the Book of Ezekiel our Father expresses some of His concerns about the practice of sunrise services:

     Ezekiel 8:15 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.

     Our Father is going to show Ezekiel abominations even greater than what has already been pointed out to him. 

     Ezekiel 8:16 And he brought me into the inner court of the Lord’s house, and, behold, at the door of the temple of the Lord, between the porch and the altar, were about five and twenty men,

     These five and twenty men are the 24 priests that were the heads of the 24 courses that I wrote about in the previous chapter, along with the high priest,

     with their backs toward the temple of the Lord, and their faces toward the east; and they worshipped the sun toward the east.

     They turned their backs away from God and worshipped the sun. 

     Ezekiel 8:17 Then he said unto me, Hast thou seen this, O son of man? Is it a light thing to the house of Judah that they commit the abominations which they commit here? For they have filled the land with violence, and have returned to provoke me to anger: and, lo, they put the branch to their nose.

     The branch to their nose. The “branch” that Father is referring to is the Asherah and it means to be straight, erect or upright.

 

     Branch_zemowrah (zem-o-raw'); or zemorah (zem-o-raw') (feminine); and zemor (zem-ore') (masculine); from OT:2168; a twig (as pruned):

     The Asherah could be a topped-out tree or something carved out of wood or even a wooden pole that the Canaanites would place in the ground in an upright or erect position next to the altar of the god Baal. Our Father despised the pagan practice of grove worshipping:

     Deuteronomy 16:21 Thou shalt not plant thee a grove of any trees near unto the altar of the Lord thy God, which thou shalt make thee.

     Deuteronomy 16:22 Neither shalt thou set thee up any image; which the Lord thy God hateth.

     And also in the book of 1st Kings:

     1st Kings 16:33 And Ahab made a grove; and Ahab did more to provoke the Lord God of Israel to anger than all the kings of Israel that were before him.

     The word Asherah, for the most part, is always rendered “grove” as in “grove worshipping”. In ancient times it was considered to be a sign of disrespect to worship a god within the confines of a building with walls so altars were erected within or next to a grove of trees.

     Asherah was originally a symbol for the Tree of Life but was later degraded into a pagan symbol of the male phallus. Putting a “branch to their nose” means that they not only turned their back on God to worship the sun; they also embraced the worshipping of the Asherah which God calls a greater abomination than sun-worshipping.

     The word “Easter” is found only once in the King James 1611 version of the Bible and it is a mistranslation of the Greek word “Pascha” which means “Passover” and it is found in the Book of Acts, 12:4 and it reads:

     Acts 12:4 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.

     All occurrences of the word “Pascha” have been translated properly with the exception of Acts 12:4. The significance of this one occurrence gives credence and credibility to those that want to take pagan practices and include them in their church services.

 

     Satan has given them a back door, so to speak. When someone questions a churches’ participation in these pagan rituals they can always be told:

 

     “It’s in the Bible. It’s in the Book of Acts.”

 

     Therefore it must be ok. It’s NOT ok, because it was a deliberate mistranslation by the Kenites who were transcribing from the Original Manuscripts. (MSS).

     Look, do many of them participate because of ignorance of the truth? Of course, they do and in our Father’s mind, I’m sure that it can be no sin if it is indeed done in ignorance. Quite the reason that our Father said that He would put a cloak of innocence on them to protect them.

 

     He will let them believe a lie if they are too lazy to study and find out otherwise. But they will be taught in the Millennium and don’t get to thinking that the Millennium period is a time for a second chance because it is not. These poor souls didn’t have a first chance considering some of the things that are taught in established religion today.

     The Biblical account of the Crucifixion can be found in the Gospels and many of you consider yourself well versed on the subject. So, let me ask you this: was Christ really crucified on a Friday? Were there more than two malefactors crucified on that day with Him?

 

     Did Christ really think that His Father had abandoned Him while He hung on the cross and died for the sins of the world when it was our Father that sent Him for this express purpose in the first place? Has your church or your pastor answered any of these questions for you? Or did it ever occur to you to ask?

Crucifixion on Wednesday or Friday?      

                                                                                                      

     A working knowledge of the structure of a Jewish day is necessary in order to understand the thought and theory behind each proponent. The Jewish day begins at sundown every evening and it is divided into two parts: from sundown to sunup; and sunup to sundown.

 

     This is quite different from the Gentile day which begins at midnight and ends at midnight with the two divisions being: midnight to noonday; and noonday to midnight. The Jewish day was broken into twelve hours of day and twelve hours of night.

  A correct relationship between Jewish hours of the night and Gentile hours would be:

     Jewish 1st hour    =      6 pm to 7 pm

     Jewish 6th hour    =      11 pm-Midnight

     Jewish 12th hour  =      5 am-6 am

     The relationship of Jewish hours of day and Gentile hours would be:

     Jewish 1st hour    =      6 am-7 am

     Jewish 6th hour    =      11 am-Noon

     Jewish 12th hour  =      5 pm-6 pm

 

     It is commonly taught that Jesus lay in the tomb for three days. We naturally think of three days as equal to a 72 hour period of time because we think in Gentile time.

 

     We also accept as fact that Jesus died on Friday and rose again from the dead on Sunday. Perhaps, if we noodle through this, we would be hard-pressed to get 72 hours from mid-afternoon on Friday to some particular time on Sunday. How can this be?  

     Remember that I mentioned, at the beginning of the first chapter, that you cannot read the KJV Bible and accept all of the English words that have been translated and if you don’t understand that there are figures of speech, euphuisms, colloquialisms, Hebraisms and Hebrew idioms throughout the Texts, you will find it hard for some things to make sense.

 

     Here is one of the idioms.

     It was common practice to reckon part of a day as one full day.

 

     Everyone, back in those days, understood that the phrase “three days” did not mean three full days or a 72 hour period. This practice also applied to years as well.

 

     With this thought in mind, we can easily see that if Christ died on Friday before sundown then Friday would be considered a full day. Here we have one day.

 

     Saturday would begin at sundown on Friday and would continue until Saturday at sundown. Here we have two days.

 

     Sunday would begin on Saturday at sundown and continue until sundown on Sunday. Here we have three days by Jewish reckoning while the Gentile time period is from Friday afternoon until sometime Sunday.

 

     For the better part of 1800 years, it was accepted that Jesus died on Friday, Good Friday, and rose again on Sunday, Easter Sunday. It would appear, based on the above speculation that Christ indeed died on a Friday. However.

     Here comes the big however.  If you will remember back in chapter 7, I quoted from Dr. Bullinger’s notes:  

     “But when the word ‘day’ is used with a numerical (cardinal or ordinal), as one, two, three, and etc., or first, second, third, and etc, ‘evening and morning’, or the ‘seventh day’, it is limited, defined, and restricted to an ordinary day of twenty-four hours.”

     An ordinary day of twenty-four hours. We have a similar situation here but we must first go to the Book of Matthew:

     Matthew 12:40 For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

     The comparison here is that if Jonas was in the whale’s belly for three days and three nights then the Son of Man will also be in the earth’s belly for three days and three nights.

 

     This is entirely different from “three days”, or “in three days”, or “within three days”, or “after three days”, or “the third day” or “until the third day”.

 

     This IS three days and three nights. And according to Dr. Bullinger, if the phrase is explicitly days and nights then it is indeed three 24 hour days. It’s already been shown, according to the reckoning of Jewish time that 72 literal hours could not fit between Friday afternoon and sometime Sunday.    

     The correct chronology and sequence of events is as follows and is a composite taken from appendix 156 of the Companion Bible as translated by Dr. Bullinger:

6th day before Passover      9th of Nisan          Sunset Thursday thru sunset Friday ………. Our Friday

 

                    The Lord enters Jerusalem from Jericho….Luke 19:1-10

                   

                    He cleanses the Temple…………………… Matthew 21:12-16

 

5th day before Passover      10th of Nisan        Sunset Friday thru sunset Saturday……  … Our Saturday

 

                    The first of the three suppers……………… John 12:2

 

4th day before Passover      11th of Nisan        Sunset Saturday thru sunset Sunday …… .. Our Sunday

 

                    His 2nd entry into Jerusalem………………..Mark 11:1-7

                    He weeps over the city…………………….  Luke 19:41-44

 

3rd day before Passover     12th of Nisan        Sunset Sunday thru sunset Monday………... Our Monday

 

                    The fig tree cursed……………………….…. Matthew 21:19-21

                    Further cleansing in the Temple…………… Mark 11:15-17

 

2nd day before Passover     13th of Nisan        Sunset Monday thru sunset Tuesday………. Our Tuesday

 

                    In Jerusalem again and in the Temple……..Matthew 21:23-27

                    The 2nd supper in the house of Simon

                                        The leper……………………… Mark 14:3-9

 

1st day before Passover      14th of Nisan        Sunset Tuesday thru sunset Wednesday…   Our Wednesday

 

                    This would be the Preparation Day and the Day of Crucifixion.

 

                                        Plot of Judas to betray Christ………..……… Matthew 26:14-16

                                        The last supper………………………...…….. John 13:1-20

                                        The agony in the garden……………..……… Luke 22:40-46

                                        The trials……………………………….....…... Matthew 26:57-27:31

 

                                        The 3rd hour they crucified Him.                   

                                                            (9:00am our Wednesday)……...Mark 15:25, 26

 

                                        The darkness at the 6th hour.

                                                            (Our Wednesday at Noon)……..Matthew 27:45-49

 

                                        His death at the 9th hour.

                                                            (3:00pm our Wednesday)………Mark 15:34-37

 

                                        Buried before sunset.

                                                            (6:00pm our Wednesday)………John 19:38-42

 

1st day of Passover        15th of Nisan        Sunset Wednesday thru sunset Thursday….. Our Thursday

 

                                        1st night and 1st day in the tomb.

The first day of the Feast of Passover, a High Day.

 

2nd day of Passover       16th of Nisan        Sunset Thursday thru sunset Friday …….…. Our Friday

 

                                        2nd night and 2nd day in the tomb.

 

3rd day of Passover        17th of Nisan        Sunset Friday thru sunset Saturday…….…..  Our Saturday

 

                                        3rd night and 3rd day in the tomb.

 

     The Crucifixion and death of our Lord ultimately ended at the ninth hour on our Wednesday and the resurrection of our Lord happened at or around sunset on our Saturday, three days and three nights later.

     The final words that the Messiah would ever speak on this earth while in a flesh body:

     Matthew 27:46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? That is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

      And from John 19:30:

    John 19:30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.

     When Christ spoke the words “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me” He was quoting from the Old Testament and the Book of Psalms 22:1 wherein it reads:

     Psalms 22:1 My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?

     These words in the Psalms were written almost a thousand years before the fact. It even describes how they would gamble for His clothing at that time. Jesus Christ was fulfilling prophesy while He hung on the cross and not lamenting that the Father had forsaken Him on the cross.

     You can agree with it or not, that He was crucified on Wednesday and died late Saturday just before sundown but it is what it is. Is it really important that we understand that Christianity as a whole celebrates His death on Good Friday and His resurrection on Easter Sunday?

 

     If Grandma died in the month of October and everybody in the family went to the cemetery in November to lay flowers on her grave, don’t you think that someone might say:

 

     “Hey! Grandma didn’t die in November, she died in October! What are you doing? ”

 

     Sometimes it just amazes me that church traditions are never challenged to see if there is a wit of truth in them.

 

     “Well, that’s how we’ve always done it in our church.”

 

     “Well, that’s what our preacher says.”

 

     “Well, if I say anything different in our church then I won’t look important.” And people wonder why they always have a hole in their spiritual bucket.

     Man and his traditions; churches and their traditions. Both have total disregard of the truth. But you have an opportunity here:

 

     Read the chapters on Christmas and Easter very carefully because everything has been documented from the Scriptures. Man’s traditions have been taken out. You now have the truth concerning His birth and death. Tuck this information away in your heart and know that, at least one time in your life, you put a smile on God’s face and He probably saidgood job”.

     Have you put two and two together yet?

 

     Well, don’t beat yourself up if you haven’t because you are probably being given more truth from the Scriptures than you have ever received before. So here is a nugget of information for everyone:

 

     .....if Christ was crucified at Passover time and He was born during the Feast of Tabernacles, a quick look at the calendar would show this to be approximately a five-month period, that would range from May through September, a typical harvest time for crops.

 

     If the reign of the Antichrist is a five-month period that is analogized to the adult stage of the locust which would occur during the summer months, then would it not seem reasonable that the return of Christ would occur at or around the time of His birth? At the end of the five-month tribulation period of Antichrist?

     Just a thought.