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this is our Saviours original Hebrew Name as given to Him at birth in Lukas
- Luke 1:31. This was the only Name ever used when He was on the earth by His
family, disciples and His followers OVER THE centuries, even until today!
However, it was changed to a foreign name by the founder of the new
“pagan church of
Why has YHVH’s Feast of Passover
Why has YHVH’s Feast of Passover
Been changed to Easter?
“For Messiah our Passover (Páscha) was sacrificed for us.”
1 Corinthians 5:7
The three levels of learning & understanding of the blessed Word of YaHVaH Elohim (the Lord God):
When we read and study the blessed Scriptures, the Word of YHVH Elohim as a believer in Yahushua the Messiah, we should keep the following three steps always in mind for they are a valuable guide and it will certainly provide us with guidance and illuminate the sheer beauty and the fullness of YHVH’s most blessed Word.
1. Who was YHVH Elohim, blessed be His sanctified Name, speaking to?
2. When was it said?
3. How was His Word understood at the time it was spoken/given?
I do believe that these three points are most relevant to our understanding of 1. What the Almighty is saying at the time – 2. As well as what it means to us today - and 3. Especially to you and me right now!
The Passover & Easter Study
Dear reader, this is such an important study and I am well aware that many believers in our beloved Saviour may well at first rebel to degree by some of the things that they will be reading. However, I prayerfully ask that you read on, but above all that you check the Word of our Heavenly Father and the Words that our beloved Saviour clearly has given us as well as by all His disciples, for the word “Easter” is certainly not a word that is to be found anywhere in Elohim’s (God’s) Word, for believe me it is certainly NOT a festival that has any possible connection to our faith in Messiah whatsoever, for it originates from a totally different origin and when you discover its true source it should shock you, for it is hideously pagan!
As we will know, Easter is a day that has been honoured by almost all of contemporary “Christianity” and it is an occasion to celebrate the “resurrection of Jesus Christ.” The holiday often involves a Church service at “sunrise,” and it is feast that includes the preparation in some circles of an “Easter Ham” that is decorated with eggs and stories are told about rabbits. However, all those who love the truth of the Word will have learned to ask questions and certainly many questions should be asked regarding this Easter holiday.
The question should be, is Easter really all about our precious Saviour’s death and resurrection? And if so, where did all those strange customs come from and what do they have to do with the resurrection of Yahushua our beloved Messiah?
The purpose of this study is to help answer those very questions, and to assist those who seek the truth of His Word and to draw out your very own conclusion. We will discover how man with the aid of the evil one, HaSatan has interfered and meddled into the spiritual life of the very early church and made some big changes that would change the course of the greater and the general church history forever! But we first need to ask a question …
The word Easter appears just once, and then ONLY in the King James Version of the “Bible,” but it does not appear at all in the most of other translations and even the NKJV does not have it! However, in that one single place where it does appear, the King James translators for some strange and totally unknown reason placed the word “Easter” where in reality the Greek word for Passover (Páscha) was written, and this word throughout the KJV was translated everywhere else as “Passover.” But only in this one single verse they placed “Easter instead and yet this word has no relevance to the actual event that the word Passover (Páscha) is speaking about! This verse is to be found in Acts 12:4.
“And when he (King Herod Agrippa I) had apprehended him (the apostle Peter), he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter (the Greek has it as: “Páscha”) to bring him forth to the people.” KJV. (Notations by the author).
Now let’s read that same verse again, but this time from two other versions: First from the New King James Version (NKJV), followed by the New International Version (NIV).
“So when he had arrested him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four squads of soldiers to keep him, intending to bring him before the people after Passover (Greek: Páscha).” NKJV.
“After arresting him, he put him in prison, handing him over to be guarded by four squads of four soldiers each. Herod intended to bring him out for public trial after the Passover (Greek: Páscha).” NIV.
Thus the Greek word translated “Easter” in the KJV as we now know is clearly Páscha, which is translated in every other version in the Word as “Passover.” Thus the word “Easter” was and is erroneous and it should never have been placed in the precious Word of Elohim, in fact it is a GREAT SIN to have done so! But, sadly, the church has never minded changing and twisting our heavenly Father’s most blessed Word to suit their own needs for one reason or another, regardless how wrong or evil it may be!
Take a minute and think about these facts for a minute. “Easter” has become such a major religious holiday, yet why is it that nowhere in the Scriptures, nor in the book of Acts, that covers decades of the history of the early faithful and fellowships, nor in any of the Epistles of the Brit Chadashah that is the New Covenant written over many years after Messiah Yahushua’s death and His resurrection do we find the Apostles or early faithful ever celebrating anything that remotely sounded like “Easter.” But they all certainly upheld the blessed Feast of Passover in memory of our Saviour, for He was the perfect and sinless Bread of Life, and He shed His precious Blood for our sins and thus like He and His Apostles did we uphold the Passover and continue the breaking of the unleavened bread and the drinking of the cup on Passover each year, as stated in Lukas - Luke 22:19 & 20.
“He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, ‘THIS (unleavened bread) is My body given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”
“In the same way, after the supper He took the cup, saying, ‘THIS CUP is the new covenant in My blood, which is poured out for you.”
“Easter is a convergence of three traditions, (1) Pagan. According to the Venerable Bede, English historian of the early eighth century, the word is derived from the Norse Ostara or Eostare, meaning the festival of spring, at the vernal equinox, when nature is in resurrection after winter. Hence, the rabbits, notable for their fecundity, and the eggs coloured like rays of the returning sun, and the northern lights, or aurora borealis.”
And according to the second century historian Eusebius the history is the same. The name of Easter is pagan in origin also. “The Greek “Páscha,” formed from the Hebrew, is the name of the very first of the “Seven Feasts of YHVH” as listed in Vayikra – Leviticus chapter 23, being an “appointed season” that was upheld throughout all the fellowship and was known as the prophetic feast related to Messiah’s death, the Lamb with out spot and blemish, that was kept in Jerusalem for four days, to be precise, 1. Sunday, Monday, Tuesday (arrested PM) & Wednesday died (PM), He died with no bones broken, and the His blessed resurrection, all took place at the time of the Passover. Of course if we have any understanding at all, we should realise that the word, “Easter” has no relevance to the blessed Scriptures, for it is wholly of a Saxon origin. Easter did not become a holiday of any kind until long after our Saviour and His death and resurrection.
The first thing we must understand is that the “church” was not the first to celebrate a festival that was called “Easter,” well it was actually better known then as the festival of “Ishtar,” which today is pronounced as “Easter.” We may ask, what was that ancient festival all about? I am sure that you will be surprised, for I can tell you it was all about the resurrection of another god for it commemorated the resurrection of the pagan god “Tammuz” who was believed to be, believe it or not, as it is stated - “the only begotten son” of the moon-goddess and the sun-god. Let me go back into some history as an explanation.
In ancient times, there was a man named Nimrod, who as you may possibly recall was the grandson of one of Noah’s sons named Ham. Ham had a son by the name of Cush who married a woman named Semiramis. Then Cush and Semiramis had a son and they named him “Nimrod.”
After the death of his father, Nimrod married his own mother and then he became a very powerful King. The Scriptures speaks about him in Bereshis - Genesis 10:8-10,
“And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth. He was a mighty hunter before YHVH: wherefore it is said, even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before YHVH. And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Canley, in the land of Shinar."
Thus the evil Nimrod became a god-man to the people and Semiramis, his wife and yes, also his mother mind you, became the powerful Queen of ancient Babylon. Nimrod was eventually killed by an enemy, and his body was cut in pieces and sent to various parts of his kingdom.
However, Semiramis had all of the body parts gathered, except for one part that could not be found. That missing part was his reproductive organ. Semiramis claimed that Nimrod could not come back to life without it and told the people of Babylon that Nimrod had ascended to the sun and he was now to be called “Baal” the “sun god.” Can you see how some of the most ancient evil pagan gods commenced, even though their names changed in various lands!
Queen Semiramis also proclaimed that Baal would be present on earth in the form of a flame, whether candle or lamp, when used in worship. Semiramis was creating a new mystery religion and with the help of Satan, the evil one, and thus she set herself up to be a goddess. Semiramis then claimed that she had immaculately conceived. She taught that the moon was a goddess that went through a 28 day cycle and ovulated on the day of the full moon. She further claimed that she had come down from the moon in a giant moon egg that fell into the Euphrates River. This was to have happened at the time of the first full moon after the spring equinox, now we understand the Roman feasts of the equinox.
Semiramis now became known as “Ishtar”, yes the very same word we now know as “Easter,” and her moon egg was known as “Ishtar’s egg.” May I ask does any of this ring a bell? I pray it does, for what you are reading is the truth of your Easter and that filthy egg that you have been giving your poor innocent children! Ishtar soon became pregnant and claimed that it was the rays of the sun-god “Baal,” Thus according to her, it was her very own dead son and husband, now the sun–god “Baal” that was the source of her conception.
The son she gave birth too was named Tammuz, and you guessed it, he was another god and he was the one who loved rabbits, and thus they became a sacred animal in the ancient “Baal” religion and all because Tammuz was the son of the sun-god.
Tammuz, like his supposed father, also became a hunter. The day came when Tammuz was killed by a wild pig. Queen Ishtar told the people that Tammuz was now ascended to his father Baal, and that the two of them would be with the worshippers in the sacred candle or lamp flame. Ishtar was now worshipped as the “Mother of god” and the “Queen of Heaven,” and it was the new Roman church that adopted these titles into their religion. But how come, was it not foreign to the “christian” faith? Well technically speaking yes, but if you consider who actually started the church in Rome, you would not be surprised at all, for that person was in fact an ex Babylonian priest, he was also a well known sorcerer and he was a resident from Samaria!
You may say here, NOW stop right here, that is rubbish, prove what you have just said? Of course I would not say a single word unless I could. The Book of acts speaks very clearly about the wicked man who was the person who became the “very first Bishop of Rome.” No it was not the Apostle Shime’on, also known as Peter, for believe it or not, he never set a foot in Rome that was Simon the other man! Lets us go to Acts 8:5 to 24.
“Filippos - Philip went down to a city in Samaria and proclaimed the Messiah there. When the crowds heard Filippos - Philip and saw the miraculous signs he did, they all paid close attention to what he said. With shrieks, evil spirits came out of many, and many paralytics and cripples were healed. So there was great joy in that city. But there was a certain man, called Simon, which beforetime in the same city used sorcery, and bewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one: To whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, this man is the great power of Elohim. And to him they had regard, because that of long time he had bewitched them with sorceries.
But when they believed Filippos - Philip preaching the things concerning the Kingdom of Elohim, and the Name of Yahushua the Messiah, they were immersed - baptised, both men and women. Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was immersed, he continued (remained) with Filippos - Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done.
Now when the apostles that were at Jerusalem and heard that the Samaritans had received the Word of Elohim, they sent unto them Shime’on ben Yochanan – Shime’on - Petros and Yochanan - John: Who, when they had come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Spirit: For as yet he had fallen upon any of them: only they were baptised in the Name of the Master, Yahushua. Then they laid their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit. And when Simon (the Samaritan) saw that through the laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Spirit was given, he offered them money, Saying, ‘Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Spirit.’ But Shime’on ben Yochanan (Petros) said unto him, ‘Your money perish with you, because you have thought that the gift of Elohim could be purchased with money. You have neither a part or a lot in this matter: for your heart is not right in the sight of Elohim. Repent therefore of this your wickedness, and pray Elohim, if perhaps the thought of your heart may be forgiven you. For I perceive that you are in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity.’ Then answered Simon, and said, ‘Pray to YHVH for me, that none of these things which ye have spoken come upon me.’” Acts 8:5-24.
It was after all this that this evil man went to Rome where he commenced his new pseudo pagan messiah religion, partially based on Yahushua, but he had to change names as much as possible and he did. Simon Magnus also invented new terminologies, such as “Christ” “Christos” and what we know today as “Christian” that originates from the pagan gods “Chreston” and “Chrestos” but you would have to read a much larger study to obtain all the details in relation to Simon and this subject, but once again, it is all backed up by the Word and factual background checks!
Back to Semiramis who continued to build her mystery religion. Considering that Roman Catholicism is based more on the ancient Babylonian rites (thanks to Simon Magnus) than those found in the blessed Scriptures, some of the wording you have just read should not be too surprising, for it is part of their decree! And remember that Emperor Constantine who so tragically changed the blessed Seventh Day Sabbath by brute force, with a decree on March 7, 321 A.D., when he stated,
“On the venerable Day of the Sun let the magistrates and people residing in cities rest, and let all workshops be closed.” (Codex Justinianus 3.12.3).
Followed up with: “Christians shall not Judaize and be idle on Saturday but shall work on that day; but the Lord’s Day they shall especially honour, and, as being Christians, shall, if possible, do no work on that day. If, however, they are found Judaizing (meaning to keep the Sabbath), they shall be shut out from Christ.”
We need to remember that all of Constantine’s life he was a sun and a moon worshipper and the church of Rome states that he only converted at the very last moments on his death bed that is if we can even believe that?
With Tammuz dead, the queen told her worshippers that when he was killed by the wild pig that some of his blood had fallen on the stump of an evergreen tree and the stump grew into a full new tree overnight. This made the evergreen tree sacred by the blood of Tammuz. She also proclaimed a forty day period of time of sorrow each year prior to the anniversary of the death of Tammuz. This is now called “Lent” by the Roman Catholics. This is how lent commenced according several ex priests, who wrote the book, “The Two Babylon’s.”
“To conciliate the Pagans to nominal Christianity, Rome, pursuing its usual policy, took measures to get the Christian and Pagan festivals amalgamated, and, by a complicated but skilful adjustment of the calendar, it was found no difficult matter, in general, to get Paganism and Christianity, now far sunk in idolatry, in this as in so many other things, to shake hands.”
During lent no meat was to be eaten. Worshippers were to meditate upon the sacred mysteries of Baal and Tammuz, and to make the sign of the “T” for Tammuz in front of their hearts as they worshipped. They also ate sacred sweet cakes with the marking of a “T” or the truth is actually looked more like a cross on the top. Yes friends that is today’s hot cross buns, and that is a fact!
Every year, on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the spring equinox, a celebration was made. It was “Ishtar's Sunday” and was celebrated with rabbits and eggs. Ishtar also proclaimed that because Tammuz was killed by a pig, that a pig must be eaten on that Sunday, thus the roast pork.
By now, the readers of this study should have made a clear connection how paganism has infiltrated the contemporary church, and further study will indicate that this kind of paganism came in by way of the Roman Catholic system. The truth is that Easter has nothing whatsoever to do with the resurrection of our loving Saviour Yahushua the Messiah. We also know that Easter can be as much as three weeks away from the actual Scriptural Passover date, because the pagan holiday is always set as the first Sunday after the first full moon after the “spring equinox.” That is “Ishtar’s Moon Egg Day.” Some have wondered why the word “Easter” is even in the King James Version.
The point beloved, I believe is that Satan is always attempting to lead lives astray and then once a tradition is set in stone, and sadly people tend to become followers and just except whatever they are told, for let’s face it if your priest, pastor or minister teaches you this or that in the “Name of the Lord” how can you possibly question it? But, it is time that we let the Almighty speak and we should listen to Yahushua and His Apostles!
You think Easter sunrise services is just beautiful? LISTEN! Elohim was showing the prophet Ezekiel the sins of His people in a vision, and I think it is a prophecy for today!
“‘Turn you once again,’ said Elohim, ‘and you shall see greater abominations than these” (Ezekiel had just been shown, in a vision, idol-worship among professing people of YHVH).
“And he brought me (in vision) into the inner court of the Eternal’s house, and behold … between the porch and the altar were about five and twenty men, with … their faces toward the east: and they worshiped the sun towards the east. Then He said unto me, Have you seen this, O son of man? Is it a light thing that they commit the ABOMINATIONS which they commit here? ... Therefore, will I deal IN FURY: Mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity: and though they cry in My ears with a loud voice, yet will I not hear them!” Ezekiel 8:15-18.
We know that the Scriptures tell us in Yochanan - John 4:24, “Elohim is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.” The truth is that the forty days of Lent, eggs, rabbits, hot cross buns and the Easter ham have everything to do with the ancient pagan religion of Mystery Babylon. These are all satanic activities, for he is a master deceiver, and has filled the lives of so many well-meaning professing Christians with idolatry.
These things will bring the wrath of the Almighty upon children of disobedience that make pagan customs of Baal worship upon the people. Priests, ministers and pastors – BE WARNED for you are guilty of leading your flock astray! You must answer for your activities and for what you teach your children. Remember that these customs of Easter honour a pagan god Baal, who is also Satan, and is still worshipped as the "Rising Sun" and his house is the "House of the Rising Sun."
How many churches have “sunrise services” on Ishtar’s day and face the rising sun in the East? How many will use coloured eggs and rabbit stories just as they did in ancient Babylon.
These things are no joke, any more than Judgement day is a joke. I pray to the Father, blessed be He, that this study will cause you to search for more truth. We will be glad to help you by providing more information and by praying for you.
Beloved these are the last days, and it is time to repent, come out and be separate and celebrate Passover!
The Brit Chadashah – the New Covenant reveals that our beloved Saviour and the Apostles, as well as all the early fellowship of believers for the first 300 to 400 years, of Hebrew and of Gentile origin, but “neither Jew nor Greek,” observed Elohim’s Sabbaths, and His Appointed Feasts, both weekly and annually!
Take the Word of Elohim and carefully read - Acts 2:1; 12:3-4 (where the word “Easter” is an erroneous translation in “King James Version” as we have already learned, and it has been corrected in other versions.
Eusebius, historian of the early centuries of the “Church,” speaks of the true believers observing Passover on the 14th of Nissan, being first month of the sacred (Hebrew) calendar.
In addition, the historian Gieseler wrote that “the Gentile Christians observed also the Sabbath and the Passover,” during the latter half of the first century.
But as a new false paganised church grew in size, but more importantly in political power, decrees were passed by 363 A.D. imposing the death sentence upon the “Little Flock” of believers found keeping Elohim’s Sabbath, or even His Seven Appointed Feasts. Finally, in order to keep the true Way of the Almighty, a large portion of the true faithful they fled into the countryside away from the cities, for in the cities they would be hunted and killed. But tragically a large portion of the TRUE faithful body of believers of Messiah who did not flee who remained true to YaHVaH’s Truth, paid with their lives in martyrdom. History records that countless of these faithful ones were martyred! These blessed ones loved obedience to Elohim and their beloved Saviour Yahushua so much more than their lives! May I ask the question - DO YOU love your Saviour as much as they did?
But through all generations, through every century, though persecuted, scattered, unrecognized by the world, many true believers have kept alive the TRUE FELLOWSHIP (Body) IN ELOHIM - and that is the “Little Flock” in Him composed of those who HaSatan cannot deceive! Mattityahu - Matthew 24:24.
I pray beloved that this study has opened your eyes and heart to the truth of the Word and should you wish to learn more about Passover the appointed Feast of YHVH Elohim,, which comes together with Unleavened bread and First fruits, that is three feasts in one, please email me and I will be happy to provide full details.
Also read the interesting details that are found in the book “The Two Babylon’s”
written in 1916 … by Alexander Hislop - An Essay on Easter
And read … Simon – The First Bishop of Rome
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