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Historic Origins of Easter

A google search of "easter" will give you the introduction to the origins of the holiday. You can also note the paralleling accounts of various gods and goddesses worshiped during this spring time in celebration of spring itself, renewal, rebirth, fertility, sex and so on. Each of these are a derivative of ancient pagan traditions dating back to the very first ancient civilizations and spread as these people migrated and intermingled. However the denominator remained the same, worship of idols, false gods and nature. We've once again, turned from God and put our attention to the things of creation (rabbits, eggs, self interest, etc). (Romans 1:25*).
Old English ēastre ; of Germanic origin and related to German Ostern and east. According to Bede the word is derived from Ēastre, the name of a goddess associated with spring. Source: google search
Many female deities throughout history have been created and recreated in various forms throughout civilizations, however are essentially regarded as one in the same. Egyptian (Isis*). Babylonian (Ishtar*), (Astarte) Pheonician, (Inanna) Sumerian, (Atargatis) Syrian/Phillistine, (Ashtoreth) Hebrew, (Aphrodite) Greek, (Eastre/Ostara) Anglo-Saxon/German. To name a few, each is similar in the way they are worshiped, their festivals/holidays, mythology and even their names are similar or have similar origins.

Easter has been Christianized by claiming to celebrate the resurrection of Christ despite the fact that God says to observe a memorial to his death- the passover, in the bible. It is a memorial of his sacrifice as the lamb of God.
Exodus 12:14 And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the LORD throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever.”

Notable Facts

Eggs, Rabbits

Eggs have been a prominent sign of spring, fertility and renewal and that is why many traditions, festivals, ceremonies and the like have included the egg as a symbol of such. Rabbites/Hares and other spring time creatures are also used in celebration of spring renewal. Spring is often the time when many animals reproduce and have young. (EXTEND FACTS)

What does God say about these things?

That we are NOT to worship him the way others worship their gods, we are NOT to make graven images of anything that is in the heavens above, in the earth or beneath the earth. We are not to worship the bodies in the planetary system. Easter is directly derived from the worship of Venus, a planet - graven images are made in the form of human, animal and combination of these things. Temples, and places of worship were erected for these gods. And to replace the Passover with Easter is worshiping God in a way that he specifically said NOT to do.
Exodus 20:3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

Exodus 20:4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.

Deuteronomy 4:15 Take ye therefore good heed unto yourselves; for ye saw no manner of similitude on the day that the LORD spake unto you in Horeb out of the midst of the fire: 16Lest ye corrupt yourselves, and make you a graven image, the similitude of any figure, the likeness of male or female, 17The likeness of any beast that is on the earth, the likeness of any winged fowl that flieth in the air, 18The likeness of any thing that creepeth on the ground, the likeness of any fish that is in the waters beneath the earth: 19And lest thou lift up thine eyes unto heaven, and when thou seest the sun, and the moon, and the stars, even all the host of heaven, shouldest be driven to worship them, and serve them, which the LORD thy God hath divided unto all nations under the whole heaven. 20But the LORD hath taken you, and brought you forth out of the iron furnace, even out of Egypt, to be unto him a people of inheritance, as ye are this day. (& Deuteronomy 4:23-24).

Deuteronomy 12:30 Take heed to thyself that thou be not snared by following them, after that they be destroyed from before thee; and that thou enquire not after their gods, saying, How did these nations serve their gods? even so will I do likewise. 31 Thou shalt not do so unto the Lord thy God: for every abomination to the Lord, which he hateth, have they done unto their gods; for even their sons and their daughters they have burnt in the fire to their gods. 32 What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it.

Celebrating Easter adds the celebration of the resurrection, and diminishes from the memorial of his sacrifice - the passover. Jesus Christ the lamb of God is our Passover sacrifice.

Passover kept in the New Testament

Acts 24:14 But this I confess unto thee, that after the way which they call heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the law and in the prophets: Jesus kept the passover, he instructed his disciples to do the same in remembrance of him.
Luke 22:7 Then came the day of unleavened bread, when the passover must be killed. 8 And he sent Peter and John, saying, Go and prepare us the passover, that we may eat. 9 And they said unto him, Where wilt thou that we prepare? 10 And he said unto them, Behold, when ye are entered into the city, there shall a man meet you, bearing a pitcher of water; follow him into the house where he entereth in. 11 And ye shall say unto the goodman of the house, The Master saith unto thee, Where is the guestchamber, where I shall eat the passover with my disciples? 12 And he shall shew you a large upper room furnished: there make ready. 13 And they went, and found as he had said unto them: and they made ready the passover. 14 And when the hour was come, he sat down, and the twelve apostles with him. 15 And he said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer: 16 For I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God. 17 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, Take this, and divide it among yourselves: 18 For I say unto you, I will not drink of the new fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come. 19 And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. 20 Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you. (See also John 13)

Why Passover, the Symbolic Meaning

John 6:47 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life. 48 I am that bread of life. 49 Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. 50 This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. 51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. 52 The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat? 53 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. 54 Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. 55 For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. 56 He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. 57 As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me. 58 This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever. 59 These things said he in the synagogue, as he taught in Capernaum. 60 Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it? 61 When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you? 62 What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before? 63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

When is the Passover

A day in biblical way starts in the evening and ends on the evening of the next day. (Sunset to sunset).
Leviticus 23:5 In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is the Lord's passover.6 And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread unto the Lord: seven days ye must eat unleavened bread.
In the old testament the sacrificial lamb (symbol of Jesus to come and be sacrificed), was killed during the afternoon of Nisan 14 about the same hour as Christ was killed by the Romans. The last supper took place at the beginning of Nisan 14 (the sunset evening before the crucifixion). The following morning (still Nisan 14) he was tried, condemned and crucified. In the new testament Christ kept the passover on the evening that began Nisan 14.

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