The children of Israel were set apart by God to be a people different and separated from the world, remaining undefiled by the heathen and their ways. God would not tolerate anything less. He would not tolerate a mixture of faith and practice.
Today, as the Lord set's apart His Bride, to be espoused to one Bridegroom, how much of the faith has been prostituted and corrupted by a mixture?
When a confused world looks for answers, how can a mixed bag of professing Bible believers appear as a light on a table, being one mind and voice for Christ? Especially when much of our Christian walk is merely disguised tradition ... our relationship, disguised routine ... our coming and going, disguised culture ... our coming together for fellowship, being locked into the trappings of Sunday mornings ... or our spiritual growth, being hooked into serving special days?
At the beginning of the early church age the first day of the week was Saturday night after 6.00 pm (supper time) following the weekly Sabbath. The book of Romans declares only those who are weak in the faith (novices) place importance on one day above another (14:1). The New Testament also declares the believer free from the yoke of bondage, not having to serve the law in the oldness of the letter as in times past. Now we serve the Giver of the law, God Almighty Himself, not the mere shadow, and are not subject to observing days, and months, and times, and years according to Gal. 4:10, which pertain to bondage and coming under the law again.
Christmas, Easter, Pentecost, Palm Sunday, Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick's Day (all Roman Catholic by the way) not only go beyond the abolished Jewish holy days, but cause revisionists to tamper with scripture in order to fit in, or camouflage imported pagan practices. If the Jewish days are no longer valid for NT Bible believers then surely pagan days would even be even further outside the New Covenant, according to just 'good ole' common sense and plain logic. Right!
Following, we will see clearly how scripture exposes all this as a form of turning our backs on God, and either solemnly or facilely replacing Him with a false deity to look to, or acknowledge some way?
How does 1 Kings 18:21 apply today?
"If the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him"!
After all, Baal worship is non-existent today isn't it? Defunct! Been superseded by other pagan and new age gods! Therefore, all the seventy-odd verses, or more, giving reference to Baal in scripture are irrelevant and almost meaningless in today's society and church; wouldn't you say? Really? Not so!
If scripture makes so much reference to Baal (with other umpteen variants to his name from Beel-zebub/Baal-zebub to Baal-aberin), even in the NT, would it not be prudent to find out why, and what this false god stood or stands for? As well as what relevance or connection it may have in these end times? And if it did ... how we could avoid its trappings and pitfalls.
Did you know ... Baal actually represents or means a false lord or false master? Jesus said in Matthew 7:21:
"Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven."
The title lord (in the lower case) has nothing to do with the One whom we serve. However, what does count is whether we are serving the Lord of glory in truth. According to scripture, the only way to do this is by being in obedience to His word. Quite profoundly simple really ... Luke 6:46:
"And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?"
Naming the Lord Jesus, but not doing as He says, is as following another Jesus, another gospel and another spirit (2 Cor. 11: 3-4). You could say, following another lord. According to John 8:31 - 32, the criteria for being a disciple of Jesus is to continue in His word. By naming the name of Christ we are to depart from iniquity (2 Tim. 2:19). Therefore, whosoever nameth the name, without following scripture, is following a false lord. The false lord's title being Baal according to scripture. This is the reason Paul exalts us in the New Testament, backing up the words of Jesus, not to serve two masters: 2 Cor. 6:14 ...
"for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial (Baal)?"
In mythology and the occult, their so-called illuminated god is Lucifer (Satan), the sun god. Also known as Baal, Bel, Belu, and Belial.
The children of Israel had a huge problem. They neglected their Lord for another lord ... Judges 2:13:
"And they forsook the LORD, and served Baal (lord) and Ashtaroth (his wife/mother, Astartes)."
How does this scripture have any connection or relevance whatsoever for Jesus followers today?
Quite common knowledge now ... Jesus and Mary in the Roman Catholic Church are Baal and Ashtaroth, who have been redefined and Christianised to make paganism respectable, and sellable in the West. In most religions there is a Queen of Heaven and her god/man/son found somewhere in the background. Most segments of Protestantism defiantly reject Mary as the Queen of Heaven with her Immaculate Conception doctrine, but hang onto other Romanized traditions such as Sunday observance, with the importance of emblem reverence being ministered by a cleric of some sort, as well as the likes of Christmas and Easter.
Easter, or Eastar (derived from Astartes) is "East star" scrambled, like many other occult terms. The star from the east is Lucifer (son of the morning - Is. 14:12), along with his pagan religions being exported to places where there has been a word based or God fearing community, in order to influence, confuse and impede any genuine move of the Holy Ghost. The children of Israel had forsaken Jehovah for Tammuz (another name for Lucifer - the East star) and had their backs turned on their God for the god and religion borrowed from the east. Here, simply read this for unequivocal proof ... Ezk. 8: 13 - 16:
"He said also unto me, Turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations that they do. Then he brought me to the door of the gate of the LORD'S house which was toward the north; and, behold, there sat women weeping for Tammuz (Baal - the sun god). 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 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, with their backs toward the temple of the LORD, and their faces toward the east; and they worshipped the sun toward the east."
Here were the children of God, apparently at the Lord's altar, gathered by the dictation of the rising sun; with the women caught up in emotional elation for their "God", while the men were doing their morning service, apparently for the Lord, but in reality for Baal (Tammuz), the false lord. Pretty similar to what happens today throughout Christendom, whereas things have just been altered or names Christianised, to make it look acceptable and relevant to our culture and "Christian" trend! Let's explain a little more clearly.
As you can see from scripture, there is an undeniable connection between Baal, Lucifer, the east star (the sun), Easter and sun worship, Sunday attendance as a tradition, and the Western term "going to church". This Baal type of religion hides most effectively behind the Christianised version as Sunday (the day of the sun) morning service. This could also be merely Protestantism continuing on with this customary blend, making it more subtle, bridging the religious gulf between east and west.
The Roman Catholic Church claims to have been given the authority by God to change the fourth commandment, therefore changing the Sabbath day (the seventh day) to the first day of the week. This also is now common knowledge. Read the following verse. Here we go ... Daniel 7:25:
"And he shall speak great words against the most High ("no salvation outside the Church of Rome"), and shall wear out the saints of the most High (the Inquisition of the Dark Ages and closing hours to come), and think to change times and laws (the Gregorian Calendar and the hacking up of the 10 Commandments): and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time."
Early morning, first day service to a so-called deity, is called Mass (where the word Christmas derives from). The Mass is centred round the Eucharist, which is a small biscuit (wafer) representing the sun, which is kept inside the Monstrance Sunburst ... a SUN icon. The Eucharist is only a modern day form of Baal worship, substituting pagan names for Christianised names. Easter is the substitute (based around Easter Sunday - the broken egg representing the resurrection of Baal) for the biblical Passover, where Jesus became the true Passover, once and for all, for His faithful Bride, the true (pilgrim) church.
Easter in fact does not necessarily fall on Passover, but which day the Gregorian calendar dictates. Easter falls somewhere between March the 22nd through to April the 25th, whereas Passover is always fixed to the 14th day of Abid/Nisan of the Biblical calendar.
Is Easter mentioned in the word of God though? Yes!
Acts 12:4 ... The Authorized ("King James") Bible.
The name Easter is also found in the following bibles:
Please note: Jesus is not the "Easter Lamb" but the Passover lamb just as the "Jesus Nut" that holds the rotary blades on a helicopter, has got nothing to do with Calvary. What God names and man names usually have got nothing to do with one another. Therefore, Acts 12:4 stands out from any other generic bible branding Passover as Easter and confusing what is holy to what is profane, and producing a mixture ministering confusion.
Read on please for more (biblical) proof.
Is. 2:6. "Therefore thou hast forsaken thy people the house of Jacob, because they be replenished from the east, and are soothsayers like the Philistines, and they please themselves in the children of strangers."
Just as it was with the children of Israel who borrowed pagan ideas from the east, so it is with the children of God today, who have borrowed pagan ideas from the east, namely eastern mysticism and new age ideologies.
The sun rising in the east stole the hearts of the children of Israel as they adopted the worship of Tammuz the sun god. Babylon was to the east of Israel and everything 'eastern' (spiritually speaking) has connotations of introducing mixtures to the pure faith. Much in Christendom today has not been replenished from above, but by importing Christianised pagan content to avoid embarrassment and repercussions from the world. Especially if we have the responsibility of raising our own children or are still tied spiritually to our families of birth. Hence, Christmas - the Roman Catholic "Christ" of the mass, and Easter - the Roman Catholic perversion of Passover.
However, Easter (as well as Christmas - Child's Day) goes back a lot further than the Roman Church:
Acts 12:4 ... "intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people."
This passage in the AB, which critics love to use, is the only verse referring to Easter, and the Authorized Bible is the only bible where you find the word Easter used just once, as opposed to all other reference on Passover used on a consistent basis. The argument the critics love to use is "Easter should have been translated Passover in Acts 12:4, as it has been in other modern bibles". This remark has thrown heaps of doubt on the sincere overly clever, and the wishy-washy, who choose not to check out what man has to say alongside the word of God. Again let's repeat the argument ... "Easter is translated wrong because the Greek is translated Passover!" This is simply not true.
Fact: Over a year ago we had a teacher stay with us from Athens who taught languages. One evening I just had to ask our non-Christian friend what the word pascha (as a Greek word) meant. Without hesitation she said straight out ... "Easter!!" Just recently when I was in hospital a Greek man shared the same room as me as his bed was opposite mine. The day he was discharged I just had to ask him the same question what the Greek word pascha meant in English. Again, one word was his reply ... "Easter!" Irrefutable really!! Don't believe me then check out some Greek Orthodox Church sites by entering in the word pascha on Google.
Fact: You don't have to be a well groomed Bible scholar to know by simply checking out the Greek word pascha used in this passage (and used 28 other times in the New Testament) can mean either Passover OR Easter where the Authorized has correctly translated the other verses as Passover. "King James" critics love words (whether they be English or Greek) with dual meanings, to dazzle the unsuspecting. This way they can use the ignorance of the non-discerning masses (who choose not to check things out and follow things through) by only emphasizing one meaning of the word and not mentioning the other. This is called a half truth, or partial truth, and can be used to divide and conquer the naive. Here's just one example of undermining the Authorized Bible found in Gen. 2:24:
"Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall become one flesh."
Mundanely, some "King James" critics point out how the Authorized Bible is once again wrong because the word cleave means "to split apart". So the "King James" is wrong they say, as it indirectly encourages divorce.
Now isn't that clever! Another play on words. As a lost and rebellious college pupil I walked out of High School not long after turning aged sixteen with no credentials for a career, and could not even quote the alphabet from a to z until two years after I joined the work force. But now, as a born again 'uneducated nincompoop' I can go to my dictionary and quote two meanings of the word cleave, just as I can rattle off the top of my head two or more meanings to the words knot, key, jam, yoke, tip, pound, page, and of course radical.
The other meaning for the word cleave in English is "clinging to something". Good thing for hubbies and wives don't you think! Just like Acts 11:23:
Therefore the argument one is dismantled as pascha means either Passover OR Easter!
Argument two: "This still does not
prove Easter is the correct rendering in Acts 12:4, does it?"
Acts 12:1- 4. "Now about that time (approximately) 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. (5) Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him."
Let's look at the whole picture: The Serpent used partial truth in the Garden to deceive Eve, did he not? Whereas God always deals with the whole truth and nothing but the truth ... "If it was not so I would have told you."
Verse three: Herod looks to arrest Peter because he wants to try him, prove him guilty, and put him to death, as he did with James (v. 1- 2), satisfying the Jews.
Now Herod being a man pleaser was a pawn set up by Rome to rule over the Jews. You see his job was to keep law and order in the land, all in Rome's favour. This meant pleasing both the Jews (v.3), by letting them keep their religion with its ceremonies and Passover observance, at the same time accommodating Rome's pagan practices; a biggie being Easter observance, the worship of the fertility goddess Ishtar.
So during the days (present tense) of unleavened bread (now this is the key, V. 3- 4) he arrested Peter. This was a time beyond half way through April (Abid) the fourteenth day. Therefore, Passover had already come and gone as it was now during the seven day period which followed Passover ... "then were the days of unleavened bread." Simple eh!
In verse four, after being arrested, he is then imprisoned waiting for Easter to come and go (future tense) so that he could then be tried. Peter therefore was kept in prison (v. 5) as Herod did not want to interfere with the Roman holiday and jeopardize his love affair with the pagan occupiers.
Therefore, the facts are plain to see:
Clear and straight to the point! Nothing to do with feeding an audience half-truths, opinion, misquotes, clerical theology, church dogma, misinterpretations, misrepresentation, waffle, mumbo jumbo, or religious hotchpotch! After all the facts, some still argue, insisting Passover was and still is both the name and the evening meal commemorating the deliverance from Egypt, and the entire eight day period.
In the end I don't really care what this or that commentary says, nor the most reverend or the most credentialed super professional. It always comes back to what the word of God says! Again, let's prove scripture by using scripture to prove itself:
Num. 33:3. "And they departed from Rameses in the first month on the fifteenth day of the first month; on the morrow after the passover the children of Israel went out with an high hand in the sight of all the Egyptians."
In God's calendar the beginning of the fourth month (now April) was the first month (Abid), the beginning of the year. Today, it is still recognized by the business world believe it or not. However, this is outside of being branded an "April Fool" (the true origins of the day of pranks and twits). Therefore, the days after the 15th of the first month are not referred to in God's word as the passover ... ever!
Lev. 23:5-6. "In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is the LORD'S passover (first occasion). And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast *of unleavened bread unto the LORD" (second distinct occasion)...
No argument really! Acts 12:3 ... "then were the days *of unleavened bread" is bang on!! Passover (the 14th day according to scripture) had come and gone! End of story!
Conclusion: The argument Easter is not found in the Book of Life is cut to pieces bearing no substance. Therefore, if you still want to argue please take it up with the Author of the Book.
May I also add: If you remove Easter from the Bible you camouflage the Devil's plan of paganising Christianity. This way the "Christianised" Easter can fit the same slot, and be observed today as Jesus' death and resurrection dates (supposedly coinciding with Passover and contrary to the three days and three nights in the belly of the earth sign), with all its pagan trappings (Babylonian/Egyptian bunnies, hot cross buns, and decorated eggs) by both Heathen and Christians alike as one happy universal family, removing any definition between the two, therefore rendering the offence of the cross to no effect, and rendering the word sin of having any consequences.
By marrying the two (paganism and Christianity) you destroy two vitally important truths:
One: You neutralize the gospel by taking away its saving power. Ever heard of any one being saved by Easter, or Christmas for that matter? Or Lent? Or Lady Day? Or Palm Sunday? Whether we're singing "Rudolph the red nose Reindeer", or "Jingle Bells" or "Batman Smells", it will never convict or reprove anyone of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment. Will it? And neither will tradition, religion, confusion, speaking with a forked tongue, or a mixture!
And two: You remove the vital spiritual link between Christianity and its Jewish Messianic link (Jesus the rock of offence and block of stumbling), breaking the seed line back to Abraham. This allows Rome to sneak into Israel's place, carrying out the Devil's agenda replacing Jesus with a convenient substitute. Because everything scriptural in Christianity is from the Jewish link ... Jesus the Messiah, back to the Flood and Shem. Whereas everything Roman in Christianity is imported paganism ... derived from its Babylonian link, back to Babel and Nimrod.
Satan has an agenda; a new age "initiated" people, who will be conditioned by their relative new age bible/s redefining Christianity in the New Millennium to fit in with the New World Order, seating himself on the throne through an impostor called anti-christ.
Revelation and acting on it, will never come about by celebrating any pagan feast masquerading as Christian. Only by making the word of God our source and base in all things pertaining to faith and life we can see this and avoid bondage to the world, and being snared by the religious hype of Beyond Year 2000.
Soon, and very soon our King is coming, and his name is called The Word of God. It's been said before, and I will say it again:
"How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him."
The sword is about to fall. Why settle for a mixture?