t.Ostara - Spring Equinox
UPDATED*** Sept 24, 2003
Each day after the winter solstice, which occurs on December 21st, the Sun's path becomes a little higher in the southern sky. The Sun also begins to rise closer to the east and set closer to the west until we reach the day when it rises exactly east and sets exactly west. This day is called the equinox. In the spring we have the Spring Equinox about March 21st. There is also a Fall Equinox on September 21st.
The exact arrival of spring is marked by the Spring Equinox, the date when day and night are equal lengths. Depending on the year and time zones, this equinox falls between March 20 and 23. |
German pagans named the Spring Equinox after Ostara, their goddess of spring, fertility, and rebirth. In England, among the Anglo-Saxon tribes, Ostara was known as Eostre. The modern holiday of Easter is derived from the name "Eostre" and the associated myths.
Many of the traditions associated with Easter have direct links with Paganism. Even the word Easter is named after the Teutonic Goddess Eostre, the Goddess of Spring who gives fertility to the earth. (Note that Easter coincides with Spring in the Northern Hemisphere) |
The custom of eating hot cross buns is also said to have Pagan origins. The Saxons ate buns that were marked with a cross in honour of Eostre. The ancient Greeks also consumed these types of buns in their celebrations of Artemis, Goddess of the hunt (known as Diana to the Romans). And the Egyptians ate a similar cake in their worship of the Goddess Isis.
There are conflicting ideas as to what the cross symbol represents. One suggestion is that it is a Christianisation of horn symbols that were stamped on cakes to represent an ox, which used to be sacrificed at the time of the Spring Equinox. Another theory that explains the cross marks on the bun relates to moon worship, whereby the bun represented the full moon, and the cross represents its four quarters. After Christianity gave new meanings to the symbolism of these crossed buns, i.e. that the cross represented the crucifixion cross, superstitions arose which credited these buns as being charms against evil, so after Good Friday, people would keep one or two of them hung in their homes as amulets. During the festival season and for a long time afterwards, fishermen would also carry these Easter buns in their boats for protection.
Eggs are another Pagan symbol of Easter. From the earliest of times, the egg has represented immortality. The egg is the World Egg, laid by the Goddess and opened by the heat of the Sun God. The hatching of this World Egg was celebrated each year at the Spring festival of the Sun. |
As Spring is the season of nature's rebirth, the symbol of the egg was of course particularly significant at this time. The Druids dyed eggs scarlet to honour the Sun, and Pagan Anglo-Saxons made offerings of their coloured eggs to the Goddess Eostre. They also (like many Pagan cultures before them) placed patterned eggs in tombs or on fresh graves, to ensure the rebirth of the deceased.
The Easter Bunny is another symbol that has obvious links to the fertility, rebirth, and the abundance of life that is evident in Spring. Easton's Bible Dictionary defines Easter this way: originally a Saxon word (Eostre), denoting a goddess of the Saxons, in honour of whom sacrifices were offered about the time of the Passover.
Hence the name came to be given to the festival of the Resurrection of Christ, which occurred at the time of the Passover. In the early English versions this word was frequently used as the translation of the Greek pascha (the Passover).
When the Authorized Version (1611) was formed, the word "passover" was used in all passages in which this word pascha occurred, except in Acts 12:4. where it was tranlitrated into Easter.
Easter Originally a Saxon word (Eostre), denoting a goddess of the Saxons, in honour of whom sacrifices were offered about the time of the Passover. Hence the name came to be given to the festival of the Resurrection of Christ, which occured at the time of the Passover. In the early English versions this word was frequently used as the translation of the Greek pascha (the Passover). When the Authorized Version (1611) was formed, the word "passover" was used in all passages in which this word pascha occurred, except in #Ac 12:4 In the Revised Version the word, "passover," is always used. Look at the passage from Compton's Encyclopedia and you decide what the symbols really mean. "Many Eoster customs come from the Old World.
3957 pasca pascha pas'-khah
of Aramaic origin, cf 06453 xop; TDNT-5:896,797; n n
AV-Passover 28, Easter 1; 29
1) the paschal sacrifice (which was accustomed to be offered for the people's deliverance of old from Egypt) 2) the paschal lamb, i.e. the lamb the Israelites were accustomed to slay and eat on the fourteenth day of the month of Nisan (the first month of their year) in memory of the day on which their fathers, preparing to depart from Egypt, were bidden by God to slay and eat a lamb, and to sprinkle their door posts with its blood, that the destroying angel, seeing the blood, might pass over their dwellings; Christ crucified is likened to the slain paschal lamb 3) the paschal supper 4) the paschal feast, the feast of the Passover, extending from the 14th to the 20th day of the month Nisan
The white lily, the symbol of the resurrection, is the special Eoster flower.
Rabbits and colored eggs have come from pagan antiquity as symbols of new life.
Eoster Monday egg rolling, a custom of European origin, has become a tradition on the lawn of the White House in Washington, D.C. |
The name Easter comes from Eostre, an ancient Anglo-Saxon goddess, originally of the dawn. In pagan times an annual spring festival was held in her honor. Some Easter customs have come from this and other pre-Christian spring festivals. Others come from the Passover feast of the Jews, observed in memory of their deliverance from Egypt." ~Excerpted from Compton's Interactive Encyclopedia~|
But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.
1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus. |
2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:
4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.
6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.
12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. (carnal thinking) Why? because it is death,. Not my words it is Elohim's word.
] 1 Corinthians 13:11
When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. ( Spiritualy awake ) (I put away carnal thinking ) For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh,(CARNAL) but by love serve one another.
14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
(spiritual) (Elohim is Love) Just remember the truth . Easter (Eostre) has nothing to do with Yahshua Messiah and Passover ! But she has everything to do with the deceptions of satan!
satan promised Eve she would become a
Just as this Artist's image has Nothing to do with the actual appearance of Yahshua. It is a preconcieved ideal of man's carnal thinking. Note the red cross on the flag. That is a Templar's cross.
For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.
Why does man seek to do just what Yahweh tells them they must not? One mans Dream cause Him to paint the face of Yahshua. Now millions have that same image impressed in their minds!A preconceptions of His image.
We were told in his word not to do this! They must be a good reason Yahweh instructed us not to! Will A Preconcieved idea of his appearance cause us to stumble greatly? Will The face that man has graven upon thier own mind cause them great folly in these end day?
What snare has satan laid? That tempts man to try so hard to reproduce a likness of his image, When Yahweh has written a warning again it?
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:
Why do we explain away his written word with out a second thought?
I know I have I never saw any harm in drawing Yahshua. I my self have loved to reproduce the image of Yahshua Messiah and thought no evil in it. But As I have been seeking the truth and listening for his voice He has been instructing me and leading me to understand. And confirmed it in a very startling way!
I'd desided to delete the drawing as I felt led to do so. One of the works of art I had done online, a liklness of my idea of Fathers Face, was marred and gray when I opened it. I got the pictures out to look at, and sort through, and it was no more! I mean it was gray charred looking, marred looking! as if it had been burned out!
I tell you it really got my attention right now! It had been done in all light pastels colors. No, Father Yahweh is not pleased at all, with our disobedence! But Praise Him for his long suffering and patince and grace towards us! But there will come a time He begins a work of renewing our minds in a new area.
What gathers a crowd usually sends me the other way. It is the multitudes that clammer for a look at the shroud. But I my self thought it was unnessary for faith. We are to walk by faith not sight.
I thought the picture they made from the shroud was pretty neat at first, But It began to give me an uneasy feeling as I looked at it again today. (I'd been fasting.) In fact it had from time to time troubled my spirit and I'd wonder why? Then when Father charring my graven image and confirmed my folly at drawing his face, and I began to understand my uneasy feelings about that picture!
Needless to say I am going to continue to delete anything else he shows me too! Now the drawing of Yahshua were not marred, only the one I'd called Father. And I dont think it would be wise for me to ingnore what happened, or not to share what happened.
Updated Oct 12,2003
(When the Angel Of the Lord visited me, He came as the uglest looking man I'd ever met!)
If Yahweh told us not to make a "Graven Image", Why would He then break His own commandment? And give us something to make an image from?
The Holy spirit will never lead us contrary to the written word, Never. Though it may seem so, too our own understanding. Intill we recieve the revelation and conformation from His Spirit. He did warn us however of Lying Signs and Wonders! satan will give many reglious signs in the last days. And not just among that other group.
We are too full of our selves many times. Thinking it's the other fellow who's deceived. We need to continually ask Father to seek us out and show us our own errors. If we dont humble our selves He will humble us. Religous pride always turn hateful and angery and is a good indicator we have some idolitry in our own heart. Special when one touches on it!
What has priority? The written word; or dreams and visions? Or even a angelic vistations for that matter? The word does. It must always be the last word and authority. Charmatic's are quick enought to warn againest apparitions of St. Mary seen among the Catholic's. Yet will stand on a vision or dream of the face of Christ they've seen, and make a image from it! And ignore the written scripture! That's like the pot calling the kettle black.
People stampede to see the shroud! Are a piece of cloth and a straw basket of colored eggs, really that important? Do people really need a sign? Is that what the word says brings faith? No. Faith comes from the quicken "Rehma" word of Elohim, breathed by the Holy Spirit into our spirit. Why must men strive so hard to prove to others that Christ was who he was by brings out some phyical object as proof? When Father says they are to come by FAITH! What did Yahshua say about signs?
Now I understand why it gave me an uneasy stiring in my spirit! The Templars are the "sons of Cain". The red cross was their emblem, but That's another studie; on who the kenites are today and how they were involved with the shroud of Turin.
The image on the shroud certainly does fit the description of De Molay as depicted in medieval wood cuts, a long nose, hair shoulder length and parted in the center, a full beard that forked at its base, not to mention the six-foot frame. De Molay was said to be quite tall.
Without the preaching of the cross, we will find yourselves under the letter of the the law. Yahshua is our Advocate ( Lawer) He's taken our place before Yahweh. The Spirit of Grace,( If allowed, will continue his teaching, and work the will of Father in us. We are changed as our minds are renewed. We can not trust in our own human reasoning. We must not grieve him but allow him to complete His work in us.) The redemptive work of the Cross and the Blood Of Yahshua cleanses us from all unrighteousness. Grace is provided to those who so walk with Yahshua !!!
Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge:
This scripture is usally quoted in part only; And the full understanding is lost because of it. I've been quilty of only quoting half too! Untill I was corrected by the spirit. Do you understand this scripture is showing thier heart attitude? "They were given the knowledge", But chose to reject it. They wanted to keep thier traditions. Father said they would not be His priests. Because they wouldnt obey Him.
There is a great differant between having been given the truth and then rejecting it; and in never having heard it. Father knows who has heard and rejected the truth; and who has never came to understanding, because they were never taught the truth! He is a Loving Father. We can trust in His love. So fear not, and continue to seek Him. He loves His children.
And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.
Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.
And be not conformed to this world:
Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
How will you celebrate Passover this year?
Yahweh hasn't removed the standard, He has merely forgiven us for not living up to that standard. To have Yahweh as our righteousness..truly there is no greater blessing in the world! Yahushua died for you so that you would be forgiven for failing to live up to that standard. Let us not return and insult the spirit of grace...but let's live a new life... Walking in HIS obedience.. Walking in HIS mercy... Walking in HIS Spirit! Walking in HIS love. In Humbleness understanding all he has indeed saved us from, when we ourselves could not attain it, understand it or save ourselves.. He paid it all.
I'm not talking about keeping the law here, I cant be justified by it! I'm to follow the spirit in obedience, having recieved his revelation. It took the Holy Spirits love and patiences over three years to teach me; And to renew my mind, and help me understand about the changing of His Holy names! I did not readly except it! Thinking it a bit relgious when I first heard it! LOL. But I ask Him and sought him. And left it on my "Yahshua Shelf." So Father is patience,if we are a honest seeker of His truth. Because He can see our hearts better than any other!
Always seek Him and ask Him to show you the truth in all things. We all have missed the mark. satan is a deciever. Once we come to understand all man's traditions are rooted in the Occult; and that satan is the author of them; How can we want to continue to be a part of it? We will not! Father's called us to come out of (confusion) Babylon. To Elohim Be the Glory. Give Him a Praise! For He alone can bring us out! So keep your peace and center on His goodness and mercy. He'll reveal, as you seek Him. It's through His grace we remove our own foot from the snare!
Gal 5:4 Christ is become of no effect unto you,whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace. 5 For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. 6 For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.
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