After more than four hundred years of captivity and bondage in the land of Egypt, God set forth his promiseto deliver the Hebrews from the burden of slavery, into the promised land.Gen.50:24After sending the first nine plagues that we find detailed in Exodus chapters 7-10, God revealed through Moses, his servant, the tenth and final plague which would befall the Egyptians and their false gods. The angel of the Lord would pass through the land at midnight and kill the firstborn of each family and cattle. This would be the final climactic plague that would dramatically free God's people from the bondage of the land of Egypt. Very explicit steps were given by God in Exodus chapter 12, to be followed by those that trusted in him, so that they would not be struck down asthe Egyptians would be by the final plague. Each family was to select a male lamb without any spot or blemish.
The lamb was to be taken up out of the flock on the tenth day of the first month and sacrificed for their sins on the fourteenth day of the first month.(....and without the shedding of blood there is no remission. Hebrews 9:22). On the fourteenth day at the ninth hour,(3:00 pm) the whole assembly wasto be responsible for the public sacrifice of the lambs. Yet, in contrast, each family was to individually apply the blood to the wooden lentils of the door posts of their homes, as a visible sign of faith in the Lord.(Exodus 12:13) At that moment the innocent lamb became their substitution making it possible for the Lord's judgement to "Passover" them. So the Lord instituted Passover as "....a night to be much observed unt the Lord for bringing them out from the land of Egypt." (Exodus 12:42).
The Passover lamb was the insturment that God used to deliver the Hebrews from the bondage of Egypt just as our Lord Jesus Christ, God's only begotten son was the Lamb that God used to deliver us out of the bondage of our sins into the freedom of His mercy and grace. Through out the Bible God used events to point to future fulfillments, i.e.: Abraham finding a ram in the thicket as he was about to sacrifice his only son Isaac on Mount Moriah was an example of what God would do on the same mountain to his only son for our sins. We find the same example of Jesus in the Passover lamb"...Christ our Passover." (I Corinthians 5:7) Written in the book of Jonah we see where God caused Jonah to spend three days and three nights in the belly of the fish and then to be released to tell the people to repent or be destroyed. Interestingly our Lord Jesus Christ spent three days and three nights in the belly of the earth after hi death and was ressurected to claim victory over sin and death if only we would make him our Lord of our lives and repent of our sins. A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas. And he left them and departed. Matthew 16:4.
How is it that the church of today celebrates an "Easter" where they claim by way of their celebration that Jesus was crucified during the day on Good Friday and then rose on Sunday? Let's count the days-Died on Friday-in the grave Friday afternoon before the Sabbath. (Which by the way they count Saturday to be the Sabbath only when trying to justify their pagan Easter celebration. Any other time they say that Sunday is the Sabbath.) FRIDAY AFTERNOON TO JUST BEFORE SUNDAY MORNING IS ONLY 33 HOURS. THREE DAYS AND THREE NIGHTS=72 HOURS. Ye hypocrites, well did Esias prophecy of you saying, This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoreth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. Matthew 15:7-9.
"...behold the lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world." John 1:29 In Jerusalem that year they took up the Lamb of God on the tenth day of the first month and sacrificed Him at the ninth hour of the fourteenth day,(Mark15:34) at the same exact time the priests were killing the Passover Lambs in the temple. The Word tells us in Isaiah53 all about the sacrifice that the Lord Jesus Christ made for us. Lets look at Isaiah 53 verses 4 through 7Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him, and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he opened not his mouth. What an awesome thing to think that the sins of the entire world through out all generations was laid upon his shoulders.
What is the meaning of Easter? Easter/Ishtar/Astarte/Ashtoroth What do all these names have in common? Each one is a name of a pagan fertility goddess "the queen of heaven." Since ancient times, long before the death, burial, and ressurection of our Lord Jesus Christ, the names for this pagan goddess changed with different languages and cultures, but the "tradition or legends" remained the same throughout each culture.
The pagan festival of Easter originated as the worship of the sun goddess, the Babylonian Queen of Heaven, who was later worshipped under many names including Ishtar, Cyble, Idaea Mater (the great mother), or Astarte for whom the celebration of Easter is named. Easter is the celebration commemorating the death and ressurection of Tammuz the "sun god." As legend has it, Tammuz was out hunting, when he was killed by a wild boar. He is said to have been in the ground three days and then ressurected to ascend into heaven to become the "sun god." (Does it sound familiar?) Easter is not another name for the feast of Passover and is not celebrated at the Biblically prescribed time for Passover. This pagan festival was given a "Christianized" theme several hundred years after Christ. However you cannot "Christianize" things associated with the devil; after all what part does light have with dark? As we know, Satan tries to counterfeit everything that our Lord Jesus did, due to his jealously of Jesus's crown. He has even arranged it in many of today's churches for the people to worship him as Jesus, through polluted texts that many people accept as translations of God's word. i.e."Another Jesus"
Easter Sunrise Service:
Do you think Easter sunrise services are beautiful? Listen to what God tells the prophet Ezekiel about the sins of his people in a vision. Then said he unto me, hast thou seen this, O son of man? Turn 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 porrch 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. Ezekiel 8:15-16
Can you grasp that this is the identical thing that millions are doing every Easter Sunday morning, (The Sunrise Service) standing with their faces toward the east as the sun is rising, in a service of worship which honors the mythical sun god and his consort, the goddess Easter. Yes millions of Christians are decieved into practicing every Easter the identical form of ancient sun worship practiced by pagans throughout history, as there arch enemy Satan looks on and laughs.
History records the words of Hyginus, an Egyptian, who was a librarian at the Palestine library in Rome during the time of Ceaser Agustus: "An egg of wonderous size is said to have fallen from heaven into the river Euphrates. The fishes rolled it to the bank, where the doves having settled upon it, hatched it, out came Venus, who afterwards was called the Syrian Goddess." That Syrian Goddess, supposedly hatched from the egg, was Astarte, from whom the title "Easter" came from. After Easter/Astarte ascended to heaven she is said to be escorted by rabbits laying colored eggs. The rabbits being a pagan fertility symbol because of their procreation habits, and are also a pagan symbol for spring and the eggs being traditionally a symbol of new life.
The Easter ham is a big tradition that has infiltrated the American Easter celebration. It is said that the pagans for centuries would cook a ham for Easter, as symbolic sacrifice of the wild boar that killed Tammuz. How many of us know people that will be participating in a Sunrise Service Sunday morning while their Easter pig sacrifice is cooking in the oven?
If Jesus is an Easter Bunny what does it matter? If we serve up fertility eggs to him what does it matter? If we serve him hot crossed buns made for the queen of heaven what does it matter? If we hold Sunrise Serrvices to the sun god and say it is for Jesus what does it matter? If we change the days and times of His death and ressusection what does it matter? If all thes things were invented for and by the devil what does it matter?