Prayer: Father thank you for sources of truth. Let this information not be a means to condemn or offend those who celebrate Easter by today's promotion. Let it educate us to know the difference according to your Word. This is a holy time to commemorate the pashal lamb, Jesus Christ who was crucified for our sins. -- AMEN!!
Now the word "Easter" in verse 4 is actually a mistranslation. In the original language and practically all other translations was the word "pascha" for Passover. Many are not aware that Easter & Passover have no relation other than the fact that they were both going on at the same time so let's talk about what they are.
[For more about Passover go back to my post "The Lamb Of God"]
Easter is actually a pagan festival observed long before Christ. The name itself is derived from Ishtar, a Babylonian goddess known by various names, 2 of which we CAN find in the scriptures:
--Queen of Heaven
The other names are Eastre/Eostre, Astarte & Venus, which is Ashtoreth. Round cakes were made with the symbol of the cross & according to Babylonian mysteries it stood for a sign of life. The significance of the eggs comes from a fable about an egg of wonderous size falling from heaven into the river Euphrates. The fish supposedly rolled this egg to the river bank and doves sat on it until it hatched and the goddess emerged from the egg. Yep, definitely no relation to the God of the Israelites or Christianity. Easter is technically rooted in idolatry, which is the blind worship or admiration of an undeserving object.
** 1 Samuel 7:3-4 - "So Samuel said to all the Israelites, “If you are returning to the Lord with all your hearts, then rid yourselves of the foreign gods and the Ashtoreths and commit yourselves to the Lord and serve him only, and he will deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines.” So the Israelites put away their Baals and Ashtoreths, and served the Lord only." this was the female god of nations surrounding Israel and the Israelites had gotten themselves into idolatry.
** 1 Kings 11:5, and 33 - "For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites.... I will do this because they have forsaken me and worshiped Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, Chemosh the god of the Moabites, and Molek the god of the Ammonites, and have not walked in obedience to me, nor done what is right in my eyes, nor kept my decrees and laws as David, Solomon’s father, did." King Solomon was in a backslidden condition and began serving the various gods and goddesses of these pagan nations, and God put him under judgment for that. Solomon had taken many foreign women as wives after God had forbidden them to intermarry with these nations because God knew that they would turn their hearts from Him to serve false gods [1 Kings 11:1-4]. The one thing about sin is that most don't complete fall away with one situation. There's a gradual falling away, one "little sin" after another. First we compromise in one area, and before you know it, you have compromised in 10 areas. Eventually Solomon's heart was no longer in service to God so if the king isn't right, the nation as a whole isn't right.
** Jeremiah 7:18 - "The children gather wood, the fathers light the fire, and the women knead the dough and make cakes to offer to the Queen of Heaven. They pour out drink offerings to other gods to arouse my anger." So here you can see where they made their cakes according to the information provided earlier.
** Jeremiah 44:15-30 - This is a pretty long passage of Scripture so please read it on your own. Basically the idol worshipers of the queen of heaven will not heed Jeremiah's word of judgment from the Lord. The people would rather believe that the calamity God sent upon them, was for leaving their worship of the goddess. Wow,... just goes to show the extent of their denial and backslidden condition.
If I could end this post in any particular way, I would simply tell you to share this with a friend or family member. Hosea 4:6 says "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children." Wikipedia and other modern encyclopedia resources do not share this information & what they share is not accurate so it is up to us to share the truth with future generations so that they don't forget God. During the Passover/Easter period, the church was under heavy persecution; being afflicted, jailed and killed for preaching and teaching the gospel, and this is still going on in many countries to this day.
Just this week 147 people were killed at a Kenya College and according to witnesses, the "gunmen burst into a Christian service. Taking hostages from the service, they then "proceeded to the hostels, shooting anybody they came across except their fellows, the Muslims.... The attackers separated students by religion, allowing Muslims to leave and keeping an unknown number of Christians hostage" - CNN News
Before Jesus went to the cross he told us "But take heed to yourselves: for they shall deliver you up to councils; and in the synagogues ye shall be beaten: and ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them. And the gospel must first be published among all nations. But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost. (Mark 13:9-11 KJV) Please take a few extra moments and finish reading the rest of Acts 12. It will bless you :)
Again, this is not to offend or make anyone fell bad for making baskets, dying eggs and other Easter-related festivities. Just understand there is something found in Jesus much greater than any basket can hold. Please be sure to share the gospel and read the scriptures with your family because the focus of the holiday for believers should be to celebrate our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who suffered a terrible death on our behalf. Who stood in our place, and bore our sins, grief & sicknesses upon himself that we could be reconciled back to the Father. 1 Corinthians 5:7 says that "Christ, our Passover was sacrificed for us". Romans 5:10 says "while we were God’s enemies, he made friends with us through his Son’s death. And the fact that we are now God’s friends makes it even more certain that he will save us through his Son’s life" but if we and our children only look forward to Easter by way of commercialism & traditions of men, how will we truly be thankful, and able reflect on what Christ has done and endured for us and has provided for us going forward? How can we encourage our children to know that if we suffer persecution and endure hardships for serving Christ it is an honor? Something to ponder...
May you all have a blessed weekend!