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THE CHRISTIAN OBSERVANCE OF LENT AND THE PAGAN FEAST OF EASTER
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The “Easter Weekend” deception
As accepted and preached throughout the true context of New Covenant Scripture, Jesus said in Matthew 12:40, “As Jonah was three days and three nights, (72 hours,) in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights, (72 hours,) in the heart of the earth” or in the grave. How can anyone confuse such straightforward clarity about Jesus’ resurrection?
Despite the deliberate confusion that was created concerning the alleged “one day Hebrew perception,” (that a day is supposedly only 12 hours,) the Old Hebrews and Jesus the Creator God Himself, (Hebrews 1:1-14,) knew perfectly well that one day and one night is one 24-hour day. Even if we say it the other way round, “one night and one day,” still remains 24 hours, as we can also unmistakably see by the setting and the rising of the sun, every single 24-hour day!
¨ So, when God created everything on earth as described in Genesis chapter 1, “God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So, the evening [12 hours] and the morning [12 hours,] were the first [24-hour] day!”
¨ Jesus’ own words, in the light of His creation, “three days and three nights in the grave,” completely destroys the Easter Weekend deception. Yet, countless Christians refuse to simply believe these facts.
The context of Scripture undeniably states, as written in both the KJV and NIV versions:
Matthew 27:63, “...After three days [three nights and three days] I will rise.”
Mark 9:31, “...After He is killed, He will rise on the third day; [after three night-time and three daylight days.]
Luke 18:33; 24:7, “They will scourge Him and kill Him. And [after] the third day He will rise again.”
John 2:19-21, “Destroy this temple, [Jesus’ physical body,] and in three [24-hour] days I will rise it up.”
¨ Jesus’ resurrection after three nights and three days in the grave, just as He said, (Matthew 12:40,) does not account for the Easter Weekend deception that teaches, “That amount to four days in the grave!” It seems that deceiving Christian clergy who calculate three days in Jesus’ own words as four days, either need to go back to preschool, or they must repent from blasphemy and other false doctrine.
¨ Jesus was risen at the dawn of the fourth day “after three days in the grave,” not during or at the end of Day Four. No one can say it clearer than this.
¨ Come now, let us think soberly. If Jesus died late afternoon on “Good Friday,” He was in the grave on Friday night, (12 hours,) Saturday day-time, (12 hours,) and Saturday night time, (12 hours,) to be resurrected in the early hours of Sunday morning! That is only one and a half day: a 36-hour period, which makes Jesus Himself a ‘liar,” but which neatly fits into the Christian ‘Easter weekend’ deception. It is clear that this totally illogic, Jesus-defying weekend-deception does not celebrate Jesus’ real death and resurrection. As we will see in this study, it’s goal is to lead believers into Christianize, pagan witchcraft!
¨ The “3 days = 36 hours” lie is the totally impractical resurrection theory that must sustain the witches’ calendar’s “Ostara” on ‘Easter weekend,” as seen in the depiction above. It was concocted by Christian ‘church fathers,’ both Catholic and Protestant, who suddenly could not understand that one day and one night is 24 hours. All of a sudden, they calculated one day and one night as 3 X 12 = 36 and not 3 X 24 = 72 hours as Jesus said! Even more horrible, all their Christian followers also suddenly could not calculate the fact the 72 hours are three days and three nights!
¨ Most of them choose to believe the fallacy that God and the Old Hebrews saw “one day” as 12 hours, as in Genesis, God began “a day” at sunset instead of sunrise. Yet, as seen above, God clearly spoke of “one day” as “evening and morning,” a full 24-hour day until the next “evening and morning!”
¨ What happened that even according to Matthew 28:1, Jesus was only in the grave for 36-hours, when Jesus Himself prophesied that He would be in the grave “for three days and three nights,” a 72-hour period? The terrible reality is that even Bible Scripture, Hebrew holy days in that week when Jesus was crucified, and the day on which Jesus actually died on the cross, were twisted and fabricated by Christian clergies to maintain their “Easter Weekend” feast — another gross pagan-Christianized deception that was swallowed by millions of Christians since the formation of the false church system. As all the other Christian feasts and most of their dogmas, “Easter” was also unknown to the original “Followers of The Way,” (Acts 11:26; 9:2; 19:9, 23; 22:4; 24:14.) This deception only took off sometime during 2 A.D. when Christianity and church substituted Jesus’ ecclesia or the gathering of the “Followers of The Way,” (Mt. 28:1-6.) The real agenda behind Easter was undoubtedly to Christianize the “Ostara” witches feast on the satanic calendar!
The two-nights-and-one-day lie of Easter is not the only blasphemy Christianity commits against Jesus. Although the Christian ‘feasts’ may seem devout and Biblical to Christians, (some Baptists, Methodist, Presbyterians, Lutheran, and other Protestants also ‘fast’ during Lent,) as everything, (even the whole church system that is seated in Christianized paganism,) the roots of these feasts and observances are not found in the context of true New Testament/Covenant Scripture.
¨ Jesus’ New Covenant believers must not observe a single ceremonial or outward precept of the Old Testament Law such as Old Israel's feasts, (Gal. 2:19-21; Heb. 8:13,) so we can "purge out the old leaven, that we may be a new[born] lump [of spiritual dough,] since we [ourselves] are truly unleavened [or corrupted by ritual religion and ousted Hebraic feasts.] For indeed, Christ, our [Spiritual] Passover, was sacrificed [and has risen from the dead] for us. Therefore, let us keep the feast [of Jesus' full redemption and salvation in our place;] not with old [covenant] leaven, nor with [the pagan/Christian] leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and Truth," (1 Cor. 5:7-8.) That is why “Jesus, knowing that all things [that were commanded in the Old Covenant Testament ceremonial law] were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be [fully] fulfilled... said, ‘It is finished!’ And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit,” (Jn. 19:27-30.)
[Acknowledgement to the people who did the images and photos used on this website]
Above from Left: Fourteen Stations of the Cross during “Lent;” The origin of the pagan feast to the fertility goddess Ishtar, and the Christian Easter bunny feast. Fertility symbols such as eggs and bunnies are actually pagan sex symbols.
¨ Just one simple test will prove that the feast of the Easter Weekend is not only totally unscriptural, but completely pagan, although it was connected to Jesus’ suffering, death, and resurrection. What does the Creator God of the universe and the Savior of the world, the Lord Jesus Christ, have in common with chocolate eggs, hot-cross buns, and Easter bunnies? (Jn. 3:16.)
Because Protestantism is one of the firstborn daughters of Roman Catholicism, Protestants also keep the “Easter Weekend” feast, which the Vatican took from the veneration of the fertility goddess Ishtar. Alexander Hislop explained in his book, ‘The Two Babylons,’ “The hot cross buns of Good Friday… were “sacred bread offered to the gods,” used in worship of the Queen of Heaven, (the fertility goddess Semiramis, Ishtar, or the Christian goddess Mother Mary…) The Druids used the decorated eggs of Pasch or Easter Sunday as the sacred emblem of their Order’s sacred ceremonies, [mainly as symbols of ‘new birth’ in the reincarnation of the sun god.] This ancient pagan rite and ‘food of the gods’ are still used in nearly all cultures worldwide. [And of course, in both Roman Catholic and Protestant Christianity.]”
¨ So, may believers eat hot cross buns, ‘Easter eggs,’ and other food sacrificed to idols? Yes, if one rejects all the pagan and Christian rituals, laws, and feasts associated with it. Our liberty in Christ is so great, where food and all created things are concerned, everything [can be] cleansed by thanksgiving, “the Word of God,” and prayer, (1 Tim. 4:4-5.)
Lent is the first day of a six week “fast” and ritual “repentance” before Easter Sunday. It begins on “Ash Wednesday,” a so-called “holy day of peace.” The aim is allegedly to “mortify the flesh” by abstaining from luxuries such as meat, “like Jesus allegedly did during His 40-day fast in the wilderness,” and by “giving alms.” Lent is a prelude to the “Holy Week” before Easter, when Jesus’ crucifixion, death, and resurrection are commemorated.
However, when Jesus fasted in the desert He ate nothing for 40 days, (Mt. 4:1-11.) After the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, believers do not fast without a specific purpose, because they have the Spirit constantly living inside them. The only thing that can alienate them from God is unrepentant disobedience to His Word. So, even when struggling with sin and affliction, Isaiah 58:3-6 is still the fast God recommends. That passage describes true spiritual fasting as a lifestyle, not a literal, once-off, or yearly ritual. God said, “…You fast for strife and debate and do wickedness… [Thus, this is the spiritual] fast I have chosen: loosen the bonds of wickedness, undo the heavy [religious and sinful] burdens, let the oppressed go free and break every yoke... Share your bread with the hungry [as a lifestyle of Moral love,] and bring to your house the poor who are cast out…”
However, during Lent, people must do a ‘daily devotional;’ praying according to the “Lenten calendar to draw close to God.” Jesus’ carrying His cross is symbolized by “spiritual disciplines,” which are ritual, “devotional commemorations” named The Stations of the Cross – the Via Delarosa or the Way to the Cross. This is a “spiritual pilgrimage,” (pilgrimage is always pagan,) “to contemplate the Passion of Christ.” All this stems from paganism. The following commandments constitute the only ‘sacrifice’ we must bring to God on a daily basis. Romans 12:1-2, “…Present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God [through the full atonement of Jesus Christ,] which is your reasonable [or basic] service. And do not be conformed to this world [and it’s ceremonial or ritual religion,] but be transformed by the renewing of your minds [on a continual basis,] that you may know what is that… perfect will of God [for every situation to glorify Him.]”
In Islam’s 30-day Ramadan fast, Muslims also do pilgrimage, and fast from sunrise to sunset, ‘abstaining’ from sinful behavior, and give ‘alms.’ Is this coincidence? No, as everything spiritual was made tangible to Christians, those pagan “stations” were arranged from picture to picture to say prayers with prayer beads. It also entails, where possible, physical pilgrimage such as trips to the so-called ‘holy land’ in “a spirit of reparation for the sufferings of Jesus’ passion.” (God’s entire Old Testament covenant with the people and country of Israel was annulled at the cross to establish His eternal New Covenant with every true believer, “bought with the blood of Jesus from every tribe, tongue, and nation,” Heb. 8:13; chapters 7-9. Heaven is the only ‘holy land’ true believers must focus on. Their lives through this world is a spiritual pilgrimage because they are not of this world, and thus they strive to complete their journey through life until Jesus comes to take them home, Heb. 11:12-16; 12:22-24.) Contrary to these ritual, Christianized pagan practices, true repentance is a permanent laying down of moral sin and living a lifestyle of constant prayer in absolute devotion to Jesus; obeying God’s Moral Law in Holy Spirit leading and power.
Jesus’ first disciples observed neither Lent nor Easter until Christianity was formed to became the State religion of the Roman Empire. Hislop, in ‘The Two Babylons,’ (p. 103-111,) told how the Druids worshiped Ishtar, Astarte or Semiramis of Old Babylon, the “Queen of Heaven,” (who was Christianized as “Mother” Mary,) “god’s wife,” and how Christianity also turned the pagan festivals of Lent and Easter, (the fertility goddess Ishtar,) into Christian feasts. Hislop wrote, “Among pagans Lent was a preliminary to the great annual festival in commemoration of the death and resurrection of Tammuz… [the reincarnation of his father Nimrod of Gen. 11.)”
In Ezekiel 8:14, God calls the “weeping for [the god] Tammuz” [during ‘Lent’] “an abomination.” In ancient Babylon, Semiramis was Nimrod’s wife, (a.k.a. Ishtar,) the “great mother,” who birthed Tammuz after Nimrod died. Nimrod was allegedly ‘reincarnated as Tammuz,’ (on whom Catholicism founded ‘mother’ Mary and her baby Jesus, Gen. 8:10-14.) Nimrod, Semiramis, and Tammuz were deified when Nimrod ‘was reincarnated in the form of Tammuz.’ The dogma of this son/husband of Semiramis made for incest and other horrible abominations, as seen in the Christian sex feast of “Saint Valentine’s Day.” So, the “weeping for Tammuz” we read about in the bible is also “the weeping for Nimrod,” which became the mournful festivals of Lent and Easter, which commemorate the death and ‘resurrection’ of Nimrod as Tammuz - known by different names and variations in nearly every culture, when God confused the ancient Babylonians with different languages, and from there, Babylonian worship spread through the world.
Imbolg or Spring Day – Roman Catholic St. Brigit’s Day, Groundhog Day and May Day
The Celts commemorated the arrival of the god Spring, (Imbolc,) as the season of new growth. The Old Irish worshiped Spring as their ‘great’ fertility goddess, Bridged. The ancient Celts and their Druidic priesthood called this goddess the midwifery (of birth,) the goddess Bridged or ‘Mother Earth.’ ‘Imbolc’ literally means, “in the belly of the mother.”
So, on this day, worshipers of Bridged still light candles, firecrackers, and bon fires (or sacrificial bone fires) in worship to this creation and fire goddess. As all the other traditions of Christianity, church leaders Christianized this pagan goddess as ‘saint’ Brigit – the so-called “patron saint (or goddess) of fire, smith craft, poetry, and healing.” To suit Christian tradition, the papacy changed the pagan fire festival of Imbolc to ‘Candle Mass,’ ‘Saint Bridget’s Day,’ or the ‘Day of Mary of the Candles’ – that is ‘Mother’ Mary, worshiped as the fire and creation goddess Bridged! Furthermore, the Vatican had the audacity to call their Christian-pagan Candle Mass “a day of blessing and healing.” [Partly from Wikipedia.]
Americans renamed the fertility feast of Imbolc or ‘saint’ Brigit to Groundhog Day. To predict that the coming summer would be “blessed,” they monitor the behavior of animals to see if they come out of their winter hibernation on Groundhog Day, which supposedly foretells the weather for the coming season.
May Day or Spring Day is a festival which, in some way or another, relates to every culture on the globe. The origin, however, is seated in the worship of the Greek ‘Mother Earth’ goddess Maia – or the Irish fertility goddess Brigit. Romans knew Maia as the ‘mother’ of the Roman god Mercury. Some knew Brigit, (or all plant and animal life in the personage of a goddess,) by the names Flora (plants) and Fauna (animals,) or ‘Mother Nature.’ On May Day, Bridget, Flora/Fauna, (nature itself,) or Maia was, or is especially revered as the goddess in the form of blossoms, flowers, leaves, and other vegetation.
¨ Ancient Celts and Druids, and even modern Europeans and other witches, believe that “during this spring festival, the spirits of their dead ancestors, known as ‘earth spirits,’ (in the form of fairies, gnomes, and elves,) rise from the earth, come down from the hills, etcetera, to play and dance among the new leaves and flowers.” Although many cultures view these ‘mystical’ creatures as benign, they are actually demons, who pretend to be cute and friendly. One thing is certain, they are not the human spirits of dead ancestors. Bible Scripture declares, “The dead knows nothing. They have no more reward (or honor on earth…) Nevermore will they have a share in anything done under the sun,” (Eccl. 9:5-10.)
On May Day or Spring Day, pagans had and still have the custom to decorate wells and sacrifice flowers to the ‘healing water’ or the ‘holy water itself, named “Bridget.” As usual, these pagan rituals were also Christianized to honor the Christian ‘goddess of healing,’ ‘mother’ Mary. That is why, on Saint Brigit’s Day, Christians also “dress trees and bushes with flowers, ribbons, crosses, and so on, and hang the clothes of the sick on them to invoke the ‘healing’ of their goddess Mary and other so-called mediatory ‘saints,’ or gods.” [Acknowledgement to Wikipedia and Britannica.com]
However, if healing occur through such pagan beliefs and rituals that were cloaked in church dogma, Christians should attribute those ‘miracles’ to the Druidic spirits ‘of the dead,’ who masquerade as imps, sprites, gnomes, fairies, etcetera, but are actually demonic representations of the human spirits of deceased ancestors, who are either in heaven or in hell and “know nothing about anything” going on here on earth, (Luke 16:19-31; Eccl. 9:5-6.)