EASTER

Amos 5:26-27 But you have borne the tabernacle of your moloch and chiun your images, the star of your god, which you made to yourselves. Therefore will I cause you to go into captivity beyond Damascus, saith the YHWH, whose name is The God of hosts.

Acts 7:43 Yea, you took up the tabernacle of Moloch, and the star of your god remphan, figures which you made to worship them: and I will carry you away beyond Babylon.

From the beginning, those who have proclaimed a following of Adonai have had large numbers compromise paganism with the Creator. Israel took the star of saturn as their own, the pharisees compromised God’s Law with theirs; from Cain to the whore church, and her harlots, of Revelations 17, we are warned of the compromise of the things of God... and of the destruction it will cause.

When we are faithful, not compromising any point of what Adonai give us, it is then that the blessing rain in a manner that is unimaginable by our minds. Daniel did not compromise and Adonai made him healthy, victorious in the eyes of a pagan king, and closed the mouth of a lion. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego did not compromise and Yeshua walked side by side with them in a fire. David did not compromise and Adonai made him victor over wild beast’s, a giant of a soldier, and a kingdom. Yet, when David compromised God’s Law, David’s house suffered for the rest of his life.

Many who know me know I don’t celebrate christmas or easter. I know, “Another video condemning me because I like christmas and easter”. That’s not what this is about. The schools, colleges, and churches have moved to a platform of telling you what they want you to believe, and giving you only the resources to follow their belief. I have a belief, it’s impossible not to, and because I have a belief, I’m going to tell you what I believe; and I’m going to show you why I believe it. Then, it’s up to you to decide on what you will do. I am not being judged for you; its you that answers to God, not me.

Paskha appears 29 times in the New Testament writings but there is just one text in the King James Bible that makes specific use of the word “easter”. Because of this, many Bible scholars assume that the word “easter” is derived from the Greek word paskha, which is Passover; but this is not the case. This is actually an error made by the reformers who translated the King James Bible; but they were trained in catholicism.

Acts 12:4 (KJV) 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.


ORIGINS

We know easter as a early spring festivities, and easter IS described, in considerable detail, within scripture. Because of the history of easter, it would not have been foreign to the people in the land of Israel during the first century. The time is filled with imagery relating to life, death, and resurrection. Let’s look at two of the top Christian Bible dictionaries and see how they define easter:

Easter: Originally a Saxon word (Eostre), denoting a goddess of the Saxons, in honor 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 paskha (the Passover). When the authorized version (1611) was formed, the word “Passover” was used in all passages in which this word paskha occurred, except in Acts 12:4. In the Revised Version the proper word, “Passover” is always used. (Easton’s Bible Dictionary).

... intending after Easter - rather, ‘after the Passover’; that is, after the whole festival was over. (The word in our King James Version is an ecclesiastical term of later date, and ought not to have been employed here). (Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible (Jamiesson, Faucett and Brown), Acts 12:4)

So we see that the word “easter” should not have been used. Why would that be? Today most everyone thinks that easter has something to do with the death of Christ. Atheist even fight against days like this.

The Easton’s Bible Dictionary states that easter was the name of a Saxon goddess, named ester, and this name was APPLIED to the resurrection of Yeshua.

It was the catholic church that changed the name and the date, and we will look at this more in a future video in this series. But I would like to see what they say on this matter:

The English term, according to the Venn. Bead (De tempo rum rationed, I, v), relates to Ester, a Teutonic goddess of the rising light of the day and spring, which deity, howver, is otherwise unknown, even in the Eddo (Smock, Mythoi., 362); Anglo-Saxon, Easter, Easton; Old High German, rostra, strata, stratum; German, Astern. April was called easter-monadh...”

“Because the use of eggs was forbidden during Lent, they were brought to the table on Easter Day, colored red to symbolize the Easter joy. This custom is found not only in the Latin but also in the Oriental Churches. “The symbolic meaning of a new creation of mankind by Jesus risen from the dead was probably an invention of later times. The custom may have its origin in paganism, for a great many pagan customs, celebrating the return of spring, gravitated to Easter. The egg is the emblem of the germinating life of early spring. Easter eggs, the children are told, come from Rome with the bells which on Thursday go to Rome and return Saturday morning.” (Catholic Encyclopedia)

So, the catholic encyclopedia clearly states that many facets of its easter celebrations were derived from paganism; yet, most “christian” movements till follow their “mother church” by using the detestable name of easter adn practicing fertility rites.

EASTER CELEBRATIONS IN THE BIBLE

The name Eostre / Ester transliterated into Hebrew is Astarte / Ishtar, a pagan fertility goddess who is also known as Asherah and Ashtoreth in the Bible. Ashtoreth is a moon goddess. The moon was linked with fertility; Ashtoreth was Baal / Molech’s partner.

Ashtoreth: The moon goddess of the Phoenicians, representing the passive principle in nature, their principal female deity; frequently associated with the name of Baal, the sun-god, their chief male deity (Judges 10:6; 1 Samuel 7:4: 12:10). These names often occur in the plural (Ashtaroth, Baalim), probably as indicating either different statues or different modifications of the deities. The deity is spoken of as Ashtoreth of the Zidonians. She was the Ishtar of the Accadians and the Astarte of the Greeks (Jeremiah 44:17; 1 Kings 11:5, 33; 2 Kings 23:13). Under the name of Ishtar, she was one of th egreat deities of the Asyrians. The Phoenicians called her Astarte. Solomon introduced the worship of this idol (1 Kings 11:33). Jezebel’s 400 priest were probably employed in its service (1 Kings 18:19). It was called the “queen of heave” (Jeremiah 44:25). (Easton’s Bible Dictionary)

As the variances in the use and pronunciation of words from one area of the U.S. to the other, the variances between the names of this goddess were related to the region and dialect of Israel, Canaan, and Babylon.

Asherah, and pl. Asherim in Revised Versions, instead of “grove” and “groves” of the Authorized Version. This was the name of the sensual Canaanitish goddess Astarte, the feminine of the Assyran Ishtar. It’s symbol was the stem of a tree deprived of it’s boughs, and rudely shaped into an image, and planted in the ground. Such religious symbols (“groves”) are frequently alluded to in Scripture (Exodus 34:13; Judges 6:25; 2 Kings 23:6; 1 Kings 16:33; etc). These images were also sumetimes made of sliver or of carved stone (2 Kings 21:7; “the graven image of Asherah,” RSV). (See GROVE [1]).(Easton’s Dictionary)

Ashera(h): “groves (for idol worship)” a Babylonian (Astarte) - Canaanite goddess (of fortune and happiness), the supposed consort of Baal... sacred trees or poles set up near an altar. (Brown, Driver Briggs Hebrew Lexicon)

The Bible makes reference to these pagan goddesses in several places:

1 Kings 14:15 (KJV) 15 For the YHWH shall smite Israel, as a reed is shaken in the water, and he shall root up Israel out of this good land, which he gave to their fathers, and shall scatter them beyond the river, because they have made their groves, provoking the YHWH to anger.

1 Kings 14:23 (KJV) 23 For they also built them high places, and images, and groves, on every high hill, and under every green tree.

1 Kings 18:19 (KJV) 19 Now therefore send, and gather to me all Israel unto mount Carmel, and the prophets of Baal four hundred and fifty, and the prophets of the groves four hundred, which eat at Jezebel's table.

2 Chronicles 31:1 (KJV) 1 Now when all this was finished, all Israel that were present went out to the cities of Judah, and brake the images in pieces, and cut down the groves, and threw down the high places and the altars out of all Judah and Benjamin, in Ephraim also and Manasseh, until they had utterly destroyed them all. Then all the children of Israel returned, every man to his possession, into their own cities.

Isaiah 27:9 (KJV) 9 By this therefore shall the iniquity of Jacob be purged; and this is all the fruit to take away his sin; when he makes all the stones of the altar as chalkstones that are beaten in sunder, the groves and images shall not stand up.

Micah 5:14 (KJV) 14 And I will pluck up your groves out of the midst of you: so will I destroy your cities.


There are many more passages which I’ve included in the notes under this video.
Exodus 34:13; Deut 7:5; 12:3; 16;21; Judges 6:25, 26, 28, 30; 1 Kings 15:13; 16:33; 2 Kings 17:10, 16; 18:4; 21:3, 7; 23:4, 6, 7, 14, 15; 2 Chronicles 14:3; 15:16; 17:6; 9:3; 24:18; 33:3, 19; Isaiah 17:8

It is clear, there is a easter festival talked about in the scriptures; and it’s clearly an abomination unto Adonai and the Messiah. Seeing these poles, we then understand what another popular passage is saying. This passage is usually related to the christmas pagan holiday but we see clearly that it’s referring to easter.

Jeremiah 10:1-11 (KJV) 1 Hear you the word which the YHWH speaks unto you, O house of Israel: 2 Thus saith the YHWH, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them. 3 For the customs of the people are vain: for one cuts a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. 4 They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not. 5 They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must needs be borne, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good. 6 Forasmuch as there is none like unto you, O YHWH; you are great, and your name is great in might. 7 Who would not fear you, O King of nations? for to you does it appertain: forasmuch as among all the wise men of the nations, and in all their kingdoms, there is none like unto you. 8 But they are altogether brutish and foolish: the stock is a doctrine of vanities. 9 Silver spread into plates is brought from Tarshish, and gold from Uphaz, the work of the workman, and of the hands of the founder: blue and purple is their clothing: they are all the work of cunning men. 10 But YHWH is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlasting king: at his wrath the earth shall tremble, and the nations shall not be able to abide his indignation. 11 Thus shall you say unto them, The gods that have not made the heavens and the earth, even they shall perish from the earth, and from under these heavens.


This pagan goddess got her power from her male counterpart, Baal has a festival of his own under his other title Molech:

1 Kings 11:4-8 (KJV) 4 For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the YHWH his God, as was the heart of David his father. 5 For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, and after Milcom (Molech or Baal) the abomination of the Ammonites. 6 And Solomon did evil in the sight of the YHWH, and went not fully after the YHWH, as did David his father. 7 Then did Solomon build an high place for Chemosh, the abomination of Moab, in the hill that is before Jerusalem, and for Molech, the abomination of the children of Ammon. 8 And likewise did he for all his strange wives, which burnt incense and sacrificed unto their gods.


What did Adonai do to those who followed these practices?

2 Kings 23:7-10 (KJV) 7 And he brake down the houses of the sodomites, that were by the house of the YHWH, where the women wove hangings for the grove. 8 And he brought all the priests out of the cities of Judah, and defiled the high places where the priests had burned incense, from Geba to Beersheba, and brake down the high places of the gates that were in the entering in of the gate of Joshua the governor of the city, which were on a man's left hand at the gate of the city. 9 Nevertheless the priests of the high places came not up to the altar of the YHWH in Jerusalem, but they did eat of the unleavened bread among their brethren. 10 And he defiled Topheth, which is in the valley of the children of Hinnom, that no man might make his son or his daughter to pass through the fire to Molech.


When we look at this passage, we see the pagan priest associating their festivals with the unleavened bread of the Passover season, just as they did with the European version of the same fertility goddess who gives easter her name; just as most professing christians do today.

CHRISTIAN CARRY OVER

Like the times talking about in the books of the Kings, christianity has transferred pagan rites, including the very name, of the pagan celebration into the resurrection of the Messiah. To top that off, the christians dishonor the Jewish Messiah by putting a “traditional” ham on their tables. With the Bible clearly calling for a separation of God’s people from the pagans, their worship from pagan worship, and shows destruction of those who do not separate and even commingle the two; this is a clear and defiant demonstration of disrespect towards Yeshua. While christians talk about the defiance of Israel in those times, they paint a picture of these actions being acceptable behavior for Christians. Christ-ian means to be Christ like but easter and it’s pagan trappings are entirely against the Messiah.

This is not just Old Testament teachings. First, the Old Testament was not done away with, but rather is a physical example of the spiritual kingdom we live in today. Everything from the Old Testament was of the physical being: physical law, physical temple, physical lamb, physical jew, physical high priest, physical death, and etc. Today it is spiritual: Law in our heart, temple in Heaven, Christ the Lamb, Christ the High Priest, spiritual jew, and a spiritual death. The example and shadow of the Old Testament show us what happens at then end of this New Testament age. Still, the New Testament talks of these things:

Acts 7:42-43 (KJV) 42 Then God turned, and gave them up to worship the host of heaven; as it is written in the book of the prophets, O you house of Israel, have you offered to me slain beasts and sacrifices by the space of forty years in the wilderness? 43 Yea, you took up the tabernacle of Moloch, and the star of your god Remphan, figures which you made to worship them: and I will carry you away beyond Babylon.

Romans 11:1-5 (KJV) 1 I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. 2 God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew. Wot you not what the scripture saith of Elias? how he maketh intercession to God against Israel, saying, 3 Lord, they have killed your prophets, and digged down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life. 4 But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal. 5 Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.


And in the last book of the Bible, the one talking about the end yet to come:

Revelation 2:14-16 (KJV) 14 But I have a few things against you, because you hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication. 15 So hast you also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate. 16 Repent; or else I will come unto you quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.


Notice that this is a church who is compromising paganism with christianity, and Yeshua does not like it. We also read about another church:

Revelation 2:20-23 (KJV) 20 Notwithstanding I have a few things against you, because you sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols. 21 And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not. 22 Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds. 23 And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.


If any professing christian, watching this video, still believe it to be acceptable to intertwine pagan practices to honor Yeshua the Messiah, then take a look at what Paul had to say about this:

1 Corinthians 10:19-22 (KJV) 19 What say I then? that the idol is any thing, or that which is offered in sacrifice to idols is any thing? 20 But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that you should have fellowship with devils. 21 You cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: you cannot be partakers of the Lord's table, and of the table of devils. 22 Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? are we stronger than he?


The earliest record of christians celebrating easter is in connection with the visit of Polycarp (the bishop of Smyrna) to Anicetus (the bishop of Rome) in 154-155 AD, for the purposes of maintaining Passover observance. Polycarp was a disciple of John. He was known to have discourse with the original disciples of Yeshua and was a faithful follower of Christ for 86 years. Polycarp represented the ancient observance of Passover through the night of the fourteenth of Nisan, which is both the Old and New Testament Passover, regardless of what day of the week it might fall on our calendar. Anicetus argued for a new calendar that would cause easter to always fall on a sunday. By changing the original date for Passover, which Christ and all the disciples followed, the post-apostolic founders of the church used a syncretistic effort to bring paganism into the pews, which is clearly the work of anti-christ.

In 1582 AD the catholic church changed to the Gregorian calendar, in which most of the world has followed. There had to be a 10 day removal in order to line up the proper date to the pagan holiday of Esther and move that pagan day closer to the Jewish day of Passover; the day Jesus actually died, so that people would keep the pagan holidays. To do this, in the year 1582, Thursday October 4th was followed by Friday October 15th.

CONCLUSION TO THE MATTER

"O YHWH, my strength and my fortress. My refuge in the day of affliction, The Gentiles shall come to You from the ends of the earth and say, 'Surely our fathers have inherited lies, Worthlessness and unprofitable things.'" Jeremiah 16:19


Deception is a mixture of lie and truth. It's what makes deception as profitable as this day coming up: whether it be called "easter" or "resurrection sunday". We were passed many lies from the mother church, and the harlot continues in them (Rev 17)

On the wall, of the home I was raised in, hung a plaque with the saying, "As for me and my house, we will serve the LORD"; a wonderful saying, but in context says even more. Look this up, read it for yourself, in context; for I'm putting this in context by modern terms:

If it seems evil to you, to serve the LORD, then choose who else you will serve; whether the pagan gods of the past, or the pagan gods of today. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD. Joshua 24:15


While we had this plaque hanging on our wall, we kept pagan holidays of easter, christmas, and the likes. Were my parents in error? Nope. They did not know these were pagan holidays. When they found out the dangers of halloween, we stopped celebrating that day.

In the past, our fathers did not know these truths, information was not as abundant as now. But, in these end days, many are running to and fro, and knowledge has increased (Dan 12:4): they have put on a form of godliness, but are lacking in the power (2 Tim 3:5), because they love the pleasures of the things of this world more than God (2 Tim 3:4). While our knowledge of things, like these mixings of paganism with the things of God, has increased, the refusal to come out of her (Rev 18:4) has also increased; making this day, a day of rebellion, thus apostasy grows (as prophesied). The remnant of the Gentile are understanding and crying out the statement of Jeremiah 16:19.

In 2 Kings 23:7-10, we see the priest co-mingling Passover with the pagan rituals of "groves" (KJV). "Groves" were idols set up in worship of ashtoreth or asherah. These pagan goddess' were also known as eostre, asterte, ester, and ishtar; who we know as easter. Thus then, we know they were mixing the spring festivals of easter with Passover: God despised the practice.

This year, it's become a big question, do we call it "easter" or do we call it "resurrection sunday"? This debate is kind of like a "Hobson's choice", a take it or leave it choice. We are given a false illusion of choice: coke or pepsi, mac or pc, etc. We are given a choice as if there is none better: take this or leave it.

We are confident that Passover was the day Y'shua died, as The Lamb of God, in the renewed covenant of today, for the Tabernacle which is in Heaven: the sacrifice for sins. Unlike His birthday, which is sometime in Sept - Oct, we have not lost this day. This year (2013), it was Tuesday (Nisan 14). He laid in the heart of the earth three days and three nights (Matt 12:40) thus then, His anniversary of His resurrection, and defeat of death, was Friday (3/29/13). We are given a choice as if sunday is the only day to worship; which is like saying, "because the Declaration of Independence was signed on thurs, you can only celebrate this day on thursday" even though it was July 4th. Sunday is not the focus of this day, it's the resurrection and WHO it was that died and was raised. The 'sunday resurrection' is a mere tactic to keep people hooked on the pagan day of the sun and the co-mingling of the things of Y'shua with paganism.

Marcion was instrumental in separating the "God of the jew's" with the "god of the gentile"; even though, this is against Biblical teaching. Because of this separation, many gentile see it too jewish to keep the holiday of passover, which YHWH established as a symbol of the sacrifice of Christ, and to keep a pagan holiday given to them by their father tradition (Mark 6:6-9). There is not a law set up for the jew and a separate for the gentile: there is one law for both he that is of Israel and the gentile (Exodus 12:49).

There is a third choice for the celebration of the death and resurrection of Christ, one God established in the past, one Y'shua kept in His day, and more-so one in which Christ fulfilled: it's called Passover; the day Christ actually died for our sins, and is in no way associated with paganism.

As followers of Yeshua the Messiah, we have full assurance that Christ was crucified on Passover; as our Passover Lamb for forgiveness of sins. If this feast seems “too Jewish”, christians would be well advised to consider whether they prefer to follow the Messiah who came through the tribe of Judah; to which the name Jewish is derived from, or follow dates and feasts that accommodate pagan culture. True Christians are so called because they imitate the Messiah who gave His life to raise up a Set Apart people.

Easter is clearly the, so called sacred, female partner of two deities that are associated with murdering children; therefore, at a minimum, the name should die from the lips of every true Christian. And, on another level that takes the occasion of the death and resurrection to a much purer place: That is celebrating the Passover as Yeshua and His followers did, and done for decades after. Not as the shadow of what was in Egypt and the exodus, but what was with Christ, and what is of our exodus from death.

1 Kings 18:21 (KJV) 21 And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt you between two opinions? if the YHWH be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.
Joshua 24:14-15 (KJV) 14 Now therefore fear the YHWH, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve you the YHWH. 15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the YHWH, choose you this day whom you will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the YHWH.


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CHRISTMAS

ATHEIST AND CHRISTMAS

I want to talk a moment about the fight to eliminate Christ from Christmas. For some reason, atheist see it offensive when they see a picture of a person they don’t believe in. They find it offensive in that OTHER people believe in a God that they don’t believe in. That, in itself, is strange to me - why fight to eliminate something that you don’t believe exist’s anyway. On top of this fight, there’s been a growing battle with the atheist, and some liberals, to eliminate Christ from Christmas.

Atheist’s try to push themselves as smarter than people who believe in a God; but the fact that they are trying to eliminate Christ from Christmas actually shows how ignorant they actually are. Any atheist, looking at this, are feeling their heart rate and blood pressure increase right now. And, the Christian is starting to cheer, but let me explain why I say that.

The atheist are trying to remove Christ from Christmas, but, aside from some figurines, Christ has been largely removed from Christmas, even in the homes of professing Christians. In fact, besides some Christmas play’s, a word here and there, and a picture or figurine, I can’t find Christ anywhere within Christmas. Now, both atheist and Christian are a little confused.

I wanted to give a teaching of how Christmas was passed to the American church by roman catholicism, and show how the day is actually the day celebrating the pagan god baal, also known as the sun god. Yet, this would only point fingers at the knowledge I have of this day and would not really do justice. I want God to be glorified in this because it’s not about me, it’s about the Bible and how the people follow, who claim to follow. You see, giving all the facts of where the day really comes from would also not do justice because I get the same response every time, “I don’t see it that way, I’m a follower of Jesus”. Really? Your a follower of Jesus? You mean the same Jesus that told the rich man to sell all he had and give it to the poor then he could follow Him - THAT Jesus?
Luke 18:22 Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me."

So your telling me, you follow the Jesus who said NOT to store up on Earth?
Matthew 6:19 19 "Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal;

You mean the Jesus that said, you must be willing to get rid of everything to follow me - you follow THAT Jesus?
Luke 14:33 33 So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple.

So, you follow the same Jesus Paul followed, who said to be satisfied with what you have, and buy only what you need and give the rest away to people who can’t get what they need - Your telling me you FOLLOW THAT Jesus?
2 Corinthians 8:14-15 14 but by an equality, that now at this time your abundance may supply their lack, that their abundance also may supply your lack--that there may be equality. 15 As it is written, "He who gathered much had nothing left over, and he who gathered little had no lack."

In the light of those questions, are you really telling me that Jesus is in the christmas holiday?

At the release of this teaching, we are headed into a day known as “black friday”. Every year, I get people asking me if I’ll be going shopping on “black friday” and I always say the same thing, “I don’t have insurance”. “Black friday”, the day after we give thanks for what we have, is the most covetous day of the year; and people get violent for the things of this world.

When the Philippines got hit, I'm sitting in a hotel room, browsing on my iPad, getting ready to go down to the heated pool. It hit me, this is not what God intended for His Body. I know that not everyone can just pull up from a job and go the Philippines and help out, but here we are, headed into the, so called, holiday season. And, the "body of Christ" will be "celebrating" His "birthday" by going out and buying more things to make their lives more fluffy and comfortable; while Christ is out there starving, cold, and sick.
Matthew 25:45-46 'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.' And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life."

So, they drop a twenty or so in the bucket at the store, with the guy ringing the little bell, or maybe make a small donation or two; they might even have a birthday cake that says, “Happy Birthday Jesus”, this way they can feel a little better about themselves. And, they say they are celebrating the holiday because of Jesus.

Show me in Scripture where we are even suppose to celebrate His birthday. Show me where He said, “Celebrate my coming for the world by buying yourself more things you don’t need”. No, if Christ was in this day, He would say, “Take, in your abundance, and give to those in need; because in doing this, you do it to me”. You see, when anyone else has a birthday, we buy presents for the birthday person. If we were really celebrating this day as Jesus Birthday, wouldn’t we be buying gifts for Him and NOT for us?

Christmas day is one of the most hypocritical days of the year and the atheist are fighting against it. This is why the atheists are really dumb in this. They actually believe the same thing that the professing christians try to shovel to the world - it’s about Jesus.

I have a challenge every year. If it’s really about Jesus in your house, don’t buy gifts for those who don’t need. Gather the family together and buy gifts for those in need. Then, take the family and go deliver those needed gifts in person; for those in need are Christ.

If you say, “I can’t do that, I have to get my family something”, then it’s NOT about Christ, it’s about the gifts. If you say, “The children would not understand”, then your not teaching them about the giving of Christ, your teaching them the day is about getting gifts - your teaching them of the covetous of man.

In light of these facts, in light of what the Bible says, how is it we can continue in a day that is the exact opposite of what the Bible says? How can we say we follow the Bible, follow Jesus, if our actions are moving in the opposite direction?

The church really needs to repent of it’s ways.


Money per year needed to solve world hunger:
$30,000,000,000
$86,100,000,000
spent on Christmas in America each year


The church really needs to repent !

Acts 12:4

Hello. I’m releasing this video because of the text book style responses I’m getting to my statement of the translated word “easter” in Acts 12:4 of the King James Bible.

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
(Acts 12:4 KJV)


TRANSLATED WORD
The word easter, in Acts 12:4, is translated from the word Pascha; which originates from Aramaic. The Strongs lists the translation as both easter or Passover. The problem is, these are two different festivals.

A word can never mean what it never meant. In other words, if it did not mean it in the 1st century of the penning of Acts, it does not mean it now. Yet, because of previous translations, the Strongs Concordance added “easter” to the definition. This is not the only error Strongs made. While Strongs is a really good book for reference to Hebrew and Greek words, they’ve added definitions to words, and even added accent marks to Hebrew words, creating a type of new word that is not in the Hebrew language to this day. The problem comes in to when it’s contradictory to the context of Scripture.

Commentaries tells us that Pascha was translated to Passover in all other portions of the King James Bible but it was translated to easter in Acts 12:4. They conclude this was an error.

Coming from the Aramaic word for Passover Pascha can only mean one festival, and can’t mean two different festivals in two different times - one of the pagans and one of the God of Israel.

EARLIER TRANSLATIONS
In earlier Bibles, Pascha was always translated as easter. Tindale knew of the difference between the Jewish Pascha and easter thus created the translated word Passover; in relation to what the festival represents. As time went, the translated word easter for Pascha was used much less: for example - the 1539 Great Bible has easter 15 times, and the 1568 Bishops' Bible only has easter twice (John
11:55; Acts 12:4).

Many still saw the two days as the same, which is probably where the error arrises. When one studies the number of people who translated the KJV and how it was done, it’s not hard to understand that this could innocently be included as easter rather than Passover. We see this same type of error in the 1611 version that translated Elijah’s name to Elizeus (Luke
4:27) later changed in the more modern KJV’s. It does not make the KJV any less credible but shows the error that can happen when a people from a different time and culture try to translate words of a people from a far different time and culture. 

TIMING OF PASSOVER
Passover is not specifically a 24 hour festival. This comes from knowledge of practicing the feast’s and also Scripture. Leviticus 23:5-6, Numbers
28:16-17, and 2 Chronicles 35:17 all point towards one day; the 14th. Yet, the day kept by the Jews and the day kept by Rome started and ended in two different times. Since the lamb was to be sacrificed on the 14th and eaten on the 15th (Exodus 12:8; Deuteronomy 16:6-7) the festival actually spanned across two Jewish days.

Passover day was the High Holy Sabbath day that is treated in the same manner as the weekly Sabbath. Yet, the week long festival, including the Feast of Unleavened Bread, is all considered Passover as we read in Ezekiel
45:21 and Luke 22:1. 

“In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month, you shall observe the Passover, a feast of seven days; unleavened bread shall be eaten
(Ezekiel 45:21)

Now the Feast of Unleavened Bread drew near, which is called Passover
(Luke 22:1)

THE ARREST
The reason Peter was arrested was because Herod saw it would please the Jews; which was during the days of Unleavened Bread (Acts 12:3). We understand that the feast of Unleavened Bread is Passover. The context of this passage is WHO wrote the book - Luke, a Jew; WHO was arrested - Peter, a Jew; WHO it was to please - the Jews; and WHO the king was to present Peter to - the Jew’s he’s trying to please. Not just this, but the context of the time which the passage makes clear. It’s does not make clear any gentile holiday, it makes clear
Then were the days of unleavened bread (Acts 12:3 KJV); which again, we know to be the week long festival of Passover; according to Ezekiel and Luke, who wrote this book.

CONCLUSION
In conclusion, since the word to which easter was translated is from the word Pascha, which was translated Passover all other times of use and comes from the Aramaic word for Passover, that in and of itself should be sufficient to show an error in translation. Yet add in that Acts 12:3 specifically says that it was the days of Unleavened Bread and that the context of the author, Luke, says the Days of Unleavened Bread is a week long festival called Passover; and we take into consideration that the context surrounding this passage is of a Jewish context, being the author, captor, time, people meant to please, and especially the people that Herod is to present Peter to, the proper translation would definitely be Passover. Yes, Herod could care less about Passover, but the “people” Herod would be presenting Peter to was the Jews, and how could he “please” them by interrupting their festival? Thus, Herod needed to wait until that Passover celebration was complete because they would not violate their holiday rituals for this trial.

Some people love the King James translation so much that they cant fathom there being an error in translation. Is there a reason that we can't imagine an error being made in this book? I understand that we see it as "infallible", but infallible does not relate to translation but rather the meaning and purpose behind the text. I fully believe that God intended there to be errors and apparent contradictions. I say "apparent" because the contradiction only comes by bad interpretation; many times from a lack of study and merely following of what man teaches with no further examination.

The biggest error we could do is to come to someone full of pride and present an argument with a starting manner of - Your Wrong. As in this case, when people merely follow something they’ve studied on the internet or a teaching they heard a trusted pastor say; and the person does not look at ALL the context, original word and it’s origin, the history of the holiday, the full Bible’s definition of the holiday, and the full context of the story presented, and they come in a prideful way as if THEY know it, this actually shows a foolishness in their pride of wanting to show what they know rather than humbling themselves in wanting to learn.

Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent,
and discerning if they hold their tongues.
(Proverbs 17:28 NIV)

My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this:Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry
(James 1:19 NIV)

If we don’t want to listen and learn and only want to tell people their wrongs and show them what we know, I believe there is a serious pride issue. The best practice, that I believe we ALL could learn and practice, is coming to a person with humility and asking, “How did you come to that conclusion?” Then entering into a steal sharpening steal from there.

God Bless