First Passover – 1491 B.C. & Passover vs. Easter

Finger Waving UpWhen a man’s ways please the LORD, He maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him (Prov 16:7).

So You killed the first born of everything, even the animals?  Did Pharaoh then let them go?1. Passover

“And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, …Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying…they shall take to them every man a lamb…your 1 lamb shall be without blemish…and they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it2 eat not of it raw…and thus shall ye eat it; it is the LORD’S 3 Passover.

For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD. 

And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.  1. rameses to succoth

And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the LORD throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance forever” (Ex 12:1-14).

“And it came to pass, that at midnight the LORD smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sat on his throne unto the firstborn of the captive that was in the dungeon; and all the firstborn of cattle.

And Pharaoh rose up in the night, he, and all his servants, and all the Egyptians; and there was a great cry in Egypt; for there was not a house where there was not one dead.  

And he called for Moses and Aaron by night, and said, Rise up, and get you forth from among my people, both ye and the children of Israel; and go, serve the LORD, as ye have said. 

Also, take your flocks and your herds, as ye have said, and be gone; and bless me also” (Ex 12:29-32).

“And the children of Israel journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand on foot that were men, beside children. 

1.. Succoth
They gathered to Succoth from their homes and farms in the land of Raameses which is the land of Goshen.

Succoth was a military base on the eastern border of Egypt large enough for this great number of people and flocks to assemble in ranks to depart from Egypt in an orderly fashion by the way of the wilderness toward the Red Sea.

Succoth was called variously “Tharu”, T’aru”, and “Takut.”

Here is a quote from “Life in Ancient Egypt” by Adolf Erman (28, 537):

“The isthmus of Suez was of the greatest consequence also from a military point of view – it was doubtless fortified in very early times.

Probably here stood the great fortress of T’aru, often spoken of as the starting-point for the expeditions into Syria,..”

“The line of fortifications which was intended to keep back these Bedouins of the Delta, is met with as early as the Middle Empire, and is still standing.

It consists of a wall strengthened by small towers… this formed an obstruction which the slaves who tried to escape from Egypt, and Bedouins who wanted to pasture their cattle on the fields of the Delta, found difficult to pass.

At this time we also meet with a defensive work of another kind, namely a broad canal, which presumably connected the lakes of the isthmus together.

At the point where a bridge crossed this canal were strong fortresses on both sides…

The great fortress which defended this bridge was the fortress of T’aru’, which is so often mentioned as the starting point of the military expeditions.”

In ancient Egypt, there was a line of guarded fortifications along the canal which connected the Gulf of Suez with the Mediterranean Sea. Satellite and infrared photos show the path of this ancient canal.

At the point where one would leave Egypt proper and go into the Sinai desert, there was the fortress and a bridge of Tharu.

Here the Egyptian army assembled in preparation for their military expeditions to the north.

Armies consisted of a immense numbers of men, horses and chariots which required a large area to assemble.

And a mixed multitude went up also with them; and flocks, and herds, even very much cattle.  

And they baked unleavened cakes of the dough which they brought forth out of Egypt, for it was not leavened; because they were thrust out of Egypt, and could not tarry, neither had they prepared for themselves any victual.  

Now the sojourning of the children of Israel, who dwelt in Egypt, was four hundred and thirty years.  

And it came to pass at the end of the four hundred and thirty years, even the selfsame day it came to pass, that all the hosts of the LORD went out from the land of Egypt.

It is a night to be much observed unto the LORD for bringing them out from the land of Egypt: this is that night of the LORD to be observed of all the children of Israel in their generations.  

And the LORD said unto Moses and Aaron, This is the ordinance of the passover: There shall no stranger eat thereof: 

But every man’s servant that is bought for money, when thou hast circumcised him, then shall he eat thereof.  

A foreigner and an hired servant shall not eat thereof.

In one house shall it be eaten; thou shalt not carry forth ought of the flesh abroad out of the house; neither shall ye 4 break a bone thereof. 

All the congregation of Israel shall keep it” (Ex 12:37-47).

There were approximately 600,000 men and children, this amount doesn’t include women, and they had been there for 430 years, as God had told Abraham.

“And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Sanctify unto me all the firstborn, whatsoever openeth the womb among the children of Israel, both of man and of beast: it is mine. 

And Moses said unto the people, Remember this day, in which ye came out from Egypt, out of the house of bondage; for by strength of hand the LORD brought you out from this place: there shall no leavened bread be eaten. 

This day came ye out in the month Abib. 

And it shall be when the LORD shall bring thee into the land of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, which he swear unto thy fathers to give thee, a land flowing with milk and honey, that thou shalt keep this service in this month” (Ex 13:1-5).

“And it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God led them not through the way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near; for God said, Lest peradventure the people repent when they see war, and they return to Egypt. 

But God led the people about, through the way of the wilderness of the Red sea: and the children of Israel went up harnessed out of the land of Egypt. 

And Moses took the bones of Joseph with him: for he had straightly sworn the children of Israel, saying, God will surely visit you; and ye shall carry up my bones away hence with you .

And they took their journey from Succoth, and encamped in Etham, in the edge of the wilderness. 

And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night:

He took not away the pillar of the cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, from before the people” (Ex 13:17-22).

“And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

Speak unto the children of Israel that they turn and encamp before Pi-hahiroth, between Migdol and the sea, over against Baal-zephon: before it shall, ye encamp by the sea. 

4. chariot
By the New Kindgom the chariot was very much a part of ancient Egyptian society and pharaohs such as Thuthmosis II had over a thousand charioteers in his army. The Egyptian chariot was lighter and faster than the standard form used in the ancient world and was perfectly adapted to carry the feared egyptian archers into battle.

The original Egyptians were farmers, not fighters. They didn’t see the need for an organized army. They were well protected by the natural boundaries of the desert that surrounded the empire. During the Old Kingdom, if the Pharaoh needed men to fight, he would call up the farmers to defend the country.

However, eventually the Hyksos people located near northern Egypt became organized. They conquered Lower Egypt using chariots and advanced weapons. The Egyptians knew they now needed an army. They learned how to make powerful chariots and gathered a strong army with infantry, archers, and charioteers. They eventually took Lower Egypt back from the Hyksos.

From that point Egypt began to maintain a standing army. During the New Kingdom the Pharaohs often led the army into battle and Egypt conquered much of the surrounding land, expanding the Egyptian Empire.

Probably the most important weapon in the Egyptian army was the bow and arrow. The Egyptians used the composite bow that they learned about from the Hyksos. They could shoot arrows over 600 feet killing many enemies from long distance. The foot soldiers, also called the infantry, were armed with a variety of weapons including spears, axes, and short swords.

Chariots were an important part of the Egyptian army. They were wheeled carriages pulled by two fast warhorses. Two soldiers rode in a chariot. One would drive the chariot and control the horses while the other would fight using a bow and arrow or spear.

The Egyptian soldiers seldom wore armor. Their main form of defense was a shield. When they did wear armor it was in the form of hardened leather straps.

Life as an Egyptian Soldier
Life as an Egyptian soldier was hard work. They trained to keep up their strength and endurance. They also trained on different types of weapons. If they were proficient with a bow, then they would become an archer.

The army was often used for tasks other than fighting. After all, if Pharaoh was going to feed all these men, he was going to get some use out of them during times of peace. The army worked the fields during planting and harvest time. They also worked as laborers on a lot of the construction such as palaces, temples, and pyramids.

The head of the Egyptian army was the Pharaoh. Under the Pharaoh were two generals, one who led the army in Upper Egypt and one who led the army in Lower Egypt. Each army had three major branches: the Infantry, the Chariotry, and the Navy. The generals were usually close relatives to the Pharaoh.

For Pharaoh will say of the children of Israel, They are entangled in the land, the wilderness hath shut them in. 

And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart that he shall follow after them; and I will be honored upon Pharaoh, and upon all his host; that the Egyptians may know that, I am the LORD.  And they did so.

And it was told the king of Egypt that the people fled: and the heart of Pharaoh and of his servants was turned against the people, and they said, Why have we done this, that we have let Israel go from serving us? 

And he made ready his chariot, and took his people with him. 

And he took six hundred chosen chariots, and all the chariots of Egypt, and captains over every one of them” (Ex 14:2-7).

“But the Egyptians pursued after them, all the horses and chariots of Pharaoh, and his horsemen, and his army, and overtook them encamping by the sea, beside Pi-hahiroth, before Baal-zephon. 

And when Pharaoh drew nigh, the children of Israel lifted up their eyes, and, behold, the Egyptians marched after them; and they were sore afraid: and the children of Israel cried out unto the LORD. 

And they said unto Moses, Because there were no graves in Egypt, hast thou taken us away to die in the wilderness?  Wherefore hast thou dealt thus with us, to carry us forth out of Egypt?” (Ex 9-11).

“And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you today: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen today, ye shall see them again no more forever.  he LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.

And the LORD said unto Moses,Wherefore criest thou unto me?  Speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward:

But lift thou up thy rod, and stretch out thine hand over the sea, and divide it: and the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea. 

And I, behold, I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they shall follow them: and I will get me honor upon Pharaoh, and upon all his host, upon his chariots, and upon his horsemen. 

And the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I have gotten me honor upon Pharaoh, upon his chariots, and upon his horsemen.

And the angel of God, which went before the camp of Israel, removed and went behind them; and the pillar of the cloud went from before their face, and stood behind them. 

And it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel; and it was a cloud and darkness to them, but it gave light by night to these: so that the one came not near the other all the night. 

And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided. 

And the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon the dry ground: and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left. 

And the Egyptians pursued, and went in after them to the midst of the sea, even all Pharaoh’s horses, his chariots, and his horsemen. 

And it came to pass, that in the morning watch the LORD looked unto the host of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and of the cloud, and troubled the host of the Egyptians. 

And took off their chariot wheels, that they drave them heavily: so that the Egyptians said, Let us flee from the face of Israel; for the LORD fighteth for them against the Egyptians.

And the LORD said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand over the sea, that the waters may come again upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots, and upon their horsemen.

And Moses stretched forth his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to his strength when the morning appeared; and the Egyptians fled against it; and the LORD overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea. 

And the waters returned, and covered the chariots, and the horsemen, and all the host of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them; there remained not so much as one of them” (Ex 14:13-28).

“And Israel saw that great work which the LORD did upon the Egyptians: and the people feared the LORD, and believed the LORD, and his servant Moses” (Ex 14:31).

1 This symbolizes Jesus: He was the sacrificial lamb and was without blemish.

Lev 19:26 and Deut 12:23God says not to eat animals with the blood because blood is life  – Lev 17:14. 

3 There is no such thing as Easter, it is a Pagan holiday, and has replaced Passover. 

4 God said not to break any bones because this was the Passover and Jesus is the Passover Lamb.

When people are crucified usually both bones are broken so they die faster, but none of Jesus’ bones were broken.

God is in charge of all things, including His own crucifixion and resurrection (Jn 10:17-18).

Passover vs. Easter

After more than 400 years of captivity and bondage in the land of Egypt, God set forth his promise to deliver the Hebrews from the burden of slavery, into the promised land (Gen 50:24).

After sending, the first nine plagues that we find detailed in Exodus chapters 7-10, God revealed through Moses 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, as the Egyptians would be by the final plague.  Each family was to select a male lamb without any spot or blemish. 

5. Ishtar
Some people say that Easter is based on the festival of Ishtar, a pagan goddess.
Yet, it would depend on what part of the world you were in because others call her Isis or Innana or whatever. They are all only foolish thoughts and ideas.

Ishtar, (Akkadian), Sumerian Inanna, in Mesopotamian religion, goddess of war and sexual love. Ishtar is the Akkadian counterpart of the West Semitic goddess Astarte. Inanna, an important goddess in the Sumerian pantheon, came to be identified with Ishtar, but it is uncertain whether Inanna is also of Semitic origin or whether, as is more likely, her similarity to Ishtar caused the two to be identified.

In the figure of Inanna several traditions seem to have been combined: she is sometimes the daughter of the sky god An, sometimes his wife; in other myths she is the daughter of Nanna, god of the moon, or of the wind god, Enlil. In her earliest manifestations she was associated with the storehouse and thus personified as the goddess of dates, wool, meat, and grain; the storehouse gates were her emblem.

She was also the goddess of rain and thunderstorms—leading to her association with An, the sky god—and was often pictured with the lion, whose roar resembled thunder. The power attributed to her in war may have arisen from her connection with storms.

Inanna was also a fertility figure, and, as goddess of the storehouse and the bride of the god Dumuzi-Amaushumgalana, who represented the growth and fecundity of the date palm, she was characterized as young, beautiful, and impulsive—never as helpmate or mother. She is sometimes referred to as the Lady of the Date Clusters.

Ishtar’s primary legacy from the Sumerian tradition is the role of fertility figure; she evolved, however, into a more complex character, surrounded in myth by death and disaster, a goddess of contradictory connotations and forces—fire and fire-quenching, rejoicing and tears, fair play and enmity.

The Akkadian Ishtar is also, to a greater extent, an astral deity, associated with the planet Venus.

With Shamash, the sun god, and Sin, the moon god, she forms a secondary astral triad. In this manifestation her symbol is a star with 6, 8, or 16 rays within a circle.

As goddess of Venus, delighting in bodily love, Ishtar was the protectress of prostitutes and the patroness of the alehouse. Part of her cult worship probably included temple prostitution. Her popularity was universal in the ancient Middle East, and in many centres of worship she probably subsumed numerous local goddesses.

In later myth she was known as Queen of the Universe, taking on the powers of An, Enlil, and Enki.

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”  (Heb 9:22).

On the fourteenth day at the ninth hour (3:00 pm), the whole assembly was to 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 doorposts of their homes, as a visible sign of faith in the Lord (Ex 12:13).  At that moment the innocent lamb became their substitution making it possible for the Lord’s judgment to “Passover” them.  So the Lord instituted Passover. 

”…a night to be much observed unto the Lord for bringing them out from the land of Egypt” (Ex 12:42).

The Passover lamb was the instrument 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. 

Throughout 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 Cor 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 his death and was resurrected 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” (Mat 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 [which it is – Gen 2:2-3, Ex 20:11, & Heb 4:4]. Friday Afternoon 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” (Mat 15:7-9.)

Jesus is Our Passover Lamb

“…behold the lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world” (Jn 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 (Mk 15:34), at the same time the priests were killing the Passover Lambs in the temple.  The Word tells us in Is 53 all about the sacrifice that the Lord Jesus Christ made for us.  Let us look at Is 53:4-7:

“Surely 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 everyone 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 throughout all generations was laid upon his shoulders.

“A little Leaven…”

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 resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, the names for this pagan goddess changed with different languages and cultures, but the “tradition or legends” remain the same throughout each culture.

The History of Easter

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 resurrection 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 resurrected 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 lightness have with darkness?  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”

The Legend Of Easter and it’s Traditions

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 porch 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).

6. abylonian Queen of Heaven
Babylonian Queen of Heaven
One of the longest lasting Goddesses from the ancient world is Sumer’s Inanna, who was revered in the Middle East for over 4,000 years. And even today in modern Islamic Iraq Inanna’s emblems of the reed knot and the date palm continue to have meaning to the people.

Inanna’s origins are very very old and date back well into the Neolithic age. It is believed that the Goddess-revering Al ‘Ubaid culture brought Her imagery with them when they settled in the region south west of the Euphrates river as early as the 6th millennium BCE, i.e. 8,000 years ago. Her earliest temple was discovered in Uruk (Erech), Inanna’s main and longest lasting place of worship, and dates back to about 5,000 BCE.

In the early days of Her worship Inanna was still seen as the all-encompassing Mother Goddess. She was still revered as the source of the Upper and Lower Waters, as the Queen of Heaven, Earth AND the Underworld. As human consciousness – probably due to external factors – changed over the millennia, Inanna’s powers diminished. At first She was split into the Goddess of Life, represented by Inanna, and the Goddess of the Underworld, represented by Her sister Ereshkigal. Eventually She would be given a father who was said to have given Her Her powers.

According to earliest records from the 4th millennium BCE Inanna’s grandmother is Nammu, the primordial Goddess of the Sea. The Babylonians knew Her as Tiamat. Nammu created Heaven and Earth and gave birth to Ningal / Ninmah, the Goddess as the Moon. Ningal / Ninmah Herself created the first people. She also gave birth to Inanna who manifests as the planet Venus, and as Inanna is the daughter of Ninagal / Ninmah, so is Venus the daughter of the Moon.

True to Her heritage, Inanna is the Goddess of the Morning and Evening Star as well as the Moon. Her imagery include the lunar crescent horns and the 8-pointed star, the rosette, which represents the planet Venus. Her headgear consists of a horned crown enclosing a cone, which is symbolic for the sacred mountain.

Inanna is often depicted with wings and a serpent-entwined staff. This imagery tells of Her roots as an ancient Bird and Snake Goddess, the Creatrix of the Upper and Lower Waters and the Goddess of Life, Death and Renewal.

Inanna is often dressed in blue which, just as Her lapiz jewels, reflects the blue of the Upper Waters or “The Deep” as the Sumerians referred to space. In fact they saw the sky as being a manifestation of the Goddess with the clouds being Her breasts and the rain Her milk. Inanna’s necklace is described as the rainbow and Her girdle as the zodiac.

Inanna, the Great Mother Goddess of the Sumerians has many titles such as:
“Queen of Heaven and Earth”
“Priestess of Heaven”
“Light of the World”
“Morning and Evening Star”
“First Daughter of the Moon”
“Loud Thundering Storm”
“Righteous Judge”
“Forgiver of Sins”
“Holy Shepherdess”
“Hierodule of Heaven”
“Opener of the Womb”
“Framer of All Decrees”
“The Amazement of the Land”
“The Green One”
“She of the Springing Verdure”
“Queen of Stall and Fold”

Although Inanna is a Goddess of Life and Death, later mythology passes Her dark moon aspect on to Her sister Ereshkigal who once having been a Corn Goddess becomes the Goddess of the Underworld.

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, is a service of worship which honors the mythical sun god and his consort, the goddess Easter.  Yes millions of Christians are deceived 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.

Easter Eggs: History records the words of Hyginus, an Egyptian, who was a librarian at the Palestine library in Rome during the time of Caesar Augustus:

“An egg of wondrous 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 that 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.

Easter Ham: 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 a 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?

Commentary-Easter and the Devil

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 Services 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 resurrection what does it matter?  If all these things were invented for and by the devil what does it matter?

It Matters This:

“But I say, that the things the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils.  Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord ’s Table and the table of devils” (1 Cor 10:20-21).

Easter vs. Passover

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