CONTINUED FROM last week.
Passover and Easter sound different, and they look different.
Time for the dictionary. You will need a good one if you want to follow this trail through history.
The word “Easter” came into English from the German “Ostern” goddess of dawn, beauty, love (the carnal variety) and fertility.
The German Ostern is the Teutonic goddess “Ostera”, which is the Assyrian goddess “Ishtar”, which is the Babylonian goddess “Astarte;”
Which is the Phoenician, Philistine and Zidonian goddess variously rendered “Astaroth”/”Ashtaroth”/”Ashtoreth” — one goddess, each society providing their own name for her.
Interesting, but not a coincidence, that her fertility symbols are rabbits and eggs.
The last three names are found in the Bible. So the goddess Easter is in the Bible under these ancient names. How does God feel about it?
In II Kings 23:13, God calls this fertility goddess an abomination.
And when the people of God turned from the pure religion and undefiled, to participate in her rituals and the accouterments of worship for this goddess of love, recorded in Judges 2:13-14, 10:6-7 and I Kings 11:4-9, God became angered at their betrayal, and punished them.
Had Paul thought to change or ignore God’s warnings and instructions and trade Passover for Easter, this goddess of beauty and carnal love (often called lust) was known to the Greeks.
The Greek city of Corinth, where the very people Paul was addressing with “Christ our Passover” lived and worked, had at that time a splendid temple dedicated to this goddess of beauty and love.
The Greek’s called her “Aphrodite”. Aphrodite’s temple in Corinth boasted 1,000 beautiful women “priestesses.”
Any man wanting to “worship” at this temple was welcome to come and pay his “worship” fee, have his pick from among those 1,000 beauties, go with her to a private back room where he could “worship” her beauty with all manner of his lusts.
The people Paul was addressing would have been acquainted with this temple, and aware of its practices.
Had Paul thought this was a better way to pay tribute to “Christ our Passover”; the temple was there, the prosti- — I mean “priestesses” — were right there, in the same city.
But he did not make that trade. He spoke to them directly against such things in I Cor. 6:15-18, specifically reminding them they were part of Christ’s body and should not partake in fornication.
This goddess of beauty and love also has the title “queen of heaven.” This is also recorded in the Bible. What does God think of Easter’s hot cross buns?
In Jer. 7:16-18, God warned the Israelites that they should not “… make cakes to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto other gods, that they may provoke me to anger.”
The Romans called her “Venus;” her lover was Adonis. Their story: Mars killed him, and she made a bargain with the gods of the underworld that he would be resurrected and live with her for six months each year.
Resurrection day is the day of her joy as her lover returns to her. Mourning of his death is replaced with the celebration of his resurrection.
Another name for Adonis is “Tammuz.” The name Tammuz goes back to the time of Nimrod. Tammuz was the son of Nimrod. When Tammuz died, he was deified as the sun.
So with the Venus story, the rising sun was the Easter resurrection of Tammuz, now the sun deity.
What does God think of this goddess of the dawn and beauty with her sunrise service?
In Ezek. 8:13-18, God, speaking to Ezekiel, specifically condemned the worship of Tammuz — worship that included the rising of the sun — calling it “abominations.”
He promised in Verse 18, “Therefore will I also deal in fury: mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity: and though they cry in mine ears with a loud voice, yet will I not hear them.”
Easter, the goddess of dawn, with her sunrise service and worship of Tammuz as the sun deity; goddess of beauty, love and fertility, with her fertility symbols of the Easter rabbit, and Easter eggs; her, and her accouterments are abominations that makes God very angry with her participants.
Those protesting errors of the state churches came to these shores more than 400 years ago. How long will their descendants procrastinate rather than finishing their quest for an undefiled, pure, following-the-Bible religion?
For those who would like to observe the actual dates of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection, God gave His calendar to Moses. We often call it a “Hebrew” calendar. Days begin and end at sundown.
Passover is the 14th day of the first month. The Feast of Unleavened Bread begins the following day, the 15th, and runs for seven days. This 15th day God set apart. It is an annual High Day Sabbath. Not a weekly Sabbath, but an annual Sabbath.
These dates on this year’s Gregorian calendar: Passover (14) begins sundown April 7, and ends sundown April 8. Unleavened Bread (15) begins sundown April 8, continuing seven days ’til sundown April 15.
This year has the same week days as 31 AD, the year of Christ’s crucifixion. So the Last Supper, at the beginning of Passover day, was after sundown Tuesday.
He was on the cross Passover day, Wednesday, and put in the tomb just before sundown, as the High Day, the annual Sabbath at the beginning of the Feast of Unleavened Bread began, not the weekly Sabbath.
Three days and three nights later brings us to the end of the weekly Sabbath, Saturday, as the first day of the week, Sunday, begins.
Jesus tells Mary He is ascending to the Father on that first day of the week, which is also the time for the wave sheaf of first fruits offering, waved upward for God to accept, blessing the whole barley harvest.
Also during the feast, the first day of the week is the first day of the 50-day count to Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit was given to the disciples.
Fast-forward to present day, and here we have Protestantism, which began with the Bible alone being their guide, now with traditions from sources outside and/or in direct violation of that biblical guidance.
Similarly, some of our politicians — who swear to support and defend the Constitution of these United States from all enemies — trample the Constitution under their own feet.
The only people who have the power to change these two cases for the right way is you, that is, “we the people.” Let the politicians know your stand, by voting for those who do respect our Constitution.
And in your church, speak up. Start the conversation. Don’t wait for someone else. Remember where you started.
I will wish you a rewarding Bible and history study as you learn about Christ our Passover, sacrificed for us, and let us keep the Feast (celebration) of Unleavened Bread, just as the Apostle Paul affirmed.
Enjoy your study.
PAUL FROWNFELTER of Henry County is a member of the local Volunteers for Freedom Tea Party. His email address is email@example.com.