So this won’t be the most popular study to our Christian followers but remember we post the TRUTH, not traditions of man.
WE once followed along in Christianity’s celebration of Easter which pre-dates Christianity and comes from a celebration revolving around Tammuz and Ishtar, which can be looked up in your Bible to see it wasn’t commanded. Technically speaking, this is a “recap” of how it started.
Noah’s grandson (Cush) and his wife Semiramis had a son named Nimrod. After Cush’s death, Nimrod married his own mother and became a mighty king. He too was eventually killed. His mother then began the deceit of deifying her son/husband, claiming he had become a “sun-god,” and he was to be called Baal. Baal was worshipped as a god of fertility and promoted sexual sin. Semiramis set herself up as the goddess named “Ishtar” (pronounced “Easter”). She bore a son named Tammuz. He grew to be a hunter and was later killed by a wild pig. Ishtar then designated a forty day period (the source of Lent) to mark the anniversary of Tammuz’s death. During this time, no meat was to be eaten. Every year, on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the spring equinox, a celebration was made. Ishtar proclaimed that because a pig killed Tammuz, that a pig must be eaten on that Sunday.
Easter comes from Ishtar (Assyrian) which is the same as Astarte (Greek and Roman) which comes from her Hebrew name Ashtoreth as mentioned in the Bible. Here are a couple verses of many that mention her.
2 Kings 23:13 And the king defiled the high places that were east of Jerusalem, to the south of the mount of corruption, which Solomon the king of Israel had built for Ashtoreth the abomination of the Sidonians, and for Chemosh the abomination of Moab, and for Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites.
1 Kings For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites.
Here we have a very strong WARNING about holding fast to the traditions of celebrating Ashtoreth (Easter)
Jeremiah 7:17 Do you not see what they are doing in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem? 18 The children gather wood, the fathers kindle fire, and the women knead dough, to make cakes for the queen of heaven (Ashtoreth-Ishtar-Easter). And they pour out drink offerings to other gods, to provoke me to anger.
It wasn’t until the Roman Catholic Church accepted the tradition that it truly got its wings sort of speak in Christianity. The newly converted pagan Romans wanted to hold fast to their celebrations and the Church accepted the practice. So if you think about it we allowed a pagan celebration to infiltrate the Church. Think about that for a second. The enemy knows the only way to win is to deceive us and he is doing it from the inside out. Around 363 A.D. some laws were passed to make sure the Christians were not celebrating Passover or any other commanded Feast Day. In fact, those laws demanded violators would be put to death. Not only does Christianity hold fast to a tradition started in Babylon, it has thrown away the Commanded Celebration of Passover and Feast of Unleavened Bread. So many have been taught that Paul told us that we don’t have to do it and don’t let anybody judge you if you don’t. That is a false teaching.
We have switched to celebrating the Holy Days HIS way. WE have found it much more spiritually rewarding and our kids love the whole week and look forward to it. We have learned that even though we thought we were doing the right thing before it wasn’t what HE commanded and what HE wanted from us. Even though our hearts were in the right place, we weren’t following in TRUTH that he commanded to us. We have heard HIS message loud and clear and hopefully one day down the road, all Christians will get back to celebrating HIS Holy Days HIS way and that will be the norm instead of the abnormal. Imagine that, doing things HIS way is now abnormal. Makes us sad to know how far we have strayed from HIS commands.
We failed to mention that we do understand the Death and Resurrection symbolism behind the celebration of Easter for Christians but it isn’t Christian at all to celebrate it that way. The death and resurrection symbolism comes from the pagans for Ishtar. It was celebrated that way for their gods long before the Church adopted its practice. We are commanded by HIM to keep HIS Feasts FOREVER!! This means in HIS way not ours. Here is confirmation that PAUL said we should:
Paul told Christians to keep the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread:
(1 Corinthians 5:7-8) Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us. 8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth
He kept the Feast of Unleavened Bread in Philippi
(Acts 20:1,6) : Paul…But we sailed away from Philippi after the Days of Unleavened Bread