Over the centuries the Church has picked up a lot of dirt, like a snowball rolling across a gravel pit. Many of our erroneous beliefs and traditions began shortly after the death of the Apostles. Those leaders who followed in the steps of the Apostles were faced with a constant and persistent attack from false teachers and heretics. The “push back” was valiant, but TIME and Satan were not cooperative. By the third century, there were so many corrupt teachings and customs that it was a stroll through the park for the Roman Emperor, Constantine the Great, to merge PAGANISM into Christianity, Church with State, and a complete transformation was well on its way. With rabid antisemitism saturating the Church, every semblance of our Jewish root was driven from our thought and practice.
Whereas the Lord’s Table had previously been celebrated yearly in the DAYS OF UNLEAVENED BREAD, the Church turned the corner toward Romanized practices following the harsh treatment of those who persisted in orthodoxy. Nearly all succumbed to Roman pressure and the Lord’s Table became institutionalized in “Holy communion”. Power drifted upward and away from the local assembly to ROME. Christianity quickly transformed from a “faith” to a CULTURE, and remains so today. The Lord’s Table at Passover was shoved aside and EASTER took its place. “CHRIST MASS” soon replaced the detailed account of Luke 1-2-and 3 regarding the birth of Christ—-never mind that Luke held emphatically that no other teaching was known in all of the Churches than that which he revealed in his gospel [Luke 1].
For two centuries following the crucifixion of Jesus, there was never a time when the Churches celebrated the birth of the Savior. Even though there were many in the earliest Church who knew well when Jesus was born. Mary [the mother] certainly knew. James [the brother] certainly knew. The New Testament records that Jesus had several younger siblings, certainly they knew, and yet not a word, either in scripture or in secular historical records. Haven’t you ever wondered why? Don’t you understand that it is not the BIRTH of Jesus that was celebrated, rather, HIS DEATH till he comes.
WHAT ABOUT EASTER?
Most Christians either do not know, or do not care, about the history of Easter and the meanings of its varied celebrations world-wide. The history of Easter is decoded in it’s very name. This yearly celebration is named for the ancient Babylonian goddess “ISHTAR” of the pronunciation [eester]. This celebration, like most ancient holy days, begins in Babylonian religious myth. In the days of ancient Babylonia, there was a renowned King by the name of Nimrod. You may remember Nimrod from the Old Testament. Nimrod was married to Ishtar. After Nimrod’s death; in order to consolidate power, and to keep control in the hands of Ishtar and her son, Ishtar married her own son whose name was Tammuz. One day as Tammuz was hunting for wild boar [for he was a great hunter as was his father Nimrod], he [Tammuz] was gored by a wild pig. He became very ill from this injury and later died of his wounds. In torment and grief, Ishtar prayed to the gods of the underworld to release her son from the bondage of the afterlife. In the mythology; the god’s of the underworld agreed to release Tammuz from his captivity for one day per year. That day came to be known as “Ishtar” , and the day of the week was that ancient weekly pagan holy day of SUN-DAY. Each year at the SUNRISE of ISHTAR SUN-DAY——all of the empire was compelled to celebrate the yearly freedom of Tammuz——-but NOT WITHOUT PRECEDING TRAVAIL AND WEEPING. It was required that the WOMEN of the empire should WEEP IN TRAVAIL for FORTY DAYS prior to Ishtar Sun-day morning. With GRIEF, satisfactory to the gods,—-Tammuz was released. This became known as the “WEEPING FOR TAMMUZ”. It was later Christianized into the “season of Lent”. It is recorded in Ezekiel:
14 Then he brought me to the entrance to the north gate of the house of the LORD, and I saw women sitting there, mourning for Tammuz. 15 He said to me, “Do you see this, son of man? You will see things that are even more detestable than this.”
16 He then brought me into the inner court of the house of the LORD, and there at the entrance to the temple, between the portico and the altar, were about twenty-five men. With their backs toward the temple of the LORD and their faces toward the east, they were bowing down to the sun in the east.
17 He said to me, “Have you seen this, son of man? Is it a trivial matter for the house of Judah to do the detestable things they are doing here? Must they also fill the land with violence and continually provoke me to anger? Look at them putting the branch to their nose! 18 Therefore I will deal with them in anger; I will not look on them with pity or spare them. Although they shout in my ears, I will not listen to them.”
In this same vein—-it was a practice of the ELDERS of apostate Israel to stand with their BACKS TO THE TEMPLE and to worship the RISING OF THE SUN [Tammuz]. This abominable practice not only made its way into apostate Israel, but into the entirety of the Mediterranean world under varied local names for the goddess called ISHTAR [pronounced EESTER].
Later in time, as the Bishops of Rome [popes] contrived to unify Roman religions, and give unchallenged POWER to the Pontiff; many pagan practices were introduced to the then apostate church. Easter was one of many to find its way into Christendom. In order to “Christianize” these clearly pagan traditions, the church of Rome was compelled to develop acceptable Christianized fable in order to placate the contemporary believer. Hence, we have the “LENTEN SEASON” [forty days of weeping for Tammuz], and EASTER SUNDAY [the resurrection of Tammuz]. This practice is now universally celebrated in the yearly “Sunrise Service” on Easter Sun-day morning. It has nothing to do with the resurrection of Jesus. The New Testament clearly tells us that there was no such “sunrise” resurrection.
20:1 Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. 2 So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!” NIV
It is no wonder that many of our Christian forefathers in America shunned the celebrations of Easter and Christmas. In some early American colonies, those very celebrations were outlawed. They well understood the implications of celebrating such myths. They had endured great hardships to flee the Romanized Church of Europe and were not about to pollute what they viewed as a pure faith.
As usual, when one insists on hanging on to that which is corrupt, he will reach for some validation in the Bible without consideration of context, i.e.—-”looks good, sounds good”. Such is the case with Colossians 2;16-17—–
12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.
13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;
14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;
15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holy day, or of the new moon, or of the Sabbath days:
17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.
This passage is frequently used to promote the notion that the system of Grace is an invitation to participate in the paganization of the Christian faith. At a glance it may seem so, but if we look closely at these verses we become aware of the fact that no such invitation is implied in the context. The “context” of these verses deals with the persistent conflict between Jewish and Gentile Christians of the very early Church. We are told not to judge those who celebrate “types and foreshadows” of our redemption through Old Testament feasts. Neither are we to condemn those who do not. Once again—–”anything” to cling to the “traditions of the men”.
The New Testament speaks clearly to the CORRUPTION of the faith through the application of Pagan Tradition into our Belief System.
8 And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass;
19 I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last to be more than the first.
20 Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou 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.
Who was this treacherous woman “Jezebel” who was corrupting the Church of Thyatira? Are we to suppose that there was actually a woman named “Jezebel”? In fact, the name “Jezebel” is a reference to that Heathen Queen of the Old Testament who was joined in an un-holy union to Ahab, the King of Judah. She corrupted the ancient faith of Israel with her detestable idols and celebrations. In the same way, there was a woman of the Church of Thyatira who was corrupting God’s House [the Church] and the Lord views her actions as tantamount to the abominations of Queen Jezebel of the Old Testament. God has always desired that we keep our faith PURE and free from religious corruption. We are suppose to drive these things out BEFORE they take root and become tradition. The “Christianization” of evil cannot be tolerated, and the passing of time does not excuse us of dereliction. When we discover these things, we are obliged to be faithful and purge all ancient and contemporary filth from us. You will never be able to rationalize your conduct before God. Hell cannot produce enough excuses to validate that which is untrue. Time has been the enemy of orthodoxy in many things. Given enough TIME and anything can be fostered on an already apostate church.
1 Timothy 4:1-2
4:1 The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.
2 Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron.
So now we have, NOT ONLY THE HOAX,——-but the hoax has become an ENTRENCHED TRADITION to the very sad realization that the entire PASSION STORY, as abundantly presented in the New Testament, has been displaced with tradition and fable. There is no need for fable. Truth will suffice.
1 Cor 5:7-8
7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us
8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened [bread] of sincerity and truth.
- the Greek New Testament says only “unleaven of sincerity and truth” and is no reference to unleavened bread.
The New Testament is so CLEAR about this matter, that the DENIAL of these Biblical witnesses borders on that very proclamation of the Apostle Paul:
2 Thessalonians 2:9-12
10 and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.
11 For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie
12 and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.
Christ is our ETERNAL PASSOVER ! There is no excuse for this abominable exchange that has been celebrated in the church for centuries.
In the fourteenth day of NISSAN/AVIV 30 AD, a man hung on a pole of torture, and in the ninth hour of the day he cried out —-“IT IS FINISHED”. That man was the Messiah of Israel, the SAVIOR OF THE WORLD, THE VERY SON OF GOD, CHRIST ——-OUR PASSOVER ! He gave up the Ghost at the very moment that the Temple High Priest killed the yearly Passover Lamb. It was at that critical point in time that THE GATES OF HELL TREMBLED. It was at that very moment that my sins were open to vast atonement! It was at that very moment that the LAW became ENMITY TO GRACE! It was at that moment that EVERY NAME WRITTEN IN THE BOOK OF LIFE BECAME SEALED!
What shame——-shame– shame– shame, that we should sacrifice the truth for such a detestable fable as Easter. “Easter is not Passover, and Passover is not Easter! Passover falls on the full moon nearest the spring equinox [March/April]. It shall never change!
For two hundred years the church followed the tradition of the Apostles and celebrated the only authorized celebration of the death of the Savior. Jesus said “do this in remembrance of me”. They celebrated this event once per year —-at Passover. It was THE LORD’S TABLE ! The Church had always celebrated the resurrection in BAPTISM——–THEN CAME THE BISHOPS OF ROME !
Danny McDowell [copywrite]