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Easter is this Sunday, but the Resurrection is not. Over the past year I have come to discover something quite powerful and equally very troubling. Easter and the Resurrection are not the same thing. Here in a nutshell is the main difference: Resurrection Day follows the Passover which is based on the barley harvest, whereas, Easter follows the first full moon after the Vernal (Spring) Equinox.

But of course, anything that appears too simple is not simple at all. The differences between these two holidays are so incredibly vast, so deep and so wide, that the Grand Canyon does not seem too large nor so grand in comparison.

To begin with, Passover is not a Jewish feast day, but rather is called “God’s” feast day (Lev23:2, 4-5), and is one of seven appointed times (i.e. feasts) that He created for His people to celebrate and that includes Christians who are called by His name. Passover, which began in Egypt so long ago, was practiced as a dress rehearsal by God’s people year after year as they looked forward to the coming of the LAMB of God who would one day once and for all take away the sins of the world.

Even as the lambs were sacrificed, Jesus laid down His life. Even as the main lamb of Passover was killed at the height of the feast, Jesus breathed His last. The Gospel of John relates this breathtakingly awesome account. Then, as the evening crept upon them, Jesus was taken down from the cross and laid in the tomb, and thus began the incredible countdown to the most powerful day ever experienced in the history of the world: the Resurrection, with Jesus being the First Fruits from among the dead!

But, when does Passover start?

Plain and simply, the barley harvest in Israel determines when the Passover begins. However, after A.D. 70 when the Jews were scattered to the four corners of the earth and they could not access nor assess the barley fields in Israel anymore, they came up with a special calendar that determined when Passover would begin. This calendar adds a so-called “leap year” (which has 13 months instead of 12) “seven times in a 19-year cycle” (M.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/70016/jewish/The-Jewish-Leap-Year.htm “The Jewish Leap Year”).

Though many rabbinic Jews still follow this calendar, such a calendar is no longer needed because the Jewish people are in Israel again. Thus, many Messianic Jews have begun traveling to Israel to check on the barley every year. Leviticus 23:10-11 explains how much barley needs to be ready for the First Fruits offering which is three days after Passover, and thus, the barley detectives at the time of the new moon (a new moon = a new month) know how much ripened grain for which to be looking. When enough of the grain is ripe, the new year is declared and Passover is fourteen days away. However, if not enough of the grain is ripe then the barley detectives add a month to the calendar, and wait until the next new moon to declare the new year has begun.

So, is the barley ripe (or aviv) in Israel? No. It is clearly not ripe.(triumphpro.com/aviv-barley-report-leap-year-and-holy-days-for-2016.pdf “2016 AVIV Barley Report, the Leap Year and God’s Annual Holy Days” by Nehemia Gordon, and Hoshanarabbah.org/blog/2016/03/13/is-there-aviv-barley/ “Is there Aviv Barley in the Land of Israel Now…of Not?” by Natan Lawrence). The new year has not begun, and Passover is not this month. Therefore, the Resurrection is not this month.

Why then is Easter this month?

In A.D. 325 Constantine called for the Council of Nicea. It was at this council that he determined Christians separate themselves from so-called Jewish traditions (mobile.wnd.com/2016/03/pastor-christians-celebrating-easter-on-wrong-day/ “Pastor: Christians Celebrating Easter on the Wrong Day”). Not only this, but the Resurrection would be determined by astrology rather than God’s time clock of the barley harvest. Thus, it would always fall on the Sunday following the first full moon after the Vernal Equinox (timeanddate.com/calendar/determining-easter-date.html). In short, they changed God’s established holidays, and became as the antichrist in this regard (Daniel 9:27).

Constantine, a sun worshiper and high priest (pontifex maximus) of this religion (the Imperial cult) (wiltonbulletin.com/40900/easter-and-passover-why-are-they-when-they-are/ “Easter and Passover: Why are They When They Are?” by Kimberly Donnelly) knew that at the Vernal Equinox a pagan holiday was celebrated called Easter, during which worshipers brought the goddess Easter (spelled Ishtar but pronounced Easter) gifts of colored eggs (nobeliefs.com/easter.htm “Goddess Easter: Celebration of the Spring Equinox”), and baked cakes for the Queen of Heaven (Jeremiah 7). Rabbits were her fertility symbol, and ham the meat of choice. The holiday of Easter was all about the rebirth of the mother goddess Easter who came down in the form of a giant egg that landed in a wicker basket (Youtube “America’s Occult Holidays” By Doc Marquis). The goddess is called by many names in many different religions around the world including Astarte, Ashtoreth, Venus, Diana, Aphrodite, etcetera  (amazingdiscoveries.org/S-deception_pagan_Catholic_Easter_Ishtar). This celebration is a part of the Babylonian Mystery religion which originated with Nimrod (Genesis 11) and Semeramis his mother/lover and their son Tammuz back at the Tower of Babel (Lasttrumpetministries.org/tracts/tract1.html “The Pagan Origins of Easter” by David J. Meyer).

The Jews in Jeremiah’s day worshiped this goddess also referred to as the Queen of Heaven. To this God said, “will you…make offerings to Baal, and go after other gods that you have not known, and then come and stand before me in this house, which is called by my name, and say ‘We are delivered!’ – only to go on doing these abominations? Has this house, which is called by my name, become a den of robbers in your eyes?…Do you not see what they are doing in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem? The children gather wood, the fathers kindle fire, and the women knead dough, to make cakes for the queen of heaven. And they pour out drink offerings to other gods, to provoke me to anger” (Jeremiah 7:9b-11a, 17-18).

Easter has nothing to do with the Resurrection of Jesus Christ who was God in the flesh who laid down His life for all, but rather has everything to do with fertility goddess worship of ancient Babylon, reincarnation, and the glorification of man over God. Why then do Christians go on equating Easter with the Resurrection? Why do Pastors continue leading their flocks astray in this? Some may not yet know. Even so, let them get informed. Still, others dismiss this all as minor. But how is an abomination to God minor? One cannot make something purely pagan into something holy! For, “what fellowship has light with darkness? What accord has Christ with Belial?” (2 Corinthians 6:14b-15a). Indeed, let’s remember these sobering words from Hosea 4:6, “my people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge.” It’s therefore time for the sheep to get equipped with knowledge. Let’s stop calling Resurrection Day by the name of a pagan goddess Easter, and instead begin celebrating the true Resurrection at the time that God intended.


Origins of Easter

Lasttrumpetministries.org/tracts/tract1.html “The Pagan Origins of Easter” by David J. Meyer.

nobeliefs.com/easter.htm “Goddess Easter: Celebration of the Spring Equinox”

theguardian.com/commentisfree/belief/2010/apr/03/easter-pagan-symbolism “The Pagan Roots of Easter” by Heather McDougall

ancient-origins.net/myths-legends/ancient-pagan-origins-easter-001571 “The Ancient Pagan Origins of Easter” by April Holloway.

Youtube “America’s Occult Holidays” By Doc Marquis

mobile.wnd.com/2016/03/pastor-christians-celebrating-easter-on-wrong-day/ “Pastor: Christians Celebrating Easter on the Wrong Day”

timeanddate.com/calendar/determining-easter-date.html “How the Easter Date is Determined”

amazingdiscoveries.org/S-deception_pagan_Catholic_Easter_Ishtar “Paganism and Easter” by Wendy Goubej.

wiltonbulletin.com/40900/easter-and-passover-why-are-they-when-they-are/ “Easter and Passover: Why are They When They Are?” by Kimberly Donnelly

Jewish Calendar

M.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/70016/jewish/The-Jewish-Leap-Year.htm “The Jewish Leap Year.”

Jewfaq.org/m/calendar.htm#Years “Jewish Calendar”

Barley Harvest

triumphpro.com/aviv-barley-report-leap-year-and-holy-days-for-2016.pdf “2016 AVIV Barley Report, the Leap Year and God’s Annual Holy Days” by Nehemia Gordon.

Hoshanarabbah.org/blog/2016/03/13/is-there-aviv-barley/ “Is there Aviv Barley in the Land of Israel Now…of Not?” by Natan Lawrence.