Rick Warren, the pastor who delivered the invocation at President Obama's inauguration, said once on national television that Easter is the most important Christian holiday. The truth is, "Easter" has nothing whatsoever to do with YHWH (Yahweh), Yeshua, or Scripture! The only Bible version in which you'll find the word "Easter" is in the King James - which renders useless the entire chapter of Acts 12 because NOBODY went into Jerusalem to celebrate the pagan, man-made day of "Easter"...Easter is NOT one of God's Biblical Feasts!
Easter is a completely man-made "holy day"....It is the day that Tammuz was immaculately conceived by the rays of the sun-god Nimrod and the day that Tammuz’ mother, the "Queen of heaven," was fabled to have returned to earth from heaven as the goddess of fertility, who purportedly transformed a bird into an egg-laying rabbit to prove her divinity. So, why would our Creator honor "Easter"?
Yes, of course, the resurrection is important as the promised aspect of "eternal life" - but also important is our preparation for that eternal life! Yeshua said we, too, will be resurrected:
John 5: 25. Amen, amen I say to you that the hour is coming, even now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of Elohim, and those who hear will live. 26. For as to the Father, there is life in his Qnoma (nature). 27. And He gave him authority to also execute judgment, because he is the Son of man. 28. Do not marvel at this for the hour is coming when all those who are in the grave will hear his voice! 29. And those who have done good things will go forth to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil things to the resurrection of judgment. (AENT)
Scripture, over and over again, warns us about man-made "holy days" and traditions that man has designed in order to honor YHWH - such as the below, which perfectly describes Easter Sunrise services:
Ezekiel 8: 15 He said to me, "Do you see this, son of man? Yet you will see still greater abominations than these." 16 Then He brought me into the inner court of the LORD'S house. And behold, at the entrance to the temple of the LORD, between the porch and the altar, were about twenty-five men with their backs to the temple of the LORD and their faces toward the east; and they were prostrating themselves eastward toward the sun. 17 He said to me, "Do you see this, son of man? Is it too light a thing for the house of Judah to commit the abominations which they have committed here, that they have filled the land with violence and provoked Me repeatedly? For behold, they are putting the twig to their nose. 18 "Therefore, I indeed will deal in wrath. My eye will have no pity nor will I spare; (NASB)
Unfortunately, this is the very thing millions of Christians do every Easter Sunday morning! They stand there with rapt faces adoring the sun as it rises in the east, not realizing they are performing the rituals demanded by the mythical and idolatrous goddess Ishtar (Easter). Deceived into believing this is Christian, millions practice the identical form of the ancient sun-worship of the Sun-god BAAL!
The Bible tells us this is the MOST ABOMINABLE of all idolatry in the sight of our Creator! Yet millions of Christians partake in this ritual, never stopping to think about what they're actually doing....
Easter is just another name for Ashteroth "The Queen of Heaven." It was actually not considered a "Christian" festival until the Fourth Century, and the celebration of Easter was and is not observed in accordance with the prescribed time for the observance of Passover. Early Christians celebrated Passover on the 14th day of the first month, but this was quickly squelched by the likes of the "Church Fathers" such as Constantine, Tertullian and Marcion, who did everything in their power to get rid of "anything Jewish" in the worship of their "Jesus".
History records that spring festivals in honor of the pagan fertility goddesses and the events associated with them were celebrated at the same time as "Easter". In the year 399 A.D. the Theodosian Code attempted to remove the pagan connotation from those events and banned their observance. After much debate, the Nicaean council of 325 A.D. decreed that "Easter" should be celebrated on the first Sunday, after the full moon, on or after the vernal equinox. Why was so much debate necessary if "Easter" was a tradition passed down from the Apostles? The answer is that it was not an Apostolic institution, but an invention of man!
The truth is that Easter has nothing whatsoever to do with the resurrection of Messiah Yeshua! God's commanded Biblical Feasts reveal that Yeshua was born during the Feast of Sukkot (Tabernacles) which falls on the Gregorian calendar September/October timeframe. He was nailed to the stake on 14 Nisan and was REMOVED before sunset that same day; and He rose after 3 days and 3 nights, just before sunset on the following Sabbath (approximately 5-6 p.m.) - On what day was our Savior resurrected?....And, even if He actually was resurrected on a Sunday morning, where in the scriptures are we told this would negate the Seventh Day as YHWH's Sabbath (which is a SIGN between Him and His people - and relegate the honor of the SIGN to Sunday/the "first day")?
Ezekiel 20: 11 I gave them my laws and showed them my rulings; if a person obeys them, he will have life through them. 12 I gave them my shabbats as a sign between me and them, so that they would know that I, ADONAI, am the one who makes them holy.
So how are believers supposed to celebrate the resurrection of Yeshua? The secret is contained within the Bible ordained feast of Passover. Also, please read how Yeshua has so far fulfilled the first four of the seven Biblical Feasts.
The above article was excerpted, in part, from the book, Too Long in the Sun.