And behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled away the stone from the door, and sat upon it………and the angel said unto the women, Fear ye not: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is NOT here: for He is Risen, as He said!
And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun. And they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre?……………Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: He is Risen; He is NOT here!
And they entered in and found not the body of Jesus………….Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is NOT here, but is risen:……..And they remembered His words.
The celebration of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus is founded upon these verses of scripture. Initially for those who came to the tomb it was a sad, solemn scene. Someone had stolen the body of Jesus! Confusion and disbelief swelled within their hearts. It was only after the angel of the Lord reassured them that Jesus had risen that their hearts settled within and they were able to remember the words which the Savior had spoken unto them concerning his rising from death. As the word spread abroad and the disciples actually saw Jesus did they fully comprehend with joy the reality of the resurrection. What a joyous occasion indeed!
Sadly, many folk today celebrate Easter as a worldly way of remembering the resurrection of Christ. Their focus is not necessarily on the empty tomb per se, but rather on a tradition that has it roots founded in the occult. Actually, the word Easter is only mentioned once in Scripture: In Acts 12:4 we read the account of Herod having imprisoned the Apostle Peter, intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people. The Greek meaning of Easter is Passover and refers to the feast days described in Leviticus 23
The vast majority of ecclesiastical and secular historians agree that the name of Easter and the traditions surrounding it are deeply rooted in pagan religion. When the Puritans came to America they regarded the celebration of Easter as well as the celebration of Christmas with suspicion. Not until after the Civil War did Americans begin celebrating this holiday. Easter became and American tradition in the 1870’s, and entire century after its founding!
The following examination of the traditions normally associated with Easter will further help to understand the pagan origin of this celebration:
Lent: There is not instruction in the Bible to observe Lent. In ancient times a forty day abstinence period was observed in honor of pagan gods Osiris, Adonis, and Tammuz. It was observed in the spring of the year and culminated with a day of feasting, honoring the resurrection of their god, Tammuz who was brought back from the underworld by his mother/wife, Ishtar. Yep, this god married his own mother. Yuk! Ishtar was actually pronounced Easter after whom the festival was named.
Easter Eggs: The origin of the Easter egg is based on fertility lore of the Indo-European races. The egg was a symbol of spring and it became ‘Christianized’ by bestowing upon it a religious symbol of the rock tomb out of which Christ emerged to the new life of His resurrection.Colorful eggs have been very prominent symbols of new life and resurrection in European and Middle Eastern pagan spring festivals.
Hot Cross Buns: In Jeremiah 7:18 “The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead their dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven. These cakes offered to the queen of heaven are the same hot cross buns that we eat and sing about today. So, who is the queen of heaven? None other than Ishtar, the goddess of fertility, Nimrod’s (Tammuz) harlotrous, mother/wife
Sunrise Services: Sunrise services are mentioned in the Bible. In Ezekiel 8: 13-18, the Lord describes to Ezekiel, a group of men having their backs toward the temple of the Lord, and their faces towards the east; and they worshipped the sun toward the east. This vision is a prophecy concerning the sins of God’s people in our time. Observing sunrise services is serious to God in that he said to Ezekiel that it was not a light thing that the house of Judah committed these abominations which provoked God to anger; the abomination of sun-worshipping.
Easter Bunny: And then there is the Easter Bunny! The Easter Bunny has never had religious symbolism bestowed on its usage, nor is it connected to anything Christian, let alone the Bible. The Easter Bunny had its origin in pagan fertility lore and from the ‘hare’, the symbol of fertility in ancient Egypt. Sorry, kids, but the Easter Bunny does not lay eggs! Truth and logic have been lost in this tradition and the merging with Christianity makes an already idolatrous practice worse.
The entire concept that these symbols are ‘Christian’ is a lie foisted on innocent children. Hundreds of millions observe idolatrous feast known as Easter, believing themselves to be honoring the Lord Jesus Christ, instead of the sacred observance of His resurrection.
The actual reason for the season is to remember the death, burial and resurrection of our Savior; not the idolatrous commercialization of Easter.