Happy Easter? Happy Resurrection Day? Happy Fertility? Which one is it?
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.”- Hosea 4:6
Tis' the season known for its bunny rabbits, colored eggs being hunted on church grounds, and sunrise services. But where did Easter come from? Few people realize, by innocent ignorance or cognitive dissonance, that Easter is not about the resurrection of Christ.
Happy Resurrection Day?
Simple math will completely debunk the traditional doctrine of the resurrection. Matthew 12:40, Yahshua prophesied His own death. “For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.” Friday until early Sunday morning does not equate to three days and three nights. The Messiah did not resurrect early Sunday morning as taught and celebrated commonly in the church. There is absolutely no scripture that supports His crucifixion was on Friday. As we are working through growing in God, by learning historical context, it is clear that the early church was manipulated by the adversary. The greatest trick is to mix truth with a lie. Darkness will always attempt to provide a counterfeit to The Light. There are religious leaders who must stand before judgment at some point due to willingly allowing the mix of paganism with God’s law.
In this hour, we are learning to be incredibly careful with our sources and resources! The 21 Century King James bible mistranslates the Greek word for Passover as Easter in Acts 12:4. There are various reasons for dying eggs during this season. The eggs represent fertility, rebirth, and life according to pagan practices (which predates the Western Christian acceptance of the celebration). There are even tall tales of Mary bringing eggs and vinegar to the tomb. The eggs supposedly turned red when the rolled stone was discovered. Therefore, the Western Christian practice of dying the egg was to represent the empty tomb; none of which can be validated with scripture.
The animal symbolicum for the goddess of fertility is the rabbit. How did we incorporate Easter baskets? Easter baskets were originally nests. Rabbits are known for a particular activity. Parishioners desired the symbolicum. To attract the rabbits, nests were padded and decorated. To maintain the mess, baskets were used in lieu of nests. Even the tradition of cooking a ham for the family to consume after Easter Sunday services can be traced back to the worship of the goddess of fertility. Hunters often slaughtered hogs in the forest in the fall. The hogs were then left to cure all winter. By spring, pork was one of the only meats ready for rebirth celebrations. As with other pagan rituals, Western Christianity adopted (then adapted) the tradition for their own needs as the religion spread.
Now that we know what this season is not, let us learn who is really being celebrated. Who is this goddess of fertility?