The Pagan Holiday of Easter vs Jesus Christ, the Passover Lamb Who Rose From the Dead!
In shopping malls across the USA, that large throne where Santa Claus sat is still warm, and the Easter Bunny has already moved in and taken up shop. I walked through a couple of different malls recently and I watched as the people waited on long lines to have their photos taken with a bespectacled Easter Bunny with large round glasses. I wondered who the person was behind those Easter Bunny costumes, one which looked like it had seen better days, and probably could have used a good dry cleaning. Is it not interesting how the resurrection of Jesus Christ got somehow entangled with all of this pagan nonsense? How did this so called Christian holiday called “Easter Sunday” became mixed up with such silly stuff like chocolate Easter Bunnies, jelly beans and colored eggs? What does all of that stuff have to do with Jesus Christ anyway? Well the answer to that question is that it has absolutely NOTHING to do with those things at all. I will not go into the pagan origins of that nonsense because there is a voluminous amount of material available online, and probably in your local library, if you are truly interested.
Have you ever wondered why the so called “Christian” holiday known as “Easter” is celebrated around the same time as the Jewish Passover? Well to tell you the truth the reason they are celebrated at the same time of year is because there is an absolute connection between the Jewish Passover and the day known as “Easter” or “Resurrection Sunday.” I am going to show you that this whole thing about Easter Bunny and all the silly stuff that goes along with it, is nothing more than a demonic distraction, meant to take your eyes off of what Jesus Christ has done. It has been going on for many decades now and few ever seem to notice that they are being deceived.
Satan is the master of deception, and he absolutely hates everything about Jesus Christ, including his very name. It is no coincidence that the Jewish Passover holiday falls around the same time as the so called Christian holiday called Easter. Growing up as a Roman Catholic I had no idea, that there was any tie between the Passover and Easter. My thinking was always that the Jewish people had their holidays, and we had our own. Easter to me was mainly “Easter baskets” filled with jelly beans and chocolate bunnies, and the fake green grass inside the basket. The candy would be devoured in no time, and then it was wait until next year after that.
I write to you today as a former Roman Catholic who has had my spiritual eyes opened up. I speak out against the gross deception of the Roman Catholic church, because the Spirit of God compels me to do so. Satan is so clever in his ways, and he continues to deceive souls at an alarming rate, considering the fact that so many Evangelical Christian leaders speak about Jesus Christ and Revival on the one hand, and then join hands with the cult of Rome on the other hand. Are those “Christian” leaders and pastors deceived? Of course they are, but you will have a difficult time convincing them of that. The Spirit of God must open their eyes, but they must allow the Spirit to open the scriptures to them. I know that the word of God is going to stand in the end, so it is impossible for a false gospel to stand when the scriptures speak so clearly against it.
The best way to combat Satan and his lies is to simply preach the word of God, and that is exactly what Jesus did when the Devil came after him. Jesus quoted the word of God back to the Devil and he preceded the scriptures with the words “It is written”
Here is a passage from the Bible where the Lord did that:
Then was JESUS led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of THE DEVIL. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred. And when THE TEMPTER came to him, he said, IF thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. But he answered and said, IT IS WRITTEN, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Then THE DEVIL taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, And saith unto him, IF thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. Jesus said unto him, IT IS WRITTEN again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. Again, THE DEVIL taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, SATAN: for IT IS WRITTEN, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. Then THE DEVIL leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him. (Matthew 4:1-11)
Do you think that you know better than God himself? What did Jesus Christ do when the Devil came along to tempt him? He quoted the powerful word of God, because it was the truth, and the Lord knew that the Devil was a LIAR, and the father of all lies! (John 8:44) Did you notice how the Devil tried to instill doubt into the mind and heart of Jesus Christ. He used the words “If thou be the Son of God” more than once, and he even quoted the scriptures himself, when he quoted from Psalm 91:11-12. Here are those verses:
For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. (Psalms 91:11-12)
Folks, the Devil was quoting the scriptures back to Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and the creator of ALL things! (John 1:1-3, Genesis 1;1, Isaiah 44:24) I am showing you this because I want you to know that the Devil is the archenemy of your soul, and distraction is one of his greatest tools. Satan attempted to get Jesus to turn stones into bread (which he could have done) because he just fasted for 40 days. Then he attempted to get Jesus to throw himself down from a high place, and quoted that passage from Psalm 91 back to Jesus. Satan was able to deceive Adam and Eve in the garden but he could not deceive Jesus Christ. In regards to the Jewish Passover, it is imperative for you to understand that it was ultimately FULFILLED in the person of Jesus Christ. The Jewish apostle Paul was deceived about the true meaning of the Passover, UNTIL he came to know Jesus Christ. He wrote the following AFTER he was converted:
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: (1 Corinthians 5:7)
Paul referred to the crucified and risen Jesus Christ as our passover, because Jesus was in fact the very TRUE and ONLY FULFILLMENT of the Passover, and every Old Covenant sacrifice also. In the Old Testament book of Exodus the children of Israel were told to take a lamb without blemish, KILL IT and then apply that blood to the side and upper posts of that their doors. [Exodus 12:5-7]
For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD. And the BLOOD shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the BLOOD, I will PASS OVER you, and the plague shall NOT be upon you to DESTROY you, when I smite the land of Egypt. (Exodus 12:12-13)
What beautiful words are they indeed: “When I see the BLOOD, I will pass over you.” That is where the words PASSOVER came from. It was an awesome thing for the children of Israel to know that the JUDGMENT and WRATH of God would PASS OVER them. The Lord protected His people, and the firstborn were saved from destruction by simple faith in their Lord. Fast forward to the 21st Century and their are literally millions of people who serve the very same Lord that those children of Israel served back then. Their passover lamb had to be an UNBLEMISHED lamb, and it pointed to Jesus Christ, the UNBLEMISHED Lamb of God! First I will show you the Old Covenant passage:
“And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you. Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house: And if the household be too little for the lamb, let him and his neighbour next unto his house take it according to the number of the souls; every man according to his eating shall make your count for the lamb. Your lamb shall be WITHOUT BLEMISH, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats:” Exodus 12:1-5
Here is the New Covenant passage which was written by the Jewish apostle Peter. He knew that all of that Old Covenant stuff was FULFILLED in the person of Jesus Christ. Peter would scream out against the modern day priesthood of the Roman Catholic church, if he saw how they twisted the scriptures, and created their own false gospel.
“Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious BLOOD of CHRIST as of a LAMB WITHOUT BLEMISH and WITHOUT SPOT:” 1 Peter 1:18-19
The death of Jesus Christ upon the cross, was an awesome FULFILLMENT of the Old Covenant passover! Jesus Christ was totally SINLESS, and thus he was the UNBLEMISHED lamb, and a FULFILLMENT of the scriptures. Almighty God will PASS OVER every true believer in Jesus Christ, and hold back his WRATH from those who are protected by the BLOOD which Jesus Christ shed for them! That is why John the Baptist referred to Jesus Christ as the Lamb of God, which would take away the sin of the world!
“The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the LAMB of GOD, which taketh away the SIN of the world. This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred BEFORE ME: for HE WAS BEFORE ME. And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to ISRAEL, therefore am I come baptizing with water.” John 1:29-31
John the Baptist was born before Jesus Christ was manifested into this world, BUT he also knew that Jesus was preferred BEFORE him, because he WAS before him! John knew that Jesus Christ was eternal, and that he was sent from Heaven above! That is the TRUTH which Satan, the “god of this world” does not want the billions on the world today to understand and know. John knew that Jesus Christ was manifested in the flesh, and he knew that he was the Lamb of God. John also knew that he would be manifested to ISRAEL, but the majority of Jews rejected Jesus as the Messiah, Lord, and Son of God. The majority of Jews still reject Jesus in the year 2015. If you miss the truth about Jesus Christ as the Jewish people did, then you will miss salvation, and you will certainly miss Heaven also! If Jesus Christ were not the FULFILLMENT of Passover sacrifice, then there would be no gospel at all! Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, paid the price in FULL, so there is no longer a need for a Jewish Temple to offer up sacrifices, because that has been obliterated. There has NEVER been a need for a modern day Roman Catholic priesthood either, because Jesus Christ has FINISHED the deal. (John 19:30) I serve the same Lord that Moses served and His name is Jesus Christ. I can say today that His BLOOD is upon the doorposts of my heart, and that I too will be saved from destruction because of the BLOOD of Jesus Christ. In fact, the BLOOD that Jesus Christ shed is the reality of all of those types and shadows which pointed to Him.
Satan Knows The Jewish People Need Jesus Christ Too
Satan does not want anybody to know the truth about Jesus Christ and that includes the Jewish people. Not only is there a connection between the Jewish Passover but there is a connection between the Jewish feast of Yom Kippur (day of Atonement).
If one were to study the Day of Atonement they would learn this also pointed to the person of Jesus Christ. On that day the Jewish High Priest would enter into the Holy Place [Holy of Holies] behind the veil into the very presence of God. He would bring the BLOOD and apply that BLOOD to the mercy seat which covered the ark of the Covenant. The BLOOD was to atone for the sins of the people. But there is a greater BLOOD sacrifice which took place almost two thousand years ago, that superseded, and put out of commission all of those Old Testament sacrifices, and that was the sacrifice of Christ upon the cross.
But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; Neither by the BLOOD of goats and calves, but by his own BLOOD he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. For if the BLOOD of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: How much more shall the BLOOD of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? (Hebrews 9:11-14)
The big difference between those Old Testament sacrifices [offered under the Law], and the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, was the fact that Jesus Christ offered Himself WILLINGLY. Jesus Christ left the glory of Heaven and was manifested in the flesh for that very purpose. The modern day Roman Catholic Priesthood is an unbiblical priesthood, as they offer up their Mass, which they claim satisfies the justice of God for sins committed against him, and I address that in this article. The Roman Catholic Priests also say their Mass for people who are already dead, and that is diametrically opposed to the truth of the scriptures. Few seem to be bothered by the falsehood of that false system, which shows you how the great apostasy has grown. The professionals in the modern day pulpits will not speak out against such falsehood because they are working hand in hand with those who have danced with Rome for decades!
And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament [covenant], that by means of DEATH, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance. (Hebrews 9:15)
The New Covenant is in the BLOOD of Jesus Christ because it was He who laid down His life for the sin of the world. If you travel to Israel you will not see a Tabernacle, or a Temple anymore, because the Lord Jesus Christ was the final sacrifice for mankind. There will be no more sacrifices. To reject the very Son of God is a most serious matter, because this is the only one who was sent by the Father to die for our sins. It does not matter whether a person is Jewish or Gentile, the BLOOD of Jesus Christ is still the only atonement for any person alive today, and the only BLOOD that will keep you out of Hell.
For the life of the flesh is in the BLOOD: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the BLOOD that maketh an atonement for the soul. (Leviticus 17:11)
When Jesus Christ died on that old rugged cross the veil in the Jewish Temple was torn in half from top to bottom by a supernatural act of God.
Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost [DIED]. And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; (Matthew 27:50-51)
Now what does the Easter Bunny and his jelly beans have to do with all of this? Nothing! Absolutely Nothing! Satan knows full well that the majority of people in the world have no idea that they are on the highway to Hell. He wants to keep it that way so when it comes to the gospel of Jesus Christ, his job is to keep people in darkness, so he distracts them. He is known as the “god of this world” and the majority of the world does his bidding on an everyday basis. The Jewish apostle Paul knew full well that it was Satan, the “god of this world” who kept him bound in spiritual darkness, until the gospel light shined inside his soul! Paul’s mind was blinded to the truth about Jesus Christ, and that is why he preached with such boldness AFTER he got saved. Paul knew that he deserved NOTHING but Hell, but the Lord Jesus Christ showed him mercy.
But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. (2 Corinthians 4:3-4)
Satan (the Devil) is the “god of this world” and he has blinded the minds of people for centuries now. As a former Roman Catholic I am so happy that the Lord Jesus Christ has opened my eyes to the gross deception and falsehood of the Catholic Church. There is absolutely no need for the Roman Catholic Priesthood because Jesus Christ paid the price in FULL almost two thousand years ago. The Jewish people know that they have no blood atonement for their sins in this modern day, because there is no longer a Tabernacle or Temple to sacrifice their animals. Why? Because Jesus Christ was the FINAL and perfect PASSOVER sacrifice for sins, and to deny that is to leave one in their own sins. This is what Jesus Christ said to the people AFTER he rose from the dead, thus proving that he was the one he said he was:
“And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.” Matthew 28:18
Jesus Christ defeated death, and he has ALL power in Heaven and Earth. That is a whole lot of power is it not? That is why it is such an atrocity to put Jesus Christ, the King of Kings, and Lord of Lords, back into the arms of “Mother Mary” whenever the pagan holiday of “Christmas” rolls around. Satan does not want YOU to know, that YOU are lost and Hell-bound, without FAITH in the real Jesus Christ. I close with this passage from the gospel of Mark, and another statement which Jesus made AFTER he rose from the dead.
“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that BELIEVETH and is baptized shall be SAVED; but he that BELIEVETH NOT shall be DAMNED.” Mark 16:15-16
The BLOOD of the risen Passover Lamb of God is the only thing which will justify any person in this world, whether they be Jew or Gentile, and do not ever forget that! The one thing that every person in the world has in common with each other, is that each of us is UNGODLY in the sight of God, outside of salvation in Jesus Christ.
“For when we were yet without strength, in due time CHRIST died for the UNGODLY. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But GOD commendeth HIS LOVE toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, CHRIST died for us. Much more then, being now JUSTIFIED by HIS BLOOD, we shall be SAVED from WRATH through HIM.” Romans 5:6-9
“He that BELIEVETH on the SON hath EVERLASTING LIFE: and he that BELIEVETH NOT the SON shall NOT see life; but the WRATH of GOD abideth on him.” John 3:36