Easter, the goddess of fertility was celebrated long before Jesus was born.
Be ye fertile...
Looking in the old testament where Moses was petitioning Pharaoh saying “let my people go,” we see a unique picture with notable details. First is the month of Abib. The name of this month comes from Hebrew. Today it is represented on the Jewish calendar as Nisan. In the beginning of the Bible, God presents a calendar, which the Jews still use today. Unlike the modern Gregorian calendar with a specific number of days to every month, save for leap year, the Jewish/Hebrew calendar month is based on the cycle of the moon. Thus some months may be shorter or longer in some years than in other years, and some years can have 13 months instead of 12, it depends on the lunar cycle.
Getting back to Moses, God told Moses he is going to send the angel of death over Egypt to take the first born of every family. God instructs Moses that on the 10th day of Abib, to select a lamb, and to examine it for 4 days to make sure it is without blemish. Then, on the 14th day he is to slaughter the lamb and paint its blood over the door, above their head. When the angel of death comes, he will “Passover” those who are "under the blood" painted on their door. (Remember being under the blood, we will get back to it.)
Now let’s move forward 2000 years to Jesus’ time. On the 10th day of Abib, Jesus rides into Jerusalem as the lamb of God. He is examined by the Scribes and Pharisees, including Pilot, for four days and found to be without blemish. On the 14th day of Abib Jesus is crucified, his blood above everyone's head. On the 17th day of Abib, he rises from the dead.
On the Hebrew calendar, the 17th day of Abib, the day is always the 17th day of the month. Just like one’s birthday is always numerically on the same day. If your birthday is on April 19th, it will be on April 19th the following year too. Your birth date does not change every year and it is always on the same numerical date on BOTH calendars. It might be a Saturday, or a Sunday, or a Wednesday, but it is always on the same date, a fairly simple concept. Easter always falls on a Sunday and can be as much as a month apart from year to year.
Did you know they make a Jewish/Gregorian calendar where you can see what day is which on the two calendars? So if we looked up say, Abib 17th the day Jesus rose from the dead, we would actually look for Nisan 17th. This year the 17th day of Abib in the Bible, or Nisan 17th, occurred on Thursday, April 1st, 2010. ( The year this article was written).
For the Year 2016, Abib 17th, or Nisan 17th, will fall on April 25th.
April 25th, 2016 will be the day Jesus Christ rose from the dead.
Easter Sunday falls on March 27th, 2016. Those going to church on Easter Sunday, 2016 will be almost an entire month "before" the reason they are there. I wonder what they will be doing a month later when passover actually begins?
Those who flocked to church on Sunday, April 4th 2010, to celebrate the resurrection of Christ from the dead, were 4 days too late. I guess it is a good thing the apostle’s weren’t too busy celebrating Easter back when Jesus rose from the dead and was sitting in his tomb, he might have had to wait 4 days for them to show up.
Jesus: “Where have you guys been? I told you I would rise again in 3 days, that was 4 days ago.”
Paul: “We’re sorry Lord, we thought you meant Easter. We’ve been hunting for Easter Eggs and little chocolate Easter bunnies, but we weren’t honoring the goddess Easter, we were really celebrating you. By the way, Happy Easter!”
Or how about March 27th, 2016: Jesus walks up to the apostles and asks, "What are you guys doing?
Paul: We are celebrating your victory over death!
Jesus: Uh... I haven't even been crucified yet, not for another month.
Paul: But today is Easter! Care for a chocolate bunny?
Easter was historically celebrated, even before Jesus was born and has nothing to do with Jesus’ resurrection.
Ishtar is pronounced Easter, which is the name of Semarimis in the Phoenician tongue; the queen of heaven, the wife of Nimrod, King of Babylon. After God mixed their tongues and created all the different languages Semarimis suddenly had as many names as there were languages. Today she is often referred to as the Goddess of 10,000 names. In Egypt, her name was Isis, in Ephesis, she was Diana, and so forth and so on.
Meet the goddess Easter.
In Phoenicia, the goddess Easter and Easter worship was all about fertility (sex) – just like in Babylon. Hey, America likes sex, just look at all the magazines at the checkout counter. Everyone is having sex with everyone, and everyone wants to know about it because that is what’s really important in life… right? So everyone should really like reading about Easter because she was all about having sex and that was just to get things started.
But you have to understand something. In those days, if you lived to be an adult you were very fortunate. If your crops produced enough food to feed everyone, and your horses and cattle, you again were very fortunate;. thus evolved a religion and culture around sex and fertility. It was important to ensure the survival of their people, or so they surmised. And what better way than good old fashioned free-love? For all we know they were smoking pot, wearing peace signs, and listening to the Beatles.
They would worship Easter and pray for fertility. They would bow before large phallic symbols and worship. Women would smear the blood of their cycle on this obelisk when they worshiped so as to be remembered for fertility. The obelisk, was considered to be symbolic of the penis of the god of the underworld. (A real famous replica is our own Washington Monument, and there is another one in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican.)
If the ancients prayed and worshiped the obelisk, then they could be assured the god of the underworld’s role in good crops, lots of babies for everyone, and the continuation of life. They also worshiped Easter, the goddess of fertility for her role in the continuation of life. For this they gathered up rabbits, chickens and eggs, all symbols of fertility. Sex was used to further invoke the joyful blessings of the holy mother, the queen of heaven, the goddess Easter.
Can you imagine a Phoenician pick up line on Easter? “Hey baby, my name is Zekkaniah, wanna go somewhere and worship Easter with me? She is going to bless us, I just have a feeling!”
“Oh, I am so sorry, I have already worshiped the goddess Easter 5 times today and I am a little sore, maybe later?”
And what day did they worship the goddess? On Easter! Of course this day falls on a different day every year as much as a month apart.
It’s pretty simple. When we go to church on Easter Sunday, are we worshiping Jesus? Or celebrating the goddess Easter? Certainly, everyone in church on Easter is there because of Christ, not the goddess Easter. But am I out of line for asking, if we want to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, why can’t we do it on the day he rose from the dead? Of all the dates of events we don’t know in the Bible, this is one date the bible gives us and we can easily look up.
After church do you go to the park with candy rabbits, marshmallow chicks and hunt Easter eggs with the kids? What are you celebrating? Jesus?
I struggled with this for a long time. I even got mad over it. Knowing the history behind
Easter, I don’t celebrate Easter anymore but I do regard Nisan 17th in some small way.
I mean not to condemn anyone who does celebrate Easter. The Bible says, “ One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth everday alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it.” - Romans 14:5,6a.
I have no problem with anyone who celebrates Easter. I guess that its just so obvious, the exact day when Jesus was raised from the dead, I don’t see why that day is completely glossed over by the majority of those who have faith in Christ, and the churches they attend. I asked my own pastor one time why we didn't celebrate "resurrection day" opposed to Easter, and he said to me, "People don't come to church in droves on resurrection day, but they do on Easter Sunday, and we're here to preach the gospel."
If Easter, the goddess of fertility was celebrated long before Jesus was born, as Christians, why do we celebrate the resurrection on Easter instead of Abib 17th? Is it because Abib 17th sometimes falls on a weekday and no one goes to church and pours money into the plate on Tuesday or Wednesday like they do on Easter Sunday? Just curious.