August 2017           "A Journal of Biblical Understanding"           Volume 14           

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Should Christians Really Keep EASTER?

I have been pondering the Christian Passover, the yearly memorial of the ultimate sacrifice Jesus and The Father made so we could be forgiven of our sins.

I think about how the traditional Christians of this world substitute a holiday festival which they say points to the Resurrection of Jesus.

That holiday festival is composed of bonnets, rabbits, colored eggs, new shoes, new clothes, hot-cross buns, and sunrise services. It is true some churches don't have sunrise services, but in the mainstream of traditional Christianity everyone is expected to be on a hill top, some open fields, or perhaps even in a cemetary where there is an open view toward the East where the sun will rise. They arrive there before sunrise and perhaps have some service held by a preacher or priest who will stop talking when the sun breaks the horizon and they watch spell-bound until the sun is fully up.

Before God caused me to begin to understand His Word, I attended this kind of service as well. It was the VERY FIRST THING He caused me to wonder about.

I began to ask myself, what did rabbits (who laid colored eggs), hats, clothes, hot-cross buns, egg-hunts, egg-rolls on the lawn and baskets have to do with Jesus at all, much less His death and resurrection.

I began a period of study into God's Word searching for ANY mention of ANY of these things. Most just aren't there! Some are.

I found sunrise services and hot-cross buns mentioned.

I began to look at the services that were held on Easter and the content of them. I began to realize everyone was only observing one day and two nights during this time and that Jesus had said in His Gospels that He would be THREE DAYS and THREE NIGHTS in the grave. I tried to fit all this into a Friday evening burial and a Sunday morning resurrection, but it just wouldn't fit.

I found a scripture where Jesus spoke about these things. It is in Matthew 12:40.

"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."

He was telling the Scribes and Pharisees (who had asked Him for a sign that He was the Savior) the only sign He would give would be the length of time He would remain in His grave.

I began to understand that if He did not fulfill that sign, He would not be the Savior !!

This presented a problem to me (as it has to others down through the centuries) that two nights and one day didn't fulfill that sign.

I was caught (as my daddy used to say) "between a rock and a hard place." The church of which I was a member only observed "Easter" from Friday evening to Sunday morning. This created such consternation in me that I approached the Sunday School teacher (it was the business men's class) and ask him if I could ask the class some questions that I felt were very important to me to have answered.

He agreed and dispensed with the "business meeting" they usually held before each Sunday class.

I arose very nervously and pulled the pack of file cards that I had written my questions on, out of my suit pocket

The first question I asked was, "What is Easter?" Of course, there was some laughter that made me even more nervous but I persisted. "No," I said, "this is serious to me. What IS Easter?"

After some hesitation some one answered that it was the time of year when we celebrated the resurrection of Christ. "Fine," I replied and shifted that file card under the stack.

The next question was all I got to give. I asked, "Then why didn't Jesus fulfill the only sign that He would be our Savior. He said He would be in the grave for three days and three nights, but we only observe two nights and a day?"

A quiet descended on the class and one could have heard a pin drop. Finally someone said it was oriental time. I replied, "Christ wasn't oriental." I can't remember the other responses. All I can remember is an argument breaking out between the members of the class about various things, and I was left standing in front "with egg on my face." (Pun intended)

The argument rose to such a level that people were coming from other class rooms and looking into our door.

When the bell rang for the end of class, everyone got up and with an ICY glare at me, left the room.

I was alone with my questions.

With only one of them answered, and after the morning service, I went to the TOP... head tawls, as the old southern expression has it. I went to the preacher himself. The MAN who knows all, sees all, tells all! I intended to get to the bottom of this!!

When I knocked on his office door, he called for me to come in. When he saw me, he wanted to know what he could do for me. He didn't even know me very well, except to know I was a member of the church.

I asked him the question about the three days and three nights. After a short pause, he gave me some pat answer. I don't really remember what it was but I kept wanting to know about the only sign Jesus said would prove His Messiahship.

His next answers I do remember. He said, "You're nit-picking. You just have to believe!" I replied that I DID believe, that was the reason I was asking the questions.

Then I stated, "You mean that my asking about THE ONLY SIGN Jesus gave that He is our Saviour, is NIT-PICKING?"

When he replied yes, I turned and walked out of his office, out of his church and out of his life.

My studies led me to understand, with the help of God's Holy Spirit, that Jesus did truly stay in the grave three nights and three days.

I found He was taken down from the cross (stauros in the Greek language - meaning 'stake') and was placed in the grave about sunset on a Wednesday evening (according to the Roman calendar). He was placed in the grave at sunset on our Wednesday evening and was resurrected EXACTLY 72 hours later on our Saturday at sunset.

When the women came to the grave very early the next morning, just before daylight, He was not there, for as the angel said, "He IS RISEN." (Past tense). (Mat. 28:6)

I also took the "oriental time" into consideration much later, because someone had told me the statement in Matthew about three days and three nights was just a Jewish idiom, or figure of speech. They said it could be parts of three days and nights and still fulfill the statement.

By this time, I was done with just accepting what any man would say and began to dig deeper into this situation because I realized that almost ALL of traditional Christianity observed Easter with it's "parts" of three days and three nights.

I went back to the scripture in Matthew where it read, "As Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly," As I began to check this out in the Hebrew language, I found there were "idioms" in that language. However, when the phrase "and three nights" is added to the "three days", it truly did mean exactly THREE DAYS AND THREE NIGHTS and Jesus had made a POINT of stating this about Jonas (Jonah).

That was in 1962. I no longer observe Easter (and haven't since that time) because I came to KNOW it is a deception that has been planted into our societies that causes people to worship Satan rather than Jesus ! AND THEY DON'T EVEN REALIZE IT !

God has condemned "sunrise services" in His Word.

Ezekiel 8:16 And he brought me into the inner court of the LORD’S house, and, behold, at the door of the temple of the LORD, between the porch and the altar, were about five and twenty men, with their backs toward the temple of the LORD, and their faces toward the east; and they worshipped the sun toward the east.

Please read the context before and after this verse to get the whole story.

Yes, here were people in the LORD'S house, with their backs toward the Holy of Holies, worshipping the sun as it rose in the East !!!

If you would like to study into this even more, please log on to our web site, Seven Times, go to the Archives and read the articles listed at the bottom of this article. They go into detail about the timing and meanings of these things.

Perhaps those articles will get you to pray to God for more understanding and begin to dig into your own Bible to see WHAT IT REALLY SAYS!

Never forget this.... If some man or woman tells you something that disagrees with God's Word, you MUST believe God and ignore those people !!!

I truly hope you take all this to heart because these things impact YOUR VERY SALVATION !!

Edited- 2-22-2008.

"Three Days and Three Nights."

Is Easter YOUR New Covenant With God?

Should New Testament Christians Keep The Passover?

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