There's more to Easter than eggs and rabbits!
All of us have come to accept or at least acknowledge the time of year called Easter, but it's not what you think.
The Amazing Sacrifice on the Cross
A bit of background that you may already know; Good Friday is the day that Jesus was crucified, nailed to a cross and died, just outside Jerusalem in Israel. He died as a one time sacrifice to attone for our sins and rose again on the third day (Animal sacrifices ceased after his crucifixion). Jesus redressed the balance of power by taking it away from satan and making it available to born again believers. Now, if we repent to God, get baptised to Jesus and are filled with the Holy Spirit, the same power that rose Jesus from the dead. Now we are able to cast out demons, heal the sick, recieve His wisdom when we ask and make disciples of people by sharing and discussing the Gospel. For a full explanation about God's ultimate plan that required Jesus to accept death on a Cross, please click here - The Big Picture.
After Jesus died and was buried in a tomb, which was cut into the side of a rock face, a circular rock was rolled in front of the entrance as a door, the 'rock' door being the 'egg'. This is where most people are told the symbolism of Easter Eggs came from.
On the third day, Jesus rose from the dead and the stone was rolled away form the tomb entrance! This day is now called Easter Sunday. Now, to most people this sounds all quite reasible. However...
The origins of the name "Easter" are important! Back in the day, back to Babylon and Nebuchadnezzar 634BC, the spring equinox festival was called Easter. Easter is in the Bible, in KJV Acts 12:4, where it mentions Herod, acknowledging Easter, he is referenced as having killed James and arrested Peter. Herod intended to hand Peter over the the Jews AFTER Easter. However, the Church prayed unceasingly and the Angel of the Lord appeared to Peter and lead him out of prison, invisible to the guards.
Easter remained the time when pagans worshiped the goddess Ishtar or Estarte, who was the goddess of love, war, fertility and sexuality. The eggs represented an offering made to Estarte (a later incarnation of Semiramus, the wife of Nimrod) and to Baal, i.e. satan. The eggs were dipped in the blood of child offerings, which is why they are decorated now.
It is believed that the name Good Friday originated as 'Great Friday' and the Catholic church adopted the name 'Good Friday in about the 6th or 7th century.
There are many such adoptions by the Catholic church, now seen as religious Christian traditions, which were in fact pagan rituals merged in to the Catholic religion to appease the masses. These adoptions began around 400ce when the first Bishop of Damasus became the first Pope of Rome and Emperor Gratian relinquished spiritual authority and handed it to the new Pope, whilst he retained temporal authority as the Emperor of Rome.
Even the lead up to Easter, the period called Lent, is not in the Bible and is another activity adopted from Babylonian paganism by the Catholic Church. Ash Wednesday is in comemmoration of the death of Tammuz, the son of Semiremus and Nimrod. Afyer he was killed by a boar, the women mourned for forty days and the cross, not a crucifix, is marked on the forwhead as a third eye and is a further acknowledgement to Nimrod, and later Apollo, as the first sun god.
Get YOUR story straight
As you can see, there is a lot going on that many people 'take as read' as being correct but in fact is not 'real' Christianity but adopted pagan rituals and symbolism.
The next element to the Easter/Bible story is that of the Passover, where God instucted the Israelites to sacrifice an unblemished lamb and use the blood of the lamb to mark their door posts, prior to the Angel of the Lord visiting all those in Egypt and killing all their first born for refusing to release the Israelites from their captivity and slavery.
So next 'Good Friday' bank holiday remember, if none of this is any concern of yours, simply carry on. It's not Easter Sunday for Christians, but rather, it should be called Resurrection Sunday for believers.
It is essential to share the accurate back-story of the Bible, so that we can understand how significant it is and why there has been a concerted effort to eradicate the genuine belief and power that comes from being a believer.
I does not surprise me that so many churches blindly follow the 'tradition' of easter, making out it is something innocent for the children on one hand and an excuse to buy a leg of lamb and have a few family members over on the other.