Easter, Ashteroth, the Queen of Heaven, Passover and the King James Bible

I have encouraged Christians in the past (and still do) that it is not a mortal sin to use the word “Easter” to refer to the season when Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

The Empty Tomb. “He is risen!”

There are Christians who came out of witchcraft and very powerful and influential associations of witches, who have condemned the practice by Christians of celebrating pagan holidays whose meanings have been replaced by Christian themes. Easter is blatantly one of those.

Jack Moorman has a fascinating article for Christians new to this history, and it is another example of thousands, even tens of thousands, of how the King James Bible stands out as the God-guided standard by which all the other renditions and paraphrases and doctrines must be measured:

http://av1611.com/kjbp/articles/moorman-easter.html

You may be surprised to know that the word “passover” did not even exist before William Tyndale coined it for his Version of 1526-31. His was also the first English Bible to use “Easter.” Previously the Hebrew and Greek were left untranslated. For example, in Wycliffe’s Bible, which was based on the Latin, we find pask or paske.

In Acts 12:4, the KJB reads:

Acts 12:4  And when he had apprehended him, he put [him] in prison, and delivered [him] to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after  Easter to bring him forth to the people.

Here is where the scholarly knowledge of the scripture, their deep understanding of it, stands out, plus their understanding of Christian history.

ALL of the most common modern translations replace the word with “Passover”. Everywhere else in the Bible, this word is replaced with the word “Passover”, because the word in those contexts refers to the Jewish observances that commemorate the protection of their firstborn during the last of the plagues of Egypt.

But Herod put Peter in prison “in the days of unleavened bread“, which occurs AFTER the Jewish Passover as described in the Bible. That’s in verse 3 of Acts 12.

So the days that Luke’s hand wrote about there do not refer to the Hebrew passover, but to a time after that. Herod was a pagan, an Edomite, who observed the pagan rites of worship of Astair, the Babylonian goddess who was also worshiped by the Greeks and the Romans and the Germanic tribes. “She” is the one called the “queen of heaven” in Jeremiah 7:18, 44:17, 44:18, 44:19, and 44:25. She is a goddess of fertility and spring.

That’s where the bunnies and the “Easter eggs” come into the picture, they are symbols of fertility. But our fertility as Christians comes from the Lord and the first command in the Bible: “Be fruitful and multiply”.

The Roman church hieararchy subsumed a lot of the pagan festivals by either using the same days with Christian themes, or moving Christian-themed observances to the same season as they did with Resurrection. The name of the season also stuck, “Easter”.

So by the time of the KJB printing, 1611, Jesus’ resurrection was observed by Christians during the same days that before were pagan festivals, such as those that Herod kept, and that is why the word Easter is the best fit in Acts 12.

One last note. The position of the Puritans during the 16th and 17th centuries was to roundly and soundly condemn many Christian holidays, like Easter and Christmas. We would do well to heed their warnings and admonitions of rescued former witches.

Sunrise services, for example, are a direct descendant of Ashteroth festivals of sun worship, and Christian sunrise services remind me too much of Ezekiel 8. They also remind me of the “sunrise worship” of the modern pagans at a commune in the country in Oregon I visited once before I became a missionary.

But I do rejoice that the world is reminded of the resurrection of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ during this season. And I am glad that many of us are beginning to call the observance “Resurrection Day“. Sounds good to me.

And let us remember that just as Jesus Christ rose from the dead, we shall also. There is no salvation without resurrection, wrote Paul. The resurrection is the proof that God has all power over death. Jesus paid for ALL our sins in the death on the cross, saving us from death and hell, and the proof is in the Resurrection.

Read more about it at:

“Easter or Passover?”  http://av1611.com/kjbp/articles/moorman-easter.html

“Isn’t ‘Easter’ in Acts 12:4 a mistranslation?”:  http://www.av1611.org/kjv/easter.html

“Easter, replenish”:  http://brandplucked.webs.com/easterreplenish.htm

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