Former Pastor - Philadelphia
Birmingham , Alabama
(Now In Glory)
I would like to beg your indulgence for a few minutes while we study the
subject of Easter together. And I pray we may do this studying with an
open mind. After all that is the only way we will ever learn anything.
So long as I do not want to learn about that particular thing you cannot
teach me one single thing about it, no matter how badly I need to know
So, with that in mind, I believe you will agree with me that Easter is
probably the greatest festival of the whole religious world. It is supposed
to commemorate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is a movable feast,
that is, it does not always fall on the same date. The Council at Nicaea
held in 325 A.D. by the apostate churches who had just recently been married
to the Roman state decided that Easter should be celebrated on the first
Sunday following the first full moon after the vernal equinox which is
March 21st. I will have to admit that I do not know what the moon had to
do with my Lord's resurrection. As a result of this decision by the Council
at Nicaea, Easter may fall on any date from March 22nd to April 25th.
The name "Easter" comes from Eostre the name of a Teutonic goddess of spring.
She was a pagan goddess, but when this old religious world wanted another
religious festival, they just anglicized the name of this pagan goddess
of spring, and they had Easter. The Catholic Church has, through the centuries,
followed the practice of giving pagan observances Christian names. And
by doing that she made it possible for pagans to go right on with their
pagan worship and still be good Catholics. They just called the pagan worship
by a Christian name, but it was still pagan worship just the same.
And though Easter is supposed to commemorate our 'Lords resurrection, it
sometimes falls on a day that is more than three weeks before the actual
date of the resurrection. In the light of Scriptures like Luke 23:54,
19:14,31 and I Corinthians 5:7 we know that our Lord was crucified
on the day of the Passover. And according to Leviticus 23:5 the
Passover fell on the 14th day of their first month, Abib which is April
14th on our calendar. Then according to Matthew 20:19,
and Luke 1 8:33, 24:7 He rose again in the third day. I believe
a third grade school child should be able to tell you that the 17th day
of April is the third day after April 14th. If I wanted to celebrate my
Lord's resurrection just one time a year, I most certainly would do it
on April 1 7th, because that is the date on which He rose. I was born in
April, and I have never celebrated my birthday in March.
Still Easter fell on March 26th in 1967, some three weeks before April
1 7th. And in spite of that the Catholic Church, and a lot of even Baptist
Churches told their people that this is the day our Lord rose from the
dead. In 1968 Easter fell on April 14th. In 1969 it was April 6th, and
in 1970 it was March 29th, but still most of you were told that this is
the day our Lord rose from the dead. This year this heathen feast falls
on April 1 9th, but still that is two days after the date our Lord rose.
How gullible can some of our Lord's saints be in order to be popular? I
am so thankful that my Lord has delivered me from the heathenism theCatholic
Church has crammed down the throats of so many of our dear Lord's saints.
But for the amazing grace of God I would be worshipping all that junk myself.
Really and truly dear Christian friend, is there just one thing connected
with Easter that makes any sense?
There are so many abominable things in the eyes of Almighty God that are
connected with Easter. There is Lent that so many Baptists are observing
at this time, March 14th. Then there is Ash Wednesday, Passion Sunday,
Passion week, Palm Sunday, Holy week and Good Friday. And even though our
Lord's entire earthly ministry lay in between His forty days fasting in
the wilderness and His resurrection, still we are told that the forty days
Lenten season is in commemoration of His forty days fasting. Some three
and a half years elapsed between His fasting and His resurrection, but
if you notice, Lent ends at the very hour Easter begins. There is no time
lapse at all between them. This should arouse the curiosity of all thinking
people. And I believe that if you become curious enough to look into the
matter for yourself, you will find that Lent really commemorates an altogether
different forty days.
Soon after the Flood Nimrod, Abraham's great grandson, and his followers
founded a false religious system known as Babylonian Mysticism. According
to tradition Nimrod's wife Semiramis was the first queen of heaven. She,
according to this tradition, had a son named Tammuz who was according to
this tradition, killed by a wild boar, and after forty days came back to
life. Lent and Easter really commemorate this forty days, and this resurrection.
When you come to see that the Catholic Church is nothing in the world but
christianized Babylonian Mysticism, that is, that it is nothing but that
old false religious system with a Christian name, you should have no trouble
in seeing where they get all their feast days, and other evil practices.
And then when we come to the day called Good Friday, may I ask you a simple
question in all sincerity, and in all humility? In the clear teaching of
the precious Word of God, when we say that our Lord was crucified on Friday,
do we not accuse Him of outright lying?
We may do it unintentionally through ignorance, but do we not do it just
the same? In Matthew 12:40 our Lord said, "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." The word 'whale' here
comes from KETOS which means a great fish, see Jonah 1:17. Now we
either believe Matthew 12:40 or we do not believe it. There is no
middle ground. And I beg of you to notice that this Scripture says absolutely
nothing about a little tiny part of a day. It is the Catholic Church that
does that. We know from Scriptures like Matthew 27:57-60, and John
19:38-42 our Lord was buried late in the evening, at the and of the
day. So we cannot be honest with the Scriptures and count that day as one
of the three days He was to spend in the heart of the earth.
I am going to say something now that may startle some one. But if I do
not prove my statement by the Word of God, just forget it. No one should
believe what any preacher or teacher says unless he proves it by the Scriptures.
I contend, and declare that Christ was not crucified on Friday, and neither
did He rise on Sunday morning. Even the great magician Houdini could not
find three days and three nights between Friday evening late and Sunday
morning early. And neither can the pope of Rome find them there either.
They are just not there. So if you believe Matthew 12:40, you simply
cannot believe that Christ was crucified on Friday. And if you believe
Christ was crucified on Friday, you might as well forget about Matthew
12:40. They are diametrically opposed to each other.
You will recall that I said Christ did not rise on Sunday morning. Someone
may be saying I should read Matthew 28:1-2. I am aware of the earthquake
that occurred that Sunday morning when the angel rolled the stone from
the mouth of the tomb. According to Luke 24:2 and John 20:1
this took place before daylight that morning. But you and I both know the
angel did not have to roll that stone from the mouth of the tomb in order
to let the Lord of glory out, but rather to let the disciples in. Since
He could come into the room where the disciples were with the door shut,
He could also come out of that tomb with the stone still over its mouth.
Now if we are ready to admit that Christ was buried at the end of day,
and that He was in the grave three days and three nights, or 72 hours,
I believe we will be forced to admit that He was buried at the end of the
day on Wednesday, and that He rose at the same time of the day on Saturday.
In that way He was in the heart of the earth Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
And He was there Wednesday night, Thursday night and Friday night. Is there
really anything other than the teaching of the Catholic Church that would
hinder you from believing that?
I know someone is saying, yes, but the Bible says the next day after the
crucifixion was the sabbath day. This, to, is where the Catholic Church
has misled the people. Certainly the Bible teaches that the next day after
our Lord was crucified was a sabbath day. In John 19:31 John tells
us that this sabbath was a high day, that is, it was a special sabbath.
It was not just the common seventh day sabbath. We have already seen that
our Lord was crucified on the day of the Passover. In I Corinthians
5:7b we read, "for even Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us".
Now if we turn to Exodus 12:1 6 we will find that a special sabbath
fell on the next day after the Passover. Here we are told that the people
were not to do anything on this day except to eat. This is the high sabbath
that fell on the day following our Lord's crucifixion. There is no reason
under Heaven for us to believe that the sabbath mentioned in John 19:31
Yes, I am aware that you can find the word "Easter" in your Bible. But
the word "Easter" in Acts 12:4 comes from the Greek word PASCHA
which means Passover. But the Episcopalian translators of the King James
version, the scared Catholics that they were, loved their Easter so much
that they just had to put it in the Bible somewhere. So they just mistranslated
this word PASCHA in order to do it.
Your pastor knows this to be true, or at least he should know it. Ask him
why he still leads the church in the observance of all the heathen days.
His answer just might amuse you. In Galatians 4:10-11, Paul says
"Ye observe days, and months, and times (seasons], and years. I am afraid
of you, least I have bestowed upon you labor in vain". Paul is saying that
he is afraid that his labor among them has been in vain because that after
he has labored among them they are still observing those old days, months,
seasons, etc. But let us remember, Paul had never heard of Christmas, Easter,
Good Friday and a lot of other abominable days and seasons you and I have
had crammed down our throats by the Catholic Church in our day. What would
he say to the Baptist Churches of our land and country today if he were
writing a letter to them? May we come to see that all this heathenism dishonors
our dear Lord, and keeps our minds off His precious Word.
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