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Passover 3

The Bread From Heaven

Manna From Heaven

Jewish ancient holy writings on stone surface

In the Hebrew language, unlike English and others, every character has its own personified meaning. And, powerful prophetic messages can be in names of people or names of places.
For example, “Bethlehem,” located about 10KM south of Jerusalem has a unique message as described below:

Bethlehem
House of bread. (1.) A city in the “hill country” of Judah. It was originally called Ephrath (Gen 35:16, 19; Gen 35:16 Ruth 4:11).

Through a more in-depth understanding of the treasures of the Scripture and how the visual language portrays Jewish feasts as the appointed times can reveal to us Adonai’s redemption plan. The Hebrews were people who animated the Word of God in daily activities. If Anthropology is the definition of the science that deals with the origin, physical and cultural development, biological characteristics, and social customs and beliefs of humankind; the Hebraic traditions and feasts are lessons of their relationship in history and the eventuality.
Therefore, the importance of Hebrew observance of feast days was a vital part of being Hebraic.

I once read an article defending the use of the traditional term, “Easter.” Instead of the Biblical Passover, the article was saying that there is no evidence that there was a goddess named “Eostre or Astoroth” ever existed. One would have to know how to find “Eostre’s or Astoroth’s” name in Scripture. Now, if one does not trust the Bible, that is a different argument.

Moses “Mosheh” (משה) was a Biblical prophet, lawgiver, and one of the most excellent leaders of the ancient Jewish people. Also, he was the son of Amram and Yocheved, brother of Miriam and Aaron. With Adonai’s’s guidance, Mosheh (Moses) led the children of Israel from Egypt to Canaan, the Promised Land. (Easton’s Bible Dictionary)
What is interesting is that while Israel was in the wilderness, God gave them, Hebrew man-hu (manna), “What is that?” the name was given by the Israelites to describe the miracle of food supplied to them during their wanderings in the wilderness (Ex 16:15 -35). This man-hu is the English “Manna” as in Bread from Heaven.

A Ruler from Bethlehem
Micah 5:2
But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah,
are only a small village among all the people of Judah,
yet a ruler of Israel,
whose origins are in the distant past,
will come from you on my behalf.
The people of Israel will be abandoned to their enemies
until the woman in labor gives birth.
Then at last his fellow countrymen
will return from exile to their own land.
And he will stand to lead his flock with the Lord’s strength,
in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God. (Matthew 2:6)

Prophecy placed The Bread of Life, The Bread from Heaven or the “Afikoman,” (the long-awaited Messiah) as bread broken into parts. Some might mistakenly say Messiah’s broken away from the God-head. Not so! The middle piece of Bread broken a second time has a half of it hidden somewhere in the house for the children to search for it. This search for the bread is symbolic of seeking the Messiah.

Bread of Life

The afikoman, a piece broken off from a matzo during a Seder, is put aside to be eaten at the end of the meal. It is traditionally hidden during the Seder to be searched for by the children present “her little grandchildren will search the house looking for the afikoman.” The child who finds the Afikoman or hidden piece of bread first is then rewarded with a gift.

This example of the bread as nourishment for the Israelites in the wilderness is a shadow of things to come when the Messiah will come down from Heaven and give us life. This Jewish Messiah will cause a spiritual awakening to those who search for Him. Those who find Him will find His reward. Our Messiah will provide a way back to right-standing with the Father. The Bible promises us that those who diligently seek Him are a rewarder of His Righteousness.

I would say that the hidden “Afikoman” was in the bread box. Allow me to explain the bread box or Bethlehem.

Bethlehem (/ ˈ b ɛ θ l i h ɛ m /; Arabic: بيت لحم ‎ Bayt Lahm [beːt.laħm], “House of Meat”;

Ancient Greek: Βηθλεέμ Greek pronunciation: [bɛːtʰle.ém];

Latin: Bethleem; initially named after Canaanite fertility god Lehem) is a Palestinian city.

Why did the Lord summon Israel for those special feast days?

As the children of Israel faithfully observed the special celebrations, they couldn’t ignore the fact that use of these unifying components or object lessons were abundant. Each festival told its own story of events past or future. The piece of Matzah (Bread) broken is the last element eaten at the meal. Yeshua (suffering Messiah) told His disciples in John 6:54-55
“The one who eats My flesh and drinks My blood [believes in Me, accepts Me as Savior] has eternal life [that is, now possesses it], and I will raise him up [from the dead] on the last day. For My flesh is true [spiritual] food, and My blood is true [spiritual] drink.” To some people, Jesus’ sayings might sound a bit cannibalic. In fact, those who were offended didn’t understand the beautiful story on display of their Seder Meal.

First of all, the mighty synonym for the word “broken, as in breaking bread” means “to reveal.”
For those who are a part of the Passover meal should see the images or the struggle and price paid for the redemption of humanity. The entire Passover feast points to the perfect Lamb of God Who atones our offenses against Adonai.
Synonyms for “atone”: make amends · make reparation · make restitution · make recompense · make redress · make up for · compensate · pay · pay the penalty · to pay the price · recompense · answer ·
The atoning Lamb gives us a new bloodline, a new body, and we become a new people.

The Jews angrily contended with one another, saying, “How is He able to give us His flesh for us to eat?”
Our Lord was only talking about catching a vision of the Sacrificial Lamb.

John 6:53 I [Myself] am this Living Bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this Bread, he will live forever; and also the Bread that I shall give for the life of the world is My flesh (body).

Bread From Heaven

Who We Worship

When we worship and make doxological statements to God, by telling Him who He Is; a Holy atmosphere conjoins Heaven and Earth.
It is similar to when Goliath’s four brothers trapped King David and were about to kill the king. King David started speaking doxological statements to his God. I would like to tell you what that did in the Heavenlies, but we don’t have time nor room to discuss it all today. The story is in 2 Samuel. In summary, David said:

The Lord is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold and my refuge,
My Savior—You save me from violence.
“I call on the Lord, who is worthy to be praised …

Later in the chapter, we read:
“Then the earth shook and quaked,
The foundations of the heavens trembled
And were shaken, because He was angry.
“Smoke went up out of His nostrils,
And devouring fire from His mouth;
Coals were kindled by it.
“He bowed the heavens also, and came down
With thick darkness under His feet.
“He rode on a cherub and flew…

Okay, that’s enough!  The story goes that when King David finished his Blessing the Lord, he had four dead giants lying on the ground.
Whenever a worshipper gives Glory to God, His Holy Presence shows up and signs and wonders are seen!

Even when David faced King Saul, who had murder in his heart toward him, David was able to change the atmosphere through his worship to God Almighty!  When King’s Saul came into the area where the prophets were praying, instead of killing David, the power of God fell on Saul and the King started prophesying by the Spirit of God!

Signs Fulfilled
1 Samuel 10:9 As Saul turned and started to leave, God gave him a new heart, and all Samuel’s signs were fulfilled that day. When Saul and his servant arrived at Gibeah, they saw a group of prophets coming toward them. Then the Spirit of God came powerfully upon Saul, and he, too, began to prophesy.

The Passion of Jesus Christ is saving Souls.

Ephesians 6: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

Be careful of which kingdom you celebrate this season. Remember, that the dominion acknowledged most, will eventually remove the Kingdom which receives the lesser recognition.

An Isis statue in the Temple of Isis which is part of the religion of ancient Egyptian civilization.

If the queen of Heaven is praised more and promoted better than the Kingdom of Adonai, we might start worshipping the Easter eggs and rabbit more than our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  We must be mindful that the atmosphere changes and will become saturated with the inclination of who receives the devotion.

Deuteronomy 7:25-26
“You must burn their idols in fire, and you must not covet the silver or gold that covers them. You must not take it or it will become a trap to you, for it is detestable to the Lord your God. Do not bring any detestable objects into your home, for then you will be destroyed, just like them. You must utterly detest such things, for they are set apart for destruction.

Praise and Worship to our God annihilate the demonic kingdom and Satan knows this quite well. Demon spirits need the people of God to rebel with pagan rituals in order to develop a malevolent spiritual military against God.  But, when God is the focus of worship, pagan deities tremble and flee because they cannot survive in an atmosphere where the Lord is exalted.

The spirit who competes
H6252. עַשְׁתָּרוֹת ‘aštārôṯ: A feminine proper noun Astoroth; a Canaanite false goddess. This was a pagan Canaanite goddess of love, war, and fertility, also called Astarte. Israel often apostatized from the Lord and worshiped her (Judg. 2:13; 10:6; 1 Sam. 7:3, 4; 12:10). See H6253.
A feminine proper noun Astaroth; a city in Manasseh, the same as ‘ašteroṯ qarnayim (H6255). It was the capital city of Og, king of Bashan, and was given to the tribe of Manasseh (Deut. 1:4; Josh. 9:10; 12:4; 13:12, 31; 1 Chr. 6:71[56]),

Passover 2

Garden of Gethsemane

The Unattractive Servant

As The Passover Lamb looks into the Gethsemane skies, the Lord’s peace offering is fully aware that His body was made for the atonement for the sins of the world. Our Lord enters the garden where He often prays with His faithful companions.
Luke 22:39 And He came out and went, as was His habit, to the Mount of Olives; and the disciples followed Him. When He arrived at the place [called Gethsemane], He said to them, “Pray continually that you may not fall into temptation.”

The Bible Dictionary Definition for Temptation

3986. πειρασμός peirasmós; gen. peirasmoú, masc. noun from peirázō (G3985), to make trial of, try, tempt. Trial, temptation, a putting to the test, spoken of persons only. When God is the agent, peirasmós is for the purpose of proving someone, never for the purpose of causing him to fall. If it is the devil who tempts, then it is for the purpose of causing one to fall.
(I) Generally, trial of one’s character (1 Pet. 4:12, “to try [or prove] you”). By implication, trial of one’s virtue, temptation, solicitation to sin, especially from Satan (Luke 4:13; 1 Tim… Complete Word Study Bible Dictionary

The Bible speaks of Jesus’ disciples, but there is another group of faithful attendants present that is rarely appreciated.
Bible students don’t say much about Christ’s secondary comrades, but King David identified with them in Psalms 52:8.

First of all, these companions are very unattractive and not much to look at; however, their beauty is their tenacity in which their faithfulness is only surpassed by that of Adonai, God of Israel. For example, they were in the garden every time Jesus prayed.

The unattractive servants
King David says in Psalms 52:8

Psalms 52:8
But I am like an olive tree, thriving in the house of God.
I will always trust in God’s unfailing love.
I will praise you forever, O God,
for what you have done.
I will trust in your good name
in the presence of your faithful people.

According to the Easton’s Bible Dictionary
The oldest olive-trees in the country are those which are enclosed in the Garden of Gethsemane. I don’t believe Easton’s Dictionary committee is saying that these are the same olive trees where The Messiah prayed. But where do these trees get a source of vitality that extends their lives?

The two “witnesses” mentioned in Rev 11:4 are spoken of as “two olive trees standing before the God of the earth.” (Comp. Zech 4:3 11-14.)

When we try to understand the sacred loyalty of God while comparing His devotion to the human species, there is little to associate with His trustworthiness as we have with the mysterious olive tree. This character of an olive tree becomes more apparent when the reader understands that the Messiah is the one who anoints, furthermore, before there is an anointing there has to be a crushing of the olive in the olive press.

 

The Tender Plant

A tender plant
Isaiah 53:2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.
He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

The Hebrew word for “was bruised” is “daka” the Lord’s will to crush the Servant. God pours out His wrath against sin while at the same time, offering a covenant for peace.

H1792. דָּכָא dāḵā’: A verb meaning to crush, to beat down, to bruise, to oppress. The Hebrew word is often used in a poetic or figurative sense. Eliphaz spoke of those who lived in houses of clay, whose foundations were crushed easily (Job 4:19). The psalmist prayed that the king would crush an oppressor (Ps. 72:4) and accused the wicked of crushing the Lord’s people (Ps. 94:5). The wise man exhorted others not to crush the needy in court (Prov. 22:22). Isaiah said that it was the Lord’s will to crush the Servant (Isa. 53:10…)

When the sinner sees this anointed King, who left His Throne in Heaven to be made humble, scorned and despised; the lost will come to His aid and thank Him for His grace and treat this King with love and respect. This act of God leaves little room for Satan’s excuse for rebellious and arrogant behavior amongst angels and people who reject the Lamb of God.

The Hare

Eoster Easter Eastre Ostara Equinox Moon Goddess Germanic gods and goddesses Teutonic gods and goddesses Anglo-Saxon gods and goddesses.

 

The Hare

(Heb. ‘arnebeth) was prohibited as food according to the Mosaic law (Lev 11:6 Deut 14:7, “because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof.” The habit of this animal is to grind its teeth and move its jaw as if it actually chewed the cud. But, like the cony (q.v.), it is not a ruminant with four stomachs, but a rodent like a squirrel, rat, etc. Moses speaks of it according to appearance. It is interdicted because, though apparently chewing the cud, it did not divide the hoof.
There are two species in Syria, (1) the Lepus Syriacus or Syrian hare, which is like the English hare; and (2) the Lepus Sinaiticus, or hare of the desert. No rabbits are found in Syria.

In the Lutheran translation of the Bible, the Hebrew word “arneweth” is translated as ‘hare’. This seems to be the correct translation. The Hebrew word “arneweth” is connected with the Arcadian word “annabu”, which means “jumper”. Besides this, we find in the Latin Vulgate the word ‘hare’ translated as the name of the species “lepus”. In the Talmud, we can find more evidence that “arneweth” is a hare. The orthodox Jews always translated “arneweth” as a hare. And finally we find confirmation in the Jerusalem Bible-Zoo that the “arneweth” is a hare.

There are two kinds of hare in the Holy Land – lepus syriacus and lepus aegtiacus. There are only small differences between these two kinds of hare and rabbits. A hare is born with open eyes and a full coat of fur; and a hare also has a different tail than the rabbit. However, their feeding habits are similar.
The Bible also uses the Hebrew word “gera” to describe a hare. In most English Bible translations the expression “cheweth the cud” is used. According to the Talmud the hare is a ruminant (Hul.59a). The Targum considers the hare to be “an animal that chews the cud.” (B.Kam 28b).

The hare does not have a stomach with three or four chambers, as is typical for all animals that chew the cud, however, it chews the cellulose food twice, so that the nutrients which were not consumed the first time will be digested. The stomach of the hare is different to that of cattle which have three or four chambers, however, it functions in a similar manner.
The hare excretes two different kinds of droppings. In addition to normal excrement, it passes another kind of “pellet” called Caecotroph, which the hare eats again. This type of dropping is usually passed during the night or in the early hours of the morning; an average person would not get to see this procedure. As soon as the Caecotroph is thoroughly chewed and swallowed it is collected in the stomach to be digested a second time.

The Caecotroph is produced in the Caecum (intestine) and is rich in Vitamin B, especially Vitamin B1. This is important for the hare’s nourishment. The hare does not just chew the food twice, but as in ruminating cloven-hoofed animals, bacteria breaks down the cellulose. The Bible, therefore, makes no mistake in stating that the hare chews the cud, as this is now scientifically proven.

In Leviticus 11:6 it was forbidden to eat hare. This commandment was probably given because blood parasites could be transferred through the handling of hare carcasses. This hygiene rule was far ahead of its time.
Translated from the German: “Der Hase”
https://www.cai.org/bible-studies/harelord

Biblical Passover

Biblical Passover

 


Patriarchs pl. n. English from Greek The “founding fathers” of Judaism: Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. In Genesis 12:1, Abraham is chosen by God to “take your people to a new land, where I [God] will make of you a great nation.” In the Torah, Abraham is singled out many times by God; he is regarded as the originator of monotheism (this is the belief in one God.)

God’s plan centered on the path laid down from the Garden of Eden to the Passover of Egypt. Adonia covered Adam, Eve and Cain’s transgression using the blood of the innocent. Salvation is free to the sinner, but it is everything but free to the provider.

As Jewish people worldwide prepare for a time of thanksgiving and appreciation, the Passover celebration includes their history and an important reason for the holiday. The Jews will gather together their first fruit offerings to commemorate God’s deliverance from their oppressive slave masters – the Egyptians. In Biblical days, when the death curse of every firstborn male fell upon Egypt, Adonia, God of the Hebrews caused the evil to pass over every household that had lamb’s blood spread on the doorpost of the Israelites (Ex 12:13).

Chalice with red wine and unleavened bread in a basket

It is also called the “feast of unleavened bread” (Ex 23:15; Mark 14:1 Acts 12:3) because during its celebration no leavened bread was to be eaten or even kept in the household.

Pesach n. Hebrew (PAY-sakh) The Hebrew name for the holiday of Passover. Beginning on the 15th of Nisan, which corresponds to late March or early April, Pesach is a joyous holiday. It is celebrated for eight days among Orthodox and Conservative Jews, and for seven days among liberal American Jews and in the State of Israel. Along with Sukkot andShavuot, Pesach is one of the three Pilgrimage Festivals, when the ancient Israelites traveled to the Temple in Jerusalem with gifts of the first fruit and offerings for God. It marked the exodus of the Israelites from generations of slavery in Egypt to freedom in the Promised Land of Israel. A more detailed account of the institution of this feast is given in Exodus 12 and 13. It was afterward incorporated in the ceremonial law (Lev 23:4 8) as one of the great festivals of the nation.

During transcription of this most sacred event in the Bible, the term “Easter” was inserted instead of

Known to the Ephesians as Dianna

“Passover.” One reason is that the British used to associate the nation with that region as Palestine (Israel had not been established). Therefore, the goddess, Easter may have been used because of the celebration’s proximity. This new name (Easter) entered the story in the 1611 edition of the Bible which had a Syrian origin. Below is a list of where “Passover” is mentioned twenty-six times in the Bible.
Matthew 2-19; Mark 14:1-16,; Luke 2:41; Luke 22:1-15; John 2:13; John 2:23; John 6:4; John 11:55; John 12:1; John 13:1; John 18:28; John 18:39; John 19:14; 1 Corinthians 5:7; and Hebrew 11:28.

Acts 12:4 is the only place in the Bible we read where Easter was incorrectly not translated to Passover. Now, I have a better understanding of how the Syrian demigoddess, (Easter) ironically became a part of the teachings of Passover.

“Easter” was a pagan festival observed long before Christ. It is not a Christian name but derived from Ishtar, one of the Babylonian titles of the idol goddess Queen of Heaven. The Saxon goddess, Eostre is the same as the Astarte, the Syrian Venus, called Ashtoreth in the Old Testament. It was the worship of this woman by Israel that was such an abomination to God (I Samuel 7:3, I Kings 11:5, I Kings 11:33, II Kings 23:13, Jeremiah 7:18, Jeremiah 44:18).

The Easter egg which played a significant part in this day’s celebration was standard in all heathen nations. The goddess, Ester was said to have originated from one of these eggs.

While gathering resources for this week’s blog, I gained a new respect for the Apostle Paul, the Apostle – original name Saul of Tarsus (born 4 bc?, Tarsus in Cilicia [now in Turkey]—died c. ad 62–64, Rome [Italy]).

Historical records show that Syria is the place where the risen Jewish Messiah coincided with Saul, knocked him off of his horse, then questioned, “Why are you persecuting Me?” Paul was armed with subpoenas and arrest warrants to imprison the believers, but Christ was acutely aware of Paul’s actions. He planned to use Paul’s inner strengths to help the people he was pursuing and transform him into a Pastor to the Nations. Through His grace, Christ allowed the former Saul of Taurus to receive and understand divine truths regarding the Jewish Messiah.

Torah reading in a synagogue

Then He told them, “These are My words that I spoke to you while I was still with you — that everything written about Me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets, and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures. He also said to them, “This is what is written:

The Passion of Jesus Christ, His passion to save.

The Messiah would suffer and rise from the dead the third day, and repentance for the forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning at Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And look, I am sending you what My Father promised. As for you, stay in the city until you are empowered from on high.”

 

 

 

There is recorded only one celebration of this feast between the Exodus and the entrance into Canaan, namely, that mentioned in Num 9:5 See Josiah). It was primarily a commemorative ordinance, reminding the children of Israel of their deliverance out of Egypt; but it was, no doubt, also a type of the great deliverance wrought by the Messiah for all his people from the doom of death on account of sin, and from the bondage of sin itself, a worse than Egyptian bondage (1 Cor 5:7 John 1:29; 19:32-36; 1 Pet 1:19; Gal 4:4 5).

The appearance of Jerusalem on the occasion of the Passover in the time of our Lord is thus fittingly described:

“The city itself and the neighborhood became more and more crowded as the feast approached. The narrow streets and dark arched bazaars showing the same throng of men of all nations as when Jesus had first visited Jerusalem as a boy. Even the temple offered a strange sight at this season, for in parts of the outer courts a vast space was covered with pens for sheep, goats, and cattle to be used for offerings. Sellers shouted the merits of their beasts; sheep bleated, oxen lowed.

Lamb to be slain

Sellers of doves also had a place set apart for them. Potters offered a choice from huge stacks of clay dishes and ovens for roasting and eating the Passover lamb.

 

Booths for wine, oil, salt, and all else needed for sacrifices invited customers. Persons going to and from the city shortened their journey by crossing the temple grounds, often carrying burdens. Stalls to change foreign money into the shekel of the Temple, which alone paid to the priests, were numerous, the whole confusion making the sanctuary like a noisy market” (Geikie’s Life of Christ).

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21 From then on Jesus began to tell his disciples plainly that it was necessary for him to go to Jerusalem, and that he would suffer many terrible things at the hands of the elders, the leading priests, and the teachers of religious law. He would be killed, but on the third day, he would be raised from the dead.
22 But Peter took him aside and began to reprimand him for saying such things. “Heaven forbids, Lord,” he said. “This will never happen to you!”
23 Jesus turned to Peter and said, “Get away from me, Satan! You are a dangerous trap to me. You see things merely from a human point of view, not from God’s.” (Mat 16:21-23 NLT)

We must have a clear and distinct understanding of what this holiday represents to get a full appreciation of our Messiah’s supreme sacrifice. Not only should we gain understanding, but we as Christ’s followers are called into His grace to keep His commandments and to rest in His promises. Finally, we need a Jewish perspective to gain Hebraic knowledge as it relates to our Christian-Judeo relationship with our Messiah Yeshua.

Without knowing the Jewish meaning, some Christians have mistranslated the following verse, “Without a vision, the people perish” (Proverbs 29:18):

New American Standard Proverbs 29:18 Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained But happy is he who keeps the law.

New Living Translation Proverbs 29:18 When people do not accept divine guidance, they run wild. But whoever obeys the law is joyful.

17 Discipline your son, and he will give you rest; yes, he will be your delight.
18 Without a prophetic vision, the people throw off all restraint; but he who keeps Torah is happy. (Pro 29:17-18 Complete Jewish Bible)

4 You happily put up with whatever anyone tells you, even if they preach a different Jesus than the one we preach, or a different kind of Spirit than the one you received, or a different kind of gospel than the one you believed.
5 But I don’t consider myself inferior in any way to these “super apostles” who teach such things.
6 I may be unskilled as a speaker, but I do not lack in knowledge. We have made this clear to you in every possible way. (2Co 11:3-6 NLT)

Easter goddess II

Easter goddess II

Easter goddess II;  I have to be very careful of what I am about to say, so I will choose my words with caution in order to protect the very precious Christians in Pakistan. Pakistan is a country where pockets of faithful believers in the Jewish Messiah, Yeshua (Jesus Christ) worship daily.

We were resting after our Resurrection Day service when the phone rang with some disturbing news about women and children killed at an Easter celebration in Pakistan. My heart was immediately saddened by the news. How could anybody do such a thing? Then, I remembered about Pakistan’s blasphemy laws. There are some countries in the world where blasphemy laws are part of a government’s religion. When a nation is run by a particular doctrine, any other beliefs or preaching could result in an arrest. For instance, some of our evangelistic team members were arrested in Mexico and they were charged with “attempting to save men’s souls from a burning Hell.” How is this possible? One reason is because the nation of Mexico is under the state’s religion, Catholicism. Certain laws are related to this religion. Therefore, it was against the law for them to leave the Virgin Mary out of a religious conversation. It seemed like the missionaries were trying to get people to depart from Catholicism.

As the world recovers from the shock and dismay over the women and children’s deaths, details about the religious régime of Pakistan and the existing blasphemy laws might share some insights into why this may have happened. In Pakistan, it would be offensive to some Islamic groups for people to have a public celebration of Easter.

Pakistan inherited these laws when it came into existence after the partition of India in 1947.

What do the blasphemy laws say?

The law enacted by the British made it a crime to disturb a religious assembly, trespass on burial grounds, insult religious beliefs and intentionally destroy or defile a place or an object of worship. The maximum punishment under these laws ranges from one year to 10 years in jail, with or without a fine.

During the 1980s the blasphemy laws were expanded. In 1980, making derogatory remarks against Islamic personages was made an offence, carrying a maximum punishment of three years in jail. Between 1980 and 1986, a number of clauses were added to the laws by the military government of General Zia-ul Haq. He wanted to “Islamicise” them and also legally to separate the Ahmadi community, declared non-Muslim in 1973, from the main body of Pakistan’s overwhelmingly Muslim population.

Someone looking through the lens of a fundamentalist group that believes in territorial pureness, would consider the worship of Easter is a sizable violation of Islamic law.

Mask Men
Mask Men in Pakistan

While in Pakistan sharing the Word of God, we traveled with body guards, an interpreter, and a medical doctor. One particular night just before the start of worship, the doctor leaned over and very nervously whispered to me that a fundamentalist group was sitting in the rear of the tent where we were ministering. They were there to investigate what I was teaching their people. Let’s be honest, to teach any form of blasphemy was a death sentence or at the least, imprisonment.

The doctor said, “Let me read your Scripture for tonight. I showed him 2 Corinthians 1:3-7.

NLT 2 Corinthians 1:3-7 3 All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort.

4 He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. 5 For the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with his comfort through Christ.  6 Even when we are weighed down with troubles, it is for your comfort and salvation! For when we ourselves are comforted, we will certainly comfort you. Then you can patiently endure the same things we suffer.  7 We are confident that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in the comfort God gives us.                          (2Co 1:3-7 NLT)

 The message is about a faithful God who heals hurting people. God rescues them from their sorrows and then empowers them to comfort others.

I assured the doctor that I would not offend the Islam religion nor their prophets. I came only to encourage the Christian believers.

tente berbereAs we left the tent, (which reminded me of something from Moses’ days), our masked visitors bowed their heads and stepped back to let us leave. Thank You Lord Adonai!

One must understand that belief enters through the eyes and ears. Many times, belief is the result of accepting or assuming that something is true. For this same reason Adonai, God of the Jews called for the sanctification of His people.

Pagan and cult teachings have invisible, supernatural assistants that set up strongholds to influence what the hearer believes. Whenever pagan propaganda is accepted, it’s similar to mixing faith with the doctrines of devils. Unfortunately, it is inevitable that the kingdom of darkness prevails. Let us examine this in the book of Jeremiah.

Golden CalfIn the Bible, Ba’al is depicted as the golden calf. One of the Hebraic names for Ba’al is (), “boshet,” “the shameful thing”. His wife, Ashtoreth is portrayed as Mother Nature or the Queen of Heaven. She sets out to intercept worship and devotion that rightfully belongs to God. Easter is not an innocent fairy tale. It involves temple prostitution and is a mixture of worship to the Canaanite gods and worship to the Israelites’ God. goddess6Because some churches are unaware of the effects of this occult worship, it can interfere with God’s plan of salvation.  People will begin to see Mother Earth (another title for Easter) as a deity. Therefore, the battle between God and Satan for the souls of men continues through the book of Revelations and it will continue until the end of this dispensation and Jesus returns.

Easter goddess II: Children sacrificed

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Old images of Baal worship.

 

18 No wonder I am so angry! Watch how the children gather wood and the fathers build sacrificial fires. See how the women knead dough and make cakes to offer to the Queen of Heaven. And they pour out liquid offerings to their other idol gods!

19 Am I the one they are hurting?” asks the LORD. “Most of all, they hurt themselves, to their own shame.” (Jer 7:18-19 NLT)

13 “I saw that the prophets of Samaria were terribly evil, for they prophesied in the name of Baal and led my people of Israel into sin.

14 But now I see that the prophets of Jerusalem are even worse! They commit adultery and love dishonesty. They encourage those who are doing evil so that no one turns away from their sins. These prophets are as wicked as the people of Sodom and Gomorrah once were.” (Jer 23:13-14 NLT)

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We see this again in 1 Samuel 7:3-4 (NLT) but in these verses we see that the Israelites got rid of their images of Baal and Ashtoreth and repented.

3 Then Samuel said to all the people of Israel, “If you are really serious about wanting to return to the LORD, get rid of your foreign gods and your images of Ashtoreth. Determine to obey only the LORD; then he will rescue you from the Philistines.”

4 So the Israelites got rid of their images of Baal and Ashtoreth and worshiped only the LORD.  (1Sa 7:3-4 NLT)

Why should we make changes?

Because so many preachers are still proclaiming Easter as part of our Christian belief, it affects the attitudes and views of our young people. Many of our children will be confronted with enemies of the cross and sadly, they will be unable to defend their faith. Satan knows if he is allowed to co-exist, he will eventually push away God’s message of faithfulness and sanctification from the believer’s heart.

Easter, by the older Canaanite proper name is Esotery, or Ashtoreth and is considered demonology in curtain regions of the world, such as Israel.

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Eastergoddess

Easter Sunday follows the Spring Equinoxes’ and is not aligned with the Jewish days of Pesach (the Lamb of God). This is why Easter always move from year to year, whereas the Jewish holiday, Passover is conducted on the evening of the 15th day of Nisan in the Hebrew calendar throughout the world. During the Passover celebration, a roasted egg is one of the items on the table at the Seder meal. The roasted egg represents the destruction of the Jewish Temple. In contrast, the egg in the Ashtoreth story is when an egg falls into the Euphrates river and Esotery emerges from the egg.

Who is affected by the laws?

Data provided by National Commission for Justice and Peace (NCJP) shows a total of 633 Muslims, 494 Ahmedis, 187 Christians and 21 Hindus have been accused under various clauses of the blasphemy law since 1987.

Dangers and evils of Ba’al worship

The noxious elements in Ba’al-worship were not simply the degradation of Yhwh and the enthronement in his place of a baseless superstition. The chief evil arose from the fact that the Ba’als were more than mere religious fantasies. They were made the symbols of the reproductive powers of nature, and thus their worship ministered to sexual indulgences, which it at the same time legalized and encouraged. Further, there was placed side by side with the Ba’al a corresponding female symbol, the Ashtoreth (Babyl. “Ashtar”) and the relation between the two deities was set forth as the example and the motive of unbridled sensuality. The evil became all the worse when in the popular view Yhwh himself was regarded as one of the Ba’als and the chief of them (Hosea ii. 16). It was in northern Israel, where agriculture was more followed than in the southern kingdom, that Ba’al-Worship was most insidious and virulent.

Nevertheless, there is hope for America because of faithful men and women. God assures us in Romans 11:4 that He has many others who have not bowed to Ba’al. Prayerfully, once the understanding of this mistranslation, Easter (Acts 12:4) is shared from the pulpits people will no longer give homage to the image of Ashtoreth. The people of the Most High will get serious about obeying the one and only true God. As a result, God will grant us His grace and restore favor upon His people.

3 Then Samuel said to all the people of Israel, “If you are really serious about wanting to return to the LORD, get rid of your foreign gods and your images of Ashtoreth. Determine to obey only the LORD; then he will rescue you from the Philistines.”

4 So the Israelites got rid of their images of Baal and Ashtoreth and worshiped only the LORD.

5 Then Samuel told them, “Gather all of Israel to Mizpah, and I will pray to the LORD for you.”

6 So they gathered at Mizpah and, in a great ceremony, drew water from a well and poured it out before the LORD. They also went without food all day and confessed that they had sinned against the LORD. (It was at Mizpah that Samuel became Israel’s judge.) (1Sa 7:3-6 NLT)

2 No, God has not rejected his own people, whom he chose from the very beginning. Do you realize what the Scriptures say about this? Elijah the prophet complained to God about the people of Israel and said,

3 “LORD, they have killed your prophets and torn down your altars. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me, too.”

4 And do you remember God’s reply? He said, “No, I have 7,000 others who have never bowed down to Baal!”

Easter goddess II   5 It is the same today, for a few of the people of Israel have remained faithful because of God’s grace– his undeserved kindness in choosing them.  6 And since it is through God’s kindness, then it is not by their good works. For in that case, God’s grace would not be what it really is– free and undeserved.  7 So this is the situation: Most of the people of Israel have not found the favor of God they are looking for so earnestly. A few have– the ones God has chosen– but the hearts of the rest were hardened.                                                                                                                              (Rom 11:2-7 NLT)