I grew up with new clothes, Easter Bunnies, Easter eggs, Easter Baskets, Easter candy, a Sunrise Service, an Easter egg hunt during Sunday School and special sermons about the resurrection of Jesus Christ. By the time we heard about the resurrection of Jesus Christ, Ishtar had been receiving our worship for hours.
Hold on… First we will talk about Easter and Ishtar, but the good stuff about Passover follows quickly.
The Feast of Ishtar has followed the spring equinox for thousands of years. Easter is nothing more than an old English spelling of Ishtar. Understand this:
- New Clothes were a tradition for the Feast of Ishtar. They represented a “New Beginning”.
- Young girls all dressed in white dresses and bonnets.
- Ishtar is often pictured with Rabbits and Eggs.
- Ishtar is a fertility goddess. Her worship brings about the resurrection of the New Year.
- Ishtar egg hunts were a tradition.
- Rabbits were used because they have sex a lot and make a lot of babies. Fertility.
- Eggs were used because they contain hidden life that is resurrected when they hatch.
- A rabbit that lays eggs is the ultimate fertility symbol.
- The worship of Ishtar started at sunrise with a sunrise orgy.
- Sunrise represents a new beginning.
- An open air orgy, at sunrise, following the spring equinox was the ultimate worship of the goddess of fertility.
- They believed that open air sex, in large groups, on the first Sunday in spring, would arouse the gods and cause them to inseminate the crops with rain from their emissions.
Now, about the Gospel Story. Jesus was crucified on Passover. Understand this:
- Jewish Passover is a week and a day. Passover week and Passover day.
- Jesus entered Jerusalem in his Triumphal Entry, Passover week, five days before Passover day.
- Jesus entered Jerusalem on the day that the Passover Lamb was chosen.
- Jesus was Crucified on Passover day. The day the Lamb was slain.
- Jesus was crucified at nine O’clock in the morning.
- The Passover Lamb was tied to the altar at nine O’clock in the morning.
- Jesus died at three O’clock in the afternoon.
- The Passover Lamb was slain at three O’clock in the afternoon.
- Jesus was in the tomb for three days following Passover.
- In Judaism, those days are known as the “Days of Awe”.
- Jesus rose from the dead on the fourth morning, Sunday.
- That day is the Feast of First Fruits.
1 Corinthians 15:20 But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead also comes through a man. 22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive. 23 But each in his own order: Christ, the firstfruits; afterward, at His coming, those who belong to Christ.
Now you have a choice. Easter or Passover. Which will you celebrate this year and the next?