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Easter Sunday

March 27, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 1:30 pm

Ryan will lead worship on Easter Sunday at Christ Church (Rockaway, NJ)

Two Experiences: 9 AM or 11:30 AM


March 27, 2016
9:00 am - 1:30 pm
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Christ Church


Christ Church West Campus
140 Green Pond Road
Rockaway, NJ 07866 United States
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  1. Hello, Pastor Ryan;

    “Easter” – The Oxford English Dictionary defines this word as “goddess”: other forms of the word ‘Easter’ are: Ashtaroth, Ashtoreth, Astarte, Ishtar, Ostara and Eostere. They are all titles of Beltis, aka Semiramis, the queen of heaven.

    As dictated by pagan tradition, Easter is to take place on the first Sunday on or after the first full moon that follows the Vernal Equinox. It is to be celebrated, with some variation, by 40 days of fasting (Lent), eating fish on Friday, a Sunrise Service, and eating ham on Sunday amidst rabbit-commandeered egg hunting.

    Our modern day version of Easter is just a remake of such practices, and spoken about in Samuel and Kings. If the Christian would really think about the source of ‘Easter,’ he or she would not celebrate it, nor celebrate the resurrection of Jesus ‘alongside it,’ or ‘in addition’ to it, or as a ‘modernized version’ of it.

    Easter centers around Dagon the fish god, Nimrod (Ninus), builder of the Tower of Babel, Semiramis, his wife, and Tammuz, their (or her) son. Tammuz died at the age of forty after being gored by a wild boar, so (Babylonian) Lenten fasting is held for 40 days, one day for each year of his life. In his honor, a traditional ham is eaten on Easter in order to express sorrow and anger that he was killed by a pig.

    After many years, his mother Semiramis died. The gods looked favorably on “the mother of god” and sent her back to earth as the spring fertility goddess. Semiramis, the queen of heaven, was “born again” as the goddess Easter (Ashtarte) as she emerged from a giant egg that landed in the Euphrates river at sunrise on the “sun” day after the vernal equinox. To proclaim her divine authority, she changed a bird into an egg-laying rabbit. As the cult developed, the priests of Easter would impregnate young virgins on the altar of the goddess of fertility at sunrise on Easter Sunday. A year later the priests of Easter would sacrifice those three-month-old babies on the altar at the front of the Sanctuary and dye Easter eggs in the blood of the sacrificed infants.

    For Amorites and Philistines, Friday was the day to honor and worship Dagon, the fish god. ‘Good Friday’ was the day the Philistines sacrificed to Dagon, who wore a fish cut in such a way that the body flowed down his back like a cape, and the head of the fish was plopped on top of his head, its mouth open to the sky. The Catholic Pope wears the same type of hat, the top of which is in the shape of a fish mouth, with a piece of cloth attached to it flowing down the Pope’s back.

    The purpose of eating fish on Friday during Lent is out of respect for, and the direct worship of, Dagon.

    We practice Good Friday under the assumption that Jesus died on Friday. But this is simply not the case. Since He told us He would be “in the heart of the earth” for three days and three nights, He could not have died on Friday, then been raised up Sunday morning (as attested by the empty tomb found by Mary Magdalene and other women). Even if we can stretch the three days, we can’t add a third night between Friday and Sunday morning.

    Would you like to know what’s truly disturbing? Not only that it’s borderline impossible for more false gods and goddesses from diverse cultures and practices ranging from completely ridiculous to purely evil could have even been packed into a single event, but that someone, or something, orchestrated it all, and is laughing at us for being gullible enough to go along with it!

    Dagon is condemned in 1 Samuel 5:2-5.

    He answered, “A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a miraculous sign! But none will be given it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.”
    Matthew 12:39-40

    And He said to me, “Yet you will see still greater abominations which they are committing.” Then He brought me to the entrance of the gate of the LORD’S house which was toward the north; and behold, women were sitting there weeping for Tammuz. Ezekiel 8:13,14

    He said to me, “Do you see this, son of man? You will see things that are even more detestable than this.” He then brought me into the inner court of the house of the Lord, and there at the entrance to the temple, between the portico and the altar, were about twenty-five men. With their backs towards the temple of the Lord, and their faces towards the east, they were bowing down to the sun in the east.
    Ezekiel 8:15-16

    Why are they turning their backs on the house of the Lord? Why do we do the same, during a ‘Sunrise Service’? Why do we turn our backs on Church in order to pay homage to the sun?

    So Samuel said to all the Israelites, If you are returning to the Lord with all your hearts, then rid yourselves of the foreign gods and the Ashtoreths and commit yourselves to the Lord and serve him only, and he will deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines. So, the Israelites put away their Baals and Ashtoreths, and served the Lord only. 1 Samuel 7:3,4

    Then they cried out to the Lord and said, ‘We have sinned, for we have forsaken the Lord and served the Baals and the Ashtoreths. But now deliver us from the hand of our enemies, and we will serve you.’ 1 Samuel 12:10

    Scripture tells us that Solomon also followed Ashteroth:
    He followed Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, and Molek the detestable god of the Ammonites. So Solomon did evil in the eyes of the Lord; he did not follow the Lord completely, as David his father had done.1 Kings 11:5-6

    Because of his idolatry, Israel was split into two nations after his death as explained later:
    I will do this (split the nation) because they have forsaken me and worshiped Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, Chemosh the god of the Moabites, and Molek the god of the Ammonites, and have not walked in my ways, nor done what is right in my eyes, nor kept my statutes and laws as David, Solomon’s father, did. 1 Kings 11:33

    Later, King Josiah destroyed these places which Solomon had built:
    The king also desecrated the high places that were east of Jerusalem the south of the Hill of Corruption– the ones Solomon king of Israel had built for Ashtoreth the vile goddess of the Sidonians, for Chemosh the vile god of Moab, and for Molek the detestable god of the people of Ammon. Yosiah smashed the set apart stones and cut down the Asherah poles and covered the sites with human bones.
    2 Kings 23:13-14

    Clearly, the worship of Ashtoreth / Astarte / Easter is an abomination before God. People who love God don’t participate in Easter and warn others against doing so. Those in rebellion against God embrace worship of Ashtoreth / Astarte / Easter, and celebrate it. The sanction of the celebration of Easter is nowhere in the Bible.

    Our Lord has told us that worship of this kind is completely unacceptable with Him. Yet, all of Christianity is caught up in the celebration of the resurrection of the son on Easter day. Little do most Christians know that the son, whose resurrection is celebrated on Easter, is actually the repulsive sun god Tammuz of biblical fame, not the Messiah of Scripture.

    Worship of God must never be done in the same way that unbelievers worship their gods. The instructions given in Scripture are very clear about this:

    Destroy completely all the places on the high mountains and on the hills and under every spreading tree where the nations you are dispossessing worship their gods. Break down their altars, smash their sacred stones and burn their Asherah poles in the fire; cut down the idols of their gods and wipe out their names from those places. You must not worship the Lord your God in their way. Deuteronomy 12:1-4

    . . . and after they have been destroyed before you, be careful not to be ensnared by inquiring about their gods, saying, “How do these nations serve their gods? We will do the same.” Deuteronomy 12:30
    You must not worship the Lord your God in their way, because in worshiping their gods, they do all kinds of detestable things the Lord hates. They even burn their sons and daughters in the fire as sacrifices to their gods. See that you do all I command you; do not add to it or take away from it. Deuteronomy 12:31,32

    Our Lord has made it simple to understand that he does not accept worship done the way that unbelievers worship their gods. He does not want his worshipers to add to or take away from his own prescribed way of worship. He must be worshiped in the way that He Has revealed in His word.

    Nevertheless, the practice of Christians who think they are honoring Christ is to observe the pagan days of honoring the fish god Dagan, the goddess Semiramis, and the god Tammuz. And they tell you that Christ has changed the meaning of that day although there is not a shred of evidence in the Bible that he did. And Christians fast for forty days because they say they are doing it like their Master Jesus did. Yet, what they are doing is actually at the time and in the manner that the pagans wept for forty days for the pagan sun god Tammuz.

    Let’s leave all these pagan ritualistic practices, customs and traditions behind us. What makes the modern day Christian think that the festival honoring Easter (Ashtoreth) now brings a smile to God’s face? Let’s worship our Creator the way He instructs us to worship Him. Say “goodbye” to the Easter bunny, Easter eggs, ‘good’ Friday and fascination with fish, eating of ‘the ham that slew Tammuz’ and all other nonsense.

    “. . . the sacrifices of pagans are offered to demons, not to God, and I do not want you to be participants with demons. You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and cup of demons too; you cannot have a part in both the Lord’s table and the table of demons.” 1 Corinthians 10: 20-21

    Acts 12:1-4 KJV Herod celebrated Easter; should we follow him, or Jesus?

    Pastor, I’m addressing this letter to you because you seem to love God, love Jesus, and love the members of your Church. I know you are very dedicated. In light of this, I strongly feel the need to warn you of the certain consequences in worshipping easter. As a teacher and a leader, it is placed upon your head to lead others properly. You will be held to a much higher standard than your constituents.

    Dear brothers and sisters, not many of you should become teachers in the church, for we who teach will be judged more strictly. James 3:1

    Do not give any of your children to be sacrificed to Molek, for you must not profane the name of your God. I am the LORD.
    Leviticus 18:21

    It may not seem so right now, but in the long run, engaging in the worship of Easter will not be worth one extra constituent. By standing up for what is right, you would eventually do what God intended you to do: bring others to His Son.

    Why don’t you take advantage of this opportunity this Sunday, and announce: “There will no longer be a worshipping of Easter in this House of The Lord. We will cease “celebrating” Easter and the torture and death of Christ, and instead, bring ourselves and others to worship God.”

    You know, we could replace the worship of Easter with the celebration of Purim. Think about it; it’s really not that outlandish an idea. However, since you have a stronger Biblical background than I certainly possess, I’m sure you could think up other solutions to this gigantic problem.

    I sympathize, Pastor; really, I do. I used to own a preschool. I held egg hunts and bunny visits every year, while teaching the children about Jesus alongside it all! Would I have lost pupils if I refused to “celebrate” Easter? Perhaps. But only in the short run. If I had held fast to proper beliefs and practices, I know I would have eventually gained not only more pupils, but something much, much, more priceless: I would have gained souls, including my own.

    Realizing this is a very difficult request, I want you to know two things: I’m doing this strictly out of love and respect for you, and I will be here to help you in any way I can.

    Please don’t take my word for it. Tonight, in all sincerity, ask God if He wants you to celebrate easter.
    He will answer you.

    Yours in Christ


    Source Listing: The Bible, KJV, NIV and NLT, www BibleTruth.cc – The Truth About Easter, quoting John Michael Rood, The Mystery of Iniquity, Chapter 8, and Alexander Hislop, The Two Babylons, The Oxford English Dictionary

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