Few Christians have bothered to notice the contradiction between the (correct) prophecy that the
Count 'em, that's only half the prophesied time! That should tell you that your faith has been misplaced in post-
Paul Hellenist Roman
"According to the Venerable Bede, the name
Easter is derived from the pagan spring festival of the Anglo-Saxon goddess Eostre, and many folk customs associated with Easter (for example, Easter eggs) are of pagan origin." See, especially the Affair of Baal Peor. Other encyclopedias also note that long before Christ, this was the spring festival for this goddess-idol under its various translated names: Esotera / Ishtar / Astarte / Ashtoreth.
Easter, a Christian festival, embodies many pre-Christian traditions. The origin of its name is unknown. Scholars, however, accepting the derivation proposed by the 8th-century English scholar St. Bede, believe it probably comes from Eastre, the Anglo-Saxon name of a Teutonic goddess-idol of spring and fertility, to whom was dedicated a month corresponding to April. Her festival was celebrated on the day of the vernal equinox; traditions associated with the festival survive in the Easterrabbit, a symbol of fertility, and in colored Eastereggs, originally painted with bright colors to represent the sunlight of spring, and used in Easter-egg rolling contests or given as gifts."
The tradition of painting
Easter eggs is called pysanky. "Among Ukrainians there is a belief that the fate of the world depends upon pysanky. As long as egg decorating continues, the world will exist. Should the custom cease, evil in the guise of an ancient, vicious monster chained to a huge cliff will encompass the world and destroy it. Each year the monster's servants encircle the globe, keeping a record of the number of pysanky made. Should there be too few, the monster's chains loosen, and evil flows through the world. If there are many, the monster's chains hold taut, allowing love to conquer evil." (www.pysanka.com).
The late Oxford scholar of history, James Parkes, as well as Professor Emeritus of Jewish Studies and Emeritus Fellow of Wolfson College, Geza Vermes, and many other eminent historians have elucidated the polar opposite natures of 1st century
Esotera ( Ashtoreth, Easter). Ignoring all of this, Grolier's Multimedia Encyclopedia (loc. cit.) blunders in suggesting that the "Early Christians observed Easter on the same day as Passover." (Stated correctly: Unlike the Hellenist, Pauline, Roman Ishtar as they always had,
Grolier's also states that "In the 2nd century [C.E.], the Christian celebration was transferred to the Sun[
god]day following the 14-15 Nisan, if that day fell on a weekday" (loc. sit.). However, this wasn't yet " Easter." Nor Christian. It was the practice of some of the Tzᵊdoq•imꞋ and Samaritans.
It is widely and indisputably documented that wasn't until 325 C.E. that the Church Council of Nicaea decided that
Easter should be celebrated on the first Sun[ god]day after the first full moon on or after the vernal equinox (03.21). Thus, the "First Easter" was in 325 C.E.!!!
In other words, only after these native Hellenist-Roman gentile idolaters had wrested control from the
They syncretized their idolatrous fertility festival for the
goddess Esotera, displacing the Judaic Capitolina, built over-top the ruins – which they made – of
The idolatrization of
Capitolina, dedicated to ιε- Ζευς and sun worship, is complemented by the simultaneous "gentilization" of the
All major encyclopedias corroborate, and our books document, that even the earliest Christian Church historians recorded that not just
Easter, but all of today's uniquely Christian holidays, doctrines and practices were adopted into Christianity only several centuries after the death of Capitolina"—dedicated to ιε- Ζευς- and sun-worship (and, by the way, included renaming the land wrested from the Jews, which was already a Roman-occupation, calling it for the first time "Palestine").
The change from
god]day didn't occur with " Easter." In fact, historical records show that the change from god]day didn't occur until the 5th century, centuries after the death of Capitolina built overtop the ruins of
"Do not do like the practice of the land… in which you dwelled, and do not do like the practice of the land… to which I bring you, and do not walk in their traditions. Do My mi•shᵊpât•imꞋ and watchguard My khuq•imꞋ to walk in them." (wa-Yi•qᵊr•âꞋ 18.3).