Saturday, March 15, 2008

Good Friday to Sunday = 2 full days. Jesus said he'd rise after 3 days and 3 nights.

When did Jesus really rise from the dead?

Most Christians celebrate from Good Friday until Sunday. However Friday to Sunday is only two night, and not even two full days. Jesus told us over and over again he'd after 3 days and 3 nights. Well, then whose right. Are Christians right, or was Jesus right? Even if you think it is friday to sunday then that is fine, but you can't really debate with me about 3 days and nights, cause it just doesn't work out.

There are many clues that Christ left in the bible that would help us to kind of figure out when was his crucifixion and his resurrection.

Matthew 12:40

40for just as (A)JONAH WAS THREE DAYS AND THREE NIGHTS IN THE BELLY OF THE SEA MONSTER, so will (B)the Son of Man be (C)three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

Cross references:
Matthew 12:40 : Jon 1:17
Matthew 12:40 : Matt 8:20
Matthew 12:40 : Matt 16:21

The Jewish traditions had weekly sabbaths and annual sabbaths. The year that Christ was crucified was an annual sabbath. Which was a Thursday.

Remember in my pervious article how I told you about Nisan, the 1st month of the Jewish Calendar. That was when the Jews would celebrate passover, the 14th day into the new year.

In 33 A.D the last passover meal that Jesus ate took place on a Tuesday evening, which was the 13th evening of the Passover. This would have meant that evening Judas betray Christ.

Tuesday Nisan 13
Jesus and the twelve disciples come into Jerusalem from Bethany, to partake of the Passover meal.

Jesus ate an early-evening Passover meal with His disciples. After the meal, the walks with His disciples towards the Mt. of Olives.

Jesus was betrayed by Judas at the olive grove in Gethsemane, arrested and brought before the high priest, Caiaphas.

Trial ends at daybreak.

Wednesday Nisan 14
Preparation day for the annual, not weekly, Sabbath.

In the morning, Jesus was brought before Pilate the governor.

Jesus was crucified and dies around 3PM

Jesus' body was placed in the tomb at twilight

Night One
Annual Sabbath begins at sunset. Sunset at this time of year in Jerusalem, is about 6:30 to 7:00 PM.

Thursday Nisan 15

Day One
This was the first annual Sabbath or high-day - the first day of Unleavened Bread.

Tomb is guarded and secured by sealing it with a stone.
Night Two
The annual Sabbath ends at sunset.

Friday Nisan 16

Day Two
With the annual Sabbath now over, the women bought and prepared spices for anointing Jesus' body.
Night Three
The weekly Sabbath begins at sunset Friday night. No work is to be done as commanded in the fourth commandment.

Saturday Nisan 17

Day Three
The weekly Sabbath.
The women rested on the weekly Sabbath.

Jesus rose around sunset, exactly three days and three nights (72 hours) after burial, to fulfill the sign of Jonah and authenticate Jesus' messiahship.
The weekly Sabbath ends at sunset Saturday night.

Sunday Nisan 18

The women brought the prepared spices early in the morning while it was still dark. When they arrived they found that Jesus had already arisen.

It only makes sense that Christ would be crucified on Wednesday and Risen on Saturday Evening.

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Should Christians Celebrate Easter?

This is the time where we remember what Christ did for us that day on the cross. He bore our sins and he took all our shame. We all know this story. However, why do we label his death and resurrection Easter? You either, have heard this before, or this is your first time. Let me tell you that change is hard, and sometimes not easy to deal with, but knowing the truth is always better than celebrating something God never intended you to celebrate. People will say, well, I know that Easter is pagan, but i put a christian spin on why are we discussing it. Because God was very serious about being part of pagan holidays even if they have christian spins to them. God is the same today, yesterday, and forever. What applied in ancient days, applies to us today. That is why this is important to understsand.

Should Christians Celebrate Easter?

1 Corinthians 11:23-26NKJV,
23For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; 24 and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” 25 In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.

The Lord is telling us to honor his death and resurrection by partaking in passover and in communion. These are the only instructions Christ leaves his church, the only way he tells us to honor who he was. The Lord was very clear with us honoring his final day on earth.

Some people believe the word easter appears in the bible. That is correct, however, easter is a miss-translation. Easter can be found in Acts 12:4 However it is a miss-translation. The Greek word that would have been used here is the word Pascha when translated means Passover. Not Easter.

When is Passover?
Passover begins on the 14th day of the Month called Nisan. Which is the first year of the biblical jewish year. The Festival of Unleavened Bread is the same holiday as passover. It is celebrated in the northern spring season and it arrives at nightfall.

What is Passover, and what does it mean?

Passover commemorates the Exodus- the liberation of the Israelites from Egyptian slavery. It also marks the "birth" of the Jewish nation, who were the Children of Israel. Instead of following Pharaoh, they followed God.
Passover (Pesakh) meaning skipping or passing over) derives from the night when the Angel of Death saw the blood of the Passover lamb on the doorposts of the houses of Israel and "skipped over" them and did not kill their first borns. The meal of the Passover Seder commemorates this even. The Feast of Unleavened bread refers to the weeklong period when leaven was removed and unleavened bread or matsa("flatbread") is eaten.

Then What Is Easter?

Easter is a pagan holiday that revolves around the spring equinox, better known as spring. The origins of Easter dates back before the time of Jesus, and later on through time Easter started to adapt some characteristics of Jesus resurrection, and freeing of the captives.

The word Easter originated from the babylonian pagan fertility goddess Ishtar (Ashter), Eostre, Astarte, Anunit, Atarsamain, Esther Ostare, Ostara, Ostern, Eostra, Eostur, Eastra, Eastur, Austron and Ausos.
Like I said, Ishtar is the goddess of fertility, love and war she was "the driving personification of the planet venus" also known as "the Queen of Heaven". It was Ishtar that the city of Nineveh worshiped. If you recall Nineveh was the place Jonah was sent to by God to turn from their wicked ways.

Like all the church's "movable feasts," Easter shows its pagan origin in a dating system based on the old lunar calendar. It is fixed as the first Sunday after the first full moon after the spring equinox, formerly the "pregnant phase of Eostre passing into the fertile season.

Wiccans and other Neopagans continue to celebrate the spring equinox as one of their 8 yearly Sabbats (holy days of celebration). Wiccans usually celebrate Sabbat out doors, incorporating bonfires, jumping over the dying embers is believed to assure fertility of people and crops. The rituals at Spring exquinox is primarily related to the fertility of the crops and to the balance of the day and night times.

Easter was celebrated hundreds of years before the birth of Jesus Christ. It wasn't until at least 300 years after the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and the establishment of his church that the celebration of his resurrection began to be intermingled with the pagan practices of Easter.
Exodus 23:13 New International Version
13 "Be careful to do everything I have said to you. Do not invoke the names of other gods; do not let them be heard on your lips."

Easter is the pagan time to celebrate the renewal of life, to dance and honor nature and the life that it gives.

What about the cute bunnies?

Eggs, like rabbits and hares, are fertility symbols of extreme antiquity; since birds lay eggs and rabbits and hares give birth (to large litters) in the early spring, these became symbols of the rising fertility of the earth. The mating behavior of hares often looks like a wild dance, usually males fight over the females in early march. Making the early observers believe the early advent of spring made the hares "mad". Rabbits and Hares are both lagomorphs; they are prolific breeders. Females can conceive a second litter while still pregnant with the first litter. Known as superfetation. coining the term "to breed like bunnies" or "multiply like rabbits"

Why can bunnies lay eggs?
according to a popular piece of folklore, Eostre once saved a bird whose wings had frozen during the winter by turning it into a rabbit. Because the rabbit had once been a bird, it could still lay eggs, and that rabbit became the modern Easter Bunny

why do we color eggs?
The precise origin of the custom of coloring eggs is not known, although it too is ancient; Greeks to this day typically dye their Easter eggs red, the color of blood, in recognition of the renewal of life in springtime (and, later, the blood of the sacrificed Christ). Some also use the color green, in honor of the new foliage emerging after the long "dead" time of winter

Why do we get gifts on easter?
According to the legend of Osterhas, only good children received gifts of colored eggs in the nests that they made in their caps and bonnets before Easter. This legend was brought over by the German immigrants in the 18th century.

Should you observe Easter?
Jeremiah 10:2 states The Message
1-5 Listen to the Message that God is sending your way, House of Israel. Listen most carefully:
"Don't take the godless nations as your models.
Don't be impressed by their glamour and glitz,
no matter how much they're impressed.
The religion of these peoples
is nothing but smoke.
An idol is nothing but a tree chopped down,
then shaped by a woodsman's ax.
They trim it with tinsel and balls,
use hammer and nails to keep it upright.
It's like a scarecrow in a cabbage patch—can't talk!
Dead wood that has to be carried—can't walk!
Don't be impressed by such stuff.
It's useless for either good or evil."

His Word gives us explicit instructions regarding worshipping Him with practices adopted from pagan idolatry: "Do not inquire after their gods, saying, 'How did these nations serve their gods? I also will do likewise.' You shall not worship the Lord your God in that way; for every abomination to the Lord which He hates they have done to their gods . . . Whatever I command you, be careful to observe it; you shall not add to it nor take away from it" (Deuteronomy 12:30-32).

Acts 17: 30
God overlooks it as long as you don't know any better—but that time is past. The unknown is now known, and he's calling for a radical life-change. He has set a day when the entire human race will be judged and everything set right. And he has already appointed the judge, confirming him before everyone by raising him from the dead.

John 12:26
26 If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor.

John 4:24 NKJV

God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth


Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Abraham Lincoln's Birthday

Abraham Lincoln

The world teaches me that you were a great man...

But I don't know.

I will have to collect thoughts on Abe and get back to you later.

Hit piece on Ron Paul

There's American politics for you. Its getting old already, the twisting of the words. I guess, when you got nothing on a candidate, you just have to make stuff up. Ron Paul doesn't believe AMERICA is to blame for 9/11. He blames our foreign policy, the fact we were on their holy ground for 10yrs. I pray people research for themselves. I'm sure plenty of Christians would feel the same way if Israel was being controlled by a foreign country...well, i guess in a way, maybe it is.

This is a hit piece for Ron Paul's re-election for Congress, 14th district of Texas. The man running against him, said he would never do that. But he is a scum-bag that has decided that promises mean nothing. You can't even demonize a person that stands for liberty, and our freedom! He's the only Congressman who cares about you, instead of his pocket! Thank you Ron Paul!

Ron Paul feels sorry for our Troops that are dying over there for a political agenda. If we do research on Al-queda and islamic-fundamentalist you will find that Iraq was not "infested" with them. We were friends with Saddam, we gave him weapons, we trained his army. Now we want to protect our "interest" a.k.a oil... when we went invaded them a barrel of oil was $25 USD now we're almost peaking over $100 USD for a barrel. What is our purpose there. What is the goal... to "liberate them"??? We are selves don't even know the true meaning of that term. Day-by-day we see the fading of our civil liberties.

Its not about not supporting our troops, we support them...but we want them home with their families. Protecting on the home front. Thats where we need them, not spread thin throughout 130 countries, over 700 bases world wide. Lets stop policing the world. Lets go back to the days of 1776, the days of Freedom!

Ron Paul cares for you, and your generations.

I support Ron Pauls cause!

Bowling Montage

Every try to find the right topic sentence, to really engage the reader, but continually write something down then erase. I find myself doing that with this post. So screw the first sentence and lets hop to the second.

I like to go bowling, which is perfect for me because i have friends who like to bowl as well. Every monday we go bowling, its the DOLLAR mania! Which is great, cause i'm cheap! On a normal day it's 14 bucks a game plus shoes i mean who wouldn't be cheap? Usually we can pull together 10 people or so to join us and we all have a great time. Last night, however, i heard through the grapevine that some of these attendees were off galavanting in the realm of Rock Band. Hope they had a good time. But they seriously missed one of the most memorable moments in bowling history!! Well, i guess it doesn't beat the two girls that forgot to let go of the ball and ended up half way down the bowling lane. This was funny though! I mean I had definitely had peoples attention. Well you'll have to watch the video to truly understand what happened last night. There were 4 of us bowling, which makes things move so much quicker.

I'm doing great, into the 4th frame I am kicking every in the backside...until i throw a perfect gutter ball. Well, i don't want to ruin it for you because watching it is so much better!

Enjoy :)