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What have a fictitious Easter bunny rabbit and hunting Easter eggs by children of Christians have anything to do with the celebration of the crucifixion, death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ - ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!  It is all pagan religion and very unpleasing to the Lord God.

So why do Christians every "Easter" (even that word is pagan), dress up little Johnny and Mary, attend an Easter service along with religious folks that never attend a worship service the rest of the year, then when the service is over, stick a basket in their little hands and tell them to go find the Easter eggs the bunny rabbit has laid, usually on Church property.  When I was a Baptist pastor, I stopped this pagan practice, but caught hell for doing it, particularly from the women and mothers.  They thought it was all innocent fun for their kids.  IT IS NOT INNOCENT IN GOD'S EYES!

There are seven feasts Israel celebrated in their religious culture - Passover, Unleavened Bread, First Fruits, Pentecost, Trumpets, Atonement and Tabernacles. The first three were the spring feasts;  one summer feast - Pentecost and the last three, the fall feasts. These feasts have been incorrectly labeled  the "feasts of Israel". However, they are the  LORD'S FEASTS. 

Leviticus 23:1-44  NKJV

1 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 2 “Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘The feasts of the Lord, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, these are My feasts.

The Sabbath

3 ‘Six days shall work be done, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of solemn rest, a holy convocation. You shall do no work on it; it is the Sabbath of the Lord in all your dwellings.  (Notice: The Sabbath (Saturday) is the Lord's Sabbath; no, I am not advocating Seventh-Day Aventism, but the Sabbath is and has always been Saturday - the 7th day of the week - emphasis mine).  

The Spring Feasts - (March-April) 

The Passover and Unleavened Bread

4 ‘These are the feasts of the Lordholy convocations which you shall proclaim at their appointed times. 5 On the fourteenth day of the first month at twilight is the Lord’s Passover. 6 And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the Feast of Unleavened Bread to the Lord; seven days you must eat unleavened bread. 7 On the first day you shall have a holy convocation; you shall do no customary work on it. 8 But you shall offer an offering made by fire to the Lord for seven days. The seventh day shall be a holy convocation; you shall do no customary work on it.’”

The Feast of First-fruits

9 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 10 “Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘When you come into the land which I give to you, and reap its harvest, then you shall bring a sheaf of the first-fruits of your harvest to the priest. 11 He shall wave the sheaf before the Lord, to be accepted on your behalf; on the day after the Sabbath the priest shall wave it. 12 And you shall offer on that day, when you wave the sheaf, a male lamb of the first year, without blemish, as a burnt offering to the Lord. 13 Its grain offering shall be two-tenths of an ephah of fine flour mixed with oil, an offering made by fire to the Lord, for a sweet aroma; and its drink offering shall be of wine, one-fourth of a hin. 14 You shall eat neither bread nor parched grain nor fresh grain until the same day that you have brought an offering to your God; it shall be a statute forever throughout your generations in all your dwellings.

The Summer Feast (May-June)

The Feast of Weeks - Pentecost

15 ‘And you shall count for yourselves from the day after the Sabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering: seven Sabbaths shall be completed. 16 Count fifty days to the day after the seventh Sabbath; then you shall offer a new grain offering to the Lord. 17 You shall bring from your dwellings two wave loaves of two-tenths of an ephah. They shall be of fine flour; they shall be baked with leaven. They are the firstfruits to the Lord. 18 And you shall offer with the bread seven lambs of the first year, without blemish, one young bull, and two rams. They shall be as a burnt offering to the Lord, with their grain offering and their drink offerings, an offering made by fire for a sweet aroma to the Lord. 19 Then you shall sacrifice one kid of the goats as a sin offering, and two male lambs of the first year as a sacrifice of a peace offering. 20 The priest shall wave them with the bread of the firstfruits as a wave offering before the Lord, with the two lambs. They shall be holy to the Lord for the priest. 21 And you shall proclaim on the same day that it is a holy convocation to you. You shall do no customary work on it. It shall be a statute forever in all your dwellings throughout your generations. (Note: Do not confuse this first-fruit offering to the spring feast of first-fruits - this one is baked with leaven - a type of sin whereas the spring feast of first-fruits has no leaven because it is a type of the resurrection of Christ Jesus who had no sin - emphasis mine).

22 ‘When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not wholly reap the corners of your field when you reap, nor shall you gather any gleaning from your harvest. You shall leave them for the poor and for the stranger: I am the Lord your God.’”

The Fall Feasts (September - October) 

The Feast of Trumpets

23 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 24 “Speak to the children of Israel, saying: ‘In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a Sabbath-rest, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation. 25 You shall do no customary work on it; and you shall offer an offering made by fire to the Lord.’”

The Day of Atonement

26 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 27 “Also the tenth day of this seventh month shall be the Day of Atonement. It shall be a holy convocation for you; you shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire to the Lord. 28 And you shall do no work on that same day, for it is the Day of Atonement, to make atonement for you before the Lord your God. 29 For any person who is not afflicted in soul on that same day shall be cut off from his people. 30 And any person who does any work on that same day, that person I will destroy from among his people. 31 You shall do no manner of work; it shall be a statute forever throughout your generations in all your dwellings. 32 It shall be to you a Sabbath of solemn rest, and you shall afflict your souls; on the ninth day of the month at evening, from evening to evening, you shall celebrate your Sabbath.”

The Feast of Tabernacles

33 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 34 “Speak to the children of Israel, saying: ‘The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the Feast of Tabernacles for seven days to the Lord. 35 On the first day there shall be a holy convocation. You shall do no customary work on it. 36 For seven days you shall offer an offering made by fire to the Lord. On the eighth day you shall have a holy convocation, and you shall offer an offering made by fire to the Lord. It is a sacred assembly, and you shall do no customary work on it.  (Note: the 8th day is referred to in the Bible as the Day of God or the Great Day of God Almighty - emphasis mine). 

37 ‘These are the feasts of the Lord which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, to offer an offering made by fire to the Lord, a burnt offering and a grain offering, a sacrifice and drink offerings, everything on its day— 38 besides the Sabbaths of the Lord, besides your gifts, besides all your vows, and besides all your freewill offerings which you give to the Lord. (Notice: In all that the Christian Church does in the modern era, these feasts are particularly to be observed and on their exact days.  That would mean the Church would have to assemble at times other than Sunday - emphasis mine).

39 ‘Also on the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you have gathered in the fruit of the land, you shall keep the feast of the Lord for seven days; on the first day there shall be a Sabbath-rest, and on the eighth day a Sabbath-rest. 40 And you shall take for yourselves on the first day the fruit of beautiful trees, branches of palm trees, the boughs of leafy trees, and willows of the brook; and you shall rejoice before the Lord your God for seven days. 41 You shall keep it as a feast to the Lord for seven days in the year. It shall be a statute forever in your generations. You shall celebrate it in the seventh month. 42 You shall dwell in booths for seven days. All who are native Israelites shall dwell in booths, 43 that your generations may know that I made the children of Israel dwell in booths when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.’”  (Note: this feast is symbolic of the return of the Lord on the posttrib Day of the Lord to tabernacle or to dwell among His people and the nations of the earth during His millennial reign and on into eternity - emphasis mine). 

44 So Moses declared to the children of Israel the feasts of the Lord.

These feasts were to be celebrated not just by Israel, but also the Church in every generation since the coming of the Holy Spirit to indwell true believers and to establish the Lord's Church.  The Christian Church has woefully neglected these solemn holy feasts and failed to teach them to their children.  Instead of participating in a pagan Catholic ritual every Spring called "Easter" and teaching our children about bunny rabbits and egg hunting (what a shame and disgrace to our precious Lord who suffered untold agony for our sins), the Christian Church should be celebrating the feasts of Passover, Unleavened Bread and First Fruits for they are all a type of the Lord. Christ was crucified on Passover (the 14th day of Abib - first month on the sacred calendar); He was buried and placed in a tomb during the Feast of Unleavened Bread (unleavened bread is a type of sinlessness for the Lord had no sin nature); and on the day of First-Fruits, He rose from the dead - three full days after His crucifixion. All of this the Lord fulfilled the Scriptures.  

If on this Sunday when the Christian Church assembles to celebrate the resurrection, the pastor brought a teaching on the importance of these first 3 feasts (actually the whole month in which these three feasts occur - this year in April should be devoted to teaching the history and spiritual significance of these most holy festivals), the Church and particularly our children would not only honor the Lord, but reap the spiritual benefits from knowing what Jesus went through to save us from our sins and to offer forgiveness and everlasting life.  Would that not be better than worshiping a fictitious bunny rabbit and hunting colored eggs?  Well certainly it would!

My heart sinks to see the Church so full of paganism for the very same thing occurs every Christmas when the Lord's First Advent (birth) is overshadowed by the pagan worship of a fat man dressed in red and flying through the heavens bringing gifts to those who have been nice for he knows who has been naughty and nice (notice the deity given Santa Claus).  This is outright paganism of the nth degree, but the Church repeats it every year.  Christian parents should not be teaching their children lies - Easter bunnies and Easter eggs, Santa Claus and his flying reindeer are all lies!   

No wonder the modern day Church has so little power because it is so full of the world.  What does the Bible say about the pagan practices of the world?

I John 2:15 NKJV

15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father, but is of the world.

Notice what the Holy Spirit (the real author of the Bible) told the apostle John - Christians are not to love the world or THE THINGS IN THE WORLD!  If we do, then the love of the Father is NOT IN US!

Would chasing after a fictitious Santa Claus and the Easter bunny not be "the things of the world?"  Well, certainly it is even though we may not like to call it that. 

This Scripture alone should convict us of the need to come out of the world and not follow pagan rituals and practices.  However, conviction is not repentance. Conviction can bring repentance - a turning away from sin or it can work the opposite - a hardened rebellion against the truth. 

If you care to read the history of ancient Israel and Judah in the Bible, particularly the major prophets - Isaiah,  Jeremiah and Ezekiel, one thing God severely condemned and judged them for was mixing paganism with temple worship.  

Ezekiel 14:7 NIV

7 “‘When any of the Israelites or any foreigner residing in Israel separate themselves from me and set up idols in their hearts and put a wicked stumbling block before their faces and then go to a prophet to inquire of me, I the Lord will answer them myself.

This verse has much more meaning about pagan worship than we may first notice.  What Yahweh (God) is telling the prophet Ezekiel is His hatred for the Israelites coming before the prophet to inquire of Him (a practice of ancient bible days) when they have idols in their heart via pagan forms of worship - worshiping the Queen of Heaven, eating cakes baked to her worship and offering sacrifices on mountain tops to the hosts of the heavens.  Such were stumbling blocks before their face, meaning they knew what they were doing was forbidden by the law of God, but did them anyway thinking they could still inquire of God by the prophet and even worship in the temple and all would be allowed with no accountability. 

This is exactly what Christians do when they mix pagan forms of worship in their lives and teach their children the same.  God has as much hatred for Christians setting up the idols of Christmas and Easter in their hearts as what ancient Israel did.  The Bible says God is always the same, He never changes. 

You say, "Well I don't worship Santa Claus or the Easter bunny." It is just innocent fun.  Might we test that?  Then today tell your children you will no longer teach them about the fat-man in his red suit and the fictitious Easter bunny and hunting of colored eggs, that is, you and your family will no longer participate in such pagan rituals.  You will quickly find out if these things are idols in your heart, particularly when the "status quo" thinks you are Weird Al and a religious quack so you crater under the religious pressure and continue on with pagan religion.  

The love of the world is one of the greatest stumbling blocks to Christians for they love the things of the world and see no harm in them.  

I never and haven't for many years (from the time the Lord convicted me about these things as a Baptist minister) refer to this time of the year as Easter (I could write a dissertation on that subject), but as Resurrection Week and of course what preceded it - the crucifixion and burial.  The Feast of Passoverteaches our children the importance of blood sacrifice for the forgiveness of sin; the burial of our Lord in the tomb ( Unleavened Bread); and His glorious resurrection (First Fruits) should be the ONLY things we teach and worship at this season of the year. 

Cast out the bunny rabbit and hunting of eggs from the Churches for they are displeasing to the Lord!