Why Easter Isn't Kosher
Do you know the origin of Easter eggs and those cute little Easter bunnies? Did you know they have been around since Nimrod's wife, after his death, defined herself as a fertility goddess, using eggs and rabbits as symbols for fertility rites connected with worshipping her. Her name was Ishtar. In semetic languages, as in Hebrew, an "s" and an "sh" is the same letter. An "i" is pronounced as "ee" which makes Ishtar into Eester or Easter.
Yeshua's death and resurrection took place during Passover following His last Passover Seder on earth during which time He broke broke the bread and took the cup of wine and gave them to His disciples as symbols of His blood and body which He so courageously and so willingly gave for His "friends." He was then examined by the High Priest while the lambs were being examined by the priests to be sure they were perfect and without blemish or spot. Though no cause was legitimately found, He was crucified just when the lambs were sacrificed as the passover offerings. He was the greater fulfillment of all that Passover represents. Yeshua, John said,was the (Passover) Lamb of God who took away the sins of the world. Passover was Israel's release from slavery to men and Yeshua brought us release from slavery to sin. Passover and the Resurrection are prophetically tied to one another.
But 300 years after His death, Constantine married the worship of Ishtar to Christianity and so we have a confusing mix of the resurrection of Jesus with colored eggs and bunnies -- and basically no mention or observance of Passover which God commanded be an everlasting celebration for Israel and for all who worship the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, which would include every Christian, for Christians worship the same God that Yeshua worshipped.
I presented this information at one of my recent Shabbat services. One woman to whom this was all new exclaimed, "What am I now to do with the $100 worth of Easter baskets I have ready to give to friends and family?" Apparently she has done this for years. I had copies available at the meeting of an extensive article on the subject that I had written for the Messianic Vision website previously, so she took the article, made copies of it and stuck one in each basket, explaining why this was the last year she would be giving out Easter baskets. She has opted along with many others these days, to celebrate the Resurrection of Yeshua on Passover, when it took place and to forsake the pagan stuff.
If you would like to see more of why Easter isn't kosher, go to Articles at www.sidroth.org . Scroll down to the bottom of the articles and in the search box type: What's Wrong With Easter and the article will come up. Though this article was written in 2008, you'll find some of the 3,500 year old information may astonish you.