Baal Worship in Disguise
not ye therefore like unto them
The present status quo
Yip, Baal worship is alive and well on planet earth and in this so-called civilized 21 st Century! Yeah, "there is no new thing under the sun", indeed! As the book of Ecclesiastes goes ... "The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done". Irrespective of whether you view yourself as a modernist or a traditionalist.
Like lotz-za things, misdirected worship is no new thing, in other words. In fact, just like most places, it is rampant throughout the Christianized West. Furthermore, in this slick age of sophistication and great achievements, Western man goes on craftily being the deceitful religious man that he is, generally speaking. Even taking on board a new form of redefined paganism he once largely escaped from, in order to spruce-up and enhance his non functioning "Christian" roots. Or reject them outrightly. While coming under the guise of what is now referred to as the (trendy) New Age movement!
Moreover, when it comes to the most important book of all time, namely the Christians Holy Bible (released in the West first, by the way), Western man learns to become even more innovative and diverse, in how to undermine and discredit this great book he largely based his great civilization on.
A wee bit of history
Now if we now go back in time, looking at the OT days, not much has changed by the way. Except in the way the Devil has a way of putting on new masks to suit the occasion. Here we see God setting aside the children of Israel as His chosen nation. God's purpose for this tiny wee nation, was for them to be seen as a different and contrasting people throughout the world, revealing the glory of God. Satan had other things in mind of course, in the area of diversion and subterfuge.
Overall, God's intention for Israel was for them to be a separated and faithful people, remaining undefiled by the heathen and their ways, as well as the rest of the nations. God would not tolerate anything less. And He hasn't changed one iota, by the way! However, what did these rebellious folk do? They left Jehovah, the Lord God of all Creation, and of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, for another another (false) lord called Baal.
Just like always, God (that's the God that changeth not) would never tolerate a mixture of faith and worship. In fact, it has always been the Lord's intention (even predestined before the beginning of time) for God having His very own, set-aside, elected, faithful people. Today, as the Lord set's apart His Bride, to be espoused to one Bridegroom, namely the Lord Jesus Christ, how much of the faith has been prostituted and corrupted by a mixture? Even to the point, "insomuch that, if it were possible, they (the false christs and false prophets, unknowingly in cohorts with devils) shall deceive the very elect."
Additionally, when a confused and perplexed world looks for answers, how can a mixed bag of professing Bible believers appear as a light on the table of heaven's goodies, reflecting God's glory, as well as echoing one mind and one voice for Christ? Especially when much of our Christian walk is merely disguised tradition. Or our relationship with the Lord is usually nothing more than masked routine. Or our coming and going is only promoting our culture. Or validating it somehow, while using the holy name as a mere convenience. It takes a lot more to show that our coming together for fellowship goes much further and deeper than just being locked into the trappings of Sunday mornings or other set practices. Or that our spiritual growth is nothing short of being hooked into serving special days and growing fatter as an organization.
At the beginning of the early church age, the first day of the week was Saturday night, after 6.00 pm (supper time - "in the even(ing)" the word says - the first part of the day preceding the daylight part) following the weekly sabbath. The book of Romans declares only those who are weak in the faith place importance on one day above another (14:1). Therefore, the young concert's views and ideas in starting out in his pilgrimage, are to be respected on this basis, while they are going through this growing curb. This is also the reason why established believers are not to be their judge of certain days, the young novice may still view as important.
However, on the other hand, when a maturing saint is found not to be moving on from these basics through maturity in God's word, we should also see that this static mindset leads inevitably back to bondage again. Occurring of course, through the seducing doctrines of devils, coupled with the persuasive false teachings appearing on the scene, aided by the false teachers propagating it. These are the false shepherds Jesus said would, not might, come in His name.
How do we know all this? By examining the rest of the NT (TI1 4:1 and GAL 4:9-10) and rightly dividing the word of truth! Yes, it is a walk we have been called to. Or a journey we have taken (looking past this new trendy phase). Meaning, we are either going to walk straight and narrow, or divert into error, inevitably leading back to bondage again.
In other words, when the process of moving 'into all truth' (or "walking in truth") has gone amiss in the believer, false worship (in its various forms) is the only option available (LEV 17:7, DEU 32:17 and CO1 10:20) for the would-be worshipper. Hence, the very reason for much confusion and apostasy today. It is also the reason the more mature or experienced believers are in the position, and responsible for, correcting and enlighting (with tender loving care) both the wayward saint as well as the novice, back to their new found freedom in Christ. Hence, the reason for this treatise and "the Radical Pilgrim" in a nutshell!
Following, we will see clearly how scripture exposes all mixture and religious disguises, as a form of turning away from God. Or as the catalyst in turning our backs on Him. Whether this is done solemnly or facilely, it is progressively replacing Him with a false deity to look, or acknowledge in some way.
The New Testament also declares the believer free from the yoke of bondage, while no longer being under the obligation of having to serve the law in the oldness of the letter, as in times past. Meaning, we now serve the Giver of the law, God Almighty Himself, and not the mere shadow of this reality. All the while, we are not subject to observing days, and months, and times, and years according to GAL 4:10-12. Please note, these are not the words of the RP or its author, but the very inspired and written records of the word of God, scribed, quoted and coming from Paul:
"But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage? Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years. I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain."
Therefore, the things pertaining to bondage and coming under the law again, are now nailed to the cross forever according to COL 2:8-14. Christmas, Easter, Pentecost, Palm Sunday, Mothers Day, St. Valentines Day, and so forth (all Roman Catholic by the way), not only go beyond the abolished Jewish holy days, but cause revisionists to tamper with scripture in order to fit in, or camouflage, imported paganistic practices. It's important to note here, if the Jewish days are no longer valid for NT Bible believers according to scripture, then surely pagan days would even be further outside the New Covenant. At least one would be deemed biblical, while the other would not. Overall, this should enforce Bible believers to be unable to follow or copy the way of the heathen in anyway, as far as worship and spiritual devotion goes (KI2 17:15 and JER 10:2). Whereby, through caving into these subtle pressures, the Lord's name becomes polluted (EZE 39:7) along with ourselves (EZE 23:30).
At the end of the day, it is either sanctification of the heart, or learning from the heathen and going their way, the believer will succumb to, depending on what he does with God's holy word. Warning against the later, plus examples given by scripture, are clear and straight to the point. Here is a couple more to observe ... PSA 106:35 and EZE 11:1:
"But were mingled among the heathen, and learned their works."
To understand more about these downward trends and to be on guard against them, this is the way spiritual digression works, with the aim of following a false lord as a replacement for the true Lord, the God of Israel. Whats more, in this day and age, these things are a lot more subtle, as Baal hides his identity behind his christianized versions, granting himself even better cover. It is also the reason many Christians would look at you side ways, if you told them what they were into, was indirectly associated with Baal from the OT days. This is also the reason we learn from Israel's errors and understand why they were deceived, and avoid the pit holes they fell into, as encouraged by Paul epistle and the book of Hebrews. See CO1 10:1-6 and HEB 4:11.
Incidentally, these things we read here are actually contrary to much teaching being dished up today, largely due to the love affair many professing Christians are having with the Hebrew Roots and Sacred name advocates. They teach that because todays Israel (known scripturally as "Israel of the flesh") are the children of God, we can and actually should learn from Israel. This great error (as error it is) contradicts Jesus' teaching about the cut-off branches (the Jews) only being able to be grafted back into the vine (meaning Himself) ONLY on the pretext they embrace Him (the true vine and real Messiah). Yes, the very one they happened to have rejected and handed over to the heathen for execution.
Do we learn from Israel? Yes! We learn from the mistakes Israel made in the past (their mistakes, not their teaching), when they transgressed the Lord's will, as we have just read from the NT. Do we follow Israel? Nope! Coz we are instructed by scripture to follow the Lord and not "the doings of Israel". Here is an example of the correct way to walk, as far as being a NT child of God, goes (CH2 17:4):
"But sought to the Lord God of his father, and walked in his commandments, and not after the doings of Israel."
The NT equivalent, from the words of Jesus Himself (LUK 17:23):
"And they shall say to you, See here; or, see there (any diversion away from the word of God): go not after them, nor follow them.
It's plain and simple ... summarizing here from scripture:
We (as God's people called-out) follow the Lord's commandments. In contrast, we do not follow the way of Israel, as it wandered away from God's commandments, as it has done to this day.
After all, by following after Israel, one might end up going after the false lord called Baal, as they did in the end. The fact was, and still is ... Israel is in rebellion against its Maker, and like the heathen (and us all), needs to repent through Christ, to find forgiveness and restoration. Look at JER 2: 23 for a start, in regards to the attitude of God's own children in the OT era:
"How canst thou say, I am not polluted, I have not gone after Baalim?"
Therefore, it is clear (plus many more verses that could be supplied from the OT) ... the children of Israel had a problem at times with Baalim or Baal. However, in what way does this impact the church, the Body of Christ today, many would exclaim? Or, getting closer to home ... how does it relate to our own lives and pilgrim walk?
In other words, how does 1 Kings 18:21 apply today? "If the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him"!
Isn't this also like saying (as we have just read from JER 2: 23) ... "I have not gone after Baalim?" A great way of brushing-off our guilt or compliance to counterfeit religion. After all, Baal worship is non existent today! Isn't it? Apparently closing off as abruptly as the OT finished! Is this not right? Meaning, Ball worship is now a defunct system, having been superseded by other religions and new age gods in this modern era. Therefore, all the 114 verses giving reference to Baal in scripture (52, as exact in spelling), are irrelevant and almost meaningless in today's society and church, wouldn't ya say? Especially when only one verse alone mentions Baal (with this exact spelling) in the whole NT!
Now is that so? Please let me show this indeed is not the case, as Baal worship is still alive and well today, as stated at the beginning. This is after going underground and hiding both its intentions as well as using its new cover.
If scripture makes so much reference to Baal (with other umpteen variants to his name, from Beel-zebub/Baal-zebub to Baal-aberin), even in the NT, would it not be prudent to find out why and what this false god stood or stands for? As well as what relevance or connection it may have in these end times? Therefore, if this be the case ... how can we, as Bible believers, first discern its appearance and then avoid its trappings and pitfalls? Is this not only a reasonable question, but a wise question to boot?
Did you know ... Baal actually represents or means a false lord or false master? Therefore, it is crucial to have an understanding of this from the onset, in both discerning and exposing this prevalent spirit. Jesus said in Matthew 7:21:
"Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven."
The title lord (in the lower case) has nothing to do with the One whom we serve. We have one lord here (lower case) enforcing itself as a (false) deity, while the other happens to be Deity ... God Almighty. Who stands alone (PSA 86:10) as the one true God of all Creation, as well as of both Israel and the church! However, what does count at the end of the day, is whether we are serving the Lord of glory in truth or in error. Coz this decides which Lord/lord we are actually acknowledging in the end. Here is Israel is open disclosure about the other lords (Baal) it went after (ISA 26:13):
"O LORD our God, other lords beside thee have had dominion over us".
Look at the following handful of verses for a start, in reference to serving the Lord within the bounds of truth? Meaning, truth is both vital and crucial, in other words, to be found in the inward parts (what's really motivating and conditioning us as Bible believers, right in the depths of our being - PSA 51:6):
KI2 20:3 "I beseech thee, O LORD, remember now how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight."
PSA 33:4 "For the word of the LORD is right; and all his works are done in truth."
PSA 145:18 "The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth."
JO3 1:4 "I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth."
Then capping it off and being made very clear in the NT:
JOH 4:24 "God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth."
JOH 8:31-32 "If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."
Therefore, as we can plainly see, the truth is always paramount and essential, for the Bible believer. Moreover, according to scripture, the only way to know the truth is by being in obedience to His word. Quite profoundly simple really ... Luke 6:46:
"And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?"
Is this not almost the NT equivalent of the next OT verse already covered earlier:
I am not polluted, I have not gone after Baalim?
Naming the Lord Jesus but not doing what He says, is actually following another Jesus, as well as another gospel and another spirit, according to 2 Cor. 11: 3-4. In other words, you could say, by naming the Lord Jesus and being absent of doing what He says at the same time, is really following another lord. According to JOH 8:31-32 (what we have just read), the criteria for being a disciple of Jesus is to continue in His word. What's more, according to 2 Tim. 2:19, by naming the name of Christ we are to depart from iniquity. Therefore, on this premise, whosoever nameth the name without following scripture on an ongoing basis, is invertantly following a false lord. This false lord's title being Baal according to scripture. While happening to be very clear and precise in the OT, and hidden behind religious covers in the NT.
This is the reason Paul exalts us in the New Testament, backing up the statement of Elijah in the OT, and the words of Jesus in the NT, of being forbidden to try and serve two masters at the same time. After all, Jesus only wants one faithful pure virgin as His bride and would-be wife. Not a rebellious flirt:
2 Cor. 6:14 ... "for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial?"
There it is ... Belial! Another (hidden or scrambled) name for Baal! In mythology and the occult, this pagans so-called, illuminated god is Lucifer (Satan) the sungod! Also known as Baal, Bel, Belu, and Belial, as a matter of fact! Trouble is ... the children of Israel had a huge problem (has anything changed?). They neglected their Lord for another lord ... Judges 2:13:
"And they forsook the LORD, and served Baal (lord) and Ashtaroth (his wife/mother, Astartes)."
How does this scripture have any connection or relevance whatsoever for Jesus followers today?
Quite common knowledge now ... Jesus and Mary in the Roman Catholic Church are Baal and Ashtaroth. This pagan duo have been redefined and christianized to make paganism both respectable and sellable in the West. Coincidently, in most religions there is a Queen of Heaven and her god/man/son found somewhere in the background. Most segments of Protestantism clearly and outwardly reject Mary as the Queen of Heaven, along with her Immaculate Conception doctrine. However, they do, without question, hang onto other Romanized traditions such as Sunday observance, with the importance of emblem reverence being ministered by a cleric, separate from and outside the lay people. Baptism is also taught as a sacrament and not just as a command, irrespective of it whether it is taught as full immersion, partial immersion or just sprinkling. Then of course, there is the importance of someone with some sort of ministerial position or religious rank, lording it over the attendees. Not to forget to mention the likes of Christmas and Easter observance.
Furthermore, with mention to the latter, while the word Christmas is not actually mentioned in scripture (apart from the pagan event of tree worship) the word Easter (as well as its pagan event) is. This now brings us fully into the Easter controversy:
Easter - from the Holy Bible itself
Easter, or Eastar (derived from Astartes - a Norse goddess) is "East star" scrambled, like many other occultic terms. The star from the east is Lucifer (son of the morning - Is. 14:12), along with his pagan religions, being exported to places where there has been a word based or God fearing community. This is in order to influence away, confuse, or impede any genuine move of the Holy Ghost, at this present time.
Going back in time again, the children of Israel had forsaken Jehovah for Tammuz (another name for Lucifer - the East star) and had turned their backs on their God for the god and religion borrowed from the east. Now read this for unequivocal proof ... Ezk. 8: 13 - 16:
"He said also unto me, Turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations (the leavening process) that they do. Then he brought me to the door of the gate of the LORD'S house (beyond the church foyer) which was toward the north (where heaven is); and, behold, there sat women weeping for Tammuz (Baal - the sun god). Then said he unto me, Hast thou seen this, O son of man? turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations (the leavening process continues) than these. And he brought me into the inner court of the LORD'S house, and, behold, at the door of the temple of the LORD, between the porch and the altar, were about five and twenty men (once the men are gone, it's over folks), with their backs toward the temple of the LORD, and their faces toward the east; and they worshipped the sun toward the east."
Here were the children of God, apparently at the Lord's altar, gathered by the dictation of the rising sun. With the women folk caught up in emotional, tearful elation, evoking their "God". At the same time of the men folk doing their morning service thing, apparently for the Lord, but in reality for Baal (Tammuz), the false lord. Yes, they, while being physically present, were spiritually absent, facing elsewhere. Pretty similar to what happens today throughout Christendom; whereas things have just been altered or names christianized, to make it look acceptable and relevant to our culture and "Christian" trend! Even building churches or altars facing east. Or somehow aiming to. In many cases, apparently. With the excuse that it would be facing "the holy" city of Jerusalem. Which, in actual fact, the NT clearly shows is not presently and exactly holy at all (REV 11:8). Great yes! But definitely not holy! Nor is this city found to be the eternal Mother of the remnant church, according to GAL 4:24-26.
Hey, did you know that if you happen to be living in the Northern Hemisphere (where people most live), facing Jerusalem is actually looking someway South, anyway! Iz this not the case? Whatz more, if you happen to be living in the Southern Hemisphere, which I do, facing Jerusalem is looking someway North this time! Whatz going on here? Oh, but on the contrary, the sun rising in the east somehow always appears to be constantly the aim and focus, irrespective of what corner of the world you live in. Bearing in mind, Muslims look to the East also, where their holy city Mecca happens to be residing! Therefore, we now have nominal Christians, along with their Jewish and Moslem religious peers, looking East for consolation and identity as well.
Can you not see now dear Saint, why Hebrews stresses that believers look to another city (HEB 11:10 & 16). A heavenly city, without a geographic location. Of what Paul says "is the mother of us all (GAL 4:26)"? This is not looking to the East. Nor an earthly city. Nor is it anything to do with looking to another lord.
More spiritual connections
As you can see from scripture, there is an undeniable connection between Baal, Lucifer, the east star (the sun), Easter and sun worship, Sunday attendance as a tradition or religious compulsion, and the Western term "going to church". This Baal type of religion hides most effectively behind the christianized version as Sunday (the day of the sun) morning service. This could also be Protestantism continuing on with this customary blend, making it more subtle by its more informal approach, bridging the religious gulf between east and west.
The Roman Catholic Church claims to have been given the authority by God to change the fourth commandment. Therefore audaciously changing the Sabbath day (the seventh day) to the first day of the week. This also is now common knowledge. Don't believe me, then check out "The Day" please? Or read the following verse. Here we go ... Daniel 7:25:
"And he shall speak great words against the most High ("no salvation outside the Church of Rome"), and shall wear out the saints of the most High (the Inquisition of the Dark Ages and the closing hours to come), and think to change times and laws (the Gregorian Calendar and the hacking up of the 10 Commandments): and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time (until the Great Tribulation, after the great translation of the righteous seed from earth to heaven transpires).
Dear Reader, can you now see how the regularity and the 'setting aside' of this early morning 'first day' service, to a so-called deity, is called Mass (where the word Christmas derives from)? Moreover, did you know the Catholic Mass is centred around the Eucharist? This happens to be is a small biscuit disc representing the sun, which is kept inside the Monstrance Sunburst. A major sun icon, in other words. Here the Eucharist is only a modern day form of Baal worship, substituting pagan names for christianized names. Easter is the substitute (based around Easter Sunday - the broken egg representing the resurrection of Baal) for the biblical Passover. Here Jesus became the true Passover (CO1 5:7), once and for all, for His faithful Bride, the true (pilgrim) church.
Easter in fact, does not necessarily fall on Passover, but which day the Gregorian calendar dictates. Easter falls somewhere between March the 22nd through to April the 25th. Whereas Passover is always fixed to the 14th day of Abid/Nisan of the Biblical calendar. Therefore, just as Easter and Passover cannot be the same day, nor can they be the same memorable event. This is impossible. Please read on:
We know that the word Passover is mentioned, time and time again, in scripture. Seventy one times to be precise. This includes the 26 times reference is given in the NT. However, is Easter mentioned in the word of God?
The answer ... a big YES! Found here, would you believe ... ACT 12:1-5:
... "intending after Easter to bring him (Peter) forth to the people."
But only from, none other, than "The Holy Bible"! Thatz the BOOK of all books! Lovingly called the Authorized ("King James") Bible! The written word of God, without error!
Yes, the pagan word Easter is scriptural all right! Just as the names Tammuz, the great goddess Diana, Ashtoreth, Mars, Jupiter, and so on, are also pagan names found throughout the good book, the Bible ... "and his record is true"!
Of course, the word Easter is also found in other Bibles, you will find. But with an added twist, I must say. Whether through naivety or an intended diversionary reason to boot, I will expose this twist shortly. In the meantime, here iz the name of some bibles where the word Easter is mentioned:
21st Century King James Version
Third Millennium Bible
Geneva Bible (although it changed Easter to Passover later)
Tyndale's NT (although Tyndale, interchangeably and wrongly, replaces passover in most places through his book)
The Bishop's Bible (same as Tyndale's)
Coverdale's Bible (same as Tyndale's)
The Great Bible (same as Tyndale's)
Luther's Bible (also using Easter incorrectly and interchangeably, by referring to the Passover lamb as the Easter lamb)
Please note: Jesus is not the "Easter Lamb" but the Passover lamb, just as the "Jesus Nut", that holds on the rotary blades to a helicopter, has got nothing to do with Calvary! What God names and man names, usually have got nothing in common. Therefore, Acts 12:4 stands out here from any other generic bible, that happens to brand Passover as Easter. As well as confusing what is holy to what is profane. While producing a mixture, whereby ministering confusion. Or ... "hath God said?"
Okay, letz read on for more (biblical) proof! If your desire is not to correct the scriptures, but allow the scriptures to correct you, you maybe surprised, but not disappointed. On the contrary, if you are not a Bible believer in the true sense (thatz not believing the Bible is fullproof or fully reliable, but that you also need mans opinion, or need to wait for further futuristic textual discoveries to be made) you will either brush this off with human opinion. Or muster for battle against the facts. Here we go then ... the (biblical/historical) facts:
Easter - the pagan connection
Is. 2:6. "Therefore thou hast forsaken thy people the house of Jacob, because they be replenished from the east, and are soothsayers like the Philistines, and they please themselves in the children of strangers."
Just as it was with the children of Israel, who borrowed pagan ideas from the east, so it is with the children of God today, who have borrowed pagan ideas from the east, namely eastern mysticism and new age ideologies.
As we read previously, the sun rising in the east stole the hearts of the children of Israel as they adopted the worship of Tammuz the sungod. Babylon was to the east of Israel and everything 'eastern' (spiritually speaking) has connotations of introducing mixtures to the pure faith. Much in Christendom today has not been replenished from above, but by importing christianized pagan content, to avoid embarrassment and repercussions from the world. Especially if we have the responsibility of raising our own children. Or are still tied spiritually to our families of birth. Hence, Christmass - the Roman Catholic "Christ" of the mass! And Easter - the Roman Catholic perversion of passover!
However, Easter, as we have read and will read again (as well as Christmas - Child's Day), goes back a lot further than the Roman Church:
Acts 12:4 ... "intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people."
This passage in the AB, which critics love to use, is the only verse referring to Easter. Moreover, the Authorized Bible is the only bible where you find the word Easter used just this once, as opposed to all other NT reference on passover used on a consistent basis. In other words, the word Easter, as far as various Bible versions go, has either been overused or not used at all. Both being satanic diversions, of course. The argument the critics now love to use is, "Easter should have been translated Passover in Acts 12:4, as it has been in other modern bibles". This remark has thrown heaps of doubt on the sincere overly clever, and the wishy washy, who choose not to check out what man has to say, along side the word of God:
Again let's repeat the argument ... "Easter is translated wrong because the Greek is translated passover!"
My reply ... fiddle-de-dee!!
Fact: Over a year ago (since first writing this) we had an overseas teacher stay with us who taught English in Athens. One evening I just had to ask our non-Christian friend what the word pascha (as a Greek word) meant. Without hesitation, she said straight out ... "Easter!!"
Just recently when I was in hospital (since first writing this), a Greek man happened to have shared the same room with me, with his bed being opposite mine. The day he was discharged, and after much friendly chat, I just had to ask him the same question of what the Greek word pascha meant in English. Again, one word was his instant reply ... "Easter!!"
Irrefutable really!! Don't believe me, then check out some Greek Orthodox Church sites by googling the word pascha.
Fact: You don't have to be a well groomed Bible scholar to know by simply checking out the Greek word pascha, used in this passage (and used 28 other times in the New Testament) can mean either Passover or Easter, where the Authorized has correctly translated the other verses as passover. "King James" critics love words (whether they be English or Greek) with dual meanings, to dazzle the unsuspecting. This way they can use the ignorance of the non discerning masses (who choose not to check things out and follow things through) by only emphasizing one meaning of the word and not mentioning the other. This is called a half truth, or partial truth, and can be used to divide and conquer the naive. Here's just one example of undermining the Authorized Bible found in Gen. 2:24:
"Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall become one flesh."
Mundanely, some "King James" critics point out how the Authorized Bible is once again wrong because the word cleave means "to split apart". So the "King James" is wrong they say, as it indirectly encourages divorce.
Now aint that cleaver! Nothing more than just another play on words!
As a lost and rebellious college pupil, I walked out of High School not long after turning sixteen, with no credentials for a career. At this time I could not even quote the alphabet from a to z, until two years after I joined the work force. But now, as a born again 'uneducated nincompoop', I can go to my dictionary and quote two meanings of the word cleave, just as I can rattle off the top of my head two or more meanings for the words knot, key, jam, yoke, tip, pound, page, and of course radical, to mention a few. This is nothing to do with brilliance by the way, but just plain everyday knowledge. It only proves any idiot can see past the lies of a modern day Bible corrector. Thatz only if they are prepared to snap out of their religious trance, handle a bit of flak, and go out of their way to become an everyday Berean. While ceasing from being a gullible sponge, or a couch potato, or a man pleaser, at the same time.
By the way, the other meaning for de word cleave in de English is "clinging to something". Good thing for hubbies and wives don't you think! Just like Acts 11:23:
... "with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord." And cleave unto His written word, as a faithful, non conforming, Berean!
Must I also add: When this Book use to be honoured (that's the AB, to keep stressing the point) marriages stayed intact! Unlike today! Therefore, we can now safely and reassuringly say, 'argument one' is dismantled, as pascha means either Passover or Easter!
'Argument two': From the Bible critic ... "This still does not prove Easter is the correct rendering in Acts 12:4, does it?"
For the all conclusive answer, let's expound on ACT 12:1-5:
"(V. 1) Now about that time (approximately, in other words) Herod the king (the Roman 'Jewish puppet') stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church. (V. 2) And he killed James the brother of John with the sword. (V. 3) And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. (- note: - Then were the days of unleavened bread.) (V. 4) And when he (Herod) had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people. (V. 5) Peter therefore was kept in prison (waiting for Easter to come and go)".
Let's look at the whole picture: The Serpent used partial truth in the Garden to deceive Eve, did he not? Whereas God always deals with the whole truth and nothing but the truth ... In the words of Jesus, "If it was not so I would have told you."
V. 3: Herod looks to arrest Peter because he wants to try him, prove him guilty, and put him to death, as he did with James (v. 1- 2), thus satisfying the Jews, his fellow countrymen.
Now Herod, being a man pleaser, was a pawn set up by Rome to rule over the Jews, just as we see puppet governments set up today, like Iraq and Afghanistan, by the aggressive Western occupier. You see Herod's job was to keep law and order in the land, all in the (Roman) occupier's favour. This meant pleasing both the Jews (v.3), by letting them keep their religion in tact, with the continuation of its ceremonies and Passover observance. While at the same time, accommodating Rome's pagan practices (ring a bell?). A biggie being Easter observance ... the worship of the fertility goddess Ishtar.
So during the days (present tense) of unleavened bread (now this is the key, V. 3- 4) Herod arrests Peter. This was a time beyond half way through April (Abid) the fourteenth day. Therefore, Passover had already come and gone, as it was now during the seven day period which followed Passover ... "then were the days of unleavened bread ("during these seven - not eight - days," in other words)." Simple eh!
In V. 4, after being arrested, Peter is then imprisoned waiting for Easter to come and go (future tense - Passover had already come and gone - past tense) so that he could then be tried. Peter was therefore kept in prison (v. 5) as Herod did not want to interfere with the Roman holiday and jeopardize his love affair with the pagan occupiers. At the same time, not upsetting his own people ... the Jews. A typical political maneuver and balancing act (nothings changed), all the way!
Therefore, the facts are plain to see:
- The Passover is first (the fourteenth day of the month) ...
- followed by the days of unleavened bread (the fifteenth day - after the fourteenth - and onwards) during a time when Peter is arrested ...
- waiting for Easter to arrive and pass so that Peter could be put on trial (bearing in mind both are celebrated around the same month - Easter floating on various dates whereas Passover is always fixed to the 14th).
- Therefore, the Passover CANNOT apply to verse four, as it has already come and gone, whereas Easter has not.
- Lastly, the word Easter is the ONLY word left to use in verse four, as it is the only other English word that can be translated from the Greek pascha.
Clear and straight to the point, when you rightly divide and place no parity's or individual's spin, on it! Therefore, it is nothing to do with feeding an audience half truths, opinion, misquotes, clerical theology, church dogma, misinterpretations, misrepresentation, waffle, mumbo jumbo, or religious hotchpotch! After all the facts, some still argue, insisting Passover was, and still is, both the name and the evening meal, commemorating the deliverance from Egypt, covering the whole entire eight day period (passover plus the seven unleavened days).
In the end, I don't really care what this or that commentary says. Nor the most reverend. Nor the most credentialed, super professional, around. It always comes back to what the word of God says! Yes, the buck stops there! With de scriptures, that iz! Again, let's prove scripture by using scripture to prove itself. Here we go:
Num. 33:3. "And they departed from Rameses in the first month (the beginning of the Biblical year) on the fifteenth (15th) day of the first month; on the morrow after the passover (the next day after the 14th day) the children of Israel went out with an high hand in the sight of all the Egyptians."
You see, it is clear ... the 14th day being the passover, is indisputably distinguished, as a separate event before the 15th day kicks in, "on the morrow after the passover"!
In God's calendar, the beginning of what is now the fourth month (April) was the first month (Abid), the beginning of the year. Today, this year period is still recognized by the business world, as most of us are reminded here, when we receive a tax bill (or cheque) in the mail. Whatz more, this is outside of being branded an "April Fool" (the true origins of the day of pranks and twits). Therefore, the days after the 14th of the first month, are definitely not referred to in God's word as the passover. Here's the undeniable proof again:
Lev. 23:5-6. "In the fourteenth day of the first month at even (evening - the beginning of the day) is the LORD'S passover (first occasion). And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast *of unleavened bread unto the LORD" (second distinct occasion) ...
No argument really! Acts 12:3 ... "then were the days *of unleavened bread" is bang on!! Passover (the 14th day according to scripture) had already come and gone. End of story!
Conclusion: The argument Easter is not found in the Book of Life is cut to pieces bearing no substance. Therefore, if you still want to argue, please take it up with the Author of the Book. The arrows are flying everywhere! I'm only the Pony Express, trying to stay on my horse, carrying the message!
May I also add: If you remove Easter from the Bible you camouflage the Devil's plan of paganizing Christianity (now you can see where the arrows are coming from). This way the "christianized" Easter can fit the same slot, and be observed today as Jesus' death and resurrection dates. Supposedly coinciding with passover. And contrary to the three days and three nights in the belly of the earth sign, Jesus spoke about for us to embrace. The sign we are to really observe and heed, that iz! Minus all of the other added signs of glitter, stars, and pagan trappings (Babylonian/Egyptian bunnies, hot cross buns, and decorated eggs). Observed and embraced by both Heathen and Christians alike, while holding hands as one, big, happy universal family. Additionally, removing any definition between the two ... of Passover and Easter, and the truth and error. Therefore, rendering the offence of the cross to no effect, and rendering the word sin of bearing any consequences. Coz God apparently loves us all ... as His children. Period! Irrespective of whether we kiss the Son or the sun!
Furthermore, by marrying the two (paganism and Christianity) you destroy two vitally important truths:
One: You neutralize the gospel by taking away its saving power. Ever heard of any one being saved by Easter? Or Christmas, for that matter? Or Lent? Or Lady Day? Or Palm Sunday? Whether we're singing "Rudolph the red nose Reindeer", or "Jingle Bells" or "Batman Smells", it will never convict or reprove anyone of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment. Will it? Moreover, neither will tradition, religion, confusion, or contradiction! Nor speaking with a forked tongue or presenting a mixture!
And two: You remove the vital spiritual link between Christianity and its Jewish Messianic entry (Jesus the rock of offense and block of stumbling), breaking the seed line back to father Abraham. Thatz because, everything scriptural in Christianity, is from the Jewish link ... Jesus the Messiah! The spiritual link going back to the Flood and beyond to Shem. Whereas, everything Roman in Christianity, is imported paganism. Going back to its Babylonian root, that links right back to Babel and Nimrod.Therefore, in conjunction with the word (JER 2: 23) ... "How canst thou say, I am not polluted, I have not gone after Baalim?" Coz, at the end of the day, irrespective of any shape or form (or modern spin, or anything in between), it is either Christ or Baal!
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