Easter and the holidays that are related to it are moveable feasts in that they do not fall on a fixed date in the Gregorian or Julian calendars which follow only the cycle of the sun.
The controversy arose between those who argued for independent computations and those who argued for continued reliance on the Jewish calendar.
This was formally “resolved” by the Council of Nicea, which endorsed the independent procedure that had been in use for some time in Rome and Alexandria.
Easter was henceforward to be a Sunday in a lunar month chosen according to Roman Catholic criteria—not in the month of Nisan and not the Passover as defined by Scriptures.
The feast of Passover and the subsequent feasts ordained by God were not the only power and authority usurped by the Church of Rome. Roman Catholics assert that the idea of Christ’s deity was ultimately confirmed by the Bishop of Rome, and that it was this confirmation that gave the council its influence and authority.
In support of this, they cite the position of early fathers and their expression of the need for all churches to agree with Rome. This stands in direct opposition to the Holy Bible and the direct words of Jesus Christ.
The First Council of Nicaea was a council of Catholic bishops convened in Nicaea in Bithynia by the Roman Emperor Constantine I in AD 325. This first ecumenical council was the first effort to attain consensus in the church through an assembly attempting to represent all of Christendom.
Constantine pursued a falsified religious system based on Mithraism, or a Babylonian mysteries religion, and subsequently cloaked them in the symbols of the followers of Jesus Christ. The idea was to replace the God given and Torah ordained feasts with the feasts, practices and traditions of the pagan religions and demon worship.
Derived from the Greek, “ecumenical”, means “worldwide” but generally is assumed to be limited to the known inhabited Earth, and at this time in history is synonymous with the Roman Empire.
The council stated: “We also send you the good news of the settlement concerning the holy pasch, namely that in answer to your prayers this question also has been resolved. All the brethren in the East who have hitherto followed the Jewish practice will henceforth observe the custom of the Romans and of yourselves and of all of us who from ancient times have kept Easter together with you.”
In pagan cultures all celebrations and rituals are the direct worship of the sun gods Apollo, Zeus, Jupiter and many others. These names all represent Nimrod who is the embodiment of Satan.
The most widely accepted origin of the term “Easter” is that it is derived from the name of a goddess, Ēostre, in whose honor feasts were celebrated in the month of April. Ēostre is known as the ‘goddess of the dawn’ and is given additional linguistic support in that she is designated the ‘daughter of heaven’. Thus continues the Roman Catholic theme of ritualistic necromancy (worship of the dead) as religious liturgy.
The origin of the goddess Ēostre is found in the Akkadian goddess Ishtar. Ishtar was the goddess of love, war, fertility, and sexuality. Like Ishtar, the Greek Aphrodite and the Aramean Northwestern Semitic Astarte, likewise Inaana, Lillith, and Ashtaroth all were love goddesses and the pagan counterpart to Nimrod.
The goddess Ashtaroth is specifically denounced as evil by God in Judges 2:11-13 “And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord, and served Baalim: And they forsook the Lord God of their fathers, which brought them out of the land of Egypt, and followed other gods, of the gods of the people that were round about them, and bowed themselves unto them, and provoked the Lord to anger. And they forsook the Lord, and served Baal and Ashtaroth.”
These perversions of the truth began in Rome and continued to be reinforced by the global Romanization of civil and religious cities and states for more than 1200 years. The split from Roman Catholicism by Martin Luther was only a minute distraction from the depths of the distortion Roman culture had already promulgated upon those that professed the name of Jesus.
The 1200 years of conditioning and the extreme distance from the life of Jesus had already seeded deeply the maligned intent of Constantine and the Council of Nicea.
Their desire to elevate themselves, both in civic and religious life, had already been long forgotten while the pagan rituals they instilled in the followers of Christ had become a regular way of life.
It is time for all believers to seek out the truths of scripture and listen to the commands of God. God asks us to be a holy nation, separating ourselves from the ways of the wicked. God tells us we cannot serve God and man and yet that is exactly what we are doing when we follow the Roman/ Constantine/ Pagan ritual of Easter.
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