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April 2017 Newsletter PDF VERSION
Greetings in Jesus…!
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Should Christians Celebrate Easter?
(Bill Perkins, Compass International)
First, it’s not the word “Easter” that’s the problem…
The Perceived Problem: Over the last 50 years or so, many people have written about the pagan origins of the word “Easter.” And, despite the word being used in the KJV translation in Acts 12:4, a lot of Believers in good Bible-teaching churches have been taught that “Easter” can be linked to the fertility Goddess Astarte and other such proclamations. I, too, had read several references that bemoaned Easter as a “Satanic” holiday. Hearing all the (mis)information caused me to offer rewards to my children if they could go the entire Resurrection Day holiday without saying the word “Easter.” But last year, Roger Patterson of Answers in Genesis wrote an excellently researched article showing the misinformation and myths floating around that supposedly tie “Easter” to a number of Satanic origins. He convincingly showed that the word “Easter” was a translation / transliteration of the word “resurrection” and its roots could be traced to solid Believers during the Reformation.(1)Patterson pointed out that the basis for which the connection between Easter and Astarte is made is like saying,
“Since Babylon was called the ‘Golden City,’ then McDonalds ‘golden arches’ must be rooted in satanic ritual.”
That’s quite a stretch! And now the myths of Easter’s origins have been repeated so long and so often that most believe them to be fact… when they’re not facts at all. Just to be clear, Easter bunnies and colored eggs ARE terrible–in a league with Santa Claus–missing the mark altogether and should never be part of any Christian Easter/Resurrection Day celebration. But the word “Easter” actually comes from the German root word for “Resurrection.” And the reformers of Martin Luther’s day were the first to use the word, which had zero connection to Astarte the fertility god. So much for making “Easter” the bad guy. That being said, I still believe we should call the day of Jesus’ resurrection “Resurrection Sunday,” if for no other reason than to make the point that it has nothing to do with the Easter bunny and colored eggs.
The Real Problem: However, there IS a real BIG PROBLEM with WHEN we celebrate Resurrection Sunday–of which few Christians seem to be aware. And even though almost all Protestant churches will continue to celebrate Easter or Resurrection Sunday on the verifiably wrong Sunday, it’s important for Believers to know when and why it should be celebrated.
There are four big days that Church Age Believers could make a case to celebrate each year:
1) The Birth of Jesus.
2) The Death of Jesus.
3) The Resurrection of Jesus.
4) The Arrival of God’s Holy Spirit to indwell Believers on earth.
Two of the four get a lot of attention from Believers: Christmas and Resurrection Day. The Day Jesus Was Born: The Bible doesn’t give us a clue when Jesus was born. He was unlikely to have been born on December 25, but hey, maybe He was conceived on that date and born in September. :-) The Day Jesus Died: Jesus died during the Passover celebration either in 30 AD or 33 AD. Nisan 14 fell on Wednesday in 30 AD and Friday in 33 AD. Bible scholars are not unanimous on which is correct. But frankly it’s a moot point regarding His resurrection because whether His death occurred in 30 AD or 33 AD, the Feast of First Fruits would have been the following Sunday.
The Day Jesus Was Resurrected: But the Lord DID tell us when the Resurrection occurred. It occurred the Sunday after the Passover Shabbat, on the Feast of First Fruits. And the date for the first Passover celebration is quite clear in Exodus 12. “You shall keep (the lamb to be sacrificed) until the fourteenth day of the same month (Nisan)...” Ex.12:6 “And you shall observe this event as an ordinance for you and your children forever.” Ex. 12:24 Therefore, it’s a no-brainer that we should be celebrating Resurrection Sunday on the Feast of First Fruits, or the first Sunday following the Jewish Passover. The Jews go to great lengths to celebrate Passover on the correct date that God instructed, on Nisan 14. “They observed the Passover in the first month (Nisan), on the fourteenth day of the month, at twilight, in the wilderness of Sinai; according to all that the LORD had commanded Moses,” Num. 9:5
So it’s not rocket science to know what day the Jewish Passover should be celebrated–it’s Nisan 14 on the Hebrew calendar–and all we have to do is celebrate Jesus’ Resurrection Day on Feast of First Fruits, which is the Sunday following. But often we don’t! Strangely, the date we celebrate Easter/Resurrection Sunday has no connection to Passover and sometimes it doesn’t even fall on Passover week! Last year we missed it by a month! (Note that Nisan 14 is not a fixed day of the week and therefore the Jewish Passover celebration week moves around each year.)
2016 (Last year) Passover/Nisan 14 fell on April 2
Correct Resurrection Day: April 24
Catholic Easter Date – March 27 (Incorrect!)
You have the same dilemma for 2021 and 2024 as the Catholic Easter dates also fall on different dates than the Passover week.
2021: Passover/Nisan 14 falls on March 27
Correct Resurrection Day: March 28
Catholic Easter Date – April 4 2024:
Passover/Nisan 14 falls on April 22
Correct Resurrection Day: April 28
Catholic Easter Date – March 31
Why Are the Dates Off? So what happened that made Christians start celebrating Easter/Resurrection Sunday on the wrong dates every few years? The answer is rooted in Catholic anti-Semitism. By the early fourth century, many leaders of the church were still celebrating Passover and the Resurrection every year beginning on Nisan 14, the day of Jesus’ crucifixion. Others were making the celebration day the first Sunday after Passover, which was scripturally correct. Both days had notability as Jesus HAD to shed blood and He HAD to rise again. The necessity of shedding blood: “For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you on the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood by reason of the life that makes atonement.“ Lev. 17:11
The necessity of a resurrection:”… if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins.” 1Cor. 15:17. In 325 AD, the first Council of Nicaea met. These were Catholic Bishops gathered by Constantine in the city of Nicaea. They addressed and voted on several theological issues, including the issue of what day to celebrate Resurrection Day- the 14th of Nisan (Passover, or the Sunday following the 14th.
1st Council of Nicea, 325 AD
The Nicean Bishops dismissed the 14th because they wanted to distance themselves from the Jewish Passover. The Catholics believed that because the Jews killed Jesus the Church had inherited all the Biblical blessings from God. This anti-Semitic view of God’s chosen people still prevails today in the Catholic Church. But it gets worse! Not wanting to connect anything to the Jewish Passover, they also discarded the Sunday following Passover, the Feast of First Fruits, as the day to celebrate Easter. These Catholic Bishops decided against using scripture to determine the date. Instead, they decided that Easter/Resurrection Day should be completely unrelated to scripturally based Passover date! Good grief, what were they smoking! The Bishops instead came up with their own ridiculous and unbiblical way to determine when the Resurrection Day occurred! Specifically, they decided Easter should fall on “the first Sunday following the first ecclesiastical full-moon that occurs on or after the day of the vernal equinox.” The vernal equinox is when the sun crosses the equator in the spring, which is the first day of spring. By the Catholic Church basing the Resurrection Sunday date on the moon and the first day of spring, it removed any possibility of Easter being connected to Passover! They explain it this way on catholic.com, answering the question “How is Easter Sunday determined?” After first admitting that Easter SHOULD immediately follow Passover, which occurs on Nisan 14, they then add:”Christians didn’t like being dependent on the pronouncements of rabbis for how to celebrate Christian feasts, so they (the Council of Nicaea) came up with another way of determining the date. They decided that Easter would be celebrated on the first Sunday after (never on) the Paschal full moon.” Really? Let’s think about that for a moment… God established the specific day for Passover to be celebrated, Nisan 14. This was one of the greatest days in the entire Old Testament. Jews were commanded to celebrate the day each year with a feast, forever! And don’t forget that Believers are adopted/grafted into the Jewish promises.
“…adoption as sons through Jesus Christ …” Eph. 1:5
“…grafted in…” Rom. 11:17
The Bible tells us that Jesus was crucified during the Passover celebration and His tomb was discovered empty early Sunday morning, three days and three nights later, on the Feast of First Fruits. Therefore the Resurrection is forever tied to Passover and the Jewish feasts. But rather than connect Resurrection Day to the Passover and celebrate our Jewish roots, the spiritually defiant leaders of the Catholic Church decided to change the date of the Resurrection so as not to be connected to the Jewish Passover! That is like changing/adding to God’s Word–which is NOT GOOD! “I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues which are written in this book;” Rev. 22:18 This was Satan at his best–getting the Catholic Church to loathe Israel and the Jews so much they didn’t want to be associated in any way with the Jewish Passover. And all this stems from the Catholics holding to an a-millennial doctrinal stance … foolishly believing the Church has inherited God’s promises to the Jews. This also proves the incredible importance of accurately understanding Bible prophecy!
Correct Eschatology Chart:
Incorrect Eschatology Chart (Catholic):
If you have the wrong eschatological position it will distort how you interpret the scriptures. The Catholic Church holds to a-millennial position which means they don’t take scripture literally. For instance they take the six references to a “thousand years” of Jesus’ reign on earth to mean a “long time.” Correctly using a literal translation we understand that Jesus will reign 1000 years on the earth as King. If the Catholic Church properly viewed the scriptures literally, they would be pre-millennial and embrace the Jews as God’s chosen people. But their poor doctrine and anti-Semitic views blinded them to the point that they incorrectly changed the day we celebrate Resurrection Day. But we can’t be too hard on the Catholics. Martin Luther also misunderstood and loathed Israel and the Jewish people. Although he was correct with his protesting of Catholic Church doctrines and policies, God did not reveal to him at that time the Catholic Church’s incorrect eschatology positions. In fact, Catholic eschatological error continued to be passed down to Protestant denominations for another 100 years or so before pre-millennial doctrines exposed the error of a-millennial theology. So to nail shut the case for which day we should be celebrating Resurrection Day, we need to quit being led by the incorrect calendar dates of the Catholic Church. Instead, we should use the scripturally commanded Nisan 14 date to determine which Sunday to celebrate.
Bottom line, Resurrection Day should be the Sunday following Passover. This year it falls, by chance, on the correct day. But it has no connection to Passover, which as Believers adopted into the Jewish promises; we should also be celebrating each year! So if you’re a pastor reading this, do you have the spiritual conviction to celebrate Resurrection Day on the Sunday following the Jewish Passover in the years to come? Or are you just going to continue using the incorrect dating of the Catholic Church? Pray about it!
11 Deeply Alarming Facts about America’s Crumbling Infrastructure
(Michael Snyder, Prophecy News)
No matter what your particular political perspective is, if there is one thing that virtually everyone in the United States can agree upon it is the fact that America’s infrastructure is crumbling. Previous generations of Americans conquered an entire continent and erected the greatest system of infrastructure that the world had ever seen, but now thousands upon thousands of those extremely impressive infrastructure projects are decades old and in desperate need of repair or upgrading. The near catastrophic failure of the Oroville Dam is a perfect example of what I am talking about. We should be constructing the next generation of infrastructure projects for our children and our grandchildren, but instead we are in such sorry shape that we can’t even keep up with the maintenance and upkeep on the great infrastructure projects that have been handed down to us. Once upon a time nobody on the entire planet could even come close to matching our infrastructure, but now our crumbling infrastructure has become a joke to much of the rest of the industrialized world. Sadly, this is just another symptom of our long-term economic collapse.
We simply are not able to put as much of our money toward infrastructure as previous generations of Americans did, and as a result we have a giant mess on our hands.
The following are 11 deeply alarming facts about America’s crumbling infrastructure..
#1 According to the American Road and Transportation Builders Association, nearly 56,000 bridges in the United States are currently “structurally deficient”. What makes that number even more chilling is the fact that vehicles cross those bridges a total of 185 million times a day.
#2 More than one out of every four bridges in the United States is more than 50 years old and “have never had major reconstruction work”.
#3 America does not have a single airport that is considered to be in the top 25 in the world.
#4 The average age of America’s dams is now 52 years.
#5 Not too long ago, the American Society of Civil Engineers gave the condition of America’s dams a “D” grade.
#6 Overall, the American Society of Civil Engineers said that the condition of America’s infrastructure as a whole only gets a “D+” grade.
#7 Congestion on our highways costs Americans approximately 101 billion dollars a year in wasted fuel and time.
#8 According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, over two-thirds of our roads are “in dire need of repair or upgrades”.
#9 In order to completely fix all of our roads and bridges, it would take approximately 808 billion dollars.
#10 Federal spending on infrastructure has decreased by 9 percent over the past decade.
#11 According to Bloomberg, it is being projected “that by 2025, shortfalls in infrastructure investment will subtract as much as $3.9 trillion from U.S. gross domestic product.”
The quality of our infrastructure affects all of our lives every single day. For instance, we all simply take it for granted that safe, clean drinking water is going to come out of our taps, but recent events have shown that is not necessarily always going to be the case. Just ask the residents of Flint, Michigan. Water pipes, sewer systems and water treatment facilities all over the nation are aging and are in desperate need of repair. Of course the exact same thing could be said about our power grid. It was never intended to handle so many people, and on the hottest days of the summer the strain on the grid is very evident. And of course the power grid is exceedingly vulnerable to an electromagnetic pulse event, and this is something that I covered in my book on getting prepared. It has been projected that it would only cost a couple billion dollars to harden the grid against an EMP event, but our politicians refuse to spend the money. Meanwhile, President Trump is completely correct when he says that our airports look like something that you would see in a third world country. Most of our airports are at least several decades old, and they are definitely showing their age. But things are even worse when you look at other systems of mass transit around the country. While other nations such as Japan and China are investing huge amounts of money into high speed rail, we are doing next to nothing even though what we currently have is absolutely pathetic. I could go on and talk about our ports, schools, waterways, parks, etc. but I think that you get the point. President Trump’s instincts are right on the money when he says that he wants to spend a trillion dollars on infrastructure. Without a doubt, we desperately need it. The problem is that we are flat broke. We are 20 trillion dollars in debt, and we are adding more than a trillion dollars to that total every year. So where are we going to get the money? It is easy for liberals to say that we should raise taxes, but how much more are you going to squeeze out of U.S. consumers? Two-thirds of the country is living paycheck to paycheck, and we just learned that U.S. household debt has risen to a grand total of 12.58 trillion dollars. Once upon a time, America was the wealthiest nation on the entire planet and we could afford to construct bold, new infrastructure projects from sea to shining sea. But today we have the biggest mountain of debt in the history of the world and we can’t even afford to repair what we already have. When I speak of our long-term economic collapse, this is precisely the sort of thing that I am talking about. We have clearly been in decline for a very long time, and anyone that would suggest otherwise is simply not being honest with you.
X Marks the Spot – Two Solar Eclipses Will Mark Giant “X” Across the US
On August 21st, 2017, something is going to happen in the United States that has not happened since 1918. On that date, a total solar eclipse will be visible all the way from the east coast to the west coast. Incredibly, another rare solar eclipse of this nature will move across the country just seven years later in 2024. If you plot the projected courses of these two solar eclipses on a map, you will find that they form a giant “X” across the continental United States. In the Scriptures, Jesus told us that “there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars” just prior to His return, and many are speculating about what this giant “X” might mean. Astronomers have been buzzing about the upcoming solar eclipse on August 21st because it is so very rare. In fact, many are already making plans to travel to specific locations in order to have an optimal viewing experience. The following description of what will happen on that day comes from Fox News…
Day will turn into night across the United States on Aug. 21, as the country experiences its first total solar eclipse in decades. On this day, the moon will pass directly between the Earth and the sun, casting a shadow on the United States that will track from Oregon to South Carolina. This will be the first time since 1918 that a total solar eclipse will be visible from the West Coast to the East Coast of the United States. The most recent 4 total solar eclipse visible in the United States occurred in 1979; however, it was only visible across the Pacific Northwest.
This is something that does not happen very often, and that is why it is so extraordinary that another solar eclipse will be visible in large portions of the nation just seven years later in 2024. When you chart the courses of both eclipses on a map, you see that they form a giant “X” right over the center of the country.
Could this giant “X” have some sort of meaning? According to the Washington Post, some believe that “the two eclipses that are slated to travel across the United States in 2017 and 2024, together marking an X across the nation, could be the starting and ending signs bookmarking a seven-year period of awful tribulations that Revelations says waits in store for nonbelievers who are left behind on Earth when the Rapture occurs.” This is pure speculation of course. But could it have some other sort of significance? The truth is that I don’t know, and I want to make that very clear, but I do find it interesting that the heart of the “X” falls in portions of Kentucky, Illinois and Missouri…
An area spanning parts of Missouri, Illinois, and Kentucky will be the nexus of the next two total solar eclipses to occur in the U.S., on August 21, 2017, and April 8, 2024. Because the 2017 eclipse travels across the country from northwest to southeast and the 2024 eclipse makes its way through the nation from southwest to northeast, the two paths cross each other and create a zone of overlapping totality of almost 9,000 square miles, or roughly the size of New Jersey.
If you follow my work closely, you know that I have been warning for years about the catastrophic earthquake that will someday strike the New Madrid fault zone. The heart of this “X” falls precisely in the area where we would expect such an earthquake, and when I first saw this map that is what immediately got my attention. That certainly does not mean that the coming New Madrid earthquake will happen on any particular date, but it is definitely a very interesting “coincidence”. In recent weeks, I have been writing much about the upcoming judgment on America. I know a lot of people don’t like to hear these kinds of warnings, but we shouldn’t ignore the fact that God is speaking to large numbers of individuals all over the globe about these things. Another very unusual celestial event will happen on September 23rd. It is being referred to as “the Revelation 12 sign” or “the Great Sign”, and apparently this will be the very first time that the scene described in Revelation chapter 12 will be depicted in the stars in about 7000 years. Here is more from the Washington Post..
. The Book of Revelation, which is full of extraordinary imagery, describes a woman “clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head” who gives birth to a boy who will “rule all the nations with an iron scepter” while she is threatened by a red, seven-headed dragon.
On September 23rd, we will be able to see this scene in the heavens, and you can find out more about this very unusual celestial event right here. Once again, I don’t know what that sign might mean, but it is interesting that it also happens this year. So will 2017 turn out to be one of the most meaningful years for Bible prophecy that we have ever seen? I don’t know, but Jesus did repeatedly tell us to watch for signs of His return, including signs in the heavens, so I am watching…
That Telephone Scam?
As technology has increased, so have the telephone solicitors. Most have now become computer solicitors and scammers who can understand many of your words and even complete sentences. But they’re not only trying to sell you something you don’t need, in many cases they’re trying to get you to say just the right word. (YES) or (OKAY). Some might ask you the question, can you hear me okay? If you say yes, you may have just been robbed from your life savings when you thought you just won a free vacation for two. Another common question they may ask during their deceptive spiel in order to see if you qualify is: Are you between the ages of 18 to 70? Well, who isn’t! Others at some point will tell you to push (1) on your phone to be connected to a representative or push (2) to be removed from the calling list. This never works. You will be called again. Another common one say they are from a Sherriff’s Dept. asking for your financial help for loved ones who have lost a family member in the line of duty, or perhaps to help pay for better equipment as bullet proof vests. They play upon your emotions. Police agencies cover equipment and great insurance for the families. Then there’s the guy who says he’s with your internet company telling you of your computer problems but is using this courtesy call to help. Usually has an accent from India. This is always a scam! OPTIONS: You can always just hang up but they will probably call again. You can also wait until they pause after asking you a question at which point you say, I have a question. The smart ones will say yes, and that’s when you ask, are you suppose to be calling businesses? You don’t have to own a business to ask the question. They know how much trouble they can get in for calling a business so they will likely take you off their calling list. You can also answer as a business or ministry. You can just make up a ministry name for yourself as Beverly’s Ministries. This works best. Hope this helps!
The Atheist Debate…
For many years the atheists wanted a special holiday for themselves. They finally got it. April 1st! That’s right, April fool’s Day! The Scripture say it is the fool that has said in his heart there is no God. It was an April 1st that Ray Comfort (a Christian) and Ron Barrier (an atheist) had an amazing debate. Ray won! Can you imagine Comfort vs. Barrier? God must have a sense of humor. If you would like a copy of the DVD, it’s available for a gift of any amount.
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