Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Yeshua's Robe

I see Yeshua ahead of me.  He is encompassed with light. He IS the Light.  If I look to the left I see nothing but darkness.  If I look to the right- again - darkness.  I remember the Father’s warning, “Only be strong and very courageous, to guard to do according to all the Torah which Moses My servant commanded you. Do not turn from it right or left, so that you act wisely wherever you go.”  So I again look ahead and I see Yeshua. His robe is bright and it lights up the path before me. Up ahead I see green pastures and still waters.  Peace and comfort wash over me.  

Then I notice that Yeshua has stretched out His hand toward me, beckoning me to take it and to walk with Him.  I know that I am going to go.  Where else would I go?  If I stay where I am while He moves forward, eventually I will be left alone in the pervading darkness.  I want to be with Him, so I take His hand. As we walk, I begin to more closely observe His Robe.  Before, all I could see was the brightness.  Up close, however, I see the details of the fabric.  The entirety of the robe is inscribed with beautiful Hebraic words. Some words I recognize, others, not so much.  On the back and at the top of the robe I do recognize the Hebrew letters:


"I am the Aleph and the Tav, the First and the Last. I am the Beginning and the End.” Yes, I am following the Right Person! The other inscriptions I recognize as Hebrew as well, I just don’t yet know their meaning.  But wait. With each step Yeshua takes, His robe moves along with His rhythm. And as it sways I can see the letters and words transforming from Hebrew to English, then back to Hebrew.  Knowing that I noticed this, He smiles.  I see the words, “righteousness”, “light”, “life”, “way”, “path”, “commandments”, “truth”, “liberty”, “delight”, “understanding”, “trustworthy”, “wondrous”, “straight”, “peace”.  Then I notice the tassels adorning the corners of His garment.  They glisten in the most beautiful shade of blue I’ve ever seen!  I look more closely and delicately inscribed on each thread I read:

I am YHVH your Elohim

Have no other mighty ones beside Me

Do not bring the Name of YHVH your Elohim to naught

Remember the Sabbath day, to set it apart

Respect your father and your mother

Do not murder

Do not commit adultery

Do not steal

Do not bear false witness against your neighbor

Do not covet your neighbor’s possessions

Love YHVH with all your heart, all your soul, and all your might

Love your neighbor as yourself

Yeshua’s beautiful robe is fashioned from His Torah!  He is walking in the Torah!  His Torah is lighting the path as He leads the way – to the Father!  Again, He smiles and then He nods His head.  His eyes twinkle with delight because I finally understand what He has been saying all along: 

My Word is a lamp unto your feet and a light unto your path.

For the commandment is a lamp, and the Torah a light.

I am your Light and your Deliverance, whom should you fear?

I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.  You will get to the Father by Me!

Great peace have those loving My Torah, and for them there is no stumbling-block.

I am the Light of the world. Follow Me and you will not walk in darkness, but you will possess the light of life. 

Yes, I am so glad that I took His hand.  I am His and He is mine!  Apart from Him I can do nothing, but with Him, and I can do all things!  Now that I’ve trusted Him enough to follow Him, I am clothed in His Righteousness – His Torah. His Torah is the Way.  His Torah is the Truth.  His Torah is the Life.  Yeshua is the Torah! 

“I greatly rejoice in YHVH; my being exults in my Elohim. For He has put garments of deliverance on me, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.” (Isaiah 61:10)

“My eyes have pined away for Your deliverance, and for the word of Your righteousness.  Do with Your servant according to Your loving-commitment, and teach me Your laws. I am Your servant – make me understand, that I might know Your witnesses. It is time for YHVH to act! For they have broken Your Torah. Therefore I have loved Your commands more than gold, even fine gold! Therefore all Your orders I count as right; I have hated every false way.  Your witnesses are wonders; so my being observes them.  The opening up of Your words gives light, giving understanding to the simple.  I have opened my mouth and panted, for I have longed for Your commands.  Turn to me and show me favour, according to Your right-ruling, toward those who love Your Name.  Establish my footsteps by Your word, and let no wickedness have rule over me. Redeem me from the oppression of man, that I might guard Your orders.  Make Your face shine upon Your servant, and teach me Your laws.”  (Psalm 119:123-135)

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

CRISIS - 911

You might think I'm weird for what I'm about to confess.  Although, I could be wrong about that. Perhaps there are more people who have had similar experiences and I have just been unaware of it.  The thing is, for the last several months, I have been seeing the same numbers whenever I "happen" to check the time, or even just out and about I will see them on a sign, license tag, whatever.  One group of numbers that I have seen repeatedly are the numbers 911.

I haven't really known what to think about seeing these numbers so frequently.  I didn't want to be "one of those people" who make a big deal of things like that.  But it happened so often that it was really starting to make me wonder.  Is Yehovah (YHVH) trying to tell me something?  If so...then what?  So I started praying about it, asking YHVH what, if anything, He is trying to reveal to me.

Nothing.  For the longest time, I heard nothing from Him about those numbers.  So, I tried to forget about it.

Until this morning.

Once again, I casually glanced at the clock - 9:11.  I admit that I felt a bit exacerbated because I still didn't know why this was happening so often.  I decided to stop what I was doing and get on my knees to pray about it.

I cried out: "Abba!  I confess the frustration I just felt at seeing those numbers again. I just don't know why it keeps happening, and I don't know what You want me to do about it.  So, I am coming to You in prayer. Holy Spirit, please help me to pray in accordance to Abba's will."

I continued praying: "Abba, to me the numbers 911 represent crisis.  Please, Abba, confront your pastors and teachers that they should be teaching the truth. It says right there in Psalm 119 - Your Torah is truth!"

Then it hit me! I saw it in my mind...

...911 is backwards for 119! 

We, the Body of Messiah, have been living life backwards and it has created a CRISIS! 

The vast majority of Believers have been taught from their youth that post crucifixion and resurrection of Yeshua, the Torah (aka Law) is no longer relevant to us  We hear the words of the Apostle Paul twisted and misunderstood when we are told that he said, "The Law was done away with!", or "The Law was nailed to the cross, so we no longer HAVE to live under that yoke of slavery!"

We are told, and so we believe, that now we are "free" to eat whatever we want to eat, because "Jesus declared all foods clean". Even IF Yeshua said those words in Mark 7:19, which He didn't (those words are in italics for a reason), "food" IS clean per Leviticus 11. Anything unclean is NOT food.

Another teaching that has pervaded the Church is that we can choose ANY day of the week to be our Sabbath.  Or we don't need to worry at all about literally resting on any day of the week, because in Hebrews it says that "Jesus IS our rest".  

But none of that is what the Bible says! 

We are also told and think - and someone just the other day said these very words to my husband - that "We CAN'T possibly keep the Law", so then why should we worry about it?  Well, if that is really your line of thinking, then you need to add Philippians 4:13 to your list of "no longer relevant to me" Scriptures: 

I can do all things through Him Who strengthens me.
Philippians 4:13 (ESV) 

And look at Zacharias and Elizabeth, who, as we are told in Luke 1:6

And they were both righteous before Elohim, blamelessly walking in all the commands and righteousnesses of   יהוה

Psalm 119, the longest chapter in the Bible, repeatedly, and I do mean REPEATEDLY, calls the Torah:

  • a LIGHT
  • GOOD
  • LIFE
  • a LAMP
  • a HELP
  • and lasting FOREVER
I have been doing (and plan on continuing) a lot of research into WHEN the twisted line of thinking concerning YHVH's Torah took place. I pretty much know the when - and it wasn't very long after the ascension of Yeshua!  But I will continue researching the matter because I want to know the details.

The bottom line is this, we need to heed the words of our Messiah Yeshua:

 So remember from where you have fallen, and repent and do the first works, or else I shall come to you speedily and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent
Revelation 2:5 (ISR) 

 Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Master, Master,’ shall enter into the reign of the heavens, but he who is doing the desire of My Father in the heavens.
Many shall say to Me in that day, ‘Master, Master, have we not prophesied in Your Name, and cast out demons in Your Name, and done many mighty works in Your Name?’
And then I shall declare to them, ‘I never knew you, depart from Me, you who work lawlessness!
As well as the words of John:
 Everyone doing sin also does lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness.
1 John 3:4 (ISR) 

If you are not quite to the place of believing that ALL of the Scriptures are relevant to you as a Follower of Messiah, please at least consider it.  Pray about it. Ask the Father to give you understanding and for the Holy Spirit to guide you into all truth.

Remember that the Scriptures are what we call the "Old Testament".  When Timothy referred to the Scriptures, the Old Testament is all that they had at the time.

 All Scripture is breathed by Elohim and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for setting straight, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of Elohim might be fitted, equipped for every good work.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 (ISR) italics mine
The italicized words sure do reflect Psalm 119, don't they? 

Please understand that I don't consider myself as having it all figured out just yet.  I am still seeking and learning just HOW to live out the Torah.  But I do believe with every ounce of my being that we are currently experiencing crisis upon crisis because we have been living life backwards! 

Blessed are the perfect in the way, Who walk in the Torah of יהוה!
2Blessed are those who observe His witnesses, Who seek Him with all the heart!
3Yea, they shall do no unrighteousness; They shall walk in His ways.
4You have commanded us To guard Your orders diligently.
5Oh, that my ways were established To guard Your laws!
6Then I would not be ashamed, When I look into all Your commands.
7I thank You with uprightness of heart, When I learn the right-rulings of Your righteousness.
8I guard Your laws; Oh, do not leave me entirely!
9How would a young man cleanse his path. To guard it according to Your word?
10I have sought You with all my heart; Let me not stray from Your commands!
11I have treasured up Your word in my heart, That I might not sin against You.
12Blessed are You, O יהוה! Teach me Your laws.
13With my lips I have recounted All the right-rulings of Your mouth.
14I have rejoiced in the way of Your witnesses, As over all riches.
15I meditate on Your orders, And regard Your ways.
16I delighta myself in Your laws; I do not forget Your word.
17Do good to Your servant, Let me live and I guard Your word.
18Open my eyes, that I might see Wonders from Your Torah.
19I am a sojourner in the earth; Do not hide Your commands from me.
20My being is crushed with longing For Your right-rulings at all times.
21You rebuked the proud, cursed ones, Who are straying from Your commands.
22Remove from me reproach and scorn, For I have observed Your witnesses.
23Though princes sat, speaking against me, Your servant meditates on Your laws.
24Your witnesses also are my delight, My counsellors.
25My being has been clinging to the dust; Revive me according to Your word.
26I have recounted my ways and You answered me; Teach me Your laws.
27Make me understand the way of Your orders; That I might meditate on Your wonders.
28My being has wept from grief; Strengthen me according to Your word.
29Remove from me the way of falsehood, And favour me with Your Torah.
30I have chosen the way of truth; Your right-rulings I have held level.
31I have clung to Your witnesses; O יהוה, do not put me to shame!
32I run the way of Your commands, For You enlarge my heart.
33Teach me, O יהוה, the way of Your laws, And I observe it to the end.
34Make me understand, that I might observe Your Torah, And guard it with all my heart.
35Make me walk in the path of Your commands, For I have delighted in it.
36Incline my heart to Your witnesses, And not to own gain.
37Turn away my eyes from looking at falsehood, And revive me in Your way.
38Establish Your word to Your servant, Which leads to the fear of You.
39Turn away my reproach which I dread, For Your right-rulings are good.
40See, I have longed for Your orders; Revive me in Your righteousness.
41And let Your kindnesses come to me, O יהוה; Your deliverance, according to Your word,
42So that I answer my reprover, For I have trusted in Your word.
43And do not take away from my mouth The word of truth entirely, For I have waited for Your right-rulings;
44That I might guard Your Torah continually, Forever and ever;
45That I might walk in a broad place, For I have sought Your orders;
46That I might speak of Your witnesses before sovereigns, And not be ashamed;
47That I might delight myself in Your commands, Which I have loved;
48That I might lift up my hands to Your commands, Which I have loved; While I meditate on Your laws.
49Remember the word to Your servant, On which You have caused me to wait.
50This is my comfort in my affliction, For Your word has given me life.
51The proud have utterly scorned me, I did not turn aside from Your Torah.
52I remembered Your right-rulings of old, O יהוה, And I comfort myself.
53Rage has seized me because of the wrong Who forsake Your Torah.
54Your laws have been my songs In the place of my sojournings.
55I have remembered Your Name in the night, O יהוה, And I guard Your Torah.
56This has become mine, Because I have observed Your orders.
57You are my portion, O יהוה; I have promised to guard Your words.
58I have sought Your face with all my heart; Show me favour according to Your word.
59I have thought upon my ways, And turned my feet to Your witnesses.
60I have hurried, and did not delay To guard Your commands.
61The cords of the wrong have surrounded me, Your Torah I have not forgotten.
62At midnight I rise to give thanks to You, For Your righteous right-rulings.
63I am a companion of all who fear You, And of those guarding Your orders.
64O יהוה, Your kindness has filled the earth; Teach me Your laws.
65You have done good to Your servant, O יהוה, According to Your word.
66Teach me good sense and knowledge, For I have trusted in Your commands.
67Before I was afflicted I myself was going astray, But now I have guarded Your word.
68You are good, and do good; Teach me Your laws.
69The proud have forged a lie against me, With all my heart I observe Your orders.
70Their heart has become like fat, Without feeling; I have delighted in Your Torah.
71It was good for me that I was afflicted, That I might learn Your laws.
72The Torah of Your mouth is better to me Than thousands of gold and silver pieces.
73Your hands have made me and formed me; Make me understand, that I might learn Your commands.
74Those who fear You see me and rejoice, For I have waited for Your Word.
75I know, O יהוה, That Your right-rulings are righteous, And in trustworthiness You have afflicted me.
76Please let Your kindness be for my comfort, According to Your word to Your servant.
77Let Your compassions come to me, That I might live, For Your Torah is my delight.
78Let the proud be put to shame, For with lies they perverted me; But I study Your orders.
79Let those who fear You turn to me, And those who know Your witnesses.
80Let my heart be perfect in Your laws, So that I am not put to shame.
81For Your deliverance my being has pined away, For I have waited for Your word.
82My eyes have pined away for Your word, Saying, “When would it comfort me?”
83For I have become like a wineskin in the smoke, Your laws I have not forgotten.
84How many are the days of Your servant? When do You execute right-ruling On those who persecute me?
85The proud have dug pits for me, Which is not according to Your Torah.
86All Your commands are trustworthy; They have persecuted me with lies; Help me!
87They almost made an end of me on earth, But I, I did not forsake Your orders.
88Revive me according to Your kindness, That I might guard the witness of Your mouth.
89Forever, O יהוה, Your word stands firm in the heavens.
90Your trustworthiness is to all generations; You established the earth, and it stands.
91According to Your right-rulings They have stood to this day, For all are Your servants.
92If Your Torah had not been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction.
93Let me never forget Your orders, For by them You have given me life.
94I am Yours, save me; For I have sought Your orders.
95The wrong have waited for me to destroy me; I understand Your witnesses.
96I have seen an end of all perfection; Your command is exceedingly broad.
97O how I love Your Toraha! It is my study all day long.
98Your commands make me wiser than my enemies; For it is ever before me.
99I have more understanding than all my teachers, For Your witnesses are my study.
100I understand more than the aged, For I have observed Your orders.
101I have restrained my feet from every evil way, That I might guard Your word.
102I have not turned aside from Your right-rulings, For You Yourself have taught me.
103How sweet to my taste has Your word been, More than honey to my mouth!
104From Your orders I get understanding; Therefore I have hated every false way.
105Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.
106I have sworn, and I confirm, To guard Your righteous right-rulings.
107I have been afflicted very much; O יהוה, revive me according to Your word.
108Please accept the voluntary offerings Of my mouth, O יהוה, And teach me Your right-rulings.
109My life is in my hand continually, And Your Torah I have not forgotten.
110The wrong have laid a snare for me, But I have not strayed from Your orders.
111Your witnesses are my inheritance forever, For they are the joy of my heart.
112I have inclined my heart to do Your laws Forever, to the end.
113I have hated doubting thoughts, But I have loved Your Torah.
114You are my hiding place and my shield; I have waited for Your word.
115Turn away from me, you evil-doers, For I observe the commands of my Elohim!
116Support me according to Your word, That I might live; And put me not to shame Because of my expectation.
117Sustain me, that I might be saved, And always look to Your laws.
118You have made light of all those Who stray from Your laws, For falsehood is their deceit.
119You have made to cease All the wrong of the earth, like dross; Therefore I have loved Your witnesses.
120My flesh has trembled for fear of You, And I am in awe of Your right-rulings.
121I have done right-ruling and righteousness; Leave me not to my oppressors.
122Guarantee Your servant’s well-being; Let not the proud oppress me.
123My eyes have pined away for Your deliverance, And for the word of Your righteousness.
124Do with Your servant according to Your kindness, And teach me Your laws.
125I am Your servant – make me understand, That I might know Your witnesses.
126It is time for יהוה to act! For they have broken Your Torah.
127Therefore I have loved Your commands More than gold, even fine gold!
128Therefore all Your orders I count as right; I have hated every false way.
129Your witnesses are wonders; So my being observes them.
130The opening up of Your words gives light, Giving understanding to the simple.
131I have opened my mouth and panted, For I have longed for Your commands.
132Turn to me and show me favour, According to Your right-ruling, toward those who love Your Name.
133Establish my footsteps by Your word, And let no wickedness have rule over me.
134Redeem me from the oppression of man, That I might guard Your orders.
135Make Your face shine upon Your servant, And teach me Your laws.
136Streams of water have run down from my eyes, Because they did not guard Your Torah.
137Righteous are You, O יהוה, And Your right-rulings are straight.
138You have commanded Your witnesses In righteousness and truth, exceedingly.
139My ardour has consumed me, For my adversaries have forgotten Your words.
140Your word is tried, exceedingly; And Your servant has loved it.
141I am small and despised; I have not forgotten Your orders.
142Your righteousness is righteousness forever, And Your Torah is truth.
143Distress and anguish have found me; Your commands are my delight.
144The righteousness of Your witnesses is forever; Make me understand, that I might live.
145I have called with all my heart; Answer me, O יהוה! I observe Your laws.
146I have called upon You; Save me, that I might guard Your witnesses.
147I rise before dawn, and cry for help; I have waited for Your word.
148My eyes have gone before the night watches, To study Your word.
149Hear my voice according to Your kindness; O יהוה, revive me according to Your right-ruling.
150Those who pursue mischief have drawn near; They have been far from Your Torah.
151You are near, O יהוה, And all Your commands are truth.
152Of old I have known Your witnesses, That You have founded them forever.
153See my affliction and deliver me, For I have not forgotten Your Torah.
154Plead my cause and redeem me; Revive me according to Your word.
155Deliverance is far from the wrong ones, For they have not sought Your laws.
156Your compassions are many, O יהוה; Revive me according to Your right-rulings.
157My persecutors and adversaries are many; I have not turned aside from Your witnesses.
158I saw traitors and was grieved, Because they did not guard Your word.
159See how I have loved Your orders, יהוה, revive me according to Your kindness.
160The sum of Your word is truth, And all Your righteous right-rulings are forever.
161Rulers have persecuted me without a cause, But at Your word my heart stood in awe.
162I rejoice at Your word As one who finds great treasure.
163I have hated falsehood and loathe it, Your Torah I have loved.
164I have praised You seven times a day, Because of Your righteous right-rulings.
165Great peace have those loving Your Torah, And for them there is no stumbling-block.
166יהוה, I have waited for Your deliverance, And I have done Your commands.
167My being has guarded Your witnesses, And I love them exceedingly.
168I have guarded Your orders and Your witnesses, For all my ways are before You.
169My cry comes before You, O יהוה; Make me understand according to Your word.
170Let my prayer come before You; Deliver me according to Your word.
171My lips pour forth praise, For You teach me Your laws.
172My tongue sings of Your word, For all Your commands are righteousness.
173Your hand is a help to me, For I have chosen Your orders.
174I have longed for Your deliverance, O יהוה, And Your Torah is my delight.
175My being lives, and it praises You; And Your right-rulings help me.
176I have strayed like a lost sheep; Seek Your servant, For I have not forgotten Your commands.


Saturday, February 6, 2016

Easter vs Passover

Easter used to be my favorite holiday.  I absolutely loved celebrating the resurrection of my Lord and Savior!  The bright colors of spring, and the warmth of the sunshine (when it didn't rain or worse - snow!) added to the joyfulness of the occasion.  I never once questioned the origin of this special holiday, until I began homeschooling my children.  

I have shared before how the homeschooling journey led me to discover things that I never imagined.  I expressed how my heart sank at the realization that beloved celebrations of the church are really contrary to the One Whom was being celebrated!  I might have also confessed that I pushed that information to the back of my mind because at the time I was not willing to address it.  

Now, however, I have fully accepted that the way I once worshiped my Savior was not how He wanted to be worshiped.  In fact, He has forbidden that way of worship in His Word! 

Deuteronomy 12:4(NLT)
 Do not worship the LORD your God in the way these pagan peoples worship their gods.

Before I continue with what the Scriptures say, I want to share with you what I found on the Roman Catholic Church's (RCC) website concerning Easter, and also what they call the "EASTER CONTROVERSY" (the controversy apparently being the timing of Easter), and why I believe that Deuteronomy 12:4 is applicable to Easter.  In the first article, I read: 

"Easter: The English term, according to the Ven. Bede (De temporum ratione, I, v), relates to Estre, a Teutonic goddess of the rising light of day and spring, which deity, however, is otherwise unknown, even in the Edda (Simrock, Mythol., 362); Anglo-Saxon, eâster, eâstron ; Old High German, ôstra, ôstrara, ôstrarûn ; German, Ostern"

Concerning Easter Eggs: 
"Because the use of eggs was forbidden during Lent, they were brought to the table on Easter Day, coloured red to symbolize the Easter joy. This custom is found not only in the Latin but also in the Oriental Churches. The symbolic meaning of a new creation of mankind by Jesus risen from the dead was probably an invention of later times. The custom may have its origin in paganism, for a great many pagan customs, celebrating the return of spring, gravitated to Easter."

Concerning the Easter Rabbit: 
"The Easter Rabbit lays the eggs, for which reason they are hidden in a nest or in the garden. The rabbit is a pagan symbol and has always been an emblem of fertility (Simrock, Mythologie, 551)"

But what also concerns me is the apparent antisemitism that accompanied the decisions of our supposed "early Church fathers".  I noticed this when researching the Sabbath as well. Concerning Easter, the RCC article states:

The emperor himself [referring to Constantine], writing to the Churches after the Council of Nicaea, exhorts them to adopt its conclusions and says among other things: "At this meeting the question concerning the most holy day of Easter was discussed, and it was resolved by the united judgment of all present that this feast ought to be kept by all and in every place on one and the same day. . . And first of all it appeared an unworthy thing that in the celebration of the Jews, who have impiously defiled their hands with enormous sin. . . for we have received from our Saviour a different way. . . And I myself have undertaken that this decision should meet with the approval of your Sagacities in the hope that your Wisdoms will gladly admit that practice which is observed at once in the city of Rome and in Africa, throughout Italy and in Egypt. . . with entire unity of judgment." From this and other indications which cannot be specified here (see, e.g. Eusebius, "De Paschate" in Schmid, "Osterfestfrage", pp. 58-59) we learn that the dispute now lay between the Christians of Syria and Mesopotamia and the rest of the world. The important Church of Antioch was still dependent upon the Jewish calendar for its Easter. The Syrian Christians always held their Easter festival on the Sunday after the Jews kept their Pasch. On the other hand at Alexandria, and seemingly throughout the rest of the Roman Empire, the Christians calculated the time of Easter for themselves, paying no attention to the Jews. (bold mine)

As I was reading through these articles from the RCC's website, I came across a term that I had never heard of before - "Quartodeciman".  Evidently this was a term given to those who continued to observe Passover.  Here is a brief explanation taken from Wikipedia:  

"The Quartodeciman controversy arose because Christians in the churches of Jerusalem and Asia Minor celebrated Passover on the 14th of the first month (Aviv), while the churches in and around Rome changed to the practice of celebrating Easter on the following Sunday calling it 'the day of the resurrection of our Saviour'. The difference was turned into an ecclesiastical controversy when synods of bishops which held to Apostolic tradition condemned the practice." (bold mine)

What I see from this one resource alone, is that Easter has pagan origins, and was mandated by Constantine and the RCC to be celebrated by everyone instead of Passover.  There are many other resources that support this finding, and I highly encourage you to research this more.
So what does Scripture say about Easter?  Well, the word "Easter" is not even in the Bible, except some translations use that word in Acts 12:4.  However, if you look at the original language, you can see that the word is "pascha", which means Passover.  Also, if you read through the New Testament carefully and slowly, you will notice that the early Followers of Yeshua continued to keep the Feasts of Yehovah - His "appointed times" - even after the ascension of Yeshua.  This is something that I had not really noticed before, or if I had, I just didn't think it was applicable for me today. But now I see that from the very beginning of Yehovah's giving of His Feasts,  He commanded His children to keep them as an "everlasting law": 

Exodus 12:14 (ISR) 
And this day shall become to you a remembrance.  And you shall celebrate it as a festival to Yehovah throughout your generations - celebrate it as a festival, an everlasting law

Therefore, since Easter is NOT commanded by Yehovah, but has pagan worship origins, Deuteronomy 12:4 applies: "Do not worship the LORD your God in the way these pagan peoples worship their gods."
Leviticus 23 explains Yehovah's appointed times, so I highly recommend that you read it.  If you do, please note where it is said that these appointed times are a "law forever", and/or are to be kept "throughout your generations". 

Yehovah's appointed times were established for very specific reasons.  Every aspect of them point to the coming of Yeshua, the Messiah!  The more I learn about each feast, the more amazed I am at how intentional my Heavenly Father was and the lengths to which He went to in order to reveal Himself and His Son to His creation.  I have gained so much from keeping His appointed times - which is no shocker - because He states over and over about how He will bless those who follow His ways and keep His commandments. 

So why am I sharing all of this?  Well, it's NOT to make anyone angry or to cause division (although I know that is a possibility, after all, I was angry myself at first). I really hope to ignite a spark of curiosity if nothing else.  I want to encourage my brothers and sisters in Messiah to search the Scriptures (see Acts 17:11) and test everything that we have been taught throughout our life times.  Much of what the current church considers to be Biblical just isn't.  Much of the traditions and doctrines that are being practiced in churches has been handed down to us from the Roman Catholic Church and/or others who did not want to be "Jewish"! (please read my post on "Foot Binding", which is an analogy the Holy Spirit showed me concerning traditions and doctrines of men)  I hope to help lead others to following Yehovah according to His Ways.

Hosea 14:9 (ISR)
Who is wise and understands these words, discerning and knows them? For the ways of Yehovah are straight, and the righteous walk in them, but the transgressors stumble in them.

Lamentations 3:40 (ISR)
Let us search and examine our ways and turn back to Yehovah.