Should Christians celebrate Easter? Resurrection Sunday?

UNlearning is the hardest part.” -my hubs, an ordained minister


We’re still learning (unlearning and relearning on repeat lately). But if you’re a brand new newbie to the Father’s appointed times, this might help get you started.
“‘And this day shall become to you a remembrance. And you shall celebrate it as a festival to יהוה throughout your generations – celebrate it as a festival, an everlasting law.” Shemoth (Exodus)‬ ‭12:14‬ ‭

Spring Feasts:
Passover (Leviticus 23:5) – Pointed to the Messiah as our Passover lamb.
Unleavened Bread (Leviticus 23:6) – Pointed to the Messiah’s sinless life.
First Fruits (Leviticus 23:10) – Pointed to the Messiah’s resurrection.
Weeks or Pentecost (Leviticus 23:16)
Occurs fifty days after the beginning of the Feast of Unleavened Bread.
Fall Feasts:
Trumpets (Leviticus 23:24).
Day of Atonement (Leviticus 23:27).
Tabernacles or Booths (Leviticus 23:34).


It’s not about “easter sunday” or even “resurrection sunday”. Sounds crazy, I know. I KNOW! How can a believer not focus on those?! You see, just like Christmas, our worship of the Father is not to be mingled with pagan worship. As you might have guessed, Easter is more of the same… paganism. Sigh. And upon further investigation, we just might find that He actually arose on Sabbath – a Saturday. Again… Crazy, I know. We won’t hear about that in a Sunday service.

There are a few calendars one can follow, but if you take a peek at the Zadok/Enoch calendar, you’ll find that it always puts Passover on a Tuesday, according to the Dead Sea Scrolls. A friend pointed out to me, looking at “the first day of the week” when Mary went to the tomb, concordances state “sabbaton” which is “one of the sabbaths” (that week had TWO of them – Passover being a high sabbath). Roman translations move that to Sunday (of course they would!). Yet, the Father’s significant days seem to revolve around sabbaths. There is so much beauty and depth to be found in His appointed times.

At the end of the day, most of us can agree that “Good Friday” to “Resurrection Sunday” does not add up to 3 days and 3 nights.

I wanted to leave you with a few resources for a launching pad to get you started in your own research… unlearning, relearning, repeat.


Olive Branch Fellowship:

Passover & Unleavened Bread 101 (This is a bit “meatier” than your typical 101, but some details of this video brought clarity for me, so I’m including it)

The Moedim (feasts/appointed times)

(full series: The Moedim – YouTube)
Zachary Bauer
The origins of easter
It’s called First Fruits not resurrection Sunday
Truth Unedited:
Who is Easter? Understand the mother goddess
History of Easter: Is it a pagan holiday?
Almond House Fellowship:
The True Death, Burial, and Resurrection
Alan Horvath
All About easter and Then Some
Now You See TV:
Easter Abomination
A pastor reveals Easter origin:

Passion for Truth Ministries:

And don’t forget to watch The Way. It’s worth the time! I promise!

xoxo
Crisie

Shalom

“Shabbat Shalom”

I didn’t quite understand the depth of what “Shalom” meant. Why not simply say peace?  In many ways, it feels like I’m learning a new, beautiful language.

While our modern definition of peace is grasping for a break from life’s turmoil, it seems biblical peace addresses our hearts — it’s more than a lack of conflict.

Rabbi Robert I. Kahn of Houston, Texas, differentiates “Roman” peace verses “Hebrew” shalom:

One can dictate a peace; shalom is a mutual agreement.
Peace is a temporary pact; shalom is a permanent agreement.
One can make a peace treaty; shalom is the condition of peace.
Peace can be negative, the absence of commotion. Shalom is positive, the presence of serenity.
Peace can be partial; shalom is whole.
Peace can be piecemeal; shalom is complete.

In John 14:27, Yahusha (Jesus) was nearing the end of His earthly ministry and prepared the disciples for what was ahead, knowing that it would not be easy. As He comforted and prepared them, He said, “Peace I leave with you – My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
‭‭Yoḥanan (John)‬ ‭14:27‬ ‭

And the Master of peace Himself give you peace always in every way. The Master be with you all. Tas`loniqim Bĕt (2 Thessalonians)‬ ‭3:16‬ ‭

Shalom is more than simply peace; it is a COMPLETE peace. According to Strong’s Concordance 7965 Shalom not only means completeness, but wholeness, health, peace, welfare, safety soundness, tranquility, prosperity, perfectness, fullness, rest, harmony, the absence of agitation or discord. Hebrew: שָׁלוֹם‎

Proverbs 18:21 tells us there is life or death in the power of the tongue. Therefore, whenever you greet someone, coming and going, the word “shalom” you are speaking into someone’s life all the wonderful things that shalom means!

The one steadfast of mind You guard in perfect peace, for he trusts in You. “Trust in יהוה forever, for in Yah, יהוה, is a rock of ages.” ‭‭Yeshayah (Isaiah)‬ ‭26:3-4‬ ‭

Shabbat Shalom, friends!

Whole Bible believer? You Are {Not} Alone

If everyone is doing the same thing, it makes me take pause and bring it to Yah and His Word — not the opinions of man and the “matter of conscience” defense. He is pretty clear, if only we have ears to hear.

Scooting closer to Yah is tricky to navigate, even among believers. If you’re in that place, too. I just want to tell you…

You’re not alone.

Enter in through the narrow gate! Because the gate is wide – and the way is broad – that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter in through it. Because the gate is narrow and the way is hard pressed which leads to life, and there are few who find it. -Matthew ‭7:13-14‬ ‭

Full video:
https://vimeo.com/alignthestars/review/179077179/2ddccb86c8
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**I’m still learning

**I’m still learning. ⠀

I feel as though this disclaimer should be written across my forehead. If you judged me based on where I was 20 years ago, 10 years ago, I year ago, or even 1 day ago, you might find that I’ve changed. But isn’t that what we’re supposed to do? Change. ⠀

This is why, though exhausting at times, I speak grace (as much as I can muster) to those unaware of the bigger picture at play. We are all on quite the adventurous learning journey, right? Some of us learned the hard way, through pain. And a few of us learned by watching others fall. ⠀

But grace. Grace is so needed in this hour. The incessant chanting back and forth energizes our real enemy. He laughs, while we direct negative energy towards people, forgetting that we are in a war against spiritual forces of evil (Ephesians 6). ⠀

So, today… I choose grace on this journey. Because I’m still learning, too. And reminding myself that this war is ironically not of flesh and blood (Ephesians 6:12). ⠀

Life isn’t easy. I simply hope to encourage someone as they wake… not shame them in all of the things they should have already known. We all started somewhere. My heart truly goes out to those who blindly trusted and, without TRUE informed consent, already took the “juice which shall remain nameless for purposes of not getting deleted again.”⠀

There is grace.

the {silent} work

Most of the time nobody is gonna see the work you do.
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Nobody is gonna see you read that book, say that prayer, or send those texts to check on your friends. Nobody is gonna see the money you donate, the hard conversations you dig into, or the research you do.
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Nobody is gonna see you teach your kids, stop hateful dialogue, or quietly build bridges. Nobody is gonna see you check your own heart and clean out the junk BUT DO IT ANYWAY.
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People don’t always need to see you plant the seed, they just need to see the good fruit it produces.
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Just a little encouragement to do the silent work. It’s usually the best work.
-Amy Weatherly
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This rings true in sharing the gospel and with advocacy. Every seed planted will not take root… some people are just NOT ready to hear.

He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” Mark 4:9

But we are tilling the ground, cultivating the next step in seed planting – possibly making it a tad easier for the next seed planter.
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And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. Colossians 3:14

God sees. He hears. He bottles every tear.

I pray He finds me faithful…

woketxmama