Easter is the greatest of all "Christian" observances, closely followed by Christmas. It supposedly celebrates the resurrection of Christ. WHY, then, did Paul command the Gentile Christians to "show the Lord's DEATH" till He come? Jesus Christ Himself celebrated His famous "Last Supper," with His disciples, proclaiming that a bit of unleavened bread represented His body; that a sip of wine represented His shed blood. This was in commemoration of His DEATH for the sins of all mankind. Why is there no command anywhere in the Bible to celebrate His resurrection? Why did not the apostles celebrate it? Is the "Passover" only "Jewish," and therefore not Christian? Should Christians observe Easter? Does the Bible command Easter observance? You will be astonished at the answers! Here, from the pages of your own Bible is the PLAIN TRUTH about EASTER and the Passover!
You were born into a "ready-made" world. You had no voice in how it is structured; its customs, traditions, religions, or politics. It took you about two years to learn the language of your parents; about six years to learn your own indigenous alphabet; about seven or eight years to learn to read simple sentences, and to begin to write.
However, from your earliest years, long before you learned to read or write; long before you learned what "research" or "study" was, you heard about the tooth fairy, Santa Claus, the Easter bunny, and watched, no doubt, hundreds of cartoons and kiddy shows on television. From your earliest years on this earth, your parents were inculcating into your mind the traditions, customs, fables, superstitions and assumptions of their own upbringing.
The point is, you first learned of "Easter," or other religious customs through your parents or guardians. You did not research history, carefully weigh the facts, and make a reasoned decision to observe "Easter."
Millions of adults in the western world of professing Christianity have memories of those sleepy mornings when, all excited to be dragged from bed at perhaps 3:00 or 4:00 a.m., they were dressed in frilly little frocks or a new little boy's suit, complete with clip-on bow tie; white patent-leather shoes, greens and yellows—the colors of spring—and trundled off in the family car to an open air coliseum, or perhaps to a hilltop, to join with hundreds or thousands of others in an "Easter Sunrise Service."
You didn't know what "Easter" was. Only that it sounded a little like a point on the compass. Of course, the sun rose in the East. Maybe that was it? Or was it merely the opposite of "Wester"? Most likely, if you are like millions of others, you never became curious enough to go to a major encyclopedia and look up the term. We tend to take our environment for granted.
Have you ever looked into the history and origins of Easter?
Does it make any difference WHICH day we observe -- or whether we keep it? Does the Bible establish SUNDAY as the LORD'S DAY? Was the Sabbath given for the Jewish people only -- while Christians are commanded to keep SUNDAY as the LORD'S DAY?
by Herbert Armstrong
CERTAINLY MOST professing Christians accept SUNDAY as the New Testament Lord's Day. Moslems observe Friday. Some religions observe no day.
But there are those who insist the seventh-day Sabbath is still binding. Failure to keep it, they claim, is SIN -- and the punishment is DEATH for eternity!
Now that is a pretty serious claim!
Few take it seriously -- but that does not disprove or dismiss the challenge. Have YOU ever seriously looked into this question?
If someone tells me my house is on fire, I'm not going to laugh at him and refuse to take it seriously. I'm going to examine, and BE SURE! If he's wrong, then at least I shall KNOW my house is safe. I learned years ago that it can be very dangerous to carelessly ASSUME, or just take for granted. It's much wiser and safer to get all the FACTS, and then decide.
And one's LIFE for eternity is much more precious than his house.
Few realize, today, but the Sabbath vs. Sunday controversy raged during the first three centuries of the Christian era. Violence and bloodshed mounted. Millions were tortured and put to death over this question.
WHO IS RIGHT?
And, after all, does it make any difference?
Years ago I had to face this question. My wife said she had found, in the Bible, that Christians are bound to keep the Sabbath -- Friday sunset to Saturday sunset. I was shocked, angered. To me this was rank fanaticism. I had arguments -- plenty of them!
"You can't tell me that all these churches could be wrong!" I said in confident indignation.
I was challenged to look into this question -- to GET ALL THE FACTS! I was angered into serious research. I could not ignore the question. I had this question to live with! It had invaded my home!
Immediately when this question is raised, numerous other questions flash to mind.
Don't we have to adjust our religion to the changing times? After all, wasn't the Bible completely written some 1900 years ago? We live in a different world today! That's one argument. Yet, are we free to reason out our own religion? Are we going to render the decisions on our own fates, in the final judgment? Perhaps we'd better get the TRUTH!
Some will ask, "How can this world, as it is now organized, keep the seventh-day Sabbath? The world is geared to SUNDAY."
Or, "Suppose you're traveling on an ocean liner. Would you expect them to stop the engines and cease steaming forward at sunset Friday?"
"What about public utilities in the big cities? Electricity, water, gas. Must the police departments shut down and let criminals have a holiday?"
"Suppose the nation is at war. Should our forces stop fighting at sunset on Friday? The enemy might not see it that way!"
"But hasn't TIME been lost? How can we know whether the Saturday of today is the same day of the week as it was at creation -- or in Moses' day? Hasn't the weekly cycle gotten mixed up since creation?" That question, too, will be answered with the PROOF in this booklet.
"Anyway," one may reason in conclusion, "what possible difference can it make WHICH day, or WHETHER we observe it?"
These questions -- and more -- must be answered! And will be, in this booklet.
First of all, in a world where established, organized Christianity observes Sunday, where perhaps most people do not seriously observe any day as really sacred, HOW CAN WE KNOW?
Is there any SUPREME AUTHORITY, with the power of life and death over our eternity, with POWER to declare, and ENFORCE the right answer?
By WHAT AUTHORITY do Christians observe Sunday; Moslems, Friday; Sabbatarians, Saturday; and others, no day?
Is there any authority for observing Friday, or Sunday, or Saturday? It certainly is apparent all do not recognize the same authority.
Prophecy loves signs from the heavens, and they will deliver Tuesday with a moonlight spectacle.
What will happen could sound sort of like this:
The moon will turn to blood as it aligns with Earth and sun Then do so thrice more ere a year and a half is done, 'Tis not the herald of the apocalypses Just the first of four total lunar eclipses.
In other words, get ready for an unusually beautiful moon to grace the night skies next week. There will be a total lunar eclipse Tuesday that will turn the moon a burnt reddish orange, NASA says.
It's called a blood moon, and this one is just the first in a series of four consecutive total eclipses.
Within a year and a half, North America will be able to see a blood moon a total of four times. The moon takes on this color during the eclipse as it passes through the Earth's shadow, which is the color of a desert sunset.
Good Friday is the Friday immediately preceding Easter Sunday, as followed by most mainstream Christian churches. It is celebrated traditionally as the day on which Jesus was crucified, yet the Bible never mentions the day "Friday" as the actual day Christ died, it was inferred by early Catholic church leaders almost 300 years after Christ's death on the stake. If you are interested in a study of the issue, please see our article on SUNDAY that discusses the various views on which day Jesus was crucified. Assuming that Jesus was crucified and died on a Friday, modern churches follow this day (TODAY) as the day Jesus died.
The Bible does not instruct Christians to remember Good Friday or Easter for that matter, the holiday that the early church followed was Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread.
Yes a complete new translation by Bob Barney of the Holy Bible - in the order it is meant to be read - and in the order JESUS read (at least in the Old Testament), with every word of Jesus in RED- including in the OLD TESTAMENT!
"Father Wenceslas Munyeshyaka was notorious during the 1994 genocide of 800,000 Tutsis ... It's not an isolated case. After the genocide, a network of clergy and church organisations brought priests and nuns with blood on their hands in Rwanda to Europe and sheltered them. They included Father Athanase Seromba who ordered the bulldozing of his church with 2,000 Tutsis inside and had the survivors shot. Catholic monks helped him get to Italy, change his name and become a parish priest in Florence ... many Tutsi survivors regard the church as allied with the killers and culpability as beginning at the very top of the Catholic hierarchy in Rwanda." (source)
The Roman Catholic Church has the blood of MILLIONS of people on her hands, apart from the countless numbers of LITTLE CHILDREN they have abused! And God is making a loving plea to His people stuck in this apostate church to COME OUT OF HER. Please heed the call and come out, before you end up sharing in her many sins and plagues (Revelation 18:4).
"And the woman ... having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations ... And upon her forehead was a name written, Mystery, Babylon The Great, The Mother Of Harlots and Abominations Of The Earth. And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus." (Revelation 17)
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Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld says he has 'no idea' whether his tax returns and payments are accurate.
Rumsfeld made the claims in a letter that was sent to the IRS and shared on Twitter on Tuesday - and says he sends the same letter to the agency every year.
He also says he doesn't even know if earlier tax documents are accurate for him and his wife.
'I have sent in our federal income tax and our gift tax returns for 2013,' it reads. 'As in prior years, it is important for you to know that I have absolutely no idea whether our tax returns and our tax payments are accurate. I say that despite the fact that I a college graduate and I try hard to make sure our tax returns are accurate.'
'I have no absolutely no idea if my taxes are accurate': Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld made the claims in a letter shared on Twitter on Tuesday
Scientists in Italy believe that the image of Christ on the shroud may have been caused by an earthquake.
For years the Turin Shroud, a length of linen cloth thought to bear the image of Christ after his crucifixion, has been at the center of controversy and debate. Some maintain that the shroud is likely to be the genuine article while others are more skeptical, believing it instead to be a medieval forgery.
Now a research team from Italy has weighed in on the debate by claiming that a powerful earthquake that took place in 33 AD triggered a release of neutron particles, effectively imprinting the image of Jesus' body on the cloth like an X-ray.
In addition to explaining the origins of the image, the research also suggests that a corresponding increase in the level of carbon-14 isotopes in the cloth could have fooled radiocarbon tests that indicated that the shroud was only 768 years old.
"We believe it is possible that neutron emissions by earthquakes could have induced the image formation on the Shroud's linen fibres, through thermal neutron capture on nitrogen nuclei, and could also have caused a wrong radiocarbon dating," said Professor Alberto Carpinteri who led the study
Today isn't only TAX day. The Titanic sunk on this date, and earlier Abe Lincoln died from an assasin's bullet!
Died April 15
Abraham Lincoln, 1863 (Wikimedia Commons/ Alexander Gardner)
Abraham Lincoln, 16th president of the United States, guided the country through the Civil War and maintained the Union despite a committed insurgency from the Confederacy. He rose to prominence during the 1858 Illinois Senate race, when he and rival Stephen Douglas engaged in a widely publicized series of debates. Lincoln ultimately lost the election, but he came back two years later to win the Republican Party's nomination for president, handily winning the general election. When Lincoln took office in 1861, seven southern states seceded from the U.S. over Lincoln's publicly stated opposition to slavery. The break led to the Civil War, the emancipation of America's African slaves and eventually Lincoln's assassination. We remember the remarkable life of Abraham Lincoln today as well as other notable people who died this day in history.
While others rushed to the lifeboats as the ship sank, millionaire Benjamin Guggenheim stoically sat sipping brandy with his personal secretary Victor Giglio, declaring they were 'prepared to go down like gentlemen'.
It was one of the most haunting tales to emerge from the Titanic disaster. American businessman. A native of Philadelphia and son of mining industrialist Meyer Guggenheim. First class passenger who perished at sea in the sinking of the RMS Titanic. Faced with impending death Mr. Guggenheim and his valet surrendered their lifebelts to a ship's steward and returned to their cabin suites to change into formal evening attire. Guggenheim is best remembered for making the remarks "We've dressed in our best, and are prepared to go down like gentlemen" and "Please tell my wife I did my best in doing my duty." Mr. Guggenheim and his valet were last seen seated in deck chairs sipping brandy and smoking cigars. (bio by: Nils M. Solsvik Jr.)