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Kill the Easter bunny


KILL THE EASTER BUNNY

The Lord is after your Easter bunny. Will you let him kill it? God wants to
bless His people with a deep understanding of His Holy Word. Will we let God
show us life through death? In this case by letting the cross of Christ kill
our Easter Bunny? For as Hosea 4:6-8 says:

"...my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected
knowledge, I also reject you as priests... The more the priests increased, the
more they sinned against me; they exchanged their Glory for something
disgraceful."

It has now been several years since God had us start sending out tracts on
Easter or First Fruits. They were sent especially to the "priests", but they
continue to refuse to change Easter back to First Fruits. They continue to
hold onto and defend Easter bunnies, colored eggs and gathering sweets for
self. How the church seems to love the "disgraceful" Easter Bunny over the
"Glory" of First Fruits. Those who read this tract, let the Holy Spirit move
you to call your church to repentance! How many blessings the church is
missing because it will not rid itself of earthly traditions. In some cases
those churches are being destroyed because the priests are rejecting knowledge
and covering over this whole issue with "whitewash", (Ezekiel 13).

EASTER IS A SIN BEFORE GOD

That cute little bunny is a sin before the eyes of God. That chocolate bunny
that grandma brings is an abomination toward God. Hiding Easter eggs is a vile
and corrupt tradition in God's mind. For we read of the sin of human
traditions and customs in 1 Kings 12. First notice that satan, in order to
keep men from worshiping the pure Word of the Lord, will instigate an
alternative festival, that is, a different way to worship God.

"Jeroboam thought to himself, 'The kingdom will likely revert to the house of
David. If these people go up to offer sacrifices at the temple of the Lord in
Jerusalem, they will give their allegiance to their lord, Rehoboam king of
Judah. They will kill me and return to King Rehoboam.'" 1 Kings 12:26-27

The spiritual lesson in all this is:

1. Satan knows that men might worship God in Truth and Spirit, for Rehoboam
of the house of Judah was the only one who remained faithful to the word of
the Lord, (1 Kings 12:20).

2. He is fearful that if they do that then they will "kill" him. Satan too
is terrified that if we live the Word we will kill him.

In order to keep people from worshipping God in the way God intends it to be
done satan has instituted new ways of worshiping God that look just as good as
God's ways. This is exactly what Jeroboam did. For we can take warning from
God by reading, 1 Kings 12:32:

"Jeroboam instituted a festival on the fiftieth day of the eight month, like
the festival held in Judah, and offered sacrifices on the altar."

Just like today, Easter, which the priests support and preach about, looks
like the resurrection of Jesus. But it is not the festival of the Lord! Easter
with all of it's terminology and doings must be taken out to the city dump and
burned. We are after your Easter bunny. We have a holy sword called the Word
of God and we will not quit until it is dead. That cute bunny has to go if you
are going to be blessed by staying in step with the Holy Spirit. You priests,
if you are not going to be false prophets, must repent, and teach and demand
what is in accordance with the Word of God.

God gave ample warning to Jeroboam, but he refused to repent. God is giving
the church ample warning also, and if we do not repent it will be written
about us the same thing that was written about Jerohoam and his church:

"This was the sin of the house of Jeroboam that led to its downfall and to its
destruction from the face of the earth." 1 Kings 13:34

THE LORD'S PURPOSE

The purpose of this tract is to show you the difference between what is
"clean" and "unclean". What God desires, what man has brought about and what
the church has supported because they keep refusing the Holy Spirit. The
Lord's purpose is to increase your joy in the Lord that comes from the Holy
Spirit.

Let the priests of God repent, with great zeal, of the "violence" they have
done to God's Word by accepting the customs of the world. And even justifying
pagan holidays with God's Holy Word.

"Her priests do violence to my law and profane my holy things; they do not
distinguish between the holy and the common; they teach there is no difference
between the unclean and the clean..." Ezekiel 22:26

FIRST FRUITS

The following is a section from Zola Levitt's book, The Seven Feasts of
Israel. Most of you know Zola is a Jew who loves our Lord. Of course Jesus was
and is his Lord first, (Romans 1:16). We do well to ask the Holy Spirit to
make alive in our hearts his teaching about the Word.

"The third feast is held on the Sunday following Unleavened Bread: 'Speak to
the Israelites and say to them: 'When you enter the land I am going to give to
you and your reap its harvest, bring to the priest a sheaf of the first grain
you harvest. He is to wave the sheaf before the Lord so it will be accepted on
your behalf; the priest is the wave it on the day after the Sabbath.'
Leviticus 23:10-11

God wanted a special feast during which the Israelites would acknowledge the
fertility of the fine land He gave them. They were to bring the early crops of
their spring planting, (First Fruits), to the priest at the Temple to the be
waved before the Lord on their behalf.

This was to be done "on the day after the Sabbath", or Sunday. Since the
feast of Unleavened Bread was seven days long, one of those days would be
Sunday and that Sunday would be the First Fruits each year.

We have come to call this "Easter" after the Babylonian goddess, Ishtar, the
pagan goddess of fertility. We even continue to worship the objects of
fertility: the rabbit, the egg, new costumes, etc. But the celebration was to
be over God's replanting of the earth in the spring.

We miss a very important biblical truth by not using the term "First Fruits"
as the name of this feast, because "first" implies a second, a third, and so
on, and that is the real meaning of the feast. We do not merely celebrate the
resurrection of the Lord on First Fruits, on which it indeed occurred, but
more so, the resurrection of the entire Church! We shall all be resurrected
and go to heaven, just as the Lord did, 'Every man in his own order'. The
apostle Paul presented this brilliantly:

"For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be alive. But every man
in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are in Christ
at his coming." 1 Corinthians 15:23

Paul makes very clear the real point of the feast. The resurrection of the
Lord Himself is happy news indeed, and worthy of a celebration, but we are not
so surprised by it. After all, the Lord could raise the dead Himself; He
walked on water. He is God's Son. The real miracle is that each of us
ordinary, mortal sinners will experience this resurrection!

We apparently all have a number and will go in that order. Jesus Christ's
number was one; He was the first fruits - the first man permanently
resurrected. Your father has a lower number than you, and your grandfather a
lower then he, if you were saved in that order. But in any case, we shall all
go! Obviously, 'The dead in Christ shall rise first', 1 Thessalonians 4:16-
17, since they have a lower number.

How simple it all is if we understand these feasts. Jesus of course,
celebrated the Sunday of the week of His crucifixion by rising from the dead.
It was not some other day He chose but the very day of First Fruits, of
course, just as He performed on Passover and Unleavened Bread, each with the
appropriate action. Jesus even presented the His proper First Fruits offering
to the Father. Graves were opened and dead people rose and were seen after His
resurrection in Jerusalem, (Matthew 27:53). The Lord, not unlike a Jewish
planter, gratefully showed the Father the early crops of what will be a
magnificent harvest later on." -Zola Levitt

YOUR RESPONSE TOWARD GOD

When I was a child I played with childish things, (1 Corinthians 13:11). That
is, Easter bunnies, eggs, jelly beans, chocolate bunnies and songs about
Easter. You know, "here comes Peter cotton tail, hopping down the bunny
trail... hippity hop... Easter's on its way." By the way do you see any
Apostle's names in that song?

Why is it that man always takes the gospel of self-sacrifice and turns ever
celebration into a gathering for self? With all the gathering of food, eggs,
toys and merriment, one cannot tell Jesus said "deny self" and be a "living
sacrifice" unto God! When was the last time you ever saw a "wave offering" at
First Fruits time? How many even know what a "wave offering" is and how it
points to Jesus Christ.

As we grow up in the Lord, we put aside childish things of the past and press
on toward maturity in the Lord. We can't help but be blessed! How few teachers
offer the flock the greater joy of celebrating First Fruits. Every child in
the church should have a rich understanding of what the Feasts of God are, for
all the things God point to are "inexpressible joy". Many will say, "What harm
does it do to call it Easter and to have Easter bunnies?. We don't do it unto
the pagan goddess of fertility, Ishtar. We do it in the name of Jesus". This
statement declares to the world our willing rebellion and distaste toward
God's Word. The church should be a source of rich knowledge concerning the
feasts of God. Instead, ignorance and worldliness rob many of the joy of God's
Spirit. Let it be so no more!! Amen!

"Dear children, keep yourselves from idols." 1 John 5:21

"Nevertheless, I have a few things against you: You have people there who
hold to the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to entice the Israelites to
sin by eating food sacrificed to idols..." Revelation 2:14

Are we by the preachers of God being duped into eating food sacrificed to
idols; Easter baskets, eggs, beans, sugar bunnies, chocolate eggs, etc. The
answer is a sad "yes". Let it happen no more! We just killed your Easter bunny
with the Word of God, live in the ways of the world no more!

SOUND DOCTRINE CHURCH
PO BOX 460206
AURORA, COLORADO 80015
PHONE 303-690-0920

M O D E M N U M B E R
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