Why Akathleptos?

Why Akathleptos? Because it means Uncontainable. God is infinite. Hence, the whole universe cannot contain Him. The term also refers to the incomprehensibility of God. No man can know everything about God. We can know Him personally but not exhaustively, not even in Heaven.

Why Patmos? Because the church is increasingly marginalized and exiled from the culture.

Why Pen-Names? So the focus is on the words and not who wrote them. We prefer to let what we say stand on its own merit. There is precedent in church history for this - i.e., the elusive identity of Ambrosiaster who wrote in the 4th century A.D.

“Truth is so obscured nowadays, and lies so well established, that unless we love the truth we shall never recognize it." Blaise Pascal

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Why Are We Celebrating Christ's Resurrection Before The Date Of His Crucifixion?

Passover for this year (2016) on the Jewish calendar falls on April 22 on the Gregorian calendar. Leviticus 23:5 decrees that Passover is on the 14th day of the first month. Of course this does not mean in January (Gregorian calendar), but Nisan which is the first month on the Jewish calendar. This year, Passover - Nisan 14 - occurs at sundown on April 22 on the Gregorian calendar.

Why-in-the-world then are we celebrating Easter (His resurrection) this year almost a month ahead of time on March 27?

Here's why ....

The Emperor Constantine took the early church's observance of Biblical feast days off the Jewish calendar, arguing it was a decision motivated by anti-Semitism and “Jew hatred.” Quoting the Emperor Constantine at the Council of Nicea in AD 325:

“When the question relative to the sacred festival of Easter arose, it was universally thought that it would be convenient that all should keep the feast on one day; it was declared to be particularly unworthy for this, the holiest of festivals, to follow the customs (the calculation) of the Jews who had soiled their hands with the most fearful of crimes, and whose minds were blinded."

“In rejecting their custom we may transmit to our descendants the legitimate mode of celebrating Easter; We ought not therefore to have anything in common with the Jew, for the Savior has shown us another way; our worship following a more legitimate and more convenient course (the order of the days of the week). And consequently in unanimously adopting this mode, we desire, dearest brethren to separate ourselves from the detestable company of the Jew. For it is truly shameful for us to hear them boast that without their direction we could not keep this feast.”

Christ died on Passover. He was buried on the Feast of Unleavened Bread. He rose on the Feast of First Fruits. Not when the "Easter Bunny" supposedly rambles through the culture, making a mockery of His sacrifice.

Unfortunately, the same is true with the traditional date celebrated for the birth of Christ (Dec 25). There is zero evidence that Christ was born on Dec 25 (Gregorian calendar.) On the other hand, there is compelling evidence as I argued here that Christ was actually born on the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles (equates to Sep/Oct on the Gregorian calendar).

It's time for the church to realign with the Jewish (Biblical!) calendar. We miss so much of the powerful symbolism inherent in Christ's fulfillment of the Jewish (Biblical) feast days ... and instead focus on such cruel distractions as the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus.

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