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Month 1:10, Week 2:2 (Shanee/Matzah), Year:Day 5936:010 AM
The Paschal Lamb Selection & First Millennium Memorial
Gregorian Calendar: Sunday 1 April 2012
April Fools' Day
It's Not At All What You Think

      "I say again, let no one think me a fool. If otherwise, at least receive me as a fool, that I also may boast a little. What I speak, I speak not according to the Master, but as it were, foolishly, in this confidence of boasting. Seeing that many boast according to the flesh, I also will boast. For you put up with fools gladly, since you yourselves are wise! For you put up with it if one brings you into bondage, if one devours you, if one takes from you, if one exalts himself, if one strikes you on the face. To our shame, I say that we were too weak for that! But in whatever anyone is bold -- I speak foolishly--I am bold also" (2 Cor.11:16-21, NKJV).

    I am sure that you, like me, have enjoyed a good prank on April Fools Day (sometimes known as All Fools' Day) celebrated around the world on 1 April. I can still vividly remember the prank played by the BBC years ago when it got one of its most respected commentators, David Atenborough, to make a documentary on the Spaghetti Harvest in Italy. A very serious Attenborough took us to an orchard where rubbery spaghetti strands were dangling from the trees, which were dutifully harvested, and then laid on the ground by the workers to dry into the stiff pasta rods that we buy in the shops today. Because something like this had never been done before on British TV, we at first were totally taken in, even if part of us knew deep down that something wasn't right.

    I love a prank and a good laugh but for some years now I have refused to have anything to do with this wicked 1 April observance. It may not be a national holiday in any country, so no one is formally 'observing' it per se, but the reason it was orginally attached to 1 April is what bothers me the most. You see, 1 April was the day that Yah'shua (Jesus) suffered in Gethsemane on the back-calculated Gregorian Calendar of 33 AD (CE) but this day was also not only the day on which Yah'shua (Jesus) was born but it was also Pesach or Passover on that particular year! [1] Not only that, but this time was originally a Roman pagan observance!

    The more you dig into the traditions of the world the more you realise that Satan uses them to mock our Messiah.

    The original 'April Fools' Day' was in fact the Roman festival of Hilaria (from which we get our English word 'hilarious') which was then held on 25 March. This was combined with the mediaeval Festival of Fools, originally held on 28 December, a day which survives in Spanish-speaking countries. The French had their own day, Poisson d'Avril, literally 'April Fish', which they observed on 1 April when adults traditionally tack paper fish on each other's backs as a trick shouting poisson d'avil! The Italians do the same thing, shouting pesce d'aprile! Funny? Not when you consider that the fish is one of the earliest Christian symbols of both the Messiah and His talmidim (disciples), His "fishers of men".

    The Romans orginally celebrated Hilaria on the Vernal Equinox to honour the pagan deity Cybele, the 'Great Mother' (Magna Mater), distinguished visibly from other goddesses by her mural crown, cornucopia and a lion (see picture above). But Cybele is much older than the Romans - she is an ancient 'saviour goddess' known by the Greeks as 'The Mother of the Gods, the Accessible One'. The Roman Hilaria commemorated the death of the god Attis [2] and his resurrection by Cybele, involving days of mourning followed by rejoicing. This cult later included celebrations involving a bull sacrifice known as the taurobolium in which initiates took their place in a pit beneath a slatted wooden floor, to be drenched by the blood of the bull sacrifice above. This was later changed to the criobolium involving the sacrifice of a ram.

    Hilarious, isn't it? The farther back you trace this you come to the cult of Semiramis and her son Nimrod (the first antichrist), whom she incestuously 'married', claiming he reincarnated as an evergreen tree, with its Christmas connections and the fertility cult from which Easter derives. And as you know, the 'Great Mother Goddess' can be traced back to a number of demonesses including Lilith and Hecate and in numerous other manifestations, including Gaia and the whole matriarchal feminist cult. Julian the Apostate gives an account of the spread of the cult of Cybele from Anataolia in his Oratio 5 and notes its penchant for orgies. Little wonder that the early Christians loathed this religion. Are you still laughing?

    Those of you familiar with the cult of the Virgin Mary in Roman Catholicism will not be surprised to learn that during the Hilaria there was a solemn procession in which a statute of the goddess Cybele was carried.

    All kinds of games and amusements were allowed on this day, masquerades being the most prominent among them, with everyone being allowed to disguise themselves and pretend to be whoever they wanted...a trait of demons. The entire festival orginally lasted 8 days (15-28 March), the same length as the spring festivals of Yahweh, ending with a ceremony at the Vatican sanctuary. I will spare you the details, some of which are rather gory.

    As one who loves humour I have also come to learn how Satan uses this to desensitise us to the sacred and to ultimately riddicule it. Worse, humour is often used to minimise the emet (truth) about sin until we no longer feel the need to take it seriously anymore. April Fools is really just a satanic mockery of the Messiah Yah'shua (Jesus) and of all that the spring festivals, which we are shortly to celebrate, stand for.

    So I hope you will resist the temptation to partake of the 'jollities' of 1 April. Few probably have any idea what they are doing but their ignorance is no excuse for us to join in that which undoubtedly pleases Satan and is a great offense to Yahweh, and as it ought to be to us.

    Endnotes

    [1] See Why We Believe Messiah was Born on Passover
    [2] A whole castration cult lay behind the priesthood of Attis, who was also known as the sun-god

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