A Bible Believer Asks Should Christians Be Celebrating Easter?

You want proof that Jesus is who He said He is, go visit the empty tomb. He is not there, for He lives! So when we go to church this Easter Sunday morning, there will be no colored eggs (pagan), no easter bunny (pagan), or any of the other mix of paganism and crass commercialism that we associate with Easter. We celebrate His death on the cross that paid our sin debt, and we celebrate Jesus rising from the dead on the third day. And on Easter Sunday night we celebrate the Lord's Supper to remember His death until He comes again to get us as He has promised. That's it, that's Easter for the bible believing Christian.
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On Easter Sunday night we celebrate the Lord’s Supper to remember His death until He comes again to get us as He has promised. That’s it, that’s Easter for the bible believing Christian.

“He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.” Matthew 28:6 (KJV

Give Him the Glory. First things first, let’s talk about Jesus and give Him the glory and not some silly pagan bunny with a basket of eggs. When we, as bible believing Christians, say that we are celebrating ‘Easter Sunday’, what exactly do we mean?

We celebrate the fact that Jesus did indeed ‘rise from the dead’ after His crucifixion as He had promised to do. Because He lives, the bible says, we will live also. His empty tomb is our victory, our certainty of eternal life with Him in Heaven. When Jesus rose from the dead, the way to God in Heaven was forever opened for all those who would accept Him by faith. When Jesus said:

“I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6 (KJV)

He backed up those words by the empty tomb. You want proof that Jesus is who He said He is, go visit the empty tomb. He is not there, for He lives! So when we go to church this Easter Sunday morning, there will be no colored eggs (pagan), no easter bunny (pagan), or any of the other mix of paganism and crass commercialism that we associate with Easter. We celebrate His death on the cross that paid our sin debt, and we celebrate Jesus rising from the dead on the third day. And on Easter Sunday night we celebrate the Lord’s Supper to remember His death until He comes again to get us as He has promised. That’s it, that’s Easter for the bible believing Christian.

What about Acts 12:4?

“And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people.” Acts 12:4 (KJV)

The Greek word which is translated “Easter” in Acts 12:4 is the word “pascha”. This word appears twenty-nine times in the New Testament. Twenty-eight of those times the word is rendered “Passover” in reference to the night when the Lord passed over Egypt and killed all the firstborn of Egypt (Exodus 12:12), thus setting Israel free from four hundred years of bondage. The many opponents to the concept of having a perfect Bible have made much of this translation of “pascha”. Coming to the word “Easter” in God’s Authorized Bible, they seize upon it imagining that they have found proof that the Bible is not perfect. 

Fortunately for lovers of the word of God, they are wrong. Easter, as we know it, comes from the ancient pagan festival of Astarte. Also known as Ishtar (pronounced “Easter”). This festival has always been held late in the month of April. It was, in its original form, a celebration of the earth “regenerating” itself after the winter season. The festival involved a celebration of reproduction. For this reason the common symbols of Easter festivities were the rabbit (the same symbol as “Playboy” magazine), and the egg. Both are known for their reproductive abilities. At the center of attention was Astarte, the female deity. She is known in the Bible as the “queen of heaven” (Jeremiah 7:18; 44:17-25). She is the mother of Tammuz (Ezekiel 8:14) who was also her husband! These perverted rituals would take place at sunrise on Easter morning (Ezekiel 8:13-16). From the references in Jeremiah and Ezekiel, we can see that the true Easter has never had any association with Jesus Christ.

Even though the Jewish passover was held in mid April (the fourteenth) and the pagan festival Easter was held later the same month, how do we know that Herod was referring to Easter in Acts 12:4 and not the Jewish passover? If he was referring to the passover, the translation of “pascha” as “Easter” is incorrect. If he was indeed referring to the pagan holyday (holiday) Easter, then the King James Bible (1611) must truly be the very word and words of God for it is the only Bible in print today which has the correct reading.

To unravel the confusion concerning “Easter” in verse 4, we must consult our FINAL authority, THE BIBLE. The key which unlocks the puzzle is found not in verse 4, but in verse 3. (Then were the days of unleavened bread… “) To secure the answer that we seek, we must find the relationship of the passover to the days of unleavened bread. We must keep in mind that Peter was arrested during the “days of unleavened bread” (Acts 12:3). Our investigation will need to start at the first Passover. This was the night in which the LORD smote all the firstborn in Egypt. The Israelites were instructed to kill a lamb and strike its blood on the two side posts and the upper door post (Exodus 12:4, 5). Let us now see what the Bible says concerning the first passover, and the days of unleavened bread.

The Exodus and the First Passover

“And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt. And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the LORD throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever.

And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the LORD throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever. Seven days shall ye eat unleavened bread; even the first day ye shall put away leaven out of your houses: for whosoever eateth leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that soul shall be cut off from Israel.

And in the first day there shall be an holy convocation, and in the seventh day there shall be an holy convocation to you; no manner of work shall be done in them, save that which every man must eat, that only may be done of you. And ye shall observe the feast of unleavened bread; for in this selfsame day have I brought your armies out of the land of Egypt: therefore shall ye observe this day in your generations by an ordinance for ever.

In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at even, ye shall eat unleavened bread, until the one and twentieth day of the month at even.” Exodus 12:13,14 (KJV)

Back To Acts 12

“And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. (Then were the days of unleavened bread.) And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people.”

Verse 3 shows that Peter was arrested during the days of unleavened bread (April 15-21). The Bible says: “Then were the days of unleavened bread.” The passover (April 14th) had already come and gone. Herod could not possibly have been referring to the passover in his statement concerning Easter. The next Passover was a year away! But the pagan holiday of Easter was just a few days away. Remember! Herod was a pagan Roman who worshipped the “queen of heaven”. He was NOT a Jew. He had no reason to keep the Jewish passover. Some might argue that he wanted to wait until after the passover for fear of upsetting the Jews. There are two grievous faults in this line of thinking.

First, Peter was no longer considered a Jew. He had repudiated Judaism. The Jews would have no reason to be upset by Herod’s actions. Second, he could not have been waiting until after the passover because he thought the Jews would not kill a man during a religious holiday. They had killed Jesus during passover (Matthew 26:17-19, 47). They were also excited about Herod’s murder of James. Anyone knows that a mob possesses the courage to do violent acts during religious festivities, not after.

In further considering Herod’s position as a Roman, we must remember that the Herods were well known for celebrating (Matthew 14:6-11). In fact, in Matthew chapter 14 we see that a Herod was even willing to kill a man of God during one of his celebrations. It is elementary to see that Herod, in Acts 12, had arrested Peter during the days of unleavened bread, after the passover. The days of unleavened bread would end on the 21st of April. Shortly after that would come Herod’s celebration of pagan Easter. Herod had not killed Peter during the days of unleavened bread simply because he wanted to wait until Easter.

Since it is plain that both the Jews (Matthew 26:17-47) and the Romans (Matthew 14:6-11) would kill during a religious celebration, Herod’s opinion seemed that he was not going to let the Jews “have all the fun.” He would wait until his own pagan festival and see to it that Peter died in the excitement. Thus we see that it was God’s providence which had the Spirit-filled translators of our Bible (King James) to CORRECTLY translate “pascha” as “Easter”. It most certainly did not refer to the Jewish passover. In fact, to change it to “passover” would confuse the reader and make the truth of the situation unclear.

Portions of this article include ‘Isn’t “Easter” in Acts 12:4 a mistranslation?’ by Dr. Sam Gipp

NTEB is run by end times author and editor-in-chief Geoffrey Grider. Geoffrey runs a successful web design company, and is a full-time minister of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. In addition to running NOW THE END BEGINS, he has a dynamic street preaching outreach and tract ministry team in Saint Augustine, FL.
  • Kevin McDoNald

    Why do you use the word ‘Easter” when it is Passover and Resurrection Sunday? I really cannot understand why so many born again Christians cannot give up and stop using the pagan name of a pagan holiday. Please help correct this deceived world of lies by refraining from the pagan terms and use God’s Words. Thank you

    • Obviously, you did not actually READ the article. Please do so if you would like to be part of the conversation. Easter, as you will see when you read it, is a legitimate term for that pagan holiday, and that words is in the King James Bible for a reason.

      Thank you 🙂

    • starrynight

      I wish people would refrain from calling it “Easter” and call that special day when Christ arose, “Resurrection Sunday.” I am with you on that!

      • Iceman4Christ

        Starrynight the problem is Christians have forsaken Gods holy days! Many in the church today think this weekend is passover and then christ rose from the dead. If we want to observe Christ death, burial and resurrection then we as believers should observe passover, unleavened bread and first fruits which is next month! This coming weekend is nothing but pagan rituals and traditions of men. We should not use the profane to Glorify the Almighty!

    • Mark Eastridge

      Kevin your right on easter( Ishtar) is the pagan godess of firtility
      Pasca is the proper word to be in that verse

  • Trober

    This is why Protestants and Catholics keep Easter:

    “He will speak against the Most High and oppress his holy people and try to change the set times and the laws.” Dan 7:25

    This is also why the two are confused on post-, pre-, a- and all other millenialsisms. It’s also why they’re confused what happens at death (no, you don’t go to heaven nor hell).

    Faith in Christ for being the propitiation for our sins is the ONLY requirement of the New Covenant. (Barring ridiculous contexts like, “can we keep on sinning?” to works/faith arguments. Yes, you have to demonstrate repentance, but it doesn’t mean you have to “make the grade” with works either).

    Easter, like Christmas, are Satanic in origin to confuse and hide God’s plan of salvation to mankind. Fact.

    This is one reason Catholicism and Protestantism are going into the trash bin when Christ’s gets His hands on it, as is also in the Bible.

  • twr

    Christianity is as false as Islam. It doesn’t matter which God you claim to serve, if you don’t serve him properly. Rome was clearly sun god worshippers. To compound the error of celebrating Easter, we do it on Sunday, which is set aside for sun god worship. In your minds you are worshipping God and Christ but fundamentally you are partaking in idolatry with or without the bunnies and eggs. Because of the change in the lunar calendar Christ would have actually rose on our Saturday. Does it matter at this point. When we know better we should do better but we have been so seared by false doctrine. Christianity has proven to be a cheap knock off of the Hebrew faith. With all the confusion, doctrines and denominations people should be waking up. God is not the author of confusion.

    • klaus

      Biblical Christianity is the only true way. Stop bickering amongst yourselves you play right into the enemies hands. No one and I mean no one can say this or that person will be rejected. Only God himself knows. How truly pathetic some of you are.

      • twr

        What is biblical Christianity? This message is proof positive of what I’m saying. Does it matter if you have the right God if you don’t worship him correctly or observe pagan rituals in observance of other gods. Biblical Christianity is responsible for mass genocide, theft of resources and land, slavery and bigotry. The KKK call themselves Christians. Is it bad people or is biblical Christianity just fundamentally flawed. I believe the latter.

        • Biblical christianity is perfect…men however, are not. The message of salvation from sin, by grace through faith, is superior to all other religious messages, and the evidence for the life, death and resurrection of Jesus is overwhelming. There is no other figure from antiquity with contemporaneous, eyewitness accounts. In the gospels, we have 3…preserved since 65AD…and if Jesus hadn’t risen from the dead, those dudes would have bailed on the christianity thing and gone fishing. Instead they went to the ends of the earth preaching his beautiful and glorious message of salvation through the blood of Christ, and were murdered for it.
          Your haters will attempt to discredit the Bible…but the evidence for the preservation of these eyewitness accounts is rock-solid. As I tell Hindus, buddhists and muslims I meet in the street, karma and religious acts can’t possible save us, since our bad acts (thoughts, words and deeds) outweigh our good deeds by an infinite number. So Jesus Christ came to pay that debt we could never pay…and he paid it with his blood on a cold hard cross. There is no other way to be saved amigo. Repent…or perish.
          http://followingjesuschrist3.com/2015/04/29/sin-repentance-and-the-cross-of-christ/

          • TWR

            Sola Scriptura, I disagree. We already know men are not perfect, but they justify the most heinous of atrocities using biblical Christianity. Biblical Christianity is very different from the Hebrew faith. The foundation of the Hebrew faith is what Christians call the Law of Moses. Christ fulfilled the legal requirements in the commandments, but not the commandments themselves. The Law, not church and tithing, is the only way to properly show fear of God and righteousness (James 1:25). Everything else is lip service (Isaiah 29:13). We are not required to follow the Law, nor authorized to enforce the Law. This is where Muslims get caught up in trying to enforce. We are blessed for our voluntary obedience. Paul said because we are under grace should we continue to sin. Sin is transgression of the Law (1 John 3:4). There is only one Law. Christianity teaches that Law is obsolete. There is a fundamental flaw with the doctrine of Christianity that makes it imperfect. Evil men created the doctrine of Christianity which in turn produces evil men. I’m not talking about Christ or Paul. I’m talking about the Roman Catholic Church who is ultimately responsible for the DOCTRINE of Christianity, but not the word.

          • DC

            Well said, Sola Scriptura.

    • Leonard

      I’m confused. You say Jesus arose on Saturday, yet he was crucified on preparation day (Friday): Luke 23:54-56

      54 And that day was the preparation, and the sabbath drew on.

      55 And the women also, which came with him from Galilee, followed after, and beheld the sepulchre, and how his body was laid.

      Can you document this claim?

      • TWR

        If he was crucified on Friday and rose on the third day, could he have rose on Sunday? Friday at sundown would have been Saturday. They had to take him down before sun down. Did he rise on Monday? The Sabbath is Friday sundown until Saturday sundown.

      • twr

        Leonard,

        Maybe this will help you understand. There are two types of Sabbath and both fell on the week Christ was crucified. Christ wasn’t crucified on Friday and he didn’t rise on Sunday. Just more pagan false religion.
        http://www.ucg.org/the-good-news/jesus-wasnt-crucified-on-friday-or-resurrected-on-sunday-how-long-was-jesus-in-the

      • Trober
      • Berean

        The Sabbath Day start from friday 6pm up to Saturday 6pm and not 12:01 so on.(Jews Calendar change to Gregorian that;s why we have the date changer when the clock reached it’s 12:01mn) Please refer to the Genesis 1:5 …..And the evening and the morning were the first day.Notice the word evening before the morning.I hope you get the point.

  • Kevin McDoNald

    Exactly Trober, Jesus will say to many so-called Christians on that day when they find themselves in within the goats, “I
    never knew you, depart from me, ye that work iniquity”

    • Trober

      Revelation shows a crowd that could not be numbered gathered before the throne of Christ. Keeping Easter or not is not an essential-for-salvation issue. However, it is a comprehensive relationship issue.

      The fact organized Christianity changed seasons and times is the cause for confusion. And, they did so against biblical instruction to not do so.

      But, faith in Christ for one’s propitiation for sins, living a repentant life to prove that acceptance, is ALL that is needed under the New Covenant.

  • Kevin McDoNald

    Sorry Geoffery, I did not, my mistake and my apoloigy

  • Kevin McDoNald

    Sorry Geoffery, I did not, my mistake and my apology. And you did explain well what upsets me so often. Sorry again, and thank you

  • walter mintz

    We must remember, Jesus rose the Sunday after Passover. In fact, he did so on the Feast of First Fruits, which was one of the holidays God gave to Moses on Mt. Sinai.

    1 Corinthians 15:20-23

    20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the FIRSTFRUITS of them that slept.
    21 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.
    22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
    23 But every man in his own order: Christ the FIRSTFRUITS; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.

    If the ancient pagans celebrated a holiday on the same day, is that anything to us? If we called it First Fruits it might have a clearer meaning. It is believed that many Jews were saved after being convinced of the fulfillment of this feast. It is also thought that Jews do not celebrate this day anymore because of that.

    We should see evil where it is at. However, we should remember that God made the days for us to begin with. Satan is just trying to take those days away from us.

    • Trober

      Christ had already risen while —still dark— Sunday. That’s explicit in scripture.

      There was no Easter sunrise resurrection.

      Christ had risen before the sun even came up.

      Here’s a solid discussion on the timing:

      https://www.wake-up.org/Daniel/Timing.pdf

  • Connor61

    @Trober What happens at death (no, you don’t go to heaven nor hell). Ok you confused me on that one. And whats with TWR saying christianity is false?? The word christian is actually in the bible. 1 Peter 4:16 (kjv) Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.

    • Trober

      Not sure what you’re point is, the word Christian being in the Bible.

      Scripture says what happens at death. And, any contradiction to what it is says using scripture is using scripture out of context.

      For example, the parable of the rich man Lazarus does not address chronology, while everything from the Exodus forward in scripture DOES address it: the annual Holy Days, explicit references to one’s state in death, explicit references to Christ returning to resurrect the dead (how? If they’re in heaven???).

      One cannot discard dozens of scripture references that address death, EXPLICILTY, while inferring what happens at death with verses that do not address it. The rich man Lazarus parable was addressing judgment, not chronology or milestones of the plan of salvation.

      The dead know nothing.

      They will be resurrected when Christ returns.

  • Jimmy

    Love it brother!

  • Yea having Easter Was a Pagan Holiday. One of the King James boys put Easter in their. Yea remember they were Catholic pagans. Who worshipped Idols, and statues, and many gods. Easter was a pagan along with Christ-mass. Jesus was not born in December. Their was no Easter bunnies and eggs being taught to the REAL Christians. The Eggs represent the seed of Satanism.

    • NO. The KJV translators put Easter in the Bible because – as this article states – Herod was referring to the pagan feast of Easter. Didn’t you read the article? The KJV boys got it 100% right.

      • Yep. Passover was over, and Astarte aka Ishtar aka Easter was straight ahead. Passover was not for another year.

  • Clay

    Right on Geoff. Also check out Judges 2:11-15.

  • klaus

    You want to really talk about paganism and its bearing on our way of life. each day of the week is named after a pagan God.
    Sunday was named after the Sun god.

    Monday was named after the moon goddess.
    Tuesday was named after the god Tyr.

    Wednesday was named after the god Odin.
    Thursday was named after the god Thor.

    Friday was named after the goddess Frigga.

    Saturday was named after the god Saturn.

    Also Months of the year
    JANUARY: Named for Janus, the Roman mighty one of portals and patron of beginnings and endings, to whom this month was sacred. He is shown as having two faces, one in front, the other at the back of his head, supposedly to symbolize his powers.

    FEBRUARY: This name is derived from Februa, a Roman festival of purification. It was originally the month of expiation.

    MARCH: It is named for Mars, the Roman mighty one of war.

    APRIL: This name comes from the Latin APRILIS, indicating a time of Fertility. It was believed that this month is the month when the earth was supposed to open up for the plants to grow.

    MAY: This month was named for Maia, the Roman female deity of growth or increase.

    JUNE: This name is sometimes attributed to June, the female mighty one of the marriage, the wife of Jupiter in Roman mythology. She was also called the “Queen of heaven” and ” Queen of mighty ones.” The name of this month is also attributed to Junius Brutus, but originally it most probably referred to the month in which crops grow to ripeness.

    JULY: Named for the Roman emperor Julius Caesar, this is the seventh month of the Gregorian year.

    AUGUST: Named for Octavius Augustus Caesar, emperor of Rome; the name was originally from augure, which means, “to increase.”

    SEPTEMBER: This name is derived from the Latin septem, meaning “seven.”

    OCTOBER This name comes from the Latin root octo, meaning “eight.”

    NOVEMBER: This name is derived from Latin novem, meaning “ninth.”

    DECEMBER: This name comes from the Latin decem, meaning ‘ten’.

    So its not just Easter, it’s the entire system. It’s Satans system he designed it.

    • Yes, this is all correct, and its proof why people shouldn’t get so hung up on Christmas and Easter being “pagan” holidays. Our entire system is pagan! Are any of the Anti-Easter people going to stop using the days of the week? Stop using the months of the year? No.

      • Iceman4Christ

        Thats why we as believers in Yeshua should follow what the first church did and observe God’s feast days and do away with all the pagan ritual and traditions of men.

        If Christians want to observe Good Friday then Celebrate Passover which is next month. If we want to celebrate The Lord’s Resurrection then Observe the Feast of First Fruits which is also next month shortly after Passover and unleavened bread. In doing so we as Believers would be Observing and Celebrating Yeshua’s Death, Burial and Resurrection!

        The whole pagan world observes easter like many other pagan traditions like christmas! We should be separate from the World and not be like the world. We should stop using the Profane to Glorify the Almighty! I know He is not pleased!

        Many Christians today think Colossians 2:16 gives them the right to celebrate and use the profane to Glorify God. That is not what it says. If you read it in its context it says we as Believers should NOT let Pagans/heathens/the Worldly men Judge us in keeping His commandments and observing of His feast! Its clear we are to keep His feast days, Sabbaths, New moons and commandments!

        Col 2:16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:

        Colossians 2 is all about staying away from the traditions of men as it says in Colossians 2:8.

        <bCol 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

    • Guest

      That is correct! Everything in this world seems to be pagan and distorted. That is why it is so important to have that personal relationship with GOD thru Jesus. That is the only real truth we live with. This world is so corrupt and confusing, I constantly find myself asking Jesus for guidance just to get thru an ordinary day.Great post as usual Geoffrey!

    • Trober

      correct and good post:

      “He will speak against the Most High and oppress his holy people and try to change the set times and the laws.”
      Dan 7:25

      … note, changing the seasons and times is SPEAKING AGAINST the Most High.

  • Larry / vietnamvet1971

    another Good article….Thanks.

  • Michael garrison

    Passover occurs on the 15th day after the Spring Equinox (Sun, light). We, as Christians, are children of Light, not darkness, and the reason Easter can vary so wildly from year to year is that it’s a holiday that is based on the Lunar (Moon, darkness) Calendar. Lunar is where we get the name “Lunatic”.

    The Spring Equinox varies from March 19th to the 22 (if I remember correctly), which means that Passover will also vary, but by only three days…………and not a full month and more (like when using the Lunatic Calendar).

    Remember this too, (to the True Jews) the next day begins at sundown, not at midnight.

    Easter is another pagan lie of the churches designed to take you away from the True God.

    By the way, the Equinox occurred on March 20th (was the first FULL day of Spring, so adjust accordingly to know when Passover is).

    • DC

      What’s also interesting is that the Greek Orthodox celebrate Easter this year on May 1st. One article said the Orthodox follow the Julian calendar rather than Gregorian, so every few years this happens. We should go by Passover since that’s when Jesus died. Like Klaus said, it’s all pagan, even our Washington, District of COLUMBIA, Washington Monument (obelisk), all-seeing eye on our money, etc.

    • Iceman4Christ

      Passover is next month not this coming weekend. So if you want to observe Christ death, burial and resurrection then observe next months Passover, unleavened bread and first fruits feasts!

  • Howdy Y’all, First of all, we should go to Leviticus 23 to study THE FEASTS OF THE LORD. There, we will find Passover, Unleavened Bread, First Fruits (when JESUS rose from the grave), Pentecost, Yom Teruah (Rosh Hashanah), Yom Kippur (Atonement) and Sukkot (Tabernacles). If you want a clearer picture of what a “BIBLE-BELIEVER” should do, learn and practice these feasts. We are grafted into the VINE, we should avoid pagan holidays and focus on what GOD says. First Fruits is 3 days after Passover, and that is the day that We should honor The Resurrection. If you take the time to learn all about these “Feasts” then you will understand more about endtimes events and the tribulation as well as what we should be doing to “occupy” until THE LORD comes in the clouds (blessed hope). Jesus fulfilled all of the spring feasts (the first four) to the day, and HE will fulfill the fall feasts as well–to the day. Our GOD is not one of random behavior, but has a plan and pattern for everything (the Ark of the Covenant, Noah’s Ark, The Jewish Temple, Heb 5:8, 9:23). BTW Astarte was even traced back to Semiramis, The wife and sister of Nimrod at Babel…the first attempt at a one-world government after the flood…very evil society. So, when GOD confounded the language, HE was putting a stop to the one-world system as well as the construction of the tower. Blessings, BuffaloBilly

  • Marian

    Thank you, Geoff, for another informative post!

    Klaus, your information is also well-taken. We are pilgrims travelling through a strange land and cannot expect them to adapt to us.

  • sooz22

    As with Christmas, we know that December 25th is (probably) not the actual day that Jesus was born. So what! It’s the remembrance of His birth that counts. It is good that the annual date of Easter coincides with the Jewish Passover, as it should. But, let’s not dwell in details. With Easter, yes, the name is derived from a pagan source, but it’s the intent that counts. In God’s grand scheme that He would send His son to die for our sins, the story is not complete without the Resurrection and it’s His victory over death that counts – that is what we celebrate. Satan loves it when we “look for the fly specks in the pepper” to distract us from WHAT REALLY COUNTS! Don’t fall for it. Don’t be distracted by the deceiver’s lies – he’s a master of deception.

    • twr

      It’s called idolatry. You may as well just get a couple of idols and pray to them.

      Jeremiah 10:2-4King James Version (KJV)
      2 Thus saith the Lord, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.
      3 For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe.
      4 They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.

      Sounds like Christmas to me. God doesn’t agree with your premise of intent counts. The deceiver is telling you it’s ok to celebrate Christ’s birthday, and it’s not his birthday. He has inserted some other god for you to worship. What really counts is he is jealous and doesn’t care to compete with another god. It is not your intent that counts. It is the intent of those who set up the day of observation and worship. By observing the day you are observing its original intent. If we know better, we should do better.

      • We celebrate his incarnation…his coming in the flesh to take away our sins. That event is worth celebrating no matter what you call it.

        • TWR

          No matter how you try to justify it, God calls it a heathen (godless) celebration and says do not do it. What is your point?

        • twr

          Don’t make excuses. If you know better, do better, especially if you are trying to teach people.

          Matthew 5:19-20King James Version (KJV)
          19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

          You say it’s worth it to commit idolatry and be disobedient to God. That is what biblical Christianity is all about.

  • The NT was not written in English, it was written in Greek. The Strong’s Concordance of the King James Bible #3957 Says the word used there was Pascha meaning Passover. According to the Bible and that includes the King James Version, Passover is always on Nisan 14, never any other day. Jesus died on Passover, the Bible says so. If people want to follow a pagan celebration and put Jesus name on it, so be it, but we do need to remember that Jesus is all about truth! For those who want to know Passover is on April 22 this year. For those who say God knows my heart, you need to wonder if it is a heart for the truth.

    • Julie

      Dear Sue…THANK YOU …your witness to THE TRUTH OF GOD is so precious.
      Another witness is…The Moon …gives THE FAITHFUL SIGN IN THE HEAVENS ON PASSOVER.
      YES !!! man can lie with their endless doctrines…but THE HEAVENS DECLARE THE TRUTH.

  • Willard

    Easter is a lie as celebrated – Jesus is the Passover Lamb and died on Passover not Easter The church In Nicaea 325 AD because of antisemitism the Babylonian church changed Passover to the Babylonian Easter

    Jn 19:31 Now it was the day of Preparation, and the next day was to be a special Sabbath…….The special Sabbath was Passover not the Saturday normal Sabbath

    From sundown good Friday to sundown Sunday the first day of the week is 2 days not three no matter what you wish to argue

    Answer the following question, if you can:

    1.) If Mary Magdalene and the others bought spices AFTER the Sabbath (Mk. 16:1), and then;

    2.) Prepared the spices and then RESTED ON THE SABBATH according to the commandment (Lk. 23:56);

    3.) There must have been TWO SABBATHS during crucifixion week: the weekly Sabbath on the seventh day and the annual Sabbath of the first day of unleavened bread, which was always on Nisan 15, on Thursday, therefore;

    4.) Nisan 14, the Passover and the day on which Jesus was crucified late in the afternoon, must have been on Wednesday, so;

    5.) Jesus was crucified on Wednesday afternoon and rose from the dead late Saturday afternoon, 72 hours (3 days and 3 nights) from when He was crucified!

    As Jonah was 3 days in the whale so was Jesus 3 days in the tomb NOT TWO DAYS

    • Julie

      Dear Willard…Thank you for giving the bible verses to show people the TRUTH.
      May be if people do not know how to count…then they should try to count backwards …beginning from Sunday morning …and then maybe they will see THE TRUTH
      Therefore the third night falls on Saturday night…so how can all the people who say they know The Word of God make PASSOVER to be celebrated according to man made doctrines.
      YESHUA MASHIACH , JESUS CHRIST IS THE TRUTH…MAY WE ABIDE IN HIM AND HIS WORD.

      PRECIOUS LORD YESHUA BLESS YOU

      • twr

        I’m starting to see that everything about Christianity is a lie.

        • Julie

          twr…you do not understand….AND MAY YOU BE BLESSED TO UNDERSTAND.

          I AM SIMPLY SAYING THAT ONLY GOD CAN BE TRUSTED AND HIS TRUTH IS WRITTEN IN THE BIBLE.
          IF A PERSON IS A TRUE CHRISTIAN …THE PROOF IS THAT THEY WILL ABIDE IN THE WORD OF GOD.

          WHEN YESHUA MASHIACH SAID THAT HE WOULD BE 3 DAYS AND 3 NIGHTS IN THE EARTH…THEN WE BELIEVE THIS TRUTH AS TRUE BELIEVERS.

          NOW …many so called Christians do not obey this…so I was just trying to show them how to count 3 days and 3 nights.

          A TRUE CHRISTIAN WILL SIMPLY BELIEVE THAT WHAT JESUS CHRIST SAID IS THE TRUTH AND WILL ABIDE IN IT.

  • willard

    Lev 23:4 “ ‘These are the LORD’S appointed feasts, the sacred assemblies you are to proclaim at their appointed times:
    Lev 23:5 The LORD’S Passover begins at twilight on the fourteenth day of the first month.
    Lev 23:6 On the fifteenth day of that month the LORD’S Feast of Unleavened Bread begins; for seven days you must eat bread made without yeast.
    Lev 23:7 On the first day hold a sacred assembly and do no regular work.
    Lev 23:8 For seven days present an offering made to the LORD by fire. And on the seventh day hold a sacred assembly and do no regular work

    There is a specific day on the YHVAs calendar for a reason when Jesus died and that is Nissan the 14th day not March 25 – 2016 – When YHVAs calendar is rejected we loose track of YHVAs timeline – Spring Feasts (Passover) Jesus died Fall Feasts of (Trumpets Rosh Hashina) he returns

    • Trober

      Also, interesting: it is the conjunction of the moon, not the site of first crescent which can throw off the calculation up to more than a day or so.

      A good read about that: https://www.wake-up.org/Daniel/Timing.pdf

      first crescent sighting was picked up by the Jews in Babylonian captivity. Thus, Christ (God) kept the Passover at conjunction and the rest of Judah did so later.

  • We should not be confused. When Satan could not destroy the church by killing the Christians, he decided to destroy the church by a flood of false doctrine and it is working. We are to be like the Bereans in Acts 17:11: “These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so.” The only way to know the truth is to ask God, read His word and let His Spirit lead you. Listening to men only, is a sure way to destruction. The men who translated the KJV from Greek changed the word to Easter and that is a fact, when the word was inspired and written it was Passover. We dance around the truth to keep our man made traditions and that is sad.

  • Rolly

    True Geoffrey, Easter is pagan to the core.
    TWR, your comments are Biblically true – that is why the “lawless” disagree with your comments.
    Either the Messiah Yahushua fulfilled the Feast of Passover at His crucifixion to a nanosecond or He was not the true Messiah.

    Isaiah 24 – Yahuah’s Devastation of the Earth
    1 See, Yahuah is going to lay waste the earth and devastate it; he will ruin its face and scatter its inhabitants…..
    3 The earth will be completely laid waste and totally plundered. Yahuah has spoken this word. 4 The earth dries up and withers, the world languishes and withers, the heavens languish with the earth. 5 The earth is defiled by its people; they have disobeyed the laws of Yahuah, violated the statutes (the ordained times) and broken the everlasting covenant (The Sabbath). 6 Therefore (because we have abolished His Law and changed His Sabbath to Sunday) a curse consumes the earth; its people must bear their guilt. Therefore earth’s inhabitants are burned up, and very few are left.
    Matthew 13:41- The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all law-breakers,
    When you understand that The Law is the governing constitution of The Kingdom of Yahuah and literally the marriage vows of His covenants you realize only those who have it “written on their hearts” will be qualified to govern. If you truly love Yahuah that love is demonstrated by keeping His Law:
    1 John 5:3
    In fact, this is love for Yahuah: to keep his commands out of love. And his commands are not burdensome to you.
    If you keep Torah (teaching and instructions) out of legality, you are toast – Messiah hated religion.

    Every kingdom on earth has laws.
    If you are a part of the Kingdom of Yahuweh, the Kingdom of Light, the Kingdom “of His dear Son”, then you are “under the law” of the Torah!
    You might want to rebel against it and be “lawless”, but then you put yourself in alignment and in the company of the “man of lawlessness”—the anti-messiah (II Thessalonians 2).
    In the 1000-year reign of Messiah on earth, we will live under Torah, policed by Yahushua with a “rod of iron”.
    You cannot be a member of the Kingdom of heaven, with its coming Messiah and King, if you are not obedient to its laws, rules, commandments, regulations, statutes, judgments, teachings and instructions.
    The “fear of Yahuweh” is the fear of breaking His covenant, therefore placing yourself outside of His presence, His protection, His good will for you, and incurring on yourself the penalty for being lawless.
    “The wages of sin is death…” That does not go away because the second part of that verse says, “but the gift of Elohim is eternal life…”. (Romans 6:23)
    Paul says in Romans 3:31: “Do we then nullify the Torah through faith? Let it not be! On the contrary, we establish the Torah”.
    The Messianic Scriptures were all written in Hebrew and later translated into Greek and Latin by people who hated the Jews for the most part.
    The Catholic Inquisition (torture, imprisonment and death of Jews and true believers who would not convert to Catholicism) supposedly got rid of all the true believers.
    But, Elohim is not mocked—and now He is restoring all things (Acts 3:19-21) before Messiah comes, and the true first century faith has returned.
    That is why, before Yahuah destroys the religion of Christianity, He calls to us: “Come Out of Her My People, lest you partake of her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues”. (Revelation 18:4)
    Come out of the whore–that religion that is unfaithful to Yahuah, and teaches “lawlessness” against His Torah.
    Time of His final judgment and His final wrath is closing in quickly on the world as a whole, it is time that His set-apart ones really understood what it means to fear Him, respect Him, be in awe of Him, obey Him, love Him with all their heart, mind and soul and strength, and to know what pleases Him and what does not.
    His Kingdom on earth will be ruled like His Kingdom in heaven—with a rod of iron. No sin – will be allowed.
    The Ten Commandments themselves are the terms of His marriage covenant with His Bride.
    To not call the Messiah Yahushua by His correct name means you lower His name.
    If Yahuah saved 8 righteous people before the flood ask yourself, how many “righteous” people will be saved before the wrath of Yahuah comes on earth – how many will survive the coming nuclear WW III?

  • MG

    I can answer this with a question or two.: Did Jesus command us to observe Easter? Is there an example of His disciples observing Easter? If you answer no to either one of these questions, then it’s a resounding NO!

  • GRACE444

    The celebrations surrounding easter isn’t about Christ or His death and Resurrection and it just dawned on me how most Christians make an easter dinner to celebrate it and at the same time have easter egg hunts and easter baskets handed out to the little ones and it distracts from the reason for the celebration which is Christ. Now, most Christians would say, what is it hurting to hand out baskets and hunt for eggs but it matters because the little ones associate it with candy and easter bunnies and hunting eggs which what little one wouldn’t they do not know any better, they are not taught the truth about Christ but it becomes about what the little ones can get. I have been guilty of celebrating easter with egg hunts myself when mine were little ones and I was ignorant to the truth of what a distraction from the truth of the Cross and what Christ’s sacrifice means. I understood once becoming born again what His sacrifice meant but He got pushed to the side due to the easter dinner and egg hunts and the fantasy of the eater bunny, they give a death and resurrection preaching on sunday morning from the pulpit but then afterwards have the dinner and egg hunt, I now find the whole thing weird. It’s the same with Christmas celebrations, the putting up of lights and trees and we pretend to celebrate Christ’s birth but in the end, it is about giving gifts, having a gluttonous feast, decorating yards and a tree in the house while Jesus is on the outside looking in. I no longer put up a tree, I don’t judge those who do and I still buy my two grandchildren a gift but I can’t celebrate it any longer and I feel like a scrooge but if it’s not about Christ I want nothing to do with it anymore, it’s just seems strange to me and hard to not feel sad around these times because I’ve participated in the past in them, please pray for me in this area, I repent of participating in that paganism and I pray for wisdom in teaching others the truth of the gospel where I can and when I can.

    • Howdy Grace, I remember you from another strand. You gave excellent testimony there, also. I empathize with you about easter and christmas. I too have stopped honoring those “traditions” as they are pointless and really serve our lusts more than our spirits and THE LORD. Don’t feel bad about it…just tell people why you don’t celebrate them and possibly you’ll win a soul to CHRIST or pull a fellow Believer back into proper fellowship with THE LORD. When you give a gift, you don’t have to call it a christmas gift, just say that you have a gift for whomever and let it go at that. You’ll be fine because your heart is right and that is what is most important. GOD Richly Bless You, BuffaloBilly

    • willard

      Man has rejected and corrupted all of Gods seven Feasts – people forget that these seven feasts are YHVAs Feasts not Jewish feasts – because of antisemitism the Babylonian Church has rejected the feasts of the Lord not the feasts of the Jews – very very sad really

      Lev 23:4 “ ‘These are the LORD’S appointed feasts, the sacred assemblies you are to proclaim at their appointed times

      Strange how Passover amongst those who still celebrate it has not been corrupted like has mans Easter and Christmas and Halo ween etc – I do not condemn any one either but I refuse to celebrate Easter and Christmas but I do the Passover

  • KAT HOOKER

    NOT IF IT BELONGS TO SATAN AND ROME WHO CHANGED THE WORD OF GOD..AND I MIGHT ADD THE ONLY ONE WHO HAS EVER HAD THE AUDACITY TO CHANGE THE ORACLES OF GOD IS >>>>>>>>>> SATAN, SO WHOM ARE SO CALLED CHRISTIANS BOWING TO?

  • Howdy Y’all, As I posted a few days ago, pay heed to Leviticus 23, as so many others are mentioning, THE FEASTS OF THE LORD. This will help you in your Christian walk and understanding of the scriptures, particularly prophecy. Biblical Christianity is pure, righteous, and unadulterated. The catholic church and denominational doctrine in the protestant churches have defiled the true meaning of being a Christian. That is why so many Christians who are true and faithful to GOD’S WORD are now identifying themselves as “Believers” or “Bible Believers”. Satan and his minions have totally distorted and perverted what being a Christian truly is and an unbelieving world has jumped on this new identity which is promulgated by the media. What we “Believers” need to remember is that all this infighting about holidays and doctrine, and all this doubt is from the “father of lies” and nothing more. Recall that Paul tells us in Ephesians 6:12 “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places”. It’s all a spiritual battle folks and we are allowing ourselves to get caught up in it with all this bickering. Read your KJV Bibles in faith that GOD will reveal HIS truths to you, read commentaries with an open mind and be a good Berean in doing so, and whatever the catholics do and honor–don’t do! We are to worship GOD in spirit and truth…see to it. Blessings, BuffaloBilly

  • DC

    Well worth the read, “Solving the Three Day Three Night Mystery,” by Jack Kelley:

    https://gracethrufaith.com/topical-studies/holidays-and-holy-days/solving-the-three-day-three-night-mystery/#more-394

  • KB

    It is good to see the truth, and differences, about Passover and Easter discussed. I haven’t read everyone’s comments – most though, so if I say something that is already said, I apologize. Tammuz was the son of Nimrod and Semiramis (ISIS, Queen of Heaven). After Nimrod’s death, Semiramis claimed his resurrection through Tammuz’s birth. Nimrod married HIS mother, not Tammuz. Technical, I know. The other thing is mixing up Jewish with Georgian months. Passover will always be on Nissan 14, regardless of where that falls on the Georgian calender. This year Passover begins at sunset April 22. It is great to see other’s research.

  • Moedim

    Something often overlooked is the fact that Passover can refer to the day or also the whole pilgrim feast of Passover, Firstfruits, and Days of Unleavened Bread. Translating Pascha into Easter was a mistake in understanding the two uses of the word. Luke 22:1 perfectly highlights this point in Scripture: Now the Feast of Unleavened Bread drew nigh, which is called the Passover. KJV

    This year the world is keeping Easter a whole month early since they are following a formula of Rome: the first Sunday after the first full moon after the spring equinox. This is a tradition of Rome and not God. God’s first month of the year should start after the first new moon after the spring equinox. This way you do not have winter and spring in the first month. Unfortunately there are those who are following Rome’s formula and keeping Passover a month early. The road to coming out of the whore is long, hard, painful, and fraught with mistakes, but it is worth it.

    The sun and moon are YHVH’s timepieces to reveal to us how to keep His time. They give us God’s year, month, even the week and therefore the Sabbath (Saturday is not YHVH’s 7th day, it is man’s), day, hour, and on these foundations we can find the Feasts/Appointed Times (Moedim). Man has changed each one of God’s timeframes but he cannot hide the sun and moon.

    We have recorded witness in the Quartodeciman affair how Polycarp (a disciple of John) and Polycrates fought Rome and the practice of replacing Passover observance with Easter. Protestants used to preach against Easter and Christmas but somehow fell back into keeping them again sometime around the Civil War and lusting after the things of the world.

    Passover is a sign on your hand and forehead (Exodus 13:9-10). Does that sound a little similar to the Mark of the Beast in Rev 13:16? The Torah is a sign/mark in Deut 6:4-8 (the Shema)and the Sabbath is also a sign/mark in Ezekiel 20:12 & 20. The world and Satan have their marks and it is our choice if we will adopt YHVH’s marks and get rid of the Beast’s (world’s).

    Contrary to popular opinion the Torah is very much in place and time is running out with Israel on the verge of turning 70. The blood moons (total eclipses) on Passover and Tabernacles in 2014 and 2015 were a warning. Israel turns 69 this Iyyar (2nd month) when you use Biblical counting.

    The Jews were entrusted with the Torah to protect and teach it to the world, not as an exclusive possession. Somehow Satan has deceived the whole world into trashing YHVH’s calendar and holidays for cheap Gregorian replacements named after a Pope and built upon pagan holidays. It is time to come out of the whore.

    Satan has deceived practically the whole world into living a life that the Messiah did not live. The Messiah rebuked those who set aside the commandments of God for the traditions of men and he will do the same when he returns. If we follow the Messiah, and therefore God’s commandments, we will not be a child of the night that is taken off guard by the Messiah’s return. The feasts portray spiritual and prophetic parallels; we will soon find out how the feasts will align with the Rapture.

    The choice is laid before you; you can keep Easter and eat an unclean ham like the pagans in a few days or you can keep Passover in a month with God’s people. Whose mark will you choose?

    • JulIe

      Shalom Dear Moedim…please can you email me you comment…so I can use it as a great witnessing …to help so many around me who call themselves Christian…but prefer tradition and stand for it.
      Thank you…and bless you.
      Julie

  • Moedim

    People can email me at neo1lbs@yahoo.com. I have a number of calendars and charts. I can also connect people with resources in books and websites.

    Shavuot is the feast to watch this year but hardly anybody keeps it when they are supposed to keep it. It should be kept at 7 lunar Sabbaths AND 50 days, which puts Shavuot at the end of the 4th month in the summer and not in the spring.

    Harvest history:
    Passover – Messiah
    Shavuot – Sealing of 144,000
    Tabernacles – Harvest at the end of 1,000 year Messianic Age

    The tongues of fire on the disciples at Shavuot were a foretaste of the last Shavuot before the Messiah’s return. Seal 7 of Revelation would fall on Shavuot with the trumpets and vials playing out in the 14 days after. It is a picture of the summer wheat and not the spring wheat. The fact that this feast has been completely obscured is not an accident. The Greek word Pentecost means ”50,” whereas the Hebrew word Shavuot means “feast of weeks.”

    7 Seals = 7 pilgrimage feasts (Passover 2014-2016)
    7 Trumpets = 7 New Moons (Months 1-7 2015)
    7 Vials = 7 Sabbaths (7 lunar Sabbath count after Passover 2016)

    Seal 1 – Passover 2014 – Total lunar eclipse
    Seal 2 – Shavuot 2014
    Seal 3 – Tabernacles 2014 – Total lunar eclipse
    Seal 4 – Passover 2015 – Total lunar eclipse
    Seal 5 – Shavuot 2015
    Seal 6 – Tabernacles 2015 – Total lunar eclipse
    Seal 7 – Passover 2016
    Israel turns 69

    Judgments ready to play out.

    21 Days
    Seals – Last week of 4th month (7th on Shavuot)
    Trumpets – 1st week of 5th month
    Vials – 2nd week of 5th month

    Obviously this is a theory but it is built upon Scriptural fundamentals that the world will not see but the children of the light will not have that day come as a thief. The Mark of the Beast is the Gregorian calendar as you largely cannot function in today’s world without breaking the Sabbaths, New Moons, and Feasts. The way is straight and narrow and few there be that find it.

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  • Sherry

    I’m not sure if someone has already addressed this or not, so please forgive me if I’m repeating this message. First, yay and thank you for this post! After coming to the Truth several years ago, we now celebrate Passover in our immediate family. I’m still working on a few (sisters) because men’s traditions can sure take hold, can’t they!!! We are to celebrate Passover which begins at sundown on the 14th day from the
    “Spring Equinox”. Then, 50 days following Passover comes Pentacost which literally means “Fiftieth” in Greek

  • Real Christians should accept who Jesus is, the son of God and not a god son, and what he really did, dying for our sins, and therefore should if they want to bear the name “Christian” also follow Jesus his teachings and honor the same God as Jesus did, the Elohim Hashem Jehovah, keeping to this Divine Creator His commandments, not having any graven images of God and only honoring Him according His regulations and given feasts or holy days, abstaining from any heathen element.

    Therefore we should leave the pagan celebration for what it is, and not partake to it but celebrate the Pesach and remember the day Jesus installed and asked to be remembered: 14 Nisan. That should be the most important day of the year for any believer in God. The exodus from Egypt and the exodus of the curse of death is what we should remember for always.

    • Julie

      This is to BELGIAN Christ…..IT IS WRITTEN…IN ISAIAH 9:6
      THE EVERLASTING FATHER IS ….ALSO THE PRINCE OF PEACE.

      PRECIOUS YESHUWA MASHIACH IS …GOD MANIFEST IN THE FLESH.

      IT IS WRITTEN…WHOEVER REJECTS THE SON REJECTS THE FATHER.

      PROVERBS 30:4 …YESHUWAH IS LORD.
      PROVERBS 30:4…JESUS IS LORD ( Y H W H …IS YESHUWA …YESHUWAH…THE LORD!!!)

      UNDERSTAND O EARTH…”I AND MY FATHER ARE ONE”….(JESUS CHRIST SAID THIS)

      UNDERSTAND O EARTH…YESHUWA IS THE LORD GOD OF ISRAEL.

  • So let me get this straight? I can spiritualize paganism? Huh with that logic I can also spiritualize murder, porn, thievery, adultery, etc…brethren this is exactly why Abba will be dealing with us very soon…He doesn’t change…get ready for bondage before the Greater Exodus..https://www.slideshare.net/mobile/FearYaweh77/easter-vs-passover-20?qid=3e47ccd8-8299-4128-ae0e-7f784576d04f&v=&b=&from_search=3

  • Emery

    What is the origin of Easter and the customs associated with it?
    The Encyclopædia Britannica comments: “There is no indication of the observance of the Easter festival in the New Testament, or in the writings of the apostolic Fathers. The sanctity of special times was an idea absent from the minds of the first Christians.”—(1910), Vol. VIII, p. 828.
    The Catholic Encyclopedia tells us: “A great many pagan customs, celebrating the return of spring, gravitated to Easter. The egg is the emblem of the germinating life of early spring. . . . The rabbit is a pagan symbol and has always been an emblem of fertility.”—(1913), Vol. V, p. 227.
    In the book The Two Babylons, by Alexander Hislop, we read: “What means the term Easter itself? It is not a Christian name. It bears its Chaldean origin on its very forehead. Easter is nothing else than Astarte, one of the titles of Beltis, the queen of heaven, whose name, . . . as found by Layard on the Assyrian monuments, is Ishtar. . . . Such is the history of Easter. The popular observances that still attend the period of its celebration amply confirm the testimony of history as to its Babylonian character. The hot cross buns of Good Friday, and the dyed eggs of Pasch or Easter Sunday, figured in the Chaldean rites just as they do now.”—(New York, 1943), pp. 103, 107, 108; compare Jeremiah 7:18.

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