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Easter vs Passover

Updated: Apr 20, 2022

This blog post is NOT about giving "too much attention to the kingdom of darkness."

But unfortunately we first have to know what darkness is to enable the light. Otherwise we'll never know that we are busy with things that are an abomination to God!

When watching the live talk or reading the blog - we don't want you to feel condemned. We pray that Father will bring conviction in your heart and that He will reveal His truth to you.

Condemnation (fear, guilt, accusation) comes from the enemy.

Conviction comes from the Lord.

 

If this is the first time you hear that there are Christians who don't celebrate Easter or if you have heard it before, but you're not sure why - I want to encourage you to read through this post. Don't just close it down or ignore it because it seems strange or unfamiliar.


John 8:32 “And you will know the Truth and the Truth will set you free.”


I really want to challenge you to not only read this and believe me - but really go and do your own research on the topic. An easy start is to Google “Origin of Easter” and just see how much information is FREELY available:


Go sit at Abba’s feet and ask Him to reveal the truth about all of this to you. He WILL!

 

Let's start with a simple question!

Where does Easter come from? Do we find it in the Bible or do we find it in Pagan worship?


A few definitions of Easter:

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia = “The English word comes from the Anglo-Saxon Eastre or Estera, a Teutonic goddess to whom sacrifice was offered in April, so the name was transferred to the paschal feast.”

The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary = “The word Easter is of Saxon origin, Eastra, the goddess of spring, in whose honor sacrifices were offered about Passover time each year. By the eighth century Anglo-Saxons had adopted the name to designate the celebration of Christ’s resurrection.”

The Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary = “Easter was originally a pagan festival honoring Eostre, a Teutoniv (Germanic) goddess of light and spring. At the time of the vernal equinox (day in spring when the sun crosses the equator and day and night are of equal length), sacrifices were offered in her honor. As early as the eighth century the name was used to designate the annual Christian celebration of the resurrection of Christ."


For more info on the origins of Easter, this News 24 article provides a good summary: https://www.news24.com/news24/easter-is-un-christian-20150330

[Please go and read it before you read further!]


God instructed us to celebrate Passover / Pesach! NOT Easter!

And no... it's not different names for the same feast!

Many people want to reason that "God is bigger than that" than to care about a name of a festival/feast. But what many don't realise is that it's not simply about the name of a random feast. It goes far beyond the name.

And if we are being honest, the name in itself actually already tells us that we should not be celebrating it. How can we possibly compare Yeshua's crucifixion and resurrection with the worship of an idol?


We can't claim that our focus is on Yeshua even though we call it Easter. Who are we trying to fool? If it REALLY is about Yeshua - then why don't we find it important to celebrate it the way Abba instructed us to?


We proclaim that "it's all about Jesus"... But we celebrate it like the pagans do?

Jer 10:2 – “Learn not the way of the heathen.”

Matthew 15:8 – “This people honors Me with their lips, but their hearts are far away from Me.”


Easter is rooted solidly in pagan worship! It only became part of churches (like we know it these days) hundreds of years after Yeshua walked the earth. We need to realise & understand that Easter already existed under pagan religions & rituals when Yeshua was on earth. THUS, if it was acceptable to Him... or if Easter and Passover/Pesach were different names for the same thing - then Yeshua would have celebrated it the way pagans do. Easter eggs and all. But He did NOT! He did however explicitly tell us how Passover/Pesach should be celebrated!


Mal 3:6 - "For I am the Lord, I change not!"

Heb 13:8 - "Jesus Christ the same today, yesterday today and forever."


We have to realise that God is VERY serious in His Word about it. We should worship Him according to the ways He instructs us to in the Bible. When we "worship" Him in any other way - we are busy with idolatry!

John 4:23 – “But the hour has come, when true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seek such to worship Him”


It's time to quit listening to preachers & pastors and spiritual leaders' opinions with regards to traditions and feasts. You should in fact not even listen to us!! We all need to get our noses back into the pages of the Bible and find out from Scripture & through Abba's revelation, what His heart is for us... what He expects of us & how He want us to bring Him praise & worship!

Matt 22:29 – “But Yeshua replied to them: “You are all wrong because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God.”


To worship Him in spirit & in truth - our worship has to come from an intimate internal place. It should spring forth from our hearts - NOT from our traditions and based on how we were raised. It should come from an authentic overflow of our love towards Abba!

John 14:15 – “If you really love Me, you will keep and obey My commandments.”


The way we worship is not something that we should be mindless about. It should be done with intent. But it must also be Scripturally correct. We can't be ignorant when something is brought under our attention & act as if nothing has changed. To offer worship to Abba in ways that contradict His instructions means that we are busy with idolatry!


True worship is something that consumes your entire being! It's not something that's reserved for Sundays (which ain't even Abba's appointed rest day). True worship is about a LIFESTYLE of worship. Anything that's not in line with His Word - is idolatry. Regardless how you try to sugar coat it.

When we truly worship Abba in spirit & in truth the Holy Spirit will come and work in our hearts and reveal to us Abba's heart and His Word. And from a thankful heart - we will adjust our lifestyles to align with His Word! If we don't do that - then we are no longer worshipping Him in spirit & in truth. We are lukewarm then.

Rev 3:15-16 - "I know your deeds, that you are neither cold (invigorating, refreshing) nor hot (healing, therapeutic); I wish that you were cold or hot. So because you are lukewarm (spiritually useless), and neither hot nor cold, I will vomit you out of My mouth [rejecting you with disgust]."

God is more disgusted with you when you are lukewarm than He would have been if you were cold. Being fully into idolatry is less of a problem to God than proclaiming to be a born again Christian - but participating in pagan traditions. How can we claim to be Christians but we refuse to let go of pagan traditions and rituals?


Matt 12:30 - “He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.”


Origin of Passover / Pesach:

Pesach is the Hebrew word for Pass Over. We love using the word Pesach as Passover is often considered by some Christians to be the same thing as Easter (which we all by now know isn't).


During the times of the ten plagues in Egypt - we read about the first Pesach in the Bible (Ex 12:1-14).

“this month shall be unto you the beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year to you.”


As we all know, Pharaoh did not want to let the Israelites go. So God smote Egypt with plagues. On the last night (before the Israelites left Egypt), God instructed them to slay a lamb (without blemish) and put the blood of the lamb (small letters) on their door posts. That night the angel of the Lord came and smote the firstborns of the Egyptians. But the firstborns of the Israelites (who had blood on their door posts) - were not killed.


On the 10th of Nissan, God instructed the Israelites to pick a lamb without blemish that would be used as a sacrificial lamb on the 14th of Nissan (the night the Egyptian firstborns were smote).

Ex 12:14 - “This day shall be unto you for a memorial; and you shall keep it a feast to the Lord throughout your generations; you shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever.”

When they sacrificed the lamb without blemish, they were not allowed to break a bone of the lamb.

Ex 12:46 - “neither shall you break a bone thereof.”

On the 15th of Nissan, the day after the Egyptian firstborns were killed - Pharaoh told Moses & Aaron that they should take the Israelites and leave Egypt.

The Israelites had to leave Egypt in a hurry - before Pharaoh would change his mind again. So they had no time to allow their bread to rest - into puffy / raised bread. They only had enough time to make flat bread / matzah. That's where the feast of unleavened bread comes from. And it's symbolic of taking the leaven (sin) out of our houses & our lives.


Passover is a celebration of Israel coming out of slavery / bondage.

Today we celebrate it as our Exodus. A celebration of us being freed from slavery / bondage (sin)!


The Israelites were made physically free. But we are made physically & spiritually free through the Blood of the Lamb.


Fulfillment of Passover / Pesach

Matt 21:4-9 “on the 10th day of Nissan Jesus came riding into Jerusalem on a donkey.”

On the 10th day of Nissan, the Israelites selected a lamb without blemish remember? Yeshua was the Lamb without blemish!


In Luke 22: 1-8 we read about the 14th of Nissan - the day that the pass over lamb must be sacrificed. Yeshua instructed Peter & John to go and prepare the pass over meal for them.

In Luke 22: 14-16 Yeshua told His disciples that He wanted to have the Pesach Meal (also know as the Seder Meal) with them before He will have to suffer. “For I say unto you, I will not anymore eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the Kingdom of God.”


As we read in Luke 22: 39-44 - after the Pesach meal, Yeshua went up to the Mount of Olives to pray. It's here where Yeshua asked God that if it is possible by any means, that God should take this cup from Him. But if it's not God's will to take the cup from Him, then it's fine. As long as God's will prevails!

In Luke 22:54 - 23:11 we read about Yeshua's capture in Gethsemane. Pontius Pilates reigned at that stage and gave Yeshua up to be crucified.

Luke 23:33 - "And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified Him..."

John 19:30 – “When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, He said: It is finished; and He bowed His head and gave up the ghost.”

Hebrew 10:11-15 - "Every priest stands [at his altar of service] ministering daily, offering the same sacrifices over and over, which are never able to strip away sins [that envelop and cover us]; whereas Christ, having offered the one sacrifice [the all-sufficient sacrifice of Himself] for sins for all time, sat down [signifying the completion of atonement for sin] at the right hand of God [the position of honor], waiting from that time onward until his enemies are made a footstool for His feet. For by the one offering He has perfected forever and completely cleansed those who are being sanctified [bringing each believer to spiritual completion and maturity]."


Jesus is our great High Priest, He was the Perfect Lamb without blemish that was slain so that we could be saved! Today we apply His Blood over our lives like the Israelites did with their door posts.


After someone was crucified, they usually went to break the people's legs to speed their death / put an end to their suffering. As they would no longer be able to support their bodies with their legs. And the Roman soldiers had to take the bodies off the crosses and put them in their tombs once they were dead.


John 19:33-36 - “But when they came to Jesus, and saw that He was dead already, they brake not His legs: … For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken."

Just as Scripture foretold & that it could be fulfilled.

Remember that in Ex 12:46 - when God instructed the Israelites on how they should keep the Pass Over - He instructed them to NOT break the bones of the lamb.


Yeshua came to fulfill the Feast of Pesach completely with His crucifixion!

The Feast of Unleavened Bread refers to His body that was buried of us and then resurrected after THREE DAYS & THREE NIGHTS.

The Feast of First Fruits have been fulfilled the day after Yeshua rose from the grave.

50 days later, on the Feast of Shavuot (Pentecost / Pinkster as churches call it) - the outpouring of the Holy Spirit took place.


1 Cor 15:3-4 - "For I passed on to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to [that which] the Scripture [foretold], and that He was buried, and that He was [bodily] raised on the third day according to [that which] the Scriptures [foretold]."


1 Cor 15:20-24 - "But now [as things really are] Christ has in fact been raised from the dead, [and He became] the first fruits [that is, the first to be resurrected with an incorruptible, immortal body, foreshadowing the resurrection] of those who have fallen asleep [in death]. For since [it was] by man that death came [into the world], it is also by a Man that the resurrection of the dead has come. For just as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, then those who are Christ's [own will be resurrected with incorruptible, immortal bodies] at His coming. After that c:omes the end (completion), when He hands over the kingdom to God the Father, after He has made inoperative and abolished every ruler and every authority an power."


We need to realise that the feasts that are mentioned in the Bible are Yeshua's feasts. Not Jewish feasts.


Is Good Friday & Resurrection Sunday accurate according to Scripture?

Matthew 12:40 – “For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.”


The Bible clearly says that Yeshua was in the grave for three days and three nights. He died the afternoon and was placed in the grave before sunset.


We need to realise that days in the Bible are considered from sunset to sunset. And not a 24 hour period as we are used to it on our watches / circadian clock.

A day in the Bible = a period of darkness + a period of light.


In Genesis we read:

It was dark and it was light... it was the first day. It was dark and it was light... it was the second day, etc.

We never read about minutes and seconds in the Bible - because it's not Biblical.

We only read about the 3rd hour, the 6th hour & the 9th hour. It refers to the amount of hours since sunrise. Thus the 3rd hour is roughly 09:00/10:00 on our watches. The 6th hour is roughly mid-day/12:00/13:00. And the 9th hour is roughly 15:00/16:00.


We can't try to understand the Bible from a non-Biblical perspective.

We have to interpret Scripture with Scripture. If you want to understand a topic in Scripture, you have to look for the first time that topic appeared in Scripture to understand the meaning it carries throughout the rest of Scripture.


Let's take a look at Resurrection Sunday:

And now let's look at Good Friday:

If you want to say that one of them is accurate, it blows the other one out of the water. Good Friday & Resurrection Sunday is impossible to fit together.


We read from Scripture that Yeshua was roughly 30 years of age when He started His ministry. Year 30 was the start of Tiberius's 15th year reign. And Yeshua was crucified before Pontius Pilates's reign ended in the Year 36.

We know that the lamb was slain on 14 Nisan. And there was not one year between the Year 30 and 36, that 14 Nisan fell on a Thursday. Which makes resurrection Sunday impossible to be true.


The original Scripture in Hebrew, does not refer to the day of resurrection as Sunday, or the first day of the week. It's called "meia shabuton" - Which is the weekly Shabbat (Saturdays as we know it today). The day of resurrection is referred to as the weekly Shabbat that fell in the week of the Feast of Unleavened Bread.

We thus know that Yeshua rose from the grave on Shabbat.


John 20:1 - "Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw the stone [already] removed from the [groove across the entrance of the] tomb."


The first day of the week is NOT Monday. It's in fact Sunday.


Many want to argue that Yeshua rose on the first day of the week (Sunday) based on John 20:1. But we must always look at Scripture in context remember.

Other Scripture people often use to try and justify a Sunday resurrection:

Matt 28:1 - "Now after the Sabbath, near dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.”

Luke 24:1-3 - "But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, the women went to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared [to finish anointing the body]. And they found the [large, circular] stone rolled back from the tomb, but when they went inside, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.”


When we look at Scripture there is NO evidence / indication that Yeshua rose on a Sunday. It merely says that when Mary Magdalene & the other Mary arrived at the tomb on the first day of the week - that the tomb was ALREADY empty. Yeshua had already risen from the grave before they got there.


Luke 23:56 says “Then they went back and prepared spices and ointments and sweet-smelling herbs. And on the Sabbath they rested in accordance with the commandment [forbidding work].”


In Luke 23:50-55 we read “A man named Joseph, who was a member of the Council (Sanhedrin, Jewish High Court), a good and honorable man (he had not consented to the Council’s plan and action) a man from Arimathea, a city of the Jews, who was waiting for and expecting the kingdom of God; this man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. And [after receiving permission] he took it down and wrapped it in a linen [burial] cloth and laid Him in a tomb cut into the rock, where no one had yet been laid. It was the day of preparation [for the Sabbath], and the Sabbath was dawning. Now the women who had come with Him from Galilee followed [closely], and saw the tomb and how His body was laid.”


Matt 27:57-60 confirms it “When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who was also a disciple of Jesus. He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus [so that he might bury Him], and Pilate ordered that it be given to him. And Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen cloth (burial wrapping), and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had cut in the rock; and he rolled a large stone over the entrance of the tomb and went away.”


The feasts of Yeshua are all kept with Shabbat's - regardless on what day of the week they fall. The passover lamb was slaughtered on 14 Nisan and all preparations were done. 15 Nisan is a yearly Shabbat - regardless on what day of the week it falls. Yeshsua was crucified on 14 Nisan.


Joseph, who asked for Yeshua's body - so that he could put Him in the tomb, was a follower of Yeshua according to Scripture. Thus he kept the festivals. And therefore he wanted to get Yeshua's body into the tomb on the 14th - because 15 Nisan was a Shabbat.


Furthermore, I think it's safe to say that we all agree that Yeshua's resurrection was done once and for all at the exact same time for every person - right? He didn't resurrect for one group of people on one day and for the rest of the world on the next day. It was once off - once and for all.


The only time that the entire world is on the same day is the two hours (roughly) before sunrise in Jerusalem.

Remember a day is a period of darkness followed by a period of light. From sunset to sunset.

Thus if we look at the Sabbath from a Biblical view of a day - it started the Friday night at sunset and continued until the Saturday at sunset.

We thus know that Yeshua rose from the grave on Shabbat in the two hours before sunrise in Jerusalem (otherwise His resurrection was not once and for all for everyone).


If Yeshua was resurrected on Saturday, when was He crucified?

Yeshua rose from he grave on Saturday night, just before sunrise (still on Saturday). Remember that the two hours just before sunrise in Jerusalem are the only time that the entire world is on the same day.


Yeshua's was crucified and resurrected so that we could be redeemed. His redemption work was done for each and every person on the exact same day, on the exact same time! He rose from the grave in the two hours before sunrise in Jerusalem - still on 16 Nisan (shabbat) before 17 Nisan started.


Yeshua rose from the grave on shabbat so that we, as His Bride, can go into His rest because He has already redeemed us. We can rest in the assurance that we don't have to work out our own redemption.


Pesach is a feast about redemption - so that we can grow back into the Image of His Bride. Yeshua rose from the grave on the Feast of First Fruits, not a pagan day called “Easter”.


If we value anything higher that God's instructions - then we are busy with idol worship!


For every Biblical thing, the enemy will get a counterfeit. Something that on surface level seems harmless. Everything about Easter is a counterfeit / replacement for how we are supposed to bring honor & worship to Abba. Easter cannot be found in Scripture and cannot be justified.


So many people (including us - until we discovered the truth) keep the Easter tradition - thinking that it honors Yeshua. But what does the Easter bunny, diving for eggs in the garden, hot cross buns and Sunday services have to do with the resurrection of Yeshua? The answer is nothing! It's rooted in pagan worship and God instructs us to have NOTHING to do with that!


Eph 5:11 - "And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them." 2 Tim 2:23-26 - "But have nothing to do with foolish and ignorant speculations [useless disputes over unedifying, stupid controversies], since you know that they produce strife and give birth to quarrels. The servant of the Lord must not participate in quarrels, but must be kind to everyone [even-tempered, preserving peace, and he must be], skilled in teaching, patient and tolerant when wronged. He must correct those who are in opposition with courtesy and gentleness in the hope that God may grant that they will repent and be led to the knowledge of the truth [accurately understanding and welcoming it], “and that they may come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will."


If we want to follow Yeshua - we need to worship in spirit an in truth. Truth makes no way for pagan practices.

1 Cor 5: 6 - "Your boasting [over the supposed spirituality of your church] is not good [indeed, it is vulgar and inappropriate]. Do you not know that [just] a little leaven ferments the whole batch [of dough, just as a little sin corrupts a person or an entire church]? Clean out the old leaven so that you may be a new batch, just as you are, still unleavened. For Christ our Passover Lamb has been sacrificed. Therefore, let us celebrate the feast, not with old leaven, nor with leaven of vice and malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and [untainted] truth."


God is a God of order. He does not go back on His Word. Throughout the entire Bible we read about the consequences of partaking in pagan rituals & serving idols.

1 John 5:21 - "Little children (believers, dear ones), guard yourselves from idols—[false teachings, moral compromises, and anything that would take God’s place in your heart]."

1 Cor 10:14 - "Therefore, my beloved, run [keep far, far away] from [any sort of] idolatry [and that includes loving anything more than God, or participating in anything that leads to sin and enslaves the soul]."

‭‭1 Cor 12:2 - "You know that when you were pagans, you were led off after speechless idols; however you were led off [whether by impulse or habit]."

2 Cor 6:14-16 - "Do not be unequally bound together with unbelievers [do not make mismatched alliances with them, inconsistent with your faith]. For what partnership can righteousness have with lawlessness? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? What harmony can there be between Christ and Belial (Satan)? Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said: “I will dwell among them and walk among them; And I will be their God, and they shall be My people."

Judges 2:11-13 - "“Then the Israelites did evil in the sight of the Lord and worshiped and served the Baals, and they abandoned the Lord, the God of their fathers, who brought them out of the land of Egypt. They followed other gods from the gods of the peoples who were around them, and they bowed down to them, and offended and provoked the Lord to anger. So they abandoned the Lord and served Baal [the pagan god of the Canaanites] and the Ashtaroth."


2 Cor 6:17 -"So come out from among unbelievers and be separate,” says the Lord, “And do not touch what is unclean; And I will graciously receive you and welcome you [with favor]."

 

Whereto from here:

God does not want us to celebrate pagan festivals. Nor does he want us to fall into tradition.

Mark 7:13 “Making the Word of God of none effect through your tradition…”

Some translations says that the traditions of men “nullify” the Word of God.


We should thus not simply start celebrating Pesach out of mere tradition. But we should remember His feast days.


Since Pesach is a feast about redemption so that we can grow back into the image of Yeshua's Bride... We have to use this time yearly to assess ourselves. What image to we display to the world? The image of God or the image of the serpent / enemy? Pesach is a yearly opportunity for renewal. The day of Yeshua's resurrection is the day of rest and harvest. With Pesach we are restored & resurrected so that we have the opportunity to grow back into the image of God.


Remember that the Bible is not written according to the Gregorian calendar we follow. It's written according to the Hebrew calendar.


Pesach this year is observed from 15 April until 22 April 2022.

If you want to learn more about Pesach and the Pesach Meal itself, here are three helpful documents from a trusted source:

Pesach-Explained
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Pesach-what-you-will-need
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Pesach-Siddur-English
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The authors of this documents have extensive studies in theology and sat hours, days & years with Rabbi's in Israel. Learning and uncovering the true Hebrew meanings so that we can understand the Bible in context.


Helpful Scripture:

  • Exodus Chapter 12, 32 & 34

  • Leviticus Chapter 7-8

  • Numbers Chapter 9:1-4

  • Deuteronomy Chapter 16:6

  • Proverbs Chapter 24-27

  • Isiah Chapter 33-38 & 53

  • Ezra Chapter 8:31

  • Esther Chapter 3

  • Malachi Chapter 3-4

  • Matthew Chapter 21-28

  • Mark Chapter 11 & 15

  • Luke Chapter 1, 22-24

  • Acts Chapter 23-26

  • Revelations Chapter 17-20

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If this information left you feeling uncertain or upset - my door is wide open to discuss it and help you along this journey in any way I possibly can! I trust that Father will work in each person's hear who read this post or watched this talk and that He will reveal to you whatever it is that you need revelation about!

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