Easter vs Passover

Updated: Apr 20

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