Gallop estimates with
it's various surveys across the nation that 100 million adults which comes
out to be about one out of every two people in the United States attends an
Easter service. The biggest surge coming from attendees who are 30 years
or younger and are Roman Catholics.
Where did very
popular holiday called; "Easter" originally come from and did the New Testament
believers set a series of days in order to celebrate the Passover? Prior to 325
AD there is no record of what the modern era is now celebrating. In 325 AD at the
Council of Nicaea, Emperor Constantine claimed being converted to
Christianity but was still very much involved with paganism. His objective as
the very first Pope was to unite both pagans, and Christians under his
leadership. It's the same concept we see today concerning unity under the
current Pope of Rome. In order to try an accomplish this objective, Constantine
sought out to add festivals (see
Christmas, click here) which appealed to pagans and adopt it into to
church worship which would appeal to the church community who were making
professions of faith in the Lord. So Constantine by making a degree at the
Council of Nicaea, Easter became a holiday celebrated which was to be on
the first Sunday that occurs after the first full moon on or after the vernal
Today if the Pope
of Rome would declare a holiday in which Christians should observe let's say for
celebration of the miracles of Jesus. How many non-Catholic churches would join
in on the celebration? Would you say it would be as popular as Easter or
Christmas among Protestants which includes Baptists? At first glance, the new official so-called holiday presented by the
current Pope if he were to do such a thing, would be adopted by many outside of
Catholicism. But also rejected by many others as well in the very beginning.
Eventually those who had previously rejected the new so-called holiday will come around and adopt it into their own
practices. The only ones left in the Christian community are the few who name Christ as their Lord and
Saviour. They would continue against the onslaught of the many not celebrate any new holiday degreed by the Pope of
Rome. This is exactly what happened throughout history concerning the two other
holidays of Christmas and Easter.
Howbeit in vain they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments
of men. For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of
men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye
do. And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God,
that ye may keep your own tradition.
Tradition of Lent
The traditions of Easter has bits and pieces of truth, but it
also has many errors contained in them which are not biblical. The Lent
tradition and practice is a typical example. There is no record of
the Apostles nor Jesus celebrating 40 days of abstinence which means reframing
from their normal worldly activities for a period of time. Basically it's a form
of works to attempt to please God for all the other sins committed during the
past year. So where did it come from?
Lent which means "spring
time" was originally a pagan practice that was first invented by the Babylonians
in honor of their "Queen of Heaven and Her son Tammuz".
"He said also unto me, Turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater
abominations that they do. Then he brought me to the door of the gate of the
Lord's house which was toward the north; and, behold, there sat women weeping
Ezekiel 8:13,14. The reason why the women were weeping for "Tammuz" was
because of his death. The belief also states, "Tammuz" comes back to life from
the dead. Sound familiar? It should because it's a distorted belief of of what
really Christ did on the Cross (Gen. 3:15) and His victory over Satan when He was risen from
the dead. In reality, Tammuz never was really risen from the dead but used as an
object of worship for many pagan cultures throughout history.
Lent was adopted by the Egyptians in honor of one their of gods which happens to be
another version of Tammuz named; Adonis. Since there were variants of Lent in
the way it was practiced by the ancient pagans, Catholic leaders at the time
were in disagreement on how to celebrate the new tradition. It wasn't till the sixth century
when the Pope made the official by calling the Lent celebration a 'sacred fast',
and ordered the people to abstain from meat and a few other foods for a period
of time. The Scriptures plainly condemn such a practice..."Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a
hot iron; Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which
God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know
the truth" 1 Tim 4:2-3. Lent started out as 36 days, but later in 800
AD it was expanded to 40 days and it has been that way ever since.
Eating Fish on
of abstaining from meats, part of the Lent tradition was to obtain from meats on
every Friday during the Lent season and fish was endorsed to be eaten. In honor
of the ancient pagan god Freya who was the goddess of peace, joy, and fertility,
the pagans would eat fish on Fridays. Now fish was known to the ancient pagans
as having a high reproduction rate and was a holy symbol to their goddess. By
the way, Freya is where we get the word; "Friday". Some Protestants have
modified the tradition for Good Friday only but as we seen in 1 Tim 4:2-3 it is not
a biblical practice when it comes to worshiping God.
The Easter Bunny
including Baptists who celebrate this holiday reject the Easter bunny although
in some cases it's not a total rejection but rather contains some modifications. The bunny symbol originated with the
pagan festival of Eastre. The goddess, Eastre, was worshipped by the
Anglo-Saxons. Eastre or Astarte known in the spring festival as the goddess of
fertility. Rabbits had high reproduction rates which the ancient pagans considered
as perfect objects to
sacrifice to their goddess.
The Easter Egg
The egg was a
symbol of rebirth in most ancient pagan cultures. A peasant, would color
brightly by boiling them with the leaves or petals of certain flowers. The
ancient Druids believed the egg was a sacred emblem of their idolatrous
religion. In Hinduism, they honor the egg as with a golden color. In Japan
it was brazen. In China, dyed or painted eggs are used on "sacred" heathen
festivals. In America the Easter egg contains numerous colors as the
society is mixed blend of different cultures.
because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter
also. (Then were the days of unleavened bread.)
The True Meaning
A little surprise
for some Christians, Easter and the
Passover have nothing in common. Even thought the Bible uses the term, it still
doesn't mean there is common ground which leads to acceptance of this holiday.
The true Passover, is a memorial of the crucifixion of
Christ. Passover for New Testament believers. And by the early true Church in
the Old Testament it was a shadow of things to come namely Christ. It was not
conducted on Sunday or any fixed day of the week, but a calendar day of the
year. The day of the week varies from year to year as we shall see from
The Biblical Timeline of Christ's Death and Resurrection
This is one of the most amazing
and exciting part while discussing the true meaning of Passover! It clarifies
the confusion that this holiday called, Easter has promoted. How many people really believe Christ
risen from the dead Sunday morning? Let's take a look from an example.
Here are Christians, great defenders of God preserving His Word but take a
look at answer regarding the account of "Easter"...
Does Luke 23:56 support a "Friday" crucifixion in
the KJV (no "day" here in Greek)?
Luke 23:56 supports
a "Friday" crucifixion in the light of verses 54 and 55. Luke
clearly recorded that the day of the crucifixion was the day
of "the preparation, and the sabbath drew on (near)" (Luke
23:54). The "preparation" was the preparation for the sabbath
of the passover week (2 Chron 30:21-22, ie, the feast of the
unleavened bread which lasts for seven days). The passover
that Jesus observed was held on a Thursday evening, while "the
preparation of the passover" was held on a Friday (Mark
15:42). Jesus was thus crucified and buried on Friday before
the "sabbath day" (ie, Saturday) which was a day of rest. The
women returned to the tomb on Sunday with their spices and
ointments only to discover that Jesus is risen from the dead
How many of you were
taught this particular account when learning about "Easter?"
How many churches know the truth about the real time line but
are still going along with the holiday's time line by
conducting an "Easter" or "Good Friday"
service just like other so-called churches who
claimed that Christ had risen on Sunday. What do the Scriptures say concerning
this matter which is often times overlooked by those who believe in the
false account but here lies the answer...
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.
Christ made a sign which signified Him as
the Saviour. If this Scripture did not come out the exact way
Christ said it would happen, then He wouldn't be Lord and
Saviour over His people. Jesus said, he would be in the ground
for "three days and three nights"
which conflicts with the Easter holiday that claims Christ died on the cross Friday afternoon and rose
again Sunday morning. There is little dispute here on how long Christ was buried even
most scholars agree it was a 72 hour time frame. Moving on one of
the most amazing event in the history of mankind!
Christ's Day Actual Day of Crucifixion
"And it was the preparation of the passover,
and about the sixth hour: and he saith unto the Jews, Behold your King!" John
When it comes to
Christ's crucifixion the Scriptures reveal this important
aspect. All four Gospels refer to the day of Christ's dying on
the Cross as the day which they were preparing for the
"high day" Sabbath. In John 19:31, it says;
"The Jews therefore, because it was
the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath
day, (for that sabbath day was an high day,) besought Pilate that
their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken
What is a "high day" sabbath? Leviticus 23 tells us the Jews were to keep seven of these days, year
by year. In verse two it says; "Speak
unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, Concerning the
feasts of the LORD, which ye shall proclaim to be holy
convocations, even these are my feasts."
Those days were called; "holy
convocations and my feasts"
and they do not fall on the same day as Numbers 28:16-17 tells
us: "And in the fourteenth day of the
first month is the passover of the Lord. And in the fifteenth
day of this month is the feast." This feast was the first Day
of Unleavened Bread. Matthew 26:2 says,
"You know that after two days is the feast of the
Passover, and the Son of man is betrayed to be
crucified." We know for certain Christ was crucified on
the Passover which is described in Exodus 12. The original
Passover was when the Jews were taught to slay a lamb and put
the blood on the doorposts which caused the angel of death to
pass them by sparing their firstborn. It was a shadow of
things to come namely the true Messiah which is Jesus Christ.
So Christ was crucified on the exact day the lamb was being
slain every year. This day then would automatically be a
preparation day for the feast day, or annual "high
Sabbath which was to begin
almost immediately after His burial.
So what day did the Passover
occur? Well according to the Jewish calendar, the
Passover occurred on a Wednesday...This means that the annual
Sabbath had to be one day later which would be Thursday! As
this sabbath was approaching, required a quick burial of
Christ's body prior to its arrival. The weekly Sabbath which
occurs on Saturday, was to occur two days
after that. So Christ was crucified on Wednesday afternoon.
Now if one is to correctly understand Mathew
how many days Jesus spent in the grave, this would put His resurrection
on a Saturday afternoon. This also is the very reason why Mary Magdalene, and the others with her saw
angels Sunday morning rather than Christ (Luke 24:6).
Christ's prophecy of the events that were to
happen, did in fact happen in every aspect with no errors in His plan. Since we know from the
Scriptures the true time frame, I ask again, why do many so-called churches continue with the Easter tradition?
Even some Christian churches have been confused on this issue while claiming to
know better (some Baptists assembles) but yet either have a "Good Friday
service with a message or an Easter service with a message" but reject the
"Lent" tradition. Their symbolic representation of the Lord's death
and resurrection is faulty. Thus, it denies what the Scriptures reveal about it
which all true Christians rejoice in and celebrate in remembrance of Him at the
Lord's table. Revelation 17:2 points out..."With whom the kings of the earth
have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth
have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication. Verse
5, And upon her forehead [was] a name written, MYSTERY,
BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF
The Scriptures Commands
In Revelation 18:4...
And I heard another voice from heaven,
saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and
that ye receive not of her plagues.
The Bible makes it clear we are not to
'Christianize' a pagan tradition even though it has some bits of truths in it.
We are also "not to be partakers of her sins" and show appearance of evil by
going along with this holiday known as Easter which symbolizes rejection of what
Christ predicted about his death and resurrection from the grave. When we look
at Old Testament believers, we didn't see any change in it's celebration like
additional customs outside of Scripture. Nor did they change the Sabbath days
either. For many hundreds of years before Christ came and died then rose again
from the grave it was conducted the same way as God had instructed. Things did
change in the New Testament as prophecy was fulfilled.
But the changes we see today go beyond the
bounds of Scriptures as this holiday gives honor to a pagan god who's traditions
are imbedded in it which of course wasn't happening with the old Passover
practice. We as true Christians should rejoice in the Lord's great
accomplishments, His great sacrifice, His risen from the dead, His unmerited
mercy upon us, and ever being so thankful about it in our daily lives, while
gleaning on the things pertaining to the Lord in order conform more to His Will.
He Has Risen!
Praise Be To God!