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Easter or Passover?


Thur April 17, 2014

EDITOR: It is the Easter season again in St Vincent and the Grenadines and most Vincentians will be preparing this weekend for observing this Christian/cultural festival. Can this observance be justified from the teaching of the sacred Scriptures? Is Easter really the commemoration of the death, burial and resurrection of the Messiah? Surprisingly not! Let us examine the origins of this spring fertility festival.{{more}}

Can the word “Easter” be found in the Bible? Interestingly, it can be found only once in the King James version in Acts 12: 4. However, a close examination of the Greek text yields the fact that the word “Easter” is not found there! Neither is it found in the Aramaic New Testament. Both texts read “pascha,” which is derived from the Hebrew word “pesach.” It means Passover. If you peruse any later versions of the Bible you will find that this term has been changed to Passover.

Eusebius’ Ecclesiastical History, chapter XX1V, P. 208 reveals that the primitive Apostolic believers kept the Passover rather than Easter. When the people of the nations came into the Truth, they associated the resurrection of the Messiah in spring at Passover time with the spring festival common to paganism. The Concise Edition of Webster’s New World Dictionary of the American Language shows that Easter is the same as “Eastre”… the Anglo-Saxon dawn goddess! Dr Solomon Zeitlin states in the Jewish Quarterly Review, Vol. LX, Jan. 1970, article “The Origin of the Term Edom For Rome, and The Roman Church.” —“During the first three centuries of the Christian era many Christians, particularly in Asia, celebrated Pascha (Easter) on the 14th day after the new moon of Nisan. Hence they were called Quartodecimans. At the Council of Nicea, 325 C.E., those who celebrated the 14th day of Nisan were declared heretics. The Christians were prohibited from celebrating Pascha at the time the Jews were celebrating Passover. The Emperor Constantine, who presided over the Council, said, ‘Let us have nothing in common with the detestable Jewish crowd.” Epistles were sent to the [assemblies] with the warning not to celebrate Pascha on the 14th day of Nisan. Eusebius refers to these epistles as “Festals Epistles.”

The practices associated with Easter: Lent, Easter sunrise services, Easter rabbits and eggs and hot cross buns are rejected by Almighty Yahweh in Ezekiel 8 and Jeremiah 10. Dr Alexander Hislop in his book – The Two Babylons, states, “Among the pagans this lent seems to have been an indispensable preliminary to the great annual festival in commemoration of the death and resurrection of Tammuz, which was celebrated by alternate weeping and rejoicing, and which, in many countries, was considerably later than the Christian festival, being observed in Palestine and Assyria in June, therefore called, the month of Tammuz; in Egypt in the middle of May, and in Britain, some time in April.” Dr Hislop also states that buns were once offered in worship to the queen of heaven; a custom apparently originated over 1500 years before the Common Era. Jeremiah 7: 17 – 20 condemns this practice.

Is Easter part of the True Worshippers’ culture or is it not pagan cultures that have infiltrated our culture?

Sheldon Govia

Assemblies of Yahweh

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