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Easter observation is not biblical

27 Mar 2016 at 22:07hrs | Views
The observation of the Easter festival has no Biblical or Christian origins as nowhere in the Bible does Jesus Christ or any of the apostles command that we observe it. In Colossians 2:16 Paul says that no one should judge you regarding a festival or new moon or keeping the Sabbaths.

The Bible also says in Hosea 4:6 that people perish because they lack knowledge. Knowledge comes from the Bible and God gives wisdom and understanding. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness says 2 Timothy 3:16 yet 99% of Christians blindly follow the traditions and worship of pagans by observing Easter. Nowhere in scripture are we told to observe it either to the remembrance of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and none of the apostles observed it.

Now, the real body of Christ is built on the foundations of Jesus Christ and the apostles and if they did not observe any festival or command that it be observed, I wonder where did all these Christians get that instruction to observe Easter.

However, let me use scriptures to teach regarding these festivals in particular Easter. The word "Easter" is found only once in the Bible in Acts 12:4, it says

    "So when he had arrested him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four squads of soldiers intending to bring him before the people after Easter" (KJV)

From this verse alone using the King James Version is where the word Easter appears. Now if we go back to Acts 12:3 we can see that Peter was arrested during the Days of Unleavened Bread, well after the Passover.

Now many would like to link Easter with the Passover but it is important to note that these two festivals were very different. Easter comes from the pagan festival where they were celebrating and worshipping the goddess Ishtar/Astarte.
She is known as the "queen of heaven" (Jeremiah 7:14; 44:17-25). She was the mother of Tammuz (Ezekiel 8:14) who was also her husband. From these Biblical references we can clearly see that it has nothing to do with Christ.

Even so, if Acts 12:4 was referring to Passover, it would be meaningless since the Passover was only observed one day then came the days of the unleavened bread. So Peter was arrested well after Passover, which the disciples were no longer observing. Let us examine how the Passover was done according to Scripture:

Exodus 12:13

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.

This is where the name Passover came from where God would pass over houses where there was blood on the door posts of the Jews

Exodus 12:14
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.

Therefore this day was ordained to be kept for a memorial throughout their generations where they were to hold a feast.

Exodus 12:15
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.

The unleavened bread was to be eaten for seven days after the Passover. That means Peter was arrested after the Passover.

Exodus 12:18
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.

In verse 18 God gives a specific date for the Passover, that is 14th of the first month, Abib on Jewish calendar. The following seven days were to be days of unleavened bread.

Read also Numbers 28:16-18, Deuteronomy 16:1-8 and 1 Chronicles 8:13 we can clearly see that the Passover was held on the 14th of Abib (April). Passover was not to commemorate or celebrate Christ's death on the cross but remembering what the Lord did for them.

So now we return to Act 12:3-4 we clearly see Peter was arrested during the Days of Unleavened Bread, therefore the Bible cannot be talking about Passover as other versions state. Herod was not Jew therefore he had no reason to respect the Jewish traditions of Passover. Jesus Christ was crucified on the night of the Passover (Matthew 26:17-47) and thereby fulfilling the prophecy of the Passover. He is the Lamb that replaced that Passover lamb that is why as Christians we do not observe Passover.

So Easter and Passover were two different festivals. Jesus Christ never commanded anyone to observe any of these festivals, anyone doing it is definitely sinning against God. So many Papas have not this understanding and are busy preparing to celebrate "Easter".

Here is what Christ commanded us to do in remembering his suffering and resurrection:

1 Corinthians 11:24
And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.

So in remembrance of Christ we do observe Easter, we do the Holy Communion as it was commanded by Christ. Even the apostles kept that, so are we since we are built on the foundations of the Jesus Christ and apostles.

He who has ears let him hear what the Spirit says.


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