2016 study of Passover vs. Easter
Christianity claims Easter as the #1 celebration of the faith while God views it as an abomination and is nowhere to be found in the Lords commands. Let’s look at both…..
Exodus 12:1-14 “The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in Egypt, 2 “This month is to be for you the first month, the first month of your year. 3 Tell the whole community of Israel that on the tenth day of this month each man is to take a lamb for his family, one for each household. 4 If any household is too small for a whole lamb, they must share one with their nearest neighbor, having taken into account the number of people there are. You are to determine the amount of lamb needed in accordance with what each person will eat. 5 The animals you choose must be year-old males without defect, and you may take them from the sheep or the goats. 6 Take care of them until the fourteenth day of the month, when all the members of the community of Israel must slaughter them at twilight. 7 Then they are to take some of the blood and put it on the sides and tops of the doorframes of the houses where they eat the lambs. 8 That same night they are to eat the meat roasted over the fire, along with bitter herbs, and bread made without yeast. 9 Do not eat the meat raw or boiled in water, but roast it over a fire—with the head, legs and internal organs. 10 Do not leave any of it till morning; if some is left till morning, you must burn it.11 This is how you are to eat it: with your cloak tucked into your belt, your sandals on your feet and your staff in your hand. Eat it in haste; it is the Lord’s Passover.
12 “On that same night I will pass through Egypt and strike down every firstborn of both people and animals, and I will bring judgment on all the gods of Egypt. I am the Lord. 13 The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are, and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt.
14 “This is a day you are to commemorate; for the generations to come you shall celebrate it as a festival to the Lord—a lasting ordinance.
The First Council of Nicaea was a council of Catholic bishops convened in Nicaea in Bithynia by the Roman Emperor Constantine I in AD 325. This first ecumenical council was the first effort to attain consensus in the church through an assembly attempting to represent all of Christendom.
The councils claim was the settlement of the Christological issue of the nature of the Son of God and his relationship to God the Father, the construction of the first part of the Creed of Nicaea, establishing uniform observance of the date of Easter, and promulgation of early canon law.
Constantine pursued a falsified religious system based on Mithraicism, or a Babylonian mysteries religion, and subsequently cloaked them in the symbols of the followers of Jesus Christ. The idea was to replace the God given and Torah ordained feasts with the feasts, practices and traditions of the pagan religions and demon worship.
The First Council of Nicaea was the first ecumenical council of the Roman Church. Derived from the Greek “ecumenical” means “worldwide” but generally is assumed to be limited to the known inhabited Earth, and at this time in history is synonymous with the Roman Empire.
One purpose of the council was to resolve disagreements arising from within the Church of Alexandria over the nature of the Son in his relationship to the Father: in particular, whether the Son had been ‘begotten’ by the Father from his own being, and therefore having no beginning, or else created out of nothing, and therefore having a beginning.
While the vote went overwhelmingly for the first position, the original question had already been answered repeatedly in the Scriptures. Another result of the council was an agreement on when to celebrate Easter which has no appearance in scriptures at all.
The council stated: “We also send you the good news of the settlement concerning the holy pasch, namely that in answer to your prayers this question also has been resolved. All the brethren in the East who have hitherto followed the Jewish practice will henceforth observe the custom of the Romans and of yourselves and of all of us who from ancient times have kept Easter together with you.”
The “holy pasch” was the absconded, Catholic version of Passover, and a perversion of the Feast of Passover as it was commanded by God. By the later 3rd century some Christians began to express dissatisfaction with what they took to be the disorderly state of the Jewish calendar.
They argued that contemporary Jews were identifying the wrong lunar month as the month of Nisan, choosing a month whose 14th day fell before the spring equinox. They justified this break with tradition by arguing that it was in fact the contemporary Jewish calendar that had broken with tradition by ignoring the equinox, and that in former times the 14th of Nisan had never preceded the equinox.
The controversy between those who argued for independent computations and those who argued for continued reliance on the Jewish calendar was formally resolved by the Council, which endorsed the independent procedure that had been in use for some time at Rome and Alexandria. Easter was henceforward to be a Sunday in a lunar month chosen according to Christian criteria—in effect, a Christian Nisan—not in the month of Nisan as defined by Jews.
The feast of Passover and the subsequent feasts ordained by God were not the only power and authority usurped by the Church of Rome. Roman Catholics assert that the idea of Christ’s deity was ultimately confirmed by the Bishop of Rome, and that it was this confirmation that gave the council its influence and authority. In support of this, they cite the position of early fathers and their expression of the need for all churches to agree with Rome. This stands in direct opposition to the Holy Bible and the direct words of Jesus Christ.
So what is the truth about Easter? Easter and the holidays that are related to it are moveable feasts in that they do not fall on a fixed date in the Gregorian or Julian calendars which follow only the cycle of the sun. In pagan cultures all celebrations and rituals are the direct worship of the sun gods. Apollo, Zeus, Jupiter and many others represent Nimrod who is the embodiment of Satan.
The most widely accepted origin of the term “Easter” is that it is derived from the name of a goddess, Ēostre, in whose honor feasts were celebrated in the month of April. Ēostre is known as the ‘goddess of the dawn’ and is given additional linguistic support in that she is designated the ‘daughter of heaven’. Thus continues the Roman Catholic theme of ritualistic necromancy as religious liturgy.
The origin of the goddess Ēostre is found in the Akkadian goddess Ishtar. Ishtar was the goddess of love, war, fertility, and sexuality. Like Ishtar, the Greek Aphrodite and the Aramean Northwestern Semitic Astarte, likewise Inaana, Lillith, and Ashtaroth all were love goddesses and the pagan counterpart to Nimrod.
The goddess Ashtaroth is specifically denounced as evil by God in Judges 2:11-13 “And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord, and served Baalim: And they forsook the Lord God of their fathers, which brought them out of the land of Egypt, and followed other gods, of the gods of the people that were round about them, and bowed themselves unto them, and provoked the Lord to anger. And they forsook the Lord, and served Baal and Ashtaroth.”
These perversions of the truth began in Rome and continued to be reinforced by the global Romanization of civil and religious cities and states for more than 1200 years.
The split from Roman Catholicism by Martin Luther was only a minute distraction from the depths of the distortion Roman culture had already promulgated upon those that professed the name of Jesus.
The 1200 years of conditioning and the extreme distance from the life of Jesus had already seeded deeply the maligned intent of Constantine. His desire to elevate himself both in civic and religious life had already been long forgotten while the pagan rituals he instilled in the followers of Christ had become a regular way of life.
It is time for all believers to seek out the truths of scripture and listen to the commands of God. God asks us to be a holy nation, separating ourselves from the ways of the wicked. God tells us we cannot serve God and man and yet that is exactly what we are doing when we follow the Roman/Constantine/Pagan ritual of Easter.