The wolf in sheep clothing: Easter or Passover?

Posted: April 29, 2011 in The Holy Feast Days

Every year as the various holiday seasons start to approach, I get more and more disturbed by the false worshipping of the religious community. Of course people are free to worship any way that they like for God gave every man free will; but what’s the use of doing a thing if it is not accepted by the Almighty?  In Matthew 23:12-14, the scribes and Pharisees, religious men, were accused by Christ of shutting the door to the Kingdom of Heaven through their traditions. Christ also chastised these religious men in the book of Matthew for worshipping God by their traditions.

Matthew 15:3 (King James Version)

3But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?

This is considered vain worship. Yes, with your lips do men pray, sing, testify, speak in tongues, prophecy and read the Bible, but because of their traditions, it is useless in the sight of God.

Vain: excessively proud of or concerned about one’s own appearance, qualities, achievements, etc.; conceited; without real significance, value, or importance; baseless or worthless

Matthew 15:9 (King James Version)

9But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

Matthew 15:8 (King James Version)
This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.

We just came out of that time of year where some people were celebrating Passover, while many others were observing Easter. I’ve heard many things over the past month like Ash Wednesday, Palm Sunday, Good Friday,  Easter Sunday to name a few. Can someone please tell me where these “holidays are at in the Bible? While many events took place, there is yet one scripture that tells me to celebrate them. Why is it that the religious communities insist on doing things that were not commanded in the Bible, yet refuse to do the things that we were commanded to do forever such as the Passover. So you say that you are a Christian? Newsflash, Christians are followers of Christ and did not Christ keep the Passover with his disciples? (Luke 22:8).

  • Luke 22:8 (King James Version)

8And he sent Peter and John, saying, Go and prepare us the passover, that we may eat.

So as a Christians why isn’t the world keeping this feast as he has commanded, since Christ is our perfect example.

  • John 13:15 (King James Version)
    For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.

Is it a commandment for us to keep this feast today you ask? Before Christ left the scene, he commanded his Disciples to go out into ALL nations and teach them ALL that he has commanded. The way to obtain complete salvation is by following the Apostles doctrine.(Acts 2:42)  The Apostles doctrine was nothing new or created by them, but were those things that Christ himself taught them before he left the earth.

Matthew 28:19-20 (King James Version)

19Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

20Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Here is the backbreaker, and one that may shock many of you. It is impossible to enter into the Kingdom of heaven without keeping communion and all the other ordinances of the Passover.(Numbers 9:12;John 13:8)  Communion was introduced on the first day of the Passover after the Passover meal. This is one of the ordinances of the Passover. Since the Passover must be kept in its appointed season (Leviticus 23:4-8), and the communion was done on the first night (Luke 22:20), they both go hand and hand. If you do not have Passover(which include all its ordinances), you are not taking the communion correctly. The Communion commemorates the death, suffering and resurrection of Christ (Luke 22:19-20; 1Cor 11:26); not Easter.

  • Luke 22:20
    Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.

Many people incorrectly read a passage of scripture, convincing themselves that you can have communion at anytime. Some have suggested to me that if you wish to take communion everyday that is ok because the scripture says as “oft (often)”. As often means here at its appointed time. As often as you have a car you get an oil change.(3 months 3000 miles-an appointed time).As often as you are in grammar school, you get a report card. (Again this is usually at the end of each quarter-an appointed time). The point here is that he gave an appointed time to celebrated the Feast of Passover (Ex.12:2,3,14,-18) and since the communion is done on the first day of Passover, we know that this “Oft” is referring to once a year and not every1st Sunday as most do. Luke 22:20 as well as 1 Corithians 11:25 tells us that the communion cup was given after the Passover meal. “Likewise also, the cup after super

  • 1 Corinthians 11:25
    After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, this cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.

I knew I would get you on this. Easter is in the Bible! The word Easter is indeed in the Bible, however, the way in which this English word is used in the Bible is not the way that the world uses it today. The word Easter is used only one place in the Bible:

Acts 12:3-4
3And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. (Then were the days of unleavened bread.)

4. And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people.

Context clues from verse 3 should indicate to you that the word Easter is another word for Passover. But if that is not convincing enough for you, let us look at how the Greek dictionary defines this word. According to the Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance the Greek word for Easter can be found under #3957 of the Greek dictionary.

Let us look at the definition from #3957 of the Greek.


Notice that the transliteration of this word is “pascha”, which means the paschal feast. You should also notice that this was an appointed time which was given in Leviticus 23:4-8. You read correctly. The New Testament confirms the same time of the feast as the Old Testament

Also one should pay close attention to the root word, which means the same thing and comes from the Hebrew language. The New Testament does not contradict the Old Testament, and the Greek writers did not contradict the Hebrew writers.

Christ our Passover:  I hear so many people tell me that Christ is our Passover, therefore we have no need to keep the feast. Minsters of religious organizations from around the world have convinced its members that Christ was our Passover; and he was. But what does that mean? Christ is a type of Passover that was used to take away sin.

John 1:29
The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

Satan, as his trick is, will use some scriptures while leaving others out to deceive the world.(2 Corinth. 11:14;Rev.12:9) How in the world did religious followers of these doctrines allow the Pastors to quote one scripture, while leaving the following scripture out? ;”

1 Corinthians 5:7 (King James Version)
Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:

NOW FOR VERSE 8

1 Corinthians 5:8 (King James Version)

8Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

 

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