The wolf in sheep clothing: Easter or Passover-Part 2? What history proves.

Posted: May 6, 2011 in The Holy Feast Days

Understanding our past is a task that most people sweep under the rug. If it is not mandatory through the school system, we just tend to ignore it. But when it comes to Biblical principles and doctrines that have a direct affect on ones salvation, we should avoid taking this sort of thing lightly. On my last post, I showed from the Bible the importance of Passover and Communion, and how the adoption of a “created” religious holiday has separated the world from God. While we know that Christ death and resurrection did take place, there is no form of scripture that tells us to celebrate it the way in which the world celebrates it today. God was specific on how we should serve him until he comes, yet we insist on adopting practices that have essentially cut us off form the covenants of promise.

Let me remind you of two scriptures in the Bible (both Old and New Testaments) that is clear on the danger of adding to and taking away from the Bible:

Deuteronomy 4:2-3 (King James Version)

2Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.

Revelation 22:18-19 (King James Version)

18For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:

19And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

Don’t find it strange that Satan, through the religious community, has changes the very things that will lead us into eternal life for Daniel prophesied that these things should come. Satan is a deceiver and comes to kill, steal and to destroy. To show you how great of a deceiver he is, the Bible states that he will have deceived the ENTIRE WORLD, except for God’s Elect. (Matthew 24:24; 2 John 1:6-7;Rev. 12:9)

Daniel 7:25
And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.

Here is the sad part about all of this and one that shows the boldness of Satan. Not only did he change the times and seasons, but the very ones that he used and were responsible for implementing the change have no problem with showing this in books and on the internet. Although it’s there in black and white, those that have been institutionalized by the religious system, refuse to change.

 Direct reference from the Catholic Encyclopedia: The Easter  (Passover) Controversy

The dioceses of all Asia, as from an older tradition, held that the fourteenth day of the moon, on which day the Jews were commanded to sacrifice the lamb, should always be observed as the feast of the life-giving pasch [epi tes tou soteriou Pascha heortes], contending that the fast ought to end on that day, whatever day of the week it might happen to be.

Because the Passover (Easter) feast was a seven day festival, the early Catholic church not only thought that it was too long, but that it should be held around the same time every year. Remember, the scripture tells us not to add or take away from the bible. Once God said it, it is an eternal law and because He is Holy and Righteous in all his ways, he has no need to change. (Psalms 89:34; Psalms 145:17). Again, Ex.12:14-15 tells us that the Passover shall be a memorial feast forever and the fourteenth day of the first month is not the Jew’s Passover, but the Lord’s Passover.

Exodus 12:14-15 (King James Version)

14And 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.

15Seven 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.

Leviticus 23:5
In the [fourteenth day of the first month] at even is the LORD’s passover.

Phase 1 (the time of Pope Victor, about A.D. 190) However it was not the custom of the churches in the rest of the world to end it at this point, as they observed the practice, which from Apostolic tradition has prevailed to the present time, of terminating the fast on no other day than on that of the Resurrection of our Saviour. Synods and assemblies of bishops were held on this account, and all with one consent through mutual correspondence drew up an ecclesiastical decree that the mystery of the Resurrection of the Lord should be celebrated on no other day but the Sunday and that we should observe the close of the paschal fast on that day only.” These words of the Father of Church History, followed by some extracts which he makes from the controversial letters of the time, tell us almost all that we know concerning the paschal controversy in its first stage.

http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/05228a.htm

Phase 2.The second stage in the Easter controversy centers round the Council of Nicaea (A.D. 325). Granted that the great Easter festival was always to be held on a Sunday, and was not to coincide with a particular phase of the moon, which might occur on any day of the week, a new dispute arose as to the determination of the Sunday itself. The text of the decree of the Council of Nicaea which settled, or at least indicated a final settlement of, the difficulty has not been preserved to us, but we have an important document inserted in Eusebius’s “Life of Constantine” (III, xviii sq.). The emperor himself, writing to the Churches after the Council of Nicaea, exhorts them to adopt its conclusions and says among other things: “At this meeting the question concerning the most holy day of Easter was discussed, and it was resolved by the united judgment of all present that this feast ought to be kept by all and in every place on one and the same day. . . And first of all it appeared an unworthy thing that in the celebration of the Jews who have impiously defiled their hands with enormous sin. . . for we have received from our Saviour a different way.

The Roman Church not only thought to change the times, but they no longer wanted to be associated with the Jews or the ways of the Jews who in fact (true Jews) were given the Oracles of God. (Romans 3:1-2). They go on to say that they have received a different way from the Savior although that way is not documented in scripture and scripture tells us that God will never change.

Psalm 89:34 (King James Version)

34My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips.

Malachi 3:6 (King James Version)

6For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.

Hebrews 13:8 (King James Version)

8Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

 

Here is a summary of the changes that was established by the Catholic Church. While other religions and denominations may attest to the fact that they did not establish these changes, they are just as guilty (guilt by associations) for enforcing and teaching others to do observe them.

  • that Easter must be celebrated by all throughout the world on the same Sunday;
  • that this Sunday must follow the fourteenth day of the paschal moon; (Remember, this is the time that God commanded us to keep the Passover)
  • that that moon was to be accounted the paschal moon whose fourteenth day followed the spring equinox;
  • that some provision should be made, probably by the Church of Alexandria as best skilled in astronomical calculations, for determining the proper date of Easter and communicating it to the rest of the world (see St. Leo to the Emperor Marcian in Migne, P.L., LIV, 1055).
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