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Biblically contrasting Easter with Passover

By Yahwins, 13 March 2021 · 198 views

Biblically contrasting Easter with Passover

The Words:
English – Passover
Hebrew – pesach
Greek – pascha

English – Easter
Hebrew – etymology is likely related to “Ashtoreth” (1Kings 11:33)
Greek – there is no equivalent for “Easter” in the Greek language 1

Words used in the Bible:
Passover:
Hebrew scriptures – Deuteronomy 16:1
Greek scriptures – Luke 22:8
Easter:
Hebrew scriptures – not present
Greek scriptures – not present 2

Biblical directive:
Passover:
Exodus 12:12:4, Deuteronomy 16:1, 1Corinthians 5:7-8
Easter:
Neither directive nor acceptance is mentioned in the pages of the Bible

Biblical observance:
Passover:
Passover is observed in both the Old and New Testaments
Easter:
No Biblical record of Easter being observed by the people of God including the followers of Christ 3

Biblically tied to Christ:
Passover:
Christ as Passover Lamb 1Corinthians 5:7
Easter:
No verses tie Christ to Easter

Observed by Christ:
Passover:
Matthew 26:17-19 (Each of the gospels record this event)
Easter:
No scriptural evidence Christ observed Easter

Observed by Christ’s disciples:
Passover:
Matthew 26:17-19 (Each of the gospels record this event)
Easter:
No scriptural evidence Christ’s disciples ever observed or even mentioned Easter 3

New Covenant:
Passover:
Christ’s blood of the New Covenant at Passover Matthew 26:27-28
Easter:
Nothing about Easter in the New Covenant mentioned in either the Hebrew scriptures, (Jeremiah 31:31-34), or the Greek scriptures (Matthew 26 :28, Hebrews 8:8-12)

Bread of remembrance:
Passover:
Representing the body of Christ at Passover in Luke 22:19
Easter:
Nothing in the scriptures associating Easter with bread

Foods involved
Passover:
Lamb/goat, unleavened bread, bitter herbs etc. Exodus 12:8
Easter:
Traditionally ham is the meat of choice, along with colored eggs and other foods. (Keep in mind pork is strictly forbidden in the Bible) 4

Time of day the event occurred:
Passover:
Evening Exodus 12:6 Matthew 26:20
Easter:
Sunrise 5

Date traditional observed:
Passover:
14th of the 1st month on the Hebrew calendar Exodus 12:2,6
Easter:
1st Sunday after the 1st full moon that follows the vernal equinox (There is no Biblical basis for this)

Apostle Paul says observe:
Passover:
1Corinthians 5:6-8
Easter:
Neither Paul nor any other apostle instruct us to observe Easter

“He is risen!” Embracing the risen LORD:
Passover:
The resurrection happened after the Passover. Christ said he would rise three days after he was to suffer and be killed Mark 8:31
Surely his disciples embraced the “Risen Lord” yet there is no evidence in the Bible the celebrated Easter “resurrection day” instead of, or along with the Passover 6
Easter:
This tradition has evolved post Biblically as a day that celebrates the resurrection of Christ 7

The Future:
Passover:
Christ said Passover will be observed in the coming kingdom. Luke 22:15-16
Easter:
The scriptures do not speak of a future Easter observance 8


1 – The Greek’s will greet each other on Easter using the term “pascha,” however pascha means Passover. Passover and Easter are clearly not the same. Not in date, time, or activities.
2 – The King James (KJV) English translation of the Bible does use the word “Easter” in Acts 12:4. However it is from the Greek word “pascha” which the KJV translates as Passover everywhere else (28 times).which is true to the Greek. No other translation has the word Easter in it. Clearly the KJV example is a mistranslation.
3 – Over thirty years of Biblical history is recorded after the resurrection of Christ in the New Testament. And in those thirty plus years, the scriptures make mention many times of the resurrection/raised Christ. Yet not one mention of setting aside Easter for honoring/observing this great event! There is simply no evidence his followers observed a day known as Easter.
4 – Many proclaim pork products are now acceptable because of the death and resurrection of Christ. This conclusion is based not on clear Biblical statements, but rather faulty Biblical understandings. Isaiah 66:15-24 is set in a prophetic sense and eating pork is still clearly frowned upon. Considering this, it is odd that this would be the traditional chosen food on what is considered the most holy of Christian days.
5 – The time of the resurrection cannot be nailed down. John 20:1-2 states “while it was yet dark” the stone had already been removed and Christ was already gone. So, Christ had been raised sometime before sunrise. Some think his resurrection was closer to sunset the prior day. This said, no one can rightly claim Christ rose at sunset.
6 – There are special “appointments” mentioned in the scriptures. The 23rd chapter of the book of Leviticus contains a list of these special times. Within the list, there are details of a firstfruit offering that is made before the LORD, (verses 9-14). It is the opinion of many including myself, that this firstfruit offering foreshadows and is representative of the Messiah as the firstfruits of the resurrection. 1Corinthians 15:20-23
7 – It is worth noting that much of the tradition, which make up this day, including the name “Easter” itself, find their origins in paganism. It is rather easy to look at various pagan practices dealing with the season of spring, fertility rituals, and sunrise observances, and see the similarities between these pagan practices and the Easter traditions. The scriptures themselves speak out against doing such things, (Deuteronomy 12:30-32, etc.). The Bible speaks of the goddess Ashtoreth, (1Kings 11:33 etc.) One can easily find that the most ancient cultures had goddesses associated with springtime, fertility, and sunrise observances. They carried such names as Ashtoreth, Ishtar, Eostre, Ostara, Astarte, etc. These names and those of other gods were not to be on the lips will in worship of the true God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, (Exodus 23:13, Psalm 16:4). Again, it is easy to see that the name of Easter is related to the names of these goddesses, which is where this name has come from! Yet most use this name before the living God.
8 – When Christ returns and God’s kingdom is set up, there will be no worship involving pagan traditions, names, and practices, (Zechariah 13:2)



Just some things to think about.
I do not wish to offend but enlightened.
Seek the acceptable ways and honor God as He directs!




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