Easter: Is It Scriptural?
Welcome. Today we are going to talk about Easter. Many people, including so called Christians are getting ready to celebrate this holiday. Is this scriptural? Should this day be celebrated? We are going to find out tonight as we look to the scriptures, and to history to find the truth about Easter.
Acts 12 4
You might say, “But Acts 12 4 says they celebrated Easter”. That use of the word Easter is not supposed to be there. Read verse 3. Now is the Feast of Unleavened Bread, a part of the Passover. The Greek word for this can be found in the Concordance as 3957:
- Pascha: the Passover, the Passover supper or lamb
- Original Word: πάσχα, τό
- Part of Speech: Aramaic Transliterated Word (Indeclinable)
- Transliteration: Pascha
- Phonetic Spelling: (pas'-khah)
- Short Definition: the feast of Passover, the Passover lamb
- Definition: the feast of Passover, the Passover lamb
Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges
- "intending after Easter (the Passover)] The rendering “Easter” is an attempt to give by an English word the notion of the whole feast. That this meaning and not the single day of the Paschal feast is intended by the Greek seems clear from the elaborate preparation made, as for a longer imprisonment than was the rule among the Jews. Peter was arrested at the commencement of the Passover feast (14th of Nisan), and the king’s intention was to proceed to sentence and punish him when the feast was at an end on the 21st of Nisan."
This did not say Easter. In fact, when you look at all the other translations, the KJV is the only one that says Easter. When you see that any translation is the only one to say a certain word or phrase, that should be a red flag that there may be something wrong. This word means Passover. We can prove this when we read the KJV again in Matthew 26 2, and it correctly translates as Passover. But the same word, Pascha, is used. This chapter had nothing to do with the celebration of Easter. Now, I'm not saying this translation is wrong. From what I understand, the word Easter was originally a synonym for Passover in regards to the KJV. But nowadays, we do not think of it that way.
Some may argue, "The KJV says it was the days of unleavened bread which according to the Old Testament is after Passover so Passover was passed and Easter was not." They use this to argue that Easter is a legitimate holiday, or that Herod was celebrating a pagan holiday in place of the high holy days. But there is no evidence that points to the latter. After further research, a friend of mine came to this conclusion.
- "We must understand Hebraic thought and culture. In the first century used the term Feast of Pesach or Feast of Unleavened Bread (Matza) was saying the same thing. Though Feast of Pesach is really one day, Feast of Unleavened Bread (Matza) is 7 days long. It was very common in those days to say Pesach and you included Feast of Unleavened Bread within it and vise versa. If I came up to you and said "how was your Pesach? I could mean all 8 days. Passover, Unleavened Bread and First Fruits are part of the same thing."
- "Passover is sometimes used in a general phrase for the entire Passover season and other times Days of Unleavened Bread are used for the entire season. As you know Passover was on the 15th day of Nisan. The Days of Unleavened bread were for 7 days in duration. Today we have Christmas and it can mean one specific day or the whole week that people take off. Passover in Acts 12 is being used in the general sense of the week-long celebrations."
With that being said, we can see that the scriptural excuses to justify Easter have been explained and put in the true light. Now we shall expose this pagan holiday. NOTE: The book I will be reading from does not reflect my views entirely, and the same goes for the author of the book. I am only reading excerpts that go into detail on Easter.
- ”The festival, of which we read in church history, under the name of Easter, in the third or fourth centuries, was quite a different festival from that now observed in the Romish Church, and at that time was not known as Easter. It was called Pasch, or the Passover, and though not of apostolic institution, was very early observed by many professing Christians, in commemoration of the death and resurrection of Christ." (The Two Babylons by Alexander Hislop (PG. 93).
- "The celebration we have today was not the same as back then. No bunnies, eggs, scavenger hunts, etc. As we see, this holiday during that time was used specifically to commemorate the Messiah. No other traditions were instituted with it, such as the eggs, bunnies, or any other tradition we may see.
- ”Socrates, the ancient ecclesiastical historian, after a lengthened account of the diverse ways in which Easter was observed in different countries in his time – i.e., the fifth century – sums up in these words: ‘Thus much already laid down may seem a sufficient treatise to prove that the celebration of the feast of Easter began everywhere more of custom than by commandment either of Christ or any Apostle.”
Socrates found out that this holiday has nothing to do with celebrating the Messiah, but it had everything to do with the traditions of the other nations, which were rooted in what would be considered pagan worship. No commandment, by the Savior, the disciples, or the law commands or condones this holiday.
- ”Such is the history of Easter. The popular observances that still attend the period of its celebration amply confirm the testimony as to its Babylonian character. The hot cross buns of Good Friday, and the dyed eggs of Pasch or Easter Sunday figured in the Chaldean rites just as they do now. The “buns,” known too by that identical name, were used in the worship of the queen of Heaven, the goddess Easter, as early as the days of Cecrops, the founder of Athens – that is, 1500 years before the Christian era” (PG. 96).
Research shows that this, and the other traditions, come from the Chaldeans, or ancient Babylonians, and was around long before the era in which people were looking to the Savior. It was picked up and used by the Roman Empire and implemented with the Roman perversion of scripture. 1500 years before the Messiah, Easter was celebrated. Earlier the “Queen of Heaven” was mentioned, and was also shown to be nothing more than a Babylonian goddess. We will use scripture to prove this, in Jeremiah 7 18.
- ”The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead their dough, to make cakes to the queen of Heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto other gods, that they may provoke me to anger.”
Here, we see that the cakes for the queen of Heaven are being made. This is the same Babylonian concept as stated earlier with the hot cross buns. We will now go more into both the topic of the queen of Heaven and the hot cross buns on page 96 of The Two Babylons.
- ”The hot cross buns are not now offered, but eaten, on the festival of Astarte: (Easter);”
This deity also went by other names; Ishtar (Babylon), Astarte (Greek), and a consort of Baal (Canaan). So, by doing this, one is worshipping the wife of Baal, the same false god worshipped by the Philistines in the Old Testament, also called Beelzebub (or Baalzebub) in the New Testament.
- ”but this leaves no doubt as to whence they have been derived. The origin of the Pasch eggs is just as clear. The ancient Druids bore an egg, as the sacred emblem of their order. In the Dionysiaca, or mysteries of Bacchus, as celebrated in Athens, one part of the nocturnal ceremony consisted in the consecration of an egg. The Hindoo fables celebrate their mundane egg as of a golden colour. The people of Japan make their sacred to have been brazen. In China, at this hour, dyed or painted eggs are used on sacred festivals, even as in this country.”
- ”In ancient times eggs were used in the religious rites of the Egyptians and the Greeks, and were hung up for mystic purposes in their temples”. From Egypt, these sacred eggs can be distinctly traced to the banks of the Euphrates. The classic poets are full of the fable of the mystic egg of the Babylonians; and thus, its tale is told by Hyginus, the Egyptian, the learned keeper of the Palatine library at Rome.”
So, the Druids, Greeks, Asians, Egyptians, all the way up to Nimrod’s kingdom venerated the egg in some way, and some even went as far as to paint and dye their eggs.
- ”In the time of Augustus, who was skilled in all the wisdom of his native country: “An egg of wondrous size is said to have fallen from Heaven into the river Euphrates. The fishes rolled it to the bank, where the doves having settled upon it, and hatched it. Out came Venus, who afterwards was called the Syrian Goddess” – that is, Astarte. Hence, the egg became one of the symbols of Astarte or Easter; and accordingly, in Cyprus, one of the chosen seats of the worship of Venus, or Astarte, the egg of wondrous size was represented on a grand scale.”
Note how it said this was on a grand scale. Nimrod is the cause of most, if not all pagan religions, stemming from polytheism, demonic rituals, and perverse commandments. I plan on doing an article personally on Nimrod someday. But for now, we will get back to the lesson on Easter in page 97 of The Two Babylons.
- "Now the Romish Church adopted this mystic egg of Astarte, and celebrated it as a symbol of Christ’s resurrection.
The pagan Roman Catholic church is the one responsible for this tradition. They took this Babylonian tradition and combined it with the scriptures. Following the Messiah was becoming a huge trend, and the Romans were losing power. To gain power, the Romans combined both religions into one, creating what we would become Catholicism, and eventually the different branches of Christianity we see today that still follows in it footsteps despite claiming to be Protestant, Orthodox, etc. They are all offspring of the Roman Catholic Church.
Peace and blessings, and all praises to the Most High.