Most “Christians” today celebrate Easter as the day commemorating the resurrection of Jesus. However, early followers of Jesus would not have recognized or celebrated Easter. There is no reference in scripture to the observance of a holiday (Holy Day) to commemorate the “resurrection” of Jesus.
So, Where did Easter come from and how did it get incorporated into today’s “Christianity?”
Passover is the time when Jews remember the “passing over” of the plague in Egypt on the night prior to their exodus out of Egypt. Easter and the associated “Maunday Thursday” and “Good Friday” are a Christian celebration of the death of Y’hoshua. Which one actually has something to do with Y’hoshua? Which one did he acknowledge?
God told Moses to speak to the children of Israel concerning His feasts:
“In the fourteenth day of the first month at evening is the Lord’s Passover. And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread unto the LORD: seven days you must eat unleavened bread. … When you are come into the land which I give unto you, and shall reap the harvest thereof, then you shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest unto the priest.”
Does God require that you bring the first stalks of wheat that come out of your garden? What if you can’t grow wheat? Does that make you unacceptable? This seems silly. There must be more to this than what’s on the surface. Let’s take a look at other places in God’s word to see if we can gain a better understanding of what’s being said here…
The pagan celebration of the worship of Ishtar, the Queen of Heaven, has morphed into what is now called “Easter.” By changing the name they hoped to bury the origin of the worship of the Queen of Heaven, but we will expose the roots of this deception. Today she is worshiped under the name, “Virgin Mary.” They change the names but the characters are the same.
In 2016 The National Retail Federation expected consumers to spend $17.3 billion, up considerably from what they spent in 2008 – that number was $14.4 billion! This day definitely makes the merchants of the earth become very rich.
The Friday before “Easter” is celebrated in religious tradition as the day when Y’hoshua (Jesus) was crucified and placed in the tomb. The day is called “Good Friday”. It is difficult to imagine what sort of mindset would identify the day Y’hoshua was murdered as “Good.” Some claim that the term “Good” simply means “pious” or “holy” but again, what is holy or pious about the day the “Son of God” was murdered? Do you think that God considers the day his Son was killed to be Good?
Roman Catholic doctrine considers Jesus to be God incarnate. It is even more absurd to think that men not only killed God but celebrate the deed. What kind of god can be killed by his own creation? Consider what happened to those who sought to kill God at the Tower of Babel.
What does Easter have to do with Passover? In a word: nothing! Both “holy days” are celebrated in the Spring and both are described as “abomination” in God’s Word. These designations are all they have in common. Easter originated in ancient Babylon as the worship of the “god” Tammuz and his mother, Ishtar/Ashtoreth and while they say Passover originates in the Torah, when looked at closely there is little resemblance to what they do and what is contained in the Book of Exodus and all the Law. Hebrews 10:1, says “the Law is a shadow of good things to come and not the very image of the thing.”