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Posted on 03/30/2007 4:41:10 PM PDT by Uri’el-2012
What Really Happened at ''Easter''? Many, of course, are aware that the name Easter actually originates with the However, the name as commonly used is also currently associated with the events Read more here
Most reasonably informed Christians are well aware that many of the traditions
that surround the Christmas holidays have pagan origins and very little correlation
with the actual events as recorded in the Bible. However, most of us are surprised
when we discover that some of what we have been taught about Easter
is not only in error, but deliberately so!
pagan worship of Ishtar (or Astarte) that was traditionally observed at the time
of the vernal equinox, nominally about March 21 or 22. Traditional pagan fertility
symbols of both rabbits and eggs continue to be associated with this holiday.
surrounding the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, which actually
occurred on the Jewish Passover and is clearly defined in the Scriptures as the 14th of Nisan.
Many, of course, are aware that the name Easter actually originates with the
However, the name as commonly used is also currently associated with the events
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Easter and Passover have coincided every year since 2000.b'shem Yah'shua
The early church sought to hide Passover with their calculations.
But Yah'shua has revealed His Word in these latter days.
Thanks for posting this....I'll ignore the idiots
Of course there's a connection between Easter and Passover--a typological connection. The Church Fathers and Bible commentators have been making that point for almost 2000 years.
But Jesus was crucified on a Friday afternoon. He and the two thieves were taken down and buried late that afternoon, so as not to violate the Passover Sabbath, which began at sundown that day. And Jesus rose again on the third day, which was a Sunday morning--Easter.
The Last Supper was a kind of Passover meal. But it was celebrated on Thursday night, the evening before the Jews celebrated Passover. Jesus had entered Jerusalem for the Passover, as he had done with his family every year ever since he was a little boy. But presumably anticipating His death on Friday, He celebrated what amounts to the fulfillment of the Passover meal (in Christian eyes) a day early.
Easter also became associated with springtime and the rebirth of life that occurs then. That might be thought pagan, but it is part of the natural cycle of life, as decreed by God in Genesis after the Flood. The religious calendar and the natural agricultural calendar of the seasons are related at several points. And why not, since God created nature?
How long will it take for this thread to be backroomed?
I was raised a certain way, but when I was about 20 or so, I found myself on a different path.
One thing that I have learned over the years is that the counsel of the Bible, (Collosians 2:8 for example) to "beware the traditions of men" does not carry much weight among most folks.
Celebrating the proper dates or celebrating on an old pagan holiday never really bothered me. I know what I'm celebrating, I know that reasons therein, and I can take Christian symbolic meaning from traditions that have been co-opted. Aside from personal spiritual meaning, what difference does it make?
The Christian church needs to rename the day called Easter. "Resurrection Day" better says it and says it all!
Setting a Date for Easterb'shem Yah'shua
The Council (of Nice) unanimously ruled that the Easter festival
should be celebrated throughout the Christian world on the first
Sunday after the full moon following the vernal equinox; and that
if the full moon should occur on a Sunday, and thereby coincide with
the Passover festival, Easter should be commemorated on the following
Sunday. As a result of the Council of Nicea, and amended by numerous
subsequent meetings, the formal church deliberately attempted to
design a formula for Easter which would avoid any possibility of
it falling on the Jewish Passover, even accidentally!
Here is the correlation between Gregorian Easter and the first day of Passover, from Gregorian year 2000 through 2009 (ignoring the 1/4 of the Hebrew day that overlaps the previous Gregorian day):
2000: Passover: Thu, 5760 Nisan 15 [Hebrew] Thu, 2000 April 20 Easter: April 23, 2000 2001: Passover: Sun, 5761 Nisan 15 [Hebrew] Sun, 2001 April 8 Easter: April 15, 2001 2002: Passover: Thu, 5762 Nisan 15 [Hebrew] Thu, 2002 March 28 Easter: March 31, 2002 2003: Passover: Thu, 5763 Nisan 15 [Hebrew] Thu, 2003 April 17 Easter: April 20, 2003 2004: Passover: Tue, 5764 Nisan 15 [Hebrew] Tue, 2004 April 6 Easter: April 11, 2004 2005: Passover: Sun, 5765 Nisan 15 [Hebrew] Sun, 2005 April 24 Easter: March 27, 2005 2006: Passover: Thu, 5766 Nisan 15 [Hebrew] Thu, 2006 April 13 Easter: April 16, 2006 2007: Passover: Tue, 5767 Nisan 15 [Hebrew] Tue, 2007 April 3 Easter: April 8, 2007 2008: Passover: Sun, 5768 Nisan 15 [Hebrew] Sun, 2008 April 20 Easter: March 23, 2008 2009: Passover: Thu, 5769 Nisan 15 [Hebrew] Thu, 2009 April 9 Easter: April 12, 2009
I believe that Pope John Paul II tried to get together with the leaders of the Orthodox Churches to settle on a common date for Easter. Should I take it that your screenname is based on St. Xenia, the homeless wanderer of St. Petersburg?
So far, there hasn't been much success, but I don't believe it should be impossible to find some way to do it.
As you suggest, the Jewish Passover is based on a lunar cycle, and to some extent the western date for Easter is, too.
Thank you for your research.
Prior to 2000 Easter and Pesach would only coincide 5 or 6 times in 19 years
Thanks! I believe you are correct....
Some believe Yeshua was crucified on Wednesday, and I am persuaded..
I saw lots of churches. One church said it was on the very site where Jesus was born.
Another church said it was on the very site where Jesus was buried.
I remember think that it was not so important to know where exactly Jesus was born or where exactly Jesus was buried.
What was far more important -- to me, anyway -- was to know that Jesus was born and that Jesus died and was buried -- and that he was resurrected.
So, whether Jesus died on a Friday or on a Wednesday, isn't terribly important -- to me, anyway.
Please put this in Religion under worship
Here is an older thread
Later all Roman Emperors held the title Pontifex Maximus. Constantine convened the Nicene Council in 325 AD and issued this edict: ON THE KEEPING OF EASTER. From the Letter of the Emperor to all those not present at the Council. Emperor Constantine, Emperor of the Roman Empire He had issued an Edict making Sunday the day of rest In 321 CE, while a Pagan sun-worshiper, the Emperor Constantine They ruled: "Christians shall not Judaize and be idle on Saturday, but shall work on that day."
The Roman Office of the Pontifex Maximus began in 712 BC b'shem Y'shua
(Found in Eusebius, Vita Const., Lib. iii., 18-20.)
When the question relative to the sacred festival of Easter arose, it was
universally thought that it would be convenient that all should keep the
feast on one day; for what could be more beautiful and more desirable,
than to see this festival, through which we receive the hope of
immortality, celebrated by all with one accord, and in the same
manner? It was declared to be particularly unworthy for this, the
holiest of all festivals, to follow the custom [the calculation] of the
Jews, who had soiled their hands with the most fearful of crimes, and
whose minds were blinded. In rejecting their custom,(1) we may
transmit to our descendants the legitimate mode of celebrating Easter,
which we have observed from the time of the Saviour's Passion to the
present day[according to the day of the week]. We ought not,
therefore, to have anything in common with the Jews, for the Saviour
has shown us another way; our worship follows a more legitimate and
more convenient course(the order of the days of the week); and
consequently, in unanimously adopting this mode, we desire, dearest
brethren, to separate ourselves from the detestable company of the
Jews, for it is truly shameful for us to hear them boast that without
their direction we could not keep this feast. How can they be in the
right, they who, after the death of the Saviour, have no longer been led
by reason but by wild violence, as their delusion may urge them? They
do not possess the truth in this Easter question; for, in their blindness
and repugnance to all improvements, they frequently celebrate two
passovers in the same year. We could not imitate those who are openly
in error. How, then, could we follow these Jews, who are most
certainly blinded by error? for to celebrate the passover twice in one
year is totally inadmissible. But even if this were not so, it would still
be your duty not to tarnish your soul by communications with such
wicked people[the Jews]. Besides, consider well, that in such an
important matter, and on a subject of such great solemnity, there ought
not to be any division. Our Saviour has left us only one festal day of
our redemption, that is to say, of his holy passion, and he desired[to
establish] only one Catholic Church. Think, then, how unseemly it is,
that on the same day some should be fasting whilst others are seated
at a banquet; and that after Easter, some should be rejoicing at feasts,
whilst others are still observing a strict fast. For this reason, a Divine
Providence wills that this custom should be rectified and regulated in a
uniform way; and everyone, I hope, will agree upon this point. As, on
the one hand, it is our duty not to have anything in common with the
murderers of our Lord; and as, on the other, the custom now followed
by the Churches of the West, of the South, and of
the North, and by some of those of the East, is the most acceptable, it
has appeared good to all; and I have been guarantee for your consent,
that you would accept it with joy, as it is followed at Rome, in Africa,
in all Italy, Egypt, Spain, Gaul, Britain, Libya, in all Achaia, and in the
dioceses of Asia, of Pontus, and Cilicia. You should consider not only
that the number of churches in these provinces make a majority, but
also that it is right to demand what our reason approves, and that we
should have nothing in common with the Jews. To sum up in few
words: By the unanimous judgment of all, it has been decided that the
most holy festival of Easter should be everywhere celebrated on one
and the same day, and it is not seemly that in so holy a thing there
should be any division. As this is the state of the case, accept joyfully
the divine favour, and this truly divine command; for all which takes
place in assemblies of the bishops ought to be regarded as proceeding
from the will of God. Make known to your brethren what has been
decreed, keep this most holy day according to the prescribed mode; we
can thus celebrate this holy Easter day at the same time, if it is granted
me, as I desire, to unite myself with you; we can rejoice together,
seeing that the divine power has made use of our instrumentality for
destroying the evil designs of the devil, and thus causing faith, peace,
and unity to flourish amongst us. May God graciously protect you, my
This is the Decree from the first Pontiff of the Roman church to all the world.
declared that Sunday was to be a day of rest throughout the Roman Empire:
"On the venerable day of the Sun let the magistrates and people residing in cities rest, Council of Laodicea circa 364 CE ordered that religious observances were
and let all workshops be closed. In the country however persons engaged in agriculture
may freely and lawfully continue their pursuits because it often happens that another day
is not suitable for gain-sowing or vine planting; lest by neglecting the proper moment
for such operations the bounty of heaven should be lost."
to be conducted on Sunday, not Saturday. Sunday became the new Sabbath.
Later all Roman Emperors held the title Pontifex Maximus.
Constantine convened the Nicene Council in 325 AD and issued this edict:
ON THE KEEPING OF EASTER.
From the Letter of the Emperor to all those not present at the Council.
Emperor Constantine, Emperor of the Roman Empire
He had issued an Edict making Sunday the day of rest
In 321 CE, while a Pagan sun-worshiper, the Emperor Constantine
They ruled: "Christians shall not Judaize and be idle on Saturday, but shall work on that day."
May the Lord bless you and keep you:b'shem Yah'shua
The Lord make his Face shine upon you:
and be gracious to you:
The Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
and give you peace.