The Origins of Passover and Easter

As a child I believed (as a child does) that all I was told was true — traditions, holidays, what have you.  Generation after generation we are taught, and later teach our children the very same ideas and traditions that are blindly passed down.  The same applies to the holiday that most of the western world calls “Easter.”  As kids we search and hunt for eggs, come to church with a basket full of goodies, or even wait and see what the Easter Bunny has brought us, but why?

If you have ever asked these questions and wondered, like me, how this all began, I invite you to join me in uncovering some dusty traditions and seeing what they are and who created them.

I believe that the first question that needs to be asked is: “What does Easter have to do with Passover, and since these two are feasts connected to God, what do they mean to God and how do they differ?”.

Passover/Easter is a very important holiday to Christians.  Why?  Because at this time about 2000 years ago our Saviour Jesus Christ (Yeshua Hamashiac in Hebrew) died for our sins and was resurrected from the dead.  It is a time for us to remember the grace and mercy bestowed upon us.  And as found in the Bible, Passover is the time for all of Israel to remember the Exodus from Egypt, out of the bondage of Pharaoh.

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PASSOVER

Let us start at the beginning of the whole idea of this feast called Passover.  We have to dig into our Bibles and go to the specific chapter where the word Passover appears for the first time.

“And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the Lord’s passover.” — Exodus 12:11

Before we read further the context of this verse, let me stop here for a second.  In these 11 verses there is so much about our future Saviour Yeshua (Jesus) that I could write another long blog post about it. I have underlined for you the clues you need to look for.  Now, let’s read:

“1  And the Lord spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying,

2  This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you.

3  Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house:

4  And if the household be too little for the lamb, let him and his neighbour next unto his house take it according to the number of the souls; every man according to his eating shall make your count for the lamb.

Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats:

And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening.

And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it.

8  And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs they shall eat it.

9  Eat not of it raw, nor sodden at all with water, but roast with fire; his head with his legs, and with the purtenance thereof.

10  And ye shall let nothing of it remain until the morning; and that which remaineth of it until the morning ye shall burn with fire.

11 And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the Lord’s passover.” — Exodus 12:1-11

Do you see that?  There is so much in these words, and guess what folks, its the Old Testament you are reading, which by the way its called the Torah. If you dig deeper into the Torah you will find Yeshua literally EVERYWHERE.

Anyhow, lets get back to the subject.

As we see God told Moses to celebrate the Passover on the tenth day of the first month of the (God’s calendar) year.  The first month of the God’s Calendar is called Nissan.  On Nissan 10 not only was the lamb chosen by the Israelites to be slain on Passover, but also it was the same date that Yeshua entered into Jerusalem the year that He was hung on the cross.  At this time, some Jews recognized Yeshua as their Saviour and some did not.  Imagine how Yeshua would have felt entering Jerusalem and hearing shouts of happiness and hosanna coming from all of the Jews at His coming.  Yeshua also knew that He was the chosen Lamb yet be sacrificed for the sins of all mankind on Nissan 14.  Since we all know that Yeshua is God, isn’t it amazing that He already knew all of this from the beginning?!  Yeshua, living on this planet as a man, having emotions like we all do, knew when He would die, and how, and He still helped people, healed them, and preached salvation.  This only shows how strong our Messiah is.  He also knew that He would rise on the third day and give new life to all of us.

The first feast of Passover was observed by Moses and the new nation of Israel while they were still in Egypt.  It was a sign of the “passing—over” of the houses that housed the people of Israel when God was to kill all of the firstborns who lived in the land of Egypt.  God instructs in His word that it is His will that we keep the feast of Passover throughout ALL generations FOREVER.

“And 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.” — Exodus 12:14

Yeshua and lamb

Yeshua on Nissan 14, was killed as the Ultimate Sacrifice.  Though it is a celebration of remembrance of the incredible gift we have been given, we cannot forget the roots of this festival.  We cannot forget that Yeshua, as God (since we all believe in the Trinity), told Moses to celebrate it a certain way and on the specific day He told us to.  If we were not to celebrate Passover, wouldn’t it have made sense for Yeshua to be killed on any other day to make the point that He abolished this law/instruction/commandment of celebrating the Passover?  There are too many connections for this to be the case.  We are told to keep it the way it is.  The only thing that has changed is the lamb.  The Lamb that we now have on Passover IS Yeshua who has already been sacrificed for all generations and for all the people who are grafted into the nation of Israel and the covenant between them and God.  We don’t need to sacrifice a lamb for this feast or any other feast since Yeshua is the Chosen Lamb of God. If this is true, we should keep everything else as God has told us.  If we would keep God’s calendar we wouldn’t have Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, etc.  The way we would keep track of our days would depend upon the lunar movement and of course the Sabbath.  We would count the week until the next Sabbath.  1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, Sabbath.  We would always keep the feasts of God the way He told us to do, and on the days He instruct us to do so.  That means that Passover would be always on the same day of the month Nissan.  It would never change.

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EASTER
Interestingly enough the date to celebrate Easter is set by God’s original calendar, and coincides with the Passover and the feast of first fruits.  Yeshua was the first fruit!

Have you ever wonder why Easter is called Easter?

Easter is an english transliteration for Ishtar.  The name Ishtar is most recognizable in Assyrian regions.  You can find this name in the Bible, but there she will be called Ashtoreth which is the Phoenician name.  Ishtar was a goddess and her story goes all the way back to Nimrod’s times.

Nimrod as we know, was a grandson of Noah’s.  His mother’s name was Semiramis.  When Semiramis’ husband Cush (son of Noah) died, Nimrod became powerful as Bible tells us:

“8 And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth.

9 He was a mighty hunter before the Lord: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the Lord.” — Genesis 10:8-9

Now, furthermore the story of Nimrod has been told by many nations, legends and traditions.

The story tells us that Semiramis married Nimrod.  When Nimrod died, Semiramis wanted to retain his power and hide her misdeeds.  So she publicly announces that Nimrod is resurrected as a Sun god (Baal which means lord, master, or husband) and he is using sun rays to miraculously inseminate Semiramis with a child.  This child was supposedly divinely conceived and was a resurrected Nimrod.  The child’s name was Ninos, which by the way later on became our little, sweet Cupid angel.  As we know, when the Tower of Babel was built, God scattered the nations with 70 different languages.  Unfortunately these future generations adopted the sun god religion but gave different names for Semiramis and Ninos.  One of the names was Ishtar and Tammuz, another is Isis and Osiris, or Venus and Adonis as well as Madonna and child (this last one I know, might step of some toes).  We are not to bow our knee to any image other than God Himself. Yeshua never said to worship and pray to His mother.  Start reading the Bible and see for yourself why the Catholic Church changed the original 10 Commandments of God to their own version by excluding praying to and worshipping manmade images of any god as well as getting rid off the Sabbath.  

According to other traditions Semiramis had a mermaid-like features being a daughter of goddess.  She had a head of women and body of fish.  There was a lots of speculation who Semiramis was, however she was and is portrayed as a mother carrying child and is presented in most of the religions all over the world.  Look familiar?

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Now, what about Yeshua being crucified on Friday?  I submit to you that this is also fraud and false doctrine teachings.  Just as God has His own calendar, He also has a different way of separating what we think of as a regular day.  It is still a 24 hour day, but the difference is when the morning and the evening starts. This image below will explain perfectly what is going on, and why Yeshua was killed on Wednesday and not Friday.

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Lets find out some other legends attached to this false goddess.

The legend of the Easter Egg

The legend states that Semiramis taught people the moon cycles and that the moon was a goddess, who went through 28-day cycle and ovulated when full.  She also said that she supposedly cascaded from the moon in a giant moon egg that fell into the Euphrates River.  This was to have happened at the time of the first full moon after the spring equinox.  As we know Semiramis became known as “Ishtar”, and her moon egg became known as “Ishtar’s” egg”, which in english translates “Easter egg”.  The egg became a symbol of life and fertility for the ancient Assyrians, who spread the idea around the world, by telling that exact legend.

Easter Bunny

“The Easter Bunny (also called the Easter Rabbit or Easter Hare) is a folkloric figure and symbol of Easter, depicted as a rabbit bringing Easter eggs. Originating among German Lutherans, the “Easter Hare” originally played the role of a judge, evaluating whether children were good or disobedient in behaviour at the start of the season of Eastertide. The Easter Bunny is sometimes depicted with clothes. In legend, the creature carries colored eggs in his basket, candy, and sometimes also toys to the homes of children, and as such shows similarities to Santa Claus or the Christkind, as they both bring gifts to children on the night before their respective holidays. The custom was first mentioned in Georg Franck von Franckenau’s De ovis paschalibus (About Easter Eggs) in 1682 referring to a German tradition of an Easter Hare bringing Easter eggs for the children.” — Wikipedia

As we now know, God takes the celebration of Passover pretty seriously and since we all are happy to call ourselves grafted into the chosen nation – Israel – then how in the world do we do not want to keep the will of God, by doing this feast in our home the way that He has told us to celebrate.  Since the feast of Easter is nowhere to be found in the Bible, then why are we replacing the Passover with Easter?  Today we look into many Christian churches, all the flyers and posters invite you to celebrate Easter and not Passover including eating ham which God prohibits.  My question is “Why?”.  Are the nations are so antisemitic that don’t want to have anything to do with the Israel?  Well, guess what… JESUS WAS JEWISH AND HIS NAME WAS YESHUA WHICH MEANS SALVATION IN HEBREW.  Christians, we have to wake up!  What is wrong with saying “NO!” to pagan traditions and standing up for what is not only right but Godly.  Let me ask you this:  Do you really think that God doesn’t care about His followers celebrating and taking part in pagan traditions?  Bowing down in front of Christmas trees, Bunnys, Eggs, Santa Claus, elves, demonic figures on Halloween, tree worship, the spring equinox, etc.???

Let me finish with what God has to say about it and not me by serving you just a few of many scriptures, and you can decide.  And remember, that most of the time you see word Baal, that means other lords like Nimrod or Satan himself.

“3  Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

4  Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:

Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; ” — Exodus 20:3-5

“31  And he said to Jeroboam, Take thee ten pieces: for thus saith the Lord, the God of Israel, Behold, I will rend the kingdom out of the hand of Solomon, and will give ten tribes to thee:

32  (But he shall have one tribe for my servant David’s sake, and for Jerusalem’s sake, the city which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel:)

33  Because that they have forsaken me, and have worshipped Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, Chemosh the god of the Moabites, and Milcom the god of the children of Ammon, and have not walked in my ways, to do that which is right in mine eyes, and to keep my statutes and my judgments, as did David his father.” — 1 Kings 11:31-33

“Your eyes have seen what the Lord did because of Baal–peor: for all the men that followed Baal–peor, the Lord thy God hath destroyed them from among you.” — Deuteronomy 4:3

“They joined themselves also unto Baal–peor, and ate the sacrifices of the dead.” — Psalm 106:28

“11  And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord, and served Baalim:

12  And they forsook the Lord God of their fathers, which brought them out of the land of Egypt, and followed other gods, of the gods of the people that were round about them, and bowed themselves unto them, and provoked the Lord to anger.

13  And they forsook the Lord, and served Baal and Ashtaroth.

14  And the anger of the Lord was hot against Israel, and he delivered them into the hands of spoilers that spoiled them, and he sold them into the hands of their enemies round about, so that they could not any longer stand before their enemies.” — Judges 2:11-14

“7  And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord, and forgat the Lord their God, and served Baalim and the groves.

8  Therefore the anger of the Lord was hot against Israel, and he sold them into the hand of Chushan–rishathaim king of Mesopotamia: and the children of Israel served Chushan–rishathaim eight years.” — Judges 3:7-8

“6  And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the Lord, and served Baalim, and Ashtaroth, and the gods of Syria, and the gods of Zidon, and the gods of Moab, and the gods of the children of Ammon, and the gods of the Philistines, and forsook the Lord, and served not him.

7  And the anger of the Lord was hot against Israel, and he sold them into the hands of the Philistines, and into the hands of the children of Ammon.” — Judges 10:6-7

“And they cried unto the Lord, and said, We have sinned, because we have forsaken the Lord, and have served Baalim and Ashtaroth: but now deliver us out of the hand of our enemies, and we will serve thee.” — 1 Samuel 12:10

“For he served Baal, and worshipped him, and provoked to anger the Lord God of Israel, according to all that his father had done.” — 1 Kings 22:53

“As they called them, so they went from them: they sacrificed unto Baalim, and burned incense to graven images. — Hosea 11:2

“For according to the number of thy cities were thy gods, O Judah; and according to the number of the streets of Jerusalem have ye set up altars to that shameful thing, even altars to burn incense unto Baal. — Jeremiah 11:13

“But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal. — Romans 11:4 

Also if you would like to learn how to celebrate the feast of Passover take a look at this link: How to Celebrate Passover 

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2 thoughts on “The Origins of Passover and Easter

  1. We often host Seders in churches. I like your title graphic “Passover, Do this in memory of Me”. May I use it as the base for flyers to invite people to Passover at a local church?

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