Before answering this question, we all need to understand that Easter and Passover are two individual holidays. Since they are different, then it is normal for them to have two different dates. Most of the time these holidays are extremely close to each other, but there are some years that these will be on very different dates (like this year). Even though churches have the same “theme” for these two celebrations, which is the crucifixion of Jesus Christ (“Yeshua Hamashiac” in Hebrew), only one of these churches seem to truly keep it the biblical way. YHVH told us to celebrate the Passover every year on Abib*/Nisan 14 (*pre-exilic name), which in the Gregorian calendar will always be in March-April. So far so good, but there is more. YHVH gave us the Sun and the Moon not only to divide morning from evening but also to observe His festivals.
“And Elohim said, “Let lights come to be in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and appointed times, and for days and years” – Genesis 1 :14
Passover is always celebrated on Abib 14. To find out when this date is situated in our calendar, we need to look at the Jewish calendar. Why? Because Jews are probably the only one, who keep YHVH’s calendar. The reason why this calendar is called the Jewish is because the Jews are the only one who keep it. The truth of the matter is that this calendar should be kept by all who follow YHVH’s instructions. Didn’t YHVH make the earth and the whole universe including His calendar for us ALL and not only for the Jews? Why we are not keeping “their” calendar is purely an anti-semitic reason that came from the past. Also, because Jews use a lunar calendar, every two or three years they must insert a “leap year” to keep their holidays in tune with the seasons. So this year we had two months of Adar that come before the month of Abib. I personally believe that before the flood of Noah, everything that YHVH made was perfect. The Sun was in the right position and months always had 30 days. When humans started messing up by not keeping commandments of YHVH, everything got out of control… Just like now I guess. This article will explain in greater detail the idea of the perfect calendar before the flood – The 13th Month In Scripture.
If we all keep YHVH’s Passover in March this year, then we wouldn’t be able to give our first fruits to our Creator as He told us to do so. The “First fruits” that come right after Passover were meant to be brought as an offering to YHVH from the harvest of the land. If the land is not ready to be harvested because its way to early for the crop to be picked, then we cannot give YHVH our offering. That makes perfect sense to me! On a side note, YHVH does nothing on accident. When Yeshua was crucified, and later rose from the dead, He brought with Him a harvest of “first fruits” taken to heaven, so I guess Yeshua didn’t abolished anything that YHVH established.
“And the tombs were opened, and many bodies of the set-apart ones who had fallen asleep were raised, and coming out of the tombs after the resurrection, they went into the set-apart city and appeared to many.” – Mathew 27:52-53
Without going very deep into this subject, we should ask ourselves who’s calendar we are observing today? Personally I believe that this year we can ask ourselves which side we are standing on. Are you on YHVH’s side or the pagan side? Yes, you read it correctly. The festival of Easter has pagan roots. The origins of its name would be the first clue for you to realize that this holiday has pagan roots. Easter is translated from Ishtar, who was a pagan goddess. Ishtar is no one else but Ashtoreth, that YHVH hates!
“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
If you would like to find out more information on the difference between the Passover and Easter, I highly recommend that you read my previous article – The Origins of Passover and Easter
This year not only will challenge you to follow what the Bible says, but also can change your life forever by digging deeper on how to celebrate the festivals that YHVH has commanded us to celebrate. By researching and celebrating YHVH festivals, you will begin to understand the Bible better than ever. You’ll feel like Indiana Jones searching for amazing hidden messages about our Saviour Yeshua Hamashiac.