Today, millions of people celebrate Easter as an important religious holiday, while Passover is almost universally ignored. Many people will be surprised to find that the day God commanded us as believers to observe in the Bible is the Day being ignored. In this essay, I will compare this observance (holiday) with the instructions about worship found in the Bible regarding His “Holy Day” of Passover.
The word Easter is the English word for “Ishtar” it is found only once in the King James Version Bible, (Acts 12:4) and there, it was mistranslated from the Greek work Pascha, which literally means Passover. In 325AD through a ruling council of the Roman Catholic Church, Emperor Constantine established “Easter” as their feast day. His prime motivation for establishing “Easter” as a replacement in practice and dating from Passover was a desire to abandon all things “Jewish”. When Constantine was questioned he stated, “Let us then have nothing in common with the most hostile rabble of the Jews”. (Mason and Lane, 1839)
Easter celebrations were not new; it had been celebrated by pagans for thousands of years before the birth of Christ Jesus. This pagan festival “Easter/ Ishtar” originated from a religious celebration to the pagan “Queen of Heaven”, Goddess Ishtar. She represented fertility and life. (Jeremiah 7: 17-20) These festivals were filled with sexual overtones and ungodly indulgences.
For more than a century before the Easter tradition had fully prevailed in the church, thousands of Christians all over the Roman world use to observe what they called pascha “Passover”. This is the holiday which would correctly commemorate what God told his children. He commanded that it be observed forever as a memorial, “that thou mayest remember the day when thou camest forth out of the land of Egypt all the days of thy life”. (Deuteronomy 16:3)
“And the Lord spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying,...