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Passover or Easter?

The use of Easter from Acts 12:4 using the authorised version of the Bible gives a proper translation and meaning to the passage of scripture. 


The use of Easter from Acts 12:4 using the authorised version of the Bible gives a proper translation and meaning to the passage of scripture. 

Act 12:4 KJV And when he had apprehended him, he put [him] in prison, and delivered [him] to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people.

There are many new Bible versions, use the word Passover in this text. I have a good meaning of this word Easter from the Vine’s CONCISE on page 109.

Pascha (3957) mistranslated “Easter” in Acts 12:4 KJV, denotes the Passover (RV). The phrase “after the Passover” signifies after the whole festival was at an end. The term “Easter” is not of Christian origin. It is another form of Astarte, one of the titles of the Chaldean goddess, the queen of heaven. The festival of Pasch held by Christians in post apostolic times was a continuation of the Jewish feast, but was not instated by Christ, nor was it connected with lent. From Pasch the pagan festival of “Easter” was quite distinct and introduced into apostate Western religion, as part of the attempt to adapt pagan festivals to Christianity.  

Passover occurred before the feast of unleavened bread not after! And we need to see the verses before 4-11 of Acts 12 to see how we are to understand why the KJV put Easter instead of Passover. 

Acts 12: 1 Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth [his] hands to vex certain of the church. 2 And he killed James the brother of John with the sword. 3 And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. (Then were the days of unleavened bread.) 

We see Peter taken (Then were the days of unleavened bread.) the week of unleavened bread on the days of April 15th to the 21st. Passover was on the 14th, when you see Passover mentioned in the NT it is always in reference to the meal eaten on the night of April 14th and not the entire week. It’s not accurate that these new bible versions use the feast of unleavened bread to be referred to as the Passover.

We need to look at the Old Testament scriptures to see why and the order of things.

Numbers 28: 16, 17 ¶ And in the fourteenth day of the first month [is] the passover of the LORD. 17 And in the fifteenth day of this month [is] the feast: seven days shall unleavened bread be eaten.  

Exodus 12:13-18 And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye [are]: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy [you], when I smite the land of Egypt.14 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. 15 Seven days shall ye eat unleavened bread; even the first day ye shall put away leaven out of your houses: for whosoever eateth leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that soul shall be cut off from Israel. 16  And in the first day [there shall be] an holy convocation, and in the seventh day there shall be an holy convocation to you; no manner of work shall be done in them, save [that] which every man must eat, that only may be done of you. 17  And ye shall observe [the feast of] unleavened bread; for in this selfsame day have I brought your armies out of the land of Egypt: therefore shall ye observe this day in your generations by an ordinance for ever. 18 In the first [month], on the fourteenth day of the month at even, ye shall eat unleavened bread, until the one and twentieth day of the month at even.  

Deuteronomy 16:1-8 ¶ Observe the month of Abib, and keep the passover unto the LORD thy God: for in the month of Abib the LORD thy God brought thee forth out of Egypt by night. 2  Thou shalt therefore sacrifice the passover unto the LORD thy God, of the flock and the herd, in the place which the LORD shall choose to place his name there. 3  Thou shalt eat no leavened bread with it; seven days shalt thou eat unleavened bread therewith, [even] the bread of affliction; for thou camest forth out of the land of Egypt in haste: that thou mayest remember the day when thou camest forth out of the land of Egypt all the days of thy life. 4  And there shall be no leavened bread seen with thee in all thy coast seven days; neither shall there [any thing] of the flesh, which thou sacrificedst the first day at even, remain all night until the morning. 5  Thou mayest not sacrifice the passover within any of thy gates, which the LORD thy God giveth thee: 6  But at the place which the LORD thy God shall choose to place his name in, there thou shalt sacrifice the passover at even, at the going down of the sun, at the season that thou camest forth out of Egypt. 7  And thou shalt roast and eat [it] in the place which the LORD thy God shall choose: and thou shalt turn in the morning, and go unto thy tents. 8  Six days thou shalt eat unleavened bread: and on the seventh day [shall be] a solemn assembly to the LORD thy God: thou shalt do no work [therein].  

See in Deuteronomy 16:1 we see the Passover was sacrificed on the first night and that the Passover was celebrated in the evening see verse 6 and not at sunrise see Ezekiel 8: 13-16.  

So we see new Bible versions have got it wrong and what is the motive in it? Dare I ask… Peter was arrested the week of unleavened bread after the Passover had passed. 

Reading the newer Bible versions is confusing and we can see that Herod could not possibly have been referring to the Passover as being Easter, because the next Passover would be a year away again. 

Now we know Herod wasn’t a Jew and had no reason to keep the Jewish Passover but he was an Edomite, a pagan Roman who worshipped the queen of heaven. 

This is how you get the connection with the pagan festival of Astarte also known as Ishtar and its pronounced ‘Easter’ as we would say.

This festival is held late April celebrating the earth’s regenerating itself after the cold winter months. 

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