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Easter: Is It Scriptural?


Given the historical and spiritual significance of the Bible, Kevin has devoted himself to studies through prayer and discernment.


Welcome. Today we are going to talk about Easter. Many people, including so called Christians are getting ready to celebrate this holiday. Is this scriptural? Should this day be celebrated? We are going to find out tonight as we look to the scriptures, and to history to find the truth about Easter.

Acts 12 4

You might say, “But Acts 12 4 says they celebrated Easter”. That use of the word Easter is not supposed to be there. Read verse 3. Now is the Feast of Unleavened Bread, a part of the Passover. The Greek word for this can be found in the Concordance as 3957:

  • Pascha: the Passover, the Passover supper or lamb
  • Original Word: πάσχα, τό
  • Part of Speech: Aramaic Transliterated Word (Indeclinable)
  • Transliteration: Pascha
  • Phonetic Spelling: (pas'-khah)
  • Short Definition: the feast of Passover, the Passover lamb
  • Definition: the feast of Passover, the Passover lamb

Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

  • "intending after Easter (the Passover)] The rendering “Easter” is an attempt to give by an English word the notion of the whole feast. That this meaning and not the single day of the Paschal feast is intended by the Greek seems clear from the elaborate preparation made, as for a longer imprisonment than was the rule among the Jews. Peter was arrested at the commencement of the Passover feast (14th of Nisan), and the king’s intention was to proceed to sentence and punish him when the feast was at an end on the 21st of Nisan."

This did not say Easter. In fact, when you look at all the other translations, the KJV is the only one that says Easter. When you see that any translation is the only one to say a certain word or phrase, that should be a red flag that there may be something wrong. This word means Passover. We can prove this when we read the KJV again in Matthew 26 2, and it correctly translates as Passover. But the same word, Pascha, is used. This chapter had nothing to do with the celebration of Easter. Now, I'm not saying this translation is wrong. From what I understand, the word Easter was originally a synonym for Passover in regards to the KJV. But nowadays, we do not think of it that way.

Some may argue, "The KJV says it was the days of unleavened bread which according to the Old Testament is after Passover so Passover was passed and Easter was not." They use this to argue that Easter is a legitimate holiday, or that Herod was celebrating a pagan holiday in place of the high holy days. But there is no evidence that points to the latter. After further research, a friend of mine came to this conclusion.

  • "We must understand Hebraic thought and culture. In the first century used the term Feast of Pesach or Feast of Unleavened Bread (Matza) was saying the same thing. Though Feast of Pesach is really one day, Feast of Unleavened Bread (Matza) is 7 days long. It was very common in those days to say Pesach and you included Feast of Unleavened Bread within it and vise versa. If I came up to you and said "how was your Pesach? I could mean all 8 days. Passover, Unleavened Bread and First Fruits are part of the same thing."
  • "Passover is sometimes used in a general phrase for the entire Passover season and other times Days of Unleavened Bread are used for the entire season. As you know Passover was on the 15th day of Nisan. The Days of Unleavened bread were for 7 days in duration. Today we have Christmas and it can mean one specific day or the whole week that people take off. Passover in Acts 12 is being used in the general sense of the week-long celebrations."

With that being said, we can see that the scriptural excuses to justify Easter have been explained and put in the true light. Now we shall expose this pagan holiday. NOTE: The book I will be reading from does not reflect my views entirely, and the same goes for the author of the book. I am only reading excerpts that go into detail on Easter.

  • ”The festival, of which we read in church history, under the name of Easter, in the third or fourth centuries, was quite a different festival from that now observed in the Romish Church, and at that time was not known as Easter. It was called Pasch, or the Passover, and though not of apostolic institution, was very early observed by many professing Christians, in commemoration of the death and resurrection of Christ." (The Two Babylons by Alexander Hislop (PG. 93).
  • "The celebration we have today was not the same as back then. No bunnies, eggs, scavenger hunts, etc. As we see, this holiday during that time was used specifically to commemorate the Messiah. No other traditions were instituted with it, such as the eggs, bunnies, or any other tradition we may see.
  • ”Socrates, the ancient ecclesiastical historian, after a lengthened account of the diverse ways in which Easter was observed in different countries in his time – i.e., the fifth century – sums up in these words: ‘Thus much already laid down may seem a sufficient treatise to prove that the celebration of the feast of Easter began everywhere more of custom than by commandment either of Christ or any Apostle.”

Socrates found out that this holiday has nothing to do with celebrating the Messiah, but it had everything to do with the traditions of the other nations, which were rooted in what would be considered pagan worship. No commandment, by the Savior, the disciples, or the law commands or condones this holiday.

  • ”Such is the history of Easter. The popular observances that still attend the period of its celebration amply confirm the testimony as to its Babylonian character. The hot cross buns of Good Friday, and the dyed eggs of Pasch or Easter Sunday figured in the Chaldean rites just as they do now. The “buns,” known too by that identical name, were used in the worship of the queen of Heaven, the goddess Easter, as early as the days of Cecrops, the founder of Athens – that is, 1500 years before the Christian era” (PG. 96).

Research shows that this, and the other traditions, come from the Chaldeans, or ancient Babylonians, and was around long before the era in which people were looking to the Savior. It was picked up and used by the Roman Empire and implemented with the Roman perversion of scripture. 1500 years before the Messiah, Easter was celebrated. Earlier the “Queen of Heaven” was mentioned, and was also shown to be nothing more than a Babylonian goddess. We will use scripture to prove this, in Jeremiah 7 18.

  • ”The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead their dough, to make cakes to the queen of Heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto other gods, that they may provoke me to anger.”

Here, we see that the cakes for the queen of Heaven are being made. This is the same Babylonian concept as stated earlier with the hot cross buns. We will now go more into both the topic of the queen of Heaven and the hot cross buns on page 96 of The Two Babylons.

  • ”The hot cross buns are not now offered, but eaten, on the festival of Astarte: (Easter);”

This deity also went by other names; Ishtar (Babylon), Astarte (Greek), and a consort of Baal (Canaan). So, by doing this, one is worshipping the wife of Baal, the same false god worshipped by the Philistines in the Old Testament, also called Beelzebub (or Baalzebub) in the New Testament.

  • ”but this leaves no doubt as to whence they have been derived. The origin of the Pasch eggs is just as clear. The ancient Druids bore an egg, as the sacred emblem of their order. In the Dionysiaca, or mysteries of Bacchus, as celebrated in Athens, one part of the nocturnal ceremony consisted in the consecration of an egg. The Hindoo fables celebrate their mundane egg as of a golden colour. The people of Japan make their sacred to have been brazen. In China, at this hour, dyed or painted eggs are used on sacred festivals, even as in this country.”
  • ”In ancient times eggs were used in the religious rites of the Egyptians and the Greeks, and were hung up for mystic purposes in their temples”. From Egypt, these sacred eggs can be distinctly traced to the banks of the Euphrates. The classic poets are full of the fable of the mystic egg of the Babylonians; and thus, its tale is told by Hyginus, the Egyptian, the learned keeper of the Palatine library at Rome.”

So, the Druids, Greeks, Asians, Egyptians, all the way up to Nimrod’s kingdom venerated the egg in some way, and some even went as far as to paint and dye their eggs.

  • ”In the time of Augustus, who was skilled in all the wisdom of his native country: “An egg of wondrous size is said to have fallen from Heaven into the river Euphrates. The fishes rolled it to the bank, where the doves having settled upon it, and hatched it. Out came Venus, who afterwards was called the Syrian Goddess” – that is, Astarte. Hence, the egg became one of the symbols of Astarte or Easter; and accordingly, in Cyprus, one of the chosen seats of the worship of Venus, or Astarte, the egg of wondrous size was represented on a grand scale.”

Note how it said this was on a grand scale. Nimrod is the cause of most, if not all pagan religions, stemming from polytheism, demonic rituals, and perverse commandments. I plan on doing an article personally on Nimrod someday. But for now, we will get back to the lesson on Easter in page 97 of The Two Babylons.

"The Roman Emperor Constantine established himself as the head of the church around 313 A.D., which made this new "Christianity" the official religion of the Roman Empire." -What You Should Know About Catholicism.

"The Roman Emperor Constantine established himself as the head of the church around 313 A.D., which made this new "Christianity" the official religion of the Roman Empire." -What You Should Know About Catholicism.

  • "Now the Romish Church adopted this mystic egg of Astarte, and celebrated it as a symbol of Christ’s resurrection.

The pagan Roman Catholic church is the one responsible for this tradition. They took this Babylonian tradition and combined it with the scriptures. Following the Messiah was becoming a huge trend, and the Romans were losing power. To gain power, the Romans combined both religions into one, creating what we would become Catholicism, and eventually the different branches of Christianity we see today that still follows in it footsteps despite claiming to be Protestant, Orthodox, etc. They are all offspring of the Roman Catholic Church.

Peace and blessings, and all praises to the Most High.


James from Maine, USA on April 18, 2017:


The first "Christians" were Jews, who were called such at Antioch. Jews who were known as "Christians" did not create Easter, because they weren't pagan, they were Jewish. The bible records as much.

Setank Setunk on April 18, 2017:

I did not misunderstand you Kingdom Come. You acknowledged that Easter exists, and you acknowledge that those who honor it call themselves Christians. That was my original point. I have not tried to defend either of these instruments of faith but simply tried to point out that disagreeing with them does not counter their existence.

Charlie: Your knowledge and commitment to "truth" are commendable. I have been down the road of what is truth and what is man made, and it is a dead end. Polycarp is as close as we can get to Jesus through his acclaimed devotion to John. You will get nowhere with me on the argument over who is more righteous as it is a circular argument that centers completely on men claiming what Jesus said decades after his death. There is no original scripture only a best guess. I know Christians today are far from what was originally intended, but you must remember that the initial lure of Christianity lay in it's accessibility to the masses.

I must also acknowledge that my initial post may have implied affiliations that I do not have: My apologies AF. Your article was very well written, I only defend others who, however misguided, have the right to call themselves Christians by accepting Christianity's modern conventions: Even I grimace at these words, but they are just words and are defined and evolved by man.

KingdomCome from those of the Ecclesia on April 17, 2017:

I should make it very clear that Easter is NOT a legitimite belief of a disciple of Jesus Christ. And is NOT supported anywhere in the bible. Easter is satanic.

KingdomCome from those of the Ecclesia on April 17, 2017:

SS- You are misunderstanding what I'm saying. So called christians have inserted the resurrection of Jesus Christ into the pagan holiday known as Easter. Which has resulted in the false teachings and doctrine of the man made Catholic church.

charlie from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth in between the oceans on April 17, 2017:

ss- probably the best you can do without understanding the original language is an interlinear bible, direct word for word translation without the translators opinions added.

bibles ARE NOT SCRIPTURE they are translations in which the translators insert their opinions as if they are scripture and "churches" do not teach this truth, they just pick a bible that they agree with instead of looking for scripture truth whatever the cost . and of course all thing you believe must also be approved to you by the Holy Spirit. that is why scripture cannot be correctly understood by so many professing to be Christian, because they are not filled with the Holy Spirit of God but by another spirit. The Holy Spirit has been sent to us to teach us all things, no other has been.

Setank Setunk on April 17, 2017:

Thank You Kingdom Come for simplifying what I am trying to explain. Easter does exist and since it celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus Christ it is a Christian Holiday. I do not suggest Easter is God approved, in fact I have acknowledged the claims of Pagan origins, but Jesus did not invent Christianity man did.

Charlie; I am curious what you consider legitimate scripture.

KingdomCome from those of the Ecclesia on April 16, 2017:

Easter is a pagan holiday celibrated by so called christians who embrace the false doctrine. It' nothing more and nothing less.

charlie from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth in between the oceans on April 15, 2017:


Setank Setunk on April 14, 2017:

James and Charlie: Fanaticism is the opposite of reason. Charlie, if your God created ALL things, did he not create Easter? Did he not allow such disparity in Christian worship?

You both clearly understand the history behind this traditional holiday but suggest a different meaning because we use the word Easter which has pagan origins. Even with a strictly Christian Historiography we find this Greek celebration essentially supplanting that of Jewish Passover.

I never once claimed Easter to be righteous or God approved. I have agreed with you both on it's origins. But the day after tomorrow is Easter and regardless of the origins of the word or the official creation of this holiday by the Nicean council, it is the Ultimate Christian Holiday. Right or wrong this day exists and celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus which is the foundation of all Christianity.

charlie from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth in between the oceans on April 13, 2017:

SETANK-- If you believe that Jesus does not have a problem with taking a licentious, heathen, abhorrent sexual holiday and putting His name on it then you do not know the God that created ALL things and areserving a different god. Because the scriptures clearly say to not mix the Holy with the profane. Also they don't even use the correct days for their bastardized holidays.

James from Maine, USA on April 13, 2017:

Setank Setunk,

Wow dude, seriously? No it wasn't created by and for Christians. If it had pagan origins, it wasn't created by Christians, nor could it be created for Christians. That's the complete opposite of what is being stated, which makes what you said an oxymoron.

Christians could celebrate Halloween, but it wouldn't make it a "Christian holiday" in the least. Next thing you know Christians will be celebrating Ramadan and going to Black Mass.

Monkey see, monkey do.

Setank Setunk on April 13, 2017:

AF Mind: I mentioned in my first post that Easter is not in scripture. I do not need to prove anything. I am not challenging the Pagan origins of this holiday. But this holiday exists and was created for Christians and by Christians. It does not matter if it's origins are Pagan or that it is absent from Scripture. With very few exceptions, Easter is a holiday universally celebrated by Christians. I do not see what is confusing about this. You can claim it is wrong to celebrate Easter or even claim that God does not want people to celebrate Easter, but they do, and it is a Christian Holiday.

AF Mind (author) on April 12, 2017:

Setank, you still have yet to provide any scripture to prove your argument. It has been proven that these holiday traditions are pagan in origin. Yet you persist but use no scripture and only opinions. You can say it is a Christian till you're blue in the face, but just because a majority of Christians celebrate it does not prove anything. Unless you provide a scripture, you have no argument.

Setank Setunk on April 12, 2017:

Charlie: I am less critical of Christian dogma than you, but I essentially agree with what you are saying. Christian is a colloquial term today not a rigidly defined path of Christ worship, and this motley collection of Christian sects celebrate Easter. The point I was trying to make is that Easter is a Christian Holiday. No argument however right or wrong can negate reality.

AF Mind (author) on April 10, 2017:

Charlie, I went over all of those verses in my article Is The Law Done Away With?, including the New Commandment verse. Please read it. If you're going to debate it, comment on that article and not this one after reading it and the link to the document at the end which goes into more detail. Anymore comments about it from you or anyone else about it will be deleted as I want to keep with the context of this article. Jeremiah 31 31-33 confirms this.

charlie from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth in between the oceans on April 10, 2017:

af- scripture is clear that the law was done away with, fulfilled, completed . It was TEMPORARY, FOR ISRAEL ONLY AND was fulfilled by Jesus on the cross making it no longer valid.

Luke 16:16-17 "The law and the prophets were until John. Since that time the kingdom of God has been preached, and everyone is pressing into it. 17 And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one tittle of the law to fail.

it was fulfilled by the MAN JESUS as scripture spoke it would be IT DID NOT FAIL IT WAS FULFILLED, COMPLETED..

NT:4137 pleroo (play-ro'-o); from NT:4134; to make replete, i.e. (literally) to cram (a net), level up (a hollow), or (figuratively) to FINISH (or imbue, diffuse, influence), satisfy, execute (an office), FINISH (a period or task), verify (or coincide with a prediction), etc.:

NEW TESTAMENT SCRIPURE, the guide for this final age states clearly that those who keep any part of the LAW obligate themselves to keep ALL of it and are to be judged by it and not the grace and mercy brought by Jesus, because they are by their actions saying He died in vain therefore do not believe He is Savior.

Matt 5:17-18 "Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. 18 For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.

Gal 3:22-25 But the Scripture has confined all under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe. 23 But before faith came, we were kept under guard by the law, kept for the faith which would afterward be revealed. 24 Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 25 But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.

Gal 3:12-14 Yet the law is not of faith, but "the man who does them shall live by them."

13 Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, "Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree"), 14 that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

The Law has been fulfilled, it served its time and purpose and was replaced by a completely NEW CONTRACT between God and man and this new one included whosoeverwill, the Old was only with

israel with harsh penalty for missing the mark but the new brings grace, mercy and forgiveness- the ultimate acts of love..

The GOSPEL if the Kingdom of God does NOT include any part oF the Law it is a NEW CONTRACT (COVENANT).

John 13:34-35 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35 By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another."

John 15:12-17 12 This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends. 14 You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. 15 No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you. 17 These things I command you, that you love one another.

charlie from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth in between the oceans on April 10, 2017:

ss- presenting scripture truth vs man made doctrine is not what you say it is, it is required of disciples of Christ.

all the ?holidays? the "church" system celebrates are bastardized satanic holidays brought in by the catholic church. they never had nor do they now have any scriptural support and are contrary to the words of Christ.

John 8:31-32 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, "If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. 32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."


AF Mind (author) on April 10, 2017:

James and Charlie, thank you for further proving my point. All of these holidays are pagan and should not be celebrated by true believers. Although Charlie we do heavily disagree on your topic of saying the law and high holy days of scripture being done away with. See, "Is The Law Done Away With?" on my profile for more info.

As for the rest of you who support , I noticed that none of you brought up a verse to prove me wrong. Setank, you said, "They are traditional religious celebrations adopted in Christian culture. Their link to pre-Christian practices are irrelevant, Easter is a Christian Holiday."

Adopted from what, though? Pagan holidays as a result of the Romanization of scriptures. You confessed yourself that they are not scriptural in origin. So why should it be celebrated when it has pagan origins? Paint the name Jesus on an egg all you want, but that egg is still Babylonian in origin. Nothing changes that. In fact, pagan customs are clearly condemned in the scriptures. Here is one of them:

Jeremiah 10:1-4 - Hear the word which Yah speaks to you, O house of Yashar'al.

2 Thus says Yah: "Do not learn the way of the Gentiles; Do not be dismayed at the signs of heaven, For the Gentiles are dismayed at them.

3 For the customs of the peoples are futile; For one cuts a tree from the forest, The work of the hands of the workman, with the ax.

4 They decorate it with silver and gold; They fasten it with nails and hammers so that it will not topple.

"Do not learn the way of the Gentiles" Don't even learn it, let alone practice it and incorporate it into the worship of Yah! After all, shouldn't the roots of our worship be in the scriptures, rather than paganism? He did not say for them to use the decorated tree as a form of worship to him. He said it was to be totally kept away.

Unless you bring me a verse in your argument, you have nothing to prove me wrong.

Setank Setunk on April 10, 2017:

James: Sexual acts are not pornography. You should look up the definition of the word and it's origins. Easter is a Christian Holiday and is going to be celebrated in a few days. I do understand your point regarding the origins of this celebration but they are not pornographic in nature and cannot support the denial of a REAL Christian Holiday that IS going to takes place in many parts of the World on April 16th 2017.

Charlie: You proselytize like the Apostates you decry.

charlie from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth in between the oceans on April 10, 2017:

XMAS AND EASTER and all associated ?holidays? are an abomination, from the minds of apostate men trying to be relevant. Unfortunately they do not Know scripture or either GOD or HIS SON JESUS but have bastardized the pagan holidays to substitute the jewish holidays that were along with the temple which were given as a temporary measure to only the jews and was done away with at the cross along with the rest of the law.

As God did for the jews, Jesus did for His disciple, He told what , when and how to REMEMBER HIM. In other words He gave us the ONLY way HE wants us to celebrate Him.

1 Cor 11:23-26 For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; 24 and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, "Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me." 25 In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me." 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death till He comes.

Any other method of remembering Jesus is not acceptable to Him.

But then what do you expect of the hireling churchsystem that Jesus spoke so disparingly about.

The entire "church" system with it's edifices to the men running them, their false teachings and departure from scripture ARE AN ABOMINATION. They substitute the scriptures with their grandiose plans and ideas to raise money to build kingdoms to themselves and bring gullible people that are to lazy to read and understand scripture for themselves into a bondage as great as the bondage JESUS SET US FREE FROM.


Eph 4:15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head — Christ —

1 Cor 11:3-4 But I want you to know that the head of every man is Christ, the head of woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.

COME OUT OF THAT false system designed by satan and run by men that think they know better than God how to run His Kingdom and join us in His Kingdom, run by HIS Holy Spirit

James from Maine, USA on April 10, 2017:

The pre-Christian practices are not irrelevant, Setank.

If someone starts a pornography publication, but with a Christian theme, is it OK? Easter, having roots in fertility celebrations, is exactly that: A celebration of pornography.

Easter is absolutely NOT a Christian holiday.

Setank Setunk on April 10, 2017:

"so called Christians"? Have you ever read a Bible? I have and I do not recall any passages requiring followers to celebrate Easter or Christmas. They are traditional religious celebrations adopted in Christian culture. Their link to pre-Christian practices are irrelevant, Easter is a Christian Holiday.

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