The following excerpt is taken from Vine’s Expository Dictionary:
Mistranslated “Easter” in Acts 12:4, AV, 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 instituted by Christ, nor was it connected with Lent. From this Pasch the pagan festival of “Easter” was quite distinct and was introduced into the apostate Western religion, as part of the attempt to adapt pagan festivals to Christianity. See PASSOVER.
The Greek spelling of the Aramaic word for the Passover, from the Hebrew pasach, “to pass over, to spare,” a feast instituted by God in commemoration of the deliverance of Israel from Egypt, and anticipatory of the expiatory sacrifice of Christ. The word signifies (I) “the Passover Feast,” e.g., Matthew 26:2; John 2:13,23; 6:4; 11:55; 12:1; 13:1; 18:39; 19:14; Acts 12:4; Hebrews 11:28; (II) by metonymy, (a) “the Paschal Supper,” Matthew 26:18,19; Mark 14:16; Luke 22:8,13; (b) “the Paschal lamb,” e.g., Mark 14:12 (cp. Exodus 12:21); Luke 22:7; (c) “Christ Himself,” 1 Corinthians 5:7.
Now one must ask: Why would the Bible translators mistranslate the Greek word ‘pascha’ as ‘Easter’ when they knew exactly what it meant since they translated it correctly as ‘Passover’ in every other place in the New Testament!
Secondly, Vine’s is one of those Bible Study tools that every so-called Bible scholar and theologian utilize in their Biblical studies. You’ll most likely find one on every Christian preacher’s bookshelf. So why in God’s name do Christian leaders continue promoting this pagan festival? Jesus told us why:
“Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.” ~Matthew 15:14
Students of the Bible BEWARE. One of the reasons Jesus said “Salvation is of the Jews” is because all the New Testament writings can be traced back to the Old Testament writings, and Jesus said everything Written in the Old Testament was speaking about Him!
Search the scriptures; for in them you think you have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. ~John 5:39
When Jesus is alive, the only “scriptures” that exist are the Old Testament writings. The New Testament had not been written yet, and would not be written until many years after Jesus’ death. This means all of Jesus’ teachings, which He referred to as the Father’s doctrine, were not His own invention but the result of His knowledge of the Old Testament, which included the Law of Moses and the writings of the prophets, which Jesus said He did not intend to “do away” with, but to fulfill.
Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. ~Matthew 5:17-18
Did you catch it? All things written in the Old Testament would be fulfilled!
The reason Jesus is called ‘The Passover’ is because:
- He fulfills the Passover feast by living a sinless life (the passover lamb could not have any blemish)
- He is willing to be executed for someone else’s sin (the spilling of His blood), for which reason
- He is able to “atone” (forgive) human beings for their sin (who believe what Jesus taught, which is everything written in the Old Testament), which is how
- He can “save” human beings from destruction, which is an appointed time when the wrath of God is poured out on evil people who refuse to believe God’s Word, in every generation, just like Pharaoh who refused to believe Moses, who was a messenger bringing God’s Word to Pharaoh!
If you have ears, hear.
After nine warnings, God struck Egypt with a final blow: the death of the firstborn. The children of Israel were “saved” from all ten plagues because they obeyed Moses’ word, which was not Moses’ word, but the Lord’s Word given to Moses. Moses did not “interpret” the Word, “add” to the Word, or “take away” from the Word. A true messenger of God relays the message exactly as it is given to him, or exactly as it is written in the Bible.
This same system exists today, although Christians are blind to it because they are following blind guides.
Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father has sent me, even so send I you. And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said unto them, Receive the Holy Ghost: Whose soever sins you remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins you retain, they are retained. ~John 20:21-23
Who was Jesus? A Jewish Messiah. Who were His apostles? Jewish men. What power did He give them? The power to forgive sin! How? By teaching the exact doctrine that Jesus taught the world, without which, a person cannot be saved from destruction!
Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted (written) word, which is able to save your souls. ~James 1:21
Whoever transgresses, and does not abide (live) in the doctrine of Christ, does not have God. He that abides (lives) in the doctrine of Christ, he has both the Father and the Son. ~2 John 1:9
Show me where a person can be saved without the exact doctrine (teaching) of Christ! And show me where a Gentile apostle is mentioned in the New Testament! You will not find one, because Salvation is of the Jews, not the Gentiles.
Hopefully, you have a clearer picture of how the Jewish Messiah became the “final sacrifice” for sin and transformed the ritual of Passover into a living feast, one that Christians are supposed to keep on a daily basis, by allowing Christ’s Spirit (your conscience) to guide you.
“Your glorying is not good. Don’t you know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? Purge out therefore the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, as you are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.” ~1 Corinthians 5:6-8
Now if Christians do not understand the Passover, which is part of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, how can they understand how Christ fulfilled the feast?
And if Christians do not understand how Christ fulfilled the feast, how can they teach others about Christ’s sacrifice?
And if Christians cannot teach others about Christ’s sacrifice, what gospel have they been preaching?
And if Christians have been preaching another gospel, why do they think they are saved?
And if Christians are not saved, how can they save the Jews?
It is the Christians who need to learn from the Jews!
The Jews do not celebrate a pagan festival called Easter, and woe unto every Christian leader, preacher, teacher, evangelist and missionary who teaches this pagan festival in the name of Christ!
Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name? and in your name have cast out devils? and in your name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, you that work iniquity. ~Matthew 7:22-23