Easter or Passover
by Don Elmore
Easter—Holiday of Resurrection of Jesus Christ; climax of Lent, Maundy Thursday and Good Friday—Easter can be celebrated by anyone, except for those who deny the resurrection of Jesus Christ
Part of the Holidays of Christmas, Lent, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter, Pentecost….
Passover—Holy Days of Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ for the sins of Israel ONLY; Passover can be celebrated only by Israel and their descendants. The Bible says that it was the Hebrews who were led like sheep from the captivity in Egypt. It certainly wasn’t the Egyptians.
Part of the Biblical holy days of Passover, Pentecost, Day of Atonement, Tabernacles….
Easter—what does this name mean? East; Eastern Star; Eastern religions; has no biblical reference; except to false religions.
Passover—Refers to part of Israel’s history. Seventy Israelites went to Egypt to join with Joseph’s family, second in command of Egypt. Given land of Goshen to live and multiplied greatly. According to the covenant that God had made with Abraham and his two particular son and grandson, in the fourth generation that their descendants would come out of Egypt. The fourth generation, Moses was picked to be their leader out of Egypt. The Hebrews were slaves, but did not want to leave. God said that they must and they did. On the fourteenth day of the first month of Nisan, the lamb was killed and each family put the blood around their door—these was the sign for God’s death angle to PASS OVER and spare the first born son of Israel. The Egyptians suffered the death of their first born son. This was one of the ten plagues that the Egyptians suffered. At the end, the entire Egyptian army was drown.
Easter—the primary animal is the rabbit who lays eggs, chocolate bunnies; the pagan symbol of fertility. Also, there is the pig; the traditional ham dinner. A rabbit doesn’t lay eggs and a pig (to eat is unclean) and is an abomination to our God. All the greeting cards and other representative traditions established by people which have no Scriptural bearing on the risen Christ. Easter has become a secular observance of great material value rather than a religious observance.
Passover—the primary animal is the lamb. John the Baptist referred to Jesus as the “Lamb of God.” An unblemished lamb was offered as the blood for the Hebrews to put around their door. Jesus had to be sinless; thus the virgin birth is important. Jesus had to be unblemished; sinless—in order to die for the sins of His people. It was the first born son, who was most directly saved in the Passover.
Easter—is a Roman Catholic holiday; universalism. On midnight there is an Easter service that is broadcast to the world from the Vatican.
Passover—is an Israelite Holy day; restricted to Israelites. The death of Jesus Christ eliminated the need for the offering of any animals again for Israel. Jesus eliminated the sin of Adam that was passed on to his descendants. This makes the sacrifice of the “Mass” an abomination to our God.
Easter—is a false holiday; for it teaches that Jesus was raised for potentially everyone on the earth.
Sunrise service on Easter morning is too late to observe the resurrection: John 20:1, we read, “The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulcher, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulcher.” The resurrection had taken place before dawn, while it was yet dark. All that the sunrise worshippers can do is to observe the pagan worship of the “sun god.”
Passover—is the holy day that is depicted in the Bible as the exact time of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ; compare Daniel. What if Jesus had been killed on a day that was not Passover? Would it have fulfilled Jesus’ death for His People? Each of Israel’s Holy days was significant.
Without the resurrection there would be no hope of eternal life, and when man died, there would be no afterlife. As Jesus was resurrected, so we will too.
The Jews bribed the soldiers who were guarding the tomb where Jesus was raised, and told to tell the people that “his disciples came and stole his body.” The Jews deny his resurrection, for they teach that Jesus is now in hell, boiling in a hot pot of body fluids. The Jews, the Bible says, were not in Egypt and not a part of the Passover.
Easter—Most, but not all churches, have an open communion. This means that anyone of any race, of any church, of any belief came come from anywhere and participate with the communion service.
Passover—Passover limits it to Hebrews whose God led their ancestors out of Egypt. There is a racial tie back to the ancestors who actually celebrated the first Passover. We have a closed communion. Only people who have been members of the FGCP church are permitted to take OUR communion. If a former or current member has joined another church or no longer believes what we believe or is living in sin or has something against another member, then we would request that they not take communion.