Did you know that Easter is more popularly known as Pascha, which is the Latin word for Passover in most of Europe? Furthermore, did you know that the German name for Pascha, which is Easter, is derived from the old German word for Spring, and it was not the name of any goddess or pagan feast in that region of the world ever? Well, that's the unvarnished truth that you can share with all the people that hate even the mention of the word Easter because they have been erroneously taught that it is a pagan feast day, and that it is not related to Passover, even though it is.
In fact, the date for Easter is chosen so that it will coincide with the exact day that the Firstfruits Offering was once offered up to God in the Temple to Yahweh in Jerusalem, and this was the exact day that Yahshua was resurrected from the dead as the Firstfruits of the Resurrection. This was on the Sunday or first day of the week during Passover Week or the Feast of Unleavened Bread, which should ALWAYS fall on the Sunday after the first Full Moon after the Spring Equinox for those not residing in Israel, where the Aviv barley or first ripe stalks of the Spring barley harvest for the Firstfruits Offering in the Temple had to be taken into consideration.
Although the first ripe barley stalks don't figure into the choice of months for the celebration of Passover Week and the Feast of Unleavened Bread today for most religious Jews, Jewish officials add an extra Spring month to their Lunar Calendar every four years in order to keep it in sync with the Solar Calendar, and this happens to be a year that they had to do that. That is why Easter and the Sunday of Passover Week didn't coincide this year, although they very often do.
So I want to wish you all a very Happy Easter, Pascha or Resurrection Sunday this year, again, in keeping with the Jewish Traditions that Yahshua kept. May the day, and this whole Holy Week be a very blessed and happy one for you as we await the very soon return of our Messiah and King Yahshua or Jesus, when we will be able to join Him as another wave of the Firstfruits of the First Resurrection. This First Resurrection began with Christ's Resurrection and the resurrection of many Jewish saints in Israel in conjunction with an earthquake there, which opened up many old tombs either shortly after, or exactly when Yahshua rose. This major event is attested to in Matthew 27:51-53.
The Apostle Paul may actually have mentioned this Firstfruits Resurrection of these Jewish saints at Christ's resurrection in 1 Corinthians 15:22-23, which I quoted both on and below the graphic at the beginning of this article. Since there was no punctuation in the actual Greek and Aramaic versions of this Scripture, this passage could read:
I wrote this article partly in response to a Messianic Jewish friend's attack on the celebration of Easter. It was an attempt to persuade him to abandon his dislike of Easter because the Holy Day is actually the Christian celebration of Passover. Why, I reasoned, would someone continue to despise a day that was never chosen in error, but for all the right reasons? Sadly, because of the association of Easter with pagan feasts that was done by the common people and Liberal Scholars and not the Church, as many who hate Easter have been erroneously taught, most will not budge in their refusal to accept the truth. But I do understand it, since I used to believe this fabricated history being pushed by Liberal scholars and rabidly Antichristian Messianic Jews as well until I did my own research, and found out that it is patently untrue.
For more encouragement to all the saints that are waiting for the Rapture in this holy season, be sure to read the following hope-filled posts on my blog: