Note* Scriptural passages are taken from The Scriptures 1998+ unless otherwise noted.
When you think of Easter, what comes to mind? Finding hidden Easter eggs? Coloring Eggs? The resurrection of Messiah?
Depending on who you are, what you’ve been taught growing up and how you think about this time of year many things could come to mind when you hear the word Easter. Let’s discover the truth of this holiday together.
Literally millions of people observe Easter in honor of Messiah’s resurrection, but is this biblical? Most people follow what they have been taught assuming that it’s correct, never taking the time to find if what they are doing is right. So let me ask, why do you believe what you do? Where did you get these beliefs? What is the source of your beliefs, is it from the Bible or another authority? If you claim they are from the Bible, are you certain?
The name “Easter” originated with the names of an ancient goddess and god. The Venerable Bede, (672-735 CE.) a Christian scholar, first asserted in his book De Ratione Temporum that Easter was named after Eostre (a.k.a. Eastre). She was the Great Mother goddess of the Saxon people in Northern Europe. Similarly, the “Teutonic dawn goddess of fertility [was] known variously as Ostare, Ostara, Ostern, Eostra, Eostre, Eostur, Eastra, Eastur, Austron and Ausos.” Her name was derived from the ancient word for spring: “eastre.”
The Sumerian goddess Inanna, or Ishtar (pronounced Easter), was hung naked on a stake, and was subsequently resurrected and ascended from the underworld.
A compromise between Christianity and this pagan practice of Easter was formed by Constantine I who was was Roman Emperor from 306 to 337. The claim is that Messiah was crucified on Friday, known to many as “good Friday” and the day that Messiah was crucified. However, this information is false and based on the fact that the day after his crucifixion was the Sabbath. However it wasn’t the weekly Sabbath, it was the yearly Sabbath that coincided with the Passover and fell on the fifth day (Thursday) of that week. They claim he rose Sunday morning which doesn’t line up with scripture. Let’s take a look.
So when יהושע took the sour wine He said, “It has been accomplished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit. Therefore, since it was the Preparation Day, that the bodies should not remain on the stake on the Sabbath – for that Sabbath was a high one – the Yehuḏim asked Pilate to have their legs broken, and that they be taken away. John 19:30,31
It’s obvious from the scripture that Yeshua’s death, burial and resurrection lined up precisely with the Passover (1 Corinthians 5:7 Therefore cleanse out the old leaven, so that you are a new lump, as you are unleavened. For also Messiah our Passover was offered for us.). He became our Passover lamb according to the prophecy. In John 19:31 we see that the day Messiah was crucified was the preparation, this was always the day preceding the Sabbath day. We also see in this verse that it was not the weekly Sabbath but rather the high day Sabbath which fell on Thursday or the 5th day of that week making the day Messiah was crucified the 4th day, or Wednesday.
Yeshua himself told us that he would be in the heart of the earth 3 days and 3 nights. Matthew 16:4 A wicked and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign shall be given to it except the sign of the prophet Yonah.” And He left them and went away.
And the Yehuḏim answered and said to Him, “What sign do You show to us, since You are doing these?” יהושע answered and said to them, “Destroy this Dwelling Place, and in three days I shall raise it.” Then the Yehuḏim said, “It took forty-six years to build this Dwelling Place, and You are going to raise it in three days?” But He spoke about the Dwelling Place of His body. So, when He was raised from the dead, His taught ones remembered that He said this to them. And they believed the Scripture and the word which יהושע had said. John 2:18-22
So when did Yeshua rise from the dead?
In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. Matthew 28:1 KJV
This is the most accurate verse we have to show the time of Messiah’s resurrection. No matter how you read this verse, it was in the end of the Sabbath, the first day had not even come yet when Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the sepulchre. The key point here is that Christ was already risen! Which lines up with the fact that he was crucified on Wednesday afternoon around 2 or 3pm. They had to put his body in the tomb before sundown since the next day was a high day Sabbath. So 3 days and 3 nights later brings us to the end of the Sabbath. Remember, Scripture interprets Scripture. This is why we know that Messiah rose in the end of the Sabbath. In the end of the Sabbath as it was nearing the first day of the week notice that Messiah was already risen, he did not rise Sunday morning as so many people think. Look closely at the first part of the verse and it’s clear what day and what time of day it is referring to, “In the end of the sabbath.”
It’s clear from reading scripture that Yeshua was crucified on the fourth day (Wednesday) and rose on the seventh day (Sabbath). Many people either simply accept what is taught to them without checking or they only do a light reading of the Scripture themselves and become deceived by it. Scripture speaks for itself, all one has to do is read it closely and truly want to seek Elohim’s will rather than following the ways of this world.
So the myth that Yeshua rose the first day of the week gives us Easter doesn’t even line up with Scripture. And even if Messiah had risen the first day of the week does not justify the practice of Easter. Remember, Elohim hates compromise and that’s what Easter is, a compromise between the truth and paganism.