We see an amazing calendar alignment the April 2019:

  • April 19 is Good Friday and begins Passover (Ex 12;1-14; Lev 23:5; Num. 9:1-14; 28:16; Deut. 16:1-7).
  • April 21, the following Sunday is the 3rd Feast of the Lord (Lev 23:9-14; Num 28:26) and Resurrection Sunday. Some call it Easter.
  • June 9 is the Christian Pentecost Sunday and also the Jewish Pentecost, the 4th Feast of the Lord (Ex 23:16; 34:22; Lev 23:15-21; Num. 28:26-31; Deut 16:9-12).

Acts 12:4, And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people.

The above verse is from the 1611 King James Bible. Below are other translations of that verse:

  • NKJV – intending to bring him before the people after Passover
  • NLT- Herod intended to bring Peter out for public trial after the Passover.
  • NIV- Herod intended to bring him out for public trial after the Passover.
  • ESV – intending after the Passover to bring him out to the people.
  • AMPC – purposing after the Passover to bring him forth to the people.
  • NASB –  intending after the Passover to bring him out before the people
  • DBY- purposing after the passover to bring him out to the people.
  • MSG- He was planning a public lynching after Passover.
  • TPT – Sixteen soldiers were assigned to guard him until Herod could bring him to public trial, immediately after the Passover celebrations were over.

So you see that the King James Bible is the only translation that reads “Easter”. In fact, this  word is only used in the KJV this one time.

Finis Jennings Dake wrote a  commentary on Acts 12:4 in the Dakes Annotated Reference Bible.

  •  Gr.pascha, the Passover as trans. in 26 other  places (Mt. 26:2-19; Mk. 14:1-16; Lk. 2:41; 22:1-15; Jn. 2:13, 23; 6:4; 11:55; 12:1; 13:1; 18:28,39; 19:14; 1 Cor. 5:7; Heb. 11:28)
  • This is an unfortunate and absurd trans., as Easter was a pagan festival observed long before Christ. It is not a Christian name, but is derived from Ishtar, one of the Babylonian titles of an idol goddess, the Queen of Heaven. The Saxon goddess Eastre is the same as Astarte, the Syrian Venus, called Ashtoreth in the O.T.  It as the worship of this  woman by Israel that was such an abomination to God (I Sam.7:3; I Ki. 11:5,33; 2 Ki.23:13; Jer.7:18; 44:18). Round cakes, imprinted with the sign of the cross were made at this festival, the sign being, in Babylonian mysteries, a sign of life.
  • Easter eggs which play a great part in this day’s celebration were common in all heathen nations. The fable of the egg declares that “an egg of wondrous size fell from heaven into the river Euphrates; the fish rolled it to the bank, where doves settled upon it and hatched it; and out came Astarte, or Ishtar, the goddess of Easter.”
  • Easter, Christmas, Lady Day, Lent, and other Babylonian festival were all borrowed from this religion and were all observed centuries before Christ. None of tem have an relationship to Christ or Christianity.

James 4:17 in the Passion Translation reads “So if you know of an opportunity to do the right thing today, yet you refrain from doing it, you’re guilty of sin.” Because I understand the origin of Easter, I celebrate Passover and Resurrection.

 

Comments
  1. Thank you!
    Your title had me a little worried. But you nailed it.
    Shabbat Shalom
    Debs in Everett, Washington

    • mbostrom2 says:

      I am gently messing a little with religious spirits and traditions with this post. Sometimes to get to the root of a problem you need to expose the root cause. Thank you for your kind words.

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