Passover versus Easter

Passover

Passover is a biblical celebration instigated by God at the exodus of the Jews from Egypt. It is also a model or type (or picture) of what Jesus Christ did for us. In Exodus chapter 6 we read:

  1. I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians – the “burdens” are equivalent to the burden of sin – the consequence is a dreadful death.
  2. I will rescue you from their bondage - sin traps us – death and hell is the only possible outcome.
  3. I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments - Christ redeems or pays the price for our sin, which is death
  4. I will take you as My people – These are those that have confessed with their mouth and believed with their heart that the Lord Jesus Christ – note his whole title – is the son of God, who died for you sins and rose again.
  5. I will be your God I am the Lord your God who brings you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians - there is only one God, He is the Lord God Most High – every other god is an idol or an figment of someone’s imagination. But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin … You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness. Romans 6:17,18
  6. And I will bring you into the land which I swore to give to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; which to a Christian is a type of model of heaven . For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord 1 Thessalonians 4:16- 18 (NKJV).
  7. I will give it to you as a heritage: I am the Lord.’” Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory Ephesians 1:13, 14 (NIV).

Passover is not one celebration but three: Passover, Firstfruits and Unleavened bread. They run together and overlap.

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At Passover the Lord Jesus Christ died, as the perfect Passover lamb:

For Christ, our Passover lamb has been sacrificed. 1 Corinthians 5:7 (NIV)

The lamb needs to be perfect:

Your lamb shall be without blemish [defect NIV], a male of the first year. You may take it from the sheep or from the goats. Exodus 12:5 (NKJV)

[A] lamb without blemish and without spot. 1 Peter 1:19 (NKJV).

Jesus Christ, the Passover lamb died according to the prophecies of Isaiah:

“He was led as a sheep to the slaughter;
                   And as a lamb before its shearer is silent,
                   So He opened not His mouth.
  In His humiliation His justice was taken away,
                   And who will declare His generation?
                   For His life is taken from the earth.”      Acts 8:32 - 33 (NKJV)

But on the day of the Firstfruits Jesus rose from the dead.

But now Christ is risen from the dead, has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 1 Corinthians 15:20 

But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those [who are] Christ's at His coming. 1 Corinthians 15:23 

`He has brought us to this place and has given us this land, "a land flowing with milk and honey"; `and now, behold, I have brought the firstfruits of the land which you, O LORD, have given me.' Then you shall set it before the LORD your God, and worship before the LORD your God. (Deuteronomy 26: 9,10)

He has risen and lives being the first who has died and risen, setting the pattern of those that follow: this being the assurance of resurrection of those who trust and believe in Him. Furthermore, He being holy has made us to be holy:

If the part of the dough offered as firstfruits is holy, then the whole batch is holy; if the root is holy, so are the branches. Romans 11:16 (NIV)

The Feast of Unleavened Bread speaks to Christians as ones who live a holy life – without sin. The picture of yeast portrays sin, which is thoroughly cleaned from the house prior to the Passover festival.

Easter

I will write little here – much has been written, and even a cursory glance at the literature (I do not mean Google) will reveal that Easter is a pagan festival, which the Catholic church attempted to Christianised. The problem was the Catholic church had hopelessly lost its way, substituting the Word of God for a lie and was, and still is, in absolute error, which the early reformers, some 500 years ago, pointed out; of which many lost their lives at the hand of the pope and papists for doing so. Passover was of course accepted and celebrated by many early Christians (Acts 2:1; 12:3; 20:6; 18:21). But very early on the Catholic popes began to celebrate Easter instead of Passover. Anti semitism was always just beneath the surface of the early church, and many modern churches, with many popes being extremely anti-semitic: hence any excuse to rid itself of a so called Jewish festive would do – even if it meant substituting with a pagan anti-Christian festival. This Constantine did in about 325, stopping the church celebrating Passover and substituting it with the pagan festival of Easter.

What was Easter, with its buns and eggs and rabbits?

Easter, "bear its Chaldean origins on its very forehead. Easter is nothing else than Astarte, one of the titles of Beltis, the 'queen of heaven,' whose name, as pronounced by the people of Nineveh, was evidently identical with that now in common use in this country." Hislop, Alexander The Two Babylons: Romanism And Its Origins, 1916) <http://www.biblebelievers.com/babylon/> (accessed 14 April 2019)

A dictionary also gives the following: “from name of old Teuton goddess of spring”. Easter follows lent – which is an anti-christian festival, also derived with the ancient festivals of the pagans. The forty days' abstinence of Lent was directly borrowed from the worshippers of the Babylonian goddess. In many parts of the world lent was also observed (see Hislop for further details): The Mexicans observed "Three days after the vernal equinox...began a solemn fast of forty days in honour of the sun." The forty days of “weeping for Tammuz” (A Babylonian god of fertility, according to the online Encyclopaedia Britannica) became Lent; and at the close of Lent came Easter Sunday. And of buns: the cakes or bouns or buns (See Hislop) was used to worship the queen of heaven and became the hot cross buns. Eggs have been used by the pagans the world over by those who do not know the true source of the soul – the Lord God of Heaven - for example, the ancient Druids bore an egg, as the sacred emblem of their order.

Note many do not find that that Good Friday to be the day of crucifixion – the Lord spent three days and three nights in the tomb – a simple counting of the days and a careful reading the Scripture places the crucifixion on some other day – perhaps Wednesday (Chuck Missler seemed to have favoured this day, and he is was far greater scholar than I will ever be e.g. < http://www.khouse.org/articles/1995/37/ > accessed 14 April 2019).

Conclusion

For a Christian, the remembrance of Christ’s death and resurrection should take place every first-day of the week (Acts 20:7, Revelation 1:10) – called the Lord’s Day otherwise Sunday by pagans. There is no need to celebrate Easter, although personally I like to celebrate Passover, as it brings to full attention the fullness of the grace of God.

Other resources

http://www.hope-of-israel.org/ishtar.htm

David L Simon
14 Apr 2019

 

Pride must be dealt with!

Samuel Rutherford writes..

Dear Sir, I always saw nature mighty, lofty, heady and strong in you; and that it was more for you to be mortified and dead to the world than for another common man. You will take a low ebb, and a deep cut, and a long lance, to go to the bottom of your wounds in saving humiliation, to make you a won prey for Christ.  Be humbled; walk softly. Down, down, for God’s sake, my dear and worthy brother, with your topsail.  Stoop, stoop! it is a low entry to go in at heaven’s gate.

Samuel Rutherford
06 Jan 2019

 

Hell's Best Kept Secret by Ray Comfort

This message should be heard by anyone who wants to preach the gospel, or even just talk to their neighbour about Christ - it highlights why evangelism fails - the failure to explain the consquence of sin, which means explaining they are a sinner. The complete message can be heard or read at: https://www.livingwaters.com/hells-best-kept-secret/. The following is a short extract from the sermon.

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The Motive and the Result

Two men are seated in a plane. The first is given a parachute and told to put it on as it would improve his flight. He’s a little skeptical at first because he can’t see how wearing a parachute in a plane could possibly improve a flight. After a time he decides to experiment and see if the claim is true. As he puts it on he notices the weight of it upon his shoulders and he finds that he has difficulty in sitting upright. However, he consoles himself with the fact that he was told the parachute would improve the flight, so he decides to give the thing a little time. As he waits he notices that some of the other passengers are laughing at him because he’s wearing a parachute in a plane. He begins to feel somewhat humiliated. As they begin to point and laugh at him, he can stand it no longer. He slinks in his seat, unstraps the parachute, and throws it to the floor. Disillusionment and bitterness fill his heart, because, as far as he was concerned, he was told an outright lie.

The second man is given a parachute, but he’s told to put it on because at any moment he’d be jumping 25,000 feet out of the plane. He gratefully puts the parachute on; he doesn’t notice the weight of it upon his shoulders, nor that he can’t sit upright. His mind is consumed with the thought of what would happen to him if he jumped without that parachute.

Let’s analyze the motive and the result of each passenger’s experience. The first man’s motive for putting the parachute on was solely to improve his flight. The result of his experience was that he was humiliated by the passengers; he was disillusioned and somewhat embittered against those who gave him the parachute. As far as he’s concerned it’ll be a long time before anyone gets one of those things on his back again. The second man put the parachute on solely to escape the jump to come, and because of his knowledge of what would happen to him without it, he has a deep-rooted joy and peace in his heart knowing that he’s saved from sure death. This knowledge gives him the ability to withstand the mockery of the other passengers. His attitude toward those who gave him the parachute is one of heart-felt gratitude.

Now consider what the modern gospel says. It says, “Put on the Lord Jesus Christ. He’ll give you love, joy, peace, fulfillment, and lasting happiness.” In other words, “Jesus will improve your flight.” So the sinner responds, and in an experimental fashion, puts on the Saviour to see if the claims are true. And what does he get? The promised temptation, tribulation, and persecution. The other passengers mock him. So what does he do? He takes off the Lord Jesus Christ, he’s offended for the word’s sake (Mark 4:17), he’s disillusioned and somewhat embittered, and quite rightly so. He was promised peace, joy, love, fulfillment, and lasting happiness, and all he got were trials and humiliation. His bitterness is directed toward those who gave him the so-called “good news.” His latter end becomes worse than the first—another inoculated and bitter backslider.

“Instead of preaching that Jesus improves the flight, we should be warning the passengers they’re going to have to jump out of the plane.”

Instead of preaching that Jesus improves the flight, we should be warning the passengers they’re going to have to jump out of the plane, that it’s “appointed unto man once to die, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). And when a sinner understands the horrific consequences of breaking God’s Law, then he will flee to the Savior solely to escape the wrath that’s to come. And if we’re true and faithful witnesses, that’s what we’ll be preaching: that there is wrath to come. That God “commands all men everywhere to repent” (Acts 17:30). Why? “Because He has appointed a day, in which He will judge the world in righteousness” (verse 31).

You see, the issue isn’t one of happiness, but one of righteousness. It doesn’t matter how happy a sinner is, how much he’s enjoying “the pleasures of sin for a season” (Hebrews 11:25). Without the righteousness of Christ, he’ll perish on the day of wrath. “Riches profit not on the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death” (Proverbs 11:4). Peace and joy are legitimate fruits of salvation, but it’s not legitimate to use these fruits as a drawing card for salvation. If we continue to do so, sinners will respond with an impure motive lacking repentance.

“Peace and joy are legitimate fruits of salvation, but it’s not legitimate to use these fruits as a drawing card for salvation.”

Now, can you remember why the second passenger had joy and peace in his heart? It was because he knew that parachute was going to save him from sure death. And as a believer, I have, as Paul says, “joy and peace in believing” (Romans 15:13), because I know that the righteousness of Christ is going to deliver me from the wrath that’s to come.

With that thought in mind, let’s take a close look at an incident on board the plane. We have a brand new flight attendant. She’s carrying a tray of boiling hot coffee. It’s her first day; she wants to leave an impression on the passengers, and she certainly does. Because as she’s walking down the aisle, she trips over someone’s foot and slops that boiling hot coffee all over the lap of our second passenger. Now, what’s his reaction as that boiling liquid hits his tender flesh? Does he go, “Ssssfffff! Man that hurt”? Mmm-hmm. He feels the pain. But then does he rip the parachute from his shoulders, throw it to the floor and say, “The stupid parachute!”? No. Why should he? He didn’t put the parachute on for a better flight. He put it on to save him from the jump to come. If anything, the hot coffee incident causes him to cling tighter to the parachute and even look forward to the jump.

Now if you and I have put on the Lord Jesus Christ for the right motive—to flee from the wrath that’s to come—when tribulation strikes, when the flight gets bumpy, we won’t get angry at God; we won’t lose our joy and peace. Why should we? We didn’t come to Jesus for a happy lifestyle; we came to flee from the wrath that’s to come. And if anything, tribulation drives the true believer closer to the Savior. And sadly, we have literally multitudes of professing Christians who lose their joy and peace when the flight gets bumpy. Why? They’re the product of a man-centered gospel. They came lacking repentance, without which you cannot be saved.

... and much more

The transcript of this sermon is on the web page:Pdf document

Don't make the Bible say what it does not!

Reading the Bible

  • Cleave to the literal sense of Bible words, and beware of departing from it, except in cases of absolute necessity.
  • Beware of the system of allegorizing and spiritualizing, and accommodating, which the school of Origen first brought in, and which has found such an unfortunate degree of favour in the Church.
  • In reading the authorized version of the English Bible, do not put too much confidence in the “headings” of pages and “tables of contents” at beginnings of chapters, which I take leave to consider a most unhappy accompaniment of that admirable translation. Remember that those headings and tables were drawn up by uninspired hands.
  • In reading the Prophets, they are sometimes not helps but real hindrances, and less likely to assist a reader, than to lead him astray. Settle it in your mind, in reading the Psalms and Prophets that Israel means Israel*, and Zion Zion, and Jerusalem Jerusalem.
  • And, finally, whatever edification you derive from applying to your own soul the words which God addresses to His ancient people, never lose sight of the primary sense of the text.[1]

Further words on reading prophecy

It is high time for Christians to interpret unfulfilled prophecy by the light of prophecies already fulfilled.  The curses of the Jews were brought to pass literally; so also will be the blessings.  The scattering was literal; so also will be the gathering.  The pulling down of Zion was literal; so also will be the building up.  The rejection of Israel was literal; so also will be the restoration. [2]

What I protest against is, the habit of allegorizing plain sayings of the Word of God concerning the future history of the nation of Israel, and explaining away the fullness of the contents in order to accommodate them to the Gentile Church. I believe the habit to be unwarranted by anything in Scripture, and to draw after it a long train of evil consequences.[3]

Cultivate the habit of reading prophecy with a single eye to the literal meaning of its proper names.  Cast aside the old traditional idea that Jacob, and Israel, and Judah, and Jerusalem, and Zion must always mean the Gentile Church, and that predictions about the second Advent are to be taken spiritually, and first Advent predictions literally. Be just, and honest, and fair.  If you expect the Jews to take the 53rd of Isaiah literally, be sure you take the 54th and 60th and 62nd literally also.  The Protestant Reformers were not perfect.  On no point, I venture to say, were they so much in the wrong as in the interpretation of Old Testament prophecy. [4]

 

* My emphases

[1] J.C. Ryle, Prophecy 149

[2] J.C. Ryle, Are You Ready For The End Of Time? p. 49

[3] ibid., p. 107-108.

[4]  . 157-159.

J C Ryle (1816 - 1900) [Various sources]
27 Nov 2018

 

The Rapture of the Church compared with the Second Coming of Christ

Much confusion arises from miss-understanding the elements of the rapture and the appearing of Christ. The only commonality is that Christ is the centre of the action – coming in both instances.

 

The Rapture The appearing of Christ
Comes for His saints: John 14:2-2 Comes with His saints: Jude 13, Zec 14:5
Takes place at any moment and is imminent: Matt 24:36 Proceeded by the tribulation and thus will not be imminent for those that understand the prophecies of Daniel chapter 9: Revelation 4-19
The tribulation begins after the rapture, when the Antichrist dupes the world and makes a covenant with the nation of Israel (Dan 9:27) The second coming commences the Messianic Kingdom that lasts a 1000 years (The Millennial Kingdom) (Luke 1:32-33)
Is a mystery: 1 Cor 15:51 Prophetic and well known: e.g. Numbers 24:17, 1 Chron. 5:2
Takes place secretly, in the twinkling of an eye: 1 Cor 15:52 Is public – every eye shall see Him: Rev 1:7
Concerns the Church only: 1 Thes 1:10 Concerns Israel, although the consequence concerns all nations: Ps 6:1-4
Comes in the air – the saints rise up to meet Him – the Messiah does not reach the earth: 1 Thes 4:16-17 Places His feet on Mt Zion at the Mount of Olives: Zech 14:4-5
Preluded by the archangel sounding a trumpet: 1 Thes 4:16 Christ as Messiah will come in glory and with all his angels: Matt 25:31.
The saints are gathered to himself:
1 Thes 4:17,18, 2 Thes 2:1
Angels are sent to gather the elect of Israel: Matt 24:30-31, 25:41
Believers taken out of the world: John 14:2,3 The wicked are taken out of this world: Matt 13:41-43
He comes to deliver the Church from the wrath to come: 1 Thes 1:10 He comes to deliver His wrath: Rev 19:11-16
No divine judgement occurs with this event Ends divine judgement of Israel, the nations and Satan, who is tied up for 1000 years (Rev: 6-19)
Comes for his bride – the Church: John 14:1-2, 1 Thess 4:16-17 Comes with his saints: Rev 19:14
He comes as the Bridegroom, to receive His bride, the Church: Matt 25:6, 10 Comes as the Son of Man in judgement upon those that reject Him: Matt 24:27-28
Comes pre tribulation Comes at the end of the tribulation: Rev 19:11-16
Comes as the “Morning Star”: Rev 22:16 Comes as the “Sun of Righteousness”:
Malachi 4:2
Comes without signs – believers do not need signs: John 6:30-35, 2 Cor 5:7 Comes in signs and wonders:
Luke 21:10,11,25-27
Is not the thief in the night – believers are watching and waiting: 1 Thes 5:2, 2 Pet 3:10, Matt 24:43, Rev 16:15, Rev 3:3 Comes as a thief in the night – no-one is watching and waiting: 1 Thes 5:2, 2 Pet 3:10, Matt 24:43, Rev 16:15
Is not mentioned in the Old Testament as the Church was not revealed until New Testament times: Eph 3:3 Is mentioned in both Testaments: e.g. Jude 14
Church believers will be evaluated, rewarded and married to the Bridegroom, the Christ, following the rapture: 1 Cor 3:11-15, Rev 19:7-9 The nations are judged following the tribulation and 1000 year reign of Christ: Ezek 20:34, Matt 25:32. The judgement at the great white throne takes places – people whose name are not in Book of Life are cast into hell, Satan is cast hell: Rev 20:11-15

 

David L Simon
Edited 23 September 2018

Using this website

The weakness of any Christian website is the failure of the author to truly know the mind of God. His weakness due to sin (and there will be weaknesses) can always be revealed if checked against the Bible. Therefore, it is urged that anyone using this website must check the information against the Holy Scriptures - for the test of any such information, by any person, is measruing it against the Canon. For this reason the Canon is called simply that - deriving its name from 'cane' meaning measuring stick. Even the early Christians checked what the Apostle Paul had spoken against Scripture in order to test its veracity. You need to do the same.

Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. Acts 17:11

Furthermore, we must test all things:

Test [prove] all things; hold fast what is good. 1 Thessalonians 5:22

11 Feb 2017