I’ve had several people ask me why Easter is celebrated a month before Passover this year?
The church in Constantine’s day had a problem with the date of Easter due to their changing God’s set times and ways prescribed in Scripture. (See Daniel 7:25.) In Constantine’s effort to unify a divided empire, he forced the bishops at the Nicaea Council (325 AD) to resolve the Asian church difference in Easter from the Roman-African church, by declaring the Quartodeciman practice of the Asian church heretical..
Quartodeciman means the “fourteenth day.” The Asian Church in Constantine’s day lived by the Quartodecimen practice. They did as Jesus (Yeshua) and His first-century believers did, as defined in the Bible. They celebrated God’s perpetual (forever) holy feast of Passover (Pesach) on the 14th day of Nisan. Then they celebrated the Feast of First Fruits (Bikkurim) on the 17th of Nisan, which is the literal day that Yeshua rose from the dead.
Constantine’s practice of setting up a difference-obliterating universalism that swallowed up all religious distinctiveness in a triumphant religious man-based Christianity sided with the Roman-African practice of choosing the closest Sunday to the full-moon after the spring equinox as the day all Christian communities should celebrate Easter. Thus, Constantine and his compromising cohorts led the movement that no longer looked to Scripture as their last word. This was later affirmed by Pope Paul III when his council stipulated that Scripture be understood in light of Scripture.
Remember when Yeshua answered the Pharisees about why He did not walk in the tradition of the church elders, Yeshua declared: “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written: ‘This people honors Me with their lips, bt their heart is far from Me. And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men. For laying aside the commandment of God, you hold the tradition of men …’ He said to them, ‘ All too well you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your tradition. … making the word of God of no effect through your tradition which you have handed down. And many such things you do.’” (Mark 7:6-9,13).
When Constantine’s Nicene Council declared the Quartodecimen practice heretical, they came against what God prescribed as perpetual in His eternal Word. The exact date that God establish His Passover Feast in order to call His people together at a certain time at a particular place in order to marry them was tweaked. Please note that Constantine was a sun god worshiper whose life showed no evidence of having accepted Christ’s salvation, and his setting the date of Easter the way he did and giving it the name “Easter” was done to include pagans, since the vernal equinox represents the rebirth of the sun. I go into all this in great depth in the Chapter 4 of my book SANTA-TIZING: What’s wrong with Christmas and how to clean it up =>http://www.amazon.com/SANTA-TIZING-Whats-wrong-Christmas-clean/dp/1607911159. You can google how most pagans believe that the Babylonian fertility goddess Ishtar/Semiramis is the reason behind Easter. There many good reasons to believe this since she was believed to be resurrected from the dead in the Spring, and her consort was a hare (rabbit). Her symbol was the egg, which is believed to be the reason eggs are given on Easter. And I don’t even want to think about how eggs were originally colored by the sacrificed blood of infant children.
Back to our basic question… basically, the reason Easter is celebrated a month before Passover in 2016 is Easter is celebrated the first Sunday after the full moon after the spring equinox (solar-based calendar) while Passover begins on the first full moon of Nisan, which comes from a lunar (moon) based calendar.
There’s much more to this, but I will stop here and refer you to my book SANTA-TIZING if you want to learn more.
~ Robin Main
Originally published on March 26, 2016 via FB => https://www.facebook.com/SapphireThroneMinistries/photos/a.436008649804968.101323.436004819805351/1069828603089633/?type=3&theater
BOOK – SANTA-TIZING: What’s wrong with Christmas and how to clean it up => http://www.amazon.com/SANTA-TIZING-Whats-wrong-Christmas-clean/dp/1607911159.