Easter perfect example of how Christianity has departed; Jesus celebrated Passover
Q. Why is Easter before Passover this year?
A. This is a perfect example of how Christianity has departed from the Word of God and follows man-made traditions.
Constantine presided over the Council of Nicea in 325 A.D.
He did not want Christianity to have anything to do with Judaism because he thought the Jews were a cursed people and Christians should have nothing to do with them or their religion.
Little did he realize the festivals were given by God and were His holy days, but Constantine didn’t let truth get in his way.
Sadly, many professing Christians believe the same thing and blindly follow along.
Among many other changes, Constantine wanted to "root out the last vestiges of Judaism"( his actual quote) being practiced by professing Christians.
One of the items being discussed at this council was when to set Easter.
Now, God had set biblical festivals in the scri ptures and they can be found in Leviticus 23.
Yeshua was crucified on Passover, buried on the first day of Unleavened Bread and the Feast of First Fruits was to be on the first day of the week during the seven days of Unleavened Bread.
He resurrected from the dead just after sundown on the Sabbath and the beginning of the first day of the week (Saturday to Sunday).
The biblical festivals are blueprints to God’s plan of redemption.
The seventh day Sabbath and these seven festivals teach eschatology and Yeshua has fulfilled( given meaning to) the first four biblical festivals on the day God has commanded us to celebrate them.
These are called the Spring Festivals.
The remaining three are called the Fall Festivals and have a future fulfillment and they are also related to the redemptive plan of God.
Yom Tereuah, or Rosh Ha Shana teaches the catching away of the Bride and the resurrection of those dead in Messiah.
It also teaches the Judgment of believers (in heaven) and the wedding and coronation of Messiah.
These festivals have been commented on in past articles.
The next festival is Yom Kippur and it teaches the second coming of Messiah, the death of the false Messiah and the beginning of the judgment of those who have survived the tribulation period.
There are five days between Yom Kippur and the next festival it is during these five days that Yeshua will judge those survivors in Jerusalem.
This judgment is described in Matthew 25.
Then five days after Yom Kippur the final festival is called Sukkot (tabernacles) and this festival teaches the Messianic Kingdom and the setting up of that Kingdom on earth by Yeshua, to be administered by His Queen, the true believers who have been born-again and have followed Him in this life.
With that brief overview, we can get back to what happened.
The Romans didn’t like the Jews and this goes back centuries before Constantine.
Julius Caesar allowed the Jews to practice Judaism in the empire when other defeated nations were not allowed to practice theirs.
This brought on jealousy among the people and an anti-Jewish attitude.
Their laws and practices were far diferent than any other religion also, but all that was a part of God’s plan.
From 70 A.D. to 325 A.D. three major wars were fought between Rome and Israel.
Many lost loved ones and anything Jewish was seen as unpatriotic as far as the Romans were concerned.
At the same time Gentiles were coming into the faith and did not like the idea of practicing a religion so many didn’t like or even want to understand. Jewish leadership and influence became less and less in the congregations the further you got way from Israel.
This allowed pagan influences to cloud interpretation of the scri ptures because these people had not grown up in the faith practiced by the very people they were reading about.
So, tiny changes began to creep into the one, true faith given by God and then the Gentile voice became louder than the Jewish voice, one change upon another till finally something had to be done.
The epistles are full of admonitions to believers to continue in the Torah as delivered by the apostles which centered on Torah observance with Yeshua at the center and not the rabbinic additions that were also being taught.
So the Messianic believer was being influenced by rabbinic traditions on one side and apostate Gentile influences on the other.
This continued until 325 A.D.
Constantine was pragmatic and a politician and he knew all these religious factions were tearing apart the Empire.
You had Gentile Christianity, Saturnalia, Bacchanalia, plain paganism, Mithraism to name just a few.
Apostate Christianity was stronger than most so he called a council to get these groups together on doctrines and creeds.
What he did not want is anything that resembled Judaism at all.
One of the areas discussed was what festivals were to be observed.
Constantine was a sun-worshipper at the time he presided over this council.
He was the high priest of Mithraism called the "pontifus maximus" (sound familiar?)and he favored things that was "mithraic" in nature.
You can do a Google search on Constantine and Mithraism to find the full story, but he wanted the Jewish roots out and fast.
I think it is very sad that Christianity claims to have Jewish roots when in fact the church fathers condemned anything Jewish and tried to stamp it out by changing everything.
This attitude is alive and well even today, believe me.
Christianity’s roots are more Mithraic paganism than Jewish.
But, to answer your question now, Constantine did not want their "Easter" (look up what that name means) to coincide with the Jewish Passover for all the above reasons.
So, they decided to set Easter for the first Sunday (remember he was a sun-worshipper) after the first full moon after the spring equinox.
They changed God’s seventh day Sabbath (Saturday) to the first day of the week (called Sunday) because Constantine worshipped the sun and that became the "Lord’s Day" and they did not want to keep the same Sabbath Day the cursed Jews were keeping.
Little did they realize this day was designated by God Himself, not the Jews.
Easter was the same way and Constantine got his wish and so did the other church fathers and so their Easter would have nothing in common with the Jewish Passover, including the date and that is what has been practiced by Christians ever since.
This council evolved into the Roman Catholic Church and then the protestant churches came out of that.
But, the protestants follow many of the same apostate beliefs and have more in common with each other than differences.
Few probably even noticed or cared that they had they celebrated the resurrection before the Passover this year, but at least now you know why.