CELEBRATE PASSOVER OR EASTER? - YOU ARE ACCOUNTABLE
One view is, Easter is pagan and should be avoided. The opposing view is, we should be able to
celebrate Christ's resurrection and avoid the pagan's activities on Easter. I consider this issue
to be Christian liberty issue. Personally, I rather steer clear of any hint of being associated
with paganism. You decide what your position is. Just remember that you are accountable to the
Lord about your decision. And will have to explain your actions during the judgment of Christ.
Some scriptures about Passover are
`These are appointed seasons of Jehovah, holy convocations, which ye proclaim in their appointed
seasons: in the first month, on the fourteenth of the month, between the evenings, is the passover
`Also, the sons of Israel prepare the passover in its appointed season; in the fourteenth day of
this month between the evenings ye prepare it in its appointed season; according to all its
statutes, and according to all its ordinances ye prepare it.'
`Observe the month of Abib -- and thou hast made a passover to Jehovah thy God, for in the month of
Abib hath Jehovah thy God brought thee out of Egypt by night;
`In the first month, in the fourteenth day of the month, ye have the passover, a feast of seven
days, unleavened food is eaten.
The Lord instructed His People to observe the Passover.
Paganism of Easter
Easter refers to a pagan god.
"Ishtar", which is pronounced "Easter" was a day that commemorated the resurrection of one of their
gods that they called "Tammuz", who was believed to be the only begotten son of the moon-goddess and
the sun-god. 
"Ostara, also known as The Spring or Vernal Equinox, the Festival of Trees, Alban Eilir, Ostara, the
Rites of Spring, and the Rites of Eostre, occurs between March 19 and 21 and marks the first day of
true Spring. Day and night are equal on this day, hence the name Equinox. It is observed by Pagans
throughout the world. For Wiccans and Witches, Ostara is a fertility festival celebrating the birth
of Spring and the reawakening of life from the Earth ... 
The Oxford English Dictionary reads, "Easter. The name is derived from Eostre, the name of a goddess
whose festival was celebrated at the vernal equinox; her name shows that she was originally the
dawn-goddess." Compton's Encyclopedia reads, "Our name Easter comes from Eostre, an ancient
Anglo-Saxon goddess, originally of the dawn. In pagan times an annual spring festival was held in
her honor." Academic American Encyclopedia reads, "According to the Venerable Bede, the name Easter
derived from the pagan spring festival of the Anglo-Saxon goddess Eostre." 
The word Easter is a name for the queen of heaven found in the Bible. Around the world this goddess
is known as Ishtar, Eostre, Astarte. Another Bible name for this pagan deity is Ashtoreth. 
Basically, almost every vile, profane and idolatrous practice you can think of originated at Babel
with Queen Easter/Ishtar (Semiramis), the Mother Goddess and Nimrod. As the people scattered from
Babel with their different languages, they, of course, used different names for Nimrod (Tammuz) and
Semiramis. Some called the Mother Goddess "ISHTAR" (originally pronounced "Easter"). In other
lands, she was called Eostre, Astarte, Ostera, and Eastre. Other names for Semiramis, the Mother
Goddess include: Wife of Baal, Ashtaroth or Ashtoreth, and Queen of Heaven. The Mother goddess
was frequently worshipped as the goddess of fertility - and as a sort of Mother Nature and goddess
of Spring and sexual love and birth. She was also worshipped as a mediator between god and man.
Sexual orgies and temple prostitutes were often used in her worship and in attempting to gain her
Easter bunny has pagan origin.
The rabbit is well known as a sexual symbol of fertility. In various parts of the world, religions
which developed from Babel also associate the rabbit with periodicity, both human and lunar (Egypt,
China, etc.). As you may remember, the Mother Goddess Easter (Semiramis) is associated with the
Moon. In other words, the Easter bunny symbolizes the Mother Goddess. Annual Spring time fertility
rituals are associated worship of the Mother Goddess and Tammuz, the reincarnation of her husband
Easter Eggs are idols.
Every year, on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the spring equinox, a celebration
was made. It was Ishtar's Sunday and was celebrated with rabbits and eggs. 
Regarding Easter eggs, Encyclopedia Britannica states, "The egg as a symbol of fertility and of
renewal of life goes back to the ancient Egyptians and Persians, who had also the custom of coloring
and eating eggs during their spring festival." The New Book of Knowledge (1978) declares, "One of
the best-known Easter symbols is the egg, which has symbolized renewed life since ancient days. The
egg is said to be a symbol of life because in all living creatures life begins in the egg."
"The egg was a sacred symbol among the Babylonians. They believed an old fable about an egg of
wondrous size which was supposed to have fallen from heaven into the Euphrates River. From this
marvelous egg - according to the ancient story - the Goddess Astarte (Easter) [Semiramis], was
hatched. And so the egg came to symbolize the Goddess Easter."
The idea of a mystic egg spread from Babylon to many parts of the world. In Rome, the mystic egg
preceded processions in honor of the Mother Goddess Roman. The egg was part of the sacred ceremonies
of the Mysteries of Bacchus. The Druids used the egg as their sacred emblem. In Northern Europe,
China and Japan the eggs were colored for their sacred festivals.
The egg was also a symbol of fertility; Easter (Semiramis) was the goddess of Fertility. The Easter
egg is a symbol of the pagan Mother Goddess, and it even bears one of her names.
These customs of Easter honor Baal, who is also Satan, and is still worshipped as the "Rising Sun"
and his house is the "House of the Rising Sun." How many churches have "sunrise services" on
Ishtar's day and face the rising sun in the East? 
Lent has pagan root.
She [Queen Ishtar] also proclaimed a forty day period of time of sorrow each year prior to the
anniversary of the death of Tammuz. During this time, no meat was to be eaten. 
The Christian festival commemorates the resurrection of Christ, synchronized with the Jewish Pesach,
and blended since the earliest days of Christianity with pagan European rites for the renewed
season. It is preceded by a period of riotous vegetation rites and by a period of abstinence known
as Lent." 
Holy Cross Buns were to Baal and Tammuz.
Worshippers were to meditate upon the sacred mysteries of Baal and Tammuz, and to make the sign of
the "T" in front of their hearts as they worshipped. They also ate sacred cakes with the marking of
a "T" or cross on the top. 
Ham is part of Easter celebrations.
Ishtar also proclaimed that because Tammuz was killed by a pig, that a pig must be eaten on that
You are accountable for your actions about Easter.
Eze 33:1-9 (OOYLT)
And there is a word of Jehovah unto me, saying, `Son of man, speak unto the sons of thy people, and
thou hast said unto them: A land -- when I bring in against it a sword, And the people of the land
have taken one man out of their borders, And made him to them for a watchman. And he hath seen the
sword coming against the land, And hath blown with a trumpet, and hath warned the people, And the
hearer hath heard the voice of the trumpet, and he hath not taken warning, And come in doth the
sword, and taketh him away, His blood is on his head. The voice of the trumpet he heard, And he hath
not taken warning, his blood is on him, And he who took warning his soul hath delivered. And the
watchman, when he seeth the sword coming in, And he hath not blown with a trumpet, And the people
hath not been warned, And come in doth a sword, And taketh away of them -- a soul, He in his
iniquity is taken away, And his blood from the hand of the watchman I require. And thou, son of man,
A watchman I gave thee to the house of Israel, And thou hast heard from My mouth a word, And thou
hast warned them from Me. In My saying to the wicked, O wicked one -- thou dost surely die, And thou
hast not spoken to warn the wicked from his way, He -- the wicked -- in his iniquity doth die, And
his blood from thy hand I require. And thou, when thou hast warned the wicked of his way, to turn
back from it, And he hath not turned back from his way, He in his iniquity doth die, And thou thy
soul hast delivered.
The issue is accountability. A prophet is like a nosy mailman delivering a piece of the Lord's
mail, but happened to had read it. The prophet's job is to deliver the mail and that's it.
Prophets do not need to make things happen. It is the job of the recipients to pray over the
message and to decide what to do. I.e., the recipients may refutes it, may delay, may do one step,
or whatever. The recipients are accountable for responding correctly to the prophetic message.
Rom 11:12-13 (OOYLT)
so, then, each of us concerning himself shall give reckoning to God; no longer, therefore, may we
judge one another, but this judge ye rather, not to put a stumbling-stone before the brother, or an
You are accountable for your actions about Easter. And this is not for just yourself. You are
accountable for misleading other believers especially those whom are weak in the Lord. If you are
a spiritual leader (parents, cell group leaders, ministry leaders, deacons, elders, pastors,
missionaries, etc.), you are definitely accountable for those following you. You may be celebrating
the Lord's resurrection on Easter Sunday, but does this lead others to participate in pagan
activities such as Easter Egg hunts?
I spent most of my Christian walk celebrating Easter (tsk, tsk, tsk). And I was a spectator to
several Easter Eggs hunts (tsk, tsk, tsk). At Christ's judgment seat, I am sure He will discuss
other sins I have. But it won't be about Easter during the past decade. If you insist on
celebrating Easter, be ready to talk to Jesus about it on the day of judgment. Personally, I
rather be completely clear instead of drabbling in a "gray" area.
There three things that really bother me about Easter. They are
Easter Eggs are idols.
The name, Easter
Easter is a name of a pagan God. Use anything else. My mother church use
"Resurrection Sunday". Thinking back, this is wrong since Jesus did NOT rose on Sunday
(including Galilean or Judean Sunday). Use something like Celebration Sunday, He is Risen,
Easter Sunrise services
These services are Baal's worship - worship of the sun.
If you are still stuck, ask me for the 12 pages answer sheet. Or if you prefer not to ask me,
the answer is on this website. I used the answer sheet to make a point in one of my writings.
The list of writings is on the home page. [Hint: Two of the NT books have funny endings.]
Mt 13:10-12 (OOYLT)
And the disciples having come near, said to him, `Wherefore in similes dost thou speak to them?'
And he answering said to them that -- `To you it hath been given to know the secrets of the reign of
the heavens, and to these it hath not been given, for whoever hath, it shall be given to him, and he
shall have overabundance, and whoever hath not, even that which he hath shall be taken from him.
You may be wondering why I did not link the answer obviously. It is for same reason that Jesus
taught in similes (other translations have parables). Most people came to Jesus to "watch the show"
(see and/or receive healings and other miracles). Only a few would be hungry for the truth that
Jesus spoke and dug deeper for the meaning of the similes. The answer is for those whom are hungry
and would spend time to investigate for the truth. If you are indifference, then you move on. It
is your choice. Just remember that the Lord does not like His People to be indifference.
Dan 7:25b OOYLT
... it hopeth to change seasons and law; and they are given into its hand, till a time, and times, and a division of a time.
The ancient Roman Catholic church did much damage in altering the law (bible) and times (holidays). They may had even pulled a chapter or two from the bible. See the essay,
Was Acts 29 Part of the Original Bible?