Does Easter Change Jesus' Resurrection?

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Most Christians view Easter as the most solemn Christian holiday of the year and believe that Jesus was resurrected on Easter Sunday, at sunrise. But was Jesus resurrected on Easter, and does it matter to God? Easter changes the time of Jesus' resurrection, which can obscure your understanding of God's plan of salvation.

Why question Easter?

Easter has captivated and charmed the entire Christian world. Over a billion Christians have accepted a pre-Christian holiday that God never sanctioned. Easter has morphed from Ishtar (Assyrian) and Astarte (Chaldean), names of the same heathen goddess. Jesus never instituted Easter; in fact the only mention of Easter in the King James Version is in Acts 12:4 Acts 12:4And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four squads of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people.
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, where Passover (pascha) is mistranslated as Easter. (Most other translations, including the New King James Version, correct this error.) God actually denounces a sunrise religious ceremony in Ezekiel 8:15-18 Ezekiel 8:15-18 [15] Then said he to me, Have you seen this, O son of man? turn you yet again, and you shall see greater abominations than these. [16] And he brought me into the inner court of the LORD's house, and, behold, at the door of the temple of the LORD, between the porch and the altar, were about five and twenty men, with their backs toward the temple of the LORD, and their faces toward the east; and they worshipped the sun toward the east. [17] Then he said to me, Have you seen this, O son of man? Is it a light thing to the house of Judah that they commit the abominations which they commit here? for they have filled the land with violence, and have returned to provoke me to anger: and, see, they put the branch to their nose. [18] Therefore will I also deal in fury: my eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity: and though they cry in my ears with a loud voice, yet will I not hear them.
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Easter is both true and false. True: It focuses on Jesus' resurrection. False: Jesus was raised on a Sunday morning. As we will see, the Bible shows He was raised earlier and that the New Testament Church didn't celebrate Easter but continued the festivals of the Bible.

The New Catholic Encyclopedia admits: "The earliest Christians did not immediately dissociate themselves from the observance of the Jewish feasts. Many references in the New Testament indicate that Jesus and His disciples, as well as the early Palestinian Christian communities, observed the Sabbath and the major annual festivals" ("Early Christian Feasts," New Catholic Encyclopedia, second ed., vol. 5, p. 656, 2003).

Considering such admissions, it seems wise to question Easter's veracity.

Religion mixes truth with error

Religions often make statements that appear true but, under the lens of rigorous analysis, prove to be false. Easter is a case in point. It speaks the truth of Jesus' resurrection, yet it's based on pre-Christian error.

People don't want to hear something that differs from their religious beliefs. It angers them because any erosion of their religious beliefs seems to lessen their personal worth. Most Christians blindly observe human-created religious dogma, often patently false to the core, when the truth would literally fit better. "Don't bother me with the facts, my mind's made up!"

Does Easter add up with Jonah?

Easter misses Jesus' resurrection by at least 12 hours. A Good Friday death and Sunday sunrise resurrection keeps well-meaning Christians in the dark. Jesus was very specific about His death and resurrection. "For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth" (Matthew 12:40 Matthew 12:40For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
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Christendom says that Jesus died on Friday evening and ascended on Sunday morning. That equals two nights and one day, not three nights and three days. Would Jonah find this new math a little fishy?

Since we know Jesus died in the late afternoon, He had to be raised in the late afternoon. So His resurrection had to be on the weekly Sabbath afternoon, since He was already risen the next morning (Matthew 28:1-6 Matthew 28:1-6 [1] In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulcher. [2] And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat on it. [3] His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: [4] And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men. [5] And the angel answered and said to the women, Fear not you: for I know that you seek Jesus, which was crucified. [6] He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.
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). Counting back three nights and three days squarely places Jesus' death on Wednesday evening, not Good Friday.

Jonah's time in the great fish validates Jesus' messiahship. It also reveals the importance of the Passover, as well as the wave-sheaf offering in the midst of the Feast of Unleavened Bread (one of God's feasts, not Jewish feasts—Leviticus 23:4-11 Leviticus 23:4-11 [4] These are the feasts of the LORD, even holy convocations, which you shall proclaim in their seasons. [5] In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is the LORD's passover. [6] And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread to the LORD: seven days you must eat unleavened bread. [7] In the first day you shall have an holy convocation: you shall do no servile work therein. [8] But you shall offer an offering made by fire to the LORD seven days: in the seventh day is an holy convocation: you shall do no servile work therein. [9] And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, [10] Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them, When you be come into the land which I give to you, and shall reap the harvest thereof, then you shall bring a sheaf of the first fruits of your harvest to the priest: [11] And he shall wave the sheaf before the LORD, to be accepted for you: on the morrow after the sabbath the priest shall wave it.
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Counting the days and nights that Jesus rested in the tomb leads you from the Passover to the wave-sheaf offering, the meanings of which are intimately tied into your salvation.

Easter changes Jesus' resurrection

Easter exchanges the wave-sheaf offering (a symbol of Jesus' sacrifice and resurrection as the firstfruits of the spiritual harvest of human beings to become children of God; compare John 4:35-36 John 4:35-36 [35] Say not you, There are yet four months, and then comes harvest? behold, I say to you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. [36] And he that reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit to life eternal: that both he that sows and he that reaps may rejoice together.
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; 20:17; and 1 Corinthians 15:20-23 1 Corinthians 15:20-23 [20] But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the first fruits of them that slept. [21] For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. [22] For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. [23] But every man in his own order: Christ the first fruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming.
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with Leviticus 23:10-14 Leviticus 23:10-14 [10] Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them, When you be come into the land which I give to you, and shall reap the harvest thereof, then you shall bring a sheaf of the first fruits of your harvest to the priest: [11] And he shall wave the sheaf before the LORD, to be accepted for you: on the morrow after the sabbath the priest shall wave it. [12] And you shall offer that day when you wave the sheaf an he lamb without blemish of the first year for a burnt offering to the LORD. [13] And the meat offering thereof shall be two tenth deals of fine flour mingled with oil, an offering made by fire to the LORD for a sweet smell: and the drink offering thereof shall be of wine, the fourth part of an hin. [14] And you shall eat neither bread, nor parched corn, nor green ears, until the selfsame day that you have brought an offering to your God: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations in all your dwellings.
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) during the Feast of Unleavened Bread for an Easter sunrise service.

If you miss when Jesus died, you also miss a deeper understanding of WHY He died (taught by the Passover) and WHY He lives (explained in the meaning of the Feast of Unleavened Bread). Easter hides the plan of salvation revealed through the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread, which show the true meaning of Jesus' death and His life.

Easter sunrise services keep over a billion Christians in the dark about the deeper meaning of Jesus' death and life.

Adding celebrations and customs not taught in the Bible, such as Easter, does not please God (Deuteronomy 12:32 Deuteronomy 12:32What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: you shall not add thereto, nor diminish from it.
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; Revelation 22:18-19 Revelation 22:18-19 [18] For I testify to every man that hears the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add to these things, God shall add to him the plagues that are written in this book: [19] And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
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). God commands everyone to repent today (Acts 17:30 Acts 17:30And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commands all men every where to repent:
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). Joshua's exhortation stands today: "Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve... But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord" (Joshua 24:15 Joshua 24:15And if it seem evil to you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom you will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.
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If this brief overview has made you upset or curious, you'll want to check out more details in the article "Easter: Masking a Biblical Truth" from the booklet Holidays or Holy Days: Does It Matter Which Days We Observe?

The Chronology of Christ's Crucifixion and Resurrection
Tuesday: Jesus ate an early-evening Passover meal with His disciples (at the beginning of Nisan 14, Jewish reckoning) and instituted the New Covenant symbols (Matthew 26:26-28 Matthew 26:26-28 [26] And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and broke it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. [27] And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink you all of it; [28] For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.
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). Jesus was then betrayed by Judas, arrested and during the night brought before the high priest.

Wednesday: Jesus was crucified and died around 3 p.m. (Matthew 27:46-50 Matthew 27:46-50 [46] And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? [47] Some of them that stood there, when they heard that, said, This man calls for Elias. [48] And straightway one of them ran, and took a sponge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink. [49] The rest said, Let be, let us see whether Elias will come to save him. [50] Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.
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). This was the preparation day for the annual, not weekly, Sabbath, which began that evening (Mark 15:42 Mark 15:42And now when the even was come, because it was the preparation, that is, the day before the sabbath,
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; Luke 23:54 Luke 23:54And that day was the preparation, and the sabbath drew on.
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; John 19:31 John 19:31The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain on the cross on the sabbath day, (for that sabbath day was an high day,) sought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.
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). Jesus' body was placed in the tomb at twilight (Matthew 27:57-60 Matthew 27:57-60 [57] When the even was come, there came a rich man of Arimathaea, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus' disciple: [58] He went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered. [59] And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, [60] And laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulcher, and departed.
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Thursday: This was the high-day Sabbath, the first day of Unleavened Bread (John 19:31 John 19:31The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain on the cross on the sabbath day, (for that sabbath day was an high day,) sought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.
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; Leviticus 23:4-7 Leviticus 23:4-7 [4] These are the feasts of the LORD, even holy convocations, which you shall proclaim in their seasons. [5] In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is the LORD's passover. [6] And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread to the LORD: seven days you must eat unleavened bread. [7] In the first day you shall have an holy convocation: you shall do no servile work therein.
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). It is described as the day after the Day of Preparation (Matthew 27:62 Matthew 27:62Now the next day, that followed the day of the preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees came together to Pilate,
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Friday: The high-day Sabbath now past, women bought and prepared spices for anointing Jesus' body (Mark 16:1 Mark 16:1And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him.
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; Luke 23:56 Luke 23:56And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the sabbath day according to the commandment.
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Saturday: The women rested on the weekly Sabbath, according to the Fourth Commandment (Luke 23:56 Luke 23:56And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the sabbath day according to the commandment.
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; Exodus 20:8-11 Exodus 20:8-11 [8] Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. [9] Six days shall you labor, and do all your work: [10] But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD your God: in it you shall not do any work, you, nor your son, nor your daughter, your manservant, nor your maidservant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger that is within your gates: [11] For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: why the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
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). Jesus rose around sunset, exactly three days and three nights (72 hours) after burial, to fulfill the sign of Jonah and authenticate His messiahship.

Sunday: The women brought the prepared spices early in the morning while it was still dark (Luke 24:1 Luke 24:1Now on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came to the sepulcher, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them.
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; John 20:1 John 20:1The first day of the week comes Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, to the sepulcher, and sees the stone taken away from the sepulcher.
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). Jesus had already risen (Matthew 28:1-6 Matthew 28:1-6 [1] In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulcher. [2] And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat on it. [3] His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: [4] And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men. [5] And the angel answered and said to the women, Fear not you: for I know that you seek Jesus, which was crucified. [6] He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.
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; Mark 16:2-6 Mark 16:2-6 [2] And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came to the sepulcher at the rising of the sun. [3] And they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulcher? [4] And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away: for it was very great. [5] And entering into the sepulcher, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment; and they were affrighted. [6] And he said to them, Be not affrighted: You seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him.
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; Luke 24:2-3 Luke 24:2-3 [2] And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulcher. [3] And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus.
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; John 20:1 John 20:1The first day of the week comes Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, to the sepulcher, and sees the stone taken away from the sepulcher.
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