The Separation of Easter and Passover

Last night, Passover began, and it will end tonight at sundown. Passover was fulfilled by Messiah’s substitutionary death, as prophesied by Isaiah. Strangely, today churches all over the world will be celebrating Palm Sunday commemorating Yeshua’s entry into Jerusalem on the back of a donkey. Five days later comes Good Friday, followed by Resurrection Sunday. Who on earth separated Passover from Easter?

The following explanation is based on “Israel Betrayed: The History of Replacement Theology,” published by Ariel Ministries in 2019.

“At this meeting the question concerning the most holy day of Easter was discussed, and it was resolved by the united judgment of all present, that this feast ought to be kept by all and in every place on one and the same day. And first of all, it appeared an unworthy thing that in the celebration of this most holy feast, we should follow the practice of the Jews, who have impiously defiled their hands with enormous sin, and are, therefore, deservedly afflicted with blindness of soul . . . Let us then have nothing in common with the detestable Jewish crowd, for we have received from our Saviour a different way.

Beloved brethren, let us with one consent . . . withdraw ourselves from all participation in their baseness . . . In rejecting their custom, we may transmit to our descendants the legitimate mode of celebrating Easter, which we have observed from the time of the Saviour’s Passion to the present day. We ought not, therefore, to have anything in common with the Jews, for the Saviour has shown us another way . . . and consequently, in unanimously adopting this mode, we desire, dearest brethren, to separate ourselves from the detestable company of the Jews, for it is truly shameful for us to hear them boast that without their direction we could not keep this feast. How can they be in the right, they who, after the death of the Saviour, have no longer been led by reason but by wild violence, as their delusion may urge them? They do not possess the truth in this Easter question; for, in their blindness and repugnance to all improvements, they frequently celebrate two Passovers in the same year. We could not imitate those who are openly in error. How, then, could we follow those Jews, who are most certainly blinded by error? For to celebrate the Passover twice in one year is totally inadmissible. But even if this were not so, it would still be your duty not to tarnish your soul by communications with such wicked people . . .

As, on the one hand, it is our duty not to have anything in common with the murderers of our Lord; and as, on the other, the custom now followed by the Churches of the West, of the South, and of the North, and by some of those of the East, is the most acceptable, it has appeared good to all . . . To sum up in a few words: By the unanimous judgment of all, it has been decided that the most holy festival of Easter should be everywhere celebrated on one and the same day, and it is not seemly that in so holy a thing there should be any division.”

In many ways, Nicaea set the spiritual tone for future discrimination, kindling the fires of church- and state-sanctioned anti-Semitic dogma and activism, which successive councils would fan into flame.

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