decided to leave it at that till I got permission from my daughter and son-in-law to explain further what I believe about Easter.
In a nutshell, I believe that Y'shua died on Passover which fell on a Wednesday evening, not Friday. He was in the grave 3 nights and 3 days from Wednesday evening to Saturday evening, and rose from the grave early Sunday (sometime between sunset Saturday and sunrise Sunday) when Mary found his grave empty.
The Christian tradition which began with the anti-Semitic edicts of Constantine circa 325 A.D, does not allow for Y'shua’s having been in the grave for three days and three nights as He prophesied He would be. If the Church’s Constantinian tradition is correct, then Y'shua is a false prophet.
By edict of Constantine, Christians were forbidden to celebrate Passover, the Biblical seventh day Sabbath, or to do anything “the detestable Jews” do (Constantine’s words not mine). The celebration of the resurrection was therefore moved from the Biblical Feast of First Fruits, the day it actually happened, to the pagan feast of Ishtar, known to us as Easter. Y'shua was actually resurrected on the morning after the weekly Sabbath following Passover. This is the date set in Leviticus 23 for the Feast of First Fruits and there is great prophetic significance to Y'shua’s having been resurrected on this day. This is what Paul alluded to when he referred to Y'shua as the First Fruits of the resurrection.
Ishtar Sunday is a pagan feast honoring the wife and mother of the sun god Tammuz. It commemorates the day that pagan goddess Ishtar came down from the moon in a giant egg that landed in the Euphrates River on the Sunday following the first full moon after the vernal equinox. This pagan feast has been celebrated by sun god worshipers like Constantine since the time of Noah’s grandchildren. The celebration of the Resurrection of Y'shua was moved to this date, to distance the Church from it Hebrew roots and perhaps to placate Constantine’s pagan constituency. Present day calculation of the date of Easter is identical to the calculation for the pagan feast of Ishtar.
I choose to celebrate the Resurrection on the day it actually happened, the Levitical Feast of First Fruits. I choose to celebrate Passover and the other Levitical Feasts, not because I have to, but because it blesses me to do so, and because I believe it blesses the heart of Yahveh when I do. In my next post, I will explain more about the Feast of Ishtar that may
influence you to do the same.