Time to present the FACTS about Passover as found in Scripture so as to leave no doubts, and, hopefully, to let this subject sleep for at least the rest of the year. Since this is a KJVO controversy, let's quote only from the KJV. First, God initiates Passover: Exodus 12:11 And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the LORD's passover. And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the LORD throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever. 15 Seven days shall ye eat unleavened bread; even the first day ye shall put away leaven out of your houses: for whosoever eateth leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that soul shall be cut off from Israel. 16 And in the first day there shall be an holy convocation, and in the seventh day there shall be an holy convocation to you; no manner of work shall be done in them, save that which every man must eat, that only may be done of you. Besides God's saying in V.14 that it's a MEMORIAL, He goes on to say why He began this observance: Exodus 12:27 That ye shall say, It is the sacrifice of the LORD's passover, who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt, when he smote the Egyptians, and delivered our houses. And the people bowed the head and worshipped. God had given them the time already, but here's a reiteration: Deuteronomy 16:6 But at the place which the LORD thy God shall choose to place his name in, there thou shalt sacrifice the passover at even, at the going down of the sun, at the season that thou camest forth out of Egypt. Some people say that JESUS made the Passover an for everyone, but God had already made it clear that He had given the Passover to ISRAEL ALONE: Exodus 12:48 And when a stranger shall sojourn with thee, and will keep the passover to the LORD, let all his males be circumcised, and then let him come near and keep it; and he shall be as one that is born in the land: for no uncircumcised person shall eat thereof. Numbers 9:14 And if a stranger shall sojourn among you, and will keep the passover unto the LORD; according to the ordinance of the passover, and according to the manner thereof, so shall he do: ye shall have one ordinance, both for the stranger, and for him that was born in the land. So God says, "If a non-Israeli WILL KEEP..."not, "MUST keep..."the same ordinances apply to all, including that the males must be circumcised. God does NOT command that gentiles keep Passover. After all, it was ISRAEL whom He had "passed over" when He initiated the observance. And in Jesus' time, few people besides the Jews were recognized as Israelis.(The Jews include Judah, Benjamin, & most of Levi, being reckoned as such from the days of Rehoboam.)NOWHERE DOES GOD COMMAND NON-ISRAELIS TO KEEP THE PASSOVER! He just simply says, "One set of ordinances for all who keep it." And JOHN says Passover was an observance of the JEWS, and not anyone else: John 6:4 And the passover, a feast of the Jews, was nigh. John 11:55 And the Jews' passover was nigh at hand: and many went out of the country up to Jerusalem before the passover, to purify themselves. And in that day, the Jews were the only distinct Israelis dealt with in the Scriptures about the events in Jesus' time and soon afterwards. And GOD HIMSELF declares that the whole seven days of unleavened bread is the Passover: Ezekiel 45:21 In the first month, in the fourteenth day of the month, ye shall have the passover, a feast of seven days; unleavened bread shall be eaten. Read V.18 to see who gave that ordinance. This leaves NO DOUBT to any Christian that the entire 7-day period is called Passover by GOD HIMSELF! And Jesus' disciples continued to recognize the whole seven days as the Passover observance as God had commanded: Luke 22:1 Now the feast of unleavened bread drew nigh, which is called the Passover. John 18:28 Then led they Jesus from Caiaphas unto the hall of judgment: and it was early; and they themselves went not into the judgment hall, lest they should be defiled; but that they might eat the passover. John 19:14 And it was the preparation of the passover, and about the sixth hour: and he saith unto the Jews, Behold your King! Some people have said there were TWO passover feasts, which explains what John wrote about eating Passover after the paschal meal had taken place the previous evening. This is absurd. The Scriptures say that many came to Jerusalem to purify themselves for the Passover...and nothing would've made them go ballistic more than someone observing Passover at the wrong time, or doing it in any other way contrary to God's commands. Remember, God had said, "ONE set of ordinances for ALL who observe Passover". So, in conclusion, we see in Scripture that: 1.) GOD initiated Passover when He led the people of ISRAEL out of Egypt. 2.) He gave Passover ONLY TO ISRAEL, but ALLOWED(NOT "commanded") non-Israelis to observe it, under one set of rules for Israeli and gentile alike. 3.) He gave ONE TIME, the evening after sunset of the 14th day of the month of Abib, to begin the observance. 4. ) GOD HIMSELF says the WHOLE WEEK of unleavened bread, including the paschal meal at the beginning of those seven days, is called Passover. This statement of God's was followed by the Jews who arrested Jesus, as John records. 5.) All this took place before Easter as we know it ever existed. Now, we must deal with a post by a member who apparently doesn't always believe the KJV except where it's convenient to support the incorrect premise that the KJV is perfect: And you have given much more sciptural support to the contrary. Nowhere in scripture, does God ever NOT make a distinction between the Passover and the days of unleavened bread. Totally wrong, as the above Scriptures from the KJV show. There is a reason for this also, which many of you do not seem to realize. My suggestion to you, is that you try to really understand what Passover is, and means, and then the same with the days of unleavened bread. GOD HIMSELF has made this quite plain in Exodus & in other places in the Pentateuch. I choose to believe GOD's clear, plain explanation, and not the imaginations of men. Yes, I know Paul called Jesus "our Passover" and likened sin in our flesh as leaven in dough(1 Cor.5:7), but we must remember that GOD commanded Israel to keep the Passover FOREVER(Ex.12;14) Yes, I realize that by His sacrifice of Himself Jesus fulfilled EVERY COMMAND OF SACRIFICE as given in the OT...but the Jews, then and now, continued to observe Passover, and for seven days. Then you just might understand in context and truth. Yes, please read everything in Scripture about Passover to realize that GOD gave it to ISRAEL, FOREVER, and that whe WHOLE week of unleavened bread is called passover by GOD HIMSELF. Go look at the thread that robycop started about Gipp. Yes, read it closely, and hopefully, choose to believe GOD(whose words in one English version I quoted) and not Dr. Gipp. Many disagree in their interpretations, however this does not prove the word Easter is wrong. GOD HIMSELF proves it wrong. Rather than start the "Easter vs Passover" thing again, let me call upon the KJVOs to prove BY SCRIPTURE that "Easter" is correct in Acts 12:4, and NOT by the circular reasoning that the AV men wrote it in Acts 12:4.