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Does the King James Bible have an Error - "Easter" - in Acts 12:4?


1. Some people believe that God's word, the King James Bible, has an error in Acts 12:4 where it says "Easter", instead of "Passover".


2. But, the word "Easter" is the correct translation and proves that the King James Bible is the true word of God. ALL other versions that say "Passover" are wrong; and here is how we know:

a. God uses Jewish feasts to mark calender events. The Jews celebrated Passover on the 14th day of the first month. In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is the LORD's passover. (Lev 23:5)


b. The next day, the 15th day of the month, was called the Feast of Unleavened Bread, which was part of a seven day period, until the 21st, in which they were to eat unleavened bread. These were called THE DAYS OF UNLEAVENED BREAD. (Ex 12:18)


c. In Acts 12:2,3 Herod killed James, and because he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also (THEN WERE THE DAYS OF UNLEAVENED BREAD).


d. In Acts 12:4, Herod put Peter in prison, under guard, intending after EASTER to bring him forth to the people. In Acts 12:6, when Herod would have brought him forth, the same night he was sleeping between two soldiers ...


e. Look at the sequence: The single day of "Passover" (the 14th day of the first month), the DAYS OF UNLEAVENED BREAD (which began on that single day of Passover and continued until the 21st), and then Easter.


f. Peter was captured DURING the DAYS OF UNLEAVENED BREAD. Passover was over. He was in prison waiting for EASTER, just a few days later; not for Passover the next year.

3. The King James Bible is the ONLY translation that is consistently CORRECT.


4. Some of the passages in support of this reasoning and which indicate that the Passover is a single day are, as follows:

(Ex 12:13-18)


13 And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.


14 And this day [passover - the 14th day of the first month] shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it [not "them"; it's a single day as a memorial] a feast to the LORD throughout your generations; ye shall keep it [not "them"; it's a one-day feast] a feast by an ordinance for ever.


15 Seven days shall ye eat unleavened bread; [starting the 14th day of the first month] 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 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.


17 And ye shall observe the feast of unleavened bread; for in this selfsame day [the 15th day of the first month] have I brought your armies out of the land of Egypt: therefore shall ye observe this day in your generations by an ordinance for ever.


18 In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at even ye shall eat unleavened bread, until the one and twentieth day of the month at even.



(Num 28:17-18)


17 And in the fifteenth day of this month is the feast: seven days shall unleavened bread be eaten. [the 15th day was the "feast of unleavened bread", within the seven "days of unleavened bread".]


18 In the first day shall be an holy convocation; ye shall do no manner of servile work therein:"


(Deut 16:1-8)


1 Observe the month of Abib, and keep the passover unto the LORD thy God: for in the month of Abib the LORD thy God brought thee forth out of Egypt by night.


2 Thou shalt therefore sacrifice the passover unto the LORD thy God, of the flock and the herd, in the place which the LORD shall choose to place his name there.


3 Thou shalt eat no leavened bread with it; seven days shalt thou eat unleavened bread therewith, [i.e. the passover was only eaten on the 14th day; unleavened bread was to be eaten for seven days in conjunction "with" that day of "passover"; and hence these days are called the "days of unleavened bread"] even the bread of affliction: for thou camest forth out of the land of Egypt in haste: that thou mayest remember the day when thou camest forth out of the land of Egypt all the days of thy life.


4 And there shall be no leavened bread seen with thee in all thy coast seven days; neither shall there any thing of the flesh, which thou sacrificedst the first day at even, remain all night until the morning.


5 Thou mayest not sacrifice the passover within any of thy gates, which the LORD thy God giveth thee:


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.


7 And thou shalt roast and eat it in the place which the LORD thy God shall choose: and thou shalt turn in the morning, and go unto thy tents.


8 Six days thou shalt eat unleavened bread: and on the seventh day shall be a solemn assembly to the LORD thy God: thou shalt do no work therein." [These are the "days of unleavened bread" - six days of unleavened bread plus one day of unleavened bread in which there was to be a solemn assembly, making seven (7) days in total, from the 14th day until the 21st day of the first month].

5. You can TRUST every word in God's Word, the King James Bible!





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