That may be my problem. I am not a little schoolboy.
Easter and Passover mean the same?
Not even close.
You should know that Passover, or Pesach in Hebrew, is one of the Jewish religion's most sacred and widely observed holidays. Passover commemorates the story of the Israelites' departure from ancient Egypt, which appears in the Hebrew Bible's books of Exodus, Numbers and Deuteronomy,
The Passover Seder is an occasion for praise and thanksgiving and for re-dedication to the idea of liberation.
Jesus celebrated the Passover dinner where He instituted what we refer to as Holy Communion.
While they were eating, Jesus took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it, he broke it, gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you; for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.”—Matthew 26:26–28
And we know that
The event described in Matthew 26:26–28 (also in Mark 14:22–25 and Luke 22:14–23) is known as the Last Supper. It was Jesus’ last meal with his disciples before his crucifixion. In that meal, which was a Passover meal,
Easter is the most important and oldest festival of the Christian Church, celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ and held (in the Western Church) between March 21 and April 25, on the first Sunday after the first full moon following the northern spring equinox.
Easter, also called Pascha (Greek, Latin) or Resurrection Sunday, is a festival and holiday commemorating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead,
Two celebrations for entirely different reasons.
When the Marys arrived at Jesus' tomb, it was the first day of the week. It followed the Sabbath. Which followed the Passover of the last supper. And there was no understanding when they went there that He would be gone. No reason to celebrate. They were going to properly care for His body as they thought He was dead.
There is no way the term Easter should have been applied to this day in Acts 12:4
The Kings men got it wrong
3 And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. (Then were the days of unleavened bread)
The days of unleavened bread were, of course, Passover. The celebration of the Jews
4 And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people.
There was no Easter as it was not being celebrated.
God never commanded an Easter celebration, and certainly not one that could tie back into Pagan beliefs. He did, however , command Passover.
Although most who profess Christianity now celebrate it, Easter-Sunday was not observed by the second century Christians in Asia Minor. They observed Passover.
so the Kings men got it wrong....
Now, if you are comfortable with Easter being in KJ... fine.
But do not equate the two as meaning the same. They dont.
You are right about the difference between Easter and Passover. Easter is a stand alone high day or "Feast of the Lord" created by religious men with roots in Paganism. Paul warned against partaking of such observances in 1 Cor. 10.
"7 Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play."
He got this teaching from Ex. 32.
Ex. 32: 4 And he received them at their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool, after he had made it a molten calf: and they said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt. (Depicting the Jews belief that it was the blood of Bulls that cleansed their sin and not the Lamb of God)
5 And when Aaron saw it, he built an altar before it; and Aaron made proclamation, and said, To morrow is a feast to the LORD.
6 And they rose up early on the morrow, and offered burnt offerings, and brought peace offerings; and the people sat down to eat and to drink, and rose up to play
7 And the LORD said unto Moses, Go, get thee down; for thy people, which thou broughtest out of the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves
Much the same way that modern religions have created an image of God in the likeness of some very handsome, men's hair shampoo model, born Dec. 25th, who died on Friday night and raised from the dead early Sunday morning.
Passover, in contrast, was not a stand alone high day from man. It was taught to God's People since the beginning and was followed immediately by "Feast of Unleavened bread" signifying a simple Salvation plan for God's People. Place HIS Blood (life) on our works and mind (Walk as He walked) to be spared by the death angel, and then "Go and sin no more", with His Help, as foreshadowed by Israel, following Moses, departing sin (Egypt) in haste, and observed by ridding the "leaven" (sin) out of our house (Temple, mind) for 7 days, representing our life. ("He that endures to the end shall be saved").
In the last supper Jesus gave HIS Apostles bread and wine to signify the placing of HIS Blood in our body and mind. This same Christ did the same thing for Abraham.
Gen. 14:18 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine
: and he was the priest of the most high God
. 19 And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth:
This is the same Christ who became a man in the person of Jesus.
John 8:56 Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad.
57 Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham?
58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.
Abraham knew of and partook of the Passover.
Gen. 22:7 And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?
8 And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering
: so they went both of them together.
Abraham and Isaac and Jacob knew of this Christ. He was revealed to Jacob as a "Ladder" to heaven, the only way to God was through this High Priest. But in the process of time, the Children of Israel forgot about these things. So God separated Levi out from among them and gave him a Covenant, a Priesthood which was to teach them God's Laws and provide for the atonement of their sins until the Prophesied "Lamb of God" should come. A Covenant Levi broke.
The main difference between Easter and Passover, other than Easter is a man made "Feast unto the Lord" and Passover is a "Feast of the Christ" created by Him and for Him, is Easter is the end of Salvation for the religions of this Land, while Passover is the Beginning of Salvation according to the Word of God.
But in discussing these truths you will be scorned by "Many" who come in His name, as "Good Friday" and "Easter Sunday" with their eggs and fish fries are ancient religious traditions held sacred by the inhabitants of much of this world, while Passover and Feast of Unleavened Bread are openly considered "Beggarly Elements" by the "MANY" who come in Christ's name.
It is also worthy to note that Easter didn't become a "Christian" high day until some 350 years after Jesus ascended, as you said in part, while the bread and wine given to the Disciples of Christ, was also given to Abraham from the High Priest of his time.
With so much emphasis placed on "Unlocking the mystery of the end of the world" from the promoters of Easter, we are distracted from the many fascinating truths of the scriptures. We are distracted from the truth that "End of the age" and "end of the world" is the same thing for all who have died. When the eyes of those who died are opened we will be in a different place, our world will be gone, our age will be gone, whether we are believers or not.
This is why Jesus said;
Matt. 6:31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow
: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
And again; "Today if you hear His Voice, harden not your hearts."
This is why Jesus spent more time warning about listening to religious men who "come in His Name", than working to unlock mysteries of a future that even He didn't know.