Did you grow up, as I did, eating chocolate bunnies, and colouring Easter eggs every Easter weekend of your youth? Did your “Christian” family hide Easter eggs and do a Easter egg hunt? Mine did, and still do. Where these traditions came from, and what they have to do with Jesus’ death and resurrection?
Well, actually, nothing!
All historians agree that the name Easter is derived from the ancient pagan goddess Ishtar, who was also variously known as Ashtaroth, Oestre or Eostre, Astarte, Ostara, Diana, Cybele, and Semiramis, among others. In fact she is also known as the goddess of 1,000 names!
This goddess is also associated with fertility symbols, rabbits and eggs!
Semiramis was the wife of the biblical king of Babylon, Nimrod. When Nimrod died she claimed that her husband had ascended to Heaven, and had become the Sun god. Later when she got pregnant she claimed that she had been impregnated by a sun-beam from her husband, and thus the son she bore, Tammuz, became the first Son of God, conceived through a virgin conception!
Tammuz died as a young man, around 40 years old, having been killed by a wild boar. As a result of this death, Semiramis declared that ham should be eaten on Easter as an act of revenge for the killing of her son. Have you ever wondered why ham is eaten at most Easter dinners? Now you know!
Lent is a practice that requires fasting for 40 days, one day for each year of the life of Tammuz!
The truth is that Semiramis was a whore, and her son was the first Antichrist. This family, however, is the basis for all pagan religions, and these real people were worshipped as deities after their deaths. In fact they are still worshipped today!
In the early years of Christianity, some pagans noticed the similarities between their pagan deities and the biblical story, and the characteristics of these false gods, and goddesses, were attributed to biblical characters. Accordingly Zeus (Nimrod, or Horus) became God the Father, Semiramis became Mary (aka the Queen of Heaven), and Tammuz became Jesus.
Semiramis, because of her “virgin” conception became known as the fertility goddess. After the dispersion from Babel, when tongues were scrambled, she was known by many names in the nations that took their paganism with them around the world.
“About 200 B.C. mystery cults began to appear in Rome just as they had earlier in Greece. Most notable was the Cybele cult centered on Vatican hill …Associated with the Cybele cult was that of her lover, Attis ([the older Tammuz, Osiris, Dionysus, or Orpheus under a new name). He was a god of ever-reviving vegetation. Born of a virgin, he died and was reborn annually. The festival began as a day of blood on Black Friday and culminated after three days in a day of rejoicing over the resurrection.” (http://sitsshow.blogspot.ca/2015/04/origins-and-occult-symbolism-of-easter.html)
Sunrise services, Lent, Wearing something new for Easter, Hot Cross Buns, Easter bonnets, Easter Eggs, and the Easter Bunny all have their origins in Pagan religions. None of these practices were employed by the early Christian Church, and none of them appear in the bible.
Well, actually hot cross buns do appear in the bible, in the book of Jeremiah, and they did not please God, they provoked Him to anger!
17 Seest thou not what they do in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem? 18 The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead their dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto other gods, that they may provoke me to anger. 19 Do they provoke me to anger? saith the LORD: do they not provoke themselves to the confusion of their own faces? 20 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, mine anger and my fury shall be poured out upon this place, upon man, and upon beast, and upon the trees of the field, and upon the fruit of the ground; and it shall burn, and shall not be quenched. Jeremiah 7:17-20
This Queen of Heaven, by the way, is the same “Queen of Heaven” the Roman Catholics refer to as “Mary”! The biblical Mary, or Miryam, is never called the Queen of Heaven in the bible, and Jesus Christ himself even refers to her as simply “woman”. The true biblical Mary was a believer, and a chosen vessel for the entrance of the Son of God into humanity, but her status in Heaven is merely a servant of God, she is not His wife, nor was she a perpetual virgin after the birth of her firstborn son. She had other children, and the Scriptures actually give us the names of some of them!
And in Ezekiel…
13 He said also unto me, Turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations that they do. 14 Then he brought me to the door of the gate of the LORD’S house which was toward the north; and, behold, there sat women weeping for Tammuz. Ezekiel 8:13
Yes, the ancient Israelites wept for the loss of the first Antichrist!
Something that most Christians take very casually is the command to refrain from adding and taking away from Scripture;
Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you. Deuteronomy 4:2
What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it. Deuteronomy 12:32
Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar. Proverbs 30:5-6
For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. Revelation 22:18
So here is a question for you; How much do you have to add to Jesus to make Him a false god?
According to these Scriptures, any addition to the Word of God results in provoking His wrath! No addition is acceptable at all! It is a sin to add or take away even the slightest bit to Scripture!
The problem is that Easter is a pagan addition to the Christian Gospel! Everything about Easter is Pagan, even the method of finding the day! Jesus was crucified on the preparation day of the Jewish Passover, not on “good Friday”.
The early Christian Church celebrated Passover with the Jews, for some 300 years. Easter did not come about until the pagan Constantine merged paganism with a form of Christianity.
The End Times Whore of Babylon will be a revival of the Pagan Mystery religions, and the professing Christians of the world will unite with her!
It is time for Christians to get back to the Word!
An excellent resource is the book “The Two Babylons” by Alexander Hislop http://www.biblebelievers.com/babylon/ While I agree with him that the religion of the Roman Catholic Church is the same as the ancient Babylonian religion, I do not think the danger will be over when Rome is destroyed. That Church will simply move back to her roots in Babylon, Iraq!
http://shatteringthematrix.com/profiles/blogs/ostara#.VvhiRSYoBC0 (Note: this site is run by Pagans. The information presented shows the Pagan origins of Easter. I do not recommend the site, but present the link for interest sake)