I remember the fun we
had at Easter when I was a kid. Nearly every year we would buy a dyeing kit from the
grocery store and color hard-boiled Easter eggs many different shades and
colors on the Saturday evening before Easter. Waking up on Easter morning and finding a
large basket for each one of us kids, though not quite equal to the
thrills of Christmas morning, was nevertheless exciting. Each basket
would contain colored, artificial "grass," usually green, and many colored
eggs, which mom insisted we eat within the first day or so lest they should
go bad. And lots of jelly beans. And small chocolate bunnies and
candies. And the prize item - a large, sometimes solid sometimes hollow,
chocolate Easter bunny.
We would also get dressed up special that
day for church. The girls had brand new spring dresses and big
bonnets. And I (as a small boy) dressed up in a suit and a hat. My
dad would always want to take a picture of everyone dressed up and holding
their Easter baskets full of the goodies. So we would line up on the
front porch steps and pose with our best smile.
Sunday services that day were special,
too. The church would usually be packed with all the regulars and the
folks who, out of some sense of obligation, would show up only on Christmas
and Easter. I guess they figured that it would be better to go at least
a couple times a year than not at all. God would have to look at that
act of righteousness with some sort of favor, they must be thinking! After all, it was the
celebration of the resurrection of Christ. Or so we thought....
What we were doing was in line with a
tradition which the Christian church had been doing for over 1600 years.
Now that kind of long history is hard to argue with. We had supposed, in
some moment of reflection, that even the apostles of Jesus had celebrated
Easter, just like we were doing. Well, a little bit of research, coupled
with a sobering realization that traditions are not always from our Creator,
had proved us wrong in our assumptions. And somewhat shocking and
disturbing are the results of
our investigation of the roots of Easter.
Come to find out that the celebration of Easter is not biblical
The Torah, Elohim's instructions to his covenant people, does not teach the
celebration of Easter. Jesus never taught his disciples to celebrate
Easter. Nor did Paul or any of the other prophets,
apostles or disciples in the Bible. The
celebration of Easter is not in the Bible because it is not from our Maker!
In the interest of providing some history and background to the popularly
observed season of Lent and to impart some perspective about what the Bible has
to say about the Lenten season, I offer this summary and analysis. Many of
the customs, practices and traditions of the Christian Church, which are
believed to be based on the New Testament and the story of Jesus, are actually
ancient customs which pre-date Christianity. The forty day fast and
abstinence called Lent is one such tradition.
On the liturgical calendar, Lent is the period of time between Ash Wednesday and
Easter. The term Lent is a shortened form of Lenten, which
derives from the Old English term lencten, which means spring.
This word is from the Old English root word lang which means long
(Online Etymology Dictionary, www.etymonline.com). And you can probably
guess that we also get our word lengthen from that term.
Presumable, Lent refers to the spring because it is the season when the days
begin to lengthen.
Lent is celebrated worldwide by Roman Catholic Christians. But it is also
popular among some Protestant Christians, including
Episcopals, Lutherans, Methodists, some Presbyterians and
Practice of Fasting and Self-Denial
Lent purports to be a continuation of the custom of fasting as Jesus fasted.
We are told in Matthew's gospel that following his baptism, Jesus went out into
the wilderness and fasted for forty days and nights. It is alleged that
Lent is the season when Christians do as their Master did and fast. Often
this fasting takes the form of giving up some favorite food, or meat, or
promising to stop bad habits for these forty days prior to Easter.
The Lenten season begins after Mardi Gras, which means "Fat Tuesday." The
party of Mardi Gras is just an excuse to indulge in excesses and debauchery
(getting "fat") before the fast. This festival is most famous in Rio de
Janeiro, but is held elsewhere around the world including New Orleans.
Mardi Gras is the last chance for these religious zealots to indulge themselves
in all manner of sinful behaviors before they have to deny themselves of some
earthly pleasure. Then, on "Ash Wednesday," Christians have an ashen mark
placed on their foreheads to symbolize the beginning of the sacred fast.
Lent officially became a "Christian" celebration at the edict of the Council of Laodicea in A.D. 360.
Nevertheless, even the well-known Catholic Saint Abbot John Cassianus, monk of Marseilles,
in the fifth century contrasted the primitive
Church with the Church in his day, "It
ought to be known that the observance of the forty days had no existence, so
long as the perfection of that primitive Church remained inviolate."
If Lent didn't exist during the early years of the Messianic community (the
Christian Church), then where did it come from?
Practice of the 40 Day Fasting and Weeping
Alexander Hislop, in his classic work, The Two Babylons, in the
section entitled, Easter, explains the origin of the Lenten fast:
The forty days' abstinence of Lent was
directly borrowed from the worshippers of the Babylonian goddess. Such a
Lent of forty days, "in the spring of the year," is still observed by
the Yezidis or Pagan Devil-worshippers of Koordistan, who have inherited
it from their early masters, the Babylonians. Such a Lent of forty days
was held in spring by the Pagan Mexicans, for thus we read in Humboldt,
where he gives account of Mexican observances: "Three days after the
vernal equinox...began a solemn fast of
forty days in honour of the sun."
Such a Lent of forty days was observed in Egypt, as may be seen on
consulting Wilkinson's Egyptians.
This Egyptian Lent of forty days, we are informed by Landseer, in his
Sabean Researches, was held
expressly in commemoration of Adonis or Osiris, the great mediatorial
Thus, the testimony of many
historians is that Lent was a borrowed festival from Babylon.
It is a part of the ancient sun god worship which has found its way into
nearly every culture of the world throughout time. Since the early church had no such custom
(as Cassianus told us), the Council of Laodicea
must have affirmed for the church a celebration which was observed in
antiquity by the pagan sun god worshippers.
there is more. Hislop finds more evidence of the pagan roots of
Easter and Lent:
At the same
time, the rape of Proserpine seems to have been commemorated, and in a
similar manner; for Julius Firmicus informs us that, for "forty nights"
the "wailing for Proserpine" continued; and from Arnobius we learn that
the fast which the Pagans observed, called "Castus" or the "sacred"
fast, was, by the Christians in his time, believed to have been
primarily in imitation of the long fast of Ceres, when for many days she
determinedly refused to eat on account of her "excess of sorrow," that
is, on account of the loss of her daughter Proserpine, when carried away
by Pluto, the god of hell. As the stories of Bacchus, or Adonis and
Proserpine, though originally distinct, were made to join on and fit in
to one another, so that Bacchus was called Liber, and his wife Ariadne,
Libera (which was one of the names of Proserpine), it is highly probable
that the forty days' fast of Lent was made in later times to have
reference to both.
Wikipedia explains who Proserpine
Proserpina (sometimes spelt
Proserpine, Prosperine or Prosperina) is an
ancient Roman goddess whose story is the basis of a myth of
Springtime. Her Greek goddess' equivalent is Persephone.
The probable origin of her name comes from the Latin, "proserpere"
or "to emerge," in respect to the growing of grain.
Proserpina was subsumed by the cult of Libera, an ancient
fertility goddess, wife of Liber and is also considered a
life–death–rebirth deity. She was the daughter of Ceres,
goddess of agriculture and crops and Jupiter, the god of sky and
The full story of the rape of Proserpina is told at
Tradition also shows that all the
observances from other cultures and peoples throughout ancient times
were mere copies or modifications of the original story of Nimrod, his wife Semiramis and
their son Tammuz. The story is told that the wife of Nimrod, the King of Babylon,
after the death of her husband, claimed she had been supernaturally impregnated by the Sun god and gave birth to Tammuz.
When Tammuz was forty years old, he went hunting and was killed by a wild boar. His mother and her family mourned for 40 days, at the end of which Tammuz was brought back from the dead.
So, Lent is evidently the time when Tammuz is remembered and mourned
during the "Fast of Tammuz." The Wycliffe Bible Commentary states, "Mourning for the god was followed by a celebration of resurrection."
Hislop goes on to link the Lenten
season with Tammuz of biblical fame:
Pagans this Lent seems to have been an indispensable preliminary to the
great annual festival in commemoration of the death and resurrection of
Tammuz, which was celebrated by alternate weeping and rejoicing, and
which, in many countries, was considerably later than the Christian
festival, being observed in Palestine and Assyria in June, therefore
called the "month of Tammuz"; in Egypt, about the middle of May, and in
Britain, some time in April. To conciliate the Pagans to nominal
Christianity, Rome, pursuing its usual policy, took measures to get the
Christian and Pagan festivals amalgamated, and, by a complicated but
skilful adjustment of the calendar, it was found no difficult matter, in
general, to get Paganism and Christianity--now far sunk in idolatry--in
this as in so many other things, to shake hands.
All these stories derive from a common original story of
the Babylonian sun god saga. So a pagan connection between Tammuz and Lent is apparent.
The prophets of Scripture allude to
the practice of weeping for Tammuz at the temple site. Elohim described the abominations that were
going on by the priests and in the temple of those who worshiped Tammuz.
The prophet Ezekiel was brought, in vision, into the temple of Yahuwah and was
shown what abominable things were happening there:
Again, he said, "You will see them doing
things that are even more detestable." Then he brought me to the entrance
to the north gate of the house of Yahuwah, and I saw women sitting there,
mourning for Tammuz. (Ezekiel 8:13,14).
The whole modern day season of Lent is the carry over of the 40
days of weeping for Tammuz. And Yahuwah hates this. Yahuwah hates all
that is associated with the Easter season, especially when we try to pass it off as
legitimate worship of the Master Yahusha.
Another element of the Easter season is "Good Friday." This is believed by Christians to be the day that
Christ died on the cross and was buried. Theologians do a lot of
interpretive gymnastics to arrive at a Friday death of Messiah, followed by a
Sunday morning resurrection. This flatly contradicts what the Messiah
himself said about the length of time he would be in the grave. He
specifically and repeatedly instructed his disciples that he would be in the
tomb for three days and three nights.
The major problem with insisting
that Messiah died on Good Friday is that the math just doesn't add up.
Jesus said that he would be in the grave for three days and three
He answered, "A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a
miraculous sign! But none will be given it except the sign of the
prophet Yonah. For as Yonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge
fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart
of the earth. (Matthew 12:39-40)
There is clearly only one day and two nights between
Friday at sunset when Messiah was placed in the tomb and Sunday morning,
when the women found the tomb empty. This is obviously a huge
problem for those who hold this view.
But even giving the benefit of the
doubt, it still may be feasible to count three days as: day one - the
final few minutes of Friday before sundown; day two - Saturday; day
three - the first few minutes of the daytime
portion of Sunday. But there just simply aren't three nights
between Friday evening and Sunday morning. So, unless you ignore
what the Master taught, you MUST conclude that he did not die on the
tree on Friday. (See a detailed study of this prophesy and its
fulfillment in our companion article,
The Sign of Jonah: 3 Days and
So Friday was not, in fact, the day Messiah
died. But it fits in really nicely with the activities which were
traditionally practiced by the pagans on Friday. Thus, it's convenient for
Christians to force fit the death of Messiah into a "Friday" frame, because
Friday and Sunday were significant days when the pagans practiced the worship of
their god-idols. And these practices were amalgamated into the worship of
the early Church.
Good Friday Customs
The Catholic Church has some very
interesting customs for Good Friday, which don't jive with what the
Bible teaches believers. First, there is the "re-enactments" of
the suffering and death of Christ. And many believers undergo a
"crucifixion" on Good Friday so as to imitate their Lord.
On Good Friday, at Rome and Madrid, and
other chief seats of Roman idolatry, multitudes flock together to
witness the performances of the saintly whippers, who lash themselves
till the blood gushes in streams from every part of their body. They
pretend to do this in honour of Christ, on the festival set apart
professedly to commemorate His death, just as the worshippers of Osiris
did the same on the festival when they lamented for his loss. But can
any man of the least Christian enlightenment believe that the exalted
Saviour can look on such rites as doing honour to Him, which pour
contempt on His all-perfect atonement, and represent His most "precious
blood" as needing to have its virtue
supplemented by that of blood drawn
from the backs of wretched and misguided sinners? Such offerings were
altogether fit for the worship of Moloch; but they are the very opposite
of being fit for the service of Christ. (The Two Babylons, p.144)
The Torah clearly teaches believers
NOT to do these kinds of things to their own bodies:
You are the sons of YHWH your Elohim;
you shall not cut yourselves nor make baldness between your eyes
on behalf of the dead (Devarim [Deuteronomy] 14:1)
There. The Bible tells us not to cut ourselves on
behalf of the dead. So this means that we should not cut ourselves
to re-enact the suffering and death of Messiah on the tree.
And Paul concurs:
These are all destined to perish with
use, because they are based on human commands and teachings. Such
regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed
worship, their false humility and their harsh treatment of the body, but
they lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence. (Colossians
Cutting the flesh of the body as a remembrance for the
dead is strictly and explicitly forbidden. This is not the way to
honor Messiah who was whipped and poured out his blood for us.
If the Bible isn't the source of
this kind of activity, then where did this custom come from?
Hislop describes the source of these Good Friday flagellations:
Now, the flagellations which form an
important part of the penances that take place at Rome on the evening of
Good Friday, formed an equally important part in the rites of that
fire-god, from which, as we have seen, the Papacy has borrowed so much.
These flagellations, then, of "Passion Week," taken in connection with
the other ceremonies of that period, bear their additional testimony to
the real character of that god whose death and resurrection Rome then
celebrates. Wonderful it is to consider that, in the very high place of
what is called Catholic Christendom, the essential rites at this day are
seen to be the very rites of the old Chaldean fire-worshippers. (The Two
So it turns out that the crucifixion re-enactments are
nothing more that the adoption of biblical forbidden, pagan worship
Friday and the Fish God Dagon
For the pagans, Friday was the day of honoring
and worshipping the fish
god Dagon. Dagon, a Semitic deity was originally a fertility god. He
was worshipped by the Amorites, and was probably the supreme deity of the
Scripture speaks of Dagon, the fish god (pictured to the right):
The rulers of the Philistines gathered to offer a
great sacrifice to Dagon their elohim and to celebrate. They said, "Our elohim
has handed Samson, our enemy, over to us." (Shoftim [Judges] 16:23)
The Philistines took the ark of Elohim
and brought it to the temple of Dagon, where they positioned it beside Dagon.
When the residents of Ashdod got up early the next day, Dagon was lying on the
ground before the ark of Yahuwah. So they took Dagon and set him back in his
place. But when they got up early the next day, Dagon was again lying on
the ground before the ark of Yahuwah. The head of Dagon and his two hands were
sheared off and were lying at the threshold. Only Dagon's body was left intact.
For this reason to this very day neither Dagon's priests nor anyone else who
enters Dagon's temple step on Dagon's threshold in Ashdod. (1 Shemuel 5:2-5)
Another take from this passage is that we shouldn't engage in
the silly superstitions about stepping on a crack. This would be pandering
to the worship and respect of Dagon, which is a clear violation of the
commandment not to worship any other elohim except Yahuwah.
Though the fish god is condemned by
Scripture, Christians still have a certain fascination with the fish.
Friday is a day on which Catholics traditionally eat fish during the
Lenten season. Michael Rood describes the source of the fish
eating attraction in Christian circles:
In later years “Good Friday,” the day that the Philistines
sacrificed to Dagon, the Philistine fish god, also became an integral part
of the Easter pageantry (if you are over 40 years of age, you will recall
eating fish on Friday in the public school system in America). This entire
menagerie of satanic festivities is the pinnacle of the abominations that
God had pronounced to the Children of Israel before they entered the
Promised Land. (John Michael Rood, The Mystery of Iniquity, Chapter 8)
It seems that eating fish on Friday is out of respect for the
ancient fish god.
During the time of the Messiah and
afterward, Friday was well known in pagan circles to be a celebration of Dagon.
And so, as the Scriptural practices of appointed times were being abandoned and
the pagan sun-god and other deity worship began to get folded into the worship
of the early church, the blending of Dagon\fish-god
worship as a legitimate practice of these Christians became established.
The Pope and His Fish Hat!
again the picture above of Dagon, the fish god. He is covered by a
fish as with a garment, with the fishes head as his hat with its mouth
open and pointing upward. When we take a look at the Pope, the
Head of the Roman Catholic Church, we see the same hat! Is it merely a
coincidence that the Pope's mitre (hat) looks exactly like the head
covering of Dagon?
Note the picture to the right
comparing the Pope's hat with Dagon. It's the same fish! The
Pope seems to be Dagon the fish god. Something's terribly wrong
Another custom of Good Friday is the
eating of the hot cross buns. That seems innocent enough, until
you find our where this custom comes from. Again, Hislop explains:
The hot cross
buns of Good Friday, and the dyed eggs of Pasch or Easter Sunday,
figured in the Chaldean rites just as they do now. The "buns," known too
by that identical name, were used in the worship of the queen of heaven,
the goddess Easter, as early as the days of Cecrops, the founder of
Athens-- that is, 1500 years before the Christian era. "One species of
sacred bread," says Bryant, "which used to be offered to the gods, was
of great antiquity, and called Boun." Diogenes Laertius, speaking of
this offering being made by Empedocles, describes the chief ingredients
of which it was composed, saying, "He offered one of the sacred cakes
called Boun, which was made of fine flour and honey." (The Two
Babylons, p. 105)
Jeremiah the prophet wrote about the
abominations he saw in the temple of Yahuwah. He was shown a
vision of the women of Israel partaking in the pagan rite of making
these hot cross buns for Ishtar (Easter):
Do you not see what they are doing in the
towns of Yehudah and in the streets of Yerushalayim? The children
gather wood, the fathers light the fire, and the women knead the dough
and make cakes of bread for the Queen of Heaven. They pour out drink
offerings to other gods to provoke me to anger. (Jeremiah 7:17-18)
The Jews had become so corrupted in the worship of
foreign deities that everyone was doing their part - the children, the
fathers and the women - they were all participating in the worship of
The cakes of Jeremiah 7:18
are the buns of Good Friday fame, as Hislop explains:
It is from
the very word here used by the prophet that the word "bun" seems to be
derived. The Hebrew word, with the points, was pronounced Khavan, which
in Greek became sometimes Kapan-os (PHOTIUS, Lexicon Syttoge);
and, at other times, Khabon (NEANDER, in KITTO'S Biblical Cyclopoedia).
The first shows how Khvan, pronounced as one syllable, would pass into
the Latin panis, "bread," and the second how, in like manner,
Khvon would become Bon or Bun. It is not to be overlooked that our
common English word Loa has passed through a similar process of
formation. In Anglo-Saxon it was Hlaf. The hot cross buns are not now
offered, but eaten, on the festival of Astarte; but this
leaves no doubt as to whence they have been derived. (Ibid., p. 105)
So, what's wrong with eating hot cross buns near the
Easter holiday? Nothing - if you don't mind a little pagan mixed
into your faith and if you don't mind the condemnation from the prophets
of Yahuwah that comes with it.
of the Fish Symbol by Christianity
Concerning this fascination Christians have
with the fish - the Christian Church had adopted the symbol of the fish as their
own. We all know how the
third century Christians took the symbol of the fish and used it as a
representation of faith in Christ.
The justification goes something like this: The Greek word for fish,
ivcqu,j (pronounced ick-thus), allegedly represents Christ because the letters which
spell it also are the beginning letters of these words: the iota begins the
Greek name of the Christ, Iaysous; the chi is the first letter in the Greek
Christos (Xristos or "Christ"); the theta begins the word "theos" or "God"; the
upsilon begins the word hwee-os ("son"); and the sigma represents "sotayr" or
Savior. Thus, the reasoning goes, ickthus ("fish") represents "Iaysous
Xristos theos huee-os sotayr" - or "Jesus Christ God('s) son, (and) Savior."
Of course, this is pure nonsense. The fish symbol really has nothing to do with the Messiah of
Scripture. But in order to make palatable the practices of fish god Dagon
"Christian" circles, the word "fish" had to be given a Christian meaning!
And thus was born the adoption of the very pagan fish symbol and fish god into
the worship practices of those who follow the Savior of the world. Maybe
its time to lose these abominable customs.
It's not hard to find information about the customs of Easter. It
turns out that
Easter is an old pagan worship day which
Yahuwah hates. Our modern day version of Easter is just a remake of
some very ancient pagan traditions and practices. If the Christian
would really think about the source of "Easter," he would most
assuredly abhor it.
What or Who is Easter?
This brings us to the million dollar question: Who or what is Easter?
Where did we get this word from? And where did the customs of
Easter come from? I yield again to the renowned scholar of ancient
customs - Alexander Hislop, who gets right to the point:
Easter is nothing else than Astarte, one
of the titles of Beltis, the queen of heaven, whose name, as pronounced
by the people Nineveh, was evidently identical with that now in common
use in this country. That name, as found by Layard on the Assyrian
monuments, is Ishtar. (Ibid., p. 101)
Pictured to the right is Astarte, the goddess of love, usually depicted as
a well endowed, bare-breasted woman. It is no secret about Ishtar
or Astarte. You can find information and pictures of this idol
goddess all over the internet. You can find Easter all around you.
You find her in the Statue of Liberty, also known as Lady Liberty, in
New York harbor. Her is donned by the seven rays of the sun and a
plaque below her dedicates her to Mother Earth, or Ishtar. And
you, therefore, also find her on some of our coins and stamps.
And in churches!
Yet, in spite of the wealth of
information available about the identity of Easter / Astarte / Ishtar,
Christians don't care where this Easter came from with all its customs
and practices. They prefer to hide their faces from the facts
about Easter, like an ostrich hiding her head in the sand when danger
comes near. They love Easter and embrace it regardless of the
evidence that it is an abomination.
The entire Babylonian religious system, which is the theme of Hislop's
book, The Two Babylons, is that of the false religious systems in
all countries and cultures throughout all human history, which had its
origin in the story of Nimrod. The Book of Revelation speaks a
great deal about the ultimate collapse of Babylon the Great, the mother
of harlots and of the abominations of the earth. The harlot of
Babylon is Semiramis, also known as Venus, aka Beltis, aka Ishtar, aka
Ashteroth, aka Easter. As she was the mother of harlots, those
harlots are all who follow after her pernicious system of worship.
Nimrod and Semiramis and Tammuz
Easter comes from the story of Nimrod of biblical fame. History books
describe Ninus (called Nimrod in the Bible) as a mighty warrior, city
builder and ruler of the ancient world after the flood. Nimrod
founded the city of Nineveh, the capitol of Assyria. His father
was Belus or Bel, also called Ba'al. The Bible says Cush was his
father. Evidently, Cush was Belus, aka Bel, aka Ba'al. Ninus
was first identified in the Recognitions with the biblical
Nimrod, who, the author says, taught the Persians to worship fire.
Since ancient times, Nimrod has traditionally
been considered the leader of those who built the Tower of Babel
in the land of Shinar, though the Bible never actually states
this. Nimrod’s kingdom included the cities of Babel, Erech,
Accad, and Calneh, all in Shinar. (Ge 10:10) Therefore it was
likely under his direction that the building of Babel and its
tower began; in addition to Flavius Josephus, this is also the
view found in the Talmud (Chullin 89a, Pesahim
94b, Erubin 53a, Avodah Zarah 53b), and later
midrash such as Genesis Rabba. Several of these early
Judaic sources also assert that the king Amraphel, who wars with
Abraham later in Genesis, is none other than Nimrod himself. (Wikipedia.com,
The Jewish historian,
Josephus, further describes Nimrod:
Now it was Nimrod who excited
them to such an affront and contempt of God. He was the grandson of Ham,
the son of Noah, a bold man, and of great strength of hand. He persuaded
them not to ascribe it to God, as if it were through his means they were
happy, but to believe that it was their own courage which procured that
happiness. He also gradually changed the government into tyranny, seeing
no other way of turning men from the fear of God, but to bring them into
a constant dependence on his power. He also said he would be revenged on
God, if he should have a mind to drown the world again; for that he
would build a tower too high for the waters to reach. And that he would
avenge himself on God for destroying their forefathers.
There are numerous legends and traditions about Nimrod in various cultures
and languages. The general consensus is that he was a giant of a
man who was the first world ruler.
As legend goes, Ninus took Semiramis, the wife of one of his commanders,
and married her. They are several accounts of this marriage.
One says they had a son who was more wicked than Ninus. Another
says that Ninus died and Semiramis afterward became pregnant, which she
attributed to the rays of the sun, as though Ninus had become the sun
god and thus had impregnated her. That son was Tammuz spoken of in
the Bible. Tammuz, son of the mighty hunter, died at the age of 40
while hunting. He was gored by a wild bore. This was the
basis for a tradition which was begun in his honor to fast for 40 days -
a day for each year of his life - for Tammuz.
This is only one way the story has been told. As the years moved on,
the story of Ninus became legendary in many cultures and in many
languages. The myths and legends were sometimes a little
different, and other details were added and twisted, so that now, there
are many stories told about Ninus. One thing is for sure; the
Babylonian system condemned throughout the Bible and whose end is
prophesied in Revelation is based on Nimrod's rebellion against the
Creator and the subsequent false worship practices his life spawned.
Lent, Good Friday and Easter are all part of that ignoble and wretched
The Easter Egg
The Easter egg has a pagan origin as
well. Hislop elaborates...
From Egypt these sacred eggs can be
distinctly traced to the banks of the Euphrates. The classic poets are
full of the fable of the mystic egg of the Babylonians; and thus its
tale is told by Hyginus, the Egyptian, the learned keeper of the
Palatine library at Rome, in the time of Augustus, who was skilled in
all the wisdom of his native country: "An egg of wondrous size is said
to have fallen from heaven into the river Euphrates. The fishes rolled
it to the bank, where the doves having settled upon it, and hatched it,
out came Venus, who afterwards was called the Syrian Goddess"--that is,
Astarte. Hence the egg became one of the symbols of Astarte or Easter;
and accordingly, in Cyprus, one of the chosen seats of the worship of
Venus, or Astarte, the egg of wondrous size was represented on a grand
scale. (The Two Babylons, p.107 ff)
This large egg was supposed to represent the ark in which Noah and his
family was saved. The egg, therefore, it a fertility symbol, as
the whole world was repopulated from the one(s) who emerged from it.
Therefore, Venus / Astarte is the goddess - again, depicted as a
bare-breasted woman of desire - who represents fertility and
Does the Bible Mention
Ishtar / Easter?
As we have seen, the word Easter is derived from the ancient name Ishtar, a pagan
goddess and an abomination to our Creator. She is also known as Ashtarte
in historical literature and as Ashtoreth in the Scriptures.
The prophets speak a very clear word of condemnation regarding the worship
Shemuel said to all the house of Yisrael, "If
you are really turning to Yahuwah with all your hearts, remove from among
you the foreign elohim and the images of Ashtoreth. Give your hearts to
Yahuwah and serve only him. Then he will deliver you from the hand of the
Philistines." So the people of Yisrael removed the Baals and images
of Ashtoreth. They served only Yahuwah. (1 Shemuel 7:3,4)
These "images" are referring to the idols and statues of Ishtar,
the fertility goddess of the Philistines, who is depicted with large, bare breasts.
The record of Shemuel refers to her again later:
Then they cried out to Yahuwah saying, 'We have
sinned, for we have forsaken Yahuwah and have served the Baals and the images of
Ashtoreth. Now deliver us from the hand of our enemies so that we may serve
you.' (1 Shemuel 12:10)
There can be no doubt that the images,
statues and idols of this offensive goddess of fertility is an offense to
Yahuwah. Israel, in their rebellion against their Creator, worshipped this
woman Easter. What makes the modern day Christian think that the festival
honoring Easter (Ashtoreth) now brings a smile to Yahuwah's face? The last
time I looked, Elohim wants us to have nothing to do with the customs and
practices of the pagans in worshipping their gods. He does not want us to
worship him by using pagan days, dates, customs and practices. And this
includes the festival which is in honor of Ashtoreth (Easter).
Scripture tells us that Shlomoh
(Solomon) also followed Ashteroth:
He followed Ashtoreth the goddess of the
Sidonians, and Molech the detestable god of the Ammonites. So
Shlomoh did evil in the eyes of Yahuwah; he did not follow Yahuwah
completely, as David his father had done. (1 Kings 11:5-6)
Because of his idolatry, Israel was split into two
nations after his death as explained later:
I will do this (split the nation) because
they have forsaken me and worshiped Ashtoreth the goddess of the
Sidonians, Chemosh the god of the Moabites, and Molech the god of the
Ammonites, and have not walked in my ways, nor done what is right in my
eyes, nor kept my statutes and laws as David, Shlomoh's father, did. (1
Later, King Yosiah (Josiah)
destroyed these places which Shlomoh had built:
The king also desecrated the high places
that were east of Yerushalayim on the south of the Hill of Corruption--
the ones Shlomoh king of Yisrael had built for Ashtoreth the vile
goddess of the Sidonians, for Chemosh the vile god of Moab, and for
Molech the detestable god of the people of Ammon. Yosiah smashed
the set apart stones and cut down the Asherah poles and covered the
sites with human bones. (2 Kings 23:13-14)
Clearly, the worship of Ashtoreth / Astarte / Easter is
an abomination before Yahuwah. The righteous ones utterly forsake
this kind of worship practice and destroy all remnants of it.
Those in rebellion against Yahuwah embrace worship of Ashtoreth /
Astarte / Easter.
An interesting side note to the 2
Kings passage: The infamous "Asherah poles" are the statues of
Ashtoreth, the "vile goddess of the Sidonians." Much is said in
Scripture condemning the use of Asherah poles. Yet, Christianity
has adopted these statues of Ashtoreth, which they have renamed "Mary."
You see, all the statues and images and "poles" depicting Mary, the
mother of Jesus, are really not Mary. They are "Asherim," or "Asherah
poles" which are idols of Ashteroth, the "vile goddess of the Sidonians."
The Rude Reality of the Easter
Easter is filled with detestable practices, including the slaughter of
innocent babies, which our Father in heaven hates. John Michael Rood very
rudely and colorfully tells
us what's wrong with the whole Easter season in his cut-to-the-chase, in-your-face summation of that springtime festival:
The Saternalia originated as the birth date
of Tammuz, the bastard son of Semiramis, the widow of Nimrod of biblical
evil fame. After Shem cut Nimrod in pieces, Babylonian legend insists that
he ascended into the heavens and became the sun god himself. The rays of
the sun implanted the seed into his widow and presto! The son of the sun
god was miraculously conceived, as was the adoration of the mother and
child evident in every culture on the earth. On the winter solstice Tammuz
was born; as were most of the traditions surrounding “the child-mass”
season. Tammuz, the reincarnation of the sun god – Nimrod, was killed in a
hunting accident when he was gored to death by a wild boar in his 40th
year. Those who worshipped the son of “the sun god” then set aside 40 days
of weeping for Tammuz. They celebrated “Lent” one day for each year of his
incarnation - in which they would deny a worldly pleasure for his pleasure
in the afterworld (see Ezekiel 8).
After many years, his mother Semiramis died.
The gods looked favorably on “the mother of god” and sent her back to earth
as the spring fertility goddess – always depicted as an exaggeratedly
endowed bare breasted queen of sexual desire. Semiramis, the queen of
heaven, was “born again” as the goddess Easter (Ashtarte) as she emerged
from a giant egg that landed in the Euphrates river at sunrise on the “sun”
day after the vernal equinox. To proclaim her divine authority, she changed
a bird into an egg laying rabbit. As the cult developed, the priests of
Easter would impregnate young virgins on the altar of the goddess of
fertility at sunrise on Easter Sunday. A year later the priests of Easter
would sacrifice those three-month-old babies on the altar at the front of
the Sanctuary and dye Easter eggs in the blood of the sacrificed infants.
The forty days of Lent - or weeping for Tammuz,
starts the Easter fertility season. The festivities culminate on Easter
Sunday, when the priests of Easter slaughtered the “wild boar that killed
Tammuz” and the entire congregation would eat the “ham” on Easter Sunday. (John Michael Rood, The Mystery of Iniquity, Chapter 8)
When you really boil it down to its origins, the entire Easter
season is nothing more than disgusting, abominable paganism at its worst. Yahuwah has told us that worship of this
kind is completely unacceptable with Him. Yet, all of Christianity is
caught up in the celebration of the resurrection of the son on Easter day.
Little do most Christians know that the son, whose resurrection is celebrated
on Easter, is actually the repulsive sun god Tammuz of biblical fame, not the
Messiah of Scripture.
Wrong With Honoring Christ During the Easter Season?
The Easter season has become the
traditional time when Christians worldwide remember and celebrate the death,
burial and resurrection of the Savior of the world. For these
Christians, Easter has replaced the biblical appointed times which are
prophetic pictures of the death, burial and resurrection of Messiah.
Pesach (Passover) is the appointed day which the Almighty has stamped on his
calendar as that day when the Lamb would be sacrificed and its blood shed
for the redemption of his people. Messiah clearly fulfilled this
prophetic picture with his death on the tree at the appointed time of
The prophetic calendar as described
in Leviticus 23 also tells us that the first day of the same week of
Unleavened Bread was the time for the first fruits offering to be waved
before the Father in heaven. Messiah fulfilled this ceremony by
becoming the first fruits of the resurrection of the dead on that first
day of the week.
But Christians have replaced these
biblical appointed times of the Messiah with ceremonies adopted from the
pagan practices of worshipping the sun god. Instead of guarding
and observing the appointed times which Yahuwah has established as the
acts of redemption which Messiah would fulfill, Christians prefer to try
to worship God after the manner of the pagans!
of the true Elohim must never be done in the same way that unbelievers worship
their gods. The instructions given in Scripture are crystal clear about this:
Destroy completely all
the places on the high mountains and on the hills and under every spreading
tree where the nations you are dispossessing worship their
gods. Break down their altars, smash their sacred stones and burn their
Asherah poles in the fire; cut down the idols of their gods and wipe out their
names from those places. You must not worship Yahuwah your
Elohim in their way (Deuteronomy 12:1-4, mine).
You must not worship Yahuwah your
in their way, because in worshiping their gods, they do all kinds of
detestable things Yahuwah hates. They even burn their sons and daughters in
the fire as sacrifices to their gods. See that you do all I command
you; do not add to it or take away from it (Deuteronomy
Yahuwah has made it simple to understand that he does not accept
worship done the way that unbelievers worship their gods. He does not want his
worshipers to add to or take away from his own prescribed way of
worship. He must be worshiped in the way that he has revealed in his
Nevertheless, the practice of
Christians who think they are honoring Christ is to observe the pagan
day of honoring the fish god Dagan, which is Friday. And they tell
you that Christ has changed the meaning of that day although there is
not a shred of evidence in the Bible that he did. And Christians
fast for forty days because they say they are doing it like their Master
Jesus did. Yet, what they are doing is actually at the time and in
the manner that the pagans wept for forty days for the pagan sun god
Then Christians celebrate Easter
Sunday as the time of the resurrection, with Easter Eggs, sunrise
services and eating ham for dinner. All of these disgusting
customs are borrowed from the pagan worship of the sun god. And
Christians ignore the clear instruction of Scripture that the pig
carcass is not to be touched or eaten, because it is an abomination to
Let's leave all these pagan ritualistic practices,
customs and traditions behind us. Let's worship our Creator the way He
instructs us to worship Him. Say "goodbye" to the Easter bunny,
colored Easter eggs, so-called good
Friday, fascination with "the fish," eating of the ham that slew
Tammuz and all other such nonsense. Let's
worship the true and living Elohim by keeping His holidays, which are listed
in Leviticus 23.