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Millions of Christians the world over observe and celebrate Easter every year “in honor” of their Savior’s death and resurrection.
We suspect they might be shocked to discover however that – unintentionally or not- the feast they are celebrating honors Ishtar/Eostre/Astarte/Ashtoreth – the female fertility goddess of ancient Baal worship condemned throughout the Bible itself.
For those understandably shocked, confused, and perhaps angered by the above statement, let us start by examining the history surrounding common traditions celebration Easter:
Last Trumpet Ministries Summarizes the Origins of Easter Traditions and Satan’s False Trinity Religious System Described in the Scriptures as Mystery Babylon:
Is Easter truly the day when Jesus arose from the dead? Where did all of the strange customs come from, which have nothing to do with the resurrection of our Saviour?
The purpose of this piece is to help answer those questions, and to help those who seek truth to draw their own conclusions.
The first thing we must understand is that professing Christians were not the only ones who celebrated a festival called “Easter.”
“Ishtar”, which is pronounced “Easter” was a day that commemorated the resurrection of one of their gods that they called “Tammuz”, who was believed to be the only begotten son of the moon-goddess and the sun-god.
In those ancient times, there was a man named Nimrod, who was the grandson of one of Noah’s son named Ham.
Ham had a son named Cush who married a woman named Semiramis.Cush and Semiramis then had a son named him “Nimrod.”
After the death of his father, Nimrod married his own mother and became a powerful King.
The Bible tells of of this man, Nimrod, in Genesis 10:8-10 as follows: “And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth. He was a mighty hunter before the Lord: wherefore it is said, even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the Lord. And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad,and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.”
Nimrod became a god-man to the people and Semiramis, his wife and mother, became the powerful Queen of ancient Babylon.
Nimrod was eventually killed by an enemy, and his body was cut in pieces and sent to various parts of his kingdom.
Semiramis had all of the parts gathered, except for one part that could not be found.
That missing part was his reproductive organ. Semiramis claimed that Nimrod could not come back to life without it and told the people of Babylon that Nimrod had ascended to the sun and was now to be called “Baal”, the sun god.
Queen Semiramis also proclaimed that Baal would be present on earth in the form of a flame, whether candle or lamp, when used in worship.
Semiramis was creating a mystery religion, and with the help of Satan, she set herself up as a goddess.
Semiramis claimed that she was immaculately conceived.
She taught that the moon was a goddess that went through a 28 day cycle and ovulated when full.
She further claimed that she came down from the moon in a giant moon egg that fell into the Euphrates River.
This was to have happened at the time of the first full moon after the spring equinox.
Semiramis became known as “Ishtar” which is pronounced “Easter”, and her moon egg became known as “Ishtar’s” egg.”
Ishtar soon became pregnant and claimed that it was the rays of the sun-god Baal that caused her to conceive.
The son that she brought forth was named Tammuz.
Tammuz was noted to be especially fond of rabbits, and they became sacred in the ancient religion, because Tammuz was believed to be the son of the sun-god, Baal. Tammuz, like his supposed father, became a hunter.
The day came when Tammuz was killed by a wild pig.
Queen Ishtar told the people that Tammuz was now ascended to his father, Baal, and that the two of them would be with the worshippers in the sacred candle or lamp flame as Father, Son and Spirit.
Ishtar, who was now worshipped as the “Mother of God and Queen of Heaven”, continued to build her mystery religion.
The queen told the worshippers that when Tammuz was killed by the wild pig, some of his blood fell on the stump of an evergreen tree, and the stump grew into a full new tree overnight. This made the evergreen tree sacred by the blood of Tammuz.
She also proclaimed a forty day period of time of sorrow each year prior to the anniversary of the death of Tammuz.
During this time, no meat was to be eaten. (The celebration of Lent, or the “Weeping for Tammuz” is described in Ezekiel 8:14, and the Creator informs Ezekiel this practice was one of the abominations for which he was about to destroy his city Jerusalem)
Worshippers were to meditate upon the sacred mysteries of Baal and Tammuz, and to make the sign of the “T” in front of their hearts as they worshipped.
They also ate sacred cakes with the marking of a “T” or cross on the top.
Every year, on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the spring equinox, a celebration was made.
It was Ishtar’s Sunday and was celebrated with rabbits and eggs.
Ishtar also proclaimed that because Tammuz was killed by a pig, that a pig must be eaten on that Sunday.
By now, readers should have made the connection that paganism has infiltrated the contemporary “Christian” churches, and further study indicates that this paganism came in by way of the Roman Catholic System.
The truth is that Easter has nothing whatsoever to do with the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.
We also know that Easter can be as much as three weeks away from the Passover, because the pagan holiday is always set as the first Sunday after the first full moon after the spring equinox.
Some have wondered why the word “Easter” is in the the King James Bible.
It is because Acts, chapter 12, tells us that it was the evil King Herod, who was planning to celebrate Easter, and not the Christians.
The true Passover and pagan Easter sometimes coincide, but in some years, they are a great distance apart.
So much more could be said, and we have much more information for you, if you are a seeker of the truth.
We know that the Bible tells us in John 4:24, “God is Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”
The truth is that the forty days of Lent, eggs, rabbits,hot cross buns and the Easter ham have everything to do with the ancient pagan religion of Mystery Babylon. These are all anti-christ activities!
Satan is a master deceiver, and has filled the lives of well-meaning, professing Christians with idolatry.
These things bring the wrath of God upon children of disobedience, who try to make pagan customs of Baal worship Christian.
You must answer for your activities and for what you teach your children.
These customs of Easter honor Baal, who is also Satan, and is still worshipped as the “Rising Sun” and his house is the “House of the Rising Sun.”
And that’s not all. Wondering where the tradition of dying Easter eggs red comes from?
Ishtar, (Semiramis, widow of Nimrod, mother of Tammuz) came to be represented as the bare breasted pagan fertility goddess of the east. The original pagan festival of “Easter” was a sex orgy that celebrated the return of life via the fertility of Ishtar’s conception of Tammuz. Worshipers of the Babylonian religion celebrated the conception of Tammuz on the first Sunday after the Full Moon that followed the Spring Equinox.
They celebrated it by baking cakes to Ishtar, getting drunk, engaging in sex orgies and prostitution in the temple of Ishtar. Women were required to celebrate the conception of Tammuz by lying down in the temple and having sex with whoever entered. The man was required to leave her money.
Babies were sacrificed in the honor of these pagan gods and their blood was consumed by the worshipers. The priest of Easter would sacrifice infants (human babies) and take the eggs of Easter/Ishtar, as symbols of fertility, and die them in the blood of the sacrificed infants (human babies).
The Easter eggs would hatch on December 25th (nine months later), the same day her son Tammuz the reincarnate sun-god would be born.
This is where the practice of coloring “easter eggs” came from. Many babies would be born around Dec 25 from the sex orgies that began on the feast of Ishtar in the Spring and many of these babies would be sacrificed the following Easter/Ishtar feast .
Regarding this Mystery Babylon religion Jesus Himself commanded His people in Revelation 18:4-8:
“Come out of her my people, lest you take part in her sins, lest you share in her plagues; for her sins are heaped high as heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities. Pay her back as she herself has paid back others, and repay her double for her deeds; mix a double portion for her in the cup she mixed.
As she glorified herself and lived in luxury, so give her a like measure of torment and mourning, since in her heart she says, ‘I sit as a queen, I am no widow, and mourning I shall never see.’
For this reason her plagues will come in a single day, death and mourning and famine, and she will be burned up with fire; for mighty is the Lord God who has judged her.”
Now at this point you may be thinking, “That’s not what Easter means to me. I celebrate Easter in honor of Jesus’ death and resurrection.”
The Scripture offers an example in which God’s people did this very thing – attempted to worship Yahweh using a pagan ritual – we would be wise to take note of the example.
When Aaron saw this, he built an altar in front of the calf and announced, “Tomorrow there will be a festival to the Lord.” 6 So the next day the people rose early and sacrificed burnt offerings and presented fellowship offerings. Afterward they sat down to eat and drink and got up to indulge in revelry.
7 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go down, because your people, whom you brought up out of Egypt, have become corrupt. 8 They have been quick to turn away from what I commanded them and have made themselves an idol cast in the shape of a calf. They have bowed down to it and sacrificed to it and have said, ‘These are your gods, Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.’
9 “I have seen these people,” the Lord said to Moses, “and they are a stiff-necked people. 10 Now leave me alone so that my anger may burn against them and that I may destroy them. -Exodus 32:5-9
Notice that the people believed they were holding a feast “To the Lord”. The Creator however viewed things differently, and sought to destroy His people for being ‘quick to turn away from what I commanded them’.
God Himself warned His people in Deuteronomy 12 regarding the practices relating to the worship of Ashtoreth/Ishtar/Astarte:
You must not worship the Lord your God in their way….
The Lord your God will cut off before you the nations you are about to invade and dispossess. But when you have driven them out and settled in their land, 30 and after they have been destroyed before you, be careful not to be ensnared by inquiring about their gods, saying, “How do these nations serve their gods? We will do the same.” 31 You must not worship the Lord your God in their way, because in worshiping their gods, they do all kinds of detestable things the Lord hates. They even burn their sons and daughters in the fire as sacrifices to their gods.
32 See that you do all I command you; do not add to it or take away from it.
Unsurprisingly, while the true meaning of Easter is anything BUT Jesus, Passover – the Holy Day our Creator commanded His people to observe as a perpetual statute throughout ALL of their generations – (Exodus 12:17) is ALL about the Messiah.
According to Scripture (Rev 13:8), Jesus – or in Hebrew – Yahshua – The Messiah – is the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
According to the Law given in Exodus 12, the Passover Lamb must be perfect, and without blemish. It was to be taken and inspected from the 10th day of the 1st month until the 14th day of the month- at which it was to be slain by the whole congregation of Israel “between the evenings” or literally between noon and sunset.
Jesus, our Messiah, rode into Jerusalem on the 10th day of the first month, was inspected by the High Priest, was declared to be innocent and without blame by Pontius Pilate, and was slain at the 9th hour (3pm).
As explained in Part 3, throughout the Scriptures, the Hebrew symbol for Jesus the Messiah is Aleph Tav:
The Hebrew letter Aleph means “Strength of the Leader”.
The Hebrew letter Tav means “Sign of the Covenant”, and not so co-incidentally happens to be shaped exactly like the door posts which God’s people were commanded to cover with the blood of the lamb.
Thus, put together, the Hebrew symbol for Jesus Himself means The Strength of the Leader is the Sign of the Covenant.
The Passover blood of Jesus the Messiah over the doorposts of our hearts is the Sign of the Covenant between the Creator and His people.
The result of having the blood of the lamb over the doorpost of your heart is that the Creator- Yahweh Himself – passes over us and covers us with His wings to protect us from the Destroyer.
Going back to the original commandment to slay the Passover lamb in Exodus 12, the Hebrew text says the whole congregation of Israel shall kill Aleph Tav Vav in the evening.
Vav is the 6th Hebrew letter, ו , is literally depicted as a spike or nail, due to the numerical value of 6 is intricately related to man, and means to bridge or connect.
And you will keep it until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel will kill אֹתֹו it (him) in the evening.
Putting everything together, it is clear the Scripture is stating that the entire congregation of God’s people killed the lamb slain from the foundation of the world (by their sins) – the אֹתֹו , or translated into English: The Strength of the Leader is the Sign of the Covenant Through the Spike that Binds Man to Yahweh.
In Revelation, Jesus appears to John and informs him that He is the את – the Aleph and the Tav – the first and the last (alpha and the omega in Greek).
In Zechariah 12:10, the Scripture states that …they shall look upon Me את whom they have pierced…
We now have new insight into Psalm 40:7, which states:
Lo, I come, in the volume of the book it is written of me.
To be protected by the Almighty and be hidden under the shadow of His wings from the coming judgement upon all mankind, one must be In Covenant with The Creator.
To be In Covenant with The Creator, one must have the Sign of the Covenant – the blood of Jesus the Messiah, the lamb slain from the foundation of the world – upon the doorposts of one’s heart.
To have the blood of the Messiah upon the doorposts of one’s heart, one must Repent of one’s sins, call upon the name of Yahweh for Salvation, Trust in the Saving Blood of Jesus Through Faith – and come into Covenant with the Creator and follow His ways.