The Bible says in Matthew 15: 9: “But in vain they do worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.” Roman Catholicism, the mother-harlot, has endless list of those vain worship, being doctrines and commandments of men. And all vain worship and doctrines or commandments of men are sourced from demons. Easter, one of such, is vanity and of demons. Easter is Ishtar; the same is Astarte, the goddess of Eastre or Eostre.
Truly, the counsel of Scripture meets with the witness of history to reveal the deadly satanic worship of Easter (with Christmas and the rest feasts of heathen-Babylon) that Romanism has, with a mask, foisted on the unsuspecting and or seduced segment of the 'church' over these many centuries. In “Easter: From Babylon, Papacy to our Age” I thought I had done enough portrayal of that until I ran into a Puritandownload document on this same heinous subject matter of Easter which inspired this present follow-up on such a saddening and vexing theme as this; viz. Easter, one of Rome’s fatal wine of fornication freely drunken by the nations and her daughter-harlots in the ecumenical so-called church, a wine that invites God’s eternal wrath.
Now, while the Bible says: “But in vain they do worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men”, a so-called Pope John Paul II would say “We are the Easter people.” Think about it. Damnation! Which side do you belong: God’s side or Popery? Are you an Easter people? Do you know what that means? And yet many have drunken of the wrath of this wine of her fornication, amongst several other wines of the fornications of this Great Whore. Think about it.
The institution that we know today as Roman Catholic Church is the most dangerous and delusive institution in history. Never mind the sheep clothing everywhere. The sheep clothing is only to further help her to pull the wool over untold eyes. And she has a sorry and damning sweeping success in this over the centuries. Sometimes she unwittingly un-mask and discerning minds could see the wolf behind the mask. A so-called Pope Nicholas I once said: “It is in my power to change times and seasons, to alter and to rescind laws, to abolish all things, yea, even the prescriptions of Christ” (see “Revelation Unveiled” by Dr. Francis N. Lee). And indeed, Romanism has changed everything through ‘very high power delusion’. One of those things is the celebration of Easter (of Eastre, Eostre or Ishtar the goddess), masked in Roman Catholicism as Jesus Christ or Paschal Lamb and passed on to the world and her ‘ecumenical co-travelers’ as such.
In his work "Easter: The Devil's Hoiday" Dr C. Matthew McMahon said the very obvious when he says that Easter has little to do with real Christianity, and that it was not popular with the Puritans or the Pilgrim settlers in America. “Neither Puritans or Pilgrims had use for ceremonies associated with religious festivals invented in either pagan history, or reinvented by Roman Catholicism. In actuality, here in the America's only after the bloodshed Civil War did Easter ‘begin again’ to be accepted”, he says.
How we need to recall the take of Finis Jennings Dake, foremost Bible Scholar of our age, on this Satanic introduction to the church and vexing subject matter which the King James Version of the Bible fell prey to in Acts 12: 4 when it sadly translated Passover as Easter: the Greek Pascha being Passover and not Easter, which pascha the same Bible version translated Passover in 26 other places (Matthew 26:2-19; Mark 14:1-16; Luke 2:41; Luke 22:1-15; John 2:13,23; John 6:4; John 11:55; John 12:1; John 13:1; John 18:28,39; John 19:14; 2Corinthians 5:7; Hebrews11:28). Dake on King James’ replacement of Passover with Easter in Acts12:4:
“This is an unfortunate and absurd translation, as Easter was a pagan festival observed long before Christ. It is not a Christian name, but is derived from Ishtar, one of the Babylonian titles of an idol goddess, the Queen of Heaven. The Saxon goddess Eastre is the same as the Astarte, the Syrian Venus, called Ashtoreth in the Old Testament. It was the worship of this woman by Israel that was such an abomination to God (1 Samuel 7:3; 1 Kings 11:5, 33; 2 Kings 23:13; Jeremiah 7:18; Jeremiah 44:18). Round cakes, imprinted with the sign of the cross were made at this festival, the sign being, in the Babylonian mysteries, a sign of life.
“Easter eggs which play a great part in this day's celebration were common in all heathen nations. The fable of the egg declares that ‘an egg of wondrous size fell from heaven into the river Euphrates; the fish rolled it to the bank, where doves settled upon it and hatched it; and out came Astarte, or Ishtar, the goddess of Easter.’
“Easter, Christmas, Lady Day, Lent, and other Babylonian festivals were all borrowed from this religion and were all observed centuries before Christ. None of them have any relationship to Christ or Christianity” – DAKE’S ANNOTATED REFERENCE BIBLE.
The name “Easter” originated with the names of an ancient goddess and god. Through the Northumbrian monk known as the Venerable Bede (672-735 CE.) who was the leading Christian scholar in his days, and to whom all leading literary volumes rely on in this matter, first asserted in his book De Ratione Temporum (that is, “On the Reckoning of Time”) that Easter, a pagan Anglo-Saxon celebrations and the month of April known as Eosturmonath (“Easter-month”) and was named for the goddess Eostre also called Eastre, the Great Mother Goddess of the Saxon people in Northern Europe. Her name was derived from the ancient word for spring: “eastre.” Similarly, the “Teutonic dawn goddess of fertility [was] known variously as Ostare, Ostara, Ostern, Eostra, Eostre, Eostur, Eastra, Eastur, Austron and Ausos.” Similar Goddesses were known by other names in ancient cultures around the Mediterranean, and were celebrated in the springtime. They include: Aphrodite from ancient Cyprus; Ashtoreth from ancient Israel; Astarte from ancient Greece; Demeter from Mycenae; Hathor from ancient Egypt; Ishtar from Assyria; Kali from India; Ostara à (from) Norse, goddess of fertility.
These all may well point to the same goddess for from the much we already know Ishtar is Astarte, Astarte is Ashtoreth, Ashtoreth is Eastre, Eastre is Eostre, Eostre is Ostara and Ostara is Ishtar: that terrible woman and queen of ancient Babylon known in human circles as Semiramis, who became one of Satan’s evil tripod of his (satanic) worship in ancient Sumerian, Assyria and Babylon, and now of our present world through Romanism (the two others in the tripod being Nimrod and Tammuz (the latter demonized as Baal, Saturn etc which Saturnalia, Christmas are all about), and which Semiramis Satan demonized during and after her death with those aforementioned titles plus the title of the so-called “queen of heaven” and many others depending on the clime or age. “The queen of heaven”: That is the mother-god cult that has held sway since the days of Nimrod, and brought in directly into Rome: The grand spiritual fornication, and has since been masking as Bible’s Mary, which is a subject matter another day. She entrenches, rather, Satan entrenches her here and there. And even in the Old Testament too: there, with Baal, the bane of Israel; but not in the New Testament, for by the overwhelming presence and power of the Holy Spirit there kept at bay until Romanism went into that aforesaid grand spiritual fornication. Only Jesus Christ can save from her and from Baal. So, Semiramis is that Eostre celebrated in Roman Catholicism’s Easter, just as Tammuz a member of that Satan’s trio of evil before, during and since Babel is Baal, celebrated in Roman Catholicism’s Christmas.
As I noted in “Easter: From Babylon, Papacy to our Age”: Eostre, so-called goddess of dawn, has her festival celebrated at the spring equinox, which is still today’s Easter season. It has been said that Romanism “overwrote springtime celebrations in her honor with ritual celebrating Christ’s resurrection.” Bede: “Now they designate that Paschal season by her name”, “calling the joys of the new rite by the time-honored name of the old observance.” And it has also been said that “written records dating to the early 9th century show that continental Germans referred to April as Ôstarmânoth, naming it for Ostarâ, the German version of the fertility goddess”. Ostara is Eastor or Ishtar.
Kevin Reed, in his Christmas: An Historical Survey Regarding Its Origins and Opposition to It writes that “There is no warrant in Scripture for the observance of Christmas and Easter as holydays, rather the contrary” (directing us to Galatians 4:9-11; Colossians 2:16-21), and adding that such observance is contrary to the principles of the Reformed faith, conducive to will-worship (that is, worship that originates in what man wants to do rather than what God requires him to do – Colossians 2: 22-23), and not in harmony with the simplicity of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Traditions of men, sourced from demons!
Dr C. Matthew McMahon was deadly right:Easter is a Satanic, Demonic, Pagan, Roman Catholic Holy Day Which God Abhors and which violates the Second and Fourth Commandments! he says Again, you cannot agree with him less with his frank take in his Easter: The Devil’s Holiday: “If you want to be a Papist, then call yourself a Papist, or a Druid, or a Grecian worshipper of the devil. Don't call yourself Christian by upholding a blatantly obvious demonic holy-day that God abhors”.
He says “Easter, then, traces back through Astarte was also worshipped in ancient times, and that from the name Astarte, whose name in Nineveh was Ishtar, the religious workings during the month of March and April, as now practiced in most of Christendom, are called by the name of Easter. In ancient times the pagans called this time of the year Easter-monath”.
And that “We have Rome borrowing pagan rituals to change the date of Christ's entrance into the world by 4 years to compensate amalgamating the celebration of devil worship with Christianity; the adoption of Ishtar, or Astarte, Easter, as a Papist degradation of worship; the violation of the regulative principle in deeming a day to be worshipped as such, the entrance of eggs from Druidic worship, or pomegranates and oranges that turned into chocolate bunnies and Ishtar eggs for a candy basket to give on Easter Sunday, and the Babylonian influences of pagan rituals through every aspect of Easter and we find you, reader, going out this week to apply this all to little Johnny and little Debbie because everyone else is doing it at church” (ibid).
And as John Calvin the great Reformist would say: “I know how difficult it is to persuade the world that God disapproves of all modes of worship not expressly sanctioned by his word. The opposite persuasion which cleaves to them, being seated, as it were, in their very bones and marrow, is, that whatever they do has in itself a sufficient sanction, provided it exhibits some kind of zeal for the honour of God. But since God not only regards as fruitless, but also plainly abominates, whatever we understand from zeal to his worship, if at variance with his command, what do we gain by a contrary course? The words of God are clear and distinct, ‘Obedience is better than sacrifice’, ‘in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men,’ (1 Sam 15:22; Matt 15:9). Every addition to his word, especially in this matter, is a lie. Mere ‘will worship’ is vanity. This is the decision, and when once the judge has decided, it is no longer time to debate.”
The Westminster Confession of Faith puts it this way: “The light of nature shows that there is a God, who has lordship and sovereignty over all, is good, and does good unto all, and is therefore to be feared, loved, praised, called upon, trusted in, and served, with all the heart, and with all the soul, and with all the might. But the acceptable way of worshipping the true God is instituted by Himself, and so limited by His own revealed will, that He may not be worshipped according to the imaginations and devices of men, or the suggestions of Satan, under any visible representation, or any other way not prescribed in the holy Scripture” – The Westminster Confession of Faith 21:1, “Of Religious Worship, and the Sabbath Day”, Original Edition.
Or, as Calvin again puts it: “All human inventions which are set up to corrupt the simple purity of the Word of God, and to undo the worship which he demands and approves, are true sacrileges, in which the Christian man cannot participate without blaspheming God, and trampling his honour underfoot.”
In “The pagan roots of Easter” (The Guardian, UK), we have this: “Easter is a pagan festival... However, early Christianity made a pragmatic acceptance of ancient pagan practises, most of which we enjoy today at Easter... eventually Christianity came to an accommodation with the pagan Spring festival. Although we see no celebration of Easter in the New Testament... today many churches are offering ‘sunrise services’ at Easter -- an obvious pagan solar celebration. The date of Easter is not fixed, but instead is governed by the phases of the moon -- how pagan is that?”
In The Acts of the General Assemblies of the Church of Scotland, December 10, Session 17, 1638, pp. 37-38: “And next in particular, concerning festival days findeth that in the explication of the first head of the first book of discipline it was thought good that the feasts of Christmas, Circumcision, Epiphany, with the feasts of the Apostles, Martyrs, and Virgin Mary be utterly abolished because they are neither commanded nor warranted by Scripture and that such as observe them be punished by Civil Magistrates. Here utter abolition is craved and not reformation of abuses only and that because the observation of such feasts have no warrant from the word of God”.
“All the fun things about Easter are pagan. Bunnies are a leftover from the pagan festival of Eostre, a great northern goddess whose symbol was a rabbit or hare. Exchange of eggs is an ancient custom, celebrated by many cultures. Hot cross buns are very ancient too. In the Old Testament we see the Israelites baking sweet buns for an idol, and religious leaders trying to put a stop to it. The early church clergy also tried to put a stop to sacred cakes being baked at Easter. In the end, in the face of defiant cake-baking pagan women, they gave up and blessed the cake instead” – The pagan roots of Easter (The Guardian, UK).
O that we would heed the Scriptures: “What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it” – Deuteronomy 12:32! God did not command Easter; it is Satan and Romanism incursion, and a very deadly one at that. And in Leviticus 10:1-2 we read: “And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the Lord, which he commanded them not. And there went out fire from the Lord, and devoured them, and they died before the Lord.” Easter is indescribably strange fire! And Jesus Christ tells us in the Gospels: “In vain do they worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men” – Mark 7: 7-8. And the Epistles we read: “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them” - Ephesians 5:11
Time we all let go this age-long tradition of men sourced from Popery, Babylon, and Demons! Easter is a strange fire!
Igho, a missionary to East Africa, writes from Arusha, Tanzania.