The Pagan Origins of Easter
by Chris Huffman
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First of all, I am going to quote the Scripture that contains the word “Easter” in it AND in context and then go from there:
“Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church. And he killed James the brother of John with the sword. And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. (Then were the days of unleavened bread.) 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. Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him.” (Acts 12:1-5 KJB)
By the way, the word “quaternion” means a group or set of four persons; so four quaternions would mean that 16 soldiers surrounded Peter.
Before, during and after Jesus was here in the flesh, while the Jews celebrated the Passover, the pagans were celebrating Easter…an ancient Babylonian, cultic feast commemorating their goddess (at that time) pronounced and spelled Astarte (the way we pronounce Easter today). The Old English spelling is eastre and over time has become how it is today…easter (Easter). The ancient gods of the pagans had many names and in Assyria this goddess’ name was Ishtar (again pronounced the way it is today).
Astarte was a consort or wife of Baal, the sun-god of Babylon, where Scripture clearly forbids the children of God from worshipping and offering sacrifices to him (it). It all centers around rebirth, resurrection, renewal of the seasons, by the power of devilish angels masquerading as gods belonging to ancient cultures and civilizations.
It seems that pagans like witches, occultists and even Satanists know the true origins behind the revelry that is Easter…EXCEPT Christians!! I wonder why that is? Is it because we have gotten lazy in knowing what scripture says about the heathen and pagan things and NOT having anything to do with them? Is it because we have grown to except tradition more than biblical instruction? My thinking would be all of the above!
So you think rabbits and colored eggs have anything to do with Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection? Well, you’d be wrong! First off, we need to understand some things about the practices that take place before and during Easter. For example, with Lent we learn that Semeramis, the wife of Nimrod the King of Babylon, claimed she had been supernaturally impregnated by the Sun god and gave birth to Tammuz. One day while hunting, Tammuz was killed by a wild boar. Semeramis mourned for 40 days, at the end of which Tammuz was supposedly brought back from the dead. She proclaimed herself Queen of Heaven, founded a celibate priesthood to worship her son and declared its chief priest infallible, and memorialized her mourning in an annual 40 day period of denial. It was the world’s first counterfeit of the Biblical story of the Redeemer and grew into a mother-child cult that was duplicated in almost every pagan mythology. The King James Bible proves this out by reading in Ezekiel 8:14, “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.”
You caught that last part right? Yes, the name Tammuz is found the words of God, the King James Bible! And yes, the title Queen of Heaven is found multiple times in the King James Bible, in the book Jeremiah. “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.” (Jeremiah 7:18 KJB)
In the Bible, women worshipped Tammuz and Semiramis (the Queen of Heaven) and said this to the prophet Jeremiah after he warned them about their whoring after other gods, “And when we burned incense to the queen of heaven, and poured out drink offerings unto her, did we make her cakes to worship her, and pour out drink offerings unto her, without our men?” (Jeremiah 44:19 KJB) And another part of this 40 day period was not eating meat. Because Tammuz was killed by a boar, during the 40 days to honor him people refused to eat meat. Now, of course the Roman Catholic Church claims that the 40 day period is symbolic of Jesus’ time in the wilderness before his ministry began. We should note however that the 40 days of fasting in the wilderness preceded the earthly ministry of Jesus, which lasted some three and a half years, and was not connected in any way to His crucifixion or the Passover. Note that Lent is a moveable observance, connected to and preceding the festival of Easter. Easter is celebrated on a day specified only by the Roman Catholic Church, and not the Bible, and is fixed based on the sun and the Spring or Vernal equinox.
Bunny rabbits and eggs are signs of fertility, reproduction and growth, which is symbolic of the Spring season. Easter eggs seems to have its origins in Alsace and the Upper Rhineland, both in the Holy Roman Empire, and southwestern Germany, where the practice was first recorded in a German publication in the 1500s (early 16th century). The Easter Bunny was introduced to the United States by the German settlers who arrived in the Pennsylvania Dutch country during the 18th century. According to the tradition, children would build brightly colored nests, often out of caps and bonnets, in secluded areas of their homes. The "Oster Hawse" would, if the children had been good, lay brightly colored eggs in the nest. As the tradition spread, the nest has become the manufactured, modern Easter basket, and the placing of the nest in a secluded area has become the tradition of hiding baskets.
What is so ironic about Easter is that the Puritans outlawed it knowing the true pagan origins behind it. It was not until after the Civil War that it began to be widely observed!
So far, we can see that nothing in Easter is in any way, shape or form Christian or anything that Jesus would have anything to do with!!! But I know that there will be Christians out there who will not heed anything said in this article because they love tradition and want to continue it and if they have children, indoctrinate them into keeping pagan celebrations!
Now, consider the information from the following sites and videos:
If you still want to celebrate this pagan holiday after taking in all this information then that is on you…but for me…I will have nothing to do with it!
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