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Easter a Pagan Holiday?
absolutely! It takes a sick "Christian" to go along
with the evil, blasphemous and idolatrous traditions of Easter.
"Easter" traditions have NOTHING at all to do with
the resurrection of our precious Saviour and Lord, Jesus Christ.
is an email we sent to our pastor several years ago.
you dearly, more than you know. While sitting in church this
morning, looking over the program of this extremely special
day, we both noticed something wonderful: you referred to
this day as Resurrection Sunday, NOT Easter. We both felt
really good about that. Then as the program started, you announced
an "Easter" egg hunt directly following the service.
you follow such a remarkable service with idolatry? As I sat
there, I knew I had to do something. The Lord made me quite
miserable. I knew I had to say something to you. If I did
not say something, one day when I stand before the Almighty
Judge, He would certainly ask me why I didn’t.
way home, Paul and I discussed sending you an e-mail. The
first thing he said was: "Make sure you tell him how
Easter got its name."
check out what is said below. You are an educated person,
and it would be easy to check out if this is true or false.
We are sending this to you because we love you and care about
you. Paul and Connie
was the mother goddess of love, war, and fertility. She was
also called Astarte or Ishtar (Easter). Ishtar was a goddess
that symbolized reproductive power. She was a mistress of
the god Baal. She was a goddess of fertility, sex, light and
spring. She supposedly had rabbits that laid eggs. Sound familiar?
Easter egg hunts are sending a terribly wrong message to our
(Ishtar) can be traced back to the days of the Babylonians
and Chaldeans, who lived thousands of years BEFORE Jesus’
birth. These pagan nations kept a spring festival in honor
of the goddess Ashtarte (Ishtar), the goddess of spring and
rebirth. The historian, Alexander Hislop, in his "The
Two Babylons" states very plainly that Easter "is
not a Christian name." It wears its Chaldean origin on
its very forehead. Easter is nothing but ISHTAR.
TRUE Christian should NOT be associated with the worldly "Easter". It is
a terrible insult to our precious Saviour and Lord. This blessed
and Holy day should be called Resurrection Day, NOT Easter.
20:1-6 And God spake all these words,
saying,  I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee
out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. 
Thou shalt have no other gods before me.  Thou shalt not
make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing
that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath,
or that is in the water under the earth:  Thou shalt not
bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy
God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers
upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of
them that hate me;  And shewing mercy unto thousands of
them that love me, and keep my commandments. (KJV)
Samuel 7:3 And Samuel
spake unto all the house of Israel, saying, If ye do return
unto the Lord with all your hearts, then put away the strange
gods and Ashtaroth from among you, and prepare your hearts
unto the Lord, and serve him only: and he will deliver you
out of the hand of the Philistines. (KJV)
Samuel 12:10 And they cried unto the Lord,
and said, We have sinned, because we have forsaken the Lord,
and have served Baalim and Ashtaroth: but now deliver us out
of the hand of our enemies, and we will serve thee. (KJV)
Kings 11:5 For Solomon went after Ashtoreth
the goddess of the Zidonians, and after Milcom the abomination
of the Ammonites. (KJV)
Kings 11:33 Because that they have forsaken
me, and have worshipped Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians,
Chemosh the god of the Moabites, and Milcom the god of the
children of Ammon, and have not walked in my ways, to do that
which is right in mine eyes, and to keep my statutes and my
judgments, as did David his father. (KJV)
Kings 23:13 And the high places that were
before Jerusalem, which were on the right hand of the mount
of corruption, which Solomon the king of Israel had builded
for Ashtoreth the abomination of the Zidonians, and for Chemosh
the abomination of the Moabites, and for Milcom the abomination
of the children of Ammon, did the king defile. (KJV)
2:13 And they forsook the Lord, and served
Baal and Ashtaroth. (KJV)
was the mother goddess of love, war, and fertility (she was
also called Astarte or Ishtar). Temple prostitution and child
sacrifice were a part of the worship of these Canaanite idols.
10:6 And the children of Israel did evil
again in the sight of the Lord, and served Baalim, and Ashtaroth,
and the gods of Syria, and the gods of Zidon, and the gods
of Moab, and the gods of the children of Ammon, and the gods
of the Philistines, and forsook the Lord, and served not him. (KJV)
44:17 But we will certainly do whatsoever
thing goeth forth out of our own mouth, to burn incense unto
the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto
her, as we have done, we, and our fathers, our kings, and
our princes, in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of
Jerusalem: for then had we plenty of victuals, and were well,
and saw no evil. (KJV) The Queen of Heaven was another name for Ishtar, the Mesopotamian
goddess of love and fertility. After the fall of Jerusalem,
the refugees from Judah who fled to Egypt continued to worship
6:9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall
not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators,
nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers
of themselves with mankind, (KJV)
10:14 Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee
from idolatry. (KJV)
5:21 Little children, keep yourselves
from idols. Amen. (KJV)
Ishtar was the
principal goddess of the Babylonians and Assyrians. Worshiped
by the Sumerians as Inanna and by the Phoenicians as Astarte.
She was worshipped as the compassionate mother of all life,
who brought fertility and relief from sickness. She was also
worshipped as the lustful goddess of sexual love and war. Fertility rites
are ceremonies of a witchcraft-religious nature performed
to guarantee the succession of life. From earliest time humans
have performed these rites in an attempt to control the circumstances. Defined as invocations, incantations, prayers, hymns, processions,
dances, and sacred dramas, these ritual activities were believed
to be closely connected with the processes of nature. The
basis for such rites was usually a belief that the principle
of life and fertility was one and essential. Sacred marriages
frequently have formed part of the fertility ritual; the effectiveness
of this symbolic union at times depended on the chastity of
the participants. Ritual prostitution, human and animal sacrifice,
and displays of ghost symbols were also sometimes believed
to stimulate fertility. In a number of ancient societies the
role of the god was combined with that of the king, and the
fertility of the land and people was linked with the king’s
state of perfection and purification.Tammuz was the
Accadian sun-god (Adonis of the Greeks), and was the husband
of the goddess Ishtar. In the Chaldean calendar there was
a month set apart in honor of this god, the month of June
to July, the beginning of the summer solstice. At this festival,
which lasted six days, the worshippers, with loud lamentations,
bewailed the funeral of the god, they sat "weeping
for Tammuz" (Ezekiel 8:14).
us celebrate Resurrection Day gratefully with praise and worship
of our Saviour and Lord, Jesus Christ, NOT buying Easter baskets
for our children and having Easter egg hunts. To do this is
NOT in any way, worshipping our Saviour! It is going along
with the world. It is worshipping Ishtar, the Queen of Heaven,
a detestable goddess. Our Holy and Almighty God cringes when
you go along with idolatrous practices of the heathen.
As is with nearly all "Christian"
holidays, Resurrection Day is no longer a spiritual holiday. It has in fact been taken over by unbelievers and is a day
simply for greedy merchants to make money. But, the divided
nature of what the world knows as "Easter" and its
symbols, is really not a modern invention. Since its origin as a holy celebration
in the second century, "Easter" has never failed
to show its non-religious side. In the truth of reality, "Easter"
started as a pagan festival. The ancient Saxons celebrated the
return of spring with an hilarious celebration observing their
goddess of spring and rebirth, Eastre. When the second-century
Christian missionaries come across the tribes of the north
with their pagan celebrations, they tried to convert
them to Christianity. They did so, however, in a very underhanded
manner. Early Christian converts would
have been killed if they tried to celebrate their holy days
with observances that did not coincide with celebrations that
already existed. The missionaries simply decided to spread
their religious message slowly throughout the people,
by allowing them to continue to celebrate pagan feasts, but
to do it in a Christian way. Since the devil was in charge of
all this evil idolatry, the pagan festival of Eastre took
place at the exact same time of year as Christians observed
the Resurrection of Christ. It just made sense, for that reason,
to alter the festival, and make it a Christian celebration
as converts were slowly won over. The early name, Eastre,
was eventually changed to its modern spelling, "Easter".
WHY Is The Date of Easter
Prior to A.D. 325,
Easter was celebrated on different days of the week: Friday,
Saturday, or Sunday. In that year, the Council of Nicaea was
convened by emperor Constantine. They decided that "Easter"
should be celebrated on the first Sunday that occurs after
the first full moon. The "full moon" in the rule
is the ecclesiastical full moon, which is defined as the fourteenth
day of a tabular lunation, where day 1 corresponds to the
ecclesiastical New Moon. It does not always occur on the same
date as the astronomical full moon. The ecclesiastical "vernal
equinox" is always on March 21. Therefore, Easter must
be celebrated on a Sunday between the dates of March 22 and
The Lenten Season . . .
What is it? Why is it?
Lent is the 46 day
period just before "Easter" Sunday. It begins on
Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras (French for "Fat Tuesday")
is a celebration, sometimes called "Carnival," and
it is practiced around the world, on the Tuesday just before
Ash Wednesday. WHY is it? It was planned so people could "get
it all out" (go hog wild) before submitting to the sacrifices
of Lent. New Orleans, with all its voo doo and witchcraft
is the focal point of Mardi Gras celebrations in the United
The highlight of the year for
Christians is Resurrection Day, the day when our Lord rose
from the dead.
- Lent is a 40 day season of preparing for "Easter."
WHY 40 days? Because, Jesus fasted and was tempted in the
wilderness for 40 days.
- Lent, then, is supposedly a time of
fasting, prayer, resisting temptation and repentance.
is NOT required anywhere in the Bible! NO where does our Lord
Jesus tell us to observe Lent; but it is a tradition (man-made rules, Mat.15:9), which
Christians (especially Catholics) have practiced for almost
2000 years. In many languages, "Lent"
actually means "fast." That is where the custom
(tradition) of giving up something for Lent originated.
- Lent actually is 46 days, not
40 days. WHY? Because the 40 days of Lent are supposed to
be days of fasting (discipline and self-restraint). But Sunday,
the Lord's Day, should never be a day of fasting, but a day
of celebration! So each Sunday people put off their Lenten
disciplines and celebrate.
- Lent is 40 "fasting"
days spread out over a total of 46 days beginning on Ash Wednesday.
The Cross is the
symbol of the Crucifixion of Christ, NOT His Resurrection.
However, at the Council of Nicaea, in A.D. 325, Constantine
decreed that the Cross was the official symbol of Christianity.
The Cross is not only a symbol of Easter, but it is considered
the "sign" of Christianity. What really disturbs
me is the 'cross' is blatantly displayed by people who do
not show any sign whatsoever of being "disciples"
of Christ! A TRUE disciple of Christ is someone who walks
with Him daily, imitates Him daily, and has a close fellowship
is good that we remember Jesus' death, but it is far better
that we remember His resurrection! He lives! Jesus lives!
He is NOT dead! He arose!
The So-Called "Easter Bunny"
The Easter Bunny
is not something new. This dreadful and evil symbol started
with the pagan festival of Eastre. The goddess, Eastre, was
worshipped by the Anglo-Saxons through her earthly symbol,
The Easter Egg
As with "Easter"
and the Easter Bunny, the "Easter Egg" goes back
a long way, long before "Easter" became a "Christian"
holiday. The exchange of eggs in the springtime is a custom
that was centuries old when Easter was first celebrated by
Christians. From the earliest
of times, the "egg" was a symbol of rebirth in most
societies. Eggs were often wrapped in gold leaf or, if you
were poor, they were colored by boiling them with the leaves
or petals from certain flowers. Today, people (supposed
Christians) still follow this idolatrous custom. Children
hunt colored eggs and place them in "Easter" baskets.
Too, today, "Easter" eggs are made of chocolate
candy, marshmallows or plastic. All
I ask is that you seriously consider what I have said here.
Most "Christians" won't even finish this article
because they will think I am some kind of a "religious
fanatic." My friend, I am a fanatic . . . a fanatic about
my Lord Jesus. We must turn away from worldly customs, turn
away from idolatrous practices. ALL people will one day stand
before the Almighty Judge! If you say you are a Christian,
and follow these idolatrous customs, HOW will you explain
that to Jesus??? Excuses won't work at the Judgment! Those
entrusted with the Gospel are watchmen.
21:6 For thus hath the Lord said unto me, Go,
set a watchman, let him declare what he seeth.
[KJV] . . . WHAT do I see? I see the wrath of God coming down on many people.
Ezekiel 33:6 But if the watchman see the
sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not
warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among
them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will
I require at the watchman's hand. [KJV] . . . I am blowing the trumpet. I am warning you of the wrath
of God to come. Ezekiel was the "watchman"
for Israel. Today, anyone who brings God's Word is a "watchman"
to God's people. Jeremiah
51:45 My people, go ye
out of the midst of her, and deliver ye every man his soul
from the fierce anger of the Lord. [KJV]
John 15:19 If
ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because
ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the
world, therefore the world hateth you. [KJV]
Ephes. 5:11 And have no fellowship with
the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.
2 Thes. 3:6 Now
we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,
that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh
disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received
of us. [KJV]
18:4 And I heard another voice from heaven,
saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers
of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. [KJV]
out some of the MANY web sites on Easter/Ishtar.
The Bible has the Answer!
Believe, What Does it Mean?
I Be Assured Of My Salvation?
I Trust God?
Do All Babies Go To Heaven?
Can I Stop Worrying?
God Not Listening?
Saved, Always Saved? OSAS
What To Do With It?
What Are Some Prophecies Being Fulfilled in Our Time?
Who Is Satan?
Do Bad Things Happen?
Do Marriages Fail?
Does God Seem So Far Away?
Does God Send People To Hell?
Is The Worst Sin To God?
Why is wckedness so bad?
Moral Decay Rampant
What Is The
Worst Sin To God?
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