Now, don’t get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoy chocolate in any form, whether looking like an egg, a rabbit, or not. Chocolate covered macadamia nuts are superb, especially if they also include caramel, and colored eggs are also a favorite treat! Bunnies or rabbits are wonderful to pet. I also enjoy sitting out on a sandy beach in the sun and watching the moon rise each evening. However, I have some very big problems with a holiday we call Easter.
The Pagan Gods And Goddess Of Easter
Exodus 20:3 – “You shall have no other gods before me.”
Exodus 23:13 – “Make no mention of the name of other gods, neither let it be heard out of thy mouth.”
The English word Easter is derived from the name Eostre, sometimes spelled Eastre, or Ishtar, or Astarte. It is just another name for Ashteroth, the “Queen of Heaven”. The King James Bible does a great disservice by its conspicuous mistranslation in Acts 12:4 of the Greek word, πάσχα [G3957 – pascha]. Pascha is simply the Greek equivalent of the Hebrew word, פֶּסַח [H6453 – pesach] (in English: Passover), and has nothing whatsoever to do with Easter.
In the earliest days of the church, both the Christian church and the Jews celebrated Pesach (Passover) on the 14th day of Nisan, as commanded by Yahweh in Exodus 12:14, Numbers 9:1-5, and Leviticus 23:5. History records that spring festivals in honor of the pagan fertility goddesses and the events associated with them were celebrated on the first Sunday after the full moon, i.e. on the first Sunday after the vernal equinox.
After much debate, the Nicaean council of 325 A.D., presided over by the Roman Emperor Constantine, decreed that Passover should be celebrated on the first Sunday after the full moon, i.e. on or after the vernal equinox! In other words, it was the Nicaean Council that commanded Christians to stop celebrating Pesach (Passover) at its prescribed time, begin celebrating it on the date traditionally set aside for celebrating the events surrounding a fertility goddess of the pagan nations, and to call it “Easter”. Because of that, what is now recognized as Easter is often far from the actual time of Pesach. In doing so, the Council caused Christians to violate Exodus 23:13 and put the name of a false god (goddess) upon their lips.
The Pagan Rituals Of Easter
The Easter Egg
The Easter egg is, perhaps, the most recognized symbol of Easter. The Easter egg is a symbol of the pagan Mother Goddess, and was a sacred symbol among the early Babylonians. The Babylonians believed that an egg of wondrous size fell from heaven into the Euphrates River and out of it was hatched Eastre. And so over time the egg became a symbol of the goddess Easter. From Babylon, this myth spread to many parts of the world, becoming a major part of the ceremonies in honor of mother goddesses Roman and Semiramis, and even of the male god, Bacchus. The Druids of Britain, Ireland, and Gaul used the egg as their sacred emblem, and in Northern Europe, China, and Japan the eggs were colored for their sacred festivals.
The Easter Bunny
The Easter Bunny, or rabbit, is the second most recognized symbols of Easter. Early Anglo-Saxons worshipped the rabbit, believing it to be Eastre’s earthly incarnation. The rabbit is well known worldwide as a symbol of sexual fertility, and is associated with periodicity, both human and lunar. Because of rabbit’s the ability to produce offspring, especially in large numbers, the rabbit symbolized the renewed fertility of earth and the abundant life the returning sun brings.
The Sun And Moon
In various parts of the world, religions which developed from the Babylon rituals associated the Mother Goddess Semiramis (Easter) with the moon, and Tammuz, her reincarnated husband, with the sun. In Egypt the date of Easter is set by the moon’s orbit, and rabbits, because they are born with their eyes open, are connected to the “open-eyed moon” of Easter. Tammuz, who was believed to be the son of the sun-god, Baal, was noted to be especially fond of rabbits, and thus we can see yet another connection to spring cycles and how rabbits became sacred in the ancient religions.
What Difference Does It Make?
Ezekiel 8:9 – “And he said unto me, Go in, and behold the wicked abominations that they do here.”
Easter is not, repeat NOT, a celebration commanded by Yahweh. It is no more, no less, than a pagan holiday that Ha’Satan has deceived Christians into incorporating into their worship practices. The celebration of Easter has little to nothing to do with Jesus, but has everything to do with pagan abominations condemned by the Bible. Ha’Satan does all within his power to get Christians engaged in the worship of other gods and goddesses. Ha’Satan takes great pride in getting Christians to break Yahweh’s commandments, and getting them to break the First Commandment is just as acceptable in his book as getting them to sin sexually as they did by following the teachings of Balaam.
Early Christians celebrated Pesach on the 14th day of the first month, but that got changed by the Nicaean Council in 325 A.D. The customs of Easter honor Baal, who is also Ha’Satan, and is still worshipped as the “Rising Sun”. Many churches have sunrise services on Eastre’s day and face the rising sun in the East, Both are practices called abominations by Yahweh in Ezekiel chapters 8 and 9. Most Christians violate the First Commandment of Yahweh each year by placing before Him the actual name of a pagan goddess of fertility and the dawn.
The seductive symbols of ancient ungodly religions inspired by Ha’Satan have been incorporated into Christian worship practices. Colored eggs and rabbit stories mirror those of ancient Babylon, continuing to obscure the truth of Yeshua’s death and resurrection. It would be far better if Christians continued to celebrate Pesach, rather than attempting to “Christianize” pagan celebrations and labeling them with the names of pagan gods and goddesses that Yahweh forbids His people to even mention. Far better to make it known that Yeshua was not crucified and resurrected at the time of Eastre, but was crucified at the time of Passover (Pesach), was buried just before the time of Unleavened Bread (Chag Ha’Matzoth) and rose at the time of the Firstfruits (Reishit Katzir).
Worshiping Rightly – The Moedim of Yahweh