Each year, either in late March or early April, many of us celebrate what we call “Easter”. This is a time when we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ (Mark 15:16-39). The time when He came down to die for our sins and save us so that we may have eternal life. On one hand, we attend a Good Friday service or a Seven Last Words service. On Sunday, we attend sunrise service or a church service. (For some of us, it’s the only time during the year that we attend church). Our children dye Easter eggs and participate in Easter egg hunts over the weekend. Have you ever asked yourself what Easter eggs, Easter egg hunts, and the Easter bunny have to do with Jesus or His Resurrection? Absolutely nothing! As with the majority of these holidays, Easter has pagan roots that are again being mixed with Christian principles. See my post on “Valentine’s Day: Is it More Than Chocolates and Flowers?”
“Easter” is derived from Eastre, the Teutonic goddess of spring. However, we can trace its origin back to Biblical times shortly after the flood. Nimrod, Noah’s grandson, was a powerful ruler that founded many cities such as Babylon (Genesis 10:10-12). He and his wife, Queen Semiramis, started many occult, satanic religions involving sun worship. He also was responsible for building the Tower of Babel; they were trying to reach heaven so that they could be high as God (Chick Publications). The Lord confused the languages and the tower was never completed (Genesis 11:7). Nimrod was eventually killed by his great-uncle, Shem; he chopped him into many pieces. The pieces of his body parts were sent to various parts of the kingdom. Semiramis was able to gather all of the parts except for his penis. She believed that he could not be brought back to life without it. Today, the “obelisk”, such as the Washington Monument, symbolizes Nimrod’s male organ to represent life through sex (Chick Publications).
Semiramis was also known as “Ishtar”, which was pronounced “Easter”. Ishtar is the goddess of fertility and the moon. She claimed that she came down from the moon in a giant moon egg that fell into the Euphrates River. Now, we can put together the association with Easter eggs-Ishtar or “Easter” and her moon egg. This happened around the first full moon after the spring equinox; this occurs around March 21. Ishtar had an illegitimate son that she claimed was Nimrod being reborn as Tammuz (Genesis 3:15). She deified him as the sun god, Baal, which is also a representation of the obelisk (Chick Publications). She later married him. Her son-turned-husband was very fond of rabbits. This is where the tradition of the Easter Bunny comes from. It is a pagan idol that is a sexual symbol for fertility. Tammuz was eventually killed by a wild boar. Queen Semiramis proclaimed a forty-day period of mourning in honor of Tammuz. During this time, they didn’t eat meat. They ate sacred hot crossed buns. When they worshipped Ishtar, they made a “T” sign in front of their hearts. On Easter Sunday, it was a celebration with rabbits and eggs. They rolled colored eggs and then hid them from “evil spirits” in rabbits’ nests to symbolize fertility.
Now, let’s do the comparison. Roman Catholics called this forty-day period Lent. Today, Lent is a time of fasting and renewal for some before celebrating the Resurrection of Christ. However, we again see a pagan celebration being associated with Christianity. We also see churches having Easter egg hunts for the children and kids dying eggs. There is also the annual Easter Egg Roll at the White House. Now, think about this. Catholics started Lent long before Christianity. Rabbits and eggs are both part of a pagan celebration to honor a sun god and a moon goddess. Why would a Christian want to take part in any of this? Oftentimes, we do things because of tradition, but we never think about the origins of them. This year, let’s celebrate Resurrection Sunday, NOT EASTER, in honor of our risen Savior who saved us from our sins and gave us the gift of eternal life. He was the ultimate sacrifice(I John 3:16). http://youtube/FzQsiWHoqgE