Easter Is A Pagan Holiday
- Part 1
In this study we want to
explore the relationship between Easter and the goddess Ishtar, and why
THE CELEBRATION OF THE EASTER HOLIDAY IS A GREAT ABOMINATION TO ALMIGHTY
GOD. We will explore the history of the goddess Ishtar as well as her various
attributes and names that she was called in different ancient cultures.
We will also find out exactly what God has to say about this adulterous,
idolatrous worship of Easter/Ishtar in these in time days.
Let's begin with the fact
that the word "Easter" is not in the Scriptures. Some may say that it is
Acts 12:4, but they haven't done their homework. Let's look at Acts 12:4:
And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him
to four quaternons of soldiers to keep him, intending after Easter to bring
him forth to the people.
The word is not Easter. It
is a corrupted translation of the Greek word "pascha" which means "Passover,"
from the Hebrew word "pasach" meaning "to pass over." If you don't believe
this, look it up it is #3957 in the Strong's Concordance Greek Dictionary.
Most often in trying to explain
to people that the Easter worship is in fact the worship of the goddess
Ishtar, their immediate reply is that they are worshipping Jesus, and that
the Easter worship is the celebration of the risen Christ, His resurrection
from the dead. What does it really matter if the word Easter is a transliteration
of the word Ishtar? We are still worshipping Jesus Christ and His resurrection.
God knows the intent of our hearts.
True enough, God does know
the intent of our hearts. But God also knows THE UTTER ABOMINATION OF THIS
EASTER/ISHTAR WORSHIP, as well as the fact that most are caught up
in this worship in ignorance. But now you are no longer ignorant concerning
this matter. You will be presented with the facts in this lesson that the
Easter worship is indeed the worship of the goddess Ishtar, and not the
worship of Jesus Christ, as you have been taught to believe. It is up to
you to discern the truth of this matter from the facts that will be presented.
He that heareth, let him hear; and he that forbeareth, let him forbear.
If you forbear, then your blood shall be upon your own head. If you hear
the truth of this matter, then repent.
Let's begin with the fact
that nowhere in the Scriptures does God tell us to worship the resurrection
of Christ, what Easter is supposedly all about. Therefore, THE EASTER WORSHIP
IS A TRADITION OF MEN. What does the Scripture tell us about the traditions
of men? "Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit,
after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after
Christ." (Colossians 2:8)
Beware, lest the traditions
of men spoil you. Why? Because they are not of Christ and they will lead
you astray. Furthermore, what do the Scriptures have to say about those
who would insist that it is Christ whom they are worshipping at Easter,
according to the tradition of men? "Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch
as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour
me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me
is taught by the precept of men." (Isaiah 29:13)
The people do honor the Lord
with their lips, lip service, but their hears are far removed from Him,
because their fear, their reverence, and their worship of Him is taught
by the precepts and traditions of men. The Easter worship is a tradition
of man, and its origin comes from the worship of the pagan goddess Ishtar.
God tells us over and over throughout the Scriptures to leave behind those
traditions of men, to come out of mystery Babylon.
On that note, let's look
at the history of the goddess Ishtar and her connection with mystery Babylon,
meaning confusion, from the root word Babel. To fully understand the origin
of the worship of the goddess Ishtar and her subsequent history, we must
find go back to the origin of mystery Babylon and understand from whence
this worship evolved, even back to the garden of Eden.
We know from God's word what
the true nature of the sin in the garden was, a sexual relationship between
Eve and Satan, and from this relationship Cain was born. Cain was the son
of Satan, the serpent, called the devil. Cain was the founder of ancient
Babylon in Sumeria, and history bears this out. In Genesis 4, the Scripture
tells us that Cain built a city and named it after his son Enoch. Archaeologists
have uncovered ancient city that is called Erech located in what we know
today as Iraq, the land of Babylon.
The king of this ancient
Babylon was known as Sargon, which translated means King Cain. To make
a long story short for the sake of sticking to the subject of Ishtar, Cain
made deities of Adam and Eve. He called them Anu and Ea, later known as
Ishtar. His other chief deity was Bel, a form of Baal, another name for
Without digressing too far,
a thorough study of the evolution of mythology and most world religions
will lead one back to ancient Babylon and Cain. For a more thorough study
concerning Cain and his conquests, order the book "Sargon the Magnificent."
Now that we have taken you back to the beginning, to the origin of this
worship of Ishtar and where it comes from, let's now move onto Ishtar herself.
Let's find out what Ishtar is all about, the stories and myths about her,
what was involved in the worship of her, and what that worship signified.
The following passage is an excerpt from "The Encyclopedia of Religion,
Vol. 7: "Inanna, the Sumerian astral deity representing the planet Venus,
was known throughout the Mesopotamian world; the Akkadians (and later the
Assyro-Babylonians) called her Ishtar. For both the Sumerians and the Akkadians,
she was the principal goddess in their respective pantheons. Inanna-Ishtar's
closest counterparts to the west are the Canaanite Astarte (called Ashtoreth
by the Hebrews) and the later goddesses of Greece and Rome, Aphrodite and
One of the most important
myths about Inanna-Ishtar concerns her relationship to the shepherd god
Dumuzi-Tammuz, who is probably a divination of an actual early ruler of
Uruk (Erech, the city Enoch of Genesis 4). Although the myth has many variations,
its basic outline can be reconstructed from the Sumerian 'Inanna's Descent
to the Netherworld,' the Akkadian parallel 'Ishtar's Descent,' and recently
translated fragments of the 'Death of Dumuzi,' as well as various laments
for Dumuzi and a large set of 'Sacred Marriage' texts.
According to these sources,
Inanna and Dumuzi have a passionate love affair and marriage. Subsequently
the goddess wants to visit the underworld ruled by her enemy and sister
Ereshkigal, probably to rule there as well as in heaven. After bedecking
herself with jewels and finery, Inanna descends and is met at the
gate by a servant of Ereshkigal, who at various stages removes her garments.
Finally she approaches her sister naked and humiliated. Ereshkigal fastens
on her the 'eyes of death,' turns her into a corpse, and hangs her body
on a stake.
Inanna's servant, worried
after three days of her absence, fashions creatures who descend with revivifying
materials. They bring her back to life and she reascends to earth, accompanied
by frightened demons who wander with her from city to city in Summer. When
she returns to Uruk she finds her lover Dumuzi not bewailing her plight
in the underworld, but actually celebrating it. She sets after him the
demons, who after a long chase overtake and torture him and drag him down
to the underworld.
There are many variations
of this myth, but its importance lies in the love affair between Dumuzi-Tammuz,
who comes to represent the annual dying and regenerated vegetative cycle,
and Inanna-Ishtar, the embodiment of the generative force in nature. In
their intercourse she fecundates the growth cycle of spring.
This came to be ritualized
in an annual ceremony in which the king, representing Dumuzi-Tammuz, entered
into a hieros gamos, a sacred marriage, with a sacred temple prostitute,
representing Inanna-Ishtar, and thus sympathetically brought regeneration
to the land. Their intercourse was, in a sense, the resurrection of the
dead god, and lamenting turned into rejoicing. The popularity and geographical
spread of this myth and its ritualization are attested in Ezekiel 8:14,
where the prophet condemns the practice followed by some Jerusalem women
lamenting for Tammuz." (The Encyclopedia of Religion, Vol. 7)
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Let's look at this passage
from Ezekiel for a moment. "He said also unto me, Turn thee yet again,
and thou shalt see greater abominations that they do. The 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. The said he unto me, Hast
thou seen this, O son of man? turn thee yet again and thou shalt see great
abominations than these." (Ezekiel 8:13-15)
You see, the Lord is condemning
this practice of worshipping Ishtar and lamenting for Tammuz, and calls
it a great abomination Easter worship is an abomination to God. Let's reflect
back upon the story of Ishtar and pick out some of the key points.
Notice the resemblance of the story of Ishtar to that which is written
in the Gospel about our Savior, Jesus Christ.
As Ishtar descended, she
was stripped and humiliated; Jesus was stripped and beaten in humility.
Ishtar was killed and hung on a stake; Jesus was crucified on a stake.
Ishtar was resurrected after three days; Jesus rose from the tomb on the
third day. By now it should be quite obvious to you why Easter is in fact
the worship of Ishtar.
Satan has taken the truth
about Christ and overlaid it with the worship of Ishtar, bringing it into
the church through the traditions of men and presenting it as the celebration
of Easter, a transliteration of the word Ishtar. Satan knew the purpose
of this earth age and has tried repeatedly to subvert God's plan. He tried
to corrupt the seed line in the garden so that Christ could not be born
and die on the stake.
Satan failed at that attempt,
so he used his offspring, Cain and the Kenites (the sons of Cain) to propagate
false religions and myths that have a resemblance to the truth. In order
to create confusion and disbelief so as to deceive God's children. For
every positive there is a negative, and Satan is the Great Imitator.
Remember, Satan's whole thrust
is to be worshipped as God. Let's for a moment review a few more of the
characteristics of Ishtar, not losing sight of the story of Ishtar and
what the ritualistic worship of her represented, the resurrection of the
dead god. Ishtar was also known as the Queen of Heaven (there is a large
denomination that openly prays to the Queen of Heaven). Ishtar was connected
to the planet Venus, called both the "morning star" and the "evening star."
Ishtar was worshipped as female in the morning and male in the evening.
You should also note that in Isaiah 14:12, Lucifer, another name for Satan,
is called the son of the morning. The name Lucifer itself means "the morning
star." Ishtar is also called the goddess of fertility, from another one
of her notorious legends. As the legend goes, an egg fell from heaven one
day and landed in the Euphrates river. Some fish managed to roll the egg
to shore, hence the tradition of rolling Easter eggs.
Then several doves (a symbol
of the Holy Spirit) descended from heaven and incubated the egg and hatched
the goddess Ishtar, the goddess of Easter. The egg became the universal
symbol for fertility, and as such can be traced to pagan ritual and worship
worldwide. Like the egg, the rabbit became part of the Easter tradition
because it too was a symbol of fertility in ancient Egypt. Let's now look
at how this practice of worshipping the goddess Ishtar/Ashtoreth/Astarte
was promulgated by the children of Israel. Pay attention to the word "groves."
The Hebrew word for groves is "Asherah," a form of Ashtoreth/Astarte, pointing
right back to Ishtar. "And the children of Israel did secretly those things
that were not right against the Lord their God, and they built them high
places in all their cities, from the tower of the watchmen to the fenced
city. And they set them up images and groves in every high hill, and under
every green tree: And there they burnt incense in all the high places,
as did the heathen whom the Lord carried away before them; and wrought
wicked things to provoke the Lord to anger: For they served idols, whereof
the Lord had said unto them, Ye shall not do this thing." (2 Kings 17:9-12)
Using the Strong's Concordance
Hebrew dictionary, let's look at the word for "groves."
Hebrew 842. 'asherah, ash-ay-raw';
or 'asheyrah, ash-ay-raw'; from Heb. 833; happy; Asherah (or Astarte)
a Phoenician goddess; also an image of the same:-grove. Comp. Heb. 6253.
Hebrew 6253. 'Ashtoreth,
ash-to'-reth; prob. for Heb. 6251; Ashtoreth, the Phoenician goddess of
love (and increase):- Ashtoreth. The Asherah was a phallic symbol, shaped
in the image of the male organ.
Again, the children of Israel
participated in this heathen ritual of worshipping Ishtar, the "grove worship,"
and wrought wicked things that provoked the Lord to anger, after being
commanded not to do this thing.
Will our people continue
in this abominable practice of worshipping Ishtar/Easter and provoking
the Lord to anger? Let's look at another instance of this practice among
the children of Israel. "But they hearkened not: and Manasseh seduced them
to do more evil than did the nations whom the Lord destroyed before the
children of Israel. And the Lord spake by his servants the prophets, saying,
Because Manasseh king of Judah hath done these abominations, and hath done
wickedly above all that the Amorites did, which were before him, and hath
made Judah also to sin with his idols." (2 Kings 21:9- 11)
What was that Manasseh did?
From the Reader Digest "Great People of the Bible and How They Lived."
"Inside the Jerusalem temple he placed an image of Ishtar, the Assyrian
goddess of love and war, associated with the planet Venus. In her name,
priest and male worshippers engaged in ritual sex with 'holy' prostitutes
housed in the temple, a practice that was supposed to promote the fertility
of crops, herds and families (akin to the rebirth or resurrection from
the dead)." (Great People of the Bible and How They Lived)
Manasseh brought the worship
of into the temple, the house of God. The priests performed ritualistic
sexual orgies with the temple prostitutes to worship the fertility goddess
and promote the symbolic resurrection of the dead god.
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3 (Last One)
Manasseh was not the only
king to bring this worship into the temple. King Ahab under the influence
of his wife Jezebel also brought the worship of Ishtar into the house of
God. "And Ahab the son of Omri did evil in the sight of the Lord above
all that were before him. And it came to pass, as if it had been a light
thing for him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, that he
took to wife Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal king of the Zidonians, and
went and served Baal, and worshipped him. And he reared up an altar for
Baal in the house of Baal, which he had built in Samaria. And Ahab made
a grove; and Ahab did more to provoke the Lord God of Israel to anger than
all the kings of Israel that were before him...But there was none like
unto Ahab, which did sell himself to work wickedness in the sight of the
Lord, whom Jezebel his wife stirred up. And he did very abominably in following
idols, according to all things as did the Amorites, whom the Lord cast
out before the children of Israel." (1 Kings 16:30- 33; 21:25-26)
Ahab, through the influence
of Jezebel built an altar to Baal and also made groves. Remember the groves
were for the worship of Ishtar, from the Hebrew word Asherah/Ashtoreth.
Let's now go to these end times and see what God has to tell us about this
Easter/Ishtar worship. "And the angel of the church in Thyatira write;
These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame
of fire, and his feet are like fine brass; I know thy works, and charity,
and service, and faith, and they patience, and thy works; and the last
to be more than the first. Notwithstanding I have a few things against
thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself
a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication,
and to eat things sacrificed unto idols. And I gave her space to repent
of her fornication; and she repented not. Behold I will cast her into a
bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except
they repent of their deeds." (Revelation 2:18-22)
King Ahab suffered that woman
Jezebel, his wife, and brought the worship of the goddess Ishtar into the
House of God. Do you suffer that woman Jezebel? Are you still practicing
your worship of Easter, whose worship goes to Ishtar and not to Christ?
God has given you His warning. He has given her space to repent of her
fornication, and she repented not. Where do you stand, with Christ or with
In this study we have presented
you with the facts and history concerning Ishtar/Easter. You have had the
opportunity to see that the worship of Ishtar and the ritualistic sexual
orgies were symbolic for the resurrection of the dead god, the very thing
Christians purport to be celebrating the resurrection of Christ.
EASTER IS A TRADITION OF
MEN AND IS TAUGHT BY THE PRECEPTS OF MEN. It is an abominable, idolatrous
and adulterous practice. Jesus said "follow me," not the goddess Ishtar.
You must be aware of the wiles of the Devil. SATAN HAS CLEVERLY INSERTED
THE WORSHIP OF THE GODDESS ISHTAR INTO THE CHURCH, CALLING IT EASTER, BY
SLIGHTLY TWISTING AND CORRUPTING THE TRUTH AND PERVERTING THE MINDS OF
GOD'S CHILDREN, CAUSING THEM TO PROVOKE THE LORD TO ANGER.