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THE TRUTH ABOUT EASTER
The word "Easter" is a tranliteration of the Greek word - Astarte or the Mesopotamian - ISHTAR, or the Hebrew form - Ashtoreth. These words are names for the pagan Goddess of "fertility." The Old Testament is repleat with warnings from God, to His people, to stay clear of the Goddess of Ashtoreth. You may remember that this was one of the major sins of Gideon's father...he had an altar built to this Goddess. God instructed Gideon to destroy it. Sadly, this same altar still exists in many churches as EASTER, complete with the celebration of "fertility" with bunnies and eggs, baskets and flowers. The resurrection of Jesus often takes a back seat in many "Christian" homes and churches to the celebration of the "spring season" through the Goddess of "Easter" or Ishtar.
(Astárte)) is the name of a major goddess as known from Northwestern
cognate in name, origin and functions with the goddess Ishtar in Mesopotamian texts. Another
'Ashtart; other names for the goddess include Hebrew or Phoenician (transliterated Ashtoreth), Ugaritic 'Athtart, transliterated Atirat), and
dAs-tar-tú (also Astartu).
Ashtart was connected with
accepted by the Greeks under the name of Aphrodite
Her name is the second
name in an energy chant sometimes used in Wicca: "Isis, Astarte, Diana, Hecate, Demeter, Kali, Inanna."
"Asherah" the Greek form of this word from the Septuagint is
"Astarte", who is the Babylonian goddess of the
sea, sea being symbolic of people, and consort of the god El. She was the mother of several gods, including
Ba'al, the Babylonian god of the
The Roman Catholic Church adopted the Asherah worship
and named it EASTER around 155 A.D. According to the CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA,
Easter was named after a pagan goddess of the Anglo-Saxons named Eostre, the
goddess of the dawn. Many historians believe that the evidence is strong that
Eostre is the same as ISHTAR or ASHTORETH.
A great controversy arose
between the Catholic Church and the Greek Orthodox Church in 325 A.D. on whether
to celebrate Easter on Sundays or on whatever day the Jewish Passover fell upon.
Unfortunately, the Greeks lost a lot of followers and the Catholics contended
that keeping Easter on Sundays would stimulate the practices of both the
Christian world and the pagan worshipers.
Hence, since the original
practice of Asherah worship we now have in our time the celebration of Easter, a
counterfeit holiday to the true Christian festival of the Passover which was
instituted in the Bible and completed in the New Testament when Christ died on
the cross as our Passover Lamb.
BUNNY and THE EGG
The rabbit is well known as a sexual symbol of
fertility. In various parts of the world, religions which developed from Babel
also associate the rabbit with periodicity, both human and lunar (Egypt, China,
etc.). As you may remember, the Mother Goddess Semiramis (Easter) is associated
with the Moon. In other words, the Easter bunny symbolizes the Mother Goddess.
Annual Spring time fertility rituals are associated worship of the Mother
Goddess and Tammuz, the reincarnation of her husband.
Most children and
families who color or hide Easter eggs as part of their Resurrection Sunday
tradition have no knowledge of the origin of these traditions. Easter egg
activities have become a part of Western culture. Many would be surprised and
even dismayed to learn where the traditions originated.
was a sacred symbol among the Babylonians. They believed an old fable about an
egg of wondrous size which was supposed to have fallen from heaven into the
Euphrates River. From this marvelous egg - according to the ancient story - the
Goddess Astarte (Easter) was hatched. And so the egg came to symbolize the
Goddess Easter. The idea of a mystic egg spread from Babylon to many parts of
the world. In Rome, the mystic egg preceded processions in honor of the Mother
Goddess Roman. The egg was part of the sacred ceremonies of the Mysteries of
Bacchus. The Druids used the egg as their sacred emblem. In Northern Europe,
China and Japan the eggs were colored for their sacred festivals. The egg was
also a symbol of fertility; Semiramis (Easter) was the goddess of Fertility. The
Easter egg is a symbol of the pagan Mother Goddess, and it even bears one of her
If you are Christian, it is not
difficult to discern the bizarre deception and confusion that has successfully
orchestrated. For example, notice the embarrassing irony in these traditions
which are practiced innocently by most people. They are repeated year after
year, because they have become traditional and their origin is unknown to many.
On the day commemorating Jesus' Resurrection, Americans roll decorated
eggs on the White House lawn and pretend the Easter rabbit hid them. The same
ritual is practiced at some Christian churches.
surely given Satan, the Great Deceiver, some twisted delight. He seduced
millions into worshipping people and other created things, instead of the true
Creator. Through the millennia, humankind has been easily seduced into
participating in every type of perversion. The seductive symbols of ancient
ungodly religions inspired by Satan have been incorporated into people's
everyday lives, even to this day - continuing to obscure the truth of God. Often
this happens because we willingly let it happen. Selfishly and foolishly "all we
like sheep have gone astray" Isaiah 53:6
One might wonder if
there is a better way for Christians to celebrate Jesus Christ's
resurrection, the most important of all Christian holy days. In retrospect,
it seems obvious that it would have been a better witness to the world if
Christians had not attempted to Christianize pagan celebrations - adopting the
name Easter (Ishtar/Semiramis) in remembrance of Christ.
and bunnies have obscured Jesus. Attention has been shifted away from
spiritual truth and toward materialism (clothing, products and candies with the
wrong symbolism). Stores merchandise the name of Easter and sell goods that have
nothing to do with Christ's death and resurrection. Christians naively use
symbols and practices that unknowingly perpetuate ancient anti-Christ traditions
- symbolic customs followed by the same religious cults that inspired the
destruction of great numbers of Christians and Jews. Is the Devil laughing at
us? Many church bodies recognize the problem and make every effort to keep the
focus of Resurrection Sunday totally on Jesus Christ and the Good News that He
brought. These same churches also use the term "RESURRECTION SUNDAY" rather than
Easter to describe their services, celebrations and activities.
AT Hickory Hammock Baptist Church! –
We also use the term “Resurrection
Sunday” rather than “Easter” and we do NOT conduct Easter Egg Hunts or other
pagan rooted activities at our church facilities or on our church property.
All of this is done and communicated in a decent, respectful manner with
the prayer that our membership and those visiting us would come to the true
knowledge of these very important matters.
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