The Truth About Easter
I remember, when I was a kid, the fun we had at Easter. Most every year we would buy a dyeing kit from the grocery store and color hard-boiled Easter eggs many different shades and colors on the Saturday evening before Easter.
Waking up on Easter morning and finding a large basket for each one of us kids, though not quite equal to the thrills of Christmas morning, was nevertheless exciting.
Each basket would contain colored “grass,” usually green, and many colored eggs, which mom insisted we eat within the first day or so lest they should go bad. And lots of jelly beans. And small chocolate bunnies and candies. And the prize item – a large, sometimes solid sometimes hollow, chocolate Easter bunny.
We would also get dressed up special that day for church. The girls had brand new spring dresses and big hats. And I (as a small boy) dressed up in a suit and a hat. My dad would always want to take a picture of everyone dressed up and holding their Easter baskets full of the goodies. So we would line up on the front porch steps and pose with our best smile.
Sunday services that day were special, too. The church would usually be packed with all the regulars and the folks who, out of some sense of obligation, would show up only on Christmas and Easter.
I guess they figured that it would be better to go at least a couple times a year than not at all. God would have to look at that act of righteousness with some sort of favor! After all, it was the celebration of the resurrection of Christ. Or so we thought….
What we were doing was in line with a tradition which the Christian church had been doing for over 1600 years. Now that kind of long history is hard to argue with. We had supposed, in some moment of reflection, that even the apostles of Jesus had celebrated Easter, just like we were doing. Well, a little bit of research, coupled with a sobering realization that traditions are not always from our Creator, had proved us wrong in our assumptions. And shocking were the results of our investigation.
The celebration of Easter is not Scriptural after all!
The Torah, ELOHIYM’s instructions to his covenant people, does not teach the celebration of Easter.
YAHUSHA never taught his disciples to celebrate Easter. Nor did Sha’ul (the apostle Paul) or any of the other prophets, apostles or disciples in the Scripture. The celebration of Easter is not in the Scriptures because it is not from our Maker!
It’s not hard to find information about the customs of Easter. It turns out that Easter is an old pagan worship day which YAHUAH hates.
Our modern day version of Easter is just a remake of some very ancient pagan traditions and practices. If the Christian would really think about the source of “Easter” he would most assuredly abhor it.
The word Easter is derived from the ancient name Ishtar, a pagan goddess and an abomination to our Creator. She is also known as Ashtarte in historical literature and as Ashtoreth in the Scriptures:
Shemuel said to all the house of Yashar’el, “If you are really turning to YAHUAH with all your hearts, remove from among you the foreign elohiym and the images of Ashtoreth. Give your hearts to YAHUAH and serve only him. Then he will deliver you from the hand of the Philistines.” So the people of Yashar’el removed the Baals and images of Ashtoreth. They served only YAHUAH. (1 Shemuel 7:3,4)
These “images” are referring to the idols and statues of Ishtar, the fertility goddess of the Philistines with large, bare breasts.
The record of Shemuel refers to her again later:
Then they cried out to YAHUAH saying, ‘We have sinned, for we have forsaken YAHUAH and have served the Baals and the images of Ashtoreth. Now deliver us from the hand of our enemies so that we may serve you.’ (1 Shemuel 12:10)
There can be no doubt that the images, statues and idols of this offensive goddess of fertility was an offense to YAHUAH. Yashar’el (Israel), in their rebellion against their Creator, worshipped this woman Easter. What makes the modern day Christian think that the festival honoring Easter (Ashtoreth) now brings a smile to YAHUAH’s face?
The last time I looked, ELOHIYM wants us to have nothing to do with the customs and practices of the pagans in worshipping their gods. He does not want us to worship him by using pagan days, dates, customs and practices. And this includes the festival which is in honor of Ashtoreth (Easter).
John Michael Rood very succinctly tells us what’s wrong with Easter in his cut-to-the-chase, in-your-face, in-a-nutshell summation of that springtime festival:
The Saternalia originated as the birth date of Tammuz, the bastard son of Semiramis, the widow of Nimrod of Scriptural evil fame. After Shem cut Nimrod in pieces, Babylonian legend insists that he ascended into the heavens and became the sun god himself. The rays of the sun implanted the seed into his widow and presto!
The son of the sun god was miraculously conceived, as was the adoration of the mother and child evident in every culture on the earth.
On the winter solstice Tammuz was born; as were most of the traditions surrounding “the child-mass” season. Tammuz, the reincarnation of the sun god – Nimrod, was killed in a hunting accident when he was gored to death by a wild boar in his 40th year. Those who worshipped the son of “the sun god” then set aside 40 days of weeping for Tammuz. They celebrated “Lent” one day for each year of his incarnation – in which they would deny a worldly pleasure for his pleasure in the afterworld (see Ezekiel 8).
After many years, his mother Semiramis died. The gods looked favorably on “the mother of god” and sent her back to earth as the spring fertility goddess – always depicted as an exaggeratedly endowed bare breasted queen of sexual desire. Semiramis, the queen of heaven, was “born again” as the goddess Easter (Ashtarte) as she emerged from a giant egg that landed in the Euphrates river at sunrise on the “sun” day after the vernal equinox. To proclaim her divine authority, she changed a bird into an egg laying rabbit. As the cult developed, the priests of Easter would impregnate young virgins on the altar of the goddess of fertility at sunrise on Easter Sunday. A year later the priests of Easter would sacrifice those three-month-old babies on the altar at the front of the Sanctuary and dye Easter eggs in the blood of the sacrificed infants.
The forty days of Lent – or weeping for Tammuz, starts the Easter fertility season. The festivities culminate on Easter Sunday, when the priests of Easter slaughtered the “wild boar that killed Tammuz” and the entire congregation would eat the “ham” on Easter Sunday. (John Michael Rood, The Mystery of Iniquity, Chapter 8)
YAHUAH has told us that worship of this kind is completely unacceptable with Him. Yet, all of Christianity is caught up in the celebration of the resurrection of the son on Easter day. Little do most Christians know that the son, whose resurrection is celebrated on Easter, is Tammuz, not the Messiah of Scripture.
ELOHIYM described the abominations that were going on by the priests and in the temple of those who worshiped Tammuz. The prophet Ezekiel was brought, in vision, into the temple of YAHUAH and was shown what abominable things were happening there:
Again, he said, “You will see them doing things that are even more detestable.” Then he brought me to the entrance to the north gate of the house of YAHUAH, and I saw women sitting there, mourning for Tammuz. (Ezekiel 8:13,14).
The whole modern day season of Lent is the carry over of the 40 days of weeping for Tammuz. And YAHUAH hates this. YAHUAH hates all that is associated with the Easter season, especially when we try to pass it off as legitimate worship of the Master YAHUSHA.