THE LEGEND OF ISHTAR AND THE PAGAN CELEBRATION OF EASTER
Christians around the world celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus during a season called “Easter”. But why do we call it “Easter” when Jesus fulfilled the Jewish feasts of Passover, Unleavened Bread and Firstfuits, which the Jews celebrated for eight days between Nisan 14 and 21? Jesus Himself instituted the “Lord’s Supper” during the Feast of Passover when He gave His disciples the symbols of unleavened bread and wine as a reminder of His death.
How do we and, incidentally, the world around us, celebrate this season?
We hold a sunrise service; some hold a feast which includes eating ham; we give our children Easter eggs, either coloured or chocolate eggs, and we tell them stories about the Easter bunny who brings the eggs.
Firstly, how do we reconcile the dates of Good Friday and Easter Sunday with Jesus’ words?
A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a miraculous sign! But none will be given it except the sign of Jonah. For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth (Matt. 12: 39-40).
Was Jesus either lying or exaggerating when He said, “Three days and three nights”? If He were crucified on Friday, buried before sunset on Friday afternoon, and resurrected on Sunday before sunrise, even by Jewish reckoning He could not have been in the grave for three days and three nights.
Scripture teaches there were TWO Sabbaths between the time when Jesus entered the tomb and the moment his resurrection took place! This is the KEY to understanding the correct sequence of events of what happened to Jesus our Savior! . . .
Every Passover lamb was chosen from the flock on the 10th day of Nisan, scrutinized for three days for blemishes and sacrificed on Nisan 14. Jesus rode into Jerusalem on Sunday, Nisan 10, was on public display for three days and was sacrificed on Wednesday, Nisan 14 (Ex. 12: 3-8).
“After Tuesday sunset in 30 A.D. (when the Biblical day ended) Jesus partook of his last meal with his twelve disciples (Luke 22:14-15, etc.). Jesus’ crucifixion occurs between noon (9 am – Mk. 15:25) and 3pm Wednesday. He dies at 3pm. According to the Bible, work was allowed in order to prepare for the NEXT day, a high Holy Sabbath where no work was permitted (Lev. 23:5-7), called the Feast of Unleavened Bread. This Holy time began at Wednesday sunset. Jesus was very quickly taken from the cross after his death as there were only a few short hours before God’s annual Feast day egan. . .
“The Bible states that after the annual Sabbath, known as the Feast of Unleavened Bread, had ended (on sunset Thursday), three women went to buy spices for Jesus’ body (Mark 16:1). After buying spices, the women spent the rest of Friday preparing them. When the weekly Sabbath started at sunset Friday, the women rested (Luke 23:56). After resting, two of the women, Mary Magdalene and another Mary, go to observe Jesus’ tomb late on the weekly Sabbath . . .
“The resurrection of Jesus from the dead took place at sunset Saturday, April 8, 30 A.D., which is seventy-two hours after he died and was place in the heart of the earth (i.e. tomb). This fulfilled the sign of Jonah the prophet he gave in Matthew 12:38-40 and PROVED He was the TRUE Messiah to the Jews! The Bible simply does not teach Jesus was either crucified on a Friday or resurrected on a Sunday morning. Our Savior was dead and buried in the earth a full three days and three nights, proving for all ages that he was and is the Messiah.
http://www.biblestudy.org/basicart/was-jesus-in-the-grave-for-three-days-and-nights.html – retrieved December 2015.
Why is do we celebrate “Easter”? From where do the strange customs come which have nothing to do with Jesus or His death and resurrection?
In the first three centuries CE, the early church celebrated the death of Jesus as the fulfilment of Passover. Constantine, however, declared Christianity the state religion and opened the door to pagans by disconnecting Jesus and His message from its Jewish roots. He “Christianised” pagan worship through the celebration of pagan festivals; by changing the names of pagan idols to the names of “saints” and by incorporating pagan symbols into the festivals of the church.
From the 4th century, Christians were not the only ones who celebrated Easter. The self-proclaimed moon-goddess, Semiramis, both mother and wife of Nimrod, Noah’s great grandson (Gen. 10: 8-10), was known by the name Ishtar (Easter). After the death of her illegitimate son, Tammuz, who was killed by a boar while out hunting, Semiramis deified him. She called him the only begotten son of the sun-god, Baal, and herself, Ishtar, the moon-goddess.
Semiramis was the wife of Cush, Noah’s grandson. They had a son, Nimrod, meaning “rebel”. After his father’s death, Nimrod married his mother, Semiramis and became a powerful ruler, building cities and initiating the building of the tower of Babel to defy Yahweh who had destroyed the earth with a flood.
Nimrod became a god-man to the people and Semiramis, his mother and wife, became the powerful Queen of ancient Babylon. She gave herself the title, “Queen of Heaven”.
Nimrod’s brother, Set, was jealous of Nimrod’s power (Nimrod was also called Osiris in Egypt) and he killed him by luring him into a gold box which he fastened down and threw into the River Nile. Isis (another name for Semiramis/Ishtar), searched for his body and found it in the river. Set stole the body, cut it into fourteen pieces, so the legend goes, and sent the pieces all over Nimrod’s kingdom. The only piece she could not find was his reproductive organ. She claimed that Nimrod could not come back to life without it, so he ascended to the sun and became the sun-god, Baal.
Semiramis also claimed that Baal would be present in the earth in the form of a flame when used in worship with lamps and candles. After Tammuz’ death, she told the people that Tammuz was now ascended to his father, Baal, and that the two of them would be with the worshippers in the sacred candle or lamp flame as Father, Son and Spirit.
Semiramis claimed that she was miraculously conceived and that she came down from heaven in a giant moon egg that fell into the Euphrates River. She became known as Ishtar and her egg was called “Ishtar’s egg”. This was supposed to have happened at the time of the first full moon after the spring equinox (in the northern hemisphere). The date of Easter is calculated by this reckoning and does not coincide with the Jewish Passover.
After Nimrod’s death, Semiramis bore an illegitimate child whom she claimed was conceived by Baal through his rays. Her son was called Tammuz. Tammuz was fond of rabbits and they became sacred because people believed him to be the son of the sun-god Baal/Nimord. Rabbits and eggs are symbols of fertility in this ancient false religion, but they were incorporated into the symbols of the Christian festival of Easter.
Tammuz was killed by a wild boar while he was out hunting. Semiramus said that some of his blood fell on the stump of an evergreen tree which grew into a new tree overnight. The evergreen tree was made sacred by the blood of Tammuz. The fir tree is a central feature of our Christmas celebrations.
She also proclaimed a forty-day time of sorrow before the anniversary of Tammuz’ death. During these forty days, the worshippers were to eat no meat. They were to meditate on the sacred mysteries of Baal and Tammuz and to make the sign of a T over their hearts as they worshipped.
These forty days of so-called “Lent” have nothing to do with Jesus’ fast in the wilderness. They are a time of mourning for Tammuz. In Ezekiel’s vision of the temple in Jerusalem. God showed him what the women were doing.
Then He brought me to the entrance of the north gate of the house of the Lord, and I saw women sitting there, mourning the god Tammuz. He said to me, ‘Do you see this, son of man? You will see things that are even more detestable than this.’ (Ezek. 8: 14).
On the first Sunday after the first full moon after the spring equinox every year, they were to hold a celebration feast, to eat ham because Tammuz was killed by a boar and sacred cakes with a T or cross on the top. On that Sunday they were to celebrate “Ishtar’s day” with rabbits and eggs.
Can my readers now see how much pagan myth and legend is associated with the symbols and practices of the Easter celebration? We are actually worshipping Baal, the sun-god, Semiramis, the Queen of Heaven, and Tammuz whose resurrection to his father, Baal, was commemorated on Ishtar Sunday, as an unholy trinity when we do these things. This false religion has spread around the world and has taken many forms, but we find its roots in the lies that wicked Semiramis fabricated and passed on, in her so-called “Babylonian Mystery religions”, to the rebellious people of her day. In the Bible, “Babylon” became the symbol of these blasphemous practices.
What did God have to say about these practices in the first century of the early church, which some of His people had already incorporated into the worship of Jesus? Through the writing of the Apostle John in the Book of Revelation, God expressed His abhorrence for any association with what these people were doing. Yet, today, Christian leaders not only vehemently defend the traditions and practices of Christmas and Easter, but they also actively promote them as “an opportunity to preach the gospel.” What happened to the other 360 days of the year?
John saw the overthrow and judgment of Babylon in his vision.
After this I saw another angel coming down from heaven. He had great authority, and the earth was illuminated by his splendor. With a mighty voice he shouted:
‘Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great!’ She has become a dwelling for demons and a haunt for every impure spirit, a haunt for every unclean bird, a haunt for every unclean detestable animal. For all the nations have drunk the maddening wine of her adulteries. The kings of the earth committed adultery with her, and the merchants of the earth grew rich from her excessive luxuries.’
Then I heard another voice from heaven say: ‘Come out from her, my people,’ so that you will not share her sins, so that you will not receive any of her plagues; for her sins are piled up to heaven, and God remembered her crimes (Rev. 18: 1-5).
Oh people of God, why do you defend and persist in doing what God hates? Why risk the judgment that will be poured out on “Babylon” because you stubbornly protect the right to celebrate Easter with all its vile traditions?
Therefore, ‘Come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you,’ and ‘I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.’ Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God (2 Cor. 6: 17-18; 7: 1).
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