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Resurrection Was not on Easter Sunday! Easter is not a Christian name,
but the title of the idolatrous "queen of heaven." Here's the true
origin and meaning of Lent, Easter eggs, hot cross buns!
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Why do you believe the things you believe, do the things you do?
The chances are you never stopped to ask yourself that question. You
have been taught since childhood to accept Easter as the chief of the
You have supposed it is
part of the true Christian religion to observe Lent, "Holy Week," "Good
Friday," to buy hot-cross buns at the bakery, to have colored Easter
eggs, to dress up and go to Church Easter Sunday—perhaps to attend an
Easter sunrise service!
Because of the
"sheep" instinct in humans most of us believe a lot of things that are
not true. Most of us do a lot of things that are wrong, supposing these
things to be right, or even sacred!
Ishtar, the Pagan Goddess
What is the meaning of the name "Easter?" You have been led to suppose
the word means "resurrection of Christ." For 1600 years the western
world has been taught that Christ rose from the dead on Sunday morning.
But that is merely one of the fables the apostle Paul warned readers of
the New Testament to expect. The resurrection did not occur on Sunday!
For the astonishing proof setting forth the exact time of the
Resurrection, write for our free booklet, "The Resurrection."
The name "Easter" is merely the slightly changed English spelling of
the name of the ancient Assyrian goddess Ishtar, pronounced by the
Assyrians exactly as we pronounce "Easter." The Babylonian name of this
goddess was Astarte, consort of Baal, the Sun-god, whose worship is
denounced by the Almighty in the Bible as the most abominable of all
Look up the word "Easter" in
Webster's dictionary. You will find: "AS. (Anglo-Saxon), from name of
old Teuton goddess of spring."
In the large
5-volume Hastings Bible Dictionary, only six brief lines are given to
the name "Easter," because it occurs only once in the Bible—and that
only in the King James translation. Says Hastings: "Easter, used in
Authorized Version as the translation of 'Pascha' in Acts 12:4,
'intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people.' Revised
Version has substituted correctly 'the Passover.' "
Apostles Observed Passover
The World Almanac, 1950 edition, page 704, says: "In the second
century, A.D., Easter Day was, among Christians in Asia Minor" (that
is, in the Churches at Ephesus, Galatia, etc.,—the so-called "Gentile"
churches raised up by the Apostle Paul) "the 14th of Nisan, the seventh
month of the Jewish calendar." In other words, the 14th day of the
first month of the sacred calendar, and it was not then called by the
name of the pagan deity "Easter," but by the bible name "passover."
Passover, the days of unleavened bread, Pentecost, and the holy days
God had ordained forever were all observed by Jesus, and the early
apostles, and the converted Gentile Christians (Acts 2:1; 12:3; 20:6;
18:21; I Cor. 5:7-8; Acts 20:16; I Cor. 16:8). Passover is a memorial
of the crucifixion of Christ. Passover, observed by the early true
Church, occurred not on Sunday or any fixed day of the week, but a
calendar day of the year. The day of the week varies from year to year.
Easter is one of the pagan days Paul warned Gentile converts they must not return to observing.
How, then, did this pagan festival enter into and fasten itself upon a
professing Christianity? That is a surprising story—but first, notice
the true origin and nature of Easter.
Its Chaldean Origin
Easter, as Hislop says ("The Two Babylons,") "bears its Chaldean origin
on its very foreheai Easter is nothing else than Astarte, one of the
titles of Beltis, the "queen of heaven,' whose name, as pronounced by
the people of Nineveh, was evidently identical with that now in common
use in this country."
The ancient gods of the
pagans had many different names. While this goddess was called Astarte
in Babylon, it appears on Assyrian monuments found by Layard in
excavations at Nineveh as Ishtar (Layard's Nineveh and Babylon, page
629). Both were pronounced "Easter." Likewise, Beltis, or Bel (referred
to in the Old Testament) also was called Moloch. It was for sacrificing
to Moloch (I Kings 11:1-11, especially verse 7, where Moloch is called
an abomination) and other pagan gods that The Eternal condemned
Solomon, and tended away the Kingdom of Israel from his son.
In the ancient Chaldean idolatrous Sun-worship, Baal was the Sun-god,
Astarte his consort, or wife. And Astarte is the same as Ishtar, or the
Says Hislop: "The festival,
of which we read in church history, under the name of Easter, in the
third or fourth centuries, was quite a different festival from that now
observed in the Romish (and Protestant) church, and at that time was
not known by any such name as Easter, it was called passover, and was
very early observed by Christians . . . That festival agreed originally
with the time of the Jewish Passover, when Christ was crucified. .
. That festival was not idolatrous, and was preceded by no Lent."
Where Did We Get LENT?
"It ought to be known," wrote Cassianus in the fifth century, "that the
observance of the forty days (Lent) had no existence, so long as the
perfection of that primitive Church remained inviolate."
Jesus observed no Lent. The apostles and the early true Church of God
observed no Lenten season. Then how did this observance originate?
"The forty days' abstinence of Lent was directly borrowed from the
worshippers of the Babylonian goddess. Such a Lent of forty days, 'in
the spring of the year,' is still observed by the Yezidis or pagan
Devil-worshippers of Koordistan, who have inherited it from their early
masters, the Babylonians. Such a Lent was held by the pagan Mexicans,
in honor of the sun. . . . Such a Lent was observed in Egypt
(Wilkinson's Egyptians). This Egyptian Lent of forty days was held
expressly in commemoration of Adonis or Osiris, the great mediatorial
god." (The Two Babylons, by Hislop, pages 104 and 105, and Sabean
Researches, by Landseer, p. 112).
realize what has happened? God Almighty commanded His people to observe
the passover forever! (Ex. 12:24). This command was given while the
Israelites were still in Egypt, prior to the Old Covenant, or the Law
of Moses! It pictured, before the Crucifixion, Christ's death for the
remission of our sins, as a type looking forward to it. At His last
Passover, Jesus changed the emblems used from the blood of a lamb and
eating its roasted body to the bread and wine.
Jesus did not abolish Passover—He merely changed the emblems, or
symbols used. All the apostles of Christ, and true Christians of the
first century true Church observed it, on the 14th day of the first
month of the sacred calendar. It is now a memorial of Christ's death,
reaffirming, year by year on its anniversary, the true Christian's
faith in the blood of Christ for the remission of his sins, and the
broken body of Christ for his physical healing.
But what has happened? do you realize it? All western nations have been
deceived into dropping the festival God ordained forever to commemorate
the death of the true Saviour for our sins, and substituting in its
place the pagan festival in commemoration of the counterfeit "saviour"
and mediator of Baal, the sun god, named after the mythical Ishtar, his
wife—actually none other than the ancient Semirimus, who palmed herself off as the wife of the sun-god, the idolatrous "queen of heaven."
THIS is not Christian! IT IS PAGAN TO THE core!
Yet scores of millions of Americans are deceived into observing this
form of heathen idolatry, under the delusion they are honoring Jesus
Christ the Son of the Creator god!
does not honor Christ! And yet, have you not been, like a blind sheep,
following the other millions in this custom? "The times of this
ignorance God winked at, but now commandeth to come to repentance."
Hot Cross Buns and Dyed Eggs
But did you know the hot cross buns, and dyed Easter eggs also figured
in the idolatrous Chaldean rites, just as they do in Easter observance
Yes, these are pagan, too. The "buns,"
known by that identical name, were used in the worship of the "queen of
heaven," the goddess Easter, as early as the days of Cecrops, the
founder of Athens, 1500 years before Christ. (The Two Babylons, pgs.
"One species of sacred bread," says
Bryant, in Mythology, Vol. 1, p. 373, "which used to be offered to the
gods, was of great antiquity, and called Boun."
It will astonish you, but it's true—one of the reasons God drove the
Jews into Babylonian captivity was this very idolatry—their whole
families joined in this idolatrous worship, in making and offering hot
Read the entire 7th chapter of
Jeremiah. Here is God's stern sentence upon Judah, thru Jeremiah the
prophet, "If you really amend your life and doings," God warns them, "I
will allow you to remain in this place (Palestine) for all time." But
they would not listen. Then "I will cast you out of my sight," says God
to Judah. And to Jeremiah He says, "Seest thou not what they do in the
cities of Judah . . . ?
"The children gather
wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead their dough,
to make cakes to the queen of heaven . . . that they may provoke me to
anger. ... Therefore thus saith the Eternal God: Behold, mine anger and
my fury shall be poured out upon this place, upon man, upon beast . . .
and it shall burn, and shall not be quenched." (Verses 18-20.)
The Hebrew word for "cakes" as Jeremiah originally wrote it is
"kavvan," and really means "buns." The word "bun" seems, says Hislop,
to have been derived from this word. This Hebrew word is used nowhere
else in the Bible, except Jer. 44:19, where again the same idolatrous
worship to the queen of heaven by these hot cross buns is mentioned.
Every other place in the Bible where the English word "cakes" is used,
a different Hebrew word was used in the original.
Jeremiah was referring to hot cross buns-exactly the same kind hundreds
of you who read this have been buying and eating at "Easter season!"
The origin of the Easter egg is just as clear. It is recorded in
Davies' Druids, p. 208, that the ancient Druids bore an egg as the
sacred emblem of their idolatrous order. On p. 207, same history, it is
recorded that in the mysteries of Bacchus, as celebrated in Athens,
part of the idolatrous ceremony consisted in the consecration of an
egg. Hindoo fables celebrate their mundane egg as of a golden color. It
has been ancient custom in Japan to make their sacred egg a hard brazen
color. In China dyed or painted eggs are used on "sacred" heathen
festivals. In the idolatry of ancient Egypt and Greece eggs were used
in their religious rites.
Why do Americans
who believe themselves to be Christians dye eggs at Easter? Do they
suppose the bible ordained, or commands, this heathen custom? there is
not a word of it in the new testament. Certainly Christ did not start
it, and the apostles and early Christians did none of it!
Then why should you do it today? Why follow heathenism and try to
convince yourself you are a Christian? God calls such things
How Easter Crept into the Church
Such is the origin and early history of Easter.
How, then, was this pagan festival injected into the professing
Christian religion, as a substitute for an ordinance of God?
Before revealing briefly the astonishing account of this great
deception, two facts must be firmly fixed in mind.
First, Jesus and the apostles foretold, not a universal, wide-spread
popular growth of the true New Testament Church, but a falling away
from the truth on the part of the great majority. Prophesying a
popular, universal falling away from the faith once delivered, to the
Thessa-lonians Paul stated, "the mystery of iniquity doth already
work," only some 30 years after the Church began! He referred to the
very "Chaldean Mysteries," of which Easter and Christmas were the two
Second, although Jesus said
the gates of hell would never prevail against His Church, yet it is
everywhere prophesied thru the New Testament as the "Little Flock"—never as a great, large, popular universal church.
This is the very fact the world does not realize today!
TWO Churches—One False, One True
In New Testament prophecy TWO CHURCHES are described.
One, the great and powerful and universal church, a part of the world,
actually ruling in its politics over many nations, and united with the
"Holy Roman Empire," brought to a concrete focus in Rev. 17.
This church is pictured with great pomp, ritual and display, decked in
purple, scarlet and gold— proud, worldly, boastful. She is pictured as
a universal deceiver—the whole western world spiritually drunk with her
false doctrines, their spiritual perception so blurred by her paganized
teachings and practices they are unable to clearly distinguish truth!
She boasts she is the true Church, yet she is drunken with the blood of
the saints she has caused to be martyred!
how could she have deceived the whole world, as foretold in God's Word?
Surely, the Protestant world isn't deceived!
O, but it is! Notice, verse 5, she is a mother church! Her daughters
are also churches who have come out of her, even in protest, calling
themselves Protestant—but they are fundamentally of her family in pagan
doctrines and practices! They, too, make themselves a part of this
world, taking active part in its politics—the very act which made a
"whore" out of their mother!
apostate family—Mother, and more than 500 daughter denominations, all
divided against each other and in confusion of doctrines, yet all
united in the chief pagan doctrines and festivals—has a family name!
They call themselves "Christian," but God calls them something else!—■
"mystery, babylon the great!"
confusion! God always names people and things by calling them what they
are! And here is the same identical ancient babylonian mysteries now
wrapped in the false cloak labeled "Christianity"—but in fact it is the
same old "chaldean mysteries!" thus god names this religious system!
TRUE Church Small—Scattered
But where, then, was the true Church?
Did the true Church of God, of which Jesus Christ is the Living,
Directing Head, become perverted—did it merely apostatize into the
system described above?
No! The gates* of
hell have never prevailed against the true Church of God, and never
will! The true Church has never fallen! It has never ceased!
But the true Church of God is pictured in prophecy as the "Little
Flock!" The New Testament describes this Church as continually
persecuted, despised by the large popular churches because it is not of
this world or its politics, but has kept itself unspotted from the
world! It has always kept the Commandments of God and the Faith of
Jesus. It has kept God's festivals, not the pagan holidays. It has been
empowered with the Spirit of God!
never degenerated into the great popular church at Rome, as the
protestant world supposes! That Church always has existed, and it
Then where did it go? Where was it during the middle ages?
First, remember this Church was never large, never politically
powerful, or a world-known organization of men. It is a spiritual
organism, not a political organization. It is composed of all whose
hearts and lives have been changed by the Spirit of God, whether
visibly together, or individually scattered.
Under the lash of continual persecution and opposition of the organized
forces of this world, it is difficult for such a people to remain
united and organized together.
prophesied the true people of God would be scattered (Dan. 12:7).
Ezekiel foretold it (34:5-12). Jeremiah, too, (23:1-2). Jesus foretold
it (Mat. 26:31). The apostolic church was soon scattered by persecution
(Acts 8:1). James addresses his letter to Christians scattered abroad
Ignored by Most Histories
You don't read much of this true Body of Christ in the secular
histories of this world! No, the world little notes, nor long
remembers, the activities of this "little flock," hated and despised by
the world, driven to the wilderness by persecution, always opposed,
usually scattered! But there are enough references to it in authentic
histories to show that it has continued thru every century to now!
The prophecies bring this Church into concrete focus in the 12th
chapter of Revelation. There she is shown spiritually, in the glory and
splendor of the Spirit of God, but visibly in the world as a
persecuted, Commandment-keeping Church driven into the wilderness, for
1260 years, thru the middle ages!
Paul's day, many among those attending at Antioch, at Jerusalem, at
Ephesus, at Corinth, and other places, began to apostatize and turn
away from the truth. Divisions sprang up. Those individuals,
unconverted or turned from God's truth and way of life, were no -part
of God's true Church, tho visibly assembling with those who were. The
"mystery of iniquity" was already working, inside these visible
churches. This apostacy increased! By the year 125 A.D. the majority in
most churches, especially those Gentile-born, were continuing in many
of their old pagan beliefs and practices, tho professing to be
Christian! Gradually, A smaller and smaller portion of the visible
churches going by the name "Christian" remained truly yielded to God
and His Truth, and led of His Spirit. After Constantine took virtual
control of the visible, professing Church in the early fourth century,
this visible organization became almost wholly pagan, and began
excommunicating and persecuting all who held to the true word of god!
Finally, it became necessary for real Christians who, even as a
scattered people, alone composed the true Christian Church, to flee
from the jurisdiction of Rome in order truly to worship God! Thus, the
visible, organized Church which rose to power was the false Church—the
"Great Whore" of Rev. 17.
Injected into the Church
Nothing illustrates this very fact more vividly than the actual history
of the injecting of Easter into the western Church.
Here is the quick, brief history of it, from the Encyclopedia Britannica, 11th edition, article on "easter:"
"There is no indication of the observance of the Easter festival in the
New Testament, or in the writings of the Apostolic Fathers.... The
first Christians" (the original true Church) "continued to observe the
Jewish" (that is god's) "festivals, though in a new spirit, as
commemorations of events which those festivals had foreshadowed. Thus
the Passover, with a new conception added to it, of Christ as the true
Paschal Lamb and the first fruits from the dead, continued to be
"Although the observance of Easter
was at a very early period the practice of the Christian Church, a
serious difference as to the day for its observance soon arose between
the Christians of Jewish and those of Gentile descent, which led to a
long and bitter controversy. With the Jewish Christians . .. the fast
ended ... on the 14th day of the moon at evening . . . without regard
to the day of the week. The Gentile Christians on the other hand" (that
is, the beginning of the Catholic church, now substituting pagan for
true Christian doctrines) ". . . identified the first day of the week
with the resurrection, and kept the preceding Friday as the
commemoration of the crucifixion, irrespective of the day of the month.
"Generally speaking, the Western Churches" (Catholic) "kept Easter on
the 1st day of the week, while the "Eastern Churches" (containing most
of those who remained as part of the true Christian church) "followed
the Jewish rule." (That is, observing Passover on the 14th of the Erst
sacred month instead of the pagan Easter.)
"Polycarp, the disciple of John the Evangelist, and bishop of Smyrna,
visited Rome in 159 to confer with Anicetus, the bishop of that see, on
the subject, and urged the tradition which he had received from the
apostle of observing the 14th day. Anicetus, however, declined. About
forty years later" (197), "the question was discussed in a very
different spirit between Victor, bishop of Rome, and Polycrates,
metropolitan of proconsular Asia" (the territory of the Churches at
Ephesus, Galatia, Antioch, Philadelphia, and all those mentioned in
Rev. 2 and 3—the churches established thru the apostle Paul). "That
province was the only portion of Christendom which still adhered to the
Jewish" (the writer should have used the words "true Christian" instead
of "Jewish") "usage. Victor demanded that all should adopt the usage
prevailing at Rome. This Polycrates firmly refused to agree to, and
urged many weighty reasons to the contrary, whereupon Victor proceeded
to excommunicate Polycrates and the Christians who continued the
Eastern usage" (that is, who continued in god's way, as Jesus, Peter,
Paul, and all the early true Church had done). "He was, however,
restrained" (by other bishops) "from actually proceeding to enforce the
decree of excommunication „. . and the Asiatic churches retained their
usage unmolested. We find the Jewish" (true Christian Passover) "usage
from time to time reasserting itself after this, but it never prevailed
to any large extent.
"A final settlement of
the dispute was one among the other reasons which led Constantine to
summon the council at Nicaea in 325. At that time the Syrians and
Antiochenes were the solitary champions of the observance of the 14th
day. The decision of the council was unanimous that Easter was to be
kept on Sunday, and on the same Sunday throughout the world, and that
'none hereafter should follow the blindness of the Jews.'" (That is, in
plain language, the Catholic church now decreed that none should be
allowed to follow the ways of CHRIST—of the TRUE Christian Church!)
". . The few who afterwards separated themselves from the unity of the
church" (Roman church), "and continued to keep the 14th day, were named
'Quarto-decimani,' and the dispute itself is known as the
'Quarto-deciman controversy.' "
Thus you see
how the politically organized church at Rome grew to great size and
power by adopting popular pagan practices; how she gradually stamped
out the true teachings, doctrines, and practices of christ, and the
true Church, so far as any collective practice is concerned.
It was only by violence and bloodshed, at last, says Hislop (The Two
Babylons, p. 107), that the idolatrous festival of the Chaldean goddess
Easter came to supersede that which God had ordained to be observed
True Christians Kept PASSOVER
The New Testament reveals that Jesus, the apostles, and the New
Testament Church, both Jewish and Gentile-born, observed God's
Sabbaths, and God's festivals—weekly and annually! Take your Bible and
carefully read Acts 2:1, 12:3-4 (the word "Easter" here is a flagrant
false translation in "King James" version—originally inspired
"Passover," and so corrected in the Revised version); Acts 18:21; 20:6;
20-16; I Cor. 16:8.
Eusebius, historian of
the early centuries of the Church, speaks of the true Christians
observing Passover on the 14th of Nisen, first month of the sacred
The historian Gieseler wrote that
"the Gentile Christians observed also the Sabbath and the Passover,"
during the latter half of the first century.
But as the false paganized Church grew in size and political power,
decrees were passed by 363 A.D. imposing the death sentence upon
Christians found keeping God's Sabbath, or God's festivals. Finally, in
order to keep the true Way of God, a large portion of the true
Christians (composing the true Church) "fled into the wilderness," as
foretold in Rev. 12:6, where they were fed on the pure Word of God 1260
But another large portion of the
true Church of God, failing to flee, yet remaining true to God's Truth,
paid with their lives in martyrdom (Rev. 6:9; 13:15; 17:6; 18:24).
History records that more than 50 million were martyred!
They loved obedience to God more than their lives! do you?
But through all generations, thru every century, though persecuted,
scattered, unrecognized by the world, many true Christians have kept
alive the true church of god—the Church composed of those Satan cannot
deceive! (Mat. 24:24.)
Easter Sun-Rise Services
You think Easter sun-rise services beautiful? listen! God was showing
the prophet Ezekiel the sins of His people in a vision—a prophecy for
today! "Turn thee yet again," said God, "and thou shalt see greater
abominations than these" (Ezekiel had just been shown, in vision,
idol-worship among professing people of God). "And he brought me (in
vision) into the inner court of the Eternal's house, and behold . . .
between the porch and the altar were about five and twenty men, with .
. . their faces toward the east; and they worshipped the sun toward the
east. Then he said unto me, Hast thou seen this, O son of man? Is it a
light thing . . . that they commit the abominations which they commit
here? ... Therefore will I deal in fury: mine eye shall not spare,
neither will I have pity: and though they cry in mine ears with a loud
voice, yet will I not hear them!" (Ezek. 8:15-18.)
Do you grasp what this most abominable thing is?
It is the same identical thing millions are doing every Easter Sunday
morning—the sun-rise service —standing with their faces toward the
east, as the sun is rising, in a service of worship which honors the
sun and his mythical idolatrous consort goddess Easter. Yes, deceived
into believing this is Christian, millions practice every Easter the
identical form of the ancient sun-worship of the Sun-god baal!
Throughout the Bible this is revealed as the most abominable of all
idolatry in the sight of the Eternal Creator!
Do you think this makes no difference, today? It makes all the
difference between life and death —between being saved, and lost!
It is a serious thing to write to you, my readers, these truths—for now
you have the knowledge of the truth/ And "if we sin willfully after we
have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more
sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful looking for of judgment and
fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries!" (Heb. 10:26-27.)
Yes, it makes a difference! Thousands had to flee the jurisdiction of
"civilization" to keep God's ways! Other thousands paid with their
lives for obeying God—but they shall live forever, in the Resurrection!
This world's ways have brought only sorrow, suffering, chaos, death!
god's ways are the only ways that lead to Peace, lasting Prosperity,
Happiness, Joy, Eternal Life! If Baal be god, then go serve him; but if
The eternal is your God, then serve him!