Is Easter an Occult Babylonian Holiday?

April 8, 2012 by  
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A great excuse to spend time with family and friends… But what does the holiday mean and where did it come from? Certainly the Spring Equinox is part of it…. But what came first? The holiday or the Egg?

Here is some of what we found:

History of Easter – Hidden, Secret Origins and Mystery Religion

The name Easter actually comes from Ishtar / Easter who was worshipped
as the moon goddess, the goddess of spring and fertility, and the Queen of
Heaven.  She is known by so many other names in other countries and
cultures that she is often referred to as the goddess of one thousand names.
Millions of people are unknowingly worshipping and praying to this pagan
goddess today.  What is her present-day name?

The Babylonians celebrated the day of Ishtar / Easter as the return of the
goddess of Spring – the re-birth or reincarnation of Nature and the goddess
of Nature.  Babylonian legend says that each year a huge egg would fall
from heaven and would land in the area around the Euphrates River.  In her
yearly re-birth, Ishtar would break out of this egg and if any of those
celebrating this occasion happened to find her egg, Ishtar would bestow a
special blessing on that person.  Does this explain the origin of our modern-
day tradition of Easter eggs and baskets and Easter egg hunts?

Other pagan rites that were connected with this celebration and which are
part of our modern Easter tradition are Easter offerings to the Queen of
Heaven (consisting of freshly cut flowers, hot buns decorated with crosses,
and star-shaped cakes); new clothes to celebrate this festival (The pagan
priests wore new clothes or robes and the Vestal Virgins wore new white
dresses or robes and bonnets on their heads.); and sunrise services (to
symbolically hasten the yearly arrival of Ishtar’s egg from heaven – the re-
incarnation of the spring goddess).  Do we still worship Ishtar today?  A re
we making a fatal mistake in following this tradition?

From Babylon , this mystery religion spread to Egypt, Asia,
Europe, North and South America, all over the world, and eventually was
incorporated into mainstream Christian religion.

 

The roots of Easter as a celebration of the Spring Equinox

Easter falls at the time of the spring equinox. This is no coincidence because the roots of Easter are neo-pagan. Easter has been known by many names: Ostra, Ostrara, Ostara, Eostre and Eastre. The Christian celebration of Easter is like an overlay-at one point in time, when the Christian religion incorporated the ancient Celtic and other pagan rituals. The roots are still there in a modern day Christian holiday.
Easter can be celebrated anywhere from March 22 to April 25. This is because the early observation of Easter was determined by early churches to be on the first Sunday following the full moon that occurs on or following the spring equinox (March 21).
Symbols of Easter-the colored Easter egg, the rabbit, and the Easter lily are all part of the Easter holiday. These symbols all came from the celebrating the victory of spring over winter, of life over death, with rituals to the Gods and Goddesses. From celebrating the revival of nature and the return of the sun’s warmth, Easter became the Christianized rebirth of mankind through Christ’s death and resurrection.
Some Christians might like to deny the connection but the theme of rebirth and resurrection is part of many spring celebrations.
Wiccans and other modern-day Neopagans continue to celebrate the Spring Equinox as one of their 8 yearly Sabbats (holy days of celebration). Near the Mediterranean, this is a time of sprouting of the summer’s crop; farther north, it is the time for seeding. Their rituals at the Spring Equinox are related primarily to the fertility of the crops and to the balance of the day and night times. Where Wiccans can safely celebrate the Sabbat out of doors without threat of religious persecution, they often incorporate a bonfire into their rituals, jumping over the dying embers is believed to assure fertility of people and crops.
Many, perhaps most, Pagan religions in the Mediterranean area had a major seasonal day of religious celebration at or following the Spring Equinox. Cybele, the Phrygian fertility goddess, had a fictional consort who was believed to have been born via a virgin birth. He was Attis, who was believed to have died and been resurrected each year during the period MAR-22 to MAR-25. “About 200 B.C. mystery cults began to appear in Rome just as they had earlier in Greece. Most notable was the Cybele cult centered on Vatican hill …Associated with the Cybele cult was that of her lover, Attis ([the older Tammuz, Osiris, Dionysus, or Orpheus under a new name). He was a god of ever-reviving vegetation. Born of a virgin, he died and was reborn annually. The festival began as a day of blood on Black Friday and culminated after three days in a day of rejoicing over the resurrection.”
Many religious historians believe that the death and resurrection legends were first associated with Attis, many centuries before the birth of Jesus. They were simply grafted onto stories of Jesus’ life in order to make Christian theology more acceptable to Pagans. Others suggest that many of the events in Jesus’ life that were recorded in the gospels were lifted from the life of Krishna, the second person of the Hindu Trinity. Ancient Christians had an alternate explanation; they claimed that Satan had created counterfeit deities in advance of the coming of Christ in order to confuse humanity. Modern-day Christians generally regard the Attis legend as being a Pagan myth of little value.
They regard Jesus’ death and resurrection account as being true, and unrelated to the earlier tradition.
A Jewish festival, Purim, also celebrated in the spring, has as it central character and heroine, Esther who, as queen, kept the evil Haman from killing her people. Even the very word moon derives from the Sanskrit mas or ma, meaning “to measure.”
Easter is a wonderful admixture of ancient and modern. This is to show respect for this Christian holiday,
but also to note that there were pagan and Celtic and other roots that are preserved in other aspects of Easter including the Easter eggs and the symbol of the hare.
So the next time at Easter that you exchange Easter baskets, chocolate rabbits and color eggs, think about the origins of this holiday.

This 15-ton lion symbolized Ishtar, the Assyrian goddess of war

Easter…Is it Christian?

It is said in the occult world that the Babylonian goddess Ostara returns to her reincarnated, “Earthly” form as the Spring Goddess Ishtar on the Sunday after the first new moon. Also, the occult has a sacred Friday, before that Sunday in which they call Easter Friday and it is celebrated on the third full moon of the year, historically planned to fall before “Easter Sunday”. It is significant to note that the world has decided “Good Friday” is now more popularly celebrated as “Earth Day”.
Now you’re probably saying, “What a second! Easter is a Christian holiday. We’ve celebrated Easter at my church all of my life.”
From Ostara we got the name Ishtar and from Ishtar we got the name Easter. They are all the same thing. They are Babylonian goddesses.
The Babylonians celebrated Ishtar Sunday or Easter Sunday as the return of Ishtar or Isis or Dianna (she has many names), the goddess of spring. This day marked the reincarnation of nature or the goddess of nature. According to the Babylonians, a huge egg fell from Heaven, landing in the Euphrates River. The goddess, Ishtar (Easter) broke out of this egg signifying the birth of spring.
Later, the feature of ceremonial egg nesting was introduced, a nest where the egg could incubate until hatched. A “wicker” or reed basket was conceived in which to place the Ishtar egg. The Easter Egg Hunt was conceived because, if anyone found her egg while she was being “reborn”, she would bestow a blessing upon that lucky person. Because this was a joyous spring festival, eggs were colored with bright spring colors.
The Babylonian goddess Ishtar is the one for whom Easter is named. In reality, she was Semiramis, wife of Nimrod, and one of the founders of the Luciferian/Babylonian Mysteries. After Nimrod died, Semiramis created the legend that he was really her “divine son” born to her in a virgin Birth. She is considered to be the co-founder of all occult religions, along with Nimrod and Cain. Nimrod and Semiramis set themselves up in ancient times as gods and goddesses, to be worshipped. Nimrod was worshipped as the sun god and was known by many names such as Baal and Moloch. He was responsible for building the tower of Babel.
The occult married their holiday of Easter into the holiday season of the death and resurrection of Jesus. They did this through the infiltrators in the Christian church and everywhere in America you will hear Christian preachers celebrating “Easter”. Thankfully, however, there are some fundamental Christian churches that have started calling Easter Sunday, Resurrection Sunday.
The Easter bunny, who most of you have taken your children to in the mall to have pictures made….is the symbol and representation of the moon hare. It is actually a goddess totem in the occult world and according to occult belief the goddess hare would lay eggs for all the good little children to eat. It was a sign of rebirth to the Babylonians and it was again, intermarried with Christianity. There is nothing Christian about it. Show me a scripture in the Bible that talks about “Easter eggs, Easter bunnies or Easter baskets”. There isn’t one.
What about the timing of our Easter tradition?  Jesus told the scribes and Pharisees that when He died, He would be in the “heart of the earth” for three days and three nights (72 hours) before He arose.  Our traditional Good Friday to Sunday celebration however, only accounts for Jesus’ being in the heart of the earth for two nights and one day.
There are absolutely no verses anywhere in the Bible that authorize or endorse the keeping of an Easter celebration.  Further, Easter has long been known to be a pagan festival.  America’s founders knew this.  In the children’s book Easter Parade: Welcome Sweet Spring Time (pp 4-5) Steve Englehaty states: “When the puritans came to North America, they regarded the celebration of Easter – and the celebration of Christmas with suspicion. They knew that pagans had celebrated the return of spring long before Christians celebrated Easter. For the first 200 years of European life in North America, only a few states paid much attention to Easter.  Not until after the Civil War did Americans begin celebrating this holiday. Easter first became an American tradition in the 1870’s. The original 13 colonies of America began as a Christian nation, with the cry of ‘No king but King Jesus’.  The nation did not observe Easter within an entire century of its founding.
Over and over again in the Bible, the Lord says he is against the Babylonians, yet how many of their practices do we play out? If you are a pastor of a church, will you feel comfortable going before the Lord to explain the “resurrection egg hunt” at your church?
The central theme of the Bible is that Jesus Christ was to come (Old Testament) and did come (New Testament) to die for mankind’s sins and to offer redemption to a world separated (by sin) from God.  However, Satan, “the god of this world” (II Cor. 4:4) seeks to counterfeit every aspect of God’s plan and he “deceives the whole world.” (Rev 12:9).  And as the great deceiver, Satan has always attempted to devise a counterfeit Savior. So, who is the real “savior” that is being celebrated in the Easter Sunday tradition?  Is it the Jesus of the Bible….or another god?
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