Easter (named for the Babylonian goddess Ishtar) is a pagan holiday – nowhere does the Bible tell us to celebrate something called ‘Easter’. The early Christians, and indeed the American Pilgrim Fathers, never celebrated Easter, and would have recognized its pagan origins. How utterly foul that the central tenet of the Christian faith, the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, should be celebrated by a feast which carries the name of a loathesome pagan deity.
Who is really being worshipped on ‘Easter’? Why do we even speak the word ‘Easter’ (Ishtar) if what we really mean is Jesus’ resurrection? Why call it ‘Easter’? Jesus resurrection is not ‘Easter’ (Ishtar). It has nothing to do with Ishtar. Let’s look at the origins of Easter.
‘Easter’ with its association with eggs and rabbits (pagan symbols of fertility) started in ancient Babylon after the Flood of Noah. You can read about that time in Genesis Chapters 10 and 11. We also learn about those days from ancient sources including Herodotus, the ‘father of history’.
In Babylon an evil couple, Nimrod and Semiramis, set themselves up as ‘gods’. He was the father, the ‘sun god’; she was the great mother, the ‘moon goddess’ of fertility.
After Nimrod died, Semiramis had a son, Tammuz, who was supposedly the prophesied savior. Semiramis claimed Tammuz was a reincarnation of Nimrod. She also claimed it was a virgin birth.
Tammuz was killed by a wild boar, but supposedly came to life again and his supposed resurrection was celebrated each spring. The ancient people had to mourn Tammuz’ death each spring and then celebrate his resurrection, and they believed that 'goddess' Semiramis would then bless them with good crops and fertility.
The word ‘Easter’ is from ‘Ishtar’, another name for Semiramis. Semiramis has lots of names in different languages, including Ashtoreth, Astarte, Aphrodite, Artemis, Isis, Queen of Heaven, Venus, and wife of Baal, to name but a few. ‘Easter’ is also the root of our word oestrogen, the female hormone.
Nimrod too has lots of names, including Baal, Merodach, Marduk, Zeus etc.
Unfortunately for the ancient Israelites, they soon took up the worship of Baal, Astarte and Tammuz. Ishtar or Astarte is called Queen of Heaven in Jeremiah 7:18, where the women of Israel offend the true God by baking cakes to the ‘Queen of Heaven’ (which the Jerusalem Bible tells us in a footnote is Ishtar).
The women of Israel were ‘weeping for Tammuz’ in Ezekiel 8:14, a spectacle that must have made God sick.
As for Baal worship, the Old Testament is full of it. Israel could not restrain itself from sacrificing even their own children to Baal (also called Molech, Marduk and other names).
God calls this ‘whoring after other gods’ – spiritual adultery. Almost unbelievable that Israel could do such a thing! They were the chosen people, the nation which was directly founded and nurtured by Almighty God Himself, who delivered them over and over again from their enemies. But although they knew, or should have known, the true and only God, they chose to worship Baal and Ishtar instead (Nimrod and Semiramis).
The scary thing is, dear friends, are we offending God with our holiday? Who are we giving glory to on ‘Easter’? Why do we even speak the word ‘Easter’ if what we really mean is Jesus' resurrection? Why call it ‘Easter’? It is not ‘Easter’ (Ishtar). It has nothing to do with Ishtar. Why mix up pagan idolatry and nonsense with our Christian faith?
Come on, folks! Let’s grow up. Let's show some loyalty to Jesus Christ. Let’s stop the ‘Easter’ nonsense. Once you realize that it is rooted in idolatry, how can you go along with it? Our culture needs changing! I do not want anything to do with Ishtar, Ashtoreth, Astarte, whatever name you want to hang on her. She disgusts me and, more important, she offends my Savior. She is an offence and a stench to the Father of my Savior. Our kids can do without colored eggs and chocolate bunnies. They get plenty of treats as it is. It is time to grow up.