The following is a re-post of an article from February 2009. It reveals the origins of Easter and its practices. I encourage everyone who aspires to walk as a disciple of Yahshua to read this information and to eschew participating in the Easter celebrations of an apostate Christian religions system. (The word “apostate” means to be divorced from truth.)
II Thessalonians 2:1-3
Now we request you, brethren, with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and our gathering together to Him, that you may not be quickly shaken from your composure or be disturbed either by a spirit or a message or a letter as if from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first…
I encourage you to NOT be part of the apostasy. The Spirit at this very moment is calling out:
“Come out of [Babylon, the Great Harlot], my people, that you may not participate in her sins and that you may not receive of her plagues…”
The merging of the holy and the profane is a great sin in the eyes of Yahweh. What has the body of Messiah to do with ancient Babylonian fertility rites? Easter is named after the goddess of fertility also known as the Germanic Eostre, the Egyptian Ishtar, and to the ancient Hebrews and their neighbors as Astarte and Ashtoreth. The merging of Passover and Easter is a profane act in the eyes of Yahweh.
Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras), Ash Wednesday, Lent and Easter
Joseph Herrin (02-26-09)
I heard another voice from heaven, saying, “Come out of her, my people,
that you may not participate in her sins and that you may not receive
of her plagues…”
In this hour when the Spirit is
testifying that great judgment is coming to the nations, a judgment that
must begin at the house of God, the prudent saint should be asking what
they might do to escape that which is even now at the door. The
Scripture cited above from the book of Revelation provides one answer.
The people of God must come out of Babylon.
Christian religious system of this hour is marked by mixture and
spiritual pollution. Doctrines of demons have been mixed in with the
true gospel of Christ, and the result has become an abhorrent mixture of
the holy and the profane. The Scriptures reveal that Yahweh always
judged His people severely when they failed to separate that which is
holy from that which is vile. The judgments that are coming to the
people of God in this hour are for no different reason than those
judgments of Old when Israel was given over into the hands of her
To understand how very much opposed Yahweh is
to any admixture of the holy and the profane we can look at a series of
laws that God delivered to His chosen people through His servant Moses.
Remember that all of the laws of the Old Testament serve as types and
shadows of spiritual principles and serve as instructional tools for the
saints in Christ.
not sow your vineyard with two kinds of seed, or all the produce of the
seed which you have sown and the increase of the vineyard will become
defiled. You shall not plow with an ox and a donkey together. You shall
not wear a material mixed of wool and linen together.”
is the message here for the Christian in this present age? God detests
mixture. The specific type of mixture that He detests is righteousness
and sin, the holy and the profane, light and darkness, the fruit of the
Holy Spirit and the works of the flesh. These things are shown forth in
the specific laws given. For example, the priests were directed to wear
linen, and to wear no wool when ministering unto God. The reason given
is that wool makes men sweat while linen does not. Sweat speaks of the
works of man being offered to God. Such an offering is despised by God
even as God had no regard for the offering of Cain which arose from the
ground from which man’s flesh was formed. God will only regard that
which is initiated and performed in the power of the Holy Spirit.
God has made such a point of differentiating between the holy and the
profane, then it is vain for a Christian to reason that God does not
care if they are mixing symbols of pagan rites and idolatrous worship
with the worship of Christ Jesus, Yahshua the Messiah. God does care.
is a simple matter to demonstrate Satan’s deceit in leading the saints
to mix the holy and profane together. One need look no further than the
name of the celebration which is called Easter. The name Easter never
appears in Scripture, other than one occasion in the King James Version
of the Bible. This is as follows:
when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to
four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people.
KJV translators did a disservice to the church by rendering this
passage in this manner, for the word being translated is “pascha,” the
Greek form of the word “Passover.” This grievous error was corrected in
later Bible translations, including the New KJV.
when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to
four squads of soldiers to keep him, intending to bring him before the
people after Passover.
see in this how far the influence of Satan extends. When he is able to
get Bible translators to replace the name of one of God’s appointed
feasts with the name of a pagan festival. These two observances are far
from being equal. Passover was initiated at the leading of Yahweh and
its observance communicated to Moses. Easter is a veneration of a
fertility goddess that was initiated by Satan and delivered to sinful
The very word Easter, that the church has written
on the calendar of her annual observances is the name of a goddess of
fertility. According to the wikipedia website, the English name of the
goddess was arrived at as follows:
English name, “Easter”, and the German, “Ostern”, derive from the name
of a putative Anglo-Saxon Goddess of the Dawn (thus, of spring, as the
dawn of the year) — called aster, astre, and ostre in various
dialects of Old English and Ostara in German.
worship of the fertility goddess who is remembered at Easter goes much
further back, however. The mystery religions had their foundations in
Babylon. The Bible records the following:
these are the records of the generations of Shem, Ham, and Japheth, the
sons of Noah; and sons were born to them after the flood… The sons of
Ham were Cush
and Mizraim and Put and Canaan. The sons of Cush were Seba and Havilah
and Sabtah and Raamah and Sabteca; and the sons of Raamah were Sheba and
Dedan. Now Cush became the father of Nimrod;
he became a mighty one on the earth. He was a mighty hunter before
Yahweh; therefore it is said, “Like Nimrod a mighty hunter before
Yahweh.” The beginning of his kingdom was Babel
and Erech and Accad and Calneh, in the land of Shinar. From that land
he went forth into Assyria, and built Nineveh and Rehoboth-Ir and Calah,
and Resen between Nineveh and Calah; that is the great city.
mystery religions can be traced back to Nimrod. Nimrod’s father Cush
married a woman named Semiramis. Semiramis gave birth to Nimrod and,
when Cush died, Nimrod married his mother. Thus Semiramis was both the
mother and the wife of Nimrod. It is apparent from Scripture that the
genealogy of this family was under a curse. Nimrod’s grandfather was
Ham, the son of Noah. It was Ham who acted wickedly in exposing the
nakedness of his father Noah when Noah had gotten drunk with wine and
passed out in his tent. Ham acted rebelliously toward his father, in
contrast to his two brothers Shem and Japheth who covered their father’s
nakedness and would not look upon him. When Noah learned what Ham had
done he cursed both Ham and his offspring.
apparent that the sins of the father (Ham) were passed on to the sons,
for wickedness continued in this bloodline. This wickedness was
manifested in Cush who is attributed with the establishment of a system
of rebellious idolatry that was continued in his wife Semiramis and his
son Nimrod. This idolatry became heinous, being associated with all that
is profane and with many immoral sexual rites including orgies and
Alexander Hislop, in his book “The Two
Babylons,” does a remarkable job of documenting and bringing together
many ancient sources that reveal the history of this wicked family and
the founding of the ancient mystery religions. According to Hislop, the
profane practices of Nimrod and his tyranny over many people increased
until Shem, the son of Noah rose up against this “mighty one” and made
war with him. Shem having defeated Nimrod then cut his body into pieces
and sent it throughout the land as a warning to all who should openly
partake of the profane idolatry of Nimrod.
Out of fear
of punishment, those who continued in idolatry were forced to practice
their rites in secret, and the most vile parts of their practices were
known only to those who had passed through the rites of initiation and
been admitted into the deeper teachings and practices reserved for those
whose loyalty had been proven. This is the origin of the “Mystery
Religions” that have their source in ancient Babylon. One had to be
initiated and pass through degrees to be admitted into the mysteries,
and those who were outside, or whose loyalty had not yet been proven,
were restricted from the true knowledge of the mystery religion. That
which had once been practiced openly under the reign of Nimrod, was
forced into secrecy when Shem slew Nimrod.
pattern of initiation, terrifying oaths against disclosure, and the
cloaking of truth to those whose loyalty is not yet proven is observed
in Freemasonry, which itself is merely one of the latest incarnations of
the idolatrous practices of ancient Babylon.
see another pattern here. Shem, the son of Noah, became father of the
Shemites, or the Semitic people. It was from this family that Abraham
and his descendants arose. Why did God choose a people from among the
descendants of Shem to be His chosen people in the earth? Certainly
Shem’s actions in standing against idolatry and removing the wicked
practices from the land had great bearing in Yahweh’s choice. In the
same way we find that when Yahweh chose one tribe from among Israel’s
descendants to serve Him as a priestly tribe, that He made His selection
based upon the fact that Levi did not join with the rest of Israel when
they sacrificed before the golden calf that Aaron made. Levi alone
separated themselves from idolatry, and they became priests unto Yahweh.
hope that the Christian today can understand that Yahweh will certainly
use the same standard of measure when He chooses those who will be
numbered among the overcomers, and who will be granted access to His
presence and to His most holy things. That He will make a division among
the saints based upon their involvement in idolatrous practices is
prophesied in Ezekiel 44:6-19.
Images of Semiramis and Tammuz
Idolatrous worship of Semiramis and Tammuz spread from Babylon.
Nimrod was killed by Shem the mystery religions teach that he ascended
into the heavens and became the Sun god. Semiramis is herself associated
as the Moon goddess. Semiramis continued to be sexually active, and
when she became pregnant she claimed to have conceived without
intercourse. Satan, as the great deceiver, sought to bring forth a false
belief in a counterfeit virgin birth that was sufficiently corrupted to
suit his ends. Semiramis gave birth to a son named Tammuz, and it was
declared that Tammuz was the reincarnation of Nimrod.
this we see attributes of Yahweh’s plan of salvation. There is a child
born of a virgin, supposedly the offspring of deity, yet a clear
departure from Scripture is that the mother assumes a more prominent
role than the son. This emphasis on the mother is continued to this day
through the Catholic Church which teaches things about the mother of
Yahshua that are nowhere found in Scripture, but which do find agreement
with the Babylonian mystery religions. When God confused the languages
of the people at Babylon and scattered mankind throughout the earth, its
idolatrous religion centered around the trinity of Nimrod, Semiramis
and Tammuz was already pervasive and it was carried throughout the world
where the main characters took on many different names while
maintaining much of the central element of the original mystery
Alexander Hislop writes:
Babylonians in their popular religion supremely worshiped a goddess
mother and a son who was represented in pictures and images as an infant
or a child in his mother’s arms. From Babylon this worship of mother
and child spread to the ends of the earth. In Egypt, the mother and
child were worshiped under the names Isis and Osiris. In India, even to
this day, as Isi and Iswara; in Asia as Cybele and Deoius; in pagan Rome
as Fortuna and Jupiter-puer “Jupiter the boy”; in Greece as Ceres, the
Great Mother, with the babe at her breast, or as Irene, the goddess of
Peace, with the boy Plutus in her arms, and even in Thibet, in China and
Other manifestations of these same
characters are seen as Aphrodite/Cupid and Ashtoreth/Orion. Some of
these characters are mentioned in the Bible.
Then He brought me to the entrance of the gate of Yahweh’s house which was toward the north; and behold, women were sitting there weeping for Tammuz.
He said to me, “Do you see this, son of man? Yet you will see still
greater abominations than these.” Then He brought me into the inner
court of Yahweh’s house. And behold, at the entrance to the temple of
Yahweh, between the porch and the altar, were about twenty-five men with
their backs to the temple of Yahweh and their faces toward the east;
and they were prostrating themselves eastward toward the sun.
the Sun (Nimrod) and worshiping Tammuz were abominable acts in the
sight of God. Yahweh judged the people for this idolatry. The church is
in great peril of not recognizing the consequences of embracing similar
rites and symbols today. It was an offense to God that these pagan rites
were being conducted in the temple of God. Today the saints are the
temple of God, and God is equally offended when abominable practices are
observed by those who constitute this living temple of the Holy Spirit.
I Kings 11:4-6
Solomon was old, his wives turned his heart away after other gods; and
his heart was not wholly devoted to Yawheh his God, as the heart of
David his father had been. For Solomon went after Ashtoreth
the goddess of the Sidonians… Solomon did what was evil in the sight
of Yahweh, and did not follow Yahweh fully, as David his father had
How did the high places become established in
Israel? We read that Solomon’s heart was turned aside by his wives whom
he loved. These wives were idolaters, many of them foreigners, and they
wanted to continue to worship the gods and goddesses they had known from
childhood. Their rites and symbols to them were just as dear as the
rites and symbols of Christmas and Easter are to many Christians today.
Solomon acquiesced to the pressure of his wives’ desires and built high
places of worship for them.
Lest we condemn Solomon out
of hand, the Christian should consider that the same pressure is
exerted upon the saint today to maintain the celebration of pagan
festivals. Our children and spouses may love the traditions that they
have grown up with, and they may express their desires very passionately
to maintain an observance of the things they love. How many saints are
willing to stand fast and choose a course other than the one Solomon
chose? When Yahweh reveals the truth of these practices and makes His
will known, then the Christian is brought to the test. Do they love
Yahweh more than all others? Will they choose obedience to God over
satisfying the desires, and even demands of their family?
anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and
wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life,
he cannot be My disciple. Whoever does not carry his own cross and come
after Me cannot be My disciple.”
Christianity, as it is
practiced widely today, costs individuals very little. The reason is
that there is so much compromise. The church has embraced the world, and
has even adopted the practices of pagan religions. True Christianity,
however, is very costly. As the Scriptures declare:
II Timothy 3:12
Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.
reason there is so little persecution and so little cost to being a
professing Christian today is that men and women are not living godly
lives. They have not come out of the world and out of Babylon. Solomon
found it easy to get along with the members of his family if he accepted
their idolatry. Even so, the world has no problem accepting Christians
who will accept their values and practices. But should a Christian begin
to differentiate between the holy and profane, then he or she will know
the disapproval of those who have embraced that which is not holy.
Sacred Egg of Heliopolis
Mystic Egg of Astarte
same goddess Ashtoreth, for whom Solomon built a high place, is also
called Ishtar, from which we get our word Easter. The church also has a
high place erected to her. Every year the church celebrates a holy day
that bears the name of the pagan goddess of fertility whose original was
Semiramis, and who is known by a profusion of names throughout the
various cultures of the world. Heliopolis is a city of Egypt where
Semiramis was known by the name Isis. As mentioned, Semiramis was a moon
goddess, and therefore we see an image of the moon atop her sacred egg.
mystery religions teach that Semiramis was herself immaculately
conceived and was lowered from the heavens to the earth in a giant egg.
This egg came to rest in the waters of the Euphrates river. Eggs are
also symbols of fertility, and as Semiramis was also a fertility goddess
the symbol of the egg became thoroughly associated with her worship.
Those who knew Semiramis under the name of Ishtar spoke of Ishtar’s egg,
from which we get our current Easter egg.
Egg Roll on White House Lawn, Easter 2006
above picture was taken in April 2006 during the annual White House
Easter celebration. An egg roll has been held on the South Lawn since
1878. There was some controversy on this particular year as 200 gay and
lesbian families planned to attend this event. Some saw this as an
attack on Christian values, not understanding the true origins of the
In the presentation “Freemasonry, the Spirit of Babylon”
it was demonstrated that America serves as the seat of Babylon at this
time, even occupying the country of Iraq in which the ancient city of
Babylon was located. It should give Christians something to consider
when they realize that the United States government has banned all
Christian symbols from government spaces, even to the recent order to
remove the ten commandments from all courthouses, yet this same
government has no complaint about the annual observance of an Easter Egg
roll on the White House lawn. Why is this? It is because Easter Eggs
have no association with Christianity. They are clearly pagan in their
origin and can be traced directly back to Babylon.
one looks into the sexually immoral practices of the worship of the
fertility goddess, it is actually more appropriate that gay and lesbian
couples attend this event than that Christians attend.
Hot Cross Buns
tradition of Easter that is clearly pagan is that of hot cross buns.
These buns were initially made in memory of Tammuz, the son of
Semiramis, who suffered an early death from being injured by the tusk of
a boar. There were forty days of weeping for Tammuz leading up to the
Ishtar celebration, which now finds its correspondence in the Catholic
Church’s forty days of Lent, which is a time of mourning.
was Ash Wednesday. Millions of people who profess to be Christians went
to their churches to participate in a ceremony that began in Babylon.
Ashes applied to the forehead on Ash Wednesday
will not find the people of God in either the Old or New Testament
being commanded to observe such a practice as this, but we do find that
pagan practices entered into Israel where the women of the nation
mourned for Tammuz. The symbol of Tammuz was the Tau, or the cross. It
is the same symbol seen on hot crossed buns. It is this symbol of
mourning for Tammuz that is practiced among millions of Christians on
women involved with the mystery religions would bake buns for Tammuz
(originally called bouns). These were either marked with the sign of a
horn, or possibly a tusk, or with the letter T for Tammuz. The sign of
the cross, where a Catholic uses his fingers and marks the sign of the
cross on their chest is derived from the worship of Tammuz. It is this
same symbol that the priest makes on the forehead of professing
Christians on Ash Wednesday.
children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women
knead dough to make cakes for the queen of heaven; and they pour out
drink offerings to other gods in order to spite Me.”
name for Nimrod, whom Tammuz is said to be a reincarnation of, is
Woden. The day of the week we call Wednesday is named after Woden. It
was handed down to us as Woden’s Day, and in English it became
Wednesday. It is on Woden’s day, as one commemorates the death of
Tammuz, killed by a wild boar, that ashes are applied to the forehead as
a symbol of mourning for this pagan deity. The practice of eating ham
at Christmas and Easter also derives back to the veneration of Nimrod
and Tammuz. As it was a boar that killed Tammuz, people would slay a
boar and serve this meat during these “holy day” seasons.
if done in ignorance, is it not an offense to God to carry on
traditions that are steeped in idolatrous worship and profane practices?
We read in Ezekiel that the women of Israel were weeping for Tammuz.
The Israelites also offered oblations to the Queen of Heaven (Semiramis)
and her son Tammuz, as is seen in the above verse from Jeremiah, and
“As for the message
that you have spoken to us in the name of Yahweh, we are not going to
listen to you! But rather we will certainly carry out every word that
has proceeded from our mouths, by burning sacrifices to the queen of heaven and pouring out drink offerings to her,
just as we ourselves, our forefathers, our kings and our princes did in
the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem; for then we had
plenty of food and were well off and saw no misfortune. But since we
stopped burning sacrifices to the queen of heaven and pouring out drink
offerings to her, we have lacked everything and have met our end by the
sword and by famine. And,”
said the women,”when we were burning sacrifices to the queen of heaven
and were pouring out drink offerings to her, was it without our husbands
that we made for her sacrificial cakes in her image and poured out
drink offerings to her?“
The pagan traditions of
the mystery religions have even been passed down to our children as
they sing the little song that speaks of hot cross buns.
Hot cross buns
Hot cross buns
One a penny
Two a penny
Hot cross buns
If you have no daughters
Give them to your sons
One a penny
Two a penny
Hot cross buns
does this mean “if you have no daughters, give them to your sons?”
Remember, this was the celebration of the goddess of fertility and her
son. By offering oblations of liquid and foods to Semiramis and Tammuz
the people were asking for the gift of fertility. This fertility was
petitioned from the goddess by offering drinks and cakes in order that
their crops, livestock, and their own families might be blessed with
abundance. Many a tradition that seems innocent today has found its
origin in practices that are detestable to Yahweh.
past week in New Orleans as the Mardi Gras celebrations began. Mardi
Gras means “Fat Tuesday.” It is a day of feasting and celebration just
before the forty days of fasting and mourning begin on Ash Wednesday.
This celebration is observed with much debauchery. There are homosexual
events. There is a surfeit of sexually impure behavior. During Mardi
Gras bead necklaces will be exchanged in return for sexual favors such
as a woman exposing her breasts to any man (or woman) who would present
the beads to them. It was out of this debauchery surrounding Mardi Gras
that the x-rated videos Girls Gone Wild had their beginning.
impure fruit of these celebrations are readily apparent, yet millions
of Christians continue to participate in these celebrations which create
a detestable mixture of the holy and the profane.
Tuesday, as the Mardi Gras parades were being held in New Orleans, seven people were shot along the parade route.
7 wounded by gunfire on Mardi Gras parade route
By MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press Writer Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press Writer Wed Feb 25, 6:52 am ET
NEW ORLEANS –
The shootings of seven people, including a toddler, marred Fat Tuesday
partying as ear-piercing gunfire sent revelers ducking for cover and
brought Mardi Gras’ final stream of truck floats to a horrifying halt.
The 20-month-old child was grazed by a bullet and wasn’t seriously injured. Two suspects were in custody, police said.
erupted near the Garden District about 1:40 p.m. as a stream of truck
floats passed by after the last major parade, Rex, had ended. Thousands
of people partied in the streets on the last day of Carnival before the violence broke out along the oak-lined Uptown streetcar line.
Fat Tuesday is the last day of Carnival. The word carnival
literally means “flesh rising.” Seven is the number of finality. The
Spirit is testifying that this nation is truly at the end of its
carnival season. The hour of judgment is at hand. If you would escape
the judgment, then heed the words of the Spirit of Christ. Come out of
the sinful and corrupt practices of a religious system that has embraced
all the mixture of Babylon. Come out of confusion, and be separate, for
we serve a holy God.
II Corinthians 6:17
come out from their midst and be separate ,” says the Lord. “And do not
touch what is unclean; and I will welcome you.”
May you be blessed with peace and understanding in these days.
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