Around the world each year,many Christians observe a celebration which has become popularly known as “Holy Week”. This much-anticipated occasion begins with Palm Sunday, which commemorates Jesus Christ’s entry into Jerusalem, and culminates seven days later with the joyous Easter Sunday mass, which celebrates our Lord’s glorious Resurrection from the dead. In many households, Christian and non-Christian alike, this final day of celebration often includes the presentation of woven Easter baskets filled with chocolate rabbits, small toys and other assorted sweet goodies, to eager young children. The day’s events may also include the traditional Easter egg hunt, during which time these same children scurry about looking for colorfully-painted chicken eggs, which have been hidden by their parents or by others.
Year after year, parents and children perform these same rituals on “Easter Sunday”, without giving the matter very much thought. Some Christian parents may even assume that these practices are based upon ancient Christian traditions; but I must ask you: Have you personally ever taken the time to investigate the actual origin of the Easter celebration, and some of the activities which have become associated with it? If you did, and if you are a Christian, you would be very surprised, if not shocked, by what you would discover.
Let us begin by first examining the name of the celebration itself. Contrary to what you might expect, the actual word “Easter” is found only one time in the entire Authorized King James Version of the Holy Bible; and that is in the following verses found in Acts 12:4. Originally a Saxon word (Eostre), denoting a goddess of the Saxons, in honor of who sacrifices was offered about the time of the Passover. Hence the name came to be given to the festival of the Resurrection of Christ, which occurred at the time of the Passover. In the early English versions this word was frequently used as the translation of the Greek
pascha (the Passover). When the Authorized Version (1611) was formed, the word “passover” was used in all passages in which this word pascha occurred, except in Ac 12:4. In the Revised Version the proper word, “passover,” is always used. As you can see, Eostre, or Easter, as it is spelled in the KJV, was a pagan goddess of the Saxons.
To reiterate then, the name given to one of the holiest days in the Christian faith, that is, “Easter”, is derived from the name of an Anglo-Saxon, or Germanic, pagan goddess, to whom sacrifices were made. This popular name, which has been on the lips of many Christians, has absolutely nothing to do with Biblical Christianity; and is therefore a very inappropriate name for the celebrated day of our Lord’s Resurrection. While this article has thus far emphasized this one Anglo-Saxon goddess, in order to show you how perverted this Christian holy day has become, you should also be made aware of the indisputable fact that Western culture has been inescapably entwined in paganism from the Old Continent, for a very long time. Let me also add that if you are under the impression that the Roman Empire is long gone and dead, you are sorely mistaken.
Next, consulted the American Heritage Desk Dictionary (or Merriam – Webster online dictionary), in order to see what it had to say regarding the word “Easter”. I was informed that “Easter” is derived from the Middle English word “ester”, which in turn is derived from the Old English “eastre”. It was at this point that I recalled a word which I had come across before: “estrus”. Derived from the Latin “oestrus”, (one meaning of which is “frenzy”), and the Greek “oistros”, the American Heritage Desk Dictionary states that “estrus” refers to a regularly recurrent period of ovulation and sexual excitement in female mammals other than humans’. The next step of my investigation took me online, where I consulted the Encyclopedia Mythica. Upon putting the word “Eastre” into the search engine, it provided me with the following results which clarify the issue for us even further:
In ancient Anglo-Saxon myth, Ostara is the personification of the rising sun. In that capacity, she is associated with the spring, and is considered to be a fertility goddess. She is the friend of all children; and to amuse them, she changed her pet bird into a rabbit. This rabbit brought forth brightly colored eggs, which the goddess gave to the children as gifts. From her name and rites the festival of Easter is derived. Ostara is identical to the Greek Eos and the Roman Aurora.
In a side column, the search engine results also informed me that alternative names for this pagan goddess are Eostre and Eastre. It is plain to see that this false pagan goddess of the Anglo-Saxons is associated with sex and fertility. She is a sex goddess, plain and simple. A sex goddess has been associated with the day of the Resurrection of our Lord. How does that make you feel as a Christian? Does it make you want to continue using such a word? With the above definition, we have also now discovered the origin of the so-called “Easter Bunny”, as well as the origin of the practice of presenting colorful eggs to young children. Let us take a moment now to review all of the words we have covered. Even if you are not a master of ancient languages, it is still easy to see how these words are all related to each other:
At this point, I could probably conclude this article; and based upon the evidence I have now presented, some of you would be convinced that I have indeed told you the truth about “Easter”, which I have. But, if I were to stop here, I would only be giving you part of the story. That is because, while the Saxons worshipped this false sex goddess “Ostara”, also known as “Easter”, they were by no means the first ones to do so.
Within the pantheon of Babylonian false gods and goddesses, there was a chief goddess known as Ishtar. Who was Ishtar? Under the heading “Gods, Pagan”, the 1986 edition of Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary has the following to say about Ishtar. Please note that just as the Germanic, Roman and Greek deity was viewed as a goddess of love and fertility, and was closely associated with the sun, so likewise was the Assyrian/Babylonian goddess Ishtar:
The ancient Babylonian and Assyrian goddess Ishtar symbolized Mother Earth in the natural cycles of fertility on earth. Many myths grew up around this female deity. She was the goddess of love, so the practice of ritual prostitution became widespread in the fertility cult dedicated to her name. Temples to Ishtar had many priestesses, or sacred prostitutes, who symbolically acted out the fertility rites of the cycle of nature. Ishtar has been identified with the Phoenician Astarte, the Semitic Ashtoreth, and the Sumerian Inanna. Strong similarities also exist between Ishtar and the Egyptian Isis, the Greek Aphrodite, and the Roman Venus.
As we saw earlier, Ishtar, who was represented by the moon, supposedly brought Tammuz, the sun god, back to life during the spring season following his long winter death; just as Easter that is, the Feast of Ishtar, is now celebrated each year shortly after the vernal equinox on or about March 21st, when the spring growth season officially begins. So if we pause to consider the various symbols which have become associated with this goddess, that is, rabbits, Easter eggs, the human phallus, the blossoming of new life at springtime, it is easy to see that it is all about sex and fertility. I have read that even in ancient Egyptian drawings, the egg is repeatedly used as a sacred symbol of fertility.
The problem, as we have already seen, is that God strictly forbid, and still forbids, His people from worshipping these false “star gods”. In the Bible they are referred to as the “host of heaven”, and in one verse, that is, Amos 5:26, a clear connection is made between assigning stars as the physical representations of the false gods. In Deuteronomy 4:15-19, when Moses is exhorting the people to remain faithful to the Lord, among other things, he reminds them that they saw no figure when God spoke to them from Mount Horeb, and he then warns them to not worship the Sun, the Moon, or the planets, and to not make images of them. Thirteen chapters later, in Deuteronomy 17:2-5, we learn that the penalty for doing such a thing is that one must be stoned to death. Such was the seriousness of worshipping the Creation more than the Creator. In Romans 1:24-25, the Apostle Paul likewise warned of the danger of worshiping the creature more than the Creator when he wrote to the brethren at Rome.
For many disillusioned young people in particular, these are the “in” things to do, and the “in” places to go to, while believing in God, and trusting in His Holy Word, the Bible, are viewed as being old-fashioned and out-of-sync with the times. The new sexuality which is associated with many of these sites is also very appealing to young people. In their desire to be freed from what they view as the restrictive beliefs of their God-fearing parents and grandparents, many of these young people have gone to the opposite extreme. Is it any wonder that pornography has become so rampant on the Internet and elsewhere? As we all know, these things are not restricted to the Internet alone. We also find them on the television set; we hear them continuously on the radio; we see them in books and magazines; and now they are even being popularized in a plethora of big-budget movies. Children are being drowned in a sea of deception, worldliness and satanic wickedness.
So the point I am trying to make from all of this, is that the sins of the past are being repeated today, and possibly to a much greater degree. Contrary to the Apostle Paul’s sober admonition, many people have not learned from the mistakes of the past; and if we have not learned from the past, not only are we bound to repeat them, but we will eventually also reap the same reward in the form of God’s righteous judgments. Sadly, despite the fact that they are aware of the pagan origin of the Easter observance, there are many compromising Christians who still celebrate this holiday; and I do mean “holiday”, because by assigning it the name of a pagan sex goddess, it most certainly is NOT a holy day! Some Christians will use the weak attempt to justify themselves:
“Well, what really matters is that we are worshipping the Lord in our hearts. Even though it is of pagan origin, and even though our children may become distracted by the Easter bunny, Easter eggs and chocolate candy, we still use Easter to remember the Lord’s sufferings and His Resurrection.”
As we have also seen, the idea of associating rabbits and colored eggs with the festival, (both of which are symbols of fertility), can be traced back as far as the ancient Germans, and their version of Ishtar, who they called Ostara. If we consider that the Anglo-Saxons appear to have adopted some of their gods from the Romans, (don’t forget that they were an important part of the Holy Roman Empire), then I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if somewhere in the remote past, rabbits and eggs could be tied into the Roman celebrations as well.
One thing which is rather obvious, is that these pagan myths contain a number of elements which are also a part of our Christian faith; however, the problem here, is that in these myths, the truth is totally distorted, perverted, and in fact reversed from reality. Allow me to give you a clear-cut example. According to Roman mythology, Lucifer, who was the supposed son of Aurora/Ishtar/Easter, is represented by the planet Venus; which, as some of you will already know, is often referred to as the “Morning Star”. This again reveals the terrible deception which not only permeates the ancient myths, but which is also a core belief of modern luciferian doctrine. You see; modern Luciferians/Satanists, believe that Lucifer is actually the true “Light Bearer”, and the “Morning Star”, while Jesus Christ is the imposter. But allow me to remind you what the Bible has to say about this terrible deception.
I pray that this has been informative, and a blessing in your life.