| What does rabbits laying colored eggs have to do
with the resurrection of Christ?
The 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!
WHY DO you believe the things you believe, do the things you
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 Christian holidays.
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 Sundayperhaps 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
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
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 pagan idolatry.
Look up the word "Easter" in Websters 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 Bibleand
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
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; 1
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 storybut 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 forehead. 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
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 (Layards 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 rended away the Kingdom of Israel from his son.
In the ancient Chaldean idolatrous Sun-worship, Bath was the Sun-god, Astarte
his consort, or wife. And Astarte is the same as Ishtar, or the English Easter.
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
(Wilkinsons 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,
Do you 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, Christs 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
Jesus did not abolish PassoverHe 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 Christs death, reaffirming, year
by year on its anniversary, the true Christians FAITH in the blood
of Christ for the remission of his sins, and the broken body of Christ for his physical
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 wifeactually 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
Easter 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." (Acts 17:30)
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 today?
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. 107-108).
"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
It will astonish you, but its trueone of the,
reasons God drove
the Jews into Babylonian captivity was this very idolatrytheir whole families
joined in this idolatrous worship, in making and offering HOT CROSS BUNS!
Read the entire 7th chapter of Jeremiah. Here is Gods 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
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 ABOMINATION!
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 Thessalonians 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
chief festivals! (2 Thes. 2:7)
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 ChurchesOne False, One True
In New Testament prophecy TWO CHURCHES are
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 goldproud, worldly, boastful. She is pictured as a universal DECEIVERthe
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!
But how could she have deceived the whole world, as foretold in Gods
Word? Surely, the Protestant world isnt deceived!
Oh, 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 Protestantbut 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 politicsthe very act which made a "whore" out of
The entire apostate familyMother, 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!"
"Babylon" means 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 SmallScattered
But where, then, was the TRUE Church?
Did the true Church of God, of which Jesus Christ is the Living, Directing
Head, become perverteddid 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 Gods festivals, not the
pagan holidays. It has been empowered with the Spirit of God!
That Church never degenerated into the great popular church at Rome,
as the protestant world supposes! That Church always has existed, and it exists today!
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.
Daniel 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. 26:3 1).
The apostolic church was soon scattered by persecution (Acts 8:1). James addresses his
letter to Christians scattered abroad (Jas. 1:1).
Ignored by Most Histories
You dont 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!
Even in Pauls 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 Gods TRUTH
and WAY OF LIFE, were no part of Gods true Church,
visibly assembling with those who were. The "mystery of iniquity" was already
working, INSIDE these visible churches. This apostasy 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, though 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 to worship God! Thus, the visible, organized Church
which rose to power was the FALSE Churchthe "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 GODS) "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 observed.
"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 first 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 GODS 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
"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 CHRISTof the TRUE
The few who afterwards separated themselves from the unity of the
church" (Roman church), "and continued to keep the 14th day, were named Quatro-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 forever!
True Christians Kept PASSOVER
The New Testament reveals that Jesus, the apostles, and the
New Testament Church, both Jewish and Gentile-born, observed Gods Sabbaths, and
Gods festivalsweekly 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" versionoriginally inspired "Passover," and so
corrected in the Revised version); Acts 18:21; 20:6, 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 calendar.
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
Gods Sabbath, or Gods 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 long years!
But another large portion of the TRUE Church of God, failing
to flee, yet remaining true to Gods 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 GODthe Church composed of those Satan cannot deceive! (Mat.
Easter Sun-Rise Services
You think Easter sun-rise services are beautiful? LISTEN!
God was showing the prophet Ezekiel the sins of His people in a visiona 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 Eternals house, and behold... between the porch and the altar
were about five and twenty men, with. . . their faces toward the east; and they
worshiped the sun toward the east. Then he said unto me, Hast thou seen this, 0 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
morningthe 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 truthsfor
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.
Yes, it makes a difference! Thousands had to flee the jurisdiction of
"civilization" to keep Gods ways! Other thousands paid with their lives
for obeying Godbut they shall LIVE forever, in the Resurrection!
This worlds ways have brought only sorrow, suffering, chaos, death! GODS
WAYS are the only ways that lead to Peace, lasting Prosperity, Happiness, Joy,
Eternal Life! If Baal is god, then go serve him; but if The ETERNAL is
your God, then SERVE HIM!