By: Brandon T. Ward
– Published: 3-17-2013
Have you ever asked yourself the following questions: “Are the traditions of Easter Biblical? Why is the Resurrection of Jesus Christ called Easter? Are Easter rabbits and eggs mentioned in the Bible?“
It will shock most Christians to discover that none of the traditions of Easter are Biblical. As a matter of fact, Easter is the name of a heathen god and found in the Bible only one time in the book of Acts. Unfortunately, this word was placed in scripture by error, the word Easter is a mis-translation. Meaning it is not in the original manuscripts! The correct word is “Pascha” in the manuscripts, meaning Passover.
Before we start our Bible study, let us ask our Father for wisdom and understanding of His Word, in Jesus Name Amen.
4 “And 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.”
The word “Easter” as stated is a mis-translation. It is word 3957 (pascha) in your Strong’s Concordance, meaning “Passover”, not Easter. As a matter of fact, it was properly translated Passover (“Pecach” in Hebrew, 6453) 48 times in the Old Testament and 28 times in the New Testament (“Pascha” in Greek, 3957). Clearly, there has been someone fiddling with God’s Word. Remember, Christ never called Passover Easter, nor did the Disciples, nor did they talk about rabbits and eggs…
If we travel back in history to the time of Moses you will recall the first Passover where lamb’s blood was placed over the door posts in order to have death “Pass-over” the home of the Israelites (Exodus 12).
With that said, let us turn our Bibles to,
I Corinthians 5:7
7 “Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:“
When Jesus Christ died on the cross He became the sacrificial Lamb who shed His blood for one and all time, and in so doing He became our Passover (Revelations 5:8-9). We are now saved by His blood which He shed for us (John 3:16).
God’s Word is so easy to comprehend if we only read with understanding. We have documented the word Easter is not in the original manuscripts. We have also documented that Christ is our Passover. So where did Easter and all of its traditions come from? We will get there shortly. But first, let us see what Christ told us to do…
I Corinthians 11:23-24
23 “For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread:
24 And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.”
Christ made this statement. We are to break the bread which is symbolic of his body that was broken for us and eat it in remembrance of Him.
I Corinthians 11:25
25 “After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, this cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.”
The wine is symbolic of His blood that was shed in order to wash away our sins.
I Corinthians 11:26
26 “For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.”
Christ made it extremely clear we are to take the bread and wine in remembrance of Him. This is what Passover is all about. Remembering and honoring Christ for the wondrous act He performed, dying on the cross so that we through Him might be saved.
The highest Holy Day in Christianity, Passover is celebrated 15 days after the Spring Equinox (Ref: Exodus 12).
Now we may ask the question… Where did the traditions of Easter come from?
No where in God’s Word will you find bunnies, eggs, lent or hot cross buns. So why do Christians celebrate Easter and where did the festivities comes from? The word Easter itself comes from the Old English word Ēastre or Ēostre referring to the Angelo-Saxon fertility goddess of spring. Easter is a pagan goddess and her celebration always takes place around the Spring Equinox when all life is re-newed. Thus getting her title, the fertility goddess of spring.
Easter has a multitude of names which span not just time, but many different cultures as well. She is also known as Ashtoreth, Astarte, Ashtaroth, Isis and to the ancient Babylonians as Ishtar (Webster’s New World College Dictionary). Yes, this goddess dates all the way back to Mystery Babylon itself. Is it any wonder?
The Encyclopedia Britannica states,
“Astarte/Ashtoreth is the Queen of Heaven to whom the Canaanites had burned incense and poured libations.”
Are your eyebrows raised yet? They should be. All false gods and teachings can be traced back to Mystery Babylon. Ishtar goes by many names, but she is the same, fertility goddess of spring.
Now that we have that documented, does God’s Word mention anything about this goddess? I am glad you asked.
God’s Word and Easter
11 “And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord, and served Baalim:
13 And they forsook the Lord, and served Baal and Ashtaroth.”
They did evil in the sight of the Lord, what evil? They worshipped Baal and Ashtaroth (Easter/Ishtar). This is serious friends. Let us document this further in the next verse.
I Kings 11:33
33 “Because that they have forsaken me, and have worshipped Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, Chemosh the god of the Moabites, and Milcom the god of the children of Ammon, and have not walked in my ways, to do that which is right in mine eyes, and to keep my statutes and my judgments, as did David his father.”
God would divide the 12 tribes because of Israel’s continued pagan worship of false god’s. Ashtoreth the goddess is also documented in: Judges 10:6, I Samuel 7:3-4, I Samuel 12:10, I Samuel 31:10, I Kings 11:5 and II Kings 23:13.
I hope you are starting to get the point… We mentioned Easter is also known as the “queen of heaven.” Let us document that as well.
18 “The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead their dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto other gods, that they may provoke me to anger.”
Easter is in fact the same Ishtar, Ashtoreth, Astarte, Ashtaroth and queen of heaven, she is the fertility goddess of spring! Maybe those hot cross buns are mentioned in the Bible after all… It does not sound like anything God would be proud of though does it? This verse gets it done for us, but I want to go two more to convey the point.
19 “Do they provoke me to anger? saith the Lord: do they not provoke themselves to the confusion of their own faces?”
Ishtar worship does NOT make God happy, He says it is confusion. Instead of showing God their love, they went after false gods and practices. Just as today, people think the traditions of Easter are pleasing to God, but instead they provoke Him to anger.
20 “Therefore thus saith the Lord; Behold, mine anger and my fury shall be poured out upon this place, upon man, and upon beast, and upon the trees of the field, and upon the fruit of the ground; and it shall burn, and shall not be quenched.”
If you think the celebrations of Easter made God happy then re-read this verse. He is disgusted by it. How sad to think the Highest Holy Day in Christianity, Passover has been replaced with the pagan festival of Easter which is embraced by people calling themselves Christians.
Symbols of Easter
Now let us take a look at some of the symbols of Easter. The rabbit and egg have been used for millennia as symbols of fertility. The rabbit is known for its ability to quickly reproduce, the egg is obviously a fertility symbol. Thus the two have been used in association with Ishtar the fertility goddess during Spring when all things are re-newed.
“The hare, the symbol of fertility in ancient Egypt, a symbol that was kept later in Europe…Its place has been taken by the Easter rabbit.” – Encyclopedia Britannica, 1991 ed., Vol. 4, p. 333
Now a quote concerning eggs.
“Eggs were hung up in the Egyptian temples. Bunsen calls attention to the mundane egg, the emblem of generative life, proceeding from the mouth of the great god of Egypt. The mystic egg of Babylon, hatching the Venus Ishtar, fell from heaven to the Euphrates. Dyed eggs were sacred Easter offerings in Egypt, as they are still in China and Europe. Easter, or spring, was the season of birth, terrestrial and celestial.” – Egyptian Belief and Modern Thought, James Bonwick, pp. 211-212.
The Easter egg or better said, the Ishtar egg goes all the way back to Mystery Babylon. How deplorable! This deception has been with us basically since the beginning and has been with mainstream Christianity for sometime now.
It is worth noting, Ishtar fell from heaven to the Euphrates River. Satan will soon be cast from Heaven to earth (Revelation 12:7-9) while there are four evil angels bound that will be loosened from the Euphrates River. (Revelation 9:14-15)… A lot of symbology is it not? If you have bought into the deception of Easter, how will you ever be able to stand against the deception of Satan when he plays the roll of Antichrist?
We have been foretold all things. Turn with me to,
9 “The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.”
What has been will be again. We see that with Ishtar, how she has been handed down through the generations given a different name, but she is the same old goddess. Unfortunately, Ishtar has not only crept into Christianity, but her name has taken the place of our Highest Holy Day, Passover. In addition, all of her despicable practices have been brought into mainstream Christianity without as much as a question from our Church leaders as to where these celebrations originated from. Clearly, they are not Biblical in nature.
As you can see by now, Christ is our Passover, not our Easter. Ishtar (Easter) and her celebrations are not of God, but rather traditions of men. Traditions that date themselves all the way back to the darkness of ancient Babylon. Why would we want to cast out God and associate ourselves with this pagan founded tradition?
You might be thinking to yourself at this point, ‘well I don’t mean anything by my Easter eggs or rabbits. Surely God will understand.’ Will He?
9 “But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.”
Our Father knew that His Word would be twisted into the traditions of man. Christ has truly foretold us all things.
You know, we often look back on the people of the Bible and think how stupid they were to worship a golden calf or believe in false gods and those examples go on and on. But are Christians of today any different I would ask? Not once have we read about Easter bunnies or eggs in the Bible, yet many openly embrace them and call it worshiping God.
We have thoroughly documented the true origins of Easter and they are not Biblical my friends, think about that… I hope this study has opened peoples eyes to the falsehood of Easter. We have something better, it is called Passover, the true Holy Day of Christ.
At this point, many might be thinking, but what would my family and friends say if I stopped celebrating Easter! I would ask, “What is more important, what man thinks of you or what God thinks of you?…” Ask yourself… “What is more important, my Easter basket or my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ?”