Do Rabbits Lay Eggs..?- Pagan Origins Of Easter

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Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Exodus 20 v 4 

INTRO.

Ash Wednesday Ushers In Lenten Season

ASH WEDNESDAY

Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.Matthew 6 v 16

Today is Ash Wednesday the day to mark the start of the fast and as I walk down to the coffee shop to do some writing I see the school kids coming back from Chapel I slowly shake my head as when I was young I to “Religiously” done the same

The practice of putting ashes on your forehead has been done from ancient times. In the Norse beliefs placing ashes above one’s brow was believed to warrant the protection of the Norse god, Odin. This came to Europe during the Vikings conquests. Christ never done it neither did his followers the association wasn’t practised till at least 1000 years after Christ This laying on of ashes was done on Wednesday, the day named for Odin, Odin’s Day.

A Question that I have thought of on quite a few Occasions was Do Rabbits lay eggs..? the answer is of course, they don’t. What is Easter all about anyway is it all about fluffy white rabbits chocolate eggs and when young time off school. Or is it ab0ut Jesus and his resurrection and the egg a representation of the stone being rolled away. I if you have been reading previous articles, (and if you haven’t why not..?) am a Blood bought born again follower of the way the truth and the life. And no matter how much you want it to be about Christ I sure know one thing Easter has its roots in other things Pagan things. As, before I was a Blood bought Believer I followed the 8 sabbats of the year and the 3 phases of life relating to the Man and Woman as in the Man was a Child a father and a hunter to his counterpart of a maiden a mother and a wise old crone.

Easter is as pagan as they come and no amount of Constantine input can change that as the mother goddess has always been celebrated at this time. Going back to the start of Nimrod Semiramis and Tammuz we will cover this later. As always first, we will start on the many Origin’s of Easter and try and get a better understanding of this festival sprinkled with the icing of Christianity.

Easter: Derived from Eostre or Eostrae the anglo-Saxon goddess of spring and fertility. Encylopedia Britannica.

Easter: The Modern English term Easter developed from the old English word Eastre or Eostre. Wikipedia.

Eostre or Ostara was a Germanic goddess who gets her name from the Month of the German Equivalent of April in old high German Ôstarmânoth. Also the Viking-based Northumbrian: Ēosturmōnaþ; and can mean the opening of months fitting for the spring when the plants shoot through and buds are opening.

Now the only piece of evidence on easter well our modern western version seems to come from an English Monk of the name of Bede 673 – may of 735, He was based at the monastery of saint peter. He is also known as a historian much like Josephus was to the early Jews Venerable Bede was to the early English.

In his book “The Reckoning of Time” he goes on to say that Ēosturmōnaþ “the lunar month”  was named after a goddess named Eostre in who the spring honour feats were celebrated. 

In olden time the English people “for it did not seem fitting to me that I should speak of other people’s observance of the year and yet be silent about my own nation’s ” calculated their months according to the course of the moon.  Hence, after the manner of the Greeks and the Romans (the months) take their name from the Moon, for the Moon is called mona and the month monath.

The first month, which the Latins call January, is Giuli; February is called Solmonath; March Hrethmonath; April, Eosturmonath; May, Thrimilchi; June, Litha; July, also Litha; August, Weodmonath; September, Halegmonath; October, Winterfilleth; November, Blodmonath; December, Giuli, the same name by which January is called. …

Nor is it irrelevant if we take the time to translate the names of the other months. … Hrethmonath is named for their goddess Hretha to whom they sacrificed at this time.  Eosturmonath has a name which is now translated “Paschal month”, and which was once called after a goddess of theirs named Eostre, in whose honour feasts were celebrated in that month.  Now they designate that Paschal season by her name, calling the joys of the new rite by the time-honoured name of the old observance.  Thrimilchi was so called because in that month the cattle were milked three times a day…Chapter 15 “The English Months”

Other than Bede’s input its hard to find other sources to base his hypothesis that Eostre was a goddess. Easter cannot be found in any ancient writings or traditions (this version) and that has led to an ongoing debate as to whether “Easter” the Goddess is no more than a concoction of Bede’s.

Bear with me hear…Easter comes from the Proto-German meaning dawn and has roots from the proto-indo-European root aus-, meaning ‘to shine’ in English east also derives from this root. In other words Easter the name is connected with numerous Dawn goddesses and is supported both by the evidence of similar names and the similar mythical representation of the dawn Goddesses in these indo-European groups.

And this is the thoughts of Mallory and Adams. Paraphrased

“With this evidence, we are able to put forward that the European naeusos ‘goddess of dawn’ who was characterised as a “reluctant” bringer of light for which she was punished. With a few indo-European groups, the existence of the Goddess of dawn is given more linguistic support and that she is designated the Daughter of heaven”.

In 1835 Jacob Grim (1785 – 1863) of Grims Fairy tales.He Talk’s also of Easter but some say that he built on the Idea of Bede and is a case of no matter what you build if the foundation is wrong all else will fall so if he is relying on Bede and his sources are debatable well….

We Germans to this day call April ostermonat, and ôstarmânoth is found as early as Eginhart. The great Christian festival, which usually falls in April or the end of March, bears in the oldest of OHG remains the name ôstarâ … it is mostly found in the plural because two days … were kept at Easter. This Ostarâ, like the [Anglo-Saxon] Eástre, must in heathen religion have denoted a higher being, whose worship was so firmly rooted, that the Christian teachers tolerated the name, and applied it to one of their own grandest anniversaries.Grimm (1882:290)

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Grimm and his contemporaries also hypothesised that Eostre (and by extension, Ostara) would probably have been a spring fertility goddess. After all Eostre’s name is related to the Saxon word for East so she might have been associated with dawn or the coming of light in general If Bede was correct, and the Saxon equivalent of April was named after her, her worship probably focused on the spring.Most western European pre-Christian goddesses were fertility goddess, especially the spring goddesses.

Some debate has occurred over whether or not the goddess was an invention of Bede’s, particularly in the 19th century before more widespread reconstructions of the Proto-Indo-European dawn goddess were in use,

What I find interesting is when we travel more into the middle east we have echoes of these names like Daughter of Heaven sounds very similar to Easter’s counterpart Ishtar. Believe it or not, Easter is how they say you pronounce “Ishtar” and these Deities are known as the queen of Heaven and they are all Spring Fertility Goddesses. Also if you are Biblical minded you might have noticed that Goddess of Dawn and Bringer of light is a reference to someone else that is central again to all of the Pagan beliefs.

How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! Isaiah 14 v 12 

  • The Hebrew word “Heylel” (hay-lale’) 1966 means ” light bearer” Shining one, Morningstar, Lucifer
  • Of the king of Babylon and Satan
  • ‘Helel’ in Arabic is ‘Hilal’ and means crescent moon who else uses the crescent moon.

So Lucifer in its original Aramaic is helel meaning “crescent moon” or Hebrew Shining one and there also is a reference to Venus in there too and every 8 years Venus makes a pentagram across the system, Morning is a mistranslation its dawn and in its original means son of the howling yelling one.

Ancient spring Fertility goddess.

Spring Fertility rites pre-date the modern Easter to go way back all the way to Sumar and Babylon to the time of Nimrod and from their has its mark in all ancient pantheons. With the Name, Ishtar being the front runner who is the queen of heaven herself “Semiramis” and she has her foot in every door of the ancient world the name changes but the festivals have the same meaning FERTILITY weather it be…

  • Babylon – Ishtar pronounced Easter also called the Moon Goddess.
  • Sumerian– Nana
  • Egypt – Isis
  • Rome – Venus/Fortuna
  • Druids – Virgo Paritura
  • Greeks – Aphrodite/Ceres
  • Ancient Jews – Ashtaroth (Queen of Heaven)
  • Rome – Diana

Just a select few of a plethora of Fertility Goddesses or to be more exact idols of “the day of Ishtar”

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. Jeremiah 7 v 18 

ISHTAR.

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In Babylonian culture, Ishtar was known as “she who endowed the king with prestige.” Thought to engage in the periodic ritual sacrifice of their kings, Ishtar’s priestesses were credited with bringing forth a bountiful harvest with his blood.

She was known as the goddess of Love and Fertility and down the line was equated with War. And worshipped in the Mesopotamian region under various names as we have seen above and Ishtar was an important deity in the Mesopotanium religion. Which was extant from c.3500 BCE, until its gradual decline between the 1st and 5th centuries with the Arrival of Christianity.  Of course, Constantine made sure she lived on in Mary and as we seen with the indo-European “Goddess of dawn” and “Daughter of Heaven” Ishtar was also “The Queen of Heaven”.

Ishtar was known as a righteous Judge lady of Victory and not exactly the best of titles Mother of Harlots. This is another bell ringer for those of a Biblical nature The Whore of Babylon or Babylon the Great. Known as a female figure and also a place of evil mentioned in the Book of Revelation There has been speculation as to who this is weather its Vatican some say Turkey as there is mention of being built on 7 hills but that discussion is for another time. Her full title is given as “Babylon the Great, the Mother of Harlots and Abominations of the Earth.”

And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. Revelation 17 v 5

As we have seen this same figure is known as different goddesses and even in times past there was those who recognised this like the priestess Enheduanna, she was one of the first to try and unite cultures and religions and equated the Akkadian Ishtar with the Sumerian Inanna as Ishtar and write prayers and hymns to her combining titles and traits from both cultures.

Ishtar is also Mentioned in the Epic of Gilgamesh she sends the bull of Heaven to kill Gilgamesh as he ignored her advances in modern terms we would say that he gave her a “knockback”.He in the passage below tells of the fate of her Many lovers note how Tammuz is also mentioned.

Listen to me while I tell the tale of your lovers. There was Tammuz, the lover of your youth, for him you decreed wailing year after year. You loved the many-coloured lylic breasted roller, but still, you struck and broke his wing You have loved the lion tremendous in strength: seven pits you dug for him, and seven. You have loved the stallion magnificent in battle, and for him, you decreed the whip and spur and a thong You have loved the shepherd of the flock; he made meal-cake for you day after day, he killed kids for your sake. You struck and turned him into a wolf; now his own herd-boys chase him away, his own hounds worry his flanks. The Epic Of Gilgamesh.

Got to be fair here I didn’t find as you have read any links to Ishtar with Eggs or Bunnies her symbols were the lion, the gate, and the eight-pointed star.The Modern Version of Easter is clearly a Re-hash of Many a Fertility Goddess as others in the past seen like the priestess Enheduanna.

SEMIRAMIS 

Before we get into this something needs to be cleared up there are claims that the stories about Semiramis and other things in the ancient world and her being the model for all the Fertility Goddesses come from a book called The Two Babylons by Alexander Hislop. And that he cherry picked his Info I will not go into this as deep as others I have read enough to Not throw the baby out with the bathwater.

Meaning that not all the rebuttals against him stand an example would be the author of The Babylon Connection by Ralph Woodrow a once fan of Hislop wrote his book as a rebuttal and basically tares into Hislop for his lack of references. Hislop quotes from over 265 references in The Two Babylons to support what he is saying also 18 of those claims or references go back to the 1500s. In the Babylon Connection Woodrow only mentions 54 references that only 12 coincide with Hislop’s work is that not Cherry picking..?

That Ladies and Gentlemen is an example of Double standards As Woodrow is saying that Hislop doesn’t know what he is saying or referencing and at the same time Woodrow in his book has not Checked 250 of Hislop’s Cited References. So now we will have a few references of Semiramis before we continue on the Easter narrative.

The Babylonian princess Sammu-Ramat stepped into the place of power. A woman on the Assyrian throne: it had never been done before, and Sammu-Ramat knew it. The stele she built for herself is at some pains to link her to every available Assyrian king. She is called not only queen of Shamshi-Adad and mother of Adada-Nirari, but also “daughter-in-law of Shalmaneser, king of the four regions.” Sammu-Ramat’s hold on power was so striking that it echoed into the distant historical memory of a people just arriving on the scene. The Greeks remembered her, giving her the Greek name Semiramis.

The Greek historian Ctesias says that she was the daughter of a fish-goddess, raised by doves, who married the king of Assyria and gave birth to a son called Ninyas. When her husband died, Semiramis treacherously claimed his throne. The ancient story preserves an echo of Adad-Niraris name in Ninyas, the son of the legendary queen; and it is not the only story to hint that Sammu-Ramat seized power in a manner not exactly aboveboard.

Another Greek historian, Diodorus, tells us Semiramis convinced her husband to give her power just for five days, to see how well she could manage it. When he agreed, she had him executed and seized the crown for good.Comment by The historian Susan Wise Bauer

SEMIRAMIS. built a monument for herself, with this inscription: Whatever king wants treasure, if he open this tomb, he may be satisfied. Darius, therefore opening it found no treasure, but another inscription of this import: If you were not a wicked person and of insatiable covetousness, you would not disturb the mansions of the dead. Plutarch Sayings of Kings and commanders G

Herodotus (about 484-420 B.C.) describes her as a queen who ruled the whole of Asia.

Diodorus says she was the daughter of the Syrian goddess Derketo of Askalon and describes her celebrated construction of the splendid city of Babylon with its hanging gardens, which since modern times have been counted as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. He also portrays her as a man-eating queen and powerful warrior, who defeated the powerful army of the Medes. Athenagoras of Athens (second century A.D.), one of the Apologists, calls Semiramis, in his work Legatio pro-Christianis, “an immoral and murderous woman.” Diodorus (first century A.D.)

At Abraham’s birth, then, the second kings of Assyria and Sicyon respectively were Ninus and Europs, the first having been Belus and Ægialeus. But when God promised Abraham on his departure from Babylonia, that he should become a great nation, and that in his seed all nations of the earth should be blessed, the Assyrians had their seventh king, the Sicyons their fifth; for the son of Ninus reigned among them after his mother Semiramis, who is said to have been Put to death by him for attempting to defile him by incestuously lying with him. Some think that she founded Babylon, and indeed she may have founded it anew. But we have told, in the sixteenth book, when or by whom it was founded. Now the son of Ninus and Semiramis, who succeeded his mother in the kingdom, is also called Ninus by some, but by others Ninias, a patronymic word. Telexion then held the kingdom of the Sicyons. In his reign times were quiet and joyful to such a degree, that after his death they worshipped him as a god by offering Sacrifices and by celebrating games, which are said to have been first instituted on this occasion.  Augustine, City of God, Book XVIII, Chapter 2.

Anyone with Biblical or manuscript Knowledge doe believes that Abraham was born in the 8th century B.C. but without a doubt, this is a clear reference to Semiramis Although not “proof,” it is not the only evidence to be found in Ancient literature that there was a primaeval Semiramis existing prior to 800 B.C.

When we look into it there are references to Semiramis and Sammu-Ramat and others have gone by this name. Even before the time in which Diodorus wrote, Semiramis was associated with Ishtar, Astarte, and deity in general. Historians are divided on whether Sammu-Ramat ever ruled Assyria, and whether her reign gave birth to the Semiramis Queen of Heaven and is somewhat debated.

The ancient historian Strabo wrote, “The works of Semiramis are pointed out throughout almost the whole continent, earthworks bearing her name, walls and strongholds, aqueducts and stair-like roads over mountains, canals, roads, and bridges” (xvi.1.2).

Herodotus’ comments concerning her have the same tone, and Diodorus, of course, claimed she was divine. All this is documented by the ancients, So after that, we will now continue to the Easter Semiramis connection.

SEMIRAMIS.2

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But we will certainly do whatsoever thing goeth forth out of our own mouth, to burn incense unto the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink-offerings unto her, as we have done, we, and our fathers, our kings, and our princes, in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem: for then had we plenty of victuals, and were well, and saw no evil.

But since we left off to burn incense to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink-offerings unto her, we have wanted all things, and have been consumed by the sword and by the famine. Jeremiah 44 v 17-18

“Ishtar”, which is pronounced “Easter” was a day that commemorated the resurrection of one of their gods that they called “Tammuz”, who was believed to be the only begotten son of the moon-goddess and the sun-god.

In those ancient times, there was a man named Nimrod, who was the grandson of one of Noah’s son named Ham.Ham had a son named Cush who married a woman named Semiramis.Cush and Semiramis then had a son named him “Nimrod.”After the death of his father, Nimrod married his own mother and became a powerful King.

And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth. He was a mighty hunter before the Lord: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the Lord. And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar. Genesis 10 v 8-10

Nimrod ended up a man who had the status of a god and is called a mighty hunter the greek word for mighty hunter is Giborim and has ties to the offspring of the Nephilim and he is also mentioned in the Extra-Biblical  book of Jasher in chapter 7 it talks of a garment that was handed down from Adam and Eve.

And Cush also concealed them from his sons and brothers, and when Cush had begotten Nimrod, he gave him those garments through his love for him, and Nimrod grew up, and when he was twenty years old he put on those garments.

And Nimrod became strong when he put on the garments, and God gave him might and strength, and he was a mighty hunter in the earth, yea, he was a mighty hunter in the field, and he hunted the animals and he built altars, and he offered upon them the animals before the Lord.

And Nimrod strengthened himself, and he rose up from amongst his brethren, and he fought the battles of his brethren against all their enemies round about. Jashar 7 v 29-31

Semiramis, his wife and mother, became the powerful Queen of ancient Babylon.Nimrod was eventually killed by an enemy, and his body was cut in pieces and sent to various parts of his kingdom.

Semiramis had all of the parts gathered, except for one part that could not be found.That missing part was his reproductive organ. Semiramis claimed that Nimrod could not come back to life without it and told the people of Babylon that Nimrod had ascended to the sun and was now to be called “Baal”, the sun god. Echoes of Isis with the Body of Osiris here

Queen Semiramis also proclaimed that Baal would be present on earth in the form of a flame, whether candle or lamp, when used in worship.Semiramis was creating a mystery religion, She set herself up as a goddess.Semiramis claimed that she was immaculately conceived.

She taught that the moon was a goddess that went through a 28 day cycle and ovulated when full.She further claimed that she came down from the moon in a giant moon egg that fell into the Euphrates River.

This was to have happened at the time of the first full moon after the spring equinox.Semiramis according to some became known as “Ishtar” which is pronounced “Easter”, and her moon egg became known as “Ishtar’s” egg.”Ishtar soon became pregnant and claimed that it was the rays of the sun-god Baal that caused her to fall pregnant.

And Zechariah, and Aziel, andShemiramoth, and Jehiel, and Unni, and Eliab, and Maaseiah, and Benaiah, with psalteries on Alamoth; 1 Chronicles 15 v 20

And with them, he sent Levites, even Shemaiah, and Nethaniah, and Zebadiah, and Asahel, and “Shemiramoth, and Jehonathan, and Adonijah, and Tobijah, and Tobadonijah, Levites; and with them Elishama and Jehoram, priests. 2 Chronicles 17 v 8

It has been noted that the name “Shemiramoth” appears in the Bible in a few places in 1 Chronicles the name applies to a Temple musician while in II Chronicles to a teacher of the law. This suggests to some historians that a Semitic deity by the name of Shemiram (a version of Astarte) was worshiped in the region from Ascalon in Syria (a site known for the veneration of Astarte) as well as surrounding areas of Israel. The name in the Bible, “Shemiramoth”, would be translated, according to this theory, as “images of Shemiram” or “things of Shemiram”, and certainly music and law (as mentioned above) were thought to have been given to humanity as gifts from the gods. Semiramis, therefore, would be Astarte and the individual or individuals mentioned in the Bible would be linked to her.

LENT.

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Then he brought me to the door of the gate of the LORD’S house which was toward the north; and, behold, there sat women weeping for Tammuz. Ezekiel 8 v 14

Coming from the Anglo-Saxon Lencten, meaning “spring,” Lent originated in the ancient Babylonian mystery religion. “The forty days’ abstinence of Lent was directly borrowed from the worshippers of the Babylonian goddess…Among the Pagans this Lent seems to have been an indispensable preliminary to the great annual festival in commemoration of the death and resurrection of Tammuz” The Two Babylons.

The son that Semiramis now known as Ishtar brought forth was named Tammuz.Tammuz was said to be very fond of rabbits, and they became sacred in the ancient religion because Tammuz was believed to be the son of the sun god, Baal. Tammuz, like his supposed father, became a hunter.

The day came when Tammuz was killed by a wild pig.Queen Ishtar told the people that Tammuz was now ascended to his father, Baal and that the two of them would be with the worshippers in the sacred candle or lamp flame as Father, Son and Spirit.

Ishtar, who was now worshipped as the “Mother of God and Queen of Heaven”, continued to build her mystery religion.The queen told the worshippers that when Tammuz was killed by the wild pig, some of his blood fell on the stump of an evergreen tree, and the stump grew into a full new tree overnight. This made the evergreen tree sacred by the blood of Tammuz.

She also proclaimed a forty day period of time of sorrow each year prior to the anniversary of the death of Tammuz. During this time, no meat was to be eaten.Worshippers were to meditate upon the sacred mysteries of Baal and Tammuz and to make the sign of the “T” in front of their hearts as they worshipped.

The first letter of his name ‘T’ was ever afterwards considered the symbol of sun worship, and sun worshippers, in their depravity, sacrificed human offerings to the Sun-god upon a wooden cross the initial T of the name Tammuz. That is where the cross, in its many forms originated from.

Then Constantine carried on this practice of Human sacrifice in honour of the son god. For Lent at first, they fasted for as little as 40 hours as they said this was how long Christ was in the grave for. After time the “40-days” took hold and the focus shifted from a spiritual renewal to more on the fasting. At the start, it wasn’t necessarily for the 40 day period but as time went on the emphasis was on fasting and after the 5th Century

“the observance of the fast was very strict. Only one meal a day, toward evening was allowed: flesh meat and fish, and in most places even eggs and dairy products, were absolutely forbidden. Meat was not even allowed on Sundays” Catholic Encyclopedia.

From the ninth century onward, Lent’s strict rules were relaxed. Greater emphasis was given to performing “penitential works” than to fasting and abstinence. According to the apostolic constitution Poenitemini of Pope Paul IV (Feb. 17, 1966).

“abstinence is to be observed on Ash Wednesday and on all Fridays of the year that do not fall on holy days of obligation, and fasting as well as abstinence is to be observed on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday” Catholic Encyclopedia.

From this point, Lent is used for “fasting from sin and from vice…forsaking sin and sinful ways.” It is a season “for penance, which means sorrow for sin and conversion to God.” Teaching that Fasting and self Discipline is a time where the person supposedly grows closer to God through self-control that he has to purify his heart and renew his life. is a 100% works based out look. The only thing that gives us a Godly self-control that is temperance is the Holy Spirit.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. Galatians 5 v 22

This clearly states that the fruit of a spirit led Believer is what gives you self-control no amount of Fasting and Discipline (That comes from the Lord as well) will give you this.

Point is that this has nothing to do with Christ in the desert as we have seen above they couldn’t make their mind up how long for this how long for that was it a number of hours in the Grave or was it for the 40 days he battled Satan. and Ash Wednesday was not for the palm trees from the previous year these like all Roman Catholic practices are added at a later date.Back to……..

Semiramis now had the tools to rule the masses and she carried on Nimrods Anti-Christ system of a world Order the reason God caused confusion in the first place and her religion in one form or another and was taken to all corners of the then known world and became repackaged as The Mystery Religion of Babylon.

JUST A REHASH.

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So this Mystery school became known in many Forms but the practices were kept as well like the eggs and rolling them down hills. This was tradition and done before the U.S story involving the President it was a sign of fertility. And eggs have been used at Easter way back in Ancient Egypt, Rome and Ancient Persia rooted in Ishtar 3when she was descending from the sky to the river Euphrates. In the Middle ages, In the early Christian calendar Eggs were forbidden for a while during Lent. Eggs laid during that time were often boiled or otherwise preserved. Eggs were thus a mainstay of Easter meals and a prized Easter gift for children and servants.

Eggs were painted as far back as 5000 years to symbolise friendship this also was done inred-eggs China and they painted Eggs on their child’s Birthday red was used to represent long life and happiness. Eggs have always been tied to life and in ancient times symbolised prophecy and immortality. Other stories are that the Egg would be dipped in the blood of a sacrificed Child and done to honour the fertility goddess as the child was a product of a union of a temple priest and Virgin.

With the Hot Cross Buns we have seen that even way back in Biblical times cakes were offered to the Queen of Heaven and often had a ‘T’ on the top some say for Tammuz as we cross-bunshave read also as an ode to The sun god and the tool they would use to sacrifice people on the crucifix. others say with the cross representing either the four quarters of the year or the four quarters of the moon. Archaeologists excavated the ancient city of Herculaneum in 79 a.d and found to loaves with a cross on the top and the English word ‘Bun’

At Athens, about 1500 years before Christ, these buns or sacred bread, were used in the worship of the goddess. They were called “boun.” Egyptians made buns inscribed with two horns in honour of the moon goddess, and the Greeks changed it to a cross, so it could be easily separated. The Angle-Saxons made buns with a cross on them in honour of their goddess of light. Controlled by the Calendar p  49.

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Rabbits… in actual fact it’s the Easter Hare as in ancient tradition the Hare symbolises the moon. As they only come out at night to eat and they unlike rabbits are born with their eyes open. folklore says that a hare never closes his eyes or even blinks and in ancient cultures, the moon was known as “The open-eyed watcher of the skies”. The German Osterhase “Easter Hare” in English, brought to America with the German settlers in the 1700s. In a variation of the above legend, Eostre changed her pet bird into a hare that could lay coloured eggs to amuse children, of who she is particularly fond.

Easter The Celtic Goddess was associated with fertility and both rabbits and hares are associated with producing large litters. It is said that Hares can produce a second litter while pregnant with the first This process is called ‘superfetation’ in mammals. Hares could run very fast and could leap several metres and were experts at alluding their predator’s. People used to think the Hare just appeared and disappeared, From that the animals were associated with the witch.

Hares seem to be known in all cultures and are as common as the flood myth that’s in every culture with striking similarities. But with the Hare, I think the high sexual Energy and this is at the right time of the Fertility rituals of May polls albeit a few weeks later and egg rolling is one of the reasons this Animal has an association with this time of year.The Celts believed that the goddess Eostre’s favourite animal and attendant spirit was the Hare. and symbolised love, fertility and growth and at the same time death, redemption and resurrection.

Mother And Child.

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This is another one I came to my own conclusion before finding sources in Study.. If you read the Word and have some knowledge of the pagan world you will notice patterns. The mother to me was Semiramis/Ishtar many names in different cultures including Isis, Diana, Astarte, Aphrodite, Venus, and Easter.  Her modern form is Mary  “Mother of God” and “Queen of Heaven”. In Rome the Romans loved the female goddesses and when Constantine mingled Christianity with his own rehash of the Persian Mithra his Version surfaced around A.D 100 and as long as there was a female as the main deity it kept the people happy. It’s like your south Americans who are pagan but will happily worship Mary and come under the catholic banner.

Her son Tammuz took on many names as well such as Horus, Apollo, Sol, Krishna, Hercules, Mithra, and we have a Trinity going back as well as we have Nimrod who was all the names of the sun gods to with added names like Bal, El ,  Ra ,  Helios, Freyr.

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When you see the Mother and Son and at times the pagan Trinity you see circles around What we now call “halos” and were nothing more than images of the Sun clearly demonstrating who these deities were really representing.  Not Jesus but Tammuz. Not Mary but Isthar/Semiramis.

The halo or golden disk about the head is found all over Christian art or let’s be precise more Catholic Art and statues in the Churches. Additionally, we have The sunburst on the cross encasing the pagan Eucharist and while we are on that subject the Priest and pope both bow to the statue of mary who is none other than the  “Queen of Heaven”

here is a list of how the Trinity and mother son worship has always been the only change is the names all are worshipped the same way and the same times of the year and have their respective counterparts some names change with the narrative.

  • Lebanon          Baal,            Ashtoreth,           Tammuz
  • Phonecian      El,                 Asherah,               Baal
  • Babylon           Nimrod,      Semiramis,         Tammuz                      
  • Ishtar,                  Tammuz
  • Assyria            Ninus,          Beltus,                  Belus,                         Hercules                                                            
  • Also                  Bel,               Ishtar,                   Nabu
  • Greece             Zeus,         Athena/Leto,         Apollo 
  • Rome               Jupiter,         Cybele,                Attis                                                                      
  • Also                  Jupiter,        Venus,                  Mars
  • Egypt               Ra,                  Isis.                      Horus                                                                
  • Also                 Osiris,           Isis                       Set
  • India                Vishnu,        Brahma,              Shiva

JESUS DEATH AND RESURRECTION.

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Paul says in 1 Corinthians 15 where we find one of the earliest creeds that Jesus was born died and was resurrected verses 1-8.Paul wrote the Letter to the Corinthians in 52/3 a.d and says:-

But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen: And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up if so be that the dead rise not. For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. 1 Corinthians 15 v 13-17

We pick up the gospel in the garden of Gethsemane  when Jesus is praying for he knows what is to come and we see hear that he shows human emotion

Then he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch[a]with me.” 39 And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.”Matthew 26 v 28-39

Jesus hear is Troubled and sorrowful and is attacked hear with doubt and fear Luke 22 v 44jesus-in-garden tells us to the point that he started to sweat blood The clinical term is “hematohidrosis.” “Around the sweat glands, there are multiple blood vessels in a net-like form.” Under the pressure of great stress, the vessels constrict. Then as the anxiety passes “the blood vessels dilate to the point of rupture. The blood goes into the sweat glands.” As the sweat glands are producing a lot of sweat, it pushes the blood to the surface – coming out as droplets of blood mixed with sweat.This was a mixture of that Jesus knew he would soon face the Whip then Golgotha to be hung on a tree “the crucifixion”.Not only this but Jesus knew that he would bear the sins of mankind to the point that the father would forsake him as Prophecy told us as God can not look upon Sin.

To the chief Musician upon Aijeleth Shahar, A Psalm of David. My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me,and from the words of my roaring? Psalm 22 v 1 

And about the ninth hour ,Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani ? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? Matthew 27 v 46

Behold, the LORD’S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear. Isaiah 59 v 1-2

After Jesus was brutely beaten Pilate at the 6th hour gave him over to be crucified and at the 9th hour, he was on the cross. Jesus was placed in between two others and after a few hours round about 3 in the afternoon Jesus gave up the Ghost.We have a few over the years who doubt this even happened with the koran stating that Jesus was caught up to heaven. Now the koran was said to of been written at Mohammed’s time 586- 632 it was said to of been written over a 23 year period 609-632 a.d. That’s nearly 600 years after the fact if you believe that was when the koran was written down, and not in the 8th century. We can’t heel-bone-and-nail-from-the-ossuary-of-yehohanan-son-of-hagkol-jerusalem-1st-century-cemention Muslims without mentioning the Gospel of Barnabas that says that Jesus was caught up to heaven and Judas took Jesus’ place. This Gospel is a mid-evil fake and the Turkish Bible doing its rounds is fake also.Archaeologists have found an ankle bone with a nail driven through it.It is believed to belong to a first Century victim of Crucifixion. The Gospels are clear that Jesus was dead on the Cross John says

But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs:But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water. John 19 v 33-34

Jesus would not have lasted long the guards had whipped and scourged him people died of that alone. When the scripture above says blood and water this only happens when the body has stopped working basically the separation occurs after Death.

EASTER.

As Mentioned above this Resurrection is what our whole faith is built on The popular view is that Jesus was crucified on “Good Friday” and rose on “Easter Sunday” at dawn. All Catholics and Protestant denominations adhere to this but is this correct..?

Jesus gave the Pharisees one sign

But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas:For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. Matthew 12 v 39-40  

The words of Jesus himself say that he will be in the grave three days and three nights there is some talk that this could be a Jewish Idiom and can mean any part of the day making a late Friday burial and an early Sunday resurrection possible that would be one full night and one full day  me personally I don’t go for this because although the Bible does use Idioms I don’t think this is in play here as I came across a statement

 “The fact that “three days” is used by Hebrew idiom for any part of three days and three nights is not disputed; because that was the common way of reckoning… But, when the number of “nights” is stated as well as the number of “days,” then the expression ceases to be an idiom, and becomes a literal statement of fact.” The Companion Bible, Appendix 144

This subject can be vast when you take in all factors but to simplify it the week of Jesus Death and resurrection there were two Sabbaths you had the Passover and you had the weekly Sabbath with taking all into account and doing a bit of independent study you sieve through scriptures like.

When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him.  And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb.  And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?” And looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled back—it was very large. Mark 16 v 1-4

The evening Before he was crucified was the Passover  Leviticus 23 tells us that on the day after the Passover a separate festival, the Feast of Unleavened Bread, begins The first day of this Feast is “a holy convocation” on which “no customary work” is to be done

And the disciples did as Jesus had appointed them and they made ready the Passover. Now when the even was come, he sat down with the twelve. Matthew 26 v 19-20

The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre. John 20 v 1 

Mary went to the Tomb early on Sunday Morning and the Tomb was Empty BigProblemsif it was three days from Friday you also have Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus, followers of Jesus, hurriedly placed His body in Joseph’s nearby tomb just before sundown

The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, (for that sabbath day was an high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken and that they might be taken away. John 19 v 31

The long and short of it is there are two Sabbaths and can really complicate matters so without further ado…

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So to recap when Jesus’ body is taken down Joseph of Aramathia ask’s pilate for his body and he puts Jesus in his family Tomb. The guards are outside the tomb then a few days pass and the women arrive to anoint Jesus body and they come across an “Empty” tomb. Have an encounter with a heavenly being and go and tell his disciples this account more or less is in all four gospels.People all through the Ages past have known that this is the pivotal point in the Gospels as Paul said “ if Christ be not raised, your faith is vainGary Habermas in his book “The case for the Resurrection of Jesus Christ” compiled a list of 2,200 sources from 1975 to the present of scholars on the Resurrection.In Finding The Real Jesus  Lee Strobel on the Resurrection he gives us five Minimal facts 

Fact 1 : Jesus was Killed by Crucifixion 

There is multiple Sources in the New Testament and outside Sources who will find in my Other Blog  Did Jesus Exist..  and even among sceptics, the majority agree he was  Crucified.

Fact 2 : Jesus Disciples believed that he rose from theDead

There is a few pieces of Evidence Pauls Letters and The Gospels Oral traditions passed through the early church and the writings of the early church fathers.

Fact 3 : The Conversion of Paul who persecuted Christians

Paul himself says he met the Risen Christ and Converted and the ancient sources of Luke, Clement of  Rome, Polycarp, Tertullian, Dionysius of Corinth and Origen say that paul was willing to suffer and die for his faith.

Fact 4 : The Conversion of James the half brother of Jesus

The Gospels of Mark and John Tell us his brothers never believed in him and in pauls Letter to the Corinthians we Have Jesus appearing to James and James later became a leader in the early Church.

Fact 5 : The Tomb was Empty

This isn’t as well received as the last 4 but the Gospels themselves speak of Christ being raised and the Tomb being empty To give this support out with the Bible we have the Jerusalem Factor that is the Disciples from the start preached that he rose from the dead it didn’t take 30-40 years and wasn’t done in a far away land it was done where he was from and at the time it happened and if this was not true we would have all sorts of writings to attest to it being false and it wouldn’t have gathered pace at all if false.

Now when they were going, behold, some of the watch came into the city, and shewed unto the chief priests all the things that were done. And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money unto the soldiers, Saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept.And if this come to the governor’s ears, we will persuade him, and secure you.So they took the money, and did as they were taught: and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day. Matthew 28 v 11-15

When talking of the Body of Christ if the Authorities stole the body all they had to do was produce it to put an end to the whole resurrection.In the Gospel of Matthew, the jews admitted the body was gone and concocted a cover story.

Back at the start of the 4th Century, the start of the Paganisation of Christianity started to occur Rome mixed this festival with Christian Holidays as it appealed to a wider audience thinking this would bring more people to Christ. Like what happened in Rome, Constantine didn’t become a true Christian till his death bed in the year 337 a.d he did give the Christians a reprieve with the Edict of Milan in 313 but he was still very much a Pagan. After his Victory at Milvian Bridge in 312 a.d he built the triumphal arch with no mention of Christianity he was very much still into Mithraism and his religion was just that with a sprinkle of Christianity or is it Christianity with a sprinkle of Mithraism.

From this point “The Catholic Church” was born the term Catholic was used at the councildagon of Nicea in 325 a.d and means “Universel” Ignatius of Antioch used the term in around 100 a.d but this is no connection. So from here Constantines Sun god became the Son Of God born on the 25th of December Saturnalia was tipped to Merge with Constantine’s Christianity. This marked a marriage of Pagan dates and festivals to Christian holidays and we get Easter/Ostara/Good Friday, Samhain/ Halloween/ All Saints Day and St Patricks Day that is also the Druid holiday for the Egyptian god Ptah-Rekh.

A WEE SUMMARY.

Weeping forTammuz became Lent, Fish on Friday was from Dagon, Rolling the Eggs for fertility became the stone and the empty Tomb and empty Eggs. The Hot cross bun has nothing to do with Christ and all to do with Tammuz and the seasons. Ash Wednesday originated from the Nordic pagan religion where ashes were put above the brow to ensure protection of the Norse god, Odin that as well as Lent crept in at the council of Nicea in 325 A.D. Semiramis while continuing to build her mystery religion. The queen told the worshippers to meditate upon the sacred mysteries of Baal and Tammuz and to make the sign of the “T” in front of their hearts. Today this is called “The Sign of the Cross” made over the heart of Christians.

But well Meaning Christians and catholic apologists will say all the above is all wrong and that Easter is a Christian Feast. Even if you go with Bede and Grimm and that Eostre is a modern take we have seen it has roots in the indo-European Language and has links to the Daughter of Heaven. C’mon the name Eostre is anglo Saxon German and is/can be pronounced Easter. Are you telling me that this Name that sounds like Easter has the same festival as Easter isn’t modelled on the Ancient Babylonian fertility goddess of the springtime ?

Not buying it one bit never mind all the different goddesses that have similar aspects weather that be Doves, Eggs, Sons or Hares it is true Ishtar and Easter appear to be homophones: they may have the same pronunciation and are pronounced similarly, and on the surface have different meanings and I did say “Appear to be”. But with all the things we have read hear the similarities are to me uncanny. if you want to celebrate Easter go ahead but please don’t say that it has no pagan roots as.

Once you hear the truth, you can’t unhear it. Once you know the truth you are responsible. Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.

Thanks Once Again for reading and if your Inner man/Woman was Fed Good if you have time please like or subscribe or BOTH would love to hear from you in the comment If you have anything to add to Do Rabbits Lay Eggs..?- Pagan Origins Of Easter.

Sources.

http://www.ancient.eu/article/743/

http://www.british-israel.ca/two%20babylons.htm

http://www.newadvent.org/fathers/120118.htm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C4%92ostre

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bede

http://www.attalus.org/old/sayings1.html#173

http://linesandprecepts.com/2016/03/27/the-pagan-origins-of-easter/

http://www.sabbathcovenant.com/book2MysteryReligionOfBabylon/Chapter7.htm

Gary Habermas The case for the Resurrection of Jesus Christ

Lee Strobel Finding the real Jesus.

https://rcg.org/articles/ttmol.html.

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