Created by pastorbuddy on 3/25/2009


The Resurrection was not on Easter Sunday! Easter is not a CHRISTIAN name, but the title of the idolatrous “queen of heaven.” Here’s an explanation of the true origin and meaning of Lent, Easter eggs, and sunrise services!

WHY DO you believe the things you believe, do the things you do? 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 ASSEMBLY Easter Sunday – perhaps 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 goddess

What is the meaning of the name “Easter“? You have been led to suppose the word means “resurrection of MESSIAH.” For 1600 years the Western world has been taught that MESSIAHrose 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! The name “Easter,” which is marry the slightly changed English spelling of the name of the ancient Assyrian and Babylonian goddessIshtar, comes to us from old Teutonic mythology where it is known as Ostern. The Phoenician name of this goddess was Astarte, consort of Baal, the sun ELOHIM, whose worship is denounced by the Almighty in the SCRIPTURES as the most abominable of all pagan idolatry. Look up the word “Easter” in Webster’s dictionary. You will find it clearly reveals the pagan origin of the name. In the large five-volume Hastings Dictionary of the SCRIPTURES, only six brief lines are given to the name “Easter,” because it occurs only once in the SCRIPTURES — and that only in the Authorized 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 Standard Version has substituted correctly ‘the Passover.’”

Apostles Observed Passover

The World Almanac, 1968 edition, page 187, says: “In the second century A.D., Easter Day was, among The Early True ASSEMBLY in Asia Minor [that is, in the Assemblies at Ephesus, Galatia, etc. -- the so-called "Gentile" Assemblies raised up by the Apostle Paul] the 14th of Nisan, the seventh month of the Jewish [civil] 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 SCRIPTURAL name “Passover.” Passover, the Days ofUnleavened BreadPentecost, and the holy days ELOHIM had ordained forever were all observed by YAHWAH MESSIAH, and the early apostles, and the converted Gentile ASSEMBLIES (Acts 2:1; 12:3; 18:21; 20:6, 16; I Cor. 5:7-8; 16:8). Passover is amemorial of the crucifixion of byYAHWAH MESSIAH (Luke 22:19). Passover, observed by the early true ASSEMBLY, occurred not on Sunday or any fixed day of the week, but on a calendar day of the year. The day of the week varies from year to year. Easteris one of the pagan days Paul warned Gentile converts they must not return to observing (Gal. 4:9-10). How, then, did this pagan festival enter into and fasten itself upon a professing CHRISTIANITY? That is a surprising story — but first, notice the true origin and nature of Easter.

Its Chaldean Origin

Easter, as Alexander Hislop says (The Two Babylons, p. 103), “bears its Chaldean origin on its very forehead. Easter is nothing else than Astarte, one of the titles of Beltis, the queen of heaven ….” The ancient god’s of the pagans had many different names. While this goddess was called Astarte by the Phoenicians, it appears on Assyrian monuments found by Layard in excavations at Nineveh as Ishtar (Austen H. Layard, Nineveh and Babylon, Vol. II, p. 629). Both were pronounced “Easter.” Likewise, Bel (referred to in the Old Testament), also was called Molech. It was for sacrificing to Molech (I Kings 11:1-11, especially verse 7, where Molech is called an abomination) and other pagan god’s that the Eternal condemned Solomon, and rended away the Kingdom of Israel from his son. In the ancient Chaldean idolatrous sun-worship, as practiced by the Phoenicians, Baal 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 ASSEMBLY 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] ASSEMBLY, and at that time was not known by any such name as Easter. It was called Pascha, or the Passover, and … was very early observed by the true professing ASSEMBLY …. That festival agreed originally with the time of the Jewish Passover, when MESSIAH was crucified …. That festival was not idolatrous, and it was preceded by no Lent” (The Two Babylons, p. 104).

Where Did We Get Lent?

“Howbeit you should know,” wrote Johannes Cassianus (John Cassian) in the fifth century, “that as long as the primitiveASSEMBLY retained its perfection unbroken, this observance of Lent did not exist” (First Conference Abbot Theonas, chapter 30). YAHWAH MESSIAH observed no Lent. The apostles and the early true ASSEMBLY of ELOHIM observed no Lenten season. Then how did this observance originate? “The forty days’ abstinence of Lent was directly borrowed from the worshipers 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 of forty days was held in spring by the Pagan Mexicans …. Such a Lent of forty days was observed in Egypt …” (The Two Babylons, pp. 104, 105). In fact this Egyptian Lent of forty days was observed expressly in honor of Osiris, also known as Adonis in Syria and Tammuz in Babylonia (Sabean Researches, by John Landseer, pp. 111, 112). Do you realize what has happened? ELSHADDIcommanded 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, MESSIAH’S death for the remission of our sins, as a type looking forward to it. At His last Passover, YAHWAH MESSIAH changed the emblems used from the blood of a lamb and eating its roasted body to the bread and wine. YAHWAH MESSIAH did not abolish Passover — He merely changed the emblems, or symbols used. All the apostles of MESSIAH and The First Century True ASSEMBLYobserved it on the 14th day of the first month of the sacred calendar. It is now a memorial of Messiah’s death, reaffirming, year by year on its anniversary, The True ASSEMBLY’S faith in the blood of MESSIAH for the remission of His sins, and the broken body of MESSIAH is for physical healing. But what has happened? Do you realize it? All Western nations have been deceived into dropping the festival ELOHIM 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 “savior” and mediator Baal, the sun god, named after the mythical Ishtar, his wife — actually none other than the ancient Semiramis, who palmed herself off as the wife of the sun god, the idolatrous “queen of heaven.” This is what the early true ASSEMBLY believed, ! It is pagan to the core! Yet scores of millions are deceived into observing this form of heathen idolatry, under the delusion they are honoring YAHWAH MESSIAH the Son of the Creator ELOHIM ! Easter does not honor MESSIAH ! And yet, have you not been like a blind sheep, following the other millions in observing this custom? “The times of this ignorance ELOHIM winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent” (Acts 17:30).

Dyed Eggs

But did you know that dyed Easter eggs also figured in the ancient Babylonian mystery rites, just as they do in Easter observance today? Yes, these are pagan, too. It is recorded in Edward Davies’ “The Mythology and Rites of the British Druids,” page 210, that the ancient Druids bore an egg as the sacred emblem of their idolatrous order. Eggs were sacred to many ancient civilizations and formed an integral part of the religious ceremonies in Egypt and in the Orient. According to James Bonwick: “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 theVenus 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, pp. 211-212). Why do people who believe themselves to be CHRISTIANS dye eggs at Easter? Do they suppose the SCRIPTURES ordained, or commands, this heathen custom? There is not a word of it in the New Testament. Certainly MESSIAH did not start it, and the apostles and The First Century True ASSEMBLY did none of it! Then why should you do it today? Why follow heathenism and try to convince yourself you are a CHRISTIAN? ELOHIM calls such things abomination!

Easter Sunrise Services

You think Easter sunrise services are beautiful? Listen! ELOHIM was showing the Prophet Ezekiel the sins of His people in a vision — a prophecy for today! “Turn thee yet again,” said ELOHIM , “and thou shalt see greater abominations than these [Ezekiel had just been shown, in vision, idol worship among professing people of ELOHIM ]. And he brought me [in vision] into the inner court of the Eternal’s house, and behold … between the porch and the altar, were about five and twenty men, with … their faces toward the east; and they worshipped the sun toward the east. Then he said unto me, Hast thou seen this, O 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 identical thing millions are doing every Easter Sunday morning — the sunrise service — standing with their faces toward the east, as the sun is rising, in a service of worship which honors the sun god 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 SCRIPTURES this is revealed as the most abominable of all idolatry in the sight of the Eternal Creator!

How Easter Crept Into the ASSEMBLY

Such is the origin and early history of Easter. How, then, was this pagan festival injected into professing CHRISTIAN religion, as a substitute for an ordinance of ELOHIM ?

Before revealing briefly the astonishing account of this great deception, two facts must be firmly fixed in mind. First, YAHWAH MESSIAH and the apostles foretold, not a universal, widespread popular growth of The True New Testament ASSEMBLY, 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 20 years after the ASSEMBLY began! He referred to the very “Chaldean Mysteries,” of which Easter and Christmas were the two chief festivals! Second, although YAHWAH MESSIAH said the gates of hell would never prevail against His ASSEMBLY, yet it is prophesied in the New Testament to be the “little flock” never as a great, large, popular universal ASSEMBLY (Luke 12:32). This is the very fact the world does not realize today!

TWO ASSEMBLIES — One False, One True

In New Testament prophecy TWO ASSEMBLIES are described. One, the great and powerful and universal ASSEMBLY, a part of the world, actually ruling in its politics over many nations, and united with the “Holy Roman Empire,” is brought to a concrete focus in Revelation 17. This ASSEMBLY is pictured with great pomp, ritual and display, decked in purple, scarlet and gold — proud, worldly, boastful. She is pictured as a universal deceiver — all the Western nations 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 ASSEMBLY, 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 ELOHIM’S Word? Surely, the Protestant world isn’t deceived! Oh, but it is! Notice, verse 5, she is a mother assembly! Her daughters are also ASSEMBLIES who have come out of her, in protest, calling themselves Protestant — but 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 politics — the very act which made a “harlot” out of their mother! The entire apostate family — mother, and more than 400 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 ELOHIM calls them something else — “Mystery, Babylon the Great”! “Babylon” means confusion! ELOHIM always names people and things by calling them what they are! And here are the identical ancient Babylonian Mysteries now wrapped in the false cloak labeled “CHRISTIANITY” — but in fact it is the same old “Babylonian Mystery System.” But where, then, was the True ASSEMBLY ?

TRUE ASSEMBLY Small — Scattered

Did the True ASSEMBLY of ELOHIM, of which YAHWAH MESSIAH is the living, directing Head, become perverted — did it merely apostatize into the system described above? No! The gates of hell have never prevailed against the True ASSEMBLY of ELOHIM, and never will! The True ASSEMBLY has never fallen! It has never ceased! But the True ASSEMBLY of ELOHIM is pictured in prophecy as the “little flock”! The New Testament describes this ASSEMBLY as continually persecuted, despised by the large popular ASSEMBLIES 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 ELOHIM and the faith of YAHWAH (Rev. 12:17). It has kept ELOHIM’S Festivals, not the pagan holidays. It has been empowered with the Spirit of ELOHIM! That ASSEMBLY never became the great popular ASSEMBLY at Rome, as the Protestant world supposes! That ASSEMBLYhas always existed, and it exists today! Then where did it go? Where was it during the Middle Ages? Where is it today? (Write for our free booklet “Where Is ELOHIM’S True ASSEMBLY Today?”)

First, remember this ASSEMBLY 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 ELOHIM, whether visibly together, or individually scattered. Under the lash of continual persecution and opposition from 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 ELOHIM would be scattered (Dan. 12:7). Ezekiel foretold it (Ezek. 34:5-12). Jeremiah, too (Jer. 23:1-2). YAHWAH MESSIAH foretold it (Matt. 26:31). The apostolic ASSEMBLY was soon scattered by persecution (Acts 8:1).

Ignored by Most Histories

You don’t read much of this true Body of YAHWAH MESSIAH 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 through every century to now! The prophecies bring this ASSEMBLY into concrete focus in the 12th chapter of Revelation. There she is shown spiritually, in the glory and splendor of the Spirit of ELOHIM , but visibly in the world as a persecuted Commandment keeping ASSEMBLY driven into the wilderness, for 1260 years, through the Middle Ages! Even inPaul’s 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 ELOHIM truth and way of life, were no part of ELOHIM’S True ASSEMBLY , though visibly assembling with those who were. The “mystery of iniquity” was already working inside these visible ASSEMBLIES. This apostasy increased! By the year A.D. 125 the majority in mostASSEMBLIES, especially those Gentile-born, were continuing in many of their old pagan beliefs and practices, though professing to be MESSIANIC! Gradually, a smaller and smaller portion of the visible ASSEMBLIES going by the name “MESSIANIC” remained truly yielded to ELOHIM and His Truth, and led of His Spirit. After Constantine took virtual control of the visible, professing ASSEMBLY 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 ELOHIM! Finally, it became necessary for real MESSIANICS, who, even as a scattered people, alone composed the True MESSIANIC ASSEMBLY, to flee from the jurisdiction of Rome in order truly to worship ELOHIM! Thus, the visible, organized ASSEMBLY which rose to power was the FALSE ASSEMBLY — the “Great Whore” of Revelation 17, called what we know as Christian.

Injected Into the ASSEMBLY

Nothing illustrates this very fact more vividly than the actual history of the injecting of Easter into the Western ASSEMBLY. Here is the quick, brief history of it, from the Encyclopedia Britannica (11th edition, Vol. VIII, pp. 828-829): “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 Original True ASSEMBLY ] continued to observe the Jewish [that is, ELOHIM'S] 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 YAHWAH MESSIAH as the true Paschal Lamb and the first fruits from the dead, continued to be observed. “Although the observance ofEaster was at a very early period in the practice of the CHRISTIAN ASSEMBLY, a serious difference as to the day for its observance soon arose between the MESSIANICS of Jewish and those of CHRISTIANS Gentile descent, which led to a long and bitter controversy. With the Jewish MESSIANICS … 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 Roman ASSEMBLY, now substituting pagan for True MESSIANIC 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 WesternASSEMBLIES [Catholic] kept Easter on the 1st day of the week, while the Eastern ASSEMBLIES [containing most of those who remained as part of the True ASSEMBLY ] 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 [sic] to confer with Anicetus, the bishop of that see, on the subject, and urged the tradition which he had received from the apostles 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 True ASSEMBLIES at Ephesus, Galatia, Antioch, Philadelphia, and all those mentioned in Revelation 2 and 3 -- The True ASSEMBLIES established through the Apostle Paul]. That province was the only portion of True ASSEMBLIES which still adhered to the 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 True ASSEMBLIES who continued the Eastern usage [that is, who continued in , ELOHIM'S way, as YAHWAH MESSIAH , Peter, Paul, and allThe Early True ASSEMBLY had done]. He was, however, restrained [by other bishops] from actually proceeding to enforce the decree of excommunication … and the Asiatic ASSEMBLIES retained their usage unmolested. We find the Jewish [True ASSEMBLY Passover] usage from time to time reasserting itself after this, but it never prevailed to any large extent. “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 Roman ASSEMBLY now decreed that none should be allowed to follow the ways of YAHWAH MESSIAH -- of the True MESSIANIC ASSEMBLY!] “… The few who afterwards separated themselves from the unity of the ASSEMBLY [Roman ASSEMBLY], and continued to keep the 14th day, were named ‘Quarto-decimani,’ and the dispute itself is known as the ‘Quartodeciman controversy (the 14th day controversy).’” Thus you see how the politically organized ASSEMBLY at Rome grew to great size and power by adopting popular pagan practices and how she gradually stamped out the true teachings, doctrines, and practices of YAHWAH MESSIAH and the True ASSEMBLY, so far as any collective practice is concerned.