This video and blog were inspired by"The Two Babylons" by Alexander Hislop,the websites linked here, and of course my inherent knowledge that holidays are commercial,silly and pagan.Btw,this isn't a Jehovah's Witness thing but rather a common sense thing.
Jeremiah 7:18:The children gather wood, the fathers kindle fire, and the women knead dough, to make cakes for the queen of heaven. And they pour out drink offerings to other gods, to provoke me to anger.
So who was this Queen of Heaven?It was the Sun god Baal's consort Astarte,also known in Nineveh as Ishtar.As I'm sure many of you know Ishtar is also known as the goddess Easter.Notice also in Jeremiah the women kneaded dough and made cakes for her..these today are the Hot Cross buns of Good Friday.
This sacred bread offered to the gods of antiquity was called "boun."
And from whence did the eggs at Easter time come?What inspired those?Jesus Christ?Of course not!Let's take a look in the book "The Two Babylons" by Alexander Hislop to see.
from pages 103-112 where he talks about the origins of Easter(a couple lil points put in my own words..) it communicates
In ancient times eggs were used in the religious rites of the Egyptians and the Greeks,and were hung up for mystic purposes in their temples.The classic poets are full of the fable of the mystic egg of the Babylonians.Semiramis died & reincarnated on the first Sunday after the vernal equinox by the following means:An egg of wondrous size(containing this goddess of fertility) is said to have fallen from heaven into the River Euphrates.The fishes rolled it to the bank,the doves settled upon and hatched it,and out came Venus,afterwards called the Syrian goddess Astarte.Hence the egg became one of the symbols for her,for Easter.The Romish church adopted this mystic egg of Astarte and consecrated it as a symbol of Christ's resurrection.Pagan religions in the Mediterranean area had a celebration at or after the Spring Equinox.
Many ancient heathen peoples used eggs,sometimes dyed and painted,in their celebrations,idolatries and religious rites,from the Druids to the Hindus to the Japanese and Chinese.And ,well,now the Christians do.
So what about that lovely Easter ham?What inspired that?Jesus Christ?Of course not!
Semiramis's son (he was also her husband!)Tammuz was gored by a wild boar when he was 40.After this,he was worshipped or honored by people weeping for 40 days,a day for each year of his life.These 40 days of weeping for him was one of the origins of Lent!Then they killed the wild boar that killed him and ate HAM on Easter Sunday.And,well,now the Christians do.
More about Lent from Hislop:
"The forty days' abstinence of the 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 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 Lent was observed in Egypt (Wilkinson's 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, p. 112).
1 Corinthians 10:31 (New International Version)
31So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
My guess would be that it doesn't glorify him to adopt pagan traditions and practices into your "Christian" worship.
What about those cute bunnies at Easter?What inspired those?Jesus Christ?Of course not!!
Easter was the goddess of fertility and Springtime,and her symbol was the rabbit.Anglo-Saxons worshipped the rabbit believing it to be Easter's earthly incarnation.
And what about the Easter sunrise service?
The following info is straight from a website I linked up top:
The Easter sunrise service is derived from the ancient pagan practice of welcoming the sun on the morning of the spring equinox, marking the beginning of spring. What we now call Easter lilies were revered by the ancients as symbols of fertility and representative of the male genitalia. The ancient Babylonian religions had rituals involving dyed eggs as did the ancient Egyptians.So, next Sunday, if you go to an Easter sunrise service, hunt for colored eggs or eat marshmallow bunnies, remember you are indulging in pagan rituals that celebrate fertility and the advent of springtime!
Ezekiel 8:16: And he brought me into the inner court of the LORD' house, and, behold, at the door of the temple of the LORD, between the porch and the altar, were about five and twenty men, with their backs toward the temple of the LORD, and their faces toward the east; and they worshipped the sun toward the east.
Ezekiel 8:18: Therefore will I also 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
From another site also linked up top:
It is the same identical thing millions are doing every Easter Sunday morning--- the sun-rise services--- standing with their faces towards the east, as the SUN is rising, in a 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!
Deuterononmy 12:30:Do not inquire regarding their gods, 'How did these nations worship their gods? I, too, would do the same.'
Do not invoke the names of other gods; do not let them be heard on your lips." - Exodus 23:13, NIVSB
God demands serious and uncompromised exclusivity in devotion,which would be compromised if we adopt pagan customs into our worship of Him,no matter how harmless they may seem.Thay cannot be if they have such horrific,destructive,disgusting origins.
These Pagan legends and practices infiltrated Christianity to make it more appealing to the pagans.Easter is a commercial holiday chockfull of pagan inspired goodies,or should I say baddies?Is this ok?Of course not!
The commemoration of the death of our Savior is being mocked & disrespected by commercialism and pagan practices wrapped in childish packages,packages that God called abominations and detrimental practices deserving of destruction for those who partook.God had the Babylonians take the Jews captive for offering what we now call HOT CROSS BUNS to false pagan gods!
More from another website linked up yonder:
To the Thessalonians Paul stated, "the mystery of iniquity doth already work," and 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 Th 2:7)
For those who say only the Roman Catholic church will be judged for abominations and apostacy etc..keep in mind she is called the mother harlot..which means she has children.
And I heard another voice from heaven saying, 'Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues. For her sins have reached to heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities'" (Revelation 18:4,5).
We need to test and make sure our denominations and places of worship aren't upholding her pagan adopted practices like the blatant commercial and pagan originated holidays.Is it possible that celebrating these would make one more a part of the world than an earnest servant of God?
John 17:16 Jesus said about his followers "They are no part of the world, just as I am no part of the world".
God clearly condemned,hated,was angry and hurt over everything that Easter and other holidays like it originated from.Easter and other holidays incorporate all the bells and whistles of pagan rituals,a little repackaged..but still remarkably blatant.
Therefore come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch NO UNCLEAN THING, and I will receive you." - 2 Cor. 6:17.
For those who say that all these things don't mean anything pagan for you personally and are simply harmless,well,I cannot dictate your conscience to you but what I can say is that I don't understand your thinking.That would be like the Israelites observing the pagans' way of doing things,adopting it then calling it something else and excusing it.I don't think God would like the excuses nor do I think he would shrug His shoulders at willful ignorance and the commercialization,lies attached and pagan customs adopted into Christianity.In fact,it would make him jealous,hurt and fiercely angry.I know this because I have read the OT and I didn't see anyone escape his wrath who had ANYTHING to do with pagan practices,no matter how pretty or appealing or seductive the packages were.
Matthew 15:6:You have nullified the word of God for the sake of your tradition.
Hypocrites, well did Isaiah prophesy about you when he said:
'This people honors me with their lips,but their hearts are far from me;
Why even pretend the origin of holiday practices and all their customs aren't pagan adopted?Who cares if it all seems to be like an angel of light?Didn't God warn us about that?Do you really think Satan would make everything detestable feel and look detestable?No more excuses for shallowness,nonchalance and pretend time.At least that's my opinion.I will point out that I am not judging someone's eternal salvation by whether or not they celebrate holidays..God said love covers a multitude of sin and we all fall short in some respects..He is the perfect, just, and only judge through Christ..I am simply appealing to Christians with the facts about Easter ,why it isn't ok,and why I and many other Christians have no personal interest in taking part.But awww..isn't it cute?No.
1 Corinthians 10:20
what they sacrifice, (they sacrifice) to demons,not to God, and I do not want you to become participants with demons.
You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and also the cup of demons. You cannot partake of the table of the Lord and of the table of demons.
Or are we provoking the Lord to jealous anger? Are we stronger than he?
"The times of this ignorance God winked at, but now commandeth to come to repentance." (Acts 17:30)