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Easter is Pagan (Prelim 1957)

Easter is Pagan (Prelim 1957)

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EASTER
ispagan!
PrintedinU.S.A.
 
T
heResurrectionwasnotonEasterSunday!EasterisnotaChristianname,butthetitleoftheidolatrous
"queen
ofheaven."Here'sthetrueoriginandmeaningofLent,East-ereggs,hotcrossbuns!
Copyright
1957
RadioChurchofGod
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EASTERISPAGAN3
W
HYDO
youbelievethethingsyoubelieve,dothethingsyoudo?Thechancesareyouneverstopped
to
askyour-selfthatquestion.YouhavebeentaughtsincechildhoodtoacceptEasterasthechiefoftheChris-tianholidays.YouhavesupposeditispartofthetrueChris-
cian
religion
to
observeLent,"HolyWeek,""GoodFriday,"tobuyhot-crossbunsatthebakery,
to
havecoloredEastereggs,
to
dressupandgo
to
ChurchEasterSunday-perhapstoattendanEastersunriseservice!Becauseofthe"sheep"instinctinhumansmostof
llS
believealotofthingsthatarenottrue.Mostofusdoalotofthingsthatare
wrong,
supposingthesethingstoberight,orevensacred!
r
Ishtar,thePaganGoddess
Whatisthe
meaning
ofthename"Easter?"Youhavebeenled
to
supposethewordmeans"resur-rectionofChrist."For1600yearsthewesternworldhasbeentaughtthatChristrosefromthedeadonSundaymorning.Butthatismerelyoneofthe
fables
theapostlePaulwarnedreadersoftheNewTestament
to
expect.TheresurrectiondidnotoccuronSunday!FortheastonishingproofsettingforththeexacttimeoftheResurrection,writeforourfreebooklet,'TheResurrection."Thename"Easter"ismerelytheslightlychangedEnglishspellingofthenameoftheancientAssy-riangoddessIshrar,pronouncedbytheAssyriansexactlyaswepronounce"Easter."TheBabyloniannameofthisgoddesswasAstarte,consortofBaal,theSun-god,whoseworshipisdenouncedbytheAlmightyintheBibleasthemostabominableofallpaganidolatry.Lookuptheword"Easter"inWebster'sdiction-ary.Youwillfind:"AS.(Anglo-Saxon),fromnameofoldTeutongoddessofspring."Inthelarge5-volumeHastingsBibleDictionary,onlysixbrieflinesaregiventothename"Easter,"becauseitoccursonlyonceintheBible-andthatonlyintheKingJamestranslation.SaysHastings:"Easter,usedinAuthorizedVersionasthetrans-lationof'Pascha'inActs12:4,'intendingafter
Easter
to
bringhimforth
to
thepeople:Re-visedVersionhassubstitutedcorrectly'thePass-over.'"
ApostlesObservedPassover
TheWorldAlmanac,1950edition,page704,says:"Inthesecondcentury,A.D.,EasterDaywas,amongChristiansinAsiaMinor"(thatis,intheChurchesatEphesus,Galatia,etc.,-theso-called"Gentile"churchesraisedupbytheApostlePaul)
 
4EASTERISPAGAN"the14thofNisan,theseventhmonthoftheJewishcalendar."Inotherwords,the14thdayofthe
first
monthofthesacredcalendar,anditwasnotthencalledbythenameofthepagandeity"Easter,"butbytheBIBLEname
up
ASSOVER."Passover,thedaysofunleavenedbread,Pente-cost,andtheholydaysGodhadordained
[oreoer
wereallobservedbyJesus,andtheearlyapostles,andtheconvertedGentileChristians(Acts2:1;12:3;20:6;18:21;ICor.5:7-8;Acts20:16;ICor.16:8).PassoverisamemorialofthecrucifixionofChrist.Passover,observedbytheearlytrueChurch,occurrednotonSundayoranyfixeddayoftheweek,butacalendardayoftheyear.Thedayoftheweekvariesfromyeartoyear.EasterisoneofthepagandaysPaulwarnedGentileconvertstheymustnotreturntoobserving.How,then,didthispaganfestivalenterintoandfastenitselfuponaprofessingChristianity?Thatisasurprisingstory-butfirsr,noticethetrueoriginandnatureofEaster.
Its
ChaldeanOrigin.
Easter,asHislopsays("TheTwoBabylons,")"bearsitsChaldeanoriginonitsveryforehead.Easterisnothingelsethan
Astarte,
oneofthetitlesofBeltis,the'queenofheaven,'whosename,aspronouncedbythepeopleofNineveh,wasevi-dentlyidenticalwiththatnowincommonuseinthiscountry."Theancientgodsofthepaganshadmanydif-ferentnames.WhilethisgoddesswascalledAstarteinBabylon,itappearsonAssyrianmonu-mentsfoundbyLayardinexcavationsatNinevehasIshtar(Layard's
NinevehandBabylon,
page629).Bothwerepronounced"Easter."Likewise,Beltis,orBel(referredtointheOldTestament)alsowascalledMoloch.ItwasforsacrificingtoMoloch
(I
Kings11:1-11,especiallyverse7,whereMolochiscalledanabomination)andotherpagangodsthatTheEternalcondemnedSolomon,andrendedawaytheKingdomofIsraelfromhisson.IntheancientChaldeanidolatrousSun-worship,BaalwastheSun-god,Astartehisconsort,orwife.AndAstarteisthesameasIshtar,ortheEnglishEaster.
I
SaysHislop:"Thefestival,ofwhichwereadinchurchhistory,underthenameofEaster,inthethirdorfourthcenturies,wasquiteadifferentfes-tivalfromthatnowobservedintheRomish(andProtestant)church,and
atthattimewasnotknownbyanysuchnameasEaster.
IT
WASCALLEDPASS-OVER,andwasveryearlyobservedbyChristians...ThatfestivalagreedoriginallywiththetimeoftheJewishPassover,whenChristwascrucified.EASTERISPAGAN
5
...
...Thatfestivalwasnotidolatrous,
andwas
Pri-
cededbynoLent."
WhereDidWeGetLENT?
"Itoughttobeknown,"wroteCassianusinthefifthcentury,"thattheobservanceofthefortydays(Lent)hadnoexistence,solongastheper-fectionofthatprimitiveChurchremainedinvio-late."JesusobservednoLent.TheapostlesandtheearlytrueChurchofGodobservednoLentensea-son.Thenhowdidthisobservanceoriginate?"Thefortydays'abstinenceofLentwasdirectlyborrowedfromtheworshippersoftheBabyloniangoddess.SuchaLentoffortydays,'inthespringoftheyear,'isstillobservedbytheYezidisorpaganDevil-worshippersofKoordistan,whohaveinheriteditfromtheirearlymasters,theBabyloni-ans.SuchaLentwasheldbythepaganMexicans,
inhonorofthesun....
SuchaLentwasobservedinEgypt(Wilkinson's
Egyptians).
ThisEgyptianLentoffortydayswasheldexpresslyincommem-orationofAdonisorOsiris,thegreatmediatorialgod."
(TheTwoBabylons,
byHislop,pages104and105,and
SabeanResearches,
byLandseer,p.112).Doyourealizewhathashappened?GodAl-mightycommandedHispeopletoobservethePASSOVER
orever!
(Ex.12:24).ThiscommandwasgivenwhiletheIsraeliteswerestillinEgypt,
prior
totheOldCovenant,ortheLawofMoses!Itpictured,beforetheCrucifixion,Christ'sdeathfortheremissionofoursins,asatypelookingforwardtoit.AtHislastPassover,Jesus
changed
theemblemsusedfromthebloodofalambandeatingitsroastedbodytothebreadandwine.JesusdidnotabolishPassover-HemerelyCHANGEDtheemblems,orsymbolsused.AlltheapostlesofChrist,andtrueChristiansofthefirstcenturytrueChurchobservedit,onthe14thdayofthefirstmonthofthesacredcalendar.ItisnowaMEMORIALofChrist'sdeath,reaffirming,yearbyyearonitsanniversary,thetrueChristian'sFAITHinthebloodofChristfortheremissionofhissins,andthebrokenbodyofChristforhisphysicalhealing.Butwhathashappened?DOYOUREALIZEIT?Allwesternnationshavebeen
deceived
intodrop-pingthefestivalGodordainedforevertocom-memoratethedeathofthetrueSaviourforoursins,andsubstitutinginitsplacethePAGANfesti-valincommemorationofthecounterfeit"saviour"andmediatorofBaal,theSUNGOD,namedafterthemythicalIshtar,hiswife-actuallynoneotherthantheancientSemirimus,whopalmedherself

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