The True Origin Of Easter Series 11 of 20 ~ Two Churches : The Great Switch continues


Many Christians are still searching, finding and learning more about their faith. Not all churches are full.

Discovering what the Bible really says about Easter, Lent, colored eggs, sunrise service, hot cross buns, candy baskets, is like lifting the veil of misinformation.

Discovering what the Bible really says about Easter, Lent, colored eggs, sunrise service, hot cross buns, candy baskets, is like lifting the veil of misinformation.

There is a reason for this. There is a never ending quest for the truth of God in our lives, and it does not come easy. There is ridicule from family and friends for getting “too religious.” On one hand we want to have our questions answered and understand better. On the other hand, some decisions need to be made regarding what we choose to believe, or not believe.

Do we take the easy road of what was handed to us as children, if in fact matters of faith were handed down to us?

Is it alright to change what we believe at this point in our life?

Isn’t this the age of inter-faith, anything goes with everyone’s belief system, as long as we do not hurt their feelings?

And what is the Book of Revelation all about anyway?

Does any of this even matter?

Jesus prophesied that a small group of Christians keeping the faith as he taught it would remain in these last days. He did not say a large group of Christians would stay to the end. He did say that in these days, before God’s Kingdom comes to earth, that “weeds” would be sown among his faithful, mixing them up, even among the faithful. This is easy to see. What Jesus taught has nothing to do with human traditions, seasonal celebrations, and worldly obsessions. These are major distractions to the faithful.

One thing is clear. Jesus did not tell the Jewish people to keep practicing their Jewish ways.

Jesus did not tell the Gentiles to keep their non-belief systems.

Jesus did not tell the pagans to keep their false gods.

Jesus did not tell everyone he met to go along with any and all belief systems, nor did he ever say to worship all religions together in an inter-faith way.

Today we see so many divisions in our human grappling with our understanding of exactly what Jesus told us to do. We see a great “falling away,” (the Greek word apostasia here means “to defect from truth”) before the Return of Christ (II Thes. 2:1-3) has now occurred.” rcg.org.

There are many churches now who are taking a much needed closer look at what they teach and why. The reason this is necessary is because many churches, since the time of Jesus, mixed the pagan traditions and their celebrations and festivals to the false gods; with how God told his faithful how, what, when, where and why to worship. The celebrations to the false god Nimrod (at Christmas) and his to his wife Ishtar (Easter) being combined with Christianity is a major problem for anyone authentically claiming to be Christian. Anyone not knowing the history (not opinion or faith, but fact) of these celebrations may refer to posts 1-10 in this series, as well as the True Origin of Christmas series in this blog; or simply check any secular (or even Catholic) encyclopedia.

The Restored Church of God, from which this series is taken at rcg.org, is written by David C. Pack. It is accurate. In my studies, I must also mention that the Jehovah’s Witnesses also have accurate understanding in these matters. This post continues now regarding the separation of the churches, and the great switch that has taken place within all of Christendom:

“Thus, the previously described true Church organization joined the other church, portrayed as a harlotrous queen (like Semiramis/Easter) riding a beast with seven heads (Rev. 17). These heads represent the historic revivals of the Holy Roman Empire. This whorish woman symbolizes a powerful, politically organized church. Gradually, this church, centered at Rome, adopted more and more pagan doctrines and practices until the only discernible difference between it and pagan religion was its use of the name of Jesus Christ. This is how Easter came to be celebrated in place of the true Christian Passover.” rcg.org.

When Jesus told his disciples, “Do this in memory of me,” he was talking about the Passover celebration, which God himself commanded to his followers to do. Jesus was not talking about his resurrection, which at that time had not even happened yet. How many people know that stories of gods resurrecting were common in pagan culture?

In a misguided attempt to appease pagan and Christian cultures by blending them into one, they have been as successful as blending oil and water, which never truly blends. It is the pagan cultures and traditions which kept the Babylonian false ideologies alive.

“This “mother church” has many “daughter denominations,” and the entire system masquerades under the banner of “Christianity,” when they are really the “Babylon Mystery Religion.” The Bible pictures her as a universal deceiver with all “Christian” countries made drunk with her false doctrines! She is pictured as being made drunk with the blood of the saints, while, at the same time, bragging that she is the true church. All of her daughters have adopted her pagan practices.” rcg.org, by David C. Pack.

The True Origin Of Easter Series 10 of 20 ~ Two Churches : The Great Switch


Mainstream Christianity considers itself to be the church handed down by Jesus Christ. However, what

Discovering what the Bible really says about Easter, Lent, colored eggs, sunrise service, hot cross buns, candy baskets, is like lifting the veil of misinformation.

Discovering what the Bible really says about Easter, Lent, colored eggs, sunrise service, hot cross buns, candy baskets, is like lifting the veil of misinformation.

everyone in Christendom needs to evaluate, is how close to Jesus words do we live? Do we really listen and act upon Jesus words, or only those words which are convenient for us, or those which we follow even if they are contrary to the Bible? The reason these questions are important is because a great switch has been made. Not everyone has noticed it. The weeds have been sown among the wheat. Jesus gives us the same symbolism with the parable of the sheep and the goats. This switch is so sinister that it has the power to draw us away from the One, True God; and to leads us into worshiping, honoring and celebrating the very false gods that most of us deny. This post continues from rcg.org, by David C. Pack.

“There are two completely different churches pictured in the New Testament. One, the true Church that Jesus built, is described as the bride of Christ, forsaking involvements with this world and its customs in order to be pure when He comes for her. But, throughout the New Testament, it was prophesied that false teachers would creep in and gain control of the church organization. True Christians would have to flee from many of their original congregations to continue to obey God. They would, therefore, be a “little flock,” often scattered, never having political power in this world.

“The world has kept little track of this small, scattered, persecuted Church, but Christ promised that He would never leave or forsake it and that “the gates of hell [the grave] shall not prevail against it” (Matt. 16:18). Though it has periodically had to scatter for its life (Acts 8:1; Dan. 12:7), Christ has faithfully kept His promise to remain with it, empowering and strengthening it through His Spirit. Despite continual persecution—even during periods of great martyrdom by the large popular churches that have always sought to destroy it—a remnant has always remained throughout the last nearly 2,000 years. It has continued to “keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus” (Rev. 14:12).

God has always commanded His Church not to keep pagan festivals! This little Church has been willing to obey Him. The entire inset 12th chapter of Revelation gives a brief overview of its history, right up to and through the time that God protects it just before the Return of Christ.

“Paul warned the Thessalonian congregation, “…the mystery of iniquity does already work” (II Thes. 2:7). This mystery was already having an influence within the true Church just twenty years after Christ established it in 31 A.D. It was the very Chaldean Mystery, embodied in Christmas and Easter—its two greatest festivals! Invariably, the arrival of these false pagan celebrations required true Christians to flee.”

The True Origin Of Easter Series 9 of 20 ~ Does God Say Anything About Easter?


For those of us who have loved Easter as a kid, and fervently celebrated the resurrection of Jesus since

Discovering what the Bible really says about Easter, Lent, colored eggs, sunrise service, hot cross buns, candy baskets, is like lifting the veil of misinformation.

Discovering what the Bible really says about Easter, Lent, colored eggs, sunrise service, hot cross buns, candy baskets, is like lifting the veil of misinformation.

birth, learning the true origin of Easter, the celebration that predates Christianity by thousands of years, can be disconcerting. It can be easier for us to not to want to learn any more, or argue the articles of our faith. But once we know how Easter really started, we cannot unknown it. Arguing with the reality of history is like living our lives like ostriches with our heads stuck in the sand. Going with the philosophy that ignorance is not bliss, we will next turn to God’s word, the Bible, to see what God has told us about Easter. This post comes from rcg.org, by David C. Pack.

“God Calls Easter Evil

“Now that we know that Easter is the goddess Ashtaroth, we need to look into the Bible and see what God thinks of her. Look at this verse: “And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord…And they forsook the Lord, and served Baal and Ashtaroth [Easter]” (Jdg. 2:11, 13).

“The context shows that God allowed His people to be taken from their land into captivity as a result of this sin! It continues, explaining how God delivered His people over and over again through a series of judges. After each deliverance, Israel returned to the same false gods, which in turn brought another captivity, via conquest by the nations around them. They never seemed to learn, as verse 19 makes clear: “And it came to pass, when the judge was dead, that they returned, and corrupted themselves…in following other gods…and…they ceased not from their own doings, nor from their stubborn way.” In chapter 10, verse 6, Israel repeats this pattern of stubbornness. And God, just as stubbornly, still calls it evil.

“Baal and Ashtaroth worship reappeared during Samuel’s time. Samuel told Israel, “…put away the strange gods and Ashtaroth from among you, and prepare your hearts unto the Lord, and serve Him only…Then the children of Israel did put away Baalim and Ashtaroth, and served the Lord only” (I Sam. 7:3-4). Later, in I Samuel 12:10-11, Samuel publicly recounted Israel’s history to them. He reminded them that they continually returned to obeying God, only to fall backwards into idolatry again and again!

“It has been said that “The only thing man has learned from history is that no one learns from history.” George Santayana took it further, saying, “Those who do not learn the lesson of history are doomed to repeat it.”

“This lesson describes ancient Israel—but it also describes today’s modern world.”

“One Final Example

“The Bible states that King Solomon was the wisest man who ever lived. Yet, he made a mistake that God considered so great that, after his death, He punished Solomon by removing the kingdom from his son.

“His mistake?

He married a woman who led him into the worship of Easter (Ashtaroth). Notice I Kings 11:4-6: “For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods…For Solomon went after Ashtaroth the goddess of the Zidonians…And Solomon did evil in the sight of the Lord, and went not fully after the Lord, as did David his father.” Verses 11-12 demonstrate that the kingdom was taken from his son.”

 

The True Origin Of Easter Series 8 of 20 ~ Hot Cross Buns ~ Astarte (Easter) The Queen Of Heaven ~ Cakes For The Queen Of Heaven


Many of the Easter symbols that we take for being Christian, are actually pagan symbols. Some of us

Discovering what the Bible really says about Easter, Lent, colored eggs, sunrise service, hot cross buns, candy baskets, is like lifting the veil of misinformation.

Discovering what the Bible really says about Easter, Lent, colored eggs, sunrise service, hot cross buns, candy baskets, is like lifting the veil of misinformation.

think that hot cross buns have to do with the Christian cross icon, but in reality, these buns began as “cakes for the queen of heaven.” Who is the queen of heaven? It is not who most people think. Here is a clue. It is not Jesus mother who Catholics refer to as the “queen of heaven.” This series is based on well documented history books, including the Catholic Encyclopedia, and Microsoft Encarta Multimedia Encyclopedia. This series comes from rcg.org, by David C. Pack.

“When I was in the first grade, all the children in my class had to sing a solo of his or her choice. I will never forget this terrifying moment. I was so embarrassed and nervous that I picked the shortest song in our little songbook, “Hot Cross Buns,” and sang it before the class. Of course, I had no idea what I was singing. Though short (it was only fifteen words), I have never forgotten the lesson of its meaning.

“Notice Jeremiah 7:18: “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 to other gods, that they may provoke me to anger.” The cakes offered to the queen of heaven were these same hot cross buns that millions of children sing about today (Alexander Hislop, The Two Babylons, p. 107). What seems so innocent is not innocent at all.

“Ashtaroth – Queen Of Heaven

“Astarte (Easter)-worship was always associated with the worship of Baal or sun worship. Astarte was Baal’s wife. Notice that another name for Astarte was Ashtaroth. The following quote makes this point clear: “What means the term Easter itself? It is not a Christian name. It bears its Chaldean origin on its very forehead. Easter is nothing else than Astarte, one of the titles of Beltis, the queen of heaven…Now, the Assyrian goddess, or Astarte, is identified with Semiramis by Athenagoras (Legatio, vol. ii. p. 179), and by Lucian (De Dea Syria, vol iii. p. 382)…Now, no name could more exactly picture forth the character of Semiramis, as queen of Babylon, than the name of ‘Asht-tart,’ for that just means ‘The woman that made towers’…Ashturit, then…is obviously the same as the Hebrew ‘Ashtoreth’” (Alexander Hislop, The Two Babylons, pp. 103, 307-308).

“Notice this conclusive quote from Microsoft Encarta Multimedia Encyclopedia: “Ishtar was the Great Mother, the goddess of fertility and the queen of heaven.” So, in actuality, Ashtaroth (Ishtar) was Nimrod’s harlotrous, mother/wife widow, Semiramis, as many other ancient historians attest! Easter is now established as none other than the Ashtaroth of the Bible! We can now examine the scriptures that show how God views the worship of this pagan goddess—by any name!”

Tomorrow we will see what the Bible stays about keeping the pagan practices, and/or mixing pagan practices with how he tells people to worship him.

The True Origin Of Easter Series 7 of 20 ~ Sunrise Services


This series is taking a closer look at where the Easter holiday traditions come from, not just where our

Discovering what the Bible really says about Easter, Lent, colored eggs, sunrise service, hot cross buns, candy baskets, is like lifting the veil of misinformation.

Discovering what the Bible really says about Easter, Lent, colored eggs, sunrise service, hot cross buns, candy baskets, is like lifting the veil of misinformation.

current religious re-Christianization over pagan holidays comes from. Research provided here comes from rcg.org, by David C. Pack.

“Sunrise services are mentioned in the Bible. But what God says about this custom is not what you expect. Notice these astonishing verses. The prophet Ezekiel was being shown, in vision, an important prophecy concerning the sins of God’s people in our time.

“The entire context of these verses needs to be examined carefully to understand the heightening condemnation toward which God builds in His conclusion: “…Turn you yet again, and you shall see greater abominations that they do…and, behold, there sat women weeping for Tammuz…And He brought me into the inner court of the Lord’s 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. Then He said unto me, Have you seen this, O son of man? Is it a light thing…that they commit the abominations which they commit here? For they…have returned to provoke Me to anger…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” (Ezek. 8:13-18).

Observing sunrise services is serious to God! He so hates this vile practice that He will ultimately destroy all who persist in it (Ezek. 9)!

“It is no “light thing” to God that many millions do this every Easter! It may seem “beautiful,” “religious,” and “deeply moving” to those participating in it, but God has forbidden His true people to devise their own religious customs and ideas. He is not interested in what people may personally feel or think is right. He is interested in those who care about what He thinks! As far as God is concerned, ancient sun worship, dressed up in Easter finery and bonnets, is just modern packaging of a very old, idolatrous pagan custom.

“Consider God’s own words in Deuteronomy 12:28-32 (NKJ): “Observe and obey all these words which I command you…When…you…dwell in their land, take heed to yourself that you are not ensnared to follow them…and that you do not inquire after their gods, saying, ‘How did these nations serve their gods? I also will do likewise.’ You shall not worship the Lord your God in that way; for every abomination to the Lord which He hates they have done to their gods…Whatever I command you, be careful to observe it; you shall not add to it nor take away from it.”

“God tells Christians to never mix what is godly with what is pagan—or the true with the false! Do not let men tell you that what God says makes no difference. It does!” rcg.org, by David C. Pack

The True Origin Of Easter Series 6 Of 20 ~ A Counterfeit Savior?


Our lives are the Fibonacci spiral in action, the spirals of life in all our lives. Our faith journey continues to

Discovering what the Bible really says about Easter, Lent, colored eggs, sunrise service, hot cross buns, candy baskets, is like lifting the veil of misinformation.

Discovering what the Bible really says about Easter, Lent, colored eggs, sunrise service, hot cross buns, candy baskets, is like lifting the veil of misinformation.

go deeper and deeper the more we earnestly seek that which we hope to find. Everyone has their own faith journey. Mine began as a Christian.  I became unsettled by what seemed to me to be a childish faith, believing what the hierarchy taught – even when it did not make sense. I sought through New Age and evolution distractions, ancient knowledge of pagan religions, and every religion we humans have contrived in an attempt to understand the One God of All. After continuing to find emptiness in most of all belief systems, rather than “throw the baby out with the bathwater,” I dug deeper still, uncovering truth, common sense,  order and understanding.

Sometimes we get so caught up with the holidays, the fun and festivities, our family and human traditions, that we do not really care to understand where these holidays, like Easter, really come from. Christian or not, these festivities give people a break from the mundane work and burden of our lives, so it really does not matter what and why we do things, right?

Wrong.

We may not understand why we are really celebrating, like Easter for example. We may think the church hierarchies putting their “spin” on are right, because they are our leaders of faith, but even they know they are attempting to “re-Christianize,” a practice and belief system that is pagan. We also think if we only focus on what we want to focus on, then we are not participating in either Christian, nor pagan culture. Right?

Wrong again.

We might be ignorant of how Easter really started, but Christian or not, it is very enlightening to find out how and why we do they things we do. This series continues from rcg.org, by David C. Pack.

“One of the central themes of the New Testament is that Jesus Christ came to die for mankind’s sins and offer redemption to a world cut off from God.

“The master counterfeiter (Satan the devil, called the “god of this world” in II Cor. 4:4) seeks to counterfeit every aspect of God’s plan. He “deceives the whole world” (Rev. 12:9). As the arch-deceiver, he would not be content to counterfeit all other aspects of Christianity but not the identity and worship of the true Savior!

“Who is the real “savior” central to the “Easter Sunday” tradition? Is it the Jesus Christ of the Bible? If you say “yes,” are you sure? History answers this question plainly, with this:

“First notice that “…the conception of a Saviour-God was quite normal in the ancient pagan world…a conception of salvation underlies the notion of such Gods as Osiris, Attis, and Adonis…” (John M. Robertson, Christianity and Mythology, p. 395).

“And then this: “It has often been urged that this belief in the Resurrection of Jesus is due to ideas of divine resurrection current in the contemporary world…stories of Attis, Adonis, and Osiris…In the pagan stories the rising again is a joyous reversal of defeat; in the Christian story it is the complement of victorious death. It may be said that Attis and Osiris saved by rising again, Jesus by dying…the Easter observance did not arise at once out of belief in the Resurrection, but developed later by gradual stages out of the Jewish Pasch. The notion implied in the Easter greeting Christ is risen is a secondary development; the idea comes from this festival and from its occurrence in spring; the festival does not come from the idea. The idea of Christ’s resurrection was injected into the old practice of Easter observance and not the other way around” (A. Nock, Early Gentile Christianity and its Hellenistic Background, pp. 105-107).

“And, finally, the powerful theme of this oft-repeated counterfeit is made most clear by the famous historian, James George Frazer: “Now the death and resurrection of Attis were officially celebrated at Rome on the 24th and 25th of March, the latter being regarded as the spring equinox, and…according to an ancient and widespread tradition Christ suffered on the 25th of March…the tradition which placed the death of Christ on the 25th of March…is all the more remarkable because astronomical considerations prove that it can have had no historical foundation…When we remember that the festival of St. George in April has replaced the ancient pagan festival of the Parilia; that the festival of St. John the Baptist in June has succeeded to a heathen Midsummer festival of water; that the festival of the Assumption of the Virgin in August has ousted the festival of Diana; that the feast of All Souls [following Halloween] in November is a continuation of an old heathen feast of the dead; and that the Nativity of Christ himself was assigned to the winter solstice in December because that day was deemed the Nativity of the Sun; we can hardly be thought to be rash or unreasonable in conjecturing that the other cardinal festival of the Christian church—the solemnization of Easter—may have been in like manner, and from like motives of edification, adapted to a similar celebration of the Phrygian god Attis at the vernal equinox…It is a remarkable coincidence…that the Christian and the heathen festivals of the divine death and resurrection should have been solemnized at the same season…It is difficult to regard the coincidence as purely accidental” (The Golden Bough, Vol. I, pp. 306-309).

“We can summarize the above source. The Roman Catholic Church had a practice of incorporating pagan festivals—of pasting “Christian” names over them and calling them “Christian.” This was done to make “Christianity” more palatable and familiar to heathen worshippers, whom the Church was trying to attract. How did such a state of affairs develop?

“It can now be better understood why the apostle Paul wrote the Corinthians to beware of the subtle deceit of “another Jesus whom we have not preached.” He said, “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he that comes preaches another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if you receive another spirit, which you have not received, or another gospel, which you have not accepted…” (II Cor. 11:3-4).

“People today can think that they are worshipping the true Savior when they are really worshipping a false savior—another Jesus! The entirety of traditional Christianity is actually worshipping Baal, the mediator and sun god, who was named after his “wife” Ishtar (who was actually his mother Semiramis)—who we will later see is the one the Bible calls the “Queen of Heaven.”

“People can worship in ways that represent things that are far different than what they sincerely believe or intend. The next post will consider the following classic example, the sunrise service.”

The True Origin Of Easter Series 5 of 20 ~ The Origin Of The Easter Bunny


Where does the Easter Bunny come from? The mythology and fantasy of the Easter Bunny has a real life

Discovering what the Bible really says about Easter, Lent, colored eggs, sunrise service, hot cross buns, candy baskets, is like lifting the veil of misinformation.

Discovering what the Bible really says about Easter, Lent, colored eggs, sunrise service, hot cross buns, candy baskets, is like lifting the veil of misinformation.

history that predates Christianity. This series continues from rcg.org, by David C. Pack.

“Here are two additional quotes from Francis Weiser about the origin of the “Easter bunny”: “In Germany and Austria little nests containing eggs, pastry and candy are placed in hidden spots, and the children believe that the Easter bunny, so popular in this country, too, had laid the eggs and brought the candy” Egyptian Belief and Modern Thought, by James Bonwick (p. 235), and “The Easter bunny had its origin in pre-Christian fertility lore…The Easter bunny has never had religious symbolism bestowed on its festive usage…However, the bunny has acquired a cherished role in the celebration of Easter as the legendary producer of Easter eggs for children in many countries” (p. 236).

“Here is further proof of the origin of Easter eggs and rabbits. It demonstrates how no one has ever been able to connect the Easter bunny to anything Christian, let alone to the Bible: “The Easter bunny is not a true Christian symbol” (John Bradner, Symbols of Church Seasons and Days, p. 52), and “Although adopted in a number of Christian cultures, the Easter bunny has never received any specific Christian interpretation” (Mirsea Eliade, The Encyclopedia of Religion, p. 558)

“None of this will stop scores of millions of professing Christians from decorating their lawns and houses with Easter bunnies each spring.

“Consider this last quote: “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).

“Even in modern times, rabbits have remained common symbols of fertility. While their rapid rate of reproduction is well known, another problem arises with rabbits—they do not lay eggs! While both are clearly fertility symbols, there is no logical way to connect them. In a world filled with pagan tradition, truth and logic can be lost. Merging these symbols with Christianity makes an already idolatrous practice worse.

“There is nothing Christian about any of these symbols. The true history of these fertility symbols, rabbits and eggs, is completely unknown to all the unsuspecting children who have been led by adults to think them so special.

“The entire concept that these are Christian is a lie foisted on innocent children who will believe that “the moon is made of cheese” just because someone tells them so. While these are shocking facts, they are true nonetheless.

“One of the central themes of the New Testament is that Jesus Christ came to die for mankind’s sins and offer redemption to a world cut off from God.” rcg.org, David C. Pack. We will delve deeper in the next post on the merging of Christian and non-Christian symbols, which in reality, is an idolatrous practice.