“The justification for the Lenten 40-day preparation for Easter is traditionally based on Yahushua’ 40-day wilderness fast before His temptation by Satan. The problem with this explanation is that this incident is not connected in any way with Yahushua’ supposed observance of Easter. The 40-day pre-Easter practice of fasting and penance did not originate in the Bible” (“The Good Friday—Easter Sunday Question).

What we were doing was in line with a tradition which the Christian church had been doing for over 1600 years. Now that kind of long history is hard to argue with. We had supposed, in some moment of reflection, that even the apostles of Yahushua had celebrated Easter, just like we were doing. Well, a little bit of research, coupled with a sobering realization that traditions are not always from our Creator, had proved us wrong in our assumptions. And somewhat shocking and disturbing are the results of our investigation of the roots of Easter.

Come to find out that the celebration of Easter is not biblical after all! The Bible, Elohim’s instructions to his covenant people, does not teach the celebration of Easter. Yahushua never taught his disciples to celebrate Easter. Nor did Paul or any of the other prophets, apostles or disciples in the Bible. The celebration of Easter is not in the Bible because it is not from our Maker! Many of the customs, practices and traditions of the Christian Church, which are believed to be based on the New Testament and the story of Yahushua, are actually ancient customs which pre-date Christianity. The forty day fast and abstinence called Lent is one such tradition.

Lent’s Ancient Roots

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).

Tammuz was the false Messiah of the Babylonians—a satanic counterfeit of Yahushua Mashiach/ Christ!

The Feast of Tammuz was usually celebrated in June (also called the “month of the festival of Tammuz”). Lent was held 40 days before the feast, “celebrated by alternate weeping and rejoicing” (ibid.). This is why Lent means “spring”; it took place from spring to early summer.

The Bible records ancient Judah worshipping this false Messiah: “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” (Ezek. 8:14). This was a great abomination in God’s eyes!

The Roman church replaced Passover with Easter, moving the pagan Feast of Tammuz to early spring, “Christianizing” it. Lent moved with it.

“This change of the calendar in regard to Easter was attended with momentous consequences. It brought into the Church the grossest corruption and the rankest superstition in connection with the abstinence of Lent” (ibid.).

Before giving up personal sins and vices during Lent, the pagans held a wild, “anything goes” celebration to make sure that they got in their share of debaucheries and perversities—what the world celebrates as Mardi Gras today.

Lent officially became a “Christian” celebration at the edict of the Council of Laodicea in A.D. 360. Nevertheless, even the well-known Catholic Saint Abbot John Cassianus, monk of Marseilles, in the fifth century contrasted the primitive Church with the Church in his day, “It ought to be known that the observance of the forty days had no existence, so long as the perfection of that primitive Church remained inviolate.”

If Lent didn’t exist during the early years of the Messianic community (the Christian Church), then where did it come from?

The Ancient Practice of the 40 Day Fasting and Weeping !

The forty days’ abstinence of 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 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, for thus we read in Humboldt, where he gives account of Mexican observances: “Three days after the vernal equinox…began a solemn fast of forty days in honour of the sun.” Such a Lent of forty days was observed in Egypt, as may be seen on consulting Wilkinson’s Egyptians. This Egyptian Lent of forty days, we are informed by Landseer, in his Sabean Researches, was held expressly in commemoration of Adonis or Osiris, the great mediatorial god.

Thus, the testimony of many historians is that Lent was a borrowed festival from Babylon. It is a part of the ancient sun god worship which has found its way into nearly every culture of the world throughout time. Since the early church had no such custom (as Cassianus told us), the Council of Laodicea must have affirmed for the church a celebration which was observed in antiquity by the pagan sun god worshippers.

But there is more. Hislop finds more evidence of the pagan roots of Easter and Lent:

At the same time, the rape of Proserpine seems to have been commemorated, and in a similar manner; for Julius Firmicus informs us that, for “forty nights” the “wailing for Proserpine” continued; and from Arnobius we learn that the fast which the Pagans observed, called “Castus” or the “sacred” fast, was, by the Christians in his time, believed to have been primarily in imitation of the long fast of Ceres, when for many days she determinedly refused to eat on account of her “excess of sorrow,” that is, on account of the loss of her daughter Proserpine, when carried away by Pluto, the god of hell. As the stories of Bacchus, or Adonis and Proserpine, though originally distinct, were made to join on and fit in to one another, so that Bacchus was called Liber, and his wife Ariadne, Libera (which was one of the names of Proserpine), it is highly probable that the forty days’ fast of Lent was made in later times to have reference to both.

Wikipedia explains who Proserpine is:

Proserpina (sometimes spelt Proserpine, Prosperine or Prosperina) is an ancient Roman goddess whose story is the basis of a myth of Springtime. Her Greek goddess’ equivalent is Persephone. The probable origin of her name comes from the Latin, “proserpere” or “to emerge,” in respect to the growing of grain. Proserpina was subsumed by the cult of Libera, an ancient fertility goddess, wife of Liber and is also considered a life–death–rebirth deity. She was the daughter of Ceres, goddess of agriculture and crops and Jupiter, the god of sky and thunder.

The full story of the rape of Proserpina is told at

Tradition also shows that all the observances from other cultures and peoples throughout ancient times were mere copies or modifications of the original story of Nimrod, his wife Semiramis and their son Tammuz. The story is told that the wife of Nimrod, the King of Babylon, after the death of her husband, claimed she had been supernaturally impregnated by the Sun god and gave birth to Tammuz. When Tammuz was forty years old, he went hunting and was killed by a wild boar. His mother and her family mourned for 40 days, at the end of which Tammuz was brought back from the dead. So, Lent is evidently the time when Tammuz is remembered and mourned during the “Fast of Tammuz.” The Wycliffe Bible Commentary states, “Mourning for the god was followed by a celebration of resurrection.”

Hislop goes on to link the Lenten season with Tammuz of biblical fame:

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, which was celebrated by alternate weeping and rejoicing, and which, in many countries, was considerably later than the Christian festival, being observed in Palestine and Assyria in June, therefore called the “month of Tammuz”; in Egypt, about the middle of May, and in Britain, some time in April. To conciliate the Pagans to nominal Christianity, Rome, pursuing its usual policy, took measures to get the Christian and Pagan festivals amalgamated, and, by a complicated but skilful adjustment of the calendar, it was found no difficult matter, in general, to get Paganism and Christianity–now far sunk in idolatry–in this as in so many other things, to shake hands.

All these stories derive from a common original story of the Babylonian sun god saga. So a pagan connection between Tammuz and Lent is apparent.

The whole modern day season of Lent is the carry over of the 40 days of weeping for Tammuz. And YHVH hates this. YHWH hates all that is associated with the Easter season, especially when we try to pass it off as legitimate worship of the Master Yahushua (Jesus) Christ/Mashiach.




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