• Good Friday
Another element of the Easter season is “Good Friday.” This is believed by Christians to be the day that Christ died on the cross and was buried. Theologians do a lot of interpretive gymnastics to arrive at a Friday death of Messiah, followed by a Sunday morning resurrection. This flatly contradicts what the Messiah himself said about the length of time he would be in the grave. He specifically and repeatedly instructed his disciples that he would be in the tomb for three days and three nights.
The major problem with insisting that Messiah died on Good Friday is that the math just doesn’t add up. Jesus said that he would be in the grave for three days and three nights:
He answered, “A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a miraculous sign! But none will be given it except the sign of the prophet Jonah (Yonah). For as Yonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. (Matthew 12:39-40)
There is clearly only one day and two nights between Friday at sunset when Messiah was placed in the tomb and Sunday morning, when the women found the tomb empty. This is obviously a huge problem for those who hold this view.
But even giving the benefit of the doubt, it still may be feasible to count three days as: day one – the final few minutes of Friday before sundown; day two – Saturday; day three – the first few minutes of the daytime portion of Sunday. But there just simply aren’t three nights between Friday evening and Sunday morning. So, unless you ignore what the Master taught, you MUST conclude that he did not die on the tree on Friday. (See a detailed study of this prophesy and its fulfillment in our companion article, The Sign of Jonah: 3 Days and 3 Nights).
So Friday was not, in fact, the day Messiah died. But it fits in really nicely with the activities which were traditionally practiced by the pagans on Friday. Thus, it’s convenient for Christians to force fit the death of Messiah into a “Friday” frame, because Friday and Sunday were significant days when the pagans practiced the worship of their god-idols. And these practices were amalgamated into the worship of the early Church.
Good Friday Customs
The Catholic Church has some very interesting customs for Good Friday, which don’t jive with what the Bible teaches believers. First, there is the “re-enactments” of the suffering and death of Christ. And many believers undergo a “crucifixion” on Good Friday so as to imitate their Lord.
On Good Friday, at Rome and Madrid, and other chief seats of Roman idolatry, multitudes flock together to witness the performances of the saintly whippers, who lash themselves till the blood gushes in streams from every part of their body. They pretend to do this in honour of Christ, on the festival set apart professedly to commemorate His death, just as the worshippers of Osiris did the same on the festival when they lamented for his loss. But can any man of the least Christian enlightenment believe that the exalted Saviour can look on such rites as doing honour to Him, which pour contempt on His all-perfect atonement, and represent His most “precious blood” as needing to have its virtue supplemented by that of blood drawn from the backs of wretched and misguided sinners? Such offerings were altogether fit for the worship of Moloch; but they are the very opposite of being fit for the service of Christ. (The Two Babylons, p.144)
The Bible clearly teaches believers NOT to do these kinds of things to their own bodies:
You are the sons of YHWH your Elohim; you shall not cut yourselves nor make baldness between your eyes on behalf of the dead (Deuteronomy 14:1)
There. The Bible tells us not to cut ourselves on behalf of the dead. So this means that we should not cut ourselves to re-enact the suffering and death of Messiah on the tree.
And Paul concurs:
These are all destined to perish with use, because they are based on human commands and teachings. Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed worship, their false humility and their harsh treatment of the body, but they lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence. (Colossians 2:22-23)
Cutting the flesh of the body as a remembrance for the dead is strictly and explicitly forbidden. This is not the way to honour Messiah who was whipped and poured out His blood for us.
If the Bible isn’t the source of this kind of activity, then where did this custom come from? Hislop describes the source of these Good Friday flagellations:
Now, the flagellations which form an important part of the penances that take place at Rome on the evening of Good Friday, formed an equally important part in the rites of that fire-god, from which, as we have seen, the Papacy has borrowed so much. These flagellations, then, of “Passion Week,” taken in connection with the other ceremonies of that period, bear their additional testimony to the real character of that god whose death and resurrection Rome then celebrates. Wonderful it is to consider that, in the very high place of what is called Catholic Christendom, the essential rites at this day are seen to be the very rites of the old Chaldean fire-worshippers. (The Two Babylons, p.145-6)
So it turns out that the crucifixion re-enactments are nothing more that the adoption of biblical forbidden, pagan worship practices!
It’s not hard to find information about the customs of Easter. It turns out that Easter is an old pagan worship day which Yahuwah hates. Our modern day version of Easter is just a remake of some very ancient pagan traditions and practices. If the Christian would really think about the source of “Easter,” he would most assuredly abhor it.
What or Who is Easter ?
This brings us to the million dollar question: Who or what is Easter? Where did we get this word from? And where did the customs of Easter come from? I yield again to the renowned scholar of ancient customs – Alexander Hislop, who gets right to the point:
Easter is nothing else than Astarte, one of the titles of Beltis, the queen of heaven, whose name, as pronounced by the people Nineveh, was evidently identical with that now in common use in this country. That name, as found by Layard on the Assyrian monuments, is Ishtar. (Ibid., p. 101)
Astarte, the goddess of love, usually depicted as a well endowed, bare-breasted woman. It is no secret about Ishtar or Astarte. You can find information and pictures of this idol goddess all over the internet. You can find Easter all around you. You find her in the Statue of Liberty, also known as Lady Liberty, in New York harbor. Her is donned by the seven rays of the sun and a plaque below her dedicates her to Mother Earth, or Ishtar. And you, therefore, also find her on some of our coins and stamps. And in churches!
Yet, in spite of the wealth of information available about the identity of Easter / Astarte / Ishtar, Christians don’t care where this Easter came from with all its customs and practices. They prefer to hide their faces from the facts about Easter, like an ostrich hiding her head in the sand when danger comes near. They love Easter and embrace it regardless of the evidence that it is an abomination.
The entire Babylonian religious system, which is the theme of Hislop’s book, The Two Babylons, is that of the false religious systems in all countries and cultures throughout all human history, which had its origin in the story of Nimrod. The Book of Revelation speaks a great deal about the ultimate collapse of Babylon the Great, the mother of harlots and of the abominations of the earth. The harlot of Babylon is Semiramis, also known as Venus, aka Beltis, aka Ishtar, aka Ashteroth, aka Easter. As she was the mother of harlots, those harlots are all who follow after her pernicious system of worship.
Nimrod and Semiramis and Tammuz
Easter comes from the story of Nimrod of biblical fame. History books describe Ninus (called Nimrod in the Bible) as a mighty warrior, city builder and ruler of the ancient world after the flood. Nimrod founded the city of Nineveh, the capitol of Assyria. His father was Belus or Bel, also called Ba’al. The Bible says Cush was his father. Evidently, Cush was Belus, aka Bel, aka Ba’al. Ninus was first identified in the Recognitions with the biblical Nimrod, who, the author says, taught the Persians to worship fire.
Since ancient times, Nimrod has traditionally been considered the leader of those who built the Tower of Babel in the land of Shinar, though the Bible never actually states this. Nimrod’s kingdom included the cities of Babel, Erech, Accad, and Calneh, all in Shinar. (Ge 10:10) Therefore it was likely under his direction that the building of Babel and its tower began; in addition to Flavius Josephus, this is also the view found in the Talmud (Chullin 89a, Pesahim 94b, Erubin 53a, Avodah Zarah 53b), and later midrash such as Genesis Rabba. Several of these early Judaic sources also assert that the king Amraphel, who wars with Abraham later in Genesis, is none other than Nimrod himself. (Wikipedia), Nimrod)
Now it was Nimrod who excited them to such an affront and contempt of God. He was the grandson of Ham, the son of Noah, a bold man, and of great strength of hand. He persuaded them not to ascribe it to God, as if it were through his means they were happy, but to believe that it was their own courage which procured that happiness. He also gradually changed the government into tyranny, seeing no other way of turning men from the fear of God, but to bring them into a constant dependence on his power. He also said he would be revenged on God, if he should have a mind to drown the world again; for that he would build a tower too high for the waters to reach. And that he would avenge himself on God for destroying their forefathers.
There are numerous legends and traditions about Nimrod in various cultures and languages. The general consensus is that he was a giant of a man who was the first world ruler.
As legend goes, Ninus took Semiramis, the wife of one of his commanders, and married her. They are several accounts of this marriage. One says they had a son who was more wicked than Ninus. Another says that Ninus died and Semiramis afterward became pregnant, which she attributed to the rays of the sun, as though Ninus had become the sun god and thus had impregnated her. That son was Tammuz spoken of in the Bible. Tammuz, son of the mighty hunter, died at the age of 40 while hunting. He was gored by a wild bore. This was the basis for a tradition which was begun in his honor to fast for 40 days – a day for each year of his life – for Tammuz.
This is only one way the story has been told. As the years moved on, the story of Ninus became legendary in many cultures and in many languages. The myths and legends were sometimes a little different, and other details were added and twisted, so that now, there are many stories told about Ninus. One thing is for sure; the Babylonian system condemned throughout the Bible and whose end is prophesied in Revelation is based on Nimrod’s rebellion against the Creator and the subsequent false worship practices his life spawned. Lent, Good Friday and Easter are all part of that ignoble and wretched system.
The Easter Egg
The Easter egg has a pagan origin as well. Hislop elaborates…
From Egypt these sacred eggs can be distinctly traced to the banks of the Euphrates. The classic poets are full of the fable of the mystic egg of the Babylonians; and thus
its tale is told by Hyginus, the Egyptian, the learned keeper of the Palatine library at Rome, in the time of Augustus, who was skilled in all the wisdom of his native country: “An egg of wondrous size is said to have fallen from heaven into the river Euphrates. The fishes rolled it to the bank, where the doves having settled upon it, and hatched it, out came Venus, who afterwards was called the Syrian Goddess”–that is, Astarte. Hence the egg became one of the symbols of Astarte or Easter; and accordingly, in Cyprus, one of the chosen seats of the worship of Venus, or Astarte, the egg of wondrous size was represented on a grand scale. (The Two Babylons, p.107 ff)
Does the Bible Mention Ishtar / Easter?
As we have seen, the word Easter is derived from the ancient name Ishtar, a pagan goddess and an abomination to our Creator. She is also known as Ashtarte in historical literature and as Ashtoreth in the Scriptures. The prophets speak a very clear word of condemnation regarding the worship of Ishtar:
¶ And Samuel spake unto all the house of Israel, saying, If ye do return unto the LORD with all your hearts, then put away the strange gods and Ash’taroth from among you, and prepare your hearts unto the LORD, and serve him only: and he will deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines.
4 Then the children of Israel did put away Ba’alim and Ash’taroth, and served the LORD only. (1 Shemuel 7:3,4)
And they cried unto the LORD, and said, We have sinned, because we have forsaken the LORD, and have served Ba’alim and Ash’taroth: but now deliver us out of the hand of our enemies, and we will serve thee. (1 Shemuel 12:10)
There can be no doubt that the images, statues and idols of this offensive goddess of fertility is an offense to YHVH. Israel, in their rebellion against their Creator, worshipped this woman Easter. What makes the modern day Christian think that the festival honoring Easter (Ashtoreth) now brings a smile to Yahuwah’s face? The last time I looked, Elohim wants us to have nothing to do with the customs and practices of the pagans in worshipping their gods. He does not want us to worship him by using pagan days, dates, customs and practices. And this includes the festival which is in honor of Ashtoreth (Easter).
Scripture tells us that Solomon also followed Ashteroth:
For Solomon went after Ash’toreth the goddess of the Zido’ni-ans, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites.
6 And Solomon did evil in the sight of the LORD, and went not fully after the LORD, as did David his father. (1 Kings 11:5-6)
Because of his idolatry, Israel was split into two nations after his death as explained later:
because that they have forsaken me, and have worshipped Ash’toreth the goddess of the Zido’ni-ans, Chemosh the god of the Moabites, and Milcom the god of the children of Ammon, and have not walked in my ways, to do that which is right in mine eyes, and to keep my statutes and my judgments, as did David his father. (1 Kings 11:33)
Later, King Josiah destroyed these places which Shlomoh had built:
And the high places that were before Jerusalem, which were on the right hand of the mount of corruption, which Solomon the king of Israel had builded for Ash’toreth the abomination of the Zido’ni-ans, and for Chemosh the abomination of the Moabites, and for Milcom the abomination of the children of Ammon, did the king defile. 1 Kgs. 11.7
14 And he brake in pieces the images, and cut down the groves, and filled their places with the bones of men. (2 Kings 23:13-14)
Clearly, the worship of Ashtoreth / Astarte / Easter is an abomination before YHVH. The righteous ones utterly forsake this kind of worship practice and destroy all remnants of it. Those in rebellion against YHVH embrace worship of Ashtoreth / Astarte / Easter.
An interesting side note to the 2 Kings passage: The infamous “Asherah poles” are the statues of Ashtoreth, the “vile goddess of the Sidonians.” Much is said in Scripture condemning the use of Asherah poles. Yet, Christianity has adopted these statues of Ashtoreth, which they have renamed “Mary.” You see, all the statues and images and “poles” depicting Mary, the mother of Jesus, are really not Mary. They are “Asherim,” or “Asherah poles” which are idols of Ashteroth, the “vile goddess of the Sidonians.”
The Rude Reality of the Easter Season
Easter is filled with detestable practices, including the slaughter of innocent babies, which our Father in heaven hates. John Michael Rood very rudely and colorfully tells us what’s wrong with the whole Easter season in his cut-to-the-chase, in-your-face summation of that springtime festival:
The Saternalia originated as the birth date of Tammuz, the bastard son of Semiramis, the widow of Nimrod of biblical evil fame. After Shem cut Nimrod in pieces, Babylonian legend insists that he ascended into the heavens and became the sun god himself. The rays of the sun implanted the seed into his widow and presto! The son of the sun god was miraculously conceived, as was the adoration of the mother and child evident in every culture on the earth. On the winter solstice Tammuz was born; as were most of the traditions surrounding “the child-mass” season. Tammuz, the reincarnation of the sun god – Nimrod, was killed in a hunting accident when he was gored to death by a wild boar in his 40th year. Those who worshipped the son of “the sun god” then set aside 40 days of weeping for Tammuz. They celebrated “Lent” one day for each year of his incarnation – in which they would deny a worldly pleasure for his pleasure in the afterworld (see Ezekiel 8).
After many years, his mother Semiramis died. The gods looked favorably on “the mother of god” and sent her back to earth as the spring fertility goddess – always depicted as an exaggeratedly endowed bare breasted queen of sexual desire. Semiramis, the queen of heaven, was “born again” as the goddess Easter (Ashtarte) as she emerged from a giant egg that landed in the Euphrates river at sunrise on the “sun” day after the vernal equinox. To proclaim her divine authority, she changed a bird into an egg laying rabbit. As the cult developed, the priests of Easter would impregnate young virgins on the altar of the goddess of fertility at sunrise on Easter Sunday. A year later the priests of Easter would sacrifice those three-month-old babies on the altar at the front of the Sanctuary and dye Easter eggs in the blood of the sacrificed infants.
The forty days of Lent – or weeping for Tammuz, starts the Easter fertility season. The festivities culminate on Easter Sunday, when the priests of Easter slaughtered the “wild boar that killed Tammuz” and the entire congregation would eat the “ham” on Easter Sunday. (John Michael Rood, The Mystery of Iniquity, Chapter 8)
When you really boil it down to its origins, the entire Easter season is nothing more than disgusting, abominable paganism at its worst. YHVH has told us that worship of this kind is completely unacceptable with Him. Yet, all of Christianity is caught up in the celebration of the resurrection of the son on Easter day. Little do most Christians know that the son, whose resurrection is celebrated on Easter, is actually the repulsive sun god Tammuz of biblical fame, not the Messiah of Scripture.
What’s Wrong With Honouring Christ During the Easter Season?
The Easter season has become the traditional time when Christians worldwide remember and celebrate the death, burial and resurrection of the Saviour of the world. For these Christians, Easter has replaced the biblical appointed times which are prophetic pictures of the death, burial and resurrection of Messiah. Pesach (Passover) is the appointed day which the Almighty has stamped on his calendar as that day when the Lamb would be sacrificed and its blood shed for the redemption of his people. Messiah clearly fulfilled this prophetic picture with his death on the tree at the appointed time of Passover.
The prophetic calendar as described in Leviticus 23 also tells us that the first day of the same week of Unleavened Bread was the time for the first fruits offering to be waved before the Father in heaven. Messiah fulfilled this ceremony by becoming the first fruits of the resurrection of the dead on that first day of the week.
But Roman Christians have replaced these biblical appointed times of the Messiah with ceremonies adopted from the pagan practices of worshipping the sun god. Instead of guarding and observing the appointed times which YHWH has established as the acts of redemption which Messiah would fulfill, Christians prefer to try to worship God after the manner of the pagans!
Worship of the true Elohim must never be done in the same way that unbelievers worship their gods. The instructions given in Scripture are crystal clear about this:
These are the statutes and judgments, which ye shall observe to do in the land, which the LORD God of thy fathers giveth thee to possess it, all the days that ye live upon the earth.
2 Ye shall utterly destroy all the places, wherein the nations which ye shall possess served their gods, upon the high mountains, and upon the hills, and under every green tree:
3 and ye shall overthrow their altars, and break their pillars, and burn their groves with fire; and ye shall hew down the graven images of their gods, and destroy the names of them out of that place. Deut. 7.5
4 Ye shall not do so unto the LORD your God. (Deuteronomy 12:1- 4)
Thou shalt not do so unto the LORD thy God: for every abomination to the LORD which he hateth have they done unto their gods; for even their sons and their daughters they have burnt in the fire to their gods.
32 ¶ What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it. (Deuteronomy 12:31, 32)
YHWH has made it simple to understand that HE does not accept worship done the way that unbelievers worship their gods. He does not want His worshipers to add to or take away from His own prescribed way of worship. He must be worshiped in the way that He has revealed in His word.
Nevertheless, the practice of Christians who think they are honoring Christ is to observe the pagan day of honouring the fish god Dagan, which is Friday. And they tell you that Christ has changed the meaning of that day although there is not a shred of evidence in the Bible that He did. And Christians fast for forty days because they say they are doing it like their Master Jesus did. Yet, what they are doing is actually at the time and in the manner that the pagans wept for forty days for the pagan sun god Tammuz.
Then Christians celebrate Easter Sunday as the time of the resurrection, with Easter Eggs, sunrise services and eating ham for dinner. All of these disgusting customs are borrowed from the pagan worship of the sun god. And Christians ignore the clear instruction of Scripture that the pig carcass is not to be touched or eaten, because it is an abomination to do so.
Let’s leave all these pagan ritualistic practices, customs and traditions behind us. Let’s worship our Creator the way He instructs us to worship Him. Say “goodbye” to the Easter bunny, colour Easter eggs, so-called good Friday, fascination with “the fish,” eating of the ham that slew Tammuz and all other such nonsense. Let’s worship the true and living YHWH Elohim by keeping His holidays, which are listed in Leviticus 23.
PREPARE YE THE WAY!!!
REPENT WHILE THERE IS STILL ROOM!
TRUST YAHUSHUA (JESUS) CHRIST/MASHIACH!