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Easter & Paganism

Dr. Stephen Phinney

Christ | Culture | Creator

Easter Upside Wrong

Easter is a day that is honored by nearly all of contemporary Christianity and is used to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The holiday often involves a church service at sunrise, a feast that includes an “Easter Ham,” decorated eggs, and stories about rabbits. As most of us know, the best part about Easter is chocolate.


Those who love Truth learn to ask questions, and many questions must be asked regarding the holiday of Easter.

Is it truly the day when Jesus arose from the dead? Where did all of the strange customs come from, which have nothing to do with the resurrection of our Savior?

This article aims to help answer those questions and help those seeking Truth draw their conclusions.

We must first understand that professing indwelt Christians were not the only ones who celebrated a festival called “Easter.”



The organic origins of Easter reveal some horrific facts that flow directly from ancient paganism. Shortly after the flood, Nimrod reestablished idolatry in the earth. After his death, Nimrod was promoted as the original sun-god by his mother/wife.

Remembering that Nimrod was the grandson of the cursed son of Noah, Ham. The curse didn’t take long to show its ugly head.

Nimrod’s widow, Semiramis, was called the “queen of heaven.” Various cultures continued the idolatry of these original pagans under different names. To the Egyptians, Semiramis was Isis, presently known as the Islamic militant god. To the Babylonians, she was Beltis, counsel to the Babylonian god, Bel. To the Canaanites, she was Astarte. The Assyrians called her Ishtar.

“Ishtar,” which is pronounced “Easter,” was a day that commemorated the resurrection of one of their gods that they called “Tammuz,” who was believed to be the only begotten son of the moon-goddess and the sun-god. But in reality, “Tammuz” was the illegitimate son of Semiramis by way of adultery.

While Semiramis was alive, she demanded that her son/husband dedicate one day out of a year to require all the workers of the tower of Babel to stop working and worship a statue of herself at the tower’s base. According to Babylonian history, Ishtar, Easter, found great delight in being worshipped as the “queen of heaven” – a goddess of sorts.

The worship of Easter as a goddess involved occult fertility practices. These demonic rituals were practiced even by the Israelites when in apostasy. The God of the Hebrews warned and denounced any Israelite involvement in these pagan celebrations. The God of Israel considered them idolatry and worshipping of God’s greatest enemy, Satan.


“Do you not see what they are doing in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem? “The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead dough to make cakes for the queen of heaven; and they pour out drink offerings to other gods in order to spite Me.” (Jeremiah 7:17-18)


While the Israelites forgot the basics of their history, the women were easily seduced by the ideology of goddesses. The same madness method Satan used on Eve to get to Adam was the precise method he used to destroy the men of Israel.


And He said to me, “Yet you will see still greater abominations which they are committing.” Then He brought me to the entrance of the gate of the LORD’S house which was toward the north; and behold, women were sitting there weeping for Tammuz.” (Ezekiel 8:13-14)


Few historians refute that Ishtar/Easter became the most powerful Queen of ancient Babylon. Queen Easter also proclaimed that Baal (Satan) would be present on earth in the form of a flame, whether candle or lamp, when used in worship. Because she set herself up as a goddess for Satan, she is considered in history as the great whore of the Old Testament, later referenced in Revelation’s book. Furthermore, she claimed that she was immaculately conceived.

Stay with me; it even gets weirder.

She taught that the moon was a goddess that went through a 28-day cycle and ovulated when full. She further claimed that she came down from the moon in a giant moon egg that fell into the Euphrates River, later referenced as an Ishtar/Easter egg. Ishtar/Easter soon became pregnant. Further claiming that the rays of the sun-god Baal (Satan) caused her to conceive. Now the weird part, her son was named Tammuz.

The connection to our Easter rabbit. Tammuz was noted to be especially fond of rabbits, and they became sacred in the ancient religion and empire of Babylon. The day came when a wild pig killed Tammuz. Queen Ishtar told the people that Tammuz ascended to his father, Baal (Satan) and that the two demanded to be worshiped through the sacred candle or lamp flame as Father, Son, and Spirit.

Ishtar, who was now worshipped as the “Mother of God and Queen of Heaven,” continued to build her mystery religion. The queen told the worshippers that when the wild pig killed Tammuz, some of his blood fell on the stump of an evergreen tree, and the stump grew into a full new tree overnight. This made the evergreen tree sacred by the blood of Tammuz, which later evolved into our modern-day Christmas tree. She also proclaimed forty days of sorrow each year before the anniversary of the death of Tammuz.

This became the sin the Lord addressed with the Israelite women in Ezekiel eight.

The details of this idolized event are sickening. During this time, no meat was to be eaten. Worshippers were to meditate upon the sacred mysteries of Baal (Satan) and Tammuz and make the sign of the “T” (for Tammuz) in front of their hearts as they worshiped. They also ate sacred cakes marking a “T” or “cross” on the top.

Every year, a celebration was made on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the spring equinox. It was Ishtar’s Sunday and was celebrated with rabbits and eggs. This teaching also shifted the Holy day of worship, the Sabbath (Saturday), to Sunday – a misnomer that permeated all of Christianity in the latter days.

More ironic, Ishtar also proclaimed that a pig must be eaten on that Sunday because a pig killed Tammuz. Out of this demonic ideation, the Lord established a Law that Jews were not to eat the flesh of pigs, which remains a respected practice to this day by the Jews.