Easter Is Coming, So Meet Easter.
Yes, meet Easter! This is Ishtar (pronounced similarly). In Assyria she was worshiped as the goddess of erotic love, new life, Spring, fertility and more. She is also known by other names, such as Aphrodite, Venus, Semiramis, Astarte and Ashtoreth. She is the queen of heaven who is spoken of in the scriptures, the wife of Nimrod / Ba’al, and the mother of Tammuz.
The children gather wood, the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead dough, to make cakes for the queen of heaven [hot cross buns]; and they pour out drink offerings to other elohim, that they may provoke Me to anger. (Jer 7:18)
But we will certainly do whatever has gone out of our own mouth, to burn incense to the queen of heaven and pour out drink offerings to her, as we have done, we and our fathers, our kings and our princes, in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem. For then we had plenty of food, were well-off, and saw no trouble. But since we stopped burning incense to the queen of heaven and pouring out drink offerings to her, we have lacked everything and have been consumed by the sword and by famine.” The women also said, “And when we burned incense to the queen of heaven and poured out drink offerings to her, did we make cakes for her, to worship her, and pour out drink offerings to her without our husbands’ permission?” (Jer 44:17-19)
Worshiping this goddess is part of the reason Yehovah (the LORD) kicked us (Israel) out of His land and dispersed us among the nations. Will we ever learn not to be involved in this kind of wickedness?
And He said to me, “Turn again, and you will see greater abominations that they are doing.” So He brought me to the door of the north gate of Yehovah’s house; and to my dismay, women were sitting there weeping for Tammuz. [Tammuz died at 40 years old and this is where Lent comes from.] Then He said to me, “Have you seen this, O son of man? Turn again, you will see greater abominations than these.” So He brought me into the inner court of Yehovah’s house; and there, at the door of the temple of Yehovah, between the porch and the altar, were about twenty-five men with their backs toward the temple of Yehovah and their faces toward the east, and they were worshiping the sun toward the east [This is the sunrise service]. And He said to me, “Have you seen this, O son of man? Is it a trivial thing to the house of Judah to commit the abominations which they commit here? For they have filled the land with violence; then they have returned to provoke Me to anger. Indeed they put the branch to their nose. Therefore I also will act in fury. My eye will not spare nor will I have pity; and though they cry in My ears with a loud voice, I will not hear them.” (Eze 8:13-18)
Every year, on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the spring equinox, a celebration was made. It was Ishtar’s Sunday and was celebrated with rabbits and eggs. The “Ishtar Eggs” were died in the blood of babies sacrificed to Tammuz with the “cross of Tammuz” emblazoned on them as the children would “hunt” the eggs in the likeness of Tammuz and Nimrod the mighty hunters. Ishtar also proclaimed that because Tammuz was killed by a pig, that a pig must be eaten on that Isthar’s Sunday. At this point we begin to see what replaced the slaughter of our Passover lambs.
Sodom and Gomorrah were involved with this spring equinox worship as well. And we all know how “things” came down as a result of that wickedness.
Here is a portion about the Easter worship in Yasher which you might find interesting.
9 And when they had done eating one of them said to him, I will return to thee according to the Time of Life [this is what Passover was called before it Exodus 12], and Sarah thy woman shall have a son.
10 And the men [these are the messengers who to Abraham] afterward departed and went their ways, to the places to which they were sent.
11 In those days all the people of Sodom and Gomorrah, and of the whole five cities, were exceedingly wicked and sinful against Yehovah and they provoked Yehovah with their abominations, and they strengthened in aging abominably and scornfully before Yehovah, and their wickedness and crimes were in those days great before Yehovah.
12 And they had in their land a very extensive valley, about half a day’s walk, and in it there were fountains of water and a great deal of herbage surrounding the water.
13 And all the people of Sodom and Gomorrah went there four times in the year [Sun worship – summer & winter solstice, and the spring and autumn equinox], with their women and children and all belonging to them, and they rejoiced there with timbrels and dances.
14 And in the time of rejoicing they would all rise and lay hold of their neighbor’s women, and some, the virgin daughters of their neighbors, and they enjoyed them, and each man saw his women and daughter in the hands of his neighbor and did not say a word.
15 And they did so from morning till night, and they afterward returned home each man to his house and each woman to her tent; so they always did four times in the year.
Do you think it is by accident or coincidence that this “Ishtar” celebration and the “Time of life” are spoken of together? Yehovah is even now getting ready to do to the whole world what He did to Sodom and Gomorrah.
Now read the “Time of life.
Here is an illuminating video I have found on this subject. Good videos are hard to find. Continue reading Meet Easter!