https://www.scribd.com/document/138...oc_id=138062704&download=true&order=436422935 The Pagan Origin Of Easter 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 which includes an "Easter Ham", decorated eggs and stories about rabbits.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 Saviour?The purpose of this tract is to help answer those questions, and to help those who seek truth to draw their own conclusions.The first thing we must understand is that professing Christians were not the only ones who celebrated a festival called "Easter.""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 begottenson of the moon-goddess and the sun-god.In those ancient times, there was a man named Nimrod, who was the grandson of one of Noah's son named Ham.Ham had a son named Cush who married a woman named Semiramis.Cush andSemiramis then had a son named him "Nimrod."After the death of his father, Nimrod married his own mother and became a powerfulKing.The Bible tells of of this man, Nimrod, in Genesis 10:8-10 as follows: "And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth. He was a mighty hunter before theLord: wherefore it is said, even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the Lord. And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad,and Calneh, in the land of Shinar." Nimrod became a god-man to the people and Semiramis, his wife and mother, becamethe powerful Queen of ancient Babylon. Nimrod was eventually killed by an enemy, and his body was cut in pieces and sent tovarious parts of his kingdom. Semiramis had all of the parts gathered, except for one part that could not be found.That missing part was his reproductive organ. Semiramis claimed that Nimrod could notcome back to life without it and told the people of Babylon that Nimrod had ascended tothe sun and was now to be called "Baal", the sun god.Queen Semiramis also proclaimed that Baal would be present on earth in the form of aflame, whether candle or lamp, when used in worship.Semiramis was creating a mystery religion, and with the help of Satan, she set herself upas a goddess.Semiramis claimed that she was immaculately conceived.She taught that the moon was a goddess that went through a 28 day cycle and ovulatedwhen full.She further claimed that she came down from the moon in a giant moon egg that fell intothe Euphrates River.This was to have happened at the time of the first full moon after the spring equinox.Semiramis became known as "Ishtar" which is pronounced "Easter", and her moon egg became known as "Ishtar's" egg."Ishtar soon became pregnant and claimed that it was the rays of the sun-god Baal thatcaused her to conceive.The son that she brought forth was named Tammuz.Tammuz was noted to be especially fond of rabbits, and they became sacred in theancient religion, because Tammuz was believed to be the son of the sun-god, Baal.Tammuz, like his supposed father, became a hunter.The day came when Tammuz was killed by a wild pig.Queen Ishtar told the people that Tammuz was now ascended to his father, Baal, and thatthe two of them would be with the worshippers in the sacred candle or lamp flame asFather, 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 Tammuz was killed by the wild pig, some of his blood fell on the stump of an evergreen tree, and the stump grew into a full new treeovernight. This made the evergreen tree sacred by the blood of Tammuz. She also proclaimed a forty day period of time of sorrow each year prior to theanniversary of the death of Tammuz.During this time, no meat was to be eaten.Worshippers were to meditate upon the sacred mysteries of Baal and Tammuz, and tomake the sign of the "T" in front of their hearts as they worshipped.They also ate sacred cakes with the marking of a "T" or cross on the top.Every year, on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the spring equinox, acelebration was made.It was Ishtar's Sunday and was celebrated with rabbits and eggs.Ishtar also proclaimed that because Tammuz was killed by a pig, that a pig must be eatenon that Sunday.By now, the readers of this tract should have made the connection that paganism hasinfiltrated the contemporary "Christian" churches, and further study indicates that this paganism came in by way of the Roman Catholic System.The truth is that Easter has nothing whatsoever to do with the resurrection of our LordJesus Christ.We also know that Easter can be as much as three weeks away from the Passover, because the pagan holiday is always set as the first Sunday after the first full moon after the spring equinox.Some have wondered why the word "Easter" is in the the King James Bible.It is because Acts, chapter 12, tells us that it was the evil King Herod, who was planningto celebrate Easter, and not the Christians.The true Passover and pagan Easter sometimes coincide, but in some years, they are agreat distance apart.So much more could be said, and we have much more information for you, if you are aseeker of the truth.We know that the Bible tells us in John 4:24, "God is a Spirit: and they that worship himmust worship him in spirit and in truth."The truth is that the forty days of Lent, eggs, rabbits,hot cross buns and the Easter hamhave everything to do with the ancient pagan religion of Mystery Babylon.