Why Easter Is Celebrated With Rabbits, Dyed Eggs, and Ham.
by Christine Egbert
In this article, we’ll examine the traditions of Easter and where they came from. The extra-biblical book of Yasher, which is mentioned in Joshua 10:13, informs us that after Cush (Noah’s grandson through Ham) died, Cush’s wife Semiramis married their son, Nimrod. In Genesis 10:8-10, we learn that Nimrod became a mighty one in the earth. He was the mighty hunter who established the kingdoms of Babel, Erech, Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shiner. From Shiner he went forth to build Nieveh and Calah.
According to the book of Yasher, Nimrod was a god-man. His mother, Semiramis, whom he married after his father’s death, became known as the Queen of ancient Babylon.
According to the book of Yasher, Nimrod was murdered. He was cut into pieces, and his body parts were sent out to various regions in Nimrod’s kingdom. His mother/wife, Semiramis, had Nimrod’s parts re-gathered, all except for her son/husband’s reproductive organ, which according to Yasher was never found. Semiramis claimed without this vital organ Nimrod could not come back to life. So instead, she informed the Babylonians that Nimrod had ascended to the sun, and was now the sun-god “Ba’al” (which in Hebrew means owner, husband, or Lord).
Semiramis proclaimed that Nimrod, now the sun god Ba’al, would be present in the flame of a candle. In this new mystery religion, Semiramis was known as the goddess Ishtar, the Queen of Heaven, who was immaculately conceived. She taught that every 28 days, when the moon became full it ovulated, and that she had descended from the moon in a giant moon-egg. This giant egg had landed in the Euphrates River on the first Sunday after the first full moon, after the spring equinox, and became known to the ancient (pagan) world as “Ishtar’s egg.” In English we would pronounce this “Easter’s egg.”
In the 4th century, this first Sunday after the full moon, after the spring equinox, became the date on which Constantine decreed the church would now commemorate the resurrection. This was after he’d outlawed all of God’s Biblical Feast Days, claiming they were Jewish, in spite of the fact that in the Bible YHVH calls them His Feast Days and commands us to keep them forever. Then further borrowing from Babylon’s mystery religion, the emperor decreed throughout christendom that Christ’s resurrection would be known as Easter Sunday. But now back to Ishtar…
When Ishtar later became pregnant, she said it was by the rays of the sun-god Ba’al. She named their son Tammuz, whom legend claims was especially fond of rabbits. So naturally rabbits became sacred in this mystery religion. Tammuz, like his father before him, became a hunter. Only at the age of 40, Tammuz was killed by a wild bore, a wild pig. Claiming that her son’s blood fell on the stump of an evergreen, which grew overnight into a full tree, the Queen of Babylon declared that like rabbits, evergreens also were sacred.
To mourn her son’s death, the Queen decreed that there was to be weeping and fasting for 40 days prior to the anniversary of her son’s death. During this annual 40 day period no meat was to be eaten. Instead, worshipers in this mystery religion were to meditate on Ba’al and on his son, Tammuz. They were to make the sign of a “T” for Tammuz, in front of their hearts. Then, on the first Sunday, after the first full moon, after the spring equinox, they were to worship Tammuz with those sacred icons, rabbits and eggs. In their homes, they were to host a feast. On this, their most sacred dinner of the year, they were to kill, roast, and serve their family and guest a ham. It was, after all, the only fitting thing to serve since a pig had killed the only son of their sun god, Ba’al.
This is why those who follow Constantine’s 4th Century-mutated form of worship celebrate the death and resurrection of Israel’s Messiah, not on Passover and First Fruits, YHVH’s Feast Days, as they should, for God decreed we are to celebrate these biblical Feast Days FOREVER, but on Babylon’s sacred day, the first Sunday after the first full moon, after the spring equinox. It’s also why many churches host Easter egg hunts, and why every traditional Easter dinner serves up ham, meat from a pig, which God explicitly declared is NOT food!
To learn more of the history that led to Rome outlawing God’s Feast Days read my article “The Quartrodeciman Controversy.” You’ll find it posted in the Blog section of the “vineyardjc.com.” And always remember what Deuteronomy 12:30-31 says, that we ARE NOT TO “inquire after their gods, saying, “How did these nations serve their gods? I, even I, shall do so.” You shall not do so to YHVH your God, for everything hateful to YHVH they have done to their gods.”
Perhaps now, you will understand what Ezekiel meant when he wrote Ezekiel 8:14-16 “And He brought me to the opening of the gate of the house of Jehovah, toward the north. And, behold, women were sitting there weeping for Tammuz. And He said to me, Have you seen, son of man? You turn again and you shall see greater abominations than these. And he brought me into the inner court of the house of Jehovah. And, behold, at the opening of the temple of Jehovah, between the porch and the altar, were about twenty five men with their backs to the temple of Jehovah, and their faces eastward. And they bowed themselves eastward to the sun.