The Pagan Easter Tradition in the Modern Church

Goddess of fertility with symbol of fertility.
Goddess of fertility with symbol of fertility.

There are many holidays on the calendar that are celebrated each year. Within the sphere of the modern "church" system, Christmas and Easter are revered as holy days, but they have become so commercialized that their meanings have been lost. The corrupt "church" has “baptized” them as being days related to the birth and resurrection of "Jesus Christ," but actually stems from ancient pagan traditions. The facts are that Yahshua Messiah was not born in December during the pagan Saturnalia festival, nor did he die on Good Friday and rise again on Easter Sunday.

The problem with acknowledging these pagan holidays as "Christian" holy days are that they do not align with Scripture. The "church" celebrates "Jesus Christ" on the date that is not His birthday unless they are worshipping "another Jesus."

If you think about it, would it not be strange for someone to acknowledge your birthday on a day that you were not born?

If people were trying to hold a birthday party for you that was nowhere near the date of your birthday, would you not wonder why they are choosing that date to celebrate it?

When we attempt apply Yahshua Messiah to a date that has nothing to do with Him, it would mean that it is probably significant to something, or someone else. History and archaeological evidence has revealed that the origins of Christmas and Easter manifested long before the birth, the death and resurrection of Yahshua as holidays set apart for ritual worship to pagan sun gods.

The counterfeit trinity.
The counterfeit trinity.
Remembering Tammuz
Remembering Tammuz
Dagon priest
Dagon priest

Origins of Christmas and Easter

The origins of the pagan festival of Saturnalia (Christmas) originated from the birth of Tammuz. His mother, Semiramis claimed she had immaculately conceived a son from the sun god, Ba'al. He would be named Tammuz, the son of the sun god who was born during the winter solstice. This was the start the tradition of the “child” mass season. December 25th has been celebrated for centuries as the celebration the birth of a sun (son) god. Tammuz was considered the reincarnation of Nimrod who was a famed hunter in the Bible. At the age of forty, Tammuz was mauled and killed by a wild boar. In remembrance and worship of him, people would set aside forty days (one day for each year of his incarnation) of denying worldly pleasure and weeping for him so he could have pleasure in the afterlife. The weeping for Tammuz (Lent) would start the fertility (spring) season. The priests of Semiramis (Ishtar) would slaughter a wild boar and eat “ham” on the “sun” day (Easter). Good Friday would come later, which was the day the Philistines would eat fish and sacrifice to the fish god, Dagon.


Then he brought me to the door of the gate of the LORD'S house which was toward the north; and, behold, there sat women weeping for Tammuz. Then said he unto me, Hast thou seen this, O son of man? turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations than these. – Ezekiel 8:14-15


When Semiramis died, the gods sent her back to earth as a bare breasted fertility goddess. She would emerge from a giant egg that landed in the Euphrates River at sunrise on the “sun” day after the vernal equinox, which marked the beginning of spring. To proclaim her divinity and authority, she changed a bird into an egg laying rabbit, which was a symbol of fertility. The priests who worshiped her would impregnate young virgins on her altar. A year later the three month old babies that were born through the ritual would be sacrificed on her altar on the sunrise of that “sun”day. Eggs would be dyed with the blood of the infants who were sacrificed to her (Ishtar).

Pagan Origins


Yahweh (God) had made it clear to the Israelites before they entered into the Promised Land not to participate in pagan traditions as they were utterly detestable to Him.


Take heed to thyself that thou be not snared by following them, after that they be destroyed from before thee; and that thou inquire not after their gods, saying, How did these nations serve their gods? even so will I do likewise. 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. – Deuteronomy 12:30-31


The time of Yahshua's birth was not during the winter solstice. There are multiple clues given in the Scripture that pinpoint a fall birth date.

The Jewish Passover celebration had its roots in tradition and worship that originated from God. On the contrary, Christmas and Easter tradition and worship can be traced to the occult practices of ancient Babylon and Egyptian sun god worship. In the modern "church" today, many have not taken heed to the occult origins of pagan holidays that have assimilated the traditions as worship to Yahshua. The "church" has given credence to the world’s philosophies and religions over Biblical doctrine.

The Babylonian black mass to Tammuz has replaced the true holy days of God, but celebrated as God’s holy days.

Can you see the blasphemy?

The things of Satan are being attributed to God. "Christians" make hot cross buns and sweet breads, eat ham, fast through the days of Lent, and have Easter egg hunts without critically analyzing where the origins of these traditions come from. The "church" has failed to analyze their lives and traditions with Yahweh's Word and the results are counterfeit activities.


Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. – Colossians 2:8



Jewish dates
Jewish dates
Pagan dates
Pagan dates
King Ashurnasirpal depicted twice around the sacred tree that represented the tree of life in Babylonian mysticism.
King Ashurnasirpal depicted twice around the sacred tree that represented the tree of life in Babylonian mysticism.

­The foundation and doctrine of the followers of Yahshua does not have its roots in paganism, but based on the truth of Scripture. The satanic festivals of Christmas and Easter have influenced the modern "church" and they have been captured by the deceit of sun god tradition.

The modern "church" has been compromised and contaminated giving in to the commercialization of world traditions. Unfortunately, these pagan traditions are not challenged enough by who already know the truth. The younger generation have no idea that these things that seem to be harmless are rooted in the occult. The modern "churches" are selling their birthright by eating off the table of Satan. These things are not refreshment to the soul, but spiritual compromise.


  • Do you think the Lord would approve of painting Easter eggs in light of their origins?
  • Can pagan holidays be assimilated into memorial days for the birth and resurrection of Yahshua?


The birth of "Jesus Christ" who is another "Jesus" is celebrated at the same time every year (Christmas) is actually in honor of a son (Tammuz) who was born to the Babylonian queen of heaven (Semiramis) according to pagan superstition. The time of year, the history of the pagan ceremonies, and historical artifacts prove that this birthday celebration originates from ancient Babylonian. Likewise, “Easter” was not the time of the resurrection of Yahshua Messiah because it was during the time of the Passover Feast.

t for Tammuz
t for Tammuz

It is important to understand that “Christmas” and “Easter” were highly honored, and religiously observed long before the birth of the man Yahshua. Pagan traditions are about worshiping the things Yahweh has made (sun) instead of God Himself. Satan counterfeited God’s plan of salvation through Nimrod. When he died, the people said he was "God." Semiramis said that her son Tammuz's spirit was dwelling in the sun, and similarly, when she died, she would dwell in the moon. She told the people that from the spirit of the sun she immaculately conceived Tammuz deemed a reincarnation of Nimrod. Semiramis by far was not a virgin, but the counterfeit birth would challenge the birth of Yahshua Messiah who would one day be born of a virgin. Tammuz was hailed as the "Son of the Sun" who symbolized sun worship. Human sacrifices were put on a cross and offered to him on his birthday, December 25th. Throughout history, the counterfeit to God’s Sabbath was on a "Sun" day. The full first moon after the vernal equinox (March 21) was the first "Sun" day of spring.


Because they despised my judgments, and walked not in my statutes, but polluted my sabbaths: for their heart went after their idols. – Ezekiel 20:16


The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead their dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto other gods, that they may provoke me to anger. – Jeremiah 7:18


The cakes that were made are known today as hot-cross buns with the T's on them are a symbol of Tammuz.

Cross of Tammuz
Cross of Tammuz
I'll pass
I'll pass

God's people (Israel) were to be set apart from the heathen. As they worshiped Yahweh, there was always the counterfeit that followed them. The Israelite's had the Sabbath, and the heathen counterfeit was on a "Sun" day where they offered their children as sacrifices along with crucifying other victims to appease Tammuz’s anger.

Tammuz (aka Jesus Christ) has been the rival of Yahshua throughout history; the symbol of Tammuz is the cross of sun worship that "Jesus" died upon. The Jews had denied their Messiah and the sun worshiping Romans put Him to death.

The modern "church" celebrates at the same time as the heathen do, but do it in "honor" of their "Jesus Christ’s" resurrection, yet they weep for forty days (Lent) and eat their hot-cross buns. At the close of Lent, is “Easter” Sunday. This has always been a counterfeit of God’s holy day (Sabbath) to be trampled all over for "Sun" day "worship." "Worship" on this day symbolizes and goes against the commands of God, but those in the "church" give precedence to tradition rather than truth.


And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you – 2 Corinthians 6:16-17


As true followers of Yahshua, we are to be separate, just as Israel was separate from the pagan nations in the Old Testament. We are to separate from the customs, habits, and rituals that have their origin in the occult and traditions of man. The distinction of who Yahweh’s true people are come from following the doctrines in God’s Word and not assimilating and conforming to the customs of the world.

"Easter" is about sunrise worship to sun gods and the goddess that have imitated the resurrection of Yahshua Messiah. It is the date that is dedicated to Semiramis, the mother goddess (queen of heaven) of fertility, love, and maternity. She has gone by many other names throughout history with the Phoenicians, Canaanites, Aramaeans, Egyptians, Babylonia, and Assyria.

King Solomon constructed altars to her, but King Josiah destroyed them and restored the Passover.


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 Ashtoreth the abomination of the Zidonians, and for Chemosh the abomination of the Moabites, and for Milcom the abomination of the children of Ammon, did the king defile. – 2 Kings 2:13


And the king commanded all the people, saying, Keep the passover unto the LORD your God, as it is written in the book of this covenant. – 2 Kings 23:21

What is called “Christianity” today continues to embrace the fertility symbols of Easter eggs and bunny rabbits with the tradition of the Easter Sunday service on the first day of the week. The sacredness of what they call “Easter Sunday” is on a different date than the Passover, which began centuries earlier from the Nimrod, Semiramis and Tammuz legend.


Yahshua Messiah is Lord of the Sabbath, and there is no Biblical evidence that God deemed Sunday as sacred as the pagans do.

The reality for the followers of Yahshua is that He is our Lord and Savior who was born on this earth in the fall, not at Christmas time. He died on the cross for our sins and rose again on the third day, not at Easter time, but during the Passover. The origins of Christmas and Easter are indisputably pagan in origin, but the modern "church" does not question these facts, and when confronted with them, believe that they can “sanctify” them anyways. You will find nowhere in Scripture where God sanctifies the Sabbath, feasts, and celebrations over pagan counterfeits.

The death and resurrection of "Jesus Christ" from Good Friday to Easter Sunday morning makes Yahshua out to be a liar when He prophesied,


For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. – Matthew 12:40


It is not hard to do the math that from Good Friday to Easter Sunday morning is not three days and three nights.


I hope the evidence is clear and the distinctions have been made. During the Old Testament and when Yahshua was on earth, the things that manifested of God were attributed to Satan. In the "church" age today, it is the other way around. The manifestations of Satan are being attributed to God. Either way, it is blasphemy and an abomination to our Lord and Savior. It is a false Christ, the image of the antichrist that died and rose again during the pagan festival of Easter.

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celafoe 3 years ago from Planet earth. between the oceans

as usual an excellent and factual article. Thanks for your faithfulness. There are a few on here interested in TRUTH and this will help them.


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christinekv 3 years ago from Washington

Thanks P&N for putting together this hub. Although a little redundant at times (yet I understand the need to drive home the points) it is well done, needed and quite timely. Last year I became part of a Messianic congregation for many of the reasons on which you expound and finally feel at peace about where I worship and fellowship. The early church in my opinion, should never have separated herself from her Jewish roots to begin with. Anti - semitism even exists in today's church and I find it a shame that there aren't more people who have the attitude Ruth did, saying "your people shall be my people and your God my God."

Three points you made which really stood out to me as excellent are:

1) "When you apply Jesus Christ to a date that has nothing to do with Him, it would mean that it is probably significant to something, or someone else."

2) " The post stress/ depression from Christmas/ Easter is not refreshment to the soul, but spiritual compromise."

3). "The origins of Christmas and Easter are indisputably pagan in origin, but the modern church does not question these facts, and when confronted with them, believe that they can “sanctify” them for Jesus. You will find nowhere in Scripture where God sanctifies the Sabbath, feasts, and celebrations on the days over the pagan counterfeit."

Prior to point #2 (part of the same paragraph), you say the traditions are never challenged. I beg to disagree with you there. I and others have challenged our brothers and sisters, including leaders. It surprises me that those who claim to love the Lord so much can justify sticking with millenia of tradition when they know the truth. I think it comes down to a need to please man. It's sad but at the same time, only the Lord will convict and bring about transformation. In the meantime, I guess we need to focus on the basics of what we have in common - who Jesus/Yeshua is, why He came, what He did, and what each individual ought to do with that truth. Love God and love one another. Yet I know speaking the truth is also Love and I commend you for doing so, regardless of how unpopular you might be as a result, and I pray it is received. I will share a link to you hub. God bless you.


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bBerean 3 years ago

Well done and accurate. I do disagree, however, regarding the sabbath. We are to recognize a day of rest, but are not bound to Saturday. Many gather on Sundays, not because of pagan influence, (which we are well aware of and shun), but rather because it was Sunday when the tomb was found to be empty, it was Sunday when the disciples would meet to break bread, and it was on Sunday when a collection was taken for the saints, (or work of the church). I believe the day is discretionary and those are good reasons to meet, partake of the Lord's Supper and worship on Sundays. I feel differentiating God's chosen people and the law from Jesus bride and new covenant is a good thing. I consider Sunday as illustrative of our new beginning in Christ.


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PlanksandNails 3 years ago from among the called out of the ekklesia of Christ Author

Celafoe,

Thanks for the encouragement. God Bless.


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PlanksandNails 3 years ago from among the called out of the ekklesia of Christ Author

christinekv,

You are right, there are those in the church who are willing to contend for truth. To say that traditions are "never" challenged would be an inaccurate statement; I have edited that sentence. Thank-you for pointing that out.

It is unfortunate that the apostate modern church gives precedence to the traditions of man. There is no admonishment, or correction because all that is spewed from the pulpit is meant to tickle the ears to bring in more people through the doors. Most people believe in a one sided "God," which is an inaccurate version of who He is. Truth has two sides; one is enlightenment, and the other is conviction. Most don't want the latter because it will ruffle too many feathers and effect the bottom line. Without the conviction of the Holy Spirit, there is no true genuine church.

I don't believe the Law applies to those who in the church age, but the Messianic people do know their stuff when it comes to their holidays, rituals, and customs.

I appreciate your comment. God Bless.


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PlanksandNails 3 years ago from among the called out of the ekklesia of Christ Author

Bberean,

I agree with you that we are not bound to the Sabbath, but that does not change the Sabbath day for the Jews. To call Sunday the Sabbath is inaccurate, just as the dates of Christmas and Easter do not pertain to Jesus Christ for both Jew and Gentile. The distinction in history is that pagan traditions are rooted in "Sun" day worship, but Jewish tradition is rooted on the Sabbath day. Pagan tradition has always followed along with Israel, side by side to negatively effect them through their history. Pagan traditions are also affecting those who are in the church age (grace) today.

Although we are not bound to Saturday, the Sabbath can only be applied to that day.

Thank-you for your comment. I always appreciate your input.


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teacherjoe52 3 years ago

Good morning brother.

Sad but true there is more pagan than Christ in the majority of churches.

God bless you.


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PlanksandNails 3 years ago from among the called out of the ekklesia of Christ Author

Teacherjoe52,

I am glad that you understand this. Nice to hear from you.


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Ashleign 3 years ago from Alabama

I am absolutely floored. I literally lost my crap laughing at the first picture. It's ironic, I am writing about the plagiarism of the bible. Futhermore, Horus was also born on the 25th of December. His birth was signaled with the eastern star and celestial music. He was born in Anu, Place of Bread, Bethlehem was the house of bread. What is even more interesting, is both Jesus, and Horus, were crucified and both are symbolized by a cross. Well one is an Ankh, but a cross none-the-less.


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PlanksandNails 3 years ago from among the called out of the ekklesia of Christ Author

Ashleign,

It was the Cathoilic Church that offered the people an alternative to celebrating the pagan festival of Saturnalia and the winter solstice by attributing Jesus' birth to December 25th. He was not born during the winter season as the sheep were in the pasture during the time of His birth. He was most likely born during the Feast of Tabernacles when all the male Jews were required to come to Jerusalem. The influx of pilgrims would have spilled out into the surrounding areas (Bethlehem), which made it difficult for Mary and Joseph to find a room.

The exact date of Jesus' birth cannot be verified, but there are many clues that give an around about time. The biggest indicator is the birth of John who was six months older than Jesus, which would mean that Jesus was born during the seventh month of Tishri when the Feast of Tabenacles begins. With that said, it is easy to conclude that Jesus was not born on Christmas day as many attribute it to be.


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Ashleign 3 years ago from Alabama

Oh this I am aware of.

But it was not the Catholic Church that did so. It was Roman Emperor Constantine. He changed the Pagan landmarks and dates to coincide with Christianity. He was also the cause of the first "approved" bible, that was never found mind you. Constantine, laid the ground work, that the Catholic Church would move ahead to use. Had it not been for him, the Roman Empire would have remained Pagan, or fallen due to civil war. It is said that he saw the figure of a cross in the air, and Jesus spoke to him. Interesting to say the least.

The original collection of letters and books, are not known. However, this happened in approx 338 AD, the Christian Bible was not created until 150 years later. It is also said that this collection has been altered, this is why, things don't exactly add up. Cain somehow "obtaining" a wife. Turns out they didn't want to spread the idea of incest.. Imagine that.


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PlanksandNails 3 years ago from among the called out of the ekklesia of Christ Author

I definitely agree that a lot of dates "Christians" celebrate are pagan in origin. You are right about Constantine as he was considered a hero to the pagans as well a the "Christians." He superimposed "Christianity" upon pagan religion and adopted elements of both. The many traditions that "Christians" hold dear are ignorant of the fact that they are syncretistic with paganism and the political religious hiearchial structural organisation of Rome.


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Ashleign 3 years ago from Alabama

I love how America was "founded on Christian Ideals." When all the important buildings hold pagan meanings. Such as the Capitol building being an oculus, before converted to a dome. Added with that, the capitol building has the statue of freedom at the top of that dome. A dome, and building built by slaves. It is true. Some cannot see the forest for the trees.


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Judah's Daughter 2 years ago from Roseville, CA

The crux of the message is right on, Planks AndNails; however, I don't believe Jesus was born at Tabernacles (for all Jewish men were to be in Jerusalem and Joseph would not have gone to Bethlehem to register for the census, missing the feast in Jerusalem), nor were the shepherds in Jerusalem for the feast. There are multiple clues given in the Scripture as well as NASA charts of the signs in the heavens that pinpoint 9/11 (shock) of 3 BC as the birthdate of Jesus. Either way, He was indeed born in September (both feasts - of Trumpets and Tabernacles are in Sept).

Secondly, why are you referring to Col 2:16-17 when this was written to Gentile believers (see vs. 11), that the Jews not judge them because they did not observe the feasts, foods, sabbaths, etc.?

Thirdly, I don't think Semiramis was having an incestual relationship with Nimrod before he died. I think you meant she was having an incestual relationship with Tammuz, her son (Nimrod reincarnated).

Knowing the Feast of First Fruits was always the Sunday following the Feast of Unleavened Bread, and Pentecost 50 days later, also on a Sunday, are you stating that 1) the Sabbath is yet a literal day of the week and 2) the Sabbath is to be the seventh day and not the first? Heb 4:1-11 tell us the Sabbath rest is not in a literal 24-hour day. Yes, back in Ezekiel they were observing a literal Sabbath day, which was a shadow of the Sabbath rest found by faith in Christ.

You wrote, "the symbol of Tammuz is the cross of sun worship that He died upon. The Jews had denied their Messiah and the sun worshiping Romans put Him to death near the time of the moon festival." Are you saying Jesus was crucified by the Jews at any other time than the Jewish Passover?

Bottom line is, Jesus died on Passover, was in the tomb the 14th-15th day of Nisan (Wed night), the 15-16th day of Nisan (Thurs night) and the 16-17th day of Nisan (Fri night), rising on the 17th day of Nisan, the first day of the week (Sat night after Sabbath) on the Feast of First Fruits.

The fact that this year, the days fell the same as they did at the time of Jesus Christ's crucifixion does not condone the majority of years where so-called Christian churches continue to celebrate Easter at the spring equinox, having nothing to do with Passover or First Fruits. And, they don't even celebrate Pentecost. Rabbits, eggs (blood-red eggs at that) are abominable! And, to make a point, they should be eating lamb, not HAM on First Fruits Sunday.


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PlanksandNails 2 years ago from among the called out of the ekklesia of Christ Author

Judah's Daughter,

I have edited out of the article the points that you have brought up. You have brought up additional information for those to consider in their own research. Thanks for your comment and affirmation that Easter has nothing to do with the Passover or First Fruits, but is clearly an abomination. God Bless


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Judah's Daughter 2 years ago from Roseville, CA

Blessing, PlanksandNails. Keep on in the fight for Truth, brother.


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celafoe 2 years ago from Planet earth. between the oceans

judahs daughter--I think that you are the first person I have ever seen put those days in writing, I have been called crazy for teaching that for over 35 yrs after God showed it to while studying late one night asking for the truth because what everyone was teaching just did not line up with scripture.

Guess I better go check out some more of your writings

Thanks for posting


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Judah's Daughter 2 years ago from Roseville, CA

Praise God, celafoe! If we could just shut off the voices of the world's error (i.e. calling us crazy) and stay focused only on what the Bible tells us, holding firmly to it, we shall endure. And for ANYONE who will hear, let them hear. I will make sure I'm following you, celafoe!

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