Easter is coming, and if you are like many Christians, you are probably excited! If so, you might want to reconsider this “holiday.” In fact, you might just be worshiping someone other than Jesus Christ, without even knowing it!
One of the most interesting aspects of human nature is for us to do completely the opposite of what God says. If God says do something, we don’t do it; if He says for us not to do something, we do it, all the while deluding ourselves in to believing that we are actually worshiping God in a way that would please Him.
An example of this is found in the book of Jeremiah. In Jeremiah 7:17–18 God is quoted as saying “Do you not see what they do in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem? The children gather wood, the fathers the fire, and the women knead dough, to make cakes for the queen of heaven; and they pour out drink offerings to other gods, that they may provoke Me to anger.” This is an obvious violation of the first and second commandments. God was not pleased that they were worshiping other Gods. God went on to say how angry He was with them and how He would punish them for their sins. God told Jeremiah to tell the people what He had said, but He knew they would not listen (Jeremiah 7:27–28). God did in fact punish them and the survivors fled into Egypt against God’s will (Jeremiah 43). In Egypt they continued to reject the word of God spoken through Jeremiah and the people said that they would continue to worship the Queen of Heaven (Jeremiah 44).
What has this story of ancient Judah have to do with the present? Believe it or not, this same Queen of Heaven is widely worshiped in today’s world. Many churches, religious organizations and businesses bear her name. Just do an Internet search and see how many times the term “Queen of Heaven” pops up. It is amazing! This goddess is still worshiped today! She also goes under other names, one of which is Ishtar—the anglicized form of which is Easter.
Some say that the term queen of heaven now refers to Mary, the mother of Christ and that it is Mary that is being honored. As hard it is to believe for some, Mary is not even in heaven. In 1 Timothy 6:16 the Apostle Paul stated that only Jesus possesses immortality. Mary is now in the grave awaiting the resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:50–57) along with other of God’s faithful (Hebrews 11:13, 39). Mary is not honored by observing Easter day; Ishtar is being honored. In studying ancient history you will discover Ishtar was a real person, and a very evil one at that!
Now are you able to see the relevance of the ancient pagan goddess called the Queen of Heaven, to modern day religious practices? Consulting most any encyclopedia or doing an internet search will show you the origin of Easter; it is clearly pagan. You cannot Christianize a pagan holiday by saying now we honor Christ and Mary on that day; God forbids this in Deuteronomy 12:29–32.
Are you willing to obey God or will you continue to resist like the ancient Jews? For more information on Easter and God’s true holy days, please order the booklet: The Holy Days: God’s Master Plan. In the meantime, be sure to read “Easter or Passover: Which is for Christians?”