Etymology of the word "Easter"Yet, how many of those who participate in these "holy days" truly understand what they are celebrating or where these religious rites originated? How many know that the 40 days of Lent are the 40 days of weeping for Tammuz?
O.E. Eastre (Northumbrian Eostre), from P.Gmc. *Austron, a goddess of fertility and sunrise whose feast was celebrated at the spring equinox, from *austra-, from PIE *aus- "to shine" (especially of the dawn). Bede says Anglo-Saxon Christians ADOPTED her name and many of the celebratory practices for their Mass of Christ's resurrection.
"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.
And he brought me into the inner court of the LORD'S house, and, behold, at the door of the temple of the LORD, between the porch and the altar, were about five and twenty men, with their backs toward the temple of the LORD, and their faces toward the east; and they worshipped the sun toward the east." Ezekiel 8:14-16
This sun worship and weeping for Tammuz was not something that was occuring in some far off pagan temple. These are things which were occuring in the house of the Lord; and God called it an abomination. (For more on how the worship of Tammuz affects idol worship in the inner temple of God, please see An Idol Mind is an Idle Mind.)
Take a few minutes to view the attached videos which evaluate the historical information on Tammuz (including his death and resurrection), sun-god worship, and how these pagan rituals are manifesting in what calls itself Christianity.
A common point of discussion lately has been about trying to take the things of the world and offer them to God. Because God is holy, He does not just accept anything we offer Him. Nor does He take what the world creates and make it righteous. The things that originate from the world have nothing to do with God (I John 2:16).
It is not just a matter of what we like to celebrate, what a church institution likes to acknowledge, or even our traditions. We must not be destroyed by a lack of knowledge. It is time to take heed to the things of God, and not simply religious works.
The Scriptures say that we are not to be judged in matters of respecting holy days, but these days are not holy. It is one thing to have liberty in Christ in how we honor God; it is quite another to raise up pagan offerings to Him and expect Him to receive it.
"Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.
Turn your whole heart to Christ today. Your religious works and observances will not save you. As the end times come to fruition all around us, now is the time to make your calling and election sure. Examine yourself to see if you be in the faith.