Most Christians believe from church teachings that Easter Sunday has to do with the resurrection of Jesus Christ but the Bible tells us something different.
When wondering just about anything, you can find the answer in the Bible including the origin of many holidays. This is most likely not taught in church but the origins of this pagan holiday that we call Easter is actually revealed with just a little bit of research.
Let’s begin with who is the Goddess Ishtar aka Easter who goes by many names and titles? Ishtar is referred to as the “Queen of Heaven” and the Goddess of Fertility. Many are not familiar that the bunny and the eggs are both symbols of fertility dating far back in history.
Rabbits are often used as a symbol of fertility or rebirth, and have long been associated with spring and Easter as the Easter Bunny. – Rabbit (Wikipedia)
Queen of Heaven
Goddess of love, beauty, sex, desire, fertility, war, justice, and political power
In Jeremiah 44 this quote “Queen of Heaven” is mentioned as a Goddess that many women worshiped, drank, feasted and baked cakes and more for which was, of course, displeasing to our God.
Jeremiah 44 – KJV
15 Then all the men which knew that their wives had burned incense unto other gods, and all the women that stood by, a great multitude, even all the people that dwelt in the land of Egypt, in Pathros, answered Jeremiah, saying,
16 As for the word that thou hast spoken unto us in the name of the Lord, we will not hearken unto thee.
17 But we will certainly do whatsoever thing goeth forth out of our own mouth, to burn incense unto the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, as we have done, we, and our fathers, our kings, and our princes, in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem: for then had we plenty of victuals, and were well, and saw no evil.
18 But since we left off to burn incense to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, we have wanted all things, and have been consumed by the sword and by the famine.
19 And when we burned incense to the queen of heaven, and poured out drink offerings unto her, did we make her cakes to worship her, and pour out drink offerings unto her, without our men?
20 Then Jeremiah said unto all the people, to the men, and to the women, and to all the people which had given him that answer, saying,
21 The incense that ye burned in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem, ye, and your fathers, your kings, and your princes, and the people of the land, did not the Lord remember them, and came it not into his mind?
22 So that the Lord could no longer bear, because of the evil of your doings, and because of the abominations which ye have committed; therefore is your land a desolation, and an astonishment, and a curse, without an inhabitant, as at this day.
23 Because ye have burned incense, and because ye have sinned against the Lord, and have not obeyed the voice of the Lord, nor walked in his law, nor in his statutes, nor in his testimonies; therefore this evil is happened unto you, as at this day.
24 Moreover Jeremiah said unto all the people, and to all the women, Hear the word of the Lord, all Judah that are in the land of Egypt:
25 Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, saying; Ye and your wives have both spoken with your mouths, and fulfilled with your hand, saying, We will surely perform our vows that we have vowed, to burn incense to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her: ye will surely accomplish your vows, and surely perform your vows.
So we have a Goddess that was worshiped as the “Queen of Heaven” with the name Ishtar whose nickname is Goddess of Fertility which both bunny and eggs are a symbol of.
Last clue is the comparison for what we believed Easter meant with the 3 days and 3 nights resurrection of Jesus Christ, Ishtar as well as has a related story.
Three days and three nights pass, and Ninshubur, following instructions, goes to the temples of Enlil, Nanna, An, and Enki, and pleads with each of them to rescue Inanna. The first three deities refuse, saying Inanna’s fate is her own fault, but Enki is deeply troubled and agrees to help. He creates two sexless figures named gala-tura and the kur-jara from the dirt under the fingernails of two of his fingers. He instructs them to appease Ereshkigal and, when she asks them what they want, ask for the corpse of Inanna, which they must sprinkle with the food and water of life. When they come before Ereshkigal, she is in agony like a woman giving birth. – Wikipedia
Oh, by the way, bunnies don’t lay eggs.