There is a great contrast between the yearly resurrection of the sun god and the resurrection of the Messiah Yeshua. Unfortunately, the myths of the sun gods have been combined with the events surrounding the death and resurrection of the Saviour. Ancient Israel was guilty of sun god worship, and Ezekiel records people weeping for Tammuz and men turning towards the sun at the temple of the one true God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
Ezekiel 8:13–16 (LEB): 13 And he said to me, “Still you will see again greater detestable things that they are doing.” 14 And he brought me to the doorway of the gate of the house of Yahweh that is toward the north, and look! There were the women sitting weeping for Tammuz. 15 And he said to me, “Have you seen, son of man? Still you will see again greater detestable things than these.” 16 And he brought me to the inner courtyard of the house of Yahweh, and look, at the doorway of the temple of Yahweh, between the portico and the altar, there were about twenty-five men with their backs to the temple of Yahweh and their faces toward the east, and they were bowing down toward the east before the sun.
From the Baker Bible Encyclopedia, we get a little more information about the resurrecting sun god Tammuz:
“Tammuz. Chief Sumerian deity whose name derived from the Sumerian dumuzi. He is the god of fertility, of vegetation and agriculture, of death and resurrection, and the patron of shepherds. The son and consort of Ashtar (Inanna), Tammuz represented the annual vegetation cycle of death during the heat of summer and the rebirth of life with the coming of the fall and spring rains, as mythically recounted in the Akkadian poem, “Inanna’s Descent into the Netherworld.” This rejuvenation of life and defeat of death was annually celebrated during the Babylonian New Year Festival. In the OT, the prophet Ezekiel sees in a vision women weeping for Tammuz at the north gate of the temple, descriptive of coming desecrations of the Lord’s house (8:14).
In subsequent cultures following the Sumerian civilization (3rd millennium bc), the Tammuz cult was carried on; it was undoubtedly embodied in the worship of Marduk of Babylon, Ashur of Assyria, Baal of Canaan, Attis of Phrygia, and Adonis of Syria (Aram) and Greece. Numerous liturgies and dirges have been found detailing Tammuz worship in ancient Mesopotamian culture. During the postexilic era, the fourth month of the Hebrew calendar was named Tammuz.”
The mother of Tammuz went by many names such as, Inanna, Ashtar, Ishtar, Eostre, Dianna and Ashera. This mother of Tammuz is the “queen of heaven” or mother goddess who birthed Tammuz. This is the counter narrative of the virgin birth of the Messiah.
Jeremiah 7:18–20 (LEB): 18 The children are gathering wood, and the fathers are kindling the fire, and the women are kneading dough to make sacrificial cakes for the queen of heaven, and they pour out libations to other gods for the sake of provoking me to anger. 19 Are they provoking me to anger? ” declares Yahweh, “Is it not themselves they hurt, for the sake of the shame of their faces?” 20 Therefore thus says the Lord Yahweh, “Look, my anger and my wrath will be poured out on this place, on the humankind, and on the animal, and on the tree of the field, and on the fruit of the ground, and it will burn and not be extinguished.”
Images and practices of sun god worship are front and center in Christianity. Weeping for Tammuz, sacrificial cakes and the “queen of heaven” have all been rebranded to fit the “death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ”. On Eostre Sunday we will see Facebook proclamations saying “he’s alive” or “he is risen” like every year before, as if he dies and resurrects every year. I realize this is not the intent, but it is more like the unintended result of the influence of the sun god and mother goddess.
How are we able to discern fact from fable? What do eggs and rabbits have to do with Yeshua? There are two narratives being combined at the time of the spring festival of the goddess Eostre. One is real and one is counterfeit. One involves fertility symbols of eggs and rabbits to honour the sun god and his mother-wife goddess, and one is a spring feast that is commanded by Yahweh foreshadowing the “root of Jesse” that would redeem the Earth from sin that previously there were no sacrifices to atone. The penalty was death by stoning for breaking the eternal covenant prior to the high priest Yeshua sprinkling his blood in the heavenly tabernacle. The spring feast that Yeshua and his disciples celebrated memorialized the event where Yahweh delivered His people from slavery in Egypt. Yahweh had warnings for those mixing the gods of the nations with His stuff.
Deuteronomy 12:29–32 (LEB): 29 “When Yahweh your God has cut off the nations whom you are about to go to, to dispossess them before you, and you have dispossessed them, and you live in their land, 30 take care so that you are not ensnared into imitating them after their being destroyed from before you, and so that you not enquire concerning their gods, saying, ‘How did these nations serve their gods, and thus I myself want to do also.’ 31 You must not do so toward Yahweh your God, because of every detestable thing they have done for their gods Yahweh hates, for even their sons and their daughters they would burn in the fire to their gods.
Why are we still honouring the sun gods from the sun god cults in Christianity thousands of years after these myths were generated? As soon as egg hunts and made up celebrations are introduced it is no longer about Yeshua, the lamb that takes away the sin of the world. Yahweh hates these things so much he destroyed His temple and made the land desolate because His people were doing these abominable practices.
There is a reason why the entire world, which normally despises anything to do with the Saviour and righteousness, celebrates the spring festival of Easter. This is the same festival that has been celebrated for thousands of years honouring the ancient sun cult gods.
John 4:22–24 (LEB): 22 You worship what you do not know. We worship what we know, because salvation is from the Jews. 23 But an hour is coming—and now is here*—when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for indeed the Father seeks such people to be his worshipers. 24 God is spirit, and the ones who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”
Paul tells us how to observe the spring feast. There are no re-resurrecting sun gods, Easter egg hunts, resurrection services, sunrise services consuming unclean animals or anything else that comes from worshipping foreign gods.
1 Corinthians 5:6–8 (LEB): 6 Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole batch of dough? 7 Clean out the old leaven in order that you may be a new batch of dough, just as you are unleavened. For Christ our Passover has been sacrificed. 8 So then, let us celebrate the feast, not with the old leaven or with the leaven of wickedness and sinfulness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
We are all free to believe anything we want, which is a great freedom. Yahweh is looking for followers to worship in spirit and truth, fleeing from idolatry, yet we have become entangled with the gods of the world, unable to separate truth from myths.
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