A lot regarding Easter and Holy Week has been going through my mind this week. This includes all the recent hubbub about Christians celebrating Pascua and seder feasts and all things related. It seems the pagans and the Christians and the Jews all have something interconnected going on.
As I am ever a student in search of truth, it seems new thoughts are always opening up for me on this journey. Since the time of Babylon the pagan spring festival of Eastre has been celebrated, record books show. The bunny was the symbol of the goddess of fertility. Call her Eastre, Ishtar, Esther, Asherath, Aphrodite, Diana or Isis, depending on which culture you were raised in.
Millennia later, this symbol still lives, as do the very eggs she was said to come down in. We celebrate by letting our children hunt for them every year, though we may not know it. Even lent has its origins in this pagan festival.
I have been studying the Nephilim, the giants of old. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that they are even linked to Easter. How?
While scholars and amateur theologians debate about Creation against the Satan Seed Theory (the idea that the sin in the garden was actually Satan having sex with Eve and then Adam and that Cain was the son of Satan), most agree on one thing, the sons of God were fallen demons. They had sex with Eve’s daughters, taking on some human form either from being fallen or by possessing men. These daughters gave birth to the Nephilim. I cannot even imagine what that must have been like or the size of the child or the danger to the mother during childbirth.
I will discuss these giants in more depth later. First, the connection.
If we take a biblical account of Cain, we know he was banished from the tribe of Adam for killing his brother Abel. His ancestors went on to build the first walled in city. His grandson was Nimrod, the leader of Babylon, the son of Semiramis, aka Ishtar.
Much knowledge had been gained during the time of the Tower of Babel. Some scholars attribute this to the knowledge the fallen demons passed on to their offspring. This knowledge had much to do with astronomy, astrology and witchcraft.
Regarding the Nephilim, the sons of fallen angels, they were linked to the lineage of Cain. Some say Nimrod was the best example and believe he was perhaps a giant, or very tall at least. It could even be that Semiramis, his mother, was a giant, passing this seed on to him. This is the alternate to the theory that Cain was a Nephilim and a son of Satan opposed to Adam.
At any rate, we come full circle back to Ishtar, Mother Nature and the spring celebration of nature in Easter. I hadn’t considered the Nephilim were distantly related to Easter via Eastre. This all came about as I was trying to find references to these giants along with a haggadot for this evening, as it is Passover. While I refrain from joining a seder feast apart from one in a Jewish community out of respect for Jews and the hard path they have taken, I must remind myself that I have Jewish DNA, and my forefathers and mothers knew suffering well. I remember the Holocaust, the Inquisition and both expulsions from Israel, for starters. Then, of course, there is the Exodus.
This is where I leave you today. I am going to have a quiet, meditative night thinking of the Wondrous Cross and the Exodus and leave vile Easter out of it. Then, after Resurrection Sunday, I will pick up where I left off with the Nephilim.
Written by Jori Sams
Jori Sams is a Christian author and freelance writer with nearly 2000 published pieces on the Internet, with over 1500 being published by Yahoo. Her books are published through Writeious Books. When she isn’t writing, you can usually find her following the sun…