Much of what I am about to share can be found in Hyslop’s book, “The Two Babylon’s” The word Lent comes from the Anglo-Saxon Lencten, meaning “spring.” Lent originated in the ancient Babylonian Pagan or as they called it, mystery religion. “The forty days’ abstinence of Lent was directly borrowed from the worshippers of the Babylonian goddess…Among the Pagans this Lent seems to have been an indispensable preliminary to the great annual festival in commemoration of the death and resurrection of Tammuz.” -The Two Babylons
As we know from simple historic research, Tammuz was the false Messiah of the Babylonian people. He was a satanic counterfeit of Jesus Christ in fact. His mother created the lie to hide the fact she got pregnant in an adulterous relationship. King Nimrod, her husband had died and when she discovered she was pregnant she told everyone her dead husband appeared unto her and impregnated her. Satan moved her to use this lie for obvious reasons. He knew Jesus would be born of a virgin later in the history of the human race.
The Feast of Tammuz was celebrated in June back then. Most Pagans still celebrate it in June today as well. June was actually called the “month of Tammuz” by most Pagans. Lent was then held 40 days before this feast. This is why the word Lent means “spring.” It always took place from spring to early summer for the Pagans. The feast was always “celebrated by alternate weeping and rejoicing.”
This has actually been going on for thousands of years. The Bible records ancient Judah worshiping Tammuz. It says in Ezekiel 8:14, “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.” If you read on in Ezekiel you will find that this was a great abomination in God’s eyes! But why did the church at Rome institute such a pagan holiday as Lent?
Getting back to Hyslops book he says they did it, “To conciliate the Pagans to nominal Christianity, Rome, pursuing its usual policy, took measures to get the Christian and Pagan festivals amalgamated, and, by a complicated but skillful adjustment of the calendar, it was found no difficult matter, in general, to get Paganism and Christianity—now far sunk in idolatry—in this as in so many other things, to shake hands.” -The Two Babylons
As history then shows us, the Roman church eventually replaced Passover with what they now call Easter. They then moved the pagan Feast of Tammuz to early spring in an attempt to “Christianize” it. So of course, Lent moved with it. Hyslops goes on to say that “This change of the calendar in regard to Easter was attended with momentous consequences. It brought into the Church the grossest corruption and the rankest superstition in connection with the abstinence of Lent.” -The Two Babylons
Before giving up their cherished sins during Lent, the pagans always held a wild, “anything goes” type of celebration to make sure that they got in their share of debaucheries and perversity before they had to give them up for Lent. They still do this to this day. Only now we call it Mardi Gras and Spring break. Fat Tuesday = sin in depth the day before Ash Wednesday.