Is worshiping on Sunday and the Sun Worship of Baal connected...
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#1 May 17, 2008
Is worshiping on Sunday and the Sun Worship of Baal connected...
Worshipping on Sunday goes back at least two thousand years before Jesus Christ. Shortly after the flood in Noah's time, Nimrod and his mother-wife, Semiramis, founded the great pagan religions. Sun worship is related to fire worship. From the beginning at the Tower of Babel, sun worship spread throughout the ancient world.
On pages 226-227, Hislop states, "Nimrod is singled out by the voice of antiquity as commencing this fire-worship .... The sun, as the great source of light and heat, was worshipped under the name of Baal [another name for Nimrod].... the sun, under that name [Baal] was worshipped in the earliest ages of the world .... The beginning, then, of sun- worship and of the worship of the host of the heaven, was a sin against the light -- a presumptuous, heaven-daring sin. As the sun in the heavens was the great object of worship, so fire was worshipped as its [the sun's] earthly representative .... Along with the sun, as the great fire-god, and, in due time, identified with him, was the serpent worshipped ... the serpent is universally the symbol of the sun. In Egypt, one of the commonest symbols of the sun, or sun-god, is a disc with a serpent around it. The original reason of that identification seems just to have been that, as the sun was the great enlightener of the physical world, so the serpent was held to have been the great enlightener of the spiritual, by giving mankind the 'knowledge of good and evil'...."
Sun-worship was the dominant religion in all ancient civilizations, spreading from Mother Babylon to India, China, Africa, Greece, Rome, Mexico, South America, Egypt and Europe. Sun worship was a very prominent religion and Sunday was the main day of worship in the pagan Roman Empire by the time of Jesus Christ, just as it was in ancient pagan Babylon.
#2 May 17, 2008
Hislop, page 238, "Now, if this worship of the sacred serpent of the Sun, the great fire-god, was so universal in Rome, what symbol could more graphically portray the idolatrous power of Pagan Imperial Rome than the 'Great Fiery Serpent'? No doubt it was to set forth this very thing that the Imperial standard itself -- the standard of the Pagan Emperor of Rome, as Pontifex Maximus, Head of the great system of fire-worship and serpent-worship -- was a serpent elevated on a lofty pole, and so coloured, as to exhibit it as a recognised symbol of fire-worship."
Julius Caesar became Pontifex Maximus 40-50 years B.C. From that time until Emperor Justinian, the Roman Emperors were heads of the state religion of fire- serpent-sun worship. In the 6th Century A.D., Justinian submitted to the head of the Roman Catholic Church. Thereafter, the Popes became the Pontifex Maximus of the state religion of fire- serpent-sun worship.
Historically, pagan Babylon worshipped the sun as a deity, and pagan religions also worshipped the invincible sun. The pagan ideas crept into the early church and with the assistance of Constantine, his civil Sunday law transferred the Sabbath rest to the Sun Day, and filled the church with commonly used pagan images and symbols of the sun.
Many of the pagan sunburst images used by the church show up in various forms of church art. An artifact was unearthed in the holy of holies of the pagan temple in the Canaanite city of Hazor / Hatzor, in northern Israel, that dates to 1400 years before the time of Christ. It is described as follows:
"a basalt offering table, pillar-shaped, with a carved symbol of the storm god Baal on its side. That symbol was a circle with a cross in the center"
#3 May 17, 2008
In a large number of the churches altars you can find the same general Babylonian sun symbol. Some have tapestry with a sunburst design nearly identical to the pagan sun-god symbol of Baal / Shamash. This tapestry is called the altar frontal, antipendium (antependium), or pallium altaris.
"In Egypt, the disk of the Sun was represented in the temples, and the sovereign and his wife and children were represented as adoring it .... In the great temple of Babylon, the golden image of the Sun was exhibited for the worship of the Babylonians .... In the worship of Baal, as practised by the idolatrous Israelites in the days of their apostasy, the worship of the sun's image was equally observed; and it is striking to find that the image of the sun, which apostate Israel worshipped, was erected above the altar. When the good king Josiah set about the work of reformation, we read that his servants in carrying out the work, proceeded thus (2 Chron. xxxiv.4):'And they brake down the altars of Baalim in his presence, and the images (margin, SUN-IMAGES) that were on high above them, he cut down.'...
#4 May 17, 2008
Israel profaned the Sabbath and substituted Baal worship, which is sun worship:
"And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? If the Lord be God, follow Him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word."
These words were spoken by a rugged prophet of God as he stood on the top of Mount Carmel face to face with a people who claimed to be the chosen people of God, but a people who had turned from the worship of the true God to the worship of Baal, the Sun-god.
A chosen people who had followed the cloud by day and the fire by night through the wilderness experience and then encamped at the foot of Mt. Sinai had heard God's voice in thunder-like tones proclaim His law of Ten Commandments. And even while Moses was receiving the law on tablets of stone they had turned to the sun worship of Egypt. Just so in Elijah's time, had Israel permitted the wicked Jezebel to again introduce sun worship.
The time had come for a test with this false religion. And on the top of Mt. Carmel they hear Elijah cry out, "How long halt ye between two opinions, you must decide between God and Baal."
The crowd looked over at Elijah, and they saw him standing there alone. Then they looked and saw hundreds of the priests of Baal, dressed in their rich, flowing robes, and they asked the question that has been asked ever since sin opened the gate to the road of the broad and easy way that many follow:" "Can Elijah be right and all these priests of Baal be wrong?" God showed that day what a abomination the false religion of sun worship was to him.
#5 May 17, 2008
Samuele Bacchiocchi, in his book, From Sabbath to Sunday, pages 242-246, gives evidence that the planetary week was in popular existence in Rome before the time of Christ. "Various Sun-cults were predominant in ancient Rome by the early part of the second century [A.D.]. That these attracted the imagination and interest of Christian converts from paganism, we found evidenced by the development of the theme of Christ-the-Sun, and by the adoption of the eastward orientation for prayer [true Christians are inclined to pray to the north, where God's throne is located, Psalms 48:2] and of the date of the 25th of December .... The valorization of the day of the Sun over that of Saturn, as a result of the diffusion of the Sun-cults, possibly oriented Christians (who desired to differentiate themselves from the Sabbath of the Jews) toward such a day. This choice however, it must be stated again, was notmotivated by their desire to venerate the Sun-god on his day, but rather by the fact that its symbology could fittingly commemorate two important events of the history of salvation -- creation and resurrection:'it is on this day that the Light of the World has appeared and on this day that the Sun of Justice has risen.' Moreover, the day of the Sun enabled Christians to explain also the Biblical mysteries to the pagan world by means of an effective symbology that was very familiar to them." (pages 268-269).
"The early Christians had at first adopted the seven-day week with its numbered week days, but by the close of the third century A.D., this began to give way to the planetary week. The use of planetary names [Monday, etc.] attests to the growing influence of astrological speculations introduced by the converts from paganism" (Webster's Rest Days, page 252).
"[Roman Emperor] Constantine's famous edict (321 A.D.) definitely enrolled Sunday among the holidays of the Roman State religion. The change from Saturn's day [Saturday, the Sabbath] to Sunday must have further commended the planetary week in Christian circles, where the Lord's Day ... beginning the week, had long been observed as the day on which Christ, the Son of Righteousness [supposedly] rose from the dead. Thus a pagan institution [Sunday observance] was engrafted upon Christianity" (Ibid., p. 222). This edict commanded that "On the venerable day of the sun let all magistrates and people ... rest" (Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge, article "Sunday Legislation").
Emperor Constantine was a pagan sun worshiper who saw that religion could be a unifying factor in his kingdom. "Constantine ... persevered till he was near 40 years of age in the practice of the established religion [of pagan sun worship]. But the devotion of Constantine was more peculiarly directed to the genius of the sun ... the sun was universally celebrated as the invincible guide and protector of Constantine," (Gibbon's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. I, pages 636-638). Even after Constantine's supposed "conversion," he continued his devotion to the Sun. His enforcement of Sunday worship, under the guise of Christianity, continued to brand followers of the state catholic religion with the mark of pagan sun worship.
"The SABBATH -- which word means 'REST'-- depicts the kind of eternal REST from sin which God has in mind for man.(Ambassador College Bible Correspondence Course, Lesson 30, page 5).
But ironically, Satan by deluding man into keeping the fiery pagan day of the Sun -- SUNDAY -- causes man to commemorate something else than what God set forth.......
#6 May 17, 2008
In the book The Two Babylons written by Alexander Hislop who spent his entire life searching out the pagan customs, teachings and influences that have crept into the Christian church from paganism gives valid proof for what you will find outlined in this chapter. His book is rare to find today, but it is well worth the search by seekers of truth!
Hislop pieces together facts from ancient history, and it seems that this Nimrod married a very beautiful and also very wicked woman named Semiramis. The relationship between Nimrod and Semiramis is not very clear. King Nimrod and his queen were worshipped by the people of Babylon. They were the first royal couple or the first celebrities. Semiramis came to be called the Queen of Heaven many centuries before Mary the mother of Jesus was born.(See Jeremiah 7:18).
Nimrod was so evil, legend has it that his great uncle Shem had him killed. After Nimrods death, Semiramis had a huge problem on her hands. How would she hold the kingdom together? From the worship that evolved in Babylon after Nimrods death, it can be surmised that Semiramis, no doubt inspired by the devil, told the people that Nimrod had gone to live in the sun and would rule and protect them as the sun god. The people could worship him by worshipping the sun. This was the beginning of sun worship.
The Bible is filled with references to and condemnations against sun worship. There is good evidence that points to Ancient Babylon as the source of paganism. It is clear that the idea that the stars direct your life instead of the great Creator God originated back in ancient Babylon.
Come down, and sit in the dust, O virgin daughter of Babylon, sit on the ground: there is no throne, O daughter of the Chaldeans: for thou shalt no more be called tender and delicate.(Isaiah 47:1).Thou art wearied in the multitude of thy counsels. Let now the astrologers, the stargazers, the monthly prognosticators, stand up, and save thee from these things that shall come upon thee. Behold, they shall be as stubble; the fire shall burn them; they shall not deliver themselves from the power of the flame: there shall not be a coal to warm at, nor fire to sit before it.( Isaiah 47:13-14).
#7 May 17, 2008
Astrology originated in ancient Babylon along with sun worship and this is why in the Bible, Babylon is the mother of all harlot religions and all the pagan abominations and false worship that exists on earth!So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet colored beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet color, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OFABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.(Revelation 17:3-5.).
According to Hislop, one Spring, after her husband Nimrods death, Semiramis was found to be pregnant. She told the people that she had become impregnated through the rays of the sun, and that the child she was carrying was half-human and half-divine A God man! She called him Tammuz. The website http://JewishEncyclopedia.com says this about Tammuz:A Babylonian deity referred to in Ezek. viii. 14. He is regarded as the husband, or sometimes as the son, of the goddess Ishtar ...He is accordingly supposed to represent the spirit of the spring vegetation; and there was a period of mourning in Babylonia to mark the discontinuance of growth. The myth of Adonis in classical literature has also been associated with the legend. The reference in Ezekiel to the women weeping for Tammuz certainly shows a trace of a cult in early Israel W. Robertson Smith attempted to associate the Tammuz-worship with the sacrificial rites connected with the king of the woods."
According to legend, Tammuz died saving a friend from the attack of a wild boar. His death was called a sacrificial one. So here was the son of the sun god dying to save others. This was the counterfeit savior! Tammuz was the worlds first false savior. The evil one was working on his plan to counterfeit Christ Jesus and the true worship of God!
Pagan Babylons rituals, customs and sun worship crept into the back door of the church. According to book The Pagan Side of Easter.The observance of the 40 days of Lent during the northern Spring season was derived from the worshippers of the Babylonian goddess. This 40 days of Lent is still observed by the Yezidis (pagan worshippers) of Koordistan, inherited from their Babylonian ancestors. The Lent of 40 days were also observed by the Pagan Mexicans, and the Egyptians who observed this tradition in honor of the goddess Osiris, also known as Adonis in Syria and Tammuz in Babylonia.
The Word of God makes it clear that what Hislop says about Tammuz had definitely infiltrated the true worship of God! See Ezekiel.Then said he unto me, Son of man, hast thou seen what the ancients of the house of Israel do in the dark, every man in the chambers of his imagery? For they say, Yahweh seeth us not; Yahweh hath forsaken the earth. He said also unto me, Turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations that they do Then he brought me to the door of the gate of Yahwehs house which was toward the north; and, behold, there sat womenweeping for Tammuz.(Ezek. 8:12-14).
#8 May 17, 2008
In the above verses we can see how even in early times, the pagan religion of Nimrod, Semiramis and Tammuz polluted the true worship of God. After Tammuz died, it was said that he now resided in the stars. When Semiramis died, she was said to reside in the moon and was called the Queen of Heaven. Nimrod was worshipped as the sun god, and this is where the Zodiac signs and astrology originated. Nimrod Was Known by Other Names In Different Parts of the World. In Egypt he was called Ra, in Assyria Baal, in Canaan he was called Molech.
The Bible says this about the evil practice of sun worship.Again, thou shalt say to the children of Israel, Whosoever he be of the children of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn in Israel, that giveth any of his seed unto Molech; he shall surely be put to death: the people of the land shall stone him with stones. And I will set my face against that man, and will cut him off from among his people; because he hath given of his seed unto Molech, to defile my sanctuary, and to profane my holy name.(Lev. 20:2-3).
In Persia Nimrod was called Mithras, In Greece, he was called Helios, and in Rome he was called Sol Invictus the unconquerable sun. Interestingly, in Samaria he was called Anu. The Encyclopedia Britannica, 15th Edition, Vol. 1, p. 432, says this about Anu:Anu was associated with the city of Erech in Southern Babylonia ... Anu was regarded as the god of the heavens.
The Bible says this:And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.( Gen. 10:10). In the above quote the city of Erech is described as one of the cities of Nimrod. Yet in the quote from the encyclopedia, it associates Erech with Anu. Here is proof that Nimrod was known by different names in different parts of the world!
It was from this false sun-worship that we get the name Sunday for the first day of the week.Sunday is the first day of the week, adopted from the Roman calendar because it was dedicated to the worship of the sun. Ungers Bible Dictionary under the article Sunday.
In fact, the names for the days of the week came from pagan Gods or worship. Sunday was named after the sun. Moon-day named from the worship of the moon became Monday. From the worship of the pagan god Tiu came Tius-day or Tuesday. From the pagan god Woden came Wodens-day or as we know it today Wednesday. Thors-day became Thursday. Friggas-day became Friday, and Saturn-day became Saturday.
In the Bible the only day that had a name recognized was the seventh-day Sabbath. Sunday was simply called in the Bible the first day of the week.(See John 20:1). So the false religion of sun worship in Isreal was Baal, its very clear and though other names were used in different languages, it all came from the same source, and God clearly says to come out of that false religion, whose source is 'Babylon'....
#9 May 17, 2008
So from the Tower of Babel, sun worship was founded, then the city of Babylon was the first capital where the pagan system of religion developed there in the form of sun worship. But soon the sun worship followers were spread out when Babylon was take over by Medo-Persia came into power. But the Baylonian pagan system of religion of Sun worship did not get wiped out, it took many names but was still the same. In Isreal it spread as Baal worship, and continued to predominate as it did in the previous kingdom. Then Greece took over, and she also subscribed to the same pagan sun worship. Finally, Rome began to rule the world. But there was no change in the religion. Mithraism, or sun worship, was the universal religion of the pagan Roman Empire. From Babylon to Rome, the evil one held control through his religion of sun worship.
Now, lets go to the real problem, did God make clear his abhorance of the religion of sun worship of Baal. It was a blasphemous idolatry, filled with immoralities, licentious ceremonies and degrading rites. Isreal continuously had problems as some fell into the worship of the god BAAL (plural Baalim) and they were called to return to the commandments of God, the Creator of the mighty universe. The Old Testament abounds with warnings against Baal worship. According to the Apostle Paul those warnings "are there for our admonition on whom the ends of the world are come" (1 Cor.10:11). But who is Baal? and what is Baal worship? Were you to walk into any church and ask the audience 'What is Baal worship?' you would probably not find many believers who knew. To be sure most Bible students know that the god Baal is mentioned over and over again in the Bible: but what Baal worship is, few have any idea. Lets go to the prophet Elijah in a passage from scripture about Baalim.
1 Kings 18: 17: And it came to pass, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said unto him, Art thou he that troubleth Israel?
18: And he answered, I have not troubled Israel; but thou, and thy father's house, in that ye have forsaken the commandments of the LORD, and thou hast followed Baalim.
Lets look at Baal and Baalim. Who or What is Baal? and What is Baal worship? Why is the Most High so incensed when His people worship Baal? Are we, perhaps, wrong in supposing that Baal was some ancient god that has nothing to do with modern man? Or could it be that Baal worship is something of which our society is guilty? Let us find out.
The word Baalim is the Hebrew plural for BAAL, the pagan god of sun and nature worship, and fertility.
The word Baal itself means "master" or "owner" and in ancient religions the name denoted sun, lord or god. Baal was common a name of small Syrian and Persian deities. The name Baal (baʕal; Hebrew: בע 00;) was a Northwest Semitic title and honorific meaning "master" or "lord" that was used for various conatations of the pagan gods, particularly of the Levant, cognate to Assyrian bêlu or 'Bel'. According to legend, Baal was the son of El, the high god of Canaan. The cult of Baal celebrated annually his death and resurrection as a part of the Canaanite fertility rituals. These ceremonies often included human sacrifice and temple prostitution.
#10 May 17, 2008
Baal, with its literal meaning of "lord," in the Canaanite pantheon was the local title of pagan gods. Baal never emerged as a rain god until later times when he assumed the special functions of other pagan gods. Although there is no equivalent in Canaan of the sterile summer drought that occurs in the Mesopotamia area of Babylon, the season cycle was marked enough to have caused a concentration on the disappearing fertility god, who took with him the autumn rain clouds into the nether world.
According to legend, after defeating the sea god Yam, and building a house on Mount Saphon, and taking possession of numerous cities, Baal announced that he would no longer acknowledge the authority of Mot, "death." Baal not only excluded Mot from his hospitality and friendship, but also told him that he could only visit the deserts of the earth. In response to this challenge, Mot invited Baal to his abode to taste his fare, mud. Being terrified and unable to avoid the dreadful summons to the land of the dead, Baal did unspeakable things with a calf in order to 'strengthen himself for the ordeal', and then set out. El and the other gods donned funeral garments, poured ashes on their heads, and mutilated their limbs, while Anat, aided by the sun goddess Shapash, brought the corpse back for burial. El placed Athtar, the irrigation god, on the vacant throne of Baal, but Anat bitterly missed her dead husband. She begged Mot to restore Baal to life, but her pleas went without avail, and Anat's attempts to interest the other gods in helping her were met with cautious indifference.
So according to legend, Baal's wife and sister, the fierce goddess Anat, traveled to the underworld. After splitting Mot with her sword, she assaulted Mot, ripping him to pieces "with a sharp knife," scattering his members "with a winnowing fan," burning him "in a fire," grinding him "in a mill," and "over the fields strewing his remains." According to legend, in the due course of time Baal was restored, and Athtar fled from his throne. Yet Mot was able to arrange another attack, but on this occasion all of the gods supported Baal, and neither combatant could gain the victory. Finally El intervened and dismissed Mot, leaving Baal in possession of the field. This looks to be the local Canaanite variation of the Nimrods death, and Semiramis his wife.
#11 May 17, 2008
Baal was the son of El, or Dagon, an obscure deity linked by the Hebrews with the Philistine city of Ashdod. Dagon was perhaps associated with the sea, as a coin found in the vicinity portrays a god having a fish tail. Another echo of the Mesopotamian Babyon thought patterns are nestled in these reasons advanced by Baal for needing a "house." His food offerings were too meager for a god "that rides on the clouds." As far apart as Carthage and Palmyra were temples dedicated to Baal-Hammon, "the lord of the altar of incense," whom the Greeks identified with Cronos. On Mount Carmel it was the prophet Elijah who discredited King Ahab's belief in the power of Baal, when at his request "the fire of the Lord fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice," and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench. Afterwards Elijah had the people slay "the prophets of Baal," thereby assuring the survival of the worship of Yahweh in Israel.
The worship of Baal extended from the Canaanites to the Phoenicians who also were partially an agricultural people. Both Baal and his cohort Ashtoreth, or Astarte, who is equivalent to the Greek goddess Aphrodite, were both Phoenician fertility symbols. Baal, the sun god, was fervently prayed to for the protection of livestock and crops. Priests instructed the people that Baal was responsible for droughts, plagues, and other calamities. People were often worked up into great frenzies at the prospects of displeasing Baal. In times of great turbulence human sacrifices, particularly children, were made to the great god Moloch.
Since the Phoenicians also were superb ship builders the religion and cults of Baal spread throughout the Mediterranean world. The worship of Baal was found among the Moabites and their allies Midinites during Moses' time. It was also introduced to the Israelites.
The religion of the sun god Baal crept into the worship among the ancient Jews, and although it was put down at times, it was never permanently stamped out. The people worshipped this sun god because their prosperity depended on the productivity of their crops and livestock. The god's images were erected on many buildings. Within the Baal religion there appeared to be numerous priests and various classes of devotees. During the ceremonies they wore appropriate robes. The ceremonies included burning incense, and offering burnt sacrifices, occasionally consisting of human victims. The officiating priests danced around the altars, chanting frantically and cutting themselves with knives to inspire the attention and compassion of the sun god, Baal. In the Bible Baal is also called Beelzebub, or Baalzebub, one of the fallen angels of Satan.
The worship of Baal was accompanied with lascivious rites (1 Kings 14:24), the sacrifice of children in the fire by parents (Jer.19:5), and kissing the image (1 Kings 19:18; Hos 13:2). Baal was often associated with the goddess Astoreth (Judg.2:13), and in the vicinity of his altar there was often an Asherah.(Judg.6:30; 1 Kings 16:32-33,R.V.)" Of the goddess ASTORETH :
"... She was the goddess of sexual love, maternity and fertility. Prostitution as a religious rite in the service of this goddess under various names is widely attested. The identification of 'Ashtart with Aphrodite is evidence of her sexual character."
"Ashtaroth (plural of Astoreth). In connection with the plural of Baal, a general designation for the female divinities of the Canaanites ..."
"Asherah refers to a wooden pole or mast which stood at Canaanite places of worship (Exo.34:13); originally it was, perhaps, the trunk of a tree with branches chopped off, and was regarded as the wooden symbol of the goddess Asherah, who like Ashtoreth, was a type of fertility ... It was erected beside the altar of Baal.(Judg 6:25, 28)"
#12 May 17, 2008
We can see from these quotes that Baal worship incorporated not only the worship of the sun and nature but along with Ashtaroth worship, it had illegal sexual acts and that the Asherah was nothing but a phallic symbol. That word lascivious means lewd, lustful, licentious, lecherous, bawdy. In other words Baal worship was accompanied with sinful sexual acts; behaviour expressly forbidden in Gods law.Was it made clear to Isreal thorugh the tragic experiences of compromise by allowing the pagan worship of Baal to creep in, and then punishment by many forms by God including defeat at the hands of their enemies. It happened often to Israel as they journeyed toward the Promised Land. Many times they were enticed by the fleshly forms of pagan temple worship. Repeatedly the nation was punished for accommodating the altars of Baal and bending to the sensual customs of sun worship.
We can show some of the circumstances which reveal God's utter abhorrence for everything that related to Baal worship. He commanded His people to destroy every pagan altar and burn all the gods to ashes, "The graven images of their gods shall ye burn with fire: thou shalt not desire the silver or gold that is on them, nor take it unto thee.... Neither shalt thou bring an abomination into thine house, lest thou be a cursed thing like it." Deuteronomy 7:25, 26. He also commanded "that thou inquire not after their gods, saying, How did these nations serve their gods? even so will I do likewise." Deuteronomy 12:30.
God forbad Israel to bring any of the objects of Baal worship into their tents or homes, and He especially commanded that none of their pagan customs ever be used in connection with His worship. Has time removed the revulsion which God expressed for those same symbols as they were utilized in earlier orgies of Baal worship? Does God still feel the same toward the Babyonian religion of Baal sun worship today? If so, how does He relate to worship on Sunday which was transferred directly from pagan Baal sun worship?
#13 May 17, 2008
In Matthew 17:11, Jesus promises the return of Elijah to restore all things prior to the end.
...Elijah comes and will restore all things. Matthew 17:11 NIV
In verse twelve, he refers to the Elijah who had already come, but whose teaching had been rejected. This is a reference to the preaching of John the Baptist whom Jesus identifies as Elijah.(Matthew 11:14) Clearly the references to Elijah refer to the message rather than the man. The messages of the Elijah of old, John the Baptist, and of the our mision in the Seventh-day Adventist church bear striking parallels. All three call the people back to obedience to God, and a worship of Him who made the heavens, the earth, and the springs of water instead of the worship of the false Babylonian religion of sun worship and Baal. In addition, the messages of John and the Adventist Church is a message of preparation - to make straight the path - for the coming of the Lord.(Luke 1:17)
In 1 Kings 16:31, apastosy comes in the form of the marriage of King Ahab to Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal, king of the Sidonians. This illicit marriage resulted in the introduction of Baal or sun-worship in Israel.(2 Kings 23:5) The result was total apostasy by the northern tribes:
And they left all the commandments of the Lord their God, made for them a molten image even two calves and a graven image and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served Baal. 2 Kings 17:16
Elijahs mission was to call a people out of apostasy of Baal sun worship and to restore the unity of Israel. He personally restored the broken sacrificial altar comprised of twelve stones symbolizing the unity of Israel, the altar itself being a symbol of salvation by grace, as it is only through the blood of the Lamb that we may be saved.(Leviticus 17:11)
#14 May 17, 2008
Just as Elijah of old was a forerunner of the impending judgments of God in ancient Israel, so end-time Elijah was to be a forerunner of the end-time judgment of God.
Remember the Law of Moses, My servant, which I commanded him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments. Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord. And he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers. Lest I come and strike the earth with a curse. Malachi 4:4-6 NKJV
Elijah restored the ancient landmarks of obedience to God and trust in His saving grace. Likewise the in the last days the Adventist church is to restore the broken law and trust in the merits of Jesus. As Isaiah prophesied:
Those from among you shall build the old waste places; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; and you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach, the Restorer of Streets to Dwell In. If you turn away your foot from the Sabbath, from doing your pleasure on My holy day, and call Sabbath a delight, the holy day of the Lord honourable, and shall honour Him, not doing your own ways, nor finding your own pleasure, nor speaking your own words, then you shall delight yourself in the Lord; and I will cause you to ride on the high hills of the earth, and feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father. The mouth of the Lord has spoken. Isaiah 58:12-14 NKJV
The broken walls are a reference to the law of God including the Sabbath. The paths are a reference to the ancient paths, the truths of the gospel that had been trampled in the dust by the inroads of paganism and sun worship. In this end-time prophecy, the Sabbath is lifted up as the banner of Gods truth against the false religion of Babylon, leading a people out of the world to restore a right relationship with God.
#15 May 17, 2008
Today, archaeologists find remains of temples of Baal and other god of sun worship, and idols to these gods of the sun all over the world. Another facet is having the same common religious theme of the Madonna, the theme of the "Mother and Child" being worshipped as the "Queen of Heaven, and her child-god the 'savior'".For instance, in Babylon they worshipped a "Goddess Mother" and a "Son of God", who was represented as an infant in his mother's arms. In Egypt the Mother and Child was worshipped under the names of Isis and Osiris. In India they still are worshipped as Isi and Iswara. In Asia they were worshipped as Cybele and Deoius. In Rome as Fortuna and Jupiter-puer, or Jupiter the boy. Other eastern nations worshipped Rhea, the "Great Goddess Mother". In Greece as Ceres the "Great Mother" with "the babe" at her breast, or else as Irene the "Goddess of Peace" and the boy Plutus.
In Egypt, Isis was worshiped as one of the greatest deities. She was usually depicted seated on a throne "holding the child Horus both official theology and popular belief proclaimed Isis and Horus the perfect mother and son" (Encyclopaedia Britannica, 15th ed.). From Egypt, the worship of Isis spread to Greece and Rome, where she was called Stella Maris (star of the sea), the patroness of seafarers and the queen of heaven" (The Gods of the Egyptians, Budge, p. 218). A shrine of Isis once "stood on Vatican Hill where now stands St. Peters" (The Paganism in Our Christianity, Weigall, pp. 128129). Numerous scholars note that "the Isis cult influenced the portrayal of the Christian Virgin Mary" (Jordan, p. 137), and that "it is clear that the early Christians bestowed some of her [Isis] attributes upon the Virgin Mary pictures and sculptures wherein she is represented in the act of suckling her child Horus formed the foundation for the Christian figures and paintings of the Madonna and Child" (Budge, p. 220).
This author continues: "Many of the heresies of the early Christian Church in Egypt were caused by the survival of ideas and beliefs connected with the old native gods which the converts to Christianity wished to adapt to their new creed" (ibid.). In parts of Egypt, by 400ad, "Mary the Virgin and Christ had taken the places of Isis and Horus, and the God-mother, or mother of the god, was no longer Isis, but Mary" (ibid., p. 221).
#16 May 17, 2008
In the Bible we read that the ancient Israelitesincluding Solomonturned from God and worshipped Baal and Asherah or Astoreth (Judges 2:1113; 10:6; 1 Kings 11:111) whose rituals involved temple prostitution (2 Kings 23:67). The Bible speaks of women weaving garments for a statue of this goddess that had been placed in the temple of God (2 Kings 21:17; 23:67). Historians comment that "Aserah is the great mother goddess of Canaan, known as Lady Aserah of the Sea" (Jordan, p. 3031). Scholars also connect Astoreth with the Babylonian goddess Ishtar, the Phoenician Astarte and the Greek Aphroditefertility goddesses whose worship also involved temple prostitution (see The Oxford Companion to the Bible).
Ishtar was the most important goddess in the ancient Middle Eastespecially in Babylon and Nineveh. She was the goddess of war and sexual love. She was called the "Queen of the Universe" and the "lady of the world," the "protectress of prostitutes and patroness of alehouses" (New Encyclopaedia Britannica). Her cult, which included temple prostitution, was widespread and popular (ibid.). Ishtar was also worshipped as Inanna the goddess of love and war, and called the "Queen of Heaven" (Dictionary of Gods & Goddesses, Devils & Demons, Lurker). Another Canaanite and Phoenician goddess was Anat, a fertility goddess and sister of Baal and daughter of the sun god. She was called "the Lady of the Mountain mother of the gods queen of heaven the virgin Anat" (Jordan, pp. 1819).
When God brought the Israelites out of Egypt, He commanded them: "You shall not make for yourself any carved image you shall not bow down to them nor serve them you shall not make idols for yourselves" (Exodus 20:45; Leviticus 26:1). Yet they soon began to worship a golden calf, and were punished for doing so (Exodus 32). The Israelites were also warned not to adopt pagan religious practices that God viewed as abominations. "You shall not worship the Lord your God in that way" (Deuteronomy 12:2932; 17:913). However, these warnings were repeatedly ignored as the Israelites turned to the worship of Baal and Ashtoreththe mother goddess of the Canaanites, their "queen of heaven." The Bible and history plainly show that the Israelites and later the early church adopted the worship of the sun god and a mother goddess, complete with titles, from their pagan neighbors. But what does all this have to do with us today, and why is it significant?
#17 May 17, 2008
God pronounced severe judgment on the people of Judah and Jerusalem because they worshiped "the queen of heaven" 17 Do you not see what they are doing in the towns of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem? 18 The children gather wood, the fathers light the fire, and the women knead the dough and make cakes of bread for the Queen of Heaven.(Jer7:17-20; 44:15-19). So how did the people of Israel get involved in worship of her? As early as the twenty-fifth century B.C., people of Ur of the Chaldees in Sumeria worshiped a mother-goddess named Ishtar. Around the same time the Minoans of Crete had a mother-goddess portrayed with "her divine child Velchanos" in her arms. Later, the people of Cyprus revered a goddess who appears to have been patterned after the Sumerian Ishtar and later adopted by the Greeks as Aphrodite, or Astarte. The Babylonians, who conquered Sumeria around the twenty-second century B.C., related their religious beliefs to the heavenly bodies. They regarded the planets as gods and goddesses and equated the planet Venus with the Sumerian mother-goddess Ishtar.
The Babylonians worshiped Ishtar as "The Virgin", "The Holy Virgin," "The Virgin Mother," "Goddess of Goddesses," and "Queen of Heaven and Earth." They exclaimed, "Ishtar is Great! Ishtar is Queen! My Lady is exalted, my Lady is Queen...There is none like unto her." They called her "Shining light of heaven, light of the world, enlightener of all the places where men dwell, who gatherest together the hosts of the nations"; and they claimed, "Where thou glancest, the dead come to life, and the sick rise and walk; the mind of the diseased is healed when it looks upon thy face." In Babylonian mythology Ishtar wore a crown and was related to Tammuz, who sometimes was portrayed as her son and other times as her lover.
It appears that the Sumerian-Babylonian Ishtar was the counterpart of the Egyptian Isis and the model for the Grecian Aphrodite, Roman Venus, Assyrian Nina, Phrygian and Roman Cybele, Phoenician Astarte, and Astarte of Syria. In essence they were the same mother-goddess. The Egyptians called Isis "the Great Mother" and "the Mother of God." Isis worship spread to Italy by the second century and then throughout the entire Roman Empire. There the goddess was portrayed with her "divine child Horus" in her arms and widely acclaimed as "Queen of Heaven" and "Mother of God."
The people of Phoenicia worshiped Baal. Baalism included the worship of Molech with fiery sacrifices of children and the worship of Astarte, the Phoenician Ishtar Queen of Heaven. When the princess Jezebel became the wife of King Ahab of the northern Kingdom of Israel, she influenced him to fully establish Baal worship in his realm (1Ki16:29-33; 21:25-26) This move entangled the people of Israel in Queen-of-Heaven worship. As a result, God judged them with the Assyrian Captivity (2Ki17:5-7,16-18)
#18 May 17, 2008
Athaliah, daughter of Ahab and Jezebel, became the wife of King Jehoram of the Kingdom of Judah. She influenced him to do what her father had done--fully establish Baal worship in his kingdom (2Ki8:16-18). Her son, Ahaziah, the next king of Judah, did the same (2Ki8:25-27), as did King Manasseh (2Ki21:1-6). These actions would have entangled the people of Judah in Queen-of-Heaven worship. Thus God judged them with the Babylonian Captivity (2Ki21;12-14) So Baal worship seems to have come with the goddess counter part, the Queen-of-Heaven worship.
Even in the Orient the Jesuit missionaries were astonished to find the counterpart of the Madonna and her child being worshipped as Shing Moo, the Holy Mother and the "child in her arms".(Reference: "The Two Babylons", by Rev. Alexander Hislop. 1916. Loizeaux Brothers, Inc. Reference: "Babylon Mystery Religion", by Ralph Woodrow. 1981.) The gods and goddesses of these pagan religions are seen in the ancient civilizations prior to Christianity and were all started by one and the same false religion. In these false religious alternatives, the main pagan god was represented by the sun, and therefore those who worship this "Lord," worship him on his day, or sun-day.
By studying the Bible Christians know that one of the main false religions that the Israelites followed, when they departed away from God's way, was to practice the worship of Baal or Baalism the religion of sun worship. When ancient Israel worshipped Baal they kept Sunday, because Baal-worship was sun-worship, and that was the day when the sun was worshipped. As sun-day was Baal's day, or as it was called even then 'the Lord' Baal's day, the sun worshipers kept the first day of the week as their day of worship, in contrast to God's worship day, the seventh day of the week.The worship of Baal, was worshiping "their sun god" on the day of the sun, and the pagans called it worshipping "the Lord" Baal, and thereby denied the true worship to the Creator God who decreed that He is to be worshipped on His Creation-Day, Saturday.
#19 May 30, 2008
So Sunday is basically part of the Sun Worship of Baal...
#20 Jun 23, 2008
Here is some references as to how it was employed by Roman Emperors
Source: Franz Cumont, Astrology and Religion Among the Greeks and Romans (reprint New York: Dover Publications, Inc., 1960), pp. 53, 54.
[p. 53] The triumph of Oriental religions [in the Roman Empire] was simultaneously the triumph of astral religion, but to secure recognition by all pagan peoples, it needed an official sanction. The influence which it had acquired among the populace, was finally assured when the emperors lent it an interested support
The Oriental clergy preached doctrines which tended to elevate sovereigns above mankind, and they supplied the emperors with a dogmatic justification of their despotism [p. 54] The emperor is the image of the Sun on earth, like him invincible and eternal.[See No. 1345.]
Official Cult of Roman Empire, Derived from Chaldea
Source: Franz Cumont, The Oriental Religions in Roman Paganism (reprint; New York: Dover Publications, Inc., 1956), p. 134.
Solar pantheism, which grew up among the Syrians of the Hellenistic period as a result of the influence of Chaldean astrolatry [Babylonian star and sun worship], imposed itself upon the whole Roman world under the empire That theological system shows incidentally the last form assumed by the pagan idea of God. In this matter Syria was Romes teacher and predecessor. The last formula reached by the religion of the pagan Semites and in consequence by that of the Romans, was a divinity unique, almighty, eternal, universal and ineffable, that revealed itself throughout nature, but whose most splendid and most energetic manifestation was the sun.
Final Form & Phase of Roman Paganism
Source: Franz Cumont, Astrology and Religion Among the Greeks and Romans (reprint; New York: Dover Publications, Inc., 1960) pp. 73, 74.
[p. 73] From astronomical speculations the Chaldeans had deduced a whole system of religious dogmas. The sun, set in the midst of the superimposed planets, regulates their harmonious movements
[p. 74] By a succession of emissions and absorptions he [the Sun] will alternately cause these fiery emanations to descend into the bodies which they animate, and after death will gather them up and make them reascend into his bosom. This coherent and magnificent theology, founded upon the discoveries of ancient astronomy in its zenith, gradually imposed on mankind the cult of the "Invincible Sun" as the master of all nature, creator and preserver of men.
This Sun-worship was the final form which Roman paganism assumed. In 274 the emperor Aurelian, as we have seen [see No. 1344], conferred on it official recognition ; and in the following century, the Claudian emperors [including Constantine; see No. 1566] worshipped the almighty star not only as the patron but also as the author of its race. The invincible Sun tends to absorb or subordinate to himself all the other divinities of ancient Olympus.
Source: S. Angus, The Religious Quests of the Graeco-Roman World (New York: Scribner, 1929), p. 276. Reprinted with the permission of Charles Scribners Sons and John Murray, Ltd., London.
This solar faith was the culmination of Hellenistic-Oriental and Roman Paganism. It was the vitalizing power in pagan theology and afforded the most convincing symbol of that light which was the aim of philosophy and religion. It was the source of a mystical devotion in which peasant and philosopher could participate.
Heliolatry, the last refuge of monotheism in heathenism, which refused to accept the religion of Galilee, swept all the great worships of strong vitality into its system, softened their differences, accentuated their similarities, by every effort of fancy, false science, or reckless etymology, and in the end,Sol Invictus and Mithra were left masters of the field.3 [Note 3: Dill, Rom. Society from Nero, p. 556.]
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