37) The Old Time Religions

~4000 BC: The Adams’ transformation to mortality begins humanity’s calendar.

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Adam provided eye-witness testimony of YVHV / Creator / Singularity source of life, and proof of guaranteed death, to all generations up to Noah’s.

  •  the way of Cainto whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever. 

And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam [differentiating from the son of Cain], prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him

Now unto him [clearly linking YHVH’s Anointed King Enoch in Noah’s Day to YHVH’s Anointed King Jesus in this era] who is able to keep / guard you from falling [as Enoch did with his preaching to a small remnant in his day], and to present you faultless / blamelessthe only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.” (Jude)

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? – c. 3150 BCE: The Predynastic Period in ancient Egypt

While there are no written records from this period, archaeological excavations throughout Egypt have uncovered artifacts…in the Nile River Valley. The periods of the Predynastic Period are named for the regions/ancient city sites in which these artifacts were found and do not reflect the names of the cultures who actually lived in those areas.

In other words, there is no evidence of a uniquely Egyptian culture during Adam’s lifetime from 4,000 – ` 3100 BC, while archeological excavations of cities bear mute witness to the early onset of war.

Where are the accounts of victories of the gods revered from most ancient historic times? On clay tablets and stelae, inaccessible to none but a rare antiquarian, whose interpretation can’t be trusted to remain consistent with future archeological discoveries.

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Modern lists of pharaohs are based on historical records and [sic], including Ancient Egyptian king lists and later histories, such as ManethoAegyptiaca, as well as archaeological evidence. Concerning ancient sources, Egyptologists and historians alike call for caution in regard to the credibility, exactitude and completeness of these sources, many of which were written long after the reigns they report. An additional problem is that ancient king lists are often damaged, inconsistent with one another and/or selective. [Emphasis added.] 

[T]he ancient Egyptians consider their civilization as the legacy of gods who came not from Earth but from elsewhere in the cosmos, and Pre-Pharaonic Egypt seems to back up this theory. One of the most important ancient texts that can tell us more about this time in history is the Papyrus of Turin. Not only does this list include all of the ‘official’ historic Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt, but it also includes the deities or “gods” who came from above and reigned over the lands of Egypt before the first mortal Pharaoh of Egypt.

Turin Kings List

  1. Ra: The creator of the universe and the giver of life, the sun or Ra was was King of the Gods. was believed to rule in all parts of the created world: the sky, the Earth, and the underworld.
    • So far this is consistent with the biblical account and indicating the ancient Egyptians knew the account.
  2. Shu: the first-born son of Ra became ruler after Ra. The snake-demon Apep and his followers plotted his downfall and launched a vicious attack against the divine pharaoh. Although Shu defeated Apep and his minions, he became gravely ill from the contact with the corrupt entities. He marked the separation between the world of the living and the world of the dead.
    • This is indisputably Adam, whose death about 3100 BC brought abut the end of this era.
  3. Geb was a son, or grandson, of Adam. In the book of the dead, the Pharaoh says “I am decreed to be the Heir, the Lord of the Earth of Geb. I have union with women. Geb hath refreshed me, and he hath caused me to ascend his throne.”
    • This is likely righteous Enoch, who was famous for castigating the angels for their unlawful union with women during this era. He is referenced as “the seventh from Adam” to distinguish him from Cain’s son Enoch.
  4. Osiris was the brother of Set, Horus (the elder), Isis, and Nephthys. He is the only deity who is referred to simply as “god”. This gives us some indication of his prominence and popularity. He once possessed human form and lived upon earth. After his murder by Set, Osiris became the king of the underworld and presided over the judgment of dead souls.
    • Osiris fits the bill as Cain, the first human leader of the Serpent’s Anti-Christ religion. Although he is reported to be the son of Geb, this is more likely referring to his status as “Heir, the Lord of the Earth of Geb” than biological offspring. This interpretation fits with the time it would have taken for Cain to accumulate armies and build cities to launch World War I against the godly Seed.
  5. Set, Osiris’ brother / relative, murdered Osiris, then dismembered his brother’s corpse and spread the pieces all over the country.
    • The apocrypha reports that Cain was murdered by a “brother” / relative. This is supported by the biblical account when Lamech, significantly, references Cain when calling down a curse. “If Cain shall be avenged sevenfold, truly Lamech seventy and sevenfold.”(Genesis 4:24) The dismemberment of a corpse to spread tidings fits with the ancient practice of threatening bloody vengeance against anyone who rebelled against the new leadership. “he took a yoke of oxen, and hewed them in pieces, and sent them throughout all the coasts of Israel by the hands of messengers, saying, Whosoever cometh not forth after Saul…so shall it be done unto his…and they came out with one consent.” (I Samuel 6:7-8)
  6. Isis is the Greek version of Aset, one possible translation of which is “(female) of flesh”, i.e. mortal, affirming her human lineage from Adam, and supporting the identification of her brother-husband Osiris as Cain, who didn’t have any other options at that stage in human history than to marry a sister.
    • According to legend Osiris’ sister-wife Isis magically conceived her child, Horus the Younger, by the spirit of her deceased husband when she reassembled the pieces of his dismembered corpse, although she never did find his penis. Out of the common thread of death and resurrection came the association of Dumuzid / Tammuz / Osiris / Adonis.” This account of a mortal woman conceiving a demi-god by the spirit of a god validates the biblical account of the fallen angels impregnating human women at this stage in history.
  7.  Horus the elder: was described as either the son or husband of Hathor and was eventually considered to be a creator god and the archetypal king. This re-assignment from mortal to god  characterizes the same “falling away” from the true faith that will characterize the parallel condition of the end times, when that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition…so that he as God sittereth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.” (II Thessalonians 2:3-4)
    • As “the Mistress/Queen of Heaven”, Hathor was worshipped throughout Semitic West Asia, Ethiopian, Somalia, and Libya, but was particularly venerated in the Canaanite city of Byblos. Hathor parallels ancient Mesopotamian Inanna, further developed as Ishtar, Astarte, Aphrodite, and Venus, in cultural personalizations of a common root history. The Christian identification of “Mary, Queen of Heaven, Mother of God” or more accurately god-man Christ Jesus, identifies this role as the prototype human who gave birth to the first demi-god.
  8. Djehuty (Thoth): The Greeks identified Thoth with Hermes. This would make him of one of Zeus’ cloned sons.
    • As the power of his cult grew, his story was rewritten to make Thoth the creator god. This is consistent with the future replay of this era when the death of one demigod is covered up by the cloning of another. “I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea…and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.” (Revelation 13:1-3)
  9. Ma’at is generally translated as “that which is straight” or “truth” but also implies “order”, “balance” and “justice”. Ma’at is better understood as a personification of perfect order and harmony who came into being when Ra rose from the waters of Nun (Chaos). Her inclusion in the Egyptian god-list indicates that the truth was still available to the end of this era.
  10. Hor (Horus) was the protector of the royalty of Egypt, avenger of wrongs, defender of order, uniter of the two lands and a god of war regularly invoked by Egyptian rulers before battle and praised afterwards. In time, he became combined with the sun god Ra to form a new deity.

It is a great enigma why mainstream scholars consider this ancient text a pure myth and why most details of the ancient text have been overlooked and omitted from the history books…

palermo-stele1The Palermo stele is another incredible ancient text that mentioned the pre-dynastic rulers of Ancient Egypt. This ancient Stele even makes reference to Egyptian God Horus, suggesting that he was a physical ruler of the Ancient Egypt thousands of years ago.

Interesting, Egyptian High Priest Manetho, who had access to unlimited ancient texts from the Ancient Library of Alexandria, and who wrote for the Pharaoh the history of Ancient Egypt in 30 volumes makes reference to the divine beings that ruled during Pre-Pharaonic Egypt.

If you look at today’s Egyptologists, you with find out that they too make use of Manetho’s dating considering it as a very reliable tool when studying the officially recognized dynasties, yet for some mysterious reason, the same Egyptologists have decided to avoid anything related to Pre-historic dynasties, carefully selecting certain details and adopting them as their own, while rejecting anything that does not fit into ‘their view‘ of history. [Emphasis in the original.]

c. 3150 – c. 2600 BC: The Early Dynastic Period in Egypt is the beginning of the historical [documented] era of the country during which the regions of Upper Egypt (south) and Lower Egypt (north) were united as one country under a centralized government.

During this period the divine rule of the kings began and a recognizable Egyptian culture, including the development of writing, arts, and sciences developed. The title `pharaoh‘ was not used during this period; rulers were referred to as `kings.’

“That Egypt was created through military means is a basic concept expressed in the art of the period. A sizeable set of stone objects, including ceremonial mace-heads and palettes, contain scenes of war and fighting between men, between animals, and between men and animals.”

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These Egyptian images include depictions of gods, giants and what appear to be dinosaurs, consistent with the written documentation in Genesis 6 and Job 40.

Throughout the millennia of history, religion and government were one and the same. Even in the Christianized nations throughout the Middle Ages the Pope held authority over the secular King. It was not until the Protestant Reformation in the 15th Century AD that Martin Luther articulated a doctrine of the two kingdoms, marking the beginning of the modern conception of separation of church and state. This was first put into action by the American founders of the United States of America.

So setting aside our ethnocentric misconceptions and ignorance of history, we can only understand ancient – including biblical – reports on national identity by recognizing they always included submission to the national god’s rule and rules. 

The pre-Flood era was not a golden age. While the gods ruled on earth, all members of society were required to subject themselves to the gods’ reproductive and non-reproductive sexually aberrant acts to meet the gods’ objectives of energizing and procreating themselves.

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So do false gods capture their victims through sexual promiscuity or drive their victims to engage in sexual promiscuity?

Both.

“Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.

Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.” (Romans 1:18-32)

  • “Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin;
  • beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices…
  • following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness…
  • they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness...

While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.” (2 Peter 1-2)

The worship of Inanna/Ishtar, which was prevalent in Mesopotamia could involve wild, frenzied dancing and bloody ritual celebrations of social and physical abnormality. It was believed that “nothing is prohibited to Inanna”, and that by depicting transgressions of normal human social and physical limitations, including traditional gender definition, one could cross over from the “conscious everyday world into the trance world of spiritual ecstasy / engagement with bi-gender spirit beings.” [Emphasis added.]

Yes, it’s unfashionable now to disapprove of LGBTBQ. This new social tolerance requires a blind assumption that behaviors incompatible with personal health, family stability and social continuity are “choices” or rooted in “genetics,” while ignoring the reality that experience molds patterns of behaviors. Someone has a self-serving agenda that will eventually be revealed. But not until a monstrous crisis rears its head.

  • Since 1999, nearly half a million lives have been cut short by opioid overdoses in the United States alone…Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer of a highly addictive prescription painkiller, OxyContin…played a central role in fueling one of America’s most devastating public health crises. Purdue has generated more than $35 billion in revenue since bringing OxyContin to market. Purdue has been owned by the Sackler family since 1952…Since bringing this painkiller to market, the family has withdrawn more than $10 billion from the company. Purdue has now admitted that after it got caught in 2007, after it pled guilty and paid a fine, it continued to commit crimes for another decade, like nothing happened. Documents obtained by our committee by the Department of Justice and by state attorneys general say that members of the family were directly involved with the day-to-day operations of the company. And they launched an incredibly destructive, reckless campaign to flood our communities with dangerous opioids.
  • In 1981, epidemiologist Don Francis (Matthew Modine) learns of an increased rate of death among gay men in urban areas. The startling information leads him to begin investigating the outbreak, which is ultimately identified as AIDS. His journey finds mostly opposition from politicians and doctors…it becomes apparent that people have personal reasons to turn the other cheek.

“In short, we have an outbreak that has spread around the world rapidly through new modes of transmission about which we understand too little,” WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters Saturday.

Oh yes they understand!

overwhelmingly concentrated in men who have sex with men…

The WHO director general emphasized that any containment measures should respect the “human rights and dignity” of gay and bisexual men.

“Stigma and discrimination can be as dangerous as any virus,” Tedros said.

How can we ignore the adult expression of child abuse and pedophilia?

  • John Wayne Gacy “One of the most infamous serial killers in American history…who would torture, bind, rape, and murder young men that he picked up in the area…According to [his sister] he was beaten by their father, who was an alcoholic, and sexually abused regularly by a contractor in the neighborhood.”

The cause – effect perpetuation of sexual abuse is well established. A society that protects its vulnerable members has to put restraints on aggressors and provide protection and aftercare for its victims.

Trauma-informed care recognizes and responds to the signs, symptoms, and risks of trauma to better support the health needs of patients who have experienced Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and toxic stress.trauma-informed care

“Nationwide, 81% of women and 43% of men reported experiencing some form of sexual harassment and/or assault in their lifetime.

“Unfortunately for many, and especially for children experiencing sexual abuse, ‘stay at home’ doesn’t mean ‘safe at home,’” Of minors who reported… 67% identified their perpetrator as a family member, and 79% said they were living with that perpetrator. This is unsurprising, as approximately 80% of sexual assaults are committed by someone known to the victim…

In addition to minors, individuals with physical disabilities, homeless residents, and those suffering from mental illness or substance misuse are particularly vulnerable to all types violence during emergencies…

the coercive methods domestic abusers use to control their partners and children “bear an uncanny resemblance” to those kidnappers use to control hostages and repressive regimes use to break the will of political prisoners. “The methods which enable one human being to control another are remarkably consistent.”

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These sociological facts of human nature shed light on the dark side of the ancient pagan civilizations.

The First Dynasty of Egypt (c. 3150 – c. 2900 BCE) was founded by Menes/Narmer…[who] expanded his territory into Canaan and Nubia…Narmer was especially interested in religion and the concept of the afterlife and the mastaba tomb (a house for the deceased) was developed under his reign.

This is undoubtedly due to the extremely high rates of death under conditions of world war among rival bands of angels. 

Hindu mythology includes extant records of the pre-flood civilization. These name Krishna as the head of 33 million gods. While undoubtedly not an accurate number it does match the biblical report of the existence of an extremely large number of angels.

The Vedas describe warfare among the gods to the extent of what seems to be the use of atomic weapons. Of particular note is the Kurukshetra War at Mahabhaata, AKA Dwarka, Krishna’s capital. Astronomical details given in the account allow us to date this sentinel event to about 3,000 B.C., a few hundred years before the flood. Enormous numbers of people, 25% of our current global population, are recorded as having been wiped out in just that one location.

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Resurrecting The Old Ones

The Old Kingdom from 2600 – 2200 BCE spans the Flood dated as 2350 BC.

The religious beliefs and practices of the civilizations of ancient Mesopotamia, particularly Sumer, Akkad, Assyria and Babylonia…date to the mid 4th millennium BC and involved…an expansive cast of divinities with particular functions.  

This archeological dating coincides with the biblical human timeline beginning ~4,000 BC with Adam, and the fallen angels arriving 500 years later in the days of Jared. After the flood, all societies held that the gods no longer walked the earth. This provides validity for the reports that the gods did walk the earth before the flood.

Due to the loss of ability to directly engage with mankind, spirits had to rely on human partnership to express themselves. This is reflected in an adapted religious system.

The last stages of Mesopotamian polytheism, which developed in the 2nd and 1st millenniums BCE, introduced greater emphasis on personal religion and structured the gods into a monarchical hierarchy with the national god being the head of the pantheon. 

Each Mesopotamian city was home to a deity, [expressed by the human ruler] and…all known temples were located in cities, [which by definition are walled, not only for defense but to corral human herds to service him]…The temple itself was…in the form of a ziggurat, which rose to the sky in a series of stairstep stages… most regard the tower as a kind of staircase or ladder for the god to descend from and ascend to the heavens, [like Jacob’s ladder]…an image of the cosmic mountain where a dying and rising god “lay buried.” Some temples, such as the temple of Enki in Eridu [chief of the five Sumerian cities re-established on their pre-flood foundations] contained a holy tree (kiskanu) in a holy grove, which was the central point of various rites performed by the king, who functioned as a “master gardener.”

The cosmic mountain idea begins in Eden. Yes, Eden is a garden, but it’s also referred to as a mountain in Ezekiel 28…This is why, for instance, the Tabernacle and the Temple are decorated in ways that reminded people (and us) of Eden…Have you ever wondered why there are so many spiritual encounters at trees in the Old Testament? Why tree locations are sacred space?…it was a gateway to the afterlife presence of God.

The esoteric function of these artificial mountain-structures seems to offer humanity a passageway to the Center of the three-fold axis of heaven, earth, and hell beneath. Can they create a spiritual “stargate” where human beings can enter a fourth or multidimensional experience?…the point of communication within the three- fold axis of heaven, earth, and hell creates a center where “a break-through can occur, a passing from one cosmic zone to another…

The God the Father-Son of God dynasty is portrayed in horticultural imagery. The great Davidic dynasty will sprout up from a “tender sprig” planted on Mount Zion.

This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I myself will take a shoot from the very top of a cedar and plant it; I will break off a tender sprig from its topmost shoots and plant it on a high and lofty mountain. On the mountain heights of Israel I will plant it; it will produce branches and bear fruit and become a splendid cedar. Birds of every kind will nest in it; they will find shelter in the shade of its branches (Ezek.17:22-23)…[Note the pagan duplication of this imagery].

For on my holy mountain, the high mountain of Israel, declares the Sovereign Lord, there in the land the entire house of Israel will serve me, and there I will accept them… And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws (Ezekiel.36:24-27).

Yahweh’s high and lofty cosmic mountain is not only a secure home, it is also a life-changing meeting place where decrees are issued and spiritual empowerment is provided.

Back to Wikipedia’s article:

Mesopotamian temples were originally built to serve as dwelling places for the god… [The Bible supports the reality of this construct.] The god’s presence in the image seems to have been thought of in a very concrete sense as instruments for the presence of the deity.”

This is evident from the poem How Erra Wrecked the World, in which Erra deceived the god Marduk into leaving g his cult statue. Once constructed, idols were concerted through special nocturnal rituals where they were given “life”, and their mouth “was opened” (pet pi) and washed (mis pi) so they could see and eat. If the deity approved, it would accept the image and agree to “inhabit” it. These images were also entertained…the temple was equipped…with a courtyard with a basin and water for cleansing visitors…

Generally, the god’s well-being was maintained through service, or work (dullu). The image was dressed and served banquets twice a day. It is not known how the god was thought to consume the food, but a curtain was drawn before the table while he or she “ate”, just as the king himself was not allowed to be seen by the masses while he ate. Occasionally, the king shared in these meals, and the priests may have had some share in the offerings as well.Incense was also burned before the image, because it was thought that the gods enjoyed the smell. Sacrificial meals were also set out regularly, with a sacrificial animal seen as a replacement (pūhu) or substitute (dinānu) for a man, and it was considered that the anger of the gods or demons was then directed towards the sacrificial animal. Additionally,certain days required extra sacrificesand ceremonies for certain gods, and every day was sacred to a particular god.

The king was thought, in theory, to be the religious leader (enu or šangū)

and exercised a large number of duties within the temple, with a large number of specialists whose task was to mediate between men and gods.

Note the contrast monotheism’s “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man YHVH’s Anointed Savior / Christ Jesus; Who gave himself” (I Timothy 2:5-6)

  1. supervising or “watchman” priest (šešgallu),
  2. priests for individual purification against demons and magicians (āšipu),
  3. priests for the purification of the temple (mašmašu),
  4. priests to appease the wrath of the gods with song and music (kalū), as well as
  5. female singers (nāru),
  6. male singers (zammeru),
  7. craftsmen (mārē ummāni),
  8. swordbearers (nāš paṭri),
  9. masters of divination (bārû),
  10. penitents (šā’ilu), and others

…individuals also paid homage to a personal deity…In the mid-third millennium BC, [corresponding to preflood open involvement of gods interacting with humanity] some rulers regarded a particular god as being their personal protector. In the second millennium BC, [corresponding to post-flood need by disincorporated spirits to inhabit a foster body for interaction with humans] gods began to function more on behalf of the common man, with whom he had a close, personal relationship, maintained through prayer and maintenance of his god’s statue. A number of written prayers have survived from ancient Mesopotamia...they showed a people who were scared of their godsone’s place and success in society was thought to depend on his personal deity, including the development of his [the god’s] certain talents and even his [the god’s] personality…everything he experienced was considered a reflection of what was happening to his personal god. [Emphasis added.] When a man neglected his god, it was assumed that the demons were free to inflict him…

There was a strong belief in demons in Mesopotamia…They were thought to be countless in number, and were thought to even attack the gods as well. Besides demons, there were also spirits of the dead, (etimmu) who could also cause mischief…

Divination was employed by private individuals, with the assumption that the gods have already determined the destinies of men and these destinies could be ascertained through observing omens and through rituals…such as observing oil dropped into a cup of water (lecanomancy), observing the entrails of sacrificial animals (extispicy), observation of the behavior of birds (augury) and observing celestial and meteorological phenomena (astrology), as well as through interpretation of dreams. Often interpretation of these phenomena required the need for two classes of priests: askers (sa’ilu) and observer (baru), and also sometimes a lower class of ecstatic seer (mahhu) that was also associated with witchcraft...

ancient paganism tended to focus more on duty and ritual than morality…the gods were believed to be the source of life, and held power over sickness and health, as well as the destinies of men…Man was believed to have been created to serve the gods, or perhaps wait on them: the god is lord (belu) and man is servant or slave (ardu)…

Sin, on the other hand, was expressed by…the idea of rebellion, sometimes with the idea that sin is man’s wishing to “live on his own terms“…

The ancient Mesopotamians believed in an afterlife that was a land below our world…known alternately as Arallû, Ganzer or Irkallu, the latter of which meant “Great Below”… everyone went to after death, irrespective of social status or the actions performed during life…Mesopotamians considered the underworld neither a punishment nor a reward…merely weak and powerless ghosts…The myth of Ishtar’s descent into the underworld relates that “dust is their food and clay their nourishment, they see no light, where they dwell in darkness.” Stories such as the Adapa myth resignedly relate that, due to a blunder, all men must die and that true everlasting life is the sole property of the gods.

Can we see that logical conclusion of someone with this belief system is “So might as well eat, drink and be merry in this life!”? Apply what we’ve discovered about ancient pagan beliefs and practices to the following account, where a great many recent converts to the God YHVH abandon faith in him as soon as they feel abandoned by him as simply one of a million capricious gods, all of whom are unpredictable and untrustworthy.

“And when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down out of the mount, the people gathered themselves together unto Aaron, and said unto him, Up, make us gods, which shall go before us…And all the people brake off the golden earrings which were in their ears, and brought them unto Aaron. And he…made it a molten calf: and they said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt…And they rose up early on the morrow, and offered burnt offerings, and brought peace offerings; and the people sat down to eat and to drink, and rose up to play.” (Exodus 32)

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The word צְחַק delicately translated “play” here has a much more baudy meaning than children having fun. There is an unquestionably sexual meaning when Abimelech caught Isaac  צְחַק “sporting” with Rebekah, and Potiphar’s wife was certainly accusing Joseph of sexual assault when she reported that he had come in to צְחַק “mock” her.

The Israelites were not passing time playing games. This should not come as a news flash. It was standard practice in ancient times to include sexual debauchery and drunkenness in pagan practices.

Oh, wait. This is still a common occurrence whenever people get together to party with intoxicants. 

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For the time past of our life [when we were younger, without adult responsibilities, in college] may suffice us to have…walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable [mix of human and evil spirit] idolatries: Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you: (I Peter 4:3-4)

 It’s not just ancient culture.

Dionysia – the Original Greek Carnival – It’s All About Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll

The Greek Orthodox Church rather try to play down the shenanigans of Greek Carnival, all this bawdiness is not seemly, so, just where did Greek Carnival originate?

As with many Christian celebrations, Saint Valentine’s Day is just one example, Greek Carnival was an ancient pagan celebration. The heathens may have allowed themselves to become Christians, but no way were they about to give up their festivities.

The priests of the day, unable to persuade the newly-converted to forego their jollies, simply changed the name, and dedicated the celebration, to some other Christian occasion…

Also known as Bacchanal, crazy parties with drunken revelry, sexual experimentation, and wild music dedicated to Bacchus, the Roman name for the Greek god of wine Dionysus, were also celebrated in southern Italy…via the Greek colonies…

10bacchBack in the day, Dionysus, with the looks any Greek god would have been proud of [are you recognizing the androgeny?], had his cult of followers, who eagerly awaited this yearly blow out, which is exactly what it was.

The females, “Maenads” (the word comes from the Greek maenades, meaning mad or demented) wild, drunk women, dressed as Ariadne, wife of Dionysus, with animal skins draped over their shoulders, carrying a “Thyrus”, a rod topped with a pine cone, and his male devotes, satyrs, men with goat-like features, in a permanent state of arousal, gathered together in the woods, for what can only be dubbed as a rave party!

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The copious amounts of wine knocked back, trance-inducing music, strange herbs ingested and wild singing and dancing; all produced a state of complete abandon, a total lack of inhibition.

Baby this was the original sex, drugs and rock and roll!

…a huge wooden statue of Dionysus was borne aloft, through the inebriated crowds…escorted by men dressed at satyrs, disguised by masks, the women following, wildly dancing, heads thrown back in ecstasy…

I can certainly understand why early Christian priests were not enamored with these pagan shenanigans, and replaced it with Greek carnival, which, it seems to me, is just a reenactment of wild parties, thrown all those years ago, under another name: Apokreas!

…the description of the Dionysia reminds me of the less reputable holiday resorts of the Greek islands, where, according to foreign tourists, anything goes!

“know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh. But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit…know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?” (I Corinthians 6:16-19)

The term “Hieros Gamos” comes from the Greek…“hieros” – holy and “gamos” – marriage or coupling:

Sexual relations of fertility deities enacted in myths and rituals, characteristic of societies based on cereal agriculture (e.g., Mesopotamia, Phoenicia, and Canaan)…people dressed as gods engaged in sexual intercourse to guarantee the fertility of the land. The festival began with a procession to the marriage celebration, which was followed by an exchange of gifts, a purification rite, the wedding feast, preparation of the wedding chamber, and a secret nocturnal act of intercourse.

In ancient Mesopotamia, the lands known as Sumeria, Assyria and Babylon, from the 4th millennium BCE [4000 BC – 3000 BC], the people worshiped the great Goddess Innana, Queen of the Heavens and the Earth. Here, the High Piestess…would unite with or marry the King of the land who represented the…God, in a public sexual ceremony that not only celebrated the fertile renewal of the land but was also a ritual act of creation…The celebrations would include the ritual sacrifice of grains and fruits, the first offspring of livestock and even the first child…would be offered to increase the fertility of the union which was the culmination of these ritual celebrations (Qualls-Corbett 1988). This ritual has been historically reconstructed mainly from Sumerian poetry…but similar rituals were common in the ancient Near East including Syria, Canaan and the southern Levant (Nissinen and Uro 2008).

Here, sexuality was experienced as a pathway to the divineWhether in the temples of Aphrodite, Astarte, Ishtar or Inanna…

Japan claims it is the world’s oldest continuous monarchy, with over 2,000 years of tradition.Well that surely gives a reliable view of past religious ceremonies and beliefs.

Japan’s new Emperor Naruhito will take part in a ritual feast with a sun goddess on Thursday night as part of a centuries-old ceremony to celebrate his ascension to the throne.

But not everyone is on board with the ritual, which has been criticized for violating the constitutional separation of religion and state.

Since he formally ascended to the Chrysanthemum Throne at the start of May [2019], Naruhito has been undertaking a series of ceremonies and rites. On Thursday night, he will take part in a mystical, 2.7 billion-yen ($24.8 million) ritual known as “Daijosai” – or “rite of great feasting” – which will see him sharing a banquet with the Shinto deity Amaterasu, the sun goddess traditionally claimed by the Japanese Imperial family as one of its divine ancestors…

The ceremony will see Naruhito offering the newly-harvested rice to the sun goddess in two purpose-built wooden halls within the Imperial Palace grounds. The halls – which cost millions of dollars to construct – will be burned down after the ceremony…

The Daijosai transforms the Emperor from just an ordinary human to a sovereign whose authority extends over both this realm and the other realm…Because it involves the Emperor with the sun goddess in the most intimate fashion, it transforms him…”

Around 700 people have been invited to attend the ceremony – including Prime Minister Shinzo Abe –  although they will not go inside the halls with the Emperor…

The Emperor will spend around six hours with the sun goddess in two different halls…only attended by the Emperor, two “maidens,” and the sun goddess…

Both halls are furnished with a bed covered with a silk sheet – and the theory was that the Emperor lay on the bed, covered himself with a sheet, and waited for the sun goddess to come down from heaven and enter his body…Until the 20th century, Japanese rulers were considered the living embodiment of gods. Naruhito’s grandfather, Emperor Hirohito, was the last divine Emperor.

After World War II, the United States occupied Japan…and Emperor Hirohito renounced his divine status.

Right. Officially renounced, but is it credible that a 2,000 year old belief system was overthrown by a hated occupying military force? Be real. Money talks. The cost of continuing this ceremony and the identities of the invited guests tells us that the belief and government participation in ancient religion prevails.

The reality is that we’re either in unity with the Holy Spirit of the God of Creation and Life, or not. And when we are not, we are prey to the adversarial spirits of the gods whose only goal is to seduce then destroy humanity.

When thou…shall שָׁחַת corrupt yourselves [merge identity with evil spirits in some way]…I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that ye shall soon utterly perish…shall utterly be destroyed. (Deuteronomy 4:15-26)

Every book in the Bible describes how God rescues oppressed humans from supernaturally empowered cruel tyrants. Understanding this reinforces our interpretation that this passage is not a threat by a jealous God competing against gods for worship. It is a warning against destruction at the hands of fiercely jealous hyper-dimensional beings competing against a loving God.

“For God sent not his son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” (John 3:17)

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