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Satan’s Great Deception - Part Seven

Other Deceptions and Counterfeits

A study of the subjects listed above will make us realize still more deeply that there was an impelling force (Satan) working behind the scenes before Christ’s time which was formulating devices which would make it very difficult for each new oncoming generation, after Christ’s time, to be able to pick out and follow the true way to Salvation if these close similarities ever became mixed with it. In other words the mixing of the Mysteries of Iniquity of Semiramis (II Thess. 2:7) with the Mysteries of Salvation (I Tim. 3:9, Eph. 3:1-5).Salvation is to be difficult enough at this time anyway. “Strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads unto life, and few there be that find it” (Matt. 7:14). The truth is there are presently thousands of different denominations and beliefs adhered to by millions of people and very few of them have the truth of God. These beliefs are nothing more than a ‘mixture’ of the Babylonian Mystery Religion.

God says we must repent –turn from our ways-- and follow what the Bible says to be saved. He says, “He that overcomes the same shall be clothed in white raiment and I will not blot out his name from the book of life” (Rev. 3:5). Again, He says, “Buy of Me white raiment that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear (Rev. 3:18).” Job said “I put on righteousness and it clothed me” (Job 29:14).There it is! Righteousness is the white raiment we must put on if we are to be saved. “All thy commandments are righteousness” (Ps. 119:172).We must obey what God says through His word, the Bible, and not do what mankind thinks is right.

Now note how Satan changes all of this: “The efficiency of ‘sacred garments’ as a means of salvation and delivering from evil – occupies a foremost place in many religions. Thus the Parsees whose system came from the Chaldean Zoroaster represent those who neglect to use the ‘sacred vest’ (for burial) as suffering appalling torments” (Wilson’s Parsee Religion, pp. 164, 441.2) The Papacy lead many in the dark ages to be buried in a monk’s dress – a “sure deliverance” from eternal condemnation. The Devil changed this spiritual attitude of obedience to physical rite-- physical attire.

“Since sin entered the world, man has never felt the need of a better righteousness than his own to cover his, and the time was when all the tribes of the earth knew that the only righteousness that could avail for such a purpose was ‘the righteousness of God’ and that of God manifest in the flesh” (Hislop, p. 185).

Adam and Eve, realizing something was wrong, after they sinned in the garden, clothed themselves with their own kind of righteousness – symbolized by the fig leaves (Gen. 3:7; Isa. 64:6). It was not enough. They were driven from the garden. But God revealed to them the True way through the Savior – the way of spiritual obedience, by which they could be born again with a different nature (Gen. 3:15).

How did Satan, knowing of this True way, pervert it? He inspired Semiramis to conceive yet another plan for her Mysteries whereby her dead husband Nimrod could be the “Savior” through which his followers could obtain a “divine nature” by not obeying God. Here is how this came about: “Nimrod himself, when cut to pieces, was necessarily stripped. His sufferings were represented as voluntarily undergone for the good of mankind. When his suffering was over the clothing in which he was then invested was regarded as a meritorious clothing, available not only for himself but for all who were initiated in his mysteries” (Hislop, p. 183).

They were required to undergo what their god had undergone. After being prepared by magic rites, they were ushered into the depth of the temple in a state of absolute nudity. Taylor’s Jamblichus, note, p. 148, says, “In the most holy of the mysteries the mystics at first meet with many-shaped genera ‘evil demons,’ but on entering the interior they genuinely receive in their bosom divine illumination, and, divested of their garments, participate, as they would say, of a divine nature.” Note well that while the rituals seemed authoritative, it was the Devil who was at the head, and it was he who promised them a divine nature. He does not have the power to give it but he was promising it to them without their having to be obedient to God.

This same Devil is still using this same promise to poison the same world today. There is only one way to obtain the very nature of God Himself, and that is through obedience.

In many churches today the worship of relics plays an important part. It is believed that, “Whenever a chapel is opened or a temple consecrated, it cannot be thoroughly complete without some relic – of he-saint or she-saint to give sanctity to it. The grossest impostures have been practiced in regard to such relics – and their wonder working powers.” In the realms of Heathendom the same worship had flourished for ages before Christian saints or martyrs had appeared in the world (Hislop, p. 176).

 It was found in China, Greece, India and other places. Nimrod, it will be remembered, was cut in pieces. Plutarch (vol. 11, p. 358,A), describes the search Semiramis made for these pieces. “Isis” (Semiramis) set out in search of the scattered members of her husband’s body. One reason assigned for the different sepulchers of Osiris (Nimrod) in Egypt is that whenever any one of his scattered limbs was discovered she buried it on the spot. Not only were these Egyptian relics sacred themselves, but they consecrated the very ground in which they were entombed” (Ibid, sect. 20, vol. 11, p. 359, A).

“If the places where the relics of Osiris were buried were accounted peculiarly holy, it is easy to see how naturally this would give rise to the pilgrimages so frequent among the heathen.” In the Middle Ages such pilgrimages to the tombs of saints were to wash away sin (Hislop, p. 180). Nowhere in the Bible are pilgrimages commanded!

Mankind spread from the original Babylon to all parts of the earth to form Babylon the Great. It is thus easy to see where today’s “Great Babylon” acquired this practice. Such practices are entirely contrary to God’s teachings. When a human being dies today, he remains dead. He cannot “sanctify,” “work wonders,” or “consecrate” anything. Even David, one of God’s most beloved, is still dead (Acts 2:29).Only when Christ returns will the righteous live again (I Cor. 15:51-52; I Thess. 4:16). It is obvious where the false idea that man continues to live after he is dead comes from!

Jesus commands, “When ye pray, use not vain repetitions as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking” (Matt. 6:7). Where does this mechanical repetition and telling of prayers upon beads come from then, if it is not commanded of God?

The rosary (the instrument containing beads on which prayers are counted) was used as a sacred instrument among the ancient Mexicans (Humboldt’s Mexican Researches, vol. 11, p. 29), also among the Brahmins. Hindu sacred books refer to it often. It was used by the heathen of ancient Tibet, China, and Greece, and ancient Rome (Rome before the time of Christ!). The name “ ‘Rosary’ itself seems to be from the Chaldee (Babylonian) ‘Ro,’ ‘thought’ and ‘Shareh,’ ‘director’” (Hislop. 188).The very present name  - Ro –sar- y indicates that this method came from Babylon.

The Rosary allows people to think that they are worshipping God but to overlook the great fact that God wants above all things that prayer should be from the heart.

As regards the Rosary of the Sacred Heart, the “Heart” was one of the sacred symbols of Osiris (the Egyptian Tammuz or Nimrod), when he was supposedly born again as the infant divinity and carried in the arms of his mother Isis. Dryden’s Aeneid, Book 1, 937-940, shows why the heart was Osiris’s symbol when he was born again: Venus (a Grecian name for Semiramis), speaking to the boy-god, her son, said, “My son, my might. To thee thy much afflicted mother flies.” The son was called “the Strength” of his mother. “Thus the boy-god came to be regarded as the “god of the heart,” or cupid or god of love. In this Rosary of the Sacred Heart, therefore, it is Tammuz, the Sun-god, who is venerated and in our day!

Christ said: “I am the light of the world. He that follows Me shall have the light of life” (John 8:12).Through Christ’s words, light was shed to the people on how to attain eternal life. Did Satan have counterfeits formulated to correspond to this part of Christ’s character? Let us see.

Nimrod being reborn as the incarnation of the Sun (the light-bringer), the “sacred heart” was frequently represented as being aflame. It became an emblem of the incarnate Son.  “To be represented as a heart on fire, required also that burning lamps and lighted candles should form part of the worship of that Son” (Hislop, p. 191).

Burning lamps are used by the Yezides of Koordistan (Layard’s’ Babylon and Nineveh, p. 81). In Babylon, it was exceedingly prevalent (Apocrypha, Book of Baruch). In pagan Rome wax tapers were used.

Nimrod (or Saturn), reborn as the sun incarnate or Sun-god, was set up as a substitute for “the Word” or Christ, as the light bringer: “On his (Saturn’s) altars were placed wax tapers lighted, because by Saturn men were reduced from darkness of error to light of truth” (Crabb, p. 12).Is it not clear whom people today are paying homage to when they associate themselves with the flaming heart of St. Valentine’s Day? They honor Satan’s pawn Nimrod as the “Light of the World!”

Hislop, p. 194 says, “The Lord Jesus Christ was ever the revealer of the God-head, and must have been known to the patriarchs as such for” (quoting from I Sam. 3:21): “The Lord appeared again in Shiloh; for the Lord revealed Himself to Samuel by the Word of the Lord.  The Word of the Lord, to be visible, must have been the personal ‘Word of the Lord,’ that is, Christ.” No one has seen the Father (John 1:18).”The Word,” who is the spokesman of God, is Christ.

“To identify the Sun-god with the great revealer of the godhead, while under the name of Mithra” (Nimrod), “he was exhibited in sculpture as a Lion, that Lion had a Bee represented between his lips which was intended to point him out as ‘the Word’; for Dabar, the expression which signifies in Chaldee a ‘Bee’ signified also a ‘Word’ “(Dupuis De 1’ origine destous les cultes, vol. iv. p. 194).

Satan has been counterfeiting Christ all along: he not only counterfeited Christ as he would be later, when born as a human being, but also as He was then, while He was a Spirit Being. The deception of this world by Satan as regards Christ has been a constant thing!

Church government in the Middle Ages was patterned after the Pagan College of Pontiffs, with its “Pontifex Maximus,” which had existed in Rome from the earliest times. It is known to have been framed on the model of the grand original Council of Pontiffs at ancient Babylon, and the keys on their head emblazons the ensigns of his spiritual authority. These symbols represented two well-known pagan divinities who existed at Rome before the apostate church was ever founded – Janus (the Roman name for a god who represented Nimrod in one of his many forms), and Cybele (Nimrod’s wife, Semiramis). Each of these two divinities had a key which opened the doors to the kingdom of heaven.

Clerical celibacy, the shaving of the heads of priests, the pontifical crosier, and the mitre were all known in ancient Babylon.

These are other pieces of evidence as to what the people of today are actually worshipping. Does God hold people responsible today for worshipping this system just because they are deceived? He held our forefathers responsible for worshipping this identically same system of mysteries even though they were deceived! Why wouldn’t He hold us responsible? He says He will! (Rev. 18:4). We are to come out  of Babylon or we will receive of her plagues! These plagues will soon fall!

As we have seen, the open worship of the sun (or fire) and the snake (the Devil) was stopped when the righteous forces of Shem destroyed Nimrod, who had been the great power promoting this worship. Shem forbade the worship of these symbols. When Semiramis started the forbidden system again, it had to be through a system of mysterious symbols. We have seen that she deified her dead husband Nimrod, herself, and her son Tammuz. She associated them with great personages of the past, and set up a system whereby they might also be worshipped through symbols. Thus those who were initiated into the meaning of these symbols could continue their worship of the things which had been forbidden.

This mystery system became the most powerful deceptive religious device this world has ever know, as will later be proved by the Bible itself!

Nimrod had many titles as did also his wife (Wilkinson, vol., iv. p. 179). As we have seen, one of Nimrod’s names is Saturn, which signified the Hidden god. To those who were initiated, he was revealed, to all others, he was hidden. Why is this word “Saturn” the very key that connects the idolatrous Babylon of that time with the Babylonish fountain-head of idolatry in our time?

“The name Saturn in Chaldee (Babylonian) is Stur. This name contains exactly the Apocalyptic number 666: - S=60, T=400, U=6, R=200. But still further it turns out that the original name of Rome itself was Saturnia, ‘the city of Saturn.’ This is vouched alike by Ovid, by Pliny, and by Aureluis Victor.” Thus ancient Rome was branded with the number 666 (Rev. 13:18). “Virgil showed that Lateinos, to whom the Romans or Latin race traced back their lineage, was represented with a glory around his head, to show that he was a ‘child of the Sun’ “– a symbol of devil worship (Hislop, pp. 269-270).

Note in particular that Nimrod, the head of the pagan Sun-serpent worship, who was falsely represented as the very Son of God, bore the number 666! This same number continues to be branded on the present-day Babylonish system, whose symbols hide the actual worship of the Devil. How do we know? Because a world-wide religious leader who represents this system will brand himself with this number by his very actions! By acting as Nimrod did – setting himself in the place of Christ, the Son of God!

It is prophesied that Christ will come and smite the nations and rule them (Isa. 2: 1-4). But what is also prophesied to happen just before Christ will establish His rule in Jerusalem?  God says, “I will bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem” (Joel 3:1). Literal Jerusalem is soon to go into captivity to a coming union of fascist dictators in Europe. The religious head of this coming union will “Plant the tabernacle of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain” in Palestine (Dan. 11:45).

He will place his headquarters of worship in the land which prophecy shows Christ intends to use as His own headquarters and place of worship. Furthermore, this human religious head will “Exalt himself above all that is called God – so that he as God sits in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God” (II Thess. 2:4).

Christ, the Son of God, is to come to Jerusalem to establish the worship of God on the earth, but there will be a mortal man who will come to this same place to spread the Babylonish worship on the earth. This man will thus attempt to usurp the authority of Christ – he will actually try to be the only “Representative of the Son of God,” which translated into Latin is “Filii vicarivs Dei.” It adds up to 666: i-1, L-50, V=5, C=100, D=500. The letters f, a, r, s, and e have no numerical value. This man will place upon himself the same number that Nimrod the originator of the world’s false religious worship carried. Nimrod, as the “son of God,” was represented as being Christ!

Here is proof that the system of Mysteries Iniquity, whose head will brand himself with the number 666, is the same hidden system that has existed from the flood and for the only purpose of perverting God’s teachings. It is no wonder that Christ’s gospel was “infiltrated” and twisted. The wonder would have been if this had not occurred!

In summarizing, recall that mysterious or hidden symbols are used. These symbols exist today, such as the Christmas tree, Easter egg, the hot cross bun – there are many, many others—as has been shown!

Also, just as symbolic as the Christmas tree and other material symbols are the periods of time set apart by Satan for the worship of other than the true God – Christmas, Easter, Lent and many other symbolical periods which are hiding from people today the real “gods” they are worshipping! Satan has always taught another gospel – a wrong and impossible way of attaining immortality – you can’t worship the symbols of Satan’s gods and achieve eternal life.  Even to the initiated this worship was mysterious or hidden until explained. The individual (Satan) who is at the head is mysterious or hidden. God has given his system the name “Babylon,” which means “Confusion” (Rev. 14:5).

No wonder the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with confusing doctrines (Rev. 14:2). It doesn’t matter that one tries to justify the observance of these pagan symbols by proclaiming they are not worshipping the sun or Nimrod, but are truly worshipping Jesus. God says do not do it!

Satan hid in the form of a serpent; Adam hid in the garden after he had sinned. Nimrod was hidden in the Chaldean Mysteries. The Devil is now the (hidden) god of this world (II Cor. 4:4) and is deceiving the whole earth (Rev. 12:9)! The world today thinks it is worshipping God, but God says it is deceived.

We have seen that there were pagan religious practices in the time of Christ and the apostles which closely resembled the doctrines they practiced and preached. We have studied these pagan customs and found that they originated from a common source – the old Babylonian Mysteries of Semiramis, and that they have found their way into religious practices of our day. They mask the way to salvation which Christ taught. This Babylonish system, masquerading as Christian, controls the worship of the world today.

Fortunate will be the few who find their way out of this morass of confusion and stand ready to be transformed at Christ’s soon coming!

 
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