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Satan’s Great Deception - Part Twelve

Bible Proof That Mysteries Deceived Ancient World

Abraham was to walk perfect before God and he would make this covenant sure (Gen. 17:1). Of Abraham, God later said, “Abraham obeyed My voice, and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws” (Gen. 26:5). The promise became unconditional. It was to be fulfilled (Gen. 22:16-17).  (Notice that commandments, statutes, and laws were in effect before the Ten Commandments were given at Mount Sinai.)

The covenant was renewed with Abraham’s succeeding generations through Isaac and Jacob but Jacob’s twelve sons ultimately found themselves in Egypt due to famine in their own land and became slaves of the Egyptians (Ex. 1:11). They were in Egypt – the land which according to other evidence was full of the worshippers of the Mysteries of Semiramis. They were among the pagans, and, remaining captives among them several hundred years, they forgot the True God their fathers had known. But God had not forgotten his promise to Abraham.

God, keeping His promise to Abraham, led them out of Egypt and promised them He would make them the greatest of nations if they would follow Him, but if they did not, He said he would punish them severely (Lev. 26). God was going to make of this nation an example to the nations of the earth of the blessing He would bestow on those that followed Him and the curses He would bring on those who disobeyed Him!

He promised Israel the greatest earthy blessing any nation ever had if they would obey Him but He did not promise them eternal life. In their captivity they had lost the knowledge of the True God their ancestors might have possessed. In bringing them out of Egypt, God performed many miracles, showing them His power (Jer. 32:21).

Were they going to obey the True God who could and would make His promise of material wealth and power come true if they obeyed Him, or were they going to be misled by Satan’s inspired idols of Semiramis which were, as we shall soon prove, all about them.

Were they going to believe the Devil’s lie that they could obtain eternal life by following the doctrines taught by the Mysteries of his tool, Semiramis, who promised eternal life (a thing she couldn’t bestow) to all who would obey the doctrines by which her pagan gods were worshipped? Or would Israel see through this deception and follow God’s commands instead and thus through His promise (Lev. 26) obtain the material wealth of this earth, and ultimately, through God’s promise to Abraham, eternal life? (Recall that Adam and Eve lost the material Garden of Eden and eternal life at that time by following Satan’s deception.)

The Israelites had scarcely started their journey to the Promised Land until the people called for their old pagan gods that they had known in Egypt. Moses had gone up on Mount Sinai to receive the Ten Commandments. In his absence the people said to Aaron, “Make us gods, which shall go before us; as for this Moses, this man that brought us up out of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him” (Ex. 32:1).Aaron made them a golden calf to worship which, as has been shown, was the way the Egyptians mystically worshipped Osiris (Nimrod), their favorite divinity. This was about 1500 B.C.

Seven hundred and fifty years later, after Israel had become divided into ten and two tribes (the House of Israel and the House of Judah), the House of Israel was still worshipping the golden calves at Beth-aven (Hosea 10:5). Every one of the nineteen kings that ruled over this house after the division worshipped the golden calf!

God said He would cut off the horns of the altars at Bethel (Amos 3:14). Israel had a golden calf there (Peloubet’s Bible Dictionary, p. 87).God warned Israel just before her captivity which He brought on her for such practices, “Let the men that sacrifice kiss the calves. Therefore they shall be as the chaff that is driven with the whirlwind” (Hosea 13:2-3). God warns Israel today – the United States and Britain,”Thy calf, O Samaria, hath cast thee off – they shall return to Egypt” (Hosea 8:5, 13).

Samaria was the capital of the ten northern tribes of Israel. They never returned to the land of Egypt after Moses time but we, their descendants, will as this prophecy shows – and soon!

We have seen that Molech was a title applied to Nimrod in one of his god forms and that in order to “purify” themselves people, usually children were made to “pass through the fire to Molech.” In Leviticus 18:21, God warned Israel: “Thou shalt not let any of thy seed pass through the fire to Molech.” Again, “whosoever gives any of his seed unto Molech; he shall surely be put to death” (Lev. 20:2).

But they went right ahead and disobeyed God, for 40 years later we read, “Their sons and their daughters they have burnt in the fire to their gods” (Deut. 12:31).That this practice was picked up from pagan nations around is evident: “Thou shalt not learn to do after the abomination of those nations that makes his son or daughter pass through the fire” (Deut. 18:10). Also, “Ahaz the king of Judah walked in the way of the kings of Israel and made his son pass through the fire, according to the abominations of the heathen” (II Kings 16:1-3).

Note carefully that the heathen – the gentiles-- were doing these practices of Nimrod and Semiramis. The Bible affirms this.

Solomon built a high place for Molech (I Kings 11:7). Israel and Judah were both being deceived by the Babylonian worship. They, like the other nations were infected with it! More evidence: Josiah, one of Judah’s good kings, “defiled Tolpet (a place where Molech was worshipped) that no man might make his son or daughter to pass through the fire to Molech” (II Kings 23:10).

This destruction of a worshipping place of Molech had no lasting influence, for Judah continued in idolatry. This was happening 800 years after God led Judah and Israel out of their Egyptian captivity. (Do you recall the European people who passed through the fire in our “Christian” times?)

What does God say of this practice? “Is this of thy whoredoms a small matter, that thou hast slain My children, and delivered them to cause them to pass through the fire” (Ez. 16:20-21)? God says this worship of Nimrod was a great sin. “They sacrificed their son and their daughter unto demons” (Ps. 106:37-39). It is Devil worship.

Chemosh was the god of the Moabites. God says Israel had forgotten Him and was worshipping Chemosh (I Kings 11:33). Who was Chemosh?  Peloubet’s Bible Dictionary, p. 115, says Saturn. We have shown that Saturn was the name of Nimrod in his hidden form and Mars his name as the god of war of the Greeks. Chemosh, then, was the Moabite name for Nimrod.

Solomon, Israel’s wisest man, built an altar to him (II Kings 23:13). Even he was misled by this Babylonian worship.  God warned Israel’s neighbor Moab who worshipped Chemosh of her punishment for this practice (Jer. 48:1-13, 46). Nimrod was being worshipped in the pagan countries surrounding the Israelites, under various names! The Gentile nations were also being deceived.

Israel had taken the Moabite god to worship. Israel soon joined itself to the worship of the idol Baal-peor which is but another form of the old Babylonian worship of Nimrod.  (Num. 25:3.) Again in Numbers 31:16, God calls Israel down for worshipping Peor which is the abbreviated name Baal-peor.

God complains in Psa. 106:28 that Israel had “joined themselves unto Baal-peor and ate the sacrifices of the dead.” The dead human Nimrod had been made a living god by Semiramis (Hislop, p. 69). These people were eating sacrifices to him. God was telling them a dead god could do them no good. The true God is a living God (John 6:57).

Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron (II Kings 1:3-4), the pagan god of medicine, was none other than Nimrod (Hislop, p. 279).Here we see Israel partaking of the Mysteries of Semiramis and worshipping Nimrod in this form also, by depending on healing from him. Luke 11:15 shows the real power behind Baal-zebub, it was the “chief of the demons” – Satan. Israel was worshipping the devil!

Scarcely over 60 years after God led Israel out of Egypt, God says “They forsook the Eternal and served Baal and Ashtoreth” (Judges. 2:13). We find these two names used many places in connection with the Israelites. Who were they?

The word “baal” means master or lord (New Standard Bible Dictionary, p. 820). As first and mightiest of the lords of the earth, Nimrod became Baal or Bel (Peloubet, p. 80). He was recognized as the chief Babylonian deity (Halley’s Pocket Bible Handbook, p. 95). Ashtoreth, as we have previously shown, was Semiramis. Israel was soon worshipping these two under these names.

Israel also worshipped Baal-berith (Judges 8:33). Nimrod as Mediator and head of the covenant of grace, took this name or the name of Mithras (Hislop, p. 70). “Solomon went after Ashtoreth” (I Kings 11:5, 33). For a short time Israel “did put away Baal-im and Ash-ta-roth and served the Eternal only” (I Sam. 7:4) but they returned to this practice (I Sam. 12:10). Please recall that Ashtoreth is just another name for the word “Ishtar” or “Easter” which the United States observes today!

We, today, are “in Babylon” or “in Egypt” which continued Babylon’s pagan practices, just as Israel did! Jezebel served Baal and worshipped him” (I Kings 16:31). You have heard of her. Is modern Israel, the United States not worshipping Baal (Nimrod) by observing his birthday, Christmas?

The priests of Baal (remember, Nimrod was the first and mightiest of the baals or gods) were the official representatives of Israel’s religion while Ahab and Jezebel were the rulers (I Kings 18:26). These priests, in their rituals, “leaped” or properly translated, “limped” or “went sidewise” just as their god Baal (Nimrod) is said to have done when he, through Semiramis Mysteries, was identified as Adam who “went sidewise” or turned aside when he disobeyed God.

The official representative of Israel’s religion in the reign of Ahab and Jezebel were the Priests of Nimrod! Nimrod was Israel’s god!

Do the representatives of modern Israel’s (the United States) religions not encourage us to keep Nimrod’s Sun-day and birthday? Who is our national god today? Of all the millions then who followed Baal under Ahab and Jezebel, only seven thousand did not follow him (I Kings 19:18).How many are not keeping these days today in our nation? No wonder people today cannot understand Biblical prophecy. These same days are extant today! Our people are blinded to the origin of their religions.

The place that Solomon built for Ashtoreth is described as a mount of corruption (II Kings 23:13).

Israel worshipped Milcom “the god of the children of Ammon.”  Who was this? None other than Molech whom we have identified as Nimrod (New Standard Bible Dictionary. 82). Judah was worshipping this god just before her captivity (II Kings 23:13). Jeremiah 7:18 warned Judah against her practice of worshipping the Queen of Heaven which was Semiramis. Now please notice II Kings 17:7, Jer. 8:19, Deut. 4:16-19, Hislop, p. 39). Says, “As Baal (Nimrod) the Lord of Heaven had his visible emblem the sun, so she (Semiramis) as Beltes, Queen of Heaven, must have hers also, the moon,” Josiah (II Kings 23:11) “burned the chariots of the sun with fire.”

With regard to Israel’s and Judah’s gods represented by stars, the New Standard Bible Dictionary, p. 827, says “The stars formed a class – corresponding to the Igigi or ‘heaven gods’ of the Babylonians.”

High places, elevation used in the main for idolatry, were all over Israel and Judah (II Kings 23:13; Micah 1:3). Bel (Isa. 46:1 was Baal or Nimrod, as we have seen, and Nebo (same ref.) was Nimrod as the prophet god (Hislop, p. 34).Dagon (I Sam. 5:2-5) was the fish god of Babylon whom Semiramis created in order to associate the dead Nimrod with Noah (Hislop, p. 264). Recall that Semiramis associated her head deified husband with great personalities for prestige.

We haves now seen Bible proof that Israel worshipped the pagan gods of this “Mysteries” system. What about the customs used in the observance of these pagan gods? Does the Bible speak of these?

God says of the days set aside by Israel on which to worship –days which had not been commanded by Him. “Your new moons and your appointed feasts My soul hates. I am weary to bear them” (Isa. 1:14). God had not appointed these days and customs Israel had been observing.

But God did give Israel His days and His feasts – times which keep God’s people in remembrance of His great plan of salvation. And the keeping of these times instills the habit of obedience to the True God!

What about today? Has God, through His Bible, appointed the days which Churches now observe? God, we have seen, specifically condemns the observance of Christmas which actually commemorates Nimrod’s rebirth as Tammuz (Jer. 10 chapter) but which we say is Christ’s birthday, a day which was being observed by Israel, our forefathers, as the birthday of Tammuz long before Christ was born.

Israel had their picture of the image of jealousy – Tammuz, the counterfeit of Christ hung upon their walls (Ez. 8:5, 14, 10).Who knows what the actual Christ looked like who we say was born on Christmas day? We hang his pictures on our walsl today.

Israel, our forefathers, worshipped the sun as the United States, modern Israel does today when they observe Easter sunrise services: “Their faces toward the east, they worshipped the sun” (Ez. 8:16).God says “I gave them My statutes and My judgment, also My Sabbaths but they rebelled against Me” (Ez. 20:11-13).God said, “I will turn your (not  God’s) feast into mourning” (Amos 8:10).

“I hate, I despise your feast days, and your solemn assemblies ye have borne the tabernacle of your Moloch and Chiun your images, the star of your god, which ye made to yourselves. Therefore will I cause you to go into captivity” (Amos 5:21-27).

What a duality! Moloch we have identified as Nimrod the fire god of Babylon and Chiun was Nimrod in his hidden form as Saturn (New Standard Bible Dictionary, p. 823).They were setting aside days for the worship of Nimrod and God said He would scatter them into captivity.

Today, modern Israel, the United States and the democracies of northwestern Europe, are doing the same thing in their Sunday, Christmas and Easter observances and our captivity is foretold!

Read Ezekiel chapter 5. Note that verse 5 says the prophecy is to the house of Israel and notice the date it was given 600 B.C. This was long after ancient Israel was scattered. This prophecy is for us! It is the same old story, Israel today is deceived by the same old means the Devil used to deceive ancient Israel!

It is evident by now that the pagan gods that the ten and two tribes of Israel worshipped were none other than those that the Devil inspired Semiramis to concoct for the deception of the world. They were believing the lie of the Devil’s that they could obtain eternal life and material benefits through the worship of these gods. All through the history of Israel, while she was worshipping these gods which we have identified as those composing the Mysteries, God was warning her not to follow the way of the heathen. The heathen were following these same gods. Here is Bible proof that the Gentiles were being deceived by this same system. The whole earth at the time that Israel existed under the rule of God as a nation was deceived by these mysteries. Israel itself was under God’s direct rule but still it was deceived!

Why is it that God calls attention to only this system of deception – the Mysteries of Semiramis? Because it is patterned after the true way of salvation so closely that God knows that if it were possible it would even "deceive the very elect” (Matt. 24:24). God has warned the few who follow Him of these Mysteries - other pagan practices they should recognize. He knows this one will deceive the earth!

Paul warned the churches of his time against these same practices when he said, ”Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years, I am afraid of you” (Gal. 4:10).

When Paul visited Athens in his day, “he saw the city wholly given to idolatry” (Acts 17:16). The Greeks did not know the true God (vs. 23-28). Paul stood on Mars hill to talk (v. 22). Mars was Nimrod as the Roman god of war (Hislop, p. 153). He was a well-known god. Diana, who was Semiramis as the “Bruiser of the Serpent’s Head” (Hislop, p. 76), was worshipped by “all Asia and he world” in Paul’s time (Acts 19:27). The devil, the hidden head of this mystery system is not an evil looking person with a pitchfork and tail as we have been led to believe. The New Testament shows us he “is transformed into an angel of light” (II Cor. 11:14).

Why did God allow Israel which He Himself had called out of “Babylon” (Egypt) to be deceived? In Leviticus chapter 26, God said He would bless Israel above all nations if they would obey Him - five would chase a hundred of their enemies and one hundred would put ten thousands to flight (v. 8); they would dwell safely (v. 5) and have much material wealth (v.10). He reminded them that He had brought them out of Egypt, this land where they had learned the Devil-inspired worship of old Babylon and had been in captivity both to this pagan religion and to the Egyptians.

God, bringing them out, warned them that if they would not obey Him, He would punish them more than other nations of the earth: they would be slain before their enemies (v. 17), suffer famine (v. 25), and be scattered among the heathen (v. 33). He would punish them “seven times” (v. 18) – each “time” a year of 360 days, and each day a year- a total of 2520 years.

We have seen that they were deceived by the Devil to worship his idols. God says, “They rebelled against Me, neither did they forsake the idols of Egypt – they walked not in My statutes – My Sabbaths they greatly polluted. I lifted up My hand that I would scatter them among the heathen (Ez. 20:8, 13, 23). God did “scatter them among the heathen.” The ten tribes-- Israel, -- “worshipped all the host of heaven and served Baal – therefore the Eternal was angry with Israel and removed them” (II Kings 17:16-18). Israel was taken captive by the Assyrians, the ancestors of modern Austria and Germany. And as the Assyrian king was ruler of Babylon and other areas, he repopulated Israel’s country with people from these countries (II Kings 17:23). Israel later migrated from Assyria. She was scattered into the “Babylonish” world – the pagan world that was saturated with the customs of old Babylon and the Mysteries of Semiramis, they were scattered in the world of Babylon the Great (Rev. 18:2). The two tribes (Judah) were taken captive by king Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon about a hundred and thirty five years later because of the same sins.

Why did God allow all of this? We need not guess – the Bible, as usual-- tells us. It is explained hundreds of years later in the New Testament times. Stephen, speaking to the Jews, the modern day descendent of Judah said: “Our father would not obey, but thrust Him (God) from them, and their hearts turned back again into Egypt – then God gave them to worship the host of heaven” (Acts 7:39-42). Continuing with verse 43 in the Moffet translation, “So now I will transport you beyond Babylon.” God was doing this. God says He has fixed the nations allotted periods, and boundaries of the nations (Acts 17:26).

Why then did He remove Israel? Paul says of Israel, “with many of them God was not well pleased:  for they were overthrown in the wilderness. Now these things were our examples to the intent that we should not lust after evil things, as they lusted, neither be idolaters and they are written for our admonition” (I Cor. 10:6-11). Idolatry is defined as worship of anything that is not God (Webster’s Columbia Reference Dictionary). God is building a historical example of the great penalty of worshipping anything other than Him and of the great reward for the worshipping of Him only! Remember Abraham worshipped God only. And, so must we! We are commanded to “come out of her my people” (Rev. 18:4)! Will we?

 
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