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The Two Babylons
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(My version of "The Two Babylons" by Ron)
The book sets out to explain why in every country in the world there are stories of "human" gods and goddesses – demi-gods, fighting and lusting after each other, and harnessing nature etc. In every land "intelligent" people tend to be amused by them, but where do these tales come from?
These fabled legends are the garbled accounts of REAL history deliberately mixed up to maintain a sense of "mystery" in false religions, such as used in their twin sisters, secret societies. Signs and symbols are then applied in these stories and their pictures to convey messages to the elite or inner members of the groups. Exclusiveness (through inner circles) is a major characteristic of false religions, along with "privileged" information. This is the principle called, gnostic, or hidden (yet earnable) wisdom.
At the time of writing his book (1858) the new discoveries in the Middle East, combined with the ancient tales of Greece and Rome, led AlexanderHislop to make the plea that Britain should not allow the Roman Catholic church to be re-established with Government support. Europe and England had fought bloody wars over the Roman religion only a couple of hundred years before and ousted it in "protest" that it was not Christian. (He failed in his plea and today it is widely accepted again as a Christian church! Such are the dilemmas of history.)
The author unravels some of these stories and gives
a basis on which to see the great controversy between Christ and Satan in one of
its important aspects. The great civilisations of Africa, Europe and Asia etc.,
as well as the third world countries of the Americas, including the islands of
all have the same legends, illustrating the universal appeal this man-made religion has, for Satan’s church is a masterpiece of willingly accepted deception.
We have been emphatically warned about it.
2 Thessalonians 2:
1Now we beseech you, brothers and sisters, by the coming of our LORD Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together to Him, 2 that you be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.
3Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 4 who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sits in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.
5Remember you not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?
8And then shall that Wicked be revealed [by its taking control of religion], whom the LORD shall consume with the spirit of His mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of His coming: 9 even Him, whose coming [at the 2nd advent] is AFTER the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 10 and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved [they rejected it].
11And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12 that they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness [they prefer it].
Why do so many reject Christ and accept Satan? Because he promises power – power over others, and that is what natural men and women want above all else in this world! "I will be like the Most High," Satan the rebel said, thinking of God as the great "Boss". "You shall be brought down to hell in the sides of the pit [you will kill yourself]," was the answer. Isaiah 14:14.
The book convincingly shows that the present Roman Catholic religious system which forms a core part of what God calls "MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH" (Revelation 17:5) IS NOT A COPY of the ancient Babylonian one, but is actually the same idolatrous edifice transposed from Babylon to Rome.
This transfer began in 537BC the night Belshazzar was slain and Darius took the kingdom, which we today call Iraq. Some see a move by the priesthood first to Pergamos in what is now Turkey ("where Satan’s seat" still was in 90AD, Revelation 2:13). After a period, in 133BC, the last god/king of Pergamos left his city and possessions as an heirloom to the empire of Rome which already had a COPY of his religion, including the position of Supreme Priest.
But before the time of this "gift", the pagan Roman highest priest or "pontiff" had no immediate connection with the pagan Pergamos one, nor with the Roman emperors, but eventually Julius Caesar became the first of the Roman god/kings to take the title Pontifex Maximus which came with the religion, and he did this in 65BC. (He also claimed Venus as the mother of his family!) From there on the Roman emperors kept the position. However, a few centuries later, in 382AD, the emperor Gratian refused to continue the tradition, and by removing the state subsidies officially abolished the pagan religion in favour of the professed Christian church. Later the whole priesthood and system migrated from Pergamos to Rome and was then assimilated into the Roman church, making Rome the "seat of the beast" and the bishop of Rome the Pontifex Maximus, the high priest.
As Hislop puts it: "The Pope is thus on every
ground demonstrated to be the visible head of the beast. But the
beast has not only a visible, but an invisible head that governs it.
That invisible head is none other than Satan,
the head of the first grand apostasy that began in heaven itself. . . . If,
then, the Pope be, as we have seen, the visible head of the beast,
the adherents of Rome,
in worshipping the Pope, of necessity worship also the Devil." Ch. 7.5, p274.
In the book Alexander Hislop tells how, after the Flood, Cush the son of Ham, together with one of his sons, Nimrod, worked with the rebel people to remove some of the restrictions that God had imposed to prevent another similar catastrophe. So arose the legend of a demi-god who separated earth from heaven and let in "the light." Then they came up with the idea to build the Tower of Babel (aka the Temple of Babylon, aka ziggurat or pyramid) as a place for their gods to inhabit, but the resulting shambles and lack of co-operation caused men and women to drift apart from each other and form separate groups based on their perception of language, just as today’s religions separate on differences in doctrine. Babylon (the name means "confusion") has always, and will always be, a temporary and shifting system compared to that of Christianity. It’s sometimes called the church of a thousand faces but it really is ONE church, Satan’s. (That’s one of the reasons why it is that the same gods and goddesses have different names in different countries.)
Not content with setting up an opposing system of religion with its own ways and time of worshipping (he chose the sun’s day, Sunday, the other end of the week from God’s day, because the great symbol of the false church is the sun), Nimrod also led out in the chase of the animals which multiplied so quickly after the Flood, using horses, dogs and leopards which he had tamed (he was the original "centaur" [half man half horse] of myth). He was (with his wife) a "great hunter" [killer of God’s creatures] before the LORD, and took pleasure in distributing the flesh for his followers to eat.
He also built walled cities for his people as a
safeguard against the wild animals and for this was very well liked by many of
the inhabitants of the earth, for they did not want to ask God for His
protection, but preferred to be independent under a king. (There were still
lions and bears in Israel during David’s time a thousand years later, when they
chose the same kingly system, but by then the walls were needed as protection
from "beastly" men!
1 Samuel 17:34-37.)
However, the apostasy led by Nimrod and his companions in crime soon developed into a state of anarchy, and acts of oppression by him and his fellows led to "politics" and wars. In this way opposing political entities, cities, nations, and worldly religions, came into being.
This was completely against God’s plan for the
inhabitants of the earth and was one of the causes for many to die early deaths.
The Bible record tells us that Shem, the righteous son of Noah, buried seven out
of eight of his direct descendants including his son and grandson and this
caused him much sorrow at the waste. He died aged 600, a mere 27 years before
They had overlapped by 148 years.
The people of God, under the old man Shem’s leadership, reacted to Nimrod’s actions in the correct way at first, and using the power of influence through speech (no force) they persuaded the leading men of the time to eventually bring Nimrod to trial for his actions. The tribunal of forty-two judges declared him guilty of death as a murderer and idolator, and he was executed. His body was afterwards cut up on the orders of the court to enable the parts to be exhibited throughout the world as a warning to others who were inclined to follow his ways.
(Some historians believe that Abraham was about nine years old when this occurred. Eusebius, a third century AD Christian bishop of Caesarea in Palestine, wrote that Ninus [aka Nimrod] and Semiramis reigned in the time of Abraham, although Abraham didn’t really come on God’s scene till after Semiramis’ death when he left Chaldea.)0
The tribunal’s action led to a worldwide crisis and a great religious conflict, something the people of God were not expecting. The world is divided into three groups – those who follow God, those who follow Satan, and the great multitude of no permanent fixed idea. Depending on whether righteousness or sin leads out in world affairs, the others follow and in this case the majority sided with the sons of God for a while. However, the inevitable happened and the fickle mob soon changed its allegiance.
Nimrod’s wife, Semiramis (pronounced sem-my-rah-miss, I’m told) who survived him by about 40 years, proclaimed that it was an illegal court that had executed him, and called the chief prosecutor, Shem, a "devil". (Satan likes to attribute his behaviour to the Son of God and His followers, Matthew 10:25.) In fact, she and her supporters went so far as to call Shem "the fallen angel" and identified him with Satan. (Clever!) With his longevity he may well have appeared as immortal to the people of the world. As mentioned above, he lived for a further 500 years in the post-flood world when many were dying at 200+, including Noah who survived for 350 years after the Flood. (We are not told how old Nimrod or Semiramis were when they died, but Abraham lived to be 175.)
But the real villain is Semiramis who wanted to be independent (a second Eve). She followed Satan’s suggestion and decided that she would deify her former husband and give him a resurrection because this would help to explain the child she bore a long time AFTER his execution. To do this she had to take the idea underground at first because of the persecution, but, like the acceptance by nominal Christianity of many non-Biblical doctrines in the 20th century, it was gradually received with open arms by many of the general population. Eventually, after many cautious steps, she was able to persuade lots of people that she was the mother of the son of god, and that her husband would be born-again each year through the religious rites. That way she remained in charge even though her husband was dead.
The Christian ethic can only succeed where men and women are all regenerated; where they are not, "the reign of the saints" is loathed with unimaginable, if undemonstrated, hatred by the unsaved. The sons of God under Shem unfortunately overemphasised the retributive justice of God to the overshadowing of the divine love when they brought Nimrod to trial, with the consequence that the undecided humans saw revenge as a desirable attribute. At first they used it against the pagans, but then turned it against the ancient Christians in the natural order of things.
As mentioned before, once Nimrod was killed, his loyal followers led by Semiramis went underground because of the actions of the general populace. For a time there were great persecutions, but stealthily, out of the chaos, Satan reinstated his church. Fighting which had begun as religious soon degenerated into wars of aggression and plunder (like the Crusades), but in the background Satan always continued the great controversy. Propaganda soon convinced many that the "sons of God" were the troublers in Israel, and the pagans became dominant again.
All this suited the unregenerate men and women of the time because now they could worship their "god" (or not, as they chose) in the form of his son and yet not have to change their ways. In fact, his ways were the same as theirs, for the gods and goddesses of all the world’s fables are amoral.
Semiramis was ultimately worshipped all over the world as THE mother of god. (The father went into the background and in practice became invisible, while the son became the all in all for a while as a reincarnation of the husband.) Over the years many names were given to her and her son in various countries, and many stories (quite a few based on early Bible verses) were later circulated about them, but all had the same object in view – to exalt a man in place of the Son of God. Thus Satan reinstated his "mystery of iniquity." (He had commenced with Cain, of course, but now he was working in opposition to Abraham and Moses.)
This yellow-haired, blue-eyed woman became the "Venus" of the world because her worship rites allowed and even encouraged all the earthly desires of natural men and women to be cloaked with the respectability of religion. Righteousness and carnality appeared to walk hand-in-hand!
She was even more loved because she lived amongst dark-skinned people (Nimrod as Ham’s descendant was Negroid, see figure on left) and the contrast was endearing to them. However, her son was consistently portrayed as Caucasian in his features.
Nimrod is illustrated in the book in Figure 18 as an Egyptian god.
Semiramis, as the queen of heaven, was much favoured by the apostate women of Israel during the days that led up to the Babylonian exile in Daniel’s time.
When the final crash came and Nebuchadnezzar sent many Jews into captivity in Babylon and set up Gedaliah as governor over Judah, some guerrilla leaders, "captains of the forces which were in the fields," killed the governor and, taking Jeremiah, went to Egypt for safety. Jeremiah 40:7; 43:4-7.
Then came the word of the LORD:–
13For [God said] I will punish them [the Jews] that dwell in the land of Egypt, as I have punished Jerusalem, by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence: 14 so that none of the remnant of Judah, which are gone into the land of Egypt to sojourn there [to get away from the Babylonian rulership], shall escape or remain [free], that they should return into the land of Judah, to the which they have a desire to return to dwell there: for none shall return but such as shall escape [the snares of Satan.].
15Then all the men which knew that their wives had burned incense to other gods, and all the women that stood by, a great multitude, even all the [Hebrew] people that dwelt in the land of Egypt, in Pathros, answered Jeremiah, saying, 16 "As for the word that you have spoken to us in the name of the LORD, we will not hearken to you. 17 But we will certainly do whatsoever thing goes forth out of our own mouth, to burn incense [pray] to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings to her, as we have done, we, and our fathers, our kings, and our princes, in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem: for then had we plenty of victuals [supplies], and were well, and saw no evil.
19"And when we burned incense to the queen of heaven, and poured out drink offerings to her, did we make her cakes to worship her, and pour out drink offerings to her, without our men [knowing and joining with us]?"
Some time after Semiramis’ death she was elevated to the status of goddess by her grandson (another human co-operating closely with Satan) and came to be worshipped more commonly than her husband/son. She was also identified with the Holy Spirit as the third Person of a triune godhead. All the great myths of all the nations of the world contain her story in some form.
This gave impetus to the Mary and Jesus syndrome in the papal system and it is a fact that many of the madonna and son paintings show her in all her blonde glory with European features (she appears to be a descendant of Japheth), and not as a dark-haired Jewess. As time wore away, and the facts of Semiramis' history became obscured, her son's birth was boldly declared to be miraculous: and therefore she was called "Alma Mater," "the Virgin Mother."
Here is a typical painting entitled "Cowper Madonna" by Raphael (1483-1520), one of the great painters of history.
Knowing what he does of God’s ways, Satan then introduced many festivals, ceremonies and customs into his church which were capable of being counterfeits of the true. Nimrod was said to be resurrected just before Semiramis’ special time, Lady-day. This was in the spring around March, and as Semiramis was also called Ishtar, the period became known as Easter in the European languages. Her impregnation at this time was based on the need for the son to be born on December 25th, the end of the winter solstice, and the guarantee of the sun’s return for the harvests. This is why fertility rites are so much a part of sun worship. (Easter is dated by the sun.)
The early Christians semi-observance of the passover period (which is calculated by the moon) was eventually transferred to this pagan festival by the Roman church and applied to the resurrection of Jesus. (There were some hotly disputed arguments over this change, but the bishop of Rome eventually won.) He brought with it the rabbit symbol of fertility and getting a bun (in the oven) which are still present-day characteristics of Easter, then linked it to Christmas Day. (Although there is no direct statement on the time of Christ’s birth in the Bible, it must have occurred sometime in October from the internal evidence.) In some places, at the pagan festival the story of Nimrod is illustrated by the burning of a Yule log and its resurrection as a Christmas tree!
The author then goes on to explain that many, if not all, the celebrations and feasts and saints days of the Roman system are directly inherited from the Babylonian, including John the Baptist’ birthday. The latest horror from Hislop’s point of view is the fact that the Roman church had just publicly announced that Mary did not have original sin, and that although she died some time subsequent to the crucifixion she was bodily removed to heaven immediately after her death.
Counterfeits are often introduced by Satan BEFORE the original appears because he reads and understands the Bible more carefully and fully than the average Christian.
Then Hislop moves on to the doctrines of salvation as taught by the Roman Catholic system. He shows that the rites of effective water baptism (christening) and justification by works have been moved directly from the pagan system into theirs. Even the "unbloody" sacrifice of the mass (the sun-shaped wafer, called "cake" in Jeremiah) he shows to have originated in Babylon in honour of the queen of heaven.
After that he deals with the added ceremonies and understandings brought in from paganism, such as the prayer made at or near death, purgatory and prayers for the dead, idol processions, relic worship etc. showing all of them to be exact copies of the ancient rituals, with absolutely no foundation at all in the Bible. His explanation for the use of wax candles in broad daylight is very illuminating!
Last, but certainly not least, he deals with the sign of the cross which is often worshipped in place of the Person who died on it.
Then he shows that even the titles and positions and distinguishing marks taken by the "clergy" (priests and nuns etc.) in the Roman system are the same as those which were once held and used in Babylonia. Especially that of chief priest, Pontifex Maximus (high priest), which was given by the pagans to the bishop of Rome. He makes the point that in accepting this the bishop of Rome WILLINGLY became the agent of Satan. This was NOT done in ignorance. Also, in a very diabolical move, Satan had ordained the celibacy of the clergy (the very opposite of the way of Semiramis) to ensure the exceeding wickedness of his church, and this was carried on in the new manifestation of it!
Hislop goes on to give us his understanding of the "great red dragon" of Revelation 12; the beast from the sea, the one with lamb-like horns, and the image of the beast of chapter 13. Although different from our modern-day versions, his interpretations are still close to the mark in that they point out just how Satan is working in these last days.
I can do no more than finish with his own words:
"Oh, Church of God, awake, awake!
"Open your eyes, and see if there be not dark and lowering clouds on the horizon that indicate an approaching tempest. Search the Scriptures for yourselves; compare them with the facts of history, and say, if there be not reason after all to suspect that there are sterner prospects before the saints than most seem to wot of."
He has warned us of the MOTHER of harlots; are we listening to God for the identification of her daughters? For that is where the tempest will come from.
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