Rebuilding the Tower: the revival of paganism
[Moved from Forgotten Prophets]
1. The Bridegroom
I’ve recently been given cause to call to mind the fact of the prophecies of the end times – End Times. To paraquote some of my own wonderful comments (in Shadowland), regarding a meta-reason for the upsurge of Islamism at this time in history, I say: You know the 12th Imam? The one who disappeared down a well in a cave in
I’ve said that prophecy was and is predictive, but it's flat - we don't have the perspective to judge true distances. One mountain heaped upon another, and no sense of scale. So it’s predictive, but not datable ahead of time. Thus, it acts as after-the-fact confirmation. We don’t rest our faith on the expectations of days and hours, but on the promise of eternity. And we don’t build our faith on promises at all, but on evidence. That’s a different discussion, though. Of course we look for signs, as men have always done. And just as our fathers have thought the sky was red, so might we. A thousand years ago, and now, people ran for the hills awaiting the final trumpet and the rending of the heavens. Alas, so much wasted hope. But the sky is red. We don't know when the storm will start, but we hear the thunder. That is the value of the doctrine of imminence: you've got a raincoat handy, just in case. That boneheads have raced out and tried to corner the market on raincoats is just their hard luck. Thus ends my paraquotations.
We do live in interesting times. For my part, as I’ve said, prophecy is an interesting part of the whole picture. Some get all caught up in it, and if it doesn’t come to pass on their own schedule, well, so much dashed hope may harm someone’s faith. The point is, balance and common sense. Bearing this in mind, some time ago I wrote a long study of the most ancient of mythology. I won’t go into all that, except to say the premise was euhemeristic – the idea that these primal god stories are often distortions of actual history and real people –
And this brings us to the present. The preceding discussion of fallen angels and demons is highly relevant to the future of mankind, in the days of the Tribulation, which may be near at hand. There are several interpretations of those biblical verses which deal with the end times (eschatology). It is not my purpose here to write a treatise on these theories — rather I will present the view to which I subscribe, and as I understand it. It is also not my purpose to elaborate the chronology of the Tribulation and the Millennium, since there are a number of excellent works on this subject ( Best, I think, is J.D. Pentecost, Things to Come [Grand Rapids, Mich: Zondervan, 1958].) Instead, I will gather the strands of this discussion into a single cord.
Jesus is coming again. This is His Second Coming. He came the first time as a suffering servant, as a ransom, as the Lamb of God to be sacrificed for the salvation of mankind. But His Second Coming is as King, the Lion of Judah, the Arm of God, not with a crown of thorns but of gold, not to be pierces but Himself carrying a rod of iron and the sword of judgment. The first time He was born into a noble but humble family, in a manger, not in secret but obscure nevertheless; He will come again, though, in the clouds (Acts 1:9,11), so that every eye can see (Rev 1:7). At this time He will destroy the armies of the world (), separating the sheep from the goats (Mt 25:32), the righteous from the rebellious; He will establish His earthly kingdom which had been prophesied so many times in scripture but delayed for so long. This is the Second Coming.
But before He comes in judgment, He comes for His Bride, the Church — that is, every person who has accepted the salvation which the death of Jesus provides. To understand the meaning of the symbol of calling Jesus the Groom and the Church His bride, we must consider the customs of marriage in the
In just this manner, Jesus comes for His Bride. He has prepared a place (Jn 14:2), and when he comes he does not enter her house, the world, but stands outside and calls her to Him (1Th ). Neither she nor any man knows the hour of His coming, (Mt 24:36), but when He comes, she gathers herself together and rushes to meet him in the twinkling of an eye (1Cor ). This is the first Resurrection, including everyone from the saved thief on the cross to the very last saved soul who dies to fulfill the final number of the Church (cf. Rev 7:4). The decayed or disintegrated body of every dead Christian is miraculously reconstructed from the dust, the atoms of the earth (after the fashion of Adam's body on the day he was created), and it rises into the heavens to be revivified by its own spirit, which has been waiting in the throne room of God for the fulfillment of this promise, when death is swallowed up and victory finally becomes manifest. This is also the Rapture, which includes every living Christian, from the oldest saint to the newest convert; the physical bodies of each of these is instantly transformed, perfected after the manner of Adam's pre-Fall body and the Risen body of Jesus Christ, immune from death and decay, prepared now to be the eternal home of their saved souls.
This private, tender and joyful coming of Jesus for His Bride is certainly a coming of sorts, but it is not to be confused for the Second Coming, which is public and fierce. Jesus has come many times, as we know from the Old Testament Christophanies — that is, the pre-incarnation appearances of the Word — starting with Adam in the Garden, who walked with God, the Word, in the cool of the day (Gen 3:8). Since no man has seen God at any time (1Tim ), yet Adam walked with God, and Abraham ate with Him, and Jacob wrestled with Him, and Moses spoke with Him, then we are reading not of God the Father, but the Son. The point is that although God has touched mankind at many times and in many ways, yet only twice does Jesus deal publicly with the entire world — the first time as Victim, the second as Victor. Furthermore, we must remember the distinction between a bridegroom and a warrior, since a newly married man is commanded not to wage war (Deut 24:5). The Bridegroom comes secretly for his Bride, who lives in the house of His enemy; and after a season He comes again, publicly, to the enemy himself - into his very house, and cleanses it.
But in that season when Jesus and His Church celebrate their love for each other, the world is being judged. This period, the seven years of the Tribulation, starts only after the restraining force of the Church (dwelling place of the Holy Spirit) has been removed (2Th 2:7). Individual Christians suffer, and local churches suffer, but the Body of Christ has already suffered, on the Cross, and that whole Body will not suffer again. Indeed, what groom would stand by and allow his bride to be tormented? The Bride of Christ waits in the world, which is controlled by the forces of evil, and her purity and grace bring light into its darkness; evil deeds are best committed in the dark (Jn 3:19), and so the world is less evil because of her light. When that light, the Spirit in her, is removed, evil runs wild, and judgment begins.
As for when this judgment upon the world starts, we can only say that it is some time after the Rapture, although presumably shortly after. No one knows the time of the Raptur e - the day, the hour - but once the clock of the Tribulation starts running, the world could easily calculate the hour of the Second Coming — it ends precisely seven years after it begins.
2. Where the Satyrs Dance
Wow, that as really interesting, I must say! I’d forgotten. Here’s the next part. After the Bride is swept away, carried over the threshold as it were ...
...what of this Tribulation and the evil which has free rein during its course? Here we return to the main theme of this work [The Serpent in Babel], for it is during this time that Satan achieves his greatest victory, his greatest power, when he finally manages to establish that world government, that world religion which he has worked for the past six millennia to achieve. It is now that the world proclaims him as its god, and gives him the worship he has craved since sin was first conceived in his heart.
A man will arise who proclaims a message of peace. His words are followed by actions, and by virtue of his mastery of diplomacy much of the world is united under his leadership. His charisma will be irresistible, and adored as a savior, he will become the object of actual worship – a non-unknown phenomenon … Hitler the rock star. Politics will merge with religion, and he will show himself as god. The Bible describes him as the Beast, the final antichrist. At some time during or before his career, he will be possessed by that demonic spirit which rises from the Pit; he may also be possessed by Satan himself.
The religion which he heads, the religion of a revived Babylon, is already in the world, although not in its final form. It is most clearly articulated in the New Age movement, with its Maitreya/messiah, its ascended masters, its reincarnating avatars, its god-within and goddess without. The New Age is old wine in a new wineskin — a westernized form of Hinduism, which itself is simply the most long-lived of the ancient pagan systems, best symbolized by Babylon.
We have spent many words dealing with the legacy of Babylon. It seems that Satan once sat enthroned there, at least by proxy, through Nimrod. And the very name, Babylon, resonates even in our ears, millennia after its glory. I have pondered as to why it should be that this city has such a mystique. Even in the days of Hammurabi, Babylon was really only a local power, and was less important than Nineveh or Ur in their heyday, yet these cities are obscure compared to Babylon. For a mere half century, during the ephemeral empire of Nebuchadnezzar II, Babylon dominated the international scene — yet it has captured the imagination of the ages. The sole reason for this, I am certain, is the prominence given to Babylon in the Bible, in the Old Testament and most especially in the Revelation. The Bible names it as the location of man's great apostasy, and here the tongues were Confused. This is the city which supplanted Jerusalem for a time as the capital of the Jews, in their Captivity. But most, I think, is the prominence given to it by John, in naming Babylon as the capital of the Beast in the end times.
It is said that the ancient city of Babylon was never destroyed, never thrown down, and that the biblical prophecy has yet to be fulfilled. It is certainly true that the destruction of Babylon in the end times is yet to occur, but it is also true that the city of Babylon has been destroyed in the past, by the Hittites and Kassites and Elamites and Assyrians. The inaccuracy lies in the failure to think of Babylon prior to when the prophecies were made: since the moment Isaiah spoke, Babylon has not yet been destroyed — it would be taken, by the Medes and Persians, and the Greeks, and the Partheans, but not ravished; prior to Isaiah's time, Babylon had most certainly been ravaged, and restored.
Alexander's empire, more ephemeral even than that of Nebuchadnezzar, broke into four parts upon his death, divided among his generals. Syria, Mesopotamia, and Medo-Persia went to Seleucus I. Babylon had to be retaken several times, and became such a bother that Seleucus built on the Tigris a new capital, Seleucia, 45 miles north of the old center of trade and government. Only religion was left to Babylon, and it remained the chief holy city of the region, even after the Parthians took Mesopotamia from the Greeks in 139 BC.
The Parthians also shunned Babylon as an administrative center, building rather Ctesiphon, adjacent to Seleucia, which remained a commercial center. When they absorbed Syria in 40 BC, the Parthians allied with Judean factions against the Jewish high priest, Hyrcanus, who was in the Roman camp. Hyrcanus was eventually taken in chains to Parthia, but later allowed to live in Babylon, which according to Josephus had at that time a high concentration of Jews.
One and a half centuries later, when Trajan found Babylon deserted in 116 AD, the walls and the temple of Bel still stood [see Dio, Roman History, 68.30.1; Pausanaias, 8.33.3]. In the Middle Ages, a city of ten thousand Jews stood six miles from Babylon, and the Synagogue of Daniel met a single mile from the temple of Bel [M.N. Adler, "Benjamin of Tudela, Itinerary of," Jewish Quarterly Review 17 (1905); pp. 514-530]. There seems never to have been a time when the site of Babylon was not occupied, albeit sometimes by some shabby collection of hovels — but the shanty town which has been Babylon for so many centuries is a far cry from the world-center the Bible says it will be in the last days.
Although Babylon certainly fell into utter obscurity, it cannot possibly be said to have fulfilled the biblical prediction of its being forever a desolate haunt of only beasts (Is 13:19-21): “And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, the beauty of the Chaldees' excellency, shall be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah. It shall never be inhabited, neither shall it be dwelt in from generation to generation; neither shall the Arabian pitch tent there; neither shall the shepherds make their fold there. But wild beasts of the desert shall lie there; and their houses shall be full of hyenas; and the owls shall dwell there, the satyrs shall dance there.” Jeremiah (51:26) says that the day will come when no one will “take of thee a stone for a corner, nor a stone for foundations; but thou shalt be desolate forever” — yet after Jeremiah spoke, in Parthian days, and in the 1600's, and until the 20th century, locals mined the ruins of Babylon for its fine, baked bricks. Sodom was destroyed, Troy and Tyre and Carthage were destroyed — but Babylon has stood to this very day. Clearly, the prophecies regarding Babylon's fall, and its prerequisite rise, have not yet been fulfilled.
Regarding the rise of Babylon, we read in Zechariah 5:6-11 that an angel raises a heavy leaden cover off a measuring basket symbolizing rebellion; hidden in the basket squats a woman, called wickedness, who tries to rise up when the lid is lifted but is thrust back down and covered again by the angel. Then two swift-winged women race forth and raise up the basket between heaven and earth, on their way to prepare for the woman a "house in the land of Shinar", where she shall be firmly instated. That this woman is not Israel taken into Babylonian Captivity is known by the fact that Zechariah was writing after Israel had returned to the land. Rather, it is the woman of lawlessness who is constrained for a season, until she sits enthroned in Babylon in the last days.
As for the final end of Babylon (Rev 18:21-23): “with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all. The voice of harpers and musicians, and of pipers and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in thee. No craftsman, of whatsoever craft, shall be found any more in thee, and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee. The light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee, and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee. For thy merchants were the great men of the earth, and by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.” John's Revelation is filled with symbols, but when taken in context with other biblical references, its use of Babylon is too concrete to be allegorical.
That Babylon shall rise seems clear — but how is its transformation worked, from arid village to hub of world commerce and luxury?
Well, I do answer that question – and it involves a certain S. Hussein. But that discussion must await part three.
3. The Gates of Confusion
Oh, it just gets more and more interesting! Here's a third installment of my entrancing look at things to come.
Starting in the late 1970's,
Hussein's rationale for raising Babylon may have been to remind his harried subjects of the ancient enmity between Iraq and Iran — it was the Persians that had finally humbled Mesopotamia so that it never rose to independence again. Further, Hussein cast himself in the role of the ancient conquerors, and as such it was traditional to rebuild the chief cities of
By the time of the first of our Gulf Wars, the
A ziggurat-style hotel was planned, and it is claimed that the ziggurat itself will be raised again; plans have been announced for the reconstruction of the hanging gardens, with a prize of one and a half million dollars offered to any Iraqi who can design an irrigation system for it which uses only the technology available in ancient days. In 1990 Dr. Myua'yad Said, Iraq's Director General of Antiquities, voiced his belief that the city would be surrounded by a moat, and barred to all traffic but pedestrians and horse-drawn carriages.
Thus we see that the dream of a
Hussein no longer seems to be a factor in the governance of
Fascinating, isn’t it. I wonder what I'll say in part four. Bet it’s good. -----
4. Faith of the Broken Cross
Here’s a fourth part of my brilliant study of the rise of Satan to manifest secular power. That the situation with Islamism and
We are not given to known the details of the rise of the city or the system of
Throughout history there have been enduring and consistent reports of contact between humanity and entities possessing what can only be described as supernatural characteristics. We have read already of the fallen angels, of the nephalim, of the demons. I suggest that we find these same contacts in the superstitions of every race, as gods, as fairies, as pucks, as trolls, as genies, as ghosts and totems and familiars and an endless list of similar labels. These categories, in our sophisticated and oh so scientific age, have of course been discarded upon the rubbish heap of superstition, and rightly so, given the fabrication which accrued to their memory. But the fact that they have fallen out of fashion is not proof that there was not originally a grim truth behind the original stories. Indeed, if there are demons, they would not identify themselves to the ignorant as evil. If there are fallen angels, they would present themselves as heroes, not villains. And just because the age has become "scientific" does not mean that they will stop presenting themselves.
So the question is, what disguise would evil spirits now use? Well, of course, they would still manifest themselves as "channeled", "higher" beings who claim to teach benighted mankind a new and better way. Thus, although undoubtedly a con game for the most part, the "psychic" phone clubs which have polluted late-night television with their advertisements must also, here and there, have some actual demoniac manning the phones (cf. Acts 16:16‑18).
But even more intriguing is the mushrooming of belief in extraterrestrial "aliens". I have no strong opinion as to whether or not God populated the universe with many intelligent races, or only with mankind. Either could be the case. But I am sure that the creatures who represent themselves as "aliens" are alienated first from God. Indeed, I believe that the category of "alien" is but the latest label, the latest disguise for those same old deceiving spirits of whom we have been reading.
Consider, for example, those evil spirits of ages past who came to some victim in the night, transported him to some fantastic place with sparkling gems and flashing lights, where they performed sexual acts upon him, later to return him home in a chronically disturbed state — pixilated; grave spiritual secrets were sometimes imparted to the victim, which undermined the faith of childhood. Compare this to "aliens," who abduct some human victim, transporting him to their UFO with its glaring lights and incomprehensible controls, where they perform numerous experiments which concentrate on the genitals, returning their victim home in a disturbed state which frequently requires psychological counseling. These aliens invariably teach the abductee about the nature of the universe, consistently making a point to mention that Jesus was actually an ascended master, or one of them, or a "walk-in", or from Venus, or some such (see W.M. Alnor, UFOs in the New Age - Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Book House, 1992). Consider that if two things look the same, act the same, and have the same result, the most logical, the most elegant conclusion should be that they are the same, by different names.
One of the more curious doctrines of the New Age movement is that there must be a great cosmic "cleansing" before the actual New Age itself can begin. This cleansing is taught variously by the Movement's sundry factions, but the upshot is that a large number of people will simply disappear, because they are interfering with the evolution of the consciousness of mankind. Well. Haven’t we heard something of this? Isn't this the Rapture? Satan knows it’s coming, and he has prepared his cover story. And when this absolute miracle (the disappearance in the blink of an eye of hopefully countless millions of people throughout the world) is correctly prophesied, wouldn't this count as validation for the other claims of the New Age?
New Age adherents, like all pagans, scour mythology for signs relevant to their position. One favorite hunting ground is native american myth; thus significance is found in a Hopi prophecy which declares that a light from the east will bring a reawakening, emanating “from the True White Brother. He would wear a red cloak or a red hat and would bring with him the sacred stone tablet . . . which [he] alone could read. The three would show the people of the earth a great new Life Plan that will lead to Everlasting Life. . . .Those who are saved will share everything equally . . . . a new religion will probably be brought that helps all people to lead better lives and transforms the world.” [In
Satan also appears as an angel of light (2Cor ). Further, although unquoted in its New Age source, the prophecy goes on to say that there will be “a victory of those using the [sacred Hopi] swastika over those using the sign of the cross. …those using the sign of the cross will be beheaded . . .” (Cumbey, p. 73.) Passing over the obvious resonances of the swastika, we pause only to notice that these martyrs are those who (Rev 20:4) “were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither had received his mark . . .” You see how they almost get it right — it is just from the perspective of Satan, rather than of God.
And when the Beast reigns there will be signs in the sky. There will be a great deception, so powerful that even the elect would be deceived, if it were possible. There will be a putting aside of nationalism, and a yielding to a great and single authority. If we suppose that "aliens" and their UFOs are just the latest version of the satanically designed mythologies by which Satan has sought to rule, then we can understand just how truly literal the book of Revelation actually is.
Are the changelings of lore more than just deformed victims of the prejudices of an ignorant age — being instead a genuine hybrid of "alien" and human? Are the genital "experiments" perpetrated by "aliens" just the continuation of the rape of mankind by fallen angels? Is the Beast somehow related to the nephalim, so that the public unveiling of UFOs and aliens to the world, and the revelation that this world-leader is intimately connected with such "superhuman," "superior" beings, would act as a guarantee of his "evolved" and "enlightened" rule?
We are speculating, building upon evidence and inferences. We will not be dogmatic. But if we are to take the Bible at its reasonable most literal, and if we accept that there are evil angels and demons who work deception in this world, and if we believe that Revelation teaches of a world leader who deceives mankind and is worshipped as a god, and if we give any credence to the mounting evidence of the reality of UFO phenomena (rather than of the associated mythology) — if we accept all of this, then the scenario I have laid out is the most elegant I know, to explain all of the evidence.
Hmm. Well, that was sort of weird. But it could be right, if all those ifs are right. As to that, I guess time will tell. Could there be anything more to say on this subject? I simper coyly, and taunt you with, "Could be."
5. A Moment's Distance
So many ideas. So many theories. Every culture seems to invent a new religion. I suppose there are as many religions as there are languages. An unintended consequence of the Confusion at Babel – although an inevitable one. And really, what does it matter if there are four thousand false religions, or just one? Well, by now I suppose it should be clear that much of The Serpent in Babel deals with exactly that: Babel and its apostasy, and the personages who instigated it. Ham, Cush and his scion Nimrod who was remembered variously as Osiris, Tammuz, Ninus and so on. It’s pretty elaborate, and outside our scope. But behind these human agents, I have supposed there is a non-human intelligence, which, though not the author of history, is a manipulator of mankind nevertheless. Consider this, then:
Well might we ask the skeptic's question: Which came first, the vegetable cults, the dying nature gods, the many-breasted venuses, the totems and phalluses and orgies, the avatars and psychics and ascended masters, the aliens and UFOs of the evolutionists? — or that God of the Bible, personal and cosmic, just and merciful, and most of all, gracious? Were Cush and Semiramis and other idolaters the authors of the themes of Christianity? Or are the Mysteries bold perversions of the long-prophesied events which took place in Bethlehem and on Calvary?
Trolling through the murky waters of mythology, we find that it is no difficult task to fish out virtually all of the elements of Christianity. Heathen systems always somewhere contain the memory that God:
“was to become incarnate, to be born of a virgin mother, to spend his infancy and childhood among herds and flocks, whose life should be sought by a huge serpent or dragon, which was even to slay him, but which he was destined to conquer and crush; that he came or was to come, from heaven for the purpose of reforming and delivering mankind; that he was mild, contemplative, and good, but still the god of vengeance, with power to destroy his enemies; that he was a priest, a prophet, and a king, the sacrificer of himself, and the parent, husband, and son of the great Mother, denoted often by a floating ark; that he was the creator of worlds and æons, previous to which he moved on boundless waters; that when slain he was entombed, descended into the hidden world, but rose to life again, ascended the top of a lofty mountain, and thence was translated to heaven.” (Seiss, p. 25.)
All of these details are scattered through paganism, and all are condensed within the Bible. The virgin is Mary, the dragon is Satan, the Woman is Israel, the mountain is Olivet. A fair question is, who borrowed from whom?
As long as atheists write the encyclopedias, the facts will be skewed toward their bias. In the preceding chapters we have seen the evidence examined in a different light — not the light of blind faith, but in the spirit of open-eyed and vigorous inquiry. Of course all of this is theory, but that is as much as to say nothing at all, since the dogma which is spoon-fed to students is also theory, masquerading as fact.
When James Frazer promulgated the theory of the fertility cult, he did not present his belief as a hypothesis, but as a fact. We can of course forgive him his constitutional "core of narrowness": “He was not interested in the ideas of other anthropologists, and could not stand personal contradiction. Nor could he bear controversy.” (H.R. Hays, From Ape to Angel: an Informal History of Social Anthropology [NY: Capricorn Books, 1958], p. 121.) But, aside from being rank hubris, this is also poor scholarship. To recall the words of a certain Roman (Acts 26:24), Frazer's great learning had driven him mad. Such words should be the motto of this, the Age of Information.
Paganism is every religion but one. The Mystery is every religion but one. The worship of the Dragon is every religion but one. The Deceiver has been climbing the mountain and clawing at the throne of God since before the fiery stones of Eden dimmed and grew cool. The goddess whored after all the crowns of the true God. The pagans ransacked true prophecy, and offered in their "goddess" a false virgin, a false mediator, a false Spirit; the only thing she could not be called was "God the Father", and she got around that by being called "Mother Goddess". And so with the child of paganism: false seed and branch, false mediator and savior, false victor and judge.
In Is 66:17, we read of the One, and the abomination, and the mouse, and the eating of swine's flesh. We have here the false father, the false spirit, and the false son. We even have the false communion supper, in the eating of pig flesh: cannibals have informed us that human flesh has the same taste as pork, so much so that they call man "the long pig". We might be thankful that later pagans were so refined in their tastes as to refrain from ritually consumed human flesh, but we can certainly see why such rites were abhorrent to the godly.
We have already heard what God has to say about all this, as when we read of the Image of Jealousy (Ezek 8:3). God is jealous because that which is His has been stolen and twisted. But more than jealousy, I think God feels grief. We are only told explicitly of a few of the emotions which Jesus felt. He felt anger, we are told, and sorrow and deep distress, and love. And we know that Jesus wept. He wept over lost Jerusalem. He wept not at the victory of the Adversary, but at the damage he does in meeting his defeat.
I think that Satan has never read the Bible. I think he knows some parts of it, just enough to twist the meaning. Like every cultist, Satan gets the context wrong. I think that Satan thinks he can win — not in his deepest heart, but in his mind, he thinks that he can somehow pull it off. Hitler in his bunker was making plans for his victory.
Do you imagine angelic psychology is much different than human? Subtract the influence of childhood, and they must have very much in common with us. That they have maturity where we are still in our infancy, is a detail that will diminish in effect in the coming millennia. That they cannot know death is merely the fate of those Christians who will be Raptured – and in any case, even those of us who go through that temporary separation from our bones will eventually have an eternity separating us from that one-time trauma. We have very much in common with angels – being both higher and lower than they, it might average out to about equal.
Given this, Satan’s motivations are not impenetrable. He has an ego. This is a condition of which you know nothing? I doubt it. He is spiteful. Anyone who has watched children at play must be aware of this emotion. The great difference now, is that he has power to harm, and we have power only to ask for protection. Send us a Michael, O Lord. But their battles are beyond our perceptions. Ignorance is our assurance of contentment.
We are children, sorely in need of protection. The world is harsh and our only comfort seems to be in believing we are safe. Certainly we are not safe, physically. Everyone dies. Not safe. If we can extract some happiness from our lives, then we will be happy. But it must be a precarious happiness, relying on unseen fences and protectors of whom we are only told. But we are told, and we must draw comfort from this. In another place, I have written how even the heavens declare the beginning and the end. This biblical phrase refers not only to nature, but to what has been imposed upon nature, by prophets - the constellations. My point is that this message, so clear when it is clearly expressed, has been twisted most contemptably, whether by design or accident. Again, what was meant for protection was used for harm. We mustn't listen to liars. We mustn't be deceived. Every little child must hold his father's hand when troubling strangers approach.
Well, I’m just making this up as I go along. Hope I’m not boring you. There’s moreo to say, if you can stand it.
6. Satan As Tapeworm
This is the penultimate installment of my look at the reality of mythology and its relevance for the possibly near-future - extracted from the final chapter of my The Serpent in Babel. We've looked at the corporal return of Jesus, the social changes that facilitate conditions for the Antichrist, the political situation that promises the rise of a literal Babylon, and the historical factors that have brought us where we find ourselves. Didn't think it was that organized, did you. I'll leave it for you to catagorize the following.
I have saved one last piece of mythology — regarding Nimrod. The annals of
Be that as it may, traditions which refer to the most ancient times tell of a famous woman, "the mother of the king of the west." (Annals of the Bamboo Books, Legge, Vol. 3, pp. 114‑115.) She was the mother of the world's first king, who had black skin. He was named Shun, and his father was Chusou or Kusou. Do these characters sound familiar? They are Semiramis, Nimrod, and Cush. The point is that this king, Shun / Nimrod [always represented as black], was said to have eyes which shone "doubly bright" — an indication of demonic possession.
The serpent winds round not just trees, not just temples, but men as well. Nimrod seems to have been such a man. If Hindu gurus shine with reflected light, beguiling fools into calling them holy men, how much more the High Priest and King of Babylon?
Judas was a thief, in a position of great trust, as treasurer. We know he went out and worked miracles, with all the other pairs of disciples. We know that his feet were washed by Jesus Himself, and that he ate at the Lord's table, and took bread from His hands. And it may indeed be that Satan actually went into Judas, just before the final betrayal (Lk 22:3, Jn ). Afterwards, Judas went and hanged himself.
And it is my conviction that Hitler was such a man — if not possessed by Satan himself, then certainly possessed by some underling, and a willing ally of Satan. In his youth, one of the only two books which Hitler was known to have actually studied was a child's storybook on the Nordic gods and heroes. A part of his personal library as Fuhrer was recovered after World War II, and among those books which give evidence of having been well-studied — alongside racist pamphlets, tracts on pseudoscience, and pornographic books and films — were stories about Wotan and the Germanic pantheon, and books about magic symbols and the occult. (R.G.L. Waite, The Psychopathic God: Adolph Hitler (NY: Basic Books, 1977), pp. 69‑70, 270.)
During Hitler's youth in Vienna, he sought out the publisher of an occult magazine, Ostara — one Jorg Lanz von Liebenfels, who wrote articles in favor of polygamy for "pure blooded Aryans" and forced sterilization for "inferior" races — and of extermination of non-Aryans in Germany. (Much of the information contained in this and the following two paragraphs is abstracted from N. Goodrick-Clarke, The Occult Roots of Nazism, Secret Aryan Cults and Their influence on Nazi Ideology - NY: New York University Press, 1992.) Lanz was founder of the racist "Order of the New Templars," and authored the amusingly titled Theo-Zoology or the Lore of the Sodom-Apelings and the Electron of the Gods, which taught that Jesus was the last of a super race which had cohabited with beasts to form a sub-human race (an idea indebted to Madam Blavatsky and her Theosophy), and that modern man was the remnant of these gods, with Aryans the purest.
Prior to WW I, the rising interest in the occult led to the formation in
The society was recast as a political group aimed at destabilizing the
Hitler was certainly deeply influenced by racial lore, and his interest in the occult is well-documented, despite his public rejection and ridicule of the crasser pseudo-history of the Aryan mystics and such esoteric movements as Free Masonry, Theosophy and Anthrosophy. (Indeed, rejecting occult groups was sound not simply for reasons of respectability, but for security, given that MI 5 had a special Occult Bureau.) Vril, Zen, Sufi, Tibetan and similar influences are widely documented, and even if exaggerated, demonstrate a distinct pattern. Enduring reports exist of the Nazi plan to re-introduce worship of the Nordic pantheon, as a national Neo-Paganism. One of Nazi Germany's laws was that the cross be removed from all churches, replaced by the "immortal" sign of the swastika. This paganism is even clearer in the case of Himmler, who made an Aryan guru, Karl Maria Wiligut, an SS Brigadier (until 1939, when his commitment in the 1920's to a mental institution discredited him).
Indeed, Hitler is claimed as an adherent of the anti-semitic occultic cabal of Theosophy. Foster Bailey, husband of Alice Bailey (third leader of that movement, after Blavatsky and Besant), wrote in 1972: “One attempt [at unifying
Europe] was to begin by uniting the peoples living in the Rhine river valley using that river as a binding factor. It was an attempt by a disciple but did not work.” (Quoted in Cumbey, p. 88; emphasis added.) Who was this failing "disciple"? Hmm. Now, this in itself would be of only passing interest, until we remember what the man did. I have no problem believing that a man, without the aid of the supernatural, could be as evil as Hitler was — yet it is my conviction that he was a specific tool of Satan who was trying to finish a task he set himself before mankind had Fallen.
Aside from Judas, Satan may possess that antichrist called the Beast. He will follow the pattern of Nimrod — and Hitler — as religious and political leader, and conqueror, and tyrant. Since Nimrod's attempt to control the entire world, similar attempts have been made, by Sesostris III of
, by Sargon I of Egypt Akkad, by Hammurabi of Old Babylon, by Tiglath-Pileser III of Assyria, by Nebuchadnezzer II of Chaldea; by the Persians, the Greeks, the Romans, and even the French and the Germans. None has succeeded. The Beast will succeed, for a time — just as Nimrod did. And like Nimrod, the Beast will meet his end in harsh judgment.
It is not for nothing that the myth of the hydra was invented, of a monster all but impossible to slay. After the conquest of
and the death of Belshazzar, the Persians exiled the Chaldean priesthood, which settled in the new cultic center of Pergamos — which for this reason is called Satan's seat (). The god-king there smiled on this circumstance, and the pagans proceeded as usual. The last king of Pergamos, Attalus III (138-133), willed his titles and dominions to Rome, and so the office of Pontifex Maximus, High Priest of the Babylonian system, devolved eventually upon Julius Caesar, and thence to the Emperors, and finally to the Popes. If the forms are so difficult to exorcise, how much more the spirit? Babylon
The pattern of corruption set in Nimrod's time will hold in the future, as well. Just as Cush and Nimrod were the false prophet and the false messiah at
, so we are told ( & ) of the coming Beast and his prophet; and we find the whore, as well. And always behind the deceit is the Dragon, sprawling out from Babel , through Eden , through Babel , across the ages — woven in the branches of the Tree, coiled around the tiers of the Tower. Rome
So there it is. Ready ... set ...
As I've said, don't panic. Balance and common sense. If you're "saved," you'll be celebrating at a wedding supper. If you're not, what are you worrying about? - you don't believe it anyway. And if you do believe it, but still aren't saved - well, I found myself in that very state, once upon a time. Allow me to commend to you the virtue of humility. Asking for help is a good way to get it. Same with salvation.
Well, I won't toy with your emotions any more. Was I cruel, to taunt you so? Maybe there's more, and maybe not. Hahaha! Just one last part and I'm done. Seeya.
7. The Place of Refuge
So much, about Satan. He must really be important or something. How uncomfortable. I suppose we could just not think about it. But let’s return to the subject one last time.
The spirit of antichrist has been loose since the fall of Satan. It is loose today. The evil of the world is not the sole product of Satan and his cohort — men queue up to debase themselves — but behind some of the wickedness (if I may use such a quaint term) is not the random depravity of undiscerning people, but a concerted effort to work against the will of God. This is what we have, at least in part, in the false religions which we have been examining in this work.
But in the time of the Tribulation, the work of antichrist will come into full fruit. The deception of that time will be supernatural. The gullibility of fools has always been exploited, but at this time it will be confirmed. The evil that men do just because they are fallen will be magnified, beyond all experience. Hitler's camps were just a rehearsal for what is to come. The surface of the globe will be a single, vast killing field.
The times in which we are living are fertile soil for the apostasy of the end times. The rise of the occult, the interest in astrology and tarot, the fascination with crystals and pyramids, the self-actualization fads and the New Age cults, the acceptance of reincarnation and the obsession with UFOs — these are the very tenets of the new, the neo-paganism which has surmounted the horizon and is already here.
Every prophet meets one of two fates. He is either like Jeremiah, ignored, grieving to see the doom of those he loves, or he is like Jonah, believed, witness to a vast repentance and revival. For my part, I am no prophet, but I know the future. As an American I live at the heart of a great cultural empire. And I pray that my nation will repent and turn away from the horror which it is becoming. But because I am a dour man, I expect the fate of Jeremiah, more than Jonah.
Yet I may well be wrong in my melancholy. The time may be prolonged. The pagans may be held off. Satan's puppet for this time may have to be discarded, and another selected again, as with Nimrod, and Hitler, and perhaps Alexander and Napoleon. The abomination to be enacted in the rebuilt Temple of Jerusalem has been planned or attempted before, by Antiochus Epiphanes, by Caligula, by Titus. They could not enact Satan's agenda, and this gives us cause for hope. It is certain that the time of trouble will come, but as to when we cannot say.
In the meantime, each of us has two responsibilities — first to be saved, and second to tell the lost world about salvation. These two responsibilities are really the same thing: loving God. I mean the true God, who saves us not out of justice (getting what we deserve), not out of mercy (not getting what we deserve), but out of grace (getting what we do not deserve).
As for the true God, I hear the jaded voice of another Roman, who uttered the flat words, "What is truth?" He did not know that we do not define truth, we demonstrate it. The Truth was before him, and he did not know it. And so I shudder for the fate of America, and the world. But as for you, my friend, who have plowed through these many words to arrive here — there is no need for me to shudder for you. You have heard the truth, it has been placed before you, and if you are not yet saved, you can be. If you are not saved, put aside your faith in yourself — which is the core of every religion but one — and trust Jesus. Is it that simple? Well, is simple a problem? Should it be harder? Is there some special virtue in the complex? Is the grotesque more beautiful that the elegant?
Yes — it is that simple.
In the code of laws handed down through Moses, a man who caused an accidental death was vulnerable to the justice, the vengeance, of the victim's family (Num 35:9-34). The only mercy he could hope for was the haven of the nearest city of refuge, to which he could flee. But if he ever left that city, he was subject to immediate execution by the relatives. There was no advocate to whom the fugitive might appeal — no clever arguments or clouding of the issue, no moronic juries to vote their feelings instead of the facts. There is no price, no bribe, no ransom which would remove the blood from the land. Remember Ps 49:7-8: “None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him — for the redemption of their souls is costly . . .” Only upon the death of the High Priest was the blood-guilt lifted. Only then could the fugitive return, free from fear of reprisal. The victim's family could no longer claim the price of his blood.
There is a ruler who takes what is worthless and counterfeit, and redeems it. There is a victim of your carelessness who not only forgives you but undoes the harm. There is an Advocate who is the Son of the Judge, and when he steps forward to speak for you, justice and mercy have no place — only grace. Our High Priest has died, and we are free. And He lives, and we are saved. No dismembered corpse of Osiris, no whoring Ishtar chasing after a missing penis, no bastard Horus-child squirming in the seat of the King. Only the truth.
No mere man can redeem his brother, nor ransom away our bondage — we do not have the resources to pay so great a price. But God would give us peace, for “this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all . . .” (1 Tim 2:3 6)
That's how my book, The Serpent in Babel, ends. The End. You didn't have to plow through those many words. If you had, I'd feel free to call you my friend - your patience and interest would have endeared you to me. In any event, I hope there's something of worth even in these not- quite- so- many words. Is there anything else to say? Yes.
We've read of the dark flowering of evil and the killing field it would make of the earth. So many noxious growths, there are. Too bad there isn't some way to foretell what will be poisonous and what will make us hale. But there isn't, when the seed is souls and how they respond to truth. Alas, some seed doesn’t spout and bear good fruit. Some seed is just birdfood. But we cannot know which, until the end. The earth, however, is not yet what for a time it will be. So we tend the garden as best we can, and shoo away the birds when we are able, and prune away what is unhealthy that the stalk and stem may flourish. Maybe something lovely will grow.
Norma McCorvey. Do you recognize the name? Perhaps you know her by another name. Jane Roe. Of Roe v. Wade – the Supreme Court case that struck down all regulation of abortion in the US. Sometime around '94 I saw her interviewed by Tom Snyder on his late night interview program. She was working at an abortion counseling center, and Operation Rescue, a pro-life Christian group, had moved into the next office. I recall she laughed and sneered at their hammering on the walls, pretending to be hanging pictures when it was so clear to her that they were just trying to harass the pro-choicers. I remember she made allusions to her wiccan faith or the goddess or some such. I remember Tom Snyder encouraging her, ending with, “Don’t let the bastards get you down.” She smiled and said, “Oh no, I won’t.”
Some months later I heard that she had become Christian, and was working with Operation Rescue. It is a secret, but I’m a passionate guy … don’t spread it around. So I sat there and sobbed like a little girl. Norma McCorvey has found her city of refuge, where lovely things grow. What more is there to say.