But with that said please indulge me in a mental exercise. I want you to think of everything you "know for sure," or "without a shadow of a doubt," or things you take for granted for "common knowledge." Now ask yourself this question: how did you come to those conclusions? Did you read them in a book? Did you hear some other person say them? Did you "feel" that they were true"? Was it intuition? Did your own soul whisper them to you? Did science "prove" them? Did God reveal them?
Let me ask again: How you do know what's true? How is it even possible to know the truth? Consider, for instance, that everything written in history books comes from some fallible man or woman, and is often skewed by the writer's biases or opinions. Ultimately, you’re left with someone else’s interpretation of primary and secondary sources. How then can you trust anything written in any book? Similarly, how can you trust any "authority" figure speaking on any topic? Are they not also fallible people with their own biases and opinions? Where did they get all their "facts"? What were the biases and opinions of their mentors? Who was funding their research? What books where they influenced by? And what about personal feelings and intuition? How do you know the difference between what you want to believe and what is true? Indeed, how do you know that your intuition is correct?
What about science? Can we trust the scientific method? After all, science consists of nothing more than a bunch of theories that have not yet been falsified. One example is the law of gravity. According to Newton it was the mass of celestial bodies that determined the gravitational pull. But according to Einstein, space and time are not uniform, and gravity is created by the bending or curving of space. The sun for example, is so large compared to other planets in our solar system that they get trapped in the "bend" the sun makes in space. It's like holding a piece of fabric by both ends and dropping a heavy ball in the center of it. The ball makes a dip in the fabric, and if smaller objects like marbles are dropped on the same surface, they roll toward the heavy ball (that analogy came from this article). Both Newton and Einstein were right, but Einstein added another dimension of knowledge to our concept of gravity.
My point is, we are looking at reality through a dark glass, only gathering bits and pieces of the puzzle. We are attempting to comprehend the whole through the incomplete parts we have to work with. God has revealed some of the whole to us, but in most of what we think we know we are totally groping in the dark. In our search for truth we must be indefatigable. We must be willing to cast off falsehoods and disbelief when we discover that we have been misled. Pride cannot be part of the equation. We have to be willing to open our eyes to concepts that are hidden beneath the surface. Einstein and Newton are perfect examples of this. Newton's theory of gravity was so straight forward, so cut and dry and commonsensical, that it seemed foolish to look for any other explanation of gravity other than shear mass. But Einstein looked where no one else was looking, he peeled the veneer away from the Newtonian gravity model and discovered that reality is more than meets the eye. He discovered that three-dimensional reality wasn't straight forward, and that it "curves" and "bends" in ways that the human brain has difficulty comprehending. Whenever we think that something is concrete is and set in stone, someone like Einstein comes along and throws a monkey wrench into our paradigm, and we have to start over in our search for truth. We can therefore never be comfortable in our paradigms, or in our self-perceived notions of history and reality.
According to the Book of Mormon, the one fool-proof way to discover truth is through the power of the Holy Ghost. Moroni leaves us with this simple testimony:
And by the power of the Holy Ghost, ye may know the truth of all things. (Moroni 10:5)
It seems so simple yet it is intensely complicated. In this one statement an entire lifetime of diligent study, prayer, pondering, and searching are all implied. If we don't take the initiative to put the information into our heads, the Holy Ghost will have nothing to confirm to us. We must search things out, we must perform the labor of intellectual blood, sweat, and tears that inches us ever closer to the truth. It's a struggle and it was meant to be. As Joseph Smith once said, to commune with God, we must first comprehend the "darkest abyss." We have to "stretch" our minds to the utmost heavens, yet peer into the darkest recesses of our reality to uncover the most hideous evil. We have to comprehend both darkness and light.
One of the purposes of my blog is to attempt to bring to light the "hidden things of darkness." I try to follow the Spirit, and am doing my best to avoid leading you astray. But just like everything else ever said or written by a fallible human, what I'm writing could be wrong. At best it is incomplete, and at worst it is utterly false. For me the blog is not a destination that I have arrived at, it's an intellectual journey that is only beginning. And I'm not asking you to believe a single word I've written here, I'm just inviting you to open your mind and consider things you may have never considered.
With that said let's dive into to Nimrod and his Mystery Religion. When I began this blog last fall I was under the assumption that the Mystery Schools originated in Egypt. I was wrong. They are much older. The scriptural record indicates they probably originated with Cain and flourished before the flood, but the first record we have of them is in ancient Mesopotamia. And it is not a historical record like we have of the Egyptian mysteries, it is a mythological record. Sometimes it is only through myth that truth can be discovered. When you study the historical myths and legends of different cultures you find common threads, and a story begins to emerge. Well, it just so turns out that the main character of that story is Nimrod, the mighty hunter and world's first totalitarian.
As Above, So Below
And it came to pass that there were sorceries, and witchcrafts, and magics; and the power of the evil one was wrought upon all the face of the land... (Mormon 1:19)
Now scroll back up to the Baphomet one more time. Notice that you can trace a triangle between each horn and the goatee. A triangle is an esoteric symbol to the Mystery schools, and a single triangle has three sides, put two of them together and you get six sides, and what did John say the number of the beast was? 666. Also encapsulated in the horns and the goatee is a pentagram in the shape of an upside down star. Here is an image so you can see what I'm talking about:
Notice how easily you can superimpose the horns and goatee in the appropriate triangles above? Also notice that there are five triangles circling a pentagon? We see this symbol in the Pentagon building that houses our Department of Defense, an obvious allusion to the god they serve. Now notice the wings on the Baphomet. These symbolize Satan's ability to appear as a angelic being of light, which is a clue as to his great power to deceive. In the last days, when the beast is unveiled, he will seem so good, so wise, so benevolent, so paternal, so loving, and so powerful. Most will marvel after him, thinking nothing of throwing Jesus under the bus, to grope and grovel for their place in line to receive the mark.
OK, let's get to the main topic of the post. What does Nimrod have to do with all of this? A whole lot.
The Mother and Child
Now notice the image to the right. This is Semiramis and the child Tammuz represented by the Egyptians, who called them Isis and Horus, compared with the Catholic depiction of Mary and Jesus at the far right. Notice the horns around the sun symbol in the image to the left. These horns symbolize Taurus, the bull, which is another representation of Nimrod. Remember that the Baphomet, the symbol of Lucifer, is depicted with horns. There is quite a history to these horns, and I believe it goes back to the antediluvians who were crossbreeding animals and corrupting DNA. This technology was revealed to them by Satan and his minions, who were attempting to destroy the image of God and the boundaries He set for humans and animals.
Then he brought me to the door of the gate of the Lord's house which was toward the north; and, behold, there sat women weeping for Tammuz. (Ezekiel 8:14)
Weeping for Tammuz was a lamentation ritual that was passed down from ancient Mesopotamia. It is the same story as Osiris and Isis. Remember that Isis searched the underworld for Osiris after he was killed by his brother Set? Remember also that his body had been cut up into fourteen pieces and spread over all of Egypt? She found all the pieces except one, the phallus, and using magic she fashioned a new one and resurrected Osiris long enough to have one more union, in which Horus was born. Well, Tammuz and Nimrod were often considered the same person, much like Osiris and Horus; two versions of the same god, AKA, the Father and the Son. Weeping for Tammuz was a resurrection ritual. They were attempting to bring him back from the dead. Have you ever noticed that in scores of movies, cartoons, and television series, especially in the horror and sci-fi genre, there is a resurrection theme? It seems like there is always some ancient entity that is attempting to come back to life, or to come through some portal or astral door, back into our dimension. Well, that story did not come out of thin air, it has ancient roots. One modern example is the classic movie Ghostbusters.
In Ghostbusters the god Gozer, keeper of the underworld, was attempting to come back into the physical plane and rule over the earth. To unlock the door to this dimension the Gatekeeper and Keymaster needed to assume the form of beasts. In the movie they are depicted as demon dogs with horns (I'll get to the significance of horns later when I get into Nimrod). Zuul, a minion of Gozer, was known as the Gatekeeper. Gozer was a pagan god and was actually worshiped by the ancient Sumerians, Mesopotamians, and Hittites. Worshippers of Gozer believed that the god would one day come back to earth to subdue and destroy it. Zuul was also worshipped by these ancient groups as a demigod who held the keys to the underworld. Where have we heard this story before? In the Book of Revelations. This is the story of the Anti-Christ, the beast himself.
John tells us that the beast will ascend out of the bottomless pit. What is he talking about? In the Book of Enoch, we are told that the Fallen Angels (the Watchers) were sent to a prison within the depths of the earth:
... bind them for seventy generations underneath the earth, even to the day of judgment, and of consummation, until the judgment, the effect of which will last for ever, be completed...they shall be bound until the consummation of many generations. (Chapter 10:15, 17)
Enoch also explains that the bodies of the giants were inhabited by evil spirits, and that they would one day come forth again during the days of "slaughter and destruction":
Now the giants, who have been born of spirit and of flesh, shall be called upon the earth evil spirits, and on earth shall be their habitation. Evil spirits shall proceed from their flesh, because they were created from above; from the holy Watchers was their beginning and primary foundation. Evil spirits shall they be upon the earth, and the spirits of the wicked shall they be called. The habitation of the spirits of heaven shall be in heaven; but upon the earth shall be the habitation of terrestrial spirits, who are born on earth.
The spirits of the giants shall be like clouds, which shall oppress, corrupt, fall, content, and bruise upon the earth. They shall cause lamentation. No food shall they eat; and they shall be thirsty; they shall be concealed, and shall not rise up against the sons of men, and against women; for they come forth during the days of slaughter and destruction. (Chapter 15:8-10, Emphasis added)
This theme of Satan and his demons being banished to a place under the earth is consistent with scripture:
And thus he [Satan] goeth up and down, to and fro in the earth, seeking to destroy the souls of men. (D&C 10:27, Emphasis added)
Also note that the Lord makes distinctions between things that are on the earth, in the earth, and under the earth (See Moses 6:63). We know that different dimensions exist beyond time and space, and maybe John's "bottomless pit" is simply another dimension where God has banished the hosts of heaven that followed Satan. And perhaps, in my speculative opinion, a huge part of the last days deception will be a fake "resurrection" where these entities will manifest in our physical reality.
Do you remember the movie Avatar? Do you realize that the message of that movie is transhumanist? Think about it. The main character, Jake Sulley, played by Sam Worthington, is portrayed with a broken body; paralyzed from the waist down. Through advanced technology his consciousness is able to transfer to another body; a bigger, stronger, taller, more athletic, and much more evolutionarily advanced body. Do you see the message? Human bodies made in the image of God are defective, and we need technology to advance up the evolutionary food chain. Do you know where the word avatar actually came from? It literally means to come over, pass through, or overcome. In Eastern mysticism it was associated with the Hundi god Vishnu, who would "descend" to earth and incarnate into a tangible form, in fact he had 10 physical forms, or avatars, that he would assume. Notice also that the movie portrays Pandora, the planet where the Na'vi (the blue people) live, as alive. In fact, they worship Pandora as a female deity, similar to the Gaia movement today. And it was through the power of Pandora that Jake was able to permanently change his consciousness over to his Na'vi body. Do you see the pagan message? Mother earth, the female deity, can help mankind evolve into a higher being through what? Transhumanism.
You will see this resurrection theme repeat over and over in movies and television. How about the 1999 movie The Mummy staring Brendan Fraser? This one is obvious and self-explanatory. An ancient Egyptian deity is working through live humans using spells and incantations to attempt to resurrect himself to do what? Reign as Pharaoh in the flesh on earth again. Now, what does all this have to do with the beast in the Book of Revelations? Read the next few verses very carefully. Notice the theme. An image of the beast, an avatar, is animated to life right in front of the entire world. Everyone marvels after the beast. They see the avatar magically come to life, and then he starts killing people who won't worship him. Here is what John said:
And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.
And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men.
And deceiveth them that dwell on the earthy by means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. (Revelations 13:11-15, Emphasis added)
Do you catch that? They will make an image of the beast and it will come to life. How will this image be made? Perhaps through technology that will be revealed to elites by Satan and his minions; DNA and cloning technology to create a chimera body for the beast to inhabit, to simulate a resurrection. This will be an attempt to copycat the true God, Jesus Christ, who attained unto the resurrection by those things that He overcame. This will be the ultimate deception, and sadly, most will fall for it. Before we move on go back to verse 11 and notice one more thing. This other beast, the second beast, who gives life to the image of the beast, will come up out of what? The earth. He will ascend out of the depths of the earth. Here we see again the theme of Satan being locked up in the earth. Is John describing Satan's manifestation from his spiritual dimension to our physical one? Will this be the great theatrical display of Satan's ascension from the bottomless pit? And we know this second beast is Satan himself, who has two horns like a lamb, and speaks as a dragon. Dragon and serpent are synonymous, and the devil is that old serpent, who was cast out of God's presence. And he also has what? Two horns. Recall that the Baphomet, the goat of Mendes, is depicted with devil's horns. These are symbolic of a half-man, half-beast, or a deliberate and precalculated corruption of the image of God. This is why I believe that the mark of the beast is this corruption of God's image. It is Satan's ultimate plan to change your DNA into something other than what God gave to Adam and Eve.
Grabbing the Bull by the Horns
The amazing extent of the worship of this man [Nimrod] indicates something very extraordinary in his character; and there is ample reason to believe, that in his own day he was an object of high popularity. Though by setting up as king, Nimrod invaded the patriarchal system, and abridged the liberties of mankind, yet he was held by many to have conferred benefits upon them, that amply indemnified them for the loss of their liberties, and covered with with glory and renown. By the time he appeared, the wild beasts of the forest multiplying more rapidly than the human race, must have committed great depredations on the scattered and struggling populations of the earth, and must have inspired great terror into the minds of men. The danger arising to the lives of men from such a source as this, when population is scanty, is implied in the reason given by God Himself for not driving out the doomed Canaanites before Israel at once, though the measure of their iniquity was full (Exo 23:29,30):
"I will not drive them out before thee in one year, lest the land become desolate, and the beast of the field multiply against thee. By little and little I will drive them out from before thee, until thou be increased."
The exploits of Nimrod, therefore, in hunting down the wild beasts of the field, and ridding the world of monsters, must have gained for him the character of a pre-eminent benefactor of his race. By this means, not less than by the bands he trained, was his power acquired, when he first began to be mighty upon the earth; and in the same way, no doubt, was that power consolidated. Then, over and above, as the first great city-builder after the flood, by gathering in masses, and surrounding them with walls, he still more to enable them to pass their days in security, free from the alarms to which they had been exposed in their scattered life, when no one could tell but that at any moment he might be called to engage in deadly conflict with prowling wild beasts, in defence [sic] of his own life and of those who were dear to him. Within the battlements of a fortified city no such danger from savage animals was to be dreaded; and for the security afforded in this way, men no doubt looked upon themselves as greatly indebted to Nimrod. No wonder, therefore, that the name of "mighty hunter," who was at the same time the prototype of "the god of fortifications," should have become a name of renown. Had Nimrod gained renown only thus, it should have been well. But not content with delivering men from the fear of wild beasts, he set to work also to emancipate them from that fear of the Lord which is the beginning of wisdom, and in which alone true happiness can be found. For this very thing, he seems to have gained, as one of his titles by which men delighted to honour [sic] him, the title of "Emancipator," or "Deliverer." (The Two Babylons, pp. 38-39)
According to Hislop, horns are also associated with Chronos or Kronos, "father time," which is where we get the word chronology. Kronos is another name for Saturn, the "Dark Lord," or "Lord of the Rings" (yes J.R.R. Tolkien was well aware of occult practices). In the following quote, notice how Hislop pieces together the story of the gods, the tower of Babel, Nimrod, and horn symbolism all into one myth. It becomes quite fascinating when you realize where all this stuff comes from, and how it all is tied together:
It is well known that Kronos, or Saturn, was Rhea's husband; but it is not so well known who was Kronos himself. Traced back to his original, that divinity is proved to have been the first king of Babylon. Theophilus of Antioch shows that Kronos in the east was worshipped under the names Bel and Bal; and from Eusebius we learn that the first of the Assyrian kings, whose name was Belus, was also by the Assyrians called Kronos... But, further, we find that Kronos was king of the Cyclops, who were his brethren, and who derived that name from him, and that the Cyclops were known as "the inventors of tower-building."...
The king of the Cyclops... occupied a position exactly correspondent to that of Rhea who "first erected (towers) in cities." If, therefore, Rhea, the wife of Kronos, was the goddess of fortifications, Kronos or Saturn, the husband of Rhea, that is, Ninus or Nimrod, the first king of Babylon, must have been Ala mahozin, "the god of fortifications."
The name Kronos itself goes not a little to confirm the argument. Kronos signifies, "The Horned one." As a horn is a well known Oriental emblem for power or might, Kronos, "The Horned one," was, according to the mystic system, just a synonym for the Scriptural epithet applied to Nimrod..., "The mighty one" (Gen 10:8), "He began to be mighty on the earth." The name Kronos, as the classical reader is well aware, is applied to Saturn as the "Father of the gods." We have already had another "father of the gods" brought under our notice, even Cush in his character of Bel the Confounder, or Hephaistos, "The Scatterer abroad"; and it is easy to understand how, when the deification of mortals began, and the "mighty" Son of Cush was deified, the father, especially considering the part which he seems to have had in concocting the whole idolatrous system, would have to be deified too, and of course, in his character as the Father of the "Mighty one," and of all the "immortals" that succeeded him. But, in point of fact, we shall find, in the course of our inquiry, that Nimrod was the actual Father of the gods, as being the first of deified mortals; and that, therefore, it is in exact accordance with historical fact that Kronos, the Horned, or Mighty One, is, in the classic Pantheon, known by that title.
The meaning of this name Kronos, "The Horned one," as applied to Nimrod, fully explains the origin of the remarkable symbol, so frequently occurring among the Nineveh sculptures, the gigantic HORNED man-bull, as representing the great divinities in Assyria. The same word that signified a bull, signified also a ruler or prince. The name for bull or ruler, is in Hebrew without points, Shur, which in Chaldee becomes Tur. From Tur, in the sense of a bull, comes the Latin Taurus; and from the same word, in the sense of a ruler, Turannus, which originally had no evil meaning. Thus, in these well known classical words, we have evidence of the operation of the very principle which causes the deified Assyrian kings to be represented under the form of the man-bull.
Hence the "Horned bull" signified "The Mighty Prince," thereby pointing back to the first of those "Mighty ones," who, under the of Gubres, Gabrs, or Cabiri, occupied so conspicuous a place in the ancient world, and to whom the deified Assyrian monarchs covertly traced back the origin of their greatness and might. This explains the reason why Bacchus of the Greeks was represented as wearing horns, and why he was frequently addressed by the epithet "Bull-horned," as one of the high titles of his dignity...
This, also, in a remarkable way accounts for the origin of one of the divinities worshipped by our Pagan Anglo-Saxon ancestors under the name of Zernebogus. This Zernebogus was "the black, malevolent, ill-omened divinity," in other words, the exact counterpart of the popular idea of the Devil, as supposed to be black, and equipped with horns and hoofs. (The Two Babylons, pp. 31-32, Emphasis original)
Did you see how Hislop came full circle, from Nimrod to Satan himself, ending with a description of the Baphomet? This is all part of the church of the Devil, doctrines of devils so to speak. Now does it make sense why the Israelites were worshipping a golden calf? A representation of the offspring of the bull, or Tammuz as the offspring of Nimrod. This man-bull iconography has been imminent in many cultures throughout antiquity. It is still prevalent in our culture today. Consider these images from the very popular children's movies Kung Fu Panda and Zootopia:
In Kung Fu Panda 3, the man-bull, named Kai, was defeated by Master Oogway and banished to spirit realm for 500 years. He is determined to have his revenge and begins stealing the chi of other masters until he becomes powerful enough to "resurrect" himself back into the physical realm, where he plans to rematch Oogway. Can you see the same story resurfacing? The banished entity is waiting for the day to be "resurrected" back into the mortal realm, to take power and control? To have his revenge? This is the story of the Anti-Christ, the demonic entity that will breath life into the image of the beast. Satan can't create anything original; all he can do is mimic what God has done. Christ alone has earned power over death and resurrection. The word life in the Bible is translated from the Hebrew word neshamah, which means "the breath of life." What John is telling us in Revelations 13:15, is that Satan will be given the power to breathe life into the image of the beast, an imitation of what God did to Adam in the Garden of Eden. Remember the words of the late D. Christian Markham: God creates, Satan imitates.
Nimrod and Abram
And Nimrod became strong when he put on the garments, and God gave him might and strength, and he was a mighty hunter in the earth, yea, he was a mighty hunter in the field, and he hunted the animals and he bult altars, and he offered upon them the animals before the Lord. (7:30)
In addition to being a mighty hunter, Nimrod became a mighty warrior in battle. The text says that he "fought the battles of his brethren against all their enemies round about" (7:31). His fame spread throughout all the land, and other men who trained for battle would look to Nimrod as a role model and leader. When he was forty years old there was a war between his people and the children of Japeth, and Nimrod organized, trained, and hired soldiers to fight. His people won the war, and he essentially became the first military dictator. He introduced the idea of mercenaries, military training and hierarchy, involuntary servitude, the appointment of nobles, big government and cronyism. Here is what the text says:
And all the men that went were about five hundred, and they fought against their enemies, and they destroyed them, and subdued them, and Nimrod placed standing officers over them in their respective places.
And he took some of their children as security, and they were all servants to Nimrod and to his brethren, and Nimrod and all the people that were with him turned homeward.
And when Nimrod had joyfully returned from the battle, after having conquered his enemies, all of his brethren, together with those who knew him before, assembled to make him king over them, and they placed the regal crown upon his head.
And he set over his subjects and people, princes, judges, and rulers, as is the custom amongst kings.
And he placed Terah the son of Nahor the prince of his host, and he dignified him and elevated him above all his princes. (7:37-41)
As far as we know he was the first king after the flood, and established all the customs of kings, like appointing his buddies as leaders and giving them loot (taxes) to live on, AKA cronyism. Interestingly, his right-hand man was Terah, the father of Abraham. So not only was Terah into idol worship, but was an extremely powerful man in Nimrod's kingdom, which makes Abraham's situation so much worse then we can imagine.
Nimrod and his counselors decided to build a city to establish his palace, and they called it Shinar, and from this city he ruled the entire world, or the known world at that time. The text says he reigned over all the sons of Noah:
And all nations and tongues heard his fame, and they gathered themselves to him, and they bowed down to the earth, and they brought him offerings, and he became their lord and king, and they all dwelt with him in the city at Shinar, and Nimrod reigned in the earth over all the sons of Noah, and they were all brought under his power and counsel.
And all the earth was of one tongue and words of union, but Nimrod did not go in the ways of the Lord, and he was more wicked than all the men that were before him, from the days of the flood until those days.
And he made gods of wood and stone, and he bowed down to them, and he rebelled against the Lord, and taught all his subjects and the people of the earth his wicked ways... (7:45-47)
These are interesting verses. Here he have the introduction of idol worship, not only of gods of wood and stone, but of Nimrod himself. His subjects came and bowed before him, signifying the introduction of the divine right of kings. This led to a separation of royalty and peasantry, the dividing of the world into classes, the profane on one hand, and the enlightened on the other. Nimrod also established the idea of royal bloodlines, for the text reveals that his son, Mardon, inherited the kingdom and continued in Nimrod's wicked ways. In fact, Mardon was even more wicked than this father, which seems to follow the pattern of the bloodlines of the Illuminati today. They get worse and worse with each generation, killing and enslaving more people as advancements in technology permit.
Now I want to return to Nimrod's two titles in verse 45, lord and king. These titles became the appellations for two very famous false gods mentioned in the Old Testament, Baal and Molech. Baal literally means owner, master, and lord, and Molech is a variation of melek, which means to council and advise, or to be a king. Could it be that these two false deities originated in the worship of Nimrod?
We know, for instance, that the Israelites often forsook Jehovah and served other gods, who the Bible says were Baal, Molech, and Ashtaroth. Remember that Ashtaroth is another name for Ishtar, the Babylonian name for Semiramis. Ashtaroth is where the word, star, comes from. And stars are always portrayed with five or six points, the pentagram and the hexagram, two Satanic symbols. Both Baal and Molech required child sacrifice for their appeasement, which also seems to originate with Nimrod. The Old Testament describes the Israelites passing their children through the fire unto Molech, which was a literal statue made of gold where a child would be placed in the hands and slowly burned to death. Here is an image of it, notice that Molech is depicted as a man-bull.
And all the wise men of the king and his conjurors were astonished at the sight, and the sages understood this matter, and they its import.
And they said to each other, This only betokens the child that has been born to Terah this night, who will grow up and be fruitful, and multiply, and possess all the earth, he and his children for ever, and he and his seed will slay great kings, and inherit their lands. (8:3-4)
Nimrod demanded that Terah bring the child to him, but he did not want to have the son killed, and it says "the Lord was with Terah in this matter" (8:34). So he brought Nimrod a different child from one of his servants, who violently "dashed his head to the ground." This gives you a feel for what a wicked and violent man Nimrod was, for who could do such a thing to an innocent child? Terah then hid Abram and his mother in a cave, where he lived for ten years. After his upbringing in the cave, Abram went to live with Shem and Noah, where he spent thirty-nine years learning in the instruction of the Lord. When he returned to Shinar, he found that his father Terah was building gods of wood and stone and distributing them for Nimrod. There were twelve gods who represented the 12 months of the year and probably the constellations of the Zodiac, and while Terah was away Abram took a hatchet and destroyed eleven of them, and before leaving placed the hatchet in the hands of the chief god. When Terah discovered what happened Abram told him that the one god had destroyed the rest of them.
Terah immediately knew that Abram was lying, because he himself made the gods and knew they were just idols, which is exactly what Abram was trying to get him to admit. He asked his father why he would put his trust in gods that had "no power to do anything"? This angered Terah and he turned his son over to Nimrod, who remembered what had happened all those years ago and ordered Terah to pay for hiding the child from him. Terah blamed his other son Haran, who he claimed counseled him to switch the infants. Haran was secretly interested in following the ways of Abram, but reasoned within himself that if the king decided to kill Abram, he would support the king. Haran was more interested in saving his own life than in doing what was right. Well, Terah sold Haran out to the king, and he and Abram were cast into a furnace of fire, and although Haran was consumed, Abram was preserved just like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were when king Nebuchadnezzar did likewise to them.
The fire was so hot that eight of king Nimrod's servants died when they attempted to throw Haran and Abram into the furnace. Abram walked around for three days in the furnace, and not even his clothes were consumed. This miracle so impressed king Nimrod that he gave Abram gifts and his servants bowed to him. But Abram was not safe in the kingdom, because Nimrod had a dream that his troops were destroyed and a bird plucked his eyes out over an egg that represented his kingdom. The "magicians" interpreted the dream as a fulfilment of the prophecy that Abram would one day destroy Nimrod's kingdom, and once again he was ordered to be put to death. Abram then fled to Noah's house and was hidden for a month, where he made preparations to depart to Canaan, which is where the story picks up in the Old Testament.
The Tower of Babel: The Gate of the Gods
And king Nimrod reigned securely, and all the earth was under his control, and all the earth was of one tongue and words of union.
And all the princes of Nimrod and his great men took counsel together: Phut, Mitzraim, Cush, and Canaan with their families, and they said to each other Come, let us build ourselves a city and in it a strong tower, and its top reaching heaven, and we will make ourselves famed, so that we may reign upon the whole world, in order that the evil of our enemies may cease from us, that we may reign mightily over them, and that we may not become scattered over the earth on account of their wars. (9:20-21)
And now the real reason for building the tower and its unfathomable size:
And the building of the tower was unto the a transgression and a sin, and they began to build it, and whilst they were building against the Lord God of heaven, they imagined in their hearts to war against him and to ascend into heaven.
All all these people and all the families divided themselves in three parts; the first said, We will ascend into heaven and fight against him; the second said, We will ascend to heaven and place our own gods there and serve them; and the third part said, We will ascend to heaven and smite him with bows and spears; and God knew all their works and all their evil thoughts, and he saw the city and the tower which they were building.
And when they were building they built themselves a great city and a very high and strong tower; and on account of its height the mortar and bricks did not reach the builders in their ascent to it, until those who went up had completed a full year, and after that, they reached to the builders and gave them the mortar and the bricks; thus it was done daily.
And behold these ascended and others descended the whole day; and if a brick should fall from their hands and get broken, they would all weep over it, and if a man fell and died, none of them would look at him.
And the Lord knew their thoughts, and it came to pass when they were building they cast their arrows toward the heavens, and all the arrows fell upon them filled with blood, and when they saw them they said to each other, Surely we have slain all those that are in heaven.
For this was from the Lord in order to cause them to err, and in order to destroy them from off the face of the ground.
And they built the tower and the city, and they did this thing daily until many days and years were elapsed. (9:25-31)
If what the Book of Jasher says is true, and we know that parts of the Apocrypha are false according to the Lord, it took an entire year to reach the top of the tower, which makes no sense when you consider oxygen deprivation and extreme cold at high altitudes. I think the point was that it was ridiculously tall, and could have been considered as one of the wonders of the world. In another place the text tells us it took three days to walk around the base of it, and that God destroyed two-thirds of it:
And as to the tower which the sons of men built, the earth opened its mouth and swallowed up one third part thereof, and a fire also descended from heaven and burned another third, and the other third is left unto this day, and it is of that part which was aloft, and its circumference is three days' walk. (9:38)
With the top and bottom of the tower destroyed, the part that was left would've resembled an unfinished pyramid, kind of like the image below.
One last thing to consider is why in the world Nimrod and his people wanted to do battle with the real God of heaven? What were they so angry about? One possibility is that they were bitter with God for sending a flood to destroy their ancestors. Nimrod would've learned this first hand from his grandfather Ham, a living bridge between the pre and post-flood worlds. If Ham was into the occult he would've taught those things to his sons and grandsons. He would've witnessed the giants, the DNA manipulation of animals and humans, the advanced technology of the antediluvians, and the magic, sorcery, and witchcraft that was rampant on the land. Ham could've longed to have those days back, and could have been angry at God for taking it away. After all, he was the great patriarch of Nimrod and his people.
We are told in both Genesis and the Book of Jubilees that Ham committed a sin involving his father Noah. One night when Noah drank too much wine, Ham went into his tent and saw the nakedness of his father. He went and told his brothers Shem and Japeth, who walked backwards with a cloak to cover Noah back up. When Noah awoke he was so incensed that he cursed Ham's youngest son Canaan, who became the progenitor of the infamous Canaanites. Now ask yourself this question: what father would curse their grandchild over their son seeing them naked? Seems a little bit over the top right? But there is a little more to the story. In other Old Testament scriptures uncovering your father's nakedness meant to to uncover the nakedness of his wife:
The nakedness of thy father's wife shalt thou not uncover; for it is thy father's nakedness. (Leviticus 18:8)
And this verse takes it even a step further:
And that man that lieth with his father's wife hath uncovered his father's nakedness..." (Leviticus 20:11)
And now we get to what really happened that night with Ham. He took advantage of Noah's wife, his own mother. Now he could've had a different mother than Shem and Japeth, but either way it was a vile act. I imagine that Noah's wife had also drank a little too much that night and was also passed out, and a vulnerable and easy target for the predatory Ham. And wouldn't it make more sense that the child born to her from that rapine was his youngest son Canaan, who Noah cursed? This article makes a pretty strong case for that scenario. The point is, Ham was not a good guy, and may have been the link between the ante and post-diluvian secret societies. He may have been familiar with oaths that were passed down from Cain and Lamech. When he left Noah and his brothers he and his sons settled close to what became Egypt, which we know was the place where the mysteries of the occult were taught and practiced.
What's even more interesting are the links that Alexander Hislop makes between Ham, Cush, Nimrod and the pantheon of pagan gods we are all so familiar with. According to the 3rd century Roman historian Justin, Ninus, who built Nineveh, was "strengthened" and "subdued all the peoples of the East" (The Two Babylons, p. 28). The story of Ninus is similar to the story of Nimrod, and Hislop believes they are the same person:
Now, assuming that Ninus is Nimrod,... Ninus is said to have the son of Belus or Bel, and Bel is said to have been the founder of Babylon... If Ninus is Nimrom, who was the historical Bel? He must've been Cush; for "Cush begat Nimrod" (Gen 10:8); and Cush is generally represented as having been a ringleader in the great apostacy. But again, Cush, as the son of Ham, was Her-mes or Mercury; for Hermes is just an Egyptian synonym for the "son of Ham."...
The composition of Her-mes is, first, from "Her," which, in Chaldee, is synonymous with Ham, or Khem, "the burnt one," As "her" also, like Ham, signified "The hot or burning one," this name formed a foundation for covertly identifying Ham with the "Sun," and so deifying the great patriarch, after whose name the land of Egypt was called, in connection with the sun...
This derivation will be found to explain the meaning of the names of the Egyptian kings, Ramesses and Thothmes, the former evidently being "The son of Ra," or the Sun; the latter in like manner, being "The son of Thoth." For the very same reason Her-mes is the "Son of Her, or Ham," the burnt one--that is Cush. (Ibid, pp. 28-29)
The names of the pagan deities were not created from a vacuum, they came from somewhere. It is interesting that Her is also the prefix of Hercules, and is similar to Horus. Hislop equates Hermes, or Cush, as being "the great original prophet of idolatry; for he was recognised [sic] by the pagans as the author of their religious rites, and the interpreter of the gods" (Ibid, p. 29). Now we have to ask, why would the gods need an interpreter? Well, according to another historian who lived in Rome in the 1st century, Hyginus Fabuale, before there were cities, mankind only spoke one language:
For many ages men lived under the government of Jove [evidently not the Roman Jupiter, but the Jehovah of the Hebrews], without cities and without laws, and all speaking one language. But after Mercury interpreted the speeches of men (whence an interpreter is called Hermeneutes), the same individual distributed the nations. Then discord began. (Quoted in Ibid, P. 29)
Interesting that the patriarchs lived in small communities with no cities or laws, only living under the "government" of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The first time a "city" is mentioned in scripture is when Cain was shut out of the presence of the Lord and departed to the land of Nod:
And Cain knew his wife, and she conceived and bare Enoch, and he also begat many sons and daughters. And he builded a city, and he called the name of the city after the name of his son, Enoch. (Moses 5:42)
It is also interesting that Nimrod and his princes built a city in the land of Shinar, and all the inhabitants came to dwell with him, as it states in Jasher 7:45. At this point Nimrod had become somewhat of a de facto military dictator, and Shinar was probably more of a military fortification than a civilized city. Could it be that cities were an invention of Satan, to keep people herded up in small areas to more easily keep them under surveillance and control? And also to be hubs of military power and centers of war and destruction? It is much more difficult to organize war on a massive scale if the population is spread out throughout vast rural areas. Also interesting to note is Cain's descendent Tubal-Cain, who the scripture says was "an instructor in every artificer in brass and iron" (Moses 5:46). Could this be where the knowledge of how to make weapons came from? Tubal-Cain is a big deal in Freemasonic lore, being the first blacksmith and forger of metals. According to Albert Mackey, the author of the Lexicon of Freemasonry, Tubal-Cain was equated with the god Vulcan:
Tubal-Cain is the Vulcan of the pagans, and is thought to have been closely connected with ancient Freemasonry. Faber says that "almost all the most remarkable ancient buildings of Greece, Egypt, and Asia Minor, were ascribed to Cabirean or Cyclopean Masons," the descendants of Vulcan, Dhu Balcan, the god Balcan, or Tubal Cain. Oliver says, "In after times Tubal Cain, under the name of Vulcan and his Cyclops, figured as workers in metals and inventors of the mysteries; and hence it is probable that he was the hierophant of a similar institution of his day, copied from the previous system of Set, and applied to the improvement of schemes more adapted to the physical pursuits of the race to which he belonged. (Source)
Another connection to Satan being the "god' who revealed the art of war to mankind, is the Book of Enoch, who credits the Watchers (the Fallen Angels) as the ones who taught this technology to man. Specifically, the Fallen Angel Azazyel:
Moreover Azazyel taught men to make swords, knives, shields, breastplates... (The Book of Enoch 8:1)
Now we are beginning to see a connection between cities, military training, war, weapons, the descendants of Cain, Freemasonry, Nimrod, and the tower of Babel. Returning to Hislop, there are a few more connections between the tower of Babel, Baal, and Bel. Going back to the question we asked a few paragraphs ago, "why would the gods need an interpreter"? Obviously because their languages were confounded. Hislop asserts the word "Peresh," in Chaldee, means to "interpret," but a variation of the word, Peres, meant to "divide." From this Hislop comes to the following conclusions:
Mercury, then, or Hermes, or Cush, "the son of Ham," was the DIVIDER of the speeches of men." He, it would seem had been the ringleader in the scheme for building the great city and tower of Babel; and, as the well known title of Hermes,--"the interpreter of the gods," would indicate, had encouraged them, in the name of God, to proceed in their presumptuous enterprise, and so had caused the language of men to be divided, and themselves to be scattered abroad on the face of the earth. Now look at the name of Belus or Bel, giving to the father of Ninus, or Nimrod, in connection with this. While the Greek name Belus represented both the Baal and Bel of the Chaldees, these were nevertheless two entirely distinct titles. These titles were both alike and often given to the same god, but they had totally different meanings. Baal, as we have already seen, signified, "The Lord"; but Bel signified, "The Confounder." (The Two Babylons, p. 29)
In light of this, Hislop points out an interesting scripture in the Old Testament that seems to corroborate his theory:
... Babylon is taken, Bel is confounded, Merodach is broken in pieces; her idols are confounded, her images are broken in pieces. (Jeremiah 50:2)
This scripture is actually a prophecy about the last days, but like Isaiah, Jeremiah is using history and imagery from the past to paint a scenario for the future. The name Merodach means death and slaughter, and was a Babylonian god associated with the planet Mars. Similar to Mars and Merodach, is the name of Nimrod's son Mardon, as mentioned in the Book of Jasher. Is there also a connection here? It definitely seems plausible. Hislop also has something to say about Merodach, which he says means "The great Rebel." Well, the name Nimrod also means "to rebel." Hislop makes further connections between Cush, and Janus, or Chaos, and Hephaistos or Vulcan:
The name of Cush is also Khus, for sh frequently passes in Chaldee into s; and Khus, in pronunciation, legitimately becomes Khawos, or, without the digamma, Khoas...
Hephaistos is the name of the ringleader in the first rebellion, as "The Scatterer abroad," as Bel is the name of the same individual as the "Confounder of Tongues," Here, then, the reader may see the real origin of Vulcan's Hammer, which is just another name for the club of Janus or Chaos, "The god of Confusion"; and to this, as breaking the earth in pieces, there is a covert allusion in Jeremiah 50:23, where Babylon, as identified with its primeval god, is thus apostrophised: "How is the hammer of the whole earth cut asunder and broken"! Now, as the tower-building was the first act of open rebellion after the flood, and Cush, as Bel, was the ringleader in it, he was, of course, the first to whom the name Merodach, "The great Rebel," must have been given, and, therefore, according to the usual parallelism of the prophetic language, we find both names of the Babylonian god referred to together, when the judgment on Babylon is predicted: "Bel is confounded: Merodach is broken in pieces" (Jer 1:2)
The judgement comes upon the Babylonian god according to what he had done. As Bel, he had "confounded" the whole earth, therefore he is "confounded." As Merodach, by the rebellion he had stirred up, he had "broken" the united world in pieces; therefore he himself is "broken in pieces."(The Two Babylons, pp. 29- 30)
I realize this is a lot of information I'm throwing at you, but the main point is that all these pagan gods originated from somewhere, they weren't just made up by primitive cultures. And all these Biblical histories of events like the flood, and the tower of Babel, and the histories and lineages of Nimrod, and Cain are imprinted on the modern symbolism of the Mystery religions and the organizations they control. There is an entire story told in this symbolism, and the generation of vipers, those who are part of the royal bloodlines of the Illuminati, are still angry at the real God, Jesus Christ, for sending a flood and destroying their ancient and highly advanced civilizations, as well as destroying their pathetic attempt at revenge, the tower of Babel. Christ is the one in charge, not these gods of wood and stone. He leads his people out of bondage, confusion, and apostacy when they call on Him. This is the entire point of the story of the Jaredites in the Book of Mormon. The Brother of Jared asked the Lord not to confound their language and to lead them away into a land where they could be free to practice their religion.
A final thought. The word confound is an interesting one. Like many other words in our language, there is more to its meaning than we realize. And one of the best talks I have heard this year was on this very subject. It was given by McKay Platt at the Kentucky Restoration entitled, Hear and Trust the Lord in the Storm, in March of 2022. Click here for the link to McKay's talk. It will blow your mind.
Stay tuned for Part III of this Viper series, coming soon... although I will say it is my busy season at work and it may take longer than usual... but it's coming.