The Old Testament contains many references to the Babylon religions. The idolatry in the nations bordering Israel that Israel persistently copied in defiance of God's laws can be traced to the worship of Nimrod and his wife in one form or another. The recurrence of the same thing in different forms is what the Ecclesiastes writer had in mind in Eccl 1:9
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We've already seen that one of the titles of Nimrod as king of Babylon was "The Shepherd," which in Chaldee was, "He-Roe." Aspects of the Babylonish monarchy were widely copied by other nations in the ancient world. Nimrod set the pattern of being king, shepherd and high priest. We see this with the king of Egypt who was called "Pharaoh" throughout history = "He-roe" in Chaldee and "Ro-eh" in Hebrew.
The word "Pharaoh" is also connected to the worship of the sun god Nimrod, in that the name Pharaoh also means, "sun." Evidence is given in the Bible that the king of Egypt followed the pattern set by Nimrod by the title "Pharaoh Hopra" that means, "Priest of the Sun."
The Golden Calf
In the course of the many years that the Israelites were in Egypt, it is evident that they worshiped the Babylonish idols of the land (Ezek 20:5-9). It is no wonder therefore; that they returned to the idols the moment they thought Moses might not return to them. They insisted that Aaron make them a golden calf.
Not only did they bring their sacrifices at the rising sun, but also the idol was golden, the color of the sun.
After the death of Solomon, king Jeroboam made Israel to sin by worshiping two golden calves he had made.
The object of worship, the calf, and the name of the god had a hidden meaning. This is typical of the deceptive symbolism of the Mysteries religions that came from Babylon. The Israelites copied the worship of the calf from the Egyptians, who worshiped the god "Hapi" under the form of a male calf. This in turn was copied from the Babylonians, who used the bull as a symbol of Nimrod. Not only was a bull chosen because it symbolized might and strength, the Chaldee word for "bull" also carried a double meaning. Nimrod as a king was a ruler of the people, and the name for "ruler" is "Tur," that also means "bull" in Chaldee. Thus the bull was chosen to symbolize Nimrod in his worship.
The name of the god Hapi comes from the word "Hap," which mean in Chaldee "to cover" and in Egyptian "to conceal." Viz. the god Hapi is really "The hidden One" and is the hidden god of the Mysteries, and is only fully revealed to those admitted into the secrets of the system.
Thus we see that the Israelites quickly turned from God to the worship of the false messiah Nimrod, with inevitably, the fornication that is part of the abominable pattern set by Nimrod and his wife.
Unlike the Mystery religions of Babylon, the worship of God and all the sacrifices, rites and ceremonies of the Tabernacle were meticulously described to the Israelites and recorded in the first 5 books of the Bible. Although only the priests and levites were permitted to minister, the format of true worship was proclaimed openly to all. This is in total contrast to the secrecy of the Mysteries - something that doesn't happen in so-called Christian groups like the Jesuits as explained elsewhere.
Molech, Baal & Ashtareth
When the children of Israel entered the Promised Land, Canaan, they quickly fell into the idolatry of the nations around them. On their way there God repeatedly warned them through Moses not to have anything to do with these heathen gods. One of the most terrible was Molech, the abominable god of the Ammonites.
The Lord says in the law of Moses:
That is sacrificing children to Molech in the fire. The name Molech signifies, "the King" and is yet another form of the great sun god Nimrod.
As we've shown, the reborn (reincarnated) form of the sun-god Nimrod was the child Tammuz. Fire and human sacrifices were part of Nimrod's worship from the very earliest days. Even the name Tammuz reflects this, for it's the Chaldee for "the perfecting fire." It was believed that fire was the means of perfecting and purifying man's soul. (See Purgatory)
The scriptures show from the condemnation of the worship of Baal, that Baal and Molech were really the same god. The word "Baal" means lit. "Lord, Master or Possessor." The prophet Jeremiah said of the children of Israel and Judah,
God's priests in the Tabernacle used meat of the sacrifices for food, and so did the priests of Baal also eat of the human sacrifices. We can not but note the similarity between the English word "cannibal" and the Chaldean "Cahna-Bal," which means, "Priest of Baal."
It is also evident that Baal was the sun-god. We read that the Jews under king Josiah,
The word translated as "Images" literally means "sun images." In addition to identifying Baal with the sun-god, it is instructive to note that Baal was associated with the goddess Ashtareth. We read that the children of Israel,
Young's concordance states that the word "Ashtareth" means "a wife" and Hislop showed that Ashtareth is a version of the Babylonish goddess Astarte, which is just another name for Semiramis the wife of Nimrod. The word Ashtareth lit. means "the woman that made the encompassing wall" and ancient history records that it was Semiramis who first built the walls of Babylon. Thus the worship of Baal and Ashtareth, that Israel fell prey to, is none other than the worship of the sun-god Nimrod and his wife Semiramis.
Dagon and Baal-zebub
The Bible also speaks of two gods of the Philistines, Dagon, into whose temple the Philistines brought the Ark of the Lord after they had defeated Israel.
The image of Dagon had the face and hands of a man, but a tail like that of a fish. The word "Dagon" lit. means "fish." Dagon was the Philistine version of the Babylon fish god. As we have already shown, Dagon was one form of the beast from the sea - Revelation 13.
Baal-zebub was the other god of the Philistines, kept at Ekron, to whom king Ahaziah of Israel send messengers to inquire about his illness.
The word "Baal-zebub" means, "Lord of the fly." This god was said to kill flies, but "zebub" (fly) comes from the root word that signifies restless motion. Hence " Baal-zebub" signifies in its secret meaning, "Lord of restless and unsettled motion." This agrees precisely with the characteristics of Satan, when asked,
This is confirmed in the New Testament from the Jews calling Satan "Beelzebub, the prince of the devils."
Uzziah in the Temple
He was a good king but then later became proud and did what the Babylonish king did in his capacity as priest and king:
The Babylonish monarch is also known in history by the Latin title "Pontifex Maximus" = "Supreme or Sovereign Pontiff." The word "Pontiff" comes from the Latin "pontifex" = "Roman high Priest." The connection with the Pope is obvious as we will see later. Uzziah therefore tried to be " Sovereign Pontiff" over the Lord's people that was totally forbidden.
Lucifer and Merodach
The king of Babylon was also called Lucifer:
He was exalted above kingdoms of the world, and would even try to exalt himself into the place of God. Nevertheless, Isaiah prophesied the fall of Babylon.
However, there is a deeper meaning to the passage. The word "Lucifer" is a translation of the Hebrew word "helel," which lit. means "Shining One." It is interesting to note the similarity with the Greek word "helios," = "sun." Viz. a connection with the sun-god Nimrod, who was the first king of Babylon. Nimrod in his various deified forms was worshiped as the supposed enlightener of the souls of men, hence the name "Lucifer." In modern times the followers of the Occult worship Lucifer as the light-bringer, the illuminator and the sun-deity.
This is also taught about Lucifer in Freemasonry. Therefore, Lucifer is in a deeper sense not just the king of Babylon, but is the devil or Satan, whose religious system had as its earthly head the king of Babylon. Lucifer is in reality Satan appearing as an "angel of light."
Note also the similarity between Isaiah's description of Lucifer's fall from heaven and the words of the Lord Jesus,
Jesus Christ vs. Lucifer: The Bible says about Jesus Christ that he is "the bright morning star" (Revelation 12:16) and "That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world." (John 1:9) NKJV. This shows that Satan and his earthly representative, the king of Babylon, sought to usurp the place of Christ and to claim his glory. As we will see later, this is also the central attribute of the Antichrist.
Lastly, the king of Babylon was also called Merodach that was taken from Merodach the Babylon god of war.
Merodach means "the great rebel." Thus we see another connection with the mighty warrior Nimrod, who led that great rebellion against the true worship of God.
Jeremiah and Ezekiel
They testified about the sins of Judah and Israel.
Ezekiel was given a vision of idolatry in the last days of Jerusalem, viz. the secret worship in the Temple where a form of the Mysteries were enacted. The passage is quoted at length below, because it describes many of the Babylonian forms of idolatry.
It will be shown in various discussions that the Church of Rome has copied many of the practices described by Ezekiel. Lately sound Protestant churches also follow these practices. Let us take heed to the warning in the Word of God about spiritual Babylon, that false church depicted in the book of Revelation: