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Section 5. GREECE
The Third Beast
When most people think of ancient Greece they think of Alexander III, the son of Philip of Macedonia. In less than ten years Alexander the Great expanded the Greek Empire from the river Danube to India. In November 332 he reached Egypt. The people welcomed him as a deliverer from Persian rule. "Alexander sacrificed to Apis, the Greek term for Hapi, the sacred Egyptian bull, and was crowned with the traditional double crown of the pharaohs; the native priests were placated and their religion encouraged he marched inland to visit the celebrated oracle of the god Amon the priest gave him the traditional salutation of a pharaoh, as son of Amon the incident was to contribute to the story that he was the son of Zeus and, thus, to his "deification." (Encyclopedia Britannica, Alexander the Great, Std.Ver.1999)
"Alexandria, once the greatest city of the ancient world, was the capital of Egypt from its founding by Alexander the Great in 332 BC." This city once contained a museum and two-part library that would have told us so much about the history and religions of ancient times, "the most famous library of classical antiquity. The museum and library survived for many centuries but were destroyed in the civil war that occurred under the Roman emperor Aurelian in the late 3rd century AD; the "daughter library" was destroyed by Christians in AD 391." (Encyclopedia Britannica, Alexandria, Library of Alexandria, Std.Ver.1999) That library would have contained a wealth of information on the early Christians and their adoption of the ethnic traditions around them. It was, no doubt, an attempt to cover their tracks in the name of obliterating the very paganism that they had already embraced and confused with Scripture. It was also destroyed as a result of the bishops of Rome, Antioch, Jerusalem, Constantinople and Alexandria fighting for supremacy. More details on the Christians in Alexandria can be found in Chapter 5 (Early Church Fathers) and Chapter 6 (Early Christian Councils), The Truth Which Sets Free.
In 331 BC, one year
after his invasion of Egypt, Alexander the Great swept into Babylon, overthrowing the heart of the Persian and Mede Empire. Like the Babylonian
and Persian rulers, who received divine worship from their subjects, this
king of Greece declared himself no less than the “Son of God.”
Alexander’s conquests were as amazingly rapid as they were short-lived. He
died suddenly in 323 BC in Nebuchadnezzar’s palace, in Babylon, the city
he had intended to make his capital. After this, the Greek Empire was broken
up into four kingdoms, and a king called Antiochus
IV arose from the Syrian (Seleucid) quarter. He would be a lesser footnote
in history but for the fact that he entered Jerusalem under the title of
“Theos Epiphanes” (God Manifest) and treated the Jews with ferocious
All this was predicted in the vision received by the prophet Daniel, in which Alexander the Great is identified as the Greek goat (Daniel 8:20,21) who destroys the two-horned ram of Persia. Alexander dies suddenly at the height of power and Greece is divided into four horns or realms; Macedonia, Egypt, Asia Minor and Syria. (Daniel 8:8) Out of one of these appears the Syrian tyrant, the “little horn” of Greece, in particular the second Seleucid leader to hold this position, Antiochus IV (Epiphanes). This mini-horn of the third empire of Greece chillingly foreshadows the mini-horn of the fourth empire of Rome, yet to come. Antiochus entered the Jerusalem temple and replaced the rites instituted by the LORD with his own sacrifices of pigs, between 168 and 165 BC, thereby making an “abomination which makes desolate.” (Daniel 8:9-14) A more comprehensive and detailed description of this abomination may be found in Chapter 10 (Church Sacraments) and Chapter 17 (Church Rapture?), The Truth Which Sets Free.
The effect of Greece upon its neighbour, Rome, and eventually upon the whole world, was enormous. It is sometimes called “the cradle of western thought.” This is largely because of its philosophers like Socrates, Aristotle (Alexander’s tutor) and Plato, and its mathematicians such as Archimedes and Euclid. But Greece was merely an expansion from the real cradle in Mesopotamia. “By 2000 BC the Babylonians had already formulated the fundamental laws of mathematics - laws that were not discovered (by the Greeks) until fifteen hundred years later.” (They Wrote on Clay, Chiera, p.154) “Mesopotamian literature, like its religion and law, has affected the entire Western World.” (The Cradle of Civilization, Kramer, p. 161) In its religion, Greece produced a very inventive and confused copy of Babylon. It had received its portion of Sumerian gods long before Alexander was born and they would live and reign in the souls of Greeks long after he died. Even though the Greeks cultivated the seeds of such concepts as democracy instead of rule by divine kingship, they were just as in love with the counterfeits of Babel as every other nation. In the Orthodox Church, they still are.
"Gilgamesh may well be the prototype for the Greek hero Hercules." There is no longer any "may well be" about this connection, reader. Despite the loss of such critical sources as the libraries at Alexandria and Pergamon, the facts are still overwhelming. The heroes of ancient Greece and India, even the god-men of Scandinavia, are all from Sumeria. "Features common to the Heroic Ages of Greece, India and Northern Europe are shared by the Heroic Age of Sumer." (The Cradle of Civilization, Kramer, pp.36, 201) Where better to start than with clones of Nimrod, the original Ba-Bel or Son of Bel? Here are just some of the Greek replicas of the Son of Cush, a.k.a. the mighty Gilgamesh, son of Lugalbanda, a.k.a. the bull-man Dumuzi and shepherd Tammuz, son of Enlil.
"Greek Herakles, Roman Hercules, most famous Greco-Roman legendary hero. Behind his very complicated mythology there was probably a real man Traditionally, however, Herakles was the son of Zeus and Alcmene In art and literature Heracles was represented as an enormously strong man His characteristic weapon was the bow but frequently also the club." (Encyclopedia Britannica, Herakles, Heracles, Hercules, Std.Ver.1999) Like Gilgamesh and Dumuzi, Herakles was famous for having killed strong animals including serpents, a lion, large birds and a raging mad bull. Like Nimrod, he was renowned as a hunter, and he was black. He is depicted with black skin on countless artifacts, standing between other people or deities who are not black. This is none other than the son of Cush (Zeus) but with many more adventures added to his reputation. In Rome, he was particularly worshipped by merchants and traders as a god of protection.
Fig.5a. 1. Herakles, pottery detail, Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, c.500 BC. 2. Apollo, bronze statue, Louvre Museum, c.480 BC
"Achilles, in Greek mythology, son of the mortal Peleus, king of the Myrmidons, and the sea nymph, Thetis. He was the bravest, handsomest, and greatest warrior of the army of Agamemnon in the Trojan War...One of the non-Homeric tales of his childhood relates that Thetis dipped Achilles in the waters of the River Styx, by which he became invulnerable, except for the part of his heel by which she held him - the proverbial Achilles heel." (Encyclopedia Britannica, Achilles, Std.Ver.1999) Achilles died like Krishna, the Hindu myth also woven around Nimrod the black one, with a fatal shot to his vulnerable heel.
"Apollo, byname Phoebus, in Greek religion, a deity of manifold function and meaning, the most widely revered and influential of all the Greek gods who communicated to man through prophets and oracles his knowledge of the future and the will of his father, Zeus. He was also a god of crops and herds, primarily as a divine bulwark against wild animals and disease Among Apollo's other epithets was Nomios (Herdsman)... Apollo apparently was of foreign origin, coming either from somewhere north of Greece or from Asia." (Encyclopedia Britannica, Apollo, Std.Ver.1999) Apollo, the son of Zeus (Cush) came from Sumer, not from the north. Like Nimrod he protected his followers from animals within the safety of his domain. He was famed for killing the giant python or dragon and regarded as a god of healing and prophecy as well as a youthful solar god. He was directly associated with the reborn form of Osiris in Egypt, the sungod Horus.
"Adonis, in Greek Mythology, the favourite of the goddess Aphrodite. The name Adonis is believed to be of Phoenician origin (from adon, lord), Adonis himself being identified with the Babylonian god Tammuz. Annual festivals called Adonia were held at Byblos and at various places in Greece. The central idea was the death and resurrection of Adonis and the mourning for Adonis ... A special feature of the Athenian festival was the Adonis gardens, small pots of seeds forced to grow artificially, that rapidly faded ... the custom is still practised by Christians in Cyprus." (Encyclopedia Britannica, Micropedia: Adonis) Adonis died while hunting, and was permitted by Zeus to return from the underworld for half of each year to spend the time with his lover, Aphrodite (Ishtar).
The name of Adon was even used by superstitious Jews unable to speak the name of Yahweh, despite the fact that YHWH (literally, I AM, translated as LORD in many Bibles to avoid confusion with other lords or baals) was the personal name God revealed to Moses and the children of Israel. Considering this name "too sacred to utter it was thus replaced vocally in the synagogue ritual by the Hebrew word Adonai (My Lord), which was translated as Kyrios (Lord) in the Septuagint, the Greek version of the Old Testament." (Encyclopedia Britannica, Yahweh, Std.Ver.1999) Adonai or Adon is Phoenician or Canaanite, something the Hebrew scribes borrowed in error. It is obviously derived from similar and much older names like Addad (Assyrian version of the Sumerian storm god Bel, meaning lord), Atum (supreme Egyptian solar god) and Adam (the first man who was given a form of lordship on earth). Neither Adonai nor Kyrios bear any resemblance to Gods revealed names. Like the much later Jehovah (Yahweh mixed with Jupiter and Jove) Kyrios is just one of many in the line of "surrogate divine names for biblical usage, as well as the substitution of Adonai for YHWH." (Encyclopedia Britannica, Judaism, Std.Ver.1999) To put it plainly, these are names for God inserted into Scripture by churchmen and scribes. They are surrogates, stand-ins, replacements and substitutes for the real thing, and this game has been played with great subtlety ever since the confusion at Babel
"Hermes, Greek god, son of Zeus and Maia; often identified with the Roman Mercury he was especially worshipped as the god of fertility, and his images were phallic Both in literature and cult Hermes was constantly associated with the protection of cattle and sheep, and he was often closely connected with deities of vegetation, especially Pan and the nymphs As a messenger, he may also have become the god of roads and doorways. In many respects he was Apollo's counterpart Sometimes he was represented in his pastoral character, bearing a sheep on his shoulders; at other times he appeared as the messenger of the gods with the herald's staff which was his most frequent attribute." (Encyclopedia Britannica, Hermes, Std.Ver.1999)
This again is the counterfeit shepherd, the son of Cush (Zeus) and the Great Mother. As a divine messenger Hermes was also a clone of another Egyptian version of Nimrod, Thoth, the god of writing and keeper of religious mysteries. Interpretation was considered a sacred art after Babel. Before the confusion of languages, men spoke only one language and could understand each other without the need for translation. After that it became a form of divination, explaining secrets, dreams, mysteries, and deciphering foreign letters and tongues. We still use the name of Hermes in this sense. Hermeneutics is the science of interpretation. Hermetically sealed means airtight.
"Bacchus, also called Dionysus, in Greek religion, a nature god of fruitfulness and vegetation, especially known as a god of wine and ecstasy ... the son of Zeus and Semele ... the Bacchants hailed the god by his titles of Bromios (Thunderer), Taurokeros (Bull-Horned) and Tauropros (Bull-Faced) worship flourished in Asia Minor...and his cult was loosely associated with that of numerous Asiatic deities." "Within Greek mythology Osiris was intimately connected with Bacchus." (Encyclopedia Britannica, Micropedia: Bacchus, Osiris) "The followers of Dionysus included spirits of fertility, such as the satyrs, and in his ritual the phallus was prominent. He often took on a bestial shape and was associated with various animals. His personal attributes were an ivy wreath, the thyrsus, and the kantharos, a large two-handled goblet." (Encyclopedia Britannica, Dionysus, Bacchus, Std.Ver.1999) Here is the son of Cush (Zeus) in horned attire, complete with the drinking goblet and wreath so cherished by Christians at the great December festival of another father god, Cronus-Saturn (Satan).
Like father, like son; and if the son of Babel is so profusely represented in Greek religion then so is the father. One of the oldest of the Greek father-gods is Cronus (also spelled Cronos or Kronos), the "Horned One" from whom the terms corona, corolla, coronation and crown are derived. He is also identified as Saturn, one of the Titans (mighty ones) or children of Heaven (Uranus) who were thrown down to an earthly confinement. The parallel with the fall of Satan "like lightning from heaven" and the fall of the original mighty man Nimrod, the god-king and founder of Babel, should, by now, be quite transparent. Despite the attempt to create so many replicas and blind us with repetition, the copies are always recognizable. Like the images in the pieces of a shattered hologram, all are clones of the original picture. And here is a simplified form of that picture, starting with the Sumerian and Akkadian sky god Anu of Ur and Uruk. In Greece this distant firmament or heaven god was called Uranus (Ur-Anu).
Fig.5b. Chart of the first Greek god-kings.
In the most commonly related myth, Cronus was the original chief god of ancient Greece. His consort was his sister Rhea who bore him three sons (Poseidon, Hades, Zeus) and three daughters (Hestia, Demeter, Hera). He lost his place as king of the gods to his youngest son Zeus, who deposed him. Here we find traces of the family of Noah, his three sons, with the generations confused as usual, in particular the descendants of Noahs youngest son, Ham, spiced with the same old mother-sister-wife mix-up. Ham the father of Cush becomes Cronus the father of Zeus. Ham (Enki) also becomes Poseidon, in some legends the father of Zeus or Cush (Enlil), and in others his older brother. Hades is similar to Osiris of the underworld, and in this role the Greeks sometimes called him Zeus instead of Hades. Zeus himself is of course linked with a mighty son who eclipsed his father in importance. In fact in Greek worship, Cronus took a backseat to Zeus almost from the beginning. Cronus was, however, resurrected in importance by the Romans as Saturn, and, as we shall see in the next section, his festival is still the most celebrated one in the world today.
"Poseidon, in Greek religion, god of the sea and of water generally The name Poseidon means either "husband of earth" or "lord of the earth." Traditionally he was a son of Cronus, an ancient chief god, and Rhea, a fertility goddess, and was brother of Zeus, the chief god, and Hades, god of the underworld the kingdom of the sea fell by lot to Poseidon. His weapon was the trident, but it may originally have been a long-handled fish spear The Romans, ignoring his other aspects, identified him as sea god with Neptune." (Encyclopedia Britannica, Poseidon, Std.Ver.1999) In some Greek legends Poseidon appears well before Zeus, making him his father rather than older brother. Without a doubt this fits Ham deified as "the water god Enki, the closest Sumerian counterpart of the Greek Poseidon." (History Begins at Sumer, Kramer, p.170) En-ki was literally the original "lord-earth" and also god of the sea. In Canaan he was known as Dagon, the father of Baal (Zeus); in Greece and Rome he became Poseidon and Neptune. Many Christians still eat fish only on Friday in his tradition, although Friday comes from the name of the goddess Frigg, wife of the Norse god of war, Odin (Mars, Nimrod) the son of Thor (Zeus, Cush).
"Zeus, in ancient Greek religion, chief deity of the pantheon, a sky and weather god who was identical with the Roman god Jupiter. Zeus was regarded as the sender of thunder and lightning, rain, and winds, and his traditional weapon was the thunderbolt. He was called the father (i.e., the ruler and protector) of both gods and men." (Encyclopedia Britannica, Zeus, Std.Ver.1999) Zeus is Cush, originally deified as the storm god Enlil, Bel, Belos and Baal. He was renowned for his sexual encounters with an assortment of mortal women and female deities to produce the many Greek versions of Nimrod that we have already examined above. The statue of Zeus (c.430 BC) in his temple on Mount Olympus (c.460 BC) was one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
The Greeks knew exactly where this Zeus or Belos came from, and they knew his son Nimrod, also called Ninus (The Son), the founder of Nineveh. “Ninus, in Greek mythology, king of Assyria and the eponymous (naming) founder of the city of Nineveh, which itself is sometimes called Ninus. He was said to have been the son of Belos, or Bel.” (Encyclopedia Britannica, Ninus, Std.Ver.1999) Zeus, like Bel and Baal, is directly associated with Satan in Scripture, particularly in Pergamon and later in the seven-hilled city of the Great Harlot and Dragon, Rome. Pergamon was the most influential Greco-Roman city in Asia Minor from around 330 BC onwards, with its largest population occurring under Roman rule in the first two centuries AD, when the early Christians were so busy weaving the pagan myths into the Word of God. Pergamon contained many impressive monuments built in honour of the family of Cush, including the great Altar of Zeus and temples for Hera, Demeter and Athena. The city also housed a library second only to that of Alexandria. It was to Pergamon, not Olympus, that the dark lord’s throne was moved from Babylon, and from here it was subsequently moved to Rome, where it now remains until the real Son descends from heaven to destroy it forever.
As with the father and son of Mesopotamia, so too the woman, Ishtar, in all her various forms, is abundantly represented in Greek religion, and nearly every one of these forms was copied by the Romans. She appears as the great mother, sister-wife, protectoress, goddess of war, goddess of childbirth, fertility goddess and of course, as a virgin. Statues of her are often identical to those made by the early Christians for their own mother and perpetual virgin. As an all-embracing mother, her "theology" was stamped indelibly into the early Church and endorsed by their Councils. See Chapter 6, Early Church Councils, The Truth Which Sets Free.
Fig.5c. 1. Demeter, British Museum, c.350 BC. 2. Aphrodite-Venus, Roman copy of a Greek original, Louvre Museum c.420 BC.
"Demeter, in Greek religion, daughter of the deities Cronus and Rhea, sister and consort of Zeus (the king of the gods), and goddess of agriculture. Her name means either grain mother or mother earth the roots of her legend are probably ancient The influence of Demeter, however, was not limited to grain but extended to vegetation generally and to all the fruits of the earth In that wider sense Demeter was akin to Gaea (Earth), with whom she had several epithets in common, and was sometimes identified with the Great Mother of the Gods (Rhea, or Cybele) The Romans identified Demeter with Ceres." (Encyclopedia Britannica, Demeter, Std.Ver.1999) The word cereal comes from the goddess Ceres. Several important agricultural festivals were held in her honour including the sowing of seed, sprouting in the spring, and a harvest threshing festival in the month of Poseidon (December). As the sister-wife of Zeus, Demeter is often confused with her own mother, Rhea, who also married her brother, Cronus. These are simply replicas of the same essential characters, multiplied in various personalities to suit a multitude of tastes.
Fig.5d. 1. Hera, Olympia Museum, Greece, c.600 BC. 2. Mother goddess, Uruk, Sumeria, Iraq Museum, c.3200 BC.
"Hera, in Greek religion, a daughter of the Titans Cronus and Rhea, sister-wife of Zeus, and queen of the Olympian gods. The Romans identified her with their own Juno In general, Hera was worshipped in two main capacities: (1) as consort of Zeus and queen of heaven and (2) as goddess of marriage and of the life of women. The second sphere naturally made her the protectoress of women in childbirth The animal especially sacred to Hera was the cow." (Encyclopedia Britannica, Hera, Std.Ver.1999) This is the same Queen of Heaven found in Babylon (Ishtar) and worshipped by idolatrous Jews in Egypt (Jeremiah 44) who made her way to Rome as Juno the saviouress.
"Athena, also spelled Athene, in Greek religion, the city protectoress, goddess of war identified by the Romans with Minerva Athena was probably a pre-Hellenic goddess and was later taken over by the Greeks She may not have been described as a virgin originally, but virginity was attributed to her very early " (Encyclopedia Britannica, Athena, Std.Ver.1999) Athena herself was held to have come straight from Zeus in heaven, having a miraculous birth. Her myth contributed greatly to the concept of the Immaculate Conception (that Mary was born perfect, in order to bear Christ).
"Aphrodite, ancient Greek goddess of sexual love and beauty, identified by the Romans with Venus. Aphrodite was, in fact, widely worshipped as a goddess of the sea and of seafaring prostitutes considered Aphrodite their patron Many scholars believe Aphrodite's worship came to Greece from the East Of Aphrodite's mortal lovers the handsome youth Adonis (in origin a Semitic nature deity and the consort of Ishtar-Astarte), who was killed by a boar while hunting and was lamented by women at the festival of Adonia On the Greek mainland Corinth was the chief center of her worship." (Encyclopedia Britannica, Aphrodite, Std.Ver.1999) Her symbol was the dove. This is the Corinthian version of Astarte who wailed for Tammuz (Adonis) at Easter (Ishtar), and also Isis who resurrected her consort Osiris in the form of Horus. The early Church in Corinth obviously adopted these myths into their own blend and substitute for truth, complete with inappropriate sexual relations, prophetic meetings similar to the oracles of Apollo, and sacraments resembling those of Mithra or the love feasts of Aphrodite-Isis. These Christians clearly infiltrated and infected the elect disciples of Christ to whom the apostle Paul wrote two strong letters of warning and correction to counteract such deadly error and influence. (Corinthians I and II)
Fig.5e. 1. Artemis-Diana the huntress, Roman copy of a Greek original, British Museum, c.340 BC. 2. Artemis of Ephesus, copy, British Museum.
"Artemis, in Greek religion, the goddess of wild animals, the hunt, and vegetation, and of chastity and childbirth; she was identified by the Romans with Diana. Artemis was the daughter of Zeus and Leto and the twin sister of Apollo. Among the rural populace, Artemis was the favourite goddess artists usually pictured her with the stag or hunting dog, but the cults showed considerable variety. For instance, the Tauropolia festival in Attica honoured Artemis Tauropolos (Bull Goddess)." (Encyclopedia Britannica, Artemis, Std.Ver.1999) In Asia Minor Artemis was the most popular of all goddesses in another form, as a great mother and fertility goddess, covered with many breasts. The Temple of Artemis-Diana at Ephesus was one of the Seven Wonders of the World, built around 550 BC and destroyed in 262 AD. Described in Scripture as "she whom the whole world worships" her cult was greatly upset by the apostle Paul whose message threatened the artisans fabricating and selling statues of the goddess. (Acts 19)
Fig.5f. 1. Mother & Child, Tanagra, Greece, British Museum, c.300 BC. 2. Mother & Child, probably Eirene & Plutos, Antikensaminlung, Munich, c.370 BC.
Less than a hundred years after the temple was destroyed, the churchmen at the Council of Nicea (325AD) and later at Ephesus (431AD) officially endorsed what they had already absorbed, almost all of these extremely popular myths, and formed them into their own Madonna. Christians have been making billions of her statues ever since, of the suckling mother and the chaste virgin. The Mary of the Church may have captured the imagination of the world, but she is not the Mary of Scripture. She is a clone that comes from the darkest source of all, a figment of the most sinister and deceptive mind in creation. This “lady” is just one more version of Demeter the mother, Hera of childbirth, and Hestia the perpetual virgin, and they are all daughters of Cronus, the horned one.
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