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SERPENTS IN THE SEA, SCORPIONS IN THE SAND
Part I of the present work emphasized the connection between the habitat seen as the metaphoric “sea,” in which the Antichrist kingdoms rise, and the allegorical “sand,” which hosts the power culminating in the False Prophet of Revelation.
“And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea….And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb…” (Revelation 13:1, 11).
In earlier work, we’ve shown how the kingdoms imaged in Daniel’s epic seventh chapter, which elaborate on the lion (the British Commonwealth), the bear (the Soviet Union), the leopard (the Third Reich), and the diverse fourth beast (America), are globally consolidated in Revelation 13’s first beast – the one which is seen rising out of the sea.
Conversely, the four kingdoms in Daniel’s crucially important second chapter, address the head of gold (Babylon), the arms of silver (the Persian Union), the brass belly (Alexander’s Greece), and the legs of iron (Rome). These four, seen as a statue dream which is obviously on dry land, are antecedent to Revelation’s second beast – the one rising up out of the earth (or the sand as stated in Revelation 13:1).
There are additional layers of understanding embedded in these marvelous texts and, recognizing the wicked one is the source of confusion with a goal of obscuring the truth, we now know that secular historical accounts in certain Old Testament periods are grossly distorted. In this regard, the timelines of the Gentile empires is out of sync with the Scriptures by a period which ranges between four to seven centuries, as documented by the revolutionary historical revisionist Immanuel Velikovsky. This exciting subject is exceedingly complex, and is germane to the present probe relative to the neo-Babylonian kingdom of Nebuchadnezzar.
It turns out this research work yields important data related to the early life of the famous king, and it tells us Nebuchadnezzar was actually raised as an initiate into the mystery religion of Ishtar. The impact of goddess worship, frequently seen as the “queen of heaven” in parallel Scriptural accounts, is not readily apparent in Daniel’s portrait of Nebuchadnezzar. However, it is during the Babylonian dominion that goddess worship is at its apex, as seen in Jeremiah:
“The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead their dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto other gods, that they may provoke me to anger” (Jeremiah 7:18).
Very few students of prophecy are aware of the fact that in the adjacent religious records dating from the time of Nebuchadnezzar, a writing attributed to Nebuchadnezzar himself included the following:
“...Ishtar, my Lady, appeared in a dream…” (The Autobiography of Nebuchadnezzar, Ramses II and His Time, Immanuel Velikovsky, page 117).
Although the King James Version of the Scriptures deals with Nebuchadnezzar’s statue dream in language indicating the image was male (“his breast and his arms of silver…” – Daniel 2:32), the underlying manuscript language is actually gender neutral, as seen in a lexicon. Since adjacent records concerning Nebuchadnezzar, preserved for many centuries, were stored in a temple of Ishtar, we conclude the great dream of a statue was female.
Further, since the very next chapter of Daniel speaks of a great statue which Nebuchadnezzar constructed on dry land in the “plain of Dura” (Daniel 3:1), in an eerie foreshadowing of the worship of the image of the beast, it is difficult to see how the famous statue would not be female.
This adds a rarely seen dimension of understanding to the similitudes of Scripture. For example, when the trio of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego refuse to worship the image, their high risk revulsion is even more understandable when we consider it was an image of Ishtar. In fact, the issue of Spiritual gender, although frequently veiled, is seen throughout the Biblical texts. For example, it is self evident this goddess motif repeatedly shows up in Revelation, alternatively as a woman riding a scarlet coloured beast, or as the mother of harlots:
“And upon her forehead was a name written, Mystery, Babylon The Great, The Mother Of Harlots And Abominations Of The Earth” (Revelation 17:5).
The fact that the harlot figure is actually named after Babylon is hardly coincidental. It is a given that religious bodies are usually referred to in feminine terms, from the whorish “wife” of Jehovah (Jeremiah 3:8), to the chaste bride of Christ (Revelation 21:2), we see this imagery employed; but it goes much deeper than most realize.
I have previously connected the word-pictures of the Spirit of the False Prophet with a consistent thread that is Spiritually feminine. For instance, in the ancient heathen mystery religions, which trace all the way back to Genesis and the forbidden worship of the Sun, Moon, and Stars (Deuteronomy 4:19), we learn the fallen ones known as the Nephilim were deeply engaged in practicing goddess worship.
The star goddess Ashteroth (note the root word star in the many variations on her name), who shows up throughout the Scriptures, was worshiped by the Rephaim giants in a place called “Ashteroth Karnaim” (Genesis 14:5), which has a literal rendering of Ashteroth of the Two Horns. I remind the reader the figure of the False Prophet in Revelation, the one who comes up out of the earth, had “two horns like a lamb” (Revelation 13:11).
In some cases, the male-female component of the heathen deities is subtly submerged. Most believers have heard the astonishing account of Elijah versus the prophets of Baal, where the fiery prophet called fire down from heaven. However, we rarely hear about the prophets of the groves, which were also destroyed in the confrontation.
Baal, a term which means lord, has a male connotation, and he is associated with the decidedly masculine planet Mars – who was later dubbed the god of war. On the other hand, the Groves (and Ashtaroth) were connected to the planet Venus – clearly a female personage. The Groves were essentially evergreen planted tracts of land, obviously associated with the earth – and the fertile earth is where seeds are planted -- once again linking the image to the False Prophet who comes up “out of the earth” (Revelation 13:11).
This is, by the way, a very revealing link to the ancient pagan practice of adorning a Christmas tree. In fact, in most Scriptural references where we hear about Baal, or the Baalim (the plural term), he is usually accompanied by Ashtoroth, or Ashtorim – with the latter a euphemism for the Groves:
“And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the Lord, and served Baalim, and Ashtaroth…” (Judges 10:6).
“And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord, and forgat the Lord their God, and served Baalim and the groves” (Judges 3:7).
When we factor in this identification in our efforts to discern the true Spiritual nature of the symbolism involved in the prophecies of the end, a more accurate understanding of these twin spiritual powers, imaged as the Antichrist/Political/Serpent beast, and the False Prophet/Religious/Scorpion beast, is available to all who have ears to hear. Unfortunately, further elaboration on this important theme will have to wait for our next installment.
-- James Lloyd
The present work addresses what the book of Revelation describes as a Spiritual construct, which is divided into two parts herein identified as Antichrist and False Prophet. Both are scheduled to be cut off, and die. The third part, that which becomes one with the Spirit of the LORD, will continue. For more, see the 2 Hour studio CD entitled DOUBLE DOUBLE, TOIL AND TROUBLE.
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