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Part Seven of The Giza Discovery

 

The Second Coming of the Antichrist

By Peter Goodgame

 

"Raise yourself, O Osiris, first-born son of Geb, at whom the Two Enneads tremble... Your hand is taken by the Souls of On, your hand is grasped by Ra, your head is raised by the Two Enneads, and they have set you, O Osiris, at the head of the Conclave of the Souls of On. Live, live and raise yourself!"
    The Ancient Egyptian Pyramid Texts, Utterance 532

"I am Yesterday and I am Today; and I have the power to be born a second time!"
    Egyptian Book of the Dead
(Theban Recension), statement of Osiris, chapter lxiv

 

Introduction

The Giza Discovery series, of which this is the final Part, began with a statement from Egyptian antiquities director Zahi Hawass, in Part One, that a hidden tomb exists within the Great Pyramid of Giza. This tomb is expected by many to be the tomb of Osiris, the ancient Egyptian god of the Underworld, who was believed to have been the very first to undergo the mummification process after death. Before we continue with the analysis of what exactly the discovery of this ancient corpse will mean for the world spiritually, which is of primary importance to each and every individual on the planet, we must first summarize our series and explain the step-by-step process that has brought us to this point.

The Giza Necropolis was designed and built as a great memorial dedicated to the god Osiris, the legendary king of Egypt, who brought religion, writing, a system of laws, and other innovations necessary for civilization to the Egyptians, and afterwards to the world. The mythology surrounding the life and death of Osiris and his resurrection on "the other side" as the Lord of the Underworld was covered in Part Two. Osiris became the divine figure at the heart of Egyptian religion and his cult was memorialized by the Giza Necropolis that was built in the Fourth Dynasty (c.2600-2500 BC). Several generations later the theology of the Osiris cult was codified by the Pyramid Texts that were inscribed on the walls of a complex built at Saqqara a few miles from Giza during the Fifth and Sixth Dynasties (C.2350-2150 BC). With these late manifestations of the Osiris cult it becomes likely that the origins of the cult, and the actual life of the historical Osiris, can be found not more than a few hundred years before the construction of the Great Pyramid, rather than originating thousands of years earlier as many Egyptologists assume.

Part Three of our series examined Egyptian beliefs involving the death and "resurrection" of Osiris and how they affected the mythology and religions of the cultures that surrounded Egypt. What we discovered was that Osiris was the original "Dying and Rising God" from whom evolved the later "Dying and Rising" figures so prevalent throughout the pagan world, figures including, but certainly not limited to, Baal, Heracles, Adonis, Eshmun, Dumuzi and Dionysus. We also mentioned the fact that skeptics of Christianity have used the historical reality of a pre-Christian "Dying and Rising God" tradition as the basis for the allegation that Jesus Christ could not have been a historical figure, or that his life as presented in the New Testament is no more than a mythical re-introduction or re-packaging of the original Pagan "Dying God" tradition.

To uncover the truth behind the mysterious relationship between the Pagan "Dying God" and the Christian "Dying God" Part Four focused on discovering the historical origins of Dynastic Egypt from where the legend of Osiris evolved. The intent was to uncover the identity of the historical Osiris, which is the key to solving Mettinger's "Riddle of the Resurrection." What we found was that the origin of Dynastic Egypt can be traced directly back to Mesopotamia to a time period shortly after the Deluge mentioned in ancient Sumerian and Hebrew texts.

In Part Five we analyzed Paganism in general and concluded that its primary basis was "Spirit Worship," in addition to its less important aspects of "Ancestor Worship" and "Nature Worship." To understand this belief system, which was once accepted and practiced throughout the world, we turned to Mesopotamia and to the culture of ancient Sumer that was the first to record, on cuneiform tablets, a knowledge of human origins and an understanding of the Human-Divine relationship. The Sumerians believed that humankind had been created by the gods, from whom we received all of the accoutrements and innovations of civilization, including religion. The most powerful god worshiped by the Sumerians was known as Enlil, while the most loved god was known as Enki, who was portrayed as mankind's steadfast champion.

There are many parallels between Hebrew and Sumerian accounts but there are also subtle differences that appear to be related to perspective. For instance, the Sumerians have memories of a "Cain and Abel" type of struggle, but they place the "Cain" figure in the positive role. The Sumerians glorify the building of the first city, Enki's city of Eridu, whereas the Hebrews hold to a negative, or at least neutral, description of this event. The Sumerians celebrate the descent of the gods and their interaction with humanity, but the Hebrews lament the descent of the fallen angels who corrupted mankind to the point that God decided to bring the Flood.

In examining the myths of ancient Sumer we found that throughout the world the Hebrew scriptures, more than any of the Pagan traditions, give accounts of man's early origins that most closely parallel the Sumerian accounts, even though the book of Genesis was written hundreds of years after the Sumerian culture had ceased to exist. These similar accounts converge on the story of a great conqueror who was involved in the building of a tower or temple located in Enki's city of Eridu. The Hebrews knew this conqueror as N-M-R-D (Nimrod) the Hunter, whereas the Sumerians knew him as N-M-R-kar (Enmer-the Hunter). Hebrew tradition holds that his actions led to the linguistic division of the nations, while the Sumerian epic Enmerkar and the Lord of Aratta also speaks of the emergence of a variety of tongues, along with the end of monotheistic worship of Enlil.

Part Five was concluded by presenting evidence that the invading "Falcon Tribe" that took over Egypt, which came from Mesopotamia, was a faction or group that worshiped the god Enki and was closely related to Enmerkar the Sumerian conqueror. Enmerkar became known as Osiris, and when he died his followers mummified his corpse and buried it in Egypt. The Giza Necropolis was later built to honor his memory and to hold his body, and it was designed according to the layout of the constellation Orion, the Great Hunter in the sky. The historical Osiris is therefore none other than the Biblical Nimrod. The Hebrews accused him of being a great rebel who acted against the will of God, whereas the Sumerians glorified him as a great leader and champion of the god Enki. The Egyptians glorified him as well and deified him as the Ruler of the Underworld, in whom they placed their faith in a blessed afterlife.

The adversarial relationship between Enlil and Enki that is portrayed in Sumerian myth was analyzed in Part Six. The conclusion was reached, with support from several modern-day researchers, that the Enlil-Enki conflict appears in the Hebrew tradition as the conflict between Jehovah (YHWH) and Satan. The answer to the problem of perspective, when comparing the similar accounts given by the Hebrews and Sumerians, is simply that the Hebrews viewed things from Jehovah's perspective, whereas the Sumerians viewed things from Enki's perspective. In fact, all of the cultures of the ancient world inherited the "Enki perspective," which was caused by the strange "disappearance" of YHWH/Enlil from human affairs, combined with Enki's control over the very art of writing which gave him the opportunity to "dominate and deceive" through propaganda.

The perceived triumph of Enki, known as Kronos to the Greeks, and the disappearance of YHWH/Enlil from the Pagan world, is explained by the spiritual change that took place within the divine-human relationship at the Tower of Babel event. The Old Testament and extra-Biblical Hebrew texts explain that the division of the nations occurred at this time and, alongside the linguistic division, there was also a spiritual division in which God gave the nations of the world over to the authority of the seventy top-ranking fallen angels. Nimrod's empire was destroyed and divided, and Nimrod himself was slain as a human sacrifice that allowed the pagan "Age of the Gods" to begin.

Part Six continued with an examination of pagan and occult beliefs that involve the worship of these very same beings, and how these seventy or seventy-two gods are perceived within occult traditions including Hermeticism, Gnosticism, the Kabbalah and the Freemasons. All of these traditions include expectations of the return of the gods which, according to Hermetic texts, will involve Egypt—specifically the Great Pyramid of Giza. Secret Societies such as the Rosicrucians, the Golden Dawn and the Freemasons have always looked to Egypt, and the Freemasons in particular hold Osiris in high regard through their ritual representation of him as Hiram Abiff. The death of Osiris came as a result of a conspiracy of the "gods," and the evidence shows that the reappearance of the "gods" somehow involves Osiris as well.

We concluded Part Six by exploring how this epic conflict of "God against the gods" is resolved according to Judeo-Christian eschatology. Many years after the division of the nations into the hands of the "gods," Jehovah chose His own nation, Israel, through which to bring about the redemption of mankind. Jesus of Nazareth, the "Dying and Rising God" predicted within the Hebrew tradition, who claimed to be the Messiah and the "Son of Man" who would receive the nations as His possession, was the culmination of this redemptive process. Jesus Christ can and should be understood purely through the Hebrew tradition because He was the unique product of Hebrew prophecy. The similarities that exist between the Judeo-Christian "Dying God" and the Pagan "Dying God" should be examined only with the understanding that mirror opposites, if viewed superficially, only appear to be the same. Their antithetical relationship will be made clear by the end of the study.

The apocalyptic events at the end of the age that will precede the transfer of sovereignty from the "gods" into the hands of the "Son of God" are explained in the Book of Revelation. The central figure of the Apocalypse who plays a role opposite that of Jesus Christ is the Beast, or Anti-Christ. The book of Revelation explains that this figure will be revived to rule for a brief period of time during which Satan and the fallen angels will appear on the earth after being thrown down from heaven. The "gods" will indeed return, but the Bible predicts that their visit will be very brief.

This seventh and final addition to The Giza Discovery series will explain how Biblical apocalyptic prophecy, as well as numerous Occult expectations, point undeniably to the resurrection of Osiris. The Biblical prediction is that his reign will be short and end in destruction and the victory of Jesus Christ and His saints, while Occult predictions maintain that the return of Osiris will bring forth a New Age where mankind will live in peace and harmony in a state of divine bliss. Once again the Word of God as given in the Bible contradicts the flattering promises and whispered urgings received from the spirits. It is up to each one of us to decide which of them is lying.
 

The Beast

The great Adversary of God and Man is first described in the book of Revelation in chapter twelve, which begins with a description of Israel, the single nation chosen by God (in contrast to the original seventy ruled by the fallen angels) that is represented as a Woman who gives birth to the Savior of the world:

"A great and wondrous sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head. She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth.
    Then another sign appeared in heaven: an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on his heads. His tail swept a third of the stars out of the sky and flung them to the earth. The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so that he might devour her child the moment it was born.
    She gave birth to a son, a male child, who will rule all the nations with an iron scepter. And her child was snatched up to God and to his throne. The woman fled into the desert to a place prepared for her by God, where she might be taken care of for 1,260 days.
    And there was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. The great dragon was hurled down--that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him... woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short." (Revelation 12:1-9,12)

Satan is described as a red dragon with seven heads and ten horns, with seven crowns on his seven heads. An explanation is not given for the heads and horns within this particular passage, but they can be understood by turning to chapters thirteen and seventeen of Revelation, and to Revelation's Old Testament counterpart—the book of Daniel. First we will turn to Revelation 13:

"And the dragon stood on the shore of the sea. And I saw a beast coming out of the sea. He had ten horns and seven heads, with ten crowns on his horns, and on each head a blasphemous name. The beast I saw resembled a leopard, but had feet like those of a bear and a mouth like that of a lion. The dragon gave the beast his power and his throne and great authority." (Revelation 13:1-2)

In this passage we see a picture of Satan the dragon, but then the Beast emerges from the sea and we find that the Beast is now shown with the seven heads and ten horns of Satan, this time with the ten horns wearing crowns. The Beast that comes out of the sea represents two things: at first it represents the final great Kingdom that will have authority over the entire world by the end of the Apocalypse, but in other passages it represents the great King that rules over this kingdom who is more commonly known as the Antichrist. The Beast is a Kingdom, yet also a King. The Kingdom aspect of the Beast is explained by turning to the seventh chapter of the book of Daniel.

"In my vision at night I looked, and there before me were the four winds of heaven churning up the great sea. Four great beasts, each different from the others, came up out of the sea. The first was like a lion... And there before me was a second beast, which looked like a bear... After that, I looked, and there before me was another beast, one that looked like a leopard... After that, in my vision at night I looked, and there before me was a fourth beast--terrifying and frightening and very powerful. It had large iron teeth; it crushed and devoured its victims and trampled underfoot whatever was left. It was different from all the former beasts, and it had ten horns." (Daniel 7:2-7)

Daniel's fourth kingdom, the Beast with ten horns that is able to crush and devour everything in its path, is the same as the Beast with seven heads and ten horns described in Revelation 13, which is also described as resembling a leopard, with feet like a bear and the mouth of a lion. In other words, the Beast is a global kingdom that has absorbed, or is made up of, Daniel's three earlier beast-kingdoms (whose identities are unimportant for now). After viewing the terrible Beast Daniel turns his attention to the horns:

"[The fourth Beast] was different from all the former beasts, and it had ten horns. While I was thinking about the horns, there before me was another horn, a little one, which came up among them; and three of the first horns were uprooted before it. This horn had eyes like the eyes of a man and a mouth that spoke boastfully...
    Then I continued to watch because of the boastful words the horn was speaking. I kept looking until the beast was slain and its body destroyed and thrown into the blazing fire. (The other beasts had been stripped of their authority, but were allowed to live for a period of time)." (Daniel 7:7-8,11-12)

After witnessing these terrible events Daniel the prophet was very troubled. While still in vision he turned to one of the angels that was next to him in heaven and asked the meaning of the terrible Beast and the little horn that spoke out against God:

"He gave me this explanation: 'The fourth beast is a fourth kingdom that will appear on earth. It will be different from all the other kingdoms and will devour the whole earth, trampling it down and crushing it. The ten horns are ten kings who will come from this kingdom. After them another king will arise, different from the earlier ones; he will subdue three kings. He will speak against the Most High and oppress his saints and try to change the set times and the laws. The saints will be handed over to him for a time, times and half a time. But the court will sit, and his power will be taken away and completely destroyed forever.' " (Daniel 7:23-26)

From Daniel we learn that the ten horns of the Beast in Revelation 13 are actually ten kings that rule over the Kingdom aspect of the Beast. They are kings that rule simultaneously over the final end-times global empire. Now we return to Revelation 13 and come to a very crucial but enigmatic reference to the seven heads of the Beast:

"One of the heads of the beast seemed to have had a fatal wound, but the fatal wound had been healed. The whole world was astonished and followed the beast." (Revelation 13:3)

The seven heads of the Beast are not explained by Daniel, but they are explained in Revelation chapter seventeen, which we will turn to shortly. For now simply keep in mind the fact that this is the first statement that implies the resurrection of the Antichrist. He is shown with a fatal wound, but then his wound is healed and the whole world is astonished. A similar description of the appearance of a fatal wound is given in Revelation 5:6 of Jesus Christ,

"Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing in the center of the throne..."

After the healing of the Beast's fatal "head wound" the book of Revelation continues with a description of the career of the Beast. The transition from the Kingdom aspect of the Beast to the King aspect of the Beast comes when the Beast is "given a mouth." From that point on the descriptions of the Beast apply to the individual, the Antichrist, who is described in Daniel as the blasphemous "little horn."

"Men worshiped the dragon because he had given authority to the beast, and they also worshiped the beast and asked, 'Who is like the beast? Who can make war against him?'
    The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise his authority for forty-two months. He opened his mouth to blaspheme God, and to slander his name and his dwelling place and those who live in heaven. He was given power to make war against the saints and to conquer them. And he was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation.
    All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast--all whose names have not been written in the book of life belonging to the Lamb that was slain from the creation of the world. He who has an ear, let him hear. If anyone is to go into captivity, into captivity he will go. If anyone is to be killed with the sword, with the sword he will be killed. This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of the saints." (Revelation 13:4-10)

The Beast is a Kingdom as well as a King. He is both the New World Order and the Antichrist that rules over it, who achieves power with the help of ten great kings who also rule over this empire. They give the Antichrist his political power, but much of his religious power and authority comes from another figure who is introduced as the second Beast. Revelation 19:20 refers to him as the False Prophet, and his role is explained in Revelation 13 where we continue:

"Then I saw another beast, coming out of the earth. He had two horns like a lamb, but he spoke like a dragon. He exercised all the authority of the first beast on his behalf, and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed. And he performed great and miraculous signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to earth in full view of men. Because of the signs he was given power to do on behalf of the first beast, he deceived the inhabitants of the earth. He ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived. He was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that it could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed." (Revelation 13:11-15)

In the passage above we find the second and third references to the resurrection of the Antichrist. He is dead, yet he will be alive once again, which will cause the whole world to be "astonished" and to follow him in awe (13:3). Now we turn to Revelation 17 which will provide even more answers for the meaning of the Beast and his ten horns, and of his seven heads, one of which is healed of a fatal wound.

"One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and said to me, 'Come, I will show you the punishment of the great prostitute, who sits on many waters. With her the kings of the earth committed adultery and the inhabitants of the earth were intoxicated with the wine of her adulteries.'
    Then the angel carried me away in the Spirit into a desert. There I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was covered with blasphemous names and had seven heads and ten horns. The woman was dressed in purple and scarlet, and was glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls. She held a golden cup in her hand, filled with abominable things and the filth of her adulteries. This title was written on her forehead: MYSTERY BABYLON THE GREAT THE MOTHER OF PROSTITUTES AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. I saw that the woman was drunk with the blood of the saints, the blood of those who bore testimony to Jesus. When I saw her, I was greatly astonished." (Revelation 17:1-6)

The identity of the "Great Prostitute" is not the subject we are studying, so we will focus on the scarlet Beast and his seven heads and ten horns, which are immediately explained by the angel:

"Then the angel said to me: 'Why are you astonished? I will explain to you the mystery of the woman and of the beast she rides, which has the seven heads and ten horns.
    The beast, which you saw, once was, now is not, and will come up out of the Abyss and go to his destruction. The inhabitants of the earth whose names have not been written in the book of life from the creation of the world will be astonished when they see the beast, because he once was, now is not, and yet will come. This calls for a mind with wisdom.
    The seven heads are seven hills on which the woman sits. They are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come; but when he does come, he must remain for a little while. The beast who once was, and now is not, is an eighth king. He belongs to the seven and is going to his destruction.
    The ten horns you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but who for one hour will receive authority as kings along with the beast. They have one purpose and will give their power and authority to the beast. They will make war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will overcome them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings--and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers.' " (Revelation 17:7-14)

The angel goes down the list and explains first the Beast, then the heads, then the horns, and lastly the woman, which is another subject. Regarding the Beast, the angel's explanation strongly implies that he is speaking of the "King" aspect of the Beast, rather than the "Kingdom" aspect. In other words, his descriptions apply directly to the Antichrist himself.

Within his description the angel states twice that the Beast "once was, now is not, and yet will come." He also explains that the point of origin from which the Beast "will come" is "the Abyss." Furthermore, when the Beast does come, and is "seen," the inhabitants of the world who are not saved will be "astonished." This is the very same response that is given in Revelation 13:3 when the world is "astonished" when they see that the Beast's fatal wound is healed. When we connect the "healing" of the fatal wound with an initial "appearance" from the Abyss, we can see how they both predict the resurrection of the Antichrist. His dead body is on the earth, while his soul is in Hell (the Abyss), but one day his soul will come out of the Abyss and his body and soul will be reunited and he will live again, much to the astonishment of the inhabitants of the earth.

This understanding is reinforced by the angel's description of the seven heads. There are actually two interpretations given by the angel for understanding the seven heads. The first is connected with the woman, which we can avoid for now, while the second gives the explanation that we seek. The angel simply says that "the seven heads are seven kings." Furthermore, in contrast to the ten horns of the Beast, which are ten kings who rule simultaneously over a single kingdom at the end, the seven heads of the Beast are seven kings who rule sequentially, one after the other, throughout history. The angel explains their sequential order:

"Five have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come; but when he does come, he must remain for a little while."

This explanation must be understood from its first century AD context. In other words, at the time that this vision was received by the Apostle John five of these kings had already passed away, one of them presently existed, and one was yet in the future. The angel then explains to John how the Beast relates to these seven kings:

"The beast who once was, and now is not, is an eighth king. He belongs to the seven and is going to his destruction."

At first the explanation that the Beast is an eighth king might appear to be confusing, because Revelation 13 clearly shows that he is one of the seven heads—specifically the head that is healed of a fatal wound. However the angel confirms that he is one of the seven when he proceeds to say very clearly that he "belongs to the seven." The problem is solved when we realize that there are only seven kings but there are eight appearances of these kings. Six of them appear once, but one of them appears twice and rules as a king twice. The angel is telling us that it is the Beast who appears twice when he keeps repeating that the Beast "once was, now is not, and yet will come."

When we look at the appearances of these kings we see that five were in the past, one was in the first century AD, and two are predicted for the future, which are the seventh and eighth appearances. Of these future kings the seventh rules "for a little while," while the eighth and final king is the Beast or Antichrist who will rule during the Apocalypse.

Regarding the first appearance of the Beast, the angel explains that the Beast "once was," which connects the Beast with the first five kings who "have fallen." This means that the Beast must have been one of the first five kings that had already passed away by the first century AD. The Beast ruled as one of these kings in the past and he will return again to rule as the eighth king in the future.

It will be the second coming of the Antichrist.


 

The Seven Kings of Satan

We will now attempt to identify the Seven Kings of Satan as they have appeared throughout history. That they are Satanic is evident by the fact that they are initially presented as the seven heads of the dragon in Revelation 12, who is identified as Satan the "serpent of old" in verse nine. They can also be identified by their antagonistic relationship to the God of Israel because in Revelation 13:2 they are said to have "blasphemous names." They serve Satan and they oppose God and the people who serve Him.

In Daniel 12:1 there is a passage that may help to explain the time frame that we are dealing with in our search for these seven kings. The passage refers to the "time of distress" associated with the apocalypse and the end of the age. Once again, it is an angel that gives Daniel the message, and he says,

"There will be a time of distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then."

The beginning of nations, as we explained in Part Six, was associated with the Tower of Babel event. It was a separation based on language, but it also involved the handing over of these seventy nations into the hands of the seventy top-ranking fallen angels. This event marked a spiritual transition, and the earth and its nations were given into the spiritual authority of the fallen angels and to Satan their most powerful leader. Daniel was told that the Apocalypse would be the most terrible time of distress from "the beginning of nations" until the end of the Age. In Matthew 24:21 Jesus Himself makes a similar statement,

"For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again."

The word that is translated as "world" is the Greek word kosmos. In the Gospel of John (12:31-32) after predicting His own death, Jesus explained what the "end of the world" would involve: "Now is the time for judgment on this world (kosmos); now the prince of this world (kosmos) will be driven out. But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself." In John 16:11 Jesus looked forward to the effects of His death and explained that "the prince of this kosmos now stands condemned."

The disciples wondered about the events that would happen at the time of the end and they asked Jesus (Matthew 24:3), "Tell us, when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and the end of the age (Aion)?" After His death and resurrection Jesus ascended into heaven, leaving His disciples with encouraging words (Matthew 28:30), "And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age (Aion)." Concerning the nature of this present Aion, or Age, the Apostle Paul refers to Satan as the "God of this Aion" (2 Corinthians 4:4), saying that he is the deceiver that keeps unbelievers from accepting the Gospel.

This current Age is the Age during which the fallen angels (the Kosmokrators), led by Satan their prince, rule over a fallen earth that is inhabited by fallen human beings. It began as a result of the Tower of Babel and it will end with the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, who will either reward or punish all human beings and the fallen angels, and cleanse and renovate the earth.


Nimrod

This Age began because of the conquests and rebellious actions of Nimrod, and so it makes perfect sense to conclude that Nimrod should be identified as the very first of Satan's seven kings. He ruthlessly conquered the known world, he attempted to rebuild the city of Eridu, the pre-flood capital of the god Enki, and he also began to build the Tower of Babel as a means to resist the divine command to spread out and "fill the earth." He is the first of the seven kings, and he will also be the last to appear when he comes again and rules as the eighth king. The Antichrist is the "first and the last" to rule over this particular fallen Age, but Jesus Christ is the "First and the Last" of all Creation, and the Ruler of all Ages to come.

The first of Satan's seven kings is the most important to identify, but thankfully he is also the easiest to identify. We will continue identifying the other six kings, but with them the facts are not always so clear and one or two of the names may be based on conjecture and logical speculation. Our final list will be complete but it may not be 100% accurate, because much more scholarship on this subject can and should be done.


Pharaoh of Egypt

The second king is most likely either the king of Egypt that attempted to kill all male Hebrew children born at the time of the birth of Moses, or perhaps rather the Pharaoh who resisted Moses at the time of the Exodus who was drowned in the Red Sea. An Egyptian identity for the second king makes sense because it was in the land of Egypt that Satan was able to perfect his own religion and create his most lasting empire, and it was in Egypt where the body of Nimrod, known to the Egyptians as Osiris, was laid to rest.

Biblical scholars have explored the idea that the Ten Plagues that forced Pharaoh to release the Hebrews were structured as Divine repudiations of the ten primary Egyptian gods, with the final plague of the death of the first-born aimed against the cult of Osiris, the cult most-closely associated with the Egyptian monarchy itself. This possibility is supported by the fact that Osiris is repeatedly identified as the "first-born son of Geb" throughout the Egyptian Pyramid Texts. In Egyptian myth the god Geb was understood to represent the earth, which is odd because in every other pagan culture the earth is worshiped in feminine form as the Mother Goddess. In Plutarch's retelling of the legend of Isis and Osiris Plutarch identifies Geb as Kronos, who was in turn understood by classical scholars to be the Greek form of the Mesopotamian god Enki, whose name meant "Lord of the Earth."

The Greek historian Diodorus Siculus (c.90-30 BC) gives an account of pillars that were found in Arabia that were erected as memorials to Isis and Osiris. He writes that the pillar of Osiris contained the following inscription (which also provides evidence that Osiris was the legendary conqueror Nimrod):

"My father is Kronos, the youngest of all the gods.
I am Osiris the king, who led my army all over the earth
to the uninhabited districts of India and those that lie to the North,
to the source of the river Ister, yea, everywhere, even to the Ocean.
I am the eldest son of Kronos.
Child of the noble and beautiful egg, I was born an offspring congenital with day.
No place is there in the whole world, whereinto I have not been,
conferring on all the benefits whereof I have been the inventor." [1]

It is very ironic then, that it was from Egypt that the small and insignificant tribe of the twelve sons of Jacob was able to emerge as the Nation of Israel, symbolized in Revelation as the Woman who gave birth to the first-born Son of the Creator of the universe, through whom the world has been redeemed.


Sennacherib of Assyria

The third Satanic king on our list, who must certainly be included somewhere, is King Sennacherib of Assyria. The story of his campaign against King Hezekiah and against Jerusalem is given in 2 Kings 18-19, 2 Chronicles 32, and Isaiah 36-37. It is an amazing story of the effectiveness of prayer and of the mercy, justice and power of God. When King Hezekiah resisted Sennacherib's demands Sennacherib responded through his messengers with ridicule and blasphemy against the God of Israel. King Hezekiah responded to Sennacherib's insults by going to the Temple to pray, and after hearing Hezekiah's prayers God responded through the prophet Isaiah. The story unfolds in Isaiah 37:

"Then Isaiah son of Amoz sent a message to Hezekiah: This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: 'Because you have prayed to me concerning Sennacherib king of Assyria,' this is the word the LORD has spoken against him:
    'The Virgin Daughter of Zion despises and mocks you. The Daughter of Jerusalem tosses her head as you flee. Who is it you have insulted and blasphemed? Against whom have you raised your voice and lifted your eyes in pride? Against the Holy One of Israel! By your messengers you have heaped insults on the Lord. And you have said, 'With my many chariots I have ascended the heights of the mountains, the utmost heights of Lebanon. I have cut down its tallest cedars, the choicest of its pines. I have reached its remotest heights, the finest of its forests...'
    But I know where you stay and when you come and go and how you rage against me. Because you rage against me and because your insolence has reached my ears, I will put my hook in your nose and my bit in your mouth, and I will make you return by the way you came...'
    Therefore this is what the LORD says concerning the king of Assyria:
    'He will not enter this city or shoot an arrow here. He will not come before it with shield or build a siege ramp against it. By the way that he came he will return; he will not enter this city,' declares the LORD. 'I will defend this city and save it, for my sake and for the sake of David my servant!'
    Then the angel of the LORD went out and put to death a hundred and eighty-five thousand men in the Assyrian camp. When the people got up the next morning—there were all the dead bodies. So Sennacherib king of Assyria broke camp and withdrew. He returned to Nineveh and stayed there."

King Sennacherib returned to Ninevah where he went to the temple of the god Nisroch to find out what had gone wrong. While he was worshiping there he was murdered in cold blood by two of his own sons. The possibility that Sennacherib was one of Satan's seven kings is supported by Isaiah's description of him in chapter fourteen:

"On the day the LORD gives you relief from suffering and turmoil and cruel bondage, you will take up this taunt against the king of Babylon:
    'How the oppressor has come to an end! How his fury has ended! The LORD has broken the rod of the wicked, the scepter of the rulers, which in anger struck down peoples with unceasing blows, and in fury subdued nations with relentless aggression. All the lands are at rest and at peace; they break into singing. Even the pine trees and the cedars of Lebanon exult over you and say, "Now that you have been laid low, no woodsman comes to cut us down."
    The grave below is all astir to meet you at your coming; it rouses the spirits of the departed to greet you—all those who were leaders in the world; it makes them rise from their thrones—all those who were kings over the nations. They will all respond, they will say to you, "You also have become weak, as we are; you have become like us."
    All your pomp has been brought down to the grave, along with the noise of your harps; maggots are spread out beneath you and worms cover you. How you have fallen from heaven, O morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations! You said in your heart,
    "I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of the sacred mountain. I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High."

    But you are brought down to the grave, to the depths of the pit." (Isaiah 14:3-15)

Biblical scholars agree that this passage refers to Sennacherib who conquered and ruled Babylon. This conclusion is supported by the statement of Sennacherib in Isaiah 37 in which he boasts of plundering the forests of Lebanon, which connects with the taunts against Sennacherib in Isaiah 14 from those very same forests. However the most provocative portion of Isaiah 14 is where the text transitions seamlessly from a description of the human king to a description of a figure that can only be Satan, or Lucifer, as some texts say. This transition only makes sense once it is understood that Satan himself became manifested on earth through Sennacherib. In other words, Sennacherib was possessed by Satan and should be viewed as one of the seven kings of Satan.
 


Ithobaal II of Tyre

The fourth king of Satan is the King of Tyre, the powerful Phoenician city-state that dominated trade in the Mediterranean. This king, who was most likely Ithobaal II, was accused of pride and blasphemy by the prophet Ezekiel:

"The word of the LORD came to me: "Son of man, say to the ruler of Tyre, This is what the Sovereign LORD says: 'In the pride of your heart you say, "I am a god; I sit on the throne of a god in the heart of the seas." But you are a man and not a god, though you think you are as wise as a god...
    Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: 'Because you think you are wise, as wise as a god, I am going to bring foreigners against you, the most ruthless of nations; they will draw their swords against your beauty and wisdom and pierce your shining splendor...
    Will you then say, "I am a god," in the presence of those who kill you? You will be but a man, not a god, in the hands of those who slay you. You will die the death of the uncircumcised at the hands of foreigners. I have spoken, declares the Sovereign LORD.'
    '...This is what the Sovereign LORD says: You were the model of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. You were in Eden, the garden of God... You were anointed as a guardian cherub, for so I ordained you. You were on the holy mount of God; you walked among the fiery stones. You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created till wickedness was found in you. Through your widespread trade you were filled with violence, and you sinned. So I drove you in disgrace from the mount of God, and I expelled you, O guardian cherub, from among the fiery stones. Your heart became proud on account of your beauty, and you corrupted your wisdom because of your splendor. So I threw you to the earth; I made a spectacle of you before kings.
    By your many sins and dishonest trade you have desecrated your sanctuaries. So I made a fire come out from you, and it consumed you, and I reduced you to ashes on the ground in the sight of all who were watching. All the nations who knew you are appalled at you; you have come to a horrible end and will be no more.'" (Ezekiel 28:1-19)

This passage is very similar to Isaiah's description of Sennacherib in that it also contains a description of a human king that transitions into a description of Satan, who was the perfectly-created guardian angel of the Garden of Eden, who fell from his exalted position because of his pride. Like the case of Sennacherib, these references imply that Ithobaal II, the King of Tyre, was possessed and controlled by Satan.

Tyre's relationship with Israel was friendly under King Hiram during the reign of Solomon, but after that it degenerated quickly. The prophet Amos accused Tyre of taking Israelites as slaves and selling them to neighboring kingdoms, and of breaking their "covenant of brotherhood" (Amos 1:9-10). The relationship finally reached its lowest point during the time of Ezekiel who predicted God's judgment upon Tyre (Ezekiel 26-28), which was fulfilled by the conquests of Nebuchadnezzar and Alexander the Great. Ithobaal II was eventually executed by Nebuchadnezzar after being captured and brought to Babylon.
 

Antiochus IV Epiphanes

The fifth of Satan's seven kings can only be King Antiochus IV Epiphanes. His career was predicted in Daniel 11:21-35, where he is described as a contemptible and vile person, scheming and deceitful, psychotic and possibly insane, who would focus his rage against the Jews, against God, and against Jerusalem and the holy temple.

Antiochus obtained his throne in Syria by conspiring against the rightful heir and by flattering powerful allies. After he took power he waged war against Ptolemy VI of Egypt, and after striking a treaty with Ptolemy he brought his army into Palestine. He received word that the Jews were rejoicing because of false reports of his death, so he attacked Jerusalem, killing 40,000 and capturing another 40,000 as slaves. He reinstalled his puppet Menelaus as the Jewish high priest who continued Antiochus' plan to Hellenize the Jews. After another unsuccessful campaign into Egypt Antiochus sent 22,000 troops into Jerusalem to aid Menelaus and to eradicate traditional Jewish worship. His forces attacked Jerusalem on the Sabbath and massacred many worshipers. Antiochus then entered the Temple and consecrated it to Jupiter (Zeus), setting up an idol and sacrificing a pig on the altar. He passed a law that outlawed the Jewish religion, and he killed and tortured the violators that were caught.

The career of Antiochus is typical of Satan's kings. He was one of the greatest blasphemers against the God of Israel, and he minted coins that pictured himself with the inscription "Antiochus the Great, God Manifest." He committed the greatest outrage possible against the Lord when he violated His sanctuary and erected a pagan idol within, followed by the sacrifice of an unclean beast on the altar. These acts were an "abomination" against the Lord that will be matched by the Antichrist when he sets up the "abomination of desolation" predicted by Jesus (Matthew 24:15), Paul (2 Thessalonians 2), and Revelation 13. Daniel's description of Antiochus is similar to those given by Isaiah and Ezekiel for Sennacherib and Ithobaal II, because once again we find a passage that transitions from descriptions of the king into descriptions of another figure. In the case of Daniel, the descriptions of Antiochus lead directly into prophecies of the end-times Antichrist, beginning with Daniel 11:36.

The end came for Antiochus after his retinue was ambushed while plundering the temple of a goddess in Persia. Some accounts say that he was violently slain, while others say he died of a stomach ailment while in retreat. Given the trend followed by these kings it seems more likely that he died violently. In any case Antiochus must certainly be counted as one of Satan's seven kings, and he completes our list of the first five that were predicted in Revelation 17:10 to "have fallen" at the time that the vision of Revelation was received.
 

Nero Caesar

The sixth was a king that ruled at the very same time that John's vision was received. To identify this king we must enter the scholarly debate on when exactly the book of Revelation was written. The modern consensus is that it was written near the end of the first century around 95 AD, but an older tradition holds that it was written around 64-68 AD during the Roman reign of the infamous Nero Caesar. The reasons for accepting such an early date for the writing of Revelation are numerous:

- The Church Father Clement of Alexandria asserted that all revelation ceased under Nero's reign.
- The Muratorian canon (c. 170 AD) has John completing Revelation before Paul had written to seven different churches (Paul finished these writings in 67-68 AD).
- The Church Father Tertullian placed John's banishment to Patmos at the same time as Peter and Paul's martyrdom (67-68 AD).
- The Church Father Epiphanius (315-403 AD) twice stated that Revelation was written under Nero.
- The Syriac version of Revelation (6th century AD) begins with the heading, "written in Patmos, whither John was sent by Nero Caesar."
- The Byzantine scholar Arethas, from the 9th century wrote, "When the Evangelist received these oracles, the destruction in which the Jews were involved was not yet inflicted by the Romans [70 AD]." [2]

The early date for the writing of Revelation is used by some scholars to support the absurd Preterist interpretation of Bible prophecy. An early date for the book of Revelation may support Preterist arguments, but it hardly proves them, and it can work just as well with literal and futurist interpretations of Revelation.

When we examine the life of Nero we find all of the elements necessary to include him on the list of Satan's seven kings, and we uncover a tale of sex, violence, scandal and murder, that far exceeds anything an HBO script-writer could imagine.

Nero was born in 37 AD. His father was a wealthy Roman citizen and his mother, Agrippina, was the sister of the Emperor Caligula. Nero's father died when he was three and at this time, out of a very reasonable fear of his sister, Caligula confiscated their wealth and banished Nero and Agrippina to a tiny island. After Caligula died and Claudius became Emperor of Rome Nero and his mother were freed and Agrippina quickly married another wealthy Roman, who died shortly thereafter, leaving another fortune to Agrippina. After Emperor Claudius executed his wife for scolding him in public he fell under the spell of Agrippina, whom he married and made Empress of Rome in 48 AD, which he lived (or rather died) to regret.

After becoming Empress, Agrippina manipulated Claudius into making Nero his legal heir, against the claims of his own son Britannicus. Nero's position as heir to the throne was solidified when he married Octavia, the Emperor's daughter (Nero's legal sister). From this point the days of Claudius were numbered, and he died by assassination in 54 AD, from poisoning, which made Nero the Emperor of Rome.

As a young man Nero was tutored by the homosexual philosopher Seneca, who was actually one of the more rational Roman thinkers of his day. In the first few years of Nero's reign it was Seneca who actually controlled the affairs of the Empire and he did an adequate job, despite the fact that he became a hated enemy of Agrippina. This time, however, the game was up for Agrippina, and Nero had his own mother executed in 59 AD. However, the stress in dealing with Nero became too much for Seneca, who retired as Nero's advisor in 62 AD. From that point on the affairs of the Empire steadily degenerated. Nero went through a string of male and female lovers and focused on pursuing his entertainment career, imagining himself to be a great singer, poet and actor.

In 64 AD Nero moved forward on a plan to rebuild a section of the old city of Rome, and to rename it Neronia in honor of himself. A fire was set to aid in the demolition and to remove the unwanted occupants, but this fire soon raged out of control, destroying three and damaging seven of Rome's fourteen districts. The fire was then blamed on the community of Christians that lived in Rome, and Nero found it convenient to vent his rage on the young sect that he passionately hated. The Roman historian Tacitus was a young eyewitness and he later recorded what happened in Book XV of his Annals,

    "Therefore, to stop the rumor [that he had set Rome on fire], he [Emperor Nero] falsely charged with guilt, and punished with the most fearful tortures, the persons commonly called Christians, who were [generally] hated for their enormities. Christus, the founder of that name, was put to death as a criminal by Pontius Pilate, procurator of Judea, in the reign of Tiberius, but the pernicious superstition - repressed for a time, broke out yet again, not only through Judea, - where the mischief originated, but through the city of Rome also, whither all things horrible and disgraceful flow from all quarters, as to a common receptacle, and where they are encouraged. Accordingly first those were arrested who confessed they were Christians; next on their information, a vast multitude were convicted, not so much on the charge of burning the city, as of "hating the human race."
    In their very deaths they were made the subjects of sport: for they were covered with the hides of wild beasts, and worried to death by dogs, or nailed to crosses, or set fire to, and when the day waned, burned to serve for the evening lights. Nero offered his own garden players for the spectacle, and exhibited a Circensian game, indiscriminately mingling with the common people in the dress of a charioteer, or else standing in his chariot. For this cause a feeling of compassion arose towards the sufferers, though guilty and deserving of exemplary capital punishment, because they seemed not to be cut off for the public good, but were victims of the ferocity of one man."

Nero's reign was unique simply for the extent of his persecution of Christians. In 67 AD he executed Peter, and he even went so far as to execute Paul, a Roman citizen. Politically, Nero's prestige was quickly expended. In 65 AD he faced down a political conspiracy that included his former mentor Seneca, and by 68 AD Nero faced a revolt that came from his generals in the provinces and from the Roman Senate. On June 9, after being abandoned by his guards and his palace attendants, Nero retreated from the soldiers that had been sent to arrest him and he fled to his room where he committed suicide.

Nero exhibited all of the traits and characteristics of a Satanically-possessed individual. He was arrogant and prideful, as well as paranoid and psychotic, and his rage, frustration, and cruelty was directed at God and the people of God. His actions focused on short-term goals and were ultimately destructive, both for himself and for Rome. Nero's suicidal fate was basically the same as that suffered by Pharaoh of Egypt, who brought himself into the parted Red Sea, and the same as the final king on our list who we turn to next.
 

Adolf Hitler

After the persecution under Emperor Nero Christianity steadily gained power in Rome, despite scattered persecution and antagonism from various Emperors. Eventually Christianity became the official religion of Rome under Constantine in the fourth century, and the faith spread from its home in the Near East to become the dominant religion in Europe, Africa, and eventually throughout the world. Since that time Christianity has been the most powerful spiritual force on the planet, and during that time, up until the twentieth century, a significant threat to that power was never manifested in the life of a single man.

The seventh and final king is explained in Revelation as the king who "has not yet come; but when he does come, he must remain for a little while." He was a king that would appear sometime in the future, and then his authority would last for only a short time. He would be the precursor of the Antichrist himself, and he would exhibit the very same traits as previous Satanic kings, such as pride, rage, paranoia, cruelty, and a passionate hatred of God and the people of God.

This predicted figure came to power in Germany in the 1930s and he ruled over a short-lived Empire the like of which had not been seen in Europe for almost two thousand years. Here is how one biographer introduces Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich:

"Why did a civilised nation of the twentieth century abruptly revert to barbarism? How could a shabby ex-dropout, so manifestly third-rate in all matters of the intellect, have achieved such unparalleled power? Why did the Germans come to venerate Hitler as a god? Why do he and his associates, Himmler, Goering, and Goebbels, still exert a mystique that is so conspicuously absent when we study Mussolini, Ciano and Starace, or Stalin, Molotov and Beria? Why does one feel that the Third Reich stood for a radically different kind of civilisation? Most fascinating of all, what drove Hitler, what motivated him, what went on in his mind that resulted in consequences of such magnitude?" [3]

According to this biographer, the answer to what drove Hitler can be found by examining Hitler's relationship with the occult and his involvement in the dark arts of sorcery and spirit-possession. The author is qualified to explore this relationship because he is the late Gerald Suster, a former disciple of Golden Dawn adept Israel Regardie, who was himself the personal disciple and secretary of Aleister Crowley.

Suster's biography is entitled Hitler: Black Magician and it documents Hitler's involvement with  groups and individuals who used pagan rituals to contact the spirit world. One of Hitler's closest friends was a man by the name of Dietrich Eckart and he is a primary figure (according to Suster, Peter Levenda and Trevor Ravenscroft) involved in grooming Hitler for his Satanic role. Eckart's influence over Hitler is proven by Hitler's dedication that appears at the very end of Mein Kampf:

"And I want also to reckon among [Nazi heroes] that man, who, as one of the best, by words and by thoughts and finally by deeds, dedicated his life to the awakening of his, of our nation: Dietrich Eckart."

Dietrich Eckart was a popular German author, poet, and editor of an influential newspaper. He was well connected with the financial world and he was a high-level initiate in the occult world. One of the greatest influences upon his life was the Gnostic mystic Helena Blavatsky, whose anti-Christian and anti-Semitic teachings came to permeate the Third Reich, as Levenda explains:

"It should be remembered that Blavatsky's works—notably Isis Unveiled and The Secret Doctrine—appear to be the result of prodigious scholarship and were extremely convincing in their day. The rationale behind many later Nazi projects can be traced back...to ideas first popularized by Blavatsky. A caste system of races, the importance of ancient alphabets (notably the runes), the superiority of the Aryans (a white race with its origins in the Himalayas), an "initiated" version of of astrology and astronomy, the cosmic truths coded within pagan myths ... all of these and more can be found both in Blavatsky and in the Nazi Party itself, specifically in the ideology of its Dark Creature, the SS. It was, after all, Blavatsky who pointed out the supreme occult significance of the swastika." [4]

Eckart died in 1923, but for the three years previous to his death he was "Hitler's constant companion and the man who helped propel him into the public spotlight."[5] On his death bed Eckart penned the following words to a friend, which go far to explain the spiritual source of Hitler's brief success:

"Follow Hitler! He will dance, but it is I who have called the tune. I have initiated him into the 'Secret Doctrine,' opened his centers in vision and given him the means to communicate with the Powers. Do not mourn for me: I shall have influenced history more than any other German." [6]

Identifying Adolf Hitler as the seventh manifestation of the seven-headed dragon of the Apocalypse should not be viewed as questionable or controversial whatsoever. Hitler certainly exhibited the personal characteristics of a Satanically driven and possessed individual, and his passionate hatred of the Jews is very well documented. Unfortunately, the Christian Church in Germany was too timid and too deceived to challenge Hitler directly, but there were many individual Christians who did, such as Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who paid for his dedication to Christ with his life. Despite the fact that the organized Church in Germany worked with the Nazi Party, Hitler's ultimate goal was to destroy Christianity. Suster offers the following quotes from Hitler to that effect:

"The religions are all alike, no matter what they call themselves. They have no future - certainly none for the Germans... Whether it is the Old Testament or the New it's all the same old Jewish swindle... One is either a German or a Christian. You cannot be both... We need free men who feel and know that God is in themselves... The Ten Commandments have lost their validity... Our peasants have not forgotten their true religion. It still lives... The peasant will be told what the Church has destroyed for him: the whole secret knowledge of nature, of the divine, the shapeless, the daemonic... We shall wash off the Christian veneer and bring out a religion peculiar to our race...through the peasantry we shall really be able to destroy Christianity because there is in them a true religion rooted in nature and blood." [7]
 

The First Seal of the Apocalypse

In the book of Revelation the breaking of the first Seal of the seven-sealed Scroll brings forth a figure that many Bible scholars have identified as the Antichrist. However, in the book Red Moon Rising - the Rapture and the Timeline of the Apocalypse the conclusion is reached that this figure is better understood as symbolizing the brief career of Satan's seventh king—Adolf Hitler, rather than the eighth king who will "come up out of the Abyss":

"I watched as the Lamb opened the first of the seven seals. Then I heard one of the four living creatures say in a voice like thunder, 'Come!' I looked, and there before me was a white horse! Its rider held a bow, and he was given a crown, and he rode out as a conqueror bent on conquest." (Revelation 6:1-2)

This figure wears a crown, as do the seven kings of Satan in Revelation 12:3, he holds a weapon, and his primary purpose is that of conquest. The possibility that this figure represents Hitler is reinforced by what comes with the opening of the second Seal, which can easily be viewed as referring to World War II:

"When the Lamb opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, 'Come!' Then another horse came out, a fiery red one. Its rider was given power to take peace from the earth and to make men slay each other. To him was given a large sword." (Revelation 6:3-4)

A reasonable conjecture is that perhaps the "large sword" may represent the emergence of atomic weaponry, which was first used in World War II. Jesus Christ refers to such an unprecedented global conflict between kingdoms and nations (Matthew 24:7) as the first "birth-pang" that would precede the Apocalypse. The return of Israel to their land prior to the apocalyptic Day of the Lord was also predicted by Old Testament prophets (for instance Ezekiel 38). Examined from this perspective Hitler and World War II were both eschatologically important because Hitler attempted to exterminate the Jews but the end result was the re-establishment of the Nation of Israel in their own land in 1948.
 

 

 

 

Seven Kings Summary

This completes our list and our initial analysis of the seven kings of Satan:

"Five have fallen"
1. Nimrod
2. Pharaoh of Egypt
3. Sennacherib of Assyria
4. Ithobaal II of Tyre
5. Antiochus IV Epiphanes

"One is"
6. Nero Caesar

"The other has not yet come"
7. Adolf Hitler


The Antichrist "once was, now is not, and yet will come"
8. Nimrod

The appearance of the eighth king will be the re-appearance of the first king:

"The beast who once was, and now is not, is an eighth king. He belongs to the seven..."
"He will come up out of the Abyss and go to his destruction"

The Biblical Nimrod was known to the ancient Egyptians as Osiris, the Lord of the Abyss:

Pyramid Texts, Utterance 577, Osiris and the king become one in the Netherworld [8]
"Osiris appears, the Sceptre is pure, the Lord of Right is exalted at the First of the Year, even he the Lord of the Year... 'Here comes the Dweller in the Abyss,' says Atum. 'We have come,' say they, say the gods to you, O Osiris... The sky has conceived him, the dawn has borne him... You bear up the sky with your right side, possessing life; you live because the gods have ordered that you shall live... You support the earth with your left side, possessing dominion; you live, you live, because the gods have ordered that you shall live."


Pyramid Texts, Utterance 512, The king's son to his dead father identified as Osiris
"Raise yourself, my father... Traverse the sky, make your abode in the Field of Offerings among the gods... Sit upon your iron throne, take your mace and your sceptre, that you may lead those who are in the Abyss, give orders to the gods, and set a spirit in its spirit-state... O my father, raise yourself, go in your spirit-state."

Osiris will rise again, which is a fact that explains why the corpse of Osiris was mummified in the first place and why it became secured in a complex as magnificent and long-lasting as the Necropolis of Giza. It also explains why Osiris and other manifestations of the Dying God myth took central positions in Pagan religion in all of its different cultural expressions.
 

The Division of the Nations

One of the most important foundations of this study is the "division of the nations" that occurred as a result of the Tower of Babel event described in the book of Genesis. This event was discussed briefly in Part Six, but it deserves a much closer look. The division of the nations involved a spiritual division as well as a linguistic division, with the nations being handed over by God to the authority of a renegade faction of His angelic host.

The decisions that were made by God as a result of the Tower of Babel event need to be understood in a "Divine Council" context [9]. The Divine Council is simply the meeting place where God sits in council among the "sons of God," who are the angelic host. The "sons of God" are created beings who have been given the freedom and responsibility of Free Will, and the majority of them use their free will to love God and to serve Him faithfully. However, there is a minority faction of the "sons of God" whose members have used their free will to disobey God, who can be viewed as having defected from the family of God. The leader of this rebellious faction is known as Lucifer or Satan in the Bible, and as Enki to the Sumerians. The events that led to his defection, and his subsequent rise to his current temporary position as the "Lord of the Earth," are intimately connected with the history of mankind and with humanity's fall from grace. Satan's actions in fact helped to create the historical basis for the Christian doctrine of Original Sin.

The "Divine Council" is the meeting place where God discusses various aspects of governing, ordering and maintaining Creation with the angelic host. He listens to his family and receives suggestions and then He makes decisions and gives orders. This is the context from which to understand the several cases of divine "plurals" found in the book of Genesis. For instance:

The Creation of Man:
"Then God said, 'Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.' So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them." Genesis 1:26-27

The Tower of Babel:
"But the LORD came down to see the city and the tower that the men were building. The LORD said, 'If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.' " Genesis 11:5-7

God was faced with certain decisions and He resolved them while in the presence of His "sons" (which are absolutely not references to the Trinity [10]). A proper understanding of the Divine Council is absolutely essential for understanding the spiritual battle taking place right now that ultimately involves possession of the earth. After the division of the nations God stepped to the side, so to speak, and allowed Satan and the fallen angels to rule over their nations as they wished, yet he also called them into His council periodically to review how they were exercising their authority. This understanding is supported by several passages in the Old Testament:

Satan Tests Job:
"One day the angels [literal Hebrew - b'nai Elohim or "sons of God"] came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came with them. The LORD said to Satan, 'Where have you come from?' Satan answered the LORD, 'From roaming through the earth and going back and forth in it.' " Job 1:6-7

God Judges the "Gods":
"God presides in the great assembly; he gives judgment among the gods: 'How long will you defend the unjust and show partiality to the wicked? ... Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed. Rescue the weak and needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked. They know nothing, they understand nothing. They walk about in darkness; all the foundations of the earth are shaken. I said, 'You are gods; you are all sons of the Most High.' But you will die like mere men; you will fall like every other ruler.' Rise up, O God, judge the earth, for all the nations are your inheritance." Psalm 82

After the division of the nations God allowed the fallen angels to rule as they wished over all of the pagan nations of the world, but it was a different story as far as Israel was concerned. God ruled over Israel directly. He chose Abraham, He brought Israel out of Egypt, and He made sure that His nation was victorious in its struggle to live in the Promised Land that was given to them. Sometimes He even used pagan nations and the fallen angels to carry out His will regarding Israel. The former case is true regarding the Babylonian captivity, in which God used Babylon to punish Israel for their sins, and in the case of Persia where God used Cyrus to defeat Babylon, allowing the Jews to return back to their Land. Cyrus is even called a "Messiah" (anointed one) by God, which is a title of honor given to Cyrus even though God says of Cyrus that "you do not acknowledge me" (Isaiah 45). The latter case, of God allowing fallen angels to carry out His will, is described in a story of God's dealings with the wicked Israelite King Ahab:

Deceiving King Ahab:
"Therefore hear the word of the LORD: I saw the LORD sitting on his throne with all the host of heaven standing on his right and on his left. And the LORD said, 'Who will entice Ahab king of Israel into attacking Ramoth Gilead and going to his death there?' One suggested this, and another that. Finally, a spirit came forward, stood before the LORD and said, 'I will entice him.' 'By what means?' the LORD asked. 'I will go and be a lying spirit in the mouths of all his prophets,' he said. 'You will succeed in enticing him,' said the LORD. 'Go and do it.' " 2 Chronicles 18:18-21

God's judgment was that King Ahab would be killed, and then He allowed a "lying spirit" to make it come to pass. The concept of the Divine Council also helps to explain the blasphemous pretensions of Lucifer himself, which are given in Isaiah 14:12-14:

"How you have fallen from heaven, O morning star (Lucifer), son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations! You said in your heart, 'I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of the sacred mountain. I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.' "

Lucifer wanted to usurp God's position as the Most High and be recognized and worshiped as the leader of the Divine Council. To secure this position, at least as far as human perceptions were concerned, after the division of the nations Satan worked to eliminate any memory of the Creator while at the same time he used the memory of Nimrod to shake up the perceived hierarchy of the pantheon and gain leadership by another name. Before we examine how this happened we must first take a hypothetical look at how the "division of the nations" might have appeared from a "Divine Council" perspective.

According to the book of Genesis, Adam and Eve were originally created to rule over the entire earth (Genesis 1:28) in a state of conditional immortality. They lost their immortality because of the successful deception perpetrated by Satan who was apparently jealous of Adam and Eve's position. Adam and Eve may have lost their authority over the earth at this time as well, but the texts are not clear. What we do know is that after the banishment of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden a number of the fallen angels descended to the earth (Genesis 6) and interacted with the descendents of Cain, sexually, technologically and spiritually. The pre-Flood world may have been an era of a sort of co-rulership over the earth, with God working through the line of Seth on one side and Satan and the fallen angels working through the line of Cain on the other. Eventually, because of mankind's wickedness that originated with the fallen angels, humanity and the earth degraded to a point that God decided to destroy almost all of humanity through the Flood of Noah.

After the Flood humanity and the fallen angels both faced a fresh start and God announced a covenant and a blessing upon the family of Noah. They were told to "be fruitful and multiply" and to "spread out and fill the earth." They were also warned not to commit the crime of murder, with God saying, "Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed; for in the image of God has God made man" (Genesis 9:6). Three generations later Nimrod created a vast empire that was to a large extent built on bloodshed. And then, after establishing himself in Mesopotamia in Eridu, the pre-flood capital of Enki, Nimrod began to build a Tower for the expressed purpose to avoid being "scattered abroad over the face of the earth" (Genesis 11:4). Biblical accounts do not mention fallen angelic interaction with humanity at this time, but we can assume that such interaction was probably focused upon the line of Noah's son Ham, who sinned and then suffered a rebuke and a curse upon his son Canaan.

Eventually the successes of Nimrod, in his empire building and his monument building, and in his success in gaining supporters from all the different tribes of the earth, forced God to again make a change in the way that humanity and the earth was governed. The earth had essentially reverted to its pre-Flood status, but God had promised that He would never destroy the world in such a manner again, so a different solution had to be arrived at. This decision was made undoubtedly within the Divine Council, with God discussing the issue with the "sons of God" and then coming to a conclusion and stating it in their presence. In Genesis 11:7 when God says "Come let us go down..." the text is implying that the decision to divide the nations was a decision that involved all of the parties concerned: God, Satan, and the fallen angels. The results of this decision can be understood as follows, based on the information that we have uncovered in this study so far.

The most important decision was that God would give the nations of the world over to the authority of the fallen angels. The number seventy is intimately associated with this event because seventy is the traditional number of top-ranking fallen "sons of God" present at this particular Divine Council. Seventy is also the traditional number of languages that were created as a result, and seventy is the number of descendents of Shem, Ham and Japheth listed in the Table of Nations in Genesis 10. Through this genealogical, linguistic and spiritual division, God ensured that mankind would remain divided while He stepped to the side and gave the fallen angels their chance to rule over mankind virtually unhindered.

During the "Age of the Fallen Angels" God would keep His interference in human affairs to a minimum, except that He would be allowed to exercise a right to establish His own nation at a time of His own choosing. This nation was Israel and it was through Israel that God worked to bring salvation and humanity's liberation from the authority of the fallen angels. God took only one nation, while Satan and the fallen "sons of God" were given seventy.

Satan's situation, both before and after the division of the nations, must also be examined. Before the division Satan appears to have been in a very comfortable and secure position. His prodigy was Nimrod, and through him Satan had effectively achieved dominance over virtually the entire world and re-established his pre-flood headquarters of Eridu, the location of the Tower of Babel. Yet Satan must have known that this situation would not be allowed to last for long. Why did Satan agree to the break-up of Nimrod's empire and the sacrifice of Nimrod himself? Well, with God's promise to remove Himself from the scene Satan must have known that he could easily reestablish himself as the dominant figure in a world ruled by a multitude of fallen angels, given the fact that he himself was the most powerful member of the group. Satan must have realized that this was actually the only way for him to realize his dream of becoming "like the Most High" by ruling over his very own counterfeit "Divine Council" made up entirely of fallen angels.

To sweeten the deal even more, so to speak, there was also the clause in the agreement that allowed for Satan to manifest himself upon the earth seven more times, through seven individuals, with the first and the last of the eight manifestations of these seven kings coming through the very figure, Nimrod, that brought Satan a global empire in the first place. Satan accepted the division of the nations because he knew that he would emerge as the "Lord of the Earth" and because he knew that in the end both Nimrod and his global empire would be resurrected. Ultimately, of course, Satan and Nimrod would face judgment and destruction but on this question the Great Deceiver and Father of Lies has been able to deceive even himself.

The ancient religious texts of Egypt provide several tantalizing references to Osiris that may connect him with the agreement reached between God and Satan after the division of the nations regarding the fate of Nimrod:

"I am the Radiant One, brother of the Radiant Goddess, Osiris the brother of Isis; my son and his mother Isis have saved me from my enemies who would harm me. Bonds are on their arms, their hands and their feet, because of what they have done evilly against me. I am Osiris, the first-born of the company of the gods, eldest of the gods, heir of my father Geb; I am Osiris, Lord of persons, alive of breast, strong of hinder-parts, stiff of phalus, who is within the boundary of the common folk. I am Orion who treads his land, who precedes the stars of the sky which are on the body of my mother Nut, who conceived me at her desire and bore me at her will. I am Anubis on the Day of the Centipede, I am the Bull who presides over the field. I am Osiris, for whom his father and mother sealed an agreement on that day of carrying out the great slaughter; Geb is my father and Nut is my mother, I am Horus the Elder on the Day of Accession, I am Anubis of Sepa, I am the Lord of All, I am Osiris." (Egyptian Book of the Dead, Theban Recension, chapter 69) [11]

The "great slaughter," if viewed from the context of the division of the nations, could possibly be a reference to the execution of Nimrod and the subsequent dismantling and destruction of his great global empire. The text states that on this day the father and mother of Osiris "sealed an agreement" concerning Osiris, but who they sealed it with, and what the agreement involved, is unfortunately not explained.

The father of Osiris according to all Egyptian sources is the god Geb the "earth god," and the mother of Osiris is Nut the "sky goddess." In quote [1] above the Greek historian Diodorus Siculous equates Geb with the ancient Greek god Kronos, who was the father of Zeus. The Babylonian historian Berossos in turn equates Kronos in his writings with the old Sumerian god Enki, whom we have identified as Satan. As Samuel Noah Kramer shows in his authoritative study Myths of Enki, the Crafty God, Enki was well known for his intelligence, his wisdom, and his clever wit in finding solutions to difficult problems. Enki was also an "earth god" in that his name meant "Lord Earth," or "Lord of the Earth." Consider then this Egyptian description of Geb from the Pyramid Texts (c.2300 BC), while keeping in mind Satan's position of authority over the world after the division of the nations:

Utterance 592, Geb is invoked on the king's behalf
"O Geb, son of Shu, this is Osiris the king; may your mother's heart quiver over you in your name of Geb, for you are the eldest son of Shu, his first-born.
    O Geb, this is Osiris the King; care for him, make complete [what appertains to him], for you are the sole great god. Atum has given you his heritage, he has given you the assembled Ennead, and Atum himself is with them, whom his eldest twin children joined to you; he sees you powerful, with your heart proud and yourself able in your name of 'Clever Mouth', chiefest of the gods, you standing on the earth that you may govern at the head of the Ennead. Your fathers and your mothers are pre-eminent among them, for you are mightier than any god. You shall come to Osiris the King that you may protect him from his foe.
    O Geb, clever mouth, chiefest of the gods, Osiris the King is your son; may you nourish your son with it, may your son be made hale by means of it, for you are lord of the entire land.
    May you have power over the Ennead and all the gods, may you have power and drive away all ill from this Osiris the King; may you not allow it to come again against him in your name of Horus who does not repeat his work, for you are the essence of all the gods. Fetch them to yourself, take them, nourish them, nourish [Osiris] the King, for you are a god having power over all the gods. The eye has issued from your head as the Upper Egyptian crown Great-of-magic; the eye has issued from your head as the Lower Egyptian crown Great-of-magic; Horus has served you and has loved you, you having appeared as King of Upper and Lower Egypt and having power over all the gods and spirits." [12]

In the text above Shu is identified as Geb's father, while Atum is the god who gives Geb his authority. The Heliopolitan cosmogeny identifies Atum as the father of Shu and thus the great-grandfather of Osiris. The Memphite cosmogeny also identifies Atum as the father or creator of the gods. The important point to note is that in the Egyptian story the divine line of succession is peaceful and harmonious.

On the other hand, in the earliest mythical literature of Sumer the situation is very different. The Sumerians, despite their obvious influence from the spirit world, were not able to forget the true Creator, YHWH, but they were led to apparently split his personality up and lose touch with Him after the division of the nations. The 'Creator' aspect of YHWH, with His residence in heaven, became personified as the primordial god Anu, a far-removed and heavenly figure who fathered the first generation of gods. The more personal aspect of YHWH, the one that the Sumerians probably remembered through an oral tradition, became known as Enlil who was worshiped at his cult center of Nippur. Anu was the father of the two brothers Enlil and Enki, and within this second generation the disputes were never-ending. What we can see is that by being represented as the brother of Enlil, Satan (Enki) was able to secure a position equal with YHWH (Enlil). As we have shown, the Sumerian accounts of these divine disputes obviously favored Enki, while the later Hebrew accounts favor the god YHWH who equates well with Enlil in many ways, as covered in Part Six.

In Egyptian mythology the pantheon of the gods is presented as a unified happy family for a number of generations. From Atum, to Shu, to Geb, there is harmony in the universe. The first divine dispute does not erupt until the generation after Geb, and it involves two of his sons, Osiris and Set. According to the story, after Osiris had civilized Egypt he journeyed throughout the world with his army and succeeded in conquering and/or civilizing wherever he went. After he came back to Egypt his brother Set invited him to a banquet or feast, and by deception, with the participation of seventy-two fellow conspirators, Set succeeded in murdering Osiris.

In Part Six we saw how the number seventy was intimately related to the early Osiris cult, and we also explained how the number came to be changed, probably for astrological reasons, to seventy-two. With this in mind, and with our understanding of the division of the nations into the hands of the seventy fallen angels, the presence of Osiris at a "banquet" in the company of seventy-two other attendees, which resulted in his death, can be seen as a veiled representation of the seventy "sons of God" meeting with God to come to a decision regarding Nimrod's empire. As we have shown, the final decision was that Nimrod would be executed, that God would step back from the scene, and that the seventy fallen angels, as well as Satan, would be given power to rule over the earth. Therefore the "banquet" that Osiris attended was none other than the Divine Council, and the seventy-two conspirators who agreed to the death of Nimrod is an esoteric reference to the seventy "sons of God" who agreed to the execution of Nimrod.

Set, the brother of Osiris, who created the plan to kill Osiris in the first place, may in fact be a very narrow representation of YHWH, at least as far as His role in this single event of mandating and/or carrying out the death of Nimrod/Osiris is concerned. Recall again that in Sumerian myth Enlil was portrayed as the brother of Enki, who were the first protagonists in the Sumerian divine disputes, so the first Egyptian divine dispute between the brothers Osiris and Set may be viewed as another manifestation of the ongoing dispute between God and Satan. However, this correlation cannot be taken too far because Set developed traits and characteristics in Egyptian religion that had absolutely nothing to do with YHWH, and the cult of Set was most certainly managed by a fallen malevolent spirit. The correlation between YHWH and Set is applicable only as far as this one single event at the division of the nations is concerned, but it should be kept in mind as we examine the dispute between Osiris and Set as described in a Pyramid Text:

Utterance 477, Osiris is raised from the dead
"The sky reels, the earth quakes, Horus comes, Thoth appears, they raise Osiris from upon his side and make him stand up in front of the Two Enneads. Remember, Seth, and put in your heart this word which Geb spoke, this threat which the gods made against you in the Mansion of the Prince in On because you threw Osiris to the earth, when you said, O Seth: 'I have never done this to him', so that you might have power thereby, having been saved, and that you might prevail over Horus; when you said, O Seth: 'It was he who attacked me', when there came into being this his name of 'Earth-attacker': when you said, O Seth: 'It was he who kicked me', when there came into being his name of Orion, long of leg and lengthy of stride, who presides over Upper Egypt.
    Raise yourself, O Osiris, for Seth has raised himself, he has heard the threat of the gods who spoke about the god's father [Geb?]. Isis has your arm, O Osiris; Nephthys has your hand, so go between them. The sky is given to you, the earth is given to you, and the Field of Rushes, the Mounds of Horus, and the Mounds of Seth; the towns are given to you and the nomes assembled for you by Atum, and he who speaks about it is Geb." [13]

In this passage we find that Set is being threatened by Geb and by the other gods. Set is accused of having thrown Osiris down, and of having attacked him, but Set responds by saying "It was he who attacked me!" Then we are told that one of the names of Osiris, in addition to "Orion," is "Earth-attacker," and Set repeats his defense that he acted against Osiris in self-defense saying, "It was he who kicked me!"

If Set is indeed a "personification," in this single instance, of the will of YHWH, specifically regarding the execution of Nimrod, then this Pyramid Text can be viewed as evidence to that effect. Nimrod was indeed an "Earth-attacker," and he broke God's covenant with humanity as he expanded his empire by bloodshed. From this perspective Nimrod was the offender, and God's decision to kill Nimrod and divide his empire was necessary to save humanity and allow time for the redemption process for humanity to be fulfilled. However, it must be kept in mind that the decision to kill Nimrod and to divide his empire was also agreed upon by the seventy fallen angels, because they were the benefactors of Nimrod's death in that they were able to gain authority over the nations of the earth as a result.


The Myth of Dionysus

The link between the death of Nimrod, the division of the nations, and the Osiris myth can be confirmed by turning to Greek mythology associated with the god Dionysus. According to nearly all of the ancient Greek historians, including Herodotus, Diodorus Siculus, and Plutarch, Dionysus and Osiris were simply two names for the same original god. [14]

The Greeks became familiar with Dionysus at a late date, after their pantheon of Olympian gods headed by Zeus had already been established, and Dionysus was first inherited from contact with the Phoenicians as well as the Phrygians, who knew him by many names, including strange names such as Zagreos, Sabazios, Epaphus and Euboleos. In these myths, which became the heart of the Orphic, Eleusinian and Bacchic Mysteries of Greece and Rome, the death of Dionysus is explained as having come at the hands of the Titans, who were a group of gods eventually defeated by Zeus.[15] The Orphic Hymns explain that Dionysus was the son of Zeus and Persephone:

"[Persephone] mother of Eubouleos [Dionysos], sonorous, divine, and many-formed, the parent of the vine." (Orphic Hymn 29 to Persephone)

"Eubouleos, whom the leaves of vines adorn, of Zeus and Persephoneia occultly born in beds ineffable." (Orphic Hymn 30 to Dionysos)

"[Dionysos-Zagreos] from Zeus' high counsels nursed by Persephoneia, and born the dread of all the powers divine." (Orphic Hymn 46 to Licnitus)

Pausanius was a Greek writer who lived in the 2nd century AD, and in his Guide to Greece he refers to the conflict between Dionysus and the Titans:

"The stories told of Dionysos by the people of Patrai, that he was reared in Mesatis and incurred there all sorts of perils through the plots of the Titanes." (7.19.4)

"From Homer the name of the Titanes was taken by Onomakritos, who in the orgies he composed for Dionysos made the Titanes the authors of the god's sufferings." (8.37.1)

The Greek geographer Strabo from the first century BC also mentions the strange cult of Dionysos in his book Geography:

"Sabazios also belongs to the Phrygian group and in a way is the child of the Mother [Rhea], since he too transmitted the rites of Dionysos." (10.3.15)

"Just as in all other respects the Athenians continued to be hospitable to things foreign, so also in their worship of the gods; for they welcomed so many of the foreign rites ... the Phrygian [rites of Rhea-Khybele] [were mentioned] by Demosthenes, when he casts the reproach upon Aeskhines' mother and Aeskhines himself that he was with her when she conducted initiations, that he joined her in leading the Dionysiac march..." (10.3.18)

Diodorus Siculus was another Greek historian who lived in the first century BC, and in his Library of History he mentions the myths of Dionysos numerous times:

"...there was born of Zeus and Persephone a Dionysos who is called by some Sabazios and whose birth and sacrifices and honours are celebrated at night and in secret, because of the disgraceful conduct which is the consequence of the gatherings. They state also that he excelled in sagacity and was the first to attempt the yoking of oxen and by their aid the sowing of the seed, this being the reason why they also represent him as wearing a horn." (4.4.1)

"This god [Dionysos-Zagreos] was born in Krete, men say, of Zeus and Persephone, and Orpheus has handed down the tradition in the initiatory rites that he was torn in pieces by the Titanes." (5.75.4)

"But the Aigyptians in their myths about Priapos say that in ancient times the Titanes formed a conspiracy against Osiris and slew him, and then, taking his body and dividing it into equal parts among themselves, slipped them secretly out of the house, but this organ alone they threw into the river, since no one of them was willing to take it with him. But Isis tracked down the murderers of her husband [or son in the Greek version], and after slaying the Titanes and fashioning the several pieces of his body into the shape of a human figure, she gave them to the priests with orders that they pay Osiris the honours of a god..." (4.6.1)

References to a lost phallus can be found in a number of pagan Dying God myths. In Part Three we mentioned the myths of the god Eshmun of Sidon, known to the Greeks as the healing god Asclepius, who reputedly cut off his own genitals with an axe before he was captured by the goddess Astronoe. In Anatolia there was a similar story of the god Attis, who was also pursued by a goddess, and who was also driven to castrate himself. The myth of Attis is also very closely related to the myth of Adonis the Phoenician god of Byblos, who was closely connected with both the Sumerian god Tammuz and Osiris. Both Adonis and Attis were described as hunters, and Adonis died after being mortally wounded while hunting a boar. All of these mythical gods thus appear to be closely related, and all of them can be described as "dying and rising" gods because the theme of death and rebirth is at the heart of each of their cults.

The Latin writer Gaius Julius Hyginus (c. 64 BC - 17 AD) offers his own explanation of how the murder of the Dying God was related to an attempt by a faction of the gods to take over the divine pantheon:

"After Juno [Hera] saw that Epaphus [Dionysos], born of a concubine, ruled such a great kingdom, she saw to it that he should be killed while hunting, and encouraged the Titanes to drive Jove [Zeus] from the kingdom and restore it to Saturn [Kronos]. When they tried to mount to heaven, Jove with the help of Minerva, Apollo, and Diana, cast them headlong into Tartarus." (Fabulae 150)

Plutarch's myth of Osiris has the death of Osiris coming at the hands of Set in collusion with seventy-two other conspirators. From the connections between Osiris and Dionysus we can see that these seventy-two "conspirators" were understood to be gods themselves, specifically the Titans, according to the Greeks. What we can see is that these mythical traditions are simply degenerated recollections of the historical circumstances surrounding the death of Nimrod, the division of the nations to the seventy fallen angels, and the subsequent disappearance of God from the scene as He allowed these malevolent spiritual forces to take over and rule the earth as they wished. The Greeks portrayed the killers of Dionysos/Osiris as gods who were then defeated by Zeus and thrown into Tartarus, but we know that these gods were not defeated and that the death of Nimrod allowed for them to establish their position as the Kosmokrators (world powers) referred to by the Apostle Paul in Ephesians 6:12.

The death of Nimrod and the spiritual division of humanity led to the quick establishment of Paganism worldwide as a religion in which human beings existed in bondage and servitude to the gods. The sacrifice of Jesus Christ liberated humanity from this spiritual system, but today there is a worldwide movement to turn back to it, to welcome the return of the "gods", and to willingly submit ourselves and our sons and daughters to the authority of the deceiving spirits that stand behind it. It is up to us to resist this movement, to turn to the true Messiah, and to preach His saving Gospel against this "gospel of destruction" that is steadily gaining momentum.
 

Messiahs of Life or Death

The strange relationship that exists between the dying and rising god found in different forms throughout the pagan world, and the dying and rising God who brought forth Christianity, is best explained as a relationship of mirror opposites. Up until now this relationship has only been addressed by researchers who believed they had found in it evidence that Jesus did not exist, or evidence that the 'historical Jesus' was far different than the miracle-working Messiah portrayed in the Gospels. They have argued that the "Jesus Myth" is simply a clever repackaging of the pagan myth in which figures such as Osiris, Adonis, Dionysus, Mithras, or Krishna, played the central role. What we have shown so far in this series is that these pagan saviors can all be traced back to the historical Nimrod, whereas the historical Jesus stands alone, with a separate identity and a separate and unique message of salvation for all humanity.

When an image is held up to a mirror there are, of course, many similarities that can be identified. Often if the two images are glanced at quickly and superficially the viewer may immediately conclude that the images are the same. However, this conclusion is false, because what is seen in a mirror is actually the exact opposite of the original. Such is the case with the myths that developed in connection with Nimrod and their relationship with the story of Jesus of Nazareth as found in the Gospels. Similarities between the two figures definitely do exist, but these similarities should only serve to highlight the differences between the messages that are associated with the two Messiahs. One of these Messiahs offers a message of hope and redemption based on hard truth that is not geared to appeal to our selfish pride, while the other offers a similar promise, but with a different appeal and a different method to gain that promise. In the letters of the Apostle John we find that this second figure is referred to as the "Antichrist" :

"Children, it is the last hour; and just as you heard that antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have appeared." (1 John 2:18)

In his letter John explains that an "antichrist" is one who denies either God the Father or Jesus Christ the Son, yet John also points to a singular figure who "is coming." This future Antichrist is identified in the book of Revelation as the Beast who comes out of the Abyss.

The definition of the word "Antichrist" is given in Strong's Exhaustive Concordance. It is composed of two words: the prefix "anti" which means "opposite," "instead of," or "in place of," and is "often used in composition to denote substitution;" and the word "Christos" which means "anointed, i.e. the Messiah, an epithet of Jesus." From this definition we can see that the Antichrist will not be a figure who openly attacks Jesus, or who espouses hatred of Jesus, or who identifies himself openly as an enemy of Jesus. The Antichrist will instead claim to be the true "Christ," and will make many of the same claims and promises, especially when it comes to the question of eternal life, that Jesus made for those who have accepted Him as their gateway to immortality.

The Antichrist will be a deceiver and an imposter and his message will appeal to humanity's self-centered aspirations, to our pride, and to our intellect and emotions. Just as Jesus offers us eternal life, so will the Antichrist, but the Antichrist's message will be based on the three-fold Luciferian lie that brought about humanity's fall from grace in the very beginning. Author Alan Morrison gives a very good analysis of this  lie in his excellent book The Serpent and the Cross:

"This 'lie' is at the very heart of all that is awry in the cosmos... It is the root of falsehood in every form and was brought into being by Satan, as is evidenced by the fact that Jesus told the Pharisees that the devil was the 'father of the lie' (Jon 8:44). This original 'lie' has three essential components which have great significance for our study into religious corruption. ...
    The first part of Satan's threefold lie involved the promise that our first parents would 'be like God [or gods]' if they partook in the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil (Gen. 3:5). This could be referred to as the cardinal sin in the cosmos. It was the beginning of an endemic sinful process in which human beings 'strive against their Maker', imagining themselves to be unbegotten (cf. Isa. 45:9-10), in the belief that there is no Transcendent Creator God and that it is human beings alone who determine their own destiny.
    The significance of this aspect of the Satanic Lie for the subsequent religious development of the world is cataclysmic; for it has led to the idea that Man can become God. This has been manifested, firstly, in the practice of spiritual techniques and systems which will lead to a personal experience of the divine and even to actual 'deification' —which, as we shall discover, is an integral component in the world's religions. Secondly, it has materialised in the substitution of the creature for the Creator as the object of worship and the focus of religious power (cf. Rom. 1:25), so that people worship anything but the true God, whether it is an image of an animal or a human being, or even themselves. ...
    A primary object of Satan's enduring question ["has God indeed said...?"] was to persuade our first parents that in following him they would 'certainly not die' (Gen. 3:4), as the Lord had originally said they would if they disobeyed Him (Gen. 2:16-17). In effect, Satan was promising them unconditional eternal life. This forms the second component in his threefold lie. However, the complete reverse of what he promised actually came to pass. Because our first parents were beguiled by Satan's questioning of God's statement that they would die if they disobeyed His commandment, death then came into the world, just as the Lord has spoken (Rom. 5:12). This is why Jesus said that Satan 'was a murderer from the beginning' as well as the father of the lie (Jn 8:44). Satan promised life and instead brought death to humanity. ...
    The third part of Satan's threefold lie was to persuade our first parents that they could acquire a level of wisdom over and above that with which they had been endowed by their Creator: 'And when she saw that it was a tree desirable to make one wise...' (Gen. 3:6). The clear implication in Satan's strategy here was that there was some special, esoteric knowledge which God was concealing from His human creation, the acquisition of which would enhance their lives. In fact, Satan's suggestion was that God was ... denying our first parents the possibility of having their eyes opened and being like Him (see Gen. 3:5). In other words, the fallen angel was suggesting that God was wrongfully making an exclusive claim to the attribute of divine wisdom which could, in reality, be acquired by anyone. The outworking of this strategy, in terms of subsequent religious corruption, has been centred on the fascination with esoteric teachings as found in occult-mystical belief systems and the mystery religions. In common with the majority of the world's religions, they hold to the idea that one can be initiated into a body of 'higher-wisdom-teachings' which will bring about supernatural change and even deification." [16]

This three-fold lie of Satan is manifested in the religious system of ancient Paganism and in the underground occult tradition that has existed since the birth of Christianity:

1. You can be like God.
2. You can achieve eternal life.
3. You will gain wisdom equal with God.

Some day soon this lie will be resurrected and promoted again on a grand scale with the appearance of the Antichrist. He will preach to the world that through his example and by accepting his teachings all of these things will be gained for humanity. In a sense the human family will be faced with the very same temptation that Eve faced in the Garden of Eden, with the Antichrist offering a spiritual form of the forbidden fruit. Satan's lie is an old lie and it has been closely connected with Paganism from the beginning. Historian Franz Cumont summarizes the message of salvation and eternal life as promoted through the cults of the Dying God during the time of the Roman Empire:

"This constant endeavor to secure an after-existence for one's self and relatives manifested itself in various ways, but it finally assumed a concrete form in the worship of Osiris. The fate of Osiris, the god who died and returned to life, became the prototype of the fate of every human being that observed the funeral rites. "As truly as Osiris lives," says an Egyptian text, "he shall also live; as truly as Osiris is not dead, shall he not die; as truly as Osiris is not annihilated, shall he not be annihilated."
    If, then, the deceased had piously served Osiris-Serapis, he was assimilated to that god, and shared his immortality in the underworld, where the judge of the dead held forth. He lived not as a tenuous shade or as a subtle spirit, but in full possession of his body as well as of his soul. That was the Egyptian doctrine, and that certainly was also the doctrine of the Greco-Latin mysteries.
    Through the initiation the mystic was born again, but to a superhuman life, and became the equal of the immortals. In his ecstasy he imagined that he was crossing the threshold of death and contemplating the gods of heaven and hell face to face. If he had accurately followed the prescriptions imposed upon him by Isis and Serapis through their priests, those gods prolonged his life after his decease beyond the duration assigned to it by destiny, and he participated eternally in their beatitude and offered them his homage in their realm." [17]

The promises are the same but the methods to receive the promises are different. The cult of paganism's Dying God promoted contact with the spirit world and offered hidden initiations to higher and higher levels, while holding out the promise of hidden knowledge that could be applied by the initiate as the key to eternal life. On the other hand, Jesus taught that eternal life demands submission to the Creator, and acceptance of the death of Jesus Christ as the sacrifice for our sins. There are no secrets and the knowledge has never been hidden. From the very beginning Jesus told His followers to preach His message openly to the entire world. Eternal life is not a hidden mystery that we can discover, or something that we can achieve or earn, but is a gift of God given to those who are able to humble themselves and accept it. Jesus claimed to speak for God, and He gave a clear message concerning this gift of eternal life:

"No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up at the last day. It is written in the Prophets: 'They will all be taught by God.' Everyone who listens to the Father and learns from him comes to me. No one has seen the Father except the one who is from God; only he has seen the Father. I tell you the truth, he who believes has everlasting life." (John 6:44-47)

"When a man believes in me, he does not believe in me only, but in the one who sent me. When he looks at me, he sees the one who sent me. I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness. As for the person who hears my words but does not keep them, I do not judge him. For I did not come to judge the world, but to save it. There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; that very word which I spoke will condemn him at the last day. For I did not speak of my own accord, but the Father who sent me commanded me what to say and how to say it. I know that his command leads to eternal life." (John 10:44-50)

Furthermore, Jesus was very clear that the only path to eternal life was through Himself alone when He said (John 14:6),

"I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."

Jesus claimed that He was the way, the truth, and the life, and that He was the only way through which to receive these blessings. He also predicted that the majority of humanity would not make the right decision to follow Him. In the text below the two possible destinations are given by Jesus as either Destruction or Life.

"Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it." (Matthew 7:13-14)

In Hebrew the name of Jesus (which is an English form of the Greek "Iesous") is Yeshua. In the Old Testament the English translation of Yeshua appears as Joshua, which is a named derived from the Hebrew root word yasha, which means "salvation." Yeshua is therefore a very fitting name for the Savior of the World.

In the book of Revelation the figure known as the Antichrist is predicted to rise up from "out of the Abyss." The Abyss is simply another name for Hell, known the Hebrews as Sheol. It is the place where the souls of all deceased humans were kept up until the sacrifice of Jesus, and then afterwards it became the place where only the souls of the unsaved have been kept. In Revelation 9 the Abyss is opened by a fallen angel (Lucifer) which allows the earth to be invaded by demonic forces. These forces are said to be led by another figure who is then introduced (Revelation 9:11):

"They had as king over them the angel of the Abyss, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in Greek, Apollyon."

Bible scholars have debated the identity of this figure over the years and the consensus is that Abaddon is either another name for Satan, or else he is one of Satan's chief fallen angels who rules over the Abyss. Other scholars have submitted the possibility, however, that Abaddon may be a name for the Antichrist himself, a conclusion made recently by author and Bible scholar Patrick Heron. Opponents of this view argue that Abaddon cannot be the Antichrist because he is described as an "angel." However, the Greek word for angel, which is aggelos, is a word that simply means "messenger" or "envoy," and is not a hard and fast term that must always refer to the angelic B'nai Elohim, or "sons of God" that make up God's heavenly host. The soul of the Antichrist is currently confined to the Abyss, yet his legacy endures as a message of deception for those who seek to gain eternal life by acquiring hidden knowledge or through their own efforts. In this way the Antichrist is most certainly an "angel," and more specifically an "angel of the Abyss," because those who accept his message will end up in Hell.

If Abaddon is indeed a name for the Antichrist then it is a perfect fit because the Hebrew word Abaddon means "destruction." This is additional evidence that the true relationship between paganism's Dying God and Jesus Christ, is a relationship of mirror opposites. The meaning of the Hebrew name Yeshua derives from the word meaning "salvation," whereas the meaning of the Hebrew name Abaddon means "destruction." One Messiah will save His followers and lead them to eternal life, while the other will deceive his followers and lead them to destruction. The difference cannot be made more clear.

The idea of mirror opposites continues in the descriptions of these two figures within the book of Revelation. Near the beginning of the vision God identifies Himself by saying, "I am the Alpha and the Omega, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty." Near the end of the vision Jesus identifies Himself as God when He says, "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end." In this way Jesus Himself can also be viewed as the eternally existent one "who is, and who was, and who is to come." On the other hand the Antichrist is identified in Revelation 17 as the one who "once was, now is not, and yet will come."

Jesus lived on this earth and He died. After His death He was resurrected and taken up into Heaven. The Antichrist lived on this earth as Nimrod, and he died. After his death his soul was confined to the pit of Hell, and one day he will be resurrected. Both Messiahs, when all is said and done, will have experienced resurrection, and both will make a "Second Coming" to the earth. Jesus will return from Heaven, while the Antichrist will return from Hell.

The final destiny of each of these Messiahs can also be shown to be completely different. The second coming of the Antichrist will result in a short period of triumph during which he will rule over the entire world, yet his end will come and he will be destroyed and cast into the lake of fire. The Second Coming of Jesus Christ will result in His triumph and victory over the Antichrist. Jesus will then rule over the entire world for eternity and continue to exist for eternity.

In terms of the purpose of their deaths there is another relationship between the two Messiahs along the lines of mirror opposites. The death of Nimrod, as has been explained, led to the division of the nations and the beginning of the Pagan Era during which the "gods" ruled over humanity as they wished. In this context the death of Nimrod can be viewed as a human sacrifice that was offered on behalf of the "gods" enabling their period of authority over humanity. Jesus Christ was the exact opposite. He was indeed a sacrifice, but His sacrifice was a divine sacrifice of God offered on behalf of humanity. He was the Son of God, and God incarnate in human flesh, whose death liberated humanity and provided eternal life, so that human beings could replace the fallen "sons of God" and become immortal members of the family of God.

In the book of Revelation, after John is brought into his visionary state, the Son of God appears before John which causes John to collapse at His feet like a dead man. Jesus then places His hand upon John and introduces Himself:

"Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades." (Revelation 1:17-18)

Jesus Christ refers to Himself as "the First and the Last," which speaks of His connection with God the Father and His presence at the beginning and end of Creation. The Antichrist is also, in his own way, the first and the last. In Revelation 12 Satan is introduced as a dragon with seven heads, which we have identified as seven kings that have ruled throughout history on behalf of Satan. There are seven kings, but these kings make eight appearances on the world's stage. The Antichrist, as Nimrod, was the first to appear, and he will also be the last, when he is resurrected and allowed to rule as the eighth manifestation of Satan's seven kings:

"The beast who once was, and now is not, is an eighth king. He belongs to the seven and is going to his destruction." (Revelation 17:11)


The Two Messiahs in the Old Testament

The name "Nimrod" occurs in the Bible only four times. Twice it occurs in the Table of Nations in Genesis 10 where Nimrod is first introduced, and once it occurs in 1 Chronicles 1:10 within a chronology that is simply a restatement of Genesis 10. The fourth and final Biblical reference to Nimrod is offered by the Old Testament prophet Micah. Within this prophetic message we find references to the two end-times Messiahs, beginning with a prediction of the true Messiah:

"Marshal your troops, O city of troops, for a siege is laid against us. They will strike Israel's ruler on the cheek with a rod. But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times. Therefore Israel will be abandoned until the time when she who is in labor gives birth and the rest of his brothers return to join the Israelites. He will stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God. And they will live securely, for then his greatness will reach to the ends of the earth. And he will be their peace." (Micah 5:1-5)

The prophet Micah lived in the eighth century BC after Israel had been divided into the northern kingdom of Israel and the southern kingdom of Judah. His message begins with a prediction against the northern kingdom, saying that Israel's ruler would be struck with a rod. This occurred in 722 BC when Assyria under Sargon II destroyed the kingdom of Israel and scattered its fabled ten tribes.

The message then shifts to a small town within the kingdom of Judah named Bethlehem, from whom Micah predicts the Messiah would be born. The Messiah's origins are "from of old, from ancient times," while other versions read "from the days of eternity." This parallels the book of Revelation's description of the Messiah (21:13) as being "the first and the last, the beginning and the end." Micah continues by referring to Israel as "she who is in labor" which is a description of Israel also found in the book of Revelation:

"A great and wondrous sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head. She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth." (Revelation 12:1-2)

Micah's prediction of the Messiah begins with His birth in Bethlehem and ends by describing His reign over "the ends of the earth" that will finally bring peace to the nation of Israel. Micah then turns to a description of another figure that he refers to as "the Assyrian:"

"When the Assyrian invades our land and marches through our fortresses, we will raise against him seven shepherds, even eight leaders of men. They will rule the land of Assyria with the sword, the land of Nimrod with drawn sword. He [the Messiah of Bethlehem] will deliver us from the Assyrian when he invades our land and marches into our borders." (Micah 5:5-6)

This provocative passage contains a reference to "seven shepherds, even eight leaders of men" who are raised up to defend Israel from "the Assyrian" who is connected with "the land of Nimrod." The references to "seven" and "eight," combined with Micah's previous predictions of the true Messiah, make it reasonable to view the prediction about the "Assyrian" as a prediction of the false Messiah, the Beast of Revelation who "belongs to the seven" but appears as the eighth. The numerical connection may be dismissed by some as a "coincidence" but, given what we have learned, it seems more of a confirmation than a coincidence.

The possibility that Micah is offering a prophecy of the "Two Messiahs" is confirmed even more in verse 6, when the true Messiah is said to be the One who delivers Israel from the aggression of "the Assyrian." The Apostle Paul predicted the end of the Antichrist at the hands of the Messiah when he wrote (1 Thessalonians 2:8) that the Antichrist would be the one... "whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming." Revelation 19:20 also connects the destruction of the false Messiah with the appearance of the true Messiah.

According to the prophet Daniel (11:40-45) the forces of the Antichrist will one day invade and take over Israel from the north, which was the location of the ancient kingdom of Assyria. According to Genesis 10:11 Nimrod was the founder of the nation of Assyria when he built three cities there. Following the death of Nimrod and the breakup of his empire the Assyrian people remembered Nimrod as the warrior-god Assur, which is a name David Rohl connects directly with the Egyptian god "Asar," whom the Greeks referred to as "Osiris." [Rohl]

Micah's prophecy of the "Two Messiahs" ends with additional apocalyptic references involving the purging of Israel's wickedness; a promise that Israel will "be lifted up in triumph" over her enemies; and a final warning that God will "take vengeance in anger and wrath upon the nations that have not obeyed me." His message is thoroughly apocalyptic and "the Assyrian" should be viewed as an apocalyptic figure as well.

The idea that Micah's prophecies of "the Assyrian" are related to the end-times career of the Antichrist is put forth by respected prophecy scholar and commentator Chuck Missler within his study "Antichrist—The Alternate Ending." A short summation of his view can be read in the article "The Return of Nimrod?" in which Missler refers to the Antichrist and asks "Could it be that this final world dictator will be, in some sense, a return of Nimrod?" Missler's study focuses more on geographical origin than on identity, but he deserves to be thanked for providing a good analysis and for making some very important points.
 

The Kabiric Mysteries

The theme of an "eighth" in connection with an original "seven" is closely connected with the Phoenician god Eshmun, mentioned above and in Part Three, who was a form of the Dying God worshiped by the Phoenicians of Sidon and Berytus (Beirut). Here is a quote from the fifth century AD neo-Platonist writer Damascius:

"Asclepius of Berytus, he says, is neither a Greek nor an Egyptian but a native Phoenician. For to Sadykos sons were born, who are explained as Dioscouri and Kabeiri. Then as the eighth child, Esmounos was born [to him]; and Esmounos is interpreted as Asclepius. He was of very good appearance, a young man of admirable looks, and therefore became, according to the myth, the darling of Astronoe, a Phoenician goddess, the mother of the gods. He used to go hunting in these valleys. It then once happened that he discovered the goddess pursuing him. He fled, but when he saw that she continued to chase him and was just about to seize him, he cut off his own genitals with an axe. Greatly distressed at what had happened, she called Paian and rekindled [the life of] the young man by means of life-bringing heat and made him into a god. The Phoenicians call him Esmounos because of the warmth of life. Others, again, interpret Esmounos as "the eighth", explaining that he was the eighth child of Sadykos." [18]

The above quote from Damascius is reproduced in The Riddle of Resurrection by Tryggve N.D. Mettinger, who goes on to give an explanation of the important points:

"It is clear that this passage, late as it is, contains some information that receives striking confirmation from earlier sources relating to the Eshmun cult. Esmounos is said in our text to be a native Phoenician god, the eighth son of Sadykos, and born after the seven Kabeiri or Dioscouri. All this we recognize from Philo Byblius, who speaks of "the seven sons of Sydyk, the Kabeiri, and the eighth son, their brother Asclepius." Sydyk is obviously a Semitic word, from the root for "righteousness", s-d-q. The final part of our passage in Damascius gives two alternate Semitic etymologies for the name of the god Eshmun: either from the Northwest Semitic >s, "fire", or from Northwest Semitic tmn, "eight"... [19]

The center of the Kabiric Mysteries was the island of Samothrace located in the Northern Aegean Sea. The island's mountain is the highest throughout the Aegean Sea, and Homer wrote that the god Poseidon took a seat at its top to watch the Trojan War being fought to the southeast. By the fifth century BC the cult was firmly established and the primary sanctuary had become an important part of the religion in the region, especially for the wealthy and elite of Greek society. The following quote from a website that discusses Samothrace describes the cult's prestige:

"The sanctuary was used for the worship and performance of the mysteries in honor of the Great Gods, a religious event of great importance during Greek and Roman antiquity. The identity and nature of the gods worshipped on Samothrace, the so-called "Kabeiroi", still remains problematic." [20]

The author Guy Maclean Rogers, in his book Alexander—The Ambiguity of Greatness, relates an interesting anecdote about Samothrace and its Mysteries:

"Alexander's father, Philip II of Macedon, had fallen in love with Olympias [Alexander's mother] when both were initiated into the mysteries of the Kabeiri (earth gods) on the island of Samothrace. Later on, Olympias was known to be devoted to ectastic Dionysian cults. During their ceremonies she entered into states of possession, and to the festival processions in honor of the god she introduced large, hand-tamed snakes that terrified the male spectators." [21]

The settlement of the island of Samothrace and its origin as an important sacred site in the pagan world is described by the first century BC historian Diodorus Siculus. According to Diodorus, the island was settled by Myrina, the  Queen of the Amazons, and subsequently adopted by the "Mother of the Gods" and her sons the Kabeiri or "Corybantes." However, Diodorus strangely refuses to provide the name of the father of these seven sons:

"As for Myrina, the account continues, she visited the larger part of Libya, and passing over into Egypt she struck a treaty of friendship with Horus, the son of Isis, who was king of Egypt at that time, and then, after making war to the end upon the Arabians and slaying many of them, she subdued Syria... She also conquered in war the races in the region of the Taurus, peoples of outstanding courage, and descended through Greater Phrygia to the sea... then she won over the land lying along the coast and fixed the bounds of her campaign at the Caicus River. And selecting in the territory which she had won by arms sites well suited for the founding of cities, she built a considerable number of them and founded one which bore her own name...
    These, then are the cities she settled along the sea, but others, and a larger number, she planted in the regions stretching towards the interior. She seized also some of the islands, and Lesbos in particular, on which she founded the city of Mitylene, which was named after her sister who took part in the campaign. After that, while subduing some of the rest of the islands, she was caught in a storm, and after she had offered up prayers for her safety to the Mother of the Gods, she was carried to one of the uninhabited islands; this island, in obedience to a vision which she beheld in her dreams, she made sacred to this goddess, and set up altars there and offered magnificent sacrifices. She also gave it the name of Samothrace, which means, when translated into Greek, "sacred island," although some historians say that it was formerly called Samos and was then given the name of Samothrace by Thracians who at one time dwelt on it. However, after the Amazons had returned to the continent, the myth relates, the Mother of the Gods, well pleased with the island, settled in it certain other people, and also her own sons, who are known by the name of Corybantes--who their father was is handed down in their rites as a matter not to be divulged; and she established the mysteries which are now celebrated on the island and ordained by law that the sacred area should enjoy the right of sanctuary." (Bibliotheca Historia, Book III, Chapter 55)

The cult of the Kabiric Mysteries was influential and secretive, yet its influence declined and many of its secrets have since been revealed. One of the best studies on this once-powerful institution can be found in A New Encyclopaedia of Freemasonry, by Aurthur Edward Waite, who was himself a learned Kabbalist, a member of the Golden Dawn, and a high level Freemason:

"Kabiric Rites
    There was a wide and varied world of initiation long prior to the modern schools, as there was a world before the Flood. It unfolds before us under many aspects and guises, but these seem to be concerned always with the symbolism of Mystical Death. In the Kabiric Rites of Samothrace we hear that the Candidate was brought into the presence of the gods and was there slain by the gods. It seems obviously a kind of mystery which the most enthusiastic disciple would have been disposed to avoid at that and any other period; but in the light of all that we know concerning Initiation at large we shall interpret the episode in a purely symbolical manner and shall conclude that the recipient was passing through an experience of figurative death, after which there was a resurrection. Alternatively the Kabiric pantheon—if I may be permitted so to term it—had a myth of this kind in connection with one of their gods, in which case the Kabiric Rites, commemorating this event, were identical with other Instituted Mysteries, and notably those of Osiris, Ceres, Bacchus, Adonis and Rhea. Always, as Faber says, and as we have seen otherwise at length, "some ancient personage was first bewailed as being dead, or as having descended into hell," after which his or her "supposed revivification was celebrated with the most violent and frantic expressions of joy." We hear accordingly of a ceremonial observance which was called the Kabiric Death, celebrated precisely in the manner just indicated, that is to say, amidst darkness and sorrow, but afterwards in rejoicing and gladness. It was in commemoration of the mystical death and restoration of Kasmillos, the youngest of the Kabiric gods. I have failed to discover on what authority the Candidate for these Mysteries of Initiation is said to have taken the part of Kasmillos, suggesting that in the course of his experience he also was slain figuratively by the gods, that is by the officiating priests, and was thereafter restored to life. The assertion has been made, however, by more than one writer, and I remember indeed that "Kasmillos the Candidate" figures in one of the non-Masonic Rites which one meets with among modern inventions. ...
    Pageant of the Rites.—As regards the ceremonial procedure, the scholiast on Homer reports that Candidates presented themselves crowned with olive-wreaths and wearing a purple girdle, that they passed in the dark of the night amidst woods and waterways—according to the scholiast on Apollonius—and so reached the Temple. The Rite which they witnessed was essentially phallic and its traditional history was the slaying of Kasmillos by his own brethren and fellow-gods, who fled—bearing his genitals in a cistern or basket. This is according to Herodotus—Liber II, c. 51—who says also that his body was carried into Asia on a shield and was buried at the foot of Mount Olympus. The circumstances of his restoration to life have not come down to us, and it may even be suppositious, an argument from the analogies furnished by the Mystery of Osiris, Iacchos and Adonis, though the force of the analogy is irresistable, and I have no doubt that those who mourned Kasmillos rejoiced afterwards with him. It is said by Herodotus that the Recipients were instructed in various historical traditions belonging to the Pelasgian race, and there is a suggestion otherwise—but I know not on what authority—that the Rite ended with the enthronement of the Candidate. The Kabiric Mysteries passed from Samothrace to Lemnos, Crete, Phrygia and Rome. There is evidence of Strabo to show that they were still practiced in Samothrace at the beginning of the Christian era." [22]

The Kabiric Mysteries appear to be a cult that promoted the Pagan perspective of the Judeo-Christian expectation regarding Satan and his seven kings. The Kabeiri, as Philo of Byblos explains, are the seven sons of a figure simply named "Sydyk" (righteous) whose identity is otherwise unknown, and Asclepius (also known as Esmounos, Eshmun or Kadmillos) is viewed as the eighth who died and rose again, or rather will rise again.

The name "Asclepius" comes from a Greek word that means "cut up," which is another connection with Osiris/Dionysus. The symbol for Asclepius was a staff entwined with a serpent, and a title for Asclepius was "serpent-bearer":

"This symbol has now become a symbol for physicians across the globe. However, one should be careful not to confuse the Staff of Asclepius, which features a single serpent, with the Caduceus of Mercury (Roman), or the Karykeion of Hermes. The Caduceus, which features two intertwined serpents (rather than the single serpent in Asclepius' wand), as well as a pair of wings, has long been a symbol of commerce. It is thought that the two were first confused in the seventh century A.D., when alchemists often used the caduceus to symbolize their association with magical or "hermetic" arts." [23]

Another connection between Asclepius, the eighth, who is associated with seven brothers, and Osiris, who can only be viewed as an earlier representation of this dying and rising god, can be found in the Hermetic literature that was written in Alexandrian Egypt, during the first few centuries AD. In a tract entitled Asclepius (III, 37), written in Latin, it is stated very plainly that the "body" of Asclepius is buried in a temple "on the Libyan mountain near the shore of the crocodiles." This reference to Monte Libyco, as explained by Hermetic scholar Garth Fowden (see Part Six) is simply a reference to the Giza Plateau that rises next to the Nile, and we can assume that the temple referred to can only be the Giza Necropolis, which was known throughout antiquity as the Tomb of Osiris. With these connections in mind it becomes clear that the Hermetic "mountain" that allegedly holds the corpse of "Asclepius" is probably the Great Pyramid itself.
 

The Hero With A Thousand Faces

The story of a Dying God became known throughout the world long before God took human flesh in the form of Jesus of Nazareth. This is a fact that has always been known by the masters and initiates of the mystery traditions, but it is a fact that has been long ignored or repressed by Christian scholars. In the late 1800s the phenomenon was presented through a secular academic perspective by Sir James Frazer and his groundbreaking book The Golden Bough published in 1890. Then in 1949 Joseph Campbell published his famous analysis of the "monomyth," entitled The Hero With A Thousand Faces. Campbell attempted to assimilate all of the ancient accounts of heroes and saviors into a basic template involving challenges, failures, death, rebirth, tragedy and finally triumph.

Many of Campbell's ideas can be viewed in hindsight as accurate, because at a certain level many of the hero-myths of antiquity can be traced back to one man: the Biblical Nimrod, as we have shown. However, the fault with Campbell lies in his insistent materialism and his unwillingness to appreciate the supernatural. Many of his critics have accused him of attempting to destroy religion, and it is well known that Campbell viewed the Bible as an unhistorical mythical fantasy, culminating in the New Testament which, according to Campbell, was simply another presentation of the same primordial mythical hero in the life of Christ. On this Campbell was wrong and he took his analysis too far. Nimrod can be viewed as the historical basis of the "Hero With A Thousand Faces," but the true Christ has had only one face and one message from the moment that He began to prove His identity as the Messiah and Lord of all creation.

In the ancient world the Dying God took many different names and was remembered in his many different aspects. The Egyptians knew him as Osiris, a former great king who died and became the ruler of the Underworld. The Babylonians knew him as Marduk and the Canaanites knew him as Baal, both of whom rose to become leaders of the pantheon. The Phoenicians of Tyre knew him as Melqart the hero; those of Byblos knew him as Adonis the lover; and those of Sidon knew him as Eshmun the healer; yet all of them were simply separate representations of Nimrod the original historical figure.

When it comes to the Greeks, who had their own unique pantheon but then assimilated all of the foreign gods all over again, the picture becomes even more convoluted. On a certain level Zeus, who was equated with Baal and Marduk, can be viewed as a representation of Nimrod/Osiris. The Greeks also knew Osiris as Dionysos, and then they assimilated the separate representations of the Phoenician Dying Gods individually: thus Eshmun became Asclepius the great healer, Melqart became Herakles the heroic demi-god, while Adonis retained his name and his representation as a beautiful but ill-fated lover. The wisdom aspect of Nimrod/Osiris as a great teacher and theologian became represented in Hermes, who was also equated with the Egyptian god Thoth. The figure of Hermes became a very important figure as paganism declined and today Hermetic teachings are making a major resurgence.
 

The Hermetic Tradition

After Christianity became dominant in Egypt the cult of Hermes became an important underground transmitter of pagan traditions, and the alleged writings of Hermes Trismegistus, the Hermetica, became highly treasured in occult circles. During this time the Giza Necropolis became increasingly referred to as the Tomb of Hermes, replacing the classical designation of the monument as the Tomb of Osiris.

The Hermetic teachings were eventually repressed by the Roman Church, along with the "Luciferian Christian" teachings of the Gnostics, until they reappeared in the West near the end of the life of Cosimo de Medici (1389-1464) the ruler of the Republic of Florence. In fact, as Frances Yates explains, Cosimo had access to the works of Plato and of "Hermes," but he chose to have the Hermetic works translated first so that he could read them before he died.

The appearance of the neo-pagan mystical Hermetic writings, as well as the increasing popularity of the Kabbalah as a reputed form of "Christian magic," led to the re-emergence of occult beliefs and practices during the Renaissance. Magicians such as Giordano Bruno, Cornelius Agrippa, Albertus Magnus, Tommaso Campanella, Paracelsus, Nostradamus, and many others lived and worked in an underground occult network, often on the run from a Church that was rarely hesitant to burn heretics at the stake. This network became closely associated with the Rosicrucians, which appeared in the early 1600s, as well as with the Freemasons, that became public as an esoteric order in Britain in the early 1700s. Britain was also a haven for legendary occult figures like John Dee and Francis Bacon, the former being the inspiration for magical orders such as the Golden Dawn and the OTO, and the latter viewed as a father-figure of Rosicrucians and Freemasons.

The origins of the Freemasons can be traced back to the Knights Templar who, as scholars have shown, held to Gnostic beliefs associated with the Cathars, a sect brutally suppressed by the Church in a series of genocidal Crusades in the thirteenth century. The Gnostics, it must be remembered, practiced a strange form of Luciferian Christianity, in which the God of the Old Testament was reviled as evil and Jesus Christ was viewed as a manifestation of the serpent of wisdom from the Garden of Eden. The Gnostics viewed the heroes of the Old Testament as wicked, and in turn they glorified the enemies of God in the Old Testament as heroes. From this perspective the first human hero after the Fall was Cain, and the first hero after the Flood was Nimrod. This Gnostic perspective can be seen very clearly in one of the earliest Masonic manuscripts known as the Dowland MS. It dates to approximately 1500 and it tells the story of the beginning of Freemasonry as an institution allegedly dedicated to truth and brotherhood among men. Here is an excerpt from this venerable manuscript:

"How that these worthy Sciences were first begunne, I shall you tell. Before Noye's flood, there was a man called Lameche, as it is written in the Byble in the iiijth [4th] chapter of Genesis; and this Lameche had two wives, and the one height Ada, and that other height Sella; by his first wife Ada he gott two sons, and that one Jabell and thother Tuball, and by that other wife Sella he got a son [Tubal-Cain] and a daughter... And this elder son Jabell found the science of Geometrie... And his brother Tuball found the science of music... And the third brother, Tuball Cain, found smithcraft of gold, silver, copper, iron and steele; and the daughter found the craft of Weavinge. And these children knew well that God would take vengeance for synn, either by fire or by water; wherefore they writt their science that they had found in two pillars of stone, that they might be found after Noye's flood...
    Our intent is to tell you trulie how and in what manner these stones were found that these sciences were written in. The great Hermarynes, that was Cuby's [Cush's?] son, the which Cub was Sem's son [sic], that was Noy's son. This Hermarynes afterwards was called Harmes [Hermes], the father of wise men; he found one of the two pillars of stone, and found the science written there, and he taught it to other men. And at the making of the Tower of Babylon there was Masonrye first made much of. And the Kinge of Babylon that height Nemrothe, was a mason himself; and he loved well the science, and it is said with masters of histories. And when the City of Nyneve and other cities of the East should be made, Nemrothe, the King of Babylon, sent thither three score Masons at the rogation of the King of Nyneve, his cosen. And when he sent them forth, he gave them a charge on this manner. That they should be true each of them to other, and that they should love truly together, and that they should serve their lord truly for their pay; soe that the master may have worshipp and all that long to him. And other moe charges he gave them. And this was the first time that ever Masons had any charge of his science." [24]

The Gnostic influence on this early Masonic manuscript is apparent in its glorification of the descendents of Cain who, according to the book of Enoch and other extra-Biblical Hebrew accounts, were influenced directly by the fallen angels. The appearance of Hermes as a historical figure is noteworthy, along with his positive portrayal, as well as the designation of Nimrod as one of the first Masons. The tale also implies that the God of the Bible is evil by presenting "knowledge" and "science" as something that had to be protected from God and as something that was resurrected by Hermes, an unbiblical pagan figure, and then used by Nimrod, the king who rebelled against God. The Masonic understanding of Hermes must be understood because he appears as a major figure in the messages that came from a modern Gnostic and high-level Freemason who we will examine next.
 

Edgar Cayce and the Second Coming

Edgar Cayce (1877-1945), the man known euphemistically as "The Sleeping Prophet," began his career as a door-to-door insurance salesman working for his father. The company they worked for was the Fraternal Insurance Company whose employees were all Freemasons and whose services were aimed at Freemasons. Throughout his life Cayce was intimately involved in Masonic circles and his career as a psychic was promoted by fellow Masons. In turn, the channeled messages received through Cayce promoted the Gnostic neo-pagan spirituality that exists at the heart of Freemasonry.

Edgar Cayce's career as a psychic began as a result of Cayce being hypnotized as a means to bring back his voice, which he had lost shortly after going into business with his father. While in a trance Cayce successfully diagnosed himself, and then later he was persuaded to give similar readings for other people. In 1910 the popularity of Cayce increased to the point that the New York Times published a front-page story (photo right) about his abilities. In 1918 Cayce was even invited to the White House to give a reading for President Woodrow Wilson, a fellow Mason. In 1925 Cayce relocated to Virginia Beach, Virginia, where he produced the majority of his "readings" that have become so popular in New Age and alternative circles.

Throughout his life Edgar Cayce claimed to be a devoted Christian, yet many of the trance-channeled messages that he received from the spirit world promoted a theology that contradicted the Bible. Cayce was taught astrology and reincarnation, and the messages even stated that Jesus Christ had gone through a number of incarnations as figures including Adam, Enoch, Melchizidek, Joseph and others, prior to his birth in Bethlehem. Cayce was also taught that mankind could evolve into god-hood (self-deification) after achieving "Christ Consciousness" over numerous lifetimes, he was taught that death was temporary and an illusion, and he was taught that hidden knowledge could be applied to aid in mankind's spiritual quest. To put it bluntly, Cayce's source promoted the three primary Satanic lies that underpin Gnosticism, Paganism and almost all occult belief systems.

Edgar Cayce's spiritual source also presented a view of human history that seemed to confirm the Hermetic writings that were the backbone of Freemasonry and Rosicrucianism. Some of his messages confirmed the existence of a hidden "Great White Brotherhood" of spiritual masters that guided civilization as taught by Helena Blavatsky and Alice Bailey of the Theosophical Society, and many more appeared to parallel the teachings of Harvey Spencer Lewis who founded the American Rosicrucian order, AMORC, in 1915.

According to the messages given through Edgar Cayce the most important time in human history, other than perhaps the time of Jesus Christ, was a period in ancient Egypt, dated to around 10,500 BC shortly after the alleged destruction of Atlantis. The whole story, as pieced together from a number of different readings given over several decades, appears to revolve around an ancient Egyptian High Priest by the name of Ra-Ta, who just happened to be a previous incarnation of Edgar Cayce himself. In reading this story as summarized by Cayce's son Hugh Lynn Cayce [25], it becomes clear that the story of Ra-Ta is simply a thinly-veiled presentation of the myth of Osiris that includes parallels with the life of Jesus Christ. Hugh Lynn Cayce introduces Ra-Ta:

"There were many people, even nations, that were influenced by the material activities of Ra-Ta. He came into the land of Egypt for a purpose, and was a man of unusual abilities as well as appearance and manners of conduct."

H.L. Cayce explains that prior to his birth the soul of Ra-Ta chose to be born into a tribe that later conquered Egypt. Ra-Ta was allegedly "the first pure white man on the earth" and he was born of a virgin and "not begotten of man." In his early years Ra-Ta did not fit in with society and was "rejected by those who ordinarily would have been his companions." However, Ra-Ta was able to rise above this prejudice and prove himself, and he eventually rose to a leadership position under the king, helping to lead the conquest of Egypt.

As the new dynasty became established Ra-Ta became the king's most trusted prophet and seer. Afterwards, "there began a period that may well be called a division of interests of the people." Ra-Ta worked with the king, and then with the king's son after the old king passed. Political, economic and religious matters then consumed Ra-Ta as he worked for the new king as the primary voice of the various councils that were set up. There is also a strange reference to the "divisions of the ... spiritual relationships" during this time:

"With these, preparations began for the temple where there was to be the various forms of worship, as related to the divisions of the penal or moral relationships of the people, and what would be termed today the religious or spiritual relationships."

In another reading Cayce's source explains that "The separating of the peoples in their castes was only the beginning then of group understandings, and the first ruler of groups set self in that place in the Upper Nile, near what is now known as the Valley of the Tombs." (Reading 195-41) [26]

Eventually Ra-Ta became famous throughout the world for his wisdom, for his technical and economic innovations, and for his skill in managing Egypt, and his opinions became highly sought after:

"From time to time it was necessary for Ra-Ta to visit these other lands, and during his absence there arose more and more a dissension among the people, some claiming that Ra-Ta was leaving much to subordinates. Especially some of the native councilors found such fault with Ra-Ta, and a few others who had allowed avarice to arise in their own makeup. This brought questioning more and more."

At this time Ra-Ta also became embroiled in a bizarre sexual affair with his own daughter, Isris, who was coveted by the king himself. She was Ra-Ta's companion in performing the temple rituals and eventually it was decreed that Isris would become his wife, through whom there might be brought a "perfect body," meaning a higher-evolved human being, which was an expectation realized in their son Iso. However, shortly after this the backlash against Ra-Ta culminated in a public trial and Ra-Ta, Isris, Iso, and other members of their inner circle, including "Hermes," were banished from Egypt to the land of Nubia to the south. After nine years of chaos, hardship, tumult and warfare, the people of Egypt finally realized their mistake and they begged Ra-Ta to return. To this Ra-Ta agreed, but only if certain conditions were met:

"...and that not until there had been definite arrangements made that the priest Ra-Ta would return, and that all would be submissive to his mandates. Ra-Ta became, then, a dictator - or a monarch in his own right."

When Ra-Ta returned he found that the years had taken their toll on his body. He was old, weak, stressed-out, and lacking in energy. Ra-Ta returned to the "Temple Beautiful" and withdrew himself from the world for a period of time, which allowed for his body to heal and rejuvenate. When he emerged from this period of "regeneration" Egypt began a new phase in its history:

"Then began what may be truly termed the first national or nation spirit of a peoples. Rather than the divisions causing a dispersing of ideal or a dividing up of interests, they seemed to centralize the interests; for these divisions were being guided by a ruler or king whose authority was not questioned any more. Neither were the advisings of the priest Ra-Ta questioned, and he was acting in the capacity of preparing for this very spirit to manifest in the way of the national emblems, the national ideas, that stood for the varied activities of not only individuals or groups, but for the general masses. Hence there began the first preparation for what has been called The Great Pyramid, which was to present that which had been gained by these people through the activities of Ra-Ta, who was now known as Ra. This work was aided much by Hermes, who had returned with Ra from the mount to which he had been banished. Isris, who had been condemned with Ra-Ta in banishment, was now raised to the position of queen without question, or the advisor to all her own people...
    Hence, under the authority of Ra, and Hermes acting as guide - or the actual construction architect, with Ra giving the directions, work began in earnest on the pyramid. Isris, whose name had now been changed to Isis, became the advisor for the laying in of those things that would present to the people the advancement of that portion of man called woman, as to her position in the activities of the human race."

This final great work of Ra-Ta was the building of the Great Pyramid, laid out "according to that which had been worked out by Ra-Ta in the mount, as related to the position of the stars about which this particular solar system circles in its activity..." It was to be a prophetic model of human events as well, which was a well-known belief in Cayce's day promoted by authors such as Piazzi Smith and David Davidson:

"As the changes came about in the earth, the rise and fall of nations were to be depicted in this same temple, that was to act as an interpreter for that which had been, that which is, and that which is to be..."

Finally, with the completion of the Great Pyramid the life's mission of Ra-Ta was accomplished and the end of his earthly incarnation was described:

"Then there came the period when all the pyramid or memorial was complete. Ra, having finished his work, ascended into the mount - and was borne away."

The purpose of the Great Pyramid is explained in a separate reading:

"In the building of the pyramid, and that which is now called the Mystery of Mysteries, this was intended to be a MEMORIAL - as would be termed today - to that counsellor who ruled or governed, or who acted in the capacity of the director in the MATERIAL things in the land. With the return of the priest [Ra] (as it had been stopped), this was later - by Isis, the queen, or the daughter of Ra - turned so as to present to those peoples in that land the relationships of man and animal or carnal world with those changes that fade or fall away in their various effect." [5748-6]

The story of Ra-Ta does not end with the completion of the Great Pyramid and his "ascension" into heaven. The spirits behind the messages given by Edgar Cayce were not interested only in the past, they also had a definite agenda for the future. According to these spirits Ra-Ta would appear again on the earth and he would help to lead humanity into the New Age of Aquarius. In the following excerpt the prophetic qualities of the Great Pyramid are promoted, and then there is a reference to the "return of the Great Initiate" that will take place when there is "a change in the earth's position":

"Then with Hermes and Ra... there began the building of that now called Gizeh, with which those prophecies that had been in the Temple of Records and the Temple Beautiful were builded, in the building of this that was to be the hall of the initiates of that sometimes referred to as the White Brotherhood. This then, receives all the records from the beginnings of that given by the priest, Arart, Araaraart and Ra, to that period when there is to be the change in the earth's position and the return of the Great Initiate to that and other lands for the folding up of those prophecies that are depicted there. All changes that came in the religious thought in the world are shown there, in the variations in which the passage through same is reached, from the base to the top - or to the open tomb AND the top. These are signified by both the layer and the color in what direction the turn is made." [5748-5]

Other readings explain that the "return of the Great Initiate" is associated with the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. However, the relationship between Christ and Ra-Ta remains unclear. On one hand Ra-Ta, a previous incarnation of Cayce, is clearly portrayed as the "Great Initiate" who is expected to return, but then Jesus is also described as the "Great Initiate." Strangely, Christ is also associated with an undiscovered tomb and/or pyramid that allegedly contains records of His teachings:

"(Q) In which pyramids are the records of the Christ?
(A) That yet to be uncovered.
(Q) Are there any written records which have not been found of the teachings?
(A) More, rather, of those of the close associates, and those records that are yet to be found of the preparation of the man, of the Christ, in those of the tomb, or those yet to be uncovered in the pyramid.
(Q) He said He would come again. What about His second coming?
(A) The time no one knows. Even as He gave, not even the Son Himself. ONLY the Father. Not until His enemies - and the earth - are wholly in subjection to His will, His powers.
(Q) Are we entering the period of preparation for His coming?
(A) Entering the test period, rather." [5749-2]

In the quote above Cayce's source echoes the Bible in saying that no one will know the time of the return of the Messiah, yet in many other readings this return is closely associated with the year 1998. Scholars have since concluded that Cayce's source was merely predicting that a chamber, the so-called "Hall of Records," would be found underneath the Sphinx in 1998. Evidence exists that just such a chamber was found in 1998, although its discovery has not been officially confirmed. Below are a few prophecies of the allegedly momentous year of 1998:

"In 1998 we may find a great deal of the activities as have been wrought by the gradual changes that are coming about...
(Question) Can a date be given to indicate the beginning of the Aquarian Age?
(Answer) This has already been indicated as the period when it should pass, but that is when it begins to affect. It laps from one to another, as is the natural sources, as he holds to that which has been, which is. As has been indicated, we will begin to understand fully in '98.
(Q) Are there any thoughts along these lines, beyond these, that can be given at this time?
(A) Holy, holy is His name!" [end of reading 1602-3]

"In this same pyramid did the Great Initiate, the Master, take those last of the Brotherhood degrees with John, the forerunner of Him, at that place... and again is there seen that this occurs in the entrance of the Messiah in this period - 1998." [5748-5]

The quotes above seem to refer to Jesus as the Great Initiate, yet another reading also clearly predicts the return of Ra-Ta, a portion of which goes on to describe him as the "Liberator of the World" :

"Is it not fitting, then, that these must return? As this priest [Ra-Ta] may develop himself to be in that position, to be in the capacity of a LIBERATOR of the world in its relationships to individuals in those periods to come; for he must enter again at that period, or in 1998." [294-151]

The relationship between Ra-Ta and Jesus is enigmatic, and Cayce's secretary, Gladys Davis, turned to an encyclopedia of occult themes and symbols written by Manly P. Hall to try to make sense of it. In her notes she explains that according to Hall, the figure Hermes is the same as the Biblical Enoch who ascended into heaven in Genesis 5:24. Enoch is named in Cayce's readings as one of the incarnations of Jesus, and so Davis concludes that Jesus appeared as Hermes during the time of Ra-Ta, circa 10,500 BC, to help in the building of the Great Pyramid.

Apparently both Jesus and Ra-Ta are predicted to return to help guide mankind into the Age of Aquarius, which corresponds with the channeled messages of Alice Bailey and Benjamin Creme that predict that the "Master Jesus" will appear alongside the revealed "Maitreya" to help usher in the New Age. According to Creme this "Master Jesus" will be based in Rome and his task will be to correct the "false teachings" that have crept into Catholicism and Christianity over the past 2000 years. It may be entirely coincidental, but it should be noted that the ancient Egyptian holy city of Heliopolis, the spiritual capital of the ancient cults of Ra and Osiris, is presently located underneath a suburb of Cairo that is known today as El-Matariya. [27]
 

"The Dying God Shall Rise Again!"

It is interesting that Gladys Davis, the long-time secretary of Edgar Cayce who recorded most of his trance-channeled sessions, would refer to the work of Manly P. Hall as an authority on spiritual and esoteric issues. The relationship between Edgar Cayce and Manly P. Hall (right) remains unknown, but their lives have very much in common. Both looked with interest to ancient Egypt, both endorsed Gnosticism and other occult traditions and beliefs, and both looked to the return of a "Great Initiate" who is often confused with Jesus Christ. Furthermore, while the legacy of Cayce was solidified with the creation of his Association of Research and Enlightenment (ARE) on the east coast in Virginia City in 1931, Hall's was confirmed by the creation of his institution on the west coast in Los Angeles in 1934. Below is a brief biography of Hall excerpted from www.wikipedia.com:

"Manly Palmer Hall (March 18, 1901 - August 29, 1990) was a prolific American author and mystic. He is perhaps most famous for his work The Secret Teaching of All Ages: An Encyclopedic Outline of Masonic, Hermetic, Qabbalistic and Rosicrucian Symbolical Philosophy, which he published at the age of twenty five; the first line of which is, "Philosophy is the science of estimating values."
    He has been widely recognized as a leading scholar in the fields of religion, mythology, mysticism, and the occult.
    Carl Jung, when writing Psychology and Alchemy, borrowed material from Hall's private collection.
    In 1934 Manly P. Hall founded the Philosophical Research Society in Los Angeles, California, dedicating it to an idealistic approach to the solution of human problems. The PRS claims to be non-sectarian and entirely free from educational, political, or ecclesiastical control, the Society's programs stress the need for the integration of philosophy, religion, and science into one system of instruction. The PRS Library, a public facility devoted to source materials in obscure fields, has many rare and scarce items now impossible to obtain elsewhere.
    In his long career, spanning more than seventy years of dynamic public activity, Mr. Hall delivered over 7,500 lectures in the United States and abroad, authored over 150 books and essays, and wrote countless magazine articles." [28]

Manly P. Hall was a very ambitious young occultist and, as the biography explains, his magnum opus The Secret Teachings of All Ages, was published when Hall was only twenty-five years old, in 1928. The first print run of this massive volume included only 500 expensive and "lavishly-illustrated" volumes that were quickly sold-out, and the book remained a collector's item largely unknown to the "uninitiated." It was only in 2003, seventy-five years after the initial print run, that Secret Teachings became available as a mass market paperback to the general public.

Before we turn to relevant excerpts of Secret Teachings we will first examine some of Hall's beliefs concerning Freemasonry, its ancient connection with Nimrod/Osiris, and its central ritual involving the death of Hiram Abiff. Here again (from Part Six) is what he writes concerning the connection between the Masonic legend of Hiram Abiff and the Egyptian god Osiris in a paper entitled "Rosicrucian and Masonic Origins":

"Preston, Gould, Mackey, Oliver, and Pike—in fact, nearly every great historian of Freemasonry-have all admitted the possibility of the modern society being connected, indirectly at least, with the ancient Mysteries, and their descriptions of the modern society are prefaced by excerpts from ancient writings descriptive of primitive ceremonials. These eminent Masonic scholars have all recognized in the legend of Hiram Abiff an adaptation of the Osiris myth; nor do they deny that the major part of the symbolism of the craft is derived from the pagan institutions of antiquity when the gods were venerated in secret places with strange figures and appropriate rituals."

Manly P. Hall achieved the honorary level of 33° within the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry and he was certainly a high-level initiate of many other occult societies. In the early 1920s, before he began his six years of research for Secret Teachings, Hall published a small book entitled The Lost Keys of Freemasonry, also known as The Secret of Hiram Abiff. In this book Hall presents the legendary tale of the master builder that King Solomon contracted from the King of Tyre to help build the Temple of God in Jerusalem. This myth is the foundation of the most important initiation in the lower levels of Freemasonry—the "raising" of the initiate to the third degree of Master Mason—which is also explained as the raising of the initiate "from darkness into light" (Illumination!). In the Masonic ritual the initiate plays the part of Hiram Abiff as he is slain by three "ruffians." Afterwards the initiate is regarded as deceased for a period of time prior to his joyous "resurrection" that culminates the ritual. We will now examine Hall's presentation of this legend [29], beginning with Hiram's death at the hands of the "ruffians" :

"Turning upon their maker and striking him with his own tools given him by God out of heaven, they left their Grand Master dying in the midst of his labors, broken and crushed by the threefold powers of cosmic night. As he lay bleeding at the feet of his handiwork the martyred Builder raised his eyes to the seething clouds, and his face was sweet with divine love and cosmic understanding as he prayed unto the Master who had sent him forth: "O Master of Workmen, Great Architect of the universe, my labors are not finished. Why must they always remain undone? I have not completed the thing for which Thou hast sent me unto being, for my very creations have turned against me and the tools Thou gavest me have destroyed me... In Thy name, Father, I have labored and in Thy cause I die, a faithful builder."
    The Master fell back, his upturned face sweet in the last repose of death, and the light rays no longer pouring from him. The gray clouds gathered closer as though to form a winding sheet around the body of their murdered Master. Suddenly the heavens opened again and a shaft of light bathed the form of Hiram in a glory celestial. Again the Voice spoke from the heavens where the Great King sat upon the clouds of creation: "He is not dead; he is asleep. Who will awaken him? His labors are not done, and in death he guards the sacred relics more closely than ever, for the Word and the tracing board are his - I have given them to him. But he must remain asleep until these three who have slain him shall bring him back to life, for every wrong must be righted, and the slayers of my house, the destroyers of my temple, must labor in the place of their Builder until they raise their Master from the dead." The three murderers fell on their knees and raised their hands to heaven as though to ward off the light which had disclosed their crime: "O God, great is our sin, for we have slain our Grand Master, Hiram Abiff! Just is Thy punishment and as we have slain him we now dedicate our lives to his resurrection. The first was our human weakness, the second our sacred duty."

After this passage the three workmen who have slain their Master agree to their task and are given further instructions on how to find his hidden body. The following passage summarizes their task and then mentions the unfinished Temple that must be completed after Hiram is resurrected:

"This eternal quest is yours until ye have found your Builder, until the cup giveth up its secret, until the grave giveth up its ghosts. No more shall I speak until ye have found and raised my beloved Son, and have listened to the words of my Messenger and with Him as your guide have finished the temple which I shall then inhabit. Amen."

If Hiram is indeed a portrayal of Osiris, and if Osiris is in fact a mythical representation of Nimrod, then historically the "unfinished Temple" refers to the Tower of Babel, that great memorial erected in honor of the Sumerian god Enki, whom we have identified as Satan (see Part Six).

On the other hand, if we view the completion of the "Temple of God" from an apocalyptic viewpoint we find that this future Temple is in fact an allusion to the rebuilding of Solomon's Temple, just as the ritual implies, which is predicted by prophets from the Old and New Testaments, and which the Apostle Paul predicts will be briefly inhabited by the Antichrist:

"Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him, we ask you, brothers, not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by some prophecy, report or letter supposed to have come from us, saying that the day of the Lord has already come. Don't let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God's temple, proclaiming himself to be God." (2 Thessalonians 2:1-4)

The rebuilding of Solomon's Temple has been identified by numerous sources over the years as one of the primary goals of Freemasonry, and the writings of Manly P. Hall certainly support this accusation. [30]

In The Lost Keys of Freemasonry Hall examines the legend of Hiram Abiff on a symbolic level, and he explains that human beings, or more specifically those who are members of the Masonic Fraternity, are in fact the "three ruffians" who must labor to perfect their characters and work for the brotherhood of man that will allow for the inevitable resurrection of "Hiram Abiff," otherwise known as Osiris:

"You are the temple builders of the future. With your hands must be raised the domes and spires of a coming civilization. Upon the foundation you have laid, tomorrow shall build a far more noble edifice. Builders of the temple of character wherein should dwell an enlightened spirit; truers of the rock of relationship; molders of those vessels created to contain the oil of life: up, and to the task appointed! Never before in the history of men have you had the opportunity that now confronts you. The world waits - waits for the illuminated one who shall come from between the pillars of the portico. Humility, hoodwinked and bound, seeks entrance to the temple of wisdom. Fling wide the gate, and let the worthy enter. Fling wide the gate, and let the light that is the life of men shine forth. Hasten to complete the dwelling of the Lord, that the Spirit of God may come and dwell among His people, sanctified and ordained according to His law."

Hall's Lost Keys gives a glimpse of the symbolism behind Freemasonry, but in his book The Secret Teachings of All Ages Hall explains very clearly what some of these symbols mean on a literal level, and on a level that will eventually affect all mankind. We will pick up his analysis in chapter seven "The Initiation of the Pyramid" in the section dealing with "The Pyramid Mysteries" [31]:

"...the Great Pyramid ... represented the inner sanctuary of pre-Egyptian wisdom. By the Egyptians the Great Pyramid was associated with Hermes, the god of wisdom and letters and the Divine Illuminator worshiped through the planet Mercury. Relating Hermes to the Pyramid emphasizes anew the fact that it was in reality the supreme temple of the Invisible and Supreme Deity. The Great Pyramid was not a lighthouse, an observatory, or a tomb, but the first temple of the Mysteries, the first structure erected as a repository for those secret truths which are the certain foundations of all arts and sciences. It was the perfect emblem of the microcosm and the macrocosm and, according to the secret teachings, the tomb of Osiris, the black god of the Nile. Osiris represented a certain manifestation of solar energy, and therefore his house or tomb is emblematic of the universe within which he is entombed and upon the cross of which he is crucified."

In this passage Hall connects Hermes with the Great Pyramid, which the medieval Arab sages referred to as the "Tomb of Hermes."[32] The connection between Hermes and Osiris, as previously mentioned, runs deep. In the next chapter entitled "Isis, the Virgin of the World," Hall writes that "Plutarch affirms that many ancient authors believed this goddess to be the daughter of Hermes." Cayce's messages claimed that Isis was the daughter and wife of "Ra-Ta," while the usual myth of Osiris makes Isis to be his sister and wife. Regarding the Great Pyramid in the quote above, Hall contradicts himself by first saying that it is not a tomb and then immediately explaining that "according to the secret teachings" it was the "tomb of Osiris." Hall then continues:

"Through the mystic passageways and chambers of the Great Pyramid passed the illumined of antiquity. They entered its portals as men; they came forth as gods. It was the place of the "second birth," the "womb of the Mysteries," and wisdom dwelt in it as God dwells in the heart of men...
    The technique of the Mysteries was unfolded by the Sage Illuminator, the Master of the Secret House. The power to know his guardian spirit was revealed to the new initiate; the method of disentangling his material body from his divine vehicle was explained; and to consummate the magnum opus, there was revealed the Divine Name—the secret and unutterable designation of the Supreme Deity, by the very knowledge of which man and his God are made consciously one. With the giving of the Name, the new initiate became himself a pyramid, within the chambers of whose soul numberless other human beings might also receive spiritual enlightenment."

The entire passage above is filled with occult references. The possibility that human beings can become gods by taking a secret "initiation" is another form of the original Satanic lie, and author Phillip D. Collins gives an analysis of this aspect of occult dogma in his excellent short article Luciferianism: The Religion of Apotheosis.

Hall refers to another occult practice when he mentions the conferring of the "power to know his guardian spirit." This statement reveals Hall as a practicing magician because it refers to an occult procedure based on The Book of the Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage. This legendary text was supposedly composed by a Hebrew Kabbalist in the fifteenth century and it related information provided by an Egyptian mage named Abramelin. The text is essentially a grimoire that explains the procedures necessary for a magician to conjure and communicate with his or her "Holy Guardian Angel" as a means to gain further spiritual insight and instruction. This procedure became an important part of the Golden Dawn system, and later Aleister Crowley endorsed it as a necessary component of the OTO. Contrary to the occult belief that "angels" can be a source of spiritual wisdom, both the Old and New Testaments categorically forbid communication with the spirit world and characterize such contact as avenues through which the fallen angels can deceitfully portray themselves as "angels of light."

Hall's references to the "Divine Name" show Hall's Kabbalistic inclinations because, as Part Six explained, the 72-letter Shem ha-Mephorash, known as the Divine Name of YHWH, is the primary basis for Kabbalists to contact the seventy or seventy-two Kosmokrator angels that rule over the nations of the world. Regarding the number "seventy" Hall writes that "wherever this round number is used by the Hebrews it really means seventy-two."[33] Hall's commentary on the Great Pyramid continues:

"In the King's Chamber was enacted the drama of the "second death." Here the candidate, after being crucified upon the cross of the solstices and the equinoxes, was buried in the great coffer... While his body lay in the coffer, the soul of the neophyte soared as a human-headed hawk through the celestial realms, there to discover first hand the eternity of Life, Light, and Truth, as well as the illusion of Death, Darkness, and Sin. Thus in one sense the Great Pyramid may be likened to a gate through which the ancient priests permitted a few to pass toward the attainment of individual completion."

Again we find that occult doctrines are reinforced with promises of personal metaphysical experience. Both combine to promote the Luciferian lie that death and sin are illusions that inhibit spiritual growth. Hall continues:

"Though the modern world may know a million secrets, the ancient world knew one—and that one was greater than the million; for the million secrets breed death, disaster, sorrow, selfishness, lust, and avarice, but the one secret confers life, light, and truth. The time will come when the secret wisdom shall again be the dominating religious and philosophical urge of the world. The day is at hand when the doom of dogma shall be sounded. The great theological Tower of Babel, with its confusion of tongues, was built of bricks of mud and the mortar of slime. Out of the cold ashes of lifeless creeds, however, shall rise phoenixlike the ancient Mysteries. No other institution has so completely satisfied the religious aspirations of humanity..."

The reference to the Tower of Babel is certainly interesting, considering the next statement that is perhaps the clearest ever written of occult expectations of the resurrection of the Antichrist:

"The Dying God shall rise again! The secret room in the House of the Hidden Places shall be rediscovered. The Pyramid again shall stand as the ideal emblem of solidarity, inspiration, aspiration, resurrection, and regeneration. As the passing sands of time bury civilization upon civilization beneath their weight, the Pyramid shall remain as the visible covenant between Eternal Wisdom and the world. The time may yet come when the chants of the illumined shall be heard once more in its ancient passageways and the Master of the Hidden House shall await in the Silent Place for the coming of that man who, casting aside the fallacies of dogma and tenet, seeks simply Truth and will be satisfied with neither substitute nor counterfeit."

The "Dying God" who is expected to rise again will be the anti-Christ—the substitute and counterfeit of Jesus Christ. He will be the messenger of Hell, yet he will be greeted by the world as a savior and worshiped as a god.


The Stargate Conspiracy

The occult teachings promoted by Manly P. Hall and the very similar messages channeled by Edgar Cayce appear in the twenty-first century as integral components of what can be loosely referred to as New Age Spirituality. Giza is now viewed as a global spiritual capital and Egyptian religion is seen as a pure form of religion that once had a unique connection with the divine.

In the 1990s, following Rudolf Gantenbrink's exploration of the "star shafts" in the Great Pyramid, and following the great success of West's Emmy-winning television program "The Mystery of the Sphinx" (1993), the world became even more fascinated and intrigued with ancient Egypt. Out of this climate two mainstream authors, Graham Hancock and Robert Bauval emerged as, arguably, the most important voices that seemed to act as a bridge between the "respectable" world of academia and the bizarre community of New Age devotees and "pyramidiots." In Hancock's Fingerprints of the Gods (1995) Egypt was looked to as a possible stepping stone to a more ancient and advanced global civilization (Atlantis?), while Bauval's The Orion Mystery (1994) postulated that Giza was built as a supernatural gateway to the afterlife and to the stars. Later Hancock and Bauval teamed up to write The Message of the Sphinx (1996), The Mars Mystery (1998) and recently Talisman (2004). The first two continued in their examination of ancient Egypt as the key to the many mysteries surrounding human origins, while Talisman promoted Gnosticism and Hermeticism as underground conduits of the "pure" Egyptian religion that preserved these mysteries during the Dark Ages when Christianity rudely dominated the West.

At the same time that Hancock and Bauval were achieving their success and notoriety a scientist and author named Richard C. Hoagland was making a parallel rise, thanks in large part to his numerous appearances on Art Bell's Coast-to-Coast AM. Hoagland's The Monuments of Mars (1987) brought an extra-terrestrial component to the mix, and espoused a belief that allegedly artificial structures on Mars spoke of a connection between the red planet and ancient Egypt. Hoagland believes that an extraterrestrial civilization was responsible both for the alleged monuments on Mars and for the birth of civilization on earth. He even goes so far as to postulate that perhaps this ET civilization was genetically responsible for the emergence of modern Homo  sapiens sapiens. In other words, Hoagland believes that these entities from beyond our solar system are mankind's true creators.

In 1999 there appeared a much needed critical response to the direction in which the hysteria surrounding ancient Egypt was headed. It came in the form of a book entitled The Stargate Conspiracy, written by Lynn Picknett and Clive Prince. Their book reveals many strange connection between some of the conclusions reached by Hancock, Bauval and Hoagland and the messages received by Edgar Cayce that have been posthumously promoted by his Association for Research and Enlightenment (ARE).

For instance, Hancock and Bauval use archeo-astronomical methods to arrive at 10,500 BC as a date corresponding with the legendary Zep Tepi, or "First Time," when the gods established Egyptian civilization. After arriving at this date using purely scientific methods Hancock and Bauval then mention in passing the messages received by Edgar Cayce that give the same exact date, which gives the reader the impression of supernatural confirmation for Hancock and Bauval's research. As critics Picknett and Prince are able to scientifically debunk the 10,500 BC date and then they argue that Hancock and Bauval probably tried to wrap their calculations around this pre-determined date from the beginning. Picknett and Prince show that Hancock and Bauval are not always up front with their readers, and they explain that Graham Hancock is even accused by other researchers, for this and for many of his related ideas, of "wittingly or unwittingly, following a masonic agenda..." [34]

Edgar Cayce's influence, and that of the ARE, runs much deeper than this, however:

"Mark Lehner ... is the most prominent American Egyptologist stationed in Egypt today. He is highly respected internationally. His 1997 book The Complete Pyramids was hailed as a masterly overview of an only too often thorny subject, and was promoted by many major museums, including the British Museum. It is less well known that in 1974 he wrote a book for ARE entitled The Egyptian Heritage, based on the Edgar Cayce Readings, which attempted to reconcile Cayce's pronouncements with the findings of modern Egyptology. According to Lehner in his early days, the Great Pyramid was built as a repository of knowledge, and a 'Temple of Initiation for the White Brotherhood'.
    In 1973 Edgar Cayce's son Hugh Lynn Cayce, selected the promising young student Lehner to be ARE's 'insider' within the ranks of academic Egyptology, and it was ARE that paid for his training. They also funded his recent carbon-dating tests of material taken from the Great Pyramid (which seems to indicate that it is about 300 or 400 years older than was thought – but not the 8,000 hoped for by ARE). Today he no longer advocates Cayceism, and appears not to espouse any 'alternative' views, now being very much a mainstream Egyptologist. ...
    But Mark Lehner is not the only person on the Giza Plateau to have reason to be grateful to ARE. Amazingly, that arch-enemy of all pyramidiots, Dr. Zahi Hawass – who since 1987 has been in the powerful position of Director of the Giza Plateau and who  was recently promoted to Undersecretary of State for he Giza Monuments – was also put through his training as an Egyptologist by ARE. Through fellow ARE members, Hugh Lynn Cayce arranged a scholarship for Hawass at the University of Pennsylvania between 1980 and 1987, where he gained his Ph.D. in Egyptology. Hawass has maintained his association with ARE ever since, and is a regular lecturer at their conferences at their Virginia Beach headquarters.
    It is, to say the least, interesting that the two most prominent and influential representatives of Egyptological orthodoxy at Giza are linked to Edgar Cayce's organisation." [35]

Edgar Cayce died in January of 1945, and with his passing the "spirits" that spoke through him lost a very influential voice. The primary "conspiracy" described in The Stargate Conspiracy involves what appears to be the re-establishment of contact from these "spirits" with an influential circle of people that included industrialists, businessmen, scientists and high-level politicians. In this case, the "spirits" claimed to be the nine primary gods of the ancient Egyptian Ennead of Heliopolis, known simply as "The Nine." The figure at the center of the conspiracy was Dr. Andrija Puharich, a physicist and inventor who was closely connected with the CIA and with important scientific research institutes, and who was certainly a high-level member of the Masonic fraternity.

The method for communicating with The Nine was, as always, that of channeling. The first channel by which Puharich was contacted was an Indian mystic by the name of Dr. D.G. Vinod. This first occurred in 1952 in Glen Cove, Maine, on the property of an organization set up for psychical research known as the Round Table Foundation, directed by Dr. Puharich. Later on Puharich would use a handful of other channels to contact and receive direction from The Nine including, albeit briefly, the Israeli psychic Uri Geller. Below is a typical message of introduction from the Nine through their spokesman who claims to the god Atum, who casually refers to himself also as simply "Tom":

"I am the beginning. I am the end. I am the emissary. But the original time I was on the Planet Earth was 34,000 of your years ago. I am the balance. And when I say "I" - I mean because I am an emissary for The Nine. It is not I , but it is the group. We are nine principles of the Universe, yet together we are one."

The conspiracy laid out by Picknett and Prince runs very deep and involves groups such as the ARE, SRI International, the Esalen Institute, the Christic Institute, the Institute of Noetic Sciences, the CIA, and even NASA and the UN, and is much too complicated to explore at length here. Let us just say that the predictions from The Nine are very apocalyptic in nature and involve themes such as extra-terrestrial contact, spiritual evolution, and a transition into the New Age. Picknett and Prince also write how they involve certain expected discoveries in Egypt:

"Tom himself – allegedly the god Atum – is emphatic about the importance of the monuments of Giza, in particular the Great Pyramid, but he has refused repeatedly to be drawn on its purpose, saying only that this will be revealed when the landing has happened. However, when asked by Puharich if there were undiscovered chambers in the Great Pyramid, he replied, 'To a degree,' adding, 'The entrance is from the Sphinx'. [36]

Picknett and Prince also mention the independent investigations in 1999 of a one-time associate of Richard C. Hoagland that ties in perfectly with what we can expect if the premise of this study, The Giza Discovery, is correct:

"One particularly lurid story was recently posted on the Internet by the independent American researcher Larry Dean Hunter who, as we have seen, investigated claims of tunneling in Davison's Chamber on behalf of Richard Hoagland... It claimed that a massive, 250-foot high chamber had been found inside the Great Pyramid. This they call the Hall of Osiris, which they claim leads to another chamber in which lies the body of the god Osiris himself." [37]


Conclusion

According to the Bible there are only a few prophecies that must be fulfilled prior to the beginning of the Apocalypse, that period of judgment often referred to as the "Day of the Lord." One of these predictions involves the "revealing" of the Antichrist:

"Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him, we ask you, brothers, not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by some prophecy, report or letter supposed to have come from us, saying that the day of the Lord has already come. Don't let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until ... the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God's temple, proclaiming himself to be God." (2 Thessalonians 2:1-4)

This study has presented evidence that the ancient figure worshiped as Osiris was in fact the Biblical King Nimrod. According to the ancient Egyptians he was the very first human being to undergo the process of mummification, and now we know why. Ever since the death of Nimrod his soul has been kept in the Abyss (Hell), while his body has been preserved intact somewhere within, or under, the Giza Necropolis, perhaps within the Great Pyramid itself. One day in the future the Abyss will be opened, which will allow the soul of Nimrod to be returned to its body, and the Antichrist will be resurrected to play his part as the ruler of the final global empire prior to the return of Jesus Christ.

According to the passage above from the Apostle Paul the "Day of the Lord" will not come until the Antichrist is revealed. The book of Revelation is clear that the "Day of the Lord" will begin shortly after the sixth Seal is opened, while the Abyss is opened after the Day of the Lord and after the seven Seals are opened, as a result of the fifth Trumpet. What this means is that the Antichrist will be "revealed" prior to his resurrection. In other words, the Antichrist will be "revealed" while he is still dead and he will first be a harmless corpse that all of the world will be able to see.

But when can we expect the body of Osiris to be revealed? The Biblical evidence suggests that this is an event that is outside of human control. The location of the body of Osiris may already be known, but there are still other factors that prohibit the "revealing" of it to the world. In Part Two there were two Coffin Texts referred to, that date to the Middle Kingdom period of ancient Egypt, that suggest that the physical remains, or efflux, of the body of Osiris is supernaturally protected:

"This is the sealed thing which is in darkness, with fire about it, which contains the efflux of Osiris, and it was put in Rostau. It has been hidden there since it fell from him, and it is what came down from him onto the desert sand; it means that what belongs to him (his body) was put in Rostau..." Coffin Texts Spell 1080

"This is the word which is in darkness. As for any spirit who knows it, he will live among the living. Fire is about it, which contains the efflux of Osiris. As for any man who shall know it, he will never perish there, since he knows what shall be in Rostau. Rostau is hidden since he fell there... Rostau is (another name) for Osiris..." (Coffin Texts Spell 1087) [38]

These references to a strange "fire" that protects the efflux of Osiris may in fact be something that the Apostle Paul mentioned regarding a "restrainer" that stands in the way of the "revealing" of the Antichrist:

"Don't let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed... And now you know what is holding him back, so that he may be revealed at the proper time. For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way." (2 Thessalonians 2:3-7)

A similar "restrainer" was put in charge of the entrance to the Garden of Eden after Adam and Eve were banished from it:

"So the LORD God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life." (Genesis 3:23-24)

The enigmatic "restrainer" that prevents the "revealing" of the Antichrist could very well be a guardian cherubim who protects the body of Osiris with fire, as mentioned in the Coffin Texts of ancient Egypt. When he is taken out of the way, at a time of the Lord's own choosing, then the body of Osiris will be revealed to the world. Some time after that the Day of the Lord will begin with the shaking of the earth and the Rapture of the saints, and afterwards only then will the Abyss be opened which will allow for the soul of the Antichrist to re-inhabit his body, and the Antichrist will be brought to life:

"One of the heads of the beast seemed to have had a fatal wound, but the fatal wound had been healed. The whole world was astonished and followed the beast. Men worshiped the dragon because he had given authority to the beast, and they also worshiped the beast and asked, 'Who is like the beast? Who can make war against him?'" (Revelation 13:3-4)

"Then I saw another beast, coming out of the earth. He had two horns like a lamb, but he spoke like a dragon. He exercised all the authority of the first beast on his behalf, and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed. And he performed great and miraculous signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to earth in full view of men. Because of the signs he was given power to do on behalf of the first beast, he deceived the inhabitants of the earth. He ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived. He was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that it could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed. He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead, so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name. This calls for wisdom. If anyone has insight, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is man's number. His number is 666." (Revelation 13:11-18)

The appearance of the Antichrist will be used to separate humanity on the basis of their acceptance or rejection of the Creator of the universe. Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the Creator in human flesh, and all who put their faith in Him will be saved. The Antichrist is the son of Satan and all who allow themselves to be deceived by him will be destroyed. There will be no middle ground and everyone will have to make a choice between these two Messiahs—between the True and the False. The Apostle Paul makes the purpose of appearance of the Antichrist perfectly clear:

"And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming. The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.
    But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers loved by the Lord, because from the beginning God chose you to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth. He called you to this through our gospel, that you might share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter. May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word." (2 Thessalonians 2:8-17)

The New Age will dawn, but it will not come without God's judgment upon an unrepentant humanity. God is indeed the ultimate Destroyer, but his intention is that you will repent, accept the sacrifice of Jesus Christ as payment for your sins, and thereby be saved! On the other hand, Satan says that he wants to save you and empower you into godhood, but he lies, as he has lied from the very beginning. Satan does not want to save you, he wants to see you destroyed! That is Satan's intention, and it is the very opposite of the intention of the God who created you and loves you. God is merciful in that He gave us a way out, but the choice to take it remains ours. He cannot and will not make that choice for us, for a universe without choice is a mechanical universe without love. Freedom of choice is necessary. Freedom to love, or to reject love is also necessary. And Justice is necessary, because a universe without consequences is inevitably a universe without any meaningful choices. Please choose the God of Love and Truth and reject that wicked lying shadow of Hatred and Lies, no matter how much his message appeals to your pride and to your selfish aspirations. The true New Age awaits and it will be glorious beyond comprehension, just as Paul says in 1 Corinthians 2:9, quoting from the prophet Isaiah,

"Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard,
neither have entered into the heart of man,
the things which God hath prepared for them that love him."
 

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Further Reading

Who Was Jesus? - An examination of the historical Jesus, by Peter Goodgame

The Hall of Osiris - The Secret Chamber Inside The Great Pyramid Of Giza: 24 Years of Secrecy, Deception and Silence by Egyptian Antiquity Officials and others, by Larry Dean Hunter and Jeff Laymon

The Stargate Conspiracy: The Truth About Extraterrestrial Life and the Mysteries of Ancient Egypt, Lynn Picknett and Clive Prince, 1999

    - Hijacking the Gods, an intro to The Stargate Conspiracy by the authors Picknett and Prince

    - The Council of Nine, a review of The Stargate Conspiracy

    - The Colour Out of Space by Jeff Wells

    - The Council of Nine by Dick Farley

    - Sarfatti's Illuminati: In the Thick of It! by Jack Sarfatti

 — Sinister Forces : A Grimoire of American Political Witchcraft, a trilogy by Peter Levenda, The Nine, A Warm Gun, and The Manson Secret, 2005-2006

 — The Dying God: The Hidden History of Western Civilization, David Livingstone, 2002

 — The Secret Teachings of All Ages, Manly P. Hall, 2003 (1928)

Secret Chamber: The Quest for the Hall of Records, Robert Bauval, 1999

    - Secret Chambers Revealed, an online article by Robert Bauval, 2002

 


Footnotes

1. Osiris: A Study in Myths, Mysteries and Religion, Harold P. Cooke, 1931, p.149

2. Points taken from "The Dating of Revelation" by Jack Van Deventer located at:
    http://www.credenda.org/issues/9-3eschaton.php

3. Hitler: Black Magician, Gerald Suster, 1996 (1981), pp.10-11

4. Unholy Alliance, Peter Levenda, 1995, p.15

5. Ibid, p.70

6. The Spear of Destiny, Trevor Ravenscroft, 1997 (1973), p.91

7. Hitler: Black Magician, Gerald Suster, 1996 (1981), p.111

8. The Ancient Egyptian Pyramid Texts, translated by R.O. Faulkner, 1969

9. Dr. Michael S. Heiser (www.michaelsheiser.com) is currently the leading scholar of "Divine Council" research. His work is crucial to this study and all of his material is highly recommended.

10. Heiser explains: "The plurals here are “hortatory plurals”—commands of exhortation issued to the members of God’s divine council."
See http://www.michaelsheiser.com/Bates%20Review.htm, paragraph 15

11. The Egyptian Book of the Dead: The Book of Going Forth by Day, by Raymond Faulkner (translator), 2000, p.107

12. The Ancient Egyptian Pyramid Texts, translated by R.O. Faulkner, 1969, p.243

13. Ibid, p.164

14. Evidence that the ancient priests and scholars viewed Osiris and Dionysus as the same god can be examined at http://www.winterscapes.com/sannion/osiris.htm.

15. The 'Dionysos' quotes from ancient historians are taken from www.theoi.com, a website dedicated to Greek mythology, page located at http://www.theoi.com/Georgikos/Zagreus.html. The god Zagreus is also analyzed in an article entitled "The Other Dionysus" located at
http://www.winterscapes.com/dionysus/otherdio.htm.

16. The Serpent and the Cross, Alan Morrison, 1994, pp.29-32

17. Oriental Religions In Roman Paganism, Franz Cumont, 1956 (1911), pp.99-100

18. The Riddle of Resurrection, Tryggyve N.D. Mettinger, 2001, pp.155-156

19. Ibid, p.156

20. "Sanctuary of the Great Gods on Samothrace" at
http://www.culture.gr/2/21/211/21119a/e211sa03.html

21. Alexander - The Ambiguity of Greatness, Guy Maclean Rogers, 2004, online excerpt from chapter one

22. A New Encyclopaedia of Freemasonry, Arthur Edward Waite, 1996, pp.427-429

23. Wikipedia entry: "Asclepius" at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asclepius

24. The History of Freemasonry - It's Legendary Origins, Albert Gallatin Mackey, 2005, pp.19-20

25. The Story of Ra-Ta by Hugh Lynn Cayce is taken from "Reports Of Reading 294-153" from the Edgar Cayce CD-ROM

26. Quotes from the Edgar Cayce readings are take from "The Complete Edgar Cayce Readings On CD-ROM"

27. "Heliopolis, Egypt's Iunu," Marie Parsons, at
http://www.touregypt.net/featurestories/heliopolis.htm

28. Wikipedia entry: "Manly Palmer Hall" at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manly_P_Hall

29. The Lost Keys of Freemasonry, Manly P. Hall, 1996, digital edition

30. An analysis and rebuttal of alleged Masonic involvement in rebuilding Solomon's Temple can be found at http://freemasonry.bcy.ca/anti-masonry/rebuild_temple.html. Also see http://www.redmoonrising.com/tm.htm.

31. The Secret Teachings of All Ages, Manly P. Hall, 2003, pp.116-120

32. See "Pyramid Mysteries" at
http://doernenburg.alien.de/alternativ/pyramide/pyr08_e.php

33. The Secret Teachings of All Ages, Manly P. Hall, 2003, p.434

34. The Stargate Conspiracy: The Truth About Extraterrestrial Life and the Mysteries of Ancient Egypt, Lynn Picknett and Clive Prince, 1999, p.100

35. Ibid, pp.62-63

36. Ibid, p.183

37. Ibid, p.101

38. Secret Chamber: The Quest for the Hall of Records, Robert Bauval, 1999, p.88 and p.94


 

Peter Goodgame
February 18, 2006
www.redmoonrising.com