Exploring Jezebel’s Family Tree: Baal & The Queen of Heaven, Part III
In the last two posts, we dealt with Baal and Ashtoreth and we will finish up dealing with them in this post before we move on to the rest of Jezebel’s wicked family tree. In this particular post, we’ll delve into the far reach of this false father-god and mother-goddess.
Baal and Ashtoreth. The original heads of the pantheon of gods. If you’ll recall, Josephus quoted Hestiaeus saying:
Such of the priests as were saved, took the sacred vessels of Jupiter Enyalius, and came to Shinar of Babylonia. (Josephus, Antiquities of the Jews, Book I, Chapter IV, Section 3)
Now there seems to be some confusion as to who “Jupiter Enyalius” is.
Oddly enough, this confusion aligns perfectly with the confusion of Cush and Nimrod both claiming to be the god, Baal. Which is Baal and which is El, Baal’s father? For all intensive purposes, we’ll relate to Nimrod as Baal and his father as El. Consequently, we’ll go with the interpretation that Enyalius is not the son of Ares and Enyo, but rather of Cronus and Rhea, making him, again, the head of the pantheon who, oddly enough, overthrew/displaced his father. Just as Nimrod seems to have done.
Now, after God confused the languages at Babel, these peoples, now divided by language, took their idolatry (spiritual harlotry/adultery) with them and spread across the face of the earth.
So the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they ceased building the city. Therefore its name is called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of all the earth; and from there the Lord scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth. (Genesis 11:8-9)
After this they were dispersed abroad, on account of their languages, and went out by colonies everywhere; and each colony took possession of the land which they light upon, and unto which God led them; so that the whole continent was filed with them, both the inland and maritime countries. There were some who passed over sea in ships, and inhabited the islands: and some of those nations do still retain the denominations which were given them by their first founders; but some have lost them also; and some have only admitted certain changes in them, that they might be the more intelligible to the inhabitants; and they were the Greeks who became the authors of such mutations; for when, in after ages, they grew potent, they claimed to themselves the glory of antiquity,--giving names to the nations that sounded well (in Greek) that they might be better understood among themselves; and setting agreeable forms of government over them, as if they were a people derived from themselves. (Josephus, Antiquities of the Jews, Book I, Chapter V, Section 1)
Josephus mentions the Greeks who are certainly worth mentioning. This people descended from Noah’s son, Japheth, by way of Javan’s son, Ionia.*
Japthet, the son of Noah, had seven sons… Now as to Javan and Madai, the sons of Japhet; from Madao came the Madeans, who are called Medes by the Greeks; but from Javan, Ionia and all the Grecians are derived. (Josephus, Antiquities of the Jews, Book I, Chapter VI, Section I)
*We do not find this lineage in Scripture because God saw fit to only record the line of Shem which would produce Abraham, Isaac, and Israel.
These Ionians, or Greeks, took with them this spiritual adultery and set up for themselves a pantheon of gods (and subsequent demigods, based on Genesis 6:1-4) headed by Zeus and Hera which, when later adopted by the Romans, would be renamed Jupiter and Juno.
Japheth also begat Gomer and the Gomerites who you are more familiar with than you realise.
For Gomer founded those whom the Greeks now call Galatians, [Galls,] but were then called Gomerites. (Josephus, Antiquities of the Jews, Book I, Chapter VI, Section I)
Through Japheth’s son, Thiras (Thirasians), and his nephew, Thrugramma (Thrugrameans), the Teutonic and Germanic peoples were birthed and even Thiras/Tiras was later worshipped by them as the Norse god, Thor. The image of Baal and Ashtoreth can be seen in Odin and Frigg. This people and religion is extremely similar to that of the Celts and no wonder since they are so closely related.
Japheth also begat the Iberians.
Thobel founded the Thobelites, who are now called Iberes. (Josephus, Antiquities of the Jews, Book I, Chapter VI, Section I)
These two brothers populated much of the peoples who travelled far to the West. The Gomerites were the Celts (Irish, Scottish, Welsh, Cornish, Breton, and Manx) and the Iberians (Galls) formed what we know now, present-day, as the seven Celtic nations. After Babel, they originally settled on the Anatolian Peninsula (giving light to the histories and stories of the little, dark people known as the original Britons, etc.) and settled as they liked, some in modern-day France (Gauls), some in present-day Spain and Portugal (the Iberians), and the vast majority in the British Isles stretching from Ireland, across Britain, to Brettany. And it is these who brought the worship of Baal to Galicia and the British Isles.
This idolatry, though largely unrealised, is still worshiped today on Halloween (Samhain) and May Day (BELtane). And while I’m sure the Phoenicians who travelled across the face of the earth helped (we’ll get to them a little later), it is these Celts who made the worship of Baal and the Queen of Heaven a force that still permeates our society, even in America, today. They worshiped them (in a conglomeration of other names and gods) as the Mother Goddess/Triple Goddess and the Great Horned God. But the deception does not stop there.
The book, The Mists of Avalon, gives us an eerie image of this which is perfected in the movie. These are the last lines of the film.
Avalon faded from the world of men and only Glastonbury marked where its wonders had been. The Saxons overran Britain and made it their own and the Goddess was forgotten.
Or so I was convinced for many years.
*Scene Change: A young novice nun prays before an image of Mary*
“Virgin Mary, Mother of God, pray for me.”
Until at last I realized the Goddess had survived. She had not been destroyed, but had simply adopted another incarnation. And perhaps, one day future generations will be able to bring her back as we knew her in the glory of Avalon.
It’s a triumphant end from the main storyteller’s (Morgaine a.k.a. Morgana/Morgan le Fay) perspective, but damning in spiritual, ecclesiastical, and historical contexts.
The Queen of Heaven, this Mother Goddess, has indeed adopted a new “incarnation”: the Virgin Mary who is revered and worshiped by approximately 1.3 billion Catholics around the world. Archaeologists have even found images, you would think are the Virgin and Holy Child buried in the Ancient world, long before tell of Mary and the Christ Child.
And with every false vision, every angel of light, every UFO sighting, these Catholics--namely their leaders who have historically prefered to keep their sheep ignorant of the Word of God--allow this great and growing deception to continue.
At this place [Tepeyac], [the Indians] had a temple dedicated to the mother of the gods, whom they called Tonantzin, which means Our Mother. There they performed many sacrifices in honor of this goddess...And now that a church of Our Lady of Guadalupe is built there, they also call her Tonantzin, being motivated by the preachers who called Our Lady, the Mother of God, Tonantzin. It is not known for certain where the beginning of this Tonantzin may have originated, but this we know for certain, that, from its first usage, the word means that ancient Tonantzin. And it is something that should be remedied, for the correct [native] name of the Mother of God, Holy Mary, is not Tonantzin, but Dios inantzin. It appears to be a Satanic invention to cloak idolatry under the confusion of this name, Tonantzin.
Thus the worship of this Queen of Heaven has become a mainstay in the “sensible” Western world.
And now let’s take a look at the Phoenicians.
The Phoenicians (Sidonians and Tyrians) were descended from Sidon, the son of Canaan, the son of Cush, the son of Ham, the son of Noah.
The sons of Ham were Cush, Mizraim, Put, and Canaan…. Canaan begot Sidon his firstborn… (Genesis 10:6, 15)
Canaan, the fourth son of Ham, inhabited the country now called Judea, and called it from his own name Canaan…. The sons of Canaan were these: Sidonius, who also built a city of the same name; it is called by the Greeks, Sidon… (Josephus, Antiquities of the Jews, Book I, Chapter VI, Section 2)
The Phoenicians were worthy, if not the worthiest, seafarers and merchants of their day.
"Of all the ancient civilizations they were the greatest seafarers -- Lebanon had cedar trees perfect for building strong boats, they were the first to use iron nails, and they had knowledge of astronomy and currents." (Former Royal Navy officer Philip Beale)
"The available evidence suggests that the Carthaginians (the western tribe of the Phoenicians) had the ability to cross the Atlantic at will," Philip Beale said.
The Phoenicians, while originally inhabitants of Canaan, were driven out of Israel once the Israelites conquered it at the behest of God Almighty. And the reason for this driving out was their wicked idolatry, Baal and Ashtoreth worship, yet it was this same worship that became a snare to the Children of Israel.
All the inhabitants of the mountains from Lebanon as far as the Brook Misrephoth, and all the Sidonians—them I will drive out from before the children of Israel; only divide it by lot to Israel as an inheritance, as I have commanded you. (Joshua 13:6)
Now these are the nations which the Lord left, that He might test Israel by them, that is, all who had not known any of the wars in Canaan (this was only so that the generations of the children of Israel might be taught to know war, at least those who had not formerly known it), namely, five lords of the Philistines, all the Canaanites, the Sidonians, and the Hivites who dwelt in Mount Lebanon, from Mount Baal Hermon to the entrance of Hamath. And they were left, that He might test Israel by them, to know whether they would obey the commandments of the Lord, which He had commanded their fathers by the hand of Moses. Thus the children of Israel dwelt among the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. And they took their daughters to be their wives, and gave their daughters to their sons; and they served their gods. So the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord. They forgot the Lord their God, and served the Baals and Asherahs. (Judges 3:1-7)
Then the children of Israel again did evil in the sight of the Lord, and served the Baals and the Ashtoreths, the gods of Syria, the gods of Sidon, the gods of Moab, the gods of the people of Ammon, and the gods of the Philistines; and they forsook the Lord and did not serve Him. So the anger of the Lord was hot against Israel… (Judges 10:6-7)
For it was so, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned his heart after other gods; and his heart was not loyal to the Lord his God, as was the heart of his father David. For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites. Solomon did evil in the sight of the Lord, and did not fully follow the Lord, as did his father David. (I Kings 11:4-6)
And he said to Jeroboam, “Take for yourself ten pieces, for thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: ‘Behold, I will tear the kingdom out of the hand of Solomon and will give ten tribes to you….because they have forsaken Me, and worshiped Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, Chemosh the god of the Moabites, and Milcom the god of the people of Ammon, and have not walked in My ways to do what is right in My eyes and keep My statutes and My judgments, as did his father David. (I Kings 11:31, 33)
Now Ahab the son of Omri did evil in the sight of the Lord, more than all who were before him. And it came to pass, as though it had been a trivial thing for him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, that he took as wife Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal, king of the Sidonians; and he went and served Baal and worshiped him. Then he set up an altar for Baal in the temple of Baal, which he had built in Samaria. (I Kings 16:30-32)
Then I took the cup from the Lord’s hand, and made all the nations drink, to whom the Lord had sent me...all the kings of Tyre, all the kings of Sidon, and the kings of the coastlands which are across the sea… (Jeremiah 25:17, 22)
Now this Baal was the god of the Tyrians; and Ahab, in order to gratify his father-in-law, Ethbaal, who was the king of Tyre and Sidon, built a temple for him in Samaria, and appointed him prophets, and worshipped him with all sorts of worship… (Josephus, Antiquities of the Jews, Book IX, Chapter VI, Section 6)
The Phoenicians, no more the wiser for their being driven out of Canaan, took their merchandise--and, most importantly, their worship--with them to every port they visited. In many of these port cities, etc. worship to these abominable gods became of principal interest.
I will now, therefore, pass from these records, and come to those that belong to the Phoenicians, and concern our nation, and shall produce attestations to what I have said out of them. There are then records among the Tyrians that take in the history of many years, these are public writings, and are kept with facts done among them, and such as concern their transactions with other nations also, those I mean which were worthy of remembering. Therein it was recorded that the temple was built by king Solomon at Jerusalem, one hundred and forty three years and eight months before the Tyrians built Carthage; and in their annals the building of our temple is related: for Hirom, the king of Tyre, was the friend of Solomon our king, and had such friendship transmitted down to him from his forefathers….
And now I shall add Menander the Ephesian, as an additional witness. This Menander wrote the Acts that were done both by the Greeks and Barbarians, under every one of the Tyrian kings; and had taken much pains to learn their history out of their own records. Now, when he was writing about those kings that had reigned at Tyre, he came to Hirom, and says thus:--“Upon the death of Abibalus, his son Hirom took the kingdom; he lived fifty-three years, and reigned thirty-four. He raised a bank on that called the Broad place, and dedicated that golden pillar which is in Jupiter’s temple; he also went and cut down timber from the mountain called Libanus [Lebanon], and got timber of cedar for the roofs of the temples. He also pulled down the old temples, and built Hercules’s temple, in the month Peritus, and that of Astarte [Ashtoreth] when he made his expedition against the Tityans, who would not pay him their tribute; and when he had subdued them to himself, he returned home…. Pygmalion succeeded [Matgenus]: he lived fifty-six years, and reigned forty-seven years. Now in the seven year of his reign, his sister fled away from him, and built the city of Carthage in Lybia.” So the whole time from the reign of Hirom till the building of Carthage, amounts to the sum of one hundred and fifty-five years and eight months. (Josephus, Flavius Josephus Against Apion, Book I, Section 17-18)
Carthage in modern-day Tunisia (North Africa), the “child” of the Phoenicians, has the worship of Baal marked all over it: child sacrifice. Just as the ancient Moabites sacrificed their infants and children to Chemosh; just as the ancient Ammonites sacrificed their young ones to Baal’s Ammonite counterpart, Milcom (Baal/Molech/Moloch); so the Greeks tell stories of the Carthaginians sacrificing their children to their own god.
And see now how this Baal worship continued to spread.
Accordingly, [Nabuchodonosor] now entirely obtained all his father’s dominions. He then came, and ordered the captives to be placed as colonies in the most proper places of Babylonia: but for himself, he adorned the temple of Belus, and the other temples, after an elegant manner, out of the spoils he had taken in this war….
This is what Berosus relates concerning the forementioned king, as he relates many other things about him also in the third book of his Chaldean History; wherein he complains of the Grecian writers for supposing, without any foundation, that Babylon was built by Semiramis, queen of Assyria, and for her false pretence to those wonderful edifices thereto relating, as if they were her own workmanship; as indeed in these affairs the Chaldean History cannot but be the most creditable. Moreover, we meet with a confirmation of what Berosus says, in the archives of the Phoenicians, concerning this king Nabuchodonosor, that he conquered all Syria and Phoenicia; in which case Philostratus agrees with the others in that history which he composed, where he mentions the siege of Tyre; so does Megasthenes also, in the fourth book of his Indian History, wherein he pretends to prove that the forementioned king of the Babylonians was superior to Hercules in strength and the greatness of his exploits; for he says that he conquered a great part of Libya, and conquered Iberia also. (Josephus, Flavius Josephus Against Apion, Book I, Section 19-20)
Images: 1) Terracotta Sculpture of a Phoenician Woman, Museo de Cadiz, Espana. 2) The Lady of Cabezo Lucero (also known as Lady of Guardamar) was discovered in 1987 at a Phoenician site of the same name in Guardamar del Segura, Alicante, Spain. The heavily-damaged sculpture has the same wheel-ornaments as the Elche Lady, but is more archaic in style. She dates to around 400 to 730 BC. 3) Lady of Elche in Lliria, the most famous Iberian sculpture and one of the great masterpieces of all time. The sculpture appears to have been cut and may well have been a standing figure. Her unique headdress probably was ceremonial dress. The finely-rendered face as the appearance of a portrait. 4) La Dama de Baza. Goddess seated on winged throne with lion-footed legs, a blue painted dove in her left hand. Strong Phoenician influences suggest that she is the goddess Tanit. Found in a deep funerary chamber in the Cerro del Santuario, a burial ground (Hill of the Sanctuary), one of many modern names identifying ancient Iberian sites as holy places. Baza (Basti), northwestern Granada, 4th C. BC. 5) Bronze Phoenician goddess Astarte, found in The Carambolo, Sevilla, Spain. 6) The "Dama de Galera" found in Granada, Spain, is probably a depiction of Goddess Astarte. Phoenicians and Carthaginians brought this deity of southwestern Iberia. She is seated between winged cherubim with lions' bodies and women' heads and was found inside tomb 20, zone 1 in the Necropolis. A very similar one was fund in Carthage. She is an alabaster ritual vessel; when libation is poured into her, the liquid pours from her breasts into the basin she holds. 5th century BC.
The stories of this Semiramis and her king have been passed down the line of Phoenicians turning the woman into legend, the legend into myth, and the myth into deity. Certainly the arrogance of this family follows them no matter how the tales are twisted through time. However, the worship of these two “deities,” Baal and Ashtoreth is the point of this section.
In his sermon, Pastor Mabray illustrated that, although they’ve now assumed a more contemporary flair, the fundamentals of Baal worship remain alive and well today. The principal pillars of Baalism were child sacrifice, sexual immorality (both heterosexual and homosexual) and pantheism (reverence of creation over the Creator).
Ritualistic Baal worship, in sum, looked a little like this: Adults would gather around the altar of Baal. Infants would then be burned alive as a sacrificial offering to the deity. Amid horrific screams and the stench of charred human flesh, congregants – men and women alike – would engage in bisexual orgies. The ritual of convenience was intended to produce economic prosperity by prompting Baal to bring rain for the fertility of “mother earth.”
The natural consequences of such behavior – pregnancy and childbirth – and the associated financial burdens of “unplanned parenthood” were easily offset. One could either choose to engage in homosexual conduct or – with child sacrifice available on demand – could simply take part in another fertility ceremony to “terminate” the unwanted child.
Modern liberalism deviates little from its ancient predecessor. While its macabre rituals have been sanitized with flowery and euphemistic terms of art, its core tenets and practices remain eerily similar. The worship of “fertility” has been replaced with worship of “reproductive freedom” or “choice.” Child sacrifice via burnt offering has been updated, ever so slightly, to become child sacrifice by way of abortion. The ritualistic promotion, practice and celebration of both heterosexual and homosexual immorality and promiscuity have been carefully whitewashed – yet wholeheartedly embraced – by the cults of radical feminism, militant “gay rights” and “comprehensive sex education.” And, the pantheistic worship of “mother earth” has been substituted – in name only – for radical environmentalism. (“Baal Worship Then and Now”)
Baal worship is alive and well in America and has been for ages. However, the worship is not just in spirit, but in archaeological fact. It would seem the Phoenicians came to the Americas years before it was “discovered.”
In his recently published book, America BC, New Zealand-bred Barry Fell, a marine biologist at Harvard University, offers astonishing evidence that there were men and women from Europe not merely exploring but living in North America as early as 800 BC. (Stone Secrets of the First Americans, Thomas Fleming)
Fleming goes on to state:
Whittall showed Fell a 1940 photograph of an inscription engraved on a cliff above Mount Hope Bay, in Bristol, Rhode Island. Discovered and recorded in 1780… Fell soon read a single line, which was written in Tartessian Punic: "Voyagers from Tarshish this stone proclaims. "
Tarshish was a biblical city on the southern coast of Spain, and its men were among the boldest sailors of antiquity. About 533 BC, Tarshish was destroyed by the Carthaginians and its trade was taken over by them. Here was evidence of how the partnership between the Iberian Celts and the Carthaginians began.
On Monhegan Island, ten miles off the coast of Maine, another inscription was brought to Fell's attention. Written in Celtic Ogam, it read: "Cargo platforms for ships from Phoenicia." From these and other inscriptions, as well as an intensive study of historical data on the seafaring ability of the men of Tarshish and Carthage, Fell concluded there was a highly developed trade route between America and the Mediterranean for at least 400 years before the birth of Christ. The chief products from North America were probably copper, furs and hides.
"American data," as Fell calls it, now began to multiply. Most important was his decipherment of the Davenport stele, which some people compare to the translation of the Rosetta stone the nineteenth century breakthrough which enabled men to read hieroglyphics and grasp the awesome sweep of Egyptian history. On this inscription, which was found in a burial mound near Davenport, Iowa, in 1874, Fell was able to read three kinds of writing. At the top were Egyptian hieroglyphics. Below them was the Iberic form of Punic writing found in Spain. The third line was in Libyan script.
What does this mean? "It means there were Egyptians, Libyans and Celtic Iberians living together in a colony in Iowa in 800 BC," Fell says. "It means we have to revise a lot of our ideas about American history in general and American Indian culture in particular." (Stone Secrets of the First Americans)
This system is alive and well. This union is still thriving. And it is this system and this perverse union that gave birth to Baal and Ashtoreth’s children: Perversion, Religion, and Jezebel.
Stay tuned for the next installment of this mini-series!