Satan's Great Deception -- Part 6
Extreme Unction a Counterfeit of Salvation
We now shall see how Satan, knowing of the Messiah's coming -- the One who would come to make peace between mankind and God -- produced counterfeits hundreds of years before He came. It did not take Semiramis, inspired by Satan, long to incorporate this into her Mysteries and identify this title with her dead husband, Nimrod:
"Among the many names of the Babylonian god (Nimrod) was the name 'Beel-samen', 'Lord of Heaven', which is the name of the sun. But Beel-samen also properly signified 'Lord of Oil' and was evidently intended as a synonym of the Divine name 'The Messiah'." (Note here the subtle counterfeit of Semiramis, as inspired by the Devil, to duplicate the real Messiah!)
"This also accounts for the fact that the body of the Babylonian Belus (Nimrod) was represented as having been preserved in his sepulchre . . . floating in oil. And . . . at Rome the 'statue of Saturn' (Nimrod) was made hollow and filled with oil . . . As the olive branch was one of the symbols of their Messiah (Nimrod) whose great mission it was to make peace between God and man so, in bearing this branch of the anointed one, they thereby testified that in the name of that anointed one they came seeking peace" (Hislop, p. 165). IF ONE WAS ANOINTED WITH OIL BEFORE HE DIED, HE WAS SURE OF A GRACIOUS RECEPTION BY HIS GOD, THEY BELIEVED.
"The worshippers of this . . . 'Lord of Heaven' . . . were also anointed with 'magical ointments' . . . to fit and prepare them for being admitted in vision, into his awful presence . . . Thus the pagan system naturally developed into an 'extreme unction' . . . [which] was entirely unknown among the Christians till corruption was far advanced in the Church" (p. 166).
Extreme unction thus was being practiced by pagans hundreds of years before the great falling away from the truth occurred in the Church. It was being used to prepare those who were being initiated into the Mysteries to meet their god in vision in an initiation. It was also to prepare others to make their last journey into the unknown beyond.
After Christ's coming, the apostate Church, desiring to retain this pagan practice for the thousands of incoming pagans and also to pacify the professing Christians, concocted a spiritual basis: "Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil . . . and the Lord shall raise him up" (James 15:14-15). THIS COMMAND IS OBVIOUSLY GIVEN FOR PHYSICAL HEALING AND NOT TO PREPARE MAN TO MEET THE CREATOR! This scripture was deliberately misinterpreted to allow a pagan counterfeit to masquerade as Christian. Repentance and Christ's blood make forgiveness possible. But by this pagan rite, men claim to prepare one another to meet the Creator -- but the rite or ceremony is only a continuation of pagan Sun-worship, worship of a false Messiah.
So those who could have life by God's healing COMMAND are led astray, by Satan's counterfeit, into other ways which bring death. They are deceived into honoring a false Messiah -- into using a false method to prepare them for their final judgment!
Today this same deception is perpetuated in the name of "Christianity"!
Relic Worship of Pagan Origin
IN MANY CHURCHES TODAY THE WORSHIP OF RELICS PLAYS AN IMPORTANT PART. It is believed that, "Whenever a chapel is opened or a temple consecrated, it cannot be thoroughly complete without some relic . . . of he-saint or she-saint to GIVE SANCTITY to it . . . The grossest impostures have been practiced in regard to such relics . . . and their WONDER WORKING POWERS . . ." In the realms of Heathendom the same worship had flourished for ages before Christian saints or martyrs had appeared in the world (Hislop p. 176).
It was found in China, Greece, India, and other places. Nimrod, it will be remembered, was cut in pieces. Plutarch (vol. ii, p. 358, A), describes the search Semiramis made for these pieces, "Isis (Semiramis) set out . . . in search of the scattered pieces of her husband's body . . . and one reason assigned for the different sepulchres of Osiris (Nimrod) in Egypt is that whenever any one of his scattered limbs was discovered she buried it on the spot. Not only were these Egyptian RELICS SACRED THEMSELVES, BUT THEY CONSECRATED THE VERY GROUND IN WHICH THEY WERE ENTOMBED" (Ibid. sec. 20, vol. ii, p. 359 A).
"If the places where the relics of Osiris were buried were accounted peculiarly holy, it is easy to see how naturally this would give rise to pilgrimages so frequent among the heathen." In the Middle Ages such pilgrimages to the tombs of the saints, were to wash away sin (Hislop, p. 180).
Nowhere in the Bible are pilgrimages commanded!!
Mankind spread from the original Babylon to all parts of the earth to form Babylon the Great. It is thus easy to see where today's "Great Babylon" acquired this practice. Such practices are entirely contrary to God's teachings. When a human being dies today, he remains dead. He cannot "sanctify," "work wonders," or "consecrate" anything. Even David, one of God's most beloved, is still dead (Acts 2:29). Only when Christ comes will the righteous live again (I Cor. 15:51; I Thes. 4:16). IT IS OBVIOUS WHERE THE FALSE IDEA THAT MAN CONTINUES TO LIVE AFTER HE IS DEAD COMES FROM!
Other Deceptive Counterfeits
Church government in the Middle Ages was patterned after the Pagan College of Pontiffs, with its "Pontifex Maximus," which had existed in Rome from the earliest times. It is known to have been framed on the model of the grand original Council of Pontiffs at ancient Babylon, and the keys that their human leader emblazons on his arms as the ensigns of his spiritual authority were the symbols of two well-known pagan divinities who existed at Rome before the apostate Church was ever founded -- Janus (the Roman name for a god who represented Nimrod in one of his many forms), and Cybele (Nimrod's wife Semiramis). Each of these two divinities had a key which opened the doors to the kingdom of heaven.
Clerical celibacy, the shaving of the heads of priests, the pontifical crosier, and the mitre were all known in ancient Babylon.
These are other pieces of evidence as to what the people of today are actually worshipping. DOES GOD HOLD PEOPLE RESPONSIBLE TODAY FOR WORSHIPPING THIS SYSTEM JUST BECAUSE THEY ARE DECEIVED? HE HELD OUR FOREFATHERS RESPONSIBLE FOR WORSHIPPING THIS IDENTICALLY SAME SYSTEM OF MYSTERIES EVEN THOUGH THEY WERE DECEIVED! Why wouldn't He hold us responsible? He says He will! (Rev. 18:4). We are to come out of Babylon or we will receive of her plagues! The plagues will soon fall!
"Mystery of Iniquity" A Secret System
As we have seen, the OPEN WORSHIP of the sun (or fire) and the snake (the Devil) was STOPPED when the righteous forces of Shem destroyed Nimrod, who had been the great power promoting this worship. SHEM FORBADE THE WORSHIP OF THESE SYMBOLS. When Semiramis started the forbidden system again, it had to be through a SYSTEM OF MYSTERIOUS SYMBOLS. We have seen that she deified her dead husband Nimrod, herself, and her son, Tammuz. She associated them with great personages of the past, and set up a system whereby they might also be worshipped through symbols. Thus those who were initiated into the meaning of these symbols could continue their worship of the things which had been forbidden.
THIS MYSTERY SYSTEM BECAME THE MOST POWERFUL DECEPTIVE RELIGIOUS DEVICE THIS WORLD HAS EVER KNOWN, as will later be proved by the Bible itself!
Nimrod had many titles as did also his wife (Wilkinson, vol. iv, p. 179). As we have seen, one of Nimrod's names is Saturn, which signifies the Hidden god. To those who were initiated, he was revealed; to all others, he was hidden. Why is this word "Saturn" the very key that connects the idolatrous Babylon of that time with the Babylonish fountain-head of idolatry in our time?
"The name Saturn in Chaldee (Babylonian) is . . . Stur. This name contains exactly the Apocalyptic number 666: S=60, T=400, U=6, R=200 . . . But still further it turns out . . . that the original of Rome itself was Saturnia, 'the city of Saturn'. This is vouched alike by Ovid, by Pliny, and by Aurelius Victor." Thus ancient Rome was branded with the number 666 (Rev. 13:18). "Virgil . . . showed that Lateinos, to whom the Romans or Latin race traced back their lineage, was represented with a glory around his head, to show he was a 'child of the Sun'" -- a symbol of devil worship (Hislop, pp. 269-270).
Note in particular that NIMROD, THE HEAD OF THE PAGAN SUN-SERPENT WORSHIP, WHO WAS FALSELY REPRESENTED AS THE VERY SON OF GOD, BORE THE NUMBER 666! This same number continues to be branded on the present-day Babylonish system, whose symbols hide the actual worship of the devil. How do we know? Because a world-wide religious leader who represents this system will brand himself with this number by his very actions! -- by acting as Nimrod did -- setting himself up in the place of Christ, the Son of God!
It is prophesied that Christ will come and smite the nations and rule them (Isa. 2:1-4). But what is also prophesied to happen just before Christ will establish His rule in Jerusalem?
God says, "I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem" (Joel 3:1). Literal Jerusalem is soon to go into captivity to a coming union of fascist dictators in Europe. The religious head of this coming union will ". . . plant the tabernacle of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain" in Palestine (Dan. 11:45).
He will place his headquarters of worship in the land which prophecy shows Christ intends to use as His own headquarters and place of worship. Furthermore, this human religious head will exalt "himself above all that is called God . . . so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God" (II Thes. 2:4).
Christ, THE SON OF GOD, is to come to Jerusalem to establish the worship of God on the earth, but there will be a mortal man who will come to this same place to spread the Babylonish worship on earth. This man will thus attempt to usurp the authority of Christ . . . he will actually try to be the only "Representative of the Son of God," which translated into Latin is "Filii vicarivs Dei." It adds up to 666: i=1, l=50, v=5, c=100, d=500. The letters f, a, r, s, and e have no numerical value. THIS MAN WILL PLACE UPON HIMSELF THE SAME NUMBER THAT NIMROD, THE ORIGINATOR OF THE WORLD'S FALSE RELIGIOUS WORSHIP, CARRIED. NIMROD, AS THE "SON OF GOD," WAS REPRESENTED AS BEING CHRIST!!!
Here is proof that the system of Mysterious Iniquity, whose head will brand himself with the number 666, is the same hidden system that has existed from the Flood and only for the purpose of perverting God's teachings. It is no wonder that Christ's gospel was "infiltrated" and twisted. The wonder would have been if this had not occurred!
In summarizing, recall that mysterious or hidden symbols are used. These symbols exist today, such as the Christmas tree, the Easter egg, the hot cross bun -- there are many others.
Also, just as symbolic as the Christmas tree and other material symbols, are the periods of time set apart by Satan for the worship of other than the true God -- Christmas, Easter, Lent -- and many other symbolic periods which are hiding from people today the real "gods" they are worshipping! SATAN HAS ALWAYS TAUGHT ANOTHER GOSPEL -- A WRONG AND IMPOSSIBLE WAY OF OBTAINING IMMORTALITY -- YOU CAN'T WORSHIP THE SYMBOLS OF SATAN'S GODS AND OBTAIN ETERNAL LIFE. Even to the initiated, this worship was mysterious or hidden until explained. The individual (Satan) who is at the head is mysterious or hidden. God has given Satan's system the name "Babylon," which means "Confusion" (Rev. 17:5). No wonder the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with confusing doctrines (Rev. 17:2).
Satan hid in the form of a serpent; Adam hid in the garden after he had sinned; Nimrod was hidden in the Chaldean Mysteries. The Devil is now the (hidden) god of this world (II Cor. 4:4) and is deceiving the whole earth (Rev. 12:9)! The WORLD TODAY THINKS IT IS WORSHIPPING GOD, BUT HE SAYS IT IS DECEIVED.
We have seen that there were pagan religious practices in the time of Christ and the apostles which closely resembled the doctrines the apostles practiced and preached. We have studied these pagan customs and found that they originated from a common source -- the old Babylonian Mysteries of Semiramis, and that they have found their way into religious practices of our day. They mask the way to salvation which Christ taught. THIS BABYLONISH SYSTEM, MASQUERADING AS CHRISTIAN, CONTROLS THE WORSHIP OF THE WORLD TODAY!
Fortunate will be the few who find their way out of this morass of confusion and STAND READY to be transformed at Christ's soon coming!
Today's Greatest Religious Hoax!
It comes as a shock to realize that the professing Christian world is being deluded by a FALSE MESSIAH -- one who has been masqueraded as Jesus Christ.
The apostle Paul knew of this clever deception that would be foisted upon the Church. Here is what he said under the inspiration of God:
"I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve in his craftiness, your thought should be corrupted . . . For if he who cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we did not preach . . . or another gospel, which ye did not receive" -- that is, if any minister comes who preaches about ANOTHER JESUS -- a false Jesus whom the apostles did not preach about, or another GOSPEL -- a different way to ETERNAL LIFE than the way you received from Christ and His apostles -- "ye bear well with him" -- you accept his false message! (II Cor. 11:3-4).
Paul was shocked at the fact that Christians in his own day were giving heed to the false doctrines about another Jesus -- a false Messiah to whom the name of Jesus Christ was appropriated.
A false savior appeared long before Christ's time and is the one upon which people today are depending for their salvation! IT IS TIME TO WAKE UP! Bible evidence proves that this is just what has happened!
World's False Savior Reappears
The inhabitants of the earth just after the Flood knew and understood that a Savior was to come (Gen. 3:15), but they did not know WHEN He would come. They were LOOKING and WAITING for HIM!
It was under these circumstances that Nimrod -- the world's greatest leader and founder of this world's civilization after the Flood -- died (Gen. 10:9-11). Semiramis, his wife -- known also as the "Queen of Heaven" (Jer. 44:17, 25) -- desired to retain the vast holdings of her dead husband at all costs.
She conceived a daring plan. Her family, even at the death of Nimrod, was considered very unusual because of their great exploits. It was not difficult when she gave notice to the world of the day that her illegitimate child HORUS WAS THE VERY Savior reborn FOR WHOM THEY WERE LOOKING!
The world knew that Nimrod had "liberated" them from God's "distasteful" ways. Therefore, after Nimrod had been slain, Semiramis claimed that she miraculously conceived and that Nimrod was thus miraculously reborn to her as the "SAVIOR" in the form of her present illegitimate son, Horus or Ninyas, as he was called in different nations.
HORUS, then, WAS THE "SAVIOR" THEY WERE LOOKING FOR! SEMIRAMIS WAS THE VIRGIN MOTHER! The world accepted them.
NIMROD, IN HIS NEW FORM OF HORUS WAS TO continue to LIBERATE THE WORLD FROM GOD'S distasteful WAYS, AND WAS TO USHER IN A new WAY -- another WAY OF LIFE! -- THE WAY OF sin, IF YOU PLEASE.
This Semiramis, the Queen of Heaven, received the adoration of the world through her lie. She became the virgin mother of the "Savior"! Her position over the holdings of Nimrod was thus secure.
Even today, this woman Semiramis -- whose Assyrian name was Ishtar, pronounced as "EASTER" -- is worshipped. The world continues to pay homage to her as mother of its "Savior" in the pagan festival Easter.
Because of the fierce opposition of Noah's son Shem, Semiramis was compelled by this circumstance to use SYMBOLS to represent the three members of her family so that the early world after the Flood could worship them secretly. Thus arose the MYSTERY system, referred to in the New Testament (II Thes. 2:7), by which EASTER and innumerable other pagan customs have been introduced into the Church. Those who knew the MEANING of the SYMBOLS knew whom they worshipped -- the outsiders did not.
These three, the husband, the wife, and her illegitimate son, came to be worshipped in many symbolic forms, and under many Babylonian names. Her system has been perpetuated by monks, nuns, and celibate priests down to this day!
Today's Religious Confusion From One Masked Source
THE POLLUTION of God's teachings, whether ancient or modern, came from ONE great masked source. It is hard to believe -- yet it is absolutely true!
It came from one family -- the family of Nimrod and Semiramis! THE KNOWLEDGE OF THIS HAS BEEN GRADUALLY LOST!
This is how it happened, step by step:
1. At first Semiramis -- also called Ishtar or Easter -- desired to have the members of her family worshipped openly, but, as we have seen, she was forced by the opposition of Shem to have them worshipped through SYMBOLS.
The hero worship, bestowed upon Nimrod while he was alive, became transferred to symbolic rites in his honor after his untimely death. The remembrance of her dead Nimrod was so strong and his popularity had been so great that the worship of Nimrod, his Queen of Heaven (Semiramis), and her son Horus saturated the whole earth in the time of Semiramis' rule.
The very use of SYMBOLS to represent the human beings that were worshipped did, however, remove the people one step from the knowledge of whom they worshipped. The people were not as aware of whom they were actually worshipping as they would have been, had they not been worshipping them through SYMBOLS!
The point is, the world even then, after SYMBOLS were introduced, was not quite as aware that they were worshipping Nimrod's family, although for a time it was explained to them. SYMBOLS CLOUDED THE REALIZATION OF WHOM PEOPLE WERE ACTUALLY WORSHIPPING!
The Next Fateful Factor
2. The second great factor which made the people of the earth lose sight of whom they were actually worshipping was that various family groups at the tower of Babel were miraculously given different LANGUAGES. They could not understand what the other family groups were talking about!
Thus, while each group was actually worshipping the same original three persons, ultimately, as they began to spread out upon the face of the earth from this central focal spot close to where their forefather, Noah, had landed the ark, THEY BEGAN TO BELIEVE THEY WERE WORSHIPPING different GODS! For the three were bearing DIFFERENT NAMES!
3. Now we come to the third great masking procedure. It was a method which brought to complete perfection, the other two masking processes. It was a process which has culminated in completely blinding the world today to the fact that it is also worshipping only three human beings -- Nimrod, Semiramis, and Horus.
What is this procedure?
When Christ came, THE DEVIL INSPIRED CHRISTIAN NAMES TO BE PUT UPON THE RITES AND DOCTRINES WHICH SEMIRAMIS FORMULATED BY WHICH SHE, HER SON, AND HER HUSBAND WERE TO BE WORSHIPPED!
Labeling Pagan Practices by Christian Names
Here is how it happened! The Gentiles all around Christ in His day were still worshipping the first "SAVIOR" -- Nimrod. The world in Christ's day was saturated with the worship of the "unholy" three. The worship was attractive -- there was still the desire to be "liberated" from the authority of God by their own "Savior." Seeing the POWER of Christ manifested through miracles, people wanted to associate themselves with Him. Yet they would not accept Christ's gospel -- a repentance or TURNING from their former ways, NIMROD'S WAYS. They rejected the only WAY to obtain eternal life. The people were in a quandary as what to do about their TWO SAVIORS!
SO, WHAT DID THEY DO? THEY PAID "LIP SERVICE" TO CHRIST BY PLACING "CHRISTIAN" NAMES ON THE OLD PROCEDURES BY WHICH THE false "Savior" WAS WORSHIPPED; AND THEY continued TO WORSHIP and follow THE first "SAVIOR"! Do you understand?
OUR WORLD HAS REFUSED CHRIST, THE TRUE SAVIOR, and His ways -- IT STILL CLINGS TO THE FALSE "SAVIOR and his ways" -- "another Jesus" -- against which Paul warned (II Cor. 11:3-4). THIS WORLD APPARENTLY WANTS TO LIVE LICENTIOUSLY and DIE OF VIOLENCE, THE SAME AS DID THE FAMILY OF NIMROD WHICH REJECTED THE TRUE GOD AND HIS WAYS! The world made its great decision at the time the TRUE SAVIOR appeared! No wonder CHRIST MUST COME A SECOND TIME TO SAVE THIS WORLD FROM ITS SINS! (Heb. 9:28).
Pagan Rites Masquerading as Christian
The procedures for worshipping the counterfeit "Savior" still remain and are observed, although they bear "lip service" to the name of Christ. Nimrod's birthday on Dec. 25th is still celebrated around the earth, although it bears the somewhat Christian name of "Christ-mas." Sun-day -- the day of the SUN -- Nimrod's day -- is still observed worldwide, although it is now often called by the name of "Sabbath." Semiramis' sprinkling rite continues to be used, although it now falsely bears the Christian name of "baptism."
These pagan practices -- falsely labeled "Christian" -- are masquerading as the teaching of a "Jesus" -- a DIFFERENT Jesus from the One whose life and doctrine is taught in the Bible!
The surface has barely been scratched here in naming all the ways which Semiramis formulated for the worship of her "Savior" -- ways which are used by the whole world today to worship Nimrod instead of honoring Christ!
You Are Born Into Your Religion
4. There is a fourth factor which comes naturally into play and which has aided in hiding from the world today those whom they are actually worshipping.
Here is how it works!
Semiramis was forced to introduce symbols for her family so that others could worship them. The worshippers were at first told that in adoring these symbols (idols, trees, animals, periods of time, etc.) they were actually worshipping the members of her family.
The priest who told a worshipper what these symbols actually represented bore the title of "Peter," which in the Babylonian language means "interpreter" (The Two Babylons, p. 208). There was a "Peter" in Rome, for instance, who later became confused with Peter the apostle of Jesus.
In time the symbols were no longer explained -- THE ONCOMING GENERATIONS WERE "born INTO THE FAITH OF THEIR FATHERS" -- THEY WORSHIPPED THEY KNEW NOT WHAT! Their father's old time "religion" was good enough for them. THEY WORSHIPPED THE first "SAVIOR" FOR THE SOLE REASON THAT IT WAS THE PATH OF LEAST RESISTANCE -- they did not know of any other handy way to worship. THIS IS WHAT PROBABLY HAPPENED TO YOU! YOU WERE PROBABLY born INTO YOUR RELIGION!
PEOPLE ARE not PROVING THINGS BY THE Bible as the Bereans were commended for doing (Acts 17:11). People today unquestionably accept the confused denominational teachings of their parents handed down by tradition from generation to generation.
Bible Proof That World Worships False "Savior"
If the world is so saturated with the worship of Nimrod, the counterfeit "Savior," and his family, many ask, "Why doesn't the Bible concern itself with the matter?"
This is naturally the thought that enters anyone's mind. Here is the answer:
The worship of Nimrod's family is the only false religious system that the Bible does speak of -- it is that important! The Bible mentions Nimrod (Genesis 10:8-10), his Queen of Heaven -- Semiramis (Jeremiah 44:17-19, 25), and Horus -- the Queen of Heaven's illegitimate son who was supposed to be Nimrod miraculously reborn as the "Savior." Then the BIBLE EXPLAINS NOTHING ELSE IN THE WAY OF A FALSE RELIGIOUS SYSTEM BUT OF symbolic idols WHICH STOOD FOR ONE OR THE OTHER OF NIMROD'S FAMILY -- the symbols which were conjured up by the mind of Semiramis.
The world has noticed, and marveled at the great variety of gods which the Bible shows were worshipped by Old Testament people. There seems to be no connection between them. But this is not true. It is a fact that they all came from ONE source -- from that first ruling family of Old Babylon!
Let us now notice IN THE BIBLE how the world-wide worship of Nimrod, the first "Savior," and of his family, caused Israel, the only nation that made any attempt to follow the true God, to turn away from Him. MARK WELL THAT THESE THREE -- NIMROD, HORUS, AND THE THE QUEEN OF HEAVEN and no others WERE THE ONES WHOM THE WHOLE EARTH WORSHIPPED. But different names in different lands were applied to them. This is what God referred to when He said the people "went a whoring after other gods" (Judges 2:17).