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Temple to Ba’al, Ancient Idol Worshiped in Biblical Times, W

Postby admin » Thu Apr 07, 2016 1:15 am

Temple to Ba’al, Ancient Idol Worshiped in Biblical Times, Will Stand in Times Square

Next month, a symbol of Biblical paganism which was stamped out after monotheism appeared with the patriarch Abraham will rise in two of the major cultural centers of the world: London and New York.

The original center of idol worship on which the structures will be modeled stood in Palmyra, Syria, for 2,000 years – until ISIS arrived in August of 2015 and, viewing the temple as a formidable spiritual threat and symbol of idolatry, destroyed it.

ISIS has reduced to rubble many ancient religious and Biblical sites since it began its reign in Iraq and Syria: St. Elijah’s Monastery, the tomb of the Biblical prophet Jonah, the ancient city of Ninevah. While the world has mourned the loss of these irreplaceable sites, only one will be rebuilt: the arch of the Temple of Palmyra, better known as the Temple of Ba’al.
Ironically, the Temple of Palmyra, lauded as a symbol of defiance in the face of religious extremism, was built for ancient idol worship which preached a form of moral decrepitude that may sound startlingly familiar.
The Temple was originally dedicated to the Mesopotamian god Ba’al, whose principal forms of worship were burning babies alive and bisexual orgies. Symbolizing a major religion that challenged Judaism, Ba’al was mentioned in the Bible over 90 times, becoming the archetype of worshipping evil.

The devotees of Ba’al believed he was the source of rain and universal bounty. Promiscuity was not penalized, as unwanted children could be offered up to the god, nor was procreation valued, as homosexual relations were encouraged. Pantheistic, they worshipped Mother Nature while rejecting the concept of a creator.

While these extreme beliefs are no longer widespread, disturbing parallels to modern morality and culture have emerged in recent years.

Read more at http://www.breakingisraelnews.com/64582 ... uyb6rZp.99

Interesting that they have chosen to put on display the Arch of Baal's temple - Baal being a pagan God of the Old Testament, most damaging to Israel in Elijah's day. Its against the prophets of Baal that Elijah called down fire from heaven. While this is only a temporary display in London and New York......should we dismiss it quickly? Is there spiritual symbology here I wonder? Baal is a well known spiritual enemy of Old Testament Israel. What inspired them to specifically pick a ruin of Baal to display to the whole world, in the centres of New York and London? Its claimed to be purely for harmless architectural appreciation reasons...........but I think there is more to this than just architectural appreciation. They could have picked any other "architectural piece" to put on display, but of course they choose a piece of Architecture that promotes Baal - uplifting Israel's Old Testament spiritual enemy. What would inspire them to do that I wonder?

For those who are interested, here's some reminder info on Baal:

Before the Hebrews entered the Promised Land, the Lord God warned against worshiping Canaan’s gods (Deuteronomy 6:14-15), but Israel turned to idolatry anyway. During the reign of Ahab and Jezebel, at the height of Baal worship in Israel, God directly confronted the paganism through His prophet Elijah. First, God showed that He, not Baal, controlled the rain by sending a drought lasting three-and-one-half years (1 Kings 17:1). Then Elijah called for a showdown on Mt. Carmel to prove once and for all who the true God was. All day long, 450 prophets of Baal called on their god to send fire from heaven—surely an easy task for a god associated with lightning bolts—but “there was no response, no one answered, no one paid attention” (1 Kings 18:29). After Baal’s prophets gave up, Elijah prayed a simple prayer, and God answered immediately with fire from heaven. The evidence was overwhelming, and the people “fell prostrate and cried, ‘The LORD–he is God! The LORD–he is God!’” (verse 39).

In Matthew 12:27, Jesus calls Satan “Beelzebub,” linking the devil to Baal-Zebub, a Philistine deity (2 Kings 1:2). The Baalim of the Old Testament were nothing more than demons masquerading as gods, and all idolatry is ultimately devil-worship (1 Corinthians 10:20).

Also note that in Revelations it says this:
REV 13:11-14
11 Then I saw a second beast, coming out of the earth. It had two horns like a lamb, but it spoke like a dragon. 12 It exercised all the authority of the first beast on its behalf, and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed. 13 And it performed great signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to the earth in full view of the people. 14 Because of the signs it was given power to perform on behalf of the first beast, it deceived the inhabitants of the earth. It ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived.

Did you get that? Note the miracle here is the same that Elijah performed to defeat Baal, the miracle Baal could not perform.............I guess you could say "Baal" has a long memory...........I just find it interesting that this same miracle will be performed again in the future to deceive the world as stated in Revelations.........is there more to be gleaned from this? I also find it disturbing to see similar Baal'ism beliefs in our modern society:

1) Promiscuity permitted, procreation de-valued, homosexuality encouraged (Gay movement, Gay marriage)
2) The offering up of unwanted babies (abortion)
3) The worship of nature (environmentalism)

We might be hearing more about "Baal" in the future, seems like this could be unveiling of an identity, connection to the past..........
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