Charisma News: “In April, part of the Temple of Baal that stood in Palmyra, Syria, will be reconstructed in Times Square in New York City and in Trafalgar Square in London. The specific portion that is being erected in both cases is the 48-foot-tall arch that stood at the entrance to the temple.
The Institute of Digital Archaeology is the organization behind this effort, and the display of these two arches is intended to be the highlight of UNESCO’s World Heritage Week late next month. After seeing my initial story, one of my readers observed that an arch is really just a gateway or a portal. In other words, it can serve as both an entrance and an exit. So could it be possible that we will be unknowingly setting up a gate or a portal of some sort in Times Square?
The worship of Baal, also known as Bel, can be traced all the way back to ancient Babylon. According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, Marduk was “the chief god of the city of Babylon,” and ultimately he became known as “Bel” or “Lord.”
Opinion: “And the people of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the Lord. They forgot the Lord their God and served the Baals and the Asheroth.” Judges 3:7
- The word Baal means “lord”; the plural is baalim.
- The word Asheroth means “pillars”; or columns; (a shrine of the goddess Asherah, an Akkadian goddess)
According to Canaanite mythology, Baal was the son of El, the chief god, and Asherah, the goddess of the sea. Baal was considered the most powerful of all gods, eclipsing El, who was seen as rather weak and ineffective.
The name of the city of Babylon is believed to have originally come from an Akkadian word that meant “Gate of God” or “Gateway of the God.” And many Christian scholars are convinced that there is a link between the coming of the Antichrist and this ancient pagan deity based on the actual historical figure of Nimrod.
The rituals of that time bear an eerie reminder to the ritual of abortion today as described by Matt Barber in World Net Daily:
“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.”
In August 2015, the temple of Baal was destroyed by ISIS and the secular world recoiled in horror at the loss of a “cultural heritage site”.
Under the banner “preserve history”, the UN’s (UNESCO ) exact replicas of the 50 foot arch that stood at the entrance to the temple will be a historical achievement that the Institute of Digital Archaeology hopes to replicate with hundreds more of these digital 50 ft. arches in major cities all over the world.
Before the Hebrews entered the Promised Land, the Lord God warned against worshiping Canaan’s gods:
“You shall not go after other gods, the gods of the peoples who are all around you (for the Lord your God is a jealous God among you), lest the anger of the Lord your God be aroused against you and destroy you from the face of the earth.” Deuteronomy 6:14-15.
But they did it anyway.
(Thanks to Louis for sending this in)