Saturday, December 10, 2011

Dinosaurs and Angels II

Let us see if we can shed more light on the Greek myth of the war between the titans and the gods.  The gods were led by Zeus, who is a corruption of the one true God.  (By the way, the ancient Greeks were descended from Israelite "colonists" who fled from Egypt (in ships most likely in the 1600s BC) in advance of the imminent enslavement of the Israelites, who were sojourning in the land of the Nile.  But that's another story.)

This war of the titans vs. the gods--having taken place a very long time ago--is alluded to in the Bible.  This was a war on a cosmic scale that involved this solar system--specifically a planet called "Tiamat" in the Sumerian tablets.  This same planet is called "Rahab" in scripture.  In Psalm 89 verse 10 it says: "Thou hast broken Rahab in pieces, as one that is slain; thou hast scattered thine enemies with thy strong arm."

Fascinating, as Spock would say on Star Trek.  The next verse says: "The heavens are thine, the earth also is thine."  In this context it appears that Rahab was a planet, which the Sumerians called "Tiamat."  Now, the verse before verse 10 says: "Thou rulest the raging of the sea: when the waves thereof arise, thou stillest them."  I've heard that Tiamat or Rahab was a waterworld (with some areas that were above water, I'm sure); it's said that "Tiamat" means "primeval waters."

Which leads us to look at "leviathan" in the Book of Job.  In chapter 41 God says to Job, "Canst thou draw out leviathan with a hook? or his tongue with a cord which thou lettest down?"  This question is in the context of God not needing to justify himself to Job or anybody else for that matter: Job being a creature and God being the Creator.  The question sounds intriguing: it implies that leviathan was some sort of sea creature.  Job is being asked if he could go fishing for this beast like somebody who goes to a lake, throws out a line (with hook and sinker) and reels in a fish: can he do what only the most High can do?  Reading on it says, "Canst thou put an hook into his nose? or bore his jaw through with a thorn?  Will he make many supplications unto thee?  will he speak soft words unto thee?"  Does that last question imply intelligence?  Hmmm.  Our picture of this beast becomes more clear, as we read further:

          Will he make a covenant with thee?  wilt thou take him for a servant for ever?  Wilt thou
          play with him as with a bird?  or wilt thou bind him for thy maidens?   Shall the
          companions make a banquet of him?  shall they part him among the merchants?
          Canst thou fill his skin with barbed irons?  or his head with fish spears?  Lay thine
          hand upon him, remember the battle [what battle?], do no more.  Behold, the hope
          of him is in vain: shall not one be cast down even at the sight of him?  None is so fierce
          that dare stir him up: who then is able to stand before me?...Upon earth there is not his
          like, who is made without fear.  He beholdeth all high things: he is a king over all the
          children of pride.

That last sentence is telling: leviathan was filled with pride.  No one could stand up to him, not even Satan and Michael.  Only the most High could face him and smash him.  This reminds me of a pasage in the Book of Isaiah beginning in chapter 14 verse 12:

          How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to
          the ground, which didst weaken the nations!  For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend
          into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of
          the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I
          will be like the most High.  Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit...
          Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms...?

According to Michael Wynn, occultists believe that Lucifer took Satan into himself.  Wynn doesn't understand what this means exactly.  Revelation chapter 12 verse 9 says, "the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan..."  Did this "old serpent" once inhabit Rahab/Tiamat (the primeval waters)?

There are people who think that the story of Adam and Eve in Genesis can only be interpreted figuratively.  I think this passage can be interpreted literally also: chapter 3 shows us a creature called "the serpent."  Taking the whole of scripture into consideration, we can infer that this "beast" was indwelt by Satan.  Or you can read it symbolically: the serpent here represents leviathan or Lucifer, the one who first became filled with great pride and had the audacity to believe that he could be equal to the most High.  And Adam and Eve are stand-ins for mankind and how man--sometime after his creation--came to be filled with the same pride in his heart also, believing that we could also be as God.

As for Satan, there is a revealing passage about him--referred to here as "the king of Tyrus"--beginning at chapter 28 of the Book of Ezekiel in verse 12: "Thou [was] full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.  Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God...Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth...Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee."

So the implication is that Lucifer and Satan are two different individuals.  Lucifer is a "man" (in the loosest sense of the word) who became possessed or indwelt by Satan: the serpent willing to be the house for the cherub to dwell in.


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