Symbols of "SUN (Baal) Worship"

AMONG THE ANCIENT nations, not only were statues of the gods and goddesses in human form made, other objects with a hidden or mystery meaning, such as obelisks, were a part of heathen Worship.

Diodorus spoke of an obelisk 130 feet high that was erected by queen Semiramis in Babylon. The Bible mentions an obelisk--type image approximately nine feet in breadth and ninety feet high:  The people...fell down and Worshiped the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar had set up" in Babylon (Dan. 3:1-7).  But it was in Egypt (an early stronghold of the mystery religion) that the use of the obelisk was best known.  Many of these obelisks are still in Egypt, but some have been removed to other nations-one is in Central Park in New York, another in London, while others were transported to Rome.

Originally, the obelisk was associated with SUN Worship. The ancients, having rejected the knowledge of the true creator---seeing that the SUN gave life to plants and to man, looked upon the SUN as a god, the great life giver.  To them, upright objects such as the obelisk also had a sexual significance.  Realizing that through sexual union life was produced, the phallus was considered (along with the SUN) a symbol of life.  These were beliefs represented by the obelisk

The largest upright phallus of the SUN in the world is the George Washington monument in Washington D.C., the capital city of the United States of America. Its dimension at its base is 55.5 ft. wide by 55.5 ft.long, with a height 555 ft high.  Guess what the sum total is,  when you add up those three Dimensions?

The word "images" in the Bible is translated from several different Hebrew words.  One of these words, matzebah means "standing images" or obelisks ( I Kings 14: 23; 2 Kings 18 :4: 23:14; Jer. 43:13: Micah 5: l3). Another word is hammanim which means "SUN images," images dedicated to the SUN obelisks (Isaiah 17:8; 27:9).

In order for the obelisks to carry out their intended symbolism, they were placed upright--erect. Thus they pointed up--toward the SUN..  As a symbol of the phallus, the erect position also had an obvious significance. Bearing this mind, it is interesting to notice that when divine judgment was pronounced against this false Worship, it was said that these images (obelisks) "shall not stand, up," but would be cast down (Isaiah 27:9).

    When the Israelite mixed heathen Worship into their religion in the days of Ezekiel, they erected an "image of Jealousy in the entry" of the temple (Ezekiel 8:5).  This image was probably an obelisk, the symbol of the phallus, for (as Scofield says) they were" given over to phallic cults."  Placing an obelisk at the entrance of a heathen temple was, apparently, not an uncommon practice at the time.  One stood at the entrance of the temple of Tum and another in front of the temple of Hathor, the "abode of Horus" (Tammuz).

Interestingly enough, there is also an obelisk at the front of St. Peter's in Rome  as the photograph shows on the left.  The one in Rome is a mere copy of an Egyptian obelisk, it is the very same obelisk that stood in Egypt in ancient times!  Even more interesting, there is one positioned in front of the Capital in Washington D.C.  When the mystery religion came to Rome in the SUN Worship days, not only were obelisks made and erected at Rome, but obelisks of Egypt-at great expense-were hauled there and erected by the emperors. Caligula, in 37-41 A.D., had the obelisk now at the Vatican brought from Heliopolis, Egypt to the circus on the Vatican Hill, where now stands St. Peter's.  Heliopolis is but the Greek name of Bethshemesh, which was the center of Egyptian SUN Worship in olden days.  In the Old Testament, these obelisks that stood there are mentioned as the "images of Bethshemesh" (Jer. 43:13)!

The very same obelisk that once stood at the ancient temple which was the center of Egyptian SUN Worship, now stands before the mother church of Roman Catholicism!  This seems like more than a mere coincidence.  And dear reader it is no mere coincidence that the largest obelisk in the world stands before the capital in the Washington D.C. in the USA.

The red granite obelisk of the Vatican is itself 83 feet high (132 feet high with its foundation) and weighs 320 tons.  In 1586, in order to center it in front of the church in St. Peter's square, it was moved to its present location by order of Pope Sixtus V.  Of course moving this heavy obelisk-especially in those days-was a very difficult task.  Many movers refused to attempt the feat, especially since the pope had attached the death penalty if the obelisk was dropped and broken!

Finally a man by the name of Domenico Fontana accepted the responsibility.  With 45 winches, 160 horses, and a crew of 800 workmen, the task of moving began.  The date was September 10, 1586. Multitudes crowded the extensive square.  While the obelisk was being moved, the crowd, upon penalty of death, was required to remain silent.  But after the obelisk was successfully erected, there was the sound of hundreds of bells ringing, the roar of cannons, and the loud cheers of the multitude.  The Egyptian  idol was dedicated to the "cross" (the cross on top of the obelisk is supposed to contain a piece from the original cross), mass was celebrated, and the pope pronounced a blessing on the workmen and horses.

    The drawing to the left shows the pattern of St. Peter's and the circular court in front of it.  At the center of the court stands the obelisk.  This court is bordered by 248 Doric columns, a style that was commonly used in the design of SUN Worship temples

Like the obelisk, SUN Worship columns were sometimes regarded as "mystery" forms of the phallus.  In the vestibule of the SUN Worship temple of the goddess at Hierapolis, an inscription reads "I, Dionysus, dedicated these phalli Hera, my stepmother."

Even as Roman Catholic leaders borrowed other ideas from SUN Worship, it is no surprise that building elaborate and expensive temples also became the custom.  Worldly minded leaders thought they should build a temple of greater splendor than those of the old Roman religion.

    We know that God directed his people under the ruler--ship of Solomon to build a temple--in the Old Testament--and chose to put his presence there.  But in the New Testament, it is clear that the Holy Spirit no longer dwells in temples made with mans hands (Acts 17:24). Now, God dwells in his people--his true church--by the Spirit!  Says Paul:  "YE are the temple of God...the Spirit of God dwelleth in you" (1 Cor. 3:16).

Understanding this grand truth, the early church-filled with the Spirit--never went forth to build temples of stone and steel. They went forth to preach the gospel.  Their time was not spent in financial drives and oppressive pledges in order to build a fancier building than a temple down the street!   According to Halley's Bible Handbook, we do not have any record of a church building (as such) being built prior to 222-235 A.D.!

This is not to suggest it is wrong to have church buildings.  Probably the reason they were not built earlier was because the first Christians, enduring persecutions, were not allowed to own title to property.  But had they been allowed this privilege, we feel certain that such buildings would have been built simply--not for outward show.  They would not have tried to compete with the expensive styling of the heathen temples of splendor like the temple of Diana at Ephesus or the Pantheon of Rome.

But when the church came to political power and wealth under the reign of Constantine, a pattern for building elaborate and expensive church buildings was set and has continued to this day.  The idea has become so implanted in the minds of people, that the word 'church' (to most people) means a building.  But in its Biblical use, the word refers to an assembly or group of people who are--themselves,--the temple of the Holy Spirit!  As strange as it may sound, a church building could be totally destroyed, and yet the actual church (the people) remain.

The majority of expensive church buildings that have been built over the centuries have featured a tower.  Each generation of church builders has copied the former generation, probably never questioning the origin of the idea.  Some towers have cost fortunes to build. They have added no spiritual value.  Jesus, of course, never built such structures when he was on earth, nor did he give any instructions for them to be built after his departure.  Notice the many towers in the Cathedral of Cologne to the right.  How, then, did this tower tradition in church architecture begin?

The use of towers is also carried out in Christendom Catholic and Protestant.  The tower of the great Cathedral of Cologne rises 515 feet above the street while that of the Cathedral of Ulm, Germany, is 528 feet high.  Even small chapels often have a tower of some kind. It is a tradition that is seldom questioned.

 If the reader will permit us a certain liberty at this point, we will suggest a theory which points back to Babylon.  Of course we all remember the tower of Babel.  The people said, "Let us make brick...let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven" (Gen. 11:3,41.  The expression "unto heaven" is no doubt a figure of speech for great height, as was also the case when cities with walls that reached "up to heaven" are mentioned (Deut. 1:28). We are not to suppose those Babel builders intended to build clear up into the heaven of God's throne.  Instead, there is sufficient evidence to show that the tower (commonly called a ziggurat) was connected with their religion--with SUN Worship.

"Of all the lofty monuments of Babylon, the towering 'Ziggurat' must certainly have been one of the most spectacular constructions of its time, rising majestically above its huge encircling wall of a thousand towers....Around the vast square, chambers were set aside for pilgrims, as well as for the priests who looked after the 'Ziggurat.' Koldewey called this collection of buildings the 'Vatican of Babylon'."

    It has been suggested that one of the meanings of the name of the goddess Astarte (Semiramis), written as "Asht-tart,"means "the woman that made towers."  The goddess Cybele (who also has been identified with Semiramis) was known as the tower bearing goddess, the first (says Ovid) that erected towers in cities and was represented with a tower--like crown on her head, as was also Diana.  In the symbolism of the Catholic church, a tower is emblematic of the virgin Mary!   Does all of this somehow connect?  Yes it all connects back to SUN (Baal) Worship!!

Some ancient towers, as we all know, were built for military purposes, for watchtowers.  But many of the towers that were built in the Babylonian Empire were exclusively religious towers, connected with a temple!  In those times, a stranger entering a Babylonian city would have no difficulty locating its temple, we are told, for high above the flat roofed houses, its tower could be seen!  The Catholic encyclopedia says, "It is a striking fact that most Babylonian cities possessed a....temple-tower."

Is it possible that Babylon (as with other things we have mentioned) could have been the source for religious towers??   We recall that it was while they were building the huge tower of Babel that the dispersion began.  It is certainly not impossible that as men migrated to various lands they took the idea of a tower with them.  Though these towers have developed into different forms in different countries, yet the towers in one form or another remain!

Towers have long been an established part of the religion of the Chinese.  The "pagoda" (linked with the word "goddess") at Nankin.  Showed  to the left are three Pagodas of Dali Yannan.

In the Hindu religion, "scattered above the large temple enclosures are great pagodas or towers...rising high above the surrounding country, everywhere they could be seen by the people, and thus their devotion to their idolatrous Worship was increased.  Many of these pagodas are several hundred feet high, and are covered with sculptures representing scenes in the lives of the gods of the temple, or eminent saints."

Among the Muslims, though in a different form, can be seen the towers of their religion. The above picture shows the numerous towers, called minarets, at Mecca. Towers of the same style were used on the famous Church of St. Sophia at Constantinople (above left).
At the top of many church towers, a spire often points to the sky.  Several writers link, and perhaps not without some Justification, the steeples and spires with the ancient obelisk.  "There is evidence," says one, "to show that the spires of our churches owe their existence to the uprights or obelisks outside the the temples of former ages."  Another says: "There are still in existence today remarkable specimens of original phallic symbols...steeples on the churches....and obelisks....all show the influence of our phallus-Worshiping(SUN Worship) ancestors."

“Signs and symbols rule the SUN Worship world, not words nor laws.”