Paganism 26

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It is written:

“For if God did not spare the angels who sinned, but cast them down to hell and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved for judgment;”. (2 Peter 2:4)

We have been drawing attention to the fact that the Bible teaches the gods and goddesses of the pagans are based upon real persons. According to the Bible, these beings are fallen angels and the spirits of the demons (the Nephilim souls left in the world after the Flood).

Recently, an excellent book was written which connects the dots between these gods and goddesses and the fallen angels of the Bible.

The author elaborates upon the goals of his work with these words:

“In this book, I will present evidence for a number of claims, most of which haven’t been made before, to the best of my knowledge: • The Amorites of the ancient world are far more important to history than we’ve been taught. • The Titans, the old gods of the Greeks, are the biblical Watchers, the sons of God who took daughters of man as wives as described in Genesis 6:1–4. • Their offspring, the Nephilim (later called Rephaim), were the heroes and demigods of the Greeks. • The Amorites summoned the spirits of the Rephaim through necromancy rituals and believed they were the ancestors of their kings. • Balaam’s prophecy over Israel foretold the final destruction of the Nephilim by the Messiah. • Ezekiel’s prophecy of Gog and Magog tells us when and where they’ll be destroyed. • Gog won’t be human, and Magog is not Russia. • The spirit of primordial chaos, Leviathan, returns from the abyss as the Antichrist. • The Titans and their seed, the spirits of the Rephaim, return in the last days to fight at Armageddon.” (Derek P. Gilbert, The Last Clash Of The Titans: The Second Coming Of Hercules, Leviathan, & The Prophesied War Between Jesus Christ & The Gods Of Antiquity, 31-50 (Kindle Edition); Crane, MO; Defender Publishing)

While I cannot go over every detail of evidence in this book, I will present two facts which show the clear connection between the fallen angels and these gods and goddesses. The first is drawn from the Greek word Tartarus, which is where Peter and Jude describe the location of the fallen angels (also known as the Watchers) who committed sexual sin with the women of Genesis 6:1-4.

He writes:

“As for the Watchers, their fate was sealed. Although the Bible doesn’t tell us much about what happened to them, what we do know doesn’t sound pleasant: And the angels who did not stay within their own position of authority, but left their proper dwelling, he has kept in eternal chains under gloomy darkness until the judgment of the great day. (Jude 6, ESV) For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to chains of gloomy darkness to be kept until the judgment. (2 Peter 2:4, ESV) These passages are critical to understanding the supernatural war because they identify the players. The Greek word Peter used to describe the punishment of the rebellious angels, the word translated into English as “cast them into hell,” is tartaróō. More precisely, it means “cast them into Tartarus.” This is key. Tartarus is not the same place as Hell, which was Hades in Greek. Since he was guided by the Holy Spirit, we can assume Peter knew the difference. And because this is the only verse in the New Testament that uses the word tartaróō, it’s significant. To the Greeks, Hades was the realm of the dead, similar to the Jewish concept of Sheol. Tartarus was a level below Hades reserved for supernatural threats to the Olympian gods, “as far beneath Hades as heaven is above earth.”[5] It’s where the king of the Greek gods, Zeus, banished his father, Kronos, and most of the Titans after the Olympians successful rebellion. It’s described as a dismal place, even more depressing than damp, moldy Hades: [The hundred-handed Hekatonkheires] overshadowed the Titans with their missiles, and hurled them beneath the wide-pathed earth, and bound them in bitter chains when they had conquered them by their strength for all their great spirit, as far beneath the earth as heaven is above earth; for so far is it from earth to Tartarus. For a brazen anvil falling down from heaven nine nights and days would reach the earth upon the tenth: and again, a brazen anvil falling from earth nine nights and days would reach Tartarus upon the tenth. Round it runs a fence of bronze, and night spreads in triple line all about it like a neck-circlet, while above grow the roots of the earth and unfruitful sea.[6] (Emphasis added) Note the parallels between the words of the Greek poet Hesiod and the epistles of Peter and Jude: A group of gods rebelled and suffered the consequences—imprisonment in a very dark place far below the earth. Here’s the point: Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, the Apostle Peter specifically linked the angels who sinned with the former gods of the Greeks, the Titans. We know Peter’s angels are the Watchers, the sons of God from Genesis chapter 6, because they’re clearly the same ones mentioned by Jude, who gave us an important clue to their identity: And the angels who did not stay within their own position of authority, but left their proper dwelling, he has kept in eternal chains under gloomy darkness until the judgment of the great day—just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire. (Jude 6–7, ESV; emphasis added) The sin of the angels was like that of Sodom and Gomorrah—“sexual immorality” and “unnatural desire.” The only place in the Bible where that happened was Genesis 6:1–4. So, the Watchers of Genesis are the Titans of Greek myth. And those fallen angels still have a role to play in our future.” (Derek P. Gilbert, The Last Clash Of The Titans: The Second Coming Of Hercules, Leviathan, & The Prophesied War Between Jesus Christ & The Gods Of Antiquity, 177-208 (Kindle Edition); Crane, MO; Defender Publishing)

There is thus a clear connection made between the Watchers and the pagan gods and goddesses in the New Testament Scriptures.

However, Gilbert also notes the connection in this regard with the Septuagint translation of the Old Testament. About three hundred years before the time of Christ, the Hebrew Old Testament was translated into the Greek language. This translation was made by the best scholars of the day, and is often quoted directly by Christ and His Apostles.

With that in mind, Gilbert points out:

“We’ve already showed the connection between the Titans and the Watchers, the sons of God of Genesis 6, the angels who sinned mentioned by Peter and Jude. The references in the Septuagint, however, are more obvious. And the Philistines heard that David was anointed king over Israel; and all the Philistines went up to seek David; and David heard of it, and went down to the strong hold. And the Philistines came, and assembled in the valley of the giants (Titânes)… And the Philistines came up yet again, and assembled in the valley of Giants (Titânes), (2 Samuel 5:17–18, 22; Septuagint translation by Lancelot C. L. Brenton, 1851; emphasis added) References to the Valley of Rephaim/Titans also occur in 2 Samuel 23:13 and 1 Chronicles 11:15. Another mention of the Titans occurs in the apocryphal book (for Protestants) of Judith: The Assyrian came down from the mountains of the north; he came with myriads of his warriors; their numbers blocked up the wadis, and their cavalry covered the hills. He boasted that he would burn up my territory, and kill my young men with the sword, and dash my infants to the ground, and seize my children as booty, and take my virgins as spoil. But the Lord Almighty has foiled them by the hand of a woman. For their mighty one did not fall by the hands of the young men, nor did the sons of the Titans strike him down, nor did tall giants set upon him; but Judith daughter of Merari with the beauty of her countenance undid him. (Judith 16:3–6, NRSV; emphasis added) Since the oldest text of Judith available to us today is from the Septuagint, we don’t really know the book’s original language.[205] It may have been composed in Greek, since the earliest Hebrew copy is from the Middle Ages. The point: By the time the Greeks controlled the lands of the Bible, after the conquests of Alexander the Great in the fourth century B.C., the religious scholars and scribes of the Jews had no problem directly linking the Titans to the Rephaim, and identifying them specifically as giants. In the religion of the Greeks, Jewish scholars recognized their own stories of the Watchers, the Nephilim, and the rebel gods who’d rejected the authority of the Creator, Yahweh.” (Derek P. Gilbert, The Last Clash Of The Titans: The Second Coming Of Hercules, Leviathan, & The Prophesied War Between Jesus Christ & The Gods Of Antiquity, 2090-2116 (Kindle Edition); Crane, MO; Defender Publishing)

The pagan gods and goddesses are the fallen angels who rebelled against the one true God.

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