September 18, 2021
DEAD MEN’S BONES
In the opening salvo of Dead Men’s Bones, we noted how the prophetic pattern of twin timelines may be seen, as the Christian body in America is recapitulating the sins which were characteristic of ancient Israel.
“The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done; and there is no new thing under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:9).
This adage from Solomon is narrowed in the New Testament, as the Apostle Paul tells us that all the things which happened to Israel occurred as Spiritual signposts for the Christians, as “types” (symbolic pointers), to help us recognize what God is doing in our midst, in the New Testament era.
“Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come” (I Corinthian 10:11).
In ancient Israel, the conflict between the LORD (Yahweh in the Biblical manuscripts) and the lord (Baal in the heathen manuscripts) was the premier conflict in many Old Testament accounts. As the religious writings of the Mesopotamian nations looked very similar to the religious history of the Israelites, many began to believe that Baal was just another name for the LORD.
For example, in the non-Hebrew writings of the Gentile nations, the Baal accounts spoke of how Fallen Angels once bred with the daughters of men – and the hybrid offspring were powerful “gods” who ruled. In these Mesopotamian “scriptures,” the top god (who was named El) – with his co-regent Baal – decided to bring about a great flood which would destroy the world. However, in the confusing pantheon of gods, and human-hybrid gods (the offspring of the human-demigod union just mentioned), a righteous man named Utnapishtim was warned of the coming catastrophe, and instructed to build a big boat so he and his family could survive.
Various writings from the ancient near East – such as the above account drawn from the Epic of Gilgamesh – even used some of the same ancient words as the Hebrew manuscripts of the Old Testament. Other documents, such as Enuma Elish, provided similar parallels to the Biblical account of creation. The discovery of the Baal Cycle, in which details of the worship of Baal is prominent, thrilled scholars as they noted extensive similarities to the Old Testament.
These writings were the result of excavations in Syria, and they trace back to Ugarit – a locale thought to be Caananite at the time when Joshua and the Israelites conquered the region – a period just after the days of Moses and the Exodus.
As scholars have long believed large portions of the Old Testament were edited and codified centuries later than the periods described (such as the Exodus, and the rule of the Kings of Israel), they concluded the Ugaritic “scriptures” were the original, and the Hebrew Old Testament was heavily derived from these heathen documents. Most Christians are unaware of the fact that Biblical scholars routinely accept this perspective, even as they conceal their beliefs (or try to put a scholarly spin on the data) from the general populace. For instance, one school of theology openly acknowledges their belief that at least some of the Psalms were originally praises of Baal, which Hebrew scribes supposedly changed to fit their religion.
“In fact, these Psalms were most likely originally Ugaritic or Canaanite hymns to El which were simply adopted by Israel” (Ugarit and the Bible, Quartz Hill School of Theology)
Popular Christian authors, such as Michael Heiser, a frequent guest of Tom Horn’s Rapture Cult TV show Skywatch, slyly claims the heathen writings greatly “influenced” both Old and New Testament Scriptures.
“The story of creation, the genealogies before the flood, the flood itself, and the tower of Babel incident all have secure connections to Mesopotamian material that is much older than the Old Testament” (The Unseen Realm, Michael S Heiser, page 101).
Heiser even agrees with the above mentioned Bible school which stated the Ugaritic writings extolling Baal, were copied in the books of Moses – with the Hebrew authors simply changing the name of the deity from Baal to Yahweh. For instance, in one of several similar statements, Heiser wrote about verses where the Scriptures have the LORD present in the clouds. In this regard, the Christian apostate again stated the verse was originally penned by Mesopotamian authors describing Baal:
“The biblical writers occasionally pilfered this stock description of Baal as cloud rider and assigned it to Yahweh” (Unseen Realm, Michael Heiser, page 251, emphasis mine).
In short, Heiser is saying the writers of the Bible plagiarized writing dedicated to Baal, and passed it off as the Word of the Lord.
Multiple sources in “Christian” academia even tell us these Caananite “scriptures” were the model for the prophecies of Daniel 7 – once again, reducing the Word of God to an imitation of the Satanic Baalim texts. Indeed, when we hear how each new generation of Bible school students (who are destined to become pastors, teachers, and authors) no longer believe in things like the virgin birth or the literal return of Christ, we can see just how the foundations of our faith were replaced by this supposed scholarship.
“If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?” (Psalm 11:3).
Unfortunately, these examples are not the exception; they typify the state of “Christian” scholarship at universities, seminaries, and a multitude of Bible schools. The prophetic pattern of twin timelines, in which the Christians recapitulate the history of the Israelites (wherein ancient Israel embraced Baal on a wholesale basis), is now full steam ahead. However, the real LORD of the Bible, Yahweh, has promised to intervene when the evil rises up to unprecedented heights.
“When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him” (Isaiah 59:19).
The reality is that long ago, the “scholars” were presented with the astonishing evidence that large amounts of ancient history have been wildly distorted, as the evidence actually shows the Mesopotamian writings were derived from the Scriptures – not the other way around. The truth is, a brilliant writer named Immanuel Velikovsky (1895-1979), dedicated years to a revisionist history project which demonstrated enormous chronological errors have crept in to secular and religious history, and the result is a discrepancy of a period between 400 and 700 years in almost every major antiquarian kingdom.
In a series of books entitled Ages In Chaos, Velikovsky convincingly showed historian’s early error in synchronizing Egyptian History with the Old Testament chronology. Most early history is either synchronized with the Biblical record, or ancient king’s lists of Egypt. In an elaborate, well documented effort, the Jewish writer showed how many Egyptian kings had multiple names and titles, including throne names, religious names, and dynastic names. There are documented examples of Pharaohs who had 30 different names. Because of this, the majority of scholarship counted the reigns of many of these kings multiple times – thereby stretching their tenure far longer than the time which actually elapsed.
Further, relying on dubious dating techniques, and what we now call junk science, the net result caused a huge disconnect between parallel Hebrew history and Egyptian historical accounts – invariably discrediting the validity of the sequence of events in the Old Testament. For example, the Bible tells of ten devastating plagues which destroyed Egypt when they oppressed the Israelites, but the Egyptian records from that period show no such turmoil. However, there are records of terrible cataclysms which struck Egypt, but the “scholars” tell us the time in which they occurred was hundreds of years from the time of the Passover and the Exodus.
The Egyptian annals tell us the first pyramid was designed by Egypt’s first Grand Vizier – a highly revered figure named Imhotep. Archaelogical records from Egypt tell us he came to power during a great famine which lasted 7 years, and he lived to be 110. The Egyptian monument called The Stele of the Famine, tells us the Pharaoh asked Imhotep, who the records say was a foreigner, what to do about the famine. Most biblically literate believers will recognize him to be Joseph, who was sold into slavery by his brothers.
Genesis tells us the Pharaoh made him Grand Vizier as a result of his able handling of the famine, which the Bible said lasted 7 years. The Bible also says he lived to be 110 – but the “scholars” tell us they can’t be the same man, because they claim there’s a difference of about 700 years in their history.
An ancient Egyptian artifact, known as the Ipuwer Papyrus, tells of how Egypt was once devastated through mysterious, destructive events. However, the scholars quickly dismissed the connection to the Passover, as they were already convinced the Exodus never happened. Ipuwer’s Papyrus tells of a sequence of devastating events.
“….Plague is throughout the land. Blood is everywhere…the river is blood” (Papyrus Ipuwer, 2:5, 6; 2:10, cited in Velikovsky, Ages In Chaos, page 44.)
The book of Exodus details identical circumstances:
“And [Moses] smote the waters that were in the river…and all the waters that were in the river were turned to blood” (Exodus, 7:20).
At the border of Egypt and Palestine is the shrine of El Arish. Chiseled in stone, it is an Egyptian account a great catastrophe in which the king of Egypt died. The Egyptian text describes a time of great darkness.
“The land was in great affliction. Evil fell on this earth…it was a great upheaval in the residence…nobody left the palace….neither the men nor the gods could see the faces of their next” (Velikovsky, Ages In Chaos, page 58).
The Scriptures tell us of identical conditions.
“And Moses stretched forth his hand toward heaven; and there was darkness over the land of Egypt…They saw not one another, neither rose any from his place” (Exodus 10:22, 23).
The Egyptian El Arish inscription goes on to tell how the Pharaoh perished in a “whirlpool” while fighting against “evil-doers.”
“His majesty leapt into the place of the whirlpool” (The Antiquities of Tell El Yehudiyeh, page 73).
The inscription provides an incredibly important detail in that it actually names the location where the Pharaoh died:
“His majesty [here are words that are missing] finds on this place called Pi-Kharoti” (Ages In Chaos, page 63).
The divinely inspired account known as your Holy Bible tells the tale:
“But the Egyptians pursued after them…and overtook them encamping by the sea, beside Pi-hahiroth, before Baal Zephon” (Exodus 14:9).
The Egyptian and Hebrew accounts are obviously parallel, but the scholars still tell us they are separated by hundreds of years. Because Velikovsky’s radical revisionism demonstrated that vast amounts of scholarship are in significant error, his work was vigorously attacked (and widely persecuted by vested interests) on a wholesale scale. The Spiritual dimension is clear, as Velikovsky’s reconstruction showed the Biblical accounts to be strikingly accurate. After Ages In Chaos, he undertook a retelling of the Assyrian chronicles in a book (now published by Christian Media) entitled The Assyrian Conquest – and this work also showed historical dating to be inaccurate an average of 400 to 700 years.
After Ages In Chaos, Doubleday published Ramses II And His Time, an astonishing work which shed new light on the Ugaritic texts – including the Baal Cycle. Ramses II And His Time showed the cuneiform writings (found at Ras Shamra/Ugarit), which the conventional chronology places late in the 2nd century BC, should be assigned a date centuries later – at a time when the Old Testament was largely intact.
For example, consensus history has at least one of the kings of Ugarit – a royal named Arhalba – as a contemporary of Mursilis, who was a Hittite king. However, Velikovsky has proven that Mursilis was actually a Hittite name for Nabopolassar, who was the father of Nebuchadnezzar. This means the period of the Ugarit written accounts we’re examining was actually centuries later than the scholars have been taught. In other words, Immanuel Velikovsky’s resynchronization of world history shows the Baal materials – which the faithless Bible scholars now universally claim inspired the Bible writers – came after the Old Testament accounts were compiled, not before. To put it another way, Velikovsky’s massive research showed the Baal materials were not written in Joshua’s day at the conquest of Canaan – they belong to a time as late as the neo-Babylonian Empire, hundreds of years later.
No wonder Velikovsky was so viciously blacklisted far and wide.
The Bible tells us that in the last times, the LORD of glory – the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob – will send a strong delusion, which will facilitate His judgment of individual men and women who are in significant error, because they have not received the love of the truth.
“And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie…because they received not the love of the truth” (II Thessalonians 2:11, 10).
It’s worth noting the Greek word in the New Testament manuscripts rendered delusion in the above verse is rendered error in another passage. In short, God will send a potent, deluding error in the end times. In reviewing this stunning data, I can’t begin to calculate how many times believers have told me they just want the truth – which is, in itself, a lie. You don’t want the truth, and neither do I, as it’s simply not in us. The Bible says we are all liars.
“There is none righteous, no, not one…there is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God” (Romans 3:10, 11).
The fact is, it is the Spirit of the LORD which God places within us, which seeks after Him – as apart from Him, there is not one who seeks the truth. Once again, this is a core facet of the New Covenant, which tells us it is the Spirit of God in us which loves the truth. Indeed, the Scriptures tell us we are NOW in the great Falling Away, and that Snare has already come upon all those who dwell on the earth.
“For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth” (Luke 21:35).
At Christian Media, we don’t dwell on the Earth (among the allegorical Dead Men’s Bones), for we are born again in the Spirit of God, and our citizenship is in heaven, where we are now seated in Christ.
“But God…hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:4, 6).
-- James Lloyd
To Be Continued
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