One can find by checking the Christian books Unger's Bible Dictionary under false gods and the Christian book The Two Babylons by Alexander Hislop and a bit from the book The Oxford Dictionary of Mythology some of the significance relating to false gods that relate to the Last Days of the Bible as well as to especially Old Testament Biblical history. When I write Last Days of the Bible I mean especially the Last Days of Israel and the current Last Days of this present Church Age.
I found that Bel was the patron god of Babylon and was eventually followed by Marduk in this role. Bel was the god of heavenly phenomena or the sky god and was the counterpart of the Canaanite sky god Baal. They both mean Lord. I also found that Ishtar was likely the female counterpart to Bel or Marduk including in their so-called sacred marriage or hieros gamos while Asherah was in this same role as the female counterpart to Baal. Asherah was the fertility goddess translated as "grove(s)" in the King James Version Bible and there was likely an idol depicting a permissive female with a pillar or other idol of Baal in the so-called high places of Israel. It was in the high places of Israel on tops of large hills or mountains where the Israelites fell into idolatry and worship of false gods, from worship or serving the true God Yahweh or Jehovah of especially God the Father but to some extent God the FAther, Son (Jesus) and the Holy Spirit. There is probably a message for the world today as there was all manner of immorality by the Israelites at these high places (as there would have also been by the Canaanites when they worshipped these gods or goddesses of their own at their own worship places.) This immoral worship included homosexual idolatry of male prostitutes or priests of Baal, perhaps some heterosexual immorality by the female prostitutes of Asherah (the groves) with male pilgrims to the high places and perhaps some lesbianism or female homosexuality with priestesses to the groves (Asherah) and female pilgrims to the groves on the high places. I also found out that Bel and Baal were thought, perhaps representing the sun, to disappear in the late fall and re-appear in the spring which was related to some of the worship of them as fertility gods. (This belief likely led the pilgrims to Baal and his images on the high places to be more passionate in ritual worship acts to try to bring a brighter sun back in the winter months to make sure of good crops in the spring.)
I also found out that the Babylonian god that was the son of Bel was Ninus and that he was associated with the Biblical character and actual historical person Nimrod. Bel was said to have founded Babylon. However, Nimrod or Ninus was also said to have founded Babylon. with the conclusion in the two Babylons book that Bel represented Cush. Ninus is regarded as having founded Ninevah capital of Assyria ruins of which are in the centre of the Iraqi city of Mosul. Mr. Hislop author of The Two Babylons also says Saturn represents Nimrod. The author of that book also said Bel can mean confusion as in Babylon or Babel. I also found Jupiter or Zeus was the counterpart of Bel or Baal as the storm god, sky god or god of the heavens and that Jupiter came to be viewed as the patron god of Rome and the Roman Empire including the symbol of the eagle that flies high in the atmospheric heavens or sky. Of course the Antichrist or Beast out of the Sea will be the leader of the revived Roman Empire based in Rome as in Daniel 9:24-27 and Revelation 17. The Two Babylons book also said that Hermes means son of Ham and that he was regarded as the prophet of idolatry and that this would correspond to Cush the son of Ham. Mercury was regarded as a counterpart of Hermes as the messenger god (from the idols or false gods.) Of course Cush the son of Ham and Nimrod helped build the Tower of Babel in Genesis 11. That was the first united rebellion against the true God in human history foreshadowing the ultimate world rebellion against God in the tribulation under the Antichrist the Beast out of the Sea or the Little Horn or Man of Sin and his associate the Beast out of the Land or the False Prophet. The False Prophet could be represented by Hermes as the False Prophet and will be especially involved with promoting the idolatrous worship of the Beast or Antichrist and his image and the number of his name 666. This image of the beast will likely be just outside the rebuilt Jewish temple on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem as in Daniel 9:27, Revelation 11:1-2, Matthew 24:15, Revelation 13, 2 Thessalonians 2. This tribulation Temple will at first be established by an agreement or covenant with the Jews or Israelites in Israel with the Antichrist or Satanic world ruler in the tribulation to allow for the resumption of Old Testament of God's word the Holy Bible ritual Levitical priesthood worship of the true God (as in Exodus to Deuteronomy or what the Jews or Israelites call the Torah) there. However the Antichrist will forcibly end this worship of the true God in the tribulation temple after 3 1/2 years at the midpoint of the tribulation and take over the tribulation temple and go into its holy of holies to be worshipped as God in tribulation as well as for Satan the dragon to be worshipped as God there in the tribulation temple in Jerusalem in the 2nd half of the tribulation until the Lord Jesus Christ defeats the Antichrist, the False Prophet and the rest of those people still following the ungodly world system by the end of the tribulation. Jesus will then set up God's visible Kingdom on Earth first with the 1000 year reign of Him and the visible glory of God the Father in the Millennial or Messianic Kingdom Temple in Jerusalem all as in Revelation 19 and 20.
I also found that Nimrod was regarded as being of black skin as the son of Ham and that he was at first the husband of Semiramis who gave birth to the mother goddess cult around the world. She was regarded to have had sex with Nimrod after he died and to have given birth to another pale skin Nimrod. This pale skin Nimrod was regarded as Semiramis' son and member of the mother child cult around the world even today. One manifestation today and for some time in history of the mother child cult includes the excessive emphasis beyond the truth of God's Word the Holy Bible in the Roman Catholic Church of Mary and a weak Jesus. They often portray Jesus as a child or otherwise dependent on her as her Son even though she ws biblically only the channel to bring the Son of God into the world and even though Jesus was more conceived of the Holy Spirit and was God from eternity past but Mary was just a human being used of God for this purpose. However, Mary was, including in God's Word and other reality, definitely a righteous woman servant of the true God. Semiramis in Mesopotamia and Babylon would be portrayed as Ishtar and her son as Tammuz. (Semiramis, the mother goddess and wife or mother of Nimrod, as portrayed as Ishtar, Ashtoreth, Asherah, Astarte, Isis, Venus or Aphrodite was associate with the planet Venus in the sky.) In ancient Egypt the older Nimrod was Osiris, the woman goddess was Isis and the son was Horus who was regarded as having pale skin. The eye of Horus continues to be featured on the US dollar bill above a truncated pyramid on the back of the bill over the Latin words Novus Ordo Seclorum which means New Order of the Ages, New Secular Order or New World Order. This term, especially the latter one, has come to be used as the secular or extrabiblical name of the last days form of what the New Testament part of God's Word - the Holy Bible calls the world system (cosmos). Cosmos means an organized system but in this case means an organized system of humanity acting against or in place of the true God including God the Son Jesus Christ as in Matthew 4:8, Revelation 11:15, Matthew 16:26 or John 15:18-19.
According to The Two Babylons book on page 70 the author mentions Nimrod as the son of Semiramis in the mother son or child cult as portrayed as the Lord of the Covenant or in Canaanite religion as Baal Berith. In ancient Persia the false god associated with Baal and the Lord of the Covenant and the son god associated with Nimrod was sometimes pictured as a child at the top of a rainbow in reference as also the sky god. This association of these false gods with the rainbow and sky phenomena and a covenant is probably a referencel to the true God Yahweh or Jehovah in the Bible or LORD establishing a covenant with humanity that he wouldn't again judge the world be a worldwide flood as in Noah's time in Genesis 9:12-17. However, nowhere there in Genesis 9 or anywhere else in the Bible, does God say He wouldn't judge the world again in some way. Indeed God definitely will judge the world again, quite soon in the soon coming 7 year tribulation and Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ at the end of that tribulation, by many different judgments or types of judgments. This 7 year tribulation is mentioned in God's word in scriptures such as Daniel 9:27, Revelation 6-18, Matthew 24 (starting at verse 15 especially), Isaiah 34, Jeremiah 30, Isaiah 24-27 etc. At Jesus' Second Coming at the end of the tribulation He will set up over all the Earth His and God the Father's (and the Holy Spirit's) visible Kingdom as in Revelation 19, Acts 1:10-11, Zechariah 14, Matthew 26:62-65 etc. Of course the rainbow in the rainbow flag of the lesbians (female homosexuals), gay (male homosexuals), bisexuals, transexuals etc. or LGBT has been made by them their symbol and it is becoming increasingly unavoidable from being seen here in my hometown of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada and in the nearby much larger city of Toronto, Ontario, Canada where I go to personally in person from time to time for other purposes. I also see the rainbow flag flying or represented in many other places of the world through the mass media. Unfortunately the rainbow as a sign in heaven or the sky could be associated with Baal, Bel or Jupiter each the god of heaven or sky god with the Canaanites, Babylonians or Romans respectively or with Zeus the counterpart sky god of the ancient Greeks. These sky gods and the rainbow symbold from the sky associated with them could also be associated with the last days Satanic figure the Beast out of the Sea or Antichrist as leader of the last days world system Babylon as in Revelation 17, 18 or Daniel 9:26-27 where he will also be the sign of the Roman eagle that flew high in the sky or first heaven and this eagle was a sign of the false Roman god of the heavens Jupiter. (The restored Sanhedrin has also called their branch dealing with preparing people of the 70 nations or Gentiles or goyim or ethnos for the Messianic or Millennial Kingdom the Noahide or Rainbow Covenant. This term Noahide or Noachic or Rainbow Covenant is named after the Covenant of God in Genesis 9 .with Noah and all of humanity that descended from him including all of us on Earth today. The Sanhedrin and some other Orthodox Jews or associated Gentiles view this Noahide or Rainbow Covenant of God with the 70 nations of Genesis 10 as looking ahead to the Millennial or Messianic Kingdom in God's visible righteous but gracious Kingdom through His Messiah (that Christians such as myself with Christians here including Messianic Jews and Gentiles believe will be Jesus of Nazarth) as in Zechariah 14 or Isaiah 2:1-4.
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