Baalentine’s Day

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The Two Babylons
Or
The Papal Worship Proved to be
the Worship of Nimrod and His Wife

by the Late Alexander Hislop

Chapter V
Section IV
The Rosary and the Worship of the Sacred Heart

Every one knows how thoroughly Romanist is the use of the rosary; and how the devotees of Rome mechanically tell their prayers upon their beads. The rosary, however, is no invention of the Papacy. It is of the highest antiquity, and almost universally found among Pagan nations. The rosary was used as a sacred instrument among the ancient Mexicans. It is commonly employed among the Brahmins of Hindustan; and in the Hindoo sacred books reference is made to it again and again. Thus, in an account of the death of Sati, the wife of Shiva, we find the rosary introduced: “On hearing of this event, Shiva fainted from grief; then, having recovered, he hastened to the banks of the river of heaven, where he beheld lying the body of his beloved Sati, arrayed in white garments, holding a rosary in her hand, and glowing with splendour, bright as burnished gold.” In Thibet it has been used from time immemorial, and among all the millions in the East that adhere to the Buddhist faith. The following, from Sir John F. Davis, will show how it is employed in China: “From the Tartar religion of the Lamas, the rosary of 108 beads has become a part of the ceremonial dress attached to the nine grades of official rank. It consists of a necklace of stones and coral, nearly as large as a pigeon’s egg, descending to the waist, and distinguished by various beads, according to the quality of the wearer. There is a small rosary of eighteen beads, of inferior size, with which the bonzes count their prayers and ejaculations exactly as in the Romish ritual. The laity in China sometimes wear this at the wrist, perfumed with musk, and give it the name of Heang-choo, or fragrant beads.” In Asiatic Greece the rosary was commonly used, as may be seen from the image of the Ephesian Diana. In Pagan Rome the same appears to have been the case. The necklaces which the Roman ladies wore were not merely ornamental bands about the neck, but hung down the breast, just as the modern rosaries do; and the name by which they were called indicates the use to which they were applied. “Monile,” the ordinary word for a necklace, can have no other meaning than that of a “Remembrancer.” Now, whatever might be the pretence, in the first instance, for the introduction of such “Rosaries” or “Remembrancers,” the very idea of such a thing is thoroughly Pagan. * It supposes that a certain number of prayers must be regularly gone over; it overlooks the grand demand which God makes for the heart, and leads those who use them to believe that form and routine are everything, and that “they must be heard for their much speaking.”

* “Rosary” itself seems to be from the Chaldee “Ro,” “thought,” and “Shareh,” “director.”

In the Church of Rome a new kind of devotion has of late been largely introduced, in which the beads play an important part, and which shows what new and additional strides in the direction of the old Babylonian Paganism the Papacy every day is steadily making. I refer to the “Rosary of the Sacred Heart.” It is not very long since the worship of the “Sacred Heart” was first introduced; and now, everywhere it is the favourite worship. It was so in ancient Babylon, as is evident from the Babylonian system as it appeared in Egypt. There also a “Sacred Heart” was venerated. The “Heart” was one of the sacred symbols of Osiris when he was born again, and appeared as Harpocrates, or the infant divinity, * borne in the arms of his mother Isis.

* The name Harpocrates, as shown by Bunsen, signifies “Horus, the child.”

Therefore, the fruit of the Egyptian Persea was peculiarly sacred to him, from its resemblance to the “HUMAN HEART.” Hence this infant divinity was frequently represented with a heart, or the heart-shaped fruit of the Persea, in one of his hands. The following extract, from John Bell’s criticism on the antiques in the Picture Gallery of Florence, will show that the boyish divinity had been represented elsewhere also in ancient times in the same manner. Speaking of a statue of Cupid, he says it is “a fair, full, fleshy, round boy, in fine and sportive action, tossing back a heart.” Thus the boy-god came to be regarded as the “god of the heart,” in other words, as Cupid, or the god of love. To identify this infant divinity, with his father “the mighty hunter,” he was equipped with “bow and arrows”; and in the hands of the poets, for the amusement of the profane vulgar, this sportive boy-god was celebrated as taking aim with his gold-tipped shafts at the hearts of mankind. His real character, however, as the above statement shows, and as we have seen reason already to conclude, was far higher and of a very different kind. He was the woman’s seed. Venus and her son Cupid, then, were none other than the Madonna and the child. Looking at the subject in this light, the real force and meaning of the language will appear, which Virgil puts into the mouth of Venus, when addressing the youthful Cupid:–

“My son, my strength, whose mighty power alone
Controls the thunderer on his awful throne,
To thee thy much afflicted mother flies,
And on thy succour and thy faith relies.”

From what we have seen already as to the power and glory of the Goddess Mother being entirely built on the divine character attributed to her Son, the reader must see how exactly this is brought out, when the Son is called “THE STRENGTH” of his Mother. As the boy-god, whose symbol was the heart, was recognised as the god of childhood, this very satisfactorily accounts for one of the peculiar customs of the Romans. Kennett tells us, in his Antiquities, that the Roman youths, in their tender years, used to wear a golden ornament suspended from their necks, called bulla, which was hollow, and heart-shaped. Barker, in his work on Cilicia, while admitting that the Roman bulla was heart-shaped, further states, that “it was usual at the birth of a child to name it after some divine personage, who was supposed to receive it under his care”; but that the “name was not retained beyond infancy, when the bulla was given up.” Who so likely to be the god under whose guardianship the Roman children were put, as the god under one or other of his many names whose express symbol they wore, and who, while he was recognised as the great and mighty war-god, who also exhibited himself in his favourite form as a little child?

The veneration of the “sacred heart” seems also to have extended to India, for there Vishnu, the Mediatorial god, in one of his forms, with the mark of the wound in his foot, in consequence of which he died, and for which such lamentation is annually made, is represented as wearing a heart suspended on his breast. It is asked, How came it that the “Heart” became the recognised symbol of the Child of the great Mother? The answer is, “The Heart” in Chaldee is “BEL”; and as, at first, after the check given to idolatry, almost all the most important elements of the Chaldean system were introduced under a veil, so under that veil they continued to be shrouded from the gaze of the uninitiated, after the first reason–the reason of fear–had long ceased to operate. Now, the worship of the “Sacred Heart” was just, under a symbol, the worship of the “Sacred Bel,” that mighty one of Babylon, who had died a martyr for idolatry; for Harpocrates, or Horus, the infant god, was regarded as Bel, born again. That this was in very deed the case, the following extract from Taylor, in one of his notes to his translation of the Orphic Hymns, will show. “While Bacchus,” says he, was “beholding himself” with admiration “in a mirror, he was miserably torn to pieces by the Titans, who, not content with this cruelty, first boiled his members in water, and afterwards roasted them in the fire; but while they were tasting his flesh thus dressed, Jupiter, excited by the steam, and perceiving the cruelty of the deed, hurled his thunder at the Titans, but committed his members to Apollo, the brother of Bacchus, that they might be properly interred. And this being performed, Dionysius [i.e., Bacchus], (whose HEART, during his laceration, was snatched away by Minerva and preserved) by a new REGENERATION, again emerged, and he being restored to his pristine life and integrity, afterwards filled up the number of the gods.” This surely shows, in a striking light, the peculiar sacredness of the heart of Bacchus; and that the regeneration of his heart has the very meaning I have attached to it–viz., the new birth or new incarnation of Nimrod or Bel. When Bel, however was born again as a child, he was, as we have seen, represented as an incarnation of the sun. Therefore, to indicate his connection with the fiery and burning sun, the “sacred heart” was frequently represented as a “heart of flame.” So the “Sacred Heart” of Rome is actually worshipped as a flaming heart, as may be seen on the rosaries devoted to that worship. Of what use, then, is it to say that the “Sacred Heart” which Rome worships is called by the name of “Jesus,” when not only is the devotion given to a material image borrowed from the worship of the Babylonian Antichrist, but when the attributes ascribed to that “Jesus” are not the attributes of the living and loving Saviour, but the genuine attributes of the ancient Moloch or Bel?

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Posted on February 13th 2011 in Uncategorized

11 Responses to “Baalentine’s Day”

  1. Berean Gal Says:

    Thanks for posting.
    Refreshing and confirming to have someone else who does NOT celebrate this pagan holiday!

  2. Mom4Truth Says:

    Hello BG-

    Glad to hear from you! Likewise, it is equally as refreshing to hear your words of encouragement.

    This hell-i-day, as all others, is another example of Truth against the World.

    Lovin’ those cd’s! Thanks, thanks, thanks!

  3. Berean Gal Says:

    My husband used to call them “hell-i-days” too, ha!

    Hope all is well with you and yours!

    Glad you’re enjoying the CDs. :)

  4. Watching & Waiting Says:

    Yes, one can prove wicked origins all around and some ministries seem to dwell on the dark side. One of these is Last Trumpet Ministries. Some years ago he claimed the Pilgrims were into the occult – I respectfully questioned that and got called a Jezebel slong with some other rude comments. One can get so occupied with dark things to the point where it is unhealthy.

    There are those who consider it evil to celebrate Resurrection Sunday and opt for Passover instead. Even good things such as discernment can be carried to extremes.

    Yes, Valentine’s Day can represent lust, but it can also represent agape love and sacrifice. No, paganism should not be “Christianized” but we cannot be so dogmatic and issue a blanket condemnation on those who according to their conscience observe it in a way they deem acceptable. There are a lot more issues of error in the Church that should concern us.

  5. DeeDee Says:

    Do you guys celebrate Christmas? And if not, where is the pagan/Christian line drawn for you? Because there are many things in our society that are pagan…calendar, days of week, birthdays, translated or transliterated words in our Bible and so on. My husband and I are stumped on where to draw the line. We know we need to pray. Just curious about others. I like this blog page. Thanks.

  6. Mom4Truth Says:

    Hi Dee-Dee,

    Please forgive the delay in my response. My family has been undergoing some huge changes and I have been off the computer for a bit.

    To answer your question, we do not celebrate X-mas. We also do not celebrate birthdays. We exclude ourselves from pagan traditions in whatever way we have control over. We obviously do not have control over the names of the days of the week, but you won’t find me naming my children after any of them! ;)

    As far as Bible translations, my husband has led that we shall read the Geneva Bible. After some research into King James’ Freemasonic connections, he became nervous. We do, however, appreciate that the King James’ version translates “Easter” properly in the book of Acts. The Geneva translates it “Passover” when it is clearly referring to the pagan tradition of that day that happened to coincide with the Days of Unleavened Bread.

    I am so glad you came to visit. I am hoping to be able to spend a bit more time on here now. Thanks again for your patience.

    In Truth,

    Mom

  7. Mom4Truth Says:

    Watching and Waiting-

    Again, I apologize for the delay in my writing. I just posted a new blog about Easter “Ishtar” and I feel it best conveys why Christians cannot participate in these abominable, pagan traditions.

    God clearly commands that we touch no unclean thing. These pagan festivals are just that- unclean.

    Secondly, God is clear that He is a Spirit and they who worship Him must do so in Spirit and in TRUTH. Taking a pagan festival and baptizing it with Christian-ese is not truthful, therefore one is NOT worshiping Him in Truth.

    Thanks for visiting!

  8. DeeDee Says:

    Hello Mom4 Truth,

    I was wondering if you could shed some light on the information you found on the KJV having masonic ties. I came across something like that, but don’t remember where. We just started attending a church whom uses the NKJV and we are skeptical because of Wescott-Horp and their ties to the occult. We bring our KJV with us. So many tell us that is the Bible we should use because it’s translators were born again and how they all had to agree and so on. How did your husband conclude to the Geneva? Was it easy to find?

  9. Dad4Truth Says:

    Hi DeeDee,

    Mom4Truth (my lovely wife) asked me to reply to this since I’ve been researching this topic a lot lately.

    The scripture text in the KJV itself doesn’t seem to have issues with Freemason ties, but the 1611 book does have a lot of artwork in the introduction that is very questionable. Some of the genealogies have pictures that appear to be Masonic Handshakes. There are also pictures of suns and moons with faces and which is occultic. We first found out about it from http://www.cuttingedge.org/news/k1002.cfm.

    I wouldn’t say that I would discount the KJV, however, as it is a great translation.

    The NKJV actually was not translated from the corrupted Alexandrian texts that Westcott and Hort are known for. Many think that NKJV is just KJV with the “Thees” and “Thous” replaced by modern words, but it is in fact a whole new translation. The reason they call it New King James is because they used the Texus Receptus as the base for the New Testament translation but it is a whole new translation and not just a modernized KJV. The NKJV does not, however, use the same texts as the KJV did for the Old Testament. Calling it the New King James is really deceptive if you ask me.

    The Geneva Bible was the precursor to the KJV and in fact, I think like 75% of the KJV has the exact same wording as the Geneva did. During the persecution of the Protestants by the Roman Catholic church in the sixteenth century, many scholars sought refuge in Geneva where they produced an English Bible based on the work that Tyndale completed before he was martyred.

    The Geneva Bible was hugely popular and was the Bible of the Reformation and was used by the Pilgrims of the New World when they first arrived.

    Right now, we read it off of the internet at http://www.genevabible.org/Geneva.html where it is in PDF format. If you do an internet search or even eBay, you can find modern publications of the Geneva for like $35.

    You might also find this audio interesting. I found it a few days ago. David W. Daniels talks all about Bible translations and he is very educated about the subject. He still leans toward the KJV but says that he also loves the Geneva. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlmVkrmSAqg

    I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your sincere search for truth on these subjects. Let me know if you have any more questions.

    Thanks,

    Dad4Truth

  10. DeeDee Says:

    Hello Mom4Truth and Dad4Truth, I tried to respond through my email, because I get comments that are added to your page to come to my email. But I think responding in email does not come through to post here? Not sure how that works. But here is my response:

    Ooh, My husband and I looked up the 1611 KJV and looked at its introductory
    artwork page and spotted some of the symbolism right away. The roses for
    the Rosicrucians, the pelican feeding her young (which sources also say it’s
    Christian symbology), the sun and moon as you said, the phoenix type bird
    flying overhead (doesn’t look much like a dove to us). Wow.

    I really appreciate your response.

    Another source showed a picture of what is called a triquetra on the cover
    of some NKJV Bibles. It’s claimed to be a symbol for the Trinity, but it is
    also an occult symbol. What on earth? So the NKJV was not written off of
    the corrupted Alexandrian texts? Some sources say it was? Do you know what
    the different scripts were that were used for the NKJV Old Testament?

    We came out of the catholic church 2 years ago and the blinders were lifted
    from our eyes to its deceptions praise the LORD! And since then have not
    wanted to be deceived anymore. It has been one thing after another. It is
    so amazing how satan and his league has messed with SO much. But its even
    more amazing how God reveals Himself to you in His own timing.

    Do you own a KJV? Do you go to a church?

    How does the rest of your family react to your beliefs on the “holidays”?
    Have you ever practiced the holidays before?

    My husband and I have come upon some very interesting things during our
    searches. Here lately, from completely different sources in a short amount
    of time we have come upon similar views of the account in Genesis about the
    Nephilim. What do you guys understand about the Nephilim?

    Also, do you guys have the Book of Enoch and Jasher for study tools? Just
    wondering.

    I’m so sorry about all of these questions. It’s so nice to come across
    like minded people because everyone else thinks were extreme and off our
    rockers. Thanks again for the information and a response.

    Deanna

  11. Dad4Truth Says:

    Hi DeeDee,

    Thanks for pointing out the other symbolism in the 1611 KJV artwork. We hadn’t noticed some of those things.

    No, from what I understand, the NKJV was translated from the Textus Receptus, however, it wasn’t a very good translation as many words were changed. They did also reference some of the corrupted manuscripts and included references to them in the footnotes. This is why some people call the NKJV a “gateway Bible” because it leads to one of the modern translations.

    The OT of the NKJV was translated from the Biblia Hebraica while the KJV was translated from the Masoretic Texts.

    Praise the Lord that you were delivered from the Catholic Church! I’m sure you have a very interesting testimony. My wife and I left our very Emergent and New Age Church in 2008 and, boy have we learned a lot since then.

    We own several KJV Bibles. Like I said, it is a great Bible. Like I mentioned, we are doing our daily reading from the Geneva Bible at this point.

    We have searched high and low for a righteous church in our area and have been greatly disappointed. We would love to be involved in a church but I don’t believe that any of today’s 501(c)3 churches are running in a righteous way. We hardly even have any saved friends to do a home church with. Our family reads the Word daily and does communion weekly. That has become our church.

    Our family is not very supportive of our decisions about the holidays. We are pretty much looked at as outcasts. 2010 was only our second year not celebrating X-Mas so it is fairly new to us.

    I guess we consider two views about the Nephilim: 1. The traditional view of them being half demon and half human. 2. The view that they were just wicked humans.

    What are you referring to in regards to the Nephilim? We’ve heard some of the strange ideas about aliens also but we don’t subscribe to that theory.

    I haven’t done much study on the books of Enoch and Jasher. Of course we know that those books are not Scipture. We are very limited about what reading we do outside of the Bible because of 2 Timothy 3:16, “For the whole Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable to
    teach, to improve, to correct, and to instruct in righteousness,”

    We are grateful for all of the questions and to find someone else that is seeking hard after Truth and righteousness. I think the point is to be “extreme” because if you’re not, then you’re being like the un-Godly world.

    2 Corinthians 5:13 “For whether we be out of our wit, we are it to God; or whether we be in our
    right mind, we are it unto you.”

    Dad4Truth

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