One of these is not like the other; One of these things doesn’t belong….(dooo dooo doooo)
I had a bad dream last night. Something awful happened to someone near to me and, as frequently happens in dreams becoming too intense, I woke up; a concoction of ache, grief, relief, and thankfulness churning in my gut.
In my dream, I carefully wrought out every Scripture verse I could regarding the Christian’s inherited gift of life after death.
I bowed my head and thanked the Lord for His waking me, for His promises of life eternal, for the health of those near me. In the saturation of the darkness, I contemplated those of the world who do not inherit the same. 1 Peter 2 says He has called His elect out of darkness into light. What of the many, the multitudes, preordained unto condemnation?(Jude 1:4) To what do they cling when the shrill, clanging cymbals of raucous hedonism begin to silence themselves at the end of the day? At the end of their earthly lives? When they confront the inevitable questions, fears, anxieties related to a life devoted to self in the saturation of the darkness, to whom do they bow? I think of Elijah’s mockery of the priests of Baal, and how these gods, that are not gods at all, will not ever answer the cries of their disciples:
1 Kings 18:27 “Cry aloud: for he is a god; either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is in a journey, orperadventure he sleepeth, and must be awaked.”
I realized I have the hope of eternal life, granted through the unmerited grace and election of the God. Knowing the Scripture saith that Babylon is the mother of idolatry, I realize we can look right back to the Chaldees, a land located in the southern part of what is known as Iraq today, to find the hope of the vessels of wrath katartizo (made) for destruction.
In Two Babylons by Alexander Hislop, we read:
“In the Papal legends it is taught that St. Michael the Archangel has committed to him the balance of God’s justice, and that in the two opposite scales of that balance the merits and the demerits of the departed are put, that they may be fairly weighed, the one over against the other, and that as the scale turns to the favourable or unfavourable side, they may be justified or condemned, as the case may be.
Now, the Chaldean doctrine of justification, as we get light on it from the monuments of Egypt, is symbolized in precisely the same way, except that in the land of Ham the scales of justice were committed to the charge of the god Anubis instead of St. Michael the Archangel, and that the good deeds and the bad seem to have been weighed separately, and the distinct record made of each, so that when both were summed up and the balance struck, judgement was pronounced accordingly.
The following is an account which (is given) of one of these judgement scenes, previous to the admission of the dead to paradise: “Cerberus is present as the guardian of the gates, near where the scales of justice are erected; and Anubis, the director of the weight, having placed a vase representing the good actions of the deceased in one scale, and the figure or emblem of truth in the other, proceeds to ascertain his claims for admission. If, one being weighed, he is found wanting, he is rejected, and Osiris, the judge of the dead, inclining his sceptre, in token of condemnation, pronounces judgment upon him, and condemns his soul to return to earth under the form of a pig or some unclean animal…But if, when the SUM of his deeds are recorded by Thoth (who stands by to mark the results of the different weighings of Anubis), his virtues so far PREDOMINATE, as to entitle him to admission to the mansions of the blessed, Horus, taking in his hand the tablet of Thoth, introduces him to the presence of Osiris, who, in his palace, attended by Isis and Nepthys, sits on his throne in the midst of the waters, from which rises the lotus, bearing upon its expanded flowers the four Genii (demons) of Amenti.
The same mode of symbolizing the justification by works had evidently been in use in Babylon itself; and, therefore, there was great force in the Divine handwriting on the wall, when the doom of Belshazzar went forth: “Tekel,” “Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting.””
So, the (false) hope the world clings to? That their good deeds outweigh their bad. How many people do we read or hear say, “I’m a good person”?
Now, we come to the feast of Saturnalia- a riotous carnival of debauchery, drunkenness, and sex. Its name means ‘plenty,’ and originated from the banqueting that would occur as pagan peoples would slaughter their animals so as to not have to feed them for the winter months. New rituals began to be added such as slaves would rule over their masters for the few days of the feast, making commands and otherwise demeaning them the way they had been all year. They would go from being an adult-centric society to a child-centric one, which is where the origins of the child-centric focus of Christ-mass came from. Kind of like “opposite game” on a larger, more debaucherous scale.
The History channel did a “History of Christmas” show and shared that this same pattern of the Saturnalia was witnessed in early England:
“If you went to England around Christmas time, anytime before say 1800, you’d probably feel ill at ease; you wouldn’t think it was Christmas at all. What would you think it was? Maybe Mardi Gras, maybe New Years Eve, maybe Halloween, because Christmas in old-time England was really a carnival.,, The houses of London were littered with brawling drunken villagers and couples engaged in the most unholy activities. And each Christmas a beggar, or student was temporarily put in charge, after being crowned the ‘Lord of Misrule.’ The rest of the peasantry also got their once a year chance to grab power from the ruling classes. “They would go around to the houses of the rich, they would bang on the doors and demand entry, and once they were let in, the lord of the manor had to give them the best stuff that he had, he had to give them his best food, he had to give them is best beer, his best of everything. But if he didn’t, they would threaten or actually perform a trick. One surviving Christmas song says if you don’t give us what we want, then down will come butler, bowl and all. Some historians think that it performed the role of a safety valve. You might say that a wealthy man could make up for an entire year of small or large injustices to the poor, by giving a generous Christmas handout just once in the year.,,”
And here again we see the ‘Anubis good deeds/bad deeds’ played out. The rich were able to neutralize their bad deeds by giving a generous gift to the peasantry.
Isaiah 64:6 says “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags;” The word used for filthy rages literally means “menstrual cloths.”
Romans 7:18 “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.”
Psalm 53:3 “Every one of them is gone back: they are altogether become filthy; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.”
A couple of many verses where we are reminded that we are altogether unclean up against a righteous God. I believe it to be true that people who don’t believe in predestination don’t realize just how filthy their hearts are.
And, say….the Saturnalia is upon us. The Christ-mass is ancient Baal and Grove worship. The Sons of God should have no part.