Category Corrupting the Image 2

Joel’s Army 

Appendix 8: Joel’s Army 

Joel received a similar message concerning what is coming and explained the incredible fear people will experience. “Before them the people writhe in pain; All faces are drained of color” (Joel 2:6). Jesus told us that the end will involve “men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken” (Luke 21:26). Joel’s prophecy, in fact, pins the timing of the hearts failing and “faces drained of color” to the arrival of the creatures from the Abyss. Joel says: 

Blow the trumpet in Zion, And sound an alarm in My holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble; For the day of the LORD is coming, For it is at hand: A day of darkness and gloominess, A day of clouds and thick darkness, Like the morning clouds spread over the mountains. A people come, great and strong, The like of whom has never been; Nor will there ever be any such after them, Even for many successive generations. A fire devours before them, And behind them a flame burns; The land is like the Garden of Eden before them, And behind them a desolate wilderness; Surely nothing shall escape them (Joel 2:1–3). 

At the end of the chapter, he speaks of an army of locusts: “… the swarming locust has eaten… my great armycclxxviii which I sent among you.” (Joel 2:25). We know that this army is related to locusts, which reminds us of the army related to locusts in Revelation 9. These armies are composed of locusts, but they are not locusts. How does that work?  

Joel calls them locusts but describes them as horses, just like John did in Revelation 9. “Their appearance is like the appearance of horses, and like war horses they run” (Joel 2:4). They are apparently locusts that do not look like locusts, but like horses.  

The noise they make is like the “rumbling of chariots” (Joel 2:5). These creatures can “leap on the tops of the mountains” (Joel 2:5). That means that they have the capacity to fly or at least to jump exceedingly high—to the tops of mountains! It is a leap so big that it is equivalent to flying.  

They evoke the image and sound of a fire, “like the crackling of a flame of fire devouring the stubble, like a powerful army drawn up for battle” (Joel 2:5). Their movement is like a spark jumping out of the fire; they leap like bits of a combusting log ablaze in flames They are very powerful. As they spread out over the earth, “Before them peoples are in anguish; all faces grow pale (Joel 2:6). These creatures are like nothing the world has ever seen before:  

Like warriors they charge; like soldiers they scale the wall. They march each on his way; they do not swerve from their paths. They do not jostle one another; each marches in his path; they burst through the weapons and are not halted. ​They leap upon the city, they run upon the walls, they climb up into the houses, they enter through the windows like a thief (Joel 2:7–9). 

If they can leap to the top of a mountain, then naturally, they can scale walls. Man’s weapons have no effect on them; they just burst through the weapons and are not halted! That means that people are presumably trying to stop the beings in this army, and they are not able to slow the creatures. These beings are able to just burst through the defensive weapons.  

The earth quakes before them; the heavens tremble. The sun and the moon are darkened, and the stars withdraw their shining (Joel 2:10).  

This is an important clue regarding the timing, and it is going to help us see that the events in Revelation, chapter 9 are the same events being described in Joel.  

And he opened the bottomless pit, and smoke arose out of the pit like the smoke of a great furnace. So the sun and the air were darkened because of the smoke of the pit (Rev 9:2). 

We want to find two or three witnesses to a particular event in order to understand it better. When we find several references to the same event, we need to match up the information, in what I call biblical triangulation. It is similar to using cell towers to track a phone’s location by measuring the time delay that a signal takes to return back to the towers from the phone. This delay is then calculated into distance and gives a fairly accurate location of the phone. We can use the information about the sun and the moon and the stars growing dark from Joel and Revelation and even, Isaiah 13:10 speaks of the event. When we triangulate using the parallel information, we get clues about the details and timing of the event. 

Something pretty radical is happening. Let us just do a quick comparison. I summarized the information from Joel, chapter 2 and Revelation, chapter 9 in an outline (Next page). 

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Joel 2 Revelation 9 
Timing Markers & Great Army,  the same in both passages 
Earthquake, Sun, Moon, stars do not shine Powerful army Sun, moon, stars diminished by smoke Army of 200 million 
Joel’s Description of creatures John’s Description of creatures 
look like horses running to war loud like chariots / fire capacity to fly / jump exceedingly high people’s hearts failing them able to go over walls march in formation, do not deviate weapons have no effect  Like a horse running to battle Lion’s head Man’s face Something like crowns Woman’s hair Lion’s teeth Something like breastplates of iron  Noisy wings  Scorpion’s tail with stingers Serpent-head tails Fiery red, hyacinth blue, and sulfur yellow iron-like breastplate Fire and brimstone from mouth 

Table 9 Comparison of Joel Ch. 2 & Revelation Ch, 9 

In Joel’s description, we get a long-distance view of the scene which focuses on the coordinated movements of the horse-like creatures pressing forward in troops. Joel describes the people’s collective reactions to the invasion. He focuses on the disciplined movements of the army of beasts that blasts quickly and forcefully upon a whole city. Joel notes how the beasts are not limited by gravity or deterred by walls or weaponry.  

In Revelation, John describes the same horse-like creatures who are running to battle, but John gives a closer camera view. John describes the colors of the breastplates of the beasts. He gives a close-up sketch of individual beasts by describing the faces, crown, hair and even the teeth. He notes that the beasts can expel fire from their mouths. John and Joel are describing the same creatures, but Joel is viewing them at a distance, while John is up close.   

The precursor to the explosion of charging beasts in both accounts, is the diminished or darkened moon and sun. John explains that the cause of the darkening is the smoke from the pit. The Abyss is opened with voluminous smoke which darkens the sky by blocking the luminaries. Both Joel and John agree that this is the time that the horse-like creatures appear and go to battle. Here, we have two witnesses to the event which agree that it begins with the opening of the Abyss and culminates with the launch of these muscular creatures invading and terrorizing people.   

No Leaven: Symbol of a Pure Life 

Appendix 7: No Leaven: Symbol of a Pure Life 

To celebrate the feast of Unleavened Bread, we change the recipe for our bread and do not use leavening agents, or we simply buy matzah that does not have leaven. In preparation for the feast, we review the Bible passage that tells us, “On the first day you shall remove leaven from your houses” (Exod 12:15), and we remember that yeast and leavening agents are symbolic of sin. Just as yeast puffs up bread, we see that selfishness and arrogance puff up a person to be haughty and sinful. As part of the celebration of the feast of Unleavened Bread, we look through our homes to try to find any leaven that might be there, such as bread crumbs, cookie crumbles and bits of baked goods. Then we get rid of it. We search in the corners and crevices because our goal is to have the house free of leaven, while at the same time, we search our spiritual house with the goal that it will be free of sin.  

Paul says in First Corinthians 3: 

Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are (1 Cor 3:16–17).  

But then he goes on in First Corinthians chapter 5, saying: 

It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and such sexual immorality as is not even named among the Gentiles–that a man has his father’s wife! And you are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he who has done this deed might be taken away from among you. In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when you are gathered together, along with my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, 

deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus (1 Cor 5:1–5)  

Paul is saying, “You need to stop fellowshipping with this guy.” Now, ‘deliver him to Satan’ means to let him pursue the evil he has chosen, and it will run its course, and hopefully the bad results will cause the person to return to God in repentance so that he will be saved when Jesus comes back. God says that we must not let him remain as part of the congregation thinking that he’s okay. Isn’t that what Jesus said to the seven churches? You are doing this right and this right, but I have this thing against you. He then instructs them to change and warns them of the consequences of remaining in sin. “Your glorying is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump?” (1 Cor 5:6). 

Because with this little bit of leaven (this immorality and this arrogance), the problem is that it spreads. It is completely incompatible with the kingdom of God, which is going to be revealed at Jesus’ second coming. Arrogance, immorality and perversion have no place in God’s kingdom. We need to start practicing a life free of arrogance, immorality and perversion now, not just wait until Jesus returns. If we wait until then, it is too late. We have to practice it today. We are told to purge out the old leaven because Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us.  

“You shall keep the Feast of Unleavened Bread; you shall eat unleavened bread seven days, as I commanded you, at the time appointed in the month of Abib (Exod 23:15).  

And then Jesus took the bread. He took matzah, unleavened bread, and He blessed it, and He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body” (Matt 26:26). That unleavened bread, the matzah, is this picture―Jesus says, “This is me.” There is no sin, there is no impurity in His body; we are to take and eat that matzah in remembrance of Him.  

Then Paul says in First Corinthians:  

Therefore, purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us (1 Cor 5:7). Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth (1 Cor 5:8). … But now I have written to you not to keep company with anyone named a brother, who is sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner–not even to eat with such a person (1 Cor 5:11). 

We are to look at the plank in our own eye before we point out the speck in our brother’s eye. That is what we do first. But after we have taken an inventory of our heart in great humility, then we want to be careful not to keep the wrong company.  

It was Christ, who took His life in His hands; and He went to the cross as the sacrifice. He was the blood that was put on the door lintel of Passover. If we are under the blood, and we are saved, then God passes over us and we are protected from the judgment. But we must first get out the old leaven. 

Paul is clear about the requirement for believers to live right; in fact, the entire Bible plainly states that followers of Jesus will live righteously. He says:  

Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites (1 Cor 6:9), nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God (1 Cor 6:10). Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against His own body (1 Cor 6:18). Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? (1 Cor 6:19).  

 These are sobering words―“The unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God.” Fellow believer, I want to challenge you, encourage you and exhort you during this time that God has given us an opportunity to look at our own lives; Too often we point our finger and say, “Well, it is because of the homosexuals, it’s all their fault. If it were not for them, we would have a wonderful country.” 

They have their issues, we know that. However, did we look at the list of God’s top ten? Do we see homosexuals and fornicators on the list? We absolutely do. Yet look deeper― covetousness ―that 10th commandment, “You shall not covet.” Nobody can see you coveting, except one. He can see you coveting. If we covet, we will not inherit the kingdom of God because it is incompatible with God’s character.  

How can you have fellowship with God if you are coveting? How can you have fellowship with God if you are committing any one of these behaviors that God calls abominations? This is an opportunity for us to look deep at our own hearts and say, “Lord! Forgive me, I have been coveting.”  

Some years ago, I was going through the 10 commandments and just doing an internal check of how I am doing. I started with the first, “Have no other gods before me, I am the Lord your God that brought you out of Egypt, You shall have no gods before me,” and of course I repented, “Lord, I’m sorry.” “You should not make any graven images,” I do not know where I was on that; I think I had a pretty good score on that one. Then, “Don’t take His name in vain,” “Keep the Sabbath…” and I went through the commandments.  

I got to number 10, and I realized that I had been coveting. I had been coveting my neighbor’s house. I had been coveting my neighbor’s wife. I had been coveting my neighbor’s car and my neighbor’s bank account. I had to repent. As I came to the realization that I had broken the command: “Do not covet,” I then also realized that through coveting, I was actually having other gods in my life.  

By breaking number 10, I was breaking number 1. “You shall have no other God before me.” I was setting up idols in my heart. What I was really saying was, “God, I don’t trust you; I don’t believe you; I don’t think you’re sufficient for me.” Therefore, I have to look to things outside of what I own and possess, and say, “Oh! If only I could have that thing, then I would be happy.” When God has promised to be sufficient, to give more than enough. I was guilty of violating the 10th commandment. I was guilty of covetousness, which is idolatry. I was worshiping the harlot.  

Idolaters are saying, “I don’t think God is enough, the God of heaven, who made heaven and Earth is not enough for me; I want something else.” That is what Mystery Babylon is all about. This is the kingdom that reigns over the entire Earth, and we all can fall prey to the lure of unrestrained desires that will ultimately enslave us in this kingdom. “… Babylon has fallen, fallen! All the idols of her gods lie shattered on the ground!” (Isa 21:9). It is idolatry to live an unchecked pattern of covetousness. God has instructed us to be humble and content, yet we refuse to be satisfied. We fall prey to the green-eyed monster and become envious and greedy, then plummet into covetousness. It is the one sin that nobody can see. I cannot see you coveting; You cannot see me coveting (unless you put chocolate too close to my face). But that is what is happening. We say, “Oh! If only I could have that.” Coveting involves lusting for something you cannot have, whether it is of a sexual nature, finances, power, or fame, it is still lust, which is coveting. The further danger of covetousness is that it leads you to violate more of the 10 commandments. It always happens; It is guaranteed.  

We read about the doctrine of Balaam in Revelation, chapter 2. Jesus said, “Look, you’re doing okay here, but ‘… you have those who hold to the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols, and to commit sexual immorality (Rev 2:14). … Repent, or else I will come to you quickly and will fight against them with the sword of My mouth’” (Rev 2:16). We read about this incident in Numbers 25 when: 

“Israel … began to commit harlotry with the women of Moab (Num 25:1). … and the anger of the LORD was aroused against Israel” (Num 25:3).  

They provoked Him to anger with their deeds, And the plague broke out among them (Ps 106:29).  

We profess to know the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords, who sent His son Jesus to die on the cross; yet we have idolatry in our hearts. We need to sober up. Let us not be deceived. What a man sows that he will also reap. If you sow to idolatry, you are going to reap idolatry. Paul tells us that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. This is the time for us to repent, “Oh! God, forgive me.”  

Paul says the same thing in Galatians:  

But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God (Gal 5:18–21). 

Maybe you have prayed to receive Christ as your Savior. Hallelujah! I am glad that you did. I would encourage you if you haven’t, to pray, “Father, forgive me. Cleanse me of my sins. I make You my King.” That is always a good thing. If you have not done that, do that. If you have done that, and you see yourself on this list, pray again, “Father, forgive me.”  

Peter says: 

“As obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance (1 Pet 1:14); … knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers (1 Pet 1:18), but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot (1 Pet 1:19). … Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart (1 Pet 1:22). 

Our God has found a way to forgive us for lusting after the harlot. He sent Jesus, Yeshua, our Mashiach or Messiah. It does not matter if you say it in Hebrew, it really does not. If you have not given your life to Him, if you have not repented of your sins, today is the day.  

Are you lusting in ways that people cannot see but you know, and God knows? You say, “Well, you know what? I don’t look at pornography.” Great! That is good. But are you coveting other things? You might look at the list and say, “Well, none of those apply to me, none of them.” Are you that perfect? Look at this list, these different lists that Paul gives us (See Appendix 5 Balaam). He says that if we practice these things, we will not inherit the kingdom of God. God is going to destroy the harlot. We need to purge out the leaven in our lives, or we will be purged when He comes back. 

What are the Abominations of Babylon? 

Appendix 6: What are the Abominations of Babylon? 

By lavishing perverted pleasures on mankind, the goddess has the world under her thumb. She is the one who reigns over the kings of the Earth, who reigns over the TV and radio stations—who reigns over social media and all things on the internet. She enslaves people with the allure of pleasure, but not God’s pleasures.  

She is THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH (Rev 17:5). “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins and … receive of her plagues” (Rev 18:4). 

What are the things that God hates? We do not have to guess; we can look in His Word and be informed. Let us take a look in the Bible and hold it as a mirror to check ourselves. In Leviticus 11: ‘And every creeping thing that creeps on the earth shall be an abomination (Lev 11:41). There are certain animals that God said do not eat. When God said, “Look, that animal is not food for you; it’s an abomination to you,” then you should listen and not eat it; just stop and repent.  

‘You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination (Lev 18:22). Homosexuality, in God’s opinion, is an abomination. In Appendix 3, I said, “Wait, we shouldn’t throw stones at them.” What I am saying is we need to be honest with ourselves, because what happens is that people feel justified to throw stones at this abomination, but not at the abominations that they hold dear. Let us go on in our list.  

They provoked Him to jealousy with foreign gods; With abominations they provoked Him to anger They sacrificed to demons, not to God, To gods they did not know, To new gods, new arrivals That your fathers did not fear (Deut 32:16-17).  

We see that Solomon built a high place for Chemosh, the abomination of Moab (See 1 Kgs 11:7), the god who required child sacrifice, or as we would say with a modern word “abortion?” Why does abortion happen? ―Because people have sexual relations outside of a committed relationship of marriage. They have pregnancies they do not want and choose to get rid of the baby. That is an abomination in God’s sight. All right, that one is easy to throw stones at because I do not do that, I am a good Christian. 

What else? Dishonest scales are an abomination to the LORD, But a just weight is His delight (Prov 11:1).  

Dishonest scales. Well, I am not a merchant; I am not selling things so I cannot be guilty of that. However, maybe I am not being honest in my business dealings, even if I do not use a scale to weigh things, but are you giving good value? Are you stacking the scales to your favor and not being honest with how you sell things? Or how you buy things? Or how you do commerce? How do you negotiate and conduct business with others? Are you an upright businessman or businesswoman? Are you an upright customer? Do you point out your coworker’s shortcomings and failures, but you hide and cover your own to protect your image? Are there rules that you want applied to other people (things they shouldn’t be allowed to say, ways they ought to behave, things they shouldn’t be allowed to get away with, etc.) but you exempt yourself from those same standards? 

Another abomination: “One who turns away his ear from hearing the law, Even his prayer is an abomination” (Prov 28:9).  

What? My prayers can be an abomination? If I will not hear and obey His instructions, my prayer can be an abomination. God said, “Don’t do that,” and if I do it, and then I pray―it is an abomination.  

These six things the LORD hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to Him: A proud look … (Prov 6:19).  

A proud look is at the top of the list. God hates a proud look. Why does He hate a proud look? Because if we were to really understand who we are in comparison to Him, we would see that we are lower than the ants—the ants that are under my feet and I walk on them without even thinking about it. We are less than that; we are a worm.  

We are nothing, and yet we think that we are amazing and that people should take notice of who we are. If I think that I am better than my neighbor, and I have this haughty look, this is being proud. If I look down on my neighbor because I can do something a little better, or have a slightly higher IQ, that is an abomination to God. 

… A lying tongue [is an abomination to God], Hands that shed innocent blood [that is an abomination] (Prov 6:17), A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that are swift in running to evil (Prov 6:18), A false witness who speaks lies, And one who sows discord among brethren (Prov 6:19). 

All these are abominations. We should look deep into this list. Proverbs 6:16–19 is our checklist; you should go study it, meditate on it and say, “Lord, search me, see if there’s any wicked way in me, that I may repent and turn from that character trait that God abhors.” Before we stand before our Creator and while there is time to change, we should do a self-inventory and ask, “Am I guilty of any of these? Do I have a proud look? Do I have a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that are swift in running into evil? Am I a false witness that speaks lies? Am I the one who sows discord among brethren?”  

If any of these describe you, those actions are an abomination—As much as a man lying with another man is an abomination in God’s sight. They offend God as much as someone getting an abortion. These acts are an abomination in God’s sight just as much as this Mystery Babylon the great, who is the mother of harlots and abominations. When we commit these other abominations, we are worshipping her. 

Everyone proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD. In mercy and truth Atonement is provided for iniquity; And by the fear of the LORD one departs from evil (Prov 16:5–6).  

If you saw yourself in these descriptions, there is hope. This is the antidote―the fear of the Lord. The cure is to understand who I really am compared to Him. When I have that right perspective on God, then I will have the right perspective with you, my brothers and sisters. I hope you will have the right perspective with me. We must fear God and humble ourselves in order to repent.  

This takes us up to the “abomination of desolation” (Mark 13:14).  

The abomination of desolation is all these things put together. One day someone known as the “Son of Perdition” will be the embodiment of all this sin, the man of sin. He will have a lying tongue that speaks outrageous lies and sows discord among brethren. His heart will devise wicked plans and his feet will run to evil. He will shed innocent blood. This haughty renaissance man will embody the abominations that we have reviewed. In the height of his arrogance, he will go and do the ultimate sacrilege.  

Balaam Used Ishtar to Make Israel Commit Treason 

Appendix 5: Balaam Used Ishtar to Make Israel Commit Treason 

Just as Satan enticed Adam and Eve to curse themselves, in the same manner, he uses the sensual goddess Ishtar to ensnare mankind and even God’s own people. The gods Moses encountered when entering Canaan were Baal and Ashtoreth, or as they were also called, Dumuzid and the queen of heaven, Inanna. When Israel came to the border of Moab, King Balak hired the prophet Balaam to curse Israel. After several failed attempts, it became clear that Israel was blessed, and no one could bring a curse against her; that is, a frontal attack would not work. God turned the intended curse into a blessing. This means that when people intend to curse Israel, God can turn it into a blessing. 

Balaam could not curse them, but he was greedy and thus found a way to have the people curse themselves. They sent in the young ladies of Moab to entice the Israelite men by saying, “Hey boys, you want to see how we ‘worship’ Baal of Peor (Numb 25).  

Now Israel remained in Acacia Grove, and the people began to commit harlotry with the women of Moab. They invited the people to the sacrifices of their gods, and the people ate and bowed down to their gods. So Israel was joined to Baal of Peor, and the anger of the LORD was aroused against Israel (Num 25:1–3).  

Satan has continued to use this old trick because it works like a charm. Nevertheless, the “women caused the children of Israel, through the counsel of Balaam, to trespass against the LORD in the incident of Peor, and there was a plague among the congregation of the LORD” (Num 31:16).  

Baal of Peor was a savage god who demanded a terrible price from his devotees. Yet as we have seen, Baal, Marduk and Ninurta are variations of the Nimrod-the-Rebel-who-became-a-gibbor theme. 

And of course, behind Nimrod was Satan. The root of this rebellion started with Nimrod in the land of Shinar (Sumer). 

Shortly before his death, Moses warned Israel that when God brought them into Canaan to dispossess the nations, they must not follow after the false gods (See Deut 12:31).  

By getting Israel to worship Satan and his consort, Ashtoreth, the queen of heaven, they brought themselves under the curse of YHWH. Satan did the same thing with Adam and Eve. He did not try to kill Adam. He got Adam to do it himself. In fact, he did not go directly to Adam. He went through Eve, and then Adam followed suit. He incited Adam and Eve to covet something that was not theirs; and they lusted after counterfeit pleasure, gave in to temptation and transgressed. God has already promised us delights in His kingdom, but Satan promises us immediate, counterfeits in his kingdom.  

Figure 66 Inanna and Dumuzid reproduction of a Sumerian sculpture from http://www.reweaving.org/inanna3.html 

Ezekiel says that God: “brought me in visions … to Jerusalem, to the door of the temple … where the seat of the image of jealousy was” [This is referring to an image of one of these gods or goddesses], which provokes jealousy (Ezek 8:3). “Son of man, do you see what they are doing, the great abominations that the house of Israel commits here, to make Me go far away from My sanctuary” (Ezek 8:6). … “and there–every sort of creeping thing, abominable beasts, and all the idols of the house of Israel, portrayed all around on the walls” (Ezek 8:10). … “and to my dismay, women were sitting there weeping for Tammuz” [Dumuzid] (Ezek 8:14) (See Figure 66).  

They were in God’s house, but they were not worshiping God. They were worshipping other things. Notice what God says in the book of Jeremiah:  

Jeremiah confronted a group of Judeans who decided to pack up and go to Egypt, by saying, “Don’t leave, worship God”, and their response―“No!” 

“But we will certainly do whatever has gone out of our own mouth, to burn incense to the queen of heaven and pour out drink offerings to her, as we have done, we and our fathers, our kings and our princes, in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem. For then we had plenty of food, were well-off, and saw no trouble (Jer 44:17). 

In other words, “Don’t tell us to come back to God, Jeremiah, because when we worshiped the queen of heaven, life was good for us. Things were good when we did that.” That is the lie―that by worshipping these false gods, the people become convinced that the gods are looking out for their good, but they are not; the ultimate end is disaster. The gods may promote their well-being for a short time, but it is a house of cards that comes crashing down. And what is worse, their infidelity in whoring after foreign gods alienates them from their Creator and His love and provision.  

William Tyndale and Easter 

Appendix 4: William Tyndale and Easter 

A question that comes up is whether Ishtar is the same as the word we see in the Bible, Eástre, and is this goddess the namesake for the Easter holiday? This question is isolated to English and German speakers because it is a language-related phenomena from an interpretation of a verse in Acts:  

And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter (Eástre) to bring him forth to the people (Acts:12:4). 

The word for Eástre, in Spanish and other Roman languages is “la Pascua” or “la Pâque”. It comes from the word Pascha, which is Latin for Passover, Pesach [Hebrew], but it has been ascribed to the resurrection event. It was William Tyndale who coined the term “Passover,” which he used in his translation of the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament). Tyndale was faithful in times of persecution to translate the Bible, specifically the New Testament, from Greek into English so that “the plowboy would know more than the church clergy.” Tyndale was hunted and had to flee England for Germany to finish translating. In 1525, the Tyndale New Testament was printed in English, the language of the common man. The Catholic Church confiscated and burned many of the Tyndale Bibles; and Tyndale, himself, was hunted for eleven years and then burned at the stake for making God’s Word available to the public. The complete Bible was published in English in 1560 and was known as the Geneva Bible. It retains over 90% of William Tyndale’s original English translation. 

Ostara 1884 by Johannes Gehrts-BW

Figure 65 Ostara (1884) by Johannes Gehrts. The goddess, divinity of the radiant dawn, surrounded by beams of light, animals, and people looking up from the realm below. 

Ironically, he used the term Eástre in the New Testament to refer to the Passover event, not the resurrection of Jesus. In my opinion, Tyndale used the wrong word simply due to confusion and being unfamiliar with the Passover.  

Before Tyndale, a 7th-century monk, Venerable Bede, wrote extensively on the question of whether the church should celebrate the Resurrection on the floating date of Passover or on the Sunday after the spring equinox. While writing at length about this question, he mentions the origin story for the name of the holiday: a goddess named Eostre, who represents spring and fertility. Pagans had celebrated Eostre in spring, so people new to Christianity started celebrating the Resurrection at the same time with the same name. It is quite possible that Ostara or Eástre comes from the word Ishtar. This has not been decided conclusively on a linguistic basis. Nevertheless, I am persuaded that they are the same. 

As the cult of Inanna-Ishtar / Ashtoreth / Astarte / Aphrodite spread into the world and went to the British Isles, the Anglo-Saxon goddess of spring and rebirth may have taken on the name of Ishtar with the adapted pronunciation: Eástre or Ostara. Ishtar was venerated not only in Britain, but in Germany and other Germanic speaking lands as Ostara, Eostre or Eastre, the goddess of the sunrise. We know that Venus was also the goddess of sunrise and of the spring. As we look for clues, we see similarities with ancient Inanna / Ishtar and the more modern Ostara or Eástre. For example, we know that Inanna / Ishtar went down into the underworld where she was compelled to remain for half the year, which is symbolic of the fall and winter. When she emerged from the underworld, the earth put on green leaves and blossomed with rebirth. The goddesses’ stories are the same; their names sound similar. We see remarkably similar epithets for this particular goddess suggesting they are the same.cclxxvii (See Appendix 3 Inanna). 

For early Americans, the Easter festival was celebrated by Catholics, but was rejected by Protestants because of its pagan influences. The Protestants also shunned the celebration because it was historically a day of heavy drinking and carousing. Over time and through immigration, America adopted wild hares and colored eggs, obvious symbols of fertility, into the traditions of the Resurrection holiday.  

Ancient rites of the spring equinox celebrated the emergence of Inanna from the underworld as one resurrected or re-born. Other cultures celebrated annual spring rituals honoring the annual rebirth of the dying sun god, Sol Invictus, or Egyptian Horus, or Greek Dionysus, or Phrygian Attis. As spring blossomed and the warm sun tarried longer in the sky, people celebrated the sun. Modern “sunrise services” clearly hearken back to pagan solar celebrations at this time of year.  

Currently, the fun focus of the day is the “Easter Bunny” and hunting eggs. The hare (rabbit) and eggs are the symbolic representation of the goddess Eostre (See Figure  65). A rabbit is known for fertility, giving birth multiple times per year with only a 30-day gestation period. The goddess of fertility was celebrated on the vernal equinox in March through April. When Christianity spread to the Anglo-Saxons, many traditions from the festival to Eostre were incorporated into the celebration of the Resurrection. The blending of goddess-honoring traditions with the Resurrection ceremony pleased pagans and encouraged many to convert. The celebration was even called Eostre (Easter) which was easy on the convert’s ear. To make the church more palatable to pagans, it brought in ancient practices in order to score converts. 

Do we have the authority to blend pagan practices with our worship of God? When the children of Israel built the golden calf, they said their feast was in honor of the true God. Do you recall how God reacted to worship that was mixed with pagan practices? 

Three thousand people died. When they entered the Promised Land, Israel was told: “When you come into the land which the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominations of those nations” (Duet 18:9). God does not allow us to mix pagan elements into our worship; He will not accept it.  

Take heed to yourself that you are not ensnared to follow them, after they are destroyed from before you, and that you do not inquire after their gods, saying, ‘How did these nations serve their gods? I also will do likewise.’ You shall not worship the LORD your God in that way; for every abomination to the LORD which He hates they have done to their gods; for they burn even their sons and daughters in the fire to their gods (Duet 12:30–31) (Emphasis mine). 

But you say, “God knows my heart. The easter bunnies are just for the kids to have fun. I’m not engaged in pagan practices when I color eggs or go to a sunrise service.” We have seen in this book that even our prayers can be an abomination if we are walking in disobedience. There are practices that belong to the goddess, and these practices cannot be Christianized. We must not say we are celebrating Jesus’ resurrection when we are really “baking cakes to the queen of heaven.” We must not worship God in pagan ways and tell Him that He better like it. God is light and He has no darkness mixed in. In the same way, our worship must be pure with no pagan elements mixed in.  

In sum, we have a religious holiday named after a pagan goddess with non-biblical practices – we knew an egg-laying rabbit was a strange holiday mascot! Perhaps we should abandon the bunnies and just observe the feast days that Jesus and the Apostles celebrated. 

Inanna goddess of Transvestism, Transgenderism, Homosexuality

Appendix 3: Inanna goddess of Transvestism, Transgenderism, Homosexuality 

Inanna, the seductive woman who rides the Beast, was also the goddess of transvestism, transgenderism and homosexuality. In the Akkadian hymn, “The Enheduanna”, the High Priestess of the Moon in the Sumerian city of Ur – From Passionate Inanna, ca 23rd Century BC., Ishtar is described as transforming men into women.cclxxii It was said that this goddess could:  

“turn a man into a woman, and a woman into a man.” [These are your powers Inanna]. … one well known text of similar antiquity … describes a religious festival held in honor of Inanna. “The people of Sumer parade before you. … The male prostitutes comb their hair before you. … The women adorn their right side with men’s clothing. … The men adorn their left side with women’s clothing”cclxxiii  

Imagine this scene: Semi-nude devotees dance in drunkenness around the canopied statue being carried down the street to the frenzied music of drums, cymbals and castanets. It is a festival day for the cult of the goddess. Effeminate men giggle and dance in ecstatic, awkward movements, hyperextending their limbs, but experiencing no pain or fatigue. The flamboyant carnival parades through town, out into the country. At the climax of the mad dancing, a man castrates himself in honor of the goddess as other men tear apart a small animal and feast on the banquet of raw flesh. In a grove of trees, the crowd reclines, but the feverish clip of the music continues with the addition of pipes and flutes. Women share phallic shaped bread to consume with the wine. Intoxicated with alcohol and rhythmic song, the women take on the identity of the goddess. The merger of sexuality and spirituality allows the energy of desire to break down inhibitions and unify the group in 

exual pulsations of passion. Homosexuality and lesbianism are divine deeds; Breaking gender constraints is a religious rite. The bloody, wine-soaked debauchery ensues with abandon to fill every indulgence. The orgy incites lust and unbridled passions for homosexuality, bestiality, and bloodletting as a gift from the goddess. As the crowd reaches exhaustion, the priests and priestesses refill the wine and lead in lifting a glass to the goddess and chanting in unison. The ordained then begin to reveal to the crowd the secrets of the Mysteries.  

This scene of a mystery cult could have taken place in many ancient places such as Rome, Greece, Egypt or Canaan. Some of these rites took place when Israel bowed to the golden calf. Adherents to the mystery schools performed these rituals as agrarian magic for fertility, to seek enlightenment and power, or perhaps with a goal to ascend beyond being human. Mystery Babylon is a thread entwined through the warp and woof of our history, and it entangles us still today. Modern demands to accept changes in sexual-orientation and gender are rooted in ancient religion—the same religion that Abraham confronted, and that Paul exposed in his travels. It seems hard to deny that our society is worshipping Inanna, the woman that rides the Beast, because the entire world is drunk on her perversions and fornications. DDDB notes the paradoxical qualities of Inanna which lead to strife:  

It has been suggested that the goddess is the embodiment of qualities or lifestyles that seem contradictory and paradoxical and call into question the categories or values of the society and thus confirm their existence; an embodiment, that is. Of figures who are marginal (e.g. a prostitute), bi-sexual, or anomalous (e.g. a woman of the respectable upper class who, however, is powerful, free and undomesticated). Alternatively, it has been suggested that she is the embodiment of strife.cclxxiv (See Appendix 4 Easter). 

TRANSGENDERISM TODAY 

Inanna’s influence has clearly manifested today through the transgender movement. Today we have people who are born men that want to be women and vice versa. Because this is a sensitive and personal topic, I want to state I am not against transgender people. I desire to show the love of Jesus to people identifying as transgender. Sadly, there is a fundamental misunderstanding on their part, and our society has sown a lot of confusion on this issue. In reality, the person claiming to be transgender is more than likely a victim, not the perpetrator.  

Militant pushing of the transgender agenda and normalizing the absurd is the problem. It is likely one of the steppingstones that will lead humanity to accept the Mark of the Beast and worship the image of the Beast, which we will explore in detail in the next book. Transgenderism, at its core, is a rejection of God’s rightful rule and a rejection of His image; It’s a blatant declaration that we do not want to be in God’s image, but in the image of our own making. 

We reason that since we have evolved to this point, why not take charge of our future evolution? If there’s no God, as posited by Darwin and Nietzsche, and we are the product of evolution, (from the goo to the zoo to you), then we are free to direct our own evolution. If we can choose all aspects of who we will be, then we can decide our own gender. The UK Telegraph recently reported that Facebook has seventy-one gender options availablecclxxv for you to choose what you want to be. You can choose to be human or to change from being male to be female, or you can identify as an animal, a house pet, a doll or even a demon. It’s up to you.  

While modern humanism touts that you can be anything, you must remember that God created you to bear His image, which is the most awesome image that you could achieve. Inherently, you project God’s dignity and power. All alterations result in an inferior persona. God made only two genders: male and female. Each man and woman is made in the image of God. Mankind’s enemy, Satan, is the one who has wanted to mar that image—the one obsessed with corrupting the image. His evil forces drive people to hate their own image and to mutilate their bodies. God’s perfect plan involves only two sexes, a binary construct—A or B, which is assigned by the Creator and is so much easier: male or female.  

Dr. Paul R. McHugh, the former psychiatrist-in-chief for Johns Hopkins Hospital, says transgenderism is a “mental disorder” that merits treatment, and that a sex change is “biologically impossible.” He states: 

“This intensely felt sense of being transgendered constitutes a mental disorder in two respects. The first is that the idea of sex misalignment is simply mistaken – it does not correspond with physical reality. The second is that it can lead to grim psychological outcomes … The transgendered person’s disorder is in the person’s “assumption” that they are different than the physical reality of their body, their maleness or femaleness, as assigned by nature. It is a disorder similar to a “dangerously thin” person suffering anorexia who looks in the mirror and thinks they are “overweight.” This assumption, that one’s gender is only in the mind regardless of anatomical reality, has led some transgendered people to push for social acceptance and affirmation of their own subjective “personal truth.” 

Dr. McHugh points out that:  

Studies show between 70% and 80% of children who express transgender feelings “spontaneously lose those feelings” over time. Also, for those who had sexual reassignment surgery, most said they were “satisfied” with the operation “but their subsequent psycho-social adjustments were no better than those who didn’t have the surgery.” 

Because of these studies, McHugh reported: “At Hopkins we stopped doing sex-reassignment surgery, since producing a ‘satisfied’ but still troubled patient seemed an inadequate reason for surgically amputating normal organs.”  

Performing a surgery can change the plumbing in part of the body, but it does not change a man into a woman. Inside of our DNA, in our genes, we have either an XY chromosome, which means male, or we have an XX chromosome, meaning female. Amputating body parts does not change a person’s genes. It is biologically impossible to change your gender since it exists on a genetic level. You may change what you look like on the outside, but you cannot change who you truly are. However, the cult of Inanna has taken deep root in our society and there are misguided doctors who are pushing it, even to the point of giving children “puberty-delaying hormones to render later sex-change surgeries less onerous—even though the drugs stunt the children’s growth and carry a risk of sterility.” Dr. McHugh likens such action to being “close to child abuse,” noting that nearly 80% of those children will “abandon their confusion and grow naturally into adult life if untreated.” Dr. McHugh went on the record to say:  

“‘Sex change’ is biologically impossible. People who undergo sex-reassignment surgery do not change from men to women or vice versa. Rather, they become feminized men or masculinized women. Claiming that this is a civil-rights matter and encouraging surgical intervention is in reality to collaborate with and promote a mental disorder.”cclxxvi 

Thus, we have well credentialed specialists stating the fixation and desire for a sex change is a mental disorder. We know its origin and that the idea of a sex change is nothing new; it is a perversion that goes back to Inanna. This goddess, Mystery Babylon, was said to have such legendary powers that she could do a sex reassignment. However, it was impossible back then, and it remains impossible today. 

People are free to choose to follow Inanna, but it will lead to suffering. If a person continues down that path, there are severe consequences. “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting” (Rom 1:28). God allows us to choose evil if we want it. He has laid before us life and death. He wants us to choose life because He knows the consequences of our choice. God created man; male and female He created them. He created us equal. Men are not better than women; Women are not inferior to men. We simply have different roles. God gave the man a role; He gave the woman a role. Neither is better than the other. They’re both equal, but they’re distinct roles. I say let’s embrace our roles. If you’re a man, be a man. Be the leader. Be courageous. God has given you testosterone for a reason. Stand up and have a backbone—Have an opinion. Be strong, but don’t browbeat the woman. Don’t be a jerk. If you are a woman, be a woman. Enjoy the role. If the man is the head, then the woman is the neck which turns the head. We should all embrace the gender that God has given and not rebel and reject His ways. 

For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD: They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof. Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices (Ps 1:29–31 KJV). 

Many people are seeking their own way, and they may have to eat the fruit of their decision. Gender transformation, one of the “powers” of Inanna, is prepping mankind for the Mark of the Beast. Gender confusion makes us question the most basic assumptions about who each of us is at the core: male or female. To arrogantly remake yourself into an image of your choosing is 100% antithetical to God’s design when He created man, male and female. As a society, if we have agreed that gender is an option which can be changed, then the next logical extension is for people to change themselves genetically, and then perhaps our very humanity is up for grabs.  

Angels Created with Freewill

Appendix 2: Angels Created with Freewill

God created His ministers of fire with the ability to choose, a quality which we humans share, as well. This quality is what will allow Satan, the Beast and the False Prophet to wage war against God. In order for us to appreciate the ability to choose contrary to the desire of our Creator, we need to go back before anything was, before the blackness of space, when there was only the Most High who existed within and as His own dimension.  

Imagining God in and of Himself is a challenging mental exercise, for we should not imagine God was floating around in the darkness of space in eternity past, (which I used to imagine as a boy). Neither space nor darkness had yet been invented! We cannot speak of where God existed, as “where” had not yet been created. God does not exist in a place nor in a dimension. There is no space, dimension or reality outside of who God intrinsically is. This hurts our heads a bit, but it necessarily must be true since to suggest otherwise would mean that something existed apart from Him creating it, and Scripture is replete with verses saying that all things have been created by Him.  

According to the study of higher dimensions, the tenth dimension is both timeless and space-less.cclxvi It is pure information. Such a mathematical description of reality closely parallels biblical theology. God is both timeless and space-less. He is the mind from which all matter emanates. Mathematically, He is the tenth dimension from which all others proceed. Interestingly, the Big Bang theory has come to a similar conclusion—all matter, including space itself, was tightly packed in a dot smaller than a period on this page. Some have postulated that the dot was not actually there. Nevertheless, if all matter AND space itself was within the dot, where was the dot? The answer is hyperspace: a dimension beyond our own. 

The best minds of quantum physics over the last one hundred years have concluded that behind the matter of the universe is a mind. Max Planck, often considered the father of quantum physics, stated matter comes from a Mind: 

As a man who has devoted his whole life to the most clear-headed science, to the study of matter, I can tell you as a result of my research about atoms this much: There is no matter as such. All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force which brings the particle of an atom to vibration and holds this most minute solar system of the atom together. We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent mind. This mind is the matrix of all matter.cclxvii 

Einstein’s famous equation, E=MC2 essentially states that energy and mass (matter) are interchangeable; they are simply alternate forms of the same thing and under the right conditions, mass can become energy, and energy can become mass.cclxviii Indeed, Einstein stated there is no matter: Concerning matter, we have been all wrong. What we have called matter is energy, whose vibration has been so lowered as to be perceptible to the senses. There is no matter.cclxix 

Thus, before Creation there was no differentiation (outside of God Himself and His indescribable tri-unity). On that first day, God created things that were not. The first day was the beginning of differentiations. He created a space outside of Himself; He created darkness which had never been (Isa 45:7), for God is light and there is no darkness in Him whatsoever (I John 1:5). Thus, the absence of His glorious light in the newly created void was new and different. For the first time ever, there was darkness. God revealed this to the prophet Isaiah: 

I form the light, and create (בֹורֵ֣א) darkness: I make peace, and create (בֹורֵ֣א) evil (ra’ רָ֑ע): I the LORD do all these things (Isaiah 45:7 KJV). 

Until that moment, darkness (the absence of light) did not exist. Therefore, before day one (or Genesis 1:1–3) when He created the void, which is space, it initially was devoid of God’s light and did not even have photons. Until God conceived of the absence of light, there was no such thing as darkness; it was His idea. When God decided to create a space / dimension outside of Himself, which was not automatically filled with His light, He then by necessity, created the potential of the absence of light which God called darkness. God then created physical light, photons as waves and / or particles, in order to fill the space. 

In the same way, God is good (Exodus 34:6), and no evil or sin or imperfection is in Him. We might say that God has the corner on the market when it comes to good. Good, according to the Bible is defined as what is in accord with God’s will, desire or plan. Therefore, any deviation from that is by definition not good and is therefore “evil”. Thus, when God desired to give the angels, including Satan, and man the option to follow Him or to disobey, He must have by default, created the potential for them to completely exercise their own will by not choosing the good (that is God’s will, desire or plan). It is self-evident that no one can choose that which does not exist. Henry Ford once said that people could choose any color Model T, so long as it was black. It is also similar to the infamous communist regimes where the people are allowed to vote, but there is only one candidate. In reality, having only one candidate (or one color to choose from) is no choice at all.  

WHAT IS EVIL? 

Isaiah 45 states that God is in fact the very One who created evil: “I form the light, and create (בֹורֵ֣א) darkness: I make peace, and create (בֹורֵ֣א boreh) evil (רָ֑ע ra’): I the LORD do all these things” (Isaiah 45:7 KJV). 

Some translations render the word evil (ra רָ֔ע)cclxx as “calamity”, which is an option in the context of Isaiah 45:7. Nevertheless, the word is the same in which we are first introduced in Genesis 2:17, where God commands man to not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (ra רָ֔ע). 

And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (ra רָ֔ע) you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die” (Gen 2:16–17). 

God is also the essence of all that is good. Following God involves doing what is right and good. Thus, if Adam could only choose from all the “good” things that God had made, then there really was not free choice at all. That, in a nutshell, is why God created the tree of the knowledge of good and evil; there had to be a way for Adam to exercise his own will independently, even if it meant it would be contrary to God’s will.  

God defines evil in Isaiah saying they “did evil before My eyes, And chose that in which I do not delight” (Isaiah 65:12; 66:4). This gives us an amazingly simple definition of evil: “doing something in which God does not take pleasure.” God, the master programmer, had to code into this reality the potential to choose contrary to His wishes. He had to create the potential for His creatures to exercise their own will and choose something in which He does not delight. Just as there was no darkness until He made it possible, so too was it impossible to choose something besides His desire.  

The creation of evilcclxxi is what made choosing contrary to His wishes possible, and it is what makes choosing to follow, obey and love Him meaningful. For God’s creatures to genuinely love Him, the option to reject Him had to be available. Satan, the angels, Adam and Eve—all had to have the opportunity to choose against His will to be able to truly choose Him and hence

have true love for Him. Therefore, it is true that God created evil; yet, He never caused any one to choose evil. Giving individuals the choice between two real and viable options is not the same as making us choose the bad option.  

The creation of evil is analogous to a large rock on a cliff. The rock has potential energy; a tiny nudge will turn the potential energy into kinetic energy. The rock’s potential energy need never be triggered, or made kinetic; so too, mankind’s choosing contrary to God’s desire need not have been actualized. God, in a sense, told Adam not to push the rock and warned him of the consequences if he did, but Adam, of his own free will, pushed it and suffered the consequence when the rock’s energy became kinetic and killed him.  

God created two options: one in accordance with His desires, which leads to life; and, one contrary to His wishes, which leads to death. Angels and humans have the ability to determine their paths. Satan chose the path contrary to God’s wishes.  

Fallen Angels and Demons

Appendix 1: Fallen Angels and Demons 

Unclean and evil spirits, demons and fallen angels are in reality all the same kind of being. The term “fallen angel” does not exist in the Bible; it’s a term that we use to make a distinction between God’s holy and good angels and those rebellious angels that serve Satan.ccliv Angel just means “messenger”. The Theological Dictionary of the New Testament explains the meaning of “demon”: 

daímōn as a term for gods and divine powers. Various senses may be noted in this field: a. “god,” b. “lesser deity,” c. “unknown superhuman factor,” d. “what overtakes us,” e.g., death, or good or evil fortune, e. “protective deity.”cclv 

We have accounts of good angels, and we also see references to bad angels as evidenced in Revelation: “Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought” (Rev 12:7). We refer to Satan’s angels as fallen angels.  

Throughout the Bible and ancient literature, we see that fallen angels are demons who masqueraded as gods in order to communicate with and control humans. When Paul interacted with “certain Epicurean and Stoic philosophers … some said … ‘He seems to be a proclaimer of foreign gods [δαιμονιων daimonion],’ because he preached to them Jesus and the resurrection” (Acts 17:18). The philosophers thought Paul was speaking to them about other gods similar to Zeus or Apollo, yet the Greek word here for “gods” is daimonion—demons. 

Moses used very similar language in his farewell address:  

They sacrificed to demons, not to God, To gods they did not know (Deut 32:17). They served their idols, Which became a snare to them. They even sacrificed their sons And their daughters to demons [lasheddim לַשֵּֽׁדִים – tois daimonios τοις δαιμονιοις] (Ps 106:36–37). 

BDAG explains how demon (δαιμον) “refers in general to powerful entities … After Homer’s time, the adjective, δαιμόνιος means anything ‘sent from heaven’ or ‘that which is divine’.”cclvi Based on the literature, demons could be good or bad. Philo in his writings On the Giants says: 

And when the angels of God saw the daughters of men that they were beautiful, they took unto themselves wives of all of them whom they chose. Those beings, whom other philosophers call demons, Moses usually calls angels (Emphasis mine).cclvii 

According to Philo, demons and angels are really one and the same. When we talk about angels, demons and the so-called gods, we are talking about the same kind of entities. The Bridgeway Dictionary confirms “rebellious, or fallen angels are variously known as demons, evil spirits, spiritual hosts of wickedness, principalities, powers, rulers, authorities, evil spiritual forces, cosmic powers of evil, and angels of the devil.”cclviii These are all part of the general class of messenger (angels) that God spoke into existence, according to Psalm 148:2, 5.  

The etymology of the word demon “likely stems from the root δαιω,’to divide (destinies)’. Thus, the word could designate one’s ‘fate’ or ‘destiny’, or the spirit controlling one’s fate.” cclix This completely concurs with Enlil who was said to be “the one that decides the fate,”cclx and was the holder of the Tablet of Destinies. In Psalm 95:5, the Septuagint interprets elilim (idols, and related to Enlil) as demons:  

The national deities of other peoples, said to be idols ‘elilim’ in Hebrew, become “demons” (“All the gods of the nations are demons”); in LXX Deut 32: 17, the foreign divinities whom Israel worshipped, properly described in the Hebrew text as šedim (tutelary spirit) are again called “demons” (”They sacrificed to demons and not to God”; cf. LXX Ps 105:37; Bar. 4:7).cclxi 

We recall that elilim is related to the Akkadian word, Illil, and Sumerian Enlil, Lord Wind. Thus, Scripture is telling us that idols are plural “Enlils”, and we know Enlil is Satan, who is a fallen angel. The Theological Workbook of the Old Testament explains that the “Hebrew shēd is to be connected with the Babylonian word shêdu, a demon either good or evil. In pagan religions the line between gods and demons is not a constant one.”cclxii This now explains why we see demons referred to in the New Testament as “unclean spirits” to distinguish between the angels who “kept their first estate” and those who rebelled.  

We see the use of sheddim as gods where God told Elijah to chastise the king of Samaria when he sought out the aid of “Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron” (2 Kgs 1:3) who, incidentally, was known as a Rephaim. “Baal Zebub … 2 Kgs 1 is the healing deity … “Prince, lord of the underworld” in Ugaritic texts (zbl b‘l arș) refers to Baal as a chthonic healer godcclxiii This same (false) god Beelzebub is specifically called “the ruler of the demons” (Matt 12:24). Jesus identifies him as none other than Satan (Matt 12:26).  

In LXX Isa 65: II daimon renders the Hebrew name of the pagan god of Fortune (- Gad), where the Israelites are said to have been “preparing a table for the demon”. This conception of table fellowship with pagan gods who are in reality demons carries over into the New Testament: Paul warns the Corinthian Church that they may not eat sacrificial meals in pagan temples, for “that which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to demons”, meaning, for Corinth, the Greek gods Asclepios, Sarapis, and especially Demeter. cclxiv 

There is, therefore, no distinction between fallen angels, demons and unclean spirits. They are simply different titles which describe the same general class of being. We of course acknowledge that there are subclasses of beings within this general category, such as cherubim.  

Furthermore, any supposed distinction between fallen angels and demons, such as the claim that they are the spirits of the deceased Nephilim, is not supported by the biblical, linguistic and ancient textual evidence. If an entire race of beings had been born utterly wicked, through no fault or choice of their own, then they would necessarily be consigned to eternal damnation simply for being born.cclxv However, God has created all of his sentient beings with free-will and self-determination (See Appendix 2 Angels Freewill).