The Woman who Rides the Beast Revealed

Chapter 14 of Corrupting the Image vol 2: The Woman who Rides the Beast Revealed [Part-2]

The Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible, speaking of the complex character of Inanna, notes how she is discontent and restless. It should not be surprising that the spirit behind Ishtar is the same spirit that is behind Gilgamesh, who is in fact, Satan.  

Inanna / lshtar [was]…particularly prominent in Uruk, Akkad, Kish, Nineveh and Arbela. In Uruk, but particularly in Akkad and Assyria.lxxxiv We remember that the beginning of the Rebel’s kingdom was “Babel, Erech, Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar (Gen 10:10). From that land he went to Assyria and built Nineveh, Rehoboth Ir, Calah” (Gen 10:11). The lists of cities are almost identical.  

  • Uruk = Erech 
  • Akkad = Accad  
  • Nineveh  

Figure 46 Dated ca. 1550-1200 BCE. Lost (stolen). Drawing © S. Beaulieu, after Cornelius 2004: Plate 5.21. 

Inanna / lshtar is a young, independent and willful woman of the upper class, a product of an urban world, and is more closely associated with cities than with cosmic functions. She seems to be constantly on the move … her movement expresses and enhances a quality of discontent and restlessness that characterizes her. Inanna / Ishtar often appears as a sexually attractive being, but she remains unsatisfied and is constantly ‘injured’, striving, and contentious. The goddess seems even to exhibit contradictory or conflicting traits. She seems to encompass polar opposites: she is death and life, male and female. She is a female who neither nurtures nor has a permanent partner, a sexual woman who is warlike and glories in aggression and destructionlxxxv (Emphasis mine). (See Appendix 3 Inanna). 

God warned the Israelites not to admire the nations that he had expelled, lest they learn their abominable ways. Sadly, Israel was not careful and the Canaanite versionlxxxvi of the goddess made inroads during the era of the Judges (1550-1200 BC), as seen in Acre, Israel where: 

A nude goddess stands on a crouching lion. Her Hathor-style coiffure is topped by horns extending to the side. She wears a necklace and bracelets. Her arms are bent into a V-shape, and she holds in each hand a long plant, perhaps a lotus.lxxxvii (See adjacent Figure 46). 

Figure 47 Impression of a Neo-Assyrian seal dated ca. 750-650 BCE. British Museum. Drawing © 2008 S. Beaulieu, after Leick 1998: Plate 38. 

In the Neo Assyrian Empire, we find continued evidence of Ishtar.lxxxviii On an impression of a seal dated somewhere between 750 and 650 BC in Figure 47, we once again see the goddess standing “fully armed … on her sacred lion. An eight-pointed star, one of her symbols, adorns her elaborate crown”.lxxxix We see the image of the woman riding the Beast was prolific. The cult of Inanna / Ishtar, the queen of heaven, heavily influenced the cult of the Phoenician goddess Ashtoreth.xc The Phoenicians, in turn, exported Astarte to the Greek islands of Cyprus and Cythera and beyond.xci

Figure 48 The ‘Mountain Mother’ Seal from Knossos. (After Costis Davaras, ‘Trois Bronzes Minoens de Skoteino’ BCH 93 (1969), 620-650, at p. 637.) 

In Knossos in Minoan Crete, we find Ishtar. This seal impression from the great palace of Knossos in Minoan Crete, Figure 48, shows a goddess on top of a mountain flanked by lions. The mountain is most likely her ziggurat, and the lions are beneath the goddess, supporting her, as we have seen before.  

Another seal found in Knossos depicts a goddess walking with a lion and carrying a staff, much like the Sumerian Inanna in Figure 49 (next page). The Minoans were an advanced pre-Greek, maritime, Bronze-Age civilization with a broad sphere of influence from about 2700 BC until 1400 BC, when they were taken over by the Greek Mycenaean.xcii  

Ishtar’s fame spanned the world. The Greek myth of Aphrodite and Adonis, shown on an altar from the Greek city of Taras in Magna Graecia, dating back to about 400-375 BC, xciii is derived from the Mesopotamian myth of Inanna and Dumuzid. 

Figure 49 Hindu goddess Durga 

Sumerian Inanna, Akkadian Ishtar, Phoenician Astarte … all share significant characteristics with Aphrodite: bisexuality … temple prostitution … the epithet Urania … the association with the sea and with the garden Aphrodite in the Gardens in Athens, the iconography of a frontally naked goddess … and the symbol of the ladder.xciv (See Appendix 3 Inanna). 

The cult of Inanna spread from the land of Shinar / Sumer to the ends of the Earth, west to Greece and beyond, and also eastward to India. Parpola notes: “the Hindu goddess Durga may also have been influenced by Inanna.”xcv (See Figure 49). We once again see a seductive warrior goddess with a lion at her side, tell-tale signs of Inanna.xcvi 


And the woman whom you saw is that great city which reigns [η έχουσα βασιλειαν=lit. “the one having a kingdom”] over the kings of the earth” (Rev 17:18).  

The literal Greek [ae echousa basileian η έχουσα βασιλειαν] translates as “the one having [f.s.] a kingdom,” which is already extant in the ancient literature; Andrew George notes the “goddess Ishtar usually referred to as Bēlet-Bābili ‘the Lady of Babylon.”xcvii The Great Harlot of Babylon has a kingdom of enslaved souls the world over—not simply New York City, or Las Vegas, or the Vatican; it is everywhere. Various theories suggest Mystery Babylon must be Rome because Rome reigned in John’s days. Rome was merely one of the “kings of the earth,” that the woman ruled over. The woman is idolatry that is in our hearts that has reigned (has a kingdom) over the whole world. Rome was just one more branch of this tree, but not the root.  

In Isaiah 47:  

“Come down and sit in the dust, O virgin daughter of Babylon; Sit on the ground without a throne, O daughter of the Chaldeans! For you shall no more be called Tender and delicate (Isa 47:1). Take the millstones and grind meal. Remove your veil, Take off the skirt, Uncover the thigh, Pass through the rivers (Isa 47:2). Your nakedness shall be uncovered, Yes, your shame will be seen; I will take vengeance, And I will not arbitrate with a man” (Isa 47:3). “Sit in silence, and go into darkness, O daughter of the Chaldeans; For you shall no longer be called The Lady of Kingdoms (Isa 47:5). And you said, ‘I shall be a lady forever’ (Isa 47:7).  

The prophet Isaiah’s description of Inanna (Ishtar) is the mirror of how she was described in Mesopotamian literature. She was the goddess “who holds the connecting link of all heaven and earth.” She said of herself “I (Ishtar) am in possession of the symbols of the divine offices, in my hands I hold the lead-rope of heaven.”xcviii In Figure 50 (adjacent), we see her on a ziggurat, surrounded by her eight-pointed stars, standing in front of her grandfather Enlil, with symbols of other gods.xcix The true God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob has hated this woman for an exceptionally long time because of the lies she spreads and the damage those lies inflict upon us.  

Inanna on her Ziggurat-BW

Figure 50 Courtesy Inanna. 

The lie of the MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH goes back all the way to Eden, the original place of pleasure. In Isaiah 47, God is speaking here to the nation of Babylon, to the empire of Babel, and He says:  

“You who are given to pleasures [עֲדִינָה֙], Who dwell securely [Interestingly, this is the same phrase that we saw when we were looking in Ezekiel 38: [hayyôšebet lābea הַיּוֹשֶׁ֣בֶת לָבֶ֔טַח], Who say in your heart, ‘I am, and there is no one else besides me; I shall not sit as a widow’” (Isa 47:8).  

In Revelation 18, we see the same words; “For she says in her heart, ‘I sit as queen, and am no widow, and will not see sorrow’” (Rev 18:7). It is the same imagery where God, in Revelation, is speaking against the city of Babylon.  

The idolatry of the goddess Ishtar has permeated most of society. We can trace it from Inanna to Ishtar to Ashtoreth in the Hebrew language. She became Astarte in the Greek; and in Rome, in Latin, she became Venus. She is Durga in the Indian traditions. There are so many other places where people have been worshiping this false god. (See Appendix 4 Easter).  


Ishtar is everything mankind could ever want—the eternal goddess who is paradoxical, free and unrestrained. However, we have seen that the goddess’ counterfeit pleasures demand a terrible price. She is the carrot in front of the donkey that Satan has used to get mankind to willingly, and most of the time ignorantly, participate in his nefarious machinations. She is “the evil woman … the flattering tongue of a seductress” after whom man has lusted so that many are “reduced to a crust of bread.” She is the “adulteress [who] will prey upon his precious life.” (Prov 6:24–26). 

The woman who rides the Beast is a Trojan horse in its truest sense. You recall that after besieging the city of Troy for ten years, the Greek soldiers ingeniously created a giant horse and hid inside it. The citizens of Troy supposed it to have been left as an offering to the goddess Athena and hastened to take it through the gates into their, otherwise, impregnable city.  

The woman who rides the Beast, both the city and religious system of Babylon, is the lure Satan has used very successfully to bait humanity and then trap us, beginning with Nimrod’s kingdom in the land of Shinar. “The goddess is the spouse and lover of the king with whom she participates in the ritual of the sacred marriage. She provides the king with economic blessings as well as power and victory in war.” c Of course, what king would not want blessings for his city? And if those blessings could be procured by participating in the sacred marriage or hierogamos, a sexual encounter with a priestess, then all the better! (See Appendix 5 Balaam).