A Sign of the "Times"
Intro to an Intro
Just a note before you read..this event did not occur do to a change of mind by it's developers. I have left this information posted as I think that the message remains the same in spite of the change of events and all that led up to it still lends to the lesson in it's original intent.
I have never been much interested in eschatological topics, as interpretations have always been so diverse and confusing. This study will not attempt to predict any specific play out of future events but will show forth the very prevalent signals of the times we are presently in.
I was a bit taken aback by recent headline from the New York "Times" announcing the replica's of the ancient temple of Baal's gate arches that will be erected in "Times" square, which is overlapped by a neighborhood, would you believe is known as "Hell's Kitchen", not far from the Tower of Babel...
Now the whole earth had one language and one speech... And they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves ~ Genesis 11:1
...I mean the "One World Trade Center" A little piece from the Bible on the issue of trade and it's roots.
“By the abundance of your trading
You became filled with violence within,
And you sinned;
Therefore I cast you as a profane thing
Out of the mountain of God;
And I destroyed you, O covering cherub,
From the midst of the fiery stones...“You defiled your sanctuaries
By the multitude of your iniquities,
By the iniquity of your trading;
Therefore I brought fire from your midst;
It devoured you,
And I turned you to ashes upon the earth
In the sight of all who saw you. ~ Ezekiel 28:16,18
What is so bad about trading? I guess that depends on what we are exchanging such as truth for lies. Is that what we have done and is that the sign of this time? We shall see.
although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.
Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. ~ Romans 1:21-25
Big Change is Coming
The stage is being set for the Arches' display, in April (fourth month) of 2016 (4x504). This is also the Jewish year of 5776 which is 4x1444. Big changes are coming and have already begun. (see Monarch Butterfly Part One for further information on the number four as it relates to the physical material world, change, transformation, and judgment.
I thought it might be relevant to look at a little history of both Times Square and the Temple of Baal as well as see how this relates to Biblical history and it's sign post concerning current events.
Present Times Square
According to Wikpedia,com Times Square is known as the "Crossroads of the World", "Center of the Universe", the "Heart of the World", and is also recognized as a major center of the world's entertainment industry. "World" is the key phrase in these titles.
all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world ~ I John 2:16
Times Square History
It's history lends to a present culmination of the modern idols we as a culture worship. Prior to April 08,1904 this place was known as Longacre square which was considered a "Red Light" district also titled the Tenderloin (reference to bribes for police protection for brothels) or "Satan's Circus" as it was noted for its gambling houses, brothels, dance halls, and concert saloons according to "Untapped Cities.com. This fits well with the "Hell's Kitchen" theme/neighborhood mentioned earlier.
It was 3 weeks after it's renaming from "Longacre Square" to "Times Square" That the first electric billboard was displayed and has since evolved to be home to one of the largest billboard displays in the world pitching its sales to all of our worldly appetites in bright neon light fashion.
Anything Goes - Frank Sinatra
In olden days a glimpse of stocking
Was looked on as something shocking
Now heaven knows, anything goes
Good authors too who once knew better words
Now only use four letter words writing prose, anything goes
The world has gone mad today and good's bad today
And black's white today and day's night today
When most guys today that women prize today
Are just silly gigolos
So though I'm not a great romancer
I know that you're bound to answer
When I propose, anything goes
May I say before this record spins to a close
I want you to know anything goes
A Modern Take on Idolatry
Frank Sinatra, singer and actor, known as the idol of the "Bobby Soxers", appeared for a historic performance in 1944, at the Paramount theater in Times square, New York, and was heralded in a news article from that time, in reference to this performance, as "their" (the adoring fans) prophet. This article also referred to the Paramount as a Mecca to which the young idolaters had made their pilgrimage They were also unashamedly called cultists.
I found the religious language and parallels in this 1944 article blatant and overt, in such a way that exposes what we have missed in our modern interpretation of what we do in respect to entertainment and our attitudes about living in general. It is worship. What we think is so secular is in fact deeply religious and the results are most often disastrous as Frank's personal life may very well testify.
The song to the right "Anything Goes" sang by Frank Sinatra is very telling. It was written by Cole Porter who according to Wikipedia, became acquainted with New York City's vibrant nightlife during his college years, and was living a behind the scenes alternative lifestyle. The song is a testimony in and of itself of the worldly prophetic message and agenda of personal pleasure priority.
The "Times Square" "Paramount" "Anything Goes" message, speaks for itself.
The temple of Baal was not simply a historic structure. It too was centered on base pleasures fueled and supported by entertainment. In fact, the ancient temple of Baal included an entertainment theater at it's center. And its worshipers benefited much the same, as we all do, and possibly have,when we worship other gods.
they left all the commandments of the Lord their God, made for themselves a molded image (one that lets do as we please) and two calves, made a wooden image and worshiped all the host of heaven, and served Baal. And they caused their sons and daughters to pass through the fire, practiced witchcraft and soothsaying, and sold themselves to do evil in the sight of the Lord, to provoke Him to anger ~ II Kings 17:16-17
There are two kingdoms the kingdom of this world and the Kingdom of God. Whose ever house we choose to dwell we shall reap the benefits or curses thereof.
I fear that we have fooled ourselves into thinking we can have a little bit of both.
They feared the Lord, yet served their own gods... ~ II Kings 17:33
We might be tempted to think the ancients were foolish for worshiping inanimate objects much like we think it harmless viewing what we do simply because it isn't real, but the Lord has this to say about what we give our lives, time, and attention to and who it is we really worship when it is anything or anyone other than Him...
They provoked Him to jealousy with foreign gods;
With abominations they provoked Him to anger.
They sacrificed to demons, not to God ~ Deuteronomy 32:16-17
The article mentioned above can be viewed in its entirety at New Your Daily News.com (Daily News on October 13, 1944.)
What is Paramount is our Idol
Paramount is an interesting name for a theater in that it means superior to all others and of most importance. It could be fairly observed that the entertainment industry, for which Times Square is famous for, in all forms of media, in our times is superior an of utmost importance to the hearts and minds of the average Westerner.
Years ago a gal I worked with traveled to Europe and on her return trip home she was listening to a tour guide offering advice to a group of Europeans who were touring the U.S. She was amused when she heard the guide trying to explain to the tourists how obsessed Americans are with their televisions, movies, and entertainment. The guide encouraged them to try to not take offense when Americans didn't turn off their sets while visitors were present or even to eat.
I also heard a story of a missionary who visited an eastern country where they still worship small statues and owned household idols that were meticulously displayed on the mantel of their living rooms with all the furniture carefully arranged to face these displays of their idols. He explained that although this seemed somewhat odd and foreign to him he couldn't help but think of Western America and our television sets that display and even animate our many and diversified idols we moderns worship. Sex, violence, and witchcraft are served up 24 hours a day for our continuous viewing pleasure.
Temple of Baal - Ancient History
Baal worship has its origin and roots in ancient Babylonian idol worship that stemmed from Nimrod and the tower of Babel, as recorded in Genesis chapter 11 and discussed at the beginning of this article.
“Come, let us make bricks and burn them thoroughly.And they had brick (man made substance) for stone and they had tar (man made mix) for mortar. And they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower whose top reaches to the heavens. And let us make a name for ourselves ~ Genesis 11:3
According to "The Baker Illustrated Bible Handbook this particular incident and building of a tower, in order to live indiscriminately separate from God's ways and judgments, was representative of "prideful and pretentious humanism" and Babylon becomes "the prototype of all the prideful nations, cities, and empires that raise themselves against God"
The word Babel to the Babylonians meant "gate of the gods" in Hebrew it means confusion. Can we see the writing on the wall, the illuminated billboards, or displays of ancient gates to other gods? Can we see all the chaos and confusion we have ushered in by forsaking the one and only true God and trading our time life and resources to the idols of this age.
I am curious to see how thing play out in these "times" It is very interesting that two towers fell and one was raised in its place in typical human pride and defiance...
Who say in pride and arrogance of heart The bricks have fallen, but we will build with hewn stone ~ Isaiah 9
This is the Lord's thought on personally contrived "hewn stone" idolatry committed in His name.
if you make an altar of stones for me, you will not build them as hewn stone, because if you use your chisel on it, you have defiled it ~ Exodus 20:25
Did we miss the message?
So What Is So Bad About Baal?
Ancient idolatries of any kind were predominantly steeped in sexual licentiousness
“How can you say, ‘I am not polluted,
I have not gone after the Baals’?
See your way in the valley;
Know what you have done:
You are a swift dromedary breaking loose in her ways,
A wild donkey used to the wilderness,
That sniffs at the wind in her desire;
In her time of mating... ~ Jeremiah 28:23-24
This resulted in most likely, confusing situations, and sometimes detrimental problems for children, that we are also witness to today. It is always the innocents that get hurt. Like these ancient people we have come to the place where we are sacrificing our children on the altars of our personal and willful pleasures and desires.
Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: “Behold, I will bring such a catastrophe on this place, that whoever hears of it, his ears will tingle.
“Because they have forsaken Me and made this an alien place, because they have burned incense in it to other gods whom neither they, their fathers, nor the kings of Judah have known, and have filled this place with the blood of the innocents (they have also built the high places of Baal, to burn their sons with fire for burnt offerings to Baal, which I did not command or speak, nor did it come into My mind) ~ Jeremiah 19:2-5
Entertainment isn't the only idol in our culture that puts our families at risk, there is also the pursuit of happiness at the expense of our loved ones and much like the tower of Babel the idolatry of reputation in the eyes of man in trying to make a name for ourselves in terms of success and notoriety. There is the love of money and acquisition. So many many things that are in competition with the One and Only True God. It is no wonder He is jealous.
Current Events and Temple Baal Ruins
Since 2014 Isis has made a specific point to target and destroy the ancient ruins of religious structures that once hosted the worship of the gods of the ancient world in the name of ridding the world of idolatry.
The world in general, has viewed these destructions as mainly, an issue of historical heritage and its destruction at the hands of evil men, and has disconnected these ancient temples, worships, and gods from the licentiousness, and decadence they produced, which included child/human sacrifice, mutilation, orgies, bestiality, and incest. I am not sure why that type of history deserves a recognition of any kind but lets move along.
This could very well be a symbolic gesture God has allowed and an issue of challenging the modern gods of our times, which may not involve a physical statue but are certainly forms and fashions in our hearts and minds that has led us down a path of similar results.
The present ruins of Baal are featured, after the time of Christ, occupied by the Romans who mixed their own mythology and western Greco Roman influence, with this ancient Near Eastern worship practices. One other site that was visited by Isis and it's destroyers was the ancient city of Nineveh, the city Jonah was sent to, to plead with the people to repent so they would not be destroyed.
I can't help but wonder if there is a message that calls to both ancient and modern variations of idol worship to repent for the "Kingdom of Heaven is at hand"
Elijah and the Prophets of Baal
I believe that this event presents to us a challenge and not one of protest. If our hearts are only viewing the structure as something to protest we have missed the message entirely.
In I Kings chapter 18 God commanded Elijah His prophet to visit the evil King Ahab and his even more evil wife Queen Jezebel, with a challenge to their false gods.
So Elijah instructs them to send their prophets for a little contest. Each side prepares a sacrifice and he tells them...
you call on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the Lord (YHWH); and the God who answers by fire, He is God ~ I Kings 18:24
The story concludes with no response from the "other gods" but the LORD replies mightily!
the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood and the stones and the dust, and it licked up the water that was in the trench. Now when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces; and they said, “The Lord, He is God! The Lord, He is God!” ~ I Kings 18:38-39
This was Elijah's challenge to those present
Elijah came to all the people, and said, “How long will you falter between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him.” ~ I Kings 18:20
Our challenge equally is not to protest an ancient symbol of idolatry. Our challenge is recorded in the Psalms by David.
Search me, O God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
And see if there is in me the worship of false gods,
and lead me in the way everlasting ~ Psalm 139:23-24 (Lexham English version got it right)
I sincerely believe that the message and challenge of the Baal arch display in Times Square, the devil's circus, that is overlapped by Hell's Kitchen, very near a tower that very much resembles, in representation, a tower of old, that symbolized idol worship and forsaking God is this.
“Now therefore, fear the Lord, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt. Serve the Lord! And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell ~ Joshua 24:14-15
Can we see how far we have fallen?
Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent. ~ Revelation 2:5
A Current Update!
According to an article dated April 10th 2016 by Michael Snyder on the "End of the American Dream" website, the plans for the erection of replicas of the Baal arches in Times Square have been canceled. The plans have now been changed to erect one arch in Trafalgar square in London and it won't be the temple Baal arch but instead will be the "Arch of Triumph" that the Romans had built to memorialize their victory over that territory.
The Arch of Triumph marked a road in the city of Palmyra that over arched the path connecting the temple of Baal with the westt gate. This can be significant as well in the sense of an West meets East imagery and the results of that mixing. For more on mixing see "The Hebrew Word Satan"
Some are citing this as victory in terms of Christianity but unless that comes with repentance I am not sure it is a victory to just not have the symbol of where we are cancelled.
I am not clear yet as to why the plans changed but more info will provided as I find it. I also will be doing a bit of investigating into the history of the Roman arch replacement. I am not sure that this changes the statement the original intentions make and will therefore leave the article up
It is interesting as well that the date for this staging coincides with Passover and couldn't help but think of the "triumphal entry" of Christ. These are just thoughts not fully developed. Feel free to input any insights.
The secular "New York Times" announced the original plans in their own article on March 19th, 2016 in an article titled "Life Among the Ruins"
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