A team of archaeologists have discovered 100 “cult sites” in the Eilat Mountains, an extremely arid part of the Negev Desert in Israel. The Eilat Mountains are located just north of the modern-day city of Eilat.
Archaeologists aren’t sure what types of ritual activities may have been practiced at the sites. Though based on animal bones found there, they think animal sacrifice was one of them.
Some 100 prehistoric “cult sites,” complete with penis stone structures and artifacts with vulva shapes cut into them, have been discovered in the Eilat Mountains, an extremely arid area of the Negev Desert in Israel.
There is a lengthy biblical history of Negev (known in the bible as Neg’-eb (ha-neghebh, “the negeb” or simply, neghebh, from a root meaning “to be dry,” “parched regions,” “desert,” also nageb) Many events occured in this region:
- An early route from Israel to Egypt went through the Negev (Genesis 12:9, 13:1-3, 46:1-6).
- It was the territory of the Amalekites during the time of Abraham (Genesis 14:7).
- Hagar and Ishmael were exiled out into the Negev by Sarah (Genesis 21:14).
- Both Isaac and Jacob lived for some time in the Negev (Genesis 24:62, 37:1).
- The Israelites wandered in the Negev during the Wilderness Journey after the Exodus (Numbers 14:44-45).
- At the Division Of The Land, the Negev was allotted to the tribes of Simeon (Joshua 19:1-9) and Judah (Joshua 15:20-31).
- David included the Negev in his kingdom, and when Solomon
succeeded his father, he established fortresses in the area.
- After Judah Fell To The Babylonians under King Nebuchadnezzar in 586 B.C., Edom took over the Negev.
At the sites, which date back around 8,000 years, archaeologists discovered a variety of stone structures and artifacts, including stone circles that measure 1.5 to 2.5 meters across (roughly 5 to 8 feet) with penis-shaped installations pointing toward them. Other findings there include standing stones that reach up to 2.6 feet (80 centimeters) high, stone bowls and stone carvings that have a humanlike shape.
These sites are often clustered together. In one area the team discovered 44 cult sites in a spot encompassing only 0.8 square kilometers (less than 200 acres). “Taking in[to] consideration the topography, environmental conditions and the small number of known Neolithic habitations in the general southern Negev, the density of cult sites in this region is phenomenal,” the team wrote in an article published recently in the Journal of the Israel Prehistoric Society. [See Photos of the Cult Sites and Stone Structures]
These sites were used for ritual activities of some form. Archaeologists know little about what activities went on at these sites although animal sacrifice, as seen from bones found there, seems to be one of them.
Fertility and death
Archaeologists are working to decipher any meaning from the artifacts and structures, noting that both death and fertility seem to be symbolized at the sites.
For instance, in addition to the penis-shaped structures, researchers also found that some of the stones have vulva-shaped holes cut into them. The circles that the penis-shaped structures point to also seem to represent females.
“The circle is a female symbol, and the elongated cell is a male one (phallus),” said Uzi Avner, a researcher with the Arava-Dead Sea Science Center and the Arava Institute.
Death is “signified by the burial of stone objects and by setting them upside down,” the team members wrote in their paper. In one case, a humanlike stone carving was found buried “with only the very top visible on the surface.”
The 100 cult sites were found in a mountainous area that receives only 20 mm (0.79 inches) of rain per year, on average, the archaeologists said.
Around 8,000 years ago it would have been somewhat wetter. “The climate of the 7th-6th millennia B.C. was a little moister than that of the present, 40%-20% more rainfall, but the desert was a desert,” said Avner in the email.
The cult sites tended to be built in relatively flat sections of the mountains. “Their position on topographic ‘shoulders’ or comparatively flat locations probably enabled several dozens of people to gather around them, for example, an extended family,” the archaeologists wrote.
The sites also provide a good view. “Commonly, a broad view is seen from the sites, so possibly, the scenery was one element in the selection of their location,” the archaeologists added.
While the researchers discovered many cult sites, they found few domestic ones. “In contrast to the density of cult sites, only two small habitations and one small campsite were found on the ridge,” they wrote, noting that these three sites were all associated with the cult sites.
More cult sites to discover
Many more sites in the area remain to be surveyed and described in published papers, Avner said. A “survey of a larger area yielded to date 349 cult sites,” he said, adding that researchers are preparing these finds for publication.
“The number of cult sites recorded to date suggests that many more still await discovery,” the researchers wrote.”Many more may be found on the mountains of the Negev, southern Jordan and Sinai.”
One “may think now of a vast phenomenon, of hundreds of mountain cult sites in the desert.”
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The origin of Paganism (after the flood) dates back to the Tower of Babel with Nimrod, who was son of Cush. Cush was the son of Ham, Noah’s son. Nimrod was the founder of the first World Empire at Babel, later known as Babylon. He built the Tower of Babel in defiance of God. Genesis 11:6 says, “And the Lord said, Behold, the people are ONE and they have all ONE language; and this they begin to do and now nothing will be restrained from them which they have imagined to do.” So God ‘confounded their language’ to keep them from continuing to build the Tower and the people were scattered upon the face of the earth.
Since that time, Satan has been preparing mankind to be “united” again into a ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT, so that ‘nothing will be restrained’ from Satan’s ‘imagined’ evil plans of taking over the Throne of God.
Nimrod’s father Cush, married a woman named Semiramis (Also known as Ishtar) Later on Nimrod married his own mother! After Nimrod’s death, Semiramis promoted the belief that he was a god and claimed that she saw a full-grown evergreen tree spring out of the roots of a dead tree stump, symbolizing the springing forth of new life for Nimrod.
Pagans developed the belief (during the time of Babel until Christ), that the days grew shorter in early winter because their sun-god (Nimrod/Tammuz), was leaving them. And when the length of day started increasing, they celebrated by feasting and having orgies, known as Saturnalia; named after Saturn, another name for Nimrod.
Nimrod’s body parts were strewn all around the kingdom after he was killed and Semiramis found all of the parts except his reproductive organ, his ‘phallus’, so she erected a statue of it. (In order for Nimrod to come back to life, she had to have all the body parts). This is where the Obelisk originated from, from which the Washington Monument, the Obelisk that sits in St. Peters Square in Rome and numerous other Obelisks around the world originated from. This phallus-shaped Obelisk is where the church “steeple” originated from, as well.
Semiramis told the people of Babylon that Nimrod had ascended to the sun and was now to be called Baal, the sun-god. Semiramis was creating a mystery religion and with the help of Satan, she set herself up as a goddess. She claimed that the moon was a goddess and went through a 28-day cycle and ovulated when full. She further claimed that she came down from the moon in a giant moon-egg that fell into the Euphrates River. This was to have happened at the time of the first full moon, after the spring equinox.
Then Semiramis bore a son, Tammuz. She stated that she had been visited by the spirit of Nimrod, who left her pregnant. She declared that Tammuz was Nimrod reincarnated. (Which is where reincarnation originated from). Thus, a perverted ‘trinity’ was formed; with a father, mother and son, deified. Semiramis (Ishtar) was worshipped as the Mother of god and Queen of Heaven.
When Tammuz was killed by a wild boar, Semiramis proclaimed a 40-day period of mourning each year prior to the anniversary of his death. Ezekiel 8:14 speaks of this pagan mourning-worship of Tammuz (“there sat women weeping for Tammuz”).
In his deified form, Nimrod the Sun-god is known as Baal. Mythology reveals the fact that the god Baal and the queen of heaven, were universally worshiped under various names and titles. History confirms, that Nimrod, and his wife, Semiramis, were the PROTOTYPES for “ALL” the gODS AND gODDESSES that have come into existence in all cultures and societies, to this day!
Nimrod became both the husband and son of Semiramis, and was worshipped as both god the father and god the incarnate son. The father and son were worshipped by different names in the various languages throughout the world. For instance, the respective Greek and Roman names applied to the worship of Nimrod include: ARES and MARS, the god of war….. EROS and CUPID, the god of love…..HEPHAPTUS and VULCAN, the god of fire….. HERMES and MERCURY, the messenger of the gods…..POSIEDON and NEPTUNE, the god of the sea….. ZEUS and JUPITER, the ruler of the gods….. KRONOS and SATURN, the horned and hidden god of the underworld….. DIONYSUS or BACCHUS, the Greek god of fertility and wine…..and the Greek PLUTO or HADES and the Roman PLUTO, the god of the underworld…..In addition, Nimrod was the Scandinavian god, ODIN or WODAN, who was also known in Mexican mythology as the founder of the Mexican race…..He was the Egyptian god OSIRIS…..In the Bible, Nimrod was called TAMMUZ (Ezekiel 8:14) and Molech (Leviticus 18:21; 20:1-5; 1 Kings 11:7; Jeremiah 7:29-34; 19:1-13; Ezekiel 20:26-39; Amos 5:26…..He was worshipped in Babylon as EL-BAR, meaning “god the son”…..In Assyria, Nimrod was called BAAL, BAL or BELUS meaning “lord”…..As the Greek ATLAS, Nimrod was viewed lifting the heavens off the earth, representing the fact that he lifted the oppressive heavenly teachings of one invisible God off the people’s preferred worship of earth-bound objects.
WORSHIP OF SEMIRAMIS
Semiramis, who was both Nimrod’s wife and mother, was worshiped as the “mother of god” and a “fertility goddess” because she had to be extremely fertile to give birth to all the pagan incarnate gods that represented Nimrod. She was worshiped throughout the world by each the titles associated with Nimrod’s worship, in addition to many titles unique to herself. For instance, the respective Greek and Roman names applied to the worship of Semiramis include: APHRODITE and VENUS, the goddess of love; ARTEMIS and DIANA, the goddess of hunting and childbirth; ATHENA and MINERVA, the goddess of crafts, war and wisdom; DEMETER and CERES, the goddess of growing things; GAIA and TERRA, symbol of the fertile earth (from where the “Gaia”, Mother Earth worship of today comes from); HERA and JUNO, the protector of marriage and women, who was the sister and wife of Zeus in Greek mythology, and the wife of Jupiter in Roman mythology; HESTA and VESTA, the goddess of the hearth; plus RHEA or OPS, who was wife and sister of the Greek horned-god Kronos.
This lengthy article has just “touched” on the subject of “Paganism”! There will be further articles to show that from the beginning, Satan started the “indoctrination” of his kingdom, in the worship of HIMSELF, through the gods and goddesses, which are MANY, but actually are the one worship of…Satan! It is a DISGUISED form of worship, to “confuse the masses”! Satan doesn’t care what NAME you worship him by, just so long as you aren’t worshipping the God of the Bible, our Creator!
This world in which we live is STILL under the leadership of Satan, under the Babylonian System (created by Satan, through Nimrod). It is the System of Antichrist, set up long ago, which has now reached it’s fullness and that ‘man of sin'(Antichrist) is now ready to be revealed!
But Glory to God, Satan’s Kingdom will be taken from him when Jesus, our Redeemer and Lord, and King of Kings shall descend from Heaven and His Feet shall stand on the Mount of Olives and the Millennial Reign of Christ will begin! Please do not be deceived!