Friday, August 05, 2005

Deuteronomy 18:9-14 p7

MOLECH (1 of 2)

There shall not be found among you any one that

maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire.

The remainder of this series will concentrate on the customs and rituals that the surrounding nations practiced, influencing Israel, eventually sending them unto their destruction. Make no mistake, friend, God will judge sin and wickedness.

Behind all religion is Satan. The only religion ordained by God was that of the Mosaic law. Since the advent of the crucifixion, the Mosaic Law is replaced with the New Covenant. No longer is man to follow the Mosaic Law because the Messiah, Jesus Christ, fulfilled the punishment of the Law (death) by satisfying the payment of sin with His own blood (God's sacrifice to mankind). No longer does mankind need to make an offer of atonement (a sacrifice to God) for the remission of sin. The Lamb of God was slain for this reason.

Prior to the Israelites entering the Promised Land, the practice of sacrificing to the 'gods' was well entrenched. Satan clearly is seen through a multitude of mythological names (gods and goddesses) from ancient history to our current day, providing mankind with religion, which in turn absorbs it with celebration, ceremony, ritual and pomp.

In the following articles of this series, we will examine these topics:
  • Wicked Practices:
    Human sacrifices, Practices relating to the dead, Licentiousness.

  • Customs:
    Burnt offerings, Libations, Libations of wine, Libations of blood, Meat offerings, Peace offerings, Incense burned on altars, Prayers to idols, Praise, Singing and dancing, Music, Cutting the flesh, Kissing, Bowing, Tithes and gifts.

  • Annual Feasts
  • Objects of:
  • Sun, moon, and stars, Images of angels, Animals, Gods of Egypt, Golden calf, Brazen serpent, Net and drag, Pictures, Pictures on walls, Earrings, Shrine.
  • Human sacrifice
    (Deut:18:10) There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire,

  • Witchcraft
    or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, (Deut:18:11) Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.
Let us now take a look at MOLECH, the god the Israelites sacrificed their children to.
And thou shalt not let any of thy seed pass through the fire to Molech, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the LORD. (Lev:18:21)
Molech means "king". Other spellings are: Baal Moloch, Milcom, Moloch.
  • Molech was the sun god (Saturn) of the Cannanites/Ammonites (Milcom)
Molech has a variety of names given from the surrounding cultures. We shall find that all these different names are indeed the same god.
  • Chemosh (Moabites)
  • Siccuth/Sakkuth (means-king Amos:5:26)
  • Chiun/Chevan (Arabic-Persian)
  • Rimmon/Remvan/Remphan (Syrian)
  • Remphan (Egyptian name for Saturn),
  • Kronos/Cronos (Greek)
  • Saturn (Roman)
Many of the Israelites sacrificed their infants to this god in the valley of Hinnom which received also the name of the Valley of Tophet. He was probably also identified with Baal, a sun or fire god of Sumerian origin.

Sun or Fire god (Saturn). Demon of unwilling sacrifice. Shape of a bull-headed colossus, sometimes as a crocodile. In the Kabbalistic tradition, Moloch, together with Satan, was the first of the ten evil Sephiroth

Other names include:

Assyrian-Babylonian (Malik), Palmyra; Central Syria (Malach-bel), Phoenicians (Malik-Baal-Kronos), Carthaginian religion (Baal Hammon), Crete (Minotaur), Sepharvites (Adrammelech and Anammelech)
  • Was introduced from Ammon during the seventh century B.C.
  • Moloch was worshiped by the Hebrews, until the destruction of all the idols by Josiah in 622/21 BCE. (2 Kings 23:10)
  • Solomon built an altar to Molech on the Mount of Olives. (1 Kings 11:7)
  • Manasseh sacrificed his son, by making him “pass through the fire,” as did King Ahaz.
Not every combined form of melech ('king') in a name links an individual with Moloch, however (cf Abimelech)

Baal is identified with Molech (Jer. 19:5). Means, master or lord.
  • The name of this god occurs in the Old Testament and elsewhere with qualifying epithets subjoined, answering to the different ideas of his character; as, Baal-berith (the Covenant Baal), Baal-zebub (Baal of the fly).
  • The whole class of divinities to whom the name Baal was applied. (Judges 10:6).
  • The name appropriated to the principal male god of the Phoenicians. It is found in several places in the plural BAALIM (Judg. 2:11; 10:10; 1 Kings 18:18; Jer. 2:23; Hos. 2:17).
  • It was known to the Israelites as Baal-peor (Num. 25:3; Deut. 4:3), was worshipped till the time of Samuel (1 Sam 7:4), and was afterwards the religion of the tentribes in the time of Ahab (1 Kings 16:31-33; 18:19, 22).
  • It prevailed also for a time in the kingdom of Judah (2 Kings 8:27; comp. 11:18; 16:3; 2 Chr. 28:2), till finally put an end to by the severe discipline of the Captivity (Zeph:1:4-6).
  • The priests of Baal were in great numbers (1 Kings 18:19), and of various classes (2 Kings 10:19). Their mode of offering sacrifices is described in 1 Kings 18:25-29.
  • The sun-god, under the general title of Baal, or "lord," was the chief object of worship of the Canaanites. Each locality had its special Baal, and the various local Baals were summed up under the name of Baalim, or "lords." Each Baal had a wife, who was a colourless reflection of himself.
In medieval texts, Moloch appears as part of medieval demonology, as a Prince of Hell. This Moloch finds particular pleasure in making mothers weep; for he specialises in stealing their children. According to some 16th century demonologists Moloch's power is stronger in December. It is likely that motif of stealing children was inspired by the traditional understanding of a sacrifices of babies to Moloch. -Wikipedia

Amos 5:26, Numbers, Chapter 25

Molech: Additonal Information


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