The King of the North and Mystery Babylon
The Bible describes Mystery Babylon as the whore that has seduced and corrupted the earth with her fornications (Rev. 19:2, 17:4, Jer. 51:7), and who as a result derives her power and wealth from many waters, or nations (Rev. 17:1). This whore is modeled after Ishtar the first queen-goddess of Shinar at Babel and Asshur, and the Sumerian queen-goddess Inanna who preceded her. This was the beginning of the kingdom that became Assyria and Babylon. The entity referred to in the Bible as Mystery Babylon is a sacred order following her practices that has ascended through the centuries to great power by employing her sorceries and serving the power of the dragon Lucifer (Bel).
The beast she rides (Rev. 13 and 17) has seven heads. This is typically interpreted to indicate that she sits astride 7 hills. This interpretation would identify her as the Roman Church, having taken in the abominations and sorceries of the pagan Babylonish system – the system once embodied in Nimrod and his Tower at Babel.
But the beast is also identified as the antichrist. One of the biblical verses referring to the beast, Rev. 17:8, says, “The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit …; and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life … when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.”
First of all, why “beast” and not “man”? I am not alone in saying that this is because this creature is a hybrid being – not entirely human. Secondly, what beast would have once been, but not be and then would rise out of a bottomless pit to be again? The answer lies partly in Jude 1:6, where we find:
And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, (God) hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day” (See more on this verse, here.).
The Beast is their king. Ezekiel 31 expands our understanding of this beast under the metaphor of a great tree. Ezekiel describes him as he once was, calling him “the Assyrian”. Assyria is the Mesopotamian empire which in its formative years saw the fall of the Tower of Babel. It later became the Babylonian empire. Its founder was Asshur, which is another name for Nimrod. Ezekiel says, “Behold the Assyrian (v.3). The waters made him great (v.4) … and all the fowls of heaven made their nests in his boughs (and) under his shadow dwelt all great nations (v.6). for his root was by great waters.”
But his heart was lifted up, and God drove him out for his wickedness (v.11), “and all the people of the earth are gone from his shadow, and have left him (v.12).” Thus Ezekiel says he then was not. He and his confederates (also trees) were, “delivered unto death, to the nether parts of the earth, in the midst of the children of men, with them that go down to the pit.” This place is known in myth and legend all around the world. The Greeks called it Hades; and the Hebrews, Sheol. This is the underworld. Thus the beast was consigned to the land of the dead; and this with the implication that he did not belong there due to being of a more noble stock than humans. Ezekiel is subtly saying that while these beings were not human in origin, they are so taken down from their once-exalted status as to be bound in the pit of Sheol with the dead of humanity.
This “Assyrian” and his co-rulers, it will be clear to some by now, are being closely associated with Lucifer and his fallen angels. Asshur, in my opinion, is the son of Nimrod but who, according to pagan legend and myth, wed his father’s wife and took his place. But why is he called by terms that characterize him as other than human, such as “a great tree,” and “the beast”? This would be because the heresy that the line of Cush, Nimrod, and Asshur introduced into the post-flood world involved magical techniques by which humans and fallen angels could interbreed. Asshur was hybrid; and perhaps his father and grandfather also. And these hybrids were consigned to Sheol – at least for a time.
To be able to return from this land is considered in ancient pagan myth and contemporary esoteric tradition to be the stuff of heroes and gods. Ultimately this is the perogative of their chief deity. This subterranean land is the pit the beast will rise from as the future king and as the antichrist to deceive mankind at the end of time.
This beast once ruled the world as king of Babel and Asshur and consort of the goddess Ishtar, the whore of Babylon. But since he was forced to go underground (both literally and figuratively) he has sought to regain his power over the world by allowing her, over the centuries, to ride his power through her sorceries. She is “the whore of Babylon”. But he is jealous of and hates the whore, and when he rises up from the pit to “be” again as the “future king”, he will destroy her.
Gog is the “King of the North”
In Jeremiah 50, we see the whore Babylon destroyed by a power from the north.
A sword [is] upon the Chaldeans, saith the LORD, and upon the inhabitants of Babylon (v.35) … and it shall be no more inhabited for ever (v39). …
Behold, a people shall come from the north, and a great nation, and many kings shall be raised up from the coasts of the earth (v.41). … The king of Babylon hath heard the report of them, and his hands waxed feeble (v.43). … At the noise of the taking of Babylon the earth is moved, and the cry is heard among the nations (v.46).” …
Behold, I am against thee … and will make thee a burnt mountain (51:25).
Call together against her the kingdoms of Ararat, Minni, and Ashchenaz (51:27), … the nations with the kings of the Medes (v.28) …
And I will punish Bel (Bel is a dragon killed by Daniel in one of the apocryphal books of the Bible) in Babylon, and I will bring forth out of his mouth that which he hath swallowed up: and the nations shall not flow together any more unto him: yea, the wall of Babylon shall fall. (v.44)”
And in Revelation it is recorded that John in his visions saw an angel, who cried out with a mighty voice:
Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils (Rev. 18:1,2). … And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues (v.4). … Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire (v.8). … And the kings of the earth (will) lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning. … saying, Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come, … saying, What [city is] like unto this great city! … for in one hour is she made desolate. (v.10,18,19). … Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all (v.21). … And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth (v.24).”
Babylon has been seen above in multiple senses. In one sense it is the actual ancient but still existing city that was once ruled by Gog. In another it is “mystery Babylon”, the system of magical and hidden power used to call upon the angelic and elemental powers and the powers of the underworld, casting its spells over the minds and souls of the mankind. This is the beast “that is not”. Thirdly it can be seen as the externalized occultic powers influencing, subverting, then taking over the public means of political power over the people. In this sense, New York City can be seen as Babylon. Finally, Babylon can be seen as the city and its regional power that is invaded by the future King of the North and his armies and allies.
Gog – Prince of Meschech and Tubal (Very brief)
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