The leaves are turning brown
they’re falling on the ground
autumn has come around
the mushrooms are rising.
The missiles are off the ground
the bombs are raining down
there goes another town
the mushrooms are rising.
My poetry and mysterious and strange happenings
The leaves are turning brown
they’re falling on the ground
autumn has come around
the mushrooms are rising.
The missiles are off the ground
the bombs are raining down
there goes another town
the mushrooms are rising.
The Persecution of the Jews
I believe if you want to know the truth, go to the earliest source. Not the info of some latter-day professor who has to feed his ego. Not the Darwinian who wants to change history. The books of the old testament are some of the oldest historic writings available. They tell the story of a nation through their generations. These writers didn’t want fortune or fame from their writings. They weren’t after producing a best seller, although that’s what they achieved. They aimed to document events as they happened about their nation’s existence. The pain and suffering as a nation. The trials and tribulations of their lives and relationship with God. Their times in exile. Punishment for turning away from God. Glory and fruitfulness when living with God, their rewards for obeying God’s law. It is all written as a document for preservation. Not for financial gain, but for knowledge for future generations. It’s a testament to all the nations. To those who will listen. If you want to know the unbiased truth, read the holy scriptures, read them as a history book. Learn the truth. Many lies are written in literature, but there can only be one truth. Seek it. The writers of the holy bible were documenting events. The old testament isn’t about religion but more about events that happened to a nation, and other nations around them. About the people, their relationships, their wars, their travels and migration. It’s about history first hand.
The Jews` persecution is a phenomenon, a mystery why the Jewish race has suffered persecution throughout history. They have endured harsh times by their oppressors, even to the brink of extermination. Yet they survived against all the odds. Here is an overview.
This story takes us back in history over 4000 years. The nation of Israel was formed at the times of the patriarchs (the heads of the Hebrew people). The leaders here referred to are Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, three of the patriarchs. Abraham, (Abram) known as the father of all the nations, the first patriarch was born in 1967 BC. Abraham had a wife, Sarah (Sarai). They and several family members moved out of their country. They migrated to Canaan, under God’s command, and during this time, God gave them their former names. The year was 1892 BC. God made a covenant with Abraham and his descendants to inherit the entire land of Canaan forever. Abraham was born in 1967 BC and moved to Canaan when he was 75 years old. He had a son when he and his wife, Sarah, were old. They both assumed that Sarah would never carry a child, but God blessed her. In 1868 BC, they had a son and named him Isaac. Years later, Isaac married Rebekah and in 1807 BC they had twins, Esau and Jacob.
The leaders’ wives are known as the matriarchs. Sarah (wife of Abraham), Rebekah (wife of Isaac) and Leah (a wife of Jacob). These three father figures and their wives rest at the Hebron holy site. The Cave of Machpelah, sacred to Jews, Christians and Muslims alike.
Jacob had another wife named Rachel. Leah and Rachel were sisters. Rachel couldn’t conceive at first, and Leah gave Jacob six sons and a daughter. Rachel gave him two sons at a later date.
12 sons and 12 tribes
Jacob, also named Israel by God, was Abraham’s grandson. He had twelve sons (all patriarchs). Born between 1723 and 1710 BC. They each ruled over a part of the nation of the twelve Hebrew tribes. These became known as the twelve tribes of Israel. (The Israelites).
Judah was the prominent of the twelve tribes and covered the city of Jerusalem. King Solomon and David were from this tribe, the bloodline passed down to Mary and Jesus. Jerusalem became the capital of Israel. King Solomon built the holy temple in the city of Jerusalem.
The twelve tribes comprised ten of the Northern Kingdom and two of the Southern Kingdom. The Northern Kingdom was Simeon; Reuben; Gad; Ephraim; Issachar; Naphtali; Manasseh; Asher; Zebulen; and Dan. The Southern Kingdom was Benjamin and Judah.
Egypt is World Power
Israel came out of Canaan into Egypt because of a famine in 1677 BC. Jacob was 130 years old. After dwelling in Egypt for 135 years, the tribes of Israel prospered, they multiplied and grew strong. Pharaoh saw they were growing and becoming a large nation. He feared that someday they would become a threat to him and Egypt. So, in 1382 BC, he took them into slavery. They remained so for another 80 years. They built cities and monuments while in captivity, and life was cruel. In the scriptures, it mentions that they also built the city of Ramses. Later, the king of Egypt ordered all the male babies born to the Hebrews cast into the river. Moses survived and brought up by Pharaoh’s daughter. The adult Moses had to flee Egypt after killing a guard. While in a foreign land, God called upon Moses to return to Egypt and lead the Israelites out of slavery…
Continued in part 2…
Exodus to Canaan
Moses led the Israelites out of bondage from the land of Egypt through the desert unto the land of Canaan. He sent 12 spies into Canaan, one out of every tribe. He instructed them to stay for 40 days and gather information about the inhabitants. They had to report anything of significance. After 40 days, they reported their findings to Moses. God told the Israelites that they will dwell in the desert for 40 years. A punishment for disobedience while passing through the desert. 1 year for each of the 40 days, the spies continued into the land of Canaan. The generation that disobeyed him will not see the promised land. Only their descendants will.
Joshua conquers Jericho.
The Israelite army prepares for war. Priests carry the Ark of the Covenant into battle as a mighty weapon empowered by God. After the seventh and last trumpet sounded, the walls of Jericho fell, making way for the mighty army of Israel. They destroyed the city and its inhabitants, and they took the spoils of gold and silver and all precious items back to the Israelite’s camp and into the treasury. In the following years, the Israelites fight many battles to take the land of Canaan.
Israel’s Fall from Grace
Israel appointed a series of Judges to rule over them. During this era, they turned away from God several times and worshipped idols. God punished them by delivering them up to their enemies. God favoured them again and restored their status after they repented.
1372–1332 BC 1st Apostasy
Israel suffered eight years of captivity under the rule of the king of Mesopotamia.
Judges 3:7 And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord, and forgot the Lord their God, and served Baalim and the groves. 8 Therefore, the anger of the Lord was hot against Israel, and he sold them into the hand of Chushan-rishathaim, king of Mesopotamia: and the children of Israel served Chushan-rishathaim for eight years.
1332–1314 BC 2nd Apostasy
For eighteen years, Israel was held captive by the king of Moab, Eglon.
Judges 3:12 And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the Lord: and the Lord strengthened Eglon the king of Moab against Israel, because they had done evil in the sight of the Lord. 14 So the children of Israel served Eglon the king of Moab eighteen years.
1252—1232 BC 3rd Apostasy
This time it was twenty years in captivity for their sins. Their oppressor was Ja`bin, the king of Canaan.
Judges 4:1 And the children of Israel again did evil in the sight of the Lord, when Ehud was dead. 2 And the Lord sold them into the hand of Jabin King of Canaan, that reigned in Hazor; the captain whose host was Sisera, which dwelt in Harosheth of the Gentiles. 3 And the children of Israel cried unto the Lord: for he had nine hundred chariots of iron; and twenty years, he mightily oppressed the children of Israel.
1212–1205 BC 4th Apostasy
Seven years in captivity under the rule of the Midianites.
Judges 6:1 And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord: and the Lord delivered them into the hand of Midian seven years. 6 And Israel was impoverished because of the Midianites; and the children of Israel cried unto the Lord.
Israel is World Power
1172 BC 5th Apostasy
With God’s favour, Israel conquers the Midianites under the leadership of Gideon. They become a world power. Gideon dies in 1172 BC, and Israel once again turns away from God and worships the false god Baalberith.
Judges 8:32 And Gideon the son of Joash died in a good old age, and buried in the sepulchre of Joash his father, in Ophrah of the Abiezrites. 33 And it came to pass, as soon as Gideon was dead, that the children of Israel turned again, and went a whoring after Baalim and made Baalberith their god.
1145–1127 BC 6th Apostasy
Eighteen more years of oppression for disobeying God
Judges 10:6 And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the Lord, and served Baalim, and Ashtaroth, and the gods of Syria, and the gods of Zidon, and the gods of Moab, and the gods of the children of Ammon, and the gods of the Philistines, and forsook the Lord, and served not him, 7 And the anger of the Lord was hot against Israel, and he sold them into the hands of the Philistines, and into the hands of the children of Ammon. 8 And that year the vexed and oppressed the children of Israel: eighteen years, all the children of Israel that were on the other side Jordan in the land of the Amorites, which is in Gilead.
Reign of Saul,
The birth of Saul was around 1105 BC, and in 1065 BC, he became king. He ruled until 1025 BC. During his reign in 1036 BC; the Philistines slaughtered the Israelite army. They then carried off the Ark of the Covenant. The Ark became a curse unto the Philistine’s while in their possession. They moved it among their people and suffered much destruction. Turmoil fell on them wherever it went. They had possession of the Ark for seven months before returning it. They took it back to the Israelites for fear of further deaths.
Reign of David: 1025–985 BC
And Solomon: 985–945 BC
David was born in 1055 BC and becomes King of Israel in 1025 BC, the year that Saul dies. He ruled over Judah from 1030 BC. He remains king of Israel until 985 BC. He was thirty years old when he became king and reigned for forty years. Under David’s rule, the nation of Israel grew in power and prosperity. King David fought many wars and battles and defeated many enemies. He spilled much blood on the battlefields. In 1015 BC, King David and one of his wives, Bathsheba, had a son named Solomon.
Israel anointed Solomon as King in 985 BC, and he ruled for 40 years until 945 BC. They planned a temple for building in Jerusalem; it was God’s house and a place for the Ark of the Covenant. King David prepared the design. He gathered all the materials for the temple in readiness for his son, Solomon, to take charge. David wanted to build the temple, but God told him his son was to be the builder. David had soiled his hands with the blood of too many wars.
Chronicles 22: 7 And David said to Solomon, my son as for me it was in my mind to build a house unto the name of the Lord my God. 8 But the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, thou hast shed blood abundantly, and hast made great wars: thou shalt not build a house unto my name, because thou hast shed much blood upon the earth in my sight. 9 Behold, a son shall be born to thee, who shall be a man of rest; and I will give him rest from all his enemies round about: for his name shall be Solomon, and I will give peace and quietness unto Israel in his days.
So it was that Solomon built a magnificent temple as the house of God. In 985 BC, work started on the temple and it finished in 962 BC. They placed the Arc of the Covenant in the temple in 974 BC. Solomon becomes a great and wise ruler. God granted him great wisdom from God and recognised as the wisest man on earth. Solomon dies in the year of 945 BC.
In Nazi Germany, an event known as “Kristallnacht” took place. The Nazis murdered 100 Jews, burnt down their synagogues and ransacked their homes. Around 30,000 Jewish men arrested and deported to the death camps. This set the seeds for the well-oiled killing machine. What resulted was the final solution and death toll of over 6,000,000 Jews.
945 BC–721 BC
After the death of Solomon, the nation split. Jeroboem ruled the ten tribes, the Northern Kingdom (Israel). And Rehoboem (Solomon’s son) ruled the southern Kingdom (Judah). The kingdoms battled each other. For many years, this carried on.
Assyria World Power
In 721 BC, the Assyrian army took Samaria, the capital of the Northern Kingdom. Israel had once again fallen from grace through idol worship of the heathen gods. God delivered The Northern Kingdom (Israel) into slavery by the hands of the Assyrians.
Fall of Israel to Fall of Judah
In 586 BC, the Babylonian army, under the rule of Nebuchadnezzar, captured Jerusalem. The capital of the Southern Kingdom of the tribes of Judah. The Babylonians destroyed the holy temple in Jerusalem and burnt it to the ground. The army knocked down the walls of the city and burnt the houses. They slaughtered men young and old, women and children all fell by the sword. They carried the treasures of the temple off to Babylon. Rich nobles of the tribes of Judah were and taken into slavery. They left the remaining poor in the city. Once again, God had punished his people for turning to worshipping false gods. And now the Babylonian Empire has destroyed their holiest place of worship.
Babylon is World Power
After conquering Assyria, with the aid of the Medes and Persians, Babylon becomes a world power. The world’s first great empire. Also known as the Chaldean Empire. It had several leaders. During the time of Jerusalem’s destruction, King Nebuchadnezzar ruled. Babylon was a nation of idol worshippers. During his reign, Nebuchadnezzar had the Etemenanki Ziggurat rebuilt.
The Jews without a temple
During this period, the Medes and the Persians were on the rise. An army of two nations joined to fight common enemies. Darius was the king of the Median empire, Cyrus the Great ruled the Persians. In 539 BC, Darius the Median took the Babylonian kingdom. The Medes slain Nebuchadnezzar’s son, Belshazzar, the king of Babylon, the night the empire fell.
Persia is World Power
After the fall of Babylon to the Medes and Persians, in 538 BC, Cyrus allowed the Jews to return to their land of Judah. To build their temple again. 50,000 Jews returned to their home, albeit under the rule of the Persian empire.
Restoration of the Temple
Work started on the temple, under the reign of Darius the Mede. It took until 516 BC to complete. A celebration, the Passover, took place to mark the occasion. The Jews had returned home, to their God given land, but still under foreign rule.
Greece is World Power
Greece became the next world power, the third of four great empires in the ancient world. They conquered the Persian empire under the leadership of Alexander the Great. They took control of Jerusalem, but let the Jews govern themselves. As did Cyrus the Great. They were still under the rule of the Greek Empire but allowed to practice their religion. In 168 BC, the Seleucid king, Antiochus IV, desecrated the temple. He erected a pagan altar inside the temple and sacrificed a pig to the Greek God Zeus. Referred to in the bible as “the abomination of desolation,” spoken of by Daniel. This led to a revolt. Judah became an independent state within an empire, but only for a short while. Again they were subdued, and Antiochus IV stopped all Jewish worship. He implemented worship of the Greek pagan God Zeus.
Rome is World Power
63 BC–AD 476
Rome was a republic from the 6th century BC until it became an empire in the 1st century BC and had its first emperor. In 63 BC, it became the fourth great empire of the ancient world, the mightiest of them all. The Jews came under Roman rule, but they still practiced their own laws and religion, controlled by the occupying Romans.
Rome had been fighting wars with Greece on many fronts and for centuries. Rome defeated them when in 168 BC at Pynda, at the battle of Cynoscephalae, Greece fell.
Destruction of the second temple
Under Roman occupation, the Jews had several skirmishes with the Romans, but no threat to the might of the Roman Empire.
In AD 66, 33 years after Jesus’ crucifixion, the Jews once again revolted. The Emperor Nero sent Vespasian to restore order. In AD 68 this succeeded in the province. The Romans then concentrated their efforts on Jerusalem. Nero committed suicide. Vespasian was the new emperor and returned to Rome. His son, Titus, then leads the army in Jerusalem. By AD 70, they had penetrated the city and began the systematic slaughter. The Roman soldiers murdered everyone they came into contact with in a bloody frenzy. Men, women, children, all innocent bystanders, fell under the sword. They made their way to the temple and, in a fit of madness, they slaughtered the Jews, trying to save it. The Romans set fire to the temple, climbing over dead bodies in their attempt to loot for treasure. Destruction of the temple, for the second time in history, was imminent. The romans slaughtered thousands of Jews. Thousands that survived the onslaught traveled to Egypt to work as slaves. Others dispersed throughout the Roman empire. Persecuted, sometimes as entertainment in the arenas.
The romans carted the holy relics of the temple off to Rome. They put on celebratory display as a mark of their victory.
Again, the Jews part from their holy land into slavery and dispersed all over the Roman Empire.
AD 70 to AD 1967
After Jerusalems` destruction, and through the centuries, the Jews wandered. They settled all over the globe. Anti-Semitism followed them wherever they moved, but very few remained in the holy land. For two centuries, many settled in Babylonia.
The age of the prophets went, God no longer spoke to the Jews. Christs` rejection was their major stumbling block. God chose not to speak to them anymore. But the Jewish prophets predicted their future up to the end of the modern world.
The Spanish Inquisition saw many Jews murdered. Led by the Catholic Christian movement. They opposed the Jews in disbelief of Christ and opposition to Christianity.
Nazi Germany, under the rule of Adolph Hitler, saw the worst atrocities on Jews in modern times, the worst time in the 4000-year history of the Jewish people. Over six million Jews murdered by the Nazis between 1939 and 1945.
Of course, there were many incidents of anti-Semitism in modern history.
Jewish rebellion against Roman rule ended in what it described as a massacre. The romans slaughtering thousands of Jews at Betar. A Jewish settlement about six miles south of Jerusalem.
During the first crusade, the crusaders killed tens of thousands of European Jews. As they passed through Europe on their way to the holy land, they left a trail of dead in their wake. The crusaders were brutal and murdered all Jews, men, women, children, sick and old. Around 12,000 Jews slaughtered in the Rhyme Valley alone.
The second crusade struck Jews in Germany and France again. Many more Jews slaughtered.
During the third crusade, many Jews massacred in England. 150 Jews murdered at York Castle by a mob enticed by the start of the third crusade.
Around 3000 Jews massacred in France by the crusaders.
In Paris, by order of the pope and the French king, they burned all copies of the Talmud.
In May of this year, pope Innocent IV (now there’s an irony) authorised the use of torture by the inquisition, to make accused heretics confess. The Jews suffered under this order.
During this year, all Jews expelled from England.
Several thousand Jews in Germany murdered by the unofficial Armleder bands. The pope stopped the senseless killings.
Widespread anti-Semitism in Spain led to thousands of Jewish massacres. One of the worst attacks on the Jews in the middle ages.
Jews attacked in Vienna, and across Austria. 300 trapped in the Or-Santa synagogue in Vienna. Some committed suicide. The rest burned to death when they torched the synagogue from inside. They rounded up around 200 remaining Jews and burnt them at the stake.
The pope issued a decree condemning the Jewish religious writings. He ordered it all burnt. Authorities collected all books from the Jewish community and an enormous bonfire ensued.
The Cossacks, under the rule of Chmielniki, slaughtered thousands of Jews. This took place in the polish ruled eastern region. Hundreds of communities destroyed. About 100,000 Jews murdered in many forms of death, from the sword to drowning.
The Haidamacks, in the East polish region, slaughtered thousands of Jews. Men, woman, and children killed. They showed no mercy. It is said that in one city clearing of the bodies took priority. This took place to clear the streets for the soldier’s horses to pass.
Anti-Jewish riots took place throughout Germany.
2000 Jews killed in Russian attacks over several areas of Russia. Up to 2500 killed in Odessa by organised mobs.
There was much anti-Semitism in Russia. after WW1. They organised many pogroms, resulting in around 150,000 Jews murdered.
In Nazi Germany, an event known as “Kristallnacht” took place. The Nazis murdered 100 Jews, burnt down their synagogues and ransacked their homes. Around 30,000 Jewish men were arrested and deported to the death camps. This set the seeds for the well-oiled killing machine. What resulted was “the final solution” and a death toll of over 6,000,000 Jews.
Germany starts WW2 by invading Poland. The roundup of the Jews in the Warsaw ghetto takes momentum. Mass executions of Jews follow.
The biggest single massacre of the Jews during the holocaust, to the said date, takes place in Kiev, Russia. In a place named Babi Yar. On 30 September 1941, the Nazis executed over 33,000 Jews.
In that same year, in October, known as the “Odessa massacre”, over 50,000 Jews slaughtered.
Around 400,000 Jews rounded up in the Warsaw ghettos and deported to the death camps.
Around 300,000 Hungarian Jews rounded up. Then transported by train to Auschwitz concentration camp for execution.
By the end of WW2, The Nazis had exterminated over 6,000,000 Jews.
The United Nations set out a plan that divided Palestine into two states, a Jewish and an Arab state. This was unacceptable by the Arabs and fighting broke out between Arabs and Jews.
They declared Israel a state, the first time since 70 BC (1847 years), that the Jews had a recognised home again. The Arab / Israeli war started with Arab nations attacking Israel.
The war of independence for Israel ended. It saw over 6000 Israelis killed and around 1500 wounded.
Jews allowed to leave Iraq (modern day Babylon). But only provided they gave up Iraqi citizenship. Over 100,000 Jews evacuated from Iraq between the years of 1949 to 1951. The evacuations named Ezra and Nechemia, after the leaders of the Jews from 597 BC, who led the Jews back to Jerusalem from Babylonian exile. Israel brought home another 49,000 Jews from Yemen and surrounding area between 1949 and 1950. It ran under the name Operation Magic Carpet.
Israel invaded Egypt. Forcing other foreign nationals and Jews to leave Egypt. Around 25,000 Jews fled the harsh regime and their assets seized by the Egyptian government.
When the Jews advanced into Jerusalem, it seemed like suicide. All the surrounding Arab nations attacked them. The Arabs sustained heavy losses, but after six days, the war was over. Israel had won. They captured the holy part of the city, (the old city) up to the remains of Solomon’s temple, (the Wailing Wall). The Israeli general, Moshe Dayan, stated the Jews had come home, never to leave again.
Egypt made war again against Israel in the “Yom Kippur War.” In retaliation for the 1967 six-day war, Egypt was hoping to regain back lost territory. The Jews fought back and won the war at a cost of 2500 Jewish soldiers dead.
The Dome of the Rock
In the holiest part of Jerusalem is the Muslim holy mosque, “The Dome of the Rock.” One of the holiest places in the Muslim world. Built on the site of Solomon’s Temple.
Jesus was the last “live” messenger from God. From AD 33, after Jesus’ ascension, they document no more direct contact with God. Although the scriptures have many passages from the prophets about later events. Several of those revelations came from Jesus. These events refer to the times of Jews returning home to their holy land after almost 2000 years of exile.
One prophesy stated that the Jews will have their land back in the end times. This happened in 1948. In 1967, they retook the holy part of the city of Jerusalem.
Another prophecy states Solomon’s Temple will be built again for a 3rd time.
Watch this space.
D. Marsden © 2020
The Secret of Rennes-le-Château
Rennes the Village
Rennes-le-Château lies near the foot of the Pyrenean mountains in Southern France.
It is a small village with a sparse population. At the heart of this community stands a church, dedicated to Saint Mary Magdalene. A church that stands on the site today, built round about the eleventh century. Here is where a mystery lies.
In 1885, the catholic church appointed Father Bérenger Saunière, the Parish Priest of Rennes. The church of Mary Magdalene was in a rundown condition and Saunière was a simple poor priest. But what followed soon after was astonishing. He spent a vast amount of money renovating the church to a magnificent standard. Far above such extravagance that befits a village church. Sauniere refurbished the inside with gained statues, fine paintings and elaborate decorations. He also built several orangeries, had a tower built attached to the church, and named it Tour Magdala. The name refers to an ancient village in Israel north of the country on the shore of Galilee. In Hebrew, Magdalene means Tower Magdala, the birthplace of Mary Magdalene. Her name suggests this: Mary of Magdalene. A villa built some distance away that the tower by a walkway. Saunière added a sacristy (also known as a vestry) for keeping church equipment. Such as sacred vessels, church parish records and specific furnishings. Saunière also renovated the run-down cemetery. He built a wall encompassing it and a set of wrought-iron gates set in pillars on each side. These had a lintel stone above, running across the gate head. It had a stone pediment on top with a skull and crossbones carved into it.
The Mysterious Inheritance
A mystery surrounds where Saunire got his wealth to carry out all this work. These renovations took ten years to complete. This also included the cemetery and Saunière’s living quarters. All this work required carpenters, stonemasons, labourers and many other tradespeople. These people needed paying for their labours. Materials and fittings needed payment as the work progressed. The accounts and invoices relating to the works have survived. They confirm the amount to be over 11,500 Frank’s, which inflates to around £4,000,000 in today’s money, in 2020.
Asmodeus the Master Demon
There is a Latin inscription over the entrance to the church, terribilis est locus iste. This translates to “this place is terrible.” There are other inscriptions. One reads: “this is God’s house, the gate of heaven, and it shall be called the royal court of God.”
A figure inside the church, installed by Saunière, is of the demon Asmodeus perched holding up the font. Above are four angels. Asmodeus is in many ancient writings as a master demon, sometimes referred to as the king of demons. It’s possible that the statue is portraying a message of good. Represented by God’s angels, subduing evil represented by Asmodeus underfoot? Ancient writings denote demons, bound as slaves, and powerless. Working on God’s temple under the command of Soloman. God gave Solomon power over the demons through the archangel Michael and possession of a ring.
Saunière embedded many symbolic references in the church for reasons unknown.
Many theories abound about Saunière and Rennes-le-Château. too many to put into such a brief blog, but what follows are some more popular ones.
Buried treasure has been one theory of Saunière’s wealth. One such theory is that Saunière found a hoard of buried treasure somewhere within the church or grounds, hidden in a hidden vault underground.
King Dagobert II
There are several tombs below the church. One tomb refers to the last resting place of King Dagobert II. (Although other evidence suggests the burial of Dagobert at the St. Dennis Basilica). The crypt could have been found by Saunière. Then finding the king’s treasure buried along with him. Dagobert II was from the Merovingian dynasty. They ruled Austrasia (the Franks, Gaul, Germany and Northern Italy) during the 7th and 8th century AD. Dagobert II had the royal title of King of Franks. He was born in 652 and died in 679 and ruled for 3 years before his death by assassination. Dagobert reintroduced the minting of gold coins. After an earlier ruler suspended the act. He was the last king to have coins minted in his name in Marseille.
The Goths and Solomon’s Treasure
Another theory is that it was King Solomon’s treasure that he came upon. About 37 years after the crucifixion of Jesus, in AD 70, Titus of Rome destroyed Jerusalem, and raised Solomon’s temple, and the treasures carried off to Rome. The Visigoths later looted this in AD 410 after they sacked Rome. Rennes was once a stronghold of the Visigoths. It’s possible their spoils were buried on the site for safekeeping, when the Romans and the Goths were at war with each other.
The Goths were a Germanic race. Comprised the Visigoths from the West and The Ostrogoths from the East. They drove the Romans out of much of Europe, took over a large area from Germany, and across the Eastern part of the continent. They settled in Southern Gaul, now France, to the Pyrenees and into Northern Spain. After the Goths had plundered Rome, they took the treasures of Solomon’s Temple back to Rennes, and hidden them away for safekeeping. The Goths later converted from German paganism to Christianity. They would have considered the treasures of Solomon as sacred.
Cathars also had a stronghold in the region. They were a branch of Christianity but had differing views from the Catholic church. This later led to their demise when persecuted and overrun by the Catholics somewhat violently. The Cathars occupied the regions of Northern Italy and Southern France. From the 12th to the 14th century AD. Maybe they hid their treasures during their time of persecution. This was to protect them from the invading Catholics. It is said that they were the keepers and guardians of the Holy Grail. And that they gained many other religious artefacts. Centuries later, Saunière may have discovered their vast number of hidden treasures.
The Knights Templar
Another guardian of the treasures of Christ and Solomon was The Knights Templar. A Christian charitable order that had great input during the crusades. They were a military organisation and a powerful fighting force. They received authority from the pope and grew to a large order. First founded in 1119, they were active until 1312. The pope of that time, Clement V, set out to destroy them. The Templars accrued massive amounts of wealth and religious artefacts.. They considered it their duty to guard the sacred treasures of Solomon. There is speculation that The Templars had Solomon’s treasures in their possession. This also includes the Arc of the Covenant. They set up a headquarters in a wing of the royal palace in the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. They build the Temple Mount on the old site of Solomon’s Temple. This is how they gained their name, the Templar Knights. They also had a stronghold near Rennes-le-Château. There is a chance of a great wealth buried there.
The Jesus and Mary Myth
Another theory, one that has had much debate and at least one best seller written about it. It is the theory that Jesus bypassed the cross and emigrated to France with Mary Magdalene. Later, Bérenger Saunière came across some documents hidden away in his church in relation to the bloodline of Jesus’ family and the Merovingian Dynasty. As the story goes, the Vatican paid Saunière a vast amount of money for his silence on this matter.
Was this the case? The Vatican would have carried out a less costly way of keeping this poverty-stricken priest quiet. What was the risk to the church for a massive secret left in the hands of a lowly priest? This theory is one of the most implausible. But remember, the book in question is a fiction novel, so we assume poetic licence.
Saunière was at Rennes as Parish Priest for 32 years until his death in 1917. During that time, Saunière appointed a housekeeper. Marie Denarnaud, who was about 20 years younger than himself. She became his trusted confidant and, on his deathbed, he passed the secret of Rennes-le-Château to her. Denarnaud herself had instructions to convey the secret before her passing. In 1953, she suffered a brain haemorrhage. This left her paralysed and speechless. So the secret remains that for future interested parties to ponder.
Many experts in various fields have studied this strange story. Journalists and authors have indulged their passion and much ink spread across the white paper canvas. Film crews have contributed their part. But no-one has ever come up with a cast iron explanation, only theories.
The mystery carries on with the same old questions. Where did this peasant priest get such vast wealth? How did he become rich beyond his wildest dreams? What form of wealth or currency did he stumble upon? How did he get such wealth so quickly? He spent the equal of four million pounds in today’s value on renovating a village church and grounds? What are those symbolic gestures that he placed in and around the church? What happened? We’ll never know the truth.
D. Marsden © 2020
The European Union
The bible describes a latter-day Europe as a joining of nations formed together to make up a 10-nation union of power, a ten-nation confederacy.
The history of the EU is brief.
Allied countries created the union in 1945, to put an end to war in Europe, after the devastation caused by the second world war. Six European countries (France, Holland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Italy and Germany) came together to form an alliance not only to keep the future of Europe at peace, but also to solve the economic problems that the war had created. The Treaty of Paris agreed on free trade of raw materials, the movement of coal and steel, the primary purpose. The European Coal and Steel Community (The ECSC), was up and running by 1952.
One idea stemming from this was to create a federal Europe where all the nations would pool together rather than create another war within Europe in the future. During the 1950s, they drew a European defence agreement up by the states to form a unified army. France rejected this, but remains a proposal still.
France didn’t include Britain in, and therefore Britain stayed out of the agreement.
In 1957, they signed a new treaty, known as The Treaty of Rome. This formed the EEC (The European Economic Community), which later morphed into what we know today as the EU (European Union). They bore the EU out of the Maastricht Treaty that came into being in 1993, a political and economic union of its member states.
In 1960, under a conservative government, Britain applied to join the EEC but France apposed in 1963 because the French parliament, led by President Charles DE Gaulle, was weary of the close relationship of Britain to the USA. Britain reapplied in 1973 and voted into the union, still known as the EEC.
In 1981, Greece was the tenth nation to join the EEC. Spain joined in 1986, further countries followed. In 2013, Croatia joined, this made 27.
A United States of Europe was a long-standing vision and as far back as 1849, Victor Hugo, the French writer, stated at the Paris Peace Congress as president, and expressed that vision:
“A day will come when your arms will fall from your hands! A day will come when war will seem as absurd between Paris and London, between Petersburg and Berlin, between Vienna and Turin, as it would today between Rouen and Amiens or between Boston and Philadelphia. A day will come when you — France, Russia, Italy, England, Germany — all your nations of the continent will merge, without losing your distinct qualities and your glorious individuality, in a close and higher unity to form a European brotherhood, just as Normandy, Brittany, Burgundy, Lorraine, Alsace, all our provinces are merged in France.”
“A day will come when the only fields of battle will be markets opening up to trade and minds opening up to ideas. A day will come when bullets and bombs will be replaced by votes, by universal suffrage of the peoples, by the venerable arbitration of a great sovereign senate which will be to Europe what Parliament is to England, what this diet is to Germany, what the Legislative Assembly is to France. A day will come when we will display cannon in museums just as we display instruments of torture today, amazed that such things could ever have been possible.”
“A day will come when we shall see those two immense groups, the United States of America and the United States of Europe, stretching out their hands across the sea, exchanging their products, their arts, their works of genius […] And to bring about that day will not take another 400 years, for we are living in a fast-moving age.”
Of course, this was over 170 years ago. Hugo could not even imagine today’s destructive weapons. He didn’t foresee what was coming upon Europe and the rest of the world, but his words do ring true for Europe after the wars, until now anyway.
The Ten-Nation Confederacy
The bible speaks of a ten-nation military formation that will rise out of a revived Roman Empire. An alliance comprising ten countries (UK, France, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Greece, Italy and Germany) joined in 1955, as the Western European Union to bring together a military alliance for the defence and security of Europe. They were also members of NATO. Power transferred to the EU in 2011 when the Western European Union disbanded.
The Revived Roman Empire
Rome had its first dictator and emperor in 54 BC. The empire ruled over Europe, including Britain (which was then known as Britannia), the middle East and Africa. The empire lasted until 476 AD, when it fell to the German Goths. During the empire, and to date, Europe and the western world have become steeped in Roman culture and influence. Constantine became emperor in 306 AD, and Christianity was the religion of Rome. In 380 AD, it became the sole religion of the empire. After the fall of the Roman Empire in 476 AD, the dark ages followed. The unity of Europe after the war was the formation of the revived Roman Empire, of which a leader will arise (The Antichrist) to rule over the empire as a dictator.
‘The Treaty of Rome’ signing took place in Rome on one of the seven hills, (we know Rome as the city of seven hills) known in Roman times as Capitolonium. Today it is Capitoline Hill, and they signed the treaty at the Plazzi de Campidoglio. Capitoline Hill has several temples upon it, the most important one being The Temple of Jupiter, built in 509 BC. This temple represented Rome. Jupiter was The Roman’s pagan god. The treaty signed at this location points to the revival of the Roman Empire.
The Book of Daniel
Daniel 2: 36-40
Verse 36: “This was the dream. Now we will tell the king its interpretation. 37: You, O king, the king of kings, to whom the God of heaven has given the kingdom, the power, and the might, and the glory, 38: and into whose hand he has given, wherever they dwell, the children of man, the beasts of the field, and the birds of the heavens, making you rule over them all—you are the head of gold. 39: Another kingdom inferior to you shall arise after you, and yet a third kingdom of bronze, which shall rule over all the earth. 40: And there shall be a fourth kingdom, strong as iron, because iron breaks to pieces and shatters all things. And like iron that crushes, it shall break and crush all these. “
In Daniels interpretation above, the head of gold refers to King Nebuchadnezzar the ruler of the Babylonian Empire, the other kingdom after refers to the Medo-Persian Empire ruled by Darius the Mede, the third kingdom of bronze refers to the Greek Empire ruled by Alexander the Great and the Medoc fourth kingdom refers to the mighty Roman Empire, the greatest empire of the ancient world.
Daniel 2: 41-43
And as you saw the feet and toes, partly of potter’s clay and partly of iron, it shall be a divided kingdom, but some of the firmness of iron shall be in it, just as you saw iron mixed with the soft clay. And as the toes of the feet were partly iron and partly clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong and partly brittle. As you saw the iron mixed with soft clay, so they will mix with one another in marriage, but they will not hold together, just as iron does not mix with clay.
Daniel 7: 7-8
Verse 7: After this I saw in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast, terrifying and dreadful and exceedingly strong. It had great iron teeth; it devoured and broke in pieces and stamped what was left with its feet. It differed from all the beasts that were before it, and it had ten horns. Verse 8: I considered the horns, and behold, there came up among them another horn, a little one, before which three of the first horns were plucked up by the roots. And behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking great things.
In Daniel’s vision above, he was referring to the great and powerful Roman Empire that was the mightiest empire to that date in history. Mightier than the three great world empires before it (Babylon, Medo-Persia and Greece). The ten horns refer to ten future nations forming the revived Roman Empire. This differed from all the empires before it, it was mightier, conquered more of the ancient world and reigned for a longer period of history. It was also an empire that left behind a legacy to rise again out of the nations it conquered and left its cultural mark. The little horn refers to the Antichrist that will rise out of this reborn Roman Empire to rule a united European nation.
The Book of Revelation
Revelation 17:3 And he carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness, and I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was full of blasphemous names, and it had seven heads and ten horns.
Here is a view of the revived Roman Empire. The beast is the symbol of ancient Europe (Europa), more on this later. The ten horns again are the ten nations of Europe, and the seven heads are seven kings of the ten nations. Three are overthrown for not conforming to the satanic ruler, The Antichrist.
The Symbols of the European Union
The Greek Goddess Europa, according to mythology, rode on the back of a white bull, which was Zeus in disguise. He took her away and threw her off his back and then raped her. The name ‘Europe’ resulted from being named after the Greek Goddess, Europa. Based on Greek mythology, the name Europe or Europa is synonymous with a woman riding a bull took from paganism. Several buildings of importance in the EU have this symbol as their emblem: The Parliament Building in Brussels; The Parliamentary Building in Strasbourg, France; The New Brussels Headquarters. They all have this pagan statue of a woman riding a bull.
The European flag of twelve gold stars on a blue background could also have a biblical significance. But what does the blue background and the gold stars mean?
Revelation 12:1. And a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.
Blue represents the sky or heaven, and the twelve gold stars represent the crown of the Virgin Mary referred to in the book of Revelation.
Twelve is the number of completeness and has several religious significances: the twelve apostles, of the New Testament, the twelve sons of Jacob who formed the twelve tribes of Israel in the Old Testament, in the Book of Revelation God’s kingdom has twelve gates guarded by twelve angels. There are twelve signs of the social and twelve months in a year. Many references to the number twelve are found in the bible.
Conclusion We’ve seen how biblical prophecy shows a European ten-nation confederacy run by a dictator (The Antichrist). But the EU is no longer a nation of ten states. There are now twenty-seven countries in the union. The EU absorbed the ten nation coalition of The Western Union. But the prophecy is about the future, and not about this present time. Some further developments will take place in order to recognize this ten-nation confederacy. One thing is certain, it will happen. Bible prophecy is never wrong
D. Marsden © 2020
Robert Johnson was a blues musician from the 1930s who, they said, made a deal with the devil to enhance his musical talent.
As the story goes, he played blues guitar around the clubs and bars of the Mississippi Delta area where he lived as a young boy. In the early part of his career, he was often laughed at and frowned upon because of his guitar playing. Some described it as cats wailing and worse. A prominent blues musician once told Johnson to put his guitar away because he was driving people nuts.
Johnson tried to learn and play guitar but could never seem to get anywhere. One night, he did something about it. He and his guitar visited the crossroads of two highways in the Mississippi Delta and waited until midnight, where it is said a man in black turned up. Some say it was the devil. At that point, Johnson made a deal; the devil promised him he would be a great blues guitar player in return for his soul. His guitar playing would be magical and impressive. The music world would be at his feet, the devil told him. The young would-be musician was thrilled. He had just fulfilled his burning desire to become a brilliant musician. Fate had paved the way for him. They struck the deal. He only had to practice, and the notes would flow from his fingertips.
He disappeared from the music scene for a year and no one heard from him. When he emerged again, he played his guitar like a wizard. Some musicians thought there were two people playing the same song. Some believed that the devil was playing with him. He had a technique that no-one else mastered. The devil had provided Johnson with a tremendous talent for playing blues guitar, writing songs, and singing. The devil now owned his soul.
That’s how the legend goes.
One thing we know, he became a great blues musician. He disappeared from the music scene for a while only to come back oozing talent. It’s hard to grasp that an untalented lousy guitar player can come back as a talented musician. It’s understandable to go from bad to good, and from bad to great even, but from terrible to genius. Well, don’t you need to have some talent to start with to be that good? Those that heard him play beforehand always said how bad he was. They would rather not have to listen to him, so there was no spark of genius, no talent there. So where did it come from?
In one of his famous songs: ‘The Cross Road Blues’, the lyrics say that he prayed to God for mercy, to save his soul:
“I went down to the crossroads
Fell down on my knees
Ask the Lord above for mercy
Save me if you please.”
Lyrics by Robert Johnson
Why would he want saving? Could it just mean that he was repenting for his sins?
Did he go back later to undo the deal, to pray to God to save him from the devil?
The song’s last two lines.
“And I’m standing at the crossroads
I believe I’m sinking down”
Lyrics by Robert Johnson
It sounds like he is imagining himself to be heading down into hell. Of course, it could have other meanings. Maybe it’s a metaphor for the way he feels. After all, that’s why it’s called blues music, to express how you feel sadness and despair inside.
Whether he agreed with the devil or some demonic spirit, we’ll never know. One thing’s for sure, he was a talented musician. He had a significant influence on blues music and inspired many artists around today.
Cross Road Blues
I went down to the crossroads
Tried to flag a ride,
I went down to the crossroads
Tried to flag a ride,
Nobody seemed to know me
Everybody passed me by
I went down to the crossroads
Fell down on my knees
I went down to the crossroads
Fell down on my knees
Ask the Lord above for mercy
Save me if you please
I am going down to Rosedale
Taking my rider by my side,
I am going down to Rosedale
Take my rider by my side
You can still barrelhouse, baby
They call us on the riverside
You can run, you can run
Go and tell my friend-boy Willie Brown
You can run, you can run
Go and tell my friend-boy Willie Brown
And I’m standing at the crossroads
I believe I’m sinking down.
Lyrics by Robert Johnson
D. Marsden © 2020
The Helix Staircase of the Loretto Chapel
The Loretto Chapel is a small, French Gothic style church built in the 1870s in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in the United States of America. It’s a beautiful chapel on the outside and inside and kept in good repair. It was a Roman Catholic Church run by nuns.
The inside decor is plain but beautiful, a look you’d expect from a chapel of this size and location. But it has one striking feature that attracts architects, artists, designers and tourists alike. It is The Helix Staircase, a spiral staircase of some beauty. The nuns named it the “Miraculous Stairs.” Called such by the way of its engineering and construction.
The staircase itself forms a spiral, turning 360 degrees, twice. The strange thing is, it has no centre pole, but is sound. This is the beginning of the staircase anomalies. The mystery lies within the way the stairs came into being, by a miracle no less, according to legend.
The nuns of the chapel had a dilemma: how to get access to the choir loft, a type of mezzanine floor at one end of the chapel over the doorway. There wasn’t room for a large staircase in the chapel. They called on the local carpenters for advice, but none had a suitable solution.
The nuns prayed to Joseph for his help: Joseph, a humble carpenter, a hardworking man who married the Virgin Mary, known to Catholics as Saint Joseph. Looked upon as the patron saint of carpenters and hard workers alike.
Sometime later, a man answered their prayers, but had a condition he could be alone in the chapel for three months. Strange enough, he had only a few simple tools, including a hammer, and a saw and a T-Square.
He constructed the staircase on time, with wooden pegs for nails. A marvellous and beautiful construction, a work any designer or joiner would be proud of. It was symmetrical and had no middle column to support it. The usual construction of a spiral staircase is around a central column, a crucial part of its structure. The engineering was so that he had designed it without one. An unusual method and should not support any weight on the staircase, but it does and has done so for over 140 years.
After he finished the work, the carpenter left, collecting no payment. Never seen again by the nuns; They tried to locate him, but couldn’t. Where did the wood originate? In the 1990s, the manager of the chapel took a small piece of wood from the original part of the stairs. (the balusters were added 10 years later for safety reasons) and sent it away for analysis. Results showed it was an unknown species of spruce. The wood was strong and dense and is like wood grown in freezing climates where it grows at a slow rate. None grows in the area. Anything even similar would need transporting thousands of miles from abroad.
Over the years, many experts have visited the chapel and found the staircase intriguing. They agree it is possible for artisans of the day to do such a task. History shows many structures of undeniable Intricacy and detail, but what makes this different is the story of the nuns praying for help, the stranger visiting the chapel and the engineering involved almost defying gravity, and built by one man with a hand full of tools.
Of course, the story could be true or exaggerated. If we look closer, we see that such a construction, comprising pieces of wood fixed together and glued to become one solid piece, would work. So, it is feasible to suggest such a construction is possible.
If they sourced the wood from thousands of miles, it would have still been quite possible. The only problem that might have hindered the project would have been the cost.
The craft workers would have been in good supply, even the highly skilled ones. Just glance back in time to realise this, in an age of wood used for many elaborate constructions, the galleons that sailed the seven seas, for instance.
One theory is of the entire structure being constructed in France and shipped as one solid piece. This is a possibility, but as mentioned above, the stranger brought with him only a few tools, including a T-Square. The T-Square is interesting. They used a square of this nature in architectural drawing, laid flat across a board. It is not a tool for fashioning wood, which would suggest the carpenter designed the construction in situ.
Miracles happen, so miracle or not? You decide. But the facts remain: it is a beautiful piece of craftsmanship and an intriguing example of clever engineering, built almost 150 years ago in a plain chapel in a small town in New Mexico, US.
D. Marsden © 2020
A place of ritualistic black magic performed by one of the evilest players in the game.
Boleskine House is a mansion that lies on the banks of Loch Ness. A ruin now since suffering a severe fire. IT happened in December 2015, causing near destruction. Only part of the interior and the shell survived. A further fire in July 2019 destroyed the rest of the interior. The house is now under refurbishment to restore it to its original stature. Boleskine House is a category B listed building and is under ownership by a non-profit organization. Restoration work started in December 2019. Considering its evil history, they would do well to leave it in ruins?
The property occupied the site of a Kirk (church) that had burnt down during a church service. The congregation was in attendance, and everyone inside died. Boleskine House also suffered a fire that caused a certain amount of damage. But later, more severe fires almost demolished the entire building. Built around 1760 by Colonel Archibald Fraser as a hunting lodge. He carried on extending the house until 1830 and formed a tunnel that links the house to the graveyard.
The house and its surroundings have a history of strange happenings. They go long into its distant past.
In one incident, a minister named Thomas Houston (1648-1705), had a gruesome task. Laying corpse back in their grave, after a local wizard had raised the dead from the village graveyard. It isn’t likely, but it gives credence to the strangeness of the place.
The Frazer family sold the house in 1899 to Alistair Crowley. An occultist, dubbed by the press, as the evilest man in Britain.
The house contained evil long before Crowley moved in. But it was he that invoked the spirits that led to several demons living there. Crowley performed rituals to conjure up various spirits. One ritual interested him in particular, from a book called The Book of Abramelin. The purpose of the detailed ritual was to invoke a person’s, Guardian Angel. The person has to prepare themselves for several months. It includes the summoning of several demons brought in from hell as well.
Many consider “The Book of Abramelin” to be the best book on magic available, and relate to an Egyptian magician known as Abramelin the Mage. First published in 1900 and translated from a French script. Written by Abraham for his son Lamech. This book was Crowley’s inspiration, and he based much of his sadistic work on this literature. The contents provide rituals for both black and white magic. If carried out to the letter, it could produce successful results. He was only interested in the darkness.
While carrying out this ritual, Crowley left midway for Paris. He never finished the ritual. This released evil into the house and the surrounding area as demons from hell. There were many strange occurrences around the place.
Who knows what Crowley released? But it had severe and sometimes tragic consequences on several people around him. His housekeeper himself suffered the loss of two children. A 10-year-old daughter, and a 1-year-old son, who both died under strange circumstances.
Another incident involved one of Crowley’s employees. That had long given up alcohol, got drunk, and attempted to murder his whole family.
A further incident in 1965 involved the then owner, an army major by the name of Edward Grant. He committed suicide by using a shotgun on himself in Crowley’s old bedroom.
The housekeeper, Anne McLaren, foresaw the incident as a premonition she had. While alone in the garden, she heard the shotgun go off inside the house. She went to investigate and found no one. The incident took place for real a week later. This time, the major had half of his head blown off.
Alistair Crowley sold and left the house in 1913. The demons didn’t. They stayed to reek their evil on any unsuspecting victims that came their way. Crowley had added to the already macabre mystery of the place. While Crowley lived at the house, he admitted his rituals and his evil practices had gotten out of hand.
In 1969, the house was for rent. A filmmaker named Kenneth Anger rented the place for a while. His interest in the occult and the property’s history drew him. But shortly after, he moved out for some undisclosed reason.
In 1970, Jimmy Page, of the band Led Zeppelin, heard about the house for sale and purchased. Again, because of its history and Jimmy’s interest in the occult and also in the antics of Aleister Crowley. He had a special interest in Crowley, and was one reason that attracted him to the house. He owned the house for the next 22 years until 1992. Jimmy planned on restoring the house, but spent very little time there. Instead, he put a friend of his in charge: Malcolm Dent.
Dent moved into the Boleskine House and found it in a sorry mess. The grounds were in a state of decline, the garden overgrown, the house in dire need of repair.
After a while, Dent experienced strange happenings. Such as rumbling noises coming from outside his bedroom door. He experienced noises one night coming from the same vicinity that sounded like a beast of some sort. He never opened the door in fear. Dent also experienced various other events. Doors opening and closing and furniture moving. A friend of Dent’s reported an attack in the night, by a devil, he said.
Dent continued to live in the house despite all this.
In 1992 the house sold. Ronald and Annette MacGillivray became the new owners. Though still needing much repair. They spent a large amount of money on the property for renovations. It was later turned into a hotel.
When Mr. MacGillivray died in 2002, the house changed ownership again. This time Dutch owners who preferred to remain anonymous. They converted the property back to a private dwelling, used as a holiday home.
On the 23rd of December 2015, a fire damaged the house. Although the house was ablaze, no-one was home, so luckily, no casualties.
The house is now owned by an organization that intends to restore it. Being a grade B listed building has piqued interest. With its reputation of evil, a place of devil worship, Satanism, and occult practices, it would be better to leave well alone. Instead, the demons are getting their dark house back. A place where the evilest Satanist in Britain once lived. Where a portal opened up to let free hell’s inhabitants. A place where evil feelings move through the atmosphere. Many locals have given it a wide berth in the past and still do to this day.
D. Marsden © 2020
THE GIANTS OF OLD
In the ancient world, giants roamed the earth. Now to many, that statement might seem crazy, but read on.
As well as biblical documentation, evidence is available as giant human bones, stories handed down by native American Indians, and other cultures, and evidence of a coverup by the Smithsonian Society.
It all goes back to the book of Genesis of the bible. The first mention is in the Hebrew writings in Genesis 6:2 that the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they choose. (Kjv)
“The sons of God” refers to God’s angels (spiritual beings) and “daughters of men” refers to earthly women.
Genesis 6:4 There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown. (Kjv) This recounts how they came about. God saw that the population of the earth (before all the corruption) pleased him and so sent angels to protect his people. (The apocryphal book of Enoch gives the number of 200 angels known as watchers). God forbid the angels to mate with humans, but the angels found the women to be fair and of a certain beauty. This resulted in them marrying and producing offspring, which would have been from an incompatible gene mix, i, e, heavenly, non-human genes mixed with human genes. These offspring became the race of giants (nephilim).
The bible refers to them as “fallen angels” that corrupted the genome. Not to be confused with the fallen angels (demons) of earlier times when God cast the powerful angel: Satan and his army of angel followers out of heaven down to earth because of their rebellion against him.
The Book of Enoch (from the Apocrypha).
1. It happened after the sons of men had multiplied in those days, that daughters were born to them, elegant and beautiful.
2. And when the angels, the sons of heaven, beheld them, they became enamoured of them, saying to each other, Come, let us select for ourselves wives from the progeny of men, and let us beget children.
7. Then they swore all together, and all bound themselves by mutual execrations. Their whole number was two hundred, who descended upon Ardis, which is the top of mount Armon.
10. Then they took wives, each choosing for himself; whom they began to approach, and with whom they cohabited; teaching them sorcery, incantations, and the dividing of roots and trees.
11. And the women conceiving brought forth giants,
12. Whose stature was each three hundred cubits. These devoured all which the labour of men produced; until it became impossible to feed them;
13. When they turned themselves against men, in order to devour them;
14. And began to sin against birds, beasts, reptiles, and fishes, to eat their flesh one after another, and to drink their blood.
The angels who took wives then taught humans about technology and how to make swords and forms of weaponry and armoury. They introduced them to magic and occultism, astronomy and astrology, the use of root cuttings, medicine and healing. They taught their women how to make jewellery and how to use make-up.
Enoch Chapter 8.
1. Moreover Azazyel taught men to make swords, knives, shields, breastplates, the fabrication of mirrors, and the workmanship of bracelets and ornaments, the use of paint, the beautifying of the eyebrows, the use of stones of every valuable and select kind, and of all sorts of dyes, so that the world became altered.
2. Impiety increased; fornication multiplied; and they transgressed and corrupted all their ways.
4. Armers taught the solution of sorcery;
3. Amazarak taught all the sorcerers, and dividers of roots:
5. Barkayal taught the observers of the stars;
6. Akibeel taught signs;
7. Tamiel taught astronomy;
8. And Asaradel taught the motion of the moon.
9. And men, being destroyed, cried out; and their voice reached to heaven.
The taking of wives by the angels resulted in an offspring of giants that had non-human traits such as twelve toes and fingers and two rows of teeth. These giants populated the earth and were strong and mighty. They were violent and cannibalistic. Suggestions arose that these hybrid beasts mated with the animal kingdom and performed bestiality with many species. This may have further corrupted the gene pool, albeit in the animal kingdom. (See Enoch 7:14 above).
Noah’s flood was the main reason God wanted the earth wiped clean of corruption. It’s quite possible that it was the gene pool that was corrupt, not just the wickedness of the people, and it is this that he wanted to destroy. The angels mixing their genes had corrupted the human gene with them. The Nephilim mated with animals, as well. Could this have led rise to the mythological creatures that we read about in later history as Egyptian deities or as in Greek mythology? When the flood destroyed the earth, its purpose was to destroy the animal kingdom also, not just human. God instructed Noah to take a pair of each species of animal into the ark to preserve the species. These would all have been natural specimens, not hybrid or chimera types that cross breeding had corrupted.
The Minotaur, Greek mythology.
The Minotaur is one of the mythological creatures that is part human and part beast; namely human with the head of a bull. They described it as a giant, ferocious beast that ate humans. Being far too dangerous to the inhabitants living in the city, it was eventually resigned, by the king, to the Labyrinth, a series of maze-like tunnels formed underground out of the rock under the city of Crete. They sent prisoners in the tunnels as prey to the monstrous beast. Was this creature purely mythological or could it have resulted from nephilim genealogy?
When Moses lead the Israelites out of Egypt and came through the desert unto Jericho in the promised land he sent spies, one out of each of the twelve tribes, into the city of Jericho, who, forty days later, returned and reported to Moses that there were giants roaming the city streets……
Numbers 13:32/33 32: They brought up an evil report of the land which they had spied out to the children of Israel, saying, “The land through which we have gone to spy it out is a land that eats up its inhabitants; and all the people who we saw in it are men of great stature. 33: There we saw the Nephilim, the sons of Anak, who come of the Nephilim: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.
This happened after the flood and corruption entered human genealogy yet again. God had dealt with the fallen angels from the first ‘taking of wives’ in Genesis, bound until judgement day. Jude 1:6 And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. (Kjv). But somehow it happened again? There is no mention in the bible of an angel or group of angels carrying out this forbidden deed again, but that doesn’t mean it didn’t happen. According to Numbers 13:33, the Nephilim were living in Jericho at the time that Noah arrived there with the Israelites. They were an established race of giants, so must have been inhabiting the area for a long time. This would give a good reason God chose this part of the ancient world for his people to inhabit. Apart from “flowing with milk and honey,” it had this giant race of nephilim offspring living, breeding and growing stronger. God and the Israelites destroyed them to rid the earth of their kind yet again. But where else had they travelled to in the meantime and established themselves?
Many cultures around the world talk of giants being part of their history. The American natives talk of their ancestors, handing down stories of giants living in America. Native Americans have stories of these giants able to pick up a buffalo, carry it under one arm and run with it.
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, when settlers pushed over to the West of America, they printed many newspaper reports of giant human bones being discovered buried in mounds thought to be ancient Indian burial sites. But they contained giant skeletons and bones, including giant skulls. None of which had anything to do with native American genealogy. They documented some as measuring eleven feet tall. Many of these reports were in the New York Times.
I must mention here the Smithsonian Society as they uncovered much evidence in America. The bones collected by the society for archiving or even destroyed as the stories go. This was to keep it from the public eye. The Smithsonian Society is purely Darwinian and anything that goes against this is opposing their beliefs. Not only that, but if the evidence was out, then their society, and much of historical doctrine as the world sees it, would collapse. Therefore, it is in their interest to subdue any findings that prove the bible right. The Darwin theory or the bible creation story, that is the only question to them and they have already made their mind up.
What is Nibiru?
What is Nibiru?
Nibiru, also known as Planet X, is a rogue planet that comes into our orbit around every 3607 years. It takes 3607 years for it to complete one orbit of the sun. (Conferring to ancient civilizations’ calculations). Its path is elliptical, so it approaches earth and other planets, before pulling away again. This results in a stronger magnetic pull as it approaches our earth or other planets. So, will cause disruption: earthquakes, tidal waves, (now called tsunamis), volcano eruptions, etc.
Certain groups declared the Mayans had predicted the world will end. A catastrophe is the result. December the 21st 2012 was the date. Well, it didn’t happen, and another thing, the Mayans never predicted it either. The date refers only to the end of their calendar, not the world, but their calendar cycle of 5126 years. They believed that after this date, a new cycle would begin.
Where is Nibiru?
Lots of renowned astronomers have hinted at the idea of an unknown planet. A planet orbiting far beyond Pluto, interfering with the orbits of the two giant planets of Neptune and Uranus. Its modern day name is Planet X or the 10th planet. By counting the planets in our solar system, but not counting the sun or moon, equals nine plus Planet X equals ten. A report referring to Planet X published in the New York Times on June19th 1982.
There are many stories of NASA knowing about It but keeping It out of the media to save wide spread panic. That case isn’t very convincing. How do you cover up a planet entering our orbit that is many times larger than our earth? Many astronomers will pick it up when it gets closer, indeed some say they already have. There have been pictures printed on the internet from the 2012 date. Calculated to be the closest to earth. It would have been moving further away from earth. If the date is correct. It would head to outer orbit again.
With this in mind. It takes 3607 years to complete one orbit of the sun. It has been heading towards earth for over a thousand years. This affects the disruption to earth’s magnetic pull for many years. It will continue to do so until Planet X is out of reach again.
The end of the world
2012 was the date predicted to be the end of the world, December 21st. Of course, it never happened, and why would it have? Nibiru (Planet X) is in an orbit around the sun, and has been traveling in this orbit for centuries. Would it break away and head for earth? If so, why? Wouldn’t it be more understandable if it keeps following its path of orbit? The destruction that it caused in ancient times was because of the magnetic influences it had on earth. Widespread disasters, earthquakes, tidal waves, volcano eruptions etc. Isolation was a factor to consider with ancient civilizations. A tidal wave could wipe out an entire community, tribe, or civilization.
Zecharia Sitchin and Nibiru
Who was Zecharia Sitchin? Born in Azerbaijan on the 11th of July 1920 and died on the 9th of October 2010.
Sitchin wrote many books on ancient Sumerian and Babylonian history. He also wrote of the planet Nibiru. But some regarded him as delusional, for his references to extra-terrestrials’ and their connection with humanity. Also, because of his belief in ancient astronauts.
In 1976, he published a book on his ancient astronaut theory entitled the 12th Planet, the first of a series of books on the ‘alien’ theme. The title “The Twelfth Planet” was so called because of the Sumerians’ way of counting the planets. They counted the sun, moon and Pluto and the other eight then known planets. This made eleven plus Nibiru equals twelve.
Sitchin proposed that the planet Nibiru was where the Anunnaki came from. A race of aliens that visited earth in ancient times. Back in history, when Mesopotamia and Summaria were great civilizations. He believed that the gods of that time were aliens and worshiped as gods.
He spoke of Nibiru as an undiscovered planet. One that follows an elliptical orbit beyond Neptune and orbits every 3600 years. He referred to it as Nibiru or Marduk. Marduk being a Sumerian God. He believed these extra-terrestrials could be the Nephilim as spoke of in Genesis in the bible. This is false. It states in the bible who the Nephilim are and their origins. More on that later.
His theory is, the Alien race (The Anunnaki) visited earth at the time the ancient Sumerians were prominent. He proposed they were searching for gold to take back with them. Thus, needed to sustain life on Nibiru and needed slave Labour to mine it here on earth. The slave race is humankind that the Anunnaki had colonized and controlled.
Nibiru and the Bible
Nephilim. The bible states: the Nephilim were a race of giants that came about when angels mingled and bred with humans. The resulting offspring were a breed of hybrids know as Nephilim. So, we can rule out the Nephilim alien theory, they were born here on earth.
Another theory: Nibiru caused Noah’s biblical flood the last time it passed earth. This can’t be true either, as the dates don’t add up. The Mayan civilization started in 3113 BC. According to calculations, based on the Mayan calendar. From 3113 BC to 2012 AD, adds up to 5125 years, the number of years in a cycle of the Mayan calendar. The Mayans believed the universe moved in cycles of 5125 years.
Noah’s flood, as stated in the scriptures, was 1656 AM (Anno Mundi, the years after creation), which is around 2344 BC. By calculation: if Nibiru was the closest to earth in 2012, and it comes to this point every 3607 years, that would put the last visit to 1595 BC. This differs by 749 years between that and the biblical calculations of Noah’s flood.
Some people like to link catastrophes with bible prophecy. They have compared Nibiru to end-time events as spoken of in the book of Revelation. referring to wormwood in Chapter 8 verses 10 and 11. This again is false. The wormwood of the bible refers to a future event. There is no recollection of it passing earth. neither documented in ancient history nor in biblical scripture.
Revelation 8 verses 10 &11: The third angel blew his trumpet, and a great star fell from heaven, blazing like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water. The name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters became wormwood, and many people died from the water, because it had been made bitter.
This doesn’t sound like a planet orbiting earth. It’s more descriptive of a meteor or comet hitting the earth, causing destruction but not total desolation. It would be much smaller than the earth. If a planet, such as Nibiru, many times larger than earth, collided with earth. Then it would smash and scatter about the universe. So, the Wormwood in Revelation cannot be Nibiru either.
Nibiru by another name.
As we have seen, references to Nibiru have various names. Such as the 12th planet, the 10th planet, Planet X, the destroyer, Apollyon, Abaddon, and many more.
Revelation chapter 9 verse 11 reads: They have as king over them the angel of the bottomless pit. His name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in Greek he is called Apollyon.
Some take this as referring to Satan; the fallen angel, the destroyer, the angel of the abyss. But it is open to interpretation, it doesn’t link to Nibiru.
D Marsden © 2020