Historic-artifact replica, or demonic harbinger?

Original arch of Palmyra, in Syria

Original arch of Palmyra in Syria

It’s back!

The replica of the arch of the Temple of Baal has been on a world tour the past few years, having been put on display in London, New York and then Dubai for a global summit. And it was recently rebuilt for yet another global summit, this time the G7 meeting of the leading industrialized nations held in Florence, Italy.

The arch, a reconstruction of an ancient Roman building destroyed by ISIS in Syria, has been promoted by its creators at the Institute of Digital Technology as a symbol of defiance against terrorism and a tribute to world heritage.

But why is a reconstruction of a gateway to a temple of a pagan god whose rites were marked by child sacrifice and ritual prostitution being so persistently publicized at globally important gatherings?

One rabbi, a member of the nascent Sanhedrin attempting to recreate the ancient Jewish legal body, sees dire implications in the repeated use of the arch. Rabbi Daniel Assur told Breaking Israel News the arch is a harbinger of the “New World Order.” He declared the arch’s repeated appearances at prominent locations indicate “a pattern moving toward a specific goal – Messiah.”

The rabbi believes the globalist movement isn’t secular or atheist but, instead, undergirded by pagan spirituality.

“They combine worship of Baal with worship of the Egyptian god, Isis, and also the true name of God,” he told Breaking Israel News. “They need to bring together all of these elements.”

The rabbi believes the arch “is the portal for the new world the Talmud is talking about” and could be used either by the New World Order or the Messiah.

Pastor Carl Gallups, author of the end times examination “When The Lion Roars,” said people are right to ascribe deep spiritual significance to the arch.

“Rabbi Assur is not the only one who sees the spiritual significance in the Palmyra arch’s victory tour,” he told WND.

“I understand the purely cultural, historical and archaeological significance of the arch, which some might find interesting. However, the biblical and spiritual implications cannot be missed, for those who have ‘eyes to see.’

“What are the facts? The arch is representative of the ‘gateway’ to … a Roman temple in Syria that was dedicated to the worship of Baal. It is also a fact that Jesus himself, along with the Jewish religious leaders of His day, defined Baal worship as being directly connected to the worship of Satan and his demonic influence (Matt. 12:24-28, Mark 3:22, Luke 11:18).”

Gallups also said it is profoundly interesting – and worrying – that the arch always seems to be in a location of deep significance to the elite-driven movement to create a global government.

“It is a heavily documented fact that when the Palmyra arch was reconstructed, the places chosen for the display of the arch, complete with ceremonious activities of dedication and honor, were indisputably centers of globalistic power,” Gallups observed.

“Each of these locations had direct connections to the United Nations, the World Government Summit, the G7 Conference and the major economic engines of the world. And this tour started in London, perhaps the world’s most important financial capital, during the pagan festival of Beltane – during a time specifically dedicated to Baal worship. From there, it went to New York City and then to global governance meetings.

“How could anyone, with any spiritual discernment at all, miss the demonic message being audaciously broadcast to the world?” Gallups asked.

He warned that the global leaders are meddling with dark forces.

“In the spiritual realm, it is as if Satan is ‘marking’ his territory,” the pastor said. “And the leaders of the world are gladly doing his bidding – even summonsing his presence and ‘blessings.’ We are living in extremely prophetic times. The demonic realm is engaged in an unprecedented outpouring, just as the Bible said would happen. We are living in the most prophetic times since the first coming of Jesus Christ.”

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Rabbi Assur also told Breaking Israel News the Roman arch was a symbol of how “the culture of paganic [sic] Rome is taking over Christianity,” and said “Christianity must be taken back from Roman culture.”

Pastor Mark Biltz of El Shaddai Ministries, author of the new book “God’s Day Timer,” and a leader in the movement to reintroduce Jewish practices into the church, strongly agrees.

“The culture of pagan Rome took over Christianity almost 2,000 years ago!” he said. “Around 300 CE the church thought it best to completely assimilate pagan worship with their new religion. The concept of biblical holiness was not in their thinking. We find this true today.

“With all the seeker-friendly churches and pastors becoming life coaches rather than godly examples to the flock it is no surprise we have come to this moment. Right here in Tacoma, Washington, we have churches that follow all the pagan holidays, including Halloween, and their excuse is they use it for evangelistic purposes.”

Biltz called for Christian churches to remove pagan traditions from their worship services and to rediscover the Hebraic roots of their religion.

“God declared to Israel that they were to wipe out the names of the pagan gods and have no mixture,” the pastor said. “But today many church leaders have no problem mixing the God of the Bible with paganism in their worship as long as they can continue to bring in the revenue. It is much like in the time of Jesus when the religious leaders were more concerned about losing their place than they were in following the Messiah.

“It’s too late to take Christianity back from its pagan culture. It’s been totally assimilated. Instead, believers in Jesus need to get back to the Bible and understand it from a Hebraic worldview. Every culture has tried to create another Jesus that conforms to their own people group. They all try to make God in their image rather than realizing they were created in His image.”

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Bill Cloud, another proponent of using Jewish traditions within Christianity and the author of “Esau Rising,” agreed neo-paganism is a real spiritual threat.

“I do believe Western civilization is abandoning Judeo-Christian values and reverting to a more secular worldview, if not outright paganism,” he told WND.

However, he suggested the arch is an outward manifestation of a deeper moral decline taking place in Western culture.

“As for the arch, I do not believe it to be of any great import in and of itself; it’s the thoughts and imagination behind it that I find disturbing and potentially dangerous,” the pastor said. “In Genesis 11, it was not the Tower of Babel itself that God considered to be a threat – it was the imaginations of man that conceived of it and then brought into being. That’s what had to be curtailed.

“When it comes to the New World Order, I don’t believe it will rise and fall based on the existence of an arch. But that arch and its affiliation with Baal worship speaks to the depraved state of mankind’s heart and mind presently. That is what we need to be concerned about because that is what will bring the NWO into being.”

Still, though Cloud is concerned by much of what is happening in the world, he urges believers to look forward to the future. After all, he said, Messiah’s victory is assured.

“When it comes to the Messiah, I do not look for Him to walk through this portal but I am looking for Him,” he said. “Actually, the Bible tells us that when He returns, a portal in heaven will be opened through which He will descend. Soon after He will enter through the Eastern gate of Jerusalem, a gate that is currently sealed. When this happens, all kings, kingdoms and world orders will bow before Him.”

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Historic-artifact replica, or demonic harbinger?
Source: WND