The internet is famous, or infamous depending on one’s point of view, for turning the proverbial molehill into a mountain. But like most internet-based hoaxes, there is a grain of truth as the catalyst.
Case in point would be the latest mostly debunked web version of an urban myth regarding the recently ISIS destroyed ruins of the Temple of Baal (also translated as Baalim or Belial depending on which ancient Levantine language is used) in Palmyra, Syria. Despite the sensational email making the usual rounds of inboxes and various weblogs, reporter Hazel Torres of the Christianity Today news portal cites on Apr. 6, 2016, managed to sift through the hyperbole to uncover the kernel of truth.
In what was first reported by The Guardian newspaper of Great Britain on Dec. 28, 2015, a joint venture between the Institute for Digital Archaeology, America’s Harvard University, Britain’s University of Oxford, The Museum of the Future in the United Arab Emirates, and the United Nations – UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), 3D printed replicas of the temple’s 15 meter tall archway would be erected in both New York City’s Times Square and also in London’s Trafalgar Square. The temporary exposition was described as “a gesture of defiance against religious extremists’ attempts to erase evidence of the Middle East’s pre-Islamic history.”
As a supposed act of defiance, The Institute of Digital Archaeology, Harvard University, and UNESCO are erecting 43 foot tall 23 foot wide Arches of the Temple of Baal in New York’s Times Square and London’s Trafalgar Square.
The date to unveil the arches falls directly on the celebration of the all important pagan holiday Beltane, and anniversary The English Babylon comes from Greek Babylṓn (Βαβυλών) a transliteration of the Akkadian Babili. The Babylonian name in the early 2nd millennium BC had been Babilli or Babilla, which appears to be an adaption of an unknown original non-Semitic placename. By the 1st millennium BC, it had changed to Babili under the influence of the folk etymology which traced it to bāb-ili (“Gate of God” or “Gateway of the God“).
It just seems so surreal that an arch from the Temple of Baal that is nearly five stories high is going to be erected in Times Square in April. But this is actually happening. The following comes from the New York Times… NEXT month, the Temple of Baal will come to Times Square. Reproductions of the 50-foot arch that formed the temple’s entrance are to be installed in New York and in London, a tribute to the 2,000-year-old structure that the Islamic State destroyed last year in the Syrian town of Palmyra. The group’s rampage through Palmyra, a city that reached its peak in the second and third century A.D., enraged the world, spurring scholars and conservationists into action.
This sounds like the plot for some really twisted episode of “Stargate” and not something that is supposed to happen in the real world. cern The cult of Marduk was the root of all of the ancient pagan religions of the Middle East, Egypt, Greece and Rome. In those other religions, the deity of Marduk came to be known by other names such as Baal, Osiris, Apollo, etc. And today there are many secret societies and occult groups that look forward to the day when this pagan deity will be resurrected and will return to rule the world once again. So could it be possible that we are laying out a couple of giant welcome mats for this ancient pagan deity by erecting these giant arches in New York and London next month?