Temple of Baal to be Erected in Times Square in April, Possible Plans for Hundreds Around the World

The project that will be launched in both New York and London is a life-sized model arch from the 2,000 year old temple of Baal, standing  48 feet high and 23 feet wide. The temple itself was a cherished architectural gem, with great historic and cultural significance. It is reported that the Institute for Digital Archaeology plans on erecting approximatel 1,000 such arches in cities throughout the world. But there are those would would object vehemently to the project, because what will be celebrated  by these arches is a symbol of debauchery and cultural degradation that should be abhorred.

Baal worship is definitely not something that we should be celebrating as a society.  There were very good reasons why the God of the Bible found it so incredibly repulsive.  The following description of what went on during Baal worship…

We know that there were usually lots of people gathered, often on a high hill (like a theatre or stadium) to observe public sex, just like we see in movies and television and on the internet (Numbers 22:41, I Kings 12:25-33). We think that our watching these things is different than the idolatry of old, but this is not so.

The whole community came out and all of the best pagan ideas for success in crops and fertility were promoted, just like a business seminar that promotes unbiblical ideas that justify the worldliness of its origin.

The wicked personalities (promoters and performers) were respected and given the platform (like rock stars and Hollywood’s “People’.) Some of them were great dancers (like Brittany Spears and Madonna) while others were great musicians (like Mick Jagger and Paul McCartney) (I Kings 15:12-14). In our day, people who go to our churches celebrate celebrities when they should be doing the opposite. Psalm 101:1, 3 says “I will walk in my house… I will set no wicked thing before my eyes…”

People danced around the Asherah pole, which was nothing more than a phallic symbol. It is quite possible that these poles functioned somewhat like the poles in what are called, “gentlemen’s clubs.” The people also acted out lustful, licentious, bawdy scenes for the enjoyment of all who came (Isaiah 57:5-8; Deuteronomy 23:17).They had all the different kinds of sexual experiences on display including men with women, men with men and all of the combinations that are popular today in sit-coms, movies and news reports. On top of that, they invited the crowd to participate (I Kings 14:24).

In addition to everything that you just read, child sacrifice was a central feature of Baal worship.  This is what Jeremiah 10:4-6 says…

4 Because they have forsaken me, and have estranged this place, and have burned incense in it unto other gods, whom neither they nor their fathers have known, nor the kings of Judah, and have filled this place with the blood of innocents;

5 They have built also the high places of Baal, to burn their sons with fire for burnt offerings unto Baal, which I commanded not, nor spake it, neither came it into my mind:

6 Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that this place shall no more be called Tophet, nor The valley of the son of Hinnom, but The valley of slaughter.

Perhaps erecting replicas of historically significant architecture is relatively benign and merely celebrates the art and skill of a former generation. One wonders, however, if there is more here than just the recognition of building and design skill.

The temple served first as a temple, then as a Byzantine christian church, a mosque, and finally, a part of the neighborhood. Perhaps this is simply a way to make a statement to the ISIS bullies and destroyers. But it is troubling that an icon with such a cultural history would find prominent display throughout the world. And it is especially a concern when we hear of Christian and Jewish public symbols being torn down, even as this symbol is being erected.

Source: endoftheamericandream.com

One report coming from TruNews states that the project has been canceled for New York, although it will be erected in London:

The Institute for Digital Archeology has decided against bringing a 3-D printed replica of the archway to the Temple of Baal to New York City in May.

The decision from the Institute for Digital Archeology (IDA) was reported on Friday by the Telegraph, who said the organization will instead build the Arch of Triumph, and only bring it to Trafalgar Square in London. It will be built out of Egyptian marble by an industrial 3-D printer. The IDA has not released a statement as to why they changed their decision.

Source: TruNews



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