Let me give you a timeline.
Sept 26, a replica copy of the Arch of Palmyra goes up in Washington DC.
Sept 27, Judge Kavanaugh hearing continues.
Meanwhile, the country divides as the supreme court nominee gets accused of rape. The scriptures teach our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against spiritual wickedness in high places. This story is not about guilt or innocence. The Bible commands the believer to seek justice. So if one day the believer will judges angels, I say we start practicing discernment now.
In August 2015, ISIS destroyed the arch in Syria. The Oxford's Institute for Digital Archaeology reproduced the Arch with sponsorship from and support from the United Nations and UNESCO. The reproductions of this arch have traveled the world and been viewed by millions of people.
Palmyra was the ancient cult center and temple complex dedicated to the god Baal. The Temple of Baal was specifically targeted and destroyed by ISIS. The majority of the ruins at Palmyra still stand and have been a favorite Syrian tourist destination.
Ancient Israel and Baal have a sorted past. It was often Baal that Israel turned to in apostasy. Matter of fact, Baal is the number one false god mentioned in the Hebrew scriptures. Israel was given explicit instructions in the Torah against the Canaanite practice of Baal Worship.
“When the Lord your God cuts off before you the nations whom you go in to dispossess, and you dispossess them and dwell in their land, take care that you be not ensnared to follow them, after they have been destroyed before you, and that you do not inquire about their gods, saying, ‘How did these nations serve their gods?—that I also may do the same.’ You shall not worship the Lord your God in that way, for every abominable thing that the Lord hates they have done for their gods, for they even burn their sons and their daughters in the fire to their gods.”
“When you come into the land that the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominable practices of those nations. There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering.
The ancient Phoenician practice of child sacrifice was rampant in ancient Canaan. So much so, God warned Israel not to fall into the practice. After Israel fell into apostasy, sacrificing their children, YWHW judged them. When YHWH judged Israel, Baal practice is so heinous, that even God appears flabbergasted at the very idea.
Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Behold, I am bringing such disaster upon this place that the ears of everyone who hears of it will tingle. Because the people have forsaken me and have profaned this place by making offerings in it to other gods whom neither they nor their fathers nor the kings of Judah have known; and because they have filled this place with the blood of innocents, and have built the high places of Baal to burn their sons in the fire as burnt offerings to Baal, which I did not command or decree, nor did it come into my mind.
The country appears divided. Those who demand the right to worship Baal see the l possibility of losing that right. At this pivotal moment, the Principality of the Air decided to decorate the national mall with the very entrance to the temple where children were brought “through the fire.”
According to the Human Tissue Authority, the official government regulator for tissue and organs, they post the following on Disposal of pregnancy remains FAQs. Notice the link between fire and religious ceremony?
“Both cremation and incineration are processes used to destroy human body parts. Cremation is used as an alternative to burial and is often associated with a religious and/or spiritual ritual. Cremation takes place within a registered crematorium under the oversight of a Registrar, and the relatives of the deceased may be present. Incineration of human tissue as clinical waste is normal practice and is subject to separate regulation. Incineration does not usually have any associated ceremony.”
Early church father Tertullian faced a similar battle in his time. He said the following:
“For us, murder is once for all forbidden; so even the child in the womb, while yet the mother's blood is still being drawn on to form the human being, it is not lawful to destroy. To forbid birth is only quicker murder. It makes no difference whether one take away the life once born or destroy it as it comes to birth. He is a man, who is to be a man, the fruit is always present in the seed.”
In ancient Israel, the sacrifice of children was a capital offense. Even deciding to ignore, say a neighbor who sacrifices his child was paramount to guilt by association. The man would be cut off from Israel.
The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Say to the people of Israel, Any one of the people of Israel or the strangers who sojourn in Israel who gives any of his children to Molech shall surely be put to death. The people of the land shall stone him with stones. I myself will set my face against that man and will cut him off from among his people, because he has given one of his children to Molech, to make my sanctuary unclean and to profane my holy name. And if the people of the land do at all close their eyes to that man when he gives one of his children to Molech, and do not put him to death, then I will set my face against that man and against his clan and will cut them off from among their people, him and all who follow him in whoring after Molech.
The quickest way for ancient Israel to break covenant with YHWH was to worship another god. The first commandment reflected this truth. While the people of Baal and the people of YWHW face off in Washington, it might be essential to make a decision.
Now therefore fear the Lord and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness. Put away the gods that your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:14-15