October 5, 1999: Heavenly Triangle
The graphic at the link above shows an upside-down frowning face :( in the sky with the two eyes being Regulus and Venus and the frown being the crescent moon. There are some very interesting things about this configuration: 1. the triangle shape, 2. Regulus 3. Venus, 4. moon, and 5. the east.
1. The Triangle
Some examples include:
It is not surprising that the counterfeit New Age Movement employs the triangle as "an important symbol for identification and mystical (hypnotic) use."(2) Albert Churchward, in The Signs and Symbols of Primordial Man addds:
Churchward also showed that the triangle "with its apex, or point, facing downward represent(s) Horus, the Sun God, while the triangle pointing upward [as in the October phenomena] characterize(s) Sut, or Set, the Destroyer God."(4)
Not only the Egyptians, but the Hindus and Greeks worshipped the triangle as a representation of their Mother Goddess. Benjamin Creme, who is considered a sort of John the Baptist pointing to the coming of Lord Maitreya the "Christ," also links his world ruler with the triangle when he states: "the Christ will be known as the point within the Triangle."(6)
Leo is the sign associated with Judah, therefore, the star Regulus is considered as belonging to the Messiah/King. Some astronomers regard its position in the constellation as the heart of the lion and others as a fulfillment of Genesis 49:9,10 and situated between the paws of the lion.
Regulus is the brightest star in Leo and usually represents Jesus, but in our triangle formation we need to look for another lion, someone to take Jesus' place.
The latest Stratfor Global Intelligence Update for September 29, 1999 (http://www.stratfor.com) had some interesting information regarding Damascus. They point out that Hafez Assad wants his son, Bashar, to be the next president of Syria except that there is some opposition from his brother, Rifat Assad, and his son, Sumer. This region of the Middle East is pertinent to our study for 2 reasons: a. the name "Assad" and b. the region of Syria.
Hafez al-Asad seems to have taken a lesson from the recent events in Jordan [King Hussein deciding his son, who had very little experience, should succeed him even though his brother had been next in line for the past 40+ years] and has decided to intensify the grooming of his son Bashar. Although Jordan still has authority over holy places in Israel, Syria is still interesting for the following reasons:
*al-Asad is Arabic for "lion"
*Damascus is the capital of Syria and there seems to be some unfulfilled element regarding it. Could it be destroyed causing the Syrians to relocate (to Babylon)?
*Bashar is an eye surgeon
*Syria was Antiochus Epiphanes' territory. He was in Athens (some say Rome) studying philosophy when he was called back to Antioch after his brother was assassinated. Bashar was called back from London where he was getting his doctor's degree after his brother was killed in a car accident.
*Antiochus didn't care much for the pomp of the office and was considered quite unorthodox. Bashar is already being hailed for his unorthodox approach to dealings with Lebanon.
*The mark of the beast is considered to have some sort of technological component. Bashar is no stranger to new technologies. The Syrian Computer Society (SCS) was founded in 1989 by his brother and he has taken over as chairman. From their web site: " The main objective of SCS is to promote, and to effectively contribute to the diffusion of Information Technology in Syria."
These two lions are prowling around in Antiochus Epiphanes' old territory and seeing that it was this Antiochus that sacrificed a pig on the altar in the Temple, they bear watching as possible candidates for a replay of this sacrilege or as counterfeit protectors of Israel.
These two aren't the only ones who bear watching in Syria. There is now the beginnings of a power struggle between Hafez Assad and his brother Rifat. Actually, Rifat isn't the most interesting of the players, but his son is. Sumer Assad has a very distinctive name as Sumer is a region of Babylon so his name literally means "lion of Babylon." Hafez is getting old and sick and it seems as if Israel will be dealing with the younger generation in their "peace" dealings. Whether Bashar or Sumer, they'll have their hands full.
"Present-day Syria constitutes only a small portion of the ancient geographical Syria. Until the twentieth century, when Western powers began to carve out the rough contours of the contemporary states of Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, and Israel, the whole of the settled region at the eastern end of the Mediterranean Sea was called Syria, the name given by the ancient Greeks to the land bridge that links three continents. For this reason, historians and political scientists usually use the term Greater Syria to denote the area in the prestate period."(7)
Hafez Assad would love to reunite Greater Syria and take up where Antiochus Epiphanes left off.
Our lion/Assad analogy would not be complete without mentioning the Leonid meteor showers due to peak this November 17th. These shooting stars emanate from the constellation Leo. The Arabic News ran a piece recently entitled "El-Asadeyat meteors will fall on the Arab states starting on November 15" (http://www.arabicnews.com/ansub/Daily/Day/990928/1999092826.html) and Ronni and I were curious whether they had anything to do with the Leonids. Ronni had some private correspondence with someone who stated:
Kind of like a Greater Syria in the skies?
To recap, Regulus is the ruler/lion in the triangle and seems to point to the Assad dynasty. They are in place of the true King, Jesus, in this equation and also fit the other definition for regulus in Webster's:
Impure leftovers from the fire.
Alexander Hislop in "The Two Babylons"(12) says that Venus was Nimrod's wife and that her son was Cupid; she is described as the queen of Babylon and the mother of the gods; Semiramis the woman that built towers or encompassing walls; the Virgin Venus; the Syrian goddess. He also states that sometimes Nimrod was represented as a lion and that Venus in her guise as Astarte was sometimes portrayed as standing on a lion or drawn by lions.
Other pertinent info regarding Venus is that "from Venus we receive our English word 'venereal,'" and "the ancients also called the planet Venus the Lucifer star."(13)
5. The East
Is Syria in conjunction with the New Age/Mystery Babylon religion about to form an alliance with unregenerate Israel? It's getting late soon.
1. Number in Scripture, EW Bullinger.