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The early church figure Stephen was NOT martyred for being a Christian but for accusing the nation of idolatry for worshipping Saturn as God.
It is well known among informed scholars that the ancient god names of Milcom, Molech or Moloch referred to the planet Saturn. You can even find this information in the footnotes of at least one modern translation of the Old Testament. What is not well known is that Saturn (Roman) or Kronos (Greek) was worshipped as the primary god by most ancient cultures, and was thought of as the sacred "Bull of Heaven" by most ancient cultures. What is not well known is that essentially EVERY ancient primary god was this planet Saturn, including, Huang Ti of the Chinese, Surya of the Chaldeans, Chemosh of the Canaanites, Ra of the Egyptians, Shamash of the Mesopotamians, Brahma of the Indians, Kronos of the Greeks, Hubal of the Arabs, Quetzalcoatl of the Aztecs, Kukulkan of the Mayas, etc. There are many more examples from virtually every culture around the globe.
What is not admitted by Judeo-Christians is that El, Eloah, El Shaddai, El Adonai (Adonai means "My Lords"), Elyan and Yahweh were also personifications of the planet god called Saturn by the Romans and Kronos by the Greeks. Etymologically, the god-name Chemosh is the root for our words of chemical and chemistry, Kronos or Chronos the root for our words like chronology referring to time and timekeeping, and Saturn the root for saturate, sate, satyr and saturnine, etc.. There are many other names and titles for Saturn that serve as the root for other important cultural aspects in our languages.
The account under consideration can be found in the New Testament book of Acts chapter 6. In his polemical defense when he was seized and brought before the council, the martyr Stephen claimed about the forefathers, "And God turned and gave them over to worship the host of heaven..." Stephen understood that the ancient Israelites along with all other people worshipped the pantheon, the planet gods, which were the "host of heaven." Furthermore he accused them of making the Golden Calf (representing the Bull of Heaven) and taking up the "tent of Moloch." This referred to the wilderness Tabernacle called the "Tent of the Presence" or the tent of the witness.
However, even if there were another, both the tent of witness and the tent of Moloch would have been dedicated to the worship of the planet Saturn. Stephen evidently understood that the whole elaborate system of sacrificial rites and ceremonies, including the Tabernacle tent and its iconography, was a part of Saturn worship. And he was advanced enough spiritually to see that God was not one to be represented by one of the planets nor dwell in some earthly building, no matter how ornate, loaded with precious materials, or infused with symbolism.
What is very germane but not well known is that the "Most Holy Place" of the Tabernacle was cubical, and the cube was considered in Semitic-speaking cultures to be symbolic of the Saturnian god. The temple housing the black Ka'ba stone in Mecca is cubical. The very name of the Polestar in Arabic is al-Rukaba. Let's understand that Saturn WAS the great Polestar back in that age.
Today, when different peoples worship the same invisible god but have different sacred writings, the conceptual differences polarize them into incompatible religions and sects. Consider God and the Bible, Allah and the Koran, Yahweh and the Torah, and the long-standing and bitter animosity that has been generated between the three religions represented. Just so was it in the ancient times. The different peoples worshipped the same ancient sun god object in the sky but under various names with what are ultimately superficial differences. See The Universal Monarch, Saturn Worship, Ancient Worship of Saturn Underneath both the ancient and modern is the paradigm and concept of the physically exalted, transcendent-to-human, heavy handed overlord, the god of power, control, judgment and punishment, he who must be feared and obeyed.
Contrary to what many Christian sects and people believe, Judaism was always and ever a false religion. Jesus did not come to fulfill or complete it but to completely replace it with the truth about God and Man,