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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.
New Testament Stephen's Identification
It is well known among informed scholars that the ancient god names of
Milcom, Molech or
Moloch referred to the planet Saturn. [See:
The Sabbath Star] 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 almost all ancient cultures, and was thought of as the sacred
"Bull of Heaven" by most these societies. What is not well
known is that essentially EVERY ancient primary god was the
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,
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 (most?) 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