Well, it seems that this ghoulish sensation isn't such a new occurrence after all; and may not be as fictional as you think. As with every evil personification in history, you can find demonic involvement. You may be surprised to find out that your average zombie shares the same characteristics with the ancient worship of the God of wine, abandon, and revelry, known as Bacchus, or Dionysus, in the Greek. For the purpose of this discussion, we will use his Greek name.
So, by all mythological accounts, Dionysus just sounds like he was a party hound deluxe. But there's more to him than just being the champion of "a good time". According to Greek mythology, he is seen as "the protector of those who do not belong to conventional society and thus symbolizes everything which is chaotic, dangerous and unexpected, everything which escapes human reason and which can only be attributed to the unforeseeable action of the gods." (Wikipedia) But that's not all. Those who partake of his mysteries are possessed and empowered by the god himself. His cult is also a "cult of the souls"; his female followers feed the dead through blood-offerings, and he acts as a divine communicant between the living and the dead. Starting to get a picture of who this "god" might be? Well, let me take you a little farther.
In 410 B.C., the Greek dramatist, Euripides, proclaimed the greatness of Dionysus in his play The Bacchantes (who were members of a religious cult that swept over Greece in the 600s BC, a period of social and political upheaval). Euripides portrayed Dionysus as having "put off the god and taken human shape". In the play, Dionysus boasts that he has fallen to earth, sent by "the one who will loose me" to do his evil work.
The play accurately depicted the real-life followers of Dionysus, who had no love for moral guidelines or laws of the conventional world. Dionysus had been sent to help them gain a spiritual state of ecstasy through their rituals. And just what were those acts of worship? On the conservative side, women migrated in frenzied hillside groups, dressed in fawn skins accompanied by screaming, music, dancing, and licentious behavior. But that didn't satisfy their lust for "anything goes". In fact, any creature that dared to resist or flee their perverse rituals was often subjected to sparagmos (tearing apart) and omophagia (consumed raw). This lifestyle was so rampant and so depraved, that it was eventually outlawed by the Greeks and Romans. Beginning to see a resemblance to Zombies, now?
While you may think this ancient cult wished to possess the soul of the one consumed, the goal was actually more demonic. They really sought to capture the essence of Dionysus and bring him through a portal of incarnated rage within humans. It is not surprising, that the Hebrews of that age believed demonic possession was actually a result of the rituals of these followers of Dionysus. And apparently something called a kestatot (magic band) was used to capture the souls of people by magic. Even the prophet Ezekiel warns against them: And say, Thus says the Lord God: Woe to the women who sew pillows to all armholes and fasten magic, protective charms to all wrists, and deceptive veils upon the heads of those of every stature to hunt and capture human lives! Will you snare the lives of My people to keep your own selves alive? (Ezekiel 13:18; Amplified Bible).
|Statue of the "Rites of Dionysus"|
But there's more to understanding Dionysus and his significance in Greek mythology. According to Wikipedia, "the Dio-element has been associated since antiquity with Zeus" -- another name for our old friend Nimrod, a clear representative of Anti-Christ. Furthermore, he was the son of a mortal woman and Zeus, king of the gods. (You should recognize this as imitating the Bible's Genesis 6 account of fallen angels mating with human women). There are a couple of different versions of the birth and death of Dionysys. In one account, his mortal mother asks Zeus to reveal himself in all his glory as proof of his godhood. He came to her wreathed in bolts of lightning; mortals, however, could not look upon an undisguised god without dying, and she perished in the ensuing blaze. (Another attempt by Satan to counterfeit God's Shekinah Glory in ancient mythology). Zeus rescues the unborn Dionysus by sewing him into his thigh, and later releases the fully-grown baby from his thigh on Mount Pramnos in the Aegean Sea.
Another version has Dionysus as the son of Zeus and Persephone, the queen of the Underworld. Zeus's jealous wife, Hera, enlists the aid of the Greek gods, the Titans, to dismember Dionysus. Once again Zeus saves his son by retrieving the heart and sewing it into his thigh, from whence a reborn Dionysus emerges. Both stories present an enigmatic death and rebirth legend that came in handy to various pagan religions that reverenced the mysteries surrounding this "god". (It also didn't hurt Satan's cause of counterfeiting Christ's death and resurrection).
These "Dionysian Mysteries" were, in one sense, a ritual of ancient Greece and Rome which used intoxicants and other trance-inducing techniques (like dance and music) to remove inhibitions and social constraints, liberating the individual to return to a natural state. There were elaborate (and debauched) rituals initiating people into this cult, which are too depraved to recount here. Suffice it to say, that a partial rendition of the Invocation of Dionysus gives you a clear picture of the nature of this religious veneration: "I call upon loud-roaring and revelling Dionysus, primeval, double-natured, thrice-born, Bacchic lord, wild, ineffable, secretive, two-horned and two-shaped. Ivy-covered, bull-faced, warlike, howling, pure, You take raw flesh, you have feasts, wrapt in foliage, decked with grape clusters...".
One of the oldest written stories on earth (between 2750 and 2500 BC), called The Epic of Gilgamesh, records the vow of the Goddess of the Underworld, Ishtar (also known as Nimrod's wife): I will knock down the Gates of the Netherworld, I will smash the door posts, and leave the doors flat down, and will let the dead go up to eat the living! And the dead will outnumber the living!
This could perfectly describe what we witness each week on the current TV blockbuster, The Walking Dead. It is no coincidence that we are seeing this recurring theme once again in human history. As I said earlier, George Romero's frightening 1968 movie Night of the Living Dead brought the concept of "the devouring undead" to our conscious minds. However, he didn't refer to them as "zombies" in this first movie, but rather "ghouls"; which is actually more appropriate because in Arabic folklore and myths, ghouls are demons. In the sequel to the movie, Dawn of the Dead, we first hear the term "zombie", which is thought to be a reflection of Voodoo resurrections of the dead in such demonically-influenced cultures as Haiti.
Fast forward to our modern fixation on the "Zombie Apocalypse"; a breakdown of society as a result of an initial zombie outbreak from a plague/virus, which spreads and threatens to consume all of mankind. By now, it should be clear that our addiction and preoccupation with Zombies has become, perhaps, just a subconscious realization that they represent the coming of the complete, and final, destruction of the world as presented in the Book of Revelation.
Throughout the ages, Satan has attempted to influence mankind to come over to the dark side. And he has been creative in his efforts, I will give him that. Whether he tells his story through the lure of uninhibited revelry, the legends of mighty gods, or the seduction of a frightening apocalypse, Death is his perpetual theme, and the process of decay is ongoing. We must not become distracted by Lucifer's intelligence and beauty. We must be mindful to guard ourselves against the mania that takes our eyes off our only Source of True Life.
If we belong to the Lord, we don't have to fear Satan's demonic influence in our culture. Zombies are just the latest manifestation out of his ancient playbook. The story never changes; he offers only death and decay -- and we know the ending!
Revelation 1:17-18 "... Do not be afraid! I am the First and the Last, and the Ever-living One [I am living in the eternity of the eternities]. I died, but see, I am alive forevermore; and I possess the keys of death and Hades (the realm of the dead)."
Thanks for this information. It reminded me of two things: the man in the graveyard who was inhabited by a legion of demons, and who could not be restrained with chains, and cases of spontaneous combustion. Locally in Spokane they make some of these zombie movies that you see in the theater. College kids also stage a zombie apocalypse in parks for the children in late summer. But when a farm held one in their cornfield maze, one of the high school kids working it stumbled and fell under the wheels on an old bus that passed by holding kids shooting paint balls at him, and he died, without anyone knowing for some time that it had happened. The farm only closed down for another day or so (with condolences), but apparently no one wanted to continue this dangerous practice and it was finally shut down. For anyone who wants to know who the Antichrist will be, Peter Goodgame's book The Second Coming of the Antichrist is very highly recommended. Available on Kindle.ReplyDelete
It is alarming to me how the "zombie phenomena" is almost becoming mainstream ... so much delusion is being promoted to our kids!Delete
Belle , You always freak me out with something I had no idea about. Thanks, I think?ReplyDelete
Believe me, I freak myself out sometimes! As I dig deeper into some of these supposedly "mythological" stories, Satan's image comes through loud and clear. It simply cannot be coincidence that the same themes are promoted throughout all cultures, and they are intended to lead people away from the True God.Delete
The holy grail. But really the holy graal. This stone (not cup) brought down to earth by the fallen angels becomes the property of the strongest empire on earth. First there was Troy. Then Greece. Then Rome. On to Britain. Well the next empire of the world is America who now possesses this unholy grail. (Rev. 13 2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: "and the dragon gave him his power", (graal) and his seat, and great authority.ReplyDelete
Mystery Babylon i.e. America will fight WWIII. and the ending result is? Rev. 13. And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.
4 And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?
America - Mystery Babylon wins but with serious damage.
What happens next? The saints rebel and.......lose. Rev. 13. 7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, "and to overcome them:" Dan. 7.21 and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
So the first beast is the world gov't brought in by American i.e. mystery Babylon. The second beast is the anti-Christ. Eventually the 10 kingdoms will rebel against mystery Babylon and destroy her.
So what is our answer? Rev. 18. 4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, "Come out of her, my people", that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.
So how about the 666 mark. Well it doesn't have to be a chip folks. Look no further than your phone. Witness the new finger print recognition software, and now soon the retina scan on the phone. There is your two marks folks.
Lots of information … and spot on! Thanks for taking the time to comment!Delete
Mystery Babylon is ROME! (THE VATICAN)...The USA will play its part by bringing in One World Religion through the Pope.Delete
Well hello! I found this link to your site on Steve Quayle's site. I used to read your blog several years ago, and if I remember correctly we met on Multiply where I had a blog. The weird thing is, I was just thinking about you and your blog yesterday. For some reason, that happens a lot, to me at least - I'll think of someone out of the blue, then the next day, there they are!ReplyDelete
Yes, the zombie trend is disturbing because it seems to be a reflection of "them who love death." I watch the Walking Dead, but not so much from liking zombies (I can't bear to watch the gore, and have to turn my head during the killings) but from the story of people trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic world. Because we all sense that it could happen any time now.
wow Belle you nailed this one,good detective work. I never can connect the dots like you can .THANKS!ReplyDelete
Wow, that is some deep stuff. On a different note can you look up, is America really Ameruca land of the feather serpent is that true? Seem like you would be the detective to go to. Thanks..ReplyDelete
If you are referring to Timothy Alberino's research, I give it a lot of credibility. I will have to do some further studying on my own, but this would make a great post... Thanks for the idea!Delete
If you want to get an in depth analysis of the subject of satan in Mythological literature then your one stop is to get Mark Lynn's Forbidden Secrets of the Labyrinth.ReplyDelete
So glad to read this story and get some insight. Although I suspected a connection to satan and zombies, I had no proof.ReplyDelete
I had an incident with my son and daughter-in-law last week when I brought to their attention that the game that they were letting my seven year old grandson play seemed evil to me. The name of the game is Minecraft. I told them that the children can kill things (animals - supposedly for food) and that there were zombies and skeletons that come out at night to go after the people. My daughter-in-law, who is a teacher said, "Minecraft is a game that is suitable for kids ages 4 and up. They use blocks to build things and protect themselves. Many schools are including it in their curriculum because it has shown to increase problem solving and math skills." What I found out later was that not only are there zombies that come after the people at night, once the player has played for awhile and start searching, they can find an underworld referred to as "Nether" where the leader's name is "Ender Dragon" and there are "zombie pigmen" and witches down there.
My son and daughter-in-law are Christians, but it seems many Christian parents these days are not very discerning. They don't see the evil around us and don't even discern that we are close to the return of the Lord. They don't want to hear that nonsense.
Keeps us on our knees.
Bless you Belle for bringing this information to us - it is always timely.
Thank you for bringing this game to my attention --- sounds like my entire readership needs to know more about this game. There will be an ensuing blog post..... God Bless you for praying for your grandchildren. Keep interceding on their behalf!Delete
Can you say, Halloween? Yet many Christians (most in fact I suspect) have no qualms about decorating thier houses and themselves in gore and the macabre for this "holiday!"ReplyDelete
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