Our Lord Jesus revealed Himself in Revelations to be the bright star and the morning star. This was a revelation for those of the churches of Asia that were caught up in an ancient mystery cult which unfortunately is still worshipped in the church today...and it is a revelation to a major cult outside the church today...the Zeitgeist movement.

I am doing some interesting research on the political and religious movements that the New Testament church was confronted with in their day and it threw some light on scriptures as well as current problems we face.

What stands out among all the various cults and gods of the Roma and Greek world is that they really didn't require any particular way of life change from you. Dionysius, Mars, Zeus, Apollo were as lustful, warmongering and debauched as the political elites were. You just gave a perfunctory acknowledgment to the gods by pouring out a libation of wine before dinner and saying a prayer. And when you did this the custom was to take your toga and put it over your head as sign of respect.  Which by the way is why Paul told the Corinthian men (1 Cor.11:4) not to pray with their heads covered.

As a way of life the gods were no help so the Greeks made up various life philosophies by which you conduct yourself e.g. Stoics, Epicureans, Pythagoreans etc. It was in fact only the Jews and the Christians that had strict codes of conduct that were required by their God and by their scriptures.  But there was one major cult that was very popular especially among the poor....the cult of Isis and Osiris, the ancient Egyptian mystery cult.  It spoke of death and resurrection, a hope of an after life and the love of a mother figure...Isis.  Isis was always worshipped as a mother figure nurturing her child Horus.

The symbols for this cult was the planet Venus and the star Sirius.  Venus was the symbol for Isis and was also known as "the morning star" as it would appear in the east before sunrise, heralding the coming of the morning. Osiris her husband was known by his star "Sirius" which is the brightest of all the stars and therefore known as 'the bright star" and worshipped as such.

The entire cult of Isis, Osiris and Horus had to do with the death of Osiris killed by his evil brother Set and then being resurrected from the dead by Isis and then conceiving a son by her called Horus. This entire myth however was close to and resonated with the entire Christ story of the gospel and the common people were getting confused about this.  So in the midst of this cult confusion within the seven churches of Asia, Jesus appears to John with this revelation:

"I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last...I am the root and offspring of David and the bright star and the morning star." (Rev.22)

To the Greek Pythagorean philosophers He said, "I am the Alpha and the Omega"
To the Jews He said, "I am the root and the offspring of David"
To the Isis cult He said, "I am the bright star (Sirius) I am the morning star (Venus)"

Before Jesus appeared to reveal God to mankind, people were groping about to find God.  Which is why the book of Revelations is called "apocalypses" meaning in Greek "revelation". Jesus came into the world to reveal God to man.

The story of Jesus and His resurrection is told in the stars of the Zodiac, it is told in all cultures by dreams and revelations and it is was revealed to prophets of old who looked into the spirit realm. They just did not have the name of the Lord...but they all knew a saviour was coming that would be born of a woman, would die and would be resurrected from the dead. And now Jesus stood ready to reveal this saviour to the Greek mystery cults, to the Jewish rabbis, to the Egyptian Isis cult.  It was time for all to come into God's Kingdom through faith in the risen saviour and leave behind the superstitions of the past.

But that brings us to the present attack within the church and from outside the church...

People did not want to let go of their cults...they brought their superstitions into the church. Satan deceived the people.  Prominent in the deception of the church was the inclusion of the cult of mother and child, the old Isis cult.  This mother goddess goes way back in time to Ishtar of the Persians, to Semiramis of the Babylonians...and to her modern transformation of Mary the mother of God. 

The attraction of the Mary cult in Roman Catholicism is the same as it has been through the ages.  God is a far off angry judge.  Mary is the intercessor between God and man. She is tender and can feel our troubles. So it was with the cult of Isis, Ishtar and all the other incarnations of the Mary cult.  It is all deception! The Catholic Church is a continuation of an ancient pagan cult. Jesus the compassionate intercessor between God and man has been substituted by Mary (Isis). Every time you see Catholics with their Rosary counting their prayer beads they are praying to this ancient cult goddess instead of Jesus the Lord.

Which brings us to what is turning out to be a modern day cult of the Zeitgeist Movement...

Zeitgeist the Movie is figured to be the most downloaded movie on YouTube. In its various forms it is estimated more than 100 million people have seen it....mostly young people where it has gone viral. 

Zeitgeist is a very clever montage of various videos that attacks the three main bastions of the world: government, the banks and religion (the Christian religion) and declares them all to be bogus oppressors.  The creator and presenter of Zeitgeist, Peter Joseph does a great job demolishing government deception and control (the 9/11 Tower deception), the Banking fraud...but leaves some of his most potent attacks for Christianity as a fraud based on ancient myths.  He then goes on their later presentations to offer a new world of technological salvation (the Venus Project!) where mankind is provided for all they need by great robotic technology and wise men who can allocated resources and run the economy by their won reason.

A very appealing proposition especially to the internet generation!  But I find his criticism of Christianity very interesting and to those who do not know how the spirit world works it seems very plausible.

Basically what he says is that the whole story of a risen saviour who was born of a virgin and rose from the dead to save mankind was an ancient story told for thousands of years across all cultures around the world before Christ. It was even told in the stars of the Zodiac.  This very strong presentation has had an effect on thousands of young people some of whom have left the church through this.

But the problem with Peter Joseph and many rationalists is that they do not know how the spirit realm works.  Modern physics is only now beginning to unravel the mysteries of the sub-quantum world with ideas like "quantum entanglement" and "collapsing the probability wave" and the most recent discoveries that the universe is in actual fact a projected hologram.  What it means is this...

Any mystic in ages past who manages to leave his body and enter the realm of spirit can look into the future as well as the past. In the future is either probabilities or there are certainties (which is how fortune tellers work, if you believe what they say it can happen, usually bad).  When God declared from the foundations of the world that Jesus has been crucified and risen from the dead paying the price for all mankind's sins that was a certainty and that event which took place in 33 AD actually stretched backwards and forwards in time! Quantum physics explains to us today how that is true! All ancient societies, and Peter Josephs lists more than 30 ancient peoples and beliefs that believed in a risen saviour of mankind...and they were all right! Their shamans went into the spirit realm and saw what was going to happen...they just didn't have the name for the saviour. We are not just another cult, Jesus is the fulfilment of all those cultural prophecies through the ages.  He is Jesus Christ, the Alpha and the Omega, the root and offspring of David, the bright and morning star!

Which is why Paul wrote to the Romans: (Rom. 1:19-20)
"Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them (the pagans). for God has shown it unto them (in dreams and visions) For the invisible things of him (His death and resurrection) from the creation of the world are clearly seen being understood by the things which are made (even the stars of the Zodiac), even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse"

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