The Full Measure/Ephah of Wickedness


    Zechariah 5:5-11 LB and RSV: “Then the angel who talked with me came forward and said to me, ‘Lift your eyes, and see what this is that goes forth.’ And I asked, ‘What is it?’ He replied, ‘This is the ephah[1] that goes forth.’ And he said, ‘This is their iniquity in all of the earth.’ (LB: ‘It is a bushel basket filled with the sin prevailing everywhere throughout the earth.’) Suddenly the heavy lead cover on the basket was lifted off, and I could see a woman sitting inside the basket!

    “He said, ‘She represents wickedness,’ and he thrust her back into the ephah, and thrust down the leaden weight upon its mouth. Then I lifted my eyes, and saw, and behold, two women coming forward! The wind was in their wings; they had wings like the wings of a stork, and they lifted up the ephah between earth and heaven.”

    “Then I said to the angel who talked with me, ‘Where are they taking the ephah?’ And he said to me, ‘


    We just witnessed the laying of the foundations for a one-world religion on the lawns of the Vatican. This was not one “beautiful display of human brotherhood,” but the moving away from the one true faith in the One and only Living, Eternal G-d, from the one and only Savior, Yeshua the Messiah, from the one and only Body of believers, from being “mikved” into Messiah’s death and resurrection, from the one and only fold of G-d, Israel, His covenant people [Eph. 4:4-6], to a “religion” that incorporates all faiths and all gods.

    But this is only one aspect of the multi-faceted and highly sinisterNew World Order.

    The world was shocked from what the Media dubbed “Arab spring,” the violent and bloody protests allegedly for a democratic constitution and government. But it has gone far beyond that, and what we are actually witnessing is the preparation for the fulfillment of the above Scripture in Zechariah.

    Years ago, when I sought to understand this Scripture and asked the Lord to grant me insight, He said the following: “Formerly I judged the Days of Noah, Babylon and Sodom and Gomorrah separately. But when all three shall be in the earth together simultaneously, then wickedness will have reached her full measure of iniquity.Then I shall thrust them into that EPHAH prepared for them. As storks travel with the wind from their land of origin (such as Iraq, Iran, Syria and Egypt) into all the earth to breed,and then return with the new generation to their land of origin, so are these women taking this full measure of wickedness to its place of origin, which is Babylon in the land of Shinar, today’s Iraq.” Then He said, “Behold, the days of Noah have dawned upon the earth. Watch, search and observe therefore.Likewise, watchBabylon and Sodom and Gomorrah emerge. Then know and understand when you see this wickedness increase throughout the earth, that the end is near.”

    So I research, watch and observe, just as is written in Habakkuk 2:1. What I discovered is beyond all comprehension wicked, depraved, vile; indeed as is written of the final days of this age, “On every side the wicked prowl, as vileness is exalted among the sons of men” [Ps 12:8].

    When the New World Order (NWO) will be in place and this 3-fold wickedness shall have reached its full measure, the words in Daniel 12:1 – “And there shall be a time of trouble, such as never has been since there was a nation till that time” – will see their nightmarish fulfillment. The simultaneous manifestations of these evils together with unbridled “hamas / violence” terrorizing the earth, there remains but one thing for me to do:

    “Write the vision; make it plain upon the internet,” as He commanded me with Habakkuk 2:2-4, “so he may run [to safety in Me] who reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time; but at the end it will speak – it will not lie. Though it tarries and seems slow, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not delay. Behold, the proud whose soul is not upright in him shall fail, but the righteous shall live by his faith.”


    First of all, what is, or what were the “Days of Noah?” This is not merely the Sunday-school lesson of Noah and the Ark. We have to go back to Genesis 6:1-4, to learn of goings-on of catastrophic consequences. For when angels did not keep their own domain but abandoned their proper abode, indulging in gross immorality and going after strange flesh [Jude 6-7], the immortal angels after mortal women, a “hybrid” of men was created, those mighty men of old, of renown, of whom the peoples’ mythologies tell. Although G-d cast those angels for their sin into hell and committed them to pits of darkness to keep them in eternal bonds until the Great Day of judgment [2 Pe 2:4], enormous damage had already been done.

    They deceived men into desiring the “secrets of G-d” as the serpent deceived the woman into desiring to become as G-d, knowing good and evil. When studying the account of creation we find that G-d placed particular emphasis on everything to be according to its OWN kind, whether plants, trees, beasts, cattle, creeping things, fowls, fish, etc. He did NOT mix one kind with another kind! He NEVER EVER created a hybrid creature or plant!

    The only “clone” He ever created was the female He BUILT from the already created male. The male Adam was an ORIGINAL creation, barah/created from a non-living substance and with G-d’s breath of life turned into a living being. After G-d had created the male A-dam, the male felt incomplete. So, G-d duplicated the already formed A-dam to create a counterpart. Woman is an exact duplicate in kind and nature of A-dam, “structured,” or “built,” from the already existing “building-blocks” of A-damic life in the male, her genetic code “structuring” her the exact counterpart of the male.

    All creation consists of minute particles which together form a body, or kind. We know also, that man himself is composed of cells, which are the basic units of life. In the cells are the chromosomes, which carry the hereditary material, the genes. Genes consist of DNA molecules (nucleic acids), which determine the genetic code that carries the essential character of the organism from generation to generation.

    This is what these angels taught their offspring and men, how to alter G-d’s creation of which G-d said that it was very good [Gen. 1:31], creating hybrids whose forms are delivered to us until this day through the ancient religions that originated from Babylon, Mesopotamia and Egypt. Man was never to learn the secrets of genetic engineering, of cloning, of how to combine the DNA of one kind with that of another kind, lining up chromosomes like beads on a string. G-d eventually saw Himself forced to wipe out all those monstrosities together with the knowledge that led to their creation. Unfortunately, the tale of those hybrids was passed on after the flood, as I assume, by Ham and Canaan, and perhaps even by Yaphet, and were eventually worshiped as gods.

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    Egyptian god Anubis

    Egyptian god Horus

    Egyptian god Ra, the sky or sun god

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    Greek centaur, half man half horse

    Satyr, half man half goat, with his pan pipes

    Sphynx, lion’s body, eagle’s wings, and human head

    When the L-RD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually, He regretted HamasViolencethat He had made man. All flesh had corrupted their way on the earth, which was also filled with violence, that is, hamas.

    Then G-d said to Noah, “The end of all flesh has come before Me, for the earth is filled with hamas through them; and behold, I will destroy them with the earth.”

    Then He commanded Noah of every living thing of all flesh to bring two of every kind into the ark, each after their own kind. This is repeated twice, that the creatures to be saved were to be AFTER THEIR OWN KIND. Seven days after Noah and his family and all the creatures to survive had entered the ark, the L-RD opened up the flood gates from below and above the earth, for 40 days. And ALL flesh died that moved upon the earth; everything on the dry land in whose NOSTRILS WAS THE BREATH OF LIFE, died. G-d blotted out EVERY LIVING THING that was upon the face of the ground; they were blotted out from the earth by the waters covering all the high mountains under the whole heaven, standing twenty-two feet and more above the highest peaks (which would have been the Himalayan peaks). Verses 21-23 repeat three times that G-d blotted out ALL IN WHOSE NOSTRILS WAS THE BREATH OF LIFE. [Gen. 6:11-13, 17, 19-20; 7:12-15, 19-23]

    Obviously, G-d had reason to do this, for had it been only creatures He had created, each after their own kind, there would have been no need to destroy ALL flesh, everything on dry land that was BREATHING! He saw no other option than to wipe out all existence on dry land, and with it the knowledge that had led to corrupt the whole earth and filled it with violence.

    clip_image001_0000Modern science has re-discovered – NOT invented – the method of Genetic Engineering, also known as Gene-Splicing or Cell-Cloning. Cloning is the partitioning of a cell, which results in the splicing of genes and their imbedded codes, to reproduce the same kind; or more exactly, an exact duplicate in kind, nature and likeness of the organism from whom the cell is taken.

    By doing this with two different kinds of plants, animals, fowls, they reproduce thanks to their imbedded codes a new creature or plant, combining the characteristics of both kinds. It is a HYBRID! We are surrounded by hidden genetic engineering and biotechnology in our food and our animals already.

    There are hybrids from animals who are related, like the horse and the donkey, which by mating them produces the mule. However, scientists have begun to experiment with creating hybrids from animals who are not naturally related. They have begun to create monsters as they did in Noah’s days. They even have transplanted heads on dogscatsmonkeys [2] and pigs, and are now seeking to even transplant human heads. For the sake of “science” they already are mixing animal and human genes, allegedly to find cures for incurable diseases.

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    These hybrid animals came about naturally, without human intervention, by mating.




    Ligers are the cross of a male lion and a female tiger.

    Wholphins are the offspring of bottlenose dolphins and false killer whales.

    Naked chickens [3]

    There are Zonkeys and Zorses, Hebras and ZebroidsGrolar bears and tigons, and camas, which is a hybrid of two animals from different worlds — camels from Asia, and llamas from South America. Camas were produced via artificial insemination to create an animal with the size and strength of the camel, but the more cooperative temperament of the llama.

    cloningnamesThis is one way of creating a new breed of animal, although it still is within the parameters of “after its own kind,” when one kind of cat mated with another kind of cat – but still both cats. Or the horse with the Zebra or donkey, both still of the same kind of “ancestor.” Here is a short list of such hybrids and their names.

    Cloning of one single animal, however, does reproduce another animal of identical looks and characteristics, sort of like twins from a single ova. I just recently watched a documentary on cloning very valuable animals who had no offspring. A German equestrian horse, which had won over 115 tournaments, more than any horse before or after him, had no offspring because equestrian horses are spayed. Not wanting to lose such a valuable horse altogether they found a scientist who successfully cloned the horse, which showed the identical characteristics of its father except for a variation of looks due to the mare that carried and bore him.

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    Cloning in biology is the process of producing similar populations of genetically identical individuals that occurs in nature when organisms such as bacteria, insects or plants reproduce a-sexually. Cloning in biotechnology refers to processes used to create copies of DNA fragments (molecular cloning), cells (cell cloning), or organisms. The term also refers to the production of multiple copies of a product such as digital media or software. Cloning technique is also involved in the modification of Crops, commonly known as GM Crops.

    Human_Cloning_autoclone_incubus_cyber_wars_clonematicHuman Cloning justifications have been advanced like: keeping the embryonic cells of a beloved child stored that in case of his/her premature death the deceased child can be “resurrected” by cloning it.

    Will the man who received a “mortal” wound be “resurrected” as a clone? [Rev. 13:12] Saddam Hussein wanted to have himself cloned so he could continue his reign and rebuilding of Babylon should he get killed.

    Human cloning began already some decades ago, quietly, in secret, but is now coming ever more aggressively into the open, just as the other two iniquities – Babylon and Sodom & Gomorrah – are doing ever more aggressively and provocatively.

    “Cloning, moreover, is essential to foreseeable endeavors such as the genetic engineering of embryos, the creation of human/animal chimeras, the gestation of cloned fetuses in artificial wombs as a means of obtaining patient-compatible organs, and eventually the birth of cloned babies.”

    Not only will cloning encourage treating women’s “reproductive assets” as marketable commodities, but a concentrated search may soon be on for women (see footnote #2) who can produce “prime cloning-quality eggs” furthering the objectification of female “biological” functions.

    Expect an additional political “conflagration” over legal efforts to protect women from being “exploited” by the biotechnology industry… it is also an “ethical” earthquake.



    ‘The Human Cloning Prohibition Act of 2011’ states:

    “It is unlawful for any person or entity, public or private, to knowingly: (1) perform or attempt to perform human cloning; (2) participate in an attempt to perform human cloning; (3) ship or receive for any purpose an embryo produced by human cloning or any product derived from such an embryo; and (4) ship or receive, in whole or in part, any oocyte, embryo, fetus, or human somatic cell, for the purpose of human cloning. It is unlawful for any person or entity, public or private, to knowingly import, for any purpose, an embryo produced by human cloning.”

    Indeed, Noah’s days have not only dawned on the earth, they have progressed to mid-morning.

  • Babylon is again in the Earth

    Babylon, the “Mystery of Iniquity,” was where all organized false religions of the world got started – including Freemasonry, the religion of the illuminati [4] – and it is where they will end, according to Zechariah.

    In order to discover the legacy of Mystery Babylon we have to revisit the times of Nimrod, who played a monumental role in world developments after the Flood[i].

    There are a variety of extra-Biblical accounts that state Nimrod once confronted Abraham, Jacob’s grandfather. He was even said to have thrown Abraham into a fiery furnace because he would not worship his idols. An angel, however, interceded, and saved Abraham.

    The battle between Nimrod’s Babylon and the blood line of Adam was obviously won by Abraham – this time. The battle of virtual Babylon and Abraham’s seed would continue on, however, beyond Nimrod, even up to this day. [5]

    Of course, who and what and where is Babylon, exactly? There are so many interpretations and explanations abounding concerning who and what Babylon represents, many of which are based on assumptions and conjecture. However, we are told in 2 Peter 1:20-21 that “… no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, because no prophecy ever came by the impulse of man, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from G-d.”

    Hence, we begin with the roots and origin of Babylon. As the earth repopulated again with the families descended from Noah, we read that from these the nations spread abroad on the earth after the flood (Gen. 10:32). And all had but one language, the one Noah and his family spoke. Some of them migrated into the land of Shinar. According to Hebrew and Christian tradition it was Nimrod who was their leader, also in building the Tower of Babel. He was the son of Cush (Gen. 10:8), grandson of Ham, and great-grandson of Noah, from the line cursed by Noah: “Cursed be Canaan, a slave of slaves shall he be unto his brothers”
    (Gen. 9:25).

    In Gen. 10:8-9 we are told that Nimrod “… was a mighty hunter before the L-RD: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the L-RD.”The word “before” in verse 9 actually should be translated “in defiance of.” Even his name – Nimrod – denotes “one who rebels” or “let us rebel.” Nimrod was a hunter, “a mighty one in the earth,” a hero of the people.

    The Jerusalem Targum (a Hebrew translation into the Aramaic language, which was used in Christ’s day), states, “He [Nimrod] was powerful in hunting and wickedness before the L-RD, for he was a hunter of the sons of men, and he said unto them, ‘Depart from the judgment of the Lord, and adhere to the judgment of Nimrod!’ therefore it is said: ‘As Nimrod [is] the strong one, strong in hunting, and in wickedness before the Lord.’” [6]

    The tower was to be so high that no future flood from G-d could wipe them out again. They were all in agreement and worked day and night on building the tower, everybody putting their hands to the task. They were going to prove to G-d that He had no power over them, that they didn’t need Him.

    Then, interestingly, we are told that “the L-RD came down to see the city and the tower.” Did He not see it from His place? What was it that provoked Him to take a close look at what men after the flood were building? He just had wiped out mankind which had corrupted all their ways and the earth with it due to their ever increasing knowledge so that nothing had been impossible for them. Would He have to do the same thing again?

    He went to check in person and what He saw confirmed His apprehension. “Look!” He said, “If they are able to accomplish all this when they have just begun to exploit their linguistic and political unity, just think of what they will do later! Nothing will be unattainable for them!” [7]

    G-d decided to foil the plans of Nimrod by casting a spirit of confusion into the global unity of Nimrod’s kingdom, many languages, opinions and nations emerged forth, leaving the building of the tower of Babel incomplete as in Genesis 11:1-9.

    After this incident Nimrod began to use his warrior attributes by haunting, plundering, robbing, destroying, killing and forcing the other races to submit under his vision. Nimrod’s kingdom included the cities of Babel, Erech, Accad, and Calneh, all in Shinar. (Ge 10:10). He was the leader of the Hamites, while Joktan as leader of the Shemites, and Fenech as leader of the Japhethites, are also associated with the building of the Tower [8].

    The religion formed by Cush and Nimrod marked the beginning of polytheism in the post-flood world: the worship of many gods. The snake, sun, and fire became their symbols of god on earth. Human sacrifice became openly practiced. Even though G-d wanted His people to spread out and only serve Him, Nimrod, through the empire and religion of Babylon, began to unite the people – all under his “one-world government.” [9]

    Nimrod became so evil to the extent that he decided to marry his own mother, Semiramis[10], after he allegedly killed his own father Cush who had been disgraced. Semiramis, a hellenized form of the Sumerian name “Sammur-amat”, or “gift of the sea,”[11] was the instigator in forming the false religion aimed at supporting their rule. The initial element “sammur” when translated into Hebrew becomes “Shinar” (the biblical name for lower Mesopotamia), and is the word from which we derive “Sumeria”. Semiramis had such a lasting impact upon world history that not only do we call by her name the land from which civilization flowed, but G-d himself through the sacred writer has let us know that its distinguishing characteristic was that it was “the Land of Shinar,” or Semiramis.

    Through his leadership he also used a lot of witchcraft, magic, the contacting of evil spirits, the sacrificing of human beings to demons, the practicing of divination and he also did a lot of spiritual transmission of curses into others through the power of astrology.

    Nimrod also declared himself to be a god (Sun god), because the sun is one of the brightest stars from whence the earth draws most of its energies (electrical magnetic field), so Nimrod said:

    “I am the sun god from whence the whole human race draws its life…” [12]

    The religion Semiramis invented was based primarily upon corrupting the eternal truth of the only G-d and His redemption of mankind into a mythic cycle wherein the great dragon is depicted as the rightful lord of the universe whose throne has been temporarily usurped by One whom we can recognize as the G-d of the Bible. The serpent creates man in his present miserable state, but promises that a child would one day be born of a divine mother—which child would supplant G-d, become a god himself, and return rulership of the Earth to the serpent.

    She was said to have not only been very beautiful, but also politically powerful. Both Nimrod andSemiramis established themselves as the gods Marduk and Astarte [13]. She was given full control of the religious hierarchy and established the worship of the “heavenly host” of fallen angels, the worship of demons. When Nimrod threatened her with both dethronement and exposure of her true origin after she had given birth to an illegitimate son, she plotted his death. During the course of the annual New Year’s festivities at which the advent of Nimrod’s rule was celebrated, Nimrod was torn alive limb from limb [another story goes that Nimrod was killed by Shem and cut into many pieces] at the hands of the drug-crazed priesthood instead of the usual year-old ram. Thus Nimrod, the mighty hunter who led the rebellion against G-d with the tower of Babel and the establishment of his empire Babylon, died a horrible death.

    Semiramis named her bastard son Damu (from the Sumerian “dam,” or blood), which in the later Babylonian language became Dammuzi, in Hebrew Tammuz [ii], and in Greek Adonis. To counter the rising opposition against her, especially aiming at her womanhood, she had herself deified as the mother of the god Damu (since only a god can beget a god), and installed as “The Queen of Heaven” pictured in the constellation Cassiopeia. Since she could not have conceived the child from the dead Nimrod, she proclaimed it to have been a miracle conception and that Tammuz[14] was Marduk reborn.

  • After reigning as queen over Babylon for 102 years, Semiramis was slain by her illegitimate son she had declared “god”.

    These events laid the groundwork for all of the pagan religious systems of antiquity, as well as many alive today. Semiramis[15], in particular was the model and original of every goddess and female cult figure in the ancient and modern worlds (either directly or by derivation); and thus it is essential to know her story in order to discern what is factual legend and what is merely myth.


    In order to understand why the ephah containing the full measure of wickedness is taken back to Babylon, to the land of Shinar, we needed to go back to the origin of a religion the focus of which is the rebellion against G-d and against His Son, Who died but rose from the dead and lives forever, Savior of mankind. Babylon is the mother of the religion of the anti-Christ. The movement begun by Nimrod and Semiramis is alive and well again in the earth today.

    But where in today’s land of Shinar, modern Iraq, is Babylon? Where and what is the place this ephah is to be brought back to?

    Babylon was resurrected in our time.

    Ishtar GateIn the 80’s Saddam Hussein spent large sums to restore the ruins of ancient Babylon and make it an important tourist attraction.

    Charles Dyer [16] , author of “The Rise of Babylon” documents a fascinating event that took place in 1988 on the actual site of the ancient city of Babylon. It is a tale of intrigue.

    “It is a cloudless September night, and the moon casts its shining image on the banks of the gentle Euphrates River. Thousands of guests and dignitaries walk by torch light to Babylon’s Procession Street and enter the city from the north.

    Instructed to line the streets along the massive walls, the guests obediently follow orders. When the audience is in place, the dark-eyed man in charge nods and the procession begins.

    Rows and rows of soldiers parade in, dressed in Babylonian tunics and carrying swords, spears and shields.

    Interspersed among the ranks of soldiers are groups of musicians playing harps, horns and drums. Clusters of children carry palm branches, and runners bear bowls of incense. Then come soldiers and still more soldiers in a seemingly endless line of men and weapons.

    Ishtar Gate ancient foundations
    After the procession, the guests attend a ceremony paying tribute to Ishtar aka the “Queen of heaven,” (aka the “mother of god,” aka Semiramis), the mother goddess of Babylon.”

    The director of that event, the International Babylon Festival, was none other than Saddam Hussein. He was celebrating the revival of the city from ancient times, spending over $500 million during the 1980s on the reconstruction and the re-establishment of ancient Babylon, the capitol of Nebuchadnezzar. By 1990, over sixty million bricks had been made, placed in the walls of Babylon on top of the very bricks that Nebuchadnezzar had laid, each engraved with the inscription ‘To King Nebuchadnezzar in the reign of Saddam Hussein.'”

    Saddam believed he is the literal reincarnation of King Nebuchadnezzar II, according to ” investigative mythologist” William Henry[17] and others.

    Nebuchadnezzar II is considered by historians to have been one of the greatest kings of ancient Babylon (now Iraq), who ruled that land from 605 to 562 BC., making Babylon the most powerful nation in the world. Saddam saw himself in the same role. “Saddam is saying he is the reincarnated Nebuchadnezzar,” writes Henry in Saddam Hussein, the Stairway to Heaven and the Return of Planet X.

    “He is attempting to recreate and outdo the feats of the biblical king.”[18]

    How would Nebuchadnezzar have reacted to an American tank rumbling down the street of Babylon? “Is not this great Babylon,” he had said, “that I have built…saddammoney for the honor of my majesty?” (Dan. 4:30). Yet, from the second to the twentieth century, the majestic city of Babylon lay in utter ruins, fulfilling Bible prophecy.

    Since 1987, each autumn has witnessed the Babylon International Festival, with its slogan: “From Nebuchadnezzar to Saddam Hussein, Babylon rises anew on the path of construction and glorious jehad.” The Festival’s medallion depicts the profiles of Hussein and Nebuchadnezzar.

    Smash of civilizationsSaddam restored part of Nebuchadnezzar’s 600-room palace and atop some of the original bricks marked with Nebuchadnezzar’s name are new bricks that declare, “In the era of Saddam Hussein, protector of Iraq, who rebuilt the Royal Palace.”[19] palace

    So Saddam Hussein is inextricably connected to modern Babylon, and in HIS OWN VIEW, considered himself to be the modern successor of Nebuchadnezzar. This is where we are today. Globalization is coming more of a reality, the reflection of the Tower of Babel, the unity of mankind which G-d had dispersed. The One World Government. Babylon will emerge as 2 systems. One is governmental and the other is spiritual.

    It is important for us to always remember that Almighty G-d has an account to settle with Babylon because they were the destroyers of Israel and His Holy Temple. G-d judged Babylon in ancient times for their role in bringing about the destruction of Judah and Jerusalem.

    Jeremiah prophesied that G-d would utterly destroy Babylon because of “the vengeance of His temple.”

    “…His device is against Babylon, to destroy it; because it is the vengeance of the L-RD, the vengeance of his temple” (Jeremiah 51:11). Although ancient Babylon did fall into ruins for an entire epoch, the modern rise of Babylon only signals that it must fall again [20].


    Babylon has paid the price of war. It has been ransacked, looted, torn up, paved over, neglected and roughly occupied. Archaeologists said American soldiers even used soil thick with priceless artifacts to stuff sandbags.

    But Iraqi leaders and United Nations officials are not giving up on it. They are working assiduously to restore Babylon, home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World, and turn it into a cultural center and possibly even an Iraqi theme park.

    No one is saying this is going to happen anytime soon, but what makes the project even conceivable is that the area around Babylon is one of the safest in Iraq, a beacon of civilization, once again, in a land of chaos.

    Ancient Babylon, celebrated as a fount of law, writing and urban living, sits just outside the modern-day city of Hilla, about 60 miles south of Baghdad. Hilla is neither haunted by Sunni insurgents nor overwhelmed by Shiite militias. And though it has a mix of Shiites and Sunnis, it has not been afflicted by the sectarian violence that has paralyzed so many other heterogeneous parts of Iraq.

    Factories are churning, Iraqi security forces are patrolling and the streets pulsate with life — children bounding to school, crowds wading into markets, taxis gliding by.

    Emad Lafta al-Bayati, Hilla’s mayor, has big plans for Babylon. “I want restaurants, gift shops, long parking lots,” he said. “G-d willing,” he added, “maybe even a Holiday Inn.”

    The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization is pumping millions of dollars into protecting and restoring Babylon and a handful of other ancient ruins in Iraq. Unesco has even printed up a snazzy brochure, with Babylon listed as the premier destination, to hand out to wealthy donors.

    “Cultural tourism could become Iraq’s second biggest industry, after oil,” said Philippe Delanghe, a United Nations official helping with the project.

    Unesco, which hopes to completely restore Babylon and turn it into a shining gem of Iraqi tourism. Mr. George, who was S. Hussein’s field director for Babylon in 1986, is meeting regularly with archaeologists from around the world and laying plans for a cuneiform study center and a tourist village — to be erected outside the ancient city’s borders, no doubt.

    “One day millions of people will visit Babylon,” he said. “I’m just not sure anybody knows when.”

    An opinion shared on this blog site: As we were leaving I overheard my brigade commander telling someone that people will one day pay thousands of dollars to visit this area and see what we had just seen. Obviously that can only happen once the country is stable and secure and I believe he is right.

    I stood in the place where civilization was born and branched out into the rest of the world. Now it is time for us to bring civilization back.

    And WHO would be US? The above mentioned?

  • [1]
    The Hebrew word “ephah” means a particular measure for grain, and “measure” in general. The measurement for an ephah is about 36.4 litres, or ten omers, or about one bushel.
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    An ancient Hebrew unit of dry measure equal to about a bushel

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    Nouns denoting quantities and units of measure


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    Hypernyms (“ephah” is a kind of…):

    dry measure; dry unit (a unit of capacity for dry commodities (as fruit or grain))

    [2]I can’t tell, however, if this is a staged performance or if this for real. In view of the fact that even whole faces have been transplanted, it is a possibility. We don’t even know what is already going on behind laboratory doors, but I know that the most daunting experiments are being conducted, playing G-d. The days are coming when females will be used (probably Jews and Christians) to implant into their uterus genetically engineered embryos that might resemble what was done in Noah’s days.

    Two featherless chickens peck around in some grass May 22, 2002 at the Hebrew University in Rehovot. Israeli scientists at the Agriculture department of the university havegenetically engineered bare-skinned chickens as part of a research project to develop succulent, low fat poultry that is environmentally friendly. The naked chicken, as the bird has been dubbed, would also save poultry farmers large amounts of money on ventilation to prevent their chickens from overheating. REUTERS/HavakukLevison

    [4] – extensive article;
    – interesting perspective; I saw it quite differently – – but since Gaddafi is dead – as is Saddam – they can no longer fulfill their vision as world rulers. What I find stupefying is that America is the one that killed both. Hmmmm… hmmmmm…

    [5] ; the legends and myths about Nimrod are numerous; however, the religion he founded with his father Cush and enlarged with his wife Semiramis has survived in various forms until this day, opposing G-d, corrupting the truth about G-d and His salvation by having created a counterfeit, especially that of the “mother of god/queen of heaven,” and Tammuz, the god who had died but was reborn, who was and is the spirit of anti-Christ.

    Language is the basis upon which science feeds upon itself and grows. This was the beginning of an explosion of knowledge, nipped in the bud because of wrong motives and wrong use of the knowledge gained, and to prevent a repetition with what had happened in Noah’s days. Similarity with today’s world is significant (Quote from LB, Ge. 11:6, footnote “c”)

    There are so many versions and legends out about Semiramis, her origins, her name, it is impossible to establish firm proof of any of it. What is certain is that she became one of the most influential women after the flood and the founder of a religion that has spread from Empires to Empires all the way into our days.

    [11] ; the most researched and elaborate account of who and what Semiramis was. The story of Nimrod’s death is also the most often repeated version, while the account of Shem having killed

    [12] ; this is the general story, repeated by most writings about Nimrod. However, there is also much legend –
    – “Legends of the Jews,” with here and there a kernel of truth. I link these web sites to provide a better over-all picture of the bottomless wicked, evil and depraved nature of an ancient ego-maniac.

    Also known as Ishtar, Venus, Artemis, Freya, etc. There are so many different versions aloft about this goddess who actually had been Semiramis, it is impossible to establish her as one and the same. The names of her husband also vary. Here are just a few of sites writing about her:

    Ezekiel 8:14
    states that at the northern gate of the LORD’s House women were sitting there “weeping for Tammuz,” an act G-d called a great abomination. And in Exodus 23:13 the LORD commands Israel, “… make no mention of the NAMES of OTHER gods, nor let such be HEARD out of your mouth.” Yet for 29 days the name of TAMMUZ is heard throughout Israel, among the Jewish people. The consequence of this has been the 17th of Tammuz (see footnote ii), and even today Jews frequently experience disasters following the month by the name of this “god” whose story is a counterfeit of Messiah (Christ): Tammuz is the spirit of anti-Christ.

    This link is the most accurate on Semiramis, without the multitude of legends.

    My quoting this man does not imply that I agree with everything he says or writes, but since I quote him I also got to link to him. Many of the links I insert are merely meant to broaden the understanding of the subject I am writing about, which does not mean I support or agree with everything presented. As with everything of antiquity there is so much myth, mythology, legends, with strange phenomena interspersed. BUT – that IS Babylon!!!

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    Flavious Josephus wrote: “Now it was Nimrod who excited them to such an affront and contempt of God. He was the grandson of Ham, the son of Noah, a bold man, and of great strength of hand. He persuaded them not to ascribe it to God, as if it were through his means they were happy, but to believe that it was their own courage which procured that happiness. He also gradually changed the government into tyranny, seeing no other way of turning men from the fear of God, but to bring them into a constant dependence on his power. He also said he would be revenged on God, if he should have a mind to drown the world again; for that he would build a tower too high for the waters to reach. And that he would avenge himself on God for destroying their forefathers.

    Now the multitude were very ready to follow the determination of Nimrod, and to esteem it a piece of cowardice to submit to God; and they built a tower, neither sparing any pains, nor being in any degree negligent about the work: and, by reason of the multitude of hands employed in it, it grew very high, sooner than anyone could expect; but the thickness of it was so great, and it was so strongly built, that thereby its great height seemed, upon the view, to be less than it really was. It was built of burnt brick, cemented together with mortar, made of bitumen, that it might not be liable to admit water. When God saw that they acted so madly, he did not resolve to destroy them utterly, since they were not grown wiser by the destruction of the former sinners; but he caused a tumult among them, by producing in them diverse languages, and causing that, through the multitude of those languages, they should not be able to understand one another. The place wherein they built the tower is now called Babylon, because of the confusion of that language which they readily understood before; for the Hebrews mean by the word Babel, confusion…”

    (Hebrew: ?????,Standard Tammuz Tiberian Tammûz) is the tenth month of the civil year and the fourth month of the ecclesiastical year on the Hebrew calendar. It is a summer month of 29 days, which occurs on the Gregorian calendar around June-July.

    The name of the month was adopted from the AssyrianBabylonian calendar, in which the month was named after one of the main Mesopotamian gods,Tammuz. This is referred to in Ezekiel 8:14

    17 Tammuz
    Seventeenth of Tammuz(Fast Day)

    17 Tammuz is a fast day from 1 hour before sunrise to sundown in remembrance of Jerusalem’s walls being breached. 17 Tammuz is the beginning of The Three Weeks, in which Jews follow similar customs as the ones followed during the Omer from the day following Passover until the culmination of the mourning for the death of the students of Rabbi Akiva ( Akibah) the thirty-third day of the Omer – such as refraining from marriage and haircuts. [1] The Three Weeks culminate with Tisha Be-Av (9th of Av).

    Ashkenazi communities refrain from wine and meat from the beginning of the month of Av, while Sefardi communities only do so from the beginning of the week in which the 9th of Av occurs. The mourning continues until noon on the 10th of Av, the date on which the Second Temple’s destruction was complete.

    17 Tammuz
    – (1312 BCE) – Golden Calf offered by the Jewish people, 40 days after the giving of the Torah at Har Sinai. This is the first of the 5 national tragedies mourned on this day.

    17 Tammuz
    – (423 BCE) – Temple service disrupted The daily sacrificial offerings (


    ) in the Holy Temple were discontinued, three weeks before the Babylonians’ destruction of the First Temple in 586 BCE.. This is the second of the 5 national tragedies mourned on this day.

    17 Tammuz
    – (70 CE) – Jerusalem Walls Breached The other three national tragedies mourned on Tammuz 17 are connected with the Roman conquest of Jerusalem and their destruction of the Second Temple in 70 CE. Firstly, the walls of the besieged city of Jerusalem were breached. Secondly, the Roman general Apostomus burned the Torah and, third was that he placed an idol in the Holy Temple. The fighting in Jerusalem continued for three weeks until the 9th of Av, when the Holy Temple was set aflame.

    17 Tammuz
    – The Spanish Inquisition, though officially issued by papal bull by Pope Sixtus IV on November 1, 1478,it is remembered together with the other disasters on the 9th of Av –


    9th of Av (Tishab’Av) –