In his vision of the end times, the Apostle John saw a time coming when the people would openly worship the beast, which of course is none other than Satan, the god of this world.
8 All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast—all whose names have not been written in the Lamb’s book of life, the Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world. 9 Whoever has ears, let them hear. (Revelation 13:8-9 NIV)
It is difficult to imagine how the world could be so deceived, that humanity would be enticed into worshiping this false god.
But a bizarre thing happened at the Commonwealth Games held in Birmingham, England in August 2022.
As part of the opening ceremonies, a massive (six-story high) bull with flashing red eyes and smoke pouring out of its nostrils was dragged into the main arena.
As strange as that was, this wasn’t even the bizarre part.
When the mechanical bull entered the arena, a woman walked in front of it, to calm it down.
After this happened, dancers gathered around the bull, and seemed to be bowing down, kneeling and worshiping it.
I am not sure if this was the intent, but this is certainly what it looked like. In his article for Charisma News, Michael Snyder reported that there are reports this massive bull will be permanently on display in Birmingham.
This ceremony was broadcast to the 72 participating nations and many have suggested that the event had the appearance of the worship of the god, Baal, which was often portrayed as a bull in the ancient Middle East.
As you may remember, while Moses was up on Mt Sinai receiving the ten commandments, believing Moses had died, the people demanded that Aaron build a golden calf, and they began dancing around it and worshiping it.
Since Baal was a fertility god, open sex was part of this worship described as play in the Exodus account (Exodus 32:4-8).
As part of this fertility rite, Baal was also considered the god of the weather, a major ingredient for a successful crop. Archaeologists have found images of Baal holding a lightning bolt in its hand.
This was the basis of Elijah’s challenge to the prophets of Baal, who were associated with King Ahab and Jezebel. Could the Baal prophets call down fire (lightening) from heaven to light the sacrifice on Mt Carmel (1 Kings 18:20-40)?
And maybe this weather connection is just a coincidence, but secular writers often express how global warming has taken on a religious, cult-like appearance.
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Of course, this is not the first time, we have seen the emergence of Baal in recent years. In 2016, a 48′ replica of the arches that stood in front of the Baal temple in Palmyra, Syria was manufactured, after Isis destroyed them in 2015.
It is uncertain where the arches are now, but they were displayed at various locations in the UK, Europe and the US.
A variant form of Baal worship also involved child sacrifice. The god, Moloch, was portrayed as a man with the head of a bull.
It involved a massive, hollow metal idol, with its arms outstretched. A fire was built inside the idol, and once it was hot, live children were placed on its outstretched arms and would roll down into the fire as a sacrifice to this idol.
The prophet Ezekiel described the worship of Moloch with these words:
37 for they have committed adultery and blood is on their hands. They committed adultery with their idols; they even sacrificed their children, whom they bore to me, as food for them. (Ezekiel 23:37 NIV)
And a replica of Moloch was installed in front of the Colosseum in Rome, Italy. In 2019, Life Site News reported on one family’s visit:
“We were so excited the day we decided to go to the Colosseum. But the moment we got there the sight that greeted us was horrifying! Standing guard over the entrance was the colossal pagan statue of Moloch. It was placed in that prime spot so that everyone that entered into the Colosseum had to pass it.”Alexandra Clark, Life Site News
We are living in crazy times and many wonder if these are the days the Apostle Paul warned about in the end times, when God would send a spirit of delusion because people were choosing to believe a lie (2 Thessalonians 2:10-12).