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Symbols of the gods
There were a variety of symbols associated with ancient gods, such as the crescent moon, the Baal-Hadad symbol (sun or star descending into the moon), the globe, the dove, and the triangle with the all-seeing eye. We see them depicted everywhere in Catholicism. When we compare ancient religions to these symbols, we see that Rome indeed assimilated all the pagan rituals and symbols of the nations before it. Many of the images in this album are featured in Amazing Discoveries' Total Onslaught: The Wine of Babylon lecture. Purchase The Wine of Babylon DVD or view the lecture online.
An Egyptian relief showing the bull's horns with the solar symbol in the middle, a common pagan symbol depicting the womb of the woman (often also shown as a crescent moon) with the rising sun god. © Amazing Discoveries.
Helios in his sun chariot at Versailles is also said to represent the Sun King of France. Source: Wikimedia Commons
Hathor, also known as the eye of Osiris, in an Egyptian relief. E.A Wallis Budge wrote this on page 41 and 81 of Egyptian Religion: Egyptian Ideas of the Future Life (Cosimo, Inc., 2005): The Egyptians of every period in which they are known to us believed that Osiris was of divine origin, that he suffered death and mutilation at the hands of the powers of evil, that after a great struggle with these powers he rose again, that he became henceforth the king of the underworld and judge of the dead, and that because he had conquered death the righteous also might conquer death...In Osiris the Christian Egyptians found the prototype of Christ, and in the pictures and statues of Isis suckling her son Horus, they perceived the prototypes of the Virgin Mary and her child. Source: Great Controversy Picture CD, LLT Productions.
The Iranian sun god Mithra killing the bull. This scene is alluded to in Zoroastrian text, stating that sacrificing the bull Hudayos and eating his flesh is the only way to defeat the evil Ahriman. The bull's blood represents fire. Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg. Source: Wikimedia Commons. Photographed by Jean-Pol Grandmont.
Mithra killing the bull, with help from a dog, a serpent, and a scorpion. Copyright Amazing Discoveries.
Jesus, portrayed with a globe in one hand and making a symbol of the pagan trinity with the other, is adorned with fleurs-de-lis. Cathedral in Nurnberg, Germany. Copyright Amazing Discoveries.
The crescent moon in a monstrance. The half moon or sickle moon symbolizes the womb of the woman. Source: Great Controversy Picture CD, LLT Productions.
Symbols of Hermes and Isis with six-pointed star in a Jesuit cathedral in Germany.Copyright Amazing Discoveries.
Here is the Baal-Hadad symbol in ancient Hittite culture. Notice the peacocks on the side, the face of Apollo in the circle, and the laurel leaf with 13 leaves around it. The United Nations uses that symbol for itself. Copyright Amazing Discoveries.
Mithra, the Iranian sun god, holding a globe, the symbol for the world. Source: Great Controversy Picture CD, LLT Productions.
The official papal title Pontifex Maximus, meaning "the Bridge-Builder" on the floor in St. Peter's basilica in the Vatican. This title originates from Babylon. When Medo-Persia took over Babylon, they took over the religious rites and ceremonies of Babylon. Some of the Babylonian priests in Pergamum set up their religious system under the title Pontifex Maximus. The title, along with all the vestments and powers, were then passed on to pagan Roman emperors, and was eventually taken by the Bishop of Rome. Notice also the triple crown associated with the Babylonian system; the fleur-de-lis, which represents the union of male and female; the split tail, which represents the fish god Dagon; and the winged lion, which is the Bible's symbol for Babylon. Copyright Amazing Discoveries.