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Extracts from Introduction

The Cosmic War – The Venus Connection –The True Day Star - Understanding this Book

The Cosmic War

Know Your Enemy

When John Bunyan wrote his Holy War he was conscious that he was engaged in a spiritual warfare of cosmic dimension involving the entire universe. The Apostle Paul advised the Christians at Ephesus that 'we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.'1 The World War slogan was 'Know your enemy.' The enemy is easily discernable in the frontal attack but not when he comes in disguise. When the enemy looks the same as the friend it is easy to be taken in and close inspection is necessary to discern him in his true colours. When John wrote The Revelation there was plenty going on in Rome. 'They were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage.'3 He was awakened to the spiritual realities of our life situation by 'a great voice, as of a trumpet'4 so that he would be equipped to rouse the slumbering bondmen concerning the cosmic war that was already raging. Only the alert would survive and it was necessary to be vigilant to discern the true foe.

Light in Darkness

From the earliest ages it has been the strategy of the powers of darkness to provide a substitute for the seed of the woman promised in Genesis 3.15 and to develop an alternative apostate system of imperial and global dimension. Things are no different today. We have crossed the threshold into a new millennium of spiritual warfare. Impenetrable mists shroud the battlefield as we go forward into the dark unknown. Evil presences are all around and without the truth that sheds light upon our situation we will never make it to the dawn. Where we might ask is the light to show us the way? It is the daystar that heralds the dawn but in what quarter is the spiritual morning star to be found and what is his message for today? In this book the development of the apostasy in the early ages of man is traced and the implications for our present age are then presented. The true Gospel is distinguished from the Ancient Apostasy and the conclusion addresses those courses of action necessary in order to survive the Cosmic War.

The Venus Connection

The Counterfeit Day Star

We should be aware that, as with so many things in life, there is a counterfeit as well as the genuine article. Already in John’s day there were dangerous developments whereby the two could be confused. Alongside of the accurate knowledge of the Cosmos there was also, and still is, the enemy’s propaganda designed to deceive. If we do not carefully discriminate between them we will be led astray. In his Second Epistle the Apostle Peter speaks of the true Day Star.7 At the heart of the ancient apostasy we find a false day star, namely the planet Venus. Together with the sun this planet constituted the celestial representation of the pagan deities, which still exert influence through New Age beliefs and occult practices. The insignia of this apostasy have been found all over the world but the evidence is mostly misinterpreted because of evolutionary bias.

A Megalithic Monument to Ancient Apostasy

One Megalithic example is found in Eire. You have to progress down a dark tunnel. It takes you in an approximately north, northwesterly direction. As you walk along, you pass huge slabs of stone on each side of the narrow passage. Fifty strides take you to the end. In front of you and on either side there are recesses. On the back stone you would have seen inscribed spirals, diamonds, ovals and a kind of horseshoe shape. For the ancient users of this passage and chamber these were the potent inscriptions whose illumination was connected with rites of immense significance. To the uninitiated the exact significance is now shrouded in mystery. As you exit into the sunshine outside, looking back, you would see that above the doorway there is a ‘window’ whose stone lintel is also carved. You can count eight rectangles, each of which contains an X-cross formed by two lines drawn from corner to corner and intersecting at the centre of each rectangle. The 'window' above the passage entrance was in fact a lightbox and on the 21st December the rising sun would shine through it and right along the passage to the end.

Dependence on the Light of Venus

This, however, is the less dramatic part of the story for the Venus connection is even more interesting. The fascinating fact with respect to Newgrange in Ireland is that it is only once in each eight-year cycle that Venus passes across the aperture of the lightbox. Knight and Lomas consider that the lintel corroborates the Venus connection. They view each rectangle with its inner cross as representing one year. Starting from the top right-hand corner we have represented the shadow cast by the rising sun at the summer solstice, from the bottom right we have represented the shadow cast by the rising sun at the winter solstice, from the bottom left we have represented the shadow cast by the setting sun at the winter solstice and from the top left we have represented the shadow cast by the setting sun at the summer solstice. All four intersect at the centre. Eight such rectangles would comprise the Venus cycle. These authors suggest that Newgrange was used for ancient birthing rights. Such it appears was a widespread ancient conception of the role of the daystar in the resurrection of deified rulers. The goddess mother and child can be found in countries as far apart as Babylon, Egypt, Greece, Rome, India and China.

The Fatal Delusion

The more you consider the precision of the Newgrange structure to maintain darkness within and achieve a focused beam of light from the rising sun and from the rising Venus once every eight years, the more you see that these people were not short of scientific knowledge or technological skill. But did they get the way of life right? Had they found the real solution to death? Had they achieved eternal life? In a word, was the daystar in which they trusted capable of giving never dying, never-ending abundant life? If it were so Newgrange would be the end of our search for the answer to death. In reality it cannot even furnish us with a beginning. As we shall see, far from being the right route it was going in the opposite direction. There are limits to science and technology. They enable man to leave behind monuments of human achievement or assets for following generations to use but we should be under no illusions that magnificent artefacts, ancient or modern, provide no solution to the personal problem of the termination of life by death. The more we understand about Newgrange the more we will be persuaded that its users were fatally deceived in thinking that the sun, moon, stars and planets hold the answer to one’s personal destiny and to life after death.

Satan's Counterfeit

The entire system of the apostasy was a deception and we will see how it copied the fundamental truths of the Gospel. The following summary shows that it presented: 

 A counterfeit Godhead by ancestor deification.

A counterfeit seed in the person of the priest-king.

A counterfeit dominion of tyrannical oppression.

A counterfeit knowledge of occult mysteries.

A counterfeit service of ritual enactment.

A counterfeit resurrection by supposed reincarnation.

A counterfeit paradise in a city of the dead.

In such a manner Satan presented to mankind a substitute god, saviour, kingly rule, prophetic witness, priestly offering, resurrection and heaven. Millions were taken in and still are. Hence the need to distinguish the religion of the false daystar from the true Gospel is still relevant today.

The True Day Star

Searching for the True Day Star

One argument of this book is that the creation - fall - apostasy - flood - dispersion record of the Bible is well supported by historical and archaeological evidence relevant to the development of the great apostasy associated with the Cushites in general and Nimrod in particular. This apostasy was centred on the daystar Venus and persisted in a variety of forms and spread throughout the world. A subordinate theme of this book is that this apostasy had an imperialistic form associated with tower technology that spread from Mesopotamia to Egypt and as far as Central America. It also had a non-imperialistic form evident as far afield as Britain and South Africa. Apart from this apologetic intent this book contains doctrinal and ethical content designed to show the manifest superiority and sufficiency of the scriptural way of life centred not upon the pagan daystar Venus but upon the true daystar Jesus Christ. 

A Reliable Prophetic Word

It is in this context that Peter directs us to the daystar. He puts it in the following way. 'We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts.'13 When we approach the Greek text without a particular interpretation already in mind, the natural translation is 'and we have the more sure prophetic word (or word of prophecy).' The adjective 'sure' has the meaning steadfast, firm, reliable, dependable, and permanent. The written word is more reliable because of its permanence of form. Peter assures us that there is a reliable revelation of spiritual things and exhorts us that we do well to take heed to the prophetic word. It is like a light shining in a dark place to show to us the way until the final day break when the shadows flee away forever.19 Then the daystar will be seen in his resplendent glory and those who have followed him to that day by the light of the word of prophecy will be able to receive him into their hearts with gladness. They will see him as he is and know him perfectly in their hearts.

Following the Day Star

The word 'daystar' is a translation of the Greek word phosphoros, which means 'light bearer' or 'the light bringer'. In nature this is Venus as a morning star. It appears shortly before sunrise and reflects the rays of the still hidden sun. But Peter is not speaking of natural light. His concern is with spiritual light, namely, the light of life. He would have us seek the daystar who is the light of the world in this latter sense. The question that faces each of us is whether we will seek direction and life through celestial observations of scientists, magi, druids or astrologers or by giving diligent attention to the more sure word?

Understanding the Book

Biblical Theology

Biblical Theology has come to be viewed with suspicion on account of its use by scholars of a rationalistic frame of mind who exalted reason at the expense of the inspiration and authority of scripture. Geerhardus Vos, however, recognised the validity of Biblical Theology as dealing with the history of God's special revelation.23 Whereas the organizing principle of Systematic Theology is logical in Biblical Theology it is historical. The historical approach to God's revelation of himself has a honourable pedigree. Augustine in The City of God24 traced the Biblical and subsequent history of the world as a conflict between two communities, the City of God, where God is worshipped, and the City of Man where men serve their own gods. Jonathan Edwards also produced a historical work entitled A History of the Work of Redemption26 in which he traced God's dealings with mankind from the beginning to the end. Although these writers did not have at their disposal the wealth of archaeological discoveries that we now have they furnished a framework for the consideration of the development of the true knowledge and worship of God in contrast to the apostate worship and the two communities that arose the faithful and the apostate.   

Mapping the Spiritual Conflict

This book is written, not as a formal scholarly work, but in a somewhat more popular fashion. Like Bunyan's Holy War the central theme is the spiritual conflict between light and darkness showing at each point the superiority of the scriptural revelation centred in Jesus Christ as the true seed of the woman who triumphs over the counterfeit seed of the Satan inspired apostasy.

In Chapters 1 to 3 it is shown that there was no conflict in the Beginning when God established the created order that forms the foundation of man's relation to his Creator, the world and authentic knowledge.

In Chapters 4 to 6 the origin of evil in the world is addressed and its development in the antediluvian primeval age resulting in the global flood which carried away the ancient civilization but not the accumulated knowledge, good and evil, possessed by Noah and his sons.

In Chapters 7 to 9 it is shown how the primeval apostasy reappeared in the ancient post-flood world in the Cushite line especially through Nimrod. Its spread through the world as a result of the post-Babel migrations and subsequent imperialistic expansion is also considered. The relevance of tower technology in this connection is explained. The Central American version of the apostasy brought Nimrod to the threshold of the Modern World and it would be premature to imagine that the scientific age has outlived all of this.

In Chapter 10 the implications of the findings of the book are discussed in relation to our "scientific" age to provide individual and social imperatives essential to surviving the cosmic war. Superficially it appeared that in Western society at least the pagan form of the apostasy was gone forever but such is not the case. Distinguishing the fundamental truths from error is just as important to us today.

The Need to respond

At each stage in the development of the argument Christian doctrines and ethical standards relevant to the Biblical passages under consideration are introduced to provide the reader with a thorough understanding of the divergence between the true saving revelation and the apostasy. The reader who continues through to the end will see what abundance of objective evidence there is in ancient documents and in archaeological findings to support the Biblical record of a creation, fall, apostasy, flood and subsequent migration. As in the Genesis Flood27 Whitcomb and Morris showed the compatibility of geological facts with the scriptural record of creation this book shows that religious anthropology from many generations supports in detail the scriptural record of the early ages of mankind. At the outset of this introduction it was stated that a Cosmic War is in progress. Not one is exempted from this war. Each of us is either on the victorious side or the losing side and for each of us this is a matter of life or death. This book cannot be construed as merely a historical record or scholarly diversion. The issues contained are of utmost importance to each one of us. Failure to implement the imperatives in the conclusion is to share the nemesis of paganism and to go down into the pit with Nimrod. The book is written not only to inform the mind but also to reach the heart.  

Notes to Introduction

1.        Ephesians 6.12.

3.        Matthew 24.38.

4.        Revelation 1.10.

7.        2 Peter 1.19.

13.     2 Peter 1.19.

19.     Song of Solomon 2.17.

23.     Geerhardus Vos, Biblical Theology: Old and New Testaments (Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1948).

24.     Saint Augustine, The City of God (London: J. M. Dent & Sons Ltd, 1945, reprinted 1962).

26.     Jonathan Edwards, A History of the Work of Redemption containing The Outlines of a Body of Divinity, including A View of Church History, in a Method Entirely New in The Works of Jonathan Edwards (Edinburgh: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1995). Also worth consulting for the significance of the Old Testament period is Patrick Fairbairn, Typology of Scripture 2 volumes in 1 (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Kregel Publications, 1989)

27.     John C. Whitcomb and Henry M. Morris, The Genesis Flood: The Biblical Record and its Scientific Implications (Philadelphia: The Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Company, 1967)