“So he brought me to the inner courtyard of the house of Jehovah. There at the entrance of the temple of Jehovah, between the porch and the altar, were about 25 men with their backs to the temple of Jehovah and their faces to the east; they were bowing down to the sun in the east.”
The sun is the most powerful influence over the earth. It is the center of the solar system —around which all local heavenly bodies orbit. The sun is the source of life (not discounting the divine spirit) without which no life on earth would be possible. The miraculous process of photosynthesis enables plants containing chlorophyll to harness solar energy to produce virtually all the food consumed by living creatures —large and small. The movement of the earth around the sun creates the change of seasons and depending on where you live, may be extreme. The rotation of the earth creates day and night which controls human behavior —like the circadian rhythm, alternating between periods of sleep and wakefulness.
It is no wonder ancient people thought of the sun as a god. They could see and feel the sun’s power in ever so many ways. It was all quite mysterious and unexplainable, as science was in its infancy then. They had no way of knowing that the sun is simply one of many trillions of stars in the cosmos. So, the priests stepped in an explained the existence of the sun in religious terms. For example, the Egyptians believed the sun was a god named Ra. The Egyptians did not know that the Ra they worshipped was rather a modest-sized star compared to some of the massive heavenly bodies in the universe. The sun’s greatness in relation to the earth is because of its proximity —being a mere 93 million miles away, which is nothing compared to the lightyears spanning galactic space. The priests did not know that their Ra was merely a huge ball of gas undergoing nuclear fission.
But the Hebrews knew better —or, they should have. During the time of their exodus from Egypt the great God, Jehovah, demonstrated before everyone that Ra was no god —not really. In god-to-god competition, Jehovah shut them all down, showed them all to be impotent. Ra was especially put to shame when Jehovah caused darkness to fall upon the land for three days. Ra was prevented from showing his face on the order of Moses, who was Jehovah’s representative. Amazingly, though, the sun shown upon the land of Goshen, where Moses and the Hebrews resided. Think of the power Jehovah wields —making the sun disappear!
Later when Moses wrote the account we call “Genesis” the Jews were made aware that “in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Through Moses Jehovah God revealed that he created everything —including the sun. God’s power and knowledge are beyond human comprehension. But that is no reason to dismiss the simple statement “God created.”
According to the foremost Christian evangelizer, Paul explained that God has overlooked the ignorance of men who have worshipped creation rather than the Creator. God was willing to kindly excuse their idolatry, knowing they were ignorant and misled by the demonic wanna-be-gods.
While God was also tolerant of the Hebrews and their many rebellions, he did not forever excuse them. Why? Because they knew better. Or, they should have. Hence, the 25 men, or thereabouts, whom Ezekiel saw in vision with their backs to the temple bowing down to the sun were inexcusable. After all, they were in the courtyard of the temple belonging to Jehovah. Who did they think Jehovah was? They had at their disposal the written law and the historic record of God’s dealings with his people. Whatever possessed them to deliberately offend Jehovah by performing an act of worship to the sun? They may as well offered God their middle finger —one of the most offensive gestures in modern times. They would have to answer for their brazen offense.
In response, in the concluding verses of the eighth chapter Jehovah stated: “Son of man, do you see this? Is it a trivial thing for the house of Judah to do these detestable things, to fill the land with violence and keep offending me? Here they are thrusting out the branch to my nose. So I will act in rage. My eye will not feel sorry; nor will I feel compassion. Even though they cry out loudly in my ears, I will not hear them.”
Interestingly, God stated that the “house of Judah” was guilty of committing detestable offenses. In realty, it was a relative handful of individuals —70 men in the inner chambers and about 25 men who were worshipping the sun, plus the women who were weeping over the god, Tammuz. True, all who entered the temple environ were exposed to the symbol of jealousy at the entryway. But the fact of the matter is, the leaders bear a heavier responsibility. That’s just the way it is. For example, one man, Solomon, led the whole nation into idolatry, which had far-reaching repercussions on Israel. Other kings acted similarly. Even David, whom Jehovah considered to be righteous, acted foolishly when he ordered a census and the result was that 70,000 perished by a plague that Jehovah ordered.
Jesus stated a principle that is the very core of God’s justice when he said: “Indeed, everyone to whom much was given, much will be demanded of him, and the one who was put in charge of much will have more than usual demanded of him.”
No one today literally worships the sun. Okay, perhaps the new age Druids do, whatever. But because of its dominance over the earth, the sun is used metaphorically —symbolizing enlightenment and power. Because the sun rises every morning the dawn represents the hope of the future, a new day dawning. That is why Jesus refers to himself as “the bright morning star.” (Rev. 22:16)
Jesus also promises to give his faithful anointed followers who conquer the world the “morning star.” (Rev. 2:28) Peter used a similar analogy when said: “So we have the prophetic word made more sure, and you are doing well in paying attention to it as to a lamp shining in a dark place (until day dawns and a daystar rises) in your hearts.” (The daystar is the last star visible in the eastern sky during the dawning of a new day.)
Knowing the truth about matters, Satan is ever keen to slyly insert himself into the mix as an enlightener. When exposing the superfine apostles as deceitful workers who had transformed themselves into enlightened ministers of righteousness, Paul went on to say: “And no wonder, for Satan himself keeps disguising himself as an angel of light.”
Just as he duped the Egyptians into imagining the sun had some mystical power, the Devil —disguised as an angel of light —pretends to be the source of the spiritual daystar and the new dawn. Hence, long before the Bible Students began to discern and publish the long-lost basic truth hidden in the Scriptures, Satan had his secret cult of enlightened ones. Some call them the Illuminati, which means illuminated ones. In actual matters of fact, there have been many secret societies that claim to be the keepers of esoteric knowledge and occult power. Of these, in particular, British Freemasonry is the most influential –being an appendage of the monarchy itself.
It seems that “illuminated” ones have infiltrated all influential institutions, be it government, church, business, and entertainment. The universal symbol of the cult is the so-called all-seeing eye of Horus within a triangle, which represents an Egyptian pyramid. Not coincidentally, one eye of the falcon-headed Horus was supposed to represent the sun. It is hard to understate the prevalence of the Masonic eye of Horus and the pyramid. It is stamped upon every dollar bill. It is the basis for many corporate logos. It is found on the edifices of government buildings and churches. The founding members of the Latter Day Saints —the so-called Mormons —were all Masons. In recent years the enlightened ones have taken to sponsoring public events that are thinly disguised satanic rituals.
But back to the Bible Students. Keep in mind that the 25 men who were bowing to the sun were facing east, meaning they were worshipping the rising sun –the dawn. From the beginning, there were telltale marks of the cult of Horus. Russell’s first volume of Studies in the Scriptures was originally named the Millennial Dawn. They were emblazoned with the winged sun —the eye of Horus.
Bible Students were originally called the Millennial Dawners. That term may be understood to relate to the dawning of the 1,000-year reign of Christ. However, prior to the Watchtower, there was a hermetic cult known as the Golden Dawn. Russell’s fascination with the Great Pyramid of Giza and his use of it in diagraming God’s so-called plan of the ages, betrays the influence the cult of the dawn had over him. It is well known that a few years after his death the Masons erected a giant pyramid a few feet from Russell’s grave in honor of him. (My Visit to C.T. Russell’s Gravesite)
Being a secretive cult, the initiates of the upper levels of masonry would never reveal their affiliation. But they do leave their fingerprints. These are on display in Watchtower literature which over the years has been littered with satanic subliminal images. Because of the invention of camera-equipped drones, it came to light recently that an outdoor assembly hall in Denmark had been laid out in such a way so as to appear as the occultic eye of Horus when seen from above.
Most recently, a set on JW Broadcast for a segment called the Inside Story displays two fashionably designed masonic pyramids. Sometimes the Watchtower employs words peculiar to the Masons —for example, the Masters and the Learners.
There seems to be little doubt that the Watchtower is infested with a nest of Devil worshipping masons. Really, given Satan’s success in the past in over-reaching the Jews and Christians, it would seem incredible if Satan did not corrupt Jehovah’s organization in modern times.
The cult of illuminated ones who use the symbol of the sun as their logo are the men who are pictured in Ezekiel bowing down to the sun. In saying there were “about 25 men” that number is probably about right. It doesn’t take very many to influence a great many.
Is it such a trivial thing for men who outwardly dedicated themselves to Jehovah to turn their backs on him and pledge their allegiance to Satan? They should know better. The coming of Christ to God’s spiritual temple for the execution of the wicked will result in their knees dripping with water as they wet their pants in terror at the dawning of the true, bright morning star. Like Christ said: “There is where their weeping and the gnashing of their teeth will be.”