Another Apocalypse-themed news story: the newly discovered and disputed “Leviathan Fields” of natural gas off the coast of Israel.
Note that 22 + 22 = 44, and there are supposed to be 144,000 righteous Jews, descended from the original twelve tribes of Israel, who will be chosen by God to enjoy the Leviathan banquet at the End of Times. Note also the word “cubic,” bringing to mind the New Jerusalem. As I wrote in my new book Clock Shavings:
It is the Red Dragon, the Beast of the Apocalypse. It is Leviathan, the sea beast of the infernal Abyss. Her name can be found on the Baphomet sigil designed by Stanislas de Guaita, along with the names of Lilith and Samael (all written in Hebrew). Rabbinical tradition tells us that she has a male consort, Behemoth, another infernal monster who resides on dry land.
The Book of Enoch says that Behemoth lives in “a waste wilderness named Duidain, on the east of the garden where the elect and righteous dwell.” This sounds a lot like Cain’s and of Nod, which is also east of Eden. It is also reminiscent of “Dudael” (“Cauldron of God”), the desert wilderness with burning-hot sands where the fallen angel Azazel was imprisoned, as mentioned in Chapter 10 of The Book of Enoch.
The rabbis say that God has separated the monsters because if they ever came together, the world would be annihilated. This is exactly what they also say about Lilith and Samael (and just as the Greeks said about Gaia and Ouranos). Some sources specify that the danger occurs when the “procreate.” By all appearances, Samael and Lilith are the same entities as Behemoth and Leviathan, respectively. Together they are what the Cabalists call the “Other God” and simply “the Beast.” They are also sometimes both called “the Leviathans,” or also, “The Taninim.”
But these Jewish traditions go into even greater and more bizarre details that not only figure perfectly into our inquiry, but also specifically shed light upon the tomb inscription quoted by Henri Lobineau. For what it says is that at the end of times, Behemoth and Leviathan will be slaughtered by God, salted, and served to the righteous at a great banquet. Psalm 74, 13-14 praises God thusly:
“Thou brakest the heads of the dragons in the waters. Thou brakest the heads of leviathan in pieces, and gavest him to be meat to the people inhabiting the wilderness.”
This Final Banquet will occur within a tent that God will fashion from Leviathan’s “beautiful skin,” as the prayer book known as The Artscroll Siddur tells it. This is why, during the holiday known as the “Feast of the Tabernacles,” which takes place inside of a ritual tent, it is traditional to conclude with a prayer said before the participants leave the tabernacle, in which they say:
“May it be your will, Lord our God and God of our forefathers, that just as I have fulfilled and dwelt in this sukkah, so may I merit in the coming year to dwell in the sukkah (tabernacle) of the skin of Leviathan next year in Jerusalem.”
There is a bit of confusion in the traditions about whether Leviathan has already been killed by God (to separate her from Behemoth), and already salted (to preserve her flesh until the end times), or whether the killing and salting will all take place at the end. The Midrash seems to say in several places that it already happened, but Talmudic traditions give it as an end times event. Again, we have the same confusion between the “Alpha” and the “Omega” that Baphomet displayed when he talked about the War in Heaven, the Garden of Eden and the Apocalypse as all happening at the same time, “NOW REALLY SOON.”
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