Over the past few weeks, I have been taking note of items in the news that seem to evoke the imagery of the Flood, and the dissolving of creation at the End of Times.
The first item involves the symbol of the trident, which, as I discussed together with Clyde Lewis months ago on his radio show Ground Zero, came up at that time in relation to two stories that were in the news back then. They were Putin’s invasion of the Ukraine (which has a trident as its national symbol, and the lost jetliner from Malaysia Airlines, which has a double-trident as its logo. During the show, we thought it was an interesting coincidence that both stories were in the news at the same time, evoking the imagery of Poseidon, the lord of the waters, wielder of the Trident, and father of the Atlantean kings, who died in the Flood. We couldn’t have imagined that just a few months later, that same company would lose another plane, and in all places, the Ukraine.
The second item is the destruction of the tomb of the prophet Jonas by ISIS fighters in Iraq. The story of Jonas is one of the quintessential “portal stories” of the ancient world, and different versions of it can be found in many myths from around the world. Like Noah in his ark, the whale was, for Jonas, a vehicle that enabled him to travel to another dimension, although it was a harrowing journey, like it was for Noah. Just like Noah in the Ark, the whale was, for Jonas, a sealed capsuled that preserved him as the world dissolved around him into chaos (represented by the ocean). Jonas’ whale is connected in rabbinical traditions to Leviathan, the sea beast that is explicitly said to embody chaos, and to herald the apocalypse. But, perhaps in revenge for what happened to Jonas, righteous Jews are promised a feast from the flesh of Leviathan at the End of Times, underneath tents that are made from her skin.
The third item is the alleged controversy of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi wearing an expensive Omega seamaster Aqua Terra watch. “Omega,” of course, means “End,” and specifically indicates the Apocalypse, while the fact that it is a watch point to the end of time. The words “seamaster” and “Aqua Terra” (Water Earth) invoke the Flood.
But much more directly, the very location, according to some, of the first Flood, and perhaps, the Garden of Eden as well, is under threat of being purposely flooded by ISIS. It was recently reported that they might use Iraq’s largest dam to “unleash ‘a 15-foot wall of water’ on Baghdad” from the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, at least one of which (the Euphrates) is actually designated as one of the rivers of paradise in the Bible. Many scholars believe that the Flood story is a memory of the regular flooding of the Tigris and Euphrates floodplain, although I think there is much more to it than that. Nonetheless, when educated people hear this news story, they will automatically think of Noah’s Deluge.
Of course, the entire situation in Iraq is creating a refugee crisis, and what else is there for refugees to do but flood the various places they run to, as these Yezidis are described as doing in Time Magazine today.
In closing, I’ll just mention the fact that it is amazing to see all of the TV news stations now mentioning the Iraqi religious sect known as the Yezidis all day long, rightfully evoking sympathy for them because of their brutal persecution by ISIS (along with Christians and other minorities), without ever mentioning the fact that they worship the fallen angel Azazel as both a god and an ancestor.
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