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The Eagle Prophet

John Collins10/30/2013

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Nishroch is the name of the Assyrian god of agriculture, a god whose worship was believed to bring abundant rain and healthy growth for the crops that sustained the Assyrian nation.  Very similar to the gods of Egypt, the Mayans, Native Americans and more, this god is depicted as having the head of an eagle with the body of a man and great wings spread from his back.  Hieroglyphs typically show Nisroch carrying a pail of water in one hand and a fir cone (used as a sponge) in the other hand while sprinkling the water upon a series of plants.

Under the Mosaic Law, the Children of Israel were to avoid the unclean birds, many of which we find associated with pagan worship.  That list, found in Leviticus 11, groups all of the birds of prey – which included the eagle – as birds that God detested.  God wanted His Children to be separated from pagan worship, and worship of the eagle was widespread. 

And these you shall detest among the birds;[a] they shall not be eaten; they are detestable: the eagle, the bearded vulture, the black vulture, the kite, the falcon of any kind, every raven of any kind, the ostrich, the nighthawk, the sea gull, the hawk of any kind, the little owl, the cormorant, the short-eared owl, the barn owl, the tawny owl, the carrion vulture, the stork, the heron of any kind, the hoopoe, and the bat.

Leviticus 11:13-19

 

Under Egyptian worship, Ra was worshipped as the “eagle god of the sun.”  The hieroglyphs depict Ra also having the head of an eagle with the body of a man, while having a sun that hovers over his head that is sometimes drawn with a serpent wrapped around it facing the same direction as the false god Ra.  Instead of a pail of water, Ra is shown carrying a staff in one hand and a key of sorts in the other.  This combination is known as the “Staff of Ra,” and was made famous once more to the world in the movie “Raiders of the Lost Ark” when Indiana Jones used the headpiece to open the secret chambers buried under the sands of Egypt.

It is believed that these gods descended from the same root, and one would follow this theory out to conclusion to broaden the idea that many of these gods having the head of an eagle and the body of a man on each continent of the planet also descend from the same false god.  Because of this, many involved in the study of demonology have come to the conclusion that this god was a fallen angel, and the wings on the back were describing the angels wings while the eagle’s head represented flight much higher than the birds that Israel would have considered “clean.”  Egypt, for instance, believed this god to have descended from the heavens, and because of the alignment of the pyramids to the stars in Orion’s belt, many have come to the conclusion that Egyptians believed this god to have came from what we now know as the Milky Way.  The position of the pyramids represent the stars of Orion, while their proximity to the river Nile matches the constellation’s position to the Milky Way.  Interestingly, archaeologists have unearthed several sets of pyramids or other religious structures in that very same formation, many of which also worship a similar deity with the head of an eagle and the body of a man.

The most famous of the other pyramids are found in South America, and many are familiar with the “bird men” that dance around the temples in tradition to their ancestors.  The Ancient Incans worshipped the same deity, and many of their religious tradition includes the “great eagle” as one of the most powerful gods in their lineup of false worship.  One ancient Incan prophecy proclaims the day when the great “eagle” to their north joins with another false deity from the south, there will be an awakening.  It is known as the “Eagle and the Condor Prophecy,” and is simply stated:

“When the Eagle of the North flies with the Condor of the South, The Spirit of the Land, She will Reawaken”

But the hieroglyphs are not nearly so noticeable as the geoglyphs – large drawings that can be seen from outside of earth’s atmosphere.  In southern Peru, the Nazca Lines contain a drawing that one can see from space, a massive drawing of a great eagle whose beak is protruding almost the length of its body as if pointing at some unknown location.  This “Eagle glyph” was also believed to bring fertility to the land as the Assyrians and Egyptians believed, and like the Egyptian eagle-god Ra, this geoglyph is drawn along with a trident that is very similar to the Staff of Ra.  Also, like the Nishroch, the staff brings fertility by the depiction of plantlife, but in the Nazca Trident drawing, the plants are drawn directly on the trident itself.

But the most interesting part about this false deity is its history according to Jewish tradition.  The Assyrian false god Nishroch is mentioned in the Midrash (Jewish writings of history) as having descended directly from worship of a piece of wood that is widely associated with the abundance of rain.  According to Jewish tradition, as Sennacherib was returning to Assyria from his campaign of war in Judah, Sennacherib came across a piece of wood that was taken from Noah’s ark.  The ancient sages describe this plank of wood as being stolen by Sennacherib, taken to Assyria, and being worshipped by the Assyrians as the eagle-god Nishroch.  In fact, it is believed that this very piece of wood is what Sennacherib worshipped as he was slain by his own two sons according to Isaiah’s prophecy of 2 Kings 19.

It is interesting, because after Isaiah prays for deliverance and God hears his prayer, God’s response to Sennacherib almost sounds as if he is mocking this eagle-god with a “hook in the nose”:

“Because you have raged against me and your complacency has come into my ears, I will put my hook in your nose and my bit in your mouth, and I will turn you back on the way by which you came.”

2 Kings 19:28

But immediately after condemning Sennacherib through the mouth of Isaiah, God spoke deliverance to Israel, foretelling the coming Messiah:

“And this shall be the sign for you: this year eat what grows of itself, and in the second year what springs of the same.  Then in the third year sow and reap and plant vineyards, and eat their fruit.”

2 Kings 19:29

 

In other words: I WILL PROVIDE.  God said that Israel needed no “god of fertility” that was nothing more than a rotten piece of wood associated with an eagle.  God would offer more provision than this false god.

 

Here comes the good part:

 

“And the surviving remnant of the house of Judah shall again take root downward and bear fruit upward.  For out of Jerusalem shall go a remnant, and out of Mount Zion a band of survivors.  The zeal of the Lord will do this.”

2 Kings 19:30-31

 

It is difficult to study this false god without thinking about the “eagle worship” that dominates the following of William Branham.  While God told the Children of Israel that he detested the eagle, the followers of Branham give such respect to this bird that many consider it to be greater and more significant than all other birds – even the gentle dove that has greater spiritual representation throughout scripture. 

And followers are trained to believe in a false eagle that does not exist; one that cannot eat carrion.  William Branham, while pretending to be a Game Warden that studied wildlife, claimed that the eagle cannot “stomach” road kill because the eagle was a mighty “warrior bird.”  Yet followers in the northern parts of America are confused by this when they drive by dead carcasses on the sides of the road watching the eagles tear the flesh from the body along with the vultures!

And it is difficult not to think of Sennacherib worshipping a piece of wood, when you think about the rotten floor in William Branham’s house.  As the structure was remodeled, tearing out the decrepit flooring that was becoming a hazard to those who entered the rooms, Voice of God Recordings took this rotten wood to resell around the world because the “prophet’s” dirty feet touched it.  Like Sennacherib, the followers know that this wood is not their false god, and they know that this wood is old and of no value.  But at the same time, they give reverence to this wood.  Like Sennacherib, this rotten flooring that was once smudged by the smelly feet of a man has become a part of their worship!

We serve a living God that is not a piece of flooring.  We serve a God that does not permit us to worship the birds – especially those that He considers to be detestable.  We serve a God that wants us to worship Him and Him alone – no man, no bird, no piece of wood. 

We serve a God that loved us enough to send His only Son, Jesus Christ, to pay the penalty for our sins.  One that sent His Firstborn to suffer and die on the cross so that we do not have to.  One that promised to send His Holy Spirit to us after His Son resurrected and went to the throne.  And that throne is one that brings us more than provision and fertility – it brings us salvation for the soul.  By believing in His Son, we are granted not only salvation, but a place in the Kingdom as heirs.  We are greater than the eagles ourselves, and do not eat rotting carcasses along the side of the road.  We soar through the heavens above the birds as our souls are joined to Christ. 

The Bible says in Matthew 24, “Where the carcass is, the eagles will gather,” and that same verse is translated to “Where the corpse is, the vultures will gather.”  William Branham proclaimed that as our destiny, not reading the rest of the chapter.  Sometimes I think that this worship of the false eagle god is doing just that – focusing the minds of the cult to the dead corpse of William Branham.  They aren’t looking to the next verses in the scripture that give our roadmap to Christ’s return.

Those that have now fled the message are not looking at a dead corpse of a man who claimed to be an eagle, and whose following has made him into an “eagle god.”  They are focusing on what happens while the vultures are ripping through the dead corpse of Matthew 24.

Then will appear in heaven the sign of the Son of Man, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.  And he will send out his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

Matthew 24:30-31


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