While I was working near Birmingham Alabama this Spring, one of the subjects in the news was that titanic graven image called Vulcan was in the process of being put up gain. It had been taken down for remodeling in 1999.
Some of the reconstruction they did was give the image a wide beard like Zeus The also took away the torch and put in its hand an arrow pointing toward the sky. They turned the image which was facing north, a few degrees east to face the rising sun at the summer solstice.
I remember one of the statements on the news by the mayor of Birmingham (if my memory serves me correctly). He said, "we wanted it to look more like the Greek god Zeus!"
Why the arrow in its hand? In the Scripture, for example, an arrow is the same thing as a lightening bolt, which is the clear context of Habakkuk 3:11, the light of thine arrows." See also Psalm 18:14 & 77:17.
Several images show Zeus tossing a lightening bolt. Example the image of Zeus in the main lobby of the United Nations building also depicts it throwing a lightening bolt.
As you read this article you might be saying, nobody worships Zeus today, what's your grip? In the Greek text of II Maccabees 6:2 is (Dios) , this name god has been most carefully and painstakingly preserved to the dear Spanish folk in their worship to this day. The Hebrew would rather die that worship "Dios" or Zeus, and that they did. And so should we! Also the Greek word behind Jupiter in Acts 14:13 is Zeus is an ancient word that means God, just as Dios, Deos, Deus and Theos. According to Strongs Concordance #2203 and other references materials the Roman version is Jove, in older times was written Iove and Ious. Noah Webster said that the "Io" was "probably a corruption of Jah." 1828 American Dictionary under ALLELUIAH. The Catholic priests preserved it to the Spanish people as Yave (Yahveh).
Sorry, but our Creator did not address Himself from Mt. Sinai as Jove, Zeus, Dios, Deos, Theos or God. If it's a man made name, it's idolatry!
Vulcan, called Hephaestus by the Greeks, a good who presided over fire, and was the patron of all artists who worked iron and metal. He was the son of Jupiter and Juno." Webster's Complete & Unabridged Dictionary.
The word VOLCANO is related with it's hot fires, etc.
Vulcan was erected as a memorial to the steel industry of Birmingham. The giant image can be seen on a hill on the south side of the downtown area.
It is interesting that a monument of the Ten Commandments is not allowed to be on display, while a pagan religion sets up a graven image on government or public property. As in Montgomery, six blocks down form where the Ten Commandments monumnet was, is a image of Venus, another idol and the wife of Vulcan.
Alexander Hislop shows in The Two Babylons, page 27, 28 that Vulcan was Nimrod was the head of the fire-worshipers.
YAHUSHUA Will Destroy the Graven Images
"He shall spoil their images." Hosea 10:2
"Wherefore, behold, the days come, saith Yahuwah, that I will do judgment upon her graven images: and through all her lands the wounded shall groan." Jer 51:52
"The Sovereign (YAHUSHUA) at Thy right hand shall strike through kings in the day of His wrath." Ps 110:5
"His lightening enlighten the world: the earth saw, and trembled. . .
"The heavens declare His righteousness. . .
"Confounded be all they that serve graven images, that boast themselves of idols." Psalm 97:4, 7, 7
"They are vanity, and the work of errors; in the time of their visitation they shall perish." Jeremiah 10:15
"Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth."
"Serve YAHUWAH with fear, and rejoice with trembling.
"Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, and ye perish from the way when His wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are they that put their trust in Him.: Ps 1:10-12
"I YAHUWAH Eloheka am a jealous El, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate Me; and shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love Me and keep My commandments. " Exodus 20:5,6
"All the gods of the nations are idols, but YAHUWAH made the heavens." Ps96:5
"Worship Him." Revelation 14:7
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