"Etemenanki must have resembled a true "stairway to heaven", because the gates on the higher terraces seemed to be standing on top of each other.... "When Babylonia became independent under Nabopolassar (625-605), there was renewed building activity, and finally, king Nebuchadnezzar (604-562) is recorded as one of the builders. He finished the temple at the top, which was covered with a roof made of cedars from the Lebanon. The two last king(s) have boasted that the tower "reached unto heaven". "The building history suggests that the Babylonians were occupied with the construction of the tower for over a century.
"Many other objects also were shipped to Germany and among them a basket full of 300 cuneiform tablets.
"These were administrative tablets taken from an outbuilding some distance from the Ishtar gate.... E. F. Weidener announced an electrifying record corroborating Scripture.
"According to Scripture, King Jehoiachin of Judah had been taken into captivity around 600 BC Jeremiah says that after a period of suffering the Babylonian King lifted him up and "...Jehoiachin put aside his prison clothes and for the rest of his life ate regularly at the king's table. Day by day the king of Babylon gave Jehoiachin a regular allowance as long as he lived, till the day of his death." Here, on cuneiform was verification of the Biblical text, listing the supplies given king Jehoiachin of Judah. It was the more welcome as critics had long scoffed at the Bible as unhistorical. Koldewey had dug up more than Babylon. He had dug up priceless data that would help us better understand God's word."
The Tower of Babel "was to challenge" God, all right. It was to put "Heaven" on the bottom instead of on the top.
God put ball and socket joints in the corners of the Pyramid to withstand temperature changes and earthquakes. These joints supported the weight of the outside layer, the polished casing stones.
I think that originally, the 7 stages of the ziggurat represented the same heavenly bodies that were represented by the 7 lamps of the temple candlestick, (1) Sun, (2) Mercury, (3) Venus, (4) Earth, (5) Mars, (6) Jupiter and (7) Saturn, but instead of Saturn being on the top, as in the Pyramid, it was on the bottom, and the Sun was planned for the top. Marduk was the Sun god. Nimrod was worshipped as the Sun God, as was his son Tammuz.
The sources I found are not in agreement on the order of the planets or the colors of the stages of the Tower of Babel, but Saturn is always at the bottom and is represented by black. The metal assigned to Saturn is gray lead, because Saturn is the slowest moving of all the planets. As a pagan god, Saturn was depicted as father time, wearing a black robe and carrying a scythe.
Here is one account of the colors of the stages of the Tower of Babel
The seven steps of the tower were painted in different colors which corresponded to the planets. THE "GREAT MISFORTUNE:, SATURN, WAS BLACK. The second was white, the color of Jupiter. The third, brick-red, the color of Mercury, followed by blue, Venus; yellow, Mars, gray or silver for the moon. These colors boded good or evil, like their planets.
Below are some other interesting references to the Tower of Babel
In the search for a plastic expression of their cosmogony, the Chaldean rulers devised the temple tower, the ziggurat. Built in steps, it expressed the degrees of the hierarchy on which heaven and earth were established. The ziggurat was actually a miniature world; its structure represented the ‘Mountain of Earth’. In Babylon they erected the El-Temen-An-Ki, the house of the foundation stone of heaven and earth. This magical monument, known in the Bible as the Tower of Babel, had seven stages, each one dedicated to a planet. Its angles symbolized the four corners of the world, pointing to Akkad, Suburtu, Elam and the western lands. Four, according to old Sumerian traditions, was the number of the heavens, and the square or rectangle was accepted by Babylon as the basis of their system. The seven steps of the tower were painted in different colours which corresponded to the planets. THE ‘GREAT MISFORTUNE’, SATURN, WAS BLACK. Saturn, the ‘Nightly Sun’, was at the base, opposed to the highest degree, the gilded top of the tower where the sun resided. The second storey up was white, the colour of shining Jupiter; the third, brick-red, the colour of Mercury. Then followed blue for Venus, yellow for Mars, gray or silver for the moon.
Etemenanki (House of the platform of Heaven and Earth)
Thanks to a tablet that has been found we are in the possession of most of the dimensions of the ziggurat:
st step 300ft by 300ft 110ft high
2nd step 260ft by 260ft 60ft high
3rd step 200ft by 200ft 20ft high
4th step 170ft by 170ft 20ft high
5th step 140ft by 140ft 20ft high
6th step ? 20ft high?
7th step 70ft by 80ft 50ft high
Dimensions of the Babylonian Ziggurat
The scribe omitted the dimensions of the sixth step but its height was probably twenty feet.
This means that the temple situated on the very top of the ziggurat was three hundred feet high.
The seven associated colours now almost universally accepted are, respectively, white, purple, Green, yellow, Red, Blue, and Black. Using these colours to represent the associated heptads of planets, metals and days may better illustrate certain inherent patterns without having to use special symbols.
On the top was the sanctum and observatory of the temple, now a vitrified mass. Each story was dedicated to a different planet, and stained with the color appropriated to that planet in their astrological system. THE LOWEST, IN HONOR OF SATURN, WAS BLACK; that of Jupiter was orange; that of Mars red, that of the sun yellow, that of Venus green, and that of Mercury blue. The temple was white, probably for the moon. In the corners of this long-ruined edifice, recently explored were found cylinders with arrowhead inscriptions, in the name of Nebuchadnezzar, which inform us that the building was named "The Stages of the Seven SPHERES of Borsippa".
Babel, Tower of (babel, gate of God), Babylon, the Greek form of the Hebrew word bavel, which is closely allied and probably derived from the Akkadian babilu or "gate of God." THE DATE OF ITS FOUNDATION IS STILL DISPUTED. The connection between Akkad, Calneh, Erech, and Babylon (Gen. 10:10) indicates a period at least as early as 3000 B.C. Babylon may have been founded originally by the Sumerians, and an early tablet recorded that Sargon of Akkad (c. 2400) destroyed Babylon.
The Ishtar gate was decorated with figures of lions (passant) in enameled brick, it also had relief figures of bulls and DRAGONS. The temple of Ninmah, goddess of the underworld, was built by Ashurbanipal near the Ishtar gate.
Sumer‘s principal cities were Nippur, Adab, Lagash, Umma, Larsa, Erech, Ur, and Eridu. "It was an important trading center and capital of the ancient kingdom of Babylonia. Babylon stood about 60 miles south of Baghdad on the banks of the Euphrates River where the present city Al Hillah, Iraq, now stands. Babylon means gate of God. The Biblical or Hebrew word for Babylon was Babel. The ziggurat, great Tower of Babel, was a terraced pyramid that stood in the temple area. It first became an important city about 2,000 B.C...."
The Marduk ziggurat was set within the vast sacred precinct on the southern end of the town of Babylon, surrounded by the river, a canal, a double wall and a pro(c)essional way. Its Sumerian name was Etemenanki "The Foundation of Heaven and Earth." It was probably built by Hammurabi. Archaeologists discovered a core consisting of the ruins of previous ziggurats which had been levelled and enlarged serval times, before Nebuchadnezzar added a casing of burnt brick 15 m thick. Of this structure only the ground plan and traces of the three stairs leading up to it have been preserved. A tablet giving measurements and the eye-witness acco(u)nt of the Greek historian Herodotos describe it as having had SEVEN STAGES OF DIFFERENT COLORS WITH A TEMPLE AT ITS TOP.
...Babil. The buildings were pyramidal in form and rose in several, usually seven, step-like sections. The storied tower of Birs Nimrud counts seven of these quadrangular platforms painted in seven colors, black, white, yellow, blue, scarlet, silver, and gold, and in the same order sacred to the stellar gods, Adar (Saturn), Ishtar (Venus), Merodach (Jupiter), Nebo (Mercury), Nergal (Mars), Sin (the Moon), Shamash (the Sun).
...Come let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.'" It goes on to say that the tower was never finished.
In other references, we find that the "Tower" was in fact finished, and that it was a tower that represented the "stages" between earth and heaven (not a tower stretching to the heaven in the literal sense.) From this reference, it was a tower built in steps. A hierarchy on which heaven and hell were based. It was actually a miniature world representing the Mountain of Earth.
Each stage was dedicated to a planet, with its angles symbolizing the four corners of the world. They pointed to Akkad, Saburtu, Elam, and the western lands. THE SEVEN STEPS OF THE TOWER WERE PAINTED IN DIFFERENT COLORS WHICH CORRESPONDED TO THE PLANETS.
THE "GREAT MISFORTUNE:, SATURN, WAS BLACK. The second was white, the color of Jupiter. The third, brick-red, the color of Mercury, followed by blue, Venus; yellow, Mars, gray or silver for the moon. These colors boded good or evil, like their planets.
"The light of Polaris reaching the bottom of the Descending Passage in 2004 seems right on the money. I sure wish I knew the month and day that Polaris will be seen from Giza, Egypt (6 miles out of Cairo) at the angle of 26 degrees, 18 minutes, and 9.7 seconds. "
As the altitude of Polaris never gets below 29d16m as seen from Giza (2004), it would seem there is a misunderstanding here or some major error on someone's part. Can you clarify? Sincerely
Someway down the Descending Passage from the entrance, forty feet two inches to be precise, there are TWO SCORED LINES in the stone wall, opposite each other across the passage and perpendicular to the floor, . THESE LINES GIVE US A PRECISE DATE AND TIME, THAT BEING NOON OF THE 21ST MARCH (THE SPRING EQUINOX), OF THE YEAR 2141 BC. Astronomical research has revealed that these lines were in alignment with the star Alcyone of the Pleiades, in the constellation of Taurus the Bull, in the year 2141 BC. Evidence that this was the period intended that we start the dating system comes from the very angle of 26 DEGREES 18 MINUTES 9.7 SECONDS THAT IS THE ELEVATION OF THE DESCENDING PASSAGE. FOR 26 DEGREES 18 MINUTES 9.7 SECONDS WAS ALSO THE ELEVATION OF THE POLE STAR, ALPHA DRACONIS FROM THE LATITUDE OF THE GREAT PYRAMID AT 2141 BC....
According to the astronomers THE DATE OF 2141 BC IS THE ONLY TIME WITHIN THE CURRENT PRECESSIONAL CYCLE WHEN THE ALIGNMENT OF BOTH STARS MET THESE PECULIAR CONDITIONS. It is vital to understand that this is the only star alignment that fits these circumstances, no other alignments would suggest themselves as alternative considerations.
Moving backwards in time from the year 2141 BC, at the rate of one inch per year, for a distance of 482 inches (forty feet two inches), we...arrive at THE ENTRANCE TO THE DESCENDING PASSAGE, THIS CORRESPONDS WITH THE YEAR 2623 BC.
So in the year 2141 BC the star Alcyone of the Pleiades, in the constellation of Taurus the Bull, was aligned with the two scored lines in the stone walls of the Descending Passage. AT THE SAME TIME THE ANGLE OF 26 DEGREES 18 MINUTES 9.7 SECONDS, THAT IS THE ELEVATION OF THE DESCENDING PASSAGE, WAS THE ELEVATION OF THE POLE STAR, ALPHA DRACONIS from the latitude of the Great Pyramid. The Pole Star would have shone directly down the Descending Passage at this time....
There are some intriguing parallels in this underground architecture, the entrance to the chamber is, as we have just seen, chronicled by the year AD 1914 and the first world war, whilst THE EDGE OF THE PIT IS CALCULATED TO BE THE YEAR AD 2004....
From this and what some others said, I assumed that Polaris was supposed to shine all the way down the Descending Passage in 2004. The above doesn't say that. It is to reach "THE EDGE OF THE PIT ". Because of the angle of Polaris, it sounds like that is as far down the passage as its light will shine. That's fitting, for starlight will not be seen in the bottomless pit. Thanks. Agape
Modern day Tower of Babel ruins (on the outskirts of ancient Babylon-current day Iraq) are currently 150 feet above the plain with a circumference of 2300 feet. "The Greeks used the word Borsippa, which means Tongue-tower." 1
Inscription of King Nebuchadnezzar on Tower of Babel (Borsippa) ruins reads:
I have completed its magnificence with silver, gold, other metals, stone, enameled bricks, fir and pine.
The first which is the house of th>e earth’s base,
the most ancient monument of Babylon;
I BUILT AND FINISHED IT.
I have highly exalted its head with bricks covered with copper.
We say for the other, that is, this edifice, THE HOUSE OF THE SEVEN LIGHTS OF THE EARTH, the most ancient monument of Borsippa.
A former king built it, (they reckon 42 ages) but he did not complete its head.
Since a remote time, people had abandoned it, without
order expressing their words.
Since that time the earthquake and the thunder had dispersed
the sun-dried clay.
The bricks of the casing had been split, and the earth of the interior had been scattered in heaps. MERODACH, THE GREAT GOD (i.e., Satan), EXCITED MY MIND TO REPAIR THIS BUILDING.
I did not change the site nor did I take away the foundation.
In a fortunate month, in an auspicious day,
I undertook to build porticoes around the crude brick masses,
and the casing of burnt bricks.
I adapted the circuits, I put the inscription of my name in the Kitir of the portico.
I set my hand to finish it. And to exalt its head.
As it had been in ancient days, so I exalted its summit.
I think the cleansing of the sanctuary will take place on Nisan 1, the Second Advent of Christ. Eze. 45:18,21 says, "Thus saith the Lord GOD; In the first month, in the first day of the month, thou shalt take a young bullock without blemish, and cleanse the sanctuary:...In the first month (Nisan), in the fourteenth day of the month (Nisan 14), ye shall have the passover, a feast of seven days; unleavened bread shall be eaten."
If the Second Advent is to be on Nisan 1, 5771 (April 5, 2011), the Rapture at the beginning of the Tribulation would be Friday, Dec. 17, 2004 (Teveth 5, 5765). Queen Esther, meaning hidden, secret and star, was taken into the house royal of King Ahasuerus in the month Teveth (Tebeth) in the 7th year of his reign (Esther 2:16).
The Jewish 5758 seems to have started a final count-down of 20 years to the end of the 7 years that the weapons will be burned with fire (Eze. 39:9).
Jacob set up the type. In Gen. 31:41, Jacob said to Laban, "Thus have I been TWENTY YEARS in thy house; I served thee fourteen years for thy two daughters, and six years for thy cattle: and thou hast changed my wages ten times."
Those 20 years may prefigure another 20-year period in modern times, from the Jewish 5758 to 5778.
7 years - 5758 (1997/1998) + 7 = 5765 (2004/2005), Pre-Trib Rapture
6 years - 5765 (2004/2005) + 6 = 5771 (2010/2011), shortened Tribulation,
Pre-Wrath Rapture Tishri 1, Second Advent Nisan 1
7 years - 6771 (2010/2011) + 7 = 5778 (2017/2018), burn weapons for 7 years after the Second Advent
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