By Ed Decker
"Then he brought me to the gate of the LORD's house which was toward the north; and behold, there sat women weeping for Tammuz."
Since 1868, thousands of decent Christian women have innocently taken part in pagan rites around an altar to the gods of witchcraft. They have been deceived into bowing the knee to gods so vile and ancient that even the pagan priests of Egypt blotted them out from their history. Women, who would blush with shame at the mention of Satanism, have been led to Satan's altar by people they trusted. Often their own husbands, who were given stewardship over them by Jesus Christ have violated that trust by leading them into paths of idolatry.
Alarming accusations! Yet this altar of idolatry is nestled right in the bosom of Christianity - The Order of the Eastern Star!
Much has been written on the spiritual dangers of Freemasonry. Yet the "Star," is equally perilous.
The Star is known as "Adoptive" Masonry. This means mothers, daughters, wives and sisters of Freemasons may be spiritually "adopted" into the Masonic order. Hence, they come under its spiritual authority. Now since Lucifer is the acknowledged god of Masonry, what does this "adoption" mean for the woman who joins the Star? She is submitting herself to the spiritual headship of Lucifer! Even a Christian woman is surrendering herself, however innocently, to the gods of Masonry - and this will give Satan an entry point into her life, regardless of how devout she is.
When anyone, man or woman, becomes a Christian, they are adopted into the family of God (Rom.8:15-17). Yet when they kneel at a Masonic altar and take those oaths, they are entering Satan's dominion, whether they know it or not. This opens the door to all manner of problems. We have dealt with women who entered the Star and then found their nights troubled by strange dreams and demonic activity. As soon as they repented of their involvement in the Star and renounced their oaths in the name of Jesus, the oppression ceased.
This is why we are told by Paul to avoid all contact with idolatry because of what it can bring to our very door: "Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? ...Therefore come out from them and be separate, says the Lord."—2 Cor.6: 14-15,17.
HOOF PRINTS ARE EVERYWHERE!
We need not look far into the Star to find evidence of Satan's presence. His hoof prints are everywhere! To begin with the most obvious, we look at the "signet" of the Order, which is an inverted five-pointed star— called a pentagram in witchcraft. The fact is that this inverted pentagram is so deeply and unmistakably associated with Satanism that many witches fear to use it for fear of the demons they attract. This star is used to draw down the kingdom of Satan into manifestation on earth! (MAN, MYTH AND MAGIC, vol.16, p.2159)
This star can be drawn with the goat's-head inside. It then becomes the badge of the Satanist, the infamous Goat of Mendes! This goat's name is Baphomet, and it is the blasphemous god of the 12th Century Knights Templar (the ancestors of today's Freemasons).
Here is this sinister star, exalted as the very centerpiece of the Chapter! Not only is the star inverted, but the colorful attributes of the 5 points are even the correct colors for the four magical elements, air (blue), earth (yellow), water (green) and fire (red); plus the fifth point, the bottom, represents "akasha," the spiritual power of the "astral plane" which is the fusion of all the other "rays" of the star into white.
It is evident that the person who designed the Eastern Star had more than a passing knowledge of black magic. That, in itself should make Christians nervous. The Bible forbids any involvement with sorcery:
"Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. -Deut.18:10-11
Worship of stars is especially condemned:
The houses in Jerusalem and those of the kings of Judah will be defiled like this place, Topheth - all the houses where they burned incense on the roofs to all the starry hosts and poured out drink offerings to other gods. Jer. 19:13
He (King Manassah) built altars to all the starry hosts. He sacrificed his own son in the fire, practiced sorcery and divination, and consulted mediums and spiritists. - 2 Kings 21:5-6
Please note the grievous sins associated with star worship. "Tophet" is a place where during the days of deepest sin in Israel, parents sacrificed their children to the god Molech! It is a "place of burning" which later on came to be known as Gehenna, the word often used by Jesus for hell! (EERDMANS' CONCISE BIBLE HANDBOOK, p.203). Manassah sacrificed his own son in the fire!
If you lay out a satanic star and offer devotions at it, the moral and spiritual consequences are ominous! You may say that you have been in the Star for years and you are still a good member of your church and that you aren't making sacrifices of your children - but think!
Are our children not being sacrificed every day through abortion? Are not the generations reared under the influence of the Star the first mothers to lay their babies willingly upon the altars of the abortion clinic by the millions? Are we not seeing the dividends of this pagan worship in the corruption of the very ideals of motherhood? Are we not witnessing the moral destruction of whole generations of children because of the mothers' participation in these "harmless rituals"?
Perhaps it is too much to blame the moral decay of our children on the Star, but remember how in the Bible, the people of Israel kept falling into disaster because they allowed a "little" idolatry to creep into their culture. If you wish to corrupt a culture, corrupt its mothers— - and the spiritual leprosy of Masonry is doing just that!
"HIS STAR IN THE EAST"
At this point you may protest and say that the Star is based on biblical stories and that the star of the altar is intended to represent the "star in the east" mentioned in Mt.2:2 which heralded the birth of Jesus. You may point out that the motto of the order is: "We have seen his star in the East and are come to worship Him." This sounds very pious, but actually it is misdirection!
First of all, the star of Bethlehem could not have been an "eastern star," since most biblical expositors agree that the magi came from the east, and that therefore a star over Judea would be in the western sky to their viewpoint. Some scholars feel that the passage means that the magi were "in the east" when the saw the star— others say that the term "in the east" can also be translated alternately as "seen when it rose," meaning that they saw the star as it rose.
STRONG'S CONCORDANCE, in fact, gives the primary meaning of the Greek word there, Anatole, as a rising of light; with "eastern" as only a figurative meaning. VINE'S EXPOSITORY DICTIONARY concurs. The "Eastern Star" cannot be the star of Bethlehem! Then whose star is it?
In reality, the Eastern Star is a term among sorcerers for the star Sirius. (See CITY OF REVELATION by John Michelle, p.4) This fits perfectly because in black magick, the inverted pentagram is the sign of Sirius or Set. (See ALEISTER CROWLEY AND THE HIDDEN GOD by Kenneth Grant, p.l2). But who is Sirius, or Set?
Sirius is the "Dog Star", the first star to rise in the east in the latitudes of Egypt. It is sacred to Set, the satanic figure of Egyptian religion. The Egyptians celebrated Sirius' ascendancy in the skies with horrible, obscene rituals! In fact, the rites of Sirius or Set were so debased that later rulers of Egypt defaced their temples and obelisks and tried to drive them from the land (see Grant, pp.70-71).
"THE F.A.T.A.L FLAW"
When the ladies of the Star say, "We have seen His Star in the East and are come to worship Him", who is "Him?" Is it the Jesus of Calvary or is it some dog headed, obscene god named Set? What does the evidence tell us?
The Biblical elements in the Star ceremony are suspect to say the least - based as they are upon dubious actions and mythical additions to the Bible. Yet the occult elements in the Star's symbolism are obvious for anyone to see! The Eastern Star is not the star which heralds Jesus, but the star which heralds Set - the most ancient form of Satan in recorded history!
But you may say that you don't believe in Set, and that you believe that you are performing pious exercises. You say that you thought the Star was a order which worships the true God. But my dear friends, every person believes that the god they worship is the true God. The important thing is that if you are a Christian, the Bible tells you to "avoid even the appearance of evil."—1 Thess. 5:22 and to "keep yourselves from idols."—1 Jn. 5:21. How can you keep yourself from idols when every other week or so you gather around the most ancient and evil idol in human history?
Is your presence in the Chapter really pleasing to the God who thundered from Mt. Sinai and said, "I am the Lord your God...you shall have no other gods before me." You can no longer protest innocence. You know the evil origins of the symbols of the Star and you know that the Lord Jesus forbade the taking of oaths of any kind (Mt.5:33-37). What more do you need than the knowledge that you are breaking the commands of the Gentle Master Whom you serve?
That is the F.A.T.A.L. flaw of the Star. The very term "cabalistic word" refers to an ancient system of Jewish magic--the Qabalah! The Star's "word" may be "Fairest Among Thousands Altogether Lovely," but it is asking you to choose between the star of evil and One Who is your beloved Bridegroom, who "is radiant and ruddy, outstanding among ten thousand." —Song of Solomon 5:10. Flee the headship and authority of Satan, and return to the arms of Him who should be your Head, your Bridegroom, and your Savior, Jesus Christ!
Contact Ed Decker at:
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