Baal worship in plain sight?
“They forsook all the commands of the Lord their God and … bowed down to all the starry hosts, and worshiped Baal” (2 Kings 17:16)
A star-studded opening ceremony broadcast live from Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium marked the official start of the 2022 Commonwealth Games. Described as “a broadcast ambition that has never been conceived before”, the live ceremony was designed to explore Birmingham and the wider West Midlands’ rich and diverse history. With a 10-metre-tall raging bull (representing the Bull Ring shopping centre, which, itself, got its name from Birmingham’s history of bull-baiting and slaughter), and a union jack made from 72 cars, The Guardian described the opening event as “an unashamedly loud celebration of everything Birmingham”. The Telegraph, too, enthused at the “loud, colourful and entirely ludicrous huge multi-media extravaganza in the round”.
Some secular commentators weren’t quite so enthused, seeing the ceremony as wokism on steroids. They criticised the organisers (and the BBC) for using a sporting event for direct political purposes. To some it seemed like one long, boring lecture to the masses on the essence and beauty of diversity, banging on about Britain’s racist past and the sins of colonialism.
Among believers, views have also varied. Some PT readers saw little that was ultimately malign in the ceremony, sensing that while it was pretty ‘bonkers’ (to use an expression from a national newspaper), it ultimately simply offered a selective review of the history of Birmingham in the rather bizarre way they do these things, using strange interpretive dance, etc.
Timing is everything
The opening ceremony occurred at the exact close of the month of Tammuz on the Jewish and Babylonian calendars.
The festival for the deity Tammuz was held throughout the month of Tammuz in midsummer, and celebrated his death and resurrection. The first day of the month of Tammuz was the day of the new moon of the summer solstice. On the second day of the month, there was lamentation over the death of Tammuz, on the 9th, 16th and 17th days torchlit processions, and on the last three days, an image of Tammuz was buried.
This year, the month of Tammuz expired at sunset during the opening ceremony, as they bowed down to the Bull of Tammuz. “Images of Tammuz were hidden during the last three days of the month of Tammuz,” Wiki. Three days is symbolic of resurrection. The ceremony occurred at the end of this same third day. (2025 is also in three years, the 70th jubilee.)
Tammuz (Hebrew: תַּמּוּז, Tammūz), or Tamuz, is the tenth monIt, it is a month of 29 days, which occurs on the Gregorian calendar around June–July. Tammuz is the month of the sin of the golden calf, which resulted in Moses breaking the tablets of the Ten Commandments.
God slew 3000 for worshipping the Golden Calf. Interesting that 30000 attended the ceremony. (red.)Wikipedia
A multitude of concerns
Others sensed something rather darker. One PT correspondent said that after watching the event: “I couldn’t believe what I was seeing, and am still grieving over the occult obeisance demonstrated at this travesty”. There were many aspects that concerned readers. These included the following:
- The BBCs official commentator speaking of the elevated stage structure as Birmingham’s ‘Tower of Babel’, around which strange ritual dancing was enacted.
- Disturbingly eery music ever sounding forth (one clip was from Black Sabbath, the self-styled harbingers of demonic hard rock).
- The focus on this Tower of Babel as a source of fire, and healing;
- Objects levitating in a darkened room, whole buildings also ‘moving’ about;
- The obscene smoke-breathing ferocious iron bull with devilish crimson eyes issuing fire, to whom all the dancers bowed in worship. Many see this as symbolic of the Baal worship of the Canaanites (Jer 32:35).
- The cross-dressing singer suspended from the heavens like some demi-god;
- The acknowledgment of the ‘holy’ Koran to draw all into recognition of the spiritual adherence of the different cultural attendees;
- No mention of the one true God, or of Birmingham’s centuries-long Christian heritage;
- Confusing ritual displays with bizarre chanting – including, for example, a werewolf-type figure, a giant ‘slug-bean’, and a hideous figurine pulled by black ‘demons’;
- The announcements of the host city as some sort of god;
- The whole unspoken concept of the power of sport as an idol to be worshipped.
One PT correspondent wrote at length on comparisons to previous events:
“It reminded me of the Opening ceremony of the St Gotthard tunnel, which was even more overtly satanic, and of the 2012 Olympic Games in Stratford where the ‘flame torch‘ was brought into Britain on the south coast and welcomed by ‘vestal virgins’.
And in the closing ceremony of the Paralympic games that year, in what was advertised as a tribute to Isaac Newton, every person entering the stadium was given an apple and told to hold it until a given signal, so that everyone would bite it together. It was a clear allusion to Eve’s deception to rebel against God’s Word, and be like God, knowing the difference between good and evil, and therefore to be independent of God. It seemed like a deliberate deception to celebrate the fall of man together.
And in the final session, under the guise of a charity called Help our Heroes, there was a public calling upon occult spirits (a gorsedd ritual (Welsh for ‘throne’) to mark a return to Druidry in our mainstream culture):
I call upon the Spirit of Autumn. The spirit of water, of the ebb and flow of emotion, of open seas and running streams, of cleansing rain; spirit of the evening sun, of twilight and of Autumn
I call upon the Spirit of Winter. The spirit of earth, of the womb of creation, of the night and the snows of winter, deep roots and ancient stones….. (and similar for spring and summer).
…..and then after about 30 minutes, the following words were spoken:
The circle is unbroken. The ancestors awaken.(signed Greywolf)
May the songs of the Earth and of her people ring true.
Hail to the festival of the flame, of root and branch, tooth and claw, fur and feather, of earth and sea and sky.
What we sow, that is what we reap.
The Commonwealth Games opening ceremony would appear to be emblematic of this nation’s continued embrace of paganisn, and the rejection of the living God. May he have mercy upon us, even through the judgment decreed”.