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This is David Bay, Director of Old Paths Ministries.
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As we air this program, the world is being thrilled and entertained by the Twenty-fifth Olympiad Summer Games of the Modern Era. The Summer Games is patterned after the ancient Greek athletic festivals, and they have held the attention of the world ever since they were initiated again in Athens, Greece, in the last part of the 1800's. The original Olympics were held every four years, hence the name "Olympiad". They were held to honor the Olympian Zeus, and were actually played on the plain called Olympian. The original Olympic games enjoyed an unbelievable stretch of popularity, beginning in 776 B.C. and lasting until 393 A.D. over 1,100 years. The last Olympiad would have been the 292nd Olympiad. Before we go on to examine the modern Olympics, let us first look at the religious background of the original games.
Zeus is one of the Pagan Greek gods, worshipped as the ruler of the heavens. Zeus was also the presiding god of the pantheon of Greek gods, but he also supposedly fathered other gods and many mortal heroes. The original Olympics were not only held in Zeus' honor, they were literally worship of him through athletics. Make no mistake, the original Olympic Games was a Pagan worship festival.
However, I truly do love the modern Olympic Games, both Winter and Summer. These games showcase human bodies at their absolute peak in conditioning and prowess. And, they show the human spirit in a very positive light; most Olympic athletes train in a very disciplined manner, giving up many amenities and traditional enjoyments in pursuit of a far higher ideal, an Olympic Gold Medal. In this one instance, the Christian ideal of disciplining oneself to become a true disciple of Jesus Christ is highlighted. In the Christian walk, God often demands that one of His disciples give up something which is not wrong in and of itself, so that he may attain a far higher spiritual goal. Paul said it the most succinctly when he said, "Do you not know that in a race all the runners compete, but only one receives the prize? So run your race, that you may lay hold of the prize ...I do not run uncertainly -- without definite aim. I do not box as one beating the air and striking it without an adversary. But like a boxer, I buffet my body...discipline it by hardships, and subdue it..."
Paul understood that the physical body had to be disciplined and subdued so that the far higher goal of spiritual training could be realized.
However, the Olympic Games has nothing to do with Christian spiritual attainment. Rather, the Olympics merely showcases the ultimate human physical achievement. And it makes quite a show. I find myself watching physical contests with great excitement, even though these contests are in sports in which I show no interest during the intervening four years. In fact, you could not pay me to watch swimming, wrestling, or track and field, just to name a few. The only two sports I watch with interest are football and basketball. However, during the Olympics, I cheer American athletes on in all the contests, feeling a great surge of patriotic pride in the successes of our men and women. This feeling is shared by the great majority of American men and women, no doubt the reason that TV ratings are so very high for the Summer Olympics. I truly love these competitive physical contests.
However, we shall show today how the modern Olympic Games are being mightily utilized to bring the world into the New World Order. While we cannot say with certainty that this goal was in the minds of the original founders of the Modern Olympic Games, we believe such may, indeed, have been the case. Bear with us as we review some of the evidence.
Before we get started, we feel it necessary to state that we do not intend to ruin society's enjoyment in every instance by attempting to join every aspect of society today to the New World Order. No do we find a conspirator under every bed. However, please understand the problems of those men, like Adam Weishaupt, who wanted to overthrow present Western Society, and institute a society which they called the New World Order. This New World Order is really a return to the Ancient Occultic Wisdom of Egypt and Babylon, a society which is totally Pagan. However, Christian society stood in their way. When the Pagan society of ancient Rome finally fell in approximately 476 A.D., society at all levels changed from Pagan to Christian. Pagan values were replaced by Christian values in Education, Government, Arts, Science, Entertainment, and Religion. To reestablish the Ancient Paganism, Weishaupt and his followers had to address Western society at every segment of society. This was their daunting task, and it seemed almost beyond the power of normal human endeavor. However, Weishaupt and his followers had supernatural help from Satan, who certainly wanted to destroy the existing Christian-based Western society and set up his own New World Order Kingdom. The result has been a movement which envisions a world which is Pagan, totalitarian, and which will fulfill Biblical prophecies about the Great Tribulation to an incredible degree.
But, Weishaupt also had other help, from a totally unsuspecting scholarly source: Edward Gibbon's The History Of The Decline And Fall Of The Roman Empire, Six Volumes, published between 1776-1788. Gibbon's work was scholarly and monumental, as it thoroughly covered a period of history spanning approximately 1,200 years. His goal in producing this study was to precisely catalog the reasons for the rise of the Roman Empire and the factors leading to the decline and fall of the Empire. Gibbons was universally hailed as achieving his objective brilliantly. Truly, no greater historical study has ever been created, before or since.
But, Gibbons not only created a document which details how and why the Roman Empire rose and fell; he created a document which detailed precisely how a successful and powerful Empire could be subverted and destroyed. And it was published in the precise time period (1776-1788) in which Weishaupt was beginning to formulate his Plan to overthrow the existing Western system of government and religion, replacing it with his Satanic New World Order.
Gibbons listed five basic reasons that the enormous Roman Empire was destroyed:
We could obviously spend several shows examining each of these five causes of the collapse of the Roman Empire, but let us return to the Modern Olympic Games, and their role in promoting the New World Order.
As we have stated many times, the last time Satan attempted to bring the world into a One-World Government and Religion was at the Tower of Babel. This tower was being constructed by Nimrod as a religious altar/temple, to be used in the Satanic Babylonian Mysteries. God thwarted this plan by confusing the languages so that the workers could not communicate effectively enough to complete the project. Very quickly, the people who could communicate with one another began to coalesce into groups and began to physically move to other locations, away from the groups which spoke different languages. Very soon, this physical relocation resulted in a spreading of peoples throughout the world. In a relatively short time, physical isolation from other peoples, coupled with the difference of language, resulted in the establishment of different values and different ways of looking at things. We call this culture.
God utilized differing cultures to permanently prevent the world coming together again to establish a One-World Government. Differing cultures prompted by differing languages and geographical distances, proved to be formidable barriers to the establishment of a One-World Government Economy, and Religion.
Yet, the Bible states that, at the End of the Age, God will again allow Satan to briefly reunite the world into a just such a One-World Government, Economy, and Religion, in a time called the Great Tribulation. This dictatorial kingdom, God promises, will only last 7 years, in large part because its effect will be so terrible that if God were to allow it to continue for any greater length of time, no human being would be left alive on the earth.
How, then, does Satan remove the barrier of differing cultures and languages? One of the most successful ways in which to unite the world's differing governments and cultures, and to condition the peoples of the world to the concept of a global society, is through global sporting programs. The Modern Olympics was the first and most important of these global sporting programs. New Age writer, Allen Neuharth, captures this concept very clearly in his recent book, Nearly One World, published in 1989. Neuharth states, "Sports goes beyond political and racial realms: It brings the world together." (Nearly One World, Allen Neuharth, USA Today Books, Doubleday, 666 Fifth Avenue, New York, 1989, p. 25).
Neuharth then goes to great lengths to show how global sporting programs, such as the Modern Olympics, the World Championships, and other worldwide sports, are providing a common set of aspirations for individual athletes and a common set of national goals for their respective governments . He states, "That spirit of competition that drives our love for sports is alive and well -- even in the poorest most remote sections of the globe. We're running, walking, jumping, kicking, swimming, and throwing all over the globe: In the mountains and in the metropolis, in teams and in tribes, with amazing dedication and sophistication." (p. 24)
In fact, "sports is more than a pastime. It's a passion. A way of life." As Neuharth was describing the tremendous dedication which athletes are devoting to the training for global sports, I realized he was talking about a dedication and a zeal which had always been associated with religion. Olympic athletes, for example, train 6-7 days a week, for 2-8 hours daily, to prepare for the chance to win a gold medal. How many Christians in today's world, but especially in America, show such dedication? Most American Christians today do not even read their Bibles on a daily basis, nor pray regularly. Yet, the Apostle Paul states that, while physical training for sports competition is temporarily useful in preparing to win a prize which will fade away, spiritual training is infinitely more important, because it will win for us a prize which will last eternally without fading or deteriorating.
Neuharth continues to examine the effects of global sports programs. Small countries view these programs as a way in which to gain recognition and respect throughout the globe, and as a way in which to galvanize their peoples into exhibiting a national pride. Many people will overlook the failings of their economy if they feel their government has provided the leadership and resources which allow their national athletes to successfully win medals and championships . As examples, Neuharth cited Costa Rica's Sylvia Poll winning a gold medal in the 1988 Olympic Games, the Irish team winning the European Soccer Championship in 1988, and how proud the South Pacific Island, Pago Pago, felt as it prepared its first-ever team to compete in the Olympics. He stated quite boldly, "It's a fact: Few things move us toward unity more surely than the flame, fame, and flags of the Olympic Games. It's also not uncommon to find sports teams from one country playing in another -- even if their governments disagree politically." Olympic athletes display a unity and a common spirit with athletes of other races and countries, because they share the same dormitories, meal facilities, and the same competition.
Thus, we now know that the drive to the Pagan and Satanic New World Order is being greatly enhanced by the Modern Olympic Games. We have already shown that the original Greek Olympic Games were a pagan religious festival to honor the Greek god Zeus. Are the Modern Olympic Games also constructed along pagan lines? We submit to you that they are, as we can easily see by examining their symbols. The Pagan places great emphasis upon symbols, because they secretly communicate Pagan spiritual knowledge to the initiated while simultaneously hiding such knowledge from the uninitiated.
Let us examine the symbols of the Modern Olympics. The Olympics utilizes three symbols: The Interlocking Rings, The Flame, and The Dove. I find it interesting that three symbols are utilized, because three is a critically important number to the Pagan. In fact, it is so important that he worships the number. New Age writer, Elizabeth Van Buren explains in her book, The Secret Of The Illuminati, that the number three denotes the Pagan Trinity of Father, Mother, and Son. Further, three symbolizes spiritual balance and understanding, as denoted by the symbol of the Third Eye. The number three also is considered the first perfect spiritual number. This is symbolized by the Triangle, the most important figure in occultic Geometry. In fact, the Triangle is represented by the Pyramids, another symbol of the Pagan Trinity. Van Buren states that the Pyramid is a triangle, and "indicate(s) to man the nature of God..The Mystery knowledge has come to light in our time in order that man may at last understand the truth regarding his own divinity." (p. 130). The number three is a critical number.
Wynn Westcott writes in The Occult Power Of Numbers, "it is impossible to study any single system of worship throughout the world, without being struck by the peculiar persistence of the triple number in regard to divinity", both in the Christian and Pagan religions. (p. 43). It is very important that the Modern Olympics is represented by three symbols. As we examine these three symbols, we are not examining them in any order of importance.
1. The Interlocking Rings are supposedly symbolizing the ring competition of the sport of Gymnastics. However, I submit to you that these are not rings, but circles. The circle carries special meaning to the occultist, because it symbolizes the number zero. Madame Blavatsky wrote in her book, Isis Unveiled, that "Numbers are a key to the ancient views of cosmogony...all systems of religious mysticism are based upon numerals. The sacredness of numbers begins with the Great First Cause, the One (1) and ends only with the... zero -- symbol of the infinite and boundless universe." (p. 407). The number zero also symbolizes the eternity of numbers. Finally, zero symbolizes that happy state of the man who has finally reached that state of being born again through his own occultic efforts. All occultists from all time have believed that salvation, or spiritual perfection, is to be achieved by one's own efforts, utilizing the "true" spiritual knowledge contained within the occult.
In the Olympic Rings, we see these meanings symbolized. But, now we need to look at the rings more closely. Why are there five rings? Why not another number? Is there an important occultic meaning in the number five? Indeed there is. The number five is associated with the five-pointed star of Venus (Van Buren, The Secret Of The Illuminati, p. 38), and with that most famous of five-pointed star, Satan's Pentagram. Further, Westcott emphasizes in his book, The Occult Power Of Numbers, that the number five represents spiritual light, and as such, it unites in friendship the two forms of even (the number 2) and odd (the number 3). Is this not the concept of the Olympic Games, to unite in friendship all the peoples of the world, regardless of race, creed, or politics? We are now getting closer to understanding the symbolism of the Olympic Games.
Thus, you can see why the Olympic Interlocking Rings are formed by three rings at the top and two rings below. But, there is also great importance attached to the numbers three and two. As we have already shown, the number three represents the Pagan Trinity, balance, and spiritual maturity. Listen to Elizabeth Van Buren describe the occult meaning of number two in her book, The Secret Of The Illuminati, p. 37.
"...The number two can itself be seen as dual... The polarities are seen in the Son of God and the Son of Man both of which are titles given to Jesus Christ by the Church. He was the half-divine, half-human mortal man which all me on earth are. This is the message he came to give mankind." Thus, the number two represents great blasphemy against the Biblical doctrine of Jesus' nature, which is 100% God and 100% Man simultaneously. This is the meaning of the two Olympic rings. Interlocking Rings also symbolizes the "Interdependence" of all races of the world, another favorite New Age Theme.
2. The Olympic Flame is also an occultic symbol. It is associated with Ancient Rituals, including human sacrifice. Trevor Ravenscroft, in his occultic masterpiece, The Spear Of Destiny, records that Hitler conducted his open-air stadium meetings as a Satanic Ritual. The last event in these rituals was to march to an open-air flame and bow down to it. This open-air flame was virtually identical to the Olympic Flame. Openly occultic Rock Groups utilize the imagery of the Flame and Fire.
3. The Dove carries strong occultic meaning. Most Christians look upon the Dove as the symbol of the Holy Spirit, and so miss the occultic meaning. Van Buren states, "The dove then...was the symbol of the Cosmic Energies that flowed from the Mystic Centre of the Cosmos...which unites the mystical and scientific realization of the Powers of the Universe. In the Mysteries the dove symbolized the second person of the Trinity and was sacred to the Goddess. Not only did it represent purity and innocence but also Wisdom." (p. 135-138). Who is the Second Member of the Pagan Trinity? The God Mother, the Goddess. Thus, the Olympic Dove represents Goddess worship, which has simply exploded during this century.
Finally, the Pagan Dove serves yet another purpose: To deliver the Pagan Host from the earth to heaven in Pagan Ritual, carrying it in its mouth. The Host is a small white consecrated wafer, which the dove deposits on the heavenly stone of purity. Only then does the Dove change into the Phoenix bird, arising out of its own ashes. (Van Buren, The Secret Of The Illuminati, p. 130). The devastating fact is that the European Economic Community has chosen the Phoenix to be the symbol of their new, common currency. Occultic writings make it quite clear that the Phoenix is destined to become the new worldwide currency, and that it is to become a cashless currency, in apparent fulfillment of Biblical prophecy.
Thus, the Modern Olympic Games is just as occultic as the original Greek Games. Furthermore, the Olympics are being deliberately utilized as a vehicle to overcome the difficult barrier of differing cultures and languages, paving the way for the establishment of the New World Order.
But, as we have already alluded, the Olympic Games are not the only type event which is overcoming the cultural barrier to worldwide unity. After all, the Olympics occurs only every four years, hardly enough for the type of conditioning necessary to change deeply-held, traditional cultural attitudes. This type of change requires global sports competition which is much more repetitive than the Olympics. Neuharth cites many examples of International Sports:
In most of these sports, national stars are as much a hero as Michael Jordan is in this country. Sports is serious business. And it is uniting the world, preparing the peoples of the world for the political, economic, and religious uniting which is coming.
Now that we have shown you how International Sports, including the Modern Olympics, is moving the world toward the New World Order, what should our response be? Should we oppose such sports endeavors? Should we try to keep our athletes from competing in the Olympics? We think not. These sports, in and of themselves, are not wrong. Athletes who compete are not committing any sin. We simply must be aware of the fact that New World Order leaders view these games as a vehicle to unite the world into the New World Order. As we have said many times, our struggle against the New World Order is a spiritual battle. We must intensify our efforts at prayer and witness. Any Christian competing in these Sports Events should use this opportunity to witness to others from foreign lands about the saving grace of Jesus Christ.
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