Greece and their not so myth gods
Yesterday I made the announcement we would be discussing the book, “Ancient Post-Flood History” by Ken Johnson. I’d like to start the discussion with Greece and their gods, because those are the gods most people are familiar with (I think).
What you’re about to learn is that the greek myth religion was actually based very much on fact. Zeus, Saturn, Uranus, etc. were all real people who later became deified as gods. Even the Egyptians and the Vikings did the same thing. They took regular people and deified them later on. It should be noted that I’m far from an expert on any of this, so nobody needs to be quoting me, but if you find the topic(s) interesting, then you should really buy the book. There is much more in the book than what I’m writing in this blog.
According to the author it was the sons of Javan who settled in Greece after the dispersion; he also makes an interesting observation that Javan is the modern Hebrew name for Greece! From Genesis chapter 10, the first two verses, we see that Javan is one of the sons of Japheth.
10 Now these are the generations of the sons of Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth: and unto them were sons born after the flood. 2 The sons of Japheth; Gomer, and Magog, and Madai, and Javan, and Tubal, and Meshech, and Tiras. (Genesis 10:1-2, KJV)
The sons of Gomer, coming from the area of ancient Scythia, migrated to the area surrounding the black sea. I tried to find a good map of Scythia, so you could see, but the photo below is the best I come up with for right now. The black sea would be the body of water above the “a” in Roman Empire.
After a few skirmishes they (the sons of Gomer) control Cappadocia and Pontus. One of the princes was named Maneus, who had two sons – Acmon and Doeas. These two brothers decide to lead an expedition to upper Phrygia where they began referring to themselves as Titans. Acmon even goes to the extent of calling himself “Most High” and forces everyone to worship him. The story is about to get much more interesting 🙂
Acmon has a son named Uranus who in turn has two sons named Titan and Saturn (a.k.a. Kronos). Titan is the older of the two and wants to be the next ruler, but his mom and two sisters supported Saturn. Titan makes a deal with his brother that if Saturn would allow one of Titans sons to be the next ruler, then Titan would allow his brother to rule the kingdom. Saturn apparently accepts the deal and becomes the de facto ruler of… whatever empire it is they had at the time. Then we learn that an oracle prophesies one of Saturns sons would overthrow him, Saturn then becomes paranoid and starts sacrificing all his sons to “the gods.” He even went to the extreme of castrating his own father (Uranus).
Saturn marries his sister Rhea. She becomes pregnant and runs off to Mt. Ida on the island of Crete to have her son <drum roll> Jupiter/Zeus! Isn’t this stuff crazy?
How the truth relates to the myth: Ok, so we all believe Wikipedia is a great source of information, right? Look up Zeus. Better yet just click here and a new window will open up with it. Second paragraph first sentence:
Zeus is the child of Cronus and Rhea, and the youngest of his siblings.
Skip down to Zeus in myth: Birth
Cronus sired several children by Rhea: Hestia, Demeter, Hera, Hades, and Poseidon, but swallowed them all as soon as they were born, since he had learned from Gaia and Uranus that he was destined to be overcome by his own son as he had overthrown his own father—an oracle that Rhea was to hear and avert.
Zeus in myth: Infancy
Rhea hid Zeus in a cave on Mount Ida in Crete.
From there on the story of Zeus becomes more myth than fact, but do you see how the ancients could easily have taken a true historical even and twisted it to become a new religion? In the classical myth story Cronus(Saturn) eats his children versus in real life where he sacrifices his children to the gods. He is married to Rhea (same in real life) and she runs off to Mt. Ida to have her child (same as in the myth story). In real life Saturn hears about his death by his son through an oracle and in the myth story he hears it from Gaia (mother earth).
Make sure to come back to this blog on a regular basis as we cover some of the other awesome chapters in this book. I’m not covering it all, so you’re going to have to buy it should you want to know more, but you’ll get enough here to perhaps peak your interest. Next time we’re doing Egypt and that’s one that you will not want to miss.
Food for thought until next time: I was watching the history channel one time on Egypt’s early history. They said how Egypt’s history is divided into two groups 1) Old Kingdom 2) New Kingdom. The “experts” on the history channel said they weren’t sure why or what, but something happened in Egypt’s history that destroyed the old kingdom. They don’t know why, but they do know that it happened. They also made mention that in the new kingdom pharaohs were no longer worshiped as gods.
Let me ask you something, when Moses led the Jewish people out of Egypt – what do you suppose were the consequences?
1) Egypt lost their entire slave labor (upon which their empire was built)
2) The 10 Plagues
3) Firstborns Killed (Exodus 12:29-30)
4) Egypt lost her wealth (Exodus 12:35-36)
5) Egypts Pharoah and a good chunk of its military drowned in the Red Sea.
What would you suppose that does to a nation? Does it make sense that after this event the Egyptians might not be so eager to continue the practice of worshiping their pharaohs as gods? Rhetorical question. Keep your eyes on this blog. You’re not going to regret it.
Johnson, Ken. Ancient Post-Flood History. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2010. 190. Print.
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ActsMap_Pontus. 1995. Photograph. Lakeside MinistriesWeb. 7 Sep 2013. <http://lakesideministries.com/2ndCovenant/Acts/Acts_Images/ActsMap_Pontus.htm>.
phrygia.jpg. N.d. Photograph. Phrygia – Travel Link TurkeyWeb. 7 Sep 2013. <http://www.travellinkturkey.com/phrygia.html>.