Rebellion

A view of Mount Hermon / Un vistazo del Monte Hermon ...
Mt. Hermon.

By Max B. Sternberg

As a species, we are pretty rebellious in nature. We idolize it in literature and film, and even in our history it is pervasive in just how much we balk at authority. The Revolutionary War in America. The French Revolution. Even the Bar-Kokhba rebellion in Israel against Rome around a hundred years after the crucifixion. Western bibles don’t have the accounts of the Maccabees (There are four books). These account the Israelite’s victory over the Greeks and the re-dedication of the temple. Some rebellions are well known, others have faded into obscurity. All are instances in history where a group banded together to say to a higher authority, “No.”

Sometimes, it is completely justified. Oppression should be fought against. Injustice should be called out. Some rebellions are innocent, like with children. Ask any parent of a child and they will tell you of instances where their kids rebelled to the detriment of themselves. I have several humorous stories about my own children learning the hard way.

But some rebellions are downright sinister in nature, and we are not the first species to subvert authority. Like humans, the multitude of creatures that are erroneously ascribed as the job title ‘angel’ have the free will to obey or disobey God. How else then, could they have disobeyed him and fallen? The term ‘angel’ really means messenger, and there are several other words to name types of ‘angelic’ beings.

It is important to note that God, the creator of the universe, is a loving and just God. He has the ultimate authority and it is warranted. He sees all, knows all, and is outside of time (He created it after all) so He is there in the past, present, and future all at the same time. All powerful, and only wants the best for us. Yet, out of ignorance, malice, or pride, we rebel against our Creator. Luckily, He loves us so much He has given us a path to redemption through Jesus Christ.

We see several accounts throughout scriptures of rebellion. When a third of heaven rebelled with Lucifer. The Garden of Eden. The Tower of Babel. The Israelites who cast and created a golden calf to worship while Moses was on Mt. Sinai. Yet like many other rebellions, one is not well known yet there is archeological and scriptural support of it occurring: the Mt. Hermon Rebellion.

Two hundred beings deemed ‘Watchers’ at the top of Mt. Hermon in Israel bordering Syria and Lebanon. There, they agree to intermix with humankind under a shared curse among themselves. There, they agreed to rebel against God. If this short explanation sounds familiar, it is because I chose to use it for part of the story of my Darkness Overcome series.

There is evidence to support this rebellion happening. Ancient temples that dot the Mt. Hermon ridgeline. While several are significant, Qasr Antar is the oldest and bore a stele that can now be found in the British Museum. Translated, the stele says, “According to the command of the greatest a(nd) holy god, those who take an oath (proceed) from here.”. The ‘god’ they were referring to was one of the other rebels, more commonly known as Ba’al. The extra-biblical Book of Enoch references Mt. Hermon as well, and is a book referenced with similar verses in the bible itself. The mountain itself is evidence, with the root meaning of Hermon as ‘Taboo’. It was also once thought of with its extensive cave system as a literal gate to hell. Mt. Hermon is also the place where Peter first confirmed that Jesus was the Messiah.

15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. 18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. 19 And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” Matthew 16:13-19

Can you picture it? The Bible commonly has multiple covergences of scripture with each verse commonly having multiple meanings. Peter gets his new name, which sounds like rock. But they are also standing in front of the mountain (large rock) known as a gate to hell in their day. I could just picture Jesus pointing at the mountain saying the gates of hell will not prevail against his church! Hallelujah!

It is commonly thought among those versed in certain theology that this is the origin point of many pantheons of religion. That their polytheistic worship, as well as their hybrid half-god heroes like Herakles or Gilgamesh, had their start here. Beings that committed to themselves and their leaders to draw followers and worship away from the one true God. After all, if a third of heaven rebelled and fell, military tactics suggest you would need to get a bigger army in order to not be outnumbered two to one.

In our present time, those false religions have mostly faded to obscurity. What was once the popular Roman theology of the day, has now crumbled to ruin just like a lot of their architecture. Now Christianity stands with the church body as it’s temple. How glorious of a day do we live in that we can see Jesus’ words come true? Yet what of these fallen beings? These ‘Watchers’? What of these beings that agreed under a curse to all turn worship away from God?

Well, if they have not been bound in Sheol yet, they are willfully working to call good evil, and evil good. Remember the man who inducted the US Congress by invoking Brahma? They are still trying to supplant God, and overthrow what cannot be overthrown. For the end has already been written. It has already been seen by the one true God who is not bound by time. He is already there, and Jesus Christ has already won.

I hope that you are encouraged, and got something from the blog post today. My mission statement for writing has always boiled down to Entertain, Educate, and Evangelize. If you would like to read more of my works, please check out my website at http://maxbsternberg.com/. My book ‘The Rhise of Light’ is out now, while the second book in the series ‘The Rhise of Hope’ releases on December 20th, 2021! The series revolves around Leon, a fictional Judge and hero who has been called by God to save the world. Not just from the ravenging undead, but from lack of knowledge about Adonai. Can he do it? Well, you’ll have to read to find out!

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Author: maxbsternberg

Max B. Sternberg lives in Virginia with his wonderful wife and two incredible boys. When he is not working, or filling his time with the activities of a husband and dad, he enjoys delving deeper into biblical scripture and telling dad jokes. He strives to live his life as best he can – in all areas – for Jesus. Max believes that humor, mixed with truth, and tied together in a relatable way, can be an amazing way to reach people for the Lord. It is his sincere hope that readers will find his imaginings, paired together with biblical truth, inspirational for a deeper relationship with Christ. For more info, please check out his author page at http://maxbsternberg.com/. His works, the Darkness Overcome Series, include The Rhise of Light, The Rhise of Hope (Releases Dec 20th, 2021), and The Rhise of Truth (Releases 2022).

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