The Bishop Speaks

Bishop Louis Vezelis O.F.M.

The six-pointed star is a symbol of the occult. It was never used until King Solomon embraced idolatry. Solomon was the son of David. David was the greatest king that the Israelites ever had. The only `shield' that David had was God.

King David frequently refers to God as his `shield': "The Lord is my strength and my shield" (Psalm 28,7); "Thou art my hiding place shield" (Psalm 119,114);"My shield and he in whom I trust"( Psalm 144, 2).

David had been secretly anointed by the prophet Samuel in order to succeed Saul who began to deal in witchcraft. Saul consulted the witch of Endor. In Deuteronomy, Moses is warning the people against many things.

Moses warned all the Israelites as follows: "When you come into the land which the Lord, your God, is giving you, you shall not learn to imitate the abominations of the peoples there. Let there not be found among you anyone who immolates his son or daughter in the fire, nor a fortuneteller, soothsayer, charmer, diviner, or caster of spells, nor one who consults ghosts and spirits or seeks oracles from the dead. Anyone who does such things is an abomination to the Lord, and because of such abominations the Lord, your God, is driving these nations out of your way." (Deuteronomy 18, 9-12).

God punished Saul for consulting the witch of Endor. Saul committed suicide. The Philistines found his body, cut off his head and took it around to publish it in all the temples of their idols. The Philistines hung his remains on the wall of Bethshan. His armor, however, was placed in the temple of Astaroth.

Solomon was David's son. David was never an idolator as Solomon. David's great sin was his adulterous relationship with Bethsheba and the subsequent murder of her husband, Uriah the Hittite. We know that David repented of this sin.

Why should this hexagram (six-pointed star) have any reference to David. This star became the Seal of Solomon only after Solomon went into idolatry. "But Solomon worshipped Astarte the goddess of the Sidonians, and Moloch the idol of the Ammonites." (3 Kings 11,6-10). Solomon built a temple for Chamos the idol of Moab, and a temple for Moloch the idol of the children of Ammon.

The six-pointed star is a magical symbol which only goes back to the twelfth century. According to Arthur Koestler, an Ashkenazi Jew, Menahem ben Duji, tried to convince his people that he was the Messiah. He changed his name to David al-Roy, collected some troops in Khazaria and Kurdistan. He was assassinated on his way to "liberate" Palestine. The star was attributed to him and first appeared on a Jewish flag in Prague in 1527.

The six-pointed star is identified as a "magical symbol" in the Encyclopedia Britannica. It states that "Practical (magic) cabala popularized the use of the Magen David as a protection against evil spirits." (Vol.VI, p.966).

The Universal Jewish Encyclopedia (p.597) states: "It is only in Jewish sources that the interlaced triangles are called `Shield of David,' as non-Jewish sources call the symbol the `Seal of Solomon.'"

We can only conclude from the evidence that Solomon not only left behind a division of the twelve tribes of Israel, but the proof of his idolatry. Heedless of the warnings of the prophets, he took unto himself foreign wives who led him into the worship of the goddess Astoreth (Astarte, i.e., star). The six-pointed star or hexagram known as the `Seal of Solomon' was the main article of this pagan worship.

Who are these false gods worshipped by Solomon? First mention of Ashtoreth is made in 4 Kings 23, 13: "The high places also that were at Jerusalem on the right side of the Mount of Offence, which Solomon kind of Israel had built to Astaroth the idol of the Sidonians, and to Chamos the scandal of Moab and to Melchom the abomination of the children of Ammon, the king defiled."

We read in Genesis of Astharoth which is connected with Sodom: "Lot dwelt in the cities of the Jordan region, pitching his tent near Sodom. Now the men of Sodom were wicked, and sinned exceedingly against the Lord." (Gen.13, 12-13).

The star of Astharoth _ the sign of the goddess of lust, Astarte -is associated with the grave sin of homosexuality because of which Sodom and Gomorra were destroyed. We learn from Leviticus 18,1-3 that the Lord warned the Israelites against homosexuality: "The Lord said to Moses, `Speak to the Israelites and tell them: I, the Lord, am your God. You shall not do as they do in the land of Egypt, where you once lived, nor shall you do as they do in the land of Chanaan, where I am bringing you; do not conform to their customs."

God warned the Israelites against idolatry even when He gave them the ten commandments: "You shall not carve idols for yourselves in the shape of anything in the sky above or on the earth below or in the waters beneath the earth; you shall not bow down before them or worship them."(Exodus 20, 4-5).

"You shall not bow down in worship before their gods, nor shall you make anything like them; rather, you must demolish them and smash their sacred pillars. The Lord, your God, you shall worship." (Ibid. 23, 25).

"….the Israelites offended the Lord by serving the Baals. Abandoning the Lord, the God of their fathers, who had led them out of the land of Egypt, they followed other gods of the various nations around them, and provoked the Lord. Because they had thus abandoned him and served Baal and the Astharthes, the anger of the Lord flared up against Israel, and he delivered them over to plunderers who despoiled them." (Judges 2, 11-13).

Again, do not lose sight of the fact that Astharthes refers to the Chanaanite and Phoenician goddess of love and fertility. The plural form is used because it refers to the various titles and images of the same goddess.

Moloch is the god to whom the pagans sacrificed their children. Even before the Israelites entered Canaan, they knew of the god Moloch. It involved the slaughtering and sacrifice of children. In some instances the idol was heated and the children were put into its arms. This merely shows what levels of cruelty man descends when he turns away from God. The "Jews" would worship Moloch and then go to the temple to worship God.

We learn from Psalm 105 of this practice: "They served their idols, which became a snare for them. They sacrificed theirs sons and daughters to demons, and they shed innocent blood, the blood of their sons and daughters, whom they sacrificed to the idols of Chanaan, desecrating the land with bloodshed; they became defiled by their works, and wanton in their crimes." (Ps.105,36-39).

The worship of Moloch took place in the valley of the son of Hinnon during and after the time of Manasses:

"And he made his sons to pass through the fire in the valley of Bennnom (human sacrifice). He observed dreams, followed divinations (astrology), gave himself up to magic arts, had with him magicians, and enchanters, and he wrought many evils before the Lord, to provoke him to anger." (2 Parali-pomenon 33, 6).

The prophet Amos inveighs against the apostate Israelites when he condemns their depravity and following of the gods of lust and murder: "Did you offer victims and sacrifices to me in the desert for forty years, O house of Israel? But you carried a tabernacle for your Moloch, and the image of your idols, the star of your god, which you made to yourselves." (Amos 5, 25-26).

Is God indifferent to the practice of religion to the point that all religions worship Him? Is there to be `respect' for false religions _ all of which without exception are an offense against God? Let us consider for a moment the revealed truth in this matter:

"I hate, and have rejected your festivities, and I will not receive the odor of your assemblies. And if you offer me holocausts and your gifts, I will not receive them: neither will I regard the vows of your fat beasts. Take away from me the tumult of thy songs, and I will not hear the canticles of thy harp. But judgment shall be revealed as water and justice as a mighty torrent. (Amos 33, 21-25).

The modern worshippers of Moloch who sit in our governments are busy preparing `laws' to protect themselves against the righteous indignation of the people who are discovering, albeit slowly, their true nature. These `hate laws' are designed to `sanctify' the lies and murders of this ungodly race. How will they legislate against God Himself who has already expressed His hatred for them?

It is to be sorely lamented that our clergy have been immersed in ignorance for so many years to the point of having lost all intelligent equilibrium. But, the same may be said of the laity.

Let us consider more precisely verse 26 ("But you carried a tabernacle for your Moloch, and the image of your idols, the star of your god, which you made to yourselves"). St. Stephen quoted from the prophet Amos when he reproached the high priests for their infidelity and apostasy. In Acts 7, 43, St. Stephen says "the star of your god, Remphan." The word Remphan also means the star Saturn. Now, the star of Saturn was a god.

King Solomon built an altar to the goddess of lust (euphemistically called `love' and `fertility') and worshipped her. He also performed rituals to Moloch. This is when the hexagram or six-pointed star came to be known as the "Seal of Solomon."

We know that the root of the word `hexagram' is derived from the Greek word for `six..' The six-pointed star is a `hexagram.' However, there is a play on words here because there is the derived meaning of `hex' which means a `witch' or a spell. In its verb form, hex, means "to bewitch," " to practice witchcraft upon."

"Hex (heks) n. Something supposed to bring bad luck; v.t., to cause to have bad luck; hexa _ combining form meaning six" (Webster's New World Dictionary).

According to the Encyclopedia Judaica: "It is not clear in which period the hexagram was engraved on the seal of Solomon mentioned in the Talmud (Git 68a) as a sign of his dominion over the demons, instead of the name of God which originally appeared on his ring."

This same Encyclopedia continues on this subject by stating that the hexagram was widely used in Arabic magic. However, use of the six-pointed star was restricted within Jewish groups.

The Jewish 44 Almanac states in an article "Metamorphoses of a Tree: 10 Jewish Symbols and Their Meanings," that it is only since the tenth through the fourteenth centuries that the Seal of Solomon began appearing in Jewish magical texts. The first use was in the mystical work of Sefer ha-Gevul (Book of Boundary) which was written by the grandson of the Spanish Jewish mystic Nahmanides.

This same source states that alchemists used the symbol to depict the union of fire and water and in this context it began to be called the "Shield of David" after 1724.

This citation is from the Cabala and is confirmed by the Jewish Encylopedia under "Cabala."

Solomon's fall from wisdom to folly is shown in his involvement with Ashtaroth and Moloch. He also left what is known as "Solomon's Mirror" which is used in divination, and "Solomon's Triangle."

Are you as a Christian knowledgeable in Scripture not surprised that your daily newspaper and now the internet provides for horoscopes? Are you not concerned that children in schools are shown how divination and spell-making work under the pretext of `diversity' and `inculturation'? The Scripture says: "You shall not bring any abominable thing into your house, lest you be doomed with it; loathe and abhor it utterly as a thing that is doomed" (Deut. 7, 26).

In the continuation of this study of the six-pointed star, we will see its influence in and representation of some of the most primitive superstitions. Likewise, we will begin to understand what has happened to the world around us. From a predominantly Christ-centered culture based on the positive teachings of Jesus Christ, the world is plunged into a demonic darkness. Is it any wonder that the demonic `mysticism' of the Kabala, the ancient sorcery and superstition of the Orient have become so popular?

If anything, let the reader be persuaded and convinced that the six-pointed star that is associated with what is called "Judaism" has nothing to do with the Old Testament. It's only connection is that the prophets condemned this symbol of demonism. Should we not think it peculiarly strange that this symbol sits upon the houses of "Jews" in their temples? Would anyone having the slightest knowledge of what this symbol represents have the slightest difficulty in perceiving the absurdity in speaking of a "Judeo-Christian ethic"? One absolutely excludes the other.

How, then, can someone like "John Paul II" refer to the "Jews" as our "elder brothers in the faith"? Nothing could be more of a deliberate lie than this.

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