FORBIDDEN KNOWLEDGE - BAALBEK
Preamble: How old is our civilization? The answer to this question keeps changing over the last 2,000 years and will continue to change as we learn more about “our past”. One thing is clear – our “civilization” isn’t the first to have existed on this planet.
Just how many civilizations existed before us? The “oldest” civilization that is widely accepted at this time is the Sumerian which is believed to have existed around 4000 BC. Not everyone agrees though since several other pieces of “history” are not accounted for. The giants mentioned in the bible, the “fluvial” erosion in the body of the Sphinx in Egypt that could not have occurred before 10,000 BC, the Nephilim mentioned in Genesis (6:4) who took earthy women for wives who gave birth to the “giants”, the Anunnakis - believed to have created humans by altering ape’s DNA and ruled over earth for over 400,000 years.
History as we know it is incomplete and convoluted with mythology. But advances in technology is allowing us to separate history from myths.
I don’t know about you, but I want to know who or what created us and for what purpose. I think this is the ultimate riddle that sentient beings like us should strive to get an answer for. Imagine that you woke up one day with no memory of who you are. Would you not spend the rest of your life finding out who you really are, who your parents were, whether you have a family etc.? In a way, this is what happened to us. We forgot. Or maybe something tricked us to forget our true nature and our rightful place in the universe.
Baalbek, also known as Balbec, Baalbec or Baalbeck, is a city in the Anti-Lebanon foothills east of the Litani River in Lebanon's Beqaa Valley, about 85 km northeast of Beirut and about 75 km north of Damascus. In this foothills stands the largest temple complex during the Roman Empire.
Fitting that for the largest Roman temple complex, Caesar constructed the largest temple of the empire - The Temple of Jupiter Baal ("Heliopolitan Zeus"). It's 290 feet long, 160 feet wide, and surrounded by 54 massive columns each of which were 7 feet in diameter and 70 feet tall. In today's standard, the Temple of Jupiter at Baalbek would be the same height as a 6-storey building.
The construction of the whole complex during Roman times took place over the course of nearly two centuries, and it was never really finished before Christians assumed control.
What perplex historians and archeologists about this site is that the temple of Jupiter sits on 3 massive stone blocks. Each block is estimated to weigh between 1,200 to 3,000 tons.
No one knows for what purpose the stones were cut, who ordered it and why was the temple abandoned. But the biggest mystery of all is the impracticality of its construction.
The engineering marvel required to cut these stones, bring them up the hill and place them so precisely that not even a sheet of paper can go through between the stones escapes modern day engineering and construction technology. It’s one of the biggest puzzles that has attracted archeologists and historians from all over the world.
With our “advanced” civilization of today, we do not have the machinery to accomplish similar construction. To lift a 1,600 ton stone, for example, you would need a crane that is much heavier, otherwise it will flip over.
The largest crane that we have today
Two more stones were discovered in the nearby quarry which supports the theory that whoever built the original structure, something prevented it from completion.
One of these stones is still in the bedrock and amazingly, it was only discovered in 2014. It is worth mentioning that these stones are the biggest and heaviest from any modern and ancients sites discovered to date.
We know that the Roman’s built the temple of Jupiter to honor their god Zeus. The question is, did they reuse the existing blocks and built their temple on top of the pre-existing one? This is not a far-off hypothesis since we see this happening all over the world. Christians built their churches on top of pagan structures to bring a punch to the pagans.
But why did the Romans build such massive structure?
There must have been a strong religious presence at the site, and perhaps a widely regarded Oracle. Otherwise, there would have been little reason for Caesar to choose this place to put any sort of temple complex, much less the largest one in his empire. There was certainly a temple to Baal (Adon in Hebrew, Hadad in Assyrian) here and probably also a temple to Astarte (Atargatis) as well.
One evidence that the site held a strong religious significance throughout the Roman empire was that Emperor Trajan, stopped here in 114 CE on this way to confront the Parthians to ask the oracle whether his military efforts would prove successful.
If the Romans were not the original builders of the complex, then who built it?
According to local legend by a Christian sect in the area, this site was first transformed into a site of religious worship by Cain. After the Great Flood destroyed the site (like it destroyed everything else on the planet), it was rebuilt by a race of giants under the direction of Nimrod, son of Ham and grandson of Noah. The giants, of course, made it possible to cut and transport the massive stones in the trilithon.
In the biblical Book of Genesis, Cain and Abel are the first two sons of Adam and Eve. Cain, the firstborn, was a farmer, and his brother Abel was a shepherd. The brothers made sacrifices to God, each of his own produce, but God favored Abel's sacrifice instead of Cain's. Cain then murdered Abel, whereupon God punished Cain to a life of wandering. Cain then dwelt in the land of Nod, where he built a city and fathered the line of descendants beginning with Enoch. - Wikipedia
However, the word "transformed" does not mean original builder. If the Canaanites led by Cain only transformed the site, then it must have been existing before they arrived in the area.
There are several biblical references about Baalbek although scholars don't always agree. The name Baalbek means "Lord (God, Baal) of the Beqaa Valley" and at one time archaeologists thought that it was the same place as the Baalgad mentioned in Joshua 11:
• As the Lord commanded Moses, his servant, so did Moses command Joshua, and so did Joshua; he left nothing undone of all that the Lord commanded Moses. So Joshua took all that land, the hills, and all the south country, and all the land of Goshen, and the valley, and the plain, and the mountain of Israel, and the valley of the same; Even from the mount Halak, that goeth up to Seir, even unto Baalgad in the valley of Lebanon under mount Hermon: and all their kings he took, and smote them, and slew them. Joshua made war a long time with all those kings. There was not a city that made peace with the children of Israel, save the Hivites the inhabitants of Gideon: all other they took in battle. [Joshua 11:15-19]
Today, though, this is no longer the consensus of scholars. Some also have speculated that this is the site mentioned in 1 Kings:
• And Solomon built Gezer, and Bethhoron the nether, And Baalath, and Tadmor in the wilderness, in the land, And all the cities of store that Solomon had, and cities for his chariots, and cities for his horsemen, and that which Solomon desired to build in Jerusalem, and in Lebanon, and in all the land of his dominion. [1 Kings 17-19]
If Cain was the original builder of this complex, then we can deduce several "facts". First, the construction must have begun around 250,000 A.D.. Second, the Sumerian gods Enlil and Enki must have been involved. The Kabal (the religion of the elite) believes that Cain was the son of Lucifer. Now we know that Lucifer was the god Enki in the previous post -YAHWEH, SATAN & the SERPENT.
Many questions remain unanswered to this day. But this we know - that this temple was built to last for a long long time for the generations to bear witness. Maybe one day, we will finally unravel its secrets, assuming we don't destroy ourselves first.
All images above were from "Ancient civilization series"