IS THERE A 'FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH TO BE FOUND???
The Living water search...
The Bible speaks much of the 'waters of life', and 'living fountains of waters'.
We look forward to heaven, to the rivers of water flowing from the throne, that have the trees of life growing on each side. Mankind in ages past, had the same Bible, and they read of such things, and the carnal nature of mankind made them desire the waters, more than the Giver of the waters. They wanted youth, to live forever, to have youthful vigor restored, but did not seek the Giver of such, but sought for the 'waters' they thought were somewhere, that would make them eternally young.
The new world of the Americas was discovered for two main reasons:
1. seeking a new maritime route to India
2. Ferdinand and Isabel of Spain wanted to find the `fountain of eternal youth' (waters of life, believed to rejuvenate the old and keep young ones to be young).
This water was believed to flow from a spring in paradise. The search for this spring of living water was the main thrust of early exploration of America.
Indians, of the Americas, were questioned, tortured, and forced to tell the secret of the location of this ‘spring'. Even the Indians had in their historical religious history, stories of such a fountain, which further intrigued the Spanish explorers.
Ponce de Leon, became governor of Hispaniola (now Haiti), and Puerto Rico.
He had heard tortured Indians speak of pearls and other riches and tell of the springs of living water.
Ponce de Leon was an aging man, and desired to be young again (for sexual purposes). Ponce de Leon's report to Ferdinand was kept in official court histories of Spain, Peter Marty de Angleria reported in his writings (in a book called `Decade de Orbe Novo' [Decades of the New World]).
Indians from the Bahamas told of an ‘island' where a spring of running water, that if drank, along with a special diet (tree of life) made old men young again.
Ferdinand, on February 23, 1512, granted to Ponce de Leon, a Patent of Discovery, to explore northward (the direction given by the Indians)
to find this spring. In March of 1513, Ponce de Leon set out northward,
looking for this spring. The public reason given was for `gold and other metals', but the true aim was for a spring of living waters.
The waters of each stream, on various islands was tasted, with no outward effects. On Easter Sunday, Florida was sighted. He traveled along the coast and tasted of many springs, and none worked as he desired.
More Indians were questioned, and their religious teachings were heard,
and all showed that they had a firm belief in such a spring being someplace.
In 1521, the Spanish king sent Ponce de Leon on a renewed search for a `tunnel' out of which a river flowed, and that if that tunnel were followed, deep in the earth, the spring of life would be found.
Now, calling it the `Sacred fountain', Ponce de Leon searched on. Instead of finding such spring, he was killed by an Indian arrow. The Bible speaks of a `river of life', and of `fountains of life'. And down through the centuries stories, twisted and perverted from truth, have persisted.
From the original truth of the Lord about such a spring, many pagan beliefs still have perverted or misleading stories about such a spring. Many pagan religions tell of a spring, and of fruit growing near by to it, that gives eternal life.
The Celts tell of a secret spring and a secret fruit. Their goddess Idunn, who lived by a sacred brook, and kept magic apples in her coffer, which gave new youth if eaten. The apples were called `the elixir of the gods." The renewed interest of Ferdinand, Isabella, and Ponce de Leon, was spurred by some events of the period we call the `crusades'.
A Latin writing, called `Alexander Magni Inter Ad Paradisum", and a Syrian book called `Recension of Josipon" tell of a tunnel, a chasm, of men with wings, a magical stone, and a land of darkness at the `ends of the earth."
The books tell of Alexander the Great, who took a ride down a river to gates of paradise. These writings intrigued mankind of that crusade era, and the desire to find a `river of life' grew and grew amidst mankind of that time.
In 1145, the Pope received a letter from a Christian ruler in India, who called himself, Prester John. He said that he was of lineal descent from the Magi
who visited the Christ child, and had come from a kingdom inside the earth,
from which he had exited through a cave in India. This cave, he said, led into the earth, to a place where he said the river of life existed.
The first crusade in 1095 was made to free the holy land from Moslems.
The second in 1147, was not for that reason, but was made with emperor Conrad of Germany , with many others, who were searching for this `spring of life', that John the Prester had spoken of in his letter to the Pope.
John the Elder, or prester John, sent letter in 1165 to the Pope and to lesser kings with the promises to come to the holy land to help free it from the Moslems. He described his land, as being where the river of life (of paradise) flowed. He never showed up to help in the crusades, but the ones on the crusades were not truly there to free the land from Moslems, but were expecting this Prester John to show up, and they could find out from him how to reach this `river of life'.
Popes continued after that to try to find and locate this prester John, assuming that he would be living on, and on, for he had this `living water'.
They called him `the illustrious and magnificent king of the Indies
(believing him to be from India), and beloved son of Christ."
In 1245, Pope Innocent IV sent Friar Giovanni da Pian del Carpini to the Khan of Mongol, believing him to maybe be, Prester John. This explains the great zeal to find an easy way to India, and to the money spent to see if one could sail to the west and reach India to the east. It also explains why Ponce de Leon expected to find a `spring of life' in the Americas (which they believed to be India).
In ancient Babylonian religion, there is a story that Ra (Nimrod) would live forever via a tree of life (a date palm like tree) and a spring of life, which he had sought in a deep chasm into the earth.
Such stories and beliefs permeate many religions. The Bible tells the source of such stories, for such living waters of spiritual life do exist, but their source and purpose differ from heathen expectations.
We shall, in heaven, have `fountains of life', but we shall already have eternal life, via the blood of the Lord Jesus, and our resurrected body given
due to His conquering of sin and death.
A history of the writings of Alexander the Great, by Callisthenes, supposedly came from letters from Alexander to his mother Olympias and to his teacher Aristotle. This Callisthenes wrote that Alexander conquered Egypt, and there saw the temple to the one we know as Belial, Nimrod, (though called another name by the Egyptians, The Temple of Ammon). There he was told that he was the son of Ammon, that his mother Olympias had had an adulterous affair with Pharaoh Nectanebus, had convinced her that it was Ammon in disquise as Nectanebus. From there, Alexander went to Ethiopia in search of the waters of life, that he was told were his right, since he was son of Belial.
Through the caves of Ethiopia he came to the `abode of the righteous.' Atop a mountain of 2500 steps, in a vast hall, he found a man upon a couch draped in a coverlet inlaid with gold and precious stones. The man told him, that he was `Enoch', and that Alexander should `not pry into the mysteries of God". Alexander fled.
The stories told by the believers in the Nimrod, told of the source of the Euphrates, Tigris, Pishon and Ganges rivers being a land in paradise. They said it was beyond a land of darkness. Alexander pursued their stories,
hoping to find another entrance into the land within the earth, that had the `waters of life', and went 12 days and 12 nights into a chasm to find such `waters of life'.
He came to a person (according to the story) with the radiance of an angel, as he drew near, the angel became a flaming fire. The angel asked
`Who art thou, and for what reason art thou here, o mortal?" The angel told him to return to his friends. Alexander asked for something to take back.
The angel told him, of a water of life, of which if men would drink even a single drop, they would never die. Alexander went back out the chasm, but went in again, this time with Matun, a servant, to search for this water.
Matun went ahead (Alexander fearful of meeting this angel who told him to leave). Matun, it is said, found this water flowing, and put into it, a dried fish that he had with him to eat, and the fish swam away.
Alexander then came to the place, and a voice was heard, that if he persisted to come to this water, he would be killed. Terrified, Alexander fled the place, for two beings with wings blocked his way from going on nearer the water.
Alexander took stones as souvenirs from that area, and upon returning to the outer earth, learned the stones were large pearls, precious stones,
and golden nuggets. Alexander continued to seek how to reach this water of life, and traveled on to find India, and failing to find it there, he committed suicide at 33 years of age.
Such stories persist in many religions, showing a consistency of belief in ‘waters of life'.
We too, as Christians, have such beliefs in the `waters of life.' But, we, as Christians, know that the Giver of the Waters of life, is Who gives us eternal life, and we seek the Giver, not the gift. The waters of life await us in heaven, flowing from the Throne, and those rivers with the trees of life will be wonderful there, but to seek just youth, just vigor and strength, and to forget the One Who died to give us so much more, is wrong.
The devil's stories are only counterfeits of the truth. But the devil and his religions truly would like to reach the source of these waters, and have mankind drink of such, while in sinful conditions, so that mankind would be eternally sinful. God has reserved these waters to be partaken of, and the tree of life also with its healing leaves and fruit, to be eaten, but only after we come into our sinless state, in our new resurrected bodies.
The tribulation saints are promised `fountains of living water', for they have overcome, and come to the heavens. Their spirit beings can partake of the waters of living water, and soon when resurrected, and in their glorified bodies, will partake of the trees of life, that grow along the rivers of living water.
There is even more on this, but I want you to see more clearly, what the Bible reveals, and historical records confirm about the plan of the devil.
Akkadian was the mother-language of all Semitic languages, and only by a knowledge of Hebrew could it be translated. Ancient Assyrian and Babylonian inscriptions in this language has revealed some ancient stories
that fit the scenario already presented.
A Paris born Englishman, Henry Austen Layard, in his searchings in Iraq,
had kept recalling the story of an officer in Alexander the Great's army,
telling of "a place of pyramids and remains of an ancient city (ancient in Alexander's day)". Layard's friends showed him tells in the area, indicating that there were ancient cities buried beneath them. His excitement grew when he reached one they called "Birs Nimrud" :
"I saw for the first time the great conical mound of Nimrud rising against the clear evening sky".
He returned in 1845 to dig in the area. The most important finds were some clay tablets, on which were translated, commercial contracts, court rulings, marriage and inheritance records, geographical information, medical formulas, laws, histories, creation stories, proverbs, philosophical ideas, love songs, lists of stars, constellations, lists of gods, their families upon the earth, with their attributes.
The inscriptions were in the Akkadian language, the most ancient of Hebrew. The kingdom of Akkad was founded by the one the Bible calls Nimrod (Sargon I, Sharru-kin, the "righteous ruler"). This land and kingdom of Akkad, was the Biblical land of Shinar, whose name "Shumer" meant "land of the watchers". This was the land that the ancient Assyrian, Babylonian people taught that the angels had come to earth, and began to co-habit on this planet. There, nearly 5000 years ago, civilization began to suddenly jump into more than tent dwelling nomads, and great leaps in building, medicine, and sciences suddenly appeared. Ancient structures, medicinal records, mathematical strategies, and astronomical sciences jumped light years, due to the appearance of these `watchers', fallen angels of the Bible story.
Some jumps in sciences have not been matched by even today's scientific community, and our world is still studying some things, (pyramids, etc) trying to figure out how these things were done. The Akkadians called these fallen angels the "Ilu" meaning "lofty ones", a corruption for the term "El" in Scripture. These ones were calling themselves to be like the "El", the Almighty One of Heaven.
The Sumerian story says that the first landing party was fifty beings called the "Anunnaki" meaning "those of heaven who are on earth". Ea, one of the fallen angels, co-habited with a woman, and a daughter Rhea was born, being half human, half angelic. Ea then co-habited with Rhea who had married Cush (son of Noah, in his old age), who bore one we call Nimrod,
making him to be two thirds angelic, one third human.
The Bible story tells us that:
"And Cush begat (literally "yalad" meaning "delivered" and not that Cush was the father, but more of like a midwife at the birth) Nimrod, and he began to be a mighty one (gibbore, a term used in the Bible to refer to part angelic ones who were giants) in the earth. He was a mighty hunter (gibbore) before the lord; wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod, the mighty hunter (gibbore) before the Lord."
So the Bible tries to tell us this story, but poor translation has made it almost un-find-able by most. Yet it is there, and the identity of Nimrod will tell us much for this end time plan of the devil.
THE EPIC OF GILGAMESH
A Sumerian tale of the first search for immortality concerns a ruler of long ago, who asked the divine One to be able to enter the land we know as paradise. Ancient writers of his day wrote down the tales of his search for such a land. Some may be fiction, some may have substance, but the tales are revealing.
Of these old tales, less than 200 lines remain. At the core of the knowledge are twelve tablets in the Akkadian language, and were part of the library of Ashurbanipal in Nineveh. This ruler sought out the one who survived the Deluge, (namely Noah) who was alive at the time of Nimrod.
Noah lived a total of 950 years (the curse had not taken full effect on the bodies God had designed to live forever.) imrod heard from Noah a first hand account of the flood. Gilgamesh (Nimrod)continues and tells how he felt that he had begun as a benevolent king, but he grew more and more concerned about dying. He asked Shamash, one of the fallen angels about how to live forever. The fallen angel told him that "Death for mankind they (God, Elohim) had allotted."
This made Gilgamesh (Nimrod) grow more and more bitter. Was he not two-thirds angelic, and only one third human, he reasoned. Why then should the mortal part of him condemn him to die?
Gilgamesh (Nimrod) grew so bitter about having to someday die, that he would roam about during the day, and at night sought to stay young by intruding in on newlywed couples, and insist on having sexual relations
with the bride before the bridegroom.
One night Gilgamesh (Nimrod) sees a vision of a vehicle from the heavens arrive, and seems unmoveable. He fails to move it, but finds an opening in the roof and enters it. Then he finds how to make the vehicle to move.
He runs to his mother to tell her Ninsun (Rhea) the vision. She tells him that the vehicle foretells a helper to come to him and help him find his way
to the place we call paradise, where the tree of life, and the water of life would be found.
After a long journey, through a long tunnel into the earth, they reach the "Land of the living" wherein the divine took those who would have eternal life, and where such ones were anointed with its purifying waters.
It was at that place, that Ziusudra/Utnapishtim (Noah) had recently been taken, and where Etana (Enoch) had ascended alive?
Gilgamesh (Nimrod) found that seven mountains and angels with "scorching fire" guarded the place. He views such a land, describing it as having "fruit,
and vines too beautiful to behold, foliage is of lapis-laxuli... grapes to lush to look at. He sees the tree of life, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
What happened there is unsure, for the entire column of the ninth tablet is too mutilated to read. However, Gilgamesh finally encounters Noah
(Utnapishtim, but Gilgamesh faints, and is kept alive and returned to the outer world.
Down through the centuries, many of the false religions of the past have copied and recopied this tale. The search for the inner world, the search for the place of eternal life, its waters, and the tree of life, had been a long, fruitless search.
"Let me make known to the country Him who the tunnel has seen; Of him who knows the seas, Let me the full story tell. He has visited the ??? as well,
The hidden from wisdom, all things... Secret things he has seen,... What is hidden from man he found out. He even brought tidings Of the times before the Deluge. He also took a distant journey, Wearisome and under difficulties
He returned, and upon a stone column All his toil he engraved."
From the Sumerian Kings List