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Kuddurru of the Babylonian King Marduk [First Son of EA] -Zakir-Shumi, Iran, Late Assyrian Period, circa 850 BC
Zecharia Sitchin - A talk from the Heart 2006 - 6/6: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryqCdS8frl8&feature=related

The first century b.c.e. historian-geographer Strabo, who was born in a Greek town in Asia Minor, described Babylon in his famed Geography?its great size, the ?hanging garden? that was one of the Seven Wonders of the World, its high buildings constructed of baked bricks, and so on, and said this in section 16.I.5 (emphasis added):

Here too is the tomb of Belus, now in ruins,
Having been demolished Xerxes, as it is said,
It was a quadrangular pyramid of baked bricks,
Not only being a stadium in height,
But also having sides a stadium in length,
Alexander intended to repair this pyramid;
But it would have been a large task
And would have required a long time,
So that he could not finish what he had attempted.

According to this source, the tomb of Bel/Marduk was destroyed by Xerxes, who was the Persian king (and ruler of Babylon) from 486 to 465 b.c.e. Strabo, in Book 5, had earlier stated that Belus was lying in a coffin when Xerxes decided to destroy the temple, in 482 b.c.e. Accordingly, Marduk died not long before (Germany?s leading Assyriologists, meeting at the University of Jena in 1922, concluded that Marduk was already in his tomb in 484 b.c.e.). Marduk?s son Nabu also vanished from the pages of history about the same time. And thus came to an end, an almost human end, the saga of the gods who shaped history on planet Earth.

That the end came as the Age of the Ram was waning was probably no coincidence, either.
With the death of Marduk and the fading away of Nabu, all the great Anunnaki gods who had once dominated Earth were all gone; with the death of Alexander, the real or pretended demigods who linked Mankind to the gods were also gone. For the first time since Adam was fashioned, Man was without his creators.

In those despondent times for Mankind, hope came forth from Jerusalem.
Amazingly, the story of Marduk and his ultimate fate in Babylon had been correctly foretold in biblical prophecies. We have already noted that Jeremiah, while forecasting a crushing end for Babylon, made the distinction that its god Bel/Marduk was only doomed to ?wither??to remain, but to grow old and confused, to shrivel and die. We should not be surprised that it was a prophecy that came true.
But as Jeremiah correctly predicted the final downfall of Assyria, Egypt, and Babylon, he accompanied those predictions with prophecies of a reestablished Zion, of a rebuilt temple, and of a ?happy end? for all nations at the End of Days. It would be, he said, a future that God had planned ?in his heart? all along, a secret that shall be revealed to Mankind (23:20) at a predetermined future time: at the End of Days you shall perceive it? (30: 24), and ?at that time, they shall call Jerusalem Yahweh?s Throne, and all nations shall assemble there (3: 17).
Isaiah, in his second set of prophecies (sometimes called the Second Isaiah), identifying Babylon?s god as the ?Hiding god??which is what ?Amon? meant?foresaw the future in those words:

Bel is bowed down, Nebo is cowered,
Their images are loads for beasts and cattle...
Together they stoopeth, they bowed down,
Unable to save themselves from capture.
ISAIAH 46:1-2

These prophecies, as did Jeremiah?s, also contained the promise that Mankind will be offered a new beginning, new hope; that a Messianic Time will come when ?the wolf shall dwell with the lamb.? And the Prophet said, ?it shall come to pass at the End of Days, that the Mount of Yahweh?s Temple shall be established as foremost of all mountains, exalted above all hills; and all the nations shall throng unto it.?; it will be then that the nations ?shall beat their swords into ploughshares and their spears into pruning hooks, nation shall not lift up sword against nation, and they will no longer teach war? (ISAIAH 2:1-4).

From ?The End of Days, Armageddon and Prophecies of the Return?, by ZECHARIA SITCHIN, bestselling author of the 12th Planet. (See page 261-263)

Reprinted with permission. Copyright Z. Sitchin


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