Shrine to Moon God Sin
Discovered in Israel
Were the Canaanites Evicted for Worship of the Moon-god?
1/31/23 By Tim Buck
A massive crescent-shaped stone structure has been
discovered just a few miles northwest of the Sea of Galilee in Israel. Dating between 3050 and 2650 B.C., the stone monument is almost 500,000 cubic feet in volume and stretches out in a semi-circle about 492 feet long.
A shrine to the moon-god this large (not quite two football fields long) indicates huge interest with a large volume of worshippers that existed throughout the pre-Israelite civilization.
It seems hard to believe that such an enormous structure of worship to the moon-god could have gone unidentified until now. In fact, archaeologists had assumed that the stone formation was part of a city wall; it wasn’t until Ido Wachtel, a doctoral student at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, found that there actually wasn’t a city beside the “wall,” that he realized it was a stand-alone monument.
Over the last few decades, dozens of archeological studies across the Middle East and Israel have begun turning up evidence for the ancient worship of the moon-god Sin from the time of the Canaanites. The names of the moon god often changed but the demonic roots of the moon-god worship are present as far back to the third century BC.
For example, the ancient name for the city of Jericho, which God so dramatically destroyed in 7 days, was known as the, “City of the Moon” – see below.
Discoveries with ancient artifacts and pictures show that the worship of the moon god Sin goes back to the time of the Canaanites where it was honored in the form of a golden calf with crescent shaped horns as shown above.
This apparently was the same golden calf Aaron watched the Israelites make and worship while Moses met with God on Mount Sinai. Moses had both the golden moon-god calf and the families responsible for erecting it destroyed.
That was the time they made a calf. They offered a sacrifice to that false god and delighted in what they had made.
So God turned away from them and let them worship the sun, moon, and stars.
The Mesopotamian worship of the moon-god Sin is also of interest with regard to Abraham. The worship of Sin was closely associated with the city of Haran in the Old Testament. Archeological evidence shows that Haran had facilities which became the regional center of moon-god worship.
Biblical Haran was the place to which Terah (Abraham’s father) and his family (including Abraham) migrated from Ur. Tempted by the world in which he lived, we can surmise that Abraham rejected the false worship of the moon-god in Haran and followed Jehovah by faith into the promised land which the Lord then promised to him and his descendants forever through the Abrahamic Covenant in Genesis 12:1-3.
This is the same spiritual battle being fought today across the Middle East as new believers who come to Christ, while living in a Muslim majority country, feel trapped and find themselves suddenly forced to decide to follow Allah or Jesus… death or life!
With the rise in terrorism today and the anti-Israel, Islamic nations flexing their muscles, one conclusion from these recent discoveries is that the religion of Islam, who places the quarter-moon on every mosque, is simply the modern version of the same old Canaanite moon-god worship. It seems that the enemy has used the same play-book all along to deceive mankind and oppose the living God.
Evidence keeps piling up that the wickedness of the Canaanite civilization, which God told the Israelites to wipe off the face of the earth, was primarily centered in moon-god worship which Jehovah God hates! As a result, He specifically instructed Moses to reject the worship of the Sun and Moon and all the luminaries worshipped by the Canaanites.
“And beware not to lift up your eyes to heaven and see the sun and the moon and the stars, all the host of heaven, and be drawn away and worship them and serve them, those which the LORD your God has allotted to all the peoples under the whole heaven.”
Just as God detested the scourge of the ancient moon-god worship and destroyed it, He will do it once again in our generation!
But this time it will be accomplished by the Lord Himself as the prophet Daniel describes in Daniel 2 depicting the Lord as a crushing stone who demolishes the Islamic Beast at His Second Coming.
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