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Part Two—Metaphysics of Portals


In the 2005 science-fiction action film Doom (staring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson), the narration opens with an incredible discovery—an ancient teleportation device dubbed “Ark” is found that links planet earth with Mars. An archeological team goes through the stargate and begins research at the Olduvai station on Mars. While investigating humanoid remains uncovered on the red planet, the team unwittingly opens a door, and all hell breaks loose with a legion of demonic creatures coming through the portal to destroy them (if this sounds like a plot based on the 2015 book I co-authored, On the Path of the Immortals, it is because the makers of Doom borrowed from the same myths and historical phenomena Path investigates concerning widespread accounts of dimensional portals or “doorways” that beings of good and evil have reportedly passed through since the dawn of time).

In another title also in print from Defender Publishing (The Ahriman Gate, a novel by Tom and Nita Horn, free in this collection), the planet Mars is fictionalized as a prison-world wherein entities who rebelled against the Creator God during a past distant war are sealed. When the Ahriman “stargate” is opened, enclosures on the red planet’s crust slide apart, releasing, among other things, Quetzalcoatl, the Feathered-Serpent deity (dragon) of ancient Mesoamerica. (Ahriman’s narrative was partially based on a fanciful theological premise that the location from which Lucifer originally fell was a star system or planetoid). The narrative of Ahriman is also fascinating in light of Hesiod’s Theogony, which describes the place of imprisonment of the Titans:

And there, all in their order, are the sources and ends of gloomy earth and misty Tartarus and the unfruitful sea and starry heaven, loathsome and dank, which even the gods abhor.

It is a great gulf, and if once a man were within the gates…. There stands the awful home of murky Night wrapped in dark clouds. In front of it the son of Iapetus stands immovably upholding the wide heaven upon his head and unwearying hands, where Night and Day draw near and greet one another as they pass the great threshold of bronze…. And there the children of dark Night have their dwellings, Sleep and Death, awful gods. The glowing Sun never looks upon them with his beams, neither as he goes up into heaven, nor as he comes down from heaven. (Lines 736–744)

Hesiod’s Theogony takes on additional mysteries when one considers that the Bible characterizes the place of imprisoned rebel angels using the same words Hesiod employs to describe the place of Titan gods—“Tartarus” and the “Bottomless Pit” (see 2 Peter 2.4; Revelation 9.1–11, 11.7, 17.8, 20.1–3). Couple this with eerily similar discoveries on the actual moon Iapetus, and you understand why a number of researchers are open to the possibility that synthetic-looking planetoids such as Iapetus may be, as they appear to be, artificial. Is something bound inside them?

In Greek mythology, Iapetus was the son of Uranus and Gaia, and father of Atlas, Prometheus, Epimetheus, and Menoetius. Because Atlas was a “father of mankind,” Iapetus was understood in myth to be a progenitor, a creator god, of Homo sapiens.

Italian astronomer and engineer Giovanni Domenico Cassini discovered Saturn’s moon Iapetus in 1672 using his small refracting telescope. Cassini correctly deciphered the disappearing and reappearing act of Iapetus as due to the moon synchronously rotating with one hemisphere continuously facing Saturn. Iapetus is also divided by a great gulf formed by a giant walled threshold at its equator. This feature was discovered during a New Year’s Eve flyby in 2005 when NASA’s Cassini spacecraft photographed the 1,300 kilometers (808 miles) long and 20 kilometers (12 miles) high rim stretching over one-third of the moon’s equator. No other moon in the solar system has been found with such a stunning feature: literally a 60,000-foot-high wall. Compare this fact again with Hesiod’s description of a great threshold of bronze:

It is a great gulf…. murky Night wrapped in dark clouds. In front of it the son of Iapetus…where Night and Day draw near and greet one another as they pass the great threshold of bronze…. And there the children of dark Night have their dwellings, Sleep and Death, awful gods. The glowing Sun never looks upon them with his beams, neither as he goes up into heaven, nor as he comes down from heaven (Lines 736–744)


“Giant wall on Iapetus equator”

In The Search for Life in the Universe, Tobias Owen (the man at NASA who discovered the face on Mars) and Donald Goldsmith wrote: “This unusual moon [Iapetus] is the only object in the Solar System which we might seriously regard as an alien signpost—a natural object deliberately modified by an advanced civilization to attract our attention.”[i]

In an email to me (Tom Horn) in 2005 before he died of a brain tumor, David Flynn made an interesting point about this including the possibility of the “bottomless pit” (mentioned above) actually being a “star” (or an extraterrestrial object) in heaven:

Tom, you are intrepid enough to address an issue many are afraid to investigate…. And you are right about gates [and that various beings have come through them]….

[Flynn then quotes from Revelation 9] “And he opened the bottomless pit…. And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth… and the shapes of the locusts [were] like unto horses prepared unto battle; and…their faces [were] as the faces of men. And they had hair of women, and their teeth were as of lions…” (Rev[elation] 9:1–8)

[Flynn continues] Here is described an army of beings with mixed genetics [transgenics], but all species of terrestrial origin. The similarities between the “locusts with faces of men” and the modern reports of “insectoid” aliens [descending through dimensional gates] stand out in John’s prophecy…. It is assumed that the locusts of Revelation 9 “ascend” from a bottomless pit somewhere on earth because the story of the locust invasion begins with a “star” falling from heaven to earth and an angel with a key. The Greek word translated “fall” is Pipto, which means to “descend from a higher place to a lower.” If the star itself IS the bottomless pit, Revelation 9 could be describing an extraterrestrial object—a mother ship if you will—moving into orbit around earth with myriad beings. From this same place in Scripture the word “bottomless” is bathos, often translated as “height” and the word “pit” is Phrear. A phrear in Greek mythology is an orcus, a deep chasm bound by a gulf where fallen beings are imprisoned…. Revelation 12 explains the surety of Satan and his angels coming down from heaven to the earth in the future. For now, they wait… somewhere out in space.

One can easily imagine, if Flynn is correct, how a deceptive “Official Disclosure of Aliens” could be introduced to the world by a sudden, inexplicable movement of an extra solar planetoid and the human hysteria that would follow if Iapetus or a similar “moon” unexpectedly turned and started racing toward earth! (Note, David Flynn’s complete work on this and other intriguing research is available in a single large volume, The David Flynn Collection, at At the core of such contemplation is a more immediate and disturbing proposition related to our current research: according to ancient biblical and extrabiblical writers, such strategic locations do exist both in heaven and on earth where “doorways” operate via unknown science and/or metaphysics, and powerful entities exist behind them.

Now, imagine for a moment what an astonishing claim that is—that mysterious doors or “gates” exist, and that behind them supernatural entities await! Furthermore, under extraordinary circumstances, such entities have and can traverse from those dimensions into ours. If one believes the Bible, this disturbing fact is reality, it is based on past history and inspired Scripture, and it is prophesied to happen again (more on that later).

Such was the strong assertion from a Christian member of the Apache Nation following my (Tom Horn) appearance on Sid Roth’s It’s Supernatural, which came on the heels of a trip to the International Observatory atop Mount Graham in Arizona during research for our acclaimed investigation, Exo-Vaticana. I had said (an assumption on my part) on Sid Roth’s program (and others) that the reason the Apache Nation had opposed the Vatican, NASA, and Arizona State University when those organizations first proposed building the Mount Graham International Observatory (MGIO) in southeastern Arizona’s Pinaleno Mountains in the late 1980s was that the Native Americans were there first, and that some of their ancestors had lived and died on that property. Thus Mount Graham was something like a graveyard or “holy ground,” and they did not want heavy equipment disturbing the resting place of their forerunners. Hardly had I concluded that assertion before I was contacted by a member of the San Carlos Apache Tribal Counsel who wanted me to know that what I had said was only partially true, and that the bigger issues had to do with the “Mountain Spirits” or “Gaahn” that enter and exit a doorway on Dzil Nchaa Si’ An (Mount Graham) to provide spiritual guidance and mystical health to the Apache, and grander still, that Mount Graham itself is one of the four holiest mountains in all the world to American Indians because it is, according to them, what we might call a stargate—a strategic geographic location through which entities have passed from the great beyond into our reality since time immemorial. On vetting this information and finding this concept truly is held by the Apache and other tribes, the conspiracy meter went off the Richter Scale in my mind with regard to why the Vatican had insisted on that mountain in particular, going so far as to fight through US federal court to win approval for the MGIO. It appeared that, once again, Rome’s Holy See (as documented in the groundbreaking documentary from Gen6 Productions, The Unholy See) had secured dominance over a location where history and lore claim a portal into a parallel dimension.

With that discovery made, during a twenty-four-month investigation (2013–2015), SkyWatch TV, Defender Films, and Defender Publishing sent teams of field researchers, writers, camera operators, theologians, and a private detective to remote locations across the Four Corners region of the United States (Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and the tribal governments of the Navajo Nation and Ute Mountain Ute Tribe) to meet with academics such as Dr. Don Mose Jr. (Navajo scholar and third-generation medicine man who told us the oldest legends of the Anasazi), other tribal leaders, historians, and native guides to establish the earliest oral and written accounts behind the indigenous peoples. Our quest was twofold: First, to establish whether the Bible supported this hypothesis—that fixed traversable gateways of heaven and earth exist where supernatural interlopers move; and second, to learn whether there was corroborative information on this side of the seas in support of the middle eastern (biblical) narrative involving these gateways and the beings (including Watchers, fiery-flying Seraphim, and giants of Old Testament fame) that had come through them in the past, as the Apache at Mount Graham believe. In other words, was the story of Genesis chapter 6 a universal one? Were the “Days of Noah” global in scope?

What we uncovered in support of these questions—both the subject of scriptural backing as well as universal accounts—was beyond our wildest hopes. So far as American history, one can get a glimpse of the documentation in the following excerpt from our best-selling book, On the Path of the Immortals, where we recount a fragment from the day I sat in a traditional Hogan on the Navajo reservation and interviewed Dr. Mose:

With that, Joe quickly unhooked the camera from the tripod, sat down next to Carl and Dr. Mose, and proceeded for nearly two hours to record what has only ever been allowed a few times in history before: the white man putting on film the official and legendary stories of creation, giants, a great flood, the reptilian deceiver, and more, all from the voice of the nation’s medicine man. Dr. Mose even sang to us in the antiquated tongue and recited parts of what I would call “Old Testament history” paralleled in their earliest antiquity using the Navajo language.

Not only did Dr. Mose substantiate the age-old and globally recorded story of “those who come through portals” and the impact they have had on biblical and global history past and present, and not only did he weave Navajo Indian myths and legends seamlessly with our understanding of the six days of creation, the arrival of Nephilim, and their connection to judgment by a global flood followed by the repopulating of peoples around the world and a second incursion of giants, but there were several instances in which, when I pushed him for greater detail, Dr. Mose went off script (he actually delineated from the official Navajo storyline) to provide greater consistency between history and the way the Bible itself recorded certain events.

For example, as the medicine man was following the “official storyline” about the Anasazi and how they didn’t disappear but rather migrated and became the modern Pueblo Indians, I expressed doubts about that theory, and he responded by grinning just a bit and saying, “Well, I probably shouldn’t tell you this, but—”. He then proceeded to tell us the older stories that his grandfather had repeated about these mysterious peoples actually disappearing after they came under mind control from a reptile with a halo….

Another case in point is when I told him what we had learned from the Apache about cannibalistic giants and God destroying them in the Flood. “Oh, yes,” he said, reaching for an illustrated book he authored that is used in the Nation’s schools and libraries. He opened it to show us an artist’s depiction of a giant that had stood between thirty and forty feet tall: “There was a time when the earth was infested with such great giants and alien gods that destroyed and ate the people,” he said. “Some of them were in human form; others were monsters and [human-animal hybrids].” He followed this with the story of the White Shell Woman, who gave birth to two of the most important characters in Navajo mythology—the twin, miracle-performing sons named Naayéé’ Neizghání (whose name means “Slayer of Alien Gods”) and his twin brother, Tobadzischini. Together, these two great warriors killed many of the giants, hybrids, and monsters that were wantonly destroying human life. As Dr. Mose described these ancient tales, I could not help but think of David killing Goliath and then later other giants with his mighty men.

The storyteller then paused and said, “You know, when the Christian missionaries first came to America and told our people their stories of the giants and the Great Flood, we smiled and let them know we had already heard these tales long ago from our ancestors.” Perhaps this fact is why so many American Indians find it natural to convert to Christianity or why the Nations seem to have no issues with many of their tribal elders and educators being converts to Christianity.[ii]



Image showing Dr. Mose drawing out shapes and symbols on the floor as he tells the ancient stories of creation, vortices, heroes, reptilian deceivers, giants, and the Flood.

Also in On the Path of the Immortals, we worked on the question of whether the Bible itself supports the broader idea of fixed locations where entities enter and exit this world, including intelligence that is bound behind gateways awaiting a particular moment when those doors will be opened to allow their arrival as part of end-times Great Tribulation. While such concepts may seem strange to a few readers, the Bible supports the notion that the earth is a “holding tank,” and that intelligent beings exist beneath its surface and sometimes move between its interior and exterior through “gates.” We know the location of the Old Testament Paradise as well as Sheol-Hades lies beneath the crust of the earth. Other places in the Bible depict an underwater reality, including where “the four angels are bound in the great river Euphrates” (Revelation 9:14), as well as where God has imprisoned until the Day of Judgment those Watcher angels that so famously fell (2 Peter 2:4; Jude 6). Job 26:5 also speaks of “dead things” that move beneath the waters, and when the woman of Endor communicated with underground spirits, they ascended up from “out of the earth” (1 Samuel 28:13).

Thus the ancient belief that beings and underworld regions were under the control of a supernatural “gatekeeper” associated with Hades is both fascinating and enlightening when compared to these Scriptures, especially when we consider the words of Jesus in Matthew 16:17–18: “Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona [son of Jonah]…thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (emphasis added). We do not believe it is coincidental that Jesus referred to Jonah when tying Peter’s confession to gates and the ultimate victory of the church. In the Old Testament, Jonah 2:6 tells of his journey to the bottom of the sea to a “city of gates” (Hebrew bĕriyach, “a fortress inside the earth, a prison”) from which God delivered him. There is no doubt about where Jonah was, as he prayed to God out of the “belly of hell”—the underworld prison of the dead. Jesus made the same connection to earth gateways, Jonah, and His mission for the church again in Matthew 12:40 when He said: “For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.” This type of reasoning—that the physical planet serves as a repository in which intelligences reside—is and was fundamental to ancient biblical interpretation.

We find another reference to supernatural “gates” and possible fixed earthly locations for their geography in Genesis 28:12. Jacob had just left his dying father, Isaac, having tricked him into believing Jacob was actually Esau and therefore “stealing” the elder twin’s “blessing.” While on his journey, Bible archaeologists mostly agree that Jacob chose to “rest” eleven to twelve miles north of current-day Jerusalem in an area today called Beit El. Weary from his travels, Jacob stopped for the night in the Judean Hills, where he chose a rock to serve as his pillow:

And he lighted upon a certain place, and tarried there all night, because the sun was set; and he took of the stones of that place, and put them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep.

And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.

And, behold, the Lord stood above it, and said, I am the Lord God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed;

And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed.

And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of.

And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the Lord is in this place; and I knew it not.

And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place! this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.

And Jacob rose up early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put for his pillows, and set it up for a pillar, and poured oil upon the top of it.

And he called the name of that place Bethel: but the name of that city was called Luz at the first. (Genesis 28:11–19)

Bethel is the same Transjordan area Elijah the prophet had been in just before being caught up into heaven by an angelic “chariot of fire, and horses of fire…and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven” (2 Kings 2:11). Might the area around Bethel and Jordan thus be the location of an angelic portal?

Of course, the most infamous “gate” location in biblical history is the Tower of Babel. Genesis 11 says:

And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech.

And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there.

And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them throughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter.

And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.

And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.

And the Lord said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.

Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.

So the Lord scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.

Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the Lord did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the Lord scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth. (Genesis 11:1–9)

I (Tom Horn) wrote a series of articles about ten years ago involving the construction of this tower and the larger question of “gateways,” where I built upon the fine research by our dearly departed brother and semiotics genius, David Flynn:

In his opus, Cydonia: The Secret Chronicles of Mars (now part of the oversized single volume The David Flynn Collection), Flynn connected Nimrod’s construction of the Tower of Babel to the rebel planet Mars:

Nimrod…a giant of the race of Nephilim…authored the plan for the tower….[and was] associated in myth with Nergal, the Babylonian God of Mars.…The Tower of Babel was a tower to Mars.

Symbolism used by the mystery schools illuminated the writings of Italian poet Dante, who wrote of the connections between the Tower of Babel, giants and Mars. Intriguingly, Dante identified Mars with Satan. Paradiso Canto IX:127–142:

Florence, the city founded by Mars, that Satan who first turned his back on his Maker, and from whose envy such great grief has come, coins and spreads that accursed lily flower, that has sent the sheep and lambs astray, since it has made a wolf of the shepherd.

The ancient Cabiri (Gibborim) who built Cyclopean walls and megalithic fortresses took many forms, but they all originated from the same place. They came down from heaven to the earth. According to ancient Sumerian myth, when Nergal the God of Mars was ejected from heaven he descended with…demons….

Thus not only was Nimrod a Nephilim…not only did he design the Tower of Babel (“gate of the Gods”)…not only was he associated with Mars and built the tower of Babel to the rebel prison planet…but he, like other giants, was daimonic (demonic) in origin. The significance of this cannot be overlooked. Babel was a Nephilim gateway and it is prophesied to be the future location from which “gates” open and “giants” return. (emphasis added)

The Lord inspired Moses to write about this epic event, and the description and hidden clues offer just enough information to discern many truths about Babel. This was not merely a tower intended to reach heaven due to its height. This was a stargate, whose design was inspired by forbidden knowledge. Nimrod had deciphered the secret to unlocking a portal (what some might call an Einstein-Rosen Bridge) that would lead to the heights once envied by Satan: the Sides of the North—the Heavenly Throne.

COMING UP NEXT: Nimrod’s Secret Deciphered


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[i] Donald Goldsmith and Tobias Owen, The Search for Life in the Universe (Menlo Park, CA: Benjamin/Cummings, 1980), 33

[ii] Thomas Horn, On the Path of the Immortals (Crane, MO: Defender Publishing, 2015, 52–54).

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