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The Land Before Time—PART 33: Sacred Mountains and the High Places

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Son of man, set thy face toward the mountains of Israel, and prophesy against them, And say, Ye mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord God; Thus saith the Lord God to the mountains, and to the hills, to the rivers, and to the valleys; Behold, I, even I, will bring a sword upon you, and I will destroy your high places.… Then shall ye know that I am the Lord, when their slain men shall be among their idols round about their altars, upon every high hill, in all the tops of the mountains, and under every green tree, and under every thick oak, the place where they did offer sweet savour to all their idols. (Ezekiel 6:2–3, 13, emphasis added)

Any student of the Bible is familiar with the phrase “high places.” These cult centers featured an altar for sacrifice and worship, but sometimes included ritualistic sex rites provided by prostitutes who represented the gods or goddesses. The Hebrew word often translated as “high place” is bamah, which refers to a height or mountain (even an artificial one), or alternatively a fortress. This last brings to mind the “Man of Sin” mentioned in Daniel 11, who regards not the gods of his fathers but serves a “god of fortresses” (Daniel 11:38). Though the Hebrew word translated “fortresses” in Daniel is ma’owz, the fact that bamah can also mean “fortress” is intriguing. Perhaps the Man of Sin will seek to return the world to worship of Molech or Melqart, both representations of the god Apollo. But we get ahead of ourselves.

“High places” and their use proliferated throughout Mesopotamia as imitations of two things: God’s original divine council on Eden (a mountain) and as a hideous echo of the pre-Flood incursion of the Watchers on Mount Hermon. Following the confusion of languages at Babel (and the subsequent breakup of Pangea that took place in the days of Peleg), mankind spread out from the Mesopotamian region. Each group carried with it the memory of mystic cult places where humans communed with Watcher-like beings, and so it is no surprise that even tribes that settled in the most remote areas of the earth sought out these spiritual beings on local mountains and hillsides—and when no mountain or hill could be found, they built them.

On the surface, one might look at this type of religious fervor as nothing more than wanting to get closer to the sky and the “sky gods,” but it is far more insidious than that. Josh Peck recently wrote a fascinating article for SkyWatchTV Magazine called “Extradimensional Earth,” in which he proposed an explanation for a curious discrepancy in the volume verses weight ratio (mass) of the earth:

If we consider the entire Earth is about 260 trillion cubic miles, then there are 13 million cubic miles of unknown mass. No one knows what this extra mass is, where exactly it is located, why we can’t see it, nor why we can’t measure it beyond its gravitational effects.

Somewhere in extradimensional space, there seems to be a support system for the Earth. The Bible mentions pillars and foundations of the Earth. Showing their association to Earth, Job 9:6 states:

Which shaketh the earth out of her place, and the pillars thereof tremble.

It also seems the pillars connect Earth and Heaven in some way.

Job 26:11 states:

The pillars of heaven tremble and are astonished at his reproof.

The main takeaway from Peck’s article for our purposes is that the pillars are not only “of Earth”—they are not merely three-dimensional constructs embedded in the earth somewhere—but they are also “of Heaven.” If these pillars are extradimensional, it could explain how they can be of earth and also of heaven.[i]




Peck postulates that the difference between the measured and expected mass of the earth seems to indicate a spiritual, extradimensional component that adds weight, so to speak, without adding visible matter. What if sacred mountains and their altars actually “touch” the heavens in an extradimensional way? If so, then these mountains and altars might actually serve as gateways to extradimensional space. Is there any evidence to support this claim? As we explore the primary mountaintop mythologies from around the globe in this chapter, we will also look at the indigenous stories of the beings found upon these mountains and how they interacted with humans. In a manner similar to what happened on Mount Hermon, the Cloudeaters of Native American legend may have actually descended upon these mountains through extradimensional portals, and once here, these beings interbred with humans and demanded worship.

Let’s commence our worldwide tour with the original mountain, the Mount of God that we have come to call “Eden.”

God’s Holy Mountain: Eden

You, the reader might now be asking, “Wait, did he just call Eden a mountain?” Our tradition that Eden is a garden is correct, but that garden was planted upon God’s holy mountain. Dr. Michael S. Heiser explains:

Yahweh dwells on mountains (Sinai or Zion; e.g., Ex. 34:26; 1 Kings 8:10; Ps. 48:1–2). The Jerusalem temple is said to be located in the “heights of [yarkete] the north [sapon] (Is. 14:13). Zion is the “mount of the assembly” [har moed], again located in yarkete sapon. (Isa. 14:3) Additionally, Mount Zion is described as a watery habitation (Is. 33:20–22; Ezek. 47:1–12; Zech. 14:8; Joel 3:18 [Hebr., 4:18]. A tradition preserved in Ezekiel 28:13–16 equates the “holy mountain of God” with Eden, the “garden of God.”[ii]

Think of this original (and eternal) divine mountain as the Creator God’s (Yahweh’s) meeting place or throne room. We have a beautiful description of this meeting place in Revelation 4, where the apostle John is taken up into the throne room to see the risen Christ and views what appears to be the first meeting of the Divine Council after the restoration of mankind to membership (my comments are bracketed in bold type):

After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven [one might call this a portal opening]: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter. And immediately I was in the spirit [one cannot enter this extradimensional realm in the flesh]: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne [God the Father is the head of this Council, and this is His throne room]. And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald. [These gemstones are pure, milky white, fire red, and green respectively. The rainbow encircles the throne and may even form a ring by which council members are kept at a “safe” distance, but it is certainly reminiscent of Noah and God’s promise, for this throne room meeting is all about judgment of the earth]. And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold. [Though we won’t get into pre-, mid-, or post-Rapture discussions, this may indeed represent the human component of the restored Divine Council. Remember, Adam and Eve were kicked out of the Council, but God’s plan has always been to restore us to our position as co-rulers] And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices [the lightnings and thunderings are imitated by the fallen in the aspect of “storm gods,” to be discussed later]: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God. And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal [this beautiful blue sea is also imitated by the fallen in their throne room depictions—again, more later]: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind [definitely not an earthly creature, these are extradimensional beings]. And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle. And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come. And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever, The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. (Revelation 4:1–11)

What an incredible vision! The throne room, the Lord’s arrival, the twenty-four elders who are crowned (the co-rulers in the Divine Assembly), and the multifaced beasts who are sentient and protect the throne while also providing constant worship—all this lies within the future of those who trust in Christ as Savior! “Paradise Lost” and the Divine Council from which we were banished will one day be regained.

When Adam was created, he was made partly of clay from earth and partly of God’s divine “breath,” which allowed him to see into and participate in this extradimensional space, but once Adam chose to sin, the Lord decreed that mankind would no longer have access to the throne room of this hyperdimensional mountain. For all intents and purposes, Eden was closed. However, humanity’s desire for that “mountaintop” experience never diminished, so when the Watchers descended upon our next “holy mountain,” those humans who witnessed it must have been awestruck. We have an innate desire to worship God (or “gods”), to participate in a Divine Assembly of some kind, but those who place their faith in the small-G gods partake in earthly pleasures that can never compare to the genuine, spiritual experience. And they will be forever damned as their reward.




Mount Hermon

And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose. And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years. There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown. And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his hear And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them. (Genesis 6:1–7)

Now, most who are reading this book are aware of the incursion of the Watchers recorded in the book of Genesis and how the subsequent comingling of the angelic (extradimensional) seed with human seed resulted in a race of beings called the Nephilim, but you may not have read the account of this historic event contained within the extrabiblical source, the Book of Enoch:

  1. And it came to pass when the children of men had multiplied that in those days were born unto them beautiful and comely daughters. 2. And the angels, the children of the heaven, saw and lusted after them, and said to one another: “Come, let us choose us wives from among the children of men and beget us children.” 3. And Semjâzâ, who was their leader, said unto them: “I fear ye will not indeed agree to do this deed, and I alone shall have to pay the penalty of a great sin.” 4. And they all answered him and said: “Let us all swear an oath, and all bind ourselves by mutual imprecations not to abandon this plan but to do this thing.” 5. Then sware they all together and bound themselves by mutual imprecations upon it. 6. And they were in all two hundred; who descended [in the days]of Jared on the summit of Mount Hermon, and they called it Mount Hermon, because they had sworn and bound themselves by mutual imprecations upon it. (Book of Enoch, chapter VI, R. H. Charles translation, 1917)

The mountain called “Hermon” lies in what is known as the Anti-Lebanon Mountain Range on the border between Syria and Lebanon. This quote from the excerpt above from the Book of Enoch explains why the mount is called by the name ‘Hermon’: “And they called it Mount Hermon, because they had sworn and bound themselves by mutual imprecations upon it.” The root for Hermon is the Hebrew word חרם (hrm), which is a bit complicated, as it derives from two meanings. According to the writers at, one component meaning: “appears to describe a transition between two stages. On the initial stage exists one continuum. On the second stage exist two continuums, formed from the initial one.”[iii]

This is tantalizing to be sure, since it provides a word picture of the transition of extradimensional beings who left their home in the Mount of Assembly to live on earth. They kept not their first estate, you might say. The second component to this word, again according to is that hrm is:

…thought to be cognate with an Arabic verb that means to be prohibited or become sacred, whereas the identical root-verb חרם (haram II) is thought to be cognate with a different Arabic verb that means to perforate or split. This second verb occurs only once, in Leviticus 21:18, where it describes a disqualifying quality of a wannabe priest.[iv]

So, hrm holds within its rich contextual meaning a sense of profanity and a transition from worthy to unworthy. In this context, consider also another word that appears many times in the Old Testament, that being חֵרֶם, cherem [hrm], which means “devoted to destruction.” The basic structure of “Hermon” and “cherem” is very close [חרם and חֵרֶם], so one wonders if the oath taken by the Watchers was that they would all continue in their sin regardless of the outcome (that they would be devoted to destruction, which is of course, precisely what happens to their idols and high places in the Old Testament). The choice to descend on Hermon implies prior knowledge of God’s eventual plan to carve out Israel as a people for Himself within their own land, a plan that may have been discussed and agreed upon during a Divine Council meeting.

Today, there are about thirty different temple sites on the slopes of Mount Hermon. Small-“g” gods worshipped at these sites include Ba’al (also called Hadad), Pan, Zeus, Theandrios (which means “God-Man”), Leucothea (“white goddess”—both Theandrios and Leucothea are thought to be Greek names for previously worshiped Canaanite deities with similar attributes), and the “gods of Kiboreia,” which refers to gods of place and may refer to a “mobile throne.”[v] Since Semjâzâ and his other realm compatriots (Watchers) came down at this spot, it may be that these two hundred beings initiated a cottage industry of cult worship that changed names throughout the succeeding generations and continued post-Flood.

In his new book from Defender Publishing, The Great Inception, Derek P. Gilbert spends an entire chapter on Mount Hermon, and he explains its importance in sacred worship:

Mount Hermon was a holy site as far back as the old Babylonian period, nearly two millennia before Christ, and maybe even earlier. In the Old Babylonian version of the Gilgamesh epic, which dates to the eighteenth century B.C. (roughly the time of Jacob), “Hermon and Lebanon” were called “the secret dwelling of the Anunnaki.” The Ninevite version of the poem, written about six hundred years later, describes the monster slain by Gilgamesh, Humbaba (or Huwawa), as the guardian of “the abode of the gods.”[vi]

The Anunnaki were the seven chief gods of the Sumerian pantheon: Anu, the sky god; Enlil, god of the air; Enki, god of the earth; Ninhursag, mother goddess of the mountains; Inanna (Babylonian Ishtar), goddess of sex and war; Sin, the moon god; and Utu, the sun god. They are mentioned in texts found in what is today southeastern Iraq that date back to the twenty-seventh century B.C. So it’s possible that the more recent versions of the Gilgamesh story from Babylon and Nineveh remember more ancient traditions. And we’ll discuss later why those ancient traditions may have been brought to Babylon from Syria, far to the west.

The name Hermon appears to be based on a root word that means “taboo,” similar to the Hebrew word kherem, or “devoted to destruction.” The word is often translated into English as “under the ban.”[vii]

Simply put, Hermon was the abode of the Watchers, and their sinfulness led to a world at enmity with the Creator. However, despite this enmity, God remembered His promise to Adam and Eve to provide a Savior. So, when God Almighty decided to put an end to the sins engendered by the Watchers, their devotees, and their abominable offspring (both human hybrids and animal hybrids), and their human devotees, He preserved eight human beings and a select group of animals to repopulate the earth. Noah and his family survived the deluge and replenished the earth. But the memory of the Watchers and the extradimensional worship on Mount Hermon and the remarkable “men of renown” (the Nephilim) somehow survived the Flood or were regenerated, eventually giving rise to the next false Mount of Assembly.

UP NEXT: Babel

[i] Josh Peck, “Extradimensional Earth,” SkywatchTV Magazine, Volume 2, Issue 1, January 2017, published by SkyWatchTV, Inc.

[ii] Dr. Michael S. Heiser, “The Divine Council,”, (accessed online December 31, 2016).

[iii] Entry for “Hermon,” (accessed December 31, 2016).

[iv] Ibid.

[v] Entry for “kiboreia,” Wikipedia, (accessed December 31, 2016).

[vi] Edward Lipinski, “El’s Abode: Mythological Traditions Related to Mount Hermon and to the Mountains of Armenia,” Orientalia Lovaniensa Periodica 2, p. 19.

[vii] Derek P. Gilbert, The Great Inception, original manuscript, pp. 45–46, published by Defender Publishing, anticipated release date at time of this reference is March, 2017.

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