The project was put in motion by a small group of scientists who suggest the statue will boost tourism and create jobs in the process.
Due to its enormous size, the statue was called Colossus. However, the statue itself represents the city’s of Rhodes’ Titan god, Helios (The sun-god and the sun). The original statue stood at the coastal entrance of the Mandraki Harbour located in Rhodes, Greece (thus the name, “Colossus of Rhodes”) for 54 years until it was destroyed by a massive earthquake in 226 BC.
The epigram on the original statue read:
“To you, O Sun, the people of Dorian Rhodes set up this bronze statue reaching to Olympus, when they had pacified the waves of war and crowned their city with the spoils taken from the enemy. Not only over the seas but also on land did they kindle the lovely torch of freedom and independence. For to the descendants of Herakles belongs dominion over sea and land. “
Helios is the Greek sun-god and the sun itself. He is equated with the Roman Sol. Helios drives a chariot led by four fire-breathing horses across the sky each day. At night he is carried back to his starting place in a great divinely wrought cup. In Mimnermus (fl. 37th Olympiad; Ionian Greek poet), Helios’ vehicle is a winged, golden bed. From his lofty traveling vehicle, Helios sees everything that happens during the day, so he acts as tale-bearer to the gods. Those who worshipped Helios, often sacrificed white horses to him. They burned incense and created altars for their sacrifices.
As if it could not get any worse, the new plans call for an ever bigger and more grandiose abomination. At 400 feet tall, the new Helios will be four times the height of the original. The proposal also includes an interior library, museum, cultural center, exhibition hall, and, a crowning lighthouse that will be visible for 35 miles.
Who hath formed a god, or molten a graven image that is profitable for nothing? -Isaiah 44:10 (KJV).
The group explains that they will use modern construction techniques and technology to make the new statue “earthquake-proof.” The exterior would be completely covered in golden solar panels, making it entirely self-sufficient.
It’s estimated that the project can be completed in three to four years at a cost of 240 to 260 millions euros ($264 to $286 million). Funding is expected to come from cultural institutions and international crowdfunding.
In addition to renewing and extending Greece’s tourism season, the statue’s construction would bring much-needed jobs. Whether or not this will all come together depends on how much support and money the team behind the plan can raise. No construction dates have been released.
Sharing the name of the abominable statue, The group maintains a website called “Colossal Rhodes,” An excerpt from the website reads:
The project was born in the ideas, the expectations and the hopes of some young professionals from different European countries: Greece, Spain, Italy and UK. The prefixed aim was an ambitious one: building a modern Colossus of Rhodes, following 21st –century standards, a contemporary 150-meters-tall building which would be used as a cultural center, as a library an exhibition hall and a lighthouse.
The site listed the following two videos that explain the project in detail.
Aside from the fact that this statue is a revival of “sun worship,” from the pantheon Babylonian era, it contains a rich and biblically connected past. Taking place in Greece, which represents the “bronze” portion of the statue mentioned in the second chapter of Daniel. This story is a piece of the prophetic end-times puzzle and most definitely a sign of the times. It is Babylon rising.
The Helios statue is a metaphor associated with King Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream, and was the center of provocation to God’s anger against the Babylonians, and King Nebuchadnezzar. Remember his punishment? and as we all know, Babylonia will be subject to God’s wrath during tribulation.
HISTORY of the STATUE
The time is Bronze age, Greco-Macedonia. Hellenistic era. The Rhodians, erected the statue during the reign of Seleukos son of Nikanor, successor of Alexander the Great.
The original statue or as I call it, “the abomination” was considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World due to its menacing height. The statue had been built, as a sign of worship and a token of thanks to the Greek gods for helping Rhodes’ win the victory over the ruler of Cyprus, Antigonus I Monophthalmus, whose son unsuccessfully besieged Rhodes in 305 BC.
Made of iron and bronze, Helios once stood at a staggering height of 98-feet (30 meters) tall, making it one of the tallest statues of the ancient world. The statue was built by Chares of Lindos, a native, who apparently by historical chronicles was familiar with crafting abominations like this before.
19 The workman melteth a graven image, and the goldsmith spreadeth it over with gold, and casteth silver chains.20 He that is so impoverished that he hath no oblation chooseth a tree that will not rot; he seeketh unto him a cunning workman to prepare a graven image, that shall not be moved. -Isaiah 40:19-20(KJV).
Chares interestingly enough was also a student of the sculptor who designed and crafted the abominable statue of “Zeus.”
Costing 300 talents, construction of the Helios statue began in 294 BC, and would take nearly 12 years to complete.
For 54 years, this abomination sat near the harbor of Rhodes, that is, until it was struck down by God.
And, behold, here cometh a chariot of men, with a couple of horsemen. And he answered and said, Babylon is fallen, is fallen; and all the graven images of her gods he hath broken unto the ground. – Isaiah 21:9 (KJV).
In 226 BC, an earthquake, notably recalled by historians as one of the worst quakes in human history, rocked the isle of Rhodes. The city and its statue were destroyed. The abomination broke off at the knees, sending the upper torso toppling to the ground. According to historians, Ptolemy III of Egypt offered to reconstruct it, but an oracle by the Rhodes advised against it.
Thy graven images also will I cut off, and thy standing images out of the midst of thee; and thou shalt no more worship the work of thine hands.-Micah 5:13 (KJV).
Strategically located in close proximity to Asia Minor, Middle Eastern and African trade routes, Rhodes was a major Aegean port. Until its demise, it had been known for many thousands of years as a very rich trading city of the Mediterranean Sea, and the statue stood as a symbol of their great wealth. Due to their significance economically and culturally, quake devastated Rhodes prompted what historians say was “the first example of aid being delivered to a city/country by many parties.” The earthquake was so massive, it caused the island to rotate, and has since been subject to much geological study.
Rhodes is part of the plate tectonics of the Mediterranean Sea and specifically lies on the boundary between the Aegean Sea and African plates. This is one of the more complex seismic zones of our world as there is thrusting, extension and strike slip faulting and the island is undergoing a counter-clockwise rotation due to these stresses. Apart from these stresses the island has also been subjected to being tilted to the Northwest in the Pleistocene.
A clear indicator of God’s wrath!
21 Have ye not known? have ye not heard? hath it not been told you from the beginning? have ye not understood from the foundations of the earth? 22 It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in: 23 That bringeth the princes to nothing; he maketh the judges of the earth as vanity.--Isaiah 40:21-23(KJV).
24 Yea, they shall not be planted; yea, they shall not be sown: yea, their stock shall not take root in the earth: and he shall also blow upon them, and they shall wither, and the whirlwind shall take them away as stubble.25 To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One. –-Isaiah 40:24-25 (KJV).
For nearly 900 years the ruins of the abomination lay rotting in the harbor. But even in its fallen destruction, the massive structure drew curious visitors from all over the world.
“Pliny the Elder remarked that few people could wrap their arms around the fallen thumb and that each of its fingers was larger than most statues.”
In 654 AD, after the Arabs conquered Rhodes, the remains of the statue were broken down and transported to Syria. The statue, purchased by a Jewish merchant of Edessa, loaded the parts on 900 camels.
The same story is recorded by Bar Hebraeus, writing in Syriac in the 13th century in Edessa:[(after the Arab pillage of Rhodes) “And a great number of men hauled on strong ropes which were tied round the brass Colossus which was in the city and pulled it down. And they weighed from it three thousand loads of Corinthian brass, and they sold it to a certain Jew from Emesa” (the Syrian city of Homs). Theophanes is the sole source of this account and all other sources can be traced to him.
The Arab destruction and the sale to a Jew, bears a strong resemblance story of King Nebuchadnezzar. In Daniel Chapter 2, King Nebuchadnezzar explains a dream where he sees the destruction of a great statue made of gold, silver, bronze, iron and clay:
31 Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof was terrible.32 This image’s head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass,33 His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay. – Daniel 2:31-33 (KJV).
Daniel, explains the destruction of the statue, represents the rise and fall of world powers, beginning with Nebuchadnezzar’s own golden head. During his reign,the King had rebelled against God, constructing many statues of idols, and participated Babylonians practiced the worship of many gods.
16 And upon all the ships of Tarshish, and upon all pleasant pictures.17 And the loftiness of man shall be bowed down, and the haughtiness of men shall be made low: and the Lord alone shall be exalted in that day.18 And the idols he shall utterly abolish.-Isaiah 2:16-18 (KJV).
The Story of Diana, The Greek goddess of Fertility
In the book of Acts, we are told about Artemis, known biblically as Diana (daughter of Zeus). Diana worshiped at Ephesus (also located in Asia Minor) and elsewhere during the New Testament times. Diana, like Helios, was considered a deity, and was the goddess of fertility. In Ephesus, a temple had been built to honor Diana, replacing a previous one that had been destroyed by fire. The temple, like Helios, is also known as one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. There is also a well-known statue of Artemis ‘the goddess of fertility.”
Apostle Paul directly challenged the pagan worship of such deities as Diana, and it most assuredly incited a mass uprising. In the end, Paul’s message of JESUS CHRIST prevailed, and the cult of Artemis disappeared. Acts chapter 19 tells the story:
23 And the same time there arose no small stir about that way. 24 For a certain man named Demetrius, a silversmith, which made silver shrines for Diana, brought no small gain unto the craftsmen; 25 Whom he called together with the workmen of like occupation, and said, Sirs, ye know that by this craft we have our wealth.
26 Moreover ye see and hear, that not alone at Ephesus, but almost throughout all Asia, this Paul hath persuaded and turned away much people, saying that they be no gods, which are made with hands:
27 So that not only this our craft is in danger to be set at nought; but also that the temple of the great goddess Diana should be despised, and her magnificence should be destroyed, whom all Asia and the world worshippeth.28 And when they heard these sayings, they were full of wrath, and cried out, saying, Great is Diana of the Ephesians.29 And the whole city was filled with confusion: and having caught Gaius and Aristarchus, men of Macedonia, Paul’s companions in travel, they rushed with one accord into the theatre.30 And when Paul would have entered in unto the people, the disciples suffered him not.
31 And certain of the chief of Asia, which were his friends, sent unto him, desiring him that he would not adventure himself into the theatre.32 Some therefore cried one thing, and some another: for the assembly was confused: and the more part knew not wherefore they were come together.33 And they drew Alexander out of the multitude, the Jews putting him forward. And Alexander beckoned with the hand, and would have made his defence unto the people.
34 But when they knew that he was a Jew, all with one voice about the space of two hours cried out, Great is Diana of the Ephesians.35 And when the townclerk had appeased the people, he said, Ye men of Ephesus, what man is there that knoweth not how that the city of the Ephesians is a worshipper of the great goddess Diana, and of the image which fell down from Jupiter?
-Acts 19:23-34 (KJV).
As we can see, this pagan greek worship is nothing new and is once again making a comeback from the underworld in a bold and brazen way.. A practice that will not end well, as prophesied in Revelation:
20 And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk: 21 Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.-Revelation 9:20-21 (KJV).
But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.-Revelation 21:8 (KJV)
From the very beginning of time, God clearly commanded the descendants of Abraham not to have any other gods besides him (Exod 20:3). To this day, the practice of pagan worship continues. It was the cause of Israel’s punishment and exile in biblical days, and it continues to be the issue that plagues the world today. I guess man has not learned from history.
Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. -Romans 1:25 (KJV).
Every man is brutish in his knowledge: every founder is confounded by the graven image: for his molten image isfalsehood, and there is no breath in them.- Jeremiah 10:14 (KJV).
Come out of her my people!
Flee out of the midst of Babylon, and deliver every man his soul: be not cut off in her iniquity; for this is the time of the LORD’S vengeance; he will render unto her a recompence. -Jeremiah 51:6 (KJV).
My people, go ye out of the midst of her, and deliver ye every man his soul from the fierce anger of the LORD. -Jeremiah 51:45 (KJV).