In his magisterial work "The City of God," Church Father Augustine of Hippo (AD 354-430) contrasts the godless City of Man with the City of God. The Body of Christ is the City of God on pilgrimage through the earthly City of Man to the Eternal City, the divine commonwealth ruled by the only true God.
Augustine writes of the City of God:
"For if we inquire whence it is, God created it; or whence its wisdom, God illumined it; or whence its blessedness, God is its bliss. It has its form by subsisting in Him; its enlightenment by contemplating Him; its joy by abiding in Him. It is; it sees; it loves. In God's eternity is its life; in God's truth is its light; in God's goodness is its joy."
In stark contrast, the architects of the City of Man are Apollyon, the destroyer and angel of the bottomless pit, and Beelzebul, the prince of demons. These two high-ranking evil angels, together with their legions of evil spirits, dominate, control, and influence the darkened minds and perverse passions of the citizens of the City of Man. Thus the City of Man is a Sodom and Babylon of rebellious, unrepentant, maddened, narcissistic, self-serving bestial humans set apart from the Holy Triune Creator:
"Yea, they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delighteth in their abominations. I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear: but they did evil before mine eyes, and chose that in which I delighted not." ( Isaiah 66:1-4)
The City of Man is characterized by the will-to-power and relentless abominations of its citizens hence its ultimate appointment with the Destroyer and its bondage to Beelzebul. Beelzebul relieves his slaves of the burdensome task of having to think for themselves and choose between good and evil in return for his permission to act upon every evil thought and impulse freely without the burden of either guilt or shame. Thus the City of Man is characterized by idolatry and myriad evils since its' citizens are spiritually dead natural men (1 Cor. 2:14) who despise the Lord, His statutes, Commands, and covenants and instead are allowed by Beelzebul and Apollyon to run roughshod over each other using their own relativistic rules. Above all, said Augustine, the City of Man "is itself ruled by the lust of rule."
On an individual level, the lust of rule, or will-to-power is an insatiable craving for control, advantage, self-glorification and self-gratification that drives people to commit evil via obliteration of the knowledge of their sin through rationalization until the point is reached where evil is occurring constantly and for whatever reason.
Rationalization is a form of self-deception that compromises, befouls, and sears the conscience so as to make tolerable and acceptable thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and motives that would otherwise be unacceptable. In this way forbidden thoughts of theft, rape, murder, gross sexual fantasies, fantasies of sadistic infliction of pain and other perverse desires and actions are permissible. Robert Reilly comments:
"We advance the reality of the desires over the reality of the moral order to which the desires should be subordinated. In our minds we replace the reality of moral order with something more congenial to the activity we are excusing. In short, we assert that bad is good." (Culture of Vice, Robert Reilly, Orthodoxy Today)
The lust for power first appeared in the Garden of Eden (Gen. 3:4-6) and unleashed all of the subsequent evil, suffering and death in the world. After the Fall, an unrepentant, envy-bitten Cain brutally murdered his brother Abel and afterward he and his sons established the first pre-flood City of Man.
In the post-flood world Babylon was the first City of Man. Established by Ham and his sons and symbolized by its Tower, an astral temple, it has the distinction of being the mother of the first 'God is dead' rebellion. Moreover, the Babylonian Enuma Elish is the original (anti-creation) evolutionary cosmogony based on the idea that the universe and life evolved into existence under its' own powers. Babylon thus serves as the source and model for all ancient and modern evolutionary cosmogonies, Mysteries, gnosis, secret initiations, nature religions, occult science, exalted transgender priesthood, sexual perversions, slavery, human sacrifice and evolutionary philosophy around the world.
In keeping with Cain's contemporary counterparts, that is, Western progressive socialist, New Age and Trans-humanist political and social leaders together with apostatizing Christian ministers, intellectuals and rank and file Americans, Old Testament Jewish religious and cultural leaders were far more interested in accommodating themselves to Ba'al/Hadad (dying and rising Sun God), Asteroth (Gaia) and the Babylonian (Canaanite) City of Man and its world system than to the only true God.
In his book, "Nazi Oaks: The Green Sacrifice of the Judeo-Christian Worldview in the Holocaust," pastor R. Mark Musser writes that the adoption of Canaanite nature worship with its evolutionary cosmogony and contradictory lifestyle of sexual license and human sacrifice was "foisted upon the people by the cultivated crowd, the elites of society." (p. 49)
Even so, most commoners enjoyed nature worship,
"...as much as their leaders, leaving prophets of the Old Testament sometimes comparing themselves to jackals (Micah 1:8), or roaming the streets of Jerusalem looking for at least one righteous man (Jeremiah 5:1-14). As such the population at large was completely oblivious to the approaching doom which the Old Testament prophets foresaw. The fact that this downhill process was over 200 years in the making only contributed further to their false sense of security." (Musser, pp. 50-51)
Isaiah 57 records the loss of spiritual leadership that like its' modern apostate counterpart throughout the West and here in the American City of Man, contributes to the suicidal demise of the nation where the righteous man perishes,
"....and no man takes it to heart; and devout men are taken away, while no one understands. For the righteous man is taken away from evil."
Isaiah is saying that while good men die off and are taken away to Paradise, in the earthly City of Man no good men replace them. Left behind are the self-loving, evolution and nature worshipping rebels:
"Against whom do you jest? Against who do you open wide your mouth and stick out your tongue? Are you not children of rebellion, offspring of deceit, who inflame yourselves among the oaks, under every luxuriant tree, who slaughter the children in ravines, under the clefts of crags?" (Isaiah 57:4-5)
Musser's summary of Isaiah 57 bears a chilling similarity to the American City of Man:
"Here is seen nature worship, sexual abandon, and child sacrifice all rolled up into one outdoor whore house of death." (p. 49)
Thousands of years after the fall of Babylon the second post-flood ‘death of God’ and Tower building project was set in motion by Beelzebuls rebellious human-tools under the banner of utopia, 'science' and Darwin's dehumanizing evolutionary theory. The location of the second Tower was Russia and it was the apocalyptic prophet Fyodor Dostoevsky who foretold its' catastrophic rise in the form of genocidal totalitarian socialism (murderous hatred, envy, and will-to-power writ large). More than 40 years before the Bolshevik Revolution, Dostoevsky declared "a second tower of Babel stands in place of the high ideals created by Christ." Through 'scientific' application of Darwinian principles to mankind,
" The sublime view of human nature sinks down to the view of an animal herd and, under the banner of social love, shows entirely unconcealed its contempt for mankind." (Political Apocalypse: A Study of Dostoevsky's Grand Inquisitor, Ellis Sandoz)
Describing God-hating rebels as devilish Gnostic irreligionists Dostoevsky went on to predict the ultimate collapse of the second Tower. But despite its’ collapse, said Dostoevsky, the rebellion against God will continue to deepen and spread and future rebels will finally succeed in raising the 3rd and final Tower with the help of lord of demons---Beelzebul.
Even before the collapse of the Russian Tower America's Christian-based religious and socio-political society was undergoing a stealthy transformational process under the guiding hands of Beelzebuls tares---Progressives and fellow travelers on the highway of evolutionary neo-Gnostic pagan spiritual ideology. This spiritual ideology is a historical and worldwide movement of enormous economic and cultural power that for centuries has sought to dominate and transform our world into a globally socialist New World Order--- a totalitarian City of Man on a global scale.
Already it is the case in the American City of Man that Beelzebul deems it a mark of sophistication for his scientifically enlightened tares to parrot the question of the worldly Pontius Pilate, "What is truth?" while their mindless followers proudly reject the Holy Trinity and the American flag in favor of Sharia and the sickle and hammer of the former Soviet Union, a godless totalitarian criminal regime responsible for the murder of more than 130,000,000 men, women, and children with half being Christians. (Soviet Flags Fly Proudly at DNC Convention March in Philly, Gateway Pundit, July 25, 2016)
Greek sophists and Pilate were forerunners of America's elite pagan sophists, modern Cains who for the most part, are our progressive socialist politicians, jurists, entertainers, news media, apostate theologians, and other so-called 'scientifically enlightened sophisticates' who dominate both political parties, academe, media, Hollywood, science, the economy, military and all culture shaping and information disseminating institutions. These modern Cains have infiltrated seminaries, preach heresy from pulpits, run our schools and big business and imagine themselves entitled to reshape an America they regard as composed of un-evolved hominids--- backward, bitter clingers of Bibles, guns, and Constitutional rights.
Under Beelzebul's and Apollyon's guiding hands, America is rapidly deconstructing and transitioning into an unholy City of Man formed by unrepentant sinners and their unholy loves: of self and self-glorification, of control, power, perversion, and contempt of God and the Body of Christ. Currently, the most obvious example of its unholy love is Beelzebul's imperious demand that society accept and conform to the idea of gender fluidity and transgenderism. What this madness is really all about is a legal ban on sex distinctions leading to the criminalization of "He made them male and female." Following the triumph of that evil comes the criminalization of the traditional one-man, one-woman family ending in state regulation of personal relationships resulting in consolidation of power under Beelzebul and his human tares.
Ba'al (Beelzebuls') Victory Arch
When the European ruling class, represented by German Chancellor Angela Markel, French President Francois Hollande, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, Liechtenstein Prime Minister Adrian Hasler, and Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern took part in the opening of the world's longest tunnel under the Swiss Alps the ceremony was acted out under the baleful gaze of the All Seeing Eye. The All Seeing Eye is the U.N.'s "god" of the nations depicted by a magic cube in the U.N.'s meditation room. The All Seeing Eye is the symbol of Ba'al/Beelzebul.
Ba'al/Beelzebul is also the Egyptian Sun god Osiris who committed incest with his sister Isis, resulting in the birth of himself as the Sun god Horus, the god of the dead. In Thrace and Greece Ba'al/Osiris is Dionysus, the god of pleasure, partying, wine, human sacrifices and orgiastic sexual rites. To the Phrygians, he is Sabasius, a horned solar god whose emblem is the serpent. Elsewhere he is Jupiter, Orion, Plutus, Iswara, the Winged One, Nimrod, Adoni, Hermes, Prometheus, Zeus, Bacchus, Ormuz, Apollo, Tammuz (Ezekiel 8:14), Atus, Bacchus, Shiva, and Molech. (Masonic and Occult Symbols Illustrated, Dr. Cathy Burns, p. 359)
As the European ruling class looked on, graphically sexual and blatantly satanic rituals were performed featuring a baby-faced Lucifer (Horus) and a horned, goat-headed Baphomet (Ba'al), symbol of the Void, or Mind of the Universe and its seething serpent-powered evolutionary energies depicted by the U.N.'s magic cube.
The androgynous horned deity was adored by scantily clad figures repeatedly prostrating themselves before him/her. As the horned god made his/her appearance horrific wailing and screaming was heard over the audio system. Next, Baphomet/Ba'al/Beelzebul simulated sexual acts with several of the male and female performers, many of whom were androgynous. (Europe’s top leaders watch bizarre satanic ceremony opening world’s longest tunnel, Life Site News, Jun. 6, 2016)
The Arch of Ba’al appeared in Italy recently, accompanying yet another summit of world leaders while attracting over two million visitors. World leaders are especially drawn to the arch. In fact, it was assembled as the centerpiece for the World Government Summit, an international meeting of global leaders in Dubai last February. The Dubai Future Foundation (DFF) has joined in the project with Oxford University’s Institute of Digital Archaeology (IDA) and Harvard University. (Arch of Ba’al Attracting Millions of Visitors, May Model Sinister ‘Temple of Darkness’: Rabbi, Breaking Israel News, June 28, 2017)
The first appearance of the arch was at London’s Trafalgar Square last year for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Week:
The unveiling coincided with Beltane, the most important pagan holiday of the year,
"...ushering in a 13-day period known in the occult as “the Blood Sacrifice to the Beast”, which was traditionally celebrated with child sacrifice and bisexual orgies.” (ibid)
"If all the West part of the world is apostate, might it not be lawful, in our great need, to look farther...beyond Christendom? Ransom shook his head. "You do not understand," he said to Merlinus. "The poison was brewed in these West lands but it has spat itself everywhere by now...You might go East so far that the East became West and you returned to Britain....but even so you would not have come out anywhere into the light. The shadow of one dark wing is over all Tellus." (That Hideous Strength, CS Lewis)
But for a few islands of light, the West and America are roiling waters of darkness under control of Beelzebul and Apollyon as they build their latest City of Man, a global endeavor this time. This means that Ba'als Arch of Triumph is not a victory for globalists but a sign that globalists are tares of Beelzebul and Apollyon whose work they do:
"Do we read of Christ going forth to sow the "good seed" (Matt.13:24), then we also read of the enemy going forth to sow his "tares" -- an imitation wheat (Matt.13:25). Do we read of "the children of God," then we also read of "the children of the wicked one" (Matt.13:38). Do we read of God working in His children "both to will and to do of His good pleasure" (Phil.2:13), then we are also told that the Prince of the power of the air is "the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience" (Eph.2:2)." The Antichrist Will Be the Son of Satan, Arthur W. Pink
No matter how promising a civilization appears at its start, in this fallen world it inevitably collapses into a City of Man under direction of Beelzebul and Apollyon. This being so the faithful must hold fast to our Lords promise in the last book of the Bible:
"Look, I am coming soon! Says the Lord. My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. "Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood. "I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star." (Rev. 22:12-16)