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Greece,
part 2

Map of Greece
[Map from the Perry Castenada Library,
Courtesy The General Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin]


In this section we're going to focus on the Greek region of Halkidiki (or Chalkidiki/Chalcidice). Here's an ancient map:


Map of Halkidiki
[Courtesy Wikipedia]


Apostles came close to the region in Acts 17:

1 Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where was a synagogue of the Jews: 2 And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures, 3 Opening and alleging, that Christ must needs have suffered, and risen again from the dead; and that this Jesus, whom I preach unto you, is Christ. 4 And some of them believed, and consorted with Paul and Silas; and of the devout Greeks a great multitude, and of the chief women not a few.


Halkidiki has a very unique appearance. Its 3 peninsulas sort of resemble fingers, but when we combine this with Part 1 of Greece, it's obvious that they represent teats; the teats of the Greek pig.


suckling pigs


The pig we're referring to of course is false worship, of which Greece has numerous examples to draw from historically. The most famous is the worship of Athena in the Parthenon, but the best example in the Bible is of the multi-breasted goddess Diana (or Artemis) at Ephesus.


Artemis


Diana is mentioned in Acts 19:

21 After these things were ended, Paul purposed in the spirit, when he had passed through Macedonia and Achaia, to go to Jerusalem, saying, After I have been there, I must also see Rome. 22 So he sent into Macedonia two of them that ministered unto him, Timotheus and Erastus; but he himself stayed in Asia for a season. 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.

Christianity was affecting the profits of false religion.

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.

Oink oink oink.

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?

The many breasts made her the nurturer of all things (so it was thought). However, if you take another look at the 3 teats of Halkidiki, note that the 2 on the outside have barbs on them. These are thorny breasts, which is very interesting because the ancient city of Acanthus nearby means 'thorny'. You would think that would make them unappealing, but so many people seem compelled to hang onto them anyway. I suppose they see no alternative; nothing that tastes any better. Here are a couple places to start:

1st Thessalonians 2:

5 For neither at any time used we flattering words, as ye know, nor a cloke of covetousness; God [is] witness: 6 Nor of men sought we glory, neither of you, nor [yet] of others, when we might have been burdensome, as the apostles of Christ. 7 But we were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherisheth her children: 8 So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have imparted unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because ye were dear unto us.

1st Peter 2:

1 Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, 2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: 3 If so be ye have tasted that the Lord [is] gracious.




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