Recently there has been a heightened interest in the prophetic scriptures of the Bible and much speculation on the coming world leader that the Bible calls the Son of Perdition, or the Antichrist. I happen to believe that the Antichrist can be best understood through the ancient Egyptian ritual of Heb Sed.
On the 30th Jubilee of the reign of a Pharaoh, and every three years thereafter, an event took place that recalled the slaying of Osiris by Set. The name of this festival is taken from that of an Egyptian wolf god, Sed, or Wepwawet, whose name means Opener of the Ways.
The ritual not only re-affirmed the unity between Upper and Lower Egypt, it involved a test of the Pharaoh’s strength and his right to continue to reign over his people. It also represented death and renewal of life: the murder of Osiris and new life through Horus, his son.
The king ran four laps around a course which was called ‘the field’ wearing the insignia of Upper Egypt, and then four with Lower Egypt’s insignia. Alongside him ran the Apis bull. At the end of the day’s events, the Pharaoh was carried in a procession firstly as king of Lower Egypt to the chapel of Horus, where he received the crook and the flail; then, as king of Upper Egypt, he visited the chapels of Horus of Edfu and Seth of Ombos. Here he was presented with a bow and arrows which he shot to each of the four corners of the demarcated area. The ritual was a re-enactment of a past event that had to be embedded in the subliminal memory of Egypt.
On an alabaster vase discovered in one of the chambers beneath the step pyramid at Saqqara, is carved a figure of a man with arms upraised holding aloft what appears to be a canopy. I believe this canopy portrayed the constellation of Orion. The king, as a representative of Nimrod the Hunter, discharged his arrows to mark the positions of Betelgeuse, Bellatrix, Rigel and Saiph. (Read Nimrod Twice Born and Opus Dei.)
The running man can be seen in the flame of Orion’s nebula, arms flung up above his head. He is the one who will bring the heavenly pyramid down to form a star with its earthly counterpart at Giza enabling the new Pharaoh to bring his fire into the heart of the King’s Chamber. When that happens, we can expect the capping of Khufu, the Great Pyramid, to take place.
Orion’s Belt, the ‘great divine horizon’, marked on earth by the Giza Pyramids, looked back at Bellatrix and the fading red star of Betelgeuse, (the almost forgotten Nimrod and his female consort, Semiramis). And the Belt looked ahead to Rigel, the foot, the future bright leader of a world far, far removed from that of Djoser’s time.
There is evidence that Pharaoh Djoser’s Step Pyramid and burial complex at Saqqara was intended to continue the Heb Sed ritual after his death, and even beyond the last of the Egyptian kings. The spirit world would continue to play out the ritual preserving the link between the desert sands and the canopy above, guarding the secrets of the pyramids until our day.
On his final journey, the Pharaoh was believed to first travel through the Underworld on a solar barque withstanding the demonic forces before being finally released heavenwards to his resting placed among the stars.
The hidden river/road of Ament is the burial way in Underworld. The body of the deceased Pharaoh travels down the river of Ament (which has no water) in his funeral barque. The Pharaoh makes his way by the words of Isis and Shemsu. The utterances of this great god act as magical protection and perform the slaughter of Apep, who is the serpent/womb in the Duat Underworld in his circle of windings in the sky. “I purify myself. I assume my pure throne, which is in the sky. I will endure. I assume my pure seat in the bow of the Barque of Ra. It is the sailors who row Ra and it is they who will convey me round the horizon.” (“What Is In The Duat /Underworld” – Utterance 407).
Pharaoh represented the earthly Osiris or, in his Babylonian identity, Nimrod. Rigel is the new Pharaoh who will be seen as the reincarnation of Nimrod/Osiris. His foot is at the door. His mission on earth will be to replace the Word of Life with Egypt’s Religion of death.
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour. Whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.2 Peter 5:8,9