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I found this interesting, that they had different names but the same pagan god, as in various places Baal came to be identified with Helios (the sun), with Hercules, or with the chief Greek god,*Zeus (the Roman Jupiter). When the Paul was returning from his 3rd Missionary Journey, probably in a.d. 58
(Acts 21:1). he came to the island of Rhodes. There, in its harbor, was the Colossus of Rhodes, a 100-ft.(c.30.5 m.) bronze statue of the sun-god Helios, or Apollo, which the Greeks counted among the Seven Wonders of the world. It was erected by Chares about the 280 B.C., and was thrown down by an earthquake in 224 B.C. In the 7th century A.D. it was sold by the conquering Saracens to a Jew, who reportedly had it hauled away by 900 camels as piecemeal.
There was ample time and occasion for Phoenician loan words to be borrowed into Latin. The Phoenician word for Mars, “Baal,” was one of those loan words.
In Greece, “Apollo” was a Hellenized loan word from the Phoenician “Baal” (Mars.) It was Hellenized with the softening of the “b” to a “p” plus additions of a prefix of “a” and a suffix of “o”. From Greek, 29. Apollo, as in the Apollo space program. 30. Apollos, an early Christian leader of prominence, and perhaps “apologetics.”
"The universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose."
As darkness closed in, Pedersen tried to get the second imager working – with no luck – and the first one began snapping pictures. A few minutes before seven, throbbing arcs of green and red light began to form on his monitor, eventually coalescing into an egg shape. Other shards of light shimmered, gathered into a jagged ring, and spun around the oval center. ‘This is really good stuff,’ Pedersen cooed. This wasn’t just another aurora borealis triggered by solar winds; this one Pedersen made himself. He did it with the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP): a $250 million facility with a 30-acre array of antennas capable of spewing 3.6 megawatts of energy into the mysterious plasma of the ionosphere.
Strange skyglow anomalies and weird lightning and plasma type effects have been seen all over the former U.S.S.R. near the Woodpecker transmitter sites. For example, the 23 September 1977 Washington Post reported that “a strange, star-like ball of light was sighted over Petrozavodsk in Soviet Karelia, spreading over it like a jellyfish and showering down shafts of light.”
Similar plasma effects have been created by the U.S. ionosphere zapping ELF transmitters, at the height of 1993’s Great Midwest Flood. The 24 September 1993 Kansas City Star reported that a research team from the University of Alaska’s Geophysical Institute (which is involved in work on HAARP) discovered “mysterious flashes of light that shoot from the tops of storm clouds into the upper atmosphere . . . over the Midwest during summer floods.”
This sighting occurred when that area was being hit with giant standing waves, long lasting weather blocking systems that were generated by a combination of the Russian Woodpecker ELF waves and U.S. GWEN Tower VLF waves. The newspaper reported that these mysterious flashes “resemble jellyfish. They are brightest where they top out, typically about 40 miles high – so you have the jellyfish body at the top with tentacles trailing down.”
Other similar flashes have been recorded from space shuttles and from high flying aircraft. The description of these observations bears an uncanny resemblance to the 1997 Petrozavodsk jellyfish-in-the-sky sighting.
At that time The Journal of Geophysical Research carried an article by Dr. B.N. Turman stating that U.S. military satellites reported sighting apparent monster lightning bolts over the Soviet Union. Dr. Turman revealed that the ‘superbolts’ were thousands of times more powerful than any previously sighted there. He stated that these superbolts had electrical power to about 10 trillion watts and total energy of more than a billion joules. Such superbolts were first seen shortly after the Woodpecker system began transmitting. Prior to that time, the most powerful lightning bolts ever recorded were 10 billion watts and contained total energy of one million joules.
Additional information about the mystery flashes over 1993’s Midwest Flood appeared in the 27 May 1994 Science Magazine which reported ‘Atmospheric Scientists Puzzle over High-Altitude Flashes.’ The article described events over the Ft. Collins, Colorado, area during the floods. Nearby, to the south, there is a powerful transmitter facility (similar to HAARP) that utilises a high frequency vertical ionosphere heating ELF generating system. The government alleges that this site at Platteville, Colorado, is ‘closed’ down. However, the mysterious flashes were observed on 15 nights, in an area of the upper atmosphere very near to that Platteville ELF transmitter.