In recent weeks, I have been researching the connections between Asherah, the Canaanite fertility goddess, and the ‘Queen of Heaven.’ Asherah, or some derivative (Asherim, Asheroth), is used about 40 times in the Tanak while the ‘Queen of Heaven‘ is only used by Jeremiah in 7:18 and 44:17, 18, 19, and 25 however ancient writings connect the two quite clearly. What is more interesting is that the ‘Queen of Heaven,’ the female consort of the regional deity, stretches from Semiramis, wife of Nimrod, to the Catholic Mother Mary.
Intermediate stops of this vindictive, controlling, jealous, fertility goddess include Isis in Egypt, Astarte, Ishtar, and Asherah in Canaan. Later steps in the constant morphing of this pagan
bitc... er, witch, were the Greek and Roman deities of marriage and monogamy, Hera and Juno!
Modern pagans look back unabashedly to her as the ‘mother God’ who was unseated by patriarchal men who sought to control the superior feminine attributes. This thought process and ‘feminine theology’ was lionized by Merlin Stone in her 1976 title, When God Was a Woman. She is unapologetic in her claim that the authors of the Torah and actions of ancient Israel to destroy the Asherim were, in her estimation, an open attempt to destroy the greater feminine goddess and advance masculinity.
What is fascinating is that some modern pagans associate Asherah with the snake totem and the tree of life… Any thought that this connection goes back to Gan Eden? ~ but, I digress…
Where my recent ponderings have really been stoked is in understanding more and more about the connection between the extreme vitriol from feminism/feminists when confronted with what Scripture says regarding Authority, Headship, and Family Structure. Clearly, there is an intense and evil connection between feminism and the pagan ‘Queen of Heaven.’
I recently reread the short but very good paper titled Feminism, Witchcraft, and Monogamy by James Wesley Stivers. (I recommend the whole book, Eros Made Sacred, but that stand alone paper is excellent in connecting some major pieces of the adversary’s battle plan.)
Over and over, in Scripture, we are commanded to tear down the Asherim. This week’s Torah portions says,
2 You shall utterly destroy all the places where the nations whom you shall dispossess serve their gods, on the high mountains and on the hills and under every green tree. 3 You shall tear down their altars and smash their sacred pillars and burn their Asherim with fire, and you shall cut down the engraved images of their gods and obliterate their name from that place. 4 You shall not act like this toward the Lord your God.Deut. 12:2-4
Israel had a running battle with Baal and Asherah that the northern kingdom eventually succumbed to resulting in their ejection from the Land. Some kings stood against the tide, though too often they would unseat Baal while leaving Asherah on the high places. (eg. 1 Ki. 15:14; 2 Ki. 15:4, 35) Apparently, the goddess behind Baal was much harder to deal with.
My experience validates this assertion. It is fascinating, and sad, to watch many wrestle successfully with the clear pagan influences contained in Christmas, Easter, Sunday, and unclean foods, but they suddenly balk and shrink back from the wrath of the feminist deity and her minions. Dare to talk about patriarchy and God’s authority structure and you will see even Torah teachers go weak in the knees.
But, this is the point!! The witch, the Queen of Heaven, does not want to be dethroned! She’ll fight you over the lesser strongholds of Christmas, Easter, and Sunday, but she absolutely goes to war over her place on the throne of your home and your culture. Men, understand, when you take charge of your home, deep, dark, spiritual forces will array themselves against you. Begin to walk in patriarchy and assert your God ordained authority, and He will answer, but in parallel, the adversary will attack and likely it will begin with sheer anger and response from your woman!
This is a battle that must be fought, but few men have the spine to enjoin the battle!
In the last week, I’ve been drawn to the story of Gideon, and I noticed a little detail I had missed before. After the Angel of YHVH called him and gave him his mission, He tested Gideon. Here are the relevant verses.
25 Now on the same night the Lord said to him, “Take your father’s bull and a second bull seven years old, and pull down the altar of Baal which belongs to your father, and cut down the Asherah that is beside it; 26 and build an altar to the Lord your God on the top of this stronghold in an orderly manner, and take a second bull and offer a burnt offering with the wood of the Asherah which you shall cut down.” 27 Then Gideon took ten men of his servants and did as the Lord had spoken to him; and because he was too afraid of his father’s household and the men of the city to do it by day, he did it by night.
28 When the men of the city arose early in the morning, behold, the altar of Baal was torn down, and the Asherah which was beside it was cut down, and the second bull was offered on the altar which had been built. 29 They said to one another, “Who did this thing?” And when they searched about and inquired, they said, “Gideon the son of Joash did this thing.” 30 Then the men of the city said to Joash, “Bring out your son, that he may die, for he has torn down the altar of Baal, and indeed, he has cut down the Asherah which was beside it.” 31 But Joash said to all who stood against him, “Will you contend for Baal, or will you deliver him? Whoever will plead for him shall be put to death by morning. If he is a god, let him contend for himself, because someone has torn down his altar.” 32 Therefore on that day he named him Jerubbaal, that is to say, “Let Baal contend against him,” because he had torn down his altar.Judges 6:25-32
Notice that Gideon was almost as afraid of his own family and townsmen as he was of Midian! He literally made this an operation carried out under cover of darkness and secrecy because of the predictable response, but he did exactly as Deuteronomy 12:3 instructs. ‘Tear down the altar and burn the asherim with fire! Yet, his own towns folk wanted to kill him for tearing down the altar and burning the Asherim.
Imagine, Israelites protecting Baal and Asherah to this degree!!
The same thing happens today!
Those who speak against the goddess of feminism and matriarchy are vilified, mocked, and cancelled. Men who have the heart of Gideon will take up the charge and tear down the Asherim and all she represents.
Fear not the village idiots that prefer Asherah to the Instructions of our King! Tear down their idols and mock their prophets as Eliyahu did!!