The Ancient Egyptians are not only renowned for birthing one of the most enigmatic human civilisations in history, but also for propagating practical polytheism. The level of superstition and polytheistic proclivities resulted in one of the seven wonders of the Ancient world – the Great Pyramid of Giza. This occurred at the time when the Egyptian Kingdom had reached its zenith. From among a plethora of deities, we find a unique one by the name Isis. Isis was the goddess of magic (probably the Egyptian magicians who tried to compete with Moses had extended sacrifices to her. Nevertheless Isis was squarely humiliated by Yahweh). She was also in charge of fertility and motherhood. The Egyptians could have prayed to her to stop Hebrew women from giving birth (the Hebrew women were popping out children like popcorns, and Pharaoh was in no delightful mood). The motherhood, as viewed in Isis, could have led the Egyptian princess to have compassion on a Hebrew boy that was floating dangerously on River Nile. Isis was also in charge of death. As such, she must have provoked Pharaoh to pursue and decimate the freed Hebrews. Ironically, Isis was also the goddess of healing and rebirth. Unfortunately, she failed to heal the Egyptians’ boils that afflicted them when they refused to release the Israelites. What about the firstborns who perished at the night of the Passover, and the soldiers who drowned in the Red Sea? Did they go through a rebirth?
Isis was johnny-come-lately. She could not outsmart Yahweh. No spirit can outmanoeuvre Yahweh. No power of hell can bind what Jesus has already freed. You cannot secure what Jesus has unbound. You cannot snatch anything from the hand of God. He is greater than all. This is the surety we have in Him (John 8:36; John 10:29)
The Ancient Egyptians had distinct instructional manuals for navigating from the earth to the underworld. The Western scholars called this the Book of the Dead. The Book of the Dead claimed that Isis was a goddess of justice, mercy and righteousness.
Years later, we would find cults subscribing to Isis. This practice punctuated the Greco-Roman Empire for along time. Scholars say that it was one of the factions that became a formidable opponent to Christianity. Isis lost it during Moses time but still willed her power, hoping to compete with Yeshua. Talk of biting what you can’t swallow! Despite this, we still have pockets of Isis adherents among the Wiccan religion. They practice contemporary and ancient witchcraft.
ISIS of the Middle East
The highly esteemed Ancient Egyptian goddess is neither the first nor the last to be known by the name Isis. A new group of marauding cutthroats appeared in the Middle East in the mid of 2000s. The group went through a rapid metamorphosis that culminated into ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria). The dreaded group goes with other initials such as Daesh and ISIL. They prefer to be called the Islamic State.
At one point, ISIS rampaged Syria and Iraq, destroying lives and property. They did not spare ancient towns, artefacts and items of historical significance. They became a thorn in the flesh to the UNESCO. This kind of senseless destruction ignited military responses from concerned parties – Arab countries, Iran, Turkey, Russia, the United States and her allies.
The kind of military ingenuity and sophistication observed in ISIS is yet to be witnessed in any other terrorist group.
In 2014, ISIS dug tunnels under Iraqi’s town of Mosul peradventure to plunder valuable items of antiquity. In the process, they also destroyed the tomb of Biblical Prophet Jonah. They claimed that the tomb was drawing people from true worship into idolatry. However, this barbarism made it possible for archaeologists to strike a stunning find beneath the tomb.
In March 2017, the Daily Telegraph reported that an Iraqi archaeologist by the name Layla Salih found a marble cuneiform inscription of Assyrian King Esarhaddon inside one of the ISIS dug tunnels. The inscription was dated 672 BC. That is the time when the palace was part of the ancient Assyrian city of Nineveh. It is believed that the palace was built for Assyrian King Sennacherib and enlarged by his son Esarhaddon. His grandson King Ashurbanipal renovated it.
This archaeological find is a treasure not just for historians but Christians too. It shows that the Scripture accounts are true, and Yahweh is the true God.