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In the 2005 science-fiction action film Doom (staring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson), the narration opens with an incredible discovery—an ancient teleportation device dubbed “Ark” is found that links planet earth with Mars. An archeological team goes through the stargate and begins research at the Olduvai station on Mars. While investigating humanoid remains uncovered on the red planet, the team unwittingly opens a door, and all hell breaks loose with a legion of demonic creatures coming through the portal to destroy them (if this sounds like a plot based on the 2015 book I co-authored, On the Path of the Immortals, it is because the makers of Doom borrowed from the same myths and historical phenomena Pathinvestigates concerning widespread accounts of dimensional portals or “doorways” that beings of good and evil have reportedly passed through since the dawn of time).
In another title also in print from Defender Publishing (The Ahriman Gate, a novel by Tom and Nita Horn, free in this collection), the planet Mars is fictionalized as a prison-world wherein entities who rebelled against the Creator God during a past distant war are sealed. When the Ahriman “stargate” is opened, enclosures on the red planet’s crust slide apart, releasing, among other things, Quetzalcoatl, the Feathered-Serpent deity (dragon) of ancient Mesoamerica. (Ahriman’s narrative was partially based on a fanciful theological premise that the location from which Lucifer originally fell was a star system or planetoid). The narrative of Ahriman is also fascinating in light of Hesiod’s Theogony, which describes the place of imprisonment of the Titans:
And there, all in their order, are the sources and ends of gloomy earth and misty Tartarus and the unfruitful sea and starry heaven, loathsome and dank, which even the gods abhor.
It is a great gulf, and if once a man were within the gates…. There stands the awful home of murky Night wrapped in dark clouds. In front of it the son of Iapetus stands immovably upholding the wide heaven upon his head and unwearying hands, where Night and Day draw near and greet one another as they pass the great threshold of bronze…. And there the children of dark Night have their dwellings, Sleep and Death, awful gods. The glowing Sun never looks upon them with his beams, neither as he goes up into heaven, nor as he comes down from heaven. (Lines 736–744)
Hesiod’s Theogony takes on additional mysteries when one considers that the Bible characterizes the place of imprisoned rebel angels using the same words Hesiod employs to describe the place of Titan gods—“Tartarus” and the “Bottomless Pit” (see 2 Peter 2.4; Revelation 9.1–11, 11.7, 17.8, 20.1–3). Couple this with eerily similar discoveries on the actual moon Iapetus, and you understand why a number of researchers are open to the possibility that synthetic-looking planetoids such as Iapetus may be, as they appear to be, artificial. Is something bound inside them?
In Greek mythology, Iapetus was the son of Uranus and Gaia, and father of Atlas, Prometheus, Epimetheus, and Menoetius. Because Atlas was a “father of mankind,” Iapetus was understood in myth to be a progenitor, a creator god, of Homo sapiens.
Italian astronomer and engineer Giovanni Domenico Cassini discovered Saturn’s moon Iapetus in 1672 using his small refracting telescope. Cassini correctly deciphered the disappearing and reappearing act of Iapetus as due to the moon synchronously rotating with one hemisphere continuously facing Saturn. Iapetus is also divided by a great gulf formed by a giant walled threshold at its equator. This feature was discovered during a New Year’s Eve flyby in 2005 when NASA’s Cassini spacecraft photographed the 1,300 kilometers (808 miles) long and 20 kilometers (12 miles) high rim stretching over one-third of the moon’s equator. No other moon in the solar system has been found with such a stunning feature: literally a 60,000-foot-high wall. Compare this fact again with Hesiod’s description of a great threshold of bronze:
It is a great gulf…. murky Night wrapped in dark clouds. In front of it the son of Iapetus…where Night and Day draw near and greet one another as they pass the great threshold of bronze…. And there the children of dark Night have their dwellings, Sleep and Death, awful gods. The glowing Sun never looks upon them with his beams, neither as he goes up into heaven, nor as he comes down from heaven (Lines 736–744)