Babylon Rising, Chapter 69

Huh-huh-huh-huh, she said “sixty-nine,” huh-huh-huh-huh.

/Beavis and Butthead

This chapter is just weird and jarring.  Logically, it should precede the chapter in which Murphy finds the Golden Head, because it is yet another italicized flashback to the time of King Nebuchadnezzar. 

The evil fictional high priest Dakkuri thinks angrily about how King Neb used to be insane, but has now traded in hanging out in the fields with the cows for a new type of insanity, following Daniel and his One True God.

(LaHaye and Dinallo get in a few nice little zings here, about how Dakkuri doesn’t really fer real believe in the multitude of gods, it’s just that being a high priest gets him good wine and pretty dancing girls.  Because only Real True Believers really believe, right?)

So Dakkuri keeps the Brazen Serpent for himself and his little inner circle of believers, and thus becomes (get ready for it) a devotee of the former angel of light who had rebelled against the Creator.  Dakkuri, the Chaldean, belonged to, and was a servant of, the dark angel Lucifer.

Wait, what?

How could he…when did the…who thought…wargyuiftjnkfkl…

Sigh.

Yeah, they’re Luciferians.  Sure they are.  I don’t even get how that works, but you know what?  I’m not going to stress about it, because LaHaye and Dinallo sure didn’t stress about this chapter, which should come before Murphy discovers the Head so we all get the significance of what he’s found, and so that the ends can neatly be tied up at the real end of the book.

Then Dakkuri tells us a bunch of stuff we already know, about how he’s going to write treasure clues on the pieces of the Serpent and leave them buried all around the desert so in a couple thousand years, a smug archeologist can find them and then find the Golden Head.

And then, Dakkuri, like any good nonbeliever, admits that he knows Daniel’s God is real and that Daniel speaks the truth, he is just Mad at God and also Evil and so must fight him by breaking a bronze sculpture into three pieces.  Then, to top it all off, Dakkuri agrees with any good RTC that everything that has happened in the world, and all of their lives, are entirely meaningless because it is all just about the lead-up to the second rising of Babylon and the taking over of the world by the Antichrist.

Were LaHaye and Dinallo afraid that their readers would forget what this whole expedition of Murphy’s was about, and what he believed?  Why are they trying to back-build their story now, in the second-to-last chapter?  Except for the head-desking “Luciferians” part, this chapter tells us nothing we haven’t been told at least three times already.

Oh, well.  At least we’ll end the book on a high note…with The Seven!

They’ll stop at nothing.  After all, they have the world’s greatest squadron of attack falcons.

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Posted on November 21, 2010, in Babylon Rising, Books. Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.

  1. You know, as far as I know, Lucifer didn’t even *exist* as such in the time of Daniel and King Nebuchadnezzar. The whole “Morning Star as fallen angel” interpretation of Isaiah was an early Christian addition.

    • Not to mention that, as far as the name goes at least (and really, what else do we have to go by, for identifying these entities?), ‘Lucifer’ is straight outta Latin, and therefore a little after Dakkuri’s time.

  2. So…He worships Lucifer because he’s…angry that God won’t give him pretty women?
    But…He was fine pretending to believe in the Babylonian pantheon in order to curry favour with the king, so why not pretend to convert to Judaism? Or actually convert? Since that’s gotta be better than worshipping a being that you believe lost utterly when it last tried to stand up to the Jewish God?

    • You have a point there, GDwarf. Presumably the RTC mindset must allow for people who pretend to follow their approach but don’t really believe, or they’d never be able to throw people out of their communities. So why shouldn’t this ancient idolater simply be written off as one of them?

      (Well, the Jewish God says Lucifer lost. But he would say that, wouldn’t he? Which of them is supposedly able to give his followers on Earth nice toys, and which has to get by with promises about jam tomorrow?)

  3. Does he actually say ‘Lucifer?’ I mean, in complete etymological violation of causality, he calls the Fallen One ‘Lucifer?’

    man wha– no, you know, I ran out of ‘man whats’ with Overton Window/Windex. This deserves just a stony silence of disbelief and disapproval.

    -_-

  4. Wait, wut? Luciferians? Okay. LaHaye’s officially got to stop with the tie-ins. If you remember, the Luciferians also show up in the Left Behind Prequels.

    And word on the sheer historical inaccuracies involved in this fictionalization of Biblical interpretation!

    • Actually, I don’t remember. And I am very glad of that. So I shall raise a glass of homebrew to Fred, Pius, Ruby and Mouse: Reading The World’s Worst Books So That I Don’t Have To.

    • I’m not convinced that Babylon Rising and Left Behind are supposed to be in the same continuity. LaHaye probably can’t think of any other way that this group would be named BESIDES Luciferians (“Satanists” doesn’t include anything related to light).

      The proper Babylonian term for Lucifer (at least as in the planet Venus) is Shaher, in any case. In fact…

      http://www.astrologyclub.org/articles/planets_signs_houses/taurus/venus.htm

      That verse of “How art thou fallen” originally wasn’t castigation, but MOURNING (for wasted potential, I guess).

      • It all depends on how literally (ha!) you want to interpret this bit from LaHaye in his “Message” at the front of the book:

        “The setting for Left Behind, as you probably know, starts with the rapture of the church and then takes the world through the tribulation period, the millennial kingdom of Christ, and on into Heaven. Babylon Rising starts in our present time and moves forward to the rapture, one of the most exciting periods in the history of the world.”

  5. …I won’t re-tread the man what already expressed here, I shall just point something out- it took me thirty seconds with wikipedia to get that Lucifer wasn’t a fallen angel until Christian tradition. And I was reading slow.

    Thirty seconds. Are these people just so allergic to facts that you could ward against them with an encyclopaedia?

  6. Leaving aside the fact that Lucifer wasn’t even a thing at the time, if Dakkuri didn’t even believe in the Babylonian pantheon and was only in it for the booze and girls, why is he so invested in restoring the Babylonian Empire in the distant future? Was he promised reincarnation or something? But wait, that wouldn’t make sense because the Luciferians apparently don’t believe in souls. Or did Lucifer promise him girls and booze in his lifetime? If all he wanted was girls and booze, why didn’t he just start up a cult that didn’t have an actual demonic entity to boss him around and inconvenience him by making him do weird stuff like bury pieces of a snake statue?

    SATAN IS NOT A SUBSTITUTE FOR REAL MOTIVATIONS FOR YOUR VILLAINS, LAHAYE.

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