True News 4 U — Truth — 04/24/2021
This is Part 5 of Part 5 of our study on The Seventh Commandment.
Seduction and Rape
“16 If a man seduces a virgin who is not betrothed, and lies with her, he must pay a dowry (marriage price) for her to be his wife. 17 If her father absolutely refuses to give her to him, he must [still] pay money equivalent to the dowry of virgins.”
(Exodus 22:16-17, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comments added)
This passage is addressing consensual sexual participation between an unmarried man and woman. “Endow” is translated from the Hebrew mahar (Strong’s #H4117) and it is translated by Strong’s Concordance as to bargain for:
“…a primitive root … to bargain (for a wife), i.e. to wed.”
 James Strong, “מָהַר,” “Dictionary of the Hebrew Bible,” The New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1990) page 62.
A man who seduces and lies with a virgin is required to marry the woman, provided her father sanctions the marriage. The dowry is required even if the father forbids the marriage.
Yahweh’s Law protects women from predatory men. If a man takes away a maiden’s virginity, he is to monetarily remunerate her father and, if the father agrees, he must also take her as his wife. Furthermore, the man is never allowed to put her away:
“28 If a man finds a girl who is a virgin, who is not engaged, and seizes her and is intimate with her and they are discovered, 29 then the man who was intimate with her shall give fifty shekels of silver to the girl’s father, and she shall become his wife because he has violated her; he can never [Literally, all his days.] divorce her.”
(Exodus 22:28-29, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comment added)
A shekel was considered equal to a day’s wage. Today if a man’s daily wage is $100 per day, the dowry would be $5,000. If his wage is $200 per day, the dowry would be $10,000. Implement these statutes and there would be far fewer unprincipled men taking advantage of unsuspecting women and, therefore, far fewer pre-marital pregnancies – many of which end in infanticide (abortion).
We are not told what is to be done with the man who refuses to pay the dowry and take the woman to be his wife. The only alternative would be to treat the seducer as a rapist:
“23 If a young woman who is a virgin is engaged (legally betrothed) to a man, and another man finds her in the city and is intimate with her, 24 then you shall bring them both out to the gate of that city and stone them to death—the young woman because she did not cry out for help [though she was] in the city, and the man because he has violated his neighbor’s [promised] wife. So you shall remove the evil from among you.
25 However, if the man finds the girl who is engaged (legally betrothed) in the [open] field, and seizes her and is intimate with her [by force], then only the man who lies with her shall be put to death. 26 But you shall do nothing to the young woman; she has committed no sin worthy of death, for this is the same as when a man attacks his neighbor and murders him [Literally, his soul.]. 27 When he found her in the [open] field, the engaged girl [may have] cried out for help, but there was no one to [hear and] save her.”
(Deuteronomy 22:23-27, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comments added)
Rape is a capital crime, not only for the rapist but also for the woman if she does not cry out for help when in earshot of others. If the victim does not cry out – unless physically prevented from doing so – one could wonder if she is a willing participant in adultery and she is, therefore, subject to being punished as an adulteress.
It is extremely important that parents teach their daughters to scream and fight if accosted. This not only establishes their innocence but most rapists will desist in their attacks when confronted with such resistance. Because fathers will not always be there to protect their daughters, they should instruct their daughters in self-defense and the use of firearms.
 For a more thorough explanation concerning what the Bible has to say about firearms and self-protection, “Firearms: Scripturally Defended” may be read at
A Transgression of the Heart
At the core of all the Seventh Commandment violations is the sin of lust. In Matthew Chapter 5, Yeshua elaborated on the spirit of the law concerning adultery:
“27 You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery’; 28 but I say to you that everyone who [so much as] looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”
(Matthew 5:27-28, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comment added)
Adultery is not only a violation of the flesh; it is also a transgression of the heart:
“18 But whatever [word] comes out of the mouth comes from the heart, and this is what defiles and dishonors the man. 19 For out of the heart come evil thoughts and plans, murders, adulteries, sexual immoralities, thefts, false testimonies, slanders (verbal abuse, irreverent speech, blaspheming).”
(Matthew 15:18-19, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comments added)
Willful sin is committed in the heart, even when it is not actually carried out in the flesh. Many men who would never commit physical adultery are nonetheless guilty before Yahweh of a Seventh Commandment infraction because they have committed adultery in their hearts. This is why it is so important that we guard not only our actions but also our hearts:
“Watch over your heart with all diligence, For from it flow the springs of life.”
(Proverbs 4:23, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis added)
Yahweh does not want us simply keeping His Laws by rote with the attitude “I will because I have to!” For obedience to be pleasing to Him, it must come from our hearts:
“37 And Jesus replied to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself [that is, unselfishly seek the best or higher good for others].’ 40 The whole Law and the [writings of the] Prophets depend on these two commandments.” ”
(Matthew 22:37-40, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comments added)
Because disobedience originates in our hearts, our obedience to Yahweh must also proceed from our hearts. Otherwise, it is sin that is master of our hearts – not Yahweh:
“17 But thank God that though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient with all your heart to the standard of teaching in which you were instructed and to which you were committed. 18 And having been set free from sin, you have become the slaves of righteousness [of conformity to God’s will and purpose].”
(Romans 6:17-18, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comment added)
“not in the way of eye-service [working only when someone is watching you and only] to please men, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart;”
(Ephesians 6:6, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comment added)
Under the New Covenant, obedience or disobedience to the Commandments is a matter of love or hate for Yahweh and our fellow man, which is principally an issue of the heart. Therefore, guard your hearts as it pertains to the Seventh Commandment and if you cannot look upon a woman without lusting after her, make a covenant with your eyes as did Job:
“I have made a covenant (agreement) with my eyes; How then could I gaze [lustfully] at a virgin?”
(Job 31:1, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comments added)
289 327 427 The END
March 17, 2021
Ezekiel 21-22 First Corinthians 2-3
Ezekiel 21:27-30 I will overturn [once], overturn [twice], overturn [thrice], it [what is “it”?]: and it shall be no more, until HE come whose right it is; and I will give it HIM. And thou, son of man, prophesy and say, Thus saith Adonoy YeHoVee concerning the Ammonites, and concerning their reproach; even say thou, The sword, the sword is drawn: for the slaughter it is furbished [polished like glistening chrome], to consume because of the glittering: Whiles they see vanity unto thee, whiles they divine a lie unto thee, to bring thee upon the necks of them that are slain, of the wicked, whose day is come, when their iniquity shall have an end. Shall I cause it to return into his sheath? I will judge thee in the place where thou wast created [WE are going back to the CREATION!], in the land of thy nativity. [where is our BEGINNING?]
1 Corinthians 3:9 For we are labourers together with ELohim:
ye are YHVH's husbandry, ye are YHVH's building.
1 Corinthians 3:23 And ye are Mashiyach's; and Mashiyach is YHVH's.
[Matthew 10:40 He that receiveth you receiveth ME [Yeshua],
and he that receiveth ME receiveth HIM [YHVH Who never changes] that sent ME
[ The WORD = The TORAH made flesh to preach The TRUTH = The TORAH].
1 Corinthians 4:2 Moreover it is required in stewards,
that a man be found faithful
[“faithful” to what?].
EVOlution, REVolution, DISillusion, let’s getta grip. Each year, Passover brings us back to our “nativity.” Each year, Passover reminds us of where we came from, how far into slavery we went, and the GLORY of coming out of Egypt/bondage; and ultimately, coming to The MOUNTAIN of our COVENANT with The ALMIGHTY!
Again I ask, we are “faithful” in what?
Please pardon me for using automobile engines in this analogy. In my youth, in the 1950s and 60s, performance cars accelerated into the MUSCLE CAR ERA… and then ended with 1972 being the last of the MUSCLE CARS which fizzled with OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) and the 1973–1974 oil embargo….
OR, did the demise of Detroit crumble from within our very own country?
Some of us remember the Carroll Shelby Cobra FORD Mustang and the MOPAR V-10 VIPER. These off-the-chart “SUPER SNAKE” performance cars are speaking to me in more profound vernacular than everyday “street talk,” not that I go around paying a lot of attention to serpents! Never the less, with all the automotive GIANTS, like Carroll Shelby, Lee Iacocca, Dino Ferrari, HF2 (Henry Ford the second) just to name a few, I gleaned some “eternal” Spiritual insight from this interview with Carroll:
To this day, there is something about the 1960s 289 FORD and 327 CHEVY that excites me. Those “small blocks” were amazing engines! Then came the “BIG blocks” like the 427 Corvettes and Cobras and Carroll explains why these MONSTERS were the demise of the era. The BRUTE TORQUE of those HUGE HEAVY engines required BIGGER TOUGHER transmissions and BIGGER HEAVIER differentials and BIGGER HEAVIER suspensions for those BIGGER HEAVIER cars to handle the BRUTE power until “agility” was lost and the cars died. Carroll talks about a little 90 horsepower “small block” engine that his engineers perfected to produce 700 horsepower while still being a tiny agile package. Isn’t that what the CHURCH is supposed to be? Powerful, tiny (light-on-our-feet), agile, in our houses??? As we walk on the WAY, and when we lay down, and when we arise — always ready with an answer, right? BUT, the BIG BLOCK churches have turned into a bunch of 427s — at least from my perspective.
After I watched the Carroll Shelby interview, the second time, I thought about all those automotive GIANTS who have come and gone and I ponder what is left in their wake: What was done for ELohim and HIS “eternal” plan? How has Detroit brought us closer to ABBA??
The FORD River Rouge Plant continues to “hum the song of POWER;” but, what happened to our hymn of YeHoVaH’s POWER? Here we see an amazing edifice to the glory of man:
(30 minutes from iron ore to an automobile! in 1938 & 1995)
And speaking of “rouge” Here we are: Nain Rouge
The statue of Baphomet is a bronze sculpture commissioned by The Satanic Temple depicting Baphomet, a winged, goat-headed, humanoid symbol of the occult. First unveiled in Detroit in 2015, the statue stands 8.5 feet (2.6 m) tall and features a prominent pentagram as well as two smiling youths gazing up at the seated central figure. Petitions to display the piece on public grounds has been a prominent element of Satanic Temple actions advocating the separation of church and state. The statue's production and early notoriety is featured in the documentary Hail Satan? (2019).
Right now, TODAY, with all the millions and billions of people on this planed:
Luke 18:8 I tell you that HE will avenge them speedily.
Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh,
shall HE find faith on the earth?
In answer to HIS question:
Jeremiah 3:14 Turn, O backsliding Children [of Israel], saith YeHoVaH; for I am married unto you [The FATHER is married to HIS Wife ISRAEL]: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion:
Here comes the final exam:
Galatians 3:24-25 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Mashiyach/Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster [but shoulder-to-shoulder WITH, right?].
And NOW that “faith is come,” do we forget everything we learned in school, from our “schoolmaster”? GOD FORBID! Apostle Paul is telling us: Romans 7:7 “What shall we say then? Is the law [TORAH] sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law [TORAH]: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet [Exodus 20:17!].” “Backsliding” is only in the Old Testament — NEVER — in the NEW!! Israel, our FATHER’s Wife, has been forgiven REPEATEDLY and currently, HE is awaiting Her return to HIM. We are to learn from Her mistakes and NOT commit the same SIN!; and, we are to prepare ourselves to be pure, clean, without spot, for the Shout of The BRIDEGROOM, with Hebrews 6:4-6 in the forefront of our minds.
YeHoVaH IS adding HIS blessing to the reading of HIS entire Holy Bible. Amen.
Shema (Hear & Obey) YeHoVaH's instructions for Yeshua is coming soon. Read ALL YeHoVaH'S BOOK!
April 21, 2021
Will Antichrist sit on the Ark of the Covenant during the Abomination of Desolation, which is the MOST IMPORTANT sign of the end times according to Jesus. But what is the mysterious "wing of Abominations" associated with it found in Daniel 9:27? Watch this Nelson Walters video and find out.
Abomination of Desolation: What or Who Gets DESOLATED?
Who Finds the Ark of the Covenant? Ron Wyatt, Ethiopian Monks, or the Mahdi?
Remains of Solomon's Temple Still Visible!! MUST WATCH!
April 19, 2021
You try to dim the sun only when you think you're a god! It is the problem of the global elite who take a naturalistic mindset that there is no God so they feel they must take on God-sized problems. And in so doing they will bring on the greatest problems the world has ever seen. Watch this Nelson Walters video to see who the billionaire class will develop technology that will be eventually be utilized by the Man of Sin, the Antichrist.
Are the DAYS OF NOAH Fulfilled by the Coming INTERNET OF SOULS
Israel Health Passport Crack Down Like Orwell's 1984
April 17, 2021
There were major changes this week to the Yellowstone Super Volcano. The events that associated withan eruption are the same as those listed for Revelation's Sixth Seal. So will the Sixth Seal include the eruption of the super volcano? What were the events this week and how might they be related to the the Return of Jesus? Watch this Nelson Walters video to find out.
Will Turkey Cause 2 Great End Time Signs (Drying up of the Nile and Euphrates?)
Will an Asteroid Hit Earth During the End Times? If so, WHEN?
April 14, 2021
Queen Esther in the Bible is a symbol of the end time Bride of Christ and prince Haman is a picture of the Antichrist. There are a number of very interesting details about end times found in this account, not given elsewhere. Including some of the exact dates given. Is one of these the date of the Abomination of Desolation? Watch this Nelson Walters video to learn these details.
SURPRISING Rapture Details from the OLD Testament - Who, Where, When, and How
David and Goliath HIDDEN End Time Symbols: Goliaths Armor, 666, The Smooth Stone
April 12, 2021
We received an overwhelming number of questions from our community about this topic of Nephilim, Giants and the Watchers in our recent videos, we decided to do a video just answering some of these questions. Some of the questions were "how did Giants reappear after the flood," "are the Sons of God in the Old Testament the same as the Children of God in the New Testament" and "are the Watchers still responsible for the growth in technology we see in our world today?"
Cain's Descendants, the Nephilim, and the Watchers - Ancient Deception
STRANGE: 'You Are Gods" - What Did Jesus Mean When He Said This?
Giants in the Bible - Og, Goliath, Anak and the Nephilim
March 8, 2018
The Apostle Paul’s negative statements about the law have deafened the ears of many to the grace that Moses proclaims in Deuteronomy. Most Christians have a dim view of this book, which they consider to be primarily a book of laws. However, when we read or hear it read orally without prejudice, we discover that rather than casting Moses as a legislator, he appears as Israel’s first pastor, whose congregation has gathered before him to hear him preach his final sermons. Accordingly, Deuteronomy represents prophetic preaching at its finest, as Moses seeks to inspire the people of God to a life of faith and godliness in response to God’s repeated demonstrations of grace. Deuteronomy is a dead book for many, because we have not recognized this gospel; we have heard only law. The essays in this collection arise from a larger project driven by a passion to recover for Christians the life-giving message of the Hebrew Scriptures in general, and to open their ears to God’s amazing grace in Deuteronomy in particular. The wide-ranging “meditations” in this volume do not all focus equally on the topic of God’s grace, but this theme undergirds them all.
See the book, The Triumph of Grace: Literary and Theological Studies in Deuteronomy and Deuteronomic Themes, here: http://wipfandstock.com/the-triumph-o...
Daniel I. Block is Gunther H. Knoedler Professor Emeritus of Old Testament at Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois.
November 2, 2012
the Fight Of Our Life series
by haRold Smith
a citizen of the Commonwealth (Ephesians 2:19)
"...all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath, And rose up, and thrust Him out of the city, and led Him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast Him down headlong. But He, passing through the midst of them, went His way." Luke 4:14-30
"Yeshua answered, 'If I honor Myself, My honor is nothing. It is My Father who honors Me, of whom you say that He is your God. Yet you have not known Him, but I know Him. And if I say, 'I do not know Him,' I shall be a liar like you; but I do know Him and keep His Word. Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad.' Then the Pharisees said to Him, 'You are not yet fifty years old, and have You seen Abraham?' Yeshua said to them, 'Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM'. Then they took up stones to throw at Him; but Yeshua hid Himself and went out of the temple going through the midst of them, and so passed by." John 8:54-59
Recently, I was diagnosed with having congestive heart failure; a dear friend in her 50s, spry and full of life, who had given herself totally to serving YaHoVeH, accidentally fell, hit her head and died of a massive brain bleed; I also saw an interview with two couples living across the street from each other recounting having survived the effects of a disastrous tornado. One couple, whose home was unscathed, told of how their Christian "God" protected them because of their prayers during the tornado. The other couple, whose home was totally devastated, told of praying to the same Christian "God" during the same tornado but that, "We don't always understand why things happen to us. God allows things to happen for a reason". Really? Did the Creator of the universe cause all those things to happen? Is He the capricious initiator of all events in the world, specifically, in our lives - saving some while destroying others - blessing some and ignoring others? Does He really keep us from harm if we pray ardently enough? Christian theology would have us to believe that He does - but, what do the words of scripture actually say about it? Matthew 10:29-31 (click on highlighted words to view content) tells us that YaHoVeH knows every bird that falls to the ground and that the hairs of our head are all numbered. But, does it say He made the bird fall from the sky? Words mean things. Do the words say He causes the head to go bald? Most who cling to this Christian theology point to the story of Job as the support text for their reasoning; but, as evidenced in the series Warfare, the real enemy that was the reason for Job's crisis was the adversarial opposition (the meaning of the Hebrew sa-tan) brought before the throne of YaHoVeH by Job's brethren. As pointed out in that article, it was not until those brethren repented and Job forgave them that his misery subsided. But, beyond what circumstance we bring upon ourselves, there is a protection available to us - just not what we have been told it is.
April 22, 2021
The Catholic military order was active for almost 200 years until their abrupt demise. At the height of their power between the 12th and 13th century, the Templars were among the most skilled fighting units of the Crusade period and managed large Christian economic organisations across Europe and the Middle East. But their sudden reduction in power inspired the rise of legends and has seen them at the centre of intense research ever since. Some believe the order may have once carried the Holy Grail and the Ark of the Covenant, two items central to Bible scripture, yet never found. Templar historian Angel Almazan detailed how a clue points towards the Templar’s ambitions at the time. He said: “One of the unusual curiosities found in the San Bartolome de Ucero is in the interior capitals. It is a figure that is like a table divided into two. It is the schematic way in which they represent the Ark of the Covenant in Ethiopia – there are legends that the templars were searching for it.” And Mr Almazan said further evidence had also been uncovered that showed the area’s importance to the order…
They’re Coming For Your Kids And Their Faith—Christians Must Change Their Strategy To Keep Graphic Sex Indoctrination Materials Out Of Schools, Says Expert
April 22, 2021
Christians must “change their strategy” to keep graphic sex materials out of public schools, an expert has advised, following reports that an Ohio public high school has assigned freshman students to read a slam poetry book about a girl who liberates herself by abandoning her Christian faith and engaging in sexual promiscuity. According to The Daily Wire, Hilliard Bradley High School, located near Columbus, the state’s capital, has assigned ninth-grade English students to read a poetry book titled, “The Poet X,” in which the main character, named Xiomara, rejects her faith and engages in sexual activities at school as a minor…
April 23, 2021
You won't hear the corporate media say very much about the "shadow war" that Israel and Iran are currently engaged in, because the corporate media is absolutely obsessed with covering the internal strife that is tearing the U.S. apart right now.
But if they were doing their jobs correctly, corporate media outlets would be focusing on the Middle East, because the conflict between Israel and Iran could literally spark a major global war at any moment.
As Israeli military aircraft pounded Iranian-backed forces in southern Syria on Thursday morning, there were reports coming in from central Israel of massive explosions that were so large they "shook the houses"...
Alarms sounded in Abu Qrenat near Dimona in southern Israel early Thursday morning, the IDF's Spokesperson's Unit reported.
Residents from across the country, including central Israel and Jerusalem, reported hearing "loud explosions" that "shook the houses."
April 14, 2021
Join Richard and Lindsay as Lindsay shares a prophetic vision about the End-Time Transfer of Wealth and how our job is to worship. Watch this powerful message today!
Dr Heiser On A DIVINE ADVERSARY, THE SON OF MAN, And More Revelations From THE ANCIENT BOOK OF ENOCH
April 20, 2021
Though the book of Enoch was and is not considered canonical Scripture by the majority of Jews and Christian authorities in antiquity, the book had a very wide readership, including the authors of New Testament books. Why?
April 20, 2021
Dr. Thomas Horn describes what is happening at the Vatican and among its top theologians in preparation of so-called DISCLOSURE and a coming great deception!
THE DEBRIEF: The Society of Catholic Scientists has scheduled their 2021 SCS conference, and this year’s topic is literally out of this world. Titled “E.T., A.I., and Minds Beyond the Human,” the conference will be held at the Hilton Hotel in Washington D.C. from June 4th thru 6th. It will feature a full range of education and theology experts covering topics related to the theme. “There’ll be 13 talks,” said Dr. Stephen Barr, president of the Society of Catholic Scientists, in an interview with the Catholic News Agency (CNA).” Half of the talks are going to be about extraterrestrial life, and there’s going to be talks by some big experts on that subject.”
TOP SECRET SERIES—PART 32-ND DEGREE: Where the Vitality of Osiris/Apollo (the Beast that Was, and Is Not, and Yet Is) Pulsates in Anticipation of His Final “Raising”
April 22, 2021
The 330-ton obelisk in St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican City is not just any obelisk. It was cut from a single block of red granite during the fifth dynasty of Egypt to stand as Osiris’ erect phallus at the Temple of the Sun in ancient Heliopolis, the city of “On” in the Bible, dedicated to Ra, Osiris, and Isis. The obelisk was moved from Heliopolis to the Julian Forum of Alexandria by Emperor Augustus and later from thence (approximately AD 37) by Caligula to Rome to stand at the spine of the circus. There, under Nero, its excited presence maintained a countervigil over countless brutal Christian executions, including the martyrdom of the apostle Peter (according to some historians). Over fifteen hundred years following that, Pope Sixtus V ordered hundreds of workmen under celebrated engineer-architects Giovanni and Domenico Fontana (who also erected three other ancient obelisks in the old Roman city, including one dedicated to Osiris by Rameses III—at the Piazza del Popolo, Piazza di S. Maria Maggiore, and Piazza di S. Giovanni in Laterano) to move the phallic pillar to the center of St. Peter’s Square in Rome. This proved a daunting task, which took over four months, nine hundred laborers, one hundred forty horses, and seventy winches. Though worshipped at its present location ever since by countless admirers, the proximity of the obelisk to the old Basilica was formerly “resented as something of a provocation, almost as a slight to the Christian religion. It had stood there like a false idol, as it were vaingloriously, on what was believed to be the center of the accursed circus where the early Christians and St. Peter had been put to death. Its sides, then as now, were graven with dedications to [the worst of ruthless pagans] Augustus and Tiberius.”[i]
The fact that many traditional Catholics as well as Protestants perceived such idols of stone to be not only objects of heathen adoration but the worship of demons (see Acts 7:41–42; Psalms 96:5; and 1 Corinthians 10:20) makes what motivated Pope Sixtus to erect the phallus of Osiris in the heart of St. Peter’s Square, located in Vatican City and bordering St. Peter’s Basilica, very curious. To ancient Christians, the image of a cross and symbol of Jesus sitting atop (or emitting from) the head of a demonic god’s erect manhood would have been at a minimum a very serious blasphemy. Yet Sixtus was not content with simply restoring and using such ancient pagan relics (which were believed in those days to actually house the pagan spirit they represented) but even destroyed Christian artifacts in the process. Michael W. Cole, associate professor in the department of the history of art at the University of Pennsylvania, and Professor Rebecca E. Zorach, associate professor of art history at the University of Chicago, raise critical questions about this in their scholarly book The Idol in the Age of Art when they state:
Whereas Gregory, to follow the chroniclers, had ritually dismembered the city’s imagines daemonem [demonic images], Sixtus fixed what was in disrepair, added missing parts, and made the “idols” into prominent urban features. Two of the four obelisks had to be reconstructed from found or excavated pieces.… The pope was even content to destroy Christian antiquities in the process: as Jennifer Montagu has pointed out, the bronze for the statues of Peter and Paul came from the medieval doors of S. Agnese, from the Scala Santa at the Lateran, and from a ciborium at St. Peter’s.
[Sixtus] must have realized that, especially in their work on the two [broken obelisks], they were not merely repairing injured objects, but also restoring a type… In his classic book The Gothic Idol, Michael Camille showed literally dozens of medieval images in which the freestanding figure atop a column betokened the pagan idol. The sheer quantity of Camille’s examples makes it clear that the device, and what it stood for, would have been immediately recognizable to medieval viewers, and there is no reason to assume that, by Sixtus’s time, this had ceased to be true.[ii]
The important point made by professors Cole and Zorach is that at the time Sixtus was busy reintroducing to the Roman public square restored images and statues on columns, the belief remained strong that these idols housed their patron deity, and further that, if these were not treated properly and even placed into service during proper constellations related to their myth, it could beckon evil omens. Leonardo da Vinci had even written in his Codex Urbinas how those who would adore and pray to the image were likely to believe the god represented by it was alive in the stone and watching their behavior. There is strong indication that Sixtus believed this too, and that he “worried about the powers that might inhabit his new urban markers.”[iii]This was clearly evident when the cross was placed on top of the obelisk in the midst of St. Peter’s Square and the pope marked the occasion by conducting the ancient rite of exorcism against the phallic symbol. First scheduled to occur on September 14 to coincide with the liturgical Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross and not coincidently under the zodiacal sign of Virgo (Isis), the event was delayed until later in the month and fell under the sign of Libra, representing a zenith event for the year. On that morning, a pontifical High Mass was held just before the cross was raised from a portable altar to the apex of Baal’s Shaft (as such phallic towers were also known). While clergy prayed and a choir sang Psalms, Pope Sixtus stood facing the obelisk and, extending his hand toward it, announced: “Exorcizote, creaturalapidis, in nomine Dei” (“I exorcize you, creature of stone, in the name of God”). Sixtus then cast sanctified water upon the pillar’s middle, then its right side, then left, then above, and finally below to form a cross, followed by, “In nomine Patris, et Filij, et Spiritussancti. Amen” (“In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. Amen”). He then crossed himself three times and watched as the symbol of Christ was placed atop Osiris’ erect phallus.