OLYMPICS-Sun god Apollo presides over final flame rehearsal

Greek actress Katerina Lehou , playing the role of High Priestess, lights a torch …Photo By © Yannis Behrakis / Reuters/Reuters

It is interesting to me, how Apollo, as well as many of the ancient gods of the Greeks, Romans, Sumerians etc., (with interchangeable names) just keep popping up in today's culture in America, and around the world.  I can't help but think of this passage of scripture from book of Revelation: 

"And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.
-Revelation 9-11

So was Apollyon a Greek transliteration of Apollo, a Latin term for the Sun God?
On the plane of scholarly opinion, Hensius says indeed Apollyon in Revelation 9:11 means Apollo.
In the Edinburgh Encyclopedia (ed. David Brewster) (J.&E. Parker, 1832) Vol. II at 230, it records:

On this passage, Hensius makes the following observation: There can be no doubt that the Pythian Apollo is the same as the Ob and Abaddon of the Hebrews which the Greeks translated literally as Apollyon.  -source

Not surprising then that the Greek Olympics would use these false gods in the heretical days and times we live in, when there is no fear of the Lord, the one true God who stated unequivocally, writing with his OWN finger:

And God spake all these words, saying,
I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;
And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:
But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:
For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.
Thou shalt not kill.
Thou shalt not commit adultery.
Thou shalt not steal.
Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's.
And all the people saw the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw it, they removed, and stood afar off. 
-Exodus 20:1-18


By Karolina Tagaris

ANCIENT OLYMPIA, Greece, April 20 (Reuters) - The high priestess raised her arms towards the sky, invoking the sun god Apollo at the birthplace of the ancient Olympics on Wednesday in the final rehearsal for the flame that will burn at the Rio Games later this year.
In a long pleated robe she then knelt solemnly to the ground and lit the torch within a few seconds using a concave mirror to catch the sun's rays.
Hundreds of onlookers stood quietly near the ruins of the Doric temple to the goddess Hera in Ancient Olympia, southern Greece, where Greeks competed in the ancient games. The ritual with the high priestess and the torch was only established eight decades ago for the Berlin Games.
The flame will be used as a back-up if overcast skies loom over the official ceremony on Thursday at Ancient Olympia, but weather forecasts predict that event will be similarly blessed by abundant sunshine.
"It's very special. It's been a dream of mine to come here for many, many years," said Mark Ledeux, a British tourist.
From past games Ledeux has amassed a collection of about a dozen torches. They can be bought at various sites as memorabilia.
During the rehearsal a dozen young women in long, pleated robes, escorted by a dozen male youths, danced to the rhythm of a drum and the sound of a flute, according to ancient Greek tradition.
The rehearsal ended with the high priestess, played by actress Katerina Lehou, handing the flame and an olive branch to a volunteer filling in for the first torchbearer - Greek gymnast Eleftherios Petrounias, world champion on the rings in 2015.
On Thursday, Petrounias will pass the torch to Brazilian volleyball player Giovane Gavio, a two-time Olympic gold medalist in Barcelona 1992 and Athens 2004.

Priestesses dance inside the ancient Olympic Stadium during the dress rehearsal for Photo By © Yannis Behrakis / Reuters/Reuters
The torch will then begin a six-day relay across Greece, passing through the town of Marathon, which gave its name to the endurance race, as well as a camp for refugees and migrants in Athens, housing mostly Afghans and Iranians, the International Olympic Committee has said.
There, one refugee will bear the torch in the name of all refugees. As many as 10 refugees - competing as Team of Refugee Olympics Athletes (ROA) - could take part in this year's Games.
The torch will arrive in Brazil on May 3 for a 100-day relay across the country, travelling through 500 cities and villages in every Brazilian state and borne by some 12,000 torch bearers before arriving for the opening ceremony in Rio on Aug. 5 for the first Games in South America. (Editing by Gareth Jones)

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