Jonathan Cahn, who wrote ‘The Return of the Gods‘ said, “When a civilization turns away from God, it doesn’t become neutral or empty. When it turns away from the Spirit of God, other spirits enter into it. (Matthew 12: 43-45) And one of the most ancient of these spirits that I reveal in the book is that of a goddess known in the Bible as Ashtorah or Ashtoreth.” This goddess was also known by the name of Ishtar in Babylon.
“Ishtar was the goddess of sexuality, sexual immorality. She was always depicted as a young woman, she was depicted as a young woman on her own, independent,” Cahn said.
Cahn not only points out the character trait similarities between Ishtar and Barbie, but also says that ancient Mesopotamian culture was filled with her images and idols, including little figurines that people kept in their houses—just as girls today would own a Barbie doll.
Cahn also notes how America’s original Barbie doll is actually based on a German doll named Bild Lilli that was hardly appropriate for children.
Timestamps: 6:00 – 10:00: the opening scene of the movie (shows girls smashing their baby dolls, symbolizing the death of motherhood).
10:20: The origin of Bild Lillie. The New Yorker Magazine in the 1950s called Lilli a “sex doll.”
“My sister and I loved playing with our Barbies as kids. We had so many of the different “sets” – Barbie’s art studio, Barbie’s private jet, Barbie’s massive closet, Barbie’s personal supermarket, Barbie’s medical practice. But even as a child, I found it a bit strange that there were no sets that involved a child or a husband. After all, so many little girl toys involved babies at that time. Why didn’t any of the stores sell Barbie and her new born baby? I’m 29 now and only just starting to realize this was all part of the agenda. I had years where I was guided by the Barbie mentality – I can do everything I want and do it all without a man. I don’t need a baby or a family, I just need stuff. The fact that our society is feeding young girls this on a big screen with glitz and glamour makes me seek the Lord even more for the sake of my future marriage and children. Barbie has everything and yet, she has nothing. This is what our little girls need to know.” ~Commenter Alyssa
In a world where entertainment and pop culture play a pivotal role in shaping societal norms and values, the release of this seemingly innocent movie has had far greater spiritual implications than anyone might have thought.
Just as Barbie is famous for having Ken as her boyfriend, so too is Ishtar known for having a boyfriend named Tammuz.
“Tammuz was always a secondary character, always in the shadow of Ishtar in effect, an accessory to Ishtar’s mythology,” Cahn said. “Ishtar dominates and subjugates her lover. She even destroys Tammuz. In the movie, ‘Barbie,’ Ken is vanquished along with the other men.”
Ishtar also was believed to have the ability to change a person’s gender. That ability to change a man into a woman and vice versa, is well accounted for in multiple poetry fragments about her in literature of that day. (source) Cahn says the breakdown of the two genders is what leads Ishtar to trick society into believing that men can become women and women can become men.
The parallels between Barbie and the goddess are striking. As we’ve seen media evolve over time, female characters receive more praise if they dominate over men while male characters are degraded and seen as ignorant or worthless.
Now is the moment to recognize the spiritual forces at work, and to see both men and women with the purpose that God has created each with.
“If you give your soul up to anything earthly, whether it be the wealth, or the honours, or the pleasures of this world, you might as well hunt after the mirage of the desert or try to collect the mists of the morning, or to store up for yourself the clouds of the sky, for all these things are passing away.” ~Charles H. Spurgeon
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