An ancient Babylonian General was once involved in a plot to overthrow the
king. His plot included a number of followers in the upper ranks of the
army. However, his plot was uncovered, and the king threw him in jail,
sentencing him to death without a trial.
However, from the jail he was able to secretly contact his friends to
arrange to escape, meet his followers, and attack the king’s palace at
night. So the night before his scheduled execution, the general managed to
escape from prison. He fled to a step-pyramid in the desert several miles
away, where his followers would meet him. However, the ziggurat was one of
several in the area, and after searching them all, he was uncertain if his
cohorts would find the right ruins. By this time it was twilight, so he lit
a small fire, sending a thin wisp of smoke to indicate in which structure he
It was the king’s loyal soldiers, however, that saw the smoke coming from
the ziggurat, and quickly arrested him before he could meet his followers.
He was executed the next morning.
The moral of the story? WARNING: The searching general has determined that
smoking ziggurats can be extremely hazardous to your stealth.
Dr Bob Griffin
“Jesus Knows Me, This I Love!”