The Carthaginians believed their military defeat in 310 BC was punishment for failing to provide the required sacrifices to their chief god, Baal Hammon. To atone, the city slaughtered some five hundred of its children. The evidence of history leads to this conclusion: The Watchers and/or the demon spirits of their dead children, the Nephilim, lured the pagans of the ancient world into burning their sons and daughters as sacrificial offerings to gods of the dead.
The Phoenicians are remembered as the sailors par excellence of late antiquity. Their ships circumnavigated Africa, reached Britain, and may even have traveled as far as the Americas. Less well known is that the Phoenicians continued the horrific practice of child sacrifice into the Christian era. There was even a black-market trade in children who were bought and sold to sacrifice as offerings to their chief god, Baal Hammon.
There are seven specific activities described as “abomination to the Lord.” All seven were intended to “gain information from or influence over a divine being or beings.” The connection of the Molech cult to these activities and underworld entities identifies Molech as the entity we met earlier—Kumarbi, the god summoned from the abi, which, as we’ve seen, is the Hurrian original behind the Hebrew words for “ritual pit” (ʾôb) and the spirits of the underworld (ʾōbôt).