The Grim Reaper is said to be the lord of death. He appears when your time on earth is suppose be near its end. There are all sorts of beliefs that his origins came from Thanatos, the Greek god of death, or the Valkyries, who decided which soldiers would die in battle. The Grim Reaper was invented in the 14 century because of the black plague, but his invention is not what most people think.
Death has been an entity in every culture throughout history. Most say the Grim Reaper originated in Revelations where it talks about death riding a pale horse. No, Revelations is describing the Death card XIII in the Tarot. Just by using that in revelations, I know the writers of the bible didn’t understand the Tarot. Why has the Grim Reaper become the most famous version of death? Very early renditions of the Grim Reaper show him just as a skeleton holding a scythe. Where did this black monkish, priestly hooded robe come from? The Germanic scribes and artists are very witty.
To understand the Grim Reaper we first have to go back to the 9th century to an old Romanian and Hungarian custom that was used to prevent the dead from walking. In the minds of pastoral folks, a person who died was seen to have been cut down from life, just like a tree or crop. In this regard it was customary to lay a sickle or scythe over the buried body to serve as a reminder that it could no longer wonder in the mortal world. This burial practice was usually applied to those that had died in an accident, from murder or disease. They didn’t want them to wake up and not realize they were suppose to be dead! This is where the Grim Reapers scythe or sickle comes from. Why would people think the dead would come out of their graves and walk again, become the ‘walking dead’? Look no further than the church. Everyone dies, so this is a great way to make money! The church had people so scared about the dead coming out of their graves that the headstone or tombstone was invented to keep the dead from digging their way out.
The church didn’t like it when people died and a priest was not in attendance. So what did the church do? It mandated that if someone was interred without a priest present, the dead person was going straight to hell. During the time of the plague in the 14th century people were interred in a hurry to confine the disease. The church came out with this going to hell mandate and instead of burying the bodies, they started to pile them up. People didn’t want their loved ones going to hell on the account of some contagious disease. They let the disease spread, so the church could make money off the burials. The church also dug up some of the already interred, so they could bury them properly. If they found any family treasures buried with the loved ones, it was finders keepers. The church learned from King Solomon that stealing from the dead can be very lucrative(see Patriarch Pharaohs).
Some witty scribes and artists caught on to what the church was doing. The skeleton was obviously a symbol for death, but it is also a symbol in Masonry for the blood line of the Queen of Sheba. Christianity is ultimately a Lower Egyptian religion and the bloodline of the Queen of Sheba is from Egypt too(see Queen of Sheba). The scribes and artists knew this church mandate was a money-making scheme. Just like today, priest always found their way to someones death-bed. They usually wore a black robe, cassock or habit. Back then it was “Repent for all your sins, accept Jesus and you will go to heaven. If you make a donation to me and the church, I will put in a good word for you.” Today they ask you to leave the church in your Will. This is why the Grim Reaper is wearing a hooded black robe. The Grim Reaper is the priests from whatever religion you want to insert at someones deathbed. These priests are not their for your soul or salvation, no they are there for some of the money you can’t take with you. I personally think this is a perfect rendition of what priests represent. Religion is about control and money. Always has been and always will be.
The name Grim Reaper gives it away for those with eyes to see and ears to hear. Grim means fierce, cruel, savage, severe, dire and painful. If you know the truth of religion, you understand this is a perfect description of all religions. A reaper is one who harvests, gathers or obtains, but it’s not harvesting of souls, it is the harvesting of money. If you have read my His Royal Jesus post, you know Jesus was a prince. There was nothing spiritual about him or his disciples. They were Scicarii Warriors. Now that you know what the Grim Reaper actually represents, the several verses in the bible about reaping and sowing will make sense. This one about doing the work of the gospel screams what it’s true intent is…
Do you not say ‘Four months and then the harvest’? I tell you open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. Even now the reaper draws his wages, even now he harvests the crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together. Thus the saying ‘One sows and another reaps’ is true. I sent you to reap what you have not worked for. Others have done the hard work and you have reaped the benefits. John 4:35-38