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The First World Government

A New Beginning

“But God remembered Noah and all the beasts and all the cattle that were with him in the ark; and God caused a wind to pass over the earth, and the water subsided.  Also the fountains of the deep and the floodgates of the sky were closed, and the rain from the sky was restrained”.  “Now it came about in the six hundredth and first year, in the first month; on the first of the month, the waters were dried up from the earth.  Then Noah removed the covering of the ark, and looked and behold, the surface of the ground was dried up.  And in the second month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, the earth was dry.  Then God spoke unto Noah, saying, ‘Go out of the ark, you and your wife and your sons and your sons’ wives with you’ “ (Gen. 8:1-2, 13-16, NASB 1995).

Since Noah and his family entered the ark seven days before the seventeenth day of the second month of the previous year (Gen. 7:10-11), they had been on the ark for one year and seventeen days.  It is quite likely that Noah saw a land completely different from the one he had walked on for more than six hundred years.  Some scientists believe that a canopy of water vapor previously covered the earth and, as a result, it had never rained before the flood.

Genesis 2:5-6 states that “the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth” and “a mist from the earth watered the whole face of the ground”.  The flood’s mass destruction could have resulted in a major change in the world’s hydrologic system, and the physical features of the earth’s surface could have been drastically changed.  There were now high mountains and deep oceans where there was once a relatively flat surface dotted with shallow seas.  A desolate land eroded by water and wind now replaced vast stretches of rich, tropical vegetation.

A Covenant

“So Noah went out, and his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives with him. Every animal, every creeping thing, every bird, and whatever creeps on the earth, according to their families, went out of the ark.  Then Noah built an altar to the LORD, and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird, and offered burnt offerings on the altar” (Gen. 8:18-20).  Apparently God had told Noah that animal sacrifices would be required of him so he took extra clean animals to be properly prepared (see Gen. 7:2) .  Noah lost no time in performing what God had requested.  By faith, he claimed the promised substitute for the payment of his sins.  For the first time, we see the sacrificial offering referred to as a burnt offering.  This term has special meaning that we will focus upon when we study the Mosaic Law.

“And the LORD smelled a soothing aroma. Then the LORD said in His heart, ‘I will never again curse the ground for man’s sake, although the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; nor will I again destroy every living thing as I have done.’“ (Gen. 8:21).  Reminding Himself of man’s inherent evil nature, God determined that he would never again curse the ground or destroy so much of His living creation in response to man’s wickedness.  The descendants of Adam are born sinners; neither the earth not other creatures are to be blamed or held accountable for mans misdeeds.  Man alone is responsible for his own actions.

“While the earth remains, Seedtime and harvest, Cold and heat, Winter and summer, And day and night Shall not cease” (Gen. 8:22).  God declared that ordered seasonal change would exist as long as the earth remains.  Many believe that this verse indicates that there were no seasons before the flood.  If the surface of the earth was enclosed in a canopy of water vapor, creating a greenhouse effect, there would have been only one continuous season.   Even today we recognize the warming effect caused by a cloud cover on winter nights, and we can mentally project the worldwide impact that a full canopy would create.  The collapse of such a canopy could also explain the source of so much rain falling from above the surface during the flood.

“So God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them: ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth. And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be on every beast of the earth, on every bird of the air, on all that move on the earth, and on all the fish of the sea. They are given into your hand. Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. I have given you all things, even as the green herbs’” (Gen. 9:1-3).  It is difficult to miss the similarities between this new beginning and the one experienced by Adam.  God put His blessing upon man, and told him to be productive and populate the earth.  But man’s relationship with animals was drastically altered.  For the first time, man was allowed to eat the flesh of animals.  But once again certain restrictions were placed upon the freedom given to man by his Creator.  It seems that man is to be continually faced with choices and challenged to make decisions with reference to his God.

“But you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood. Surely for your lifeblood I will demand a reckoning; from the hand of every beast I will require it, and from the hand of man. From the hand of every man’s brother I will require the life of man. Whoever sheds man’s blood, By man his blood shall be shed; For in the image of God He made man” (Gen. 9:4-6).  Two ideas are communicated in these verses.  Man is not allowed to eat or drink blood for blood is symbolic of life itself.  As life and blood are related, man is instructed to be responsible for the protection of his fellowman, and to use capital punishment in response to taking the life of another.

The dispensation of conscience abruptly ended with a terrifying flood and a hint of the nature of things to come – the age of human government.  “Then God spoke to Noah and to his sons with him, saying:  ‘And as for Me, behold, I establish My covenant with you and with your descendants after you,’.  ”’ Thus I establish My covenant with you: Never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood; never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth’“ (Gen. 9:8-9,11).  This, the Noahic covenant, is the third covenant that God made with man.  It is unconditional and remains in effect today and forever.

“And God said: ‘This is the sign of the covenant which I make between Me and you, and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations:  I set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be for the sign of the covenant between Me and the earth. It shall be, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the rainbow shall be seen in the cloud;  and I will remember My covenant which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. The rainbow shall be in the cloud, and I will look on it to remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.’  And God said to Noah, ‘This is the sign of the covenant which I have established between Me and all flesh that is on the earth’“ (Gen. 9:12-17).

If Noah had never seen rain before the flood, can you imagine what must have gone through his mind when the first rainstorm began to brew after the flood disappeared?  Even with a promise of security, he probably was anxiously searching the sky from horizon to horizon.  And then suddenly there was this beautiful rainbow in the clouds.  What comfort it must have brought to him and his family!  What a great manifestation of the love, grace, wisdom, power, and sovereignty of God, our Creator!  How appropriate it is that the rainbow, which forms a complete circle around the throne of God, was chosen to become the symbol of God’s protection for all mankind.

Noah’s Prophecy

“And Noah began to be a farmer, and he planted a vineyard. Then he drank of the wine and was drunk, and became uncovered in his tent.  And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brothers outside. But Shem and Japheth took a garment, laid it on both their shoulders, and went backward and covered the nakedness of their father. Their faces were turned away, and they did not see their father’s nakedness.” (Gen. 9:20-23).

How soon we are reminded of the sinful nature of man!  Sin is observed even in this saint of God who had walked with God for many years.  The Bible only recorded two men as “walking with God”; they were Noah and his great grandfather, Enoch (Gen. 5:24, 6:9).  We must not forget that Noah is human, and yielded to temptation through the weakness in his flesh.  Noah’s righteousness was imputed to him only because of his faith.  His own righteousness was as filthy rags before God.  Jesus said: “…There is none good but one, that is, God” (Matt.19:17b, KJV).  Is there one among us who would like to be measured against the faithfulness of Noah?

As is so often true, the sin of one man led to the fall of another.  Ham dishonored his father and treated the situation lightly.  Later, in the Ten Commandments, God repeated the importance of honoring our parents by placing the command to honor them at the top of the list dealing with human relationships.  Ham mocked the sin of his father without realizing that sin is against God, and is not to be mocked or taken lightly.  Today, comedians make jokes of God and sin as a regular routine; yet, it is still no joke in the sight of God – rebellion is never a joke.  Ham’s action revealed that he was more carnally minded than his brothers, Shem and Japheth, and also provided an insight into the future of his descendants.

Amazingly, when Noah awoke, he was moved to prophesy about the future generations to arise from his sons.  History has shown the exacting accuracy of the terse statements recorded hundreds of years ago.

Since his son, Ham, dishonored him, Noah cursed Canaan, the son of Ham.  Scholars have debated this curse for years, and many views have been suggested.  History reveals that Ham’s descendants rose quickly to power in Babylon and Egypt and populated most of Africa.  But after a short season, their power was lost and these areas remain weak to this day.  The prophecy literally came true with respect to Canaan’s descendants. When the children of Israel conquered the land of Palestine, they made the descendants of Canaan, the Canaanites, their slaves and servants.  Israel violated God’s directive will for them because they were told to drive all the inhabitants out of the land of Canaan (Num. 33:50-56).  Ironically, it was the influence of these Canaanites that soon led God’s chosen nation into idolatry.

“Blessed be the Lord, The God of Shem” (Gen. 9:26b).  Apparently Noah saw that Shem’s spiritual strength was greater than that of his brothers.  This blessing eventually lead to the coming of the “Seed of Woman” which was promised to Adam many years before.  Truly, the God of Shem would deserve praise for sending a descendant of Shem to bruise the head of Satan.  History has shown us that a special nation, Israel, was spawned from the lineage of Shem, and that one Israelite, a man called Jesus, lived and died as no other man has ever done.

“May God enlarge Japheth, And may he dwell in the tents of Shem…” (Gen. 9:27a).  Since the days of Alexander the Great, the descendants of Japheth have grown in number and in world power.  Today they constitute the majority in Europe, North America, South America and Australia.  In addition, descendants of Japheth, through the movements of colonialism and communism, have dominated most of the countries of Asia and Africa that were populated by the descendants of Shem and Ham.  So, in a physical and political sense, Japheth has been enlarged and dwells in the tents of Shem to some extent.

It is interesting to note that most Bible scholars see a spiritual interpretation of Japheth dwelling in the tents of Shem.  The movement that we know as Christianity was first established among the Jewish descendants of Shem.  Early Christian writings show that Gentiles were accepted into Christianity soon after the movement began.  Amazingly in our time, we find that the majority of people who call themselves Christians are Gentile descendants of Japheth.  Most of the descendants of Ham and Shem are still located in Africa and Asia and are historically the converts of other religions.

“And Noah lived after the flood three hundred and fifty years.  So all the days of Noah were nine hundred and fifty years; and he died” (Gen. 9:28-29).  The scriptures are silent on the life of Noah after his prophetic message, but some have speculated that Noah may have written the original manuscripts from which the first ten chapters of Genesis are taken.  These chapters may very well be a condensed version of several more detailed accounts that have been lost to us through the passage of time.

First World Kingdom

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Times of the Gentiles

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This concludes our study on the “First World Government”.

All quoted scripture is of the New Kings James version unless noted.

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