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First World Kingdom

The First World Kingdom

After the flood, Noah’s sons followed God’s command to have children and the population grew.  Secular history places the initial cradle of today’s civilization in the Tigris-Euphrates valley of Iraq.  Except for the continued intervention of God in the affairs of men, we might all trace our customs to the Sumerians who lived in this valley, and resisted God’s will for man to move out and fill the earth.  Rebellion quickly arose and centered on a mighty man named Nimrod.

“Now the whole earth had one language and one speech. And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar, and they dwelt there.” (Gen. 11:1-2).  Shinar has been identified with Sumer, and was ruled by a grandson of Ham.  Ham begat Cush and Cush begat Nimrod who began to be a mighty one in the earth.  He was referred to as “the mighty hunter before the Lord”.  “The beginning of his kingdom was Babel and Erech and Accad and Calneh, in the land of Shinar” (See Gen. 10:8-10).

The people gathered around their new leader, and selected Babel to be their rallying point.  “And they said, ‘Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth’“ (Gen. 11:4).  Notice the pride in their own accomplishment, and their intent to defy God’s command that they scatter across the earth.  Men once again put themselves in direct rebellion to the will of God, who is their Creator.

The Jewish historian, Flavious Josephus, writing in the first century, having access to old documents no longer available to us, gives us more insight into why the people disobeyed God.  In “The Antiquities of the Jew” he states that: “it was Nimrod who excited the people to have such an affront and contempt for God.”  Nimrod was “a bold man with great strength of hands, and he persuaded the people that it was their own courage, which procured their happiness.”  He persuaded them not to give God, who was their Creator, any credit for their blessings and happiness.

Josephus also said that Nimrod was angry with God, and showed revenge because God had destroyed their forefathers.  “He also gradually changed the government into tyranny, and turned the minds of the people from a fear of God to a constant dependence on his own power.”  “The multitude were ready to follow the leadership of Nimrod and esteem it a piece of cowardice to submit to God.”  They built a tower of burnt brick cemented together with mortar, made of bitumen, that it might be waterproof (Antiquities of the Jews, Book I, chapter IV). See the Article by Josephus. Click on : Nimrod – From Josephus.

Could it be that these people are building a tower to heaven to reach God, their Creator?  This is inconceivable because sin results in alienation from God.  It is the nature of sinful man to hide from God; not to confront Him.

Could it be that the heaven they sought was the sun, moon, planets and stars?  Could we be reading of the birth of the occult, astrology, the zodiac, horoscopes, and other forms of idolatrous worship?  Astrology is the study of the heavenly bodies in an attempt to foretell future events on earth.  Millions of people today study their zodiac signs, and read their horoscopes daily to learn of things to come.  It is amazing how accurate some of these predictions can be.  But this magic is not coming from God as the Bible warns against such practice, therefore, it must be Satanic.

Thanks to the spade of the archaeologist, secular history now shows that astrology was indeed born in the Tigris-Euphrates valley.  The astrological lore of the region is so famous that the very names Chaldean and Babylonian have come to mean “astrologer”.  Yet, in our day, astrology is considered an eastern religion.  How did it move from its place of origin, and become known around the world?  Again, the Biblical record provides a clear insight to the events that took place.

“But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built. And the Lord said, ‘Indeed the people are one and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them.  Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.’ So the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they ceased building the city“ (Gen. 11:5-8).

These scriptures reveal the extreme significance of the events taking place in the simple statement “Let Us go down and there confuse their language.”  God used the phrase “let Us” only twice in all the Scriptures.  First, when He said, “Let Us make man in our image” (Gen. 1:26), and then again in the face of man’s rebellion at the tower of Babel.  Apparently, the rebellion and the birth of astrology, as an alternative to God’s direction, was so important that all three persons of the Godhead came together to observe and disrupt the rebellion.

And oh what a disruption occurred!  What greater group could be found to cause men to stumble over themselves, and seek refuge in small groups throughout the world?  Imagine the great barrier that still occurs simply because men and nations cannot adequately communicate with each other.  Once again we see the lasting effects and tremendous price that sin exacts from mankind.  And no wonder Satan has tried for so long to convince the world that the tower of Babel and its confusion of tongues are simply a fairy tale or some ancient myth that never really happened.  The world continues to groan because of man’s fatal decision made on the plains of Shinar a very long time ago.

So the end result is that man did spread throughout the world, and formed nations that were ruled by Satan, and founded with rebellion against the Creator.  Genesis chapter 10 summarizes the dispersion of Noah’s descendants, and provides more clear links to secular history than many like to admit.  This chapter identifies seventy families that scattered from the Middle East into Europe, Africa, and Asia, and became seventy separate nations.  Later, the writings of Josephus, the historian, clearly identified the original nations, and traced their identities into the nations of the Early Roman Empire. (See “The Antiquities of the Jew”).

Secular history shows that the second cradle of civilization developed in the Nile River Valley of Egypt, and is very near the initial Sumerian cradle of Iraq in both time and space.  A third cradle is observed to have grown to the east about 500 years later in the Indus River valley in India.  Archaeologists have established clear links between the Indus valley cradle, and the initial Sumerian cradle through the evidence provided by relics.  A fourth cradle is found in the Hwang valley (Yellow River) of China.  This final cradle is even farther east of the first cradle, and is known to have started some 1000 years later.  Our own Western civilization traces its roots into the first two cradles of the Tigris-Euphrates and Nile valley.  Present day eastern civilization finds its roots in the Indus and Hwang valleys of India and China.

Genesis chapter ten concludes with the words: “These were the families of the sons of Noah, according to their generations, in their nations; and from these the nations were divided on the earth after the flood.” (Gen. 10:32). Now to see a list of the sons and grandsons of Noah click on: Sons and Grandsons of Noah.

A Satanic Kingdom


It is interesting that the Bible records the beginning of Satan’s reign with a one-world government under the control of the dictator, Nimrod, and concludes his reign with a one-world government under the control of a dictator called the Antichrist.  Nimrod is considered to be a type of the Antichrist.  Secular history shows Nimrod as a mighty leader of the people having later built the cities of Erech, Accad, Calnch, probably Babylon, and Nineveh.  “Babylon was long known as the ‘Land of Nimrod.’ ”  “He was afterward deified, his name being identical with ‘Merodach’ “ (Halley’s Bible Handbook).

Halley also records that archaeologists believe the tower of Babel was located in the center of Babylon, and may be identified with the ruins north of the great Marduk Temple, Etemcnauki.  Halley states: “Smith found an ancient tablet reading: ‘the building of this illustrious tower offended the gods.  In a night they threw down what they had built.  They scattered them abroad, and made strange their speech.”‘

The Hebrew word for “Babylon” is “Babel” which means “to confuse or confusion”.  The word “Babylon” is a Biblical symbol for the reign of Satan, and has a two-dimensional focus –a world system of pagan religions and a world system of government.  Beginning in Babylon, Satan formalized a reign that is not concluded until “Mystery, Babylon the Great, the mother of harlots and abominations of the earth” is destroyed.  The book of Revelation chapters seventeen and eighteen record that destruction.

To the Babylonians, the words Babel or Babylon meant, “gate of God”.  But as we have seen, the Babylonian god was not God, their creator, but the creation itself.  As the people went out from Babel, they scattered, developed, and practiced their pagan religions.  From the worship of heavenly bodies, men soon began to worship the forces of nature, features of land and water, animals and even men. The golden calf of Egypt is a good example of such substitutes for God.  Another is the Canaanite goddess, Astarte.  She was the goddess of fertility and her worship soon led to temple prostitution.  A visit to the prostitutes supposedly would appease the goddess, and cause her to bless all processes relating to love, fertility, and maternity.

Some pagan religions eventually introduced human sacrifices into their worship.  So it appears that Babel can also mean a gateway to the entire world of pagan religions.

Throughout the Tigris-Euphrates Basin, archaeologists have uncovered some thirty Babylonian temples of worship known as ziggurats.  These multi-tiered towers closely resemble the temples of worship built by the Aztec Indians in Mexico.  There is also a strong similarity found in the step-pyramids of Egypt and the temples of the Maya Indians of South America.  How did this basic form of religious architecture come to be used in these regions, which are separated by thousands of miles and even oceans?  Is it really unreasonable to believe that the tower of Babel became a model for these later temples of pagan worship when the people were forced to scatter from the Tigris-Euphrates valley?

The Bible recognizes the events surrounding the tower of Babel as a major turning point in the times of man.  Even the New Testament gives us a clear description of the rebellion and God’s reaction to it.  In Romans chapter one, the Apostle Paul said men were without excuse, “because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.” (Rom. 1:21-23).

“Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.  For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due” (Rom. 1:24-27).

Paul sums it up with these words: “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting” (Rom 1:28).  In Acts, chapter fourteen Paul put it another way: ” who in bygone generations allowed all nations to walk in their own ways” (Acts 14:16).

God temporarily set these people aside and allowed Satan to have his way.  Looking back from our time, we can see how God eventually called a man from among these Gentiles to become the father of a new nation that would be a “peculiar treasure” to Him.  This special nation, which was called Israel, was segregated from the Gentile nations, and provided a channel for God to more fully reveal Himself to us.

Out of the Jewish lineage, God chose to fulfill his promise to Eve, and to bring forth the “Seed of Woman” who would redeem people from their sins and “bruise the head of the serpent”.  God promised Abraham, the father of the Jews, that He would invite the Gentile people to share in some of His promises, including the forgiveness of sins.  We will later see that many Gentiles will go into the Church.  However, history has shown that the Gentile nations were constantly in conflict with the Jews.  The Apostle Paul discussed this in the first chapter of Romans, where he said that the Gentile nations were allowed to follow their own desires, and remain under the control of evil beings until Satan’s kingdom is destroyed.

With the introduction of the Jews, the Bible turns its emphasis to the history and role of God’s special people, Israel.  For a time, the Gentiles are discussed only in their antagonistic or hostile relationship with Israel.  God warned His people not to practice the idolatry of the Gentiles, but the Jews repeatedly conformed to this evil practice.  As a result, God brought the Gentiles back into world leadership around 606 BC, and allowed His people to be taken captive into Babylon.  From that time until today the Jews have been basically dominated by the Gentile nations.  Before we begin following the golden thread of scripture, and follow it through the history of God’s chosen nation, let us briefly investigate the highway of the Gentiles that is sketched in scripture and referred to as “the times of the Gentiles.”

Now return and read the next article: “Times of the Gentiles”.

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