Babylon In The Beginning

   
In Genesis 11, we have the familiar story of the Tower of Babel,
and in this historical account, we have all the primary elements
necessary to predict that eventually mankind will succeed in
constructing a unified world government. In this early stage of man's
endeavors to achieve dominion apart from God, we see the basic pattern
for the one world order, dominated by the Devil, that is destined to
be installed at the end of the age when JESUS CHRIST returns to
the Earth. The Bible tells us,

"And
the whole earth was of one language, and of 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. And they said one to another, Go
to, let us make brick, and burn them thoroughly. And they had brick
for stone, and slime had they for morter. And they said, Go to, let us
build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let
us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the
whole earth." (Genesis 11:1-4)

   
The first thing we see is that all people still spoke the same
language at this point in history. This would not be unusual
considering the fact that at this time the world had just begun to
replenish the population after the great judgment of God at the flood
of Noah. In fact, the prior chapter of Genesis details the genealogies
of the descendants of Noah that precede the story of the Tower
of Babel.


   
Also, in the prior chapter, we are introduced to Nimrod who is
to be the key individual that is the apparent leader of the project to
build Babel. The Bible tells us Nimrod "began to be a
mighty one in the earth." (Genesis 10:8)

The First City

   One of the more interesting aspects of the tower tale
is the assumption that man was of a primitive understanding at
that point in time. This comes from a superficial reading of the text,
and the presumed implication that the people were foolish enough to
think they could actually climb up into heaven by building a
tower "whose top may reach unto heaven." (Genesis 11:4).The fact
is, archaeological evidence from this era tells us this early society
was already well versed in mathematics, astronomy, commerce,
and writing.

   
There is evidence that the pre-flood civilization of Noah's time was
probably very advanced on a number of levels. Intercontinental travel
is implied through various cultural similarities seen in North
American antiquities - indicating
a diffusion of art, architecture, and religious
ritual had occurred that apparently originated in the Mediterranean
"cradle of civilization."

   
Thus, when the cluster of people that "journeyed from the east"
decided to "build us a city and a tower" out of bricks that they
formed, it doesn't necessarily mean they were unaware of more
modern construction techniques. It means they set out to build the
tower with the materials that were available to them. Indeed,
there is even a subtle clue in the very fact that the text does
take the time to document what they had available when it states "and
they had brick for stone, and slime had they for mortar." (Genesis
11:3)

   
Because we have previously analyzed the account of the Nephilim
in Genesis chapter 6 wherein the fallen angels inter-bred with
the daughters of men through an apparent genetic manipulation
(and found that amazing account to be historically accurate), we know
that much of the knowledge of the evil angelic host had been evident
to early man. In fact, in the Babylonian records that date back to the
time just after the Tower of Babel episode, we've learned a
great deal about a race of beings they interacted with whom they
referred to as the Annunaki -
a term which means "those who from
heaven to earth came."

   
These extremely old Mesopotamian tablets tell us that the ancient Sumerians
learned metallurgy, geography, and even map-making
from the Annunaki. They had elaborate beliefs on the
things of the spirit, and their records covering cosmology include
facts about the planetary alignments in our solar system that weren't
'rediscovered' until the Voyager space probes of the 1980's.
To put it bluntly, there is a great deal more to the Tower of Babel
story than most people are willing to recognize.

   
We know, for example, that the ancient "tower" that is usually
referred to as the Tower of Babel was a ziggurat -
essentially a 'step-pyramid' that was
used as an observatory. In the excavated ruins of ancient Babylon,
this tower is named Etemananki. While one might ask why this
ancient group felt the need to build an observatory at this point in
time, the answer to this question is actually in the Bible -
although it is somewhat veiled.

   
The context provides the key. At the time of the effort to build the
tower, the world had recently been devastated by the universal flood -
and it was common knowledge that the flood had been triggered by something
that came from the heavens
. Studies in Biblical catastrophism have
provided a conclusive link between the ancient flood of Noah
and a planetary collision that was the catalyst for the great flood
(for more on the particulars of this event, see Rampaging Planets:
Catastrophism in The Bible by the present author)

Destruction
From On High


   
While space precludes a lengthy justification for the belief in planetary
catastrophism as the mechanism the LORD used to
bring about the great flood and other cataclysmic judgments described
in the Old Testament, the reader is urged to examine the Biblical
verses that pointedly tells us about how God causes the hills to melt,
the earth to be burned, and the mountains to quake (Amos 9:13, Nahum
1:5, Isaiah 13:13) when it suits His purpose.

   
To cite just one clear scriptural example of this concept, we may look
at the defeat of the armies of Sisera at the hand of the
LORD when the text says "They fought from heaven; the stars
in their courses [orbits] fought against Sisera." In this stunning
example of divine intervention using the agency of the planetary
order, when "the stars fought" the result was "The river of
Kishon swept them away, that ancient river, the river Kishon."
(Judges 5:20, 21) In short, here is a point blank description of a
flood caused by a mysterious activity among the stars.

   
Suffice it to say the evidence is extensive that the LORD uses
the existing planetary order to bring about His will (Job 38:22, 23,
34) With this thought in mind, the simple fact is, the ancient
builders of Babel, as the descendants of Noah,
understood that the devastation of the great flood had originated
in the heavens - and they wanted to build an observatory to
learn more about the reconfigured heavens after the time of the flood.
It is also likely they wanted to build the ziggurat so it could
serve as a sort of 'early warning station' of future destructions
from on high.

The
Government God

   
There is another statement in the Biblical account of the Tower of
Babel that also bears scrutiny. The people that sought to build
the tower said "and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered
abroad upon the face of the whole earth." (Genesis 11:4. The word
rendered "name" is Shem and, although it implies identity,
there is also the connotation of a collective identity.

   
One scholar says the word as used in this passage refers to,

"...a
standing mark or title of distinction or eminence. 'and let us,' say
the heads or leaders, 'make us a name,' a monument or token of
superiority and eminence; to denote and to signify to all succeeding
generations that they were the true original governors, to whom
mankind ought to be in subjection." (Old Testament Word Studies,
William Wilson, Kregel Books)

   
The essential idea is that the builders of Babel sought to create an
identity or found a government that would provide them
with a vehicle that would enable them to develop a dominion that would
preclude their being "scattered abroad upon the face of the whole
earth." (Genesis 11:4) In short, the idea was to build a kingdom
for their posterity.

   
As previously noted, the prior chapter in Genesis identified
the leader of this enterprise as Nimrod who was said to
be "a mighty hunter before the Lord" (Genesis 10:9). The text goes
on to inform the reader that that "the beginning of his kingdom
was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar."
(Genesis 10:10) Thus, Nimrod was the undisputed head of the government
that ultimately built Babylon.

   
When the Bible tells us Nimrod was a great "hunter before the
Lord," the word "before" has many applications that change the
way the verse is perceived. Strong's Concordance tells us before
can mean "against," or in opposition to. Because we know
the LORD ultimately intervened against the effort at man-made
government that originated at Babel, we can see the context
requires we recognize that the text is telling us that that 'Nimrod
was a great leader that opposed the Lord.'

   
Another factor is that Nimrod's program involved a hierarchical
political structure. Prior to and immediately after the tower
episode, we find two crucial examples of GOD's preference for
man's development. In these two cases, we see His selected an
organizational structure that was patriarchal.

   
In the first case, we learn that Noah's associates were all his
family members, consisting of his wife, his sons, and their wives. It
is self-evident that Noah was the undisputed leader of this
patriarchal structure.

   
Shortly after the Tower of Babel episode, we learn that God
chooses to make a great nation from Abraham - once again
utilizing the patriarchic structure. God chooses Abraham
and states "for a father of many nations have I made thee."
(Genesis 17:5) Among many promises, God gives Abraham "all
the land of Canaan...and to thy seed after thee." (Genesis 17:8, 7)

   
Furthermore, in both cases of these examples of the LORD's
concept for a people-group, we see that GOD is the one that chose
the figure He would develop into a people. God chose
Noah, and God chose Abraham. The LORD did not
choose Nimrod, and neither were the latter's subjects his
offspring. Thus, the idea of a government that develops apart
from the revealed will of God is manifested for the very first time in
the building at Babel. And there is more.

   
All through scripture, we see the LORD is the one that chooses
those that He desires to lead. Deuteronomy speaks of "the place
which the Lord thy God shall choose to place his name in...."
whereas when the children of Israel were to be given the promised
land, the person who was to be the leader of Israel was one "whom
the Lord thy God shall choose...." (Deuteronomy 17:8, 15) The
Psalmist writes that God "shall choose our inheritance for us" and
"Blessed is the man who thou choosest." (Psalm 47:4, 65:4)

   
Conversely, the building at Babel was but the beginning of the great
kingdoms of men, and the head of that hierarchical political
structure, Nimrod, was destined to eventually be deified. In
this regard, Nimrod is a perfect picture of the Antichrist
and his Babylonian kingdom presages the last Babylon of the end
times. Interestingly, on this aspect of the king of Babylon seeking to
elevate himself to the status of a god, the true Word of God, the King
James Version,
tends to obscure the meaning just a bit as the
truth of this matter is only for those with ears to hear - i.e.
those that God has chosen to draw unto Himself.

   
When Genesis states that the "the beginning of [Nimrod's]
kingdom was Babel, and Erech [seen as Uruk in the Babylonian
documents], and Accad, and Calneh," it implies a much greater
kingdom was to ensue. In the next verse it states "Out of that land
went forth Asshur, and builded Nineveh, and the city
Rehoboth, and Calah...." (Genesis 10:10, 11) Something very strange
is going in with this identification.

   
Let The God Names Begin While some point out that Noah had a
grandson named Asshur, what is hidden from view is that
it's likely that this Asshur is but another appellation for Nimrod.
In fact, author Alexander Hislop states that "Asshur is the
passive participle of a verb, which, in its Chaldee sense, signifies
'to make strong.' (The Two Babylons, page 24)

   
Citing the Roman writer Justin's work Trogus Pompeius, Hislop
points out that Mesopotamian records indicate the founder of Nin-eveh
was the ancient king Ninus - whose
name is preserved in the city's name; yet even to the present day,
archaeological work continues in what was the capital of Assyria -
a city near Mosul in Iraq known as
Nimrud. So while Genesis tells us Nineveh
was founded by someone named Asshur at a time when
Nimrod's power would have been supreme, that same place later became
known as Nimrud. Thus, the name Asshur seems to
be a god-name, implying strength and power, that is distinctly
connected to the person the Bible calls Nimrod. In fact, in the
book of Micah, Nimrod is also identified with Asshur -
which also happens to be the Hebrew
word for Assyria.
The prophet Micah states "And
they shall waste the land of Assyria with the sword, and the land of
Nimrod in the entrances thereof...." (Micah 5:6)

   
The scriptures further identify Asshur is a name for the
god of Assyria, for the prophet Hosea tells us "Asshur
shall not save us...neither will we say any more to the work of our
hands, Ye are our gods...." (Hosea 14:3) In fact, like many of the
ancient societies that named their leaders and subjects with names
derived from their god,
many of the successive kings of Assyria
used the god's name as a compound to their own name. A good example
of this are the famous kings of Assyria, Asshur-banipal and Asshur-nasirpal.

   
While it is theoretically possible that the Asshur that was
later elevated to deity by the Assyrians was actually the
grandson of Noah and a contemporary of Nimrod, the evidence
suggests that the two people were one and the same. Thus, we identify Nimrod
under the Assyrian god-name of Asshur. How Nimrod
assumes the identity of the deity named Asshur is of
great interest as it provides us with a key understanding in the
present account - as well as on the larger scale of prophetic
interpretation of contemporary events.

   
When the tower was being built under the guidance of Nimrod in
order to build a system that would unify all the people under the
government of their great king, the LORD intervened. Genesis
tells us,

"And
the Lord said, Behold, the people are one, and they have all one
language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be
restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. Go to, let us go
down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand
one another's speech. So the Lord scattered them abroad from thence
upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.
Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the Lord did there
confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the Lord
scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth." (Genesis
11:6-9)

   
This verse is very revealing for it tells us that God recognized that
the hierarchical structure that had emerged in the
government of King Nimrod would be able to accomplish whatever
the leader so desired. Furthermore, not only was the government of
Nimrod/Asshur in direct opposition to the LORD's plan for the
family unit, the dominion of the king had a religious dimension as
well which also enhanced his authority.

   
What is truly fascinating is what God actually accomplished
with the scattering the languages. This one event caused the most
profound change since the flood itself; and in the process of
recognizing what actually happened, we can gain a significant
understanding of the entire panorama of prophecy.

   
Not only did the LORD set back the top down political-religious
power of Satanically inspired government with the scattering of the
languages, this act also insured the renewal of the family unit. As
each person (or smaller clusters of persons) that had suddenly been
endowed with a new linguistic orientation re-settled, each of their
descendants also spoke the same language. This ensured the social
construct was, once again, more tightly focused around families.

   
Ironically, the scattering of the languages also set the pattern as to
how the nations would eventually develop - to say nothing of the
divergent religious beliefs that ultimately emerged. The truth of this
matter is strikingly simple. In fact, the earlier question of how
Nimrod became Asshur is the key to why all
nations have so many divergent god names that may be traced back to
the same source.

   
Nimrod became Asshur simply
because Asshur was the word assigned to Nimrod that was
used in the language of one of the earliest family groups that
became powerful after the languages were scattered.

   
It has been known for many years that these diverse religious
god-names have distinct similarities, attributes, and historical
parallels. For instance, in the Greek language, the name for Nimrod
was Nebrod - which means "mighty hunter." A related word,
Nebros, means the spotted fawn. This was the symbol for Bacchus -
a Grecian version of Nimrod.

   
Bacchus was a young god that died
prematurely, and he has been distinctly identified as the Grecian
version of the Egyptian Osiris - the son of the
sun-god who also died in his prime. 400 years before the time of
Jesus, Plato tells us "that in his day the Egyptian Osiris
was regarded as identical with Tammuz; and Tammuz
is well known to have been the same as Adonis." (Two
Babylons Hislop, page 56. In short, every one of these
"names of blasphemy" are related.

   
Time and time again, the names of each pagan god all trace back to the
Tower of Babel - and so do the names and attributes of the
planets and the stars. These parallel myths are all distorted echoes
of pre-flood knowledge. For example, the prophecy in Genesis
that was issued long before the flood concerning the coming of a great
Saviour as the "seed of the woman" was carried onto the ark with Noah,
and predated all religious development. (see Genesis 3:15) Many
centuries before the time of the Tower of Babel when all
people still spoke the same language, the expectation of a divine seed
that would be sent from God was universally known.

   
For instance, in the ancient Chaldean culture, a circle was a
mathematical zero, but in the mystery religions the symbol for zero
meant "the seed." Thus, in the Persian mystical religious
traditions, we see the confluence of two compound words -
"zero" (the seed) and "aster"
(star) converge in a Persian god named Zoroaster -
meaning starseed. This is a
classic example of how the scattering of the languages, in combination
with a distorted version of the earlier knowledge of the LORD's
activity (the curse upon the serpent) formed the basis for a pagan
religious belief.

   
A similar linguistic trail exists when tracking the name of Nimrod's
mother Semiramus. She shows up as Cybele, Rhea, Baalti,
Minerva, Diana (the huntress), Athena, Hera,
Venus, Ashtaroth, Astarte, Ishtar, etc.
Significantly, as in the case with Nimrod, there is always a
connection with the stars.


The Solar SystemIn The Sides Of The North

   Here we come to the missing
component in the tale of the tower. Because the truth of the story of
what really happened just before and just after the flood of Noah
has been obfuscated by the confusing of the languages - to say
nothing of the 'washing away' of the evidentiary record because of
the overwhelming devastation of the flood itself -
few understand what is at the root of the
history of religion.

   
Prior to the flood, a planetary body in our solar system
provided the requisite energy and light that was necessary to
completely balance Earth's biosphere. We already know that in the
pre-flood environment, man's genetic structure and habitat allowed
him to live to be hundreds of years old. The memory of this
'golden age' of robust health and abundance persisted through the
time of Noah and the subsequent generation at the Tower of
Babel. Shining brightly on a continuous basis, this planet
provided just the right amount of light and warmth that complemented
and perfected the radiant activity of the sun. Linguistic research on
the origins of the god-names tells us it was the planet we know as Saturn.

   
After the flood, the descendants of Noah quickly learned that Saturn
was missing. Although Saturn could still be located by the
ancients, the evidence suggests that its ability to provide energy was
substantially diminished - even as its location was moved to a more
distant orbital path. Saturn is more widely recognized by his
classical Latin name Lucifer.


   
Although this name is also associated with Venus, over the
centuries the names and attributes of the various planetary gods have
overlapped and become significantly confused - once again a
testimony to the confounding of the languages at Babel.

   
When Saturn's prominent position in the sky was sharply
diminished, after the flood the longevity of man suddenly collapsed.
Disease, hardship conditions, and a pronounced reduction in the
abundance of the various harvests were immediately observed. It
was obvious something had changed dramatically as the population began
to perish at a progressively younger age
. To put it simply,
the quality of the biosphere had deteriorated substantially, and men
began to search for an organizational structure to insure their
survival - "lest
we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth." (Genesis
11:4)

   
In his fallen nature, man followed his natural instincts and refused
to accept the account transmitted by Noah as to why God
had brought about the tremendous deluge. Instead, men longed for a
return to the conditions that were now gone forever. The focal point
of this desire was the now obviously missing planet. Because everyone
remembered the LORD's promise concering a Messianic figure in
the form of the seed of the woman, Nimrod and Semiramus
were able to propagate a religious counterfeit that capitalized on the
prophecy concerning the seed of the woman and the arrival of the
Saviour.

   
Scripture provides us with no direct information on the death of Nimrod,
but by examining the mythos of the various names associated with him,
it is clear he met with a violent end. After his demise, it seems that
Semiramus was able to convince the populace that Nimrod
(aka Ninus/Asshur/Tammuz/Adonis etc.) had been resurrected (or even
reincarnated) or was about to be returned in the form of her son. The
details of how she accomplished this are distorted due to the myriad
of legends, but it appears that she was able to channel the longing
for a return to the golden age into a religious ritual. This formed
the basis of all the ancient religious systems.

   
The proof of this is found in the fact that the parallel myths are so
similar it is undeniable that they must all have a common origin.
Furthermore, systematic research conclusively demonstrates that these
religious practices all have the same focus. Each of them,
through various forms and ritual, implored the god of heaven to return
the missing deity that mankind was convinced would bring about a
return to the prior conditions. In every case except Biblical
Christianity, that deity has been definitively linked to Lucifer.
Incredibly, every ancient pagan religious practice has at its very
core an intense desire to see the return of LUCIFER.

   
It should be stated that the identification of the planetary pantheon
with the fallen angels does not diminish the personal nature of the
angelic host, nor does it redefine God into some mystical force that
moves the planets in their orbits. What is clear is that the planets
and stars have some intrinsic association with each of the
fallen angels, and those angels are personalities that have
consistently sought to deceive mankind into following in their great
rebellion against the true God of heaven - the GOD of Abraham,
Isaac, and Jacob.

   
Thus, in the Old Testament, we find a vivid description of the fall of
Satan that can also be deciphered as a description of the
fall of the previous position of prominence of the planet Saturn.
It is nothing short of amazing when we realize that the passage
actually identifies this entity as the king of Babylon:

"...take
up this proverb against the king of Babylon, and say, How hath
the oppressor ceased! The golden city ceased! The Lord hath broken the
staff of the wicked, and the scepter of the rulers. Hell from beneath
is moved for thee to meet thee at thy coming: it stirreth up the dead
for thee, even all the chief ones of the earth...All they shall speak
and say unto thee, Art thou also become weak as we? art thou become
like unto us? Thy pomp is brought down to the grave, and the noise of
thy viols: the worm is spread under thee, and the worms cover thee.

"How
art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer
,
son of the morning! How are thou cut down to the ground, which didst
weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend
into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I
will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the
north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like
the most high." (Isaiah 14:4, 5, 9-12)

   
What this passage shows us is the identity of the king of Babylon
is but a repetitive manifestation of Lucifer - the one
whose previously bright presence in the heavens has fallen. Nimrod
was only the first of many 'kings of Babylon.' The fallen star named
Lucifer is variously identified as the king of Tyre, the
king of Babylon, the Assyrian, Edom, the dragon, and even the Egyptian
Pharaoh. Ezekiel, a great prophet of the LORD tells us
that Satan's standing in the heavens caused his pride to
enlarge and his heart was lifted up because of glorious position. His
was a pivotal part of God's great creation, but because of his turn
to evil and his infecting of humankind with the same malady, "the
whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now."
(Romans 8:22)

   
Although the Biblical prophets addressing this entity point their
commentary at various temporal identities in the form of kings and
princes, on another layer these passages are actually the LORD
speaking directly to Lucifer. For instance, in Ezekiel,
God says to Satan,

"Thou
wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till
iniquity was found in thee. By the multitude of thy merchandise they
have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned:
therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God:
and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the
stones of fire. Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou
hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness
...Thou
hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine
iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring
forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee...."
(Ezekiel 28:15, 18)

The
Tower

   
It's useful to recognize that in the Biblical account, the tower aspect of
the project - as
opposed to the city - was
attached to the realm of religion. Because the step-pyramid's
function was to observe the stars and the religion of ancient Babylon
was clearly related to the pantheon of the Annunaki (the
Sumerian version of the Hebrew Nephilim), the tower represented the
spiritual side of Babel. On the other side, the building of the city
was a manifestation of the economic and political power. In this early
example of complete god-like power, one person controlled both aspects of
the city that was to become Babylon.

   
This point can't be understated. Because the people were united in their
spirituality as well as their social and economic order in that they were
all employed in the building of Babylon, they were all "of one
spirit, with one mind striving together." (Philippians 1:27)

   
This was an intolerable situation for the LORD, and He acknowledged
that this unity, if allowed to continue unchecked, would allow the nation of
Babylon to accomplish anything "they have imagined to do."
(Genesis 11:6)

   
The LORD then determines to "go down, and there confound their
language" in order to prevent the earth from achieving a one world order at
such an early date.
What is clear is this globalist-oriented, unified
system is inevitable among the fallen race of man -
and because God has vowed to judge such a
people, it was a great act of mercy for Him to set man back through the
scattering of the languages.

   
There are even more fascinating aspects to the LORD's intervention
at Babylon. First, the great concern that the Babel builders
originally had concerning being scattered became the very judgment that God
brought upon them. God chooses the form of judgment that is inflicted
upon man. Because the pursuit of building a world apart from God under the
first figure of the Antichrist displeased the LORD so much, He
brought upon the people the very thing they feared most -
being "scattered abroad upon the face of the
whole earth." (Genesis 11:4)

   
Second, the passage shows us that the intertwining unity of spiritual and
political purpose was the factor that cast off the prior restraint that had
kept the world from establishing the global order of man with the spirit of Lucifer
as its guiding power. This is a foreshadowing of the restrainer
that is withholding the power of the Antichrist in the last
days.

   
In II Thessalonians, we find that "only he who [restrains] will
[restrain] until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that wicked be
revealed whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall
destroy with the brightness of his coming." (II Thessalonians 2:7, 8)

   
In Genesis at the apex of Nimrod's religious and political
power, God says "now nothing will be restrained from them...."
(Genesis 11:6) This is a significant indicator that it is the initiative and
the effort of man, working in unity as the world becomes more and more
indwelled by the spirit of the Antichrist, that brings about
the removal of the restraint of God.

   
Finally, once the restrainer is removed, God notes that unless He
intervenes, man will be able to accomplish anything "which they have
imagined to do." (Genesis 11:6) The word imagine has at its root
the word image. In this statement, God is predicting that
whatever image man projects, he will eventually be able to manifest a
fulfillment of it. This is a profound description of the image of the
beast that is described in the book of Revelation. The image of
the beast is the projection of man's unholy desires -
externalized into a unified religious system
that will fully emerge at the end of the age.

   
That which man imagines, he moves towards achieving. While on
the surface this does not sound particularly nefarious, we must realize that
this is a description of man's efforts that are all conceived in the
finite, carnal mind of man through the influence of the prince of the power
of the air. This is the being whom the scriptures identify as "that old
serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world."
(Revelation 12:9)

   
It is because of this innate ability that God has given man that the New
Testament instructs the believer that he is to be continually,

"Casting
down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself
against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity [restraining]
every thought to the obedience of Christ...for the weapons of our warfare
are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds."
(II Corinthians 10:5, 4)

Just As It Was, So Shall It Be

   
As the world becomes immersed in the
globalist paradigm that is being propagated by the agenda emanating out of
the global Babylon seen as the United Nations, mankind's
collective will is being conformed to the image that the beast
has projected. A unified system of one world government is now on the brink
of achievement. Where God chose to scatter one language into many at the
physical pyramid the Babylonians were building in Genesis, man
chooses to simultaneously translate many nation's languages into one at
the United Nations - the
political pyramid the "Babylonians" are building that is described in Revelation.

   
Where God says "let us confound their language..." (Genesis 11:7)
mankind exerts his own will apart from God's program and says "let
us build us a city and a tower...." (Genesis 11:4)

   
Where God chooses Abraham to be the father of many nations, Nimrod
chooses Lucifer so that he can be empowered to build a kingdom that
includes "Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh...Nineveh, and the city
Rehoboth, and Calah, and Resen...." (Genesis 10:10, 11)

   
The self assertive will of the Babylonians that is seen when they say
"let us make us a name....and a tower whose
top may reach unto heaven..." (Genesis 11:4) is inspired by the one that
said "I will ascend into heaven...." (Isaiah 14:13) These are
they that spiritually seek to "enter not by the door into [heaven] but
climbeth up some other way...." (John 10:1)

   
The system that began at the Tower of Babel has continued through
various phases throughout the age. In the final manifestation, the entire
world will be united under the banner of globalism. The United Nations,
working in lockstep with the religions of the world, will bring about a
re-iteration of what Isaiah called "the golden city." As each of
the diverse religious expressions chooses to set aside their differences and
focus on their common denominators, the Devil will have constructed a
spiritual tower from which to attempt his final climb into heaven. In the
end,

"Babylon,
the glory of kingdoms, the beauty of the Chaldee's excellency, shall be as
when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah. It shall never be inhabited,
neither shall it be dwelt in from generation to generation: Babylon hath
been a golden cup in the Lord's hand, that made all the earth
drunken: the nations have drunken of her wine; therefore the nations are
mad.

   
Babylon is suddenly fallen and
destroyed: howl for her; take balm for her pain, if so she may be healed. We
would have healed Babylon, but she is not healed: forsake her, and
let us go every one into his own country: for her judgment reacheth unto
heaven, and is lifted up even to the skies.

   
The pride of thine heart hath deceived thee, thou that dwellest in the
clefts fo the rock, whose habitation is high; that saith in his heart, who
shall bring me down to the ground? Though thou exalt thyself as the eagle,
and though thou set thy nest among the stars, then will I bring thee
down, saith the Lord." (Isaiah 13:19, 20; Jeremiah 51:7-9; Obadiah 1:3, 4)

June 16, 2003 - James Lloyd

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See Also

Beyond Babylon

The Beast That Was

The Beast With 7 Heads Revisited Again

The Government Who Would Be God

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