Jacob vs. Esau?
After the flood, beyond the times of Abraham, there was one more story
extremely relevant to the legacy of Babylon: Esau.
Lets go back to the time right after the flood. We know, from Other Flood
Survivors, there probably were other groups of people and angelic
offspring who survived. One of Noah's sons, Shem, was appointed by God
to carry on the Holy seed of Adam - eventually to Jesus. One of Shem's
descendants, Abraham, would become a very famous person in the Bible -
the father of many nations.
Abraham had a son: Isaac. Isaac had two sons: Jacob and Esau. Jacob
would have a very special place in regards to this Holy bloodline. He
would be the one God would rename as Israel - the father of the Israeli
Jacob and Esau were twins. At the time of their birth, Esau came out of
the womb first. According to ancient thought, the firstborn son was of a
special significance, and retained certain privileges in the family. As Esau
was coming out of his mother baby Jacob reached his arm out of the
womb and grabbed Esau's leg, possibly signifying Jacob wanted this
birthright, and that they were going to fight for it for times to come
As assumed, Jacob and Esau did not get along. They constantly fought.
The interesting thing about this whole story was, not only would Jacob's
descendants go on to form a nation, Esau's descendants would also form
another, more powerful empire. Ultimately, their battle would never end.
In order to discover an important legacy of Mystery Babylon we have to
go back a couple hundred years, and revisit the times of Nimrod. There
are a variety of extra-Biblical accounts that state Nimrod once confronted
Abraham, Jacob's grandfather. He was even said to have thrown Abraham
into a fiery furnace because he would not worship his idols.(1) An angel,
however, interceded, and saved Abraham. Nimrod was amazed; so
amazed that he reportedly sent Abraham on his way, and gave him great
riches as well as his freedom.
The battle between Nimrod's Babylon and the blood line of Adam was
obviously won by Abraham - this time. The battle of virtual Babylon and
Abraham's seed would continue on, however, beyond Nimrod, even up to
According to a variety of ancient sources, Nimrod wore "magical" clothes.
These clothes were said to be the clothes of Adam himself.(2) They were
the clothes God made for him soon after he realized he was naked in the
Garden. Adam reportedly gave them to his son, Seth, who passed them
down through future generations. They eventually reached Noah. After
Noah, they found their way into Nimrod's hands.(3)
When Adam wore these clothes, all the animals around him prostrated
themselves in obedience. Nimrod discovered that he could wear the same
clothes, and the animals would do the same thing. This could probably be
the reason he was known as the mighty hunter: the conqueror of animals:
And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth.
Genesis 10:8 (KJV)
Apparently, the clothes would have the same affect on human beings,
which allowed Nimrod to easily reign over anyone around him.(4) We
already know Nimrod's rule would not last. After uncle Shem chopped him
up into pieces, Semiramis "took over the reigns" of Babylon. As we recall
from Origins of Babylon 2, Semiramis had a child; a child she claimed
was Nimrod "re-born."
One day, grown-up "reborn" Nimrod went hunting. He inherited these
same clothes from his father, and used them in his hunts. Jacob's brother,
Esau, also was a hunter. Esau noticed "reborn" Nimrod walking by and
ambushed him. After a long fight, Esau eventually killed the "reborn"
Nimrod.(5) Having known about the magic clothes, he took them off the
body, and ran off. They now were in Esau's possession.
It was a tough ambush, and Esau was exhausted from the struggle. He ran
all the way home: a place where Jacob was staying. Once he got to Jacob,
he begged him for something to eat. This leads us to a famous story in the
... and Esau came from the field, and he was faint: And Esau said to
Jacob, Feed me, I pray thee, with that same red pottage; for I am
faint: therefore was his name called Edom (red). And Jacob said,
Sell me this day thy birthright. And Esau said, Behold, I am at the
point to die: and what profit this day: and he sold his birthright
unto Jacob. Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentiles;
and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way: this
Esau despised his birthright.
Genesis 25:29-34 (KJV)
He sold Jacob his birthright for a pot of beans.
This helped to establish a sibling rivalry unlike the world had ever seen.
Esau's descendants would go on to form the Edomites, a people who
eventually helped form a major empire - the empire of Rome!(6) God
hated Esau for no other reason than his opposition to Jacob.
Israel and Rome, as two entire groups of people, would continually be at
odds with one another from then on.
This story, however, did allow a royal "changing of the guard," in regards
to the authority of ancient Babylon. Once, it was Cush and Nimrod, then
Semiramis, then "reborn" Nimrod. Now, Esau stripped the royal clothes
off of Nimrod "reborn," and kept this symbol of majesty for his self.
Tradition says he buried the clothes. Eventually, members of his family
could have passed them on, in secret, to other people of authority.
Interestingly enough, the Roman Empire would take its place as a majestic,
world-dominating system. Although the influences of ancient Babylon
spread through many facets of the world, its originating majesty was once
held at the city of Babylon. Now, at least in one respect, the dominating
influence and power could have transferred to another power and city:
We will see, in The Rise of Mystery Babylon, how the power, authority
and majesty of ancient Babylon shifted from one empire to another, from
one belief system to another; eventually rooting itself in the belief systems
of religion and government alike.
(1) Louis Ginzberg, The Legends of the Jews Volume I: From the
Creation to Jacob, trans. Henrietta Szold (Baltimore, Maryland: The
Johns Hopkins University Press, 1909), 216-17.
(2) Yishai Chasidah. Encyclopedia of Biblical Personalities. Brooklyn:
Mesorah Publications, 1994, 417.
(3) Louis Ginzberg, The Legends of the Jews Volume I: From the
Creation to Jacob, trans. Henrietta Szold (Baltimore, Maryland: The
Johns Hopkins University Press, 1909), 177; Louis Ginzberg, The Legends
of the Jews Volume V: Notes for Volume One and Two, trans. Henrietta
Szold (Baltimore, Maryland: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1909),
(4) Rev. Alexander Hislop, The Two Babylons (Neptune, New Jersey:
Loizeaux Brothers, 1916), 21, 23, 34.
(5) The Book of Jasher, 27:1-11, trans. Albinus Alcuin (Pomeroy,
Washington: Health Research, 1966); Louis Ginzberg, The Legends of the
Jews Volume I: From the Creation to Jacob, trans. Henrietta Szold
(Baltimore, Maryland: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1909), 276.
(6) J. H., The Mysterious and Prophetic History of Esau Considered: In
Connection With the Numerous Prophecies Concerning Edom (1837)
(London: J. G. & F. Rivington, 1837), 76.
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