The Tower of Babel - the Beginning of these Systems.


The story of Babylon is monumental, and of great historical significance.
But it, considering the circumstances of the world today, has been demoted
to probably one of the most obscure and insignificant events of our ancient
history. This important story is rarely mentioned in modern history books -
almost intentionally forgotten.

Also, when one hears the name
Nimrod many tend to think of some
clumsy oaf; one of little intelligence. In actuality, the Nimrod of old was a
mighty leader, the founder of the first great empire of post-flood
civilization - the kingdom of Babylon.[1]

The flood of Noah devastated the world Noah once lived in. After the
waters receded, and Noah and his family left the Ark, God commanded the
survivors to "spread out, and fill the earth" (Genesis 9:7 KJV).
Unfortunately, the people of the day chose
not to obey God. Nearly two
hundred years after the flood, the descendants of Noah began to multiply
in great numbers. Noah's close descendants became the patriarchs of a
great number of families who, eventually, had coalesced into
nations. This
disbursement would set the stage for the eventual Babylonian Empire, and
Babylonian Religion(s).

Noah's grandson
Cush was one of these early patriarchs; the one who
became a leader of many. He did not want to follow God's commandment
of "fill the earth," but strove for the opposite - he wanted to bring all of the
people together. He began to
unite everyone into one huge nation; thus
beginning the
unification movement - all centered at the Tower of
Babel
.[2]

The Bible gives us little information about Cush, Nimrod, and the Tower
itself. As we read in Genesis 10:8, Cush was the father of Nimrod - and
that's about all. Even though the Bible doesn't give us much more about
their individual lives, we do learn from other ancient texts that Cush and
Nimrod would become legendary, throughout the secular/pagan world.[3]

The Bible does, however, tell us about the beginning of this apostasy at the
Tower of Babel - the major rebellion against God, and His commandments:


  And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech... they
  found a plain in the land of Shinar, and they dwelt there.... 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...                  - Gen. 11:1-4 (KJV)













As we'll discover in Giants of Scripture, the people of the post-flood era
began to pursue the same ideological ideas as their ancestors did
before the
flood: they wanted to find ways to "make a name for themselves." These
pride-filled people wanted to exemplify
themselves; and not God. Once
again, they intentionally disobeyed the ways of God, and went out on their
own. Why? How could these people become so rebellious,
so quickly?
One reason was that many people still may have recalled stories of how
their ancestors had rebelled against God (before the flood), and thought
highly of their efforts. Many of these people began to care more about
their ancestors than they did about God. They also seemed more
concerned for their
own lively hood than society at large. It soon became
"all about them." And where did they get the fuel for their self-absorbed
"fire?" Cush and Nimrod, of course.

The leaders of this movement wanted the people to make sure that if God
ever become angry at them again, He would
not be able to sweep them
away by a flood, as He did earlier![4] This was a major reason for the
building of this tower - pride-filled
rebellion. According to a variety of
ancient texts, the people of Babel, under Cush's command, were
attempting to build a structure so high that they would never have to worry
about
any judgment this so-called God might have in store for them.

On top of it, they even wanted to be able to climb up this tower, all the
way to heaven, and be able to destroy God with their swinging swords![5]
Their own power, at least in their own minds, was in their
unity. Their
desires for vengeance became so strong that nothing (at least in their
minds) was going to stop them - their resolve for "freedom". It may be a
little hard to understand why these people would deviate from God's
righteousness so quickly; but the more we understand how they lived, and
the ideological ways they quickly began to follow, the more it may begin to
make sense.

As always, God had a perfect plan to thwart these rebellious ways:


  And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the
  children of men builded. And the LORD said, Behold, the people is
  one, and they all have one language; and this they began to do: and
  now nothing will be restrained from them, which they had imagined
  to do. Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that
  they might not understand one another's speech. So the LORD
  scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of the whole earth:
  and they left off to build the city. Therefore the name of it was 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.                                        - Gen. 11:5-9 (KJV)


This is about as far as the Bible goes into it; but what happened around this
time would set the stage for the establishment of one of the most influential
ploys of power and control in our history.

After God confused the people's languages, nobody could really
understand anyone else around them; and the construction of the tower
came to a grinding halt. Cush, their former leader, was forced to give up
this tower-building project, and hung his head in disgrace. The groups of
families/nations once united here were now
forced to scatter abroad, each
nation according to their own languages - just as God intended. Even
though they were forced to separate, the people
still wanted to retain their
"unity of thought" they learned at the tower, amongst other rebellious ways.

As some of these established states form into empires, the people
continued the influences and knowledge they acquired from Cush and
Nimrod into their own ways of life![6]

Although most people gave up on finishing this Tower of Babel project,
some continued on, in the same vicinity, with another endeavor: the
completion of a
city. No longer did they concentrate on the Tower of
Babel, they now had a
city, of which they were to finish; a city with a new
name:
Babylon.

The word
Babylon simply means confusion: named after the confusion
which resulted from God changing the languages of the people there. So,
even though Cush had been disgraced here, he would still regain his stature
- he kept his high esteem with the people, because of his once-powerful
position.

Cush's son
Nimrod also kept his esteem and stature. He would go on to
take over the reigns of the establishment of the city of Babylon. Through
this, Nimrod would amplify the dignity and respect of even the scattered
people around him.[7] He would take this entire tower-building rebellion of
Cush one step further.

The Bible only mentions him in a couple of verses:


  And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth. He
  was a mighty hunter before the LORD... And the beginning of his
  kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of
  Shinar.              - Gen. 10:8-10 (KJV) (also mentioned in Micah 5:1)


Nimrod was the first "Mighty One" of the post-flood world. Also known as
The Subduer of Leopards, he earned his fame through conquering large,
wild animals. He was very strong: a giant in both name and in stature.
Eventually, after conquering all the dangerous animals around him, he
turned his powerful sights towards conquering
people.[8]

Eventually, Nimrod began the first empire of the post-flood world - the
Assyrian/Babylonian Empire. Nimrod brought the original grandeur of
the tower-building project into his new political
system of governmental
rule. And, on top of it, he used theologies that he and his father had taught
into forming a religious
system of this same foundation. From these
systems of politics and religion, his authority and control over people was
about to take hold - on a grand scale.[9]

Cush and Nimrod were even known for their ability to "channel," or
communicating with those of the spiritual world. In some schools of
thought, the spirits they communicated with were actuality considered the
dead spirits of their antediluvian ancestors![10] Regardless, from these acts
of communication, the two were able to acquire a great deal of
occult
knowledge - which allowed them the ability to accomplish such great feats
as the construction of the tower. Just as their pre-flood ancestors did,
Nimrod and Cush were also able to "make a name for themselves." In fact,
the scattered people of their era began to admire them, and their positions,
so much that they started to revere them as "gods."

Cush and Nimrod became so popular their likenesses were incorporated
into many facets of empirical culture since then.
Cush, for example, also
became known as
Thoth, Hermes, and Mercury; Nimrod came to be
known under the names
Jupiter, Osiris, etc.[11] The Bible may even
equate them to gods such as
Baal and Merodach (in Judg. 6:25-8, Jer.
50:2). In the end, the religious foundation of
monotheism - there being one
and only one
God - was about to be challenged.

So, once again, God engaged in a plan to upstart this new
system of
apostate religious beliefs.

We'll see what happened next in
Origins of Babylon - Part 2.


                                            Footnotes:

[1]  Rev. Alexander Hislop, The Two Babylons (Neptune, New Jersey: Loizeaux Brothers,
1916), 12-13.
[2]  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), 179.
[3]  J. Garnier,
The Worship of the Dead Or the Origin and Nature of Pagan Idolatry and Its
Bearing Upon the Early History of Egypt and Babylonia
(London: Chapman & Hall, Limited,
1909), 61.
[4]  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), 179.
[5]
 ibid. p. 179.
[6]  Rev. Alexander Hislop,
The Two Babylons (Neptune, New Jersey: Loizeaux Brothers,
1916), 80-81.
[7]
 ibid. p. 23, 28, 31, 41.
[8]
 ibid. p. 23-24, 40, 227.
[9]
 ibid. p. 243.
[10]  Rosemary Ellen Guiley,
The Encyclopedia of Witches and Witchcraft (New York: Facts
on File, 1989), 309.
[11]  Rev. Alexander Hislop,
The Two Babylons (Neptune, New Jersey: Loizeaux Brothers,
1916), 209, 25-26, 20, 30, 230, 297, 22, 43-44, 46, 56, 314, 49, 246.


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                  And the beginning of his kingdom
           
               was Babel... (Gen. 10:10)
Origins  of Babylon -
               
         Part 1