What happened to Nimrod's Babylon?


The religion, pushed by Cush and Nimrod, marked the beginning of pagan
polytheism in the post-flood world: the worship of many gods. The snake,
sun, and fire became their symbols of the pagan god on earth. Human
sacrifice became openly practiced.[1] Even though God wanted His people
to spread out, and only serve Him, Nimrod, through this empire and
religion of Babylon, began to unite the people - all under
his "one-world
government." As a result, this early Babylonian religion began to be
abhorred by pious, God-following generations of their era. One of them,
Noah's son
Shem, decided to do something about it.

According to tradition,
Shem gathered 72 co-conspirators to help him, and
some made their way up to the palace where Nimrod lived. After catching
him in a double-cross, Shem killed Nimrod; and cut his body into little
pieces! He alerted his co-conspirators - each one of them - to take a piece
of Nimrod's body and distribute it to all the cities under his rule. They did
as they were told. But, all of this gore had a purpose, however: to show the
world, proof-positively, that Nimrod wasn't a god. It was Shem's warning
to all of Nimrod's new followers: stop what they were doing and start
obeying God,
or else![2]

Nimrod's followers did become very frightened. They worshipped him as a
god - a god of whom they thought would live forever.
Now, he was dead;
the validity of their newfound religion was in question. Cush, his father,
was already shamed for his previous actions at the Tower. He wasn't really
able to unite the people under these systems as Nimrod did. Their whole
ability to control the populous had to go a little less "out in the open."

The way they maintained their power would be accomplished, in part, by
another up-and-coming character: a woman.

















Rarely-known by her proper name,
Semiramis was to be exalted into one
of the most famous women since the flood! She was Cush's wife at the
time of the tower, and also mother of Nimrod! After Cush was disgraced,
subtle Semiramis didn't want to go down with him. So, to maintain her
reputation, she did the unthinkable: she married her own son![3]

By marrying Nimrod, Semiramis could
still maintain somewhat of an
authority over the populous - as long as her husband remained in charge.
Once Nimrod was murdered, however, Semiramis was, again, in danger of
losing all that she had.

It just happened that, right around this time, Semiramis was
pregnant; the
father supposedly unknown. Yet, this was her golden opportunity to
capitalize on those looking for answers.

We will see that, from
Cain: Seed of the Serpent, there was a famous
prophecy - given by God - to Adam and Eve:


  And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy
  (the serpent's) seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou
  shalt bruise his heel.                                          - Gen. 3:15 (KJV)


This prophecy was also well-known to the people of Noah's post-flood era.
It stated simply that, one day, a
savior would be born - a savior who
would arise from the "seed of Eve." This savior would "bruise the head" of
the serpent, and his seed, in order to save humanity from their worldly
sins. Semiramis believed that if
she could convince the world that her
unborn son
was the one who would indeed "save the world," she might still
retain all of her power. What if her unborn child was "the promised seed" -
the one destined to "crush the serpent's head;" able to remove the curse of
sin and death which began in the garden? This would, practically, launch
him into a god-like state in his own right. Her unborn child, according to
Semiramis, would become just that - none other than Nimrod
reborn.[4]

According to her, Nimrod reincarnated himself in her womb. Semiramis
"slept with no man" in this case; and became pregnant by
his "holy" spirit.
Doesn't this all sound familiar?

In the end, this slaughter of Nimrod was actually a
good thing. He now
became a martyr. It would be Nimrod who
died for the sins of the entire
world; and "rose again" as this child. Semiramis, naturally, would have to
be looked upon as a "great mother" - or even
virgin mother - of this new,
wonderful, faith.[5] Surely, it's beginning to sound very familiar!

Yes, this was the greatest twist in the history of the world - the twist of
Jesus Christ.

Now, this theft of God's prophecy would rob millions of what would be the
true savior of the world - Jesus himself. The people now began to
preemptively accept
Nimrod as the fulfilment of this great prophecy. His
death would be what saved everyone from the curse of the Garden!

Semiramis, naturally, would also have to become deified - as the "mother
of the child". Interestingly enough, many of the images the people made of
her, since then, looked like this:[6]


















Now, this image of
mother and child - two thousands years before the
actual birth of Christ - became the new object of veneration and worship!
Ultimately, this system of ancient Babylonian religion was saved by them
borrowing of God's prophecy, and twisting it all around.

Over time, Nimrod became considered the pagan
"Horned God;"
Semiramis the "Goddess." Semiramis, once again, had managed to halt the
attempt of Shem and his Godly conspirators to stop the progress of a
Babylonian system of religion. She, as well, managed to explain away the
doubt and confusion steeped in the minds of Nimrod's believers. Nimrod -
pagan god of the old system - didn't really die. He was reincarnated into
another god for the people.[7]

The Babylonian religion before Semiramis might have seemed harsh to
some. Now - in order to make her new systems of religion look a little
more pure and wholesome - there had to be a few changes. No longer
would some of their graphic practices be openly practiced - such as human
sacrifice. A lot of it had to either go undercover for a while (until it was
safe to bring it out in the open, again), or it needed to be made to look a
little more "wholesome." Systems needed to be changed. Why? It was to
make sure that
no-one of God (like Shem) would be able to go to such a
high level again, and almost devastate their entire belief structure!

These ancient Babylonian belief-systems - knowledge and ways of life to
be ingrained into forthcoming cultures, politics, and religious beliefs - would
have to be carefully and subtly
molded and assimilated into each new
empire succeeding Babylon. To the pagans, God was
still their enemy. His
ways were not
their ways. Their own thought became the measure of all
things, not God. The two avenues of belief have been at odds with each
other, ever since the beginning.

The rise of the Israeli nation, as well as Christianity, would both work to
push much of the old, harsher facets of this old Babylonian religion under
cover; but they would not die. All of these different
systems - or facets - of
culture, politics, and religion, that didn't exactly come from God, came
from
somewhere! It is these "other" ways of looking at things, according to
the Bible, which could be amassed, collectively, into one sinister title:
Mystery Babylon.

What would happen after the adoption of Semiramis' new belief systems
could be found in
Legacy of Nimrod. This section gives us details on how
some aspects of
Mystery Babylon could even have been adopted by one of
Shem's descendants, and made it to work for evil.

For more on the ancient background of Babylon - from the beginning all
the way up the time leading up to Cush and Nimrod - please visit
The Gap
Theory section.


                                             Footnotes:

[1]  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), 215.
[2]  Rev. Alexander Hislop,
The Two Babylons (Neptune, New Jersey: Loizeaux Brothers,
1916), 66.
[3]  Herman L. Hoeh,
Compendium of World History, Vol. 1, Ch. 3, 4, http://www.earth-
history.com/Various/Compendium (accessed Dec. 19, 2007).
[4]  Rev. Alexander Hislop,
The Two Babylons (Neptune, New Jersey: Loizeaux Brothers,
1916), 305.
[5]  
ibid. p. 74-77, 295, 304-06.
[6]  
ibid. p. 74, 264.
[7]  William Schnoebelen,
Wicca: Satan’s Little White Lie (Chino, CA: Chick Publications,
1990), 172; Rev. Alexander Hislop, The Two Babylons (Neptune, New Jersey: Loizeaux
Brothers, 1916), 58.


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          ...and they left off to build the city. Therefore is
   
             the name of it called Babel... (Gen. 11:8-9)