Friday, November 17, 2017

The Origin of Babylon in the Bible-New Details Revealed

The Origin of Babylon in the Bible-New Details Revealed

Babylon, the Bible, Genesis, Babel, Bible Prophecy, Whore of Babylon


In the book of Genesis we see the origins of Babylon. We learn  that Babylon was founded by Nimrod who was the grandson of Ham; Noah’s wicked son.

Genesis 10:6-10 provides the origin of Babylon. Genesis 10: 6-7 begins:

 The sons of Ham were Cush, Mizraim, Put, and Canaan. The sons of Cush were Seba, Havilah, Sabtah, Raamah, and Sabtechah; and the sons of Raamah were Sheba and Dedan.

Mizriam was the Hebrew name for Egypt. We begin to see that from Ham come nations that will in time afflict the nation of Israel and will also lead the Israelites astray in their idolatry.

The Bible records of Nimrod and his kingdom of Babel in verse 8-12.

Cush begot Nimrod; he began to be a mighty one on the earth. He was a mighty hunter before the Lord; therefore it is said, “Like Nimrod the mighty hunter before the Lord.” 10 And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, Erech, Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar. 11 From that land he went to Assyria and built Nineveh, Rehoboth Ir, Calah, 12 and Resen between Nineveh and Calah (that is the principal city).

 The verse tells us that Cush, Noah’s oldest son, begot Nimrod. The name Nimrod in the Hebrew means rebellion or valiant. In family birth order the oldest son is closest to the father in age and as the oldest more is expected of the first born. Generally they receive more time from the parent than any other child born to them.

It is no surprise that Nimrod’s name means rebellion. We see the same evil that was in his grandfather characterize him in part because he would receive the teachings and values or lack of them from his father, which also come from the father’s father. 

So what was Ham’s Sin that Nimrod would acquire?

Ham’s Sin

Ham was the son of Noah who sinned against his father. Noah had too much to drink and fell asleep naked.  Ham upon seeing his naked father most likely made fun of him and told his other two brothers. On hearing Ham’s mockery of his father instead of joining in they picked up Noah’s garment and walked backwards and covered him.  God then cursed Noah’s son Canaan (Genesis 9:20-25.) Some have speculated that sinful acts took place in the tent, or that Canaan was somehow involved. It could be that he was part of this mock fest of Noah or because he was like his father and he was cursed. The Canaanites went onto give Israel a good deal of trouble in the land of Israel. 

We see from Ham’s actions an act that is not only immoral but a person who lacks boundaries, which can be said for all serious sinful actions and crimes.  Noah was passed out sleeping naked in a position that was unbecoming and private. Shem and Japhet respected their father’s dignity and privacy by walking backwards to not take a glance at their father in this undignified position and they covered him.

 In our society one’s dignity is guarded and for this reason sick and terminally ill patients who are cared for in hospitals are covered up while they are incapacitated  and unable to care for their bodily functions.  Medical workers are trained to guard the dignity of the person they care for by keeping them covered when while they are compromised health wise. A person is even guarded after death and for this reason  medical and rescue workers cover the body of the deceased.  In Noah’s compromised moment Ham attempted to make his father a spectacle and shame him.

Ham was making fun of his father, totally disrespecting him by turning his nakedness and drunkenness into a spectator event.  He wanted his brothers to join in with his viewing his father as looking ridiculous.  It was a moment for Ham of total disrespect. It revealed his rebellion and disdain for his father’s authority.  It violated one of the ten commandments of honoring your father and mother. For it Canaan was cursed to be a servant as all underachievers who never achieve due to their rebellious attitudes and lifestyles.

Thus from Ham would come  Cush, Egypt, the Canaanites and through Ham’s grandson the ultimate in rebellion against God: Babylon. We also see coming from Ham Godless nations steeped in idolatry.

Nimrod would not only found Babylon but also founded Assyria and built Nineveh: other nations steeped in idolatry. These cities would cause Israel the most grief and God would use them to judge the nation.

Nimrod becomes the founder of Babel or Babylon.  He is like another hunter in the Bible and that is Esau who became the father of the Arab nations. Nimrod was called a mighty hunter in Genesis 10:9, while Esau was called a cunning hunter. Genesis 25:27.

In Genesis 11: 1-9 we get the account of the Tower of Babel,  which sheds light on Babylon it reads:

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. Then they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They had brick for stone, and they had asphalt for mortar. 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.”

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. Therefore its name is called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of all the earth; and from there the Lord scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth.

Babel, founded by Nimrod and like his name which means rebellion, in an act of defiance of the Holy God they tried to be like Him in attempting to build a tower to reach to heaven.

The Bible tells us “they had brick for stone and asphalt for mortar.” Meaning it is not the real solid building materials and are the cheap and inferior replacements, which is a depiction of Babylon and its teachings that men and women follow. It would be the source of the Whore of Babylon and all false religion.

We see a picture of the man who started Babylon, along with his father and uncles, Nimrod’s uncle started Egypt, and Nimrod as both rebellious and valiant and following the family tradition of would start the land of Babylon and other nations steeped in idolatry.

We would see Babylon coming to judge Israel at the end of the Kingdom period in Israel’s history. It is the place that the book of Daniel begins and where we God gives Nebuchadnezzar the vision of the empires that would succeed Babylon and control Israel and the visions would depict the final world empire that will lay siege to Israel and set up the abomination of desolation in the Third Temple.

This empire that Daniel describes with great iron teeth and exceedingly dreadful and terrible who conquers many nations and destroys the Holy People. It is this empire that is joined with the Whore of Babylon depicted in Revelation 17 and 18. Her appearance on the Beast of Revelation depicts her significant role. 

This is an excerpt from the free online version of my book Whore of Babylon in Bible Prophecy: A Book of Revelation Mystery Revealed
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