After the Ark landed in the mountains of Ararat, Noah and his family busied themselves in arranging for their provision. Among other crops, Noah planted a vineyard. He then made some wine. Wine has its uses, but Noah used it too much on one occasion.
I don't say this to endorse the abuse of alcohol, but is understandable that Noah was depressed. Other than his immediate family, he lost all the rest of his relatives and all of his friends. Grandpa Methuselah died shortly before the Flood and that was hard to take, but now everyone else was gone, too.
Until Noah's grandchildren began to be born, there were no children to be seen. It was sad to think of all the innocent, little kids who died in the Flood because they had contaminated genes or, in the case of the purely human ones, because their parents refused to go aboard the Ark. At least the children were now in Paradise, but still, it was a sad to think of how they suffered before they died. The faces of his neighbours' children that he knew and of his youngest relatives came up before Noah's eyes, no doubt.
Even if all Noah's family and friends had been spared, the Earth would have still seemed like a lonely place. There were no more cities with throngs of shoppers and business people on the streets. Lakeshores were empty of all but his own family; no more other campers to have friendly chats with and get to know.
Gone were the beverage shops or restaurants to sit in to visit with friends or take the wife out to on a special date. No more stores with colourful swathes of fabric and patterns of fashionable outfits to choose from for tailors to make up. Great works of art were lost and vast bodies of knowledge. Convenient, artificial lighting was not allowed anymore, nor other complex devices that would have lightened their work. This new world was grim.
Everybody was depressed. Noah's family missed the luxuries and conveniences more than he did, and they probably griped about it. Trying to encourage them all and lead them into a deeper understanding of God was like was trying to pull a load uphill. One day, Noah brooded too much about his burdens while sampling his wine, got dead drunk, and ended up passed out in his tent.
Noah was not a habitual drunk. It was very unusual for him to get drunk. God would not have spared Noah from being destroyed by the Flood if he was given to overindulging himself in wine. This was not part of his character; it was just a temporary slip. Ordinarily, Noah sought to please God in everything that he did.
His son Ham entered the tent looking for him and found Noah stretched out naked on his bedding. Ham must have been struggling with envy at the esteem that God had for his father. Was it truly only because of Noah's righteousness that their family was spared? Was there really not adequate virtue or faith in any of the other seven to have merited this salvation? Now the old man didn't look like such a noble figure, and Ham delighted in his downfall.
He chuckled as he left the tent and went looking for his brothers to tell them what he had seen. They were not amused. Shem in particular was horrified at Ham's disrespect. He suggested to Japheth that they cover their father up and he agreed. Shem took a robe, and it was probably a ceremonial robe that Noah wore when he fulfilled his functions as a priest. Together Shem and Japheth walked backwards into their father's tent to lay it over him without looking at his naked body. In this way, they were saying that in spite of his faults, Noah was God's chosen, and their respect for him, both as their father and as God's anointed, reflected their respect for God.
Like Cain before him, Ham put himself out of the running as Noah's heir and the progenitor of the Messiah through his lack of respect and obedience to God. When Noah found out what Ham had done, God filled his lips with a sentence against his sneering son. But mercy was at the heart of it, as is the case with all of God's judgments, though it is only discovered when received with a humble and submissive spirit.
Noah cursed Ham's son Canaan, saying that he would serve the children of his uncles, and that Shem would be pre–eminent among Noah's sons because he initiated the covering of Noah's disgrace. Why was Canaan cursed and not his brothers, as well? It had to be that they were not born, yet. Though he is listed behind the others, he was the eldest.
I surmise that Canaan's mother ranted that it wasn't fair that her innocent, little baby was cursed by his grandfather for something that his father had done, and that Ham smarted beneath Noah's rebuke. These would be the normal reactions of carnal thinkers. Why was the baby cursed?
It was not so much a sentence that was passed but an offer of mercy extended. Rebellion was in Ham's heart and it poisoned his genes. This child was already born and had the same disposition towards rebellion, passed on to him by his father. God was saying that if Ham repented, that particularly virulent rebellious taint would go no further in his family. He would cleanse the sin out of his soul and out of his DNA. The rest of his children would be blessed.
Canaan would have been blessed, too, if he had submitted and accepted his lot as a servant. He would have found great joy and fulfillment in it, and received honours in Heaven for his meekness and faith. Ham evidently did not choose to look at things God's way, though. He continued in his rebellious mode and passed it on to the rest of his offspring.
Cush, in particular, took up the family grievance and set himself against Noah and against his God. He gave his allegiance to Lucifer and became the architect of a New World Order that would set up Lucifer as the god whom the inhabitants of the new Earth would worship, instead of the Creator.
To this end, Cush promoted his son Nimrod. Nimrod is said to have been a giant and black–skinned like Cush and Ham. Not that his skin is anything significant; it was just one of the hues of skin colour that was passed on through Adam's and Eve's DNA. Knowing his description helps us to picture him.
Nimrod's name means "the spotted one", in reference to his fondness of wearing leopard skins. He used these animals to hunt with, and Genesis 10:9 says that he was a mighty hunter before the Lord. What that really means is that he was a mighty hunter in defiance of the Lord. Not only did he attempt to set himself above God, but he also hunted to extinction animals which God had herded on to the Ark for their preservation.
The reason for this was that some of those animals were a great threat to lives and property. Among them were ferocious killers and others were huge, stupid, lumbering behemoths. They were animals that were out of control, either killing men and livestock instead of staying away as ordered, or devouring crops, trampling on property, and knocking down buildings in areas that they were commanded to avoid.
God told Noah in Genesis 9:2 that the fear and dread of Man would be upon all the animal kingdom, and that He had delivered them into their hand. This was contingent, though, on people submitting themselves to God. Otherwise, their rebellion against God would infect Nature and cause it to rebel against Mankind. Ham and his family and their adherents were not submitting themselves to God, and it was making animals very wild.
There have been many hunters in the world, some of which have killed thousands of animals, but their names did not make it into the Bible as mighty hunters. Some have suggested that Nimrod was mentioned because the game that he killed was men. Nah. There have been a lot of mass murderers, and their names haven't made it into the Bible either. Nimrod was remarkable for taking on full–grown dinosaurs when others were too intimidated by their ferocity. He was hailed as a hero for having saved people from those terrorizers.
Another thing that Nimrod did, that was interpreted as protection against dinosaurs, was to build cities with high, strong walls. Nimrod and Cush were politicians who won the favour of the people. People were enticed to help build the cities and make their homes in them. When their power grew to the point where they no longer had to use a veil of generosity and good character to get what they wanted, they used force. They made war and took slaves, putting them to work building their cities, and using them in whatever other ways suited their fancies.
Genesis 10:10 tells us that Nimrod built Babel, and followed that with Erech, Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar. Shinar is another name for Semiramis, who was Nimrod's Queen. She was both his wife and his mother. Cush, Nimrod, and Semiramis were satanists who practiced sorcery.
In satanism, incest is engaged in to gain psychic powers. Sin is pleasing to demons, and parent/child incest, which God considers an abomination, makes souls exceedingly vulnerable to demonic possession. Cush, Nimrod, and Semiramis were deceived into thinking that they could control their powers, when really they were given to them only for a time as bait to ensnare their souls. It would not surprise me if it turns out that Semiramis was Cush's daughter, Nimrod's sister, as well as his mother and wife. They were a very wicked trio, totally sold out to the devil. Cush likely engaged in satanic rituals that involved sexual relations with his male children, as well.
Genesis 10:11 – 12 tells us that when Nimrod was strengthened,1 he built Nineveh, Rehoboth, Calah, and Resen. This territory was known as Assyria, which I am guessing means something akin to strength and stands apart from the land of Shinar (currently known as Iraq), as the territory won during the second phase of Nimrod's conquests. It was later called Persia and is now known as Iran.
Cush, Semiramis, and Nimrod styled themselves as the Trinity. Cush was revered as the Father, Nimrod as the Son, and Semiramis as the Holy Spirit. Semiramis means "lover of doves" and doves were among her symbols. She was also worshipped as the Queen of Heaven and the Virgin Mother, though she was far from being a virgin. Semiramis was famed for her lewdness. All three were cruel and bloodthirsty.
There is a book called TWO BABYLONS by Alexander Hislop that goes into more detail about Cush, Nimrod, and Semiramis. It is fascinating history, and important to know because the Bible says in the book of Daniel2 that the religion they instituted, called Mystery Babylon because of the hidden meanings in their mythologies, will come out in the open and be raised up as the state religion in the last days before Yehoshua returns to judge His enemies. The Harry Potter books and movies are grooming the public to accept witchcraft/sorcery, as are the Narnia Chronicles (falsely promoted as Christian allegories) and The Lord of the Rings trilogy, etc. You can go to the CROSSROADS website to read more on that topic.
The Book of Daniel says that the world ruler that shall come (the Antichrist) will not regard the desire of women. The desire of women refers to the Promised Seed, whom it was prophesied would be born of a virgin. For centuries, before they married, daughters of Israel wondered if they would be the one who was chosen to give birth to the Messiah. The passage means that the Antichrist will be blatantly disrespectful of Yehoshua. At some point, he will no longer pretend in public to have any reverence for Him, if he ever at any time before employed it as a smokescreen.
The god of forces referred to in Daniel 11:38 as the god whom the Antichrist honours is Nimrod. Nimrod was the first person who gathered armies for conquest after the Flood, and he was also the god of fortifications, meaning the first in the new world to be a builder of cities with walls. When the world ruler that is known to Christians as the Antichrist comes, he will honour Nimrod so as to gain power from the demons who possessed Nimrod.
Nimrod attempted to unite his kingdom under a symbol that would enable him to expand his empire further through its psychological impact, as well as its demonic influence. This symbol was the Tower of Babel. The Bible says in Genesis 11:4 that the rebels wanted its top to reach Heaven. They did not mean that in a literal sense.
Some say that Mankind was afraid that there would be another universal flood, and that the tower was to be a refuge in such a case. That is just plain silly. It is the vanity of modern Man to assume that ancient people were dolts and simpletons. Noah and his sons were still alive when this tower was being constructed. They saw how the waters covered the mountains and no doubt told it to their children and grandchildren. Would you not think that if geniuses were afraid of a flood, they would at the very least look for the highest mountain in the world to build their tower on? They wouldn't build it on a plain!
The means of reaching Heaven that they imagined was to use the tower, which was actually a ziggurat, as an altar upon which they would please their demon lords with acts of perversion and murder, which would be rewarded with greater exhibitions of demonic power. They intended to harness this power to deceive and subdue and gain allegiance from all the Earth's inhabitants.
The aim of this was to get everybody to unite in worshipping satan, whereby he supposed that he would gain the power to tear God from off His Throne. It is a lame idea from start to finish, but satan is so egotistical that he can not resist the idea of having everyone worship him, even if it doesn't enable him to overpower God.
I think that God's Throne in Heaven is a ziggurat and He sits upon its peak. How else can all the saints be seated with Him on His Throne, if it is not some type of edifice that all those seats can be placed on? It presents a beautiful picture of a loving Father with all His children gathered around Him. Would a ziggurat–shaped Throne not also fit the description of a holy mountain, which the Bible says in Ezekiel 28:14 that Lucifer walked upon when he was in Heaven?
It is typical of the devil, in his envy, to counterfeit that which is holy in his longing to appropriate it for himself. It is also typical of him to defile that which is holy by having ziggurats constructed for his own glory and have abominations performed on them.
God said in verse 6 that if they all united, there would be nothing that the people would not be able to do of all that they had imagined. He did not mean that they could get His Throne from Him, but He did mean that they would be successful in gaining a world empire. They would also sink into dire depths of depravity, if they were allowed to worship and serve demons to the extent that they were planning.
Another cosmic catastrophe occurred to prevent this. It probably involved a comet with electrical discharges that struck the Earth. History says that lightning struck the Tower of Babel and split it halfway down.
The Bible tells us that the people's language became confused. This seems to have something of a magical quality to it, unless one realizes what was happening to the Earth at that time. Again it was chastened with earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis, as before the Flood, but also with forest fires, as there was no deluge to put out the flames.
The earthquakes were so drastic as to cause the Earth to develop a bulge about the equator at that time, and the great pancontinent split and spread across the globe. The Bible says in Genesis 10:25 that one of Shem's descendents was named Peleg (which means earthquake) because the Earth was divided the year that he was born. You can imagine that catastrophes of this magnitude really shook people up. They were so traumatized that their speech became gibberish.
I experienced this myself in a small way temporarily when I lived in a basement suite and discovered water leaking from the hall ceiling. I got on the phone to my landlady and was about to tell her about it when the whole ceiling over the hall fell down. My tongue couldn't form any English for few moments to tell her what had happened.
The confusion of the languages was a psychological reaction to severe trauma and it had a lasting effect. Not all of the words were changed, but there were enough that it was difficult or impossible to understand each other. Cush was termed "the interpreter of the gods", the figure behind Mercury and Hermes, because he had a great facility for figuring out what people were trying to say.
There was a group of people, however, whose language was not confused. They were those who loved Jehovah, and they had not been engaged in building the tower, hence no reason to place them under judgment. God enfolded them in His peace when the world was falling apart. Ancient Hebrew is the original language.
With his army decimated by the catastrophes and the remainder addled by shock, Nimrod was in a vulnerable position. His great uncle Shem realized that this was the time to strike the empire and tear it down. The Holy Ghost came upon him, anointing his words as he persuaded God's people to gather forces and go after Nimrod to capture him.
They found him hiding in the hills of the area that is now known as Rome. It had been one of his bases, dedicated to the worship of Saturn (another of Nimrod's identities, as well as satan's). Nimrod was judged by a contingent of elders and sentenced to death. When the guards arrived to take him to his beheading, they found Nimrod admiring his face in a mirror. He is the real life figure behind Narcissus, among many other characters in mythology.
After his head was chopped off, Nimrod's body was chopped in pieces and distributed to various cities as a warning against the practice of satanism and the use of sorcery to gain control. Idolatry was forced underground. Semiramis and her priests formed secret societies to spread their mystery doctrines around the world, sending emissaries out to every corner. This is why Babylonian words can be found clear across the Atlantic Ocean in South American culture.
Some places were cut off for centuries from other parts of the world when the continent split and scattered. This is why so many marsupials are native only to Australia and New Zealand. But in spite of isolation, many cultures, over 150 of them, have ancient legends of a flood that covered the whole world and left very few survivors.
The story of Nimrod's execution is hidden in many myths, including the Egyptian legend of Osiris, Isis, and Horus. Mizraim, the first king of Egypt was, after all, Cush's brother. He was a great engineer who diverted the Nile and he built a kingdom that became a mighty empire. Cush settled a country to the south, known as Ethiopia. One of Cush's names was Ethiope, and this is why Ethiopians are also referred to in the Bible as Cushites. More details about the life of Shem and the infamy of Cush, Nimrod, and Semiramis are contained in my poem SHEM'S TALE.
Idolatry began its rise again after a couple of generations. It became a problem for a man whom God chose as a vital instrument in His great purpose of redemption for the world. This man was a prince in the city of Ur of the Chaldees, which was in the land of Shinar. He made his mark in the world as the Friend of God and the Father of Faith.
1According to Alexander Hislop in his book Two Babylons, this is the correct translation of the word asshur; it is not a name.
2And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done. Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all. But in his estate shall he honour the God of forces: and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things.
[Dan 11:36 – 38]
3You are the anointed cherub that covers; and I have set you so: you were upon the holy mountain of God; you have walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.
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