Volume 26, Issue 1 _________________________________Bible Prophecy Ministry

Building Towers To Heaven

      In Genesis chapter 11 there is a brief analysis of the postdeluvian world, a haunting description which also carries foreshadows with it to the last days when Jesus shall return to this world.

      There we read of a world intent upon building a tower into Heaven, a tower which in all practicality symbolises man's self glorification, and man's attempts to construct his own pathway to paradise.

      With the clear and full light of the New Testament for support, we can readily see that the mighty Nimrod was in fact an Old Testament foreshadowing prototype of the last days Antichrist.

      I think it is a significant point that the personage of Nimrod, and the history relating to Babel materialized immediately preceeding the calling of God for Abraham to come out from among the Gentile nations. Actually God's call to Abraham serves as a future paradigm for all people who separate themselves unto the Lord.

      The Promised Land land loomed as the prize for Abraham's descendants, but for all of us that partake of the blessing of Abraham, by being grafted into the fig tree of Israel; and its righteous Branch; Heaven looms just over the horizon as the greatest prize of all. God again will issue a call for his people to "come out" of the world; a world with a new Nimrod commanding center stage and building yet another tower into Heaven.

      Lets review the Biblical account of the Babel tower builders back in Genesis 11: 1-4:

      And the whole earth was of one language, and of 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. And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them throughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime for mortar.

      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.

      The name given to this tower building endeavor of mankind, as verse nine exhibits was "Babel". The word Babel is composed of two words. The first word, "bab" means gate; while the second word, "el", literally means God.

      Thus, the word, "Babel" means; "gate of God"! Balal, a closely related Hebrew word associated with Babel means, "confusion".

      So, in reality while many associate the confounding of languages with this confusion, also real was the confusion about the entryway to Heaven! God had specifically commanded firstly, Adam, and then secondly Noah to subdue the entire earth, and to scatter out and fill the whole land. Genesis chapter ten conveys to us that the descendants of Noah did indeed branch out upon the earth and began to establish the separate nations of peoples.

      The Babel ideology was exactly opposite from God's command to fill the whole earth. The great concern of mankind on the plain of Shinar became one of worries over being scattered abroad upon the face of the entire earth, which in essence caused nations to become more and more diverse and decentralized. Whereas God had designed mankind to live inside a Garden paradise, man rebelled from his first estate and began to metriculate into city-states. Apparently mankind sensed a hunger to huddle together enmass for companionship and security.

      However, mankind is not spiritually prepared to live in cities, as God himself is presently building a city for man to live in; a city called the New Jerusalem. Man will only be fit to live together with God after he has become a new creature in Christ.

      Hebrews 11:10 For he (Abraham) looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God. Abraham yearned for a city which had foundations built by God. Satan has incited mankind to build cities apart from God. Human beings have a need to satisfy the desires of the body and soul, and dwelling amongst cities allows for commerce, pleasure, buisness, culture, and the arts of music, food, and so forth, all the amenities of the passions of civilization.

      While the construction of the city of Babel represents man's workmanship in pacifying his physical needs, the construction of the Tower represents man's endeavor to satisfy the spiritual needs he has within himself. Babel's tower unto Heaven enabled man to establish himself as a priesthood which could dispense Heavenly rewards to meritorious religionists.

      At the heart of the entire building process lies a seed of pride. Notice the ideology of mankind in their claim regarding the building of the city and the tower. "Let us make us a name"; lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth".

      There was no concern about God, or his name being foremost in this endeavor. It is apparent that this project was masterminded to utilize the power of religion as a means for man to displace God from his rightful glory.

      I need only to remind the reader that Satan is the avowed ages-long enemy of God, and that all through each age of human history; he has opposed God, and continually schemed among humanity to secure earths scepter of sovereignty for himself. That scheme is best accomplished by inspiring mankind to come together under one umbrella, with one seat of authority. This is precisely the reason that God issued the command to subdue the whole earth, and to scatter abroad over it.

      Satan's ultimate scheme is to place a man upon the throne of the world's great city, and one man upon the tower of religious unity. The two are Biblically referred to as the Antichrist and the False Prophet. The city, and tower of Babel prefigure the exact scenario of the Great Red Dragon, his beast, and his lamb.

      Genesis 10:8-9 depicts Nimrod as the Mighty Hunter before the Lord; and a mighty one in the earth. Even the name Nimrod means, "The Rebel"! His depiction as being a hunter before the Lord is in reality a portrayal of being a mighty hunter of the souls of men. The word "before" utilized in this verse indicates that the man of Babel was a counterfeit version of the promised seed of the Woman that is recorded in Genesis 3:15.

      Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

      Satan left the Garden of Eden fully aware that God would bless the Woman (Israel) with a promised seed; and that her seed would be a mighty hunter of men's souls, and would make many others to become fishers of men; so mankind could find the one and only true entryway into the Gates of Heaven. Satan never one to concede defeat, left the Garden scheming to present to the world a seed of his own, "Before the Lord".

      So then, in essence Satan brought forth a seed of his own to present before the world as the promised seed of God, before God actually sent, Jesus, his only son, born of a virgin.

     The seed of the serpent was destined to bruise the heel of the seed of the woman, and he did so through usurping Christ's place, and also by inflicting the sting of death on Christ at the crucifixion. In the last days another "Rebel", the Antichrist shall usurp Christ place and set himself up on another tower of exaltation.

      But as Daniel 2:31-35 instructs; the real Christ will smite the head of this usurper and set up his rightful and everlasting kingdom!

      Nimrod spearheaded a great human revolt against God by heading up the confederacy to bring all men together under the banner of making his name great, which is precisely the scheme of the Antichrist, which Jesus exposed in John 5:43

      "I am come in my Father's Name, and ye receive me not; if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive. There is no if's about whether one will come or not for Jesus announced in his Olivet Discourse that many, would come in his name. ( Matt 24:5 )

      Nimrod was merely the first!

      Nimrod organized not only an imperial government over the world's peoples, but he also instituted a new world idolatrous system of worship, casting himself as the promised son of God, or "seed of the Woman"! He offerred the world security and unity, and inniated the building of the city of man, and a tower with its very top reaching into heaven.

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