Sabbath Sermon of August 17, 2013


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Sabbath Sermon of August 17, 2013

By Rev. Dr. Flint Chika, Bishop

The Tower of Confusion – Babel
Genesis Chapter 11
Before the flood people of the earth spoke different languages. After the flood, the people of the earth spoke the same language. The period following the tower of Babel incident is anticipated. When the people at Babel sinned, God confused their languages; in so doing he made the advancement of wicked knowledge more difficult because of language barriers. Later, Pentecost was a sign of the reversal of the confusion. The time will come when language will no longer be a barrier in God’s Kingdom.

The tower of Babel was a great human achievement, a wonder of the world. But it was a monument to the people themselves rather than to God. We often build monuments to ourselves, things like expensive clothes, big house, fancy car, important job, purposefully, to call attention to our achievements. These may not be wrong in themselves, but when we use them to give us identity and self-worth, they have God’s place in our lives. Of course, we are free to develop in many areas, being made in the image of God, but we are not free to think we have replaced God. My friends, are there “towers” like this in your life? If there is a tower in your life, you ought to call to Jesus today, and humble yourself before him as your Lord and Savior and he will restore you to himself, and give you eternal life.

The land of Shinar, that is, “the land of Babylon,” located at the mouth of the Persian Gulf, and they dwelt there, that is, “was soon thickly populated.” The location of the tower of Babel has been rediscovered, Birs Minrud, approximately seven miles from ancient Babylon, as the site. Amran, which is within the city, is another. King Nebuchadnezzar spoke of the Ziggurat Babili, Tower of Babylon,” which he restored after finding it in ruins; and not long after was he himself removed. Babili is from the Assyrian tongue and is the native name for the Greek Babylon. It means “Gate of god.” It has nothing to do with the Hebrew word balal, which means “to confound.” The Babel story finds its counterparts in ancient mythology, such as the Greek myth of the Titans who tried to climb to heaven. The biblical account is far older and is, of course, a historical fact which may have been influential in the formation of mythical tales elsewhere. In our time Saddam Hussein again, attempted rebuilding the tower of Babel, and he also was removed before he could finish it.

Let us build ourselves a city and a tower.” It is observable that the first builders of cities, both in the old world (Genesis 4 verse 17), and in the new world here, were not men of the best character and reputation: tents served God’s subjects to dwell in; cities were first built by those that were rebels against him and revolters from him. Observe here how they excited and encouraged one another to set about this work. They said, “Go to, let us make brick” (v. 3), and again, (v. 4), “Go to, let us build ourselves a city;” by mutual excitements they made one another more daring and resolute. No doubt, Great things may be brought to pass when the undertakers are numerous and unanimous, and stir up one another. Believers should learn to provoke one another to love and to good works, as sinners stir up and encourage one another to wicked works. (Psalm 122 verse 1; Isaiah 2 verse 3, 5 ; Jeremiah 50 verse 5).

What materials they used in their building. The country, being plain, yielded neither stone nor mortar, yet this did not discourage them from their undertaking, but they made brick to serve instead of stone, and slime or pitch instead of mortar. What a difference there is between men’s building and God’s; when men build their Babel, brick and slime are their best materials; but, when God builds his Jerusalem, he lays even the foundations of it with sapphires, and all its borders with pleasant stones, (Isaiah 54:11, 12; Revelation 21:19). For what ends they built. Some have said that they intended to secure themselves against the waters of another flood. But God had told them indeed with a rainbow sign in the sky that he would not again drown the world; but they would trust to a tower of their own making, rather than to a promise of God’s making or an ark of his appointing. If, however, they had had this in their eye, they would have chosen to build their tower upon a mountain rather than upon a plain, but three things, it seems, they aimed at in building this tower:—(1.) It seems designed for an affront to God himself; for they would build a tower whose top might reach to heaven, which bespeaks a defiance of God, or at least a rivalship with him. They would be like the Most High, or would come as near him as they could, not in holiness but in height, the devil having instilled this goal in their minds.

Lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the earth. "It was done’’ in disobedience to that command in Genesis 9 verse 1, “Replenish the earth.’’ God orders them to disperse. "No,’’ say they, "we will not, we will live and die together.’’ In order that they may engage themselves and one another in this vast undertaking. That they might unite in one glorious empire, they resolve to build this city and tower, to be the metropolis of their kingdom and the centre of their unity. It is probable that the band of ambitious Nimrod was in all this. He could not content himself with the command of a particular colony, but aimed at universal monarchy, in order to which, under pretence of uniting for their common safety, the “New World Order,” he contrives to keep them in one body, that, having them all under his eye, he might not fail to have them under his power. If you knew who are the generations of the Europeans, would it surprise you know what they intend to do with Nimrod’s unfinished Tower of Babel project?

The EU's "Parliament" Building in Strasbourg, France has been deliberately designed to represent the Tower of Babel, as per the famous painting by Peter Brueghel, painted in 1563. The logic behind this symbolism is that the EU is seeking to "build the house of Europe" - a task yet to be completed. The building is complete and in use, but is designed to look unfinished, and even has ringed platforms around it to represent scaffolding. When asked by a secular journalist ‘Why the Tower of Babel?’ an EU official replied, ‘What they failed to complete 3000 years ago – we in Europe will finish now.’ In other words, the house of Europe is the Babylon of the end times.

Who is they? Doesn’t this answer give away the identity of the European leaders of our time? Because in Revelation 20 verse 7-10, we are told that it was Gog the leader of Magog of the generation of Japheth who would oppose God in the last days in which we are living (Genesis 10 verses 2-5). The answer to who is they, is found in Genesis 11 verse 3-4. They journeyed from the east of Eden, probably, from the same direction Cain had gone in Genesis 4 verse 16. If you are reading this message today, now you have an idea of how long the Illuminati and the New World Order have been around, and working secretly against the order of God’s Creation.

Language is the basis on which science feeds upon itself and grows. This was the beginning of an explosion of knowledge, nipped in the bud because of wrong motives and wrong use of the knowledge gained. Similarity with today’s words is significant.

In Genesis 9 verses 24-27 we read Noah’s curse on Canaan, Ham’s son, the ancestor of the evil Canaanites. In Genesis 10 verses 22-31 we have a list of Shem’s descendants, who are blessed. From Shem’s line came Abram and the entire Hebrew nation, which would eventually conquer the land of Canaan in the days of Joshua.

Let us.” The plural certainly suggests the triune priesthood of God, who is one God in three persons—The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language. This was not spoken to the angels, as if God needed either their advice or their assistance, but God speaks it to himself, or the Father to the Son and Holy Ghost. They said, Go to, let us make brick, and Go to, let us build a tower, animating one another to the attempt; and now God says, Go to, let us confound their language; for, if men stir up themselves to sin, God will stir up himself to take vengeance, (Isaiah 59 verses 17, 18). Here we see the mercy of God, in moderating the penalty, and not making it proportionable to the offence; for he deals not with us according to our sins. He does not say, "Let us go down now in thunder and lightning, and consume those rebels in a moment;’’ or, "Let the earth open, and swallow them up and their building, and let those go down quickly into hell who are climbing to heaven the wrong way.’’ No; only, "Let us go down, and scatter them.’’ They deserved death, but are only banished or transported away from their evil intensions; for the patience of God is very great towards a provoking world. Punishments are chiefly reserved for the future state when Jesus returns.

The builders were scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth as we read verses 8, 9. They departed in companies, after their families, and after their tongues Genesis 10 verses 5, 30, 31), to the several countries and places allotted to them in the division that had been made, which they knew before, but would not go to take possession of till now that they were forced to it. The very thing which they feared came upon them. That dispersion which they sought to evade by an act of rebellion they by this act brought upon themselves; for we are most likely to fall into that trouble which we seek to evade by indirect and sinful methods. It was God’s work: for God would strengthen or scatter a people depending on their intensions. The Lord scattered them. God’s hand is to be acknowledged in all scattering providences; if the family be scattered, relations scattered, churches scattered, we may say it is the Lord’s doing. Though they were as firmly in league with one another as could be, yet the Lord scattered them; for no man can keep together what God will put asunder. Thus God justly took vengeance on them for their oneness in that presumptuous attempt to build their tower.

Shameful dispersions are the just punishment of sinful unions. Simeon and Levi, who had been brethren in iniquity, were divided in Jacob, (Genesis 49 verses 5, 7; Psalm 83 verses 3-13). They left behind them a perpetual memorandum of their reproach, in the name given to the place. It was called Babel, confusion. Those that aim at a great name commonly come off with a bad name. The children of men were now finally scattered, and never did, nor ever will, come all together again, till the great day, when the Son of man shall sit upon the throne of his glory, and all nations shall be gathered before him, (Matthew 25 verses 31, 32).

From here on, the life-span of people will decline sharply. The ages when people procreate will also be fare younger than before. Noah was five hundred years old when his wife had her three sons. In verses 12-26 the age of the fathers ranged from seventy-nine to thirty-five, except for Terah who was seventy.

Abram grew up in Ur of the Chaldees, an important city in the ancient world. The city carried on an extensive trade with its neighbors and had vast library. Abram was not an uneducated, illiterate nomad. Archeological discoveries show that Ur of the Chaldees enjoyed an advanced culture, with libraries, schools and temples. The people had textbooks on mathematics, religion, and politics, and used grammars, dictionaries, and encyclopedias. Egypt also had developed an advanced culture a thousand years before Abram’s birth. Abram may have left written records for posterity which could have been used by those God called to his work after him.

Terah left Ur to go to Canaan but settle in Haran instead. Why did he stop halfway? It may have been his health, the climate, or even fear, or most probably, he may not have been called of God to be the one to finish the journey. God will instruct and will lead his chosen one Abram to the land that his generation may inherit it as God had planned to settle his people in his time. Abraham was a Hebrew and not a Jew, and the land was given to the Hebrew Israelites forever. We see that Terah’s death did not change Abram’s calling, because after his father’s death, the Lord had said unto him, “go on and finish the journey to a land I will show you” Abram had respect for his father’s leadership, but when Terrah died Abram moved on to Canaan. God’s will may come in stages. Just as the time in Haran was a transition period for Abram, so God may give us transition periods and times of waiting to help us depend on him and trust his timing, we will be better prepared to serve him as we should when he calls us.

Terah died at the age of 205 years, Sarah at 127, Abraham at 175, Isaac at 180, Jacob at 147, and Joseph at 110. By the time of the monarchy David died at seventy. He was thirty when he began to reign and he reigned for forty years according to 2 Samuel 5 verse 4. Thus the life span declined considerably from the days of Adam and of the patriarchs.
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