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We also see in this whole affair the first attempt (in this earth age)
to unify mankind and bring about a New World Order.

In chapter 10 we saw the sons of Noah begin to spread forth among the gentile nations, bringing with them their advanced knowledge, such as in astronomy, farming, laws, etc., and also their language, which of course was Hebrew, the first language.

Here is how the Fenton Bible translates Gen 10:5 concerning the sons of Noah:

Genesis 10:5
From these they spread themselves over the seacoasts of the countries of the nations, each with their language amongst the gentile tribes. (Fenton)
Which brings us to Genesis chapter 11.
Genesis 11:1
And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech.
Note: It should be pointed out, for those who adhere to a strictly literal translation of scripture and would ignore the figures of speech used by the Holy Spirit, that the "earth" can't talk, and therefore has no language. In the phrase "the whole earth was of one language", "earth" is used to represent the "people of the earth". It is the figure of speech Metonymy (of subject).

Also please note: The "whole earth" in 11:1 should have been translated whole land. How can the whole earth be of one speech when we were already told in 10:5 that the gentile nations each had their own language? 

So all of the sons of Noah spoke one language.

[2] 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.
Who were the "they" who were migrating from the east?

The answer should be obvious.

So these descendents of Noah found a plain in what is today the land of Iraq and they settled there.

[3] And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them throughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter.
We must keep in mind that this is not all that long after the Great Flood,
and the stories about it are still fresh and plentiful.

 There's just one problem.

It looks like they forgot to end those stories with the remembrance of God's "promise of the rainbow",
His covenant that He would not again destroy the earth with a flood.

So, they decided to make extremely hard (permanent) bricks and use "slime" to bind them together.

Slime is bitumen or what we would call asphalt and is so tenacious today
that detachment is almost impossible.

It should have been plentiful if we remember where they were,
in the oil rich country of Shinar, i.e. Iraq.

What is it that they are going to do with these "man-made" bricks?

Build a bridge to the 21st century?

[4] 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.
They are going to stop right here and build a city with a tower.

They are going to stop this migrating thing!

They are going to stop obeying God's plan for them to go forth and cultivate the earth, i.e. "till the ground".

They are going to make a name for "themselves", not God.

This was not a good idea!

[5] And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.
The "children of men" should read "sons of Adam".
(And you don't have to take my word for it.
You can always check the manuscripts for yourself.
Here's what you'll find:)
Gen. 11:5 And Jehovah came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of Adam had built. (The Interlinear Bible, Hebrew, J.P. Green )
Well, they certainly got our Father's attention.
Gen 11:6 And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.
You see, this "which they have imagined to do" constitutes "Babel", which means "confusion".

We learned earlier that "confusion" is the confusing of,
or perverting of, God's Word and His plan of salvation.

Man here is attempting to provide his own security and salvation
using his own blueprints and his own materials.

In the end he may sing "I Did It My Way",
but as he marches into the lake of fire he'll hear the refrain,
"That Was Bad Idea".

We also see in this whole affair the first attempt (in this earth age)
to unify mankind and bring about a New World Order.

And today we see the last attempt to unify man and bring about a New World Order.

Both attempts are made without our Father's inclusion.

Therefore both are Babel.

Therefore both will fail.

There is only one way to unify man and that is through the Lord Jesus Christ.

May He soon return.

So our Father is about to teach a lesson to those who would promote "confusion".

They are going to get a "taste of their own medicine", so to speak.

[7] Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech.
Hey, look!

They received the "gift of tongues", only in reverse.

Whereas in Acts chapter 2 when they spoke
everyone heard and understood in his or her own dialect.

But here at the wonderful Tower of Babel when they spoke NO ONE understood.

And so it is that the diverse languages of man can be traced back to the 7
or so basic languages imparted to man at the Tower of Babel.

[8] So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.
So much for the construction project.

Looks like they forgot to get a permit from the Authority.

This kind of reminds me of Jonah and the great fish
for the simple reason that God will accomplish His purpose and His plan
with or without the cooperation of man.

The sons of Noah were to spread out from "the face of the earth"
and they could have done it the easy way and trusted in the LORD.

But NO!

You can also imagine that since verse 7 says "let us" go down,
meaning God and the angels (the Host),
that it wasn't too difficult to scatter them, i.e.
"scare them away".

The supernatural have a way about them.

[9] Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.
And so there is nothing new under the sun.

Man today continues to build "towers that reach unto heaven"
to provide him with security and guarantee his salvation.

Since the year 1830 the most popular "tower" is the Rapture Theory,
whereby you can reach heaven and escape the Flood of the false-christ, Satan, in the end times.

And with this new modern "tower" you don't have to walk up steps or a ramp either, you can just fly up, up, and away.

But I've got bad news!

If anyone's security is in the Rapture Theory,
they're in big trouble.

In fact their "language" is already confounded.

We as Christians must learn to "stand fast"
with the gospel armor on and in place (Eph. 6)
and trust in Him who has all power in heaven and in earth,
and whom no "tower" of man can rise above.

The choice remains ours.

It is really simple.

In fact it is binary.

We can choose to either follow God's way or man's way.

The one brings rewards and blessings and eternal life while the other brings death.

Man's "towers" to heaven may sound really wonderful, but they are never a good idea.

And so it was, as the sons of Noah and their descendants
moved against the gentiles,
that the nations were divided in the earth.

Proverbs 16:25
There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
May our Father bless each and every one of you.

Let's review what we learned from the first 11 chapters of the Bible.

The Bible does not say that the earth is only 6,000 years old?

The Bible says God created both the heaven and the earth in the begining

He created the earth perfect, as He always does, and He created it to be inhabited.
God did not create the earth as a desolation, a wasteland.

The beautiful earth that our Father made to be inhabited He destroyed between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2.

In the "world that then was" the entire earth was as a tropical garden.

Peter declares that there are three heaven and earth ages:
1) The world that then was, which perished,
2) the heaven and earth which is now, and
3) the new heaven and new earth age to come.

God completely distroyed the first earth because of the rebellion of one whose name is Satan, who we learn in Revelation 12 drew one third of the sons of God away from Him and into his own camp.

Because of this Satan has been judged to die the second death, i.e. to perish in the lake of fire.

In the end Satan will cease to exist, which is what happens when something or someone perishes.

But judgment for the rest of God's children has been postponed until after the millennium, at the great white throne judgment, until God's plan of salvation, of restoring His sons (whosoever will) to Him, is complete.

Genesis 1:3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
This light was not the "sun", for it will not be present until the fourth day of creation.

Here's your light: John 8:12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

God's days are not the same as man's. 2 Peter 3:8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

Are the days of creation in Genesis God's, or are they man's?  Well, who is present and who isn't? The answer is obvious.

All prophecies in the Bible that pertain to the "children of light" are given in solar terminology, i.e. days, years, etc., and that all prophecies that have to do with Satan and the "children of darkness" are given in lunar terminology, i.e. months or moons?

When you die we return from "whence we cometh".

Eccles. 12:6-7 Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern. [7] Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.

Knowing what we've just learned, could you now explain how it is that God named the prophet Jeremiah before he entered his mother's womb? Of course, he was with Him. God knew him. He says so.

Jeremiah 1:5 Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.

On the sixth day God created mankind, the different races, the ethnos. And He created them male and female! Was this before "'eth ha Adam" and his wife Eve were formed? Yes it was! This was the sixth day. The man we call Adam was formed on the eighth day and we haven't gotten there yet.

God gave the sixth day man dominion over the fish of the sea, the fowl of the air,  and the entire wild kingdom. And so they became hunters and fishers. However, conspicuously absent from this account is any mention of farming and/or tilling the ground.

Mankind went forth to replenish the earth during the seventh day, the millennium of rest.

Then on the day, the one following the seventh day, which would be the eighth day, we meet the great, great, great..... grandparents of Jesus Christ.

And so on the eighth day, following God's day of rest (Sabbath), God says that He has "no man to till the ground". It is significant that eight, in Biblical numerics, means "new beginnings", because God forms a new man for a very, very special purpose. (and this is crucial to our understanding), the word "man" used here is " 'eth-ha adham", with the article and particle, and means "this same man Adam".  It means a specific man, not mankind in general.

God has just formed (not created as in chapter one) a special man to "till the ground" and has placed him in the garden of Eden to dress it and keep it. Why this special creation? Because it would be through this man, 'eth ha Adam, and his soon to be formed wife, Eve, that the Messiah, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, would be born.

We find that in chapter 1 verse 24, God brought forth the beasts of the "earth", erets in Hebrew, meaning the "earth at large" or "wilderness", i.e. the wild animals. But here in chapter 2 verse 19 he formed every beast of the "field", sadeh in Hebrew, meaning "country" or "field", i.e. field animals or farm animals.

Genesis 3:1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? We learn who this serpent is who was more subtle, meaning wise, than any other living, created being, human or otherwise, in the garden? ... a literal "snake" standing upright like we see in the Bible story books? That "old serpent" in the garden was Satan himself, not disguised as a snake, but the creep is a "snake", in the figurative sense, of course! OK, it is now time to "grow-up" and mature in the Word of God. Satan was beautiful and charismatic and charming, truly a glorious "angel of light" (2 Cor. 11:14).

We learned there was a seduction that took place in the garden, the truth of which has been hidden for a long time to those who don't know their trees, to those who have allowed the deceptive stories of the traditions of men to blind their eyes, that in seeing they don't see and in hearing they don't hear.  Satan beguiled Eve, which is to say, he totally, wholly seduced her. You will also find later on, in verse 15, that God will put enmity between Satan's seed and Eve's seed, meaning their offspring, i.e. Satan's children and Eve's children. The wicked seed was sowed in the fig grove, in the garden of Eden, at the seduction of mother Eve.

God's plan provided that it would be through this woman, EVE (and her offspring), that the only Way to life, the Messiah and Savior, Jesus Christ, should be born. This is the primary reason that Satan wanted to destroy the woman, to destroy the plan of God, to prevent the Messiah from being born, and instead, have his own born. That's why he was there, in the garden.

Cain and Abel were both Eve's sons, but they both were not Adam's, only Abel was.

We learned Cain's wife was from the sixth day creation.

The Bible devotes nearly two full chapters, in this Book of the Beginning, to the specific genealogies of both Cain and Adam. This, you would think, should be enough to make the point that they are two totally different genealogies, those of the "tares", the children of Satan, (The sons of Cain made it through the flood!) and those of the "wheat", the children of God (Mat 13, Parable of the Tares).

If you do not understand what happened in chapter six of Genesis, that caused our Father to bring about the Flood of Noah, you will not understand what is about to take place in our generation in the very near future.

Satan sent his angels, the ones spoken of in Jude, the same ones who will be cast out with him when he comes as the false messiah (Rev 12:7-9), to infiltrate the daughters of Adam and corrupt the "seed" once again by seducing them, i.e. taking them to wife.

Oh, the angels, the sons of God, were marrying (seducing) women, the daughters of Adam! Jesus Christ said it is going to happen again! It is also documented in Revelation 12:9.

Noah was PERFECT in his family history, his generations, his family tree, his pedigree. He, his wife and their three sons and their wives were the only eight people left from the eighth day creation who had not been seduced by angels who left their first estate, coming to earth not through the womb, not being born of water.

Noah was preaching against getting involved with the sons of God, the fallen angels!

Noah's Flood was not universal!  The Flood of Noah was not universal, i.e. worldwide? Go back and re-read the entire account translating "earth", i.e. eretz, as land or country. The whole eretz {land not earth} If you look up any word in a Strong's concordance, you really need to look up the word eretz, which the translators usually render "land" throughout the Bible, except in chapters 1-11 in Genesis where they sometimes use "earth

One thing is for sure, all the races, including the sons of Cain (kenites) survived the Flood of Noah, whether they were aboard the ark or in other countries unaffected by the deluge we don't know, but they did survive. Sons of Cain (Kenites) alive and well after Noah's flood and found affixing themselves to the tribes of Israel in 1 Chron. 2:55.

God did not create every plant on earth to be eaten, such as poison ivy, etc. anymore than He created all animal life to be eaten! There are two "qualifiers" for the flesh that shall be eaten.

Some preachers teach gloom and doom and worldwide devastation and destruction from the Book of Revelation. Don't they know that the warfare of the end time is spiritual and requires the gospel armor, not armored tanks?

There were already Gentiles, races other than Noah's, in their lands, i.e. gentile nations from the sixth day creation (Gen. 1:26). Look up the word "gentiles" in Strong's concordance. Noah's offspring would come in contact with the gentiles as they (Noah's offspring) spread forth, and it would be by these that the nations would be divided in their lands.

Man, because he knows not the Word of God, makes up confusing stories, or shall we say stories that confuse the people, like "apples" and "snakes" and "races from incest" and "rapture theories", and on and on and on.

We learned who were the "they" who were migrating from the east?

To study the 1st. 11 chapters of Genesis word for word: (live link to) All 11 chapters in one complete study

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