Updated: Jan 3
Now the whole earth used the same language and the same words. It came about as they journeyed east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there. They said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks and burn them thoroughly.” And they used brick for stone, and they used tar for mortar. They said, “Come, let us build for ourselves a city, and a tower whose top will reach into heaven, and let us make for ourselves a name, otherwise we will be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.” The Lord came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built. The Lord said, “Behold, they are one people, and they all have the same language. And this is what they began to do, and now nothing which they purpose to do will be impossible for them. Genesis 11:1-6 (NASB)
After the ark came to rest on Mount Ararat, Noah and his family exited the ark and sacrificed to God (Gen. 8:20-21). God covenanted with Noah and his sons and told them (as well as the animals aboard the ark) to multiply, be fruitful, and fill the earth (Gen. 9:1). So the animals departed from the ark and went and filled the earth, yet man remained. Instead of filling the earth, mankind (Noah’s descendants) traveled east and congregated on the plains of Shinar, which is modern-day northern Iraq/Syria. Instead of continuing on and filling the earth as instructed, they settled.
In hindsight, we see their rebellion against the Noahic Covenant as an act of defiance. However, it is very likely that at that time, their human reasoning, albeit flawed, led them to believe they were acting out of their own self-preservation. We should remember that the world they left going into the ark, would have looked very different from the one upon exiting the ark. Prior to the flood, the world was one giant landmass. The world was largely flat and with very temperate climates year-round. It was during the flood event itself that the great oceans were formed, as well as the breaking up of the continents and the formation of the world’s great mountain ranges. Perhaps they thought they were doing the right thing by settling in Shinar. Again, biblical hindsight proves that our ways are not God’s ways.
Over time they grew comfortable in Shinar and planted roots and their numbers swelled. Here is where I believe their rebellion begins because even after their population began to grow exponentially, they refused to move on. Instead, they began creating small city-states. Then, about a century after the flood in the days of Peleg, mankind began to place their faith in a man named Nimrod to lead them.
The Bible develops a very prominent and notorious character named Nimrod. He was the sixth son born of Cush. His name in Hebrew means to rebel. He was the founder of Babylon and Assyria. He is mentioned in I Chronicles 1: 10, Micah 5: 6 and in Genesis 10: 8-9. The Hebrew text states that he was a mighty hunter before the Lord. This is indicative of his antagonism and opposition to God. He was wicked and made the whole world rebel through the building of the Tower of Babel. He was the first to establish kingdoms. This happened in two stages. The first is in Shinar, which included Babel, Erech, Accad and Calneh. The second kingdom is Assyria called the land of Nimrod in Micah 5: 6. After the language was separated and confused by God it drove him to Assyria from Babylon. The two have been intertwined since then… (Theology in Perspective)
Scripturally speaking, we know that they wanted to build a tower that “reached into heaven.” What that means, we are not exactly sure. Most of what is shared on the subject today is more conjecture than fact. However, knowing human nature, and the tendency for the “good idea fairy” to pop out of nowhere, it is likely that some genius came up with the practical idea to create a huge tower (presumably a ziggurat of some kind) so they had a means of escape, apart from God, should another flood happen again. This tells me first and foremost that men forgot God’s promise to them. Secondly, it reinforces our basest desire (in the flesh) to live apart from God and find salvation through our own efforts (see Cain’s offering).
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. Genesis 11:7-8
Now, God is not afraid of, nor feels intimidated by tall buildings. Neither was He afraid of humanity uniting. However, what He saw in his omniscience, looking down through epochs of time, apparently did not bode well for the future of humanity should they continue as one. Therefore, as punishment for not filling their earth, God separated mankind dimensionally. What I mean to say, is that there were three degrees of separation He imposes upon mankind at Babel: linguistically (confused their languages), genetically (how He scattered them), and geographically (where He scattered them to). Thus, Nimrod’s demonically charged power grab was thwarted, however, not before the damage was done. Satan didn’t risk a fist-fight with God to lose the battle over men’s souls without having an underlying agenda.
It seems as it were that his mother/wife joined in on the action to make sure that even in her son’s death, his legacy would endure. She created the world’s first occult system, which spread to every culture and continent on the planet after the forced segregation.
…From various ancient sources, it seems that Nimrod’s wife/mother; Semiramis was high priestess of the Babel religion and the founder of all mystery religions as well as goddess. After the tower was destroyed and the multiplicity of languages developed, she was worshiped as a goddess under many different names. She became Ishtar of Syria, Astarte of Phoenicia, Isis of Egypt, Aphrodite of Greece, and Venus of Rome—in each case the deity of sexual love and fertility. Her son Tammuz also came to be deified under various names and was the consort of Ishtar and god of the underworld. (Theology in Perspective)
So was God separating mankind at Babel a good or bad thing? Since mankind was separated, man has branched off into some truly wicked cultures. Some cultures are so bizarre, violent, and malevolent that it is hard to even categorize some of them as human. Still, being both omnipresent and omniscient, God foreknew all the troubles the world would have even after moving forward with His decision to segregate humanity. Apparently, as bad as human history has been, had God not separated us, things would have been much worse.
Be that as it may, God’s separation preserved mankind by adding friction to Satan’s plan for global domination. God’s separation created a “roadblock” of divine proportions on Satan’s highway to hell. Had there been only one system, and had one man gained control of said system, he could have quickly destroyed whatever chances mankind had to survive. Had God not intervened at Babel, it is likely, Nimrod would have created the first, truly global anti-God empire solely dedicated to rebelling against their Creator. But since God separated mankind at Babel, now, all of these different cultures and subcultures would now start competing against each other for relevance and prominence. In effect, God created a global system of checks and balances.
Fast forward 4,200 years.
2020 has turned out to be a real dumpster fire of a year. With the global “pandemic,” wildfires, racial tensions, lawlessness, hysteria-mongering, murder hornets, and the general overall nastiness by the leftists and communists, it got me thinking about something. Imagine how different the world would be today if God had never separated mankind at Babel? Admittedly, I have a difficult time wrapping my mind around the idea simply by what we see on the news each night. Still, what if the world all spoke the same language? What if the whole world generally looked the same? What if the world had the potential to unite in purpose many times over? Here are some initial theories.
First, it would have minimized the ethnic diversity considerably. There would be no distinct “races” per se, only variations within the Middle Eastern genome. Granted, there is still enough variation within human DNA to assume some of the more superficial differences such as skin tone, eye, and hair color, height and build, etc. would be noticeable. However, the human population at large would be considerably more “blended” than anything we see today.
Secondly, it would have minimized the varying religions and belief structures considerably. I imagine there would have been some form of super paganism before Christ came, something that would have traced its roots back to Babel. Although there would have been far fewer religions (i.e., conflicting pagan belief structures), I believe the one that would exist, would be as vast and complex as the Hindu faith with its thousands of gods and deities. However, after Christ came, the two major belief structures in the world would have been this super-paganism versus Christianity.
Thirdly, it would have minimized the variety of cultures, kingdoms, and nations as well. If nations all spoke the same language and shared the same (or similar) religious beliefs, it would have minimized the variety we see today. Therefore, it would have (theoretically) minimized the variety of cultures and subcultures, thus, reducing the total number of wars and conflicts committed over the millennia due to opposing religious or ideological worldviews. However, when the world would unite, it would unite against God. Imagine the Armageddon scenario happening on a more regular basis.
Now compare that with what we see today. Global racial tensions, violence, and lawlessness have worsened to the point of unbearableness. Now, doesn’t a unified world sound preferable to what we see playing out in real-time? The late John Lennon addressed this in his 1971 song, Imagine.
Imagine there’s no heaven It’s easy if you try No hell below us Above us only sky Imagine all the people Living for today… Aha-ah…
Imagine there’s no countries It isn’t hard to do Nothing to kill or die for And no religion, too Imagine all the people Living life in peace… You…
You may say I’m a dreamer But I’m not the only one I hope someday you’ll join us And the world will be as one
Imagine no possessions I wonder if you can No need for greed or hunger A brotherhood of man Imagine all the people Sharing all the world… You…
You may say I’m a dreamer But I’m not the only one I hope someday you’ll join us And the world will live as one
Inevitably, the only way to global unity in a fallen world is through totalitarian rule. Totalitarian rule cannot offer peace; it can offer only the threat of violence if the order is not maintained. Pax Romana thus was not really ‘Roman Peace’ as it was coined, but the “iron fist in the velvet glove” system of authoritarian rule. World peace apart from Christ is impossible. This is because human nature is deeply flawed, and despite whatever genetic and religious similarities we might share, even nations with largely homogenous populations still fight and kill each other with terrible consistency.
Now for the first time in history since Genesis 11 and the tower of Babel, globalization is within man’s (and Satan’s) reach. It is most significant that in the twenty-first century not only does a need for world government exist, but the technology for establishing such a government is now in our hands. Mark Hitchcock
From ancient times up until the 14th-century, the primary form of creating a “global” empire was solely through military conquest. The Persians, Greeks, Romans, Islamists, and Huns all attempted it. As they found out the hard way, conquering a land was usually the easy part. Holding it, on the other hand, was nearly impossible. It was during the crusades that this mindset of pure militarism was set to change. The Knights Templars began mixing banking, militarism, and religious duty altogether, and the results were rather impressive.
It’s sometimes said the Templars were the world’s first bankers. There was a system of banking of deposits — King John of England deposited the crown jewels with the Templars in London when he was in trouble before the Magna Carta. But that doesn’t do them justice. They weren’t the first world’s bankers. They were providing the world’s first financial-services company. (Source)
From the 14th-century going forward, the global banking system started to come into its own, and a valuable lesson was learned. He who controls the money of a nation controls the nation. From here was see a series of European superpowers rise and fall in short order: Portuguese, Spanish, Dutch, and English. All of these quickly began establishing international trade routes, colonies, and developing a market-based conquest through international trade, backed by military power.
This worked for a few centuries and allowed for vast amounts of wealth to be accumulated in these European countries. Under the rise and fall of the European superpowers, the great banking families of Europe began solidifying their hold over their respective nations by financing all manner of social-engineering projects. They financed wars (both sides), currency collapses, political uprisings, and revolutions; whatever they had to do to maintain control of the money systems.
However, since 1900, there has been a shift in the geopolitical winds. The first shift was the revival of the dead language of Hebrew among the Jews who were stirring under a revived sense of Zionism. The second, presumably in response to the first, was the anti-Semitic shift in the zeitgeist; a spiritual one that the prince of the power of the air began using to counter Zionism. He (Satan) began moving human leaders about like pieces on a chessboard, and in particular, one Adolph Hitler. However, Satan’s tactics were multifaceted. The rabid antisemitism was not the end state, but a means to an end. It was no longer about individual nations rising up, but an intense effort on reversing Babel. It was here that these dark, demonic forces began using Germany (later Italy and Japan) as the pièce de résistance by which they would create the crisis to drive men to unite as one. This was a classic case of the Hegelian Dialectic (Thesis-Antithesis-Synthesis) by which Satan would use crisis to achieve his geopolitical goals.
This is why from the conclusion of World War I to our present day, the world leaders (e.g., global and transnational governments, corporations, financial centers, etc.) have been intensely focused on uniting mankind together under a variety of common causes. They first created the League of Nations to prevent another war from happening. Obviously, this failed due to the onset of World War II. However, after WWII, the atrocities of the Nazi Regime so shocked Western Civilization that it compelled them to unite under a variety of different global and regional organizations, chief of which, was the United Nations. Since then, we have seen a rapid explosion in every facet of global development.
Globalism is generally defined as the architectural merging of national governing bodies, into an international one. These generally come about on the heels of some major crisis (war, terrorism, poverty, global warming, pandemics, etc.) Globalization, on the other hand, comes more gradually through corporate acquisitions in the global markets, through banking operations opening market ventures into international trade, financial development (banks too big to fail), and so forth.
Granted, most of these organizations truly believe that by working together, they can overcome most, if not all, the problems that have plagued mankind for millennia. Their intentions, much like the practical intention of building a flood-proof tower, are misguided. They are continually seeking to break down the barriers of national sovereignty and independence from the countries they are currently based in because they are hindrances to their own authority. Despite the fact, that these hindrances were put in place for a reason.
And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; Acts 17:26-27
Nevertheless, any system that promises peace and security, apart from Christ, is at its core, anti-Christ (1 John 4:3) no matter how well-intentioned. In fact, Satan’s goal since Nimrod has been to unify the world into a singular system…so long as he controls it. If we actually had to live out what Lennon wrote, I imagine, we would have seen one tyrannical kingdom after another come to power. Imagine an imperial Rome at its worst, existing on a global scale, and lasting for thousands of years.
And make no mistake, the world is absolutely heading toward this one-world ‘pre-Babel’ system again (Revelation 6:1-2; 13, 17, 18). We’ve seen how globalists use crisis after crisis to solidify their power from the many to the few. Point of fact, every time there is a financial crisis, the smaller banks always get bought out by the bigger banks. The Bible foretells a time when, after a great crisis, the world rushes into the arms of ten-kingdom, new world order (Luke 21:10-11; 1 Thess. 5:1-9). I believe that great crisis to be the Pre-Tribulation Rapture of the Church.
After this, the ten-kingdoms will form, but just as quickly succumb to the authority of just one man, who heralds himself as a savior on a white horse (Dan. 7:24; 2 Thess. 2:1-8; Rev. 6:1-2, 17:12). He will have his own religious authority that garners and directs all the world’s worship to this new messiah figure. He too, like Nimrod, will be a mighty hunter of men. He will also, like Adolph Hitler, divert all of his attention and wrath toward the Jewish people, whom he deceived into receiving him at first as their messiah. What will be unique about this final ruler, is that he will take the existing technological, financial, cultural, military, religious, and privileges, and fuse them together into a ‘mark’ of loyalty that will allow one to become a citizen of this new world.
He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666. Revelation 13:16-18
Thus, the only way this final ruler will reverse the damage done at Babel is to capitalize on the existing technology to force the world to act as one. While we don’t yet know what the ‘mark’ will be exactly, I imagine it will be a combination of the following rolled up into one. It could be a quantum-based RFID chip or ‘electronic tattoo’ that is used both as a data bank for digital information (personal identification, medical and financial history), as well as our digital persona (what we present online), backed by both cloud technology and the wearer’s own DNA storage.
It will serve as the ultimate biometric system allowing for the wearer to be recognized both near and far, allow the wearer to interact freely with anything connected to the Internet of Things (IoT), as well as access to artificially intelligent systems (think Siri or Alexa), as well as holographic representation whenever they choose. It will be tremendously powerful, highly appealing, and a form of status symbol that provides “peace of mind and security,” in a world that is unraveling at the seams.
Like our present small day scenario regarding masks and vaccines, it will start out voluntarily, but will in short order, become mandatory. Anyone who refuses to get it, will increasingly find themselves shut out of society. Unable to buy or sell, travel, get medications, fuel, or even hold a job. Without it, you will slowly suffer the effects of starvation and societal neglect. With the mark, you live a privileged life (albeit a short one). To add insult to injury, all those who receive the mark will find out that these ‘marks’ cause “foul and loathsome” sores when the first bowl judgment is poured out. Worse still, those who take the mark, damn their souls to an eternity in the lake of fire.
Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.” Revelation 14:9-11