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September 29, 2021 12:00 am
The first Federation going all the way back to the beginning this first United Nations so to speak, was a society built to bring the human race together to exalt man deify creation and exclude God in its very first not long after the fly with the power of God was clearly seen, a great-grandson of no just to find God. So they attempted to do that deify creation, dethroning God, please probably know the story, not just a story about early humans building tall structure when properly understood, the Tower of Babel is the story of the kingdom of man attempting to usurp the kingdom of God throughout the Bible.
Babylon then becomes the center of human rebellion today on wisdom for the heart. Stephen Davey is in Revelation 17 is continuing through his series called Armageddon in the fall of Babylon. With this message entitled, a tale of two cities or two cities mentioned more times than any other cities in the Bible. Jerusalem is mentioned most at more than 800 times the first time it appears in Scripture it's Genesis 14 of the last time it shows up as in Revelation chapter 21 throughout Scripture.
Jerusalem is pictured as a special city special place in the plan and purpose of God. In fact, you could say that is the city God of the root word for the name of the city's silane could pronounce shalom makes up the latter part of the name Jerusha shalom were silane brother Woodley translated Jerusalem means foundation of peace. It would be correct to imply this city Jerusalem is the place of God's peace. It certainly the place where our peace with God was established wasn't Paul right to the Colossians, for it was the father's good pleasure for all the fullness of God to dwell in him, that is, Christ and through him to reconcile all things to himself, having made peace through the blood of his cross there just outside the city of Jerusalem.
Our Lord home across to establish for us peace with God. So for the believer. Jerusalem represents the foundation of our peace that the city of Jerusalem is experiencing anything but peace right you would never refer to it or even think of Jerusalem today is as a city of peace. Would you because the king is not ruling in that city, as he will one day according to Revelation chapter 19. In the meantime you have the growth and the development and the expansion of another city city named Babylon that appears more than 300 times in Scripture that Babylon is mentioned in the Bible more than any other city except Jerusalem first appears in Genesis chapter 10 then throughout Scripture, it appears over and over again before it. In Revelation 19 is destroyed. Just as there is a CD which represents the plan and purposes of God.
There is a city that represents the plan and purposes of man, just as there is a city which is the capital of God's coming kingdom. There is a CD that represents the kingdom of this world Babel in order to understand the significance of Babylon's rise and fall in the last book of the Bible. We need to go back to its origin in the first book of the Bible that forgot to do today were to spend most of our time doing just that. Take your Bibles and turn to Genesis some of you have never heard me say that Genesis chapter 9 verse one, the founder of Babylon, was a man by the name of Nimrod. He was a mighty hunter. We know he was actually a hunter of men, not of animals but of men is made, a coalition of those who defy God, this man would define the command of God to know and his family following the flood you see in verse one of chapter 9 where God is speaking, he blesses Noah and his sons and says to them, be fruitful and multiply, and then fill the earth that is scattered go out in field subjugate the ruling under my direction. Enjoy everything I've created and left here for for you. By the way, in the same context. Noah is given a promise of God concerning what we talked about our last session, the forces of nature that would literally rewrite so to speak.
The topography of the earth at the flood, and then later at the bowls of wrath as the topography is, I believe, returned to pre-flood conditions, but he promises no universe that we must not overlook, especially in our generation that water would never flood the entire earth again, but he also promised the systems of whether, and the resources of the planet would sustain life in general and effectively go up just one verse in chapter 8 verse 22 God promises this while the earth remains seed time and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night shall not, what shall not cease.
In other words, for the remainder of Earth's duration until God judges in Christ creates a new heaven and new earth. Revelation chapter 21 earth has been given the promise as it were, that it will experience normal seasons of seed time and harvest, which is going to need rain the patterns whether winter and summer, and a 24-hour cycle of night and day, which means the sun and survival. You can consider the sort of an addendum to our former discussion. Revelation 16 as we cover the subject of global warming locally. I think every parent, by the way here was a child in school, especially in public. We want to show them verse 22 of Genesis chapter 8 God has delivered a promise when I do not panic God is in control of the resources of earth and in this promise to know God promises an ongoing basic balance of natural resources and weather patterns and even the cycles of seasons and we here in North Carolina get to enjoy all for right those of you moving here from the north discover more than two. You can go back to this verse and say well it's is really to hear. You know what I mean those of you moved here understand and enjoy these four seasons and the long season of allergy. Allergy season. Well, along comes the great-grandson of Noah, the world's first tyrant. The first man so to speak, to collectively with an empire shake their fist at God, he's going to build this one world Federation of nations, so to speak, but it's more than just political muscle. It was deeply deeply religious.
He would be the founder along with his wife Semiramis specially involved. She was in creating a blasphemous idolatrous one world religion that all of Nimrod's political defiance will be expressed in the building of this CD called Babylon and all of his religious defiance will be expressed in the building of a tower we know is a tower of what the Tower of Babel Tower of Babel turned over to Genesis 11 and look at that statement, defiance, led by Nimrod verse four the Bible reads records.
They said, let us build for ourselves a city and a tower whose top will reach in the heaven and let us make for ourselves a name. Otherwise, we will be scattered abroad.
The face of the whole earth was less defined God's command to multiply over the face of the earth and instead let's stay together let's let's build an empire and let's together defy God now political unity isn't really going to be able pull at all for very long political unity is fickle is Republicans can cross the aisle in our own culture become Democrats. Democrats can cross the aisle become Republicans.
Republicans or Democrats can become independence. Sometimes a book together. Oftentimes they they do and sometimes they vote differently. Not many people that I know effective never met anybody that would be willing to risk their life to be Republican or Democrat. There are no suicide bombers trying to rid the world of Republican lease not yet. But religion now is far different religion is far more powerful unifier when people unify around a religious cause they are willing to give their lives to that cause and for that bond of unity with others who believe as they do and and when a political cause is married to a religious cause you've got the makings of a nation, you have the makings of a union that's extremely strong. People will be willing to die for that. That is observed in history, especially with Hitler and the Nazi Germany system. The baptized Nazi-ism in the church is Germany.
What happens here with Nimrod is he's able to do that. He marries a political system with a religious system and creates deep unity. In fact, Nimrod will be later deified.
He will be considered a God in his back. He will become Babylon's chief God Marmaduke. It's interesting in my research of this week carotid to sleep.
Historian traveled through Babylon and saw one statue of Marmaduke weighing 22 times and made of solid gold that I read that I tried my best to figure that out. I could so I finally called. You are our director of finance and the security to give me me what this would what this would be worth on the street today with gold prices in our culture in this dating he finally fired back after just a little bit of figuring he said this one statue would be worth more than $600 million.
That's commitment that seal that sacrifice now in the Hebrew text chapter 11 verse four Genesis you read these interesting words let's make let's build a tower whose top will reach into heaven, and my translation will reach those words are italicized, which means there added by the translators to make sense of this particular Hebrew preposition. I think it actually clouds itself.
They were trying to build a tower tall enough to reach heaven.
They knew you could do that know what this is saying is they were building a tower that would represent heaven. You can Woodley translate the preposition. Let us build a tower whose top is with heaven. It's an alliance with heaven the heavens God of heaven, but the universe. In other words, they were building a tower dedicated to the worship of the universe. The first system of worship is worshiping the creation and not the creator. More and more in her own culture. Thanks to best-selling books like the secret which we talked about in media personalities who promoted like Oprah Winfrey and others you have in our generation.
A growing population of people who are committed to this proposition that the universe exists as a being of power that can give to them whatever they desire in life.
So the universe has become effectively a God sun, moon and stars are little gods, they somehow give alive and they certainly determine the course of life and destiny, and millions of people today without knowing of the origin of it all. Our art dedicated Babylonian believe their sign in the movements of the stars have something to do with their purpose and destiny on earth don't.
This was the first worship system of Babel and affect the Tower of Babel originated zodiac eternity book on astrology written by believer or unbeliever that traces its history.
And it will return you to the original source which are the Chaldeans. Another name for the citizens of Babel. They divided the heavens and the sections gave meanings to each section based on the stars and constellations, they observed a person's destiny in life was said to be determined by whatever section or sign. He was born under one at the top of this tower. This is the garage and there would be many that would be built over generations. Some of been discovered and excavated. It's interesting at the very top. The top room would be there holy place where they would worship and in that upper room. The signs of the zodiac. They discovered were emblazoned on the ornate ceilings and the walls at the top of the tower, which represented for them. Their holiest place where they carried out their sacrifices of religious worship from Babylon astrology and the systems passed over to the Egyptians were animism and polytheism were added. The pyramids were even constructed with certain mathematical relationships to the stars. These elaborate tombs of the pharaohs were designed to fit into their worship of the sun God and the moon God in the start to the first Federation going all the way back to the beginning this first United Nations so to speak, was a society built to bring the human race together to exalt the man deified creation and exclude God in its very first attempt. Not long after the fly where the power of God was to clearly see a great-grandson of no justifying God so they attempted to do that deified creation, dethroning God, or at least they would try Nimrod becomes a prototype of antichrist who claims himself to be God deified himself. Also in statues. These guys are all in the statute, they will place for him a statue of the holy place of Jerusalem's Temple as he declares that he is the living God. What offer, by the way, said that the gods of Egypt and Rome and Greece and every other world Empire are essentially the gods that grew out of the religious system of the Babylonian empire just renamed and a little bit different packaging.
There is more to the political and religious mystery of Babel in Genesis chapter 11. Unbelieving humanity is now prepared for anti-God legend in the deifying of mankind and they fall hook line and sinker over the generations into the mystery religions of Babylon that are developing a Chapter 11 stage of time. John Wahlberg provides this interesting summary and I quote Nimrod had a wife. Her name was Semiramis. She created secret religious rights of the Babel would become the Babylonian mysteries, according to extra-biblical record.
These legends grew that Semiramis had a son conceived miraculously by a sunbeam. He was the promised deliverer of earth, and his name was Cameron that Tammuz was in effect a false fulfillment of the promise made Eve from or through the seed of woman women do not have see semen you read in the Bible of the seed of man, but in this promise in Genesis 315 is referring to the seed of a woman implying that proto-evangelion that first gospel that there would be a virgin born son from a woman. Well, Satan early in human history knew exactly what that meant and so in the very first religious and political rebellion.
He sows the seeds of allies by wrapping them around kernels of still doing it today. According to the Babylonian legends then originating with Semiramis taboos was further developed was killed and killed by wild boar after 40 days of his mother's weeping. He was raised from the dead by the way, Satan obviously understood the implication of God's promise to Eve, the Savior would be virgin born in the obviously listen the profits over the course of human history developing even more.
These these religions so they counterfeit the truth of God, even truth yet to be seen, is already counterfeited by Satan giving the world the impression that the world's counterfeits came first, and that Christianity is gospel striking that the first perverted religious system would center around both deifying the universe along with the idea that God beings would exist in one particular God man would be born of a virgin, so mother Semiramis and her God conceives son Tim is become the first version.
The original version of religion wrapped around the queen of heaven and her equally divine son that are names are changed in different places, but if you study the history of religions in our world.
The basic story remains the same in Phoenicia. Her name is Askar Italian and the virgin born son of hers named Dale some familiar while the Israelites had trouble with bail good night. In fact, they would believe the Col. of the promise of God through the eve of a virgin born son, but they would be led into the counterfeit version following after the sins of this particular religion in Egypt. She would be called Isis or is this and her son would be named no serious in Greece. She was Aphrodite and her son was Eros in the Syria. The son's name remain. Tammuz but the mother's name was changed to Ishtar in the religion spread both mother and son were considered equally divine in Babylon, and it spread throughout the world and the liturgy of worship was fine.
The mother was soon referred to and appears in Scripture and the prophets many times as the queen of heaven for 40 days of weeping become memorialized in the 40 days of Lent, followed by the celebration of his resurrection. The celebration of the star. The mother the Queen of heaven and eggs symbolizing new life are exchanged as presence. Of course the word Easter is a transliteration of the word Ishtar in these and other rituals. The Babylonian religion then counterfeits the promise of God that a virgin born son would come as a deliverer die and rise. Now while I'm on that answer questions arrays which were negative get into it will merely say this, but there isn't anything wrong with celebrating Easter as long as you're celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ right that would be a key point in your celebration but he didn't rise from the dead because of his mother's tears and she is going with him.
He died and rose again because of the plan of God for the redemption of mankind, who would believe in his sacrifice. Now go even further and saying this on a limb, but I don't think there's anything inherently wrong.
Easter eggs is all you know revere them as the givers of life is nothing wrong with eating candy eggs as long as their chocolate. Otherwise, you're wasting your calories and I can be right is even Ishtar is the name of the pagan God was sorry the Nike golf shoes you wear are named after a pagan goddess. She is not help your golf game one bit hazy, Nike is simply the name of the goddess which means victory this and so long as your faith is bound up in the and in the Savior. Not focused on the symbol that I love Martin Luther use them as an example, the he took the paganism surrounding Christmas and a lot of the icons that are developed by then.
One of which was the Christmas tree. The Evergreen anyhow from the lambs globe candles. He took the icon I said I will get it in my celebration redemptive meaning did that signify Jesus Christ the light of the world. We can do that as believers thousand times over.
By the way money at this. None of the pagan counterfeits of mother and son is the virgin born dying for the sins of the world and providing forgiveness percent. The pagan systems of our world merely have another God is capricious in his actions frowned and cares little of human, they merely create an anti-creator message and allow man ultimately to pursue his sin and be justified, and in fact it would be the development of Semiramis, the wife of Nimrod, who began the practice of religious prostitution marrying sexual sin with religious practice that they called sin now sanctified and they even founded an order of versions of virgins married to their God, who were anything but chaste. In fact, these virgins only and name served as temple prostitutes. For those who came to the temple to worship so-called as you read the history of Israel. You find them time and time again buying into the religion of Babel. The cult practices of astrology religious prostitution why because it was a religion that the took some of the kernels of truth, but then allowed them the sin and that is always an attractive religion effect Ezekiel will record God's words of judgment against Israel as they are easy because as an eight Jeffrey verse 14 weeping for Tammuz. Their longing for that God. Jeremiah condemns the people for burning sacrifices to and I could you're my 40 or 72 the queen of heaven and pouring out their sacrifices to her.
You recall the Israelites infatuation with bail just another version of a virgin born God man and you remember first Kings 18 were allied to call all contest and will see the real you.
Now God comes to judge. In Genesis 11 at the Tower of Babel.
He comes to judge this federation is one world religion so to speak, and he confuses their language, which effectively forces them to fulfill his mandate and scatter the gather by language group around the far corners of your Hebrew meaning of the word Babel was confusion.
Confusion Samarian language translates Babylon gate of God. By the time the people had scattered inexperience.
This taste of religion. The religion of Babylon. The worship of creation, the synthesizing of sin and sacrifice and its way into their rebellious parts and they from that day until this day are still looking for a way to God.
God of their children, friends, we need to stop right this message is too long to fit into one broadcast we come back next time will do just a little bit of review and then bringing the conclusion to this message.
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