THE FAILURE OF MANKIND
Focus: Genesis 10: 1,2,6,21,22,32, 11:1-9
Gen 11:8 So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.
Gen 11:9 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].
The time line of these chapters is about 1800 years after creation or about 2200 years before the “virgin” birth of Jesus Christ. The history of the Tower of Babel is a pause in that history to show us how the world was scattered by the hand of God. God will always see that His “purpose” is fulfilled. The construction began on the Tower of Babel approximately 100 years after the flood. These people were again becoming immoral and spiritually ignorant and falling away from the truth of God. The flood had destroyed millions of people but it had not destroyed the sin nature of mankind that began from the fall of Adam.
Rom 3:10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
Rom 3:11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.
This sin nature can only be removed by the action of Jesus Christ:
Rom 6:6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
Rom 6:7 For he that is dead is freed from sin.
Rom 6:8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:
Rom 6:9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.
Rom 6:10 For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.
So what are “Generations”? A single succession in natural descent, as the children of the same parents; hence, an age.
“Generations” is the heading of every chief section of the book of Genesis. When we see the word “generations” we will normally see one age ending and another beginning.
In Genesis 2:4:
The phrase “these are the generations of the heavens and of the Earth” means this is THE HISTORY.
History is an account of facts, particularly of facts respecting to nations or states; a narration of events in the order in which they happened,with their causes and effects.
In Genesis 5:1:
The phrase”the book of the generations of” means this is a family register, or the HISTORY of Adam.
This is where we see his descendants are traced down to Noah.
In Genesis 10:1:
The phrase “the generations of the sons of Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth” means the HISTORY of the way the Earth was populated.
What is “Genealogy”? A series of children or descendants from the same stock.
“the generations of the sons of Noah,” Shem, Ham, and Japheth, IS, The oldest and most accurate existing ethnological record we have in this world and it’s HISTORY.
What is Geography? Measuring out to the nations “the bounds of their habitation.” History, in ancient times, being based on genealogies.
Every human being that has ever lived is a descendant of Adam but we can also see that every human being that has ever lived is from the blood of Noah.
God saw fit to give the Earth another chance through Noah and his family and at least one pair of each animal that roamed this Earth. Remember all other living creatures were destroyed by the flood because the world had turned away from God.
We see the very same thing going on now in this world, and after the Rapture of the Church, the stage is set for God to destroy this Earth again. The only thing lacking would be the promise God made to Israel and He will fulfill it during the 1000 years that will come after the 7 year tribulation period. The children of Israel will see the Church is gone and they will immediately see that they were wrong and turn to God.
Rom 11:25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.
Rom 11:26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:
Rom 11:27 For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.
If not for that God would destroy this world at that time. Remember what God told Abraham. If there are at least ten He would hold off His wrath.
Gen 18:32 And he said, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak yet but this once: Peradventure ten shall be found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for ten’s sake.
God does not change so His Word still holds true. God will not destroy this Earth until He has removed His Church,(the Bride) at the Rapture and every other Saint of God through the 1000 year period. God is long suffering but He will not wait forever for you to make up your mind. Time grows short with every tick of the clock.
Gen 10:1 Now these are the generations of the sons of Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth: and unto them were sons born after the flood.
Gen 10:2 The sons of Japheth; Gomer, and Magog, and Madai, and Javan, and Tubal, and Meshech, and Tiras.
Most all Bible critics agree at least in this one place of the Bible. It is known as the table of nations. It is an accurate historical document as well as the truth of the Word of God. As Bible believers we need to accept all, ALL, the Word of God as it is written, rightly divided.
The New Testament says:
Act 17:24 God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;
Act 17:25 Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;
Act 17:26 [And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation];
Act 17:27 That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:
Act 17:28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.
From the seven sons of Japheth come the “Gentile” nations. Gentile means “heathen” many times in the Bible but it simply means all others that are not Israelite. It can also mean a foreigner to the nation of Israel.
These people settled Central Asia, Persia(Iran,Iraq), Greece, Spain, Russia, The Old Thracian Empire and all of Europe. America was developed from this family of Japheth.
These will include the Indo-Europeans and the Asian Aryans.
Gen 10:6 And the sons of Ham; Cush, and Mizraim, and Phut, and Canaan.
The sons of Ham include the Babylonians, the southern Arabs, the Ethiopians, and the Egyptians.
The Name Cush means “Black”. He is the father of the Black people. We know also of Seba’s descendants or the Sabeans. The Bible says that during the Millennium the Sabeans will come to worship the Lord Jesus Christ during His Earthly reign.
Isa 45:11 Thus saith the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker, Ask me of things to come concerning my sons, and concerning the work of my hands command ye me.
Isa 45:12 I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded.
Isa 45:13 I have raised him up in righteousness, and I will direct all his ways: he shall build my city, and he shall let go my captives, not for price nor reward, saith the LORD of hosts.
Isa 45:14 Thus saith the LORD, The labour of Egypt, and merchandise of Ethiopia and [of the Sabeans, men of stature, shall come over unto thee, and they shall be thine]: they shall come after thee; in chains they shall come over, and they shall fall down unto thee, they shall make supplication unto thee, saying, Surely God is in thee; and there is none else, there is no God.
Isa 45:15 Verily thou art a God that hidest thyself, O God of Israel, the Saviour.
This most likely present day Yemen. But it is Nimrod that is singled out from all the other sons. The phrase “he was a mighty hunter” really means that he was the first “Tyrant” on this Earth.
Babel is Babylon, Erech (Urak) is south east of Babylon, Accad(Akkad) is just north of Babylon. It is also written that is was Nimrod that built Nineveh on the Tigris river along with Calah.
The prophet Micah called this land the land of Nimrod:
Mic 5:2 But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.
Mic 5:3 Therefore will he give them up, until the time that she which travaileth hath brought forth: then the remnant of his brethren shall return unto the children of Israel.
Mic 5:4 And he shall stand and feed in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God; and they shall abide: for now shall he be great unto the ends of the earth.
Mic 5:5 And this man shall be the peace, when the Assyrian shall come into our land: and when he shall tread in our palaces, then shall we raise against him seven shepherds, and eight principal men.
Mic 5:6 And they shall waste the land of Assyria with the sword, and [the land of Nimrod in the entrances thereof: thus shall he deliver us from the Assyrian, when he cometh into our land], and when he treadeth within our borders.
We may also note that the Philistine of the Bible are descendants of Ham through Casluhim and to not forget Canaan the father of the Canaanites. Maybe the most immoral of the people on this Earth.
These were settled on the land that God gave to Israel:
Exo 13:11 And it shall be when the LORD shall bring thee into the land of the Canaanites, as he sware unto thee and to thy fathers, and shall give it thee,
Exo 13:5 And it shall be when the LORD shall bring thee into the land of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, which he sware unto thy fathers to give thee, a land flowing with milk and honey, that thou shalt keep this service in this month.
Gen 10:21 Unto Shem also, the father of all the children of Eber, the brother of Japheth the elder, even to him were children born.
Gen 10:22 The children of Shem; Elam, and Asshur, and Arphaxad, and Lud, and Aram.
We find their locations to be Elam: Elam was an ancient civilization located in what is now southwest Iran.
We find Asshur: This is Assyria.
We find Arphaxad:
Gen 10:24 And Arphaxad begat Salah; and Salah begat Eber.
Gen 10:25 And unto Eber were born two sons: the name of one was Peleg; for in his days was the earth divided; and his brother’s name was Joktan.
Luk 3:36 Which was the son of Cainan, which was the son of Arphaxad, which was the son of Sem, which was the son of Noe, which was the son of Lamech,
It is from Arphaxad that the line to Jesus Christ will come.
What we see in Eber is that the word Hebrew comes from this name.
What we see in Peleg is during his lifetime the Earth was divided:
What we see is that God first scattered all the people after the flood. They refused at the Tower of Babel but God confused their tongues and they scattered as He had said.
Gen 11:8 So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.
It is after they were scattered that God divided the Earth:
Gen 10:32 These are the families of the sons of Noah, after their generations, in their nations: and by these were the nations divided in the earth after the flood.
The Earth went through some major changes after the flood but the continental divide happened in the days of Peleg. Peleg lived for 239 years plenty of time for the work of God. This division becomes clear with the confounding to the languages and the scattering of the people. The division is both ethnic and Geographic. The breaking up of the deep and the great water pressure of the flood, plus God’s handiwork at Babel brought about the continental divisions.
The name Peleg means: Earthquake!
Get you a map and cut the water out of the way and you will see the puzzle.
You know Noah lived for 350 years after the flood. From the flood to the death of Peleg was about 240 years. When we get to Heaven it will be good to talk to Noah because Noah saw it all!
Before we move on we can also see that a son of Aram was named Uz. This name means “fertile land”. We will be studying the Book of Job shortly and Job was from the land of Uz.
The Bible says:
Job 1:1 There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.
We may not know for sure but I would say that Job was a descendant of Shem through his son Aram and his son Uz. We do know that Job was a God fearing man. It was Shem who followed and obeyed God and who is in the line of Adam to Jesus Christ. We also know that that line went through Arphaxad and not Aram.
Gen 11:1 And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech.
Gen 11:2 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.
Gen 11:3 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.
Gen 11:4 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.
What do we know about language?
Those who dismiss the Genesis explanation of the origin of language do not necessarily have a better explanation for the origin of language. The Bible says the first man on earth could speak and understand language (Genesis 2:16, 20). Then, as we have seen, the Bible gives a reasonable explanation of how other languages came about.
Note that the Bible does not say that God created a whole pile of exotic languages from scratch at Babel. It says He confounded or confused the one language that everyone originally spoke. So the elements of grammar of that original language would still be there, and similarities in many words and expressions would be an obvious outcome.
Language appeared abruptly. This fact seems totally alien to the idea that humans evolved over millions of years from ape-like animals. There are no human-like languages among apes, and what evolutionists believe to be our closest ancestors are completely incapable of making speech like we do (for example, the hypoglossal nerve canals in chimp are only half as wide as in humans. These nerves supply the muscles of the tongue and hyoid bone).
What we know is that the majority of language experts agree that all languages are similar in many ways and all of them developed essentially the same way. The evolutionist cannot explain away this truth because there has never been any proof at all of language development in animals. They don’t have the internal organs that can make language happen.
It is the Bible that gives the history of language!
We first see that these people moved eastward from Ararat.
Mesopotamia is generally credited with being the first place where civilized societies truly began to take shape. Mesopotamia is the region of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in southwestern Asia. The region extends northwestward from the Persian Gulf through the center of modern Iraq. It includes the eastern part of Syria and a small part of southeastern Turkey, where the two rivers have their sources. The name Mesopotamia, Greek for “land between the rivers,” was given the region by Alexander the Great. It has been called the “cradle of civilization.”The Land of Shinar is a region in Mesopotamia, the plain between the Tigris and Euphrates.
In verse three we see the rebellion against the word of God:
The Name “Nimrod” means “rebellion”.
Gen 10:8 And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth.
Gen 10:9 He was a mighty hunter before the LORD: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the LORD.
Gen 10:10 And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.
What we see is even after the flood, when the memory of it should still be fresh, the sin nature of mankind rebelled against the Word of God. When these people reached this place to be known as Babylon they decided they had gone far enough.
God had said to Noah:
Gen 9:1 And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.
Gen 8:16 [Go forth] of the ark, thou, and thy wife, and thy sons, and thy sons’ wives with thee.
Gen 8:17 Bring forth with thee every living thing that is with thee, of all flesh, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth; that they may breed abundantly in the earth, and [be fruitful, and multiply upon the earth].
God did not say to stop and pick out a nice spot to build a city. This a group who decided to do things their way. Nimrod was an evil tyrant ruler and he found a way to control these people. Nimrod would try to do things his way.
The Bible says:
Pro 14:12 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
They chose brick and not stone. We know it is God that made all the stone. They said “LET US” decide our own future and IGNORE the Word of God. The people before the flood had “ignored” the word of God and died. We will see the MERCY of God as He chose to not destroy the human race again at this time. What we can see as this world goes forward that THE WORLD MORE AND MORE HAS DECIDED TO IGNORE THE WORD OF GOD.
When Nimrod commanded these to build this Tower of Evil, he needed a tremendous work force. We can see immediately these people were very intelligent but by speaking one language they became the target of false religion because of this evil Nimrod. Nimrod has been followed by many who would try to dominate this world, yet the world just sits back and allows it to happen.
Soon after Nimrod, came the Pharaohs. We know of Nebuchadnezzar and Cyrus, and Darius, and Alexander the Great and the Caesars and Napoleon, and Adolf Hitler. We see the many that would try if they had the capability now and all we here out of every one of our own presidents and other world leaders is the phrase “A NEW WORLD ORDER”. Yes there are those as we speak that would rule the world if they could. It will happen with the soon coming Antichrist. The world is ready for him. The biggest deterrent at the Tower of Babylon and in our day is the fact that we all still speak different languages and this one thing makes it hard to get everyone under one roof but the walls of language are falling everyday.
How can so called intelligent people become so foolish to follow such evil men? Look around at the leaders of our nations and listen to what they are saying. Really listen don’t just accept what you hear others say.
It has been a long goal of the United Council of Churches and Rome to bring every one under one roof. Satan used Cain and Nimrod to do his evilness. It’s not so hard to see that Satan is still active in the politics of this world.
The VOTE of every Christian is a precious tool if we would just use it to do the right thing!
Just as every false religion that exist today, Nimrod and his followers were using the wrong building material. Mankind builds with brick and slime on sinking sand. Nothing will ever last on such a shaky foundation.
Daniel prophesied of our day when he wrote:
Dan 2:40 And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise.
Dan 2:41 [And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters’ clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay.
Dan 2:42 And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken.
Dan 2:43 And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay.]
Dan 2:44 And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.
False religion will have it’s day:
Rev 14:8 And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.
Judgment will come to false leaders and false prophets:
2Pe 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and [bring upon themselves swift destruction].
2Pe 2:2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.
2Pe 2:3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.
God builds with the “TRUTH”:
Isa 28:16 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.
1Pe 2:6 Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.
1Co 3:11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
1Co 3:12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;
1Co 3:13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.
1Co 3:14 If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.
These that followed Nimrod had chosen a false path to Heaven. Every false religion has their own path to Heaven. The Muslim even go so far to teach innocent children that they can go to Heaven by strapping on a bomb and murdering others. There is only one way to Heaven period:
Joh 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: [no man cometh unto the Father, but by me].
Joh 14:7 If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.
1Jn 5:13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; [that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God].
Joh 8:31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
Joh 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and [the truth shall make you free].
THESE SIMPLE TRUTHS ARE IGNORED IN THIS WORLD.
THIS TIME OF GRACE IS RUNNING OUT!
THE MERCY OF GOD WILL TURN INTO THE WRATH OF GOD NO MATTER WHAT THOSE LIBERAL PREACHERS PREACH AND NO MATTER WHAT YOUR FALSE RELIGION TELLS YOU.
IT’S ALL ABOUT JESUS!
Israel also failed:
Rom 9:30 What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith.
Rom 9:31 But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness.
But Israel has an unfulfilled covenant of God but mankind would be foolish to try to go through what they will go through. It’s now, this age that is the day of “SALVATION”.
Gen 11:5 And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.
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.
Gen 11:7 Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.
Gen 11:8 So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.
Gen 11:9 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.
God’s answer to rebellion this time again was His Grace! God came down not because He didn’t know what was happening but God will always make the first move to bring us back to Him. You see it is God that reached down from Heaven and pulled me out of this mirery clay of sin and the filthy slime of this world of sin and SAVED MY SOUL. He will do the same for everyone that comes to Him with an open heart and calls on Him with their own mouth.
Rev 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
Jesus Christ stands at the door of your heart but you have to open it to let Him in.
When God came down to this evil tower what did He see?
Jer 7:23 But this thing commanded I them, saying, Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be my people: and walk ye in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well unto you.
Jer 7:24 [But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear, but walked in the counsels and in the imagination of their evil heart, and went backward, and not forward].
Sin likes company!
Just because others are doing things it does not make it right!
Exo 23:2 Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil; neither shalt thou speak in a cause to decline after many to wrest judgment:
Isa 30:1 Woe to the rebellious children, saith the LORD, that take counsel, [but not of me]; and that cover with a covering, [but not of my spirit], that they may add sin to sin:
Without causing any bodily harm to even one soul GOD BROUGHT JUDGMENT TO THE WORLD AGAIN!
We do not know if the families of Shem were following Nimrod at this time but we do know of Job who was probably a descendant of Shem because he lived in Uz a son to Aram.
These people would now separate and scatter throughout the world not because they would obey God but because they sought out others that they could understand and then distance themselves from those they could not understand.
God will have His WILL done regardless of what we think. If you are avoiding the will of God you are placing yourself in reach of the “Heavenly Hickory”. If you are avoiding the known will of God which is His Word, then you are in reach of His WRATH.
You see God can use destructive means as in the flood and God can use other means such as the confusion of language but what we truly see is that it is God that sits on the throne and He will have His way. This shows us that God is much more powerful and mighty than mere men in spite of what men think!
You see whatsoever that is born of God will over come this world:
1Jn 5:4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
THAT VICTORY IS OUR FAITH IN THE ALMIGHTY GOD. THE GOD OF THE BIBLE!
It’s best we remember who is in charge:
Ecc 12:1 Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them;
Ecc 12:2 While the sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars, be not darkened, nor the clouds return after the rain:
Ecc 12:3 In the day when the keepers of the house shall tremble, and the strong men shall bow themselves, and the grinders cease because they are few, and those that look out of the windows be darkened,
Ecc 12:4 And the doors shall be shut in the streets, when the sound of the grinding is low, and he shall rise up at the voice of the bird, and all the daughters of musick shall be brought low;
Ecc 12:5 Also when they shall be afraid of that which is high, and fears shall be in the way, and the almond tree shall flourish, and the grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail: because man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets:
Ecc 12:6 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.
Ecc 12:7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.