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Friday, March 6, 2015

Nimrod and the Tower of Babel



Nimrod And The Tower

There appears to be an increase in the number of people ascribing the office of the antichrist to the post-flood figure, Nimrod.  Several modern exegetes also claim the religious idolatry mixed with false Christ anti-god worship of end-times mystery, Babylon is originated in the city of Babylon instituted and ruled by Nimrod.

The historian, Josephus, gave this description:

Now it was Nimrod who excited them to such an affront and contempt of God. He was the grandson of Ham, the son of Noah-a bold man, and of great strength of hand. He persuaded them not to ascribe it to God, as if it were through his means they were happy, but to believe that it was their own courage which procured that happiness. He also gradually changed the government into tyranny-seeing no other way of turning men from the fear of God, but to bring them into a constant dependence upon his own power.

He also said he would be revenged on God, if he should have a mind to drown the world again; for that he would build a tower too high for the waters to be able to reach and that he would avenge himself on God for destroying their forefathers!

Gilgamesh, also considered to be another name for Nimrod has another confirmation of Nimrod’s obsession below.

The Gilgamesh Epic describes the first “God is dead” movement. In the Epic, the hero is a vile, filthy, perverted person, yet he is presented as the greatest, strongest, hero that ever lived (Alexander Heidel, 1963: 18). So that the one who sent the Flood will not trouble them anymore, Gilgamesh sets out to kill the perpetrator. He takes with him a friend who is a monstrous half-man, half-animal-Enkidu. Together they go on a long journey to the Cedar Mountain to find and destroy the monster who sent the Flood. Gilgamesh finds him and finally succeeds in cutting off the head of this creature whose name is “Huwawa” (“Humbaba” in the Assyrian version; see Heidel 1963: 34ff).

Most people assume the builders of the tower of Babel were attempting to construct a tower so tall that it would reach up to heaven.  That premise is probably wrong.  The idea of reaching to heaven was most likely a means to produce a star gate-type system that could allow additional Watchers to return to the earth.  This event happened several years after the flood.  All the pre-flood Watchers (fallen angels) had been placed (imprisoned) in Tartarus (the bottom level of the abyss) by God.  The original Nephilim offspring of the Watchers had been killed with their spirits becoming the demonic entities of today.  The two or three generations of Nephilim offspring were drowned in the flood.  The various DNA (mixed, spliced, and altered) created chimeras and monstrosities such as:  minotaurs; centaurs; lion-men; fauns; dinosaurs; pterodactyls were also drowned and not carried on the ark.

Genesis 11:1-4 seems to indicate the majority of the post-flood population desired to stay in one area, build a city, and remain unified.

The whole earth had a common language and a common vocabulary. When the people moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there. Then they said to one another, "Come, let's make bricks and bake them thoroughly." (They had brick instead of stone and tar instead of mortar.) Then they said, "Come, let's build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens so that we may make a name for ourselves. Otherwise we will be scattered across the face of the entire earth."
(Genesis 11:1-4 NET)

They also agreed to make a name for themselves for the purpose of not becoming scattered around the world.

It is said that Nimrod believed that he could kill God and become the planet’s new “god”.  He may be the king of Babylon that is referred to in Isaiah 14.  It may not directly be referring to Satan with the Latin name of Lucifer.  Peter Goodgame and other commentators may be correct.  Nimrod could very well be the beast named Apollyon (Apollo) that arises from the bottomless pit.

You said to yourself, "I will climb up to the sky. Above the stars of El I will set up my throne. I will rule on the mountain of assembly on the remote slopes of Zaphon. I will climb up to the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High!"   (Isaiah 14:13-14 NET)

The non-Biblical, but informative, book of Jasher (mentioned in scripture) affirms that the people of Nimrod (stupidly) desired to ascend to heaven and be in control.

And the building of the tower was unto them a transgression and a sin, and they began to build it, and whilst they were building against the Lord God of heaven, they imagined in their hearts to war against him and to ascend into heaven.
And all these people and all the families divided themselves in three parts; the first said We will ascend into heaven and fight against him; the second said, We will ascend to heaven and place our own gods there and serve them; and the third part said, We will ascend to heaven and smite him with bows and spears; and God knew all their works and all their evil thoughts, and he saw the city and the tower which they were building.  (Jasher 9:25-26)

It is generally assumed by the current population of today that pre-flood and post-flood people were ignorant and uneducated but that is not the way the Bible and other historical documents portrays it.  Nimrod and his grandfather, Cush, most likely had the knowledge of constructing a system that would allow a passage from the heavenly dimension to the earth dimension.  The post-flood population were told to populate the world but Nimrod and his empire building legions did not desire to be “scattered abroad upon the face of the earth.”  Cush had apparently taught him about the old ways of the pre-flood era and he desired to have it again.  This would only be possible if more Watchers were to come to the earth.

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. (Genesis 11:4 KJV)

And they said, Come, let us build to ourselves a city and tower, whose top shall be to heaven, and let us make to ourselves a name, before we are scattered abroad upon the face of all the earth.  (Genesis 11:4 Brenton)

with a tower that reaches to the heavens  NIV

Nimrod “became” a Gibbor (mighty one) because he and his grandfather, Ham, had the knowledge of defiling or altering DNA as done by the Watchers prior to the flood and not necessarily in the seminal manner.  His grandmother, Ham’s wife, could have carried a small amount of Watcher DNA of which Nimrod was able to accentuate using Watcher technology in some manner.

The first post-flood empire was ruled by Nimrod.  His empire became the original mystery, Babylon.  The following empires were also mystery Babylon:  Egypt; Assyria; Medo-Persian; and Daniel’s Babylon.  Some of these areas were ruled by Nimrod and others were founded by the migrants of the original Babylon.  The areas of Greece and Rome were among the early settled areas after the language change.  Greece and Rome have the same god hierarchy as the Egyptians and Sumerians, just different names and they would also be included in the mystery, Babylon pantheon of empires. 

And Nimrod dwelt in Shinar, and he reigned securely, and he fought with his enemies and he subdued them, and he prospered in all his battles, and his kingdom became very great. And all nations and tongues heard of his fame, and they gathered themselves to him, and they bowed down to the earth, and they brought him offerings, and he became their lord and king, and they all dwelt with him in the city at Shinar, and Nimrod reigned in the earth over all the sons of Noah, and they were all under his power and counsel. And all the earth was of one tongue and words of union, but Nimrod did not go in the ways of the Lord, and he was more wicked than all the men that were before him, from the days of the flood until those days. - Book of Jasher 7:44-46

The concept of mystery, Babylon has infiltrated the entire earth through the original 70 language groups, European migration, and the Catholic Church.  However, the final headquarters will be in the original Sumerian, Akkadian, and Babylonian area of the Old Testament, Jerusalem.

God viewed the tower building scene and put a stop to it.  He wasn’t upset because Nimrod wanted to build a tall tower, but because he desired a visit from more Watchers.  When one of the disciples asked Jesus why He spoke in parables, he answered:  For this reason I speak to them in parables: Although they see they do not see, and although they hear they do not hear nor do they understand.  (Matthew 13:13 NET)  This applied to readers and skeptics of the Old Testament as well.  They say:  “Why would God get mad about a tall tower?  There are tall towers in the world today.  Christians must be stupid.”  However, God was angered because of the attempt to restart Watcher life as before and the plan of Nimrod to keep the majority of the population in one location.  The punishment of God was to divide the people into seventy language groups.  Since the people desired to worship angels such as Watchers, God placed the seventy language groups in the control of 70 angelic beings of the Divine Council. 

When the Most High divided the nations, when he separated the sons of Adam, he set the bounds of the nations according to the number of the angels of God.  (Deuteronomy 32:8 Brenton LXX)

Most English translations as the KJV render the last sentence as the "number of the children (or sons) of Israel".  However, a Dead Sea Scrolls parchment read, "the number of the sons of God," and the Greek Septuagint LXX version reads, "the number of the angels of God."

All of these 70 people groups differentiated by language stayed within their understandable group and then spread around the world as they were commanded to do initially.  The different groups opinion of Nimrod most likely did not change or their loyalty to his god-like character  As they migrated they incorporated Nimrod and pre-flood events in their stories with embellishments as time went on.  His fame or notoriety did not diminish but the names changed due to the nature of their language.  The new Sumerian people wrote of Marduk and Gilgamesh; to the Greeks he became Apollo; and to the Egyptians he became Osiris.  The internet version of the Jewish Encyclopedia states that king Amraphel of Shinar, was actually Nimrod. Some of the details were changed and modified such as:  the names of his parents; where he came from; and the names of other associates but the basic elements are similar.

A Wikipedia article entitled a Short Chronology Timeline presents the following article: (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Short_chronology_timeline)

Sargon of Akkad, also known as Sargon the Great "The Great King" (Akkadian Šarru-kīnu, meaning "the true king" or "the king is legitimate"), was an Akkadian emperor famous for his conquest of the Sumerian city-states in the 23rd and 22nd centuries BC.[2] The founder of the Dynasty of Akkad, Sargon reigned from 2,270 to 2,215 BC (short chronology).[3] He became a prominent member of the royal court of Kish, killing the king and usurping his throne before embarking on the quest to conquer Mesopotamia. He was originally referred to as Sargon I until records concerning an Assyrian king also named Sargon (now usually referred to as Sargon I) were unearthed.

Some historians make the claim that the Sumerian Kish is in fact the Biblical Cush and that Sargon is another name or the actual name of Nimrod.  Nimrod may not actually be his name but rather a Biblical title meaning “the rebellious one.”  The chronology text implies that Nimrod killed his father to advance his empire.  (NOTE:  It is written in the book of Jasher that Esau killed Nimrod).

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