I greet you once again in the Name of Jesus!
I want to share a thought with you I was meditating on this morning as I write this. If you were to ask the average Christian, especially here in the western world, where evil came from, where sin came into the world; they of course would say the Fall in the Garden. And that is true. After all, the Bible says, “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.” [Romans 5:12 KJV]
If you were to somehow be able to ask someone from the ancient world however, and I speak of the ancient Mid-East, they would answer that question quite differently. They would give a three-fold answer: 1) The Fall; 2) The incursion of fallen angels and their cohabitation with human women; and 3) The Tower of Babel. These events were all connected, and the same evil, rebellious spirit was behind all three. All three were an attack on the authority of God over His creation, and the integrity of His character. And, all three were a breach of God-ordained boundaries and borders. Now we will be able to see perhaps just how serious borders, boundaries, and God-ordained institutions really are.
We have looked at the Fall in the Garden with the nacash (serpent), deceiving Eve and questioning God’s command and integrity. He lied to the woman telling her the real issue was God trying to keep the first couple from their true potential, God-hood; being just like God. A boundary was breached, a border crossed, and all of humanity has suffered ever since.
Most of you if you have read my posts for any length of time at all, are familiar with the incursion of angels, watchers, whom the book of 1 Enoch tells us descended upon Mount Hermon in the days of Jared. The apocryphal books of 1 Enoch and Jubilees both give some background on this incident, and also on the life of Jared the father of Enoch, and grandfather of Methuselah. The book of Genesis in the Hebrew Bible tells us of the unnatural union of the “Sons of God” with the “daughters of men”, and the hybrid offspring that produced, the nephilim, or giants. We have gone into great detail in past posts on this, so I won’t reiterate all of that past material here. The thing I find interesting in all of this for our purposes here is what both Peter and Jude said in the New Testament concerning this. It is evident that both writers were familiar with the book of Enoch. In fact, Jude quotes directly from the book of Enoch (See Jude 14, 15).
Peter wrote, “For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment…”. [2 Peter 2:4 KJV]
This begs the question, which angels, and what was their sin? I don’t think there can be any question that this looks back to the incursion of angels with human women recorded in Genesis 6, and of course in the apocryphal/pseudopigraphic books of 1 Enoch, Jubilees, and Jasher, not to mention The Book of Giants, which was discovered at Qumran among the Dead Sea Scrolls, and expands on the narrative of Genesis 6 telling the story of the fate of the nephilim.
Peter says these angels were cast down to hell. “Hell” translates the Greek, tartaroo (tar-tar-o’-o), the deepest abyss of Hades, or as it was understood in Greek mythology, the deepest Hell. These fallen angels who sinned are being held in this place awaiting judgment.
Jude speaks of these angels as well. He wrote, “And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.” [Jude 6 KJV]
He gives us basically the same information that Peter did, but does add a couple of interesting points that help us identify these angels. First, he says they, “…kept not their first estate..” What does that mean? “First estate” translates the Greek, arche (ar-khay’), which speaks of rank or place. These angels stepped out of their proper position and place of authority. There is also the idea of time here. So we could say they stepped out of their time, eternity, and stepped into time on this temporal plane. They were immortal beings cohabiting with mortal beings, human women. They obviously had the ability to do this, they did not have the authority to do what they did.. So they, and here it is again, breached a boundary, crossed a border, and really redefined a God-ordained institution, namely marriage.
Dr. Kenneth S. Wuest gives us an insightful look at this word, arche, and that which these angels did in the days before the flood of Noah. He wrote, “The angels left their first or original status as angels, their original position, to violate the laws of God which kept them separate from the human race, members of which latter race occupy a different category among the created intelligences than that of angels.” [Kenneth S. Wuest, Word Studies in the Greek New Testament]
Jude also tells us they, “…left their own habitation…”. OK, let’s break this down a bit. “Left” is the Greek, apoleipo (ap-ol-ipe’-o), and it is to forsake, or leave behind. Again, let’s look at what Dr. Wuest wrote. ““Left” is apoleipō. The simple verb leipō means “to leave.” The prefixed preposition apo makes the compound verb mean “to leave behind.” These angels left heaven behind. That is, they had abandoned heaven. They were done with it forever. The verb is aorist in tense which refers to a once-for-all act. This was apostasy with a vengeance. They had, so to speak, burnt their bridges behind them, and had descended to a new sphere, the earth, and into a foreign relationship, that with the human race, foreign, because the latter belongs to a different category of created intelligences than they.” [Kenneth S. Wuest, Word Studies in the Greek New Testament] So these angels rebelled and left the place God created for them, Heaven, and came to a place they did not belong, and did that which God never created them to do, namely procreate. They breached a boundary. They crossed a border.
There is much more we could say on this, but for now let’s turn to the third point at which evil came into the earth-realm, and I speak of what is referred to as the Tower of Babel. This of course is referred to in Genesis 11. Let me state right up front that unlike some, I do not view the account of the building of this tower, or probably more accurately zigorat, as a metaphor. In other words, at a point in history these people embarked on this building project just like the Bible says.
This building project occurred in the plains of Shinar, or what is today interestingly enough Iraq. The building project was headed by Nimrod. We read of him first in Genesis 10. His father, Cush, was the son of Noah’s son Ham. Genesis 10:8 – 10 says, “And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth. He was a mighty hunter before the LORD: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the LORD. And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.” Many have missed or read over the fact that the Bible says Nimrod (whose name actually means, “to rebel” in Hebrew), was a king. The beginning of his kingdom (the realm over which he was sovereign according to the Hebrew) was Babel, Erech, Accad, and Calneh in the land of Shinar.
There are a couple of things that I want to call your attention to here.
1) “…He (Nimrod) began to be a mighty one in the earth.” First, please notice the word, “began”. This is the primitive Hebrew root, chalal (khaw-lal’). It is to bore, or by implication to wound. It is to profane a person, place, or thing. It is also to split something open as with a wedge. It also has the idea of to prostitute oneself. It is also to stain. Whatever it is Nimrod did, it defiled or profaned him, it, if you will, opened him up. Next, notice the word, “be” in this text. This is another primitive Hebrew root that means to exist, to be or become. Next, notice “a mighty one”. This is the Hebrew, gibbor (ghib-bore’) and it is to be powerful, a warrior, or tyrant. It is also to be a champion, a chief, or giant. It occurs a total of 157 times in the KJV, 136 times it is, “mighty” as it is here. 6 times it is “valiant”, 5 times “strong”, “mighties” 2 times, it is “champion”, “chief”, “excel”, all one time. In Job 16:14 it is translated, “giant”. We see it translated, “giants” in Numbers 13:33 where we read,
“And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.” The gibor or giborim were one of the giant races in the Old Testament.
2) …”He was a mighty hunter before the LORD.” There is a thought here that Nimrod did what he did in open rebellion to God. Finis Dake in his Dake’s Annotated Reference Bible has an insightful note on Nimrod. He wrote,
“Nimrod began to be a mighty one in the earth by bold and daring deeds. His rebellion is associated with the beginning of his kingdom and suggests that his hunting and mighty deeds were related primarily to hunting men by tyranny and force. He lorded it over others, hunting and destroying all who opposed him in his despotic rule over people. This is the meaning understood by Josephus and writers of the Targums. Josephus says that Nimrod persuaded people to ascribe their happiness to him rather than God. He became a great leader, taught people to centralize, and defied God to send another flood. It is said that Nimrod hunted down wild beasts also, which were killing many people, and taught people to build walls around cities for protection against them.Josephus: THE ANTIQUITIES OF THE JEWS\BOOK 1\Chapter 4\Section 2.”
Nimrod was a tyrant and a despotic leader. He built the first world-wide government, ruling over the known world. He established the first one-world system. He stands as a type of the future Antichrist.
There is some interesting commentary in The Stone Edition Chumash concerning Nimrod. “Before Nimrod there were neither wars nor reigning monarchs. He subjugated the Babylonians until they crowned him, after which he went to Assyria built great cities. The Torah calls him a mighty hunter, which Rashi and most commentators interpret figuratively: Nimrod enslaved men with his words and incited them to rebel against God. He was a forerunner of the hypocrite who drapes himself in robes of piety in order to deceive the masses. His first conquest, which laid the basis for his subsequent empire-building, was Babel, which became the center of Nebuchadnezzar’s Babylonian Empire. It was one of the greatest cities of the ancient world.”
Not only was Nimrod a despotic leader, but is it possible that he had actually tapped into some forbidden knowledge or technology that was actually changing him at the molecular or cellular level? I know this sounds outlandish, but it seems like a possibility based on what we read in the Hebrew text. Not only that, but there are experts in the fields of genetics and biology who say this indeed can happen. Is it possible that there was something of the nephilim, the watchers, or the fallen angels DNA inherent in Nimrod that was somehow triggered by decisions and choices he made? Could he have been afflicted by a retrovirus that integrated with his genome and, in essence, “rewrote” his genetic makeup, fashioning him into a trans-human or post-human “fit extension” for an underwordly spirit? Is this even possible? Author Sharon K. Gilbert was asked this question. Her background is in theology, molecular biology, and genetics, to name a few. She said, “Absolutely! Retroviruses essentially inject single-stranded RNA strands into somatic (body) cells during “infection.” These ssrna strands access nucleotide pools in the host cell and form a double-stranded DNA copy. This dsdna can then incorporate itself into the host chromosome using a viral enzyme called “integrase.” The new “fake gene” then orders the cell to make more mrna copies of the original virus RNA. These then travel out of the cell and infect the next cell, and so on.” [From an email exchange between Mrs. Gilbert and Dr. Thomas R. Horn] So yes, it is possible that Nimrod started actually changing into something he had not been before. It is possible he was actually becoming a giant!
If this is the case, it connects Nimrod and the building project in his kingdom of Babel (later Babylon), with the nacash in the garden, and the watchers who descended on Mount Hermon that interbred with human women as recorded in Genesis 6, 1 Enoch, Jasher, Jubilees, and The Book of Giants. It was about breaching God established boundaries, erasing borders, and redefining God-ordained institutions. In short, attacking the character of God and challenging Him to His face, to His very throne!
Genesis 11 records the account of what has been referred to as, “The Tower of Babel.” What was this building project all about? Verse 4 says, “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.” Not only were they trying to make a name for themselves, but what we see here is the first one-world government, led by one possibly enhanced man, Nimrod. He was in essence the first globalist
There are some things to see here. First, there are no words in Hebrew for, “may reach”. Those were supplied by the translators. So it is perhaps that they were not trying to build a tower so high that it would reach Heaven, but the top of it, really the entire tower, was dedicated to the heavens, with signs of the Zodiac portrayed as visible objects of worship. The people not only had one language, but one form of idolatrous worship. Even though it is a bit lengthy, I want to look at another quote from Dake.
“A Babylonian description of the tower of Babel discovered in 1876 indicates there was a grand court 900’ X 1,156’, and a smaller one 450’ X 1,056’, inside of which was a platform with walls around it, having four gates on each side. In the center stood the tower with many small shrines at the base, dedicated to various gods. The tower itself was 300’ high with decreased width in stages from the lowest to the highest point. Each stage was square. The first stage measured 300’ square and 110’ high; the second measured 260’ square and 60’ high; the third 200’ square and 20’ high; the fourth 170’ square and 20’ high; the fifth 140’ square and 20’ high; the sixth 110’ square and 20’ high; and the seventh 80’ long, 60’ wide, and 50’ high. On the top platform measuring 60’ X 80’ was a sanctuary for the god Bel-Merodach.
The builders evidently finished the tower, becaause the work was stopped on the city only (Gen. 11:4,8). One ancient Babylonian tablet reads, “The building of this illustrious tower offended the gods. In a night they threw down what they had built. They scattered them abroad and made strange their speech. Their progress was impeded. They wept hot tears for Babylon.”
The builders were supposed to have been giants who waged war with the gods. Nimrod himself is called “a mighty one” and the giants in Gen. 6:4 are called “mighty men.” These came from the fallen angels and daughters of men after the flood (Gen. 6:4, notes).” [Dake’s Annotated Reference Bible, Genesis 11 note]
So ancient Babylonian writings give us a description of this tower, and of its builders, who were believed to have been giants, with Nimrod himself apparently becoming a giant (gibor). I know this sounds outlandish, but it was the view of the ancient world. What else was going on here? Would Nimrod and his subjects being idol worshipers and star gazers have been enough for God Himself to come down to shut the whole thing down? Again we turn to the apocrypha.
Genesis tells us about God confusing the people’s language, and them being scattered around the world. Jubilees gives us some additional detail concerning the tower and of God’s actual judgment on it. In Jubilees 10, beginning at verse 19 we read,
“19. For they departed from the land of Ararat eastward to Shinar; for in his days they built the city and the tower, saying, “Go to, let us ascend thereby into heaven.” 20. And they began to build, and in the fourth week they made brick with fire, and the bricks served them for stone, and the clay with which they cemented them together was asphalt which cometh out of the sea, and out of the fountains of water in the land of Shinar. 21. And they built it: forty and three years were they building it; its breadth was 203 bricks, and the height (of a brick) was the third of one; its height amounted to 5433 cubits and 2 palms, and (the extent of one wall was) thirteen stades (and of the other thirty stades). 22. And the Lord our God said unto us: “Behold, they are one people, and (this) they begin to do, and now nothing will be withholden from them. Go to, let us go down and confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech, and they may be dispersed into cities and nations, and one purpose will no longer abide with them till the day of judgment.” 23. And the Lord descended, and we descended with Him to see the city and the tower which the children of men had built. 24. And He confounded their language, and they no longer understood one another’s speech, and they ceased then to build the city and the tower. 25. For this reason the whole land of Shinar is called Babel, because the Lord did there confound all the language of the children of men, and from thence they were dispersed into their cities, each according to his language and his nation. 26. And the Lord sent a mighty wind against the tower and overthrew it upon the earth, and behold it was between Asshur and Babylon in the land of Shinar, and they called its name “Overthrow.” 27. In the fourth week in the first year in the beginning thereof in the four and thirtieth jubilee, were they dispersed from the land of Shinar.” [Jubilees 10:19 – 27 R.H. Charles translation]
It is here in the book of Jubilees where we see some additional insight into what Nimrod and his subject’s actual intentions were. According to verse 19 they said, “…Go to, let us ascend thereby into heaven.” So they actually were planning a coup against Heaven itself! We read further in Jasher 9:25,
“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.” [Jasher 9:25 R.H. Charles translation]
So according to the ancient book of Jasher, The people of Nimrod’s kingdom were planning an attack on Heaven itself to wage war on God! How exactly were they thinking they could carry this off? Were they deceived? Certainly. Deluded? Without a doubt. However, was there something more going on? There certainly is evidence that Nimrod quite possibly was dealing with forbidden knowledge and technology introduced to humanity by the watchers. Again, I know this sounds outlandish, but please stay with me.
There are researchers who postulate that there were highly technologically advanced cultures before the flood, due to the forbidden knowledge the fallen angels brought to earth. It is highly possible that Nimrod after the flood interacted with some of these angels, and possibly some of the descendants of the “marriages” of angels and human women, the nephilim, and was himself as we discussed above, changing into a giant. You see, it is believed by some that some of the giants of Genesis 6 actually survived the flood. If that is the case, this could explain what we see going on with Nimrod and his subjects.
There are researchers who contend that the Tower of Babel was actually a star-gate or portal that allowed entities from other dimensions access to earth. Perhaps this is what made these people think they could actually storm Heaven. Whatever was going on, it caused God Himself to step on the scene to stop it.
All I know is that God takes very seriously boundaries, borders, and the institutions He has ordained.
What was began so many, many years ago is being carried out in the natural today. Before the Return of Messiah to rule and reign we will see a man rise on the scene who will have many willing subjects, and we will see a one-world government, economy, and religion with all borders and boundaries erased, and God-ordained institutions redefined. It is coming, even though God has hit a pause button right now on their evil machinations. We have a limited time beloved. Let’s be about the Father’s business.
I pray that we have given you some things to think about. If you have comments or questions, please don’t hesitate to share them.
Until next time,
Pastor Kevin E. Johnson