1 “Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. 2 As people moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there. 3 They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. 4 Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.”
This great tower they were building was in Shinar, the country known today as “Iraq.” The architect was a man named “Nimrod.” He was king of the land at that time, a son of Cush, grandson of Ham, and a great grandson of Noah.
According to the opening scripture, the reason they were building the tower was so they would not be scattered over the whole earth. How very curious considering many scholars believe the name, “Shinar,” means, “Casting Out, or Scattering In All Manner Of Ways.”
Nimrod himself was an interesting character. He was kind of like a general contractor in the building of this tower, though I’m sure he didn’t pay his “Workers.” The Bible says he was “a mighty hunter before the Lord.” Sounds innocent enough, doesn’t it? Except that what he hunted wasn’t “game;” He was a hunter and enslaver of men; men who were conscripted to build his tower that “reached to the heavens.”
Wait; it gets worse. 😲
Now, about that tower: It didn’t have any good purpose at all. No, it did not “Reach all the way to heaven,” as the English text, particularly the KJV, would lead you to believe. That isn’t even humanly possible. The air gets thinner the higher you go and then it’s absent altogether. That would certainly halt construction. So why does our English Bible say that they were building a tower that reaches up to heaven?
The original text, of course, contains no errors. But in order to make the text flow better in the language into which it is being translated, the scholar will often add words. Though the intent is to clarify, they most often unintentionally confuse the text. These added words always appear in italics.
This is why you need to check with the original text, or at least compare many other translations with each other. Strong’s Interlinear Online is a great resource anyone can use if you don’t read Greek or Hebrew. You can conduct word studies and gain greater understanding of whatever you are studying. Below is a link to Genesis 1 of their website:
But fear not, Church; The Holy Spirit has diligently watched over God’s word to preserve it down through history. The Dead Sea scrolls are overwhelming proof of that. After thousands of years, the original text has remained UNCHANGED. It is still ok to use your translation, of course. Just make sure you enlist the Holy Spirit’s help to understand what you are studying; and do try and check with an Interlinear Bible. That is the best way to clarify any passage.
Antithesis Of God’s Purpose.
Getting back to the tower, we know it’s not possible that it’s top reached to heaven. The Hebrew bears this out. Rather, it was “With or In sync with the heavens.” In other words, IT WAS CONSTRUCTED TO CONTACT DEMONIC POWERS. You can see why Bible calls the devil, “Prince of the power of the air.” He tries to control the narrative.
That phrase, “Reached to the heavens,” doesn’t quite mean what it seems either. It was part of the effort of the spirits who fathered the giants in the world in those days to enter our world and wreak more havoc. This tower was designed to bring all the people of the earth together, the antithesis of God’s purpose and cooperate with those fallen angels. –
Why would Nimrod want everyone to gather together in one place? I’m glad you asked! As you saw in part 1, long before we had the written word of God, HE WROTE THE GOSPEL STORY IN THE NIGHT SKY. Galatians 3:8 says that God preached the Gospel to Abraham. How did He do it? By showing him the story He blasted from one end of the heavens to the other.
Most scholars agree that Nimrod was one of the earliest anti-Christs to appear in the earth. He may even have been one of the giants fathered by the Nephillim. Well, He hated God, just like his buddy the devil who saw in the stars that a Champion, the Strong Man some cultures called “Hercules,” would come and crush the head the the great dragon, his boss and buddy, satan. The “Strong Man” is actually Jesus Who came along in the fullness of time. He did exactly that! HALLELUJAH!
Nimrod tried to build this tower in an attempt to pervert the Gospel story and promote the devil’s primary objective. And what was that? To stop The One, Jesus, from coming. He figured if he could distort the story, men would come to believe the lie and not the truth. They would not know about the virgin birth and the ultimate triumph of the Lion of the tribe of Judah, WHO CRUSHED SATAN’S HEAD!
In addition to perverting the gospel story, the devil also wanted to pollute the human race with demon seed so that the Champion who would rescue us could not be born. If they could be deluded with that lie, perhaps they would be part of fathering more giants. It was a diabolical plan to keep the him from the fate about which God told him when man fell in the garden.
This is another whole topic in and of itself. You may read more about it by following the link below about the great flood:
Why God Confused Their Language.
That’s the real reason God had to come down and confused their language; so that men would disperse and the truth of the gospel could be spread over the whole earth, not the perverted version.
Our God is the SAME: Yesterday, today and forever. He has always been unwilling that ANY should perish, but that ALL should come to the knowledge of the truth. If He didn’t confuse their language, the gospel would not have spread across the ancient world and many people of ancient times would have followed the devil’s agenda and been lost forever.
This perverting of the gospel story in the stars is still going on. It is this perversion that created a whole lot of mythology out there in various cultures and lot of worshipping pagan deities who, of course, are not gods at all.
You’ll notice that the Zodiak today begins with “Aries.” Why does that matter? Because the Gospel in the stars is a circular story. In order to read it correctly, you must where to begin.
The story in the stars begins with “Virgo, the Virgin” and ends with “Leo, the Lion.” Note that the lion has one paw lifted up as though injured. This is a depiction of what happened to Jesus’ heel which was injured in the process of CRUSHING THE HEAD OF THE SERPENT.
Jesus, the Son of God, was born of the “Virgin” and triumphed over His, (and our), enemies as the “Lion of the tribe of Judah!” He was certainly hurt; injured on the cross. Just as was foretold, His heel was indeed bruised…..BUT THE SERPENT’S HEAD WAS FOREVER CRUSHED! Gave him a PhD: PERMANENT HEAD DAMAGE!
Signs And Seasons.
Even though this story does not have the same significance to us today, because we have God’s written word, it is nonetheless there to bless us and for all to see. It is why all are “without excuse.”
The stars are still there “for signs and for seasons” as it says in Genesis 1:12. Learning and understanding this wonderful story can open up opportunities to talk about Jesus with those who believe and follow horoscopes and star signs. Maybe, just maybe, we’ll get the chance to introduce them to THE REAL STORY about the ONE Who made the stars, what He went through to redeem us, and how MUCH we are loved by Him!
God is still speaking to us in the stars: THE REAL STORY in the Stars, that is. It is still all there: The wonderful, incredible, incomprehensible, AWESOME Story of our Precious Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
…and it is NOT the perverted version concocted by the devil and promoted by his buddy, Nimrod, in the Tower of Babel.
You may follow the link below to part 3 to continue this series: