Noah 1056 AM – 2006 AM in later years contemporary with Abraham and Lot
Key precept: An apocalypse – actual, threatened or contrived – creates a State of Fear positioning a peace-proclaiming politician to lead frightened humanity into a New World Order.
After any catastrophe, humanity is intent on re-establishing the only world known, the pre-apocalypse civilization that assumes a state of perfection in an imperfect memory.
This is the standard setup for the rise of one strong man promising peace and prosperity by ending war, like Caesar Augustus, Hitler, Lenin, Mao or President Bush.
The 20th century was primarily a series of wars in the Austro-Hungarian, Ottoman, British, German, Russian, Chinese, and now American, empires. All of them were grounded in the ideology of the template modern revolution – the atheist, humanistic French Revolution, of which it was astutely predicted: “From this place, and from this day forth begins a new era in the history of the world.“ (Goethe to the defeated German soldiers after the Battle of Valmy.)
Deceptively, the “New” World Order is just a re-serving of the oldest, including more war.
Our Western culture prides itself on the Re-naissance, the Re-birth, of revered classical civilization after centuries of the Dark Ages.
In Florence [the heart of the Renaissance] the sublime and terrible go hand in hand...The Piazza della Signoria, the main square, contains an open-air display of Roman and Renaissance sculpture exhibiting some of the most famous statues in Florence. It is a gallery of horrors, a public exhibition of killing, rape, and mutilation unmatched in any city in the world. Heading the show is the famous bronze sculpture by Cellini of Perseus [demigod son of Zeus] triumphantly holding up the severed head of Medusa like a jihadist on a website video, blood pouring from her neck, her decapitated body sprawled under his feet. Behind Perseus stand other statues depicting famous legendary scenes of murder, violence, and mayhem…Inside Florence’s encircling walls and on the gibbets outside were committed the most refined and the most savage of crimes…For centuries, Florence projected its power over the rest of Tuscany at the cost of ferocious massacres and bloody wars.
...As the fifteenth century dawned, Florence hosted one of those inexplicable flowerings of genius that have occurred…It would later be called the Renaissance, the “rebirth”, following the long darkness of the Middle Ages.
Between the birth of Masaccio in 1401 and the death of Galileo in 1642, Florentines largely invented the modern world. They revolutionized art, architecture, music, astronomy, mathematics, and navigation. They created the modern banking system with the invention of the letter of credit…More than that, Florence invented the very idea of the modern world. With the Renaissance, Florentines threw off the yoke of medievalism, in which God stood at the center of the universe and human existence on earth was but a dark, fleeting passage to the glorious life to come. The Renaissance placed humanity at the center of the universe and declared this life as the main event. The course of Western civilization was changed forever.
The Florentine Renaissance was largely financed by a single family, the Medicis…
A Dominican monk by the name of Savonarola…began to preach fire and brimstone, railing against the decadence of the Renaissance…
His message resonated among common Florentines, who had watched with disapproval the conspicuous consumption and great wealth of the Renaissance and its patrons…Their discontent was magnified by an epidemic of syphilis, carried back from the New World, which burned through the city. It was a disease Europe had never seen before, and it came in a far more virulent form than we know today, in which the victim’s body became overspread with weeping pustules, the flash sagging and falling from the face, the stricken sinking into fulminating insanity before death mercifully carried them off…In this climate Savonarola found a receptive audience…
[But] Under Savanorola’s rule, Florence sank into economic decline…the young and shiftless began openly defying his edicts. In 1497, a mob of young men rioted during one of Savonarola’s sermons; the riots spread and became a general revolt taverns reopened, gambling resumed, and dancing and music could once again be heard echoing down Florence’s crooked streets.
Savonarola…made the fatal mistake of turning his criticisms on the church itself. The pope excommunicated him and ordered him arrested and executed. An obliging mob…dragged him out. He was charged with a slew of crimes, among them “religious error.” After being tortured on the rack for several weeks, he was hung in chains from a cross in the Piazza della Signoria…and burned.
The Renaissance resumed.
So while we have limited biblical or historical information about the days of Noah prior to the flood, we do have quite a bit of historical information about the earliest civilizations established in the days of Noah after the flood. By extrapolating backwards we can learn a lot about the pre-flood civilization from its re-appearance in the post-flood world, even after millennia of rise and fall and rebuilding on the rubble of a series of fallen civilizations.
There is a remarkable pattern in “the rise of“ each recurrence, a consistency in the elements of civilization, as should be expected since they are all led by the same mastermind intent on the same goal – the destruction of a free humanity.
And the first thing we find in the first Renaissance of antiquity after the flood is that, despite the proof of God’s overriding control via the flood, “the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not” (II Cor 4:4) Note the contrast between Noah’s earth-focused preaching and ungodly men’s heaven-focused activities.
“And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.” (Gen 9:1)
“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…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.” (Gen 11:1-4)
Anyone who read the post Sin City should be able to recognize that “they” are the elite intent on recreating the antediluvian urban culture, enslaving the laborers and exterminating the “useless eaters” in order to amass riches and power to the few at the top of the food chain.
“And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech. 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…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 11:1-4)
And all the princes of Nimrod and his great men took counsel together; Phut, Mitzraim, Cush and Canaan with their families, [the Hamites] and they said to each other, Come let us build ourselves a city [power base] and in it a strong tower [think launch pad], and its top [think capsule] reaching heaven [think rocket propelled], and we will make ourselves famed, so that we may reign upon the whole world, in order that the evil of our enemies may cease from us [think the Reagan administration’s Strategic Defense Initiative], that we may reign mightily over them, [the Shemites and Japhethites] and that we may not become scattered over the earth [where “we” defines “our people” who are fleeing to the wilderness to escape religious persecution and tyranny in general] on account of their wars [resisting tyranny] (Jasher 9)
As you read the following account, keep in mind that words will have different meanings for different cultures depending on their experience. When a native on a remote island who never encountered technology saw a warplane flying in the distance, he didn’t tell his villagers that he saw “a flying machine”, he called it “a giant bird.” Likewise, a “baked brick” is only assumed to be made of mud hardened in a kiln by people who know of no higher technology. In our day, we do, and can expand our awareness of what this text may be reporting.
And they all went before the king, and they told the king these words, and the king agreed with them in this affair, and he did so. And all the families assembled consisting of about six hundred thousand men, and they went to seek an extensive piece of ground to build the city and the tower, and they sought in the whole earth and they found none like one valley at the east of the land of Shinar, about two days’ walk, and they journeyed there and they dwelt there. And they began to make bricks and burn fires [possibly a reference to forging metal, the knowledge of which was carried through the flood] to build the city and the tower that they had imagined to complete. 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 [clearly these are the ones who had been thrown out] and serve them; and the third part said, We will ascend to heaven and smite him with bows and spears... “ (Jasher 9)
“And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded. 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. Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language…” (Gen 11:5-6)
The European Union openly declares its intention of finishing what was started at the Tower of Babel, incorporating this concept into the design of one of its buildings. The United Nations has an Office for Outer Space Affairs.
Is it possible for a united world community to destroy all creation, as desired by Lucifer and warned by eminent scientists?
According to the Bible, yes.
“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 11:6)
If the record of humans attempting to “reach unto heaven” seems an amusing example of how ignorant “pre-scientific” savages viewed their world, understand that the earliest post-flood group of people had the same technological and astronomical knowledge available to them as the pre-flood people who constructed amazingly precise astronomically oriented structures like the Giza Pyramid and Stonehenge.
The study of prehistory has taken on a startling new direction. Far removed from barbarians or savages, a civilisation earlier than the Sumerian…devoted huge efforts to the construction of massive stone monuments based on astronomical principles.
there are pyramids spread across the entire planet…The most famous pyramids are those of Egypt; the Great Pyramid of Khufu, that of Khafre and the third-largest at Giza, the pyramid of Menkaure.
The largest pyramid on the surface of the planet is located in Central America, in present-day Mexico. Called the Great Pyramid of Cholula, this supermassive structure is not only the largest pyramid on the surface of the planet but also the largest monument ever built anywhere on Earth.
The oldest pyramids are believed to be monuments built more than five thousand years ago in present-day Brazil…
there are pyramids in Northern America as well…
The best example of such architecture is located in present-day Illinois…Completed around 1100 AD, the Monks Mound Pyramid has a base that is much larger than that of the Great Pyramid at Giza…
Although Monk’s Mound…is the largest pyramidal structure in Cahokia, surveys of the site have revealed that the ancient city once boasted as many as 120 similar structures ranging in size…
people inhabited the area prior to 1,200 BC. Despite the fact that the society that built the mounds did not leave behind written records, symbols painted on various artifacts is evidence of the complexity of the people of Cahokia.
Scholars usually maintained that by the time of European contact, the city was already abandoned. However, the new evidence…suggests that the pyramid city of North America endured for longer…
Ancient legends and archeological finds of depictions of flying machines are more likely to be true remembrances of things past than imagination. If Leonardo da Vinci had lived long enough he could have moved beyond research, more likely than not based on antediluvian texts available in his day, to development of these and other war machines.
It only took 300 years for our industrialized European society to get from inventing steam engines to space ships. The ancient Sumerians had as much time, and they had the pre-flood R&D to start with. They just needed a work force.
As for the “ludicrous” idea that a tower could reach unto heaven, the aptly named Operation Fishbowl certainly appears to have been an attempt to reach, and break through, a hard firmament enclosure within reach of earth’s people, as soon as there was an “arrow” big enough and a “bow” powerful enough to break through it. Think catapult and battering ram, which the ancients had motive, means, and opportunity to use in the resumption of perpetual intercity warfare.
So why don’t we find technological artifacts dating to this period and before? Besides the obvious obliteration of the pre-flood world by massive mud flows and tectonic shifts, the technology of that day was likely even more aesthetically pleasing than our current data wireless system or Tesla’s wireless electricity. And how much technology was shared with the masses? The elite had a single goal and it wasn’t improving the quality of life for the masses, compare the amount of technology currently distributed among the indigenous peoples of Africa, South America, and Australia.
The stated purpose of reaching heaven was to “make a name”. As defined in a previous post, this signifies joining forces with a god, merging identities and resources as in marriage and adoption, supernaturally empowering the human ruler and humanly empowering the alien spirit access to and control over the material world. Surely we recognize the glaringly obvious clues in NASA naming the space exploration vehicles after the ancient gods.
Nimrod built a new “gate of the gods” at his tower of Babel, and thousands of years later Nebuchadnezzar covered his new Ishtar Gate at Babylon with images of The Seed of Satan, Marduk, the snake-dragon, the mushussu. This gate/portal was moved to the Pergamum Museum in Berlin during Hitler’s combined occult – and rocket development– soaring rise to the heights of power. Given the hyper dimensional quality of spirit beings/aliens, no doubt some kind of hyper dimensional portal is required for establishing contact with spirits either in the heaven/space or on earth.
Makes you wonder what power this portal holds.
Interesting that America took over both the Pergamum Museum in the Allied- occupied territory of West Berlin and the top Nazi rocket scientists after Germany lost the space race. More on this in a latter post.
One thing we can deduce is that the Ishtar Gate wasn’t a gateway for angels / gods mating with women. Recall from the post Days of Noah that God dealt out the most severe punishment on the angels who engaged in sex with human women to create hybrid monsters for their war against humanity.
- “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;
- And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;
- And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after / chronologically and in mimicry [the old world] should live ungodly;” (II Peter 2:4-6)
However, after the bodies of the sinful angels were chained in hell, corruption by the spirits of out-of-this-world beings still happened. This was accomplished by substituting human and fabricated bodies as housing for the spirits of the beings separated from their spiritual bodies.
“When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none. Then he saith, I will return into my house / body from whence I came out;” (Matthew 12:43-44)
“Take ye therefore good heed unto yourselves…Lest ye שָׁחַת corrupt yourselves, and make you a graven image, the similitude of any figure, the likeness of male or female…any beast that is on the earth…winged fowl that flieth in the air…thing that creepeth on the ground…fish that is in the waters beneath the earth:
And lest thou lift up thine eyes unto heaven, and when thou seest the sun, and the moon, and the stars, even all the host of heaven, shouldest be driven to worship them, and serve them...But the LORD hath taken you, and brought you forth out of the iron furnace, even out of Egypt, to be unto him a people…Take heed unto yourselves, lest ye forget the covenant of the Lord your God, which he made with you, and make you a graven image, or the likeness of any thing, which the LORD thy God hath forbidden thee. For the LORD thy God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God.
When thou…shall שָׁחַת corrupt yourselves, and make a graven image, or the likeness of any thing, and shall do evil in the sight of the LORD thy God, to provoke him to anger: I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that ye shall soon utterly perish from off the land whereunto ye go over Jordan to possess it; ye shall not prolong your days upon it, but shall utterly be destroyed. (Deuteronomy 4:15-26)
The history of God acting on this warning is found in virtually every book in the Bible where God rescues oppressed humans from supernaturally empowered cruel tyrants. Note carefully who, exactly, God goes after.
- anyone who corrupts himself, which we have learned means makes himself a medium through which an unclean spirit expresses itself,
- does evil,
- deliberately provokes / picks a fight with God in the endless war to overturn his plan of giving dominion over the earth to human sons of God.
Understanding the foundational worship of the gods reinforces our interpretation that this passage is not a threat by a jealous God competing against gods for worship. It is a warning against the fiercely jealous hyper dimensional beings whose goal is the destruction of humanity. In contrast to these penultimate charming psychopath serial killers, “God sent not his son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” (John 3:17)
The religious beliefs and practices of the civilizations of ancient Mesopotamia, particularly Sumer, Akkad, Assyria and Babylonia…date to the mid 4th millennium BC and involved…an expansive cast of divinities with particular functions.
This archeological dating coincides with the biblical human timeline beginning 4,000 BC with Adam, and the fallen angels arriving 500 years later according to Enoch, in the days of Jared. After the flood, due to the loss of ability to directly engage with mankind, spirits had to rely on human partnership to express themselves. This is reflected in an adapted religious system.
The last stages of Mesopotamian polytheism, which developed in the 2nd and 1st millenniums BCE, introduced greater emphasis on personal religion and structured the gods into a monarchical hierarchy with the national god being the head of the pantheon.
Each Mesopotamian city was home to a deity, [expressed by the human ruler] and…all known temples were located in cities, [which by definition are walled, not only for defense but to corral human herds to service him]…The temple itself was…in the form of a ziggurat, which rose to the sky in a series of stairstep stages… most regard the tower as a kind of staircase or ladder for the god to descend from and ascend to the heavens, [like Jacob’s ladder]…an image of the cosmic mountain where a dying and rising god “lay buried.” Some temples, such as the temple of Enki in Eridu [chief of the five Sumerian cities re-established on their pre-flood foundations] contained a holy tree (kiskanu)in a holy grove, which was the central point of various ritesperformed by the king, who functioned as a “master gardener.”
The cosmic mountain idea begins in Eden. Yes, Eden is a garden, but it’s also referred to as a mountain in Ezek 28…This is why, for instance, the Tabernacle and the Temple are decorated in ways that reminded people (and us) of Eden…Have you ever wondered why there are so many spiritual encounters at trees in the Old Testament? Why tree locations are sacred space?…it was a gateway to the afterlife presence of God.
The esoteric function of these artificial mountain-structures seems to offer humanity a passageway to the Center of the three-fold axis of heaven, earth, and hell beneath. Can they create a spiritual “stargate” where human beings can enter a fourth or multidimensional experience?…the point of communication within the three- fold axis of heaven, earth, and hell creates a center where “a break-through can occur, a passing from one cosmic zone to another…
The God the Father-Son of God dynasty is portrayed in horticultural imagery. The great Davidic dynasty will sprout up from a “tender sprig” planted on Mount Zion.
This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I myself will take a shoot from the very top of a cedar and plant it; I will break off a tender sprig from its topmost shoots and plant it on a high and lofty mountain. On the mountain heights of Israel I will plant it; it will produce branches and bear fruit and become a splendid cedar. Birds of every kind will nest in it; they will find shelter in the shade of its branches (Ezek.17:22-23)…[Note the pagan duplication of this imagery].
For on my holy mountain, the high mountain of Israel, declares the Sovereign Lord, there in the land the entire house of Israel will serve me, and there I will accept them…
[Note the complete reversal of Nimrod’s wicked Tower of Babel and scattering of nations.] For I will take you out of the nations; I will gather you from all the countries and bring you back into your own land. I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws (Ezek.36:24-27).
Yahweh’s high and lofty cosmic mountain is not only a secure home, it is also a life-changing meeting place where decrees are issued and spiritual empowerment is provided.
Back to Wikipedia’s article:
Mesopotamian temples were originally built to serve as dwelling places for the god… [The Bible supports the reality of this construct.] The god’s presence in the image seems to have been thought of in a very concrete way, as instruments for the presence of the deity.“ This is evident from the poem How Erra Wrecked the World, in which Erra deceived the god Marduk into leaving his cult statue. Once constructed, idols were consecrated through special nocturnal rituals where they were given “life”, and their mouth “was opened” (pet pî) and washed (mes pî) so they could see and eat. If the deity approved, it would accept the image and agree to “inhabit” it. These images were also entertained…the temple was equipped…with a courtyard with a basin and water for cleansing visitors…
Generally, the god’s well-being was maintained through service, or work (dullu). The image was dressed and served banquets twice a day. It is not known how the god was thought to consume the food, but a curtain was drawn before the table while he or she “ate”, just as the king himself was not allowed to be seen by the masses while he ate. Occasionally, the king shared in these meals, and the priests may have had some share in the offerings as well. Incense was also burned before the image, because it was thought that the gods enjoyed the smell. Sacrificial meals were also set out regularly, with a sacrificial animal seen as a replacement (pūhu) or substitute (dinānu) for a man, and it was considered that the anger of the gods or demons was then directed towards the sacrificial animal. Additionally, certain days required extra sacrifices and ceremonies for certain gods, and every day was sacred to a particular god.
The king was thought, in theory, to be the religious leader (enu or šangū) of the cult and exercised a large number of duties within the temple, with a large number of specialists whose task was to mediate between men and gods: [contrast “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.“ (I Timothy 2:5-6)]
- supervising or “watchman” priest (šešgallu),
- priests for individual purification against demons and magicians (āšipu),
- priests for the purification of the temple (mašmašu),
- priests to appease the wrath of the gods with song and music (kalū), as well as
- female singers (nāru),
- male singers (zammeru),
- craftsmen (mārē ummāni),
- swordbearers (nāš paṭri),
- masters of divination (bārû),
- penitents (šā’ilu), and others.
…individuals also paid homage to a personal deity…little is known about early practices. In the mid-third millennium BC, [corresponding to preflood open involvement of gods interacting with humanity] some rulers regarded a particular god as being their personal protector. In the second millennium BC, [corresponding to post-flood need by disincorporated spirits to inhabit a foster body for interaction with humans] gods began to function more on behalf of the common man, with whom he had a close, personal relationship, maintained through prayer and maintenance of his god’s statue. A number of written prayers have survived from ancient Mesopotamia...they showed a people who were scared of their gods …one’s place and success in society was thought to depend on his personal deity, including the development of his [the god’s] certain talents and even his [the god’s] personality…everything he experienced was considered a reflection of what was happening to his personal god. [Emphasis added.] When a man neglected his god, it was assumed that the demons were free to inflict him…
There was a strong belief in demons in Mesopotamia…They were thought to be countless in number, and were thought to even attack the gods as well. Besides demons, there were also spirits of the dead, (etimmu) who could also cause mischief…
Divination was employed by private individuals, with the assumption that the gods have already determined the destinies of men and these destinies could be ascertained through observing omens and through rituals…such as observing oil dropped into a cup of water (lecanomancy), observing the entrails of sacrificial animals (extispicy), observation of the behavior of birds (augury) and observing celestial and meteorological phenomena (astrology), as well as through interpretation of dreams. Often interpretation of these phenomena required the need for two classes of priests: askers (sa’ilu) and observer (baru), and also sometimes a lower class of ecstatic seer (mahhu) that was also associated with witchcraft...
ancient paganism tended to focus more on duty and ritual than morality…the gods were believed to be the source of life, and held power over sickness and health, as well as the destinies of men…Man was believed to have been created to serve the gods, or perhaps wait on them: the god is lord (belu) and man is servant or slave (ardu)…
Sin, on the other hand, was expressed by…the idea of rebellion, sometimes with the idea that sin is man’s wishing to “live on his own terms” (ina ramanisu)…
The worship of Inanna/Ishtar, which was prevalent in Mesopotamia could involve wild, frenzied dancing and bloody ritual celebrations of social and physical abnormality. It was believed that “nothing is prohibited to Inanna”, and that by depicting transgressions of normal human social and physical limitations, including traditional gender definition [in sexual activity], one could cross over from the “conscious everyday world into the trance world of spiritual ecstasy / engagement with spirit beings.”
The ancient Mesopotamians believed in an afterlife that was a land below our world…known alternately as Arallû, Ganzer or Irkallu, the latter of which meant “Great Below”… everyone went to after death, irrespective of social status or the actions performed during life…Mesopotamians considered the underworld neither a punishment nor a reward…merely weak and powerless ghosts…The myth of Ishtar’s descent into the underworld relates that “dust is their food and clay their nourishment, they see no light, where they dwell in darkness.” Stories such as the Adapa myth resignedly relate that, due to a blunder, all men must die and that true everlasting life is the sole property of the gods.
Mesopotamian religion finally declined with the spread of Iranian religions during the Achaemenid Empire [Founded by Cyrus the Great, the LORD’s Anointed] and with the Christianization of Mesopotamia.
Can we see that logical conclusion of someone with this belief system is “So might as well eat, drink and be merry in this life!”? Apply what we’ve discovered about ancient pagan beliefs and practices to the following account, where a great many recent converts to the God YHVH abandon faith in him as soon as they feel abandoned by him as simply one of a million capricious gods, all of whom are unpredictable and untrustworthy.
“And when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down out of the mount, the people gathered themselves together unto Aaron, and said unto him, Up, make us gods, which shall go before us…And all the people brake off the golden earrings which were in their ears, and brought them unto Aaron. And he…made it a molten calf: and they said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt…And they rose up early on the morrow, and offered burnt offerings, and brought peace offerings; and the people sat down to eat and to drink, and rose up to play. And the LORD said unto Moses, Go, get thee down; for thy people, which thou broughtest out of the land of Egypt, have שָׁחַת corrupted themselves [invited evils spirit possession]:” (Exodus 32)
The word צְחַק delicately translated “play” here has a much more baudy meaning than children having fun. There is an unquestionably sexual meaning when Abimelech caught Isaac צְחַק “sporting” with Rebekah, and Potiphar’s wife was certainly accusing Joseph of sexual assault when she reported that he had come in to צְחַק “mock” her.
The Israelites were not passing time playing games. This should not come as a news flash. It was standard practice in ancient times to include sexual debauchery and drunkeness in pagan practices.
Oh, wait. This is still a common occurrence whenever people get together to party with intoxicants.
“For the time past of our life [when we were younger, without adult responsibilities, in college] may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable [mix of human and evil spirit] idolatries: Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you: (I Peter 4:3-4)
This should sound familiar. It’s not just ancient culture.
Dionysia – the Original Greek Carnival –
It’s All About Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll
The Greek Orthodox Church rather try to play down the shenanigans of Greek Carnival, all this bawdiness is not seemly, so, just where did Greek Carnival originate?
As with many Christian celebrations, Saint Valentine’s Day is just one example, Greek Carnival was an ancient pagan celebration. The heathens may have allowed themselves to become Christians, but no way were they about to give up their festivities.
The priests of the day, unable to persuade the newly-converted to forego their jollies, simply changed the name, and dedicated the celebration, to some other Christian occasion…
Also known as Bacchanal, crazy parties with drunken revelry, sexual experimentation, and wild music dedicated to Bacchus, the Roman name for the Greek god of wine Dionysus, were also celebrated in southern Italy…via the Greek colonies…
Back in the day, Dionysus, with the looks any Greek god would have been proud of [are you recognizing the androgeny?], had his cult of followers, who eagerly awaited this yearly blow out, which is exactly what it was.
The females, “Maenads” (the word comes from the Greek maenades, meaning mad or demented) wild, drunk women, dressed as Ariadne, wife of Dionysus, with animal skins draped over their shoulders, carrying a “Thyrus”, a rod topped with a pine cone, and his male devotes, satyrs, men with goat-like features, in a permanent state of arousal, gathered together in the woods, for what can only be dubbed as a rave party!
The copious amounts of wine knocked back, trance-inducing music, strange herbs ingested and wild singing and dancing; all produced a state of complete abandon, a total lack of inhibition.
Baby this was the original sex, drugs and rock and roll!
…a huge wooden statue of Dionysus was borne aloft, through the inebriated crowds…escorted by men dressed at satyrs, disguised by masks, the women following, wildly dancing, heads thrown back in ecstasy…
I can certainly understand why early Christian priests were not enamored with these pagan shenanigans, and replaced it with Greek carnival, which, it seems to me, is just a reenactment of wild parties, thrown all those years ago, under another name: Apokreas!
…the description of the Dionysia reminds me of the less reputable holiday resorts of the Greek islands, where, according to foreign tourists, anything goes!
So do false gods capture their victims through sexual promiscuity or drive their victims to engage in sexual promiscuity?
“Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.” (Romans 1:18-32)
“Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ…According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness....that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped [the alternative condition] the corruption that is in the world through lust…Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth…there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies…and bring upon themselves swift destruction...
The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished: But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government…these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption…
- Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin;
- beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices…
- following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness…
- they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness...
While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage. (2 Peter 1-2)
God had to break up this recreation / re-creation of the damned world of lost souls.
“And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded. 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. Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language…” (Gen 11:5-6)
How does confounding language restrain humans from accessing the heavens?
The simple expedient of scattering the people can be easily reversed by learning one another’s languages, as occurs when empires expand into outlying territories. English is the current example of a common world language, assembling not only a labor force but discoveries by far-flung researchers.
Not surprisingly, in the 19th and early 20th centuries, much research was conducted and disseminated in German. Interesting that “Germany has been the home of some of the most prominent researchers in various scientific disciplines, notably physics, mathematics, chemistry and engineering.” Interesting that rocket science and space exploration began in Germany, and that space exploration is where you see the greatest international cooperation. Since America won German scientists as spoils of war after World War II, English has become the new common language of science.
In addition to accumulating knowledge and understanding by learning multiple languages, many efforts have been made to devise a completely new universal language, including a language allegedly learned from a green alien humanoid. “Space-spirit-sound”, or “aUl”, was developed by an Austrian psychologist who claims that aUl is the universal language of logic used throughout the cosmos. Crazy as it sounds this is actually getting to the heart of the matter.
The Encylopaedia Britannica defines the history of science as mankind’s attempt to understand, in order to control, one’s world.
About 2500 BCE [i.e. before the flood, during the reign of the fallen angels and giants] there was a sudden burst of activity that seems to have had clear scientific importance. Great Britain and northwestern Europe contain large stone structures from that era, the most famous of which is Stonehenge… that are remarkable from a scientific point of view. Not only do they reveal technical and social skills of a high order…but the basic conception of Stonehenge and the other megalithic structures also seems to combine religious and astronomical purposes…and, apparently, constructed on mathematical principles that require at least practical knowledge of the Pythagorean theorem. This theorem…seems to have been known throughout Asia, the Middle East, and Neolithic Europe two millennia before the birth of Pythagoras. This combination of religion and astronomy was fundamental to the early history of science. It is found in Mesopotamia, Egypt, China…Central America and India.
The universal language that allowed Nimrod’s army to access the heavens to war against God was understanding and applying the language of science – mathematics. This is the language that was scattered and lost for the last four thousand years. Since Western civilization is again reaching the same highly scientific and technological capababilities of our ancient ancestors, our governments are again devoting extreme amounts of financial and human resources to “reach unto heaven.”
And God wasn’t having it start all over again.
“So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth” (Gen 11:5-8)
One well-known event of scattering military knowledge so that it was not all held by one empire can be seen in the division of Germany’s rocket science between America and Russia after WWII. Fortunately for the world, the balance of power between America and Russia, AKA the Cold War, prevented both America and Russia from dropping more atomic bombs.
We can therefore anticipate that Antichrist’s overriding response to God’s strategy is to hunt down and regather, not just the nations, but the scattered antediluvian hyper dimensional knowledge carried through time in bits and pieces by the different nations.
A growing body of evidence suggests the first sixteen pyramids of ancient Egypt were not royal tombs but recovery vaults designed to revive civilization after an anticipated major catastrophe. The pyramids acted as storehouses for seeds and tools, but the treasures necessary to restore the culture of ancient Egypt were secured in a secret chamber, and the three great pyramids of Giza “point” to this secret location.
According to respected Christian analyst and author Sharon K. Gilbert, this is the occult, i.e. hidden meaning, in the ancient myth of the scattering of Osiris’, AKA Nimrod’s, body parts.
According to top scholars in linguistics, archaeology, comparative mythology, and astronomy, myths encode the ancient knowledge of astronomy. Hertha von Dechend was professor of the history of science at the University of Frankfurt, and a research associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.), ranked the #1 university in the world. Also at M.I.T., Giorgio de Santillana was professor of the history and philosophy of science. Together von Dechend and de Santiallana compiled years of study into Hamlet’s Mill: An Essay Investigating the Origins of Human Knowledge & Its Transmission Through Myth. Drawing on scientific data, historical & literary sources, the authors argue that the myths from cultures all around the world have a common origin and are the remains of a preliterate astronomy, an exacting science whose power & accuracy were suppressed & then forgotten by an emergent Greco-Roman world view.
Manly P. Hall, famed occultist and author of over 150 published works, drew his opinions in part from his studies of comparative mythology. Among the best known of his occult teachings are Aliens Magick and Sorcery, The Secret Teachings of All Ages, and An Encyclopedic Outline of Masonic, Hermetic, Qabbalistic Rosicrucian Symbolical Philosophy. The Secret Destiny of America popularized the idea of a masonic purpose for the founding of the United (get it?) States.
Unfortunately for believers, the scattering of nations also restrained God’s people from leading unbelievers back to God.
“For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me…Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.” (Joh 17:8, 20-23)
But as with all of rest of his judgments on sin, God provided a way of escape from this one. The first way in which God was working at that time to reunite believers and testify to unbelievers was, logically, through a universal language. We should not be surprised to find that, as with the reconciliation of Adam through sacrifice on the very day he sinned, this reconciliation through communication was also provided at the same time that judgment was imposed. We can date the beginning of this universal language by association with Shem’s son Aram.
Aram-aic is the ancient language of the Semitic [Shemite] family group, which includes the Assyrians, Babylonians, Chaldeans, Arameans, Hebrews, and Arabs…In a phenomenal wave of expansion, Aramaic spread over Palestine and Syria and large tracts of Asia and Egypt, replacing many languages…For about one thousand years it served as the official and written language of the Near East, officially beginning with the conquests of the Assyrian Empire, which had adopted Aramaic as its official language, replacing Akkadian…Aramaic had been adopted by…the tribes of the Northern Kingdom [deported] by Sargon II who took Samaria in 721, [and] the two tribes of the Southern Kingdom of Judah who were taken into captivity to Babylon by Nebuchadnezzar in 587. Hence, the Jews who returned from the Babylonian Captivity brought Aramaic back with them to the Holy Land…[Yeshua / Jesus spoke the Word in Aramaic] The large colony of Orhai Jews [in modern Turkey], and the Jewish colonies in Assyria in the kingdom of Adiabene whose royal house had converted to Judaism, possessed most of the Bible in this [Aramaic] dialect, the Peshitta…This Peshitta version of the Old Testament was taken over by all the Churches in the East, which used, and still use Aramaic, as far as India, and formerly in Turkestan and China. The Peshitta Tenakh was completed during Apostolic times with the writings of the New Testament…Modern Aramaic, in its various dialects, is spoken in modern-day Iraq, Iran, Syria, Israel, Lebanon, and the various Western countries to which the native speakers have emigrated, including Russia, Europe, Australia and the United States.”
(Hsian-Fu (Xian) Monument commemorating the arrival of Christianity to China in 635-781 A.D.)
It’s always the power inherent in the Word of God that opposes and defeats the enemy.
From ~ 1700 – 2200 AM Noah’s grandsons, great-grandsons, and great-great grandsons fathered the nations that dispersed throughout the world from the tower of Babel. They lived almost 500 years and were still alive into Isaac’s lifetime. They were the source of knowledge of pre-apocalypse technology, rebuilders of civilization for the pioneers forging homes in every type of wilderness from tundra to desert. This explains how “civilizations seem to have appeared full-blown, already fully developed.”
Please note I do not agree with every source I offer for your consideration, just giving you a taste of the evidence that “science” does not by any means know everything. There are indeed alternative explanations, which you will find among scientists and in the development of any science. Remember, science starts with a hypothesis which is stated as a fact long before the evidence is gathered to prove its validity.
Just think about the immense influence that the sole survivors of the pre-flood people had over the post-apocalyptic population in rebirthing civilization. To catch a glimpse of how these men shaped the world, imagine that one of them is Leonardo DaVinci, the genius who epitomizes the Renaissance humanist ideal, superhuman intellect in all sciences and arts, revered for technological ingenuity never matched by another historically known human. What impact would he have had on the world if he had lived for five hundred years from 1656 AD to 2106 AD, alive in our day and continuing after our deaths up to the 22nd century? Would humanity have survived its wars if Da Vinci had continued to develop his war machines? This explains why God put a time limit on lifespans.
“Thou hast set our iniquities before thee, our secret sins in the light of thy countenance. For all our days are passed away in thy wrath: we spend our years as a tale that is told. The days of our years are threescore and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.” (Psa 90:18-10)
While less virile than their antediluvian fathers, compared to their rapidly degenerating descendants the founding fathers of the nations were still superhuman in physical and intellectual power, supplemented by centuries of accumulated learning from personal experience. Using 25 years as a statistical average for subsequent generations, the founding fathers would have outlived a minimum of 16 generations, actually more since babies were born constantly. These Elders appear immortal to those who are born and die without seeing them age. They are entreated to intervene in problems (prayed to). In order to gain access to their resources and network of connections their favor is curried with offerings of the best housing, best foods, gifts of precious metals, gems, fabrics and crafts exploited from their territories or obtained in trade, extolled in ceremonies with memorial speeches and songs (worshipped). As they finally age, they maintain their mystic by secreting themselves in Mount Olympus, Valhalla, etc. Ancestor worship develops in Africa, Japan, Americas as a more accurate memory of history.
Shem’s descendants are listed in Genesis 10 and further detailed by the noted historian Josephus in The Antiquities of the Jews. “Shem, the third son of Noah, had five sons, who inhabited the land that began at Euphrates, and reached to the Indian Ocean [through the Persian Gulf].”
- For Elam left behind him the Elamites, the ancestors of the Persians [Iranians].
- Ashur lived at the city Nineve; and named his subjects Assyrians [northern Iraqis] who became the most fortunate nation, beyond others [from a materialistic perspective.]
- Arphaxad named the Arphaxadites, who are now called Chaldeans [considered to be the “live continuation of all the indigenous people of Mesopotamia.” Saddam Hussein personifies the dream of reuniting all the indigenous people of Mesopotamia at Babel/Babylon. “To the horror of historic preservationists, he had the ancient walls of the former capital, Babylon, completely reconstructed using tens of thousands of newly fired bricks. An archaeologist had shown him bricks stamped with the name of Nebuchadnezzar II in 605 B.C. After the reconstruction, the small Arabic script on thousands of bricks read in part, “In the reign of the victorious Saddam Hussein, the president of the Republic, may God keep him, the guardian of the great Iraq and the renovator of its renaissance and the builder of its great civilization, the rebuilding of the great city of Babylon was done.”]
- Laud [aka Lud] founded the Laudites, which are now called Lydians [in modern eastern Turkey, after whom was named a prominent promoter of the apostle Paul’s missionary endeavors.]
- Aram had the Aramites, which the Greeks called Syrians;
- Of the four sons of Aram, Uz founded Trachonitis and Damascus: this [Eliezar’s and Job’s] country lies between Palestine and Cele-Syria / Greater-Syria. [Geographically this is the territory now called Lebanon, whose borders have shifted over the years. In other words, Uz inherited a piece of his father’s land, called Syria now but at that time Padan-Aram which, as we see from the geography of Aram’s other sons, extended beyond modern Syria. And with Uz we find another link to the apostle Paul in the city in which he was saved.]
- Ul founded Armenia; [back to Mount Ararat, where it is possible that Noah put down roots. Armenia was the first Christian state, declared 12 years before Constantine made Christianity the official religion of the Roman Empire.]
- Gather the Bactrians; [Uzbekistan, heading east, a wealthy and powerful territory in ancient times, from where, sometime after 1500 BC, one of the world’s most ancient prophets, Zoroaster / Zarathustra, traveled through Mesopotamia opposing polytheism as worship of Daevas / evil spirits. He preached that there is only one God, the creator, Ahura Mazda / Lord Wisdom of Asha / Truth, opposed by Angra Mainyu / Ahriman of Druj / Lie. He stressed the importance of free will and urged the people to follow the path of righteousness and truth. We should not be surprised to find that these biblical teachings were, like Judaism and Christianity, corrupted over time into the Zoroastrianism of today.]
- Mesa the Mesaneans; it is now called Charax Spasini. [back to southern Iraq].
Shem’s son Arphaxad was born just two years after the flood. Imagine what it would be like to be one of only eight adults colonizing a strange new world. The birth of a child would be cause for great rejoicing. Shem’s joy and hopes for this child turned to heartbreak as his son rejected his righteous leadership and turned to a life of crime.
Given the limited number of players at this stage of history, I think we can with confidence identify Sargon the Great, the first post-flood empire-builder, as Arphaxad. Sargon was a Semite who reigned for a period of time during Arphaxad’s long lifetime. Once again we find a confusing array of labels as Sargon is not a family name but a title assumed by the individual. It means “True King”, clearly in defiance of God’s King of Righteousness, his father Shem at this time (Genesis 9:26).
Like Absolom, Arphaxad tried to usurp the throne. The line in the Legend of Sargon that states “my father I knew not” does not mean he couldn’t identify his father. He must have in order to identify his uncles, “the brother(s) of my father” who he states “loved the hills”, which is a sneer to their defensive posture. “My father I knew not” is a statement that the son did not identify with his father. This is the same wording Jesus uses when he rejects false followers by announcing “I never knew you.” (Matt 7:23) Sargon is disrespecting his elders and boasting that he “alone is worthy” to receive blessing, and honor, and glory and power as the King of Kings because, as we shall see, he promises to make the loyal supporters of his rebellion “priests and kings”.
Sargon is famous for founding the first historic empire at the dawn of known civilization. In the 24th to 23rd centuries BC he conquered the fledgling Sumerian city-states, ruling from the city of Akkad. Among the most important sources of information about Sargon’s reign is a tablet of the Old Babylonian period recovered at Nippur during the University of Pennsylvania expedition in the 1890s. The tablet is a copy of the inscriptions on the pedestal of a statue erected by Sargon in the temple of Enlil…In the inscription, Sargon styles himself
- Sargon, king of Akkad,
- overseer (mashkim) of Inanna,
- king of Kish,
- anointed (guda) of Anu, i.e. Messiah / Christ,
- king of the land [Mesopotamia],
- governor (ensi) of Enlil
Sargon then conquered Ur and E-Ninmar and “laid waste” the territory from Lagash to the sea, and from there went on to conquer and destroy Umma, and he collected tribute from Mari and Elam. He triumphed over 34 cities in total. Ships from Meluhha, Magan and Dilmun rode at anchor in his capital of Akkad. Submitting himself to the Levantine god Dagan in exchange for his support in his territory, Sargon conquered territories of Upper Mesopotamia and the Levant, including Mari, Yarmuti (Jarmuth?) and Ibla “up to the Cedar Forest (the Amanus) and up to the Silver Mountain (Aladagh?)”, ruling from the “upper sea” (Mediterranean) to the “lower sea” (Persian Gulf).
And here we see the first historic example of bringing about a New World order through an apocalypse. The faceless inhabitants of these 34 cities mean nothing to us, so to get a real feel for what went on in the real “First World War” under Sargon let’s consider a more recent example.
In Hitler’s World War, instigated for the same purpose of establishing a New World Order, he planned not only to rid the world of Jews, Bible-believers, Gypsies, homosexuals, and the physically and mentally disabled useless eaters but to:
- Give the American land back to Native Americans in return for their support in an invasion.
- Build a permanent space station armed with a giant mirror as a weapon to focus the sun’s rays as fire from heaven to burn up his enemies.
- Empty Australia and New Zealand of white people and grant these territories as spoils of war to war ally Japan.
- Defend the eastern frontier against the inevitable war with inevitably ex-ally Japan by colonizing it with German ex-soldiers ordered to take native wives and produce at least seven children each in a population explosion of loyal Germans ready to fight for their land.
- Enslave 50 million Slavs in labor camps or private plantations on the American model.
- Export all able-bodied British males to the Continent as slave laborers and plunder England in vengeance for their refusal to join him.
- Strengthen his budding alliance with Muslim leaders in the Middle East, potentially converting Germany’s official religion from nominally Christian to Islam.
- Convert the conquered eastern territories to Jehovah’s Witnesses to take advantage of their fanatical work ethic and pacifism.
- Pit his super-power adversaries against each other.
This happened, not just by allying, however temporarily, with Russia, and also with Japan, but more subtly against England. While America did not fight England on the battlefield, American policies did destroy the world-wide British Empire therefore its financial strength and military might. After years of facing off against Germany alone England emerged from the war an emaciated and impoverished nation.
Britain had spent a great deal of money at the beginning of the war, under the US cash-and-carry scheme, which saw straight payments for materiel. There was also trading of territory for equipment on terms that have attracted much criticism in the years since. By 1941, Britain was in a parlous financial state and Lend-Lease was eventually introduced.
Compare 1) the British Empire pre- and post-World War II maps to see England’s loss of power. Then compare the British Empire pre-war map with the U.S. post-war map to see how America took over and even expanded beyond England’s world-wide power base.
Permanent war following our own American apocalypse, which some analysts consider to have been contrived for just such a purpose. This would not be the first time there was a manufactured war trigger. Certainly the President of the United States was handed unprecedented power after 9/11.
The War on Terror is a master class in manufactured and managed war triggers. My own studies have concentrated on the two-part operation of the fall of 2001 – the September 11 airplane incidents and the immediately following anthrax letter attacks. These were manufactured war triggers, and they were successful in winning the support of both the US population and its representatives for foreign wars and restrictions on domestic civil rights…
Our task is clear. We must mobilize both our investigative resources and our communication resources to nullify the efforts of those who specialize in the construction and encouragement of war triggers and who wish to keep the war system robust. We lost over 100 million people to war in the 20th century. Are we really going to let this happen again?
Graeme MacQueen is a former Director of the Centre for Peace Studies at McMaster University, a member of the 9/11 Consensus Panel, and a past co-editor of the Journal of 9/11 Studies.
And then there are the Nazi scientists who transferred Germany’s advanced rocket science to America after the war, raising the question whether America actually defeated the Nazis at the end or rescued the Nazis from the Russians because of shared values, common enemies and profits for an American-German business conglomerate of stakeholders?
As the above account of the “beginning” of Sargon’s kingdom demonstrates, the list of cities congregating into any kingdom means a warlord’s initial military victories, not his initial building projects. Historians concur with the biblical account of the dawn of post-flood history.
“The rise of cities began in this period, most notably in the region of Sumer in which thrived the cities of Eridu, Uruk, Ur, Kish, Nuzi, Lagash, Nippur, and Ngi and Ngirsu, and in Elam with its city of Susa. The earliest city is often cited as Uruk, although Eridu and Ur have also been suggested. Van De Mieroop writes, “Mesopotamia was the most densely urbanized region in the ancient world.
Those who read the post on Sin City will understand why there were cities filling the newly settled land – to protect the people from the violence of those who were following the way of Cain. We should not be surprised, in fact should expect, to find the same blood spatter pattern in the first post-flood generation as we saw in the first pre-flood generation with Cain and Abel.
Don’t image it was all pristine landscapes and peaceful subsistence farming, or glamorous development of the arts as presented by infatuated archeologists. Accumulation of wealth and power in those days occurred exactly as it does in ours – militarily. This was a post-apocalyptic world and Sargon is portrayed more accurately in film than in history books as the warlord of murderers, slavers and thieves.
“Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like:” (Gal 5:19-20)
Sargon is reported to have supported a court, i.e. standing army, of 5,400 men who “ate bread daily before him”. This is a credible number, endorsed by historians although with the assumption that there were thousands of years preceding this explosion onto the stage of history. This is also a credible number from a biblical perspective in only a few hundred years starting with only three reproducing couples.
Population growth is exponential, meaning it increases faster and faster with every additional set of parents. In addition, the growth rate in the first few hundred years after the flood would have far exceeded current growth rates due to the greatly extended years of fertility of the first generations of post-flood people. Today’s women have at most about 30 years of fertility and rarely reproduce to their full capacity, whereas the first generations of people populating an emptied earth had hundreds of years and high motivation to achieve their greatest potential.
Plugging these factors into a Population Growth Calculator I came up with a potential population growth from 6 persons (3 reproducing couples) to 126 million people in 300 years.
Why don’t we see that much of a population?
As with the nature of warfare in South Africa upon Shaka Zulu’s appearance on the scene, warfare under Sargon in Mesopotamia changed from seizing property and slave labor between neighboring clans with a minimal loss of life into total destruction of the enemy on the battlefield.
The Zulu Kingdom grew exponentially with every additional city and its resources. The innovative tactics and military reforms of both Shaka Zulu and Sargon welded neighboring clans into a powerful empire.
Arphaxad’s legacy and name is preserved in his descendants and nation, the Chaldeans. where “ch” is a hard “k” sound as in “school.” We can hear the phonetic similarities between …axad, Akkad, and Ch / Kald..The development of the Chaldeans from marauding tribesmen to membership in the most influential circles of power can be traced in scripture. From the beginning the Chaldeans were famous for accessing astral power sources through astrology and astronomy, associated with Assyria and assimilated with Babylon.
“While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The Chaldeans made out three bands, and fell upon the camels, and have carried them away, yea, and slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.“ (Job 1:17)
“Behold the land of the Chaldeans; this people was not, till the Assyrian founded it for them that dwell in the wilderness: they set up the towers thereof, they raised up the palaces thereof...” (Isaiah 23:13)
The Assyrian is Asshur, Arphaxad’s brother, the father of the nation notorious for constant rivalry with Babylon for regional dominance. Apparently they created their own tale of two cities, a league. Recall that cities are built for warfare.
“Come down, and sit in the dust, O virgin daughter of Babylon, sit on the ground: there is no throne, O daughter of the Chaldeans: for thou shalt no more be called tender and delicate…Sit thou silent, and get thee into darkness, O daughter of the Chaldeans: for thou shalt no more be called, The lady of kingdoms. I was wroth with my people, I have polluted mine inheritance, and given them into thine hand: thou didst shew them no mercy; upon the ancient hast thou very heavily laid thy yoke. And thou saidst, I shall be a lady for ever: so that thou didst not lay these things to thy heart, neither didst remember the latter end of it. Therefore hear now this, thou that art given to pleasures, that dwellest carelessly, that sayest in thine heart, I am, and none else beside me; I shall not sit as a widow, neither shall I know the loss of children: But these two things shall come to thee in a moment in one day, the loss of children, and widowhood: they shall come upon thee in their perfection for the multitude of thy sorceries, and for the great abundance of thine enchantments. For thou hast trusted in thy wickedness: thou hast said, None seeth me. Thy wisdom and thy knowledge, it hath perverted thee; and thou hast said in thine heart, I am, and none else beside me. Therefore shall evil come upon thee; thou shalt not know from whence it riseth: and mischief shall fall upon thee; thou shalt not be able to put it off: and desolation shall come upon thee suddenly, which thou shalt not know. Stand now with thine enchantments, and with the multitude of thy sorceries, wherein thou hast laboured from thy youth; if so be thou shalt be able to profit, if so be thou mayest prevail. Thou art wearied in the multitude of thy counsels. Let now the astrologers, the stargazers, the monthly prognosticators, stand up, and save thee from these things that shall come upon thee.“ (Isa 47:1-13)
After losing their sovereignty, and despite being mingled with other ethnicities, the Chaldeans continued to identified as a separated people group due to their unique mystical skill set. Something like the Gypsies.
“In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah came Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon unto Jerusalem, and besieged it. And the LORD gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, with part of the vessels of the house of God: which he carried into the land of Shinar [a pointed reference to Nimrod’s territory and the location of the tower of Babel] to the house of his god; and he brought the vessels into the treasure house of his god. And the king spake unto Ashpenaz the master of his eunuchs, that he should bring certain…of the king’s seed, and of the princes; Children in whom was no blemish, but well favoured, and skilful in all wisdom, and cunning in knowledge, and understanding science…whom they might teach the learning and the tongue of the Chaldeans…Now among these were of the children of Judah, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah.” (Daniel 4:1-7)
Daniel is quite likely the author of the prophecy that came true about 600 years after it was preserved by the Chaldeans.
“Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.” (Matthew 2:1-2)
Arphaxad’s son Salah is also listed in the “fathers of nations” in Genesis 10 so although we don’t find him listed in the local directory he must have a people group descended from him. Since what we know about the nations comes from sources like Josephus, whose knowledge was limited to the Middle East and perimeter, there is a huge gap in identifying the ancestry of peoples in the Far East and the Americas. From a biblical perspective those ancient nations can with certainty be traced back to Genesis 10, even if the exact match is uncertain.
I would start by identifying Salah with the Indus Valley civilization, which is just a short boat ride from the mouth of the Euphrates River and corresponds to Josephus’ report that Shem’s descendants migrated east to the Indian Sea. Corresponding roughly to Salah’s lifetime (archeology is not by any means an exact science), this thriving culture, along with Mesopotamia and Egypt, was one of the three cradles of civilization.
Providing some support for this theory is the alternate name of “Sarasvati Civilisation” with its linguistic connection to Salah, especially since Asians are known to mix the “L” and “R” sounds. Another clue is that the language of this culture has been tentatively identified as Semitic. Archaeological excavations indicate that the region was depopulated about 1900 BC and replaced with Aryan, i.e. Japhethite, peoples, who established the eastern leg of the Indo-European straddle. The standard pattern of dispersion of the original peoples is away from civilization, i.e. further east. Moving on through time as well as space we find that 1766 BC is the traditional date for the founding of the first historic dynasty in China.
Genetic analysis, while “a different type of evidence — not as good at (establishing) dates“, as well as ongoing archeological discoveries, does allow us to continue on eastward and trace the North and South American indigenous populations back to their Asian source.
There are many other cultural similarities between the the Hindu and Mayan civilizations as well. I admit we can’t know for certain who all Salah’s descendants are. We can, however, know for certain who his primary son’s descendants are, because they are named after him and stayed close to home.
Shem’s great-grandson Eber was born early on in history, about 200 years after the flood. He lived 464 yrs, from 2281 BC until 1817. He was the last of the long-lived ancestors, outliving Shem, Arphaxad, Salah, and even Abraham by a few years.
Eber named one of his sons “Peleg; for in his days was the earth divided.” (Gen 10:25).
There are different interpretations of what was actually divided. If we take a straightforward translation from the Hebrew we accept that the physical earth is what is reported here. While some analysts assume that the geological upheaval would be so destructive that humanity couldn’t survive, interpreting the report of this earth division as being caused by the usual aftershocks of the initial massive tectonic upheavals during the flood, as described in that post, is simply to be expected. Geological science confirms this while assigning
Peleg was about 125-150 years old when the tower of Babel incident occurred about 2200 B.C. The breakup of one large landmass at this time would certainly expedite the breakup of one empire into independent nations. Genesis 10 records The Table of Nations.
This didn’t happen haphazardly.
“Remember the days of old, consider the years of many generations: ask thy father, and he will shew thee; thy elders, and they will tell thee. When the Most High divided to the nations their inheritance, when he separated the sons of Adam, he set the bounds of the people according to the number of the children of Israel.” Deu 32:7)
While numerically this corresponds to “all the souls of the house of Jacob, which came into Egypt, were threescore and ten” (Genesis 46:27), there is scholarly debate over the validity of the translation of “the children of Israel”, since the children of Jacob / Israel didn’t exist yet when the nations were divided.
There is an alternative explanation to the popular “It’s a mistake!”
Don’t forget that “Israel” is a title which can be held by various persons, not a personal name identifying one single individual.
“And he said unto him, What is thy name / identity? And he said, Jacob / usurper. And he said, Thy name / identity shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel / Prince of God: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men.” (Genesis 32:27-28)
There is no reason for us to believe that Jacob was the first and only person on whom God conferred the title, in essence, “My Prince” / Co-ruler. Certainly Adam was assigned co-regency.
“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion” (Genesis 1:26)
This should give us understanding of a related title – Son of God.
“…Seth, which was the son of Adam, which was the son of God.” (Luke 3:38)
The understanding of “Isra-el” as a royal title comes across in the Septuagint (translation of the Hebrew Old Testament into Greek) and Dead Sea scrolls which replace “children of the Prince of God ”with the condensed version of “sons of God.”
If we examine the first occurrence of this name / identity, not in the written account but in history, we will have a better understanding of the person who was referred to by the title Israel during the breakup of one people into many nations.
The style of the key passage is key to understanding the analysis. The text switches from prose to poetry. This context is as significant as, for example, the context in which the word “Dear” is used. Are you addressing “Dear Sirs: Attached please find my resume…” or “Dearly beloved, we are gathered together”, or “My dear darling, when I think of you (and you are always in my thoughts…”)?
So, overlaying the template of poetry / lyrics onto the crucial passage:
“And Moses spake in the ears of all the congregation of Israel the words of this song…
- Give ear, O ye heavens, and I will speak;
- and hear, O earth, the words of my mouth.
- My doctrine shall drop as the rain,
- my speech shall distil as the dew,
- as the small rain upon the tender herb,
- and as the showers upon the grass:
- Because I will publish the name of the LORD:
- ascribe ye greatness unto our God.
- He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment:
- a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.
- They have corrupted themselves, their spot is not the spot of his children:
- they are a perverse and crooked generation.
- Do ye thus requite the LORD, O foolish people and unwise?
- is not he thy father that hath bought thee? hath he not made thee, and established thee?” (Deuteronomy 31:28-30, 32:1-6)
Remember that Hebrew poetry doesn’t repeat sounds in rhyme, it repeats concepts in rhythm. In both Moses’ poem and Job’s, presented in the post In Earth As In Heaven, different descriptions of the same beings are given to enhance our knowledge.
- “When the morning stars sang together,
- and all the sons of God shouted for joy” (Job 38:7)
This should be recognized by anyone who has been a student exposed to the classic teaching method of “compare and contrast”.
The ability to compare and contrast is one of the first higher-order reading comprehension skills students are introduced to. And it is no wonder, as the ability to categorise and compare things in terms of their differences and similarities corresponds to some the earliest stages of cognitive development. Without the ability to group things effectively in terms of their similarities and differences, much of what we consider as ‘learning’ would be impossible.
Now lets continue to look at Moses’ song, but with higher-order reading comprehension skills allowing us to make meaningful connections within – and beyond – the text.
- “Remember the days of old,
- consider the years of many generations:
- ask thy father, and he will shew thee;
- thy elders, and they will tell thee.
- When the Most High divided to the nations their inheritance,
- when he separated the sons of Adam,
- he set the bounds of the people according to the number of the children of Israel / the Prince of God
- For the LORD‘s portion is his people; Jacob is the lot of his inheritance.” (Deuteronomy 32:7-9)
Notice that Moses is urging us to pay attention to the ancient historical context of this account – Remember! Consider! Ask! This is super important! Way back in the days of old a pivotal event occurred that continues to be significant to Moses’ audience in their day.
That event was when the Most High:
- divided to the nations
- also described as separated the sons of Adam which assuredly means the total mass of mortal humanity.
So far our analysis is unimpeachable, spot on with prior scripture.
“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.” (Genesis 10:32)
Continuing with Moses, who as the author of both passages in Deuteronomy and Genesis, we have good reason to believe is consistent and reliable.
- he set the bounds of the people according to the number of the children of the Prince of God
If we stay consistent with comparing scripture with scripture, then Isra-el as a title – Prince of God – is referencing Noah.
“Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD…Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God…And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth. And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me…I will destroy them with the earth…But with thee will I establish my covenant;” (Genesis 6:8-18)
- For the LORD‘s portion is his people; Jacob is the lot of his inheritance.”
If we then apply the analytical process of contrasting differences, we see that the LORD’s portion is only ONE of the nations, clearly identified as Jacob, the father of the newly constituted nation to whom Moses is making his final State of the Union address.
Moses then brings the account up to a more current time period, defining their ancestor Jacob as also chosen to be God’s human ruler on earth, i.e. Prince of God in his day. Think about it. This role has to passed down from generation to generation, since humans die. More on this in the post Melchizedek.
But Jacob had died by the time Moses was in charge. Pop quiz. Who currently carried the title Isra-el, Prince of Creator God’s Chosen People, called by his name?
“Moses commanded us a law, even the inheritance of the congregation of Jacob. And he was king in Jeshurun / Israel, when the heads of the people and the tribes of Israel were gathered together.” (Deuteronomy 33:5-6)
Isaiah describes Moses’ significance in God’s scheme of things.
“I will mention the lovingkindnesses of the LORD…toward the house of Israel, which he hath bestowed on them according to his mercies…For he said, Surely they are my people, children that will not lie: so he was their Saviour….But they rebelled, and vexed his holy Spirit: therefore he was turned to be their enemy, and he fought against them.
Then he remembered the days of old, Moses, and his people, saying,
- Where is he that brought them up out of the sea with the shepherd of his flock / Moses?
- where is he that put his holy Spirit within him / Moses?
- That led them by the right hand of Moses with his glorious arm, dividing the water before them, to make himself an everlasting name?
- That led them through the deep, as an horse in the wilderness, that they should not stumble?
- The Spirit of the Lord caused him / Moses to rest: so didst thou lead thy people, to make thyself a glorious name.
Doubtless thou art our father, though Abraham be ignorant of us, and Israel acknowledge us not: thou, O Lord, art our father, our redeemer; thy name is from everlasting…Return for thy servants’ sake, the tribes of thine inheritance.
- The people of thy holiness have possessed it [thy name / identity / unity] but a little while:
- our adversaries have trodden down thy sanctuary.
- We are thine:
- thou never barest rule over them; they were not called by thy name.(Isaiah 63:7-19)
The broader context of Isaiah’s reflections on Moses and Moses’ last speech to the children of the Prince of God underscores the connection, and provides the reason for the reference, to the first post-apocalyptic renaissance Prince of God.
The princes of false gods.
“I know that after my death ye will utterly corrupt yourselves…ye will do evil in the sight of the Lord, to provoke him to anger through the work of your hands.
- the LORD alone did lead him / the Prince of God,
- and there was no strange god with him…
- But Jeshur-un / Isr- [Upright One, a play on the first syllable where J=I=Y and sh=s, a nickname for Israel that can be sarcastic] waxed fat, and kicked…
- then he forsook God which made him,
- and lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation.
- They provoked him to jealousy with strange gods,
- with abominations provoked they him to anger.
- They sacrificed unto devils, not to God;
- to gods whom they knew not, to new gods that came newly up, whom your fathers feared not...
- Of the Rock that begat thee thou art unmindful,
- and hast forgotten God that formed thee…O that they were wise, that they understood this…
- For their rock is not as our Rock, even our enemies themselves being judges.
- For their vine is of the vine of Sodom, and of the fields of Gomorrah…
- the LORD shall judge his people, and repent himself for his servants, when he seeth that their power is gone, and there is none shut up, or left.
- And he shall say, Where are their gods, their rock in whom they trusted, Which did eat the fat of their sacrifices, and drank the wine of their drink offerings? let them rise up and help you, and be your protection.
- See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand.
- For I lift up my hand to heaven, and say, I live for ever…
And Moses came and spake all the words of this song in the ears of the people.” (Deuteronomy 31:28-30, 32)
According to Jasher, God works through seventy angels.
“And God said to the seventy angels who stood foremost before him, to those who were near to him, saying, Come let us descend and confuse their tongues, that one man shall not understand the language of his neighbor, and they did so unto them.” Jasher 9:32
Moses’, Jasher’s and the Septuagint’s accounts are in no way contradictory. The seventy sons of God / angels correspond to the divine council described in the previous posting, and briefly panned in John’s view of heaven as “angels round about the throne…” (Rev 5:11) At the same time there are human sons of God who rule the earth through the power of the Seed of the Woman, the Redeemer of all humanity.
“For thy Maker is thine husband; the LORD of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called.” (Isaiah 54:5-8)
“Thou hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; And hast made us unto our God kings and priests, and we shall reign on the earth.” (Rev 5:9-10).
We should take it as a given that the Competition, the Seed of the Serpent makes exactly the same promises to his worshippers.
So why is this rather confusing and seemingly random statement about Peleg dropped into the brief account of his father Eber? The more we dig for gold the more we should be able to catch the glint buried in what appears to the casual eye to be nothing but mud.
Eber is the head of the only nation left standing against 69 demonically empowered dogs of war.
Eber is identified ethnically and linguistically as the founder and patriarch of the Hebrew nation. Cultural historians confirm the biblical account that the Hebrew nation was the only godly nation to come out of Babylon.
“Little is known about the oldest eras of ancient Hebrew civilization because the culture was nomadic.” And why would that be? They were running for their lives.
“And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent. And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.” (Rev 12:13-15)
The most distinct and long-lasting elements of ancient Hebrew civilization lay not in its architectural, artistic or diplomatic contributions but in the focus of the people as a monotheistic God who was radically different from the gods worshipped by most ancient peoples. Our Oriental Heritage by Will Durant
Eber’s nation is the one nation the LORD God reserved to harbor his Christ when he turned all the rest over to the gods they chose to serve. This nation is the classic “reserved remnant” God always keeps in a hostile and wicked world. The following passage applies in history to the nation of Israel but it applies as well to the handful of faithful believers in 2200 BC.
“I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid...Wot ye not what the scripture saith of Elias? how he maketh intercession to God…saying…I am left alone, and they seek my life. But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal. Even so then at this present time also [as in the past] there is a remnant according to the election of grace.” (Ro 11:1-5)
The scattering of the people not only limited their ability to make war, it also limited their ability to make love. The Genesis 10 record is consistent with DNA analysis of migration routes of groups of people with common ancestry.
In another scientific upset contradicting evolutionists’ theory that Homo Sapiens evolved and spread worldwide from Africa, recent DNA test results on a 3,500 year old African human fossil bone indicate migration to Africa from the Middle East. There was a higher proportion of Eurasian DNA than is currently found in Africans, showing that Africans were originally part of, then became isolated from, the general population which included Europeans and Asians.
Bear in mind as you look at the following graphic that the Mercator world map being used is known to distort the true shapes and relative positions of the continents, so therefore the migration paths as well, which are elongated. But it does give the right directions and final resting places.
Reproduction within a limited gene pool produced offspring similar to each other, and different from the other limited gene pools, manifested as the various ethnicities with their characteristic physical features.
But! the alert reader protests, because of cloning wasn’t there was a lack of genetic diversity in Adam and Eve other than the changes in the sex chromosomes? Where did genetic diversity come from to produce the vast differences seen across the world?
The Human Genome Project provides the answers.
The grandiose claims of Darwinism are, pathetically, still propagated despite the fact that they are based on complete ignorance of scientific facts undiscovered when Charles Darwin published The Origin of the Species in 1859. It was not until 1944 that DNA was identified as the structure of inheritance and determined to consist of just four different molecules which always combine in the same base pairs – C with G and A with T. Like the letters of the alphabet forming words, these base pairs can be lined up in an infinite variety of sequences and numbers of base pairs to form genes. Just like books are vastly different depending on the sequence and number of letters forming words, all living things are distinguished by the number and arrangements of DNA in their genes. Think of the genome as an instructional manual. In 1953 the double helix nature of DNA was famously visualized, but it took the advent of highly functioning computers in the 1990’s to unravel the complete sequence of human DNA. In 2003 a rough draft of the human genome, i.e. complete set of genes, was discovered to consist of over 3 billion pairs.
Darwinists immediately claimed that the HGP provided scientific evidence for evolution because “humans are 99 percent identical to chimps.”
However, that was an unscientific propaganda stunt made when “only 28 percent of the genome had reached the finished standard” of coverage and error rate. Further scientific refinements in discoveries and analyses of the data proved this claim to be false as there is only about 95% genetic similarity between humans and chimps.
If you are thinking that 5% genetic difference still sounds significant enough to support evolution, look again at the meme above. “It is true that domestic cats are related to lions, but only distantly.” By Darwinians’ own claims, 5% genetic difference is large, separating these cats out of the same family into different subfamilies, genera, and species. Unlike the compared cats, humans and chimps aren’t even in the same family. Our differences separate us further back into the primate order, which, with 300 different species, is the third most diverse order of mammals. So we see that less than 5% genetic difference can account for significant differences between humans and apes. In any case, similarities in design does not disprove a designer. Just look at cell phones.
Humans are 99.9% genetically identical despite greater differences in appearance than cats
Interesting that you don’t find evolutionists trumpeting the 2020 study quoted above, reporting that humans are genetically identical to pigs.
Then it turns out that Darwinians fail to mention that a % difference in genes turns out to be a negligible amount of the total % difference in genome, or total DNA. By 2012 investigators learned that…
it is an astonishing fact that protein-coding sequences, which are what we mostly mean when we say “genes,” occupy only a little over 1% of the human genome. [Another] 8% of the genome is nearly all regulatory sequences, DNA that governs the behavior of the 1 percent of DNA that codes for proteins…It was a big surprise to learn that the DNA that regulates genes was eight times bigger…Our genes code for pretty much the same proteins that the genes of mice and rhinos do. What looks like huge differences between our species arise largely from differences in regulation — what point in life a particular protein-coding gene turns on or off, and in what cells.
So what’s the other 90 percent of the human genome up to? It has been called junk, and although scientists don’t much like that term, junk is what a lot of it appears to be. Some of that DNA, for instance, is leftover fragments of dead viruses that invaded our ancestors’ genomes aeons ago.”
Now that just opens a huge line of inquiry, since viruses “are tools commonly used by molecular biologists to deliver genetic material into cells,” to create hybrids with recombinant DNA for instance. And this is where the Introduction to Genetics in this post begins to make sense. Consider this to be a reference section you don’t need to understand completely at this point, but can refer back to as the study proceeds.
But most of the 90 percent consists of DNA sequences called transposons…stretches of DNA that can hop around in host DNA…The extent to which a genome is infested with transposons varies from species to species. The Homo sap genome is stuffed with them…A transposon that jumps into the middle of a gene can disrupt the gene’s work. Transposons can also boost the potency of genes involved in disease. On the other hand…they can increase genetic diversity.
Ten years on from the finishing of the human reference genome sequence, it remains unclear what fraction of the human genome confers function, where this sequence resides, and how much is shared with other mammalian species.
So Darwinians are just blowing smoke.
On the other hand, the mysterious apparent lack of functionality of the vast majority of the human genome supports the biblical view that the man Adam
- was created perfectly in God’s hyper dimensional image and likeness,
- was corrupted into a vastly less functional four dimensional state of being,
- but retained the capacity
- to be resurrected back into the original hyper dimensional state of being.
Moving on from Genetics 101, we can limit ourselves to just genes to understand how humans can be so diverse and yet share the same genome.
1. There are about 20,000 genes in the human genome. These are templates that reproduce themselves as proteins that, like Legos, are the building blocks of complex physical components such as tissues, organs, nerves, neurotransmitters, hormones, etc. which ultimately define the appearance (image) and behaviors (likeness) of a unique individual.
2. However, all the genes are not active in every individual. We can deduce that Adam was created with all the genes required to express the full range of human diversity without expressing all of them himself.
3. Genes always come is a set of two, even when we only need one gene for functionality. Variations of the same gene are called alleles. These provide individual diversity within species identity.
4. Many variation genes have a dominant (indicated by capital letter) and a recessive (indicated by lower case letter) gene. Usually the recessive gene is overshadowed by the dominant gene, so a child has to inherit a complete set of recessive genes to show the recessive trait. In the example shown, two parents who each have one dominant and one recessive gene for eye color both show the dominant trait, yet have a 25% chance (with every child conceived) of producing a child with both recessive genes therefore showing the recessive trait. If one parent has only one recessive gene, therefore expresses the dominant trait, and the other parent has both recessive genes, they have a 50% chance of producing a child with the recessive trait, and every child carries at least one gene with the recessive trait. Adam would have been created with both dominant and recessive genes, therefore passed both types on to his wife in asexual reproduction. Once their genes were mixed up and separated during sexual reproduction, however, they produced children, some of whom received different complete sets of recessive genes from their parents so looked different from their parents and each other in hair color, eye color, height, etc. That first blue-eyed blond-haired child must have come as a shock!
5. Multiple genes (the genotype) usually work together to create the appearance (phenotype). A simple example would be eye color. One brown-eyed parent and one blue-eyed parent each pass half of their genes for eye color to their offspring. Although brown is dominant and we would expect brown eyes in all children, it is possible to mix the brown and blue genes to produce a green-eyed child.
6. Genes can be changed through mutations which can occur from radiation damage and other chemicals introduced into the body. These changes can be passed to the offspring without changing the species of the offspring.
7. Genes can be redundant, with multiple copies of the same gene on different chromosomes. These function like a backup generator. In the event an essential gene is damaged by disease or mutation the redundant gene can take over. Not all individuals have these redundant genes which is why some individuals succumb to conditions like radiation poisoning or cancer while others survive.
8. Genes can be locked down or unlocked through epigenetics. This is a recently discovered process in which complex molecules are formed by the cell in response to environmental or bodily conditions, such as overproduction of stress hormones. These molecules connect to the DNA in every cell, including the reproductive cells. This is how parents’ behaviors and exposures can be inherited by descendants even when the parents aren’t around to role model, or the exposure experienced by, the offspring.
9. Genes swap sides, moving to different chromosomes during meiosis while making gametes. Parents do not pass exact copies of the chromosomes they got from their parents to their children, but rather a mix of the genes they inherited from each of their parents. We can deduce that God can pick and choose the genes that are inherited by an individual to bring to pass “the LORD that formed me from the womb to be his servant” Isaiah 49:5)
Now when you combine the gametes from two different people, you can see how unique that individual would be. That new individual may then alter his / her genes through mutation and epigenetics before he / she shuffles and divies up his / her genes for the next generation.
This is how can humans be more than 99% identical yet demonstrate so much diversity. Variations in siblings from the same parents show how every human being is both one in the human family by virtue of having all the same genes and a unique individual through a different assortment of the variation alleles.
Cain and Abel are the first recorded individuals produced by sexual reproduction, but obviously there were females as well. The burning question of “Who was Cain’s wife?” with the scoffing deduction that “she had to be his sister which is contrary to Mosaic law therefore the Bible is inconsistent therefore unreliable” turns out to be a non-issue. Improved understanding of science proves the reliability of the ancient biblical text. The prohibition against reproducing with close relatives was put into place after genetic mutations increased the likelihood of passing on defective genetic expression to offspring. The vicious behaviors that Cain engaged in and taught his followers, as we discovered in the post Sin City, were the beginning of epigenetics. Early in the game the genes inherited by Cain and his sister were perfect. And yet differences existed, exactly as they do now, from variation genes that were placed into Adam at creation being passed down in an endlessly varied assortment to offspring.
We casually assign the descendants of Ham’s son Cush to primitive peoples in Africa, but this was not the case in ancient times. Starting in the Middle East with their Semitic and Japhethite cousins, they spread around the globe. According to updated genetic studies reported by Carl Zimmer at The New York Times: “The dark-skinned people of southern India, Australia and New Guinea…inherited the ancestral dark variants Dr. Tishkoff’s team found in Africans.”
Look at the Indian Ocean: on the west, Africa; on the north, the three great southern peninsulas of Asia: on the east, a chain of great islands terminating in Australia. Wherever that Indian Ocean touches land, it finds dark-skinned people with strongly developed jaws, relatively long arms and kinky or frizzly hair. Call that the Indian Ocean or Negroid division of the human race.
At the turn of the century elitists used Darwin’s newly developed idea of evolution to claim that this Negroid division of the human race was not, after all, a division of the human race, but subhuman on the evolutionary scale. “Scientists” from the most highly respected universities and the prestigious Smithsonian Institute ruled that dark-skinned peoples were on par with animals so did not qualify for “We, the People” rights. This allowed proponents of racism – now “scientifically” supported by “evolution” as “race hygiene” to argue passionately for extermination of dark-skinned peoples as a natural part of human evolution’s highest race – blond, blue-eyed Nordic peoples. Sound familiar? The Nazis’ 1940’s genocidal policies were rooted in Darwinism and established by American “scientists” at the turn of the century.
Further discoveries from the human genome and its expression in the population as a whole has brought about the insight that Skin Color is Not Race.
The genes which are responsible for most of the variation between human populations in complexion have been identified…About half a dozen genes of large effect can explain 90% of…variance. Some of the genes, such as SLC24A5, are so ancestrally informative that…you can ascertain ancestry in mixed populations simply by inspecting its frequency [within the population]. With that said, I recently reread an “old” paper from the ancient days before human pigmentation was elucidated with any depth, that is, 2004… Implications of correlations between skin color and genetic ancestry for biomedical research.
A quick summary of the research: it studied three groups of people known to have a mix of ancestry to see if skin color was a reliable predictor of ancestry, i.e. does lighter skin match, or correlate, with more European ancestry and darker skin with more African? It turns out, it does not.
As you can see the correlation is relatively weak between ancestry and complexion in the Mexican and Mexican American sample. It is stronger among Puerto Ricans. And modest among the African groups...The reason is that only a small subset of genes control the variation which we use to classify people as members of a particular population…Puerto Rico is a small island, and has been subject to a lot of immigration from Spain in the 20th century. Correlation between skin color and European ancestry probably has to do with a great deal of recent admixture.
In a massic blow to the evolutionary paradigm, anthropologists themselves have determined that it was the dark-skinned Hamites who established the first civilization and spread it around the world.
The great ancient civilizations of Egypt and West Africa traveled to the Americas, contributing immensely to early American civilization by importing the art of pyramid building, political systems and religious practices as well as mathematics, writing and a sophisticated calendar…
One of the first documented instances of Africans sailing and settling in the Americas were black Egyptians led by King Ramses III, during the 19th dynasty in 1292 BC. In fact, in 445 BC, the Greek historian Herodotus wrote of the Ancient Egyptian pharaohs’ great seafaring and navigational skills. Further concrete evidence, noted by Dr. Imhotep and largely ignored by Euro-centric archaeologists, includes “Egyptian artifacts found across North America from the Algonquin writings on the East Coast to the artifacts and Egyptian place names in the Grand Canyon.”
In 1311 AD, another major wave of African exploration to the New World was led by King Abubakari II, the ruler of the fourteenth century Mali Empire, which was larger than the Holy Roman Empire. The king sent out 200 ships of men, and 200 ships of trade material, crops, animals, cloth and crucially African knowledge of astronomy, religion and the arts…
When most people think about ancient Mexico, the first civilizations that come to mind are the Incas, Aztecs and the Maya. However, during the early 1940’s archeologists uncovered a civilization known as the Olmecs 1200 BC, which pre-dated any other advanced civilization in the Americas…
Olmecs are perhaps best known for the carved colossal heads found in Central Mexico, that exhibit an unmistakably African Negroid [Hamitic] appearance. Ancient African historian Professor Van Sertima has illustrated how Olmecs were the first Mesoamerican civilization to use a written language, sophisticated astronomy, arts and mathematics and they built the first cities in Mexico, all of which greatly influenced the Mayans and subsequent civilizations in the Americas. “There is not the slightest doubt that all later civilizations in [Mexico and Central America], rest ultimately on an Olmec base,” once remarked Michael Coe, a leading historian on Mexico…
A clear indicator of pre-Columbus African trans-Atlantic travel is the recent archeological findings of narcotics native to America in Ancient Egyptian mummies, which have astounded contemporary historians. German toxicologist, Svetla Balabanova, reported findings of cocaine and nicotine in ancient Egyptian mummies. These substances are known to only be derived from American plants. South American cocaine from Erythroxylon coca and nicotine from Nicotiana tabacum. Such compounds could only have been introduced to Ancient Egyptian culture through trade with Americans.
Similarities across early American and African religions also indicate significant cross-cultural contact. The Mayans, Aztecs and Incas all worshipped black gods and the surviving portraits of the black deities are revealing. For instance, ancient portraits of the Quetzalcoatl, a messiah serpent god, and Ek-ahua, the god of war, are unquestionably Negro with dark skin and wooly hair. Why would native Americans venerate images so unmistakably African if they had never seen them before? Numerous wall paintings in caves in Juxtlahuaca depict the famous ancient Egyptian “opening of the mouth” and cross libation rituals. All these religious similarities are too large and occur far too often to be mere coincidences.
Professor Everett Borders notes another very important indication of African presence, which is the nature of early American pyramids. Pyramid construction is highly specialized. Ancient Egypt progressed from the original stepped pyramid of Djosser, to the more sophisticated finished product at Giza. However, at La Venta in Mexico, the Olmecs made a fully finished pyramid, with no signs of progressive learning. Olmecian and Egyptian pyramids were both placed on the same north-south axis and had strikingly similar construction methods. Tellingly, all of these pyramids also served the same dual purpose, tomb and temple.
When we use cultural similarities to trace a civilization’s origination we find that these Hamitic Cushites left their mark on all the peoples of the world regardless of their genetic ancestry.
In discussing the origin of civilization in the ancient Near East, Professor Charles Seignobos in his History of Ancient Civilization, notes that the first civilized inhabitants of the Nile and Tigris-Euphrates valleys, were a dark-skinned people with short hair and prominent lips; and that they are referred to by some scholars as Cushites (Ethiopians), and as Hamites by others...
This ancient civilization of the Cushites, out of which the earliest cultures of Egypt and Mesopotamia grew, was not confined to the Near East. Traces of it have been found all over the world…“This peculiar development of the Neolithic culture…which Elliot Smith called the Heliolithic (sun-stone) culture, included many or all of the following odd practices: (1) Circumcision, (2) the queer custom of sending the father to bed when a child is born, known as Couvade, (3) the practice of Massage, (4) the making of Mummies, (5) Megalithic monuments (i.e. Stonehenge), (6) artificial deformation of the heads of the young by bandages, (7) Tattooing, (8) religious association of the Sun and the Serpent, and (9) the use of the symbol known as the Swastika for good luck. Elliot Smith traces these associated practices in a sort of constellation all over this great Mediterranean / Indian Ocean-Pacific area. Where one occurs, most of the others occur…The first civilizations in Egypt and the Euphrates-Tigris valley probably developed directly out of this widespread culture.” (Outline of History, pp. 141-143)…Then we have the view of Stephanus of Byzantium, that: “Ethiopia was the first established country on earth; and the Ethiopians were the first who introduced the worship of the gods, and who established laws.” The vestiges of this early civilization have been found in Nubia, the Egyptian Sudan, West Africa, Egypt, Mashonaland, India, Persia, Mesopotamia, Arabia, South America, Central America, Mexico, and the United States.
The Olmecs are the oldest of the civilizations that flourished in Central America, beginning about 1900 BC. They are noted for putting their efforts into sculpting giant stone heads. “The first indications of Shamanic [priestly] religious practices date from this period. The enormous size and scope of Olmec ruins gave birth to the idea that the land was once populated by giants… They lay the foundation for all the future civilizations in Mesoamerica.”
By 700 BC, the genetically semetic Mayans had replaced the Olmecs in Central America. They appear already having hieroglyphics which they used to create solar calendars carved in stone. According to them, the world was created on August 11, 3114 BC. Hmmm, this corresponds to the invasion of watchers to earth, the gods worshipped in astronomically oriented religions around the world, including our own so-called science. Interestingly, in Hinduism “maya” literally means “that which issues forth from the source.” The similarities between the cyclical Hindu and Mayan religions are striking.
From about 300 BC -1000 AD millions of Mayans lived in great cities. Mathematics, astronomy, architecture, and the visual arts were perfected in their highly advanced civilization.
The origination of this Cushite empire can be traced back to Arphaxad / Sargon’s cousin once removed, Nimrod, son of Cush, son of Ham. This individual not only established in his lifetime a religion-based civilization, but became immortalized in some way through the perpetuation of his legacy in the spread of this civilization around the world. We’re going to need an entire post just for him.