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The First "United Nations"
Genesis 10:8-10 "And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth. He was a mighty hunter before the Lord: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the Lord. And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel."
Genesis 11:2-4 “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 one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them throughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter. 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 11:5-8 “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, that they may not understand one another's speech. So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city."
After the flood eventually all of Noah's decendants migrated to the Plains of Shinar in Babylonia. The religion formed by Cush (who was also known by other various names such as the god Bel/Nebo Janus/Hermes and also known as the False Prophet) and Nimrod was the beginning of polytheism,or the worship of many gods. The first ancient empire was formed - the Chadlean Kingdom ( Summerian Kingdom). Nimrod, one of the great-grandsons of Noah was their leader, their King and the founder of Babylon. Everyone spoke the same language and also had one religion but over the generations the truth had been distorted and astrology, ancient myths and spiritism had creeped in. Idolatry and human sacrifice were amongst its rituals. The first astrological tower, known as a ziggurat or step pyramid, was built on the plains of Shinar in the very evil city of Babel.
The Bible tells us that God “hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth” (Acts 17:26). It appears that God had from the beginning intended that man multiply and fill the earth, but at Babel, the great grandson of Noah, Nimrod, organized a great rebellion. It was Satan's attempt to defy God and His authority. Nimrod claimed to have the wisdom of the world that was before the flood. He told them, "I know the truth, and I know the mysteries and the secrets." (those secrets were about the civilization prior to the flood).
When people came to see the mysteries of Nimrod, they lost sight of God. They refused to fill the earth but decided instead to build a great political and religious center to unite and bind them together. The builders called it Baal-Ed which meant "gateway to God." This first sky-scraper in the history of mankind was completed in 2239 BC.
God looked upon the Earth being united and knew given time, they would fall under the power of this religion. So God decided with the Divine Council to confused the language of the world, so that they sounded like babbling to each other. One minute there were people working together to build this "gateway to God" but God called it what it was, "Babel, confusion," and all of the sudden they didn’t understand each other! The natural result was separation and disunity. Those that spoke the same grouped together and became different tribes and nations, which migrated throughout the world. Nimrod and his language group stayed in Babylon. According to Jewish legend, Nimrod feared the prophecy that a child was to be born who would turn the people back to God. In an effort to preserve his kingdom, he slew 70,000 babies in hopes of killing the would-be savior. The story goes that Abram of Ur was the prophetic baby, the father of Israel from whom the messiah would come.
But mankind still took the religion of Babel with them, setting up astrological structures wherever they went. Different versions of the ancient occultic arts and beliefs grew up amongst the nations of the world, which were then portrayed in various myths and legends.
Nimrod was the originator of Sun Worship. His name (in Hebrew "Na-marood") has been derived from the Hebrew verb "Marad" which means "To rebel". Nimrod was born in 3275 BC. about 95 years after the flood.
He claimed to have the wisdom of the world that was before the flood. He told them, "I know the truth, and I know the mysteries and the secrets." Nimrod and Semiramis revived occult practices that caused the flood in the first place. They claimed to be the wise ones. When you see a Pagan god with two faces such as, Janis, it represents the knowledge of the secrets of the world before the flood and the secrets after the flood. The person who holds these secrets is the eternal keeper of the kingdom and the gatekeeper to hell and the underworld, so the legend goes. In the bible only Jesus had this authority. Nimrod probably did know the secrets. The Nephilum were still on the earth and there are various sources that state that he acquired the knowledge from two fallen angels. Those fallen angels were called Horus and Marduk. He also had incredible magical powers given to him by those fallen angels. Nimrod set himself up as superior to God in every conceivable way.
Nimrod, the great astronomer, and astrologer, traced the circular path followed by the Sun in the sky during the various seasons to complete the annual solar cycle. This is called the Zodiac, which he divided into twelve more or less regular portions or months, to be able to forecast more accurately what could best be grown in that particular period, what influence it would have upon plants, animals and even human beings. He claimed that each of these constellations of the Zodiac controlled and guided the lives, career, health, character, behaviour, marriage and destiny of that person, who was born during its corresponding period of influence.
He gave to each of these twelve guides or satellites of the Sun an appropriate name, sign and period of influence. The names have changed with the changes of languages but the principles have remained the same throughout these 4,000 years.
The offering of human sacrifice was common in these rituals in Nimrod's day. Anybody who refused to accept Nimrod teachings was tortured and if he still dissented then he was put to death. A reign of tyranny was started against the believers in the God of Noah. Nimrod wiped out all opposition to his Anti-God teachings. He took the truth of God and perverted it, changed it into a lie.
When Shem, Nimrod’s great uncle, saw what was happening he became troubled. He knew this to be the same sin that brought the destruction of the world through the flood. He raised an army with 72 co-conspirators to destroy Nimrod. In the battle Nimrod was captured and his body was hacked into pieces. Shem told his co-conspirators each to take a piece of Nimrod's body and distribute it to a city under his rule. The pieces were sent throughout the kingdom with the message to show that Nimrod was not a god and if any were found in the same practice as Nimrod, their fate would also be the same. The dismembering of Nimrod is opposite to no bones being broken of Jesus Christ at his death.
Since Nimrod was the leader of a great empire you would expect to find other details about him in other literature. In Sumerian history there is a story about a man who fits his description. Likewise the same person is mentioned by the Babylonians, the Hittites, the Assyrians and even in Palestine. That person was Gilgamesh. The first clay tablets naming him were found among the ruins of the temple library of the god Nabu (Biblical Nebo) and the palace library of Ashurbanipal in Nineveh. Gilgamesh was a vile, filthy, man. Yet the myth says of him that he was "2/3 god and 1/3 man."
Legend has it that he wore the clothes of Adam. The clothes that God had made in the garden of Eden. These clothes had been handed down to Seth who then handed them down through the generations to Noah. The legend says that when Adam wore the clothes the animals obeyed him. Nimrod got possession of these clothes and he discovered that he then had the same affect on the animals hence why he was called the great hunter and conqueror of wild animals.
This is what Josephus writes about Nimrod: "He also said he would be revenged on God, if he should have a mind to drown the world again; for that he would build a tower too high for the waters to be able to reach! and that he would avenge himself on God for destroying their forefathers (Ant. 1: iv: 2). What Josephus says here is precisely what is found in the Gilgamesh epics.
Nimrod's followers were frightened because they worshipped him as a god who would live forever. Now that he was clearly dead, the continuation of his religion was in question. Cush, his father, was already shamed for his
actions. He was not able to, once again, unite the people under this Babylonian system of old. But this would be accomplished by another character in Babylon: a woman.