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Tuesday, January 3 2012
The Origin Of Nations And Languages
After the Flood (see The Voyage To The New World), humanity began again, from the family of one man and one woman - Noah and his wife (her name is not recorded). Humans also at that time became meat-eaters ("Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things"), whereas humans had been originally created as vegetarians ("1:29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat" Genesis 1:29 KJV). The death penalty for murder was also declared, by the LORD, at that time (i.e. sentencing murders to "life" isn't just a legal contradiction; it's disobedience to a Command by the LORD).
"9:1 And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth. 9:2 And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth upon the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered. 9:3 Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.
The LORD (see The Rock Of The Church) also at that time promised that never again would the world be destroyed by a flood of water (see The Lake Of Fire Into An Ocean Of Fire - When?). Noah's descendants would be given to grow into nations all around the Earth.
"9:7 And you, be ye fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein.
"Now these are the generations of the sons of Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth"
The Holy Scriptures provide us with a detailed genealogy of the nations of today, from the families of each of the three sons of Noah. Notice that prior to the "tower of Babel" incident, those families already began to spread far out from Mount Ararat (where the Ark landed) and began developing their own dialects of their one original language e.g. "every one after his tongue, after their families, in their nations."
The descendants of Japheth, "after their tongues, in their countries, and in their nations":
"10:1 Now these are the generations of the sons of Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth: and unto them were sons born after the flood.
The descendants of Ham (see also The Family Of Ham), "after their tongues, in their countries, and in their nations":
"10:6 And the sons of Ham;
The descendants of Shem, "after their tongues, in their lands, after their nations":
"10:21 Unto Shem also, the father of all the children of Eber, the brother of Japheth the elder, even to him were children born.
It was later, at the time when those living in the area of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers (although some interpret the "nations" and "languages" described in the verses quoted above as having happened after the Tower of Babel incident) that "the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth."
"11:1 And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech. 11:2 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.
Not all of the people were scattered from the area of Babylon. The line of righteous Abraham developed in the land where the Tower of Babel had been built (see The Journey From Ur Of The Chaldees).
"11:10 These are the generations of Shem:
Fact Finder: In the original language of the Holy Scriptures, "Babel" and "Babylon" mean confusion - a state of mind, not geographic location. Where is "Babylon" today? What language is spoken there?
This Day In History, January 3
323: Jin Yuandi, emperor of China's Jin Dynasty, died at age 47.
616: Aethelberht I, king of Kent 560-616, died. He issued the first code extant (i.e. a copy of which is still in existence) of Anglo-Saxon laws.
1322: Philip V of France died and was succeeded by his brother, Charles IV.
1496: Leonardo da Vinci unsuccessfully tested his "flying machine."
1521: Martin Luther was excommunicated by Pope Leo X for his opposing the Roman Catholic leadership of the time, not the core doctrines of the Church of Rome. Luther, and most "Protestant" churches ever since, have maintained most of Rome's false and erroneous anti-Biblical teachings.
1543: Portuguese explorer Juan Cabrillo died. He is regarded as "the conqueror of Central America" and "the discoverer of California."
1857: In France, Sebour, the Archbishop of Paris, was assassinated by a priest.
1919: The Soviet army seized Riga, the capital of Latvia, during the Baltic War of Liberation (1918-1920) in which Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania successfully defended their independence against attacks from both Russia and Germany.
1924: Howard Carter, British Egyptologist, found the sarcophagus of Tutankhamun in the Valley of the Kings near Luxor.
1932: Martial law was declared in Honduras to stop a revolt by banana workers who had been fired by United Fruit Company.
1946: William Joyce, known as "Lord Haw Haw," who broadcast Nazi propaganda (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion) to Britain during the Second World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars), was hanged for treason in London.
1956: Fire damaged the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
1961: U.S. President Eisenhower broke off diplomatic relations with Cuba, two years after communist forces led by Fidel Castro overthrew the Mafia and CIA puppet regime of Fulgencio Batista (after which the people of Cuba went from being ruled by a fascist dictator to being ruled by a communist dictator). Despite the political and economic embargo by the U.S., numerous efforts to overthrow and/or assassinate him, as well as being excommunicated by Pope John XXIII on January 3 1962 (exactly a year after Eisenhower broke off diplomatic relations with Cuba), Fidel Castro remained in power through the Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush and Obama administrations.
1967: Jack Ruby (actual name Jacob Rubenstein; the son of Polish-immigrant Jewish parents, he grew up in Chicago where, as a boy, he ran errands for the gangster Al Capone), who shot Lee Harvey Oswald before he could be tried for the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, died of cancer at age 56 while in prison.
1977: Apple Computer was incorporated.
1990: In Panama, President Manuel Noriega surrendered to U.S. forces after spending 10 days under siege at the Vatican embassy.