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Wednesday, July 31 2013
Genesis 11: The Tower Of Babel
The English words "Babylon" and "Babel" originated from an ancient Hebrew word that meant confusion i.e. to speak nonsense, as in to babble (the word baby originated from the same root word). As such, the term originated in the time and place of the infamous tower of Babel i.e. the tower of babble. Although humanity had begun again after the Flood (see Genesis 7: The Flood) from a righteous man (see Genesis 9: The LORD's Covenant With Noah), humans became rebels who were again behaving nonsense ("let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name"), so the LORD gave them a vain vocabulary to match it.
"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.
The uncompleted tower of Babylon was left to crumble to the ground. While some of defiant humanity were scattered away from it, it remained the "home town" for man (the Hebrew word, pronounced aw-dawm, from which the name Adam originated, actually means man as a species, male and female; see also Adam and Adamah). The Garden of Eden (see The Garden In Eden) had been in the region, and humanity began again after the Flood in the same region.
It was from a native of Babylon that the LORD chose, like Noah (see the Fact Finder question below), another righteous man to come out of the confusion (the origin of the true meaning of "church" i.e. "called out ones": "18:4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues ... 18:10 Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come" Revelation 18:4-10 KJV) and go to a place that portrayed the Kingdom of God (see Abraham's Journey: When Will He Arrive?). Abram of Babylon, later renamed by the LORD as Abraham (see the complete series of studies for Abraham, beginning with A Biography Of Abraham: The Genealogy Of Abram), was chosen to be the key ancestor of the Messiah, as specified by the genealogies of the Christ i.e. "1:1 The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham." (Matthew 1:1 KJV)
Abraham was a descendant of Noah through Shem (see Genesis 10: The First Nations Of The New World).
"11:10 These are the generations of Shem:
Fact Finder: What did Noah and Abraham have in common with regard to the salvation of humanity?
This Day In History, July 31
781: The earliest recorded eruption of Mount Fuji in Japan.
904: Muslim forces captured Thessalonica from the Byzantine Empire (see A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).
1009: Pope Sergius IV became the 142nd pope of the Church of Rome, which was created by the Roman Emperor Constantine (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1423: The Battle of Cravant during the Hundred Years' War. The French army was defeated by English forces at Cravant on the river Yonne.
1492: Jews were expelled from Spain by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella - the employers of Christopher Columbus that same year. Ferdinand and Isabella were also the originators of the Spanish Inquisition ("The Tribunal of the Holy Office of the Inquisition") that tortured, imprisoned or killed many thousands of people who did not follow the Church of Rome. "Waterboarding" torture was an invention of the Spanish Inquisition as a punishment for those who taught the true Biblical method of baptism, by immersion, rather than the Church of Rome's "baptism" (the word "baptism" literally means to immerse) by sprinkling.
1498: Christopher Columbus, on his third voyage to the New World, discovered an island which he named Trinidad (see also Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).
1588: The Spanish Armada was spotted off the coast of England.
1687: Fort Niagara was built by Jacques Rene de Brisay de Denonville, the Governor-General of "New France," at the mouth of the Niagara River.
1763: The British garrison at Detroit attempted to break a siege by the Ottawa Indians under chief Pontiac by launching a night attack on the Ottawa camp at Bloody Run. The attack was repulsed with heavy losses. The Ottawa siege on Detroit was also indecisive, although a general uprising led by Pontiac was successful in taking 8 British forts.
1812: A year after declaring independence, Venezuela fell to the Spanish.
1817: Benjamin Disraeli (a name that literally means "Benjamin the Israeli"), age 12, was baptized into the Church of England. Without that event, Disraeli would not have later become Prime Minister of Britain, because Jews were not admitted to parliament until 1858.
1856: Christchurch, New Zealand was established as a city.
1919: The Weimar Constitution was adopted in post-war Germany, establishing a republic. Parliament, which kept the old name of Reichstag, moved to Weimar to avoid association with the Kaiser (Kaiser is the German form of Caesar).
1938: Archaeologists discovered gold and silver artifacts of King Darius in Persepolis (see Darius The Mede).
1941: Nazi government official Hermann Goering gave a written directive to police chief Reinhard Heydrich to draft a plan for the murder of the Jewish people, Adolf Hitler's so-called "Final Solution" (see also Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion)
1957: The Distant Early Warning (DEW) Line of radar stations was put into operation as a joint United States-Canada defence project against nuclear attack from the Soviet Union (Canada has the U.S. on its southern border and Russia on its northern border).
1969: Pope Paul VI visited Uganda, the first time a pope of the church of Rome had visited Africa.
1970: The complete New American Standard Version of the Bible (NASB) was first published.
1976: NASA released the controversial "Mars Face" photo taken by Viking 1.
1987: A tornado struck Edmonton, Alberta; 27 people were killed, $330 million in damage.
1993: King Baudouin of Belgium died at age 62.