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Saturday, August 4 2018
A Bible Journey, 11: The Declaration Of Babylon
"Let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name"
The English-language "Babylon" and "Babel" are based on 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. The term originated at the time and place of the rebel-minded tower of Babel.
Ironically, but deservedly, their declaration of rebellion against the LORD ("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") backfired when the LORD did to them exactly what their arrogant revolution was declared to prevent.
"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 unfinished 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 How Was Noah Named From Adam's Curse?), 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 Fact Finder question below), 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 A Bible Journey, 10: The Nations Of Noah).
"11:10 These are the generations of Shem:
Fact Finder: What do we know about Abraham's home town in Babylon?
This Day In History, August 4
70: Roman forces continued their siege of Jerusalem that resulted in the destruction of the city and the Temple (see The Roman Emperors: Titus and What Did Jesus Christ Say About Those Stones? and A History Of Jerusalem: The Temple Of The LORD; also The Temple Vessel Prophecies Today).
1060: Henry I of France died and was succeeded by Philip I.
1265: King Henry III put down a revolt of English barons lead by Simon de Montfort.
1521: Pope Urban VII was born as Giambattista Castagna. He was elected Pope in September 1590, but died of malaria before his coronation.
1578: A crusade against the Moors of Morocco was routed at the Battle of Alcazar-el-Kebir (see also Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1586: A plot to kill Queen Elizabeth I was discovered. Anthony Babington, supporter of Mary, Queen of Scots, planned to kill Elizabeth and her ministers and assume power with the aid of English Roman Catholics and Spanish soldiers. Babington and others were executed for high treason.
1704: During the War of the Spanish Succession, a joint Anglo-Dutch force attacked and captured Gibraltar.
1914: Germany invaded Belgium, causing Britain to declare war on Germany. By midnight of that day, 5 empires had entered the First World War: the Austro-Hungarian empire against Serbia; the German empire against France, Britain and Russia; the Russian empire against Germany and Austria-Hungary; the British and French empires against Germany. Many believed that the war would be "over by Christmas" (see also The Assassination That Triggered Two World Wars and Russia Or Europe - Who Has Been The Invader?).
1916: Denmark agreed to cede the Danish West Indies, including the Virgin Islands, to the United States for $25 million. The deal took effect the following March 31.
1927: The Peace Bridge between Canada and the U.S. was opened.
1944: After two years hiding in an Amsterdam back room, Anne Frank, her sister, her parents and four other Jews were discovered by the Gestapo (a German abbreviation for "The State Police"). The diary she kept was found after the war, published in over 30 languages and turned into a play and film.
1944: Royal Air Force pilot T. D. Dean became the first pilot to destroy a German V-1 "buzz bomb" (similar to a modern-day cruise missile) when he tipped the pilotless craft's wing, sending it off course (see also The Rockets' Red Glare).
Adolf Hitler's Nazi regime used military rockets in their bombardment of Europe and Britain. A key developer of Hitler's rockets was the Nazi scientist Wernher von Braun. Immediately after the war ended in 1945, rocket-specialist von Braun was hustled out of Germany, where he may have faced a war crimes trial along with the others, and declared to a "reformed Nazi" - although many at NASA, where von Braun worked on U.S. rockets, preferred the term "the NASA Nazi" for him - as did Jews who survived the Holocaust.
1954: Britain's first supersonic fighter plane, the English Electric Lightning P-1, made its maiden flight.
1964: The U.S. warship Maddox reportedly clashed with North Vietnamese gunboats in the Gulf Of Tonkin, in North Vietnamese waters off the coast of North Vietnam (i.e. the U.S. warship was the intruder), resulting in President Johnson ordering the first bombing of North Vietnam in the Vietnam civil war (Vietnam had been divided into north and south by colonial France in the 1950s).
1997: The world's oldest person, Jeanne Calment, died aged 122 years and 164 days in Arles, France (see also A Bible Journey, 5: When Humans Lived For Centuries).