Sunday, August 21, 2011

The Tower of Babel: Present and Future Considerations

Isaiah 41:21-23 "Present your case,” the LORD says. “Bring forward your strong arguments,”
The King of Jacob says. 22 Let them bring forth and declare to us what is going to take place;
As for the former events, declare what they were, That we may consider them and know their outcome. Or announce to us what is coming; 23 Declare the things that are going to come afterward, That we may know that you are gods; Indeed, do good or evil, that we may anxiously look about us and fear together."

In yesterday's blog we began looking at the accuracy of scripture in matters of history and current evidence as it pertained to the Tower of Babel incident recorded in Genesis 11.  The overall aim of this small series of blogs is not only to shed some light on that event, but to also demonstrate the reliability and accuracy of the Biblical text.  The above text gives a test and challenge to anyone claiming Divine origin for any document or truth: namely say something accurate about the past, the present, the future and point it all to the God of the Bible. 

We have seen that the Bible alone can do this, since in comparison to outside historical sources and current evidence, the Bible does indeed demonstrate accuracy and reliability.  What of the future?  What does the Bible have to say about the future in light of what took place at the tower of Babel?

From Babel came forth Babylon 
Throughout history Babel would become the Empire of Babylon.  We read of this empire in the Bible books such as Daniel, Jeremiah and Habakkuk.  Other Bible books mention the taking of the Jews into Exile into Babylon, along with their return from that exile in Ezra and Nehemiah.  Babylon was begun by Nimrod, and remerged again in Daniel's day under the reign of Nebuchadnezzar. 

Babylon is a picture of the current world system opposed to the believer
In 1 John 2:15-17 we see a description of the Christian's three-fold enemy: The lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life.  The lust of the eyes parallels mankind's desire for material possessions, an economic idolatry.  The lust of the flesh corresponds to mankind's desire for power, political idolatry.  And the Pride of life speaks to man's desire for religion without the God of the Bible - thus religious idolatry. 

Babel and its rebellion sets forth the pattern in which humanity, apart from God's grace is lost and in darkness.  It also explains the three-fold rebellion that mankind had and still has against God: economic, political and religious: Economic in refusing to acknowledge God's ownership of their lives; Political in refusing to acknowledge His kingship and religious, refusing to trust in Christ by faith alone. 

The Christian's walk through this world requires the power of the Spirit, the cross and the scriptures, as well as other Christians, since this world system, a "babylon of sorts", is hostile to the Christian.  It is our responsibility to be salt and light, and to let our light so shine before men so that they may see our works and give praise to the Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:16)

Babylon as the system will give away to Babylon the Great
After the Perisans had conquered the Babylonians, Babylon as a historical empire faded off the scene.  However In Revelation 17 and 18 we see prophecies concerning the arising of a future empire that the Bible calls "Babylon the Great".  Babylon the Great can be best understood under three headings: Economic, Political and Religious Babylon.  In those two chapters, the world system will be unified under one man, the Anti-Christ, who will be the head over the economic, political and religious interests of mankind.  Just as in Genesis 11, mankind will once again attempt to unite together in rebellion against God. 

With the Bible accurately making sense of the past, as well as explaining why things are presently, we can rest assured that the description of the future is also trustworthy.  Thankfully, Christ will return to defeat Babylon the Great. All true Christians will not have to suffer the doom recorded in those chapters. (Please compare 1 Thessalonians 1:10)  If anything, whatever is done for man's glory in earth will past, but whatever is done for Christ will last. 

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