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Part 1 of 3 – Babylon: Should be understood by every Believer

Published: Wednesday, 30 July 2014 Written by Carlton L. Arnold

And God’s Word says,

“So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city.  That is why it was called Babel—because there the Lord confused the language of the whole world. Genesis 11:8-9

This is Part 1 of a three part series on the idea of “Babylon” in the Bible. The is Bible full of how God views Babylon in relation to humanity.  God develops the term “Babylon” continuously through the Bible to describe man’s activity.   The purpose for this write-up is to provide an educational background on what the Bible says about the word “Babylon” and its significance to End times.  This is one of the more unusual Life-Changing Verses that I have written. 


I hope you will take the time to read this “educational” write-up, because it will change your life as to how you view God, man’s government/business philosophy, and End times.  God demonstrates His control of history and all of the nations that ever existed through the tracking of Babylon in the Bible.  This is a complex subject on the surface, but you will find it easy to understand and grow in your appreciation of the most awesome God there is.

The word “Babylon” occurs 260 times in the Bible.  It occurs in both the first book (Genesis) and in the last book of the Bible (Revelation).  It is sprinkled in 14 books of the Old Testament and four books of the New Testament.  Of the 247 times in the Old Testament, the word occurs 147 times in the book of Jeremiah.  Interesting!  (More on this later.)  Of the 13 times in the New Testament, the word occurs 8 times in the book of Revelation.  Interesting, also!  Please reread this paragraph.  I know it is factual and boring, but it is imperative that you see that Babylon occurs throughout the Bible.  God has something in mind, and by the time you get to Part 3, you’ll understand by today’s world events.

Genesis 11:8-9 contains the first Biblical reference to Babylon.  Human beings had been judged through the Great Flood (Genesis 6), and God had told them to spread out into the world and replenish it.  It didn’t take long for men to start to think that they knew more than God.  Men created what they thought was a better way of living with each other.  They instituted an organized “government” project to build a tower to the heavens.  Read all of Genesis 11:1-9 to get the full story.  You will not believe it!  They were a united umanity heading down the wrong path, because they were trusting their own intellect and not trusting God.  

As with any government project, this effort took planning, organizing, funding, execution, and people to build the tower.  While they were doing what they thought was best, they completely forgot about God and His commandment to replenish the earth. God looked down from heaven and basically said, “they’re doing it again!”  But, this time His judgment was very interesting. 

At the time of Genesis 11, there was only one language used on the earth allowing everyone to interact with one another.  (As an aside: I’m curious if this language could have been the language of God spoken to Adam and Eve)?  The Bible doesn’t tell us, but it makes sense to me.  Isn’t God’s Word fascinating?

This common language facilitated the building of the tower, because everyone spoke the same language.  However, God’s judgment was to create different languages.  I praise God for His creative judgment.  I think He uses creative judgments in the life of every Believer, so that we will grow in our love for Him.  When the languages were confused, no one could understand anyone else.  The Bible refers it to as “Babel”.  This is the same idea that we use with others who are not making sense when they talk by saying that they are “babbling.”

Needless to say, the Tower of Babel (as it became known) was not built.  Man could no longer communicate with one another.  Of course, this became exceedingly frustrating, but God had a spiritual purpose that centered on His love for man.  In Part 2, I will discuss the book of Jeremiah and an episode in the New Testament where God allowed man to speak only one language.  Don’t miss it as it involves “speaking in tongues.”  

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