Genesis 11: The Tower of Babel

Earnest Examination

This series is presented as an honest, sincere look into the study of the Bible with my own personal theories, opinions, comments and that of others’ insights and research into what the verses could mean. I cannot claim one way or another that everything that I am stating is fact and the true meaning of what is meant in these verses.

To lay it out in a way that I can manage, I have highlighted the texts of verses that I either don’t understand or have a comment or question about in yellow. And the comments I’ve left beneath it will be of a smaller font and using brown text.

I would love it if you’d join me in this journey and if you have any insights and/or knowledge of these chapters/verses etc., please feel free to share with me and the other readers. Any chance to get a clearer understanding of the Bible and Jesus Christ would be welcomed with open arms.

I have decided to ultimately use the NKJV version instead of the NIV (the translations from Genesis 1-10 that I used were all from NIV. Posts Genesis 11 and beyond will use NKJV).

Version used is from biblestudytools.com (NKJV) Genesis 11

1 Now the whole earth had one language and one speech.
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.

From these couple of verses, it makes it seem like the whole world is gathered in this one place. Did all of Noah’s descendants stay together and not branch out? Were there perhaps descendants that decided to travel outwards away from their extended family? Or did they truly all stick together this whole time?

I also want to bring up the strong parallels to the biblical story of the flood and the Tower of Babel account, to that of the Sumerian history. While doing research into the biblical flood and the history of mankind, including the Tower of Babel, the mention of the Sumerians came up several times. There can honestly be no doubt that there is something to this “myth” when it ties so closely to the Christianity beliefs. Some scholars believe that Christianity is actually a mesh of different religions, myths, pagan practices, etc. all mixed into one to appease the majority of people. Possibly as a result of the Roman Catholics/Constantine’s directive. Theoretically, perhaps because Jesus Christ was such a huge influence to people, the Romans felt as if they were in a losing battle to maintain their own tradition, thus adopted Christianity but still upheld their own rites and rituals.

I bring this up because I feel as if to really get a good understanding of the Bible, it’s necessary to address other sources that may lend credence and more information than what we are told. There are several “books” that have not been canonized, so may have been intentionally left out of the Bible; and in order to find out why, it’s prudent to study them as well.
3 Then they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They had brick for stone, and they had asphalt for mortar.
4 And they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.”
And here we see “man’s” efforts to be like God and claim a place for themselves in the Heavens. If you’ve read my post on the theory of a dome/firmament, the efforts to go into the heavens, I believe, is now another way to say “into outer space” – as NASA and their partners are trying to conduct.

It is interesting to me that while the ancient civilizations had a direct line with God, there are still those who would defy Him. Why? Apparently they already know of His power and magnitude, yet there is still that arrogance and hubris to think that they can be like Him. (Could it be because the ancestors really did fall from Heaven (fallen angels) and now they want to reclaim their place in the sky? And these descendants (nephilim?, and/or prideful human beings) are hell heaven-bent on this mission to restore what they believe is their birth-right?)
5 But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built.
But then we see this verse, which states “sons of men”… so does this mean that these people were 100% of human origin? Or could they have been coerced by a nephilim (namely, Nimrod/Gilgamesh) into building this tower to reach the heavens? And as many scholars have theorized, the tower may been a ziggurat that was indeed built in Shinar/Babylon. – Understanding Genesis 11: The Tower of Babel…and yet One More Genealogy
6 And the Lord said, “Indeed the people are one and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them.
How accurate is this verse? Is it implying that human beings are capable of infiltrating to the heavens? And everything else their imagination can create? Or is this God merely stating it as a metaphor to meaning that human beings will construct items of various purposes that will have disastrous effects? If God is all-powerful and the creator of all, then the supposed point that humans can accomplish anything they set their mind to doesn’t make sense. If, however, it is more of a warning as to the state of the human condition, such as this deduction is proposing:

“A powerfully united humanity, inclined to do evil, could accomplish great wickedness. No matter how perverse, outrageous, or ridiculous something might seem, mankind can and will attempt it, given the opportunity. The following verse reveals that God has no plans to give humanity that kind of opening.”What does Genesis 11:6 mean?

then we can see where the danger lies to humanity itself. It is no secret that there are indeed some people who do seem to have wickedness in their heart all the time, and these are the very people that try and dictate control over the population. We can see it in many organizations, industries, businesses, etc. In today’s world, we can see that the vaccines are a heavily pushed, propagandized item onto the whole world. Is this a systematic way of trying to dominate and keep the population under control and at subservience? This is just a hypothetical suggestion, but seeing everything going on in the world, thoughts like these should be on everyone’s mind, instead of believing that multi-billionaire dollar companies have our best interest at heart.

With that being said, I have a hard time believing that “The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.”Genesis 6:5

 Perhaps during that time it was more true than I’d like to think it is. And currently, I’m sure this verse does apply to some parts of the population. However, while I cannot attest to anybody else’s feelings or what goes on in their heart or thoughts, I can speak for myself. I can speak knowing that God knows what’s inside my heart, and I have no fear of Him knowing. While I am not perfect, and not trying to speak out of haughtiness or boasting, I would like to offer up that the intentions of my heart are NOT only evil continually. While it may indeed be true for some, I know that it cannot be all of us, since my heart is looking to Love and Forgiveness, God and Jesus Christ. And I have faith that other people are on the same path.

7 Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.”
Again, and throughout various verses of scripture, we can see that God addresses others, whether they are his assembly of angels or other heavenly hosts. And “Us”, at least in this translation of the Bible, is capitalized. Which means that they are most likely of divine origin.

Here we see God’s plan to deter humanity’s mission at that time to reach the Heavens. By way of confusing their language. It’s very interesting that there was a specific plan in place to deliberately separate/segregate people in order to put their wicked plan to a halt. It begs the question, if God was able to do that to all the peoples, then what has been done since then to uproot more wicked plans that immoral groups have concocted? Are there more hidden things going on behind the scenes that have helped the lighter side of humanity, but yet we just don’t see it or understand it?
8 So the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they ceased building the city.
While this certainly seemed to have benefited Heaven and its hosts, it generated animosity and hostility to the people of Earth towards one another. Since no one could understand a different nation and each one built upon their own customs and ‘cult’ure, it most certainly upset the whole humanity dynamic. While they may have worked together at one point (even if the ultimate goal was of a selfish motive), now each nation was driven against each other. Was this God’s plan all along?
9 Therefore its name is called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of all the earth; and from there the Lord scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth.
It would be interesting to know how God did this. Was it from natural disasters, perhaps? Was the land on Earth one huge continent, and due to the Lord separating them, he merely divided up the land into separate islands/continents? I see a lot of conjecture from others that after the Lord confounded their language, the people naturally gathered together depending on like-language and set off as a group on their own. But this verse states that “the Lord scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth”. Not that the people took it upon themselves to do as a natural response to finding others with the same language. I find it fascinating that I cannot find many theories or studies into exactly how God accomplishes this. I see a lot of “whys”, but not many “hows”, and if there are, then it’s mostly assumptions that people scattered on their own based on their language. Which doesn’t seem to be the case when taking the verse in context.
I also wonder if the United Nations is attempting to re-unify these segregated peoples into a “New World Order” in yet again another direct opposition to God’s will – and perhaps attempt more rebellious acts to uphold their tradition… This is just speculation, of course, but further research into these organizations and their cohorts does not look to be a promising endeavor for the rest of humanity, and instead more of a dominion over the world by tptsb (who are probably the same kind of beings trying to reach the Heavens to begin with).

10 This is the genealogy of Shem: Shem was one hundred years old, and begot Arphaxad two years after the flood.
From here on, I cannot give much of a commentary, since many of these names I have not yet studied in depth. With further research and information gathering, I will be able to better flesh out these texts, but in the meantime I can only use it as a basis for a general genealogy line.
11 After he begot Arphaxad, Shem lived five hundred years, and begot sons and daughters.
12 Arphaxad lived thirty-five years, and begot Salah.
13 After he begot Salah, Arphaxad lived four hundred and three years, and begot sons and daughters.
14 Salah lived thirty years, and begot Eber.
15 After he begot Eber, Salah lived four hundred and three years, and begot sons and daughters.
16 Eber lived thirty-four years, and begot Peleg.
17 After he begot Peleg, Eber lived four hundred and thirty years, and begot sons and daughters.
18 Peleg lived thirty years, and begot Reu.
19 After he begot Reu, Peleg lived two hundred and nine years, and begot sons and daughters.
20 Reu lived thirty-two years, and begot Serug.
21 After he begot Serug, Reu lived two hundred and seven years, and begot sons and daughters.
22 Serug lived thirty years, and begot Nahor.
23 After he begot Nahor, Serug lived two hundred years, and begot sons and daughters.
24 Nahor lived twenty-nine years, and begot Terah.
25 After he begot Terah, Nahor lived one hundred and nineteen years, and begot sons and daughters.
26 Now Terah lived seventy years, and begot Abram, Nahor, and Haran.
27 This is the genealogy of Terah: Terah begot Abram, Nahor, and Haran. Haran begot Lot.
28 And Haran died before his father Terah in his native land, in Ur of the Chaldeans.
29 Then Abram and Nahor took wives: the name of Abram’s wife was Sarai, and the name of Nahor’s wife, Milcah, the daughter of Haran the father of Milcah and the father of Iscah.
30 But Sarai was barren; she had no child.
31 And Terah took his son Abram and his grandson Lot, the son of Haran, and his daughter-in-law Sarai, his son Abram’s wife, and they went out with them from Ur of the Chaldeans to go to the land of Canaan; and they came to Haran and dwelt there.
The next chapter deals with this account more in detail, so I will wait before I comment anything further on this particular story.
32 So the days of Terah were two hundred and five years, and Terah died in Haran.

Once I research more and get a better feel of the biblical names and the genealogy of those listed in this chapter, I will have to come back to edit and fill in the spaces. As it is now, there was very limited information I could offer as to the lineage of Shem since I am unfamiliar with most of their names. With further bible study it will help to fill in those missing pieces.

As usual, I want to reiterate that some of my thoughts and theories may be way off base, and I also research some other things on the side as well to try and get a broader understanding of what I’m reading, so please bear with me, or, even better, if you have insights that bring more light to these verses, please let me know.

I enjoy bouncing off theories and theology off of each other and love to hear other people’s perspectives on things. Thank you for reading and I look forward to hearing from you!

Fact checking is extremely important. I want to reiterate not to take everything at face value; no matter what you read, where you read it from, or who you hear it from. And to be clear, do not rely on “fact checking” websites to give you accurate information either. These are just as likely, (if not even more likely…), to feed false information and false debunking accounts to manipulate the reader. Please take everything into consideration before adhering to a certain narrative – and always keep your mind open to other possibilities.

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Genesis 7: The Flood Begins

Earnest Examination

This series is presented as an honest, sincere look into the study of the Bible with my own personal theories, opinions, comments and that of others’ insights and research into what the verses could mean. I cannot claim one way or another that everything that I am stating is fact and the true meaning of what is meant in these verses.

To lay it out in a way that I can manage, I have highlighted the texts of verses that I either don’t understand or have a comment or question about in yellow. And the comments I’ve left beneath it will be of a smaller font and using brown text.

I would love it if you’d join me in this journey and if you have any insights and/or knowledge of these chapters/verses etc., please feel free to share with me and the other readers. Any chance to get a clearer understanding of the Bible and Jesus Christ would be welcomed with open arms.

All verses used are from biblestudytools.com (NIV) Genesis 7

The Flood Begins

1 The LORD then said to Noah, “Go into the ark, you and your whole family, because I have found you righteous in this generation.
It is very telling that out of the population that lived during the pre-diluvian days, ONLY eight people were found to have been righteous. The population of those days have been estimated from anywhere from 5 million, all the way up to 4 billion and beyond. Now when you think about that in context, 8 people, out of – let’s take the lowest number of 5 MILLION, which is still quite a lot of people. That’s 0.0000016% of people that were found to be righteous and worthy of being saved during that generation. Now let’s take 4 billion. That equates to 0.000000002% of the population found worthy of being saved. That is a really tragic percentage. How many of us can say that we would be within that 0.000000002 to 0.0000016%? If today’s population is approximately 7.8 billion people, then according to these estimations, at the lowest end, only about 16 people would be found worthy of being saved. That’s if the wickedness in today’s time is similar to that of Noah’s. (My belief is that it’s not as bad, and I truly believe that many in today’s time have a good heart, even if we’re not perfect. Our hearts are not always wicked and immoral. Although for some individuals the same cannot be said.)
Another thing I’ve questioned: I was always taught that Noah was trying to warn people that a flood was coming, but no one believed him. (Was Noah the first “conspiracy theorist” that people laughed at and ridiculed? 😛 ) However, when I researched this, I’ve found no indication that Noah actually did this, unless one assumes the verse “preacher of righteousness” in 2 Peters 2:5 to indicate that Noah warned others. “Preacher of righteousness” could mean anything. That he tried to teach others to repent and walk away from sin. That he tried to teach them to love and follow the one true God. Or perhaps he was trying to teach his generation to treat each other with respect and kindness. All of the above, even. But it doesn’t specify that Noah exclusively was warning them of an impending flood and to prepare and repent.

2 Take with you seven pairs of every kind of clean animal, a male and its mate, and one pair of every kind of unclean animal, a male and its mate,
3 and also seven pairs of every kind of bird, male and female, to keep their various kinds alive throughout the earth.

We saw in the previous chapter, that the verses definitively stated “two of all living creatures“, however, here we see it specifying that the “clean animals” were to be brought in at 7 pairs (14 animals each) and the “unclean animals” at just 1 pair (2 animals each). That is, if none of these verses have been mistranslated or misunderstood since it was written. And as of yet, we don’t know what they mean by “clean/unclean”, although we learn their descriptions in a different book.
4 Seven days from now I will send rain on the earth for forty days and forty nights, and I will wipe from the face of the earth every living creature I have made.”
I don’t know if I’m being too analytical, but is this Bible verse specifically alluding to only the creatures that God has made? What does that mean, exactly? There’s a theory that since the fallen angels came down to corrupt God’s creation, that all creation is not technically from God. If the theory of the Nephilim and the fallen angel’s interference to invert and contort everything that God made as a means of rebellion, then would that still be under God’s jurisdiction? It’s such a controversial topic and I cannot say one way or another what the true account is.
5 And Noah did all that the LORD commanded him.
6 Noah was six hundred years old when the floodwaters came on the earth.
7 And Noah and his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives entered the ark to escape the waters of the flood.
8 Pairs of clean and unclean animals, of birds and of all creatures that move along the ground,
9 male and female, came to Noah and entered the ark, as God had commanded Noah.
10 And after the seven days the floodwaters came on the earth.
11 In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, on the seventeenth day of the second month—on that day all the springs of the great deep burst forth, and the floodgates of the heavens were opened.
12 And rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights.

So not only did it rain for forty days and forty nights, but there was also the eruptions of the springs (geysers) that helped to flood the entire world. Were the springs erupting continuously during these times? Just out of morbid curiosity, did the people and animals being swept away by the flood also have to contend with boiling hot water due to these springs? Or am I, again, just being “too questionable”?
13 On that very day Noah and his sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth, together with his wife and the wives of his three sons, entered the ark.
14 They had with them every wild animal according to its kind, all livestock according to their kinds, every creature that moves along the ground according to its kind and every bird according to its kind, everything with wings.
15 Pairs of all creatures that have the breath of life in them came to Noah and entered the ark.
This verse is very strange to me. Why would the Bible need to mention “all creatures that have the breath of life in them”? I mean, obviously animals that don’t have the breath of life in them are dead… therefore couldn’t possibly bring themselves to Noah’s ark. It seems very bizarre to me that this verse has to state this. Does the “breath of life” mean something different than what we think it means? Could it mean, a spirituality of sorts? A consciousness? A soul, even? Does this verse imply that there could be creatures among us that don’t necessary have the “breath of life” but are (were) walking among us?
There’s been debates that cloning and hybridization and genetic manipulation has been around for a lot longer than we can imagine. Could it be that due to all of this experimentation, that “living” beings could exist without actually having the essence of God? A “soulless” being, if you will?

16 The animals going in were male and female of every living thing, as God had commanded Noah. Then the LORD shut him in.
And again, as was mentioned in the previous chapter, there are many verses that make it clear that Noah brought in “male and female” of every living thing. Almost as if the Bible was foreshadowing the movement we have today which is normalizing what the Bible calls unnatural and immoral unions of the same gender.

(Now, if one were to dig deep into this rabbit hole, some speculate that it could be due to our leftover feelings of reincarnation, for one. If one were to incarnate many times throughout their lives as both male and female, then perhaps these residual memories of their fondness for the other gender is confusing them in their current lifetime. Then others have pointed to nefarious human experimentation on our genes and our sexual preference, and even twisting our minds to feel as if this is perfectly normal and acceptable. As well as a whole other slew of different possibilities.
Whichever the case, no matter your stance, I do want to mention to still treat each other with love, kindness and respect. We may all be at the mercy of underhanded corporations that are trying to infiltrate every fiber of our mind, body and soul, so having compassion and understanding towards one another will go a long way rather than demonizing and/or harshly criticizing.)

17 For forty days the flood kept coming on the earth, and as the waters increased they lifted the ark high above the earth.
18 The waters rose and increased greatly on the earth, and the ark floated on the surface of the water.
19 They rose greatly on the earth, and all the high mountains under the entire heavens were covered.
20 The waters rose and covered the mountains to a depth of more than fifteen cubits.
21 Every living thing that moved on land perished—birds, livestock, wild animals, all the creatures that swarm over the earth, and all mankind.
Fifteen cubits would be a little over 22 feet, covering over what’s assumed to be the highest mountain. However, the Bible really doesn’t address tunnels, caves, etc. If some people (nephilim, even?) lived in these closed off tunnels, caves, etc. could they have been spared from the flood? The Bible indicates that “every living thing” perished. So I would assume that even if they had caves/mineshafts, underground shelters of sorts, it still didn’t protect them.
But another thing to note, it again doesn’t address these giant nephilim, or the “sons of god” that helped to create them. “All animals and all mankind.” Well, nephilim and the sons of god would not fall under these definitions. Possibly not even defined as “living being”. If these fallen angels were considered as spirits, then could they have possibly wandered around until these flood waters subsided, and once again resumed their habitation of mankind?

22 Everything on dry land that had the breath of life in its nostrils died.
23 Every living thing on the face of the earth was wiped out; people and animals and the creatures that move along the ground and the birds were wiped from the earth. Only Noah was left, and those with him in the ark.
Again, if we are to believe that EVERYONE on the planet was wiped out due to the flood besides Noah and his immediate family and his sons’ wives, then we have to believe that any corrupted individuals that are living today are descendants of Noah and his clan. We all would be descendants, as a matter of fact.
And even though the previous chapter specifically alludes to the fallen angels and nephilim and this presumably led to the wickedness of men, any conclusion of their whereabouts are suspiciously not mentioned. Unless, of course, we are to assume that they are part of the “living creatures” and “mankind” that were all destroyed because of the flood. In my point of view, this is not conclusive and leaves an empty hole to fill.

24 The waters flooded the earth for a hundred and fifty days.

I find the story of the flood missing some crucial information. I don’t want to sound paranoid, but it almost seems like there are specific passages, chapters even, (perhaps whole books?) that have been deliberately left out or, dare I say it, covered up. It’s been known throughout history that there were different agendas and goals to keep certain information from reaching the public, and I think the story of the “sons of god” and the nephilim are one of them. The previous chapter makes note that this “unholy union” between the angels and daughters of men led to the wickedness of mankind which ultimately led to the flood. And yet there aren’t many mentions beyond Genesis 6 and Numbers 13 to give us any more information. Perhaps with further research more details will emerge to connect the dots a little better.

Again, I want to reiterate that some of my thoughts and theories may be way off base, and I also research some other things on the side as well to try and get a broader understanding of what I’m reading, so please bear with me, or, even better, if you have insights that bring more light to these verses, please let me know.

I enjoy bouncing off theories and theology off of each other and love to hear other people’s perspectives on things. Thank you for reading and I look forward to hearing from you!

Fact checking is extremely important. I want to reiterate not to take everything at face value; no matter what you read, where you read it from, or who you hear it from. And to be clear, do not rely on “fact checking” websites to give you accurate information either. These are just as likely, (if not even more likely…), to feed false information and false debunking accounts to manipulate the reader. Please take everything into consideration before adhering to a certain narrative – and always keep your mind open to other possibilities.

Fair use disclaimer: Some of the links from this article are provided from different sources/sites to give the reader extra information and cite the sources, but does not necessarily mean that I endorse the contents of the site itself. Additionally, I have tried to provide links to the contents that I used from other sites as an educational and/or entertainment means only; if you feel that any information deserves further citation or request to be clarified, please let me know through the contact page.