The Tower of Babel – Genesis 11

Genesis portrays Noah and his sons coming from the ark, and after the flood, having just one language. As his descendants multiplied, they naturally continued with one language and one means of communication.

In Genesis 11:4 mankind plots his ascendancy –

let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.”

God quickly responded:

…the Lord confused the language of the whole world…and scattered them over the face of the whole earth.”

How is Babel significant?

In the Tower of Babel, man’s purpose is twofold.

First, strength comes through unity, and second, with a big enough tower, they could become world renowned.

In other words, they were afflicted with the sinful attributes of self-sufficiency and pride.

To state it differently, man would be in control, not God.

Their towering structure would be a monument to their energy, daring, genius, and resources.

When men spurn God’s law and grace, and exalt themselves, however, catastrophe inevitably fall upon them.

loosely from Wycliffe Bible Commentary

Is the Internet man’s new single language?

Revelation 13 has an interesting warning for end times.

Starting in verse 16 it states “…all people were forced…to receive a mark…so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark.”

But, how could this be?

Throughout generations, this specific warning has been discussed, argued, speculated upon, and feared. Is it a specific mark, 666, on the forehead and hand?

Of course, in modern times we have much more insights. Computer chips, either on cards or even implanted, can easily authorize and control commerce.

But, it’s even bigger than that.

How old is the Internet?

Certainly, the beginning of linking computers and thereby connecting man began as early as 1983.

But Google itself didn’t begin until 1998. Most of what we see now, Facebook and Twitter, didn’t even start until 2004 and 2006.

In other words, the true interactivity of Social Media and the Internet is relatively recent.

But, how is that one language?

Let’s look at a very recent story (January 2021). The emergence of Parler, the replacement to Twitter.

Since Twitter had decided to be the arbitrator of what is acceptable speech, a new company was fast becoming its replacement, at least for conservatives – Parler.

Parler was billed as “an unbiased social media focused on real user experiences and engagement. Free expression without violence and no censorship.” 

En masse the disenfranchised and exiled Twitter members jumped on board Parler.

But not so fast. The Internet power brokers had yet other rounds of restrictions to deploy.

Amazon canceled Parler’s web hosting servers.

Apple and Google removed the Parler app from their smartphone stores.

Various payment processing services, including PayPal, canceled their payment services, and

To make matters as irretrievable as possible, even the Parler external attornies resigned fearing for the continuity of their own business.

In a day, Parler was no more.

Are we not seeing Babel II – the new single language?

Revelation 13 is so much bigger than not being able to buy groceries or sell products.

People are fired for attending the wrong (conservative) protest.

People are being fired because their mother or son is a member of the wrong group.

Congressmen, who object to electorial votes have their financial transactions frozen, thereby killing any reelection efforts.

People of the wrong group are denied access to airline flights.

The purchase of firearms and other less politically desirable products and services are denied.

 

Conclusion

Man is once again in control – not God.

Well, at least until Chapter 18 of Revelation.

“Fallen? Fallen is Babylon the Great!…the merchants of the earth grew rich from her…in one day her plagues will overtake her…She will be consumed by fire.”

“…for mighty is the Lord God who judges her.”

P.S.

Hebrews has a message for those who do not yet believe in Jesus Christ when 3:7 says “Today if you hear his voice do not harden your hearts…”

Want to know what Christians believe? Here’s a short post on what the Bible says about being a child of God.

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