Mystery of Civilization
The Unfinished Earth
What Man Has Done
A Modest Foretaste
If Adam Had Taken the Tree of Life?
A World Held Captive
At the Foundation
of the World
Satan--the Master Braodcaster
The Beginning of Civilization
The Extent of Evil
End of Antediluvian
Origin of Cities
Present Evil World Develops
Summation of Human Civilization
FEW stop to think about it, but when you do, could anything
be wrapped in more mystery than this world's civilization? How explain
the astonishing paradox, a world of human minds that can send astronauts
to the moon and back, produce the marvels of science and technology, transplant
human hearts--yet cannot solve simple human problems of family life and
group relationships, or peace between nations?
The developed nations have made awesome progress.
They have produced a highly mechanized world providing every luxury, modern
convenience and means of pleasure. Yet they are cursed with crime, violence,
injustice, sickness and disease, broken homes and families. At the same
time more than one-half the world is living in illiteracy, abject poverty,
filth and squalor. Violence and destruction are rapidly multiplying. Many
ask, "Why, if God exists, does he allow so much violence and human suffering?"
We were born into this 20th-century world as it
is. We take it for granted. But we can't explain it. It's like viewing
a movie at a point already near the end. We see what is occurring at that
point, but, not having seen it from the beginning and not knowing how events
developed to the point of viewing, we simply cannot understand what we
are seeing. A fiction writer wrote about a time machine that could transport
one back to some time in history. If we had such a time machine, we should
now transport ourselves backward 6,000 years where we could actually see
what was transpiring in that original Garden of Eden, at the foundation
of the world. That's where this civilization started. Then we may better
understand why there is now talk of the imminent end of the world.
How did our civilization develop to our 20th-century
state? What a mystery that is to thinking people! Of course most are not
thinking people and never ask themselves that question. But if one does,
he finds the question enveloped in mystery. So let us understand.
It has already been explained in this volume how
God created man for the supreme purpose of reproducing himself. But this
supreme purpose necessitated the creation in us with our own assent, diligence,
effort and joy, the supreme spiritual character of God. But in so doing,
why did God place man on the earth? Why this particular planet?
The Unfinished Earth
God placed man here to restore the government of God to
the earth. Lucifer and his angels had been placed here originally. God
had put them here on an unfinished earth. Remember, God creates in dual
stages. Like a woman baking a cake, she bakes first the body of the cake,
but it is not finished until she puts on the icing. The substance and body
of the earth had been created before the angels were placed here. But God
intended for the angels to develop the surface of the earth, to beautify
and improve it. For this purpose he gave them his government to regulate
their conduct and performance together in so doing.
But Lucifer, on the throne to administer the government
in cooperation and harmony for their world, rebelled. He turned cooperation
and harmonious activity into competition, evil, rebellion and destruction.
Light on earth was turned to darkness. Wasteness, decay and ruin
came to the surface of the earth.
Then is six days (Ps. 104:30) God sent forth his
Spirit and renewed the face of the earth for man.
But still "the icing on the cake" had not been
added. God placed man here to do that which sinning angels had not done.
Man was to finish the beautification of the earth.
God is not the author of confusion, ugliness or decay, but of beauty, perfection,
character, the best in quality.
Look at the description of God's heaven--the seat
of God's throne--where, we might say, God lives as described in the fourth
chapter of Revelation. God sits on a throne surrounded by brilliant splendor,
quality and beauty and character. More dazzlingly and gloriously beautiful
than anything human eyes have ever seen.
God intended man to work this earth, improve it,
beautify it, give it glorious character--and in so doing to build into
his own life the "beauty of holiness" (I Chron. 16:29). God never intended
humans to live in poverty, filth and squalor or ugliness. Man should have
beautified the earth, and developed man's character in so doing. His civilization
should have been a "heaven on earth."
What Man Has Done
But what has man done on the earth where God placed him?
Man has made ugly, polluted, defiled, profaned everything his hands have
touched. He has polluted the air, befouled the water in the rivers, lakes
and seas. He has deteriorated the land, denuded the forests, thus altering
rainfall and causing the expansion of deserts. He has worn out the soil
by neglecting to give it its sabbaths of rest every seven years. Man has
built cities and allowed them to deteriorate into slums, filth and squalor.
All because the very first human rejected and turned
from God, relying solely on himself--and all Adam's children have done
Thus man has built a man-made and Satan-influenced
civilization. Man not only has ruined the earth he should have developed
and improved, he has destroyed his own health by wrong living, and degraded
and perverted his own spiritual character. Now, at last, as we near the
end of the 6,000 years God has allowed him this free rein, man has created
the Frankenstein of weapons of mass destruction that can destroy all mankind
utterly--unless a merciful God intervenes to save us from ourselves.
A Modest Foretaste
We now live in the era biblical prophecy calls the last
days--the last generation before the coming of Christ to rule and accomplish
on earth what mankind should have done. In these last days, according to
biblical prophecy, knowledge, spiritual as well as material, was to be
increased. The true Church of God was to be set back on the track, restoring
the glorious knowledge of the faith once delivered to the saints in the
days of the original apostles.
Jesus Christ, through the Church, built three colleges--two
in the United States and one in England. The three campuses, in material
beauty, have mutually excelled each other, as a high character physical
setting for the development of God's righteous character in students. The
beauty of godly character in these students has excelled the physical beauty
of the campuses. A royal Queen on a recent six-day visit to the headquarters
campus in Pasadena, California, on touring the campus, exclaimed, "I have
just been in heaven."
Three times this campus has won the award of being
the most beautiful, best landscaped, and best maintained campus in the
United States. These campuses are an example of what mankind should have
done, and a modest foretaste of the beauty that will blossom forth over
the whole earth after Christ and his saints in his kingdom are ruling the
earth in the wonderful world tomorrow.
Deteriorated, former millionaire mansions have
been restored. An area behind them that had deteriorated into Pasadena
slum area has been cleaned out, and been built into the most beautiful
area in Pasadena.
If Adam Had Taken the Tree of Life?
How did this material and human character degradation
Had Adam taken of the proffered tree of life the
whole course of civilization would have been entirely different. Peace,
happiness, joy, health and abundance would have spread over the earth.
But what did result?
Adam took to himself the knowledge of good as well
as evil. But it was only human good, no higher than the carnal human level
of the human spirit within him. He rejected reliance on God and relied
on himself for knowledge, ability and power--all limited to the fleshly
human plane, deceived and led by the perverted Satan.
Had he taken of the tree of life, he himself undoubtedly
would have succeeded Satan on the throne of the earth, restoring the government
of God, empowered, influenced and led by the Eternal God. But he allowed
Satan to enter within his mind. He was, as it were, kidnapped and held
captive by Satan.
Thus the first created human disbelieved God, disobeyed
God, chose to go HIS OWN WAY, do his own thing. Adam did it willingly,
but not apparently willfully or with malicious intent.
Willingly, Adam was led into captivity by Satan.
He had willingly gone along with Satan, the archkidnapper of all time.
A World Held Captive
Adam had been created with the potential to be born a
son of GOD. Even though not as yet even a begotten son of the GOD FAMILY,
he had been created as potentially just that. Once he succumbed to Satan's
WAY of choosing to "do his own thing," in rebellion against a deliberate
command of God, he became spiritually the property of Satan. He actually
had succumbed to the GOVERNMENT of Satan, choosing the LAW of that government--the
law of vanity, self-centeredness--leading automatically into attitudes
of self-glory, coveting, competition, desire to GET rather than God's way
All humanity came out of Adam and Eve. The present
world was FOUNDED in them. The WORLD has ever since been HELD CAPTIVE!
The world had thus chosen THE WAY of the kidnapper, rather than of the
But God the Father was to pay the ransom price
and even yet bring his potential spiritual children back to him. God did
not choose to redeem, correct and restore humanity to him at that time.
At the Foundation
of the World
Upon Adam's sin, God closed off the tree of life to the
world as a whole until the second Adam, Jesus Christ, shall have deposed
Satan and taken over the throne of the earth.
There cannot be a law without a penalty. The penalty
of human sin is DEATH.
The penalty of death had passed on Adam and all
his children. That penalty had to be paid. There was no escaping it. Satan
must have gloated, believing he had totally defeated God's purpose of restoring
God's government and unseating Satan on earth's throne. Truly all Adam's
children would come under the penalty of death, for all would sin.
But what even Satan probably did not realize, God's
plan was yet to save humanity, and remove Satan from earth's throne.
At this very foundation of the world, it was determined
that Jesus Christ, as the "Lamb of God," should be slain in payment of
the penalty for all human sin (Rev. 13:8), which substitute sacrifice is
effective only upon repentance and faith. It was also determined by God
at that time that all Adam's children should die, but after dying be resurrected
to judgment (Heb. 9:27). But as in Adam all must die, so in Christ the
same ALL shall be made alive by a resurrection from the dead to be judged
(I Cor. 15:22).
But still, none could ever be born of God until
God's holy and perfect spiritual character had been instilled within, by
individual choice and proof by performance.
God set apart a 7,000-year period to complete his
original SUPREME PURPOSE of reproducing himself through man. It was a masterminded
MASTER PLAN for working out the PURPOSE here below.
For almost 6,000 years a civilization has developed,
which we call the world. But it has been a world held captive. It has become
SATAN'S WORLD though millions have been deceived into believing it is God's
world. To this day Satan is still on that throne.
Meanwhile Satan has worked IN all humans. He has
injected into the world enormous EVILS.
But how has Satan injected those evils into the
minds of all humans, even of the most scholarly and advanced in education,
science, government and areas of awesome human accomplishment? Even that
question is a mystery understood by almost no one.
Satan--the Master Broadcaster
In Ephesians 2:2, Satan is called the prince of the power
of the air, working in--inside the minds of--people. I could never have
understood this until: 1) I had understood how radio and television sounds
and pictures are transmitted through the air; and 2) I had learned the
truth about the human spirit in the human brain. If your radio is set on
the proper radio wavelength, or television set is tuned to the proper channel,
the broadcaster's message comes through clearly. Satan as prince of the
power of the air broadcasts--not in words, sounds or pictures, but in attitudes,
For example, we read in Ezra 1:1, when King Cyrus
of Persia issued a proclamation to send a colony of Jews back to Jerusalem
to build the second Temple, he was moved to do so because God stirred up
his human spirit--in other words, put the suggestion and impulse in his
mind, and the king acted on it. In the same manner Satan moves on the human
spirit within people to move them in attitudes of envy, jealousy, resentment,
impatience, anger, bitterness and strife. People have no realization of
the tremendous power of Satan. The human spirit within each human is automatically
tuned to Satan's wavelength. It seems as if Satan has surcharged the air
over the entire earth with his attitude of self-centeredness and vanity.
And so a world--a civilization--developed from
the original Adam and Eve. When God shut off the tree of life, that act
marked the foundation of the world. It was founded on rejection of God,
on disobedience to God's law which defines God's way of life. And all the
evils, sorrows, pain and suffering in 6,000 years of human civilization
God had designed a 7,000-year master plan for accomplishing
his tremendous purpose. The first 6,000 years were allotted to allow Satan
to remain on earth's throne, and for humanity to learn the bitter lesson,
through experience, that Satan's way of self-centeredness in opposition
to God's law leads only to pain, suffering, anguish and death.
The whole world of humankind has been deceived
into preferring this "getting," self-centered way of life.
At this point, remember, the world had never known
of the existence of God the Father until Jesus came and revealed the Father
The world, from its foundation, was cut off from
God the Father. Jesus came to reconcile repentant believers to the Father
The Beginning of Civilization
But notice briefly how human civilization developed.
God created the first humans, perfect specimens
physically and mentally. Physically this perfectly created pair had no
chronic ailments or tendencies toward diseases or illnesses. That is testified
in part by the fact that Adam lived to be 930 years old. And for nearly
2,000 years the human life span from Adam to Noah averaged close to 900
Think of it! The first man lived nearly one sixth
of all the time from human creation until now!
Adam and Eve had two sons, Cain and Abel. When
they were grown, perhaps still in their teens, Cain became envious and
hostile against his brother Abel. Even though by the closing off of the
tree of life they were cut off from God the Father, the "Word" (the "Lord"
or the "Eternal" in English) spoke to Cain and warned him. But Cain was
being led by Satan. This prince of the power of the air stirred Cain to
an attitude of resentment, anger and hostility. Cain slew his younger brother,
and when the Eternal asked him about his brother, he lied to God about
it. The very first human ever born was moved by Satan to become a murderer
and a liar.
God sentenced him to become a vagabond and a fugitive.
But even though the human family had rejected God,
chosen to rely on self even as swayed by Satan, the human mind was capable
of working with material substance. In a few generations a son of Cain
was making harps and organs and musical instruments (Gen. 4:21) and another,
an artificer in brass and iron.
Mankind was making progress in material development
even though growing further from God spiritually. But remember at this
point, that "except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that
build it" (Ps. 127:1). Also in Matthew 7:24-27, a house built on a faulty
foundation is bound to fall. Civilization as we know it was built, not
on the foundation of God and his direction, but on man's self-reliance
under the deception and sway of Satan.
The Bible tells us little of human development
prior to Noah, but after 1,500 to 1,600 years human civilization had become
so evil that only one man, Noah, remained righteous. There was a population
explosion, but humanity had turned to evil continually. After 100 years
of warning by Noah, God sent the Flood to drown all living except Noah,
his wife, three sons and their wives--eight people.
The Extent of Evil
Notice to what extent humanity had been turned by Satan
to evil. In Genesis 6:5, "God saw that the wickedness of man was great
in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was
only evil continually." The earth was filled with violence. Man's thoughts,
contemplations and plans were continually on self-centered, lustful and
This violence had become so universal that God
determined to spare humanity from suffering longer in mounting misery and
God took away their miserable lives, by the earthwide
Flood, to be resurrected in the next second of their consciousness in the
"Great White Throne" resurrection (Rev. 20:11-12). They will be brought
back to life in a time when Christ is ruling the earth in righteousness,
peace and happiness. Satan will be gone. Their minds then will be opened
to God's TRUTH, and eternal salvation will be opened to them.
But God intended to preserve human life--to give
humanity a new and fresh start.
God found only one man, of all the millions, who
was walking with God. Two can't walk together except they be agreed. Noah
alone agreed with God and God's way of life. God used Noah as a preacher
of righteousness (II Pet. 2:5). For 100 years Noah warned the unheeding
world, from age 500 until he was 600 years old.
Noah, was "perfect" in his generations. That is,
his heredity, ancestry (Gen. 6:9).
Proof of this lies in the meaning of the Hebrew
word translated "perfect." It may refer either to spiritual character (Gen.
17:1) or to physical characteristics (Lev. 22:21). Therefore Genesis 6:9
allows the translation that Noah was either "blameless" or "unblemished."
The context (Gen. 6:2) clearly indicates the latter is the intended meaning
of "perfect." So a good rendering of Genesis 6:9 is that Noah was the only
"just" man (in spiritual character), and also "unblemished' (in his genetic
heritage) among his contemporaries.
End of the Antediluvian
The subject matter of the chapter is the generations ancestry
of Noah. Exceeding wickedness had developed through those generations,
by Noah's generation reaching a climactic crisis that ended that world.
What was this universal evil and corruption? Jesus
described that universal, corrupt evil as "eating and drinking, marrying
and giving in marriage" (Matt. 24:38). Eating food and drinking is not
evil. Marrying is not evil in itself. There had to be wrong use and excess
in eating, drinking and marrying--the evil was in the manner, and in the
extent of eating, drinking and marrying.
It could only be eating improper food, drinking
excessively of alcoholic drinks, revelings (Gal. 5:21), rioting, violence.
Marrying, to be evil, had to be as in Genesis 6:2, when men "took them
wives of all which they chose." There was rampant and universal interracial
marriage--so exceedingly universal that Noah, only, was unblemished or
perfect in his generations--his ancestry. He was of the original white
It is amply evident that by the time of Noah there
were at least the three primary or major racial strains on earth, the white,
yellow and black, although interracial marriage produced many racial mixtures.
God does not reveal in the Bible the precise origin
of the different races. It is evident that Adam and Eve were created white.
God's chosen nation Israel was white. Jesus was white. But it is a fair
conjecture that in mother Eve were created ovaries containing the yellow
and black genes, as well as white, so that some of the children of Adam
and Eve gave rise to black, yellow, as well as white.
The one man God chose to PRESERVE the human race
alive after the Flood was perfect in his generations--all his ancestry
back to Adam was of the one strain, and undoubtedly that happened to be
white--not that white is in any sense superior.
If you are a livestock breeder, planning to enter
your prize animals in a livestock show--perhaps at a state or county fair--you
will be sure to enter only thoroughbred or pedigreed stock! Mixing the
breed alters the characteristics.
God originally set the bounds of national borders,
intending nations to be SEPARATED to prevent interracial marriage. Notice,
"When the most High divided to the nations their inheritance [speaking
of land or geographical boundaries], when he separated, [notice--he separated]
the sons of Adam, he set the bounds of the people..." (Deut. 32:8).
But people wanted to intermarry--until there would
be only ONE RACE!
That desire seems still inherent in human nature
Noah was of perfect lineage in his generations.
His wife and three sons were of that same white strain. But Japheth evidently
had married an Oriental woman, and Ham a black.
We know little more than stated above about civilized
development prior to the Flood.
Mankind should have learned its lesson by the Flood,
but man cut off from God, and swayed by Satan had not, and has not to this
present day. But once again, "as it was in the days of Noah," Jesus said
in a prophecy, there is a population explosion, and evils are multiplying.
This time worldwide nuclear war will threaten to erase all humanity from
the earth. But, for the sake of the "elect" of God's true Church (Matt.
24:21-22), God will cut the destruction short--and this time send Jesus
Christ as King of kings to replace Satan and sit on earth's throne.
Origin of Cities
It was only the second generation after the Flood until
a man named Nimrod organized people into cities. First was the tower of
Babel and the city of Babylon. Then Nineveh and other cities, which became
God had set the bounds of the nations, intending
geographical segregation of the races.
At this point I quote from Satan's Great Deception,
a thesis by C. Paul Meredith (pages 14-16):
Everyone on earth after the
Flood knew of God and why he had drowned the wicked. They feared to do
evil -- at first....Men lived...without cities and without laws, and all
speaking one language....
This group, composed of the
only people on the earth (for the others had all been destroyed by the
great Flood) began migrating from the mountains of Ararat (Gen. 8:4) where
the ark had landed: "And the whole earth was of one language, and of one
speech. 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" (Gen. 11:1-2).
These people, now known as Sumerians (Miller's Ancient History in Bible
Light, page 51), pushing through the mountains of the east, came upon a
prodigiously fertile plain built up by the deposits of the Euphrates and
the Tigris rivers. This land of Shinar is now known as ancient Babylonia
(J.H. Breasted"s Ancient Times, page 107). Here was a land that would produce
all they desired in abundance....
These people, like Adam and
Eve, disobeyed God and brought trouble upon themselves. The land was productive,
but the wild animals were multiplying faster than the people due to the
destruction of the former civilization by the great Flood. Because of their
primitive weapons, there was a great danger to life and possessions (Ex.
23:28-29). What could be done about it?
Nimrod, the son of Cush,
was a large, powerfully built black who developed into a great hunter.
It was he who gathered the people together and organized them to fight
the wild ferocious beasts. "He was a mighty hunter before the Lord" (Gen.
10:8-9). In other words, the name of Nimrod was known everywhere for his
might. He emancipated the people of the earth after the Flood from their
fear of the wild animals. His prestige grew. He became the leader in worldly
affairs. He was ambitious.
There was a better way to protect
the people from the wild animals that roamed the earth than by constantly
fighting them. Nimrod built a city of houses and surrounded this city with
a high wall and gathered the people therein. Thus the people were protected
and Nimrod was able to rule over them. This arrangement was agreeable to
the people for "They said...let us build us a city and...make us a name,
lest we be scattered abroad" (Gen. 11:4).
The people not only protected
themselves from the wild animals by building a walled city but also established
authority of their own--"let us make us a name." This was to be a central
place of mankind's authority--the necessity of their obedience to God was
not going to be recognized! Nimrod was their leader. Also they built a
tower whose top was to "reach unto heaven." With a tower this high they
could do as they wished--disobey God and still be safe from his punishment
which had drowned the inhabitants of the earth before. This was mankind's
first act of open rebellion against God after the Flood--they thought they
had placed themselves out of God's reach if they wished to disobey him.
They, like Satan, thought that if they could "ascend above the heights
of the clouds," they could "be like the most High" (Isa. 14:14). Cush,
Nimrod's father, also had much to do with the building of this tower and
city (The Two Babylons, by Alexander Hislop, page 26).
These people were not only of one language, they
were of three races or families--white, yellow and black. Just as God created
varieties in many species of flowers and of animals--for example, many
varieties and colors of roses--for greater beauty, so God created the three
races and colors of human skin. God intended to prevent racial intermarriages.
But man has always wanted to violate God's laws, intentions and ways. They
wanted to become one race or family through intermarriage of races. As
mentioned before, God had set the bounds of the races, providing for geographical
segregation, in peace and harmony but without discrimination. But the people
wanted to be of one amalgamated people. One purpose for the tower of Babel
was to unite them, and to prevent them from being scattered in racial geographical
They built the tower, "lest we be scattered abroad
upon the face of the whole earth" in geographical segregation (Gen. 11:4).
But God looked upon their building of the tower and said, "Behold, the
people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do:
and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined
to do" (Gen. 11:6).
What has mankind "imagined to do"? By this twentieth
century man has gone into outer space, flown to the moon and back, invented
and produced the most intricate machines, computerized instruments, transplanted
hearts, and even attempted to produce life from dead matter. The human
mind's capacity for material accomplishment seems unlimited. But his problems
are not material, but spiritual. And before them he is still helpless without
So God confounded their languages and "scattered
them abroad...upon the face of all the earth" (Gen. 11:8).
Continuing from C. Paul Meredith's thesis, now
out of print (pages 16-17, 25-29):
Then it was that Nimrod "began
to be a mighty one" and a "mighty hunter before the Lord" [Gen. 10:8-9]
in a ruling sense (the Hebrew word for "mighty" is gibbor, which means
"tyrant," Strong's Concordance of the Bible). Nimrod became a tyrant over
the people. He made the laws. Not only that but he was "mighty...before"
the Eternal. (The Hebrew word paniym translated "before" here, should be
translated "against"--Strong's Concordance of the Bible.) The Bible says
Nimrod was against God!...
Nimrod kept growing in power
but the inborn desire of the people to worship must be satisfied. Nimrod
and his followers had turned against the true God. They wanted to glorify
God in their own way! They "changed the glory of the uncorruptible God
into an image made like...creeping things" (Romans 1:23)--the snake, and
other things God had created. (They should have worshiped God in spirit
and in truth and not through idols--John 4:24 and Ex. 20:4-5,)
With the civil power he wielded,
Nimrod set himself up as the priest of the things worshiped by the people,
to obtain a still stronger hold on them and gradually put himself in place
of the true God....
[But] Noah, the preacher
of righteousness (II Pet. 2:5) did stand fast and gained a staunch supporter
in his son Shem. While Nimrod was expanding his kingdom so rapidly there
was opposition to Shem, the representative of Noah....Nimrod became the
representative for the forces of evil in opposing Shem.... Shem, a very
eloquent person, is said to have obtained the aid of a group of Egyptians
who overcame Nimrod. The death of Nimrod seemingly halted the counterfeit
pagan worship which he started.
[If] Nimrod had been a man of unbounded
ambition, the ambition of ...Semiramis--the future "Queen of
Heaven" (Jer. 7:18)--exceeded even his. Nimrod...had become
the greatest and most powerful figure in the world. He was
dead. She clearly saw that if she were to...have the great position and
power...of the most powerful man on earth, something must be done to assure...her
Nimrod's kingdom, which consisted
of most of the populated world of that time, had fallen to her. Much of
Nimrod's power had come from his setting himself up as the human representative
of the Sun-God. She must retain this world rule by any and all means. The
religious control which had given so much power to [Nimrod] must be used
by her also if she were to retain the maximum hold on her subjects....In
life [Nimrod] had been honored as a hero; in death she will have him worshiped
as a god....
Semiramis was actually the founder of much of the
world's pagan religions, worshiping false gods. Even such so-called Christian
observances as Christmas, New Year's and Easter emerged from the false
religious system she developed. For details of this the reader is referred
to The Two Babylons, by Alexander Hislop.
Today, the English language is fast becoming the
chief international language. Men are entering mixed marriages, and starting
to get back to one worldwide language.
Present Evil World
The only survivors of the great Flood on earth composed
the one family, that of Noah. It consisted of Noah, his wife, their three
sons Shem, Ham and Japheth and their wives. The whole human population
came from that one family.
The Bible speaks of three worlds--the world that
then was being overflowed with water, this present evil world, and the
world to come.
As the flood waters evaporated the whole earth
consisted of the one family of Noah. But Shem, who was white and married
to a white woman, started his own family. Ham, married to a black woman,
had black children and began his own family. Japheth, married to a yellow
woman, started his own family, which were of yellow extraction. The early
history recorded in the Bible speaks of "families," rather than "races."
At the incident of the tower of Babel, God divided
the speech of the people so that they were able to communicate each one
only in his new and different language.
And so as time passed, the families grew, each
family speaking its own language. God had intended geographical segregation,
not integration of races.
Nimrod built a number of cities--Babylon, Erech,
Accad, Calneh, Nineveh, etc. There developed city-states, each with its
own local government. As time passed, nations arose with national governments.
Among these were Babylon (which became known as Chaldea), Egypt, Assyria.
The religion started by Semiramis was carried into the different nations
in the language of each. Semiramis and Nimrod were also identified with
the names Isis and Osiris in Egypt. Each nation had its own names for its
gods. But the whole labyrinth of pagan religions developed from that which
originated with Semiramis.
As the generations of humanity continued, this
world's civilization developed. It started with a government system started
by Nimrod, through a religious system that stemmed from Nimrod and Semiramis.
The modern system of academic educations was started by Plato, taught by
Socrates. Systems of commerce, industry, finance and banking developed--devised
systems originated with God. All laws were made by humans--either decrees
by kings and despots, legislatures, national congresses, parliaments, diets,
or whatever. Social customs developed and all facets of civilization up
to the chaotic present.
In such a world God called out a special nation
of his own, not a favorite nation for special favors, but a nation chosen
for a special purpose that nation failed to perform.
After the Flood profane history implies that Shem
continued more or less in the knowledge and way of God. But no man really
walked with God until Abraham. To Abraham, God made all the promises on
which ultimate human salvation depends, as well as the material and economic
prosperity that has come to the United States and the British.
Summation of Human
Humanity was created on earth for a glorious and wonderful
purpose. God was reproducing himself. Stated another way, God's purpose
was to create humanity to become supremely happy and joyful in peace and
perfect comfort, to become productive, creative, joyfully successful with
This meant the supreme perfect spiritual character
of God--perfect utopia. This purpose shall be accomplished.
But to accomplish it, humanity must make its own
decision. The former cherub Lucifer had chosen a course of action and being
that led in the diametrically opposite direction. The first man had to
choose either to accept and live the way of God's purpose, or Satan's way
of self-reliance in the opposite direction. The first man Adam chose to
take to himself the knowledge of good and evil. He started his human family
relying on self for good on the human level, mixed with evil, and relying
on human self not only for knowledge of the way, but for the solution of
all problems that might arise. He rejected spiritual knowledge from God
and reliance on God for power to live the way of utopia.
Man built his world on self-sufficiency without
God set in motion a master plan for accomplishment
of his purpose, consisting of a duration of seven thousand years. Satan
was allowed to remain on earth's throne for the first six thousand years.
God purposed that man must lean his lesson, and come voluntarily to accept
God's way and character.
For nearly six thousand years mankind has been
writing that lesson. But even at this late hour he has not yet learned
it. He has not yet given up on his own self-centered way and come to accept
God's way to his ultimate happiness. God is letting the law of cause and
effect take full toll. Man's society, deceived and misled by Satan, has
not even yet brought man to admit failure of his course of self-sufficiency.
Today man's world is reeling on its last legs.
Wars, violence, destruction, terrorism engulf the entire world. Half the
world exists in ignorance, illiteracy, poverty, living in filth and squalor.
The developed half is sick with ill health, disease, mental stress, fear,
frustration, wracked with crime, alcoholism, drug abuse, perverted and
misused sex, broken homes, hopelessness in frustration.
Mankind is nearing the end of his rope. But even
now, God will not intervene to save this defiant humanity from itself until
man is finally brought to the point where if God delayed longer in intervention,
man would annihilate himself. God will not intervene and usher in the next
world under the kingdom of God until the remnant of mankind has been brought
to fully realize human inability to solve problems or bring worldwide peace
in happiness and joy. Man must be brought to realize his helplessness and
futility without God.
At last the weapons of mass destruction have been
invented and produced that can erase all life from this planet earth. In
these last days of mankind's last gasping of breath, Jesus foretold how
it would all end. After Jesus' gospel had been suppressed, replaced with
a false gospel of men about a different Jesus, he said, "This gospel of
the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations;
and then shall the end [of this world] come."
This gospel now has been preached into every nation.
During its 50 years of proclamation, nuclear energy has developed with
capacity for the first time in history to destroy every human alive on
earth. Next, Jesus foretold the great tribulation--a time of trouble so
great that, unless God does intervene, no human being would be saved alive.
But, for the sake of his Church, God will intervene supernaturally before
total destruction of humanity. Mankind will be brought to acknowledge human
insufficiency without God. Immediately after, Christ will come in the clouds
in supreme power and glory to unseat Satan, and start God's own new civilization
toward utopia (Matt. 24:14, 31-41).
These are the very last days of Satan's evil world.
God's utopian civilization will be started with the present generation.