After Noah, we see acts of his descendants, mentioned in chapter 10 and 11 of Genesis. These chapters tell us about a man named Nimrod. The Spirit of God has taken special care to make mention of him, in the early pages of human history. According to Bible scholars, he is the first prototype of the coming Antichrist. Other prototypes of antichrist in the bible are Pharaoh, Ahab, Goliath, Absalom, Adonijah, Sennacherib, Nebuchadnezzar, Haman and Judas Iscariot. We will see all of these antichrist prototypes later. Right now, it is time for events mentioned in Genesis 10 and 11.
Nimrod the first prototype of Antichrist
Genesis 10 gives us very little details about Nimrod. Not much is known about him. I am sure you might have heard much more about him, than what is given in holy pages. TPM pastors, especially during Christmas days, must have given you detailed knowledge on Nimrod. You might have probably heard that December 25 is the birth date of Nimrod, and not of Jesus. Your pastors might have told you about Semiramis, Tammuz, Christmas tree, sun worship, cakes and so on. But all this information you heard in TPM is fabricated lies of Alexander Hislop – who wrote the book – The two Babylon, in the 1850s. The information in the book, about Nimrod, is assumed by scholars, to be a concoction of Alexander Hislop. He provided no references for his so-called historical claims. There is no mention of these stories, in any historian’s record, prior to 1850s. Therefore my suggestion to readers is, “let us stay confined to scriptures and history well validated.” The only information we have about Nimrod is in the bible. Bible says, he was mighty, a hunter, and founder of few cities like Babel, Nineveh and so on. That’s all! Bible then goes silent on Nimrod. Yet this small information of scriptures is much powerful and breathtaking than the fabricated history you have heard about Nimrod in TPM. Below is a table describing Nimrod as a prototype of Antichrist, from details given in scriptures.
|Hebrew Name||Hebrew word Nimrod “נמרד” means rebel.|
(‘Brow-Driver-Brigs’ Hebrew Definition)
|Satan rebelled against God (Isa 14:13). We read he is called as lawless one, who opposes/rebels above all that is called God (2 Thess 2:4). So nimrod rebel points to opposition of God, by devil.|
|Cursed||Nimrod was son of Cush who was son of Ham, whose generations was cursed by Noah (Gen 9:22,25; 10:6,8)||Called as the son of perdition/damnation (2 Thess 2:3)|
|Hunter, Fowler, Snare||He was a mighty hunter (Gen 10:9). The phrase mighty hunter is indicative of his ability to trick to snare and catch his targets in his net.||The Devil is the one who as a hunter or fowler puts snares (I Tim 3:7, 2 Tim 2:26, Psa. 124:7, 91:3, Pro. 6:5, 7:23). He can do miracles and deceive people. The devil works with power (might) and lying miracles to deceive people in his snares (2 Thess 2:9-12, Dan 8:24, Rev 19:20, Acts 8:10-11, 2 Co 11:14)|
|King over many nations||Nimrod formed many nation starting from Babel (Gen 10:10-11). He was king over many nations.||Devil is prince over nations (Matt 4:8,9, Isa 14:6,10, John 14:30, 12:31).|
Rev 13:7 à Power was given him over all kindred, and nations, and tongues…
|King of Babel||Beginning of his kingdom was Babel (Gen 10:10)||King of Babylon Isa 14:4, (see also Rev 17:5)|
|Tower for his name||Nimrod as king of Babel, who probably influenced people to make a tower for their name (Gen 11:4)||*Beast asks people to make his statue/his towering image, for people to worship his name (Rev 13:14)|
*Absalom type of antichrist sought to make a tower for his name (2 Sam 18:18).
*Nebuchadnezzar made a statute for the honour of his majesty (Dan 4:30)
|Top reach heavens||Nimrod made people make tower whose top reaches unto heaven. This is indicative of devils desire to be above gods and heavens.||* Devil said, I will ascend above the height of clouds (Isa 14:14). I will be like the highest.|
* Antichrist exalts himself above every god (2 Th 2:4).
|His destruction||God came down and demolished their plan to reach heavens||*God said, Yet thou shall be brought to hell (Isa 14:15); See also Ezekiel 28:8-9|
* Christ shall descend and consume Antichrist with the brightness of his coming and Spirit of his mouth (2 Th. 2:8)
Therefore, I believe that Nimrod was a prototype to the antichrist. The Antichrist as a hunter, will catch people in his net, by false miracles, and deceive them, and will rule them. He will speak proud words and blaspheme God in heaven and exalt himself much high. Paul says he will sit in the temple of God declaring himself as God. He will make a towering statue (image) for himself like nimrod influenced people of Babylon to build the tower of their name. Finally, God will descend from heaven and consume the wicked Nimrod by the spirit of his mouth.
Tower of Babel (Genesis 11)
Next, we see the story of the tower of Babel. In Genesis 9, we read that God had asked the descendants of Noah to “fill the earth (Gen 9:1).” They were supposed to spread on all earth and populate it. But the subsequent generations rebelled. They said, let us make a city “lest we are scattered upon the face of the whole earth (Gen 11:4).” Where God asked them to fill and populate the earth, there they made a rebellious plan, to not to get dispersed. This is backsliding or turning away from God. The name Babel reminds of a mysterious woman in Revelation, whose forehead had inscription “Babylon.” This name is no coincidence. Symbolic representation of woman in the bible points to the church. Bride of Christ is a chaste virgin. And fallen Church and the rebelling group is a harlot. We read about the apostate false church in Proverbs 5 (5:3-10) and 7 (7:9-23). Then we see her as Jezebel in 2 Kings 9:22. Then we see her as apostate Israel in Isaiah 1:21, 50:1, Ezekiel 16, 23, Hosea 2:2, 3:1. Final manifestation about her is given in Revelation 2:20-23, Rev 17, 18. So the rebellious children of Noah, who made the tower of Babel as staircase or gateway to heaven, (whose top may reach heaven), is a false church and its false teachings. Here is a small tabular comparison of how the rebel group in Genesis 11 is a type of false church.
|Apostate Group at Babel||False church|
Transgressing God’s Commandments
God asked them to fill the earth. However, they gathered together refusing to get scattered.
|God asked the disciples to spread the gospel on all earth. However, disciples, who joined later, made followers of Jesus stay in a closed building, instead of spreading the word of God independently. See point 1 [in orange letters] from article Déjà vu/; Modern Friars. There are many transgressions to commandments of God by TPM like false churches. Few examples by TPM itself are|
1) Calling leaders “Appachen” (Matt 23:9)
2) Vain repetitions of PTL’s (Matt 6:7)
3) Branding self-name (I Corinthians 3:3-6)
4) Tarrying meetings (I Corinthians 14
|Based on works |
They started building with bricks instead of stones (Gen 11:3).
So building church/tower by using bricks means, establishing a church on works of human righteousness, instead of righteousness (stone) of Jesus (Phil 3:9).
|Bricks are made by human hands (Gen 11:3).|
False churches, therefore, preach salvation based on works – like TPM, Catholic churches etc.
For your further study, you can do research and verify whether there were 70 gentiles nations mentioned in Genesis 10 or not. Is there some connection between 70 nations mentioned in Genesis 10, and the sending of seventy disciples by Jesus into the world, to preach the gospel? I leave it for your study to finding out.
For me, it is amazing, to notice how God has both revealed and hidden all this information in sacred pages. We have prototypes of Jesus, antichrist, and stories which are a glimpse of what will happen during the end days, in biblical stories. This is why I believe, the bible is not merely a historical record book. It is a time machine, which takes you in past and shows you things about the future. It is God’s blueprint about the salvation of mankind through Jesus, and destruction of the enemy. May God bless you through its reading!