The Tower of Babel was erected to Glorify Man and his Religion
The People were Unified in the False Religion of Humanism
"Now the whole earth had one language and 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. 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. 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." (Genesis 11:1-4)
At one time the human race had one common language of communication. The people had complete unity of purpose and determination to achieve two main things.
- 1. Build a city and a tower to reach heaven.
- 2. Make a name for themselves
This tower is symbolic of man's rejection of the Creator God, and indicative of his striving for human achievement. This is the basic foundation of false religion of humanism.
Archaeologists believe this Ancient Ziggurut in Iraq to be the Base of the Tower of Babel
The Tower of Babel was built for the Purpose of Astrology
Archaeological studies revealed the ancient Babylonians had built pyramid-like structures called Zigguruts for the purpose of observing the planets in motion. The Tower of Babel was built for astrological purposes. "The earliest known astrological records date back to Babylon in 1645 BC, and the earliest horoscope to 410 BC. Astrology's origins can also be traced to several other locations and cultures, including Egypt, which developed sophisticated timekeeping and calendar science; Greece, where Ptolemy authored influential astrological and astronomical texts; and Rome, where many of the most learned men-including two emperors-were astrologers who wrote laws and counseled citizens based on the Stars."
Astrology is strongly condemned by the One True God
Astrology is not to be confused with astronomy which is the science that studies the size, movement, and composition of celestial bodies. Astrology, on the other hand, has no scientific basis and it claims that stars and other heavenly bodies influence human personality and activity, and that the position of celestial bodies at a given time can foretell future events in the lives of people.
The Bible specifically denounces astrology as occultism.
"Stand now with your enchantments and the multitude of your sorceries, in which you have labored from your youth - perhaps you will be able to profit, perhaps you will prevail. You are wearied in the multitude of your counsels; Let now the astrologers, the stargazers, and the monthly prognosticators stand up and save you from what shall come upon you. Behold, they shall be as stubble, the fire shall burn them; they shall not deliver themselves from the power of the flame. " (Isaiah 47:12-14)
God spoke through His prophet Isaiah concerning the astrologers.
- Not only can astrologers not save you by their advice - they cannot even save themselves.
- The fire shall burn them - in other words they are headed for judgment.
- The counsel of astrologers has a wearying effect on those who trust them - it wears them out.
It is interesting to note that astrology is linked here to sorcery and enchantment. According to the plain teaching of the Bible, these things are in the devil's domain and ultimately you will receive nothing but a curse when you go to the devil for help and advice.
Many passages of Scripture denounce occult practices that seek guidance or knowledge through sources other than the God of the Bible (e.g., Deut. 18:9-14 and Lev. 19:31, 20:6). The word from God is definitive: the practice of astrology and other mystic activity is wrong, and Christians cannot believe and participate in astrology.
The Tower of Babel and the New Age Movement
The Ancient Babylonians practiced a Religion that revolved around the idea of becoming a god. They also built the Tower of Babel so as to attempt to bring the entire world into a unity against the God of Heaven- a "World Order", so to speak. This Religion of Ancient Babylon has been kept alive by various groups all the way through history, and even to our modern times. Today it goes under the name of the New Age Movement, or the New World Order, and it is permeating our entire Society, including the Christian World.
The Religion of the Ancient Babylonians encouraged a rebellious spirit against the Law of God, a blatant disregard for His Commandments. Today the New Age Movement is spreading all over the world, and it involves again a hatred for both the Law of God and the Atonement of Christ. Is it any wonder then that the Three Angel's of Revelation are calling the whole World back to the keeping of the Commandments and the Faith of Jesus, and that a terrible warning message is given to those who refuse?
The Bible forecasts a great period of rebellion against the God of Heaven and a worldwide Religious Apostasy, during which time the nations of Earth will confederate themselves into a One World Political and Religious System. There will be frightening changes in our Society. We are living in momentous times!
In Astrology the Zodiac symbol of Aquarius depicts a man who pours out water from a jar. This signifies that according to New Age Thought, all of the Religious knowledge of Mankind throughout the Ages would be taken up into the jar and then blended together and poured back out upon the World. This event would happen when it was the "Dawning of the Age of Aquarius". This is to be an Era of Unity, Love and Religious Brotherhood among Humanity. The underlying idea of the New Age is one of ecumenism, a One World Global Society.
Core Beliefs of the New Age Movement are derived from Ancient Babylon
The "new age/new spirituality" movement is a loose collection of many things that have pagan roots. This modern pagan movement is nothing more than ancient paganism put in a new package. The polytheistic religious of the East and those in "new age/new spirituality" beliefs and witchcraft all have a common root source in ancient Babylon and they share the common polytheist and/or pantheist beliefs of the mystery religion that began at Babylon. Most "new age" leaders have now rejected the term "new age" they call themselves part of the "new spirituality" movement. However, be assured, no matter how much they deny being "new age" this "new spirituality" is still "new age" doctrine and Babylonian paganism with a refined title. The "new spirituality" movement is a more refined pagan movement for those who rejected certain practices that were identified with the "new age" movement. This "new spirituality" concept or movement is the latest effort to make polytheistic and pantheistic beliefs acceptable to the mainstream public.
There are a few core beliefs that unites all the various forms of modern paganism but there are many common themes.
The "new age" or "new spirituality" in a nutshell:
- We are all powerful spirit beings
- We pre-existed before our present lives on earth
- The human species will evolve into its Christ consciousness or God state
- God is a force, everyone and everything is part of this creative force
- Because God is in everything, our collective thoughts create reality
- The mother earth is part of the force and she is a living entity
- If the abuse of mother earth continues she will have to defend herself with severe natural upheavals
- We must reduce our population and eliminate all the negative thinking people (Monotheistic fundamentalism) by education or removal
- Some in the "new age" believe that our parent species are alien life forms. They say these aliens planted us here sometime in the past and that they are due to return. This belief will set the world up for the great deception
Oprah Winfrey promotes New Age Teachings to Millions of People
We are living in the End Time. Do not be deceived by the False Teachings of the New Age Movement. Be prepared to meet the One True God in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Susan on November 12, 2019:
You are spreading some highly unreal information. The new age movement and new world order are two very different ideas and philosophies...
Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on January 07, 2018:
Even now, some of these New Age doctrines sneak into some cultish Christian denominations. I appreciate your interesting and enjoyable article. Thank you.
Daniel Arroyo on May 29, 2014:
The Tower of Babel, was the first zigurat ever made. After the flood, the humans came down from Urartu, a country were the Ark rested, and they found a plain. There they built the cities of Eridu, Kish, Tell Ubaid and Nippur. Babel was Babylon.
I am Saved on September 28, 2013:
One thing is sure .. that day is coming (sooner or later) when every knee will bow and every toungue will confess that Jesus Christ is the Lord...
by the way here is good study on Dr. Joshua Arkaine's confussion about Osris against Jesus Christ:
Mandy on May 13, 2013:
"The rest of mankind who were not killed by these plagues still did not repent of the work of their hands; they did not stop worshiping demons, and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood--idols that cannot see or hear or walk."
Mandy on May 13, 2013:
The church is included in the tower of babel. During the end of times almost ALL are deceived. Christianity itself has been reduced to paganism and worship of idols. Is not the crucifix an object to represent Chrsit? Where did christ say we must worship objects? Where did moses say this? Truth is, no one now adays follows the ways or path of christ. They think if they worship a cross and sit in a church that they "believe" in christ, but they do not. Neither do new agers. As for mother earth. there is a lot of talk of false fruits in the bible which spring from seeds. You will know what is truth and what is false from the fruits that are yeilded. If you look at Nature (which the seraphim angels even recognize the holy within it, as part of creators creation) she is yeilding what kind of fruits? So what does this say about how we are living? Are we not following false prophets who focus on false idiologies?
Remember Galatians. It is all about mans materialism, which revelations and other parts of the bible make very clear. Man has become very arrogant. All heads (thoughts) and hands (what is used to create) are stamped with the sign of the anti-christ/anti-life. We see riches as material instead of spiritual. We destroy life to create objects to worship. Christians do this too unless they are menonites or amish etc. But even those factions do not follow the book of galations because they need parents and authority and are bound up by rules.
The true movement is back inward to the self. Releasing the striving in the external world. Where is the holy spirit after all.
These days there is little of value in the world to believe in. If you want to believe in Christ, believe in him and walk with him. If you have no faith in Him than admit it. But no one walks in Christ who serves another master, which only happens out of fear and this is why Christ showed the way by allowing his life to be a sacrifice. Read Galatians, the path is the law of spirit over the laws and ways of men. We all give in to authorities everywhere and worship a pagan cross and call ourselves Christians. Christ, in my opinion, died for nothing if we refuse to be free by his example.
thorpresto on December 30, 2012:
The focus of the Tower of Babel was and is man.... however, God, i.e. entire Godhead ( who knows all that is KNOWABLE) heard about the activities of man, decided to go to earth and view firsthand what it was that man was " up to". After seeing the work of man's
hands and the obvious intentions of the construction of the Tower, THe Godhead dialogued amongst themselves that if man completes this thing that they build, then NOTHING will be impossible to them!!! Wow! Seems there is a ton left to be understood about this account:) The Tower had to have been a structure much more advanced than any thing EVER built by man....even up to the present! Communication is paramount in order to advance any civilization, and if one language coupled with the techniques of the invisible realm that can be mastered without the restraint of WISDOM then God did the only logical ( loving) thing to do: pro-long the existence of man by interruption.
leann2800 on March 23, 2011:
I neither agree nor disagree with this hub. I do believe that the Tower of Babel was built to glorify man. I agree that when it was struck down, nothing was left but astrology. I don't believe it is heresy but I also don't think what we interpret is is either. I don't agree with the location arkwriter proposes as the tower. But, that's a different hub. And I wholeheartedly back arkwriter's efforts in his search for the truth.
I do disagree with vehement degradation of Christians or any other religion in the commentary. Vehemently preaching against religion and the more ardourous they get, the more they think anyone with religion is stupid. There are peace loving people of all faiths on this planet. Denigrating your neighbor in the name of no religion is just as wrong as doing so without carrying a flag. Perhaps, it is worse. If a person under a certain faith is hateful, we can avoid that faith. If a person that confesses to not belong to a church is critical or mean,we do not know what to avoid.
me on February 16, 2011:
we are just flesh, we are born, and live, and we all will die, you are the holder of your soul only you,.. no one else,...... deal with it,,,,, you have a great life x x good luck... ya gonna need it the world is a fooo0000ooot. x
Islam on December 07, 2010:
Guys, there were many religions before Judaism, and for each religion there was a messenger, and in each book they had god mentioned the next book that was going to come out, but when the jews rewrote the turah, god wrote the bible and he talked about jesus christ, and in the original bible it says that Islam is the next and last religion and you must stick with it, but then people actually rewrote the bible, that's why some things dont make sense, the Holy Quran is the last book of allah and it is protected by him, the quran mentions everything that happened and that's gonna happen, it even talks about the new world order, how the messiah is going to come to earth and tell people that he is god ( lucifer ) and later on jesus christ will come down to earth kill him, kill the swine and destroy the cross, i am inviting you to islam, even if you dont want to be a muslim then just read the Quran. The day of judgement is near, and you must choose what's right and what's wrong. Islam is the answer. please do not think i am a terrorist or something like that. thank you
Tammy Levesque on December 06, 2010:
this is fantastic,thank you for sharing your God given insights on this score Arkwriter.
I personally am beginning my end times bible study and this was the exact starting point the Lord gave to my heart. I came across your hub writing and was so pleased to see it is some of what the Lord has shown to my heart and the parallel's to the end times, from the tower of Babel.
I was listening last Monday night to the Glenn Beck show,and he had on,Rabbi Daniel Lapin,who was speaking from the Torah,and the Hebrew writings about the tower of Babel,and the parallels to the times we are in now. How the bricks are people,and the mortar that holds them together is actually materialism. Also how the new world order is doing exactly that, trying to make us into bricks, who are all the same, and not the stones that God made us to be, different!
In the Bible God always has the people use unhewn stones to make an altar or a monument to God. Many altars and monuments are mentioned in the book of Joshua.
Anyway, I found both your article and Rabbi Lapins speaking on this fascinating.
God Bless you and keep you always in His loving grace.
Syrah on July 17, 2010:
Daniel Gordis offers another explanation that may make more sense.
(This, then, is the real sin committed by the builders of the Tower of Babel, and not, as is commonly suggested, their hubristic aspiration “to make a name” for themselves. For, after all, who among us does not seek to leave behind a name of sorts? Who does not hope that his or her legacy—be it large or small—will be remembered for a generation or two? There is nothing terribly sinful about the desire to achieve greatness and recognition. God himself promises Abraham the very same thing in the next chapter: “I will make of you a great nation… I will make your name great.”32 The real transgression of the Babel generation thus cannot be ambition as such, but the determination to evade humanity’s destiny to “be scattered all over the world.”)
From this line of thinking, we can also see how our modern age shows man renouncing the nation state for what amounts to a return to the ideal of the tower and the city: “Come, let us build us a city, and a tower with its top in the sky, to make a name for ourselves; else we shall be scattered all over the world.”
That last part is the key. " . . . else we shall be scattered all over the world.”
Another good essay in this line can be found at http://via.readerimpact.com/v/1/792bc4b1ec4cad1e10...
Neferkaptah on June 16, 2010:
First of all, you believe in a g-d with psychosocial perceptions and gratifcations and ego. Second, the story of the Tower of Babel in relation to the g-d of Israel reflects the conflicts between two sets of beliefs systems, which is the conflists between the old ideas and the new ones, between the old religious percetions and the new ones.
The Tower of Babel is a temple, a dwelling place and an Astronmical observatory. One language that every man, woman and child could understand and in which the priestly king considered to be the divine image of the g-d within earthly form then, desires to have communion with the gods, which are his family and relatives.
It is the representation in our time as in their times of one language, religion, technology, ideological system for one purpose, the technological, spiritual and terrestrial advencement of the species in relation to the gods, which are the Astro-Idolatry of the personifications of the celestial worlds given psychosocial gratifications and attributes and why serve and venerate a g-d that has anger, jealousy and demands to be served and obeyed when you have the divine essence, life and intellect within you, which is you and g-d join to the "Cause of Causes" and the "Cause of Effects."
Wouldn't you like to live in a society where you will have communion with the gods, were you will live among then, be like them, eat what they eat and drink if they do eat and drink, learn of their wisdom and understanding and be both divine and terrestrial at the same time and have a dual nature at the universal level, creator and destroyer, but not at the mudane level?
Wouldn't you like to live in a society where every man, woman and child is treated with respect, has their social functions or hierachy, where everybody may be treated the same and where human advancement is preached and no religious, political, financial, ethnical, cultural and linguistis bigotry and indifferences will be tolerated.
Well guess what if the world is under one form of religion or government then, it will become totalitarian either way and this is your Tower of Babel wheher you like it or not?
We have being to the Moon, we are in the orbit of the earth and we have sent probes to the out reach of the solar system, we have the internet and translators almost in every modern language and where is your g-d when we are trying to return to the Tower of Babel.
You g-d is not my g-d and how you serve your g-d I don't serve mine because my g-d is no g-d, but an infinite creating force having purpose and direction and my g-d is infinite mind and space in action and repose, but it is I who have the psychosocial gratifications and perceptions, which changes depending on what level of existence and awareness where I find myself in.
You want to know and understand who and what I am, was and will be and have always being before your g-d was, I was and when your g-d is no more then, I will be, but to know who and what I am then, you must read and understand my book, The Theosophy of Twt-Mos Djoser and this is the only way you can know me and yourselves.
Shaun on June 15, 2010:
In all instances God is a Jealous God and what He's against is Idolatry and that can come in any form. It wasn't astrology He was condemning it was their belief that astrology was supreme.
Ophiuchus on June 14, 2010:
Arguments can be made from both sides about Astrology in the Bible. Like any other thing it's not the tool God condemns it the intentions behind the tool. God condemned the people that believed that Nature is more powerful than His Might. So to believe that God is powerless against the creation of His own hands is a sin. Same Creator of the Heavens caused the Earth to Pause for an Hour to accomplish his will the people he condemns are those that disrespect His Power.(Joshua 10:13)Doesn't matter if you observe Astrology or not what about weather men,Doctors and scientist do they not predict the behavior of Nature as well? If you are not a child of God you Just are not a child of God and those are the people that the fire shall burn.
Pipa on May 16, 2010:
I can see that you put a lot of effort into this, but it is also very bold & wrong of you to upload a hub like this in the Astrology section!
P.S.: If your Jesus comes back, doesn't that make him a Zombie or ghould-y kind of undead guy?
P.P.S.: I don't want to be saved by something like that, if it means I could become their dinner!
Hans Stoffregen on March 02, 2010:
I thoroughly enjoyed your article. It brought together God's Word and the reality of this world very nicely! As usual, the Word of God can provoke, inspire and encourage like nothing else.
I found Alexander Yaroslav Veynar's comments to be absolutely hilarious! To use the vocabulary he did and to express the ideas he expressed and to do so as a representative of "enlightened humanity" that didn't need a god was nothing short of great theatre. He single handed advanced the theory that we crawled out of a cave somewhere in time past with our knuckles dragging the ground and eventually stood upright. Of course, that evolutionary process, like the God that he mocked, can play tricks on you. I believe Alexander is upset because his knuckles are getting sore!!
on January 14, 2010:
Great post.Thank you and may God bless you.
Judah's Daughter from Roseville, CA on August 23, 2009:
Wow. I just hold to the Bible. It bothers me some books were removed from our Bible (i.e. Enoch and Jasher, which are both referenced in the Bible ~ and why do Catholics have additional books ~ the Apocrypha). Anyhow, the Bible prophesies that many will not be able to enter the kingdom of heaven, and that not all will be saved. It's sad to see this before our eyes; the hardness of hearts, the blinded eyes; the humanism.
The tower of Babel represents a world that all communicated as one. Only because we now have translators for every language of the world, we are in for the one-world government and thus a one-world leader ~~ he will claim to be God, meeting the deceptive desires of the "worldly" religions, but true monotheistic Judeo-Christians will not conform.
I praise God that the truth wins in the end, but am burdened for the world in the meantime. It's truly saddening.
Dr. Sharron Cheralyk on August 12, 2009:
Having taught Egyptian art and mythology at the collegiate level, I invite Dr. Joshua Arkaine to expand the realm of his references. There are a multitude of myths regarding Isis's brother and husband Osiris who was killed by his brother who envied him and then scattered his body along the Nile. Horus killed Osiris by suffocating him in a box. It looks like you have added quite a bit of flavor to the myths which in fact, are nothing like the life of Christ. Osiris left his sister-wife to rule Egypt and she did a much better job than did Osiris, and he was never perpetuated to be born of a virgin, since he had two brothers (Horus and Seth) and two sisters (Isis and Nephthys) all born consecutively within a five day span, as the myth goes. They would have ALL had to been born of a virgin, but Nut's wife was not a virgin, they tried to concieve but could not for many years. Nice twist you added.
The only thing that arose after his death was his stories. And with educators such as yourself giving the myth life and legs, it's no wonder our education system is lacking.
Re himself would flog you. :)
Dr. Joshua Arkaine on August 07, 2009:
As a teacher of Comparative Religion, I feel I must remind you that as you seem to condemn Paganism,you need to look back to a time much earlier than the birth of Christ and study the story of Osiris. He too was born of a virgin, performed many "miracles" such as raising the dead, walking on water, etc.He was a teacher in the temple at age 12, disappeared for eighteen years, was baptized upon his return in the river Jordan by a man whose name translates to John (his baptizer was later beheaded as well), and he was crucified and rose on the third day. Quite curious in content, especially since it was recorded long before the birth of Christ.
Onusonus on September 20, 2008:
Some may say that the doctrine of revelation is lost and all is said and done as though God were dead, but I say God speaks continually.
Tyhill27 from Red Deer, Alberta on June 23, 2008:
Wow that was great teaching arkwriter, I was also very amazed by the video. There is surly some hard times that lie ahead but as the kingdom of this world advances so does the kingdom of God. There is such power in unity and the tower of Babel, with the new age movement is just one example. The devil and his demons are unified in purpose and the damage is clearly seen in all walks of life government, education, family, business, entertainment, media and yes religion. (Division in the Church) It's time God's people come together in unity (John 17:20-23). God has a plan it's called a Unified body of Christ! With God on our side the church is the greatest force in the world. Jesus Christ and all that he stands for must be the focus. With a unified body there must be a distinction between what a Christian is, and anyone who does not profess Jesus Christ as there Lord and Savoir is not on our side! Please join me in this pursuit in any way you can!!!
christinekv on June 21, 2008:
Great Hub Arkwriter - I have a couple people in mind whom I will be sharing it with!
I understood your point about ecumenism but for clarification purposes, perhaps you could add that ecumenism is a good thing when it comes to unity in the Body of Christ, regardless of a denominational, if any, affilitation.
And btw, I'm glad this left Agro donkey w/more questions that he had prior to reading this hub....to question and seek truth is a good thing.
arkwriter (author) from Houston, Texas U.S.A. on June 21, 2008:
The Book that you mention is the Word of God. Christianity is not about good and bad. It is about the Person Jesus Christ who is God manifested in the flesh, who came to save mankind from sin, destruction, death and hell.
New Relegion on June 04, 2008:
I am good, you are bad.
My religionis goo, your religion is false.
obey my religiion or go to hell.
These kind of statement throws back humanity atleast 2000 years back.
I pity you guys who just believe in a book.
Wbisbill from Tennessee USA on May 12, 2008:
Enjoyed the hub. In response to Agro Donkey:
Hebrews 1:1 God who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; The Tower of Babel was preChrist.
The prophet Moses revealed this important story to us and many others all pointing to the coming law. Later, the prophet Jeremiah said,
Jer 31:33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.
Therefore, when Jesus came he fulfilled ALL the prophets of the Old Testament as they pointed toward Him. When the fulfillment of the Scriptures came they pointed toward Jesus, and John said in John 1:1 that the Word was God and God was the Word through Jesus.
Jesus established the church and now He speaks to us through His church, which is his new Body on the earth.
God still speaks to us and can intervene anyway he chooses but for the most part He chooses Jesus as preached by His church.
I hope this helps.
Agro Donkey from Ohio on May 11, 2008:
The only thing that I've never understood about the tower of bable is why didn't God destroy our space program? or the empire state building? I just don't why doesn't He speak with anyone anymore. It's like after the New Testimante He just said I've done enough. I don't think that He wants us to fail but eveything is so unclear anymore. We can't know what the Bible realy means because of all the translations and changes that have been made. The Bible says not to change, delete, or add to anything but the King James Version has. I don't know what is true and what has been added by the church. You have a very well written hub but it leaves me with more questions than I had to begin with.