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SIH STSTA ICONThe word of God has much to say about the concept of a New World Order (NWO)…. We will be studying the NWO and it’s Biblical implications in a four part series…

Part #1 – The NWO – What is it? – Will it take place?

Part #2 – Past attempts at forming a NWO by force (The 7 World Empires)

Part #3 –  Past attempts at forming a NWO by consensus (The Tower of Babel)

Part #4 –  The Future NWO – Is the Lord pleased?

THE SCRIPTURE:

And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech…. And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth. And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded. And the LORD 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. Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech. So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city… (Gen 11:1-9)

THE STUDY:

From our text:

“And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech.”

Before the tower of Babel all of mankind shared in the same language and speech.  In other words, they spoke the same language and the same dialect.  Because of this, it was much easier for them to unify and work toward the same goals.

“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. And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them throughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter. And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.”

They, by consensus, they decided to travel together as one nation and to build a tower that would serve as a centralized meeting place for all mankind.  Note the phrase “whose top may reach unto heaven”, this is not stating that they desired to enter into the 3rd heaven (the abode of God), instead they desired it to be a very high tower that stood out from all others. It could be seen from a long distance away, thus allowing them to become a conspicuous people (“name”) among all of God’s creation and stay united (”lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth”)

Here, we can see mankind choosing to form a “New World Order” by uniting and working to gain recognition, strength and perpetual unity. These were selfish motives which went in direct opposition to glorifying and honoring the Lord.  Instead of glorifying God they desired to bring honor, praise and renown to themselves.

“And the LORD 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. Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech. So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city. Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.”

The Triune Lord responded by “confounding their language”, which resulted in them dividing and scattering.  Probably, after they began speaking in various languages… they formed various groups, made up of those who spoke the same language.

The New World Order that mankind attempted to create was brought to an end by the Lord.  We can see that the Lord, through His sovereign intervention, stopped the attempt to unify and glorify mankind instead of Himself.

Throughout history, this has been the story of the attempts to unify into a NWO.  Mankind has wanted to unify, under the guise of improving the condition of mankind… and yet, in every case, this unification would result in individuals being glorified, empowered and made wealthy as the end result of this unification.

THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION

Once again, we see that man’s plans, which do not take into consideration the will of the Lord, is destined for failure. (James 4:14-15, Pro 19:21, Lam 3:37, Hebs 6:3)  No matter how determined mankind might be, it is futile to rebel against the Lord. (Psa 16:18-19, Pro 29:23, Acts 12:21-23)  Eventually, man’s rebellion will be brought into submission to the Lord.  (Roms 14:11-12, Phil 2:9-11, Isa 2:11-12)

For those who have trusted in Christ, pride and going ahead of God’s will only leads to a life of heartache and sorrow.  We should be constantly aware of His will for our lives and our need to submit to it.

For those who have never trusted in Christ, the most valuable lesson that can be learned is that rebellion against the desires of God for our lives only works sorrow, and eventually, eternal separation from the Lord.  By submitting to the Lord, and humbly turning to Him, He promises to forgive us of our rebellion and secure our eternity with Him…

But they and our fathers dealt proudly, and hardened their necks, and hearkened not to thy commandments, And refused to obey, neither were mindful of thy wonders that thou didst among them; but hardened their necks, and in their rebellion appointed a captain to return to their bondage: but thou art a God ready to pardon, gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and forsookest them not. (Neh 9:16-17)

As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. (Joh 17:2-3)

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. (Mat 11:28-30)

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9 Comments

  1. Paul says:

    What is interesting is that history sometimes does repeat itself. There seem to be a tendency that man will want to regroup together to build communities: villages, towns, cities, United Nations and one world. Technology and communication network have provided an even greater capability to rebuild the Tower of Babel. And that Tower of Babel that reaches to the sky and beyond is man’s prideful accomplishment is the International Space Station. Every industrialized nation has their own proud and tallest standing building. Like the United States used to have the twin tower before they were destroyed. Now, I believe China will soon have the tallest building in the world. There is truly no limit to what man can achieve if they come together.

    Remember the blog post I put out, “Calm before the Storm”? Perhaps one day, all it will take is one perfect storm from the sun’s solar flare and it will knock out many of the tecnhnical achievements over the past 100 years. Where will we be then?

    • Rob Barkman says:

      Paul,

      Thanks for another great comment. I appreciate your comparison of todays accomplishments of men and the Tower of Babel. As you say, apart form God’s restraining hand, it seems as if man can accomplish about anything that he attempts.
      Yes, I do remember your blog posting and I think you are right, solar flares are one possible instrument, of many, the Lord could use to bring devestation to the world around us.
      By God’s grace He will choose to deliver His people from that devastation, but if not, we can rest assured He’ll be with us and graciously supplying our needs to get through those difficult times.
      May the Lord bless you,
      Rob

  2. pbus1 says:

    Hi Rob,

    This series of lessons, has been very interesting, as well as enlightening. I have enjoyed the study. It also brings to remembrance, that the coming of the Lord draweth nigh. This series contains so much information. Yet, it is presented in a simplistic and practical way! I appreciate the time and effort, that must have gone into preparing this series. Thank you for sharing!

    God bless you!

    Paulette

    • Rob Barkman says:

      Hey Paulette,

      I’m thankful the Lord is using the series. I’ve found some of my readers are really enjoying it, while others cant wait for a new subject! We are all different that is for sure. I really appreciate the kind words. By the way, your posting on “True Happiness” really fits in well with the series. Sometimes I think we have a tendency to over-value the possessions of this world , true happiness is found in the Lord. How true that is when we think of a New World Order and how quickly worldly possessions can be taken from us “for the good of the masses”.

      Anyhow, thanks again for the comment,
      May the Lord bless you and your ministry.

      Rob

  3. I am reminded of Psalm 18
    30 As for God, HIS WAY is perfect.
    32 . . . and makes MY WAY perfect.

    How foolish we are when we ignore His will and follow our own desires!
    HIS WAY is ALWAYS perfect.

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