The first three articles of this series shows us the beginning of a city that became a very powerful nation; even as it was later destroyed in the natural, the spirit of Babylon has been negatively affecting humanity since. This Babylonian spirit will continue to do so until the very end.
In the book of Daniel we see Babylon at its best as they took Judah captive. Six Hundred years before Christ and under the leadership of Nebuchadnezzar, Babylon became the most powerful and famous land in the world. Babylon was known for all the gold they had, for the beautiful buildings, for having the wisest men on earth during that time.
This great glory came to an end roughly seventy years after capturing Israel. This time the Medo-Persia nations overcame Babylon and overtook Israel. But the spirit of Babylon it still alive today. We are dealing with this spirit and will do so until the end. Revelation 17:1-5 tells us:
“Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and talked with me, saying to me, “Come, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters, 2 with whom the kings of the earth committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth were made drunk with the wine of her fornication.”
3 So he carried me away in the Spirit into the wilderness. And I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast which was full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. 4 The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the filthiness of her fornication.5 And on her forehead a name was written:
MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.” NKJV
The spirit of Babylon took over the political system of the world. (Genesis 18:9)
The spirit of Babylon took over the economy of the world. (Genesis 18:11)
The spirit of Babylon took over the music and the art of the world. (Genesis 18:22)
This is the same spirit that started with a shameful mockery of a son to his father, a spirit that provoked the first curse to be proclaimed on the earth. This is the same spirit that we found in the Tower of Babel as Nimrod and his peoples wanted to make a name for them and wanted to rebel against God’s commandments. In Revelation 18:4-5 Jesus tells us concerning Babylon:
“4 And I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues. 5 For her sins have reached to heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities.” NKJV
We must desire to love God above all things, we must desire to be anointed over any record deal, we must desire to give God all the glory, all the honor and all the praise…we must come out and have nothing to do with the selfish and rebellious spirit of Babylon. Do you still want to be famous?
“Now the whole earth had one language and one speech. 2 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. 3 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. 4 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.”
5 But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the sons of men had built. 6 And the Lord said, “Indeed the people are one and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them. 7 Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.” 8 So the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they ceased building the city. 9 Therefore its name is called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of all the earth; and from there the Lord scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth.” Genesis 11:1-9 (NKJV)
The building of the Tower of Babel was a sin for men and a problem for God. The spirit behind the Tower of Babel was the same spirit behind the revolt of Lucifer in Heaven. It was an attempt to challenge God and to be at his same level or even superior to Him. God dealt with such revolt the following way:
He confused the languages to affect communication.
This action caused people to begin to scatter around the earth by the languages they spoke. Therefore fulfilling God’s commands of filling the earth.
But where did Nimrod come from? Lets take a look at Genesis 9:18-27
“Now the sons of Noah who went out of the ark were Shem, Ham, and Japheth. And Ham was the father of Canaan. 19 These three were the sons of Noah, and from these the whole earth was populated. 20 And Noah began to be a farmer, and he planted a vineyard. 21 Then he drank of the wine and was drunk, and became uncovered in his tent. 22 And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brothers outside. 23 But Shem and Japheth took a garment, laid it on both their shoulders, and went backward and covered the nakedness of their father. Their faces were turned away, and they did not see their father’s nakedness.
24 So Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done to him. 25 Then he said:“ Cursed be Canaan; A servant of servants He shall be to his brethren.” 26 And he said: “Blessed be the Lord, The God of Shem, And may Canaan be his servant.27 May God enlarge Japheth, And may he dwell in the tents of Shem; And may Canaan be his servant.” NKJV
As we review Genesis Ten we can see that Nimrod was Noah’s Great Grandson. We can also see that Nimrod was the Grandson of Ham, who saw Noah’s nakedness and earned a curse for his descendants. Nimrod is the result of a disrespectful and mocking spirit against fathers. It was not enough for Ham to look at his father’s nakedness; he also intended to mock him with his other two brothers. But his brothers refused to be a part of such sin.