ARMAGEDDON

This will be a four part sermon, covering a large area from the beginning of races to the coming of Christ, the Book of Daniel, and where it stands today.

HOW THE RACES BEGAN (Part 1.)

Where the other races began: I have heard it discussed by people who were against the other race. Other people, who have race prejudice, say that God marked Ham, thus, according to their imagination, this started the other race. There are several more ideas that are not worth considering. In fact some of them are so ridiculous that it not be worthwhile to even mention the different theories here.

But the Bible does not leave us doubt concerning the beginning of races, and God’s plan concerning the races. It is all as plain as day if you will go back with me to about 2247 B.C., or even about seventeen hundred years after the flood.

All the people of the earth were destroyed during the flood in Noah’s day, except one family. That would make it plain that there was only one race that went into the ark. Then we read that about seventeen hundred years after the flood, after there were millions of people upon the earth, the whole earth was of one language and of one speech.

"And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech", Gen. 11:1.

"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 to one another, Go, let us make brick, and burn them thoroughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime they had for mortar

"And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach into heaven; and LET US MAKE 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 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 scattereth them abroad from thence upon the face of ALL THE EARTH: and they left off to build the city." Gen. 11:1-8.

Why single out the other race? Why ask where they came from? All races started the same way, at the same time, at the same place.

When the people tried to build a name for themselves, and build above God, the Lord had to do something. They started to build a tower into heaven. They wanted to take the place of God. Had they been left alone they would have tried to dethrone the Lord. But that will never happen.

He Lord knew just how to do it. He did it by working a miracle, that equals what happened at Pentecost. He caused the people to speak in a language that they had never spoken before. I can draw a mental picture of what took place: When one man called for mortar to be brought up to him, very high up in the air, at the top of the tower, the workers carried out the orders. But when the people came, alas, it was brick! They could not understand each other’s language.

The foreman on a certain job gave orders to his carpenters, but the orders were misunderstood! When he came back to the job, it was done wrong! He probably fired them all and hired some more, but they did worse than the first group!

The boss would tell the men what to use in making mortar; they misunderstood concerning the mixture. They put the wrong things in it, and caused it to crumble! They got their figures mixed. They did not understand numbers. The results were they sawed their forms too long, or too short! They put the long bricks where the short bricks were to be. They burned the bricks too much or too little. Confusion resulted!

After so long a time they went broke and became angry. I suppose if we knew all the details a civil war was the result.

To say the difference in colors resulted as a miracle of God would satisfy me, and would be just as easy to explain as the difference in the origin of languages. The Bible says that they were all one people, and God scattered them to all parts of the earth, which would include the people in every island as well as the Indians in America (Verse 8).

The difference in the climatic conditions and food makes a lot of difference in people’s color, as well as difference in their size. For instance the Russian Jews look different from the Jews in another country. The people now in America look different from the people in the old country, especially after some of them have been here two hundred years. You can see how that after several generation the people in one climate look, act, and speak differently from the people in other countries. Whether the color and change of statue took place suddenly or gradually does not make any difference. God still did it.

The Lord purposely fixed it so that they could not understand one another. Different nationalities have misunderstood each other ever since. They live differently. They have different customs. They eat differently. They have different traditions.

About the time people think they know all in the book, and that they can tell the Lord what to do, yes, about the time they think they can dethrone the Lord, because they have no use for Him, then the Lord permits them to get into a quarrel. They don’t understand each other. They become confused and confounded! They don’t know how to solve their problems. Then they have a war. When they humble themselves and some from each nation turn to God and pray, when God hears from heaven and helps them have peace for a while.

The Bible plainly declares that there will be wars right up to the end of this age, Matt. 24:6. When men say peace and safety then sudden destruction comes. The only way for men to have peace is to get acquainted with the Prince of Peace. There will be no real, lasting peace on this earth until the Prince of Peace comes and rules in righteousness.

There has been a few attempts to rebuild the Tower of Babel, so to speak, I mean by that, men have tried to bring all nations together into "one people" again. They have made a few vain attempts to bring the people together into one nation, but every plan has failed, because God planned it differently. He does not intend for people to "build them a name" so that they can rule the world. The Lord has reserved that honor for Himself, Rev. 19:15.

Dr. J. Gardner

DRJ@ordination.org

-to be continued-

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