Let’s take a look at Nimrod and the Tower of Babel as recorded in the book of Genesis to see the roots of a Godless world empire. After the deluge in the days of Noah, there emerged a man from the lineage of Noah’s son Ham (Gen. 10:6-8), a man named Nimrod who became known as a mighty on in the earth (Gen. 10:8). He was also as the founder of the kingdom of Babel (Gen. 10:10). The beginning of Babel was before the earth had been divided in the days of Peleg (Gen. 10:25) and during the time when mankind spoke only one language and their speech was united in the same matters and causes (Gen. 11:1). As they journeyed from the east, they settled in a plain in the land of Shinar (Gen. 11:2).
The development of Babel was conceived by the words they said one to another, “Go to, let us…” (Gen. 11:3, 4). This illustrates how a Godless world empire can have its roots in arrogant self confidence that presumes its own prominence. It neither considers the Creator’s will nor His plans for His earth (Psa. 24:1). It also shows a defiant self determination that does not seek the Creator to know how to develop a civilization in the context of His plan; it is determined to survive and thrive outside of it.
The people of Babel were motivated by a strong desire to “make a name” for themselves by their intellectual and technological accomplishments (Gen. 11:4). A Godless empire can have the ambition to exalt itself to the heavens, to be the global and universal center of attention, and command the praises of the world around them. In this respect it covets the praises that are reserved for the Creator.
God saw that the people had become one and that nothing would be restrained from them which they would imagine to do (Gen. 11:6). Just as it was before the deluge in the days of Noah, the wickedness of man was great and every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was continually evil (Gen. 6:5). The danger of a godless empire is that there is nothing within it to constrain and cut away immorality. Like a corrupt tree, it is destined to manifest fruit after it’s own kind – a Godless empire is destined to manifest the evil fruit of its own evil imagination (Gen. 11:6).
God decided to confound their language so that they could not understand one another’s speech. He then caused them to be scattered from the land of Shinar to the far reaches of the earth; therefore, they discontinued building the city (Gen. 11:7-8). A Godless empire is in opposition to the Creator’s kingdom in the earth and will be confounded and brought to nothing so that the Father’s plan in the earth will be fulfilled.
A godless empire is a worldly empire, and as such does not have the love of the Father. It is therefore a breeding ground for the spirit of anti-messiah or anti-christ (2 Jn. 2:15-18).
Charles J. Shields
Now Arise Ministries