The Early Nations

Original URL   Sunday, February 11, 2024


I'm going to apologize up front because some of uh what we go over in this class today will be a little bit of What U Ben's classes were on the image of God wonderful classes by the way Ben I really enjoyed them uh but that's basically it we'll we'll start to Veer away from what Ben did and we we'll go into what I'd like to cover and the idea for these classes actually came um to a drive through my old town of Easton now that's where I grew up and I passed by one of my old elementary schools and um it it really got me thinking when I got home that night about you know how great everything was in fifth sixth seventh grade you know you're kind of in those middle years where you start learning I don't want to say more important things but you you're you're moving away from the the cookies and the Naps from earlier grades to actually learning stuff and I had had a lot of favorite things in school um as many of you know I'm a big Sports guy I love sports I played every sport growing up I love sports uh like them now brother Butch has told me you know it's okay to like sports but to love them you have more important things to love which is right so I like sports now um but I really I like mathematics you know as I got older I started appreciating math and I I really took math all the way through college and I never really used it until my current job uh where I deal a little bit in finance for the company I work for so I I've always like numbers um but my favorite parts of school were were Friday afternoon lunches of pizza and you remember the peanut butter cookies and the salad you know I remembered that stuff I could almost taste the school lunch um you know gym was always one of my favorite things I love JY um love math I love I loved all of that but I had a hidden passion and I don't think many of you know about it you might have known the other stuff I mean the sports I'm sure you all know about uh but I had something else a hidden thing that I grew up with probably until I was in my 20s I became addicted to it so I'm in a little confessional with you right now I'm going to let you know what this addiction was all right so here we go and this is how it started and I hope you can see that beautiful so in the fifth grade right when you start taking more important classes they had a geography class I think it was probably called US

geography and this set in motion uh my love of

geography uh I love everything about it now this is a a you probably remember doing this Kristen Steve those of us old enough I don't even know if they do US geography in schools anymore uh a teacher Lizzy could have probably told me that I'm not sure they really do it in the in depth way we used to have it taught to us but we used to have to do a report the teacher would have States in a hat you'd reach in pick out a state and you had to do an oral

presentation on this state now this one is Vermont mine was on New York I still remember it and I remember my mom helping me out with it we did exactly what this shows you know with the the the the I forget what that stuff was called postal board or whatever it is and you had to tell everything you could think of about that state all right well this led me into my my real love of of geography and US geography in particular so much so that I was able in this I'll say sixth to seventh grade hand dra our a mappi the United States that won first place in my school yeah so here comes my addiction and I I hope you're not shocked I hope you you know you you don't don't want to pull me aside and and but my addiction is maps and Dad may remember this maybe you don't but when I was from sixth seventh grade up until probably my 20s I was addicted to Maps Ren MCN Maps I still have maps on my car my head is a map I don't need Map Quest most of the time because I know basically you know where I'm going um

I used to read atlases for fun now what seventh eth grader would read an atlas for fun Kristen's laughing you know I would study maps of each state memorize the highways the byways everything about it this was my SE I would go home at night I would draw maps on my desk at at home I would draw maps of Easton I would draw maps of Massachusetts I would draw Maps so I guess I missed my calling I should have been a map maker but this was one of my secret um compassions and what triggered our classes was was this saying that I saw on a church Marquee I think it was in ROM I could be wrong but on their front Marquee they had this uh blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord so this really kind of about a month ago put in motion what I wanted to go over uh for our classes for for the next few weeks uh I've done brother Steve all the brothers we've all done classes on Israel and rightfully so as we all know but I really wanted to look at the other nations um that are mentioned in scripture um so we're we're going to strive to do that I don't know exactly where we're going to go except for today I know where I'm going to go but for the rest of the and I know where I want to end but in between I I've got a little work should do but uh we'll get there so that that's the goal for the next four weeks to look at the nations of the world um now of course you can't talk about the other nations without mentioning Israel so they they'll be involved in our talks but the focus won't be on Israel we're going to look at some of the other nations and to do that we need to start at the beginning so so thus here is somewhat of the tie-in with Ben's class uh cuz with everything else is a beginning Nations and every beginning begins in Genesis according to the scripture so we're going to look at um how what the Bible says about the Nations how God views them and what the endgame will be for the nations of the world not named Israel okay so I hope that sounds good um it's interesting I've been reading a book on it

um you know a lot of different sources uh on on this subject and trying to pull everything together can be a challenge but uh let's see where we go so we're going to start in Genesis so if you have your Bible and your socl Genesis chapter 1 and some of this as I said brother Ben covered so we'll go through it very quickly um very

quickly so how the Nations began as you know if you go to Genesis 1 and we're going to look at verses 26 27 and 28 and here's where God you know he creates man in His image of in his own image and and Ben did a wonderful job covering this um the thing I want you to to to remember as we go into these classes um the word resemblance to reflect God's character here on the earth and his representative uh here on the earth as God's stewards all right so as we go through these classes those are those are key points that we need to remember as we go through our study of the Nations and he also gave specific commands and and Ben I forgive me if you touched on this deeply I know you you mentioned it um but the one we're going to be looking at is in verse 28 which said God blessed them and God said unto them be fruitful and multiply replenish the Earth and subdue it have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the fow of the air and over every living thing that moveth upon the Earth so this would what some people call a Dominion mandate or an endemic mandate was given to man to be fruitful and to multiply and to replenish the Earth

and that's where we're going to launch from because that's as the Creator and sustainer of all things this was a mandate given from God to Mankind and it was a mandate that still lives on today it's never ended and it continues and sometimes you

know I personally there are things that I've learned over the because of the study that I tended to forget um and this mandates one of them and and you know it's important for us to remember so why why was this mandate given and for us to understand it uh there are some key verses in scripture and one I want us to look at is Psalm 45 uh Verse

18 all right so God has issued this Dominion mandate to Mankind in Psalm 45 we read this verse 18 thus saith the Lord that created the heavens God himself that formed the Earth that made it he hath established it he created it not in vain he formed it to be inhabited I am the lord and there is none else okay so why why did God do this well Psalm 115 is a beautiful uh another verse the heaven even the heavens of the Lords but the Earth hath he given to the children of men and why is he giv it to the Children of Men um numbers 14 verse 21 and it's a verse we all know so well but as truly as I live all the Earth all the Earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord so we see this Dominion mandate given out to man to fulfill God's endgame of his glory being filled in the earth okay so this is our launching point this is what we want to remember as we go through our studies right I have people and not uh we get in discussions on this all all the time I have one woman especially that claims she knows that man is going to destroy the Earth and it's only a matter of time and I and she's a Bible reader and I try to show her some of the verses that show her that that's not the case you know God gave it to man uh and another key is under God's supervision and we'll be looking at that very closely too to spread go God's glory so please remember that as we continue uh our look at the Nations um so how was he going to do this well God

um had this wonderful plan for mankind called procreation um the joining together of a man and a woman and they would have offspring that they would be that they would teach of the knowledge and the glory of the Lord and this process would continue until it was overspread throughout the Earth um and as we know uh there was really when it comes to subduing the Earth and Dominion uh I couldn't find anything in scripture and I don't think there is anything that how this was going to happen just that we know that it was under God's

Divine preeminence he was going to guide it all okay I always think back and we'll touch this verse later um I think it's Jeremiah 18 where God speaks of himself as the great Potter

and Mankind is the clay you know God was was going to sculpt mankind so that he would be able to have the Dominion and subdue the world okay we'll get into that a little later too uh because as we all know mankind doesn't like to think of itself as clay you know with a great Potter uh being in charge of everything and of course we all know that God saw everything that it was very

good so currently in the world of Adam and Eve and early mankind they they we know they lived in Paradise there were no so-called Nations um if anything could be declared a nation under God it was Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden all right um you know nowadays United States declares itself one nation under God indivisible with liberty and justice for all and if you do any studies at all on the United States you'll see that that that Mantra from the early 1700s where we were one nation under God slowly but

surely over the course of 200 plus years has gone down the other way all right um mentioning God in a lot of cases isn't

permitted in in some social uh atmosphere so you know that that that particular one nation under God for the United States is has been steadily on the decline um but that's what you know Adam and Eve had one nation under God God Walked In the Garden of Eden you know if if anyone could say that it was Adam and Eve in in the in the early um early men and that's what we we we want to get back to all of us you know is that Garden of Eden you know under God and his son

Okay so so we're going to continue and as we know and again we won't cover this um sin entered the world and started to take a foothold uh over Mankind and we know the story of Adam and Eve in the command that they were given um in that they broke and we won't go into that but we also had Cain killing his brother Abel as you remember Abel provided a proper sacrifice and Cain's sacrifice was lazy he he offered what God didn't want uh he offered the fruit and God did not find that acceptable and in his anger he killed his brother so we have murder introduced to the scene and something I didn't even think of until I started this study uh in if you're if you're in Genesis if you flip over to chapter 4 um the first polygamous marriage is mentioned um in chapter 4 verse

19 okay lamech took on to him two

wives God didn't say to do that he said a man shall leave his father and mother and cleave to his wife so we see polygamy entering the world so slowly but surely even at the very beginning we see things starting to crumble okay mankind starting to to think and want to do for themselves instead of following the mandates that God had given them uh we know brothers and sisters you know after Cain um murders his brother in in verse 16 and you know beyond the Garden of Eden is really our first biblical geography lesson isn't it and I hope to touch on the Garden of Eden a little bit in our last class um I think we all pretty are pretty well versed on we most people and if you look at the map that I have up there seemed to think the garden was um but I've read a couple of things that suggest otherwise that was pretty fascinating to me so uh Lord willing I'll we'll look at that in our last class I thought it was pretty interesting but uh it says Cain left and went to the East and entered the Land of Nod and when I read that I I think you know I've watched my share of Superman movies and I thought of Land of Nod as something super you know something in the Superman movies might be never heard of the land of notd um so according to most Scholars as you can see uh on the map I believe that's pres present day Iraq that the Land of Nod because he had to go east from where where the garden was so that would be in that general area so Cain left and it tells we have the descendants of Cain listed here in chapter 4 starting at 16 um and and it it kind of gives us an idea of what happened to the descendants of Cain um those who were disobedient to God who would be who we now know of the seed of The Serpent and the daughters of men and they became noted for their culture and their Commerce and you get an idea of that here uh listen to what it says it says Cain went out from the presence of the Lord there you

go went out from the presence of the Lord so so Cain right disassociate it doesn't want anything to do with it he went out dwelt in the Land of Nod the East of Eden he knew his wife bear Enoch he built the city uh called the name of the city Enoch Enoch it went through his it talks about lamech in verse 19 um verse 20 adab jabal he was the father of such as dwell in tents and such as have cattle so if you remember in the original Garden

uh early mankind were tillers of the ground weren't they so now we see here with kan's Descendants the raising of cattle uh his brother's name was jbal he was the father of such that handled the harp and the organ all right so without getting into it you see the development of culture all right in these nations and it and it goes on and on um about you know the avenging of Cain so we we see um the seed of the serpent the daughters of men venturing out onto their own without God but what a wonderful thing God does doesn't he you know at the flood um when he takes away mankind he leaves a Remnant and here with with the the murder of of Abel once again he provides a Remnant through um Seth so we read that Adam and Eve have another son whose name is Seth that which means

substituted and this seed of the woman and we we'll show you later on um um his descendants um these are the ones that continue to call on the name of the Lord that strive to do the will of God and to fulfill his mandates okay we learn of and we won't get into a lot about Enoch just for time sake


but a fascinating thing about Enoch you know when people say well Enoch was taken to Heaven um it doesn't say that in scripture

okay so where was Enoch taken and why was he taken and and one of the things I was able to come up with um you know in Jude 1 ver14 it says that Enoch testified of God and I've read a couple of places now that he besides preaching the word of God to those who had started to walk away the descendants of Cain that he might have been testifying against lamech remember the gentlemen we said that started polygamy that he was doing that and that lamech had threatened Seth Seth's life was going to kill him so when it says God took him away one thought and I'm not saying it's the right thought was that he was taken away for protection that he was moved to another location because we know Seth is mentioned with those that have perished so we know he dies but that he was taken away for his

protection which kind of makes some sense to me if he's preaching the word out there that those there might have been people threatening him and he was taken away as protection so we'll just leave that at that I don't want to get too much in that another interesting fact as we approach the flood is Methuselah um lived 969 years and as far as I know that's the longest lifespan recorded in scripture and Methuselah's name means when he is dead it shall be sent how how ironic God had seen this buildup over now we're talking from the time of creation to the flood some 1500 years all this history in these first you know four to eight chapters cover a long span of time a lots going on all right but one thing that's become really known to God is that man's petulant to sin and evil thoughts is really taking hold okay really taking hold so meusel is born and his name means when he is dead it shall be sent and it's Legend has it that Methuselah died just before the flood I thought that was cool right I thought not you know the flood everyone's going to say you know

what I I watched a video this young man was talking about you remember the amorites the earliest settlers in the land of Canaan that Israel was to take out well he did a video and I watched probably 10 minutes of it how can a God destroy a nation like the

amorites and I'm sitting there watching it and he was really ripping into God really was and as horrible as a thing as it as it is we got to remember the mandates that God set upon man what man's supposed to do that God is the Potter and with the clay and when a nation doesn't obey

God we'll get into this more as we get into our study you know God is in control and he'll do what he deemed right and righteous um so as as terrible as the flood was um God deemed it the right thing to do and who are we to question god with the clay so I found this next slide very interesting before we go on any questions I don't want to

just okay this next slide was great because this is something i' never really considered you know we all know how long man lived pre flood all right um 900 800 almost a thousand years withus so you you know how great the population uh could expand and and let's take a look at this I hope this comes out clear yeah that's pretty good um it didn't come out very clear but this is a a lifespan of the Patriarchs from from creation to the flood and as you can see right in the middle um this particular um lifespan chart had dates the flood around uh 1656 years after creation so I think I said 1500 so so give or take but some interesting things out of this um you know we all know Adam lived 930 years so just think of all the generations if you look at this chart that Adam could have touched in in his lifespan so if you just if we start you know Seth enus Kanan mahil Jared Enoch

Methuselah uh lamech this is a different lamech than the polygamous lamech all right

and so there's 1 2 3 4 five six seven eight

Generations that he could have talked about now what would he have talked about

well the Garden of


God creation how wonderful thing was hopefully he spoke about how they messed it

up I never thought of this though you know you read the list and and you know you know this person lived 800 years and died beg got sons and daughters and you really don't think about you know with us and our children and our grandchildren and great grandchildren you know we have that and that's probably about as far as it's going to go Adam had eight generations of of siblings he could talk to about how great things were and what they did to mess it up and the lessons he must have had for them that must have been pretty incredible so so this kind of opened my eye eyes a little bit and as you can see Methuselah uh passed you know it has just before the flood and then you can see the general decline um you know even after the flood you know the the record tells us Shem was 98 years old at the time of the flood and he had his first son at a 100 and he Liv 500 more years after the flood and and many Bible scholars think the table of Nations was was written by Shem he had this prolonged life and he was able to because he he was following after the mandates of God that it was set upon him to record toward the table of Nations right so we live 500 years after the flood but then you can see afterwards how the lifespan down to Abraham you know 175 years still a long time but it's not

969 so as God mandated man's lifespan started to decrease so I thought that slide was interesting um the next slide I put up was was for my own personal number side of me and I hope you find this informative because um I I looked at the population in the United States and the first census was taken in 1790 the first official census um I hope you can see that okay um so the first census in 1790 there were almost 4 million people counted in this country all right so if you if you look at the first 110 years the population increased by some 72 million

people all right in the next 100 years from 1900 to 2000 the population increased by 248 million people three and a half times more than the previous hundred years so what I'm getting at brothers and sisters is you see now in 2020 um the last census data I got was 331 plus million people live in this country

okay so that's a span of what what is that 230 years no how many years is

that uh 230 years population has grown by 327 million

people so I don't think it's too unreasonable to think brothers and sisters that at the time of the flood the population of the Earth could have been similar to what it is today there there were a lot of people and I think two of the ways we know this is the Bible tells us so it says twice that the Earth was filled with violence in Genesis 6 and for the earth to be filled with violence it had to be filled with people it had to be filled with people um now I'm not saying I know what the population was because I don't but if you look at the United States by itself in 200 years how the population is

exploded and we're talking

much more time than that from creation to the flood so I think it's a pretty reasonable um pretty pretty reasonable to assume that it was a lot of people so let's move on from the flood any any questions comments before I go on are you awake right you're all looking at me so that's a good sign I I I really appreciate that um so


don't mind me I get I get a little dry when I talk so okay I love the fact of the influence that they had on their Generations you know just to see that chart that you just had up you know Abraham was born and lived I was trying to count the years while Shem was still living you know when you think about the stories and the the things that they can tell and teach and and learn from each other is kind of amazing because like you said sometimes we hear one Bible story and then so and so lived and then you know we forget that they lived together you know that they all what was happening around the world at the time that they all shared their lives together so thanks for that yeah it it's it's pretty amazing because we know later on in scripture to the nation of Israel uh God tells them that you know you'll pass these things down to your sons and he'll pass it down to his sons and and I'm sure that was happening here um but yeah for for for Shem for for eight generations to to know what what happened to Adam how you know creation and all that must have been pretty amazing um but yeah that that's that's really a neat thing and something I really don't because let let's face it if you like me and I I love reading scripture I really do but there are times when I get to certain parts of it where I say oh yeah that's just the ages of all the patri and I just skip it all right but when I when you do a study when you look at it and you just kind of think about it I didn't think about gee Adam had eight generations of siblings he he could have taught about God that that's kind of awesome you know so it goes from you know not to you know I'm going to read that and I'm going to look at it and think about it differently than just a timeline or of of Ages because you know all scriptures given to us us for a reason so God gives us this for a reason um so it's up to us to look into it and try to find out what those reasons are so yes and I think it I thought it was kind of cool too so um it it was a neat chart and I thought I'd wanted to share it with you so after the flood um you know we Ben covered this a little bit in his class um you know the seed of the serpent began to marry and corrupt those of the seed of the woman so you see the intermingling of the the descendants of came with the descendants of Seth and the wickedness of man was becoming greater and greater upon the Earth um that famous you know but Noah found Grace in the eyes of the Lord and what a wonderful I mean one man in his family of another Remnant and what a wonderful verse you know I mean how much would brothers and would you like to hear from our savior you know we know we have we have Grace God gives us Grace when Jesus returns you know anti into the kingdom long promised you have found favor in the eyes of your lord you know what a beautiful phrase that is I just you know I get tingles when I read that you know out of everything God is able to see you know goodness and a Remnant to keep you know because what's his ultimate goal the Earth will will be filled with his glory and nothing is going to get in the way of that okay and it's up to man to either accept that or not to it's pretty pretty easy choice you can or you can't you know God's given us that ability above the animals to make that

decision oh I didn't know you couldn't see what I was um hold on I was going to Okay so we have the renewed mandate um in Genesis chapter 9 but there are some changes to it uh After the flood um God places a fear and a dread of mankind on the animals so if you remember in the beginning um you know man was a vegetarian and there was no fear or dread of the animals you see the pictures of the garden the animals and man walking freely and and things were in harmony well that Harmony is now broken uh there's a fear and dread of man with the animals um and God also declares everything is is okay for you now to eat um except for the blood you can you can now eat meat um another thing that that he had made in addendum to is in verse 6 of Genesis 9 and I do want to look at that because this is kind of in my mind the first

law that a nation would decree three would be Genesis 9 uh verse 6 God said who so shth man's blood by man shall his blood be shed for in the image of God made he man all right and again in verse 7 he reminds them be fruitful and multiply bring forth abundantly and multiply therein

um but there was still a problem even after this okay in back in chapter 8 verse 21 God says um I will not again curse the ground anymore for man's sake for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his Youth and then he goes on saying how we he won't um neither will I again Smite anymore every living thing as I have done while the Earth remaineth seed time and harvest cold and heat summer and winter day and night shall not

cease okay so once again God's will is going to be done the Earth isn't going anywhere God's glory will fill it

and he makes this mandate now to man but he he comes right out and says man's the imagination of man's heart is evil and unfortunately um we'll see that continuing as we go a little further into Genesis um Genesis 9: 19 you know when people mention where did the origins of the Nations come from and when I say they came from Noah's Three Sons they

laugh well the Bible says these are the three sons of Noah and of them was the whole earth

overspread so you know you know the old history books won't say

that but this is what God says and you know I might not have when I was in fifth sixth grade learning this stuff I'm sure when it came to test time I wrote down what the what the the school books told me to write down you know so I could do well on the test but as we grow older and wiser you know man's history books aren't always correct we'll leave it at that God says that the world was overspread through Noah's Three Sons then it was overspread by Noah's Three

Sons okay so that's pretty clear um what comes next in in in in is is an amazing do we have time yeah um a prophecy concerning Noah and his sons

and it's important because you know he Noah comes out of the Ark with his family

and they've been told to start a new okay and I I think I don't know how many years it was but the Bible tells us that in in chapter 9 verse 20 Noah began to be a husbandman and he planted a Vineyard so not being a connoisseur of Vineyards I looked it up and it said the typical Vineyard takes four to seven years to take hold and produce wine for for consumption so I'll use that number if anyone has a better number I'll go with it I I don't know so some time has passed and he was able to have a Vineyard and

unfortunately Noah overdid it he overdid it um it says uh he he was naked in his tent and that um well let's read it instead of me trying to remember it um it says ham the father of Canaan and it's funny that it mentions his son some people take that to mean that that it was actually Canan who saw the nakedness of Noah uh of of Noah um I don't know I think it was ham because it says and ham and the father of Cana the father of Canaan some say it was both of them um it really doesn't matter um but that ham saw the nakedness of his father and told his two brothers

without so the Assumption being that that ham Leed or gawked at his father he disrespected him and there's a beautiful verse uh in 1 Peter

4:8 uh uh Proverbs 14:9 it says fools mock at sin and I think that's a great way to describe what ham was doing he was mocking his father because of his sin uh he was learing at him I don't know exactly what he was doing but that's that's what he was doing he wasn't doing the right thing where his two brothers come in uh cover the nakedness of their father and if you think of First Peter 4:8 it says that loves love covers sin and that's exactly what two other brothers were doing they were covering the nakedness of their father so then Noah and and I can only think of this as Divine because what we'll see in next week's class as the three sons fulfill their mandate to go out and overspread the Earth this is where Noah's eyes are really opened and it can only be through divine intervention brothers and sisters that he really knows at this point the characteristics of his son Sons and how their descendants will be and we'll look at that next week because it's fascinating um and I'm sure you all know where the Suns end up going uh but we're going to cover that next week in the characteristics of the people that become their descendants is fascinating but we'll finish up here with a look at at this prophecy and in in basic words um you know and again it's it can't be anything less than divine intervention uh Noah awakes and he says cursed be

Canaan well if you remember the land of Canaan and much later in Scripture it was made up of many several tribes all right that kind of fell the amorites the jebusites those names you read constantly through you remember you get to David and it says David took over the jebusites the city and became the city of David Jerusalem you know all those old names we read about well that was Canaan these all these nations tribes more so than Nations made up the land of Canaan and and basically what this curse says is you know because of what you did ham you know your son Canaan yeah he'll get his land but at some point in the future shem's descendants are going to take it

over shem's descendants were Abraham and the

Israelites and we'll look at that a little bit next week too um so I I have you know really when we look at the descendants of Shem you know and we'll look at it more in detail next week because they inhabit mostly the promised land area uh with Saudi Arabia that part of the world so they become famous more known for their monotheistic Faith their religious Zeal uh the descendants of jath um would enlarge in intellectually they tended to go more off to to Greece um in those parts of the world okay and the hamites um really would be you know a it says a servant but it's not a servant in the think word we think of it they would really be the physical force that would provide for the other two and we'll look at that a little bit next week too as they overspread uh the Earth so I want to


and we'll we'll skip that um not we'll look we'll start next week but I'm going to skip this slide we'll look at this next week with Nimrod but this is a a chart that I found we'll close with this of the founding of the Nations and I hope you can see that pretty well um if you got to start on the far left so you see Noah and then you see ham Shem and and japheth and if you look at at the descendants of ham uh Kush and misim misim would become Egypt all right so these are the earliest Nations obviously on this side and the latter nations are are to the far right but uh if you look at the line of Canaan you see all the land of Cana all these as I mentioned the amorites that you know are are in this Lane of Canaan so you can see they they're early uh you got tribes in India coming off of of the jeftic Nations the Arabian tribes if you look at the line of Shem his son of faxed saah and then we get to Eber and eber's name is commonly the one with the name HEB Hebrew come from comes from Eber and then you look through his Descendants the Arabian trib off of Joan all right then follow from Pelle to rayul all the way down to Tera and then you get to his sons haran nahor and of course Abram so you can see just by looking at this I think this is a pretty cool thing to look at how long it is before the nation of Israel comes onto the scene and how all these other nations have already been established by the time um Israel moves into the picture and displaces those in Canaan um as prophesied by Noah through through God that this would happen so it's a pretty interesting map I like it and I I think it's a good you can see the other nations two that defend in uh you know the are on there uh they're the descendants of Esau and we'll look at some of these nations as we go later into it because the Bible uh does have things to say about them and so we'll look at that

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The Dominion mandate given to God and the purpose of that mandate being that God's glory should cover the whole earth. We talked about that mandate being reissued after the flood to Noah and to his sons. We talked briefly that the Bible, how clear it is that the earth would be overspread and filled by the descendants of Noah and his sons. And then we talked a little bit in closing of Noah's prophecy regarding Ham's grandson Canaan. And that's basically where we left off last week. We briefly looked at what some of the nations became of Noah's sons. And as you can see, that comes up pretty well. The Shemites, the descendants of Shem, were generally the Arabian nations. The Hamites were basically in the Africa area even though, and I put a different map on there this week. Hopefully you can see it okay. The descendants of Shem are the purple nations. The descendants of Ham are the, I guess you'd call it, gold or light brown. And the descendants of Japheth are in the bluish -green color. So you can see the Hamites populated the top-right portion of Africa, and they were in Arabia as well. And the Japhethites occupied quite a bit of Asia Minor up into Europe in that area up there. And I put another little interesting, a short little slide, which would prove to be important today, brothers and sisters, is the Hamites and the Japhethites tended to be polytheistic nations. And if you look at the little pods of Hamites, you know, Kush, Put, not in there is Miserium, which becomes present-day Egypt. Kush would become present-day Libya in those nations. Of course, Canaan, the inhabitants of the land in Canaan before they were to be expelled according to the word of God. And Nimrod, and we're going to look at Nimrod a little bit this morning. And then the Shemites in their land, the descendants of Shem, of course, would be terror. And his descendants, which would lead us down to Abram. And of course, the lineage of Jesus comes from the line of Shem. And the Japhethites, those nations, Gomer, Mago, Tubal, Javan, will play a key role, as we all know, in the coming, we hope, near future. These nations will be part of the alliance that comes down upon Israel. So even from the beginning of times, I hope to do in our next class, if not our last class, is look at these nations of Gomer, Magog, and Gog. Just a little more in depth. So I thought that was a cool slide, just so you could see where these people spread out. The next thing that really didn't click into my mind originally, as I was doing the class, was the count in Genesis 10 speaks of 70 nations. Now, as I mentioned in our first class, I was a math major. So I was curious, all of a sudden, again, it didn't probably hit me till mid-week, does the number 70 mean anything here? Usually we read it, and I'm as guilty as anyone, sometimes I don't dig a little deeper. So I decided to look at this number a little bit, 70 nations. And again, I put down just thinking, you know what, the answer really didn't come to me till this morning. What I think the answer is, now you might not think of something totally different, and that's great. So if you look at the number 70, and I put up on the screen, there were 14 from JFET, 30 from HAM, 26 from SHEM. And the number 70, is it significant? We know 70 is 7 times 10 equals 70, and 7 is the number of spiritual perfection. 10 is the number of ordinal perfection, so 70 is the number of perfect spiritual order. Now again, we've got Bible verses I put up here, and one of them is in Numbers 11, 16, where Moses appoints 70 elders. The one I want to look at though, and a few of these, so if you have your Bibles and you're inclined and want to look, turn to Deuteronomy 32 verses 7 and 8. Again, we're looking at this number 70, and is it a significant number here when it comes to the nations? And I'm going to change my glasses because I have my low volume ones, and for me to read anything now, I need high strength glasses.

So if you look at Deuteronomy 32 verses 7 and 8, this is Moses' Song of Joy. This is just before he falls asleep. And this is what he says, he says, Remember the days of old, consider the years of many generations. Ask thy father and he will show thee. Remember we spoke about that last week. A part of the jobs of the fathers, the family union, was to pass down the history, the knowledge of God to the future generations. Verse 8, when the most high divided to the nations their inheritance. So he's referring back here to Genesis 10. When he separated the sons of Adam, he set the bounds of the people according to the number of the children of Israel. I thought that was pretty interesting. So where does that reference to? Well, if you turn to Genesis 46, that's where you'll find that number. It's in verse 27. It says, all the souls of the house of Jacob, which came into Egypt, were three scoring ten, seventy. Okay, that's pretty interesting. Now we know, brothers and sisters and friends, that God just doesn't put numbers in Scripture just to put a number. There's meaning behind these numbers. Okay, so I dug a little deeper. If you go to Acts 17. Okay, now this was some 1500 years after Jacob's family had

moved into Egypt. And Acts 17 says the following. And it's not exact, but I think it's pretty similar. You remember Paul is in Athens at this time, and he sees all the statues to the gods and goddesses, and he makes a comment to the Athenians. So we're going to start in verse 24. God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is the Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands, neither is worship with men's hands as though he needed anything, seeing he giveth to our life and breath and all things, and hath made of one blood all nations of men, for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed and the bounds of their habitation, that they should seek the Lord if happily they might feel after him and find him though he be not far from every one of us. And then in Luke chapter 10 it mentions Jesus sending out 70 disciples. And originally, oh, I still do have a question mark at the top of the screen, because I wasn't sure if this meant anything. Maybe it doesn't. But then I started thinking about my class last week. What was the purpose of Adam and Eve and all me and kind? What were they to do? They were supposed to spread the glory of the Lord upon the earth. Well, that's what the disciples were supposed to do. They were sent out to spread the good news of the gospel message, the glory of God. And I think that's, and I've never thought of it this way, of nations. You know, we think of it as individuals with the disciples being sent out, but the nations. These 70, they were part of that dominion mandate to go out and overspread the earth and to glorify God, to spread God's glory. Now we know before the flood that it didn't happen. And unfortunately, it didn't happen here either. So does that make sense? You know, I was kind of cool. I was actually shaving this morning when the thought came to me 70 disciples. Why were they sent out? Well, that's got to be the same reason the 70 nations. You know, according to the Bible. Any thoughts on that? Or you can tell me if I'm off base, if you think. But I thought it was, you know, the consistency, the theme of Scripture, as we all know, is just amazing. And even back here, in the beginning of time with the development of nations, it's the same message. It doesn't change. It's incredible. Any thoughts? No? Does it make sense? All right. Shaving this morning. I got to remember that. My brightest idea is come while I'm shaving. So I thought that was kind of cool. So after the flood, in the confounding of languages, you know, man's rebellion against his maker and the course that man set hadn't changed. And we're going to look at the confounding of languages in a second. But men continued to rise up, not in fulfilling God's dominion mandate and spreading his glory, but trying to attain his own glory here on the earth. And we have important civilizations starting to take place in Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, nations, empires that contributed a lot of things to civilization. But doing part of the dominion mandate, but they weren't glorifying God. As we read in Scripture, most of these, you know, we just read Paul's letter, you know, in Acts, when he was in Athens, you know, all the statutes of God's and goddesses they had. So they weren't glorifying the true God. They were making their own gods. And this would, as we know, become a huge problem. One thing I want you to notice, brothers and sisters, I'm going to try something here and I hope I don't mess this up. I'm going to use a pointer and I've never tried this on a PowerPoint. So bear with me one second. One key thing, and this will be brought up in our next class or two. Let's see. Ooh, laser pointer. Can you see that? Oh, wow. This is neat. So if you look at the land of Egypt, and we all know where Egypt is, and I was going to draw a circle originally, but I decided against it. So this is basically the land of Egypt. Mesopotamia off here to the right, you know, where my laser pointer is. The Tigris-Euphrates ecosystem is up here. And if you notice in both cases, one thing that plays tremendously important in both early civilizations are rivers. You have the Nile and Egypt, the Tigris and Euphrates, and Mesopotamia. And we'll talk a little bit more about this in the future class. The importance, the number of times Scripture speaks of rivers. And it either speaks to them as drying up or overflowing. And we're going to look at that in the case of Egypt, and the Ottoman Empire speaks of a river drying up. So, you know, when you read that in Scripture, just remember the importance of rivers to the early settlers of the world and how important they were. And you can see, I mean, to move goods around, you know, with how important rivers and waterways were back then. So, that's just a little tidbit for the future. Any thoughts, questions? We're good? Okay. Was that 70, Steve? Yeah, I didn't look that reference up. So, you're probably right. So, what would you think the importance of that would be? Continuation of the 70 thing. Yeah. And I'm sure there were others. I didn't even, and fine. So, there's a lesson if you want to do a study on the number 70. That would be cool. I tried to give a class years ago on numbers in the Bible. Very interesting, very interesting study. So, you know, and hopefully you can see that in the middle of Ham. I didn't put it there on purpose, but it's aptly placed because one of Ham's descendants, Kush, would have a son. And his son would be Nimrod. And here we see in these civilizations, mankind, the urge to become powerful. You know, it wasn't enough to exist with the knowledge of God and all that he was providing. Men wanted to establish their own power base against God. And we see this early on with some of these, as they're called, mighty men. And the one the Bible mentions would become a serious challenger to God and his name was Nimrod. So, if you're in Genesis still, chapter 10, gives us a little background on this man, Nimrod. All right. And if you look at verse 8, Ham's son, Kush, begat Nimrod, and the first mention of a mighty man in the earth, this man, Nimrod. He's the first one to be mentioned as a mighty man. And it says he was a mighty hunter before the Lord. Wherefore it was said, even as Nimrod, the mighty hunter before the Lord. And this phrase, mighty hunter, you know, we all think of Nimrod and there's a picture that I found online of Nimrod, you know, killing an animal. Probably it looks like a deer or something to that effect. And growing up, that's all I ever thought of, you know, Nimrod. Oh, he was a hunter. He went out there with his spear or his bow and he hunted for venison, for game. And I think Scripture is telling us more than that as a mighty man as a hunter before the Lord. If you look at Hebrew, in Hebrew the word can be translated as tyrant. And if you look into history, some historians think that Nimrod was actually Sagan the Great, the founder of the dynasty of Akkad. And that's one of the earliest small dynasties in Mesopotamia. Nimrod would be famous for being the first man after the flood to use force to subjugate people and to conquer territories. And I think this phrase, mighty hunter, speaks more than just the ability to go out and hunt for game. I really think, looking back on some of the history, that it means his ferociousness of dealing with other people. His incessant need to dominate and to take over other people

and to suppress them. So I think that mighty hunter is a little more than just hunting animals. He was, in a way, hunting people as well and trying to dominate them. Like Cain, we're told he found the city. And in verse 10, the beginning of his kingdom. So we see here, you know, not God's kingdom, but his own kingdom. Nimrod was Babel, okay? And Erich and Akkad and Carneth in the land of Shinar. The land of Shinar, and I don't have the map back up, is Mesopotamia, where we showed the Tigris and Euphrates. That's where these places are. And he established his own kingdom. And as the population of Babel increased, if you remember from our first class, we went over how the population of the United States had gone from 3 million in 1790 to today's figure, and I forget what it was, 320-something million people in 230 years. So population increases can be rapid, alright? So as the population of Babel increased, well, you're constricted in one area, what did he do? He spread out. And he spread out around Babel with these other towns, Akkad and so on and so forth. But even then, that wasn't enough. And we find he ends up moving, if you look at the account in

verse 11. He said, out of that land went forth Asher, okay? Now Asher would become Assyria, alright? Land to the north, hopefully you can see it on this map. I still have my pointer. So here's where Nimrod originally was down in Babel. You see some of the other towns that I mentioned. There's Babel right there, Akkad. And again, historians can't be 100% accurate on some of these locations, but they're general locations, okay? So he started spreading out to the north, up into Assyria, and you can see Nineveh.

Nineveh plays a role in biblical history, as we know, with the Assyrian Empire. So Nimrod starts moving up and taking over more territory, as his population grew, okay? So then we move on to chapter 11, and this is really, you know, we had chapter 10. We're looking now, brothers and sisters, from every account I can read. I've read some accounts where it says the Tower of Babel was 100 years after the flood. I've read some that say 200 years after the flood. Again, with Jocelyn, a little with semantics, with numbers. So let's say it's between 102 years after the flood that this took place. Not a relatively long period of time. It didn't take long, did it? But mankind to, you know, stop God's mandate or try to stop God's mandate. So if you skip over to Genesis 11, and, you know, as a kid, as a child, I always thought, you know, they want to build this tower so they can reach God. You know, they want to declare their own sovereignty that, you know, we're not listening to you. You know, we can do what we want to do. We can build what we want to build. And we can become our own nation. You know, instead of the mandate of being one nation, one people under God, we're going to be one people excluding God. And we see that a lot in the world today, don't we? Even in our own country, which was founded for religious freedoms, we see a lot of the mentions of God being taken away in this country. And 100, 200 years after the flood, they started to do the same. So look with me if you could at verse one. So it says, the whole earth was of one language and of one speech.

And verse two, as it came to pass as a journey from the east that they found a plane in the land of Shinar, which is Mesopotamia, and they dwelt there. Some texts will have it called Sumeria along with Shinar. So they journeyed off. And the scripture tells us, again, that the whole earth was of one language and of one speech. And that word language in Hebrew is Zaffa, lip or exalted language. So remember the plan, 70 nations sent out to overspread the earth to glorify God. So it makes sense at that time that those nations were all speaking the same language. So what language were they speaking? Most historians think it's a form of Hebrew, not current Hebrew, but a different dialect of Hebrew. But scripture tells us here with these words, brothers and sisters, because it speaks of speech. And that word speech is Dvar, the word spoken from the heart. So if you put these two pieces of information together, Zaffa and Dvar tell us that at this point in time there was only one language that meant space. And it was a dialect, a God-given divine dialect that they all speak. And they were all under total agreement too. So it was a divine language that the earth, the people of the world were speaking. That Adam and Eve spoke from God. So it's really, and we're told that this language will return in

the kingdom age. And I probably, I'll jump a little bit. Yeah, it's down at the bottom. Zephaniah 3 and 9 tells us that this divine language will return at the return of Christ and in the kingdom age. So it was something God-given demand, but here he's going to take it away. And I'll go back to where we were. So that's an interesting thought. I never really gave that much thought either. You know, he confuses the language, thus the term babble. And so they couldn't communicate to each other. But I really didn't give much thought to the divine language that they had at that time. You know, all for the glory of God, that divine language. Really important when we think of this account. So we get to verses 3 and 4, and you can count on your own, but look at all the times. This really reinforces this rebellion from God, brothers and sisters. You know, they said one to another, go to, let us make brick, burn them thoroughly. And they had brick for stone and slime, had they for mortar. And they said go to, let us build us a city and a tower whose top may reach to heaven. Let us make us a name, lest we be scattered or brought upon the face of the earth. So that's what 5, I counted anyhow. You know, no mention of God whatsoever in these verses. So they wanted to go out and build a tower. And the Bible doesn't say, does it here in chapter 11, that Nimrod was the architect of it all. But considering the historical evidence, Josephus also writes that it was Nimrod who was the architect of this whole venture to build this tower. You know, and you could almost feel, I can see a picture of them. You know, yeah, we know you destroyed mankind with the flood. But you know what, we're going to build a tower that a flood can't touch. You know, you can sense that arrogance in him and in man, that they would rebel by building themselves a tower. Well, we know that God sent his angels down to look upon their project and his response was to scatter them. You know, back to verse 1 where it says, they went east to the land of Shinar. So if my thinking is correct, Nimrod's father, Kush, we said earlier, had moved and inhabited the land of northern Africa. So to me, that means that the Nimrod was headed that way with them, was that way with them, which would explain this moving back to the east, back to Mesopotamia, against the mandate of God. So God scatters them. He says, you know what? You know, you're trying to come together and stay in one place. This isn't what I want. And he scatters them, he forcibly makes them leave that area and fulfill his mandate. Currently, again, another wonderful 70 different languages were

in Genesis 10 with the 70 nations. And today, there are over 200 nations organized with 6,600 distinct languages and dialects. The Kingdom Age, there'll be one. That's amazing. We know the project collapses and, you know, when you think of the project collapsing, what would happen right away? We tend to do this today. I remember being in high school. And those of you old enough remember, we had groups of kids in school, right? There were brains. There were jocks. There were, I don't know how to put this delicately. There were those who like to use recreational chemicals.

We call them a couple of other things, but what else were there? They were cliques, right? I wasn't in a clique. You know, I didn't consider myself a chemical user. Don't worry about that, but I didn't smoke. I didn't do any of that stuff, Dad. I was a semi-jock. I was a semi-brain. So I could kind of filter among each of the groups.

You all know what I'm talking about, right? But back in high school, it was a really big thing, these cliques, these groups. And in these nations, after the confounding of their speech, you know, your natural thing is to go to those who spoke the same dialect you spoke, to hang out with them. You know, I can't understand Brother Gordon, so I'm not going to spend a lot of time with him, but I can understand Brother Jason really well. I'm going to hang out with him. And that's what happened over this time. They expanded, they were forced to expand, and they expanded with those of light tongue, okay? Instead of fulfilling the mandate of God with the divine tongue to overspread the earth, God forced this upon them. And you can notice the image I think I have up there of a ziggurat is correct. Most pictures you will see showing the tower shows a spiral, you know, going up. If you look at Mesopotamian history, they're full of ziggurats. There's not really any towers spiraling round and round that go up. So the image I have was more realistic of what they were building, okay? Any thoughts, questions? Oh, right. So what is a nation? You know, I should have probably started this way, but I didn't. But we'll do that now. So a nation is a large type of social organization where a collective identity has emerged for a combination of shared features across the given population. Those of light tongues got together and nations were formed out of them. Language, history, ethnicity, culture, territory, or society. I like the second one better. A large body of people united by common descent, history, culture, or language, inhabiting a particular country or territory. Okay, Brother Mark, that's great. We know that. The Hebrew word for nations is goe, and it occurs 500 times in the Old Testament. The Greek word is ethnos, and that occurs 150 times in the New. And the one thing I want you to remember, Brothers and Sisters, when you read of nations, it can also actually mean a nation, but it can also stand for the word Gentiles, right? And as we know, outside of the children of Israel, all the other nations are Gentiles, right? They're non-Hebrew, non-Israelite-ish, or heathen. Okay, so remember that as we go through our studies, because there will be times when the word nations is Gentiles.

But they're also insane with ethnos. It's translated nations, Gentiles, heathen, or peoples. But now, and this just seems to have happened over the course of 30 years, there are other types of nations, all right? Like Red Sox Nation, which isn't doing too well right now. And remember our definition. It's a group of people that come together for a common purpose. That's what Red Sox Nation is. Group of people come together. The dissents, any of that could be secondary, but they come together for their love of the Red Sox. The next one, I can't believe I'm even mentioning, but Elizabeth would love this, Taylor Swift Nation. Just a thing that's grown over, seems overnight. It's crazy, isn't it? You see the news reports and the Swifties, I think they're called. And they consider themselves a nation. They love of Taylor Swift and her music. They have formed a nation. Well, first Peter, chapter 2, verse 9, calls the saints a nation. And we as brothers and sisters, baptized in Christ, are a nation. Our love of God is a word of truth. Our faith in him and in his son puts us in a nation. So we are a nation. So there's all different types of things that can be called nations, all right? So I thought that was kind of cool to get that out there. I guess I could have been back in my day considered part of Red Sox Nation when they were winning and I was hooked on sports. I'm sure some of you can term, agree with what I'm saying, that sports can become a real overpowering force in your life. Because let's say we all look, this day and age, I was talking to some coworkers and they say, I can't watch the news. It's so depressing. And I said, I hear you. We're all looking for distractions, good things, happy things to take us away from that. And sports did that for me. But doing this study, one thing I really, as bad as the news can be, I know where it's all pointing to. And I see some hedge going up and down. And that is my comfort now. I go into work and, boy, isn't it terrible what Israel's doing in Gaza? And I say, yeah, it is. And no one wants to see loss of life. But it's fulfilled. And Brother Chris wants to say, but it's leading to a purpose. And that purpose is what we're all excited about. Brother Chris, go ahead. Of course, the Catholic religious system today very much mirrors the Tower of Abel. And from today's readings, we are told, therefore, come unto Jesus who suffered without the gate, sharing his reproach. And we very much do that, leaving behind the mainstream religions and the ways of the world, the Tower of Abel, we come to Jesus outside the gate. And we suffer reproach for that because we don't participate in the mainstream affairs of where the mass crowds are going. But it sheds a little light on what that verse was about and the fact that Jesus, as the burnt offering, was offered outside the gate. He was rejected by the religious system in Israel as well. And we too today follow that coming out of the mainstream religion. And for that, we are scrutinized for it. I didn't mention it, but as Brother Chris brings up, Nimrod, one of his goals, Babelon, was to destroy the order of Melchizedek. That's basically what he wanted to do. And many times we think of Egypt, we think of the land of Egypt, the times that God called not the children of Israel, but Jesus out of Egypt, out of that land of sin. So yeah, that's a great point, Brother Chris. And that was Nimrod's desire. And his desire still lives today. We get into the book of Revelation and the number of times it talks about Babelon, the great harlot. And maybe we'll look at that in one of our last classes as well, how from the beginning of time that it's still around throughout the centuries. So yeah, thanks, Brother Chris. Anything else? So what is God's view? There have been some great empires, I think of the Roman Empire. And one thing I think about, they have contributed great things to civilization. I think of road building. The Romans were famous for their building of roads. And where would we be today, brothers and sisters, without roads? I'd look out here and many of you traveled half an hour an hour, maybe even more, to get here each Sunday. And if we didn't have roads, that would be a hard thing to do. So thank the Roman Empire for that. But what does God think of the empires of the world? How does he view them? There were two verses in Isaiah. Isaiah 40 verse 15. As a drop of a bucket and accounted as a small dust of the balance. Isaiah 40, 17 is nothing and they accounted to him less than nothing in vanity. So God's viewpoint of the nations, they've rejected him. And this is how he views them. And there's a reason why he views them this way. But even with this view throughout Scripture, we'll look at this too. God is still concerned with the nations, like he is with our individual salvation. It says in Haggai 2.7 that God will shake all the nations and the desire of all nations shall come. And that day is going to come when the Lord Jesus returns. The nations of the world will be shaken and they will have a decision to make. Whether to come and bow before the throne of Jesus or not. And in Psalm 72 it says, all nations shall fall down before him. All nations shall serve him. And then if we look at Revelation 21 in the past, if we look at Revelation 21 verse 24. You think this would be an easy one for me to get to? All right. Revelation 21, 24, in the nations of them which are saved, so there will be nations that come and submit to Jesus. They shall walk in the light of it and the kings of the earth to bring their glory and honor into it. So there will be nations that will be saved and we'll look at that a little bit next week. Some of the nations, especially those around Israel, Egypt, the Moabites, the Mennonites, some of those nations we read about throughout Scripture, we'll take a look to see if there's a future in God's plan of salvation for these nations as well. And probably, wow. So this, I find this page very comforting as I mentioned earlier. You know, it's a terrible thing that's going on in the Ukraine. Brother Butch has had wonderful classes on Vladimir Putin's efforts to want to re-expand Russia to its glory. And I think there's no doubt about it. You know, doing studies on this, looking up articles on some of Vladimir Putin's speeches. He wants to return to the glory days of Russia due to the NATO push. You know, NATO has pushed further into Europe, into Poland, other areas bordering current Russia. He's going to want that land back. And those territories which he's going to want back were some of those ancient territories that we read of in Ezekiel 38. Gogh, Magogh, those nations which I mentioned in Ezekiel 38, he will try to re-control before he comes down. Now whether it's actually taking over the land or those lands joining up with him, I don't know. But that's to come. So, but the part I'm getting off track is the comfort I get is boundaries of nations determined by God and not man. All this chaos is controlled by God. And one thing I always think of, you know, man went to the moon back in 69. Right, Dad? Was it 69? I was little. I can't remember. 69 or 70? Yeah. Sharon's waving. Hasn't gone back to the moon since. Hasn't gone back. Great plans to go to Mars, Saturn. Now machines might have, but man hasn't. Because God sets the boundaries. Man's place is on the earth. This is my thought. You might differ on it. That's fine. But my thought is man will never. Won't happen. God's not going to let it happen. Man's place is on it. He gave the earth to us, to mankind. So God sets the boundaries. And we just read this in Acts 17 where Paul was talking to the Athenians about God setting the boundaries of mankind. Nations will rise and fall. In fact, if you look at the original 70 nations, you know, none of them are still around in their form back then. They've changed. They've evolved either shrunken or gotten bigger or changed altogether. So all of these successions have been determined by God. And that should be comforting to all of us. And I try to bring this message out to others when they talk about, you know, some of them are scared. But we're going to blow the planet up. You know, Russia and America are going to get into a nuclear war. China. You know, we're going to blow this thing up. And it's like, no. No. You know, the Bible tells us differently. You know, God is in control of all things. It'll get to a point. We know that. Armageddon, we know things will get to a point. But then God's going to stop it all. And we're comforted by these things. Psalm 47, God is king of all the earth. Okay? Acts 15, 18. No one unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world. He alone rules in the kingdom of men. Again, the great verse in Daniel 2.21, which we're going to look a little bit at next week. Daniel 2.21, God changes the times and the seasons. He removeeth kings and seteth up kings. He giveth wisdom unto the wise and knowledge to them that no understanding. And of course, this well-known verse in Daniel chapter 4, verse 17. After Daniel has his image directed by God into what the image means to the intent, that the living may know that the most high ruleeth in the kingdom of men and giveth it to whosoever he will and seteth up over it the basis of men. That famous verse we quote quite often about God ruling in the kingdom of men. Isaiah 60, verse 12. If we turn to that real quick and we'll finish up here because time is getting short. Isaiah 60, verse 12 reads, And this is failure of nations to fulfill what God had said about fulfilling his glory, what Paul spoke about in Acts 17. We read that here in Isaiah. Verse 12, For the nation in kingdom that will not serve thee shall perish. Those nations shall be utterly wasted. But we all know, and we'll close here, brothers and sisters, when we think of, we know we have a merciful God as well. But mankind looks at it as, well, God's not playing by our rules. Well, you're supposed to play by God's rules. That's where the mercy and the grace come in. You play by God's rules. Jeremiah 18, he wants nations as he wants people to turn to him. If at any time I announce that a nation or kingdom is to be uprooted, torn down and destroyed, and if that nation I warned repents of its evil, then I will relent and not inflict on it the disaster I had planned. And we saw evidence of that in Scripture. It gives us evidence. Remember when God told Abram, I'm going to destroy Sodom because of the wickedness and the evil. And Abram made his pitch to God. Heavenly Father, what if I find fifty righteous there? What does God say? I won't destroy it for fifty righteous. And if I remember correctly, that works all the way down to ten. God says I will not destroy it for ten. Of course, the next chapter we learned that they were destroyed because there wasn't one that wasn't one righteous in God's eye. Verse 9 of Jeremiah 18, And if at another time I announce that a nation or kingdom is to be built up and planted, and if it does evil in my sight and does not obey me, then I will reconsider the good I intended to do for it. Well, children of Israel, a great example of that. And you remember Jonah going to Nineveh. He flees from God. Why does he flee from God? Because he knows of God's mercy and righteousness. He knows that given God will repent of the evil he was going to do to Nineveh. And he does that. He does that. God doesn't want people to die. He doesn't want nations to die. God's merciful and loving. And Nineveh repents.

And of course, we know Jonah's not happy about that because Nineveh, that area, was a concern to his people. He wanted them wiped out. He wanted God, do you do it? God didn't. Just for us here. Now, what happened 150 years later, you read in Nahum that the Ninevites went back to their evil ways and God had no choice, but God wants the nations to be saved. Like he wants us as individuals to be saved. And he's given us all free will to make that determination of whether we want to glorify God or we want to glorify ourselves. So, we'll end on this slide. I've taken a little too much time, but this is something we probably all have this. I have it in paper form in my Bible. It's kind of getting shredded. My uncle gave this to me many years ago, and we have basically gotten to here. You see where my pointer is? And next week, we'll introduce, and again, this is nothing new. It'll be very brief, on God's plan of salvation for the nations. We'll start looking at that. The plan is to look at that. Talk about a little bit about why God is interested. What's his plan? We'll look at some of the nations. And then, Lord willing, I want to wrap up with half a class anyhow on the restoration of the Garden of Eden. That's our end goal, is to get to there.