That Strange Tower
Of Babel Story
By James Donahue
“Now the whole earth had one language and few words. And
as men migrated from the east, they found a plain in the land
of Shinar and settled there. And they said to one another, "Come, let
us make bricks, and burn them thoroughly." And they had brick for stone, and bitumen for mortar. Then they said, "Come, let
us build ourselves a city, and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves, 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 sons of men had built. And the Lord said, "Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language; and this is only
the beginning of what they will do; and nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them. Come, let us go down,
and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another's speech."
“So the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the face
of the earth, and they left off building the city. Therefore its name was 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 the earth.” - Genesis 11.
This ancient tale from
the pages of the Book of Genesis has perplexed many Bible scholars because it doesn’t seem to make sense.
It appears to be an attempt
to explain why humans were spread all over the world, and emerged with so many different cultures, languages and races after
springing from the same root.
The story leaves us with
more questions than answers. For example, what would make a people believe they could build a tower that would reach Heaven
and put men in direct contact with their maker? And why would this god become so angered by such a tower that as punishment,
the people would be scattered all over the earth and given such a variety of skin colors, bodily appearances and languages?
That humans have found themselves so varied has led to bigotry, mistrust and war and obstructed our natural evolution.
This event occurred in
the heart of Mesopotamia, and according to the text, was at or very near the great City of Babylon
not far from Baghdad, Iraq.
The ruins of that ancient place can still be found there today. And in the midst of the ruins archaeologists have located
what they say appears to be the foundation of a tower. It is a square of earthen embankments measuring about three hundred
feet on each side.
But there wasn’t
just one tower. As the area developed and other cities founded, they too contained towers, or stepped pyramids called ziggurats.
To date the remains of nearly 30 of these structures have been uncovered. They are found in various sizes with bases ranging
from 20 meters on a side to over 90 meters. Some cities had two ziggurats, and Kish
was found to have three of them.
The very oldest ziggurat
is not the one in Babylon, but rather at Eridu. This ruin
is estimated to have been started at its earliest time between 4,300 and 3,500 BC. Ziggurats were on-going projects, or staged
towers, with new levels added as the years passed. Thus they were built in steps, or terraces. It is believed that each level
was a temple, or shrine, built on top of the ruins of the last.
The ziggurat at Babylon is believed to have been the largest structure in the region.
Since Marduk, either Nimrod or the son, was the god of the people, some historians suggest that the towers were built to honor
or worship him. Yet the final work on this tower is believed to have been ordered by King Nebuchadnezzar II, in around 600
BC. It was said to have stood 295 feet high, and was constructed of baked brick enameled in brilliant blue. The terraces may
have been planted with flowers and even trees.
Obviously, the archaeological
evidence does not support the Genesis story of the Tower of
Babel. So was that just a story or was it a myth based upon a real event?
That people gathered
at one place and established a city is true. The tower then was constructed because the people wanted to “make a name
for ourselves.” This is a natural thing for humans to do. Many great cities stand today with unique structures that
mark them as a special place in the world. The Eiffel Tower
in Paris, the Empire State
Building in New York, and the Golden
Gate Bridge in San Francisco
Yet we sense here that
there was something unique and special about this particular tower. It went beyond pride of the citizenry and making the City
of Babel a showplace of the known world.
Also there is a final
part to this verse that seems to reflect a warning. “Let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad upon
the face of the whole earth.” Was this a real fear that some kind of judgment awaited? And what kind of god would make
this kind threat? Is it just a fabricated story?
And lo-and-behold, according
to the story, this god did just what the people feared. He came down to see what they were building and said: “Behold,
they are one people, and they have all one language; and this is only the beginning of what they will do; and nothing that
they propose to do will now be impossible for them.”
This sounds very much
like the same lament this god had after Adam and Eve ate of the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge. He said “behold, the
man is become as one of us, to know good and evil.” At this time man was expelled from the Garden. Now, after building
a city and a tower to heaven, the punishment was to be scattered all over the world and the language confused in a variety
Something obviously astounding
occurred at Babel, but the Genesis story only gives us a twisted
angelic version of the real event. In doing some research on ley and grid lines, I ran into some information that may shed
some light on what was happening there and perhaps all over the Earth in those ancient times.
John Michell, in his
book The View Over Atlantis, looks at the complex system of giant stones, pyramids,
pillars, mounds, earthworks, underground tunnels, circles of erect pillars and lines of enormous blocks of stone that all
form alignments. Michell believes they were built on what are called ley lines, or ancient lines of power that once circled
Rene Noorbergen, in his
book: Secrets of the Lost Races, carries Michell’s idea farther. He writes:
“…just as local sections of the ley lines had a specific center or even several modes where the energies converged,
so it is likely that the single authority operated from a world center where the energies of the entire global line were gathered.”
Could this have been
the purpose of the Tower of Babel?
The great tower at Babel was located in the center of the
known world at that time. Could it have been a point where the energy of the world ley line system linked not to the stars,
but to the core of the Earth?
Noorbergen believes “the
system appears to have operated for a period of time, but then something happened, something significant enough to mark a
break in world conditions and to bring the world line system to an end. Before the event, the construction of the system had
necessitated a unified world. At some specific point in time that unity was decisively broken. The single directing authority
lost its power, and its world center ceased to operate.
event, new conditions prevailed, and the people of the world were fragmented into factions, making unity of effort and the
coordinated working of the ley lines no longer possible,” Noorbergen wrote.
Michell adds: “All
we can suppose is that some overwhelming disaster, whether or not of natural origin, destroyed a system whose maintenance
depended upon its control of certain natural forces across the entire earth.”
What is astounding is
that Noorbergen also suggests that the City of Babel and its
great tower was a mighty political center in its day for a world government. He wrote that the tower, “intended to be
a great structure reaching to the skies, may have represented something even more significant.”
He suggests that the
tower was a type of receiving station for the ley line currents of the earth. “By their possession of such a center
of the world’s energies, the ruling authorities at Babel literally controlled the world,
for everyone who desired to benefit from the ley line system would have had to serve the rulers of Babel.”
And in this we see where
the very seeds of corruption may have been planted. Remember that in spite of the existing spiritual and occult knowledge
of that day, the angelic powers are always waiting in the wings for a chance to disrupt the path mankind is on.
Also, Noorbergen writes
that the post flood ley line system may well have been a reconstruction of a system used before the flood. “The antediluvians
thus developed a sophisticated form of technology that incorporated the use of both material and occult energies as its power
base, and the ley line system was simply a further extension of this occult technology.”
Supposing Michell and
Noorbergen are offering a correct version of ancient events. After all, the man-made stone structures exist and it has been
established that they follow some form of grid or energy lines once held sacred to indigenous people who practiced the ancient
It would mean that the
people, themselves, were the cause of the downfall of the Tower
of Babel and the breakup of the one-world government system. I would
suggest a misuse of power, a revolution, and a complete breakdown of the existing government. It was a major disaster and
may even have involved the use of nuclear weapons. It had to have been a war of such magnitude that the perfect system in
Babel was wrecked forever.
What remained was a fragmentized
world filled with small clusters of people that went their own way, eventually developing their own cultures and governments,
and becoming societies unto themselves.
A lot can happen over
a period of thousands of years.
Remember that the angels
can possess humans, portraying themselves as gods and establishing religions. That Nimrod and Semiramis declared themselves gods,
with Semiramis making herself the first “mother of god,” suggests that the angelic deception began even from the
start of the Mesopotamian Empire.
The angelic powers wanted to prevent mankind from
evolving. Thus they arranged to make the world a more difficult place for humans to live. The one-world government and one-world
language concept had to be replaced by something more complex. It had to be something that would keep humans so busy fighting
among themselves and surviving they had little chance to grow mentally and spiritually.
They did it by spiritual
possession. Just as they are doing today, they entered the bodies of men in possessions of leadership, and caused them to
make bad decisions.
The people submitted
to authority even then, and followed these angelic-driven men into a world of chaos.