Although modern globalism became a reality after World War II, it can be traced back to as early as the Tower of Babel. Genesis 11:2-4 says: "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 one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them throughly. 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 unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth." It's striking that the pronouns "we" and "us" are used instead of names. That was democracy in action; the people were in charge, they decided their future and they sought to create a unified world. The people clearly expressed their intention to build a tower that would reach heaven. Should we assume that these people were so primitive to think that they could actually reach heaven? I don't think so. Their sophistication was proven by the grand scale they had for their world at that time. But what it does express is that they wanted to create their own means of salvation. In other words, instead of heaven reaching down to earth toward man, they strove to reach heaven. The Bible teaches that God came down from heaven and became man, not that man goes into heaven to become God.
Two important issues in this passage require closer examination:
1) They had "brick for stone."
A stone is a unique piece of material, just as our fingerprints are so unique that there is no duplicate among the world's six billion people. So why bricks? A brick is made uniformly, each being the same size, weight and form. This teaches us that world unity can be achieved through uniformity. All must become equal. A person's individuality must be done away with.
2) They had "slime for mortar."
This is unusual because mortar is a mixture of lime, sand and water and is readily available in abundance virtually anywhere. Mortar, which holds stones and bricks together, usually consists of a weaker substance. For example, if a wall needed to be torn down, it can be done if the mortar was somewhat weaker than the stones or bricks. This accommodates possible changes such as renovations and alterations. However, in the case of the Tower of Babel, they used "slime" which, translated from the Hebrew, means bitumen, a substance derived from oil.
We all know that the Mideast is the oil barrel of the world. The region controls the flow of oil and can, to a certain degree, dictate the world's energy supply. When these uniform bricks are put together with bitumen, they become stuck to each other inseparably. Crude oil is the substance that unites the world's industry. Since those early days of the building of the Tower of Babel, man has continued to dream of a unified world where peace, security and prosperity exist.
Excerpt from the Book:
119 Most Frequently Asked Questions About Prophecy
by Arno Froese
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