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Sermon delivered April 25, 2009 by Pastor Don Gettys

McDonald Road Seventh-day Adventist Church

McDonald, Tennessee

Biblical quotations are from the New International Version NIV unless otherwise noted. Divine pronouns and titles are capitalized.

Nimrod Still Lives

2 Thessalonians 2:1-4

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I would like to speak with you this morning about Nimrod.  You may say, well, what is that about?  Well ask me in about half an hour.  I am sure that you are well aware that Adam spoke every language on the earth.  Out of the over 6 thousand and 5 hundred languages in the earth today, I only speak English.  And my English teacher would say, “and you don't do that very well.”  My wife and I came back from a trip to Panama 3 weeks ago, and we had a challenge with the Spanish language.  But we managed very well. 

My biggest challenge when visiting a foreign country, I blame on Nimrod.  Square on his shoulders is this problem of language.  Many modern problems today, in fact, come from this one man, Nimrod.  It's amazing how many people study end time events, but they know very little about beginning time events.  To properly understand Revelation 17 and 18 we must understand Genesis, chapter 9, 10, and 11.  Modern nations don't follow Abraham’s system.  We follow Nimrod’s system, still to this day.

If you come back here to Genesis, chapter 9 in your Bible, it begins the post-flood record.  The world was created new after the flood.  Renewed.  And God says in Genesis, chapter 9, verse one, “God blessed Noah and his sons saying to them, ‘Be fruitful, increase in number, and fill the earth.’”  Now that's very similar to what He told Adam and Eve.  Multiply, increase, fill the earth.  That was God's intention in the beginning and it was also God's intention with Noah.  The flood had destroyed the evil and God wanted people to fill out all over the earth, fill out the earth and spread the good and the truth and not for the evil to ever come back again.

Patriarchs and Prophet says, "For a time, the descendents of Noah continued to dwell among the mountains where the ark had rested”, [PP118} and it was surely God's hope that these 8 survivors of the flood would not bring evil back into the world again.  But, lo and behold, Noah got drunk, and his son Ham looked upon him, and Noah cursed Ham and cursed Ham's children and Nimrod came from this cursed line. 

He was, number 1, a mighty warrior.  Come to Genesis, chapter 10 now, and verse 8.  It says, “Cush was the father of Nimrod who grew to be a mighty warrior on the earth.”  He was a tremendous muscleman.  A mighty warrior.  But the problem was, with Nimrod, the devil entered this powerful man to resume the evil that had transpired prior to the flood.  People quickly forgot the lesson of the flood.  Noah had preached a hundred and 20 years, warning people.  It didn't do any good, and Nimrod, following the bidding of the devil, once again introduced evil into the world.  He had a violent Nephilim attitude about him.  And he, I think many of you probably think that God destroyed Nephilim with the flood.  But actually, God predicted that evil would rise again.  If you look at Genesis, chapter 6 and verse 4, it says, “The Nephilim were on the earth in those days,” prior to the flood.  And then the verse continues, and it says, “and also afterward,” so God is predicting here that after the flood the Nephilim would arise back once more.  And sure enough, they did.  After the flood, these evil terrorists, these giants, continued to be born and Nimrod was one of the strongest people for evil ever to live. 

Proverbs 17, verse 11.  “An evil man is bent only in rebellion.”  And the word Nimrod means rebel.  After the devil, the first rebel, now we have Nimrod, the second rebel.  And his name means rebellion, or revolt.  Proverbs chapter 24, verse 21 says, “Do not join with the rebellious,” and yet Nimrod got practically the entire world to join him.  So number 1, he was a mighty warrior.

Number 2, he was a mighty hunter.  Look now at verse 9.  “He was a mighty hunter before the Lord, that is why it is said, ‘Like Nimrod, a mighty hunter before the Lord.’”  What did he hunt?  Well, he hunted animals.  Wild, dangerous animals.  I was up on White Oak Mountain yesterday morning, and I was at the prayer point where I pray and I can look out over the beautiful Ooltewah landscape.  I finished praying and I thought I heard a little noise, but I didn't see anything, so I kept walking back toward my place and all of a sudden something moved beside me and it was a man.  Totally camouflaged from head to foot.  Gloves, something over his face, holding a camouflaged shotgun.  And I thought, this isn't hunting season.  What is he hunting?  So I spoke with him and I thought about Nimrod.  The Bible says and Nimrod's; Exodus, chapter 23 and verse 29 says that wild animals will be too numerous for you.  Wild animals also filled the earth, and they were out of control.  People became afraid.  Nimrod was a powerful muscleman and he became infamous for his ability to kill these wild beasts and protect his people. 

Genesis chapter 10 and verse 9 says this.  “Like Nimrod, a mighty hunter before the Lord.”  You know, that almost sounds complementary, does it not?  It's not a compliment.  Not at all.  He was rebellious.  And the word before in this verse really means ‘against the Lord’.  Not before the Lord.  Nimrod was a rebel against the most high God.  Like the great pre-flood antichrist and the post-flood antichrist, Nimrod was well involved.  He also hunted people.  The Jewish Talmud says that he hunted the souls of men.  He was a symbol of the devil, and what does the devil do?  Well in Job, chapter 1, verse 7 it says, “Satan walks the earth.”  Why does Satan walk the earth?  What is he doing?  He's hunting.  First Peter, chapter 5 and verse 8, “He walketh about seeking whom he may devour.”  He's a hunter.

Point number 3 about Nimrod.  He was a mighty king.  Look at verse 10.  Genesis 10:10.  The first centers of his what?  His kingdom.  He was a king.  You don't have a kingdom without a king.  King Nimrod was the king of Babylon, Erech, Akkad, and Calneh in Shinar.  Verse 11, “From that land he went to Assyria where he built Nineveh.”  He build Babylon.  He built Nineveh.  Nimrod was a king.  The first known king in the Bible, as far as I could tell.  The first to have an army.  He surely had help doing all this.  He had systems which Babylon usually followed.  The Babylonian Hammurabi system had its roots in Nimrod.  He began the post-flood apostasy.  He was the first to promote the one world government, and you'll see that in a few minutes.  In fact, Freemasonry claims him as one of their founders. (York MS, No. 1. Craft of the Old Constitutions)

Nimrod means rebel.  He promoted worship of himself, and I believe from my studies that Marduk and the Gilgamesh epic are nothing but referring to Nimrod.  Nimrod founded both of the cities that became kingdoms which conquered Israel.  I guess you are aware of that.  He founded Babylon and then he went over and founded Nineveh.  The kingdom of Babylon, the kingdom of the Persians.  They conquered Israel.  In fact, most of the enemies of Israel came from Nimrod and Ham and this line.  The Philistines came from him.  The Hittites, the Jebusites, the Amorites the Hivites and Canaanites all came.  So you can see how important this individual and this line was.  The Arabs from Arabia came from Hams descendents, as well as the pagan Egyptians of old.  Iraq had its headquarters there in Nimrod's kingdom.  He was the first dictator in history from which came a long line of dictators.  Nebuchadnezzar, all of these people trying to rule the world.  And Alexander the great, Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini.  The Tower of Babel was just the beginning of his kingdom.

Genesis, now, 11.  Come to the 11th chapter and verse 1.  “Now the whole world had one language and a common speech.  As man moved eastward, they founded a plain in Shinar and they settled there.”  Under the leadership of Nimrod, they moved which direction?  They moved east.  Why would they move east?  They were following the rising sun.  The majority colonized in Iraq.  Verse 3, “They said to one another, ‘Come, let's make bricks and bake them’” how?  “Bake them thoroughly.”  And they used brick instead of stone.  They didn't have any stone.  And the Bible continues, “And they used tar for mortar because they didn't have cement.”  He used what he had on hand.

And I'm sure that Nimrod was very upset with God.  He probably thought, “You know, its God’s fault that we have these tares and these thistles, and all these problems in the world today and if He gets mad at us He’ll probably send another flood and so we'd better build a tower.  That way we can escape the next time this happens.”  They were actually atheists.  Sort of like humanists.  No need for God.  “We'll just build a tower.  We don't need God.”  Satan must have been thrilled.  They wanted a city.  They wanted a tower.  And they wanted a name for themselves.  And how quickly they forgot God.  The rainbow meant nothing to them. 

Verse 4.  “Then they said, ‘Come and let us build ourselves a city with a tower that reaches to the heavens.  So that we may make a name for ourselves, and not be scattered.’”  What did God want them to do?  Scatter.  What did they not want to do?  God's will.  “Let us build for ourselves a city and a name for ourselves.”  That tower represented man’s attempt to save himself by his own efforts.  His own works.  The tower portrayed salvation by works.  The Bable builders gross selfishness is exposed here in these verses. 

And you know, modern humanists diminish God.  They exalt themselves.  And their message is of the New Age movement which started in the old age with Nimrod, you can be anything you want to be.  You could be God.  That is the message of the devil.  So in complete disobedience to what God said, instead of filling the earth, they congregated there in Iraq.  They settled in the land of Shinar, in Babylonia, and only the remnant of Shem did not unite with this Babel bunch.  These were the first humans to ever walk the post-flood world.  Do they sound like cavemen to you?  Do they sound like people that carried clubs around and wore animal skins?  This doesn't sound like that to me.  This tower of Babel was not made from Tinkertoys or even Legos.  It was a monstrous tower.  It was big and it was built approximately, like maybe I don't know how soon, 2 hundred years after the flood or 3.  It was exceedingly tall.  It dwarfed the ziggurats that we find today and it would be so high so that they could climb to heaven by their own works.  They didn't have a stone quarry or cement, but that didn't stop these intelligent people.  They want ahead and built a brick factory.  They manufactured brick.  They built this tower.  They used the resources they had and very quickly they had a lasting, they thought, skyscraper.  Going to the heavens.  Rather than be totally dependent on God, they would be self-sufficient.

And you know, in the last days there are lots of people that say, “I'm going to move out to the woods and I'm going to be self-sufficient.”  Can we ever be self-sufficient?  We must always be totally dependent on God.  Now we should do what we can to help ourselves but we must be totally dependent on God.

I want you to look at verse 4 of chapter 11.  The King James says it this way.  “Let us build a city and a tower whose top may reach unto heaven.”  Look at those two words.  “May reach.”  They are italicized meaning what?  That the translators added those 2 words.  Let’s take those 2 words out and reread this phrase.  It now would read, “Whose top unto heaven.”  What is this trying to tell us?  The top of this tall tower contained a place where they could worship the heaven.  This was not a place where they would worship the God who made the heavens, but a place where they would worship the heaven.  Here, on top of the tower of Babel is a place where they worship the heavens themselves.  This was a place devoted to star worship.  To sun worship.  To moon worship.  The tall tower enabled them to catch the first rays of the rising sun.  And modern astrology had its beginnings back there with Nimrod, back there at the Tower of Babel.  And millions today turn to their zodiac's for guidance rather than turning to their Bibles for guidance.  The only true guidance in this world does not come from the stars, it comes from the Maker of the stars.  Amen?  The horoscope, for many people today, replaces the guidance from the Holy One.  It's idolatry and Nimrod introduced rank idolatry which eventually destroyed Israel. 

Here is where baal worship was first formed, and Patriarchs and Prophets makes another statement.  She says, “When the tower had been partially completed a portion of it was occupied as a dwelling place for the builders.” [PP119]  Where did all these construction crews live?  In the tower.  And then she goes on to describe their apartments inside of this.  “There were apartments,” she says, “splendidly furnished and adorned.” [PP119] Does this sound like cave dwellers?  These were intelligent human beings.  “The people praised the gods of silver and gold and set themselves against God.”  Page 119.

Now look at Genesis, chapter 11, and notice verse 5.  “The Lord came down to see the city and the tower that the men were building.”  He did not come to get information.  God already knew everything about it.  Why did God come?  God came that His plan of scattering, His plan of repopulating the earth, would be fulfilled, because God is always in charge.  And unfortunately, before they could spread the truth of God to the entire world, they became infected, these ante-diluvians, by the gross idolatry of the devil. 

So verse 6.  “God said, ‘Behold, they are,’” what?  “They are one people.”  They had one religion.  It was a pagan religion based on ecumenism.  You've heard of the ecumenical movement?  This religion was based on that.  God said, “They are one people.”  Verse 7.  “So God confused their language.”  Now numerous languages still divide the world to this day.  We have thousands and thousands of different languages and dialects.  Ecclesiastes 7, verse 13 says, “Who can straighten what He has made crooked?”  We've never been able to get the world back together with one language.  About the closest that we have today is the computer, and the Internet and these translators, and you can get any language you want. 

The tower was so tall that they had; they could not hear from the top of the tower to the bottom of the tower.  So they had a relay system.  They had men stationed of various levels to relay the messages.  "I need more bricks.  I need more tar."  And on the fateful day when the language was confused people would give orders and people couldn't understand and so they got the wrong materials.  It was all hodge-podge, and soon the one world headquarters ended in strife and bloodshed and separation.  In fact, we are told in Patriarchs and Prophets, “Lightnings from heaven broke off the upper portion of the tower,” [PP120] “and the monument to their pride became the monument to their folly.” [PP123]  It was destroyed by God. 

And finally the people did scatter all over the world.  One group remained there, which eventually would become Babylon and eventually would be ruled by Nebuchadnezzar.  In the great image of Daniel 2, the head is made out of what?  It's made out of gold.  And that depicted what kingdom?  Babylon.  The body is directed by the head.  Which indicates to me that even in the time of the toes of Daniel's image, the head, the Babylonian Nimrod system, would continue to exist and prevail.  When God is omitted from the plans, no matter how lofty those plans might be, the final result will end in failure. 

The Babel on the Tigris failed, and unless we, today, want a Babel on the Potomac, we had better watch the direction that we are leading this world.  It concerns me very much, the things that I see going on out there.  I'm very concerned about that.  We must not drive God out of America.  We must not, as a government, make rules about religion.  America must not make laws that oppose God or enforce worship of God.  Stay out of it. 

Flavius Josephus says that Nimrod gradually changed the government into a tyranny. [Book 1, Chapter IV]  Is that what's going to happen today in America?  The Sumerian philosophy also became the foundation, not just for Babylon and Medo-Persia, but for Greece and for Rome and for the 10 toes.  We still have that system of government today.  Nimrod changed the government into a despotism.  Which left the true God behind and today, America stands at this very junction. 

Revelation 18 predicts that the fall of the last day Babylon will be complete.  And this is, well come over here to Revelation 18 in your Bible.  This is the organization that Satan has always utilized.  From the days of the time of the devil until the time of today and especially in Nimrod's day.  Look at, now, Revelation 18, beginning with verse 1.  “And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven having great power and the earth was lightened with his glory and he cried mightily with a strong voice saying, ‘Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, the hold of every foul spirit, the cage of every unclean and hateful bird.”  Nimrod organized a quasi-political system based on the devil standing in the place of God.  And his city was built to replace God's city of the new Jerusalem.  His power was to replace God's power.  Today our modern world is replacing God's truth of the Bible with the traditions of men.  That is what is going on.  Instead of keeping God's true Sabbath, we are promoting traditions of men.  Some other day of worship.  We're getting away from the Bible and as a group of Seventh-day Adventist Christians, we must hold fast to our beliefs in the truth of the Scripture.  We must not go the way of Nimrod.  We must not join in with the one world government. 

Today our modern world is replacing God's truth.  The world is mixing Eastern mysticism, new age spiritualism, paganism, apostate Protestantism and Catholicism.  Go down to Barnes & Noble.  Go down to Books-A-Million.  And go to the religious section.  What do you see?  You see books on the new age.  You see books, strange books.  Don't read those books.  You see some religious books.  Praise the Lord for that.  You know this deadly religious brew is far removed from God's truth of the Bible.  It is the old Babylon of Nimrod rearing its ugly head again.  The great whore is Satan's false religion, and she has a wine cup of false doctrines.

What should a true Christian to?  What should a true Christian who is in one of these false movements based on the idols and the works and the legalism, what should a person do?  Well, Revelation 18 and verse one tells you what to do.  “I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven having the everlasting gospel to preach unto him that dwell on the earth and to every nation and kindred and tongue and people, saying with a loud voice, ‘Fear God and give glory to Him for the hour of His judgment is come, and worship Him that made the heaven and the earth and the sea and the fountains of waters.’”  What message is that?  That's the first Angel’s message.  Now we don't worship the first angel, but we sure promote the first Angel’s message.  The second one is like unto it.  Verse 8.  “There followed another angel saying, ‘Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.’  And the third angel followed them say with a loud voice, ‘If any man will worship the beast and his image and receive the mark in his forehead or in his hand, the same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God.’”  We don't want that.  We must get our truth from Scripture. 

I want to emphasize verse 12 of Revelation 14.  Look at verse 12.  It says, “Here is the patience of the” who?  “The patience of the saints.”  Now every time the Bible talks about the saints I kind of like to look at that because I want to see what characteristics the saints have so that I can have those same characteristics in my life, maybe, through the grace of God.  And here it says, “Here is the patience of the saints, here are they that keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.”  Why do they keep the commandments of God?  To save themselves?  Absolutely not.  We’re not saved by law-keep...  There's nothing we can do to save ourselves and pull ourselves up into heaven by our bootstraps.  We are saved by the grace of Jesus Christ.  So why do we keep the 10 Commandments?  Because we love Him.  Jesus said, “If you love Me, keep My commandments.” 

Why do you men all do the dishes?  Some of you don't!?  Why should you men do the dishes?  Because you love your wife.  And why do you ladies change the oil in the car?  Well, you may have an agreement, I don't know.  You might have an agreement, and that's okay, but your love ought to show itself in some actions.  Isn't that true?  And that's all that this is doing.  We keep the commandments because we love Him.  Not to save ourselves.

And we have the faith of Jesus.  Friend, do you have the faith of Jesus?  Do you try in your life to do something that will honor the character of Christ in your home and in your life?  Are you saturating yourself with the truth of the Bible?  Are you remaining true to the beliefs of God, or are you following the traditions of men?  I believe in a one world government.  And that government is by Jesus Christ.  He will be the ruler of the world someday, but until then, God wants us not to congregate at all get together.  He wants us to spread out.  I want you to have the faith of Jesus and the faith of Jesus will lead you to love Him and to keep His commandments. 

So you have a choice today.  Christ or the anti-christ.  And I want to invite you to be strong for Jesus.  If you're not a Seventh-day Adventist I invite you to join the Seventh-day Adventist church.  Please do that.  Come and see one of us pastors.  Make your decision.  Be baptized.  Be a part of God's remnant church.  If you're already a member, then stay a member.  Stick with it.  You have a choice.  You can join Nimrod's kingdom, or you can join God's kingdom of righteousness.  And I beg you to make God first in your life, and His kingdom and all these other things will be added unto you.

Let's sing our closing hymn.  Heir Of The Kingdom.  How do we get the kingdom?  We inherit it because we are heirs of the kingdom.  Let's sing this as we close.

Dear Father in heaven.  We thank You that Your kingdom is coming soon.  Your coming is going to be here.  Jesus will be our Savior eternally.  Keep us faithful.  Replace the kingdoms of this world.  Replace whatever is in our hearts.  Replace it with Jesus.  May we go forth from this place determined to honor You, to love You and to introduce others to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Bless our homes, bless our jobs, and bless us in the Christian walk, for we ask it in Jesus’ name.  Amen.

 Hymn of Praise: #25, Praise the Lord, His Glories Show
Scripture: 2 Thessalonians 2:1-4
Hymn of Response: #594, Heir of the Kingdom

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McDonald Road Sermon transcribed by Steve Foster 5/17/09