Nimrod’s Legacy

“Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth.  He was a mighty hunter before the Lord: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the Lord (Genesis 10:8, 9)”.  The year was 2347 B.C. one year after the flood.  That deluge had killed all humans except Noah and his family.  One of the immediate problems after the flood was the increase of animals, some of which preyed upon people, consuming them for food.  Frightened to no end the frantic populace were happy that someone had stepped forward to save them from this destruction: Nimrod.

Anyone who saves another is rewarded with praise, popularity, and great compensation.  Nimrod basked in the shower of affection bestowed upon him and included his mother who likewise became a ‘star’.  They formed a ‘holy alliance’ and called her ‘the queen of heaven’ and her son the ‘sacred child’.

Nimrod was not satisfied with his animal killing and proposed another grand scheme.  He reminded everyone that God had sent the destructive flood but he would build a ‘skyscraper’ that would reach so far up that even God could not send enough water to drown them again.  He started construction and assured himself and his mother of worship!

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A ziggurat is “an ancient Mesopotamian temple tower consisting of a lofty pyramidal structure built in successive stages with outside staircases and a shrine at the top (Dictionary)”.  This ziggurat would be more fabulous than the Sears Tower.  Nimrod’s grand design was rebellion against the Almighty.  It was as if, prodded by his mother, he was shaking his fist in God’s face and declaring, “You will not destroy us again.”

That spirit is called in I John 2:15-17 the ‘world’.  Christians are admonished to “love NOT the world neither the things in it; lust of the flesh, eyes, and pride of life.”  ‘World’ does not mean trees, flowers, soil, and food; rather it is the spirit of rebellion against God.  The Greek word for world is COSMOS.  Rev. Robert Stroup recently spoke at the Lafayette marriage retreat and said: “I will not let cosmos take over my home.”  He explained that cosmos’s spirit is organized against the will of God.   He said that the home should be a safe place where a husband and wife can raise children, create visions for the future, eat, sleep and rest in safety.  However cosmos, through television, radio, and news media, tells people that divorce is good and same sex marriage is alright.  It suggests that whatever makes one feel good is permissible; there are no moral values.  “We must resist cosmos.”

As Brother and Sister Stroup ministered, the Holy Ghost fell and a prayer meeting took over. Husbands and wives submitted to God and revival shook the attendees.

Jeremiah 44:17-23 shows that Nimrod’s legacy did not end after the flood but in 587 B.C. (1760 years later), the ‘sacred child and his mother the Queen of heaven’ were still being worshipped.  Israelites burned incense, offered drink-offerings, and cakes to worship her.  Today, 3773 years later, the populace does the same thing; an organized religion of one billion members continues this idolatrous worship.

We must not yield to Nimrod’s legacy or the spirit of this world.   It is imperative that we embrace the apostles’ doctrine of baptism in Jesus name, the infilling of the Holy Ghost and a life of holiness.  The second coming of the Lord is near.

Rev. Raymond Parnell is Pastor Emeritus of Christ Memorial Temple in Lafayette, Indiana.

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