*Updated May 1, 2019
I just finished one of the strangest, most fascinating, and little discussed passages in all the Bible. These are the chapters dealing with the post-flood descendants from Noah. In these verses, we see the foundations of the three main ethnicities (not races), the origins of the major religions, and the Noahic covenant.
Consider that only eight people survived the flood. How, then, so we have so many vast ethnic differences among us? When did that happen? The lines of ethnicity can be traced to Genesis 9.
Japheth, Shem, and Ham were the sons of Noah. They knew the world prior to the flood, and they were on the ark with Noah and their wives. When Noah got drunk, Ham saw him naked and did nothing to help. In fact, it is implied that there may have been an act of sodomy involved (Noah “knew what is younger son had DONE unto him” and would explain the harsh curse put on Ham’s descendants – though the act of seeing Noah naked in those days might have been enough to warrant the curse). Noah then declares some interesting things about his sons.
FIRST, he cursed the children of Ham, specifically Canaan. Ham’s offspring would become Africans (“Ham” means “burned” or “black” in Hebrew), many of whom would eventually become Muslims. He called them “servants of servants” which, we know now, would be true of African slaves even thousands of years later. Ham’s children were Mizraim (Egypt), Phut (Libya), Canaan (Canaan), and Cush (Ethopia).
*Canaan was a land that sat on the Mediterranean Sea that is now a part of Israel – arguably the most fought over piece of land we know as the Gaza Strip.
If we understand that Ham was given regions in northern Africa, the expansion of his people to the Middle East means that they are “out of bounds” and have encroached on territory that was not designed for them. Is it possible that this provides additional evidence why Africa and the Middle East are, historically, the most consistently war torn regions in the world?
Interesting here is that of these children, Cush gets a special shout out. When it lists the sons of Cush, only one is given any detail at all; Nimrod. There must be something special about him. Nimrod is described as “a mighty one in the Earth” and “the mighty hunter before the LORD.”
Recall that in Genesis 6, the offspring of the fallen angels were called “mighty men” and “men of renown.”
Furthermore, the kingdom of Nimrod began in Mesopotamia and included Babel (tower of Babel) and Babylon (one of the most infamous cities in the Bible that will become relevant again in the “end times”). Before the Bible gets to the descendants of Japheth and Shem, it discusses what happened in Babel. The one language and one speech (likely Hebrew) that was shared by all those on the Earth at the time was divided and the people who were located primarily in these regions were then scattered across the continents and given different languages to they could no longer communicate easily.
Digging deeper, thanks to Alexander Hislop’s work, I believe that the gods of Babylon, Rome, Greece, Norse, Egyptian, Hindu, South America, and Asia were based on Nimrod. There is no explanation for the earliest Christian missionaries who crossed the ocean and reached South America for the first time to find similar gods with similar rites and rituals to what they knew from Greece and Rome unless there was a singular genesis for their worship.
This genesis (no pun intended) was most likely Nimrod aka Osiris and Horus (Egypt), Bacchus, Dionysus, Phoroneus, Atlas, and Adonis (Greek), Janus, Kronos, Saturn, Cupid, and Neptune (Rome), Apollo (Greece and Rome), Zoroaster (Persia), Ba’al (Phonoecia), Moloch (Canaan), Tammuz and Ninus (Assyria), Brahm, Vishnu, Mithras, and Krishna (India), Alamahozin (Babylon), Zernebogus (Anglo-Saxon), Oro (Polynesia), Buddh (China), Balder and Thor (Norse), and Teotl (South America).
Many of these gods share stories of fighting serpents (Genesis 3:15), being a divine father reborn as their own son (like Christ), making human women revered because of giving birth to a deity (Mary, Semiramis, Isis), and many other shared traditions that crossed oceans at the displacement of Babel.
The SECOND of Noah’s charges was “blessed by the LORD God of Shem.” Shem is the patriarch of the Jewish, Arab, and Asian ethnicities. It is Shem’s line that produced Abraham, Jacob (Israel), David, and Jesus Christ. The assertion that Canaan would be a servant to Shem’s sons puts this line at the top of the hierarchy. One day, Allah will bow to God Almighty, and the animosity between the Muslims and Jews can be traced to this passage, though it will appear again in the tensions between Isaac and Ishmael as well as Jacob and Esau.
The THIRD son, Japheth was the progenitor of the Europeans. He said that Japheth’s line would be “enlarged” and would “dwell in the tents of Shem.” There have been no historical colonialists that can rival the Europeans, whether Spain, England, Rome, or Greece, you would be hard pressed to find any land that has not been touched by European expansion. The United States, as an English colony, would enlarge their global reach even more. The closest thing we have to a “global language” is English.
Canaan was once again the “servant” of Japheth. The largest owners of African slaves have been European. One only needs to look at global demographics to see that the poorest nations with the worst conditions in the entire world can be found in Hamitic (African) regions.
It seems that the predictions for the sons of Noah are actually very well represented 4500 or so years later. It seems, as it typically the case, The Bible provides sufficient explanations for the way the world works right now.