Many who present themselves as intellectuals are convinced that the ancient narratives of the Bible are nothing more than fictional stories concocted around ancient tribal campfires.
One of these is the story of the Tower of Babel in Genesis 11, said by some to be simply a mythical explanation of how mankind came to speak different languages. The scoffers say that early men could not possibly have built a tower that would reach to heaven … their declared intention as given in Scripture. Today, we have skyscrapers much higher than the original Tower of Babel. Furthermore, those on the upper floors of these modern megaliths do not suddenly experience having their common language compromised. Nor do they acquire an ability to commune with angels.
On the other hand, we believe the story of the ancient Tower is true, and that the men who built it had access to a type of knowledge that has since been lost. In fact, it seems to have been an arcane knowledge that God would not allow unregenerate man to possess.
The purpose of this study is to investigate the Babel debacle in an effort to understand what post-flood society was really doing. God, Himself, took special notice of their wicked work.
As an article of faith, we believe that Moses wrote the five books attributed to him. Though some may question his authorship, we are convinced that he gave an accurate account of those key historical events that occurred during the 2,500 years from the creation of Adam to his day.
Jesus, speaking to the leaders of Israel, dramatically affirmed that Moses wrote the books attributed to his name:
“45 Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuseth you, even Moses, in whom ye trust. 46 For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me” (John 5:45,46).
He wrote the books of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. They systematically delineate God’s Creation, man’s fall and the line of Messianic redemption that would emerge from the family lineage of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
Late in the 15th century B.C., his writings were compiled — probably by the Levites – priestly successors of Aaron. So, about five hundred years before the accession of David and the Kingdom period, these books had been copied into a single scroll, called the “Scroll of Moses.”
It is important to remember that under the leading of God’s Spirit, Moses collated and anthologized a number of histories, going all the way back to the creation of the world, and of Adam. Over the centuries, several Sumerian and Akkadian clay tablets have been found to include striking details of events that were apparently quoted (if inaccurately) from the five books of Moses!
Yet, from among these historical records, the Lord anointed Moses to record a true history of mankind. Doubtless, some details were omitted, and others added, as God gave him insight. One thing is certain: the historical documents the Lord gave to Moses are a pure distillation of human history.
Moreover, their point of view is specifically that of a world seen through God’s eyes. Mankind is critically appraised and found deficient. He is viewed with a brutal frankness that could never have come from a human oligarchy, which always tends to flatter itself.
One has only to look through the bulk of the ancient cuneiform writings of Sumer to see humanity in full self-adulation. At the same time, these early post-Flood societies are lost in the deep convolutions of idolatry.
LONGING FOR AN “ANCIENT WISDOM”
In secular accounts of man’s early history, there is always the distinct overtone of loss and separation. That is, early man viewed himself as having been cut off from a source of wisdom and power that he had once obtained from “the gods.”
In ancient Sumer (the Biblical Shinar, later to be known as Babylon), ancient scribes wrote fantastic accounts of gods who descended in their flying machines and taught men exotic skills and philosophies. Such trysts with the gods led to innumerable idolatries, such as the worship of Ishtar and Tammuz, Baal and Oannes, the talking fish-god who came forth from the great river to teach men the lost arts. He was said to emerge periodically, to speak his wise words to the leaders of mankind.
In one way or another, the men of this period were continually trying to reunite with the gods who had formerly been so close to them. Approximately fourteen to twenty centuries later, the Persians, Greeks and Romans launched their own versions of these fantastic histories. Their mythologies are full of stories about how the gods once walked among men, giving them the great knowledge of the gods that had since been lost. These were the so-called “Arcadian Myths.” They tell of a time when the gods capriciously appeared to bless or curse humanity. On the whole, however, this period was characterized by great tranquility and perfection, when man wanted for nothing, and was on the verge of achieving godhood, himself.
Of course, Genesis 6 gives God’s view of this era, when fallen angels corrupted mankind to the point that its destruction was the only alternative. Still, men longed (and still do) for a repetition of this condition. They believe it is their only salvation. In this generation, the flying gods of old have been renamed: They are the “ancient astronauts.” Once again, the old myths of the gods who created man are rising in the public consciousness.
Homer called one narrative of this ancient culture, “Atlantis,” recounting the myth of its destruction by a great flood. And though his account is garbled and mixed with fable, it surely recalls the event known in the Bible as the Great Flood of Noah.
Through the period of the Greeks and Romans — and all the way to the present — man has sought through his own efforts to regain this deeply buried pool of lost knowledge. He is, in short, trying to claw his way back up to the position that was lost when Adam sinned and became separated from God. And the condition prevailed after that, when the offspring of Cain became associated in a fast-and-loose illicit relationship with fallen angels.
Man still operates with a gnawing sense of loss. Even in the early twenty-first century, the new stratagems of science are considered to be humanity’s access to glorification … to self-redemption. Human genetic research, we are told, is on the verge of being able to create a “superman.” Trans-humanism is an increasing subject in scientific dialogue. Quantum physics is said to be near the point of allowing man to penetrate the dimensional barrier that prevents him from scaling the heights to the spirit world, and an empowered life of perfection and awareness.
The energies of the human psyche are now probing the barriers of time and space. What was once called “clairvoyance,” is now called “remote viewing,” a technique employed by our own intelligence community to mentally spy on military and industrial enemies. It is said by some that they are able to peer into the future!
With his particle accelerators, proton emission tomography scanners, with gas chromatographs and radiation sensors, man is once again building a virtual “tower” that will reach the heavens. Some speak of the gigantic particle accelerator in Switzerland – CERN – as an effort to open a “portal” into another dimension.
In today’s new physics, even the mathematical mumblings and meditations of theoreticians sound like the metaphysics of Zen Buddhism. The line between pure science and Eastern religion is being blurred.
Higher and higher is his goal; man wants to reach his ancient and arcane treasure house. He deeply desires to break through the barriers that are holding him back. As we shall see, his quest is not new; it is only a repetition of an ancient mystery religion.
THE REASON FOR THE FLOOD
Moses didn’t write simply to record history. There is reason and purpose behind every syllable — indeed, every letter — of his five books. The style is remarkably straightforward. To the seeker of God’s wisdom, it progressively opens layer after layer of meaning. Bit by bit, as man is capable of understanding, the books are opened and one discovers that … voilà! … they perfectly expound God’s plan for man.
They do so in a compact manner that humans, writing on their own behalf, never seem to master. For example, the reason for the Great Flood of Noah is given in only four verses:
“5 And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6 And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. 7 And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them. 8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD” (Genesis 6:5-8).
Without entering into the debate about the deeper theological meaning of “repented,” it is clear from this statement that God decided to destroy all but a tiny remnant of humanity.
This was radical action, indeed! And there is no need to ask why such an extreme step had to be taken. The “gods” of paganism not only walked among men, but were apparently free to teach their heresies, bestow mystical powers, and allow themselves to be worshipped.
“4 There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown” (Genesis 6:4).
The “giants” were the Nephilim, or “fallen ones.” They were the “angels” of Jude 6, who “… kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation….” Their wickedness was of such extreme depth that they are locked away for a special judgment at the throne of God.
They usurped the position reserved for God, alone. Posing as man’s creators and sustainers, they encouraged the worship of those whom they had duped. Ultimately, they corrupted the human ancestral lineage of man. Only Noah and his family retained their genetic purity.
In the ancient Book of Enoch, these fallen angels are said to have lusted after the beautiful daughters of men. Furthermore, they were well aware that they were sinning and agreed to commit their wicked acts as a group in order to evade possible punishment.
They taught the women “charms and enchantments, and the cutting of roots, and made them acquainted with plants.”
One, named Azazel, “taught men to make swords and knives and shields and breastplates and made known to them the metals of the earth and the art of working them, and bracelets and ornaments and the use of antimony and the beautifying of the eyelids and all kinds of costly stones and all coloring tinctures.”
Another, named Semjaza, “taught enchantments.” Still another, called Baraqijal, “taught astrology.” Kokabel taught “the constellations;” Araqiel, “the signs of the earth;” Shamsiel, “the signs of the sun;” and Sariel, “the signs of the moon.”
Thus, were antediluvian men said to have received the knowledge of the biological and physical sciences, chemistry and the illegal metaphysical arts. No doubt, God had already given Adam and his lineage considerable knowledge. It was wisdom of the kind that would glorify Him.
But under the reign of fallen angels, forbidden knowledge entered the picture. Corrupt priesthoods flourished and illicit discernment grew, even as mankind plunged ahead on its suicidal course.
Following the Great Flood of Noah, mankind was given a restored covenant. Unfortunately, Noah’s offspring were not free from the temptations that had wiped out the men of their former civilization.
The ground had hardly dried when the sin of Ham once again introduced a dark side into the picture of human development. As Noah and his sons descended to the Mesopotamian plain, evil crept into their post-Flood society like leavening through a loaf of rising bread.
Again they longed for the support of the heavenly benefactors who had revealed arcane wisdom before the worldwide deluge. Having tasted of the power that accompanied the fallen angels, they began to glorify the experience. Remember, Genesis 6:4 refers to the days before the Flood, and says that the same situation also occurred “after that”:
“There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that …” (Genesis 6:4).
THE WAY UP FROM DOWN
Following the Flood, the sons of Shem, Ham and Japheth would logically have busied themselves with restoring normal life. They would have worked to set up enclaves and outposts across the landscape. Working in barren terrain, they literally had to reinvent their societies and cultures.
The lineage of Shem eventually populated the Middle East and Far East.
The descendants of Ham and his son, Canaan, produced the ancient civilizations between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers … the general area of the biblical land called Shinar. Later, they were to travel south and westward into Africa.
Japheth was the progenitor of the Eurasian and Greco-Roman Gentiles.
But before they became established in these far-flung locations, they were apparently drawn together in an instinctive drive for self-preservation.
The Bible gives a brief statement about the conditions of this period in two short sentences:
“1 And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech. 2 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” (Genesis 11:1,2).
The fact that these Flood survivors are said to have “journeyed from the east,” tells us that they must have first come down from the mountains of Ararat toward the southeast. There, in the region south of the Caspian Sea, they established their initial encampment.
This was the region of the ancient Median Kingdom (later to become the land of Medo-Persia), where they congregated to assess their lot.
Apparently, after two or three generations, they began to migrate westward to the fertile and pleasant lowlands of Mesopotamia. Perhaps led by a few scouts, they went there to establish themselves.
One can only attempt to understand their plight. These three men, sons of Noah, could well remember the unimaginably blissful environment that characterized the pre-Flood world. The weather and growing conditions had once been perfect. Nutrition and atmospheric conditions afforded agricultural success, peace and longevity that were totally absent in this post-Flood world.
Now, they coped with a thin atmosphere and fickle weather. Dealing with seasonal changes in a scratch-and-grovel agriculture, these men must have doubted their very survival. They were searching for something better in a broken world.
Speaking a unified language, they assessed their situation, then migrated westward to the land of Shinar, which would later be known as the land of Babylon. Here, they consolidated under the leadership of Nimrod:
“8 And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth. 9 He was a mighty hunter before the LORD: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the LORD. 10 And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar” (Genesis 10:8-10).
Alexander Hislop, quoting various historical authorities, identifies a certain “Bel,” founder of Babylon as none other than Cush. His son, Ninus, known in the text of the Bible as Nimrod, was the first ruler of Babylon. He was said to be a giant of a man, who claimed some connection with the power of giants (Nephilim) who had corrupted mankind before the Flood. His promise was the restoration of the world’s former greatness. That which the Lord saw as corruption in Genesis 6, was viewed by Nimrod and his followers as greatness.
Nimrod was a rebel who allowed himself to be worshipped as a god. After the Flood, his rebellion became the foundation of mankind’s greatest religious apostasy. Down through the generations, this system of false worship became known simply as the “Babylonian Mystery Religion.”
Its basis is quite clear. It attempts to channel the power of the ancient gods through the figure of one, powerful man. Nimrod became that god, later worshipped as the mythical Tammuz, whose wife, Semiramis, became the Goddess/Mother of humanity. She is the model for all the ancient fertility goddesses — Ishtar, Astarte, Ashtoreth, Artemis, Isis and Diana.
With exhaustive scholarship, Hislop documents these goddesses as so-called “tower goddesses.” Their ancient effigies wear a distinctive towered headdress, which conjure up the great power of the ancient tower-builders.
Under the leadership of Nimrod, the early post-Flood societies were obviously attempting to reunite with the fallen spirit-beings, who were within their recent historical memory.
The unbearable punishment of living in a world of chaos, disease, unpredictable weather and destructive earthquakes drove them to seek an accursed liaison with the very spirit-beings who had corrupted their peers in the days before the Flood.
“3 And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them thoroughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for mortar. 4 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” (Genesis 11:3,4).
Since Moses recorded this event in the context immediately following the post-Flood genealogies of Shem, Ham and Japheth, it must be one of the major events of human history.
From our perspective in the twentieth century, we look back at various ancient cultures and see these “towers” all over the world. Virtually every major culture on Earth involved itself in some form of tower building. Many ancient civilizations from China to the pre-Columbian territories of Central and South America built the monuments that we call pyramids. Silbury Hill in England is a good example. This would seem to make tower-building a common phenomenon. What, then, makes the Tower of Babel so special?
There is the common thought that this Tower was merely a monument to pride. That is, it held no real mystical power, but was simply a device to focus the superstitions of the crowd upon a common goal.
The Bible, itself, dispels this notion. It provides the Lord’s own view of the developing situation. As He observes the activities of the tower builders, we read this profound statement:
“5 And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded. 6 And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. 7 Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech” (Genesis 11:5-7).
Certainly, God did not view their activities as simply a work of superstitious delusion. Rather, His statement reveals a concern that they were on the verge of achieving their primary goal — not just to build a tower, but to break through a barrier to the realm of heaven, itself. They were apparently about to realize some success in penetrating the dimensional veil that separates some aspect of heaven from the earth!
This “tower” would enable men to realize their darkest imaginings. And what had they imagined to do? Simply to renew their contact with the “sons of God,” as their predecessors had done before the Flood.
This is the only apparent way to explain the observations of the Lord as He watched their work. The Flood had presented mankind with a crushing defeat. Now they were simply trying to regain their lost wisdom and power. They had been knocked down; now they were trying to get back up. And they were breaking the laws of heaven and Earth to do it.
THE ANCIENT WISDOM
But there was something more. The actions of the tower builders reflected the misdeeds of men before the Flood. Jewish history recalls that two “towers” were built before the Flood. Doubtless, the busy tower-builders on the plain of Shinar remembered that fact. They knew that — properly executed — a tower of certain specifications could penetrate the dimensional barrier and capture the powers of the very heavens, themselves.
Josephus writes about the pre-Flood sons of Seth. Like their father, they were known for their virtue. They also had enough foresight to know that the world would one day be judged. The sons of Seth were possessors of great knowledge, which they wished to pass on to those who would survive the destruction of the world.
Of them, Josephus writes, “They also were the inventors of that peculiar sort of wisdom which is concerned with the heavenly bodies, and their order. And that their inventions might not be lost before they were sufficiently known, upon Adam’s prediction that the world was to be destroyed at one time by the force of fire, and at another time by the violence and quantity of water, they made two pillars; the one of brick, the other of stone: they inscribed their discoveries on them both, that in case the pillar of brick should be destroyed by the flood, the pillar of stone might remain, and exhibit those discoveries to mankind; and also inform them that there was another pillar of brick erected by them. Now this remains in the land of Siriad to this day.”
Josephus wrote his histories at the same time the Apostles were alive and building the early Church. He specifically names the children of Seth, son of Adam, as the keepers of mathematical and astronomical knowledge. Apparently, this was common knowledge among the Jews.
This being the case, it is obvious that this information was handed down from the time of the earliest post-Flood cultures in the land of Shinar. Realizing that their pre-Flood predecessors had built the two towers, they now sought to duplicate this feat. They knew it had been done before the Flood in two different places. Now, possibly on the very spot that the first brick tower had been built, they were on the verge of doing it again.
“So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.
“Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth” (Genesis 11:8,9).
With this terse statement, the incident of the Tower is brought to a close. This narrative is significantly sandwiched between the genealogy of Noah’s son and the genealogy of Abraham. When the evil work of Nimrod’s followers is thwarted in linguistic confusion, God’s redemptive work upon the human landscape immediately begins in earnest. The Lord appears to Abram and initiates the Covenant of Promise.
THE PUSH TOWARD THE HEAVENS
All this happened about four thousand years ago. During these last four millennia, mankind has marched through a succession of despotic Gentile rulerships. The redemptive lineage of Abraham included the Law of Moses, the establishment and disintegration of the Davidic Kingdom, the northern and southern captivities of Israel and Judah, the coming of Christ, the Diaspora and the Church Age. All the while, corrupt priesthoods have flourished, carrying with them the shadow of Nimrod and his ancient mysteries. Their inner secrets have been known by various names, including alchemy, magic, sorcery, conjuring, soothsaying and so forth.
The innermost order of magician-priests has quietly gone about the consolidation of its powers, waiting for the prophesied day when it would rise once again. This movement will result in the reign of the Antichrist.
Though deeply hidden, the ancient dream of mystical power has retained its identity and its goal of seeking to bring the ancient powers of heaven to mankind. It has subverted many monetary, political and religious movements, including some so-called “Christian” denominations. Arcane and occultist priestly orders have lurked in the shadows of the halls of power.
In the twentieth century, the cults of theosophy and mind-science have progressively emerged to join with Eastern religions. The leaders of Eastern mysticism have the same goals, namely, that of seeking the “wisdom of the ancients.”
Mankind without Christ is drawn to the lure of power like the moth to the flame. But, as witnessed by the incident of Genesis 11, the Lord knows that man in his present degenerate condition would only use that power to destroy himself.
The sons of Seth had access to a pool of knowledge that has been lost. But we must remember that according to Josephus, one of their two “pillars” or towers survived the Flood. It exists to this day in Egypt as a repository of ancient knowledge.
Only in the comparatively recent past has a technology existed that could measure the Great Pyramid on the same scale of accuracy as its original builders.
With optical accuracy, this Pyramid lays out longitude, latitude, solar and sidereal time, the sun-earth distance, the relationship between Earth’s equator and its poles and many other units of measurement too numerous to mention. Furthermore, it was erected in some way that defies modern technology. Engineers have stated that it could not be built today, even with our heavy lifting equipment.
Within the last half-century, some of its proponents say that its very shape in some way captures and redistributes energy on a level that defies understanding. So-called “pyramid power” has been claimed to do everything from preserving food to sharpening blades, if they are left overnight in a pyramid-shaped enclosure.
In this ancient “tower,” one finds that the sciences of astronomy, geography and physics merge with the occult metaphysics that transcend time, space, matter, energy and motion.
In the halls of modern science, it is a curious truth that one finds the same merger going on. It is as though mankind has gone full circle, with modern science painstakingly having arrived at long-forgotten truths.
THE DAYS OF NOAH
The Stone Edition of The Chumash — the annotated Books of Moses — makes the following comment about the circumstances surrounding the Tower of Babel narrative:
“The year of the … narrative is 1996 from Creation, 340 years after the Flood. Noah and his children were still alive at the time, and Abraham 48 years old, had already recognized his Creator. All the national families were concentrated in present day Iraq [kcc, Babel] and they all spoke one language, the Holy Tongue, the language with which the world was created.
“All the ingredients for greatness were there: The nations were united, they were in a central location, they spoke the Holy Tongue, and — if they desired guidance in achieving holiness — they had Noah, Shem, and Abraham among them.”
Sadly, these men chose to follow Nimrod in religious rebellion and turn themselves against the very God of Heaven, Himself. Noah was alive as the Tower of Babel was being built! How sad he must have been to see men once again turning to the same false worship that had produced such corruption before the Flood.
This thought causes us to turn once again to the amazing prophetic statement made by Jesus, as He taught before the Pharisees about His Second Coming. In Luke 17:30, He says, “Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.”
This declaration is preceded by a reference to Noah, the man who bridged the gap between the old world and the new:
“26 And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. 27 They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all” (Luke 17:26,27).
This prophetic truth is repeated in Matthew’s twenty-fourth chapter, called the “Olivet Discourse.” In both cases, it predicts the corrupted spiritual condition of mankind at Christ’s Second Coming.
At this point, we hardly need point out that the “days of Noah” were characterized by religious rebellion. On the other side of the Flood, the rebellion came as a result of dark and iniquitous interaction between fallen angels and the daughters of men. Josephus says that their union produced the Grecian demigods, called “Titans.” Some men thought of their presence as a blessing. God called it a curse.
On this side of the Flood, Noah witnessed the attempt to renew that illicit relationship. His days didn’t end with the waters that covered the earth. He lived to see the rebellion of Nimrod.
THE OLD GODS MEET THE NEW PHYSICS
And so it is today. Man has turned against God in favor of religious rebellion. It is built upon the theory of evolution, which worships the created world instead of the One Who created it.
Today, the laboratories of intelligentsia are deeply preoccupied with scaling the dimensional wall, once again. They are on the verge of penetrating the veil that lies between the earth and the invisible heavens.
There is now a “science” that envisions the day when it can create worlds of its own. In this century, Newtonian physics was overturned by Albert Einstein, whose desire to learn the secrets of light led him into a quest to understand the nature of matter and the dimensions.
In 1925, physicists like Werner Heisenberg, Erwin Schrodinger and others, questioned the very nature of matter and the material universe. Their new pursuit, dubbed quantum mechanics, was a comprehensive system that chipped away at the secrets of the atom.
The subatomic world, they discovered, is bizarre, indeed. In this world, forces are expressed as tiny packages of energy, called quanta. These quanta, depending upon their descriptions, create different forces.
Their velocity and position determine the exact nature of the force. However, Heisenberg mathematically proved that one could never know both the velocity and position of an energy packet at the same time. This “uncertainty principle,” as it was called, means that the description of matter and energy must be expressed as a probability!
Simple creation along an understandable timeline is done away with in the stroke of a mathematical pen. Certainty gives way to probability along an unlimited series of timelines.
Used in conjunction with these theories, “atom smashers” systematically confirmed the existence of tiny particles. Among many others, they were dubbed “electrons,” “neutrinos,” “muons,” “quarks,” and so on.
But that was only the beginning. Quantum mechanics also told of a series of multiple universes, lying just beyond the veil of human vision. Theoretically, there are at least ten of them, just waiting to be reached by men with the right combination of skill and the ability to harness the huge amount of energy necessary for the climb.
The repercussions of this theory have already revolutionized our technology. But surprisingly, they have also revolutionized our view of the very world in which we live. Now, science sees a multi-dimensional universe. Most of it is beyond our vision. But if they have their way, it won’t be for long.
The mathematician, Dr. Michio Kaku, has written a book called, Hyperspace — A Scientific Odyssey Through Parallel Universes, Time Warps and the 10th Dimension. As the title suggests, the current view of reality is now seen by science as only a thin illusion that masks an upside-down and backward world in which the dimensional veil can be penetrated.
The intricacies of these new theories have caused men to question Creation, itself. The traditional ideas of a “prime mover” and “first cause,” are supposedly outmoded by the view of a multi-tiered universe where probability reigns, and where the last may paradoxically come before the first.
Concerning the effect of quantum mechanics, he writes, “Similarly, quantum theory gave birth to the science of subatomic particles and helped fuel the current revolution in electronics. The transistor — the linchpin of modern society — is a purely quantum-mechanical device. Equally profound was the impact that the Heisenberg ‘Uncertainty Principle’ has had on the debate over free will and determinism, affecting religious dogma on the role of sin and redemption for the Church. Both the Catholic Church and the Presbyterian Church, with a large ideological stake in the outcome of this controversy over predestination, have been affected by this debate over quantum mechanics. Although the implications of the ten-dimensional theory are still unclear, we ultimately expect that the revolution now germinating in the world of physics will have a similar far-reaching impact once the theory becomes accessible to the average person.”
Because the new science sees the world as a series of probabilities and paradoxes, Kaku says that some see a “new theology based upon mathematics.” In it, “The faith in an all-powerful God is now replaced by faith in quantum theory and general relativity.” To these new mathematicians, the universe is without cause, endlessly cycling like a loop of movie film playing over and over again. One can almost feel the hopelessness, which results from open-ended discoveries like these. On the one hand, they provide high-tech advancements that mark our modern society. However, on the other hand, they create a senseless and causeless universe, in which nothing conforms to common sense. Their remedy is to persevere, as if by climbing higher on the theoretical ladder, they will be able to see something that gives them hope.
In this dark picture lies a real truth: There is, indeed, a multiplicity of dimensions, but only the Lord can make sense of them. The Apostle Paul wrote that our real adversaries are invisible, though quite real.
They are the “principalities … powers, … rulers of darkness of this world,” mentioned in Ephesians 6:12. They are as real as you or me, but concealed beyond a time/space veil.
In the biblical sense, the transition through this dimensional wall is quite real. For example, when Stephen preached to a synagogue, which opposed him, he so enraged the crowd, that they could not restrain themselves. They rushed upon him, dragged him outside the gate of the city and stoned him to death. As Stephen stood before his enemies, he suddenly revealed a startling truth about the nearness of the Kingdom of Heaven:
“54 When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth. 55 But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up steadfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God, 56 And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God” (Acts 7:54-56).
For Stephen, heaven was not a faraway place. He was able to see — as through a window — a view of heaven and the throne of God. Was this just a “vision,” in the classic sense? Was it a “real” view, or an “imagined” view? Since he was about to go there, it would seem that like so many dying people, the restriction upon his vision was lifted, and he was able to see heaven. Distance was not the issue. Rather, it was a question of clarity. Heaven was nearby, as we gauge distance.
There is another case in which the dimensional veil is temporarily lifted. It involves the story in which the king of Syria laid siege to Israel. In this event, Elisha and his servant found themselves surrounded by an enormous armed cavalry:
“15 And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do? 16 And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them. 17 And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha” (II Kings 6:15-17).
Here, Elisha’s servant had his eyes opened in a magnificent way. Suddenly — through the power of the Lord — he was able to see through some sort of dimensional barrier. There, he saw an angelic host surrounding them. This was no vision in the classic sense. Rather, it was the lifting of a dimensional veil that prevents human eyes from seeing the other side.
It is this veil that men of science wish to penetrate today. If it is done in the power of the Lord, all is well. God has often allowed His prophets and servants to see past the barrier of time and space. However, if it is done in cooperation with dark forces, as in the days of Noah, it is unlawful and will result in corruption and idolatry, at the very least. Today, theoreticians are attempting to scale the dimensional wall that separates them from the other side. There, they believe they will find the power to elevate themselves to a new level of civilization. But as we have already seen, what they will find there will destroy them, just as it did before.
DARK FORCES FROM THE OTHER SIDE
But there is another side to this story. As we have seen in other studies, the fallen angels and their demonic cohorts are making their own efforts to penetrate the veil that separates this world from the unseen spirit world.
Throughout the history of mankind, there are records of demonic appearances. Sometimes they appear as shadowy figures. At other times, they arrive in bizarre flying ships. The ancients called them “flying shields,” or “flying globes.” Sometimes, they were referred to as “fiery chariots,” or other language that would have personal meaning to the culture of the day. A hundred years ago, they appeared as “airships,” evocative of early aerial experiments of the day. In the late forties, they began to be seen in their modern form, the infamous “flying saucers.” Their forms can vary. Sometimes, they are cigar-shaped or triangular; sometimes, they appear as globes or clusters of light. But thousands of observers agree on one fact: these “machines” are capable of appearing and disappearing in the twinkling of an eye. Sometimes, they fade gradually, then fade back in again in another location.
In a few words, they appear to have mastered interdimensional travel. This is exactly what today’s scientists are attempting, and may already have accomplished. In other words, the illegal concourse between the heavenly dimension and this earthly world is being scaled by evil forces from both sides. The evil men of this world are making it a top priority to crack the hyperdimensional code. They characterize this effort as a matter of summoning up enough energy to break through to the other side.
However, there is much evidence in the form of written records that since the infamous “Roswell Incident” of July 1947, top government officials have been in contact with so-called “extraterrestrials.” Curiously, although they are called extraterrestrials, they exhibit the same characteristics as the demons of ancient lore.
The Greeks, who called them “daimonia,” from which we get our term, “demon,” regarded them as an immaterial race of people who lived just beyond the reach of man’s vision. However, upon occasion they could make themselves palpable, walking among men until they had completed their business. They were regarded as friends, who could actually bring blessings to mankind.
The Bible names them as the degenerate offspring of some ancient iniquity. They are loyal to their dark masters, the “principalities,” and the “powers” that lay beyond the veil. Traffic with them is strictly forbidden, as given in Deuteronomy 18:9-12, in which the Lord instructed the Israelites to avoid any contact with those dark forces that lay beyond the dimensional barrier:
“9 When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations. 10 There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, 11 Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. 12 For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee” (De. 18:9-12).
This restriction clearly states that dealings with powers beyond the pale are strictly forbidden. This restriction is still in force. But modern science, under the auspices of certain political forces and the military, are deeply engaged in forging lines of communication in this forbidden area.
Their dealings with “extraterrestrials” (the “X-men”) may well be better characterized as dealing with “ultraterrestrials.” Rather than coming from some other place in the galaxy, they come from right here, on another dimensional plane.
Both the Old Testament prophets and the New Testament Apostles believed in spirit beings, both good and evil. The power of Heaven must be approached carefully: through the Lord Jesus Christ, or not at all.
Jesus said that in the days of His Coming to judge the world, it would be as in the days of Noah. And so it is. If one has eyes to see it, this metaphoric “Tower” is being built again, with all possible haste.