Before we move on to the next two angels’ messages, we need to take a step back to Genesis. (I know, it’s a long ways back there, but it’s important.) It is important to understand the historical context of Babylon. Who founded? When was it founded? Why does this really matter? How come it gets a bad rap?
Turning back to Genesis 10 and 11, we see the foundations laid for Babel (Babylon). In Genesis 10:8-10, we gain an insight into who started the city: Nimrod, son of Cush, son of Ham, son of … Noah. Woah, we’re quite a ways back in history. In fact, the world is just starting to recover to from the flood. In these passages we are also told that Nimrod was a great hunter before God, and that he was mighty in the earth. He was probably really famous for his skills as a hunter, and renowned wherever he went.
After we learn this little bit about Nimrod, we have to turn to Genesis 11 to learn more about Babel. Here we learn why it was built, and what happened while it was built. The men of the world up to this point spoke the same language, pre- and post-flood. And these men begin to consider the flood, and how they might escape it should God decide to do it again. Even though the Lord has promised not to destroy the whole Earth again by flood.
So the men thought of what they might do for protection. Ah, yes, let’s build us a giant tower, more likely a pyramid, that reaches up into the heavens so the waters cannot reach us again. And this seemed like a good plan, so they found an area that was fairly flat and well suited for the construction: Shinar, or modern day Iraq. One problem though: they’re not trusting God to keep His word.