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The Truth Shall Make You Free



CHAPTER XII

ENEMIES OF FREEDOM

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BY THE Flood Jehovah God made a great name for himself in the minds of the eight survivors. Through them he gave a righteous start again to the human family, though not a perfect start. All human creatures then worshiped Jehovah, who had so marvelously delivered them from the baptism of destruction which came upon the ungodly demon-worshipers in the Flood. All human creatures were now under the terms of the everlasting covenant of the sacredness of life, both human and beast. All wanton slaughter of man or beast and the needless spilling of blood was forbidden and subject to God's vengeance by his executioner in his due time. Wicked enemies of freedom had been cleared out of the earth.

Such new conditions did not mean that the test of man's integrity toward God was at an end. Jehovah still permitted the Old Serpent, Satan, the Devil, to remain, together with his host of demons, and the craving of Satan and his demons to be worshiped by men on earth still rankled in their hearts. They had no feeling of tolerance for the pure and undefiled worship of the true God, Jehovah Most High, who had delivered such a smacking rebuke and de-

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feat to them by the Flood. Being still alive and active, Satan and his demons, his "seed", knew that the Seed of God's "woman" who will dash in the head of the Serpent had not yet been produced and gone into action against them. They were on the watch for him, to destroy him on sight, if possible. They were determined to corrupt and overthrow the worship of Jehovah on earth and to make men forget the name which Jehovah had made for himself in the Deluge. This would bring great reproach upon God's name and would turn men away from Him and to the Devil as supreme one. The test of man's integrity was bound to go on. It did.

"And the sons of Noah, that went forth of the ark, were Shem, and Ham, and Japheth: and Ham is the father of Canaan. These are the three sons of Noah: and of them was the whole earth overspread." (Genesis 9:18,19) No more sons being born to Noah, the human family which descended from him became divided into three great branches, the Semitic, the Hamitic, and the Japhetic. They were and are all of one blood, and the everlasting covenant concerning blood forbids and condemns the wanton extermination of one branch of the race by any family of the other branches, as when anti-Semitic Nazis try to blot out the Semite Jews. It is plainly declared, at Acts 17:26, 27, that God "hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; that they should

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seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us."

Only by acting under the direct appointment of Jehovah God to be his instrument to destroy the wicked may anyone execute the wicked. An instance of this was when Jehovah brought the Israelites into the land he had promised their forefathers. Then God commanded them to destroy the demon-worshiping inhabitants and wipe out their religion. Almighty God, by miracles, aided the Israelites to carry out the execution of such devil-worshipers.

Noah lived 350 years after the Flood began and witnessed the typical fulfillment of the divine mandate. About a year after the mandate was issued Noah's son Shem became the father of a son whom he called Arphaxad or Arpachshad. (Genesis 10: 22; 11:10, A.R.V.) The name is understood to mean "land of the Chasdim or Chaldeans", that is, "land of the conquerors or encroachers." Hence it seems to apply to the work of Shem and his brothers in conquering the land by cultivation, continually encroaching upon the uncultivated parts. Shem's son Arphaxad would continue such conquest of the soil. He was the cousin of Canaan, the son of Ham. Noah himself set the example by turning to farming. He built no cities, as Cain, who lost freedom from fear, had done.

Noah planted a vineyard, and was one day overcome by the wine therefrom. He lay uncovered in his tent. The Devil was watching for a

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chance to bring reproach upon this faithful witness of Jehovah and to cause the impression that Noah was a habitual victim of wine. "And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without." (Genesis 9: 20-22) Ham neglected to cover over his father's exposed condition until he should recover. Instead, Ham yielded himself as an instrument of the Old Serpent who reproached Jehovah and his servants, and he noised his father's state abroad to Shem and Japheth. These two, however, did not seize the occasion to humble and reproach Jehovah's prophet and servant, this "preacher of righteousness". They respected him whom the Lord had honored for his faithful course. They did not judge the Lord's servant and join in misrepresenting and reproaching him. They feared Jehovah, the God whose obedient servant their father was. "And Shem and Japheth took a garment, and laid it upon both their shoulders, and went backward, and covered the" nakedness of their father; and their faces were backward, and they saw not their father's nakedness." (Genesis 9: 23) In their eyes their father bore no shame.

Whose course was the right one in Jehovah's eyes now became apparent. Noah, awaking from the deep sleep induced by the wine, learned what had occurred and how Ham had shown neglect and shamelessness and had brought reproach upon Jehovah's servant. Then the spirit of inspiration from God came upon Noah and

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he uttered prophetic words: "Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren." Ham, who had failed of his duty toward God, was neglected and passed by, and the curse descended upon Canaan, who is listed as the fourth son of Ham. Canaan's descendants, the Canaanites, came under this curse. In course of time they felt it when God rained down fire and brimstone upon Sodom and Gomorrah, and also when he brought the Israelites into Canaan land and commanded them to destroy the Canaanite inhabitants and their religion. The Ethiopians or Cushites are not Canaanites, but are offspring of Cush, the first listed son of Ham. There is no basis for the religious claim that the native inhabitants of Africa became black-skinned because of God's curse pronounced upon Canaan by Noah.

Then Noah pronounced God's blessing upon his two faithful sons; "and he said, Blessed be Jehovah, the God of Shem; and let Canaan be his servant. God enlarge Japheth, and let him dwell in the tents of Shem; and let Canaan be his servant." (Genesis 9:26,27, A.R.V.) The Israelites and their forefathers to whom God promised Canaan land for a possession descended from Shem and were Semites. Such Canaanites as were not executed at God's command became servants to the Israelites who worshiped Jehovah, the God of Shem. The blessing upon Shem gave another clue as to the woman's Seed foretold in Eden. It showed that the Seed would come through the line of Shem, and that

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in this Seed the descendants of Japheth would be blessed and that the descendants of Canaan, as pictured by the Gibeonites, would become servants of the Seed. — Joshua 9: 3-27.

Satan the Devil did not fail to note this trend of God's purpose. Filled with enmity, he was bent upon destroying the Seed. It was his consuming desire to invade again the human race with religion or demonism and thereby deceive them and turn them from Jehovah. By means of religion he would capture control of his victims and would use them to build a visible organization on earth, and over it Satan and his demons would be a spiritual or heavenly controlling power. Jehovah's action at the Flood had destroyed both the spirit organization and the human organization that then existed. These Satan purposed to replace with another heavenly organization and another earthly organization, a second "heavens" and "earth", symbolically speaking. Since Ham had come under God's disfavor Satan proceeded to use his descendants as the spearhead of religion and to lay the foundation of another devil-controlled earth. Particularly in Ham's grandson Nimrod did Satan find his instrument.

Cush was Ham's firstborn. "And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth. He was a mighty hunter before Jehovah: wherefore it is said, Like Nimrod a mighty hunter before Jehovah. And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar." (Genesis 10:8-10,

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A.R.V.) Noah was still alive, and, although being the patriarch of all humankind then, he did not set himself up over them as a king or dictator. He recognized the Theocratic rule of the Lord God, his Deliverer and Savior. He exalted Jehovah's name, the name which God had made for himself by the Flood. To overshadow God's name among men and to turn man's dependence and worship away from God, Satan the Devil brought Nimrod prominently to the fore.

Nimrod showed himself rebellious. Feeling restrained by God's everlasting covenant, he struck for freedom, as he thought, but actually he merely exercised self-will and served Satan's purposes and thereby became the slave of the Devil. For the sport of it he became a wanton slayer of beasts of the field and forest, and finally of weaker humankind. He willfully broke the covenant concerning the sanctity of blood. The sight of the rainbow meant nothing to him. He pushed God's name into the background and made himself popular, making a name for himself. He, and not Jehovah's witness Noah, became the human standard for comparison; "wherefore it is said, Like Nimrod a mighty hunter before Jehovah." This meant, "superior to and in opposition to Jehovah."1

Men feared hunter Nimrod rather than God, and therefore were unwise. Under him they did not gain freedom, but became ensnared in religion and enslaved to dictatorship. "The fear of

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man bringeth a snare; but whoso putteth his trust in Jehovah shall be safe." "The fear of Jehovah is the beginning of wisdom." (Proverbs 29: 25, A.R.V.; Psalm 111: 10, A.R.V.) Turning from fear of Jehovah, men hailed, exalted and worshiped Nimrod, and thereby religion was reinstated on the earth. Men who trusted in man misinterpreted God's prophecy and looked upon Nimrod as the promised liberator, the woman's "seed", and followed him as their leader. After his death they deified him as an immortal god, whereas Nimrod was dead. Hence Satan the Devil was the demon who received such worship.

Like the fear-stricken murderer Cain, Nimrod gathered the religious people together and builded cities. Babel was his first city. Therein he established himself as a king ruling with violence, thus ruling as a dictator and terrorizing the people. With him organized politics began, and the state set itself up over Jehovah God, because the state's head was its religious head. Union of state and religion held sway and kept the people in the darkness of error and bondage. The true worship of Jehovah God was not tolerated, but was denied freedom in Nimrod's domain. Nimrod was a Cushite, not an early Chaldean, and he extended his territories of his realm by violent aggressions. (Genesis 10:11,12, margin) He believed in a master class over a slave class, and not family equality. Noah and Shem held to the truth and continued to worship Jehovah. They remained free from the religion and tyranny of Nimrod. They became no

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part of the demon-controlled "earth" which Satan, the mimic god, succeeded in founding through Nimrod.

Jehovah God early showed his supremacy over that religious-political capital Babel, the beginning of Nimrod's totalitarian rule. At the time there was no family of languages, but all mankind spoke one language. This was an advantage; but, instead of using this to unite themselves in the worship and service of God, they set out to turn it to selfish interest in a joint conspiracy against the true and living God. "And the whole earth was of one language and of one speech. And it came to pass, as they journeyed east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there. And they said one to another, Come, let us make brick, and burn them thoroughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for mortar. And they said, Come, 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 11:1-4, A.R.V.

Jehovah's Theocratic rule was here disregarded. A political rule was proposed for all the earth, and this city was to be the political capital around which all the rabble people would rally and be held together in subjection, in a common allegiance to this supergovernment. Men laid the foundation of this city, representing politics. Men's hands were its makers and builders, using kiln-burnt or sun-dried brick. The

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lofty tower they started building amid the city was not a Watchtower, but was a tower of religious worship. It would tower above the city heavenward, showing that religion was the dominant part of the government. Its head was designed to reach to heaven, that is, toward the symbolic "heavens" of Satan and his demons. On this tower astrology would be carried on and the worship of the host of the visible heavens, the sun, moon, and the stars, which man chose to worship as symbols representative of the demons. Religion, or demon-worship, speaking through the medium of a language common to all the people, would be the binding tie of the world. This would save the world. Thereby men would make a name for themselves, exalting and glorifying the achievements of men, rather than the name of Jehovah, whose name had been made glorious by the Flood.

Again it became necessary for the Most High God to bring his name prominently before men, who so soon after the flood were forgetting and reproaching his name. The supremacy of the Theocratic Ruler of the universe must be displayed, that honest men might learn and know the truth and be free from religion and world dictatorship or a totalitarian world. Jehovah God did not come down bodily from his heavenly throne to inspect, but he turned his notice and attention downward to that religious-political effort of self-exalting men. Jehovah could also send down his representative, his beloved Son, the Word, if he chose. "And Jehovah said, Be-

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hold, they are one people, and they have all one language; and this is what they begin to do; and now nothing will be withholden from them, which they purpose to do. Come, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech." Jehovah then directed his power downward.





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"So Jehovah scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off building the city. Therefore was the name of it called Babel; because Jehovah did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did Jehovah scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth." (Genesis 11: 5-9, A.R.V.) Almighty God blocked their selfish aim and broke up their organized united effort to establish a world domination by means of religion, politics and commerce, and in defiance of Jehovah. He manifested his supremacy for the benefit of those who feared him and worshiped him. Because Noah and Shem kept themselves pure and unspotted from that worldly regimentation of men by religion and politics, God did not confound their language. They continued to worship him and to be his witnesses, now to the new nations.

This Bible record was written aforetime to admonish us now when men propose to make common cause and jointly set up a "new and better world" with all earth as one neighborhood and mankind as one big family under an international government with "more religion".



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