Recall Nimrod, son of Cush, son of Ham, son of Noah attempted to nullify God’s plan to replenish the earth by settling in Babel. Interestingly Nimrod was not only a ‘mighty warrior,’ but his name also means ‘tyrant’ and ‘rebel.’
God subsequently scattered Nimrod and his followers from Babel. Thus Nimrod abandoned his plan to build a city and tower in Babel and journeyed to Assyria to build several cities there including Nineveh.
The present focus will be on Nimrod’s intent and reasoning to build ‘a city and tower.’
“…Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves…” Genesis 11:4
According to the Hebrew language, a tower represented pride, exaltation, boastfulness, and greatness. ‘…whose top is in the heavens’ reveals that Nimrod and his followers thought they were self-sufficient and didn’t need God.
The phrase ‘let us make a name for ourselves’ implied that the rebels were seeking fame and renown, while simultaneously flaunting their selfish purpose.
Now let’s fast forward to current times. In the 1970s the World Trade Center, featuring the twin towers, opened for business and occupancy. The twin towers were 1,368 and 1,362 feet in height respectively. At that time they were the tallest buildings in the world.
Tragically, the twin towers of the World Trade Center collapsed in ‘an hour’ on 9-11-2001. At that time our nation’s leaders resolved to quickly bring the stock market back in operation to prove to the world that America was financially strong and resilient.
The World Trade Center has since been replaced with 1 World Trade Center, featuring a center piece that is known as the Freedom Tower. The height of the Freedom Tower is 1,776 feet which is a deliberate reference to the date of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
It should not be forgotten that on 9-11-1683 the Ottoman Empire was derailed in Vienna. That stopped the western leg of the Roman Empire. Bin Laden used that date to rekindle the war.
However, the Freedom Tower is not the tallest building in the world at this point in time.
A taller building is found in DuBai. It is called Burj Khalifa which is 160 stories with a height of 2,723 feet.
A lesser known building in progress is the Kingdom Tower in Jeddah Arabia. The Kingdom Tower has presently completed 23 stories and is scheduled for completion in 2019 or 2020. Its height is planned to be 3,250 feet.
In a CNN report dated January of 2018, the Chief Executive Officer of Jeddah Economic Company made a statement that sounded more like Western Civilization than Eastern ways.
“With this deal, we will…fulfill the company’s objective of creating a world-class urban center that offers an advanced lifestyle, so that Jeddah may have a new iconic landmark…”
And lastly there are plans for a city/tower reaching a height of 3,780 feet. It is interestingly named ‘The Bride.’ It will be by far the tallest building in the world.
It will be a complex of four conjoined towers resulting in what is called the world’s first ‘vertical city.’
Where will ‘The Bride’ be built?
‘The Bride’ is to rise in Iraq’s oil-rich Basra Province. The Basra province in Iraq is locally known as ‘the bride of the gulf’ owing to its fertility in growing vegetation and agriculture products. Basra is also recognized as Iraq’s main port.
Recall, Iraq is situated between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in the land of Shinar.
There are numerous visual projections of the planned city/tower readily available.
The rebuilding of ‘Babylon’ called ‘The Bride’ is in the same place where it all started with Nimrod.
Now note the similarity between the proposed ‘Bride’ in Iraq and the future New Jerusalem that will descend out of heaven after the earth is renewed.
“Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.”
The Bridegroom in the above Scripture is well known. What is not known, who is the groom of ‘The Bride’ in Iraq?
Walt Thrun is a faith columnist for the Claremore Progress.