I want to write something each day using a simple verse and what that verse means to me. For example: on Nov. 1 I will start with Genesis 11:1, then Nov. 2 will be Exodus 11:2 and so forth. This should be interesting since I have no clue what those particular verses will be about nor where they will lead me to.
Nov 1 ~ Genesis 11:1
“And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech.”
My first thought on reading this tonight was that “man, doesn’t that sound like today?” What I was thinking, sitting with the computer beside me, was that I could find out what any person was saying in today’s time. Think, our phones have translators in them, our computers do also. Then my next thought was on the Tower of Babel. Then it skipped to The wall in Jerusalem.
This chapter is the beginning of the end for those who left Noah’s ship. They were nothing more or different than we are. They desired to make themselves great. They desired a huge city, they desired to enter into heaven at their whim. I believe that this idea is the one that the Spirit wants me to expand on. “They desired to enter into heaven at their whim.”
Ok, is there anything wrong with desiring to enter into heaven? Absolutely not. Because the Lord wants all of us with Him, so we are welcomed. There are a few things we have to do first. But let’s go back to the verse, we know that these people did not consult God. If they had then the conversation would have been in our scriptures. Some scoffers will say that there is no way of knowing for sure that they did not because — maybe it was lost in translation or just that the authors deemed it unnecessary to include. My answer is “oh ye of little faith, you do not have the faith to accept that if the Lord wanted it included, it would be there.”
So they did not talk over their plans with God, they just assumed if they could do it then it was theirs to do. No prayers were offered up, no guidance asked. Then what does God do? He confused their language. He did not do this slowly over a period of time, he just did! So this brings me to the thought in the New Testament. About the return of our Lord “in a twinkling of an eye”. Those people in Noah’s time did not know this was going to happen to them. They were not prepared. They had no warning! Did you read that “no warning”?
Unlike Noah’s time we have been given centuries to prepare for God’s return. He has not stated a date and time, but he has given us ‘signs’. He also warns us that things will happen as a mystery.
First Corinthians 15:50
“Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. (51) Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall be changed, (52) In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye. At the last trump;…”
Notice that in verse 50 it says that no “flesh and blood” will be in heaven, and those in Noah’s time thought they could build a tower to reach heaven?
So what do we do to reach heaven? It is one of the simplest and should be fairly easy thing to do. We have faith that Jesus is our Savior. Repenting of sins and serving with a faithful heart.
Genesis 11:1 “And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech.”
Now to today and the wall in Jerusalem. As I said above, the verse is a mirror of today. We have news and social media at our fingertips. There isn’t a second that we do not have the ability to know what is happening across any ocean. So during the last days we will see and hear two witnesses at that so important wall. The news media will be camped out, either being in awe or mocking the witnesses. But with the part about “of one language, and of one speech.” There will not be one person that cannot understand what is being said by these witnesses. It will be like the Pentecost and the disciples speaking in tongues. Everyone will understand/hear in their own language. But that does not mean they will divine the message or even believe it.
Malachi 4:5 “ Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord: ”
Revelation 11:3 “ And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.”
Revelation 11:5 “ And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed.”
Revelation 11:7 “ And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.”
Revelation 11:9 “ And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves.”
Revelation 11:11 “ And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them.”
So I will leave you with the verse and let you ponder how like today it is.
“ And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech.”