And the earth was of one tongue, and of the same speech. And when they removed from the east, they found a plain in the land of Shinar, and dwelt in it. And each one said to his neighbor: Come, let us make brick, and bake them with fire. And they had brick instead of stones, and slime instead of mortar. And they said: Come, let us make a city and a tower, the top whereof may reach to heaven: and let us make our name famous before we be scattered abroad into all lands.
|"Babel" first meant "Gate of God" in its Akkadian root.|
However, the word now means "confusion."
And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of Adam were building. And he said: Behold, it is one people, and all have one tongue: and they have begun to do this, neither will they leave off from their designs, till they accomplish them in deed. Come ye, therefore, let us go down, and there confound their tongue, that they may not understand one another's speech.
And so the Lord scattered them from that place into all lands, and they ceased to build the city. And therefore the name thereof was called Babel, because there the language of the whole earth was confounded: and from thence the Lord scattered them abroad upon the face of all countries.Now, interestingly enough, Genesis 10 (which comes before this passage) states that the sons of Noah were divided up by their tongues and families in each nation. But when it talks about these separate nations and tongues, it's likely that Genesis 10 was jumping ahead of the sequence of events, in order to explain the genealogy of Noah's sons. The rationale for this is: Genesis 11 returns to the idea that the earth was still of one tongue and speech.
Whatever the case may be, there is only one point that I am interested in with this study. And it is this: God segregated men.
God Segregated Men From One Another
God was the progenitor of ethnonationalism. He was the one who started tribalism among men. Evidence for this lies in the Bible, and goes beyond Genesis.
In the generations that are past, He let all the nations follow their own ways, and yet He did not leave Himself without testimony, bestowing blessings, giving rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, filling their hearts with good and gladness
-Acts of the Apostles 14:16
And from one man He has created the whole human race and made them live all over the face of the earth, determining their appointed times and the boundaries of their lands.God let the nations follow their own ways, and he determined their boundaries for them. The Almighty gave men a running start. As a parent feeds infants soft pabulum, so did God begin men on a path that was initially less complicated.
-Acts of the Apostles 17:26
When God divided men by languages, He made sure to separate them. If all of these men who did not understand one another stayed in Shinar, they would have been at each other's throats. Men can deal with being segregated much easier than if they are thrown in a bucket and stirred and mixed together.
Consider Deuteronomy 32:8
When the Most High divided the nations: when he separated the sons of Adam, he appointed the bounds of people according to the number of the children of Israel.
|Most people are not Hebrews.|
But the Lord's portion is his people: Jacob the lot of his inheritance. He found him in a desert land, in a place of horror, and of vast wilderness: he led him about, and taught him: and he kept him as the apple of his eye. Deut. 32:9-10Babel was man's attempt to create a bridge between Heaven and Earth. Had men succeeded in their mission in that age, there is no telling what terrors mankind would unleash upon itself. If defiance against God had a scent, it would have been particularly odious in that day.
Why Would God Separate Men?
We citizens of the 21st Century are acutely aware of the globalist evil that has filled the world of late. Many evil acts have occurred in order for the secular "brotherhood of man" to forcefully take hold. Good people of all stripes have been fighting globalism because we know what it will result in: a one-world tyranny that is completely inescapable.
Such a one-world tyranny would cause mankind to self-destruct into a horrific nightmare of ruin and decay.
|Evil men often have pushed for one-world government.|
God chose to segregate the nations from one another in order to give mankind a head start. He wanted to stall them, to prevent the descendants of Noah from mixing back together too quickly. God knew that after such a division, it would take a long time for the nations to reintegrate. He seeded the Earth with men, rather than letting them stay together in one patch.
Segregation Is Not Good Unto Itself
This is not to say that segregation is a good unto itself. Segregating people from one another can be either a good thing or a bad thing. Segregation, when used with unjust malice, can become quite evil.
Take Moses' marriage to Zipporah, for example. While Moses was from the line of Shem, Zipporah was a Kushite from the line of Ham. We would recognize Kushites as a Nubians, and Miriam is called an Ethiopian in Scriptures. She was a black woman. In Numbers 12, we witness a story in which Moses' brother and sister, Aaron and Miriam, are against his marriage to a Kushite.
(In the Douay-Rheims version, Miriam is called Mary.)
|Miriam and Aaron decided to question Moses about his|
Kushite wife, Zipporah.
And Mary and Aaron spoke against Moses, because of his wife the Ethiopian, and they said: Hath the Lord spoken by Moses only? hath he not also spoken to us in like manner? And when the Lord heard this, (For Moses was a man exceeding meek above all men that dwelt upon earth) immediately he spoke to him, and to Aaron and Mary: Come out you three only to the tabernacle of the covenant.
And when they were come out, the Lord came down in a pillar of the cloud, and stood in the entry of the tabernacle calling to Aaron and Mary. And when they were come, He said to them: Hear my words: if there be among you a prophet of the Lord, I will appear to him in a vision, or I will speak to him in a dream. But it is not so with my servant Moses a who is most faithful in all my house: For I speak to him mouth to mouth: and plainly, and not by riddles and figures doth he see the Lord. Why then were you not afraid to speak ill of my servant Moses?
And being angry with them he went away: The cloud also that was over the tabernacle departed: and behold Mary appeared white as snow with a leprosy. And when Aaron had looked on her, and saw her all covered with leprosy, He said to Moses: I beseech thee, my lord, lay not upon us this sin, which we have foolishly committed: Let her not be as one dead, and as an abortive that is cast forth from the mother's womb. Lo, now one half of her flesh is consumed with the leprosy. And Moses cried to the Lord, saying: O God, I beseech thee heal her. And the Lord answered him: If her father had spitten upon her face, ought she not to have been ashamed for seven days at least? Let her be separated seven days without the camp, and after wards she shall be called again. Mary therefore was put out of the camp seven days: and the people moved not from that place until Mary was called again.
|The Leprosy of Miriam|
-Numbers 12Aaron and Miriam, Hebrews from the line of Shem, did not want their brother, Moses, mixing with a black woman from the tribe of Kush--from the line of Ham. They wanted to keep their brother segregated from such people. They "spoke against Moses because of his wife the Ethiopian." And then, as if to ridicule Miriam's prejudice against the black woman, God Himself turns Miriam quite white...with leprosy.
Here, we can clearly see that in the Bible, segregation can be an evil thing. The holiness of Moses had attained for him a rare universalism that enabled him to marry outside of his own tribe to a woman of another color. Such is the transcending power of God. Our Lord, it seems, would like for us to not be separated--so long as we are together for the right reasons and under the right circumstances.
Globalism Is Not An Evil Unto Itself
It is true that God separated men at the Tower of Babel because they were attempting to achieve a godless form of world union. It is also true that the evil times we live in is largely the fault of Satanic, globalist Freemasons. Finally, it is also true that the Antichrist will attempt to bring mankind together one more time under the rule of Satan.
And yet, globalism and a united family of man is not an evil thing. Unto itself, the idea of united men is not an evil phenomenon. This act is only evil when men gather themselves for evil purposes, which is often the case. It is all in the intention.
And when the days of the Pentecost were accomplished, they were all together in one place: And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a mighty wind coming, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them parted tongues as it were of fire, and it sat upon every one of them: And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they began to speak with divers tongues, according as the Holy Ghost gave them to speak.
Now there were dwelling at Jerusalem, Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. And when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded in mind, because that every man heard them speak in his own tongue. And they were all amazed, and wondered, saying: Behold, are not all these, that speak, Galileans? And how have we heard, every man our own tongue wherein we were born? Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and inhabitants of Mesopotamia, Judea, and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia, and Pamphylia, Egypt, and the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews also, and proselytes, Cretes, and Arabians: we have heard them speak in our own tongues the wonderful works of God.
The Descent of the Holy Spirit
And they were all astonished, and wondered, saying one to another: What meaneth this? But others mocking, said: These men are full of new wine. But Peter standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and spoke to them: Ye men of Judea, and all you that dwell in Jerusalem, be this known to you, and with your ears receive my words. For these are not drunk, as you suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day: But this is that which was spoken of by the prophet Joel: And it shall come to pass, in the last days, (saith the Lord,) I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.
- Acts 2:1-17
It is not out of the question to consider that God would like to reverse men's tribalism, should they desire to unite under the banner of Christ. The miracle at Pentacost was, as we are often told in homilies, a reversal of what happened at the Tower of Babel. Once more, men could understand one another as though they shared one tongue, as it was in the days of Adam and Eve.
That day, the followers of Christ were all men from different tribes who were in one place, together, for the right reason. And when God intervened, the men were confounded, just as men were confounded at the Tower of Babel. But this time, in this particular instance, the men were astonished because they understood one another. Men were becoming unified. That room at Pentecost resembled Paradise, when the saved followers of Christ will all dwell together in the one Holy City of God.
|The Three Kings|
These Three Wise Men looked to the heavens, found God in the stars, conformed their lives to some sort of a universal promise, and followed that star to the Logos Incarnate. These men found the universal truth of the cosmos in nature itself. Such is the positive universalism of God.
Such miracles among the different tribes and nations of men will manifest itself again. I am, of course, referring to the coming of the Great Monarch, the last turning of the tide before the end of the world:
[After a world war] will come a new period, in which two mighty ones will face each other. The wrangle between these two will begin in the second half of the twentieth century. It will overthrow mountains and silt up rivers. A great change will come to pass, such as no mortal man will have expected; Heaven and Hell will confront each other in this struggle, old states will perish and light and darkness will be pitted against each other with swords, but it will be swords of a different fashion. With these swords it will be possible to cut up the skies and split the earth. A great lament will come over all mankind and only a small batch will survive the storm, the pestilence and the horror. And neither of the two adversaries will conquer nor be vanquished. Both mighty ones will lie on the ground, and a new mankind will come into existence. God possesses the key to everything. Blessed is he who will then be able to praise him, having obeyed all his commandments. And the great monarch of the world will create new laws for the new mankind and will cause a new age to begin, in which there will be only one flock and one shepherd, and peace will be of long, long duration, for the glory of God in heaven and on earth...
When everything has been ruined by war; when Catholics are hard pressed by traitorous co-religionists and heretics; when the Church and her servants are denied their rights, the monarchies have been abolished and their rulers murdered... Then the Hand of Almighty God will work a marvelous change, something apparently impossible according to human understanding. There will rise a valiant monarch anointed by God. He will be a Catholic, a descendant of Louis IX, yet a descendant of an ancient imperial German family, born in exile. He will rule supreme in temporal matters. The Pope will rule supreme in spiritual matters at the same time. Persecution will cease and justice shall rule. Religion seems to be suppressed, but by the changes of entire kingdoms it will be made more firm.
He will root out false doctrines and destroy the rule of Moslemism. His dominion will extend from the East to the West. All nations will adore God their Lord according to the Catholic teaching. There will be many wise and just men. The people will love justice, and peace will reign over the whole earth, for divine power will bind Satan for many years until the coming of the Son of Perdition.
|The actual sword in the stone.|
The reign of the Great Ruler may be compared with that of Caesar Augustus who became Emperor after his victory over his enemies, thereby giving peace to the world, also with the reign of Constantine the Great, who was sent by God, after severe persecution, to deliver both the Church and State...
...The Great Monarch will have the special help of God and be unconquerable.
- Venerable Barthalomew Holzhauser 1646
Globalism and world unity are not evil when they are undertaken for the sake of God. We see this prefigured in the arrival of the Three Kings, Pentacost, prophecy of the Great Monarch, and future promises of what to expect in The City of God.
Furthermore, segregation has also been a tool that can be used for good. Whether God has decided to separate men from one another in order to prolong civilization, or whether He's decided to segregate one tribe of men (Hebrews) from the rest for His own ends, the act of separating men in and of itself is not a work of evil.
If segregation is a work of evil, then the story of what God did with men after Babel would serve as a contradiction.