A House In The Land Of Shinar
by Henry Morris, Ph.D.
said I to the angel that talked with me, Whither do these bear the
ephah? And he said unto me, To build it an house in the land of Shinar:
and it shall be established, and set there upon her own base" (Zechariah 5:10-11).
This prophecy of the latter days shows a woman named "wickedness"
being translated rapidly in a great measuring basket (symbolizing
commerce and finance "through all the earth," v.6) to a base being
built for it in the ancient land of Shinar (same as Sumeria). This was
also the land of Nimrod, the leader of the post-Flood rebellion against
God at Babel. "He began to be a mighty one in the earth. . . . And the
beginning of his kingdom was Babel, . . . in the land of Shinar" (Genesis 10:8,10).
From this first Babylon in the land of Shinar, the dispersed
followers of Nimrod carried their anti-God, materialistic religion into
every land through every age. Its current form is mainly a pantheistic,
evolutionary humanism promoting a "new world order," featuring a world
government and (supposedly) universal prosperity, without God—a world
order such as Nimrod tried to build at Babylon long ago.
In the final book of the Bible, this woman of wickedness is called
"Mystery Babylon the Great, the Mother of Harlots and Abominations of
the earth." She is said to be sitting upon "peoples, and multitudes,
and nations, and tongues" (Revelation 17:5,15). This monstrous system is evidently once again to have a house built for it in the land of Shinar.
It is interesting that Babylon (near Baghdad in Iraq) is partially
rebuilt. Being very near the geographical center of the earth's land
masses, this site is the ideal location for a world government. In any
case, the day will come when Babylon will fall forever, and there will
be "a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia" (Revelation 18:2; 19:1). HMM
This article was originally published June, 2004. "A
House In The Land Of Shinar", Institute for Creation Research,
http://www.icr.org/article/house-land-shinar (accessed April 21, 2009).
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