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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Mystery of The Tower of Babel - The Mountain Of God Or A Symbol Of Chaos And Ignorance? 14 October, 2014 - The story of the Tower of Babel is set in the time after Noah's flood and it was long considered to be a legend. No Babylonian documents have as yet been found which refer clearly to the existence of this legendary building. 

All we have is the Biblical account, which is mentioned in Genesis 11:9.

Can we trust it?

Probably from this unique place - "the tower reaching unto heaven" - most of the post-Flood races originated. Most languages can trace their roots to this part of the world and the gigantic tower was intended to be a symbol of humanity's power.

In the well-known biblical story, we are told "that the whole Earth was of one language and of the same words." But after the people settled in Sumer, learned the art of brickmaking, built cities, and raised high towers (ziggurats), they planned to make for themselves a shem and a tower to launch it. Therefore "did the Lord mingle the Earth's tongue." (Sitchin, Zecharia, The 12th Planet)

Genesis 11:1-9 tells the story:

1 And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech. 2 And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there. 3 And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them thoroughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for mortar. 4 And they said, Go to, 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.
5 And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded. 6 And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. 7 Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech. 8 So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city. 9 Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.
Some Christian scholars believe that God created the different races of humanity at the Tower of Babel Others are convinced that such races existed prior to the Tower of Babel and that God confused the languages (at least partially) based on the diversity of the races of mankind.

From the Tower of Babel, humans representing different races and languages settled in various parts of the world. This way of thinking, however, is definitely not taught in the Biblical text.

Where was the Tower of Babel located? Most of the leading Biblical scholars believe that the Tower of Babel was built in Babylon or in its vicinity, for example at Birs, near Al-Hillah (ancient Borsippa) about 12 miles south of Babylon.

Many of them also believe the the building was destroyed soon after its erection but even after the building had been crumbling for many years, the Greek historian Herodotus (c. 484–425 BC) visited it and was very impressed.

The account in Genesis makes no mention of any destruction of the tower, but according to some other ancient sources, such as the "Book of Jubilees" (chapter 10 v.18-27), "Cornelius Alexander" (frag. 10), Abydenus (frags. 5 and 6), Josephus (Antiquities 1.4.3), and the Sibylline Oracles (iii. 117-129), God overturns the tower with a great wind.

According to a Midrash interpretation, the top of the tower was burnt, the bottom was swallowed, and the middle was left standing to erode over time.

The supposed ruins of the tower are currently estimated to be 150 feet (45 meters) above the plain with a circumference of 2300 feet (701 meters).

In an inscription discovered on the base of the ruins of the Tower of Babel, Nebuchadnezzar, the King of Babylon, speaks in his own word from thousands of years ago to confirm one of the most interesting events of the ancient past.

Detail of the Tower of Babel stele, with the engraving of King Nebuchadnezzar II. Photo credits: The Schøyen Collection, MS 2063.

"…I have completed its magnificence with silver, gold, other metals, stone, enameled bricks, fir and pine. The first which is the house of the earth's base, the most ancient monument of Babylon; I built and finished it.
I have highly exalted its head with bricks covered with copper. We say for the other, that is, this edifice, the house of the seven lights of the earth, the most ancient monument of Borsippa.

A former king built it, (they reckon 42 ages) but he did not complete its head. Since a remote time, people had abandoned it, without order expressing their words. Since that time the earthquake and the thunder had dispersed the sun-dried clay.

The bricks of the casing had been split, and the earth of the interior had been scattered in heaps. Merodach, the great god, excited my mind to repair this building. I did not change the site nor did I take away the foundation.

In a fortunate month, in an auspicious day, I undertook to build porticoes around the crude brick masses, and the casing of burnt bricks. I adapted the circuits, I put the inscription of my name in the Kitir of the portico. I set my hand to finish it. And to exalt its head. As it had been in ancient days, so I exalted its summit..." (King Nebuchadnezzar, c. 605 B.C)

The existence of the tower, which was repeatedly destroyed and then reconstructed through the centuries, is mentioned in texts found on clay tablets dated 2000 BC. 

In the time of the Babylonian King, Nebuchadnezzar, the tower had seven stages, height of 295 feet (90 meters) and a base measuring 295 feet (90 meters) on a side. In order to imagine the height of the tower, it is said that to any one who even now stands upon the ruins, tall palm trees below him appear like grasshoppers. The top of the tower was occupied by a temple in blue glaze. It was the Temple of God Marduk.

The tower from Nebuchadnezzar's time could be the ziggurat of the great temple of Marduk in Babylon which was often associated with the Tower of Babel. Still, other important questions remain: "Do the ruins at Birs (ancient Borsippa) belong to the genuine Tower of Babel?

What was the true meaning with the Tower of Babel?

What did this magnificent structure actually look like? What was the tower's color or colors? A number of questions regarding the Tower have puzzled the researchers for years.

Or was perhaps the Tower of Babel, which intended to be a great structure reaching to the skies, something even more significant for the descendants of Noah?

The Tower of Babel could be a symbol of humanity's defiance against God. It could represent chaos and ignorance of post-Flood civilization, derived from Nimrod's Shinar.

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How to Digitally Record/Video a UFO sighting:

Como registar digitalmente ou gravar um vídeo de um avistamento de um UFO:

Stabilize the camera on a tripod. If there is no tripod, then set it on top of a stable, flat surface. If that is not possible lean against a wall to stabilize your body and prevent the camera from filming in a shaky, unsteady manner.

Estabilize a camera com um tripé. Se não tiver um tripé, então coloque-a em cima de uma superfície estável. Se não for possível, então encoste-se a uma parede para estabilizar o corpo e evitar que a camera registe de maneira tremida e instável.

Provide visual reference points for comparison. This includes the horizon, treetops, lampposts, houses, and geographical landmarks (i.e., Horsetooth Reservoir, Mt. Adams, etc.) Provide this in the video whenever is appropriate and doesn’t detract from what your focus is, the UFO.

Forneça pontos visuais de referência para comparação. Isso inclui o horizonte, cimo das árvores, postes de iluminação, pontos de referência geográficos (como o Reservatório de Horsetooth, Mone Adams, etc) Forneça esses pontos no vídeo sempre que for apropriado e não se distraia do que é o seu foco, o UFO/a Nave.

Narrate your videotape. Provide details of the date, time, location, and direction (N,S,E,W) you are looking in. Provide your observations on the weather, including approximate temperature, windspeed, any visible cloud cover or noticeable weather anomalies or events. Narrate on the shape, size, color, movements, approximate altitude of the UFO, etc and what it appears to be doing. Also include any unusual physical, psychological or emotional sensations you might have. Narrate any visual reference points on camera so they correlate with what the viewer will see, and thereby will be better able to understand.

Faça a narração do vídeo. Forneça pormenores sobre a data, hora, local e direcção (Norte, Sul, Este, Oeste) que está a observar. Faça observações sobre as condições atmosféricas, incluindo a temperatura aproximada, velocidade do vento, quantidade de nuvens, anomalias ou acontecimentos meteorológicos evidentes. Descreva a forma, o tamanho, a cor, os movimentos, a altitude aproximada onde se encontra o UFO/nave, etc e o que aparenta estar a fazer. Inclua também quaisquer aspectos pouco habituais de sensações físicas, psicológicas ou emocionais que possa ter. Faça a narração de todos os pontos de referência visual que o espectador irá ver e que, deste modo, será capaz de compreender melhor.

Be persistent and consistent. Return to the scene to videotape and record at this same location. If you have been successful once, the UFO sightings may be occurring in this region regularly, perhaps for specific reasons unknown, and you may be successful again. You may also wish to return to the same location at a different time of day (daylight hours) for better orientation and reference. Film just a minute or two under “normal” circumstances for comparison. Write down what you remember immediately after. As soon as you are done recording the experience/event, immediately write down your impressions, memories, thoughts, emotions, etc. so it is on the record in writing. If there were other witnesses, have them independently record their own impressions, thoughts, etc. Include in this exercise any drawings, sketches, or diagrams. Make sure you date and sign your documentation.

Seja persistente e não contraditório. Volte ao local da cena e registe o mesmo local. Se foi bem sucedido uma vez, pode ser que nessa região ocorram avistamentos de UFOs/naves com regularidade, talvez por razões específicas desconhecidas, e talvez possa ser novamente bem sucedido. Pode também desejar voltar ao mesmo lugar a horas diferentes do dia (durante as horas de luz)para ter uma orientação e referência melhor. Filme apenas um ,inuto ou dois em circunstâncias “normais” para ter um termo de comparação. Escreva tudo o que viu imediatamente após o acontecimento. Logo após ter feito o registo da experiência/acontecimento, escreva imediatamente as impressões, memórias, pensamentos, emoções, etc para que fiquem registadas por escrito. Se houver outras testemunhas, peça-lhes para registar independentemente as suas próprias impressões, pensamentos, etc. Inclua quaisquer desenhos, esbolos, diagramas. Certifique-se que data e assina o seu documento/testemunho.

Always be prepared. Have a digital camera or better yet a video camera with you, charged and ready to go, at all times. Make sure you know how to use your camera (and your cell phone video/photo camera) quickly and properly. These events can occur suddenly, unexpectedly, and often quite randomly, so you will need to be prepared.

Esteja sempre preparado, Tenha sempre uma camera digital, melhor ainda, uma camera vídeo consigo, carregada e pronta a usar sempre que necessário. Certifique-se que sabe como lidar com a sua camera (ou com o seu celular/camera fotográfica) rápida e adequadamente. Esses acontecimentos podem acontecer súbita e inesperadamente e, por vezes, acidentalmente, por isso, necessita estar preparado.

Look up. Be prepared. Report. Share.

Olhe para cima, Esteja preparado, Relate, Partilhe.



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