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He did it again! God did it again. The God of the pre-flood Sethites, the God of Noah and his son Shem,
would disrupt yet another attempt of humanity to “better themselves!” This was the same God who threw
their worthy ancestors out of the Garden of Eden; the same God who destroyed most all of their ancestors in
a flood. And now, as we’ll see, He’ll do it to them again!
As facetious as the above may sound, God
did stop humanity from making another horrible mistake – stop
their going down another erroneous moral pathway (even though the people might not have thought so)!
Let’s see how God accomplished His latest disruption of those with evil intentions.

As we’ve seen in
Old Religion of Cush and Nimrod, the people fanatically attempted to build a tower; a
tower tall enough to achieve their pride-filled, opposition
goals against the Lord God. The ancient and well-
respected historian
Josephus did a good job in summarizing what may have happened during this time. He
tells us God took it upon Himself to set up the stage for a vast majority of these people to actually end up in
the areas He originally intended!

God… commanded them to send colonies abroad, for the thorough peopling of the earth, that they might
not raise seditions among themselves, but might cultivate a great part of the earth, and enjoy its fruits after
a plentiful manner.
                                           - Flavius Josephus Antiquities of the Jews 1.4.1[1]

Interestingly, it seemed for their own good that God wanted them to do this. He wanted them to be
blessed
by what the world had to offer, and not have them fight amongst themselves. All it would take, for the
people, would be a little bit of effort.

God didn’t want them to unite because He knew of human nature: it’s easy to dispute over territory and
resources if one person lives so close to another.
Interestingly, this echoes a
major reason people begin to grumble against each other in the first place…

That "Dirty Little Secret"

Apparently, to “jump-start” the post-flood reproductive process, and make sure the fragile human
population would not succumb to any large famine or catastrophe, a majority of early people sired
twins
when it was time to give birth. Much of the same happened soon after Adam and Eve left the Garden.[2]
Apparently, God wanted to make sure His Genesis 3:15 Prophecy was fulfilled, and did not want anything to
disrupt the reproduction process during these critical times. He wanted people to be blessed; not over-
burdened. Assuredly, this increased frequency of twin births was only to be temporary; because the majority
of children born today
aren’t twins.

The people of the past really seemed to do their part in having these children –
and then some! For
whatever reason, the population was increasing – probably at a much higher rate than God ever wanted.

Due to their close proximity, it was only natural that people should spread out in these circumstances; and
there was plenty of earth to go around (at least for the time being)

There is a “dirty little secret” behind a lot of poverty, sickness, and wars – and, not surprisingly, it still is! It is
something we don’t hear a lot about… at least in any ways which might slow it down, or correct it; because
it’s not “politically correct.” Yes, this “dirty little secret” is a problem in our society; a problem which occurs,
again and again. Of course, this problem is
overpopulation.
Regardless of how some people might try to spin it, today, overpopulation was, and still is, a major concern
for our human race.

The population of Babylonia (a.k.a. Shinar) and Egypt exploded. God wanted their numbers to grow at first,
but, most-probably, did not want it to go overboard, like it was.

He also didn’t want the people to succumb to the negative side-effects that overpopulation usually brings to
us. This must have made it even more important for people to redistribute throughout the world. It was just
up to them to get out of their “comfort zone.”

But, thanks to Nimrod, the
opposite mindset in people was beginning to pan out:

…they were so ill instructed that they did not obey God; for which reason they fell into calamities, and were
made sensible, by experience, of what sin they had been guilty: for when they flourished with a numerous
youth, God admonished them again to send out colonies; but they, imagining the prosperity they enjoyed
was not derived from the favor of God, but supposing that their own power was the proper cause of the
plentiful condition they were in, did not obey him.
         - Falvius Josephus Antiquities of the Jews 1.4.3[3]

…again, self-centered, human
pride at its worst.

People, for a time, lived somewhat of a comfortable life, being close to one another. They felt pretty safe
and comfortable staying where they were. They didn’t even care if their satisfactions were only temporary. It
has been said that Noah even threatened a curse to any ancient patriarchs who took their clan to portions
of the world “not assigned to him by lot!”[4] The dispersion was serious business.

Humanism, again, seemed to come into the forefront of many-a-person’s decision making. Nimrod had the
people believing that God was actually a tyrant; trying to make them separate for reasons that just weren’t
true:

Nay, they added to this their disobedience to the Divine will, the suspicion that they were therefore ordered
to send out separate colonies, that, being divided asunder, they might the more easily be oppressed.
                                                                     - Flavius Josephus Antiquities of the Jews 1.4.3[5]

In other words, Nimrod convinced people that God only wanted to separate the people to control them; to
destroy the strength they had through their unity; destroy their “freedom,” and, ultimately, destroy their
“humanity.”

                Now the multitude were very ready to follow the determination of Nimrod, and to
                                           esteem it a piece of cowardice to submit to God…
                                                                      - Flavius Josephus Antiquities of the Jews 1.4.3[6]

Again,
self-worship, self-adoration, and humanism was now the norm. The pride of the individual, and their
leaders, was more important than God. Through this, Nimrod did achieve something:

     He also gradually changed the government into tyranny, seeing no other way of turning men from
                         the fear of God, but to bring them into a constant dependence on his power.
                                                                      - Flavius Josephus Antiquities of the Jews 1.4.3[7]

It’s humorous how Nimrod went around accusing God of being a tyrant, and trying to control people, when it
was, in fact,
he who was now the controlling tyrant!

It’s also obvious that collective
lethargy might have had something to do with their disobedience. Many
might have been afraid that, if they had to separate, they’d have to rely on their own, individual efforts - on
self-reliance - not part of some
socialized, working order. Nimrod, naturally, would have promoted whatever
he could preside over! This unity concept sounds good on paper. It seemed easier for people to sit back,
put their trust in Nimrod (and what he could give them), and call it a day; rather than trust in an invisible
God. After all, it was Nimrod who promised everyone: hope and change; peace and order; security and
prosperity. Interesting… doesn’t this sound a lot like what many of our political leaders say today? “Just
rely on us, and you’ll do alright in life. It may too much for you to handle all the stresses of life on your own.
So, allow us to regulate much of your existence and you should be taken care of.”

Didn’t it sound like Nimrod was devising the same kind of “socialism-in-the-making?”

Their Confusion Might Have Been Necessary

Their ancient society already seemed to have a socialized, collective effort - in their hatred of God! With all
of their outright disobedience and arrogance, God could have easily made it a lot worse for these
individuals; but, of course, He had compassion.

When God saw that they acted with so madly, he did not resolve to destroy them utterly, since they were not
grown wiser by the destruction of the former sinners; but he caused a tumult among them, by producing in
them diverse languages, and causing that, through the multitude of those languages, they should not be
able to understand one another.
                               - Flavius Josephus Antiquities of the Jews 1.4.3[8]

As many of us know, God had to change the languages that these people spoke, in order to halt their
progress.
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                                                                                                        Footnotes
[1]  
Flavius Josephus, Antiquities of the Jews, 1.4.1.
[2]  http://12tribehistory.com/832-2/.
[3]  
Flavius Josephus, Antiquities of the Jews, 1.4.3.
[4]  Louis Ginzberg,
The Legends of the Jews Volume I: From the Creation to Jacob, trans. Henrietta Szold (Baltimore, Maryland: The
Johns Hopkins University Press, 1909), 172.
[5]  
Flavius Josephus, Antiquities of the Jews, 1.4.3.
[6]  
Flavius Josephus, Antiquities of the Jews, 1.4.3.
[7]  
Flavius Josephus, Antiquities of the Jews, 1.4.3.
[8]  
Flavius Josephus, Antiquities of the Jews, 1.4.3.
[9]  Josephus,
Antiquities of the Jews, 1.4.3.
[10]  http://12tribehistory.com/832-2/; Herman L. Hoeh,
Compendium of World History, Vol. 2, p. 16.
[11]  http://12tribehistory.com/832-2/.
[12]  http://12tribehistory.com/832-2/.
[13]  http://12tribehistory.com/832-2/.
[14]  Herman L. Hoeh,
Compendium of World History, Vol 2, p. 117, 163; Vol. 1, p. 21
[15]  Herman L. Hoeh,
Compendium of World History, Vol. 2, p. 233, Vol. 1, p. 21.
[16]  Herman L. Hoeh,
Compendium of World History, Vol. 1, p. 23-24, 109-110.
[17]  Herman L. Hoeh,
Compendium of World History, Vol. 1, p. 24.
[18]  Herman L. Hoeh,
Compendium of World History, Vol. 1, p. 111.
[19]  Herman L. Hoeh,
Compendium of World History, Vol. 2, p. 12-13.
[20]  Herman L. Hoeh,
Compendium of World History, Vol. 2, p. 12.
[21]  Herman L. Hoeh,
Compendium of World History, Vol. 1, p. 114.
[22]  Herman L. Hoeh,
Compendium of World History, Vol. 1, p. 114.
[23]  Herman L. Hoeh,
Compendium of World History, Vol. 1, p. 21, 24, 93, 114.
[24]  Herman L. Hoeh,
Compendium of World History, Vol. 1, p. 24.
[25]  Bryce Self,
Semiramis, Queen of Babylon, 2, http://www.ldolphin.org/semir.html (accessed June 20, 2000).
[26]  Alexander Hislop,
The Two Babylons or the Papal Worship: Proved to be the Worship of Nimrod and His Wife (Neptune, New
Jersey: Loizeaux Brothers, 1916), 86.
[27]  Bryce Self,
Semiramis, Queen of Babylon, 2, http://www.ldolphin.org/semir.html (accessed June 20, 2000).
[28]  Herman L. Hoeh,
Compendium of World History, Vol. 1, p. 23.
[29]  Herman L. Hoeh,
Compendium of World History, Vol. 2, p. 11, Vol. 1, p. 25.
[30]  Alexander Hislop,
The Two Babylons or the Papal Worship: Proved to be the Worship of Nimrod and His Wife (Neptune, New Jersey:
Loizeaux Brothers, 1916), 61-62.
[31]  Herman L. Hoeh,
Compendium of World History, Vol. 2, p. 13.
[32]  
4. Nimrod and Babylon, Lesson Four: Nimrod and Babylon: The Birth of Idolatry, 2, http://www.ctelcom.net/koinoia/bible/nimrod.
htm (accessed May 25, 2000).
[33]  
4. Nimrod and Babylon, Lesson Four: Nimrod and Babylon: The Birth of Idolatry, 2, http://www.ctelcom.net/koinoia/bible/nimrod.
htm (accessed May 25, 2000).
[34]  Bryce Self,
Semiramis, Queen of Babylon, 2, http://www.ldolphin.org/semir.html (accessed June 20, 2000).
[35]  Bryce Self,
Semiramis, Queen of Babylon, 2, http://www.ldolphin.org/semir.html (accessed June 20, 2000).
[36]  valleylife.net,
Mystery of Civilization, 10, http://www.valleylife.net/tcg/armstrong/MOA/CHAP4 (accessed July 2, 2000).
[37]  Robert Bowie Johnson, Jr.,
The Parthenon Code: Mankind’s History in Marble (Annapolis, Maryland: Solving Light Books, 2004),
175.
[38]  Richard M. Rives,
Too Long in the Sun (Charlotte, North Carolina: Partakers Publications, 1998), 68.
[39]  Bryce Self,
Semiramis, Queen of Babylon, 2, http://www.ldolphin.org/semir.html (accessed June 20, 2000).
[40]  Moses Kohrenats’i,
History of the Armenians (London: Harvard University Press, 1978), 96.
[41]  Herman L. Hoeh,
Compendium of World History, Vol. 1, p. 25.
[42]  Herman L. Hoeh,
Compendium of World History, Vol. 1, p. 24-25.
[43]  Herman L. Hoeh,
Compendium of World History, Vol. 1, Chap. 19, 1.
[44]  Herman L. Hoeh,
Compendium of World History, Vol. 2, p. 97.
[45]  Herman L. Hoeh,
Compendium of World History, Vol. 2, p. 97.
[46]  Herman L. Hoeh,
Compendium of World History, Vol. 1, Chap 18, 15.
[47]  Herman L. Hoeh,
Compendium of World History, Vol. 1, Chap 17, 3.

Upon Noah’s death, their plight became much easier! All they’d have to do was do what they did with so
many others before: make a
god out of Noah; and get people to worship him, or other gods that they
designated - and
not God!

Nearly everyone has heard of the ancient pagan Greek and Roman gods and goddesses. But almost no
one knows that they were originally great rulers of Italy… It was the vogue of the last century to ridicule the
myths of Rome and of Greece. The gods and goddesses were regarded as mere human inventions -
regiments of the superstitious madness of the ancients. To admit that they were originally flesh-and-blood
human beings would have been tantamount to admitting the reality of the Bible. For several of the heroes-
made-god of ancient Italy are characters of the Bible.
                                 (Hoeh, 1967, p. 97)[45]

Mixing the ways of God with their ancient pagan dogma can be compared to combining of a pure cup of
water with a very-dark cup of
ink. When you add the two together, the water doesn’t usually turn out more
pure. For all practical purposes, it becomes
darker. This seems to be a law of nature.
The same holds true for mixing the ways of God and other ideologies: those who follow these
compromised “ways” become darker, and not more pure - the pure and clear water becomes compromised
in the mixture, until one, no longer, can see any of the pure water left. Noah and Shem knew this, and tried
to do everything they could to keep, at least,
some areas of the world clean and pure!

Shem came in, and tried to hold onto Noah’s theological dominance in the region, but
he was getting old,
as well. It was about this same time the patriarch
Abraham also walked the earth. God was getting ready to
establish new plans with this individual, on the other side of the world. Although most of the world probably
began to go dark, God was about to bring forth another nation - a nation of
light - from Abraham’s seed;
a nation He could call his own:
Israel.
But, until then, the struggle for the soul of Italy was still waging – seemingly, the last stronghold of the ways
of God at the time. What would happen to this area next; and what does it all have to do with our expose’
of
Mystery Babylon?

Next, we’ll see
another Biblical character make his debut. This famous hunter was, in fact, very close to the
patriarch
Jacob: the father of the twelve tribes of Israel! But, why bring this particular human being into this
puzzle; and what would this patriarch have to do with the ongoing struggle we have, here, in
Italy?
We’ll see soon, in
The Esau – Rome Connection.

"Myth"... or No?

These “cat and mouse” games would still continue, between these patriarchs and their descendants; way
beyond the scope of our vision. There were many stories, or “myths” that came about as a result: from the
god
Osiris being cut into 14 pieces; to the god Hercules having to travel all around the world, to kill as
many giants as he possibly could; to
Abraham finding himself being tossed into a fiery furnace by one of
these rulers of Babylon referring to himself as another "Nimrod."
Where these stories all “myths;” or could all of them really have at least
some grains of (“glamorized”)
truth? Could there have been
more to the reasons why people turn these stories into what they were often
called:
myths?

        …the only reason for ever inventing myth is to hide, obscure or pervert some evidence or truth.
                                                                                      (Hoeh, 1967, p. 15)[46]

Maybe there
is a lot more to these “myths” than what the meaning of the word might entail… maybe, a lot
of the historical “smoke and mirrors” presented to us weren’t put into place by accident:

         One of Satan's clever artifices is manifest in the form of corrupted history! This diabolical plot
                          to make God and His Word appear untrue has deceived the whole world.
                                                                                      (Hoeh, 1967, p. 3)[47]

If we
really believe there is something beyond our world - forces working against our discovering truth -
then it’s quite possible there could be much more
rhyme to all of the possible distortions of our history than
we may have ever
reasoned – which adds more and more to the mystery of what would be Mystery Babylon.

                  This one tarnished woman then, had such a lasting impact upon world history that…
           
                       we call by her name the land from which civilization flowed…
                                                                                 ("Semiramis, Queen of Babylon", n. d., p. 2)[39]

Something else might have happened around this time which proved extraordinary. Semiramis apparently
escaped Shem’s attempted ambush, and would return to Egypt. As we could assume, Semiramis probably
wasn’t as “virgin-like” as she made herself out to be.[40] The
opposite was more likely the truth. One
tradition states she may have even gotten pregnant, at this time, by Shem’s own son
Asshur!

Of course, as beautiful she was, it was easy for almost anyone to fall for her. We also know that Asshur
and Nimrod may have often battled over the throne of Babylon. It’s likely that Semiramis could, and did, do
whatever she could to stay in power, with
whomever she felt the need to! If this means “sleeping with the
enemy,” then
so be it. That’s just how things happened in those days.

Regardless of who she may have slept with, regardless of who the father was, Semiramis
still claimed that
her child was
the miracle child - “Nimrod reborn.” In approximately 2137 B.C., Semiramis established
her rule back in Egypt, bringing her little son along with her. She ruled Egypt until the child was old enough
to accept authority on his own.[41] For a total of 42 years, Semiramis held some sort of control over both of
these lands - before and after Nimrod’s death.[42]

So, in approximately the year 2125 B.C., Semiramis first began to allow her “miracle” child
Horus to begin
his own quest for power. Their joint affair lasted in Egypt for over 31 years.

Shem, meanwhile, charged Asshur with regaining the lands of Babylon, while he, himself, would return to
Europe. Asshur (also known as
Ninus II) did go on to conquer the whole of the Middle East, in a little over
17 years. But, there seemed to be
another event, related to our discussion, which occurred in the
neighborhood of 2094 B.C. (a couple years after Asshur began this conquest of the Middle East).
Something was happening to the entire area of Babylonia. As one author put it, the whole area “died.”
Was it a drought? Was it a famine? No one knows for sure.

Then, for whatever reason, Asshur and his people began to leave Shinar. Maybe there was a famine at
the time, and Asshur felt the need to head towards the area where his father was – Europe. A lot of
Asshur’s people headed north-westward, towards the same continent.

To top it off, at this same time, another ruler was about to take action of his own.
Horus, the “miracle child,”
decided to leave Egypt (with Semiramis in charge), and head over to Babylonia, probably to reclaim the
throne of Babylon.

Horus must have taken it upon himself to do some
chasing of his own. So, after regaining Babylon, he,
also, followed Shem and Asshur up into Europe! Horus reclaimed the nearly-abandoned area of Babylon;
then, followed Asshur into the European continent and took control of much of this area, too. No more
would Europe be a place of simple people, living in simple farming communities. Now, a
hoard of people
and warriors were moving into the lands, actually creating a
civilization out of the European continent!
Some authors actually place this move by Horus as the actual “starting point” of
our Western civilization.

Why does the history of Western Europe begin with the Romans? Eastern Asia's history begins with the
Chinese over 22 centuries before the birth of Christ. Africa's history commenced along the Nile equally
early… Irish history reaches into the dim past to within three centuries after the Flood. Why should the
history of continental Western Europe be so different? Was Europe really uninhabited all this time?
                                                                                                                  (Hoeh, 1964, p. 1)[43]

"Passing the Gavel"

Time passed; all of the “back and forth” fighting between these two power-houses was still going on.
Around the year 2037 B.C., Shem found himself feeling the need to head back into Egypt, to “clean it up,”
once again. This time, he really did a number on the empire; actually
ruling the land for a decade or so.
Around the year 2019 B.C., it had become apparent that
Noah, in his Italian abode, was becoming ill. Shem
had to leave Egypt again, and take over the responsibilities of his father in his land. Noah would die a year
later, surviving 350 years after the flood.

What was so special about the Italian peninsula that Noah retired on, and the land Shem felt the need to
go back and protect?
Italy seemed to be a power-house of the day - in a spiritual way. But; why? Both
Shem and Noah must have felt strongly about keeping law and order in this area, a lot more than the
others. The reason, probably, was that, indeed, there was a large struggle going on in this area – a
struggle of the
most-important kind. Let's go back, and look at a little history of this Italian peninsula.

God of Noah vs. Gods of Paganism

Gomer, a son of Japheth, was originally given dominion over the land of Italy; from the earliest times,
down to the year 2120 B.C. It seems that Gomer passed away in this year, leaving his authority to his
son. At this
same crucial juncture, however, Ham left his current outpost in Egypt, and began to settle
there, as well!
Ham usurped much of the present authority Gomer's son had over the colonists, and began to change
a lot of hearts - for the worse. Gomer’s son did not seem to be influential enough to maintain authority over
it all.
Ham, however, would have a huge, negative impact on Italy, corrupting the people on so many levels.
They were turning away from Noah left and right. A
new war was going on in Italy – not a physical war -
but "war" of religious dogma.

There is a very special reason why Italy originally became the home of religious apostasy in the West…
The pagan mystery religions had a very special problem confronting them in Italy — they had to counter the
teachings of Noah!
                                                                                  (Hoeh, 1967, p. 97)[44]

Italy, once the spiritual “stronghold” of Noah’s teachings, was on its way towards becoming pagan, as well.
One could assume that, if there was an intensified “battle” over religious dogma in this land, the rest of the
civilized world might have already began to fall, or had already fallen, to the “spells” Cush, Nimrod, and
now Semiramis, had inflicted on them!

Italy - The "Capital" of Conflicting Ideologies

Before he died, Noah would try to step in, and confront Ham. Eventually, Noah ousted him to the southern
island of Sicily. Noah still continued a loose network of religious dominance on the mainland, but he was
getting old. The respect and authority he commanded was slowly becoming compromised - brick by brick,
stone by stone. Ham and those who were beginning to follow him were patiently waiting. They knew that
Noah wasn’t going to live forever.

Again, doesn’t this look familiar? The Virgin Mary and baby Jesus? A number of Christian images, today,
look very familiar to this ancient woodcut carving.
This was only the
beginning of pagan infusions into, what were then, the ways of God!

"Thrice-Great" Semiramis

Of course, it only made sense for the people to elevate Semiramis to this “thrice great” status - the “thrice-
born” incarnation of
Eve![37] Just as there was a third “incarnation” of Adam into Cush, and a third
“incarnation” of Cain into Nimrod, etc. Now, we have a third “incarnation” of Eve – in the form of, none
other than,
Semiramis!
It all seemed to fit. Semiramis, naturally, seemed the perfect candidate for the new “
mother” figure (or
Madonna), because she was the
wife of Cush, and mother of Nimrod. And, now, she was the mother of this
“miracle,” reborn child of martyred Nimrod!

All of the other deities who represented Eve, such as the goddess
Ishtar and Athena, for example, were
also equated to Semiramis.[38] This is another reason why understanding this early post-flood history
could be so confusing! The goddess
Ishtar, for example, could have referred to either Eve, Naamah, or
Semiramis, in the past!
When ancient historians inter-mingled these divine names in all the possible “incarnations” of
Adam, Eve,
Cain, Abel, and the Serpent, the possibilities of story-telling – and confusion - are endless.

By this, Semiramis would turn the religion of Cush and Nimrod into a “
smoke and mirrors” religion: the
deeper meanings of her hybrid-religion would often become shrouded in mystery. Often, the bad or
unsavory elements to their religion were hidden. One has to be wade through “smoke and mirrors” just to
find out grains of its truth!

Ancestor-based worship-of-the-Serpent paganism could assimilate, in some respects, into the true ways of
Noah's God. This would complicate matters for any of those who wanted to follow what Noah and Shem
preached.
Many saw her new religion as something “close enough.” It also would begin to wear down the convictions
of many who, in the past, may have objected to Semiramis! The tides were surely beginning to change - in
their favor.

The "Beginning of Civilization"

Yes, back then, this was one way ancients could have used to maintain their control and popularity. She
really “got around” in this, and other ways, as well!

For all practical purposes, she would abandon Cush. Her devotion now lied with her husband/son Nimrod.
When Nimrod was driven out of Egypt, she was forced to leave, as well.

One Catching Up to the Other

As we already know, when Shem arrived in Egypt (in 2167 B.C.), the mother-son duo of Semiramis and
Nimrod could not directly rule the land. For another 30 years, one or both of them still may have retained
some assembly of authority (most probably, from
afar).[29] The people of Egypt and Babylon still respected
the two a great deal.
Somewhere during, or, at the end of, their 30-year “reign-from-
afar,” another monumental event occurred.
Change was in the air
again. Shem and his clan finally caught up with Nimrod, wherever he fled to. After
all of those years, chasing Nimrod over hill and dale, Shem caught up with him, and
took him out![30]

Yes, Shem killed him.

When word got out about Nimrod’s execution, those who admired all that Cush and Nimrod stood for were
completely devastated. Their “immortal,” “god-like” leader was dead. What a blow to their ideology and
ancestor-based worship!

Shem would soon become known as the second “Belus,” or the second “father” of Babylon.[31] This time,
the new “father and son” duo would not be pagan Cush and Nimrod, but
God-fearing Shem and his son
Asshur. Now, Shem would assume responsibility over both Babylon and Egypt – promoting a God-
centered culture in both lands, as well.

Semiramis' Zodiacal Plot

…in the height of his power, Nimrod died. It was a violent death, shrouded in mystery. Semiramis, preg-
nant from an adulterous relationship and desperate to keep her position, devised a scheme.
                                                    ("Nimrod and Babylon: The Birth of Idolatry", n. d., p. 2)[32]

She was about to take full advantage of her situation, as well as what was “written in the stars!”

A little background on this all, here: originally, tradition tells us that the stars above, or the
Zodiac, the
Constellations, or whatever one might call it, contains the entire story of the Genesis 3:15 Prophecy! You
have the “virgin;” you have the “crushing of the Serpent’s head.” It’s all there, divinely “written in the
stars.”
There were a few men of God designated to teach all of this to people. Among them:
Enoch (before the
flood) and
Noah (after the flood). This knowledge became corrupted by the antediluvian angels,
however – probably because they were teaching people
more about it than they should have! As a result,
this caused the use of the Zodiac to become impractical in God’s eyes. It was now “damaged goods;” so
God eventually outlawed its use by His own people.
Pagans, before and after the flood, found this forbidden knowledge appealing and important, however;
and
Semiramis was about to use it to her own advantage!

Although the pagan Greeks may have interpreted the Genesis 3:15 Prophecy a little differently, Noah was
preaching the
correct version of the Prophecy. Using the positions of stars as evidence, he was able to
prove to the people about that a woman of his seed would eventually conceive a savior. This savior would
be the one who would do away with the curse given to Adam and Eve in the Garden!
The people could see it, in the stars. It was most convincing.
Semiramis, however, jumped on the bandwagon and provided her
own, twisted interpretation of it all; and a
lot of people would eventually begin to listen to
her! She, ultimately, began to use Nimrod’s death as a way
to change the perception of it all; and insert
herself as an important element, as well!

Taking advantage of the prophecy written in the sky with which the remaining inhabitants of Babylon were
familiar, Semiramis covered up the details of Nimrod’s death and publicly proclaimed that:
- Nimrod’s death was voluntary and self-sacrificial for the benefit of the world.
- She was a virgin.
- Nimrod would rise again…
- Nimrod "visited her in a flash of light and the baby was the reincarnated Nimrod".
- Nimrod’s rising in the form of her son was the fulfillment of the ancient prophecy (Gen. 3:15).
                                                   ("Nimrod and Babylon: The Birth of Idolatry", n. d., p. 2)[33]

In other words, Semiramis took Noah’s words, and
twisted them to her own religious benefit! She began to
claim she was with "no man” - like a
virgin - when the spirit of martyred Nimrod came into her (in spirit
form) and
impregnated her! This allowed him to be “born again" into another human body!

Doesn't this all sound familiar?

The former religion of Cush and Nimrod pushed idolatry, as well as humanistic self-worship; the worship of
the
sun; the worship of the Serpent, etc. It even involved human (i.e. infant) sacrifice, among other atrocious
deeds! All of it proved very harsh and cruel to many who followed God (which included Shem and his
progeny).
Semiramis, at this time, felt the need to “sanitize” their old pagan faith. She accomplished this by
combining
the two belief systems in certain ways - mixing the ways of God and her own! This twisting of the Genesis
3:15 Prophecy was only the beginning.

Semiramis needed to make her beliefs seem less and less distasteful to Shem, and those who were with
him. She began to accomplish this feat; slowly but surely.

Semiramis was the instigator in forming the false religion aimed at supporting their rule, and of course her
suggestion fell upon open ears. The religion she invented was based primarily upon a corruption of the
primeval astronomy formulated by Noah's righteous ancestors before the flood… the promise of One to
come who would suffer and die to relieve man from the curse of sin …
                                                                   ("Semiramis, Queen of Babylon", n. d., p. 2)[34]

This new, “softer” version of their religion now contained
hybrid elements, of which most everyone (on
either side) could use! Maybe Shem and those behind him could “soften up,” over time; and even accept
it! And this was what happened!

Eventually, she would be “back on top;” honored as the
mother (or Madonna) of the newly-created
“savior.” She, now, was a huge part of this twisted, compromised pagan religion. The end-result of her
“new” take on their “old” religious ways still wouldn’t head one towards honoring God, however!

                  …a child… one day born of a divine mother… would supplant God, become a
                                  god himself, and return rulership of the Earth to the serpent.
                                                                    ("Semiramis, Queen of Babylon, n. d., p. 2)[35]

Now, Nimrod’s embarrassing death could be justified into something of a
martyrdom, and having purpose:

           In life [Nimrod] had been honored as a hero; in death she will have him worshiped as a god...
                                                                                   ("Mystery of Civilization", n. d., p. 10)[36]

Nimrod as the “savior”? Semiramis as the “Madonna” – a Madonna who, in the likes of a
virgin, bore a
child “
by the spirit”? Doesn’t this all sound familiar? Yes, Semiramis hijacked the end-result of the Genesis
3:15 Prophecy - 2000 years early! She claimed her “miracle child” was the
pagan version of what would
eventually be
Jesus Christ!

Images of her and her child began to pop up, like the following:

As we’ve already seen, it was less than a decade after Noah’s initial world-tour that the construction of the
Tower of Babel was already underway. The anti-God, unity movement of Nimrod and Cush was in full
force.[14] After the Tower’s fall, the struggle for authority over people of many areas had begun. This time
frame was somewhere in the neighborhood of 2254 B.C.[15]

The first person affected by the Tower’s fall would be
Cush. Although he was still thought of as a top figure
in most everyone’s mind, he was also considered "
Chaos," or father of “confusion,” because of what
happened to the Tower. Cush still held
some control over Shinar and Babylon; but it was loosely-held
control, at best.

Cush’s influence and authority over Babylonia did last after the Tower’s fall for a little over 30 years. Then,
for some reason, he had to leave. Apparently, there was a power struggle in this area for quite some
time.[16] Shem’s son
Asshur was also considered a “father” of many area people – a people known as the
Assyrians. Trouble was brewing between two sides.

As we already know, there may have, at first, been a joint-venture between Shem and Nimrod - at least until
Nimrod turned his back on God! Legend has it that Asshur could have driven Cush out of the area in
approximately 2222 B.C.[17] Cush then ended up in Egypt (another stronghold area of this pagan, anti-God
theology), where he may have quickly joined up with someone very familiar to him:
Ham.

Ham, as we know, lived predominately in Egypt during this time. Soon after Cush arrived, he usurped most
of the authority Ham might have had over the land; and began to rule Egypt another 30 years, on his
own.[18]

Around this same time,
Asshur was beginning to stir things up in Shinar. His father Shem wasn’t only sitting
around idle, either. Shem was taking action – in a different area of the world. Asshur was trying to acquire
dominance over the area of Babylon; Shem, with some descendants and followers, would migrate to
another area of the world:
Europe.

The date of this migration into Europe from Mesopotamia and the Near East is placed at 2214 B.C. by
German history… Shem or Tuitsch came into Europe with members of his family, as well as with certain
of the sons of Japheth and two of the sons of Ham…
                                     (Hoeh, 1969, p. 12-13)[19]

Thus began “an extensive settlement of farmers;” or loosely-organized farming communities in the
European continent![20]

Nimrod

Everything seemed to change around the end of Cush’s 60 year total-dominion of Babel and Egypt. In
approximately 2194 B.C.,
Nimrod would come back into the forefront of history.
After the initial separation of tongues, Nimrod maintained control over Babylon, along with Cush. But,
something happened in the above year; and Nimrod had to leave Babylon, as well. Apparently, the ancient
Medes - descendants of Noah's son Japheth – also had a part in driving Nimrod out of Shinar.[21] There
seemed to have been a struggle for this area for quite a while; involving numerous participants.

Around 2192 B.C., Nimrod began to establish rule over Egypt; overshadowing his father’s authority.[22] He
ruled Egypt for about 30 years, eventually ousting Cush in the process.[23] Cush may have fled to the
vicinity of Armenia. We’re not sure.
Around 2167 B.C., things changed again! It seemed that, now, Nimrod was forced to leave this land, as
well![24] Shem, the great Shem, seemed to be on the warpath; his scope poised directly at catching up to
him! Although Shem was in Europe for a while, he may have felt the need to “clean up” the areas of
Babylon and Egypt - forcing them to change the corrupted ways they were following. Most notably, his goal
would be to wipe out their leaders at large. Shem traveled far and wide to put down the authority of Cush,
and of Nimrod.

When Shem arrived in Egypt, he, not only drove out Nimrod, but drove out Cush’s wife (whose name was
Semiramis). There’s a reason for this. This woman would soon become another dominating force in these
ancient times, as we'll soon see.
Let’s take a quick look at this woman who was Cush’s wife, and the mother of Nimrod:
Semiramis!

The Rise of Semiramis

                                          …tradition states that she was an inn/brothel keeper…
                                                                  ("Semiramis, Queen of Babylon", n. d., p. 2)[25]

Who was this woman, and why would she become so important to pagan Babylon? She seemed to have
“a history” in some ways (such as her, once, being a prostitute); yet, the rest of her history was, for the
most part,
obscured! This golden-haired, blue-eyed wife of Cush probably started out as a harlot that Cush
picked up one day, and decided to keep for his own.[26] She began in the shadows of Cush’s monarchy,
but, eventually, moved into the
forefront of ancient power and fame. How would she accomplish this?

Very little has come down to us through the millennia concerning Semiramis' rise to power, but it is safe to
assume that initially upon Nimrod's coattails that she rode, although later in life as well as throughout
history her influence overwhelmingly obscured that of her husband.
                                                                  ("Semiramis, Queen of Babylon", n. d., p. 2)[27]

Yet, when Cush’s power was diminishing, she did not want to go down with him. Nimrod was her son, and
his popularity always seemed to be on an upswing. What would she do? The only thing that would cement
her place in his stardom amongst these leaders was to do what many of us now-a-days would consider
unthinkable: she married
her own son![28]

Noah’s original “world tour,” as we know, took place almost 100 years after the flood; ending when he
returned to the general area where he first came down from the ark –
Armenia.[10] Noah, then, dedicated
groups of colonists to be sent out to various parts of the world; in a second tour - in the pre-ordained and
organized manner inspired to him by God![11]
The Bible even states this about God:

                       And (He) hath made… all nations of men… to dwell on all the face of the earth…
                                            and hath determined… the bounds of their habitation.
                                                                                              Acts 17:26 (KJV)

The lands around ancient Armenia, located near the Black and Caspian seas (in Asia), once bordered the
land of Shinar (where Babylon was). This area was located near to countries now known as Turkey,
Russia, and Iran.
Noah began his second tour from his Armenian “home base:” first, heading towards the Caucasus
Mountains (between the Black and Caspian Seas). After leaving a few colonists there, Noah’s spread into
Shinar and Arabia. From there, he and his clan headed towards Africa. Eventually, father Noah left Africa,
and moved into what would be modern-day Spain. Ultimately, at the end of his migration, Noah ended up
in, now, what would be the nation of
Italy.[12] Noah finished his lengthy, sophomore tour around 2001 B.C.;
almost 260 years after he started![13]
Noah’s stopping point was most important, in regards to our study of
Mystery Babylon. Why? What’s so
important about this land of
Italy? Much more will be discussed on this topic, soon enough.

The Tower's Fall - the Untold Story

Much like today, succession usually passed down through the bloodlines – father to son; son to grandson,
etc. As a consequence, many individuals were given these
same titles – depending on how a historian
looked at him. We already know, for example, that Ham was known as "Saturn" - the “hidden god” -
because he was
hidden aboard the ark; but Noah was, too. They were both considered a “father,” or
“first of…”

We’ll soon see, however, that
Cush also could have been considered a “Saturn,” because he was the first
to initiate this Tower-building project; as well as a “father” of so many people. Nimrod could have been
considered another “Saturn,” as well! He was the “father,” or founder of the Babylonian empire.
The possibilities seem endless.

Likewise - from Ham down – the same individuals known as “Saturn” could also be known as a “Jupiter”
god, because they were the son of a “Saturn” god already! The same goes with the grandson-title of
“Hercules.” Most of these leaders of old were probably nominated into one, or more, of these titles! This is
another reason why deciphering just “who’s who” might have always been so difficult.

On top of the above titles, there were
more titles handed out (such as “Belus” and “Ninus”), which followed
along this same “father”/“son” pattern. Some historians would even use these titles interchangeably. How
confusing would it be to decipher “who’s who,” when a leader was given a title such as “Jupiter
Belus?”

All of this may sound difficult to understand, but it’s not impossible to figure out. It just took a few brave
contemporary authors (Herman Hoeh, Mike Gascoigne, Ken Johnson, etc.) to take on the task, do the
research, and bring it all to some level of understanding.

So, to simplify things somewhat, we’ll take most of these mythological titles out of it, and insert their
probable,
Biblical equivalents. This will help unleash a truly fascinating story, assuredly not taught in most
history books, nowadays. It also helps us to understand how the story of
Nimrod, for example, is “the
greatest story
never told.”
Another reason this post-flood history is so rarely explored is that it tends to expose
Mystery Babylon;
which might be unappealing to vast a number of people today; and in the past, also.

So, let’s begin to unravel it: a tightly-wound web of clouded, and often misinterpreted, historical information!

From Armenia - To the Limelight

The fascinating story of what happened soon after the flood emerges with the person it really should have
begun with –
Noah.

Shem, a father of many descendants, and a major patriarch in his own right, tried to coexist along with
Cush and Nimrod - at first. He tried to maintain some type of joint venture over the kingship of Shinar. As we
know, Nimrod was once on the side of God, and did work in positive ways. After Nimrod and his father went
off the theological “deep end,” Shem wouldn’t have any part of it. A canyon of difference developed between
the two, and their joint-venture couldn’t last.
Their polarized views would eventually degenerate into downright hostility. Shem and his progeny began to
struggle with Cush and Nimrod for control.

All the top patriarchs were extremely well-respected by the people of the day; much the same way Noah
was. Whoever was “on top” of the throne commanded authority and respect from the people; that’s just the
way it was. Because of this, Shem took it upon himself to do something about Nimrod’s atrocities; and gain
the throne himself.

"Cat and Mouse"

What would occur soon after the Tower’s fall would be an immense game of “cat and mouse” between
these Patriarchs: Shem and his son on one end; Cush and Nimrod on the other. Shem’s drive was more than
just a struggle for some throne – it was for the survival of the ways of God! The pagan upswing was massive,
thanks to Cush and Nimrod. They had become so powerful that Shem felt the only way to stop this
unstoppable upswing was to have them both dead.

Even though Cush and Nimrod would retain authority over most of the lands they once had, their
continuance was, at best, sporadic. Shem would chase them all over the civilized world; continually knocking
them out of the “top spot” of some empire, at least for a while. Cush and Nimrod would be in Babylon; then
Shem would arrive. At least one of them would flee to Egypt, and rule there. Shem, then, would go to Egypt;
and they’d flee again! This “cat and mouse” game was extremely deadly for everyone involved.

All of these upheavals also made it a confusing time for anyone trying to understand what the history of this
time was all about.

Saturn, Jupiter, & Hercules

To complicate matters more, there seemed to be a number of ancient historians out there, writing about
what went on at this time. Often, they reported their story in a different language, coming from a different
empire, and/or from their point of view. All of this could add to the confusion, even more! There were no
rules of writing back then; no manuals of style; no ISBN numbers to their books. The lines between absolute
history and exaggerated mythology could easily have become blurred, making it all-the-more of a
monumental task of wading through this historical muck.

On top of it, there also wasn’t really any kind of protocol to name these patriarchs. Nowadays, we have a
leader, a president, or a king. One would rule, and another would come and take his place. It is a lot simpler
today than what it was back then. Back in Noah’s day, there wasn’t a leader “A” who ruled; then retires, and
passes his throne on to leader “B.” It was, often, top patriarchs continually fighting amongst each other,
each claiming the throne! Sometimes, there was more than one leader trying to lead at the same time.
Succession usually was never easy. It would, often, involve intimidation; bloodshed; even death.

To make things worse, there were many different titles that could have been given out to these early
patriarchs.
Edward VII, for example, was probably a prince of England at one time. He, then, became king.
One author may have written about Edward VII when he was still a prince; and another when he was king!
Still another author may have written about Edward VII and did not give him a title. They were all the same
person; only written from different perspectives.
This becomes another reason why trying to understanding this crucial history is so confusing – so many
different titles; as well, so many different cross-referenced titles that could have been referring to the same
individual!
Eventually, a few of the more-popular names of these men-turned-deities were turned into “titles” (such as
“president” or “king”):

Saturn      once considered a “father,” leader; the first “god” of something (usually because he actually
   
               was the father, or leader, of a certain people, nation, or empire).
Jupiter      usually the “son” of the above Saturn patriarch/god (usually, again, because he actually was
                  the son of the above Saturn).
Hercules   usually the “grandson” of the above Saturn patriarch/god (usually, again, because he actually
     
             was the son of the above Jupiter patriarch/god, and grandson of the above Saturn
      
            patriarch/god).

                       The place wherein they built the tower is now called Babylon, because of the
        
                         confusion of that language which they readily understood before…
                                                                          - Flavius Josephus Antiquities of the Jews 1.4.3[9]

Their new “ways” of life, under Nimrod, must have confused people on what was right and wrong. It’s funny
that, what the people probably “understood” for sure was what they were actually most confused about!
Their willful ignorance about right and wrong was now to be addressed by God - if they like being in that
particular state of mind, then they are really going to be confused! Now, nobody could understand each
other; many of them had to leave Shinar, and go with those of their same tongues; just to make sense of it
all! It seemed a fitting counter for what these people were thinking at the time. God’s reaction to them, again,
seemed to have been dealt measure for measure.

Their willful ignorance was stopped; their “unity” project was over – at least for the time being.

Things were about to change for Cush and Nimrod, as well.

After the Tower

After this separation, Nimrod wouldn’t fall too far from his heights of power; he still maintained a great deal
of his popularity. After all, he was a fan-favorite. It didn’t turn out as well for
Cush, however. People were,
naturally, very angry at the God of Noah for what He did. They were not only mad at Him, but were also
disheartened with the one who tried to get them to build this tower in the first place. This was, of course,
their prophet Cush! Because he was the early organizer of the whole tower-building movement, the attitude
of the people towards him had now changed.

Cush and Nimrod became unpopular to a few famous patriarchs, as well – namely, the son of Noah:
Shem.