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Babbling at Babel by Tazi-san Babbling at Babel by Tazi-san
"Do-you-understand-the-words-that-are-coming-out-of-my-mouth?!"

Babel is where we get the word "babbling" by the way.

Iraq is also modern day Babylon.

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Genesis 11:1-10

1 Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. 2 As people moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there.

3 They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. 4 Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.”

5 But the LORD came down to see the city and the tower the people were building. 6 The LORD said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. 7 Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.”

8 So the LORD scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. 9 That is why it was called Babel—because there the LORD confused the language of the whole world. From there the LORD scattered them over the face of the whole earth.

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I used to wonder why building the tower was a bad thing until I read:

Isaiah 14:12-13

12 How you have fallen from heaven,
morning star, son of the dawn!
You have been cast down to the earth,
you who once laid low the nations!
13 You said in your heart,
“I will ascend to the heavens;
I will raise my throne
above the stars of God;
I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly,
on the utmost heights of Mount Zaphon.

This is Satan talking, back when he was the angel Lucifer. He was cast out of heaven because he lusted after God's Throne and more. Satan is basically a God wannabe and will mimic everything God does to satisfy his delusions of grandeur.

I think the tower was physical a manifestation of man's pride and arrogance and Satan's desire to best God and because God will eventually establish his Kingdom on Earth. [In Revelation 21, God's city, New Jerusalem, will be about 1,400 miles in every direction. So it will be so tall it would reach through the current Earth's atmosphere which is only 372 miles (NASA)].

That and the coming Anti-Christ and Mystery Babylon will be a prophetic fulfillment of this Babel story. Symbolically, Babylon is Satan's city and Jerusalem is God's city. The Anti-Christ is Satan's Messiah while Jesus Christ is God's Messiah. See the mirror image?

Man's number is 6 because of our corrupt flesh that breaks God's laws (see 10 Commandments[link]). We fall short of God's spiritual perfection which is 7. So New Babylon will be a One World System 666 (evil perfected) and God's coming Kingdom will be 777 (Holiness perfected).

We either belong to the 666 system of the 777 system.

Jesus said his Kingdom is not of this world. Any time man has tried to make Earthly utopias, it always created a hell on earth. Maybe that is why God stopped these people from building the tower.
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amelialoo Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014
I love your art so much! It's such an inspiration! I especially love seeing the dinosaurs in the background here. I often picture it looking like this. Fantastic job!
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Tazi-san Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, m'dear!
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bekiss Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey, Isaiah 14:13 sounds similar to Jasher 9:26:

"And all these people and all the families divided themselves in three parts; the first said We will ascend into heaven and fight against him; the second said, We will ascend to heaven and place our own gods there and serve them; and the third part said, We will ascend to heaven and smite him with bows and spears; and God knew all their works and all their evil thoughts, and he saw the city and the tower which they were building."


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Tazi-san Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, you know the OT does reference Jasher.  I should find it online and give it a read.  Preferably acquire a copy for myself.
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bekiss Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You should read it, I love it because its written chronologically and you can easily follow the story. It's a fully detailed historical book. It tells a lot about the life of Abraham and other historical people of the Bible. I still haven't read it completely, I read until Isaac. I think it ends at the part that the hebrews reach the promised land.
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Tazi-san Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome, it is a good idea to secure any historical resources that the Bible itself cites :-)
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Naniga123 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014
Really show how people where starting to change to the modern-day races and langue (Willy Mammoths!). Great artwork by the way.
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Tazi-san Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Those are actually mastodons =D

Yep, people gathered together according to similar languages and were kind of forced to obey the command to scatter and populate he earth instead of being cooped up in one place. (Technically, I believe race is a very innacurate way to categorize humans, we are really of one race/blood as we are able to reproduce with any ethnicity.  So I tend to use the word ethnicity.)
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CrossPhantoka Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014
proof that god has a sense of humor!
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:icontazi-san:
Tazi-san Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Given that some languages sound hilarious XD (just make sure they're not talking about you)
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