Genesis 11:9--Therefore its name is called Babylon, for there the Lord confused the language of the whole earth, and from there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth.
In Hebrew the word for Babylon sounds like the word “confuse.” To confuse is to make unclear or indistinct, to bring to ruin or naught. It is similar to the word nebulous which also means indistinct or confused. Whenever mankind rebels against God, thinking becomes nebulous. What is right is ridiculed while what is wrong is exalted—clearly the sign of spiritual dementia. Confusion is never connected to God because He is never confused. That ought to teach us something.
We have reached a moment in history where mankind has virtually overcome the language barrier God created. Through Google translate we can communicate with people of every major language group. Most of the business word is conversant in English and through the internet and broadcasting it is not hard to interpret. With the ability to communicate universally mankind is a major step closer to: one world government; technological innovations like cloning and mixing DNA of species; erasing or greatly postponing death with artificial intelligence; making horrific weapons capable of destroying the planet; monitoring residents with the ability to not only invade privacy but strip away freedom; glorifying evil on unimaginable scales.
Throughout history, many generations believed Jesus would return during their lifetime. Yet, right now, we sit in time with capabilities no other generation possessed. So here is my theory. I believe we are near the end and that God will be intervening soon. He has too—He will not let man become gods and subvert His will. The birth pains (Mark 13:8) are universally evident. A nebula is settling across the globe—Babylon rises.
If ever there was a time to share the gospel message with fervor it is now. If ever vigilance and prayer was needed it is now. We dare not descend into nebulous thinking and living.
So the first and most basic [task] of contemporary Christian leaders is to lead people out of the land of confusion into the land of hope.—Henri J.M. Nouwen in The Wounded Healer
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Ecclesiastes 12:10-The Teacher sought to find delightful sayings and to accurately write words of truth. (Holman CSB)