I started this article when I tried to work out when the great pyramid in Giza was created, e.g. before the Flood, or after, etc.
During my research I found several interesting things which I wanted to share here.
Note: some of the years mentioned in this article are rounded up or down for easy reading.
We know very little from the pre-flood people other than that they were very evil.
And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.
- Genesis 6:5-7 (KJV)
It would have had to be pretty bad for it to grieve God's heart. False gods, idols, human sacrifices, sexual immorality, etc, etc.
Noah was the only one who found grace in the eyes of the Lord.
But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.
- Genesis 6:8 (KJV)
Noah, his wife, his three sons (and their wives) were saved. Eight people total.
And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons' wives with him, into the ark, because of the waters of the flood.
- Genesis 7:7 (KJV)
People have tried to estimate the number of people that lived at the time of the Flood, but there just isn't enough information. People in that era lived to become 900+ years, and you can certainly have a lot of offspring during that time.
I think it's safe to say though there were many millions, and maybe even a billion?!?
These people were insanely smart. They wouldn't have needed computers in the way that we do. They could work math problems out in their head.
I also believe that the pre-flood people were giants.
There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.
- Genesis 6:4 (KJV)
After the Flood many giant skeletons were found (you can still find these in musuems all over the world).
Sons of God are those who believe in God, and not angels as some have claimed.
But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.
- John 1:12 (KJV)
The Flood was a global event that happened around 2350 BC. We know the year by adding up the six days, and the genealogies, coming to 1656 (or approximately 2350 BC).
It was more than just rain. (It hadn't rained before the Flood)
In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.
- Genesis 7:11-12 (KJV)
- By Wilhelm Thomas Fiege / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0
It was a very violent event, and all the pre-flood generation was destroyed.
All the high hills were covered.
And the waters prevailed exceedingly upon the earth; and all the high hills, that were under the whole heaven, were covered.
- Genesis 7:19 (KJV)
Note that in that time there were no mountains, just small hills. The moutains as we know them today (Mount Everest, etc) were formed later during the Flood. And yes, there was plenty of water, etc.
The Ark was a highly sophisticated vessel specifically designed for the Flood. Only those in the Ark survived.
- By Ron Wyatt / CC BY-NC-ND 4.0
The Ark was later found in East Turkey by Ron Wyatt.
- By Ron Wyatt / CC BY-NC-ND 4.0
The Flood really happened.
Shortly after the Flood God gave Noah and his family the command to replenish the Earth (spread out).
And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.
- Genesis 9:1 (KJV)
The idea here is that God wanted man to spread out, and create several nations. All nations came from Noah's grandsons (70 in total). For example, Mizraim became Egypt, Arphaxad became Babylon, Magog became Russia, etc. It is generally believed that Shem went to Asia, that Ham went to Africa, and that Japheth went to Europe.
For a more detailed overview of who went where, please click here.
Some nations no longer exist, others have been merged, but hopefully you get the idea. It's fascinating really.
To learn more about where the different races (and skin color) came from, please click here.
To learn more about population distribution, please click here.
To learn more about the ages before and after the Flood, please click here.
Tower of Babel
Despite God's command to spread out, some people stayed together, and (in rebellion) made a city and a tower.
And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech. 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. 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 morter. 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.
- Genesis 11:1-4 (KJV)
At that point God changed the one existing language into many languages, and the confusion prevented them from finishing the tower, and they were forced to spread out according to the languages that God had given them. For example, Hebrew, Egyptian, Chinese, etc.
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.
- Genesis 11:9 (KJV)
Recently a tablet was re-discovered (it was in private possession before that) with the image of the tower of Babel on it.
- By Robert Koldewey / Wikimedia Commons
The tablet was found more than 100 years ago, some 80 miles south of Baghdad, and has the inscription "Tower of Temple of Babylon" on it. The building is essentially a ziggurat (meaning "rising building"), and would have been some 300ft high. At the top there was a temple for the false 'g'od Marduk. Some people have estimated that the tower would have had around 17 million bricks in it.
Here are the measures of it:
|1||300ft x 300ft||110ft|
|2||260ft x 260ft||60ft|
|3||200ft x 200ft||20ft|
|4||170ft x 170ft||20ft|
|5||140ft x 140ft||20ft|
|6||Unknown||Unknown, but most likely 20ft|
|7||70ft x 80ft||50ft|
This building was better known as Etemenanki (meaning "house of the foundation of heaven on earth"). For a more in-depth study on Etemenanki, please click here.
Here's a museum model of it:
- By Hienafant / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 4.0
Ziggurats have been found all over the world, and prove they derive from the same ancient knowledge and skills.
- By Daniel Schwen / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 4.0
The image below shows the possible base of the tower itself. It's right next to the Euphrates river.
To see this on Google Earth yourself, please click here.
Babel later became Babylon (roughly where Iraq is today).
The tower of Babel was only partially completed when God confounded the languages.
I find the idea that Nimrod build the city and the tower, which was then abandoned, and later restored by perhaps Nebuchadnezzar (to become Babylon city) really interesting. Nebuchadnezzar would have been the one who placed the temple (for false 'g'od Marduk) at the top of the tower.
However it may be, Babel/Babylon became synonymous with rebellion and false religion.
And upon her forehead was a name written, Mystery, Babylon The Great, The Mother Of Harlots And Abominations Of The Earth.
- Revelation 17:5 (KJV)
For a further study on the tower of Babel, please click here.
For some cool Babylon 3D art, please click here.
To this day the word "Sabbath" (meaning seventh day rest) can still be found in well over 80 different languages (some say 105). It shows that all languages have a common ancestor. To learn more about this, please click here.
Nobody knows exactly when the tower of Babel happened, but we do know it happened between 100-340 years after the Flood. Here's why.
The Bible mentions a person by the name of Peleg.
And unto Eber were born two sons: the name of one was Peleg; for in his days was the earth divided; and his brother's name was Joktan.
- Genesis 10:25 (KJV)
The "earth divided" here is a reference to the tower of babel incident. The phrase "in his days" means that Babel happened during his lifetime (100-340 years after the Flood).
Some have suggested that the phrase "the earth divided" refers to the dividing of the continents, but I would argue that if the continents were moving you would know about it. Also verse 32 clearly confirms that the phrase "the earth divided" refers to the tower of Babel.
These are the families of the sons of Noah, after their generations, in their nations: and by these were the nations divided in the earth after the flood.
- Genesis 10:32 (KJV)
Some say that the tower of Babel happened, and then shortly after that Peleg (meaning "division") was born, but I think it's just as likely that Babel didn't happen until at some point after his birth. Maybe Babel was his idea, and so Peleg became synonymous with "division".
If Peleg was some kind of "marker" for the tower of Babel, I suspect it would have to be exact, e.g. either his birth, or his death.
Here are some numbers to give you an idea.
|2247 BC||Peleg born||Ussher|
|2242 BC||Tower of Babel||Manetho|
|2234 BC||Babylon founded||Simplicius|
|2188 BC||Egypt founded||Manasses|
The numbers above are from Larry Pierce. To read his article, please click here.
To learn more about the Bible and Egyptian chronology, check out these articles.
- Doesn't Egyptian Chronology Prove That the Bible Is Unreliable?
- A Correct Chronology
- Egyptian history and the biblical record: a perfect match?
- Time fears the pyramids?
Because we can't work out when exactly Babel happened we also don't know what the population would have been like during that time.
A hundred years after the flood (Peleg's birth) and the population could still have been relatively small, e.g. thousands (or tens of thousands). In itself not a problem, e.g. if there are 70 nations (Genesis 10) you only need 70 * 2 people (man/woman). Obviously there were way more people at Babel than that.
The number of people at Peleg's death (340 years after the Flood) could easily have been around a million, but to be honest, I think the tower of Babel would have happened much earlier than that.
I think it's far more likely that people spread out from say 100-150 years after the flood. The population size at that point (say 10,000 - 100,000) would mean there were enough people to build the city and the tower of Babel, and it would also leave enough people to move on with. Please note that even if the tower of Babel happened only 100 years after the Flood (around Peleg's birth) it could still all work.
I think the repopulation of the Earth would have happened rapidly after Babel, and science is actually in agreement with that, e.g. the numbers are right, so is the point of origin, and so are the languages.
There are many different population growth models today, but the numbers vary quite a bit. It's hard to come up with good numbers, because we have to factor in that Noah lived to 950 years, his sons lived around half that, and their sons lived around half that again. That means you can't really use a set growth formula for each person in that time period, and you would probably need to write some kind of computer program for that. Also, remember that there was no birth control, and the minimum child bearing age would have been much lower (even as low as twelve) than you would expect today.
I also believe that the God fearing people would have obeyed God, and would have moved on well before the tower of Babel happened. So this would affect the numbers in unknown ways as well.
For a time the descendants of Noah continued to dwell among the mountains where the ark had rested. As their numbers increased, apostasy soon led to division. Those who desired to forget their Creator and to cast off the restraint of His law felt a constant annoyance from the teaching and example of their God-fearing associates, and after a time they decided to separate from the worshipers of God. Accordingly they journeyed to the plain of Shinar, on the banks of the river Euphrates. They were attracted by the beauty of the situation and the fertility of the soil, and upon this plain they determined to make their home. Here they decided to build a city, and in it a tower of such stupendous height as should render it the wonder of the world. These enterprises were designed to prevent the people from scattering abroad in colonies. God had directed men to disperse throughout the earth, to replenish and subdue it; but these Babel builders determined to keep their community united in one body, and to found a monarchy that should eventually embrace the whole earth. Thus their city would become the metropolis of a universal empire; its glory would command the admiration and homage of the world and render the founders illustrious. The magnificent tower, reaching to the heavens, was intended to stand as a monument of the power and wisdom of its builders, perpetuating their fame to the latest generations.
- Ellen White, Early Writings, p. 118/119
To read more about the tower of Babel, please click here.
Population numbers are a complicated thing in this case, but I do strongly believe that it all fits.
I believe that very shortly after the tower of Babel the pyramids in Egypt were built. Maybe some 200 years after the flood (2144 BC). To learn more about why I believe this, please click here.
I think the pyramids were built after the Flood, mainly because the pyramids are aligned with True North (almost without error), and are placed at the center of Earth's land mass (how on Earth they worked that out is beyond me). Assuming that during the Flood the continents moved, and the Earth tilted, it makes more sense for the pyramids to have been created after the Flood. The water erosion of the Sphinx (and also the pyramids) could have come from heavy rain. It doesn't necessarily mean that the Sphinx and the pyramids were once completely under water.
In addition to the above, fossils have been found in the stones used to construct the great pyramid in Giza. That's very strong evidence they were built after the Flood. The Giza plateau has fossils in it too. Again, the Flood was a very violent event, and I don't think anything could have survived it. For a further study on how violent it was, please read this article.
There are many other pyramids built all over the world, but the pyramids in Egypt are probably the first ones, and the most advanced.
The great pyramid in Giza is without doubt one of the most impressive pyramids ever built.
- By Nina Aldin Thune / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY 2.5
The purpose of these pyramids is a completely mystery, even today. They were definitely not tombs, and no mummies have ever been found inside the great pyramid. Some say that the great pyramid was a wireless power station (like the one Tesla was working on). Others say it was religious in nature (the shafts point at Orion, etc). Some say it was a time capsule. Others say it was merely a demonstration of skill (unparalled even today). And others again say it was all of the above.
I think if we look closely at the tower of Babel, there's probably a hint as to why the pyramids in Egypt were built.
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.
- Genesis 11:4 (KJV)
To me it seems they were definitely making some sort of statement, e.g. building a name for themselves (and they certainly succeeded in that).
I think that the technology that was used would have had to come from the pre-flood world. Only they would have had the brain power to work it all out.
We already know that it was Mizraim who became the nation of Egypt, but I also believe that Ham went with him.
Israel also came into Egypt; and Jacob sojourned in the land of Ham.
- Psalms 105:23 (KJV)
Between the two of them (and a few thousand workers), they could have easily built the pyramids.
Ham and Mizraim could well have been the first pharaohs of Egypt (living as contemporaries). A pharaoh is like a ruler. Either over a country (king), or a city (mayor), etc. Ham would have brought a wealth of knowledge with him, that's for sure.
Either way, all nations hit the ground running, and mankind progressed quickly to where we are today.
While on this topic, it has also been said that Joseph was a vizier, e.g. a special advisor, second only to the pharaoh himself.
Thou shalt be over my house, and according unto thy word shall all my people be ruled: only in the throne will I be greater than thou. And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, See, I have set thee over all the land of Egypt.
- Genesis 41:40-41 (KJV)
Some have tried to link Joseph to Imhotep, which I find really interesting. It's a hard thing to prove though. Especially since others argue that Ham was Imhotep. The name Imhotep means something like "the God lives; the God speaks", and through his visions, that name would certainly fit Joseph. Either way, Joseph was not a pharaoh himself. Pretty close though.
Moses was considered royal family, but I don't think he was ever a pharaoh either.
By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.
- Hebrews 11:24-26 (KJV)
The precision found in the pyramids is unbelievable. Even for today's standards.
How did the Egyptians even cut all those massive stones from the quarry (more than 2 tons each)? How did they move and lay 2.3 million stones, one stone every 5 minutes, 24 hours per day, for 20 years in a row? What tools were they using? Not chisels, that's for sure. How did they lift these stones? Not by hand, surely. Even today's engineers have absolutely no idea. Some technology we're not familiar with certainly. Maybe lasers that cut through stone? Or liquid stone? Some kind of concrete? How about sonic levitation? Or quantum levitation? Etc, etc.
- By CaptMondo / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY 2.5
It is estimated that for us today to build the great pyramid it would take 1500-2000 men, five years, and about 5 billion dollars. I don't think it would have taken the Egyptians very long at all. Their technology was way off the chart, and we still can't work out how they build the pyramids.
In my opinion the step pyramids were built after the great pyramid. Not before. The ancient technology available earlier was lost at that point. No one knows exactly why. Maybe because of war, famine, disease, etc.
- By Ricardo Liberato / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 2.0
Egypt was of course left in utter ruin after the Exodus, e.g. slave workforce gone, firstborns were killed, and its army was wiped out in the Red Sea.
If you want to learn more about the Red Sea crossing (into Saudi Arabia), please click here.
I suspect that Ham was a giant, and maybe Mizraim as well. Several hieroglyphics seem to confirm that theory.
Note also the two distinct skin colors here.
I'm pretty sure that most of the pyramids are (at least partly) occult in nature. Note the all-seeing eye.
The top of the great pyramid used to be gold, so the same "all-seeing eye" was used there also.
Pyramids continue to play a role even today.
And even on the US $1 bill.
Now how does a pyramid with an all-seeing eye get on the US $1 bill I wonder...
There are many other ancient sites worldwide, and the technology used is just astounding.
In Gobekli Tepe (meaning "potbelly hill") in southeast Turkey we find a lot of 3D art on stone pillars.
The most common animals on the pillars are serpents, and foxes.
Today only 5% of Gobekli Tepe has been excavated. Experts agree that Gobekli Tepe is some sort of temple, or sanctuary.
Gobekli Tepe is not a house or a domestic building. Evidence of any domestic use is entirely lacking. No remains of settled human habitation have been found nearby. That leaves one purpose: religion. Gobekli Tepe is the oldest temple in the world.
- Klaus Schmidt (German archaeologist who led the excavations at Gobekli Tepe from 1996 to 2014)
The pillars are accurately aligned with True North suggesting advanced knowledge of the cosmos. This destroys the whole idea that man at that time were just hunter-gathers.
The real mystery of Gobekli Tepe is that it is completely buried in dirt. It is as if people came in that area, built the whole thing, covered it up, and then left in a hurry.
Some have suggested that maybe this site was the tower of Babel. I'm not sure if that's true, because no real city was ever found in that area. Nor can I see any bricks in the picture below.
- By Teomancimit / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0
The entire site has some 20 stone rings (like the one above). A bit like Stonehenge.
For a more in-depth study on Gobekli Tepe, please click here.
Another great example of ancient technology are the Inca walls.
- By McKay Savage / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY 2.0
Now how on earth did they build that? Seriously!
There was plenty of time for the population to grow from eight people to what it is today (even when using conservative growth figures).
God knew that when people get together sin skyrockets, so He destroyed the pre-flood world, made it hard for people to get together (because of the new landscape, e.g. mountains, seas, etc), and then spread everybody all over the earth. It's litereally a fresh start with God giving us time to "think things over".
Ofcourse today we're all together again with sin once more skyrocketing.
Man will never achieve the required level of righteousness, and there will be a point where God will no longer strive with us.
And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.
- Genesis 6:3 (KJV)
I find it very interesting to see that Biblical history is sound. It all fits.
And yes, the truth is stranger than fiction...