STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN

For the more secular in the crowd, ‘Stairway to Heaven’ is the Led Zeppelin song that is played as a waltz for the last dance of the night at a wedding social.  For those who have been following my latest series Wonders of the Word it is the story of the Tower of Babel. I have posted here some of the pictures I used in the sermon so that you can get a second look.   Found in Genesis 11 it is an incredible story of the people of the earth who all being one language tried to build ” a tower to the heavens and make a name for ourselves.” Recognizing what was going on and in order to stop them, God “confounded their languages and scattered them over the face of the entire earth.”

Anthropologists agree that all the people of the earth have a common ancestry, there are many signs that point towards it.  They of course believe that it took 10′s of 1,000′s of years.  The people in Siberia Russia look suspiciously like the Inuit of Northern Canada. Was there a land bridge at one time across the Bering Strait between Siberia and Alaska? The scientific explanations end here as there is almost no way to explain how there just happens to be indigenous peoples on every inhabitable body of land on the planet.  The Samoan islands had people on them when the Europeans arrived and the islands sit in the middle of the Pacific Ocean 5,000 miles from any continent.  God on the other hand can put people wherever he wants.  He’s God after all.

The other fascinating thing about the story of Babel is that the evidence still exists today.   There are over 30 Ziggurat towers in Mesopotamia (modern day Iraq and Iran) where Genesis 11 originally took place.  Is one of these the remnants of Babel?

The one near modern Babylon (Babel) Iraq was partially restored by Saddam Hussein in the 1980′s.

What is intriguing to me is that the basic shape of these towers can be found again and again throughout history in places far and away from Mesopotamia.  Egypt has 100′s of ‘towers to heaven’ that today we call pyramids.

Central America has them as well.  Built by the Mayans and Aztecs they were man-made attempts to get closer to heaven in order to seek the favour of the gods, often with human sacrifices.  Notice the ziggurat like stairways on this one at Chichen Itza which was built around 600 BC.  Located on the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico it is about as far away as you can get from Mesopotamia.

God never claimed He was going to be able to stop man from attempting to build a stairway to heaven.  By confounding their speech all He did was slow them down.  Every time a people become strong and significant throughout history they seem to want to build a tower to heaven and make a name for themselves.  New York City comes to mind.

Or how about the insanely tall Burj Dubai?  It is more than twice the height of the Empire State building.

Check out this graph below and then try to tell me that man has ever stopped his obsession with the stairway to heaven.

The buildings are one thing but it is the spirit behind them that is more important… man’s belief that he can get to heaven without God.  Today we often refer to it as ‘secular humanism.’ The belief that man is the center of the universe and has no need of God.  It is the epitome of human arrogance.

My favorite example has to be the European Union.  They haven’t even attempted to be the least bit subtle and yet almost no one took notice.  In 1993 12 European countries, concerned that they were having trouble competing on a global scale, came together and established a common economy and currency – the Euro.  Today that number is 27 with 4 more waiting to become members.  The borders between these countries are open and you can travel between them without a passport.  They now have built a common European Parliament building in Strasbourg France.  Check it out.

If it looks strangely unfinished, that is not an accident.  It is modeled after the AD 1563 painting of the Tower of Babel by Pieter Bruegel.

Just for fun… a little Photoshop work and this is what you get.

So is the spirit of the Tower of Babel still alive and well today?  You be the judge.

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  2. Andrew says:

    it so funny glenn beck said the same thing a few months ago about the tower of babel

  3. Thomas Hatt says:

    Wow, Pastor Mark! That was one of the most powerful sermons I’ve ever heard, and I believe there’s more like it to come! I’m so glad that you’re tuned into God’s plan for today, (the last days) as well as what is going on re: NWO! Too many preachers’ theology is so watered down and out of touch with God that they have no idea what’s happening and they’re NOT warning their flocks. They’re easily bought off by the NWO also, with nothing to lose but all to gain $$$$. However, “What shall it profit a man if he should gain the whole world and lose his own soul?” They don’t know enough of God’s Word to realize this scriptural principal even exists or they chose to neglect it.

    Please forgive me if I sound negative for a moment, but the part of NS I live in is so dark and rife with the occult and many Godless churches and wayward or spiritually blind pastors. It’s a sign of the times and I’m encouraged by that, but I feel badly for the sheep in their flocks who are the blind being led by the blind.

    Unfortunately, I don’t know if you meant to or not, but you presented the “conspiracy theorists” as those who are promoting the New World Order. As one of them, I must state that we’ve been the “voice in the wilderness” trying to WARN people about the evil and dangerous NWO and all that it contains!!!

    We need to realize what a theory is: something that’s been put out there and not proven.

    Again, unfortunately, too many people are writing off as conspiracy “theory” that which is very factual, very well put out there in all forms of media as such, and now very much proven!

    I find it ever so strange that so many people swallow up the evolution theory as FACT when science clearly dismisses it on multiple levels, but conspiracy proofs/facts are being denied.

    Then again, I shouldn’t find this strange…the same thing happened in Noah’s day. Psychologists call this the “Normal Bias”…even though the facts hit people in the face, they still tend to believe that all is well and that it will NEVER change or happen to them. That’s what the Jews and millions of others thought just prior to the holocaust. They paid dearly for that brainwashing technique…with their lives or those of their loved ones.

    What is a conspiracy? In a court of law, it is merely a plan UNTIL it is acted out! What have been labeled as “theories” for way too long are actually conspiracies because they are being acted out or carried out! We need to stop calling facts “theories”, and I’m not accusing you of doing that Pastor Mark; I’m speaking to the general public.

    However, I’m surprised that you overlooked one of the most predominant and pivotal towers that plays a huge part in the NWO; the obelisk in Washington! The Pentagon, the property of Washington’s Capitol are all laid out in occultic patterns. Then we have the towers on Parliament House…

    Thank you for being obedient and teaching all the truth. Hopefully, you’ll never be put into a position by the authorities to compromise the truth, as they are in the USA and other parts of the world. We ALL need to be praying for you in this regard, that you will have the strength and the power to stay true to your calling when that time comes…and it WILL! Many pastors in the US are being hit over the head with Romans 13 and buckling under the pressure because they don’t understand the passage correctly! They don’t know that they are responsible to the government ONLY so long as they are doing “good works”, v. 3. Keep up the great work!

    Blessings!

    • Thomas says:

      Hello there,Chantale:

      I can relate to the dilemma in which you find yourself. The truth is…not all of us are going to be able to be debt free before Jesus comes, and His coming isn’t very far off. Praise the Lord!

      However, as one who holds a mortgage, I realize that when the NWO begins its stranglehold on many more, I will be in that number if Jesus doesn’t come to rapture us first. Ultimately, it doesn’t really matter if we’re in debt or not when it comes to full power! They will take everything from EVERYBODY besides themselves…the very rich and elite! Go to http://www.infowars.com or http://www.prisonplanet.com and you will quickly learn that everybody not in that class will be slapped in the head by tyrannical measures if we’re still here. WE need to remember: a calm sea never produced a skilful sailor. The Church thrives under pressure and persecution. We must be like toffee…the more we’re stretched, the tougher we get! We may experience some of that before we see Him face to face, but we must keep our eyes upon the Savior. Learn from Peter! He was able to walk on the water…do the supernatural…as long as he kept his eyes on the Master! Don’t fear what man can do to our bodies, homes, etc.! We need to fear him who wants to destroy our lives and capture our souls! Keep your lamp trimmed and brightly burning for Him at ALL times! We never know when the Bridegroom is going to come and we don’t want to be locked out! (Mt. 25) Hope this helps you! Also, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything with prayer and supplication, let your requests be made known unto God.” Phil. 4:6

      Don’t worry about man’s credit score! Just make sure your name is in the Lamb’s Book of Life! “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these other things shall be added unto you.” (Mt.6:33) That’s a promise!!!!! See: I Cor. 2: 9 are you one of them? Blessings!

  4. Thomas Hatt says:

    I forgot to mention, two really great sites for hearing more about the dangers of the NWO are: http://www.infowars.com and
    http://www.prisonplanet.com

    These are two alternative news media sources that take the news headlines that are heavily censored and they put the blood and guts back to the stories, leaving nothing out!

    They back EVERYTHING they say with documentation/proof. Alex, at Infowars is a confessing Christian and not very easily fooled. For many years he was called a “Kook”, etc. by those who tried to discredit him. In the past year, many of them have come to him, apologizing and saying, “You were right all along, but now it’s too late!”

  5. chantale says:

    … what is many are to do …already in debt , been manipulated and ripped off , yet still living , having difficulties making sense of living on the “welfare ” system. what is our way out ?
    does repenting fixes one credit score ?
    being so deep in … is there a true way of getting a healthy judgement in one’s own mind
    at this depth???
    scary to be , can it be overcome and be happy to be ???

  6. Betty says:

    Very interesting message, about the story of Babel, Pastor Mark!
    I always thought, that those ziggurats in Yukatan Mexico,which the Mayans built, were used for a grave, for very special people, I dont know where I got that from.

    There was a time, when I was scared to think or hear about things that would come, before Jesus comes again,but Jesus has shown me visions, about His return and helps me to understand, that He is stonger and bigger then those things that are going to happen, so I am looking forward now, to be with Jesus for an eternity.

  7. Jasmine says:

    I think most people are accustomed to living in a society that encourages individualism and independence; self-sufficiency in a way that pushes God and others out. They believe that they don’t need anyone else and can make it on their own, and usually create alliances only if it is to their own benefit.

    I think the majority of us don’t understand how interconnected and interdependent we really are, or perhaps we haven’t given it much thought.

    When the world comes crashing down on us, it’s the people around us we will have to rely on, and also support.

    When that happens, I don’t think anyone is going to be thinking about how much they’ve accomplished in this world.

  8. Karen L says:

    The “Tower of Babel” was always one of those stories told in Sunday School that fascinated me. (Being the person that I am, I always worried that someone would fall off.)
    This also serves to remind me how God is always in control. I needed to be reminded of that this week. Thanks again Mark.

  9. Steve says:

    Babylon is getting stronger, but we all know what becomes of Babylon in the end.
    And God doesn’t always give us the news we want to hear, but it’s good there’s a Pastor who is willing to tell us and make God’s people ready for what is coming.
    Thanks for being faithful Pastor Mark.

  10. Brim says:

    Well, it appears the ‘Stairway to heaven’ has met the door stoop of unleaven. Bread that is matzo, papadum, chapati.

    Oh here I go babeling on.

    my excuse.

  11. MJ says:

    It inspired me to make a painting :D
    I titled it Stairway to Heaven

  12. Jusuf says:

    awesome message pastor.
    History been repeated over and over again to follow the desire of lucifer through many different forms including ‘using the name of GOD’ with the same attitude, that is, to put the personality of GOD out of the picture of human life.
    GOD had given JESUS, but many do not want to accept GOD’s free gift, they WANT ‘stairway to heaven’ to show their ability and capability to go to heaven (even if they need to use GOD’s name to reach the heaven)

  13. MJ says:

    my visual of the Stairway to Heaven :D

  14. Vincent Tan says:

    Pyramids Have Something To Do With Divine Creation. A Truncated Icosahedron Is Constituted Of Thirty-Two(32) Pyramids. The Apex Of Each Is Directed To The Centre Of The Sphere Circumscribing It. Twenty(20) Are Of Hexagonal Types; While Twelve(12) Are Of Pentagonals. A Side Of A Base Of Either Type Is Of The Same Length. It Is Important To Recognize That These Bases Serves To Build The Converse Pyramids That Simulates Roundness To The T-Ico. Atoms And Celestial Bodies Are Modeled Based On A Sphere. If People Understood The Geometry, Trigonometry, And Mathematics Behind The Construction Using Real Material, Then People Would Be Better Capable Of Following The Word Of God. First Of, The Task Of Bringing About An Atmosphere To The Moon Should Be The Cornerstone Of Universe Revolution. And Ultimately, For Planetary Customization. The Process Of Which Needs Developing Light Technology To The Extent Of Inter-galactic Energy Transmission, As Well As Conversion. Cheers To You Mark And Your Family & Friends. Vince

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