Today’s Reading: Genesis 9-10.
(Context: Noah and his family have come down to dry earth, to a new and wildly different world. A world with rain, mountains, rainbows, and fermentation. God tells them they can now kill and eat animals, likely because their diet could no longer be adequately supplemented in the new conditions. Government is also put in place, where justice is administered through human kings, judges, and courts. The end of the Age of Conscience has given way to the Age of Government, according to the Dispensational theory.)
An interesting takes place in Genesis 9:20-7 where Noah gets drunk (the fermentation process was perhaps new to a world without constant cloud-cover, according to several Creation Scientists) and his son, Ham, “saw the nakedness” of his father. The brothers are highly offended and when Noah is sober again he strongly curses his son. Why such a “stink” for something so simple? Surely they had bathed together and seen the nakedness of another man in the past? Of course, that is because Ham didn’t merely see his father naked, he apparently had homosexual intercourse with his drunken father. The concept for “saw the nakedness” is very similar to when Adam “knew his wife”, referring not to “oh, hi!”, but to sexual relations. What Ham did was detestable to Noah, his sons, and also to God.
At the end of chapter 9 Noah curses his son, and God clearly stands-by these curses, because history has shown them to be true. We cannot here do a full-scale study of which son fathered which races, but the distinctions have been shown to be true for the past 5,000 years with remarkable accuracy. In summary, the eldest son, Shem, was blessed as the firstborn, Japheth was blessed to a slightly lesser degree, but Ham got the “brunt” of the attack.
I would like to point out just a few names with regards to the descendants of Noah’s three sons:
1. Shem: Notable for being the forefather of Abraham and the Jewish nation.
2. Japheth: Notable for being the forefather of Gomer, Magog, Tubal, Meshech, & Torgamath, the tribes that make-up modern Turkey.
3. Ham: Notable for being the father of Cush (Ethiopia), Egypt, Put (Libya), and Nimrod. Bear in mind these are the names of sons, that later became nations or cities. Nimrod began the infamous cities of Babel (chapter 11, modern Iraq), Nineveh (modern Iran), Sodom, & Gomorrah. A side note is made about Gaza as well, and as to the Philistines, who later inhabited Gaza, being direct relatives of Egypt.
The main names of the countries ruled by the descendants of Japheth and especially Ham have been historically the worsts enemies of Israel. Take a look at what Ezekiel saw as he predicted the End Times:
The word of the LORD came to me: “Son of man, set your face toward Gog (Antichrist), of the land of Magog (Turkey), the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him and say, Thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I am against you, O Gog, chief prince of Meshech and Tubal. And I will turn you about and put hooks into your jaws, and I will bring you out, and all your army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed in full armor, a great host, all of them with buckler and shield, wielding swords. Persia (Iran), Cush (Ethiopia), and Put (Libya) are with them, all of them with shield and helmet; Gomer and all his hordes; Beth-togarmah from the uttermost parts of the north with all his hordes—many peoples are with you. (Ezekiel 38:1-6)
The connection here is not random, but prophetic, and the connection between countries and clans goes all the way back to Genesis 10, which I find amazing. God has had time planned out as if there were no time, for the time of Noah to Him was as planned out as the future time of the Antichrist.
We serve a God who is the I AM, the pre-existent, now-existent, ever-existent Creator and Overseer of the world. We are in good hands.
[Note: the connections I made above between the modern-day Muslim countries and the coming Antichrist can be well substantiated on a Biblical and logical basis. For the purpose of our daily devotional we will not delve into all the details.]