Discover The Biblical Character of Nimrod
Nimrod was called “a mighty hunter before the Lord.” This doesn’t mean that he carried a bow and arrow and frolicked about green meadows in search of wild game. On the contrary, Nimrod was a murderer. He brought the populist around him under subjugation through force. In all probability Nimrod was an evil tyrant who carried a bloody sword.
We learn much about a biblical character by their names. Nimrod’s name means rebel; one who refuses allegiance to and opposes by force an established government or ruling authority. Therefore, with this definition, Nimrod refused adherence to, and opposed by force, God’s righteous governing authority. So defiant of God was Nimrod that he built the city Babel and the great Tower of Babel. From this we see the pattern of secular humanism and the resulting tyranny of a dictatorial government.
Josephus, the Jewish historian, wrote that the Tower of Babel was in the days of Nimrod. “He (Nimrod) also gradually changed the government into tyranny, seeing no other way of turning men from the fear of God, but to bring them into a constant dependence on his power. He also said he would be revenged on God, if he should have a mind to drown the world again; for that he would build a tower too high for the waters to be able to reach and that he would avenge himself on God for destroying their forefathers!”
“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. And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower which the children of men built”
Doubtful that he actually saw the Tower of Babel, the historian Herodotus wrote about it in 440 B.C., “It has a solid central tower, one furlong square, with a second erected on top of it and then a third, and so on up to eight. All eight towers can be climbed by a spiral way running around the outside, and about halfway up there are seats for those who make the journey to rest on.”
In the course of Nimrod’s rebellious motivation he built the first ‘kingdom’ of man rule. Take note of the term, man ruling over man, a secular State government that rejected the rule of Jehovah. Scripture says, “The beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.” Notice the cities were in the “land of Shinar.” This observation will be important to you later.
SEMIRAMIS, GIFT OF THE SEA
History says that Nimrod married his mother Semiramis. The name Semiramis is a later Hellenized form of the Sumerian name ‘Sammur-amat’, or ‘gift of the sea.’ Others say that during the course of Nimrod’s conquest he met Semiramis who was a prostitute. Babylonian mystics say that Semiramis floated to shore from the sea as an egg and attracted doves that hatched her. The Catholic Cathedral in Managua, Nicaragua has many eggs on top of its massive structure that can only remind the knowledgeable observer as symbols of Semiramis.
The initial element ‘sammur’ when translated into Hebrew becomes ‘Shinar.’ Therefore Semiramis’ name is also Shinar. Now you can understand why the Genesis writer described Nimrod’s kingdom being “in the land of Shinar.” Nimrod’s kingdom will later be ruled by Semiramis and called “the land of Shinar.
One day Semiramis became pregnant. Nimrod, who knew that he was not the father, became furious and was ready to have her killed. Semiramis, in her defense, concocted a mysterious story; she said that a beam of light supernaturally impregnated her. Calming Nimrod’s wrath temporarily, she later gave birth to a son named Tammuz. As the myth grows of Semiramis being a “gift of the sea” and becoming pregnant from a beam of light she becomes known as the Queen of Heaven. Semiramis was a master in cultist deception and gave birth to a new religion in the land of Shinar referred to as Babylonian goddess worship. It’s interesting to note some of the things that Semiramis taught her loyal disciples.
Semiramis taught that the Great Serpent was the rightful lord of the universe whose throne had been temporarily usurped by God. According to her, the serpent created man “in his present miserable state, but promises that a child would one day be born of a divine mother which child would supplant God, become a god himself, and return ruler-ship of the earth back to the serpent.”
Semiramis’ promoted worship of the ‘heavenly host,’ Satan’s army of fallen angels. Atop the Tower of Babel was an area dedicated for such pagan adoration. It’s interesting to see the connection between the secular humanist Nimrod and the goddess worshiping Semiramis.