Chapter 38

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Babylon

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Noah And His Family

One characteristic of the Seraphim, evident in certain Hebrews and early generation Humons, is the gene that slows the ageing process, causing them to have an exceptionally long lifespan. 

Noah had already been at a great age when the Angels initially instructed him to begin building the Ark. The whole episode occupied many years of his life, but eventually things returned to something resembling normality. The Hebrews settled in the land of Shinar, and the abandoned Ark was entirely dismantled for building material. 

Since the flood there has been no contact from God, and although his family are prospering, Noah is far from content. He has watched generations of civilians with normal lifespans, come and go. To them, the flood was so long ago it seems like a fable, and that is how it is beginning to seem to Noah, like a fading dream.

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Back to An Ordinary Life

Noah has returned to farming, producing vines for wine. 

The short relationship he shared with God, now seems surreal, as though it never really happened. He has become depressed and is overindulging in the wine produced from his own grapes.

Of his three sons, it is Shem who is committed to maintaining the bloodline. Slowly, as other people have been drifting back into the land of Shinar, Noah’s other sons have allowed some of their descendants to marry outside the tribe. 

Everywhere around them, moral standards are continuing to fall as the population allows the Ego to dominate their behaviour. The Demons are still acting like gods; and the few remaining Nephilim are still doing as they please, though their numbers are dwindling.

Nevertheless, as the generations progress, and in spite of their frailties, a distinct and expanding Hebrew family line is developing. With each generation the Nature of Phi is refining their genetic strain, ensuring their composition, demeanour, and life span draw ever closer to those of their Human cousins.  

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Growing Old

Amongst the Hebrews, through the generations, the story of the great flood has been passed down and retold. It serves to remind them, not just of their importance to God, but of the consequences of ignoring and disobeying his laws. 

But it was so long ago. The stories are becoming myths; fables that are respected but not entirely believed. There has been no sign of God for a long time, and the Hebrews are struggling to understand why. The Pagan gods, especially the Demon demigods, seem ever present and active; always ready to prove their dominance and power, even if their own appearances are becoming less frequent. 

The UCC knows why the Demons are making fewer appearances: They are growing old and dying. They simply do not have sufficient numbers to maintain themselves as a race. Additionally, as the Humans have learnt and become more familiar with the Demons, they have become less intimidated by their presence.

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Depravity

 The UCC can only watch in dismay as the population around the Hebrews, including many of the Hebrew themselves, once again sinks into depravity. Generation by generation, the families are abandoning the simple laws they were given, in favour of hedonistic materialism.

The Hebrew tribe is growing, but it is beginning to lose much of its purity, which is a problem, because it is self-perpetuating. There is no way for the people to know if their blood is pure. Indiscretion is commonplace, and all too often overlooked and forgotten. Additionally, there are people who just want to be part of the Hebrew tribe and faith… so they lie. Who is to know?   

A descendent of Noah’s son, Ham, whose name is Nimrod, is a very active and ambitious individual. He is also an egocentric Humon, who mistakenly thinks he is pure Hebrew.

Nimrod becomes the king of Shinar, and takes it upon himself to build a fine new city, which he names Babel. He is full of ideas and aspirations, envisaging ways he can modernise and improve the Hebrew status and way of life. He has convinced himself that his new city will be a testament to God rather than to himself; refusing to consider how he might be challenging the authority of God by building an empire based upon his own ideology.

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Babylon

The people like Babel, or Babylon as it is becoming known. It is modern. It makes them feel part of something progressive and exciting. It provides beliefs, standards, ethics, and laws of its own. It makes them feel safe, comfortable, and smugly superior, and that is sufficient to justify the delusion that their behaviour must have the blessing of God. 

Babylon worships itself. The people there worship their way of life, their society, their achievements, their laws, churches, and religion… their own self-assured self-righteousness. The original object of their faith has become incidental. They insist on accrediting it all to God, of course. They have convinced themselves it has all been done for God, and hope if they say it enough, it will become true. They delude themselves that it is God who has given them the ability to accomplish such achievements; convincing themselves that God must approve of the way they have bastardised his covenant and made it into something that suits their own requirements; but their sentiment is callously insincere. 

Babylon is the epitome of narcissistic egocentricity; elitism wallowing in delusional denial. 

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New World Order 

Babylon considers itself to be the New World Order; a prime example of socially compliant citizens. Pliably obedient people, who have become soft and ignorantly dependent upon a discretely gentle but viciously rigid ideology that protects and controls them with strict rules and regulations.

Babylon professes to be a free society but is far from it. It is an autocracy, quietly ruled by a handful of powerful individuals. Their dominance is intense and unyielding, but it is accepted. The citizens grant their unspoken consent in exchange for security, cosseting, and the illusion of liberty. They think they are perfect citizens. They obey the law and follow the ideology. They even insist they are free. Inwardly they know they are willing slaves to Babylonian totalitarianism. 

They have adopted their own laws and standards, but insist they are those of God… only slightly revised. In reality, they have abandoned God in favour of their own grandness. Newcomers are carefully screened. They must comply with the Babylonian ideology: their language, their laws, their government, their monetary system, and of course, their version of God. 

The people of Babylon have become so convinced of their own magnificence, they have decided to build an enormous tower that will elevate them to the level of God. A tower so high it will enable them to knock on Heaven’s door and announce themselves as God’s equal. 

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A Terrible Mistake

The tower of Babel is a terrible mistake. During his next visit, in a fit of rage and a display of his power, the Yahweh orders the destruction of the tower. The Angels then scatter all of the Babylonian society to remote and desolate locations, where their spoken language is unknown and not understood. 

The development of Babylon is a scenario that will repeat itself many times and in many forms over the following millennia. The locations and detail will vary, but the principle will be the same: The Ego, the Devil, worshipping itself.

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