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Updated on August 3, 2013





According to the Bible, Nimrod was Noah’s great grandson, he was the grandson of Ham, Noah’s son. He is described as the first person to become a mighty warrior on the earth and also a mighty hunter (Genesis 10/8; 1 Chronicles 1/10). He was a mighty hunter before the Lord (Genesis 10/9) - ’before the Lord’ is misleading and should actually read against the Lord or in defiance of the Lord. The name Nimrod means ‘we will rebel’.

After the flood, Noah planted vineyards and after drinking some of the wine he was drunk. Noah’s youngest son Ham ‘saw his father's nakedness’ (Genesis 9/22). This may mean that Ham sexually interfered with Noah in some way. To uncover or see someone’s nakedness in the Old Testament has sexual connotations. Noah realised what had happened to him and he put a curse on Canaan, the son of Ham who may have been implicated.

Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done to him. Then he said: ‘ Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be to his brothers.’(Genesis 9/24-25)

Nimrod was the son of Cush, the son of Canaan making him a recipient of Noah’s curse.

The Bible references to Nimrod are sketchy but compelling. It would appear that he had the intention of creating a world empire. The beginning of his kingdom was Babel, Erech and Accad in the land of Shinar, then he went into Assyria and built Nineveh, Rehoboth-ir, Calah and Resen (Gen 10/10-12). God’s commandment to Noah was identical to the instruction given to Adam and Eve signifying a new beginning: Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth ((Genesis 1/28; 9/1). However, the aim at Babel was completely at odds with this commandment: Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves; otherwise we shall be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth. (Genesis 11/4) They wanted a reputation but independently, in defiance and in place of God. Does this remind you of anyone else?

Lucifer said in his heart: I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God, And I will sit on the mount of assembly ‘I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the most high.’ (Isaiah 14:12-14)

Many fables exist concerning Nimrod and extra biblical sources give him a fearsome reputation. The Targum says, Nimrod became a mighty man of sin, a murderer of innocent men, and a rebel before the Lord. In Arabic literature Nimrod is considered as the supreme example of the tyrant (al-jabbar). Nimrod was supposedly the originator of sun worship and founder of Babylon which became the ancient centre of Baal worship and occult practices of every kind including demon worship, sacrificing children to demons, black magic, séances, miraculous materializations, witchcraft, astrology and sorcery (all of which are condemned in the Bible).

The Rabbinical literature identifies Nimrod with Cush and Amraphel meaning ‘he whose words are dark’. He is described as the first hunter, subsequently becoming carnivorous and introducing meat eating to others, and he was the first man to make war against other peoples. Nimrod’s identity is linked with Gilgamesh and it is said that he persecuted Abraham. According to this source he is responsible for the Tower of Babel.

The Apocryphal Book of Jasher gives a lot of detail describing Nimrod as an idolater and rebel against the Lord. Here he is called a mighty hunter who fought battles of his brethren against all their enemies. The curse of Noah had apparently taken effect since the sons of Canaan were in the power of the sons of Noah’s son Japheth. Nimrod came against the sons of Japheth and conquered them. As a result of this victory Nimrod was the first person to wear a crown and be called a king: And when Nimrod had joyfully returned from battle, after having conquered his enemies, all his brethren . . . assembled to make him king over them, and they placed the regal crown upon his head. According to this source Nimrod started well but became wicked and did not follow the ways of the Lord becoming more wicked than all his predecessors from the flood onwards. And he made gods of wood and stone, and he bowed down to them, and he rebelled against the Lord, and taught all his subjects and the people of the earth his wicked ways. (Book of Jasher Chapter 7)

Flavius Josephus the Jewish Historian wrote in his 'Antiquities of the Jews':

Now it was Nimrod who excited them to such an affront and contempt of God. He was the grandson of Ham, the son of Noah, a bold man, and of great strength of hand. He persuaded them not to ascribe it to God, as if it were through his means they were happy, but to believe that it was their own courage which procured that happiness.

He 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... Now the multitude were very ready to follow the determination of Nimrod and to esteem it a piece of cowardice to submit to God; and they built a tower, neither sparing any pains, nor being in any degree negligent about the work: and, by reason of the multitude of hands employed in it, it grew very high, sooner than any one could expect; but the thickness of it was so great, and it was so strongly built, that thereby its great height seemed, upon the view, to be less than it really was. It was built of burnt brick, cemented together with mortar, made of bitumen, that it might not be liable to admit water…………

These words resonate so clearly today. There is contempt for the God of the Bible combined with a dramatic growth in the occult; political correctness insidiously dictates; people rely on everything and anything rather than God and ascribe nothing to God; many consider it cowardice to submit to God; many do not spare any pains in building their own kingdoms (or towers). This is not only sad but very dangerous. Antichrist not only means against Christ but in place of Christ, he is an imitator and a master deceiver making the false look genuine. ……. they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator who is blessed forever! Amen.(Romans 1/25)

Jesus said: “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14/6)


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    • ELIORA profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from LEICESTER ENGLAND

      The Book of Jasher gives the history of Nimrod - it is not scripture but it is useful information Niecey. God bless you.

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      Niecey Docherty 

      2 years ago from Firth, Nebraska

      I believe understanding Genesis and all the typology in it is key to understanding the end times. Which I believe we are in right now. This is an important article, thanks for putting it out there.


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