Assyrian tradition – Mighty hunters Ashurbanipal (669-627 BC) lion hunting in a chariot
The Prophecy of Zephaniah “The way, too, in which Ninus (the legendary first Assyrian king) gained his power is the very way in which Nimrod erected his. There can be no doubt that it was by inuring his followers to the toils and dangers of the chase that he gradually formed them to the use of arms, and so prepared them for aiding him in establishing his dominions.” Alexander Hislop, “The Two Babylons” pg. 23 Nimrod’s Power
The Prophecy of Zephaniah Heading The Land of Shinar
The Prophecy of Zephaniah 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.
The Prophecy of Zephaniah Heading “So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.”
The Prophecy of Zephaniah The table of Nations…. From Shem, Ham and Japheth “…of them was the whole earth overspread.” Within 100 years of the Flood, Nimrod’s rebellion resulted in 70 different languages and 70 nations.
The Prophecy of Zephaniah (Key - Count names only once and omit Noah, Shem, Ham and Japheth, and the names of cities)
The Prophecy of Zephaniah After the Flood – Patriarchal Line Noah - 950 Shem - 600 Arphaxad - 438 Salah - 433 Eber - 464 Peleg - 239 Reu - 239 Serug - 230 Nahor - 148 Terah - 205 Abram - 175 Died 35 yrs after Abraham Nimrod’s rebellion 100
The Prophecy of Zephaniah The separation of the nations happened when he was born – he was named after the dramatic event!
The Prophecy of Zephaniah Shem Elam, Asshur, Arphaxad, Lud, Aram “In his days was the earth divided” Uz, Hul, Gether, Mash Seba, Havilah, Sabtah, Raamah, Sabtechah, Nimrod Nimrod (12) Sheba, Dedan (12) Division
The Prophecy of Zephaniah Joktan is the 13 th descendant of Shem listed. He was born after the division of the nations. His name means “He will be made little”. Its numerical value is 169 = 13 x 13. He had 13 sons - Numerical value of sons names is 2756 = 212 x 13. Joktan – Representative of rebels
The Prophecy of Zephaniah “According to the number…..” The generations of Shem Now counting from Shem
The Prophecy of Zephaniah Israel and the Nations