LESSONS FROM THE LINEAGES: "The Man Who Built a Kingdom"

THE MAN WHO BUILT A KINGDOM

Genesis 10,11

Introduction:

A.  Do we have any hunters in here this morning?

 

            1.  Are you looking forward to deer season?

            2.  Have you got your stand ready, your guns ready,

                 your dogs ready, your wife ready?

 

B.  Who is the Best Hunter you know?

 

            1.  Why are they the best?

            2.  Is it because they know all the best places?

            3.  Is it because they have the most mounts?

                        You walk in their house and it looks like a herd

                        of deer ran through the wall.

            4.  Is it because they have the best technique?

                        Unlimited patience, Unmatched skill

            5.  Is it because they hunt the biggest variety?

                        Some people hunt anything and everything.

                        Deer, turkey, ducks, geese, squirrel, rabbit, coon,

                        elk, moose, bear, fox, hogs, woodcock….

                        You name it, they’ve shot at it!

 

C.  Today I want to talk about a Hunter.

            Not just any hunter—a Mighty Hunter.

 

            But what is interesting is what he was hunting!

 

            READ TEXT : Genesis 10:1, 6-10

 

D.  What would you think if I called you a “Nimrod”?

 

            1.  You might think I am saying you are stupid.

            2.  You might think I am calling you a hunter.

            3.  You might think I am calling you something worse.

 

E.  When we look at the life of Nimrod we see a man very similar

      to the Antichrist that is to come.

I.  The Rebellion of Nimrod.

 

            A.  Nimrod’s name means “the Rebel.”

 

                        1.  You would think that men would have learned

                              a lesson from the Flood.

                        2.  Nimrod is seen as one who did not learn—he

                             rebelled.

                        3.  He was a mighty hunter before the Lord.

                             Means in opposition to the Lord.

                             He was like his ancestors.  (see 6:11)

                        4.  He is thought to be the one who led in the idea

                             of building the tower of Babel.  (11:1-9)

                             (according to Josephus)

                                    a.  Note:  He founded Babel (10:10)

                                    b.  This tower was an affront to God.

                                    c.  Men were told to scatter over the earth.

                                        (9:1)

                                    d.  Men were rebelling at this scattering.

                                    e.  The Tower may have been partly in

                                         anticipation of judgment, another flood.

                        5.  Yes, Nimrod was a great Rebel before the Lord.

 

            B.  Nimrod pictures another great rebel—Antichrist.

 

                        1.  One of the names of Antichrist is “the Lawless

                             One”  (II Thess.2:8).

                        2.  He will lead a rebellion against the God of the

                             universe and His chosen people.

                        3.  It is no wonder he rebels since he is controlled

                             by the original rebel, Satan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

II.  The Recreation of Nimrod.

 

            A.  Nimrod was a Hunter.

 

                        1.  It was common of leaders and kings of ancient

                             times to be hunters. 

a.  They would lead in the hunt for danger- 

     ous, life-threatening animals on the earth.

      I imagine there were many after Flood.

 

 b.  They also lead in the finding of food for

      the people.  Men now hunted animals for

      food. Not vegetarian any more.

 

                        2.  But Nimrod was also a hunter of something else.

                             Josephus says that early Jewish scholars said he

                             “hunted for the souls of men.”

 

                                    a.  Nimrod wanted to turn the hearts of men

                                         into following him instead of God.

                                    b.  He may have done this in a number of

                                         ways:

·         By Fame.

·         By Force.

·         By False Religion.

Nimrod began idol worship in the world.  He is the father of all false religion.  Just like Jeroboam tried to keep the people with him by setting up idols, Nimrod did the same thing.

 

            B.  Nimrod foreshadows the Activity of Antichrist.

 

                        1.  He will try to capture the souls of men.

                        2.  Daniel refers to him as the king that is coming.

                        3.  He will deceive men by Fame, Force, and False

                             Religion.

III.  The Reign of Nimrod.

 

            A.  Nimrod was building up a Kingdom. (10)

 

                        1.  He had a number of cities under his rule.

                        2.  He had a large kingdom that he ruled.

                        3.  Before the Flood there were clans/families.

                              It is after the Flood we talk of kingdoms.

                        4.  Seems his ambition is to build a world empire.

 

            B.  Antichrist will be building a Kingdom during the

                  time of the Tribulation Period.

 

                        1.  He will start with overpowering some nations.

 

I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things.  (Dan.7:8)

 

                        2.  He will continue until he rules over the old

                             Roman Empire.

24 And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.

25 And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.  (Dan.7:24-25)

IV.  The Region of Nimrod.

            A.  Notice where Nimrod’s kingdom exists.

                        1.  His region is around Babylon.

                        2.  Babel is another name for Babylon.

                        3.  This is where modern day Iraq sits.

                       

            B.  Antichrist is also connected to Babylon.

 

                        1.  The Man of Sin is likened to the King of

                             Babylon in Isa.14.

                        2.  The Antichrist is connected to Mystery Babylon

                              in Rev.17:3-5.

 

V.  The Religion of Nimrod.

 

            A.  Nimrod didn’t worship God as he should have.

                        1.  The one he knew was Creator.

                        2.  The one he knew was Powerful and Mighty.

 

            B.  Nimrod really worshipped Himself.

                        1.  One reason they built Babel was to make a

                             name for themselves.  (11:4)

                        2.  He was making himself known as mighty.

 

10 And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be mighty upon the earth.

(I Chron.1:10)

                        3.  Even the idols he made are said to be of himself

                             and his wife, Semiramis.

 

            C.  Antichrist will rebel against God and lift up self.

 

36 And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done.

37 Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all.  (Dan.11)

 

Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.  (II Thess.2:4)

 

VI.  The Ruin of Nimrod.

 

            A.  Nimrod is thwarted in his plan for a World Empire.

 

                        1.  The people had gathered together to disobey God

                        2.  The Lord came down from Heaven.

                        3.  The Lord vanquisheth His rival.

                        4.  Shortly afterward Abram is brought to Canaan.

                                    “the promised land”

 

            B.  Antichrist will also be thwarted in his plans for a World

                  Empire.

 

                        1.  The people will gather to disobey God.

                              The Revived Roman Empire, Kings of the East

 

                        2.  The Lord will come down from Heaven.

                             The Battle of Armaggeddon.

 

                        3.  The Lord will vanquish His rival, Antichrist.

 

                        4.  Shortly afterward will Israel be regathered into

                             Palestine.

 

            You might say that Nimrod was the first Antichrist.

 

VII.  Are You a Nimrod?

 

            A.  Are you in Rebellion against God?

 

            B.  Are you Hunting for Satisfaction apart from God?

 

            C.  Are you trying to Build your own kingdom instead

                  of being a part of the Kingdom of God?

 

            D.  Are you really worshipping yourself instead of

                  worshipping God?

 

            E.  Are you trying to make a name for Self instead of God?

Conclusion:

A.  Don’t be a Nimrod!

B.  Your end will be no better than his or that of Antichrist if you

      defy the Lord and His Son.

C.  The Real Mighty Hunter is God.

 

For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.  (Lk.19:10)

 

God is Hunting for you.

            Give Him your heart this day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                       

 

 

 
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