The old world of Adam and Eve and all their descendents had existed about 1,655-6 years from Creation to the Noahic Flood that destroyed every living thing on the face of the earth! Only Noah and his wife and their three sons and their wives, eight people in all, survived with hundreds of animals and birds on a giant ship they built called the “Ark.” All was according to God’s plan to start over new and repopulate the earth, as Genesis tells us. If we are using the B.C. method of dating, then this event would have occurred in 2348 B.C. Our time would be some 6,000 years into the future!
In his great work, “Annals of the World,” 1658, the Rev. Archbishop James Ussher called this, “The Second Age of the World.”
After the Flood, Noah, who was 601 years old, no longer had children. However, his three sons, Japheth, Shem, and Ham had many sons and daughters, and their sons and daughters, too, so that the new, start-over population of the new world began by these people in the land below the slopes of the mountains of Ararat. The first-born after the Flood was Arphaxad, Shem’s first born son in the year 1658 AM or 2346 BC.
Now in Genesis 10, after the Flood, it asks the question: what became of the sons of Noah? Namely, the 70 nations! All humanity from this time forward came from the three sons of Noah: Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
Within a couple hundred years these people migrated down to the land of Shinar (Mesopotamia) between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, and there in direct disobedience to God’s command to repopulate the earth, they stayed and made bricks to build a tower and a city.
It was then that God came down from Heaven to have a closer look, and He thwarted their plans to become mighty by causing each to speak a different language so that they could not understand one another! And so different groups began to migrate to different parts of the world. Thus began the foundation of civilization as we know it according to languages, cultures and nations!
Humanity began again after the Flood in the Middle East, in what is now modern Iraq, not Africa as secularists promote!
And so they were on the move to start a colony in new lands to the east, west, north and south. And they did this within 200-300 years.
Some stayed, like Nimrod and his followers in the region of Babylonia; most moved to a new location to start their civilization. And here is where history begins according to what was and is to be found. We cannot go back 4,000 years to creation and the first age of the world that was destroyed in the world-wide Flood; but we can go back almost 3,000 years, certainly 2500 years and find the ruins of civilizations after the Flood.
Japheth, the younger son of Noah, had seven sons, and they migrated to the following areas from Babylonia:
Gomer and his people migrated to the Black Sea area.
Magog and his people migrated to southern Russia and the Black Sea and Caspian Sea area and became the Scythians.
Madai and his people migrated to the Caspian Sea area and India and became the Medes.
Javan and his people migrated to Asia Minor, Greece, and the islands of the Aegean Sea.
Tubal and his people migrated to east Asia Minor and Siberia.
Meshech and his people migrated to southern Russia and the Moscow area.
Tiras and his people migrated to Italy and became the Etruscans.
Significantly, Gomer, Japheth’s first son, had three sons. The three sons of Gomer were: Ashkenaz, who went to Armenia and became the Indo-Germanic tribes. Riphath settled in the Black Sea area and became the Celts. Togarmah. Gomer’s third son settled in Turkey.
Javan, Japheth’s fourth son had four sons who were Elishah, who settled in Cyprus, Crete, and Greece; Tarshish, who migrated to Spain; Kittim, who migrated to Asia Minor and the coastlands and became the Phoenicians; and Dodanim, who also settled in Greece.
It doesn’t take that many years for people groups to cover hundreds and thousands of miles to find a home.
Ham had four sons who were Cush, Mizraim, Put, and Canaan, the one God cursed. From the Babylonia area, these groups settled in the following lands: Cush settled in Nubia and Ethiopia; Mizraim and his people went to Egypt; Put settled in North Africa and Somalia; and Canaan in the land of Canaan and became the Canaanites.
Cush’s sixth son, Nimrod, built Babylon and Nineveh and founded the Assyrian Empire as well. He was a mighty hunter of men, a leader and builder, and rebelled greatly against God.
Now we come to the sons of Shem who also founded many nations, and each of these people groups had a leader or leaders, and organized as such, migrated from the land of Shinar of the Euphrates River to new discovered areas of all points of the compass.
The significance of the line of Shem id the he is the father of the Hebrews, who will become Israel and the Jewish people in the future. The “seed line” to the Messiah, Jesus Christ, goes through Shem, then his third son, Arphaxad.
Shem, Noah’s oldest, had five sons after the Flood, and from these and their sons came 26 nations within the span of five generations (40 years for a generation x 5 = 200 years). The sons of Shem were:
Elam, who lived in the area east of Babylon, Mesopotamia, who would become the Persians (modern-day Iran).
By the way, and of significant note, the cities of Babylon, Nineveh, and many other cities of the region were built hundreds of years before anything in Egypt! If only historians would trust the Bible! It’s all right there! God has told us so and written it for us. What is taught today is wrong.
Asshur, the second son of Shem, lived in Assyria along the Tigris River.
Arphaxad lived along the Euphrates River and became the Chaldeans and built the city of Ur.
Lud lived in the area of Lydia or Asia Minor.
Aram lived in the area of Syria (common Hebrew name for Syria is “Aram.”).
So, with this bit of Biblical history from Genesis 10 and 11, let’s step in the shoes of the great Rev. Archbishop James Ussher of Ireland, who devoted a good deal of his life to research and write the chronology of “The Annals of the World.”
Utilizing Ussher’s, “The Annals of the World,” the following is extracted:
Dates will appear as AM (Anno Mundi) Years of the world from Creation; BC (Before Christ) Years before the Christian era.
in the year 1657 AM, “When Noah was six hundred and one years old, and the first day of the new post-flood world, the surface of the earth was now all dry. Noah removed the covering of the Ark (Genesis 8:13).” A week later God commanded Noah to leave the Ark and all that was within.
“After he left the ark, Noah offered sacrifices to God for his blessed preservation. God restored the nature of things destroyed by the flood. He now permitted men to eat meat for their food, and He gave the rainbow for a sign of the covenant which He made with man at this point.”
In 1658 AM, (2346 BC) Arphaxad was born to Shem when he was a hundred years old, two years after the flood.” Writer’s note: Rev. Archbishop Ussher’s “Annals of the World” was published in 1658 AD- two years after his death.
1693 AM (2311 BC) “Salah was born when his father Arphaxad was 35 years old (Genesis 11:12).”
1723 AM (2281 BC) “Eber was born when Salah, his father, was 35 years old (Genesis 11:14).”
1757 AM (2247 BC) “When Eber was 34 years old, Peleg, his son, was born. He called him Peleg, for in his days the earth was divided (Genesis 11:16, 10:25).” If this happened in the days of his birth, then it seems that when Peleg was born, Noah, who formerly knew all the places which were now covered with bushes and thorns, divided the land among his grandchildren. When this was done, they then went from those eastern parts (where they first went from the mountains of Ararat) into the valley of Shinar (Genesis 11:2).”
Here the people impiously conspired, as we find in the Apocrypha, to hinder their dispersion, which had been commanded by God and begun by Noah. They co-operated together to build the city and tower of Babylon. God frustrated this project by the confusion of languages He sent among them. Hence it took the name of Babel (Genesis 11:9).”
“The dispersion of nations followed. Many companies and colonies settled down in various places according to their languages.”
“The thirteen sons of Joktan, the brother of Peleg, as recorded in Genesis 10:26-30, were among the captains and heads of various companies”
“Yet still it appears that the oldest son of Joktan must be six years younger than Peleg. So that at least the youngest of those thirteen sons of Joktan, namely, Jobab and three other brothers of his who are mentioned before him, must be younger still. The countries in which they settled, and which were rich in gold: Sheba, Ophir and Havilah, were named after these men. Because of their youth, these brothers could not have been capable of such an expedition of leading colonies until some years after Reu was born to Peleg.”
1762 AM (2242 BC) “The Tower of Babel happened five years after the birth of Peleg.”
Regarding Babylon in these years, it appears that the Babylonians (were a civilization long before Egypt!) devoted themselves to the study of astronomy, even from the very days of Nimrod, from whom all that region took the name of the land of Nimrod. Nimrod built Babylon and was the instigator of the building of the Tower of Babel according to Josephus. Moses affirmed that the royal seat of that kingdom was here. Nimrod made Babylon famous in those days.”
1787 AM (2217 BC) “Reu was born when Peleg, his father, was 35 years old.”
1816 AM (2188 BC) “About this time, Mizraim, the son of Ham, led his colony into Egypt. Hence, Egypt was sometimes called the land of Mizraim, sometimes of Ham.”
And so we have had a look into how and where our languages and Peoples and nations come from. It all begin again after the Flood of Noah’s days, and his three sons, Shem Ham and Japheth, and the children and grandchildren and so on migrated to the land of Shinar, Babylonia, and from there God sent them all over the face of the earth. Here are the years these historic events took place, not 10,000 or higher as is commonly taught and believed, but within 2-3 thousand since the Flood!
Blessed be GOD, the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit for these insights and men, like Ussher to open our eyes to the truth of our origins.
In Jesus Christ’s name,