From the beginning of the flood (1656 after Fall) until Abram ran for his life from king Nimrod 344 years later.
The first age is over, the second age is beginning. The 8 stewards, 1000 people and animals are aboard a big piece of land that is taking them on the waves to an unknown territory.
It is important to keep in mind that back then the land on (the surface of) the Earth wasn’t fractured up into 7 continents – it was one big super-continent. Today’s science calls it “Pangea” and it supposedly existed about 250 million years ago. The truth is it was more like 4,000 years ago still in one piece. At the time of Noah, the Kingdom spun over this whole undivided land mass. The first division of it is recorded in Genesis 10:25, which would have happened roughly around 1757 since the Fall or 101 years after the Flood.* But even after the physical split of the land, the two land masses counted as one Kingdom in Father’s eyes, as long as Father’s children were occupying it.
The piece of land that saved Noah and all who went with him is mentioned in the book of Revelation as “New Jerusalem”: a city descending from the sky, which it would have been if you can picture the huge piece of land going down on the receding waters. It happened to land on a mountain in an area known today as the country of Jordan in the Middle East (east of river Jordan, not west). Later on it would be referred to as “the promised land”. It was a piece of the original homeland of the human race, a piece of Paradise. When Joshua and others rediscovered it about 850 years later, they knew they found something special. This topic will be expounded on when we come to the 4th age.
The fact that the Earth wasn’t as divided as it is today explains why we can see similar ancient architecture in diverse places, one example are the known pyramidal structures from Egypt, South Africa, China and many other corners of the Earth. The pyramids were the harvesters of atmospheric energy, basically big generators of electricity. Or did you really believe the ancient world didn’t know of or didn’t use electricity? The pyramids and many other structures now hidden mostly underground are the remaining artefacts of the “United Kingdom of Heaven on Earth” as I like to call it.
Can you imagine what it would be like to discover an unknown super-continent after escaping a worldwide flood? You’d probably want to explore it all. At first they went to nearby areas known today as “the fertile crescent” also known as the cradle of civilisation. Genesis 10 briefly touches upon which family went which way. They all decided to go discover the new lands, build cities and some of them to build themselves kingdoms – to put themselves above their brothers. These tendencies are still alive and well today – many of Father’s children believe they will rule over their brothers and sisters in the Kingdom of Heaven. They are looking for a pyramidal structure and fantasize about being somewhere at the top of that structure. And yet there is only one King – our Father, the ineffable of Heaven’s Most High. You either have Him within you (in which case He helps you to rule and reign over your own life) or you don’t, in which case you are in some type of bondage or slavery. That’s all there is to it. Jesus knew he was no king. He never said he was or asked to be one. Perhaps it’s time Christians return back to their first love, their Heavenly Father, and stop obsessing over His son who came to tell everyone about his Father and how to spiritually get back to Him. But I digress.
The next main character of our story is of course Abram, later known as Abraham. It is an interesting and an important fact that Noah and Abram actually knew each other, although Abram was Noah’s great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandson. The book of Genesis speaks very little about the first 70-80 years of Abram’s life, and so we’ll turn to the Book of Upright (incorrectly titled in English as the “Book of Jasher”) to fill in the gaps.
The night Abram was born there happened to be a visible sign in the sky. This sign prompted king Nimrod to search after the child and kill it in a similar way to when Herod was trying to kill Jesus, because Nimrod’s wise men read the sign as dangerous to Nimrod (chapter 8):
“This only betokens the child that has been born to Terah this night, who will grow up and be fruitful, and multiply, and possess all the earth, he and his children for ever, and he and his seed will slay great kings, and inherit their lands.”
Nevertheless Terah, who was a captain in Nimrod’s army, gave him (sold to him) a different child and hid Abram with his mother in a cave where they stayed for 10 years. After Nimrod pretty much had forgotten about the whole thing, Abram returned to his father only to be sent away to Noah’s house where he stayed for 39 years (chapter 9):
“6 And Abram was in Noah’s house thirty-nine years, and Abram knew the Lord from three years old, and he went in the ways of the Lord until the day of his death, as Noah and his son Shem had taught him; and all the sons of the earth in those days greatly transgressed against the Lord, and they rebelled against him and they served other gods, and they forgot the Lord who had created them in the earth;…” In the Earth. What an interesting way to put it.
Abram was 49 years old when he left the house of Noah and returned to Terah his earthly father. There he questioned why Terah got into the worship of gods made of wood and stone and after the Holy Spirit entered Abram, he destroyed them all but one (chapter 11)
“31 And in the evening of that day in that house Abram was clothed with the spirit of God. 32 And he called out and said, Wo unto my father and this wicked generation, whose hearts are all inclined to vanity, who serve these idols of wood and stone which can neither eat, smell, hear nor speak, who have mouths without speech, eyes without sight, ears without hearing, hands without feeling, and legs which cannot move; like them are those that made them and that trust in them. 33 And when Abram saw all these things his anger was kindled against his father, and he hastened and took a hatchet in his hand, and came unto the chamber of the gods, and he broke all his father’s gods.”
A very heated discussion followed which didn’t go very well. Terah ended up going back to Nimrod (who apparently started the idol worship) and admitted that after all Abram his son did not die 50 years ago, that his son was after destroying his gods of wood and stone and asked Nimrod to judge and punish Abram according to their law. Abram was summoned before the king and the hearing didn’t go particularly well for Abram either, resulting in his imprisonment for 10 days and also being sentenced to death along with his brother Haran in a similar fashion as Daniel many centuries later (chapter 12):
“22 And the king’s servants took Abram and his brother, and they stripped them of all their clothes except their lower garments which were upon them. 23 And they bound their hands and feet with linen cords, and the servants of the king lifted them up and cast them both into the furnace. 24 And the Lord loved Abram and he had compassion over him, and the Lord came down and delivered Abram from the fire and he was not burned. 25 But all the cords with which they bound him were burned, while Abram remained and walked about in the fire. 26 And Haran died when they had cast him into the fire, and he was burned to ashes, for his heart was not perfect with the Lord; and those men who cast him into the fire, the flame of the fire spread over them, and they were burned, and twelve men of them died.”
After 3 days and 3 nights of Abram surviving without a problem in the fire, Nimrod called on him to come out, realised that he couldn’t kill Abram whatsoever, and so instead he gave him gold, silver and pearls and sent him away. About 300 of the king’s servants joined Abram as he returned to his dad. When speaking to the king, Abram was confident that it was the true creator of all that is who protected him in the fire. This is an important detail.
Noah and Shem knew our Father and they taught Abram all they knew. Yet the 2nd age ended eventually and our Father’s children lost. Why? How? When asking Father these questions, I knew He was telling me it had something to do with His children fleeing / leaving / giving up when evil sprang close by to them, instead of overcoming the darkness by being / bringing the light and staying put.
Let’s take Abram’s nephew as an example: do you think Sodom and Gomorrah would have been destroyed if Lot didn’t leave? No, he was told he had to go in order for the destruction to begin. Christians somehow see this as a good thing: righteous Lot fleeing while the unrighteous were destroyed. Lot escaped with his daughters and they all believed the whole world was just destroyed and them the only people left on Earth (source). That is why they wanted to have children with their own dad, thinking it’s the only way to repopulate the Earth. How is this a victory? How could this have been the Will of our Father?!
But back to Abram. As we just read, he was miraculously saved from burning to death. The enemy couldn’t hurt him. Just 2 years later after this event, king Nimrod had a dream. This was its interpretation (chapter 12):
52 This is nothing else but the evil of Abram and his seed which will spring up against my Lord and king in the latter days. 53 And behold the day will come when Abram and his seed and the children of his household will war with my king, and they will smite all the king’s hosts and his troops.
And so once again Nimrod set out to kill Abram. Abram was warned and ran to safety of Noah’s and Shem’s house. He stayed there for a month until the king had forgotten about the whole thing. Yet Abram was still afraid and decided it would be best to leave altogether to Canaan.
“69 And Abram ceased to speak, when Noah and his son Shem answered Terah, saying, True is the word which Abram hath said unto thee.” (chapter 12)
This, I believe, was the moment when the kingdom was overturned. Both Noah and Shem were there when their Father saved them from the world wide destruction. Abram survived for 3 days and 3 nights in the furnace. They all intimately knew of the power their Heavenly Father possessed and had His authority, yet all 3 of them denied it and said it would be better for Abram to flee, as if Father couldn’t protect him no more. In my understanding this was the moment the kingdom was lost and the reign went back to the enemy. And so finally, when Abram was 51 years old and Noah 944 years old, the 2nd age ended 344 years after the flood.
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This study was published in several posts. Here are all the available links:
Part I.: Introduction
Part II.: Ages in General
Part III.: Before and after the Fall
Part IV.: Age 1
Part V.: Age 2
Part VI.: Age 3
Part VII.: Age 4
Part VII.: Age 5
Part VIII.: Age 6
Part IX.: Age 7
Part X.: Eternal age