What is recorded in Genesis 11:4 was the first attempt to create a global culture:
“And they said: Come, let us build for ourselves a city, and a tower whose top will reach into heaven, and let us make for ourselves a name; lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.” 1Genesis 11:4 The Creator of all mankind knew that it wasn’t time for the nations of earth to come together into one social order. That is why He divided their languages at the tower of Babel. He saw that they were not maintaining the boundaries of conscience and would need further boundaries to keep them from destroying themselves. Therefore He separated them into nations to become distinct cultures, each with their own manners, customs, traditions and national borders. By themselves, they would have a better chance to hear the voice of their conscience and the voice of creation speaking to them. Through this, it was possible for them to see their need for their Creator and find a way back to Him.
Thousands of years later, the apostle Paul confirmed the wisdom of God in this:
“He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation, that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us.” 2Acts 17:26,27
God saw what sin had done to the human race. He saw the murder, egotistical pride, and arrogance in men, and what would happen if He allowed them to stay together in one place with one mind. Although building the tower sounded like the perfect plan, it would have resulted in chaos. Had it succeeded, the one united world would have been completely dominated by the evil one. He would have caused the few to oppress the many, and instead of creating the magnificent civilization that would end the world’s problems, an oppressive system would have arisen, forcing men to go against their consciences.
God’s intent to separate the nations by language, customs and manners was so that the peoples of the earth could experience a measure of peace, and in that peace grope for God. Hopefully, they would live in such a way as to make them worthy of inheriting eternal life in the nations. The deliberate separation of the sons of Noah and their families mentioned in Genesis 10 was a test for them. He wanted to see who would rise up and presume to desegregate the nations and mix the different cultures into one, in order to have dominion over them. Men have always known what is right, peaceful, and good in their conscience. It is instinctive. They were not to overstep the boundaries He had made for them. Those who passed the test stayed within the boundaries God established. Those who didn’t, tried to force people together across racial and cultural barriers, causing great strife, jealousy, and hatred. The war, bloodshed, and immorality that resulted came about because men were not able to overcome their differences nor their selfishness.
5,000 years later, another great attempt is on the way to make the world into one culture, where all language, religious, and ethnic differences are removed. Through globalization man continues the pattern of crossing boundaries as did his ancestors.
We live in an unprecedented time of increased knowledge and travel. This has been made possible through the technological advances of the information age. This time of history was foretold by the prophet Daniel when he said: “But as for you, Daniel, conceal these words and seal up the book until the end of the age; many will go back and forth, and knowledge will increase.” (Daniel 12:4)
This prophecy began to be fulfilled in the second half of the 20th century through NAFTA, WTO, GPS, the Internet, and phenomenal advances in the telecommunications industry. This titanic human enterprise, a godless effort, is the work of antichrist. The antichrist will get the credit for this false coming together so that he can gain dominion over the whole world. The unity of the world through the alliance of government and ecumenical religions can be clearly contrasted with the unity of the Stone Kingdom spoken of in Daniel 2:44 3And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever.
. Daniel 2:28 4But there is a God in heaven who reveals secrets, and He has made known to King Nebuchadnezzar what will be in the latter days. Your dream, and the visions of your head upon your bed, were these… prophesies that this will happen sometime in the latter days. No one has lived in the latter days as we are today.

The global society the nations are trying to build for themselves is going to be destroyed, just as the Tower of Babel was. The scattering in Genesis 11:4 caused the diversity of culture and customs that God has maintained to a large part throughout human history. It is healthy in our fallen world to keep the cultures separated (and the religions, too). Yet Satan has also been working steadily to destroy the conscience of man and cause him to break down these boundaries.

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