Every empire seeks world dominance. The Sumerians, a people living in the "land between the rivers" of the Tigris and Euphrates (a land called Mesopotamia) were the first to seek world dominion. They were eventually supplanted by a larger and more aggressive people called the Hittites. The Hittites were then conquered by the Assyrians , who were conquered by the Babylonians, who were conquered by the Persians, who were conquered by the Greeks, who were conquered by the Romans, who were conquered by the Turks, who were conquered... well, you get the picture.
Every kingdom eventually collapses. No empire reaches or sustains its goals. In the end, emperors become liars and empires grow lame. Isaac Newton, in his brilliant work The Chronology of Ancient Kingdoms Amended, reveals how kingdoms have historically exaggerated their histories and their accomplishments for the sake of national pride.
Newton, probably the greatest scientiest to ever live, spent his lifetime tearing down the lies regarding ancient civilizations, particularly the intentional deceit certain civilizations (Babylonian, Egyptian, Grecian, etc.. ) have existed for tens of thousands of years. Isaac Newton believed nothing in ancient history--when properly understood--conflicts with biblical history. The Chronology of Ancient Kingoms Amended represents his lifetime of work in the historical chronologies of empires. Newton used his brilliant intellect and unsurpassed knowledge of science, the classical languages (Greek, Latin, Hebrew, Greek, etc...) and human logic to trace the world's earliest kingdoms from one common family.
Newton, like my dear friend George Ella, believed great human cultures and superior human languages de-evolve, never evolve. The oldest languages, like those of the ancient Sumerians and Hittites--and most importantly the language of a Shemitic tribe called Hebrews--are highly complex and inflected languages. The Greek language did not evolve from grunts and groans and cave drawings to Homer's Illiad. Neither did The Song of Solomon. Hebrew love poetry from Solomon is eloquent and extremely complex, surpassing the literature of today. Where are the Solomon's of today? Where are the Homer's of today?
They have all gone the way of ancient kingdoms. They are gone. The thorn in the side of man is the belief that man is evolving into something better, reaching higher and farther than ever before, becoming "like the gods." The truth is far more sobering. Man is devolving. Man is corrupting. Man is dying. We are devolving in our languages, our cultures, and our civilizations. You object with: "But look at our scientific advancements!" I respond: "If the ancient Egyptians had our technology, they would have flown to another universe by now." We continue to devolve as mankind.
C.S. Lewis gives the reason why mankind shoots for the gods and devolves into the dung:
"The reason why man can never succeed in in this is because God made us; He invented us as a man invents an engine. A car made to run on petrol would not run properly on anything else. Now God designed the human machine to run on Himself. He Himself is the fuel our spirits were designed to burn, or the food our spirits were designed to feed on. God cannot give us happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no no other.
That is why it is just no good asking God to make us happy in our own way without bothering about Him. God cannot give us happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.
This is the key to history. Terrific energy is expended--civilizations are built up--excellent institutions devised; but each time something goes wrong. Some fatal flaw always brings the selfish and cruel people to the top and it all slides back into misery and ruin. In fact, the machine conks. It seems to start up all right and runs a few years, and then it breaks down. They are trying to run it on the wrong juice. This is what Satan has done to us humans."
Amen, Mr. Lewis. Amen.