By Akin Ojumu

Prior to Nimrod, there was no such thing known to man as a kingdom – i.e., the dominion of a king or a people or a place dominated by a king. The first time the term kingdom was mentioned in the Bible, it was in association with Nimrod. This man from ancient times formed the first kingdom ever known to man.

In Genesis 10, the Bible introduced us to Nimrod:

"The sons of Ham: Cush, Egypt, Put, Canaan. The sons of Cush: Seba, Havilah, Sabtah, Raamah, Sabteca. The sons of Raamah: Sheba, Dedan. Cush also had Nimrod. He was the first great warrior on Earth. He was a great hunter before God. There was a saying, “Like Nimrod, a great hunter before God.” His kingdom got its start with Babel; then Erech, Akkad, and Calneh in the country of Shinar. From there he went up to Asshur and built Nineveh, Rehoboth Ir, Calah, and Resen between Nineveh and the great city Calah." (Genesis 10: 6-12).

It is easy for those of us in this modern era to read the phrase, “Like Nimrod, a great hunter before God,” and assume that what it’s saying is that the guy was good at hunting rats and rabbits. Nothing can be further from the truth. Nimrod didn’t hunt animals; he was a ruthless hunter of human beings. The guy was a sadistic psychopath who enjoyed killing people. As the world’s first serial murderer, he had an unusual taste for human blood. As a result, people were terrified of him greatly. He was a bloodthirsty warrior who derived great pleasure plundering properties and a nasty gangbanger who got his kicks from rendering asunder human lives. Nimrod was a powerful dude. He was the first strongman that ever lived.

“Like Nimrod, a great hunter before God.”

The man became the standard by which tyrants and strongmen were measured, he was the quintessential powerful guy. Bad hombres were gauged by how evil they were compared to Nimrod. He struck terror in the hearts of people as he stumped all over the known earth conquering and enslaving people. He subjugated everyone in sight and destroyed everything in his path. The mere mention of the name "Nimrod" – which actually means “Rebel” – caused men to tremble, and they ran and hid in fear. And to show how important Nimrod was, the Bible had to take a pause right in the middle of the writing about the genealogy of Adam, to tell us more about this evil man.

As the world’s first king of the first world empire, his kingdom stretched from Babel, his capital city and the first city-state to be conquered, throughout Mesopotamia. Babylon – that embodiment of all things sinful and all things evil – was Nimrod’s kingdom. Not only did Nimrod kill people for sport, but he also caused them to worship Satan by way of diverse idolatry and pagan worship contrary to wishes of Elohim. He wasn’t content in killing the flesh of man, he proceeded to cause their souls to be damned to hell as well. The man presided over the second major rebellion of man against Elohim, and he led the first violent insurrection against YAHWEH.

The outflow of Nimrod’s heart was the desire to eradicate and eliminate God from the affairs of men. He was a vile and wicked man who engaged in all sorts of depravities the mind of man could conceive. Think of any evil, Nimrod committed it. The Tower of Babel was the crown jewel of his rebellion against God and it was from there that all the pagan and idolatrous religions of this world originated.

Whenever I think of Vladimir Putin, the President of the Russian Federation, Nimrod comes to mind. There is such an uncanny similarity between both men that the thought of it sends cold shivers down my spine.

Slitty-eyed, short-statured, ill-tempered, coldly calculating, Vladimir Putin is a Nimrod of our day. This man is an international thug and a stone-cold murderer who would crush anyone who stands in the way of his evil desire. Russians who have crossed him have paid dearly and painfully with their lives. Dissidents who have dared to oppose him have had their tea and underwear laced with radioactive isotope. Those lucky enough to survive the deadly poisoning are often left severely and permanently debilitated, both physically and psychologically.

As a conquering strongman in the mold of Nimrod, Putin spreads his corrosive influence by stomping all over the world subjugating nations and conquering other people's lands. He is a bloodhound constantly looking for prey and always spoiling for a fight. An inveterate provocateur, Vladimir Putin goes to and fro looking for who to meddle with.

Few nations have suffered more in the hand of Vladimir Putin than Ukraine, his next-door neighbor. Like the leaven that corrupts the whole dough, Putin and his minions have infiltrated and corrupt every facet of Ukraine’s society. Embedded within every hierarchy of private and governmental institutions in Ukraine – be it military or civilian – are men and women who have sworn fealty, and whose loyalty is solely, to Putin. And he controls his embeds like a puppet master.

For as long as anyone can remember, Putin’s army has laid siege on Ukraine and has had its border surrounded. At will and whenever his often-psychotic episodes come upon him, he may seize control of any of the infrastructures in the country. Be it the electricity grid, telecommunication system, or the transportation system, you name it, nothing is spared or beyond Putin’s reach. Even worse, an entire region in Ukraine has been annexed by the Russian madman for seven years and counting. Crimea, which is rich in natural gas and other resources, is presently under the occupation of Putin’s army.

In a crass display of his thuggishness, the Russian Minister for Sports on Wednesday lodged a complaint against Ukraine with the European governing body UEFA. And what exactly did Ukraine do to warrant a complaint against it by the Russian government? Well, Putin is not happy that Ukraine had the gall to unveil a new national team shirt ahead of the Euro 2020 tournament that is emblazoned with a map of Ukraine that includes Crimea.

You read that right – you are not seeing double, no need to rub your eyes. Vladimir Putin is furious because the map of Ukraine on the national soccer team’s jersey shows Crimea as being part of Ukraine. A sovereign nation draws the map of its internationally recognized territories that includes all the regions within its internationally recognized borders and a foreign aggressor gets mad and lodges complaint against it with the European Soccer ruling body. Is that audacious or what?

If there was ever a doubt in anyone’s mind that Vladimir Putin is a first-rate thug and a direct descendant of Nimrod, there’s your evidence right there.


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