went out from the Presence of the Lord. . . and he builded a
city." Genesis 4:16-17
civilization has followed the sun. The oldest civilization we have is
China . . ."
William Branham -- Feast of Trumpets
"The Tree of Knowledge produced clever men; men of renown. But their ways are the ways of death. God's people are simple but spiritual minded, leaning toward God and nature, calmly tilling the soil, caring for truth rather than wealth. The seed of the serpent has brought tremendous commerce, wonderful inventions, but with it all comes death. Their gunpowder and atomic bombs kill in war; and in peace time their mechanical inventions, such as the car, kill even more in a time of peace than do the inventions of war destroy in times of trouble. Death and destruction are the fruits of her labors" (An Exposition of the Seven Church Ages, 107:2).
Brother Branham said, "Russia, according to our own science, is five years ahead of us. . . an ungodly people that took those Jewish scientists up there . . . And they're working day and night, to blow us up . . . What's the meaning of these sputniks in the skies?" (Handwriting on the Wall #29:5, 15:121, 129).
Explosives, medical techniques, mechanical principles, food, the use of electricity, virtually anything technological in nature -- and an examination of the history of its development leads us surely and certainly back to a Hamitic people and exceedingly rarely to Japheth or Shem. The basic inventions which have been contributed by Shem or Japheth can, it seems, be numbered on the fingers of one hand. This seems so contrary to popular opinion, but it is a thesis which can be supported -- and has been documented -- from close to 1000 authoritative sources. Almost every new book dealing with the history of science (frequently confused with technology) adds its own confirmatory evidence in support of this thesis.
It is quite impossible within the compass of this study to attempt to do justice to the contribution made by the children of Ham towards the development of civilization in its more material aspects. It may serve as some indication of this contribution to simply list under rather obvious but convenient headings things the invention, first application, or the development of which, must be credited to Ham.
A mere list without comment can be most uninteresting. But in this case it seems the only way to put the ideas across. In this list, for the sake of brevity, we have not discriminated between principles of operation (Gimbal suspension, for example) and actual products or techniques (like rubber or the electroplating of metals). Obviously documentation for each entry is available but could not possibly be given here.
Mechanical Principles and ApplicationsBlock and tackle Gimbal suspension Domes and arches Whiffletrees Suspension bridges Lock gates and lifts Windlass Cantilever principle Fire pistons Gears Chain drives Lathes Pulleys Steam engine principle Clockwork mechanism Catapults
MaterialsCopper Bellows systems of all types Bronze Glass (including possibly a malleable glass) Iron Pottery, china and porcelain Cast Iron Lenses of several types Steel Charcoal and carbon black Cement Glues and preservatives Dyes and inks Shellacs, varnishes and enamels Rubber Casting methods of all kinds including hollow casting Case hardening Gold and silver working including beading, repoussee, sheet, wire and the plating of metals.
Building Techniques, Tools and MaterialsNails Window materials, including glass Saws Door hinges and locks Hammers Protective coatings Brace and bit Street drainage systems Sandpaper Sewage disposal on a wide scale Rope saws Running water in piped systems Carborundum Piped gas for heating Stoves Central heating systems Plans and maps Surveying instruments Drills (including diamond drills) Buildings of all types, including genuine skyscrapers and earthquake proof construction
Fabrics and Weaving, etc.Linen Voile Ikat or tie-dyeing Cotton Tapestry Feather and fur garments Silk Batique Tailored clothing Wool Needles Double-faced cloth Felt Thimbles Knitted and crocheted materials Lace Parchment All types of thread Netting Gauze Dyes of all kinds Mechanical looms Silk screen methods of decoration Invisible mending Ropes up to 12 inches in diameter Flying shuttles Paper of all kinds including coated stock Netting shuttles
Writing, Printing, etc.Inks Textbooks Chalks Encyclopedias Pencils and crayons Libraries and cataloging systems Block printing Literary forms (fables, etc.) Movable type Envelopes and postal systems All kinds of paper Scripts (Sumerian, Cuneiform and its successors, Egyptian, Hittite, Minoan, Chinese, Easter Island, Indus Valley, and Maya scripts)
FoodstuffsAloes Chickle gum Tomato Pears Cascara Sweet potato Kidney beans Pineapple Prickly pear Cereals Chili pepper Squash Cocoa Cashew and peanut Corn Coffee Manioc Beans Tea Artichoke Strawberries Tobacco Potato Arrowroot
Animals DomesticatedPigs Dogs Llama Horses Cats Alpaca Fowl Camels Cows, sheep, etc. And in agriculture, the use of multiculture, fertilizers, mechanical seeders, and other such equipment.
Foodgathering MethodsThe use of countless fish poisons and animal intoxicants The use of other tamed animals to catch "game": -- dogs and cormorants for fishing, -- cats for hunting, -- various birds of prey such as eagles, falcons, etc. Elephants for labor and land clearance Traps and nets of all kinds
Travel Conveyances, etc.Compass Canals and locks Road rollers Skis Sternpost rudder Wheelbarrows Toboggans All types of water craft Stirrups Snowshoes Cement paving Wheeled vehicles Travois Surfaced roads Wheels: solid, spoke& rimmed and tired Watertight-compartment construction for boats Harness for domestic animals Use of birds for navigation Bridges of all types: suspension, cantilever, arch, etc.
"Aircraft"Balloons Gliders Helicopters Kites Parachutes Jet Propulsion Weather-signaling and forecasting
Cosmetics, etc.Mirrors Nail polishes Toothbrushes Wigs Scissors Shaving equipment Combs Powders and ointments Jewelry of all kinds
MathematicsGeometry A kind of logarithms Trigonometry Concept of zero Algebra Use of place system
Trade and CommercePaper money and coinage Systems of inspection Banking houses Trade regulations and price-fixing Postal systems Wage regulations and compensation systems Loans with interest Weights and measures Accounting systems and use of formal contracts
Medical and Surgical Practices and InstrumentsGargles Anesthetics Lotions Snuffs Soaps Ointments Inhalators Splints Plasters Enemas Quinine Adhesive tapes Fumigators Poultices Tourniquet Suppositories Decoctions Surgical stitching Insecticides Infusions Bandages Truth serums Pills Curare Cocaine Troches Trephination Caesarean operations Vaccine for smallpox Cascara and other emetics Tranquilizing drugs Animal-stupefying drugs Surgical instruments of all kinds; knives, forceps, tweezers, etc. Identification of, and treatment of, hundreds of common diseases and injuries including brain and eye operations and surgery in general
Household FurnishingHammocks Gas cookers Fans Rocking stools Rotary querns Clocks Folding beds Lamps Running water Oil stoves Space heaters A form of "telephone" Whistling pots and kettles Go-carts for children, and other toys.
GamesWrestling Revolving stages for theaters Rubber ball games Lacrosse Numerous board games (chess, checkers, etc.)
WarfareAll types of piercing and striking Bows and crossbows Bolas weapons Gun powder Rifled weapons Guided missiles Body armor Aerial bombardment Poison gases and toxic agents Flame throwers A repeating bow, a form of machine gun Heavy artillery (catapults of several kinds).
Musical InstrumentsWind instruments (organ, pipes, horns, flutes, etc.) String instruments (various modifications of the harp) Percussion instruments (tubes, bars, stones, bells, and diaphragms) Tuning forks of various kinds
MiscellaneousUmbrellas Safety pins Straws for drinking Spectacles Calendars Telescopes (?) Snow goggles Cigar holders Finger printing for identification
Many believers will find this list entirely unsatisfactory. However, a word of further explanation together with the table below may help to clarify things. The majority of these items could be called Hamitic "firsts." Some of them bear no relationship historically to their western counterparts as far as we can ascertain from a study of the transmission of culture traits. Still, they had the concept first. The ingenuity of many of these devices and techniques is truly extraordinary, particularly in view of the paucity of natural resources. It is no exaggeration to state that primitive people have done marvels with natural resources as they found them.
The difficulty for us is that we are deceived by their very simplicity. Whether highly civilized Cainites or of a primitive culture, the Hamitic people have shown an amazing ability to exploit the immediate resources of their environment to the limit. It is only recently that the West has become aware of our indebtedness to non-Indo-European people for practically all the basic elements, simple and complex, of our own technological civilization.
The purpose of the following table is to draw attention to the fact that in each of these elements of culture Hamitic peoples got there first and independently, and in most cases were our instructors. We may sum up what has been said thus far by setting forth the following propositions.
First, the Table of Nations in Genesis 10 is a historic document indicating how the present population of the world has been derived from Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
Secondly, this threefold division is more than merely a genetic variation of certain "racial" types: there is evidence that it is intended to indicate that the three branches of the race were divinely apportioned a characteristic capacity which has been reflected in the unique contribution each branch has rendered in the service of mankind as a whole.
Thirdly, we can distinguish between the nature and character of Ham and that of Canaan.
And fourth, the contribution of Shem has been in the realm of the spiritual, Ham's physical or practical, his illegitimate son Canaan, technological, and of Japheth intellectual. In the process of history, these contributions were made effective in this order.
Time lags between Chinese Inventions/Discoveries and their Adoption/Recognition in the West
AgricultureRow cultivation of crops and intensive hoeing 6thC BC 2,200 years The iron plow 6thC BC 2,300 years Efficient horse harness -- trace 4thC BC 500 years -- collar 3rdC BC 1,000 years The rotary winnowing fan 2ndC BC 2,000 years The multi-tube "modern" seed drill 2ndC BC 1,800 years
Astronomy & CartographyRecognition of sunspots as solar phenomenon 4thC BC 2,000 years Quantitative cartography 2ndC BC 1,300 years Discovery of the solar wind 6thC BC 1,400 years The Mercator map projection 10thC AD 600 years (Mounted) Equatorial astronomical instruments 13thC AD 600 years
EngineeringSprouting bowls and standing waves 5thC BC never Cast iron 4thC BC 1,700 years Double-acting piston air bellows 4thC BC 1,900 years Double-acting piston water bellows 4thC BC 2,100 years Crank handle 2ndC BC 1,100 years "Cardan suspension" or Gimbals 2ndC BC 1,100 years Manufacture of steel from cast iron 2ndC BC 2,000 years Deep drilling for natural gas 1stC BC 1,900 years Belt drives 1stC BC 1,800 years Water power 1stC AD 1,200 years Chain pump 1stC AD 1,400 years Suspension bridge 1stC AD 1,200 years First cybernetic machine 3rdC AD 3,000 years Essentials of the steam engine 5thC AD 3,200 years "Magic" mirrors 5thC AD 1,500 years "Siemens" steel process 5thC AD 1,300 years Segmental arch bridge AD610 500 years Chain drive AD976 800 years Underwater salvage operations 11thC AD 800 years
Domestic & Industrial TechnologyLacquer: the first plastic 13thC BC 3,200 years Strong beer (sake) 11thC BC never Petroleum and natural gas as fuel 4thC BC 2,300 years Paper 2ndC BC 1,400 years Wheelbarow 1stC BC 1,300 years Sliding calipers 1stC BC 1,500 years Magic lantern 2ndC BC 1,800 years Fishing reel 3rdC BC 1,400 years Stirrup 3rdC AD 300 years Porcelain 3rdC AD 1,700 years Biological pest control 3rdC AD 1,700 years Umbrella 4thC AD 1,200 years Matches AD577 1,000 years Chess 6thC AD 500 years Brandy and Whisky 7thC AD 500 years Mechanical clock AD725 585 years Printing -- block printing 8thC AD 700 years -- movable type AD1045 400 years playing cards 9thC AD 599 years Paper money 9thC AD 850 years "Permanent" lamps 9thC AD never Spinning wheel 11thC AD 200 years
Medicine & HealthCirculation of blood 6thC BC 1,800 years Circadian rhythms in the human body 2ndC BC 2,150 years Endocrinlogy (glands, secretion) 2ndC BC 2,100 years Deficiency diseases 3rdC AD 1,600 years Diabetes detection by urine analysis 7thC AD 1,000 years Use of thyroid hormone 7thC AD 1,250 years Immunology -- innoculation against smallpox 10thC AD 800 years
MathematicsDecimal system 14thC BC 2,300 years A place for zero 4thC BC 1,400 years Negative numbers 2ndC BC 1,700 years Extraction of higher roots & solutions of 1stC BC 600 years higher equations Decimal fractions 1stC BC 1,600 years Using algebra in geometry 3rdC AD 1,000 years A refined table of pi 3rdC AD 1,200 years "Pascal's" triangle of coefficients AD1100 427 years
MagnetismFirst compasses 4thC BC 1,500 years Dial and pointer devices 3rdC AD 1,200 years Magnetic declination of Earth's magnetic field 9thC AD 600 years Magnetic remanence and induction 11thC AD 600 years
The Physical SciencesGeobotanical prospecting 5thC BC 2,100 years First law of motion 4thC BC 1,300 years Hexagonal structure of snowflakes 2ndC BC 1,800 years Seismograph AD130 1,400 years Spontaneous combustion 2ndC AD 1,500 years "Modern" geology 2ndC AD 1,500 years Phosphorescent paint 10thC AD 700 years
Transportation & ExplorationKite 5th/4thC BC 2,000 years Manned flight with kites 4thC BC 1,650 years First relief maps 3rdC BC 1,600 years First contour transport canal 3rdC BC 1,900 years Parachute 2ndC BC 2,000 years Miniature hot-air baloons 2ndC BC 1,400 years Rudder 1stC AD 1,100 years Masts/sailing: Batten sails -- staggered masts 2ndC AD never Multiple masts, fore & Aft rigs 2ndC BC 1,200 years Leeboards 8thC AD 800 years Watertight compartments in ships 2ndC BC 1,707 years Helicopter rotor & propeller 4thC AD 1,500 years Paddle-wheel boat 5thC AD 1,000 years Land-sailing AD650 1,050 years Canal pound-lock AD984 400 years
Sound & MusicLarge tuned bell 6thC BC 2,500 years Tuned drums 2ndC BC unknown Hermetically sealed research laboratories 1stC BC 2,000 years First understanding of musical timbre 3rdC AD 1,600 years Equal temperament in music AD1584 50 years
WarfareChemical warfare: poison gas, smoke bombs 4thC AD 2,300 years & tear gas Crossbow 4thC BC 200 years Gunpowder 9thC AD 300 years Flame-thrower 10thC AD 1,000 years Flares & fireworks 10thC AD 250 years Soft bombs & grenades AD1000 400 years Metal-cased bombs AD1221 246 years Land mines AD1277 126 years Sea mines 14thC AD 200 years Rocket 11thC AD 200 years Multi-staged rockets 14thC AD 600 years Guns, cannon & mortars -- firelance AD1120 450 years -- true gun AD1280 50 yearsNext