We have become accustomed by nearly four hundred years of no persecution in our land, that, when it arises, we think something strange is happening. Turn to 1 Peter 4:12-13: "Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy." So we should not be surprised, nor should we think it to be strange, as though we are experiencing something abnormal.
Persecution of Christians in the two-thousand-year history of the church is far more the norm than the anomaly we have seen in this land during the last 400 years. And that is so because we are at war. There is a spiritual battle in the universe that has been fought from the beginning of time. As we saw last week in Genesis 3:15, it is characterized as enmity between the seed of the woman (Christ Jesus) and the seed of the Serpent (those whom Jesus identified as children of their "father the devil" in John 8:44). So the fact that we are engaged in this spiritual war that is raging in every corner of the earth should not surprise us at all. Rather, it should steel our resolve, it should cause us to focus on preparing our hearts, minds, and hands for that battle. God's Word stands ready to equip us for the battle.
There is no elaborate system of civil government structured here, no great bureaucratic model ordained to accomplish this essential, God-given function. It was a highly decentralized and localized civil government that God ordained. Nimrod demonstrates one of Satan's repeated strategies: centralization of power in the hands of the one or of the elite in a society. Nimrod began with establishing Babel and then three other cities in Shinar. But, not at all content with that accomplishment, he militarily invaded to the Northwest in the land of Assyria, establishing another five cities there, which were under his dictatorial rulership.