The most well-known example of historical globalization is the attempted construction of the Tower of Babel in the 21st century BC. God commanded Noah and his sons to spread out and create families.
So God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them: “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth.
- Genesis 9:1
Instead, mankind rebelled.
And they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.”
- Genesis 11:4
Noah’s great-grandson, King Nimrod (whose name means “rebel”), headed the project to build the tower. In response, God confused their languages, forcing the people to group together by their spoken language and settle elsewhere
So the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they ceased building the city. Therefore its name is called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of all the earth; and from there the Lord scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth.
- Genesis 11:8-9
King Nebuchadnezzar envisioned a fifth and final world empire, which is yet to come.