One thing you need to know about names in the Bible is that they are much more than simple labels of identification.
In Bible times, one’s name reflected a person’s reputation, nature and character.
Let’s take a look at the actual meanings of the names of Noah’s sons and in general who each one’s respective ancestors turned out be.
Shem: Glory, Name (in the sense of making a name for oneself, becoming a respected person of authority). The descendants of Shem are the Hebrews, the Arabs and most of the Asian races. The Messiah and Savior of the world will come from this line.
Ham: Hot, warm, burning heat. The descendants are primarily the dark-skinned races that came to populate Africa. Egypt and the Philistines also stem from this line.
Japheth: to enlarge, to become fruitful. The descendants are the Romans, the Greeks, and most of the European nations.
Now all we have to do is take an objective look at how history has unfolded since ancient times and we realize that the blessings and curses that Noah proclaimed was nothing less than a powerful prophetic pronouncement.
Israel, from the line of Shem, introduced not only monotheism to the world but also brought the messiah into the world. Indeed history itself is measured by the birth and death of Yeshua (BC and AD). In this spiritual sense, Israel has conquered the world.
Now the Japhetic nations of Europe and her distant cousin the United States have indeed been fruitful(wealthy) and expanded their influence over the whole globe but have always been subservient to the spiritual authority of Shem. A fact that rankles white supremacists to no end. It is the spiritual authority of Shem represented by the Jewish people that Adolph Hitler attempted to defy. But he failed. He should have known that no man can subvert God’s established prophecy.
Finally, when we look at the history of the Hamitic nations of Africa, in general we can see that these nations have for the most part been plagued by poverty, slavery and a child-like dependency on the other nations of the world for their survival.
To me, this is as powerful evidence as any that God’s Word is true and cannot be broken.