According to the Bible, about 4400 years ago God sent the Worldwide Flood upon the Earth and only 8 people survived: Noah, his wife, their three sons: Japheth, Shem, Ham and their wives. Despite such a long time which separates us from those people, it is remarkable to see how the name of Japheth, the father of all Indo-European nations, and the oldest son of Noah, was perpetuated by the peoples of the Antiquity. Bill Cooper, in his book, After the Flood. The early post-flood history of Europe traced back to Noah, argues that the name of Japheth was preserved in ancient Greece, India and Rome:
Pagan Greeks made his name immortal as Iapetos, worshipping him as the son of heaven and earth and the father of many nations. In the vedas of India, in Sanskrit, he is called Pra-Japati and deemed the sun and lord of creation, the fountain of life for all his descendants. The Romans perpetuated his name as Iu-Pater, Father Jove, finally establishing it as Jupiter. (Source: Cooper. After the Flood. The early post-flood history of Europe traced back to Noah. p. 40)
Josephus, in his book, The Antiquities of the Jews, mentions Japheth’s name when he refers to the deity worshipped by the Babylonian priests at the time immediately following the confusion of languages:
Such of the priests as were saved took the sacred vessels of Jupiter Enyalius, and came to Shinar of Babylonia. (Source: Josephus. The Complete Works. Translated by William Whiston. p. 40)
It is likely that Apaturia, one of the oldest Greek festivals, is also derived from his name. As one looks closer at all these names: Japheth, Iapetos, Pra-Japati, Jupiter, Apaturia, one cannot help but notice that they bear a strong resemblance to each other. The Apostle Paul brilliantly explains what pagans did to the patriarchs:
Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. (Romans 1:25)
The Bible believing Christians who descend from either of the Indo-European nations always knew that Japheth was their real ancestor. By contrast, pagans like the Greeks, the inhabitants of India, the Romans and the Babylonians perverted this simple fact of history and indulged in worshipping the real man as one of their imaginary gods.