America: the Founders’ Vision… or Something Else? (Part2)

(See America: the Founders’ Vision…or Something Else?  Part 1″)

so, I’ve been investigating Nimrod of the time of Genesis.

My researching has led me to befuddlement. One ancient pagan god, or king, or mother of a god, or goddess leads to yet another variation on a theme, and I find myself sitting here, head spinning & confused. The list seems endless! Nonetheless, there does seem to exist a certain continuity, in a disjointed way, to their stories. Even so, to keep up the reading of such topics at this point, isn’t going to benefit me, nor contribute to finalizing this article! so I’m going with what I have gleaned so far…

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I find it so interesting that not much mention is made of Nimrod, in the Scriptures. Yet it seems that his influence on history & civilization reaches forth even ’til now. I have read in more than one place that Freemasonry has its roots in Nimrod & his activities. From what I’ve found, if true, that is not a good thing. And the Masonic society (again, from what I’ve found, if true) appears to be responsible for the design of our Statue of Liberty – and their intent might not have been what yours or mine would have, in producing her. From times far past, a hand of ungodly intent has always been at work, to destroy the works of God in this world AND the United States of America, to rob men of their full potential within those Divine works, and create a whole other kind of…society.  Lucifer hasn’t given up. A global agenda has been in the offing for a long, long time.

“The first century historian Josephus in his Antiquities of the Jews explains that the building of the Tower of Babel was an act of disobedience towards God…and explains that its chief proponent was a king by the name of Nimrod.” (source)  So here is where we see the beginning of some forms of architecture as being an expression of opposition to the Lord ( dare I say, anti-Christ arising?) as well as the beginnings of attempted globalization. Beyond that, as societies & nations today move more and more towards a global ‘unity’ – though it appears to be a harmonious embrace – they are instead committing a dangerous spiritual fornication. It is serious. And America is part of it.

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But back to Nimrod…

It looks like this man indulged in sexual relations with his mother. I am finding this piece of ‘information’ everywhere I go…she was, supposedly, known by the name of Semiramis/Ishtar/Isis…different countries gave her different names, over time. One was Diana of Ephesus. Point being, eventually she was worshipped as a goddess, and Nimrod was deified with her.

Now…this goddess (whom I will refer to as Ishtar), as the headdresses in the pictures below show, has been associated with towers/fortifications. I’ve read that this is because she had much to do with surrounding Babylon with brick walls, and influencing Nimrod to begin construction of the infamous Tower of Babel. Nimrod was eventually worshipped as ‘the god of fortifications’. So we have here the Power Couple of Towers & Fortifications!

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Nimrod, however, was associated with more than fortifications – he seems to have worked to set himself up as a form of savior, or Liberator. And what he was liberating the people from was the fear of YHWH, which is the beginning of knowledge. It is actually nothing to fear in itself! It is a good thing. Nimrod was not doing anyone any favors here…but apparently, with memories/accounts of the Flood still affecting people, Nimrod’s machinations offered the people an illusion of safety & comfort, without needing to seek righteousness, God’s way.  Or to seek God, period…

Meanwhile, his consort Ishtar also became known as the champion/goddess of personal freedoms – perhaps because of her relationship to Nimrod. The ‘personal freedoms’ label evolved into sexual freedom, i.e., licentiousness. Slaves seeking freedom turned to the goddess Ishtar; if they gained it, some prostituted themselves to secure an income, and/or became temple prostitutes, both sanctioned by this goddess. ( Ishtar’s protective covering was extended to include immigrants and exiles as well, as they also would be seeking freedom…Here we can see a prototype upon which, it seems, the Masonic developers & sculptor of the Statue of Liberty designed her.)

…so you can see where this duo is headed…down an ever darkening path, away from the Light of the world…producing the Tower of Babel (Confusion)…and the seeds of an early blueprint for secret societies such as Freemasonry, and their ultimate globalist agenda.

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It does not comfort me to know that the indispensable Father of our country, George Washington, was a Mason.  As well as just about any other Founder of renown.  In my heart, I cry, “Where do we go from here?  What now?”   In my eyes, Washington is second only to the Lord Jesus Christ.  I am serious.  How can this not be true?

It does comfort me to have learned that although Washington had joined the Masons, and engaged in much written Back to my Hero, George Washington!correspondence, it appears that he did not actually attend meetings, on the whole. The fact is I preside over none, nor have I been in one more than once or twice within the last thirty years….”( (Masonic Correspondence of Washington)  When questioned as to the suspected nefarious nature of this secret society, he replied, ” “… [referring to] the doctrines of the Illuminati, and principles of Jacobism … in the United States….I did not believe that the Lodges of Freemasons in this Country had, as Societies, endeavored to propagate the diabolical tenets of the first, or the pernicious principles of the latter…”

My sincere hope is that at that time in the history of the United States, George Washington was not deceived but that Freemasonry and other such societies were not entrenched in subversive, freedom-threatening  agendas.  Or, if they were, Washington genuinely believed they were not.

An editorial conclusion on a related site: ” It is this editor’s belief that the Illuminati did finally penetrate the Freemasons in America but not until the latter half of the 19th century. So any talk of George Washington and the Founding Fathers being a part of a conspiracy or a One World Order is superfluous”

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If one did not already know it, or if one only suspected it, becoming aware of the amount & the identities of American Presidents, Supreme Court Justices and other high level government officials involved in the Masonic structure can be sickening.

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“The world is governed by people far different from those imagined by the public.” Benjamin Disraeli, Victorian-era Prime Minister of Britain

“The great strength of our Order lies in its concealment; let it never appear in any place in its own name, but always concealed by another name, and another occupation…” (John Robinson’s “Proofs of a Conspiracy” 1798, re- printed by Western Islands, Boston, 1967, p. 112)

Sir Francis Bacon, beginning in the early 1590’s, began the detailed plans by which North America would be colonized. He was the supreme adept in the Rosicrucian Society, and established the super secret Knights of the Helmet [Ibid., p. 123-129]…Bacon was responsible for the modern birth of Freemasonry…(George V. Tudhope, Bacon Masonry)…the outworking of an occult plan originally conceived “thousands of years before Columbus ever sailed”! Masonic Forefathers

1733 – In the United States, the first Masonic circles began to appear in 1733; by the time of the American Revolution, nearly 150 lodges existed throughout the colonies.

“A theory that a conspiracy has been working consciously for many centuries is not very plausible unless one attributes to them a religious unity. That is tantamount to regarding them as Satanists engaged in the worship and service of supernatural evil.” (Prof. Revilo P. Oliver, Conspiracy or Degeneracy?, USA)

1776, Adam Weishaupt, a famous Mason, had developed the Illuminati, a secret society within a secret society. One Masonic historian himself has stated that the goals include “found[ing] a new Hierarchy, to overturn all authority, and to press down all the Social Order under the level of Equality.” (italics mine) (Does this sound like Barack Obama’s agenda? also, my thought.) Another Masonic historian stated “the express aim of the Order was to abolish Christianity, and overturn all civil government.” In Weishaupt’s own words, the Illuminati “will by degrees, and in silence, possess themselves of the government of the States, and make use of those means for this purpose….”

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The above quotes are taken from an involved piece about United States Presidents & their associates who are, were, or were in some way connected to, Masons. This organization is pervasive & powerful, and appears to be behind much of all that goes on in this world.  “Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of England… stated to the London Press in 1922:  From the days of Sparticus Weishaupt, Karl Marx, Trotsky, Belacoon, Rosa Luxenburg, and Ema Goldman, this world conspiracy has been steadily growing. This conspiracy played a recognizable role in the tragedy of the French Revolution.  It has been the mainspring of every subversive movement during the 19th century…”   At its lower levels, it presents itself as noble & altruistic – its members at these levels might actually believe that. The higher one ascends into Freemasonry, the closer one gets to Luciferian activity, even worship. Or so I’ve read.  It’s tentacles have snaked their way throughout history past and into our present world, invading government & religion at the highest levels.

These things being true, its dissolution seems unlikely, ever, by means of good & righteous men opposing it. My thought here is that the destruction of Freemasonry will only come about by an act of our sovereign Lord. It will only come about through, perhaps, Armageddon. But it will definitely be vanquished for all eternity when it shall be true that “The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ…” (Revelations 11:15)

It always comes back to Jesus Christ.

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“…behold, I come quickly and my reward is with me…”

Revelations 22: 12,13

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America: the Founders’ Vision…or Something Else?

(Author’s Note I began this post with a certain goal in mind.  The route to that goal is a bit lengthy & I’m not there yet…but the post took an unexpected turn!  So, mid-stream, I’m leaving off for today, but more is coming soon…)

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I have come to believe that, from before its very inception, demonic elements were present and at work to pollute & derail the most pure version of the Founding Fathers’ vision for America. They were certainly at work in the opposition forces, during the Revolutionary War. But we wouldn’t quit. Against all odds, we wouldn’t quit – so these elements took up residence, somehow, in the very framework of our new nation. They have been operating surreptitiously, and not so surreptitiously, ever since.

They operate primarily within our own government. And I would suggest that any other entities involved have become so at our government’s invitation. (You should know that possibly the most trusted & respected man in American history – or perhaps all history – issued a solemn warning against government, even as he was part of it: George Washington, Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army and first President of the United States of America. George-Washington-government-is-not-reason-it-is-not-89285

These malevolent powers did not suddenly show up on the scene, back in the late 1700’s. They have been in existence all along. They resided in the serpent, as he slithered around Eden, deceiving Eve and, through that act robbing humanity of glories unimaginable. Before that, they overpowered Lucifer, God’s most beautiful creation, baiting him to declare a coup’, rebel against the Most High and bring chaos & destruction unimaginable. These forces will not go away until all things are finally summed up in Christ. So, it should really come as no surprise that they have continued their insidious agenda in & throughout the creation of the United States of America.

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The Scriptures tell us to acknowledge the Lord in all our ways. If we are willing to do that, it is promised that He will make our paths straight. I have come to believe that, at root, all conflict & trouble in this world stems from a refusal to acknowledge the Lord. In some way and for whatever reasons, individual beings (human or spirit) – both separately or collectively as groups or nations – resist that Lordship. Ultimately, such resistance sows & reaps destruction.

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…so I would submit that there has worked its way throughout humanity that same motivation that drove Lucifer to declare: “…I will be like the most High.” (Isaiah 14:14). It has expressed itself through many & varied means, branching out into every aspect of civilization & seeking to lay claim to a position not rightfully its own. It is the motivation that will climax in Armageddon.

What has come to my attention recently is the presence of such intent, expressed within architecture & statuary. I used to think that bizarre-looking figures of stone were just that & nothing more. Now…not so much. I don’t say that actual power resides in them, but…idols of stone do convey a message. We might learn surprising truths from tracing back their history & meaning. In fact, the amount of similarities between Old Testament accounts of events, and information recorded on archaeological finds & in ancient writings can’t help but be noticed. And intrigue a person…make a person wonder, think twice about what was once dismissed.

…so, after a decent amount of investigating & research, it has not come as quite so much of a shock to me, that the glorious symbol of the hope & promise of America, our Statue of Liberty, may very likely be steeped in the occult.

Which kicks me back to my opening statements: “…demonic elements were present and at work to pollute & derail the most pure version of the Founding Fathers’ vision for America.”

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Let’s travel back in time –

Adam has been driven from the Garden, taking his wife Eve with him. Life is different now, outside of Eden, Adam tilling the ground in the sweat of his brow & Eve having sorrow multiplied. Still, though, life went on and this first couple produced a first son, Cain. And his brother, Abel. As happens with siblings, it appears there was some deep resentment in one towards the other. When God favored Abel’s animal sacrifice offering, but not Cain’s offering of grain, Cain’s wrath took hold of him. After that, one hot day out in the field, Cain slew Abel.

Adam & Eve’s only surviving son was then banished by the Lord as a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth. Part of his punishment was that, though he might try to work the ground, it would not yield ‘her strength’ (Genesis 4:12) Cain’s means of surviving was seriously curtailed. Fruitful agricultural pursuits were no longer allowed to him. The Scripture doesn’t reveal to us any details of the kind of work Cain in which engaged himself. However, I find it interesting that, after this either Cain (or his son Enoch) built the world’s first city. And I find it a bit disconcerting that cities & civilizations have their roots in a murderer who did not follow in God’s way.

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A few ‘begats’ down the timeline, and Tubal-cain was born. Tubal-cain introduced ‘every artifice in brass and iron’ to the mix. (Genesis 4:22)  According to this Genesis account, Tubal-Cain’s half-brother Jubal was “the father of all those who play the lyre and pipe.” (These two ‘arts’ came to play no small part in the coming days of idolatry.)

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As before, life went on. Men multiplied upon the earth. We are told that ‘sons of God’ came down to mate with the daughters of men, and the next verse here in Genesis is where we read that man’s wickedness had devoured his imaginations continually. The Lord repented of ever having created man, and swore to destroy all flesh.

The Flood came, and did just that.

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After the rains ceased, the waters receded & the ground dried, Noah & his clan left the ark. Along with all the paired-up animals, life resumed again. More ‘begats’ down the timeline, and Noah’s grandson Cush gives us Nimrod. Prior to Nimrod’s birth, Noah’s progeny are listed by name only, and the other sons of Cush are all grouped together in the same verse – but not Nimrod. He gets special recognition. Listed separately, he is called a ‘mighty one’ and a ‘mighty hunter before the Lord'( Genesis 10:7-10). He wasn’t just a regular guy…

…and it makes me wonder, why is that?

How, and at what point, was there introduced into Nimrod those forces that made him so different? Where did they come from? Nimrod was of Noah’s lineage, and Noah was a righteous man before the Lord. But Nimrod – not so much…Hebrew word studies show that, in Nimrod’s case, ‘before the Lord’ appears to mean ‘against the Lord”, and ‘hunter’ might not mean a hunter of animals – but rather, a hunter of men.  (There are also explanations given as to why Nimrod’s actions as a hunter are highlighted in the Scriptures, because of his skill in hunting wild beasts & other animals, not men.  One such reason being that by Nimrod’s time, the wild beasts of the forest were multiplying more rapidly than the human race, and he became a great force in subduing this trend.)  In addition, we are told that Nimrod ‘began to be a mighty one’, which has implications all its own. Associated with this Hebrew word ‘began’ are the concepts of wounding, or an ‘opening wedge’, or profaning. And ‘mighty’ one includes the definition ‘tyrant’. What Nimrod began to be in the earth doesn’t sound all that desirable or harmonious to me.

…and next thing ya know, he’s ruling a kingdom, the firstfruits of which was – guess what? Babel, or BABYLON (Genesis 10:10). Which means confusion…

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The best answer I can find, as to Nimrod’s…destiny?…lies in Genesis 9:22. Noah’s son Ham ‘saw the nakedness of his father’. Uncovering the nakedness of any relative was the first offence listed in Leviticus 18, regarding moral issues. There were consequences to such an act. One was being cut off from one’s people (v.29). Nimrod was Ham’s grandson, and I’m wondering if the outcome of Nimrod’s life was somehow a trickling down of this curse. It is the only bit of evidence I have found, to explain what seems to be an inexplicable shift in spiritual flow.

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I have taken the time to write about these Biblical & historical events because they seem to build up to outcomes that exist in our world today.

Continuing…

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….so life is carrying on as usual in Nimrod’s kingdom hub of Babel, hustle & bustle, to & fro…eating & drinking, selling and trading of goods, preparing food & washing clothes….but something else is going on, in minds & hearts. The people decided to build a tower that would reach to heaven. What?? Why would anyone do that? Well, self-preservation, it would seem, based on Genesis 11:4…and I would also suggest, that old Luciferian “I will be like the most High” delusion, the “I will ascend above the heights of the clouds” ambition (Isaiah 14:14).

(Keep in mind that the means by which some here have tried to oppose God is architecture.)

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We know God thwarted this ambition of these people big-time. Not His plan for us to make our own way up to Him. Not then, not now. He had & He has His own Way of connecting with us, it Is Jesus Christ, and He came down to us…..

There is only one Way, and all the towers, all the magnificent buildings & cathedrals, all the rituals & formulas of this world don’t mean squat. They cannot do anything for us, not really, not finally. They will not endure. But the Son of  God, the Lord Jesus Christ, reigns forever. His throne endures forever, and so does His Word. Only His blood covers our sins and brings us redemption eternal. It is the only price powerful enough to make things right, and it has already been paid at the Cross.

You need to be covered with that Blood.

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Next post, picking up at Nimrod and his influence on the foundations of the United States of America. 

A Threat to Our Survival

 

 

We Are Losing to an Enemy We Refuse to Name Newt Gingrich

“…the facts—suggest the United States is drifting into a crisis that could challenge our very survival.”

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“…our intelligence system has been methodically limited and manipulated to sustain false narratives while suppressing or rejecting facts and analysis about those who would kill us.”

“Congress should explore legislation which would make it illegal to instruct intelligence personnel to falsify information or analysis.”

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We blindly play their game on their terms, and don’t even think about how absurd it is for people who accept no church, no synagogue, no temple, in their heartland to come into our society and define multicultural sensitivity totally to their advantage…”

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“Only once we learn what drives and informs our opponents will we not repeat the same wrong response tactics…and finally start to win this long war.”

 

 

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Israel & America – Joined in Promise

Frequently weaving through my thoughts is how the creation, maintenance & continuation of the United States of America is interwoven with the workings of God. Or perhaps a better expression of my musings is, how do these processes reflect the mind & desires of the Lord?

Many years ago, a young woman I’d met at a friend’s home-church type gathering, stated that America was a type of the Manchild – or something like that. Although back then I knew ‘squat’ about America’s founding (nor cared), on some vague level, I sensed she was right. It was my first exposure to the spiritual expression of America.

Now, decades later, I am convinced that the United States of America is a powerful New Covenant representation. We were never just a country. Should we fall, still…we will never have been just a country.

Neither is Israel just a country.

America & Israel are living expressions of enduring New Covenant promises, concerning the blindness of the Jewish people ’til the fulness of the Gentiles be brought in. (Romans 11:25) We two countries are bound together in promise. Like it or not. At this time, the ‘grafting in’ of we Gentiles into that olive branch of spiritual Israel continues, as Gentiles come to Christ. (v.17-24) (I wonder if the awakening in some minds & hearts to a greater acceptance of and respect for the Jewish state, and its people & leaders – whether we are Christian believers or not – is somehow part of that process.) It can be no coincidence that Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East, and the United States, the greatest democracy in the world, are both nations always involved with either Yahweh or Yeshua. (Yes, I said the United States. I promise you, there remains a remnant.)

Yahweh or Yeshua. The Old or the New Covenant. Hmmm…

 

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Israel is becoming more & more hemmed in, as her adversaries advance closer and closer to her borders. As they develop weapons’ capabilities to do the same. As world-wide anti-Semitism is reportedly rising. And I wonder if the spiritual ‘fulness if the Gentiles’ is represented by American prosperity & power, in a sense. Perhaps, should the United States reach her maximum potential for good – which is not a desired state! – she will wane in that power & sovereignty. ‘Fulness’ will have been reached. Her abilities to stand with & support Israel impaired, perhaps Israel may then experience a reversal of that ‘blindness’. Standing alone, looking for that final solution to war, Israel will be ready to receive Him when their Messiah arises throughout the land.

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I am just ‘thinking out loud’ here. May there be another way. Nonetheless, “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” The earth is the LORD’s, and He doeth all things well.

 

An Issue of National Security

 

Congress Must Investigate Islamist Influence-Buying  Newt Gingrich

 

“…the degree to which foreign donors–many ideologically opposed to Western values and civilization–are funding our leading academic and intellectual institutions merits much greater scrutiny and recognition than it has received. 

“The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.” – Sun Tzu     

“Congress has an obligation to thoroughly explore the efforts of our opponents to penetrate, undermine and weaken American society and government.”

 

 

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America’s First Terrorist Entanglement

 

Too many headlines these days – in fact, just one is too many – trumpet the deeds of ISIS around the globe. We are assaulted visually, with their graphic videos. Hard not to be aware of this terrorist group. Yet, I suspect that many, though aware, don’t grasp the seriousness of their intent. It is just my suspicion, but I think that, let’s say, certain ones in my own sphere of life are missing that. It may be as it was in the days of Noah – people were so involved in the daily issues & struggles of their lives, they did not heed Noah’s warning.

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Terrorism against the United States is not new. It is not a phenomenon specific to our times only. The hand of jihad moved against the original thirteen colonies also. Barely had independence been declared & won, than Muslim extremists of that day began launching attacks at sea on American vessels, engaging in kidnappings, imprisonment, enslavement, & ransom demands, as well as requiring yearly tributes from all who would attempt to sail in ‘their’ waters. These marauders from the North African states of Tripoli, Tunis, Morocco, and Algiers, known as the Barbary Pirates, obtained wealth and power through their lawless plundering, (not only of American ships, but those of Portugal, Italy, Malta, Denmark and Sweden, as well as France & England.)

“As early as 1784 Congress followed the tradition of the European shipping powers and appropriated $80,000 as tribute to the Barbary states…”  (America and the Barbary Pirates:  An International Battle Against an Unconventional FoeThe following year, in July 1785, Algerians captured two American ships and their crews of twenty-one people. They were held for a ransom of nearly $60,000. And so it began…and by 1795, The United States was still paying ransoms & tributes to the these piratical states. In that year alone, nearly a million dollars was expended in hostage ransoms, as well as naval stores and a frigate.

As ambassador to France & then Secretary of State, Thomas Jefferson opposed paying ransoms & tributes. In a July, 1786, letter to John Adams, Jefferson wrote “I acknolege [sic] I very early thought it would be best to effect a peace thro’ the medium of war.” He believed that paying tribute would merely invite more demands of the same. The general consensus at that time, however, did not align with Jefferson’s belief. Paying was easier (and cheaper) than fighting. As a result, an attempted international coalition fell through, and extortion on the high seas continued.

However, once elected President, Thomas Jefferson refused to continue making these payments. So Tripoli declared war. Jefferson “…admitted but one answer. I sent a small squadron of frigates into the Mediterranean. . . .” Booyah. His bold & decisive move shocked and fractured the Barbary states, with Tunis & Algiers breaking away from Tripoli. The lion was out of his cage, and they were gettin’ out of the way! Runnin’ for cover!

There were more battles, more ransom negotiations and more American losses, but President Jefferson was not deterred from his chosen course of action. We fought back. Eventually, Morocco was forced out of the fight. Tripoli was bombarded five times. Order began to be restored to the Mediterranean. In 1805, naval and land forces (boots on the ground?) deployed to Tripoli resulted in cessation of hostilities. The treaty of 1805, however, still required the United States to pay a ransom of $60,000 for each of the sailors still held hostage. It was not officially approved by the Senate until April 1806. But by year’s end, Jefferson was able to declare, “The states on the coast of Barbary seem generally disposed at present to respect our peace and friendship.”

Sounds good, doesn’t it….but neither the piracy, nor the paying of tributes, actually ended there.

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It could have, though.

The conflict leading up to this 1805 treaty contained almost bizarre, way outside-the-box elements that actually, unbelievably, succeeded. “In an historic and unconventional move, Jefferson also sent an odd, obsessed, and self-destructive man to the Mediterranean to lead what amounted to the nation’s first covert operation.(source)  William Eaton, a Revolutionary War veteran and Indian fighter, managed to assemble a ragtag army of roughly 400 mercenaries and disaffected Arab fighters. Along with a small detachment of US Marines, Eaton & his ‘men’ marched about 500 miles across the desert, towards Derna, Tripoli, and the Pasha’s throne. Bloodshed & mutiny abounded en route. Eaton’s scheme has been called ridiculous. But with the support of US Navy gunboats offshore, when a victorious Eaton & his Marines flew the Stars and Stripes at Derna, “it was the first time a U.S. flag had been raised in conquest in a foreign land.”

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This action, and the valor and conduct of the Marines, is forever memorialized in the opening lines of the Marine Corps hymn: “From the halls of Montezuma, to the shores of Tripoli.”

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So, what went wrong?

President Jefferson, in what looks to me like a betrayal of Eaton & his men, in order to assure victory one way or another, authorized U.S. diplomat Tobias Lear to negotiate a peace treaty with the pasha of Tripoli, while Eaton was fighting the good fight. So, though William Eaton & his forces actually took Derna, intending to replace the pasha with his pro-America brother Ahmad, it mattered not. The terms of the treaty negated much of Eaton’s victory. There could have possibly been maritime peace, with safe, tribute free travel. So close!  Instead, the piracy continued.

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Ten years later, President James Madison secured a declaration of war from Congress.  American victory, “dictated at the mouths of our cannon” inspired British & Dutch, then later French action against the Barbary pirates. By the spring of 1830, piracy was quashed.

But it took war.

“…to be free and uninsulted [i.e., unattacked], we must let these nations see that we have an energy [willingness to use force], which at present they disbelieve. The low opinion they entertain of our powers cannot fail to involve us soon in a … war.” – George Washington,  (What George Washington Said About ISIS)

No amount of negotiating, diplomacy or funds paid, without physical combat, gained the victory over piracy & terrorism.

It took war.

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…lest anyone say, But they were pirates, not radical Muslim extremists…

Jefferson & Adams questioned the Tripolitan ambassador as to why his government was so hostile to the new American republic. The ambassador’s answer:

“…that it was founded on the Laws of their Prophet, that it was written in their Koran, that all nations who should not have acknowledged their authority were sinners, that it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found, and to make slaves of all they could take as Prisoners, and that every Musselman [Muslim] who should be slain in Battle was sure to go to Paradise.”

Hmmm…where have we heard this before?

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The final conclusion drawn in the article from which I’ve gathered most of this information, is this – just as the Barbary pirates did what they said they would, as long as they could get away with it, so will the terrorists of today. It behooves our security & defense forces, our military leaders & our administration in Washington to expect that. And respond accordingly.

And ‘We, the People’ need to realize this, as well.

 

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“Be not intimidated…nor suffer yourselves to be wheedled out of your liberties by any pretense of politeness, delicacy, or decency. These, as they are often used, are but three different names for hypocrisy, chicanery and cowardice.” – John Adams  (Liberty Tree)

On a final note, I can’t help but catch a glimpse of the Spirit in the above quote from John Adams –

“Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” (Galatians 5: 2)

You may not think there is any connection here of the one to the other. But things have roots. They spring from somewhere or something. Now you see it, but it was once invisible.

“Then said Jesus…if ye continue in my word…ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8: 31, 32)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Losing Your Life

Instinctively, most of us would react without hesitation to protect our lives & our well-being – and that of those we love & value – when such would be threatened. On a less dramatic scale, it seems a normal & prudent course to think ahead, plan and make provisions for our daily survival. One needs to pay bills, go food shopping, make repairs to the house, clean & do laundry, etc., etc.  We do what we can to ensure a safe, healthy and if possible, comfortable existence.

Additionally, no one wants to suffer if it can be avoided. A way that I try to neutralize suffering is to engage in activities that satisfy me. A certain amount of pleasure can really sweeten the deal!

…so when I read a Scripture like “…Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross…” (Mark 8 :34), I want to run for the hills! To apparently make matters worse, the next verse warns against trying to save your own life. I am not sure I like where this is going! What? I’m not allowed to have any sense of safety, well-being? No pleasure? I can’t use my talents or ever seek to fulfill a desire? This, for me, is one of those Scriptures I often gloss over, feeling sick inside, and find another one that speaks of grace, or the goodness of God, etc.

Not necessarily a bad escape route, but eventually, I find I need to take the bull by the horns, and really look into those Scriptures that leave me feeling threatened. I must be missing something.

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Now, maybe these two Scriptures do mean everything that I am afraid they mean…but I can’t live with that. The letter kills, for sure, and God doesn’t give a spirit of fear…so I keep looking for another understanding here.

‘Deny’, in this particular verse, does mean deny, but with the emphasis of ‘utterly’ added. This Greek word is built on two other Greek words, one of which means ‘to contradict’, or reject.

Moving on to the second verse I mentioned, I learned that the Greek word for ‘lose’ means either ‘to destroy fully’ or ‘to perish’. And ‘save’ (in this verse) is translated ‘protect’, or preserve.

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Jumping down to the end of this chapter, we see that Jesus is speaking, among other things, about His words. His teachings. And He speaks of being ashamed of those words. When you look into ‘ashamed’, you find the concept of ‘disgrace’. Obvious enough, I guess, but then it occurs to me…disgrace. Is the crux of the problem rejecting His grace? (Okay, now a light is flickering in the darkness! THIS is what I’m talkin’ ’bout! Once grace enters the picture, everything changes.)

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These Scriptures are written in relation to following Jesus. To ‘follow’ Him means ‘to be in the same way with.’ How can two walk together unless they be agreed? We need to agree with Jesus’ words. So when He tells us we need to utterly deny ourselves and not try to protect our own lives – based on the new covenant of grace – I have to begin to consider that Jesus is speaking of completely abandoning all of our efforts to get right with God. Let His work on the cross alone ‘save’ us.

I suspect that much of what people do, thinking they are pursuing other good goals, are in fact an effort in the flesh to ‘save’ themselves. It may not be an overtly spiritual activity. It could be any activity at all. But the stress & pressure we can put on ourselves to ‘accomplish’ can be destructive. This is where I’m beginning to learn to lose my life. Stop trying to protect it. Ease up. Chill. You aren’t in this alone.

the Mercy Seat

the Mercy Seat