World History (2) - the Shackles Begin to Break

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Luther's love of freedom, Spain's love of greed, and Mexico's innocence brought together the vision of liberty which the West craved. The interesting behavior of the Turks, the dreamers of Europe, and the boldness of explorers threw the shackle irons into the furnace.The Russians and the British performed land grabs which were ridiculous. All the while, there were some Germans who won the day at sundry times and in diverse manners.

Luther, Spain, New World, Aztecs

Martin Luther was a German religious reformer who made a positive impact on Europe, despite his besetting sin of hating the Hebrews whenever they would not conform to his low self-esteem. His day was the beginning of the breaking of mental shackles. 1 of the main culprits in the shackling of millions was the Vatican - shackles which had been placed on the emotional arms and legs of the world in general and Europe in particular.

During a 10 year period of Luther's early years as a spokesman for righteousness, he often condemned the persecution of Hebrews, recommending a tolerant policy toward them. There have been mixed reviews of his pamphlet 'That Christ Was Born A Jew'.

At 1st, Luther's dismantling of the Mary-worship club was welcomed by Hebrews as a break in the massive power of the Vatican. The worship of Mary was promoted in no small way by 'Saint' Thomas Aquinas. Let the reader understand: in my eyes the papal government is like 1 of the tyrants President Jefferson often referred to.

Eventually, Luther grew increasingly hostile toward Hebrews. He was heard calling them venomous, thieves and disgusting vermin. Although he poured out the same language on all his enemies, in the case of Hebrews he also made suggestions, such as condemning them to forced labor or banishment. Luther is a perfect example of the Protestant camp, who seems to love Christ and yet hates Christ's nature - the dichotomy which so often has plagued Protestants for centuries.

Luther's attitude resulted in the expulsion of Hebrews from Saxony; 3 years after that expulsion, he preached a sermon called 'Admonition against the Jews', shortly before his death. Due to his controversial arguments against the root of the church, the Lutheran Church retained all the superstitious loathing of Jah's olive tree, a loathing inherited from the medieval Catholics.

Such loathing makes me think of the time I was renting an apartment from a Lutheran couple just after I got out of the army for the 1st time. The wife of the couple was the more hateful of the 2. When I told her 1 day that I prefer to follow Yeshua, she said that Yeshua is no fun. That same spirit is what drove the mad side of Luther.

Before Luther turned to the dark side - like Satan entering Yehudah Iscariot (John 13) - the Spanish were bringing their dark side to the Americas. Cortes became the Darth Vader of Spanish colonialism.

Hernan Cortes was born into a family of Medellin, Spain. He moved to the West Indies. He fought under Governor Diego Velazquez. Eventually, that governor selected him to lead an expedition to Mexico, but Velazquez later cancelled the expedition. Cortes disobeyed and went anyway. For your information and entertainment: the name 'Mexico' was the Nahuatl term for the heartland of the Aztec Empire. The Aztecs were pretty much permanently laid to rest by Cortes and his henchmen.

The Aztecs referred to themselves by the names Mexica and Colhua-Mexica, and their society had 4 main classes: slaves, serfs, commoners and nobles. (Since a serf is basically the same as a slave, I do not know how it was distinct from being a slave.) Though the Spanish were brutal and somewhat God-fearing, the Aztecs were even more brutal and had less fear of God.

The Aztec religion required them to pray, sing, dance, make pilgrimages and perform offerings. They waged war to obtain prisoners to sacrifice to their false gods. Their gods/goddesses were known by the following names/duties: Centeotl (corn god), Tlaloc (rain/fertility), Xipe Totec (springtime/regrowth), Tezcatlipoca (all-powerful divinity), Tonatiuh (sun), Mictlantecuhtli (ruler of the dead), Xiuhtecuhtli (fire), Huitzilopochtli (war), Xochiquetzal (fertility/beauty), and Quetzalcoatl (civilization/learning).

The Aztecs believed that divinity lived in the head, heart and liver. Human sacrifices were designed to magically transform the human victims into living representatives of the gods before they were sacrificed. This eerily matches the Vatican's concept of the bread and wine becoming the body/blood of Messiah; perhaps this is why the Aztecs could so easily swallow such perversion.

Cortes started out making associations with the Mayan leaders. He fathered a son by a native woman of Tabasco named Malinche. From Yucatan, he sailed along the coast northward and founded the 1st Spanish settlement in Mexico - La Villa Rica de Vera Cruz. Here Cortes appointed a town council, giving him the title of captain general and the authority to conquer Mexico, under Spanish law.

Cortes marched toward Tenochtitlan, where the Aztecs lived in their capital. Many natives ('Indians') who lived in the region resented the Aztecs for their cruelty and so volunteered to help Cortes defeat the Aztecs. About 4 months after Cortes started his march, the Aztec emperor Montezuma the 2nd allowed the Spaniards to enter Tenochtitlan. Cortes left the city to face off against a Spanish party, who were instructed to arrest Cortes, but Cortes manhandled his fellow-citizens of a different theology. When Cortes returned, Montezuma died.

There was another man of interest - Juan de Grijalva (Grijalba), a Spanish explorer who was 1 of the 1st to explore Mexico's eastern coast. The year before Cortes' march, Grijalba was sent by Velazquez to explore the Yucatan Peninsula, and so became the 1st navigator to set foot on Mexico and the 1st to use the term New Spain.

Back in Spain - in the same year as Cortes' march - King Charles the 1st had become Holy Roman Emperor Charles the 5th. He liked what he saw in Cortes, and so appointed Cortes governor and captain general of the newly conquered territory. And so Cortes 3rd expedition - of about 600 men - goes down into history as the field trip that gained riches for the Hebrew-hating Spaniards. His 11 ships followed Grijalva's direction along the coast.

Cortes is marked as the man who defeated large armies, put fear into the heart of Montezuma, and destroyed the Aztec civilization.

Central and South America; the Turks and their Suleiman; Copernicus; Caro

The same spirit which drove Cortes drove other Spaniards to explore northern South America and southern Central America. The Spaniards founded Panama City on the Pacific coast and Pizarro ended up as 1 of its most powerful and wealthiest citizens. Francisco Pizarro Gonzalez 1st gained official status as mayor/magistrate of Panama City. Then he lusted after the idea of taking over land to the south, and so left toward Peru, eventually gaining Peru for Spain.

While the Spanish were kicking arse and taking names (for their Inquisition activities), the Turkish tribes of the Balkans and the Middle East were pressing the flesh in the most brutal fashion at Vienna, Austria. Vienna had a small group of Hebrews, who often faced expulsion threats. It was time for Jah to put fire under the feet of the men who called themselves Christians.

Suleiman was seiging 1 of Europe's finest cities, and he was representing the Ottoman Empire. Under his rule, the OE gained the most real estate and achieved its greatest power. But Austria's unwelcome neighbor was turned back at Vienna. However, the Turks' attack signalled the might that Europe's borders would have to contend with for hundreds of years to come.

Suleiman was known as the Legislator. He was the Moses-come-lately for the Turks. Surely, Jah brought the Turks to Vienna to let the Europeans know that Messiah's eyes were still on Jah's sparrows (Hebrews). Lesson: you do not mess with Jah's eye apple (Dvarim 32). It is my understanding that sparrows cannot be domesticated. Likewise, Jah's people do not conform to this world, but are transformed by the renewing of their minds.

While all the shenanigans of Catholics and Turks were taking place, Nicolaus Copernicus to the north was hashing out questions of scientific importance. Copernicus was a Polish man whose heliocentric theory upset the prevailing notion that the earth was the center of our solar system. His masterly book On The Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres was published the year of his death.

Not to be outdone, Yoseph (Joseph) Caro published the Shulchan Aruch - 21 years later - in Safed, Palestine. Shulchan Aruch = 'Set Table'. It is a summary of Hebrew religious law, consisting of 4 parts: Orach Chayim (Way of Life) - daily, shabbat and holiday laws; Yoreh Deah (It Teaches Knowledge) - laws about food, relations, usury, and the such like; Even Ha-Ezer (Stone of Help) - laws of procreation, marriage, divorce; and Choshen Mishpat (Breastplate of Judgment) - laws about judges, loans, agents, purchases, legacies, and the such like.

Caro was a kabbalist who belonged to a scholars circle that included the leading kabbalists of the age. He 'played a leading role in the earliest known case of exorcism in Safed', says my favorite encyclopedia (Encyclopedia Judaica).

North America, Russia, the British and India, Canada, Pacific Ocean, inventions

In the century after Caro, the Americas became amply settled by the Europeans. A settlement called Jamestown was fixed by the British. About 47 years later, the 1st Hebrew settlement in North America was established almost 300 miles from Jamestown, at a location called New Amsterdam.

The root of the church (Romans 11) arrived about 23 strong on the French privateer St Catherine in the month of September. They left Recife, Brazil because they just did not want to face the Inquisition. Can you blame them?

Across the Atlantic Ocean and into the North Sea, there was Scandinavia. Russia's Peter the Great defeated the Swedes. Peter was born in Moscow and best known as the czar who modernized Russia, making Slavs go from an isolated agricultural society into an empire on a par with European powers (www.answers.com). He fought the Swedes in what is called the Great Northern War. Why Sweden? They wanted Sweden's land.

The British wanted more land too. They set their sights on India. They took control of the Indians via the Battle of Plassy, about 93 miles north of Calcutta (www.newworldencyclopedia.org). It was a battle between Siraj Ud Daulah (the last independent Nawab of Bengal) and the British East India Company. A nawab was a provincial governor of, in this case, the province of Bengal. The forces encamped on the east side of River Bhagirathi. Bengal's 'nabob' (nawab) ignored the treaty Bengal had with the British and threw the British Company's servants in Calcutta's black hole, which was a dungeon in the old Ft William.

Ft William was built on the eastern banks of the River Hooghly during the early years of the Bengal Presidency of British India. This treatment of British servants awoke the wrath of England's lion, Robert Clive (www.historyofwar.org). Plassy's cries became the death knell which established England's rule in South Asia for the next 100 years.

As if Plassy was not enough, the British got their hands full in a battle in Quebec, half a world away. It was a battle which shaped North America's future. It was called the French & Indian War, courtesy of Canada. The British and Americans battled the French and Canadians. It happened on what is called the Plains of Abraham, where the rivers St Laurence, North Channel and South Channel meet. The Americans were still rather content with being subjects of England, but did not realize how much their self-government was about to be limited as a result of the French & Indian War.

5 years after that war, British explorers charted the Pacific Ocean. The HMS Endeavour had been purchased by the navy for a scientific mission and to look for the 'unknown southern land.' The vessel was placed into immediate service. It set sail from England under Captain James Cook. It left Plymouth and rounded Cape Horn (southern Chile) and reached Tahiti, the largest island in the Windward Group of French Polynesia. They anchored off of New Zealand the next year and reached Australia the year after that. Later on, they barely made it to Batavia (now Jakarta) and resumed westward, rounding the Cape of Good Hope.

England was living high off the hog from American taxpayers and Pacific voyage discoveries in the year that the American colonists declared independence from the British Crown. This was an invention of historical importance: Thomas Jefferson wrote out a declaration to school England's king in the art of holy rebellion. In that same year, Jefferson sought to repeal Virginia's law on disabilities for Hebrews and Dissenters. That was an invention of spiritual importance.

Also in that same year, a new engine heated up innovation. James Watt improved Newcomen's engine by adding a separate condenser. About 5 years later, Watt converted reciprocal engine motion to rotary motion.

Kant

While the United Kingdom was licking its wounds after being trounced by the Americans, Immanuel Kant was a German philosopher who was dancing in and around enlightenment. The year after the United States of America won their war against the British, Kant published his essay What Is Enlightenment?

Kant is said to believe (according to a Hebrew report) that Messiah approached pure love more than other religions. Kant viewed Judaism as an entity failing to 'inculcate the appropriation of morals, demanding only external obedience to statutes and laws.' Inculcate = to teach others by frequent instruction.

Kant had good relations with Hebrews, and he enjoyed having Hebrews attracted to him, following him and supporting him. Moses Mendelssohn, Markus Merz and Lazarus Bendavid were just some of the big hitters who jumped on the Kant bandwagon. A Viking saying says love and hate are horns on the same goat; in those aspects where Kant differed most from Judaism, he proved most sympathetic to his Hebrew fans.

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America, British India, Canada, Copernicus, Immanuel Kant, Isaac Newton, Luther, New World, Pacific Ocean, Spain, Suleiman, Yoseph Caro

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I am an Afrikaner American and I have learned to embrace my role as an evangelist, writer and traveler. My writing is a reflection of my experience, journeys and theology.

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