In 1492 Christopher Columbus led an expedition made up of three wooden sailing ships across the vast Atlantic Ocean in search of a way to the land of the East by sailing in the direction of the setting sun. But instead of the Orient Columbus “discovered” a new world, so-called. At least it was new from the perspective of the centuries-old European civilization. (The Vikings did not make permanent settlements.) Columbus’ initial discovery of Hispaniola launched the age of global exploration. In a short time newly discovered lands began to be colonized by the Spanish, French, English, Irish and others.
On September the 6th, 1620, one group of colonists boarded a ship named the Mayflower and set sail from Plymouth, England, bound for the new world. On board were 102 Pilgrims, as they later came to be called. Originally, though, they were known as “Separatists,” because they had separated from the Church of England because of its corruption. As an example of its heavy-handedness, church attendance was mandatory and failure to attend services of the Church of England was punishable by fine. (And you thought that the Watchtower’s constant emphasis on kingdom hall attendance was harsh.)
At first the persecuted sect fled to the Netherlands, but the group feared losing its cultural identity among the Dutch and so the Separatists hired a ship and struck out for the new found land. The Mayflower dropped anchor in what is now called Cape Cod Bay, Massachusetts, on November 11th. Other persecuted Christian sects from England followed the Pilgrims, such as the Quakers.
About two centuries before the Mayflower set sail a very significant development took place that would have a far-reaching impact upon the course of Christianity. The invention of the printing press had, at last, defeated the demonic scheme to keep the Bible locked in the dying language of Latin. Although there were numerous translations into European languages before the 16th century, they could never be produced in sufficient numbers until the invention of movable type. In apparent resignation to the technology of the day, and to control the content and quality, in 1611 the King of England authorized the release of the first official Bible for the Church of England – the King James Authorized Version. And no doubt those first English-speaking immigrants brought a few precious copies of God’s word with them to America.
The year before, in 1610, the Vatican released their Douay Version of the Holy Scriptures in English for Catholics. Also, during this same period translations began to be published in all the common languages of Europeans.
Although the King James and Douay Bibles would eventually prove to be inferior to later translations, surely it was by divine providence that the colonization of the new world coincided with the sudden availability of the Bible in unlimited quantities.
As the fledgling colonies grew in numbers and prosperity eventually they broke free from England and became an independent nation – the United States of America.
Because many of the immigrants to the new land had fled the oppression of the Church and the Crown they sought to establish a nation that protected the freedom of the individual. After the Constitution of the new nation was ratified ten amendments were later added, known as the Bill of Rights. The very first amendment to the Constitution disallows the congress from imposing any restrictions upon religion and guarantees every citizen the right to express and publish their opinions, no matter how unpopular. The amendment also protects the right of people to assemble freely.
With the King James Bible in wide circulation it was not long before some readers began to more closely consider the message contained in its pages. This led to a Great Awakening movement of Protestantism in Britain and the colonies that began around 1740 and lasted for many decades. Some historians posit that the spiritual awakening ultimately led to the American Revolution.
It wasn’t long before there was another phase of revival that awakened anticipation of the return of Christ. What is known as the Second Great Awakening began around 1800 and is said to have waned in the 1870’s. The so-called second awakening spawned many new denominations and sects, such as the Churches of Christ, Disciples of Christ and various Adventists groups. The movement awakened many in Britain and America to the evils of slavery, which was promoted by the monarchies and their associate merchants, and thus, the moral stand of many devout Christians eventually led to the abolition of that aspect of European colonialism.
Charles Taze Russell and the original Bible Students were the ultimate, perhaps inevitable, outgrowth of that Second Great Awakening. Not surprisingly, since 1909 the Watchtower’s headquarters have been located in Brooklyn, New York – known as the City of Churches. All things considered, the sudden appearance of an itinerate band of preachers under the direction of the Watchtower Society was a strong indication that God’s anointing spirit was once again being poured out – a second Pentecost phenomenon, as it were, and along with it, the creation of a dynamic Christian organization.
True enough, those original ministers were still saddled with many infantile ideas, particularly as regards prophecy, but in their defense it is as Paul said: ‘when I was a babe I spoke as a babe.’ The main thing was they were zealous for the truth that they had been given.
Concurrent with the spirit of Christian revival that swept the new nation, the 19th century also saw many new revolutionary discoveries, like harnessing electricity that would power new inventions; devices such as the telephone, the phonograph, the electric light, moving pictures; not to mention the rotary press, and at the dawn of the 20th century, the horseless carriage, the airplane and radio – to name but a few.
In the historical setting of the development of Christianity, as well as the political and physical developments in America, it was the perfect setting for Christ’s great work to commence in advance of his coming to take his bride to himself and lead a great flock of other sheep through the gate into paradise. The kingdom seed had found fine soil in the hearts of Americans, along with a perfect religious and political climate for sustained growth. Not only were many people open and receptive to Bible truth, but also virtually all the inventions listed above would be employed by the new army of ministers that were steadily being deployed. And the Bill of Rights would serve to protect God’s ministers so that they might accomplish his great work unhindered. As proof of that, in spite of the upheavals of world wars and the hardships of the Great Depression, the fanatical persecution by some religionists, the Watchtower Society has never failed to publish a single issue of their magazine.
Jesus foretold that the good news of the kingdom would be preached in the entire world as a prelude to the end. The prophets similarly foretold that the name of Jehovah would be manifested among all the nations. It is no coincidence that Jehovah’s Witnesses have made both the kingdom and God’s personal name known far and wide. With America as its safe-haven – its headquarters and base of operations – the Watchtower Society has trained and sent thousands of Jehovah’s Witnesses missionaries throughout the earth. The world’s stage is now set for the finale.
(One caveat, presently not understood by Jehovah’s Witnesses: The stage being set also means that those who are presently doing the work assigned by Christ are also laboring under the 1914 operation of error for which God has made allowance.)
With this brief consideration of historical developments over the past few hundred years, as well as previously written articles on the Egypt/America connection, now consider the remaining part of the prophecy in the 19th chapter of Isaiah.
“BECAUSE OF THE WAVING OF THE HAND OF JEHOVAH”
Just as ancient Egypt had served as a haven for the children of Abraham and even the infant Jesus and his parents found refuge there, the Greater Egypt, America, has served a similar purpose. As the apostle noted God makes all his work cooperate for the benefit of those who love him. So, even though Satan is the ruler of the world God can and does override the Devil in order to accomplish his purpose.
But now that the world wide work of Jehovah’s Witnesses is nearing completion there is no longer any reason for God to provide a haven for his people. So it is at the coming of Christ America will cease to be the “land of the free” and instead is destined to become the ‘land of the enslaved’ and the ‘home of the fearful.’ That is the message conveyed by Isaiah: “In that day Egypt will become like women, and it will certainly tremble and be in dread because of the waving of the hand of Jehovah of armies which he is waving against it. And the ground of Judah must become to Egypt a cause for reeling. Everybody to whom one mentions it is in dread because of the counsel of Jehovah of armies that he is counseling against him.”
“The waving of the hand of Jehovah,” means he has signaled for the judgment to commence – for his Christ to begin ruling. As stated in the previous article, the judgment of Egypt coincides with the appointed times of the nations to be judged.
Jesus Christ was, of course, born into the tribe of Judah; hence, Christ is called “the lion of the tribe of Judah.” The patriarchal prophet foretold that the ruling specter would not depart from Judah. So, “the ground of Judah” that becomes “to Egypt a cause for reeling” signifies that the kingdom by Christ comes into close proximity to the earthly kingdoms – particularly the foremost kingdom of earth.
Of course, the parousia commences when the Lord of heaven and earth comes to judge his Father’s spiritual house and expels the wicked and sluggish slaves from it. The counsel of Jehovah of armies against Egypt means the nation is going to be handed over to a hard master, which will be the means by which Christ will also chastise and refine the faithful – by means of the fires of tyranny, hardship and affliction.
The prophecy continues: “In that day there will prove to be five cities in the land of Egypt speaking the language of Canaan and swearing to Jehovah of armies. The City of Tearing Down will one city be called. In that day there will prove to be an altar to Jehovah in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar to Jehovah beside its boundary. And it must prove to be for a sign and for a witness to Jehovah of armies in the land of Egypt; for they will cry out to Jehovah because of the oppressors, and he will send them a savior, even a grand one, who will actually deliver them.”
As the Watchtower’s Isaiah commentary points out, “the language of Canaan” was Hebrew. The “speaking the language of Canaan” means that it is the language of spiritual Israel, since are also “swearing to Jehovah of armies” – obviously, swearing their allegiance to him.
Although the Watchtower erroneously teaches that Jehovah’s Witnesses presently speak the prophesied “pure language” of truth, the truth is, Zephaniah plainly indicates that the “change” to the pure spiritual tongue does not occur until God rises up to judge the nations. For the convenience of the reader here is what Zephaniah 3:8-9 says: “‘Therefore keep yourselves in expectation of me,’ is the utterance of Jehovah, ‘till the day of my rising up to the booty, for my judicial decision is to gather nations, for me to collect together kingdoms, in order to pour out upon them my denunciation, all my burning anger; for by the fire of my zeal all the earth will be devoured. For then I shall give to peoples the change to a pure language, in order for them all to call upon the name of Jehovah, in order to serve him shoulder to shoulder.’”
God’s denunciation of the nations means that they are all delivered up to a hard master – beginning with the leading nation. It is then that the faithful call upon the name of Jehovah for salvation from the oppressor and it is then that they are refined and cleansed from all religious error and falsehood, so as to speak the pure language.
‘CITY OF TEARING DOWN’ WILL ONE CITY BE CALLED
It is a curious aspect of prophecy, is it not, that within Egypt would be a city called “The City of Tearing Down”? After all, wasn’t ancient Egypt subjugated by Assyria and then Babylon and Greece? Egypt was not overthrown from within, was it? Obviously, the prophecy relates to the Greater Egypt.
Since its bold Declaration of Independence, the Crown has never relented in its efforts to subjugate America.
Knowing that a direct military confrontation with America was out of the question, after the Civil War the Empire has sought to destroy the United States from within. Since the transplantation of the Venetian oligarchy’s master/slave system to the Isles, which is said to have been completed in 1688, the City of London has gradually become the seat of a global financial and monetary empire, controlled by means a coven of powerful banking families and their secret societies, in their endeavor to crush and dominate sovereign nations and their peoples.
Wall Street is merely an American franchise of the London-based financial system. History verifies that Wall Street bankers (EIR PDF) intended to use the Great Depression to crush the United States – even financing a coup intended to topple Roosevelt. That scheme failed and the Republic was persevered. As long as the financial system was regulated it could not crush the nation. But the regulations imposed upon Wall Street during the Roosevelt era have gradually been torn down. The repel of Glass-Steagall in 1999 and numerous deregulatory laws since then, has opened the way for commercial banks and a plethora of hedge funds and private equity funds to engage in virtually unregulated financial speculation. However, one aspect of the Roosevelt legacy still intact is the FDIC (Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation), which insures the individual deposits of private accounts. (Video on repeal of Glass-Steagall)
The financial derivatives that have been devised since the 1990’s have now come to dwarf the underlying economy by orders of magnitude. Derivatives have been described as financial weapons of mass destruction and as a ticking time bomb.
The collapse of the Wall Street mortgage bubble in 2008 brought down Bear Stearns, Lehman Brothers and Merrill Lynch. In order to prevent a total blowout of the quadrillion-dollar derivatives bubble then it was hastily arranged for Bank of America to absorb Merrill.
Just this past month the Bank of America has quietly moved Merrill’s worthless $55 trillion derivatives liabilities onto its FDIC insured commercial account, effectively making taxpayers liable for Merrill’s busted gambling debts – this on top of numerous other schemes in which all the big banks have offloaded trillions in speculative losses onto the taxpayers.
Not only that, but in order to prevent the imminent collapse of the Euro Zone the US Federal Reserve Bank, whose primary branch is in New York City, along with the US taxpayer-funded IMF, are being called upon to bailout the bankrupt Euro banks.
Derivatives are indeed time bombs that have the potential to destroy the entire political and economic system.
As a viable financial scheme the present system is doomed. Whether it collapses in a violent liquidity freeze or is incinerated in a hyperinflationary blaze is the only unsettled question at this point. (I tend to think the bankers will resort to hyperinflation to buy a few more months.) But as the means of the empire to tear down sovereign nations – the USA in particular – the financial system is proving to be very effective. So it is, that, the prophetic City of Tearing Down located within the symbolic Egypt is New York City.
(Interestingly, during the 13th and 14th centuries kings used the city of York as an auxiliary capitol during military campaigns against the Scots. In fact, it became known as the City of Kings. For a time the city even rivaled London for prominence. And a thousand years before that York (Eboracum) was the capitol of the Roman, northern province – called Britannia Inferior. Although it was originally called New Amsterdam, considering the role it is playing it seems appropriate that New York City ought to have been named after a key city of the Roman and British imperial system.)
The prophecy of Ezekiel (30:4) foretells that besides its wealth being confiscated, Egypt’s very “foundations” will be torn down as well. What does this signify? It means the Constitution of the United States will be dissolved. It means the Bill of Rights will be nullified. And even the governmental institutions outlined in the Constitution will be torn down.
Today even, as I write this blog entry, the US Congress is scheduled to vote for enactment of a law that would allow the US military to consider the United States as a battlefield and permit it to incarcerate US citizens with no formal charges and hold them indefinitely without trial. Already the President of the US has ordered the assassination of US citizens abroad – even a deposed head of state. Whether or not the bill passes is irrelevant, really, the fact that men within the government seem determined to tear down the American republic and overturn the principles upon which it was founded is significant. (Video: Senate votes to repeal Constitution)
At the present time that may not seem very worrying to Jehovah’s Witnesses, but gradually the United States has become more and more of a police state, and come a time of war hysteria, as in times past, Jehovah’s Witnesses will most certainly become demonized as enemies of the state, except this time they will not have any legal recourse, as they have in times past.
An institution also dedicated to the destruction of national sovereignties is the United Nations – also headquartered in New York City. Devised in the immediate aftermath of World War Two, the United Nations was heavily promoted by the Rockefeller, Wall Street banking family. The Rockefellers even “donated” the land on the East River where the aging UN monolith still stands. Betraying its British roots, though, the UN is committed to London’s centuries-old policy of massive population reduction. And like the empire, it too is a means of subverting and overriding national sovereignties. One factoid of interest: In 2008 Britain sponsored secret talks with world leaders intended to revitalize the United Nations, in order to make it the seat of governance for a new world order.
No doubt when the financial system succeeds in tearing down the last vestiges of national sovereignties, the UN will be ready to fill the power vacuum – becoming the eighth and final king of Bible prophecy, the Greater Babylon, the executor of Jehovah’s judgments. (See chapter: An Eighth King) That is when the “hard master” will implement his policy of global genocide.
Situated on the border of the American Egypt, across the river from the City of Tearing Down, is also an altar erected to Jehovah – a memorial pillar to his holy name, erected by devoted worshippers of the God bearing that name. This exists in the form of the Bethel headquarters of Jehovah’s Witnesses – the physical infrastructure of which, significantly, has prominently displayed the recognized Anglicized form of the divine name for decades with the bold expression: Announcing Jehovah’s Kingdom. That expression also appears on millions of Watchtower magazines.
From there the leadership of the organization are certain to “cry out to Jehovah because of the oppressors,” when the “hard master” begins his reign of terror. The grand savior whom Jehovah will provide at that time can be none other than the Savior – Jesus Christ.
The concluding verse of the prophecy states: “Blessed be my people, Egypt, and the work of my hands, Assyria, and my inheritance, Israel.”
As already stated, God makes everything bend to accomplish his will. Over the course of the recent centuries the events have led up to conditions that would nurture a great evangelical work to be undertaken as a prelude to the conclusion of the system of things; whereby, God’s two-fold purpose is accomplished; namely, the completion of the choosing of the full number of spiritual Israel, as well as the gathering of persons who will inherit the earth – “my people Egypt.” Since America is said to be a great melting pot of ethnically diverse peoples, the Egyptians represent persons of faith from all nations – just as a vast “mixed crowd” left Egypt with the Israelites during the exodus.
But not only that, the Watchtower Society is unavoidably connected with the United States. In fact, that is one of the criticisms of the faith, that it is “an American religion.” Of course, that is only a half-truth. Jehovah’s Witnesses are an international brotherhood. Still, it is undeniable that the Watchtower Society began in America. Its legal corporations are chartered in America. All of the Society’s presidents have been Americans. Most of the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses have been Americans. But so what? All of the apostles were Jewish. And Christianity spread abroad in the first century from Jerusalem.
In that respect, then, it appears as if America and her “five cities,” and particularly her “City of Tearing Down,” have served a similar function in modern times – being the point of origin for the truth to be spread around the earth. Jehovah has indeed blessed his “people Egypt”!
Lastly, Assyria and Babylon are said to be the work of God’s hands too, in that, they will serve as Jehovah’s great military force and ultimately bring about the situation known as Armageddon, when they slay God’s two anointed Witnesses on the streets of “Egypt.”