This is from an article from an email I receive from Brit-Am. The end of the article is very interesting, actually the whole article is. I have seen something like this before only it was done with the natural disasters happening in the US everytime our Pres. tried to force Israel to do something.
4. Thomas Gray: "History Lesson. America Be warned!"
I ahve been teaching history and was amazed at what popped out at me even form a secular history book. It has taken me a awhile to put it together, but here is the summary I came up with. A real history expert might
improve this with more details, but I think this is startling enough. Now if we could just get President Bush to read this...
A History Lesson that Teaches a Bible Lesson
First, a sample of the many promises in the Bible:
Genesis 12:1-3 "Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will show thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great: and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed."
Genesis 26:4 [To Isaac] "... and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed."Genesis 28:14 [To Jacob] "... and in thee and thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed." Numbers 24:9 [To the nation of Israel as a whole] "... Blessed is he that blesseth thee, and cursed is he that curseth thee."
Now the history:
(Historical information gleaned the high school history textbook, World History: Connections to Today, published by Prentice Hall, 1997. A few other details gleaned from The Catholic Encyclopedia of 1910, World Book Encyclopedia, and others are common knowledge. It should be recognized that at times, prevailing sentiment among people can be different from the leaders' and this perhaps can cause some apparent exception to the rule (or apparent delay), but the rule is very remarkable in its consistency. It sort of jumped out at me as I read the history book.)
The rise of the Roman Empire was associated with a toleration of the Jewish faith, excusing them from worshipping Roman gods and allowing them to live in their land.
From the time that the Romans destroyed the temple and expelled the Jews from the land of Israel, they suffered cruel and insane emperors with a few exceptions until the Empire could not deal with its problems any longer and fell to the Germanic tribes.
The Catholic Encyclopedia specifically says that the Byzantine Empire at times blessed the Jews and other times cursed them, however, I have not yet found full details and years. They lasted a long time, with continual loss of territory and power until the final collapse in 1452 to the Ottoman Muslim Turks (You'll never guess what those Muslims did. See below.).
1000-1300 Jews were welcomed into Muslim-controlled Spain, and given responsible posts in the government.
This was Spain's golden age of philosophy with Muslim scholars such as Avarroes and Jewish scholars such as Mamonides.
1290 Jews were expelled from England after a growing antipathy towards them, but welcomed into Poland.
1347-1350 The Black Death (spread by fleas) killed one fourth of Europe's population and the Jews were blamed for it by many.
1394 Jews were expelled from France, and welcomed into Germany.
During this century, Cracow, Poland became the cultural center of Europe with the leading university of Europe.
France and England became entangled in the Hundred Years War, 1337-1453.
In Germany, Gutenberg invented the printing press in 1440 and began spreading the Bible throughout Europe.
1492 / 1497 Spain, then Portugal, expelled all non-Catholics, especially Jews, although some of the rulers afterward were from Jews who converted to Catholicism. The Jews were officially welcomed into the Muslim Ottoman Empire with a letter asking the Jews to "bring your blessing"!! They also were welcomed into Italy and Holland, although in Italy they were required to live in Jewish ghettos.
This was the middle of the Italian renaissance, in the middle of the lives of Michelangelo (1475-1564), Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519), and Raphael (1483-1520),
In Holland, this was the time of Erasmus and the spreading of the Bible.
Christopher Columbus took Jews with him on his voyages of discovery.
1588 The Spanish Sea power was broken as their Armada was destroyed in a freak storm and by the skill of the English navy. The English antipathy toward the Jews was reversing in England. This was the Elizabethan age of England, the time of Shakespeare, when religious toleration and prosperity grew in England.
Meanwhile the Portuguese lost their world trading empire to the Dutch, starting with the "Happy Return" of the first Dutch trading fleet. The Dutch were the only ones allowed to trade with Japan and the Far East.
The Ottoman Muslims enjoyed their "Golden Age", famous for their inventions and compilation of scientific advances, including Algebra and a vaccine against rabies.
1530-1550? The 150-year welcome for Jews in Germany came to an abrupt end as Martin Luther (1483-1546) changed from a friendly attitude to frustration and a call for Jews to be expelled and their property seized. Ironically, his archenemy, Pope Paul IV, at the same time, also joined in a call for Jews to be expelled from Catholic Germany.
1618-1648 The Thirty Years War tore Germany apart into 360 small rival kingdoms and spread suffering, famine, torture, and death throughout Germany. Germany lost around half of its men, mostly those in their reproductive years and a church leader called for surviving German men to take two wives to avoid the extinction of the German people.
Many Jews escaped to Eastern Europe and Russia. 1682-1796 was the time of the great expansion of Russia under Peter the Great and Catherine the Great.
1652 England , under Oliver Cromwell, officially welcomed Jews back in.
England became a leader in first the scientific revolution, then the industrial revolution, with scientists such as Isaac Newton (who published his Principia in 1687) and Robert Boyle, then many others later such as James Watt, Eli Whitney and George Stephenson.
1763 The first Jewish synagogue was founded in North America
1776 With the financial aid of a Jew, Haym Solomon, and the sacrifice of many Jews who fought in the Revolutionary War, the United States of America was founded.
1812 Under Napoleon, restrictions against Jews were abolished in France and Germany.
In the 1800's anti-Jewish feeling began to rise in Russia and many Jews emigrated to Germany, America, and other places. (I was told that at this time Germany also became anti-semit toward the Jews and caused many to leave. My family left Germany at this time and came to the US.)(Shalhevet)
1868-1880 Under Queen Victoria, laws requiring government officials to be members of the Church of England were repealed, allowing a Jew, Benjamin Disraeli, to become prime minister. [Strictly speaking this is inaccurate, Disraeli had been converted to Christianity as a child along with other members of his family-editor]
The British Empire expanded world-wide.
1871 Germany reunited under Bismarck and Kaiser Wilhelm after several hundred years of division. Germany then invented the gasoline engine and the automobile (by Karl Benz in 1885) and became an industrial giant and a world power.
1880-1914 Russia initiated pogroms against Jewish communities, killing and expelling many Jews who escaped to Germany, America and other places.
1917 Czar Nicholas was forced to abdicate and was killed in the Communist Revolution. Russia gave up WWI, losing territory in the agreement.
The same year, Britain signed the Balfour Declaration, in favor of a homeland for Israel. Britain and the U.S. then won WWI and Britain and France were given control of the Middle East, Britain having authority over the land of Palestine.
1920-1940 Anti-Jewish sentiment rose in Germany, Italy and Poland. The NAZIs came to power with the goal of destroying the Jews. Albert Einstein, Enrico Fermi and other Jewish scientists were taken by the U.S. as refugees from Germany and Italy.
1945 The U. S. and Britain won WWII, stopped the Jewish holocaust and the U.S. began a phenomenal technological development. Russia allowed Jewish scientists to work in the Soviet Union and also began to advance technologically.
The Scandinavian countries, famous for saving Jews from the NAZIs, also prospered greatly in peace.
1947 Britain was afraid to take a stand for the Jews in Palestine because of the Muslims and turned the country over to the U.N.
The same year, Britain lost India as a colony.
1948 The U.S. sponsored the nation Israel under the U.N. and the modern state of Israel was born. Britain lost Burma and Ceylon. The U.S. added territories and Alaska and Hawaii as states.
1950-1961 Britain lost almost all of the rest of its colonies around the world.
The U.S. continued its growth in technology and power. The U.S. supplied (and received) military technology and equipment to Israel.
Russia supplied military technology to Israel's enemies. Israel defeated the technology and Russia lost its technological advantage.
1980 and afterward Germany expressed repentance for the holocaust. German young people went to Israel to care for elderly Jews. Germany was reunited in 1989.
1978 The U.S. pressured Israel to give back the Sinai to Egypt in the Camp David accords. President Carter lost the 1980 election to Ronald Reagan.
Steel factories and other industries shut down. Inflation and other economic problems become rampant. The U.S. lost more industry and technological advantage.
1991 The U.S. helped save Israel from Saddam Hussein's weapons, including a one-kilometer long gun based on NAZI technology. However, the president George Bush began to put pressure on Israel to make concessions to the Muslims. He lost the 1992 election to Bill Clinton.
The Secretary of the U.S. Treasury under Clinton was a Jew, Robert Rubin. The U.S. enjoyed a better economy until the end of Clinton's presidency neared. (I am well aware that many of George Bush's policies were apparently responsible for the economic well being of the Clinton years. This is not about analyzing specific immediate causes. It is about the blessing of God, who can use any cause He wishes.)
The second George Bush has made it a stated goal to achieve a Palestinian State during his administration, requiring Israel to return the territories conquered in the 1967 six-day war, apparently thinking that it will result in peace, although the fundamentalist Muslims have made it clear that the only acceptable option to them is to control the whole land of Israel.
2000 U.S. economy began to turn down, accentuated by the World Trade Center destruction
2002 U.S. attacked Afghanistan and Iraq.
2003 The "Road Map to peace" signed requiring Israel to give back land for a Palestinian state.
2005 The United States pressured Israel to follow the "road map" and give up the Gaza strip. This went into effect August 15, 2005.
Now my conclusions and comments:
Each of these historical developments has individual and local causes and associated events, such as wise or foolish decisions and the morality of society and countries' leaders. However, the common factor in all of them is too clear and pervasive to be just a coincidence. It must be that God permits those other factors based on His promise to Abram and the blessing or cursing that the country deserves. It is clear evidence to me that the declaration of God is true. Now, if some weird guy with side curls comes up and says he is a Jew, should we not be on the safe side and bless him, rather than bet on a wild notion that he is really an imposter from Esau and risk the wrath of God by cursing him?
Dare we make some predictions for the future based on this? There aredifferent degrees of cursing and blessing and, at times, there is a kind of mixed bag. The U.S. certainly is not expelling Jews or severely persecuting them. However, we do have a lesson from the Camp David fiasco as to what to expect next from the road map fiasco. The U.S. has had economic trouble and seems to be on an upturn. However, I, just from the records above, say that the U.S. economy is headed for the pits. There will be blame thrown right and left and economic and political talk, but the Bible and history tell us the real reason. May God have mercy on the U.S.