Was “The Original Intent”
Copyright © 2013 by Michael A. Shea -
Whose Divine Hand Was behind the Establishment of the United States of America and our Founding Documents.
Copyright © 2013 by Michael A. Shea -
“The falsification of history has done more to impede human development than any one thing known to mankind.”
— Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712-
“God knows the meaning of history better than historians do because history is ‘his story.’ He is its Author and we are its characters. It is true that human free choice moves history, but so does God … moves the plot."
— Peter Kreeft (1937) Professor, and Christian Author
The First Peril
The Republic of the United States of America, Her creation and first "Great Struggle" for survival.
The Revolutionary War
Note: The country’s first “Great Struggle” for survival is termed here the “First Peril.” It is an account of God’s hand in history along with many miracles and coincidences from before the country’s founding though past the ratification of the Constitution. Many of the previous posted sections listed below have been changed and added to the book In GOD We Trust: George Washington and the Spiritual Destiny of the United States of America. Link to Liberty Quest Website
Below is previously listed information the reader my find interesting.
George Washington -
Excerpt: The Indian Prophecy -
Excerpt: Son of the Republic -
Excerpt: Washington’s dream forewarned him of his impending death -
Thomas Paine and his Prophetic Dream
Thomas Paine was a man of words, whose writings sparked passions for freedom on both sides of the Atlantic. He had recently emigrated to America, under encouragement from Benjamin Franklin, when he had a dream of the forth coming Revolutionary War. His vivid dream of war made a very strong impression on him. It was published in the Pennsylvania Magazine in June of 1775, under the title “The Dream Interpreted.” Thomas Paine’s dream would have a tremendous influence on his writings and the destiny of a nation. Through his dream, he saw the struggle with England and America’s greatness after the war, which he so eloquently put into words. How coincidental for Thomas Paine to run into a stranger on an infrequently traveled trail in the woods, who could so profoundly interpret his prophetic dream which would become his fate and life’s work ....
Perhaps it is because he was born in England, not America, or his later criticism of George Washington. Whatever the reason, the United States was blessed to have Thomas Paine and his writings at such a critical time in American history. It is not a stretch to say, that if there were no Thomas Paine, there may not have been a United States of America.
Dr. Benjamin Rush's Dream & God's Hand in Reconciling John Adams and Thomas Jefferson
Benjamin Rush’s Dream
“'What book is that in your hands?’ said I to my son Richard a few nights ago in a dream. "It is the history of the United States," said he. “Shall I read a page of it to you?” “No, no,” said I. “I believe in the truth of no history but in that which is contained in the Old and New Testaments.” “But, sir,” said my son, “this page relates to your friend Mr. Adams.” “Let me see it then,” said I. I read it with great pleasure and herewith send you a copy of it.
1809. Among the most extraordinary events of this year was the renewal of the friendship and intercourse between Mr. John Adams and Mr. Jefferson, the two ex-
The Crack in the Liberty Bell -
Note: The chapter on the Liberty Bell is no longer on the website. It has been rewritten, expanded, and added to the second part of the book In GOD We Trust: George Washington and the Spiritual Destiny of the United States of America under the chapter titled Future History. The chapter is almost one hundred pages in length and covers the spiritual dimension to the bell. It looks at the divine hand behind the bell’s creation and the Biblical phrase on its side; to the warnings God has given the country with the bell, where He has used the bell to call attention and to mark the country’s adherence to His Law. It starts with William Penn’s religious experiences in England to the bell being rung in April of 2001, the same year as the World Trade Center bombing
Excerpt from book In GOD We Trust: George Washington and the Spiritual Destiny of the United States of America -
"On July 4, 1826, the fiftieth anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Adams and Jefferson, the two men most responsible for the document, died a few hours apart. The date bore was a visible mark of God for a reason, Biblically it was the Jubilee year of the country’s independence from their bondage with England. Due to the speed at which news traveled, the State House bell rang the following day, on July 5th of 1826, to announce the news. It was in tolling the deaths of Adams and Jefferson the bell is believed to have first cracked. The hairline crack was estimated to be an in inch or two in length in from the lip of the bell.
The inscription on the side of Independence Hall Bell was from Leviticus* 25:10, which reads, “Proclaim LIBERTY throughout all the Land unto all the inhabitants thereof,” was missing the remaining part of the verse relating to slavery, the country’s obligations to God, and the number fifty. The full Bible verse from Leviticus reads:
And you shall count seven weeks of years, seven times seven years, so that the time of the seven weeks of years shall be to you forty-
— Leviticus 25:8-
The Liberty Bell -
That old Bell is still seen by the Patriot’s eye, And he blesses it ever, when journeying by; Long years have passed o’er it, and yet every soul Will thrill in the night to its wonderful roll; For it speaks in its belfry, when kissed by the blast, Like a glory-
Shall unceasingly tell of an era sublime… Download -
The Normandy Liberty Bell, an exact laser scanned replica of the Liberty Bell -
The Second Peril
The Republic of the United States of America, Her second "Great Struggle" for survival.
From Pre to Post Civil War
The War of 1812 (1814)
John C. Calhoun's Dream of George Washington -
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Excerpt: Andrew Jackson wrote – Regarding the battle of New Orleans, "It appears that the unerring hand of Providence shielded my men from the shower of balls, bombs and rockets, when every ball and bomb from our guns carried with them a mission of death."
Excerpt: Save that Parchment -
Excerpt: Book Washington Weather -
The tornado tore through the center of Washington and directly into the British occupation. Buildings were lifted off of their foundations and dashed to bits. Other buildings were blown down or lost their roofs. Feather beds were sucked out of homes and scattered about. Trees were uprooted, fences were blown down, and the heavy chain bridge across the Potomac River was buckled and rendered useless. A few British cannons were picked up by the winds and thrown through the air. The collapsing buildings and flying debris killed several British soldiers. Many of the soldiers did not have time to take cover from the winds and they laid face down in the streets. One account describes how a British officer on horseback did not dismount and the winds slammed both horse and rider violently to the ground.
The winds subsided quickly, but the rain fell in torrents for two hours. ...Fortunately, the heavy rain quenched most of the flames and prevented Washington from continuing to burn.” Only by extreme coincidence or the hand of Providence were many federal buildings and the White House saved from further destruction. “The burning was delayed ....and finally prevented by a tremendous tornado which passed over the city and for a while completely dispersed the British column, the soldiers seeking refuge where they could, and several being buried in the ruins of the falling buildings.” The fierce storm and torrential downpour dumped two inches of rain which helped extinguish the fire. “After the storm, the British Army regrouped on Capitol Hill, still a bit shaken by the harsh weather. They decided to leave the city that evening.”
Excerpt: The Star-
Why did God protect Andrew Jackson?
Andrew Jackson’s life symbolizes the rugged individualism (and at times reckless behavior) that God produced in many men of the post Revolutionary War era. He was one of the most unruly, ornery, quarrelsome, and stubborn, least educated men ever to serve as President of the United States. Yet in contrast, he was also a deeply religious man of faith, biblical faith instilled in him by his mother from an early age. Credited with starting the Democratic Party [Jackson Democrats], he was a legend in his own time, appropriately nicknamed “Old Hickory” for his toughness. With all his good traits, and bad [hot-
By divine intercession, Jackson’s life was spared on January 30, 1835. He was attending a funeral with his cabinet members in the capital building, when an assassin by the name of Richard Lawrence pulled a gun, and at point blank range, fired at Jackson. After the pistol failed to fire, he pulled a second pistol, and that pistol too, failed to fire. Lawrence was soon subdued, after being beat over the head, and shoulders, by Andrew Jackson’s cane. After the incident, police tested both of Richard Lawrence’s pistols, and they worked fine.
Besides the attempted Presidential assassination, Andrew Jackson escaped death on numerous occasions. Captured as a courier during the Revolutionary War, at the age of thirteen, Jackson survived a sword wound from a British officer for refusing to clean his boots. He survived only to nearly starved to death as a prisoner of war. He survived a duel with Colonel Waitstill Avery in 1795. He won a duel with Charles Dickinson in 1806, fought over slanderous remarks about his wife. In the war of 1812, he survived the Battle of Talladega in 1813. He took a bullet to the chest in a gun fight in the fall 1813 with the Benton brothers in Nashville Tennessee. He nearly bled to death after the bullet shattered two ribs, and missed his heart, by inches. In 1814, he survived the Battle of Emuckfau, Enotocopco, and Battle of the Horseshoe. After being appointed as Major General of United States, he was assigned to defend, and won, the famous battle of New Orleans in 1815, against British forces. He survived battles in the First & Second Seminole War 1817-
Manifest Destiny -
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Excerpt: William Gilpin, Governor of Colorado Territory, 1846 -
John C. Calhoun's Dream of George Washington -
John C. Calhoun was one of the south’s most articulate, and outspoken proponents of slavery, states rights, and nullification of federal law. He opposed the Tariff Act of 1828, and openly advocated that southern states could nullify federal law. This earned him the nickname, “Arch Nullifier.” Over his outspoken position on nullification and secession, President Andrew Jackson threatened to have him hung for treason. Later in his career, almost over night, he changed his political position from pro-
Excerpt: The Spotted Hand, An Anecdote of John C. Calhoun -
The Battle Hymn of the Republic -
Joshua L. Chamberlain’s life was of the substance from which legends are made; a number of books and movies are a credit to his achievements. His life’s story was that of a man with immense optimism and determination, surrendering to what he felt was a divine calling to join the Civil War. He answered Lincoln’s call for troops and left his wife, children and teaching position at Bowdoin College to join the war effort. He is best known for the Civil War battle of Little Round Top. The Maine 20th was led to the battle by the Ghost of George Washington on horseback. Through an odd set of coincidences, the Maine 20th rushed in to secure Little Round Top, a strategic point left unattended by the Union Forces. As the battle of Gettysburg raged and as the Civil War’s outcome hung in the balance, the Maine 20th held their position. Outnumbered, with many dead and out of ammunition, Chamberlain ordered a last ditch bayonet charge against the Confederate troops, securing a win for the Union Forces. Close to death on a number of occasions, he regained his health, only to rejoin the military action for many more important battles during the Civil War. -
The Battle Hymn of the Republic -
When Julia Ward Howe first awoke, early morning of November 21, 1861, the words to the Battle Hymn of the Republic arranged themselves in her mind. In a darkened room, trying not to wake her children, she scratched down the verses to the poem, knowing something of importance had just happened. The words she scrawled on an old sheet of paper, Lincoln would later say was “the song that saved the Union.” The Battle Hymn of the Republic was a divinely inspired masterpiece of poetry on God and country, which could not have come at better a time for the Union. The Civil War was not going well for the North, many battles had been lost, morale had slumped and recruitment numbers were running low. The poem soon became a motivating song sung by the Union troops in glory to God. One other song sung by the North, and less controversial to the South was The Battle Cry of Freedom. Those on the Confederate side sang, God Save the South and The Bonnie Blue Flag song. The South hated the Union’s battle hymn song, because it inferred that God was on the side of the North.. ...
Through out the years, there has been much heated debate over words in The Battle Hymn of the Republic. The words in the song have elicited strong feelings in many camps. The song is considered offensive to many Southerners, it is offensive to some Christians, but it is especially offensive to many secular non-
The Battle Hymn of the Republic, by William Steffe, U.S. Army Band -
General McClellan's Vision -
Excerpt: “She is called on to accomplish that vast result, self-
“But her mission will not then be finished; for ere another century shall have gone by, the oppressors of the whole earth, hating and envying her exaltation, shall join themselves together and raise up their hands against her. But if she still be found worthy of her high calling they shall surely be discomfited, and then will be ended her third and last great struggle for existence. Thenceforth shall the Republic go on, increasing in power and goodness, until her borders shall end only in the remotest corners of the earth, and the whole earth shall beneath her shadowing wing become a Universal Republic. Let her in her prosperity, however, remember the Lord her God, let her trust be always in Him, and she shall never be confounded.” -
General George Brinton McClellan -
Excerpt: Letter to his wife Mary Ellen, June 10th of 1862 -
Excerpt: Special Orders 191 -
Abraham Lincoln -
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“The people of the United States are the rightful masters of both congress and the courts—not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.”
“I have never had a feeling, politically, that did not spring from the sentiments embodied in the Declaration of Independence. I have often pondered over the dangers which were incurred by the men who assembled here, and framed and adopted that Declaration of Independence. I have pondered over the toils that were endured by the officers and soldiers of the army who achieved that independence. I have often inquired of myself what great principle or idea it was that kept this confederacy so long together. It was not the mere matter of the separation of the Colonies from the mother land, but that sentiment in the Declaration of Independence which gave liberty, not alone to the people of this country, but, I hope, to the world for all future time. It was that which gave promise that, in due time, the weight would be lifted from the shoulders of all men. This is the sentiment embodied in the Declaration of Independence. Now, my friends, can this country be saved upon that basis? If it can, I will consider myself one of the happiest men in the world if I can help to save it. If it cannot be saved upon that principle, it will be truly awful. But if this country cannot be saved without giving up that principle, I was about to say, I would rather be assassinated on this spot than surrender it.”
“I hold myself in my present position and with the authority vested in me, as an instrument of Providence. I have my own views and purposes. I have my convictions of duty, and my notions of what is right to be done. But I am conscious every moment that all I am and all I have is subject to the control of a Higher Power, and that Power can use me or not use me in any manner, and at any time, as in his wisdom and might may be pleasing to him. …..God only knows the issue of this business. He has destroyed nations from the map of history for their sins. Nevertheless my hopes prevail generally above my fears for our own Republic. The times are dark, the spirits of ruin are abroad in all their power, and the mercy of God alone can save us.”
“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”
Fight for The Pledge of Allegiance
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The Pledge of Allegiance was created by Francis Bellamy, Vice President of the Christian Society of Socialists, to coincide with the 400 year anniversary of Columbus’s voyage to the Americas. It was published anonymously in “The Youth’s Companion” magazine based out of Boston, in 1892. He disguised his real intent with the Pledge, which was to promote the ideology of socialism, and government control of schools, under the guise of nationalism, and patriotism. At the time however, the country had no pledge to show respect for flag, and country, and citizens quickly adopted The Pledge of Allegiance. The wording has been changed twice over the years, to where it now reflects “the spiritual and moral principles which alone give dignity to man, and upon which our way of life is founded.” For many today, The Pledge of Allegiance has become a National Prayer. The fight to keep the Pledge is a fight to keep God in American society, and his continued blessings of Liberty, and Freedom, upon the land.
The Third Peril
The Republic of the United States of America, Her third and last "Great Struggle" for survival.
The Last Great War
“We believe that we survived because we were living the message of Fatima. We lived and prayed the Rosary in that home.”
— Father Hubert Schiffer (1915-
The Lincoln Kennedy Coincidences -
Would God attempt to gain the attention of an entire nation, or perhaps the world, through coincidences of the lives of two great American Presidents? There are unique occurrences and coincidences in history that grab our attention, and challange our thinking, on the nature of reality. The stunning similarities in the lives of Abraham Lincoln, and John F. Kennedy, are one of those coincidences in American history that challange our thinking. The list of similarities between these two men, separated by 100 years of history have been around for many years, few have taken the time to look at their broader implications for our future. If the Lincoln-
Your VOTE -
In exercising your right to vote, you are, according to Samuel Adams, “executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is [you are] accountable to God and his country.” As a citizen, no matter what your country of origin or religion, you are the posterity of the country’s Christian Founding Fathers and patriots who earned the freedoms you enjoy at the expense of much blood and treasure. They considered Liberty and Freedom to be a gift from God, not from man or government. You the voter bear a far bigger responsibility than you may realize for the gift, of Liberty and Freedom you have inherited. ...
The establishment of the United States as a country was an anomaly in history, which by all human foresight and calculation should not have happened. The country came into existence only because it had divine assistance. George Washington wrote and spoke endlessly about the hand of Providence [God] in the Revolutionary War and formation of the Republic, as did many of the Founding Fathers. …
What you have inherited and now bear responsibility for as a citizen and voter can best be described as God’s experiment in time. An experiment to see if a united people, under God, can self govern themselves as a country and abide by the Word and the Law of the Old and New Testament. You have been entrusted with a sacred trust for the stewardship of this country, you therefore bear some moral responsibility for the actions and decisions of those elected on your behalf. Use your vote wisely and “let not your children ‘have reason to curse you for giving up those rights and prostrating those institutions which your fathers delivered to you.” [Rev. Matthias Burnet, 1803] Because as Thomas Jefferson warned, “if a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.” -
God Bless the USA -
Is the United States of America a "Republic" or a "Democracy"?
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“Democracy is the art of running the circus from the monkey cage.”
— Herman Melville (1819–1891) Author, short story writer & poet
The United States of America was established as a “republic,” not a “democracy,” contrary to the misinformed assertions of many Americans. A democracy was considered despotism, by the founding fathers as form of government, it was universally detested. John Adams stated his sentiments clearly when he said, “remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.” Alexander Hamilton said, “we are a republican government. Real liberty is never found in the despotism or in the extremes of democracy.” “Republican,” Thomas Jefferson warned us was “the only form of government which is not eternally at open or secret war with the rights [given by God, not government] of mankind.”
At the Constitutional Convention, James McHenry recorded that as members emerged from Independence Hall, a woman asked Benjamin Franklin, “Mr. Franklin what have you given us?” Franklin simply responded, “a republic, Madam, if you can keep it.” Among the founding fathers, there was no debate as to the form of government they labored so hard and sacrificed so much to establish.
Yet today, most Americans, when asked what form of government we have in the United States, wrongly answer “democracy.” Even elected officials occupying the highest offices in the land, with an sworn oath to uphold the Constitution, say that we live in a democracy as well. Has the government we live under changed? Words have meaning, and when we choose words, in describing the form of government that protects our God given liberties, and freedoms, words really do matter.
We need to ask this question; is the United States of America today, a “republic,” or a “democracy”? If the answer is a democracy, then as Vladimir Lenin stated, “socialism and democracy are inseparable” and we have now become a socialist state. If we live in a democracy, then the Founding Fathers fears of loosing the republic has finally come to pass. Then Samuel Adams words of distain were for our generation, the ones who lost the republic. “The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil Constitution, are worth defending at all hazards; and it is our duty to defend them against all attacks. We have received them as a fair inheritance from our worthy ancestors: they purchased them for us with toil and danger and expense of treasure and blood, and transmitted them to us with care and diligence. It will bring an everlasting mark of infamy on the present generation, enlightened as it is, if we should suffer them to be wrested from us by violence without a struggle, or to be cheated out of them by the artifices of false and designing men.” -
“Yes, we did produce a near-
— Thomas Jefferson (1743-
The miracle of Dunkirk -
God Bless America, by Celine Dion -
Who will tell the children what God has done for America?
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Excerpt: William Samuel Johnson at Columbia University -
Your first great duties, you are sensible, are those you owe to Heaven, to your Creator and Redeemer. Let these be ever present to your minds, and exemplified in your lives and conduct. Imprint deep upon your minds the principles of piety towards God, and a reverence and fear of His holy name. The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom and its consummation is everlasting felicity. Possess yourselves of just and elevated notions of the Divine character, attributes, and administration, and of the end and dignity of your own immortal nature as it stands related to Him ...
As citizens, you are under every obligation, human and divine, to exert every facility that God had blessed you with, to promote, as far as possible, the peace, prosperity, and happiness of your country, and to devote all your talents and acquisitions, and even life itself, if needed in its service: to awaken continually in your own bosoms, and to diffuse, as far as possible, around you every principle of public virtue and love of country that they may be drawn forth into action, to effectuate and accomplish that great and glorious and godlike design, the general happiness of civil society and universal felicity of all mankind.
Such, gentlemen, are the obligations you are under. These are the duties which you have in this respectable presence pledge yourself to perform as far as a gracious Providence shall enable you to give you opportunity to discharge them. This is an field for the display of all your talents and all your virtues. Cultivate it, I beseech you, diligently. Your honor and reputation in life demand it of you…. Study carefully the fundamental principles of civil government, especially Republican Government. Make yourself well acquainted with the true nature of civil liberty, which, fond as we all justly are to it, too many seem to be unacquainted with. … See whether true Liberty does not consist in an exact obedience to law [divine]. …
Desert not your station you have assumed, the post which Providence hath assigned you, —but go forth into the world firmly resolved neither to be allured by its vanities nor contaminated by its vices, but run with patience and perseverance, with firmness and alacrity, the glorious career of Religion, honor, and virtue. I say again, the glorious career of Religion, honor, and virtue, for in this career alone, be assured, is the true glory to be acquired, real glory and honor in this life, and every lasting glory and felicity in the life to come…. The God of peace shall be with you, to whose most gracious protection I now command you, humbly imploring Almighty Goodness that He will be your guardian and your guide, your protector and the rock of defense, your Saviour and your God."
Wake Up America! -
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Excerpt: Emma Willard -
“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States were men were free.” “God has granted us the challenge to change our country and to make it better by moving it closer to the intentions of the men who invented it.”
— Ronald Reagan (1911-
Have we put "In God We Trust" or God behind us as nation?
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“The average age of the world’s great civilizations has been 200 years. These nations have progressed through this sequence: from bondage to spiritual faith; from spiritual faith to great courage; from courage to liberty; from liberty to abundance; from abundance to selfishness; from selfishness to complacency; from complacency to apathy; from apathy to dependency; from dependency back again to bondage.”
— Sir Alex Fraser Tytler (1742-
“If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
— 2 Chronicles 7:14 RSV
Sheperd Me, O God -
The End -
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Excerpt: Thomas Paine’s letter -
When we contemplate the fall of Empires and the extinction of nations of the ancient world, we see but little to excite our regret than the mouldering ruins of pompous palaces, magnificent monuments, lofty pyramids, and walls and towers of the most costly workmanship. But when the Empire of America shall fall, the subject for contemplative sorrow will be infinitely greater than crumbling brass or marble can inspire. It will not then be said, here stood a temple of vast antiquity, —here rose a Babel of invisible height, or there a palace of sumptuous extravagance; but here, ah painful thought! the noblest work of human wisdom, the grandest scene of human glory, the fair cause of freedom rose and fell! Read this and then ask if I forget America.”
Excerpt: Alexis de Tocqueville observations on America – “The Americans combine the notions of Christianity and of liberty so intimately in their minds, that it is impossible to make them conceive the one without the other.” “In France I had almost always seen the spirit of religion and the spirit of freedom marching in opposite directions. But in America I found they were intimately united and that they reigned in common over the same country.”
“I sought for the key to the greatness and genius of America in her harbors…; in her fertile fields and boundless forests; in her rich mines and vast world commerce; in her public school system and institutions of learning. I sought for it in her democratic Congress and in her matchless Constitution. Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. Americas is great because America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great”
America the Beautiful, written by Katharine Lee Bates, U.S. Navy Band -
History of the song American the Beautiful (to be added)…
Philippines 1986 -
Teddy Roosevelt’s Ride Up San Juan Hill Took Him to the White House -
“it’s a miracle that Roosevelt even survived Cuba. At the July 1, 1898, Battle of San Juan Heights, he exposed himself time and again to the enemy’s fire. For a good part of the fight, he was the only man in the regiment on horseback (the cavalry division had been forced to leave nearly all of their horses behind in Florida), making him an irresistible target for the Spanish soldiers on the hilltops. They tried their damnedest to knock him out of his saddle but inexplicably failed. Instead, their errant shots wounded and killed Rough Riders who had the misfortune to be standing next to their colonel.”
.. Around the campfire on a cattle drive … “you will be president” one day.
The Republic of the United States of America, the Hand of God in Her Pre-
The Bible comes to America
In Every Age, by Janet Sullivan Whitaker -
Sunday, Oct. 3, 1847: That time Jesus appeared in the sky of Mexico -
On Sunday, Oct. 3, 1847, more than 2,000 people in Ocotlán, Mexico saw a perfect image of Jesus Christ crucified that appeared in the sky for more than 30 minutes.
Approved by the Archdiocese of Guadalajara in 1911, the phenomenon is known as the "Miracle of Ocotlán" and took place one day before an earthquake that killed 40 and left the town in Jalisco State in ruins.
Did God stop the French Invasion of America in 1746?
Note: This chapter has been rewritten, expanded, and added to the second part of the book In GOD We Trust: George Washington and the Spiritual Destiny of the United States of America under the chapter titled The French Invasion of America in 1746.
Excerpt from the book –
In the same year the young George Washington attempted to join the British Navy in 1746, Governor William Shirley of Massachusetts was in urgent communications with New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and cities and towns throughout Massachusetts. The New England colonies were in preparation, bracing themselves to defend against a threatened French invasion.
King Louis XV of France sent an armada of 70 ships, which carried over 10,000 troops under the command of Admiral D’Anville to avenge the loss of the Fort Louisburg on the island of Cape Breton [Nova Scotia] the previous year. His orders were to burn Boston to the ground and ravage the New England coast down to New York. …
Governor Shirley proclaimed a solemn day of fasting and prayer for all citizens to petition God for protection. Of the event that followed, Catherine Drinker Bowen in her book, John Adams and the American Revolution, wrote:
In Boston the Reverend Thomas Prince, from the high pulpit of the Old South Meeting-
He had scarcely pronounced the words when the sun was gone and the morning darkened. All the church was in shadow. A wind shrieked around the walls, sudden, violent, hammering at the windows with a giant hand. No man was in the steeple—afterward the sexton swore it—yet the great bell struck twice, a wild uneven sound. Thomas Prince paused in his prayer, both arms raised. “We hear Thy voice, O Lord!” he thundered triumphantly. “We hear it! Thy breach is upon the waters to the eastward, even upon the deep. Thy bell tolls for the death of our enemies!”
Excerpt: A Ballad of the French Fleet -
Birth Certificate for the United States -
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Excerpt: The First Charter of Virginia -
Excerpt: Mayflower Compact -
The Sinking of the Spanish Armada
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The Spanish Armada of 130 warships and 30,000 men, intending to invade England arrived at the English Channel. Against such an invincible fleet, "God blew and they were scattered,” thrown upon the rocks. The sinking of much the Spanish Armada on August 8, 1588, would change the power structure in Europe and would change the religious boundaries for Protestants and Catholics in North and South America. The Netherlands would finally gain their independence from Spain in 1648 with Treaty of Westphalia. It would be the Netherlands, years later at the end of the Revolutionary War, who would lend the United States funds to establish the Bank of North America. How fortuitous it was for the United States, that Britain had recently declared war on the Netherlands over an issue with shipping, and both countries now shared a common enemy, thus expediting the much need loan.
Interesting article on the Spanish Armada -
The Marvelous Origins of the Caravaca Cross -
The explanation of the priest interested him so much that he asked him to celebrate the Holy Mystery in his presence. The priest agreed and sent for the necessary articles to be brought from Concha, a town in the hands of the Catholics. The necessary items arrived but a crucifix was missing. -
The Miracle at the Battle of Lepanto
One of the largest battles in the Mediterranean occurred on October 7, 1571, off the coast of Greece. Around 275 Turkish ships squared off against 212 ships from the Holy League. The Holy League was a number of Catholic maritime countries brought together in self defense by Pope Pirus. Islamic forces had gained control of Mediterranean Sea and were burning and plundering cities and towns as far as Spain and France, killing and enslaving Christians. They now threatened Venice and Rome. As the battle for the survival of Europe hung in the balance, Don John of Austria led the Christian forces as citizens fasted and prayed the Rosary. During the battle, a sudden change in the direction of the wind favored the Christian fleet. Many miles away, before the battle had concluded, Pope Pirus in tears turned and said “The Christian fleet is victorious!" "It is not now a time to talk any more upon business; but to give thanks to God for the victory he has granted to the arms of the Christians."
The battle dealt a deceive blow to Turkish navel power. They lost some 210 ships (130 captured, 80 sank) and 30,000 men (15,000 Christian slave rowers chained about their galleys were freed). The Holy League lost about 50 ships and around 4500 men. The Leagues miraculous victory was credited to the Virgin Mary and intercession by God on their behalf, know as the "miracle of the rosaries." While there would be other battles to fight, Lepanto was a pivotal battle that turned the course of history and saved Christianity in Europe. For it would have been nearly impossible for countries in Europe to spread Gospel to the Americas if they had deal with the continued threat of annihilation from Moslem invaders.
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Excerpt: Late Christmas Eve into early Christmas day, in celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, the Santa Maria (Holy Mary) drifted on to a sandbar and coral reef and sank off the Santa Domingo (Holy Lord). The first settlement in the new world would be called La Navidad, or Christmas, in Spanish, built from timbers of the Santa Maria. ….
Excerpts: While many missionaries such as the Franciscans, Carmelites, Jesuits and Dominicans and explorers from Spain and Portugal had good intentions of spreading the word of the Gospel, some driven by greed and power clearly did not follow their Christian teachings. Against strict orders from Queen Isabel, many natives were enslaved for mining gold and silver. One mountain in the central Andes, “Carro Rico, which means “Rich Hill”, was a mountain of silver over two thousand feet high. It was the first real city of the New World, reaching 120,000 inhabitants by 1573. While the sliver deposit was known to the Inca, it was not touched. From the book Indian Givers, “The Inca emperor Huayna Capac first mined Carro Rico a generation before the Spanish arrived. ..The emperor stopped the operation, however, when a voice thundered out of the mountain saying: ‘Take no silver from this hill. It is destined for other owners.’”
A continual wave of gold and silver from South America soon hit the European shores. By way of Spain, it soon found its way throughout Europe. Europe had been cut off of gold and sliver by the “Moslem merchants who monopolized the trade” from Africa’s “Gold Coast.” “Even though the silver and gold went into Spain, it did not stay there. From Spain the money spread throughout Europe.... Three-
“The silver from America made possible a world economy for the first time, as much of it was traded not only to the Ottomans but to the Chinese and East Indians. ... Europe’s prosperity boomed ...The Ottoman silver akce coin suddenly fell to half its former value before the end of 1584 in a bout of uncontrolled inflation. The coin lost it’s important place in the world trade and never regained it. Centuries of struggle between the Moslems and the Christian, American silver probably did more to undermine Islamic power for the next half a millennium than did any other single factor. ... To replace the Mediterranean trade of cloth, beads, leather, and metals upon which the Africans had become dependent , the Africans now had only one commodity that the Europeans wanted —slaves. For centures the African merchants had sold a small but steadly number of slaves to the Middle East, but with the decline of their traditional European trade and with the opening of America, the slave trade became a boom.
Joan of Arc Saved France
Joan of Arc is a well documented story of a young girl raised up by God, who saved France during the Hundred Years War with England. The Country had lost its pride, and her people, the will to fight. As a young girl, Joan, a devout Catholic, had visions of Saint Catherine, Margaret, and St. Michael the Archangel. They would talk to her, and give her instruction, and direction. As a teenager she could not read, or write, but was able to lead the French army to victory against the English invaders. In the course of 14 months, she was able restore much of her country back to French control. While the story of Joan of Arc from the 1400’s may not seem relevant to the American Revolution, which took place in the late 1700’s, there are many noteworthy connections, and parallels, especially to George Washington. Had God not raised up, and protected Joan of Arc, France would have likely ceased to exist as a country. If God had not reestablished France as a strong country, there would have been no French Indian war in America. If the war had never occurred, Washington would have never gotten his military training, and Britain would have not had to tax the colonies. Had Joan of Arc, through God’s assistance, not thrown off the yoke of British oppression, United States of America may have never existed as a country. -
“You Englishmen, who have no right in this kingdom of France, the King of Heaven sends you word and warning, by me Jehanne the Maid, to abandon your forts and depart into your own country, or I will raise such a war-
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Saint James the Moors Slayer saved Spain
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By the year 714, Spain had been nearly conquered by the Moslem invaders. One of the most pivotal battles was the battle of Clavijo, fought in 834 AD. The night before the battle, Ramiro I of Leon is said to have had a dream of Saint James, who said that he would join them in battle the next day. The battle cry for Spain was “St James, we will reconquer Spain” and that he did. Witnessed by many, Saint James appeared on a white horse brandishing sword. So devastating was the battle, it is said that over 60,000 Moslems were left dead on the battle field. The supernatural assistance helped the Spanish in driving back the Moslems from Christian territory. Saint James [Santiago] became known as the “Moor-
The Gospel that James brought to Spain years earlier had dispersed throughout Spain and other parts of Europe. At the appointed time, it would be brought to New Spain [the Americas] under protection of Saint James and the Virgin Mary. The Spanish explorers and missionaries in reverence and gratitude to the divine hand that had saved them on numerous occasions from enslavement and destruction from the Moslems invaders would take the Gospel by boat to the New World.
“St. James the Moorslayer, one of the most valiant saints and knights the world ever had … has been given by God to Spain for its patron and protection.”
— Don Quixote Cervantes (1605, 1615), Character from an early historical novel
Eucharistic Miracle of Turin, Italy 1453
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Such were the bishop's words: and on the night following, a mighty earthquake tore up the stones of the old foundations of the temple and dispersed them all together with the adjacent edifices. Terror consequently possessed the Jews on account of the event; and the report of it brought many to the spot who resided at a great distance: when therefore a vast multitude was assembled, another prodigy took place. Fire came down from heaven and consumed all the builders' tools: so that the flames were seen preying upon mallets, irons to smooth and polish stones, saws, hatchets, adzes, in short all the various implements which the workmen had procured as necessary for the undertaking; and the fire continued burning among these for a whole day. The Jews indeed were in the greatest possible alarm, and unwillingly confessed Christ, calling him God: yet they did not do his will; but influenced by inveterate prepossessions they still clung to Judaism. Even a third miracle which afterwards happened failed to lead them to a belief of the truth. For the next night luminous impressions of a cross appeared imprinted on their garments, which at daybreak they in vain attempted to rub or wash out .. -
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The surrender of Verona was the consequence. In spite of the overwhelming numbers of his enemy (an estimated 100,000 in Maxentius' army against 20,000 in Constantine's army) the emperor confidently marched forward to Rome. A vision had assured him that he should conquer in the sign of the Christ, and his warriors carried Christ's monogram on their shields, though the majority of them were pagans. The opposing forces met near the bridge over the Tiber called the Milvian Bridge, and here Maxentius' troops suffered a complete defeat, the tyrant himself losing his life in the Tiber (28 October, 312). ….
If mankind ever needed a sign from God blessing the spread of Christianity, and the Gospel, they were given one on May 7th of 351. Shortly after Cyril had been installed as Archbishop of Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost, a luminous cross appeared in the sky over Jerusalem. “About nine in the morning, a vast luminous body, in the form of a cross, appeared in the heavens, just over the holy Golgotha, reaching as far as the holy Mount of Olivet (about two miles). This was not seen by one or two persons only, but by the whole city, and it continued for several hours, the light from it being more brilliant than that of the sun.” The sign in the sky was a miracle for all to see. It drove Jews, Pagans and Christians alike to churches in praise of Jesus Christ. The luminous cross over Jerusalem was taken as sign by those at the time of God’s approval of the spreading Gospel and expanding Christendom. As St Cyril wrote in his letter to Emperor Constantine, the cross in the sky was “being seen not by one or two only, but manifest with perfect clarity to the whole multitude of the city; not, as one might suppose, rushing swiftly past in fancy, but seen openly above the earth many hours in plain sight, and overcoming the beams of the sun with its dazzling rays.” “The whole city found in this phenomenon the truth of Christian doctrine, to which the heavens bore visible witness.”
“So swiftly runs the word of God that though in several thousand years God was not known except among the Jews, now within the space of a few years, His word is concealed neither from the Indians in the East nor from the Britain’s in the West.”
— Arnobius of Sicca (284-
"And his mercy is on those who fear him from generation to generation."
— Luke 1:50 RSV
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“And he [Jesus] said to them, ‘O foolish men, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?’ And beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself. So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He appeared to be going further, but they constrained him, saying, ‘Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent.’ he went in to stay with them. When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to them. And their eyes were opened and they recognized him; and he vanished out of their sight.” — Luke 24:25-
“Then he said to them, "These are my words which I spoke to you, while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the law of Moses and the prophets and the psalms must be fulfilled." Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and said to them, "Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be preached in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.” — Luke 24-
“And when the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the law of the Lord, "Every male that opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord") and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the law of the Lord, "a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons." Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, looking for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he should not see death before he had seen the Lord's Christ. And inspired by the Spirit he came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the law, he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said, "Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word; for mine eyes have seen thy salvation which thou hast prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to thy people Israel." And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him; and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, "Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is spoken against (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that thoughts out of many hearts may be revealed." And there was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phan'u-
This is why I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. With them indeed is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah which says: 'You shall indeed hear but never understand, and you shall indeed see but never perceive. For this people's heart has grown dull, and their ears are heavy of hearing, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should perceive with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and turn for me to heal them.' But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear. Truly, I say to you, many prophets and righteous men longed to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it. "Hear then the parable of the sower. When any one hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what is sown in his heart; this is what was sown along the path. As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while, and when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately he falls away. As for what was sown among thorns, this is he who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the delight in riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful. As for what was sown on good soil, this is he who hears the word and understands it; he indeed bears fruit, and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty." Another parable he put before them, saying, "The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field; but while men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared also. And the servants of the householder came and said to him, 'Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then has it weeds?' He said to them, 'An enemy has done this.' The servants said to him, 'Then do you want us to go and gather them?' But he said, 'No; lest in gathering the weeds you root up the wheat along with them. Let both grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Gather the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.'" Another parable he put before them, saying, "The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed which a man took and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches."He told them another parable. "The kingdom of heaven is like leaven which a woman took and hid in three measures of flour, till it was all leavened. All this Jesus said to the crowds in parables; indeed he said nothing to them without a parable. This was to fulfil what was spoken by the prophet: "I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter what has been hidden since the foundation of the world."— Matthew 13:24-
“And he said, "Go, and say to this people: 'Hear and hear, but do not understand; see and see, but do not perceive.'”
— Isaiah 6:9 RSV
“I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings from of old, things that we have heard and known, that our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the LORD, and his might, and the wonders which he has wrought.”
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The prophet Malachi ~460 B.C. — "Behold, I send my messenger to prepare the way before me, and the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant in whom you delight, behold, he is coming, says the LORD of hosts. But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears? "For he is like a refiner's fire and like fullers' soap; he will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, till they present right offerings to the LORD. Malachi 3:1-
“Behold, I send my messenger to prepare the way before me (John the Baptist), and the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant in whom you delight, behold, he is coming, says the LORD of hosts. Malachi 3:1 RSV "Behold, I will send you Eli'jah the prophet before the great and terrible day of the LORD comes. And he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the land with a curse." Malachi 4:5-
The prophet Zechariah ~520 B.C. — “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Lo, your king comes to you; triumphant and victorious is he, humble and riding on an ass, on a colt the foal of an ass. I will cut off the chariot from E'phraim and the war horse from Jerusalem; and the battle bow shall be cut off, and he shall command peace to the nations; his dominion shall be from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth.” Zechariah 9:9-
"And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of compassion and supplication, so that, when they look on him whom they have pierced, they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for an only child, and weep bitterly over him, as one weeps over a first-
The prophet Jeremiah ~570 B.C. — "Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when I will fulfil the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring forth for David; and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will dwell securely. And this is the name by which it will be called: 'The LORD is our righteousness.'” Jeremiah 33:14-
The prophet Daniel ~600 B.C. — “I saw in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven there came one like a son of man, and he came to the Ancient of Days and was presented before him. And to him was given dominion and glory and kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom one that shall not be destroyed.” Daniel 7:13:14 RSV
The prophet Josiah ~625 B.C. — “And the man cried against the altar by the word of the LORD, and said, "O altar, altar, thus says the LORD: 'Behold, a son shall be born to the house of David, Josi'ah by name; and he shall sacrifice upon you the priests of the high places who burn incense upon you, and men's bones shall be burned upon you.'" 1 Kings 13:2 RSV
The prophet Isaiah ~710 B.C. — “Hear then, O house of David! Is it too little for you to weary men, that you weary my God also? Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, a young woman shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Imman'u-
He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is dumb, so he opened not his mouth. By oppression and judgment he was taken away; and as for his generation, who considered that he was cut off out of the land of the living, stricken for the transgression of my people? And they made his grave with the wicked and with a rich man in his death, although he had done no violence, and there was no deceit in his mouth. Yet it was the will of the LORD to bruise him; he has put him to grief; when he makes himself an offering for sin, he shall see his offspring, he shall prolong his days; the will of the LORD shall prosper in his hand; he shall see the fruit of the travail of his soul and be satisfied; by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant, make many to be accounted righteous; and he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore I will divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he poured out his soul to death, and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors. Isaiah 53:7-
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The prophet Micah ~750 B.C. "But you, O Bethlehem Eph'rathah, who are little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose origin is from of old, from ancient days. Therefore he shall give them up until the time when she who is in travail has brought forth; then the rest of his brethren shall return to the people of Israel. And he shall stand and feed his flock in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God. And they shall dwell secure, for now he shall be great to the ends of the earth." Micah 5:2-
The prophet Hosea ~850 B.C. “When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son.” Hosea 11:1 RSV
The prophet Nathan ~975 B.C. “I will raise up your offspring after you, who shall come forth from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom for ever. I will be his father, and he shall be my son.” 2 Samuel 7:12b-
David ~1000 B.C. — “Yea, dogs are round about me; a company of evildoers encircle me; they have pierced my hands and feet-
Moses (the Law Giver) ~1400 B.C. — “I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brethren; and I will put my words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him. And whoever will not give heed to my words which he shall speak in my name, I myself will require it of him.” Deuteronomy 18:18-
NOTE: When coincidences and miracles happen in history, they are considered to be from God's intercession in the affairs of man. While God does not always share the reasons for the coincidences and miracles with man, they can be inferred at times based on the circumstance or in hindsight of history. Thus, proving that the hand of God was involved in history can be nearly impossible, and conversely, proving God's hand was not involved in history can be nearly impossible to prove as well.
In the following material are numerous examples of God’s hand in American history. As mentioned in the website introduction there are many spelling, punctuation, and grammatical errors. With limited time available I believe and hope you will agree that it is more important to present the material, than to not to post until it is fully edited.