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Colonialism, in the Great Scheme of Things

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Submitted by Michael S (United States), Apr 4, 2015 at 10:29

Hello, Waza and Dave, and Happy Feast of Unleavened Bread

The colonization of the world by the Europeans began in the late 1400s; and has continued to this day, howbeit much weakened. The heydey of it was from around 1760 to 1960, during which Europeans were the dominant force in every quarter of the world; though it is difficult to assign exact dates. The Empire suffered a sudden collapse shortly after WWII, when British India, the Dutch East Indies and French Indochina fell like dominos after the defeat of the Japanese. Jewish Israel became independent at the same time.

There was a cause for the growth of this great empire, namely, the Scientific Awakening of Europe that made the Portugese the best navigators in the world at the same time that the Ottomans cut off the traditional European trade routes with Asia. The Muslim World expanded during this same period, forming great empires in Turkey, Persia, India and Malaysia. They were bested by the Europeans in the 18th Century. During the next 100 or so years, the world was cut up like a pie through competitions like the "Great Game" and the "Scramble for Africa". The fall of this empire has come about, as does the fall of most empires, when the countries involved began to earnestly fight amongst themselves -- notably in WWI and WWII.

Besides a cause for this growth, there was a place for it in God's plan: In Biblical terms, the European Empire was the "Ten Toes" of Daniel 2, and the "Ten horns" of Daniel 7 and Revelation. These were replaced after WWII by the "Little Horn" of Daniel 7 aka the "beast" of Revelation -- namely, the United States -- part of the seven headed monster described in that book. That monster had modest beginnings, shortly after the Deluge, with a hunter-turned-conqueror named Nimrod. He was the first in the postdeluvial world to begin turning cities into fortresses, and subjugating neighboring cities -- what we would call "colonialism" in the modern sense.

Since that time, man has by and large accepted the Nimrodian system as the way to order the world and solve problems: right up to today when, as you can see, this system has grown to become a great monster. God's purpose in all this, has been to allow mankind an alternative to rule by God Himself -- a chance for them to, as Blue Eyes used to sing, "have it my way". That is what the world is engaged in at the present time; and this way of doing things will soon cataclysmically collapse, probably in a nuclear exchange. After that, the Messianic Age will ensue, and rule for about 1000 years.

Colonizing seemed a good idea to Nimrod, and it seems a good idea to the vast majority of people today. The European countries put on a show of being abhorred by it; but that is simply because they are no longer profiting from it. Rather, as you say, Waz, it is the Muslims, Chinese and others who seem to be scoring the most points. Some, like Dave, would like to see the Empire revived, led, no doubt, by the US. This will not happen.

As the "Little Horn", the US is the last of the great Colonial powers. They uprooted three great powers, namely, Germany, Italy and Japan, in 1945; and if Japan doesn't seem to qualify as a "European" power, then suffice that the US brought about the fall of the Soviet Union, one of the "ten horns", in 1991. The archetype of this "little horn" was a Hellenist king called Antiochus Epiphanes, who sacked and desecrated the Temple in Jerusalem. He did so not at the height of Hellenist power, but during its decline -- a "last gasp", so it were, of a once great entity. The same can be said of modern great emperors such as Napoleon and Hitler. We don't know who the American Emperor will be, in our declining days. Mr. Obama has been behaving more like the dissipating Bourbons of the 18th Century, than like Napoleon; or like the Weimar Republic after the collapse of the Second Reich. He might surprize us and become an absolute dictator; but more likely, this will fall into the hands of a successor, be he or she Democrat or Republican (or perhaps, none -- perhaps military).

So much for colonialism. Its end is the march to destruction that we are currently experiencing.


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