Ask anyone with the slightest inkling of knowledge about the early history of the United States to name the year when the country began and you can almost bet the rent and win the answer spoken will be “1776”.
Though a huge year in US history, 1776 was more akin to the United States moving into her teen years rather than her birth. To find the actual “birth” you need to go back further – to April 29, 1607. However, before there can be a birth, a conception must take place. To find that, go back even further.
In the year 1552, a future Anglican priest by the name of Richard Hakluyt was born in England. As an adult, he would become one of the world’s leading experts on exploration. While a youth, Richard was orphaned and went to live with an elder cousin, also named Richard Hakluyt. Shortly after becoming the ward of his cousin, “Richard the Younger” was enrolled in Westminster School as a Queen’s Scholar. During a school break, “Younger” was visiting “Richard the Elder”, who had a strong passion for cosmology (the scientific study of the origin and structure of the universe) and navigation. Witnessing this same interest in “Younger”, “Elder” made available to him a vast array of maps and books he could use for research and study. As an adult, “Younger” made these statements about his cousin:
“He began to instruct my ignorance and pointed with his wand to all the known seas, gulfs, bays, straits, capes, rivers, empires, kingdoms, dukedoms and territories. From the map, he brought me to the Bible and turned to the 107th Psalm, directed me to the 23rd and 24th verses, where I read, ‘they which go down to the sea in ships, and occupy great waters, these see the works for the Lord, and His wonders in the deep.’ I constantly resolved . . . I would by God’s assistance prosecute that knowledge. . .”
In time, he fulfilled this vow and enrolled in Christ Church in Oxford. By the time young Richard had acquired his master’s degree from Oxford, he was now not only an Anglican priest, but had also become one of England’s foremost geography experts; publishing a number of books on the subject which became immensely popular.
Richard now began to sense the need for a permanent English settlement in the New World. John Cabot had already claimed North America for England in 1497, so there was no time like the present to start. Add to that, the King of Spain recently planted his roots in the continent and began to plunder it of a great deal of wealth with which to carry out his threat to invade England. If Protestant England was to survive, Hakluyt felt it even more important for the nation to expand beyond the tiny British Isles.
Focused on the land he now called “Virginia”, Hakluyt wrote an extensive number of letters to Queen Elizabeth I. At that time, the queen’s intense focus was on Spain’s threat and she gave little though to Hakluyt’s letters. That changed in 1578 when she granted a private patent to Sir Humphrey Gilbert. Gilbert sailed for the New World in 1583, but died when his ship sank off the coast of Newfoundland.
Queen Elizabeth now granted a new patent – this one to Sir Gilbert’s brother – Sir Walter Raleigh, who arrived safely in modern-day North Carolina. Unfortunately, each of Raleigh’s five expeditions ended in failure. When King James I followed Queen Elizabeth to the English throne, Raleigh lost favor in his eyes; resulting in Raleigh being imprisoned and later executed.
When the British Isles were conquered by Rome, the natives who lived there were much like the indigenous tribes later discovered in North America. Rome’s civilizing effects and the Christian religion combined to make of the British people a mighty nation. It was now time to carry that same concept to North America. Richard made his case before the royal court after forming the Virginia Company, for which he was the chief scribe. King James granted them an audience and looked favorably on their requests.
On December 20, 1605, three ships set out – the Susan Constant, Godspeed and the Discovery. Richard did not make the trip due to 1) his age and 2) the valuable services he offered to King James I at court. Instead, Robert Hunt traveled with 105 settlers and 40 seamen down the Thames River and “across the pond” to the New World. Following a turbulent thunderstorm, on April 26, 1607, the travelers saw Virginia for the first time. Sailing into Chesapeake Bay, they dropped anchor and named the land Cape Henry, in honor of Henry, Prince of Wales, son of James I.
Prior to leaving the ships, Reverend Hunt required everyone aboard to spend three days in personal examination and repentance. During the journey, a good bit of in-fighting had taken place among the passengers and Hunt wanted everyone to be contrite in heart because the land was to be consecrated to God for His purposes.
At the end of these three days, on April 29, 1607, Reverend Hunt led the colonists as they finally set foot on land. As they did, they carried the one item they had brought from England to give glory to God – a rough-hewn cross made of oak and standing seven feet tall. It was the first structure to be erected in the New World.
Rev. Hunt reminded those gathered of the admonition of the British Royal Council which they read from the Holy Scripture, “Every plantation, which my Heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up.” (Matthew 15:13) Then, Hunt conducted the first official act by the English in the New World when he raised his hands to Heaven and consecrated the continent to the glory of God. Jamestown became England’s first successful and permanent colony.
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Fast-forward to April 29, 2013. Following the attacks of Muslim terrorists on September 11, 2001 and the destruction of The World Trade Center, Tom Daschle of South Dakota, then the Senate Majority Leader, stood before Congress on September 12th and read the words of Isaiah 9:10. As he did, he claimed the United States would rebuild what had been knocked down. He apparently did not realize at the time the words of Isaiah 9:10 contain a number of harbingers (warnings, omens) that proclaimed a curse on Israel due to the fact they had turned their back on God, and have now been revealed in remarkable likeness in the United States. Not long after reading this scripture and making this pledge, Tom Daschle “fell from grace” and left office.
“Same song – second verse” could be said of John Edwards of North Carolina. On September 11, 2004, then vice-presidential candidate Edwards quoted the same passage and problems soon befell him as well.
Barack Obama became the third American politician to reference this same verse when he wrote it on one of the metal beams to be installed in the framework of the Freedom Tower. When one studies the Harbinger of the Tower, a great parallel with the Freedom Tower is revealed.
On April 29, 2013, those building the Freedom Tower endeavored to set in place the tower’s spire; the ‘crown’ that would elevate the structure’s height to 1,776′. During the process, a strong wind arose and prevented the effort from being accomplished for several days. Could it be, this was God’s hand at work to prevent those constructing the tower from attaching this spire on the 406th anniversary of America’s first consecration?
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“Put God in a box and He’s very good about getting out of it.”
Rabbi Jonathan Cahn
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