The purpose of this thread is to share some history with the community. I am an active JW. The reason I picked this forum is due to the openness and ease with which information can be accessed. I was going to try jwtalk forum but its too controlled and they want too much personal information. Very Orwellian in my opinion. I am not here to debate with people but merely to share some things I find interesting. I have been reading this forum for sometime and I know there's a lot of negative people on here. I'm not here for them or to waste their time and my time in pointless, endless debates.
Now onto my research. When I think of history, the first thoughts that come to my mind are the great bygone empires of the past. Also I look at mankind in a cyclical sense. The earth has 4 seasons that go round and round every year. The earth makes it trip around the sun, The solar system as a whole is moving with the sun around the galaxy. The arms of the galaxy are in turn moving around as well. Its like a beautifully orchestrated ballet. So with this thought, man too goes through cycles.
Two thousand years ago in the heyday of the Roman Empire, between the years 9ce - 19ce the Romans were fighting the Germanic tribes. Rome at the time wanted to expand its territory into Germania. In 9ce the Germans dealt a blow to the Romans in the Teutoborg forest. The Germans took the eagles and hid them away. 7 years later the Romans came back and had more war and were able to recover the eagles. Hermann the German or Arminius was trying to set himself up as a war leader for the Germans. The Germans themselves killed him in 19ce. Rome was able to hold the flood back of the "barbarians".
In the year 18ce Caiphas became the high priest and remained the high priest throughout John and Jesus' ministry.So your probably saying so what. What does this mean? Simply, it means historical events were moving in such a way topave the way for Jesus ministry. When Rome was able to calm down the Germanic tribes and other "barbarians" it opened up relative peace throughout the realm.
In 43ce under Emperor Claudius he began a conquest of Britannia with a thought to legitimize his rule and to show he was a capable leader . At that time in Britannia there were the Druids who practiced human sacrifice and the Romans didn't like that about the Druids. Same as with the Germans and earlier Carthage.
Now lets fast forward to the years 1517-1521.
Martin Luther started the protestant reformation traditionally in 1517. While Luther was spiritually battling the papacy, something was beginning to take shape for the Aztecs in Mexico. The handwriting was on the wall for their empire. Just like Belshazzer of the Neo Babylonian empire, King Montezuma of the Aztecs received a message from a talking stone. It was called the stone of sacrifice and it told him that there was no more time left and that his kingdom would be over. Because of his pride in having exalted himself over the god who determines things.
By the year 1521 the small band of the Spaniards and Tlaxcalans were able to overthrow the Aztec empire. The diseases the Spaniards brought with them decimated the native populations. The continent was literally being depopulated for the empire that would soon come in the Americas. Its also interesting that Tenochtitlan was captured on August 13th 1521.August 13th is the beginning of the pre-Columbian calendar. The new cycle was beginning or a new age/era.
Okay so I'm going to take a break and continue on more later.