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Volcanic eruptions and tsunami have wiped out civilizations and one such catastrophe might explain the fabled story of Atlantis. In the modern era, geologic and archeological investigations hint at an intriguing possibility — that the demise of Atlantis may be related to a catastrophic Bronze Age eruption in the Aegean Sea, which destroyed an advanced Minoan civilization living on the island group of Santorini. (4) Be that as it may we hear about the civilization of Greece coming into focus following this event. History of Europe as a result would never be the same.
A sudden catastrophe brings an entire civilization down and the shockwaves of it impact some other culture on the rise to give a kickstart. Such sudden spurts in a nation’s fortunes howsoever backward it be, owe to the realignment of balance of power played out in other parts. Nature works with the Integration principle so strengths and weaknesses of civilizations are to be spread around.
Nature’s safeguards may seem disasters but history proves truth is something else. The Fall of Constantinople in 1453 marked the end of the final remnant of the Roman Empire, which had lasted for nearly 1500 years. It was a massive blow to Christendom. It also marked the end of Middle Ages. The flowering of Renaissance in Europe however owe to it. If the end of Minoan civilization allowed the Greek Civilization to acquire its high sheen the Renaissance allowed high ideals of the Classical Greece and Rome reach every nook and corner of Europe serving as seeds for the Age of Enlightenment to put out green shoots some centuries later. Ideals of Greece or Rome have not been emoted on any empty amphitheater in antiquity but for enriching the ideas of liberal thought in human thought far removed by many centuries as potent life force. Spartacus movement in Germany at the close of WWI derived from the first rebellion of slaves against the might of Imperial Rome.( 5)
Integration principle demonstrates many abortive movements of past hold freshness and intensity much more than before when lessons of history add to it. In the case of Spartacus League the success of 1917 Revolution in Russia added its own impetus.
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Different strands of ideas, technology connecting the supportive web render time element crucial.

An individual molecule of water can spend 200,000 years undisturbed in an ice sheet in Antarctica whereas in the ocean it may spend some 40,000 years. The same molecule can manage 1000 years in an underground reservoir, 10 years in a lake,10 days in the atmosphere. The same molecule in an animal’s body will endure only around 10 hours. With such a variation for the same molecule depending on the state it finds itself we may apply how civilizations take their own time and wait for opportune circumstances give the various factors their push. Man as terrestrial being may have life span of 80 years or about and it is not the brevity of time but what he leaves for posterity is what matters. A supportive web allows time to give technology its relevance or make replay of an idea irrelevant. Discovery of DNA and Pax Romana attest to the above point.

History of nations require time so man’s individual contribution can be set in right proportion into the nation’s progress. The strength of an individual is never the question but those large slow maturing of events march to quote Thoreau march to the beat of a different drummer. In a closed system these shall catch up sooner or later. Van Gogh sold only one painting in his sad and lonely life- and his genius needed a different scale to be fully understood and now his works are priceless and his genius fully recognized. Many great men similarly may have lost out in the scramble for picking the Fortune’s handout and those whom we looked on in awe as Colossus have turned out to be wimps and Fortune’s fools.

Benny

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Mulla Nasruddin after spending the whole morning with the sultan is treated as a celebrity at the coffeehouse. The regulars press him eagerly for news. Mulla said, “The sultan was so eager for talk. He says, “Mulla time is hanging on my hands. Talk, talk, talk and make time go away. So I talked about all kinds of topics from fate to mules, if you want to know.”
Suddenly their talk is abruptly ended by Mastan who could not believe his ears.”Mulla! Am I hearing right? Mulla! Take me to sultan! This instant!”
Mullah said, “dont’t let me do this second time. Last time I caused you 100 blows from the rod.”
Mastan laughed and said, “This time, I am gonna talk and he shall hear about mules, fate and whatever comes into my head at the moment”
Mastan was certain while others were not sure. Mullah tried to tell him to sleep it off.
“Oh no!” Mastan coaxed him till he agreed to take him to the palace.
Thus they went.
(To be concluded)

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According to the European Space Agency findings there is a river, which is 1,300 light-years long and 160 light-years wide, winding through the Milky Way’s vast, dense star field. These stars move roughly at same speed and in same direction. It has been for 1 billion years in our galaxy which we had seen and yet we did not notice it. These were a cluster almost like a blob but gradually the gravity of Milky Way stretched into a long stream. It is no different than how world empires are forged from cluster of clans, tribes and ethnic groups held together by mutual affiliations language and culture draw them out.
This cluster was whipped around the edge of the edge of the Milky Way in four long circles just as Scythians, Parthians, Arabs and Huns in course of human history would have fared. Just as gravity would God can use events and their run is outside the direct control of players, this cluster has moved further and now
the stars are passing relatively close to Earth, just about 330 light-years away.
Astronomers have seen these stars before, mixed in with lots of stars all around them. But until now, they didn’t realize the stars were part of a group. If some one had told Augustus that the Briton would one day assume the mantle of Imperial glory he would have thought him crazy. Similarly had some one told George III this tobacco chewing and spitting Yankee would push them aside to be a superpower the monarch would have put down the fellow as a loony. What is controlling cosmic events also control events happening on the earth.

Tailspin: The space craft from which the present 3 D mapping was done is called ‘Gaia'(Greek for earth goddess, and in mythology the mate of Uranus and mother of the Titans and cyclopes).’
And scientists say that river of stars could help determine the mass of the entire Milky Way.
(ack: Rafi Letzter, LifeScience| February 19, 2019)
Benny

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When we examine the Scripture we are faced with prophecies from the beginning till the period while Jesus Christ walked the earth. After the serpent had tricked Eve we read God predicting that the seed of the woman shall crush the head of the serpent (Ge.3). It was satan working through the serpent so he night undo the divine Will. God on one side and satan on the other. So this statement from God is one way of looking at the world divided into two groups of people, namely children of light and the children of darkness. This shall go on throughout the unfolding of human history till God decides to call to account of nations,-every man receiving according to his actions. Leaving aside the Salvation Plan of God I shall only give the manner nations shall fare. No nation per se is considered since all boundaries are man made. God as the creator of heaven and the earth sees only a nation of saints or the Church.
The only heir to God’s domain is Jesus Christ as the Son. This is what is given the Bible “his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe He.1:2”). So the nation of Israel and the Gentiles are alike and God’s Promise to Abraham must be fulfilled. This is also a prophecy since it is God’s own promise. So whatever promise wherever given must fall within his Promise.

In our own times we hear so much about nationalism and as much as any one may cry himself hoarse it is purely a non-starter. It is a lie told by those who stand to benefit, namely satan and the children of darkness, by denying the glory and honor that should only be given to God.

Rise and fall of nations make history of people. When you study them you shall see the course is all too similar to dismiss it as coincidental. History of man is the history of fallen man to whom God is an unknown quantity. History of any nation is his life writ large. What does the scripture say? “All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall(1 Pe.1:24-NIV)” We have seen while going through our history how Greek civilization had flowered after Crete was destroyed by a natural calamity and even while Greece flourished as cradle of western democracy Rome like the Babylonians mentioned in the Book of Isaiah, struggling to find their feet did. It was no different from the manner Great Britain ruled the waves while the colonies in North America were toddlers trying to come to a man’s estate. Did not the Pilgrim Fathers know God and the New Canaan they were setting out to possess was a sign of God’s favor? Unfortunately their manifest destiny was merely rehash all the gains, and wrongs that were in circulation. So slavery that made the commercial England a superpower became the soul of their new nation. Was it not then God a known quantity but recast in a manner to explain their superiority? But Historical Imperative is God’s department and not of any nation.
God shall preside over the rise and fall of nations according to His sovereign grace so no nations shall justify themselves before Him. God allows the material gains are spread around, and now China has technology already developed before their rise,- and they also shall have their day. But a day comes when God shall call to account each man shall have to answer accordingly.
God is Omnipresent and Omnipotent. It must be however noted that the Son is heir to all things so prophecies of God have their centre of gravity in God, the Son. His words shall never fail. We shall see an example.
Rome’s emphasis of consolidating their hold was based on decrees as brutal and as swift as Babylonians, to quell wherever trouble in any part of their empire arose. In Deu.21: 23 the Law of Moses stipulated “…for he that is hanged is accursed of God;,,,” This is paraphrased by St Paul to establish that Christ by his death had become a curse for all mankind.’Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:(Gal.3:13).’ Moses just the same had predicted a kind of death where crucifixion was unheard of. But it was a standard form of punishment for malefactors in the Roman Empire. Hoisting a brazen serpent in the wilderness as a symbol the death of Jesus Christ discounts any possibility of coincidence. Moses did not predict anything new; neither did Isaiah. God had spoken to his prophets so wherever they alluded a local event it was merely tip of the iceberg of consciousness.
You shall see as often the case is, the events telescope into distant future so a day is not simply a day of 24 hours. It was thus the creation day it shall be thus with the day of the Lord.

I shall speak further in a later post.
Benny
(Originally posted in Guide to His Word this morning- modified)

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Fate is a Mule…

Mulla Naruddin is back from a meeting with the sultan. When he drops in the coffee house all the regulars are there. Oh boy are they impressed! Of course they are. Every one wants him to share the news with him, Even the local bore Mastan is there. The one who had lately got some hundred lashes for half a sentence is now for one full sentence. (to be cont’d)

Benny

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