The Rise and Fall of a Great Nation

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  • Copyright: 2012-08-22
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Nations have risen to power through their might and driven by greed they have held many people in bondage. When the workforce was limited, they bought and sold slaves. Slavery is still taking place on the continent of Africa, and no one is there protesting. Politics! It is all about politics and the political game that is being played out in the greatest nation that the world has ever known could be its demise. We will examine the foundation that was laid by those who came from Great Britain and with only thirteen colonies became the ruler of the seas and skies with an army that is unmatched anywhere. Politics! Yes, politics played by men and women desiring power and wealth have brought us the very brink of collapse as they tend to forget who it was that gave so much to so few in the beginning. Thousands upon thousands have given their lives for the freedoms that we have in this land, and yet there are many who do not care, preferring a socialist form of government. But there is still hope for a failing nation.


A Look at Egypt and It's Beginning Egypt was becoming a known center for trade, located on the Nile River in the northern part of Africa. The country began approximately in 3150 B.C. with an Upper Egypt and a Lower Egypt. I watched as the two fought over many decades. The power struggle was brutal and many lives were lost on both sides. Then Menes of Upper Egypt prevailed and the two be-came one nation. Trade grew and with it came power to rule. Being a major trade route they ruled the seas as well as great land masses. Spices and grains along with ivory and jewels were the main fairs being transported along the trade routes leading into and out of Egypt reaching into the Middle East, Eu-rope and the Far East. The Egyptians became a great people and in so doing I saw them rise to power always desiring more. The greatness of their kings were demonstrated in the pyra-mids and statues such as the great Sphinx. I watched as they mastered the art of quarrying and their construction techniques were way ahead the times. Many of the Egyptians worked as field hands, farmers, craftsmen and scribes living in brick houses. Their understanding of mathematics allowed them to survey construction sites, lay out cities with roads leading in and out. With the Nile River running through Egypt to the Mediterra-nean Sea much travel was done by other African countries. The Nile River has two major tributaries, the White Nile and the Blue Nile. The White Nile is longer and begins in, either Rwan-da or Burundi (not really clear) and flows north through Tanza-nia, Lake Victoria, Uganda and South Sudan. The Blue Nile is the source of most of the water and fertile soil. It has its be-ginning in Ethiopia at Lake Tana. Both rivers converge near Khartoum, the Sudanese capital. The irrigation system that the Egyptians developed because of this great river caused them to have lush farm lands and plants producing spices of various kinds. All kinds of African animals were brought up the Nile for trade and for sale, ivory from the African elephant being the most sought after. Much of the slave trade was also brought up the Nile to the Mediterranean Sea. Then there were the gods and goddesses of whom they be-lieved in and they made statues of them. Some of them (they believed) took part in creation, some in the flooding of the Nile each year, some in protection and others to guide one into the afterlife. There were also those minor gods who represented plants or animals. All these gods were worshipped with the be-lief that there would be peace in the land. The Pharaoh was the one in charge of the politics of Egypt and he was also the high priest of the temple. He lead the army into battle when their country was threatened and he was also the one to whom taxes were paid. Pharaohs ruled for nearly three thousand years. The Egyptian people left a legacy for the world as their power diminished in the areas of quarrying, surveying, construction techniques, mathematics and medicine along with the design of irrigation systems. Approximately 1846 B.C. something happened that eventually changed the history of Egypt. A young boy was sold into slavery by his brothers because of jealousy. His name was Joseph. He had God's favor upon him even though there were times that he spent in prison. By the time Joseph was thirty years of age he was brought before Pharaoh and made ruler over all that Pharaoh had. Even though I ruled with Pharaoh I did not rule with Joseph for Joseph had the favor of the Lord upon him and all that he did he prospered in it. During the next seven years there was great prosperity in the land of Egypt and then the famine came that covered the land. For the next seven years people came from all around to buy food from Egypt because it was heard that Egypt had plenty for themselves and to sell to those in need. Joseph's family, his father, Israel, along with his eleven brothers, Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Issachar, Zebulun and Benjamin along with their families were now gathered together in Egypt in the land of Goshen and there remained. The Pharaoh who took care of Joseph and his family has passed away and now I am with a new Pharaoh who has great ambitions to conquer and do great exploits throughout the land. In so doing Israel becomes enslaved to the Egyptians building their cities, statues, pyramids and obelisks. Four hundred years pass and there is great groaning across the land as a new Pharaoh begins his reign, not remembering the goodness of Joseph, he increases the burden placed upon the people Israel. Now, a deliverer is born and is raised in Pharaoh's house whose name is Moses. For the next forty years he learns the Egyptian ways and customs and then one day he sees an Egyptian miss treating a Jew. He thinks that what he is doing is right as he defends the Jew by killing the Egyptian. Moses flees to the desert and there remains for another forty years. He takes for himself a wife and begins a new life. Then came the call......

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