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The Spanish-American, known popularly as George Santayana (1863 – 1952), was a philosopher, essayist, poet, and novelist. He is widely known for articulating The Law of Repetitive Consequences.  In essence, this law states: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

As a tribute to the 150th year of the Madrid-born Santayana, let’s examine briefly the Spanish fleet, the “Armada Invencible” (literally “Great and Most Fortunate Navy” or “Invincible Fleet”)  and look at its 525 year-old lessons.  The Spanish ruler, King Philip II, had a long-standing personal feud with his relative, by marriage, Queen Elizabeth I of England. It came to a head when Philip sent his 130 ship armada (“the invincible fleet”) with the intention of overthrowing the Protestant queen and permanently establishing Spain’s power in the Low Countries or the Spanish Netherlands.

However, in August of 1588, Spain’s plan of conquest was not going well. They were beat back in a series of harassment-type attacks by the English fleet and forced to return to Spain. On the way back God intervened in the affairs of men. The Armada sailed into a great storm at sea, off the western coast of the northern part of Ireland. God inflicted heavy losses on the Armada. The Great and Most Fortunate Navy would never recover. Fifty of Spain’s ships that set sail with glorious intent, never returned home.

The British House of Commons may be paying attention to history. They denied their prime minister, David Cameron, the support he requested to help launch a strike against Syria’s leadership. As U.S. ships steam toward the eastern Mediterranean Sea armed with military muscle and might, except for France’s war machine that has known two centuries of defeat, they are sailing without allies. As our commander-in-chief, President Barrack Obama, sits poised to push the attack button without congressional or popular support at home, his attitude evokes images of the 16th century Philip II of Spain.

Back in America, many are still outraged by Miley Cyrus’ MTV awards performance, the justice department’s refusal to contest recently passed marijuana laws in Colorado and Washington, same-sex unions making their way through state legislatures, etc.  Could it be that the history lesson offered by Pharaoh’s commanders in Exodus 14:25 will be repeated? It was in their effort to destroy the Israelites that things started going badly. Just before they all died, they declared, “The Lord is fighting for them [the Israelites] against Egypt.” Do not be surprised if we see our God intervening again.

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America is the home of the cover-up. It has become an art form. When scandal hits, the three cardinal rules are: Admit nothing, deny everything and demand proof. The present administration and its minions have taken artful dodging to another level. They are masters of the craft using deception, obfuscation, buck-passing and shifting attention from the holes in their story.

In recent posts, I’ve focused on one of the scandals now before the American people—Benghazi.  Four died in service to their country when they were sent on a doomed mission. That is a fact. The truth of what happened and why has been much harder to gather.

My purpose is not to pile on the folks in charge for their alleged wrong-doings. Yes, evidence seems to indicate that the official explanation from Washington was fiction. Christian leaders, unwittingly or not, have been doing the same for a long time—and getting away with it.

Re: Benghazi, major media in the U.S. is reporting that initial info sent up the chain of command was “scrubbed.” In a series of emails between those involved in the president’s re-election and political-minded operatives in the State Department, references to “terrorism” or the al-Qaeda-related group responsible for the attack were deleted. Talking points eventually ended up with those in the government’s executive branch with access to the cameras and microphones.

Recently, emails were released to investigators. However, the surrendered communications do not cover the first 67 hours after reports of the attack hit Washington. Even so, what was given to Congress clearly shows a scenario was crafted that became the fiction our leaders told the public for a week.

In Lifesaver, I detailed how the PTR or Pre-tribulation Rapture storyline has been cleverly-crafted and “scrubbed” since it originated in the first part of the 19th century. Jesus offered facts when he said, “But before all these things, they will lay hands on you and persecute you.” (Luke 21:12)  What we hear from many in our pulpits, Bible schools and Christian media, has “scrubbed” all prophetic references to God’s people under-going a time of global persecution.  The official PTR version has evolved over the years. Names and events have disappeared or changed in its revisions. Rest assured the truth will stand. God’s Word will come to pass.

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