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Evidence of the Hand of YEHOVAH God --

George Washington and His Prophetic Vision!

Do you know that the father of the United States -- George Washington -- received a PROPHECY concerning the future of his beloved country? Do you also know that this prophecy revealed three DEADLY PERILS that this nation would face throughout its history? The LAST of these perils will consume us unless this country changes its ways and REPENTS of its sins before Almighty God! Washington's vision during the darkest days of the Revolutionary War reveals that there is light at the end of the tunnel of trial and tribulation if we only drop to our knees and beseech the God of our fathers!

by John D. Keyser

It is not at all difficult to perceive that the first President of the United States was not only a man of destiny, but also an instrument of YEHOVAH God's will and purpose in the fledgling nation that was eventually to spread from sea to shining sea. George Washington was chosen, conditioned and protected by the Hand of YEHOVAH God, so that the children of Israel would be established in a new land where they were to become a powerful latter-day agency for the establishment of peace, prosperity, and freedom in a troubled world. The influence of YEHOVAH in the life of this truly great founding father of the only true superpower is unmistakable and clear.

George Washington was born at Bridges Creek, Virginia on February 22, 1732 -- at a time when Virginia enjoyed a loyal and harmonious relationship with the British Crown. According to the records his parents were of distinguished English stock which, evidence seems to show, was linked to Norman descent. The family name originated in 1180 when William, a grandson of Earl Gospatric III of Dunbar, moved to the parish of Washington in the northeast of England. Here William adopted the parish name as his own.

One branch of the family goes back to King Malcolm III of Scotland, and another to King Ethelred II of England. With this royal background our first President had the blood of Judah flowing in his veins, fulfilling the scepter promise of Genesis 49:10 -- "The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh comes...."

Very little is known of George Washington's childhood, except that it was spent in a prosperous farming family in a peaceful farming community. It was when he approached early manhood that Washington's profound and forceful character, controlled by a clear and balanced intellect, came to the attention of community leaders. At the young age of 21, the Governor of Virginia commissioned him to visit a force of French intruders who had established fortified outposts in what is now Pennsylvania -- and warn them to leave. Washington accomplished this difficult and hazardous task with distinction and valor.

On his return home he was commissioned as a Lieutenant-Colonel in a volunteer regiment and was handed two companies of regular troops. He was then ordered to disperse a combined force of French and Indian troops ensconced in Virginia.

The mounting threat from the French and their Indian allies was instrumental in General Braddock being sent to Virginia to oversee a campaign against them. When the general arrived, he promptly appointed Washington a member of his staff with the rank of Colonel. It was an appointment that was soon justified.

Braddock's regular troops had become demoralized under fire from a well trained and equipped enemy: they broke lines, exposing the back-up Virginian forces to possible annihilation. At this point Washington's quiet, relaxed and almost detached demeanor gave place to the cool and determined action of a leader of men. After a moment of reflection he mounted his horse and spurred his way to every part of the battlefront. In full view of the enemy, and with bullets whining around him, he quelled a rising panic, organized covering fire, and withdrew the Virginians in such good array that a panic-stricken retreat became an orderly retirement. By the grace of YEHOVAH God, Washington came out of the battle totally unscathed.

According to Reginald Cox: "This brilliant and courageous exploit did not go unnoticed. At the age of only 23 he was appointed commander of Virginia's armed forces, a post he held with distinction until 1758 when he resigned his commission to take up the life of a gentleman farmer on the Mount Vernon estate he had inherited from his brother." (Wake Up! January/February 1990).

In the following year he married a young widow who also owned extensive property. This resulted in Washington becoming possibly the most wealthy plantation owner in Virginia. As a result he was free of financial worries and able to enter fully into the public life of his community and, eventually, of the young nation.

For a while he was content to contribute his well-balanced intellect to rational debate or friendly discussion. But it soon became increasingly evident to those close to him that Washington was developing a reality of the political future of the young nation which was way in advance of that of almost all of his contemporaries. Because of his even temper and the logical and impersonal way he presented arguments, Washington evidently made no political enemies. However, under the ever increasing restrictions placed by the British Crown on the commercial and political life of the American colonies, there was a distinct limit to his patience and forebearance.

"In 1774 Washington was appointed as one of the Virginian delegates to the inter-colonial Congress which met at Philadelphia to consider the threatening situation which had arisen with the mother country. It soon became clear to the Congress that Washington believed the Colonies would be driven to resist injustice with force and he was successful in persuading Congress to prepare for organized military resistance. At a second Congress called in March 1775, Colonel Washington ( he appeared at every session in uniform) found himself being consulted on every military issue which arose." (Wake Up! January/February 1990).

The Opening Shots

A skirmish occurred between American militia and British troops on April 17, 1775 in the Massachusetts village of Concord; and this is said to have inaugurated the American War of Independence. The first real battle of the war was staged two days later at Lexington. This sent a clear signal to Congress that only a miracle from YEHOVAH God could avert serious hostilities between mother England and the colonists.

Congress immediately came to the conclusion that the colonists must be organized for defense. On June 15, 1775, George Washington was asked to assume the office of commander-in-chief of the United Colonies. This he accepted.

The lowest tide of misfortune was reached in the bitter winter of 1777-1778. After the American defeats at the battles of the Brandywine and Germantown, and the subsequent British occupation of Philadelphia, General George Washington led his ragtag and war-torn army of 11,000 men into a valley by the Schuylkill River known as Valley Forge. Here, during the winter months, Washington's troops rested and retrained under the astute guidance of General von Steuben.

Washington chose Valley Forge for his winter quarters because it was defensible and strategically located to enable him to protect Congress (which was then meeting in York, Pennsylvania) from a surprise British attack. Unfortunately, a lack of supplies and the barrenness of the surrounding countryside made life miserable for the Continental Army. They went through this winter without adequate shelter, food, or clothing, and had to live in huts built by their own hands. The death toll from starvation and cold was great; and at no time were more than half of Washington's army fit for active service.

This was the DARKEST HOUR of the American Revolution.

George Washington's Vision

Throughout these trying and difficult months, General Washington was observed many times disappearing into a thicket not far from his quarters where, on his knees, he beseeched the Eternal God for guidance and strength.

On one particularly cold day Washington remained in his quarters longer than usual -- almost the entire afternoon -- and when he finally emerged he appeared to be weighed down by more than the usual trials of his command. Returning after dusk, Washington summoned an officer who was in attendance, and related to him a most incredible story.

This story was first published in The National Tribune -- a paper read by American war veterans -- in December, 1880. This paper is now known as The Stars and Stripes. The story was reprinted again in The Stars and Stripes on December 21, 1950. The story, as told to publisher Wesley Bradshaw, is as follows:

"The last time I ever saw Anthony Sherman was on the fourth of July, 1859, in Independence Square. He was then 99 years old, and becoming very feeble. But though so old, his dimming eyes rekindled as he gazed upon Independence Hall, which he had come to visit once more.

"'Let's go into the hall,' he said. 'I want to tell you of an incident of Washington's life -- one which no one alive knows of except myself; and if you live, you will before long see it verified. Mark the prediction, you will see it verified.

"'From the opening of the Revolution we experienced all phases of fortune, now good and now ill, one time victorious and another conquered. The darkest period we had, I think, was when Washington after several reverses, retreated to Valley Forge, where he resolved to pass the winter of 1777. Ah! I have often seen the tears coursing down our dear commander's careworn cheeks, as he would be conversing with a confidential officer about the condition of his poor soldiers. You have doubtless heard the story of Washington's going into the thicket to pray. Well, it was not only true, but he used to pray often in secret for aid and comfort. And God brought us safely through the darkest days of tribulation.

"'One day, I remember it well, the chilly winds whistled through the leafless trees, though the sky was cloudless and the sun shone brightly. He remained in his quarters nearly all the afternoon, alone. When he came out I noticed that his face was a shade paler than usual, and there seemed to be something on his mind of more than ordinary importance. Returning just after dusk, he dispatched an orderly to the quarters of an officer, who was presently in attendance. After a preliminary conversation of about half an hour, Washington, gazing upon his companion with that strange look of dignity which he alone could command, said to the latter:

The Mysterious Visitor

"I do not know whether it is owing to the anxiety of my mind, or what, but this afternoon, as I was sitting at this table engaged in preparing a dispatch, something in the apartment seemed to disturb me. Looking up, I beheld standing opposite me a singularly beautiful female. So astonished was I, for I had given strict orders not to be disturbed, that it was some moments before I found language to inquire the cause of her visit. A second, a third, and even a fourth time did I repeat the question, but received no answer from my mysterious visitor except a slight raising of her eyes.

"But this time I felt strange sensations spreading over me. I would have risen but the riveted gaze of the being before me rendered volition impossible. I assayed once more to address her, but my tongue had become useless, as if paralyzed. A new influence, mysterious, potent, irresistible, took possession of me. All I could do was to gaze steadily, vacantly at my unknown visitor.

"Gradually the surrounding atmosphere seemed to fill with sensations, and grew luminous. Everything about me seemed to rarefy, the mysterious visitor herself becoming more airy and yet more distinct to my eyes than before. I began to feel as one dying, or rather to experience the sensations which I have sometimes imagined accompany death. I did not think, I did not reason, I did not move. All were alike impossible. I was only conscious of gazing fixedly, vacantly at my companion.

The Revolutionary War as Seen in the Vision

"Presently I heard a voice saying, 'Son of the Republic, look and learn,' while at the same time my visitor extended her arm EASTWARD. I now beheld a heavy white vapor at some distance rising fold upon fold. This gradually dissipated, and I looked upon a strange scene. Before me lay, spread out in one vast plain, all the countries of the world -- Europe, Asia, Africa and America. I saw rolling and tossing between Europe and America the billows of the Atlantic, and between Asia and America lay the Pacific. 'Son of the Republic,' said the same mysterious voice as before, 'Look and learn.'

"At that moment I beheld a dark, shadowy being, like an angel, standing, or rather floating in midair, BETWEEN EUROPE AND AMERICA. Dipping water out of the ocean in the hollow of each hand, he sprinkled some UPON AMERICA with his right hand, while with his left he cast some OVER EUROPE. Immediately a cloud arose FROM THESE COUNTRIES, and joined in mid-ocean. For a while it seemed stationary, and then it moved slowly WESTWARD, until it ENVELOPED AMERICA in its murky folds. Sharp flashes of lightning gleamed through it at intervals, and I heard the smothered groans and cries of the American people.

"A second time the angel dipped water from the ocean and sprinkled it out as before. The dark cloud was then DRAWN BACK to the ocean, in whose heavy billows it sank from view.

"A third time I heard the mysterious visitor saying, 'Son of the Republic, look and learn.' I cast my eyes upon America and beheld villages and towns and cities SPRINGING UP ONE AFTER ANOTHER UNTIL THE WHOLE LAND FROM THE ATLANTIC TO THE PACIFIC WAS DOTTED WITH THEM. Again, I heard the mysterious voice say, 'Son of the Republic, the END OF THE CENTURY cometh, look and listen.'

The Civil War

"And this time the dark shadowy angel turned his face SOUTHWARD. From AFRICA I saw an ill-omened specter approach our land. It flitted slowly and heavily over EVERY town and city of the latter. The inhabitants presently set themselves in BATTLE ARRAY AGAINST EACH OTHER. As I continued looking I saw a bright angel on whose brow rested a crown of light, on which was traced the word 'UNION.' He was bearing the American flag. He placed the flag between the DIVIDED NATION and said, 'Remember, ye are BRETHREN.'

"Instantly, the inhabitants, casting down their weapons, became friends once more and UNITED around the National Standard.

The Time of Trouble

"Again I heard the mysterious voice saying, 'Son of the Republic, look and learn.' At this the dark, shadowy angel placed a TRUMPET to his mouth, and blew three distinct blasts; and taking water from the ocean, he sprinkled it upon Europe, Asia and Africa.

"Then my eyes beheld a fearful scene. From each of these continents arose thick black clouds that were soon joined into one. And through this mass there gleamed a DARK RED LIGHT by which I saw HORDES OF ARMED MEN. These men, moving with the cloud, MARCHED BY LAND AND SAILED BY SEA TO AMERICA, which country was enveloped in the volume of the cloud. And I dimly saw these VAST ARMIES DEVASTATE THE WHOLE COUNTRY and burn the villages, towns and cities which I had seen springing up.

"As my ears listened to the thundering of the cannon, clashing of sounds and the shouts and cries of MILLIONS in mortal combat, I again heard the mysterious voice saying, "Son of the Republic, look and learn." When this voice had ceased, the dark shadowy angel placed his TRUMPET once more to his mouth, and blew a long and fearful blast.

The Return of the Messiah?

"Instantly a LIGHT AS OF A THOUSAND SUNS shone down from above me, and pierced and broke into fragments the dark cloud which enveloped America. At the same moment the angel [?] upon whose head still shone the word 'Union,' and who bore our national flag in one hand and a SWORD in the other, DESCENDED FROM THE HEAVENS ATTENDED BY LEGIONS OF WHITE SPIRITS. These immediately joined the inhabitants of America, who I perceived were WELL-NIGH OVERCOME, but who immediately taking courage again, closed up their broken ranks and renewed the battle.

"Again, amid the fearful noise of the conflict I heard the mysterious voice saying, 'Son of the Republic, look and learn.' As the voice ceased, the shadowy angel for the last time dipped water from the ocean and sprinkled it upon America. Instantly the dark cloud rolled back, together with the armies it had brought, leaving the inhabitants of the land victorious.

The Millennium

"Then once more, I beheld the villages, towns and cities SPRINGING UP where I had seen them before, while the BRIGHT ANGEL, planting the azure standard he had brought in the midst of them, cried with a loud voice: 'While the stars remain, and the heavens send down dew upon the earth, SO LONG SHALL THE UNION LAST.' And taking from his brow the CROWN on which blazoned the word 'Union,' he placed it upon the standard while the people KNEELING DOWN said, 'Amen.'

The Interpretation of the Vision

"The scene instantly began to fade and dissolve, and I at last saw nothing but the rising, curling vapor I at first beheld. This also disappeared, and I found myself once more gazing upon the mysterious visitor, who in the same voice I had heard before, said, 'Son of the Republic, what you have seen is thus interpreted. THREE GREAT PERILS will come upon the Republic. THE MOST FEARFUL FOR HER IS THE THIRD. But the whole world united shall not prevail against her. Let every child of the Republic LEARN TO LIVE FOR HIS GOD, his land and Union.' With these words the vision vanished, and I started from my seat and felt that I had seen a vision wherein had been shown me the birth, the progress, and the destiny of the United States.

"'Such, my friends,' the venerable narrator concluded, 'were the words I heard from Washington's own lips, and America will do well to profit by them.'"

It could be argued whether this was indeed a vision from YEHOVAH God that General Washington saw that cold winter's afternoon in Valley Forge -- or a vision from the minions of darkness. Even so, the vision reveals remarkable insight into the future of these United States -- including the time of trouble leading up to the return of the Messiah which is about to come crashing down around our ears! Satan and his legions, we must remember, also have the ability to foretell events that are to occur on this earth.

Also, we should consider the fact that much of this vision could have been lost or "altered" as it passed from mouth to mouth, and important details left out. Nevertheless this vision, from one of the darkest periods in American history, should SERVE AS A WARNING TO OUR PEOPLES TODAY!

Going through this vision, we can observe a number of important points: The first part of the vision where the "dark, shadowy being, like an angel" sprinkled the waters of the Atlantic Ocean over Europe and America, was indicative of the battles of the Revolutionary War. In the following paragraph it was portrayed that "the dark cloud was then drawn back into the ocean, in whose heaving billows it sank from view." Not only did the Continental Army defeat the European armies on land, but John Paul Jones won decisive victories over the British Navy at sea. The first part of the vision was thus accurately fulfilled.

In the next part of this fascinating revelation, General Washington saw "an ill-omened spectre" approach our land from Africa. This can only represent the slavery of the Negro people brought over from Africa. In the vision this spectre "flitted slowly and heavily over every town and city," and then "The inhabitants presented themselves in battle array AGAINST EACH OTHER." Here we see the onslaught of the CIVIL WAR.

It should be noted that the actual time of such a conflict -- which General Washington could not possibly have known -- was presented to him by the words: "Son of the Republic, the END OF THE CENTURY COMETH, look and learn." A great civil war was set to take place BEFORE THE FIRST CENTURY OF U.S. HISTORY WAS OVER!


Even dating the United States from 1776, the Civil War did occur JUST BEFORE THE CLOSE OF THAT FIRST CENTURY. A number of the southern states had officially seceded from the Union, and they adopted a provisional constitution on February 8, 1861. On the next day they elected Jefferson Davis as President. He was inaugurated at Montgomery, Alabama, on February 18, 1861. Robert E. Lee (probably the greatest general this nation has ever produced) surrendered to General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House in Virginia -- April 9, 1865.

It happened just as predicted. The "ill-omened spectre" of slavery was abolished by the adoption of the thirteenth amendment to the Constitution (effective December 18, 1865) -- just eleven years short of "the end of the century." By this official act, this part of George Washington's vision was fulfilled.

Also, "the inhabitants, casting down their weapons, became friends once more and united around the national standard." As the Civil War came to its close, this specific portion of the vision likewise saw its fulfillment. It could be said that the union was sealed by the first official national Memorial Day on May 30, 1868 -- still NINE YEARS before the close of the first century of the history of the United States!

Coming now to the last part of Washington's vision, we behold a fearful time in the history of the world -- the time of trouble prior to the Messiah's return. Only in this portion of the vision does the "shadowy angel" place "a TRUMPET to his mouth" and blow "three distinct blasts." This must represent the time period at the end of the age -- just before the return of the Messiah -- and, of course, the ACTUAL RETURN OF THE MESSIAH which is the 7th TRUMPET or plague.

As Washington related, "from each of these continents [Europe, Asia and Africa] arose thick black clouds that were soon joined into one. And through this mass there gleamed a DARK RED LIGHT by which I saw hordes of armed men." A number of people have tried to equate the "DARK RED LIGHT" with the hordes of the Soviet Union, but the books of Daniel, Ezekiel and Revelation reject this view. In light of the present dismemberment of the Russian Empire, along with the deep-rooted economic problems the Soviet Union is experiencing, this interpretation is untenable.

The "dark red light" can only refer to the SCARLET COLORED BEAST of Revelation 17. "And the ten horns which thou sawest are TEN KINGS, WHICH HAVE RECEIVED NO KINGDOM AS YET" (Revelation 17:12). The latter clause shows that those kingdoms had not come into existence in John's day; and what follows places their existence in the very time of the end: "But receive power as kings one hour with the beast...These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them" (verses 12-14). They are mentioned again in association with the beast on the eve of the final battle (19:19). This is of great interest to ourselves at the present moment, when the events of world politics are rapidly taking shape -- and taking a direction -- that make the last embodiment of world empire, the seventh head, with its associated kingdoms, a very real possibility of the near future.

The ten kings of Revelation 17 -- with their future kingdoms -- are mentioned in Psalm 83. The territories occupied by the nations/tribes named in Psalm 83 are roughly as follows: Edom in modern Jordan; Ishmaelites in modern Saudi Arabia; Moab in modern Jordan; Hagrites, the territory bordering modern Jordan and Saudi Arabia; Gebal -- probably modern Golan Heights and nearby in Syria; Ammon in modern Jordan; Amalek in the modern Sinai peninsula and the Negev; Philistia, modern Gaza Strip and part of the Palestinian authority; Tyre in modern Lebanon and Assyria in modern Syria and Iraq.

It is interesting to note that this is the ONLY list of ten confederate nations or tribes to be found anywhere in the Bible.

While many think the term "Asia" refers to countries such as China, Japan, Indo-China, Russia and perhaps India -- it also includes all the countries of Psalm 83! Since the angel sprinkled water on ASIA as well as Europe, the MILITARY MIGHT OF MODERN ISLAM -- united under the expected Al-Mahdi of Muslim hopes -- will undoubtedly be involved. Interestingly, all the countries mentioned -- with the exception of Saudi Arabia -- have significant amounts of the color red on their flags! So we see here, in the vision, hordes of armed men "moving with the cloud, [marching] by land and [sailing] by sea to America, which country was enveloped in the volume of the cloud." After an initial NUCLEAR ATTACK, these vast armies will "DEVASTATE THE WHOLE COUNTRY," burning the villages, towns and cities that are left.

The last part of the vision states that "the inhabitants of America...were well-nigh overcome" but "immediately taking courage again, closed up their broken ranks and renewed the battle." The "light as of a thousand suns" along with the "angel" carrying a sword in his hand accompanied by "legions of white spirits" can only portray the RETURN OF THE MESSIAH to this earth to re-gather his people and usher in the Kingdom of YEHOVAH God.

At the very end of the vision General Washington saw "the villages and cities springing up where [he] had seen them before" -- obviously referring to the rebuilding of the cities and the restoration of the land during the Millennial reign of Yeshua the Messiah and YEHOVAH God the Father upon this earth. "While the stars remain, and the heavens send down dew upon the earth, so long shall the Union last." Could this "union" ALSO refer to the houses of Judah and Israel finally being brought back together as the Messiah re-gathers his people?

I think you will agree that this vision of the future of the United States, as seen by General Washington during that dark and tumultuous period of uncertainty in the winter of 1777, was an incredible prophecy showing the future of this great land. Whether the vision was from YEHOVAH God or not, does not detract from the veracity of the events that shaped (and WILL shape) the destiny of the United States.

A Turning Point

The vision appeared to mark a turning point in the fortunes of the Continental Army. Within a few weeks the troops were on their feet again. Congress became aware of its own shortcomings and the badly needed supplies began to reach Washington's starving men. In February 1778, the morale of the army was further lifted when France recognized the independence of the United States and signed a treaty of alliance with the new nation.

By the middle of June, the British were under such intense pressure from the Continental Army that they were forced to evacuate Philadelphia; and Washington reoccupied the capital. He continued to be a truly mighty man of Judah -- leading his men from the front on a WHITE CHARGER in the midst of bitter fighting before the surrender at Yorktown.

A Man of Character

"No nobler figure ever stood in the forefront of a nation's life," stated John Richard Green -- an English historian of note. "Washington was grave and courteous in address; his manners were simple and unpretending; his silence and the serene calmness of his temper spoke of a perfect self-mastery; but there was little in his outward bearing to reveal the grandeur of soul which lifts his figure, with all the simple majesty of an ancient statue, out of the smaller passions, the meaner impulses of the world around him...It was almost unconsciously that men learned to cling to Washington with a trust and faith such as few other men have won, and to regard him with a reverence which still hushes us in presence of his memory."

Washington was honorable in the small things as well; and he submitted a statement of his expenses throughout the war which totaled some 16,000 pounds -- all of which had been paid from his own private resources.

Washington had become a living legend. It is inconceivable that any man could ever again occupy such a unique place in American public life because the HAND OF YEHOVAH GOD not only selected and trained him for leadership of Israel, but arranged his circumstances so that he was free to devote his life completely to that service.

He protested in horror when the army wanted to install him as King of the United states; but state governors deferred to his proposals on local government without question -- the list goes on and on.

"Any suggestion from Washington was usually agreed by Congress without debate or discussion. When the United States came to elect its first President, George Washington was chosen by a unanimous vote of the electors and without even a suggestion that an alternate candidate should be considered." (Wake Up! January/February 1990).

Washington served his country well as President for two full terms, leaving the marks of his honesty, his deep humanity and his spirituality and reverence for the Word of YEHOVAH God deep in the character of the great nation and people he had been chosen to establish in the New World.

His passing came with that of the 18th century itself -- on December 14, 1799. The picturesque spot on the banks of the Potomac River (which had once been the farm of Daniel Carroll -- one of the signers of the Constitution) was named Washington after him, a fit name for the future capital of the United States.


If we imagine we can escape scot-free from the wrath and righteous indignation of the Almighty God, then we are living in a fool's paradise!!

Older, and more established nations than ours, have come crashing down to be buried in the sands of time for LESSER crimes than ours!

Notice what YEHOVAH God says in the very last book of the Old Testament: "And I will come near you for judgment; I will be a swift witness against sorcerers, against adulterers, against perjurers, against those who exploit wage earners and widows and the fatherless, and against those who turn away an alien -- because they do not fear Me, says the Lord of hosts." (Malachi 3:5).

And if we don't mend our ways and REPENT before Almighty God then the time of trouble leading up to the Messiah's return will envelop us and bring us to our knees.

How much better to heed the warnings of the Bible and the lesson of General Washington's vision than go through the time of trouble up ahead!!




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