European history, as most Christians know it, begins with the Babylonian Captivity, otherwise called, the Babylonian Exile of the OT Jews (Old Testament Jews). Technically, this section should be the bootstrapping of the Babylonians, but no one cares about the Babylonians. It is the interplay with the Greeks that is of interest to us today; hence, this section will detail how Greeks were dragged into this world struggle for existence.
Babylonian civilization was the mirror image of Western civilization, having begun as many years before Christ, as we are living today after Christ; founded by Sargon around 2,000 BC. Hammurabi gave civilization the Hammurabi Code as many years before Christ as the years past Christ when we received our Constitution, sometime around 1776 BC. And Babylonia was destroyed as many years before Christ as Rome was destroyed after Christ, about 500 years (To be precise, Babylon’s destruction in 539 BC vs. Rome’s destruction in 476 AD).
The Babylonian ruler Nebuchadnezzar decided to invade the
For forty years, the OT Jews were slaves to
Few radical changes in history happen by chance. The
Pharisees and Sadducees from all over the Judaic world had groomed Cyrus and
plotted with him to overthrow the Babylonian Empire. A direct confrontation right
away would not be successful against the great power of the Babylonians. Cyrus
would first have to take the kingdom of the Medes and from the Greeks; he would
take the Greek kingdoms of
Cyrus was now ready. He attacked the
A civilization 1,500-years-old, destroyed only 60 years after bringing OT Jews into their country. Three to four generations of OT Jews was all that was needed to wreck complete and utter havoc on one of the truly great civilizations.
Yet, as Christians, we believe that God surely had a hand in this, right?
We will see this 60–to-80 year cycle of two generations required to obtain control over an enemy, followed by two generations required to complete its utter destruction, repeat itself over and over throughout this history.
Against the heaviest pounding, steel holds strong, but after years of seemingly unassailable support, against innocent water, steel rusts into oblivion.
Thus, Cyrus became the only Gentile in the entire history of the OT and NT Jews to be designated a Messiah -- for to the OT Jews, Cyrus the Great was indeed a divinely appointed leader. By freeing the Israelites from the Babylonian Captivity, Cyrus of Persia was on the same level as Moses, who had freed the Israelites from Egyptian Captivity. (In actuality, Muhammad would be considered a Messiah as well for freeing Jerusalem of Christian control, had Islam not gotten out of their control, after they unleashed it upon the world)
And, thus began a long and glorious Judeo-Persian history.
The bootstrap of
Many OT Jews, the ones God favored, returned to
Meanwhile, the Greeks were not so happy with this new Judeo-Persian Empire, which had just gobbled up its Lydian and Ionian provinces.
The Greco-Judeo-Persian Wars began around 500 BC with a
In 480 BC, in order to avenge his father’s defeat by the
Greeks, the son of Darius, Xerxes, re-entered
These days of the Greco-JudeoPersian Wars of 500 BC to 450 BC, followed by the Peloponnesian civil wars amongst the Greek city-states of 432 BC to 400 BC, encompass a period in Greek history called the Greek Classical Period. (500BC-336BC)
Now, it was time for the Greeks to return the favor done to
them by the Judeo-Persians. In 336 BC, the Macedonian King Phillip was poised
to invade the Judeo-Persian Empire. He felt confident that he could bloody the
greatest empire known to man up until that time, but before he could invade,
the OT Jews must have sent a team to
This assassination may have been what propelled his son, Alexander the Great, to take up his father’s mantle so vigorously by deciding to conquer the entire Judeo-Persian Empire in 334 BC.
By 330 BC, Alexander was in
To conquer the Judeo-Persian Empire was to conquer the
world, so the Years from Alexander’s invasion in 323 BC to
Alexander must not have known the extent of involvement which
the OT Jews had behind-the-scenes in enticing the Judeo-Persians into
conquering part of their lands and engaging in two massive invasions of
So technically, the bootstrap of the Greeks would never occur, as it would be transferred to the conquering Romans in 146 BC.