Traditional Catholic Christendom 11 Machabees

August 1st. is the Feast Day of the seven holy Machabees who all suffered Martyrdom in the 2nd century before Christ.  Even though I have already slightly mentioned them in when talking about the roots of Christendom in the Old Testament, (TC Christendom 3), they are such an important pre-figurement of what it means to have holy rulers forcefully enforce God’s rules.  So I am going to relate their very fascinating history and tragic ending.

This father and 7 sons are the perfect example of God’s counter-revolutionaries who do warfare against those who have put new revolutionary laws into force.  They do not cause revolutions, like the devil and his angels who revolted against God, but are like St. Michael the Archangel and his angeles, who only fight against the rebellion against God and those who unjustly impose evil on God’s people.  We have seen this with the Vendees in France and the Cristeros in Mexico.

F007_AntiochEntersSanctuaryr001King Antiochus Entering The Holy Of Holies In Jewish Temple

The king of Syria, Antiochus IV Epiphanes marched on Jerusalem in 168 B.C. and prohibited all Jewish rites under pain of death.  He also enforced Greek worship of false gods.   Jews were forced to eat pork and cover over the mark of  circumcision.  He also desecrated the altar in the Temple, allowed pagan orgies there and carried away the sacred vessels.

When the Machabees father and brothers, (of a priestly family), saw the kings ligate violently forcing Jews to violate God’s laws, they could not stand it.  They slew the ligate, (and the Jews who were disobeying God’s laws), and tore down the altar.  So under the leadership of the father Mathathias, they fled into the mountains and from there began a violent counter-revolution to free Israel.

0801macI just wrote about another great Catholic counter-revolutionary, Charles Martel, (the Frank who stood up against the muslims who were desecrating churches and taking away the sacred vessels too), called the ‘Hammer’.  Probably he got this name from the Machabees, whose name in Aramaic literally means ‘Hammer’.

The Machabees began to travel throughout Israel, destroying pagan altars, circumcising boys and driving away foreigners and apostate Jews.  Mathathias, died in 166 B. C., but his five sons, John, Simon, Judas, Eleazar and Jonathan continued the battle for Jewish freedom.  Judas became the military commander and Simon his advisor.  After many miraculous victories, Judas re-occupied Jerusalem, cleansed the temple and rededicated it, 3 years after it had been profaned.  F007_AdoringIdols003Apostate Jews worshiping Greek gods to not be killed and to gain riches.

King Antiochus died in 164 B. C. and Lysias granted Jews freedom of worship.  At battle, the brother Eleazar was killed.  Lysias seiged Jerusalem again.  Peace was obtained, but Judas would not lay down his arms till all foreigners were out of Israel.  He asked Rome for help.  But before receiving help, he died in the battle of Laisa, (161 B. C.).

Jonathan was then made leader of a few men faithful to Judas’ policies.  In a battle, John dies.  All seem hopeless, when God blessed Jonathan with followers and was able to rule most of Israel for four years.

Making treaties with the different leaders around him, he continued to be successful.  But when one of the kings, (Tryphon), feared him, he imprisoned him and killed him and his two sons.

Simon was able to secure independence for Israel and exemption from taxes from Demetrius II.  But his ambitious son-in-law had him murdered along with his two sons too.

We are so blessed to be traditional Catholics and to be able to live, work and suffer for Christendom where Jesus is King.

Traditional Catholic Christendom 10

After the devastation’s of the barbarian invasions, much of the former Roman Empire was in shambles.  At the same time, the Arian and Nestorian, (believing that Jesus’ divinity is separate in His human nature),  heresies were causing havoc in the Catholic Church.  There was also rivalry between the Greek and Latin churches which did not help the matter either. d9933e34d458116b5aae11cc72170d9b

It is into this time that Mohammed comes on the scene.

‘He spent his early life as a shepherd and an attendant of caravans, and at the age of twenty-five married a rich widow, Khadeejah, fifteen years his senior. She bore him six children, all of whom died very young except Fatima, his beloved daughter.

On his commercial journeys to Syria and Palestine he became acquainted with Jews and Christians, and acquired an imperfect knowledge of their religion and traditions.’ 1914 Catholic Encyclopedia

In 612, he had a so called spiritual experience where he was called to be the prophet of Allah.  Soon he, with his followers, began to fight wars and conquer territories.  He died from a violent fever in 633.

Easily they began to overrun many countries because at this time the Persian empire was failing, there were lax morals, loved the power of the sword, were fanatics, gain much plunder and loved conquest. img_0478-21

In less than 100 years, many of the Catholic countries fell under their siege. Palestine, (including Jerusalem), Syria, Mesopotamia, Egypt, North Africa and southern Spain.  They would desecrate and burn churches and make mosques out of them.

Their Jihad meant that there was massive pillaging, slavery, (ghanima), deportation, raping, forced conversion to Islam and slaughtering.  Catholics were dispossessed of their lands, oppressed, taxed, persecuted, forced to be muslims or treated terribly as infidels.  The only thing that slowed down the advance of muslim forces was the weight of their plunder.

From Spain they then crossed over the Pyrenees into France.  Abdul Rahman led a large contingency of warriors deeper into France heading to loot the Holy Basilica of St. Martin of Tours.

If it were not for the Frank, Charles Martel, (the illegitimate son of the barbarian King Pippin II), Europe well would have fallen under Islam.

CharlesMartelCharles was called “the hammer” because of his military strategies.  He understood that if he was going to be successful in fighting against the hordes of savage muslims, he had to outsmart them.  He traveled on far out roads in secrecy, he planned on surprising them and would have an advantage by being on top of a wooded hill.  The trees would deter the arabian horses.

MartelPoitiers_maxiOn a cold day near Poitiers France on October 10 732, the battle began.  The muslim scribes recorded this:

“And in the shock of the battle the men of the North seemed like a sea that cannot be moved. Firmly they stood, one close to another, forming as it were a bulwark of ice; and with great blows of their swords they hewed down the Arabs. Drawn up in a band around their chief, the people of the Asturias carried all before them. Their tireless hands drove their swords down to the breasts of the foe.”

When it grew light out, Charles’ troops had killed Abdul and over 300,000 muslims.  He lost 1500 men.  He continued to wage war on the muslims that still held cities north of the Pyrenees.

From these victories came the Holy Roman Emperor, Charlemagne, Charles grandson.  tours

“Without Islam the Frankish Empire would probably never have existed and Charlemagne, without Mahomet, would be inconceivable.” Historian Henri Pirenne

This great victory of Charles and the victory of Abbasids over Umayyad Caliphate in Persia in 750, greatly slowed down the advancement of muslims till the beginning of the Ottoman Empire in 1299.

We are so blessed to be traditional Catholics and to be members of the only true faith, (Catholic Christianity), begun by Jesus Christ in A.D. 33 and lasting till today.

Traditional Catholic Christendom 9 Muslims

As we go back through time to study the rise and fall of Christendom, it is of dire necessity to understand the horrors of Muhammadism.   This time line, although a bit boring to study, will inform you a great deal on why most of the Roman Empire is muslim today.  This is take from the Latinlibrary.comd9933e34d458116b5aae11cc72170d9b

570: Muhammad was born in Mecca.

590 – 604: Pope Gregory the Great (c. 540 – 604) begans his liturgical reforms and changes in church administration.

594: Muhammad became the manager of the business of Lady Khadija.

595: Muhammad married Hadrat Khadija.

610: Muhammad had a religious experience on Mount Hira that changed his life.

613: Persians capture Damascus and Antioch.

614: Persians sack Jerusalem. damaging the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in the process.

615: Muhammad invited the Hashimites to adopt Islam.

615: Persecution of Muslims by the Quaraish in Mecca intensified and a group of Muslims leave for Abyssinia (modern Ethiopia).

621: Abu Jahl became leader of a mounting opposition to Muslims in Mecca and organized a boycott of merchants in Mohammad’s clan, the Hashim.

622: About 75 converts from Medina took the two Pledges of al-Aqaba, professing to Islam and to protect Muhammad from all danger.

622: The Hijra: emigration of Muhammad and his followers to Yathrib (now: Madinat al-Nabi, “the city of the Prophet,” or simply, al-Madina). Foundation of the first Islamic community; social and economic reforms. Starting point of the Islamic calendar.

624: Muhammad broke with his Jewish supporters because they refused to recognize him as a prophet and adopt Isalm. He chose now to emphasize the Arabness of the new religion and has his followers face Mecca when praying instead of Jerusalem. In the end, all the Jews were either banished or executed.

March 15, 624: At the Battle of Abdr, Muhammad and his followers defeated an army from Mecca. Muhammad’s chief rival in Mecca, Abu Jahl, was executed.

627: Meccan leader Abu Sufyan (c. 567 – c. 655) laid siege to Muhammad’s forces in Medina during the battle of the Trench. Even with 10,000 men he was unsuccessful for the 15 days he was there. Muhammad suspected the Banu Quraiza Jews of helping the Meccans and had all the men killed.

627: A confederation was created between Muhammad’s followers in Mecca and the eight Arab clains in Medina with the Constitution of Medina.

628: Muhammad led about 1,600 men on a pilgrimage to Mecca where their passage was blocked by citizens of Mecca. Fortunately they agreed to negotiate with Muhammad and then later agreed to the Pact of Hudaibiya, ending hostilities and allowing for Muslim pilgrimages.

629: After a group of Muslims was attacked, Muhammad dissolved the Pact of Hudaibiya and prepared to attack Mecca.

630: An army of 30,000 Muslims marched on Mecca which surrendered with little resistance. Muhammad took control of the city and made it the spiritual center of Islam.

632: Death of Muhammad. His father-in-law, Abu-Bakr, and Umar devised a system to allow Islam to sustain religious and political stability. Accepting the name of caliph (“deputy of the Prophet”), Abu-Bakr begins a military exhibition to enforce the caliph’s authority over Arabian followers of Muhammad. Abu-Bakr then moved northward, defeating Byzantine and Persian forces. Abu-Bakr died two years later and Umar succeeded him as the second caliph, launching a new campaign against the neighboring empires.

632-34: Widespread tribal rebellion on the death of Muhammad. Abu Bakr, the first caliph (khalifa) reimposes the authority of the Islamic government throughout Arabia and sends Arab armies of conquest against Mesopotamia and Syria.

633: Muslims conquer Syria and Iraq.

634: Victory against the Byzantines in Palestine (Ajnadayn).

634-644: Umar (c. 591-644) reigns as the second caliph. The Muslims subjugate Egypt, Palestine, Syria, Mesopotamia and Persia. Garrisons established in the conquered lands, and the Muslim rulers begin to take control of financial organisation.

635: Muslims begin the conquest of Persia and Syria.

635: Arab Muslims capture the city of Damascus from the Byzantines.

August 20, 636: Battle of Yarmuk (also: Yarmuq, Hieromyax): Following the Muslim capture of Damascus and Edessa, Byzantine Emperor Heraclius organizes a large army which manages to take back control of those cities. However, Byzantine commander, Baänes is soundly defeated by Muslim forces under Khalid ibn Walid in a battle in the valley of the Yarmuk River outside Damascus. This leaves all of Syria open to Arab domination.

636 (?): The Arabs under Sa’d ibn Abi Waqqas defeat a Sasanian army in the battle of Qadisiyya (near Hira), gaining Iraq west of the Tigris. A second victory follows at Jalula, near Ctesiphon.

637: The Arabs occupy the Persian capital of Ctesiphon. By 651, the entire Persian realm would come under the rule of Islam and continued its westward expansion.

637: Syria is conquered by Muslim forces.

637: Jerusalem falls to invading Muslim forces.

638: Caliph Umar I enters Jerusalem.

639-42: Conquest of Egypt (642 taking of Alexandria) by ‘Amr ibn al-‘As. Muslims capture the sea port of Caesarea in Palestine, marking end of the Byzantine presence in Syria.

641: Islam spreads into Egypt. The Catholic Archbishop invites Muslims to help free Egypt from Roman oppressors.

641: Under the leadership of Abd-al-Rahman, Muslims conquer southern areas of Azerbaijan, Daghestan, Georgia, and Armenia.

641/2: Under the leadership of Amr ibn al-As, Muslims conquer the Byzantine city of Alexandria in Egypt. Amr forbids the looting of the city and proclaims freedom of worship for all. According to some accounts, he also has what was left of the Great Library burned the following year. Al-As creates the first Muslim city in Egypt, al-Fustat, and builds there the first mosque in Egypt.

644: Muslim leader Umar dies and is succeeded by Caliph Uthman, a member of the Umayyad family that had rejected Muhammad’s prophesies. Rallies arise to support Ali, Muhammad’s cousin and son-in-law, as caliph. Uthman launches invasions to the west into North Africa.

649: Muawiya I, a member of the Umayyad family, leads a raid against Cyprus, sacking the capital Salamis-Constantia after a short siege and pillaging the rest of the island.

652: Sicily is attacked by Muslims coming out of Tunisia (named Ifriqiya by the Muslims, a name later given to the entire continent of Africa).

653: Muawiya I leads a raid against Rhodes, taking the remaining pieces of the Colossus of Rhodes (one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world) and shipping it back to Syria to be sold as scrap metal.

654: Muawiya I conquers Cyprus and stations a large garrison there. The island would remain in Muslim hands until 0966.

655: Battle of the Masts: In one of the few Muslim naval victories in the entire history of Islam, Muslim forces under the command of Uthman bin Affan defeat Byzantine forces under Emperor Constant II. The battle takes place off the coast of Lycia and is an important stage in the decline of Byzantine power.

661-680: Mu’awiya, founder of the Umayyad dynasty, becomes the caliph and moves the capital from Mecca to Damascus. The Umayyad family rules Islam until 750. Ali’s followers form a religious party called Shiites and insist that only descendants of Ali deserve the title of caliph or deserve any authority over Muslims. The opposing party, the Sunnites, insist on the customs of the historical evolution of the caliphate rather than a hereditary descent of spiritual authority.

662: Egypt fell to the Umayyad and Abbasid caliphates until 868 A.D. A year prior, the Fertile Crescent and Persia yielded to the Umayyad and Abbasid caliphates, whose rule lasted until 1258 and 820, respectively.

667: The Arabs occupy Chalcedon, threatening Constantinope. Sicily is attacked by Muslims sailing from Tunisia.

668: First Siege of Constantinople: This attack lasts off and on for seven years, with the Muslim forces generally spending the winters on the island of Cyzicus, a few miles south of Constantinople, and only sailing against the city during the spring and summer months. The Greeks are able to fend off repeated attacks with a weapon desperately feared by the Arabs: Greek Fire. It burned through ships, shields, and flesh and it could not be put out once it started. Muawiyah has to send emissaries to Byzantine Emperor Constans to beg him to let the survivors return home unimpeded, a request that is granted in exchange for a yearly tribute of 3,000 pieces of gold, fifty slaves, and fifty Arab horses.

669: The Muslim conquest reaches to Morocco in North Africa. The region would be open to the rule of the Umayyad and Abbasid caliphates until 800.

672: Muslims under Mauwiya I capture the island of Rhodes.

672: Beginning of the ‘seven year’ Arab siege of Constantinople.

674: Arab conquest reaches the Indus River.

August 23, 676: Birth of Charles Martel (Charles the Hammer) in Herstal, Wallonia, Belgium, as the illegitimate son of Pippin II. Serving as Mayor of the Palace of the kingdom of the Franks, Charles would lead a force of Christians that turn back a Muslim raiding party near Poitiers (or Tours) which, according to many historians, would effectively halt the advance of Islam against Christianity in the West.

677: Muslims send a large fleet against Constantinople in an effort to finally break the city, but they are defeated so badly through the Byzantine use of Greek Fire that they are forced to pay an indemnity to the Emperor.

680: Birth of Leo III the Isaurian, Byzantine Emperor, along the Turkish-Syrian border in the Syrian province of Commagene. Leo’s tactical skills would be responsible for turning back the second Arab Muslim siege of Constantinople in 0717, shortly after he is elected emperor.

688: Emperor Justinian II and Caliph al-Malik sign a peace treaty making Cyprus neutral territory. For the next 300 years, Cyprus is ruled jointly by both the Byzantines and the Arabs despite the continuing warfare between them elsewhere.

691: Birth of Hisham, 10th caliph of the Umayyad Dynasty. It is under Hisham that Muslim forces would make their deepest incursions into Western Europe before being stopped by Charles Martel at the Battle of Poitiers in 0732.

698: Muslims capture Carthage in North Africa.

700: Muslims from Pamntelleria raid the island of Sicily.

711: With the further conquest of Egypt, Spain and North Africa, Islam included all of the Persian empire and most of the old Roman world under Islamic rule. Muslims began the conquest of Sindh in Afghanistan.