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PREFACE - TABLE OF CONTENTS

“The propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules.”

In GOD We Trust: George Washington and the Spiritual Destiny of the United States of America (Book One + Book Two)

Table Contents

Preface ........................................................................….……….……………….………….…….……….… 3

This book, In God We Trust: George Washington and the Spiritual Destiny of the United States of America, is a unique look into God’s hand in American history (American Providentialism), viewed through the life of George Washington. The book reflects the providential view that Washington and the other Founding Fathers had of the God of history (God of Abraham) a God in whom they placed their trust, lives, fortunes and sacred honor for the country’s future and their success in arms. The book attempts to document God’s hand in Washington’s life and the Revolutionary War using Washington’s own words and detailing the numerous miracles that led to the country’s eventual independence and subsequent Constitution. God’s hand in the founding of the United States of America and its history is perhaps one of the greatest stories seldom told. The book also explores the country’s reason for existence, God’s purpose in the founding of the United States, and what it portends for our future survival as a nation.

This is a book that I did not want to write. It is a book I did not feel qualified to write. But it is a book that needed to be written so that future generations of Americans will no longer be deceived about their country’s true history and heritage. I hope and pray that in some way this book will help the country (if it’s not too late) retain and preserve its God given blessings of liberty and freedom that have been bestowed upon this country, so those blessings may be preserved and passed on to our children and their children’s children.

Eulogy of Washington  ...............................................................….….…….….…….………………… 4

Acknowledgements ..................................................................….….….…….……………………….. 7

Author’s Notes ...............................................................................….….……….….…..………….… 8

Book One - In GOD We Trust: George Washington

1. A Patriot Without Reproach .....................................................….……………………….……….. 11

2. Washington’s Family Lineage and his Young Restless Years .....……………………………….… 17

3. The French and Indian War .....................................................….…………………………………. 25

4. Join or Die ................................................................................….……………….………………. 31

5. Politics and Prophecy ...............................................................………………….…….……….… 39

6. The Second Continental Congress ..........................................….………………………………….  45

7. Commander-in-Chief, an Honor he Wished to Avoid .............….……….…….….….….……….…. 55

8. God and the Battle of Boston ....................................................………………………………….. 61

9. An Appeal to Heaven ...............................................................….…………………………………71

10. A Fortuitous Escape from Long Island ...................................…………………………………….. 77

11. I am Resolved not to be Forced From this Ground While I Have Life ………………………..…… 87

12. Victory or Death .....................................................................………………….….…………… 93

13. We will Bag the Old Fox in the Morning ............................…….…….…….….…………….……. 97

14. Valley Forge: A Valley of Death & Rebirth ...............….……………………………...….…...….… 109

15. Son of the Republic, Look and Learn ........................….….…….…….……….……………......… 115

16. A Turning Point in the War .........................................….…………………….………..…..….… 133

17. Fighting a Just War .............................................................….……….……...…..…….……. 141

18. The Iroquois Problem ....................................……………………………………….……………… 145

19. Winter at Morristown .............................................................………………………………….… 155

20. The Providential Train of Circumstances .........….…….…….….………………………..............… 161

21. The Dash for Yorktown .......................................….……………………….……………............… 167

22. God Brings the War to a Conclusion ..............….…………….….……….…….……...............… 175

23. Military Officers in Arms Against Congress ...….….……….…….…….…….……...................… 185

24. The British Evacuate New York City ...................….…….………………………………........….... 195

25. The Miracle at Philadelphia .................….…………………………………………....................... 205

26. Without Ratification, All That We Glory in is Lost .……………………………………........….…. 223

27. In Great Trepidation Over the Presidency ..............….………….……….…….…………......….…233

28. The Whole National Experiment Hangs in the Balance ……….…….………………………........ 249

29. Barbary Coast Terrorism and Extortion...................................….………………………………… 257

30. The Firestorm Over the Jay Treaty ..................................….……………………………………... 265

31. Retirement at Last? .................................................……………………………………........…  275

32. Washington’s Dream Forewarning his Impending Death .....……….…………….………….…. 285

33. Noteworthy Aspects of Washington’s Life.....................….………………………………….….…. 289

End Notes - Book One .......................................................….…………………………………..…. 451

Book Two - In GOD We Trust: The Spiritual Destiny of the United States of America          

Exordium * ............................................................................….…….………….………………... 299

1. The French Invasion of America in 1746 ..............….………………………………………........… 301

2. Thomas Paine and his Prophetic Dream .........................….….……………………………….....… 307

3. The USS Constitution—Divinely Protected? ...................….………………….……………….....… 331

4. God’s Hand in Reuniting Adams and Jefferson .........….……………………….…………..…....… 333

5. The Americas, Virgin Mary’s Land ....................................….…………………………………….… 351

6. The Bible Arrives in the Americas ................................….……………………………………......… 367

7. Future History ...............................................................….………………………………...….…. 393

8. The Letter ............................................................................….………………………………..… 451

End Notes - Book Two ..............….……………………………………….......................................… 470


* Exordium

As covered in Book One, what George Washington came to understand at an early age that “there is a destiny which has the control of our actions, not to be resisted by the strongest efforts of human nature.” He experienced this truth in his private relationship with God, through the many miracles and, coincidences, and perhaps most profoundly the sparing of his life on numerous occasions.

In his advanced years, Washington could more clearly see part of God’s plan for the United States. He understood that his and the country’s destiny were both intimately tied to and dependent on the religion of Jesus Christ. “The propitious smiles of Heaven” he wrote “can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself has ordained.” In those eternal rules and in God’s plan, he understood was to be the destiny of the United States of America.

After the establishment of the United States and after Washington’s death, others with the benefit of the hindsight of history described this destiny. German writer Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (1763-1825) noted that “Jesus of Nazareth who with his pierced hand has raised empires from their foundations, turned the stream of history from its channel, and still continues to rule and guide the ages.”

Of this destiny Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) said while he was exiled on the island of Saint Helena (from Bertrand’s Memoirs, Paris, 1844):

If once the Divine character of Christ is admitted, Christian doctrine exhibits the precision and clearness of algebra, so that we are struck with the admiration at its scientific connection and unity. The nature of Christ is, I grant it, from one end to another, a web of mysteries; but this mysterious does but correspond to the difficulties which all existence contains; let it be rejected, and the whole world is an enigma; let it be accepted, and we possess a wonderful explaination of the history of man.

The gospel possesses a secrete virtue, a something which works powerfully, a warmth which both influence the understanding and penetrates the heart. The Gospel is no mere book but a living creature with a vigor, and a power, which conquers all that opposes it. Here lies this book of books upon the table; I do not tire of reading it, and do so daily with equal pleasure. The soul, charmed with the beauty of the Gospel, is no longer its own: God possesses it entirely: He directs its thoughts and faculties; it is His. What a proof of the divinity of Jesus Christ! Yet in this absolute sovereignty He has but one aim—the spiritual perfection of the individual, the purification of his conscience, his union with what is true, the salvation of his soul. Men wonder at the conquests of Alexander, but here is a conqueror who draws men to Himself for their highest good; who unites to Himself, incorporates into Himself, not a nation, but the whole human race!

History has been and remains an account of mankind’s spiritual journey. In Book Two of In God We Trust: The Spiritual Destiny of the of the United States of America, the country’s spiritual journey and destiny connected to Jesus Christ is explored. French historian Joseph Ernest Renan (1823-1892) observed that “His glory [Jesus Christ] does not consist in being placed without the confines of history; a more real worship is paid to him, by showing that the whole of history is incomprehensible without him.” There is an eternal truth that can be gleaned from the pages of American history, because God’s providential plan is still unfolding (and it is not tied to any national boarders). Without Jesus Christ the history of the United States is incomprehensible as well, and the country’s destiny would be impossible to understand.

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