The Prophet

The crusade was the next chapter in Johanna Brandt’s book, which continued the history of Christianity.

“The Crusades, the so-called “Holy Wars” were Christian expeditions for the recovery of the Holy Land, after it had fallen into the hands of the Turks; and form a part of the thousand years’ conflict between Christianity and the Islam religion.

They lasted nearly two hundred years (1096-1270), cost nearly seven million Christians lives, and failed in their object after all. We find ourselves here face to face again with one of those extraordinary complexities (and one of the very worst type in history), of religious zeal, which drives men to butcher their fellow creatures. The war cry of the Crusades was, “God wills it! God wills it!” —And was uttered by men (aye, and women and children too) who honestly believed in its truth… Our brain refuses to grasp these things, but we must try to look at them from every point of view, and keep the “open mind,” remembering that God’s way are not our ways.”

By 1097, six hundred thousand men and women took to pilgrimage to the Holy Land, guarded by the Crusaders, marked by a red cross on their shoulder. The first time they encountered the Turks was near the old city of Nicea. If the Turks did not stop the crusading army one would think pest, famine, and drought would have deterred them. It only diminished their numbers but they were not swayed otherwise. When they finally reached the Holy Land they were met by Turks, Jews, and Saracens. This struggle didn’t curtail their spirit, which should have, since it was not God’s will to conquer the Holy Land.

Many joined this Crusade, assisted by Kings, one of them being Richard Lionheart King of England, and Phillip Augustus King of France, rounding up about 150,000 men. Emperor Federick I. Barbarossa also tried himself but he drowned crossing the river and Lionheart was captured as prisoner. One of the crusades even included children which they all lost their lives in 1212, that came to a total of nearly seven million Christians lives were sacrifice between two hundred years. The Christians fell one by one, a total of four crusades were sent to reach the Holy Land and all fail to achieve what they expected to achieve.

Through this came the Reformation, in which the Church grew and grew.

“The Religious intolerance, which had driven the Church to resort to violent methods in promoting Christianity, by forcing it upon the world by sheer strengths of arms, fostered an attitude of suspicious intolerance towards those Christian believers who evinced the slightest tendency to swerve from the narrow road of orthodox beliefs. This took some time to develop; but in the meantime it was slowly but surely laying the foundation for the Inquisition.

And the Inquisition, as we know, drove the tortured people into Revolution.”

I can wrote on and on about Christianity. Johanna’s book is small, but it compromises the main history of Christianity. Near the end of the last two chapters she writes about whats to come to South Africa and all the nations. She describes the visions as she is visited by the Angel of Death, to warn her, “because the future of South Africa depends on it.”

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