The Apex of Human Greatness

If human greatness is a matter of scale and glitter, then no doubt Alexander the Great is at the apex of human greatness.1

So wrote the historian H.G. Wells of the man whose brief career historians regard as marking an epoch in human history. Imagine the breath taking awesomeness of being known as the greatest man who ever lived! What would a man give to gain such an honor and wield such power? Alexander gave his own soul for it, counting it well worth the price.

Now here was a man whom many would say succeeded, in fact exceeded, in accomplishing in life what he set out to do. In his own words his bloody conquests and his role in bringing Greek culture, which he regarded as superior to all others, to the known world, were a lovely thing.

I set no limits of labor to a man of spirit save only that the labors themselves… lead on to noble enterprise… It is a lovely thing to live with courage and to die, leaving behind an everlasting renown.

Could he have but known in his own lifetime what renown would come to him because of his personal courage and the superb fighting machine of his Macedonian and Greek armies, he would have died a satisfied man, perhaps... His lust for greatness led him to exalt himself as a god among men, even demanding their worship. It consumed him like an unquenchable fire, leading him to desire to add more lands and peoples under his dominion. The ancient historian Arrian (Flavian Arrianus), records that if he could have, Alexander would have conquered the entire world.

Alexander had no small or mean conceptions, nor would ever have remained contented with any of his possessions so far, not even if he had added Europe to Asia, and the Britannic islands to Europe: but would always have searched far beyond for something unknown, being always the rival, if of no other, yet of himself.

Alas, his own appetites ended his headlong course through life. He had set his heights on a loftier goal than the mere shedding of blood to take a city or conquer a land. His death after a prolonged drinking bout ended his dream of uniting the races and cultures of the ancient world in one great loving cup. It is for this goal of world peace through the merging of many different cultures into one that forms the basis for his enduring greatness in the eyes of men.

H.G. Wells writes that he had expanded the way men think, enlarged their horizons of the possible, to encompass an idea so great that men had not conceived it for thousands of years.2 Alexander’s life made possible “the idea of a world policy [with] world law and organization.” Because of this historians, and the world to which they write, have ever after been “fascinated by the youth and splendor of this young man.” They freely call him “the Great” in spite of a life hideously marred by the same qualities that have earned many men the title of villain.

These Alexander worshippers seem disposed to take him at his own evaluation, to condone every crime and folly either as the mere ebullience of a rich nature or the bitter necessity to some gigantic scheme, and to regard his life as framed upon a design, a scheme of statesmanship, such as all the wider knowledge and wider ideas of these later times barely suffice to bring into the scope of our understanding.3

The historian Plutarch wrote of His desire to join the continents of Europe and Asia “in lawful wedlock and by community of offspring.” Ever since this has been seen as the ultimate way of producing world harmony and prosperity. One government, one culture, one race, presided over (in Alexander’s thinking) by God in the flesh, himself. Other mighty men and emperors since then have envied Alexander and taken thoughtful, calculated note of his path to greatness. They have imitated his blend of brutality, his merger of the cultures, and his exalted status as a god.

Befitting one of such great authority, all previous restraints of morality and custom were cast aside. This marriage was not to be a mystical union, for that would not produce one race. No, it was to be intimate and as real as the children who would spring from it. The National Geographic writes of his epic mass marriages in this light:

Alexander celebrated a mass marriage at Susa in the spring of 324 BC. Alexander, in Persian dress as king, takes the hand of his bride Barsine, a daughter of Darius, while 80 Macedonian officers wait to wed Persian noble women. 10,000 troops marry Asian women. Alexander’s death the following year robbed the world of his dream. 4

This was the greatest mass marriage in the history of the world. Only Sun Myung Moon in recent days has come close, commanding the same kind of loyalty from his followers as Alexander had with his. And so the most enlightened, liberal thinkers of today (for surely the publishers of The National Geographic number among them) bless his life and mourn his death. They say it robbed the world of his multicultural dream 2300 years ago.

It is one of the fascinating aspects of history that as nations as noble as the United States come into critical scrutiny for their every misdeed, especially for their treatment of the Indians and their enslavement of blacks, Alexander’s reputation shines on. He practiced these deeds to a great extent. It is something beyond intellectual inconsistency. It lies at the heart of why he is called “the Great.” It reveals fundamental and very uncomfortable things about all those who would merge cultures and marry lands as he did at the cost of rivers of innocent human blood.

Praising Alexander for his greatness means that to his admirers it is a lovely thing to them too, to live with such noble courage as Alexander did as he robbed, killed, stole, divided and forced multiculturalism upon the mass of humanity. Make no mistake about it; there were no limits to his aspirations to greatness, even at the cost of millions of murdered souls. Alexander the Great massacred and murdered. He captured the souls of innocent and good people, selling them into slavery. Families, homes, towns, and cultures meant nothing to him, just as they have to many other invaders down through history. His entire desire was to take control of the world for his own glory, which was no glory at all. It was nothing more than egotism inflated beyond any other man’s wildest dreams.

Why then is Hitler considered such an evil demagogue5 and Alexander such a great man, since Alexander the Invader murdered more people more aggressively and with greater barbarity? Hitler is animalized for that which Alexander is put up on the highest pedestal of humanity, with the highest achievement award. He is given by a grateful history that which he desired most in his own life — to be known as “Great.” This in spite of the fact that he even elevated himself to be a god.

There is a profound lesson here, and sensitive individuals in these corrupt days will learn it. Did Alexander’s death rob the world of the fulfillment of his dream, or did it save it? The future of mankind as laid out in the vision of the United Nations portrays it as robbery. This is obviously the line pushed in state schools today around the world. But what would have happened if he had not drunk himself to death? If he had lived, the different peoples, races, cultures, customs, manners, even the bodily features, and emotions, the intellects, social aspects, of all the peoples that formed in their own territories as God intended, would have been forced into what is contrary to their nature. These differences, like the differences between men and women, were (and are) inborn in men, since the Creator of man knows what is best for him.

I am a god!

It is a fact of history, or perhaps a legend, historians do not agree, that in the course of his conquests Alexander turned aside to meet priests from Jerusalem. They showed him the amazing prophecy of Daniel outlining the course of history and the rise of fall of empires. (See the articles on the Stone Kingdom, beginning on page #). Alexander was the male goat, and the empire of the Medes and the Persians before him was the ram. And after them would come another, even greater beast, representing the Roman Empire. The priests showed the prophetic description of his defeat of the Persian Empire:

While I was observing, behold, a male goat was coming from the west over the surface of the whole earth without touching the ground; and the goat had a conspicuous horn between his eyes. And I saw him come beside the ram, and he was enraged at him; and he struck the ram and shattered his horns, and the ram had no strength to withstand him. So he hurled him to the ground and trampled on him, and there was no one to rescue him from his power. (Daniel 8:5,7)

In gratitude, the story goes, he spared the city and pressed on to Egypt. Yet this was not the sum of what he was looking for, to be an instrument of judgment in the hands of a God he would then be accountable to. In Egypt the priests of Ammon confirmed his godhood as the son of Ammon Ra, which was the fantasy his own mother had planted in his soul – to the disgrace of his father Philip, King of Macedon. Increasingly armed with this confidence, that he was no mere man at all, he set aside all morality and became a law unto himself. As the Encyclopedia Britannica describes his later career:

Ruthless and self-willed, he had increasing recourse to terror, showing no hesitation in eliminating men whom he had ceased to trust, either with or without the pretense of a fair trial. Years after his death, Cassander, son of Antipater, a regent of the Macedonian Empire under Alexander, could not pass his statue at Delphi without shuddering.

If the priests at Jerusalem had seen to the heart of the matter, perhaps they could have saved Alexander from this self-exaltation (and the ruin it brought to the world). This took him beyond all boundaries and earned him a place in the second death that will burn forever and ever — the Lake of Fire. At his eternal judgment the millions of his slain will rejoice, and God’s holy ones will begin the process of wiping away every tear from the eyes of the righteous among them. For both the Holy, who live according to the Spirit He has imparted to them, and the Righteous, who live according to the natural law of conscience, are precious to Him.

It is an evil thing to invade a nation, a territory of people of like kind who are living together in peace, and murder them to take over their land and government. But it is a greater evil to force them into multiculturalism. In conflicting cultures, restraints of conscience are more easily cast aside living among strangers whose ways are foreign or repellent. It would have led 2300 years ago to the same life of strife, division, murder, and fear that fills the major cities of the world today. But God spared the ancient world from that fate. In such societies the majority are led astray from the covenant of conscience to acquire a depraved mind. This is not only a matter of their deeds but of their attitudes in accepting multiculturalism as good while considering as evil the separation of the races, cultures, and languages. Woe to the day when men call good evil and evil good.

Those priests of the Most High God should have shown him this terrible passage from Ezekiel 28, after they had shown him the amazing prophecy of Daniel 8, which had been spoken hundreds of years before his birth. For at age 20, Alexander had precisely the same thought as the prince of Tyre:

Because your heart is lifted up and you have said, “I am a god; I sit in the seat of gods, in the heart of the seas;” yet you are a man and not God, although you make your heart like the heart of God. (Ezekiel 28:2)

Alexander thought he was invincible and he made this his dynamic confidence to control the world. His dream of different cultures dwelling together within a single empire, if attained, would violate sacred boundaries that God Himself had established. No righteous man dare cross except to forfeit his good conscience and earn for himself the same destiny as Alexander did for his ruthless murder, revenge, and treachery on a global scale.

This is the eternal destiny he chose for himself due to his satanic pride and arrogance. As it did in Alexander’s day, the battle still rages in the hearts and minds of men. Will they be content with who they are, doing their best to live at peace with their fellow man, or will they strive restlessly for dominion over others? This is the way of Alexander the Invader. History is awash in the blood of men like him.

Let us return to the words of H.G. Wells, looking at the quote in its larger context. He was discussing the greatness of the founders of the young American republic, and only speaking of Alexander in comparison with them.

If human greatness is a matter of scale and glitter, then no doubt Alexander the Great is at the apex of human greatness. But is greatness that? Is not a great man rather one who, in a great position or amidst great opportunities – serves God and his fellows with a humble heart? And quite a number of these Americans of the revolutionary time do seem to have displayed much disinterestedness and devotion. They are limited men, fallible men; but on the whole they seem to have cared more for the commonweal they were creating than for any personal gain or vanity. It is impossible not to concede them a distinguished greatness of mind.

It is a sign that this age of man is drawing to a close that the greatness of men like Franklin, Washington, and Jefferson is being diminished in the eyes of school children to the vanishing point. Political figures who are full of their own glory, practicing immorality in the highest office of the land, selfishly breaking the law for their own gain, are bringing in another weight, another measure of glory. It is the glory of Alexander, and like him, they too, and their women, love to break down the boundaries between the races, cultures, peoples, and the lands of the nations themselves, just as he did. Alexander’s star will continue to shine in this present day, no matter how much good men’s reputations perish. For his is the star that men pursue, the very greatness of the evil one, until he incarnates himself in a man and rises to take dominion over all the earth.

This one will be a beast, like Alexander was before him. For a brief, terrible time, he will displace Alexander at the apex of human greatness. He will do it by the same spirit that empowered Alexander after the defeat on the Persian Empire, to engage in a “purely personal war” to the east, reaching as far as India. The Encyclopedia Britannica says this quest for self-glory was marked by “heavy and pitiless slaughter.”6 At this cost Alexander gained a few more inches in the maps of his conquests at the cost of hundreds of thousands, if not millions of lives. And this beast follow Alexander’s example and demand what he did 2300 years ago.

And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. And they worshipped the dragon, because he gave his authority to the beast; and they worshipped the beast, saying “Who is like the beast, and who is able to make war with him?” (Revelation 12:9 and 13:4)

This is the consummate goal of multiculturalism and globalism, to enthrone a new god in the hearts and minds of men. They will worship a god different than the God their fathers knew through the witness of creation. The natural order will be set aside, even as Alexander set it aside. And against this evil society, which suppresses the truth in unrighteousness, the wrath of God will be revealed, undoing all the schemes of the evil one and all his men. Their end will come at the appointed time — with the return of the Lamb of God – who will take up His gentle and merciful reign over all the earth after He puts an end to all corrupt and wicked authority.

  • 1. H.G. Wells, The Outline of History, page 704.
  • 2. No one had possessed this breath of vision since Nimrod, who had raised the Tower of Babel, and brought mankind to the place it is only now returning to. There, God said of men, “Nothing they purpose to do will be impossible for them.” (Genesis 11:6). This thought has frightened many peace-loving men (see the box on page #, but it exhilarates others to limitless thoughts of the greatness and nobility of human flesh.
  • 3. H.G. Wells, Outline of History, pages 298-299. (Garden City Books, Garden City, NY, 1961)
  • 4. National Geographic, Jan. 1968, vol. 33, no. 1
  • 5. Perhaps we could have a little sidebar defining demagogue: “A leader who obtains power by means of extravagant claims and promises, appealing to the passions or prejudices of the people who would support him and elevate him to the top of the ladder in order to gaining personal or partisan advantage. Although commanding an equally great army and committing acts no more barbarous, Hitler is condemned as a demagogue and Alexander is exalted as the Great.
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