JD: We do know the Pilgrims arrived at Plymouth Rock in 1620 but I need to get a bit of background about the Pilgrims first. Who were they and where were they at the time?
RC: It’s very important to understand that they were separatist, they wanted to separate from the Church of England. They were looking for better teaching of the scriptures. That’s what the Pilgrims were is they were separatist.
JD: What caused them to leave; what was the bottom line motivator there Rob?
RC: Bottom line really was that they wanted their freedom of their belief; to be able to worship, to study the scriptures and to really learn through Bible teachers. And so it was a very positive thing they felt they couldn’t get that in England, the laws were restricted by the separatist in England so they had to go to a new area, which turned out to be what we call Plymouth Rock area today.
JD: And actually while that Mayflower was out there in the water before they would come and step off onto Plymouth Rock, William Bradford put together the Mayflower Compact, it was very important. Talk to us about that and what would be the result of it.
RC: Well the real significance of it was really the establishment of the first government in America and it was a contract among the people, the 41 men that signed it, as to how they would live and it employed the fact that God was going to be part of that colony and the fact that they were going to establish such a government here in America.
JD: Rob, I understand that if they did not sign the Mayflower Compact and did not agree that their whole purpose was missionary outreach and establishing an opportunity to have a colony or a location that was dictated to by the Word of God they would be thrown overboard. So it wasn’t your relative though, he signed it right?
RC: He did sign it, he actually came from Jamestown originally and he saw what a lack of government did and why Jamestown failed. Those men that were signing were committing to far more than just government.
JD: Dr. Rob Congdon with background on those people that were called the Pilgrims. We report this information because it is setting the stage for Bible prophecy to be fulfilled.
God brought human government to America through the Pilgrims.
In 1620 the Pilgrims arrived at Plymouth Rock on the coast of America with a mission; that mission to reach the colonies with the message of Jesus Christ.
Through human government the Lord, once again, used man to fulfill His plan. By the way, God will continue to use human government to fulfill His plan for the end times as well, that’s found in Revelation 17:17.
God did use the Pilgrims to guide human kind to accomplish His plan for America.