In 1914, World War I, often referred to as “The Great War”, broke out and the world has never been the same. It’s interesting that 1914 was also six prophetic days on God’s Calendar (6,000*360/365.24) and as it turned out, was a great step forward for the Esau Dominion. Still, the conflict that ensued was only Part I of the Great War which ended in an armistice and began again in 1939. Many prayers to our loving Lord echoed through the Israel Nations during those wars but perhaps none so moving as the words of King George 6th seventy years ago in 1944, as he addressed the nation with these words.
“Four years ago our nation and Empire stood alone against an overwhelming enemy, with our backs to the wall. Tested as never before in our history, in God's providence we survived that test; the spirit of the people, resolute, dedicated, burned like a bright flame, lit surely from those unseen fires which nothing can quench. Now once more a supreme test has to be faced. This time the challenge is not to fight to survive but to fight to win the final victory to the good cause. That we may be worthily matched with this new summons of destiny, I desire solemnly to call my people to prayer and dedication".
"We are not unmindful of our own shortcomings, past and present. We shall ask not that God may do our will, but that we may be enabled to do the will of God; and we dare to believe that God has used our nation and Empire as an instrument for fulfilling His high purpose."
Perhaps former US president and WWII Supreme Commander Dwight D. Eisenhower best summed up that D-Day invasion in 1944 as he later commented on his decision to go ahead with the invasion. He said, “If there were nothing else in my life to prove the existence of an Almighty and Merciful God, the events of those next twenty-four hours of the invasion, did it."
Nor should we ever forget the thousands of other lost and maimed lives during other 20th and 21st century wars. It appears at the time of this magazine that soon we will see more war, more sacrifice, but hopefully more prayer to the One who spoke these words, “… understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour.” (Isaiah 43:10-11)
Thank you Jesus