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Israel2024

“It may yet set the whole world on fire!”

ISRAEL 2024

Israel is a tiny nation almost completely lost in the map of the Middle East! Israel is about 11 times smaller than the United Kingdom… or 448 times smaller than the USA.


Over 75 years ago, The Plain Truth magazine published an article which explained the basic reasons for the current Middle East strife. It was captioned “Jews Are A Nation Again,” with personal interviews with the two chief spokesmen for each of the opposing factions. What follows is a selection of quotes from the June 1948 issue, which was reprinted in the February 1979 edition.

“After 2,550 Years…
Jews Are A Nation Again!
Prophecy Fulfilled?
by Herbert W. Armstrong
June 1948

Why the Arabs Fight

My first interview with the sheik [Hafiz Wabba] from Arabia was at the San Francisco Conference in 1945. He received me very cordially, and spoke good English. With Prince Faisal, he was the leader of the Arab delegation, and the man in charge of Palestine relations for the Saudi Arabian government.

‘Why do the Arabs oppose the Jews in returning to Palestine?’ I asked.

‘We do not oppose the presence of Jews in Palestine,’ he corrected me. ‘We only oppose further and unlimited immigration of Jews into Palestine.’

‘But the Jews claim Palestine as their Holy Land,’ I said. ‘They believe Almighty God promised that land to Abraham, and that they are the children of Abraham, and therefore that Palestine belongs to them by divine right. Now I understand the Arabs are also the children of Abraham, descended through Ishmael. Do you believe that, and claim the right to possess Palestine on those grounds?’

‘We are the children of Abram,’ he replied, pronouncing it ‘Uhbrahm,’ with the accent on the last syllable, ‘and we are descended through Ishmael, yes, and Ishmael was the firstborn son of Abram and therefore the rightful birthright holder and heir to the land promised Abram. But,’ and he emphasized the point, ‘we do not present our claim to Palestine, or oppose further and unlimited Jewish immigration, on those grounds.’

Then he explained the Arab position – and he gave me an UNANSWERABLE ARGUMENT – yet the Zionist director in New York later gave me a sizzling answer to the unanswerable argument! ‘Let me put it this way,’ the sheik continued. ‘How long have you Americans been here in California – when did your first white men come here?’

‘Only some three or four hundred years ago,’ I replied.

‘Exactly! And you have only been established as a government here a much shorter time than that. Now you are still at war against Japan. [This was in the spring of 1945.] A considerable number of Japanese had immigrated into California before the war and established homes here. You did not object or fight against this limited Japanese immigration and residence here, just as we did not, for a long time, against the Jews’ immigration into Palestine. But now suppose the Japanese wanted to increase their immigration into California until there would be more Japanese than Americans here, and then they also demanded that you let them take over the State of California and set up a new Japanese NATION here on your soil. Tell me, would you oppose that? Would you call out your armed forces to fight against it?’

There was only one answer to that! Of course the United States would fight to prevent it, with all the power and resources of the nation, if need be!

‘Would you think you were right in doing so?’ he asked.

We would!

‘Well,’ he explained, ‘the Arabs have lived in, and had possession of Palestine, for thousands of years. Our homes are there. We didn’t object to a few Jews coming into our land. We know they have brought us many benefits. They have brought with them money, energy, industry. Our people have benefited by the additional prosperity and other advantages they have brought us. That we welcomed, as long as they were a beneficial minority in our midst.

But now Jewish immigration has been increasing at such a rate that soon there will be more Jews than Arabs. Now the Jews want to take our land away from us and make it their own NATION! That land has belonged to us many times longer than California has belonged to Americans. You say you would oppose and fight against Japanese immigration flooding California with more Japanese than Americans, taking your fair state away from you and turning it into a new Japanese nation. Well, that is exactly why we oppose further Jewish immigration and will fight to the last man against the Jews setting up a NATION on our land!’

There is his ‘UNANSWERABLE ARGUMENT’!

The Zionist Viewpoint

In New York, returning from Europe, I spent nearly an entire afternoon in conference at the American office of the World Confederation of General Zionists with Itzhak (Isaac) J. Karpman, executive director of the World Confederation. A young Jewish Palestine labor leader, Hapoel Hatzair, had just arrived in New York from Palestine, and he sat in on our chat for about an hour. I told Mr. Karpman what the Arabian minister had told me – the Arab’s ‘unanswerable’ argument. And did he have an answer? He had a sizzling answer!

Now look at World War II. A million and a half Jews participated in Allied armies. The Palestinian Jewish Brigade fought in the desert, and in Italy against Rommel. It was help supplied by Palestine Jews which actually turned the tide of the entire war in the Allies’ favor at El Alamein. One of our greatest war correspondents wrote a book about Jewish participation, called Our Forgotten Ally. Yes, America and Britain seem to have forgotten their Jewish ally!

‘But now what did the Arabs do? Arab leaders brought the Nazis into Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon. The British had to force Egypt to change its government from pro-Nazi to King Faruk. No Arab country declared war, or entered the war, against the Nazis until three months before V-E Day – and then only to get a place in the United Nations!

Arab leaders from Palestine, Iraq and Syria flew to the side of Hitler in 1941-42 and worked with him and helped him slaughter Jews! The British have brought back to Cairo the Arab Nazi leaders who worked with Hitler in Berlin through the war – but not one of them has been so much as tried!

‘Six million Jews were slaughtered in Europe! My family was all killed…’

‘… and so was mine,’ interjected Hapoel Hatzair.

‘Only one and a quarter million of these European Jews remain alive, and now today everybody is worried about how to feed the Nazis and care for the poor defeated Germans – but these Jews are still homeless, and no nation will admit them! Fifty-two nations gave them the right to enter Palestine, but the Arabs fight us, and the Arabs have oil, and so Britain and America listen to Arabs!

‘After this last World War, the Arabs got additional new independent nations out of it – Iraq [formerly British], Syria and Lebanon [formerly French], and Transjordan [previously under the British and French] – all given independence – and what for? As a reward for helping Nazis during the war!’ The Zionist leader was a little bitter now.

But what do the Jews get out of it for helping the Allies defeat Germany? When we have these homeless survivors from Hitler’s race-hatred slaughter in their present pitiful plight, we get the door to our homeland slammed in our faces! After 25 years of the mandate from 52 nations which said it is the Jews’ right to go back to Palestine, that mandate is exercised by the British fighting against any Jews who try to go there – sending these Jews to Cyprus and detention camps, placing them as prisoners behind barbed wires!

‘The Arabs won six seats in the United Nations. The Jews won nothing for their help in the war. We have no representative – no voice nor approach – in the United Nations councils. Yet they sit in judgment over our fate in Palestine and give us not one voice!

‘Palestine,’ Itzhak J. Karpman concluded, ‘is not an independent Arab nation at all, but has been under mandate to Great Britain. In this mandate, those 52 nations promised the Arabs nothing – they promised the Jews a home – and we have not been getting it!’

And thus the Zionist leader gave answer to my friend, Sheik Hafiz Wabba!

The Jews Are Not Israel!

Most people today do not seem to know that the Jews are not Israel, but only a part of Judah. The first place in the Bible where the word ‘Jews’ occurs, the Jews are at war against ISRAEL (II Kings 16:6).

Four whole books of the Bible are devoted to showing the historic difference between the two nations Israel and Judah. There were twelve tribes of Israel, originally. But after Solomon died, the nation ISRAEL rejected her king, Rehoboam, son of Solomon, and made Jeroboam, of the tribe of Ephraim, king. Then the one tribe of Judah split off from the nation Israel and formed a NEW NATION of their own (just as they are trying to do again today), in order to retain Rehoboam as king. This new nation was called the kingdom of JUDAH. The tribe of Benjamin and a large portion of Levi then joined Judah, leaving the TEN TRIBES in the nation ISRAEL.

Palestine belongs, by divine grant, to Abraham and his descendants. But God rejected Ishmael, the father of the Arabs, from the promise. It passed on, instead, through ISAAC. God also rejected Isaac’s eldest son ESAU, after he had undervalued the birthright and sold it to Jacob for a bowl of red soup. The TURKS are the children of Esau, and so they, too, have always felt Palestine belonged to them. But it was given to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.

But then how was it passed on down? The dying Jacob passed the birthright, and possession of Palestine, on through the tribes of EPHRAIM and MANASSEH, sons of Joseph (Gen. 48:4-5, 15-16). He named HIS NAME (Israel) ON THEM – Ephraim and Manasseh. It is their descendants today, the American and British peoples, therefore, who are truly the national ISRAEL. The Jews come from Judah, and belonged to the nation JUDAH, not the nation ISRAEL!

For a complete exposition and understanding of our national identity as the true nation ISRAEL, the reader is referred to our special booklet The United States and Britain in Prophecy

What a Muddle!

The Arabs believe Palestine should be theirs because they are descended from Ishmael.

The Turks want it because they come from ESAU.

The Jews want it because they come from Jacob, but through JUDAH!

What a hot firebrand it is!

It may yet set the whole world on fire!” (The Plain Truth – February 1979)

1947 - The UN Proposal

The United Nations Proposed A Two State Solution

The Jews agreed but the Arabs did not.

“United Nations Resolution 181, resolution passed by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in 1947 that called for the partition of Palestine into Arab and Jewish states, with the city of Jerusalem as a corpus separatum (Latin: ‘separate entity’) to be governed by a special international regime.

The resolution — which was considered by the Jewish community in Palestine to be a legal basis for the establishment of Israel, and which was rejected by the Arab community — was succeeded almost immediately by violence.” (britannica.com)

1948: The State Of Israel Is Founded

“On the eve of the British forces’ May 15, 1948, withdrawal, Israel declared independence. The fighting intensified immediately: Egypt launched an aerial assault on Tel Aviv and, the next day, Arab forces from Egypt, Transjordan (Jordan), Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon occupied the areas in southern and eastern Palestine not apportioned to the Jews by the UN partition of Palestine and then captured East Jerusalem, including the small Jewish quarter of the Old City.

In Israel, the war is remembered as its War of Independence. In the Arab world, it came to be known as the Nakba (‘Catastrophe’) because of the large number of refugees and displaced persons resulting from the war.” (britannica.com)

1967 - The Six-Day War

“In response to the apparent mobilization of its Arab neighbours, early on the morning of June 5, Israel staged a sudden pre-emptive air assault that destroyed more than 90 percent of Egypt’s air force on the tarmac. A similar air assault incapacitated the Syrian air force. Without cover from the air, the Egyptian army was left vulnerable to attack.

Within three days the Israelis had achieved an overwhelming victory on the ground, capturing the Gaza Strip and all of the Sinai Peninsula up to the east bank of the Suez Canal.

The Arab countries’ losses in the conflict were disastrous. Egypt’s casualties numbered more than 11,000, with 6,000 for Jordan and 1,000 for Syria, compared with only 700 for Israel. The Arab armies also suffered crippling losses of weaponry and equipment. The lopsidedness of the defeat demoralized both the Arab public and the political elite.” (britannica.com)

The Israelis were left in sole control of Jerusalem.

Fast Forward To 2024

This Situation IS Setting The World On Fire!

October 7th, 2023 - Hamas attacks Israel

“‘You won’t see rape, there’s no rape in this video… We won’t show you beheaded babies,’ a senior Israeli officer said to a small group of journalists, saying such images existed but would not be shown.

The journalists were the first to watch a screening of an hour-long reel cobbled together from Hamas helmet cam, mobile phone video, surveillance video, dashboard camera video and victims’ livestreams.

It was part of the Israeli military’s effort to document and call attention to the October 7 atrocities, when the militant group Hamas launched an unprecedented attack on Israel from air, land and sea. More than 1,400 people have died and 3,400 others have been injured in Israel, authorities said.” (abcnews.go.com)

Israel Has Responded

The world seems to have forgotten who started the conflict - and is now branding Israel as the aggressor.

“The chorus of warnings is hard to ignore. International organizations, rights group advocates and even a growing number of Western leaders are all urging Israel to refrain from launching a full-scale ground offensive on Rafah, the overwhelmed city on Gaza’s southern border with Egypt. Close to a million and a half displaced Palestinians are crammed in makeshift encampments there, the majority having fled other parts of Gaza already ravaged by the Israeli military campaign that followed the October 7 terrorist attack by Hamas.” (msn.com)

UN: Hamas Is Not A Terrorist Organization

“During a Wednesday interview with Sky News, UN Relief Chief Martin Griffiths was asked by the interviewer about Israel insisting that Hamas has no part in a future governing body for Gaza. Griffiths stated in his answer that the UN instead considers Hamas to be a ‘political movement,’ not a terrorist organization.(redstate.com)

US, Arab Allies Will Propose Palestinian State

“The US and several Arab partners are preparing a detailed plan for a comprehensive peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians that includes a ‘firm timeline’ for a Palestinian state, according to a report Thursday, sparking immediate denunciations from senior members of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s cabinet and a spokesman for the government.” (timesofisrael.com)

Iran And Hamas Reject A ‘Two-State Solution’

“A senior Hamas terrorist told a Lebanese news outlet, which the allied jihadist group Hezbollah operates, on Thursday that his group would offer ‘NO COMPROMISE’ ON THE DESTRUCTION OF ISRAEL, describing the Jewish state as having ‘no future in the region.’ Osama Hamdan, the top Hamas representative in Lebanon, threatened all who support the existence of Israel, telling Hezbollah’s al-Manar news, ‘Whoever counts on it or attaches their future to it will lose.’

The allied government of Iran, which celebrated the mass killings on October 7 by holding a street party in Tehran, has also repeatedly asserted that it had no interest in a ‘two-state solution’ because IRAN DID NOT SUPPORT ISRAEL’S RIGHT TO EXIST.” (breitbart.com)

Israel Rejects US ‘Two-State Solution’

Israel in control - from the River to the Sea

"The Israeli prime minister has openly contradicted the US president’s insistence on Palestinian statehood. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said he refuses to compromise with Washington on a potential two-state solution for post-war Gaza – despite US President Joe Biden’s insistence that the pair were in agreement, after speaking by telephone for the first time in a month.

Biden claimed after the phone conversation on Friday that a two-state solution was not impossible under Israel’s current government, insisting there were multiple types of solutions that could fit the bill.

‘In the future, THE STATE OF ISRAEL HAS TO CONTROL THE ENTIRE AREA FROM THE RIVER TO THE SEA. This is what happens when you have sovereignty,’ the prime minister told reporters during a televised press conference, referring to the Jordan River and the Red Sea - boundaries that many Palestinians consider to be the borders of their own rightful state.” (rt.com)

60,000 Flee From Hezbollah

“Since October 7, Hezbollah, the Lebanon-based group linked to Iran, has carried out hundreds of attacks on Israeli targets. Fearing an influx of militants that could potentially invade and conquer parts of the country, some 60,000 northern Israelis have opted to leave, seeking refuge in the center, away from the hostilities.” (rt.com)

“This Is War”

“The countdown to a cataclysmic conflict between Israel and Hezbollah is rapidly picking up momentum. We have seen Hezbollah and the IDF exchange fire on a regular basis over the past few months. But this time was different. In response to this barrage, Israeli national security minister Itamar Ben Gvir ominously declared that ‘this is war’…

Sadly, there is no turning back now. The 60,000 Israeli citizens that have been evacuated from their homes in northern Israel can never return until Hezbollah is pushed north of the Litani River. And Hezbollah will never pull back willingly. The IDF will be going into southern Lebanon. It is just a matter of time.” (theeconomiccollapseblog.com)

The Gathering Storm Clouds In The Middle East

“Israeli strikes in Lebanon, Houthi attacks on the Red Sea and Iranian missiles fired on Iraq: The risk of escalation in the Middle East is growing. The risk grows that they will all join together. That the Middle East – from Israel to Iran, from Lebanon to Yemen – will sink into war. The roots of the conflict are deep. Localized power struggles, regional loyalties and political opportunism in addition to ideological dogmas and public opinion are all fueling the fighting in the Middle East. And it is becoming increasingly difficult to control. The greatest danger, however, continues to be the contested border between northern Israel and Lebanon.

United Nations Secretary General António Guterres issued a dramatic appeal on Monday: ‘Stop playing with fire across the Blue Line, de-escalate, and bring hostilities to an end.’ The rocket attacks by Hamas would be a light summer shower compared to the deluge that Hezbollah could bring down on Israel.” (spiegel.de)

It’s All About Control Of Jerusalem

The capital city of Israel is Jerusalem, the centre of the three main religions of the world - Christianity, Islam and Judaism. It might be a small city, in a tiny nation, but it comes complete with a warning from the Creator - God!

“And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.” (Zechariah 12:3)

Jerusalem Is The Future!

“And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles.” (Zechariah 14:16)

"And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for THE LAW SHALL GO FORTH OF ZION, and THE WORD OF THE LORD FROM JERUSALEM.(Micah 4:2)

Pastor’s Report - 16 Feb 2024
When A Nation Prays

When a Nation Prays

"Let us with one heart and soul, humbly but confidently commit our cause to God and ask His aid that we may valiantly defend the light as it is given to us to see it." (King George VI, May 1940)

May 1940 was a time of grave crisis for the British Empire and indeed for the whole civilised world. On 10 May Hitler had launched his blitzkrieg against the Low Countries and France. Just days later German panzer forces ploughed through the Ardennes forest, bursting through the French defences, and with lightning speed began a rapid advance across France and Belgium. Very soon Rommel's armoured pincer movement was threatening the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) with encirclement, and effective destruction.

The PM at the time, Mr. Winston Churchill feared that it would be his hard lot to announce the greatest military disaster in Britain's long history, whilst on 27 May the German High Command went so far as to boast that 'The British army is encircled and our troops are proceeding to its annihilation.'

With the entire front collapsing rapidly, the decision was reached at home to evacuate the men from the Continent. The only port which could be used for the evacuation was Dunkirk and that was already being seriously threatened by the Germans. It's recorded that, taking stock of the predicament Churchill remarked: "I thought, and some good judges agreed with me, that perhaps 20,000 or 30,000 men [out of 400,000] might be re-embarked. The whole root and core and brain of the British army ... seemed about to perish upon the field, or to be led into ignominious and starving captivity." This appeared to be a disaster in the making.

But at that time of crisis, Britain had a God-fearing sovereign. Seeing this dire situation developing, His Majesty King George VI, in his Empire Address on May 24, requested that Sunday, 26 May should be observed as a National Day of Prayer. In an inspiring radio broadcast, he called the people of Britain and of the Empire to commit their cause to God:

At this fateful hour we turn, as our fathers before us have turned in all times of trial to God Most High. Here, in the old country, I have asked that Sunday next will be observed as a day of national prayer. It may be possible for many of our brothers about the seas to join their prayers with ours. Let us with one heart and soul, humbly but confidently commit our cause to God and ask His aid that we may valiantly defend the light as it is given to us to see it.

"So now the peoples of the Empire, for men and women, in all quarters of the globe, I say to you, put into your tasks whatever it may be, of all of the courage and purpose of which you are capable. Keep your heart proud and your resolve unshaken. Let us go forward to that task as one man. A smile on our lips and our heads held high. And with God's help we shall not fail."

Together with members of the Cabinet, the King attended Westminster Abbey, whilst millions of his subjects in all parts of the Commonwealth and Empire flocked to the churches to join in prayer. As was reported in the cinemas by the Pathé Gazette re. this National Day of Prayer: "The Empire responds to the King's call ... No one here today could foresee the grave news that has come from Belgium. All the more, it well for us to show the world we still believe in divine guidance, in the laws of Christianity. May we find inspiration and faith from this solemn day." Some newspapers even published tips on how to pray!

Operation Dynamo

Under the King's inspirational leadership, his subjects responded immediately. The whole nation was at prayer on that Sunday. It was estimated that at Westminster Abbey there was a queue of around one quarter of a mile of people who could not even get in. The following morning, it was reported in a daily newspaper; 'Nothing like it has ever happened before.' In the hour of deep distress, heartfelt prayers from both monarch and people alike were going up to God, and those prayers did not go unanswered. For very soon, at least three miracles were seen to happen in what we know now as Operation Dynamo ... the evacuation of the BEF from Dunkirk.

Miracle #1 For a reason that has never been fully explained, and has been called one of the worst strategic decisions in history, Hitler overruled his generals and halted the advance of his armoured columns at the very point when they could have proceeded to annihilate the British forces. He sent them south instead!

Miracle #2 A storm of exceptional ferocity broke over Flanders on Tuesday, 28 May grounding most of the German Luftwaffe squadrons and enabling the British army formations, now fewer than twelve miles from Dunkirk, to move up on foot to the coast in the darkness of the storm and the violence of the rain, with scarcely any interruption from aircraft which were unable to operate in such appalling conditions.

Miracle #3 Despite the storm in Flanders, not many miles away a great calm - such as has rarely been experienced - settled over the English Channel during the days which followed, and its waters became as still as a mill pond, or as reported "like glass". It was this quite extraordinary calm which enabled a vast armada of over 860 vessels; big ships, warships, privately owned motor-cruisers, fishing boats, yachts and pleasure boats from British rivers and estuaries - in fact, virtually anything that would float - to ply back and forth in a desperate bid to rescue as many of the men as possible. A low-lying fog also hindered what German planes could take to the air, sparing many lives.

In addition, it appears many of the troops on the beaches were favoured with an unnatural protection. When 400 men were being continually machine-gunned and bombed by enemy aircraft, one man who flung himself down with the rest reported that, after the strafing was over, he was amazed to find that there was not a single casualty among the 400. Another man, a chaplain, was likewise machine-gunned and bombed as he lay on the beach. After what seemed an eternity, he realized he had not been hit, and rose to his feet to find that the sand all around where he had been lying was pitted with bullet holes, and that his figure was outlined on the ground.

Initially it was presumed that possibly only 30,000 men could be rescued, but the miracle of Dunkirk ended with over ten times that number ... around 355,000 lives saved.

Our Christian Heritage

At that time in our history there was a unified approach to religion, based on an understanding and respect for the Bible as being the word of God. Approximately 90% of the population considering themselves "Christian" ... a good percentage of which attended church every Sunday, religious assembly was common in schools across the land, consisting of prayers, hymns and Bible readings. Lessons in "Divinity" were given in schools and this was not "comparative religions of the world" ... but basic, albeit worldly, Christian teaching.

Below is part of the address given by the deputy chaplain-general Canon Llewellyn Hughes, given on the eve of D-Day, which shows an understanding sadly lacking today. He did not merely urge "religion" He urged faith in Christ, as a faith which results in action:

"It is not enough for an army or a nation to have a vague faith in God. It is not enough for us to rest content that our commanders are godly, and that God's flag is publicly flown. Faith in God is useless until it governs action. What does God want done? We believe in God - as what? As a nonentity, content to be recognised, and then ignored? As a vague power, meaningless, purposeless, inarticulate, and therefore unfit to command a platoon, let alone a world? No. We believe in God who wants, and means to have done, all that Christ embodied, taught, lived out. Let an army and a people learn what God stands for, and then they will know when they are for or against His purpose, and support or oppose with confidence as His commissioned servants. That is where the solid toil of consecration comes in. The character of Christ must be known; His goodness perceived and loved; Himself accepted as Master. No special effort thrown off in an emergency will accomplish that; and there is no short cut."

God DID Fight our Battles
  • When thou goest out to battle against thine enemies, and seest horses, and chariots, and a people more than thou, be not afraid of them: for the LORD thy God is with thee, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.
  • And it shall be, when ye are come nigh unto the battle, that the priest shall approach and speak unto the people,
  • And shall say unto them, Hear, O Israel, ye approach this day unto battle against your enemies: let not your hearts faint, fear not, and do not tremble, neither be ye terrified because of them;
  • For the LORD your God is he that goeth with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you. (Deuteronomy 20:1-4)

Late in the night of May 25 1940, a simple three word cryptic message was transmitted across the airwaves of England from the commander of the British Army at Dunkirk. The message was, "But-If-Not". In a matter of hours, without any formal organization, thousands of English citizens got in their private boats and began heading across the English Channel towards their trapped soldiers. What did these three words mean and how did they know what their significance was to act so collectively and decisively? Those three words came from the book of Daniel. King Nebuchadnezzar was threatening to throw Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego into the fiery furnace and they replied to the king by saying, "Our God will save us, But-If-Not , we still won’t bow down to the gods that you have tried to make us serve".

  • If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.
  • But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up. (Daniel 3:17,18)

They knew their Bible! Not having the distraction of the internet, social media, around-the-clock TV programmes, the British people at that time were readers. They had a deep respect for the Bible and the myriad accounts of God rescuing His people in all manner of formidable situations formed the basis for the confidence shown by King George VI and his subjects at times of great trouble in the last world war.

Faith Builders

The apostle Paul mentioned to the church in Rome:

  • For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. (Romans 15:4)

THIS is where the faith and confidence of the British monarch and his people came from! They had received a basic education in scripture ... real-life accounts with which they were familiar and believed in.

King David (1000 BC)

Probably the most well known part of David's life was when, as a mere teenager, he faced down a giant of a man that had the vast majority of the population - including king Saul - "dismayed and greatly afraid". Notice where his confidence came from:

  • Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.
  • This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.
  • And all this assembly shall know that the LORD saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the LORD’S, and he will give you into our hands. (I Samuel 17:45-47)

Abijah (913 - 911 BC)

Very shortly into his reign, Judah's king Abijah was confronted by Jeroboam of the northern kingdom ("who made Israel to sin"), whose army outnumbered Abijah's two to one. Abijah tried to reason with Jeroboam, as he knew that fighting against God was a bad idea!

  • ... for we keep the charge of the LORD our God; but ye have forsaken him.
  • And, behold, God himself is with us for our captain, and his priests with sounding trumpets to cry alarm against you. O children of Israel, fight ye not against the LORD God of your fathers; for ye shall not prosper.
  • But Jeroboam caused an ambushment to come about behind them: so they were before Judah, and the ambushment was behind them.
  • And when Judah looked back, behold, the battle was before and behind: and they cried unto the LORD, and the priests sounded with the trumpets.
  • Then the men of Judah gave a shout: and as the men of Judah shouted, it came to pass, that God smote Jeroboam and all Israel before Abijah and Judah.
  • And the children of Israel fled before Judah: and God delivered them into their hand. (II Chronicles 13:11-16)

And today - in 2024 - Judah (as the tiny nation of Israel) is once again struggling under overwhelming odds in its fight against its many enemies. It surely would pay them to look back into their history to see how God fought for them in the past, when they turned to Him, in trust and obedience.

  • ... and the children of Judah prevailed, because they relied upon the LORD God of their fathers. (II Chronicles 13:18)

Asa (911 - 870 BC)

Asa replaced his father Abijah after his death, and found himself in a similar situation, being confronted by Zerah the Ethiopian with an army of a million fighting men and 300 chariots, when he could raise only half that number. But he took his cause to God, knowing that the odds didn't matter to God one little bit:

  • And Asa cried unto the LORD his God, and said, LORD, it is nothing with thee to help, whether with many, or with them that have no power: help us, O LORD our God; for we rest on thee, and in thy name we go against this multitude. O LORD, thou art our God; let not man prevail against thee.
  • So the LORD smote the Ethiopians before Asa, and before Judah; and the Ethiopians fled. (II Chronicles 14:11,12)

Sadly, although Asa did many things right in his reign, he forgot how God had fought for him in the past, succumbed to human nature and ended up relying on an ally (Syria) to protect him from the king of Israel's warlike intentions. (II Chronicles 16:3)

  • And at that time Hanani the seer came to Asa king of Judah, and said unto him, Because thou hast relied on the king of Syria, and not relied on the LORD thy God, therefore is the host of the king of Syria escaped out of thine hand.
  • Were not the Ethiopians and the Lubims a huge host, with very many chariots and horsemen? yet, because thou didst rely on the LORD, he delivered them into thine hand.
  • For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars. (II Chronicles 16:7-9)

Jehoshaphat (870 - 849 BC)

Once more the kingdom of Judah was threatened with invasion from the north. Jehoshaphat's response was similar to that of King George VI's Day of Prayer:

  • And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.
  • And Judah gathered themselves together, to ask help of the LORD: even out of all the cities of Judah they came to seek the LORD ...
  • ... And said, O LORD God of our fathers, art not thou God in heaven? and rulest not thou over all the kingdoms of the heathen? and in thine hand is there not power and might, so that none is able to withstand thee?
  • Art not thou our God, who didst drive out the inhabitants of this land before thy people Israel, and gavest it to the seed of Abraham thy friend for ever? ...
  • ... O our God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee.
  • And all Judah stood before the LORD, with their little ones, their wives, and their children. " (II Chronicles 20:3,4, 6,7,12,13)

The rest of chapter 20 records how God did indeed fight this battle for them ... in fact all their enemies died and it took 3 days to collect the spoil ... " And the fear of God was on all the kingdoms of those countries, when they had heard that the LORD fought against the enemies of Israel. So the realm of Jehoshaphat was quiet: for his God gave him rest round about. " (II Chronicles 20:29,30)

Hezekiah (716 - 687 BC)

When faced with the arrogant king of Assyria and his armies, this is Hezekiah's response to his people:

  • And he set captains of war over the people, and gathered them together to him in the street of the gate of the city, and spake comfortably to them, saying,
  • Be strong and courageous, be not afraid nor dismayed for the king of Assyria, nor for all the multitude that is with him: for there be more with us than with him:
  • With him is an arm of flesh; but with us is the LORD our God to help us, and to fight our battles. And the people rested themselves upon the words of Hezekiah king of Judah (II Chronicles 32:6-8)

This example of "there's more with us than with him" is very reminiscent of what Elisha said to his servant, when they too seemed to be in a menacing situation:

  • And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do?
  • And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.
  • And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha. (II Kings 6:15-,17)

And this is not just a "one off" which happened thousands of years ago! Many soldiers returning home from the first World War passed on astounding, encouraging, and fully corroborated accounts of angelic intervention:

The newspaper Universe reported an officer's letter from the battlefront about a party of thirty men and an officer who were cut off in a trench. In order not to be trapped they decided to make a sortie against the enemy, and although they were so few against so large a force, they dashed out into the open shouting, 'St George for England!' As they ran on they became aware of a large company of men going along with them, and even leading them on against the enemy trenches. Afterwards the officer talked with a prisoner whom they had captured. The prisoner asked a very strange question: 'Who was that officer on a great white horse who led them? Although he was so prominent, none of our men had been able to hit him!'

The above is just one example of astounding stories of angels fighting for the allies during WWI. Read more remarkable accounts in this article: the-angels-of-mons.pdf

Our Lost Heritage

Society has changed dramatically since the time of King George VI. The 1960's saw a massive influx of eastern religions in the UK and the last true Sunday school for youngsters was demolished in the following decade. The percentage of the population claiming to be Christian has sunk to well under 50%, with "no religion" fast gaining ground. The current British Prime Minister, Mr. Rishi Sunak, is a Hindu and openly celebrates the customs of that pagan religion, being filmed on national prime time television with his family outside the door of Number 10 Downing Street lighting candles for Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights. "Diwali is connected to various religious events, deities and personalities ... Laksmi, the goddess of prosperity, Ganesha the god of wisdom ... Vishnu, Krishna, Shiva etc etc". And these spirit-deities are deliberately invited into the home! London also "boasts" the biggest Hindu temple outside India.

Rather than tearing down the idols of the foreign nations as commanded (Exodus 34:13, Deuteronomy 7:25, 12:3) our current King - the grandson of King George VI - has been quoted as saying "he had a duty to protect the diversity of our country, including by protecting the space for faith itself and its practice through the religions, cultures, traditions and beliefs to which our hearts and minds direct us as individuals." The Archbishop of Canterbury prefaced King Charles' coronation oath with these words: "... the church established by law, whose settlement you will swear to maintain … will seek to foster an environment in which people of all faiths and beliefs may live freely". Taking into account the almost universally accepted but unprovable theory of a God-less evolution, it would be virtually impossible today for a member of royalty to declare a meaningful Day of Prayer! Which god - if any - would people pray to?

King George VI in fact called for 7 national days of prayer during the war years, the last being in 1947. Acknowledging where our deliverance had come from, after the war the government passed a law making Christian teaching in schools compulsory. But today, with our disparaging approach to a higher power, a disdain for Christianity coupled with a tolerance for other religions, instead of laying our cause before God Most High when trouble looms, modern day Israel seeks "lovers" ... allies of the nations around, another practice which God soundly condemns:

  • Israel is swallowed up; already they are among the nations as a useless vessel.
  • For they have gone up to Assyria, a wild donkey wandering alone; Ephraim has hired lovers.
  • Though they hire allies among the nations, I will soon gather them up. And the king and princes shall soon writhe because of the tribute ...
  • ... For Israel has forgotten his Maker and built palaces, and Judah has multiplied fortified cities; so I will send a fire upon his cities, and it shall devour her strongholds. (Hosea 8:8-10,14 ESV)

It's not surprising that today, in our biblically illiterate society - never having read, let alone believed in the account of a heavenly army in II Kings 6 - the many documented accounts of angelic intervention in WWI are now being passed off as a hoax within Wikipedia and/or propaganda in order to encourage the men at the battle front. To accept so many eyewitness accounts that unambiguously counter such scepticism would mean accepting a higher authority over them!

Our Responsibility

To have the solid assurance of previous generations regarding our God fighting our battles for us, we obviously need to immerse ourselves in these true life stories ... whether thousands of years ago or more recently. And even more important, we must also teach them to our children, so they too develop a strong confidence in God. (Isaiah 54:13)

  • And when thy son asketh thee in time to come, saying, What mean the testimonies, and the statutes, and the judgments, which the LORD our God hath commanded you?
  • Then thou shalt say unto thy son, We were Pharaoh’s bondmen in Egypt; and the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand:
  • And the LORD shewed signs and wonders, great and sore, upon Egypt, upon Pharaoh, and upon all his household, before our eyes:
  • And he brought us out from thence, that he might bring us in, to give us the land which he sware unto our fathers. (Deuteronomy 6:20-23)

And it's not only the major conflicts of history that we need to pass on to our families - but God's intervention in our personal battles also. God knows us inside out (Psalm 139) and the seemingly minor details of our day-to-day struggles. Nothing is too small, too insignificant to take to Him in prayer; whether they are employment issues, ill health, family problems, financial issues, housing problems, heartaches etc. He is, after all, our "Abba", our Father, and our children will take comfort and courage from being told how God worked in the lives of their parents ... and will do so in their lives also. (Matthew 18:10)

Our Confidence
  • Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.
  • For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
  • Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:14-16)

In King George's speech to the nation he began: "At this fateful hour we turn, as our fathers before us have turned in all times of trial to God Most High." We might shortly be facing some fateful hours too, and it is comforting and stabilising to realise that, as our fathers before us did - and were miraculously answered - we can approach God Most High and be assured He will fight for us also. "The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them." (Psalm 34:7)

When the services of national thanksgiving for the miracle of Dunkirk were held on Sunday, 9 June 1940, it was with great feeling that many a church choir and congregation sang the words of Psalm 124, for they were seen to particularly apply to the situation through which the nation had just passed. As it was noticed by many, no other passage of scripture could have more aptly described the nation's experience on that date. One individual put it.."The words seem to have been especially written for the occasion".

  • A Song of degrees of David. If it had not been the LORD who was on our side, now may Israel say;
  • If it had not been the LORD who was on our side, when men rose up against us:
  • Then they had swallowed us up quick, when their wrath was kindled against us:
  • Then the waters had overwhelmed us, the stream had gone over our soul:
  • Then the proud waters had gone over our soul.
  • Blessed be the LORD, who hath not given us as a prey to their teeth.
  • Our soul is escaped as a bird out of the snare of the fowlers: the snare is broken, and we are escaped.
  • Our help is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth. (Psalm 124 :108)
  • Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name.
  • And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, [Strongs H06635 ; war, army, battle, soldiers] in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.
  • Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not (Malachi 3:16-18)
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