Matthew 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you and persecute you.
History repeats itself. Sadly in this day and age we see governments of Nations at odds with each other. The United States and China could very well go to war over differences similar to those that brought us to war with Japan in WWII. North Korea constantly rattles the saber. South Korea and Japan are at odds over the flying of the Rising Sun flag. Shia and Sunni Muslims regularly kill one another and join hands to kill Jews and Kurds. Russia is flexing it’s muscles in Eastern Europe and the Middle East on a collision course with NATO and the U.S..
But let us go back to December 7, 1941, Pearl Harbor Hawaii. Two nations cannot reconcile their differences and neutral United States gets swept into a world wide conflict on the greatest scale in human history. Shortly after another air raid happens, this time the United States bombs Japan in the Doolittle raid. It is of two air men, Mitsuo Fuchida and Jacob DeShazer, and their reconciliation that we will speak.
Throughout the war Fuchida, the leader of the raid on Pearl Harbor, comes within a hair’s breadth of death. This includes leaving Hiroshima just before the dropping of the atomic bomb and surviving radiation poisoning that kills all the rest of the damage assessment crew that went to that city in the aftermath of it’s destruction.
Likewise DeShazer survives parachuting into enemy territory and brutal treatment at the hands of his captors. It was at this time that DeShazer’s reconciliation begins. His hatred for the Japanese grows and grows until he wonders if there is any cure for the hatred in this world. He miraculously gets a Bible and finds the answer. Father forgive them for they know not what they do. First forgiveness for his own sins then forgiving them that despitefully used him. The change in him is so great that one of his guards received Christ as his Saviour after the war. Shortly after the war DeShazer returns to Japan as a missionary.
Fuchida is disillusioned with defeat and seeks the meaning of life. He meets a shipmate he thought was dead returning from a POW camp in the United States. He tells him a strange story of a teenage girl who volunteered to help at the POW camp and treats the Japanese as if they were her own brothers. When the prisoners questioned her about her kindness she replies that it was because the Japanese had killed her parents. Her name was Peggy Covell.
Miss Covell’s parents were missionaries in Japan and later went to the Philippines, sending their children to the United States for safety. Eventually they were found by the Japanese who believed them to be spies because they had a small radio. They were granted 30 minutes to pray before they were beheaded. On their knees praying they were executed. Of course this at first angered young Peggy but remembering the Scriptures and her parents example forgave them and did good to those who had despitefully used her.
Fuchida then read DeShazer’s story of forgiveness and determined to find out how anyone could forgive on this fashion by reading the Book that had changed him-the Bible. It is important to know that the Bible is not an American nor a European book but God’s word for all mankind. As Fuchida came to the words of Christ in Luke 23:34 Father forgive them for they know not what they do, he understood how DeShazer and Miss Covell could forgive. Fuchida received the forgiveness of Jesus Christ. He met with DeShazer not as an enemy and occupier but as a friend and dedicated his life to being a preacher of the Gospel.
Will nation’s ever reconcile? Not until The Lord Jesus Christ sets up His kingdom here on the Earth. But you can reconcile with your enemies. You can forgive and do good. An Amish school was attacked by a man who killed several children then himself. The Amish community brought item to help the widow and her family in their time of need and attended the murderer’s funeral. They stood in front of the news cameras so the grieving family could have privacy. Remember the aversion the Amish have to photographs. Has Christ forgiven you? Is He your Saviour? Are you washed in His blood? If you are will you Be kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you? Ephesians 4:32
This age of the Church which we live in is known as the Laodicean church age. In the book of Revelation there are seven churches mentioned which correspond to seven literal churches, seven church types, seven kinds of Christians, and, if you study church history, seven church ages. The last church is Laodicea. In chapter 4 a voice says Come up hither and the Church is not mentioned again until Revelation 22. So the Laodicean church age is the last one before the rapture of the Church. What is this age like? Revelation 3:17 says I am rich, and increasedwith goods, and have need of nothing. So it is a rich and materialistic church that would rather have the power of gold on it than the power of God! The command Jesus gives this church is be zealous therefore and repent. In a day and age when the news reads like Bible prophecy, and the blessed hope of Christ’s soon return (no date given!) Is immanent how should we pray? After addressing and thanking God Almighty the first thing to ask is to be freed from the love of money. Remember the love of money is the root of ALL evil. What should we pray for last? The same as the last prayer of John… Amen. Even so, come Lord Jesus.
Many times I ask a person “who is your Saviour “and the answer is almost always Jesus Christ regardless of the denomination . But if I ask the question another way “how are you saved “ the answer comes back quite different.
Let’s look at some answers I get. One says because I am good. Notice the I Am. If you get to Heaven by you being good then you are your savior. Another says his sins are washed away or he is born again by being baptized. If that’s the case then the baptiser is your savior. Some one else says his sins are taken care of by taking the communion. This makes the bread your savior! Another will say his sins are forgiven by confessing to a priest. Then the priest is your savior. Some one tells me he’s going to Heaven because he goes to church. Then the church is your savior. Some will even say that your husband must lift the vail off your face or you will not be resurrected. Then your husband is your savior. Now ask me. I deserve Hell because of my sins and the Lord Jesus Christ died for my sins on the cross and rose again from the dead the third day. I place my trust in this and his precious blood to wash away my sins. I received him as my Saviour by calling on Him to save me from Hell. Neither is there salvation in any other for there is none other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved. For by grace are ye saved by faith and that not of yourselves it is the gift of God not of works lest any man should boast.
I recently spoke with some Wiccan practicers as I have in the last few years and noticed that there are more and more that come to speak with me as there are more open and unashamed Satanists. I am very concerned for these young people and for this younger generation for the Bible says in Revelation 18:23 for by the sorceries were all nations deceived and in Nahum 3:4 Because of the multitude of the whoredoms of the well favored harlot, the mistress of witchcrafts, that selleth the nation’s through her whoredoms, and families through her witchcrafts. The Devil has deceived multitudes of our youth through witchcraft, booze dope and satanic music (just listen to the lyrics and feel the ungodly beat) I pray that the youth of America will once again see the power of God manifested but this will only come when Christians will give up worldliness and seek God’s face. Will you join me in praying for those lost in sin and deceived by the Devil and trapped to find deliverance in the Lord Jesus Christ?