In the South Pacific, in World War Two, guards had to be up to their title, especially
at night, when they had to challenge every sound because the enemy might be sneaking up. And they were trained
to do this, even here at home, as they prepared for active duty overseas. I remember when I was a paperboy on the airbase
near our home, and I was still going from barrack to barrack after dark. And since I had freedom to go anywhere on the
base, I was walking nonchalantly
past headquarters when I heard the word "HALT" in a loud voice.
I halted. Turned out, the guard was just doing his duty, and he sent me on my way. But in war zones, this was
a serious thing...the sentence could be death if a sentry fell asleep on duty...or if the enemy came up behind him and took
Of course we must remember that although the Japanese and Germans were our deadly opponents
during that war, we're friends now, so we keep that in mind as we relate this item. One way our boys had of identifying
in darkness was to ask the intruder to say the word "lallapalooza." The Japanese couldn't pronounce the
"L" sound, and would come up with something like "rorraparooza." The sentry was trained to then
shoot to kill, and to check it out later.
With Germany, it was a different thing, because they looked
like us. In fact, there were times when they put on U.S. uniforms and gave us problems. Our way with them was
to ask a couple of sports questions, like "who is Babe Ruth," who is Stan Musial." Bad answers could
This has been used down through the ages. In the Bible, when Israel was at war
with the Ephralmites, they would ask the enemy to say the word "shibboleth."
If the person couldn't say
it, swordplay was next in line. (Judges 12: 4-6). Isn't it good that God knows all languages and although the Jewish
people are His Chosen (Deuteronomy 7:6), he still plays no favorites when it comes to serving Him. You have the same
choice and reward as anyone else. Choose Him!
Use any of my writings as you wish. My
hope is that a thought might help someone
I’ve noticed that some of my Conquest articles have taken on a new complexion since my wife
went to her new home. I don’t feel the same about passing from this life to the next. I like to use the
term “The Promise” that the Lord gives to everyone…that Christians will immediately be with loved
ones who’ve gone on, when our turn comes.
King David used that consolation we see in 2nd Samuel 12:23,
after his son by Bathsheba died; “I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.” And of course Jesus
showed the same comfort to us, as He hung on the Cross, when he told the thief hanging beside Him, who had become a believer
there, “Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.”
I’ve written about that in an earlier article, but for those of you who didn’t see it, I’ll give
my interpretation of those words by Christ. “Today” means now…assuring us that we won’t be
put in a waiting area until some time in the future. And “shalt thou be with me” means that He will go to
the same place with this person who’s dying at His side.
And the Bible clearly shows that the word “Paradise” and
“Heaven” are the same place. Revelation 2:7 is enough to convince us: “He who has an ear, let
him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers, I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which
is in the paradise of God.” And the tree of life serves double duty, also indicating that we’ll eat the
best of foods in Heaven.
The only ones who
should fear death, are those of you who haven’t given your heart to the Lord. I beg you to take care of that,
at this very moment. It’s the only time you’re guaranteed.