D-Day


For our fight is not against flesh and blood, but against authorities and powers, against the world-rulers of this dark night, against the spirits of evil in the heavens. Ephesians 6:12 (BBE)

In American History D-Day is the name given to the landing of 160,000 Allied troops in Normandy, France, on June 6, 1944. The success of the invasion of Normandy was really the beginning of the end for Nazi Germany. The invasion, also called “Operation Overlord,” involved five separate landings by American, British, and Canadian troops and was commanded by American General Dwight D. Eisenhower. Stiff German resistance resulted in nearly 10,000 Allied casualties, but the Germans were ultimately unable to repel the Allied forces. Although German resistance continued even after all five beachheads were taken, they had too few troops in the area to be effective. By August 1944, all of Northern France was under Allied control as Eisenhower began to prepare for the invasion of Germany. source

The dictionary defines D-day informally as any day of special significance, as one marking an important event or goal. In military terminology it refers to the day, usually unspecified, set for the beginning of a planned attack. So it was on this date in June 1944 the United States and Allied forces engaged Nazi Germany to liberate France from the Nazi German invasion. Many allied service men were killed or wounded that fateful day on the beaches of Normandy, but their valiant efforts resulted in the liberation of France and the beginning of the end of the reign of Adolf Hitler and his Nazi war machine.

Many disdain military force anywhere in the world. Many see military aggression as base and vile. For the most part I would have to agree that any war is hell, no matter how right the cause, the casualties of war are horrendous and as a result war should never be entered into lightly or without much forethought and preparedness. However imagine if America had not entered the war against Nazi Germany. What would the world look like today? Is there ever a time to wage war against an ever-increasing aggressor? Many believed a neutral position was the best position to take. The atrocities committed under Hitler’s Germany were horrendous and had America stepped in sooner fewer lives would have been lost due to Nazi aggression. Millions of Jews would have been spared the Nazi gas chambers and concentration camps. Evil is the only word I can think of to use to describe this naked aggression against peaceful people. World domination was Hitler’s goal and the annihilation of the Jewish people his aim.

Adolf Hitler in Yugoslavia.

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As horrible as the war of Germany was a never-ending battle has raged since the dawn of time. The battle for the souls of all mankind. Hitler was the face of evil in the 1940’s, Radical Islam is the modern face of evil, but they all have roots in the spiritual war in the heavens where powers and principalities battle for supremacy. Satan and his demons rage against God and all the children of God living today. Israel is the focal point of Satan’s wrath. As vicious as Hitler’s rage against the Jewish people was it was only a mirror of the real hatred Satan has for the Jewish people and state. They shared the same goals, eliminate the Jews and dominate humankind (rule the world).

The 50 miles of Normandy beaches were heavily fortified with bunkers and mines. The heaviest of which was Omaha beach were more than 2000 allied forces lost their lives. The landing by regiments of the 1st and 29th Infantry divisions and Army Rangers on OMAHA Beach was even more difficult than expected. When the first wave landed at 6:30 a.m., the men found that naval gunfire and pre-landing air bombardments had not softened German defenses or resistance. Along the 7,000 yards of Normandy shore German defenses were as close to that of an Atlantic Wall as any of the beaches. Enemy positions that looked down from bluffs as high as 90-120 feet (or more at low tide), and water and beach obstacles strewn across the narrow strip of beach, stopped the assault at the water’s edge for much of the morning of D-Day. Climbing these cliffs and taking out these high places was a job that had to be done, a battle that needed to be won.
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Completely destroy all the worship sites on the high mountains, on the hills, and under every large tree. The people you’re forcing out worship their gods in these places. Deuteronomy 12:2 (GW)

There are lessor battles raging as well. Many of these battles go unnoticed since they are more subtle and less violent, but just as deadly. Battles for supremacy of our thoughts and attitudes. Just like Omaha beach Evil has established bulkheads and set up fortified high places from which to fight. These high places are difficult to conquer but conquer we must. In order to advance on the enemy, the allied troops had to take out the German resistance on Omaha beach.Today these high places are leaders in academia, government, religion and business. All these strongholds have been well established and fortified against enemy opposition. Although they have remained secure for many years the opposition is mounting and forces are gathering to overtake these lofty positions. The Governors of Wisconsin, Tennessee, Indiana, Ohio, New Jersey and Pennsylvania have taken the fight to the high places of education. The tea-party has taken the fight to the halls of our Federal government. And we the people are rising up to tackle the problems facing our economy.

The battle for our Christian values has been under constant assault for many generations. It would seem the enemy is winning as more and more ground is being forfeited to sin and false-doctrine. The church house has been over-run by blind leaders who replace the word of God for the wisdom and teachings of man. This stronghold is reinforced through the seminaries established by these religious leaders who continually populate the pulpits of our churches with like-minded ideologues who exchange the glory of God for the image of the created. They bring in damnable heresies and rail against anyone who dare challenge them or their ideology.

Just like Normandy this fight is going to be fierce, the opposition is going to be relentless, but our cause is just, and our mission is praiseworthy. The war is raging whether we choose to engage the enemy or not. One way or another there is going to be a victor. Are the forces of evil going to be victorious or the forces of right? The choice is ours to make. There has been much ground already conquered that will need to be liberated. Are we up for the task? Where are the brave men and women of God today?

Yes my friends there is a war still raging. The casualties are mounting, the enemy is emboldened. Rise up oh men of God and contend again for the faith that was handed down to us by the Apostles of our faith. Stand firm for the cause they fought and died for. As we remember the invasion of Normandy let us not forget what the face of evil looks like. If left unchecked there is no end to evil’s conquests.

Dear friends, … I write to you and encourage you to continue your fight for the Christian faith that was entrusted to God’s holy people once for all time. Jude 1:3 (GW)

And that is this week’s tail feather. Think about it!

But those who are waiting for the Lord will have new strength; they will get wings like eagles: running, they will not be tired, and walking, they will have no weariness. Isaiah 40:31Open Link in New Window (BBE)

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