Paul Revere


A few years back I went to Boston at Christmastime.  It was a beautiful time of year.  It looked like a Colonial wonderland.  One very cold day I visited the Revere House, situated at the North end of Boston.

On April 18, 1775, Paul Revere set out on the ride of his life.  It was the ride that would change America (even though it wasn’t America yet).  He would ride to Lexington, Massachusetts to warn Sam Adams and John Hancock that the British were close on their heels, ready to arrest them as traitors.  As Revere rode his trusty horse he warned residents of the imminent arrival of British troops.

Days before Revere’s famous ride, General Gage received orders from British officials that the rebels (Patriots) needed to be disarmed.  The British knew the rebels had weapons hidden in Concord, as well as other locations.  These weapons were of great importance to the British since the colonists could use them to fight back, or in protest.  The British soldiers heading for Lexington and Concord were there not only to arrest Hancock and Adams (two of the Revolution’s most fearless leaders), but they were there to take the colonists’ weapons!

Of course, as we all know, Revere was successful and the weapons were not taken.  The shot heard round the world began on April 19, 1775, shortly after Revere’s famous ride.  The rebels had their weapons and they would fight.  This would begin the long road to freedom, and the start of the Revolutionary War.  This would be where America began.

As I read the details of Revere’s Ride, something stands out.  It’s the part about weapons.  The British were out the take the colonists’ weapons.  They knew without their weapons the colonists would be paralyzed.  They couldn’t fight back.  This brings me to a very big issue in the news right now- GUN CONTROL.  There’s a huge push going on to place tighter control on our guns/weapons.  No, the government is not taking all our guns away right now.  But, they are certainly trying to make it harder to have access to guns and ammunition.  Now don’t get me wrong here- I’m not the owner of a stockpile of guns, and I’m not even familiar with all the types of guns that are available.  Nonetheless, I see something bigger going on here that may not rear its ugly head until its too late.

Paul Revere warned the leaders of the Revolution, and he warned the colonists about the British troops’ arrival.  This led to the colonists being able to secure their weapons in just the nick of time.

My point?  I don’t know how all this will play out, but I think there could be a greater message here.  In a time where we are not quite sure about what our government’s intentions are, we may want to consider keeping our weapons safe.  I understand guns kill lots of people each year.  However, its people who kill, not the guns.

April 14, 1775 is when General Gage received the order to disarm the Rebels.  If you’ve read my book What Are the Chances, you will know I use the Titanic dates of April 14 and April 15 as warnings.  April 14, 1912 is when Titanic hit the iceberg.  Perhaps the iceberg looming in 1775 was the idea to take the colonists’ weapons.  Luckily, thanks to Revere and his companions, this iceberg was avoided.  The weapons were not taken.  Is there an iceberg in American waters?  Are the beginning stages being set for Titanic?   Are we, like the colonists, on the cusp of losing our weapons?   Is stricter gun control opening the door to bigger issues? Bigger icebergs?

As the world becomes more and more violent you have to ask yourself a question.  Are guns the reason people are becoming more violent, or is it the sinful nature of man, which continues to fester in our liberal, wayward society?  True peace will only come from the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ.  The Earth, and God’s people, literally groan for his return.  They can take away all our guns, like they did in World War II in Europe, or we can face the fact that violence is going to continue to increase in the coming years.  Personally, I would rather be armed if the time comes to defend myself.  The time will likely come.  It’s just a matter of when.

Something to think about…………………..


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