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The War To End All Wars

On November 11 1918, the Armistice was signed to end "The Great War," or "First World War" in Europe. Its military technology was primitive by today's standards, but its final toll was not - over 10 million were killed, at least 20 million were injured or maimed. Approximately 65 million served in the various forces. Like all wars before and since, there was nothing glorious about it. Anyone who thinks that war is like a naive and simplistic "John Wayne movie" quickly learns how false and foolish that idea is when they find themselves on the ground in a real war. What is portrayed in the movies "All Quiet On The Western Front" of 1930 (Adolf Hitler banned the realistic movie about the First World War; it wasn't viewed in Germany until 1956 after Hitler started and lost the Second World War) or "Full Metal Jacket" of 1987 (Military Newsman: "How can you shoot women and children?" Helicopter Door Gunner: "Easy, you don't lead 'em so much") are far closer to the savage reality of humans at war.

First World War Wounded

"In Flanders fields the poppies blow, Between the crosses, row on row"

John McCrae (1872-1918), a Canadian battlefield doctor who served on the front lines, wrote "In Flanders Fields," a poem made famous after the war. Ironically, McCrae himself did not survive the war and is now among those that he wrote about in his poem:

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

An end to all war is coming. We aren't there yet, and there are still some very difficult times to come upon the world, but peace, true everlasting peace, will be achieved. God has the power to make it happen, and He will in due time. That is an absolute certainty.

The good news (Gospel literally means good news) is that war is going to end and "Remembrance Day" will truly be about wars of the past, not merely remembering wars of the past while more wars are happening. People are going to be able to live in peace because all of the world will truly be at peace.

"And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of The Lord's house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of The Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and He will teach us of His ways, and we will walk in His paths: for out of Zion [see Who, What or Where Is Zion?] shall go forth the law, and the word of The Lord from Jerusalem. And He shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more" (Isaiah 2:2-4 KJV)

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