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Transcript of Key of David telecast.
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Tomorrow’s NewsToday
 
TRANSCRIPT (99-04)
VOICEOVER:
The Key of David 
with Gerald Flurry.
GERALD FLURRY:
 Greetings, everyone.I’m speaking to you today from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. This is the place where aterrible battle was fought. Forty-eight-thousand men died here in Gettysburg during theCivil War, one of the greatest, most important battles of that war. Forty-eight-thousandmen died in three days. We only had 58,000 men die during the Vietnam War in tenyears! But here we had so many die in such a short amount of time. That happened inAmerica. All that bitterness and all that hatred was on this soil; it happened in this veryarea, and of course, we see quite a lot of division even in America today.Behind me is what is called East Cemetery Hill. The Confederates took that hill, and thenthey didn’t get the expected reinforcements. Later on they had to retreat, and they lost350 of their soldiers in that retreat. One of their officers, Colonel Isaac Avery, was shot inthe saddle, and he told his men to be sure and tell everybody that he died facing theenemy. If you look closely you can probably see tombstones behind me through the treeson that hill.I wanted to read you something here from Garry Wills in his book,
 Lincoln at Gettysburg 
. He had this to say about this area, “Householders had to plant around the bodies in their fields and gardens, or brace themselves to move the rotting corpses toanother place. Soon these uneasy graves were being rifled by relatives looking for their dead. Reburying their bodies, they turned up even more hastily and less adequately thanhad the first disposal crews. Three weeks after the battle a prosperous Gettysburg banker,David Wills, reported to Pennsylvania’s Governor Curtin, ‘and in many instances armsand legs and sometimes heads protrude, and my attention has been directed to several places where the hogs were actually rooting out the bodies and devouring them.’ In themeanwhile, the whole area of Gettysburg, a town of only 2500 inhabitants, was onemakeshift burial ground fetid and steaming.”I mean this had become an environmental
nightmare
. Can you imagine this little town being one huge grave? And looking around in some areas seeing an arm or a hand protruding from the ground, or maybe a head? I mean that was something that is evenhard for us to imagine in peaceful America today.
 
 2Abraham Lincoln became very discouraged at one time in the war because there was somuch evil going on. People were lying and they were doing all kinds of terrible things,and he couldn’t understand that. He was a very righteous man, and he said, “Here we areon the brink of destruction, and yet we have people going around and telling lies that youcouldn’t even impose upon a child ordinarily.” Why is that? He saw great evil in the land,and that offended his righteousness.And I want to talk to you about two proclamations that were made in the year 1863—  both of them very closely related, and frankly both of them revolving around God andsin. Here is what Abraham Lincoln said, “We find ourselves in the peaceful possession of the fairest portion of the Earth, as regards fertility of soil, extent of territory, and salubrityof climate. We find ourselves a legal inheritance of these fundamental blessings. Wetoiled not in the acquirement or the establishment of them.”Well, where did we get all of these blessings in America, the wealthiest, richest nation inthe world? Abraham Lincoln said we didn’t toil for that. It was
 given
to us! And of course, we’ve been telling you that for years.But in a proclamation April 30, 1863 for a nationwide Day of Fasting and Prayer, here iswhat Mr. Lincoln said, “It is the duty of nations as well as of men to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God, and to recognize the sublime truthannounced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord.”Can you imagine a president talking that way today, or a member of Congress, that“those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord”? Pretty strong statement. It wouldoffend a lot of people, but he said it.Mr. Lincoln goes on to say, “We have been the recipients of the choicest blessings of heaven. We have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity. We havegrown in numbers, wealth, and power as no other nation has ever grown, but we haveforgotten God.” But we have forgotten God. Now, if he thought they had forgotten God
then
, how about today? How about this time in America?He goes on to say, “We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peaceand multiplied and enriched and strengthened us. We have vainly imagined in thedeceitfulness of our hearts that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own.”All this wealth, all these blessings in this country, more than any place on this Earth.Where did we get those blessings? Where did they come from? Well, Abraham Lincoln began to realize very deeply that they came from God, and he was trying to convey thatto the people in America at that time and get them to think about God. Now, we have all these blessings because of another Abraham in the Bible who wasobedient to God, and we’ve explained that in our booklet on
The United States and  Britain in Prophecy
for years, that we were given all these blessings as a result of 
 Abraham’s
obedience.
 
 3Mr. Lincoln said that America at that time had forgotten God, and look how much worseit is today. If you want to make some comparisons, how much worse is it today than itwas then? And yet he said they had forgotten God, and no president has ever talked to theAmerican people about God like Abraham Lincoln did. Not before or since, frankly. Andwe say he was the greatest president we’ve ever had, and most people would, I think, saythat. And what about his example? And what about his instruction to us today? Now, we have serious problems in our nation today. We’re even discussing the possibleimpeachment of our president. I’d say that’s a pretty difficult problem to deal with. Is it because we, too, have forgotten God? Is that at the heart of the problem? Well, we needto learn from this greatest of all presidents, as far as I’m concerned, in the United States.He concludes by saying, “Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity for redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray tothe God that made us. It behooves us then to humble ourselves before the offended power, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.” Then that president, he set aside a national Day of Prayer and Fasting.But he said God has been offended by what we’ve done, by our rebellion in this war, our  belief in slavery, and certain problems like that in this land, and he said we need toconfess our national sins. Confess our national sins! Well, I mean when you go aroundseeing arms and hands and heads protruding from the ground because of a terrible battle,I suppose it’s time to get serious.But he, in one sense, brought the nation to their knees. Shortly, just a few months beforethis battle here at Gettysburg after the north had lost victories in Chancellorsville andFredericksburg, Abraham Lincoln went into his room and locked the door, got down onhis knees, and prayed to God for victory at Gettysburg. It was already beginning to build,and he knew there was going to be a battle there. Prayed to God, according to WayneWhipple, one of his biographers, that God would give him victory, and he made a vow toGod and said, “If you give us victory I will stand by you, and I will take a stand for youevery opportunity I have.” And I think Abraham Lincoln did. Now, it is interesting that the tide of war changed here in Gettysburg. Who changed that?Did prayer to God change that?If we were to bring our nation to its knees today, if we had a president or a congress thathad the courage to do that, what a difference it would make in our land, and what adifference it made during the Civil War, even though we might tend to deny that. Look atthe fruits. Look at the fruits.Here’s a little more of that proclamation. He says, “Whereas a Joint Committee of bothHouses of Congress has waited on the President of the United States and requested him torecommend a day of public humiliation, prayer and fasting to be observed by the peopleof the United States with religious solemnities and the offering of fervent supplications toAlmighty God for the safety and welfare of these States.” Both Houses of Congress, theHouse of Representatives and the Senate
asking 
the president to have a Day of Fasting

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