General George Washington had known nothing but defeat in the American
Revolution until he won the famous victory at Trenton on Christmas Day, 1776.
Every school boy or girl knows how he waited until the Hessian soldiers
fighting for Britain were drunk from partying, and then attacked and defeated
them. What is not so well known is that the commanding officer at Trenton,
Colonel Gottlieb Rail had been warned of the attack. The night before while he
drank and played cards at the home of loyalist Abraham Hunt, a Tory farmer came
with a note warning of the coming attack. Hunt’s butler would not let the
farmer in, but he did deliver the note to Rail who put it into his pocket
unread. After the battle, as he lay mortally wounded, the note fell out of his
pocket and Rail read it too late.
Prophets and apostles and Jesus Himself have all given us warning after warning
after warning. How foolish we would be to ignore them.
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