Longing For Relief, Holding Fast Under Siege

The Germans surrounded the American soldiers there, outnumbering them more than two to one. They bombarded them night and day with tanks, mortars, and artillery. The deep snow and bare birch trees of deep-midwinter Ardennes formed the dramatic backdrop to the violence.

…On the third day, General von Lüttwitz called on the American commander, one-star General Anthony McAuliffe, to surrender:

…McAuliffe’s reply is legendary:

To the German Commander.


The American Commander.

Imagine the head-scratching among the German commanders as they tried to make sense of this obscure American idiom. The cheeky “you-know-what-you-can-do-with-your-surrender” arrogance of McAuliffe’s response was grounded in his contempt for the Nazis and the certainty that General Patton and his mighty Third Army were well on the way to help. American troops held on for five days until the promised relief arrived.

It’s an inspiring story. I picture those American troops, low on ammunition and food, hungry, in hell-freezing cold, outgunned, under constant bombardment, facing at every minute a powerful enemy bent on annihilating them. Their job was to hold fast, to hang on until the irresistible might of the Third Army arrived.

This was also true for the first readers of Revelation. They too faced a violent enemy and held out day after day under siege and attack, struggling and suffering, longing for relief. Read More»

Campbell Markham | “‘NUTS!’ Why Christians Must Fight On Against the Devil’s Calls to Surrender — Revelation 22:12-21” | December 22, 2022


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