Hold the Fort

Revelation 2:25 “But that which ye have already hold fast till I come.”

Philip P. Bliss sat listening to Civil War veteran Major Whittle tell a story about a small Northern force of soldiers that were in charge of guarding a great quantity of supplies. They were being defeated by a much superior Confederate force when finally, the Confederate general commanded the Northern force to surrender. It was at that moment that the Northern troops saw a signal from their leader, General Sherman, on a hill some miles away which said, “Hold the fort, I am coming.” This story so captivated Philip Bliss’s creative mind that he could not sleep that night until he had penned the words to the song “Hold the Fort”. Just when we think it is all over and the battle can’t be won, our General, Jesus Christ, is yelling out, “Hold the fort! Hold the fort! I am coming.”