Drogheda nestles in the Boyne valley of County Louth, Ireland. A county, like it's adjoining sister county Meath, which is immersed in heritage.
Whether it's the sight of Trim castle's monumental ramparts or the mysterious Neolithic wonders of Loughcrew and Newgrange at Bru na Boinne, this heritage reliably dating from 3,200 BC, (older than Stonehenge or the pyramids of Egypt) springs to life, grabbing the imagination with vivid images of the past.
But there is another more recent part of our heritage that affects the daily lives of Roman Catholics and Protestants who share this little island today. No date in Irish history is better known than 1690. No Irish battle is more famous than William III's victory over James II at the River Boyne, a few miles west of Drogheda.
At a time* when the peace process in Northern Ireland is very fragile portraits of "King Billy" astride his white charger, crossing the river are depicted on numerous 'protestant gable-ends' throughout the province to this very day.
Both men were claimants to the English throne; James a Roman Catholic had lost the throne in the "Glorious" Revolution of 1688. William was Prince of Orange, a Dutch-speaking Protestant married into James's family who became King at the request of Parliament.
William and his followers of about 36,000 on the north bank outnumbered James and his mainly Irish army of about 26,000 on the south bank of the River Boyne. The imbalance was made even more effective by William's keen military strategy. James was defeated in the biggest, bloodiest battle of its time, "on the green, grassy slopes of the Boyne". An orgy of death and suffering that is celebrated in July every year by the Orange Order of Ireland.
The troubled town was also the scene of another massacre forty-one years earlier. Cromwell landed in Ireland and slaughtered the entire population of Drogheda, confiscating lands, giving sole rights to land ownership to Protestant Planters.
In Roman Catholic schools in Northern Ireland little was taught of the famous battle of the Boyne. Most Catholics thought it to be of more interest to "the other side". But of course there is no such thing as 'Protestant' history or 'Roman Catholic' history here.
More people now realise that the History of Ireland affects us all and shapes what we are today. How many I wonder are aware that this also applies in the spiritual realm? For there is one more battle to be won. And it is not with pike or axe or sword. Prayer and fasting, the Power and Anointing of the Living God, the Blood of Jesus Christ, will win this battle. The voice of the blood of thousands cries unto God from the sodden slopes of the Boyne. The final conflict, not against flesh and blood but against principalities and powers will see light triumph over darkness.
Drogheda, a key town in the spiritual realm is where the Lord has instructed His servant Paul to go next. We call on prayer warriors everywhere to agree in Christ for another mighty harvest. Victory is the Lords! Derry & Wexford are also "key" towns. (See photos/reports elsewhere on site.) There Paul, ministering under a heavy anointing, personally led 500+ and 600+ souls respectively, INDIVIDUALLY in the repentance prayer. On the two main radio stations he preached Isaiah 53 and the repentance prayer to tens of thousands.
Update: * Peace process now in place in Northern Ireland. P.T.L.
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