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One hundred years ago today, England declared war against Germany. Historians thought that they knew all that there was to know about the reasons and the events that lead up to the first world war. But recently a letter was found that shows that no matter how much information we think we know, there are always hidden thoughts and motives. The letter revealed a previously unknown meeting on August 2, 1914 between King George V and the British Foreign Secretary, Sir Edward Grey. It revealed that the king was concerned with Germany's power, that it would dominate England, and urged the Foreign Secretary to “find a reason” to go to war.
Today, with the internet, we have a tremendous amount of information available to us. But the real thoughts and motives in people's minds are hidden from us. Men conspire to gain power and influence. They will claim to have freedom as a goal when their real goal is to enslave others. They will claim to be fighting on the side of God, When they are actually pursuing their own gain.
As Christians, we view current events through eyes that are watching for the return of Jesus to rule on the earth. We know that we will hear peace and safety just before sudden destruction. We know that the false prophet will come speaking as a lamb. We know that the whole world will follow one who shows false miracles and those who are of the world will believe the lies. But we have hope because we also know that when Jesus comes that all of the things secret will become known.
Therefore do not pronounce judgment before the time, before the Lord comes, who will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart. Then each one will receive his commendation from God. - 1 Corinthians 4:5
Revealed: how King George V demanded Britain enter the First World War
It is a letter that throws fresh light on one of the darkest periods in Britain’s history.
A note which has remained in private hands for a century details a previously undocumented meeting between George V and his Foreign Secretary, Sir Edward Grey, on the eve of the First World War.
The King, mindful of his position as a constitutional monarch, made no public declarations about the situation in Europe in the lead-up to the conflict.
But in the newly-disclosed meeting, the King informed Sir Edward it was "absolutely essential" Britain go to war in order to prevent Germany from achieving “complete domination of this country”.
When Sir Edward said the Cabinet had yet to find a justifiable reason to enter the conflict, the King replied: “You have got to find a reason, Grey.”
Historians have no record of the meeting which took place at Buckingham Palace on August 2 1914, two days before Britain went to war.
It was revealed in a letter written by Sir Cecil Graves, Sir Edward’s nephew, who met with the King a month after his uncle’s death in 1933.
George V had summoned Sir Cecil – a future director-general of the BBC - to the Palace, where he offered his condolences before recalling the events of 1914.
The King “told me of the interview he had with Uncle Edward two days before the outbreak of war. It lasted for one and a half hours,” Sir Cecil wrote.
“He told me that Uncle Edward had said that he could not possibly see what justifiable reason we could find for going to war.
“HM said in reply, ‘You have got to find a reason, Grey.’”