The Swiss Guard


Citizens of the land of my forefathers are responsible for guarding the pope.

In 1506, Pope Julius II formed an army from the much sought after mercenaries of Switzerland. For more than 500 years now, Swiss men have been responsible for protecting the pope, his palace, and Vatican City, the smallest nation on earth.

The 130 men of the Swiss Guard have completed regular Swiss army service with honor, are between the ages of 19 and 30 years, stand taller than 5 foot 8 inches, and swear to give their lives defending the pope.

The blackest day in the history of the Guard came during 1527 when the Spanish army invaded Rome and attempted to kill Pope Clement VII. In the battle, 146 Swiss Guards were massacred protecting the entrance of the tunnel Clement escaped through.

No matter the time of day or the weather, these dedicated men are on guard constantly around the Vatican. While they are brave, they are not always able to protect the pope from harm. It was a plain clothed Swiss Guard who threw himself in front of the John Paul II after he was shot by a Muslim assassin in 1981.

The Bible says:

I will lift up my eyes to the hills – from whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord; who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep (Psalm 121:1-4).

The God who is always ready to keep Israel, also keeps you.



One thought on “The Swiss Guard

  1. Amen dear Brother Richard!

    “There is no king saved by the multitude of an host: a mighty man is not delivered by much strength.
    An horse is a vain thing for safety: neither shall he deliver any by his great strength.
    Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear Him, upon them that hope in His mercy;
    To deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine.
    Our soul waiteth for the LORD: He is our help and our shield.” [Psalm 33:16-20]

    Whether you are a Pontiff or a President you have absolutely no security whatsoever from your enemies than that which the Lord provides! Both Popes and Presidents with the best of security have been assassinated sometimes by the most insignificant individuals and the dumbest security breaches!

    If GOD has not commanded or decreed your deliverance then no matter how seemingly secure you may be . . . you’re dead meat!

    Most of the Kings of Israel knew this and David even wrote a Psalm on it –

    “Thou art my King, O God: COMMAND DELIVERANCES for Jacob. Through Thee will we push down our enemies: through Thy name will we tread them under that rise up against us.
    For I will not trust in my bow, neither shall my sword save me.
    But THOU hast saved us from our enemies, and hast put them to shame that hated us.
    In God we boast all the day long, and praise Thy name for ever. Selah.” [Psalm 44:4-8]

    So Amen! The God who kept Israel keeps us! Thank you Lord Jesus! ❤

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