Lincoln like Jehoshaphat, despite the advice given to him by the religious abolitionist Charles Sumner, stubbornly proceeded with his course of action. Senator Sumner advised Lincoln to use the Confiscation Act, a war law, to emancipate the slaves.
Unfortunately, Lincoln and Jehoshaphat were seduced by their new found friends and prominence to the extent Jehoshaphat agreed to stand in and sacrifice his life for Ahab. He strolled bravely onto the battlefield, wearing the regalia and driving the royal chariot while Ahab who initiated the war, went in disguise. However, Lincoln encountered a similar crisis. After the Confederates instigated the War, he made every effort to maintain his friendship with slaveholders.
He went to battle, in lockstep with the five border slave states, (Delaware, Maryland, Kentucky, Missouri and West Virginia) to preserve the Union, even if it meant preserving slavery. Jehoshaphat and Lincoln both went to war with the enemies of the Lord and they soon found themselves in great distress. They began to lose. They both hollered out to the Lord for help. The Lord spared Jehoshaphat’s life. The soldiers, realizing that Jehoshaphat was not Ahab halted their attack, for they had been directed not to kill anyone except Ahab.
The Lord heard Lincoln’s cries too. He gave him a second chance, the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. With his pen, his sword he signed the Second Confiscation Act in 1862. It declared that “any slave that reached the North was free” As a result of this divine bill, African Americans fought in the Civil War, the Union won, America was unified and the enslaved were finally free.