Monday, March 17, 2008

Remember Pearl Harbor and September 11!



“For you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like

a thief in the night. While people are saying, ‘Peace and safety,

destruction will come on them Suddenly…”

(1 Thessalonians 5:2-3, NIV)


At approximately 8:00 A.M., on Sunday Morning,

December 7, 1941, a striking force of 353 Japanese aircraft

attacked Pearl Harbor on Oahu Island, Hawaii. The surprise

attack came without warning and without any formal

declaration of war.


At 8:45 A.M. and 9:03 A.M., Tuesday morning, September 11,

2001, the entire world was shocked by the unprecedented

terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York and

at 9:43 A.M. on the Pentagon. Again the attack came without

warning and without any declaration of war.


As the theme, “Remember Pearl Harbor,” has gone down in

history, so will “Remember September 11” also go down in history.


I have not visited the site of destruction in New York but,

as I wrote some months ago, I have visited the Pearl Harbor

Memorial in Hawaii. This was a sobering experience. At the time

of the attack on Pearl Harbor, American leaders were well aware

of the pending threat of the Japanese military might and were still

caught off guard. But as far as we know nobody in America except

for the terrorists knew anything of the pending September attack.


Our world will never be the same again.


While millions of people around the world have suffered tragically

at the hands of warmongers, terrorists, and evil dictators for years,

we in the West have felt safe and secure, believing we were well

protected by military might, especially that of the most powerful

military in the world, that of the armed forces of the United States.

Not so any more. Gone forever are the days of false security. Surely

we have been awakened to the fact that the forces of evil are alive

and well in our so-called day of great enlightenment.


while the Japanese were talking peace with the Americans, they

were planning sudden destruction. Recently I read how several

years ago Ollie North warned that Bin Laden was the most evil

man on earth, and how he was scoffed at.


According to God’s Word, the Bible, there will never be peace on

earth until the Prince of Peace, the Lord Jesus Christ, comes again

to put down all evil forever. And at this time of the year when we

REMEMBER CHRISTMAS/EASTER and celebrate the first coming

to earth of Jesus and His dying on the cross, we need to be aware

of the fact that when we least expect it, he will come again. The

good news is that we can be just as certain of his second coming

as we are of his first. His first coming was predicted in the Bible

hundreds of years prior to the event and every prediction was

fulfilled in minutest detail. And so it will be with his second



The important thing is that we need to be ready. Jesus warned us

that prior to his coming, wars and evil would greatly increase.

He also warned the world saying, “When men say, ‘Peace and

safety,’ then will come sudden destruction.” And again, “Be

ready for when you least expect it, I will come again!”

(See Matthew 24:44)


Let none of us be caught off guard or unprepared for the great

world battle that is yet to come, the Battle of Armageddon,

which many Bible scholars believe will be after the return of

Jesus Christ to earth.


Suggested prayer: “Dear God, thank you for the graphic reminder

through the tragic events of December 7, 1941, and September 11,

2001, of your warning about wars and rumors of war that will

precede your coming again to take all who believe in you to

Heaven and to end the war of all wars. If I have never accepted you

as my personal Lord and Savior, I want to do that right now.

Please help me so to live that I will always be ready for your

return. Gratefully, in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

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