To begin with,
This is not the 'letter from the editor' that I intended to write. Due to the circumstances of recent days which have literally changed the world, I feel a strong urgency and leading from the Lord to simply write my thoughts at this time.
In summary, September 11, 2001 was the most horrific day in the history of the United States of America to date. The projected estimate of how many people have died in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center is now 6,300. This does not include the hundreds who died in the downed airliners or in the Pentagon attack.
My gravest current concern is in regard to what are known as 'suitcase nukes', which are literally suitcase sized nuclear bombs. It is widely known that a large number of these devices are missing from the former Soviet Republic's arsenal. Up until the fall of the Berlin Wall, these devices were controlled by the Soviet military in the muslim countries bordering Afghanistan, i.e. Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, etc. According to an interiview witn General Lebed on one of CBS's Sixty Minutes episodes, 100 of 130 devices are unaccounted for. They were created by order of the KGB, not the government. It should be assumed that Osama bin Laden or even Saddam Hussein has procured at least one of these devices. Based on this assumption, the next question to be answered is "Have they already smuggled a suitcase nuke into the United States?" The three most likely targets would be 1) New York 2) Washington D.C. 3) Los Angeles
This all seems so unreal, but it is happening. There is no turning back to the life we knew before the events of Sept. 11th.
My greatest hope is that a multitude of people throughout the world begin to cry out to the true living God before its too late. Another hope is that web sites like this will be found by those who are seeking the Truth.
Jesus Christ is coming soon to take his 'church' away from this world in an event known as The Rapture. His church is not a building, but all those people who believe in Him and who call him Lord, who are "counted worthy to escape". Who knows?…, maybe by the time you're reading this it will have already happened. I would expect that immediately after the Rapture the world will find itself in a state of panic and chaos. Many people who have been left behind will instantly become believers, but it will be too late, their fate will be to experience some or all of the Tribulation which is comprised of the last 7 years on Earth before Jesus returns to destroy his enemies and rule on earth for 1000 years. Its all laid out clearly in the last book of the Bible called 'Revelation', which is about the revealing of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.
If the you're reading this and The Rapture hasn't happened yet, know this, The Lord can come at any moment. So live each moment of your life for God. Look up! Your Redeemer's return is near! Prepare yourselves to face God. Turn away and run away from sin. Cry out to the Lord right now to help you break free from the habitual sin that you've become entagled in and can't escape from on your own.
Do not take 'the mark' which is placed in the hand or on the forehead when the day comes, even if having the mark is the only way to buy or sell. Trust God instead. If he feeds the little sparrow, he'll feed you as well. The number of the mark is the number of man 3 times, or 666.
These are very uncertain days. There is not much time left, the second hand is approacing the stroke of midnight. I don't know what is going to happen tomorrow or next week, but its not difficult to imagine a very short world war resulting from the instability of the situation in the Middle East. The next war will almost certainly involve the use of nuclear weapons. It could be a single detonation, a limited exchange, or an all out nuclear holocaust. Regardless of what happens, know this:
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, "He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.
Surely he will save you from the fowler's snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
You will only observe with your eyes
and see the punishment of the wicked.
If you make the Most High your dwelling –
even the Lord, who is my refuge –
then no harm will befall you,
no disaster will come near your tent.
For he will command his angels concerning you to
guard you in all your ways;
they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
You will tread upon the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
"Because he loves me," says the Lord,
"I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
He will call upon me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
With long life will I satisfy him
and show him my salvation."
Acknowledge the name of the Lord.