Are you aware of what happened on December 7, 1941?
I was just four years old, however, I understood because I had an uncle
that was trained to be a tail-gunner on a B-17 bomber. When he was
dispatched to Hawaii, his plane had been destroyed on the tarmac. He
was issued a M1A rifle and shipped to the Philippines, where he later died in
the death march of Bataan where ten thousand US troops and civilians
died. I remember the day my grandmother received a visit from the War
Department. She had a "gold star" plaque in her parlor window that
served to remind people of the highest level of sacrifice made by the
family. I lost four members of my family in World War II.
December 7, 1941 was as president Franklin D. Roosevelt called it, "a
day that will live in infamy" The Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor
inflicting heavy casualties upon the US Navy and Army Air Corps and crippled
the Pacific Fleet.
Most people also know what happened on December 8, 1941. The
President called upon Congress to make a formal declaration of war against
Japan and the Axis powers of Germany and Italy. Most people don't know
what happened on December 9, 1941. President Roosevelt issued an order
calling all of the US diplomatic ambassadors home from Japan, Germany, and
Italy. Before he unleashed the full wrath of the American war machine
on those nations, he wanted to make sure that no American civilians were in
harm's way. The wrath of America was for her enemies, not her own
In the same way, before God declares war on this godless world at the
beginning of the Tribulation, unleashing his unmitigated wrath, He will call
His Ambassadors home. "Now then we are ambassadors
for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's
stead, be ye reconciled to God." -(2 Corinthians
God's wrath is not for the citizens of his heavenly kingdom. It's
not for His own people.
During the Berlin crisis during the 1950's, I was serving a three-year
deployment in West Germany with a nuclear artillery battalion. Our task as
part of the 7th Army command was to hold the West German border for
72-hours, mainly to facilitate a safe withdrawal of a quarter million
dependents, civilians, and children. That experience was unnerving to
say the least.
The analogy is a reminder that while tribulation in the world is
everywhere, as Hilton Sutton once said, "when the bombs are descending, the
saints will be ascending." I have no doubt things will get
progressively worse, but we are going home, Pre-Tribulation Rapture
style! That is our "Blessed Hope". Don't give up on the