Hello all, I thought I’d share this from an email I received from my Seminary. Merry Christmas!


Many years ago, I took my son Matt, then eight, with me to a prophecy conference where I was one of the speakers. To illustrate a point during my message, I asked the congregation the following question: “How many of you remember what you were doing on Dec. 7, 1941?  If so, raise your hands.”

On the way home that night, Matt complained to me as follows:
Matt:  Dad, don’t ask that question because it is embarrassing.
Dad:  Why not, son?
Matt:  Dad, get with it!  Nobody remembers what they were doing on that date; I mean isn’t that when Lincoln was assassinated?
Dad: Not really!

Well notwithstanding, I certainly do remember quite clearly what I was doing on that fateful day when our family learned the Japanese just bombed Pearl Harbor.  I also recall the following Monday – it was 12:30 p.m., Dec. 8.  Our principal had assembled us in the gymnasium to hear a very special radio broadcast.  We all stood at attention and listened to President Franklin D. Roosevelt deliver the second most important address ever made by a U.S. president (second only to the one given at Gettysburg some 83 years prior).

The President began with these words:  “Yesterday, December 7, 1941 — a date which will live in infamy — the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.”         

At the completion of the speech the President asked for and received authority from the U. S. Congress to declare war on Japan.  On Thursday, Dec. 11 of that same week, both Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini joined the Japanese in declaring war on America.  Then Friday, Dec. 12, President Roosevelt sent three telegrams to the three American ambassadors representing us in Tokyo, Berlin and Rome.  All three messages were identical.  In essence they said, “Pack your bags and come home as quickly as possible.”  But, why?  Well, a state of war now existed between those three countries and America.

Roosevelt’s reaction was standard procedure.  The last thing a president or king normally does after declaring war on another country is to call his ambassadors home.  Now with this background, consider:

Someday, God Himself is going to declare war on planet Earth.  It’s known as the Great Tribulation.  But before He does, He plans to call his ambassadors home!  Who are these ambassadors?  The great Apostle Paul quickly answers:  “Now then we are ambassadors for Christ” (II Cor. 5:20).

Question:  Are these the last days?  Many Bible students feel this may well be the case.  So then, in light of Dec. 7, 1941 as we celebrate Christmas 70 years later, perhaps the words of these songs seem to be in order.  These are:

O Little Town of Bethlehem
O little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie!
Above they deep and dreamless sleep the silent stars go by;
Yet in thy dark streets shineth the everlasting Light—
The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.

Is It the Crowning Day?
Jesus may come today, Glad day! Glad day!
And I would see my Friend; Dangers and troubles would end
If Jesus should come today.
Glad day! Glad day! Is it the crowning day?
I’ll live for today, not anxious be,
Jesus my Lord I soon shall see;
Glad day! Glad day! Is it the crowning day?

Elmer L. Towns 
Dean, School of Religion
Dean, Liberty University Baptist Theological Seminary and Graduate School 
Co-founder, Liberty University


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