Facing the Threat
Vol: 20 Issue: 21 Wednesday, May 21, 2003
The Department of Homeland Security announced the United States is now at a state of high alert for a major terror attack against the homeland. Federal officials refused to rule out the possibility of the use of a weapon of mass destruction.
And it was reported yesterday that a website is warning Muslims living in and around Boston, New York and Washington, DC to leave those areas within twenty-four hours. The FBI issued a law enforcement bulletin following the interception of two email messages.
The bulletin warns of “a possible devastating attack in the next 48 hours and urged all Muslims to leave all cities, especially Boston, New York and the commercial coastline.” The second email warned Muslims to get out of the beach cities of the East Coast.
Secretary Ridge said in a written statement that recent attacks overseas underscore terrorists’ desires to attack soft targets with methods such as suicide bombers or car bombs. “Weapons of mass destruction, including those containing chemical, biological or radiological agents or materials, cannot be discounted,” he said.
New York and Washington were targets of the September 11 attacks that originated from Boston s Logan Airport. And the Department of Homeland Security has identified America s vast coastlines as our most vulnerable areas to an offshore strike.
Also yesterday, Britain, the United States and Germany closed their embassies in the Saudi capital Riyadh due to a risk of attack in that country. While the attacks against the Riyadh complexes could not have been carried out without some cooperation from the top, not all the Saudi royal family was in the loop.
And not all of them would have approved. Some were genuinely shocked, and the attacks against their own country has got some of them telling the United States what they know.
And what was contained in the Saudi intelligence files was enough to convince the White House, the Department of Homeland Security and the Congressional Homeland Security Council to agree to formally raise the threat level from elevated to high .
On the other hand, it could be a disinformation campaign. That seems a valid argument on the surface. Forcing America to a high state of alert is almost as good as an actual attack, from a tactical point of view. This is the fourth alert since September 11.
For the average American, it is psychologically rattling, to say the least. Millions in Boston, New York and Washington are keeping up a brave front, but not one of them wouldn t secretly admit to being scared. And that is the object of terrorism. To terrify.
The second the alert status is raised, there is an immediate effect on the nation s 180,000 law enforcement professionals. Security is immediately raised at the nation s airports and border crossings. Days off are canceled, vacations are postponed, reserves are called up, and the adrenaline level shoots off the scale.
So simply scaring us into raising the alert level causes America significant economic and emotional damage.
Arguing against the disinformation theory is the intelligence gathered on al Qaeda since the September 11th attacks. Historically, al-Qaeda takes between eighteen months and two years from the time a plan for a major attack is concocted and its execution. It s been eighteen months since the Twin Towers went down.
The US has the historical record of al-Qaeda chatter leading up to September 11, as well as previous al-Qaeda attacks against the WTC and the USS Cole. US intelligence says there is a similar pattern of chatter, together with the increasing frequency of al-Qaeda attacks abroad.
The United States also has the additional intelligence advantages obtained as a consequence of the interrogation of captured al-Qaeda leaders and the benefit of the improved intelligence focus on the terror network since 9/11.
But al-Qaeda can only issue empty threats for so long before the desired effect of terror before those threats lose their punch. All that argues AGAINST this being another disinformation campaign.
There are a few things Americans can do to be prepared, just in case. According to Tom Ridge, the first thing on the preparedness list is to Take the time NOW to get informed.
Ridge specifically urged Americans to arrange a way for family members to contact each other such as through an out-of-town relative and designate a meeting place in case telephone service is knocked out by an attack.
If your area is targeted, make sure you and your family have identified two meeting places. Ideally, one should be near your home, with an alternate in case your home is inaccessible.
Some other recommendations from the Department of Homeland Security include:
Find out the emergency response plans of employers, school, daycare and other officials. To where would they evacuate workers and students? Write down the answers and keep a copy in your wallet.
Make sure you have sufficient fresh water, food and emergency supplies for between three days and a week.
Keep life, property, health and other insurance policies current, and know their terms. Store copies of these and other important documents identification, deeds, wills, a small amount of cash in a watertight container.
Have a plan for pets, since shelters do not allow them.
Assemble a “disaster supply kit” and keep it in a designated place where it is ready to “grab and go.” It should include bottled water, food and emergency supplies, perhaps kept in backpacks or duffel bags.
Store a supply of critical prescription drugs and an extra pair of prescription glasses.
The administration has made no secret of the fact that it considers a terrorist attack against the United States involving the use of weapons of mass destruction is not merely a possibility, but inevitability.
The Apostle Paul warned that in the last days, Perilous times shall come. It was only a decade ago that the United States Congress was tied up in knots trying to decide what to do with the peace dividend.
The peace dividend was the term coined by the Clinton administration for the money saved as a consequence of the end of the Cold War. During the 1990 s, closing bases overseas and domestically and downsizing the military and reducing the military budget was all the rage all thanks to the peace dividend .
Paul wrote in his first letter to the Thessalonians (5:3) that, For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. But he went on to say, But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. (5:4)
Paul was speaking of the Day of the Lord, and of the Rapture that would precede it, but the pattern foretold for the days immediately preceding the Rapture is the pattern we see outlined before us in every conceivable configuration.
The world is on a state of high alert in fear of an attack coming from the extremist element of one of the world s largest religions.
Europe continues to coalesce into the final configuration foretold by Daniel for the last days.
The Israeli-Arab conflict is heating up again as a road map for peace developed jointly by the Europeans (revived Rome) the UN (global government) Russia (Gog-Magog) and overseen by the United States (Islamic terror s Number One target and conspicuously absent from the Bible s overview of the Big Picture during the final seven years of Tribulation).
The Europeans are being urged by the White House to become more engaged in the effort to impose a peace on the Israelis and create a Palestinian state.
The global economy is teetering on the verge of recession, with Europe being the most recession prone region.
We are living in the last days. That is clear. And as Tom Ridge pointed out, the first priority in an emergency is to be informed.
The Omega Letter exists for that specific purpose. To inform the Church of what is going on and to provide information useful in the great harvest at predicted by Jesus at the end of the Church Age.
There are many Christian newsletters and websites that focus all their attention on giving the Plan of Salvation. But in most instances, it is a case of preaching to the choir. Most Christian websites are visited by Christians.
The real work of evangelism in the last days isn t done by evangelists with big websites, big TV followings or high profile ministries.
The real work of evangelism is accomplished by the individual Christian who, hearing someone moan, What is this world coming to? is prepared with the answer and the evidence to back it up.
God gives ministries, great and small, according to the purposes He ordains for them. But the most important ministries are the individual ministries of the one-on-one evangelists that make up the army of God.
Scripture says of the ministry gifts, And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers.
But then Paul explains WHY God gives them in the first place.
For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ . (Ephesians 4:11,12)
It is at times of great peril that God gives great grace. The aftermath of September 11th was that many who otherwise might not began to turn to the Scriptures for answers.
Many were looking for answers, and many more got those answers from Christians they otherwise would have mocked or rejected. That is why the Omega Letter exists. To prepare the Church for the work ahead.
The noted 17th century astronomer, Sir Isaac Newton, was also a well known student of Bible prophecy. His studies convinced him that, “About the time of the end, a body of men will be raised up, who will turn their attention to the prophecies, in the midst of much clamor and opposition.
While Newton wasn t a prophet, he was a student of prophecy, and it was from his understanding of Scripture that he made his bold prediction.
There are indeed many who have been raised up in these last days, who have turned their attention to Bible prophecy. And those who have indeed face much clamor and opposition .
The Enemy knows he hath but a short time and he is making the most of it.
The Omega Letter is an exceedingly small army, as such armies go, but I prefer to think of it as a commando unit, effective beyond its numbers as a consequence of intense training.
But even a commando unit can use reinforcements and resupply. Tell people about your Omega Letter. Support us as the Lord leads you to do so. Time is running out.
Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that He would send forth labourers into His harvest. (Luke 10:2)