Caught Unaware--by Timothy A. Southall

The day of September 11, 2001, will not be forgotten. Planes were flown into the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon by evil men, resulting in the loss of thousands of lives. Even with the best equipped and most mighty military in the world, the United States was caught unaware that day.

Have you ever thought about that fateful day when Jesus will return? Whose side will you be on? Will you be a prepared, faithful soldier in the Lord's army or will you be caught unaware? The attack upon the United States on September 11 will be "a drop in the bucket" in comparison to the day when the Lord returns. When He returns, there will be no day after, no second chance, no mourning for the dead.

14"The great day of the Lord is near-near and coming quickly. Listen! The cry on the day of the Lord will be bitter, the shouting of the warrior there. 15That day will be a day of wrath, a day of distress and anguish, a day of trouble and ruin, day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and blackness, 16a day of trumpet and battle cry against the fortified cities and against the corner towers. 17I will bring distress on the people and they will walk like blind men, because they have sinned against the Lord. Their blood will be poured out like dust and their entrails like filth. 18Neither their silver nor their gold will be able to save them on the day of the Lord's wrath. In the fire of his jealousy the whole world will be consumed, for he will make a sudden end of all who live in the earth." Zephaniah 1:14-18 (NIV)

The Lord has given His "soldiers" clear and precise orders on what we are to do until He returnsno ands, ifs or buts, about it. He gave us "The Great Commission:"

18Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."Matthew 28:18-20 (NIV)

We are to make disciples of all nations. This includes those in nations we may even consider to be our enemies. The commands are simple. We are to go and make disciples by baptizing them and teaching them to obey everything Jesus commanded.

Must so many souls be caught unaware and perish when the Lord returns? What are you waiting for? Get off of your pew or out of your chair and tell others about Jesus Christ. It doesn't matter how you do itface-to-face, letter, e-mail, telephone, fax, telegram, web site, etc. But do it. The end is getting nearer with each passing moment. As Jesus commanded, it's time to go and make disciples before it's too late. Don't be caught unaware.

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