A Day That Changed America
and the World Forever
The reality of terrorism grows around the world. Now almost
a daily routine, the scope and severity of each new savage,
barbaric act seems to exceed the previous one. These acts
are perpetrated by shadowy organizations that are difficult
to identify and even harder to find. Why is this happening?
Who is behind it? When will it end and what should it mean
to you? Here are the answers!
PERSONAL FROM DAVID C. PACK
times, I have stood at the top of the World Trade Center on
the same kind of crystal clear day that prevailed September
11, 2001. When I was assigned as a minister to New York City,
in the mid-1970s, and again in the late 1980s, I often enjoyed
taking people on tours of these enormous buildings. Of course,
for five years no one has stood on top of the towers.
As we approach the 5th anniversary of this event, let’s
look back prior to 2001. Many have forgotten that the World
Trade Center was struck for the first time, on February 26,
1993, by terrorist bombers. One day later, on February 27,
I gave a sermon in which I stated that terrorism was going
to come to our shores—in a very big way—in the
future. Few sitting in the audience believed me.
My sermon was titled “Truth.” Below is an excerpted
portion about terrorism, though reading it does not convey
the emotion in which I made the statement:
“As our society comes apart—and I don’t
know how many times, brethren, through the years, I have said,
I have mentioned in sermons, I’ve said our society is
going to come apart. Sooner or later, terrorism—the
reality of the ugliness of this world, a world that does not
have the truth—will strike our society. I don’t
know how many times I have been right at the spot where a
terrorist blew up the bottom of the North Tower, the Twin
Towers. I’ve been there. I can picture the chaos as
though I’m there right now.
“‘Oh, no, no, no, all that kind of stuff happens
in the Third World. That happens in South America. That happens
in the Middle East, in Israel and other places.’ Listen,
when you can damage that much—the damage was tremendous
from that car bomb—why, terrorists are going to find
they are kids with new toys.
“Seven groups were so excited by what happened that
[they] called in and said, ‘We did it.’ Now only
one of them did it. Six of them were lying. That’s not
my point. But people were just thrilled to get credit for
that kind of damage, in this world where people speak falsehood,
and ‘bend their tongue like bows for lies.’
“You know, the reality of this world is moving closer
to us as God’s people.”
The reason I could so boldly state that terrorism would eventually
happen in the United States is because Herbert W. Armstrong
began warning of it in the 1970s, in a ministry that spanned
52 years (1934-1986). In a clear and forceful way, until the
day of his death, he continued to warn of prophesied terrible
calamities to come upon our lands.