This sermon was given
13 1/2 years ago. The expansion of terror has since advanced
Changed Forever by Another Day of Infamy
I do not need to describe the events of Tuesday, September
11, 2001. Possibly the single worst act of terrorism the world
has yet seen took place on American soil. As with the attack
on Pearl Harbor, this strike was intended to be an assault
on the very security of the United States.
My birth date is December 7, 1948. Because of this, and because
my father’s older brother was at Pearl Harbor during
that attack, this day has been a subject of interest to me
my entire life. I have walked Pearl Harbor and studied nearly
every detail of what happened.
The death toll from the sneak attack at Pearl Harbor was over
2,300. The Titanic sank with 1,500 lost. The September 11
attacks resulted in over 2,800 deaths!
Ironically, twenty years ago, in 1981, the United Nations
General Assembly officially designated the opening day of
its annual regular session as the International Day of Peace.
It is to be observed each year. In 2001, that day fell on
September 11th. It is probably no accident that the terrorist
conspirators, who plotted these awful acts, picked this very
date to stick a thumb in the eye of both America and the world.
The sheer daring of their plan suggests that they feel they
can, in the future, do almost anything they choose—with
near impunity. How do you stop criminals whose acts do not
require a “getaway”? Through the horrific vehicle
of mass murder, suicide bombers are interested in being “heroes”
The choice of targets in these attacks was much more important,
prophetically, than you might realize. The World Trade Center
and the Pentagon are enormous symbols of both the pride and
power of the greatest nation on earth. Actually, the Pentagon
is the single largest building on earth—with the Twin
Towers, Building Seven and the several-story structure that
tied them together into one complex probably not far behind.
Yet, I heard two national news commentators state that “this
was not an attack on America, but rather it was merely an
attack on some buildings in America.” Though they were
trying to bring a reassuring calm to the nation, they were
desperately wrong in their assessment of what took place.
The particular buildings that were struck were selected because
they are possibly the greatest symbols of the world’s
most powerful country. The terrorists knew exactly which buildings
to target in order to make the maximum statement of their
purpose and to kill the maximum number of people in each strike.
We may never be certain of the target of the fourth plane,
which crashed in southwestern Pennsylvania. I am chilled as
I realize that there was likely a struggle in the cockpit,
literally, as this plane turned in the skies directly over
The REAL TRUTH offices. The Bible states that Satan the devil,
who is called the “god of this world” in II Corinthians
4:4, is also called “the prince of the power of the
air” in Ephesians 2:2. He and the fallen spirits he
leads were almost certainly involved in the struggle for control
of the jet in the “air” above this office.