The Great Crusade

7 06 2015

Imagine, if you will, the thoughts which must have been running through the minds of the German soldiers stationed along the beaches of France on the morning of June 6, 1944. It was widely known the Allies were planning a massive invasion, but no one knew when or where they were planning to strike. Some thought along the French coast while others were convinced the attack would occur elsewhere. Some soldiers no doubt, were afraid. Many may have believed the whole invasion rumors were just that-rumors- and had no concern about how they might spend the day. They would just go about their boring daily routines, standing guard near a bunker, listening to the waves crashing onto the sands of Normandy Beach.


Finally, as the veil of darkness begins to lift, German commanders, peering from bunkers through their field glasses, begin to see thousands of Allied ships appearing on the horizon on a path directly toward them. Thousands of soldiers died, both Allied and German, and thousands more were injured. Following several weeks of intense fighting, when the smoke had cleared, France had been freed by the Allied conquest.


That was a moment in history when, as General Dwight Eisenhower said in his speech to the troops, “You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you.”


I’m neither a doomsayer, nor an end-timer. I don’t, with rare exception, read end-times books, although I did enjoy the Left Behind series. But, there is no doubt the Lord will return. The prophets foretold His return and Jesus Himself told us on several occasions. And, although we don’t know when it will happen, there is no doubt among believers that it will happen. That’s the best kept secret of all time. But there are increasing signs, again foretold in Scripture, which indicate we are getting closer to that day. Many are ready, many are not.


 At Matthew 24:36, Jesus told His disciples, “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.” (NKJV) In this passage, Jesus went on to say that His return would be as in the days of Noah when people were going about their everyday routines with no suspicion they were about to die. Not until Noah entered the ark and the floods came did they realize the warnings they had heard had come to fruition.


So it will be with the return of Jesus. People will be at work, on vacation, sleeping or at a movie when suddenly they will find the person who had been sitting next to them, only moments before, will be gone. With no warning, the time will be here and for those who do not follow Christ, it will be too late.


Some will say this is no more than the blathering of a cynical, self-righteous, Bible thumper. I would prefer to think of it as a sincere warning from someone who has a genuine concern for others. If you are among the non-believers in this world, I would implore you to read the book of Matthew and get to know God on a personal level. It will be the smartest thing you’ll ever do.




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