Rev. Jonathan Latham

Rev. Jonathan Latham

“By faith Noah, being divinely warned … prepared an Ark.”

February 14, 1944, Allied forces dropped hundreds of leaflets on a famous Catholic Monastery in Italy called Monte Cassino. The words they contained were ominous.

”Italian friends:

Until this day, we have done everything to avoid bombing the abbey. But the Germans have taken advantage. Now that the battle has come close to your sacred walls, we shall, despite our wish, have to direct our arms against the monastery. Abandon it at once. Put yourselves in a safe place. Our warning is urgent.”

When this warning arrived, some people questioned its authenticity, not believing that the allies would destroy such a sacred structure. One of the abbots later said, “We simply did not believe that the English and Americans would attack the abbey.” Others accepted the warning as accurate, but they delayed and sought advice or permission from the Germans. Sadly, not one of the eight hundred people realized how quickly destruction was about to come.

The next day, at 9:30 a.m., Feb. 15, 250 bombers dropped about 600 tons of explosives on Monte Cassino, reducing it to a smoking pile of rubble. As a result, hundreds of civilians lost their lives due to delay.

Noah believed the Word of God that a flood would come. He worked faithfully to prepare an Ark that would bring salvation for his family as well as himself. When the raging waters came, Noah and his family found deliverance as God sealed them safely in that vessel. Hearing God, believing his Word and acting upon it prevented their deaths. Most of us do not know when destruction and death will come. Time slips by too quickly for one to tarry in receiving the gift of life that only the Lord Jesus Christ can give. Listen and heed the urgency of God’s leaflet to us, “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold now is the day of salvation.” (I Corinthians 6:2)

Please heed His warning without delay.

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