Dear brothers and sisters, I’m burdened today…aren’t you? We’re watching our world spin very quickly out-of-control, and I’m not sure we realize the gravity of what is taking place. I’m no expert, but let me share three things that demand our attention, our prayers, and our obedience to what the Lord wants from us.
Genocide in the Middle East
Genocide: the deliberate killing of a large group of people, especially those of a particular ethnic group or nation….(or religion).
ISIS is systematically killing Christians in Syria and Iraq. They are beheading children (and putting their heads on sticks in the park), raping women, taking the wives of Christians and forcing them to be wives of radical Islamic leaders. This is going on right now….today…in numbers we cannot yet calculate.
Antisemitism in Europe Unparalleled since Hitler’s Time
Natan Sharansky, an Israeli leader of the Jewish Agency, recently warned of “the beginning of the end” of European Jewry. Here are a few things happening in Europe:
- Jewish enclaves are being fire-bombed.
- Chants of “Death to Jews,” “Slit Jews throats,” “Hamas, Hamas, Jew to the gas,” and other antisemitic slurs are routinely heard in European cities.
- Jews are being beaten up, simply for being Jewish.
- Jewish businesses are being vandalized and burned.
- Synagogues are being destroyed.
Radical Islam Rules in Gaza
Hamas and Islamic Jihad continue to press the issue in Gaza. Literally within minutes of the end of a 72-hour ceasefire, terrorists began launching dozens of rockets into Israel. Their goal is not to win the battle, but to draw Israel back into war in hopes of racking up as many civilian casualties as possible. By doing so, they point the finger at Israel for being the aggressors and killing “innocent citizens.” They systematically brainwash the international community to turn against Israel.
Christians, we must be alert. We must stand strong on God’s Word. We must unite together to bless Israel. We must also come to the sobering truth that, though Israel is fighting to keep Israelis safe and their state intact, Israel is fighting for something much larger. Israel is fighting for the free world. Do you realize that, if Israel were to be overcome (which they won’t!), then radical Islam will have conquered a major obstacle in creating a world wide caliphate?
What then? They go after the rest of the world! You see, to have a “world wide caliphate,” means it is global! Look at Europe! In a sense, Europe turned its back on the One True God and now the enemy has a foothold there. Why do you think Jews are so easily attacked in Europe? Because evil and oppression, cloaked in Islam, have seemingly overtaken the continent.
Sadly, the death of Christianity in Europe is spreading to America. We are on a slippery slope. The target of radical Islam is not just Israel. It is not just Europe. It is the world! And if the US collapses from within because of our disobedience to God’s Word, the take over is “easy pickins” for radical Islam!
But believers, we have HOPE! It is not dire for us. Yes, we must be alert. And yes, we must stand united and fight. Yes, we must bless Israel. But the God of Israel…the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob…is our BLESSED HOPE! We can trust in a sovereign God who rules over all, but He is calling us to wake up!
I leave you today with these words from Luke 21:29-36:
Then He told them a parable: “Behold the fig tree and all the trees; as soon as they put forth leaves, you see it and know for yourselves that summer is now near. So you also, when you see these things happening, recognize that the kingdom of God is near.Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all things take place.Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away.
“Be on guard, so that your hearts will not be weighted down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of life, and that day will not come on you suddenly like a trap; for it will come upon all those who dwell on the face of all the earth. But keep on the alert at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are about to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”