From Magic City Morning Star|
Something is stirring in the universe.
Earth's inhabitants are reeling from a wave of atrocities that are increasing in frequency and intensity and which collectively, are a harbinger of evil on a biblical scale.
The world is incensed as radical Islamists gun down employees in Charlie Hebdo Magazine's Paris office, their slaughter punishment for publishing cartoons of a seventh-century nomad whom Muslims revere as a prophet sent by their god.
Seventy-two hours later, four Jewish shoppers in a Paris market are murdered in a related terrorist act. While furiously condemning the killings by ISIS sympathizers, French reporters suddenly become aware of the plague of anti-Semitic attacks sweeping France (527 in 2014, more than double the 2013 figure).
Multiplied millions are horrified to see a caged Jordanian pilot burned to death by ISIS misfits who according to a State Department spokesperson, are misbehaving because they're unemployed. Soon after, forty-five more suffer a similar fate at the hands of Islamic terrorists in Iraq.
The world, sans President Obama, is outraged by the beheading of twenty-one young Egyptian Coptic Christians by another band of ISIS killers. An estimated 2,000 Nigerians, mostly Christians, have been killed by Boko Haram militants who are determined to establish Islamic law in northeastern Nigeria.
The appalling list of atrocities grows by the day.
According to General Jack Keane, founder of the institute for the Study of War, radical Islam represents "the major security challenge of our generation." The growth of this religious ideology could not happen at a worse time for the United States, for never has the nation been led by a person so woefully unsuited for the job. Barack Obama is either completely ignorant of the teachings of Islam, or understands and is in agreement with the goal of its extremist members to defeat the Western democracies.
In an excellent piece entitled, What ISIS Really Wants, author Graeme Wood corrects the President's deliberate, premeditated lies concerning radical Islam. I urge you to read it carefully. Wood writes,
The atrocities committed in the name of Islam by ISIS (I prefer Daesh, a term its leaders find offensive) and related branches are horrendous, but may pale in comparison to what will be unleashed by a treaty the Obama administration is negotiating with America's Iranian enemies. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, chief negotiator for the Iranian nuclear program, is playing our president like a fiddle. Since President Obama is an appeaser par excellence, unwilling to confront any enemy who bears the mark of Islam, the ratification of this ill-advised treaty will spell major trouble for the United States and its friends, especially Israel and our other allies in the Middle East.
Thus radical Islam is the greatest external threat to the United States, particularly, and to the world at large.
If ever America needed to be the "city upon a hill," it is today, led by Christians whose allegiance is to God, first, and then to our nation whose foundation is the Word of God. We owe this example to the Muslim community, too, as we know their silent majority does not embrace the theology of the extremist branch of their religion. It is in desperate need of a Savior.
Tragically, the church is asleep and there are other voices that are spreading the "lie" that America's strength lies in the diverse religious lives of its people. Our current president boasted in his first inaugural address, "We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus, and nonbelievers." While this observation is true, it is equally true that the vast majority of our nation's founders were strong Christians and the principles upon which America was founded are based on Scripture. For those who lack the time to study our history, a casual walk among the early structures in our nation's capital easily make the case for our Christian roots. The etchings of Scripture are found everywhere, an enduring testament to the intent of our founding fathers.
Author Peter Manseau quotes the President's address in his new book, One Nation Under Gods: A New American History, and then writes that his words represented a "shift away from the Puritan dream of uniformity and toward the more complicated truth of difference, an acknowledgement that to speak of the United States with biblical terms is to pretend that the nation 'shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this Earth' is not home to many traditions, each with sacred texts of its own."
In a marketing piece that introduces the book, someone writes, "Thomas Jefferson himself collected books on all religions (so do I) and required that the brand new Library of Congress take his books (it has copies of mine, too), since Americans needed to consider the 'twenty gods or no god' he famously noted were revered by his neighbors." However, this sales pitch is itself a lie.
In Notes on the State of Virginia, Jefferson wrote,
As you can see, Jefferson's statement does not even hint that Americans need to consider "twenty gods or no god", nor did he imply that twenty gods "were revered by his neighbors." Manseau's fabrication is more suited for a fiction novel than a historical narrative.
More dangerous than the external threat is the internal threat by revisionists who deny that America was built on Christian principles, that its success and strength are the direct consequence of its dependency upon the God of the Bible, and that its future lies in the hands of God alone.
These men and women, many of whom are prominent atheists, authors, professors, activist judges, and politicians, are desperately working to remove any trace of the one true God from public life. Their unbelief does not threaten America nor is God intimidated or amused by their rejection. The danger they pose lies in their fierce determination to silence those who disagree and their commitment to revising history (such as Manseau's revisionist language concerning Jefferson's "twenty gods" statement).
However, the greatest danger to our Republic is comfortable, contented Christians, disengaged and oblivious to the course our nation is now following.
Isaiah, a true prophet of God, prophesied of the days in which we live, even pinpointing the source of the trouble that would come. Granted, he was speaking to the nation of Israel, but his timeless warnings should jar America from its complacency, too. Carefully listen to the faithful prophet:
Where does Isaiah say this will lead?
Violent terrorists pose a terrifying threat to people who are alienated from their Creator. However in God's sight, radical Islam is merely the consequence of man's sinfulness, easily eradicated when people place their faith in Jesus Christ alone for salvation.
Ungodly men and women are doing their best to silence Christians, but this has been their goal for more than two thousand years--century after century, history records their failures.
Whether it be radical Islam or strident atheists, neither pose a threat to a vibrant, victorious church. Sadly, though, the condition of the church today falls short of what it needs to be. I pray that we who comprise the church repent of our passivity and lack of evangelistic fervor, and that God renews his favor by means of a mighty revival in our land.
While it's possible that God in his sovereignty resets the clock, so to speak, and delays his Son's return, the extreme nature of the threats I've described portend that we are indeed living in the last days foretold by Scripture. New Testament authors, inspired by the Holy Spirit, accurately describe the present conditions on earth and in the church during the years leading up to Christ's return.
If I understand Scripture correctly, Satan is looking for one man, the one who will be as committed to Satan as Jesus is to the Father. When our adversary finds his prize, conditions on earth will be ripe for the ultimate battle between good and evil.
How much longer will it be before Satan finds his man?
Bruce Biller, a longtime student of the Bible and the End Times, believes that Christians will live through the Great Tribulation before Christ's return, rather than being taken to heaven first. His novel set during the last few years of human history, The god-man: seed of Satan, is his vision of how life may be for Christians during the rise of the AntiChrist.
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