Be Very Alert! No 175

Be Very Alert!- By Val Hollard

On Watch at the Door.                                                                No 175, July 15, 2014

ISLAM RISING

   “The fourth beast is a fourth kingdom that will appear on earth… (It) will devour the whole earth, trampling it down and crushing it… I, Daniel, was deeply troubled by my thoughts, and my face turned pale.” (Dan 7:23, 28)

The recent rising of an extremely radical group in Syria and Iraq, ISIS or IS, has dominated much of the news. This group now calls itself an Islamic Caliphate. A Caliphate is a unified Islamic Empire under the headship of one person, the Caliph, governed by Islamic Sharia Law. Their desire is to fulfil the words of the Qur’an and sayings (Hadith). They have now declared a global Caliphate for all Muslims. Although they are claiming large areas of Syria and Iraq at the moment, their aim is global. There is particular concern that they will seek to invade Jordan next. They already have terrorist cells in Gaza. Their ultimate aim is Jerusalem.

Young men from around the world are being lured to fight for the ISIS militants in ways which suggest that jihad is ‘cool.’ They use rap videos, romanticized notions of revolution and adventure and are assured that it is ‘fun.’ Some 7,500 foreigners are believed to be fighting in Syria and Iraq. Fighting in jihad with others gives them a sense of brotherhood. We can expect much trouble when these people return to their own countries with a burning desire to spread Sharia Law and who are also trained in radical terrorist techniques.

As ISIS pushes its way through Syria and Iraq, it leaves behind destroyed towns, raped women and children, and beheaded and butchered bodies lie in the streets. Children are taken hostage and taught to use arms. Anyone who does not comply with Sharia Law can expect to suffer. It is no wonder that Daniel turned pale after having visions of the coming Islamic Caliphate!

We are not seeing the final Caliphate yet, as there are some requirements to be met first. And I believe that it is very unlikely that the self-proclaimed Caliph, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, will be the Antichrist. However, we are getting a glimpse of what is to come and it is a decidedly unpleasant picture.

According to Brigitte Gabriel, at the time of September 11th there were 2-3 million Arab Muslims living in the US. But it took only 19 Muslim hijackers to kill about 3,000 people and bring America to its knees. Radicals are estimated to be between 15-25% of all Muslims. Considering there are now well over a billion Muslims in the world, that could mean that there are some 300 million radicals dedicated to the destruction of Western civilisation. And they are doing this by beheading and large-scale massacre. Some Christians, as is already happening in Syria and in Mosul in Iraq, are allowed to pay a jizya or poll tax for their protection if they can afford it.

The majority of Muslims are peaceful people. But Brigitte Gabriel says that when you look at many of the atrocities throughout history, the peaceful majority is irrelevant. Most of the Germans were peaceful, yet the Nazis drove the agenda and 60 million people died. Most Chinese were peaceful, but the Chinese killed 70 million people. The Russians killed 20 million people, etc. But in all cases the majority of the people were peaceful. This peaceful majority is, as Brigitte says, irrelevant and it is time we took political correctness and threw it into the garbage where it belongs.

If the peaceful majority is irrelevant, what can we do about Islam? Firstly, we can put on the full armour of God so we can stand in these increasing evil days. We can pray for Muslims and if we are in touch with them, we can witness to them.

We can also ask our government to ban the enforcement of Sharia Law on anyone here in New Zealand. Make it illegal. In India, Muslims have been banned from forcing Sharia Law on people by the India Supreme Court.

Larry Pickering makes the following comments about Islam in Australia:

“Islam allows the rape of any female of any age who is not a Muslim. The judiciary seems oblivious to Australian lives being wrecked by over-sexed Islamic youths who are guests of this nation. Surely this must stop. Islamic arrogance and its complete disregard for the law of its host nation is breath-taking.

“It is time for our Government to call a spade a shovel and bury political correctness. Australia does not want these people, it doesn’t need them. They neither contribute to, nor enrich our multicultural society.”

Islam should be outlawed as a seditious cult that seeks not only to ignore, but to undermine, our Australian way of life and our laws.

“We are not Islamic and we don’t intend to be. Yet Islam is determined to impose its barbaric cult on Australia as it has already done on European host nations.”

With our elections here in New Zealand coming up shortly, perhaps it is time to front up to candidates and confront them with the atrocities of Islam and ask for laws which would protect our citizens from this evil. Make Sharia Law illegal!

   Martin Niemoller: Niemoller was a German military officer and an early supporter of Hitler’s rise to power. It was only when Hitler threatened to attack churches that he openly opposed the regime. For his efforts, Niemoller was arrested, charged with activities against the government, fined, detained, and eventually interned in the Sachsenhausen and Dachau concentration camps from 1938 to 1945.

Niemoller said: “First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out – because I was not a socialist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out – because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out – because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me – and there was no one left to speak for me.” (From an article by John Whitehead)

 

VATICAN NEWS FROM A BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVE

A short while ago, Tony Palmer brought a message from Pope Francis to Kenneth Copeland’s church In the US. After the message, the protest of the Reformation was declared over and that we are all Catholics again. Palmer said that we all agree that we are saved by faith through grace. The problem is that Rome has a different definition of grace from that of biblical evangelicals.

The Bible teaches that we are justified by a free gift of God. It is not by works otherwise grace would not be grace. (Rom 3:24; Rom 11:6) We do good works because we are saved. According to Rome, grace can be earned by the sacraments, rituals and works. These have a saving power. To cite their Catechism, “We can merit for ourselves and for others all the graces needed to attain eternal life.”

Recently Copeland travelled to Rome with a delegation of other evangelical Christians and met privately with the pope. James Robison said, “This meeting was a miracle. This is something God has done. God wants his arms around the world. And he wants Christians to put his arms around the world by working together.”

Megachurch leader Joel Osteen has also been to the Vatican with a delegation. He says of the pope’s message, “I love the fact that’s he’s made the Church more inclusive,” he said. “Not trying to make it smaller, but to try to make it larger—to take everybody in. So, that just resonates with me.” (Read Matt 7:13-14)

But it is not just Protestants that Rome wants to bring under its wing. Rome’s idea of unity is more political. Just acknowledge the pope as the spiritual head of the world and then you can carry on being Buddhist, Muslim, Evangelical, Hindu, etc.

The Archbishop of Canterbury and the pope have met for the second time since both took office. They discussed the problem of the global trade in human trafficking but Francis also said that “the goal of full unity remains the aim which should direct our every step along the way.” The Road to Rome is getting broader!

A St Louis Archbishop embroiled in a sex scandal has just testified that he didn’t know in the 1980s that it was a crime for priests to have sex with children. Pope Francis has now asked forgiveness from victims of past sexual abuse by paedophile priests. He has also begged forgiveness for the “sin of omission of past church leaders who did not respond adequately.”

This response by the pope is rather interesting in light of the recent canonization of two popes, John XXIII and John Paul II “as men of courage and mercy, who responded to challenges of their time by modernizing the Catholic Church in fidelity to its ancient traditions.” John XXIII first issued the Criminale Solicitacciones instructions in 1962 directing bishops globally to protect paedophile priests and nuns at the expense of not protecting the children who were victims. The document proves that the Vatican knew of the abuse for decades. John Paul II had Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, later Pope Benedict, reissue the directive. Rome now calls these popes “saints.” In Scripture, there is a genuine sainthood of all believers.

 

IN THE NEWS

Although it has lost its top position in the news, ISIS continues its push through the Middle East. ISIS, made up of mainly Sunni Muslims, is not only leaving a path of destroyed churches, mosques are also being destroyed. They have already blown up some of the most sacred places in Iraq and anything that does not measure up to what they want for Islam. This includes anything associated with their rivals, the Shi’ites. One report has it that Mecca is also in their sights. They have problems with Mecca and say that people are going there just to touch the stones having lost the true meaning of their faith which is the worship of none but Allah. Any attempt to destroy the Ka’ba would certainly be met with strong opposition.

In Israel, “Operation Protective Edge” has been launched to try and bring an end to the barrage of rocket attacks from Gaza into Israel. The rockets are reaching further into Israel than ever before, endangering major cities. At one stage, half the population of eight million were taking shelter, seriously disrupting their lives. Rockets aimed at Israel’s nuclear reactor at Dimona failed to reach their target. Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile system has downed 90% of the rockets from Gaza that threatened population centres or other sensitive targets.

God has been watching over Israel and I have not heard of any deaths there yet. In Gaza, where ISIS is now believed to be operating too, the terrorists have again tried using civilians as human shields, even though citizens were warned that attacks were coming. Hence there have been dozens of deaths in Gaza. Fatah in the “West Bank” has formed a unity government with these terrorists, yet Israel is still expected to hand over more land to them and the US and Europe fund them.

In America, much of the focus is on the southern border with Mexico. About 50,000 unaccompanied children from various Central American countries have crossed the border, many with infectious diseases. Border Patrol agents are now spending much of their time caring for these children. In the meantime drugs pour freely across the border and there are fears that ISIS operatives will also cross.

   Revelation 16:15: “Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.”

   Worthy News asks if anyone knows what this means, and then provides an answer.During the days of the Temple, the Levities were in charge of keeping the Temple holy. So throughout the night, the captain would make his rounds to make sure that those assigned were watching attentively, so that no one would defile the Temple during the night. If a watchman was found sleeping, he was beaten and his garments were set on fire so that he had to return home naked in his shame! Are you a faithful watchman?

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