Be Very Alert! No 243

Be Very Alert!- By Val Hollard (NZ)

On Watch at the Door                                                                  No 243, June 19, 2017

THE NEW BABYLONIANS ARE COMING! – Read Habakkuk

The prophets of the Old Testament wrote for three time frames: the near future, the first coming of Jesus Christ and His second coming. The prophet Habakkuk is no exception. In the near future Babylon would come against Jerusalem and at the first coming of Jesus Christ the Roman legions destroyed the Temple and invaded Jerusalem. According to Habakkuk it is God who is bringing on these disasters as a judgment against wayward Israel.

I wrote about Habakkuk chapter 1 in 2012 and could clearly see how the final fulfilment was falling into place with the build-up of Muslim armies around Israel. Now five years later it is clear that the final fulfilment of Habakkuk’s prophecy involves the whole earth. God is bringing on Muslims as a judgment against nations where the church is full of apostasy and the laws of the land are no longer aligned with God’s laws. Habakkuk describes exactly what is happening today. Examples:

Violence! (1:2) Violence is mentioned three times in chapter 1. After 20 years of unchecked Muslim immigration, the UK is now home to 23,000+ Islamic terrorists. In the four European countries most targeted by terror attacks, Britain, France, Belgium and Germany, the number of official extremists has reached 66,000. That sounds like a real army on active duty!

Violent jihad attacks are increasing and major recent ones in England have been Westminster Bridge, Manchester and London Bridge. Other attacks have occurred elsewhere, including in our near neighbour Australia.

Swedish intelligence deemed a man too dangerous to stay in Sweden, so the immigration authorities sought to have him deported to Syria. They did not succeed: the law does not permit his deportation to Syria as he risks being arrested or executed there. Instead, he was released and is freely walking around in Malmö.

Injustice. (1.4) The law is paralysed and justice never prevails; The wicked hem in the righteous. In Minnesota, Muslims were arrested with guns and bomb-making materials but only got light charges. A 70-year-old Swedish woman in Dalarna is being prosecuted for hate speech after claiming on Facebook she saw migrants defecating in the streets and setting fire to cars.

Angela Merkel declares Islam is not the source of terrorism, but the Christians who make Muslims feel angry because of Islamophobia. Her speech has shocked the German people. She believes Europe must take more Muslim refugees because Islam is a peaceful religion. The growing number of Muslims in Germany represents not a threat but a learning opportunity, said Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble, discussing Islam in the wake of the Manchester attack.

In Germany there has been an upsurge in stabbings and knife crimes. Germany’s knife-crime problem is being exacerbated by its lenient judicial system, in which offenders receive relatively light sentences, even for serious crimes. In many instances, individuals who are arrested for knife-related crimes are released after questioning from police. This practice allows criminal suspects to continue committing crimes with virtual impunity. More than 1,600 knife-related crimes were reported in Germany during just the first five months of 2017 — an average of 300 such crimes each month.

In France, a deliberate side-effect of Macron’s policies will be population change. Macron wants Islam to have more room in France. Like many European leaders, Emmanuel Macron seems convinced that the remedy for the demographic deficit and the aging of ethnic European populations is more immigration.

Muslim atrocities against women in Europe are becoming commonplace. In the name of human rights, inclusion, diversity and equality, “enlightened” activists and judicial authorities are apologizing for and excusing Muslim criminals for behaviour that would not be tolerated from anyone else. The Court rulings are an open call to Muslim men in Europe to rape women, children, anyone they like.

In the US, defence lawyers plan to argue that religious freedom is at the core of the case in which two physicians and one of their wives are charged with subjecting young girls to genital mutilation.

The dhimmitude and danger to Western freedoms continues; Facebook is facilitating the Islamic supremacist ambitions to subjugate the West and destroy freedom of speech. Even ex-Muslims, deemed apostates and worthy of death, are being ganged up on by Facebook. Facebook apparently thinks it’s “Islamophobic” to criticize Islam. Ex-Muslims have slammed Facebook for ‘censoring pages that disrespect Islam’ as their pages are shut down.

Ruthless and impetuous people who sweep (march) across the whole earth and seize dwelling places that are not their own. (1:6) You will recall the TV images of 2015 when hordes of Muslim males marched across Europe to Germany. Germany began confiscating commercial buildings as homes to use for migrants but is now confiscating empty houses too. Hamburg authorities have confiscated six residential units in the Hamm district. A trustee appointed by the city is now renovating the properties and will rent them, against the will of the owner, to tenants chosen by the city. Homes, boarding houses and the like have been taken over for Muslim accommodation in many other places, including in Sweden.

They are a feared and dreaded people. (1:7) In Italy, fear of a jihad terror attack set off a stampede which injured 1500. “I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them.”(Qur’an 8:12) With the ever-increasing number of jihad attacks in Western countries, terror is being struck into the hearts of their citizens. Jihad attacks create screaming, panicking and pandemonium. In some places in the West women are now too frightened to go out on the streets alone. There are fears for grandchildren who are going to grow up into an increasingly violent world.

They are a law to themselves and promote their own honour. (1:7) Muslims, even moderate Muslims, want their own law, Sharia. The Australian Federal Police investigated 69 incidents of forced or under-age marriage in the 2015-16 financial year, up from 33 the previous year. While there are no official numbers, it is estimated that there are 83,000 women and girls in Australia who may have been subjected to female genital mutilation. In Italy, a newspaper editor has been charged with having “publicly injured the Islam religion.”

As Habakkuk peers into the future from his watchtower, God tells him that the revelation speaks of the end, though it linger it will certainly come. (Hab 2:1-3) It is happening now and there is nothing we can do to stop it! Now that it has started happening it will come fast. It is very hard to see how this prophecy can be anything but the rapid spread of Islam we are seeing now.

Leaders in many Western nations are in total denial of what is happening in their countries, including Church leaders. People in the entertainment industry are also in denial, blinded by God. In the wake of the Manchester terror attack singer Katy Perry said the way to solve the problem of terror is to open our countries’ borders even wider to everybody, absolutely everybody, and to just love one another!

Like Daniel, Habakkuk finds what he is seeing as very frightening. (Hab 3:16) What we are seeing now is just the beginning of this Islamic invasion which God is allowing as a judgment and there are certainly far worse times to come.

So what should we do? God reminds us that the just shall live by faith. (Hab 2:4) The apostle Paul takes this up again in Romans (1:17) and Galatians (3:11). We are to have faith in the completed work of Jesus on the Cross when He died to make atonement for all our sins, every single one of them. There is absolutely nothing we can do to save ourselves. “… not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Eph 2:9) Our response should be to repent and submit our full lives to Him and allow Him to use us for His glory. And in these last days there is plenty of work needing to be done.

With the spread of Muslims into the West, they have become much more accessible for evangelism. However, with a weak apathetic church there are few Christians who are equipped and willing to evangelise Muslims.

God has provided us with all we need to prepare ourselves for what is coming.

 

When trials come: “Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Saviour. The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to go on the heights.” ( Hab 3:17-19)

 

IN BRIEF

  • A high school girl who is a track star lost her usual first place spot to a boy who “identifies” as a girl in an opposing team. The “boy” had not taken any steps to transition to a girl. Many questions are being asked about fairness.

 

  • The Mail on Sunday has reported that the Church of England vote on offering ‘baptism’ for transgender people to mark their new identity has been scheduled for July, after a motion putting the controversial issue up for a vote moved forward. Liberal voices within the Church have argued that vicars have had to carry out unofficial services to welcome and accommodate transgender Christians, and have called on the community to embrace those who identify as such.

 

  • The Scottish Episcopal Church has forged ahead to become the first UK Anglican church to legalise gay marriage in a historic move that sets it on a collision course with other Anglican churches around the world. Gay couples in Scotland can expect to wed in churches by the end of the year, with a ‘conscience clause’ meaning no priest will be forced to celebrate LGBT weddings if they do not want to.

 

  • The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, UNRWA, has recycled an image of a Syrian girl standing in bombed-out Damascus and now claims that she is the Gazan victim of Israeli oppression. UNRWA is using it in a fundraising campaign. It shows how dishonest they are.

 

  • The Jerusalem municipality’s eastern Jerusalem experts have revealed that Turkey has been competing with Jordan over influence among Arab residents as well as over control of the Temple Mount. They also revealed that Turkey has begun pouring millions of dollars into non-governmental organizations in eastern Jerusalem, in order to strengthen Ankara’s status among the Arab residents, at the expense of Jordan and Israel.

 

  • In the US, Democrats are hoping to capitalize on the anti-Trump excitement in their base by staging a coordinated ‘Summer of Resistance’ across the country that is aimed at countering the agenda of President Trump.

 

  • Israel and New Zealand have ended the diplomatic crisis that began in December when New Zealand co-sponsored an anti-Israel UN Security Council resolution. Israel will return an ambassador to New Zealand.

 

  • Muslims are taking control of America by first establishing mosques in every town and city. There, not only indoctrination takes place, but also future terrorists are made to read and understand the principles of jihad and martyrdom. Mosque elders come from Muslim nations with one purpose in mind: make Sharia Law the supreme rule within the US.

 

  • A Catholic Cardinal and former Archbishop of Washington, DC, Theodore McCarrick, has declared that Mohammed is a true prophet of God.

 

EXTRA ITEMS:

After the Middle East, will Islamists uproot Christians in Europe?
https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/10455/islamists-uproot-christians

Accept Islamic Terror as the New Normal?
https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/10474/islamic-terror-new-normal

How to find a Bible-Believing church – by Lighthouse Trails
http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=22627

 

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