Terror in the News
Terror - Islam
Thursday, August 27, 2015
Today, not far from Roanoke, Virginia, two innocent children were killed. I say children, because I think we are all pretty childlike until about age thirty. Alison Parker was 24, a television journalist. Adam Ward was 27, a television cameraman. They were conducting an early morning interview with Vicki Gardner about economic development in their community.
Stalked by a premeditating soon-to-be murderer, both were shot to death on live television, at 6:45 AM. Vicki Gardner is in the hospital with a gunshot wound.
Last week a man entered a high-speed train in France, went to the restroom and loaded his AK-47. He also had a pistol, a box cutter and 200+ rounds of ammo. His plan was for maximum carnage. Had it not been for four brave Americans and a Brit, hundreds could have been killed.
In Syria and Iraq, a terror group is carving out their own country (they call it a caliphate), and murdering anyone who gets in their way, doesn’t think like them or looks at them the wrong way. The way they understand their holy book is that it is alright to murder folk, or kidnap multiple women and make them be wives (sex slave trafficking) or give children dolls and a knife so they can learn to behead people. Apparently the more you do, the better you get.
Can you imagine the fear experienced by the Christians in Mosul, Iraq, as they saw the ISIS JV coming their way? It would be hard to miss all the dust flying as they drove the tanks and Humvees we provided for what had become a fairly peaceful Iraq if there is such a thing. After the Administration decided to pull the troops out of Iraq, against the advice of his military advisors, ISIS sprung to life. I am sure the President overruled the Generals because of his vast military experience.
Like a calling card, the atrocities and extreme cruelty perpetrated on the innocent let the surrounding population know in advance that their headless end really was near.
Before Jesus was murdered by the Romans at the request of the people of Judah, the twelve Apostles began having a lot of questions concerning exactly what was the end, when would it happen, what would it be like? He told them it would be scary before the end came, especially the years leading up to the final war at Armageddon (Megiddo) in the Valley of Jezreel north of Jerusalem.
“People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken.” Luke 21:26 NIV
That is an interesting statement for several reasons; because it was made almost 2,000 years ago and spoke of a future time of anguish, despair, sorrow and a large dose of terror.
Throughout history there have always been times of terror. Being an enemy of Genghis Khan or Saddam Hussein proved rather terrorizing, not necessarily because they were killed but because of the way they were killed. Being nailed to a cross and left to die had to be terrorizing for Jesus. Being thrown to wild animals to satisfy their appetites in the coliseum had to be terrorizing. What about the Christians strapped to poles and set on fire to provide light for Emperor Nero’s gardens?
What about Hitler who would cook, shoot or gas people to death?
So what is different about terror today and terror in the past?
I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony about Jesus and because of the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years. Revelation 20:4 NIV
While beheadings are nothing new and have been used as a form of capital punishment by numerous countries, over the centuries it lost its appeal. The appeal? It was cheap, and it was painless when done properly. ISIS does not use the painless method.
In today’s “civilized” world, only a few Islamic countries use beheading as a form of capital punishment: Saudi Arabia, Iran, Qatar and Yemen.
Another reason the ancients used beheadings was to strike terror into the hearts of their enemies. ISIS still today displays the mounted heads of their victims so others know what to expect. Brutality in overdrive.
Muhammad, the peaceful founder of Islam, even ordered beheadings:
The Jews were made to come down, and Allah’s Messenger imprisoned them. Then the Prophet went out into the marketplace of Medina, and he had trenches dug in it. He sent for the Jewish men and had them beheaded in those trenches. They were brought out to him in batches. They numbered 800 to 900 boys and men. The affair continued until the Messenger of Allah had finished with them all. Al-Tabari, Vol. 8, p. 35
In the scripture from Revelation quoted earlier, John saw a lot of people in heaven dressed in white and wondered who they were. They were “… the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony about Jesus and because of the word of God.”
The scripture doesn’t identify any other form of death that befall the Christians in the last days, other than decapitation. John did not see the souls of those who were hung in Nero’s gardens, those who were crucified or shot or those buried alive.
Though four Islamic countries have legalized beheadings, it is a rare occurrence except in Saudi Arabia. In the new ISIS caliphate, beheading is anything but rare.
For those who haven’t studied the Bible story laid out in Revelation and the many references back to the Old Testament, they may not understand that this sudden increase in beheadings is actually a sign of the soon return of the Christ and His soldiers. What an army that will be.
“Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory. And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.” Revelation 24:30-31 NIV
Jesus told the Apostles that in the last days people would faint from terror, they would be apprehensive of what’s going on in the world, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.
These things are beginning to happen now. Twenty years ago one hardly heard of beheadings other than in Saudi. Now you can read about them almost every day in the front section.
When people go into theaters, cafes, schools or trains they should not be fainting from terror. There should be no terror. It’s everywhere. When two TV journalists are killed in an interview, that’s terror. I saw the original video that the killer made and posted (he actually filmed it as he did it) and wish I had not. It was 30 seconds that will be with me forever.
But there was sheer terror on the face of young Alison Parker as she turned and saw the evil aberration shooting her. I will not forget.
And to Governor Terry McAuliffe of Virginia who made the tragedy a political moment to whine about guns and gun control, here is a tip for you. It’s not the guns. Guns have been around for centuries and folk didn’t shoot up schools just to kill people. Until about 50 years ago, most people had a fear of the Almighty and what He might do to us if we were to do such a thing.
It is whiners like McAuliffe and his mindset that decided God needed to be separated from the minds of our little children and separated from the public arena. And this is what we got! Way to go.
It’s not guns, it’s God… or the lack thereof. In the meantime I will get a helmet, a bullet proof vest and an armored car.
About J.L. Robb
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