To make matters worse, the children on the “other side” are holding up heads of Christians like it was something to be proud of.
“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil” (Isaiah 5:20).
The book of Revelation states that this will be the case in the end times. Revelation 20:4 specifies the way many Christians will be killed – they will be beheaded.
It is here. It is happening.
All this is in my study, Revelation in Black and White. Here is the bottom line: we might be able to beat this ISIS threat now – and I hope we do – but if we beat it this time it will come back.
The Caliphate (or the joining of the Middle Eastern nations as one radical group) is what Revelation calls “the beast.” The Caliphate will rise. It will come. It is prophecy.
A friend of mine texted me the other night about all the stuff happening over there. She said, “It’s all as you predicted.” She has heard me rant about this for years. Then she said, “Nic, the prophet.”
I laughed. No, I am not a prophet. Jesus is. God is. All this information is in scripture for anyone to read. God has warned us about this for nearly two thousand years.
“An hour is coming for everyone who kills you to think that he is offering service to God.” John 16:2
Sound familiar? ISIS wants to exterminate Israel, kill the Christians, and submit the whole world to Islamic rule. They do all of this for the name of their God – Allah. Now go back and read John 16:2 again.
“Who is like the beast, and who is able to wage war with him” Revelation 13:4.
Why does scripture say this? Think about it. Can we stop this threat? Really stop it? We can crush the Taliban, we can crush Hezbollah, we can crush ISIS (if we get our act together) but will the threat really ever go away? The threat is not a political group. It is not a country. It is a RELIGION.
And let me just make a point that burns my hide: many say Islam is a “tolerant” and “moderate” religion and that many of these groups are the “extremists” and the “radicals.” Hum, let’s think about this for a minute shall we?
If you are a Christian – who is your role model? Who should you emulate? Who should you strive to be more like?
Jesus was peaceful. Those Christian who kill in the name of Jesus aren’t true Christians. True Christians model themselves after Jesus.
So if you are Islamic – who is your role model? Who should you emulate? Who should you strive to be more like?
Muhammad was a beheader. He was a radical. He waged jihad.
Understand? Fundamental (or radical) Islam is the religion of Muhammad. Note the definition of “fundamental.” What does it mean? “Original.”
I rest my case.
I’m not saying all Muslims are “evil” or that all are even “fundamental.” I am sure there are many that just want peace. That is why we fought so hard to free Iraq from the extremist threat. But to be clear, those that do want peace (without submission) are not true followers of Muhammad. They aren’t practicing what he preached.
Scripture says we won’t crush this fundamental beast – at least not in the end times. It will be here. It will thrive. And it will behead.
And sorry folks, that pre-tribulation rapture some of you are counting on is not truth. 2 Thessalonians 2:1-4 clearly states that the rapture will not come until the “man of lawlessness” – aka the Antichrist – is revealed. That means, we are here when he takes off his hat at the mid-point of the final seven years and starts persecuting Israel. As in, we are here at least through the mid-point. I pinpoint the timing a little bit better for you in my Revelation in Black and White study but it is too much to get into that here.
So what do we do?
We prepare our hearts. We model ourselves after Jesus. We pray for our enemies. We fight for truth to prevail. We pray for evil to be crushed. We do what we can do to stop EVIL. Will we succeed this time? I don’t know. But it is up to us to try, in whatever way we can. Is it not?
That is what America is good at doing – standing up to evil. My husband died fighting evil. I am proud of him. I am proud of every American soldier serving in the military. They are superheroes to me – all of them. I am a “boy” when it comes to movies. I like Rambo and Thor and The Avengers. Don’t sit me down and force me to watch Titanic. I will growl at you. I mean it. I will growl. I watched Rambo II (my absolute favorite by the way) the other day and realized why I liked “boy” flicks.
The bad guys die. Evil is crushed. The world is saved.
That is what I want. I hunger to take evil and crush it. I want it to die in the pit of destruction and never rear its ugly head again. I want to see it bombed straight to hell. And many of those movies, my favorites, do that. They take evil and annihilate it – sometimes by the machine guns of Rambo – sometimes by the hammer of Thor – but let me tell you something – I am on my feet screaming at the television screen every time.
“Get ‘em Rambo. Take them OUT!”
I just bought a sign that said, “Always be yourself, unless you can be Batman, then you should always be Batman.”
Why? Batman crushes evil. Batman takes them OUT.
I don’t know if this ISIS threat will end in the formation of the beast of Revelation, but if it does not, and if we are able to crush it for a time, we need to keep our eyes on the Middle East. We need to be aware of biblical prophecy. It is all there, mapped out for us if anyone cares to know it. It may not be this year, it may not be next, it may not be five years down the road, or even fifty, but the beast will rise. It is prophecy.
So what do we do in the mean time?
We put on our capes and don our masks and start being more like Batman.
Yes, you heard me. We are all soldiers in this war. We all have to stand up against those who call evil good and good evil – no matter the cost. Some of us are on the back lines, holding kitchen utensils and not machine guns, but we all need to be aware of what is happening, we need to tell others, and we need to model what true “good” looks like. We need to follow Jesus.
And on a final note, this desire to crush evil and be Batman is in all of us. God put it there. He hates evil. He wants to crush it just as much as we do, but He also wants to wait until every soul on earth who will come to faith does so. He wants His saints in heaven, so He waits, and gives us the drive to stop evil when we can. And in the end? Jesus is not a small baby in a manger – He is a conquering King – He is a soldier – He is Batman – flying down on a white horse – eyes a flame of fire – with a sword – and what happens?
The bad guys die. Evil is crushed. The world is saved.
For now we just have to wade through the muck a bit before we get there.
So today, I want you to open your eyes. Understand what is happening. Read Revelation . . . and put on your cape.