A few hours before the recent
attacks in Paris, a Palestinian terrorist shot and killed two members of
the Litman family, who were driving in their car near Hebron. Tragically, a
"Red Crescent" ambulance came up to the car while the family was
bleeding within, but refused to stop and help them!
There is no difference between terror against Jewish people and terror
against others: The victims of terror and murder are never to be blamed
for the attacks. The terrorists are. Israel is not to be blamed any more
than France or Russia or America. We grieve with compassion for all
victims - including Arabs.
Jihad: War Against Non-Muslims
In some ways, the term "terrorist" is outdated. These are Jihadists. They
are part of the apocalyptic scheme of Islamic extremism to kill Jews,
Christians and all "blasphemers"; to destroy Western civilization and
conquer the world.
The attack in Paris was well planned and coordinated. It required dozens
of people involved in weapons procurement, transportation, communication,
financing and mapping. These people are not deranged psychotics. They are
well-indoctrinated (or brain-washed) Jihadists.
Some commentators have described this as a clash between Western
civilization representing life and Islamic culture representing death. That
is only partly true. There has also been a great erosion of Judeo-Christian
values in Western culture, resulting in decadence, corruption, drugs,
sexual perversion and political correctness.
Darkness Cannot Overcome the Light
We are to pursue justice and righteousness (Deuteronomy 16:18-20) and to
choose life over death, goodness over evil (Deuteronomy 30:15, 19). While
we are certainly called to fight evil in all of its forms, we also have a
positive message to present to the world:
"Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of YHVH has shone
upon you. For behold the darkness has covered the earth and deep fog the
peoples; but upon you YHVH will shine and His glory appear over you. And
nations will come to your light ..." ( Isaiah 60:1-3)
This verse is beginning to be fulfilled in our time. It is not a
"millennial kingdom" verse, because it states that darkness is covering the
world. The word for "darkness"
seems to represent evil, while the word "fog"
seems to represent confusion.
That seems well to represent the world we live in.
Yeshua (Jesus) taught that the days before His return would be similar to
the times of Noah and Lot (Luke 17:26-30). We are already seeing similar
sins of both violence and decadence spreading around the world.
But it is exactly at that same time that the people of God are to "shine"
with glory and light. The evil in the world will force many Jews and
Christians to unite. The glory of the Lord will shine on that unity between
Israel and the Church.
It may well be that radical Islam will conquer Europe and destroy Western
Civilization (Revelation 13:7, 17:16)! Yet, at the same time millions of
Muslims, Jews, Christians and people from every nation will turn to true
There is no power in the world that can change the heart of human beings
from evil to good, other than the death and resurrection of Yeshua. We have
a message of hope and light in the midst of a world filled with despair and
darkness. This is the time for the people of God to shine with the glory of
God. The light will shine in the darkness, and the darkness will not be
able to overcome it (Genesis 1:3-4; John 1:5, 9).
This article was previously published on 20Nov15
on the Revive Israel website