By now, you have all heard of the attacks in Paris that occurred last Friday, November 13. As of today, there are 129 dead, and 352 injured. The death toll could continue to rise. There were 7 separate coordinated attacks involving suicide bombers carrying AK-47s, while people were out on the town Friday night. Three attacks at a soccer game, three attacks at restaurants and bars, and the largest attack at a concert that involved a 2 hour and 40 minute siege. Everyone is pointing the finger at ISIS, including ISIS themselves claiming responsibility, and that is likely the case – at least one of the attackers was posing as a Syrian refugee. ISIS has threatened to do this, and they’ve apparently made good on that threat.
But what nobody is talking about is that Jesus Christ is a sovereign God and these things happen by His command:
Isaiah 45:7 -I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these [things].
Amos 3:6 – Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? shall there be evil in a city, and the LORD hath not done [it]?
Isaiah 54:16 – Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that bringeth forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy.
It’s time for a reality check. ISIS is nothing more than a tool in the hand of God, used to punish a wicked nation. France is one of the most evil countries on earth. They aggressively push for fags and fag marriage, and just as aggressively push against anyone who would preach against fags. They’ve wholly turned their treacherous backs on their Creator, and made it a crime to preach against fags in their country. In fact, after the Charlie Hebdo attacks last January, French President Francois Hollande announced his intention to make it easier to throw people in jail for making anti-gay comments. I think “God hates fags” would fall in that category. After the attacks on Friday, a tweet from someone in France has become quite popular. It says: “Friends from the world, thank you for #prayForParis, but we don’t need more religion! Our faith goes to music! Kisses! Life! Champagne and joy! #ParisIsAboutLife.” Well, today, Paris is not about life. It is about dead bodies lying in your streets, and your citizens living in terror. This is a punishment of God. Going to war with ISIS is not going to fix your problems. You have rejected the only Man who can save you, and now you have a very small foretaste of the final judgment day to come at the hands of that same Man. “Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.” (Acts 17:31)
Terror and dead bodies lying on your streets are not unique things. This is a thing that you will find throughout the prophesies in scripture. These are things that God promises to people who forsake Him.
Leviticus 26:16 – “I will even appoint over you terror.”
Amos 8:3 – “And the songs of the temple shall be howlings in that day, saith the Lord GOD: [there shall be] many dead bodies in every place.”
Jeremiah 9:22 – “Speak, Thus saith the LORD, Even the carcases of men shall fall as dung upon the open field, and as the handful after the harvestman, and none shall gather [them].” On Friday, as dead bodies were on the streets, people in apartments above were too scared to go outside, so they threw sheets from their buildings to try to cover the carcasses.
Ezekiel 6:5 – “And I will lay the dead carcases of the children of Israel before their idols; and I will scatter your bones round about your altars.”
Nahum 3:3 – “The horseman lifteth up both the bright sword and the glittering spear: and [there is] a multitude of slain, and a great number of carcases; and [there is] none end of [their] corpses; they stumble upon their corpses:”
As I mentioned before, ISIS is simply a tool in the hand of God to inflict this punishment. And ISIS will likewise face the wrath of God, because they are doing this out of their own pride and in service to their false god. This also is not a unique thing. This is the same thing that happened with Assyria, when God used them to punish the nation of Israel. Here are a few verses from Isaiah 10:
“O Assyrian, the rod of mine anger, and the staff in their hand is mine indignation. I will send him against an hypocritical nation, and against the people of my wrath will I give him a charge, to take the spoil, and to take the prey, and to tread them down like the mire of the streets. Howbeit he meaneth not so, neither doth his heart think so; but it is in his heart to destroy and cut off nations not a few…Wherefore it shall come to pass, that when the Lord hath performed his whole work upon mount Zion and on Jerusalem, I will punish the fruit of the stout heart of the king of Assyria, and the glory of his high looks. For he saith, By the strength of my hand I have done it, and by my wisdom; for I am prudent: and I have removed the bounds of the people, and have robbed their treasures, and I have put down the inhabitants like a valiant man:… Shall the axe boast itself against him that heweth therewith? or shall the saw magnify itself against him that shaketh it? as if the rod should shake itself against them that lift it up, or as if the staff should lift up itself, as if it were no wood.”
Now, in the middle of all of this, Westboro Baptist Church’s name keeps coming up. There is currently a war of words on twitter because some people are making an inapposite comparison between WBC and ISIS. Notably, the author Stephen King said “Hating all Muslims for what happened in Paris is like hating all Christians because of the gay-hating Westboro Baptist Church. “ Of course, WBC doesn’t go around murdering people, or advocating the murder of people, and people are calling out Stephen King on that. Our weapon is the Word of God, and you would think that a guy who makes a living off of words would understand the difference. But he does say one truth: you hypocrites do, in fact, hate us. And the reason you hate us is because of the kinds of things that I just told you in this video. You hate God. You hate His sovereignty. And you hate that He testifies that your works are evil. In speaking to His people, Jesus said:
“The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil.” (John 7:7).
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