You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day Psalm 91 v5
|Four airliners were hijacked, two hit the World Trade Centre towers, one hit the Pentagon and the fourth crashed in woodland, following heroic action by passengers.|
This date has been burned into the west’s consciousness as “nine-eleven”. This is especially memorable as 911 is the number to dial for the American emergency services.
In Israel and the Jewish world, Tisha ba’Av - the 9 th of Av is the date of many significant defeats and disasters, including the destruction of the first and second Temple. Av is the eleventh month! – another 9-11.
In Bible numerology, 9 signifies finality and 11 signifies disorder, disintegration and judgment.
This should have made clear that the terrorist attack on the twin towers of the World Trade Centre was a wake-up call to America and the Western world. This attack has since been followed up by attacks in London and Madrid and many more places. The Madrid attack was successful in bringing about a change of government beneficial to Islam.
The Al-Qa'eda network of Osama bin Laden accepted the blame and Bin Laden declared "Holy War" on the U.S.A. and on the "Jewish -Christian Crusade against Islam.
Let us remind ourselves of these images.
Those of us who watched these events unfold on their television screens will not forget these images but will we remember the bare facts?
The president of the U.S.A. swiftly promised to deploy the might of America to hit back at the terrorists. An alliance was formed to combat terrorism, including Arab nations known to be connected with terrorism, in order to bring them into the conflict on our side and not the other side. Israel was excluded; the country with most to fear from Islamic terror!
But did the West really understand what we were seeing and take this wake-up call seriously?
Was the nature of the challenge really understood?
Did the Church comprehend the significance of these events ?
The secular, left biased media very quickly started re-interpreting the events to fit their own narrative.
On the evening of September 11th, when the world had been saturated with the horrific images of the attack, reporters had already started playing down the rejoicing of Palestinians that had been so clearly visible to the viewer. (video footage that was quickly buried). Orla Guerin, for the BBC, repeatedly used the phrase, "I think" to tell us she believed that ordinary Palestinians were not pleased by what had happened and were at home praying that it would not involve them. Surely the purpose of reporters is to report what has happened, not to make excuses for evil and deny the evidence just presented.
A subsequent survey of Palestinians revealed, that one in four believe terrorism against the USA is consistent with Islamic law, that the vast majority opposed the US attacks on Afghanistan, and that the majority opposed Arafat's ceasefire in Israel.
Within a month the Allies were at war in Afghanistan and, with no obvious connection to events, the alliance was talking of the urgency of re-establishing the "Middle East Peace Process" towards establishing a Palestinian state. ( preparing to sacrifice Israel to appease the Muslim world.)
What has changed?
Afghanistan is still a battleground
Terror attacks on the west are now a constant, accepted threat.
Terrorist attacks in Israel are still Palestinian policy but are constrained by the much maligned security barrier.
Arafat has gone, to be replaced by a two headed leadership which is merely more open in its objective to destroy Israel.
Iran's proxy organisation, Hizballah, has fought a war against Israel from Lebanese territory and then taken over Lebanon.
Hamas in Gaza continues to vow to destroy Israel and never make peace, and continues to rain rockets on southern Israel (in spite of an Israeli attack in 2009)
In Iran, Ahmadinijad and the mullahs are racing towards making Iran a nuclear power so that it can obliterate Israel, defeat the USA and instigate the reign of chaos which will bring about the coming of the Mahdi and the day of judgment.
The west still talks and negotiates ineffectually to try and halt Iran's nuclear weapons programme.
The politicians and the media continue to downplay the essence and motives of fundamental Islam.
In December 2006, Caroline B. Glick said,
When the history of our times is written, this week will be remembered as the week that Washington decided to let the Islamic Republic of Iran go nuclear.
Since the Cold War, military analysts have talked of MAD being the factor that will stop nuclear armed opponents pushing the big red button. We need to remember that while our media may treat Ahmadinajad as a clown, he will soon have his own big red button and he has repeatedly vowed to wipe Israel off the map.
Ahmadinijad is immune to MAD because he does not care about being destroyed, and would embrace Islamic martyrdom for himself and his nation in order to create the chaos that will usher in the era of the Mahdi (the end times of Islamic eschatology).
Our leaders and our media still cannot understand that democracy is a totally alien concept for Islamic nations - they only respect a strongman.
Saddam Hussein may have been deposed in Iraq and prevented from going nuclear, but the lack of a strongman has left Iraq open to Iran due to factors of Muslim denominational loyalties that our leaders have not acknowledged.
Our leaders and enthuse over the, so called, “Arab Spring” as something that is ushering in democracy to the Middle East. What we actually see is the rise of hard line Islamic rule by means of the democratic process. Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Syria and Jordan could soon be hard line sharia theocracies.
By 2015, Islamic State was grabbing all the terror headlines with their rampage through Iraq and Syria. Islamic State
Politicians were still failing to comprehend that the problem was not merely ISIS terror, but Islamic Terrorism
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Those who died on September 11th did not die in Judgment for their sins, as Jesus made clear when asked about the victims of another tower collapse;
" Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them--do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem? I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish." ( Luke 13 v4-5) .
Our Lord's concern is that everyone repents while there is time and opportunity.
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