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A religious war is under way. It is the demonically inspired war of radical Islam upon Jews and Christians of every stripe. Surely, Messianic believers fall somewhere under that general category in the minds of the jihadists, should they even care about such distinctions. I've posted about attacks on Jews in earlier newsletters. Today I am posting about the war on Christians in the wake of the brutal beheadings of 21 Coptic Christians by ISIS on a beach in Libya. A video of the whole awful scene was posted by ISIS on Facebook, and I've posted some relevant news articles below. This is the latest example of the ideology of death the jihadists take pride in, and revel in. Apparently, killing defenseless people makes these Islamic cultists feel powerful - a trait they share with their father, satan.
Not withstanding the fact that I have often spoken out about the errors of organized Christianity, and will continue to do so, I feel compelled to pray for all the believers, regardless of affiliation, who are under attack by this threat. It is a traumatic experience, even under more normal circumstances, to face death, or to deal with the death of a loved one. What a horror it must be to lose a loved one to barbarity such as this! Surely, our hearts go out to the families of all the Christian victims who have been and are being slaughtered by jihadists in the name of Allah.
Many have been stunned at the rapid spread of this new, more brutal form of jihadism, that has recently crystallized in this movement known as ISIS/ISIL. This was thought at first to be regional, in Iraq and Syria, as part of its so-called Islamic State. Now though, pledges of allegiance are swiftly coming in from jihadist groups in Egypt, Gaza, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Yemen and now Libya - and who knows where else. Indeed, the whole Mideast is on fire, from this, from civil war, and from the Iranian-led threat to Israel. In these places ancient Jewish and Christian communities that survived the Saracens are now being driven out by Islamic persecution. Some say there will be no Christians in these countries if the present trend continues. Literally millions of Christians and unknown numbers of Jews have already fled in the face of the Islamic onslaught, and many more are seeking safe haven right now.
This may surprise some readers, but I see this mass exodus of Christians and Jews (including converted Muslims) from Muslim lands to be an answer to prayer, which was called for in program #136 posted on our Tsiyon.org website back in 2008 (See left). In that program it was revealed that the pale horse rider of Revelation had been released, and was already moving the Middle East Islamic countries toward a catastrophic war in which untold numbers will be killed. Since then, events in the Middle East have been tracking, as if by an unseen script, toward exactly that fate. As we consider the multiple heinous crimes that radical Islam is heaping up before YHWH, who can deny that such a punishment is not just? That is, except for the righteous who live there. That's why, with that program, I asked all listeners to begin praying for the righteous in the Islamic world to escape, before the judgment falls. Today, in this newsletter, I feel the need to renew that call. Friends, please, pray with me for all of the righteous now dwelling in Islamic countries, that YHWH might quickly move them out of those places, into places of safety for them, before catastrophic judgment falls upon the jihadist enemies of YHWH. Make no mistake, this Islam-shattering war is coming, and it will change everything, everywhere.
Enough about that, now, about our latest Midrash. This too is about Yah's war on His enemies - in this instance enemies within the camp of Israel. This is the story of Korah's faction and how YHWH dealt with it. Don't think this is dead history. This is an example meant for every age of believers, that we not be misled by the silver-tongued apostates who would lead us to the ruin of our faith and our lives. A horrible fate is stored up for all of these sons of rebellion, and this Midrash will make you aware of the threat, and how to avoid it.
Korah's Faction. Don't miss it!
Blessings and Shalom,
Eliyahu ben David