Refugees and Luke 21

I must admit that I am conflicted about what our response to the Syrian refugee crisis should be as Christians. On the one hand, it is an opportunity to show the love of Christ and for evangelism. On the other hand is our need to protect our families and communities. Let’s delve into this issue and what scripture might say about it.

It has been estimated that 72% of the refugees entering or attempting to enter Europe are men, and mostly young men of military age. This is exactly the opposite of what you would expect for a true humanitarian crisis.  It can be assumed that the number of men would equal the number of women if it were an actual refugee situation. This means an incredible 2/3 of the refugees are fleeing for economic or “sinister” purposes. The rapid onset of this huge influx of refugees implies to me this number may even be greater, with entire family units also fleeing for nefarious purposes.

What might these “sinister” purposes be? Luke 21:9 tells us that during the second year of the 70th Week, chaos will erupt across the globe.

But when you hear of wars and commotions (Gk: AKATASTASIAS, meaning rebellions, riots or chaos), do not be terrified; for these things must come to pass first, but the end will not come immediately (Luke 21: 9 NASB)

Will the Antichrist and Isa (the False Prophet) incite their followers across the globe to riot and perform Jihad at that time? In the Luke 21:8, Jesus tells us that at the beginning of the 70th Week, false messiahs will come saying “I am he (Jesus)” and “the time has drawn near.” This is exactly what Muslims expect Isa to say from their heretical scriptures. He will deceitfully claim to be the historic Jesus (just not a divine one)(“I am he”) and that “Resurrection Day” has come (the “time has drawn near”). He will then call all Muslims to fight in the final battle to make the world Islamic. IMO, most Muslims (even what we term “moderate, peace-loving” Muslims today) will arise to Jihad. When they think the “end of time” has come, even they will arise to fight. The true Jesus, our savior, assumes this will terrify the world. That is why he specifically tells us to not be terrified. He is still in control.

We know in The Book of Revelation that “authority was given him (the Antichrist) over every tribe, tongue, and nation” (Rev. 13:7). Yet the Antichrist will fight wars against other nations until the end. How can this be? He will have authority over his followers (Muslims) in every nation. He may not control every nation but he will have authority within every people group. This is a very critical understanding to grasp.  Allowing Islamists, even peaceful Islamists, to emigrate is setting that country up for future violence of an unspeakable nature.

Compassion

Contrasting the future danger of Islamic refugees is our Christian compassion for the welfare and salvation of all people. Jesus has instructed us to care for the poor and the downtrodden regardless of the cost to ourselves. How do we reconcile these two aspects of the current crisis?

Personally, I don’t think we will be given a chance to decide. Our governments will readily move to assist the refugees. It is the “American Way.” Plus the current political party of the POTUS will eye these refugees as potential future voters for their party. Massive numbers of refugees will enter our nation.  Should we contact our representatives in Congress about our concerns and suggest that Christians and families be given priority? Yes, but I doubt that will have any effect.

Once they are here, as Christians we can have an effect however, possibly an eternal effect on some of these refugees.  We need to reach out with the love of Christ and with the power of prayer. Will that prevent the future Jihad that is coming? No, Christ has already told us what is prophetically set for the appointed time. It will happen despite any human efforts on our part. But let us work for the salvation of those the Holy Spirit will reach.  We must love and pray for our enemies.

Once a person realizes they will face persecution even unto death anyway during the coming years, our perspective changes. We must think like REVIVALISTS not SURVIVALISTS. Our personal survival must not be our priority. This is the opposite of what we would do in the flesh.

And I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.  But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear Him who, after He has killed, has power to cast into hell; yes, I say to you, fear Him! Are not five sparrows sold for two copper coins? And not one of them is forgotten before God.  But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. (Luke 12: 4-7 NASB)

IMO, we must think Kingdom first. What Jesus has foretold is coming, we won’t stop it, but we can impact  eternity. It is an awesome responsiblity.  And Jesus has promised that he will be with us even to the end of the age. These events should actually encourage us:

Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near!!! (Luke 21: 28 NASB)

He is coming soon.

 

12 thoughts on “Refugees and Luke 21”

  1. Here’s a stunning video from Germany; Angela Merkel is basically announcing Germany’s suicide. And note also that 10,000 rpt 10,000 Muslim males have recently arrived in Munich alone (and there were probably already many Muslims there before this group arrived). I’ve been to Munich. It is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_8kc19DL70

    By 2017, our Administration plans to bring in almost 200,000 Muslim refugees. You do not see many women and children in the groups flooding Europe. So if it turns out to be the case with those being brought in here that the majority of them are males of military (i.e., fighting) age, this means that we are importing an Islamic army approaching the numbers of our current military. Ponder that for a moment.

    Compassion misused is like pointing a gun at your head and pulling the trigger.

    1. Jeanne look at it this way, know you don’t have to travel to the middle east to witness to them about Christ. They can see first hand what radical Islam is all about. They can see Christianity expressed freely in this country versus being surpressed and persecuted in their former country. Do you not think alot of them will move back afterwards, perhaps even taking Christ in their hearts back with them.
      JFK said, “we have nothing to fear, but fear itself.”
      I am not fearful of Muslim people. Most are peaceful people. There is a radical element in every religion. Some Jews think Hitler was Christian. Lets find out what are the preconceptions Muslims have about Christians and clear them up so that Christ can be clearly see.
      Most Muslims openly talk about God versus most Americans who dont.
      This is a tremendous oppurtunity for showing the love of Christ for Everyone, Jew and Muslim.

  2. New Report: 93% Increase In Immigration From Saudi Arabia:

    https://www.conservativereview.com/Commentary/2015/09/New-Report-93-Increase-In-Immigration-From-Saudi-Arabia

    “Has anyone given a second thought to how many will assimilate into America and not get radicalized by the ubiquitous cyber jihad? Before Americans are disenfranchised and forced to take in thousands of Syrian “refugees,” why do none of the politicians observe the fact that we have already admitted an enormous number of immigrants from the Middle East in recent years and the trajectory is only growing?

    “One final important observation is how much of this immigration, which is primarily from the third world – with an ever-increasing share from the Middle East – is affecting smaller, more homogenous states……Americans are friendly and welcoming, but when did the people ever vote for such a transformation? At some point, this is no longer immigration but colonization.”

    1. Maybe this Gods retribution for America dropping two atomic bombs on innocent civilians in Japan and later trying to colonize Vietnam for the French and then later killing 250,000 women and children in Iraq and Afghanistan. You can pray for America but we have to admit we are not citizens here. We belong to a kingdom not of this world. There is no God in our schools, courthouses, or places of business. Do you think things will get better. Tell Americans to repent and believe and be baptised every one in the name of Jesus. First to the Jew, then to the Gentile. Amen

      1. America is certainly a secular nation and it is governed secularly without regard to God or his commands. It is populated by vast numbers of true believers and luke-warm believers as well, and they (independent of government) do much good. But you are correct, our allegience lies elsewhere. In terms of “God’s retribution,” I don’t presuppose these things. I know that God has promised to remove his hedge of protection from Israel during the 70th Week of Daniel, and it wouldn’t surprise me to know he has/will lift any hedge of protection in America as well.

        We are Ambassadors of Christ’s Kingdom no matter what nation we reside in, and God is making his appeal to the lost as if through us. Soon Jesus will rule those nations with a rod of iron, and his true believers will rule and reign with him.

  3. Does God have an “appointed time” set aside for Christ’s return, that is unchangeable? If so, what does the verse in the Bible mean that says God’s people can “speed His coming”? Also, something I’ve been grappling with is the idea of predestination. Did God predestine the Muslims to be the way they are when he said that Ishmael would be a “wild donkey of a man”? Did God predestine the Jews to salvation when he said that one day “all Israel will be saved”? Did God predestine bad things happening to the Jews throughout history on the “9th of Av,” since things always seemed to happen on the same date? Did God predestine the conflicts in the Middle East when He spoke of Jacob and Esau, saying to Rebekah, “Two nations are in your womb,and two peoples from within you will be separated; one people will be stronger than the other, and the older will serve the younger”?

      1. Hi Nelson, i was thinking kind of the same thing about your article. My thinking was that there had to be something to all of the sudden have this influx of refugees. Some do need help, but whats the underlying meaning? It has been reported already ISIS and jihadist are using it to get into these countries. What countries? The US, Europe, and actually Russia also to an extent.. Why these countries? The devil knows the most powerful nations to try and conquer that he would come up against he would have to weaken and cause chaos. When the antichrist goes up against the strongest nations it would be hard for that nation to focus on fighting him in the middle east because they would have to be fighting the millions already in their own country. Does this make sense to you? Hard to fight on two fronts.

  4. RupertI will share my two cents on this issue. In my opinion the countries that caused the mess (refugee crisis) in the middle east are reaping what they sow. The U.S, along with all NATO countries have been supporting Daesh(ISIS) by sending weapons and training to them, under the belief they were supporting the Free Syrian Army, which was suppose to depose Bashar Al Assad. All those who were in the Free Syrian Army defected to Daesh and now they are trying to create a caliphate in that region. Everyone who is not Sunni Muslim must flee.

    The U.S and European response has been that they will take on the refugee crisis by distributing them proportionately, instead of admitting they caused this mess in the first place!
    Russia has now gotten involved because it says it has intelligence that the U.S knows all of the Daesh camps but refuses to bomb them.
    Russia is lending support to Assad while the U.S refuses to work with him to destroy terrorist. This is why we need to stay out of the Middle East!
    I am not concerned about a bunch of people fleeing from radical Islam, to then come here and support an Islamic uprising on foreign land. God is in control and makes all things work together for those who love him, who are called according to his purpose.

  5. “It has been estimated that 72% of the refugees entering or attempting to enter Europe are men, and mostly young men of military age. This is exactly the opposite of what you would expect for a true humanitarian crisis.”

    I’m not surprised that the majority of “refugees” from these Islamic countries are men of military age. The countries they are fleeing have little respect for women or human life in general. The other day I saw two photographs, side by side. One photo showed American soldiers with the caption, “Go to war zone. Leave women and children in safe country.” The other was a photo of the Muslim male refugees with the caption, “Go to safe country. Leave women and children in war zone.” That pretty much sums it up. Don’t forget also that the current Administration has decided that ten Chaldean Christians who were seeking asylum in the U.S. must now be deported. Yet we can bring in tens of thousands of Muslim “refugees”.

    You are also correct about the economic incentive. I’ve read reports that the “refugees” are specifically seeking to go to those European countries with the most generous benefits. This is why countries like Hungary simply cannot support them and are turning them away. I can’t blame Hungary for doing this.

    However, there are also Christians fleeing persecution among these groups. Below is a link to a moving interview with Dr. Gottfried Martens of Trinity Lutheran-Berlin, Germany. It had not occurred to me that there were Christians among these groups until I heard this interview. Dr. Martens is a precious man of God. Some may doubt that these people are sincere, but they are not only seeking to be baptized once they get to his church, they are remaining with the congregation. Christian refugees will assimilate much better in the West than the Muslims.

    http://issuesetc.org/2015/09/16/4-muslim-refugees-converting-to-lutheranism-dr-gottfried-martens-91615/

    So we must pray for these people. We must also pray that if there are Christians among the groups coming here they won’t be deported as the Chaldean Christians were.

    Finally, I share your conflicted feelings about this. Jesus said that we should be wise as serpents and harmless as doves. There are many Christians who are “harmless”, but sadly they are not wise. Actually, I think they are naive, like the woman in my Sunday School class who opined that if only someone had shared the gospel with the 19 jihadis of 9/11, maybe it wouldn’t have happened. Well, how do we know that someone didn’t actually share the gospel with some of them? They lived in the U.S. for quite some time, plotting their evil in a nation of churches. This is simplistic thinking. If we are going to be a witness to Muslims, we MUST educate ourselves about Islam and understand its true, beginning with the fact that Muslims are bowing down to demonic forces five times a day. This is intense spiritual warfare that will require nothing less than heavenly war armor.

    As you can see, I am in no way opinionated. 🙂

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