World leaders were unanimous in voicing their shock and surprise over last night’s terror assault that took the lives of over 125 innocent persons. Really? They were shocked? Maybe saddened, outraged, sickened, broken-hearted, but certainly they shouldn’t have been shocked. If they were reading and understanding their Bibles they would know that Paris is just the beginning. If they were even honestly reading their newspapers they would know this movement of evil is growing. Also in all the multitude of condolence messages from leaders around the world, I didn’t see one, not one, that referenced a crying out to God to help. Do they think they can control the coming Beast on their own? I guess they do.
So what should be the response of Christians? I think if we look at the response of world leaders, it should be the exact opposite response!
Germany’s foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, one of the “shocked” national leaders said “the extent of the horror exceeds everyone’s imagination.” He called the attacks, “an inferno of terror.” Although most leaders pledged to not let the terrorists create a climate of fear, all of their comments reflected just the opposite.
Jesus, who was not surprised by last night’s attack had this to say:
When you hear of wars and disturbances, do not be terrified; for these things must take place first, but the end does not follow immediately. (Luke 21: 9)
Jesus foresaw an ever rising level of civil unrest that our English translators call “disturbances” in the verse above. Jesus knows this is coming. He knows the natural response is to allow it to terrify us. That is specifically why he says “do not be terrified.”
He gives us two reasons why we shouldn’t be terrified:
- These things must take place before his return. They are prophesied so when we see them we should be reminded that he is coming soon and take heart! He has overcome the world.
- He tells us that the end does not follow immediately. Jesus isn’t coming tomorrow, there is much work to be done. That is to be our response, to work for the Kingdom that is coming.
Jesus is very clear that we are not to worry about these things:
Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows. (Matt. 10: 28-31)
We are not to react like the world, but to walk in confidence in the face of terror. Terrorists cannot touch you without the permission of the Father above. Are we to be wise as serpents and innocent as doves, yes we are. But we are not to fear. Immediately before this verse, Jesus tells us what we should be doing instead of cowering in back rooms:
What I tell you in the darkness, speak in the light; and what you hear whispered in your ear, proclaim upon the housetops. (Matt. 10:27)
So the bottom line is: don’t be afraid, but rather be about the Father’s business with even more intensity. We are to be REVIVALISTS NOT SURVIVALISTS. Our personal safety is not our primary goal.
This is very difficult teaching. Are you hearing this from the pulpit of your church? If not your church might not be prepared for what Jesus says “must take place” before the end. Churches are asleep around the world. Watch this short 2 minute video:
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Speak the Truth in Love
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano said: “We aren’t facing a war of religions, but a battle between civilization and barbarism. They may hurt us, but they can’t beat us.” Really? Religion has nothing to do with an Islamic attack? Just wait Mr. Mariano, you ain’t seen nothing yet.
Nadir Kahia of Paris’ Banlieue Plus community association says its members are shocked by the attacks but in their wake “we know some Muslims and poor neighborhoods” will be subjected to hate speech.” Really? Poor Allah, being blamed for all this violence. Maybe Mr. Kahia, Allah should have chosen to not put all those calls for violence in his Quran.
The 70th Week of Daniel that is coming is a struggle between two messiahs, the true Messiah and a false messiah who will be Islamic. If you are not aware that the Antichrist will be Islamic, pick up Joel Richardson’s awesome book Mideast Beast. When the Mahdi and Isa, the Muslim Jesus, arise, they will call all Muslims, even those who are currently peaceful, to jihad. Most will follow their Caliph. Ask your Muslim friends what they will do when their Mahdi and Isa arise. Ask them what they will do when the call to “purify” those who refuse Isalm is made.
We should never leave the conversation there, however.
We should always give the alternative to Islam which is Jesus. See this article OUTREACH NOT OUTRAGE for more teaching on this incredibly important subject. Jesus is the Messiah of love and peace. We are to be his ambassadors which means we are to represent him here on this earth. Always we are to be wise as serpents but gentle as doves. The bottom line is to speak the truth, but speak it in love.
The Paris Attacks are yet just another sign that we cannot live our lives blissfully unaware of what Jesus has warned us to prepare for. We need to enter the “two minute warning;” our lives must change. We must live being ambassadors for Christ. Start by reading Are We Ready For Jesus and share one copy with your pastor. Time is short.