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Islam, Terrorism and World Government
By Tony Pearce

HARDLY a day goes by without some new piece of intelligence coming via our security services about a threat to UK interests…

‘Would al-Qa’eda buy weapons of mass destruction if it could?

Do they have the financial resources?

Would they use them?

’ So said Tony Blair in his speech at the Lord Mayor’s Banquet at the Guildhall, London on 12/11/02.

The probable reason Mr Blair chose to speak on this theme at this prestigious occasion was the following briefing given by Tom Ridge, a senior member of the Bush cabinet, on 7/11/02 at King’s College Lon-don: ‘Our transportation networks, power generating plants and industries can be attacked with potentially catastrophic con-sequences. Our public safety and health infrastructures can be quickly overwhelmed producing casualties in the thousands or tens of thousands. This is the inescapable reality of the 21st century’.
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After the lecture, Ridge went into conference with British Home Minister, David Blunkett. Hours later, Britain had its first major warning of a potential ‘dirty bomb’ or poison gas attack by ‘fanatical extremists of al-Qa’eda, who would attempt to strike again’. This is the text of the warning handed out to the British media on Friday, November 8: ‘Maybe they will try to develop a so-called dirty bomb, or some kind of poison gas; maybe they will try to use boats or trains rather than planes. The bottom line is that we simply cannot be sure. We cannot be sure of when or where or how terrorists will strike. But we can be sure they will try.’

On 12/11/02 Russian President Putin addressed the European Union summit in Brussels warning that western civilisation faced a mortal threat from Muslim terrorists claiming that they had plans to create a ‘worldwide caliphate’ (Islamic government). He said the world no longer faced isolated acts of terrorism, but ‘a concerted effort and program by a global network bent on slaughter perhaps with nuclear weapons.’

All these senior politicians sending out alarming warnings about the Islamic terrorist threat are heightening the fear of a coming war with radical Islam. Many would say it has already started. During October 2002 Islamic terrorism went global with the Bali bombing in Indonesia, the Moscow theatre attack, the Washington sniper who turned out to be a convert to Islam and a sup-porter of the September 11th attack and the continuing terrorism aimed at Israel.

Since al-Qa’eda has lost its base in Afghanistan (al-Qa’eda means ‘the base’), they are looking for an alternative location from which to operate and export Islamic terror on neighbouring countries and the rest of the world. The islands of Indonesia, Chechnya and the proposed Palestinian state are all in the front line of Islamic terrorist activity. They are all suitable bases from which al-Qa’eda could operate.

The Bali bombing was aimed at asserting Islamic intentions on many fronts. On one level it was an attack on westerners at a nightclub. On another it was an attack on Australians, since Australia has backed the US war on terror and also intervened to liberate predominantly Christian East Timor from Islamic tyranny. On another level it was to attack Bali itself, which is a predominantly Hindu island of Indonesia. All over Indonesia non-Muslims, especially Christians, are facing persecution and death from Islamic militants.

Probably the most ludicrous remark on this issue came from Charles Kennedy, leader of the Liberal Party, in parliament when he said that those responsible for the Bali bomb were motivated by poverty. Islamic terrorism is motivated by the de-sire to smash all opposition and impose a form of religious fascism, which would victimise all non-Muslims.

It certainly creates poverty, as can be seen by the pitiful economic condition of Iran, potentially a very rich country, where the majority of the population now lives be-low the poverty line due to the mismanagement and oppression of the Islamic dictatorship. Ayatollah Taheri, a senior Muslim cleric who had authority in the Iranian city of Isfahan resigned his post in August 2002 in protest of Iran’s human rights violations. He said, ‘The great catastrophe of the flight from religion, disillusionment, unemployment, inflation, poverty, the deepening of the disparities between the classes, economic stagnation, and the drop in state revenue, the sick economy, and administrative corruption, the embezzlement and bribery and absence of an effective solution have tragic consequences, and each moment they threaten the state and the life of the nation.’

Should we speak aboutIslamic terrorists?

Many Muslims are indignant at the connection being made between Islam and terrorism. They ask why IRA and ETA terrorists are not described as ‘Christian’ terrorists. One answer to this of course is that they are not Christians, but even if one leaves aside the Catholic/Protestant question, such people are motivated by nationalism – not their religion. Although there may be some tacit connivance be-tween the IRA and the Catholic Church in some cases, no church endorses terror-ism and the IRA never claims inspiration or motivation from Christianity for their acts. But Islamic terrorists of al-Qa’eda and similar groups do claim inspiration from Islam and many preachers from mosques encourage such activity. The belief of ‘jihad’ warriors that they will go straight to paradise if they kill themselves and others in terror attacks shows that their motivation comes directly from their Islamic beliefs.

Some Muslims also claim that the extremists are misrepresenting Islam. Mr Ahmad wrote to the Jewish Chronicle (8/ 11/02) and said,

‘Islam is unique in believing in the truth of all religions and all prophets sent to all peoples of the world indiscriminately.
… Islamic teaching is that people's feelings should be respected and all conduct likely to cause provocation should be rejected.’

He quotes the verse in the Quran, which says,

‘Surely those who have believed, and the Jews and the Sabeans and the Christians, who believe in God and the Last Day and act righteously on them shall come no harm nor shall they grieve.’

The problem with this argument is that there are verses in the Quran which contradict each other, some apparently tolerant like the one above and some extremely intolerant. Sura 9:29 calls on Muslims to fight Jews and Christians in order to convert them or impose the Jizya tax which non-Muslims were forced to pay to the Muslims when Islam took over their countries:

‘Fight those who do not believe in Allah, nor in the latter day, nor do they prohibit what Allah and His Apostle have prohibited, nor follow the religion of truth (i.e. Islam) of the people of the Book, (i.e. Jews and Christians) until they pay the Jizya (tax) with willing submission and feel themselves subdued (i.e. submitted to the government of Islam).’

The Quran also teaches Muslims to at- tack and kill pagans:

‘When the sacred months are over, slay the idolaters wherever you find them. Arrest them, besiege them, and lie in ambush everywhere for them. If they repent and take to prayer and render the alms levy, allow them to go their way. God is forgiving and merciful.’ Sura 9:5

Muslims teach that where there is a disagreement between verses in the Quran the later verses abrogate or replace the earlier verses. The verses teaching tolerance tend to come from the earlier part of Mohammed’s career when he wanted to persuade people by preaching his message. The later verses come after he began to fight in order to spread Islam. For this reason it is possible that both those claiming Islam is a peaceful religion and those wishing to impose it by force and terrorism can use the Quran as their authority. But there is actually a greater authority with those who justify violence, both from the fact that they can cite the later verses in the Quran and from looking at the example of Mohammed who was pre-pared to use force to impose Islam.

By contrast no one can use the New Testament or the person of the Lord Jesus to justify violence or terrorism. Examples of violence and persecution in the times of the Crusades and the Inquisition were the result of ignorance and rejection of Jesus’ teaching by the Roman Catholic Church, not obedience to it. Similarly any oppressive means used by Reformation leaders like Luther or Calvin were a denial of Jesus’ teaching. Jesus taught us to love our enemies, to pray for those that persecute us (Matthew 5:43). He said that those who conquer by the sword will perish by the sword (Matthew 26:52).

He rebuked the disciples when they were tempted to become vengeful in their attitude to those who rejected their message:

‘As the time approached for Him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem. And he sent messengers on ahead, who went into a Samaritan village to get things ready for him; but the people there did not welcome him, because he was heading for Jerusalem. When the disciples James and John saw this, they asked, ‘Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to destroy them?’ And he said, ‘You do not know what kind of spirit you are of, for the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them.’’ —Luke 9:51-56

The threat of terrorism and world government
In the present world situation there is a growing threat of Islamic terrorism. Many in the Muslim world believe their hour has come to assert Islam as the dominant power in the world. For example a text book used in schools run by the Palestinian Authority asserts that western civilisation will become a pile of rubble:

‘Western civilization is the representation of the highest form of material life achieved by man, but this alone does not bring him happiness, as you have seen. There is no escape from a new civilization…The Western world is not capable of fulfilling this role…There is only one nation capable of discharging this task and that is our nation [Islam]. … This religion [Islam] will defeat all other religions and it will be disseminated, by Allah’s will, through the Muslim Jihad fighters.

Palestinian TV broadcasted (12/4/02) a sermon by Sheikh Ibrahim Mahdi from the main mosque in Gaza, which is typical of the kind of message being given through-out the Muslim world. He said,

‘We are convinced that this Hadith (saying not in the Quran, but given equal weight in Islamic teaching) heralds the spread of Islam and its rule over all the land. Oh beloved, look to the East of the earth, find Japan and the ocean; look to the West of the earth, find some country and the ocean. Be assured that these will be owned by the Muslim nation, as the Hadith says, ‘from the ocean to the ocean.’

So will Islam rule the world? Will Islamic terrorists smash us into submission or will the tactics of terror create conditions for an emergency world government? In his Guildhall speech, Tony Blair said that winning the war against terrorism ‘will not be without pain or without price.’

Part of the price no doubt will be a continuing tightening of security. Will this result in individual freedom being curtailed? There are interesting indications that the threat of Islamic terrorism could be one of the factors pushing the world in the direction of the world government prophesied in the Bible for the end times, especially if there is a really big attack somewhere.

Since all of the major nations of the world are threatened by terrorism, it is logical that the UN has to be the main area where action is being taken against it. America is leading the way and in the process is developing and testing an awesome array of technological devices capable of tracking and eliminating terrorist suspects and also controlling the population.

Civil liberties organisations around the world are expressing growing alarm at the way in which the ‘war on terror’ is giving governments the go ahead to monitor people’s lives in ways which could easily lead to a police state. ‘Newsweek’ (18/11/02) shows how governments of Asian countries such as Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines are using the pressure from the USA to crack down on Islamic militants as an excuse to curtail basic freedoms and stifle all dissent.

Britain today already has in place the means for surveillance and control of the population through video cameras watching what people are doing in almost every public place, emails and internet use monitored in accordance with the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act and people’s lo-cations detected via mobile phones. Questions have been raised about the ‘Connexions Service’, which is encouraging children to disclose sensitive information about their parents to the Government about why they are failing at school. The ‘Connexions Card’ is being offered to more than 2 million 16-19 year olds. Teenagers are not required to hold the card, but it may be that their school or college will oblige them to do so to prove attendance. One of the aims of the ‘Connexions Card’ is to ‘track’ every young person and en-sure their visibility to government agencies.

In the USA the government passed the ‘Homeland Security Act’. According to the New York Times (14/11/02), the results will be a ‘1984’ scenario with the government able to snoop on every aspect of people’s lives: ‘Every purchase you make with a credit card, every magazine subscription you buy and medical prescription you fill, every web site you visit and email you send or receive, every academic grade you receive, every bank deposit you make, every trip you book and every event you attend — all these transactions and communications will go into what the Defence Department describes as “a virtual, centralized grand database.” To this computerized dossier on your private life from commercial sources, add every piece of information that government has about you — pass-port application, driver’s licence and bridge toll records, judicial and divorce records, complaints from nosy neighbours to the FBI, your lifetime paper trail plus the latest hid-den camera surveillance — and you have the super snoop’s dream: a “Total Information Awareness” about every U.S. citizen.’

A company called Applied Digital Solutions has developed a new product called Verichip or Digital Angel. This involves a microchip implanted beneath the skin, capable of holding the owner’s personal identification and medical and bank records. The device is read when a scanner is passed across it. It can also be used as a tracking device, linked to satellites, able to show where a person is at any time.

After the September 11th attacks Richard Sullivan, Director of Applied Digital Solutions saw the potential for Verichip as a means of improving security: ‘Today’s security measures don’t work very well,’ he said. He has a better idea — implant all foreigners passing through customs or immigration with the chips. The implanted chip would replace green cards, ‘allowing officials to monitor their activities better and keep terrorists out.’ In the wake of Sept. 11, he said, ‘the government is more prepared, for the overall benefit of our citizens, to advocate some of these changes.’

At the beginning of November 2002 US government permission was granted to implant Digital Angel into humans. At the moment this is voluntary, but it does not take too much insight to foresee a time of great emergency when it could become compulsory and when many people would welcome it as a means of cracking down on terrorists and increasing security.

The prophecies indicate that the final world government will be an antichristian dictatorship, which will bring in the Mark of the Beast system without which people will not be able to buy or sell without the mark on their right hand or forehead (Rev-elation 13). Such a comprehensive system could be designed to root out all terrorist elements, as well as those who persist in believing in Jesus the Messiah. It will be rich and successful for a while (James 5, Revelation 18) promising ‘peace and security’ (1 Thessalonians 5:3). It will bring in a system of gross idolatry (Revelation 13:11-18) and will persecute all religions, not just true believers in Jesus (Daniel 11:36-37, 2 Thessalonians 2:4, Revelation 17:12-18).

Islamic terrorism does not fit in with this at all, as it creates poverty, ruin and war wherever it goes and lacks the technology or organisation to impose the Mark of the Beast system. Islam opposes idolatry so how could it bring in the worship of the image of the beast described in Revelation 13?
Since it is based on belief in Allah how could it accept a man who ‘exalts himself over everything that is called God or worshipped’ (2 Thessalonians 2:4)?

On the other hand it is easy to see how all of the things described in the above paragraph could come in through the globalisation process which is spreading from the west throughout the world, including countries like Russia and China which were once hostile to the west and are now uniting in the ‘war on terror’.

Even in the Muslim world there is a move in this direction. Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal has called on the Middle East to embrace globalisation in order to shore up the region’s economy. He said that Africa and the Middle East alone had ignored the globalisation trend, and that their economies had suffered greatly as a result. Six Arab Gulf states have turned to the European Central Bank for advice in how to successfully launch a single currency. The people of Iran are in deep re-volt against the Islamic regime there and the mullahs are only holding on to power by ruthless suppression of dissenters. The majority want a secular government, which can link up with the globalisation process.
Jesus said in Luke 21:26 that in the last days before his return men’s hearts will be ‘failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth’.Osama Bin Laden and his followers are actually fulfilling the prophecies of the Bible by creating conditions for this to happen. Their evil ways will create the very opposite of what they are aiming at and, unless they repent and believe in Jesus, they will experience eternal hell when they die, not the promised paradise for jihad warriors.

Whoever believes in Jesus as Saviour and Lord does not need to be afraid of what is coming, because all that is happening now is a sign of His return. This will bring to pass the fulfilment of the real age of peace and safety, when Jesus rules the world:

‘He shall judge between the nations, and rebuke many people; they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.’Isaiah 2:4

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