|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
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-Qaeda 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.
The threat of terrorism and world governmentIn 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 Allahs 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 peoples 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 peoples 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 peoples 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, drivers 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 snoops 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 owners 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: Todays security measures dont 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 regions 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.
ConclusionJesus said in Luke 21:26 that in the last days before his return mens 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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