Terrorism in this Evil World

We are living in a terrible world and in very perilous times (2 Timothy 3:11). The Bible warns us that we would hear of wars and rumors of wars; of mindless, senseless violence; and of terrorism and terror attacks. Isaiah 28:19 tells us that it “will be a terror just to understand the report,” and Psalm 31:13 says that “fear is on every side.” Demonically inspired, if not possessed, religious and political fanatics are on a rampage to exterminate everyone not in agreement with their radical philosophies and belief system, and in recent weeks and months, mass murders have occurred in countries such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Israel, Egypt, Germany, France, Great Britain and the USA.

Sadly, we can expect that those insane abominations, sometimes even wrongly referred to as “suicide missions,” will continue with increasing strength, and there does not seem much anyone can do to prevent these deranged cowardly killers from engaging in their evil and godless conduct. As long as radical fanatics are willing to murder others and die themselves for their Satanic cause, cruel actions will be the result.

We need to understand that it is Satan, the god and ruler of this world, who brings about calamity and destruction, and he will use whomever he can to “assist” him in his plan of eradicating mankind. Christ tells us that if He was not to intervene to stop Satan and man’s self-destructive desires, every living being on earth would die. This entire planet would again become void and empty.

Thanks to God, this will not happen. Mankind will survive, and Satan will be banned. His rule over mankind will end. Radical fanatics will no longer be allowed to pursue their murderous endeavors. Isaiah 29:24 tells us that those who “erred in spirit [thinking that their evil deeds were somehow pleasing to the true God] will come to understanding.”  This can refer to those who did not die during their terror attacks and who will survive the last days and live on into the Millennium, or those who died and will be brought back to life in the “Second Resurrection.” It is hoped that many, if not most of them, will comprehend and deeply abhor themselves for what they believed and did. But let us also not forget that God is a God of justice, and those radical fanatics who have become guilty of brutally and mercilessly murdering innocent people will have to give account for their evil deeds and receive their due punishment.

Man’s only hope for peace and safety is Christ’s return and the establishment of God’s Kingdom here on earth.  In this evil age, no human attempt to eradicate terrorism will succeed, and no human device will lead to lasting peace, as no human attempt ever did. God’s people are to look to God for their protection. They know that God is here to help them and to live securely, even in the face of terror attacks and utmost destruction. Note Psalm 91:5-7, 10-11, 15:

“You shall not be afraid of the terror by night… Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday. A thousand may fall at your side, And ten thousand at your right hand, But it shall not come near you… no evil shall befall you… For He shall give His angels charge over you… I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him…”

We are of course admonished not to act foolishly and carelessly by getting ourselves into dangerous situations or surroundings. Proverbs 22:3 says: “A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself, But the simple pass on and are punished.” We most certainly are admonished to walk “circumspectly, not as fools but as wise… because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:15-16).

But if we do our part and rely on God in the right way, we understand that if we live or die, we are Christ’s (Romans 14:8). And if, for whatever reason, God should allow some of His children to die in such terrible situations, they will “enter into peace” and “rest in their beds,” being “taken away from [even more] evil to come” (Isaiah 57:2, 1). We know that they will be resurrected by God in the next second of their consciousness, when Christ returns, to inherit eternal life and to be in God’s Kingdom and His very Family. Being convinced of this, we really should fear no evil (Psalm 23:4; 118:6).

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