World events are speeding up. So much is happening so quickly. Our heads spin with the constant flow of news. Who can keep up with it all?
The race to keep up with the present produces stress and this stress will not disappear simply by gathering or sorting facts. As a matter of fact, it’s worth remembering that too much data can obscure the big picture. Too many details actually downgrade our awareness of what is really happening. Information overload causes a meltdown in our ability to process reality.
Information overload is part of the challenge of living in the 21st century. It is the prophetic downside of living at the end of days, on the edge of the fulfillment of Daniel 12:4, “Many will go back and forth, and knowledge will increase”.
Prior to 9/11 the U.S. National Security Agency had amassed huge amounts of detailed signals intelligence (SIGINT) but was not able to make that information understandable or useful in real time. As a result America was unprepared for what was about to happen. Within a few hours of the terror attack the government and intelligence agencies unanimously agreed to declare a state of emergency. Public opinion was immediately mobilized, airport security was tightened and the Department of Homeland Security was duly established. Americans now felt more secure, knowing that their leaders were seriously on the lookout for pending terrorist threats.
But once lightning has struck, counter-measures cannot erase what has happened. Lightning is not known to strike twice on the same spot. In the same way, though it’s important to prevent the next mega-terror event, an uncomfortable question needs to be asked: how is it that the NSA, CIA and FBI were unable to uncover decades of terrorist preparation? How is it that gradually developing radical Islamic strategies against the West in general and the USA in particular were not identified, unmasked and eliminated? Using an old Mark Twain proverb, Peter Senge has stated: “Like the frog that will sit in a pot of water and let itself be slowly boiled to death, we are very good at reacting to immediate danger to our survival, but we are very poor at recognizing gradual threats.” (Peter Senge, The Fifth Discipline, Currency and Doubleday, New York, 1990).
The gradual rise of radical terrorist Islam is one threat that was not recognized on time. What is even more sobering is that for the most part the threat posed by radical Islam is still not clearly acknowledged. The secular West prides itself on religious tolerance and pluralism. It has not wanted to believe that cruel enemies committed to its destruction or enslavement are lurking just below the water’s surface, camouflaged behind the oil-scented veil of the Muslim world. As the religious philosopher William James has said, “We tend to disbelieve all facts and theories for which we have no use.” (William James, The Will to Believe and Other Essays in Popular Philosophy, New York: Dover Publications, 1956).
In a booklet written just after 9/11 entitled “A Perspective on Islam” (available at www.davidstent.org), I have tried to explain the Koranic perspective which motivates and mobilizes these jihad warriors, to clarify how a Biblical worldview grapples with Islamic jihad goals, and to sketch out some of Islam’s end-of-world scenarios and strategies. If radical Islamic challenges are understood, if countermeasures are devised, and if aggressive action is taken, perhaps the jihad shock troops can be slowed down, impeded and eventually eradicated. An ancient Greek proverb says, “You stand a far greater chance of hitting the target if you can see it.” But most Western governments are reticent to grasp the clear and present danger that radical terrorist Islam presents. This ostrich mentality does not bode well for the immediate future of the Western world.
Winston Churchill once delivered what turned out to be a prophetic challenge to the USA: “The United States stand at this moment at the summit of the world. I rejoice that this should be so. Let them act up to the level of their power and their responsibility, not for themselves but for all men in all lands, and then a brighter day may dawn upon human history.” The God of Eternity has currently placed the United States of America at the head of the world’s mightiest nations. Its leadership in the battle for freedom and righteousness is an awesome calling.
- Pray for the leadership of this mighty country, that their choices would be based on righteousness and truth, on God’s word and ways, and that they would also lead their country to stand with the Jewish nation against their enemies and so inherit a blessing. Pray that they would recognize, expose and confront radical Islam’s strategies in its conflict with the West and with the Jewish people.
William Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar offers a similar challenge. Brutus urges his friends to seize a fleeting opportunity in the coming battle: “The enemy increaseth every day. We, at the height, are ready to decline. There is a tide in the affairs of men which taken at the flood leads on to fortune; omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and miseries. On such a full sea we are now afloat, and we must take the current when it serves, or lose our ventures.” (Act IV, Scene 3, written approximately 1600 AD)
How can believers in Messiah Yeshua respond prayerfully and with precision to the daily flood of media that assaults us? The following are some insights and suggestions as to where certain current events are flowing. We hope that these points will be of help to you, and an encouragement to press through in prayer!
1. The growing concern about the axis of evil – China-North Korea-Pakistan-Iran-Syria
On January 29 2002 President George W. Bush gave a State of the Union address. He spoke about the threats to world stability posed by the governments of Iran, Iraq and North Korea. “States like these, and their terrorist allies, constitute an axis of evil, arming to threaten the peace of the world.” Since that time Iraq’s dictator Saddam Hussein has been overthrown and imprisoned. But the axis of evil is still a real and aggressive danger. From Israel’s geographical perspective the head of the spear is Syria, while the spear’s shaft is formed by Iran, Pakistan, North Korea and ultimately China.
Syria has recently been the focus of a piece of legislation passed on November 11 by the US Senate called the Syria Accountability and Lebanese Sovereignty Restoration Act (SALSA). This bill threatens Syria with US diplomatic and economic sanctions unless it ends its sponsorship of terrorist organizations, development of weapons of mass destruction and occupation of neighboring Lebanon. Syria is a primary sponsor of many different Islamic terror groups – including Hizbollah (Lebanon based and Iranian armed, Islamic Jihad, Hamas, and Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. The majority of radical Islamic terrorist attacks against Israeli and Jewish targets are planned and directed from Syria. Syria uses Hizbollah as its proxy force to attack Israel from those parts of Lebanon under Syrian control and occupation.
Iran’s radical Shi’ite Islamic dictatorship supplies Hizbollah with advanced weaponry, funneling these arms openly through Damascus. Iran and Syria have planned & executed mega-terror attacks against US forces in Lebanon, as well as against a Jewish community center and the Israeli Embassy in Argentina. With China’s support, North Korea supplies Syria and Pakistan with long range missiles which can be fitted with chemical or nuclear capabilities. Syria and Iran (whose nuclear bomb program is much in the news lately) have openly threatened to use WMD against Israel. North Korean missiles are considered a threat to other countries as well, including Japan and the USA (www.spacedaily.com/2003/030723114010.rgrdsq4n.html). Pakistan has tested nuclear weapons and is the first self-declared Islamic country to go nuclear.
The axis of evil is not dead by any means. In fact the first flashpoints between the West and these forces are already occurring on the borders and within the territory of tiny Israel. The Bible mentions a demonic principality standing behind the kingdom of Persia (modern day Iran, Dan.10:13-21) as well as a combined last days Arab/Central Asian forces intent on destroying the Jewish people and uprooting them from their Israeli homeland (Psa.83; Ezek.36-38, Rev.16:12-16, etc). A cooperative effort between a Communist China bent on world domination and a revitalized jihad Islam seems to be taking form. To borrow language from J.R.R. Tolkein’s Lord of the Rings epic, the battles of Helm’s Deep and Minas Tirith are soon to come to pass.
Be aware that there is a military confederacy developing between these countries, and that for some of them their avowed goal is the destruction of the Jewish nation and all other nations who support it. Pray that God will hold back and confuse the spiritual powers and terrorist agents behind these countries, specifically as they concern Israel and America.
2. The growing recognition of Islam’s strategic role
The Islamic world, and specifically the Arab world, sits on a significant amount of this planet’s oil wealth. The strategic importance of having access to these petroleum reserves is high priority for every super-power. As a result strong pro-Arab and pro-Islamic blocks have arisen within the European Union, the US State Department, the Former Soviet Union and China. The realpolitik of these countries assumes a user-friendly attitude toward the advancement of Islam. Tuning national policy and international relations to support radical Islam’s anti-Israel positions makes good business sense to these shapers of world opinion. Needless to say, were Arab and Islamic countries to be suddenly bereft of their oil resources, the empires of this world would modify their pro-Islamic tilt accordingly.
The only fly in this ointment, for the present, is that even the USA’s main Islamic oil ally Saudi Arabia is an active supporter and propagator of radical Islamic jihad terrorism. Osama Bin Laden’s main sources of support come from that country, while Saudi authorities either turn a blind eye to such activities or impede their prosecution – unless of course the terrorists target the Saudi regime itself! European and US leaders bend over backwards insisting that Islam is a totally peaceful religion eminently suited to co-exist with Western democratic traditions, all the while closing their eyes to the murderous public calls by radical Islamic leaders for total jihad war against the West, its Judeo-Christian religious heritage and its Israeli ally.
The history of this pro-Islamic tilt is one of the subjects of an interesting book I have recently read, The Secret War Against the Jews by John Loftus and Mark Aarons, (St. Martin’s Press, 1994, 658 pages). Loftus and Aarons document the influence of oil geopolitics on British and American Middle East policies during the 20th century, and expose the historical roots of State Department cooperation with Saudi Arabia against Israel. It’s a fascinating read!
Radical Islam has a very specific agenda regarding the West. Here are some selected block quotes from my booklet A Perspective on Islam:
“Osama Bin Laden predicted on May 28 1998 in his interview with ABC’s John Miller: ‘I worship Allah, which includes carrying out the jihad to raise Allah’s word and evict the Americans from all Muslim land . . . We are sure of Allah’s victory and our victory against the Americans and the Jews as promised by the prophet peace be up on him . . . Our battle with the Americans is larger than our battle with the Russians . . . We predict a black day for America and the end of the United States as ‘United’ States . .’”
“Islamic futurists believe that war will first be joined against the Jews in Israel and then, after Israel’s defeat, against the West . . . One Islamic strategy influenced by the above eschatology, is the attempt to drive a wedge between the Christian West and the Jewish state of Israel. The principle of ‘divide and conquer’ is older than Machiavelli, and is part of the world strategy of Islamic terror. Islamic revivalists and terrorists are trying to weaken and destroy Israel as a first step. This will lead, in their minds, to weakening and destroying the West. One of the main messages that Islamic terrorism and its fellow travelers continue to drive home to America and the West is this, ‘The main reason for terror attacks against the US is your support for Israel. End support for Israel, and we will end attacks on you!’”
“The West wants to eradicate Islamic terror networks, but at the same time it wants to avoid angering the very volatile Muslim world. The trick is to find a balance between keeping the oil flowing westward and removing the most bothersome terrorist dangers. This explains the many recent American and British declarations which emphasize that the Afghanistan war is not anti-Islamic, but anti-terror. The Western coalition feels that it makes better political sense to ignore the Islamic and terrorist nature of jihad, describing the Islamic faith as altogether peaceful, than to expose the violent Islamic nature of jihad and lose many testy and touchy Muslim allies – and their oil.”
It is of strategic importance to recognize that the world media is spreading spiritual disinformation about radical Islam under the guise of disseminating ‘politically correct’ religious opinions. Radical Islam’s goals include the destruction of America and Israel and the Islamization of the entire world. The secular West, having for the most part rejected its own Christian religious foundations, does not take radical Islam’s open agenda seriously.
“Europeans are still indulging themselves in an imaginary era of post-Cold War tranquility. They still behave as if they were experiencing a peaceful, affluent world, which has basically resolved all major conflicts and can put its resources solely in the service of a carefree, luxurious way of life. The havoc created after 9/11 by the actions of virulent, nihilistic groups which have broken with human civilization is widely seen here asd a passing episode of history, not as a significant change. Some major aspects of the new hatred and violence are therefore being brushed aside as irrelevant to Europe” (Daniel Dagan, “When Europe encounters reality”, Jerusalem Post, Dec 3 2003, p.13)
Pray that the God of Israel Himself will free many millions from the deception and slavery of Islam. Pray that He will expose radical Islam’s destructive agendas and strategies regarding the Western world in general and the USA and Israel in particular. Pray that God will raise up a mighty army of prophetic evangelists and musicians who will touch the heart of the world (including the Muslim world) with the message of Yeshua’s compassionate life, atoning death and victorious resurrection.
3. The tightening noose of anti-Israel feeling
The world is witnessing a stunning rise in anti-Israel attitudes and actions, as well as an astonishing jump in anti-Semitic attacks. Though these two trends are deeply connected, I would like to consider them in consecutive order. I believe that there is a military strategy behind Satan’s choosing of these targets and his present shifting of emphasis from the former to the latter.
Since time immemorial military strategy has involved confusing enemy decision makers by misrepresenting, obscuring or distorting troop strengths, intentions and positions. This tactic of warfare is called battlefield deception. From the Trojan Horse to Operation Bodyguard (the Normandy Invasion) (www.au.af.mil/au/aul/bibs/future03/future03c.htm), advantage on the battlefield can be gained by lulling one’s enemy into a disastrous lack of preparedness. Israel’s Mossad has as its motto King Solomon’s proverb circa 960 B.C.: “For by stratagems (ed. strategic deceptions) shall you wage war.” (Prov.24:6). The classic Chinese military strategician Sun Tzu (circa 350 B.C.) said, “All warfare is based on deception”. As Satan moves into higher gear, it is important for believers to be aware of his deceptive strategies (see 2 Cor.2:1; 1 Pet.5:8).
One of the enemy’s main strategies is to turn the heart of the world against the Jewish nation and their homeland. He makes use of whatever tools mankind provides him. These may be historic anti-Jewish pronouncements and attacks by Christianity’s representatives. They may be anti-Jewish attitudes at the U.N. Consider the UN Conference Against Racism of August 2001 in Durban, where Israel was labeled the world’s top example of racism, apartheid, ethic cleansing and genocide. One ancient yet modern tool in his arsenal is Esau’s murderous bitterness which has found a fruitful soil in the bloodthirsty anti-Jewish jihad teachings of radical Islam.
According to the Bible, Satan’s prophesied strategies focus on shrinking Israel’s borders (Joel 3:2), a series of wars against the Jewish state (Ezek.38:8-17; Zech.12:1-14:3), and the persecution and total annihilation of the Jewish people (Psa.83:1-8; Rev.12). With these strategies in mind, a sharper focus is brought to bear on the goals of Arafat, Islamic Jihad, Hamas and Hizbollah. They are trying to get Israel to withdraw from its own land piece by piece, all the while continuing terror attacks until the destruction or exile of all Israelis is achieved. A ‘piece’ process indeed!
Two Palestinian opinion polls taken in 2003 are revealing. An October poll sponsored by the Jerusalem Media and Communications Center found that half of all Palestinians surveyed believe that the goal of the current violence is “to liberate all of historic Palestine”, that is, to destroy the entire Jewish state. A Pew Global Attitudes Project poll in the spring of 2003 found that 80% of Palestinians agreed that “The rights and needs of Palestinian people cannot be taken care of as long as the State of Israel exists” (Evelyn Gordon, “Believing isn’t Seeing”, Jerusalem Post, Dec 9 2003)
Much of Satan’s efforts have been mediated through the radical Islamic world, using Islamic terror groups and Arab and Islamic hatred of Israel. Whereas in the 20th century Red (Communist) and Black (Nazi/Fascist) Jew-hatred was predominant, at this present time it is Green (Islamic) Jew-hatred that is in the ascendant. Satan’s strategies in the 20th century included Nazi mass murder of defenseless Diaspora Jews. His present strategy is to turn the world against Jews in their own state of Israel and foment a massive focused hatred of the Jewish state. His goal now is the mass murder of Israel’s Jews. Henryk Broder, German reporter and author of The Eternal Anti-Semite, says that what is now occurring is the globalization of anti-Semitism. “What used to be directed at ‘the Jew’ is now directed at ‘Israel’” (Mort Rosenblum, “Jews fear ‘new’ anti-Semitism in quiet German city”, JP, Dec. 5 2003, p.7).
At a recent international forum in Jerusalem, the Holocaust scholar Yehuda Bauer stated that the biggest threat to the Jewish people comes from radical Islam, “whose totalitarian, genocidal ideology is reminiscent of Nazism and Communism, both of which were also fueled by anti-Semitism and which also began as minority movements that were not … taken seriously enough” (Stuart Schoffman, “The Scourge Unleashed”, Jerusalem Report, Dec 15 2003, p.26).
Satan’s battlefield deception tactics here involve using the world media to invalidate the Jewish people’s connection to their homeland, and to call their national existence into question. By falsely presenting Palestinian Arabs as the true and original inhabitants of the Promised Land, the enemy hisses another “Hath God said?” regarding God’s own promise to grant the land of Canaan to the Jewish people forever, full stop.
His next tactic is not only to accuse the Jewish people of being illegal occupiers of their own Israeli homeland, but of being cruel, heartless and unrighteous as well. This tactic has been conveyed well by the world’s media, who selectively present Israeli military responses to terrorism as if these responses were the root cause of Islamic terrorism. Israel’s defense of her own citizens is presented as evil, unjustified and brutal. In one fell swoop the enemy has undercut Israel’s right to defend itself against murderous radical Islamic terrorism, while making the terrorists out to be freedom fighters and plucky Islamic heroes. Satan’s PR spin perverts the Biblical story of David and Goliath into a bizarre Palestinian counterfeit: his modern distortion features a Palestinian David slinging stones at an evil Israeli Goliath!
Amazingly Satan’s strategies have found a resting place in the hearts of many tired Israelis who are sick of fighting a war of survival and are ready to swallow the lie that the Jewish people’s behavior must be the cause of the Islamic hostility directed against them. Sometimes it’s hard for the outnumbered Jewish kid on the block (the so-called ‘neighborhood bully’ of Bob Dylan’s song www.bobdylan.com/songs/bully.html) to take on the entire bloodthirsty Middle-Eastern gang by himself.
Satan’s current tactic of choice is to focus on opposing Israel’s construction of an anti-terrorist barrier fence, portraying it as a land grab in the worst colonialist tradition, or as the policy of an apartheid state. It is worth reminding the world that Israel would definitely be within her rights by responding to jihad terror bombers by re-occupying the entire West Bank once and for all, re-asserting her control over a hostile Palestinian Arab population, and then weeding out the Islamic terror cells one by one. But at present Israel prefers to keep Arafat-backed suicide bombers out of Israeli cities and towns – a stopgap measure to be sure. The situation on the ground is actually a low-intensity war. Though the ‘Geneva Accords’ and the U.S Road Map advocates assert that peace is around the corner, nothing could be further from the truth.
Israel currently prefers to separate its own population from the terrorist enclaves by means of an anti-terrorist fence rather than declaring out and out war with the Palestinians and moving over to urban warfare against Islamic terror cells. But world opinion has been so enflamed and swollen with hatred against Israel, that even such desperate and tentative Israeli attempts at separation are censured and opposed. The world is backing Israel up against a wall. Eventually the Jewish state will be goaded into take clear and unequivocal steps to defend its own interests and its homeland against any and all comers.
Pray that your nation will not press Israel to shrink or change its borders, for such policies will bring Messiah’s judgment on those nations who take such a step (Joel 3:2; Zech.14:1-3). Pray that your media will report on Israel related events with fairness and accuracy. Pray for a recovery of national patriotic vision for Jewish Israel, as well as for a revelation of Messiah Yeshua as our Atonement and King!
As the God of Jacob allows pressure to increase on His own people, pray for a spirit of repentance to cover Israel. Pray for a return to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and to David’s Greater Son. Pray for repentance for many Palestinian Arabs, so that they may inherit salvation and avoid the curse coming on all haters of Jacob. Pray for Israel’s leadership, that Israel will return to making decisions based on the fear of the Lord, our own security and well-being, but not based on fear of unrighteous nations and their military might.
4. The fast-moving spread of anti-Semitism
A tidal wave of anti-Semitism, of Jew hatred, is sweeping the world. Jewish communal organizations are aghast. “Global anti-Semitism is growing unlike anything I have seen in my lifetime” says Rev. John C. Hagee of Global Evangelical Television (Edgar Lefkovits, “US pastor warns anti-Semitism growing fast”, JP, Nov 12 2003, p.4). Daniel Pipes, author of Militant Islam Reaches America, states: “In its attitudes toward Jews, the Muslim world today resembles Germany of the 1930s – a time when insults, caricatures, conspiracy theories and sporadic violence prepared Germans for the mass murder that followed” (www.danielpipes.org/article/1294). Jewish Holocaust survivors declare that today’s events parallel exactly what happened in Nazi Germany in the 1930’s. Anti-Jewish attacks in much of Europe are at their highest point since Hitler’s rule. Though many felt that anti-Semitism would never rise again in the Western world after Auschwitz, it turns out that this spiritual disease has only been in partial remission.
Across the world synagogues, Jewish community centers and schools are being defaced or firebombed. In Belgium, Manchester, Minsk, Kiev and Prague Jewish cemeteries are being vandalized. In Paris religious Jews are being physically attacked and beaten on streets, subways and schoolyards. France’s Chief Rabbi calls on Jews not to walk about alone on French streets, and to replace religious kippot with plain caps while traveling on the metro. In Holland Dutch soccer fans sometimes chant slogans such as “Hamas, Hamas” and “Gas the Jews” at games.
Sweden’s largest newspaper Dagens Nyheter published the results of a study on October 20 2003 prepared by two Swedish social scientists, Sverker Oredssom, and Mikael Tossavainen (www.washtimes.com/commentary/20031028-083517-4718r.htm). They state that “Arab and Muslim attacks on Jews are rising sharply in Swedish society [while] silence surrounds Muslim Jew-hatred . . . Jews in Sweden today often feel compelled to hide their religious identity in public: necklaces with Stars of David are carefully hidden under sweaters and Orthodox Jewish men change their kippot to more discreet caps or hats when they are outdoors. Jews in Sweden nowadays get secret telephone numbers to avoid harassment”.
Al-Qa’ida has attacked in Istanbul, bombing Jewish synagogues on the Sabbath, while in Kenya it blew up Israeli holidayers with a 4×4 and shoulder-fired missiles at an Israeli planeload of tourists. Israeli Minister Natan Scharansky stated that these attacks are “a tragic consequence of the tolerance the world is showing toward anti-Semitism in general and Islamic anti-Semitism in particular” (JP, Nov 16 2003, p.1).
The Prime Minister of Malaysia received a standing ovation from 57 Islamic heads of state when he declared that “Jews rule the world by proxy. They get others to fight and die for them . . .1.3 billion Muslims cannot be defeated by a few million Jews…We are up against a people who think … They have now gained control of the most powerful countries .. We cannot fight them through brawn alone”. Career diplomats at cocktail parties have described Israel using gutter swearwords. Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis of Zorba the Greek fame, was quoted on Y-Net describing the Jewish people: “Today it is possible to say that this small nation is the root of evil. It is full of self-importance and evil stubbornness” (JP, Nov 12 2003, p.2).
For ten months in 2003 the European Union quashed a study by its own Monitoring Committee showing that radical Islamists and young Muslims are the main source and cause of violent anti-Semitism. The report warns, “The EUMC requests state authorities to acknowledge at the highest level the extraordinary dangers posed by anti-Semitic violence in the European context”.
The stunning rise of European anti-Semitism was met with equally stunning news in early December 2003. Ireland’s UN delegation withdrew a draft resolution on religious tolerance which was to be co-sponsored by the European Union. And what was the reason? Arab and Muslim states refused to allow language in the draft which condemns anti-Semitism. The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations noted: “At a time when there is a sharp increase in the number of assaults against Jewish individuals and institutions worldwide, a declaration by the international community repudiating this age-old hatred and bigotry would have been most appropriate and timely. . . In the past, the refusal to confront anti-Semitism and bowing to such egregious pressures took a heavy toll, not only on Jews, but on all society” (Melissa Radler, “Arabs torpedo UN anti-Semitism resolution”, JP, Dec 3 2003)
A European Commission October 2003 survey indicates that 59% of European citizens in 15 countries surveyed believe that Israel is the greatest threat to world peace. The Flash Eurobarometer Survey in the Netherlands taken in November 2003 shows Dutch response to the same question hovering at 66%. A November 2003 poll by the Italian ISPO Institute shows that 52% of Italians have little sympathy for Israel, 22% feel that Jewish citizens are not real Italians, and 17% said it would be better if the Jewish state didn’t exist.
One battlefield deception tries to justify anti-Semitic attacks by making it seems that these attacks are average Muslims expressing understandable frustration with the events in Israel. If this false assertion was accurate, one would also expect to see Jews attacking Muslims across the face of this planet as payback for Islamic attacks against Israel. But attacks by Jews on Muslims are not happening. Attacks by radical Muslims against Jews are happening. Leon Wieseltier has pointed out in his recent article, “It is the essence of anti-Semitism, as it is the essence of all prejudice, to call its object its cause. But if you explain anti-Semitism as a response to Jews, and racism as a response to blacks, and misogyny as a response to women, then you have not understood it. You have reproduced it” (Leon Wieseltier, “Israel, Palestine and the Return of the Bi-National Fantasy” The New Republic, Oct 24 2003).
To put it simply, anti-Semitic attacks are not on the rise because of bad Jews. Anti-Semitic attacks are on the rise because bad anti-Semitic people are doing more and more bad things. No matter how much Jewish people and Israelis change their behavior, anti-Semitic attacks will grow. Satan is going for broke on this one. His strategy is to stir up a massive wave of anti-Israel hatred, and then to use the momentum of that wave to launch a no-holds barred attack on all Jews everywhere.
It’s time for the body of Messiah rise up. Believers need to awaken from spiritual slumber and recognize that hateful anti-Jewish deeds of darkness are happening as we speak. Pray to the God of Israel that anti-Semitism’s lies and malice will be utterly broken. Believers need to pray that we will have the courage to expose this new virulent mutation of anti-Semitism, that we will have the strength to speak up and refute anti-Semitic teachings, actions and attacks as these happen. Pray that believers will develop networks of underground railroads to help Jews find refuge as they return to Israel. For a day is soon coming when worldwide anti-Semitic attacks gather momentum and morph into a renewed Holocaust against the Jewish people (see Jer.16:16-17; Amos 9:7-10; Zech.13:8-9).
Regards to you in Messiah Yeshua,
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