Light in the Midst of Darkness
by Asher Intrater, , Revive Israel
A few hours before the recent attacks in Paris, a Palestinian terrorist shot and killed two members of the Litman family, who were driving in their car near Hebron. Tragically, a "Red Crescent" ambulance came up to the car while the family was bleeding within, but refused to stop and help them!
There is no difference between terror against Jewish people and terror against others: The victims of terror and murder are never to be blamed for the attacks. The terrorists are. Israel is not to be blamed any more than France or Russia or America. We grieve with compassion for all victims - including Arabs.
Jihad: War Against Non-Muslims
In some ways, the term "terrorist" is outdated. These are Jihadists. They are part of the apocalyptic scheme of Islamic extremism to kill Jews, Christians and all "blasphemers"; to destroy Western civilization and conquer the world.
The attack in Paris was well planned and coordinated. It required dozens of people involved in weapons procurement, transportation, communication, financing and mapping. These people are not deranged psychotics. They are well-indoctrinated (or brain-washed) Jihadists.
Some commentators have described this as a clash between Western civilization representing life and Islamic culture representing death. That is only partly true. There has also been a great erosion of Judeo-Christian values in Western culture, resulting in decadence, corruption, drugs, sexual perversion and political correctness.
Darkness Cannot Overcome the Light
We are to pursue justice and righteousness (Deuteronomy 16:18-20) and to choose life over death, goodness over evil (Deuteronomy 30:15, 19). While we are certainly called to fight evil in all of its forms, we also have a positive message to present to the world:
"Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of YHVH has shone upon you. For behold the darkness has covered the earth and deep fog the peoples; but upon you YHVH will shine and His glory appear over you. And nations will come to your light ..." ( Isaiah 60:1-3)
This verse is beginning to be fulfilled in our time. It is not a "millennial kingdom" verse, because it states that darkness is covering the world. The word for "darkness" seems to represent evil, while the word "fog" seems to represent confusion. That seems well to represent the world we live in.
Yeshua (Jesus) taught that the days before His return would be similar to the times of Noah and Lot (Luke 17:26-30). We are already seeing similar sins of both violence and decadence spreading around the world.
But it is exactly at that same time that the people of God are to "shine" with glory and light. The evil in the world will force many Jews and Christians to unite. The glory of the Lord will shine on that unity between Israel and the Church.
It may well be that radical Islam will conquer Europe and destroy Western Civilization (Revelation 13:7, 17:16)! Yet, at the same time millions of Muslims, Jews, Christians and people from every nation will turn to true faith.
There is no power in the world that can change the heart of human beings from evil to good, other than the death and resurrection of Yeshua. We have a message of hope and light in the midst of a world filled with despair and darkness. This is the time for the people of God to shine with the glory of God. The light will shine in the darkness, and the darkness will not be able to overcome it (Genesis 1:3-4; John 1:5, 9).
This article was previously published on 20Nov15 here on the Revive Israel website
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