The Final Signs Before The World Ends..April (2019)
Published on Apr 17, 2019
Current Events Linked To Biblical Prophecies. Everything is unfolding just as the bible foretold. Wars, Volcanic Eruptions, Earthquakes, Extreme Weather, Christian Persecution, Violence and more!
Matthew 24:3-14 3 Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?” 4 And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. 6 And you will hear of wars and rumours of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all[a] these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences,[b] and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows. 9 “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. 10 And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another.
11 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. 12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.
Evidence of the End Times (April 17, 2019)
Published on Apr 17, 2019
Repent and keep the Commandments of YHWH in order to be delivered from the great tribulations to come! Bible Prophecy Watchman: As we approach the Day of YHWH, we will be seeing an increase in extreme weather and turmoil worldwide. Recent news that aligns with end times prophecy is shown on this channel as a warning that we are in the last days before the remnant of Yisrael, as well as faithful Gentiles, inherit the earth in a new era of righteousness. Flee from iniquity while the door of mercy is still open!
Breaking!!!: The Deal Of The Century Peace Plan To Revealed After Ramadan In Early June 2019
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John 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” (Hosea 4:6)
1Cor. 12:3 Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: AND THAT NO MAN CAN SAY THAT JESUS IS THE LORD, BUT BY THE HOLY GHOST.
Eph. 1:13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
Eph. 3:5 Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;
Eph. 4:30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption
Luke 12:37 Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them
PUT YOUR TRUST AND FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST (OUR SAVIOUR):
(Romans 12:2) to seek God’s will, the Lord says, “Do not worry about what you’ll eat or drink or wear. But seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well”
THIS IS THE END RESULT OF A CHRISTIANS PATIENCE AND LOVE FOR THE LORD JESUS CHRIST
Rev. 3:10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth:
THE TRIBULATION OF THE UNJUST IN REVELATION CH 6 -22:
DAILY CHRISTIAN BIBLICAL QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS:
WALKING IN THE SPIRIT
QUESTION: I absolutely know that much of the time I’m not walking in the Spirit because of all the things I either do or say or the way I act. This is not how I want it to be but it seems I do all these things whether I want it this way or not. Does God the Father not see me as righteous when I’m not walking according to the Spirit? I know He must be displeased and this kills me inside that He is feeling this way about me. I want so much to be like Jesus and then I’m not again and I get so discouraged. What am I to do?
ANSWER: In Romans 7:15-20 Paul said that when we do things we don’t want to do, the Lord’s view is that it’s not we who are doing it but the sin living within us. Because of the cross, He’s able to separate the sin from the sinner, and while He hates the one, He loves the other. For that reason there’s no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. (Romans 8:1)
Later He said that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39)
That includes you. When you sin, confess and you’ll immediately be forgiven. Then put it behind you and forget it ever happened, because that’s what the Lord does.
FORGIVEN FOR ALL SINS OR JUST PAST SINS?
QUESTION: I was having a discussion with someone who believes that when you are born again, God only forgives you for your past sins before you were born again and not your future sins. Is there a scripture that says or implies specifically that Jesus died for our future sins after being born again?
ANSWER: There are several.
In Colossians 2:13 Paul wrote, “He forgave us all our sins”. The Greek word translated “all” means each and every, any and all. That means when we are born again all our past, present, and future sins are forgiven.
In Ephesians 1:13-14 he said our salvation was guaranteed from the time we believed. How could he have said that unless our future sins had been forgiven as well as our past ones? He said essentially the same thing in 2 Cor. 1:21-22, 2 Cor. 5:5 and Ephesians 4:30.
In Hebrews 10:14 the writer said, “Because by one sacrifice He has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.” How could God see us as perfect forever unless all our sins had been forgiven?
Had this not been the case, everyone who has been saved would have to remain absolutely sin free for the rest of his or her life. That means we would become responsible for keeping ourselves saved. This is a violation of Ephesians 2:8-9 which says we’re saved by grace and not by works, lest anyone should boast. Certainly those who were able to remain sin free for the rest of their lives would have something to boast about.
The fact is, remaining sin free is humanly impossible by God’s standards, because to do so we would have to be perfect, as our Heavenly Father is perfect (Matt. 5:48). Since we can’t be as perfect as God is, we would all have been lost again within a short time, and the Lord’s death would have amounted to nothing.
To prevent this, God imputed to us a righteous equal to His own. We can’t earn this righteousness by trying to be perfect. It comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God and are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus (Romans 3:21-24).
He is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he is at the right hand of God and is always interceding for us (Romans 8:33-34, Hebr. 7:25).
DWELLING ON PAST MISTAKES
QUESTION: Like you, I believe in my heart that the rapture is very near. While I know that the best of this life cannot begin to compare with what the Lord has prepared for us, and am excited about His soon return, I find myself at the same time depressed over the wasted time, misplaced priorities, squandered opportunities, and endless sins of my life. Since there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, are my feelings evidence that I am not even saved?
ANSWER: Most believers who are finally living fruitful lives wish they had gotten serious about their faith much earlier, especially if they believe our time here is getting short. Regretting all the time they’ve spent doing things that were non-productive or even counter productive as far as the Kingdom is concerned is only natural.
But when they dwell on past behavior to the extent that they begin to wonder about their salvation, it’s a sign that the enemy is using guilt, one of his most effective weapons, to steal their joy. When that happens, it’s important to remember that only those who really are saved can experience doubt. So your feelings are actually evidence that you are saved.
In Phil. 3:13-14 Paul wrote,
“But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
What’s in your past is not relevant to God. When you became a believer He forgave all the sins of your life; past, present, and future (Colossians 2:13-14). Since He has already forgiven you, it’s time for you to do the same for yourself. Take those bad feelings captive and make them obedient to Christ (2 Cor. 10:3-5). That means when you have doubts about your salvation, start seeing yourself the way He sees you, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless (Ephes. 5:27).
And remember, every day is a new beginning with God. No matter what happened yesterday, His mercies are new every morning (Lament 3:22-23).
Lam. 3:22 It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassion’s fail not.
Lam. 3:23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.
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THE MIDDLE EAST PEACE PLAN IS “ANTI GOD” – (GOD WILL NOT ALLOW JERUSALEM TO BE DIVIDED).
1Th. 5:3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; THEN SUDDEN DESTRUCTION COMETH UPON THEM, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape
Zech. 12:2 Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem.
Zech. 12:3 And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it
I AM GOING TO MAKE JERUSALEM A CUP THAT SENDS ALL THE SURROUNDING PEOPLES REELING … Zech. 12:2
WORLD TERRORISM – WARS
GENERAL WORLD NEWS:
MASSIVE EARTH CHANGES/EARTHQUAKES/VOLCANOES ETC:
2Chr. 7:13 If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people;
2Chr. 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land
CHRISTIAN AND RELIGIOUS WORLD NEWS:
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MIDDLE EAST WAR LOOMING THE BUILD UP TO PSALM 83 – ISAIAH 17 AND GOG OF MAGOG WARS EZEKIEL 38:
Titus 2:11 ¶ For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
Titus 2:12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
Titus 2:13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
Titus 2:14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works
WHERE WE ARE CURRENTLY IN SCRIPTURE
Matt. 24:6 And ye shall hear of WARS AND RUMOURS OF WARS: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
Matt. 24:7 FOR NATION SHALL RISE AGAINST NATION, AND KINGDOM AGAINST KINGDOM: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
Matt. 24:8 All these are the beginning of sorrows
MAJOR WARS ON THE HORIZON
WORLD WAR 3
Matt. 24:6 And ye shall hear of WARS AND RUMOURS OF WARS:
Matt. 24:7 FOR NATION SHALL RISE AGAINST NATION, AND KINGDOM AGAINST KINGDOM:
ISAIAH 17/PSALM 83:
THE DESTRUCTION OF DAMASCUS and
Muslim Countries in the Middle East will launch an attack on Israel
PROPHECY OF ELAM – (Attack on Iran’s Nuclear Program
EZEKIEL 38 & 39
THE WAR OF GOG OF MAGOG – A coalition of Nations led by Russia, Iran, and Turkey to attack Israel
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, andthe life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6)
TRIBULATION IS COMING AND THE REMOVAL OF THE CHURCH IS IMMINENT.
so won’t you accept Jesus now and be removed from that event and live forever with Jesus in the Family of God?
2 “(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)” (2nd Corinthians 2:6)
CHINA VS JAPAN: JAPAN BANS 5G OVER SECURITY CONCERNS
According to a new exclusive in Nikkei Asian Review Huawei Technologies’ planned 5G roll out is a source of tension between China and Japan. Amid a general backdrop of otherwise improving relations, Japan late last year banned integration of the fifth-generation wireless technology over telecommunications security concerns, in a move that mirrored US action.
But on Sunday during high level economic talks in Beijing, Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi urged Japan not to single out Huawei: “Why is the Japanese government excluding Huawei?” he said. The Nikkei report painted a picture of a long and contentious meeting in which “sparks were flying” over Tokyo’s intent to wall itself off from Huawei 5G business.
Nikkei cites that Huawei was invoked repeatedly by Chinese representatives at the meeting, which ran nearly four hours. “The Chinese side was interested mainly in Huawei issues,” a source cited in the report said.
In the meeting Japan’s foreign minister Taro Kono claimed that Tokyo “does not have any specific Chinese company in mind” with regard to the ban.
However, the Chinese side was reportedly unconvinced — this after ZTE equipment was also banned by the Japanese policy, outlined last December, ostensibly to avoid hacks and intelligence leaks.
Nikkei summarized the extent of Japan’s ban on Huawei’s 5G in the following:
Tokyo’s directive followed in December, banning government purchases of communications circuits, devices, servers and six other types of equipment should they pose a security risk.
Japan also aims to protect telecommunications equipment in 14 areas of infrastructure, including finance and air travel, against cyber attacks and other threats.
Huawei Technologies is touting its 5G “revolution” at the same time many western countries are shining a spotlight on Chinese espionage and stealing of trade secrets.
Since the last financial crisis, we have witnessed the greatest corporate debt binge in U.S. history.
Corporate debt has more than doubled since then, and it is now sitting at a grand total of more than 9 trillion dollars. Of course there have been other colossal corporate debt binges throughout our history, and they all ended badly. In fact, the ratio of corporate debt to U.S. GDP rose above 40 percent prior to each of the last three recessions, but this time around we have found a way to top that. According to Forbes, the ratio of non-financial corporate debt to U.S. GDP is now nearly 50 percent…
Since the last recession, nonfinancial corporate debt has ballooned to more than $9 trillion as of November 2018, which is nearly half of U.S. GDP. As you can see below, each recession going back to the mid-1980s coincided with elevated debt-to-GDP levels—most notably the 2007-2008 financial crisis, the 2000 dot-com bubble and the early ’90s slowdown.
What makes this debt bubble even worse is the way that our big corporations have been spending the money that they are borrowing.
Instead of spending the money to build factories, hire workers and expand their businesses, our big corporations have been spending more money on stock buybacks than anything else.
Every year, publicly traded corporations spend hundreds of billions of dollars buying back their own stocks from shareholders, and much of that is being done with borrowed money.
For example, in recent years General Motors has spent nearly 14 billion dollars on stock buybacks. And that number certainly sounds quite impressive until you learn that General Electric has spent a whopping 40 billion dollars on stock buybacks.
Sadly, both corporate behemoths are now absolutely drowning in debt as a result of their foolishness.
In the final analysis, borrowing money to fund stock buybacks is little more than an elaborate Ponzi scheme. In their endless greed, corporate executives are cannibalizing their own companies because it makes some people wealthier in the short-term.
And now this giant corporate debt bubble has reached a bursting point, and there is no way that this story is going to end well.
Meanwhile, another financial bubble of epic proportions is also getting a lot of attention these days. If you are not familiar with “shadow banking”, here is a pretty good explanation from CNBC…
Nonbank lending, an industry that played a central role in the financial crisis, has been expanding rapidly and is still posing risks should credit conditions deteriorate.
Often called “shadow banking” — a term the industry does not embrace — these institutions helped fuel the crisis by providing lending to underqualified borrowers and by financing some of the exotic investment instruments that collapsed when subprime mortgages fell apart.
This kind of lending has absolutely exploded all over the globe since the last recession, and it has now become a 52 trillion dollar bubble…
In the years since the crisis, global shadow banks have seen their assets grow to $52 trillion, a 75% jump from the level in 2010, the year after the crisis ended. The asset level is through 2017, according to bond ratings agency DBRS, citing data from the Financial Stability Board.
Who is going to pick up the pieces when a big chunk of those debts start going bad during the next financial crisis?
Never before in human history have we seen so much debt. Government debt is at all-time record levels all over the world, corporate debt is wildly out of control and consumer debt continues to surge.
A system that requires debt levels to grow at a much faster pace than the overall global economy is growing to maintain itself is a fundamentally flawed system.
But that is what we are facing. If global debt growth fell to zero, the global economy would instantly plunge into a horrific depression. The only way to keep the game going is to keep expanding the debt bubble, and the larger it becomes the worse the future crash will be.
Most of us have been in this system for our entire lives, and so most of us don’t even realize that it is possible to have a financial system that is not based on debt. This is one of the reasons why I get so frustrated with the financially-illiterate politicians who insist that everything will be just fine if we just tweak our current system a little bit.
No, everything is not going to be just fine. In fact, we have perfectly set the stage for the worst financial meltdown in human history.
At this point nobody has put forth a plan to fundamentally change the system, and there is no way out.
All that is left to do is to keep this current bubble going for as long as humanly possible, and then to duck and cover when disaster finally strikes.
A Laredo, Texas public health official said that 20 migrants from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) were monitored for Ebola and other diseases.
“We have 8 Congolese right now in one of our shelters and a dozen in Nuevo Laredo,” said Dr. Hector Gonzalez during an April 4 meeting of the Laredo City Council. Gonzales is the director of the Laredo Health department, according to Breitbart.
“For them, my concern was Ebola,” said Gonzalez, who added “But, we’re on alert to check that.”
The current Ebola outbreak in the DRC is the second deadliest in history, with 772 dead out of 1,220 confirmed cases since the outbreak was declared on Aug. 1, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Of the latest fatalities, 24 people died in their communities and 18 died at Ebola treatment centers.
That said, WHO on Friday announced that the current outbreak does not yet constitute a “Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).”
Doctors without Borders and at least one Red Cross official disagree.
“Whatever the official status of this outbreak is, it is clear that the outbreak is not under control and therefore we need a better collective effort,” said Doctors without Borders emergency manager Gwenola Seroux in a written statement. “What is most important now if we want to gain control of this epidemic is to change the way we are dealing with it.”
Top Red Cross official Emanuele Capobianco told NBC News on Friday that he is “more concerned than I have ever been” over the current Ebola outbreak.
Another factor in the current Ebola outbreak is active skirmishes between local militant groups, while health workers have also come under attack. Many locals in the DRC also don’t trust Western medicine, and many think that Ebola is a scam, or experiment. Reports have surfaced of villagers breaking their loved ones out of Ebola quarantine wards, and taking the infected bodies of their dead back home for burial.
With astonishing speed and amazing efficiency, the French government declared early Tuesday morning that the fire which had largely consumed the magnificent, 850-year-old Cathedral of Notre Dame, was a mere “accident.”
That’s right: Before investigators had even been cleared to enter the smouldering ruins of the Western World’s most iconic Christian symbol, they had already ruled out the possibility of arson.
I am not saying that any person or group should be blamed for this fire without proof. What I am saying, is that the French government’s absurdly quick action in determining the cause makes a mockery of the concept of an honest investigation. Such malfeasance in carrying out due diligence could easily backfire.
Without an honest and transparent investigation, people will always look at the burning of Notre Dame as a monumental conspiracy. Fill in the blank as to who you want to make responsible for the devastation because the French wimped out and declared it an accident before any investigative procedures could have been employed.
It begs the question: Why were the French so eager to sweep this fire under the rug of history?
This looks like a clear case of fear to me. Fear of what, you ask? Well, think about it.
Just for the sake of argument, let’s say that a real investigation gets underway and turns up proof of a Muslim plot to burn down the nation’s most famous Christian shrine. [And there has been a disturbing pattern of arsonists targeting hundreds of Christian churches in France over the last few years, including 10 in a one-week period last month].
With nearly 10 percent of its population now Muslim, France would quickly devolve into chaos. Police would launch a nationwide manhunt for the Muslim arsonists. Muslims would be out in the streets, burning and defacing more churches, cemeteries, anything that stands as a symbol of Christian France. Priests and pastors might be kidnapped and killed. Regular Frenchmen, feeling threatened, might strike back, possibly burning down mosques in retaliation.
The last thing President Macron wants is to take a chance that a thorough forensic investigation could spark a civil war. You can hardly blame him. But show me a nation that has lost the will, for whatever reason, to enforce the rule of law and lost faith in its ability to blindly apply justice, and I will show you a nation that has already been conquered.
And it’s not just France.
Most of the Western elites who control the governments across Europe and North America are in the same boat. After decades of importing Muslim migrants to replace the millions of children who were never born because of abortion and “family planning,” these Western nations have a problem of their own making and it’s called Islam.
Their native populations are getting restless as they discover that their elitist leaders have been lying to them all these years. Islam is not content with its role of being the new “work force” that props up the economies of Germany, France, Belgium and Britain. The nature of Islam is to politically dominate wherever it is given a foothold.
Yet, the Western political class are increasingly reticent to confront Islam when its violent side spills out into the open. This is why France, the U.K., Belgium, the Netherlands, Sweden and Germany have all become increasingly anti-Israel in recent years. They don’t want to offend their growing Muslim populations. They must bow to this foreign religious ideology, or risk violence in the streets.
The elites need a way out of this dilemma because right-wing parties are quickly gaining strength, and before long these European countries will all have their own version of Donald Trump to contend with. They need an out, a way to save face with native European voters while somehow also giving their new Muslim citizens the feeling that they have a seat at the table of political power.
They can’t go on indefinitely with Muslims and Christians, representing opposing cultural values and worldviews, living in the same cities and growing further apart by the day.
That’s where the interfaith movement comes into play.
The hope is that this third way provides Western elites with an opportunity to stave off a complete Islamic takeover while accepting the most basic tenets of Islamic Sharia. This includes, first and foremost, an end to all Christian proselytizing of Muslims, and secondly to stop all anti-Islam rhetoric and criticism in the public space. Any Christian who insists on pointing out the dark side of Islam will be silenced. That’s pretty much already been accomplished, to varying degrees, in the once-free Western nations. But Muslim leaders still put forth the “Islamophobia” meme in hopes of getting more out of the deal.
Two of the biggest players in this movement are Pope Francis and King Abdullah II of Jordan. Abdullah is promoting a new “convergence” of Islam with Christianity and some of the pope’s recent statements, such as his admonishment of Christians not to convert Muslims, seem like good cover for the king’s deceptions. The pope also recently signed a pact with a major Islamic leader in which God is said to be pleased by a “diversity of religions.”
Skip to the 8-minute mark of King Abdullah’s interview last year with Fareed Zakaria of CNN and you will hear some astonishing deceptions being offered up for Western ears.
In the above interview, you have King Abdullah, one of the world’s most important Muslim leaders, telling CNN that “Muslims believe in Jesus Christ as the Messiah, we believe in the holy virgin mother, and we believe in the Bible and the Torah, and I think that this is the way that all of us were brought up.”
Hardly anybody is aware of it but while Muslims are killing Christians throughout much of the world there is a serious movement afoot to merge the two religions.
That movement has in some circles been referred to as “Chrislam.”
Those pushing Chrislam received a boost in March 2017 when a side-event was held at the United Nations Human Rights Council’s 34th ordinary session in Geneva. The Arab-Muslim organizers of this conference, conducted under the auspices of the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue, invited representatives from the Muslim and Christian regions of the world “to exchange their views on the convergence between Islam and Christianity.”
According to the official press release, the conference, titled “Islam and Christianity, the Great Convergence: Working Jointly Towards Equal Citizenship Rights,” was co-sponsored by the Permanent Missions of Algeria, Pakistan and Lebanon – three nations where the treatment of Christians is anything but equal and, in the case of Pakistan, is shamefully brutal.
Also present at the side-event was William Lacy Swing, the director general of the U.N.’s International Organization for Migration or IOM, “who highlighted the importance of recognizing the convergences of the Abrahamic religions – Islam and Christianity – in order to overcome religious divisions,” according to the press release.
The IOM’s director general said:
“We live today in turbulent and troubled times. There are many and loud voices that take perverse delight in drawing attention to what divides and splits our global community. In these circumstances, it is all too easy to forget that Islam and Christianity – two of the world’s three ancient Abrahamic monotheist religious traditions – have more in common than in contention.”
While French authorities believe the blaze that destroyed the roof of the 850-year-old Notre Dame Cathedral was accidental, it has brought attention to the surge of attacks on Christian symbols in Europe.
Nearly 2,000 Christian houses of worship in France have been desecrated in the past two years, according to police. In Germany, there were four such incidents in March.
Some French politicians have attributed the church desecration’s — averaging more than two a day — to “militant secularism.”
But in virtually every attack across Europe, writes Raymond Ibrahim for the Gatestone Institute, “authorities and media obfuscate the identity of the vandals.”
“In those rare instances when the Muslim (or “migrant”) identity of the destroyers is leaked, the desecraters are then presented as suffering from mental health issues,” he writes.
Ibrahim cited an analysis by the German website PI News that observed: “Hardly anyone writes and speaks about the increasing attacks on Christian symbols. There is an eloquent silence in both France and Germany about the scandal of the desecration’s and the origin of the perpetrators.”
Authorities avoid at all costs blaming migrants, the website said.
“It is not the perpetrators who are in danger of being ostracised, but those who dare to associate the desecration of Christian symbols with immigrant imports. They are accused of hatred, hate speech and racism.”
French police documented 875 attacks in 2018 and 1,045 in 2017, the Sun newspaper of London reported just nine days before the Notre Dame fire.
ISIS followers online called the Notre Dame fire “retribution and punishment” from Allah. And many social-media users with Muslims names were saying the same Monday.
Paris public prosecutor Remy Heitz said Tuesday there was no obvious indication the fire was caused by arson. The roof was undergoing a massive $6.8 million renovation project when the blaze broke out. Reuters reported 50 people were working on the investigation.
Ibrahim, author of the new book “Sword and Scimitar, Fourteen Centuries of War between Islam and the West,” is a senior fellow at the Gatestone Institute and a fellow at the Middle East Forum.
‘That’s enough of this code of silence’
Recent attacks on churches have included a fire in Saint-Sulpice church in Paris, human feces smeared on a wall in Notre-Dame-des-Enfacts in Nimes and the vandalization of the organ at Saint-Denis basilica outside Paris.
Police believe the fire at Saint-Sulpice was started deliberately.
After the Saint-Sulpice fire, the Sun reported, the leader of the Republican party in France, Laurent Wauquiez, charged media was not giving the issue enough attention.
“Saint-Sulpice is not only a church, it’s a part of who we are. That’s enough of this code of silence,” Wauquiez said, according to the Sun.
Two opposition members have called for a parliamentary investigation into anti-Christian acts.
Last year, in addition to the desecrations, 129 churches reported thefts, and the French interior ministry said 59 church cemeteries were vandalized.
PI News said that in Germany, “there is a creeping war against everything that symbolizes Christianity: attacks on mountain-summit crosses, on sacred statues by the wayside, on churches… and recently also on cemeteries.”
Ibrahim writes that the report offers a hint of who is behind the attacks.
“Crosses are broken, altars smashed, Bibles set on fire, baptismal fonts overturned, and the church doors smeared with Islamic expressions like ‘Allahu Akbar.’”
He cites a November 2017 report by a German website that in the Alps and Bavaria alone, around 200 churches were attacked, and many of the perpetrators are “youthful rioters with a migration background.”
Elsewhere, notes Ibrahim, they are described as “young Islamists.”
He writes that in European regions with large Muslim populations, “there seems to be a concomitant rise in attacks on churches and Christian symbols.”
In the North Rhine-Westphalia region of Germany, where more than a million Muslims reside, for example, some 50 public Christian statues were beheaded and crucifixes broken prior to Christmas in 2016.
A local newspaper in the German town of Dülmen reported in 2016 that “not a day goes by” without attacks on religious statues in the town of less than 50,000 people and the immediate surrounding area.
In January 2017, a study found Islamic extremist attacks on Christians in France rose by 38 percent, from 273 attacks in 2015 to 376 in 2016. The majority took place during the Christmas season.
Only hours after the first flames that eventually would consume Notre Dame’s roof and spire flickered, the questions about the cause began.
“Detectives investigating the catastrophic blaze are today interviewing specialist restorers who were carrying out works on the cathedral spire when the inferno broke out,” reported DailyMail.com.
“French police are understood to have launched a criminal inquiry after a ‘stray flame’ cause fire to engulf the landmark last night, with heroic firefighters battling for eight hours to bring the blaze under control.”
With the recent desecration of a dozen Catholic churches in France in just one week, investigators will not rule out the possibility of arson.
Talk-radio host Dennis Prager wrote in a column: “I don’t know if a worker accident or a radical Muslim set fire to Notre Dame Cathedral (as they have scores of other churches around Europe). In terms of what the fire represented, it doesn’t much matter. What matters is the omen: Europe is burning, just as Notre Dame was.”
Prager said the “symbolism of the burning of Notre Dame Cathedral, the most renowned building in Western civilization, the iconic symbol of Western Christendom, is hard to miss.”
“It is as if God Himself wanted to warn us in the most unmistakable way that Western Christianity is burning – and with it, Western civilization.”
Two Fox News personalities, as Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris was engulfed in an inferno whose cause hasn’t been determined, shut down comments about the recent surge of attacks on Christian churches across France.
Shepherd Smith on Monday was interviewing French official Philippe Karsenty, who said the cathedral had been there for 850 years and “even the Nazis didn’t dare to destroy it.”
“You need to know for the last year we’ve had churches desecrated,” Karsenty said. “Of course you will hear the story of the politically correct which will tell you it is probably an accident.”
At which point Smith cut him off with, “Not on my watch.”
However, police reported that in just one week in March, a dozen Catholic churches in France were vandalized, including by fire.
Shepard Smith cuts off French Elected Official after he brings up fact that Churches in France have been desecrated in past year.
“Of course you will hear the story of the politically correct which will tell you it is probably an accident” #NotreDame pic.twitter.com/HHdqSrXstg
— The Columbia Bugle (@ColumbiaBugle) April 15, 2019
Catholic League President Bill Donahue was on with Neil Cavuto.
“Forgive me for being suspicious. Just last month a 17th century church was set on fire in Paris,” Donohue said, reciting the recent attacks on churches. “We’ve seen tabernacles knocked down, crosses have been torn down. Statues have been smashed.”
Cavuto interrupted, saying, “We don’t know that.”
After a brief interlude, Donahue again brought up the recent attacks against Christian symbols.
“When I find out that the eucharist is being destroyed, and excrement is being smeared on crosses. This is going on now.”
Cavuto interrupted again.
“We cannot make conjectures,” he said.
And he essentially hung up on Donahue.
Neil Cavuto Hangs Up on Catholic League’s Bill Donohue During Interview About Notre Dame
“Just last month, a 17th-century church was set on fire in Paris. We’ve seen tabernacles knocked down, crosses have been torn down, statues” – Donohue statedpic.twitter.com/E7YX4YIlVT
— Wojciech Pawelczyk (@PolishPatriotTM) April 16, 2019
Twitter users reacted.
Steve Hosed wrote, “Donahue did not say this was terrorism but was correctly pointing out there has been a definite trend to church burning.”
Another said, “He was stating facts about what already happened to the churches in France. Let him talk.”
In 2018, the Ministry of the Interior recorded 541 anti-Semitic acts, 100 anti-Muslim acts and 1063 anti-Christian acts.
Fox News recently has been accused of censoring criticism of Muslims.
“Justice with Judge Jeanine” host Jeanine Pirro was suspended after she suggested the hijab worn by Muslim Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., was “indicative of her adherence to Shariah law, which in itself is antithetical to the United States Constitution.”
Fox News said her views on the subject “do not reflect those of the network.”
A community of Syrians who converted to Christianity from Islam is growing in Kobani, a town besieged by Islamic State for months, and where the tide turned against the militants four years ago.
The converts say the experience of war and the onslaught of a group claiming to fight for Islam pushed them toward their new faith. After a number of families converted, the Syrian-Turkish border town’s first evangelical church opened last year.
Islamic State militants were beaten back by U.S. air strikes and Kurdish fighters at Kobani in early 2015, in a reversal of fortune after taking over swaths of Iraq and Syria. After years of fighting, U.S.-backed forces fully ended the group’s control over populated territory last month.
Though Islamic State’s ultra-radical interpretation of Sunni Islam has been repudiated by the Islamic mainstream, the legacy of its violence has affected perceptions of faith.
Many in the mostly Kurdish areas of northern Syria, whose urban centers are often secular, say agnosticism has strengthened and in the case of Kobani, Christianity.
“After the war with Islamic State people were looking for the right path, and distancing themselves from Islam,” said Omar Firas, the founder of Kobani’s evangelical church. “People were scared and felt lost.”
Firas works for a Christian aid group at a nearby camp for displaced people that helped set up the church.
He said around 20 families, or around 80 to 100 people, in Kobani now worship there. They have not changed their names.
“We meet on Tuesdays and hold a service on Fridays. It is open to anyone who wants to join,” he said.
The church’s current pastor, Zani Bakr, 34, arrived last year from Afrin, a town in northern Syria. He converted in 2007.
“This was painted by IS as a religious conflict, using religious slogans. Because of this a lot of Kurds lost trust in religion generally, not just Islam,” he said.
Many became atheist or agnostic. “But many others became Christian. Scores here and more in Afrin.”
THE STATE OF CHRISTIANITY ENTERING THE HIGH HOLY DAY
Bill Wilson – www.dailyjot.com
As we Christians begin to celebrate the highest of holy days in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, it may well be wise to have some introspect. There is a decline of Christianity in our nation. A fast-growing number of Millennial’s and Generation Z find Christianity irrelevant. Christians get enraged at immorality, policy, and the state of affairs in our country and around the world. Yet we are demanding that people hold to moral beliefs as justified by a book that they don’t even read. On a day that we commemorate Christ sacrificing his life that all who believe on him may have everlasting life, we Christians, as a whole, should be doing a better job as disciples than what we are doing.
1 Corinthians 5:12 asks,
“For what have I to do to judge them also that are outside? do not you judge them that are within?”
In direct speak, it means that we have no business holding those who do not know the gospel accountable to our standards. That’s why we are exhorted, even commanded, to make disciples of all nations, teaching them to obey what the Lord has commanded us.
We must find ways to make Christianity relevant. It has been tainted to be identified with political ideals, when in reality, the political ideals should be identified with Christianity, foundation ally centred on God’s love and love for one another. It starts with our individual relationship with the Lord. To look at our families, communities, states, nations from a Christian lens, we should first start by looking in the mirror.
The Apostle Peter wrote in 1 Peter 4:17-19,
“For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God; and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.”
The Apostle Paul wrote in Romans 10:13-14,
“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?”
Jesus said in Matthew 24:23, “Then if any man shall say unto you Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.” Our national identity and, more importantly, our personal salvation is diluted tremendously if we, as Peter put it, “scarcely be saved.” If America’s preachers are so intent on preaching/teaching a self indulgent, extra Biblical and emotional version of the Christ, then what Christ are we following—the real Son of God, crucified and risen, for our sins, or some humanist version of Christ that fits a social or political extra-biblical gospel? It is here, not on the national policy front, that we as a people have lost our identity.
This should be a serious personal consideration that gives weight to working out your salvation with fear and trembling.