Thursday, September 11, 2014

Remembering September 11, 2001

(c) 2001 David A. McPherson
I could not post to this blog today without recognizing this date, an anniversary of a day well-remembered in the United States. On this date in 2001 Muslim terrorists hijacked American passenger jets with the intention of killing as many people as possible. Of course we will never forget September 11, 2001.

That day was a turning point in American history, and indeed the history of the world. While it was thirteen years ago, the fight against Islamic terrorists continues today. It has not waned at all, but has escalated over those years and continues to escalate, even in recent weeks, as ISIS / ISIL advances.

In a very real way this blog is about that day and the continuing fight against radical Muslim terrorists because I believe all of these events are part of one of the main topics of this blog: the prophecies in the Bible of the End Times. (Tweet that!) I believe, as do many others, that these events are forwarding us, meaning the entire world, toward the "End Times" talked about by Jesus in Matthew 24 as well as many other passages in the Bible.

In recent weeks we have all watched events taking place in the world, from Russian's move into Ukraine and a passenger jet being shot down to the rise of ISIS / ISIL and the murder of many people, including the beheading of American journalists, in Iraq and other areas.

Dear America
A Letter of Comfort and Hope to a Grieving Nation

The book Dianne wrote after September 11, 2001.
Available at Amazon in print and on Kindle.
For those in grief and/or wondering where God
is when things like this happen.
Reveals important differences
between Islam and Christianity.
While I don't claim to be an expert on what Muslims believe, I have heard that radical Muslims believe they can bring about the "end times" of their religion and bring on the scene their prophet or messiah through causing violence throughout the world. (Tweet that!)

In a very important contrast, one way to look at the Christian belief of the "End Times" is that they will come because of the escalation of sin in the world. Sin always leads to death, and sin in the world will lead to the death of the world as we know it. (Tweet that!)

While Christians expect and recognize the rise of violence that will occur before the "End Times" and the coming return of Jesus, Muslims believe that by perpetrating that violence they can bring on the "End Times." For the casual onlooker it might all appear the same, but this is an incredibly important contrast. Christians (those who follow Jesus) won't be the violent ones. People who refuse to follow Jesus will be the violent ones.

Right now these two contrasting views are headed toward a collision. That collision may indeed be the End Times. (Tweet that!)

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