Renewed Threats

New threats from the terrorist group ISIS has sparked major concerns after they used media sources to show yet another sickening video. The 17-minute clip flaunted the presumed nine terrorists, who were later killed in France, practicing atrocities on helpless bound victims prior to their attacks on Paris. The militants, described as lions, breathed threats against unbelievers, “Whoever stands in the ranks of kafir will be a target for our swords and will fall in humiliation.”

You may wonder what kafir means. In Arabic, kafir refers to an “unbeliever”. The origin of this term has to do with the idea of “covering” or “hiding”.  In Islam, an unbeliever is one who “hides” or denies what Muslims teach about Allah and his messenger, Muhammad. Being a kafir, an unbeliever, is a grave sin in Islam and is punishable by hellfire.

The terrorists also encouraged others who have been radicalized to, “kill them wherever you find them.” They are continually driven towards a takeover of the world, with a vison for a world dominant by Sharia Law. ISIS continues to instill fear and terror. A news reporter described the group as “a menace to society” and hoped that defending countries would form an alliance to defeat them.

Right here and now, their next priority is to plan a terrorist attack against Britain, who was threatened as the next target, along with British Prime Minister David Cameron. In pure insanity, they finished the video by using a brainwashed toddler to shout hatred. The idea is indeed appalling and chilling. While it is normal to teach a child to share, be kind and loving; toddlers of terrorists are incensed to mock! They went on to warn that, as an island, Britain would be invaded and placed under their rule. David Cameron responded, “Britain will never be cowed by this sort of terrorism.” In other words, they will not be frightened with threat, violence or any kind of intimidation.

What about us? When our enemies threaten, intimidate and mock us, as God’s people what should we do? As we look to the Scriptures for wisdom there is an answer. There are many examples of those who used intimidation and fear as a weapon against God’s people. When Nehemiah was rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem, Sanballat, an enemy of the Jews, was described as being: furious and very indignant and with Tobiah they entirely mocked the work (Nehemiah 4:1-3).

What did Nehemiah and the people do? “Nevertheless we made our prayer to our God, and because of them we set a watch against them day and night” (Nehemiah 4:9). We need to be a people of constant prayer, and in wisdom be on guard, ready to defend our homes.

There are many non-Christians who may be fearful as they do not know the Lord. Perhaps they will look to us for comfort and answers to their questions.  We need to know the stories of the Bible so we can share with them these truths. In these last days, know Bible prophecy and be ready to share your faith (1 Peter 3:15). There will be those who will come to know God in these difficult times.