I.S.I.S Comes to Steal, Kill, and Destroy: The Reason and Source of Terrorism

COPYRIGHT WARNING

ISIS

In this article we will examine the true source of terrorism in the world today and who is really orchestrating the reign of death and chaos that has plagued our planet.

The Bible distinguishes the events of the last days from all other periods of human history. During this time, one group of people will bring the world to its knees by its reign of terror. Today, the greatest threat to peace in the world is the radical Islamic Terrorists of ISIS/ISIL.

The Bible reveals that the true leader of this mass horde of murderers is satan. If we compare the list of activities that the people of ISIS carry out all over the earth, their mission and manifesto are precisely the same as satan.

The devil has one mission on the earth: to seek out and destroy as many human lives as possible. Jesus said that those who murder and create terror on the earth are the son’s and daughters of the devil. The true family of God are those who pursue peace and seek to love people. We see this illustrated in the words of Jesus as He confronts the religious leaders of Israel. These men claimed that their religion ensured that they were the true followers of God.

The leaders of Israel answered and said to Jesus, “Abraham is our father.” Jesus said to them, “If you were Abraham’s children, you would do the works of Abraham. But now you seek to kill Me, a Man who has told you the truth which I heard from God. Abraham did not do this. You do the deeds of your father.” Then they said to Him, “We were not born of fornication; we have one Father—God.” Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and came from God; nor have I come of Myself, but He sent Me. Why do you not understand My speech? Because you are not able to listen to My word. You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it. John 8:39-44

Jesus told the Pharisees that if God was their Father, they would love Him, because He came from God. Then Jesus identified who their true father is; the devil, because they do the same things that their father does: murder, lie and destroy.

Two chapters later, Jesus further defines the identity of the devil and those who follow him, by the things that they do:

The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. John 10:10

The ISIL/ISIS organization claims to represent and speak for God. Like the Pharisees of Israel, the leaders of ISIS/ISIL believe that their religion gives them the authority to carry out their evil destruction on those who they view as infidels.

Jesus said that when any religion communicates actions of violence and death, this is the religion of satan, who came to rob, kill, and destroy.

We know that the leaders of ISIS/ISIL do not come from God because of what they do. Their reign of terror on the earth and desire to murder those who oppose them, defines their true intentions as originating from their father, the devil. This was the same indictment that Jesus declared upon the Pharisees who sought His death, much like the leaders of Israel before them; who killed the prophets that God had sent to the nation.

“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing! Matthew 23:37

Jesus said: “I wanted to…but you were not willing.

The imagery of Deuteronomy 32:11 is recited by Jesus to illustrate His desire to save the entire nation of Israel when He came to them as their Messiah.

As an eagle stirs up its nest, Hovers over its young, Spreading out its wings, taking them up, Carrying them on its wings, Deuteronomy 32:11

The people of Israel were not willing to be saved, so Jesus could not accomplish what He had so earnestly desired. The same is true today; The Lord wants to save every person, but they are not willing.

The Last Days

The Bible describes the last days of the earth in vivid detail and defines this specific period of human history by an marked increase in evil on the earth. In the book of Revelation, Jesus gave us the reason for the current increase in evil and murder from the ISIS/ISIL organization.

Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time.” Revelation 12:12

We should remember that the devil has read the Bible. He knows that there is a limit to his rule on the earth. When the present time of God’s Grace has ended, His judgment will fall upon the devil and all those who are members of his family. Every person who murders and destroys human life will be assigned to the darkest and most horrific part of hell and their torment will never end.

And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.” Revelation 14:11

The devil knows that the time of his eternal sentence is near. Jesus said that as this day approaches, satan will come down to the earth with great wrath and wreak havoc, death, and destruction. Those who do not know God, who have not obeyed the command of God to repent of their sins and turn to Jesus as their Savior, will be deceived by satan and find their eternal destination with the devil.

When Paul described the events of the last days, he defined the devil as the active force behind this marked increase of evil and violence in the world.

1. Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come. 2. Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, 3. who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, 4. so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God. 9. The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, 10-11. and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, 2 Thessalonians 2:1-11

Verse 1: the beginning of these events will be the precursor to Jesus return to earth. The appearance of ISIS/ISIL as a dominant force in terrorism, is a fulfillment of words of 2 Thessalonians. The leaders of this horrific organization are directed by satan.

Verse 2: this period of human history will be marked by a great time of deception. Then the antichrist will arrive on the scene and deceive a large majority of the world.

Verse 3: he will exalt himself and seek to accomplish satan’s desire to be worshipped as god.

Verse 4: at the beginning of the seven year Tribulation, the antichrist will sit in the newly constructed Temple at Israel and declare that he is god. He will demand that all the world worship him under the penalty of death. This is similar to the intention of radical Islam: “worship or die.”

Verse 9: notice where the antichrist’s power originates from; satan. This new world leader will succeed by the use of deception. The primary recruitment method of ISIS/ISIL is the promise of paradise for the person who is willing to die as a martyr for Islam.

Verses 10-11: the deception of the antichrist will cause many in the last days to ignore or deny Jesus as their Savior, and result in the forfeiture of their eternal life in heaven. Because people will not listen to God and deny Jesus His rightful place in their life, He will allow them to believe the deception of the antichrist and his false religion.

It is clear that we are living in the last days that are described by the Bible. The time of deception by the coming antichrist is already visible. ISIS/ISIL are the puppets of the devil—to destroy human lives and cause as much chaos and destruction as possible. Many people see the events of September 11, 2001 in the United States, and the recent terror attacks in Paris on November 13, 2014, as evil that is certainly demonically inspired. These horrific events were choreographed by the devil, making use of the desires of evil men to murder and destroy.

During the time of Jesus first arrival here on earth, He revealed that the devil is the unseen ruler of the present world. It is because of satan’s reign of terror that there is so much suffering in the world today.

According to the word of God, the present kingdoms of this world are ruled by satan, his principalities and powers. This explains why there is so much suffering, destruction, and depravity in the world. This is not the world that God intended for us. We cannot blame God for the evil that men do, nor the suffering caused by their actions.

Jesus said that satan is “the ruler” of this world:

Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out. John 12:31

Paul said that satan is the “god of this age”:

…whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them. 2 Corinthians 4:4

The god of this age is satan. Not in the sense of absolute authority, for this title belongs to God alone. The Lord has allowed satan a limited rulership of the earth, subject to God’s sovereignty. Originally, God gave Adam the authority to have dominion over the whole earth.

Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” Genesis 1:28

This right of rulership was won by satan when Adam heeded his voice to disobey God and forfeited his right to rule over the earth. The terrible effects of this transfer of power has been felt by man since that time.

The Right to Rule

Absolute sovereignty to rule over the universe belongs to God since He created it. When the Lord gave the right of rulership of the earth to Adam, he forfeited his authority to satan by his disobedience to God. The devil has continued as a limited ruler of the earth to the present day. Although Jesus has won the right to redeem the earth from satan, at the cross, the Lord will not assume this place of absolute power and authority until He returns to the earth at the end of the seven year Tribulation period.

We see this illustrated in the fifth chapter of the book of Revelation where Jesus is seen as the one who has the authority to open the seven seals and bring judgement to satan’s evil rulership.

But one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals.” Revelation 5:5

The Book of Revelation describes the specific moment where Jesus comes to take back the rule of the earth that He has won. The beginning of this redemption is indicated above in Revelation 5:5, where Jesus opens the first seal of the scroll.

Revelation Chapter 4:2 describes a throne in heaven with One sitting on this throne..

Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne set in heaven, and One sat on the throne. Revelation 4:2

In the Book of Revelation Chapter 5, we see Jesus coming from the midst of the throne of God in heaven. He takes a scroll from the right hand of the One who sits on the throne. He is described as: “a Lamb as though it had been slain.”

And I looked, and behold, in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as though it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent out into all the earth. Then He came and took the scroll out of the right hand of Him who sat on the throne. Revelation 5:6-7

This scroll appears to be the title deed to the earth that has provisions within each of the seven seals—to redeem the earth—by 21 judgments. Jesus opens the first of the seven seals, causing the seven-year Tribulation to begin.

Now I watched when the Lamb (Jesus) opened one of the seven seals (title deed), and I heard one of the four living creatures say with a voice like thunder, Come! 2 And I looked, and behold, a white horse! And its rider (the antichrist) had a bow, and a crown was given to him, and he came out conquering, and to conquer. Revelation 6:1-3 (ESV)

We know that this is Jesus who takes the scroll, by the description given to us in Revelation Chapter 5, verses 6-7. “A Lamb as though it had been slain.” As Jesus takes the scroll, we see that it has certain provisions or requirements written on it for the redemption of the earth. Whenever a piece of property was mortgaged, in the Old Testament, it always had a clause for the redemption of that land.

The land shall not be sold permanently, for the land is Mine; for you are strangers and sojourners with Me. And in all the land of your possession you shall grant redemption of the land. Leviticus 25:23-24

The requirements for redemption were written on a scroll. As the first seal is broken, each of the requirements are read. If the redeemer can fulfill the stipulations set forth by the deed, he may take back the land as his own once again.

All the earth belongs to God and everything in it. Notice Leviticus 25:23 above, the Lord says: “The land is Mine.” God made the earth. He can give it to whomever He chooses—to rule over it, to use it, to act as a steward over what is His. No human being really owns anything. God simply allows us to use what is His for a limited time. You might think that you own your home, or property, but God holds the title to everything because all things come from Him. If you think that you own the things you possess, consider that when you leave this world—you will not be taking anything with you.

After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we cant take anything with us when we leave it. 1 Timothy 6:7 (NLT)

...What do you have that God hasn’t given you? And if everything you have is from God, why boast as though it were not a gift? 1 Corinthians 4:7 (NLT)

God gave dominion of the earth to Adam. This right to rule was lost to satan in Genesis chapter 3. Since Adam sinned and was cast out of the garden, satan has maintained the right of dominion over the earth, in the capacity that Paul describes as the god of this age.

The Second Adam

When Jesus began His public ministry, there were three temptations that satan brought to Him. Jesus came as the second Adam; therefore, He had to be tempted in all of the same areas that the first Adam was tempted. If Jesus did not pass this test, He could not be the Savior of the world.

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry. Matthew 4:1-2

These trials came to Jesus when He was at His very weakest point as a man. After having gone without food for forty days, His body was emptied of all physical power.

Medical experts state that in days 1-3 of a fast, the human body is using up the remaining food that is in the intestines. It is during these first three days of a fast that a person will experience intense—gut-wrenching hunger pains with headaches, body aches, and joint pain. The body is ridding itself of the toxins which have been stored inside the body. From days 4-39, a human body will use the fat that it has stored during past periods of feeding. It is during days 4-39 that a person may feel no hunger or desire for food at all. Most people do not begin to feel intense hunger pains again until around the 40th day of a fast. After this 40 day period of time, there are no longer any stored nutrients and the body begins the process of death.[1]

Here in Matthew’s gospel, after forty days without food, Jesus is beginning to die.

This was the moment that satan came to Jesus. Temptations to sin will often arrive when we are at our weakest point. Lack of sleep or during times of hunger and in the presence of pressure and stress, these are some of the points of contact that satan uses to bring to us, temptation to sin.

There are three main temptations which are described in the Bible:

For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. 1 John 2:16

1. The Lust of the Flesh
2. The Lust of the Eyes
3. The Pride of Life

We first see these three temptations in the Garden of Eden:

Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” 2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; 3 but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’ ” 4 Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 5 For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” (1. “the Lust of the Flesh”) 6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, (2. “the lust of the eyes”) that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise (3.the pride of life”), she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. Genesis 3:1-61

Jesus First Temptation: The Lust of the Flesh.

Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” Matthew 4:3

In the original language, the term, “if you are the Son of God,” is more correctly translated as: “Since you are the Son of God…”

“Since you are the Son of God, use your power to change these stones into bread.”

After 40 days without food, the flesh is literally dying. Jesus has the power to turn the desert into a bakery, if that was His desire. The Judean wilderness was known for large round stones, which probably looked to Jesus at this moment of intense hunger, like large loaves of hot bread, baking in the afternoon sun.

The temptation to grant the flesh its lust for food by using the power Jesus possessed—as the Son of God, was tremendous. I am sure that the Lord listened to satan, looked at the stones, and thought about how good hot buttered bread would taste. With a strength that came from 40 days of prayer, and a focus on the glory which was ahead for all of us whom He would save, Jesus gave an answer to the tempter which is a model for all those who feel their own intense temptation while in their trials: It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’

Even if we grant our flesh every desire that it has, we will still not be satisfied. The real hunger which the human soul longs for is not quenched by anything that this world has to offer. Our insatiable yearning can only be satisfied by the Living God.

David described this longing of the human heart perfectly:

As the deer pants for the water brooks, So pants my soul for You, O God. 2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. Psalms 42:1-2

One of the strongest desires that a human being can experience is the need to satisfy intense hunger. Most of us are familiar with the trauma our body feels after missing a meal or two. Few of us could imagine the agony that Jesus’ body was going through after having gone without food for 40 days. The Lord did not give in to the lust of His flesh to satisfy the hunger that wracked His body. Jesus was tested in ways that no other man has been tested, and yet He did not sin or give into temptation. The Lord demonstrated that it is possible to overcome—even the most difficult and stressful trials of life, while remaining Holy. Because Jesus was tested in all points in which we are also tested, He is able to understand our weakness and failures under trial.

For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Hebrews 4:15

Second Temptation: The Lust of the Eyes

Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written: ‘He shall give His angels charge over you,’ and, ‘In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’ ” Jesus said to him, “It is written again, ‘You shall not tempt the LORD your God.’ ” Matthew 4:5-7

It is interesting that in the account of this event, Matthew describes satan as bringing Jesus up into the holy city. Then he says that satan set Him on the pinnacle of the temple. Apparently, Jesus allowed satan to carry Him to the top of the temple. The purpose of this exercise was to present Jesus “eyes” with the majesty of the temple and the city of Jerusalem. In the emotion of that moment as Jesus gazed out onto all that was before Him, satan again tempts Jesus to demonstrate His power as God, by jumping off the temple pinnacle and yet be unharmed. An added element to satan’s tactic is the way that he uses the word of God to convince Jesus to use His power.

“For it is written: ‘He shall give His angels charge over you,’ and, ‘In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’

The verse that satan quotes from is Psalm 91:

For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways. In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone Psalms 91:11-12

One of the interesting aspects of this verse is that satan acknowledges the fact that Psalm 91:11-12 was written for Jesus, who acknowledges that this Psalm was written for Him.

What I find truly remarkable about satan’s quotation of Psalms 91:11-12, which was written about Jesus, a thousand years before He was born, is that the devil does not continue with the rest of the verse, which deals with his future destruction by the one whom the Psalm was written about.

You (Messiah) shall tread upon the lion and the cobra, The young lion and (satan) the serpent you shall trample underfoot. Psalms 91:13

Jesus corrects satan’s misuse of God’s word and rightly states the proper application of Scripture for this situation: You shall not tempt the LORD your God. This is a reminder to satan that Jesus is still LORD of the universe, though for a short time satan has been given some degree of rulership over the present age. This is a subtle hint for us that Jesus is reminding satan that whatever he is allowed to do, it is by God’s sovereign will, for His own purposes.

Very soon, the rest of the Messiah’s work from Psalm 91 will be accomplished: The serpent will be trampled underfoot.

Third Temptation: The Pride of Life

Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve.’ ” Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him. Matthew 4:8-11

In Luke’s gospel, he records this event as the second that occurred; Matthew records it as the third event. Luke also adds the detail that satan said to Jesus: All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish.

Then the devil, taking Him up on a high mountain, showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said to Him, “All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. Therefore, if You will worship before me, all will be Yours.” And Jesus answered and said to him, “Get behind Me, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve.’ ” Luke 4:5-8

Finally, the opportunity is presented by satan to Jesus that He can have all of the glory and power at that moment, without going through the pain and suffering of the cross—if Jesus will only bow in worship to satan.

There is a claim made by satan here, in Luke 4:6, that he has the right of rule over all the kingdoms of the world. Notice that nowhere does Jesus dispute this assertion by the devil. Jesus argues only that worship and adoration belongs only to the living, eternal God, and not to any of His creatures.

Why Does God Permit Suffering?

The age-old question of why a God of love, permits evil and suffering on the earth, is answered here: satan has won the right to exercise dominion over the earth, dating back to the Garden of Eden. Adam was given this dominion and under his righteous leadership, there was no pain or suffering in the world. When satan deceived Eve, and Adam disobeyed God, he lost this right of rulership to satan. Since that time, the world has been under the dominion of satan who is called the god of this age. This is what the world is like when satan has dominion over our planet. If God did not contain and limit satan’s power, he would kill every person on the planet and destroy the earth.

Though satan has a limited reign that will soon end, he is also greatly limited in what he is permitted to do. Those who belong to Jesus, are untouchable by satan—unless God should permit him to afflict us, for the purpose of chastening. Those who do not belong to Jesus are not under the protection of God. The Bible describes those who are not in a personal relationship with God as under the control of the evil one.

We know that Gods children do not make a practice of sinning, for Gods Son holds them securely, and the evil one cannot touch them. 19 We know that we are children of God and that the world around us is under the control of the evil one. 1 John 5:18 (NLT)

The fact that the whole planet remains under the power and influence of satan is precisely what we see in the world today: Motivated by greed and lust, mankind hurts and kills, decimates and destroys the earth—being directed by the father of lies and the destroyer of human life.

The evil of ISIS is nothing more that a manifestation of the devil’s desire to inflict as much death and destruction upon mankind as possible

Imagine what satan would do to the earth if there was no restriction placed upon his evil. We see an example of this control by God, in the first chapters of the Book of Job.

And the LORD said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your power; only do not lay a hand on his person.” So Satan went out from the presence of the LORD. Job 1:12

And the LORD said to Satan, “Behold, he is in your hand, but spare his life.” Job 2:6

God is sovereign over all of the affairs of the earth. All kings and kingdoms are placed where they are, for God’s own purposes. The lesson of this truth was hard-learned by one of the most powerful kings the world has ever known: Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon.

God told Daniel to write the following:

…That the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, Gives it to whomever He will, And sets over it the lowest of men. Daniel 4:17

The Lord demonstrated this fact in the life of Nebuchadnezzar:

They shall drive you (Nebuchadnezzar) from men, your dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field, and they shall make you eat grass like oxen. They shall wet you with the dew of heaven, and seven times shall pass over you, till you know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomever He chooses. Daniel 4:25

This same principle is echoed by Paul in the New Testament:

Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Romans 13:1

Men are influenced by evil, with the source of all evil originating from satan.

Because men will not submit their lives to the true and living God, they are under the dominion of satan’s kingdom. There are only two kingdoms in the universe: The kingdom of light, under God, and the kingdom of darkness, under satan. Every person is serving in one of these two kingdoms—whether by choice or by ignorance of this fact. If a person will not surrender his life to the authority of God, he is automatically defaulted to the kingdom of darkness under satan. Those who do not serve the Lord Jesus Christ are serving satan.

(Jesus Speaking) He who is not with Me is against Me… Matthew 12:30

There is no neutral ground when it comes to spiritual matters, as determined by God. A person who is not with Jesus is with satan. A person might think that they are serving neither God nor satan, but according to the word of God this is not possible. To reject Jesus as the Lord of our life, is to place ourselves under the dominion of satan.

Who’s Fault Is It?

The world suffers and is dying because of sin and the effects of satan’s rulership. This is what the Bible teaches, and the reality of God’s word is observed everyday in the world. Everything that God says about mankind and the world is fulfilled in the lives of people who inhabit this planet. Man’s constant thought and intent is towards evil continually (Genesis 6). As a result of man’s preponderance towards sin and satan’s influence over man, we see the great evidence of these things as preeminent facts of human life. These realities are lived out in the daily lives of human beings, all over the face of the earth.

…and the whole world lies under the influence of the wicked one. 1 John 5:19

It is not God’s fault that there is so much suffering in the world today—it is man’s fault. Before we blame Adam for all of the suffering in the world, we must look at ourselves and ask the question: “Am I fully surrendered to God’s will in my own life?” Are we living lives of righteousness as required by God? All of the suffering that happens in the world today is caused by people, not by God.

Even what is described as “natural disasters,” are not natural at all. The abhorrent weather, earthquakes, and other forces of nature which bring about death and destruction—are all caused by the fall of man and the curse that exists on the earth, as a result of man’s rebellion against God. People build cities and homes in known danger zones and then assign fault to God when their families are hurt or killed. In the beginning, there was no sickness, death, or destruction on the earth. Under God’s care, our planet was a perfect place to live. It was because of the fall of man that all suffering, sickness, and death—came to all of us.

Why Doesn’t God Intervene and Stop Evil?

First, God has done something about evil, He had defeated sin and death by Jesus sacrifice for us on the cross. Many of the prophecies of the Bible describe God’s plan in the near future, to end all evil and assign those who seek to hurt, kill and destroy, to a place of judgment.

Second, God has blessed all human beings with an attribute that He possesses; the right of self determination. Man is able to choose between good and evil, right and wrong. Until the time that God has appointed—when all people will give an account of their life—God permits people to make their own choices. There is a day—approaching, when all evil will end. Those who have hurt, stole, lied, cheated, murdered, and destroyed, and will not receive Jesus sacrifice for their sin, they will be assigned to everlasting punishment.

God has intervened and He has a plan to end the suffering that has plagued the earth for six thousand years.

Today, men have the free choice to either love and serve God or to disobey Him. Only until Jesus returns to set up His kingdom on the earth for one thousand years, will men be allowed to continue in their choice to carry out evil. It is because of this present reality of evil in the world that all of us suffer. During the world to come in which Jesus will rule as the absolute Lord over all creation, no one will hurt or kill anyone ever again. The earth and everyone who lives upon it will enjoy a perfect environment, free of sin and the influence of satan and the evil of men, forever.

The Assurance of Heaven, Today

Those who submit their lives to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, have the assurance from the word of God, that when they die, they will have heaven as their home. This is because Jesus has already paid for all of their sins and has taken the penalty that they once deserved. When any person exercises their option to submit their life to Jesus’ authority and believes upon Him for their salvation, they have passed from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light.

He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins. Colossians 1:13-14

This is the primary difference between the radical Islam of ISIS and true Biblical Christianity: Love.

ISIS seeks to compel converts under the threat of death.
Christianity seeks to win people to the Lord by love.

for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” Luke 19:10

For we ourselves were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another. But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. Titus 3:3-7

See Also:

Religious Frauds and Pretenders
Why Christianity Is Different From All Religions
Why Jesus is the Only Way to Heaven


NOTES:
[1] Shelton, Herbert, The Science and Fine Art of Fasting, American Natural Hygiene Society, Incorporate; 5th edition (August 1978)

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