I was just reading this interesting article on Voice Of America about France's dilemma with terrorism, called "How Much More Can France Take", and it brought up all the usual speculations in me on the subject: How being kinder and gentler with these jerks only leads to people dying (and a big thanks to the activist judge who let one of the killers off easy because he believed him when he said he was going to stay home and raise a family); How much Allah has apparently allowed the honor and courage bar fall since he gave dictation to Mohammed (I'm sure the Prophet was THIS close to adding the part about "killing 80 year old priests and using nuns for human shields" when he assumed room temperature); you know, the normal things. Like figuring out what a measured, Christian response to Daesh would be. (Of course my first thought would be reduce them all to crumbs and let God and Allah fight over the remnants, but of course that's not very nice of me.)
But as I thought about it, I think I figured out what is really going on here. And I found it chilling, to say the least. Christian followers will understand what I'm getting at pretty quick; for those who are not, a little backstory might be in order.
As a Christian, I know the day is coming- and perhaps swiftly- when the Anti-Christ stakes his claim to the world. And the main game will be in Europe, as he becomes the head of a 10-nation confederation, after seemingly overthrowing three nations that didn't want to be a part of the group. (Think "Brexit", maybe?) The US seems to become less and less of a factor in things (which our current President is managing quite nicely), though I really think our hash being settled is described in detail in both Revelation 18 and Ezekiel 27. And somewhere in the midst of his 7-year reign, he shucks off the "combined religion" that his ally (the "false prophet") uses to bring him to prominence and declares himself devine. But now I'm ahead of the story.
Consider: France, basicly one of the heart-chambers of Europe, is being pushed to the limits. How many more attacks WILL it take before they do something- I'm not speculating what- that, at this point in time we would still scream in indignation at, but shortly will be more of a "why didn't we do this long ago?" And when they do it, EVERYONE will start doing it. Whether it will work or not, I don't know, and it doesn't matter if it does.
Because it is just to get us USED to the idea of doing something "in the name of security" that we can't quite accept just yet. But we will... and the master manipulator will take good advantage of it. All it will take then is a spate of little Westboro Baptist Church wannabes, claiming Christianity and preaching hate, to convince people to do to Christians as they have done to Muslims.
Get it? This is all Satan's set up. Get everyone good and mad, mad enough to do the unthinkable on a worldwide basis. Do it often enough to get everyone good and numbed to doing it- and then turn it on the long-intended target. We are living, if not in the end times, certainly in Satan's bullpen as he warms up his staff for the real endgame. And the play HAS to be in Europe. We may have problems with SOME Muslim extremists, but Europe has been packed full of "immigrants" for the last dozen years. Yesterday I heard this on the radio : There have been 51 DOCUMENTED terrorist attacks in the last WEEK.
I keep reminding myself it has taken THIS long to come THIS far, and certainly there have prolly been a LOT of times when people were convinced this just HAS to be the end. It could be a long, long time coming. 28 Jesus turned and said to them, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep for yourselves and for your children. 29 For the time will come when you will say, ‘Blessed are the childless women, the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed!’ 30 Then
“‘they will say to the mountains, “Fall on us!”
and to the hills, “Cover us!”’[b]
31 For if people do these things when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry?”