Isis Training Children Fighters

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In a sickening development, it has been recently reported by several news agencies that ISIS is now training children to fight as assassins in their ever-widening religious war. This shocking information was made public recently as part of a new propaganda video released by the terror group. The 15-minute propaganda video, entitled “The Generation of the Epic Battles” is accompanied by a soundtrack of hypnotic music and concludes with the children; boys from Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines, burning their passports. The video was recorded at a camp in the terror group’s stronghold of Hasakeh, northeastern Syria.

The video begins by referring to the boys as sons of terror group’s caliphate (A caliphate is the idea of a single world-wide government that is proposed by some Muslims). The video then offers footage of the children quoting the Koran and urging ISIS supporters to move to the “land of Islam,” insisting “our path is jihad.” Under the watchful eye of adult terrorists, the children step forward and fire their weapons; including AK 47 rifles and semiautomatic pistols. The rifles are nearly the same size as some of the children, yet frighteningly they are able to handle them with ease and skill demonstrating the serious training that ISIS has invested in these children. The children then are ISIS Training Child Fighters shown throwing their passports on the ground at which point one of the adult terrorists sets the passports on fire.

Shockingly, the use of children as agents of terrorism seems to be a growing trend with ISIS. This video was released only two days after a similar video released by ISIS’s propaganda wing in an attempt to lure French nationals to its territory, entitled “In the Footsteps of My Father” which shows two French speaking boys training with weapons and being given an education in the group’s fanatical interpretation of Islam. Equally disturbing is another ISIS video in which six children who appear no older than eight are each given a balaclava (face mask) and a handgun and sent off into the maze of a ruined castle in Syria to find, and kill, prisoners, who have their hands bound behind their backs, wait silently to be executed by the child assassins. All six boys are shown killing a captive in the disturbing video.

Sadly the Bible indicates that humanity – without a saving relationship with Jesus – is readily debased enough to carry out such actions as training children to become murderous terrorists. The war on terrorism is an ongoing conflict for our world. The bad news is it is not going to end – at least not anytime soon. The Bible teaches that this is a struggle that stems from the deep seated tensions that can be traced back to Isaac and Ishmael – almost 4,000 years ago! The situation will never end with peace until the peace of Christ reigns. To do that we must proclaim the Gospel to all the nations of the world, we must speak out against the evils and irresponsibility we see all around us, and we must encourage other believers to do the same. We have been commissioned by Christ Himself to make a difference in this world until He calls us home.

– PNL

Pray that the children being exploited as agents of terror by ISIS would be rescued out of that situation. Pray also that the civilized nations of the world would recoil in horror at this latest development and recognize ISIS for the world wide threat they are. Above all, pray for Christ to reveal Himself to those mislead by the propaganda of ISIS.

Threat From Russian And Chinese Warplanes

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Repeated incidents involving aggressive actions by Chinese and Russian warplanes toward American military planes and ships is causing great concern that the situation could potentially escalate and draw the countries into war! In a developing situation which we have been keeping you updated on (See PNL Oct. and Dec. 2015), tensions between the United States and the nations of China and Russia have been increasing. Recently, China ordered the U.S. to end its surveillance patrols – which occur in international waters – around the contested South China Sea near the region of the Paracel and Spratley Islands chains. As evidence of the serious aggression of the Chinese, the Pentagon has recently acknowledged that two Chinese J-11 fighter jets “buzzed” a U.S. EP-3 military reconnaissance plane by flying within 50 feet of the U.S. aircraft in an “unsafe manner.” Air Force Gen. Herbert “Hawk” Carlisle, leader of the U.S. Air Combat Command, indicates this as an observable trend on the part of Beijing. Carlisle noted, “Their expansion into the Paracels and the Spratleys is so they can declare it and then have the capability to enforce it, where they can do intercepts.” He added, “They are doing it outside of what could be consider the norms.”

Similar behavior has been exhibited by the Russian military recently as two Russian warplanes buzzed a U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer in the Baltic Sea in what a defense official called a “simulated attack profile.” As reported by a senior U.S. defense official to several major news agencies, The USS Donald Cook was conducting flight operations when two Russian Su-24 attack aircraft approached at an “unsafe” speed and altitude and buzzed the Navy destroyer as the helicopter was taking off from the destroyer’s flight deck. The Russian jets came within 1,000 yards of the destroyer, flying just 100 feet above the water. The defense official reported that the next day, a Russian jet flew within only 30 feet of the destroyer in one of at least twenty passes over the ship, ignoring repeated radio calls from the Navy destroyer. However, this is not the first such incident between Russian planes and this U.S. Navy destroyer. In April 2014, as the USS Donald Cook was in the Black Sea, Russian jets buzzed the destroyer in a similar provocative fashion. Similarly, doubtlessly in a move of intentional irony, on July 4th, as Americans were celebrating Independence Day, two Russian Tu-95 “Bear” bombers were intercepted by U.S. Air Force F-15s 39 miles off the coast of Mendocino, California.

This type of military aggression is frightening and troublesome but it should not be totally unexpected. The Bible makes it clear that there will be at least one more major – perhaps even “world” – war that will occur in the future as the last days approach. Consider Jesus’ dire warning in Matthew chapter 24 where He teaches that there will be “wars and rumors of wars … For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be famines and earthquakes” (Matthew 24:6-7 ESV). Likewise, the beloved apostle John was shown a vision of a future war as he received the Book of Revelation. Beginning in Revelation chapter six – which I believe records the events of the beginning of the Tribulation period – John recorded what he was shown concerning the future. The unmistakable event of war is found in chapter six, and continues to be a part of the unfolding events of human history until Christ returns in chapter nineteen (Revelation 6:2; 4; 11:7; 12:7;
13:4, 7; 16:14; 17:14; 19:11; 19:19-21).

While the exact timing of these events – whether they occur during first or second half the Tribulation period, etc. – is debated by sincere believers, it is obvious that Jesus indicates that a major world-wide war will occur in the future. Such posturing by the Chinese and Russian militaries could very well be a precursor to such a major world war as each of these nations has serious economic and political concerns they need to address. Sadly, all too often war is the only means by which unregenerate world leaders feel they can correct their difficulties. As such, we should be in serious prayer for this situation.

– PNL

Pray that these situations would not escalate into a major war. Pray that key leaders of China and Russia would come to know Christ as their savior and realize that He alone is the only answer to the situations faced by their nations. Pray also for key leaders of the United States to come to a saving knowledge of Christ as well. Pray that Jesus will be exalted in international affairs as the true Prince of Peace.

San Bernardino County Terrorist Attacks Reveal Connection to ISIS & Plans of Bigger Attacks

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Radical Islamic terror struck the United States very close to our longtime television studio on December 2 as the radicalized American born Syed Rizwan Farook and his Pakistani born wife Tashfeen Malik, brazenly attacked what was labeled as a training event and “holiday party” for workers of the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health. Tragically, 14 people were killed and 21 people were wounded in what authorities are considering a terrorist attack. This attack took place six miles from the television studio where The King Is Coming Telecast was filmed for over 20 years, and only one mile from the hotel where I stayed whenever I was recording at our studio in California! This attack has indeed brought the menace of terrorism very near to us here at World Prophetic Ministry. Authorities have been able to determine a timeline of events that reveals the callous, premeditated, nature of this attack. In the early morning hours of Wednesday December 2, Farook and his wife, dropped off their 6 month old daughter with relatives, claiming they had a doctor’s appointment. Farook worked as a San Bernardino County health inspector.

ISIS Ready to Launch Chemical and Biological Weapons Attacks

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In a shocking development, a European Parliament report recently discovered by The Daily Mail UK indicates that ISIS has recruited experts with chemistry, physics and computer science degrees to wage war with weapons of mass destruction against the West. The terror organization, according to the briefing document, “may be planning to try to use internationally banned weapons of mass destruction in future attacks.” The document, which was compiled in the aftermath of the deadly attacks on Paris, claimed that ISIS has already smuggled WMD material into Europe.  This intelligence was also echoed by the Israeli government who noted that ISIS is armed with weapons forbidden by the Geneva Convention, according to The Jewish Press. This news, while shocking, should not surprise anyone familiar with the gruesome tactics ISIS has repeatedly displayed. Roughly one year ago, the Kurdistan Regional Security Council in Iraq claimed ISIS had deployed weaponized chlorine gas in attacks on Kurdish forces and civilians. Frighteningly, Hamish de Bretton-Gordon, a former commanding officer at the Joint Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear Regiment, warned, “It is very evident that ISIS is putting much time and effort into training its jihadis in the use of chlorine as a terror weapon and in particular in IEDs (improvised explosive devices).” A U.S. official, speaking on the condition of anonymity has recently told the BBC, as much as we would like to believe this threat may be far removed from us, there is a growing belief within the U.S. government that the ISIS terrorist group is making and using crude chemical weapons in Iraq and Syria. The U.S. has identified at least four occasions on both sides of the Iraq-Syria border where ISIS has used mustard agents, the official said. Likewise, in recent days, the BBC’s Ian Pannell, working from the Turkey-Syria border, has seen additional new evidence of chemical attacks being carried out in Syria – potentially both by the Syrian regime, ISIS, and other rebels. With such weaponizing of chemical agents becoming increasingly prolific on the battle field many believe it is only a matter of time until the same chemicals show up in terror attacks directed against civilian targets. Some Bible teachers believe that the plagues, boils, sores, and other horrible maladies mentioned in Bible prophecy may be the result of chemical weapons (Zechariah 14:12; Revelation 18:4). Similarly, it can also be easily understood that if anyone inside Syria, be it the Syrian regime, ISIS, or any other rebel group, were to attack Israel with chemical weapons, Israel would certainly respond militarily; likely with nuclear weapons, that would bring about the complete destruction of the city of Damascus which could be seen as a fulfillment of Isaiah 17:114. While such scenarios cannot be assuredly stated, the similarities are certainly striking. In the meantime we must pray for a peaceful de-escalation to the situation. — PNL

PRAY: Pray that ISIS would not be able to carry out any terror attacks using chemical weapons. Pray also that the use of chemical weapons by anyone in the Syrian conflict would cease. Pray that the Lord would protect the countless number of civilians caught in the midst of this on-going Middle East power struggle.

Putin Reveals Nuclear Weapons an Option in Fight Against Terror

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For at least the second time in recent history Russian President Vladimir Putin has announced that he is seriously considering the option of deploying a limited use of nuclear weapons. The most recent account of Putin’s consideration of the nuclear weapon was apparently just about two years ago. The U.S. news source military.com reported that Russia would have activated its nuclear arsenal if necessary when its troops secured the Crimean peninsula and carried out a referendum on the strategic peninsula’s secession from Ukraine. Now, Putin has announced that, if necessary, Russian cruise missiles could be fitted with nuclear warheads and used to combat terrorists in Syria the Russian government-funded news agency RT reports. RT adds, in a meeting with the Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu, Putin said Russia’s missiles “have proved modern and highly effective” and could be transformed into nuclear weapons, but added he hopes the situation will not come to that. With such options as nuclear strikes against terrorists being casually mentioned by powerful world leaders, one cannot help but recall the numerous passages in the Bible that seem to describe events shockingly similar to that of a nuclear attack. Consider a passage in the Book of Revelation that seems to describe the effects of a nuclear explosion, “the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together” (Revelation 6:14). This could be descriptive of the vacuum created by a nuclear explosion that is immediately filled by the atmosphere literally rolling back in on itself with a tremendous rush of air. Similarly, Isaiah predicted a time when “all the host of heaven shall be dissolved, and the heavens shall be rolled together as a scroll” (Isaiah 34:4). Likewise, Isaiah also foresaw a time when the earth would be “utterly broken down… dissolved … [and] moved exceedingly” (Isaiah 24:19). Such a description could very well result from a nuclear attack. Likewise, the Apostle John spoke of a time when 1/3 of the earth’s water supply would be poisoned leading to the deaths of many people (Revelation 8:10-11). Therefore, such a threat as Mr. Putin has once again raised, should not be taken lightly. We must continue to pray for wisdom and discretion for all involved in the tenuous situation in the Middle East. — PNL

PRAY: Pray that this latest mention of nuclear strikes by the President of Russia would prove to be only boisterous saber-rattling. Pray also that ISIS would be defeated quickly, and finally, before they can cause even more havoc on the rest of the world.

Terrorists Using Technology to Recruit

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It should come as no surprise to learn that terrorist groups are now widely utilizing the speed and connectivity of the internet to reach and recruit new members.  A recent investigation by authors Jessica Stern and J. M. Berger has concluded that “as part of its quest to terrorize the world, ISIS has mastered an arena no other terrorist group has conquered before — the burgeoning world of social media.” As Stern and Berger noted, earlier terror groups like al Qaeda have not been as successful in advancing their twisted propaganda to a mass audience. NBC News has reported that a growing number of young Westerners are believed to have been duped and radicalized online, including Chicago-area teen Mohammed Hamza Khan and his 15-year-old brother and 17-year-old sister. Likewise, teens from Denver to Chicago have left their otherwise comfortable American lives in the hope of joining the ranks of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. While their motivations may vary there is one common denominator; most were recruited online. This is a disturbing trend that is in keeping with the overall changing nature of terrorism. Once understood to be limited to those of a particular nationality, religious, or political affiliation, global terrorism has rapidly evolved into a multifaceted dilemma. For example, the New York Times recently reported that foreigners make up half of ISIS’ fighting force, and an estimated 4,000 are from Western countries. While social media companies such as Facebook and Twitter try to combat these terrorist accounts by attempting to shut them down, they have unfortunately varying degrees of success in keeping such accounts deactivated. It is the very nature of the ease of accessibility associated with the internet that makes it attractive to terrorist groups. Interestingly, such increase in the use of technology for evil purposes should not surprise us. Many prophecy teachers point to the Book of Daniel for insight into our rapidly changing world. In one verse, the Lord told Daniel to seal up the words of his prophecy “even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased” (Daniel 12:4). Thus, as we increase the sheer amount of knowledge available at the fingertips of everyone through their computers, we are witnessing what could have been described in the Bible over 2,000 years ago! We can readily observe that knowledge has certainly risen by leaps and bounds with the invention of the internet, just as the ability to misuse such technology has risen. People ask me all the time if this passage means we should avoid using computers and I always say “No.” Computers are a wonderful aspect of technology that the Lord has blessed us with so that we can use them – as we would any other tool – for His glory. As with any device, such as radio or television, there are excessive examples of abuse but the good can certainly outweigh the bad if we are careful and purposeful. As with any new technology we must pray for the wisdom to use it, and control its use in our homes, wisely. — PNL

PRAY: Pray that the efforts of terrorist groups to utilize the internet to recruit new members would be frustrated and would not prove to be effective. Pray for wisdom for parents and grandparents to oversee what their children are experiencing online and pray for discernment for others who can help counteract the message terrorist groups are spreading.