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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.

Who is Omar al-Shishani

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Omar al-ShishaniIn an attempt to counteract Islamic State’s hold on the region, a US-led coalition of anti-IS groups has been carrying out airstrikes all over Syria. The most recent was carried out near the town of Shaddadi and was targeting ISIS military chief Omar al-Shishani.
Formally known as Tarkhan Batirashvili, the Georgian is commonly called “Omar the Chechen,” and ISIS’ “minister of war.”
According to records, Omar al-Shishani was born in a large village in Georgia in 1986. In 2006, he became a member of the Georgian armed forces. He was an active rifleman and sergeant until he was diagnosed with tuberculosis in 2010 and discharged from the armed services. From there he hit rough times, landing himself in prison for the illegal purchase of weapons until he was released once again due to his bad health. Hoping for a new life, Omar left Georgia for Turkey and eventually Syria where he would become a leader of the Chechen jihadists in the fight against the Syrian government.
Those who know him call him a good man, claiming that he and other Chechen fighters went to Syria “for the sake of Allah to help oppressed people there and to protect their rights.” (BBC News)
Today al-Shishani is considered one of the top military leaders in the fight against the Syrian government. Under his leadership, major Syrian military bases around Aleppo (Syria’s largest City) have been attacked and captured, causing the US government to place Shishani on the list of Specially Designated Global Terrorists, a framework that was created shortly after the attacks on 9/11. Al-Shishani currently leads what is described as Islamic State’s Special Forces.
After the airstrike on March 4th, US officials announced that Omar al-Shishani might have been killed in the attack. However, since then, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights announced that he had been taken to the Syrian city of Raqqa for treatment. Though badly wounded, it appears that al-Shishani might still be alive.
This begs the question of whether or not the pro-Syrian Government forces tactics are working. A recent inquiry has been made by several humanitarian groups as to whether the civilian lives lost in these anti-IS airstrikes is worth it. Since they started, nearly 35,000 bombs have been dropped in Syria and Iraq causing incredible damages.
Join us in praying for the innocent people who remain in Syria. Pray for their safety and that they would come to know the grace and peace of Jesus Christ. Pray for the government and military officials who are fighting against ISIS. Pray that they will have great wisdom as they fight the evil that is stretching its way across the Middle East.

Do you want to know more about what the Bible says will happen in the Middle East? As Dr. Hindson says, “Bible Prophecy is not written to scare us, but to prepare us.” The more informed we are, the better we can pray for our world and share the truth of God’s Word. Check out our resource page for some incredible books on what the Bible says about the End Times.

State of the Union

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State of the UnionOn January 12, 2016, President Barack Obama delivered his final State of the Union Address. By 2017, America will have elected a new president, so President Obama used his final address as a chance to look back at his last seven years in office as well as cast a vision for the future of America.
The topics of his address spanned everything from the economic state of America, to the current low price of gasoline, to this year’s political race.
He even remarked that one of his greatest regrets in office is the fact that “the rancor and suspicion between the (political) parties has gotten worse instead of better.”
One of his biggest concerns is the way America will respond to the changes around the world.
“We live in a time of extraordinary change-change that’s reshaping the way we live, the way we work, our planet and our place in the world. It’s change that promises amazing medical breakthroughs, but also economic disruptions that strain working families. It promises education for girls in the most remote villages, but also connects terrorists plotting an ocean away. It’s change that can broaden opportunity, or widen inequality. And whether we like it or not, the pace of this change will only accelerate.”
-President Obama
This rings true with what Bible Prophecy has to say about the future. The Bible promises that in the End Times, we will see wars and conflict and political change and that is unfolding right before our eyes. So how are we supposed to respond to the coming changes and conflict? President Obama asked a similar question:
“Will we respond to the changes of our time with fear, turning inward as a nation, and turning against each other as people?”
Dr. Hindson always emphasizes that Biblical Prophecy is not supposed to give us a spirit of fear, but rather encourage us as we see that God is at work in the world. None of the changes that are happening are unknown to God and He has a plan.
“For God gave us a spirit not of fear, but of power and love and self-control.”
-2 Timothy 1:7
As followers of Christ, we are not called to be afraid. Instead we are asked to trust the Lord and share His truth wherever we go!Battle for America in the Last Days - the King is Coming
As we head into a year full of political debates and elections, maybe you’re wondering what the Bible has to say about the issues of today. In Battle for America in the Last Days, Dr. Hindson shows readers that Biblical Prophecy is incredibly relevant and important in today’s cultural and political landscape. In this two-lesson study, you’ll examine some of the crucial issues that face our nation today and learn how to trust God with the fate of our Nation.

 

Mali Hotel Attack Shows Deadly Competition Between ISIS and al-Qaeda

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At least 22 people were killed recently in the West African country of Mali as al-Qaeda affiliated gunmen stormed the Radisson Blu Hotel which is just over 1 mile from the United States embassy in Mali. This popular Mali hotel, in an upscale neighborhood in the capital city of Bamako, is a hub for international guests, and is a 15-minute drive from the main international airport. Mali Hotel

Eyewitnesses reported that the gunmen shouted “Allahu akbar” and sprayed bullets toward people who were gathered at tables in the dining area for breakfast. According to Mauritanian news agency Al Akhbar, a militant Islamic group called Al Mourabitoun, claimed joint responsibility for the attack which was carried out in cooperation with al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). The attack was supposedly carried out in retaliation for government aggression in northern Mali. The group also demanded the release of prisoners in France. However, in a disturbingly ironic twist, the Radisson Blu Hotel was hosting a meeting of diplomatic delegations working on a peace process in the landlocked country of Mali that was formerly a French colony that has been battling Islamist extremists with the help of U.N. and French forces. The tactics used by these terrorist groups should sicken us but it should not surprise us. Such actions are resultant of the sin nature of humanity and are expressly condemned by Scripture. The Bible clearly teaches against the shedding of innocent blood. The Scriptures repeatedly reprove all those who would use violence against the innocent and helpless (Deuteronomy 27:25; Proverbs 6:16–18). Those who use common terrorist tactics such as attacking non-combatant civilians, and trying to inspire others to commit acts of terror are also clearly condemned by Scripture (Jeremiah 7:6; 19:4; 22:3, 17). As such, we should be ever the more vigilant in our prayers over such situations. – PNL

PRAY: For the leaders of Mali to remain strong in their resolve to combat the terrorist groups in their midst. Pray for comfort for the families of those killed in the Mali hotel attack. Pray for the leaders of the various countries impacted by this attack; that they would take seriously the threat of such terrorists and respond in an effort to neutralize and contain this threat.

ISIS Uses “drink-can” Bomb to Bring Down Russian Jet

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Russian Jet- the king is comingIn a further escalation of their demonic terror campaign, ISIS has claimed responsibility for bringing down a Russian jet over the Sinai Peninsula. The plane was making a routine flight from the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh to St. Petersburg, Russia. According to ISIS claims they used a bomb hidden in a can of pineapple juice to bring down the plane killing all 224 people on board. As with the Paris attacks, ISIS claimed the downing of the Russian jet was in retaliation for Russia’s role in air strikes against the terror group, and other groups, in Syria. This attack represents a major escalation of the reach of ISIS as it is quite possibly the most catastrophic international attack ISIS has carried out. As such, the international community must begin to show serious concern about the potential of ISIS to carry out even more devastating attacks in the future.  The international implications of this event, as with the horrific attacks in Paris, must cause all nations to reassess the threat of ISIS. As the Associated Press has noted, the recent upsurge in attacks suggests that

ISIS is growing in its capability of reaching beyond its base in Iraq and Syria, an expansion that should have everyone concerned. In fact, there are frightening Biblical implications from such an expansion of terrorism as well. Consider these similarities; the Bible teaches that in the last days the Antichrist and the False Prophet will both be powerful religious leaders who will institute a universal world religion and reign for a period of seven years (Daniel 9:24 Revelation 13:12). Islam teaches that the Mahdi — a supposed redeemer of Islam — will institute Islam as the only religion on the earth and rule for a period of seven years. The Bible teaches that the Antichrist and the False Prophet will execute all those who do not submit to their world religion (Revelation 13:15). Islam teaches that the Mahdi will execute those who do not submit to Islam, and this is exactly what terrorist groups such as ISIS are currently doing! Thus, as Christians we must continue to pray for this situation. – PNL

PRAY: Pray that the Lord will open the eyes of those who are deceived by the false teachings of Islam and that the Lord would convict those who act out violently as a result of the false teaching of Islam. Pray for the leaders of the nations of the world to have wisdom and insight in dealing with the threat of ISIS. Pray also for the safety of all those who are being targeted by ISIS and other terrorist groups.

The King is Coming Podcast- San Bernardino and Syria

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San Bernardino- the king is comingDr. Hindson recently recorded in our studio at the World Prophetic Ministry to talk about a couple of recent news developments as they relate to the Middle East and ultimately Biblical Prophecy. Those events are the recent shooting in San Bernardino and the continuing conflict in Syria.
Jerry Edwards, Executive Pastor at World Prophetic Ministry sat down with Dr. Hindson to discuss what he thought about the recent tragedy in San Bernardino.
“What gets me is the location. For over 40 years, The King is Coming was located in Colton, just down the road from where this took place. I have stayed there probably 50 times and when I’m watching the news I know exactly where that is. Dense, highly populated area. What it said to me is this could happen anywhere, we have to be ready at any time. “
Dr. Hindson believes that events like these show the enormous difference between Christian theology and Muslim Ideology.
“God didn’t orchestrate it. That’s the one fundamental error in Islamic teaching, that you can use force to spread your religion. This was just two people. It was evident they intended to continue this mayhem. The idea in terrorism is to strike as many unrelated places as possible to scare people into accommodating what you want in your agenda. There’s no concern for human life. The idea is our cause is greater than your safety.”
When Dr. Edwards asked Dr. Hindson how we as both believers and Americans can respond to events like these and the ones in Syria, Dr. Hindson reminded us that we have to stick to our convictions while doing our best to spread the gospel message.
“There is not a warm personal understanding of a God of grace who cares about people everywhere. That doesn’t exist in the Islamic world and politically correct America doesn’t get that. You can’t just join hands and sing Kumbaya and think the whole world is going to get along. They are incapable of that in a fallen and depraved state without the power and regeneration of the Holy Spirit. Only in Jesus, the prince of peace, will there ever be real peace. We have to continue to proclaim the gospel, we have to continue to interact with the culture, we have to continue to be vigilant and cautious and realize we are living in a fallen world. We don’t have any guarantees this side of the rapture.”
To hear more of the conversation with Dr. Hindson, check out our podcast page or subscribe to The King is Coming podcast on Itunes!

Putin Says Turkey Will Regret Their Actions

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Putin says turkey will regret their actionsOn November 24th, a Russian warplane flying over Syria was shot down by Turkish F-16s. Today, Russian president Vladimir Putin has announced that Turkey will regret their actions.

The news of the crash came less than a month after the downing of a Russian airplane in Sinai by members of IS.

Russia has been sending warplanes into Syria for some time now, hoping to target jihadist militants from Islamic State. They are vocal allies of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad while Turkey claims to be against him.

The flight was shot down after Turkish officials warned the pilots 10 times that they were headed into Turkish airspace and asked to turn around. The requests were apparently ignored. The plane went down in the Jabal Turkmen area of the Syrian province of Latakia, an area of major conflict between the Syrian government and rebel groups.

Russia immediately suspending charter flights to and from Turkey, a move that is expected to greatly impact Turkey’s tourism industry. There has also been talk of limiting food imports from Turkey.

Nato (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) representatives have announced, “We stand in solidarity with Turkey and support the territorial integrity of our Nato ally.” Meanwhile, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has refused to apologize, stating that “everyone should respect the right of Turkey to defend its borders.”

President Putin does not agree. In his state of the nation address, Putin stated, “This was a stab in the back by the accomplices of terrorists. If anyone thinks Russia’s reaction will be limited to trade sanctions, they are deeply mistaken. We will remind them again what they did-they will regret it.” He went on to accuse the Turkish government of harboring IS militants. “We know who in Turkey is stuffing his pockets and letting the terrorists prosper.” Putin even went on record to state that the US, Turkey’s ally in the coalition against IS, had been given prior knowledge of the Russian warplane’s route and could have stopped the tragedy. US officials have claimed this is not the case.End-Times Wars

As we hear these statements and we see the news, it can be hard to know what is true. However, as believers, we do not need to be afraid! We serve a God who knows exactly what is going on and has had a plan since the beginning of time.

In his book, End-Times Wars, Dr. Hindson takes a look at what the Bible says about the wars to come. With all the turmoil around the world it is clear that we are heading towards the End-Times, and the Bible has a whole lot to say about the specific events of today.

Click here to find out more and to get your copy today!

Tragedy Over the Sinai Peninsula Could Be an Act of Terror

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“Search the wreckage of the plane and bring forth your black box and analyze it. Show us your expertise and prove that we did not cause the plane to crash.”

 

Sinai_Peninsula_from_airplaneOn October 31st, a Russian Airbus A321 filled with Russian and Ukrainian tourists departed from Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt and began to make its way towards St. Petersburg. 20 minutes later, the plane went down over the Sinai Peninsula. Of the 224 passengers and crew on board, none survived.

It was initially announced that the plane was brought down due to faulty mechanics, but the A321 has historically had excellent safety ratings.

British Foreign Secretary Phillip Hammond and other British officials have come out and said they believe the tragedy over the Sinai Peninsula could be an act of terror and the work of ISIS affiliates in Egypt. The group, located in central Sinai very close to where the plane went down has released multiple audio statements claiming responsibility for the crash, urging authorities to prove that it was not them, and calling the event an act of retaliation against Russia’s involvement in Syria.

Russian and U.S. security officials have declined to make a definitive stance on the matter, claiming that the tragedy has not officially been ruled a terrorist attack and could be a result of a mechanical failure. However, they have also gone on record to say that while it is too early to conclude that ISIS is to blame, it is highly likely that a bomb could have been smuggled on board by baggage handlers or ground crews at the airport. Several airport employees have already been fired from their posts on suspicion of terrorist affiliation.

Despite the lack of concrete evidence, countries around the world are taking extra anti-terror measures. British Airways, Germany’s Lufthansa, Air France, and many other airlines have halted flights to and from Sharm el-Sheikh, leaving an estimated 20,000 Britons and other European nationals stuck in Egypt. Russia is poised to send more troops into Syria in retaliation of the crash.

If the airplane crash is the work of ISIS affiliates, this shows how far their reach could be. Despite the work of the U.S. led coalition, ISIS has still expanded beyond their Syrian and Iraqi borders and into Afghanistan, Egypt, Libya, Yemen, and Nigeria. They are slowly seeping into countries around Africa and the Arab Peninsula.

This tragedy and the alarming growth of ISIS comes on the heels of AQAP’s (Al Qaeda in the Arab Peninsula) call for “lone wolf” terror attacks on the U.S. and other western countries, specifically asking devotees to target air travel.

These events have understandably set the world on edge. Recent years have been defined by the waprophecy and the war against terrorismr on terrorism but it remains a mystery and a source of great fear for most of us. It doesn’t seem to be going away any time soon.

How are we supposed to respond?

Does the Bible have anything to say about terrorism?

What can we expect in the future?

Prophecy and the War Against Terrorism, by Dr. Ed Hindson is a thought-provoking, Biblical exploration of terrorism, those who sponsor it, and how they will play a part in the fulfillment of Biblical Prophecy. Dr. Hindson reminds us that in the midst of these tragedies, we need not be afraid. God has a plan and He is ultimately the one in control.

Click here to get your copy today!