“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.”
On 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 war 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.
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