The title of this blog could have read, “Islamic State already in London” as leaflets “hailing the caliphate” are given out on the capitals streets – Islamic State supporters give out leaflets in London hailing the caliphate. This has been picked up by the Daily Mail – ‘The dawn of a new era has begun’: ISIS supporters hand out leaflets in London’s Oxford Street encouraging people to move to newly proclaimed Islamic State.
While we have spoken about the atrocities being carried out by IS in Syria and Iraq many in the UK would feel relatively safe from the threats of this militant group. But how safe can we really be?
Recent news reports demonstrate how quickly IS has grown and swept across Iraq and Syria and it is important to understand their ultimate goals. IS are not going to stop there, they are recruiting people from all over the world and boast that what we are seeing is just the beginning. IS flags have been seen flying in many European countries now. This video gives an introduction to these militants and what their objectives are:
Hearing this news is obviously a big worry and the Bible very clear on the indicators associated with the “end times” – at present, our world is an incredibly turbulent place. There is only one true safe haven for us which is knowing Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour! Those Christians who have already been executed by IS can be assured of an eternal inheritance in heaven and there are many Scriptures that specifically refer to immense blessings to those who are martyred on account of their faith. What a contrast to IS and other similar groups who believe their god awards blessings to the murderers and not those murdered!
We believe there could also be some irony at work here from God’s perspective – the UK has at times been vocally critical of the way Israel has dealt with the problem Islamic terrorism – it’s very easy to be critical from our safe distance. In recent days we have also blogged on the despicable actions of some groups and politicians who advocate a boycott of Israeli goods and even declaring certain parts of the UK, “Israel free” cities. We could not blame God for bringing this threat a little closer to home – Israel has to constantly tackle this from all directions with relentless international criticism and anti-Israeli activism from us. What goes around, comes around!
And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. (Genesis 12:3)