This summer has seen an increase in acts of terror across the country and throughout the world. Before the shock of one tragedy sets in, another takes its place, taking the lives of innocent children, men and women. Cable news experts on terrorism tend to blame the overflow of refuges from Syria taking Jihad into other foreign countries in the name of Isis. However, the Bible suggests the root of this axis of evil is the rise of the sons of Ishmael.
The angel of the LORD also said to her: “You are now pregnant and you will give birth to a son. You shall name him Ishmael, for the LORD has heard of your misery, Genesis 16:11.
Rarely, does one selfish act of lust result in long lasting consequences. Yet, when Sarah refused to believe that she would be the grandmother of Israel, panic set in, allowing her husband to have a one night stand with a concubine. Subsequently, Hagar becomes pregnant, conceives and gives birth to Ishmael, the father of all Arab nations. This opened the door for the sons of Israel to be haunted and hunted by the descendants of Ishmael. This was the day that terrorism was born.
He will be a wild donkey of a man; his hand will be against everyone and everyone’s hand against him, and he will live in hostility toward all his brothers,” Genesis 16:12.
The events of today are merely the fulfillment of this prophecy made by an angel of the Lord. The Bible does not say or suggest that Sarah could have reversed this curse upon the Jews. Rather, this passage is a painful reminder of how one careless act can impact an entire generation of citizens. In view of this upsetting news, one of the best things you can do is pray for God’s mercy. Although everyone will eventually die, prayers for safety can serve as a hedge of protection as the sons of Ishmael continue to rise.
by Jay Mankus