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The Age of Terror

History has a way of remembering periods of time in the past.  Whether you are referring to the Dark Ages, Age of Enlightenment or Age of Exploration, events influence and shape historical accounts.  If the trends of recent terrorist attacks continue, then this world may now be experiencing the Age of Terror.

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.

Following the aftermath of 9/11, the drama series West Wing created an episode to explain why terrorism exists.  At the beginning of their special presentation entitled Isaac and Ishmael, each star appeared on camera, saying a few words, taking a temporary break from their normal programming.  As the cast endures a fictional crisis, their conclusion reveals terrorism was conceived when Hagar and Ishmael were abandoned by Sarah and Abraham.

Ishmael 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.

Whenever the next act of terror takes place, Cable News networks will bring out their panel of experts, trying to shed light on how or why an act took place.  Some of these individuals may even provide fascinating insights.  Nonetheless, when everything is said and done, the root of terrorism lies in the fulfillment of Genesis 16:12.  The word brothers refers to Israel, yet in modern terms applies to Christians as well.  Thus, Ishmael, the father of Arab nations continues his hostility toward the brothers of Israel.  May God have mercy on us all as the Age of Terror has arrived.

by Jay Mankus



Remembering Israel

On Friday, 2 million Muslims are scheduled to march on Jerusalem.  While the media in America is looking at this from a worldly perspective, the biblical ramifications of such a march could be a sign the Christ’s return in imminent.  Maybe the Mayan calender isn’t so far off, yet as Jesus said in Matthew 24, no one will know the day Christ returns.

After 9/11, the hit show West Wing aired a special entitled Isaac and Ishmael.  The purpose of this episode was to revisit the origin of terrorism.  Many strong arguments were brought forward, yet their conclusion was terrorism began in Genesis 16.  Instead of trusting God to provide a child, Sarah panicked, forcing the issue by allowing her husband to have a child with their maidservant Hagar.  Ishmael’s birth resulted in a blessing and a curse.  According to Genesis 16:6-16, God promised Hagar that Ishmael would become the father of the Arab nations, now Muslim.  The consequence of Abram’s and Sarai’s lack of faith has led Muslims to despise Jews, seeking to destroy the nation of Israel.

As Friday approaches, Christians and Jews alike must remember Numbers 22:12. ” Those who bless Israel will be blessed, but those who curse Israel will be cursed.”  In view of this passage, come together in a concert of prayer, lifting up Israel, protecting them from any attacks or harm on Friday.  Up til now, God has blessed America for helping Israel once again become a nation in 1948.  If we turn our backs on Israel now, God may remove His blessing from our great land.  Stand in the gap on behalf of the land of Israel, Ezekiel 22:30, or else we too will be doomed!

by Jay Mankus

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