Christians need to affirm their love for Muslims (Christ died for all men), and stand against any persecution against them based on their religion or ethnicity. We should also seek to enter into dialog with them where possible, so that they might learn more about Jesus, whom they respect as a prophet, but do not accept as savior. At the same time, we should be entirely opposed to the wanton murder of innocent people by terrorists. And we should not give the false impression, so prevalent in our culture today, that our beliefs are equal. Jesus said He is the only way to God the Father (John 14:6).
Radical Islam has continued to grow. Their aim is to control the world. Intelligence experts warn that another great attack is likely in America. Few Muslim mosques stand effectively against violence. Instead, they tend to serve as places of recruitment for jihadists. Outdated immigration policies and weak border control allow the continued flow of trained terrorists into Europe and our country.
In July, 2014 the radical jihadist group, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), also known as Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), claimed that they were establishing a new Islamic caliphate, with the goal of reclaiming the lands once held by the Ottoman Empire. Using the most brutal tactics seen in our lifetime -- including beheadings, crucifixions, mass slaughter, and burying opponents alive -- they invaded large portions of Syria and Iraq, and killed or drove out almost all Christians. This new, illegitimate force is motivated by Sunni Islamic theology, and was resisted by the Shite branch of Islam, led by Iran. They were also opposed by Western powers, including the United States and the more moderate Sunni nations such as Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Egypt.
ISIS, as a centralized force, has nearly been defeated, but cells of their radical movement and other jihadists have spread throughout the world, and cause frequent attacks and an atmosphere of fear.
The continued growth of Islam raises another prophetic possibility: that the large and growing number of Muslims in Europe has exerted a strong influence over the culture there. The affected area would resemble the old Roman Empire at it's greatest extent, and could be what was predicted in Daniel, chapter 2, where it depicts the final world empire, symbolized by iron [Rome] and clay [Islamic influence?]. See Revived Roman Empire.
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Excellent Summaries:Profile: Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) - BBC
An Administration Adrift on Denial Peggy Noonan - Wall Street Journal
What does ISIS want? To usher in the End of Days. Here’s the short version. - Joel Rosenberg