OUR LORD JESUS gave a prophetic testimony on the steps of the temple in Israel during a time of military stress. The year, though the dating is argued by historians… was approximately 30 A.D. No matter the exact dating, however, true have these words proven to be. Recent events in the Middle East testify to this fact. Jesus said...
“Take heed that no one leads you astray. 5 For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will lead many astray. 6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars; see that you are not alarmed; for this must take place, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places: 8 all this is but the beginning of the birth-pangs.
9 “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation, and put you to death; and you will be hated by all nations for my name’s sake. 10 And then many will fall away, and betray one another, and hate one another. 11 And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. 12 And because wickedness is multiplied, most men’s love will grow cold. 13 But he who endures to the end will be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, as a testimony to all nations; and then the end will come.
The recent military takeover of Afghanistan by the Taliban occurred within just eleven days after abandonment of the United States military. The pullout was by order of the Commander in Chief of the United States, our so-called President Joe Biden. This tragic turnover came after an ill-advised massive military withdrawal of our forces there. We did
the withdrawal without notifying key people in our own nation, in Afghanistan or our allies across the world.
That swift eparture by our forces and subsequent takeover by the Taliban forces cowered a great number of people living in that third world nation. The takeover and its consequences have now cornered our military personnel who have been sent back into that caldron on a rescue mission. They have returned to the confines of the commercial airport in Kabul. At present there exists only a tense stand-off at the perimeter of that airfield.
Though most of the civilian population there is Muslim in faith, many foreigners who are Christian are also stranded.
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