THE BIBLE, 911 & India/Pakistan (posted 6-3-02)
The 911 terrorist attacks constituted a declaration of war by the worlds Muslim extremists against anyone who does not agree with them. While several conservative Muslim countries have cooperated in the war against terrorism, that cooperation is growing thin and Muslims are moving together. The glue is the Jerusalem conflict which unites virtually all Muslims against Judaism.
The India/Pakistan war is also a religious conflict. Pakistan is primarily Muslim. India is primarily Hindu. Kashmir, in the northwest corner of India, is primarily Muslim. Both countries claim Kashmir as theirs. This conflict has been going on for fifty years with at least two wars, which did not resolve the issues. Both of these countries have confirmed they have nuclear weapons and have threatened to use them. It could, indeed, erupt into a nuclear war.
How does this relate to prophecy? Jesus said, "And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars; see that ye be not troubled; for all these things must come to pass but the end is not yet" (Matthew 24:6). We will not have world peace until Jesus comes.
I believe we are moving toward a military confederation of Muslim countries, including the Muslim countries which were formerly part of the USSR. This Muslim confederation will invade and try to destroy Israel but God will intervene and destroy 5/6 of the invading armies (Ezekiel 38 & 39). This leads to Armageddon.
You who have checked my India Trip page know that I am scheduled to lead a Luther Rice Training Institute in Bombay, India, August 29 through September 6. It will involve about 50 national pastors and laymen. My wife, Mary Jo, is also scheduled to go with me. So we are very interested in what is happening in India and Pakistan. We are in close touch with Luther Rice Seminary and monitoring the situation closely. Of course, this could all be rhetoric and could blow over.
Though tenuous, our plans are still go, however, we need to make our flight reservations or cancel by July 10th. If we cancel, it will probably be rescheduled or we may do a mission trip somewhere else. We will keep you posted.
Meanwhile, please join us in prayer for the India/Pakistan crisis and for Gods guidance concerning this mission trip or wherever.
© 2002 D. B. Martin
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