'After Saturday comes Sunday' has long been the chant of Muslims who march in mobs in Israel, looking forward to achieving their declared aim which is to exterminate those they hate most when they shout: 'First the Saturday people (the Jews!) - and then the Sunday people (Christians!)'Turkey's despot Erdogan joins the Islamic death cry!
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If you read these reports you may wonder if Muslims who follow Muhammad's example will rejoice at the thought that the world cares more about taking action to prevent cruelty against pigs and frogs than they do to protect Christians and Jews!
Or perhaps they will bear in mind that we have already exposed the fact that Islam failed in a previous attempt to conquer Europe and the world - as we wrote some years ago on this page:
'Just as tellingly we find that Allah was not even with every part of this jihad. Certainly, Islam advanced across the world using the sword until, in Europe, they were defeated in France at the Battle of Tours/Poitiers in 732 A.D. - just 170 miles or so from Paris!
https://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Saturday-people-Sunday-people-and-the-Mohammadian-army-608864But Bible-believers have a Certain Hope for the future in the Lord Jesus Christ!
The Jerusalem Post reported how Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan boasted about how 'his national army assisted by jihadi shock troops storm[ed] Kurdish, Christian and Arab villages in northeast Syria's so-called "Peace Corridor."' But Erdogan employed 'tweets in Turkish and Arabic [to] describe[d] his forces as 'the heroes of the Mohammadian army' - a term dating back to the Ottoman Empire"' to ensure that he was not misunderstood!'
'Erdogan also tweeted that the operation by the Turkish army and its allied Syrian militants was to neutralize terror threats against Turkey by the Kurds and to establish a safe zone for the return of Syrian refugees.'
'Erdogan claimed that it was "to protect the dignity of the ummah," meaning the Muslim world, and went so far as to praise the Turkey-backed rebels as "jihadists who even intimidate and kill death itself."'
Of course 'Jews have a very long history of dealing with sudden pogroms against their people in the Middle East. To this day, there are only handfuls of Jews left in Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Libya or Iraq. And Turkey's regime has become increasingly worrisome to its shrinking Jewish population.'
'So it came as no surprise to Israelis that Turkey's 'Muslim strongman' unleashed his troops on the Israel-friendly Kurds - and their Christian neighbors.'
'What did come as a shock to millions - including US military personnel who fought alongside courageous Kurdish fighters during operations to destroy ISIS - was US President Donald Trump's thumbs-up to the attacks and its inevitable results: since the invasion began on October 6, Turkish forces have displaced some 400,000 residents, while killing and wounding hundreds. This is taking place along an approximately 20-mile wide strip of northeastern Syrian land that Erdogan now claims as his own.'
'It also came as a surprise to some that an ancient Christian community has quietly survived in that area of Syria since the first century. But now thousands of them have urgently fled - thanks to Erdogan's "heroes of the Mohammadian army."'
'The flight of the Christians bears a strong resemblance to ISIS's overnight assault on Iraq's ancient Christian communities in the Nineveh Plains in August 2014. They, too, left with little more than the shirts on their backs, and tens of thousands of them remain virtually homeless to this day.'
The 'Turkish onslaught also call[ed] to mind the expulsion of 850,000 Jews from Muslim lands between 1948 and 1970. The slogan, "First comes Saturday, then comes Sunday," has long signaled violence against Jews and Christians. It continues to play out in the Middle East one way or another. And it is noteworthy that the Armenian Genocide was, in Adolf Hitler's mind, a prototype for his genocide of Jews.'
The Trump Peace Plan between Israel and the 'Palestinians'?
Bible-believers will recognise the End-Times scenario unfolding as we get ever nearer to 'The Second Coming' of the Lord Jesus Christ in the midst of Armageddon - as described in Revelation 19. Even before Armageddon the earth will be in utter devastation and, as Revelation 6 reveals, one-fourth of the world's population will have been killed. There will have been famine, pestilence and earthquakes that move mountains and islands out of their place so that the earth will have been practically destroyed. But, at the last, Christ will intervene to stop the destruction or no flesh would survive (Matthew 24:22). Yet Christ says that when "one shall be taken and the other left" the conditions on the earth will be as in the days of Noah with people "eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage" (Matthew 24:38). And, as in the days of Lot, when "they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded" (Luke 17:28), some will pay no attention to petitioning God that they might be saved and others will be duped by Muhammad and other false prophets, or the Anti-Christ:
Matthew 7:15-24 (NASB) - 15 "Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16 "You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they? 17 "So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 "A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit. 19 "Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 "So then, you will know them by their fruits. 21 "Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. 22 "Many will say to Me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?' 23 "And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.'
Sadly, for those 'Tribulation saints' who accept the Lord Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour too late to be 'Raptured', maybe not all of them but probably nearly all of them will be killed, for the Anti-Christ is given power "to make war with the saints [who come to Christ during the Tribulation], and to overcome [kill] them" (Revelation 13:7). Their souls are seen "under the altar" in heaven asking when they will be avenged (Rev. 6:9-10). They are told they must wait "until their fellow-servants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled" (v11). Anti-Christ could still be killing saints up to the very end of Armageddon. Therefore, the Tribulation martyrs who "were beheaded [i.e., slain - perhaps many of them by Muslims who so love this method of slaughter] for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands" are resurrected as a group to reign with Christ the moment Anti-Christ is defeated and Christ takes the throne of David to begin His earthly rule from Jerusalem (Revelation 20:4). Of these martyrs coming back to life, God's Word declares: "This is the first resurrection" (Revelation 20:5). Yet this "first resurrection" is specifically stated to include only those slain for not worshipping the Anti-Christ or taking his mark, leaving out all the saints who lived and died before Anti-Christ. Obviously, this can't be the entire "first resurrection", or Moses, David, Isaiah, Daniel, Jeremiah, et al. (and even Paul who, though martyred, was not slain by Anti-Christ) will never be resurrected. Christ referred to two resurrections only: "the resurrection of life" and "the resurrection of damnation" (John 5:28-29), and the only resurrection that remains after this first one is "the resurrection of damnation," which occurs when "the dead, small and great, stand before God" and are judged and sent to the Lake of Fire (Revelation 20: 12-15). Therefore, "This is the first resurrection" cannot describe all of the first resurrection but lets us know that these martyrs are included in the resurrection which occurred at the Rapture and that they partake of its benefits as part of the church of all ages. That the Rapture and resurrection described in 1 Corinthians 15:50-52 and 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17 take place prior to Armageddon is clear from the fact that in Revelation 19:7 we have the church in heaven as Christ's bride at the "marriage of the Lamb" (not the marriage supper, v9, which takes place later on earth when Christ introduces His bride to those who enter the Millennium). Christ's bride, composed of the saints of all ages to that time, is in heaven (having been resurrected and raptured there) and comes with Him at Armageddon as Zechariah 14:5 and Jude 14 declare ("all the saints with Him"). That Old Testament saints will be part of the church seems clear also from Christ's statement that "Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad" (John 8:56) and Hebrews 11 where Old Testament saints are linked in their destiny both with heaven (v16) and with New Testament saints (v40). Inasmuch as those martyred during the Tribulation are resurrected after Anti-Christ is "taken ...[and] cast alive into [the] lake of fire" (Revelation 19:20) and Christ is on earth, they will not be raptured to heaven but gathered by angels, along with the living remnant of Jews not in Israel, into His presence on earth:
"Immediately after the tribulation... shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven...they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels...and they shall gather together [to Jerusalem] his elect from the four winds" (Matthew 24:27-31).
The Jews so gathered will be in the earthly kingdom ruled by Christ, while the Tribulation martyrs will reign with Christ over the millennial kingdom.
Why should Bible-believers be wary of 'Peace Plans'?
Finally, just a quick note on 'The Trump Peace Pact between Israel and the 'Palestinians'. Clearly, on the evidence of everything that has gone on since Israel came to exist again, despite the murderous and deceitful betrayal by the Muslim nations in 1947, it is the height of folly. Once again, as with previous 'plans' that were forced upon Israel by world pressure, the important point is that Islam never changes! The entire Islamic world have long declared - and are clearly still committed - to the annihilation of Israel. Therefore, as before when Israel was persuaded to provide her sworn enemies with a better base of operations within her own borders, anything that improves Islam's ability to strike at Israel's women and children (who are unremittingly the targets of the Islamic cowards) should be rejected immediately!
When Israel agreed to one such 'plan' in 1994 she was selling about $12 billion a year of her products to Europe and needed that income to survive. It was mainly to keep this trade that Israel went along with the peace initiative which put her in another untenable position.
Believers do not sleep like the Ten Virgins!
In the same way that the increasing slaughter of Christians and Jews is prophecy being fulfilled, any 'peace' developments that move the world in the direction of a pseudo-peace being established should keep this Scripture from the inspired apostle Paul in mind:
1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 (NASB) - 1 Now as to the times and the epochs, brethren, you have no need of anything to be written to you. 2 For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night. 3 While they are saying, "Peace and safety!" then destruction will come upon them suddenly like labor pains upon a woman with child, and they will not escape. 4 But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day would overtake you like a thief; 5 for you are all sons of light and sons of day. We are not of night nor of darkness; 6 so then let us not sleep as others do, but let us be alert and sober. 7 For those who sleep do their sleeping at night, and those who get drunk get drunk at night. 8 But since we are of the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet, the hope of salvation. 9 For God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep, we will live together with Him. 11 Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing.
The phrase in verse 3: "While they are saying, "Peace and safety!" then destruction will come upon them suddenly like labour pains upon a woman with child, and they will not escape" indicates clearly that, at the time set by God, the world will imagine it has achieved peace. The statement that the Anti-Christ "by peace shall destroy many" [cf. Daniel 8:25 (NASB) - "And through his shrewdness He will cause deceit to succeed by his influence; And he will magnify himself in his heart, And he will destroy many while they are at ease. He will even oppose the Prince of princes, But he will be broken without human agency"] also indicates that a time of apparent peace must come and any move to bring such apparent 'peace to Israel' is a move in that direction!
Matthew 25:1-13 (NASB) - 1 "Then the kingdom of heaven will be comparable to ten virgins, who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2 "Five of them were foolish, and five were prudent. 3 "For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, 4 but the prudent took oil in flasks along with their lamps. 5 "Now while the bridegroom was delaying, they all got drowsy and began to sleep. 6 "But at midnight there was a shout, 'Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.' 7 "Then all those virgins rose and trimmed their lamps. 8 "The foolish said to the prudent, 'Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.' 9 "But the prudent answered, 'No, there will not be enough for us and you too; go instead to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.' 10 "And while they were going away to make the purchase, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding feast; and the door was shut. 11 "Later the other virgins also came, saying, 'Lord, lord, open up for us.' 12 "But he answered, 'Truly I say to you, I do not know you.' 13 "Be on the alert then, for you do not know the day nor the hour."