Tonight On The Hal Lindsey Report
In Boston last week, some 200 people attended a funeral service at the Mosque for the Praising of Allah. They were mourning the death of Usaama Rahim.
What's so unusual about that, you say? Well, Rahim was killed while plotting terror acts against the United States.
He was stopped for questioning by a Boston policeman and an FBI agent. He charged them with a knife and was gunned down in self defense by the officers.
Immediately, Rahim's brother, an imam at a mosque in Oakland, California, announced that his brother was shot in the back by Boston police while he sat on a bus stop bench waiting for his bus to take him to work. He even had his father on the phone and he heard it all happen.
The mainstream media reported this announcement as if the imam had been an eyewitness to the brutal murder by the police.
Then they discovered that a nearby surveillance camera had recorded the entire incident. I guess you could say the truth came out.
Rahim was not on his cell phone. He was not shot in the back. His father could not have heard the shooting and his alleged last words: "I can't breathe!"
So the imam had to walk back his earlier announcement. But he still defended his brother as "...an American youth... passionate and loyal to his ideas and his ideals." He also declared that his was a "...typical middle-class American family... proud citizens of this country."
Maybe the family, but not Usaama. And not his nephew David Wright, who has since been arrested for joining his uncle's conspiracy. They were both inspired by ISIS and planned to behead some of their fellow Americans.
This is what keeps Homeland Security officials up at night. This "typical... American family," practicing a "moderate" version of Islam right here in America, had produced a monster.
And it's not an isolated event. Moderate Muslim parents teach their children to revere the Koran. But when they study and follow the Koran literally, it sets them up to be radicalized.
FBI Director James Comey calls ISIS in America a "chaotic spider web." He said that the FBI has "investigations of people in various stages of radicalizing in all 50 states."
And ISIS and other Muslim jihadist groups have people out there in force, frantically recruiting and radicalizing. One inmate in a Florida prison has reportedly created over 150 radical jihadi followers that are being watched by law enforcement officials. And he's shackled and in solitary confinement!
Folks, jihad is not coming to America, it's already here!
Well, the United Nations took a run at Israel again this week.
At the insistence of Human Rights Watch, the UN strongly considered adding Israel to its annual "List of Shame." This infamous list names the worst children's rights violators on earth.
It includes ISIS, Boko Haram, and al-Qaeda. Human Rights Watch tried desperately to get Israel included in that list. Supposedly for offenses that occurred during last year's war with Hamas.
The U.S. worked hard to keep Israel off that list. Secretary-General Ban ki Moon makes the final decision about who will be on the list, and he finally decided to omit Israel. But then, to be politically correct, I suppose, he left Hamas off the list, too. They're not included even though they dug tunnels underneath Israeli kindergartens and intended to detonate explosives beneath the schools. They also intended to kidnap Israeli children and hold them as hostages.
If that doesn't warrant inclusion in the "List of Shame," what does?
But Secretary Ban couldn't resist warning Israel that next year may be different. He said, "The unprecedented and unacceptable scale of the impact on children in 2014 raises grave concerns about Israel's compliance with international humanitarian law...."
As the Bible predicts, Israel will be a constant irritation to the rest of the world. So much so that the world goes to its final war over it.
And Hillary Clinton thought her personal server was secure enough for her sensitive State Department communications? Last week, the government announced that the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) was hacked for the second time in less than a year. Probably by the Chinese.
The latest reports indicate that the private records of every federal employee - more than 4 million - were accessed. Now the hackers not only know Social Security numbers, but who has high-level security clearances and who doesn't -- and why.
This is just the latest in a series of high profile "hacks" of the federal government that we know about. Who knows how many more there have been that we don't know about! Hackers have successfully breached security at the State Department, the White House, and the Pentagon, among others.
It's almost unnerving to think about the amount of information, both sensitive and non-sensitive -- that our enemies now have. From our government's collection of connected computer systems, our adversaries can learn about everything from next-generation weapons to the sexual activities of Americans in key governmental and private sector positions.
But maybe a worse danger is that America's computers run everything, including our electrical grids, transportation systems, communications systems, banks, and financial markets, just to name a few. If a foreign government can take control of any one among various U.S. computer systems, it could effectively shut down the nation.
And, finally, most people think of Jesus as the ultimate pacifist. The original "turn the other cheek" guy. Not so. In fact, on the night of the Passover, Jesus told His disciples to arm up. Well, at least He told them to sword up. He said that, if necessary, they should sell their robes to buy a sword. (Luke 22:35-36)
Apparently, He felt that the world they were about to face was going to be a pretty dangerous place. But by telling them to buy a sword, He was not telling them to be violent. He was telling them to be responsible for their own safety and the safety of their families.
Today's equivalent to the sword would be the gun. Now, I'm not advocating that you go out and buy a gun. Many of you live in places where it's illegal to own a weapon or you may think it too dangerous because you have small children in the house.
But I'm telling you that you need to take an active role in planning for your own safety and well-being, and that of your family. Take note of what is happening around you, where events are headed, and do some planning for the future. And if that includes thoughtfully arming yourself, then do it in a responsible manner.
Statistics show that an armed citizenry actually means less violence in the society, not more.
As we prepare for the rocky road ahead to Christ's return, put your faith in God's protective power and His provision for our lives. But also remember that, in most areas of our lives, God wants us to be His partners. He wants us to rely on Him, but He also wants us to be responsible stewards. He wants us in the loop. He wants us to be members of the team.
And if we step up and take that responsibility, the amazing thing is that the God who created the whole universe will be your partner.
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