Whether one chooses to admit it or not, we are fully involved in spiritual warfare.
Twelve years ago a demonically inspired plot to hijack four jetliners and use them for instruments of destruction manifested in the shedding of blood of thousands of souls September 11, 2001 in a heinous example of what deception’s full measure can lead to. The hijackers committed suicide in an extraordinary demonstration of self-destruction.
There have been numerous explanations offered for the atrocity of 9/11, from America deserved this outrage due to our past sins, a justified response to America as the great Satan, a government plot to substantiate more foreign intervention, to even a conspiracy of the Israeli government to blame Arab extremism.
The real roots to what transpired as the deadliest terrorist attack to hit the United States can be found in Genesis of the Holy Scriptures and the relentless progression that followed.
The birth of Ishmael to Abraham from Sarah’s Egyptian handmaiden Hagar helped to create a family feud that is still brewing today. Instead of waiting on Yahweh God’s promise, Sarah suggested that the promise could be fulfilled by their actions, a solution that generated problems a whole lot worse. Eventually after the “child of promise” Isaac was born to Abraham and Sarah, Sarah wanted and got Hagar and Ishmael banished from the household.
Not only was the seed of conflict born between the descendants of Ishmael, father of the Arab nation, and Isaac, father of the Jewish nation, but the struggle against the flesh and the spirit. During Hagar’s pregnancy, Sarah began dealing harshly with Hagar who fled her sight and went into the nearby wilderness.
An angel of the Lord appeared to Hagar and admonished her to return and submit to Sarah. And the angel of the Lord declared this prophecy over Hagar concerning Ishmael in Genesis 16:11-12;
And the angel of the Lord said unto her, “Behold, thou are with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael: because the Lord hath heard thou affliction. And he will be a wild man: his hand will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him: and he shall dwell in the presence of all this brethren”.
Conflict would define the nature of Ishmael, an issue that still is present today which not only translates over to the relationship with the descendants of Isaac, but the descendants of other Arabs as well.
When Isaac was finally born, resentment finally boiled over after Ishmael mocked Isaac, and Sarah had Hagar and Ishmael banished from the household. God’s promise of “making a great nation” from Ishmael was affirmed to Hagar, however an interesting description is articulated in Genesis 21:16; 20:
And she (Hagar) went, and sat her down over against him a good way off, as it were a bow shot: for she said, Let me not see the death of the child. And she sat over against him, and lift up her voice, and wept”.
At that point this is when God heard her cry. It was later revealed in verse 20 that Ishmael became an archer.
It is curious that a weapon’s term “bow shot” in verse sixteen and that Ishmael became an “archer” according to verse twenty, another military term instead of hunter, were used to describe Ishmael. This is significant since conflict and weapons would define the Arab experience for thousands of years.
Many centuries later when the founder of Islam, Mohammed, was praying alone in a cave, an angel he believed to be Gabriel began giving Mohammed some terrible utterances that caused Mohammed to have great trepidation of spirit where he even considered suicide. Mohammed was immensely troubled and wondered if a demonic presence was the cause.
Mohammed weathered through his doubts with the help of two acquaintances and began forging the religion he hoped to use to unify the Arabs who were extremely divided. There were over 350 Arab deities and Mohammed noticed that the Jews and Christians worshiped one deity. Mohammed focused on the moon god of the Arabs, Allah, and began rallying the Arabs behind their single deity.http://www.ask.com/wiki/Muhammad?o=2800&qsrc=999&ad=doubleDown&an=apn&ap=ask.com
Islam, meaning submit, invoked rhetoric and methods that infused conflict that was the nature of the descendants of Ishmael, however another deity was being sworn allegiance to instead of the “God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob”.
There are Arab Christians, Jews, and nomads of Ishmael that still subscribe to the God of Abraham, however a different spirit incorporated Islam, the same spirit that nearly caused Mohammed to seriously contemplate suicide.
Add to this the prophetic utterance of “having a hand against every man, and every man’s hand against him”, the defining character of weapons being used as a mode of expression, and you have the composite of why suicide bombing, weapons, and conflict is so prevalent in Islamic dominated societies.
John 10-10 declares “the thief comes but to steal, kill, and destroy. I have come that you would have life, and have it more abundantly”.
Spiritual warfare, the forces of light struggling against the forces of darkness, has always been the theme of human conflict both individually and collectively.
Mass murder culminating in suicide is the ultimate expression of demonic activity and has demonstrated itself repeatedly not only in carnage of 9/11, but in other avenues of expression where demonic activity can take place through deception in alcohol, drugs, mysticism, or embracing hatred.
Do not be deceived was the first warning given by Christ as a signal for the end of the age.