After the Paris terrorist attacks, President Obama announced that this war is being waged against "universal values". I think his choice of words could not have been more appropriate in describing, in particular, the city of Paris. For decades France’s capital has been the bastion of the modern world’s decadence, where the lust of the eyes, lust of the flesh, and the pride of life excelled above many other cities. She rightly could have earned the title of the “virgin daughter of Babylon” and be called “the Lady of Kingdoms” (see Isaiah 47:1, 5). Certainly the reaction of the western world, along with that of the United Nations, to her wound is still vibrating through their council chambers.
The four major kingdoms mentioned in Daniel 7:3-7, are all represented in the metropolis that is nicknamed the City of Lights (perhaps “glitter” would have been more appropriate). In Paris is also found the bedrock of modern democracy, and thus in 1886 the People of France gifted the United States with the Statue of Liberty built by the Eiffel Tower engineer. This liberty, governmentally proclaimed, typically tends toward “doing what is right in your own eyes”, but herein lays the deception.
The eyes of Man’s heart have been darkened by Sin and the nature of Satan’s kingdom. The powers and the laws of sin and death are actually ruling not only Paris, but the rest of the world. The values that Obama is speaking about are none other than Satan’s dictates to his slaves. How can such a kingdom stand when YHVH has set in motion laws which govern “Sin”?
No matter how ‘good’ sin tries to appear, through its religious and justice systems, the result, according to law, is death; there is no life in any of its good works. Nowhere in the entire bible will you read about being blessed by sin, law is law. Just a side note: we can never understand grace without law. YHVH does not even have to bring judgment - it is a natural consequence of His law. A very simple equation is, sin = death. I might add, even for believers.
The western world’s civilization and culture have been labeled “Judeo-Christian”. But in all fairness, European Christianity took on much of the Greco-Roman culture, in all of its aspects, and looked up to it to the point of even allowing it to influence Biblical interpretation. Both Judaism and Christianity by the mere definition of “religion” produced, at best, the “good fruit” which grows from the branch of religion, on the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Had Western Christianity’s values been sound and eternal, it would have produced a civilization of righteousness and justice (yet history has judged Europe for countless evils committed against the rest of humanity). Thus, instead, both Christianity and even Judaism, which is not untainted either, have actually left a legacy of moral bankruptcy. YHVH said that if His people go astray, and certainly many of the shepherds have led them that way, He would send the hunters (Jeremiah 16:16). Thus it was only a few short decades ago that Paris was one of the greatest of all prizes given to Hitler by his mighty men, almost in a form of reenactment of Titus marching into Rome after destroying Jerusalem. Now Islam’s jihadist hunters are descending on Paris and on the rest of Europe, US, Canada, Australia etc. With the permission of the Almighty One of Israel they will establish sharia law, some of which Mohamed actually stole from the Hebrew bible.
Will Judah and Ephraim now again experience what the Egyptians, Assyrians, the Babylonians, and the Romans committed against their ancestors? Or will we repent as a nation and turn from our iniquity and sin? The only ones given the mandate to destroy the works of darkness is a united Israel and Judah. But as long as jealousy, envy, strife and contention (and a lot more) continue to divide the two-house nation the hunters will continue to advance their YHVH-given mandate.
The jihadists are knocking on the doors of many nations. These are not “terrorists”, as the news media would like you to believe. They are the hunters that carry out the curse promised by YHVH in (Malachi 4:5-6). They have a mission and commission from the Almighty Elohim. Unless we see Who is actually behind them and the reason why they are in our midst, we will continue to rely on our own strength in order to try and defeat them. Our warfare is not against flesh and blood. But we do have to leave and flee from the kingdoms of this world (read Isaiah chapters 47 and 48), but live and be in Yeshua’s Kingdom here on earth (Colossians 1:13).