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Have You Met This Jesus?

Authored by Dr. Ray Rooney, Jr. |  Friday, April 21, 2017 @ 3:00 PM

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Have You Met This Jesus?

In times of horror and persecution, don’t look to an appeaser and accommodator to save you. Look instead to a sword wielding Conqueror.

As ISIS attempts to strike fear into the minds and souls of Christians globally it would behoove the faithful to consider the sword wielding Christ whom the foes of God cannot defeat. – Dr. Ray Rooney, Jr.

  • A Muslim walks the streets of downtown Fresno looking for white men to shoot and after gunning down three men and surrounded by police shouts “Allahu akbar.”
  • An elderly man is picking up cans on the streets of Cleveland and a car pulls up. The driver gets out with his cell phone recording via the Facebook Live feature and tells the man to repeat a woman’s name.  When he does the driver shoots and kills him.
  • A psychotic and obese despot in North Korea promises to reduce America to ashes with “our super-mighty pre-emptive strike.”  Political and military leadership in this country is not shrugging and laughing it off.  A U.S. navy armada is on its way to the Korean peninsula.
  • Forty five Christians were killed by suicide bombers in Egypt on Palm Sunday. 

At home, in America, the hatred spewing from liberals towards conservatives and evangelicals has reached a fever pitch and portends violence.  The University of California at Berkely urged the cancellation of a speech by Ann Coulter who was to speak on illegal immigration for fear of the eruption of violence.

Christians are taught that in the midst of devastation and despair we are to look “to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith…” (Heb. 12:2).  Unfortunately, the Jesus many are looking to in these difficult and troubled times is not much of a problem solver if you go by what is being preached in many American churches. 

The picture of Jesus being painted by many of our pulpiteers is not the author and perfecter of faith but the accepter and accommodator of human desire.  He’s an appeaser, not a Savior. 

The Jesus many Americans hear about on Sundays accepts people no matter what they believe or how they live.  He’s a pacifist, a pluralist, and even a secularist (He apparently believes in the separation of church and state and doesn’t want anyone to be made to feel uncomfortable by hearing the gospel). 

So as the pressure against righteousness mounts and the persecution against Christians increases, to whom are all those churchgoers turning who don’t believe Jesus opposes anything except the notion of intolerance?  As far as I can tell the answer to that is government.  If only the Jesus revealed in the pages of the Bible was faithfully proclaimed then instead of the faithless hand-wringing that seems to be going on by shallow churchgoers with the haters of the cross growing ever more bold, a fearless and bold prayer would ascend using the words of David in Psalm 68:1 “God shall arise, his enemies shall be scattered; and those who hate him shall flee before him!”

Here a few passages in the Bible to consider when looking to Jesus in the midst of burgeoning evil and its designs.

Genesis 3:15I will put enmity between you [serpent; Satan] and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.

The very first prophetic word about redemption and the One who shall bring it is an image of a Man stomping on the head of a snake.  He doesn’t flee from it.  He doesn’t adopt it and make it His pet.  He stomps its headThat is what the Son of God thinks of evil.  Not quite the picture of accommodation proclaimed weekly in many churches.

Joshua 5:13-15 – When Joshua was by Jericho, he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, a man was standing before him with his drawn sword in his hand. And Joshua went to him and said to him, “Are you for us, or for our adversaries?” And he said, “No; but I am the commander of the army of the Lord. Now I have come.” And Joshua fell on his face to the earth and worshiped and said to him, “What does my lord say to his servant?” And the commander of the Lord’s army said to Joshua, “Take off your sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy.” And Joshua did so.

Compare that to what was said to Moses from the burning bush and you know who this “commander” is.  There is absolutely no doubt that the commander of the armies of the Lord is Jesus (as we shall see in another text).

Two things are striking about this passage.  First, is that the “commander” had a drawn sword in His hand.  This was the eve of the attack on Jericho.  The first battle for the conquest of the Promised Land was about to commence and the pre-Incarnate Jesus was wielding His sword.

When Moses was besieged by naysayers as the freed Hebrews had their back to the Red Sea and Pharaoh’s army bearing down on them the deliverer shouted “The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent” (Ex. 14:14).  When did the Lord ever stop fighting for His people except when they turn away from Him in unbeliefJesus stands just as ready today to wield His sword against the enemies of the cross as He did when He appeared to Joshua as the conquest of Canaan began.

The second striking facet is the non-answer answer to Joshua’s inquiry.  Joshua’s question was essentially “Are you on our side or theirs?”  “No.”  What kind of response is that?  Simple.  Jesus was saying “I’m on My side and if you want to succeed in that which I have called you to do then you will follow Me.”  Where? Into the battleJesus doesn’t shy away from leading the people of God into victory on the battlefield.  As ISIS attempts to strike fear into the minds and souls of Christians globally it would behoove the faithful to consider the sword wielding Christ whom the foes of God cannot defeat. 

Colossians 2:15 – He [Jesus] disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.

To the naked and unspiritual eye the bloody death of Jesus on a Roman cross looked like utter and ignominious defeat.  Hardly.  Paul uses the imagery of a Roman victory procession down the streets of the city where the defeated royalty was paraded in chains.  What looked to most people to be humiliating defeat, was in fact, a glorious victory where the spiritually bankrupt were revealed and put to open shame.  It takes a measure of spiritual maturity to recognize this which is why there is so much fearful whining emanating from so many churchgoers today.  They’re not looking to a conqueror.  They’re hoping for someone who can convince those who hate Christianity to learn to live with us.  What they’re hoping for is what Scripture teaches the antichrist will provide…not Jesus Christ.

Revelation 19:12-15 – His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems, and he has a name written that no one knows but himself. He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God. And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses. From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty.

When hope seems lost as evil spreads its hateful wings across the entire planet and persecution rises to truly unprecedented levels…this is the Jesus I look to.  A Savior with burning eyes, blood soaked apparel, and a sword that cannot be turned or tamed.  Could this have been on David’s mind as he penned the matchless words of the 23rd psalm which includes these words: “thou preparedst a table before me in the presence of mine enemies”?  Only two verses further in the text of Rev. 19 are the words of an angel seen standing in the Sun speaking to the birds “Come, gather for the great supper of God, to eat the flesh of kings, the flesh of captains, the flesh of mighty men…”

The Commander of the armies of heaven is not the only hat that Jesus wears or the only revelation of His character.  In subsequent blogs I will be looking at some of the others.  But this is probably the one that gets the least attention because it doesn’t fit the theologically liberal narrative that Jesus is all about making everyone feel good about themselves and their neighbors. 

Jesus is many things.  But as we continue to spiral downward into the abyss of narcissism, sexual anarchy, hedonism, and lawlessness domestically and threats to our national security by totalitarian regimes such as North Korea and Iran abroad, we need to be able to look to Jesus our hope and answer.  And He is ready to respond to our faith filled cries and pleas.  Ready to protect us.  Ready to fight for us.  Ready to conquer the purveyors of hateful rhetoric and murderous ideologies. 

The Jesus I’m looking to stomps on serpents, wields a drawn sword, disarms and shames those who would openly oppose Him, and treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God!  I’ll take my Conqueror over the warm fuzzy accommodator when Satan unleashes hell on earth.  All day long…

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Journalist Embedded with ISIS: They’re ‘More Dangerous than People Realize’

Posted 7:21 am, December 22, 2014, by

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Juergen Todenhoefer’s journey was a tough one: dangerous, but also eye-opening. The author traveled deep into ISIS Imperial Islamic President Obamaterritory — the area they now call their “caliphate” — visiting Raqqa and Deir Ezzor in Syria, as well as Mosul in Iraq.

Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, was taken by ISIS in a Blitzkrieg-like sweep in June.

Todenhoefer managed to visit the Mosque there where the leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Bagdadi, gave his only ever public address.

And he saw the realities of daily life under ISIS, with all shops having to close for prayers in the middle of the day.

“There is an awful sense of normalcy in Mosul,” Todenhoefer said in an exclusive interview with CNN.

“130,000 Christians have been evicted from the city, the Shia have fled, many people have been murdered and yet the city is functioning and people actually like the stability that the Islamic State has brought them.”Christian Persecution

Nonetheless, he also says there is an air of fear among residents: “Of course many of the them are quite scared, because the punishment for breaking the Islamic State’s strict rules is very severe.”

According to ISIS’s leadership, the group’s fighters managed to take Mosul with only about 300 men, even though more than 20,000 Iraqi army soldiers were stationed there when the attack was launched.

Todenhoefer spoke with several ISIS fighters who took part in the operation.

“It took us about four days to take Mosul,” a young fighter told him.

“So you were only about 300 men and you defeated 20 000 troops in four days?” Todenhoefer asked.

“Well, we didn’t attack them all at once, we hit their front lines hard, also using suicide attacks. Then the others fled very quickly,” the fighter explained. “We fight for Allah, they fight for money and other things that they do not really believe in.”

Glow in their eyes

Todenhoefer told CNN the enthusiasm the ISIS militants showed was one thing that stood out.

“When we stayed at their recruitment house, there were 50 new fighters who came every day,” Todenhoefer said. “And I just could not believe the glow in their eyes. They felt like they were coming to a promised land, like they were fighting for the right thing.’

“These are not stupid people. One of the people we met had just finished his law degree, he had great job offers, but he turned them down to go and fight … We met fighters from Europe and the United States. One of them was from New Jersey. Can you imagine a man from New Jersey traveling to fight for the Islamic State?”

He went on to say that one of ISIS’s main points of strength is their fighters’ willingness — even their will — to die on the battlefield.

Todenhoefer met one somewhat overweight recruit in a “safe house” who said he wears a suicide belt to every battle because he is too chubby to run away if he is cornered and would choose to blow himself up, rather than be captured.

ISIS also has a track record of abusing, torturing and executing prisoners of war. Todenhoefer was briefly able to speak to a Kurdish captive while in Mosul. The captive claimed he had not been tortured, but Todenhoefer said he found that hard to believe.

“This was a broken man,” Todenhoefer said. “It was very sad to see a person in this state. He was just very weak and very afraid of his captors.”

Todenhoefer conducted the interview with the prisoner while several ISIS fighters stood guard. He asked the man whether he knew what would happen to him.

“I do not know,” the captive told him. “My family does not even know I am still alive. I hope that maybe there will be some sort of prisoner exchange.”

Child ISIS fighters

Todenhoefer was also taken to see child soldiers outfitted with Islamic State gear and brandishing AK-47s. One of the boys seemed very young but claimed he had already gone to battle for ISIS.

“How old are you?” Todenhoefer asked.

“I am 13 years old,” the boy replied — though he looked even younger than that.

One of the most remarkable episodes of Todenhoefer’s trip to the ISIS-controlled region came when he was able to conduct an interview with a German fighter who spoke on behalf of ISIS’s leadership.

The man — clearly unapologetic about the group’s transgressions — vowed there was more to come; he also issued a warning to Europe and the United States.

“So you also want to come to Europe?” Todenhoefer asked him.

“No, we will conquer Europe one day,” the man said. “It is not a question of if we will conquer Europe, just a matter of when that will happen. But it is certain … For us, there is no such thing as borders. There are only front lines.’

“Our expansion will be perpetual … And the Europeans need to know that when we come, it will not be in a nice way. It will be with our weapons. And those who do not convert to Islam or pay the Islamic tax will be killed.”

Todenhoefer asked the fighter about their treatment of other religions, especially Shia Muslims.

“What about the 150 million Shia, what if they refuse to convert?” Todenhoefer asked.

“150 million, 200 million or 500 million, it does not matter to us,” the fighter answered. “We will kill them all.”

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The interview became testy when they reached the topic of beheadings and enslavement, especially of female captives.

“So do you seriously think that beheadings and enslavement actually signal progress for humanity?” Todenhoefer asked.beheading

“Slavery absolutely signals progress,” the man said. “Only ignorant people believe that there is no slavery among the Christians and the Jews. Of course there are woman who are forced into prostitution under the worst circumstances.’

“I would say that slavery is a great help to us and we will continue to have slavery and beheadings, it is part of our religion … many slaves have converted to Islam and have then been freed.”Religion-of-Peace

The ISIS spokesman blamed the beheading of captured Western journalists and aid workers on the policies of the United States.

“People should really think about the case of James Foley,” he said. “He did not get killed because we started the battle. He got killed because of the ignorance of his government that did not give him any help.”proof positive

Even with recent gains by Kurdish forces against ISIS in Northern Iraq, Todenhoefer sees the extremist group as entrenched, building state institutions, and that it shows no sign of losing its grip in the main areas it controls in Iraq and Syria.

“I think the Islamic State is a lot more dangerous than Western leaders realize,” he said. “They believe in what they are fighting for and are preparing the largest religious cleansing campaign the world has ever seen.”against America

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