With the fall of Afghanistan...
In a recent message, I referenced Jeremiah 12:5 which states, “If you have run with the footmen, and they have wearied you, then how can you contend with horses? And if in the land of peace, in which you trusted, they wearied you, then how will you do in the floodplain of the Jordan?
(NKJV). In The Word Biblical Commentary we read, “The Lord’s response to Jeremiah’s complaint is very uncharacteristic. Instead of assuring Jeremiah that he will vanquish his enemies, through two parallel and perhaps ironic images, he tells him that the worst is yet to come. Jeremiah’s present and future troubles are compared to running a footrace with another man and a horse.” I warned the congregation that things will probably get worse before they get better. I did not expect that just one day after preaching that message America would literally be less safe than it was the day before. Elections do have consequences.
With the fall of Afghanistan comes a renewed vigor to the caliphate (i.e. holy war) against America. Radical Muslims around the globe have been energized by the fact that the Taliban won the twenty-one-and-a-half-year battle against the great Satan. In less than a week, President Biden and his administration have undone and made of none effect decades of hard work and sacrifice.
The Taliban is stronger than it was on September 11th, 2001. Our military left behind all their equipment including munitions. Much of what was left behind contains our latest technologies and capabilities that will now be made available to the highest bidder (i.e. China and Russia.) The Taliban freed thousands of the worst terrorists from Guantanamo Bay who were housed in Afghanistan prisons. For two decades, we have been relatively secure and have not had to worry about terrorist attacks. Riots yes, but suicide bombers, no. Our allies around the world have watched in terror and realize, that if attacked, they are on their own.
While most Americans at home and the rest of the world see this withdrawal as the failure and the nightmare that it is, our Democratic leadership is praising President Biden for his strong leadership. It reminds me of the story about a neurotic emperor who was convinced by a charlatan that the charlatan could make clothes with a thread that only good and loyal subjects could see. The gig was up when during a parade to show off his new outfit an honest child yelled out, “The emperor has no clothes!” Similarly, anyone who questions election integrity, gender confusion, critical race theory, or “following the science,” ironically, are called truth deniers and are cancelled.
We need to pray for thousands of stranded Americans who were left by the Biden administration to fend for themselves in Afghanistan. While the “New, more civilized Taliban” has promised safe passage to Americans trapped in the country, there have already been reports of Americans who have been beaten while trying to get to the safety of the Kabul Airport. The Taliban has surrounded the airport refusing to let anyone pass. Christian churches have been warned that they can no longer hold services, and it has been reported that the Taliban is going door to door looking for Americans and anyone who helped America. We need to keep our eyes opened, church! We could be on the cuff of world events that could well usher in the “Mark of the Beast” and the “Antichrist.” Let’s pray that the pre-tribulation rapture theorists are correct! If they are not, we better be ready to hold on to our horses!
-Pastor Gary Schlenz