In ancient times, when one group of people conquered another people, there was a change of religion. For example, in Constantinople when the Turks captured the city, they had Islamic prayers and a sermon preached in Hagia Sophia. This was officially designating a change of religious affiliation for the building. The Turks were saying that this was no longer a Christian Church, but an Islamic Mosque.
Something much more gruesome happened in a French church this morning.
An elderly priest has been killed in a hostage situation in a church south of Rouen, Normandy, northern France this morning by alleged Islamist attackers. His killers, who are understood to have been shot dead by French police.
Arabic sermon given in church before kneeling priest executed France’s Le Figaro reports the eye-witness account of a nun who managed to escape the Normandy church this morning while it was under attack by Islamist killers and raise the alarm. The paper states that one of the “executioners” gave “an Arabic sermon from the altar”, and that deceased Father Jacques Hamel was forced to kneel before the men went for his throat with a knife.
The paper also reports both of the killers had fake guns and imitation explosives.
These are the actions of people who see themselves as victorious conquerors. People who are not afraid to proclaim their purpose and goal. And it appears that they believe they will win. The question that we have to ask is what does this mean to us.
Many will call this a sign that we are in the last days, but does that comport with the Bible? Thankfully it does not as the Bible promises that the earth will be full of the Glory of Christ. That the knowledge of God will cover the earth as the waters cover the sea.
This is not the last days, it is not the end of time, but it may well be the end of our civilization. We are clearly under judgment for turning away from God’s word. We must heed God’s warning and repent. We must kiss the Son before the full fury of His wrath is kindled against us.