Hello Lotus Feet
Thanks for pointing these things out. These are important milestones leading to the Kingdom of God and the reason for Christ to come again. It is more evidence that these people are merely pawns in executing God's plan. God knows how to hit the 'hot buttons' of these people and God knows how people will respond/react. It is only the faithful few who are seeing God's hand behind this. This is exactly how God operated when Pharaoh rejected Moses's plea to let his people go. God did not harden the heart of Pharaoh, but God knew exactly how Pharaoh would respond. This is not manipulation, people have free choice, but God knows human nature so well, He knows how people will react and what they will chose.
Please keep reporting news like this on this forum as I like to know of events taking place which I have missed. It is all part of the picture leading up to the return of Christ. At one time, when Muslims were not so dominant, the Catholic Church was seen to be the great apostacy and now my thinking, in light of events, is changing to thinking that the great apostacy might be that of Islam.
I am not against Muslims who practice the good teachings of Islam, in which they are to respect people who do not hold the same teaching. Muslims should not be against Christian individuals for what they believe. Muslims and Christians can unite and condemn the attrocities done in the name of both religions. Both institutions, as they become, have a lot to answer for. Individually, we all answer for ourselves. It does seem that the radicalized are doing great harm to the basic good teaching within their faith and have created an evil and wicked agenda.
I did think it would be the Catholic Church which would oppose Christ when he returns, but now, this might be Islam that opposes him. In the end, I expect both will oppose Christ. Not being thoroughly certain at the moment, keeps me on my toes in anticipation of events.
Thanks for the post.