It was as improbable a sight as one could possibly imagine. A Dutch inner-city train stopped dead in its tracks in the middle of nowhere in central Netherlands. Aboard was a gang of terrorists, holding crew and passengers hostage.
Periodically, as the grim drama unfolded over international television, and as many undoubtedly saw, the train hijackers would open a door in the lead car. Out would tumble another lifeless form, a human carcass, a gruesome sacrifice to the terrorists’ demands for safe passage out of the country.
The perpetrators were part of a group of frustrated “freedom fighters” demanding independence for a homeland they have never even seen! Basically, the ironic story goes something like this: The Netherlands granted independence to its 3,000-island Dutch East Indies archipelago in 1950. But 12,000 South Moluccan loyalists who had fought with the Dutch against the Indonesian independence movement fled to Holland to escape expected reprisal. The terrorists who commandeered the Dutch train – as well as fellow compatriots who lay siege to the Indonesian consulate in Amsterdam –were born in Holland to those original refugees.
With the precedent already set by nationalist terrorist groups in other parts of the world, a bad example spreads instantaneously with television these days, the murderous Moluccans obviously felt it was their time to set history straight and grab a few headlines in order to publicize their own “just cause.”
What a world we have entered into. It is an age when literally no one is safe anywhere. In the late 60s and early 70s in London England no one knew when the next IRA bomb would go off. Today, England and the rest of the world worry about when the next Islamic terrorist will strike again, and again – killing as many people as they can!
These are not “normal” times we’re passing through. The world has been brutally ushered into a new era of indiscriminate violence – nations against nation, faction against faction, as well as a mushrooming crime epidemic within major nations. Witness the recent crime spree in Chicago, Illinois.
This situation is prevalent in many of our cities today. Every morning, while listening to the local news, one hears the “police blotter” of all the gruesome killings of the night before. In 2015 alone, 15,699 homicides were recorded in the United States, also 327,374 robberies were reported which accounted for an estimated 390 million dollars in losses. Property crimes resulted in losses estimated at 14.3 billion dollars. The total value of reported stolen property (i.e. currency, jewelry, motor vehicle, electronics, firearms was astronomical.
Police officers are being killed almost every day. Violent youth gangs are growing and committing inhumane acts. We have become an immoral people.
In the Bible, the statement is made that in the days preceding the great worldwide flood of Noah’s time, “the earth was corrupt in God’s sight, and the earth was filled with violence” (Gen. 6:11). Do you see any similarities to our day?
Significantly, Jesus Christ predicted that “as it was in the days of Noah, as will it be in the days of the Son of man” just before the coming of the Kingdom of God (see Luke 17:20, 26). You’re living through this prophesied time period right now.
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