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Terrorism and 9/11
After Terrorism - Remembrance
and Bible Prophecy
Hope Beyond the Terror
The attacks on the World Trade Center and the
Pentagon, still fresh in our minds, have thrust us all into a new
and seemingly more ominous world, one that is less safe than we
had imagined it to be. Besides over 6,000 killed, hundreds of
companies wiped out, thousands of jobs lost, tens of thousands of
jobs lost in related industries, 40-60 billion dollar insurance
loses, the devastation will ripple. It is estimated that 10
million people worldwide will be forced into poverty. A depression
is looming. More terrorism is predicted—perhaps biological,
chemical or nuclear. Violence is bound to increase with a
corresponding threat to the economy.
What is this world coming to?
The Bible foretells that the hate and greed in
the human heart would escalate into the devastating worldwide
violence and economic distress of our day. And though the threat
of terrorism is not over, there is a ray of hope through the
clouds of trouble.
The Scriptures not only predict the trouble-but
also offer substantial hope beyond the fire and terror. God's Word
predicted that a great increase of knowledge would be accompanied
by an unprecedented "time of trouble" (Daniel 12:1,4).
During this unprecedented trouble, "the weak say I am
strong" (Joel 3:10). Just so, a few—"the weak"—have
terrorized The Superpower of the world. During the 20th Century,
175 million were slaughtered by the "politics of
insanity." Yes, we are living in this unparalleled time of
trouble and peoples' "hearts [are] failing them for fear, and
looking after those things which are coming ..." (Luke
As a loving Father, God is deeply grieved with
man's inhumanity to man. But man's extremity will be God's
opportunity. Psalm 76:10 states that the "wrath of man"
shall one day praise God. Divine wisdom is overruling man's vice,
graft, corruption, power politics, discrimination and exploitation
to shake all nations. Finally God's Kingdom will fulfill the
legitimate "desire of all nations." Haggai 2:7 Because
Jesus died a "ransom for all"(1 Timothy 2:6)—peace,
life, economic security, vigorous health and freedom from fear are
some of the blessings God's Kingdom will bring to all peoples.
Just as the trouble and terror of today were prophesied, the
raising of all the dead is also assured in prophecy. That means
all those who perished in the bombings will be reunited with their
loved ones (1 Corinthians 15: 22).
Why Does God Permit Evil?
If after all of humankind's suffering God is
going to bless them abundantly-why the need of suffering in the
To fully understand why God permits evil, we
must go back, back to when God dwelt alone. God desired to have a
family, to be a parent—a father or life-giver—The Heavenly Father.
The most loving parents are not overly protective. They are
willing to permit their children to endure difficult experiences,
realizing it will cost themselves as parents dearly in pain, as
they watch their children struggle to maturity.
God knew his children could only be happy
individually and collectively if each one loved and obeyed God's
laws for the well being of all. Therefore, God created Adam and
Eve in "His own image"—free will and moral discernment.
God could have programmed the ideal man and utopia would have been
inevitable, but man would be no better than a robot, nor would he
be happy. But free will has a built-in dilemma. God told Adam that
if he obeyed he would live. If he disobeyed he would
die—"dying thou shall die." Genesis 2:17 Death would be
a process of sickness and suffering. Because of lack of experience
God knew Adam or anyone of us would disobey.
A parent will tell a baby not to touch the
stove because it is hot. But what does a baby know about pain?
Inevitably the baby will touch the stove. A wise parent will
lightly and quickly touch the child's hand where the heat is not
too severe. Likewise God is giving mankind a controlled experience
Knowing man would disobey him, God planned for
man's redemption before he even created the earth and man. First
Peter 1:19-20 speaks of Jesus as slain "before the foundation
of the world." God lovingly planned the best for His future
human children. This meant a plan that would deeply grieve His
fatherly heart as He watched man trampled down into death by the
machinations of evil while learning the consequences of sin.
Further, it would cost the ultimate in fatherly suffering—watching
His only begotten son suffer the agony of being vilified and
crucified. God's gift of Jesus was the greatest demonstration of
fatherly suffering in history.
When Adam and Eve disobeyed, God withdrew His
fellowship. Loneliness, stress and depression engulfed them. The
latest scientific research confirms the Biblical account of man's
"Fall" into sin. Loneliness, stress and depression
render both the mind and the body prone to disease. Fear,
hostility and aggressiveness became the norm. Exploitation, crime
and violence were the inevitable consequences. The body's immunity
to disease soon broke down. The dying process had begun. Yes,
Adam's children, the human race, were born sinners (Psalm 51:5)
worthy of death. Romans 6:23 This is "the sore travail God
hath given to the sons of man to be exercised [learn lessons]
therewith." Ecclesiastes 1:13; 3:10
After Adam and Eve disobeyed, they were cast
out of their Eden paradise into the unfinished earth, where the
components of nature were yet unbalanced. Man is learning by
experience the bitter consequences of sin and evil, which results
A parent who disciplines their child by sending
him to his room for the evening often has loving thoughts of their
continued relationship. God has remanded His human children to
their room—the unfinished earth. In their affliction He is
afflicted and He has wonderful loving thoughts-recorded in Bible
prophecies-concerning their restoration to His favor. Yes, Paul
said in 1 Corinthians 15:22, "as in Adam all die" but he
continues, "so in Christ shall all be made alive." Why?
Because Jesus died "a ransom for all." 1 Timothy 2:6 and
A Suffering Savior and Suffering Christians
But before all are made alive in God's Kingdom,
God has been training Christians—a "little flock" (Luke
12:32), by contrast with the billions of mankind. Why? That they
might reign with Christ in God's Kingdom as priests and kings.
Revelation 20: 6 Like Christ, they are being made sympathetic
priests through suffering. 2 Timothy 2:11-12 The minds of men are
scarred and twisted by tragedy. Christians experience the same
disasters (1 Corinthians 10:13), but by the power of the holy
Spirit their hearts are healed and made compassionate. Why? They
will be able to heal the minds of their fellowman when mankind
come forth from the graves (John 5:28-29, NASV, NRSV) to their
probation or trial time in the Kingdom. Mankind will have a vivid
remembrance of the bitter effects of sin and evil. Then they will
learn the joyful rewards of living righteously with their
fellowman and make their choice for eternity. Jeremiah 31:29-31,
Many scriptures reveal that the majority of
mankind will share the joys of eternal life. God's willingness to
endure fatherly sorrow proves that the permission of evil is a
necessary experience for man's eternal welfare. God's fatherly
sorrow contains no anxiety like a human parent. With Divine
serenity, He knows the end from the beginning. Isaiah 46:10 All
the forces of evil are overruled for man's eternal welfare. Psalm
76:10 By faith we can have this same peace of God. Philippians 4:7 The present sufferings are but a moment compared with the joys
of eternity. 2 Corinthians 4:17, 18
There is a logical and faith-inspiring answer
to the two questions—Why does God permit evil? and What is this
world coming to? Both are answered in our new and entirely revised
edition of the booklet,
What Is This World