So much has been happening with TMM Lebanon…wanted to share the Fall Newsletter. If you would like to support what God is doing there please send us an email!
In the midst of all the chaos in the Middle East, the threat coming from ISIS, the conflict in Gaza
God is at work!!
As the eyes of the world are on the Middle East, making it in the headlines of all news, we do have a different report that we would like to share!
Two years ago, the Lord called us through a set of circumstances to start working with Syrian refugees in Lebanon. This in itself was not in any of our plans as Syrians are considered the enemy who has occupied Lebanon for 15 years
After a small scouting trip to camps, abandoned buildings and garages where people stay , we saw the refugees not only as Syrian but more so as people who have lost everything, who are living in fear, in trauma and in deep need!
Our response started with basic food items and some clothes distribution.
But with God’s help and with several partners joining
efforts with us we were able to do much more.
Starting an education program
Then the lord also helped us start a literacy and education program for children who are completely illiterate
And now a year later we did a ceremony where each child received his/her certificate of accomplishment
What a time of rejoicing!!
We also celebrated an end of year program where kids who were completely rebellious, with no sense of disciplined excelled
After the first school experience, we were also able to start another program in a different camp
Our biggest joy is to bring the God of Hope in the midst of despair .
Several bible study are being held now in tents and these sunni refugees are thirsty to hear the word!
These refugees are hopeless , disillusioned and very open to receive the word of God that brings joy and peace to their hearts!
Throughout the year we held several medical outreaches where doctors, pharmacists, and nurses volunteered to give from their time and effort into the lives of those people.
More than a medical check-up, the doctors are able to give psychological and emotional support and in our team there is always a group dedicated for prayer. So it is not uncommon to see people deeply touched by the glory of God and overwhelmed by His presence as often this was the first time in their lives that
someone prayed for them personally.
Lately, we have also signed a partnership agreement with Dorcas Aid Holland to help cater to the needs of new comers in the Mount Lebanon area, families who fled from the troubled areas in Syria and have lost homes and family members, or Christians fleeing Iraq because of religious persecution. We have listened to heartbreaking stories and brought comfort and relief to many.
We want to express our deepest gratitude to all who took time to come and offer a helping hand.
We had teachers come to help in the schools, university students who came and helped with distribution, doctors who offered their expertise, families who came to paint and be a blessing, intercessory teams who came to pray for the harvest and for the church–all short mission teams that have been an amazing blessing!
The harvest is plenty and it is ripe!!
We have seen Jesus touching people’s lives, we are seeing the kingdom advancing and we want to invite you to be part of history in the making.
God is on the move and no matter what the media is saying HE REIGNS!
Monday May 17th 2010, 10:46 am
Filed under: Prophetic
Wanting to be faithful to the Lord I am recording the Visitation Dream given to me in the wee hours of 28th of April, in my home at 1140 Greenfield Ave, Nashville, TN 37216. Habakkuk 2:1, says , “Record the revelation, write it down, and make it plain on the tablets. So that a herald may run with it. For the revelation awaits for an appointed time: it speaks to the end and it will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it: it will certainly come and not delay.”
I suddenly was before a very large corporate building in a major city. The building seemed to go very, very high so high when I looked up, I could not see the top. The building housed several financial institutions, government offices, and various agencies. I sensed the Holy Spirit had lead me there and I was being pursued by entities that were dressed like agents. I was led into the basement garage of this large corporate building. As I looked back through the glass doors of the street, I could see men in overcoats running here and there, and they were wearing dress shoes. As I went deeper into the garage, I could hear shouts and angry cries being made by members of gangs. They also seemed to be pursuing me. In the basement garage I met up with a brother of mine, Bruce Wagner, and we were conversing. The Holy Spirit came to me and began to speak out of His person hood. He was so present, I could almost make out His form. He said, “ to look down at my feet, and pick up the weapon that was before me.” This weapon was very futuristic in its form. Not like sci-fi or star wars type, but very advanced, like nothing I had ever held or seen. When I picked it up it was very light, and not at all uncomfortable or unwielding. As Bruce and I looked at it, and as I began to maneuver it as if I was using it, I had a such sense the the Holy Spirit was very pleased. As if He was encouraging me to continue to get used to it. When I held it up, I noticed that there was a vacant place in the base of it that was shaped like a “V.” I would say that that it was 10 to 12 inches where something was missing. Immediately, I thought of some kind of ammo clip. I turned to the Holy Spirit and He was holding a clip shaped like a “V” that obviously was meant to be placed in the weapon. The Holy Spirit gave me the clip and I snapped it into place. Then He begin to speak to my heart, His demeanor changed, and the spirit of conviction begin to flow into me as He spoke these words: “This is the Clip of Victory, it is your V clip.” You have bee walking, standing, battling, and have been engaged in the warfare so long that you have forgotten and lost sight of the Victory. The Lord is Victorious, but you have been in the fray for so long that you have settled in your mind that this is just the way it is. You have forgotten that the call to battle is the call to victory. You have prayed for endurance, perseverance, and even survival but have not declared Victory. The Lord always leads you in triumph, yet you have lost sight of His Victory. The weapon and the V clip have been given to you for battle and for victory.” I began to weep and ask for forgiveness for losing sight of the call to fight, and the call to be victorious. Then the Holy Spirit told me to fire the weapon and I had such a sense that those who had been pursuing me began to scatter. The surge of faith and the feeling of Victory was overflowing with such a sense of certainty.
Then I was translated or taken to another place. Both Bruce and I were standing in the lobby of the most beautiful and prodigious conference center I have ever seen. We stood before a row of conference rooms with double doors. We were soon joined by various brothers that we had relationships in our lives. Suddenly the conference doors opened and we were instructed to each go to our own designated conference room. We nodded at each other and then proceded into separate conference rooms. As I entered the designated conference room for me, I was aware of many brothers that I had walked with and had ministered to me over the years. I was made aware by the Holy Spirit of the many words of the Lord that had been ministered to me all my life. Preaching, teachings, prophetic, and prayers were filling the room. Many brothers, mentors, my father, and father in law all beckoning me to come to the front of the conference room and be seated. The anticipation and excitement was written on all of our faces. All countenances were filled anticipation, purpose, and joy. I had not seen such countenances on brothers and people in such a long time. The atmosphere was charged with the word of the Lord and His Spirit. I sat down in a blue seat and across from me was another blue seat. Men of God that had been important concerning the word of the Lord in my life surrounded me. For me it was Derek Prince, Bob Mumford, Don Basham, Ern Baxter, and Charles Simpson. There were many others whose messages I had heard, who had ministered to me at various times and seasons; books, tapes, and other resources I had been exposed to. An accumulation of the word of the Lord and the spiritual heritage in my life had brought me to this time and place. There was such a purity of spirit in that moment.
Then Derek sat down directly across from me and began to look deep within me. A sense of impartation was so strong, a calling forth of the word of the Lord. As I sat I wondered why it was him. The Holy Spirit reminded me of the many teachings I sat under and that He always was declaring the victory over the enemy and the glorious victory of our Lord Jesus Christ. The Victory of the word and of faith. At that point I begin to understand why the Holy Spirit chose Him and why, when I was in the garage, He spoke to me of my spiritual condition concerning victory. I began to be so filled with the spirit of Victory. At that point another mentor who was behind me put his arm over my shoulder and extended his hand in front of me. He was holding a vintage six shooter, like a Colt 45, that was beautiful and in excellent gun condition. Immediately I acknowledged it but brushed it aside, in a honorable manner, and was so aware of how out dated this weapon was. In its day it was fine, but now it was the day of the “V” clip and weapon. The weapon of “Victory” for this time and place. The Holy Spirit was equipping us with another heavenly weapon. Just as in the natural the Colt 45 changed things in the west in its time, in the spiritual the “V” clipʼs time had come. This was a new day and we needed rearming, equipping, and newness of purpose and direction. There was such a sense of rejoicing and faith in the room with all the brethren.
I turned and walked through the conference room doors as they opened out into the vast corridor and I was joined their by Bruce, Britt and other brothers. The corridor was filled with many brothers giving testimony about the various experiences in the individual conference rooms were we had been directed by the Holy Spirit. The testimony was that the Lord had confirmed to us each individually our spiritual journey, experience, and heritage up to now. That He wanted us to see that He had prepared us all. Even though we came from different paths. Everyone was charged and ready to deploy. As I was walking down the corridor of this magnificent center, I was reminded by the Holy Spirit of a message I have ministered many times: “In My Fatherʼs House are many rooms or dwelling places, if it were not so I would have told you, I go to prepare a place for you.” “That where I am you will be also.” One House many Rooms.
Once again we were taken to another place. As we walked we were suddenly in a field that was very large and we began walking down rows that seemed to go on for as far as the eye could see. As we walked parallel from one another down the rows we saw yellow squash, cucumbers, zucchini, and all sorts of vegetables as large as watermelons. The rows were wide and the vegetation and fruit was very large. It was clearly a harvest field and we were moving down the various rows carrying our weapons and moving forward. Again, I was taken to another place. This time into the heavenlies where I was shown a star chart. It was a black spance with stars and heavenly bodies charted by sectors. Longitude lines and latitude lines sectioned off the heavens. There were stars on time lines running parallel on latitude lines and names on the time lines. I saw my name, Bruce’s, and others. We were depicted as stars and we were moving down each one’s personal time line. I was watching as heavenly bodies were moving and being aligned all around the heavenly expanse. The sense of time and eternity were present and the heavenly bodies were moving and being realigned. We were all represented on our time line by a star and we had come to a longitude line that was clearly delineated in the heavens. On the line was written very distinctly, “The Land.” Suddenly, I was back in the field walking in an orderly fashion with the brothers armed with Victory and walking, moving into the Land.
May the Lord be glorified and we come into the fullness of all that He has in His mind for the days to come. I share this with you, and submit this for examination and comment.
One of the new qualifications for running for office, is that you do not have to read. No one on the hill has still read the bill. John Boehner, minority leader of the house, clearly confronted them when he said, “have you read the bill? hell no you haven’t!” This is why we see the dumbing down of America, and why we continue to repeat history. Pelosi said we will see when the bill comes out. Has it not been said, “IGNORANCE IS BLISS!” It is amazing to see how many leaders and people are walking around with a blissful look on their faces today. The strategy of those who are anti-God, leading this country, is no longer in the shadows, they are establishing a bulkhead in America. The truth that is now manifesting concerning, President Obama, is he stands with the rest of the godless nations of this world, who hate freedom and hate America. The attack of 9/11, was prophetic, it struck the the twin towers, representing the financial strength of America. They imploded and crumbled to the ground. Obama, Pelosi, and Reed have brought legislation forth that is, and is going to so weekend the financial worth of the United States, that it will crumble internally and reduce its financial worth to that of a second rate nation at best. If they and this dialbolical plan is not stopped, the generation of entitlements will produce a dependency that will, wipe out the vision and entrepreneurial spirit that God has blessed this nation’s people with. China, Russia, and the Middle East will rush to our demise. Years of bitter hatred will be unleashed on this country and its economic power. There will be no acknowledgment of the years of aid, and financial support of the US to all the nations of the world. What I am about to say, I say it in the fear of the Lord, not at all in the fear of man. The book of Revelation is so descriptive, and and John validates it in the very beginning of the book. He writes, “the spirit of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” The spirit of anti-christ is the spirit that crucified Jesus. This spirit has been around since the beginning. This has always been behind the demonic spirits of all ages. We have been touched by the spirit of the beast and harlot. The spirit of the harlot came into this nation when Roe vs. Wade was passed in 1973. When women declared that they were gods over their own bodies, and men were relegated to their sensual, beastly desires. There is a picture in chapter 17 of the book Revelation, which describes the reversal of the role of men and woman. She is described as the the mother of harlots, and the abominations of the earth. John sees the judgment of the great harlot system who sits on many waters. Let us see and hear what John did. He that hath a ear let him hear: Here is the description:
1. The first thing we see is the reversal of order in creation: Women given power by Kings,(men of the earth). Do not interpret that this is a chauvinistic statement, it is simply role reversal. The issue in the male and female conflict, which is the ultimate conflict, is not equality, but designed roles. Male and female made He them. This is the real issue of whether God created everything. Nature does not try to redefine itself, creation is not an issue to it. Just men and women, who will not submit to the creative design of our God. Instead of men taking their place in a godly way we have forfeited our place because of our inability to love one woman, instead as is said we succumbed to immorality. Men have been reduced in the eyes of feminist and the spirit of the harlot to beasts. When we as men let our desire for woman loose without godly restraint we are reduced to beasts. We give up our authority and position in creation to the spirit of the beast, we are sensual beings.
2. Harlotry is part of the selling out and paying off of leaders to get their power and keep their place. We witnessed this with the deals, bribes, and behind the scenes payoffs, in back rooms of the capitol buildings in D.C. The buildings were turned into brothels, and whore houses. The spirit of the harlot told men what they wanted to hear, and appealed to the spirit of the beast in them. As I watched Ms. Pelosi, move amongst the spineless men in leadership, and she carried her enlarged gavel, the symbol of her power, interestingly enough dressed in purple, the picture of the harlot riding the beast came to my mind. It is not Obama who lead this, it was her. They are sacrificing the coming generations on the altar of Baal. She must have so many immorality secrets on these men who have been sent up to represent the people, that they are like men who secretly have women on the side, while trying to maintain the image of a faithful husband. She was given power to get what Obama wanted, by immoral and out of order men. I remember her statement concerning her days as the minority whip in the house. “She said she learned to whip, and she still is whipping,” and will continue to do so. What a dominating matrix spirit that prevails over men who have been emasculated. This has been a pattern for ages, Samuel giving his power to Delilah. The blindness that sets into men when they give up their godly manhood. May the women of God answer the call to stand up against the Pelosi’s, Hillaries, and the feminists of our day.
3. The spirit of the harlot is clearly seen in its adornment by kings. She was clothed in the wealth of the nations vs. 4. In purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones, and pearls, having in her hand gold cup full of the abominations and of the unclean things of her immorality. Pelosi represents one of the largest homosexual districts in our nation. She claims to be religious, but does not hold up to even a tiny bit of the truth. She is pro abortion, anti marriage, and hides behind the cause of woman and children to make the policies of her anti-god agenda. She has been prancing around in DC since Sunday as the most powerful, not just woman, but political person there. She has become in a spiritual way the mother of the new transformation of this nation. What is written in the spirit on the great harlot’s forehead, the mother of harlots, and of the abominations of the earth. She is being driven by this spirit. What a picture, the book of revelation has shown us. Jesus hates this spirit, he judges it in the church at Thyatira in chapter 3. Those who adhere to her teachings, and who commit adultery with her, he will send them into great tribulation. He will put her on a bed of sickness, and kill her children. He will give to each one of us according to our deeds. In this John writes the words of Jesus, He that overcomes this spirit, and keeps my deeds, I will give authority over the nations. I want to call to our attention, that this is an issue of authority. Those who are ruled by these unholy spirits of feminism, will have tribulation brought on them by Jesus himself. This is the word to the church. The same authority that He received from the Father. I will give him the morning star. The first light of the day. A prophetic anointing. The spirit of Jezebel in the church and the spirit of the harlot in the world, are one in the same. Both will be judged, and Jesus says we are to overcome it.
4. Her judgment is described in Chapter 18. Fallen is she, she has become a dwelling place of demons and a prison of every unclean spirit, and a prison of every unclean spirit and hateful bird. Bird being a picture of the birds of the air, demons. These god-haters will be judged. All the nations have drank the wine of passion and immorality, and the rulers of the earth have committed acts of immorality with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich by the wealth of her sensuality. Come out of her, that you may not participate in her sins and that you may not receive her plagues. Her sins have piled up as high as heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities. To the degree she glorified herself and lived sensuously to the same degree give her torment and mourning. “For she says in her heart, ‘I sit as queen and I am not a widow and will never see mourning.” But it goes on to say in one hour, after they gave their power to her and in one hour it will come down, in torment, plagues, famine and burning. She will have fallen. For the earth and the people of the earth have a King, Jesus, who has the rite to all of creation, He holds the deed, He sits on the throne forever and ever! Hallelujah!
In closing, the call is to come out from among her! Do not participate in the immorality and the sensuality of her spirit. This does not suggest that we run and hide, or look for escape. But the pattern is Daniel, and the other men that he was joined with. They were in Babylon, but not of Babylon. The beast had been erected and set in the midst, but they did not bow down to it. We are going to continue to see this spirit raise its head again and again. The book of Revelation talks of it continuing to emerge.
“If we are going to sail through the turbulent waters of this age, we have to keep looking past the mutant beasts churning the dark waters of politics and religion. Daniel looked past each beast until he saw the Ancient of Days taking His seat on His throne. Even after that, he kept on looking until he saw the Son of Man – presented to His Eternal Father, the Ancient of Days – taking His seat with His Father.” Glen Roachelle. I might add that, we also are seated in heavenly places, we each one have a seat there. Our seeking of Him and cultivating the presence of God in our lives, is how we continually stay in our place, we are in the world, but not of the world. In His presence, as we take our seat through worshipping Him, Babylon cannot abide in us, this is our refuge and our safety. In Him is fullness of joy, and at His right hand are pleasures forever more. We will not retreat, but will stand and not bow down to your queen, your idols, your decrees, nor your city. For we are not of this world, but we are strangers and aliens, our citizenship is with heaven and our King.
Don’t forget – they are still seated there! Our Lord is ALREADY CROWNED KING. Daniel lived in Babylon, but Babylon didn’t live in Daniel.
I am not saying that that these people are the anti-christ or the great harlot. I am keeping in line with scripture and the pictures given to us in the Word of God. These spirits work through such people. Just as the spirit of the Lord works through His. All of the nations that do not acknowledge the King are destined to this end. Come out from among them, be ye separate. Now unto the King eternal, immortal, and invisible, the only wise God, be
Wednesday November 04th 2009, 3:36 pm
Filed under: Costa Rica
Dear saints, we are so blessed to see our brothers in Costa Rica moving towards a facility to minister in San Jose. Brother Hugo Zelaya and his family have been ministering there for some 40 years. We have had the privilege of knowing and co laboring with him for some 35 years. He has been a faithful friend and brother, and we love he and Alice very much. The Lord has given us the privilege of being a part of this ministry, and helped us help them to secure the land for this facility. The Lord be glorified, and may His Kingdom be increased through our brothers there.[nggallery id=2]
For the last fifteen years while traveling to Russia and the Middle East, I have observed firsthand the reality presented in this video. When I fly through the airports in Europe, I have been constantly amazed at the number of Muslim families that travel between the Middle East and Europe. For years it was rare to see Muslim travelers, especially women and children. But in the last fifteen years the prevalence of this people seen with whole families traveling has been astounding.
When I first began to travel to the Middle East, planes were not even half full. Now, in the last four to five years, they are packed. I have to book travel weeks in advance, because seats on planes are hard to come by. Rarely is there even one seat, no matter what class you fly. I have also seen an increase in the number of children flying. I have been on flights where a fourth of the passengers are children. During my trips just this year, I have seen families up to six and eight flying into Paris and Amsterdam. This year the Netherlands issued their first Islamic stamp for their postal system. It is not unusual to be walking through the airports during Islamic prayer times and see Muslims paired off in corners bowing and praying to Allah.
The evangelization through being fruitful and multiplying has begun. The Islamic Law, found in the Koran, is strictly adhered to and followed. Make no mistake; there is no room for moderation, much less grace, in this way of life.
I have grown increasingly concerned with Christians embracing some kind of mixture of Islam and Christianity. This is light and darkness. Jesus said darkness cannot comprehend the light.
Just recently, during the United Nations General Assembly, we witnessed for possibly the first time in history that the three major speakers all had Islamic roots: Kadafi, Ahmadinejad, and Barack Hussein Obama. We see alliances being forged with Iran and Venezuela. Recently there was an uprising and clash between Muslims and the Chinese government and close to half of the Russian parliament is Muslim. As you will see in this video, 40% of the Russian Army is Islamic. All the former satellite countries in the eastern part of the former Soviet Union are Islamic.
As we have traveled and ministered in South Lebanon, we are always amazed at the number of children we see time and time again as we move from house to house. Khomeini sent hundreds of couples into South Lebanon in the 70’s and 80’s to populate and seal off Israel on their northern border. Iran has poured millions in financial resources to establish these families there. They are subsidized in housing, business, and so much per child. Consequently, having children is an economic benefit. In fact, the larger the family the more the subsidy.
Iran, through Hezbollah, has not only populated the South, but has taken over economically and politically. The realization that terrorist attacks were giving Israel reason to retaliate and the destruction of so much infrastructure in the South during the last war has brought about a season of calm. The leaders of Hezbollah have the political foothold they now need to continue to become power brokers in the Middle East. These enemies of the Most High God are not only surrounding Israel, but are building a buffer zone so that weapons and armies one day can move.
Lebanon is a prime example of what is happening in the West. Its nationalism has been destroyed and it has been evangelized by Iran. Hezbollah are Khomeini’s disciples. One interesting change that has taken place is that all of Lebanon and its businesses must acknowledge Islamic holidays; in some instances even closing down. In one of my trips in November and December of last year the Islamic people were celebrating during Christmas with their own holidays. They even decorated trees. Not in the tradition of our Christmas, but substituting their own.
Today as we awoke from our sleep, an astonishing event unfolded. Barack Hussein Obama received one of the most prestigious honors that the world can bestow upon someone: The Nobel Peace Prize. This acknowledgment is not for any great accomplishment for peace, but for nine months of rhetoric that tickles the ears of the world. Just a few weeks ago we heard Moammar Kadafi declare, from the podium of the United Nations, Barack Hussein Obama as a son of Islam. Events in the last few weeks, including England setting free Libya’s national hero who brought down the Pan Am flight over Lockerbie, have ushered in this pseudo hope for peace that is now galvanizing the world.
The prophetic word of the Lord in the book of Daniel that has been sealed up for this time is being revealed. We can see, as this video is declaring, the European Common Market – its nations being influenced by the Islamic populations – bringing Europe to turn against Israel. With the weakening of the moral fabric of the United States and its currency the shift of power has begun. Just this week, the dollar is being sold out because of our failure to stand as a Nation under God. A nation’s currency value is in direct proportion to its moral values.
Peace at any price and those who oppose it will pay a price with their own way of life – even their own lives. Men will cry, “Peace, peace” then sudden destruction will come.
In the last two years we have seen the Nobel Peace Prize glorifying a lie – global warming – propagated by Al Gore, and now inspirational rhetoric of hope, declared by Barack Hussein Obama.
As our Lord’s return draws nigh, we must be ever watching and declaring the blessed hope of this glorious event and the culmination of our hope in Him. False hope, which is entrenched in the Adamic nature of man and his ability to bring about change apart from God, is upon us. But God, in His richest mercy, rules and reigns in the affairs of men. Maranatha.
At various times you run across incredible stories of reality, that bring things into a undeniable perspective. This was called to my attention, and I was so impacted by it. As many of you know I spend a lot of time in Lebanon ministering to believers and unbelievers alike. The middle east has been on my heart since 1993, when I had the privilege of baptizing a young Lebanese brother in Moscow, in the old KGB headquarters. They had turned it into a hotel, and I stayed there when I could. Great bath tubs, 7 ft. long. In the winter, we baptized many brothers and sisters, because it was like having a room with a baptismal They were long and deep. Also, that was the one place you could get hot water on a continual basis. They still brought in dignitaries, and military officials to stay, but opened it up to foreigners. It was a very surreal, but victorious feeling. This is where my relationship with Ziad Azan had begun. He was a tremendous young believer, and had such zeal for the Lord. In 1994 he went back to Beruit to visit his family, and lead 20 some odd to the Lord. It was at that time I was invited to go to Lebanon, and thus began my relationship with the Middle East. At that time the USA had no diplomatic relations with Lebanon, of course, because of the Marine barracks bombing, by what is now known as the Hezbollah. Nonetheless, the Azan family, being very influential, was able at anytime get me a visa through the embassy, and I was able to go to Lebanon without any interference, because of my relationship with this great family, I have had an open door for all this time. This forward describes the plight of many Lebanese for years, and this morning I was once again was moved by the Father’s love for these great believers. I look forward to going back soon. Pray for Michel and Nuna Matar. May the Lord continue to keep us in the new reality of things, that we might meet it head on with an ever increasing faith. Glory to God and His Son, the King Jesus!
PLEASE READ FOR YOUR AND YOUR FAMILIES’ SAKE! We can not fix it but God can!
Below are selected excerpts from Brigitte Gabriella’s speech delivered at the intelligence summit in Washington DC.
We gather here today to share information and knowledge. Intelligence is not merely cold hard data about numerical strength or armament or disposition of military forces. The most important element of intelligence has to be understanding the mindset and intention of the enemy. The west has been wallowing in a state of ignorance and denial for thirty years as Muslim extremist perpetrated evil against innocent victims in the name of Allah.
I was ten years old when my home exploded around me, burying me under the rubble and leaving me to drink my blood to survive, as the perpetrators shouted, “Allah Akbar!” My only crime was that I was a Christian living in a Christian town. At 10 years old, I learned the meaning of the word “infidel.” I had a crash course in survival. Not in the girl scouts, but in a bomb shelter where I lived for seven years in pitch darkness, freezing cold, drinking stale water and eating grass to live. At the age of 13, I dressed in my burial clothes going to bed at night, waiting to be slaughtered. By the age of 20, I had buried most of my friends–killed by Muslims. We were not Americans living in New York, or Britons in London. We were Arab Christians living in Lebanon.
As a victim of Islamic terror, I was amazed when I saw Americans waking up on September 12, 2001, and asking themselves “why do they hate us?” The psychoanalyst experts were coming up with all sort of excuses as to what did we do to offend the Muslim world. But if America and the west were paying attention to the Middle East they would not have had to ask the question. Simply put, they hate us because we are defined in their eyes by one simple word: “infidels.”
Under the banner of Islam “La, ilaha illa Allah, Muhammad rasoulu Allah,” (none is god except Allah; Muhammad is the messenger of Allah) they murdered Jewish children in Israel, massacred Christians in Lebanon, killed Copts in Egypt, Assyrians in Syria, Hindus in India, and expelled almost 900,000 Jews from Muslim lands. We Middle Eastern infidels paid the price then. Now infidels worldwide are paying the price for indifference and shortsightedness.
Tolerating evil is a crime. Appeasing murderers doesn’t buy protection. It earns one disrespect and loathing in the enemy’s eyes. Yet apathy is the weapon by which the west is committing suicide. Political correctness forms the shackles around our ankles, by which Islamists are leading us to our demise.
America and the west are doomed to failure in this war unless they stand up and identify the real enemy: Islam. You hear about Wakaba and Salafi Islam as the only extreme form of Islam. All the other Muslims, supposedly, are wonderful moderates. Closer to the truth are the pictures of the irrational eruption of violence in reaction to the cartoons of Mohammed printed by a Danish newspaper. From burning embassies, to calls to butcher those who mock Islam, to warnings that the west be prepared for another holocaust, those pictures have given us a glimpse into the real face of the enemy. News pictures and video of these events represent a canvas of hate decorated by different nationalities who share one common ideology of hate, bigotry and intolerance derived from one source: authentic Islam. An Islam that is awakening from centuries of slumber to re-ignite its wrath against the infidel and dominate the world. An Islam which has declared “INTIFADA” on the west.
America and the west can no longer afford to lay in their lazy state of overweight ignorance. The consequences of this mental disease are starting to attack the body, and if they don’t take the necessary steps now to control it, death will be knocking soon. If you want to understand the nature of the enemy we face, visualize a tapestry of snakes. They slither and they hiss, and they would eat each other alive, but they will unite in a hideous mass to achieve their common goal of imposing Islam on the world. This is the ugly face of the enemy we are fighting. We are fighting a powerful ideology that is capable of altering basic human instincts. An ideology that can turn a mother into a launching pad of death. A perfect example is a recently elected Hamas official in the Palestinian territories who raves in heavenly joy about sending her three sons to death and offering the ones who are still alive for the cause. It is an ideology that is capable of offering highly educated individuals, such as doctors and lawyers far more joy in attaining death than any respect and stature life in society is ever capable of giving them.
The United States has been a prime target for radical Islamic hatred and terror. Every Friday, mosques in the Middle East ring with shrill prayers and monotonous chants calling death, destruction, and damnation down on America and its people. The radical Islamist deeds have been as vile as their words. Since the Iran hostage crisis, more than three thousand Americans have died in a terror campaign almost unprecedented in its calculated cruelty along with thousands of other citizens worldwide. Even the Nazis did not turn their own children into human bombs, and then rejoice at their deaths as well the deaths of their victims. This intentional, indiscriminate and wholesale murder of innocent American citizens is justified and glorified in the name of Islam.
America cannot effectively defend itself in this war unless and until the American people understand the nature of the enemy that we face. Even after 9/11 there are those who say that we must engage our terrorist enemies, that we must address their grievances. Their grievance is our freedom of religion.. Their grievance is our freedom of speech. Their grievance is our democratic process where the rule of law comes from the voices of many not that of just one prophet. It is the respect we instill in our children towards all religions. It is the equality we grant each other as human beings sharing a planet and striving to make the world a better place for all humanity. Their grievance is the kindness and respect a man shows a woman, the justice we practice as equals under the law, and the mercy we grant our enemy. Their grievance cannot be answered by an apology for who or what we are.
Our mediocre attitude of not confronting Islamic forces of bigotry and hatred wherever they raised their ugly head in the last 30 years, has empowered and strengthened our enemy to launch a full scale attack on the very freedoms we cherish in their effort to impose their values and way of life on our civilization.
If we don’t wake up and challenge our Muslim community to take action against the terrorists within it, if we don’t believe in ourselves as Americans and in the standards we should hold every patriotic American to, we are going to pay a price for our delusion. For the sake of our children and our country, we must wake up and take action. In the face of a torrent of hateful invective and terrorist murder, America’s learning curve since the Iran hostage crisis is so shallow that it is almost flat. The longer we lay supine, the more difficult it will be to stand erect.
Brigitte Gabriel is an expert on t he middle east conflict and lectures nationally and internationally on the subject. She’s the former news anchor of world news for Middle East television and the founder of americancongressfortruth.com