Prophetic undertones flow with increasing swiftness just beneath the surface of civility in America. That stream has surfaced in many places around the world and is coming at us. We can sense it; we can see it in news reports and hear it in the constant punditry that tries to analyze its nature and future course.
Two specific prophecies come to mind to form sort of one conclusion–at least, in my thoughts–when considering some particular reports I’ve gotten through both normal news services and in private briefing.
The prophecies to which I refer are the following:
“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be…fierce…” (2 Timothy 3:1-2, 3).
“And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?” (Revelation 13:4).
There is a term that has long been familiar to most of us. It is most often used to brand one person or the other as acting alone, and usually has derogatory connotation. The term implies, for example, that a perpetrator of a robbery acted alone.
The term is “lone wolf.” The perpetrator, we say, is a “lone wolf,” in such cases.
It is an appropriate term in those instances. The wolf is feared in the wild as a predatory animal. Wolves are beasts. They more often than not hunt and do their predatory killings in packs. The “lone wolf” in nature is usually one that is separated from the pack for one cause or another. He does his killing–his nefarious activity–as a solitary, individual beast.
In the case of the actual animals, the wolves, they do what comes naturally and haven’t the conceptual level of functioning to know better. As a matter of fact, since the Fall of man in the Garden of Eden, they have no choice but to act the way they do in order to survive. They are hungry; they kill.
There is another sort of beast, and this is that sort to which the prophecies mentioned above relate–to which today’s punditry more and more refers in analyzing reports from the Middle East.
I was listening to some such punditry one morning when a so-called “expert” on the Middle East was asked by the morning show host what he meant by using the term “lone rat.” The guest was referring to those individual terrorists sent out from ISIS–or urged by ISIS–to go to families’ residences in America and slaughter the family members. Those to be murdered and beheaded are family members of the Americans in the region–especially family members of American soldiers–who are assisting in any way in opposing the ISIS butchers.
News media types use the term “lone wolves,” but the “expert” was calling them “lone rats,” because the wolf is a noble animal compared to the likes of the murdering thugs of radical Islam.
The information from the daily briefing I receive read at the time:
U.S. Army Soldiers and their families were warned that ISIL called on its followers in the U.S. to use social media to “find the addresses of service members, show up [at their homes] and slaughter them,” according to the Army Threat Integration Center (ARTIC). “ISIL has called on lone offenders in the U.S. to use the ‘yellow pages,’ social media sites like Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter to find the addresses,” states the ARTIC published Sept. 25. 
With the current open-borders policy that calls it a politically incorrect matter to profile those, or even oppose their entering the nation illegally, our article title is, tragically, quite appropriate. Actually it is a little weak as a title. The title “Beast Spirit among Us” might have been more correctly put, “Beasts among Us.”
I have long been bent toward not accepting the conspiratorial rants that say terrorists are now sitting in every city ready to set off suitcase nukes. And, I still think that sort of hyperbole is counterproductive. But, with our formerly porous borders and what went on in the Obama Administration, with thousands daily pouring into the nation with no checks whatsoever–including no health checks–I’m looking at the words of the conspiracy-laden rants with just a bit more concern. We must wonder what kind of deadly plotters are among us.
The apostle Paul, in his “perilous times” prophecy, said that men in the very last days will be ”fierce” (KJV). Even that term is looking mild, when we consider the YouTube videos of the beheadings carried on by the beasts in the Middle East. We remember the lone rat who beheaded a person in America’s heartland and about another such rat who was jailed for threatening to do the same.
The Antichrist is termed a “beast” in Revelation 13. Certainly, the Antichrist spirit is right here, right now–not only in Syria, Iraq, and those regions, but here in our midst. The deadly beasts this spirit spawns are likely still scurrying through our borders, while the party of resistance prefers that we look the other way, hoping to create political advantage through adding new voters to their side.
The president of the United States promises upon his oath of office to protect and defend the Constitution of this nation. Within that Constitution is the responsibility to provide for the common defense. To fail to live up to that oath is to invite impeachment. The former president failed in this duty. Thankfully, the president holder of that office is doing all within his power as president to see the people of America are protected. God’s Word, the Holy Bible, puts it in even stronger terminology, and uses a word even the Islamist terrorists understand very well, as we know:
“But if any provide not for his own, and especially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel” (1 Timothy 5:8).