History has a way of remembering periods of time in the past. Whether you are referring to the Dark Ages, Age of Enlightenment or Age of Exploration, events influence and shape historical accounts. If the trends of recent terrorist attacks continue, then this world may now be experiencing the Age of Terror.
The angel of the LORD also said to her: “You are now pregnant and you will give birth to a son. You shall name him Ishmael, for the LORD has heard of your misery, Genesis 16:11.
Following the aftermath of 9/11, the drama series West Wing created an episode to explain why terrorism exists. At the beginning of their special presentation entitled Isaac and Ishmael, each star appeared on camera, saying a few words, taking a temporary break from their normal programming. As the cast endures a fictional crisis, their conclusion reveals terrorism was conceived when Hagar and Ishmael were abandoned by Sarah and Abraham.
Ishmael will be a wild donkey of a man; his hand will be against everyone and everyone’s hand against him, and he will live in hostility toward all his brothers,” Genesis 16:12.
Whenever the next act of terror takes place, Cable News networks will bring out their panel of experts, trying to shed light on how or why an act took place. Some of these individuals may even provide fascinating insights. Nonetheless, when everything is said and done, the root of terrorism lies in the fulfillment of Genesis 16:12. The word brothers refers to Israel, yet in modern terms applies to Christians as well. Thus, Ishmael, the father of Arab nations continues his hostility toward the brothers of Israel. May God have mercy on us all as the Age of Terror has arrived.
by Jay Mankus