This is so awful, I simply link.
And invite us to ponder in that light this global intent of the Jihadists:
(NB: I first saw this map on 9-11, as I tried to make better sense of what was happening that awful day. Notice some of the claimed parts of today, and the after 100 years inset. If your experience is at all typical, ask yourself why you have never heard a serious and informed discussion of this in church, on radio, on TV, in the regional or international mainstream, major media. Then, ponder again the first linked.)
Scripture -- after that contemplation of what our brothers and sisters and their children are suffering at the hands of the hateful, we need the rest and restoration of scripture:
Matt 24:3 As he sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” 4 And Jesus answered them, “See that no one leads you astray. 5 For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will lead many astray. 6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are but the beginning of the birth pains.
9 “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for my name's sake. 10 And then many will fall away[a] and betray one another and hate one another. 11 And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. 12 And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But the one who endures to the end will be saved.
14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.
Rev 12:7 Now war arose in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon. And the dragon and his angels fought back, 8 but he was defeated, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven.
9 And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. 10 And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers[a] has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God.
11 And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death.
12 Therefore, rejoice, O heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to you, O earth and sea, for the devil has come down to you in great wrath, because he knows that his time is short!”
Eph 2: 1 And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— 3 among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body[a] and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.[b]
4 But[c] God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— 6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.It is high time that we woke up to the horrendous realities of our day.
8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
As a start, let us pray for our suffering brothers, our suffering sisters and their children.
And, we need to hold major media houses, governments, their leaders and international agencies to account for their silence -- beyond a point, silence is complicity -- and continued inaction in the face of a mounting holocaust.
At the least, Mr Putin has been doing something, whatever his other motives are.
The blood of the martyrs and confessors cries out from the ground to heaven even as did the blood of Abel.
For surely, if anything is a crime against humanity, this is. END
PS: A video lecture we need to listen to, in light of the already linked:
The history behind that -- the conquest of India . . . what you don't hear in the media:
The media manipulation game in the information battle-space -- and no, I do not apologise for hosting a warning by Pam Geller: