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On Tuesday, March 22, an ISIS attack at the Brussels international airport and at a metro station killed or injured more than 330 people (Wall Street Journal, March 23, 2016). “The coordinated assault triggered security alerts across Europe and drew global expressions of support, four days after Brussels police had captured the prime surviving suspect in Islamic State’s attacks on Paris last November” (Reuters, March 23, 2016). ISIS promised “the crusader alliance… will have black days in return for their aggression against the Islamic State” (ibid.). “In a joint statement, the EU heads of state and government and the leaders of the EU institutions said they would be ‘united and firm in the fight against hatred, violent extremism and terrorism’” (EU Observer, March 22, 2016). Others recommend the EU “should go all the way” to form “a unified security and defence structure” (EU Observer, March 23, 2016). Tuesday’s attacks struck at the heart of the EU, and the carnage created by ISIS promises to push some EU nations to further arm and band together.
Christians should pray for those who are suffering and for Christ’s rapid return to establish real peace on earth (Matthew 6:10). These attacks and the subsequent European response are important to watch as we approach the end of this age. Bible prophecies indicate that a group of European nations will come together to form the “king of the north” (Daniel 11:40-43) and the “beast” described in Revelation 17:3, 11-12), and that God will use these events to fulfill His age-old prophecies, proving once again that He is God and the dreams that Daniel explained are “certain” and their “interpretation is sure” (Daniel 2:45). For more in the fulfillment of end-time prophecies, be sure to read or listen to Prophecy Fulfilled: God’s Hand in World Affairs.