A great Christian militia has arisen out of the deathly depths of Mosul. Guided by the Spirit, and governed under the eyes of the holy law engraved upon their hearts, they have taken up arms to fight against the wicked demons, that is, ISIS.
They call themselves “The Waraka Democtratic List,” which represents the Christian component in Iraq. They issued a statement pointing out that after the fall of the towns and cities of Mosul and Nineveh that “it is the duty of the Christians to contribution to the defense” for their territories, and called on the central government to “equip and supply and train and the allocation for the necessary means to help the implementation of this noble goal, “referring to calls for the government in Iraq for volunteers to confront the ISIS.”
They are led by one Faris Yousef, and they sent out a statement calling on all Christian youths to take up arms, and with pious zeal and the flames of divine love and mercy, crush and uproot ISIS, calling upon even the angels of Heaven for their intercession:
After the tragedy of the fall of the city of Mosul in the hands of ISIS criminal gangs, and the displacement of our people to the cities, villages and towns in the Nineveh Plain, and other areas of Iraq’s Kurdistan region in the provinces of Arbil and Dohuk, It should be on us and on our people of the Christian to contribute to the defense of our villages and towns in the Nineveh Province, in order to show the whole world that we are committed to our land and are ready to sacrifice our precious lives for our land and for our fathers and grandfathers in the Nineveh Province. It is our national willingness to sacrifice and fight for the Iraqi people.
We call on the central government and the Kurdistan Regional Government to enable young people to realize that, especially in the field of processing, logistics, training and the allocation of the Angels needed to help the implementation of this noble goal in defense of the unity of Iraq and its people and repel the attack against Daash… Therefore, we call upon our Christian youth to volunteer for this noble task and to show the true metal of our heroes. Long live Iraq.
And no doubt is it justifiable, and worthy of praise, to call upon angels for protection in battle, for “The chariots of God are tens of thousands and thousands of thousands” (Psalm 68:17), and “The angel of the LORD encamps round about them that fear him, and delivers them.” (Psalm 34:7)
The saints in Nigeria have been butchered by the thousands under the hands of the Muslim devils, and there is a growing rise of Christian militias, modern day crusaders who desire to defend the Faith through arms, as the prophet Nehemiah established a militia to protect the Hebrews from the heathens. Righteous anger against the Muslims has become so vibrant, that there is even a growing vexation for when people say, “Vengeance is mine saith the Lord” in order to vindicate waiting for God’s miraculous intervention as opposed to actually fighting. As one church leader in Nigeria recently said:
It is a trend, that is building up, gradually — it is becoming gradually unpopular to say that vengeance belongs to God
Those who quote Romans 12:19, “Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord”, in order to justify passive resistance, do so with a fragmented theological construction, that ignores what St. Paul wrote in the subsequent chapter, Romans 13, that a ruler “beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.” (Romans 13:4)
While vengeance does belong to God, that same vengeance can be executed through human hands. King David said, “O God, to whom vengeance belongeth” (Psalm 94:1) and this same holy king did not hesitate to fulfill this vengeance when he defeated the Ammonites, and “cut them with saws, and with harrows of iron, and with axes.” (1 Chronicles 20:3)
The Lord said, “I will punish Amalek” (1 Samuel 15:2), and he used the Hebrews to carry out this mission. For He declared, through the mouth of Samuel,
Now go and attack Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and do not spare them. But kill both man and woman, infant and nursing child, ox and sheep, camel and donkey. (1 Samuel 15:3)
And when Saul failed to carry out this divine vengeance upon the Ammonite king Agag, the priest Samuel took it upon himself to execute God’s wrath, and “hacked Agag in pieces before the Lord in Gilgal.” (1 Samuel 15:33)
The holy warriors, are the scourge of God.
Within the Christian Spirit, the Holy Cross is not just a symbol, but a weapon to which we connect our souls, and which we uphold, to take part in that battle that Christ had with Belial and his demons upon the mountain of the skull.
The King of Heaven looked upon Job’s accuser, and utterly obliterated his works, and in so doing did He show us the true path of light, upon which the warriors of holiness walk as they march into the fields of darkness, to burn it utterly, and smite the minions of Satan with the flames of the Sword of God through the strength of the Sword of Gideon.
In the Scriptures we read that the Hebrews, under the command of Joshua, “conquered the whole region” of the heathen Canaanites, and “completely destroyed every living being, as the LORD, the God of Israel, had commanded.” (Joshua 10:40) And in such a profound articulation, the holy warrior David proclaims that God “smote great nations, and slew mighty kings; Sihon king of the Amorites, and Og king of Bashan, and all the kingdoms of Canaan: And gave their land for an heritage, an heritage unto Israel his people.” (Pslam 145:10-12)
The Spirit of God, being within us, uses us to destroy the works of darkness, in that by taking up our cross, we partake in the eternal struggle between light and darkness. When the saints conquer, God conquers. By becoming one with the Creator, the saint becomes the weapon of God, “to execute vengeance upon the heathen” (Pslam 149:7).
Through the cross Satan strived to destroy the Son of God, but it was by this same wood that the Savior of humanity crushed the head of the serpent, the slithering creature who said, “You can be as gods.” And now, in our own time, man has not escaped from the contagion of this despotic idea.
The Muslims in Iraq turgidly boast as they hold their scimitars, in defiance of Heaven, soaked with the blood of Christians. In their own minds they believe they are doing God a service, but in their hearts they cry out with the serpent, “I am god!”
But lo, there is the saint, carrying his cross to partake in the cosmic war that commenced so profoundly upon the mountain of the skull. When the saint takes up his cross, he joins Christ, Captain of all Crusaders and Holy Knights. His spirit joins the Spirit of God, and the Almighty uses him as His scourge. Hence the Lord says, “Ephraim also is the strength of mine head” (Psalm 60:7).
But in holy war there is always a sacred objective, and that is to defend and advance the divine law, and thus the Scripture says, “Judah is my lawgiver” (Psalm 60:7), that is “the Lion of the tribe of Judah” (Revelation 5:5), Christ, being the Eternal Word of God, is the One by Whom the Spirit of God wrote the Law of Heaven in our hearts, and it is for this Law that we both protect and advance the true path.
The crusaders of old once dreamt a dream, that the holy city, Jerusalem, will be in the hands of holy warriors and indomitable priests, and not the conniving claws of the heathen Muslims. One warrior poet from the Middle Ages:
Gentlemen, it is because of our sins
that the Saracen’s strength increases:
the Saladin has taken Jerusalem
and it still hasn’t been recovered;
then the king of Morocco makes it known
that he’ll fight all Christian
kings together with his wicked
Andalusian and Arabs,
armed against the faith in Christ.
Jesus Christ, who preached to us
so that our end would be good,
shows us what the straight path is:
for through penitence the sin
that descends from Adam is forgiven.
And he wants to make us certain and assured,
if we believe him, he’ll place us
among the chosen, and he’ll be our guide
against the treacherous, wretched felons.
And soon shall this dream become as real as the tears which fall from the eyes of the oppressed. From a nightmare shall the saints awaken to the most real of hopes: the Kingdom of Heaven established over the City of Babel.
It is through the Spirit of God that the faithful crusaders, bearers of the sword of the Holy Cross, fight for victory over the heathens and the false prophets. For the Scriptures say,
Who will bring me into the strong city? who will lead me into Edom?
Wilt not thou, O God, which hadst cast us off? and thou, O God, which didst not go out with our armies?
Give us help from trouble: for vain is the help of man.
Through God we shall do valiantly: for he it is that shall tread down our enemies. (Psalm 60:9-12)
And now the sons of Edom, the Muslims, do wrongly and cruelly against the sons of God. The puddles of sacred blood lie upon the torrid sand, under the scorching sun, and a silent heaven, crying “unto me from the ground.” (Genesis 4:9)
“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.” (Psalm 116:15) The blood of Christ is most precious, being slain by the spear, the nails, the thorns, the toils and the crucifixion, and thus the blood of his children, dripping from the scimitars of Satan, is glorious, for they are imitators of Christ on the cross.
But the day shall come, when the Timeless Candle of Justice, “the bright morning star” (Revelation 22:16), Who sits beyond the realm of the finite luminaries, and within the limitless universe of eternal love, shall eclipse the hallow shadows of murky devils. The darkness will be dispersed by the swift footed rays of the Eternal Word, and the cries of the saints in Heaven, “O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?” (Revelation 6:10), shall be answered.
By Walid Shoebat and Theodore Shoebat