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The Sword of Allah.

Matthew 26:52 Then said Jesus unto him: “Put up again thy sword into its place:
for all they that take the sword shall perish by the sword”.

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The great Albert Einstein once said: “Two things are infinite: the universe, and human stupidity... and I'm not so sure about the former”. When waging war, it is generally not considered a very good idea to take on more enemies at a time than one can actually handle. Certainly, when already fighting a hard and deadly-embittered battle against the whole world, the last thing one might want to do is adding God to that dreadful list, by arousing His anger through something utterly and completely unforgivable, like blowing up the eternal resting places of His most-beloved servants: Saints, Prophets, Patriarchs, and Martyrs... such as Seth, Jonah, and George, for instance. The latter needs almost no introduction: also known as the Victory-Bearer, the “Green Saint” -as pious Muslims like to call him- has aided countless times the Christian armies in their battle against the invaders. Thus, Stephen the Great, the King of Moldavia, who reigned for almost fifty years and fought over forty battles against the Ottoman Turks, build just as many churches and monasteries -one after each such victory- spread over the entire land, and dedicated to the Great Martyr as a sign of gratitude for helping him withstand their force on the battle field. Another military saint, Mercurius, is credited with obliterating Julian the Apostate, and ending the persecution against the Christians, when, during a prayer-service held by Saint Basil the Great in the Church of the Mother of God, his icon completely vanished from the wall where it was painted, only to reappear at a later time, after a certain number of minutes, with the tip of his spear blood-red, shocking the congregation, who marked the hour the wonder took place. Later, they found out that the tyrant perished at precisely the same time. Islam may be a religion of peace... but Christianity certainly isn’t one. As far as the Prophets are concerned, we know from the Israeliad that when Judah Maccabeus fought against the Romans who invaded Jerusalem, a vision of the Holy Prophet Jeremiah appeared to the High Priest Onias, holding a golden sword in his hands, and proclaiming victory to the Jews (2 Maccabees 15:12-16). Why anyone would want to incur the wrath of God’s Saints and that of their Master against oneself is beyond my feeble power of comprehension... Even the most powerful of enemies are still human, and their power is limited... Even the greatest countries sometimes lose wars (we all recall what happened to the Americans in ‘Nam)... but God is great, and cannot be mocked:

2 Chronicles 36:16 But they mocked the messengers of God, and despised his words, and misused his prophets, until the wrath of the Lord arose against his people, till there was no remedy.

Galatians 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

Roman history still remembers the name of a general, who, after losing a battle, commanded his soldiers to aim their bows at the heavens, and shoot at the gods... Their arrows fell down on their heads, killing all of them. People all over the world shudder in fear as news agencies report the Islamic State’s continuous increase in money and armament... Oh, what short memories they possess! Weren’t the dinosaurs also high and mighty, until God smote them all in the head with a meteor, wiping out their entire race from the face of the world, as if they never even existed ? Wasn’t Russia and all of Eastern Europe held captive for over fifty years under the unbearable yoke of communism, which also sought to destroy all churches and monasteries, dedicated to God and His Saints, much like the so-called “Islamic” State is currently trying to do to the churches and mosques dedicated to God’s Prophets and Martyrs ? Their story did not end very well... did it ? Almost all of the 114 Qur’anic Suras have somewhere in their beginning the words “In the Name of God, the Gracious, the Merciful, the Lord of the Day of Judgment”... Judgment is indeed coming soon upon them, who dared disturb the sleep of the righteous, whose souls are in the hands of God, where evil does not touch them. They sealed their fate the moment they rose up to smite against the holy places, and lay them to waste. Their misdeeds have reached the heavens: But God is great, and He does not sit idle, nor let evil go unpunished:

Jude 1:9 Yet Michael the Archangel, when contending with the Devil he disputed about the body of Moses, dared not bring against him a railing accusation, but said: “The Lord rebuke thee !”