A Most Unsettling Trend: Christians Rejoicing in ISIS

This is a guest post by Bo Gardiner, the nom de plume of a Virginia-based environmental professional, naturalist (in both senses of the word), writer and humanist activist. She blogs at Under the Greenwood Tree.

Charisma News is praising a video in which families of murdered Egyptian Christian Copts thank ISIS for making martyrs of their loved ones. In it, a smiling man named Beshir who just lost two brothers to ISIS chats with an audience and callers:

Beshir: ISIS gave us more than we asked… ISIS strengthened our faith… I thank ISIS because they didn’t cut the audio when they screamed declaring their faith. Believe me when I tell you that the people here are happy and congratulating one another. They are not in a state of grief but congratulating one another for having so many from our village die as martyrs.

Caller: Today I was having a chat with my mother asking her what she would do if she an ISIS member on the street… She said she would invite him home because he helped us enter the kingdom of heaven.

Beshir: How beautiful!

Caller: I asked her what will you do if you see those ISIS members passing on the street and I told you ‘That’s the man who slayed your son.’ She said “I will ask for God to open his eyes and ask him into our house because he helped us enter the kingdom of God!

Meanwhile in the U.S., Franklin Graham, son of iconic evangelist Billy Graham, is finding a massive response among American Christians with the announcement that ISIS has triggered biblical Armageddon and the triumph of Christianity. One of his Facebook posts on the matter has already received nearly 150,000 likes and over 40,000 shares:

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The evil of ISIS really shouldn’t shock us — it is fully in keeping with their ultimate agenda of hastening a final apocalypse. God’s Word tells us that there will be a final battle one day, but it will result in the defeat of Satan and all those allied with him. One thing is for sure — one day every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Franklin’s statement reverberated throughout Christian media. Thousands of ecstatic replies on Graham’s Facebook page reveal that many Christians are thrilled by the drama brought by ISIS. Below you see them celebrating the apocalypse they believe ISIS is bringing them. The consistency of a few popular themes is striking; I’ve left in just some of the endless repetition to show the odd uniformity in rhetoric. Hundreds simply say “Hallelujah!” and “Amen!”

Thrilled and Excited Over a Great Battle to Come

  • Amen, we know the day would come and it’s here!!!
  • Amen!!! Praise God…thru Christ we have the victory! Our brothers, the Coptic Christians that were beheaded for their faith in Jesus, are now in the arms of Jesus in Heaven!
  • Amen, the second coming of Jesus is near. All Christians rejoice.
  • Yes, Rev. Graham, they are trying to accelerate the Apocalypse… although we know how the story ends… Amen.
  • Have been to Israel, have seen the valley in which this final battle will take place , true not vacant , beautiful fertile fields as far as the eyes can see… Awesome just awesome….
  • With each event that happens my mind thinks how close we are to the coming of the Lord… and hearing the trumpet sound, that its time to go home.
  • ISIS just doesn’t know they they are laying out the red carpet for my Jesus.
  • Amen and these are truly exciting times, to know that soon we shall behold his glory.
  • You are so right. We are staring the end times in the face. Very exciting!
  • Amen.. time to make sure of having extra oil.. exciting times.
  • YESSSSSS.
  • My spirit is just singing and lifted up… Thanks for the boost today. :)
  • So true and praise the Lord for that Great Day that is coming!!
  • Let not your heart be troubled for when you see these things come about look up for your redemption draweth nigh.
  • I’m looking forward to that!! :)
  • –Me too! I just get SO excited to see that.
  • So why should we worry? Our calling is to go.
  • Woohoo and AMEN!
  • Ok now that gave me holy goose bumps. To look in the skies and HIM in his glory. Pray worship and praise.
  • I’m with you Franklin. We will soon be with the Lord. What a wonderful day that will be.
  • Amen, amen and amen!!!!!
  • What an awesome sight that will be to see God and His Son, Jesus Christ, be given the honor and glory They so deserve!
  • My favorite chapter is Revelations ! I think The Lord has been building his army daily n think my Son will be part of it as well as the true believers ! What a fight it will be!!!!!
  • Amen! Brings tears of joy to my eyes to know the end of the story!
  • YES!!!!!!! YES!!!!!!!!!!!! YES!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Its all coming to pass. Its all there in the bible. Praise God!!
  • HALLELUJAH!!!!!
  • WooHoo!!! Amen!! No one can change His story. He wrote the book and in the end…we win! Praise God!!!
  • Oh what a day that will be!
  • Couldn’t agree more, the current world situation simply means Christ return will be VERY soon.
  • Won’t that be a grand and glorious day!!
  • Revelation is coming to pass!! Praise God!!
  • Amen! Hallelujah! PRAISE GOD for His faithful promises.
  • Thank You Jesus, thank You Lord!!!
  • Just had an amazing winter conference last Sunday at the Clarissa Bible Church… The events leading up to the rapture were discussed as well as the tribulation, and the final battle– the defeat of satan. Then the amazing home we will have in heaven… Makes me look forward to the rapture even more…
  • For those who have not been to Israel, there is a giant field waiting for the battle of Armageddon!!!! I was shocked by the large amount of “vacant land” just sitting there “waiting”! Believe on The Lord Jesus Christ!
  • The glorious day when we see the Lord coming! Praise His holy name!!!
  • Praise God & Praise Jesus ! His return is soon. Glory to God n the highest.
  • Rejoice!
  • We’re in the last of the last days. Christ could come at any moment. :) :) :) :) :)
  • Yes..what a wonderful day that will be.
  • YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

God’s in Control: Happy That ISIS is Carrying Out His Plan for Christians

  • His plan is perfect!!
  • God is using this to awaken christian to be a witness of his truth.
  • The church grows in times of conflict.
  • There have been Christians martyred many times over the centuries. GENERALLY, THIS SIMPLY MADE THE KINGDOM OF GOD ON EARTH GROW STRONGER AND LARGER.
  • We know the end of the story. Praise God! God is still in control…. whatever happens….
  • He is in control not Washington.
  • So glad to remember GOD is in control. Praise JESUS.
  • Praise the Lord – He is in control.
  • Amen I know that God is control ! AMEN
  • Thankful that God is in control!
  • Glad God is in control.He has it all worked out.
  • God is Working His Purpose Out.
  • God is in control.
  • Amen, Thank God, we know who is in charge of everything. We don’t have to fear anything.
  • Amen Amen Amen I am glad Jesus is in control.
  • God is still in control and on the throne.
  • The sooner the Lord returns the better!! … Please lead & bless us & our Military Lord… I’m so thankful you are in control!!

Gloating Over the Coming Fate of Non-Christians

  • It will be a sad day for all unbelievers , but rejoyous for the redeemed !!
  • What a shock this day will be to those that deny JESUS in their life!
  • Especially the atheist will have to confess that Jesus is Lord!
  • When that day does come, won’t be a lot of Atheist around then. They’ll all be praying for help.
  • Blasphemers beg for mercy. The end of time is near.
  • And there will be no more gay marriage and people saying Jesus approved of it.
  • All the Christian families disappearing in the twinkling of an eye leaving all the anti-Christ socialists with no one to tax.
  • Finally we have a real pastor talking about a real issue. We the Christians have been sleeping for so many years letting the world attacking the Christians by terrorist, progressives and atheists.
  • And when that day comes I wonder if the Atheist’s will finally see the light?

A Startling Eagerness for Earth’s Demise, Which They Hope ISIS Brings

  • Yes, AMEN…I am longing for that day.
  • Im ready to go home.
  • Glory be to God….and pray that Jesus doesn’t tarry too much longer…
  • Amen! Rapture come quickly!
  • My soul aches to step outside and see Him ripping the sky wide open… Please, come quickly, Lord Jesus!
  • His coming can’t be soon enough for me.
  • Amen…. Soon Very Soon….
  • Come Jesus. Quickly come.
  • I can’t wait for that day! Thank you Lord Jesus for fulfilling every promise you have made to us!
  • Even so come quickly Lord Jesus thank you
  • Come quickly Lord Jesus!
  • Maranantha! Come Lord Jesus! Your bride is ready!!!
  • Longing for my Savior to come. Thank you Jesus!!
  • The Lord is coming for a Bride which has prepared herself !
  • I look forward to the time when Jesus comes to take us home.
  • The King is coming the King is coming praise God he’s coming
  • Amen!!! Get ready for the Lord!!!!
  • Please hurry lord.
  • Even so Lord Jesus come quickly!
  • Amen! Come quickly Lord! Maranatha!
  • Come quickly Lord Jesus!!
  • Amen! We are in the last of the last days!
  • SO looking forward to that day.
  • Yes, yes, yes! Come quickly Lord Jesus
  • Amen. God is Good and I hope he comes back Real Soon.
  • I hope Jesus comes back to Earth tomorrow!
  • Amen sir, thank you Jesus we will not have to deal with these menaces long. Praise the Lord…
  • Longing for my Savior to come. Thank you Jesus!!

Viewing Themselves as Heroes of a Literary Epic

  • This will be a battle that Christians win! Praise the LORD!!
  • We know the end of the story. Praise God!
  • Read the end of the Bible. We (Christians) win.
  • Read THE BOOK!!! We Win.
  • We know the end of the story. Praise God!
  • Where are the Christians who are willing to stand for their faith in America and die for it?
  • I’ve read the book.we win!I know how the story ends do you?
  • I am so thankful I know the end of this story.
  • I read the book and WE WIN.
  • I read the end of the book – the good guys win.
  • Hey y’all, I read the end of the Book……..we win!!!

Thanks, ISIS…?

About Bo Gardiner

Bo Gardiner is an environmental analyst, naturalist, writer, and humanist/skeptic organizer. She's a former research hydrologist, EPA consultant, wildlife program director for a national NGO, and TV writer/producer. She holds a B.A. in communications and M.S. in environmental engineering sciences.

Bo writes on humanism, nature, science, skepticism and politics at her blog Under the Greenwood Tree. Connect with her on Facebook and Twitter, and check out her videos on YouTube.