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“The western world has once again been shaken by a terrorist attack performed by members of Islamic State. In this weeks Bible in the News we look at whether or not ISIS will fulfill their ambition of establishing a worldwide empire from the perspective of Bible prophecy.”

On the 22nd March 2016, three coordinated nail bombings took place in Belgium in the city of Brussels. Two bombs went off at Brussels Airport and one at the Maalbeek metro station. The Islamic State claimed the attacks as being from their organisation and experts are investigating the possibility of a terrorist network stretching across France and Belgium.

According to a BBC article entitled “Brussels explosions: What we know about airport and metro attacks” the following was reported “At least 35 people are now known to have died in and after the explosions at Brussels airport and a metro station on Tuesday 22 March.”

The New York Times in a report entitled “Strikes Claimed by ISIS Shut Brussels and Shake European Security” stated: “Bombs packed with nails terrorized Brussels on Tuesday in the deadliest assault on the European heartland since the Islamic State’s attacks on Paris four months ago, hitting the airport and subway system in coordinated strikes that were also claimed by the militant extremist group. The bombings paralyzed Brussels, the headquarters of the European Union and NATO, prompted international travel warnings to avoid Belgium and reverberated across the Atlantic to the United States, where New York and other major cities raised terrorism threat levels. Anxieties intensified about the inability to prevent mass killings at relatively unprotected places.”

The people of Brussels leave messages of support
in chalk on the streets of the city
Credit: Miguel Discart Source: Wikipedia.

In response, the people of Brussels flocked to the streets in the aftermath of the attacks. They wrote messages of support and defiance on the streets in chalk.

IS declared the establishment of their Caliphate in June 2014. A Caliphate is an area containing an Islamic steward known as a caliph which is run by Islamic law. It is a kind of empire. IS’s ambition is to continue to grow it’s territory so that it eventually becomes worldwide. Will they succeed though?
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