September 11th 2001 And The Third: What Happened?
September 11th 2001, day that came to be known as 9/11, the United States came under attack from al-Qaida, an extremist group led by Osama bin Laden. Its targets were world-famous buildings representing America’s economic and military power.
On September 11th 2001 (9/11), nearly 3,000 people died in terrorist attacks on New York, Virginia and Pennsylvania. Al-Qaida operatives hijacked four American passenger airplanes. The hijackers were from Middle Eastern countries.
About an hour after the first plane hit the World Trade Center, another group of al-Qaida operatives flew a 757 airliner into the Pentagon, the headquarters of the Defense Department, in Arlington, Virginia. The plane exploded against a wall of the huge building where more than twenty thousand people worked.
As expressed by President George W. Bush on 9/11, the attacks left Americans in a state of shock and disbelief. But that was soon replaced by anger and a resolve that this would not be allowed to happen again.
September 11th 2001: The Beginning of the War on Terror
The American president identified three nations – North Korea, Iran and Iraq — as supporters of terror. President Bush demanded that the Taliban rulers of Afghanistan stop sheltering Osama bin Laden and surrender him. The president also called on the Taliban to close terrorist training camps in Afghanistan. The Taliban refused. On October seventh, the United States and Britain launched air strikes against Taliban targets. What became known as the War on Terror had begun.
The War on Terror, which began after the September 11th terrorist attacks on the United States, escalated in March 2003, when a coalition of American-led forces invaded Iraq. The mission, as stated by President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair, was “to disarm Iraq of weapons of mass destruction, to end Saddam Hussein’s support for terrorism, and to free the Iraqi people.” Although some degraded remnants of misplaced or abandoned chemical weapons from before 1991 were found, they were not the weapons which had been one of the main arguments for the invasion. Some U.S. officials also accused Iraqi President Saddam Hussein of harboring and supporting al-Qaeda, but no evidence of a meaningful connection was ever found.
Osama bin Laden was killed in Pakistan on May 2, 2011, shortly after 1:00 am local time by a United States special forces military unit.
Can we say that the War on Terror is over? What does the Bible say about all these? You can fin out more on the page The Third Jihad Predicted in the Bible
The Third Jihad And September 11th 2001: A Wake Up Call for the West
Before 9/11, the first terrorist attack on the USA was the abortive World Trade Center bomb attack in 1993. Islamic terrorists detonated a massive truck bomb under the World Trade Center, killing six people and injuring over 1,000 in an effort to collapse the towers. But that event didn’t wake up the West as it did the one from 9/11. (For those interested you can see a list with Islamic Islamic Terror Attacks on American Soil before and after 9/11, from 1972 until 2011)
Since 9/11 many people are trying to understand what’s happening in Islam and why do so many Muslims hate the Western countries. When you find out that 25-30 percent of young Muslims in USA (18-29 years old) consider it acceptable to commit suicide in order to defend their religion you really want to know what makes them think that way. And we may wonder how much bigger may be that percentage in a Muslim country.
The documentary The Third Jihad – Radical Islam’s Vision for America is a relevant one for our topic:
Another trailer for a documentary (called The Grand Deception) about The Muslim Brotherhood shows how in Islam there is a double speech: a peaceful one for Western audience to fool the public and a call to Jihad when they speak to a Muslim audience.
For more news on this topic you can check the page The Radical Islam.
When we check the list of Islamic terrorist attacks we can see a very big increase after the year 1990, and this was long before 2001. After 2000 the number of attacks really exploded, as you can see very well in that list. And this is because we live in the time of the Third Jihad. This is the “third woe” mentioned in the biblical prophecy.
September 11th 2001 was just a significant landmark in the beginning of the Third Jihad. What comes next? The Bible is not silent about this. You can read more information about Islam, its rise and role predicted by the Bible on the page entitled Islam in Bible Prophecy. You will discover there that many Bible prophecies about Islam are already fulfilled in the past, some of them with an amazing precision.