Dust jacket of the book "Mein Kampf,"
written by Adolf Hitler.
(Courtesy of the New York Public Library
Digital Collection - Wikipedia)
Pakistan (MNN) -- Have you heard the latest about ISIS?
They’re planning “open warfare” on the world’s non-Muslim population.
“And the date for that to begin is 2017: a year-and-a-half away,” shares Bruce Allen with Forgotten Missionaries International (FMI).
Open warfare is Phase Six of a detailed, 32-page ISIS strategy
recently discovered in Pakistan called “A Brief History of the Islamic State Caliphate (ISC): The Caliphate According to the Prophet.".
“It is a significant document that has been authenticated by the U.S. Intelligence Committee,” explains Allen. “This reveals their intentions.”
Intelligence officials are reportedly comparing the document to Hitler’s Mein Kampf
– a 1925 manifesto that detailed Hitler’s ideology and future plans for Germany.
In similar fashion, the ISIS document calls all Muslims to rally under the caliphate.
The document “lays out their intent, their goals and objectives, a red flag to which we must pay attention,” retired U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency Director Gen. Michael Flynn tells Israel National News.
Pakistani pastors helped by FMI aren’t giving up though, Allen says.
“We want the Christian community to be people who do not have a victim mentality but a victor mentality, because we are more than conquerors through Jesus Christ
,” the leaders are telling Allen.
A growing ISIS presence
ISIS’s Mein Kampf
isn’t the only indicator of an increasing Islamic State presence in Pakistan.
“I know of one province in western Pakistan that already has 10,000 to 12,000 people saying, ‘We are ready to stand with Islamic State as fighters,’” Allen shares.
“That’s just one province of the many [provinces] in Pakistan.”
According to the recently-discovered document, ISIS has two main plans for Pakistan and Afghanistan.
“Number one: to get any nuclear materials or technologies; but number two: to establish terrorist base camps,” explains Allen.
Many of these “camps” already exist and are simply operated by different terror groups, such as al-Qaeda and the Taliban, he adds.
“All of those terror groups--and others--have already sworn allegiance to ISIS. So, if Islamic State says, ‘Ah! You can help with logistics for this project,’ [they will obey].”
Even though indigenous pastors and church planters are aware of the growing ISIS threat and are watching it diligently, that’s not where their primary focus lies.
Instead, pastors are asking Allen, “How can we be light in such a dark place?”
He uses Paul’s words in Philippians 2:12-16 to encourage them. “We know the sky is dark at night, but that’s when we see the brilliance of the stars.”
Helping pastors persevere
An elder of a Pakistani village church. It is estimated that only about 2% of the nation's population claim to be Christian.
(Photo, caption courtesy FMI)
In Muslim-majority countries like Pakistan, FMI partners with indigenous believers to fulfill the Great Commission.
“We want to come alongside of them and explain, ‘Here’s how to shine brightly. Let us provide tools for you; here’s how we can stand beside you in prayer,’” explains Allen.
Could you help FMI meet some of the Pakistani pastors’ and church planters’ practical needs so they can keep pressing on for Christ?
“It’s our privilege to come alongside them--partner with them, provide training when necessary, provide financial resources--so that they can accomplish the work that God has mapped out for them.”