France's Hollande: Terrorists commit 'an act of war' in Paris--will Paris be destroyed?

Bataclan theater, Paris, site of mass shootings (photo by Celine)

Bataclan theater, Paris, site of mass shootings (photo by Celine)

What French President Hollande called ‘an act of war’ hit Paris last night:

November 14, 2015

The near-simultaneous attacks in Paris that killed nearly 130 people were an “act of war” organised by the Islamic State (IS) militant group, French President Francois Hollande says.

He said the attacks, carried out by eight gunmen and suicide bombers, were “organised and planned from outside”.

The targets included bars, restaurants, a concert and a high-profile football match. IS claimed the attacks.

Mr Hollande has declared three days of national mourning.

November 14, 2015

The Islamic State militant group has claimed responsibility for deadly, coordinated attacks late Friday in Paris, where security has been stepped up to guard against further violence.

The terrorist group Saturday declared the six simultaneous attacks that killed at least 127 people in Paris were a response to airstrikes against IS fighters in Iraq and Syria. The message said France and its supporters “will remain at the top of the list of targets of the Islamic State.”

The claim of responsibility appeared in Arabic and French in a statement circulated online by IS supporters. It was not immediately possible to confirm authenticity of the statement, which bore the IS logo and resembled previous statements by the extremist group, but terrorism experts did not dispute its validity.

“The stench of death will not leave their noses,” IS said of France’s leaders, “as long as they remain at the forefront of the Crusaders’ campaign, dare to curse our prophet, boast of a war with Islam in France, and strike Muslims in the lands of the caliphate with warplanes that were of no use to them in the streets and rotten alleys of Paris.”

French President Francois Hollande on Saturday declared three days of national mourning following the attacks across the capital city. The French leader blamed the Islamic State group for the night of horror and called the attacks “an act of war.” …

Borders closed

The president ordered France’s borders closed – an unprecedented act in 21st-century Europe. However, the main airport remains open and trains are still running.

On Friday night, as many as 100 people died at the Bataclan concert hall when at least three gunmen opened fire with automatic weapons before taking scores of people hostage. Police later stormed the building, killing at least one attacker. Others may have died in suicide bombings.

At least 1,000 people were in the Bataclan audience, where a performance by an American band, the Eagles of Death Metal, was interrupted by rapid gunfire. Many people escaped during the shootout.

Fatalities were also reported in other parts of Paris. One of the first explosions was just outside a sports stadium where Hollande and a large crowd were watching a football (soccer) match between the French and German national teams.

The blast was felt inside the stadium. Police evacuated Hollande from the stadium, but when play was stopped many people in the crowd ran onto the field and huddled in fear.

Several other explosions took place in that area and officials say at least one may have been a suicide bombing.  Elsewhere in the French capital, several people were killed at a Cambodian restaurant. Attacks also reported at cafes.

Responses of strength, resilience

Authorities say about 200 people were wounded Friday, 80 of them seriously. …

A statement from the Vatican said Pope Francis was following the “terrible news” out of Paris.  “We are shocked by this new manifestation of maddening terrorist violence and hatred which we condemn in the most radical way together with the Pope and all those who love peace,” the Vatican statement said.

Unlike the Vatican, I was not shocked by what happened, only saddened by the acts of those cowards who committed these horrific acts.  Those affected are in my prayers.

I have been warning for years at this news page that civil unrest/war may come to Europe, including France (Thiel B. Civil Unrest in France?September 12, 2010).

Actually, I did again twice this week (Greeks again protest austerity, more fences put up in Europe, Europe will have more civil unrest andWND: Civil war may come to Europe; LCG: EU to get smaller, ‘possibly 10′ nations).

In the Letter to the Brethren: November 12, 2015 for the ContinuingChurch of God, I also included this:

Some nations in Europe are putting up fences to keep migrants out (see Greeks again protest austerity, more fences put up in Europe, Europe will have more civil unrest). While not all migrants are terrorists, the waves of Arab migrants include people who are, and others who may become terrorists.  Since the Bible prophesies terrorism (Leviticus 26:14-17; Deuteronomy 32:25; Ezekiel 21:12; Psalms 73:12,19; Proverbs 1:25-27; Ecclesiastes 12:5), it appears that events are setting up for more of it.

Furthermore, I wrote the following late yesterday morning, before the events erupted in Paris last night (and it was put into a delayed post that came out about the time of the shooting yesterday):

Civil unrest and/or civil war will erupt in Europe. Places such as France, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Austria, Greece, and Eastern Europe (like Slovenia, Croatia, Moldova, and Bulgaria) have potential for this occurrence.

Why, did I post this?

Because as I have written in the past, it is consistent with biblical prophecy, etc. (see Thiel B. France’s Hollande warns of future terrorist attacks–so does Bible prophecy.  August 25, 2015).  The Bible shows that terrorism is prophesied:

14 ‘But if you do not obey Me, and do not observe all these commandments, 15 and if you despise My statutes, or if your soul abhors My judgments, so that you do not perform all My commandments, but break My covenant, 16 I also will do this to you: I will even appoint terror over you, wasting disease and fever which shall consume the eyes and cause sorrow of heart. And you shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it. 17 I will set My face against you, and you shall be defeated by your enemies. Those who hate you shall reign over you, and you shall flee when no one pursues you. (Leviticus 26:14-17)

25 The sword shall destroy outside; There shall be terror within (Deuteronomy 32:25)

12 “Cry and wail, son of man; For it will be against My people, Against all the princes of Israel. Terrors including the sword will be against My people; Therefore strike your thigh. (Ezekiel 21:12)

12 Behold, these are the ungodly,Who are always at ease; They increase in riches…19 Oh, how they are brought to desolation, as in a moment! They are utterly consumed with terrors. (Psalms 73:12,19)

25 Because you disdained all my counsel, And would have none of my rebuke, 26 I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your terror comes, 27 When your terror comes like a storm, And your destruction comes like a whirlwind, When distress and anguish come upon you. (Proverbs 1:25-27)

5 Also they are afraid of height, And of terrors in the way (Ecclesiastes 12:5).

More terrorism should be expected in France, as well as other parts of Europe and the USA and Canada, etc.

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