Funerals have been held in France for two Frenchmen kidnapped in Niger this month and later found dead. The terrorist group, al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, has claimed responsibility for the kidnappings.

Moslem terrorists in Africa have increasingly turned to kidnapping Westerners as a way to finance their operations.

Analysts say the kidnappings of the two Frenchmen from a busy restaurant in Niger’s capital on January 7 was a bold move by al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb.

“The al-Qaida in Islamic Maghreb operational capacity has been expanded…it’s a vicious circle where ransoms bring them more resources, which bring them more effective operations, more deadly operations, which then cycle back around to more resources,” explained J. Peter Pham, senior vice president of the National Committee on American Foreign Policy. He added that the kidnappings are consistent with a trend that’s been going on for the last year and a half.

Source; Voice of America Radio

My comments;

Matthew 24:12 says;

Because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will grow cold.

We see in this article yet again how, in many parts of the world, government control is simply melting in front of our eyes. Lawlessness is increasing and nothing is sacred, safe or secure.

As we have said repeatedly on this blog, it is becoming more important than ever before for Believers in Yeshua Ha’Mashiach (Jesus Christ) to get serious about daily Bible study and prayer, fasting, repentance and working to maintain our relationships with other Believers. We need to sustain, uplift and revive each other and pray for each other daily.

Do not allow yourself to become a person whose “love will grow cold” but show the world the hope that is in you by reflecting the love of God as the moon reflects the sun. In this darkness that is coming, that light will shine forth even brighter and become a beacon of hope for all who see it.

Written by Aaron