AFGHANISTAN - Taliban Defeats US

Arno Froese

The Taliban now hold full control of Hamid Karzai International, and their vehicles raced back and forth along its sole runway on the northern military side of the airfield.

Taliban leaders later symbolically walked across the runway.

American defeat in Afghanistan is a “big lesson for other invaders and for our future generation,” Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid said. “It is also a lesson for the world.”

Mohammad Naeem, a spokesperson for the Taliban's political office in Qatar, expressed a similar sentiment in a video posted online.

“Thank God all the occupiers have left our country completely,” he said.

“This victory was given to us by God. It was due to 20 years of sacrifice by the mujahedeen and its leaders. Many mujahedeen sacrificed their lives,” Naeem said, referring to Taliban fighters.

-www.dw.com, 31 August 2021

Arno's Commentary

War in Afghanistan was a way of life. Way back in the 19th and early 20th centuries—to be precise, 1838 to 1842, 1878 to 1880, and 1919 to 1921—the British were involved in the Afghan wars. Eventually, Britain was defeated.

In 1956, Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev becomes allied with Afghanistan, but in 1979, the USSR invades it. Later in 1989, the Soviet Union signs the Geneva Accords, guaranteeing independence for Afghanistan and the withdrawal of 100,000 Soviet troops. 

On 7 October 2001, US and British forces launch air strikes against targets in Afghanistan. The Taliban proclaim they are ready for jihad.

With the withdrawal of NATO forces under the leadership of the US, Afghanistan again stands on its own feet, although under the rulership of the Taliban.

Wars and rumors of wars are nothing new. Hundreds of thousands of wars have been fought, and hundreds of millions of people have been killed. But, when carefully analyzing the extent of war in today’s world, we must come to the conclusion that war is on the decline. Why? Because the god of this world has to create a peaceful, prosperous, and secure global community, and that is going to materialize no matter what anyone says or thinks. It’s Bible prophecy.

We often make the mistake when expressing our Christian worldview, by painting the Antichrist and his forces as only operating during the end times. Not so: about 2,000 years ago, John wrote: “Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time” (1 John 2:18).

Here again we must take Israel as an example. The country in olden days was established by the sword, beginning with Jericho. The same is true for modern Israel. While the early Zionists purchased much land, the establishment of the State of Israel was accomplished by weapons of war. What comes after war? Peace.

Daniel writes about the final leader: “And in his estate shall stand up a vile person, to whom they shall not give the honour of the kingdom: but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries…And after the league made with him he shall work deceitfully: for he shall come up, and shall become strong with a small people” (Daniel 11:21, 23). Note the words, “peaceably…flatteries…deceitfully.” We can expect that a peace process will envelope planet earth; but Scripture tells us, it will be a false peace of short duration. 

What has become evident is that weapons of war, wielded by strong nations, are no longer the ultimate authority. We must add, real peace comes only from the Prince of Peace. “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed” (John 8:36). Question: have you been made free?

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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