The U.S. battle against ISIS proves that the War against Terror is hardly over. For centuries nations have been forced to form alliances to try and battle bloody, ruthless violence. The Assyrian Empire used terrorism to gather more and more territory, but in Jonah we learned that the Lord gave even these thugs time to repent. In Jonah's day they did, but before we conclude that God is only a God of gracious mercy, we need to look at what happened in 612 BC. God used an alliance between the Babylonians and the Medes to turn the proud city of Nineveh into a heap of ruins. God is slow to anger, but don’t conclude this slowness means He won't justly deal with our evil. It's time now to come to the cross—the  only place where God justly deals with sin without justly condemning us forever. 

 

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