The world has no doubt been rocked by the horrific news of the mass shooting by a White supremacist that killed dozens of Muslims who were worshiping in 2 mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. The racist attack shocked the normally quiet country and has sent the world reeling into mourning and much discussion of violence, gun control and politics. However, in all the anger, emotion and discussion about what motivated the killer to commit such an atrocity the spiritual clues and satanic influence behind this crime should not be ignored.
One of The Worst Mass Shootings in History
According to reports:
“One suspect has been charged with murder after at least 49 people were killed and more than 40 others were injured in mass shootings at two mosques in New Zealand on Friday.
The attacks occurred while worshippers attended Friday prayers. The main attack happened at Masjid Al Noor in central Christchurch, the largest city on the country’s southern island, where 41 people were killed, police said. A second shooting took place at Linwood Masjid, in an eastern suburb of Christchurch, where seven people were killed. Another person died after being transported to a hospital.
A number of explosive devices attached to vehicles were reportedly defused after the attack.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called the incident a “terrorist attack.”
A 28-year-old man, who authorities identified as Brenton Tarrant, charged with murder, appeared in Christchurch District Court briefly on Saturday. Two other people remained in police custody Saturday, after a total of four people — three men and one woman — were initially detained as suspects.” (source).
Tarrant, who livestreamed the murders on Facebook, twitter and Instagram (while also posting on YouTube) is a self-described white supremacist, racist and fascist who carried out the attacks in response to immigration by non-whites and revenge for Muslim terror attacks in Europe. His “manifesto” was a likely intentionally confusing rant on politics and society. The alleged murderer referenced Norwegian white supremacist and mass murderer Anders Breivik who in 2011 killed 77 people at a youth camp in Norway and after posting a 1,500-page manifesto online. Tarrant also referred to himself as a “Knights Templar: invoking the name of the Crusaders as Breivik did in his own manifesto.
Murder – The Ultimate Result of The Sin Nature
The Bible is very clear that it is because of our fallen, sin nature, that humans can commit murder. It is also a downward spiral as one’s heart moves continually way from God and towards one’s own desire for evil and satanic influence. The Cain, the first son born in human history, was also tragically the first murderer – killing his own brother Abel. After God’s accepted the offering of Abel and rejected Cain’s, the wicked son plotted to murder his own family. The Bible details the spirit operating within him:
“For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous.” – 1 John 3:11-12
Cain was “of that wicked one” – meaning Satan. Once a person gets so deep into sinful rebellion against God, the limited influence of God all people have – the conscience, gets “seared” and all manner of evil becomes acceptable. This is Satan’s goal for all people – to abandon any thought or fear of God in their hearts. Tarrant built his life around hatred for other people. Hatred for people of non-White races. Hatred for Muslims. Hatred for immigrants. This sinful lust in his heart soon grew into a desire to kill. The Bible speaks of this very descent:
“But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.” – James 1:14-15
Note once again that it is a process. Judas, the disciple who betrayed Jesus, helping to frame The Lord and arrange His execution by Roman authorities, started off as a thief. But that sin soon led to helping to being complicit in murder. And to no surprise at the moment Judas prepared for the ultimate betrayal, Satan was involved:
“And the chief priests and scribes sought how they might kill [Jesus]; for they feared the people. Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve. And he went his way, and communed with the chief priests and captains, how he might betray him unto them.” – Luke 22:2-4
Jesus Christ said of the Devil: “…He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” (John 8:44)
Therefore, putting your faith and trust in God, reading and understanding the Bible, praying to God and keeping love for Him in your heart, is so critical. Not only will it save your soul from eternal damnation, it gives the power to overcome sin and a desire to live for God, not rebel.
The New Zealand Shooter’s Satanic Connection
After he returned in his car to head to the second mosque to find more victims, Tarrant played the song “Fire” by British rock band The Crazy World of Arthur Brown. The killer could be heard yelling the opening line of the song on his livestream:
“I am the god of hell fire, and I bring you!
Fire, I’ll take you to burn.
Fire, I’ll take you to learn.
I’ll see you burn!” (source)
Arthur Brown, the lead singer is often credit as being the father of heavy metal music. He was renowned for his obsession with occult imagery and performed with a colander with a flame ignited on it. This was done in the same fashion of the Baphomet:
Here is another picture of Arthur Brown’s group mimicking the shape of the Baphomet sigil:
The Baphomet, a term originally coined by the Knights Templars, when they were on trial for heresy and confessed to worshiping an idol of that name. In describing the flame atop the head of the Baphomet, a researcher stated:
“Baphomet signifies Βαφη Μητεος, baptism of Metis, baptism of fire, or the Gnostic baptism, an enlightening of the mind, which, however, was interpreted by the Ophites, in an obscene sense, as fleshly union .” (source).
And of course, as time progressed the Baphomet became synonymous with the Devil. In fact, the Church of Satan official adopted the Baphomet sigil symbol as their logo. Arthur Brown, who also had a song called “In The Devil’s Grip” was also renowned for using his rock concerts and music as a means to initiate an occult ritual. In an inteview, Peter Bebergal, author of Season of The Witch: How The Occult Saved Rock n’ Roll, he describes Arthur Brown’s beliefs:
“But for some, while they saw their music has having potential to work magic, they still saw themselves first and foremost as musicians. Arthur Brown, best known for his song “Fire” believed a rock concert could function as a shamanic rite. He used every element of the performance, from his makeup to the staging to the way he moved, as an attempt to channel and then release what he believed was magical energy. ” (source).
What spirit was moving in the New Zealand killer to play this particular song as he committed such horrific acts? The same spirit that was working in Cain when he slew Abel, in Pharaoh wanting to kill the male babies in the days of Moses and Judas when he betrayed Christ. Do not be deceived.
Pray For New Zealand
“But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.” – 2 Corinthians 4:1-4
If you are a Christian, pray for New Zealand to heal in the wake of this unprecedented violence in their nation. Pray for the families of the Muslim victims to be comforted in this terrible time. Pray for the shooter, whose mind and heart were so twisted with sin and rejection of God that he could do this. And pray for the churches in Christchurch to live up to their city’s namesake and boldly and lovingly preach the Gospel to the many hurting people there.
Pray for the Gospel to shine in the hearts of the people in that nation. Christianity identifies the real problem in the world: sin. It is in the hearts of all people and there is nothing we can do on our own to stop it. But through faith in Jesus Christ, sin can be conquered. God wants to give all people a new spirit and heart that will seek to serve Him and do good, not evil:
“A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.” – Ezekiel 36:26-27
Racial and political strife feel like they are at an all-time high in society. Hatred is brewing all over social media. Families are divided. Workplaces are split in hostile anger. Brenton Tarrant’s agenda was right in light with the Devil’s: to sow discord, anger and more violence in society – all to drag as many people into true hellfire as possible.
This is not God’s way. This will not bring peace. True peace comes with being forgiven for your sins and reconciled with God. This is what Jesus died for. This is why Jesus rose from the grave after taking your punishment on the cross. If you are not a Christian, do not wait. This tragedy is yet another stark reminder that we do not know how long we have left on this Earth. Life like a vapor, can disappear in a moment. Believe the Gospel of free forgiveness of sins through faith in Jesus Christ and let your heart be filled with God’s love. The world could use a lot more of it right now.