Like me, you have probably grown up with constant stories in the news about terrorism. I remember hearing about airline hijackings even before I was ten years old, and names like Yasser Arafat, and Mahmood Abbas (Abu Mazen), and Osama bin Laden, are household names, since they are so frequently in the news.
Up until, and even after 911, however, terrorism has been a fringe activity of a “violent minority”, in the Muslim world. (or so we thought)
Now, however, ISIS is changing all that. There is something very different about ISIS. The more the US bombs them, the more they morph, and regroup, and keep on coming. Not only do they keep on coming, but they keep on growing, attracting assistance from places as far apart as Russia, China, Britain, France, and the USA!
Obama refers to ISIS as a “Junior Varsity team“, and yet he is unable (or unwilling) to stop them, and the air strikes really are a token effort. We may be “doing something”, but we’re not trying very hard.
Now, if ISIS’ brand of Islam is such a minority view among Muslims, why is it attracting such support from around the world? Why do 80% of British Muslims support ISIS?
On Saturday, November 1, another two groups who have been receiving US aid, Harakat Hazm and the Syrian Revolutionary Front (SRF), have surrendered to the al Qaeda branch Jabhat al Nusra, and their American-supplied arms are now in the hands of an ISIS affiliate.
No. ISIS is different. Their brand of Islam is encouraging Jihadists to join them, and the weak western response is accomplishing the same thing! The ludicrous rhetoric coming from David Cameron, John Kerry, and B. Hussein Obama, is also encouraging them, because if their silly pronouncements are any indication of western resolve, then it is very possible for ISIS to win!
Kerry talks as if it is Israel’s war with Gaza that encourages support for ISIS, but the truth is that Kerry himself is a major reason militants are joining this group! (Hey they’re not stupid; If your enemy is so foolish, as Kerry, you can’t help but win!)
And they are winning.
The major western media occasionally talks about an air strike against ISIS, or so, but mainly ignores the problem, as if it is far away, and not our concern.
Meanwhile, there are a few voices on the right who point out that Islam has a very violent past, and its present is carrying on the tradition. They are correct, but I disagree with the hand-wringing.
Rest assured, the God of the bible is still in control. Islam will only go as far as He allows.
Sometimes God allows his enemies to gain an apparent upper hand, in order to make an example of them. Sometimes He allows His enemies to win temporarily, because He is going to use them to bring judgment against His own people, or at least people who claim to be His. I am convinced that this is what God is doing with ISIS.
Remember how God raised up Pharaoh to use him as an example? Remember how God built up Nebuchadnezzar’s kingdom, for the purpose of punishing Judah, but also for the purpose of saving a remnant? God still does this. It was God who put Adolph Hitler in power in Germany in 1933, again for the purpose of rebuilding the state of Israel. Was Hitler a punishment for Jewish unbelief? What does the Scripture say?
“Therefore will I cast you out of this land into a land that ye know not, neither ye nor your fathers; and there shall ye serve other gods day and night; where I will not shew you favour.” Jeremiah 16:13
It was certainly the result of unbelief, but whether we can call it “punishment” I do not know.
Will God use ISIS to bring judgment against the USA? This is a very likely outcome. In the history of the world no nation has had as much gospel preaching as the USA, and no nation has fallen so far.
If not ISIS then later-on He will use Iran and Russia. Don’t forget, however, that ISIS is an offshoot of al Qaeda, the perpetrators of the 911 attacks in New York and Washington. Not only are they surviving the American air attacks, they certainly will remember who it is who is dropping bombs on them. Given the opportunity, would ISIS use nuclear weapons against us? You and I know that they would not hesitate for a second!
If you are going to go after someone like ISIS you need to go all-out. Half-hearted measures will only increase animosity. Back in June, ISIS was small enough that the US could have stopped them with a few thousand “boots on the ground”, but today they have grown much bigger, and the force that could stop them must also be many times larger, but the US administration lacks the resolve to make a difference even now.
What will ISIS do next? It is very clear that they have a lot of support in Jordan and Saudi Arabia, and even in Egypt. If they cannot defeat the Kurds and Iranians, it is very likely that they will move south to consolidate the Sunni Arab nations. Once they have the wealth, and weapons, of Saudi Arabia the rest of the Arab nations will fall like dominoes.
What I see here is a consolidation of the nations listed in Psalm 83;
4 They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance. 5 For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee: 6 The tabernacles of Edom, and the Ishmaelites; of Moab, and the Hagarenes; 7 Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalek; the Philistines with the inhabitants of Tyre; 8 Assur also is joined with them: they have holpen the children of Lot. Selah. Psalm 83: 4-8
The tribes listed here are probably unfamiliar to most westerners, unless they frequently study Scripture, so let me point out who the modern nations are who were founded by the list of tribes in the Psalm;
Edom – 1/3 of modern day Jordan, and the predominant tribe, they are direct descendants of Esau, Jacob’s twin brother.
Ishmaelites – The ancestors of Saudi Arabia, and probably also the U.A.E., Qatar, and Yemen
Moab – another 1/3 of Jordan
Hagarenes – 2 tribes of Ishmaelites who left their brethren and moved to Syria, in the area of the Golan Heights
Gebal – a city of Lebanon
Ammon – the last 1/3 of Jordan
Amalek – The Amalekites were descendants of Esau, and inhabit the Sinai peninsula to this day, a possession of Egypt.
Philistines – The ancient ancestors of the modern day inhabitants of the Gaza strip, who call themselves Palestinians. The inhabitants of Judea and Samaria are not Palestinians, but are actually descendants of Edom, Moab, and Ammon, who left Jordan and moved into Israel’s territory after the expulsion by the Romans.
Tyre – A city of Lebanon
Assur – The patriarch of the Assyrians, who lived in the northern part of Iraq, and who are now under ISIS‘ rule.
So there you have it. Watch for ISIS to put together a confederation of Jordan, Iraq, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Lebanon, and the Palestinians. Once they have unified this group of nations I expect it will not be long before they attack Israel. When they do that will be the end of ISIS.
Syria is an interesting nation to watch. Initially I thought that Assad would fall to the rebels, but he has proven to be rather tenacious. It just might be possible that the Alawites might hold on to a small corner of the country around the port of Tartus. It is possible that they might not join this coalition, and they may not even join Iran and Turkey, years later when they attack Israel in their turn (Ezekiel 38-39).
“Sheba, and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto thee, Art thou come to take a spoil? hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil?” Ezekiel 38:13
The mention of “Tarshish” as an entity that protests the Gog/Magog invasion appears to be a reference to the city of Tartus in western Syria. Since Damascus has been Syria’s capital for thousands of years, the mention of this city appears to be because this is post-Isaiah 17:1, and Damascus is no longer a factor.
Notice that the protesters ask the invading force “Art thou come to take a spoil?” By not using the word “going” the protesters are indicating that they are directly affected by the invasion themselves. The invading forces have to go through their territory to get to Israel. When these names are used in Scripture it usually indicates Arab entities. It could very well be that these are the capital cities of the Arabs, after their current capitals are destroyed during the Psalm 83 war.
Can you imagine a time when the Arabs would be dismayed at a Russian/Turkish/Iranian invasion of Israel? The only thing I can think of is that after ISIS is defeated, and their capitals lie in ruins, the Arabs will sue for peace with Israel, and as a result they will experience unprecedented peace and prosperity under Israel’s leadership.
This peace treaty is one to watch, because it is not the Antichrist’s “covenant” but it is the one his covenant will be based on;
And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate. Daniel 9:27