There is an interesting report, and video, on CNN by reporter Juergen Todenhoefer, about the progress ISIS is making in the Middle East. You can see it here
One startling fact, which I was not previously aware of, is that ISIS took Mosul, the second largest city in Iraq, with 300 fighters, against 20,000 of the Iraqi military!
For those familiar with the bible, this is a battle of biblical proportions! This is reminiscent of Gideon’s battle against the Midianites, and Amalekites, with 300 men versus their 120,000!
No doubt ISIS will, and does, make the claim that their God (Allah) is with them and gave them the victory! No doubt that this is why Muslims from all over the world are flocking to the Islamic State. They really believe that their god is going to give them the victory.
To all intents and purposes, it does appear that they are correct! How else could 300 men defeat a city of well over one million inhabitants, and protected by 20,000 well-armed troops?
Certainly people without an ideology are not motivated to risk their lives for a cause they don’t believe in. No doubt this is much of the reason why the Iraqi army fled so quickly. No doubt that many of the Sunni Muslims in the Iraqi army actually sympathize with ISIS, and really have no desire to fight them, but is God on their side?
Well, there actually is another possibility;
It is actually more probable that the God of the bible is allowing Satan to give ISIS the victory, in order to set them up for a great fall! I say God is “allowing Satan”, but in fact it just might be the Lord’s will that this is the time when Islam begins to fulfil biblical prophecy of the End Times! Satan, in spite of all his machinations against God, always ends up furthering God’s plan!
It remains to be seen, but it sure looks like the confederacy of the Psalm 83 war is starting to come together. If this is that confederacy, they will have victory after victory, until they go up against Israel. Then God will grant the psalmist’s prayer.
As I am sure you have seen on TV, or the Internet, ISIS makes a big public spectacle of their beheadings, as a means of psychological warfare, and of striking their enemies with fear.
In the light of their frequent use of beheadings, I find it interesting that the Psalm references the Gideon’s capture of the leaders of Israel’s enemies;
Make their nobles like Oreb, and like Zeeb: yea, all their princes as Zebah, and as Zalmunna: Psalm 83:11
Oreb and Zeeb were two Midianite kings who were beheaded, and their heads brought across the Jordan river, to Gideon. Zebah and Zalmunna were Amalekite kings who were also slain by Gideon. You can read about it in Judges 7 and 8.
Could it be that the leaders of ISIS have the same fate awaiting them, as they have done to so many of their captives?
Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword (Matthew 26:52)