If Allah Wills It….

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A recent news report by AFP is important. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self-appointed caliph of the self-declared Islamic State (formerly the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham), made a very bold statement when he recently appeared at the leading Mosque in Mosul and delivered a 30-minute sermon. AFP summarizes below:

Baghdadi, whose Islamic State (formerly Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham – “ISIS”) group holds territory in both Iraq and Syria, called for Muslims to “obey” him during the prayer sermon at the Al-Nur mosque in Mosul on Friday, according to the video distributed online the following day.

Experts say the importance of “Caliph Ibrahim’s” (Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi) appearance is that it reveals the sense of security of the  as well as the very intentional and bold statement being made to the entire Muslim world, and particularly, to al-Qaeda’s leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri. When one considers how far ISIS has come in the last year, it is astounding. Last year this time, the group was a branch of al-Qaeda core central in Pakistan loyal to the command of Ayman al-Zawahiri. Read more. Now, ISIS is not only independent of al-Qaeda and its leader, Zawahiri, but Baghdadi has declared himself the “caliph,” and ISIS, his organization, the “.” Here is a report by Aaron Zelin, a Research Fellow at the Washington Institute, that quotes Shaykh Abu Muhammad al-Adnani al-Shami, the spokesman for ISIS, who declared ISIS the Islamic State: Continue reading

Sunni Salafi-jihadists are Sunni “Islamists.” An Islamist emphasizes the implementation of Sharia (Islamic law based on the Qur’an and Haddith) and the replacement of all non-Muslim, particularly Western, political, social, or cultural influences with Sharia law. A Sunni Salafi-jihadist is identified by two additional criteria: First, the group emphasizes the importance of returning to a “pure” Islam, referred to in Islam as “Salaf,” and practiced by the “pious ancestors.” Second, the group believes that violent jihad (as opposed to “civilization jihad” which is a non-violent jihad) is the only way that Sharia law will be successfully implemented in society. See “A Persistent Threat, The Evolution of al Qa’ida and Other Salafi Jihadists” by Seth G. Jones, RAND Corp report.
“Islamic state” is a term that refers to the uniting of all Muslims under the leadership of a “caliph” or “sultan” (literally, a “successor” to Muhammad) who is not only a spiritual leader but also a political and military leader. The Islamic state is also referred to as a “caliphate.” Its governance is based upon the Qur’an and Haddith, Islam’s sacred texts, and the type of governance is referred to as Sharia law. 

Wherever Islam is, “birth pangs” are heightened in intensity

Matthew 24:7-8 (NASB) “For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be famines and earthquakes. “But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs.

 

Underneath the Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount

Underneath the Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount

The contractions are getting stronger. The frequency quicker. The cycle of birth pang and respite, birth pang and respite, seems almost predictable. How long before labor pains bear fruit in “delivery” is a matter of opinion.  For purposes of Bible prophecy, delivery is the dawning of the new age, the Millennium, whereby God’s intended plan as revealed in the Garden of Eden will be near-fulfillment; at least, to the nearest point prior to New Jerusalem “coming down from heaven” (Revelation 21:2 NASB). There are two matters of particular importance on my mind these days in interpreting the “signs of the times” and Matthew 24:7-8. The first has to do with the sheer number, intensity and character of the specific end-time events. The other has to do with the specific aligning of sides against Israel. When we see the lines drawn as they were drawn by the prophet, Ezekiel (Ezekiel 38:5-6 NASB), the “time of Jacob’s trouble” (Jeremiah 30:7 KJV) is upon us and so will be the tribulation of those days.

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Islamic State enforcing female genital mutilation – U.N. Reports

Muslim.woman.garbage.croppedGENEVA (Reuters) – The United Nations, expressing deep concern, said on Thursday that militant group Islamic State had ordered all girls and women in and around Iraq’s northern city of Mosul to undergo female genital mutilation. … “We have current reports of imposition of a directive that all female girl children and women up to the age of 49 must be circumcised. This is something very new for Iraq, particularly in this area, and is of grave concern and does need to be addressed,” Badcock said. (Read more)

Here are two posts that specifically address the oppression of women in Islam and the fulfillment of Daniel 11:37 NASB by such actions.

Islam’s Treatment of Women – The Odor of Antichrist AboundsRead more.

No regard for the “desire of women” – Islam Fits the ProfileRead more.

The Reuters article gives an explanation of the specifics of “FGM” and the degrading, cruel, and heinous impact upon women:

FGM, the partial or total removal of external female genitalia, is a tradition practised widely in many African and Muslim countries and often justified as a means of suppressing a woman’s sexual desire to prevent “immoral” behaviour. Worldwide, more than 130 million girls and women have undergone FGM and more than 700 million women alive today were children when they were married. … “This is not the will of Iraqi people, or the women of Iraq in these vulnerable areas covered by the terrorists,” she added.

I suppose it goes without saying that FGM “is not the will of … the women of Iraq.” Only in the darkness could such a practice be a part of any “religion.” In fact, such a practice reveals the presence of evil in the religion.  It is what my book, Islam the Cloak of Antichrist, seeks to reveal to the world. Islam is not a religion of peace. It is the hand through which Islam will operate.

Jesus come quickly.

Blessings.

Jack

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Islamic State fulfilling prophecies as it gains ground

Reuters.com reports of the progress of the Islamic State in its jihad across northern Iraq as it gains territory using both a “soft” and a “hard” approach. The hard approach is the use of brutal violence against its opponents followed by a public display of its victims (Read more). (One of the most gruesome examples of its brutality was the crucifixion of nine men in Syria last month.) The brutality is then used as the means to convince local towns people and villagers to submit to the dominion of its leader and join the Calipha. Reuters reports:

The Islamic State, which in June captured a vast stretch of territory in the north including the largest city Mosul, used this strategy when its fighters met armed resistance from the town of al-Alam for 13 days running. They kidnapped 30 local families and rang up the town’s most influential citizens with a simple message about the hostages: “You know their destiny if you don’t let us take over the town.” Within hours, tribesmen and local leaders caved in to save the families. The black flag of the Sunni militants, who are bent on overthrowing the Shi’ite-led Iraqi government, was soon flying over government buildings and police stations in al-Alam. Read more.

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Islamic State releases “Dabiq Magazine – the Return of Khilafah”

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi "Caliph Ibrahim"

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
“Caliph Ibrahim”

Mahdiwatch.org (Timothy R. Furnish, PH.D.) reports the release by the Islamic State of its first issue of Dabiq Magazine, The Return of Khalifah, on the first day of Ramadan, this past Monday, July 14, 2014 (Muslim year 1435). According to Furnish, the overriding purpose of this first issue is “to legitimize the new caliphate, motivate the faithful, and reach out to (primarily) Western Muslims.”

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America in the crosshairs of ISIS?

Best.middle.east.map.revised.3Israel National News (Arutz Sheva 7, July 10, 2014) is reporting a statement from a spokesman of ISIS (Islamic State) that “conquering Bayt el-Maqdis (Jerusalem) and destroying the State of Israel is central to the group’s jihad.”  The spokesperson was responding to critics who questioned why its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, had not actively supported Hamas in fighting Israel. The spokesman, Nidal, Nuseiri, stated “the time is not right for a confrontation with Israel.” (Read more). Nuseiri stated that several items must take place before ISIS can join HAMAS in its jihad against Israel:

Among them, Nuseiri said that the US – seen as Israel’s greatest ally – needed to be weakened politically and economically via attacks on the American mainland, as well as US interests in Muslim countries. Additionally, the existing “Islamic State” needed to expand its borders to cover all of “Greater Syria” (which would include Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Jorislamdan and possibly Gaza); such a state, he said, would then be in a position for a direct confrontation with Israel.

Nuseiri’s statement has a long fuse before it can be accomplished; but it strikes awful close to home! Recent news reports seem to support that the fuse is certainly burning:

Is America in end-times prophecy? In order for ISIS to turn its sights towards Jerusalem, it would have to be. I have often searched for America in Bible prophecy. Hard to find us. However, there are a few places that seem relevant to the question. The first is Revelation 13:7-8:

Revelation 13:7-8 (NASB) It was also given to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them, and authority over every tribe and people and tongue and nation was given to him. 8 All who dwell on the earth will worship him, everyone whose name has not been written from the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who has been slain.

To me, America is in the phrase “authority over every tribe and people and tongue and nation was given to him.” That statement seems pretty inclusive to me, and it begs the question, “Why would America not  be included in the phrase?” It seems that if we exclude America our world-view is rather, “American.”  This seems particularly the case because verse 8 repeats what was said in verse 7. It goes to great lengths to ensure that we know that “all who dwell on the earth,” except the saints, will “worship” him (that is, come under his authority; and Islam literally means “submit”).

There are some noted authorities in Bible prophecy that take exception to that view, including Walid Shoebat in a post on Midnightwatcher’s Blogpost (an exceptional prophecy blog) (Read post here). Brother Shoebat interprets Revelation 13:7-8 to refer only to the Muslim nations and groups of the Middle East; and, he offers several passages in Scripture where the “entire world” does not mean literally the “entire world” but rather has a regional meaning. He states, “In light of the whole counsel of Scripture, the Antichrist’s dominion and political-religious control will be relegated primarily to the whole Muslim world — the nations that today surround Israel — but not the world as a whole.”

I think there is another passage that possibly refers to America. In Daniel 12:6, Daniel asks the Lord, “How long will it be until the end of these wonders?” The reply is quite interesting in the modern-day:

Daniel 12:7 (NASB) I heard the man dressed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, as he raised his right hand and his left toward heaven, and swore by Him who lives forever that it would be for a time, times, and half a time; and as soon as they finish shattering the power of the holy people, all these events will be completed.

Let us suppose that “the power” of the holy people (literally, the “hand” of the holy people) does not refer to the power of Israel as a nation, but rather, the “Power” that stands alongside Israel, i.e., America. When America is shattered, then the events will be completed. Christ will return as the final victor, the Great Tribulation will pour out the wrath of God, Israel will be saved, and the cleansing of the earth will bear fruit in the birth of the Millennium.

I may be wrong but that sounds very close to what the ISIS spokesman was referring to. America will be in the cross-hairs if the ISIS statement is actually lining up with end-times prophecy. I think the fuse is a slow burn.

Jesus come quickly.

Blessings.

Jack

 

 

 

 

The Land of Unwalled Villages – How can Ezekiel 38 be fulfilled in the near-term?

Climbing the wall to attend prayers at Al-Aqsa Mosque, July 26, 2013. Photo by Oren Ziv

Climbing the wall to attend prayers at Al-Aqsa Mosque, July 26, 2013. Photo by Oren Ziv

Ezekiel 38 is to Bible prophecy what Christ is to Christianity. Without it’s conditions satisfied, the end cannot be near.  Ezekiel 38 prophesies of a “Gog” (interpreted by yours truly to be Russia) who will lead an alliance of nations/groups (which includes Iran, Ezekiel 38:5-6 NASB) to attack Israel in the end-times. Some interpreters (myself included) see Israel as initially overrun; but in the end, Gog is “turned around” (Ezekiel 38:4) and ultimately defeated, along with his alliance. Gog and his alliance are destroyed by God through a great earthquake (Ezekiel 38:19-20) which leads to Gog and his forces turning their swords against one another. Ezekiel 38:21-22.

For most students of Bible prophecy, the fulfillment of Ezekiel 38 in the modern-day seems imminent — even without the recent declaration by Sunni Salafi-jihadist al-Bagdadi of his establishment of the 1 One example of the imminence of the tribulation is recent international pressure placed upon Israel to negotiate with the Palestinians in the formation of a . At times in the peace process, it appeared as if the entire world was aligned against the Israelis, a condition bringing to mind several end-time prophecies about Israel: Zechariah 14:2; Zechariah 13:8-9; Revelation 11:2.

Yet, in spite of the seeming immanence of the tribulation, there is a major impediment to the fulfillment of Ezekiel 38 in the modern-day:

Ezekiel 38:10-11 (NASB) ‘Thus says the Lord GOD, “It will come about on that day, that thoughts will come into your mind and you will devise an evil plan, 11 and you will say, ‘I will go up against the land of unwalled villages. I will go against those who are at rest, that live securely, all of them living without walls and having no bars or gates,

Since when has Israel been a “land of unwalled villages. … [a people] at rest, that live securely, all of them living without walls and having no bars of gates.”? Either we have misinterpreted the “signs of the times” and the immanence of the tribulation or we have misinterpreted Ezekiel 38 because both cannot be true.

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  1. Not since 1924 has Islam been united under one leader (caliph or sultan) and one Muslim community. In 1924, Kemal Ataturk, president of Turkey and the sultan of the languishing Ottoman Empire renounced the sultanate and disbanded the Islamic empire in favor of a secular state. []
“Islamic state” is a term that refers to the uniting of all Muslims under the leadership of a “caliph” or “sultan” who is not only a spiritual leader but also a political and military leader. The Islamic state is also referred to as a “caliphate.” Its governance is based upon the Qur’an and Haddith, Islam’s sacred texts, and the type of governance is referred to as Sharia law. 
Two-state solution refers to the present conflict between Israel and the Palestinians and the need for a solution between the two whereby each recognizes the other’s right to exist as well as the right to “self-determination.” Hence, “two states for two peoples,” defined as a Palestinian State and an Israeli State, existing side by side and independent of one another. Presently, Israel and Palestine (Palestinian Authority) are subject to an interim peace treaty that was negotiated in 1993, the Oslo Accords, which aimed at a permanent peace treaty between the two. The permanent treaty has yet to be written or agreed upon.