Special Report: Ukraine struggles to control maverick [Crusader] battalions | Reuters

Korchynsky, a former leader of an ultra-nationalist party and a devout Orthodox Christian, wants to create a Christian “Taliban” to reclaim eastern Ukraine as well as Crimea, which was annexed by Russia in 2014. He isn’t going to give up his quest lightly.

“I would like Ukraine to lead the crusades,” said Korchynsky, whose battalion’s name is Saint Mary. “Our mission is not only to kick out the occupiers, but also revenge. Moscow must burn.”

Source: Special Report: Ukraine struggles to control maverick battalions | Reuters

I must say that this report shocked me. Perhaps I think with such a Western mindset that I couldn’t imagine that Daniel 7:21-22 could actually be fulfilled, literally, by “Crusaders.” Western nations doing battle against an antichrist force, yes, but not followers of the Only Begotten. Here are the NAS and NIV translations of Daniel 7:21-22 where hints of literal fulfillment are found:

I kept looking, and that horn was waging war with the saints and overpowering them
until the Ancient of Days came and judgment was passed in favor of the saints of the Highest One, and the time arrived when the saints took possession of the kingdom. –Dan 7:21-22 (NASB) (Emphasis mine)

As I watched, this horn was waging war against the holy people and defeating them,
until the Ancient of Days came and pronounced judgment in favor of the holy people of the Most High, and the time came when they possessed the kingdom. — Daniel 7:21-22 (NIV)

The NIV translates the Hebrew word “qaddish” as “holy people,”1 and the NAS translates it as “saints.” The phrase “holy people” often times refers to the Jews (Deuteronomy 7:6, 14:2, Isaiah 63:18 NAS) and rarely does it, if ever, refer to Christians (possibly, Isaiah 62:11-12 NASB). The NIV in Daniel 7:21 adds the word “people” to the translation since the Hebrew word is plural. However, the Hebrew word “am,” translated as “people” is not in the original text.2 This means that the NAS translation is more faithful to the original text and that “saints,” interpreted (by me) as Christians, are a distinct group from “holy people,” i.e., Jews. This view is supported by Daniel 7:18 which prophesies that after the four empires have run their course, the earthly empire that survives are the “holy ones,” that is, the people of God through faith in Jesus Christ (which will include Christians and Jews who have come to Christ. Zechariah 12:10 NASB).

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Patrick Maxwell, right, with Sheikh Jaafar Mustafa, center, the former Kurdish regional government minister responsible for the pesh merga, and Dillon Hillier of Canada, a fellow foreign volunteer. “We both thought it was important to help,” Mr. Hillier said.

If Christian militias are forming in the Ukraine to combat Russian forces, how long will it be before the same takes place around the world? I was watching the news last week and there was a report of a former military person who served in Iraq who had observed ISIS retaking areas around Fallujah, a place U.S. forces had liberated. This man had been a part of the liberating forces. The report concluded with the man stating he was headed back to Iraq as a volunteer to fight ISIS for the sake of his young sons. He didn’t want them to have to fight ISIS one day, and if ISIS is not stopped now, his son might have to. A New York Times article repeats a similar story, but with different people, and for different reasons. Read more.

I suppose that the most difficult thing to read in Bible prophecy is that the “saints are overpowered, worn down, or overcome.”  They are never victorius — until the return of the Ancient of Days, our Lord Jesus Christ (Daniel 7:21, 25 NASB; Revelation 13:7-8 NASB; Daniel 7:18, 22 NASB).

Jesus come quickly.

Blessings.

Jack

 

Footnotes to post:
  1. BDB Lexicon (Full), electronic version with BibleWorks 9 []
  2. In Daniel 7:18, the four empires have run their course, “the saints [lit., “the holy ones”] of the Most High will receive” the kingdom of God and possess it “forever—yes, for ever and ever. The word is plural, hence “holy ones. …” Miller, S. R. (1994). Daniel (Vol. 18, p. 211). Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers. []

Iran: Nuke Deal Permits Cheating on Arms, Missiles

Iran’s foreign minister and lead negotiator in nuclear talks said that under the terms of the recently inked accord, the Islamic Republic is permitted to violate current embargoes on the shipment of arms and construction of missiles, according to recent comments made before Iran’s parliament.

Source: Iran: Nuke Deal Permits Cheating on Arms, Missiles

The above link is another article quoting a leading minister of Iran publicly bragging about the nuclear agreement negotiated by Iran with the P5 +1 powers. I encourage you to read the following post which outlines how the nuclear agreement, and its Iranian parties, fulfill the deception prophesied by Daniel 8:19-25.

Iran Nuclear Deal – Is Daniel 8 about to be fulfilled?

Jesus come quickly.

Blessings.

Jack

 

Turkey hits Kurdish militant camps in northern Iraq | Reuters

Turkey said on Saturday that its fighter jets hit militant camps of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in northern Iraq overnight, and Turkish ground forces struck the PKK and Islamic State fighters in

Source: Turkey hits Kurdish militant camps in northern Iraq | Reuters

This attack by Turkey is significant. It is the first by Turkey against the Islamic State (ISIS). Not only is Turkey taking an active role against ISIS in the attack, but the article states it is opening its airbases to U.S. forces which will greatly expand the ability of the U.S to continue its air assault against ISIS.

Where might we find this escalation in Bible prophecy? I have posted previously that ISIS fits many of the characteristics found in Daniel 11. Here are some of those prior posts.

Daniel 11:45 and the Islamic State

Will ISIS succeed in its jihad? Considering Graeme Wood’s Response

Here is how Turkey might fit in Daniel 11:

“But rumors from the East and from the North will disturb him, and he will go forth with great wrath to destroy and annihilate many. 45 “And he will pitch the tents of his royal pavilion between the seas and the beautiful Holy Mountain; yet he will come to his end, and no one will help him. –Daniel 11:44-45 (NASB)

Iran is from the East. Turkey is from the North. The text says they will “disturb him” — not destroy him. It seems as if all that Iran and Turkey will do to ISIS is aggravate him. Yet, notice the last phrase in 11:45, “…he will come to his end, and no one will help him.” ISIS will ultimately be defeated. The call of Caliph Baghdadi will no longer be heard the world over by jihadis. We have a way to go before that happens. ISIS has not yet “pitched the tents of his royal pavilion [his black flag] in the Gaza Strip (between the seas and the beautiful Holy Mountain).  The NIV translation interprets the Hebrew differently: “… between the seas at the beautiful holy mountain.” The NIV leads to an interpretation that Jerusalem will be taken by the Daniel 11 power. I cannot see ISIS taking Jerusalem. Iran perhaps, but not ISIS. If ISIS is the correct interpretation as that power then verse 45 should be interpreted as the Gaza Strip (HAMAS), not Jerusalem.

By the way, what church do you go to? The Scriptures not only warn us of the events of the last days, but encourage us to worship the Lord in spirit and in truth with other believers (Matthew 18:20 NASB). Hard to do that sitting in your living room watching your favorite TV preacher. God has blessed His church and when they worship together, we more completely experience His presence  and experience His call upon our lives (Hebrews 10:24-25 NASB). Go enjoy God on Sunday!

Jesus come quickly.

Blessings.

Jack

Iran Reaches $2 Billion Trade Deal with EU – Global Agenda – News – Arutz Sheva

Source: Iran Reaches $2 Billion Trade Deal with EU – Global Agenda – News – Arutz Sheva

It is beginning already. The economic benefit to Iran of the nuclear deal is not only the release of $150 billion in frozen oil and gas revenues but also the investment by global corporate giants in the wide open markets in Iran. Whether we want to admit it or not, economics drives the world, including our politicians. Economics are the key to influence; and influence is what Daniel 8:25 NASB prophesies will be the key to deception so that “mighty men” and the holy people are destroyed.

Here is my recent post to help you understand the Lord’s prophecy. I encourage you to read it. It will help you to in your understanding of the world’s headlines.

Jesus come quickly.

Blessings.

Jack

Iran Nuclear Deal – Is Daniel 8 about to be fulfilled?

GettyImages-461520104-640x480I have learned something about politics: politicians know how to “spin” a loss into a victory. Was the Iran nuclear deal a victory for the P5 +1 team (United States, Russia, China, Britain, France, plus Germany)1 or for Iran? I suspect we will not know the answer for some time. Rarely, however, is there truly a “win-win” agreement (as Iran’s President Rouhani stated). I must say that the look on Iran President Rouhani’s face was quite a bit more festive than that of President Obama as he stood behind the official White House podium. I can’t say that I’ve seen pictures of Americans (or Israelis) dancing in the streets– only Iranians. Of course, since the agreement released over $100 billion in oil revenue frozen in foreign banks, I imagine Americans would be dancing in the streets if the tables were turned. There is one little problem that remains for the Iranian citizenry: how do they know they will ever benefit from the $100 billion? Iranian leadership has been financing its Shia Islamist proxy-cells all over the Middle East, all-the-while its billions have been frozen and its unemployment rate has soared to a high of 14.7% (26.9% for youth) and inflation to 40%. If Iran used its billions to finance Hezbollah (Shia) in Lebanon, President Al-Assad’s Shia forces in Syria, the Houthis (Shia) in Yemen, HAMAS (Sunni Islamist) in Gaza (only at times), Shias in Bahrain, and Shias in Iraq (now leading the effort against ISIS in Iraq and northern Syria), why should anyone expect the financial windfall to make its way to the people on the streets of Iran? In fact, Iran’s Shia proxies surround the Middle East (see map in orange, except Russia which is an ally not a proxy) and the cost to finance their military activities has been estimated in the billions per year. Quoting Jonathan Spyer in the Middle East Forum:

“The ending of sanctions on the IRGC, and more broadly the likely imminent freeing of up to $150 billion in frozen revenue, will enable Iran to massively increase its aid to its long list of regional clients and proxies. Iran today is heavily engaged in at least five conflict arenas in the region.” Read more.

The financial windfall is only iranian.alliance.gcc.7.20.15beginning for Iran, according to many sources.  As the doors are opened to the world’s corporate giants, so will the tide of favor among the nations of the world. We should expect a groundswell of favor, including the P5 +1 nations. They have every reason to favor Iran. To do otherwise might undermine the prospects of the nuclear agreement working, and as we all know, politicians all have a legacy to build and protect. If the nuclear agreement begins to crack, they will do everything to ignore the cracks until the cracks are fissures of destruction. Of course, it will be too late then and legacy will not matter. By that time, the descriptors in Revelation 18 of a nuclear holocaust will have such a global impact that people will be more interested in simply surviving than figuring out who did it and why.
There really are only two sides of the road in this matter — Iran (and its new bedfellows (P5 +1)) on one side and Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt (and the Gulf Cooperation Council) on the other. Even if we were take a more magnanimous view of P5 +1’s ability to monitor and react if Iran fails to perform, the result will likely be the same — nuclear holocaust, whether Iran pulls the trigger or Israel does — a lot can happen in the ten years the nuclear agreement is in place.

Here is what Israel had to say about the nuclear agreement and its impact on the Middle East:

New York Times: Iran Deal Denounced by Netanyahu as ‘Historic Mistake’
By ISABEL KERSHNERJULY 14, 2015

JERUSALEM — Furiously denouncing the accord to limit Iran’s nuclear program on Tuesday as “a historic mistake,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israel would not be bound by the agreement and warned of negative repercussions in a region already riven with rivalries and armed conflict. Read more.

CNN reported an unidentified Saudi official who stated that the deal marked a “monumental historical miscalculation.”  The Telegraph ran this article:

By Richard Spencer, Middle East Editor and Robert Tait, Jerusalem 8:53PM BST 14 Jul 2015

… Saudi Arabia regards Shia Iran as a competitor for leadership in the Muslim world, and sees its hand behind many of the region’s conflicts. The two are supporting opposite sides in wars in Syria and Yemen, while Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies fear Iran’s influence among their own Shia populations.

I must admit that most sources I read indicate America left the negotiating table with little more than “the shirt on its back,” while skillful Iranian negotiators gave Iranians something to cheer about. One expert writing for the Middle East Forum put it this way:

Iran Nuclear Deal Makes War More Likely, by Efraim Inbar, July 15, 2015

… The Obama administration was willing to offer almost unlimited concessions to the skillful Iranian negotiators, ignoring all its own deadlines and red lines. It is clear that President Obama was desperate for a deal in order to leave office with a “legacy.”

While Washington congratulates itself on a “successful” result, what counts is the perceptions of the countries in the region. Alas, all countries in the region can only conclude that America is indeed weak. America has capitulated to Iran. Read more.

Dare we guess what President Bashar al-Assad of Syria had to say? As one of Iran’s proxies (with a $1 billion line of credit from Iran), his statement should not surprise us:

In another message addressed to Iranian president Hassan Rouhani, Assad said: “In the name of the Syrian people, I congratulate you and the people of Iran on this historic achievement.” Read more.

The 15 member United Nations Security Council approved the agreement on 7/20/15. Similarly, the European Union on 7/20/15. The U. S. congress has sixty days to do so; alas, at this point little can be done as the favor of the agreement is snowballing down the hill at a momentum unlikely to change. According to one source, the first negotiation on the nuclear agreement and the lifting of sanctions occurred in May, 2003, when Iranian officials submitted a list of agenda items for negotiation. Read more. That means the agreement has been in negotiation for the last twelve years! Who would dare attempt to stop it at this point?

So how do we process the events of the day with Scripture in hand? The first thing is to look at who is on whose side. Israel and Saudi Arabia are on the same side — not a good thing to be on the side of Israel in the end-of-days (Zechariah 12:2-3, Zechariah 14:2, Ezekiel 38:9-12, Revelation 11:2). Yes, Israel will ultimately be victorious (Ezekiel 38:18-19, 22-24) for the Lord will never desert His people. He has demonstrated His faithfulness in protecting the remnant beginning in the days of Jacob’s sons in Canaan (then Egypt), continuing through the exile in Babylon, and the succeeding conflicts that scattered the Jews all over the world, yet returned them in 1948 by act of the United Nations. God will certainly not forget His promise to Abraham (Genesis 12:3, 17:7-8) by removing His protection in the end-of-day (Genesis 45:7, Ezra 9:8, Isaiah 10:20-22, Isaiah 11:11, Zechariah 8:11-12, Romans 9:27).

Saudi Arabia, the #1 exporter of the world’s crude has aligned itself with its unnatural ally, Israel, against Iran. In my book, Islam the Cloak of Antichrist, I propose that Saudi Arabia will be attacked by ten of its Muslim neighbors — led by a Shia nation, i.e., Iran, in fulfillment of Revelation 17:12-14. Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam, is destroyed in a nuclear holocaust as described in Revelation 18:8. I interpret Iran and Shia Islam to be the power through whom the wrath of God is poured out upon the world (Joel 3:2). The destruction of Saudi Arabia launches the Tribulation, and Israel is overcome subsequent to this event (although timing is never clear in interpreting end-of-days Scripture.)

We could likely add Egypt to align with Saudi Arabia and Israel in the end-of-days, at least so long as Egypt’s present leader, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi (Read more), continues to lead. President al-Sisi made some revolutionary statements about Islam at the beginning of the year when he declared to a group of leading clerics at Al Azhar University in Cairo, regarded by many as the world’s leading Sunni Muslim institution of learning, that the only hope for Islam was a revolution in its ideology, the ideology that created an “ISIS.” Read more.  And, as I recently posted, Egypt is the last country to align with in the end-of-days. Perhaps that is because the reform in Islamist ideology proposed by President al-Sisi will go further than he expected but not far enough. Read more.

There is another passapic.p5ge that possibly is being fulfilled in the modern-day nuclear agreement– Daniel 8:19 NASB, 23-25 NASB.  This passage describes the “final period of indignation, for it pertains to the appointed time of the end.” (Daniel 8:19 NASB). The passage further refines its time of application to “the latter period of their rule when the transgressors have run their course.” The “transgressors” are identified as Media-Persia and Greece (Daniel 8:20-21 NASB), the two empires that overcame the Jews in 535 BC (through defeat of Babylon) and 332 BC (through the defeat of Media-Persia), respectively.  However, the “transgressors” have “run their course” (NASB translation) so these empires have completed their dominion at the time of fulfillment in the end-of-days. The “king” that arises in the tribulation period will apparently be from one of these two empires, i.e., Persia or Greece (he cannot arise from both, and even though Greece is the last of the two empires to survive, historically, this does not require us to name Greece as the nation from which this king will arise; both empires have “run their course.”)  The king will be “insolent” (he does not listen to others, his view is the only one that matters; basically, he is a real hard guy to work with). He is “skilled in intrigue” (ESV translates “master of intrigue”). This phrase is one of the reasons bible scholars identify the Antichrist as a smooth talker, a gifted and charismatic person, and able to easily influence others. The phrase is further reinforced by verse 25 which states, “And through his shrewdness he will cause deceit to succeed by his influence…” In other words, the “king” will succeed because he has great influence on others. His influence will cause mighty men to be deceived, and because they are deceived, many people will be destroyed. The text states, “He will destroy to an extraordinary degree … He will destroy mighty men and the holy people…” (Daniel 8:25 NASB). The “mighty men” must be leaders of countries. To destroy the mighty men is to destroy the countries they represent. The “holy people” could be Jews or Christians, although I interpret them to be the Jewish people based upon Isaiah 62:12 NASB, Isaiah 63:18 NASB, Daniel 12:7 NASB.

It is important that we notice the phrase “while they are at ease.” I propose that they are “at ease” because the nuclear agreement, having been ratified, puts world leaders and their people in a false sense of security. The Middle East has successfully been calmed for a period, the nuclear arms race threatened by Saudi Arabia has somehow been abated through the treaty. It has set the world at ease. Iran is secretly preparing the materials and delivery system to successfully deliver nuclear explosives, at least so far as the “insolent king” is concerned.

ayatollahPerhaps this king is the only one aware of this plan? Even negotiators on his behalf are unaware of what his plans are. If that be the case, the profile of the insolent leader could not be more appropriately filled than by the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The Ayatollah is the supreme leader in Iran, the spiritual leader in a Shia state that considers him to be divinity, literally. He is the final word in Iran. He said this after the agreement was signed:

“Whether the deal is approved or disapproved, we will never stop supporting our friends in the region and the people of Palestine, Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Bahrain and Lebanon,” Khamenei said at the end of prayers marking the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. “Even after this deal, our policy toward the arrogant U.S. will not change. We don’t have any negotiations or deal with the U.S. on different issues in the world or the region.” Read more.

The Times of Israel gives “Nine things Khamenei Hates About you” based on Khamenei’s address in Iran following the reaching of an agreement on the nuclear accord.  Read more. Does that qualify as “insolent” to you?

Another key phrase is, “…he will even oppose the Prince of princes” (Daniel 8:21). The Prince of princes is likely Michael, the chief angel and the protector of the people of Israel. Daniel 10 describes spiritual beings at war with one another (Daniel 10:13 NASB, 20-21 NASB). Daniel 10:14 NASB gives us the time of application, “… the days yet future.” Both Daniel 8:19 and Daniel 10:14 describe the same time period of application. Daniel 10:13 describes Michael as “one of the chief princes.” iran11-635x357Daniel 10:21 describes Michael as “your prince.” Daniel 12:1 states, “… Michael, the great prince who stands guard over the sons of your people, …” Based on these passages, Michael is likely the Prince of princes in Daniel 8:25, and Daniel 8:19f is prophesying that at the appointed time of the end not only will there be a battle taking place among the nations but also a spiritual battle in the heavenlies. 

Applying Daniel 8 to the modern-day, Iran and her skillful negotiators, under the direction of the Ayatollah, are the powers that deceive the mighty men, the world leaders. Treaties are signed, agreements are ratified, and the world is put at ease. The world (and the church) will believe all is well. Yet, one day we will awake to reports of nuclear bombs being launched against Israel — and then against the nations. Not only will the Middle East erupt but the planet.

I must tell you — It is not ISIS that Americans need concern themselves. It is Iran. Read more:

Abdullah’s Death and the Fall of Yemen to Houthis – Will Iran see the will of Allah?

Iran – The trigger for the beginning of Tribulation

Iran’s New Leader – Rouhani the “lamb”?

When a Lamb is Really a dragon – Ahmadinajad’s Veiled Message

Jesus come quickly, before the world erupts. Hallelujah.

Blessings.

Jack

Footnotes to post:
  1. Five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany, the key trading partner of Iran. Iran’s nuclear program depends mainly upon German products and services. []

ISIS and the Pyramids of Egypt – Does the Bible tell us their destiny?

crosses.churchThere are times when the future is best predicted by observing the past.

The Telegraph recently reported a YouTube video posted by ISIS1 of its destruction of precious artifacts at Nimrud, an ancient city once-considered to be the jewel of the mighty Assyrian Empire, and the modern-day treasure chest of archaeological treasures from the most ancient days. The video (which has not been verified) showed ISIS militants armed with sledgehammers and power tools destroying ancient artifacts, blow-by-blow. Read more.  Similar actions are reported to have taken place in Palmyra, Syria and Kirkuk, Iraq. The New York Times quotes a United Nations spokesperson:

By RICK GLADSTONE and MAHER SAMAAN, JULY 3, 2015

… On Thursday, Irina Bokova, the director general of Unesco, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, told a meeting in London that the antiquities destruction had “reached unprecedented levels in modern history.” …

Other reports include destruction of artifacts from the ancient city of Dur-Sharrukin near Mosul as well as the famed Nergal Gate of the ancient city of Nineveh, that city the biblical prophet, Jonah, refused to evangelize. For Jonah, disobedience was greeted by the belly of a whale (Jonah 1:17) that helped him to repentance (Jonah 2:5-7, 10). Jonah’s burial place is reputed to be in the Mosque of the Prophet Yunus (Arabic for “Jonah”), a Sunni mosque located in Mosul and previously an Assyrian church (Assyrian Church of the East) until the “religion of peace” destroyed the city and converted the church to a mosque many years prior. Of course, as ISIS recently has done, the destruction included the the removal of Christian symbols from the church. In a recent YouTube video, ISIS reports the blowing up of the mosque. Jonah’s tomb was reputed to be inside the mosque. There are questions as to the actual date of the destruction of the mosque but any question as to whether or not it has been destroyed have been answered. (Read more for date of July 4, 2014 destruction.)

As we might expect, one of the questions is whether or not the destruction of the artifacts was staged while the real artifacts were smuggled to be sold by ISIS. A New York Times report,

By RICK GLADSTONE and MAHER SAMAAN, JULY 3, 2015

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based group with a network of monitors inside Syria, said its sources in Manbij, where the purported statue smuggler was punished, said the Islamic State had confiscated the statues “in preparation to sell them in one of the neighboring countries.” The observatory’s account could not be corroborated. Read more.

Interesting isn’t it? ISIS, a Sunni Salafi Jihadi Muslim sect, destroys a Sunni Muslim mosque which reputably entombed the burial ground of the Biblical prophet, Jonah (and, we know that Islam honors the Biblical prophets, right?).2 Why would ISIS select the Mosque of the Prophet Yunus to destroy? Was it the mosque or what was in the mosque? The Guardian reports:

Kareem Shaheen in Beirut, Thursday 26 February 2015 16.26 EST

The five-minute video, which was released by the “press office of the province of Nineveh [the region around Mosul]”, begins with a Qur’anic verse on idol worship. An Isis representative then speaks to the camera, condemning Assyrians and Akkadians as polytheists, justifying the destruction of the artefacts and statues. The man describes the prophet Muhammad’s destruction of idols in Mecca as an example. Read more.

Jonah’s remains were entombed. Supposedly. To ISIS, Jonah’s remains distracted worshippers from the worship of Allah. Islamists cannot have that in Islam. Allah needs protectors, his mujahideen, with sledge hammers and power tools to insure that worship will not be taken from Allah. The Qur’an commands Allah’s protection. Let me show you:

The masajid (places of worship) are for the name of God alone; do not call on anyone else beside God. Qur’an 72:18

I am God; there is no other god beside Me. You shall worship Me alone, and observe the Contact Prayers (Salat) to commemorate Me alone. Qur’an 20:14

There are those who abuse the masjid [the places of worship] by practicing idol worship, dividing the believers, and providing comfort to those who oppose God and His messenger. They solemnly swear: “Our intentions are honorable!” God bears witness that they are liars. Qur’an 9:107

ISIS claimed a religious obligation to destroy the Mosque of Prophet Yunus. Allah seems to be very jealous. Imagine how jealous he is in Egypt. Egypt is the land of the pyramids, tombs of Egyptian pharaohs. The most famous Egyptian pyramids are those found at Giza, on the outskirts of Cairo. Several of the Giza pyramids are counted among the largest structures ever built.3  The Pyramid of Khufu at Giza is the largest Egyptian pyramid. It is the only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World still in existence.4  What will ISIS do if it’s jihad reaches Egypt?

A Kuwaiti cleric is reported to have stated the following:

By Ben Axelson | baxelson@syracuse.com on March 10, 2015 at 3:42 PM, updated March 10, 2015 at 4:38 PM

An Islamist preacher from Kuwait has issued a “fatwa,” calling on Islamic State militants to destroy Egypt’s Sphinx and pyramids, according to reports. … “The fact that early Muslims who were among prophet Mohammed’s followers did not destroy the pharaohs’ monuments upon entering the Egyptian soil, does not mean that we shouldn’t do it now,” Al Kandari said. … A similar call came from Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who said ISIS followers had a “religious duty” to end the worship of material objects and idols, Al Alam news reported.

Al Arabiya News reported that the same edict was originally issued in 2012, and translated it further:

“(The destruction of) monuments is a duty by Sharia (Islamic) law, as many texts have stipulated… Texts on this issue are many and well-known but (implementing) them is restrained to one’s ability… and so, if it’s not possible to destroy the pyramids and the Sphinx as a result of the presence of an authority preventing that, Muslims would not be committing a sin [if they do not destroy them].”

What does the Bible tell us about the end-of-days and the destruction of precious artifacts (such as the pyramids)?

Daniel 11:42-44 (NASB) “Then he will stretch out his hand against other countries, and the land of Egypt will not escape. But he will gain control over the hidden treasures of gold and silver and over all the precious things of Egypt; and Libyans and Ethiopians will follow at his heels. But rumors from the East and from the North will disturb him, and he will go forth with great wrath to destroy and annihilate many.

Just as specific is the prophecy of Isaiah 19 which prophesies that Egypt will be struck by the Lord, and then will come healing, healing in the Millennium:

Isaiah 19:1-2, 10, 14, 22-25 (NASB) The oracle concerning Egypt. Behold, the LORD is riding on a swift cloud and is about to come to Egypt; The idols of Egypt will tremble at His presence, And the heart of the Egyptians will melt within them. So I will incite Egyptians against Egyptians; And they will each fight against his brother and each against his neighbor, City against city and kingdom against kingdom. … 10 And the pillars of Egypt will be crushed; All the hired laborers will be grieved in soul. … 14 The LORD has mixed within her a spirit of distortion; They have led Egypt astray in all that it does, As a drunken man staggers in his vomit. … 22 And the LORD will strike Egypt, striking but healing; so they will return to the LORD, and He will respond to them and will heal them. 23 In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrians will come into Egypt and the Egyptians into Assyria, and the Egyptians will worship with the Assyrians. 24 In that day Israel will be the third party with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing in the midst of the earth, 25 whom the LORD of hosts has blessed, saying, “Blessed is Egypt My people, and Assyria the work of My hands, and Israel My inheritance.”

ISIS may be the hand of the Lord that strikes Egypt and her “precious treasures.” ISIS will come to its end (Daniel 11:45); but there will be many that will fall before that event – the pyramids, quite likely, are one of the many treasures that identifies ISIS and Islam as the hand through which satan will wage his end-of-days war.

Jesus come quickly.

Blessings.

Jack

 

 

Footnotes to post:
  1. The Islamic State or Caliphate has also been known as Da’ash, Da’esh, Da’ish, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). []
  2. For a discussion of a mosque dedicated to the “prophet” Jesus, read here. []
  3. Watkin, David (2005). A History of Western Architecture (4th ed.). Laurence King Publishing. p. 14. ISBN 978-1-85669-459-9.”The Great Pyramid…is still one of the largest structures ever raised by man, its plan twice the size of St. Peter’s in Rome” []
  4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egyptian_pyramids []

Is the Islamic State Islamic?

ISIS Removes Cross. Source: Shumoukh Al-Islam forum, March 16, 2015.

Graeme Wood’s popular article of recent days gave ample evidence of the Islamic character of the Islamic State. Wood interviewed many of the founders of the Islamist movement and allowed their own words to reveal the true nature and motivation of those involved in ISIS. Read more. A key take-away from Wood’s article was a response to President Obama’s recent claims that to associate ISIS with Islam is a lie because “religions do not kill, maim, and enslave people.” Wood’s point was that unless we recognize the religious elements in ISIS ideology, we will be hindered in our ability to halt its advances in the Middle East and beyond.

The following article by Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi and Amarnath Amarasingam is a follow-up to Wood and other articles on the Islamic nature of ISIS. It discusses in part the view that although the ideology of ISIS is not “normative” in Islam it is certainly Islamic. A key statement in the article concludes:

Of course it is inaccurate to say that ISIS is Islam en bloc, but to label the movement un-Islamic is to take a normative, and ultimately self-defeating, stance. It is an argument which ignores some very basic evidence regarding the movement and its history, and impedes proper understanding of what they believe and where they are heading.

I have written previously of where ISIS might be found in Bible prophecy and Daniel 11:36-41 is my insertion point. Read more. The success of ISIS we have witnessed of late is quite clearly the type envisioned in Daniel 11:40-43 NASB. In the end, the prophecy takes a turn that seems possible in the modern-day, as threats from the east (Iran) and the north (Turkey??) will alarm him. Daniel 11:44. If Iran is the east and Turkey the north, there is much still yet to develop in the Middle East before certainty can be gained in fulfillment. However, if Daniel 11:36f is the correct insertion point, the initial success of the prophesied end-of-days kingdom, “will come to his end and no one will help him.” Daniel 11:45 NASB.

Jesus come quickly.