Cairo, Friday, September 5, 2014
(Reuters) – Islamic State, fighting to redraw the map of the Middle East, has been coaching Egypt’s most dangerous militant group, complicating efforts to stabilize the biggest Arab nation. Confirmation that Islamic Sate, currently the most successful of the region’s jihadi groups, is extending its influence to Egypt will sound alarm bells in Cairo, where the authorities are already facing a security challenge from home-grown militants. A senior commander from the Sinai-based Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, [a Sunni Salafi jihadist group] which has killed hundreds of members of the Egyptian security forces over the last year, said Islamic State has provided instructions on how to operate more effectively.((Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis was designated as a terrorist organization by the US State Department on 9 April 2014, as well as by the government of the United Kingdom on 7 April 2014.)) … Ansar recently said it had beheaded four Egyptians, accusing them of providing Israel with intelligence for an air strike that killed three of its fighters. Four headless corpses were found in the Sinai Peninsula. It was the first time that any decapitations had been made public in Egypt, a strategic U.S. ally which has a peace treaty with Israel and controls the Suez Canal, a key global shipping route. … The Ansar commander, who said his group had contacted Islamic State for advice, described the beheadings as a clear message that anyone cooperating with the group’s enemies would face a similar fate. “The beheadings had a purpose,” he said. (Read more)
Imagine how quickly the remnants of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood would align with ISIS? Even if they don’t agree with ISIS’ use of brutal violence or of Caliph Ibrahim’s legitimacy as caliph, I really don’t think that will matter. After all, Muhammad Mursi, the former Egyptian president, removed from office by General Abdel al-Sisi and still in confinement, would hardly have to be talked into supporting ISIS in getting himself out of jail. Consider this prophecy:
Daniel 11:42-43 (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.
If you think about it there are so many disenfranchised Muslims all over the Middle East, it is quite literally fertile breeding ground for the Islamic State. The monarchies of Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and the political instability of Egypt and other Middle East countries, many of which have Arab Spring fresh on their minds, make the reach of the Islamic State much greater than the geographies of Iraq and Syria.
I do not think the Islamic State is even near to being corralled, whether coalition forces join President Obama or not.
Jesus come quickly.