Iraq Source: CIA World Factbook

Source: CIA World Factbook

Reuters reports (June 29, 2014) that the “The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant” (ISIS) has changed the playing field. Its leader, Abu Bakr al-Bagdadi, has proclaimed himself the “caliph” of an “Islamic State.” He has changed the name of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant to the “Islamic State.” His declaration is an invitation to [tippy title=”Sunni Muslims”]Sunni Muslims are the largest sect of Islam, comprising 80-85% of all Muslims. [/tippy] all over the world to declare allegiance to the Islamic State. If they declare allegiance, they will join the Islamic State in its jihad not only across Iraq and Syria, but over the world. [tippy title=”Shia Muslims”] Shia Muslims are the minority sect of Islam, comprising 10-15% all Muslims. Shias comprise approximately 95% of Muslims in Iran, 60% of Muslims in Iraq, and 15% of Muslims in Syria. President Bashar al-Assad of Syria is Alawite Shia, a branch of Shiism. [/tippy] in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and Iran will likely be their first targets. Remember, the Soviets are aligned with Iran and Syria, both Shia led.

The Reuters article gives the background for the declaration of the [tippy title=”Islamic 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. [/tippy]:

After Iraq gains, Qaeda offshoot claims Islamic “caliphate”

Islam has not had a caliph, a leader of an Islamic state since 1924 when the Ottoman caliphate was dissolved by action of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the President of Turkey. It has not a caliph since that time as well. What might we expect in the days to follow?

Decisions will be made by Sunni Muslim groups all over the Middle East and Asia as to whether they will proclaim loyalty to the Islamic State and come under the authority of Abu Bakr al-Bagdadi? A major group in the Asian corridor is [tippy title=”Al-Qaeda”]Al-Qaeda is also a Sunni Salafi-jihadist group. A Salafi-jihadist group considers violence as the only means whereby Sharia law can be imposed over the world. [/tippy]; and its central core leadership is located in Pakistan and led by Al-Zawahiri, considered by most Sunni jihadist groups to be Osama bin Laden #2. ISIS, located in Iraq, had formerly proclaimed allegiance to al-Qaeda core leadership in Pakistan. It had sent one of its lieutenants, Abu Mohammad al-Jawlani, to lead the rebel opposition to President Bashir al-Assad in Syria. The Sunni Salafi-jihadist group he leads is known as “al-Nusrah“;  but as al-Nusrah succeeded in Syria, it chose to report to al-Qaeda in Pakistan rather than ISIS. Al-Qaeda in Pakistan agreed to the realignment of reporting of al-Nusrah. When it did, ISIS revoked its loyalty to al-Qaeda and declared its independence from al-Qaeda. Today’s declaration of the Islamic state is the next step in that independence. ISIS is no more. In its place is the Islamic state. Time will tell whether the Sunnis of the world will seek unification under al-Bagdadi or reject his leadership. If Sunnis do come under al-Bagdadi, we are likely seeing the forming of geopolitical sides in a war that will eventually take us to WW 3, and the Tribulation of the last days.

Jesus come quickly. I am a mid-trib proponent. I pray that you pre-tribbers have it right.