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.