SITE Intelligence Group (which tracks and translates jihadist sites)  has provided the following excerpt of the Islamic State’s claim of responsibility for the Paris attacks:

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

The Almighty said: “And they thought that their fortresses would defend them from Allah! But Allah’s (Torment) reached them from a place whereof they expected it not, and He cast terror into their hearts so that they destroyed their own dwellings with their own hands and the hands of the believers. Then take admonition, O you with eyes (to see).” [Al-Hashr: 2] …

Let France and those who walk in its path know that they will remain on the top of the list of targets of the Islamic State, and that the smell of death will never leave their noses as long as they lead the convoy of the Crusader campaign, and dare to curse our Prophet, Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him, and are proud of fighting Islam in France and striking the Muslims in the land of the Caliphate with their planes, which did not help them at all in the streets of Paris and its rotten alleys. This attack is the first of the storm and a warning to those who wish to learn.

Allah is Great opening paragraph of the Islamic State’s claim of responsibility quotes Qur’an, Surah 59, entitled “Al-Hashr.” The Surah is named “al-Hashr” because the Arabic word “hashr,” is translated ‘exile’ or ‘banishment.’ According to sources, in the year 627 A.D., the Jews of Banu Nadir surrendered to Muhammad and left Medina (then known as Yathrib), their tribal homeland, with only a small portion of their possessions on the backs of camels, their lands divided among Muhammad and his followers. The Banu Nadir was one of three major Jewish tribes in northern Arabia, the other two being the Banu Qurayza and the Banu Qaynuga. The Jewish tribes of Banu Nadir and Banu Qaynuga were both exiled by Muhammad, the Banu Qaynuga prior to the Banu Nadir. The Jews of the Banu Qurayza tribe were not exiled but beheaded by Muhammad in 627 A.D. Over 700 males were beheaded by Muhammad and his followers, an act that resonates even to the modern-day with internet videos of the Islamic State’s decapitation of its captives.

No doubt, Surah 59:2 quoted above was chosen by the Islamic State to make a statement to the leaders of France and the world. The surah describes the submission of the Jews to Muhammad followed by the expulsion of the Banu Nadir tribe from their tribal homeland, leaving the most of their possessions as booty to Muhammad and his followers. Muhammad thereafter made Medina his “Jerusalem.” From the time of his emigration to Medina from Mecca (622, Hijra) until his death ten years later, Muhammad’s actions as the messenger of Islam changed from that of a pacifist in Mecca to a holy warrior in Medina. It is from Medina that Muhammad launched his jihad against the bedouin tribes of Arabia, beginning with a trade caravan in route to Mecca from Syria at the Battle of Badr, 624 A.D, a key turning point for Muhammad in his spread of Islam (by the sword). Following Muhammad’s death in 632 A.D., Islam came into its own. It was not Muhammad that led this charge but those who followed and used his model. Islamists are still following his model today, and by doing so, Muhammad still lives in the present day. ISIS is the modern-day manifesto of Muhammad. It is as if the true Muhammad and how he spread his Islam is being written on a daily basis through the actions of ISIS and other Salafi jihadists sects and branches of Islam.

I have posted before on where ISIS is in Scripture. Here are some of those posts:

Daniel 11:45 and the Islamic State

Will ISIS Succeed in its Jihad? Considering Graeme Wood’s article alongside Daniel 11

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

Two days before the Paris attack, Obama said this about ISIS:

“I don’t think they’re gaining strength,” Obama said of ISIS. “What is true, from the start, our goal has been first to contain and we have contained them. They have not gained ground in Iraq and in Syria. They’ll come in, they’ll leave. But you don’t see this systemic march by ISIS across the terrain.”

Paris has revealed a new strategy in this Islamist holy war; a different strategy — a strategy not limited to a “systematic march by ISIS across the terrain,” as the President so describes it, but rather, a seeding of jihadis in the cities of the world, beginning first in Europe and certainly, America to follow.

Quite revealing is the closing sentence of the ISIS claim of responsibility: Paris is the “first of the storm and a warning to those who wish to learn.” Jesus used similar words to describe the end-of-days:

But He replied to them, “When it is evening, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.’ 3 “And in the morning, ‘There will be a storm today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ Do you know how to discern the appearance of the sky, but cannot discern the signs of the times? –Matt. 16:2-3 (NASB)

A storm is brewing. Will we heed the signs of the times?

Jesus come quickly.