In previous commentaries we have looked at the prophetic issues facing today's Egypt and Syria. Now it is time to turn to Iraq and the land of Nineveh.
The prophet Nahum the Elkoshite wrote of Iraq, specifically Northern Iraq. I encourage you to read and study Nahum's words on the burden of Nineveh:
"Of all the Minor Prophets the Book of Nahum has received the greatest and strongest light from the discoveries of the last half-century. The exact location of Nineveh, its fortifications, some of its palaces, its means of defense, its invincible kings, its armies, its amusements, its libraries, and its indescribable cruelty are now known."Today, it appears that the vision of Nahum is in the headlines. The ultimate goal of the black flag Sunni terror group that opposes the Shiite sects of government is to regenerate the Caliphate and their brand of Sharia Law. This is potentially epic, their feet may be of the iron and clay of Daniel 2:33 as they reveal a repetition of the burden of Nineveh from Book of Nahum, the 7th book of the 12 minor prophets.
Perhaps Habakkuk wrote of this as well. His name means to “wrestle.” The rift, this East vs. West wrestling between Shiite and Sunni reminds me of Habakkuk 1:1-7:
“Look at the nations and watchAs a watchman we have to be aware. Over the last 100 years, seminary teaching has led to pulpit preaching of replacement theologies.
and be utterly amazed.
For I am going to do something in your days
that you would not believe,
even if you were told.
I am raising up the Babylonians,
that ruthless and impetuous people,
who sweep across the breath of land
to seize dwellings not their own.
They are a feared and dreaded people;
they are a law to themselves
and promote their own honor."
But when you look at the Scriptures we find a different story. Many also declare that the fulfilment of the storyline of Daniel 8 was fulfilled by Antiochus Epiphanes despite the fact that Daniel was told it is a prophecy for the "end days".
Because of that statement, we can know that the conflicts of Antiochus IV was a prototype to the cycle of prophecy. After all, God declares the end from the beginning in Isaiah 46:10.
Antiochus IV Epiphanes was a Greek king of the Seleucid Empire but that was not always his name. His original name was Mithradates. Yes, one an the same as from Mithra, the ancient Persian pagan sun god identified with Sol Invictus, the false god light of the world.
According to Encyclopedia Britannica, "The first written mention of the Vedic Mitra dates to 1400 BC. His worship spread to Persia and after the defeat of the Persians by Alexander the Great, throughout the Hellenic world. In the 3rd and 4th centuries ad, the cult of Mithra, carried and supported by the soldiers of the Roman Empire, was the chief rival to the newly developing religion of Christianity."
Antiochus outlawed Torah observance, burned the scrolls and ordered the worship of Zeus. According to 2 Maccabees 6:1–11, "A man could not keep the sabbath or celebrate the traditional feasts, nor even admit that he was a Jew."
It seems that Antiochus Epiphanes strangely aligns with what we see happening today with ISIS or ISIL which is led by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi who took radical leadership not long after U.S. troops withdrew from Iraq. It seems we've never withdrawn post war conflict protection until Iraq. We still have bases in Germany, Japan, Italy, Guam, South Korea, Bulgaria, Cuba, Afghanistan and others. Why Iraq? Here's the withdrawal agreement posted at the State Department. Its says it is for contributing to world peace and stability, strengthening security, combatting terrorism and deterring aggression.
Antiochus ruled over the Syrian area of Alexander’s empire, specifically in Nineveh were ISIS is now in Northern Iraq dissolving the boundary between Northern Iraq and Syria.
The horrific terror of ISIS, that are different, more aggressive than we have ever seen from al-Qaeda. Untold terrors came to light after Shavuot (Pentecost) in June this year when ISIS attacked Mosul, and began a campaign to exile or exterminate Christians living in the region while seeking to establish a Caliphate (kingdom) ruled by Shariah Law to devour, oppress and crush the ancient Christians of Nineveh (Northern Iraq) reminds me of the vision of the fourth beast noted in Daniel 7.
Here Daniel described the one that gave meaning to his dream. Daniel describes Jesus, Messiah Yeshua:
"In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence. He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all nations and peoples of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed."Daniel records explanation of the "one like a son of man" given sovereign power over his kingdom by the Ancient of Days as coming in clouds just like the descriptions of Matthew 24:30 and Mark 13:26:
“He gave me this explanation: ‘The fourth beast is a fourth kingdom that will appear on earth. It will be different from all the other kingdoms and will devour the whole earth, trampling it down and crushing it. The ten horns are ten kings who will come from this kingdom. After them another king will arise, different from the earlier ones; he will subdue three kings. He will speak against the Most High and oppress his holy people and try to change the set times and the laws. The holy people will be delivered into his hands for a time, times and half a time" Daniel 7:23-25It is as if ISIS is a prelude to the ten horns and another, a different king that will speak against the Most High and oppress his holy people like Antiochus III the Great, the Seleucid king born near Suza, Iran. He was the 6th ruler of the Seleucid Empire. His son Antiochus IV Epiphanes who like ISIS, ruled in terror.
Eventually, Antiochus IV Epiphanes conquest of the Middle East included today's Israel. We can read 2 Maccabees 5:11–14 which tells us he massacred young and old, women and children, virgins and infants. In the space of three days, eighty thousand were lost, forty thousand meeting a violent death, and the same number being sold into slavery.
2 Maccabees 6:1–11 states:
"Not long after this the king sent an Athenian senator to force the Jews to abandon the customs of their ancestors and live no longer by the laws of God; also to profane the temple in Jerusalem and dedicate it to Olympian Zeus, and that on Mount Gerizim to Zeus the Hospitable, as the inhabitants of the place requested...They also brought into the temple things that were forbidden, so that the altar was covered with abominable offerings prohibited by the laws. A man could not keep the sabbath or celebrate the traditional feasts, nor even admit that he was a Jew. At the suggestion of the citizens of Ptolemais, a decree was issued ordering the neighboring Greek cities to act in the same way against the Jews: oblige them to partake of the sacrifices, and put to death those who would not consent to adopt the customs of the Greeks. It was obvious, therefore, that disaster impended. Thus, two women who were arrested for having circumcised their children were publicly paraded about the city with their babies hanging at their breasts and then thrown down from the top of the city wall. Others, who had assembled in nearby caves to observe the sabbath in secret, were betrayed to Philip and all burned to death."Antiochus III was defeated by the Romans. Like him, perhaps Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi will be defeated. But Antiochus III's conquests were assumed by his son Antiochus IV Epiphanes, the next ruler of the Seleucid Empire. He eventually ruled Judea from 175 to 164 BC. His original name was Mithradates. He was named after the false god Mithra.
This map seems foreboding when we consider what started in Syria is now unfolding before us today in Iraq as if history is repeating itself in the ISIS headlines:
What does this all mean?
It means that it is now time to repent and return to God's covenant, return to hear and do His word and walk in the faith of His Kingdom path so that you can ready your lamp for your coming assignment.
God is a sovereign God. He is a loving God and He has provided a way to offer you His salvation. You can accept His gift of life. Consider carefully what your life consists of, look at it and repent of your sin, ask His forgiveness and accept His gift of love through Messiah Yeshua.
Today is the time. If you know you need to get your life right with God, don’t wait for tomorrow, get it right with Him now!
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. John 3:16-17
PRAYER ALERT August 31, 2014: Stars and Stripes reports: Hagel going to Turkey as US tries to build ‘coalition of the willing’ against the Islamic State
"Turkey is a key NATO ally. And given its border with Syria and Iraq, they share our deep concerns with … the regional threat posed by ISIL,” Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby told reporters.Correct me if I am wrong, but isn't The Great Altar of Pergamon or Satan's Throne as John called it from Pergamos, near today's Bergama, Turkey? Didn't Mohamed Elibiary, a senior fellow of Obama’s Department of Homeland Security Advisory Council say America is an Islamic Country?
“We want a coalition of the willing. We want to seek partners in this effort,” Kirby said.
Hagel’s stop in Turkey will come near the end of a six-day international trip which begins Wednesday.
“Secretary Hagel has longstanding relationships with Turkey’s leaders, including the newly-inaugurated President [Recep Tayyip] Erdogan, and he views this visit as an important opportunity to advance our critical relationship,” Kirby said.
What is it about the Home of the Ottoman Empire... Turkey? Yusuf al-Qaradawi,an Egyptian Muslim Cleric who has is widely, including "Islam: The Future Civilization" and broadcasts his show "Shariah and Life" on Al Jazeera, which has an estimated audience of 60 million worldwide says... All Muslim Nations Must Give Allegiance To Turkey.
"Daniel 7:24 And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings."The Aramaic word here translated as subdue in the King James is shĕphal. It means cast down. Will the Islamic State end up tossing off three and end up with ten?
ISIS posts Caliphate map of states. Use Google Chrome if you want to translate...
"So is The Caliphate State, three and ten Aahngti toward the hemisphere"
Incredibly, despite sending Hagel to Turkey, ABC News has reported: The President has No Strategy on ISIS. This seems incoherent, but as horrible as it is seen on the map, the Islamic State has a strategy of Biblical proportions. Perhaps the reason the Commander in Chief has no admitted strategy short of a full invasion, is that the U.S. or a coalition would need to enlist Syrian President Bashar al-Assad which would be an indictment of President Obama's foreign policies.
As David Cameron raises the alert for terror in Britain, Obama, the golfaholic has no strategy as an Islamist militia group that has taken control of Libya's capital and the U.S. Embassy compound that was deserted just a month ago.
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In Texas, Fox News reports chatter that the Department of Public Safety has put out a border alert on ISIS:
“A review of ISIS social media messaging during the week ending August 26 shows that militants are expressing an increased interest in the notion that they could clandestinely infiltrate the southwest border of US, for terror attack,” warns the Texas Department of Public Safety "situational awareness" bulletin, obtained by FoxNews.com.PRAYER ALERT August 30, 2014: Today, AFP reports on what appears like a possible proxy request by King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. I say proxy because the Saudi military consists of the Saudi Arabian Army, the Royal Saudi Air Force, the Royal Saudi Navy, the Royal Saudi Air Defense and paramilitary forces totaling some 200,000 active-duty personnel and 300 combat aircraft including Eurofighter Typhoons, upgraded Tornado IDS, F-15 Eagle and F-15E Strike Eagle fighter planes. With a $67 billion budget, Saudi Arabia ranks among the top 5 nations in the world in military spending. They are next door to Iraq, why haven't they engaged the terror threat headed South?
The three-page bulletin, entitled “ISIS Interest on the US Southwest Border” and dated Aug. 28 was released to law enforcement on Thursday."
The headline reads: Saudi king warns West will be jihadists' next target
"Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) (AFP) - King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has warned that the West will be the next target of the jihadists sweeping through Syria and Iraq, unless there is "rapid" action.Reading the words of John Kerry above... ISIS is no longer a 'JV' team to Obama.
"If we ignore them, I am sure they will reach Europe in a month and America in another month," he said in remarks quoted on Saturday by Asharq al-Awsat daily and Saudi-backed Al-Arabiya television station.
"Terrorism knows no border and its danger could affect several countries outside the Middle East," said the king who was speaking at a welcoming ceremony on Friday for new ambassadors, including a new envoy from Saudi ally the United States.
The Islamic State (IS) jihadist group has prompted widespread concern as it advances in both Syria and Iraq, killing hundreds of people, including in gruesome beheadings and mass executions.
Lack of action would be "unacceptable" in the face of the phenomenon, King Abdullah said.
"You see how they (jihadists) carry out beheadings and make children show the severed heads in the street," he said, condemning the "cruelty" of such acts.
"It is no secret to you, what they have done and what they have yet to do. I ask you to transmit this message to your leaders: 'Fight terrorism with force, reason and (necessary) speed'."
President Barack Obama has yet to decide whether the United States should launch raids against positions held by the Islamic State jihadist group in Syria to follow US air strikes on IS activities in Iraq.
US Secretary of State John Kerry called Friday for a global coalition to combat Islamic State fighters' "genocidal agenda".
Writing in the New York Times, Kerry said he and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will meet European counterparts on the sidelines of a NATO summit in Wales next week, to enlist assistance.
They will then travel on to the Middle East to build support "among the countries that are most directly threatened".
"With a united response led by the United States and the broadest possible coalition of nations, the cancer of ISIS will not be allowed to spread to other countries," Kerry said in Friday's op-ed piece.
Asharq Al-Awsat said the king urged other countries to join the UN Counter-Terrorism Centre, set up in 2011 to respond to new threats, and to which Saudi Arabia has made a grant of $100 million."
The Telegraph says "Such a coalition would likely have to include Iran, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Gulf countries, which, plagued by diplomatic rivalries between themselves, make unlikely bedfellows."
French news broadcaster i24 News today posted this report: Kerry: The cancer of ISIS will not be allowed to spread
Pay attention 'Watchman', i24 reveals the ultimate goal of the Islamic State "on its path towards Palestine":
"Meanwhile, Islamic State declared, via its English language publication Dabiq, that its goal is to "continue striking every apostate who stands as an obstacle on its path towards Palestine… it is only a matter of time and patience before (IS) reaches Palestine to fight the barbaric Jews and kill those of them hiding behind the gharqad trees – the trees of the Jews."i24 also reports today that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared: 'We ended Gaza op due to other regional threats'
That is a partial change of rhetoric from Islamic State's earlier focus on first establishing an Islamic caliphate by concentrating on fighting insurrection campaigns in Arab countries.
So far, Islamic State seldom focused on Israel or other Western countries, such as the United States – though they have recently threatened retaliation on the US after the latter bombed IS positions in Iraq and said it was considering to do in Syria, as well."
"Netanyahu says with IS knocking on Jordan's door, militants on Golan heights, he chose to conserve firepowerEarlier today, J.E. Dyer at Liberty Unyielding... posted the video noted in a August 19th Reuters report. The video has been withdraw from YouTube:
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday stated he has decided to end the latest round of warfare against Gaza-based militants to preserve military resources in view of other regional threats.
"We have fought 50 days and we could gone for 500 days, but we are in a situation where we have the Islamic State knocking on Jordan's door, al-Qaida on the Golan Heights and at the Lebanese border," Netanyahu told Israel's Channel 2."
Four days ago, Reuters reported that ISIS had released a new video, in the wake of the video showing the beheading of journalist James Foley. ISIS called this new video “Breaking the American cross.”The ISIS video hatefully plays 'Amazing Grace' and shows ISIS soldiers on horseback. With today's modern equipment and modern tank warfare, I've often wondered about the prophecy of Zechariah 12:4 but the words seemed to jump off the screen as I reluctantly watched the video:
The video with the theme “breaking of the American cross” boasts Islamic State will emerge victorious over “crusader” America. It follows a video posted on Monday warning of attacks on American targets if Washington struck against its fighters in Iraq and Syria.
The video showed footage of President Barack Obama as well as strategic U.S. ally King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, and attacks on American soldiers.
"On that day I will strike every horse with panic and its rider with madness," declares the LORD. "I will keep a watchful eye over Judah, but I will blind all the horses of the nations."
PRAYER ALERT August 28, 2014: A report from ANTAKYA, Turkey Found: The Islamic State's Terror Laptop of Doom
Buried in a Dell computer captured in Syria are lessons for making bubonic plague bombs and missives on using weapons of mass destruction.
Abu Ali, a commander of a moderate Syrian rebel group in northern Syria, proudly shows a black laptop partly covered in dust. "We took it this year from an ISIS hideout," he says."
PRAYER ALERT August 25, 2014: Yesterday, AFP published a report that sounded almost as if it had been scripted from the apocalyptic pages of Daniel, Ezekiel and Revelation. It concluded with a hint at the words of Isaiah:
Islamic State 'beyond anything we've seen': USConcluding his remarks, potential conflict near Damascus is seen:
Washington (AFP) - The Islamic State poses a greater danger than a conventional "terrorist group" and is pursuing a vision that could radically alter the face of the Middle East, US defense leaders said Thursday.
The IS jihadists could be contained and eventually defeated by local forces backed by the United States, but the Sunni population in both Syria and Iraq would need to reject the group, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and General Martin Dempsey told reporters.
Hagel warned that the Islamic State is better armed, trained and funded than any recent militant threat.
"They marry ideology and a sophistication of strategic and tactical military prowess. They are tremendously well funded. This is beyond anything we have seen," Hagel told a news conference.
Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that the group adheres to a fanatical ideology and has "a long-term vision" to take over Lebanon, Israel and Kuwait.
"If they achieve that vision, it would fundamentally alter the face of the Middle East and create a security environment that would certainly threaten us in many ways," he said.
""Can they be defeated without addressing that part of the organization that resides in Syria? The answer is no," the general said."This Associated Press report gave more details from Four Star Army General Martin Dempsey on the Islamic State's "apocalyptic, end-of-days strategic vision".
Please read the AP report. Then, ask yourself something. Other than from a Hollywood script, have you ever heard words like "apocalyptic, end-of-days strategic vision" from the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, America's top-ranked military officer?
PRAYER ALERT August 7, 2014: I am sickened to share this.
To begin, yesterday, Rick Wiles of TruNews Radio interviewed Canon Andrew White, chaplain of the St. George’s Anglican Church in Iraq who recently warned that Christianity may be wiped out in the next few days in Iraq, but he has refused to flee. Breaking Christian News has reported on his plea:
"Just this week, Canon Andrew Wright sent out a global call for prayer, saying the world was so focused on blaming Israel for the Gaza conflict that they were ignoring the horrors being inflicted on Iraqi Christians by the same terrorist mindset working against Israel."During the radio broadcast, Reverend White sounds desperately sad in the 20 minute telephone interview, weeping as he says he cannot adequately describe the tribulation in Iraq.
This critically important interview begins @ minute 13:50. So you can fast forward if you like. PLEASE listen to it, pray and consider helping. Details are given toward the end of the 20 minute interview or you can donate directly to the church or here.
You can also view his comments in this August 7th report from BBC NewsNight.
Barbara Bolan of CNS News reports: "Christianity in Mosul is dead, and a Christian holocaust is in our midst," said Mark Arabo, a Californian businessman and Chaldean-American leader. In an interview with CNN's Jonathan Mann, he called what's happening in Iraq a "Christian genocide" and said "children are being beheaded, mothers are being raped and killed, and fathers are being hung."
My prayer is that the words of Jeremiah 32:36-41 are also given for these people of Mosul:
"You are saying about this city, ‘By the sword, famine and plague it will be given into the hands of the king of Babylon’; but this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: I will surely gather them from all the lands where I banish them in my furious anger and great wrath; I will bring them back to this place and let them live in safety. They will be my people, and I will be their God. I will give them singleness of heart and action, so that they will always fear me and that all will then go well for them and for their children after them. I will make an everlasting covenant with them: I will never stop doing good to them, and I will inspire them to fear me, so that they will never turn away from me. I will rejoice in doing them good and will assuredly plant them in this land with all my heart and soul."The nation of France has offered asylum, "We are ready, if they wish, to facilitate their asylum on our soil."
I earnestly pray that Israel will do the same. I have written Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu imploring he can do a great mitzveh, a great deed of kindness not unlike the favor shown by Arthur James Balfour. You can too. After all, the last Christian of Mosul, a 70 year old man named Yacob was spared by ISIS.
The Bible tells us that the Angel of God gave Yacob a blessing, He gave him the name Israel. Prime Minister you too can share a blessing in the land whose name means "God Prevails".
He said, "Your name will no longer be called 'Ya`akov,' but, 'Yisra'el,' for you have fought with God and with men, and have prevailed." Genesis 32:28 HNVISIS Captures City in Lebanon as Threat Moves Closer to Israel
"The radical Islamic terror organization, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), has gained a larger foothold in Lebanon as it faces off against the Lebanese army.France has offered Iraqi Christians asylum, what will you do?
Hezbollah announced on Wednesday that for the moment, it has no plans to confront ISIS. Hezbollah leaders told the Lebanese Daily Star that it has only agreed to provide logistical support to the Lebanese army. However, should ISIS capture significant territory, Hezbollah leadership implied that it would enter the fray.
Since Monday, Lebanese forces and members of ISIS have been squaring off in northern Lebanon. According to reports, ISIS has captured the city of Arsal.
The Telegraph reported that the Syrian terror group set up check-points throughout the city, which has some 40,000 residents and approximately 120,000 Syrian refugees."
PRAYER ALERT August 4, 2014: If true, this might just kick start a Revelation 18 nightmare... Saudi Arabia Seeks to Protect Mecca after ISIS Destroys Iraqi Religious Sites - Reports
"MOSCOW, August 4 (RIA Novosti) - Saudi Arabia is seeking help from Pakistan and Egypt to protect its borders and religious sites from attacks by the Islamic State (IS), formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), the International Business Times reported.In addition to this, the Islamic State militants fight for Iraq's two biggest dams.
"The kingdom is calling in favors from Egypt and Pakistan. No one is certain what ISIS has planned, but it's clear a group like this will target Mecca if it can. We expect them to run out of steam, but no one is taking any chances," the International Business Times wrote Sunday citing an adviser to the Saudi government."
PRAYER ALERT July 29, 2014: Historian: Destruction of Jonah's Tomb Ignored by West
"The recent destruction of the tomb of the Biblical figure Jonah has been met with a disturbing silence by the West, according to historian Timothy Stanley, a former professor at Oxford and Harvard Universities.PRAYER ALERT July 22, 2014: ISIS Torches 1,800-Year-Old Church in Mosul; Priest Says City Is 'Now Empty of Christians'
"We're witnessing the destruction of an entire civilization — of a society. "That's a remarkable war crime obviously without any justification,'' Stanley said Tuesday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
Eyewitnesses say the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant — the al-Qaida-related terror group that has captured city after city in Iraq — purposely destroyed the sacred shrine, which is located east of Mosul. ISIL has also been called the Islamic State of Iraq and the Syria or ISIS.
Stanley said the lack of outrage by the West over the sickening desecration is stunning.
"[We] have a duty to ask ourselves why our society chooses not to speak about what's happening there. It says something about our lack of confidence as a Judeo-Christian western culture that we don't like commenting upon a lot of what goes on in the Middle East,'' Stanley said.
"By ignoring it, we are essentially facilitating it and it's just absolutely horrendous. It's so sad to see the destruction of Jonah's tomb. This is a holy prophet and the West has nothing to say about it whatsoever.
"Of course, it's not just relics being destroyed, it's also people being killed, being driven out their homes, being raped, being treated in a dreadful, dreadful manner and the West is shamefully silent.''"
"The torching of the church comes on the heels of the destruction of a number of other Christian monuments in Iraq in recent months including the tomb of biblical prophet Jonah, which was dug up by ISIL militants in the east of Mosul."ISIS Forces Last Iraqi Christians to Flee Mosul
"Since 2003, when Saddam Hussein was ousted, Mosul’s Christians, one of the oldest communities of its kind in the world, had seen their numbers dwindle from over 30,000 to just a few thousand. However, once ISIS swept into the city in early June, there were reports that the remaining Christians had fled.
The NYT report said that interviews on Friday with Christian elders and leaders suggested that in fact many had hung on, hoping for a way to continue the quiet practice of their faith in the city that had been their home for more than 1,700 years.
Friday’s edict was probably the real end. While a few may still find a way to stay in secret, the community will be gone."
"For the Christians displaced from Mosul, the NYT said, sudden departure has meant a series of treks—first to nearby Christian villages like Bartella and Hamdaniya, already badly overcrowded, then to Kurdistan, a semiautonomous region of Iraq where there is more tolerance for Christians.
As the Christians leave Mosul, ISIS has painted the Arabic letter that means "Nasrani," from Nazarene, a word often used to refer to Christians, on their homes. Next to the letter, in black, are the words, "Property of the Islamic State of Iraq.""
PRAYER ALERT July 10, 2014: Fox News reports: ISIS destroys shrines and mosques, may be targeting Mecca
"ISIS is leaving a path of destroyed churches, shrines and mosques in its wake as it storms across Syria and Iraq, and has even set its sights on Mecca -- Islam's holiest site.
The nihilistic jihadis, led by self-proclaimed descendant of Prophet Muhammad Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, have already bulldozed or blown up some of the most sacred places in Iraq, and seem bent on killing and destroying anyone or anything that does not measure up to their vision of Islam. Experts say the group, which originally stood for Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, but now simply calls itself "Islamic State," has appointed itself the leading proponent of the Muslim faith.
“They see themselves as the last defenders of Islamic civilization and want to eradicate anything that they see as the enemy of Islam, and any Muslim they perceive as compromising with the West,” Yvonne Haddad, a professor at Georgetown University who specializes in the history of Islam and Christian-Muslim relations, told FoxNews.com."
PRAYER ALERT July 6, 2014: The events we see in Syria and Iraq today are described in this NY Times article: Power Struggles in Middle East Exploit Islam’s Ancient Sectarian Rift
PRAYER ALERT June 30, 2014: As the jihadist group ISIS on Sunday declared the establishment of a “Caliphate”, or Islamic state spanning parts of both Iraq and Syria with the group’s leader as the ruling “Caliph”... ISIS fanatics publicly crucify nine men in Syria as rival militias in Iraq prove just as brutal
"Is there no end to their depraved brutality?As jihadist forces horrified... "Jordan’s king told a delegation of US congressmen Sunday that he fears the turmoil in Iraq could spill over into the entire region."
The fanatical jihadists waging war across Syria and Iraq have already horrified the world with their mass shootings and the discovery of a “death pit” where they hurl victims’ bodies.
Now, they have employed a cruelty many centuries old — crucifixion.
The fiends of ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, also known as ISIL) publicly hung nine men on crosses at the weekend in Syria."
Read more: Jordan's king: We fear spread of Iraq chaos | The Times of Israel
PRAYER ALERT June 22, 2014: Again I ask, does Jeremiah 5:6, Daniel 7:6 and Revelation 13:2 speak of the speed of the devouring ISIS leopard beast that goes out to tear in pieces?
Today from The National Post: Convert to Islam or face the sword: Iraqi Christians flee cities captured by extremists known to kill non-Muslims
"There have been Christians in Iraq since the first century when two disciples of Jesus are said to have brought the Gospel here. As recently as 2003, Iraq had 1.5 million Christians. But since then there have been more than 70 attacks on churches, several priests have been murdered and the number of Christians has plummeted to less than 500,000. This latest spasm of sectarian violence will probably lead to another mass exodus."CBN News provides this request for prayer: ISIS to Iraqi Christians: 'Obey, Pay, or Leave'
"About 25,000 Christians have fled to Bartilla, but CBN News couldn't find one who would talk on camera out of fear of retribution.CBN provides this video from Tom Doyle, author of Dreams and Visions: Is Jesus Awakening the Muslim World, offers a unique insight into what's happening in the Middle East right now and how Christians can respond.
The conditions in Bartilla are abysmal. There's no water because ISIS turned it off. And there's no electricity because Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki's government turned that off.
People here are protected by the Peshmerga, who have set up a perimeter around the town and a few other towns in the area.
These people know that ISIS could come in and kill most of the people here. They're asking for prayer from Christians around the world. One Christian leader said they're asking for prayer just as the Apostle Paul did, praying that God will protect the town and the region."
"In the midst of this cauldron surrounding Iraq's Christians, Majeed sent out a prayer S.O.S.
"So please raise up prayer for us. This is what we need," he said. "We do believe that prayer is very important because we hear when man is work[ing], man is working. But when man is praying, God is working."
"So it is important for the churches outside Iraq to raise up prayers and also to fast for the sake of the people of Iraq," he continued.
"It's important for the other churches to pray for them to be protected," he admonished. "Please pray for us -- this is the only thing for the right time. We have nothing to do. People outside can do nothing for us except praying.""
The radical destructive events we see in Northern Iraq are in and around the ancient area of Elam. Is there a tie to these events in what we see written in Jeremiah as part of a 2,600 year old judgment brought on by the armies of Nebuchadnezzar?
According to Strong's Concordance, Elam is a province east of Babylon and northeast of the lower Tigris. Sounds like the area around Mosul to me...
"For I will cause Elam to be dismayed before their enemies, and before them that seek their life: and I will bring evil upon them, even my fierce anger, saith the LORD; and I will send the sword after them, till I have consumed them: And I will set my throne in Elam, and will destroy from thence the king and the princes, saith the LORD. But it shall come to pass in the latter days, that I will bring again the captivity of Elam, saith the LORD." Jeremiah 49:37-39God tells Jeremiah what is next in Jeremiah 50 and Jeremiah 51. Notice "the least of the flocks shall draw them out". Could ISIS be the least of the flock?
There will be a cry among the nations...
"Therefore hear ye the counsel of the LORD, that he hath taken against Babylon; and his purposes, that he hath purposed against the land of the Chaldeans: Surely the least of the flock shall draw them out: surely he shall make their habitation desolate with them. At the noise of the taking of Babylon the earth is moved, and the cry is heard among the nations." Jeremiah 50:45-46The conclusion of chapter 51 states...
"So Jeremiah wrote in a book all the evil that should come upon Babylon, [even] all these words that are written against Babylon. And Jeremiah said to Seraiah, When thou comest to Babylon, and shalt see, and shalt read all these words; Then shalt thou say, O LORD, thou hast spoken against this place, to cut it off, that none shall remain in it, neither man nor beast, but that it shall be desolate for ever. And it shall be, when thou hast made an end of reading this book, [that] thou shalt bind a stone to it, and cast it into the midst of Euphrates: And thou shalt say, Thus shall Babylon sink, and shall not rise from the evil that I will bring upon her: and they shall be weary. Thus far [are] the words of Jeremiah." Jeremiah 51:60-64
PRAYER ALERT June 19, 2014: I think that this is an important report today from JNS and a must read that provides a thoughtful and unique view beyond the headline. It very well may address prophetic events tied to Jacob's trouble and tribulation for Ephraim possibly tying people and events beginning in 740 BC to 2014.
The Assyrian invasions of Northern Israel recorded in Assyrian cuneiform states that captives were taken from Samaria. This lasted 18 years until 722 BC. Interestingly, 18 years from now will mark what many believe to be 2,000 years (2 days) or 40 Jubilees from the Passover cross.
Christianity Like Jews before them, Iraq’s Christians may face extinction after jihadist invasion
"For most Westerners, Iraq is a foreboding and dangerous place that is filled with extremists and daily violence. Yet as little as 75 years ago Iraq was a vibrant country that was home to many different ethnic and religious minorities, including large Jewish and Christian populations.If your read the report, you will notice the reporter errs just a bit stating that the Northern tribes of Israel who were expelled to Mesopotamia by the ancient Assyrians were "Jewish". The Bible clearly describes something different. Most miss it but the Bible calls these people of the northern hill-country cities of Ephraim and Manasseh by the name "Ephraim".
But the latest round of violence spearheaded by the jihadist terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), which is driving through the heart of Iraq to the capital of Baghdad and inflicting medieval-style Islamic justice on anyone in its path, might be the last gasp of Iraq’s ancient Christian community, which faces extinction like Iraq’s Jewish community before it.
“Iraq used to be a beautiful mosaic made of many different faiths, including Judaism,” Juliana Taimoorazy, founder and president of the Iraqi Christian Relief Council, told JNS.org.
Like the Jewish people, the Christians of Iraq have a long and storied history that can be traced back to the very foundations of human civilization.
Most Iraqi Christians belong to an ethnic group known as the Assyrians. The Assyrian people consider themselves to be direct descendants of the numerous ancient Mesopotamian civilizations such as the Sumerians, Akkadians, Babylonians, and Assyrians.
“The Assyrians, also known as Chaldeans and Syriacs are the children of Sumerians, the original people of Iraq,” Taimoorazy said.
Mentioned numerous times in the bible from Genesis and onward, the peoples of Mesopotamia were key in formation of Judeo-Christian history. It is the land where the biblical patriarch Abraham hailed from."
The Jewish people, the people of Judah and Benjamin lived in the southern kingdom in and around Jerusalem, the Assyrians did not overtake the Southern Kingdom, but the Ottoman Muslims did and they were forced to give it up in 1920 and they are fighting to get it back.
PRAYER ALERT August 4, 2014: Gaza Crisis: Isis Pledge to Join the Palestinian Fight Against ‘Barbaric Jews’
"The Islamic militant group, who last month announced a “Caliphate” straddling the Iraqi-Syrian border and renamed themselves the Islamic State, released the provocative statement on an Isis-affiliated Twitter account.PRAYER ALERT June 16, 2014: If you care about America, you need to understand the mind of Homeland Security official Mohamed Elibiary. His remarks on Twitter should make your skin crawl when you realize that he is a leader at the DHS. You'll want to read the full article.
“It is only matter of time and patience before it [Islamic State] reaches Palestine to fight the barbaric Jews and kill those of them hiding behind the gharqad trees – the trees of the Jews,” the statement read.
The group said it would do “everything within its means” to continue the fight against any obstacleon the way to “Palestine”, alluding to the Middle Eastern territory before the creation of the State of Israel in 1948.
“As for the massacres taking place in Gaza against the Muslim men, women and children, then the Islamic State will do everything within its means to continue striking down every apostate who stands as an obstacle on its paths towards Palestine,” the group said."
Senior DHS Adviser: ‘Inevitable that ‘Caliphate’ Returns’
"A controversial senior adviser to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is receiving criticism for tweeting that the recent takeover of Iraqi cities by a violent terror group is proof that a Muslim “caliphate” is making an “inevitable” return.U.S. Plans to Evacuate Many Embassy Workers
Mohamed Elibiary, a controversial figure and member of DHS’s Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC), discussed what he described as the “inevitable” return of a Muslim caliphate Friday on Twitter."
"ERBIL, Iraq — The American Embassy in Baghdad plans to evacuate a substantial number of its personnel this week in the face of a militant advance that rapidly swept from the north toward the capital, the State Department announced on Sunday.
The embassy, a beige fortress on the banks of the Tigris River within the heavily secured Green Zone, where Iraqi government buildings are also situated, has the largest staff of any United States Embassy.
The exact number of people being evacuated from Baghdad — the American government prefers to say they are being “relocated” — was not disclosed. But the embassy will remain open, and most of its staff will remain, according to the State Department."
News.com.au reports: Iraq is a tangled web of religious, racial and political conflict. Here’s where the key players fit
"IRAQ is imploding as a brutal force of jihadist extremists — almost medieval in their beliefs — storms over dispirited defenders.Here's a mindblowing report from Reuters: U.S. preparing for dialogue with Iran on Iraq security -official
The world has been forced to take notice as the insurgents brutally massacre government soldiers, even posting pictures of the mass slayings on social media.
Meanwhile confused reports emerge of the blood-soaked fanatics closing in on the capital Baghdad as Westerners prepare to flee."
"SUNNI MUSLIMS: At the core of Iraq’s turmoil is a religious divide that reaches back almost 1500 years — the Sunni and Shiite factions who, essentially, disagreed over who the Prophet Muhammad’s true successor was. Like most religious movements, the Sunnis are made up of hundreds of different factions and groups — all with their own interpretation of how to enact God’s will. Once the faction of dictator Saddam Hussein, the overthrow of the old power structure by the Coalition of the Willing in 2003 opened up the opportunity for the opposing Shiite Muslims to take control — and revenge. There are believed to be almost twice as many Shiites as Sunnis in Iraq. However with the well-organised insurgency mainly led by radical Sunnis, the balance is swinging once more.
SHIITE MUSLIMS: This Islamic faction with its powerbase in Iran has seen the recent Western occupation as a golden opportunity to entrench itself as the new power base in Iraq. Controversially, the US-backed Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has been one of the prime movers behind this push — though the US has turned a blind eye. The result is a divided nation that saw its people come to regard the government as an instrument of religious oppression, not an impartial mediator and source of justice.
BAGHDAD GOVERNMENT: Under the figurehead of President Jalal Talabani, a Kurdish politician who helped establish his people’s semi-autonomous region in northern Iraq, the true power behind the Iraqi flag is Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. The leader of a prominent Shiite political-religious group, he rose to the top job in 2006 and has since set about strengthening his own religious faction’s position at the cost of others. He ousted Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi, the top Sunni religious faction politician, as soon as the US withdrew its last troops in 2012. Sentenced to death in absentia for crimes of terrorism, the whereabouts of Hashemi is unknown.
ISIS: The well-armed, well organised and highly motivated alliance of jihadist groups that is sweeping aside all signs of resistance in Iraq has ties to militant Islamic organisations throughout the Middle East. At the head of the predominantly Sunni Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) (also known as ISIL — Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) is Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, an Iraqi-born militant some hail as “the new bin Laden”. Baghdadi — who regards himself to be a direct descendant of the Prophet Muhammad — wants to erase “Western imposed borders” and create a “new Caliphate”. With a $10 million bounty on his head, he is known for extreme views that even al Qaeda’s hierarchy find uncomfortable. Nevertheless, he has assembled a coalition of some 10,000 warriors — mostly from US-backed Islamic militant groups fighting against President Bashar al-Assad in Syria."
PRAYER ALERT June 14, 2014: For futher study, consider: Is the Vision of Daniel 8 Being Fulfilled Right Now in Iraq and Iran?
PRAYER ALERT June 13, 2014: ISIS calls America to battle that strangely sounds like Revelation 16:14...
ISIS Leader to USA: ‘Soon We Will be in Direct Confrontation’
"(CNSNews.com) - Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), issued a rare audio message back on January 21 in which he flatly stated his group’s intention to march on Baghdad and move into “direct confrontation” with the United States.
“Our last message is to the Americans. Soon we will be in direct confrontation, and the sons of Islam have prepared for such a day,” Baghdadi said. “So watch, for we are with you, watching.”"
Tim Lister of CNN reports on ISIS: The first terror group to build an Islamic state?
"The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria has thrived and mutated during the ongoing civil war in Syria and in the security vacuum that followed the departure of the last American forces from Iraq.
The aim of ISIS is to create an Islamic state across Sunni areas of Iraq and in Syria.
With the seizure of Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city, and advances on others, that aim appears within reach.
ISIS controls hundreds of square miles where state authority has evaporated. It ignores international borders and has a presence all the way from Syria's Mediterranean coast to south of Baghdad."
PRAYER ALERT June 11, 2014: Business Insider reports on the black flag group ISIS, the shock and awe terrorists that use crucifixions and beheadings to spread their horror from Syria into Iraq. They morph their name from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). By any name, they remind me of the sons of darkness from the War Scroll and Habakkuk 1.
From Nineveh, ISIS may target Baghdad:
"For, lo, I raise up the Chaldeans, that bitter and hasty nation, which shall march through the breadth of the land, to possess the dwelling places that are not theirs.Other Bible translations use the word Babylonians instead of Chaldeans. I'm no prophet, but if you have spent any time on this website, you know we need to study the Scriptures of the Prophets. Amos 3:7 tells us:
They are terrible and dreadful: their judgment and their dignity shall proceed of themselves." Habakkuk 1:6-7
"Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets."
If you think about that, it sounds eerily familiar, as to the conflicts of other religious belief on favor from God. You might want to let that soak it.
Shia Muslims are a minority except in Iran and Iraq where they are the majority, These are the ancient lands represented by the gold and silver of Nebuchadnezzar's dream in Daniel 2 interpreted by Daniel after God gave him the vision and its meaning to deliver to the king.
"The head of the statue was made of pure gold, its chest and arms of silver, its belly and thighs of bronze, its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of baked clay. While you were watching, a rock was cut out, but not by human hands. It struck the statue on its feet of iron and clay and smashed them. Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver and the gold were all broken to pieces and became like chaff on a threshing floor in the summer. The wind swept them away without leaving a trace. But the rock that struck the statue became a huge mountain and filled the whole earth."It seems to me that ISIS may well be, at least for now, representative of the iron breaking and smashing everything, even the baked clay of Shia in Iraq, the land of Nebuchadnezzar. After all, through its violence, ISIS wants to create an Islamic Caliphate state ruled by strict Shariah law in Iraq and expand it to Syria and down to Egypt and north Africa.
A Jihadist Group That's Too Radical For Al Qaeda Is Threatening Iraq's Water Supply
"Extremists fighters from the al Qaeda offshoot the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) are now able to control, or at least seriously damage, Iraq's water supply.This report on Nineveh is from AFP: Jihadists seize Iraq's second city, Nineveh province
Earlier today, fighters from ISIS, which was actually expelled from Al Qaeda's global network in February, captured Mosul, the capital of northern Iraq and the country's second largest city. The entirety of the city is reported to be in ISIS's hands since government troops and police officers abandoned their posts before the offensive.
ISIS's control of Mosul places it in a prime position to launch an attack against the Mosul Dam, the largest in the country. The dam impedes the Tigris River, which, along with the Euphrates River, is the main source of water for the vast majority of Iraq's 32 million citizens.
ISIS has previously shown a desire to take control of dams as a means of inflicting strategic damage to southern and central Iraq.
In January 2014, ISIS took control of the Fallujah Dam along the Euphrates. The Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) was not able to retake control of the dam until April.
During their months in control of the dam, ISIS managed to block the Euphrates, flooding the area around Fallujah while cutting off water to the southern and central districts of Iraq."
"Mosul (Iraq) (AFP) - Jihadists overran Iraq's second city of Mosul, the surrounding Nineveh province and parts of Kirkuk on Tuesday, in a major blow to a government apparently incapable of stopping militant advances.
Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki responded by asking parliament to declare a state of emergency and announcing the government would arm citizens to fight the militants.
"All of Nineveh province fell into the hands of militants," parliament speaker Osama al-Nujaifi told journalists in Baghdad, adding the gunmen were heading south towards neighbouring Salaheddin province.
An army brigadier general told AFP hundreds of militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) launched a major assault on the security forces late on Monday."
And the extremists ISIL or ISIS as there militant name morphs are rich from their crimes in Iraq... Mosul Seized: Jihadis Loot $429m from City's Central Bank to Make Isis World's Richest Terror Force
"The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shams (Isis) has become the richest terror group ever after looting 500 billion Iraqi dinars - the equivalent of $429m (£256m) - from Mosul's central bank, according to the regional governor.Fox News gives a video report today on the events in Iraq and a warning of the goal of a Caliphate: Gen. Jack Keane on new threat for US from Al Qaeda offshoot.
Nineveh governor Atheel al-Nujaifi confirmed Kurdish television reports that Isis militants had stolen millions from numerous banks across Mosul. A large quantity of gold bullion is also believed to have been stolen.
Following the siege of the country's second city, the bounty collected by the group has left it richer than al-Qaeda itself and as wealthy as small nations such as Tonga, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands and the Falkland Islands.
The financial assets that the group now possess are likely to worsen the Iraqi government's struggle to defeat the insurgency, which is aimed at creating an Islamic state across the Syrian-Iraqi border.
The Islamist militants took control of Mosul after hundreds of its fighters overwhelmed government military forces in a lightening attack on Monday, forcing up to 500,000 people to flee the city and Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki to call a national state of emergency.
The militants freed up to 1,000 inmates from Mosul's central prison, according to senior police officials. They are also in control of Mosul airport and local television stations.
They also seized considerable amounts of US-supplied military hardware. Photos have already emerged of Isis parading captured Humvees in neighbouring Syria where they are also waging war against President Bashar al-Assad's regime.
In a televised news conference, Maliki said "Iraq is undergoing a difficult stage" and urged the public and government to unite "to confront this vicious attack, which will spare no Iraqi.""
UPI reports that the State Department has finally given notice: Violence in Iraq 'at levels unseen since 2007,' warns State Department
"As Iraqi militants lay siege to Mosul, Tikrit, and Baijia, the U.S. Department of State issued a new travel warning on Wednesday to caution Americans against unnecessary travel to Iraq."Terror groups across the Eastern globe have become prolific and they include many names according to the National Counterterrorism Center.