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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

The Burden of Nineveh

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:
Nahum Chapter 1
Nahum Chapter 2
Nahum Chapter 3
Until recently, in fact, only in the last 50 years, during the current Biblical Jubilee count, have we uncovered evidence documenting the history of the ancient Nineveh Province. That is significant. According to the Jewish Encyclopedia:
"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's 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 watch
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."
As a watchman we have to be aware. Over the last 100 years, seminary teaching has led to pulpit preaching of replacement theologies.

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 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."

But we need to know that Antiochus Epiphanes strangely aligns with what we see happening today with ISIS which is led by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi who took over leadership as U.S. troops were withdrawing from Iraq.

Antiochus ruled over the Syrian area of Alexander’s empire, specifically in Nineveh were ISIS is now in Northern Iraq.

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PRAYER ALERT July 22, 2014: ISIS Torches 1,800-Year-Old Church in Mosul; Priest Says City Is 'Now Empty of Christians'
"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"

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?

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."
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."

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.

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.""
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 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 49:37-39
God 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 50:45-46
The 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.

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

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."
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".

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.

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.

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.

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."
U.S. Plans to Evacuate Many Embassy Workers

"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." 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.

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."
Mindblowing report from Reuters: U.S. preparing for dialogue with Iran on Iraq security -official

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’

"( - 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.

They are terrible and dreadful: their judgment and their dignity shall proceed of themselves." Habakkuk 1:6-7
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:
"Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets."

The report is an eerie reminder of the prophetic warning of the sixth messenger in Revelation 16:12-14 which warns of three unclean spirits like frogs that come out of the beast. Strangely, these seem like the three extreme terror groups that have broken from the jihadi terror roots of Al Qaida:

1. Ahrar Al Sham
2. Jabhat al-Nusra
3. Islamic state of Iraq and Levant

They remind me of the Hittites, the Jebusites, and the Amorites that were tied to the Amalekites. And their swift attack is like the leopard of Jeremiah 5:6, Daniel 7:6 and Revelation 13:2. Today, they are the focal point of the divide between Sunni and Shia. The divide is ancient argument of DNA vs. Faith as the tradition of the Shiite is to believe that only a blood relative of Mohammed can succeed the prophet as the leader of Islam, while the Sunni believe any devout, faithful follower of Mohammed can be the Caliphate leader.

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.

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."

This report on Nineveh is from AFP: Jihadists seize Iraq's second city, Nineveh province

"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.

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.""
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.

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.

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