Is This The Beast Arising?

beastThe expansion and increasing power of the “Islamic State” is stunning–from relatively obscure to a recognized, regional player in a month. They have put out a map and timeline for a Caliphate that is eerily similar to what we find in ‘End Times’ Bible passages:

Rev 6:8, “I looked, and behold, an ashen horse; and he who sat on it had the name Death; and Hades was following with him. Authority was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by the wild beasts of the earth.”

Rev 13:4,5, “they worshiped the dragon because he gave his authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast, and who is able to wage war with him?” 5 There was given to him a mouth speaking arrogant words and blasphemies, and authority to act for forty-two months was given to him


This map and article
describe the Islamic State’s geography conquest aims and their timeline to achieve them–its very close to 1/4 of the earth, both by population and area, stretching nearly the length of the “10-40 Window”.   They believe they can achieve their goal in 5 years, but judging by their recent speed overtaking large areas of Syria and Iraq its not unreasonable to wonder if they could achieve it in 3-4 years.

Though mapAbu Bakr al-Baghdadi has a $10 million bounty on his head, since he was formally  in US custody, he continues to gain strength and its difficult to imagine the US carrying out a raid intended to kill him if he takes on the mantle of Head of a new Islamic State.  Already on Twitter we are seeing a constant stream of Muslims giving him bayah, or Islamic religious allegiance, due to the Caliph, the combined spiritual/governmental/military head of the Ummah, the worldwide Muslim populace.

While its far from a sure thing that the new Islamic State is the final incarnation of the seven-headed Beast of Revelation, this one bears watching.

One thing is for sure, we need to be praying for our suffering brethren in areas under the control of IS–deliverance yes, but faithfulness to the end, since we know there will be a great reward in the coming kingdom of Messiah.  And we need to pray for Israel–Biblically its apparent that great hardships are headed their way. Father, give your people peace, and let them see and know the Prince of Peace, Christ Jesus.

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2 Responses to Is This The Beast Arising?

  1. dknezacek says:

    I agree with you that ISIS is a major player in the end times, but I think they will be a flash-in-the-pan. What they are doing, in my opinion, is setting up the Psalm 83 war. They won’t accomplish thier goals, but will get stopped dead in their tracks, when they go after Israel.

    I did an analysis of that war on my blog. I would suggest you should take a look and see who is being referred to. Check it out at http://housetops.me/2014/07/02/isis-in-biblical-prophecy/

    This war will be so bad that Israel will be forced to go nuclear, and thus it will also end in the fulfilment of Isaiah 17:1, among other prophecies.

    After that war, there will be a time of peace, where both Israel and the Arabs will achieve economic prosperity. I think this will be the time when Israel will give up her nuclear devices, in exchange for a guarantee of military support from Europe.

    Then the other Islamist countries will attack Israel, with the help of Russia.

    This scenario I have laid out, is not the Tribulation, but it will be interpreted as such by many Christians. It will be used by Satan as a counterfeit of the Tribulation, so that when the Beast arises, the world will look to him as a Saviour!

    • Kurt J. says:

      dk,

      Re ISIS, you could be right. Even tonight I saw a report that Abu Bakr could be injured or dead, see here Some think the one giving the speech the other day wasn’t even him.

      However, “in the Spirit” this movement has great inertia and I sense Satan all over it–Christians are dying and running for their lives all over the ME, and these people have a bead on Jerusalem, ultimately.

      I’ve considered the “Psalm 83 War”, the 7-year Trib, the time of “unwalled villages”, etc. Although I’m solidly Pre-mill, I am post-Trib and I don’t believe that from one verse (Dan 9:27) we can extrapolate a whole construct of 3.5 years of peace, 3.5 years of war. I also see “the Beast” system (Islam) being primarily Jerusalem-centric although its tentacles will certainly affect the entire world, as it already is.

      So to me we’ve been undergoing “tribulation(s)” since the apostles and we can expect the Lord to return any year now within a two day span around Rosh Hashanah. We can disagree on minor issues while still agreeing that Jesus is Savior and God is Truine, but that’s my best (very brief) synthesis of all the scriptures concerning “end times”. Read my other articles for more details.

      Kurt

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