Lying Wonders: Apocalyptic Islamic “Prophecies” Are Fueling The Rise Of The ISIS Caliphate
Islamic “prophecy” is false and self-fulfilling, often entirely dependent upon a Muslim’s own behavior. It is not predictive, like Biblical prophecy. But this matters little. In the deceived and wretched minds of all those waging jihad — and even provoking and begging their enemies to attack in order to fulfill them — these “prophecies” must all still somehow be true …
2 Thessalonians 2:9-10, “The coming of the [lawless one] is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved.”
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By Nour Malas, The Wall Street Journal (Via The Australian) – “REBELS of the moderate Free Syrian Army were mystified in August when rival Islamic State militants suddenly took aim at a seemingly unimportant string of villages in the northern Syrian province of Aleppo.
As the extremist group’s propaganda and fighters on the ground quickly made clear, what fuelled their offensive was one village in particular, Dabiq.
The village appears in sayings attributed to the Prophet Muhammad as the site of an end-of-days drama in which a Muslim army is to defeat its enemies, including a foreign army.
The importance of this prophecy to Islamic State was evident in the video released on Sunday announcing the beheading of US aid worker Peter Kassig.
‘Here we are, burning the first American crusader in Dabiq, eagerly waiting for the remainder of your armies to arrive,’ says a militant in the video. The militant denounces US intervention in Iraq and vows to defeat what he calls ‘this final and last crusade’.
The capture of Dabiq set the stage for Islamic State’s wider battles spanning Syria and Iraq, which it portrays as pre-ordained in Islamic texts. That an ancient prophecy prompted a strategic battlefield shift some 1400 years after it was relayed shows how apocalyptic ideas have fuelled the rise of Islamic State.
Those ideas had helped attract recruits in the Middle East and beyond, said Syrian rebels who fight the group, analysts who study it, and a militant who has recently joined.
‘Dabiq is the most important village in all of Syria for them … especially the foreign fighters,’ explained a rebel who fought the advance of Islamic State forces on the village.
Until facing the militants on that frontline, the rebel said, he had thought their references to religious creeds were just slogans to fuel sectarian rage of the Syrian war — not motivation for battlefield actions. ‘They take it very seriously,’ the rebel said.
Asked if Islamic State played up religious prophecies to rally fervour for its cause from devout young Sunni Muslims, the recent recruit to the group said: ‘Sometimes, but it always works.'” Read more.
Flashback: ISIS Jihadist: ‘This Is The War Muhammad Promised Us, The War Of The Great Tribulation’ – “These fighters who gather in Iraq and Syria are not there for the primary goal to fight Maliki and Assad. Abu Omar, a Sunni jihadist fighting in Aleppo said, ‘If you think that all these mujahideen came from around the world to fight Assad, you are mistaken. All of them came here as it was foretold and promised by the Prophet. It is the war He promised us; the war of The Great Tribulation.’ The Jihadists have a set of belief that one third of the Muslims in the world will be killed.” Read more.