The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), or, as their pop-savvy branding experts once preferred, simply the Islamic State (IS), was a Muslim terrorist group governing portions of territory in Iraq and Syria, with growing territories in Libya, Nigeria, and cells within Pakistan, Algeria, Egypt, Philippines, Lebanon, Indonesia, Jordan and Israel… before Donald Trump nearly obliterated them.
Now, thanks to Biden, they are back with a vengeance… including within Afghanistan.
The ramifications of this requires a bit of unpacking.
On June 29, 2014, the terrorist army renamed itself the “Islamic State” (IS), implying its sovereignty over all Muslims rather than merely the region of Iraq and Syria they now control.[iii] For that reason, we will refer to them as the Islamic State (IS) as they do themselves. More significantly, the group proclaimed itself to be the worldwide caliphate of prophecy, with Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (aka Abu Du’a) being named its leader. Baghdadi is now being referred to as “khalifah Ibrahim.” Khalifa is an Arabic title that means “leader” and Ibrahim is the Arabic transliteration of the prophet and patriarch “Abraham.” Like the biblical Abraham, in the minds of the IS, Abu Du’a is God’s messenger. A short excerpt from the IS’s announcement follows:
We clarify to the Muslims that with this declaration of khilāfah, it is incumbent upon all Muslims to pledge allegiance to the khalīfah Ibrāhīm and support him (may Allah preserve him). The legality of all emirates, groups, states, and organizations, becomes null by the expansion of the khilāfah’s authority and arrival of its troops to their areas. Imam Ahmad (may Allah have mercy upon him) said, as reported by ‘Abdūs Ibn Mālik al-‘Attār, “It is not permissible for anyone who believes in Allah to sleep without considering as his leader whoever conquers them by the sword until he becomes khalīfah and is called Amīrul-Mu’minīn (the leader of the believers), whether this leader is righteous or sinful.”[iv]
IS really believes it has reestablished the final caliphate, and their caliph, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, they believe, will reign over the global Muslim community until the arrival of the Mahdi, a messianic figure who precedes the arrival of Jesus.
In the aftermath of September 11, 2001, many Christian prophecy authors have tackled Islamic eschatology, but usually from the perspective of Iran and Shia Islam. We find it a bit odd. In 2009, Shia Muslims constituted around 10 percent of the world;s Muslim population, but, in contrast, Sunni Muslims comprise 90 percent of the world’s Muslim population.[v] Given the Western media is largely a propaganda tool, mass media-instilled fear involving a nuclear showdown with Iran seems to likely be a distraction. While Iran has made direct threats against the United States and Israel, it seems to us that an inordinate amount of time has been invested in the end-time beliefs of the 10 percent Shia while the 90 percent Sunni[vi] has been virtually overlooked in Bible prophecy teaching. Of course, we are horrified by Iran’s ambition to continue enriching uranium for the manufacture of nuclear weapons. However, there are compelling reasons to believe the Iranian threat is designed to lead prophecy watchers to ignore a different, but currently more plausible, Armageddon scenario.
The IS is at odds with Iran and hates Shia Muslims as much as Jews and Christians. In fact, Hamas—a terrorist organization supported by Iran controlling Gaza—is fighting for Assad against IS. What if popular scenarios involving a nuclear Iran are averting the intelligence community and most prophecy teachers from the true instigators of the time of Jacob’s trouble? What if the Sunni radicals are actually more dangerous than the legendary Shia eschatology of the Twelfth Imam emerging from the chaos of war—as the story goes—created by a nuclear-armed Iran?
Fueled by petrol dollars and driven by psychotic atrocities, the IS has immense eschatological significance to many Muslims. Both houses of Islam agree that the Mahdi will reestablish the universal caliphate just prior to the return of Jesus (Isa). Not surprisingly, the declaration of a caliphate has been heavily criticized by Middle Eastern governments, Sunni theologians, and rival jihadist groups.[vii] With such delusions of grandeur providing a perceived divine mandate, left unchecked, IS will continue its military expansion until it defeats Rome, conquers Istanbul (former Constantinople), and achieves global dominance. This new self-declared Islamic superpower is committed to bringing the Muslim end-time scenario to pass or die trying. How did we get here?
It is a documented fact that before Donald Trump Western intelligence agencies knowingly sat on their hands and watched the IS seize power. While it is certainly true that Obama’s incompetent Iraq exit strategy paved the way, the formation of a new Middle-Eastern nation claiming to establish a modern-day Islamic caliphate was not the unfortunate result of President Obama’s negligent inaction, but, more disturbingly, it was the direct result of US action.
First, by intentionally creating a power vacuum in Iraq by leaving an untrustworthy leader and an untrained, unprepared Iraq defense force, the IS rose from ashes of the Iraqi military and al-Qaeda when the US-backed Shia administration turned on the Sunnis. President Obama had left Prime Minister Nouri Kamil Mohammed Hasan al-Maliki and his Shiite cronies to their own devices. After superficially agreeing to work peacefully with Sunni leaders when the US troops withdrew, Prime Minister Maliki began his first unsupervised day by arresting most of the Sunni Muslims within the government and throwing them into prison. Many of those frightened Sunnis who escaped—especially Saddam Hussein’s military leadership—went south to Syria and joined the new IS to fight Assad, and transformed from mere mujahideen (from Arabic mujāhidūn, “those engaged in jihad”) to the even more determined version of Muslim terrorists known as Mahdists.
As an ideology, Mahdism is more extreme than run of the mill, militant jihadism. Mahdism entails the belief that Islam’s prophesized messiah, the Mahdi, is returning in one’s lifetime. According to an expert on Islamic eschatology, Timothy Furnish, PhD, “The central messianic figure in Islam is al-Mahdi, ‘the rightly guided one,’ who will come near the end of historical time in order to usher in a worldwide Islamic state with the help of the returned prophet Jesus.”[viii] The “lateness of the hour” is behind the IS’s decision to declare the caliphate prior to building the State. According to Sunni eschatology, the final caliphate has nothing to do with the legendary occulted twelfth imam of Shia fame—literally a hilarious belief amongst the Sunnis, who control Mecca, the holiest site in Islam. Abdulrahman Kelani, a published Sunni Muslim eschatology expert, explains:
Al-Mahdi will be an ordinary man, born to an ordinary woman, raised by ordinary people and living an ordinary life among the people of his time. He has not been living in caves, as the Shiites believe. In reality, al-Mahdi will be an imam and a caliph, among other caliphs who rule Muslims with justice. However, what differentiates al-Mahdi from other caliphs is that he will meet Jesus, son of Mary, who will pray behind al-Mahdi.[ix]
According to the increasingly annoyed military intelligence community, the IS is not weakening as propaganda agents/elected officials, including Secretary of State John Kerry, retired Marine Gen. John Allen, and President Obama himself have stated. Over fifty professional military and high-level strategic scholars went on record, signing an official complaint, that intelligence reports from the field concerning the IS were altered and entire sections were intentionally removed by officials in Washington to put a misleadingly positive spin on the largely negative analysis presented by professionals actually in Syria and Iraq.[x] Even worse, the IS is demonstrably gaining territory and recruiting fresh but fiercely loyal battle-hardened soldiers.[xi]
Wood wrote, “One difference between ISIL and other Islamist and jihadist movements is its emphasis on eschatology and apocalypticism, and its belief that the arrival of the Mahdi is imminent. ISIL believes it will defeat the army of ‘Rome’ at the town of Dabiq in fulfilment of prophecy.”[xii] He refers to a prophecy attributed to Muhammad that will be examined in detail in a later entry:
The Last Hour would not come until the Romans would land atal-A’maq or in Dabiq. An army consisting of the best (soldiers) of the people of the earth at that time will come from Medina (to counter act them).[xiii]
According to Islamic scholar Farzana Hassan Shahid, “Scholars and commentators of hadith suggest ‘Romans’ stands for Christians, the Roman Catholic Church being the symbol of the largest division within Christianity.”[xiv] When the IS took control of Dabiq in Northern Syria, it was to begin the process of fulfilling this prophecy. Jessica Stern and J. M. Berger explain:
Why is ISIS’s obsession with the end of the world so important for us to understand? For one thing, violent apocalyptic groups tend to see themselves as participating in a cosmic war between good and evil, in which ordinary moral rules do not apply. Most terrorist groups worry about offending their human audience with acts of violence that are too extreme. This was true even for bin Laden and al Qaeda Central, who withdrew their support for the Algerian terrorist group GIA and admonished AQI for their violence against Muslims, as we have seen. But violent apocalyptic groups are not inhibited by the possibility of offending their political constituents because they see themselves as participating in the ultimate battle. Apocalyptic groups are the most likely terrorist groups to engage in acts of barbarism, and to attempt to use rudimentary weapons of mass destruction. Their actions are also significantly harder to predict than the actions of politically motivated groups. The logic of ISIS is heavily influenced by its understanding of prophecy. The military strategic value of Dabiq has little to do with ISIS’s desire for a confrontation there.[xv]
The IS even named its propaganda magazine Dabiq. It then used that same periodical to provoke the Roman Catholic Church, predict the overthrow of Rome, and topped it off by threatening to set off a nuclear device on US soil with the assistance of its Mexican drug cartel connections and detonate another nuke somewhere in India through its Pakistani Taliban friends.
Islamic eschatology must be studied seriously by the military in order to determine appropriate defense and strategy. Furnish maintains the website MahdiWatch.org, to track modern Mahdists’ movements. He wrote concerning recent events:
Mahdism is active in Syria, as the jihadist opposition group Jabhat al-Nusra claims to be fighting to prepare the way for his coming; and in the new “Islamic State/caliphate” spanning Syrian and Iraqi territory, as its leadership promotes the upcoming apocalyptic battle with the West at Dabiq, Syria.[xvi]
While feared as a brutal terrorist group and a major force in that region, the IS threats against the United States are seemingly still not taken seriously by President Obama. IS boasted about purchasing a nuclear device from Pakistan to detonate within the continental United States. Along with the majority of the intelligence community, we believe such an atomic tragedy is more a matter of “when” than “if.” Furnish, who also works as an advisor to the US military on Mahdism, explained:
Islamic messianic insurrections are qualitatively different from mere fundamentalist ones such as bedevil the world today, despite their surface similarities. In fact, Muslim messianic movements are to fundamentalist uprisings what nuclear weapons are to conventional ones: triggered by the same detonating agents, but far more powerful in scope and effect.[xvii]
In other words, if Al-Qaeda is like dynamite, then the IS is an atomic bomb. As July of 2015 drew to a close, Sara A. Carter, a journalist for the American Media Institute, obtained a secret recruitment document from an unnamed (but verified) Pakistani source connected with the Taliban.
An apparent Islamic State recruitment document found in Pakistan’s lawless tribal lands reveals that the extremist group has grand ambitions of building a new terrorist army in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and triggering a war in India to provoke an Armageddon-like “end of the world.”[xviii]
US intelligence officials believe the document is authentic. It boasts about an attack on India designed to provoke US intervention. “Even if the U.S tries to attack with all its allies, which undoubtedly it will, the ummah (the global Muslim community) will be united, resulting in the final battle.”[xix] Muslims also believe in a final battle, Malhama, corresponding to the Christian prophecy concerning the Battle of Armageddon but usually centering on Constantinople (today’s Istanbul) rather than Jerusalem. President Obama’s failed military strategy places US citizens under a threat greater than the danger formerly posed by Saddam Hussein (the stated jus ad bellum or “just cause” for the original Iraq war). We now face a situation in which our own weapons are being used against us…again!
In the 1980s, the US equipped the Taliban against the Soviet Union, only to be attacked by some of the same US-trained guerilla fighters using those very same weapons a couple of decades later. A former CIA counterterrorism analyst, Aki Peritz, observed that when you give away valuable weapons in an impoverished area like Afghanistan or Iraq, they are guaranteed to disappear.[xx] It seems obvious to us that hungry people will trade weapons for necessities when the threat of an immediate war ends. Thus, we are not surprised that the IS seized tons of US weapons supplied to Iraq and is currently using them to kill Americans. More than two-thirds of the US Humvees supplied to Iraq were taken when IS took Mosul in 2014 and are now, as of this writing, still in their possession.[xxi] Given the Obama administration’s criminal altering of crucial intelligence, even an internal conspiracy to arm the IS seems unthinkable, yet strangely plausible. Nonetheless, it grows much more serious than weapons and vehicles.
The Obama administration was informed concerning the creation of a rogue state led by Iraq’s displaced al-Qaida. The warning was seemingly ignored. Furnish sounded a dire warning at the fourth International Conference of Mahdism Doctrine held in 2008, but the IS was given a pass by the US before pulling the troops. If the following comment had been taken seriously then the events in Paris on Friday, November 13, 2015, need never have occurred.
Since the end result of the Mahdi’s plans would be, they believe, a global caliphate, nothing he asked would be beyond his followers: detonating a nuke in Vegas or Manhattan, intentionally infecting oneself with plague or smallpox and then crisscrossing American airports [or] suicide-bombing Christian day care centers in the Midwest. Helping the Mahdi restore Islam to planetary predominance would obtain one even more glory than the promised 72 huris in Paradise.[xxii]
Celestial virgin concubines aside, the IS’s triumphal announcement of a global caliphate coupled with a few obligatory beheading videos of Western journalists for psychological warfare purposes, a slick recruitment/propaganda magazine self-published in English and several other languages (named after a prophesied defeat of the Romans in Dabiq) distributed via social media to the World Wide Web makes the IS an existential threat to the entire civilized world. Individuals or small cells can incite havoc at anytime, anywhere. The danger is palatable.
The President’s incompetence around all this is a matter of public record. Graeme Wood explained, “In the past year, President Obama has referred to the Islamic State, variously, as ‘not Islamic’ and as al-Qaeda’s ‘jayvee team,’ statements that reflected confusion about the group, and may have contributed to significant strategic errors.”[xxiii] Evidence has surfaced proving that Obama was warned, in no uncertain terms, ahead of time about the formation of IS. Yet despite the analysis for the president, the commander-in-chief not only ignored it, but had it altered. Ostensibly, it was to fulfill ill-informed campaign promises to bring the troops home. The reality is that the US left the Middle East in far worse shape than it was with Hussein in Iraq.
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Judicial Watch obtained a US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) document dated August 12, 2012, that reveals the Obama administration knew the anti-Assad rebels would likely form a new Islamic state and, despite warnings, continually supplied and funded the rising caliphate. The top-secret DIA document states that al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI), the precursor to the “Islamic State in Iraq” (ISI), which became the “Islamic State in Iraq and Syria,” “supported the Syrian opposition from the beginning, both ideologically and through the media.”[xxiv] Ideological lines were drawn with the West, Gulf countries and Turkey, who supported ISIS against Assad, allied with Russia, China, and Iran. Before pulling US troops, Judicial Watch warned Obama:
THIS CREATES THE IDEAL ATMOSPHERE FOR AQI TO RETURN TO ITS OLD POCKETS IN MOSUL AND RAMADI, AND WILL PROVIDE A RENEWED MOMENTUM UNDER THE PRESUMPTION OF UNIFYING THE JIHAD AMONG SUNNI IRAQ AND SYRIA, AND THE REST OF THE SUNNIS IN THE ARAB WORLD AGAINST WHAT IT CONSIDERS ONE ENEMY, THE DISSENTERS. ISI COULD ALSO DECLARE AN ISLAMIC STATE THROUGH ITS UNION WITH OTHER TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS IN IRAQ AND SYRIA, WHICH WILL CREATE GRAVE DANGER IN REGARDS TO UNIFYING IRAQ AND THE PROTECTION OF ITS TERRITORY.[xxv]
Obama and his administration knew the formation of a new radical IS was a likely outcome of their policies. The report damningly and explicitly forecast the probable declaration of “an Islamic State through its union with other terrorist organizations in Iraq and Syria” (emphasis added).[xxvi] We offer three possibilities that explain Obama’s strategy: 1) incompetence; 2) collaboration; 3) Obama is a pawn in a larger global conspiracy.
If the rise of the IS was due to incompetence, then it is likely due to the error of “mirror imaging” among Westerners—the tendency to assume that the other “thinks like me.” When the IS, or al-Qa`idah, states that they are waging “holy war in the path of Allah,” incredulous Westerners attempt to explain it as really being motivated by political angst, unemployment, or Western interference in the Middle East. Because it is difficult to imagine that the president of the United States is so woefully ignorant, many otherwise rational people believe Obama is intentionally bungling US Mideast strategy. Obama’s seeming ineptitude could be a subterfuge and many in the truth movement are crying foul. For example, a discussion thread at Prison Planet.com reads:
ISIS has been created by and backed by the United States, where the hypocrisy of the United States is almost beyond belief–where the US is creating the war to keep the public in a state of fear and manipulation by terror.[xxvii]
A conspiracy theory that either Mossad or the CIA are funding and advising the IS, in order to marginalize Muslims, is gaining traction in Arab circles. For example, Saudi government official Saleh Al-Fawzan, known for his extremist views, claims that IS is the creation of “Zionists, Crusaders and Safavids.”[xxviii] Yasmina Haifi of the Dutch Justice Ministry offered, “[Islamic State] has nothing to do with Islam. It’s part of a plan by Zionists, who are deliberately trying to blacken Islam’s name.”[xxix] The original rumor appears to have started via social media:
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Urgent and very serious: has social media important subject the Iranian side was able to detect the identity of the leader of the Islamic State (daash).
Where the subject matter that the real name of Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi was “Simon Elliott” from father and mother Jewish.
The so-called “Eliot” was recruited in the Israeli Mossad for a year during which he fought many trials and tests and field to be eligible to lead a devastating thought of Arabic and Islamic.
This and the leaks allegedly attributed to the roles of Snowden, and published by newspapers and news websites, the leader of the “Islamic State,” Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi Al-cooperation with us and British intelligence and to create a terrorist organization capable of attracting extremists from all over the world in one place. (Translated by Bing)[xxx][xxxi]
James H. Fetzer, publisher of an anti-Semitic conspiracy website Veterans Today, reported that the IS leader al-Baghdadi is actually an Israeli Mossad agent named Simon Elliot.[xxxii] The site claims that NSA documents leaked by Edward Snowden reveal this connection. “Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, so-called “Caliph,” the head of ISIL (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant) is, according to sources reputed to originate from Edward Snowden, an actor named Elliot Shimon, a Mossad trained operative.”[xxxiii] It is also claimed that photographs prove Baghdadi really is Elliot.
The photos do look like the same person, but it is a weak claim without even going into who Simon Elliot is and whether or not he is a Mossad agent. It depends entirely on people accepting pictures (which are always suspect in the digital age) and the Zionist conspiracy narrative that comes along with them at face value. Of course, the claim seems rather absurd. Steeped in anti-Semitic conspiracy lore, the above scenario seems more like an attempt by more moderate Sunni Muslims (like the Saudis) to distance themselves from the new “more Islamic” Islamic State…and for obvious reasons.
In June 2015, the Pentagon confirmed that the IS “had acquired a sufficient amount of radioactive materials to be incorporated in conventional weapons, such as artillery, to spread harmful radiation.”[xxxiv] This is the news we are getting with the spin, so the truth could be much worse. While the use of radioactive ammunition has immediate consequences for those on the fronts in Syria and Iraq, it also poses a threat to Southwestern US. Apparently, the IS can make a “dirty bomb” (conventional explosives with radioactive materials) that could kill or harm US citizens and poison US soil and farmland, far into the future.
The IS has explicitly threatened such an attack. Boasting about its relationship with the Mexican drug cartels, the terrorists claim to have enough money from oil sales to purchase a nuclear bomb from Pakistan in order to smuggle it over the southern border of the United States.[xxxv] Even at his worst, Saddam Hussein never made such an explicit threat against the continental US. After spending billions of dollars on Iraq, the US finds itself in a deeper hole than when it started. The powers of this present darkness tickled President Obama’s Muslim sympathies to serve a larger global agenda—the New World Order promoted by Rome and the United Nations.
Pope Francis has seemed a bit limp-wristed at times, one time remarking, “Who am I to judge?” when asked about gay priests and implying that atheists please God by obeying their conscience. When asked if he approved of the US airstrikes against the Islamic State, Pope Francis responded:
In these cases where there is an unjust aggression, I can only say this: it is licit to stop the unjust aggressor. I underline the verb: stop. I do not say bomb, make war, I say stop by some means. With what means can they be stopped? These have to be evaluated. To stop the unjust aggressor is licit.
But we must also have memory. How many times under this excuse of stopping an unjust aggressor the powers [that intervened] have taken control of peoples, and have made a true war of conquest.
One nation alone cannot judge how to stop an unjust aggressor. After the Second World War there was the idea of the United Nations. It is there that this should be discussed. Is there an unjust aggressor? It would seem there is. How do we stop him? Only that, nothing more.[xxxvi]
Pope Francis’ use of terminology like “unjust aggressor”[xxxvii] invoked “Just War theory” in the academic disciplines of political science and ethics or the “Just War tradition” based on its origination in the writings of Christian thinkers like Augustine and Aquinas. According to this longstanding tradition, there must be a “just reason” to go to war (jus ad bellum),[xxxviii] and a soldier’s warfare conduct should be just (jus in bello).[xxxix] Three important points are implied within the pope’s statement: 1) IS is an unjust aggressor and it is legal to stop them. 2) The Roman pontiff and Vatican diplomats are increasingly advocating the use of deadly military force. 3) The pope emphasizes it is a global responsibility under the exclusive prevue of the United Nations.[xl] Let’s examine these three clear points in light of jus ad bellum (going to war) and jus in bello (waging war).
First, Christian persecution reached historic levels in 2014, with approximately one hundred million Christians around the world living in fear for their lives.[xli] Archbishop Silvano Maria Tomasi, the Vatican’s top diplomat at the UN, called it genocide. “We have to stop this kind of genocide,” she said. “Otherwise we’ll be crying out in the future about why we didn’t so something, why we allowed such a terrible tragedy to happen.”[xlii] In response, rather than firing missiles from an elementary school or beheading journalists, we have a truly genocide level event underway with Syria’s 1.1 million Christian population reduced to under 250,000.[xliii] It is easy to agree with the pope on this first point that the IS is an unjust aggressor.
Second, a superior ground force is needed to “stop” the IS, and the Iraqi military has not measured up. Historically, stopping an army like ISIS entails American “boots on the ground,” but senior Vatican UN diplomat Tomasi and the pope both emphasize that any such military coalition must be led by the UN.[xliv] Archbishop Warda, the Chaldean Catholic prelate of Erbil, in northern Iraq, pleaded with Britain to send troops to Iraq back in February of 2015. “It is very hard for me as a Catholic bishop to say I have to advocate military action but there is no other option. These people have no other way to be dealt with but with military action.”[xlv] We agree and we are convinced there are indeed circumstances when the first and most urgent moral obligation of governments is to stop evil despots by waging war. We are not Christian pacifists, but respectfully acknowledge our brothers and sisters in Christ who hold that view. War is a great evil but, while the Lord tarries, it is a necessary one. Theologian and research fellow at the Center for Ethics and Culture, Notre Dame University, Thomas D. Williams, PhD, surmised the current situation in a somber but realistic tone:
Recent years have seen an increasing reluctance on the part of the Vatican to speak of the traditional “Just War Doctrine,” as Church officials have urged the exhaustion of diplomatic solutions before even considering the use of force. This reluctance seems now to be giving way to a grittier realism in the face of a relentless enemy with whom constructive, rational dialogue is impossible.[xlvi]
The call for military action is, indeed, remarkable, considering that the Vatican has recently opposed all Middle Eastern military intervention, especially the two American-led Gulf Wars. It builds, however, on specific Catholic buzzwords recently employed by Pope Francis that the use of force is “legitimate… to stop an unjust aggressor.”[xlvii] On July 10, 2015, Pope Francis—Petrus Romanus, according to St. Malachy’s prophecy of the popes—boldly declared an ongoing Third World War:
Today we are dismayed to see how in the Middle East and elsewhere in the world many of our brothers and sisters are persecuted, tortured and killed for their faith in Jesus, in this third world war, waged piecemeal, which we are now experiencing, a form of genocide is taking place, and it must end.
Again in 2015 the pope spoke of a Third World War.
On several occasions, I called this time a time of war, a third world war “in pieces,” in which we see daily in heinous crimes, with massacres and bloody madness of the destruction. Unfortunately, even today, we hear the muffled cry and overlooked by so many of our brothers and sisters, helpless, who because of their faith in Christ or of their ethnicity are publicly and atrociously killed, beheaded, crucified, burned alive, or forced to leave their land.[xlviii]
The pontiff’s remarks were a call for justice for the Christians who have been mercilessly beheaded and unthinkable atrocities characteristic of the Islamic State, including hanging unborn babies with Christian parents from trees and crucifying the teenagers (literally).[xlix] The genocide will now continue. There are credible reports that IS[l] and Assad[li] are both using chemical weapons. Of course, President Obama drew a red line in the sand that was quickly dyed yellow. It appears that the future will be even worse, leading some Catholic pundits to call for a new crusade.[lii] Theodore Shoebat enthusiastically writes, “The Crusades are coming back, and that means a strong Church—which is the true Church—is going to arise from the weak and crumbling ruins of the decayed church of the masses.”[liii]
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Third, the pope qualified his “just cause” by arguing that it would be unjust for the United States to intervene once again. Unfortunately, the facts about American intervention support his point. “One nation alone cannot judge how to stop an unjust aggressor. After the Second World War there was the idea of the United Nations.”[liv]The papacy has been endorsing world government for decades. The pope’s recent remarks are consistent with this little-known speech by Pope Paul VI to the United Nations on October 4, 1965. In his address, Paul VI also called for an expanded UN role in global affairs:
Your Charter goes further than this, and Our message advances with it. You exist and operate to unite the Nations, to bind States together. Let Us use this second formula: to bring the ones together with the others. You are an association. You are a bridge between peoples. You are a network of relations between States. We would almost say that your chief characteristic is a reflection, as it were, in the temporal field, of what our Catholic Church aspires to be in the spiritual field: unique and universal. In the ideological construction of mankind, there is on the natural level nothing superior to this. Your vocation is to make brothers not only of some, but of all peoples. A difficult undertaking, indeed; but this is it, your most noble undertaking. Is there anyone who does not see the necessity of coming thus progressively to the establishment of a world authority, able to act efficaciously on the juridical and political levels?[lv]
The Globalist Hegelian Dialectic
In order to move the rival nation states toward globalism, the power elite, or illumined ones, deploy a global scale Hegelian dialectic. Georg Friedrich Hegel was a nineteenth-century German philosopher who devised a method for resolving disagreements, a dialectic. In 1847 the London Communist League led by Karl Marx and Frederick Engels used Hegel’s theory of the dialectic to back up their communist economic theory. Through the global elites, the Hegelian-Marxist thinking affects our entire social and political structure. The Hegelian dialectic is the framework for guiding our thoughts and actions into conflicts that lead us to a predetermined solution that is primarily global governance. President Obama uses Islam to this end.
For those reasons, we favor the third possibility for why the US allowed the formation of the new Islamic State: that Obama was a pawn in a larger globalist conspiracy. Because the military-industrial complex is the only real winner when war breaks out, the IS was and is likely a mere a pawn used as the antithesis of a geopolitical dialectic. World events are guided by an invisible hand, and the IS has a hook in its jaw to bait the United States by attacking Euopean cities like Paris, next the US, and perhaps Rome. Wahhabi Islam makes a perfect antithesis of Western liberalism. It’s so neatly opposite, it betrays intelligent design. For this among other reasons discussed throughout this series, we believe something along the lines of Albert Pike’s legendary three-world-war letter—whether that document is authentic or not. We suggest something rather simple like:
Thesis: Removal US Forces from Iraq/Middle East;
Anti-thesis: The resulting unrest results in a new radical Islamic State declares a world caliphate;
Synthesis: United Nations Peacekeeping Force (a step toward global governance).
A state of affairs that advances biblical prophecy significantly toward its ultimate fulfillment. Next, we examine the origins of the IS and discover that the events of 2014–2015 were actually no surprise to analysts in the field no matter how exasperated the president pretends to be.
UP NEXT: The Origin of the Islamic State
[i]Katie Zavadski, “ISIS Now Has a Network of Military Affiliates in 11 Countries around the World,” New York, November 23, 2014, http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/11/isis-now-has-military-allies-in-11-countries.html, accessed May 22, 2015.
[iii] Adam Withnall, “Iraq Crisis: ISIS Changes Name and Declares Its Territories a New Islamic State with ‘Restoration of Caliphate’ in Middle East,” The Independent, June 29 2014, accessed May 22, 2015, http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/isis-declares-new-islamic-state-in-middle-east-with-abu-bakr-albaghdadi-as-emir-removing-iraq-and-syria-from-its-name-9571374.html.
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