God will Get the Glory
In an article posted November 25, 2014 by Ryan Mauro , Understanding The Role of Syria In Islamic End Time Belief, Mauro makes a case for disproving Islamic prophecies by the actions the US military may choose to take. But I believe that Islamic prophecies will be disproved by God, not by any action or non action we may decide to take. God will have the glory for the downfall of Islam and every other false belief system in the world today.
The town of Dabiq, Syria, where a recent beheading took place, is believed by Muslims to be significant in Islamic end time prophecies, which are believed to take place about the time the Mahdi and the Islamic version of Jesus, Isa, will supposedly bring victory over those who oppose sharia. The Islamic State is telling Muslims that it is fulfilling those prophecies, luring them into fighting in a war that they believe to be one of the most important battles in world history.
They say that Islamic State supporters should not worry about the military superiority of the US or the terrorist group’s setbacks because they believe they will soon be made victorious with help from the Mahdi, Islam’s messianic figure, and Isa, the Islamic version of Jesus, who is believed by them to accept Islam, according to Islamic prophecy in the hadith, the collection of sayings and actions attributed to Mohammed, the supposed Prophet of Islam. One collector of the hadith, Sahih Muslim, states, “The Last Hour would not come until the Romans would land at al-A’maq or in Dabiq.”
The Islamic State refers to President Obama as the “dog of Rome” to make the case that the U.S. is the lap dog of the Roman Empire (EU) and American military action in the Middle East is the actualization of this prophecy. The hadith states that Dabiq will be controlled by the “best” Islamic soldiers from Mecca, Saudi Arabia, who will capture “Romans” (i.e., Americans), which will lead to a foreign attack. The prophecy states that the Romans will arrive at Dabiq and tell all the Muslims to stand aside so that they can fight only those Muslims who took the captives. The Muslims will then unite against the Romans. When the battle begins, according to the prophecy, about one-third of the Muslim forces will run (“whom Allah will never forgive”), one-third will die as martyrs and the remaining one-third will win the battle and then conquer Constantinople (now Istanbul, Turkey) which was once the capital of the Roman Empire (Babylon of Revelation?).
The Islamic State’s beheadings of Americans are acts designed to provoke an assault on them as prophesized. A U.S. military response is actually what they want, as it would seemingly fulfill this prophecy. If Islamic State supporters believe this prophecy is being fulfilled, then they will not be discouraged by the current U.S. military action, high death tolls and desertions. They will actually be encouraged by it all because they believe it will ultimately bring them victory. According to the prophecy, what follows this victory in Dabiq and Turkey is the appearance and final defeat of the Islamic version of the Antichrist, called the Dajjal, at the hands of (the Islamic) Jesus, Isa. This type of war mongering apocalyptic thinking is common among Islamists. Al-Qaeda and its affiliates often talk about eliminating or breaking “the cross.” This refers to an Islamic prophecy where Isa (Jesus) will supposedly break a cross to disprove Christianity and absorb the religion into Islam (Chrislam). They are talking about preparing for the Mahdi and the Islamic Jesus to bring about the final victory over their enemies. Obama’s white house buddies, the Muslim Brotherhood, believes in this prophecy.
The validity of the Islamic State’s claims rest upon the capture of Dabiq, the arrival of U.S. ground forces, the uniting of Muslims behind the Islamic State and military victory over the U.S. and its allies in the area. The Islamic State’s claims would be validated or invalidated by whether or not U.S. ground forces are sent to the area and are captured. Though the Islamic State’s Muslim adversaries might force the group out of Dabiq and deliver them a decisive defeat, the animosity between Shias and Sunnis might also be brought to a climax if God chooses to turn their swords on one another like in the battle of Gideon in the Old Testament. Just as God fought that battle by turning the troops against each other, I believe that God will get the glory for any defeat that happens there. If the Islamic radicals are defeated, whether by us or by God himself, the Islamic State’s proclamations of prophetic fulfillment will be discredited in the eyes of its believers. Once Islam is discredited, the elite of the world will do everything it can to discredit Christianity and all other faiths. And then people who are hungry for something to believe in will grasp at the belief in the coming antichrist. But God will have the glory in the end and Jesus Christ will never be defeated! Christ will rule on earth for one thousand years and then rule for eternity thereafter.