ISIS Then and Now and Why it Matters to People of the Book

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Originally written back in 2014, edited to share today:

Oh what amazing webs we weave when we look at current events not merely from the perspective the Christian Scriptures or the Jewish writings, but also from the world of mythology. As has been observed not only by myself, but by others as well, every lie has been based on a shred of truth. To unravel the lie successfully, one must find the shred of truth and expose the lie for what it really is. Sometimes in doing this, a truth far too close to the Scriptures is found and we learn the reason why the lie was concocted in the first place.

So it is with our arch-enemy, satan himself, who is so far below God’s rule and power that he and his minions are the only created beings that mankind is allowed to truly hate! Consequently, standard writing convention to capitalize names will not be followed when in reference to our eternal foe. We learn in the Garden of Eden, that by tempting Eve to sin, God’s prize creation would be plunged into spiritual death and therefore separation from God. It was an attempt to strike back at God for being cast to the earth after pride filled his own heart to reach for aspirations greater than God. satan became known as the god of this world, the devil, the father of lies, etc. In order to further turn mankind away from God, the concept of false gods was born very early in human history. People began to tell stories about their gods and goddesses, and of course the enemy of our souls was more than happy to lend a hand in the process. For most people today, ancient mythologies are nothing more than cute stories made up to explain how life came to be, how nations were formed, how seasons developed, when fire was discovered, etc.

BUT!!! Yes, that’s a big but! Buts tend to get really big by the time they get kicked!

6,000+ years have now gone by since that first encounter in the Garden. The being into which satan had gone was known as a serpent. This created creature would forever typify satan thereafter, and it’s entire line of existence altered to never again walk on four legs, although biologists have discovered skeletal left-over stubs where shoulder and hip joints used to be. It is important for us to remember this poor creature and it’s unfortunate connection to the enemy of our souls, as satan is now known in the New Covenant as “that serpant who is the devil”.

In the year 2014, 13 years after terrorists struck the World Trade Center and killed over 3,000 people, the “war on terror” had mixed results. In some countries, major terror organizations were debilitated, in other countries, they became a rag-tag bunch jumping out seemingly at random to carry on their mandate of terror. However, in still other countries, in the some of the same countries where previous groups used to reign, came a supposedly “new” group, calling themselves ISIS. The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria supposedly formed out of nowhere with an amazing and surprising amount of weaponry and fire power. Their territory as of 2014 spanned parts of Syria, Lebanon and Iraq and had largely driven or killed Christians from their homes in Mosul, Iraq, and declared that even moderate Muslims who did not adhere to Sharia Law and caliphate rule, would be hunted down and purged. We won’t go into the history of this group for today’s discussion. Instead, we will consider what role this new face on the world stage may play in end-time eschatology according to both Scripture, and, believe it or not, ancient mythos.

Allow me to begin with the first 11 verses of Revelation 6:

Revelation 6:1-11 And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see. 2 And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer. 3 And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see. 4 And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword. 5 And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand. 6 And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine. 7 And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see. 8 And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth. 9 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: 10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? 11 And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.

Many of us who pay attention to world events and seek God’s Word for answers, have observed that at least three of these four horsemen have already been riding at various frequencies for awhile now. However, in recent years, there has been an incredible uptick in certain regions of the world losing their peace and tranquility in exchange for ongoing turmoil, death, destruction, and as a result, illnesses that world health organizations thought were long dead. Before I bring ISIS back into the equation, allow me to begin placing dots on the page and drawing lines between them. We will return to this passage after awhile.

three greek godsThe acronym chosen by this new Islamic entity is of immense interest to the student of ancient history who strongly believes in both the angelic and demonic sides of the spirit realm. This author has already run into other situations where names given to mythological characters in stories made up about the gods and goddesses, have actually been the real names of demons themselves. This is what I referred to earlier when I said that the enemy willingly gave a helping hand to those weaving tales about the gods they worshipped. The hand that was lent began with the names of these false gods but extended far beyond that, as we will see.

Take the ancient Egyptian goddess, ISIS. Various myths created around her share how she went about hunting down all the pieces of her dead husband and with the help of the “god of the dead” represented by a jackal, embalmed her husband back together, after which he was forced to live in the realm of the dead. ISIS is considered still, to be the goddess of the moon, magic, life, health, marriage and love. She was often depicted with a cow’s head and/or had a sun disk on her head held between two cow horns (which begs the question, who was behind the golden calf as depicted in both Scripture and pottery of the time?). She was known to appear as a snake, a bird, a dog, and whose brother had given birth to the jackal himself who was known as the god of the dead. She is still worshipped by various groups today.

ISIS has counterparts in the mythos and false religions of other peoples of the ancient world as well. Artemis for example, was also the goddess of the moon, the hunt, and often caused major destruction in the stories she shows up in. Aztec lore told of a feathered serpent by name of Quetzacoatl who was called the evening/morning star, was the god of death and resurrection, patron god of the priests, and had a dog for a sidekick which was felt to be a healer.

The “men” in ISIS’s “life” were brothers, one of which was Set/Seth who was the god of storms, desert, and chaos.

Fast forward to the Hebrew wanderings in the wilderness and we come across a “wilderness of Sin” (see Exodus 16:1, according to Easton’s Bible Dictionary: “narrow plain of el-Markha, which stretches along the eastern shore of the Red Sea for several miles toward the promontory of Ras Mohammed”). Sin was the name of a moon god at that time. This god did not have many followers, but would be resurrected by Mohammed and given prominence under his other name, Allah. This particular moon god would become the god of the Islamic faith.

Now. . . similarities are these:

We have the moon mentioned frequently. We have a dog mentioned at least twice. We have serpents and snakes. We have the hunt mentioned at least twice. If you look further into each of these characters, you discover even more similarities among these apparently disparate mythos. Suffice to say that the serpent we met in the Garden of Eden, is still alive and well, and making himself known to his followers in that form! That serpent we met in the garden is still trying to cause destruction and still trying to take as many human souls down to hell as he can.

The world thought it had learned a lesson after punishing Germany for it’s leaders’ role in exterminating Jews in the Holocaust. However a new threat has risen on the world stage, and this one is not as localized as a mere country. The religion of Islam teaches that “people of the book” must be made subservient and/or die. They are classified as infidels. If they agree to be subservient, they are known as Dhimmi’s and treated worse than the Dhalit caste in India. The world stood by in shock as the new and improved ISIS marched on stage and promptly began killing any and all Christians who did not flee Mosul, one of the largest cities in Iraq. This group is only interested in die-hard, radical followers of Islam, as Monday August 4th, news came out that they were targeting moderate muslims as well.

The observation was made back in 2014 that ISIS was on the hunt! Only this time, we are not talking about a quaint story made up to tell the tales of a fictional goddess. We are talking about a real entity behind a real group, hunting for the precious life! Just as Osiris could no longer move among the living when he was pieced back together, all those hunted down and killed by the terrorist group known as ISIS, will find themselves facing one of two eternal destinations. If they were God-fearing Christians, they will suddenly find themselves in Heaven, joining the martyrs under the altar. If they were god-fearing muslims they will suddenly find themselves in hell wondering why there is no wine for the women and no virgins for the men. Allow me to share the first 12 verses out of Joel chapter 3:

Joel 3:1-12 For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem, 2 I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land. 3 And they have cast lots for my people; and have given a boy for an harlot, and sold a girl for wine, that they might drink. 4 Yea, and what have ye to do with me, O Tyre, and Zidon, and all the coasts of Palestine? will ye render me a recompence? and if ye recompense me, swiftly and speedily will I return your recompence upon your own head; 5 Because ye have taken my silver and my gold, and have carried into your temples my goodly pleasant things: 6 The children also of Judah and the children of Jerusalem have ye sold unto the Grecians, that ye might remove them far from their border. 7 Behold, I will raise them out of the place whither ye have sold them, and will return your recompence upon your own head: 8 And I will sell your sons and your daughters into the hand of the children of Judah, and they shall sell them to the Sabeans, to a people far off: for the LORD hath spoken it. 9 Proclaim ye this among the Gentiles; Prepare war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up: 10 Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruninghooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong. 11 Assemble yourselves, and come, all ye heathen, and gather yourselves together round about: thither cause thy mighty ones to come down, O LORD. 12 Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat: for there will I sit to judge all the heathen round about.

While the entire passage is of note, take a re-read of verse three above. God knew this false religion would rise, and knew what kind of after-life would be taught to its adherents. This passage has been current news now for at least 20 years or more. It is not yet completed, and there is more in this chapter yet to be engaged in as well. But we are living in this time!

This author heard two dreams from two different people both shared to me on the same night! Both dreams saw the dreamer being hunted. One dreamer was being chased by a powerful computer. The other dreamer never saw what was chasing them, but apparently died without knowing it. Both dreamers were shaken by what they experienced. One is a Christian, the other is a non-practicing muslim.

When these dreams were shared, we had entered the constellation of Draco as of July 24th 2014, and it was in our visibility of the stars until August 23rd. Many artistic depictions of dragons in history were very serpentine, very snake-like, some with wings and some without, some feathered and some scaled. Is this coincidence that these dreams would come to these people just as that celestial transition was occurring?

I believe personally, that the pale horse is now riding, and may have begun riding around 2010. When you stop to consider the geographical regions of the globe currently under voluntary or forced islamic rule, you will come up with roughly one-fourth of the planet. Who is this pale horse? Isn’t the moon described as being pale?

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