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The End is Near: An Islamic Perspective - J.L. Robb - http://www.omegaletter.com/articles/articles.asp?ArticleID=8098
Not too many months ago ISIS/ISIL/Islamic State (they seem to have an identity crisis) was regarded by the government of the United States to be nothing to worry about. President Obama referred to them as Junior Varsity. For those who do not live in the U.S., referring to ISIS as Junior Varsity is not complimentary.
According to Wikipedia, Junior Varsity (often called "JV") players are the members of a team who are not the main players in a competition. They are not the “main players,” because they are not up to snuff… they just aren’t quite good enough.
Two weeks ago, July 27, this particular Junior Varsity team vowed to start World War III. Here is the headline from USA Today:
Islamic State recruitment document seeks to provoke 'end of the world'
“Accept the fact that this caliphate will survive and prosper until it takes over the entire world and beheads every last person that rebels against Allah," it proclaims. "This is the bitter truth, swallow it.” ~ USA TODAY, July 28, 2015
Should we, those who do not believe that Allah holds any truth at all (other than what was stolen from the Bible), take this threat to start World War III seriously? Should we accept the fact?
In 1996, Osama bin Laden declared war on the United States. The Clinton Presidency took no heed. Maybe they thought al Qaeda was a Junior Varsity group of some sort. Maybe President Jimmy Carter thought the ayatollahs in 1979 Iran were JV. If so, these so called U.S. leaders sure read the wrong signals. Like Obama has just read the wrong signals with Iran’s nuke deal. That side of the aisle seems to read a lot of signals wrongly.
To answer the above question: Yes, we should take Islamic jihadism seriously. For whatever reason, Islam seems to have a higher-than-normal number of misinformed fanatics.
End of the world theology is not just a belief of the evangelical Christians. All three Abrahamic religions share a belief that the end of things as the world now knows them, will end abruptly. It basically goes like this:
Christian eschatology teaches that in the last days Jesus will return with His holy army in the clouds like He said would happen, for all the world to see.
“For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.” ~ Matthew 24:27 NIV
Jesus’ purpose once again will be to save man from himself. At the time He returns, almost everyone will be dead from war, disease, famine, poisoned water, hail and lots of other tragedies. The preceding period is referred to as The Tribulation, or the time of Jacob’s troubles. Israel (Jerusalem) will be under attack by not only the Muslim nations but nations all over the planet. This loose confederacy against Israel was foretold to be organized by someone the Bible refers to as the anti-Christ. He will be the opposite of Jesus, but few will know because of his great lying and manipulation skills. Even the most zealous adherents of Christianity will be fooled.
Jesus comes to rescue Israel once again. This time they will believe Him instead of having Him killed, though the Israelis hold out to the very end. They have always been a stubborn people. The Bible says the Israelis at this time of recognition will “mourn” because of what their ancestors had done.
On that day I will set out to destroy all the nations that attack Jerusalem.
“And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication. They will look on me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son. ~ Zechariah 12:9-10 NIV
Once Jesus defeats the anti-Christ and ends the war called the War of Armageddon, quite possibly WW III that will wipe out much of mankind, God’s kingdom is established with a new Jerusalem that descends from the heavens. Even its dimensions are given in Revelation. There will be a great judgment where Jesus judges every man, woman and child who has ever been created. Those deemed worthy after judgment because of Christ’s forgiveness will spend eternity with God. Those not deemed worthy will not spend eternity with God.
The great thing about this story is the ending. Those who make it will experience no more war, murders or tragedies. Man will stop eating animals, and animals will stop eating animals; just like it was in Genesis. No more sickness or injury and no more desire to sin against God. No more police coming to the door in the middle of the night to let you know your child was killed in an accident. The reason: Satan, the creator of sin, will be locked away.
Though Jews in general, and Israelis specifically, still do not consider Jesus as their predicted Messiah, no matter how much evidence there is to the contrary, there is a belief in an afterlife and an end of things.
The Messiah will finally appear and will defeat all the non-Jewish world (Zechariah 14:9-11). He will then restore the kingdom of Israel, and God will be recognized as the universal king.
Of course, Israel has been restored since 1948 after 2,700 years of non-existence; and they continue to wait for their Messiah.
Like Christianity, Islam holds that Jesus did exist and was the Messiah sent for the Jews, who they rejected. Jesus will then claim that Islam is the only true religion. Forty years later Jesus dies and is buried in Medina beside Muhammad. According to Islam, Jesus never rose from the dead but has existed in some unknown state.
According to the Quran:
“It is not righteousness that ye turn your faces to the East and the West; but righteous is he who believeth in Allah and the Last Day and the angels and the Scripture and the prophets… ~ Surah 2:177
The Last Day, a Day of God’s Wrath is a common denominator in all three Abrahamic beliefs; and there are others. What leads to the wrath in each religion is different.
When Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was president of Iran, he made numerous references to the final war and the Twelfth Imam who would soon arrive (think Islamic Messiah). He, like many other in the Shia sect, was and is determined to usher in the end of the world. The Twelfth Imam does not show up until the final war has begun, so the motive to get on with it is seeded in the Iranian rulers’ minds. They want it to happen.
Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, the chairman of Iran’s powerful Expediency Council, warned in comments that the “outbreak of World War III” is coming in the near future, according to a report by Iran’s Fars News Agency.
The Washington Free Beacon, August 5, 2015
Isis has declared war on all of the non-Muslim world. Should we take them seriously?
Al Qaeda has declared war on the United States. Should we take them seriously?
Iran is calling for the extermination of Israel. Should we take them seriously?
The Quran states (demands) that the religion of and belief in Allah be spread throughout the world. The consequences of not giving in is beheading. I think that’s already happening.
ISIS kidnaps hundreds of Christians in Syria, August 2015
ISIL Beheading Incidents
ISIS: Islam will rule the world
I take them seriously and have been writing about it for several years. Much of the world seems oblivious.