Operation ‘Euphrates Rage’ and the Armageddon prophecy

ArRaqqah — upper right shown next to the Euphrates river
(photos by Zeledi, Zeledi, Odilia, Bertramz, Odilia, and Lazhar Neftien)


There is a push, called Euphrates Rage (some press reports call it Euphrates Anger) to take the Islamic State’s claimed capital of Raqqa:

November 6, 2016

U.S.-backed Kurdish-led Syrian forces announced the start of a plan Sunday to retake the Islamic State terror group’s de facto capital of Raqqa — an operation they called “Euphrates Rage.”

The announcement by the Syria Democratic Forces, a coalition of Kurdish, Arab and Christian forces, was made Sunday at a news conference in Ein Issa, north of Raqqa, attended by commanders and spokespeople for the group. The statement said 30,000 fighters would take part in the operation. http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/11/06/us-backed-kurdish-led-rebels-announce-campaign-against-isis-capital-raqqa.html

November 6, 2016

BEIRUT – U.S.-backed Kurdish-led Syrian forces announced their plan Sunday to retake the the de facto capital for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in Syria – Raqqa — saying they hoped Turkey would not “interfere in internal Syrian affairs.”

The operation threatens to worsen the tensions between several nations either fighting with or backing soldiers in the five-year-old Syrian civil war.

The announcement by the Syria Democratic Forces, a coalition of Kurdish, Arab and Christian forces, was made Sunday at a press conference in Ein Issa, north of Raqqa, attended by commanders and spokespeople for the group. An official who read out a statement said the operation to liberate Raqqa, dubbed the “Euphrates Rage” operation, had officially begun. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/syrian-kurds-euphrates-rage-campaign-de-facto-isis-capital-raqqa/

The Islamic State is losing more and more territory.

Some Protestant prophecy watchers, however, are getting much wrong about the Islamic State. Notice the following from an article titled Daniel 11: God’s Timeline:

Prophecy being fulfilled: ISIS ‘provinces’ invaded by the ‘North’ [Shiites and Russia]

Daniel 11:24 When the richest provinces feel secure, he will invade them and will achieve what neither his fathers nor his forefathers did. He will distribute plunder, loot, and wealth among his followers. He will plot the overthrow of fortresses—but only for a time.

I’ve been saying all along that the “provinces” that get “invaded” were referring to the internal battles in Syria and Iraq because they are both Shiite governments fighting Sunni opposition. Additionally, they cover the area of ancient Mesopotamia (north of Euphrates River), which has always been common to the ‘North’, in Daniel 11. Since this verse is talking about the rise of the North (Shiites), I knew they must prevail in both countries . . .

Most noticeable ‘sign’ before the Rapture

Daniel 11: 25-26 With a large army he will stir up his strength and courage against the king of the South. The king of the South will wage war with a large and very powerful army, but he will not be able to stand because of the plots devised against him. (26) Those who eat from the king’s provisions will try to destroy him; his army will be swept away, and many will fall in battle. …

Saudi Arabia is ‘preparing’ to fulfill this verse. (The ‘training’ exercises are being called: Operation Northern Thunder) Last-half of February, 2016, Operation Northern Thunder was scheduled as a three week military exercise, for readiness-training in modern machinery and tactics, currently being used by forces in Syria and Yemen. The exercises were reportedly the largest-of-their-kind, in the region, in terms of diversity of nations and machinery because 20 nations participated in land, sea, and air maneuvers. http://daniel11truth.com/end-times-signs-current-headlines.htm

While there is a lot in Daniel 11, the Islamic State has not fulfilled verse 24. Its main impact on prophecy, however, is that it is leading to the rise of the final King of the South as well as the large army that king will control. As far as the ‘rapture’ goes, check out the article Is There A Secret Rapture for the Church? When and Where is the Church Protected?

The Bible tells of a time when the King of the South will have a massive army:

25 And the king of the South shall be stirred up to battle with a very great and mighty army; but he shall not stand, for they shall devise plans against him. 26 Yes, those who eat of the portion of his delicacies shall destroy him; his army shall be swept away, and many shall fall down slain. (Daniel 11:25-26)

And the USA has been encouraging much of this. A coalition of nations in the Middle East and North Africa will happen, and Saudi Arabia and Egypt will be part of it. But it is not a massive army that will be led by the current leader of the Islamic State.

The Bible tells of a time of a coalition led by one called the final King of the South (NKJV) or “southern king” GWT):

40 “In the end times the southern king will attack him. The northern king will rush at him like a storm with chariots, horses, and many ships. He will invade countries, overwhelm them, and pass through their land. 41 He will invade the beautiful land, and tens of thousands will be defeated. But Edom, Moab, and the leaders of the Ammonites will escape from his power. 42 He will use his power against many countries. Even Egypt will not escape. 43 He will control gold and silver treasures and all Egypt’s treasuries. Libya and Sudan will surrender to him. (Daniel 11:40-44, GOD’S WORD translation)

The lands listed above are mainly Arab-dominated ones.

The Islamic State itself hopes it is/will fulfill various prophecies. Back in 2015 it made various statements about Dabiq:

The Islamic State has attached great importance to the Syrian city of Dabiq, near Aleppo. It named its propaganda magazine after the town, and celebrated madly when (at great cost) it conquered Dabiq’s strategically unimportant plains. It is here, the Prophet reportedly said, that the armies of Rome will set up their camp. The armies of Islam will meet them, and Dabiq will be Rome’s Waterloo or its Antietam.“Dabiq is basically all farmland,” one Islamic State supporter recently tweeted. “You could imagine large battles taking place there.” The Islamic State’s propagandists drool with anticipation of this event, and constantly imply that it will come soon. The state’s magazine quotes Zarqawi as saying, “The spark has been lit here in Iraq, and its heat will continue to intensify … until it burns the crusader armies in Dabiq.” …

Now that it has taken Dabiq, the Islamic State awaits the arrival of an enemy army there, whose defeat will initiate the countdown to the apocalypse. Western media frequently miss references to Dabiq in the Islamic State’s videos, and focus instead on lurid scenes of beheading. http://www.theatlantic.com/features/archive/2015/02/what-isis-really-wants/384980/

New ISIS Video Shows Armageddon Battle With the West

December 11, 2015

A new video purportedly released by the Islamic State titled “See You in Dabiq” or “Meeting at Dabiq” depicts ISIS militants fighting “non-believers” in Rome. “Dabiq” is also the name of the Islamic State magazine and refers to a place in Syria where Islamic eschatological prophecy claims “Armageddon,” or “Malahim” in Islam, will take place.

The Clarion Project writes:

Dabiq is a place in Syria that is supposed to be the location for one of the final battles according to certain Muslim myths about a final apocalypse. Choosing such a name for the magazine highlights the caliphate’s goals.

In the video, tanks can be seen driving towards the Colosseum crumbled in the sand. Footage then cuts to outside buildings of the Italian capital, before zeroing in on the Vatican. …

The film’s dialogue makes claims that the “Dabiq Army” will race into Rome, destroy crucifixes, and enslave Christian women. http://heavy.com/news/2015/12/new-isis-islamic-state-news-video-see-you-in-dabiq-rome-muslim-extremists-rome-crusaders-colosseum-malahim-meeting-at-dabiq-italy-west-war-uncensored-full-youtube/

DABIQ: It’s Islamic State’s Armageddon — the place where the final battle between jihadists and infidels begins. With a string of recent defeats, that fight may soon be upon them.

December 9, 2015

Strategically, it’s utterly unimportant.

But the remote Syrian village of Dabiq is at the very heart of Islamic State’s death cult.

It represents the fulfilment of prophecy.

It’s supposed to be the trigger of the final frenzied confrontation the jihadists yearn for.

It’s a vision of an apocalyptic fight against the anti-prophet — “Rome” — on the fields outside Dabiq.

It’s a prophecy they say they’re determined to make real.

Perhaps Islamic State’s caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi actually believes this religious armageddon is real. Most likely, he wants others to believe he is the one fulfilling it. …

“The last hour will not come until the Romans arrived in al-A’maq or Dabiq, and an army consisting of the best people on earth in those days will hasten them from Medina,” the Prophet Mohammed prophesied some 1400 years ago.

It’s a sentiment echoed by Islamic State’s now dead founder Abu Mus’ab az-Zarqawi: “The torch was ignited in Iraq and its heat will grow … until it burns the Crusader armies in Dabiq,” he declared.

This makes Dabiq the Megiddo of the Islamic faith. Megiddo is the city at the heart of the Armageddon prophecies of the Book of Revelation in the Christian Bible.

This makes Dabiq the ‘Camelot’ of Islamic State: The mythical final bastion of good against an onrushing dark age.

Mohammed supposedly mapped out his vision of these ‘end times’: It’s called al-Malhama al-Kubra (The Great War).

Most of it isn’t in the Koran. This end-time prophecy is found mostly in words attributed to the prophet in later literature.

“You will unite against a force of 80 flags and under each flag are twelve thousand (men),” the prophecy intones.

Islamic State sees this as being the coalition assembled against it by the United States.

It’s also likely why the jihadists are determined to pursue a worldwide terror campaign: To mobilise the enemy that will meet them “under 80 flags” on the apocalyptic battlefield. …

Dabiq is supposed to be the beginning of the end. http://www.news.com.au/world/the-apocalyptic-prophecy-behind-islamic-states-death-cult/news-story/e28d3e633341c2db7f7c1e8d3f957f2b

While the Islamic State had control of Dabiq, last Sunday the Islamic State lost Dabiq:

November 1, 2016

DABIQ: Syrian rebels backed by Turkish warplanes and artillery captured Dabiq on Sunday. The town, under IS control since August 2014, has crucial ideological significance for the jihadists because of a prophecy that Christian and Muslim forces will wage battle there at the end of times. https://www.yahoo.com/news/cities-towns-territory-retaken-184716173.html

And the above battle is not related to the biblical Armageddon related prophecy.

However, the Euphrates river is associated with Armageddon in the Bible:

12 Then the sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up, so that the way of the kings from the east might be prepared. 13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs coming out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. 14 For they are spirits of demons, performing signs, which go out to the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.

15 “Behold, I am coming as a thief. Blessed is he who watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked and they see his shame.”

16 And they gathered them together to the place called in Hebrew, Armageddon. (Revelation 16:12-16)

But it has not just dried up and the Euphrates Rage operation is by no means a fulfillment of the above.

Now notice something else from what appears to be a ‘Christadelphian’ source:

The drying up of the Euphrates spoken of in Rev. 16:12 is what enables the seventh trumpet and seventh seal to come to pass- and they refer to the coming of Christ. It cannot be insignificant that the Islamic State are battling for control of the dams on the Euphrates. …

The drying up of the Euphrates leads to unclean spirits like frogs going out to deceive the nations and gather them to Armageddon (Rev. 16:13). http://bibleprophecychannel.blogspot.com/2014/08/the-significance-of-euphrates.html

While the Islamic State, itself, seems to wish to fulfill various Islamic prophecies, its current presence near the Euphrates does NOT have major prophetic significance.

The drying of the Euphrates is at least 7 years away and it is not related to the group called the Islamic State.

I am looking to see the end of the Islamic State and the emergence of the final King of the South.

Some items of possibly related interest may include:

The Prophesied ‘Islamic’ Confederation Where is an Islamic caliphate prophesied? Will one happen? Should you be concerned about it? A related video is Will an Arabic Calphiphate Destroy the West?
Obama Administration Pushing for an Islamic Empire? Because of the rise of groups such as the Islamic State, the Obama Administration and others are pushing for a coalition of Arab nations along with Turkey. Does this resemble the final King of the South of Bible prophecy? Is there an Islamic antichrist? Does the Bible teach that terrorism and the sword will affect the USA and some of its allies? What does the Bible teach in Ezekiel about a confederation involving Egypt? Will an Arabic confederation end in destruction for those who strongly support it? Are the 10 nations in the Arab coalition the ten kings of Revelation 17:12-13? Are the 10 nations including the USA and Turkey the ten nations of Revelation 17:12-13? Who is? Was the pushing of the Obama Administration to do this predicted by in 2009 in a writing by Dr. Thiel? What does the Bible show?
Armageddon Dr. Thiel, from Tel Megiddo in Israel, discusses Armageddon, some of its history, and what the Bible says about it. Is this the place where forces in the world will gather to fight? Will they fight here or is the related battle somewhere else. Dr. Thiel answers these questions and more.
Is There A Secret Rapture for the Church? When and Where is the Church Protected? What does the Bible really teach? Does the Church flee or is it taken up just prior to the great tribulation? Who really is left behind? There is also a YouTube video with information Did Jesus Teach a Pre-tribulation Rapture?
Is Russia the King of the North? Some claim it is. But what does the Bible teach? Here is a link to a video, also titled Is Russia the King of the North?
Ezekiel 38: For Russia & Iran in Our Day? Is Ezekiel 38 about to be fulfilled? A related video is available titled Ezekiel 38: For Russia, Ukraine, & Iran Now? Another could be Russia, Iran, Syria, & the Bible (Code).
How Will Middle East Peace be Brought About? Can humans bring peace to the Middle East? Here is a link to a related video: Middle East Peace? When?
Why Terrorism? Is Terrorism Prophesied? What does the Bible teach? Which nations may be affected? Here is a link to a related sermon: Terrorism, Christianity, and Islam.
Differences Between Islam and the Continuing Church of God What are some of the main differences? Are there any similarities? A video of related interest is titled: Islam: Any Christian Concerns or Similarities?
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Iran in Prophecy Is Iran in Bible prophecy? If so, what does the Bible teach? What names, other than Persia, may be used to describe Iran? There is also a related YouTube video titled Iran In Prophecy.
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Is the Future King of the South Rising Up? Some no longer believe there needs to be a future King of the South. Might Egypt, Islam, Iran, Arabs, or Ethiopia be involved? Might this King be called the Mahdi or Caliph? What does the Bible say? A YouTube video of related interest may be: The Future King of the South is Rising.
The ‘Peace Deal’ of Daniel 9:27 This prophecy could give up to 3 1/2 years advance notice of the coming Great Tribulation. Will most ignore or misunderstand its fulfillment? Here is a link to a related sermon video Daniel 9:27 and the Start of the Great Tribulation.
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The Arab and Islamic World In the Bible, History, and Prophecy The Bible discusses the origins of the Arab world and discusses the Middle East in prophecy. What is ahead for the Middle East and those who follow Islam? What about the Imam Mahdi? What lies ahead for Turkey, Iran, and the other non-Arabic Muslims? An item of possibly related interest in the Spanish language would be: Líderes iraníes condenan la hipocresía de Occidente y declaran que ahora es tiempo para prepararse para el Armagedón, la guerra, y el Imán Mahdi.
The Gospel of the Kingdom of God This free online pdf booklet has answers many questions people have about the Gospel of the Kingdom of God and explains why it is the solution to the issues the world is facing. Here are links to three related sermons: The World’s False Gospel, The Gospel of the Kingdom: From the New and Old Testaments, and The Kingdom of God is the Solution.
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