‘Islamic State’ declares ‘state of emergency’ on the banks of the Euphrates river

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


The so-called Islamic State declared a state of emergency:

May 14, 2016

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, has declared a state of emergency.

The U.S. military believes the terror organization is planning a full-scale defense of its de facto capital of Raqqa in northern Syria.

There are reports that ISIS is moving equipment and fighters in and around the city, presumably in the expectation that local forces will try to capture it.

Raqqa has been an ISIS stronghold for much of the war in Syria. The terror group controls more than half of Syria.

On Friday, suspected Syrian government airstrikes in the northern city of Idlib killed at least 12 people, activists said. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/isis-state-of-emergency-us-military-de-facto-capital-syria/

If Russia were to also participate in this, it could be a disastrous blow to the Islamic State.  A group I posted about a few days ago, with the headline ‘Islamic State’ kills in Yemen and Iraq: The days of the Islamic State are numbered.

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.

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.

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.

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.
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?
Libya, Algeria, Morocco, and Tunisia in Prophecy What is ahead for North Africa? What does the Bible teach?
Gaza and the Palestinians in Bible Prophecy What does the Bible teach about Gaza and the fate of the Palestinians? Here is a link to a related video: Gaza and Palestine in Prophecy.
Damascus and Syria in Prophecy Will Bashar Assad hold power as he has it? Does the Bible show that Damascus, the capital of Syria, will be destroyed? What will happen to Syria? Will the Syrians support the final King of the South that the Bible tells will rise up? Which scriptures discuss the rise and fall of an Arabic confederation? Does Islamic prophecy predict the destruction of Syria. This is a YouTube video.
Egypt in Prophecy Does Egypt have a special role in end time prophecy? Will Egypt rise up and then be defeated. What does God teach will happen to those in Egypt? Here is a link to a YouTube video titled Egypt and End Time Prophecy.
Iraq, the King of the South, Armageddon, and Prophecy What will happen to Iraq? Is it the prophesied Mystery Babylon? What is Armageddon and how does that have to do with Iraq? Here is a related video Iraq, Armageddon, & Prophecy.
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.
Jordan in Bible Prophecy What does the Bible show will happen to the inhabitants of Jordan? Will they escape and then be punished? A related video is titled Jordan, Petra, and Armageddon.
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.
Europa, the Beast, and Revelation Where did Europe get its name? What might Europe have to do with the Book of Revelation? What about “the Beast”? Is an emerging European power “the daughter of Babylon”? What is ahead for Europe? Here is a link to a video titled: Can You Prove that the Beast to Come is European?
Germany’s Assyrian Roots Throughout History Are the Germanic peoples descended from Asshur of the Bible? Have there been real Christians in Germanic history? What about the “Holy Roman Empire”? There is also a You-Tube video sermon on this titled Germany’s Biblical Origins.
Germany in Biblical Prophecy Does Assyria in the Bible equate to an end time power inhabiting the area of the old Roman Empire? What does prophecy say Germany will do and what does it say will happen to most of the German people? Here are links to two sermon videos Germany in Bible Prophecy and The Rise of the Germanic Beast Power of Prophecy.
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.
The Gospel of the Kingdom of God was the Emphasis of Jesus and the Early Church Did you know that? Do you even know what the gospel of the kingdom is all about? You can also see a YouTube video sermon The Gospel of the Kingdom.
When Will the Great Tribulation Begin? 2016, 2017, or 2018? Can the Great Tribulation begin today? What happens before the Great Tribulation in the “beginning of sorrows”? What happens in the Great Tribulation and the Day of the Lord? Is this the time of the Gentiles? When is the earliest that the Great Tribulation can begin? What is the Day of the Lord? Who are the 144,000? Here is a version of the article in the Spanish language: ¿Puede comenzar la Gran Tribulación en 2016 o 2017? ¿Es el Tiempo de los Gentiles? You can also see the English language sermon video: The Great Tribulation from the Mount of Olives.

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