Since ISIS exploded onto the scene, and especially since they declared themselves as the new caliphate, the web has been abuzz about the significance and whether or not this caliphate will produce the man of perdition, the lawless one.
Some of the arguments are quite strong and one certainly cannot deny the importance of this brutally violent-satanically driven- organization. Will the Islamic Mahdi step out and fill the role of the anti-christ? Some think so.
I do not. Of course, I do not presume to be an expert on Bible prophecy, but through intense prayer for wisdom as I try to fit the pieces of the puzzle to form a logical scenario, I have thus far come to the following conclusion:
ISIS, or IS as they now refer to themselves, is setting the stage for the fulfillment of some very big prophecies.
If modern Christian escatologists are correct in thinking that Psalm 83 is an end-times prophecy, rather than just a prayer, then we are on the brink like never before.
In an article for WND, Joel Richardson provides the modern-day equivalents of the nations referred to in Psalm 83.
The first is Bill Salus’ interpretation of what countries will soon conspire against Israel. Pictured below.
Mr. Richardson thinks Salus is incorrect in including Egypt in the list. His article explains why. Here is his interpretation of the countries represented in the Psalm:
Regardless, the scene is pretty clear.
The Islamic State has issued a call to all Muslims to enter the caliphate or suffer the consequences. A brief glance at the news headlines will give you an idea of what kind of “consequences” they have in mind.
Isn’t it logical to assume that a vast majority, if not all, of the various radical organizations terrorizing the middle east will eventually do just that? Join the caliphate? Once they do, the goal of the caliphate is to dominate the world. But before they can do that, item number one on their agenda will be to annihilate the “filthy Jews” (Israel) once and for all. Enter Psalm 83.
As all three prophecies reveal, Israel will of course be victorious and those who conspired against her will be like chaff in the wind; bringing upon themselves what they hoped to do to Israel.
Thus, Israel will be a shining beacon in a wasteland. A beacon that is very attractive to nations a little farther out than their previous neighbors. A nation like Russia, perhaps. Enter Ezekiel 38 and 39.
Israel will undoubtedly take a sigh of relief after its immediate danger had been thwarted. Russia, on the other hand, will see an oil-rich middle east ripe for the picking. Perhaps he will see the chaotic bliss of the aftermath as a great opportunity to move in and plunder. Russia conspires and joins forces with Iran (who is bound to be enraged by the recent developments), along with the nations of Iraq, Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Sudan, Libya, Austria, Germany, Eastern and Southeastern Europe as well as various unnamed countries (source).
Read the Scriptures to see how THAT turns out. Not well for the conspirators.
This, I believe, will be a great time for the anti-christ to step forward and make a peace covenant with Israel. Start the clock for the seven-year tribulation and the final years of earth as we know it.
So, when do I think the rapture will happen? Of course I have NO IDEA except that it will be sometime before the man of perdition is revealed (2 Thess. 2:7-8). That means we could witness, from our present human-condition on earth, the above prophecies being fulfilled.
As I said, this is all speculation on my part based on the knowledge I currently possess. A likely scenario, don’t you think? We’ll see how it all plays out.