Skip to comments.What Does This Announced Caliphate Mean?
Posted on 07/13/2014 10:52:21 AM PDT by Kaslin
The ISIS, which has conquered vast portions of Syria and Iraq, has now declared itself to be the new Islamic caliphate. There has been no caliphate (an Islamic state led by a successor to Muhammad) since 1916, after the end of more than 400 years of Turk-enforced rule over a resentful but helpless Arab world.
Since then, most Sunni Muslims have informally recognized the legitimate successor of the prophet Muhammad to be the king of Saudi Arabia, whom they call the Guardian of the Two Holy Places.
But in recent years, many rival factions have risen across the Islamic world, each claiming to be the one to bring about the legitimate succession.
The Muslim Brotherhood, supported by Turkey and Qatar, is one faction.
Al-Qaeda, and particularly Osama bin Laden at one time, had also hoped to be recognized as such.
But now, a far more blood-thirsty group has upstaged those and many other Islamic factions. What was first known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), but lately just calls itself the Islamic State, has declared itself to be the rightful caliphate and is now commanding the allegiance of all other smaller factions.
Although the West, and America in particular, have every reason to fear that declaration, other Arab Sunni countries have much more at stake. Thats to say nothing of the Shiites in Iran, Iraq, and Bahrain, who believe they are the legitimate successors through the prophets lineage of Ali and Hussein.
Those in the West might be inclined to believe that such Islamic division is good for the West. However, those divisions can only spell deep pain for Christians in the Arab world, and ultimately for Israel, the U.S., and Europe.
The way each faction proves its superiority over each other is by demonstrating how much blood it can spill against soft targets. Therefore, they behead docile Christians, and when they find the opportunity, they go for the bigger targets, like Muslims whom they consider to be apostates or rivals.
As Al-Qaeda demonstrated on September 11, 2001, they will pick on an easy target - like the lax U.S. airport security- to kill thousands of unsuspecting Americans.
In Egypt, when the Muslim Brotherhood felt threatened by the powerful military, they went after Christian churches, schools, stores, and homesburnings hundreds and otherwise destroying hundreds more. The strategy worked for them, as they received wide support from the Islamic world (thankfully, today, the Brotherhood is growing weaker due to rejection from the Egyptian public).
And today, the capitulation of the U.S. administration by withdrawing all its troops from Iraq has resulted in the current mayhem against Christians and other Muslims.
Now some ask, What would American troops have accomplished?
A great deal. Put a weak boy in an empty classroom with a bully and the weak boy will be in deep trouble. But put a teacher in that classroom to observe the interaction and suddenly the bully will find a way to behave himself.
That being said, I am in no way advocating military intervention in Iraq; it is entirely too late for that. So what is the answer?
For starters, President Obama needs to seek out someone like President al-Sisi of Egypt, who has successfully stood up to Islamist bullies in the region. Mr. Obama needs to eat some humble pie and apologize to al-Sisi for supporting the Muslim Brotherhood and objecting to his legitimacy.
President al-Sisi has proved that hes a match for Islamist bullies. And as a former Field Marshal and head of military intelligence, he can steer the U.S. and the West to the right strategy in dealing with this disastrous situation.
The author does not get it.
Obama wants the Caliphate in place. It’s why his presidency was manufactured.
Uh, Bammy is NOT going to get to be the twelfth Imam?
It means a place to drop bombs.
It means Obama and Wookie celebrate with cake!
How can they remove the obvious threat to their power without enraging the Muslim populace within their own countries? They'll publicly support or at least tolerate ISIS while covertly working against it, of course.
The Shieks got US and NATO forces to smack down Saddam, will they try the same?
Desert Storm II
If ISIS is as crazy and strong as they seem to be. The moderate islamic states are going to fall, one after the other. Are we seeing the pre-cursor to Armageddon?
The hidden name is ISIL.shalom b'SHEM Yah'shua HaMashiach Levant
Levant ===>> Eastern Mediterranean counties
from Turkey to Egypt. This includes Israel
Iraq (Babylon) and the Levant.
It is the re-creation of the Ancient Assyrian Empire.
The Assyrian Empire is the same as the
Eastern half of the Roman Empire.
These were the first terrorists,
three to five millennia ago.
The Anti-Christ is called "the Assyrian"
( Isaiah, Micah, Ezekiel ) .
It means it makes Ubama look like the mythical Moderate Moose Limb.
Millions of Europeans ended up in that situation and worse.
From the Home Office -
If you take a look at the 2008 elections, I think there's a lot more manufacturing going on than most realize; one thing that was manufactured was precedent for ignoring the Natural Born Citizen clause (according to current interpretations, McCain isn't a NBC; indeed, I think the elites would have been quite satisfied to put up even that much of an incremental shift).
Got to remember that Islam is from the devil himself.
Allah = Satan.
....”Are we seeing the pre-cursor to Armageddon?”.....
Might be what it will look like...cold be a trial run. My suggestion is for people to keep an eye on Russia, currently Putin....moreso then the Islamists. Russia’s alighnment with whatever Islamic Power is in place will be one of two wars....both will have an Islamic Element.
Not really. During the 700 years or so the Romans were dominant in the Middle East, they controlled Mesopotamia for only very brief periods.
They actually lost control of the other piece, Syria, for a longer total period of time to the Parthians, Palmyreans and Persians.
Just running the livestock through the sales ring.
No different than an auction house in Texas or Kansas, except that in Texas and Kansas, the stock is treated better.
A fact that has apparently never been absorbed by so many females who have either married into Muslim families, or entered the consciousness of the so-called “Feminists” in the Western world, is that under Islam, human females are less valuable than horses or even sheep. And they certainly do not enjoy the fruits of Paradise, as they ARE the fruits consumed by the Noble Islamic Gentlemen who have arrived in Paradise.
The Caliphate is a chimera, a false specter held up to lure in the lustful and the eternal malcontents, allowing themselves to imagine that NOW, they get control over things, and can work it to their own benefit.
The false Prophet Mohammed Ali was a crazy old sand hermit, suffering from some form of schizophrenic paranoia. Explains a lot about the words of the Koran.
Theodore John “Ted” Kaczynski, also known as the “Unabomber,” also wrote his “Manifesto”, but it was altogether more consistent and reasoned than the Koran.
But almost as flawed in arguing from its first premises, most of which are patently false.
Should the Unabomber’s Manifesto be adopted as a religious text?
The Saudis are scared to death right now. I’m sure the have plans to make sure all of their wealth is in a British band along with plans to get the hell out on a moment’s notice. They wanted Saddam gone. Now they’re having second thoughts.
The real problem for the rest of the world is ISIS taking control of ALL of the oil in the area. None of the oil rich states want it but none of them can do anything about it.
The Neo-Assyrian Empire was split between the Romans and the Iranis
Remember that there are two parts to the AntiChrist, and yes this means that Armagedden isn’t that far away. There will be the calling away of the Christians when Jesus comes as a thief in the night. Then the armies of Heaven will be behind Jesus when he splits the eastern sky ‘and every eye will behold him’ as he returns to protect Israel. It says he will come when ‘all nations draw up against Israel’....pretty close now, imho.
What is he holding, a protractor?
But is not the “rapture” really a 18-19th centuries teaching. Rather the Christians are going to have to suffer for the Lord Jesus before He, the King of Kings returns.
It does make targeting easier.
Warm up a couple Trident 2s.
Assyria was a major Mesopotamian Semitic kingdom, and often
Sorry to see how superficial is your analysis.
empire, of the Ancient Near East, existing as an independent state
for a period of approximately nineteen centuries from c. 2500 BC
to 605 BC, spanning the Early Bronze Age through to the late Iron
Age. For a further thirteen centuries, from the end of the 7th century
BC to the mid-7th century AD, it survived as a geo-political entity,
for the most part ruled by foreign powers, although a number of small
Neo-Assyrian states arose at different times throughout this period.
Assyria was a major Mesopotamian Semitic kingdom, and often
If I had meant PRECISELY the same, I would have said so.shalom b'SHEM Yah'shua HaMashiach
This is not a grammar exercise,
but a thought process for reflection.
The time is very short.
Tuesday is the 17th of Tammuz.
Israel is surrounded by all nations who have come against her.
Two camels for the one on the right!
Maybe true...looking more and more so everyday..
Although the word Rapture is not in the Bible, it is clear that there will be a catching away with Jesus prior to the Battle at Armageddon. Revelation ch 16: 15, 16.
Well, first there will be all sorts of calamities. We haven’t seen the waters turn to blood, or 1/3rd of the population die yet. I figure this could be the ezekiel war. Armageddon has to be at least 7 years off. More likely a lot longer than that.
The Assyrian kingdom prior to 1000 BC was different from that of 700 BC -- the latter is called the "neo-Assyrian Empire"
Secondly, your statement "The Assyrian Empire is the same as the Eastern half of the Roman Empire." is factually wrong -- look at the maps above, the Eastern Roman Empire only had the western portion of the previous Assyrian Empire. The Iranis had the eastern portion
Since you now say you didn’t mean the Roman and Assyrian Empire were PRECISELY the same, in what linguistic, historical, cultural or political sense do you consider them the same?
This “Levant” has also been ruled at times by the Egyptian, Babylonian, Persian, Greek, Arab, Crusader, Fatimid and Ottoman Empires, among others.
What is the specific connection between ISIS/ISIL/IS and the Romans and Assyrians?
BTW, the difference between the meaning of ISIS and ISIL is minimal. Historically, Greater Syria referred to the area now controlled by Jordan, Israel, Palestine and Lebanon as well as Syria. Levant and Syria were very nearly synonymous.
Also, what is the relevance of the Assyrians? They never destroyed Jerusalem or its temple. That was done by the Babylonians, the empire that succeeded Syria.
Except the Assyrian areas are under Iraqi government control and are populated mostly by Shia. Also, I’ve seen nothing of ISIS’s claim to that area. The only maps I’ve seen of their proposed or actual state do not include Babylon and other ancient Assyrian areas.
When Assad falls Qatar and Saudi Arabia’s goal will be achieved. Funding for ISIS will stop and it will get ground up by the Syrian successor -which won’t be ISIS, the Kurds, Iraq and Jordan.
It means the announcer is mouthing Bravado that has no basis in fact
At least two...
That would take care of a big portion of the problem...Or at least define it even clearer for some who are slightly thicker skull’d than the rest...;-)
But this just makes me a really mean, hated and racist person...
beyond my paygrade to figger out.
What did he SAY?
THAT always seems to be enlightening!
OK. I googled.
Most all the initial hits were for the Assyrian siege of Jerusalem during the reign of Hezekiah.
They failed, with a large army destroyed.
Now why do you think an unsuccessful siege of the city is more relevant to Bible prophecy or to Israel today than the successful sieges of the city and destruction of its temples by the Babylonians and Romans?
And you don’t think the Christians are suffering now? The type of suffering depends on your geographic location.
Yes, it is going on now, but it will be ramped up. Believers will have to suffer for the Lord until the King of Kings returns.
One of my ideas for an alternate history is with Hadrian not taking over, but some more vigorous leader and then that guy pushing forward, taking over the Parthian Empire, spreading all around the Caspian and Black Seas and putting the Dnieper-Dvina rivers as the frontier of the Empire
If they had done this, they would have crushed the Germanic peoples before they even came to the Roman Empire -- in the 2nd century the Germanics were not very much differentiated into the Eastern, Western and Northern Germanics -- their languages were still comprehensible.
The Slavs in the 2nd century were still a united bunch -- the South, West and East Slavs were still one grouping, speaking a common language living in the Pripet marshes or northern Ukraine.
With a border on the Dnieper-Dvina line and along the Caspian and Black sea
If they had done this then the Germanic invasion of the 3rd century would never have occured and the Huns, Avars, Cumans etc. would have been headed off -- with early warnings.