Must Listen

Must Read

What Art Thinks


Today's Headlines

Man blowing a shofar

Administrative Area

Locally Contributed...



Special Interest

Weekly Commentary
“IS - The Islamic State or the Coming Islamic Caliphate”
by Art Sadlier   
August 12th, 2014

The “IS” (Islamic State) is a grand project to destroy borders between Arab states and rule them under one radical Islamic authority. This powerful Islamic kingdom could effectively advance Islamic objectives throughout the world.

So far, “IS” and its fierce rival, the Syrian al Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra, have not seen attacking the West as anything near a priority.

Their focus instead has been on fighting the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and expanding their zone of operations in the region. The political turmoil brought about by the Arab Spring has made the ultimate dream of global jihadists; the adoption of their kind of Islamic rule across the Arab world, seem tantalizingly close.

In recent weeks, far from the attention of the world's media, this new Islamic State has been fighting its enemies and expanding its borders in Iraq and Syria and Kurdistan. They have driven out thousands of Christians and Yasdis who are Zorastrians. Five hundred have been slaughtered and buried in a mass grave.

In Iraq they have gone on a wild barbarian rage, decapitating hundreds of other Muslim militants in order to intimidate other militants to join with them. “IS” is known for killing dozens of people at a time, while carrying out public executions, crucifixions and other acts.

They have taken a hundreds of Yasdi women captive as slaves and and are selling them or giving them to be married to the militant fighters.

Their radical actions and apparent successes (accomplishing their objectives) has excited a section of the Muslim world which is fanatically committed to establishing a world-wide Muslim caliphate. It suggests the possibility of a bandwagon effect that will sweep them to power in the Muslim world.

This new entity has become the richest terrorist group in the world. They have captured oil wells and gas wells and using the revenue to advance their cause.  When they captured the Iraqi town of Mosul they appropriated a halt a trillion dollars from the bank.

There is mounting evidence that “IS” has obtained a chemical weapons capacity of some kind, and has utilized it on at least one occasion during intense combat against the Kurdish YPG militia in northern Syria.

Following its lighting capture of Mosul on June 10, many observers expected the jihadi group to continue to push on into Iraq, and perhaps make a bid for the capital city, Baghdad.

Instead “IS” has set about implementing its brutal version of Shari'a in the city, but has made no serious effort to push further east.

Instead, the movement has integrated the weapons taken in Mosul into its structures in Syria, and is concentrating its attention on expanding in a westward and northern direction.

Although the Islamists have not moved in the direction of Bagdad at this time there is a brewing battle for Baghdad.

The Islamic State threatens Baghdad,  by provoking a new civil war. But Iraq’s capital won’t fall without a bloody fight.

Most Baghdadis and outside observers anticipate that if the city falls, it won't be from being overrun by “IS” forces but through a terrorist campaign. The aim of an “IS” offensive is to further destabilize the already weakened government and target the city's Shia population, triggering a wave of retaliatory violence against Sunnis.

By radicalizing Iraqis through violence and triggering a broader sectarian war, “IS” believes it can expand its authority over Sunnis who will look to the group for protection and thereby place them in a position to take over the country.

Sunnis want someone to back them against the [Shia] regime in Baghdad, and their only option seems to be IS"

They have declared objectives of deposing the king of Jordan and replacing Hezbollah in Lebanon. It has been reliably reported they have been actively supporting Hamas in the Gaza war.

“IS” fighters reached the triangle border between Iraq, Syria and Turkey on Sunday August 10.

“IS” took control of Iraq's largest hydroelectric dam on Iraq's Tigris River, which provides power to the city of Mosul about 50 kilometers (31 miles) to the south.

Daniel Pipes said the militant group now has the potential to create a flood so massive and catastrophic that it would not only cause death, destruction and chaos locally in the city of Mosul, but more than 450 kilometers (280 miles) away in Baghdad as well.

As I have previously stated, I believe that this is one of the most significant developments in the Mideast scenario in recent times. We see just such a scenario outlined in Psalm 83:3-8. “They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones. They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance. For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee: The tabernacles of Edom, and the Ishmaelites; of Moab, and the Hagarenes; Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalek; the Philistines with the inhabitants of Tyre; Assur also is joined with them: they have holpen the children of Lot. Selah.”

As we have indicated, the significance of “IS” seems to be its relationship to the coming war of Psalm 83. Notice, the alliance “IS” is forming is the same alliance Psalm 83 describes. Edom = the Palestinians - Ishmaelites = the Arabs - Ammon = Jordan - Philistines = Hamas -  Tyre = the present day Hezbollah -  Assur = Syria.

The war of Ezekiel 38-39 has an entirely different set of enemies that will face Israel in a war that will follow shortly after the war of Psalm 83.

 But first, there is the war described in Psalm 83, Ezekiel 35-36 and Isaiah 17, we refer to it as the war of Psalm 83.

The war of Psalm 83 takes place prior to the tribulation period. It is described in scripture as taking place at a time when Israel is under assault by her close neighbours and those within her borders. The events of the present hour fit that scenario as no other time in history.

go back button