Thursday, June 12, 2014

Setting the Stage | Assyria and Babylon Under Threat from Islamic Extemists

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It is difficult to take the situation in Iraq to seriously. The U.S. installed government in Baghdad is in danger of falling to Islamic militants, specifically the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). The map above shows the extent of the incursion of the Islamists into Iraq. They have made a corridor into Iraq from Syria down the Euphrates River valley. They have also crossed ancient Mesopotamia and seized control of Mosul, the second largest city in Iraq. Mosul sits on the Tigris River across from the ruins of the ancient Assyrian capitol of Nineveh. 

The stated goal of ISIL is to establish an Islamic emirate in the region. From a prophetic point of view, they have a good start at conquering the seats of the ancient Assyrian and Babylonian empires. Nineveh is a city that was founded by Asshur, the son of Shem, the son of Noah. It is the city that was moved to redemption by the preaching of Jonah. Its destruction was recorded in the book of the prophet Nahum. The Antichrist is sometimes referred to as the Assyrian because of verses in Isaiah 10 and Micah 5. And Assyria is mentioned in Psalm 83 as part of an alliance of peoples who conspire to destroy Israel. Now people sworn to the destruction of Israel are seizing control of this area.
And this man shall be the peace, when the Assyrian shall come into our land: and when he shall tread in our palaces, then shall we raise against him seven shepherds, and eight principal men. And they shall waste the land of Assyria with the sword, and the land of Nimrod in the entrances thereof: thus shall he deliver us from the Assyrian, when he cometh into our land, and when he treadeth within our borders.                                                                                     -Micah 5:5-6

Al Qaida’s ISIL paves a Syria-Iraq corridor, plans ‘Islamic emirate’

NICOSIA — The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has formed a corridor from Syria to Iraq.

Opposition sources said ISIL, deemed the most powerful Al Qaida franchise in the Middle East, has captured a swathe of territory from the northern city of Aleppo to the Iraqi border. They said the corridor would enable a flow of fighters and weapons from Syria to Iraq.

“We plan to establish an Islamic emirate in the Levant,” ISIL commander Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi said.

On June 9, around 50 people were killed in fighting between ISIL and rival Islamist militias in the eastern Syrian province of Dir Al Zour. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the fighting centered on ISIL and its Al Qaida rival, Nusra Front for the Defense of the Levant.

“Nusra Front and the Islamic battalions recaptured the Kharrata oil station in southwest Dir Al Zour after violent clashes with ISIL, while the clashes have continued between the two parties near the station,” Syrian Observatory said.

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