ISIS in Bible Prophecy

How Can We Defeat ISIS, PART TWO

In the first installment we examined ISIS, caliphates, and “orthodox Islam.” Armed with that information, we are ready to look at what God says about ISIS in Bible prophecy. Then in the next article we combine all this knowledge to compile a plan to combat this evil.

Is ISIS found in the Bible? No, certainly not directly and possibly not even indirectly. The most relatable reference is found in the Book of Daniel. ISIS’s nickname is DAESH which means “to crush underfoot” in Arabic. Chrsitians have marveled at this definition and its similarity to a Bible verse which describes Daniel’s fourth terrifying Beast (which will be the Empire of the Antichrist):

It devoured and crushed and trampled down the remainder with its feet. (Dan. 7: 7)

This is far from definative proof, but it is very, very interesting coincidence; if it is a coincidence.

An additional interesting alignment of ISIS with prophecy involves the location of the Caliphate in northern Iraq and eastern Sryia. This region is the historic location of the ancient empire of Nimrod and the empire of Assyria. Mosul is close to the historic Assyrian capital of Ninevah, and from the map below you can see this area is still called Nineveh province.

isis in the bible

One of the most definative verses in the Bible about the ethnicity of the Antichrist references both of these historic empires:

This One (Jesus born in Bethlehem) will be our peace when the Assyrian invades our land, when he tramples on our citadels. Then we will raise against him seven shepherds and eight leaders of men. They will shepherd the land of Assyria with the sword, the land of Nimrod at its entrances; And He (Jesus) will deliver us from the Assyrian when he attacks our land and when he tramples our territory. (Micah 5: 5-6)

Here we see the Antichrist clearly referred to as the Assyrian, so we know that he will come from this region ISIS currently controls. I do not think that Abu Bakr al-Bagdadi is the Antichrist, but maybe one of his henchmen is!! It is not certain, but the Antichrist may well be a current jihadi in ISIS.

The Beast Empire

We know from Joel RIchardson’s landmark book Mideast Beast that  a revised Islamic Caliphate will be the Empire of the Beast (Antichrist). This Islamic confederacy of nations will be the ten toes of Nebuchadnezzar’s statue in Dan. 2, the fourth terrifying beast of Dan. 7, the Beast of Rev. 13 and the 8th king of the Beast in Rev. 17.  We are told that the fatal head wound of the Beast will be healed:

 I saw one of his heads as if it had been slain, and his fatal wound was healed. (Rev. 13: 3)

Because this verse specifically speaks of “one of his heads,” we know it is speaking of one of the 7 empires Satan has used to disrupt God’s plan of redemption and not just a healing of a physical man. (Although I don’t rule out some sort of physical healing).  We know that this seventh head is the Islamic Caliphate (see Joel Richardson’s book Mideast Beast) that will be revived. Have we already seen this happen? From 1924 until 2014 there wasn’t a Caliphate on the face of the earth. Now there is one!

Some people believe that only the Revived Ottoman Empire will be the Beast empire. I don’t agree. I believe it is simply an “Islamic Calipate” and the Beast first arose with Mohammed 1400 years ago. If that is true, the Beast is already loose again upon the earth. Now when I say Beast, I referring to the demonic power or ARCHON behind the Caliphate. The Beast has 3 aspects: a demonic power, a Kingdom and a man. Certainly the beheadings, rape, and torture seen under ISIS are demonic in a sense not seen for generations, and may be indicative of powerful demonic control of this Caliphate.

This does not mean that Abu Bakr al-Bagdadi is the “Beast” or Antichrist or that ISIS is the final form of that Beast. They possibly could be, but I doubt it very much. In my opinion, it is simply the demonic aspect of the Beast that is now on the earth, not all three aspects (demon, man and kingdom). But if the prophecy of Rev. 13: 3 has already been fulfilled in this one way, this is a significant prophetic development. The fact that ISIS’s nickname DAESH is linked to Daniel’s Fourth Terrifying Beast as mentioned above only adds credence to this in my mind.

The Sunni Shia War

Will ISIS expand and eventually form this coming Beast Caliphate? Again It might, but I doubt it. The Bible actually describes how the Beast Empire will form quite specifically in Daniel 8.

The following are my personal ideas or best guesses of what will happen based on Daniel 8 (A war prophesied in Daniel 8 is coming between the Sunni and Shia that will lead to the rising of the Antichrist. Please read this link to see more details of this prophecy).

Daniel 8 foretells a war between the “ram” and the “goat.” Christians scholars have long assumed this prophecy was fulfilled by Persian and Greek empires prior to the birth of Christ and stopped right there. These commentators  glossed over or ignored the three references the Angel Gabriel gave Daniel as to the timing of the prophesied war:

Son of man, understand that the vision (the entire vision)  pertains to the time of the end . . . Behold, I am going to let you know what will occur at the final period of the indignation, for it pertains to the appointed time of the end. (Dan. 8: 17, 19)

It seems incredible that these three time references to end times have been missed by scholars, but they have. What also has been missed is that the fulfillment of the prophecy in ancient times was not complete. If it was an ancient prophecy only why did Antiochus (the ancient foreshadow of the Antichrist) not cast the stars of heaven to the ground, exapand his kingdom east, and why was Alexander’s kingdom originally split into more than 20 divisions, not just four?

So what is the reason that these obvious clues have been overlooked for centuries? My theory is that a “Roman Antichrist” viewpoint clouded the minds of commentators because Dan. 8 clearly states that the Antichrist arises from a Middle Eastern or Balkan nation; not from Rome. One mistaken view prophetically can cause an exponetial deviation from truth when expanded throughout all prophecy. That is the effect of thinking the Antichrist will be Roman.

Immediately after Gabriel tells Daniel that the prophecy is about the end time, he identifies the players. The fact he identifies the players after Gabriel’s end times identification is important. It is yet one more proof that the names of the players are to be their “end time” names. In the text, the ram is called the “kings of the Medes and Persians” and the goat is “Yavan.” As we have explained in the previous linked article, the “kings of the Medes and Persians” occupied a land mass currently occupied by Iran (and possibly the Kurds). Obviously these modern names would mean nothing to Daniel, so he was given the names of the land mass of his day. It is my opinion that all references to prophetic nations refer to land masses. This means the Medes and Persians refer to the modern nations of Iran (and possibly the region of the Kurds.) Remember this use of modern names is confirmed biblically because this description of who the ram occurs AFTER the angel tells Daniel it is end time prophecy.

The goat is described as “Yavan” (mistranslated “Greece” in most bibles.) Yavan were an ancient people occupying the area around the straits of Bosphorus and modern day Istanbul. This land mass is in modern day Turkey. Yavan thus is Turkey.

We then see that initially the Ram (Iran and possibly Iran plus the Kurds) will “head butt” north, south, and west into the middle east. The land north and west of Iran and the Kurds is occupied by ISIS and directly in the “line of fire” of this invasion. It is very likely they will be conquered by this coming invasion. We are then told the ram “magnifies himself” (Dan. 8:4) after this invasion. Does Iran form an Imamate (a Shia version of a Caliphate) at this point? Is that what “magnifies himself” mean? I think it is very likely.

The Sunni Muslims will then counter-attack and destroy the Shia Imamate and establish yet a third Caliphate of their own that will look a lot like the Ottoman Empire prior to 1924 when the Allies broke it up. (Dan. 8:8: “he magnified himself exceedingly.”) At this point, something or someone (the USA, the UN, or the USA/Russia/China?) intervenes and the Caliph is “broken off” (Dan. 8: 8). The empire is then divided into four. Does the reconstructed Caliphate scare the world powers? Is that why it is broken into four subsections?That is my guess. When the Bible says Yavan and its Caliph “magnifies himself exceedingly”, I think this is the reason that the powers that break off the horn; they are scared by the Caliphate. The Yavan Empire (revived Ottoman Empire) will be exceedingly powerful.

Rise of Antichrist

It is only after the break-up of the Yavan Empire that the Antichrist arises from one of these four areas. IMO, he eventually re-consolidates yet another (fourth) Caliphate and begins his reign of terror.

So, based on the Bible, I believe we can assume that ISIS will be destroyed by Iran in the near future. It is also likely however, that a Caliphate will exist on the earth from this point until the return of Jesus with only a brief interlude when the revived Ottoman Empire is broken into four sub-sections. So I personally believe ISIS is only a precursor of the final Beast Empire that is coming. But it is a very good example of what is to come, just on smaller scale.

How many more Caliphs will there be? Heretical Sunni scriptures say there will be 12 legitimate ones before the “Day of Judgment.” Abu Bakr al-Bagdadi would be the eighth. Now I realize that Islamic scriptures are not inerrant and this number is just a fantasy, but if the Antichrist ends up being the 12th it would give him great credibility in the minds of Muslims. This is just something to remember when the time is closer. If this turns out to be true there will be 4 additional Caliphs after Abu Bakr al-Bagdadi. Of course we are basing this on heretical prophecies so that is not be counted on.

Can We Really Defeat ISIS?

This isn’t a political article, its a spiritual article. I’m sure we could all pontificate on what the USA can and should do militarily and politically. As I stated before in the previous article, I am not opposed to military or political actions. Although I anticipate ISIS will be defeated by Iran, because Satan who controls all of Islam is not overcome by politics, I doubt we will militarily defeat Islam. You see, Satan is currently the ruler (Gk: ARCHON) of this world system (economics and politics). We must never forget that.

We are to strive against Islam, not just ISIS because as we have just seen a yet more powerful and dangerous Caliphate is coming. Satan has uniquely chosen Islam as the ideology that will become the Beast Empire of the Antichrist. As such it is and will become the greatest threat to Christianity in the history of the world. We know from scripture that the Beast will be given authority for 42 months and it will “shatter” the holy people:

It would be for a time, times, and half a time; and as soon as they finish shattering the power of the holy people, all these events will be completed. (Dan. 12:7)

From this passage, we know that Islam will not be overcome by the western nations, rather Islam will shatter at least the Christians within those nations. Only Jesus will physically overcome this evil ideology when he returns.

So why even try to strive against Islam if we know the Bible says it will “shatter” the power of God’s holy people? The answer is that “power ” (nations, governments, military, etc.) is not what we are to value. Souls are to be valued. The struggle of the 70th Week of Daniel is for the souls of the whole world. So if Satan is not overcome by politics, how is he overcome? Revelation tells us plainly:

And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death. (Rev. 12: 11)

The saints play a role in overcoming Satan. They have 3 weapons in this fight:

  • The blood of the Lamb (salvation)
  • The word of our testimony (sharing the Gospel)
  • Not loving life even with faced with death (fearlessness)

This is not what most conservative Christians want to hear in relation to ISIS and terrorism. However, this is the direction given us by scripture.

In our next installment PART THREE we’ll look at our approach to implementing it.



32 thoughts on “ISIS in Bible Prophecy”

  1. gezz, your assumption required one thing that is the sanctuary which didn’t exist now.

    iran didn’t share border with turkey there is iraq between them. how you gonna suppose turkey will dare to attack iran with possible possesing a nuclear weapon? so your assumption that turkey will conquer iraq then iran and broke into 4, now which south and north or turkey also need to attack suriah to create south (do you think russia just gonna watch his friend doom?) ? then after that another horn will attack israel (a nuclear nation) to insult sanctuary that didn’t exist ??? come on man!!.

    i’m sorry my friend this is out of logic but it’s up to you tho.

    1. I rely on one thing donal, the word of God. If God’s Word says something will happen, it will. I don’t worry about details like Russia. So much can change in the blink of an eye. Only the Word endures forever.

  2. I recently read the paragraph below in a book, and want to see what you think of it:

    “Pre-Mohammed Arabic theology stated that Allah’s daughter was the Greek goddess Aphrodite (Diana), whose name in Arabic is merely the feminine version of Allah, which is ‘Allat.’ The Apostle Paul himself came against the worship of this stone in Acts 19:35 while at Ephesus which was the seat of worship of the Moon Goddess Diana (remember that Allah is the Moon God – masculine). Paul was preaching at Ephesus and converting many Diana worshippers to Christ. A certain silversmith named Demetrius got really stressed about it because he made a great living making graven images of Diana and saw his profit flying out the window, with each convert. Thus he incited the crowd to riot and they grabbed up several of Paul’s companions. The city clerk speaks up in the attempt to quell the crowd before things get too violent and makes an interesting statement: ‘Men of Ephesus, what man is there who does not know that the city of the Ephesians is temple guardian of the great goddess Diana, and of the image which fell down from Zeus?’ The image was a Black Stone – I believe the same one that sits in Mecca in the Ka’ba right now. Islam claims the stone image fell down from heaven, the Ephesians also claimed their image fell from heaven, from the Moon gods….The very same cry from the worshippers of Diana and the stone which fell from heaven, is the very same cry heard today, from Muslims. They also bow before a stone which fell from heaven.”

    Do you think it is possible that the same black stone that sits in Mecca today was in Ephesus at the time the book of Acts was written?

    1. Yes, I do. On page 143 of my book Are We Ready For Jesus, I go into a more detailed discussion of why and how this same stone may become the Image of the Beast and the Abomination of Desolation.

      1. Yeah, Nelson. That was a fascinating assertion you put forth in your first book. I’ve done a preliminary search on the Mecca stone within Islam. It has been fashion in the shape of a woman’s genitalia which makes real sense since the stone of the temple of Diana in Ephesus was also mentioned in the book of Acts so there is a strong correlation between the two. it is a very good educated guess and highly likely.


  3. i think joel richardson is confused how to interpret word “end of time”, it should be read as “future”. future here not just 21st century but 4th century BC or 7th century AD included. book of daniel written around 6th century bc so almost 2500 years do you really think that chapter 8 not fulfilled?

    beside if the shaggy goat is turkey (not greece), who will be the first king ( dan 8:21), kemal ataturk died long time ago but turkey is still one nation not four.

    1. donel, in regard to the phrase “time of the end,” the angel didn’t use just this one phrase, he used 3 different phrases to make sure Daniel understood the prophecy said “end times” to him. Between verse 17 and 19, Gabriel said “time of the end,” “final indignation” and “appointed time of the end.” Daniel 8 was fulfilled, but with a “foreshadow” of what is to come. The war between the Persians and Greeks and the times of Antiochus IV is a “close but not quite” fulfillment of historic events. That is why so many commentators throughout Church history has said it was fulfilled. The fulfillment was very close to being complete. Final complete fulfillment is still to come.

      Was Isaiah 61: 1-2 fulfilled in Jesus’s day when he read the Isaiah scroll in synagogue? Jesus said it was, but the end of verse 2 was left off of Jesus’s reading. It is still to be fulfilled. Was Isaiah 9:4-7 fulfilled at Jesus’s birth? No. Only a portion. The “Battle of Midian” and the establishment of Jesus’s government is yet to be fulfilled. There are many examples of partial fulfillment. You are a well read bible scholar, but IMO place too much emphasis on finding partial historic foreshadows. A very large percentage of prophecy still remains unfilled. Notice that text from Isaiah 9 speaks of the Battle of Midian. Although Gideon’s victory over Midian was an historic battle, it will act like a “type” of the future victory of Christ over the Antichrist and his Beast Empire.

      In answer to your question about the Goat, technically it is not Greece or modern Turkey. It is a new nation state that has its capital in Istanbul that counter attacks Iran. That is why it is called Yavan. A people located near the straits of Bosporus. Modern Sunni clerics will only accept a Caliphate based out of what was once Constantinople (Istanbul.) At some time in the future, Turkey will transition its government to this Yavan Caliphate based in Istanbul, IMO. Thus the first “King” (caliph) of this new Caliphate will be the prominent horn of the Goat. This Caliphate will then be broken into four sub-nations to the “four winds of heaven” (north, south, east, west.) The Antichrist will arise out the northern one and become King of the North.

  4. This might be a little off target for this particular article, but since ISIS is a band of Islam on a hunt, it is interesting that Ephesus was the center of Diana/Artemis worship. Ephesus, of course, is the recipient of the Lord’s first letter to the churches in Asia.

    Diana/Artemis was/is the goddess of the moon, of fertility, and of the hunt. Isn’t it extraordinarily interesting that Islam is also strongly connected to the moon, and Muslims have more children than people of other religions, and are mighty hunters of people. Sounds a bit like Nimrod, a descendant of Canaan/Ham and the one who built Nineveh in Assyria.

    All of this seems to tie in to an end-time scenario of the Antichrist coming out of Islamic Turkey and being an Assyrian, as well.

    1. Howard your comments are inspired. Yes, all seven churches of Revelation were in Turkey and not be accident IMO. You have had a chance to read some unpublished ideas of mine so you know I am right with you on this. Esau and Ishmael were archers as well, just as the rider of the White Horse.

      1. Nelson,

        In the discussion with Reggie Kelly Saturday evening, Reggie brought up the question of whether the AC might be a descendant of Esau. I’m reminded of Malachi 1:2-3 and Isaiah 63:1:

        “2 I have loved you,” says the Lord.
        “Yet you say, ‘In what way have You loved us?’
        Was not Esau Jacob’s brother?”
        Says the Lord.
        “Yet Jacob I have loved;
        3 But Esau I have hated,
        And laid waste his mountains and his heritage
        For the jackals of the wilderness.” Mal. 1:2-3

        “Who is this who comes from Edom,
        With dyed garments from Bozrah,
        This One who is glorious in His apparel,
        Traveling in the greatness of His strength?—
        “I who speak in righteousness, mighty to save.” Isaiah 63:1

        The Idumeans (Edomites) were also used as mercenaries during the Seleucid wars. They were always causing trouble. It’s interesting that God would say he “hates” Esau in particular, and Jesus Isaiah 63 tells us will be riding from Edom when he returns. What will He be doing? Someone in the group (it might have been Reggie, I can’t remember now) once suggested that Jesus will be retracing the path of every site where Israel ever encountered an enemy. That is something to ponder.

        Interestingly, another gentleman in the group has developed a close relationship with members of an Orthodox synagogue in his town, meeting with them every Saturday. He once asked them why God hates Esau, and the reply was, “Because he wasn’t a family man.” That makes sense; Esau despised his birthright and lost it to Jacob, the younger brother.

        1. Jeanne, Reggie is on the right track I think. I wrote that post about a year ago and it contains a lot of info on Esau. My new unpublished book contains a lot more. Esau married Ishmael’s daughter so the blood lines became mixed. Modern Muslims are descendants of both. I think you are much closer to the truth about why God hates Esau than the Orthodox synagogue IMO.

  5. daniel 8 regarding ram and goat it is about persia vs greek not turkey. book daniel written around 6th century bc during that era greece territory include coast of west asia minor (trojan war) so yavan mean greece kingdom not turkey.

    regarding locus rev 9 represent early islam expansion period. beast come out from abyss rev 9:2 and rev 17:8 actually same beast that is islam. their true leader is mohamed the son of perdition or in greek apoleias (2 thess 2:3) or apollyon (rev 9:11) means destruction or destructor.

    rev 9;10 mention about 5 months time which started 632 until 782 when king of byzantium making peace treaty with islam caliphate.

    1. Thanks for the article Curtis. There is a shadow of “evolutionary” thought in this article, but I am convinced these are locusts just as the author. They were foreshadowed by the locusts of the Egypt plagues. I will leave the link up so others can view it and make up their own minds.

  6. Speaking of the locust army, what do you think of the idea some people have of the locusts John saw in his vision being helicopters? Some people also say that things like tanks and war equipment are described in Revelation, only they are described with words and things that John and the people of his day were familiar with. What do you think of this?

    1. We know that the locusts of Joel 2 are AC forces at midpoint of 70th week. So locusts can be armies. These locusts are released from the abyss and sting only those with the Mark. So I don’t think these are. My first look at all symbols is to look for OT or Gospel references. After that it becomes anyone’s guess. Notice how the trumpets somewhat mirror the plagues. I will do an article on this in the future.

    1. Great question Jason. The locust army comes out at the fifth trumpet which occurs in the final year of Daniel’s 70tg week. So if you’re asking if ISIS is the 5th trumpet, it isn’t. Maybe someday I’ll do an article series on the trumpets but for now I’ll just say it’s my opinion that they are God’s agents of punishment in the abyss loosed on earth for 5 months

  7. I find it very interesting that with the Holy Spirit’s inspiration, Micah 5 shows both our Savior’s birth location and A.C.s location.
    Is it also safe to say that, just as the start birth of the 7th kingdom was, when Mohammad took over Mecca, the start birth of the eight kingdom was when ISIS took over Mosul?

  8. I know this is all speculation… but I’m really curious. Is there a particular ISIS fighter you think could be a candidate for the AC?

  9. since none of mohamed prophecy take place, isis was establised by saudi to fulfill one of his prophecy regarding dajjal and black army. other purpose of isis to erase evidences that allah is moon god by destroying ancient artifacts around his territory.

  10. What do you think of the idea of the antichrist coming out of Turkey (Magog, specifically)? Was Magog part of ancient Assyria? How likely do you think it is that Erdogan is the large horn who is broken off? Also, you write, “We know that Islam will not be overcome by the western nations, rather Islam will shatter at least the Christians within those nations.” How likely do you think it is that western nations will have some form of Islamic government in the future? One more thing. Why do you think the majority of conservative Christians are so resistant to hearing the truth about what is coming and what our weapons must be?

    1. Janae, in terms of your first question here is a map of the land mass of Assyria at the time of the prophecies of Isaiah and Micah that involve the Assyrian. As you can see the land mass includes eastern Turkey, most of Syria, northern Iraq and even part of Iran. Second, you asked about Erdogan. I haven an article HERE that you can view. In terms of western nations becoming Islamic by choice, I think the chance is very low. Might they choose to become Islamic because of economic pressure? They might.

      Your final question is about why Christians are resistant to seeking spiritual solutions rather than fleshly. I can only guess. I assume a lack of a deep relationship with Christ. Also lack of teaching and mentoring in this area.

      1. I think you are right about Christians not being taught about a possible Islamic antichrist. This Facebook page awakened me to the idea. After studying on my own and and researching, I have come to believe this teaching. I have some family that are so entrenched in the belief of a revived Roman empire, that they will not listen to other teaching. They think the current Pope may be the antichrist or will help him come into power.

        1. Thanks for your comments Patricia. I am beginning to write a new third book, and in the process I learned about something called the “Backfire Effect.” This scientific research was about how people change their strongly held beliefs. Facts alone don’t do it. You would think that presenting facts would sway someone’s mind, ah, but not always. Sometimes in their arguing for their cause, their old beliefs are actually strengthened. Only the Holy Spirit will change minds about scriptural issues. I have prayed for your family.

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