“And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.” Rev 13:1 (KJV)
“And the ten horns out of this kingdom [are] ten kings [that] shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.” Daniel 7:24 (KJV)
Is ISIS a foreshadow of the “beast” who is given power by a ten nation confederacy?
Rodrigo Silva, author of “The Coming Bible Prophecy Reformation,” asks will “ten of the nations that surround the new Islamic State, which seek a revived Islamic Caliphate, end up giving ISIS their power, and authority as the ten horns/kings give their power to the beast (Revelation 17:12-13); who is the eleventh horn of Daniel 7 to rise as the leader of a new independent state, and who is also the false prophet of Revelation 13 & 19.”
Islamic State militants have an army of about 200,000 fighters, over six times larger than previous CIA estimates of up to 31,500 men, a senior Iraqi Kurdish leader has claimed.
“I am talking about hundreds of thousands of fighters because they are able to mobilize young Arab men in the territory they have taken,” Fuad Hussein, the chief of staff of Iraqi Kurdish President Massoud Barzani, told the UK Independent in an exclusive interview.
Controlling roughly one third of Iraq and Syria, Hussein says the 250,000 square kilometer territory has provided IS a 10 to 12 million-large population from which to attract potential fighters.
He said this sizeable force explains how the Islamic State had been able to wage successful campaigns on multiple fronts in Iraq and Syria.
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State, released a rare public message in which he declared the creation of several new “provinces” in various Arab countries.
It was the first time he and his organization have acknowledged groups that have pledged baya (religious binding oath of allegiance) to the so-called “Islamic State” since the announcement of its “Caliphate” six months ago.
Although a number of different individuals and groups pledged their loyalty to the caliphate, al-Baghdadi only recognized the annexation of jihadist elements in:
- Saudi Arabia
- Algeria (Jund al-Khilafah)
- Libya (Majlis Shura Shabab al-Islam)
- Sinai (Ansar Beit al-Maqdis)
While he claimed to annex these “territories,” publicly available information indicates that only the groups in Libya and Sinai can legitimately claim to control land — the validity of such claims in Saudi Arabia, Yemen, and Algeria remains to be seen.
Whether Western governments want to admit it or not, the reality is that the Islamic State has expanded in a non-contiguous manner outside its base, and now has authority over satellite groups and small amounts of territory outside Iraq and the Levant.
The group’s now-formalized annexation model could have direct political and security consequences in several countries, creating a more complex threat environment for the U.S.-led coalition.
The Islamic State (ISIS) announced plans to begin minting its own currency. The terrorist organization gave specifics to SITE Intelligence Group, an organization that monitors the jihadist threat. ISIS told SITE the new currency, minted in gold, silver and copper, will remove Muslims from the “satanic usury-based global economic system.” The currency was created by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the organization’s leader. The terrorist group’s statement on the matter, translated by SITE, reads:
Based on the directive of the Emir of the Believers in the Islamic State, Caliph Ibrahim, may Allah preserve him, to mint current for the Islamic State, as it is far removed from the tyrannical monetary system that was imposed on the Muslims and was a reason for their enslavement and impoverishment, and the wasting the fortunes of the Ummah, making it easy prey in the hands of the Jews and Crusaders, the Treasury Department studied the matter and presented a comprehensive project, by the grace of Allah, to mint a currency based on the inherent value of the metals gold and silver.
(IraqiNews.com) The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria announced the names of countries they seek to imminently control and published a map. The map includes all Arab countries, nearly half of all African countries and countries in Europe, including Spain and 25 percent of the area of the continent of Asia.
ISIS announced through some Jihadist websites that they intend to annex the following countries along with Iraq: the Levant, Hijaz, Yemen, Khorasan, Kurdistan, the Caucasus, Anatolia, Europe, Andalusia, Abyssinia, and Maghreb.
ISIS noted that the map of the Islamic caliphate contains the division of the Islamic State into several states (Emirates) with each state containing a group of countries. The state of Iraq includes both Iraq and Kuwait. The state of the Levant includes Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan and the Sinai, while the state of the Hijaz includes Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman. The state of Yemen remains unchanged and the state of Khorasan contains Iran, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan and the Indian subcontinent.