Holy War May Be Inevitable

Holy war may be inevitable with the Islamic State perpetrating one atrocity after another since declaring the Caliphate on June 29, 2014. The atrocities have included video or pictures of beheadings of men, women, and children. Victims have been from many faiths and nationalities, with some killings outside the middle east. Many have wondered why ISIS is so brazen about their violence, showing even their films to the world. The reason is simple. They are trying to instigate a holy war with Christianity and the rest of the world. They believe they must start a holy war to bring on their version of the “end times” in which they believe they will conquer the world for Islam and then everyone will convert or die. I would encourage you to read the March, 2015, Atlantic Monthly article “What ISIS Really Wants”. This article explains the apocalyptic beliefs behind the Islamic State, which explains their actions to a large degree.

Here is why the holy war may be inevitable. If the West or NATO does nothing, the Islamic State will continue to grow with even more violence as they try to enrage the world until eventually they would be attacking the West directly. If the West or NATO attack the Islamic State they will be giving the Islamic State just what they want. The Islamic State believes that when they are attacked, God will then enable them to win and conquer the world for Islam. Either way, we would end up in a holy war, so at this time I am seeing the time of the end holy war described in Daniel 11:40-43 as nearly inevitable.

The Third and Final “Holy War” Begins

For the first time since the Ottoman Empire we now appear to have a functioning caliphate. A caliphate is a Muslim leader who claims to lead all Islam militarily and spiritually. On June 29, 2014 the Islamic State declared a caliphate. Daniel 11:40 predicted that at the “time of the end” the King of the South or Islam will push against the King of the north or the Papacy and/or the Christian world and ultimately trigger a massive military response. Read the Islamic State Caliphate story.
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Then after a month of rapid advances with barbaric violence (the prophecy said pushing or attacking) the Pope is now calling for military action. Like the new Caliphate, this call for action is also a first since the close of the Ottoman empire. We now appear to be entering the “time of the end” or third and final holy war (conflict) between the claimed leaders of Islam and Christianity of Daniel 11. Both are now calling for the others’ destruction. If this is true, it will get much worse and draw the rest of the world into it.

An explanation of the Islam and Christianity blog

The Islam and Christianity blog is chronicling how current world events appear to be fulfilling the prophecy of Daniel 11:40-45.
First some background.
  • Daniel 11 predicts events in sequential order from Daniel’s time in the 6th century BCE up to our time and beyond.
  • Daniel 11:2 describes the times of the Persians until Greece rises.
  • Daniel 11:3-4 describe the Greek empire of Alexander the Great until it divides at his death.
  • Daniel 11:5-19 describe the conflict of the Greek factions from the north and south of Jerusalem until Rome rises.
  • Daniel 11:20-22 describe Rome during the times of Augustus and Tiberius, including the death of Jesus, the “Prince of the Covenant”.
  • Daniel 11:23-45 describe the conflicts of the divided Roman Empire (including our time) when the Christians control the northern part of the old Roman Empire and Islam controls the southern part of the old Roman Empire.
  • Daniel 11:25-28 describe the times of the Crusades when the Christians, under urging from the Pope (king or leader of the north), fight against the Arab Islamic Caliphates (king or leader from the south). During this time, the Christian world united behind the papacy because they were afraid of the spread of a violent Islam.
  • Daniel 11:29-39 describe the time of the Ottoman empire and reformation times when the Christian world once again followed the papacy because they were afraid of the spread of a violent Islam.
  • Daniel 11:40-45 bring us to our time, called the “time of the end“.  Here, another Islamic leader or Caliphate will push against or attack the Christian world. The Christian world will once more unite behind the papacy because once again they fear the spread of a violent form of Islam.
We begin with events in the summer of 2014, when we now have an effectively functioning Caliphate for the first time since the Ottoman Empire. This will be followed by the Pope or papacy once again calling for international military intervention (a crusade-type event) to stop and destroy violent Islam. The following stories are all in the sequential order which matches the sequential order of the prophecy. You may wish to print out the Daniel 11 commentary from our resources section to follow along in Daniel 11. God be with you and direct your thoughts as you examine the Biblical and historic evidence. The Islam and Christianity blog begins with events in the summer of 2014 but was not written here until June, 2015. Unless you understand the background you will not fully understand current events.