Iran War, Iraq War: US Goat Stomps Ram, Islam Symbol
God says there is none like Him, declaring the end from the beginning. In Genesis 22, God shows the end of militant Islam when Isaac was saved from sacrifice by a ram caught by its horns in a bush. Islam teaches that Ishmael was spared by sacrificing the ram, and they celebrate it in Al-Adha. Which is right?
When Christ was asked about the end of the world in Matthew 24, he recommended we understand a desolating power first mentioned in Daniel 8. Here is a prophecy that reaches from the time of Daniel to the present and includes a ram that gets stomped and its horns are broken by a goat. Daniel 8:20,21 tells us the horns on the ram are the kings of Media and Persia and they are broken by the first king of Grecia (Alexander the Great). History confirms Bible accuracy and the victory of Alexander over Medo-Persia.
But Gabriel said the vision is “at the time of the end,” (verse 17). This means the book of Daniel has a double application–once in history, and again “at the time of the end” when the Medes and Persians are militant Islam–Iraq, Iran/ISIS. If we read closely, several items fit better now: U.S. coalition v Militant Islam–Iraq, Iran, ISIS in Bible prophecy.
Daniel was in the palace at Shushan, but “I saw in a vision and I was by the river Ulai,” Daniel 8:2. The modern name is the Karun River by Kuwait where U.S. troops deployed against Iraq in 2003.
Alexander’s victory at Arbela was 700 miles away. Daniel saw our time and our deployment.
The coalition formed by Bush was named GOAT–Global Organization Against Terrorism (amazing!)
The goat “came from the west on the face of the whole earth,” Daniel 8:5. The U.S. coalition came from Korea, Australia, S. America, Canada, Europe—“the whole earth.” Not so with Alexander; he didn’t come from the face of the whole earth.
The goat “touched not the ground.” Daniel 8:5. Desert Storm was the first war fought largely in the air. Alexander had no choice of planes. The imagery fits “the time of the end.” Alexander’s victory was a type for our time.
Persia was the name for Iran today. Daniel 8 suggests war with Iran.
Islam may wonder why God would allow “the Great Satan to conquer militant Islam when we have brought alcohol, tobacco, drugs, Hollywood, crime, sex, violence on TV, abortion, homosexuality, all things that the Bible condemns, but Daniel’s prophecy is not about who God favors to win, who that He sees will win. America will have its own time of judgment soon as well. After a military victory, the US’ “horn” gets broken, Daniel 8:8.
On the positive side, Christianity is a religion of loving our neighbor–others who need our help, as we love ourselves–treating them as we would want done for us. Christianity has elevated the role of women in society above the abuse in other religions.
Only in the context of the theocracy (before Israel wanted to be like other nations and have a king) did God say to destroy the perverted nations occupying the land that He has covenanted to give Abraham after their time of probation was ended.
While God set the bounds for various nations, He gave the Middle East to the seed of Abraham and this may include the descendants of Ishmael, but there is a need for “brethren to dwell in unity,” and the inability of many Muslims to live peaceably is a sign of trouble. Why should Europe or America open the doors to Muslims with Saudi Arabia has thousands of air-conditioned tents sitting empty?
This information supports the Bible as the true ‘holy book’ by showing from Genesis 22:13 the sparing of Isaac [Israel] by sacrificing a [militant] ram caught in a Bush.
On the other hand, the imagery from Revelation 9 suggests the possibility that the US could be over-run by Islam, even as the Medes and Persians conquered ancient Babylon.
Sir Winston Churchill observed: “How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its [people]. The effects are apparent in many countries, improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement, the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property, either as a child, a wife, or a concubine, must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men. Individual Muslims may show splendid qualities, but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it.
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America has become like Babylon, but we remember the lessons from Scripture, Babylon was overthrown by the Medes & Persians without military confrontation–they simply entered under the river gate as Babylon was in a drunken orgy, where suddenly on the wall, a bloodless hand wrote “Weighed in the balances and found wanting.” Daniel 5.
The Bible says, “Whatever is to come has been already and God summons each event back in its turn.” Ecclesiastes 3:15, New English Bible.