Syrian Civil War – Proxy War and Islamic Apocalypse

What’s going on in Syria is horrifying. There can be no other way of describing this. Two groups of people have deeply committed themselves to destroying each other, and caught in between are Christians and the most ancient, continuously inhabited city on Earth – Damascus.

It is a tragedy of vast proportion with no other possible end – except utter destruction. It has already killed more than 140 thousand people and displaced massive numbers of men, women and children. When it’s all over, millions will have died, the most ancient city on Earth will have been destroyed, the Middle East will have been transformed, and the world will have changed forever.


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Syrian Civil War – Proxy War and Islamic Apocalypse

I love Israel. It’s my home. I speak the language. I like the people. It’s beautiful. The Israeli story is full of both tragedy and hope. And, most of all, it is the place that God loves above all others.

I say all that because most would assume that I welcome what is happening in Syria.

I emphatically do not.

More importantly, I know that most Israelis do not, either.

Yes, it is true that Syria has vowed to kill every last Jewish man, woman and child in Israel. And, Syria has demonstrated many times a willingness to commit such atrocities. So, you could say that there is justice in what is happening to Syria.

You could say it, but I won’t. And, Israelis won’t, either.

So, as I write about what is going on in Syria, my heart is heavy at the thought of what is happening there.

I also find some synchronicity in the fact that this war and my own wake up call began almost simultaneously. The ‘civil’ part of this war started in March 2011, when Syrian police tortured some kids for anti-Assad graffiti on the walls of a school in Deraa. And, as the demonstrations began, I was shocked out of my complacency just days later when I stumbled over the knowledge of how dire our current situation was. But, I have told my story before.

Let’s talk about what is happening in Syria.

Proxy War

The Saudis would have found a way to start this war – one way, or another – because this really isn’t a civil war. It’s a proxy war, funded and promoted by corrupt Persian Gulf Sunnis in an attempt to block the rising power of Iran.

The US is aiding the Saudis because the fate of the United States lies in the balance. If Iran succeeds in dominating the Persian Gulf, the world will no longer need US dollars to buy their oil, and the debt-fueled American Empire will fall.

For America, it is Assad who must fall, or all is lost.

This is also a proxy war for Russia in her struggle to exert influence in the Mediterranean Sea and control the flow of natural gas to Europe. Russia has an important interest in the success of the pipeline being built from Iran, through Iraq and then to the Syrian coast of the Mediterranean Sea.

It’s also a proxy war for Iran as she struggles with Saudi Arabia for dominance. Iran sees her chance to unseat the corrupt oligarchs that control the Persian Gulf. And, they want to make the way for the coming of their Islamic Messiah, the Imam Mahdi. You might say that Iran is the only country that looks at this proxy war in apocalyptic terms.

Those that are fighting on the ground in Syria don’t suffer from such a complex viewpoint.

…and Islamic Apocalypse

If this war is a civil war, it’s not a civil war that has anything to do with Syria, except to act as host to the conflict. No, this is a civil war within Islam, over who will usher in the Islamic Last Days. It’s an apocalyptic civil war between Shia Islam and Sunni Islam, and only one can emerge victorious.

I started thinking about this a few days ago, when Reuters posted an article by Mariam Karouny called:

Apocalyptic prophecies drive both sides to Syrian battle for end of time

There is a lot in that article that will chill you to the bone. And, as I search for just a few quotes from the article, to illustrate the implications… I find that I almost have to quote the whole thing. So, let me start with the first bit:

From the first outbreak of the crisis in the southern city of Deraa to apocalyptic forecasts of a Middle East soaked in blood, many combatants on both sides of the conflict say its path was set 1,400 years ago in the sayings of the Prophet Mohammad and his followers.

Among those many thousands of sayings, or hadith, are accounts which refer to the confrontation of two huge Islamic armies in Syria, a great battle near Damascus, and intervention from the north and west of the country.

I am not completely sure why/where/how Mohammad was able to make these prophecies. It could be that he was told about the Biblical prophecies and twisted them for his own use. Or, the demons he listened to did the twisting for him. Whatever the case, there is an uncanny resemblance to what the Bible says about the era in which we live.

The Reuters article also makes something of an understatement, here:

The power of those prophecies for many fighters on the ground means that the three-year-old conflict is more deeply rooted – and far tougher to resolve – than a simple power struggle between President Bashar al-Assad and his rebel foes.

Far tougher to resolve does not begin to address the impossibility of rescuing the situation. Both sides are fueled by a passion to win this struggle at any cost. It is a holy war of the worst possible kind – two sides that are equally balanced and utterly fanatic.

The article’s author then goes on to quote a rebel fighter:

“If you think all these mujahideen came from across the world to fight Assad, you’re mistaken,” said a Sunni Muslim jihadi who uses the name Abu Omar and fights in one of the many anti-Assad Islamist brigades in Aleppo.

“They are all here as promised by the Prophet. This is the war he promised – it is the Grand Battle,” he told Reuters, using a word which can also be translated as slaughter.

This is where you should start to shiver – where you should begin to feel the chill of an apocalyptic future. That concept of ‘the Grand Battle’ is going to destroy Syria. When it’s over, all that will be left is rubble to fight over.

Mariam Karouny, the writer of the Reuters piece, continues:

On the other side, many Shi’ites from Lebanon, Iraq and Iran are drawn to the war because they believe it paves the way for the return of Imam Mahdi – a descendent of the Prophet who vanished 1,000 years ago and who will re-emerge at a time of war to establish global Islamic rule before the end of the world.

According to Shi’ite tradition, an early sign of his return came with the 1979 Iranian revolution, which set up an Islamic state to provide fighters for an army led by the Mahdi to wage war in Syria after sweeping through the Middle East.

“This Islamic Revolution, based on the narratives that we have received from the prophet and imams, is the prelude to the appearance of the Mahdi,” Iranian cleric and parliamentarian Ruhollah Hosseinian said last year.

He cited comments by an eighth century Shi’ite imam who said another sign of the Mahdi’s return would be a battle involving warriors fighting under a yellow banner – the color associated with Lebanon’s pro-Assad Hezbollah militia.

“As Imam Sadeq has stated, when the (forces) with yellow flags fight anti-Shi’ites in Damascus and Iranian forces join them, this is a prelude and a sign of the coming of his holiness,” Hosseinian was quoted as saying by Fars news agency.

The comment by Ruhollah Hosseinian illustrates an important point. Islamic prophecy, and the job of making it happen, is government policy in Iran. Iran isn’t a country like any other – which leads us to understand why Israel is so nervous about Iran’s nuclear weapon’s program.

But, it also leads us to this rather rhetorical question:

Is there any other possibility than complete destruction and the death of millions?

I can’t think of any other outcome because this conflict has become the center for global jihad.

The author continues with a quote from Sami:

“We have here mujahideen from Russia, America, the Philippines, China, Germany, Belgium, Sudan, India and Yemen and other places,” said Sami, a Sunni rebel fighter in northern Syria. “They are here because this what the Prophet said and promised, the Grand Battle is happening.”

Both sides emphasize the ultimate goal of establishing an Islamic state which will rule the world before total chaos.

Islamic Antichrist

Herein lies the basis for what many people see as the Islamic Antichrist, and I completely understand that. The description of the Imam Mahdi is exactly the same as the Antichrist. That’s among many reasons why I don’t completely discount the possibility that the Muslims will somehow achieve a kind of unprecedented victory that will allow them to dominate the world and bring in their global, Antichrist caliphate. But, that would require an achievement far beyond our current ability to foresee.

For an Islamic Antichrist to take control, we would need to see a far greater destruction of the world than we can envision right now. Non-Islamic populations would need to collapse in a way that would reduce the world’s population by far more than 50%, almost overnight – without causing the same collapse among Muslim populations.

I see scenarios where this is possible, but they are as close to impossible as you can get at this time. I believe that it is FAR more possible for the Muslims to welcome the Alien Messiah as the Mahdi, but that’s a discussion for another time.

Back to the Article

Back to the Reuters article. Here’s a quote from a Sunni fighter:

“These hadith are what the Mujahideen are guided by to come to Syria, we are fighting for this. With every passing day we know that we are living the days that the Prophet talked about,” said Mussab, a fighter from the Nusra Front, a Sunni hardline group linked to al Qaeda, speaking from Syria.

And then one from a Shi’ite fighter:

Murtada, a 27-year-old Lebanese Shi’ite who regularly goes to Syria to battle against the rebels, says he is not fighting for Assad, but for the Mahdi, also known as the Imam.

And another Shi’ite:

Abbas, a 24-year-old Iraqi Shi’ite fighter, said he knew he was living in the era of the Mahdi’s return when the United States and Britain invaded Iraq in 2003.

“That was the first sign and then everything else followed,” he told Reuters from Baghdad, where he said was resting before heading to Syria for a fourth time.

“I was waiting for the day when I will fight in Syria. Thank God he chose me to be one of the Imam’s soldiers.”

It Ends Badly

Then, the Reuters article ends with a quote that spells doom for those living in Syria:

Abu Hsaasan, a 65 year old pensioner from south Lebanon, said he once thought the prophecies of the end of days would take centuries to come about.

“Things are moving fast. I never thought that I would be living the days of the Imam. Now, with every passing day I am more and more convinced that it is only a matter of few years before he appears.”

If the average Muslim sees things in this way, fighters from around the world will pour into this conflict until there is nothing left of Syria, and nothing to fight over… except rubble.

…which is exactly what the prophet Isaiah foretold in chapter 17.

Are you ready for this?
(That’s a link. Do more than just think about it.)


If you find a flaw in my reasoning, have a question, or wish to add your own viewpoint, leave a comment. Your input is truly welcome.


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