ISIS Hysteria and Isaiah 17

When I first heard about ISIS, they seemed like the kind of Muslim extremist group that we’ve seen before. As they cut their way into Iraq, that view hasn’t changed.

This is an irregular militia of light infantry without air support. And, they are fighting poorly trained and poorly organized military forces that were not defending what they considered to be their own territory.

Furthermore, there is a limit to how much area that ten thousand men can control – as the Kurds so amply demonstrated when they recently captured Kirkuk. This means that ISIS isn’t the threat that the mainstream media would like you to believe – at least, not yet.

(By the way, Monday was another ‘research day’, so no article.)


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ISIS Hysteria and Isaiah 17

Hysteria always makes me uncomfortable. It can be used to discredit us, and gives our opposition the opportunity to do his dirty work. And, we are the most easily manipulated when we are at our most hysterical.

Of course, there are situations where hysteria is warranted. For instance, the destruction of the United States and Ezekiel’s Fire is coming, and THAT is worth quite a bit of hysteria – if that is what gets you off of your couch and onto a plan for doing something about it.


However, these ISIS guys – or, The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shams, (aka, ISIL) – are NOT worth the effort. They are just a well-trained bunch thugs with a lot of morale, while being well-supplied with weapons.

Hmmmm… well-supplied with weapons…

How could a rag-tag group of ruffians like ISIS come up with the training, weaponry and supplies to do what they are doing in Iraq?

The Saudi Paymasters

Well, you just need to ‘follow the money’, and that trail ultimately leads to the Saudis. THEY are the paymasters for the war in Syria. And, THEY are paying the salaries for ISIS. And, when the person who signs your check tells you to do something… well, you do it.

So, when you see these ISIS mercenar- (ahem!) …I mean militants… engaging in military operations in Iraq, you just need to ask yourself what Saudi Arabia stands to gain from all of this.

So, what DO the Saudis gain from this raid on northwestern Iraq?

(And yes, I call this a ‘raid’ because we have yet to see
whether ISIS can consolidate their hold
on the territory that they’ve taken.

Well, there are a number of reasons why the Saudis might want ISIS to take control of a large chunk of Iraqi territory. They want to:

  • Deny the Iranians an overland route for the resupply of Syria.
  • Weaken the Iraqi-Shiite government in Baghdad.

…and, anything that causes trouble for Iran… …well, it’s a good thing in the eyes of Saudi Arabia.

For the moment, I doubt that the Saudis are attempting to do more than the above. There has been some talk of an attempt to split Iraq up, and that will probably happen. But, I’m not sure if that is a main focus.

BTW, the article that got me thinking about all this was:

The War Nerd: Here’s everything you need to know about “too extreme for Al Qaeda” I.S.I.S.

(It’s a pretty good article, even though he misses the big picture.)

The problem is that the recent, dramatic successes of ISIS might bring more fighters under their banner, and it might give them some legitimacy in the eyes of the residents of northwestern Iraq.

We’ll see.

Isaiah 17

For us, this is just one more step in the direction of the destruction of Damascus and the fulfillment of Isaiah 17.

The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.Isaiah 17:1

Damascus is the one of the most ancient, continuously inhabited cities in the world. But, when Damascus is destroyed, over the next few years, she will no longer be able to make that claim.

Worse, the rest of Isaiah 17 speaks of a destruction reaching out into Jordan and Israel – which will horrify us all.

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


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14 thoughts on “ISIS Hysteria and Isaiah 17”

  1. John,

    This is becoming more complicated. I agree that Damascus is doomed. Is the Iraq thing to keep our eyes off Ukraine? What about the explosion there? Is this more to just keep us distracted? Something is definitely going to happen on this side of the pond….

    • Hi dar L,

      It CAN be hard to tell how many wheels-within-wheels there are, which is why I leave that to others. There are a lot of moving parts in all of this, and the elites are as prone to miscalculation as we are. I believe that the whole situation in Ukraine was a HUGE mistake by the Western Elites, and they’re going to pay for that in the years to come.

      They are trying to make up for their mistake in Ukraine by turning up the heat in Syria. To do that, they need to increase their sphere of operations. That may be why ISIS is doing what they’re doing. Or, maybe not.

      And yes, things ARE beginning to start happening. 2014 is a pivotal year, and things will continue to get worse from this point onward.

      Since it sounds like you are in Europe, I’m not sure what to tell in terms of preparation. Just be ready for the worst.

      Thank you, Dar.

      Yours in Christ,

      John Little

      • Hi John,

        LOL…I am in Indiana which is over the pond from where you are. Sorry about that.

        Did you happen to hear Stan D’s hour this past Tuesday? He talked with Doug about finding the Garden of Eden. He won’t be announcing this until the conference in July in Pike’s Peak.

        Of note was his discovery of volcanoes in Damascus which lends a different take on the OT prophecy of Damascus being in ruins. Quite interesting.

        Thanks for responding,


        • Hi darL,

          Ah, the OTHER pond. Sorry, didn’t catch that. Good to hear from someone from my home state of Indiana.

          Finding the Garden of Eden? Is that even possible?

          At best, it would be under a ton of rock. But, I guess that anything is possible.

          As to the volcanoes under Damascus… Well, we DO know of volcanoes under the Golan which isn’t far from Damascus. Having said that, there isn’t an indication of the destruction of Damascus by natural (or Godly) causes in my reading of Isaiah 17.

          Again, anything is possible, but I find the volcano idea to be a little out there in terms of Isaiah 17. Although, there WILL be lots of fireworks at the coming of Gog and Magog (in ezek 38 and 39)… so, we might see it there.

          Thank you, Dar.

          Yours in Christ,

          John Little

  2. Dear Brother John,
    You are correct imho about the Saudi funding, but the US and Qatar are prominent in ME terrorist funding and training as well. In fact, I believe the US alphabet agencies and shadow govt. are the premier trainers, funding and promoters of terrorism on the planet and have been for decades. We are exactly what we’ve been accusing our ‘enemies’ of being in a never ending series of lies to our own citizens that stretches back over a century.

  3. After 9/11, whenever Dick Cheney becomes vocal and “in the news” it’s apparent to me that something Is being planned. This week he warned that this country needs to be prepared for an attack worse than 9/11. Wow Dick, thanks for the heads up, by the way where are you going to be for the next 6 months? I might move there just to make sure I’m safe.

    Yours in Christ

    • Hi Jon Maakestad,

      I’m afraid that I know more about Dick Cheney than I am able to write. Suffice it to say that he is one of the most evil men on Earth.

      There is a special place in Hell reserved for the likes of him, a very special place.

      True comment, Jon. Very true.

      Yours in Christ,

      John Little

    • Hi melody,

      Trying to ferret out all the dark motives of our evil masters is a losing proposition for those of us who try to stay in the light. But, I assume that there are wheels within wheels – or, maybe a kind of ‘civil struggle’ going on amongst the Arabs.

      Thank you, Melody. Good question.

      Yours in Christ,

      John Little


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