New ISIS Video Highlights End Times Vision

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RYAN MAURO

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The newly released ISIS video bragging about the beheading of Peter Kassig emphasizes Islamic End Times prophecies about the coming of their Savior, the Madhi.

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The gruesome video released by the Islamic State (ISIS or ISIL) emphasizes that the beheading of Peter Kassig took place in the town of Dabiq, Syria. The town was chosen because of its significance in Islamic End Times prophecies about the time when the Mahdi and Jesus will bring victory over those who oppose Sharia.

ISIS named its English-language magazine “Dabiq” for the same reason. The group is telling Muslims that it is fulfilling prophecy, enticing them to participate in one of the most important moments in world history.

A secondary message is that ISIS supporters should not worry about the military superiority of their enemy or the terrorist group’s setbacks because they will soon be made victorious with help from the Mahdi, Islam’s messianic figure, and the Islamic version of Jesus.

“Here we are, buying the first American Crusader in Dabiq, eagerly waiting for the remainder of your armies to arrive,” says one ISIS speaker.

It plays an excerpt from a sermon by Abu Musab al-Zaraqawi, who led ISIS’s predecessor, Al-Qaeda in Iraq, until he was killed by a U.S. airstrike on June 7, 2006.

“The spark has been lit here in Iraq, and its heat will continue to intensify…until it burns the Crusader armies in Dabiq,” he preaches For a third time, an ISIS member says, “We are waiting for you in Dabiq.”

The statements are a reference to prophecies in the ahadith, or the collection of sayings and actions attributed to Mohammed, the Holy Prophet of Islam.

One collector of the hadith, Sahih Muslim, states, “The Last Hour would not come until the Romans would land at al-A’maq or in Dabiq.”

When ISIS refers to President Obama as the “dog of Rome” in the video, it is making the case that the U.S. is the modern equivalent of the Roman Empire and American military action in the Middle East is the actualizing of prophecy.

ISIS draws a parallel between its own actions and the details of the prophecy.
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