Where Does ISIS Fit Into Bible Prophecy?

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Where does ISIS fit into Bible prophecy?  Does it mention them by name or by principle?

Who is ISIS?

ISIS is an abbreviation for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria which is also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). The extremist, radical group that is known as ISIS or ISIL is a militant Islamic group that seeks to take over the world and destroy all the “infidels” or non-Muslims around the world. Then they can impose Sharia Law. Their goal is world supremacy and domination and there is no doubt about it; ISIS is not going to go away until Christ returns. ISIS can be destroyed on the ground but the ideology cannot be killed.  Even if ISIS is constrained for a time by military force, ISIS extremists will always exist in the world in scattered, hidden pockets within each continent of the globe. These radical extremists are now recruiting terrorists in the nations they seek to conquer, hoping to conquer it from within. Most of these “cells” are hidden from the eyes of the public and governments and often defectors are composed of disenfranchised and disillusioned citizens. More and more are defecting to this evil power every day and some are being discovered in areas that no one would’ve ever suspected.

Where Does ISIS Fit Into Bible Prophecy

Most of us have seen or heard of the hundreds of Christians that have been martyred, many times being beheaded in the public square with gruesome images posted on the Internet.  Other Christians have been crucified on a cross and made to be a public spectacle to display ISIS’ intimidating control of their regions.  ISIS may be slowed down for a time by allied forces opposing them but they cannot destroy these extremist’s ideologies which are intricately woven into their souls and embedded deeply within their conscience before they learn 1 + 1 =2.  Even al Qaeda’s leaders don’t usually resort to such despicable tactics where hundreds of victims are murdered indiscriminately through terrorist attacks.

The Majority of Muslims

There is no doubt that most Muslims are not terrorists. The vast majority seek to live peaceful lives and worship in their own way and to their own god. They may have even fled to escape these radical tentacles of the extremists so to hold prejudice against everyone who practices the Islamic faith is unfair to be sure. We should pray for them and share the Christ they don’t know.  He is more than a prophet…He is God and is Creator (John 1:1-3).

I have heard a lot of different estimates of the percentage of extremists compared to the overwhelming majority of Muslims who peacefully practice their faith.  It is thought to be somewhere between 2 to 4% but if that’s accurate, that would mean millions of extremists are out there…and they are growing day by day because many extremists have two, three, four or more wives and this segment of the world’s population is easily outstripping the population growth rates of the rest of the world.

The Falling Away

The Apostle Paul told Timothy that “the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared” (1 Tim 4:1-2) and to “understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good” (2 Tim 3:1-3).  Does this sound like the ethics of ISIS or just sinful mankind?  Either way, Paul is describing those outside of the Christian faith because those who have been born again bear fruit like “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness,” and “self-control” (Gal 5:22-23).  These fruits are not seen in ISIS to be sure.

A Foreboding Future

There are an estimated 1.6 billion Muslims in the world today but they are the fastest growing people group in the world.  Today, that means about one in four people in the world are Muslims but in just a couple of decades, there will be close to three billion Muslims and that would increase the chances of Sharia Law taking over as the law of the land where Muslims will then be the majority [1]. Since Muslim’s birth rates is double that of the rest of the world, it is easy to see how our children and grandchildren’s world will be radically altered.   Christians share the gospel with everyone and remind the lost that their sins need to be repented of including drunkenness, theft, homosexuality, adultery, and other sins listed that God has declared He will judge (Rev 21:8) but the difference between Sharia Law and the Western nation’s laws is that they have freedom to practice some of these things without recrimination, like adultery or homosexuality but under Sharia Law, many of those who do these things are tortured, stoned, burned, crucified, and more recently, by public beheadings. Christians pray for those who hate them and love their enemies and even do good to them (Matt 5). On the other hand, Islamic extremists capture, torture, and murder their enemies.  Jesus commanded, “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you” (Luke 6:27) but the extremist radical seeks to do bad for those who do good to them.

Is ISIS in Prophecy?

I searched the Scriptures and could not find one verse that I can say with absolute authority that it applies to ISIS.  Maybe they’ll be part of biblical prophecy and could be a major player in the bigger picture of the end time events and possibly be aligned with those who oppose Israel. Jesus spoke of the end of an age by pointing out that nations will rise up against nations and One of ISIS’ chief goals is to destroy the nation of Israel. Today it is clear that the love of many has grown cold and hate is increasing.  For the Christ-follower, Jesus warned that they might “be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me” (Matt 24:9). That is already happening with increasing intensity and frequency for Christians. Jesus also added that at “that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold” (Matt 24:10-12).


No one knows when Jesus will return except God alone. The idea that terrorism is increasing shouldn’t surprise us.  It was much like this in the days of Noah when the flooding judgment of God overwhelmed an evil and unrepentant world. That day is coming again for all who refuse to repent and believe. Time is running out. Today, we’re closer than yesterday and nobody knows when their appointment with death will be and that’s not good. Because after death, comes the judgment (Heb 9:27) and that judgment will be meted out fast and furiously from a Holy God (Rev 20:12-15). Paul could have written this yesterday because he writes “in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal (e.g. ISIS), not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God (2 Tim 3:1-4). If I could speak with him, I’d suggest to the Apostle Paul that these days of difficulty have now come.

Related reading: Does the Quran Mention Jesus?

Resource – Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. [1] The Future of World Religions: Population Growth Projections. 2010-2050. Pew Research Center. http://www.pewforum.org/2015/04/02/religious-projections-2010-2050/ April 2, 2015  Accessed December 3, 2015.

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Jim Schmechel December 14, 2015 at 4:17 pm

Thank you pastor Jack for this article.

As Revelation ends:

Yes, come, Lord Jesus.

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with all the saints. Amen.

(And maybe we should remind ourselves of Luke 17:32)

Remember Lot’s wife!


Jack Wellman December 14, 2015 at 4:42 pm

When I read Matthew 24, it tells me that it could be at any moment. The question is; will I live like it?


Pamela Rose Williams December 15, 2015 at 12:45 pm

AMEN Jim, Looking forward and not back, all the time being the salt of the earth, but not literally! 🙂


DocReits December 18, 2015 at 5:28 pm

A pertinent topic Pastor Jack!

I believe that there is a huge difference between those who call themselves Muslims and those who practice Islam. Just as I believe there is a similar(though not as extreme) difference between those who call themselves Christians and those who practice Christianity.

As a good example of this you write, “Christians share the gospel with everyone and remind the lost that their sins need to be repented of including drunkenness, theft, homosexuality, adultery, and other sins listed that God has declared He will judge (Rev 21:8)” I do not believe that is the case with the majority of those who call themselves Christians. Now, that is what we, as Christians are supposed to do, but who does it? Maybe 2-3% of Christians…maybe.

Same deal with Muslims. As you have stated, maybe 2-3% of Muslims are ISIS. IMO, those are the true believers. Those are the ones who are literally carrying out the mandates of Mohammed as detailed in the Koran. I have read the Koran. I know what it says. Islam is not a religion of peace. Now that does not mean there are not law abiding, peaceful Muslims. It just means that they are not acting out what their faith(Islam) tells them to do. Do you see that distinction? So when the news commentators tell you that Islam is a religion of peace because, “look at all of the peaceful Muslims”, they are muddying the water. Sure there are plenty of peaceful Muslims, but Islam is anything but peaceful if you follow the teachings of Mohammed.

BTW, religious leaders including current Pope Francis are deceiving the world when they proclaim that, “the Koran, and the spiritual teachings contained therein, are just as valid as the Holy Bible.” That is blasphemy. The pope went on to say, ““Jesus Christ, Jehovah, Allah. These are all names employed to describe an entity that is distinctly the same across the world”. Really? Ignorance or deception? Here is a rather lengthy commentary regarding the origins of Islam.


The conclusion of the author is summarized with, “Islam is a violent religion and it allows the use of aggressive violence to spread its dominion over non-Muslims. The war that Muhammad launched long ago continues, but the stakes are getting higher. America, Europe, and other nations, will continue to be adversely affected by the actions of real Muslims – those that are obeying their god and prophet….Jesus said “the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service” (John 16:2).”



Jack Wellman December 18, 2015 at 6:28 pm

So true Doc. Jesus is the one and only way (Acts 4:12) and Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life, not a way, a truth or a life (John 14:6). I need not even ask the question as to whether the pope and others are right because they both cannot be right. Yes, only a minority are terrorists, they are right, but the deadliest viruses are a minority too.


Otto Marquez May 7, 2016 at 4:49 pm

A description of a terrorist group very similar to ISIS (or may be ISIS) appears in the book of the prophet Habakkuk

Hab 1:5 “Look out at the nations and pay attention! (even the great powers are under attack of ISIS)

Be astounded! Be really astounded! Because something is happening in your lifetime that you won’t believe, even if it were described down to the smallest detail. (That a really small army, compared to the mighty armies of the world powers are under attack of them)

Hab 1:6 Watch out! For I am bringing in the Chaldeans, (Babylonians, or Irak. The founder of ISIS is from Irak and most of the warriors)

that cruel and impetuous people, (the way they kill the enemies, even Alqaeda don’t support the method they use to kill)

who sweep across the earth dispossessing people from homes not their own. (different cities of Syria and Irak, imposing sharia law, taxes, raping women, displacing people if they don’t attach to their ideology etc)

Hab 1:7 They are terrible and fearsome; (the most barbaric group in the present time)

their brand of justice and sense of honor derive only from themselves! (they apply their own version of justice, their own interpretation of the Islam, their sense of honor as they consider themselves the defenders of the Islam and his prophet)

Hab 1:8 Their horses are swifter than leopards, and more cunning than wolves that attack at night. (the method they use to conquer cities against Middle East armies combined with world power armies)

Their horsemen are galloping as they approach from far away. (the warriors come from all over the world, different nationalities)

They swoop in like ravenous vultures. (they know the purpose of the trip, to conquer or die

Hab 1:9 “They all come to oppress—hordes of them, their faces pressing onward—they take prisoners as numerous as the desert sand! (entire cities become their prisoners)

Hab 1:10 They make fun of kings, deriding those who rule. (they laugh of president Obama, Putin and the other world powers leaders, all combined. They don’t care about their mighty armies and weapons)

They laugh at all of the fortified places, constructing ramps to seize them. (They don’t care if is the White House or any other important building in the world, like the attack in 9/11, they have plans to destroy entire nations)

Hab 1:11 Then like the wind sweeping by they will pass through (at my opinion, they will never be defeated, their plan is to show the world who they are, what are capable to do, and very soon they will disperse, everyone their own way, like a passing wind who cause destruction in the world. One of this months, every city conquered will return to their normal lives, nobody’s going to know who was a ISIS warrior, except their top leaders, and again they will laugh about the kings of the earth.

—they’re guilty because they say their power is their god.” (no matter how they interpret the Islam, they are guilty in God’s eyes, and also the world’s eyes)
I think ISIS is the perfect description of Habakkuk 1

If you’re good doing videos, I would like your help making one to upload it in YouTube. You can use short video clips, pictures, news articles etc. It would be appreciated.
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Thanks for let me share my comment.
Pastor Otto Marquez


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