5 Ways ISIS is Evolving in the New Year

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PJ Media: The Islamic State didn’t have a great 2017. But even as their physical caliphate shriveled, ISIS was looking past their territorial loss. “While ISIS has been defeated as a conventional fighting force, we cannot forget their terrorist roots,” Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman Col. Ryan Dillon warned in December. “We know this enemy is as adaptive and savvy as it is cruel and evil.”

Online publications in the early days of the caliphate detailed how the terror group was operating under a diffuse media strategy — “by not having a website, no one can hack it and claim an online victory,” stated the e-book “The Islamic State,” which was released three years ago.

“Each province has its own responsibility in creating its own videos and social media accounts to share its successes,” said the book. “By decentralising everything from the core leadership, even if a province fails online or offline, the leadership and overall Khilafah (Caliphate) leadership project is still safe and can grow elsewhere.” more …

Opinion: It really doesn’t matter if the ISIS caliphate shriveled on the world stage any more than it did when al Qaeda faded out. ISIS and al Qaeda are symptoms of a cancer that has to be removed, and it just could be that the time is near.

Five events shifted the world’s focus to Jerusalem in 2017:

  • May 2: UNESCO votes in favor of a resolution denying Jewish ties to Jerusalem
  • June 5: The 50th anniversary of the 1967 war reuniting east and west Jerusalem
  • November 2: The 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration establishing a national home for the Jewish people in the area of Palestine
  • December 1: 151 UN States vote to disavow Jewish ties to Jerusalem
  • December 6: US President Donald Trump declares Jerusalem the capital of Israel

“Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling to all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem.” Zechariah 12:2

Zechariah includes Judah, which was the area to which the Edomites, eternal enemy of the Israelites, had migrated in the 6th century BC, after being forced out of their homeland in the south of (modern) Jordan.

The Edomites, predecessors of modern day terrorists, are the entire focus of the book of Obadiah whom the prophet indicted for helping the Babylonians destroy Solomon’s temple, even turning in Jews who tried to escape (Obadiah 1:10-15, 18).

On May 14, 2018 the next momentous event, the 70th anniversary of the prophetic fulfillment (Isaiah 66:7-8) of Israel’s rebirth, will again rivet all eyes on Jerusalem. There are political winds blowing that could see regime change in Iran, and an attempt at a peace treaty between Jacob and Esau and Jacob and Ishmael.

What an exciting time this is. By the grace of God we have been given the knowledge of His word to help us discern the events taking place (Daniel 12:4).