JPost: Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is angry at Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, because many of its members have fled to Libya. “Your unseemly behavior was brought to my attention,” he writes, “it was caused by militants who came from the Bayt al-Maqdis Brigades, and distorted the spirit of jihad.” He then explains that the Sinai front is part of the grand scheme and must not be abandoned.
It is not known how the deserters from Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis were received in Libya and if indeed they were made to go back to the Sinai Peninsula. However, the Sinai Province of the Islamic State is still active despite the many threats it is facing, such as the “reconciliation” between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority and the pressure applied by Egypt to Hamas to stop all cooperation with Daesh. more …
Opinion: That the Sinai was the place from which the first terror attack took place against the Israelites in the Exodus has been the subject of thousands of posts and two books since we began this website 6 years ago this month.
I didn’t plan it that way. It started when I was leading a prophecy study group from 2010-12. A small group of 6-8 men met every Tuesday night to listen to what I was learning. Having spent over 10 years with the writings of Jack Kinsella, Hal Lindsey, Jack Kelley, Grant Jeffrey, Dr. Tim La Haye, Joel Rosenberg, Clarence Larkin, and Dr. John Walvoord, I could barely contain my excitement.
I had no idea that an ancient terrorist by the name of Amalek was about to consume much of my research for the next six years.
It was in 2011 while writing a post on the Jewish feast of Purim that the evil Haman from the book of Esther caught my attention. I could not get him out of my mind; he was so similar to others who were not just anti-Semites but wanted to eradicate every Jew on earth.
It was Haman the Agagite’s connection to Amalek that made me look at their genealogies and finally answered another question I had, why God said: Jacob I have loved but Esau I have hated found in Malachi 1:1-3 and Romans 9:13-15.
Haman, Amalek and Esau were related by blood.
The journey since has been difficult. My first book barely paid for itself and was rejected by almost every pastor to whom it was sent, as well as every Jewish person I knew. The extra-biblical writings of the rabbis, used along with Scripture, seemed to put off pastors despite the reference in Psalm 78:1-7 in which God commanded that the fathers make God’s works (orally) known to their children.
And, the fact that Jesus is the final solution to terror, put off my Jewish audience.
After a few years had passed, I was given a suggestion from a Bible scholar I met at Bible study to rewrite some sections, delete others that were unnecessary, and add others that were.
The rewrite became much more involved and has taken over 1 year. The last chapter and epilogue are new as well as updated endnotes.
We are also producing a video with the goal to send it to Christian and Jewish producers for the possibility of producing a documentary.
I have no idea if this updated version will be any better received than the first, but the last chapter ends with a similar theme to the above JPost article. It was in the Sinai where Amalek drew the blood of the Israelites for the first time and that his descendants found their way back there is nothing short of stunning.
The final version and video should be completed in the next 60 days.
PS. I promised my wife that this would be my last book.