The Armageddon War
Vol: 63 Issue: 30 Saturday, December 30, 2006
At dawn today local time, an ashen-faced Saddam Hussein stood on the gallows platform as a silk scarf was inserted between his neck and a heavy noose.
Despite his pre-execution braggadocio (as expressed via his lawyers) Saddam wasn’t smiling. The impossible was now reality.
He, Saddam Hussein, Iraq’s president and successor to Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, was about to be publicly hanged as a criminal and then buried in an unmarked grave.
No more parades. No more fine cigars. No chance of reprieve. No last minute rescue. On the video, one could see Saddam’s eyes darting about the room, looking for a sympathetic face, absorbing the last sights his eyes would ever behold.
Literally thousands of Iraqis volunteered for the job as Saddam’s executioner, but there were already plenty of volunteers available through normal military channels.
Just before the trap door was released, one of the witnesses shouted, “Long live Moqtada al Sadr.” Saddam rolled his eyes and said, mockingly, “Moqtada al Sadr,” as the trap opened.
A split-second later, Saddam Hussein reached the end of his rope. Saddam died unrepentant for his crimes, declaring himself a martyr to Allah.
So be it.
The administration is hopeful that Saddam’s execution at the hands of his countrymen will help to stabilize the new Iraq. As long as he was alive, there existed at least a slim possibility that he might be coming back.
Saddam’s execution was therefore televised and still photos of his body were released to the media. Saddam is never coming back. But the consensus at the Pentagon is that Saddam’s execution is too little, too late.
According to the Pentagon Joint Staff briefing, al-Qaeda is still very much alive and has been evolving during the Iraq war, which has largely played out in their favor.
According to the Pentagon brief, al-Qaeda is “succeeding in making more connections around the globe, especially in Muslim-dominated regions where Islamists seek to re-establish a caliphate. These include North Africa, Southern Europe, the Middle East, and parts of Central and Southeast Asia.”
Air Force Brig. Gen. Mark Schissler is the deputy director of the war on terrorism within the Joint Staff J-5 strategy office. He said in the briefing that, “We see them reaching out a little more regionally and globally and you see groups that previously had not favored Al Qaeda in some cases joining up with them now.”
He cited examples of terrorist groups in North Africa that are now lining up to join al-Qaeda, saying al-Qaeda has exploited a frustrated populace, increased communications, and improved tactics to inspire a global movement committed to establishing extremists domination over much of the world.
The extremists believe that only through total extremists domination can the Ummah once again be prominent in the world, the briefing states, noting that Bin Laden has boasted that “the pious caliphate will start from Afghanistan.”
The Pentagon brief outlines al-Qaeda’s “Twenty year plan” to create an Islamist homeland in the Middle East. The mainstream media and the Congressional Left have all but convinced the American public that the war is lost and it is time to bring our forces home.
This is what al-Qaeda has planned if the Left has its way.
First, the plan is in seven stages, and is already well underway. It began with “The Awakening” on September 11.
The next stage of the plan is dubbed; “The Eye-Opening” and it went operational when the US toppled Saddam in 2003.
The next stage, “Arising and Standing Up” is slated to kick-off in 2007 as US troops begin to withdraw. The terrorists plan a new focus on Turkey and Syria for recruiting and turn their attention to Israel to draw the Jewish state more deeply into the conflict.
In 2010, Stage Four, “The Demise of Arab Governments” will go into effect. Once the governments of the Arab world have been crippled or toppled, Stage Five calls for the establishment of an Arab caliphate in the Middle East.
Stage Six is planned to commence in 2015 with the creation of an Islamic Army to begin a world-wide fight against the infidel world. al-Qaeda figures it will take until about 2020 before it can implement Stage Seven, dubbed, “Definitive Victory” when the Islamic world assumes global power.
This is what the Pentagon brief says is al-Qaeda’s twenty-year plan for our future. It also conforms — to the letter — to the outline of Islamic eschatology. al-Qaeda’s Stage Six anticipates the rise of the Mahdi to lead the Islamic Army to victory over the infidel.
al-Qaeda’s “Definitive Victory” is the opening of Islam’s ‘messianic era’ when all the world will live in peace and harmony under Islamic ‘justice’.
In a nutshell, al-Qaeda’s Seven-Stage plan, as outlined by the Pentagon brief, is the Islamic Tribulation Period, which they plan to bring to its conclusion by 2020.
Now, I don’t ascribe any credibility to Islamic prophecy, because only God can foretell the future. And the god of Islam is not the God of the Bible. But by the time Islam came along in the sixth century, Bible prophecy for the last days was already well-accepted doctrine among Christians and Jews.
Islamic eschatology was developed from the reading of Christian and Jewish apocalyptic Scriptures and therefore follows the same general outline. As such, while Islam may disagree with the Bible about how it all ends, it is pretty much looking for the same signs of when it all begins.
In other words, the Islamic version of the last days is pretty much the same as the Christian version, except that Islam positions itself on the other side. They believe the Mahdi is the rider on the white horse of Revelation 6:2. Christian eschatology says that the rider on the white horse is the antichrist.
What al-Qaeda has mapped out is nothing less than Islam’s version of the War of Armageddon. And it dates the beginning of that war to September 11, 2001.
Is this REALLY the War of Armageddon as we understand it from the New Testament? It could be. The “War of Armageddon” refers to the war that comes to its final conclusion on the plains of Megiddo at the Second Coming of Christ.
The war of Armageddon is described in Scripture as a war of extermination against Christians and Jews that reaches its conclusion when those weapons of war are turned against Jesus Christ Himself at His Return.
I don’t believe that Bible prophecy is going to follow al-Qaeda’s timetable, either. But I believe al-Qaeda intends to.
And I believe Jesus, Who tells us that, “when these things BEGIN to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads, for your redemption draweth nigh.” (Luke 21:28)