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Military Analyst Says Battle with ISIS Reflects Biblical Battle between Israel and the Amalekites

  • Veronica Neffinger
    Religious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
  • 2017 May 01
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It seems it is true that history repeats itself as some military analysts have compared the current battle with the Islamic State to Israel’s ancient battle with the Amalekites.

The Amalekites were one of the tribes which God told the Israelites to drive out of the Promised Land after He brought the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt.

"Two thousand years later, a new battle against Israel's enemies is being staged in exactly the same place: an Egyptian airfield in Bir Gafgafa, which is located precisely on the biblical site of Rephidim in the Sinai Peninsula,” reports Breaking Israel News.

Giora Shamis, editor of the Israeli military intelligence website Debka Files, is credited with first pointing out the similarity.

"I am not religious, but the correlation between ISIS and Amalek is clear and should be taken into account when considering modern events," said Shamis, according to The Christian Post. "What happened thousands of years ago is simply being played out again, a continuation of what already happened there historically."

Ben Tekoa, former head broadcaster for Arutz Sheva, also commented on the similarity: "Like Amalek, they [ISIS] seek out gratuitous cruelty,” said Tekoa, referencing the Islamic State’s torture and killing of Christians and other minorities.

"The Bible is true, and its timeless brilliance is the best source for understanding the world today," he added.

Other Christians leaders, some in the U.S., have suggested that ISIS is part of Bible prophecy. Harvest Ministries pastor Greg Laurie even preached a message titled “Israel, Iran, ISIS in Bible Prophecy.”

 

What do you think? Is ISIS fulfilling biblical prophecy?

 

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Publication date: May 1, 2017