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 The ISIS Crisis in the Bible


Introduction:


In the following lesson there is a very interesting comparative that we would do well to stop and consider. That is the comparative of the war with ISIS and what is stated in the eleventh chapter of Zechariah. It appears there are some alarming parallels that cannot be overlooked, and we should all take warning and prepare for the worst, especially in America, as it appears that America is mentioned by name in this interesting chapter.


Please carefully examine this for yourself and see if you do not find these comparatives to be so close that it is hard to dismiss the following interpretation of this great passage of God’s prophetic writ. I do believe that what we are witnessing today in the Middle East surrounding God’s land is just a small scale example of a huge escalation of events that will not end and will eventually lead to the full scale calamity that we read about in the book of Revelation. God has given us this time, what I believe to be His last space of grace before the rapture of the church. No one knows when that time will be exactly, but we do know by the following passage of His word that it very well could be in our lifetime. We do know this- it is closer today that it was anytime previous to now.


Jesus gave these words in reference to His coming.

Matthew 24:43-47  “But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods.”


We are told over and over in the Scripture to watch as far as prophecies are concerned and receive the blessing for doing so.


First, let’s look at some statistics concerning this present conflict that is mostly in Syria. There are over 10,000,000 people that have been displaced by this conflict with over 200,000 people that have lost their lives. Most of the displaced are from Syria with Lebanon receiving the greatest number of refugees (approximately 1,000,000).

The greatest giver in this crises in humanitarian aid has been the United States. The next greatest contributor is the United Nations. Jordan has received the second number of refugees, reaching over 500,000.


Now I would like to show you the comparatives in this passage found in Zechariah.


Reading:  Zechariah 11


I. We see the Nations of the Conflict: Lebanon, Syria (Bashan) and Jordan in vs. 1-3


Zech. 11:1 ¶ “Open thy doors, O Lebanon, that the fire may devour thy cedars.”

This very well may represent the open doors to the more than 1,000,000 refugees that Lebanon has received from the ISIS crisis.

Zech. 11:2 “Howl, fir tree; for the cedar is fallen; because the mighty are spoiled: howl, O ye oaks of Bashan; for the forest of the vintage is come down.”


This seems to represent the devastation we are witnessing of the war torn country of Syria today (according to ancient Bible maps, Bashan speaks of present day Syria).The trees named being the leaders of the countries whose pride has been toppled.


Zech. 11:3 “There is a voice of the howling of the shepherds; for their glory is spoiled: a voice of the roaring of young lions; for the pride of Jordan is spoiled.”


Recently Jordan has entered the ISIS conflict over the torture and public burning of their Jordanian pilot that was downed and captured in Syrian territory. Jordan has received over 500,000 refugees in the ISIS Crisis. There is a great deal of infuriation seen over the escalation of the events named.


II. The displaced of the conflict


Zech. 11:4 “Thus saith the LORD my God; Feed the flock of the slaughter;”

This is represented by the 10,000,000 displaced people that are displaced as a result of this conflict.


These people, I believe, are the flock of this mega slaughter taking place.


III. Next we see the description of the heartlessness of this conflict. 


Particularly ISIS or the Islamic State.


Zech. 11:5 “Whose possessors slay them, and hold themselves not guilty: and they that sell them say, Blessed be the LORD; for I am rich: and their own shepherds pity them not.”


Zech. 11:6 “For I will no more pity the inhabitants of the land, saith the LORD: but, lo, I will deliver the men every one into his neighbour's hand, and into the hand of his king: and they shall smite the land, and out of their hand I will not deliver them.”


This seems to describe very closely exactly what is going on in the ISIS Crisis. These people are merciless and they do it for their false religious reasons. They give people in their path three choices– Leave, Pay or Die.


IV. Next we see the caregivers in this conflict.


Zech. 11:7 “And I will feed the flock of slaughter, even you, O poor of the flock.


The poor of the flock may represent those that are Christian in name and maybe some are in Faith who have been displaced because of their belief in Christ or their noncompliance to the ISIS dogma of death.


God uses two primary tools in His hand to care for the 10,000,000 displaced people as a result of this conflict. The first is the United States and the second is the United Nations. These are two instruments that God has used to help this desperate displaced multitude. The US has given approximately 500.00 per displaced person in humanitarian aid in the conflict represented by the “flock of the slaughter”. This does not include the military campaign we are involved in that cost billions.


V. Notice God identifies the names of these two staves in His hand representing the primary funders and caregivers for the displaced in this crisis.


And I took unto me two staves; the one I called Beauty, and the other I called Bands; and I fed the flock.


A.  Notice one is called Beauty.  I believe this is the name referring to the United States.


When is the United States called by this acronym? Think about the well-known song about America,       “O beautiful for spacious skies…”    “O beautiful for pilgrim feet…”    O beautiful for heroes proved…”  “O beautiful for patriot dream…”    “America, America…”  Each verse of this song starts with “O Beautiful”. And I believe this most probably is the staff called “Beauty” short for “Beautiful” in this passage.


Notice where it says “I fed the flock” The United States has given over 3 billion in aid for those displaced people in the conflict.


B.  Next we read of the other staff called Bands. I believe this probably refers to the United Nations.


Bands referring to the band of Nations that work in concert to both help the flock with humanitarian aid as well as military support in this conflict in a joint venture to fight radical Islam.


It is also interesting that both the United States and the United Nations have been the biggest supporters until recent times for Israel’s right to exist as a nation since Israel received statehood in 1948.


Zech. 11:8 “Three shepherds also I cut off in one month; and my soul lothed them, and their soul also abhorred me.” These I believe all must be Muslims who in a short period of time are judged by God in that they somehow are killed. They hate Christian doctrine and the Christian church.

   

One hates God if they hate Christ and His church, and God very much is displeased with people that reject and persecute people that love God and Christ.


VI. We see three Shepherds deposed in this conflict


It appears that three Muslim monarchs lose their kingdoms in this conflict as it escalates, for God hates their attitude toward Christ.  It is interesting that the Morse, the former leader of Egypt, was so quickly deposed from Egypt when he took a strong position against God’s people the Jews and vowed to take Jerusalem and make it the capitol of Egypt with a 1,000,000 man army of martyrs back in 2012.


VII. We see (at some point) the aid stops abruptly in this conflict.


Zech. 11:9  “Then said I, I will not feed you: that that dieth, let it die; and that that is to be cut off, let it be cut off; and let the rest eat every one the flesh of another.”


At this point it appears aid is cut off.

This could be possibly due to economic implosion in the United States that starts a world economic crisis, or perhaps to the overwhelming burden of wars on other fronts as things escalate in the theater of prophecy. I can only speculate, but it is interesting to think about and devastating at its best.


VIII. This next interpretation I really do not like. But it appears somehow the United States will implode.


Zech. 11:10a, “And I took my staff, even Beauty, and cut it asunder,”

Notice the idea is that of lopping the bough of a very large tree. “cut it asunder” This may be due to the change of government in the United States or its being assimilated by a global power. It could also be as a result of internal strife and the breakup of the nation. Whatever it is, it certainly is not represented as business as usual for America. Hopefully the rapture would come first but we have no guarantee that God’s judgment is not on the horizon for our historically great nation.


Zech. 11:10b “that I might break my covenant which I had made with all the people.”


Notice, however this breakup that occurs, it seems to have to do with God’s covenant with our nation. I believe that it has to do with the United States breaking the covenant represented by our Constitution. The covenant or constitution of America was specifically designed after the following verse in Isaiah.


Isaiah 33:22 “For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our king; he will save us.” 


This is where I believe the idea of the three branches of Government came from that is the framework for the US Constitution. So let us ask ourselves this question. Is the Lord leading in the Supreme Court of America today? Is the Lord leading in the Legislature? Is the Lord leading in the executive branch of the United States? Or have we as a nation broken the covenant between us and God to give Him this position of supremacy?  Well it seems to me that God’s protective power over this great nation seems to have been removed as we as a nation have broken our part of the agreement that our founding Fathers made with the God of Creation, Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.


IX. Notice the enlightened in this whole conflict are the poor of the flock.  

 Simply stated they are those persons that know their Bibles and read of this before it happens.


Zech. 11:11 “And it was broken in that day: and so the poor of the flock that waited upon me knew that it was the word of the LORD.”


X. Next we see the betrayer of the conflict.


Woe to the nation that turns her back on Israel. America used to be Israel’s chief defender, but now is supporting Iran, Israel’s arch enemy.


There was a big dispute in Congress recently over our president making a treaty with Iran of which you probably heard. Well we know that Iran does not have the best interest in mind for Israel.


Notice Judas’ betrayal of Christ is similar to the United States administration scrapping the US Constitution when it comes to Congress needing to make approval for treaties. Compare that today to the present situation in regard to the covenant being made with the Nation of Iran without the approval of Congress that was in the news as of late where our president met directly with the Shah of Iran without the approval of Congress. Also as Judas turned his back on Jesus we are turning our position toward Israel as our ally.


Zech. 11:12 “And I said unto them, If ye think good, give me my price; and if not, forbear. So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver.”

It seems we have sold out for whatever the price that is being given in applause or for power or for a price.


Zech. 11:13 “And the LORD said unto me, Cast it unto the potter: a goodly price that I was prised at of them. And I took the thirty pieces of silver, and cast them to the potter in the house of the LORD.”

 

XI. We see the United Nations very likely also implodes


Zech. 11:14 “Then I cut asunder mine other staff, even Bands, that I might break the brotherhood between Judah and Israel.”


It appears that when the greatest funder (USA) of Israel, which is also the biggest sponsor of the United Nations, implodes, then the UN also goes belly up. This causes division in Israel.


XII. Who is this foolish shepherd in Zachariah 11:15?


Zech. 11:15 “And the LORD said unto me, Take unto thee yet the instruments of a foolish shepherd.”


It is interesting that our president is called foolish in the following article from the Jerusalem Post entitled:

“Even Saudis Want Netanyahu to Address Congress”  

Tuesday, March 03, 2015 | Israel Today Staff   JPost          

As Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prepared on Tuesday to address the US Congress regarding the Iran threat, in direct defiance of the Obama White House, at least one nation outside of Israel was supportive of the move: Saudi Arabia.


Writing in the Saudi daily newspaper Al-Jazeera on Monday, columnist Dr. Ahmad Al-Faraj called Netanyahu’s appearance before Congress under such circumstances “unprecedented in US political history.”


Obama Administration officials and Netanyahu’s political rivals in Israel insisted the speech is a mistake and would only serve to damage US-Israel relations. But Dr. Al-Faraj said the Israeli leader was providing a vital service not only to the Jewish state, but the entire Middle East.


“I am very glad of Netanyahu’s firm stance and [his decision] to speak against the nuclear agreement at the American Congress, despite the Obama administration’s anger and fury,” wrote the Saudi. “I believe that Netanyahu’s conduct will serve our interests, the people of the Gulf, much more than the foolishbehavior of one of the worst American presidents.”


~The article continues~


Al-Faraj hinted Obama’s naive and dangerous behavior in the Middle East had necessitated someone like Netanyahu taking a bold stand.

“…Obama is the godfather of the prefabricated revolutions in the Arab world, and…he is the ally of political Islam, [which is] the caring mother of [all] the terrorist organizations,” he wrote, suggesting that any deal struck by this particular American president could simply not be trusted.

 

XIV. In the next verse we see the foolish Shepherd (whoever he is) is also known for not visiting God’s people the Jews.

Consider the recent visit that Netanyahu (the prime minister of Israel) made to Congress at the refusal of our president to receive him. This is not the first time our president refused to meet with the dignitaries of Israel. It seems that it is actually a common earmark of the Obama administration not to visit with the Israeli Prime Minister.


This could also be what is described by this verse as seen below.

Zech. 11:16 “For, lo, I will raise up a shepherd in the land, which shall not visit those that be cut off, neither shall seek the young one, nor heal that that is broken, nor feed that that standeth still: but he shall eat the flesh of the fat, and tear their claws in pieces.”

“Claws” could mean the defenses of the nation of Israel.


XV. It appears from this passage that God’s word prophesies war in the region, including war with the new power over which the foolish shepherd is chief.


Zech. 11:17 “Woe to the idol shepherd that leaveth the flock! the sword shall be upon his arm, and upon his right eye: his arm shall be clean dried up, and his right eye shall be utterly darkened.”

Whatever power this person has and whatever vision they try to bring to fruition does not prosper.


It appears that the conflict consumes both the power of the arm and the vision of the eye.


Now for the record, I want to say that I am for America and the support and prayer for the administration in the context of due process and the constitution as it is to be the authority that our country and three branches of Government follows.


 I hope that this interpretation of Zachariah 11 that I have given you is incorrect. I am speculating though that it may not be too far off from being right. If this interpretation of the Bible is correct, then America is in for some huge changes, and it probably will not be in the distant future. I pray that this is not the case. May God have Mercy on America!


Closing:

I hope that I am reading this wrong but I cannot get away from the similarities to this conflict and all that is going on today with what the Bible teaches is in store for the future. I trust God will give understanding as we study his incredible word and see His ability to write the future as if it were already past.  God help us in these last days before our blessed Lord comes for us in the air.


May the Lord encourage you through His amazing word is my prayer.

Brother Mark Bach

Missionary/Evangelist to remote regions of Alaska and Canada and to the uttermost parts of the earth.