If you have been following the news on the Middle East as I have, I am sure that you have noticed that while the world calls the terrorist group ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria), the President of the United States refers to them by the name ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant). Well, we can understand the Iraq part of the name ISIL, but what does the word Levant mean? The Levant is actually a large region which includes Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan, the Palestinian territories and the island of Cyprus. As Lisa Haven correctly points out in the video above – take a look at the country, in the map below, that seems to be at the very center of the Levant, Israel, yes Israel seems to be surrounded by her enemies.
For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side,
I believe that what we may be witnessing the very same battle or the prelude of the battle described in Revelation 12, and I will explain why, take a look at the following verses:
Revelation 12:15, 16
And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.
And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.
Who is this serpent or dragon? Well Revelation 12:9 conveniently defines it as being none other than Satan himself. Who is this woman? While the book of Revelation maybe confusing, I believe that the Bible defines itself and it seems that this woman is Israel as Amos 5:2, Jeremiah 18:13 and Jeremiah 31:4 seem to suggest. What is the “flood” coming from his mouth? The Bible tells us that the flood refers to an invasion by the enemies of Israel (Isaiah 59:19; 2 Samuel 5:20; Isaiah 8:7, 8) and that water oftentimes represent people and nations according to the Bible (Revelation 17:15; 2 Samuel 22:17; Psalms 69:1-4). I personally believe that Allah is not the same as the God of the Bible, that Satan has presented himself as Allah in the Qur’an, and that his faithful servants are the Islamic terrorists surrounding Israel as a “flood” coming to drown her. But look at what Revelation 12:16 says, it tells us that Israel, the “woman” will be saved by the “earth” who opens up her mouth to swallow the “flood.” Will this 10 nation coalition protect Israel? Only time will tell, but the flood-earth imagery is quite telling as in the natural, a flood develops rapidly in a region and is later “swallowed up” by that same region, so it should be no surprise to us that the same Islamic terrorists will be swallowed up by the very nations they came from. Even if this interpretation is misplaced, I find it interesting that it seems to fit and if it does not fit then the present conflict may seem to just be a “rehearsal” by Satan, after all, history tends to repeats itself (Ecclesiastes 1:9). In any case, what we do know for a fact is that Israel will eventually be completely abandoned and God will personally save Israel and will ultimately be glorified through it all:
Isaiah 59:19, 20
So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.
And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the LORD.
As the Prophet Isaiah has revealed, it is in this dark moment for Israel that the Redeemer shall come. We all need to get ready because Jesus is returning very soon! Maybe sooner than we think.