Expert: Islamic State Is ‘Apocalyptic Cult’ That believes Jesus will return

Expert: Islamic State Is ‘Apocalyptic Cult’ That Believes Jesus Will Return to Slay the Antichrist (Source As the Islamic State’s brutal atrocities continue to shock the world, one of the recent developments that has not been explored in-depth is the terror group’s recently released seventh edition of its English-language magazine titled Dabiq. The document features an article that touches upon the end-times theology that experts claim drives the Islamic State’s ongoing rampage, with the text describing Islam as the “religion of the sword, not pacifism,” according to the Middle East Media Research Institute. “The article also presents numerous verses from the Koran as well as prophetic hadiths that highlight Islam’s reliance on the sword in fighting its enemies,” the organization explained. “In that regard, ISIS notes that the sword will continue to be drawn against Islam’s enemies until ‘Isa (Jesus) kills the Dajjal (the Antichrist), after which, it adds, ‘Islam and its justice’ will prevail on the entire earth.” CNN national security analyst Peter Bergen claims that Dabiq provides a “key window into understanding” the Islamic State’s ideology. Explaining the end-times theology that appears to be present in the aforementioned article, Bergen said that the terror group has an ideology of an “apocalyptic cult that believes that we are living in the end times and that ISIS’ actions are hastening the moment when this will happen.” Bergen noted that the very name of the magazine provides further context into these end times themes, as Dabiq is the town in Syria where the Prophet Muhammad purportedly predicted that “Roman” and Islamic armies would fight the final battle that would come before the end of time, ushering in dominion for Islam. The Dabiq article indicated that the Islamic State has no plans to stop its murderous rampage against “unbelievers,” which Bergen said would square with the terror group’s belief that it has been tasked with fighting a prophetic battle in an effort to usher in a win for “true Islam.”

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