An ancient behemoth has mounted an antichrist campaign to eradicate the gospel from the Earth. The behemoth of Islam is unleashing religious terror unlike anything our generation has witnessed—and steadily advancing in the nations.
Iraqi Christians are facing extinction as leaders of this demonic movement gain momentum in a holy war that aims to establish a caliphate (Islamic State) led by a religious and political leader (caliph) who is a successor to the Islamic prophet Muhammad. Whether you call it ISIS, ISIL or the Islamic State, the behemoth of Islam and its radical jihadist adherents are releasing heart-gripping fear through propaganda and beheadings of men, women and children in a quest to dominate the nations of the Earth.
Political and prophetic voices alike are warning the Islamic State will wreak natural havoc on Western soil if we don’t rise up against it. Rick Joyner, founder of Morningstar Ministries, issued a warning after receiving a disturbing prophetic dream about ISIS’s intent in America. “I have done in-depth studies of the cruelty in the Middle Ages, but this was a whole new level of demonic cruelty. It wasn’t just about killing people,” Joyner said. “It was about bringing as much absolute pain, terror and everything else you can before death.”
Considering the gruesome images circulating in Islamic media that show jihadists herding Christians like cattle to mass executions and Muslim extremists sawing off people’s heads with small knives, Joyner’s prophetic experience is not far-fetched. In response to the violence, America has launched airstrikes that have merely inflamed this behemoth’s hatred and spawned more terrifying threats against the nation.
Former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair believes we need boots on the ground to defeat ISIS, but the truth is we need knees on the floor. In other words, we need to engage in effective, fervent spiritual warfare prayer against this behemoth spirit. This ancient stronghold is not easily broken—but it must bow to the Name of Jesus. Cindy Jacobs, co-founder of Generals International, bore witness to Joyner’s dream but offered hope and prophetic insight as to how to respond in an age where the reality of Luke 21:26—men’s hearts failing them for fear—seems to be upon us.
“It’s important not to get into fear. Fear and faith don’t mix,” Jacobs says, noting that she prays Psalm 91 for protection every day. “We need to pray for the president. We need to pray for the Pentagon. We need to pray for the Congress. We need to cry out for wisdom. Regardless of different partisan beliefs, we are commanded to pray for them. We must pray for them. Our future depends on our prayers … and [we must] trust God that if we pray He will protect us. This is His Word, and these are His promises. God warns to protect.”
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