In a shocking development, a European Parliament report recently discovered by The Daily Mail UK indicates that ISIS has recruited experts with chemistry, physics and computer science degrees to wage war with weapons of mass destruction against the West. The terror organization, according to the briefing document, “may be planning to try to use internationally banned weapons of mass destruction in future attacks.” The document, which was compiled in the aftermath of the deadly attacks on Paris, claimed that ISIS has already smuggled WMD material into Europe. This intelligence was also echoed by the Israeli government who noted that ISIS is armed with weapons forbidden by the Geneva Convention, according to The Jewish Press. This news, while shocking, should not surprise anyone familiar with the gruesome tactics ISIS has repeatedly displayed. Roughly one year ago, the Kurdistan Regional Security Council in Iraq claimed ISIS had deployed weaponized chlorine gas in attacks on Kurdish forces and civilians. Frighteningly, Hamish de Bretton-Gordon, a former commanding officer at the Joint Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear Regiment, warned, “It is very evident that ISIS is putting much time and effort into training its jihadis in the use of chlorine as a terror weapon and in particular in IEDs (improvised explosive devices).” A U.S. official, speaking on the condition of anonymity has recently told the BBC, as much as we would like to believe this threat may be far removed from us, there is a growing belief within the U.S. government that the ISIS terrorist group is making and using crude chemical weapons in Iraq and Syria. The U.S. has identified at least four occasions on both sides of the Iraq-Syria border where ISIS has used mustard agents, the official said. Likewise, in recent days, the BBC’s Ian Pannell, working from the Turkey-Syria border, has seen additional new evidence of chemical attacks being carried out in Syria – potentially both by the Syrian regime, ISIS, and other rebels. With such weaponizing of chemical agents becoming increasingly prolific on the battle field many believe it is only a matter of time until the same chemicals show up in terror attacks directed against civilian targets. Some Bible teachers believe that the plagues, boils, sores, and other horrible maladies mentioned in Bible prophecy may be the result of chemical weapons (Zechariah 14:12; Revelation 18:4). Similarly, it can also be easily understood that if anyone inside Syria, be it the Syrian regime, ISIS, or any other rebel group, were to attack Israel with chemical weapons, Israel would certainly respond militarily; likely with nuclear weapons, that would bring about the complete destruction of the city of Damascus which could be seen as a fulfillment of Isaiah 17:114. While such scenarios cannot be assuredly stated, the similarities are certainly striking. In the meantime we must pray for a peaceful de-escalation to the situation. — PNL
PRAY: Pray that ISIS would not be able to carry out any terror attacks using chemical weapons. Pray also that the use of chemical weapons by anyone in the Syrian conflict would cease. Pray that the Lord would protect the countless number of civilians caught in the midst of this on-going Middle East power struggle.