Christians and Jews aren’t the only ones reading ancient prophecies.
The WSJ reports the Islamic State’s August capture of the otherwise insignificant village of Dabiq in Syria was connected to Mohammed identifying it as the site of an end-of-days drama in which a Muslim army is to defeat its enemies, including a foreign army. Like Tel Megiddo in Israel.
ISIL made reference to it in their video announcing the beheading of American aid worker Peter Kassig, saying, “Here we are, burning the first American crusader in Dabiq, eagerly waiting for the remainder of your armies to arrive.” The militant denounces U.S. intervention in Iraq and vows to defeat what he calls “this final and last crusade.”
Some may decry this as a misuse of the sacred writings of either faith, but it’s an effective propaganda tool.