Is ISIS in Bible Prophecy? | John Ankerberg Show

Is ISIS in Bible Prophecy?

By: Dr. Dillon Burroughs

The increasing violence of ISIS, especially toward Christians in the Middle East, has led to many questions regarding their role in the future. Is ISIS in Bible prophecy?

While ISIS is not mentioned by name in the Bible, this evil group clearly resembles some aspects found in Scripture. First, ISIS clearly opposes Christians, something the Bible declares will take place in the end times: “But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days” (2 Timothy 3:1).

Second, ISIS opposes Israel, something predicted in Scripture. Ezekiel 38 specifically mentions a future war by the nations surrounding Israel. They will unite to attack it. Many of these ancient kingdoms are in locations where ISIS operates today. Interestingly, four areas mentioned in Ezekiel 38 likely refer to locations in modern-day Turkey, while the main uniting group is located in part of what is now Russia.

Third, ISIS seeks a global caliphate or one-world government, something predicted in the Bible. In the last days, Scripture speaks of an Antichrist who will unite nations in opposition to God’s people (Revelation 13). Though the nations in this global force are not specifically noted, the idea of nations seeking a united caliphate in opposition to Israel closely resembles the prophecies found in Daniel and Revelation.


How to Help

How should believers live in light of this information? First, believers can stand opposed to evil. We are to be salt and light (Matthew 5:20) and do good to those in need (1 John 3:16-18). We need not be silent but encourage a strong and clear response to ISIS members who kill and torture anyone who opposes them.

Second, believers can pray for and support those hurt by ISIS. This includes both fellow Christians and others persecuted by ISIS in the Middle East. In addition, supporting Israel, whether popular or not in our culture, must remain a priority. Third, we can help with organizations that assist those under attack by ISIS, such as ministries that help refugees fleeing from war.


Learn More

Did you know nearly one-fourth of the Bible is prophetic in nature? We cannot seriously study Scripture without dealing with God’s plan for the future. You can find many more article in this area on our website or watch our videos on this topic at

Dr. Dillon Burroughs

Dr. Dillon Burroughs

Dillon Burroughs serves as senior writer at The John Ankerberg Show and has written nearly 40 books on issues of faith and culture. He is also an associate editor for The Apologetics Bible for Students and has contributed to many works on apologetics and Christian worldview. Dillon is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary and holds a PhD in Leadership from Piedmont International University. He lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee, with his wife, Deborah, and their three children.
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AlfredotisatasharVraeShafik RahmanJacqui Lashley Recent comment authors

I should say the RIGHTEOUS instead of believers.


Islamic State is everywhere in the Bible. You know it as the “Kingdom of God”.

(FYI> It’s not christians who will be attacked by the whole world in the end times its says ‘believers’.)

Shafik Rahman
Shafik Rahman

Totally lame…Recent leaks shows that America is supplying weapons to ISIS and even there were lots of whistle blowers within FBI stating that ISIS is flagged terrorism.“The truth is, there is no Islamic army or terrorist group called Al-Qaeda, and any informed intelligence officer knows this. But, there is a propaganda campaign to make the public believe in the presence of an intensified entity representing the ‘devil’ only in order to drive TV watchers to accept a unified international leadership for a war against terrorism. The country behind this propaganda is the United States.” – Former British Foreign Secretary, Robin… Read more »


Really? When did Robin Cook ever make this statement? I know about this article: 8/July/2005. So, when did he make the statement you quote? Does your source say? ISIL wasn’t even part of AQ until 2004. I know about ISIL capturing weapons given to “opposition forces” that are supposed to fight them, and I know that ISIL were among several pre-existing groups that the US propped up to fight against Assad’s forces; in fact, they have been around since 1999 and the US fought against them during the Iraqi insurgency. What is your source for the leak, and can… Read more »

Jacqui Lashley
Jacqui Lashley

I was sharing with a friend of mine some months ago that ISIS is not going anywhere for they will be the group that will lead the attack against the nation of Israel….I know this statement was not of myself but came to me through the Holy Spirit… we are seeing how this evil group will stage its battle as we read/see the news of the attack in Paris & not too long ago the event of the Russian airliner taken out of the sky We are indeed in the closing days & we as believers HAVE to keep looking… Read more »

Shafik Rahman
Shafik Rahman

Lol seriously?? It seems Turkey attacked Russian airlines…better get your facts right


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