By Mark Ellis
A battle is currently being fought over a relatively obscure town in Syria near the Turkish border that ISIS and many Muslims believe will usher in the apocalypse and return of their messiah.
The battle began October 3rd, when the Free Syrian Army – Syrian rebel forces supported by America and Turkey – captured a small town four miles east of Dabiq.
“If matters proceed as planned, within 48 hours we will be in Dabiq,” Ahmed Osman, commander of the Sultan Murad Free Syrian Army (FSA) group, told Reuters on October 3rd. At least 15 Turkish and US-backed Syrian rebels were killed in the initial fighting.
However, the advance on Dabiq slowed due to extensive mines, mortars, and explosive devices in their path. Also, ISIS reinforcements have poured into the region, knowing its “end times” significance.
ISIS believes their 12th Mahdi will arrive after the final apocalyptic battle between “Rome” (or Western forces including the U.S.) and Islam is fought in Dabiq, Syria. While the town has little strategic military significance, the Koran prophesies that this battle, whether won or lost, will initiate their apocalyptic “end times” events.
“ISIS believes quite strongly that the primary eschatological battle between the Muslims and the Christian forces dabiq-firewill be fought there,” Dr. Timothy Furnish, an expert on radical Islam told Breaking Israel News (BIN).
“They have been trying to goad the West, primarily the US, into inserting ground forces at that locale.”
Dr. Furnish cited an Islamic teaching of Mohammed which states that the “Last Hour would not come” until a vastly superior Roman army composed of “the best soldiers of the people of the earth at that time” came to battle Islam in Dabiq.