Guest essay by Geoffrey Grider
Decoding Obama’s speech reveals some startling revelations
“And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.” Genesis 12:3 (God speaking to Abram – later Abraham – about traveling to another place which God would reveal, taking his wife, Sarai – later Sarah – and his nephew, Lot with him. )
In one press conference after another, when referring to the Muslim terror super-group ISIS, United States President Barack Obama will use the term I S I L instead of their former name I S I S or current name Islamic State. Have you ever wondered about that? We have.
ISIL stands for the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. Now, to us Westerners we don’t really make much of a distinction, do we? No, honestly from our perspective it’s all about the same. But how would a Muslim living in the Middle East view it? Just what is the Levant anyway? Let’s take a look.
The geographical term LEVANT refers to a multi-nation region in the Middle East. It’s a land bridge between Turkey to the north and Egypt to the south. If you look on a map, however, in the near exact middle of the nations that comprise the Levant, guess what you see? Come on, guess! It’s Israel.
When Barack Obama refers over and over to the Islamic State as ISIL, he is sending a message to Muslims all over the Middle East that he personally does not recognize Israel as a sovereign nation, but as territory belonging to the Islamic State.
Now you know why Obama says that he has no plan, no goal, and no stated aim for dealing with ISIS. But he does have a plan, and it’s a really nasty, diabolical one. Obama’s plan is to drag his feet for as long as he can, doing only the bare minimum that Congress forces him to do. His “plan is “to buy ISIS as much time as possible to make as many gains as they can.
Listen as Obama and his press secretary and the spokesperson for the State Department and his Joint Chief’s of Staff painstakingly spells out the letters I-S-I-L so there is no doubt in your mind: And it’s working. The Islamic State has garnered millions of dollars, a vast cache of weapons, and in their latest foray has captured Syrian fighter jets and now 12 commercial passenger planes. With each passing day that Obama fulfills his stated aim of doing nothing, the Islamic State grows by leaps and bounds. The ultimate goal, of course, has not changed and will never change. The ultimate goal is the destruction of Israel. Now you know a little bit more why Obama chooses his words so carefully, and what’s really in a name. Shakespeare had it right.
“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet” is a commonly quoted part of a dialogue in William Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet, in which Juliet argues that the names of things do not matter, only what things “are.”
The original of this essay was posted on the Now the End Begins website on September 1, 2014.
Geoffrey Grider founder and editor-in-chief of Now the End Begins ministry also runs a successful web design company and is a full-time minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
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