Front-page NYT story examines ISIS prophecies about an apocalyptic showdown in Syrian town of Dabiq.


Story eerily ripped from THE FIRST HOSTAGE, my forthcoming novel about ISIS plot to lure us to Dabiq.

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By Joel C. Rosenberg (@joelcrosenberg on Twitter)

(Dallas, Texas) -- Readers of these FLASH TRAFFIC emails know that I have been trying to draw the attention of leaders in Washington and Jerusalem, U.S. presidential candidates, journalists, Evangelical leaders, and the American people more broadly to the emerging threat of what I call “Apocalyptic Islam” of both the Shia and Sunni varieties.

My last series of political thrillers -- The Twelfth Imam, The Tehran Initiative and Damascus Countdown -- imagined a scenario in which Iran’s Shia Muslim leaders, driven by their genocidal belief in End Times Islamic prophecies, built an arsenal of nuclear weapons and set into motion a plan to annihilate Israel and the United States.

Now, my latest political thriller series -- The Third Target (which was published in January 2015), and my forthcoming novel, The First Hostage (which releases December 29th) -- imagines a scenario in which the leaders of ISIS are driven by a Sunni version of genocidal End Times prophecies to capture chemical weapons in Syria and launch a series of horrific attacks against U.S., Israeli, and Sunni Arab leaders. At the heart of the series is a fictional New York Times reporter trying to understand what Apocalyptic Islam is and get ahead of the coming attacks.

As THE FIRST HOSTAGE unfolds, ISIS leaders are trying feverishly to draw the U.S. and the Western powers (“the forces of Rome”) into a bloody ground war in Syria. Why? In order to fulfill Islamic prophecies about an apocalyptic End Times battle in an obscure Syrian town called Dabiq and establish a global Islamic kingdom or caliphate.

That's why I found a front-page story in the New York Times this morning so fascinating. The headline? “U.S. Strategy Seeks To Avoid ISIS Prophecy.” I commend it to your attention. Indeed, in reading the article, it was a bit eerie. After all, a real-life New York Times reporter is trying to understand Apocalyptic Islam and is reporting about a possible U.S. showdown with ISIS in the Syrian town of Dabiq, something ripped right out of my novels.


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