As the Islamic State threatens the world with unthinkable acts of violence, it troubles many to consider what the future may hold.
But to understand their power and perhaps even their evil, one must first look into the depths of history.
According to the BBC, the terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi swore his allegiance to Osama Bin Laden and al-Qaida in Iraq in 2004. After his death in 2006, al-Qaida created the Islamic State, and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi became its driving force.
However, Rabbi Jonathan Cahn says ISIS roots go back much further—to the Bible.
"ISIS you almost could say ... is the remanifestation of the ancient Assyrians, I mean, down to the land," Cahn says. "Most likely, even more than al-Qaida, they literally most likely even more strongly have the blood of the Assyrians in them."
Assyrians specialized in mutilation, Cahn says, and they would display the bodies to make people surrender.
"That's exactly what ISIS does."
And there are more connections between the ancient Assyrians and today's terrorists.
"These are literally, it's a stronger thing going on and it's more evil," Cahn says. "A year ago, they took over the city of Mosul," which was the biblical site of the city of Nineveh.
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