From ABC: Islamic militants . . . try to consolidate their control of an area along the length of the Euphrates river stretching through Syria and Iraq. . . . The extremist Sunni Muslim group now has nearly full control over a corridor from the Syrian provincial capital of Deir el-Zour to the border town of Boukamal. The area neighbors parts of northern and western Iraq that it seized last month, allowing the group to flow freely between the two countries.
2 Kings 15:16 (ESV)
At that time Menahem sacked Tiphsah and all who were in it and its territory from Tirzah on, because they did not open it to him. Therefore he sacked it, and he ripped open all the women in it who were pregnant.
Menahem was a king of Israel. The modern day location of Tiphsah is unknown, but it is most commonly associated with Deir, Syria.
In 1915, Deir became a major destination point for Armenians subjected to death marches during the Armenian Genocide.
The Euphrates corridor that ISIS controls starts at Deir, Syria and is extending toward Baghdad, Iraq.
Our Father in heaven,
Blessed are You, God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places. In love, You predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will. In him we have obtained an inheritance. For through him both Jews and Gentiles have access in one Spirit to the Father. So I am a fellow citizen with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone.
Father, I see through a glass darkly. I do not know if the actions of King Menahem somehow enabled the spirits of genocide and death to exercise dominion in Deir in future times. If so, I repent as a member of the household of God.
You are the great and awesome God, who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments. We have sinned and done wrong and acted wickedly and rebelled, turning aside from your commandments and rules. We have not listened to your servants the prophets, who spoke in your name to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, and to all the people of the land. To you, O Lord, belongs righteousness, but to us open shame, as at this day, to the inhabitants of Israel and to those adopted into the household of faith. To us, O Lord, belongs open shame, to our kings, to our princes, and to our fathers, because we have sinned against you. To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness, for we have rebelled against him and have not obeyed the voice of the Lord our God by walking in his laws, which he set before us by his servants the prophets. We have sinned, we have done wickedly.
O God, listen to the prayer of your servant and to my pleas for mercy. O my God, incline your ear and hear. Open your eyes and see the desolations of Deir. For I do not present my plea before you because of my righteousness, but because of your great mercy. O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive. O Lord, pay attention and act. Delay not.
If Deir is a portal of death and genocide, I cry out for it to become a portal of life. Your Son Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life. I declare his name over Deir. Forgive us, the household of faith, the sacking and genocide of Tiphsah.
The name Tiphsah means ford or passage. May it become a passage for Your holy angels, a highway of holiness, a portal of blessing. Amen.
Ephesians 1, 2, Daniel 9