Here is a fascinating article by Shaun Willcock evaluating current threats against Rome from a Historicist perspective:
“Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine;
and she shall be utterly burned with fire:
for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.”
ISIS Threatens Rome with Conquest and Slaughter
In February 2015 an extraordinary threat was made by the bloodthirsty Islamic terrorist outfit known as ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, now going simply by the name of Islamic State). In a very short space of time, this evil, murderous organisation has spread across a vast swathe of territory, massacring people along the way in extremely brutal and sadistic ways. It is intent on establishing an Islamic state across the entire region. And having expanded into Libya in North Africa, and having taken control of Benghazi, Libya’s second city, it is now just south of Italy, which with 2.2 million Muslims has the fourth-largest Muslim population in Europe. The Italian island of Lampedusa is a mere 109 miles away from Libya, and Sicily is just 300 miles away.
The threat, made in an online video, was this: “Today we are south of Rome. We will conquer Rome, by Allah’s permission”. He said this just after the same video showed ISIS terrorists beheading 21 Egyptian Copts (Coptic “Christianity” is not true Christianity, but Islam views all who call themselves “Christians” as being Christians). It is believed that the beheadings occurred in Libya.
Other threats were made as well. On Twitter an ISIS supporter named Abu Abdullah Britani wrote, “We Are Coming O Rome with slaughter.” This message was followed by another which read: “We Are Coming O Rome, we will conquer and establish the justice of shariah. We will use your leaning tower of pizza [sic] to throw off homosexual.”
Also, in October 2014 ISIS superimposed images of the ISIS flag flying over St Peter’s Square in the Vatican, in its magazine, Dabiq.
The threats were taken very seriously by Italian security forces, and by the Vatican itself. After the video threat was made, Italian security chiefs approved putting 4800 soldiers on the streets of Rome at sensitive sites, such as tourist and archaeological sites. About 500 soldiers were deployed to increase protection at diplomatic residences, Jewish schools and synagogues. And in the Vatican City itself, the commander of the Vatican’s Swiss Guard said his forces were ready to defend the pope of Rome if ISIS attempted a strike.