In his latest commentary, CEM’s Ronald Dart posted:
A report appeared in the Associated Press this week that gave a pretty fair summary of the situation in Iraq, but at the same time, it underlines a very common fault of modern journalism: It blurs the line between news and opinion. Nevertheless, the author acknowledges what I have long suspected:
<>“The idea, after all, is not to kill or capture every terrorist and insurgent. That can’t be done. The idea is to create a security environment more favorable to political action by the government, to provide breathing space for leaders of rival factions to work out a peaceful way to share power. The U.S. military, partnering in many instances with Iraqi forces, is now creating that security cushion—not everywhere, but in much of the north, the west and most importantly in key areas of Baghdad. “
This seems to be overlooked in a lot of commentary on the war. Complaining that the Iraqi government hasn’t made any progress is the current tack of the anti-war left. But given enough time to improve security, the military may give the Iraqis breathing room to make the political compromises they are going to have to make.
What Ron Dart wrote may well be correct.
However, I believe that what is most likely to happen is something that is more consistent with a position by the late John Ogwyn (of LCG). Several years back, he stated in a commentary titled What Lies Ahead for Iraq?:
You see, Iraq has three roughly defined regions developing on their own paths. The south is under the sway of Shiite Muslim clerics, many of whom want to form an Islamic state. The Sunni Muslims in the center are increasingly influenced by members of the former regime—many of them Arab nationalists. And in the north there is the desire for Kurdish autonomy at the very least—and, most likely, Kurdish independence. In fact, the longer an effective central government is delayed, the longer the country’s three regions will continue on their diverging trajectories. Some have called this “the calm before the storm.”
Now, my friends, did you realize this is actually mentioned in Bible prophecy? It’s interesting when you look in the book of Revelation, chapter 9, as well as Revelation chapter 16, and you find that the Euphrates River plays a major part in future prophecies. Anciently, the Euphrates River was the boundary between the Parthian Empire to the east and the Roman Empire to the west. That was the state of things in the first century when John was writing. Today, if you look at a map, the Euphrates River isn’t a boundary between anything. It just sort of goes down through the middle of Iraq. Yet in Revelation 9:14, we are told that when the sixth trumpet blows, the angels that have been bound in the great River Euphrates are loosed. And in Revelation 16, we find that when the sixth vial is poured out, the River Euphrates is dried up and the kings of the east move across—indicating that the Euphrates is a boundary between east and west.
My friends, if you look at a map and you look these three ethnic groups, you realize that as Iraq moves toward disintegration into three major components, you will find that the Euphrates River is going to emerge as a boundary. That is the natural boundary there, and very likely we are going to see, in the time ahead, the disintegration of Iraq—and ultimately the emergence of the Euphrates River as a prominent boundary just as indicated in the book of Revelation.
What’s going on in today’s world news is setting the stage for the final fulfillment of Bible prophecy.
And I believe that events will prove John Ogwyn correct.
Three articles of possibly related interest may include:
The Bible and the Arab World In History and Prophecy The Bible discusses the origins of the Arab world and discusses the Middle East in prophecy. What is ahead for the Middle East and those who follow Islam?
Teachings of Christian Educational Ministries Ron Dart’s confederation (not a church).
There are Many COGs: Why Support the Living Church of God? This is an article for those who wish to easily sort out the different COGs. It really should be a MUST READ for current and former WCG members or any interested in supporting the faithful church.