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The Arabic “Kingdom of Bahrain” believes it dismantled a Shi’ite Muslim terrorist cell today:
February 17, 2013Bahrain’s Interior Ministry says it has dismantled an alleged terrorist cell following widespread clashes in the Gulf nation during protests marking the second anniversary of an Arab Spring-inspired uprising.The ministry said in a statement Sunday it has arrested eight members of a suspected terrorist network who have received training and financial support from Iran, Iraq and Lebanon.Bahrain’s Sunni-ruled kingdom has frequently accused Shi’ite power Iran and its allies of aiding the uprising of Bahrain’s majority Shi’ites. Iran denies the charges. http://www.voanews.com/content/bahrain-dismantles-terrorist-cell/1605264.html
The Sunni Kingdom does not wish to be overthrown by Shi’ite Muslims. Yet, the time will come when it will at least be involved with a confederation of likely Sunni Muslim Arabic states that will be part of what the Bible refers to as the final King of the South.
Bahrain itself consists of an archipelago of 33 islands, the largest being Bahrain Island, at 34 miles long by 11 miles wide. Saudi Arabia is to its west and it is connected to Bahrain by the King Fahd Causeway.
Bahrain is a member of the Arab League of nations, hence seems to be a nation that will be supportive of the final King of the South. Here is a list of the members of that league:
Member states of the Arab League (Arab World, Wikipedia, viewed 02/17/13)
- Algeria (Arabic: الجزائر al-Jazāʾir)
- Bahrain (Arabic: البحرين al-Baḥrayn)
- Comoros (Arabic: جزر القمر Juzur al-Qamar) (Comorian and French are the other official languages)
- Djibouti (Arabic: جيبوتي Djībūtī ) (French is the other official language)
- Egypt (Arabic: مصر Miṣr)
- Iraq (Arabic: العراق al-ʿIrāq) (Kurdish is the other official language (minority))
- Jordan (Arabic: الأردن al-ʾUrdun)
- Kuwait (Arabic: الكويت al-Kuwayt)
- Lebanon (Arabic: لبنان Lubnān)
- Libya (Arabic: ليبيا Lībyā)
- Mauritania (Arabic: موريتانيا Mōrītānyā)
- Morocco (Arabic: المغرب al-Maġrib) (Berber is the other official language)
- Oman (Arabic: عمان ʿUmān)
- Palestine (Arabic: فلسطين Filasṭīn) (Full member of Arab League and recognized by the majority of the countries in the world)
- Qatar (Arabic: قطر Qaṭar)
- Saudi Arabia (Arabic: المملكة العربية السعودية al-Mamlakah al-ʿArabiyyah as-Saʿūdiyyah)
- Somalia (Arabic: الصومال aṣ-Ṣūmāl) (Somali is the other official language)
- Sudan (Arabic: السودان as-Sūdān) (English is the other official language (minority))
- Syria (Arabic: سوريا Sūryā)
- Tunisia (Arabic: تونس Tūnis)
- United Arab Emirates (Arabic: الإمارات العربيّة المتّحدة al-ʾImārāt al-ʿArabiyyah al-Muttaḥidah)
- Yemen (Arabic: اليمن al-Yaman)
These nations are mainly descended from the peoples listed in Ezekiel 30:1-9, Psalm 83:5-7, and Daniel 11:40-43.
The Bible tells of the rise of a power that seems to include mainly Arab and Islamic peoples. Here are some scriptural passages on that:
5 For they have consulted together with one consent;
They form a confederacy against You:
6 The tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites;
Moab and the Hagrites;
7 Gebal, Ammon, and Amalek;
Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre (Psalms 83:5-7)
2 “Son of man, prophesy and say, ‘Thus says the Lord God:
“Wail, ‘Woe to the day!’
3 For the day is near,
Even the day of the Lord is near;
It will be a day of clouds, the time of the Gentiles.
4 The sword shall come upon Egypt,
And great anguish shall be in Ethiopia,
When the slain fall in Egypt,
And they take away her wealth,
And her foundations are broken down.
5 “Ethiopia, Libya, Lydia, all the mingled people, Chub, and the men of the lands who are allied, shall fall with them by the sword.”
6 ‘Thus says the Lord:
“Those who uphold Egypt shall fall,
And the pride of her power shall come down.
From Migdol to Syene
Those within her shall fall by the sword,”
Says the Lord God.
7 “They shall be desolate in the midst of the desolate countries,
And her cities shall be in the midst of the cities that are laid waste.
8 Then they will know that I am the Lord,
When I have set a fire in Egypt
And all her helpers are destroyed. (Ezekiel 30:2-8)
4 And the Egyptians I will give
Into the hand of a cruel master,
And a fierce king will rule over them,”
Says the Lord, the Lord of hosts. (Isaiah 19:4)
40 “At the time of the end the king of the South shall attack him; and the king of the North shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter the countries, overwhelm them, and pass through. 41 He shall also enter the Glorious Land, and many countries shall be overthrown; but these shall escape from his hand: Edom, Moab, and the prominent people of Ammon. 42 He shall stretch out his hand against the countries, and the land of Egypt shall not escape. 43 He shall have power over the treasures of gold and silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt; also the Libyans and Ethiopians shall follow at his heels. (Daniel 11:40-43)
So, while Bahrain has been able to foil some potential terrorists, it likely will have to deal with a greater one in the future.
Now, it is possible that Bahrain may be amongst those who will betray the King of the South (Daniel 11:25-26) and escape the King of the North at the end (Daniel 11:43). Yet, even so, those in Bahrain will apparently face problems, as the Bible also warns about cooperation with those affiliated with the King of the North (Revelation 14:8-11).
Repentance and the return of Jesus Christ and the establishment of the Kingdom of God will be the real solution.
Here are some articles of possibly related interest:
The Arab World In the Bible, 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?
Is There A Future King of the South? Some no longer believe there needs to be. Might Egypt, Islam, Iran, Arabs, or Ethiopia be involved? What does the Bible say?
Who is the King of the North? Is there one? Do biblical and Roman Catholic prophecies for the Great Monarch point to the same leader? Should he be followed? Who will be the King of the North discussed in Daniel 11? Is a nuclear attack prophesied to happen to the English-speaking peoples of the United States, Great Britain, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand? When do the 1335 days, 1290 days, and 1260 days (the time, times, and half a time) of Daniel 12 begin? When does the Bible show that economic collapse will affect the United States?
Just What Do You Mean — Repentance? Do you know what repentance is? Have you truly repented? Repented of what? Herbert W. Armstrong wrote this as a booklet on this important subject.
What is the Gospel? True religion should be based upon the true gospel. What are some of the different gospels and where did they come from? Do you believe the true or a false gospel?
The Gospel of the Kingdom of God was the Emphasis of Jesus and the Early Church Did you know that? Do you even know what the gospel of the kingdom is all about?
Just What Do You Mean the Kingdom of God? A booklet that was written by Herbert Armstrong answers questions about the Kingdom.
Did The Early Church Teach Millenarianism? Was the millennium (sometimes called chiliasm) taught by early Christians? Who condemned it? Will Jesus literally reign for 1000 years on the earth? Is this time near?