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It appears that an Egyptian has replaced Osama bin Laden as the leader of Al-Qaeda:
Egyptian Saif al-Adel appointed acting leader of al QaedaCNN – May 17, 2011
An Egyptian who was once a Special Forces officer has been appointed “caretaker” leader of al Qaeda in the wake of Osama bin Laden’s death, according to a source with detailed knowledge of the group’s inner workings.Al Qaeda’s interim leader is Saif al-Adel, who has long played a prominent role in the group, according to Noman Benotman…Now that bin Laden is dead there is a real opportunity for the Taliban to disassociate itself from al Qaeda, as it was bin Laden who, sometime before the 9/11 attacks, swore an oath of allegiance to Taliban leader Mullah Omar…http://edition.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/meast/05/17/mideast.al.qaeda.appointee/index.html?hpt=T1
Whether al Qaeda separates from the Taliban remains to be seen as they seem to have similar objectives.
As I have mentioned before, Isaiah 30:6-7 seems to tie the “beasts of the South” with “the Egyptians”, which seems to support the view that the Egyptians will most likely have significant involvement with the king of the South. Isaiah 31 lists the destruction of “the Egyptians” (1-3) ahead of “Assyria” (vss. 8-9), just like the Book of Daniel places the destruction of the king of the South (Daniel 11:40-43) ahead of the king of the North (11:45); plus Isaiah 19, which mentions Egypt, could have applicability as well. Hence, the idea of Egyptian leaders being involved with the final King of the South seems consistent with scripture.
There is a good chance that the final King of the South (Daniel 11:40) will come from Egypt, and that country having one in the top al Qaeda position and another retaining the top job in the Arab League (see Different Egyptian Now in Charge of Arab League) may be supportive of that.
Two 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?