Libyans have been voting today:
7 July 2012
(Reuters) – Crowds of joyful Libyans, some with tears in their eyes, parted with the legacy of Muammar Gaddafi’s dictatorship on Saturday as they voted in the first free national election in 60 years…
Candidates with Islamic agendas dominate the field of more than 3,700 hopefuls, suggesting Libya will be the next Arab Spring country – after Egypt and Tunisia – to see religious parties secure a grip on power…
Analysts say it is hard to predict the political make-up of the new assembly, but parties and candidates professing an attachment to Islamic values dominate and very few are running on an exclusively secular ticket.
The Justice and Construction offshoot of Libya’s Muslim Brotherhood is tipped to do well, as is al-Watan, the party of former CIA detainee and Islamist insurgent Abdel Hakim Belhadj. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/07/07/us-libya-elections-idUSBRE86412N20120707
7 July 2012…
There are countless political parties taking part in the election but the biggest to emerge so far is the Justice and Construction Party, made up mostly of Muslim Brotherhood members. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-18749808
Egypt and Tunisia have top leaders who are affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood. It looks like Libya either will or at least will have leaders who likely support some of the goals of the Muslim Brotherhood. This would make 3 out of 3 North African countries voting in Islamic leadership in the past approximately 9 months. The tide is changing in the Arab world.
Notice what the Muslim Brotherhood has also indicated that it wants:
…the [Muslim Brotherhood] Society was established for, that is, establishing the State of Islam, headed by the Islamic Caliphate, in order to establish Allah religion on Allah’s land…(Source: The Muslim Brotherhood – in its own words Translation of “Jihad is the way” by Mustafa Mashhur Leader of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, 1996-2002 by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik. http://www.palwatch.org/STORAGE/special%20reports/Jihad_is_the_way_by_Mustafa_Mashhur.pdf viewed 04/30/11)
According to many Muslims, “Allah’s land” is supposedly all nations from Spain to Indonesia, although I believe that mainly the area from Morocco to possibly Afghanistan should be considered to be in play, perhaps even involving Pakistan and others. It wants Israelis out of Palestine. The anti-Israeli group Hamas is political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in Gaza.
The Living Church of God has, in the past, made the following comments:
The virtual “tsunami” of Middle East and North African nations overthrowing their secular rulers is coming along day by day even as I write. This—as we have explained—could clear the way for the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamic extremists to take over much of the Middle East. Such an event would “prepare the way” for the coming “Mahdi”—the Islamist religious/political leader who will no doubt become the biblically prophesied “King of the South” (Daniel 11:40). He will probably lead in the provocation of the “King of the North” described in that same inspired prophecy in Daniel 11. And this will set in motion the final chain of events leading up to “Armageddon,” and then Jesus Christ’s return as King of kings (Revelation 11:15)! (Meredith RC. Tomorrow’s World subscriber letter, May 9, 2011)
Ultimately, the “Arab Spring” will not produce widespread “Western-friendly” democracy throughout the Mideast! Consider that, after 57 years in exile, the fundamentalist Muslim Brotherhood is now Egypt’s “best organized political movement” (The New York Times, June 19, 2011)…Although many do desire peace, a terrible conflict is brewing, and Muslim fundamentalism is spreading…Scripture reveals that before Jesus Christ’s return, there will be a final war between a “king of the South” (a leader of the Middle Eastern regions now primarily under the sway of Islam) and a false form of “Christianity” dominated by the “king of the North” and a blasphemous “Holy Roman Empire.” (Cieselka W. Islam: At War with Christianity? Tomorrow’s World magazine, Sept-Oct 2011, p. 27)
Recently, a radical Muslim preacher told thousands of Muslim Brotherhood supporters in Egypt, “We can see how the dream of the Islamic caliphate is being realized, God willing, by Dr. Mohamed Mursi [the movement's presidential candidate]… The capital of the caliphate–the capital of the United States of the Arabs–will be Jerusalem, God willing… Our capital shall not be in Cairo, Mecca or Medina… Yes, Jerusalem is our goal. We shall pray in Jerusalem, or die as martyrs on its threshold.” (LCG. World Ahead Weekly Update, May 24, 2012).
A “United States of the Arabs” sounds a lot like the King of the South that the Bible foretells.
In Syria, there is a chance the Muslim Brotherhood will takeover after the Assad regime is gone. And while the Muslim Brotherhood itself may not necessarily takeover the Arab peninsula, those there may well (at least temporarily) support an alliance with the Muslims of North Africa and the Middle East, more and more of which are supporting the Muslim Brotherhood.
Here are the Islamic nations that Wikipedia is currently reporting the Muslim Brotherhood has presence:
3 In Egypt…4 In West Asia 4.1 Bahrain 4.2 Syria 4.3 Jordan 4.4 Iran 4.5 Iraq 4.6 Israeli/Palestinian Territories 4.7 Saudi Arabia 4.8 Kuwait 4.9 Yemen 4.10 Oman 5 Elsewhere in Africa 5.1 Algeria 5.2 Sudan 5.3 Somalia 5.4 Tunisia 5.5 Libya
Notice an end time confederation that the Bible tells of that seems to contain these peoples as well as has ties to the final King of the South (Daniel 11:40):
1 The word of the LORD came to me: 2 “Son of man, prophesy and say: ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says:
“‘Wail and say, “Alas for that day!” 3 For the day is near, the day of the LORD is near- a day of clouds, a time of doom for the nations. 4 A sword will come against Egypt, and anguish will come upon Cush. When the slain fall in Egypt, her wealth will be carried away and her foundations torn down.
5 Cush and Put, Lydia and all Arabia, Libya and the people of the covenant land will fall by the sword along with Egypt. (Ezekiel 30:1-5, NIV)
Perhaps it should be pointed out that Libya is mentioned specifically above in Ezekiel 30:5 as well as Daniel 11:43 (though the Hebrew word in Ezekiel 30:5 for Libya seems to be the word the above translators translated as Lydia). Libya is prophesied to be associated with the King of the South and, in the long run, this will not be good for Libya. Those in Libya may rightly be glad that Muammar Gaddafi is no longer their leader, but this does not mean that their next one will truly help the people of that country.
One of the leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood may well become the King of the South that the Bible foretells (Daniel 11:40-43)–and while he may not be from Libya, Libya and its future leaders (perhaps including many of those getting voted in today), will support him. Even if the Muslim Brotherhood does clearly not win today’s election.
Many events are aligning with the COG understanding of prophecy. More will as well.
Watch (Mark 13:37).
Some articles of related interest may include:
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? Might this King be called the Mahdi? What does the Bible say?
The Arab and Islamic 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? What about the Imam Mahdi? What lies ahead for Turkey, Iran, and the other non-Arabic Muslims?
Is There an Islamic Antichrist? Is Joel Richardson correct that the final Antichrist will be Islamic and not European? Find out.