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Headlines continue to show violence in portions of the Middle East and North Africa:
Reuters - 29 September 2011
1 of 3. Anti-Gaddafi fighters fire from an armoured personnel carrier during clashes with pro-Gaddafi forces, about 1 km (0.6 miles) from the entrance of Sirte…
Christian Science Monitor - 29 September 2011
The dynamic in Yemen’s long-simmering uprising has significantly changed, with factions of the armed forces battling each other – threatening to turn the largely peaceful uprising into civil war.
BusinessWeek – Massoud A. Derhally – 29 September 2011
The protests in Syria are part of the wave of unrest across the Middle East and North Africa that unseated governments in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya. Assad’s crackdown has left more than 3,600 civilians dead since the unrest began in March, according to Ammar Qurabi of the National Organization for Human Rights in Syria.
Violence is not the answer for these primarily Muslims lands.
However, all of this violence is paving the way for an Islamic leader to rise up, called the King of the South, who will have militaristic tendencies (Daniel 11:40).
Yet the Holy Bible, which is supposedly what the Islamic Koran is somewhat based on, is about love, not hate.
As a general rule, the Muslims have not understood real Christianity (though there have been faithful Arab Christians in history, see Arabic Nazarenes May Have Kept Original Christian Practices) and few modern Muslims have ever encountered any truly faithful Christians (of course, this is true for many in Europe, Asia, the Western Hemisphere, etc.). Sadly, people of many faiths do not understand the Bible or the meaning of life.
But good news is coming. Notice today’s commentary from the Living Church of God:
By Charles Knowlton | Thursday, September 29, 2011“Wanted: Someone to walk with me”. This want ad appeared in a Ohio newspaper a few years ago. When I read it, I assumed it was a joke, and I made an inquiry. What I found was an old person wanting someone to take him for a walk–not because he needed physical help, but because he was afraid…
In the book of Zechariah, we find a prophecy describing what life will be like under the Millennial rule of Jesus Christ here on planet Earth. “Thus says the Lord of hosts: Old men and women shall again sit in the streets of Jerusalem, and each one with his staff in his hand because of great age. The streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in the street” (Zechariah 8:4-5).
Yes, old and young will mix together with mutual love and respect. Finally, the gulf will be bridged and there will be harmony among people of all ages…For an inspiring overview of Jesus Christ’s soon-coming Millennial rule over planet Earth, read our booklet, The World Ahead: What Will It Be Like? And read our article, “Hope for the Future.”
The Holy Days of the Bible, including the Feast of Trumpets today, highlight several of the steps that will lead to a better world.
A better world is coming, but sadly, the Bible shows that more violence will affect the Middle East (Daniel 11:40-43) before that time.
While the Bible also shows a temporary peace deal will be made first (Daniel 9:26-27), it also shows that deal will be violated (Daniel 9:27), and violence will break out again (Daniel 11:39-45). Yet it also shows that Jesus will return (Matthew 24:30-31) and God’s kingdom of peace will be established (Revelation 21:1-4).
Some articles of possibly related interest may include:
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? True religion should be based upon the true gospel.
What is the Meaning of Life? Who does God say is happy? What is your ultimate destiny? Do you really know? Does God actually have a plan for YOU personally?
Christian Soldiers How are Christians to be like soldiers? How are they to be different?
Military Service and the Churches of God: Do Real Christians Participate in Carnal Warfare? Here are current and historical perspectives on a matter which show the beliefs of the true church on military participation. Is war proper for Christians?
The Ten Commandments Reflect Love, Breaking them is Evil Some feel that the ten commandments are a burden. Is that what Jesus, Paul, Peter, James, and John taught?
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?
Arabic Nazarenes May Have Kept Original Christian Practices Were their faithful Arabs who held to original Christianity?
Nazarene Christianity: Were the Original Christians Nazarenes? Should Christians be Nazarenes today? What were the practices of the Nazarenes.
When Will the Great Tribulation Begin? 2011, 2012, or 2013? Can the Great Tribulation begin today? What happens before the Great Tribulation in the “beginning of sorrows”? What is the “peace deal” of Daniel 9? What happens in the Great Tribulation and the Day of the Lord? Is this the time of the Gentiles? When is the earliest that the Great Tribulation can begin? What is the Day of the Lord? Who are the 144,000?