Demonstrations in the Arab World Suggest Change

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There are demonstrations and protests going on in the Arab world:

Demonstrations in Libya and Jordan put Tunisian model to the test
Jordan protesters inspired by Tunisian ripple

As Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak continues to age, change may also take place in that country relatively soon.

The Arab League is meeting today in Egypt and the demonstrations are on the minds of its leaders:

Arab leaders meet, Tunisia on their minds
Arab leaders gathered for the Arab Economic Summit in Egypt are focused on the Tunisian uprising, many fearing that it could trigger unrest across the region.
Los Angeles Times – Jan 20, 2011
Reporting from Cairo —

The uprising in Tunisia and the toppling of President Zine al Abidine ben Ali dominated the annual Arab Economic Summit, which opened Wednesday in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el Sheik amid fears that unrest could ripple across the Middle East.

“It is on everyone’s mind that the Arab soul is broken by poverty, unemployment and general recession,” warned Amr Moussa, chief of the Arab League…

The tone throughout the day was somber as leaders of the Arab League, a 22-nation regional organization based in Cairo, reflected on citizens’ growing dissatisfaction with the region’s deepening social and economic problems…

“There are countries disintegrating, people rising up and rights being lost while the Arab citizen wonders if there is an Arab system that would deal with these events effectively and efficiently,” said Kuwaiti Deputy Prime Minister Sheik Mohammad al Sabah al Salim al Sabah, who is also the country’s foreign minister…

Arab capitals worry the furor in Tunisia could ignite protests across the Middle East after years of outrage over human rights abuses and widespread frustrations over poor living conditions. The question is will nations that have not fulfilled previous promises follow through now, especially on programs aimed at disaffected, jobless youths…Though some Arab leaders fear the possibility of public unrest, Moussa emphasized that the “priority of economic and social cooperation” between Arab countries “is no longer just about the progress of our people, but a basic demand of Arab national security.”,0,179434.story

The idea of “Arab national security” is interesting as the Bible indicates that a power from the area predominantly occupied by Arabs will rise up in the end time, with its national security apparently led be the final King of the South.  The fact that the chief of the Arab League indicated that this was a basic demand of Arabs suggests, that he at least, believes that some type of stronger military alliance within the Arab League needs to happen.  And historically, this would involve some type of “strong man” leader rising up.

While it may take a war in the Middle East for this leader to rise up, civil unrest, riots, demonstrations, and protests may also be involved.  Things are changing in the Arab world.  And events are lining up for the King of the South to arise.

Three articles of possibly related interest may include:

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?
Africa: Its Biblical Past and Prophesied Future What does the Bible teach about Africa and its future? Did the early Church reach Africa? Will God call all the Africans?

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