ICG & COGwriter on Middle East

Muslim Brotherhood
الإخوان المسلمون
Al-Ikhwān Al-Muslimūn


In his latest newsletter ICG’s Mark Armstrong wrote the following:

The Middle East remains ablaze with rebellion fever and Islamic passion.  Every day now brings more news of demonstrations being met with deadly force and all kinds of mayhem.  Yemen is back in the current news, with a shelling attack on the presidential palace killing seven and wounding the Yemeni president Saleh.  For many consecutive days we’ve heard reports of escalating street battles, scores shot dead.  Reuters reports, “More than 370 people have been killed, at least 155 of them in the last 10 days, since a popular uprising began in January against Saleh’s long rule. (33 years)  “Global powers are worried that Yemen, home to a wing of militant al Qaeda known as AQAP and bordering the world’s biggest oil exporter Saudi Arabia, could become a failed state raising risks for world oil supplies.”  Ah, just another beautiful day in the so-called “Arab spring” that has so enraptured the mainstream media and benefited from encouragement from our current U.S. administration.

News out of Syria is similarly worrisome.  Demonstrators numbering an estimated 100,000 flooded the streets of Hama, where in 1982 Hafez al Assad sent in the army to crush an Islamic Brotherhood uprising killing over 10,000 and destroying much of the city.  Now protestors are commemorating that event, trying to bring down the regime of the son, Bashir al Assad.  The protest was broken up with gunfire that killed a reported 34.  Reports have come from Syria every day of protesters shot down in the streets, some kidnapped and tortured with no end in sight.  It is developing as another “humanitarian disaster”, and calls are intensifying for western intervention like we see in Libya…

The Muslim Brotherhood has condemned the killing of bin Laden.  Reports from the Jerusalem Post show that Egypt’s mosques now serve as political party headquarters for Muslim Brotherhood activists.  Their line of logic holds that terrorist attacks are legitimate “acts of resistance” so long as Israel remains intact.

All this pressure is ultimately building against Israel.  It appears that anarchy will continue to escalate under the pretext that all would be well if only Israel would give up Jerusalem.  Just two weeks ago, President Obama even made the suggestion that the key to peace would be for Israel to retreat behind the pre-1967 lines.

Something not mentioned above is that there are now problems in Kuwait and that the Muslim Brotherhood is rising in many Middle Eastern countries.

I would add that “all this pressure” that Mark Armstrong alluded to will not just affect Israel (some of what will affect Israel is in the article Anglo – America in Prophecy & the Lost Tribes of Israel), but will result in the rise of the final prophesied King of the South.  Now that Osama bin Laden is dead, the Arab World, and not just those who are part of the more extremist side of Islam, are looking for such a leader.

As it turns out, one considered to have been Osama bin Laden’s potential replacement was killed last night:

The militant group “Harkatul Jihad al-Islami” confirmed Saturday that its leader Ilyas Kashmiri was killed in a U.S. drone strike in northwest Pakistan’s South Waziristan tribal region late Friday night…Kashmiri was thought to be one of potential successors to the slain al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden.

So, al-Qaida is having problems, yet notice another headline from today’s news:

Muslim Brotherhood Riding the Crest of Arab Spring

NewsMax.com – Walid Phares – ‎Jun 3, 2011‎

So, despite al-Qaida’s problems, the Muslim Brotherhood appears top be in a growth mode.

Furthermore, if the Muslim Brotherhood gets a lot of politicians in elected in Egypt (and it has a lot of candidates officially running for various positions, for some examples, see Muslim Brotherhood Trying for 1/2 of Egypt’s Parliament), it will likely build a power-base in Egypt that will influence other Islamic states (and that has already started to happen).

We in the Living Church of God (LCG) expect a pan-Arabic leader, and believe it may involve the Muslim Brotherhood:

The fact is that food prices, the Muslim Brotherhood or any number of other political or religious factors are only contributing reasons for the current Arab-world turmoil. The underlying reason is that the Almighty Creator God is allowing geopolitics to align according to His will, and according to His time! Scripture is clear that God supremely reigns over all nations and all empires (2 Chronicles 20:6, Daniel 4:25), and He sometimes allows demonic principalities to influence people, nations, and rulers (Daniel 10:20, Ephesians 6:12).

Is the current Arab crisis setting the stage for a future king of the South? While the timing is entirely up to God, the simple answer is that yes, Arab geopolitics are moving ahead exactly as Bible prophecy has long foretold! Read more

The groundwork for the final King of the South is being laid.  The “Arab Spring” combined with the growing influence of Islamic organizations like the Muslim Brotherhood appear to be setting the stage for this leader to rise up.

Some articles of possibly 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?
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?
Is There an Islamic Antichrist? Is Joel Richardson correct that the final Antichrist will be Islamic and not European? Find out.
Prophecies of Barack Obama? Eight reasons why Barack Obama is apocalyptic and eight reasons why Barack Obama is not the Antichrist. This article includes many biblical and non-biblical prophecies, from around the world, that seem to discuss Barack Obama. Did Nostradamus predict Barack Obama dealing with the Antichrist? Might Barack Obama set the stage for the kings of the North and South as at least one Shiite prophecy suggests? This is the longest and most complete article on this page on Barack Obama prophecies. Read it and decide for yourself if President Obama seems to be fulfilling various prophecies.
Barack Obama, Prophecy, and the Destruction of the United States Some claim that Barack Obama is the prophesied “son of Kenya”, based up an early 20th century writing.
Barack Obama in Islamic Prophecy? There is actually a 17th century Shiite prophecy that some believe that Barack Obama will fulfill that will lead to a rising up of Islam.
Anglo – America in Prophecy & the Lost Tribes of Israel Are the Americans, Canadians, British, Scottish, Welsh, Australians, Anglo-Southern Africans, and New Zealanders descendants of Joseph? Where are the lost ten-tribes of Israel? Who are the lost tribes of Israel? What will happen to Jerusalem and the Jews in Israel? Will God punish the U.S.A., Canada, United Kingdom, and other Anglo nations? Why might God allow them to be punished first?

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