Islamists Rising in Egypt and Other Arab Nations: What Might this Mean for Jerusalem?

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There are concerns about the recent election in Egypt:

What will Salafists’ election success mean for Egypt?

By Yolande Knell BBC News, Cairo12 December 2011

Ultraconservative Islamists, known as Salafists, have emerged from the first stage of Egypt’s parliamentary election as a powerful political force.

They took 24% of the party-list vote, second only to the mainstream Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) which took 36%…

“When the parliament is set and ready to go I think we’ll see different priorities for the Salafists and the Muslim Brotherhood,” says Omar Ashour, a lecturer at Exeter University in the UK…Differences between the Brotherhood and the Salafists have given hope to liberals that they may have more influence on a post-election government and efforts to draw up a new constitution.

The “hope” that the Muslim Brotherhood has is expanding its power to form a multi-national Islamic caliphate with an Imam in charge of it, plus it is negative towards Israel and the USA:

The Muslim Brethren…believe that the caliphate is a symbol of Islamic Union and an indication of the bonds between the nations of Islam. They see the caliphate and its re-establishment as a top priority, subsequently; an association of Muslims people should be set up, which would elect the imam”. (zhyntativ. HASAN AL-BANNA AND HIS POLITICAL THOUGHT OF ISLAMIC BROTHERHOOD. IkhwanWeb, May 13, 2008. viewed 09/22/11)

“The Islamic nation,” its charter states, “must be fully prepared to fight the tyrants and the enemies of Allah as a prelude to establishing an Islamic state”—ideally a re-established caliphate, stretching from Spain across the Middle East and Central Asia to Indonesia, to be governed according to Islamic sharia law…

What is its stance toward Israel and the U.S.?
Unremittingly negative.

(Understanding the Muslim Brotherhood. February 14, 2011. © The Muslim Brotherhood. viewed 11/21/2011)

The formation of such an Islamic confederation with an Imam was predicted on pages 131-134 of my book 2012 and the Rise of the Secret Sect because Bible prophecy tells of the rising up of a final King of the South.  The pull-out of US troops in Iraq that President Obama spoke warmly about today (CBS headline: Obama: We leave Iraq with “heads held high”), in my view, is also a step that will partially allow this confederation to form (also, as I have been warning for years, civil war may break out in Iraq after the US troops leave, especially if they do not come back in).

The Egyptian and other Arab elections should be disturbing to the Jews in Jerusalem, as some news items last month suggest:

FrontPage Magazine – ‎Nov 29, 2011  We got a taste of what is to come from the Muslim Brotherhood’s co-sponsored “kill the Jews” pep rally held last Friday in Cairo.

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Muslim Brotherhood held an anti-Israel rally in a Cairo mosque that reportedly called to “one day kill all Jews.” Some 5000 people participated in the Nov. 25 rally, during which they made the call about killing Jews —a quote from the Koran — a reporter for Israel’s daily Yediot Achronot reported from the Egyptian capital.

Tunisian Pledges a New Caliphate

November 17, 2011

Secular Tunisians are expressing concerns after a leader of the country’s Islamist Al-Nahda movement said Tunisia’s emerging government marks “the Sixth Righteous Caliphate”…In a speech posted on YouTube Sunday, Hamadi Jbeli also pledged that “we shall set forth with God’s help to conquer Jerusalem, if Allah wills… From here is conquest with the help of Allah Almighty.”

The success of Islamic parties with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, and elsewhere confirm another prediction in my 2012 and the Rise of the Secret Sect book.  Thus, world events have now aligned with at least 20 biblically-based predictions since the book was released in September 2009.  More events will as well.

Jesus warned that the time would come when Jerusalem will be surrounded by armies.  And while this still is a future event (and yes, there have been related fulfillments in the past), the fact that many Arab nations want to take Jerusalem back from the Jews indicates that they will be willing to do much in order to do so (though, bibically, they will not quite succeed as they truly want per Daniel 11:31-43).

Yet despite inflammatory statements from Egypt and Tunisia, certain Western countries, like the USA, have cautiously supported the Muslim Brotherhood (see Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood Satisfies US Government). The public reason for that seems to be that the Muslim Brotherhood is considered to be easier to work with and more “moderate” than Islamist groups like the Al Noor Salafi Movement.

However, it should be clear that, as a rule, Islamist groups want an Islamic empire (called a caliphate) that will require its subjects to have less secular choices than the non-Islamist party backers want.  The “liberals” in the Arab nations that work with the Muslim Brotherhood and related organizations will find that they are assisting in the rising up of a transnational Islamic power.  The fact that the Muslim Brotherhood appears less extreme, does not mean that its objectives are those the nations like the USA want it to attain.

Notice also the following from the Living Church of God:

Right now…various Islamist groups—often foolishly called “moderate” by the mainstream media—are coming to power in Egypt, Tunisia and other African and Middle Eastern nations after the uprisings of the “Arab Spring.” The prophesied “King of the South” will soon emerge as these nations seek a “Mahdi”—a powerful religio/poltical leader who will bring them together under Islam. This “King of the South” predicted in Daniel 11:40 will no doubt be headquartered in Egypt or Saudi Arabia, not in Iran as some confused people foolishly predict. (Meredith RC. TW Subscriber letter, November 10, 2011)

Morocco was one of the more moderate Western-leaning Islamic lands and it is now becoming more supportive of Islamic goals, while the likely next prime minister of Tunisia announced last month that he believes that the caliphate has just begun (see Tunisia’s Expected Prime Minister Claims to be part of the Sixth Caliphate). And since we in the Living Church of God believe that Egypt is likely to be a major player in this (cf. also Daniel 11:42; Ezekiel 30:1-9,), as the election results suggest that Egypt is moving towards its prophesied role.

The Bible shows that a time is coming when the confederation with Egypt will be destroyed and it is in the FUTURE:

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.

6 “‘This is what the LORD says:

“‘The allies of Egypt will fall
and her proud strength will fail.
From Migdol to Aswan
they will fall by the sword within her,
declares the Sovereign LORD.

7 “‘They will be desolate
among desolate lands,
and their cities will lie
among ruined cities.
8 Then they will know that I am the LORD,
when I set fire to Egypt
and all her helpers are crushed.

9 “‘On that day messengers will go out from me in ships to frighten Cush out of her complacency. Anguish will take hold of them on the day of Egypt’s doom, for it is sure to come (Ezekiel 30:1-9, NIV).

And this seems to be the destruction of the King of the South by the King of the North in Daniel 11:40-43.

As there already is a flag for the Arab League, the idea within the Arab world that some type of confederation is a good idea exists even amongst many of the more secular Arabs. The Arab League has mainly currently turned away from Syria. Syria is a nation whose capital Damascus is prophesied to see destruction (Isaiah 17:1), and such destruction may precede Syria’s coming back into the Arab League fold much more closely (despite their views towards Assad, many in Syria favor an Islamic confederation as well as the taking over of Jerusalem). Some Islamic prophecy supports the idea that the King of the South may end up in Damascus, and this may be consistent with certain biblical prophecy (Jeremiah 49:24-27)–but the verses in Jeremiah might instead happen about when or after Damascus is eliminated (Isaiah 17:1)–we will see.

We are getting closer for an Islamic confederation to form consistent with the biblical prophecies about the final King of the South (Daniel 11:40). However, somewhat like the final Beast/King of the North power (Daniel 11:41-42), it looks like the Bible teaches that there will be some fragility and lack of total cohesiveness as the King of the South will apparently not be totally unified (cf. Daniel 11:42; 11:26).

The results of the elections in the Arab nations for Jerusalem suggest that the Arabs do want Jerusalem to become part of the Arab confederation, and perhaps, as an interim step to get there, I suspect that the Arabs will ultimately accept the seven-year deal mentioned in Daniel 9:26-27 as a step in that direction (especially if there is an unsuccessful military attempt by Iran, Syria, and perhaps parts of Lebanon to get Jerusalem and/or attack Israel).

Before that deal is 1/2 over (and possibly even before it is entered into), the final King of the South will appear.

As Jesus said, “Watch” (Mark 13:37).

Jesus also said, “Blessed are those servants whom the master, when he comes, will find watching.” (Luke 12:37).

Some 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?
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.
Anglo – America in Prophecy & the Lost Tribes of Israel Are the Americans, Canadians, British, Scottish, Welsh, Australians, Anglo (non-Dutch) 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?
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?
2012 and the Rise of the Secret Sect This is a link related to a book by Bob Thiel (COGwriter). This link also has YouTube videos. This book documents and explains hundreds of prophecies. And since it was published, world events have aligned with at least 20 predictions in the book and many more will to come to pass.
2012 and the Rise of the Secret Sect
by Bob Thiel Ph.D. (Kindle Edition – Aug 1, 2009) – Kindle eBook
2012 y el surgimiento de la secta secreta 2012 libro del Dr. Thiel en Español.
2012 und das Auftreten der geheimen Sekte (German Edition)  2012 Buch von Dr. Thiel in deutscher Sprache.
2012 und das Auftreten der geheimen Sekte (German Kindle Edition)
by Bob Thiel, Carolyn Madison and Adrian Käfer (Kindle Edition – Nov 28, 2011) – Kindle eBook
2012 e o Surgimento da Seita Secreta (Portuguese Edition) 2012 livro do Dr. Thiel em português. Este livro documenta e explica centenas de profecias. E desde que foi publicado pela primeira vez, pelo menos 20 já começaram a acontecer.
2012 e o Surgimento da Seita Secreta (Brazilian Portuguese Edition) 2012 livro do Dr. Thiel.  Edição em português do Brasil. Este livro documenta e explica centenas de profecias. E desde que foi publicado pela primeira vez, pelo menos 20 já começaram a acontecer.

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