Protests in Tunisia, Concerns in Libya

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Some in Tunisia still are protesting:

Hundreds of Tunisians gathered Saturday in the capital, Tunis, to protest the country’s new unity government, as the prime minister promised to hold the country’s first democratic elections since its independence from France in 1956.

The protesters were joined by dozens of members of the country’s feared police force, blamed for the bloody crackdown on protesters.  The demonstration comes on the second day of national mourning for the victims of the recent unrest, which topped the government of former President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

Protesters have been calling for the ouster of all government officials with ties to the former president.

Tunisian Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi, who served under the former strongman, said Friday that he will quit politics after the new government comes to power.  He did not specify when either event would take place.

There are also problems in Libya:

Libyans are just as hungry as Tunisians

Hisham Matar

We Arabs have been trapped between dictators and their friends in the west, but Tunisians have shown us a way out…

We Libyans are just as hungry for a just and accountable government as our Tunisian brothers and sisters. The lack of resilient institutions will make our task more difficult. However, a worried Gaddafi was the first Arab leader to give an address on television about the events in Tunisia. He obviously disapproves, but also hopes to quell the protests that have started in some Libyan towns and cities.

I am, by instinct, wary of revolutions. The gathering of the masses fills me with trepidation. But seeing the Tunisian crowds in Habib Bourguiba Avenue, the familiar street throbbing like a hot vein, was one of the most glorious things I have seen in all of my 40 years.

In its latest TW News & Prophecy, LCG reported the following:

Arab world erupts!

Your email client may have prevented automatic download of some pictures in this email.The popular uprising in Tunisia–sparked by the flaming suicide of an educated but frustrated young man–that brought down a corrupt and oppressive autocratic regime “may have repercussions far beyond the tiny North African state” (, January 14, 2011). Within days, similar protests and riots broke out in Algeria, Egypt, Jordan and Mauritania (, January 17, 2011).The simmering resentment across the Arab world is the result of years of oppressive government aggravated by the global financial crisis, economic recession, lack of opportunities and now rising food prices. Egypt, with the largest population in the Arab world (80 million), an aging president and an uncertain political succession is, “the most vulnerable in all of North Africa and the Middle East.” Many Arab countries are now looking to Turkey with its Islamistrooted government as the model of the future.

The prophet Daniel predicted that, “At the time of the end” (the end of the age) a “king of the South” (south of Jerusalem) would arise and attack a “king of the North” (Daniel 11:40-43). The countries mentioned in the prophecies that are linked with the king of the South–Egypt, Lybia, Ethiopia–are part of the Arab world. The uprising in Tunisia that is echoing through the region indicates that a “major shift” is underway that coincides with ancient Bible prophecies!

The King of the South will soon rise 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.

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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