The world has just witnessed an 18-day revolution that brought about the stunning collapse of Hosni Mu- barak’s 30-year reign as Egyptian president.
As we wait for the transition of power to occur, it is imperative that we understand that we are observing the hand of God at work as He sets the stage for the final chapter of the end of this age.
Remember that Jesus, after speak- ing about the signs of His coming, gave His disciples the following command: “And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your re- demption draweth nigh.” (Luke 21:28) Jesus declared: “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.” (Revela- tion 22:13) He is the One who be- gins and ends all things. “He is be- fore all things, and by him all things
consist.” (Colossians 1:17) Jesus is the One who is “upholding all things by the word of his power.” (He- brews 1:3) Everything that takes place in this world is directed from heaven “according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will.” (Ephesians 1:11) “And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the in- habitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?” (Daniel 4:35) “And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding.” (Daniel 2:21)
Make no mistake about it! The Lord Jesus is in control of the events that are rushing the nations toward their divine appointment with Him at
Armageddon! In this article, we will examine several chapters in God’s prophetic Word concerning what is unfolding in Egypt and the Middle East at this hour. These develop- ments are very significant. While revealing Egypt’s future, God com- manded Isaiah: “… let them know what the LORD of hosts hath pur- posed upon Egypt.” (Isaiah 19:12) These words have great meaning for us at the end of this age as we watch the hand of God as He sets in motion the circumstances that will accom- plish His divine purposes for His glory. Do not forget that “the testi- mony of Jesus is the spirit of proph- ecy.” (Revelation 19:10) It is all about Him and His glory.
Egypt is mentioned by name 611 times in the Bible. It has played, and will play, a very important role in the plan of God. Egypt developed the world’s first superpower dynasty
under the pharaohs. The Egyptians are very proud of this historical fact. In my tours of Egypt, our Egyptian guides continually reminded us of this fact. And, as in other nations who have shared the global spotlight of being a superpower, like Iraq (formerly the Assyria and Babylo- nian empires), Iran (formerly the Per- sian Empire), and Turkey (formerly the Ottoman Turkish Empire), Egypt dreams of the day when it will be great once again. All of the former empires mentioned above, are cur- rently dominated by Islam. There- fore, their aspirations of global con- trol are intertwined with their Islamic doctrine and passion to conquer the world for their god, Allah.
The Lord used Egypt to create His chosen nation, Israel. In the days of Jacob, 70 people entered into Egypt due to a time of famine. After the Jewish people endured more than 400 years of hardship and slavery, Egypt suffered 10 plagues from the hand of God. (Exodus 7-11), and consequently, the Jewish nation emerged with over 1 million people in the days of Moses. In an amazing prophecy, God revealed to Abraham all of this in Genesis 15:12-18. Please note that each of these critical developments in Egypt began with a time of crisis.
Throughout the Scriptures, Egypt has been a thorn in the flesh to Israel. This pagan nation of idol worship- pers, deeply immersed in the occult, has demonstrated many times their fear and hatred of the Jewish people.
Today, Egypt is home to 85 million people, most of them being Muslims. Egypt is the most populous and pres- tigious of all the Islamic nations in the Middle East, retaining a grandfa- ther type of image due to her ancient history and influence as a former world power. From Israel’s very beginning in the 20th century, Egypt led the Arab nations’ attack against the Jewish occupation of the land of Israel. From 1948 to 1973, Egypt was at the front of the pan-Arab wars against the state of Israel. Then, in 1978, Egyptian President Anwar Sa- dat signed the Camp David Peace Accords with Israel’s prime minister, Menachem Begin, marking the be- ginning of a very cold peace between these two countries.
President Sadat’s peace agreement with Israel was not popular in the Arab-Islamic world, and his own people were among the disenchanted. Throughout the history of Islam, since its beginning 14 centuries ago with Mohammed, the Muslims have hated the Jewish people, and waged war against them. This hatred for the divinely chosen descendants of Abraham traces its roots back to the forefather of the Arab-Islamic world, Ishmael. (Genesis 16, 21) Those who have traced the roots of this ha- tred throughout Biblical history and prophecy know that this hatred is inspired from hell. (Revelation 12) Therefore, no Arab or American leader can expect Muslims to some- how turn off their hate button when it comes to Israel. It is woven into the very fiber of their souls, education, media, homes, mosques, and the leg- islative bodies of their governments. In this age there can be no lasting peace between Arabs and Jews. This is a matter of the heart, not better legislation, education, or empty peace treaties. According to the Scriptures, there will be no peace between these two people groups until the Prince of Peace comes to establish His kingdom of peace for 1,000 years. (Isaiah 2:1-4)
Immediately after the peace agreement between Egypt and Israel was signed, the Iranian Revolution took place in 1979. The Islamic backlash against the Egyptian peace agreement enraged the radical Is- lamic elements that found their ex-pression in the Iranian Revolution. This was the beginning of the mod- ern Islamic revival that has continued to this present time. Consequently, in 1981 Sadat was assassinated by the Muslim Brotherhood in his own country. As a result, one of Sadat’s military leaders, Hosni Mubarak, became the president of Egypt.
Mubarak continued the policies im- plemented by Sadat. He imprisoned many of the leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood who were responsible for Sadat’s assassination. In the last 30 years, Mubarak has made life very difficult for the Egyptian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood. Over the course of time, Mubarak accepted U.S. financial aid and military assis- tance, leaving the appearance in the Arab-Islamic world that he was merely a puppet of the infidels in the West, especially the U.S.
Power and money is known to cor- rupt the world’s political leaders, and Mubarak was no exception. The cor- ruption in his regime has been evi- dent throughout his tenure. It is now reported that Mubarak is one of the richest people in the world. His per- sonal wealth is estimated from $2 billion to $70 billion. Everyone knows where he got his money. Much of it came from the coffers of the American taxpayers in the form of incredible annual gifts of foreign aid to Egypt, with much of this going directly into Mubarak’s personal bank accounts. In recent days, many stories of the brutality of his regime against his own people have come to light.
Like in so many Arab-Islamic countries, there is a great rift be- tween those living in luxury and those existing in utter poverty. I have been to Egypt several times, and my heart has been deeply moved by the poverty of the Egyptian peo- ple. In one instance, I saw a Muslim woman holding a new-born on a street corner in Cairo, begging for money. When we spoke to our Egyp- tian guide about this, we were in- formed that many mothers rent their new-born babies to be used by others to beg for money on the street be- cause they realize that it will gener- ate more income. In another situa- tion, my tour group enjoyed a McDonald’s burger in Cairo. (We could see the pyramids of Giza from the window of the store.) After we ordered our lunch and sat down to eat, we noticed a little boy, probably about 8 or 9 years old. After each person would finish his meal, he would run to their table to collect their trash, and to wipe off their table with a moist towel. Some people were handing him a few coins. Our hearts were moved. I noticed that as our people left they handed him a dollar or two. After about half of our group had left, I saw the most pre- cious smile come across the face of this little boy. I believe that he knew that when he went home that night with the money from our group he would have made more than this mother and father for that day! The- se personal experiences simply illus- trate the desperate plight of many of the Egyptian people. Statistics indi- cate that about half of Egypt’s 85 million live on less than $4 per day!
The sanitary conditions even in Cairo, home to 17 million people, are so bad that tourists are forced to ex- clusively drink only bottled water. You cannot even rinse your tooth- brush with water from the sink of your first-class hotel! We are told that we cannot eat any food that has not been cooked. We cannot eat sal- ads or fruit – no tomato or lettuce on our burger at McDonalds.
While most Egyptians live in utter poverty and deplorable conditions by American standards, their diet is also extremely limited. Millions of Egyp- tians have only bread to eat. Our
guide told us that for these people, a small bowl of rice is considered a delicacy! Think about that!
For many decades, the Egyptian government has subsidized the price of government bread, which people stand in line for hours to purchase. It is reported that most Egyptians spend about 40 percent of their income on food. Remember that they make on- ly $4 per day. Most Americans have been blessed all of their lives with cheap food. Americans spend an average of about 13 percent of their income on food.
The price of wheat on the world market has doubled since last June. That might not mean much to Amer- icans, but it has been devastating to the poor in Egypt! Consequently, millions of hungry and frustrated Egyptians crowded the streets of Cai- ro demanding that President Muba- rak step down. They were fed-up with his corrupt regime and want a better way of life.
While all of this has been festering for 30 years, another very significant development has been taking place in Egypt and in the rest the Islamic world. Since the Iranian Revolution in 1979, and the overthrow of the Shah (a moderate, corrupt Muslim leader that was a friend of the West), a powerful, surging Islamic revival is changing the way people think and live. Many Muslims in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Syr- ia, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen believe that it is time for their mod- erate Western-thinking, corrupt lead- ers to step down. They believe that Islam has the answers, and they are looking back to the past glory days when they controlled the world with the Caliphate and the law of the Ko- ran.
The election of Hamas in Gaza a few years ago demonstrates this real- ity. After Israel forcefully evacuated the Jewish communities that had
been living in that area for over 30 years, the United States demanded that a democratic election take place in Gaza. Hamas, a radical funda- mental terrorist group was allowed to run against Fatah, the political party of Yasser Arafat that was in control of the West Bank authority. Fatah was known to be a weak and corrupt political party that was selfishly squandering the tens of millions of dollars that were given by the nations of the world to help develop a Pales- tinian state. It was a well known fact that when Yasser Arafat died, his net worth was over $1 billion. During the election process, Hamas prom- ised to meet the physical needs of the people and to implement sharia law, the law of the Koran. The West was stunned when Hamas won the elec- tion. Their attempt to establish a moderate Islamic democracy, friend- ly to Israel and the West, had failed. Since their victory, Hamas has con- tinued to wage war against Israel, with the support of Iran.
Israel fears that we are about to see a repeat of this in Egypt. With the spiritual, moral, educational, indus- trial, and economic decline of the West, the Moslems in the Middle East believe that they are riding a wave of victory that will give them control over the entire region, and eventually the world. It was this same kind of reasoning that con- vinced Turkey a few years ago to leave its moderate association with the West and begin casting its lot with the radical Islamic elements in the Middle East, and along with Rus- sia, to ride the momentum that will lead them to rule the West and de- stroy Israel.
In a recent article, Israeli Ari Shavit commented: “The old order of the Middle East is crumbling. … the 2011 revolution in the square is bringing down the Arab tyrants who were dependent upon the United States. … The Arab liberation revo- lution will fundamentally change the Middle East. The acceleration of the West’s decline will change the world.” (www.haaretz.com, February 3, 2011)
Israel has enjoyed the friendship and protection of the U.S. since her beginning in 1948. As the U.S. be- comes weaker and loses its power in the Middle East, it will make Israel more vulnerable to her enemies. Is- rael’s enemies are becoming some of the new superpowers in the East. These emerging superpowers are Russia, Iran, Turkey, and those who are joining the Arab revolution at this hour! Israel fears that Egypt will join the Russia/Iran pact in the Mid- dle East. Should Egypt follow her Sunni Islamic brothers in Lebanon, Syria, and Gaza, by forming an alli- ance with Russia and Iran against Israel, it will definitely change Is- rael’s defense posture. Israel would be facing a very capable military foe that has been supplied and trained by the United States.
The rejection of moderate Islamic leaders like Mubarak in the Middle East will accelerate the decline of the West. Modern history demonstrates that perceived weakness emboldens aggressive Islamic jihad and expan- sion. It could even bring about a more sudden economic collapse of the West because of the great oil de- posits in the Middle East, Russia, and South America, especially if the revolution spreads to Saudi Arabia. Should we wake up some morning to discover that Saudi Arabia is facing a similar revolution, we can expect a spike in the price of oil that could be the proverbial economic straw that collapses our already weakened economy in the West.
Many believe that it is Iran’s game plan to destroy the West by control- ling the strategic oil fields of the Middle East. It is worth noting that
Egypt only produces about 700,000 barrels of oil per day. In addition to this, over 4 million barrels of oil a day pass through the Suez Canal and the pipelines in Egypt. Should Iran gain control of these strategic loca- tions, plus take over the oil tankers’ shipping lanes in the Persian Gulf and Red Sea, it would spell trouble for the West and the entire world. It is believed that Iran is working through radical Islamic elements to seize power in Yemen so it can con- trol the Red Sea access to the Suez Canal.
When one looks at the map of the Middle East and examines the cur- rent developments, it does appear that the Iranian Islamic revival is spreading throughout the region. Eventually, nations under the um- brella of Iran, and Turkey’s influ- ence, along with Russian aid, will circle both Israel and Saudi Arabia. (see Ezekiel 38-39) These radical Islamic leaders want to control the spiritual center of their religion and the world’s largest oil resources. This will mean that the West is at the economic mercy of these radical re- gimes. Their ultimate objective is the destruction of the U.S. and Israel.
As all of this has developed, it is alarming to see the reaction of the Obama administration in Washing- ton. The U.S. president has not acted in a way so as to protect our friend and ally, Israel. As President Obama supported the replacement of Muba- rak, he made it known that the future democratic government of Egypt should represent all of the people, including the Muslim Brotherhood. Such statements indicate that Presi- dent Obama would welcome a new form of government that will openly embrace sharia law. All of this seems to be setting the stage for the fulfillment of prophecy in Isaiah 19.
This chapter ends with prophecies that reveal Egypt’s future in the
Tribulation Period and the Kingdom. It highlights Egypt’s future divine judgment and ultimate salvation.
Isaiah 19 and Ezekiel 29 clearly declare that Egypt is in the hand of God, and must suffer for opposing God by hating His chosen people – Israel. Isaiah 19 repeatedly points to the divine hand of God in His venge- ance against Egypt. (verses 1-4, 12, 14, 16-17) Isaiah declared that the destruction of Egypt, from a human viewpoint, will be the result of “cru- el” and “fierce …fools” that the Lord will allow to rule over them. (verses 4, 11, 13) All of this judg- ment will fall upon Egypt because “the LORD hath mingled a perverse [distorting] spirit in the midst there- of.” (verse 14, compare with verse 3)
The results of Egypt’s rebellion against God will bring chaos and anarchy (verse 2), drought that will produce serious famine and ultimate dispersion of the population during the Tribulation Period (verses 5-10, compare Isaiah 11:15 and Ezekiel 29:9-12), unemployment (verse 15), and a cruel leadership. (verse 4)
While we cannot be sure about the timing of all of this, it does appear that we are beginning to see the in- troduction of this end-time series of developments for Egypt in the last days.
Israel Today, reports that a reliable “Christian source in Cairo (whose name is being withheld for his own safety)” has indicated that the 18-day revolution began as a grass-roots up- rising by the common people of Egypt. (www.israeltoday.co.il, Feb- ruary 6, 2011) However, after the first few days, this source is con- vinced that the revolution was being driven by forces outside of Egypt. Not only did the Muslim Brother- hood get involved, but this source noted that the original protestors were “slowly replaced by other highly organized groups that all carry the same model of cell phones and have the same blankets. There are even reports that these groups may not be Egyptians at all, with some eye wit- nesses saying they clearly do not speak Arabic with an Egyptian ac- cent or in the local dialect. This is typical of the Muslim Brotherhood, and everybody on the streets of Cairo knows this. We heard people on the streets saying that the plot to take over the country is now clear.” (www.Israeltoday.co.il, February 6, 2011) Indeed, we may now be wit- nessing the fulfillment of Isaiah 19.
The West has been hoodwinked into believing that the Muslim Brotherhood is a non-violent reli- gious force for good in the Islamic world. President Obama has a work- ing relationship with several U.S.- based Islamic organizations, one of which is the Islamic Brotherhood. These groups have the shared goal of transforming countries into Muslim nations.
All of this is eerily reminiscent of the foolishness of the Carter admini- stration, which encouraged the over- throw of the Shah of Iran in 1979 and the adoption of a western-style of democracy. The result was the crea- tion of a very dangerous, radical rev- olution that has created the most treacherous threat to world peace and stability under the radical religious leadership of Iran.
The Muslim Brotherhood was cre- ated in 1928 to oppose the immigra- tion of Jews to Israel and to restore Islamic rule over the world, which ended when the Ottoman Turkish Empire collapse after World War I. Their goals have not changed. Mu- hammad Ghannem, a leading mem- ber of the Muslim Brotherhood, re- cently said, “After President Muba- rak steps down and a provisional government is formed, there is a need to dissolve the present peace
treaty with Israel …the Egyptian people [should] prepare for war against Israel …the Suez Canal should be closed immediately, and the flow of gas from Egypt to Israel should cease.” (E-mail from Jerusa- lem Connection Report, February 3, 2011) In September 2010, Mu- hammad Badie, the supreme leader of the Muslim Brotherhood said: “The improvement and change that the [Muslim] nation seeks can only be attained through jihad and sacri- fice and by raising a jihad generation that purses death, just as the enemies pursue life.” (Newsmax, February 3, 2011)
To demonstrate how dangerous the Muslim Brotherhood is, please note that it was the leader of this group in Kuwait who masterminded the 9/11 attacks against the U.S. This group has also birthed such terrorist groups as al-Qaida and Hamas.
The chaos during this interim pe- riod when the military is in control of Egypt has begun. “There is also growing concern that amidst the cha- os, Egypt will lose control of the Si- nai Peninsula, which will become a new terrorist breeding ground. Al- ready there are reports that Egyptian police forces are abandoning posi- tions that are coming under attack by local Sinai Bedouins. There is real concern that if the Egyptians don’t get the Sinai back under their con- trol, it could develop into a major threat to Israel.” (www.israeltoday. February 13, 2011)
However, according to the One who has Egypt in His hand, the last chap- ter for Egypt will bring severe judg- ment, leading to divine salvation. During the Tribulation Period, Egypt will suffer a major drought that will cause the Nile River and Suez Canal to dry up. (Ezekiel 29:8-12; compare Isaiah 11:15 and Isaiah 19:5-10) Please notice that Isaiah 19:16 de- clares: “In that day shall Egypt be
like unto women: and it shall be afraid and fear because of the shak- ing of the hand of the LORD of hosts, which he shaketh over it.” If we are to take this literally, it would indicate that Egypt will suffer a major earth- quake during the Tribulation that will destroy the Suez Canal and cause the Nile River to dry up. This will bring about the dispersion of the Egyptian people to the nations of the world for 40 years, a period of time that will extend into the Millennial Kingdom. (Ezekiel 29:13-16)
Prior to this time of great devasta- tion, the Egyptians will be visited by a great messenger from the Lord and a remnant will hear and receive the Word of God and be saved. (Isaiah 19:19-22) While we cannot be dog- matic about this, it would appear that one or several of the 144,000 Jewish international evangelists, mentioned in Revelation 7, will be assigned to Egypt. Please notice that the re- deemed martyrs mentioned in Reve- lation 7:9-17 are from “all nations.” (Revelation 7:9) Apparently, this change of heart on the part of Egypt will have some bearing on their re- jection of the Antichrist and his forc- es, mentioned in Daniel 11:40-45 as “the king of the south.”
Finally, after Egypt’s 40 years of dispersion at some point during the kingdom, the Lord will restore Egypt and this great nation will share the honor of God with Israel and North- ern Iraq during His kingdom. (Isaiah 19:23-25; 35:8-10).
Isaiah wrote about a highway dur- ing the kingdom that will connect Egypt, Israel, and Assyria with each other. This highway will be called “The way of holiness.” (Isaiah 35:8) Its main purpose will be for the transportation of those who must go up to Jerusalem to worship the King. (Zechariah 14:16-21)
There is a day of great honor com- ing for Egypt and her people. “In that day shall Israel be the third with Egypt and with Assyria, even a bless- ing in the midst of the land: Whom the LORD of hosts shall bless, say- ing, Blessed be Egypt my people, and Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel mine inheritance.” (Isaiah 19:24-25)
This is an awesome testimony to God’s amazing grace! Egypt has been the great antagonist of Israel for over 3,500 years. Assyria in the days of the Old Testament was the ruth- less oppressor of Israel. The fact that the Antichrist is called “the Assyr- ian” in Isaiah 14:25 indicates that he will come from northern Iraq and rule the world from Babylon. (Isaiah 14:4)
My friend, if you are not saved, the Lord Jesus wants to extend to you today His amazing grace and save your soul. His salvation is a gift of God’s grace. “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9) Why don’t you turn from your sin and give Christ your life. Call upon Him today and ask Him to save you. (Romans 10:9-13) Please let me
warn you that your time is running out. Jesus is coming for His church, and you do not want to be left behind for one of the most dangerous and deceptive periods of time this world has ever experienced. (Matthew 24:21-22)
Are we watching the beginning of the powerful, radical Islamic alliance that will surround Israel and Saudi Arabia? Isn’t it interesting that the prophet Ezekiel said that “Sheba and Dedan” (Ezekiel 38:13) will ques- tion an Islamic group that is about to invade Israel (which names Russia, Iran, Turkey, Ethiopia/Sudan, and Libya). (Ezekiel 38:1-6) Sheba and Dedan were the ancient area known today as Saudi Arabia. In other words, when this invasion of Israel takes place it will involve many other nations described as “all thy com- pany” (verse 7), “all thy bands, and many people with thee” (verse 9), and “a mighty army.” (verse 15) But, according to Ezekiel 38:13, it will not include Saudi Arabia.
Are we watching the final alliance of an Islamic superpower that will dominate the world during the Tribu- lation Period and crush the world with their caliphate, the Antichrist?
(Daniel 7:23, Isaiah 14:15-23) As believers in Jesus Christ we have much work to do and there needs to be a sense of urgency to get this mes- sage out to as many as possible with the little time we have left.
We should rejoice in the precious promise that the Lord will keep us from “the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.” (Revelation 3:10) However, what about those around us that will be left behind? How can we remain silent? Do we see the hand of God in Egypt and in our world setting the stage for the end-time events?
Finally, we must be in prayer for our dear brothers and sisters in Christ in Egypt and throughout the Islamic world. Many are being tortured and killed for the cause of Christ every day. Also, for the glory of our Lord, let us pray for the peace of Jerusa- lem. “Pray for the peace of Jerusa- lem: they shall prosper that love thee.” (Psalm 122:6)
In light of what our administration is doing at this hour, “May God have mercy upon America!”
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