What is Happening to the Arab World?

Right at this moment we are witnessing the turmoil in the Arab world. Civil discontent had toppled the leaders of Tunisia and Egypt. Anti-government protests have spread to many nations in Middle East and North Africa. Right now, aside from Egypt and Tunisia, it has affected the nations of Algeria, Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Syria and Yemen. No one have imagined that this kind of protest can happen in these countries where there was virtually no history of civil protest and have strict control against government criticism in public.

Right now, the center of world attention is on Libya, a country already divided between the government loyalists and the opposition. Here, the West is involved directly in their effort to remove Moamar Gaddafi from power--they are fighting for the opposition. Armed with an authority the United Nation resolution to avert widespread civilian killings by the Libyan loyalists, four nations had joined forces together aimed to topple the Libyan leader, namely, the United States, Great Britain, France and Italy. Some European countries were also involved in minor roles but these four countries  did the most damage to Gaddafi's military machine that immediately shifted the balance of power into the side of the opposition, well, initially. France did the opening salvo flying over Libya in bombing runs against Gaddafi's forces and then followed by cruise missile attacks by the USA and Great Britain to enforce the no-fly zone in the entire Libyan air space. Italy provided the base from which the military planes took off as they are within flying range off Libya. However, after gaining temporary momentum, the United States withdrew her full involvement leaving the burden to enforce the no-fly zone and assisting the rebels to the European forces. Without the needed firepower and support of the USA, the objective of enforcing the UN resolution is more difficult now to achieve. That is why, we are seeing a prolonged civil war and more civilian casualties. We are seeing a failure to achieve that objective and Moamar proved harder to unseat than expected. Is this another miscalculation on the side of the UN and the West? I will not be surprised if again the alliance of the Western nations will fail again to pursue their objectives.

What is Libya and how is she significant in the last days? Libya is as old as Egypt and the rest of the Middle East. She is first mentioned in the Ezekiel 30:5-

Cush and Put, Lydia and all Arabia, Libya and the people of the covenant land will fall by the sword along with Egypt.

However, this is a prophecy that is still to happen in the last days. It is important verse though, since it proves to be a major player in how the world ends. Cush and Put were both sons of Ham, a son of Noah of the great flood. These were the founders of the land of ancient Egypt and surrounding nations including Libya. If we continue with verses 6 to 9, it implies that Egypt is the head or the greatest of these nations mentioned in verse 5 above being the main target of God's fury in the last days. Read Ezek 30:6-9--

"'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.

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

"'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.

In the last days, it is important to consider the whole earth's geography and understand who the real nations of the prophecies are. Egypt always comes out as the biggest player and always pictured in the prophecies as a very powerful nation, a source of strength of many nations. Chapters 1 to 3 of the book "The Omega Days: Unlocking the Prophecies for the Last Days" explains who is the real Egypt in our time which is the United States of America.

In the above prophecies, note that these are happening in the last days when Jesus Christ is destroying the enemies. At that time, the Antichrist is ruling the world and has overpowered the United States. Chapters 4 and 5 explain the rise of the Antichrist to power and proves that the Antichrist will set his throne in New York City. Thus, effectively putting the United States, the modern Egypt under his direct rule (Isaiah 19:4). Let us review the prophecy of Daniel about how the Antichrist defeats Egypt and sparing his allies.

Dan 11:41-43
He [Antichrist] will also invade the Beautiful Land. Many countries will fall, but Edom, Moab and the leaders of Ammon will be delivered from his hand. He will extend his power over many countries; Egypt will not escape. He will gain control of the treasures of gold and silver and all the riches of Egypt, with the Libyans and Nubians in submission.

The Beautiful Land is the land of modern Israel being blessed through the promise to Abraham. They are today, the wealthiest, most powerful and developed nations on earth. They are the countries of Europe (Ephraim, the land of the Ten Lost Tribes) and the United States (land of Manasseh). The passage proves that the modern Egypt is a wealthy country, no longer the old Egypt we know today who is considered an average country. Also in this passage, it identifies the other allies: Edom, Moab, the leaders of Ammon--the traditional enemies of Israel. Along with defeating and gaining the wealth of Egypt, he will force the Libyans and Nubians into submission. Do you notice why the Libyans and the Nubians (ancient allies of Egypt) being grouped with Egypt as an enemy of the Antichrist that will submit to his power? If the Antichrist is to wage war against the world today, he would have considered Libya as an ally, not an enemy. Libya would have supported him against his war against Egypt or USA.

The turmoil in Libya is explaining us today why there should be a change of her global policy as becoming pro-West. This prophecy already tells us in advance about the change of leadership in Libya. The Nubians historically ruled Egypt from 760 BC to 656 BC extending to as far as south of Sudan. Somehow, more countries in the Middle East will become more and more West leaning prior to the rise of the Antichrist. There are also unconfirmed reports that many Muslims have already converted to Christianity. Praise God! What the world is seeing now in the Arab world is a prelude to the rise of the Antichrist. The nations that remained hostile to Israel will be delivered from his hand but those who sided with the West shall all taste his fury. By the time of his global reign, all these nations regardless of their original loyalty shall all eventually honour him to become his followers or allies. But they will also become the enemies of God.

It is also important to remember the nations from Europe who are responsible for toppling Gaddafi from power if that is possible. These are mainly France, Great Britain, Italy and the United States. Mark them out since regardless of the outcome of their campaign against Libya, they will be the countries that will suffer the worst fury of the Antichrist when he starts conquering the world. Those three nations of Europe are symbolized as the three kings in the fourth beast of Daniel whose defeat topples the rest of Europe.

The ten horns are ten kings who will come from this kingdom. After them another king will arise, different from the earlier ones; he will subdue three kings. He will speak against the Most High and oppress his saints and try to change the set times and the laws (Daniel 7:24).

Likewise, all these four nations are also keeping a sign, as the Bible says, a trap for themselves. These are detestable objects of worship of ancient Egyptians. They all keep the Egyptian obelisks in their cities. New York City also keeps an Egyptian obelisk and will become the seat of the Antichrist. Read also "The Obelisks of Ancient Egypt."

However, when the Lord comes, the nations who had sided with the Antichrist (who will then become an Egyptian pharaoh) will all taste the fury of God as mentioned in Ezekiel 30:5-9 given above.

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