It’s been a few days since I’ve posted- so many of the things that we are watching seem to be moving slow motion at the moment, but so much is happening it’s very hard for me to believe that we have very long to wait.
In the news we hear the constant stream of bad economic tidings, Greece is still a shamble and Spain and Italy and now possibly France are teetering on the edge of the economic abyss. The G20 is meeting now and appears to be consumed with the conversation of rescuing the sinking ship of Europe (whose sinking would leave them swamped and sinking as well). Greece had an election over the weekend – and the center-right party won, and claimed to be committed to the terms of the bail-out. What this means yet, I don’t really know.
The biggest news story though this weekend was the election in Egypt. The muslim brotherhood has now succeeded in getting their man elected, though what this really means is also not yet clear. Based on what we saw in the dissolution of their parliament last week, the military leadership is still an independent force to be reckoned with. From what we’ve seen so far – it doesn’t appear that Mursi and his islamist party play well with the largely secular military brass. Right now then Egypt has two competing focuses of power in its political system – the populist muslim brotherhood and the secular military. I don’t see how this could bode well for stability at all. At some point one of these will have to assert itself as dominant over the other. If we see the military leaders appointed to some newly created grand council or supreme leadership body, we’d know they won. If we see the list of names among the top generals in Egypt change rapidly – we’d know that Mursi won. At the moment – I don’t think either is going to happen, what I think is a whole lot more likely is this:
An oracle concerning Egypt.
Behold, the LORD is riding on a swift cloud and comes to Egypt;
and the idols of Egypt will tremble at his presence,and the heart of the Egyptians will melt within them.
And I will stir up Egyptians against Egyptians,and they will fight, each against another
and each against his neighbor,city against city, kingdom against kingdom;
and the spirit of the Egyptians within them will be emptied out, and I will confound their counsel;
and they will inquire of the idols and the sorcerers, and the mediums and the necromancers;
and I will give over the Egyptians into the hand of a hard master,
and a fierce king will rule over them, declares the Lord GOD of hosts.
(Isaiah 19:1-4 ESV)
I don’t think this means the Lord will appear physically over Egypt – I do think that their fighting is going to increase, and they are going to become more fearful and instead of turning to God they will turn to their false gods. Eventually, I think they will come under the authority of the AC when he emerges because of:
He shall become ruler of the treasures of gold and of silver, and all the precious things of Egypt, and the Libyans and the Cushites shall follow in his train.
(Daniel 11:43 ESV)
And at the latter end of their kingdom, when the transgressors have reached their limit, a king of bold face, one who understands riddles, shall arise.
(Daniel 8:23 ESV)
-Bold face being presented as “fierce countenance” in many other translations.
I’m interested in the thoughts of the group here. Vic and I had also been talking about doing a more in depth study of Isaiah 17. With all that’s continuing to go on in Syria it seems like something we should ask the group to approach with fasting and prayer. I am apprehensive to post much more on it than that for now.