What in the world is going on?

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

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.

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4 thoughts on “What in the world is going on?

  1. how strange since waking up today among other things I was contemplating all day about the verse you cite from dan 11:43…though I was not thinking about the egyptian situation, just in general about king of the north and king of the south and how they wil come to join the AC later…somehow it was present with me all day…still don’t know why, but now you post exact the same verse, thanks bro!:)

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  2. Isaiah 19:1-7 (KJV)
    The burden of Egypt. Behold, the Lord rideth upon a swift cloud, and shall come into Egypt: and the idols of Egypt shall be moved at his presence, and the heart of Egypt shall melt in the midst of it. [2] And I will set the Egyptians against the Egyptians: and they shall fight every one against his brother, and every one against his neighbour; city against city, and kingdom against kingdom. [3] And the spirit of Egypt shall fail in the midst thereof; and I will destroy the counsel thereof: and they shall seek to the idols, and to the charmers, and to them that have familiar spirits, and to the wizards. [4] And the Egyptians will I give over into the hand of a cruel lord; and a fierce king shall rule over them, saith the Lord, the Lord of hosts. [5] And the waters shall fail from the sea, and the river shall be wasted and dried up. [6] And they shall turn the rivers far away; and the brooks of defence shall be emptied and dried up: the reeds and flags shall wither. [7] The paper reeds by the brooks, by the mouth of the brooks, and every thing sown by the brooks, shall wither, be driven away, and be no more .

    Isaiah 19
    This chapter is speaking of the original inhabitants of Egypt the black Egyptians.
    That cruel lord is the sons of Ishmael the Arabs.
    As we read more in the chapter the Lord spoke if the answar dam and it’s effect on the Nile.

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  3. Daniel 11:31-33,39-43 (KJV)
    And arms shall stand on his part, and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the daily sacrifice , and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate. [32] And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits . [33] And they that understand among the people shall instruct many: yet they shall fall by the sword, and by flame, by captivity, and by spoil, many days. [39] Thus shall he do in the most strong holds with a strange god, whom he shall acknowledge and increase with glory: and he shall cause them to rule over many, and shall divide the land for gain. [40] And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over. [41] He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many countries shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon. [42] He shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries: and the land of Egypt shall not escape. [43] But he shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt: and the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps.

    Notice in verse 31 the armies put the AOD in the the temple area and temple Matthew 24:15

    This guy is in Jerusalem and as we read the chapter he sets his sights on the surrounding nations. read Revelation 6:6 hurt not the oil and wine this let’s me know along with this chapter that he the AOD will have control over the oil nations. Because of the end time which we read the words in Daniels 11 the Muslim brother hood looks like the force that will go against the AOD and the EU. We read where the EU and the AOD. Keep in mind the AOD has to be reveale for Daniel 11 to happen. What we see today in Egypt and Syria is not yet the final end time prophecy but the preparation of th time and event to come.

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