The future is not too bright if you assess good fortune by a world living in peace. The raging, passionate, expressive Arab world is in upheaval. Anti-Semitism may be the common cause of their sweeping chaotic circumstances.
People have taken to the streets recently in Tunisia, Jordan, Syria, Sudan and Egypt. As well, Lebanon embraced a member of Hezbollah to be their prime minister. These are circumstances primed for change.
The Bible says if you bless Israel, you will be blessed. (Genesis 12: 3) Most political leaders, journalists and even some folks, disregard the Bible, but the prevailing circumstances suggest what the Lord says, He means.
A Pew Research Center survey shows Arab attitudes to Jews: Ninety five percent of Egyptians, 97% of Jordanians and Palestinians and 98% in Lebanon express negativity towards Jews.
Carolyn Glick, a highly popular and accurate commentator said: “What these numbers, and the anti-Semitic behavior of Arabs, show Israelis is that it makes no difference which regime rules where. As long as the Arab peoples hate Jews, there will be no peace between their countries and Israel. No one will be better for Israel than Mubarak. They can only be the same or worse…”
There is very little interest in what God has had to say about these attitudes.
“I will provoke civil strife in Egypt, brothers will fight with each other, as will neighbors, cities and kingdoms. The Egyptians will panic and I will confuse their strategy. They will seek guidance guidance from the idols and from the spirits of the dead, from the pits they conjure up underworld spirits and from the magicians.” (Isaiah 19: 2-3)
Those verses indicate governments can ban prayer in schools, or burn churches, and ban bibles but ignoring or denying the existence of His divine majesty is a system based on futility.
The unrest in the Middle East is more spiritual than political which is why the pronouncements and plans made by politicians fail dismally.
Psalm 83 sums up the Arab intent. The Lord described the situation to His people, Israel. “For behold, Your enemies make an uproar, and those who hate You have exalted themselves. They make shrewd plans against Your people, and conspire together against Your treasured ones. They have said, “Come, and let us wipe them out as a nation, That the name of Israel be remembered no more.” (Psalm 83:2-5)
How weird the world’s leaders ignore the spiritual consequences of their decisions. They blindly lead their nations into the wrath of God.
Mission: The World.
Much of the present unrest is being stirred by strategies designed and implemented by the Moslem Brotherhood, the original mentors of Hamas.
The director of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs and prominent author/analyst Dore Gold once wrote this comment: “There has been a great deal of confusion about the Muslim Brotherhood.In the years after it was founded in 1928, it developed a “secret apparatus” that engaged in political terrorism against Egyptian Copts as well as government officials. In December 1948, the Muslim Brotherhood assassinated Egyptian Prime Minister Mahmoud al-Nuqrashi Pasha. It also sought to kill Egyptian leader Abdul Nasser in October 1954.
“Former Brotherhood Supreme Guide Muhammad Akef declared i2004 his “complete faith that Islam will invade Europe and America.” In 2001, the Muslim Brotherhood’s publication in London, Risalat al-Ikhwan, featured at the top of its cover page the slogan: “Our Mission: World Domination.” This header was changed after 9/11.”
Western governments have been slow to defend their nations from the dangers of Islamism. We have watched England with growing concern but this week Prime Minister David Cameron said “Multi-culturalism has failed!”
He said their hands-off policy had only served to encourage terrorism.
Speaking to a security conference in the German city of Munich, Mr Cameron said that the threat of terrorism must be confronted not only though intelligence and surveillance, but by taking on the ideology of Islamist extremism at home.
“Frankly, we need a lot less of the passive tolerance of recent years and much more active, muscular liberalism,” the Prime Minister said.
In the current turmoil Iran stands to become the big winner. Iran is a Shia Moslem nation. If it is able to gain a foothold into Egypt through the Moslem Brotherhood, Iran will pose a major threat to the Sunni regime in Saudi Arabia. The Saudi royal family must be feeling the strain about now.
In the meantime, Israel remains apparently alone in a sea of inhospitable neighbours. But Israel has a strength and promise that the world desperately needs.
Psalm 46:1-7 “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change and though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea; Though its waters roar and foam, Though the mountains quake at its swelling pride. Selah.
“There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, The holy dwelling places of the Most High. God is in the midst of her, she will not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns. The nations made an uproar, the kingdoms tottered; He braised His voice, the earth melted. The LORD of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our stronghold. Selah.”
The God of Jacob is our stronghold. That statement is true for all of us.
And in the midst of the turbulence in Egypt, it is important to show how the Lord has a plan for peace there too.
Isaiah 19: 22 “The Lord will strike Egypt, striking and then healing them. They will turn to the Lord and he will listen to their prayers and heal them.”
He has the plan that works and we should be actively involved with Him in the solution.