Friday, March 25, 2011

Better Late Than Never

As the saying goes. The New York Times finally catches on to what the rest of the world has known for weeks.

Islamist Group Is Rising Force in a New Egypt

Have they been reading some prophecy websites?

In post-revolutionary Egypt, where hope and confusion collide in the daily struggle to build a new nation, religion has emerged as a powerful political force, following an uprising that was based on secular ideals.

The Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist group once banned by the state, is at the forefront, transformed into a tacit partner with the military government that many fear will thwart fundamental changes.

It is also clear that the young, educated secular activists who initially propelled the nonideological revolution are no longer the driving political force — at least not at the moment.

Yes it is. Its crystal clear.

As the best organized and most extensive opposition movement in Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood was expected to have an edge in the contest for influence. But what surprises many is its link to a military that vilified i

“There is evidence the Brotherhood struck some kind of a deal with the military early on,” said Elijah Zarwan, a senior analyst with the International Crisis Group. “It makes sense if you are the military — you want stability and people off the street. The Brotherhood is one address where you can go to get 100,000 people off the street.”

Of course, later in the article, the NYTimes had to give the perfunctory "moderate" claim to the Brotherhood:

This is not to say that the Brotherhood is intent on establishing an Islamic state.

Yea - right. Perhaps the NYTimes writers missed the numerous quotes from the Muslim Brotherhood leaders stating exactly that. In Arabic of course. Even their own quote admits the shift towards Islam:

He would not comment on whether the Brotherhood had an arrangement with the military, but he said the will of the people to shift toward Islam spoke for itself

And this:

“I worry about going too fast towards elections, that the parties are still weak,” said Nabil Ahmed Helmy, former dean of the Zagazig law school and a member of the National Council for Human Rights. “The only thing left right now is the Muslim Brotherhood. I do think that people are trying to take over the revolution.”

Just as predicted however, we are seeing the Muslim Brotherhood as an emerging force in the region - even more so than before. Much more. At the same time, we are seeing an escalation of tensions around the Gaza border. We all seem to have forgotten Lebanon which is on the brink of being completely dominated by Hezbollah.

It seems that we are watching the build-up to the coalition referenced in Psalm 83 and Isaiah 17 and one has to wonder just how much longer before we see these battles take place. God's perfect timing will ultimately dictate these events, but the rate at which we are seeing events in the Middle East progress towards the prophetic battles is breathtaking.


Anonymous said...

i think the roller coaster ride has started and we are at the top of the first hill. click click click. hold on tight and get ready...its gonna be a crazy ride. if it keeps going like this...why, i think we are going to a really big wedding mighty soon. See you at the reception :-)

Scott said...

Thats a very good point - yes - look me up, I'll be the guy doing cartwheels of pure joy :)