And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.(Luke 21:25-27)
The earth is utterly broken down, the earth is clean dissolved, the earth is moved exceedingly.The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall be removed like a cottage; and the transgression thereof shall be heavy upon it; and it shall fall, and not rise again.(Isaiah 24:19-20)
Secular leaders in the Muslim world such as The former Shah of Iran, President Mubarek, Syria’s Assad family, Saddam Hussein, and the 80 year succession of secular Turkish leaders, have all served as restraints, holding back the roiling, violent, ultra passionate, easily inflamed and out of control Muslim “street”.
Though people criticize Israel as a brutal police state, oppressing “palestinians”, Arabs are treated far better, and with much more restraint there than they are even in the most ‘benevolent “Arab countries.
Who can forget how King Hussein of Jordan, long considered a moderate Arab leader, even an enlightened one, dealt with the “aspirations” of the “palestinians”, in September of 1970? Twenty thousand Palestinians were slaughtered in a brutal suppresion that eventuated in the expulsion of the PLO and the death and maiming of thousands.
Their methods have been brutal, and they have given the rest of the civilised world much to criticize, but they have held back the forces of savagery. What we are seeing now in Egypt, and is beginning to happen in other parts of the world is the equivalent of the removal of a cork from a heavily shaken Champaign bottle.
Though the protests in Egypt perhaps began by ordinary Facebook and cellphone using citizens of an oppressive police state with a stagnant economy, the Muslim Brotherhood have seized the initiative and are working to use this to their own advantage .
The prospect of and Egypt heavily subsidized and militarily equipped by the USA, falling under the control of the Muslim Brotherhood has Israeli leaders scrambling. The Saudis are in mortal fear also, as are the Yemenis,Jordanians, and Moroccans. One after another, bottles are being shaken and corks are expelling under tremendous pressure.
Like Jimmy Carter before him, the Obama administration seems to be pulling the rug out from underneath our former ally Mubarak. What little pronouncements the administration has made amount to validation of the protestors demands and warning Mubarak not to resort to any violence.
Already hundreds of jailed and imprisoned terrorists have been broken free by the armed mobs roaming Egypt’s cities. The Genie is out of the bottle and there will be no retrieving it.
This is serious. We have seen this scenario before and it never ends well, as far as US interests are concerned. Preaching “human rights” to allies who have the unenviable task of trying to restrain savages looks good to the UN and the New York Times, but it gives the savages the advantage of faux legitimacy.
Biblically speaking, the very phrase Jesus used in Matthew 24, a chapter about the end of the Age and the coming of Jesus, “Nation shall rise against nation and Kingdom against Kingdom”, comes out of Isaiah 19, “the burden of Egypt.”
Revelation six is a vision of the opening of the seven seals, the first four of them being the infamous “four horsemen of the apocalypse”, the second being the red horse, which releases cataclysmic human violence.
And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see. And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.(Revelation 6:3-4)
These seals are the pre-conditions set for the full apocalypse, the revealing to this sinful world the glory, majesty, power and dominion of Jesus Christ the Lord. In order for this to happen, corks have to be removed, and that is what we are seeing happen in the middle east. The restraints are being lifted.
Now is the time to “seek the Lord while He can be found and call upon Him while He is near”. There is a God and He is in these events, working even through the pride, and malice of men His good pleasure. He is a holy God and is coming to “Judge the world in Righteousness”.
He is also a loving God. His holiness insists on judging all that is evil and false with a Holy Hatred and vengeance. His love is for sinners. He must judge sin but he longs to save sinners. How can he reconcile these two aspects of His nature,Love and Holiness?
The cross of Jesus is where God’s Love and Holiness meet together. On the cross Holiness was wrought, for the wrath of God against sin was poured out, but not upon you and I , God took the punishment upon Himself , for “He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities…”. Jesus died for your sin. Come to the Father through faith in Jesus, for “Whosoever shall call upon the Lord shall be saved”.