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Are the Psalms only a book of charming poetry? Psalm 83 of the Bible is an end-time prophecy of Germany allying with several moderate Arab nations. It shows that these nations are about to get control of the Middle East! What they do after that is going to be the ultimate shock to America, Britain and the Jewish nation.Who is the biblical prophesied King of the South and King of the North?
History teaches us some powerful lessons—if we are willing to learn. For example, history teaches us that America and its allies cannot win their war against terrorism. We can learn some essential lessons about our future through history.
History is a wonderful teacher. So we’ll start there. Then we can move on to a far greater teacher of why we can’t conquer terrorism.
After the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on America, the U.S. targeted Afghanistan, then Iraq. Both of these campaigns absorbed an enormous amount of America’s resources in its “war on terror.” But where did all of this world terrorism begin? Iraq and Afghanistan may be dangerous parts of the equation, but they are not the head of the terrorist snake.
We must go back in history to see terrorism’s roots. It’s not enough to destroy the branches. We must pull the terrorist tree up by the roots. It’s the only way to win this war.
When Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi led Iran, he was a strong ally of America. But our liberal press and politicians thought he was too undemocratic, so they helped drive him from power. As he was falling, America gave him little or no support.
Then, in 1979, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini overthrew the shah. Khomeini established Iran as the world’s number one state sponsor of terrorism. Ten years later, shortly after Khomeini died, Hashemi Rafsanjani became president and intensified Iran’s international network of terrorism. It was only then that some observers began to see what a terrible mistake liberals had made in assisting the shah’s downfall.
Back in 1994, then Secretary of State Warren Christopher called Iran “the world’s most significant state sponsor of terrorism.” How pathetic to make such a statement and do nothing about it! Just how much of a superpower is America? America has known for years who “the world’s most significant state sponsor of terrorism” is. But it lacks the will to deal with Iran—to hold Iran accountable for its terrorist acts of war!
In the 1990s, state-sponsored terrorism became deeply entrenched in Iran, and America’s leaders did almost nothing to combat it. And the U.S. “superpower” allows Iran to continue sponsoring violent terrorism to this day!
More than any other nation (apart from Iran itself), America is responsible for the overthrow of the shah and the ushering in of Ayatollah Khomeini. Our weakness could prove to be the biggest foreign-policy disaster of the 20th century!
How did it all happen?
We must understand how this relates to the present situation in Iraq. History shows how Islamic extremism can dramatically change the politics within a country, and it gives us an indication of the kind of power Iran could be very close to achieving.
Let’s look at Egypt, where Islamic extremism—which spawns terrorism—is gaining power at a frightening pace. There, oneassassination turned the course ofthe entire middle east!
A few years before the fall of the shah of Iran, Egyptian Presdient Anwar Sadat was the warrior leader of Egypt and the Middle East. For example, he was the key leader of the Arab world in the Yom Kippur War against the Jews.
But then the world was shocked—especially the Arab world. About the time Iran’s shah fell, Sadat was becoming an astounding Middle East peacemaker. He enraged the Arab radicals by speaking at the Jewish Knesset (their parliament). One man was literally swinging the Middle East toward peace with the West.
But Sadat was working against the tide of radical Islam.
It is interesting that the late Herbert W. Armstrong visited with two Egyptian presidents: Sadat and Hosni Mubarak. He gave both men a strong warning that we were not going to have peace until Allah, or God, gave it to us!
In 1981, Mike Wallace of the television program 60 Minutesinterviewed Ayatollah Khomeini (who had come to power only two years before). He told the ayatollah that Sadat had called him a “lunatic.”
Almost immediately afterward, within just days, President Sadat was assassinated!
That is the kind of power the leader of radical Islam has! America and the world allowed this evil power to change history. Now terrorism is rampant around the world! America didn’t have the will to stop such state-sponsored madness when it would have been relatively easy to do so.
When the Sadat assassination occurred, Mr. Armstrong said it was a turning point in Middle East history! And that was almost an understatement. But virtually nobody in the media saw—or they refused to see—what a world-changing event that was!
Iran’s terrorist network was working frighteningly well.
President Sadat was in the process of changing the Middle East for the good of the world. He took a stand against many of his own people and the Arab world to make peace with Israel. He proved to be a truly great man by putting the interests of the world and Egypt above his personal safety. If the leaders of the U.S. and Britain had shown his courage, they would have dealt with Iran then. Because of U.S. weakness, the Middle East began to look to the king of terror for leadership. It all happened because of American, British and Israeli weakness.
Islamic radicals are very effective in assassinating top leaders. They probably also assassinated the speaker of Egypt’s parliament, Rifaat al-Mahgoub (the country’s second-ranking official at the time), in 1990. Gunmen on motorcycles sprayed his chauffeured sedan with automatic rifle fire. Radicals likely were also behind the killing of Algerian President Mohammed Boudiaf in 1992. Radical forces aimed at bringing down what was the moderate, pro-Western government of Lebanon assassinated Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in 2005 in a car bomb, beginning a series of assassinations of prominent anti-Syrian Lebanese figures. In 2008, Lebanon’s governing coalition capitulated and a new government favoring Hezbollah was formed. In January 2011, Hezbollah ousted Lebanon’s U.S.-backed Prime Minister Saad Hariri in a “soft coup,” putting its own candidate in place. These are just a few examples of how Islamic extremism can influence Mideast politics.
2011, Hezbollah ousted Lebanon’s U.S.-backed Prime Minister Saad Hariri in a “soft coup,” putting its own candidate in place. These are just a few examples of how Islamic extremism can influence Mideast politics.
In 2011, a gigantic change in Egyptian politics occurred, similar to what happened in Iran’s 1979 Revolution.
For 30 years, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak had resisted the radicals and was a friend to Israel and the U.S., following the policy of his predecessor Anwar Sadat. Mubarak resisted the radical Muslims in their violence toward Israel and other nations. He was a powerful ally in helping America, Britain and Israel in their war against terror. He fought against Iran getting the nuclear bomb. And President Mubarak exerted the power needed inside Egypt to control his strongest opponent, the violent Muslim Brotherhood. Still our leaders seemed to have no real concept of what he had to deal with every day. When demonstrations exploded in Cairo in January 2011, President Barack Obama made it clear he sided with the anti-Mubarak protesters on the street. In spite of Mubarak’s positive fruits, the U.S. administration set out to humiliate him publicly from the beginning of the massive demonstrations in Egypt! America utterly betrayed a friend of 30 years. The result? America’s influence in the Middle East has plummeted to near zero! Just weeks later, Mubarak was ousted, the nation’s government became destabilized, and Iran began moving in.
Daniel 11:42 implies that Egypt will be allied with the king of the south, or Iran. This prophecy indicates there will be a far-reaching change in Egyptian politics! We had been saying since 1994 this would occur, and look at Egypt today. The nation’s foreign policy and political orientation is visibly changing in a way that threatens to transform the region.
Even in 2007, the relationship between Iran and Egypt had started warming up considerably, with the two countries edging toward restoring full diplomatic relations with each other. In January 2008, Mubarak held talks with Iran’s parliament speaker, the first such high-level meeting in almost 30 years. The fact that Mubarak himself held this meeting indicated how much pressure he was under from pro-Iranian forces within his country. After his departure, those pro-Iranian forces took control. Although that control was subsequently wrested from them, Bible prophecy shows this is temporary. Through these events, the pro-Iranian forces galvanized Egypt’s hard-liners and showed the world that they are a force capable of ruling Egypt.
Before Mubarak left office, he issued this warning: “They may be talking about democracy, but the result will be extremism and radical Islam.” Yes, indeed; that is what we saw! The extremist Muslim Brotherhood, the largest and most well-organized political organization in Egypt, took control of the country. One of its leaders, Mohamed Morsi, then became president.
In 2011, the New York Times wrote, “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 non-ideological revolution are no longer the driving political force …. [W]hat surprises many is [the Muslim Brotherhood’s] link to the military that vilified it. …
“‘There is evidence the Brotherhood struck some kind of a deal with the military early on,’ said Elijah Zarwin, 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.’ …
“The question at the time was whether the Brotherhood would move to take charge with a superior organizational structure. It now appears that it has” (March 24, 2011).
The Muslim Brotherhood took charge because it’s so organized and so heavily supported by Iran! Are we blind to what Iran is able to do with its power behind the scenes as it empowers these other groups? This is almost step by step exactly the way it happened in Iran in 1979.
Many people in the West hope to see Egypt transform into a picture of democracy and peace. But what do the Egyptian people want? A major survey by the Pew Research Center in 2010 showed that the people of Egypt have no interest in Western-style democracy. Theyactually want strict Islamic rule.
Look at these results from the Pew poll:
Fully 85 percent of Muslims in Egypt want a strong Islamic influence in the nation’s politics.
Nearly the same number say those who leave the Muslim faith should be killed for it.
Eighty-two percent support stoning adulterers, and 77 percent think thieves should have their hands cut off.
Well over half would support segregating women from men in the workplace.
Fifty-four percent believe suicide bombings that murder civilians can be justified.
Nearly half have a “favorable view” of the terrorist group Hamas, and 3 in 10 are positive toward Hezbollah. One fifth of Egyptians even hold positive views of al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden.
Among the 18 Muslim nations Pew surveyed, Egypt had the highest unfavorable rating toward America: 82 percent of Egyptians dislike the U.S.
A powerful Mubarak was able tocontrol or contain the moreextreme views of his own people.But that dam was broken when heresigned.
Even though President Morsi was ousted in a coup d’état by Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in July 2013, the Muslim Brotherhood still enjoys tremendous support in Egypt. Sisi’s coup was successful primarily because Egyptians were disgruntled by the Muslim Brotherhood’s economic policies—not necessarily its Islamist ideology. Under Sisi, Egypt’s economic fortunes have not improved; in some areas like tourism, they have worsened.
Many in Israel and the West have underestimated the influence of the Muslim Brotherhood and the popular support for anti-Israel policies. Muslim movements organized by the Muslim Brotherhood are receiving a surge of support throughout Egypt. Sisi’s coup notwithstanding, no new leader could ever get the power to resist such strong beliefs of the Egyptian people. This all plays into the hands of Iran and its strong ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.
The Muslim Brotherhood’s rule under Morsi exploited the pro-Iranian sentiment on the street and boosted its momentum. Morsi’s government quickly made efforts to restore diplomatic ties with Iran. In March 2011, Egypt announced it wanted to “open a new page” with Iran. Tehran responded by appointing an ambassador to Egypt for the first time since the two nations halted diplomatic relations in 1978. The Egyptian government also reached out to Hamas, an Iran-backed Palestinian Islamist organization Cairo had previously shunned.
This prophecy in Daniel 11:42 is moving toward fulfillment right before our eyes in this end time, and it is mainly because of Iran’s “push” toward radical Islam. But that pushy foreign policy will lead to its downfall in a way that most people cannot imagine!
The two nations of Libya andEthiopia are mentioned in Daniel 11:43, along with Egypt. These twonations are the key that unlocksthe strategy of radical Islam.That strategy is going to shake theU.S. and Europe to theirfoundations!
“But he [the king of the north] shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt: and theLibyans and the Ethiopians shallbe at his steps” (Daniel 11:43). Why did God inspire the mentioning of Libya and Ethiopia? Every word in God’s inspired Bible has significance. God placed two nations in the same verse as Egypt for a definite reason. This versestates that Libya and Ethiopia arealso going to be closely allied withIran!
Here is how the Soncino Commentary defines at his steps:“Either joining his army or placing themselves at his beck and call.”
The Gesenius’ Hebrew-Chaldee Lexicon defines that expression as “in his company.”
The Moffatt translation reads this way: “following in his train.”
So you need to watch Libya andEthiopia. They are about to fallunder the heavy influence orcontrol of Iran, the king of thesouth. That is why they are subdued in the king of the north victory.
Why would Iran be so interested in getting some measure of control over Libya and Ethiopia? To me, the answer is intriguing.
All you need to do is get a good map of the Middle East, with the emphasis on the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea. Then you can see why the king of the south, or radical Islam, is so interested in an alliance with or control over these two countries (as well as Egypt and Tunisia). They are on the two seas that comprise the most important trade route in the world!
Whoever heavily influences or controls Ethiopia will undoubtedly also control the small areas of Eritrea and Djibouti on the Red Sea coastline. These areas only recently became independent of Ethiopia. Also, I believe the Bible view is that these small areas are included as a part of Ethiopia.
Controlling the Suez Canal is not enough. Egypt tried that in 1956, when Britain, France and Israel kicked it out in one attack. But what if you have radical Islamic nations along this sea trade route with real airpower—including missiles?
That could give Iran virtual control of the trade through those seas. Radical Islam could stop the flow of essential oil to the U.S. and Europe!
Iran could also potentially get control of Jerusalem, its third-holiest site. I believe Jerusalem is more important to Iran than the oil is. The Islamic people have fought the Catholic Crusades for about 1,500 years over control of Jerusalem. Bible prophecy says one final crusade is about to erupt.
Iran conquering Jerusalem wouldsuddenly galvanize the wholeIslamic world! It would spreadradical Muslim influence to manycountries outside the Middle East. It could lead to dangerous rioting and terror in Europe, Asia and even America.
The soon-coming Holy Roman Empire—a superpower with 10 kings, dominated by Catholicism and led by the most deceptive and aggressive Germany ever—realizes that Arab fervor could spread like wildfire. Many Catholics consider Jerusalem their most important religious site.
If Iran gets control of that trade route, it could create enormous damage and chaos in America and Europe almost overnight. Germany and the Vatican, the heart of the Holy Roman Empire, are not going to allow the king of the south to get control of Jerusalem and the world’s number one trade route!
I did a Key of David television program on January 27, 2011, where I asked viewers to watch Libya and Ethiopia because of the new understanding I had received. There was almost nothing in the news about Libya at that time. The nation seemed stable.
Less than one month later, a civil war began. Libyan dictator Muammar Qadhafi was deposed and murdered later that year. The North African nation has been extremely chaotic ever since. It has experienced multiple terrorist attacks, violent mass demonstrations, loose arms on the streets, assassinations, abductions of politicians and their relatives, chaotic elections and sackings and resignations of high-ranking government officials. On September 11, 2012, terrorists in lawless Benghazi in northern Libya assassinated U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens.
You need to continue to watch for Libya and Ethiopia to make a severe and rapid turn into the radical Islamic camp.
The king of the south is going topush at the king of the north, probably from its trade route power. That push will be a dramatic act of war! The Holy Roman Empire will respond with an all-out whirlwind attack—and Iran and radical Islam will fall immediately.
Arab-Iranian control over the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea could be the real reason the U.S. is not involved in this Mideast war in Daniel 11. Our economy is shaky, the dollar is extremely weak, and Iran could threaten or even cut off all our oil and wreck the U.S. economy to keep America out of the war.
The prophecy about Libya andEthiopia unlocks Iran’s militarystrategy! We wrote over 20 years ago about Iran’s global ambitions. They have only intensified since that time.
A Stratfor intelligence brief dated August 22, 2003, explained that in May of that year, following what was seen as a decisive allied military victory in Iraq, the surrounding countries, including Saudi Arabia, Syria and Iran, saw the U.S. as the “ascendant power in the region” and recognized the need to accommodate U.S. demands. However, as events on the ground changed and stability in Iraq deteriorated, these nations began to see things differently. The U.S. was no longer seen as the ascendant force—it was seen as weak and needing help. This change had the most impact on Iran, which strongly influences the Shiites in Iraq.
Stratfor stated, “[I]f the Iranians start to believe that the situation in the region is out of control from the U.S. point of view, then either their price for keeping the lid on the Shiites will become astronomical or, more likely, they will decide not to bet on what they see as the losing horse.” I believe that Iran is more aggressive in this scenario than Stratfor does.
“The situation in the region is, in our view, reaching the crisis stage for the United States,” Stratfor continued. “Things are going very wrong for the Bush administration. The threat of anIslamist rising from theMediterranean to the PersianGulf no longer is an interestingtheoretical concept. [This influence and control would even extend beyond the Mediterranean, into North Africa.] Except for Jordan, it is becoming a reality.” The reality of an Iran-led Islamist rising throughout the region has grown dramatically in the years since Stratfor wrote those words! That is because still no one has effectively confronted Iran!
Saddam Hussein was definitely a terrorist threat. But the primarysource of terrorism is Iran. Decisive action in Iraq, without dealing with Iran, will not stop the terrorism.
The real power behind the Palestinians is Iran. No other nation would dare finance and blatantly encourage such terrorism in Israel. Iran has even been caught publicly sending enormous amounts of weapons to the Palestinians. Virtually the whole world knows what Iran is doing, and Israel’s terrorist problem keeps rapidly getting worse.
Israel is losing its war with the terrorists, and so will the U.S. and Britain. Such terrorism will tear any free society apart. Israel is a classic example.
The only way to win such a war is to deal with the main source of the terrorism, or cut off the head of the terrorist snake. But neither the U.S. nor Israel has the will to tackle Iran—even though it is the key part of the “axis of evil” in the Middle East.
In 2002, then President George W. Bush labeled Iran, Iraq and North Korea an “axis of evil.” Iraq’s government has been toppled. However, we can’t win this war unless we also remove Iran’s leadership. But American and British leaders lack the understanding and courage to win. And the press is dangerously pacifist. Our peoples lack the will to win this war against terrorism.
President Bush’s labeling of the axis of evil was absolutely correct. Nevertheless, he was attacked by the liberal politicians and press for that statement. That painfully illustrates America’s dangerous lack of willpower.
British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s government fell, in no small part, because of his support for the Iraq War. After such a display by Britain’s military in Iraq, the people should have embraced Mr. Blair. But the British (and American) people are too weak to fight a real war. We lack the will to win a bloody, protracted war.
The fruits and evidence of the past two decades overwhelmingly prove where the king of state-sponsored terrorism is! The wholeworld can see that. However, the solution to terrorism lies in doingsomething about it! We must confront the source. The terrorist movement flows from Iran.
Mr. Armstrong said over four decades ago that “America has won its last war.” He saw then that the pride in our military power had been broken!
The entire geographic area that Stratfor discussed is now strongly influenced by Iran. The more Iraqfalls to this terrorist nation, themore Iran virtually controls thiswhole area—which contains mostof the world’s oil!
But the situation gets even scarier.
Back in 1992, the New York Timeswrote, “Becoming second to Saudi Arabia as a world oil power, Iranexpects to further its greaterambition of being the mostimportant regional power in thePersian Gulf, a long-held foreign-policy objective” (Nov. 7, 1992).
The article examined how Iran planned to achieve this objective: “More troubling to other countries in the area and to the West is the other side of Iran’s plan to achieve this objective: A huge rearmamentprogram, financed largely by the new oil money.”
The Islamic Affairs Analyst of Gloucester, England, printed an article in August 1994 that said “Iran is pursuing a parallel policy of surrounding Israel with implacable enemies.” Turkey is moving closer to Iran. To Israel’s north, Iran has deluged Hezbollah in Lebanon with money and weapons. With Hamas in control of Gaza, Tehran could ignite another conflict on Israel’s western and northern borders at any moment. Iran is also opening another front in the West Bank, which crawls with zealots sympathetic to if not in the pay of Iran. And Egypt, since the ouster of President Mubarak, is moving rapidly toward discarding its peace treaty with Israel as it moves into Iran’s camp.
Of course, the Shiites control Iran and are a majority (60 percent) in Iraq. The U.S.’s removal of Saddam Hussein in 2003 opened the way for Iran to heavily infiltrate Iraq, providing armaments, financing and training to Shiite militias, sending thousands of operatives into the country and establishing economic ties with it. Moreover, the most powerful political party in Iraq is allied with Tehran. This could be a decisive factor causingIraq to fall under Iran’s control.
That 1994 Islamic Affairs Analystarticle said further, “Starting at the foot of the Red Sea, Iran is set to increase its influence considerably in both Somalia and Yemen. … Further up the Red Sea coast, Sudan is already firmly in pro-Iranian hands with [Omar Hassan] al-Bashir’s military regime no more than a front for Hassan al-Tourabi’s Islamists. And it is from bases in Sudan that Islamist fundamentalists are beginning to undermine the stability of the newly independent Eritrea, which, it should be noted, now controls all of what was formerly Ethiopia’s Red Sea coastline.”
These trends continue today. Iran has continued to send arms shipments to Islamists in Somalia. In March 2008, Iran signed a military agreement with Sudan. In May 2008, it further boosted its ties with Eritrea, signing trade and investment agreements. Again, the following year, in April 2009, Iran and Eritrea, together with Algeria, agreed to expand their bilateral cooperation. Iran has a frightening influence and control in North Africa, which greatly intensified with the unrest that began erupting in Arab states in early 2011. The Tunisian government fell in January into the hands of the radical Muslims. The Ennahda party, the Islamist party banned under the dictatorship of Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, quickly emerged as probably the most powerful political force in the country. In October 2011, the Islamist party won the nation’s first free elections since independence in 1956. That is almost exactly what happened in Egypt when its first-ever free elections ushered in the Muslim Brotherhood in 2012. However, it didn’t take long before discontent surged against the hard-liner Ennahda. Assassinations of two prominent opposition figures in 2013 threatened another revolution in Tunisia. It was only averted when rival factions negotiated a peaceful abdication of the elected Islamist government. Tunisia then elected the secular-nationalist Nidaa Tounes Party. Its candidate, Beji Caid Essebsi, became president. Essebsi, however, is a former official of the ousted Ben Ali regime. He has come under fire for Tunisia’s failing economy and for terrorist attacks that have crippled Tunisia’s tourism industry. Again, it is a scenario not much different from Egypt’s.
Iran has also heavily infiltrated Yemen and Bahrain, and it is deeply entrenched in Afghanistan. Many moderate Arab nations fear, and are afraid to offend, Iran.
Here is what the Islamic Affairs Analyst of May 13, 1992, said: “The main strategic aim of Iran is to dominate the Persian Gulf and environs. An important step in achieving this goal is to gainundisputed leadership of theradical Islamic camp.” Many of the good intelligence reports about Iran have proven true. Do we see just how powerful Iran is becoming militarily?
Prof. Barry Rubin wrote in 2007, “Iran tries to extend its influence in three ways: propaganda and incitement; the promotion of client groups, and projecting the state’s own power. Today, Iran sponsors radical Islamist groups in Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, and among the Palestinians as well as in other countries. Its two most important clients are Hezbollah in Lebanon and the Palestinian Hamas group” (Global Politician,July 25, 2007).