Watch this Egypt thing play out because it’s a game changer, not only in the Middle East, but also in the way people will view Bible Prophecy. Egypt has the biggest military force in the area besides Israel, so they have been a big reason why there has been an uneasy truce between Israel and Hamas. In fact, despite all the hype about Iran, Egypt is currently the most powerful nation in the Arab world, and a nation that Israel tends to watch very closely.
It’s safe to say that Egypt is a very big deal in the Middle East peace process. As in, whether peace exists or not.
Now, if Egypt were to become radicalized lets say, then a chorus of end of the world predictions will likely start being heard, and perhaps with good reason. But by the looks of things right now, it is not radical Islam that is behind this unrest, but people who wish to be free and have a real democracy. What if the secular democracy supporters win out?
Good question. For one, it’s going to trash a lot of the predictions made by Bible prophecy guys and gals. This “turning point in history” as Geraldo Rivera said the other day, sure could end up becoming a GOOD “turning point” in the eyes of most of the world. IF democracy takes hold in Egypt, it is very possible that dictators and radical Islam will find themselves on the way out in nations all over the Middle East. That would be good news wouldn’t it?
It would also be why end of the world scenarios should be taken for what they are: Total Guesses. Many of the Bible prophecy guys who write books all the time, have been saying that terrorism and Islamic radicals are the driving force toward Armageddon. (Similar books predicted 30 years ago that it would be the USSR and her allies) But now, IF Egypt gains a secular democracy… all those books will probably be wrong as democracy begins to sweep the Middle East.
And suddenly, I think there will be a big question for Christians to answer. If Egypt and the Middle East starts to break free of radical Islam, the question that will be foremost on the minds of a great many people will be this:
Does this mean the Bible isn’t really true? And it’s a question that needs to be answered, so here is my answer: Of course not! The Bible doesn’t say anywhere that radical Islamic terrorists will create a one-world government, or usher in the end of the world. Remember, the Bible also never said the USSR would do those things. The Bible isn’t “wrong” if things work out differently than we guessed. We are the ones who were wrong. When the Bible says a world leader will arise who will deceive many, it doesn’t mean that world leader has to be a terrorist, or has to be from Syria, or has to be Saddam Hussein, or has to be a Muslim, or has to be Henry Kissinger, or has to be… you get the idea. That’s just someone’s guess. It’s a total guess.
So keep in mind, this week world events MAY take us a direction we didn’t expect. Doesn’t mean the Bible isn’t true, just means we guessed wrong. Ironically, it actually may mean we are closer than ever to the end of the world.
First, the opposition of the world to the message of Jesus and the Bible would not decrease at all. As we know, even in our own democracy, opposition to Christianity is increasing. Separation of church and state, especially in nations that have been under the thumb of radical Islam, will likely be enforced more than ever. (Understandably) And just as the democracy in India or Israel puts restrictions on Christianity, don’t think for a second that the same won’t continue throughout the Arab nations. Hopefully, the killing will decrease however, and Christians will simply face prison time… Hey take the small victories.
Second, the great evolutionary worldview of naturalism (the worldview that explains everything without God, and rejects the Bible) would sweep into the nations of the Middle East, the last area of the world that currently rejects evolution and requires teaching of creation -albeit by Allah right now. With a worldly, secular democracy, these nations will move toward the same worldview the rest of the planet embraces. Think about that. The entire world would not only come together economically like never before, but for the first time in modern history, the entire world would embrace a godless worldview. Ironically, a one-world system would be closer than ever…
Third, the world setting described in this verse would be true:
When they are saying, Peace and safety, then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall in no wise escape. -I Thessalonians 5:3
If terrorism appeared to be defeated, and democracy swept the world, then why WOULDN’T people be “saying peace and safety”? Who could blame them? It would appear to be within our grasp at the least.
Finally, with peace in the Middle East a real possibility -or even a real reality- and with radical Islam’s power reduced, then it would be far easier to build that Temple thingie… wouldn’t it? Hmmm….
At any rate, while the Bible Prophecy writers might have missed a few predictions,(ok, most of them usually) the world might be closer than ever to a literal return of Christ. So whatever happens…
(deep voice, raising my diet mountain dew bottle…) stay ready my friends.