News of the attacks on America’s embassies in Libya and Egypt bring back painful memories—and spotlight a nightmarish and rapidly burgeoning anti-American alliance.
Tuesday afternoon—on the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks—an armed mass of around 2,000 angry Egyptian protesters stormed the walls of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo. They burned the U.S. flag and hoisted in its place a black Islamic banner similar to the one used by al Qaeda. By that evening, thousands of protesters remained, chanting, “Islamic, Islamic. The right of our prophet will not die.”
Meanwhile Tuesday evening, a more violent scene unfolded at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, as a mob carrying guns and rocket-propelled grenades burned down the building. After American staff were evacuated to a building deemed safer, that building too came under attack. In the melee, the United States ambassador to Libya, J. Christopher Stevens, was killed, along with three other U.S. personnel.
This is the new reality in these two north African countries, neither of which had ever hosted such an attack before yesterday.
Last year, the United States, for shortsighted political reasons, embraced the Arab spring and supported the ousting of Libya’s and Egypt’s longtime leaders, Muammar Ghadafi and Hosni Mubarak. Now, behold what has taken their places.
These attacks vividly prove that what filled the vacuum those leaders left is far from being the West-friendly, peace-loving governments that U.S. officials hoped for. Instead, the most radically Islamist and anti-American elements have burst to the fore.
Certainly these events unfolding on September 11 made them resonate with echoes of the devastating terrorist attack of 2001. But the real history these attacks evoked was what happened to the U.S. Embassy in Tehran some 33 years ago.
In fact, the whole scene bears uncanny resemblance to events in 1979—which, coincidentally, was the last year that a U.S. ambassador was killed. At that time, the U.S. helped drive the pro-West shah of Iran, Reza Pahlavi, from power in favor of a popular rebellion. Soon Ayatollah Khomeini came to power, and quickly the frightening nature of the Islamic Revolution became clear when Islamists stormed America’s embassy in Tehran and seized its staff.
Now America is once again mere months removed from having pushed autocrats from office and is already being bloodied by radicals that took their place—and that we helped legitimize.
The Islamic Revolution of 1979 empowered the Iranian regime that the Trumpet has repeatedly pointed to as fulfilling the role of “king of the south,” prophesied of in the biblical book of Daniel.
A study of that prophecy, along with other related prophecies, reveals Iran’s leadership over an alliance of nations bound together by radical Islam. Among those allied nations are Egypt and Libya.
There could be no more poignant illustration of the rapid fulfillment of this prophecy—the alignment of these two nations with the king of the south—than these attacks on America on September 11, 2012.
“Egypt and Libya to Join Iran’s Terror Network,” read the headline of the Trumpet’s October 2011 cover story. Yesterday, this exploded in Technicolor before our eyes.
“Egypt is rapidly moving into the Iranian camp,” Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry warned in that article. “That means Egypt, which borders Libya, will now help bring that nation into Iran’s terror network.”
“The end result is going to be that we exchanged Mubarak and ‘the only successful Middle East peace treaty’ for the Muslim Brotherhood—allied with Iran,” Mr. Flurry continued. “It shows that Egypt is already allying itself with Iran in its bloody terrorist war. This has the potential to cause the Middle East to explode and drag all the Earth’s inhabitants into World War iii!”
On his Key of David program that aired just this past weekend, Mr. Flurry further expounded on the point. He began by talking about how the growing alliance between Egypt and Iran is fulfilling Daniel’s prophecy—and sadly, it was shortsighted U.S. foreign policy that made it all possible. “Until recently, Egypt has been at peace with Jerusalem for like 30 years, and then the last 20 of those 30 years we have been prophesying that Egypt and Iran were going to become allies, and that peace with Jerusalem and with the U.S. was going to change into becoming violent enemies against us,” he said. “In the month of August 2012, the Daniel prophecy that we’ve been talking about for nearly 20 years was fully and totally fulfilled! It is now reality! Egypt and Iran are allied. Egypt is allied with the number one state sponsor of terrorism in the world.”
Mr. Flurry then warned that, according to Daniel’s prophecy, Egypt is going to lead Ethiopia and Libya into the radical Iranian camp. “Egypt is only a part of a huge, devastating prophecy that is unfolding in the Middle East,” he said. “Iran and Egypt are going to have a great deal to do with sweeping Libya and Ethiopia along into that radical Islamic camp, and that, too, is prophesied right there in Daniel 11.”
Egypt and Libya are rapidly taking the path pioneered by radical Iran. As Daniel’s prophecy shows, they are “at his steps,” or following in the train of the king of the south!
The two embassies being attacked back to back was a direct message from radical Islam to America.
Hardline Muslims orchestrated these angry, violent and even lethal attacks—over what? Supposedly they were upset about a low-budget video that insults the Muslim prophet Muhammed made by a filmmaker in California and promoted by a religious man in Florida. Excerpts were dubbed into Arabic and posted on YouTube. Islamists apparently felt that act implicated all American officials worldwide—and spontaneously decided to riot. On September 11, of all days.
(America’s “ally” in Afghanistan, President Hamid Karzai, agreed, condemning not the attacks, but the video, as an “inhuman and abusive act” that “caused enmity and confrontation between the religions and cultures of the world.”)
How did America respond? Essentially, by apologizing for inciting the attacks. “The Embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims. … We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others.” Even President Obama, in his statement about the attack, implicated the filmmaker by mentioning that “the United States rejects efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others.”
That is how America responds to an attack on an embassy, the destruction of a consulate and the murder of an ambassador and three other officials. That response springs from the same broken national will that produced the weak foreign policy that helped create this nightmare in the first place. That too is a prophecy in Scripture the Trumpet has drawn readers’ attention to repeatedly over the past two decades.
Don’t expect America to take any substantive retaliatory action against this egregious provocation by Islamists. In Daniel’s prophecy about the king of the south, this radical power aggressively pushes and pushes until it provokes a mightier power to respond—but that power is not the United States!
This is a watershed moment showing how rapidly the Bible’s prophecies are being fulfilled. ▪