In August, a dramatic, far-reaching change occurred in the Middle East. And it was prophesied.Yet, despite the magnitude of this development, leaders in America and in the Western world in general seemed mostly unaware of it. Those few who did notice didn’t talk about it much, or had little worthwhile to say.
But the truth is, this event is going to change the course of history.
Egypt has been at peace with Israel for more than 30 years—since 1978, when Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin formalized the 1978 Camp David Accords. Over the last 20 years, I have been explaining the prophecy in Daniel 11 which says that Egypt would fall to radical Islam, ally itself with Iran, trash its peace treaty with Israel, and become a violent enemy of Israel and the United States.
In August, that prophecy was fully and totally fulfilled! It is now reality!
Egypt and Iran are now allies. Egypt, the largest Arab nation in the Middle East—a nation with billions of dollars’ worth of military assets—is now allied with the number one state sponsor of terrorism in the world.
What does this mean for the Middle East and for the entire world? This is the new reality, whether we like it or not.
But that’s not all. There is another problem that is going to make the situation much worse. Egypt is only part of a huge, devastating prophecy unfolding in the Middle East.
Iran and Egypt are going to have a great deal to do with sweeping Libya and Ethiopia into that radical Islamic camp!
This too is prophesied right there in Daniel 11. In this pivotal prophecy, God is showing us exactly what is happening in the Middle East—but few are willing to listen to God.
We should be paying attention, because the Western world’s Middle East policy is going to have some serious consequences. To start with, the fulfillment of that Daniel 11 prophecy will certainly cause gas prices to skyrocket. But we are also going to see events in that region spark World War iii!
Libya and Ethiopia Are Next
Daniel 11:40 reads, “And at the time of the end [that is, just before Jesus Christ returns] shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over.” Several other biblical prophecies show that the “king of the north” is going to be a German-led European power—a modern resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire. This European empire will throw mighty power—“strong ships”—at the king of the south. The king of the south, as we explain in our free booklet by that title, is Iran and radical Islam. This verse describes that European power conquering Iran!
This event could happen in a very short time. So there is about to be another big change in the course of history in the Middle East, in Europe and in the world. These are awesomeprophecies that we all need to be aware of, and they are going to affect the lives of every single person on Earth in a very short time.
But notice verses 42 and 43. These dramatic verses tell us what to expect next in the Middle East: “He shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries: and the land of Egypt shall not escape. But he shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt .…” Notice how the emphasis is on Egypt.
The next part of the scripture is almost like an afterthought: “… and the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps.” Libya and Ethiopia (including Eritrea) will be at the steps of that king of the north, the German-led European power.
The emphasis here in verses 42 and 43 is on Egypt—then we have Libya and Ethiopia. This shows that Egypt is the big conquest! It is the REAL power behind Libya and Ethiopia, which suggests that it is going to have a heavy hand in swinging those two nations into the Iranian camp.
We need to understand the enormous impact that Egypt working with Iran will have in the Middle East and even globally. This Iran-Egypt axis is going to change the game in the Middle East—particularly in Libya and Ethiopia.
Put simply, this means that we can expect Egypt—with Iran’s help—to lead Libya and Ethiopia into the Iranian camp!
This is very alarming because of the power Egypt has. For years, America has given Egyptbillions and billions of dollars’ worth of military aid. The Egyptians are certain to use their formidable military power to swing much of the Middle East toward Iran.
Here’s what Barnes’ Notes says about this passage: “A conquest of Egypt was almost, in itself, a conquest of Libya and the Ethiopians.” That’s exactly right! The real powerhouse here is Egypt. Iran and Egypt are going to work together to swing Ethiopia and Libya into that Iranian-led “king of the south” camp—and they’re going to do it with a lot of violence! They’re very good at creating violence.
Even this commentary understands this—yet America’s leaders do not. In fact, while Egypt and Iran continue to align, and as they draw Ethiopia and Libya into their camp—even as they openly threaten Israel and commit some of the most atrocious acts that have ever been done in Egypt—the U.S. continues to support Egypt. Washington acts like it doesn’t even know those terrible things are happening. It even keeps supplying Egypt with military aid (money it essentially has to borrow from China first!). Egypt is about to really begin throwing its weight around, and it has the military to do so—a military that Americans have paid for!
America helped greatly in removing Hosni Mubarak from power. The U.S. should have been supporting Hosni Mubarak. I tell you that removing him was a grave mistake that leaders from both political parties in the U.S. do not really understand. They simply don’t grasp how things work in the Middle East.
Egypt’s Transformation Complete
Watching events in Egypt during August, Jerusalem Post columnist Caroline Glick wrote one of the most alarming articles you could ever read. “On Sunday [August 12], new president Mohammed Morsi completed Egypt’s transformation into an Islamist state,” she wrote (August 16; emphasis added throughout).
Glick was referring to President Morsi firing the commanders of the Egyptian military, which was his only real opposition in the country, and replacing them with Muslim Brotherhood loyalists—then doing the same with all the editors of the state-owned media.
The radical terrorist Muslim Brotherhood is now in control of Egypt! And to think, members of both of America’s political parties helped bring this about!
“Morsi gave himself full control over the writing of Egypt’s new constitution,” Glick continued. She quoted Israel’s former ambassador to Egypt as explaining that, with these moves, Morsi “now holds dictatorial powers surpassing by far those of erstwhile president Hosni Mubarak.”
If you thought Mubarak was evil, wait till you see Morsi in action.
In the early months of 2011, when Egyptians were protesting and the Western world was self-righteously demanding that Mubarak resign, the Trumpet was warning—based on Daniel’s prophecy—that this was the worst mistake the United States could make. But no one listened. Who today listens to God and what He prophesies—the God of the Bible who wants to save us from all this suffering?
“This is a coup,” lamented Middle East expert Barry Rubin. “Morsi is bound by no constitution. He can do as he pleases unless someone is going to stop him, and the only candidate, the military, is fading fast, far faster than even we pessimists would have predicted” (PJmedia.com, August 11).
Have you seen some of the atrocities being committed under Mohammed Morsi? Egypt’s new leaders are destroying the freedom of the press, and even going so far as to crucify some of their opponents! (“Shockingly Rapid Radicalization,” below). This is a black, bleak nightmare! This is so ghoulish that you wouldn’t even expect it to happen in this age. But it’s happening in Egypt today!
America helped bring it about—but we don’t like to talk about that, for obvious reasons.
The rest of the Middle East is shaken by what is happening. Saudi Arabia also gave millions of dollars of aid to Egypt, but very much wanted Hosni Mubarak to remain in office. Peoples and nations greatly fear events in Egypt now that that nation is backed by a powerful Iran. There is a lot of deadly peril there that America simply refuses to see, and we continue to act as though nothing happened in the Middle East. This level of ignorance is almost beyond belief!
“Egypt will certainly seek to export its Islamic revolution to other countries,” Glick warned.Exactly right. That is just what will happen—and it is exactly what is prophesied: Egypt is going to export its revolution to Libya and Ethiopia. This is already well underway in Libya. But the radicals in Egypt will ensure it is shaped and molded to fit their plan.
All of this is taking place along the Red Sea and the Mediterranean Sea, which is one of the most important trade routes in the world. If you think your gas prices won’t go up, you’d better take a close look at what’s going on in the Middle East.
“The U.S.’s astounding sanguinity in the face of Morsi’s completion of the Islamization of Egypt is an illustration of everything that is wrong and dangerous about U.S. Middle East policy today,” Glick wrote. Can anybody logically disagree?
Ms. Glick lives in Israel, and she knows how dangerous it is now.
A Treaty in Jeopardy
As all these events were happening, Egypt was simultaneously moving its military into the Sinai Peninsula, which adjoins Israel. This was no small gesture.
In the late 1970s, America strongly prodded Israel to give the Sinai back to Egypt. Israel agreed, but only on the condition that Egypt agree to a formal peace treaty. Egypt did. Ratified in 1978 at Camp David, the Egypt-Israel peace treaty has been the foundation of the peace that has existed between Israel and Egypt ever since—for more than 30 years.
Now, that peace treaty is being broken. Egypt deploying tanks in the demilitarized zone of the Sinai Desert—and right next to the Israeli border—directly violates the Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty.
We knew that promise would be broken—because prophecy says so.
The Jewish state, America’s most important ally in the Middle East, is in deep trouble. It is very unhappy with America, and justifiably so. The U.S. felt it had to hurry in there and help thrust “dictator” Hosni Mubarak out of office. The sad truth is, we made the same mistake that we made in 1979 with Iran, pushing out Shah Pahlavi and empowering the Islamic Revolution. Now, here come the Egyptians—and America helped it all to transpire!
Egypt’s transformation into a radical Islamist state will also have enormous consequences for America. “The U.S. is far more vulnerable to interruptions in the shipping lanes in the Suez Canal than Israel is,” Glick explained. Yes, Egypt controls the Suez Canal, and it can impost a high tax on the oil or do just about anything it wants to. That bodes very badly for the United States.
Considering the power Egypt has—and the fact that all its resources will now be at the disposal of the number one state sponsor of terrorism in the world—what do you think that will do to Israel and to America? Egypt and Iran can easily export their terrorism. They already have chemical weapons and biological weapons—and soon Iran will have a nuclear bomb. This world is in a terrible predicament!
In America it is election season. Many people speak as though they believe that getting a certain candidate or political party into office will save America. But the reality is, no political party can save us from a nuclear disaster that we have no control over, or from many otherproblems facing America. Only God can do that!
A Fulfilled Prophecy
In a January 2006 letter to co-workers, I wrote: “We have said for years that Egypt has been a friend to the West, but because of this prophecy [Daniel 11:42], we also said that could change. … As the MB grows more popular it will strengthen its ties with Islamic powers throughout the region—especially Iran. … [W]atch for Cairo to distance itself from America. Should the MB ever take control, there is no doubt that a strong alliance between Iran and Egypt will be built.”
That is a fulfilled prophecy.
Can you begin to see how the events described in Daniel 11 are now coming to fruition? This prophecy is pivotal to your life. It’s about the king of the north and the king of the south confronting each other in war, and the king of the north winning and subduing Egypt, Libya and Ethiopia. Verse 44 shows how this war is going to spill into other nations: The king of the north will grow nervous about news out of the north and the east—because of what the Russians and the Chinese are doing. He will then move to confront this Asian horde.
Can you see? Events in Egypt are thrusting us into a great world war!
Daniel 12:1 prophesies that this conflict will produce the worst time of suffering ever on Earth!
But there is hope and beauty in this prophecy, too. The passage from Daniel 11:40 to the end of the book in Daniel 12:13 is all one vision. These events take place right before the coming of the Messiah. And it all ends with the coming of the Messiah! That’s the best news this world has ever heard or ever will hear. Above all, we need to deeply understand that!
This prophecy also says that those who help publish this message to the world are going to shine like the stars forever and ever! (Daniel 12:3).
That could be you—if you submit to God and support His end-time work.
What a vision! If we believe God and help Him do His work of turning many to righteousness, God is going to reward us in a way that is hard to even imagine! ▪