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MA#48 “ REVOLUTION.  RESHAPING THE MIDDLE EAST.”  MARCH 2011
 

 

                UPRISINGS

IN THE MIDDLE EAST

 

THE FALL OF BEN ALI IN TUNISIA,  MUBARAK IN EGYPT, AND THE

REVOLT AGAINST GADHAFI IN LIBYA,  ARE ROCKING THE WHOLE

 ISLAMIC  WORLD, AND CAUSING ALARM WORLDWIDE.

 

With protestors in nation after nation taking to the streets, North Africa and the Middle East are in turmoil, and “everyone” is asking, “Where is it all going?”

“Is this the beginning of a new democratic Middle East?”

“Is it a spontaneous revolution, or is there a hidden evil agenda behind it that could lead to an even more radical Middle East?”

“Could these events be part of the preparation for the prophesied Battle of Jerusalem?” “World War 3?”

The current situation and the anticipation that the Muslim Brotherhood will take over Egypt has boosted and strengthened Hamas in Gaza which sees itself as a bridge between the Shi’ite Revolution of Iran and the Sunni-led revolution of Egypt.

The Hamas-types have been waiting for this revolution.

THE SPARK STARTED IN TUNISIA    

The entire Arab world closely watched the dramatic ouster in mid-January of one of the longest serving Arab rulers, President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

This dictator was forced out of office after 23 years, when anti-government protest riots spread in Tunis and other parts of the small North African country.

Many of the protestors were angry over the lack of democracy in the nation, and also by rising food and fuel prices that have left many Tunisians destitute.

The subsequent transitional government approved a general amnesty of political prisoners, but the Tunisian conflict is not over yet.

FEB 20/11. Tunisians took to the streets again, demanding the removal of the country’s PM, Mohammed Ghanoucci, who was denounced as part of the former regime of Ben Ali, and who had failed to enact any genuine reforms.

The demonstration followed the resignation of four members of the slowly developing unity government.  Ghannouchi announced his resignation on Feb 27/11.

His resignation was greeted with gladness, but the protestors were maddened when another member of the old regime was appointed as PM.  They then escalated their demand for the purging of the new Tunisian unity government.

Disturbingly, amongst the protestors there have also been calls for, “Death to the Jews.” A local source said, “the situation is not getting better for the Jews. This is a new phenomenon. Until now, we have not heard this.”

THE ARAB WORLD WARNED    AMR MOUSSA

Economic conditions are fueling ‘unprecedented’ anger throughout the Middle East, and Arab leaders were warned that they were vulnerable to the same kind of revolt that ousted Tunisia’s president.

Arab League secretary-general, Amr Moussa, urged member states to quickly confront their economic and social problems.  He warned that unrest was reaching dangerous levels throughout the Middle East.  “The Arab citizen has entered a stage of anger that is unprecedented,” he said.    - worldtribune.com

It would be naïve to think that what is happening is a spontaneous young people’s movement urged on by Facebook and Twitter, as TIME, in its Feb 28/11 issue seems to suggest. The cover story, THE GENERATION CHANGING THE WORLD, says:

“The protests rippling from one end of the Middle East to the other are the handiwork of a new generation of men and women who have known little freedom in their lives – and are no longer willing to wait for it.”

Yes, young men and internet have been powerful instruments used to bring about the revolution. Yes, young, and older people, have launched out for freedom from oppression, discrimination and injustice. But there are quite a few tell-tale signs that indicate that big players with evil hands are involved in this massive upheaval. And their agenda is not true democracy and freedom!

THE  EGYPTIAN  UPRISING          

In Jan-Feb, President Hosni Mubarak who has been a staunch ally of the US, faced the fiercest protests of the 31 years of his rule.  

18 days of confrontation and violence were fueled by anger over unemployment, surging prices, and Mubarak’s authoritarian rule.

ElBaradei, the former chief of the UN nuclear watchdog, returned to Egypt in late January, calling for revolution against the Mubarak regime. He said he would run for president in elections if there were changes made to the constitution allowing fairer polls.

 

  When he was the head of the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), ElBaradei shielded Iran’s nuclear weapons program from the Security Council.

ElBaradei’s support for the Iranian ayatollahs is matched by his support for the Muslim Brotherhood, the largest and best organized opposition movement to the Mubarak regime. This group started in 1928, and it is the father of all Sunni terror groups, including Hamas and al-Qaida.

The Muslim Brotherhood seeks Egypt’s transformation into an Islamic regime that will stand at the forefront of the global jihad.

While hundreds of thousands of protesters flooded central Cairo, calling for freedom and for Mubarak to go, large numbers of Egyptians wanted Mubarak to remain and to preside over the transition until he was scheduled to retire in Sept. There were serious clashes between the two sides.

Much of the news media presented the Muslim Brother-hood as moderate and an advocate of democracy. One US official even described MB as a secular organisation; which, of course, is utter nonsense.

The Egyptian revolution was being compared to the Iranian revolution in 1979 which began with a demand for a freer society. That revolution toppled the Shah in Iran, and after a month, with the return of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini from exile in France, it ended up becoming a totalitarian Islamic dictatorship.

If the Egyptian drama works out like the fall of the Shah, a MB chief will shortly become Egypt’s new leader. He may initially accommodate the protestors desiring freedom, but within a matter of time, Sharia law will be imposed on the country - the same Islamic law that governs Iran. Egypt would then be added to the list of hostile nations surrounding Israel that scream out for her destruction!

 

EGYPTIAN MILITARY TAKES OVER     TANTAWI

After 18 tense days of massive protests, Hosni Mubarak finally resigned, on 11 February 2011. Or it would be more correctly to say, the Egyptian military dethroned him.

Army Commander (76-year-old Field Marshal)   MAHOMED HUSSEIN TANTAWI, took over as Administrator of Egypt in tandem with the Chief Justice.  The existing constitution and parliament were dissolved early, as the administration promised to prepare the country for new “democratic” elections.

The people of Egypt believe they will now have freedom.

Two worldwide expectations are now evident …

1.   Freedom and democracy will break out all over the world.

2.   The Islamic fundamentalist caliphate will be expanded all over the Middle East, and Israel will be endangered and ultimately wiped out.

Early developments indicate that a fundamentalist Islamic regime may indeed take over in Egypt.

An Isaiah prophecy which could be fulfilled in the aftermath of the current revolution is . . . 

“Then the spirit of Egypt will be demoralized; and I will confound their strategy … I will deliver the Egyptians  into  the  hand  of  a  cruel  master,  and a  fierce  king  will  rule  over  them,’  declares  the Sovereign Master, YHWH of Hosts.” (Isaiah 19:3-4)

 

ISRAEL’S SECURITY THREATENED

Israel is very concerned about the change of regime in Egypt. Although Hosni Mubarak was a despot, he did  maintain mostly peaceful relations with Israel for 30 years.  The Egypt-Israel peace treaty is now threatened.

Of concern is military leader, Mahomed Tantawi, who is no friend of Israel. And neither is the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, Sheikh Qaradawi. He’s a most fanatical foe of Israel, and would certainly cancel the Egypt-Israel peace pact.

Amr Moussa, the Egyptian chief of the Arab League, announced on Feb 27/11 that he would run in this year’s presidential elections in Egypt. Moussa, has been an often-scathing critic of Israel throughout his decade as head of the Arab bloc.

Australian FM Kevin Rudd, during a visit to Cairo at the end of February, echoed Barak Obama’s decree, when he said the international community must engage with the Muslim Brotherhood as Egypt prepares for democratic elections.

“I think it is in our collective interest to engage, and not cause the Muslim Brotherhood and others who will be a political force in the future shape of democratic politics in Egypt, to conclude that from day one they’ve been shunned by the West,” he said.

At the same time Rudd gave a true and sobering assessment of the dangers ahead.

“If the Middle East led by Egypt does not succeed in this democratic transformation, think of the possible impact on Israel and the peace process; think of the impact on large-scale people movements out of Arab countries; think of the impact on the operating footprint for terrorist organisations; think of the impact in terms of the geo-strategic footprint of Iran; and think also of the implications in terms of the price of oil. This is not just a theoretical exercise, it’s very practical.” – The Australian / Feb 28.

Egyptian activists are expressing their views that the removal of Mubarak is not enough, as many of the institutions he had set up are still in place. They also maintain that the six months the military has given to prepare for elections is not long enough, as the only two parties who are already organised enough to do well, are Mubarak’s National Democratic Party, and the Muslim Brotherhood.

According to a revolutionary activist who met with the supreme council of military leaders, Egypt’s military leaders will hold a referendum on March 19, which will be followed by parliamentary elections in June, and a presidential poll six weeks later.

The Muslim Brotherhood is currently helping to draft the country’s new constitution!

The fear now is that the government that will be elected, will not be a liberal democracy.  Mubarak’s military authoritarianism may be replaced by an Islamic totalitarianism.

And then, US’s greatest Arab ally will become its greatest enemy. And Israel’s peace partner (Egypt) will again become its gravest foe.

 

THE INCREASED ISLAMISATION OF EGYPT

In a Pew Opinion Survey in Egypt in June 2010:

*    Only 27% of Egyptians said they back liberal modernizers.

*    59% said they back Islamists.

*    95% would welcome Islamic influence over their politics.

*    82% of Egyptians would support executing adulterers by stoning.

*    77% would support whipping and cutting the hands off thieves.     

*    84% would support executing any Muslim who changes his religion.

Pictures speak a thousand words!

In photos of Cairo University graduates in 1959, 1978, 1995, and 2004, there was a definite regression in terms of Egyptian women’s rights.

The female graduates in 1959 and 1978 had bare arms, wore short sleeved blouses, dresses, or pants, and were both bare-faced and bare-headed.

In 1995, we saw a smattering of headscarves.

By 2004 there was a plurality of female university graduates in serious hijab; tight, and draping the shoulders.

In 2011, we saw women protestors in Cairo shouting, dressed in full burqa – totally covered.  These pictures indicate the deepening Islamisation in Egypt.

 

OBAMA: “HAVE NO FEAR!”         

President Obama insists, “The Muslim Brotherhood is not a threat! It is not a majority!”

Feb 7/11.  “The thing that we have to understand,” Mr Obama said, “is that there is a whole bunch of secular folks in Egypt, educators and civil society, who want to come to the fore as well. And it’s important for us not to say that our only two options are either the Muslim Brotherhood or a suppressed Egyptian people … What I want is a representative government in Egypt.”

 

In Feb (2011), a leading Brotherhood cleric said: “Kill Jews – to the very last one.”

Another MB leader recently told an Arab language newspaper that Egyptians “should prepare for war against Israel.”

 

OBAMA                        MUBARAK

U.S.  ABANDONS  ITS LONG-STANDING ALLY

It has become clear that the US president actually abandoned America’s long-time Arab ally. Instead of supporting the Mubarak government, Barack Obama and Hilary Clinton lined up with the protestors, insisting that Egypt must implement democratic reforms – NOW!   (Mubarak had evidently passed his “use-by” date.)

It is believed that the US worked with the Egyptian army, to oust Mubarak, and in the end, it was a military coup that toppled Mubarak.

The Army’s gripe against Mubarak was his plan to install his son Gamal in the elections that were scheduled for September. Many army leaders were opposed to that plan.  (The army under Gamal Nassar and Muhammad Naguib, overthrew the monarchy of Egypt in 1952. And the army does not countenance the establishment of a hereditary presidency.)

But it was the US position that is hard to appreciate; the logic would say the fall of Mubarak’s regime would very likely lead to the extremist, anti-West and anti-Israel Muslim Brotherhood coming to power. 

Obama’s support for “change” in Egypt has led to the widespread perception that the American President is willing to abandon allies.  Saudi Arabia, and other Arab regimes, as well as Israel, are still deeply disturbed by Obama’s pressure to push Mubarak out.

The Israelis are watching in horror as Obama may lose Egypt for ever, to their most intractable enemies, and they fear that the next ally Obama will abandon to the MB may be Jordan’s King Abdullah.

The few friends the US still has around the world are looking at how quickly they also could lose the support of Obama in a crisis, and they are all coming to the conclusion – “Who needs such a friend?”

Why did Obama so quickly turn against America’s strongest ally in the Arab world, and encourage a change that is likely to lead to the Muslim Brotherhood getting into power in Egypt? 

Why did Obama praise the “passion and dignity” of Egypt’s protesters, which include many Brotherhood supporters, as an “inspiration” to people around the world? 

Obama said to the Egyptians: “I have an unyielding belief that you will determine your own destiny.”

If Obama is really so keen on democracy, why didn’t he support the aspirations of the Tehran demonstrators in 2009?

Oh, of course, that one’s easy to answer: he planned to “convert” Iran through sweet talk.

IS THERE A HIDDEN AGENDA AT WORK?

It’s a fact, democratic elections can be, and have been, used to bring Islamic dictators to power.

While the replaced regimes may be corrupt dictatorships, the regimes that replace them can be even worse in terms of slavery, security and stability.

In 1979, Jimmy Carter abandoned the Shah of Iran, and then Islamic fundamentalism took control.

In 2003, George Bush toppled the butcher, Saddam Hussein; but now Iraq is being taken over by Iran’s Shia allies that pursue a caliphate agenda.

In 2006, the Bush government pressured Israel to allow “democratic” elections in Palestinian areas. This led to the radical Hamas takeover in Gaza.

In 2009, Obama did nothing to prevent his NATO ally, Turkey from going Islamic, and joining an alliance with Iran.

In 2011, Obama did not lift a finger to prevent a Hizb’ullah takeover in Lebanon.

And now, in 2011, Obama abandoned Mubarak, and encouraged the MB to participate in a new Egyptian government.

A HIDDEN AGENDA?  

Obama’s plan is evidently part of the NWO insiders’ agenda to build up opposing enemies with extreme goals, in preparation for the world war that will lead to the New World Order.

The world war, I understand, will accomplish the insiders’ goals which include:

1. Occupy Jerusalem and make it the world centre for the NWO (the worldwide reign of the Antichrist).

2. Bring the nations to their knees so that they surrender to, and welcome, a world government.

3. Wipe out opposition to the new world order. Most Islamic nations will be greatly reduced or virtually wiped out as they have their own globalist agenda, and will never summit to the internationalists’ NWO!

4. Eliminate excessive population in nations around  the world.

RADICALISATION OF ISLAMIC NATIONS

Since Iran became a fundamentalist Islamic regime in 1979, we have seen radicalisation in Algeria, Africa, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria, Iraq, Egypt, Turkey, Lebanon, Syria, Russia, Central Asia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Philippines and Indonesia.

And now, all regimes in the Middle East with egocentric dictators, or with presidents that are less than radical Islamic zealots, are under threat – Egypt, Jordan, Bahrain, Libya, Algeria, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, et al.

Radicalisation in these countries also means the increase in persecution of Christians.

There are thousands of believers in all of these countries who are suffering. Many are being tortured, starved, and killed, every day.  They need our prayers, every day!

“As set-apart ones, chosen and beloved of God, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience ...” (Colossians 3:12)

 DAUGHTER OF CHURCH CONTRACTOR IN EGYPT ABDUCTED

As an example of what has already happened in Egypt, the Assyrian International News Agency reported: 

FEB 19/11. “Muslims abducted an 18-year-old Egyptian Christian from her home. A group of men broke into a house belonging to a building contractor who constructed the St. Mary and St. Michael Church in the city of Giza.

“Last November, the church was the site of severe clashes between State Security forces and Coptic Christians who were protesting over the closure of their church. Three Copts were killed and hundreds were injured and arrested.

“Now, after barging into the family’s house, these intruders wrote messages on the wall, including ‘Islam is the solution,’ and, ‘The Church has to be demolished.’ They also wrote the names of the other family members on the wall before abducting the church contractor’s daughter. Blood was later found on the stairs in the flat. There is considerable fear that the rest of the family will be targeted in further violence.”

IRAN’S DECLARATIONS REGARDING EGYPT

Iranian leaders were rejoicing in the Egyptian revolution. They declared that it was a replay of the 1979 revolution, and that an Islamic Middle East was being established. (Many of the freedom-advocates dispute that assertion.)

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad proclaimed:

The final move has begun. We are in the middle of a global revolution managed by the dear 12th Imam. A great awakening is unfolding. One can witness the hand of the Imam in the managing of it.

The Christian Science Monitor provided these additional quotes from Ahmadinejad’s message:  Iran’s revolution was “the starting point of the rule of God over the earth. It’s a long path to fight against evil-doers; everyone must be aware of Satanic deceptions of the United States, Israel, and the West,” he said, adding that “the US and Israel would soon be “destroyed with divine assistance,” as Iran led humankind to “summits of perfection.”

RADICALISATION  IN  THE  WEST

It is becoming very obvious that creeping Islamisation in the US, Britain, France, Germany, Holland, Spain, Australia, and other Western nations is moving fast.

Of course, it is no secret that Islam’s goal is to establish a Global Islamic Caliphate with Sharia law, and with headquarters in Jerusalem and Mecca.

RADICAL  CLERIC  CALLS  FOR  REVOLT  IN  U.S.

The British radical Muslim cleric, Anjem Choudary, said on New York’s WABC Radio (Feb 28/11) that US President Barack Obama must embrace Islam as a way of life or face the consequences of a trial under the Sharia Islamic court system.

“[Obama] has promised all Muslims to be released from Guantanamo Bay. They are still languishing there even though he knows they are completely innocent,” Choudary said. “On top of that, he’s increased the number of US forces in Afghanistan, so he is a war mongerer just as his predecessor was. And thirdly and more importantly, you know, the Muslims don’t want democracy and freedom. Democracy and freedom are anathema to Islam and the Sharia.

Choudary also said that he is planning a protest in front of the White House on Thursday in which he will call on American Muslims to revolt against the country and implement Sharia law.  - Arutz Sheva  / Feb 28/10

Look at what is happening in Britain today.

BRITISH  PM  SLAMS  multicultural  policY

FEB 5/11.  PM David Cameron upset Muslims by coming out strongly in an attack on his government’s “passive” multicultural policies in relation to radical Islam and international terrorism, at the Munich Security Conference.

Cameron’s words left no room for doubt in his take on the increasing radicalisation of British and EU Muslims. “Instead of ignoring this extremist ideology, we – as governments and as societies – have got to confront it, in all its forms,” he said.

“We should acknowledge that this threat comes in Europe overwhelmingly from young men who follow a completely perverse, warped interpretation of Islam, and who are prepared to blow themselves up and kill their fellow citizens.” 

Recently Germany’s Chancellor, Angela Merkel, and the French President, Nicolas Sarkozy, both declared multiculturalism a failure. Many countries around the world are facing the same problem.

REFUGEES

Genuine refugees are a very real problem – there are over 15 million people worldwide who are trapped in a terrible limbo: unsafe at home, and unwanted anywhere else.                                                                                                                                                       – Time July 5/10. 

This sadly is the state of the world we live in.

With the upheavals going on in North Africa and the Middle East, the number of refugees will increase, presenting many of our nations with extremely emotive and demographic problems. 

And if fundamentalist Islamic regimes are established in these freedom-seeking nations, there is bound to be an increased persecution of Christians – such as we see in Iran, Eritrea, Iraq, Afghanistan, et al.

EGYPT’S ENDTIME ROLE 

PROPHECY: JEREMIAH 46:8

“Egypt rises like a flood, and like the rivers whose waters surge about; and he says, ‘I will go up; I will cover that land; I will destroy the city and its inhabitants.”

For a long time we have been waiting to see how Egypt would break its US-brokered peace treaty with Israel. For it is clear from this Jeremiah prophecy, as well as Daniel 11:20, that Egypt will come up against Israel at the endtime, along with its allies.

FEB 17. And now, already we see the Jew-hating Egyptian leader of the Muslim Brotherhood calling on the Egyptian people to go up and conquer Al Aqsa (in Jerusalem).   That means “Destroy Israel.”

 

MEET SHEIKH YUSUF AL-QARADAWI   

The man you will be hearing much about in the days ahead.

 

Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi , the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, is a Sunni Muslim who was banned from Egypt in 1961. He relocated to Qatar, where he continued to pour forth his speeches filled with hatred, and encouragement for terrorism, in broadcasts on the Al Jazeera pan-Arab satellite news channel.

Prior to an American ban on him, Qaradawi had established himself as a trustee of the Boston Mosque – the largest Islamic house of worship in North-East USA. The Muslim American Society (MAS), which runs the Boston Mosque, has been named by US federal prosecutors as the overt arm of the Muslim Brotherhood of America.

The European Council for Fatwa and Research (ECFR), widely considered to be the most influential fatwa council in Europe, is also chaired by Qaradawi, who hopes one day for world conquest.

“What remains, then, is to conquer Rome,” the imam told his followers in 1995 at a conference held by the Muslim Arab Youth Association in Toledo, Ohio, USA.

“This means that Islam will come back to Europe for the third time, after it was expelled from it twice ... conquest through Da’wa (proselytizing) – that is what we hope for. We will conquer Europe, we will conquer America!”

AL-QARADAWI’S  TRIUMPHANT  RETURN!  

FEB 18/11. As two million Egyptians marched in a victorious celebration of the toppling of Mubarak, Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the Muslim Brotherhood’s leader made a triumphant entry in Cairo - at the celebration rally. (Qaradawi has been in exile outside Egypt during all the Mubarak years, and longer.)

His return was a replay of the Iranian revolution of 1979 when Khomeini returned to Iran from France.  Qaradawi sat on a stage before a massive crowd and made it clear that he and the Muslim Brotherhood are a powerful force that is going to play a large role in Egypt’s political future.

Yusuf al-Qaradawi is now presenting himself as the real face of the revolution.

While praising the military, Qaradawi made demands that included ridding the Egyptian cabinet of Mubarak regime holdovers. Press reports say that shortly after Qaradawi spoke, the military rulers moved to arrest members of Mubarak’s government.

As Qaradawi is the spiritual adviser for Hamas, the Palestinian terrorist group in Gaza, he called for the Egyptian military to lift its blockade from Gaza.

And then, in what Egypt’s Christians fear may be a sign of things to come, Sheikh Qaradawi specifically singled out Christians and asked them to bow in a Muslim prayer, in an act of submission to Allah.

There is no doubt the Muslim Brotherhood will eventually come to power in Egypt.

Maybe this is “the new beginning” Obama had in mind when he addressed the people of Egypt, in Cairo, in 2009.

QARADAWI’S  LONG-AWAITED VICTORY

The return of this 84-year-old imam to Cairo spelt a great victory for him personally, having been banned from Egypt, and then from the US and Britain for supporting attacks on the US military in Iraq, and suicide terrorist bombings in Israel.

During his exile years, Qaradawi cultivated a massive Arab television audience for his program that attracts a reported 61 million people. On this show he has expressed his anti-semitism and many other despicable views. This list of his ideas will give you some idea of who he is, and what he stands for:

He called on Muslims to acquire nuclear weapons “to terrorize their enemies.”

He called jihad an Islamic moral duty and said Muslims are permitted to kill Israeli women because they serve in the army.

He affirmed his support for suicide bombings.

“I supported martyrdom operations,” he said, according to a translation by the Middle East Media Research Institute. “This is a necessary thing, as I told them in London. Give the Palestinians tanks, airplanes, and missiles, and they won’t carry out martyrdom operations. They are forced to turn themselves into human bombs, in order to defend their land, their honor, and their homeland.”

He called the Holocaust a divine punishment of Jews “for their corruption. The last punishment was carried out by Hitler. By means of all the things he did to them - even though they exaggerated this issue - he managed to put them in their place. This was divine punishment for them. Allah willing, the next time will be at the hands of the Muslim believers.”

He prayed for the opportunity to kill a Jew before his death. “The only thing that I hope for is that as my life approaches its end, Allah will give me an opportunity to go to the land of Jihad and resistance, even if in a wheelchair. I will shoot Allah’s enemies, the Jews, and they will throw a bomb at me, and thus, I will seal my life with martyrdom.”                                                                                                                                           - One Jerusalem / Feb 19/11

Before al-Qaradawi returned to Cairo, a  poll found only 15% of the people of Cairo and Alexandria “approved” of the Muslim Brotherhood, and about 1% supported the idea of a Brotherhood president.  But now they have seen this great, acclaimed imam in person!

MILITARY ALLOWS QARADAWI TO

PREACH JIHAD IN TAHRIR SQUARE.

On Feb 17, the Muslim Brotherhood was allowed to take charge of opposition demonstrations in Tahrir Square, and was given permission to build a grand platform, after the other opposition parties and movements had been refused.

Ahead of the big event, the soldiers withdrew from the Square and the Brotherhood’s strong-arm brigades moved in.  Opposition leaders who tried to mount the platform alongside the Brotherhood speakers, were thrown down and dragged out of the Square, without the army interfering.

By letting the Muslim Brotherhood adherents take control, the army diminished the role played by the opposition factions. And it also flashed a graphic warning to the Obama administration to stop pushing for a rapid transition to democracy because that would only lead to the Muslims taking power in government.

The sermon preached by Qaradawi had nothing in common with the goals of freedom, rights, reforms, a better life, for which the people had demonstrated for 18 days.

During his sermon, Qaradawi said:  “I have hope that Almighty Allah, as I have been pleased with the victory in Egypt, that He will also please me with the conquest of the al-Aqsa Mosque (Jerusalem), to prepare the way for me to preach in the al-Aqsa Mosque.”

Not only must the Egyptian people go out and conquer Al Aqsa, he said; Cairo must open the Egyptian-Gaza border to “our brothers” – Hamas. 

He hammered home demands that would take Egypt well beyond the scrapping of the 1979 peace treaty with Israel, and all the way to jihad.

So in their first week in power, Egypt’s military rulers took two big steps that have nothing to do with democratic reform.

1. They allowed Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the radical Sunni preacher to lead a victory assembly in Tahrir Square on Feb 17, who put out a call to Egypt to march on the Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.

2. They allowed two Iranian war ships to transit the Suez Canal. 

Giving permission for the two Iranian war ships to sail through the Suez Canal to the Mediterranean, was a complete reversal of Mubarak’s policy of boycotting Iran and keeping the Shi’ite revolutionaries of Tehran at a distance from Egypt, and from Sinai, and the Suez Canal.

THE  IRANIAN SHIPS   

Just as Saudi Arabia welcomed those same Iranian ships at Jeddah as

a signal to the Obama administration that Riyadh was turning its face toward Tehran and away from Washington, the Egyptian military could be giving the same message.  – DEBKAFILE /  Feb 19/11.

Egypt stated on 20th  Feb, that allowing the ships to pass through the Canal did not signal a change in its policies; it was obliged to do so under international law.

There has been concern in Israel and elsewhere that the permission for the Iranian ships’ passage, signals a rapprochement between Iran and Egypt, following the revolution against Hosni Mubarak.

Iran paid Egypt $300,000 in fees for the passage of the two vessels. The ships made it through the Suez Canal on Feb 22, and sailed across the Mediterranean to their declared destination - Syria’s Latakia port. They reached there on the evening of 23rd without US or Israeli interference.

In Gaza, Hamas celebrated the Iranian ships arrival in Syria, by firing two long-range Iranian-made Grad missiles at the Negev cities of Beersheba and Netivot - at the very time the ships were arriving in Syria.

The occupants of a Beersheba home that was hit by one of the missiles, saved themselves by using the seconds between the warning siren and the explosion, to take shelter in a bomb-proof room. That was the only part of their home to survive the blast.  Eleven other shock victims from the battered street were hospitalized.

That night, Israel retaliated with air strikes on a Jihad Islami missile team in Gaza, and then bombed Hamas command centers - which had been evacuated in expectation of Israel’s routine aerial reprisal.

The Hamas rulers sent the Grad missiles as messages to Israel that they now enjoy Iranian support close by. 

Hamas is counting on Iran building up its military presence in the Mediterranean, and on Israel standing by helplessly – just as it did when its request to the new military rulers of Egypt to stop the Iranian ships’ passage through the Suez, went unanswered.

Western military sources report that the Iran-backed Hamas is further exploiting the shaky situation in Cairo, and Israeli inaction, to double or even triple the quantities of weapons smuggled via the Suez Canal and Sinai into the Gaza Strip. An Israeli officer said he had never before seen surface-to-surface missiles, anti-aircraft missiles and anti-tank missiles secreted into Gaza in such numbers.

IRAN’S EXPLOITS AND GOALS

The passage granted to the Iranian warships to transit the Suez Canal  –  without Egyptian, or US, or Israeli warships even inspecting their cargoes - has encouraged Tehran to press on with its expansionist ambitions. 

Israel’s policy-makers have chosen to ignore the role of those two vessels as the thin edge of the wedge.

The Iranians are now to set up a permanent base with more naval vessels passing through the Suez Canal and joining them at Latakia.

President Shimon Peres and PM Netanyahu have accused Iran of trying to exploit the crisis in Egypt to increase its influence in the Middle East.

Analysts stress that the Islamic Republic’s ultimate goal is to establish Shi’ite dominance in the Muslim world, far beyond Lebanon and Syria.

“Iran wants to say to the world, to the US, to Israel, and to other countries in the Mideast, that it has reached not only areas close to home, but areas also far off.”

The Iranian maritime maneuver moreover, signals that it is prepared to protect the Hamas and Hizb’ullah terrorist organizations on Israel’s southern and northern borders.

 

ASHKENAZI: 

“PREPARE FOR ALL-OUT WAR”

In his final days on the job, Israeli Chief of Staff Ashkenazi warned about growing radicalisation in the region.  “Given recent changes across the Middle East, Israel must prepare for a battle in several theaters,” he said.  - Feb 8/11. Ynetnews.com

                                                                                                     

“ISRAEL’S ARMY NEEDS FAITH IN GOD MORE THAN TANKS”

FEB 21/11. Israel Defence Forces Deputy Chief of Staff, Yair Naveh, said the events currently shaking the Arab world ‘were ordained from above’ by a guiding hand. But, he added, the Israeli army now needs faith in God more than in its supply of planes and tanks.

WHERE IS IT ALL GOING?

For many, it is hard to fathom out where things are going. And even many “experts” are finding it difficult to make predictions about how the revolution in the Middle East will impact the region and the world.

The Bible’s prophecies, however, give us a good understanding of what’s ahead for the nations and where it is all going.

It is no secret, if you study the Bible’s prophecies, many of the Islamic nations, and other nations, will be either defeated or wiped out in the coming world war.

PROPHECIES CONCERNING THE NATIONS

“Proclaim this among the nations! Prepare for war! Rouse the warriors! Let all the men of war draw near. Let them come up to attack! Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruning-hooks into spears. Let the weak say, ‘I am strong!’ ...

“Come quickly all you surrounding nations, and gather yourselves together! Bring down, O YHWH, Your mighty ones! Let the nations be aroused and come up to the Valley of Jehoshaphat (Kidron on east of Jerusalem), for there I will sit to judge all the nations on every side.” (Joel 4:9-12)

“Look! I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that causes reeling to all the people around. Judah will be besieged as well as Jerusalem. And on that day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem a very heavy rock for all the nations. All who try to move it will be severely injured.” (Zechariah 12:2-3)

“Now this will be the plague with which YHWH will strike all the nations who have gone to war against Jerusalem. Their flesh will consume away while they stand on their feet. Their eyes will consume away in their sockets; their tongue will consume away in their mouths.” (Zechariah 14:12)

EGYPT’S PLACE IN THE COMING WORLD WAR

Egypt will certainly play a major role in the lead up to the coming world war.

“At the end time the king of the South (an Egyptian alliance) will engage him (the Prince of Rome – Antichrist) in battle, and the King of the North (the Northern Confederation) will storm against him with chariots, horsemen, and with a great fleet of ships. He will invade many countries, overwhelming and sweeping through them ... But reports from the East and from the North will alarm him, and he (Antichrist), will go out in a great rage to destroy and annihilate many.”  (Daniel 11:40, 44)

CONCERNING EGYPT’S DESTRUCTION

“Egypt will become a desolate wasteland. Then they will know that I am YHWH ... I will make the land of Egypt a total desolate waste from Migdol to Aswan, as far as the border of Cush (Ethiopia). No foot of man will pass through it, nor will the foot of an animal pass through it. No-one will live there for forty years. I will make the land of Egypt desolate in the midst of devastated lands; and her cities will lie desolate for forty years among ruined cities.” (Ezekiel 29:9-12)

CONCERNING THE PALESTINIANS &  ARAB NEIGHBOURS

“In that day I (YHWH) will make the leaders of Judah like a burning pot in a woodpile, and like a flaming torch among sheaves. They will consume on the right hand and on the left all the surrounding peoples; and Jerusalem will be inhabited again on her own sites.”  (Zechariah 12:6)

CONCERNING SYRIA

“The oracle concerning Damascus. Damascus is about to be removed from being a city, and it will become a heap of ruins.” (Isaiah 17:1)

AGAINST BABYLON – IRAQ

“So the land quakes and writhes, for the purposes of YHWH against Babylon stand, to make the land of Babylon a desolation without inhabitants. The sea has come up over Babylon; she has been engulfed with its many tumultuous waves. Her cities have become ruined and desolate, a parched and desert land; a land where no-man lives and through which no son of man passes.” (Jeremiah 51:29, 42-43)

Those are some of the prophecies for specific nations. But the Scriptures have very much to say about what’s ahead for the world - the nations as a whole.  For “the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.”  (1 John 5:19)

 

               GREAT TRIBULATION AHEAD!

                                                                                                   

Seven years of disasters far greater than the earthquakes,

floods and cyclones you have see recently!

 “The earth will be completely laid waste and completely despoiled, for YHWH has spoken this word ... The earth is also polluted by its inhabitants, for they have transgressed the teachings, changed the laws, and broken the everlasting covenant. Therefore a curse devours the earth, and those who live in it are held guilty. Therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned up, and few men are left.” (Isaiah 24:3, 5-6)

 “For then there will be great tribulation, such as has never occurred since the beginning of the world until now; and there will be nothing like it again.”  (Matthew 24:21)

“I watched as He opened the sixth seal; and there was a great earthquake; and the sun turned black as sackcloth made of hair, and the whole moon became blood-red; and the stars of the sky fell to earth, as a fig tree casts its unripe figs when shaken by a strong wind. The sky vanished like a scroll being rolled up; and every mountain and island were moved out of its place.

“Then the kings of the earth, the great men, the generals, the rich, the mighty, and every slave and free man hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains. They called to the mountains and to the rocks, ‘Fall on us and hide us from the Presence of Him (the Almighty) who sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb; for the great day of His wrath has come; and who is able to stand (before it)?’“ (Revelation 6:12-17) 

The time for the 7-year Tribulation is drawing nearer every day. 

“… God now commands all people everywhere to repent, because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all by raising Him from the dead.” (Acts 17:30-31)

That “day” is the Day of the LORD. It is scheduled to start … after “the Great Peacemaker” (the Man of Sin, Antichrist) is revealed and clinches a 7-year treaty that promises to bring an end to the Middle East conflicts.

But it won’t!  It will bring a short-lived time of “peace” which will be the harbinger – the prelude - to the greatest world war ever.

The good news for all who have personally received the Saviour - the true Messiah – Y’shua, Jesus Christ, is the promise of their Heavenly Master:

I will keep you from the hour of trial which is about to come upon the whole world, to try those who live on the earth. I am coming quickly - soon!”  (Revelation 3:10-11)

Now back to the present serious developments …

 

 

NORTH AFRICA &

THE MIDDLE EAST

 

Replacing Dictators. 

Opening The Way For Even More

Radical Regimes

 

From Libya to Yemen, from Morocco to Bahrain, from Lebanon to Oman, the tsunami effect following the Tunisian revolution is shaking the Arab world.

The common denominator between the various protest movements is quite evident. It is the tyranny that has bred corruption, resulting in deep social and economic injustice. This is the root cause of the despair and anger.

The Internet has raised public awareness and allowed young people to communicate and express their concerns and take to the streets. But evil minds and hands have been guiding them.

The Arab world is waking up to a new dawn - of “people power,” “democracy” and political reforms.

Analysts say Iran sees itself benefiting from the upheaval across the Middle East. The dislodgement and weakening of leaders sympathetic to the US are emboldening Tehran.

FEB 20/11. Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called on Muslims to “remove the US from the Islamic world.”

Ehsan Ahrari, a regional analyst and commentator based in Alexandria, Virginia, says: “The rising tide of people power is so intense that the Middle East will either become democratic or will come under more stern control. Either way, the days of US capabilities to influence events seem to be numbered.”

 

                 HEARTBREAKING       

BRUTALITY  IN  BAHRAIN

Bahrain is a small island off the coast of Saudi Arabia in the Arabian Gulf.

It is a wealthy and well-educated nation having a large middle class with cosmopolitan values. Its population of around 1¼ million (including expatriates) has a 70% Shi’ite majority which has long felt discriminated against by the Sunni Muslim dynasty that has ruled the state.

Bahrain is a minor oil producer, but it has long been a close ally of both the US and Saudi Arabia. A naval base near Manama hosts the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet which helps the US to project power across the Middle East and Central Asia, including Iraq and Afghanistan.

A protest movement has been brewing for decades in Bahrain, but it has now found new strength after the overthrow of the dictatorships in Tunisia and Egypt.

In mid-February, thousands of Shi’ites took to the streets, calling for the downfall of the regime of King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa. The protestors took over Pearl Square, but the Bahrain government, determined not to allow another “Egyptian Tahrir Square” situation, attacked the protesters with stunning brutality.  The early killing of some demonstrators led to widespread public outrage, and gave a huge boost to the “democracy” movement. Up to 80 people were taken to Salmaniya hospital after being affected by teargas or hit by rubber bullets.

FEB 20/11. Reporter for New York Times, Nicholas Kristof said: 

“This kind of brutal repression is normally confined to remote and backward nations, but this is Bahrain, an international banking centre.

The King initially pulled the police back, but the next day he sent in the riot police with guns blazing.

“At the main hospital, I saw the effects,” says Kristof. “More than 600 people were treated. One nurse told me she was on the roundabout, known as Pearl Square, and saw a young man of about 24, handcuffed and then beaten by a group of police. She then watched as they executed him at point-blank range with a gun. Another man had much of his head blown off.

“I met one doctor who was lying in a hospital bed with a broken nose and injuries to his eyes and almost his entire body. He was still unconscious and on oxygen, after what colleagues and his family described as a savage beating by riot police outraged that he was treating people at the roundabout.”

 

POLICE RETREAT, PROTESTERS REOCCUPY PEARL SQUARE

After riot police staged a night-time attack on sleeping protesters who had camped in Pearl Square, killing four people and wounding 231, army troops in tanks and armored vehicles moved away from the square.

Al-Khalifa had announced that army troops had been ordered off the streets and that police would keep order.  The determined crowds then approached Pearl Square from different directions, creating a standoff with the riot police. People power proved too strong in Pearl Square, and suddenly police raced to their buses, and drove away in haste to escape the mobs.

The protesters, cheering and waving national flags, ran to the center of the traffic circle, reoccupying it even before all the police had left. They even waved fleeing policemen through.

The crowds in Pearl Square soon swelled into the tens of thousands, celebrating a triumph for their cause. We don’t fear death any more, let the army come and kill us to show the world what kind of savages they are,” said a teacher.

President Obama reportedly spoke to King al-Khalifa at the end of the week, condemning the violence and urging the government to show restraint and to respect the rights of its people. Soon after, the king finally offered a national dialogue with all parties to try to end the turmoil.

A Shi’ite parliamentary bloc leader, Ibrahim Mattar, said the king must first accept the “concept” of constitutional monarchy, as well as withdrawing the military. “Then we can go for a temporary government of new faces that would not include the current interior or defence ministers.”

He reiterated the opposition demand for the king to fire his uncle, Sheikh Khalifa bin Salman al-Khalifa, who has been the prime minister since Bahrain gained its independence in 1971.

FEB 27/11. A radical exiled Shi’ite leader, Hassan Meshaima, returned to Bahrain, giving a new face to the protest movement. He is more radical than the protestors, and escalated the rhetoric of the opposition.

MAR 1/11. Saudi Arabia sent 30 army tanks to Bahrain, along the 25-km King Fahd causeway, which links the small island nation of Bahrain to Saudi Arabia.

LIBYA

 

 

 

HUNDREDS  KILLED AS ARMY CRACKS DOWN,

& PROTESTERS DEMAND THE END OF MUAMMAR GADHAFI’S REGIME

The brutality of Gadhafi’s regime in clamping down on protesters is appalling. Heavy artillery has been used against the people, and thousands of lives have been lost as the situation developed into civil war.

FEB 19/11.  In Libya, which has a population of only 6 million, thousands of protesters called for the removal of Muammar Gadhafi, Libya’s dictator for the past forty-two years.

The nation has huge oil reserves, but poverty is the major problem breeding the rebellion.

Special forces attacked protesters, including lawyers and judges camped out in front of the courthouse in Benghazi, Libya’s second-largest city.

They fired tear gas on protesters in tents and cleared the areas after many fled carrying the dead and the injured. Many people were shot in the head and chest. The hospital was overwhelmed, and people were streaming to the facility to donate blood.

As Libyan protesters took to the streets for the fifth straight day, Gadhafi took a hard line toward the dissent that was ripping through the Middle East and sweeping him up with it.

The rebellion began in the eastern city of Benghazi where Gadhafi’s forces fired on thousands of people who gathered to mourn 35 protesters who had been killed.  At least another 15 people were killed and scores more were wounded as the regime tried to squelch calls for an end to Gadhafi’s grip on power.

Soon Gadhafi’s armed forces were reportedly split and were fighting each other.  Some units of Libya’s military defected to the opposition. The soldiers refused orders to fire on anti-regime demonstrators. In some cases, entire Libyan units, despite threats of execution, joined the protesters in their effort to topple Gadhafi.

“There were several cases where a Libyan Army unit attacked Gadhafi’s security forces rather than join them.  The defections within the military were said to have alarmed Gadhafi.

 A-Jazeera reported that Libyan military officers issued a statement that called on their colleagues to defect.

Several Libyan pilots defected and flew their planes to Malta. Diplomats including the ambassador to the UN defected, and they now support the opposition.

Libya’s deputy ambassador to UN accused the ruler of “genocide” and “war crimes against his own people,” and several ambassadors have quit or refused to represent Gadhafi’s government any longer.

Former Libyan Justice Minister, Mustafa Abdul Jalil, has established a provisional government in Benghazi.

Sources said Gadhafi could no longer rely on his military and much of his police. The remaining loyalists were his Presidential Guard and special units comprised of foreign mercenaries, many of whom are from the former Soviet Union.

The demonstrators first fought the regime in Benghazi and took control of the city, and then other towns in the eastern part of the country where the main oil reserves are situated. And that is where the country’s most impoverished areas are situated.

The opposition put together a “freedom army” made up of army defectors, and volunteers who were able and willing to fight. They captured more towns, and repelled Gadhafi’s counter attacks.

THE BATTTLE FOR TRIPOLI

The spread of demonstrations to the capital of Tripoli served as further evidence that Gaddafi’s 42-year-old rule was under threat, but his son Seif al-Islam vowed to “fight to the last bullet.”

Protesters stormed Tripoli, Gadhafi’s stronghold, and torched the People’s Hall - a symbol of the rule of the eccentric and embattled Ruler.

The battle for Tripoli was intense and bloody.

Gadhafi imported mercenaries from the Sahara, and dropped them on the streets of Tripoli to attack the opposition protestors. “They are just firing at everybody with everything they have, including machine guns and anti-tank missiles,” an opposition source said.

Opponents feared Gadhafi would unleash planes to bomb them, as he did earlier to prevent rebels from reaching munitions stored in an abandoned military base. And, in fact, as his regime began to crumble, Gadhafi’s air force did bomb a crowd near a base it evacuated in order to prevent opponents from reaching weapons.

Gadhafi’s son, Seif Al Islam, appeared on state television and asserted that his father would not leave office. Seif warned of a civil war in which Libya’s oil fields would be destroyed.

Gadhafi himself showed no sign of being cowed or deterred by international revulsion at his methods and the condemnations expected from the UN Security Council and the Arab League, both of which hold special meetings on Libya.

In a televised broadcast, Gadhafi described the protesters as “cowards, traitors, rats – and cockroaches. He proclaimed he would fight to the last drop of his blood “I will die here as a martyr. I shall remain here defiant.” “I am not a president to step down.”

Mar 2/11. The Libyan Human Rights League in Paris said at least 6,000 people have died since the start of the revolt against Gaddafi’s regime two weeks ago.

Tales of the hellish brutality and torture of regime opponents have emerged.

MAR 16/11. The battle is continuing.  The opposition protesters were forced to retreat from several towns they had captured, after the Gadhafi cast aside any restraint, and threw his military might against them, slaughtering many.   Terrible days are ahead as Gadhafi is determined to take back Benghazi at any cost.

The concerned nations are divided over possible action they can and should take to prevent a bloodbath.

 

             LIBYAN CHAOS STIRS GLOBAL PANIC    

                                OVER OIL SUPPLIES

By late February, Libya’s oil industry was in chaos — and there’s no telling when that will end. Armed men looted equipment from oil field installations. British commandos executed secret raids in the Libyan desert to rescue stranded oil workers as security disintegrated rapidly in remote camps.

Libya is Africa’s third-largest oil producer and it produces just 2% of the world’s oil. But the turmoil in Libya has already sparked a sharp rise in the price of oil on the world markets.

Libyan rebels control most of Libya’s oil production facilities. The new leaders in Benghazi suspended oil exports, and British Petroleum announced it was halting all oil exploration in the country.  And the growing violence forced a number of oil companies to shut down production.

Libyan port workers, frightened of being caught up in Moammar Gadhafi’s violent crackdown on protesters, failed to show up for work, leaving empty tankers floating around the Mediterranean Sea waiting to load crude.

The European oil companies extracting Libya’s black gold operated in crisis mode, trying to get stranded expatriate workers out and safe amid conflicting information on how much oil is still being pumped and just where it all is. 

The massive oil terminal at Brega, Libya’s second-largest hydrocarbon complex was nearly deserted, with operations scaled back almost 90% because employees had fled, and also because Brega became a new arena of regime-opposition conflict.

It was reported that Gadhafi threatened to sabotage Libya’s oil facilities.According to an insider, this threat was intended to serve as a message to Libya’s rebellious tribes: “It’s either me or chaos.”

Global economies are now bracing for a new oil price shock caused by the political unrest in the region.

MAR 4/11. The International Energy Agency said the unrest in Libya had started to affect oil supplies to Europe, the main recipient of Libyan oil.

In the United States, a sustained high oil price could pose the greatest risk of a double-dip recession in its struggling economy.

QARADAWI: “KILL GADHAFI”

The Director of the US National Intelligence claimed that the Muslim Brotherhood is a non-violent group with mainly secular ties.

Well, AFP has reported that cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the “spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood,” (who is also the head of the International Union for Muslim Scholars), issued a religious edict, or fatwa, declaring, that fellow, the sponsor of terrorism, Muammar Gadhafi is to be killed.”

Al-Qaradawi told Al Jazeera television from his base in Qatar, Whoever in the Libyan army is able to shoot a bullet at Mr. Gadhafi should do so ... to rid Libya of him.”

JORDAN

THE KING’S POWERS MUST BE LIMITED!  

JAN 28/11.  Thousands of Jordanian opposition supporters took to the streets of the Hashemite Kingdom, to vent their anger at inflation, unemployment and corruption, and called for political change in Amman.

The Islamic Action Front and the powerful Muslim Brotherhood swelled the ranks of the demonstrators, chanting, “In the name of God, the government must change,” and the “Quran is our constitution, jihad is our path.”

The country is facing tough economic challenges and political reforms have also become a priority. No one is talking about regime-change there, but pressure is mounting on the government to fight corruption and provide opportunities to the country’s young, especially in impoverished areas.

Protestors demanded that the PM step down.  The King, Abdullah II, quickly dismissed him.  He then promised some genuine reforms on a controversial election law. But he is unlikely to bow to demands for popular election of the PM and Cabinet officials, who are traditionally appointed by the king.  - Associated Press / Israel News

Jordan’s new Justice Minister continued to inflame tensions with Israel, when he told Jordan’s Al-Arab Al-Yom newspaper that Israel is a “terrorist state that will be destroyed.” He was condemned in Israel after he joined protesters calling for the release of a terrorist serving time in Jordan for killing seven Israeli school children in 1997.

FEB 25/11. Around five thousand Jordanian protestors again took to the streets of Amman, demanding political liberalization, wider parliamentary representation and constitutional changes limiting the powers of the throne. They chanted, “we want an elected government.”

Opposition leader Sheikh Mansour said, “Reform and change, this is the demand of the people.”

The Muslim Brotherhood has positioned itself to become a leading player among Jordanian lawmakers if democratic reforms are enacted.

    YEMEN  -  “PRESIDENT MUST GO”

Yemen is a difficult case because of a number of factors. The country is facing economic problems, but is also threatened by separatists in the south, the Houthi revolt in the north, and by Al-Qaeda terrorist cells.

The regime of President Ali Abdallah Saleh has backed down on a number of controversial issues. He has relented to pressure to allow demonstrators to protest peacefully, and has called on the opposition to engage in a dialogue.

MAR 4/11. Saleh and the opposition reached a deal to give the President until year’s end to make his exit.

KUWAIT  -  CITIZENSHIP DEMANDED

The next test of the protest wave may come in Kuwait, where the nation’s strong opposition groups called for rallies outside parliament on March 8.

Already more than 1000 stateless Arabs demonstrated in the city of Jahra have been demanding citizenship, with dozens of people arrested by police. The demonstration was broken up by security forces using smoke bombs and water cannons.

 DJIBOUTI

Djibouti is a tiny state on the Gulf of Aden, between Ethiopia and Yemen. About 6000 people turned out to protest against the government of President Ismail Omar Guelleh. Security forces used batons and tear gas to disperse the crowd. One issue is a constitutional change that did away with a two-term limit for the president.

ALGERIA.   CALL FOR POLITICAL  FREEDOM

After Algeria used riot police to breakup unprecedented protests in which 5 died and more than 800 were injured, President Bouteflika pledged to lift a 19-year-old emergency law. Continued protests will continue in coming days, as the people call for political freedom.

Algeria is a neighbour of Libya, and is an oil and gas producing country where there are accusations of official corruption, despotism and discrimination.

Many young Algerians take to illegal immigration to Europe in order to find a better life.

MOROCCO

“KING MUST TAKE CEREMONIAL ROLE”

Poverty and unemployment plague Morocco, political parties are active, the country’s young complain of corruption and are calling for major political reforms. Fresh protests are expected in the coming days and weeks. The protestors are demanding that the King  take a ceremonial role, and hand the reins of government to an elected parliament.

 

SAUDI ARABIA 

MIDEAST TURMOIL RATTLES RIYADH !

FEARS FOR WORLD ECONOMY!

There is now a real concern regarding Saudi Arabia which has striking similarities with countries already racked by chaos.

One of the quickest ways to bring down the US economy would be to dramatically increase the price of oil. Oil is the lifeblood of our economic system. Without it, our entire economy would come to a grinding halt. Almost every type of economic activity in the US depends on oil, and even a small rise in the price of oil can have a dramatic impact on economic growth. 

That is why so many economists are incredibly alarmed about what is happening in the Middle East right now. The revolution in Libya has caused the price of oil to soar sharply.

“If an uprising occurs in Saudi Arabia, it will have a dramatic impact that is off the charts,” said Theodore Karasik, a regional affairs expert at the Dubai-based Institute for Near East and Gulf Military Analysis. “Policymakers will have to grapple with it for decades.”

Israeli security expert Gal Luft says: “If something like we have seen in Egypt or Libya happens in Saudi Arabia, we’re talking about a catastrophic scenario that will bring a global economic meltdown.”

FEB 23/11. The Jerusalem Post says: “Talking to Gal Luft about security and the effect of oil on the global economy is not for the faint of heart. He is the executive director of the Washington-based think-tank, the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security.  And he warns: 

“The world needs to wake up to the fact that if a country like Saudi Arabia follows the same path we’ve seen in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya, it would be a very, very dangerous situation for every economy in the world – the rich and poor alike,” said Luft. “The first thing that will happen is, the poor people of the world will starve; there will be no oil to distribute food in places like Africa. Then all the world markets will collapse.”

He noted that “every single recession since World War One, except for one, has been preceded by an oil crisis. When there is an oil crisis, very shortly after, you see a major recession. The reason that the situation now is so delicate is that we just had a recession. When you have a recession on top of a recession, it’s like a heart attack after a heart attack – you are too weak, you can’t handle it.”

According to Luft, “if we get another oil shock, it can roll back all of the economic recovery we’ve had. Then you will see millions of people losing their jobs around the world.”

SAUDI PROTESTS START

Saudi’s rulers are facing a rare challenge to their absolute power, including a call for protests.

A Saudi business man says: “Saudis want more from the king and his regime. They want more political and social freedom, more rights for women, better education and more job opportunities.”

Social media sites have been buzzing with appeals for a pro-reform march on March 11, and calls for more freedoms, including lifting some of the strict limits on women such as bans on driving and voting. Activists also are pushing for the release of university professors jailed for forming a political party.

                                        KNG ABDULLAH

FEB 23. King Abdullah (now 86), returned home after three months absence. He had gone to New York for treatment on a slipped spinal disc, and has since been recuperating from back surgery in Morocco.

After his arrival, Bahrain’s monarch held urgent talks with Abdullah who has stood strongly behind Bahrain’s Sunni monarchy; for the Saudis and the rest of the Gulf’s Sunni rulers know the Shi’ites in Bahrain are a potential stronghold for Shi’ite Iran.

Any significant cracks in the king’s hold on Saudi Arabia, which has a small Shi’ite minority, would be hailed by Tehran.

Political analysts believe Abdullah may also be concerned by the prospect of unrest among Shi’ite Muslims in the east of his own country, which is similar to that in Bahrain where the Shi’ite majority has taken to the streets in opposition of the Sunni Muslim leadership.

In a clear sign of concern, Abdullah ordered a flood of cash to be pumped into social programs and bank funds. He answered the Arab world’s “winter of rage” with money; he announced a $37 billion in  benefits package, to create 1,200 new jobs, raise cost-of-living allowances, and grant interest-free home loans.

He also ordered a 15% pay rise for state employees, granted a pardon to prisoners indicted for financial crimes, and announced more plans to combat unemployment; all in an attempt to quell the rumblings of dissent.

(We would also request the king, who is evidently ecumenically minded, that while reforming Arabia, he should consider allowing Christians to meet together for Bible Study, and allow some churches to be established. When he sponsors mosques in western countries – and which western governments permit – how about a little reciprocity?)

LEBANON  

VERY DARK DAYS AHEAD

While President Obama sat in the Oval Office with Lebanese PM, Saad Hariri, on January 12, Hizb’ullah toppled Hariri’s Western-backed unity government because he refused to renounce a UN-backed tribunal investigating the 2005 assassination of his father, former PM Rafik Hariri.

            Since then the Shi’ite Hizb’ullah has secured the support of a majority in parliament to nominate its own hand-picked candidate for PM - Najib Miqati, a Sunni Muslim. 

This puts the Iranian-and-Syrian-backed militant group, Hizb’ullah, in a position of control in Lebanon’s new government.

The first task of the new PM, Najib Miqati, was to disqualify the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, to nullify its indictments, and to sever ties with the tribunal. 

But Hizb’ullah’s handpicked candidate has not been able to form a government. Two main reasons:

1. Lebanese President Michel Suleiman insists he will only endorse a national unity administration, which would necessitate the participation of Saad Hariri’s block. But Saad has not been willing.

3. Miqati himself, is not eager to head a narrow-based government, because it would expose him as a Syrian-Hizb’ullah rubber stamp, and he would be ostracized by the US and the West.

 

The INTERNATIONAL

SPECIAL TRIBUNAL for LEBANON  

The STL is the investigation into the Rafiq Hariri Assassination.

After several years of investigation, the STL gave its initial findings. On Jan. 17, the report was tabled, but the names of indicted individuals contained in the report were withheld.

Then on Feb. 7, the first closed STL hearing, at The Hague, indicated the indicted could face convictions as international criminals on charges of terrorism, conspiracy and premeditated murder.  Future sessions will be held in public.

The revealing report was not expected so soon. But the international judges jumped the gun, accelerating their schedule. This caught Hizb’ullah unprepared.

The full list of accused may be released quite soon.

Hizb’ullah may now search for a fast worker to take over from Miqati, and quickly set up a new government; or, alternatively, to exercise force to seize control of Beirut and government institutions and establish an alternative “Free Lebanon” administration which would sever ties with the STL.

Hizb’ullah’s head, Hassan Nasrallah called on “Islamic resistance fighters” to “be ready for the day when war is forced on Lebanon.” The Hizb’ullah leader who escaped from an Egyptian prison recently, appeared at the rally where Nasrallah spoke.

Very dark days are ahead for Lebanon!

HARIRI PLANS LEBANESE ANTI-HIZBULLAH

MILLION-MAN PROTEST MARCH

Lebanon’s former Prime Minister Saad Hariri doesn’t plan to sit back and let Hizb’ullah and its allies, whom, he said, displayed “lies, betrayal and lack of loyalty,” to sit back and enjoy the fruits of their political coup against him undisturbed.

At a mass rally in Beirut, Hariri said he would not join the new government being formed by Najib Mukati. Instead, as he told thousands of protesters at a rally commemorating the assassination of his father, Rafik Hariri, he plans to lead a “million-man march” on March 14, evoking a similar event six years ago, when some one million protesters gathered to protest Syria’s interference in Lebanese affairs.

 HAMAS SEIZES CONTROL OF NORTH SINAI

Hamas plans to follow up its attack on the Egyptian-Israel-Jordanian gas pipeline (Feb 5), with more large-scale operations against Israel, using Egyptian Sinai as its launching-pad.

Since the uprising began in Egypt, more than 1,000 Hamas gunmen have infiltrated North Sinai from the Gaza Strip, and seized control of the region. They were followed by Al-Qaeda cells which had redeployed from Iraq in the Gaza Strip.

Hamas has established a command center on Israel’s southern doorstep in North Sinai for coordinating its operations with the Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo.  

                                                                                                                 – Feb 8/11 / debka.com

THE PALESTINIANS  

With peace talks stalled, and calls for democracy rising throughout the Middle East, President Abbas, said in February that he would hold long overdue general elections in September. But the Hamas militant group, which controls the Gaza Strip, said it would boycott the vote unless there is reconciliation first.

Hamas won a parliamentary election in 2006, but as it could not govern alone, they joined in a unity government with Fatah. A year later, however, Hamas violently routed Abbas’ forces and seized full control of Gaza.

At present the Palestinian leaders are devastated, firstly because  Mubarak was the anchor for their Middle East “peace process”; and secondly, because growing discontent among Palestinians could threaten them also.  (Remember, Abbas’ and Fayyad’s electoral terms expired two years ago – and all this time they have refrained from calling for new elections.)

They have now announced that they will hold elections in six months, and they want the elections to take place also in Jerusalem and Gaza.

Since Fatah does not rule either place, it is highly unlikely Hamas or Israel will give them permission.

SALAM FAYYAD’S OFFER TO HAMAS

Salam Fayyad, the Palestinian Authority PM, has offered to form a unity government with its rival Hamas, promising  that the militant group would retain security control in Gaza - as long as it preserved a cease-fire with Israel. Fayyad would continue to govern from the West Bank and would work with Hamas to place both territories under a single governing authority.

“The split has been too long and should not continue, and it will not end by itself. We need to move to end the split,” Fayyad said.

A Fatah-Hamas unity government however, would definitely end any hopes of reviving the Mideast peace talks, as Hamas is adamantly opposed to recognising Israel. Besides, Israel and the “International Community” have all the while said there will be no dealings with Hamas until it formally renounces violence and recognises Israel’s right to exist.

Fayyad was recently entrusted by PA President Mahmoud Abbas with the forming of a new government that would consist of as many Palestinian factions as possible.

With the new ascendancy of the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas will not be willing to play second fiddle in the Palestinian Authority. Hamas is bent on taking over the West Bank and stripping Fatah of its hold on that region also.

FATAH SAYS “NO!” TO UNITY GOVERNMENT

Even Fatah is opposed to PM Salam Fayyad’s initiative to form a unity government with Hamas. Amin Maqboul, secretary-general of Fatah’s Revolutionary Council, said that Fayyad’s initiative was “unreasonable and unacceptable,” and  the initiative was a “private” plan that did not reflect the policy of Fatah. He also said that Fatah was mainly opposed to Fayyad’s plan because it envisages the establishment of a unity government with Hamas before solving the dispute with Fatah.

“The issue of reconciliation with Hamas and the formation of a unity government was not up to Fayyad, who is from the ‘Third Way’ party, to decide on,” Maqboul added.

Fayyad’s efforts suffered another setback when the deputy speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council, Hasan Khraisheh, called on all Palestinian factions to boycott the new Fayyad government.

Hamas has also rejected Fayyad’s plan, saying he does not have a mandate to talk about the formation of a new government.  - Jerusalem Post Feb 27/11

So the Palestinians are very much divided - as well as Fatah, Hamas and Fayyad’s government, there are many other opposing groups.

 

But  here  is  an  item  of  good  news!

You may have heard of Mosab Hassan Yousef who is the son of one of the Hamas’ founders. He was involved in so much of what was going on in the West Bank and Israel. Then he came into contact with the New Testament, and became amazed at the words of Y’shua - such words of love and peace that Mosab had never ever found in the Muslim scriptures.  He became a believer, and after finally reaching the US, he wrote his amazing story. It is called “Son of Hamas.”  

Now the good news is that his book has been translated into Arabic, and it is available on his website for the Arab world to read. Mosab has a love for his people, and is unafraid to tell anyone what he believes and why he became a Christian.

Praise God for his outreach!

 

U.S. VETOES RESOLUTION ON

ISRAELI SETTLEMENTS

FEB 20/11. The US vetoed an Arab resolution before the UN Security Council condemning Israel’s settlement constructions in East Jerusalem and the West Bank.

   US ambassador to the UN, Susan Rice, said Washington had “regrettably” chosen to oppose the resolution that was sponsored by Lebanon, currently a Security Council member, and supported by 130 countries.

“This draft resolution risks hardening the positions of both sides,” she said. “It could encourage the parties to stay out of negotiations.” 

 

BUT AT THE SAME TIME, THE U.S. CONDEMNS

ISRAEL’S CONSTRUCTION

Ms Rice told the Security Council: 

“Our opposition to the resolution before this Council today should therefore not be misunderstood to mean we support settlement activity. On the contrary, we reject in the strongest terms the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlement activity. For more than four decades, Israeli settlement activity in territories occupied in 1967 has undermined Israel’s security and corroded hopes for peace and stability in the region. Continued settlement activity violates Israel’s international commitments, devastates trust between the parties, and threatens the prospects for peace.”

The Obama administration maintains that direct Israel- PA talks are the best way to address the issue.

 

CLINTON:

“ISRAELI  SETTLEMENTS  ILLEGITIMATE”

Shortly before the US veto, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called Israeli settlements “illegitimate.”

She said, “It’s been American policy for many years that settlements were illegitimate, and it is the continuing goal and highest priority of the Obama administration to keep working toward a two-state solution with both Israelis and Palestinians.”

The Security Council vote was, 14 countries including Britain, France and Germany, in favor of the resolution, and only the US against.

The Lebanese-sponsored motion condemned Israel for allowing Jews to live in Judea and Samaria, restored to the Jewish State in the 1967 Six-Day War after nearly 2,000 years of rule under foreign countries, including the Roman and the Turkish Ottoman empires.

Egypt denounced the US, charging that “the veto will lead to more damage to US credibility.”

A Hamas spokesman expressed the hope that the American veto will help re-unite the Fatah-Hamas because “the veto reveals the reality of the clear US support to what the Zionist enemy does against our people.”  He added, “Let’s start a new phase to empower the internal Palestinian unity.”

The Palestinian PM, Salam Fayyad, angrily denounced the US veto of the Security Council resolution.

“The Americans have chosen to be alone in disrupting the internationally backed Palestinian efforts,” Fayyad said. Of course, Hamas also condemned the veto.

FEB 21. Thousands of Palestinians massed in Ramallah, shouting slogans against Obama and his administration.  “Obama, you despicable man, we want self-determination.” “This decision (the veto) is against the Palestinian people and its freedom, and it supports Israeli injustice, oppression and occupation. We tell Obama that we are a people that doesn’t bow to anyone. Get out Obama, get out you settler.”

Senior Fatah official Hatem Abdel Kader, who holds the Jerusalem portfolio for the PA, said on Feb 23, that a newly announced boycott against the US, would see the 28 Arab local councils in Jerusalem cutting ties with the US consulate. 

“The Palestinian institutions in Jerusalem have decided to boycott the consulate in Jerusalem in protest against the US veto,” Kader said. “We will cut our relationship with all American institutions, including with USAID and we will not take any help or money from them.

Very good! The US can save some money, and pay off its huge national debt.

ABBAS TO ASK UN TO CIRCUMVENT THE US VETO

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, trying to transform defeat into victory, will ask the UN General Assembly to back the anti-Israel motion that the US vetoed.

The PA announced that it will ask the UN General Assembly, (where there are no veto powers), to vote for the resolution next September.

The PA’s determination to bypass the US reflects increasing confidence that the Obama administration has diminishing influence in the international community at large and in the Arab world in particular.

IRAN        KHAMENEI

Hizb’ullah Supplies Iran With troops to Stifle Protests in Tehran.

Haaretz.com reports that some 1,500 armed Hizb’ullah men participated in clashes, fighting opposition protesters on the streets of Tehran.

The Hizb’ullah force came from Lebanon to Iran and were stationed, dressed in civilian clothing, on Tehran’s streets, in order to help the Iranian regime scatter the protestors.

FEB 14/11. Thousands of opposition supporters in Tehran and other cities took to the streets in sympathy with uprisings that toppled the leaders of Egypt and Tunisia.

This time the Iranian people demanded the ouster, not only of Ahmadinejad, but also of the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

The authorities, seeking to avoid a revival of the mass anti-government rallies that erupted after the 2009 vote, had warned that any illegal gatherings by the opposition would be confronted.

Opposition websites reported that thousands of Iranian security personnel were deployed on the streets of Tehran and other cities to prevent opposition protesters rallying in spite of a ban. Riot police moved in with tear gas and batons, just like they did in 2009 when Iranians protested the fraudulent Presidential elections. Several were killed, and according to the opposition, some 1500 were arrested.  That was Feb 14.

After that rally, two high profile political opposition leaders, Mir Hossein Mousavi and Medhi Karroubi who had called for the people to launch new protests, were kept under house arrest and then, ahead of nationwide anti-government demonstrations on March 1, they were taken along with their wives to a high security prison.

MAR 1/11. Iranian opposition said thousands had demonstrated to demand the release of the opposition leaders, and at least 79 people were arrested.  But the government denied protests had even taken place.

Iran has shown again its split personality. Its duplicitous leaders, including President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, have tried to portray Iran as a sort of father figure for the pro-democracy movements, which, they claim have taken inspiration from Iran’s Islamic Revolution against the U.S.-backed Shah in 1979.

After watching TV broadcasts of Gadhafi’s forces attacking protesters in Libya, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, with typical hypocrisy, and thick blood on his hands, exclaimed:  “It is unimaginable that there is someone who kills and bombards his own people. This is very grotesque!”

The Iranian administration is seeking to profess great sympathy for protesters in other countries, while at the same time cracking down hard on its own internal protests. (The Iranian Islamic revolution in 1979 slaughtered more than 100,000 people on the streets.)

And right now, Iran is arresting and executing people every day  -  many of them are new Christians.

“IRAN HAS BIGGEST STOCKPILE OF MISSILES IN THE MIDDLE EAST”

FEB 20/11. The U.S. intelligence community has determined that Iran has acquired the largest number of ballistic missiles in the Middle East. And it is developing  a range of missiles, including those that can carry a nuclear warhead - missiles that could target the entire Gulf and much of the Middle East.                                                    - www.geostrategy-direct.com

QATAR & OMAN “FRIENDLY TO IRAN”

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard sent ships on a courtesy call to Qatar in January and held navy maneuvers with Oman in February, in further signs of expanding ties in the Gulf.

Oman and Qatar are already much friendlier to Iran than they were in the past.

PROTESTS NOW IN OMAN

FEB 27/11. At least 1,000 protesters gathered for a second straight day in a main square in Sohar, demanding political reform in the industrial town of Sohar, before Omani police tried to disperse them first with tear gas and batons and then fired at them with rubber bullets, killing two people.

 

   TURKEY HAS JOINED ‘RADICAL AXIS ’

Feb 20/11.  The Israeli intelligence community has confirmed that Turkey, under PM Erdogan, has indeed formed firm strategic alliances with Iran, Syria, Hizb’ullah and Hamas.

Ankara, particularly its intelligence and security agencies, were helping Iran and Syria in such areas as intelligence-sharing, the battle against Kurdish insurgents, and combat doctrine.

An official said the Turkish contribution to the so-called axis began with diplomatic support for the regimes in Damascus, Gaza City and Tehran. But, he said, Turkey is now providing support for Iranian operations meant to help arm Hizb’ullah and Syria in plans for a war against Israel.

“There are Iranian shipments that move overland through remote areas of Turkey to Syria,” the official said. This is coordinated with Turkish intelligence, and the US knows about this.

The Israeli military intelligence chief said Ankara’s co-operation with Hamas, Hizb’ullah, Iran and Syria, marked the transformation of the Middle East into a hotbed of Islamic extremism.                                                                       - www.geostrategy-direct.com  

TURKEY AND JORDAN SIGN NUCLEAR AGREEMENT

FEB 17/11.  Jordan and Turkey have signed a nuclear co-operation agreement paving the way for closer ties between the two countries.

Jordan said its peaceful nuclear program, supported by the US, is imperative for electricity generation and exploring other cost-effective alternative sources.

The state Petra news agency said the accord covers nuclear reactor operation and servicing, provision of nuclear fuel cycle services, uranium exploration and radiation protection.  - yahoo.com

ISRAEL PREPARES FOR THE NEW REALITIES

The most hopeful outcome scenario for Egypt would be a Muslim Brotherhood preoccupied with guaranteeing the livelihood of 85 million Egyptians and not wanting to engage in extremist acts or policies that would endanger Egypt’s alliances or its economy. 

But that is not likely to happen!

Israel is bracing for the possibility of another Iranian proxy-state when the Muslim Brotherhood gets control of the reins of Egypt.

A Muslim Brotherhood takeover could lead to the imposition of Sharia, with far-reaching implications for the rights of women, Christians and minorities, and dramatic changes in Egypt’s relationships to its neighbours.

Israelis fear that Egypt could become “part of the Iranian pact in the Middle East along with Hamas, Hezbollah, Syria, Lebanon and Turkey.”

After years of trauma of Iranian-supplied Kassam rockets from Gaza, Israelis now fear their cities and towns could get hit with the full brunt of the Iranian arsenal as Iran replaces the US as Egypt’s main arms supplier.

RABBI SAY ARAB UNREST SIGNALS MESSIAH COMING SOON

FEB 23/11.  A number of influential rabbis say unrest in the Arab world signals the coming of the War of Gog and Magog, and the soon coming of the Messiah, reports Ynet, a leading Israeli news service.

Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky, recently spoke of the tumultuous events underway in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Iran and elsewhere in the Middle East.

“People have come to me and said that it’s ‘Gog and Magog’,” he said. “We cannot know. But it’s probable that any unrest that God creates shows that the Messiah is coming, and that we must begin to prepare for it and become stronger.”

True, the War of Gog and Magog is certainly approaching, the Messiah is certainly coming; and yes, we agree we must be prepared and become stronger spiritually as the Lord’s return draws near.!

Tragically, most Jews look for a Messiah who is not Y’shua, God’s Anointed One.  Tragically, most Jews, at first, will be deceived, believing the “peace-maker” who will be revealed at the beginning of the 7-year Tribulation, is the long-awaited Messiah.

He will indeed claim to be the Messiah - but more. He will claim to be also the 12th Imam, the Christ, the 5th Buddha, Lord Maitreya, Lord Krishna, and the “God of Gods.”

The identity of the Messiah is a vital topic to discuss with Jewish people in these days. 

 Our book, The Messiah, presents 72 specific Old Testament Messianic prophecies that are all fulfilled in Y’shua’s birth, life, sufferings, death, resurrection and return. It is a study of which all believers should have a good understanding. And it can provide help and “ammunition” – evidence - to share with Jewish contacts. 

The Messiah CLICK HERE

 

NEW  ZEALAND’S  MASSIVE  EARTHQUAKE

 

FEB 22/11. Christchurch was shaken and devastated once more by a massive earthquake. Although it was only 6.3, it was much more destructive than the 7.1 quake that hit the same city last September.

Described as “New Zealand’s Darkest Night,” there was enormous destruction. About one third of the buildings in the Christchurch central business district need to be demolished. Enormous suffering has followed the quake.

The death toll was expected to be around 220, and more than 2,500 people were injured, including 164 admitted to hospital with serious injuries.

The beautiful historical Anglican Christ Church Cathedral at the heart of the city was damaged for a second time.  This time its 63m spire simply collapsed into rubble.

New Zealand’s greatest natural disaster was the 1931, 7.3 Hawke’s Bay quake that flattened Napier and claimed 256 lives.

What is God saying to New Zealand today?

 

                                                                                                                 

AUSTRALIA’S  SUMMER  OF  DISASTERS

And what is God saying to Australia today?

Australia has been hammered by multiple natural disasters in December, January and February.

Devastating floods swept much of Queensland, North NSW and Victoria. The calamitous flooding in Queensland was described as a disaster of biblical proportions.” Water covered an area the combined size of France and Germany together. The floods in some  areas reached 13 metres (over 40 feet) high.

In one area the flood was like a rapidly flowing river, and was called an inland tsunami.”

Parts of Brisbane, the state capital, were flooded.

In Victoria, floods formed an inland sea.

The floods devastated more and more areas, over many weeks. There seemed to be no end to it.

Then when Queensland was starting to get back to some kind of normality, a huge cyclone hit the state. Cyclone Yasi was the largest recorded cyclone ever to cross the Australian coast.

It was a category 5 with winds up to 285 kph (170 mph).  Tidal surges sent waves crashing ashore into seaside communities. Several small towns directly under Yasi’s eye were turned into heaps of ruins.

Hundreds of millions of dollars worth of banana and sugarcane crops were shredded.

The cyclone moved inland, reaching half way across the country to Alice Springs before petering out.

The amazing thing is that no-one was killed by this monstrous cyclone. That was a miracle!

But tragically, neither the Prime Minister, Governor-General, nor any of the nation’s political leaders publicly acknowledged the hand of God in sparing the lives of the people.  I did not hear anyone call for a national or state level thanksgiving service.  The Prime Minister certainly never even hinted that the nation should pray!

IT IS RIGHT TO GIVE THANKS TO YHWH,

THE ALMIGHTY ONE

New Zealanders will remember the huge 7.1 earthquake in September 2010; and the amazing miracle at that time - not one person was killed in that monster that damaged 100,000 buildings.

A Christian revivalist who sought to organize a large open worship/thanksgiving gathering in Christchurch, could not get even Christian churches interested.

“For even though they knew God, they did not honour Him as the Almighty One, nor were thankful; but they became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.” (Romans 1:21)

But a number of the top secular bands and musicians from New Zealand came down and gave a free concert in the park for the traumatized city. It was heavily advertised on Radio – and 20,000 people showed up.

After the recent (Feb) earthquake, the Christchurch churches did have memorial services, which is right. But sadly, it seems that for a mighty miracle on behalf of the people, and with no dead to be mourned, a thanksgiving seems “out of place.”

And that’s how it was in Australia in February!

In Queensland, there were many believers praying during the cyclone, and of course, many people cried out to God, as they should do in times of trouble - (but not forget Him when it is over.)

A pastor in Cairns who is known to me went through the cyclone. Sixteen born-again Christians, including his family and others from his church gathered at their home and spent a few hours in worship, praise and prayer.  While the cyclone was passing through they were playing their guitars and worshipping the Lord.

He said, “when the cyclone was passing through it seemed like a M16 fighter jet was flying over my house, but we were ready for anything, even if it meant to die and to go to be with the Lord in heaven. We had no fear at all. Glory to God! As we were singing and praying, He brought us right through the storm. We now know God is going to give us many opportunities to share the Gospel as people’s hearts are so open right now.”

CYLONES HIT NT and WA

Some days later, strong cyclones hit Darwin in the Northern Territory and then towns in the north part of West Australia.  These also brought some flooding.

FIRES IN PERTH

Western Australia (where drought is a major disaster) was not exempt from disasters.  In February, we had awesome forest fires in the hills on the east of Perth, in which about 80 homes were destroyed. 

THE ECONOMY HIT BADLY

The floods and cyclones have set the Australian economy back very badly; but it has also contributed to the alarming current global wheat and food shortage. But still there’s no hint that the nation should pray and return to Almighty God!

KEVIN RUDD GIVES ISRAEL HIS “WHAT TO DO”!

DEC 13/10. The Australian Foreign Minister, Kevin Rudd, met Israeli President Shimon Peres at his residence and urged Israel to put a stop to all new buildings in Jewish settlements in East Jerusalem and also in the West Bank.

Tragically, although Australian leaders proclaim support for Israel, Australia’s minority Labour/Green government is taking a stand against God’s Word and His covenant with Israel concerning the promised land.  God has warned that He will judge the nations for dividing His land.

Yahweh the Almighty says:  “I will gather all the nations, and bring them down to the valley of Y’hoshaphat. There I will enter into judgment against them on behalf of My people and My inheritance, Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations; and they have divided up My land.” (Joel 3:2)

The United States has suffered countless disasters, including Katrina, the Horizon Oil, and economic turmoil for the same reason – pressure on Israel to divide the land.

And the 14 UN Security Council members who voted to criminalize Israel for constructing homes on the Promised Land - including Britain, France and Germany - should not be surprised when God gives them a final warning.” 

To make things worse, Kevin Rudd added Australian support to the “international agenda” that seeks to strip Israel of the one effective physical weapon it has, to keeps the hordes of fierce surrounding enemies at bay  - its nuclear deterrence.

DEC. 14/10.  In Jerusalem, Mr Rudd told Israel’s Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman that Israel needs to allow UN inspectors into its nuclear facility and become part of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Shortly after Rudd’s meddling in God’s affairs, the floods of “biblical proportion” began in Rudd’s home state of Queensland, followed by the biggest cyclone ever to hit “the (former) lucky country.” 

 

WHAT IS GOD SAYING TO AUSTRALIA ?  

 

In Scripture the LORD often warned that He may send His judgments – the sword, drought, famine, pestilence and plague; and added to the list, hailstones, violent winds, the roaring of the sea and waves, and the shaking of the heavens and the earth.

And Yahweh the Almighty gave this straight-forward conditional, promise:

If I send drought, if I send locusts, if I send pestilences; (if I send floods; if I send fires, if I send cyclones, or any other disasters) ... and then … if … My people who are called by My Name humble themselves and pray, and seek My Face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and heal their land.”                                                                                                                               (2 Chronicles 7:14)

Well Australia has been copping the disasters for more than the last few months! But the question is, Will Australians still not acknowledge God? Will Australians not acknowledge the evils of their nation?  

Our newspapers and TVs scream out that we have forsaken our Maker; that we want little or nothing to do with Him in our society. And we don’t want God interfering or dictating in our lives. We have ruled God out of our business, and placed Him on a shelf in our homes. We don’t need God these days! We are advancing rapidly under our own steam, and our own laws, thank you!  Away with Christ, we are happy with our modern idols. And Santa Claus!  (He’s a good guy!)

My dear reader, someone said to me recently, “All these disasters … and we hardly hear anyone calling the nation to prayer!” Well there are a few.  I have one brochure with a “Call to prayer” on my desk – from the Christian Democratic Party – with 2 Chronicles 7:14 quoted on the front cover.

Some 30 years ago I wrote a book entitled, “OH AUSTRALIA!  - The Avago Society.”   You see, there’s a slang phrase in Australia that says, “Av a go!”  It is equivalent to the modern expression you see here or there these days -  “Just do it!”

Well, that book is not available now; but in the back of the book there was a “Prayer for Australia.”  And recently one of my old readers in Australia wrote to me, sending a copy of that same prayer. She believes it should be reprinted in these present times. I think so too.  It expresses my heart and mind, so I conclude this Alert by printing this prayer as it was 30 years ago, with just a few small updates.

And I pray it may be used by many churches and fellowships in these days of turmoil.

My dear reader, this prayer, no doubt, could also be adapted for your country - wherever you are.

And may our Heavenly Master bless and keep you. DS

 

      PRAYER FOR AUSTRALIA

 

ALMIGHTY ONE, BE EXALTED above the heavens, oh God; let Your glory be above all the earth.

WE thank You for Your blessings upon the land of Australia.  We confess we have been unworthy of them, and that we have taken them for granted.  In our prosperity we have forgotten You, oh God, and each one of us has turned to his own way. We and our fathers have all tragically sinned against You, and against each other.

WE have become a nation of evil-doers. Violence has increased in the land. Debauchery and depravity is evident everywhere. We have given ourselves to alcohol, and taught our children to follow our foolish ways. Drunkenness and drug addiction are destroying many of our sons and daughters, and yet, oh God, we confess we have been apathetic. 

OUR complacency has led many into the evil habits from which they cannot extricate themselves. Our selfishness has led us to exploit and rob each other.  Our greed has caused us to deprive the needy, to disrupt the nation, and to cripple our productivity.

WE’VE abused our blessings, and have produced the jungle of discontent that is seen in our factories, our institutions and our homes. Oh God, we’ve stifled the light of the Gospel until darkness has pervaded our society. And we prefer to walk in darkness, because our deeds are evil.

WE confess the sins of our fathers, oh LORD. We confess our unjust treatment of the Aboriginals in days gone by. We confess that we have helped to destroy them, by withholding the Gospel, and at the same time, by supplying and teaching them to drink.

OH GOD, crime is flourishing in our land because we have not held up the banner of integrity.  Godlessness abounds because we have so lightly regarded the living God. We have followed the traditions of men, rather than the Word of God.

LORD, we are a nation of idolaters, for we have made for ourselves, gods of pleasure, money and ambition. We have worshipped the sun, the beach, our bodies, our homes, our gardens, our cars, our possessions, and left little or no room for You.  Our profanity and blasphemy have deeply offended You, we know. We have despised Your grace, and have harboured enmity in our hearts against You, and against our neighbours.

OH Holy Sovereign Master, we deserve Your judgment, for we are sinners, one and all.  But we come to You,  oh Yahweh, Eternal One – a few of us who revere Your Name, and confess the sins of our nation, and we beseech Your mercy and grace. We beseech You, Master, pardon our iniquity, forgive our sins, and heal our land.

WE do freely forgive those who have sinned against us, for we cannot expect to receive Your forgiveness if we harbour enmity and unforgiveness in our hearts.

WE beseech Your forgiveness, oh God, of our individual sins, as well as the sins of the nation.  But we know You cannot forgive and cleanse us unless we repent. O LORD, we beseech that Your Holy Spirit will move over the land of Australia with a mighty conviction of sin, so that multitudes will repent, believe in Your Anointed One, and be saved.

WE pray Your Spirit will stay the tide of evil, and halt the spread of political crookedness, false teachings in the churches, and witchcraft and the works of the evil one. 

ALMIGHTY GOD, we plead that corruption will be exposed, that truth may be established in our schools and colleges, that integrity might prevail in our news media, and righteous judgment in our courts.

WE hold up our leaders before You, oh LORD, and pray that the Word of God will influence their decisions. Grant a Godly fear in the hearts of our elected representatives, that truth, holiness and righteousness might prevail in the land.

WE lift up the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, in the face of the iniquities of our nation, and ask that His atoning work at Calvary might be effectual in our land, bringing multitudes into the experience of Your Great Salvation.

WE thank You for Your provision through the Cross, and for Your power that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we can ask or think.

HEAVENLY FATHER, we plead, turn many of us to righteousness; save our young generation from the deception and futility that abounds. Deliver precious lives from the clutches of Satanic conspiracy, and from the coming regime of the Beast.

OH GOD, in the mighty Name of Jesus the Messiah, we resist the spirit of iniquity that is destroying our land; we resist the forces of darkness enslaving souls; we resist the conclaves of tyranny that are planning bondage for the nation; and we resist the anarchy that is robbing our people of life.

IN the mighty Name of Y’shua, Jesus, we oppose the spirit of modernism, division, and indifference and lukewarmness in the church, and call upon You, oh Sovereign Master, to pour upon our people, a holy fire that will burn up our hypocrisy, our carnality, our dross, and that will prepare the church to meet the need of this final hour.

OH GOD, hear this prayer we offer in the mighty Name of our Lord Jesus Christ, and answer, we beseech, O Eternal One, not according to our deserts, but according to Your grace, for You are God who delights in mercy.

“Who is a God like You, who pardons iniquity,

  and passes over the rebellious acts of the remnant of His possession?

  He does not retain His anger forever, because He delights in

  unchanging love.

  He will again have compassion on us; He will tread our iniquities

  underfoot.

  Yes, You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.”   

                                                                                                             (Micah 7:18-19)

THANK YOU, oh LORD our God. We praise You and magnify Your holy Name.  Now, Heavenly Father, show us what we, each one, are to do in these finals days, as we go forth, expecting to witness Your power moving across our land. 

IN THE NAME of Jesus Christ, the Messiah and Saviour of all who call upon His Name.  Amen.

 

A FINAL WORD

My reader, we are indeed living in anxious, climactic times! The news is getting bleaker every day. But I want to remind you, the coming of Y’shua the Messiah, to transport His people home, draws nearer every day. It could be this year!  It could be this month!  It could be TODAY!  Maranatha!

Be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Master is coming.” (Matthew 24:42)

Y’shua said: “Let not your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me ... I WILL come again and receive you to Myself, so that you also may be where I am.” (John 14:1,3)

Remember! “In the last days scoffers will come, mocking and following after their own evil desires; and saying, ‘Where is the promise of His coming?” (2 Peter 3:3-4)

“As for me, I will watch expectantly for the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation.” (Micah 7:7)

Y’shua says: “Yes!  I AM coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to everyone according to what he has done.”

(Revelation 22:12)  

“Therefore you also must be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you (and many) do not expect Him.” (Matthew 24:44)

“Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise, but as wise, redeeming and making the most of the time - buying up each opportunity, because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of YHWH the LORD is.” (Ephesians 5:15-17)

So do not throw away your confidence which has a great reward; for you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise. For in just a very little while, the One who is coming WILL COME, AND HE WILL NOT DELAY.”(Hebrews 10:35-37)    AMEN!

 

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