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
The Hamas-types have been waiting
for this revolution.
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.”
ARAB WORLD WARNED
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
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
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
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.
he was the head of the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA),
shielded Iran’s nuclear weapons program from the Security
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
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
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
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”
The people of Egypt believe they
will now have freedom.
Two worldwide expectations are now
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
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,
who is no friend of Israel. And neither is the leader of the Muslim
He’s a most fanatical
foe of Israel, and would certainly cancel the Egypt-Israel peace pact.
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
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
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,”
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
think of the impact on large-scale
out of Arab countries; think of the impact on the operating footprint
of the impact in terms of the geo-strategic footprint of
and think also of the implications in terms of the
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
According to a revolutionary
activist who met with the supreme council of military leaders, Egypt’s
military leaders will hold a
on March 19, which will be
in June, and a
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
be a liberal
Mubarak’s military authoritarianism may be replaced by an Islamic
And then, US’s greatest Arab ally
will become its greatest enemy. And Israel’s peace partner (Egypt) will
again become its gravest foe.
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
By 2004 there was a plurality of
female university graduates in serious hijab; tight, and draping the
In 2011, we saw women protestors
in Cairo shouting, dressed in full burqa – totally covered. These
pictures indicate the deepening Islamisation in Egypt.
“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
Another MB leader recently told an
Arab language newspaper that Egyptians
“should prepare for war
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
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
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.
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
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
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)
OF CHURCH CONTRACTOR IN EGYPT ABDUCTED
As an example of what has already
happened in Egypt, the Assyrian International News Agency
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
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
with divine assistance,” as
Iran led humankind to “summits of perfection.”
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
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 /
Look at what is happening in
BRITISH PM SLAMS
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.
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
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
FEB 17. And now, already we see
the Jew-hating Egyptian leader of the Muslim Brotherhood calling on
people to go up and conquer Al Aqsa
(in Jerusalem). That
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
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
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
“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!”
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
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
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
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.”
jihad an Islamic moral
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
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
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
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” –
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
“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.
“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.
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
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
“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)
“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.”
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)
“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 –
“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 -
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
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
NORTH AFRICA &
THE MIDDLE EAST
Opening The Way For Even More
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
that has bred
resulting in deep social and economic
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
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
or will come under
more stern control.
Either way, the days of US capabilities to influence events seem to be
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
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,
international banking centre.’
The King initially pulled the
police back, but the next day he sent in the riot police with guns
“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.”
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
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
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
He reiterated the opposition
demand for the king to fire
Sheikh Khalifa bin Salman al-Khalifa, who has been the prime minister
since Bahrain gained its independence in
FEB 27/11. A radical exiled
returned to Bahrain, giving a new face to the protest movement. He is
more radical than the protestors, and escalated the rhetoric of the
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
Seif warned of a civil war in which Libya’s oil fields would be
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
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
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
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.”
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.
“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.
- 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 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
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.
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.
MIDEAST TURMOIL RATTLES RIYADH !
FEARS FOR WORLD
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
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
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
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
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
we’ve had. Then you will see
millions of people losing their jobs around the world.”
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
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.
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
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
$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
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
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.
then the Shi’ite Hizb’ullah has secured the support of a majority in
parliament to nominate its own hand-picked candidate for PM -
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.
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
Very dark days are ahead for
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
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
evoking a similar event six years ago, when some one million protesters
gathered to protest Syria’s interference in Lebanese affairs.
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
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 /
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
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
Fatah does not rule either
it is highly unlikely Hamas or Israel will give them permission.
SALAM FAYYAD’S OFFER
Salam Fayyad, the Palestinian
Authority PM, has offered to form a
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
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
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
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
VETOES RESOLUTION ON
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.
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.”
AT THE SAME TIME, THE U.S. CONDEMNS
Ms Rice told the Security
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.
“ISRAELI SETTLEMENTS ILLEGITIMATE”
Shortly before the US veto,
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called Israeli settlements
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
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
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 With troops to Stifle Protests in Tehran.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
“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
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.
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
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
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
Ankara’s co-operation with Hamas, Hizb’ullah, Iran and Syria, marked the
transformation of the Middle East into a
hotbed of Islamic
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
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
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
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
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.
specific Old Testament Messianic prophecies that are
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
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.
“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
AUSTRALIA’S SUMMER OF DISASTERS
And what is God saying to
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
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
Parts of Brisbane, the state
capital, were flooded.
In Victoria, floods formed an
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.
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!
RIGHT TO GIVE THANKS TO YHWH,
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!
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
taking a stand against
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.”
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
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
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.”
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
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.”
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
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
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
above the heavens, oh God; let Your glory be above all the earth.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
do freely forgive those who have sinned against us, for we cannot expect
to receive Your forgiveness if we harbour enmity and unforgiveness in
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
He will again have compassion on us; He will tread our iniquities
Yes, You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.”
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.
of Jesus Christ, the Messiah and Saviour of all who call upon His Name.
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
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.”
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
Y’shua says: “Yes! I AM coming
quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to everyone
according to what he has done.”
“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
“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
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