Posted February 10, 2011
There is hope for Egypt in a better world to come beyond today—the world foretold in the prophecies—the time of the Kingdom of God.
Source: Darris McNeely
There is much to consider as protestors across North Africa and the Middle East have taken to the streets. As developments continue to unfold, we will do our utmost to stay on top of them. We did want to apologize for the recent absence of regular enews messages from World News and Prophecy and let you know that we are here resuming these, God willing.
And now on to what's been happening, beginning with a recollection from some years back.
He stood holding a young goat in his arms, looking expectantly at the bus full of tourists. I was gazing out my window and saw him standing in the field next to the large ruins of Egypt's past. The ancient image of Ramses looked down on this young man, the future of his nation. I snapped his picture, and the bus moved on. Every time I look at the picture I see Egypt today.With
We have been watching the recent turmoil engulfing Egypt and threatening to bring down the government of President Hosni Mubarak. The riots continue, and the outcome is far from certain. Egypt will have a different leader soon. The question everyone is asking is, what type of government? Thirty years of Mubarak's rule have not resulted in the conditions that would prevent violent protest and upheaval. Egypt still seethes beneath the surface with unrealized hopes for a prosperity that all have equal access to.
Those of us in advanced Western democracies would naturally sympathize with the demands of demonstrators in Egypt, Tunisia, Jordan and Yemen for greater rights and freedoms and a larger say in their governments. Most human beings rightfully yearn for such things.
But the two latest U.S. presidents, Bush and Obama, have learned an important lesson in dealing with the Middle East. Suddenly granting democratic self-rule to people steeped in a culture of being told what to do, sorely lacking in democratic ideals, used to looking to strongmen as saviors and divided over age-old antagonisms, does not automatically lead to freedom. Instant democracy can sometimes create far more problems than it solves.
Revolutions often take a different turn from what originally brings people into the streets. The French Revolution of 1789 led to the Terror of the guillotine while the Russian Revolution of 1917 led to Lenin and the gulags of Stalin. What is happening in the Middle East today could lead to something completely unintended by most of those who began the revolt. The fear of many is that Egypt could turn to a radical form of Islam. If that happens, it would be worse than Iran going nuclear.
As I've watched the recent turmoil in Egypt, I've thought about the boy in the picture—who today would be a young man. Has he been in the streets protesting for a better life? Was he one of those killed in the rioting? What has become of him? What will happen to his Egypt and the hopes and dreams of those like him who just want a life in peace with the ability to have a family and provide for them?
These are the people I think about. They desperately need the Kingdom of God. The despots and rulers who today abuse their power and stewardship over people will be removed. History shows this through countless revolutions. Bible prophecy shows us that one day all the kingdoms of this world will be replaced by the righteous reign of Jesus Christ.
Revelation 11:15 says, "The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said: '‘The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will reign for ever and ever'" (New International Version).
There is an Egypt beyond the prophecies of the end time. There is an Egypt foretold that will no longer be the enemy of God's people. There is hope for Egypt in a better world to come beyond today—the world foretold in the prophecies—the time of the Kingdom of God.