Sunday, February 13, 2011
What's to Become of the Middle East!
13 February 2011: I inherently knew there would be a short yet inevitable time span before the proponents of the Eastern Leg-Islamic Antichrist (EL-IA) theorem would jump up once again to proclaim that the unrest stirring violently in the Middle East, particularly in Egypt, could be seen through the lens of their work.
Such proclamations were nonsense two years ago when they first appeared ("God's War on Terror", 2008 and "Islamic Antichrist", 2009 among other articles, periodicals and blogs) and they are nonsense now. This EL-IA theorem has been thoroughly debunked by many astute and learned Bible scholars, authors, and eschatologists.
So it is with some sadness that I read the following sentence (with my emphasis added) in a new article "What's to Become of Egypt" from brother Jack Kelley: "Like I said it’s still too early to determine the outcome of the current unrest in Egypt. But we can tell from Scripture that eventually Egypt will become part of the End Times Roman (Islamic) Empire, also being called the Caliphate."
What I can tell from reading such theorems is that there is a small minority of brethren who are more than willing to try to tell the rest of us their eschatological interpretations of the prophecies passed to Daniel by the angel Gabriel. Obviously the majority of us not only disagree with their views, but have our own Scripture-based objections to them. It is the Scripture-based objections which drives rebuttals such as this and others previously published by Dr. David Regan and more recently by Dr. Reagan, and by Bill Salus, Don Koenig, Jack Kinsella, just to name a few.
However, what I find most troublesome with Jack Kelley's new article is that he apparently won't dare to touch the prophecy of Isaiah 19 with the ongoing events in Egypt, but easily found his way to directly connect them to a thoroughly debunked newspaper exegesis that is tied directly to an errant interpretation of Daniel 2:26-46, Daniel 9:26 and Revelation 13:1-2. In fact, Jack cherry-picked and cited just four verses from Daniel 11:40-42 and Daniel 11:45 to conclude relative to the focus of this rebuttal, "To me this is confirmation that Egypt is not likely to play a major part in the Psalm 83 scenario..."
Remember, Jack Kelley went from "It's still to early to determine the outcome... But we can tell...," to "To me this is confirmation that..." This kind of eschatological commentary begs to be objected to, and that is precisely what I have done here with my comments and citations.
The prophecy of Isaiah 19 informs us that the unrest in Egypt is the direct result of God moving powerfully to bring certain events to occur, that His hand is passing over the former land of the Pharaohs which has set Egyptian against Egyptian, everyone against his own kin, neighbor against neighbor. A full-blown civil war in other words. During this civil war God will destroy by swallowing up the correct counsel or advice of the Egyptian leaders on the correct course of action they should take. We have seen this aspect of the prophecy manifest in the much reported no-other-option removal of the constitutional president of the country. Now the Egyptians will be given over by the LORD God "into the hand of a cruel master; and a fierce king shall rule over them." I have no doubt that this is prophetic Word will be manifest in the triumph of the Sunni Islamic terrorist fundamentalists of the al-Ikhwan al-Muslimun (Muslim Brotherhood) and their chief leader who is yet to emerge from the continuing chaotic situation.
These events are driven by the LORD God and are setting the stage for the final fulfillment of Psalm 83, and will also assist in the precipitator of or precursor to the related prophecies of the "inner ring" Arab Islamic war against Israel, a war they Arab Islamists will loose decisively and never recover from.