Additionally: Overnight Israel scored a direct hit on a Jihad Islami terrorist target south of Beirut Lebanon after that group fired four rockets into the vicinity of Nahariya in northern Israel yesterday afternoon. One of the four rockets was destroyed in mid-flight by the Iron Dome defense system.
21 August 2013: Reports are coming in of the discovery of at least four mass graves of genocide victims. These mass have been located in the Raba'a section of Cairo, two others are outside the city of Alexandria and one is just south of Port Said. There are thousands of genocide victims in the mass graves containing the decomposing bodies of men women and children, many of whose bodies exhibit clear evidence of gruesome torture, and many of whom were Coptic Christians. The blood of these innocents are on the hands of the Ikhwan Muslimun (Muslim Brotherhood) as well as the Obama Administration which put the Islamists into power in Egypt.
19 August 2013: Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is to be freed from jail by the Egyptian judiciary within hours after a dismissal of most of the charges against him. One other item hindering his total freedom will be resolved shortly.
17 August 2013 (revised, expanded and updated): I have been very consistent in making the prophetic interpretation that Ezekiel 38/39 speaks to a pre-70th Week alliance between the West ("the merchants of Tarshish and all their young lions") and Sunni Islam ("Sheba and Dedan"), especially the primary nations of the Arabian Peninsula, also known as the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).
I'll refer to this new reality as the "New Arabian Paradigm." It is the paradigm of "Sheba and Dedan" being joined with Tarshish and their young lions in Ezekiel 38. This Western-Sunni Arab alliance will have its basis in the false unifying notion of kinship in an 'Abrahamic' religion. 'Abrahamic' religion is the vehicle by which the global elite will initially unify the avowed Jewish and Christian faiths with Islam. 'Abrahamic' religion will falsely unify the God of Israel with the false god Allah of Islam. Here also, at least in part I believe, is the basis for the great, global mercantile harlot arrayed in purple and scarlet of Revelation 17.
The bottom line: it took just 9 days after Emir Al-Thani's abdication for new Qatari Emir Tamim to reverse the course of Qatar's foreign policy and cut the legs off the Egyptian Ikhwan, and pull the rug from under Mohammed Morsi's fundamentalist Islamic rule and set the course for the Egyptian military to seize control of the government from the Islamists. Moreover, Qatar and Saudi Arabia had been quite antagonistic rivals until the abdication of al-Thani. Now under Emir Tamim a rapprochement has occurred between "Sheba and Dedan" and they're now in full accord with each other.
I believe the impact of this new paradigm will be monumental, a sea change that will set a new course, a more defined course as events play themselves out enroute to the end-game that will be the fulfillment of Isaiah 17, Psalm 83 and ultimately Ezekiel 38/39 in the run-up to the advent of the 70th Week. On the chance that I be accused of engaging in "newspaper exegesis" with this real-world observation, I would advise those prospective claimants to watch these events have their full-impact prior to making such a criticism. I believe most of the key recent events I have just described are actually news to many Bible prophecy expositors at this point.
Update 18 August 2013: We will simply have to watch as American military Commander-In-Chief Barack Hussein Obama's untenable and incoherent position in full support of Islamic fundamentalist terrorism (the Ikhwan Muslimun, the Muslim Brotherhood) in Egypt will be forced to execute a 180 degree somersault of real and immediate change in favor of the interim government of General El-Sissi or the age American influence and military alliance with Egypt will swiftly come to an abrupt end. One could reasonably expect that preparations and calculations for the execution of our CInC's somersault were in progress even before the ink dried in the paper the ultimatum was printed on.
Yesterday Egypt's leading newspaper, El-Watan, published an ultimatum to Commander-In-Chief Obama and his Pentagon generals that was signed by Egypt's Major General Muhammad al-Assar and entitled "Sisi to Pentagon." This ultimatum made no bones about the fact that Obama MUST change his present course. Quoting a portion of the ultimatum, "We will not retreat from fighting terrorism; the [Egyptian] military does not run, for [our] republic has leadership, and our message is clear: we will not allow red lines to be crossed.” The Watan editorial was the chosen venue for the publishing of the ultimatum because the interim government in Egypt had cut off all contact with the Obama Administration through normal channels, although contact with the Pentagon itself was not completely severed, as a direct result of Obama's condemning speech delivered this past Thursday evening.
One could now reasonably expect that all of Obama's threats of withdrawing $1.3 billion in financial and military aid to Egypt (easily offset by Saudi Arabia's pledge of $5-20 billion) will cease forthwith; the annual American-Egyptian "Operation Bright Star" military exercise which was cancelled last week by Commander-In-Chief Obama will be summarily reinstated as previously scheduled, and the in-hiatus sale of F-16 strike aircraft will be put back on schedule as well. Commander-In-Chief Obama will soon announce that America stands foursquare with the overwhelming popular will of the Egyptian people who have made clear their rejection of Mohammed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood-led Islamic dictatorship.. Such is the likely result when spineless, untenable and incoherent ideological pursuits are met head-on with national backbone and resolve.
Addendum: What is the key thing that both the Islamic terrorists of the Ikhwan and American Commander-In-Chief Barack Obama got wrong about Egypt? They both failed to recognize that Egypt is a country with a culture which has existed for many thousands of years. Egypt contains a culture that was harmonized with both ancient Greek and Roman cultures. It is a culture that has also withstood the invasion of Islam as a foreign occupying ideology for hundreds of years. It is a culture which the Bible repeatedly addresses and prophecies about for the present and the future; it is a culture in which Christianity was brought to it by the Apostle Mark more than half a millennium prior to the Islamic invasion; a Christianity which survives to this day in the Coptic Orthodox Church and other churches throughout the continent of Africa. What the Ikhwan and Obama failed to recognize is that the culture which Egypt possesses is multifaceted, ancient and enduring; that most of its people want no part of an Islamic dictatorship lording over them. Egypt's future as determined by God is detailed in Isaiah 19:18-25.
Update 19 August 2013: Contrary to the near panic-stricken and hand-wringing musings of the secular Israeli's who penned today's lead story for DEBKAfile, there is no immediate risk of a renewed Russian military presence on Israel's borders with Syria and Egypt. The prophecy of Ezekiel 38/39 will come to pass at its appointed time, but now is clearly not that time according to the text of Ezekiel's prophecy. At most the Russian's are attempting to exploit the incompetency and compounded errors being made through U.S. Commander-In-Chief Barack Obama's incoherent policy in support of the Egyptian Ikhwan terrorists.
And also to the contrary, DEBKAfile's claim that "Israel has absolutely no involvement in Gen. El-Sisi’s war on the Muslim Brotherhood," is patently false. Israel is intimately involved in all aspects of support of the Egyptian interim government's war against the Ikhwan terrorists. This is due to the fact that should the Egyptian military fail to completely secure Egypt from the Islamic dictatorship the Ikhwan had begun to create, Israel would then face Islamic jihadist regimes on all of its borders, including Jordan.
Proof of Israel's intimate dealings with the Egyptian military and intelligence apparatus is self-evident in the instantaneous notification of Israel's military and intelligence apparatus of the Egyptian police executing an arrest of Muhammed al-Zawahri, the brother of Al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahri on Saturday, 17 August, at a security checkpoint in Giza, Egypt. Mohammed al-Zawahri had previously be personally leading jihadists attacks against Israel from the Sinai. In this light there is no doubt that Israeli intelligence (i.e. the Mossad and/or Shin Bet) had been tracking his movements closely and may have been intimately involved in the interception and arrest at the Giza checkpoint, hence the instantaneous knowledge of his arrest.