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The Daily Jot
Daily reporting and analysis of current events from a biblical and prophetic perspective.
Friday, March 25, 2011
The great prophetic awakening of the heathen by the prophet Joel
The current state of affairs in the Middle East presents quite a conundrum. There are at least three elements in play. One is the status quo where there is a gradient from repressive to oppressive governments in place. These governments have been stable for a number of years, and they do rule with an iron fist, and they are generally enemies of Israel whether they proclaim it or not. And they are enemies of America whether they say so or not. Saudi Arabia, for example, is considered a great American ally, but in reality its radical Islamic teachings, its infiltration of America with Wahhabism and substantial oil money works against Americans. Most of the 911 terrorists were Saudi.
Yemen is a repressive regime. Largely isolated, the Yemeni government rules harshly and has already killed at least 50 people in an uprising there. Syria, on the other hand, is an oppressive government. In league as a vassal of Iran, Syria's Bashar Assad (despite what Saddleback church pastor Rick Warren says) is a persecutor of Christians, a hater of Jews and proliferator of terrorism. Iran is likely the most radical of the lot, stomping on its citizens human rights and demanding that Israel be driven into the sea, banished from the earth, and the "great satan" America be destroyed. In all of these examples, and many countries in between, people are rising up against their governments.
The US policy since the Bush Administration and as accelerated by the current Administration has been to support opposition groups within those countries in an effort to forward "democracy." Problem is that destabilization by these groups includes Arab socialists, terrorist groups, the Muslim Brotherhood and more. There has been success in stirring the hearts of average citizens to action, but those waiting in the wings are likely far more radical against Israel and America than the current regimes. For example, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Counterterrorism Chief John Brennan argued against attacking Libya because Libyan rebels were unknown entities that could be tied to al Qaeda.
During the Egypt revolt, the White House openly talked to the Muslim Brotherhood, which is a terrorist sponsoring group that has emerged as the uniting force between Sunnis and Shiites, about its role in a democratic Egyptian government. But at the end of the day, these are all groups with great hatred toward Jews and Christians and are willing to do whatever it takes to advance the cause of rule by Sharia law--even using democracy to do it. The prophet Joel sounds a wake up call to the heathen in preparation for the Day of the Lord, "Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruning hooks into spears: let the weak say I am strong (3:10)." Today, across the Middle East, the weak people are awakened. This is a type and shadow of things to come.
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
Word of Life Ministry