Will Mubarak Emerge As The "King of the South?"
Recently, Hosni Mubarak had a sudden change of heart! Suddenly, he is talking to Israel again, and seeking approbation from the United States. Will this Middle Eastern president, leader of the most populated nation in the region, emerge as the prophesied "King of the South" of Daniel eleven?
For decades, Hosni Mubarak, President of Egypt, has reluctantly honored the peace treaty forged between his predecessor, Anwar Sadat, and former Prime Minister Begin of Israel. Mubarak is a Muslim, occupying a very uncomfortable and dangerous office. There have been several attempts on his life by Islamic militants, who hate Egyptís relationship with Israel, and with the United States.
As recently as two months ago, Mubarak was heard to say that Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon only understood violence, and that it was very difficult to deal with him! But Mubarak was told by the American government that he could not sit on the fence in the war against terrorism. US President George W. Bush had made it very clear that "you are either with us in the war against terrorism, or you are against us."
Always leery of the various Islamic fundamentalist cells inside Egypt, Mubarak has tried to have it both ways. On the one hand, he has made noises against the Israeli leadership in order to pacify extremists, and on the other hand has not scrapped the peace treaty with Israel.
Now, new blocs are forming in the Mideast!
Saudi Arabia has shown its true colors (which have always been clearly visible to any thinking person) recently in lining up with Iraq and Iran, and issuing another of the endless demands that Israel honor UN Resolution 242, made shortly after the 1967 6-day war, which calls upon Israel to abandon all territories it won in the war, and return to its pre-1967 borders.
Most significant in the Saudi proposal was that Israel give up East Jerusalem.
Israel is adamant that it will not return to the pre-1967 borders, which included a narrow strip of land from Latrun to the Mediterranean, only 8 to 12 miles wide, which could be cut in two by armored columns in only 30 minutes!
Increasingly, both Israel and the US are saying Arafatís days are numbered; that he is redundant. Arafatís credibility suffered greatly when a ship containing tons of rockets, mortars, machine guns, assault rifles, mines, and ammunition was boarded by Israeli security forces as it tried to unload the weapons, destined for the Palestinians. The ship had been loaded in Iran. There is simply no way that Yassir Arafat could not have known of such a shipment.
Recently, the US has changed its stance toward Arafat. For decades, the US had accepted Arafat as the legitimate leader of the Palestinians, and the most likely future President of a Palestinian State. Now, outraged by Arafatís continued hypocrisy and double-dealing, the State Department is looking beyond Arafat. Obviously, in time, either through natural causes or assassination from within, Arafat will no longer be the head of the PA.
Washingtonís changing posture toward Arafat led to their releasing to Mubarak ample evidence of Arafatís duplicity in the form of secret intelligence reports, which not only included his deliberate orchestration of suicide bombings and shootings in Israel, but also his plots against the Mubarak regime!
Coupled with Washingtonís stern reminder that, if Mubarak had joined with the secret Saudi-Iran-Iraq bloc, expected shipments of state of the art US military hardware would not be forthcoming and the intelligence reports, Mubarak suddenly reversed himself.
Therefore, for the first time in nearly a year, officials of the Egyptian and Israeli governments have been holding meetings. The first one was between Mubarak himself and Israeli Minister of Defense, Binyamin ben Eliezer, at Sharm-el-Sheikh, at the tip of the Sinai Peninsula. Later, Mubarak was due in Washington for face-to-face meetings with President Bush.
Naturally, the tripartite bloc of Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Iran are outraged. While Iraq and Iran openly support several terrorist groups, Saudi Arabia officially decries what happened on September 11th, 2001, while any number of its wealthy businessmen covertly support attacks on Israel.
What does this change of heart on the part of Egyptís President mean?
First, remember that the EU is resentful of Americaís presence in the Mideast, decries US attempts at brokering a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. Recently the EU has blatantly said it will be taking a more active role in bringing about a forcible agreement.
Rumblings about an ENFORCED peace in Israel are being heard! This is nothing short of a threat for ARMED MILITARY INTERVENTION BY EUROPE IN THE MIDEAST! Remember, German troops are in Kosovo, and they are in Afghanistan! Many in Europe believe the only solution for the Middle East is a "peace-keeping" force to occupy both Israel and Palestinian territories!
For decades, I have known that a future "United States of Europe" will occupy Palestine!
(Note: Recent news story: Arafat Loses 50 Million Dollar Payroll--Funds Diverted to Terror Campaign, EU Makes Up Difference)
Jesus Christ Himself said there is coming a virtual HOLOCAUST in Jerusalem and modern-day Israel! PEACE is not foretold for Israel in your Bible! Nor is it foretold for the United States of America and Britain. If you have not yet read my book "Europe and America in Prophecy," please call, or write for your free copy today, or look for it on our web site at www.garnertedarmstrong.org/. This insightful book not only shows you the true identity of the US and Britain in Bible Prophecy but also gives you a step-by-step series of events which are to unfold in the Middle East.
Now, notice a poignant prophecy about how this enormous destruction of Jerusalem and Israel is to come about: "And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over.
"He shall enter also into the glorious land [Palestine and modern Israel] and many countries shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom [Turkey], and Moab [Syria, possibly including Iraq], and the chief of the children of Ammon [Amman is the capital of Jordan].
"He shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries: and the land of Egypt shall not escape [a striking prophecy! This northern power would not attack BOTH Israel and Egypt, unless Egypt were the "King of the South," and had done the "pushing," or unless Egypt were allied with Israel!].
"But he shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt: and the Libyans ["Put," descendants of Ham; also the name of a Persian tribe] and the Ethiopians [Cush: not the modern nation of Ethiopia, but descendants of Cush, which can include Afghanistan and Pakistan. The "Hindu-Cush" mountains are in Afghanistan, and along the border with Pakistan] shall be at his steps [meaning at the farthest point of his advance].
"But tidings out of the east and out of the north shall trouble him: therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many" [East and North are Russia and China!].
"And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace [his military headquarters] between the seas in the glorious holy mountain [between the eastern Mediterranean and the Dead Sea, meaning in Jerusalem]; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him" (Daniel 11:40-45)
This detailed prophecy is set "at the time of the end!" It is for the time just ahead of us, NOW!
Here is another of the most important prophecies about Jerusalem, and the Mideast from Christ Himself: "And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation [destruction] thereof is nigh.
"Then let them which are in Judaea [the ancient Roman province surrounding Jerusalem] flee into the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto.
"For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled [the culmination of all Bible prophecy is being fulfilled!].
"But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people.
"And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.
"And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring [See Matthew 24:29 and Joel 2:31].
"Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken [people toppling over with heart attacks because of the ENORMITY of death and destruction].
"And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
"And when these things [all the things described in both Matthew 24 and Luke 21; the Tribulation] begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh" (Luke 21:20-28).
The term "Gentiles" means "nations." It comes from the Hebrew "Goyim" and does not mean any particular nation, but ANY nation other than the House of Israel and the House of Judah. The "Times of the Gentiles" is clearly the period of time when foreign nations are occupying Jerusalem ó "treading it down."
Notice, "And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.
"But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months" (Revelation 11:1,2). Forty two months is three and one half years.
During this time, Jerusalem will be "trodden down" of foreign, gentile nations! Obviously this could not happen unless Jerusalem were occupied; unless such foreign powers took it by force!
The Great Tribulation (Matthew 24:21,22), the Heavenly Signs (Matthew 24:29; Joel 2:31; Revelation 6:12-17) and the Day of the Lord (Joel 2:1-11) are prophesied to take place during a three and one-half year period.
(1) Godís peoples representing the House of Israel and Judah are to be in horrible CAPTIVITY for two and one-half years: "When Ephraim [modern-day Britain] saw his sickness, and Judah saw his wound, then went Ephraim to the Assyrian [modern-day Germany], and sent to king Jareb: yet could he not heal you, nor cure you of your wound.
"For I will be unto Ephraim as a lion, and as a young lion to the house of Judah [modern-day Israel]: I, even I, will tear and go away; I will take away, and none shall rescue him.
"I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early [many millions, shocked, stunned by what has happened to their nations, and by their own horrifying privations, will call out to God in heartbroken repentance during the Tribulation].
As if with one voice, the people will say, "Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up [finally, they will recognize GODíS hand in human affairs!].
"After two days [a day stands for a year: Numbers 14:34; Ezekiel 4:6] will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight" (Hosea 5:13-15; 6:1,2).
"After" two days obviously brings us to the beginning of the "third day." Herein is a shadowy reference to the resurrection of Christ: Israel as if dead, and "raised up" the "third day."
The heavenly signs interrupt the horrible suffering of Godís people Israel, and not only 144,000 of them, 12,000 from each tribe save Dan, with a double portion to Joseph, but a vast uncountable multitude from ALL nations, INCLUDING Israelitish nations, will REPENT at the time of the heavenly signs: "And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;
"And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth [a gigantic meteor shower; the earth being impacted by thousands of meteorites!] even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.
"And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places [Metaphor for the revealing of the power of God in heaven, accompanied by massive earthquakes; Islands disappearing, mountain ranges collapsing].
"And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;
"And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:
"For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?" (Revelation 6:12-17).
The heavenly signs ANNOUNCE the beginning of the Day of the Lord. Study the 7th chapter of Revelation. Here, as a direct result of the heavenly signs, is the description of the repentance and conversion of millions of people! They are described thus: "...These are they which CAME OUT OF GREAT TRIBULATION, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb" (Revelation 7:14).
The Tribulation to come upon sinning Israel is SATANíS wrath! "And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
"And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
"Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time" (Revelation 12:10-12).
The heavenly signs announce the imminent intervention of God, followed by a succession of PLAGUES, depicted in Revelation 8, 9, 10 and 11.
The DAY OF THE LORD has begun!
The Bible plainly uses the analogy of a "day for a year," meaning that a "day" in Bible prophecy is a full YEAR being fulfilled. "After the number of the days in which ye searched the land, even forty days, each day for a year, shall ye bear your iniquities, even forty years, and ye shall know my breach of promise" (Numbers 14:34).
Since it is indicated that the Great Tribulation will last for two and one-half years, and that the heavenly signs will be about mass repentance among Israelites and all nations, it is obvious that the "Day of the Lord" will consume the following year; three and one-half years in all.
(2) The two witnesses prophesy for the entire three and one-half years! "And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days [1,260 days is a literal 3 and Ĺ years], clothed in sackcloth.
"These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth [See Zechariah 4:11-14].
"And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed.
"These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.
"And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them" (Revelation 11:3-7).
(3) Jerusalem is "trodden down" or occupied by foreign, gentile armies for three and one-half years: "And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.
"But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months" (Revelation 11:1,2).
(4) Most of the members of Godís church will be supernaturally PROTECTED from the worst of the Tribulation (Revelation 12:14). However SOME of the spiritually strongest ones may suffer martyrdom for the sake of Christ: "They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service" (John 16:2).
In the famous "Olivet Prophecy," Christ said, "For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
"All these are the beginning of sorrows [The Tribulation].
"Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.
"And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.
"And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
"And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold" (Matthew 24:7-12).
Notice how Johnís vision in Revelation says the same thing: "And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?
"And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.
"And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven [God the Father and Christ, as well as the 24 Elders and arch angels, not humans].
"And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations" (Revelation 13:4-7).
The prophecies of your Bible depict a union between a great false prophet, who is the head of a great world religion, and the military dictator over ten nations, called "The Beast."
"And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will show unto thee the judgment of the great whore [symbol of a great false church, which has intercourse with all nations] that sitteth upon many waters [symbol of her multi-national character]:
"With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication [the heads of state kneel before her; revere her, listen to her pronouncements, and millions have become "drunk" spiritually because of her lying false doctrines].
"So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.
"And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour [the colors of prostitution], and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:
"And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH [She promotes God as a "mystery" and perpetuates the ancient Babylonian MYSTERY religion].
"And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints [she has martyred millions] , and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration" (Revelation 17:1-6). Not in approbation, but in awe and wonder.
We need not be puzzled about the meaning of the ten horns, for only a few verses later the angel explains them to John: "And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings [the power is absolute: the power of the economy, and the military] one hour [a very SHORT time] with the beast.
"These have one mind [are in agreement; have one policy], and shall give their power and strength unto the beast [they pool their power into a vast SUPER POWER, larger than any the world has ever seen].
"These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful" (Revelation 17:12-14). Read Revelation 19:11-21, where Christís triumph over the armies of the Beast who are occupying Palestine is described!
Just HOW CLOSE ARE WE NOW to developments which will fulfill these prophecies?
Are we beginning to see a "King of the South" arise?
Several things are for sure: We are seeing a depletion of Americaís military strength, and commitments to several other military ventures. We are seeing a global slide into recession; terrible unemployment grips Germany; Japan, the second-largest economy in the world, is in deep economic trouble.
Internally, America is rife with drug abuse, divorce, illegitimacy, crime, pornography, the disintegration of the family, and a shocking rise in homosexuality. We are being "invaded" by millions of illegal aliens, especially from Mexico. Many are from Middle Eastern countries!
Europe and Germany are increasingly contemptuous of the United States. Recently, when Germany bested the US in the number of gold medals (and all medals) won in the Winter Olympics, Germans were ecstatic. Germany has criticized George Bush as a "cowboy," and millions of Germans, remembering Kosovo and Yugoslavia, think the US "just goes and bombs everything" as a solution to problems.
The EU may be in trouble. For decades, I have predicted that the coming United States of Europe will coalesce within central Europe, and will probably form as a result of the collapse of the present EU. Britain will become a VICTIM of this mammoth power, and will not be one of the final ten!
Perhaps, just perhaps, many of the hundreds of thousands who FINALLY call out to God when they SEE the heavenly signs will REMEMBER the witness and warning message they heard for so long! Even now, here and there, I receive letters and Emails from a few who, at long last, are WAKING UP to the true meaning of todayís world events!
God says to those of us in His work: "And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time [The Great Tribulation!]: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.
"And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.
"And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever" (Daniel 12:1-3).
Christ says, "Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing" (Matthew 24:46). Yes, BLESSED are those who are energetically doing Godís work; faithfully performing the GREAT COMMISSION Christ has given them!
WATCH the Mideast. Watch Egypt! Watch Germany! Watch for the events described in Daniel 11, and these many other prophecies! Watch for a great false spiritual leader indicating he wants to move his headquarters to Jerusalem, as if he is a "Prince of Peace!"
Watch for increasing pressure from Europe to become involved in arbitrating between Israel and the Palestinians ó saying Europe may have to FORCE Israel to give in, and "make peace!" I say again, WATCH!
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