“Democracy” in Egypt Gets Another Chance – Constitution Approved by voters

General Abdel el-Sisi Supreme Commander

General Abdel el-Sisi
Supreme Commander

As the world expected, the new constitution in Egypt (non-Islamist) was approved overwhelmingly by Egyptian voters. Election results, including the specifics of the turnout, will not be released until they are deemed official later in the week. However, it appears that the Muslim Brotherhood and Muhammad Morsi are no longer the “voice of democracy” in Egypt. The only hesitation one might have in making that statement, however, is that current leadership (military) has incarcerated all Brotherhood leaders and ruled the Muslim Brotherhood an “illegal” organization. Here is a revealing quote  taken from a Reuters report on the election results:

The authorities, who have billed the transition plan as a path to democracy, have also jailed moderate Islamists and secular-minded activists in recent weeks, including prominent figures in the 2011 uprising against President Hosni Mubarak. … The Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies criticized Egyptian media for “stoking hatred towards the Brotherhood” and contributing to a climate of intimidation. … The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington warned that international players risked lending legitimacy to a “flawed and undemocratic progress.”

While Western states have criticized the crackdown and called for inclusive politics, they have put little pressure on Cairo. Egypt, which controls the Suez Canal, has been a cornerstone of U.S. policy in the Middle East since the 1970s, when it became the first Arab state to make peace with Israel.

“Democracy” in action?  What a joke. Imagine the future of democracy in America (or any democratic nation) if at the next presidential election every one who voiced opposition to the military’s choice for president was put in jail!  There wouldn’t be enough room in prison. The military’s efforts seem to be so persistent that, according to the Reuters article, those being incarcerated even included prominent opposition leaders ”in the 2011 uprising against President Hosni Mubarak.” If you remember, that was another move towards democracy in Egypt, the so-called ”Arab Spring.”  It looks like Arab Spring has sprung a giant hole in Egyptian politics and had zero positive results for the people of Egypt. Mubarak was a military leader who ruled Egypt for thirty years. General el-Sisi is the likely next president of Egypt, and he comes from the same cloth as that of Mubarak!

Read more here: “Egypt’s Wise Men – As a Drunken Man Staggers in his Vomit”

Read more here. “Overs” – Time for Egyptians to Vote and the United States to pay up (again).

In spite of how far our country has fallen from the Lord when you look at “democracy” around the world, it makes you appreciate the good old United States of America; truly, we are the land of the free and the home of the brave!

Jesus come quickly.

Blessings.

Jack

“Overs” – Time for Egypt to vote and the United States to pay up (again)

The Pyramids Behind Bars

The Pyramids Behind Bars

It hasn’t been long since Egyptians were at the voting box deciding upon their constitution.  The last time (December 26, 2012), they followed the lead of their Muslim Brotherhood President, Muhammad Morsi and the Islamist controlled Egyptian parliament (democratically elected).  A Sharia-based constitution (based upon the Qur’an) was approved by Egyptians in that democratic referendum. But lots has changed since 2012. Former president Muhammad Morsi  is now observing the ballot box from house arrest along with many of his followers and most of the leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood (now ruled “illegal” according to Egyptian courts). With the military firmly in control in Egypt after the coup d’état of Morsi (and the Brotherhood), General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the Supreme Commander of the military, is thought by many to be in the driver’s seat for the next presidential election. This time, according to reports, the military candidate will prevail. “Overs” for the constitution and “overs” for Egypt’s president. I wonder who is really “behind bars” in Egypt?

It should not surprise us (I suppose) that Congress has signaled it wants “overs” as well. According to United States law, funding cannot be made to any country when a coup d’état has taken place. Of course, we all know this occurred when democratically elected Morsi was ousted by Egypt’s military leaders; and so the United States raised a “smoking gun” by suspending military aid of $1.3bill.  Reuters reports of recent congressional action (January 14, 2014) as follows:

By Patricia Zengerle,  WASHINGTON, Jan 14 (Reuters) – The U.S. Congress’ new spending bill would restore more than $1.5 billion in military and economic aid to Egypt, which had been largely cut off after Egypt’s military ousted President Mohamed Mursi last summer. The bill includes up to $1.3 billion in military assistance,and $250 million in economic support for Cairo, but ties the funding to the Egyptian government taking steps toward restoring democracy. The funds also would only be available if the U.S. Secretary of State certifies to congressional appropriations committees that the Cairo government is sustaining its strategic relationship with the United States and meeting its obligations under the 1979 Egypt-Israel peace treaty.

I cannot understand America’s foreign policy. If we were going to restore the aid within a year of deciding to suspend it (based on our own laws), why did we suspend it in the first place? How can such action be viewed as anything other than weak, confused, and unprincipled by the Islamists who have declared war against the Great Satan, America? We publicly stand up for democracy around the world; but in the back rooms of Congress and the White House, it appears to be mere double-speak. We do not mean what we say – unless it works out for our best interest. We say we stand for democracy – until it puts the wrong candidate in office. Then what do we do? We turn our heads if it suits our interest. Don’t get me wrong — an Islamist president in Egypt is not in America’s best interest; but neither is lying. If we were going to support the General and desert Morsi, we should have done in the first place, not after a veiled pretense, ostensibly supported by a threat to withhold military aid that we never intended to follow through with.  “Overs” — for America too!

Yes. I know the prophecy.

Daniel 11:42-43 (NASB) 42  ”Then he will stretch out his hand against other countries, and the land of Egypt will not escape. ”But he will gain control over the hidden treasures of gold and silver and over all the precious things of Egypt; and Libyans and Ethiopians will follow at his heels.

Jesus come quickly.

Blessings.

Jack

Israel – Alone in the Middle East?

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s Supreme Leader

[The post that follows was written almost twenty months prior. Its significance today lies in the recent agreement between Iran and six significant world powers, United States, China, Russia, Germany, European Union, and France, over Iran's nuclear ambitions (purported to be for peaceful purposes only).  Israel was the lone world power adamantly opposed to the agreement. Saudi Arabia publicly opposed the agreement until shortly after its signing. It was the last of the Middle East nations to support it but with reservation. This article was originally posted under the title, "America - Abandoning Israel for Iran."]

A recent editorial (May 12, 2012) appeared in one of Iran’s news outlets, the Keyhan News (according to Reza Kahlili, the paper is reported to be directly under the supervision of Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei), which should be of interest to Bible prophecy students.

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Egyptians against Egyptians – civil war that bleeds

Soccer Stadium, Port Said (Suez Canal border town)

Soccer Stadium, Port Said (Suez Canal border town)

Who would disguise a pre-meditated massacre with a soccer ball? Consider what happened at a soccer game in Port Said, Egypt, in 2012 –

On February 1, 2012, in what seemed to be a peaceful Egyptian premier league football match between Al-Masry [Port Said, Egypt] and Al-Ahly [Cairo] clubs, the 3-1 victory by Al-Masry [the home team] catalyzed a full-on riot where Al-Masry fans brutally attacked Al-Ahly fans [on the home field]. Following the victory, Al-Masry fans [the victors] stormed onto the field armed with knives, clubs, swords, and stones, resulting in fatal melee of 79 deaths [more than 1,000 injured] caused by stabbing, brain hemorrhages, or concussions. Read more.

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Islam’s Treatment of Women – The Odor of Antichrist Abounds

Daniel 11:36-37 (NASB) 36  ”Then the king will do as he pleases, and he will exalt and magnify himself above every god and will speak monstrous things against the God of gods; and he will prosper until the indignation is finished, for that which is decreed will be done. 37  ”He will show no regard for the gods of his fathers or for the desire of women, nor will he show regard for any other god; for he will magnify himself above them all.

muslim.women.dreamstime_s_2074142The “king” of Daniel 11:36 is not a literal “king.” He is what most prophecy interpreters refer to as an “antichrist type.” That is, the characteristics described are those that the last false prophet, i.e, the Antichrist, will possess. There is one  characteristic given by the prophecy that is pertinent to this post: “He will show no regard…for the desire of women.” In an earlier post, I examined the original Hebrew behind the phrase used in Daniel 11:37 NASB. I concluded that the phrase does not refer to the absence of sexual desire of the “king” for women; but rather the  absence of the “king’s” regard for what a woman considers precious or desirable. To quote my earlier post:

2) The “king” will show no regard … for “all the things which are desired” by women – based on the use of the word in Haggai 2:7 NIV. (Read more)

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Egypt’s “Wise Men” – as a “drunken man staggers in his vomit”

"Four Fingers" - Morsi Supporters

“Four Fingers” – Morsi Supporters

Isaiah 19:1 (NASB) 1  The oracle concerning Egypt. … 11 The princes of Zoan are mere fools; The advice of Pharaoh’s wisest advisers has become stupid. How can you men say to Pharaoh, “I am a son of the wise, a son of ancient kings”? 12 Well then, where are your wise men? Please let them tell you, And let them understand what the LORD of hosts Has purposed against Egypt. 13 The princes of Zoan have acted foolishly, The princes of Memphis are deluded; Those who are the cornerstone of her tribes Have led Egypt astray. 14 The LORD has mixed within her a spirit of distortion; They have led Egypt astray in all that it does, As a drunken man staggers in his vomit.

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Damascus “about to be removed” – Isaiah 17′s fulfillment

Isaiah 17:1 (NASB) 1  The oracle concerning Damascus. “Behold, Damascus is about to be removed from being a city And will become a fallen ruin . . .  The fortified city will disappear from Ephraim, And sovereignty from Damascus … .

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-images-map-syria-hand-drawn-neighboring-countries-image32789464Damascus is the modern-day capital of Syria. In the 8th century BC, Syria was known as “Aram.”1 Damascus was the capital of Aram in that day as well. The importance of this city lies not in one era but in many eras. Today, the importance of Damascus lies in the impending threat of retaliation by the United States of America against the government of Bashar al-Assad for its alleged use of chemical weapons against its own people. The importance gains weight when one considers the implications to the greater Middle East and to the world because of the increased likelihood of the advent of World War 3 as a result of the domino effect of the fall of Syria. It is the purpose of this post to consider the likelihood that the fall of Damascus, Syria, in the modern-day is the fulfillment of Isaiah 17:1 -3 NASB.

The Bible declares Jerusalem to be the “center of the earth” (Ezekiel 5:5); but Damascus is a city of distinction as well. It is the city that has never ceased to be a city — yet. Historians tell us that Damascus is the oldest continuously populated city in the world.2 (Read more). (Read more). To understand why that matters, we need look at the context for the writing of Isaiah 17.

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  1. Matthew George Easton, “Syria,” in Illustrated
    Bible Dictionary: And Treasury of Biblical History, Biography, Geography,
    Doctrine, and Literature
    , (London: T. Nelson and Sons, 1897), WORDsearch
    CROSS e-book, Under: “Syria”. []
  2. Burns, Ross (New edition 2007). Damascus: A History. Routledge, p2. []