Is the Islamic State Impacting Egypt?

Former Egyptian President Muhammad Mursi

Former Egyptian President Muhammad Mursi

Exclusive: Islamic State guides Egyptian militants, expanding its influence

Cairo, Friday, September 5, 2014

(Reuters) – Islamic State, fighting to redraw the map of the Middle East, has been coaching Egypt’s most dangerous militant group, complicating efforts to stabilize the biggest Arab nation. Confirmation that Islamic Sate, currently the most successful of the region’s jihadi groups, is extending its influence to Egypt will sound alarm bells in Cairo, where the authorities are already facing a security challenge from home-grown militants.  A senior commander from the Sinai-based Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, [a Sunni Salafi jihadist group] which has killed hundreds of members of the Egyptian security forces over the last year, said Islamic State has provided instructions on how to operate more effectively.((Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis was designated as a terrorist organization by the US State Department on 9 April 2014, as well as by the government of the United Kingdom on 7 April 2014.)) … Ansar recently said it had beheaded four Egyptians, accusing them of providing Israel with intelligence for an air strike that killed three of its fighters. Four headless corpses were found in the Sinai Peninsula. It was the first time that any decapitations had been made public in Egypt, a strategic U.S. ally which has a peace treaty with Israel and controls the Suez Canal, a key global shipping route. … The Ansar commander, who said his group had contacted Islamic State for advice, described the beheadings as a clear message that anyone cooperating with the group’s enemies would face a similar fate. “The beheadings had a purpose,” he said. (Read more)

Imagine how quickly the remnants of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood would align with ISIS? Even if they don’t agree with ISIS’ use of brutal violence or of Caliph Ibrahim’s legitimacy as caliph, I really don’t think that will matter. After all, Muhammad Mursi, the former Egyptian president, removed from office by General Abdel al-Sisi and still in confinement, would hardly have to be talked into supporting ISIS in getting himself out of jail. Consider this prophecy:

Daniel 11:42-43 (NASB)  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.

If you think about it there are so many disenfranchised Muslims all over the Middle East, it is quite literally fertile breeding ground for the Islamic State. The monarchies of Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and the political instability of Egypt and other Middle East countries, many of which have Arab Spring fresh on their minds, make the reach of the Islamic State much greater than the geographies of Iraq and Syria.

I do not think the Islamic State is even near to being corralled, whether coalition forces join President Obama or not.

Jesus come quickly.

Blessings.

Jack

Muslims in Belgium fast approaching an irreveocable cultural and political shift to Sharia Law

DOM_6003In the CBN video link below the prospects for the free societies of the world are daunting. Belgium is the country at hand but it represents what is happening all over Europe. Belgium is very quickly being overwhelmed by Muslims to the point that many nationalists are leaving the country. The sheer birth rate(http://www.brookings.edu/opinions/2003/03middleeast_taspinar.aspx?p=1 (accessed May 12, 2010).)) of Muslim families will soon bring Sharia law to the country not by the sword but by the ballot box. Muslim politicians will be elected because Muslims will outnumber their fellow non-Muslim citizens. In the process, Muslim politicians will replace the democratic leaders of current free societies. The democratic form of government that these societies are presently governed by will be replaced, legally, and without the sword (although that seems unlikely even if it occurs. Victory in Islam always has a victim. I wonder though – when democracy is replaced by Sharia law, will the losers be offered the same three options as those in Iraq? Convert to Islam, pay the jizya (the humility tax), or die?)

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“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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