Be Very Alert!- By Val Hollard (NZ)
On Watch at the Door. No 191, March 31, 2015
THOUGHTS ON EGYPT AND THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD
Prophecy asserts that both Egypt and Assyria will, at the return of Jesus, turn to the one true God and be at peace with each other and Israel.
“In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria. The Assyrians will go to Egypt and the Egyptians to Assyria. The Egyptians and Assyrians will worship together. In that day Israel will be the third, along with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing on the earth. The Lord Almighty will bless them, saying, “Blessed be Egypt my people, Assyria my handiwork, and Israel my inheritance.”” (Isa 19:23-25)
This means that we should be watching “Assyria” and Egypt closely in these last days. We know where Egypt is geographically, but Assyria is a little harder to define as ancient Assyria changed its boundaries many times. However, its main location was an area stretching from modern-day Turkey across Syria and Iraq to Iran.
In a number of places the Antichrist is referred to as an Assyrian. (E.g. Isa 10:5, Micah 5:5-6) So we need to keep a watchful eye for the formation of the Antichrist’s kingdom which will come from this region. Daniel describes an end-times battle between what appears to be the Assyrian Antichrist and Egypt, with the Antichrist coming to rest and his ultimate demise in Israel:
“At the time of the end the king of the South will engage him in battle, and the king of the North will storm out against him with chariots and cavalry and a great fleet of ships… He will extend his power over many countries; Egypt will not escape… But reports from the east and the north will alarm him, and he will set out in a great rage to destroy and annihilate many. He will pitch his royal tents between the seas at the beautiful holy mountain. Yet he will come to his end, and no one will help him.” (Dan 11:40-45) Yet there will be Egyptian and Assyrian survivors who will in the end come up to Jerusalem and worship the one true God.
In the light of Bible prophecy, it is interesting to observe recent changes that are taking place in Egypt. Egypt has experienced much upheaval in recent years, especially from the Arab Spring. The current Egyptian president is Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi. Before him was Morsi, who supported the Muslim Brotherhood (MB). But al-Sisi has stood up strongly against the MB and has banned it, imprisoning many and declaring the death sentence on them.
There is no doubt that the MB is a terrorist organisation. Their motto is: Allah is our objective. The Prophet is our leader. The Qur’an is our law. Jihad is our way. Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope. Allahu akbar!
The aim of the MB is to turn the world into an Islamist empire under Sharia Law. It was founded in Egypt in 1928 and now has chapters in about 80 countries. They call for jihad against Israel and America. They assassinated Egypt’s president Anwar Sadat in 1981 for making a peace treaty with Israel.
Hamas in Gaza is a wing of the MB, according to the Hamas Charter. The Charter calls for the murder of Jews, the “obliteration” of Israel and its replacement with an Islamist theocracy. The MB also supports Hezbollah’s war against the Jews.
The MB advocates violent jihad, but in democracies it advocates a deceptive strategy which makes it appear moderate while it uses existing institutions to gain power. Once it is in power, it will replace democracy with fundamentalist Sharia Law because it is the “true democracy.” Not unexpectedly, democracies are now being drawn into the depths of this horrifying deception.
In Europe the EU has not banned the activities of the MB. The EU ambassador to Cairo, James Moran, says there is no proof they are involved in acts of violence.
In the UK, a government report has concluded that the MB should not be classified as a terrorist organisation. This could lead to a diplomatic row with Egypt and Saudi Arabia, both countries which have banned the MB, as has the United Arab Emirates. The MB, however, is supported by Qatar and Turkey, where some of its leaders fled after it was banned in Egypt. Steven Merley, the editor of Global Muslim Brotherhood Watch, says, “Britain is the command and control centre for the Brotherhood in Europe. Nowhere else comes close – that is undeniable.” Turkey openly welcomes members of the MB branded as terrorists by other governments and is the regional hub for the MB’s international organisation.
The MB has infiltrated the Obama administration to a high degree: Arif Alikhan, Assistant Secretary for Policy Development for the US Department of Homeland Security; Mohammed Elibiary, Homeland Security Adviser; Rashad Hussain, Special Envoy to the Organisation of the Islamic Conference; Salam al-Marayati, Obama Adviser and founder of the Muslim Public Affairs Council; Imam Mohamed Magid, Obama’s Sharia Czar from the Islamic Society of North America; Eboo Patel, Advisory Council on Faith-Based Partnerships. There are others. Obama’s half- brother, Malick Obama, is a terrorist and in charge of finances and arms procurement for the MB. Recently, Obama met up with 14 Muslims in the White House. The group included some with close ties to the global MB.
The devil works in various ways. Some of the radical Islamists, such as ISIS and Boko Haram, carry out their destructive activity openly. Others, like the MB and Iran, show the deceptive side of Islam. But they all have the same goal: The Islamisation of the whole world. People in the West often only regard Muslims as dangerous if they are actually doing something dangerous. The rest are considered to be “moderate.” The MB likes to hide itself as moderate.
Are we now seeing a major split between Egypt and Turkey created by their disagreement over the MB which will eventually lead to the battle mentioned by Daniel? As usual, we will have to wait and see.
Netanyahu has been returned as Prime Minister in a way that can only be described as miraculous and a result of God’s intervention. He will also be able to form a coalition. Obama and his allies tried hard to get Netanyahu ousted, even to the extent of using suspected taxpayers’ money through non-profit organisations. Millions were raised to fund a campaign in Israel called V (Victory) 15.
Now that Netanyahu is back in, with his strong stand against the division of Jerusalem and Israel, do not be surprised if the EU, US, UN and others come heavily upon Israel with sanctions. Netanyahu understands clearly the danger to Israel of handing over more land to the Palestinians. The Obama administration is also likely to stop defending Israel at the UN. The end may soon come “like a flood!”
Even though Israel will most likely suffer from being diplomatically isolated, prophecy followers warn that such international opposition is not only inevitable, it is necessary to fulfil God’s plan in the end times. And let us not forget that not only is Israel the target of Satan, the pressure on Christians will increase too.
THE POPE CALLS FOR AN EXTRAORDINARY JUBILEE YEAR beginning in December. Millions of Catholics pilgrims are expected in Rome, creating a security nightmare, especially as ISIS has threatened to attack the Vatican. It is usual to allow pilgrims to obtain indulgences at this time which supposedly buy them credit in purgatory.
Purgatory in the Catholic Church had its origin in the time of the Roman Emperor Theodosius (379-395). He declared that Christianity was to be the official religion of the empire. As a result, thousands of pagans flooded into the Church and brought their pagan beliefs and traditions with them. One of these was that a place existed where souls went for their sins to be dealt with. In 590 Purgatory was confirmed as an official doctrine and in 1431 it was pronounced an infallible dogma.
The concept of purgatory enslaves people and can leave them fearful, and Catholics can never know for certain whether they will go to heaven or not. The Bible makes it absolutely clear that we can be cleansed from sin only by the blood of Jesus. Purgatory cannot cleanse people from sin. “It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man.” (Ps 118:8) Purgatory is a teaching of man.
The Holy Altar has been constructed for the coming Temple. The Temple Institute has announced that it is ready for use in sacrificial services and could be made operational at little more than a moment’s notice. We know from Daniel 9:27, Matthew 24:15, 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4 and Revelation 11:1-2 that another Temple will be constructed. The Antichrist will set himself up in it and claim to be God.
The altar is the last major component needed for sacrifices to be resumed. It is a massive structure, and has been built according to biblical specifications: 5 metres tall, 16 metres wide, with four ‘horns’ or raised corners, and a ramp.
Islam news: Finland’s national radio has aired readings of the complete Qur’an in Finnish. They say it is to improve knowledge of Muslim culture. Some are wondering how Finnish listeners will react to passages telling Muslims to slay non-believers wherever you find them! Wouldn’t it be nice to have a complete reading of the New Testament or whole Bible on national radio? There are an estimated 50,000 to 60,000 Muslims in Finland, which has an overall population of 5.5 million.
Saudi Arabia’s top Muslim cleric has called for the destruction of all churches in the Arabian Peninsula after legislators in the Gulf state of Kuwait moved to pass laws banning the construction of religious sites associated with Christianity. The grand mufti said that the destruction of churches was absolutely necessary and is required by Islamic law.
As in the Days of Lot: Following the backlash over Russia’s anti-gay laws at the Sochi games, the International Olympic Committee has unanimously approved a change to the Olympic Charter’s non-discrimination policy to include sexual orientation. In the future, countries that ban homosexuality will not be able to be host countries for the games and speaking out against LGBT’s (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual) would be forbidden.
A conservative student group at the George Washington University faces punishment, including the loss of its funding, for refusing to engage in LGBT sensitivity training on campus. The students are now being condemned and attacked on campus by those who claim they’re committing an “act of violence” for standing up for their members’ individual rights and Judeo-Christian values.
The Apostate Church: Creflo Dollar, the minister of a megachurch, teaches that God wants to bless the faithful with earthly riches. His ministry is seeking donations to buy a luxury jet valued at more than $65 million to replace their old one. The ministry website has been quoted as saying: “We are believing for 200,000 people to give contributions of 300 US dollars or more to turn this dream into a reality.”
In America, there is a new to trend to have inclusive churches that embrace all religions and lifestyles. The church services incorporate elements of Hinduism, Islam, Native American religions and even Wicca. One Presbyterian minister who doesn’t believe in God is inviting people to “bring their own god” (BYOG!) to church or no god at all. He still calls himself a Christian.
Pretrib/prewrath Rapture debate: This debate between Alan Kurschner (prewrath) and Tommy Ice (pretribulational) will take place on September 25th. The debate thesis is: “The Church Will Face the Antichrist Before the Rapture.”
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