Monday, November 28, 2011
Prophetic implications of US Middle East policies
The Middle East was a big ticket item in the 1980 presidential election between incumbent Jimmy Carter and challenger Ronald Reagan. Carter had overseen, even encouraged in the name of "democracy," the overthrow and deposing of the Shah of Iran, one of the staunchest non-Jewish US allies in the region. The Islamists under Ayatollah Khemeni stormed the American Embassy and took it and its people hostage. This, and Carter's growing friendship with terrorist Yassir Arafat, leader of the Soviet-backed Palestinian Liberation Organization, ushered in the modern era of Islamic terrorism. Yet, Carter won a 2002 Nobel Peace Prize for his misguided policies in advancing peace, democracy and human rights.
Some 30 years later, radicalization of the Middle East continues with America's help. The man who occupies the Oval Office has repeated history on a much grander scale. The current administration has publicly partnered with known terrorist sponsor, the Muslim Brotherhood, and at times America's enemy of the decade, al Qaeda, to overthrow governments in the Middle East in the name of "democracy." Now the entire Middle East from Libya to Egypt to Tunisia to Yemen to Morocco to Syria to Pakistan is afire with vehement infighting and revolution. The most common outcome is the positioning of anti-Israel, anti-American Islamic Sharia Law governments rising to power.
This, coupled with the actions of the previous Bush Administration in Iraq, Afghanistan and in Israel (by forcing the evacuation of Israeli settlers from Gaza and democratic elections where terrorist were legitimately voted into power) has made the world a much more dangerous place, but has also advanced prophetic fulfillment. The foreign policy objectives of the past two White Houses has resulted in the elevation of Islamic radicals to positions of power throughout the Middle East. Meantime, there has been nothing greater than lip service and useless sanctions put in place to stop the Russian-China-North Korea axis from assisting Iran in obtaining nuclear weapons and the missile systems to deliver them.
The signs of the time, in the very least, point to a type and shadow of the Day of the Lord, if not the real thing. Isaiah 14:1 speaks of the Lord having "mercy on Jacob, and will yet choose Israel, and set them in their own land." Isaiah 17:1 prophesies "Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap." As Iran is assisted in its radicalization efforts directly or indirectly by US policies, end time prophecies continue to align. Directly North is Turkey, which has become more Islamic and less secular. It was the last capital of both the Roman Empire, and the Ottoman Empire Caliphate which ruled much of the same territory as Rome until the 1920s. Be watchful that you are not deceived.
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!Bill Wilson