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Seriously, Who In Government is Asking Jesus Christ About What to Do in Egypt, Turkey, Iran? Secularism and Islam Do Not Mix.

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Submitted by M. Tovey (United States), Feb 7, 2011 at 12:13

It's been awhile since there was any easy question to answer, for both the questions of why the Israeli people should celebrate Purim, as well as why Egypt is under the gun to 'reform' from its secular position to a more Islamically conformed one. Both have their basis in the Holy Scriptures of the Hebrew Holy Bible, and both have a direct relationship to how Israel is to become the most revered nation on the planet earth. You may have a problem with it now. But either one gets used to it or be found looking at it from a totally astonished perspective and be left wondering, 'how is this so?'.

First, in trying to demonize the Hebrews of the time of Xerxes, remember that the hatred of Haman was first a result of his pride and directed towards Mordechai and his people long before Esther was made Queen of the kingdom. Only in a revisionist mentality is that aspect overlooked, thereby making the anti-Semitic passion of Haman inconsequential to the circumstances that followed against the facts of the matter. Haman's hatred would bring about his own destruction along with those who had allied with him in his own hatred of the Jewish race. Remember that Haman's edict from the King came first before the LORD brought about His will for the Jewish people instead of granting Haman's death wish for the Hebrew race in Persia. Read the whole book before excising only that with which you empathize.

Now one might infer that the activities of Haman's time are still with us today when we hear continued antipathies against Israel from within the Iranian Islamic political structure; and there may be something to that from some perspectives since you seem enticed by bringing it up. But he Holy Bible is more explicit in the determination that Almighty God is still the God of the Jewish people and will protect them according to His will. There will be more on that later as Iran is pulled into the conflict more and more.

Let us change our focus towards Egypt, for the whole world is focused on Egypt. There are varying perceptions as to why the unrest there is occurring, but from this perspective, it has been late in coming. Egypt figure quite largely in Biblical history and prophecy and this is only the next step. Before trying to infer that what has happened there is response to a command to be obedient to Jesus Christ, ask yourself that if Jesus Christ requires obedience in love, where is the love being demonstrated in Egypt right now? It would seem that the demonstrations are happening against the love of Jesus Christ, but that the will of the Father is being demonstrated by bringing Egypt to judgment.

A mistake is made if there is an attempt to make out the Camp David accord was scripturally based. Sadat did not concede anything to Israel or America that he did not already realize he would lose if he tried his hand again to push Israel any further militarily. But in reality, the accord was nothing more than another 'hudna, not necessarily from Sadat's perspective, but from a more broad-stroke view of Islam. He paid dearly for it.

Hosni Mubarak is another story altogether. Just as Turkey is emerging from its secular phase to more religiously sensitive affinities, Egypt is under pressure from its majority Islamic sensitivities to make things better. Thinking to get away from being associated with the problems in Gaza, they still resort to the methodologies that actually perpetuate the misery. There is little difficulty in seeing that the oppression of the government has taken its toll; and the people of Egypt, irrespective of their religious affiliations, are tired of the status quo always favoring the government interference. And, just as it is in Gaza, there is little or no middle class: only those that rule and those that are ruled are there. What is to be determined is whether the proper solution is found in a true democracy; or if the next form of government merely changes symbols but does not changes its methodologies. It is submitted here that an American style of democracy as envisioned by the original founding agents of the United States would not work in Egypt. Human logic cannot answer that dilemma.

Hosni Mubarak does not honor Jesus Christ, either in relationship as Savior, or even in recognition as a prophet of a minor sort. Quite frankly, it is not apparent that Mubarak regards Jesus Christ at all, if his treatment of the Copts is any indication. Without a relationship with Jesus Christ, it is anybody's guess how Hosni Mubarak is going to come out of this situation unscathed, let alone alive. Hosni Mubarak was not in alliance nor did he apparently give allegiance to the Israeli's during cast lead, but can you imagine his starting a war with the Israeli's knowing he would not survive it politically, let alone militarily? I'm, sorry; it was not going to happen, for Mubarak was only looking out for Mubarak.

Now, in the bigger picture, can we make a Biblical assumption that all the things we are seeing are happening according to the plan of Almighty God? From the Biblical perspective, it is an easy connection,……..for those who understand the scriptural implications. But it requires faith in Jesus Christ to make that connection.

It is quite apparent that, along with so many who think Israel is to blame for everything in the Middle East, you would assign that blame as well, pressing the thinking that if world peace is to be achieved, Israel has to be put down. There is the phrase, 'praying for the peace of Jerusalem.' It is Biblical to pray thus. But do we see the entire Jewish population praying for that. No, for the people of Israel have yet to return to the truth of why they have not yet return to being a theocracy. That is yet in the future, when honoring the truth of Jesus Christ is on the lips of everyone involved. So while you may have a hard time understanding why Israel seemingly gets away with acts that are in defense of their immediate way of life, that will be changing; and apparently maybe sooner than later.

Israel sits, now, directly in the middle of what is happening in Turkey, Egypt, and Jordan. Peripherally, they look at what is happening Yemen, another place that is virulently anti-Israeli along with Tunisia and one might wonder what they are wondering: 'what is going to happen next?' It is a good question, the answer to which it is my belief no one is going to understand, except those who follow Jesus Christ in faith according to the Holy Bible. That is the wonderful thing about believing in Jesus Christ. He knows what is going to happen next; and all I need do is obey Him in love and watch what He says will happen, happen.


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