Important Developments in the Middle East

Steven LeBlanc

CBS Interview with Netanyahu on Iran:

There are important developments as of late… Below are some of the headlines I am following:

Netanyahu to Iran: We will attack if necessary (Israel Today):

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned in an interview with American media on Sunday that Israel will attack Iran’s nuclear facilities in the very near future if such action is deemed necessary. In an appearance on CBS News, Netanyahu lamented that in the US and the rest of the West there was not enough of a sense of urgency regarding Iran.

“Our clocks are ticking at a different pace. We’re closer than the United States. We’re more vulnerable. And therefore, we’ll have to address this question of how to stop Iran, perhaps before the United States does,” said the Israel leader. And just in case Tehran thinks Israel won’t go it alone, “they’re sorely mistaken. I won’t wait until it’s too late,” Netanyahu vowed.

Netanyahu once again urged the West not to be fooled by the recent election of Hassan Rouhani as Iran’s new president, noting that despite possessing more tact, he has the same end goal as the nation’s fundamentalist clerical rulers. “He’s criticizing his predecessor (President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad) for being a wolf in wolf’s clothing. His strategy is be a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Smile and build a bomb,” Netanyahu explained.

Muslim Brotherhood suspends Ramadan, Egypt inches toward war (Israel Today):

The leader of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood on Monday ruled that pious Muslims are permitted to break the fast of Ramadan in order to take part in the “jihad” to regain control of the country. Meanwhile, the Egyptian army, which quickly sided with millions of anti-Morsi protesters in deposing the president earlier this month, fought back by freezing the funds of 14 leading Islamist leaders on Sunday.

To the chagrin of a great many Egyptians, the United States and other Western powers appear to be still supporting the Muslim Brotherhood, despite the fact that a majority of Egyptians say the group won the last election via deceit and fraud. Over the weekend, both Germany and the US called on Egypt’s interim rulers to release Morsi, who is currently being held in a military barrack.

Taking a look at the bigger picture we are reminded that Egypt plays an important role in end-time events: Daniel 11:40 reads, “And at the time of the end [that is, just before Jesus Christ returns] shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over.” Prophecy and history establish that the “king of the north” is going to be a German-led European power—the final resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire. This European power will confront nations in the Middle East and their leader–the king of the south.

Verses 42 and 43 tell us this European power will in the future– “stretch forth his hand also upon the countries: and the land of Egypt shall not escape. But he shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt .…” Notice how the accent is on Egypt.

Clearly the situation in Egypt is not getting better.

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