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Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Thoughts on the Events in Egypt

Friends of mine have been asking me if I had any comments regarding the events happening in Egypt over the last week or so, particularly how, if at all, this recent turmoil fits into biblical prophecy.

I can recall having one of my college professors ask me a similar question the week the first Gulf war began in 1991. He knew I was a church going kid; but honestly, I was a fairly new believer who really was clueless about many things spiritual, let alone prophetic events. Yet he saw in my young, cherubic face something that gave him the impression I had some deep, spiritual insight with the sign of the times. Too bad I couldn't stir any confidence. I just shrugged and said, "I don't know."

Hopefully I have gained a bit more spiritual wisdom over the last twenty years so I can provide a sober-minded, biblically based opinion.

- I would classify myself a strong futurist when it comes to interpreting the book of Revelation. That means I believe a good many of the events recorded in the book of Revelation have yet to come to pass. Additionally, I am premillennial in my eschatological outlook.

- Even though I adhere to a futurist, premillennial perspective, I shun sensationalistic attempts to read prophetic fulfillment through the lens of current events. I guess what preterist popularizers like Gary DeMar and Hank Hanegraaff mockingly refer to as "newspaper exegesis," though a more precise description should be "cable news exegesis."

- Let's keep things in perspective: It's Egypt. A once mighty nation that has been turned into a third world society by political corruption and Islam. The Middle East has perpetually been filled with strife since Muslim forces raided North Africa and the Holy Land in the 7th century. Tumultuous events like the protests in Egypt have periodically happened in this part of the world over the last 40 years, and it can be guaranteed they will happen again.

- Having said all of that, I don't believe Christians should just wave off the situation in Egypt. There are serious international ramifications that could have far reaching impact in the world even reaching us here in the U.S. However, as Christians we are not to wring our hands with worry.

First, let us be reminded how we serve the sovereign God of heaven and earth. Daniel, recording the words of Nebuchadnezzar, states: For His dominion is an everlasting dominion, And His kingdom is from generation to generation. All the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing; He does according to His will in the army of heaven And among the inhabitants of the earth. No one can restrain His hand Or say to Him, "What have You done?" (Dan 4:34-35) And Psalm 2:2-4 says, The kings of the earth set themselves, And the rulers take counsel together, Against the LORD and against His Anointed, saying, "Let us break Their bonds in pieces And cast away Their cords from us." He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; The Lord shall hold them in derision. God's dominion over human governments did not end in the first century. It is He who, even to this day, sets up kings, appoints presidents, throws down kings, and removes presidents.

Secondly, though there could be prophetic events being set into motion with the protests inside Egypt, the last thing we should do is wildly speculate as to what will happen and what God is doing. It was just twenty-five years ago when I heard "Bible" teachers argue that Gorbachev was the Anti-Christ because he had an odd looking birthmark on his forehead and we all know how that turned out. As finite humanity, we are limited as to the reason God does what He does among the nations, but we can be confident that 1) He is in control, and 2) whatever the reason, it serves His greater purposes to glorify His Name and establish His Kingdom forever.

Update: See Dan's additional comments.

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Blogger Robert said...


Thanks for some perspective on things in Egypt. I am sure there are bound to be plenty of people coming out of the woodworks to talk about the 2012 stuff and trying to tie it in with prophecy from the Bible. All I know is that God always works things according to His purpose and for His glory...just as you said.

1:02 PM, February 02, 2011  
Blogger RealityCheck said...

Hey Fred,

I just commented on this subject over on Dan’s blog and it made me realize that I didn’t acknowledge you and this post (as Dan did) when I read it earlier this morning. Sorry about that.

I very much appreciate your blog and learn a lot from it. I know you don’t get the amount of comments that they get on Dan’s blog and Pyro but I also know many of the same regulars over there are regulars here as well.

Come to think of it, considering how ridiculous some of those comments elsewhere are, maybe you’re the lucky one?!? ;-)

3:23 PM, February 02, 2011  
Blogger thomas4881 said...

That would be interesting if all the middle east nations became democratic and formed the end times alliance of the kings of the south.

10:20 PM, February 02, 2011  
Blogger donsands said...

Good thoughts. Just last night, at our growth group, we had a map of the world laid out on the table and we took some good time to pray for Egypt, and all the people gruops there. Not many churches there. But we do have brothers and sisters there.

I do pray the Gospel would go forth, not only in Egypt, but also throughout that region.

I also pray for the kings and those in "high positions", "that [they might] lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior."

What a mess this world is. Christ is truly sovereign over all nations. He is also the answer for sinners full of hatred. His name is the only name that can bring forgiveness.

7:20 AM, February 03, 2011  

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