The rise of an Islamic Caliphate, a union of Islamic states, features prominently in the storyline of Seventy Weeks. I based this on an ominous trend I saw developing within the Islamic world, and recently this is something which appears to be gathering pace. Iran’s long-term efforts to build a nuclear capability and the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in the Middle East are, I believe, part of this process.
Last year in Austria there was a conference calling for just such a Caliphate to be created, and efforts to accomplish this continue. Such moves seem to be encouraged by the stance and actions taken by Barak Hussein Obama, the US president, and his administration. These include the US support for the Istanbul Process (and here), an effort to make criticism of Islam illegal.
And the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and elsewhere in the Middle East on the back of the so-called “Arab Spring”, is putting more power and influence in the hands of Islamic fundamentalists who support jihad. Jihad is an Arabic word whose root meaning is struggle or strive, but today “Jihad” is usually defined as a holy war waged on behalf of Islam as a religious duty.
In Cairo last year, the Egyptian presidential candidate Mohammed Morsi said during his election campaign: “The Koran is our constitution, the prophet is our leader, jihad is our path and death in the name of Allah is our goal.” This same Mohammed Morsi is now the president of Egypt, the same nation that Obama is currently arming with advanced tanks and fighter jets.
The Bible however, states such efforts will ultimately prove futile and unsuccessful. Psalm 2 states:
Why do the nations rage, and the people plot a vain thing? 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. Then He shall speak to them in His wrath, and distress them in His deep displeasure: “Yet I have set My King On My holy hill of Zion.”
However, the reports above are just more writing on the wall, for those who will read it, for the times in which we live.