Inside Israel – Egypt from my vantage point

Hello everyone and welcome to Inside Israel. Today J of Jerusalem, a Jewish believer in Yeshua (Jesus) gives us insight into the situation happening in Egypt. Thank you, as always, for your prayers and support of Israel and J! Now, here’s J. . .

I have been avoiding writing this. I waited for a letter to appear that I could forward…but, things are moving so quickly and they are so serious. Lord, use me to share accurately in a way to stir us all to Holy Spirit inspired, fervent, persistent prayer.

SOME GENERAL BACKGROUND: Recently (about a month ago?) the Lebanese Hariri lead government was effectively toppled by Hizbolla withdrawing its members from the government, thus toppling the elected president. Shortly after that, the Tunisian government was toppled in ‘popular rebellion’ during which the ‘poor and downtrodden people’ arose in violent rebellion (organized on face book and twitter…the new phenomena of ‘social networks’) and ousted the president (dictator) and government. Our region is ruled by 1) kings 2) dictators and 3) Islamic theocracies. Israel is the only democratic country in the region.

SOME BACKGROUND CONCERNING EGYPT: The Egyptian president, Hosni Mubarak, has been a popular dictator ruling Egypt for 30 years having followed Anwar Sadat (who made peace with Israel and was then assassinated). The form of government has been ‘popular dictatorship’ for many years. Egypt won strong American support by signing the peace agreement. Part of that support was large amounts of aid, particularly military aid. They have one of the most modern armies…the 10th strongest army in the world…built by America. Although the country is mostly Moslem, and the ‘Moslem Brotherhood’ (extreme militant umbrella group, much like Al Kaieda,) has plagued the leadership for years, Mubarak’s strong hand has kept Islamic militants from ultimately controlling the country. He has had zero tolerance toward anarchy and violence. Many of the Moslem Brotherhood leaders have been in prison for a long time.

Right now there are SEVEN countries that are experiencing riots or stirring toward riots (not just Egypt). The entire region is shaking and the magnitude of what is happening is huge. I do not want to exaggerate nor give my opinion…I want to share enough facts (hoping for accuracy!) that you might understand how the events that are happening right now have the capacity to change the world as we know it…and not just our region.

Although these uprisings are being billed as ‘democratic, popular rebellions’, most do not believe that they are. In the 1970s Iran experienced a similar ‘popular uprising’ against the Shaw of Iran. This rebellion was cheered on by then US President Jimmy Carter. We all know the results; d’Ayatollah Khomeini took power and gave expression and form to radical Islam as we know it today. WHEN THE STRONG DICTATORSHIPS ARE OVERTHROWN, CHAOS BEGINS. ISLAMIC LEADERS STEP IN TO BRING ‘ORDER’ TO THESE COUNTRIES THAT ARE ALREADY MOSLEM. The current US president, who admires Jimmy Carter, has publically spoken strong words to Mubarak, further weakening him (sedition??). The ex-UN ‘atomic energy chief’ Baradai (who is an Egyptian in exile) has returned to Egypt today to lead the uprising and take over as president. He is backed by the Moslem Brotherhood. Today four of the prisons in Egypt were opened and many of the Moslem Brotherhood escaped. There has been rampant looting, rape, destruction. More then 100 are dead and over 2,000 injured. When the flames of passion are released with such violence, all that the Islamic strong men need to do is to stand by and wait until the people are exhausted and begin to desire ‘order’. They are more then happy to escort it in, by way of Islamic law. There IS no ‘democratic government’ in the sidelines ‘waiting’ to come into power!

Surrounding countries are also experiencing unrest on a smaller scale, but if Egypt collapses… well… these things are contagious. Today in Israel there were a number of rallies among Arabs supporting the overthrow of Mubarak. The messages were mixed with other messages of discontent, fanning the flame of passion.

I was able to go one more time to the ifi prayer conference this morning and the conference has turned its attention completely to this crisis. We prayed Psalm 83 and I suggest it as a good ‘springboard’ for prayer. I know that there are many who are good at suggesting ‘how to pray’. I am not.

THIS IS WHAT I SUGGEST…MY PRAYER LIST…

LISTEN TO THE HOLY SPIRIT! He knows JUST how to pray what I call the ‘silver bullet prayers’…the ones that hit the mark and are not beating the air.

PRAY TO PRAY! Ask The Lord for HIS burden to pray into this huge situation. He loves to answer that prayer!

GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL…NOT THE ENEMY. Pray that God take the glory and use all of this for His purposes. It is VERY interesting to note that (in the midst of this terrible drought) strong rain has come just now…

ASK THE LORD TO SEPARATE OUT PRE-CONCEIVED NOTIONS! I am thankful that He is more then willing to point out areas of humanism and flesh and other unclean things and mixtures that disguise themselves as Spirit in me. I believe He will do that for all of us who ask.

SOURCES OF INFORMATION are good to be able to pray with knowledge, but don’t be pinned to them…just use them to help keep on track. YNET is easy to use http://www.ynetnews.com/home/0,7340,L-3083,00.html as is the Jerusalem Post http://www.jpost.com/ but then go back to The Word. I always remember Reese Howells praying through ww2 and how The Holy Spirit directed them even without information. And don’t believe everything that you read in the media.

I am off to bed. I know that this is only a ‘heads up’ letter. May we be found watching and praying. Thank you for being so patient with me. Lovingly, your sis

ani b’derek

13 Comments

  1. Very interesting. Will read again later and then comment.

  2. Thank you so much for sharing this Ani. We are living in dark days to be sure, but as a Christian it is good to know who is still in control. I have many friends whose End Time beliefs are being shaken through these events, and others who are still burying their heads in the sand not wanting to see what is right before their eyes. I am praying that God will prepare us as a church to be ready for what is next, and praying that the believers get busy sharing the Gospel.

  3. Thank you, Deb, for the interpretation of Ani…

    Please pass on my prayerful support to J and thank her so much for her last letter about the Egyptian situation. It’s amazing and humbling to be living in these probable end times.
    I started my first-ever blog, joelillard.wordpress.com last Saturday. My plan is to make a new post every Sabbath. I don’t believe anyone has read it yet. My hope is that I may reach at least one soul who is searching and lead them to Yeshua (Jesus).
    I know that God has lead me to you and J.

    On the path – Joe

  4. Thank you, Mike!

  5. God bless you, Dawn, for your understanding, prayers and faith in Him. I’ll be forwarding your comment on to J!

  6. God bless you Joe, and your willingness to be a witness for Him. I’ll be reading your blog and commenting too. 🙂 It’s takes a little while when you first start out, but once you get reading others and commenting, you will find a wonderful community here in blog land. 🙂 Passing on your comments, which bless and encourage J so much!

  7. Thank you for providing the kind of information about Egypt no one else can offer. I appreciate the tips on how to pray during a time like this. From the vantage point of my cozy sofa and laptop, I have a very narrow perspective and always welcome the chance to learn more. I will continue to pray…

  8. I love that too, about J’s letters, Linda . . .they offer us a perspective we won’t get from tv or the papers. Thank you so much for taking the time and energy to read and to pray. God bless you, precious one and keep you close in His care. Now . . .to pass you on to J!

  9. “the events that are happening right now have the capacity to change the world as we know it”

    I wish I knew more about end time stuff. I get what the Lord shows me, and so far He has not stirred me to dig into it.

    I have at least wondered from all the natural disasters, extreme weather, the economic strain and things like are going on Egypt, if it is not the ‘beginning of birth pains’ that Jesus was referring to in Mark 13. I don’t in any way claim that it is, it is just that the thought is stirring.

    I know just enough to be dangerous, so I better stop. Enjoyed her take on the situation though.

    By the way, I’ll be out of commission for about 3 weeks. Working out of town again and forgot the laptop. At my moms now for one night while passing through. Happy postings.

  10. laptop . . . correct if you wish.

  11. Corrected! 🙂

  12. I think there is something important for me in your comment. . .when you say that so far He hasn’t stirred you to dig into end times stuff. Some are more knowledgeable and led into it than others. We tend to forget that He has a work for each of us to do, and so we can’t all be into everything. I just know whenever I read what Jesus said about the end times, it moves me to want others to know Him now, all the more. Which I think is exactly what you are doing . . .busy leading others to Him now, while you can.
    God bless you and your work!

  13. Very well put.


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