Gaddafi's Last Stand?
Rapture Forum Staff: Chris
As the Middle East continues to be rocked by one "revolution" after another, the main spotlight seems to be fixed on Libya's Muammar Gaddafi and whether he will be able to hold on to power. Right now it appears that Gaddafi is taking the opposite approach of former Egypt President Hosni Mubarak who resigned peacefully to a resort home. Gaddafi on the other hand appears to be making what some have suggested might be his last stand. Gaddafi has apparently order Libyan security forces to open fire on protesters in an effort to seize back control of the African nation. Gaddafi's tactics are not proving overwhelming successful as the resistance continues to resist. Right now the world powers are sitting around trying to figure out what will be their next move in the Libya crisis. According to one ex-Libya minister he believes that Gaddafi will not resign nor retreat, but instead make a stand like Hitler did in 1945. and if necessary, take his own life. The YNetNews reports:
Muammar Gaddafi will commit suicide the way Adolf Hitler did at the end of World War II rather than surrender or flee, a former Libyan cabinet minister told a Swedish newspaper in an interview published on Thursday. "Gaddafi's days are numbered. He will do what Hitler did - he will take his own life," former Justice Minister Mustafa Mohamed Abud Al Jeleil told Expressen in an interview in Al Bayda. Al Jeleil resigned this week in protest at violence used by the government against demonstrators opposed to Gaddafi. The leader is battling to preserve his 41-year rule.
Meanwhile, the US was working to build consensus for action against Colonel Gaddafi's government, which President Barack Obama has condemned for "outrageous" violence against its people. The president was scheduled to talk to leaders of Britain and France on Thursday about the Libyan crisis, as Washington kept all options open, including sanctions and military action. "I'm not ruling out bilateral options," White House spokesman Jay Carney said when asked whether the United States was considering military steps. "I'm not ruling anything out." He said the situation in the North African oil-producing nation "demands quick action."
With Gaddafi believed to be behind numerous terrorist acts among them the Lockerbie tragedy, it is no surprise that he would consider making a last stand rather than being disgraced and removed from office. Or at the very least resigning. Gaddafi has lost the support of major tribes in Libya that have been the backbone of his 41 year rule. The only tribe that remains loyal to him is his own tribe. Today it is being reported that Gaddafi is blaming Osama bin Laden and Al-Qaeda for being behind the unrest in Libya. The Haaretz newspaper is reporting:
Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi, who has lost control of large parts of the country following violent clashes, offered his condolences over those who died, calling them "Libya's children." The embattled leader, speaking to Libyan TV on Thursday, blamed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden for manipulating Libyans who have risen up him and taken control of large parts of the oil-producing country. "Bin Laden ... this is the enemy who is manipulating people," Gadhafi said, speaking by telephone to Libyan television. "Do not be swayed by bin Laden."
While Gaddafi continues to place the blame on everyone but himself for the uprisings and protests, one thing is for sure and that is things are getting very serious in Libya. One of the worst places for fighting is not far from the capital of Tripoli where there are reports that one of Gaddafi's sons has led military forces against civilians and shot them on sight. The Us and the international community continue to try to figure out what to do in the region. The most current news is that the US might carry out a "no fly" zone over Libya with jets coming from European nations. The action right now is still premature as the official line is that "no options have been taken off the table" as it concerns Libya. One report even has NATO readying for an invasion of Libya but that does not seem likely at this time. I would be surprised to see NATO move militarily in the region, yet on the other hand if NATO is the military force of the future AC now would be a good reason to "test the waters" of the force and "practice a little" on a small scale country such as Libya.
One of the most puzzling and interesting aspects of the recent uprisings and protests is that they are happening in countries that are the Bible records will be part of the Psalm 83 and Ezekiel 38-39 scenarios. The unrests and violent clashes, with the potential takeover of Egypt by the Muslim Brotherhood raises the threat that the region could be aligning for their ill fated destiny as recorded in the Holy Bible. Egypt is mentioned among the Psalm 83 confederates and Libya and Tunisia could very well be a part of Ezekiel 38-39. These developments should have Bible prophecy watchers raising their eyebrows as the situation on the ground continues to unfold. I would tend to think in the light of Bible prophecy that things will move from stable regimes to unstable regimes as the prophetic stage is being set by God for these end times prophecies to be fulfilled. While only time will tell for sure, we can take to hear that no matter what happens in the world, especially the Middle East, none of this surprises God and that he remains in full control of everything that is going on. As we see these events taking place and the unrests continue, we should recognize them as signs that our redemption is drawing nigh! Keep looking at the situation in the Middle East while at the same time keep looking for the blessed hope of the rapture of the church. Jesus is verily at the door and looks like he is about to enter!