Mubarak Faces More Troubles Amid Continuing Unrest in Middle East
Rapture Forum Staff: Chris
Former Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak continues to face more troubles amid his corruption and abuse charges. Currently the 82 year old dictator is being held for 15 days in Cairo while investigators of his alleged misdeeds tries to uncover evidence that will potentially lead to Mubarak's conviction on the charges against him. The Israel National News reports:
Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was ordered detained for fifteen days on Wednesday, Egypt Daily News reports. The incarceration order comes as Egypt's ruling junta conducts a probe into Mubarak's Presidency. Egypt’s Prosecutor General Abdel Meguid Mahmoud had summoned and questioned Mubarak, 82, over the killing of protesters, embezzling of public funds and abuse of power. More than 380 protesters were killed in the 18-day revolution that led to Mubarak's downfall. Egyptians continued to protest even after his ouster on February 11 demanding that his regime be held accountable for corruption.
The latest news is that Mubarak's conviction on some charges including those that he ordered the killings of protesters could result in his hanging. The 82 year leader already had a health scare earlier in the week when he was being questioned over the allegations of abuse, fraud, and corruption while he served as Egypt's leader. These charges are going to be hard for Mubarak to defeat as it appears that he is going to suffer the same defeat and destiny that other leaders like Saddam Hussein, etc. have met. Yet on the other end of the spectrum, there is some concern that due to his advanced age that he may be allowed to live in his home in the resort city of Sharm Al Sheikh. Mubarak's sons have also been investigated and have been talking to the authorities concerning their involvement in the alleged crimes. The Jerusalem Post is reporting:
Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak may be jailed or hanged if he is found guilty of corruption and ordering the killing of protesters, head of Cairo's appeals court, Zakaria Shalash, said on Friday according to state media. "If proven, he [Mubarak] will receive the same punishment as a person who carried out the same crime," state-owned newspaper Al-Ahram reported Shalash as saying.
Egypt's public prosecutor decided earlier on Friday to transfer Mubarak to a military hospital, where he will remain under guard pending interrogation. A spokesman for the prosecutor's office did not disclose the location of the military hospital, and said Mubarak would be given "appropriate medical care." But a senior police officer in charge of security at the Sharm el-Sheikh hospital where Mubarak is staying said the former president's health was too unstable to move him anywhere.
What happens to Mubarak in the near future remains to be seen, but at this time it does not look good. The Egyptian protesters are still demanding that he be held accountable for his crimes that he may have committed. Right now the legal process must work itself and in the end Mubarak's fate will be determined. All of this comes on the heals of continued protests in across the Middle East. Right now there are protesters and rioting going on in Jordan and Syria. It was being reported earlier today that several thousands of people were marching in Damascus over the "concessions" made by Bashar Assad. Apparently the protesters are not happy with these "concessions" and are currently demanding more be done to stem the corrupt regime.
Meanwhile, in Jordan protesters clashed with government supporters and the news outlets are reporting that dozens of people were injured in these clashes. The Haaretz newspaper website is reporting:
Hundreds of protesting Islamic hard-liners clashed with supporters of Jordan's king on Friday, wounding dozens, in the latest move by the extremist movement to assert itself amid the country's wave of anti-government demonstrations. A crowd of about 350 extremist Salafi Muslims faced off with a slightly smaller group of king loyalists in the town of Zarqa. Salafis beat the government supporters with clubs and fists, and the two sides hurled stones at each other, leaving people bloodied on the ground.
The Salafi movement — an ultraconservative version of Islam with an ideology similar to al-Qaida's — is banned in Jordan, but it has grown in strength in recent years and Salafis have held a series of rallies in various parts of the country in recent weeks. Their demonstrations are separate from the 14-week-old wave of anti-government protests by lefitsts and more moderate Islamists demanding democratic reforms in the Arab U.S. ally.
As we can see from these reports the dictators across the Middle East seem to be offering the protesters some subtle and minor concessions in order to see if that calms the protesters down. But it appears that everywhere that this is tried, it only infuriates and increases the clashes between government and opposition forces. Some people have suggested that the Middle East is undergoing a radical change where dictators are being replaced with opposition groups (in some cases terrorist groups) so that the path can be paved for the Antichrist to rise on the scene. I believe that this argument may have some merit as the extremist elements seem to be taking over and I believe that this will result in the clashes of Psalm 83/Isaiah 17 and eventually Ezekiel 38-39. While there are dictators in the ruling chairs in these countries and they are not showing any readiness to carry out another war with Israel, it seems that they are being replaced with radical and fanatical terrorist groups that are more than ready to help fulfill Bible prophecy. While leaders like Mubarak and Gaddafi were no true friends of Israel, they were sensible enough to maintain the peace between the various sides. In the future, due to the takeover of countries by terrorist backed candidates, we may find that this arrangement is no longer true. This appears to be the mindset of most analysts who cover the Middle East region.
In addition to protests in Jordan there have also been protests in Syria where thousands of people have marched and protested against the current regime. News reports coming out of the region suggest that Iran is currently helping Syrian leader Assad with managing the unrests by sending fighters to help calm the situation on the ground. I would not be surprised if this is true as Iran has an awfully lot of time, money, and energy invested in Syria. The mullahs in Tehran are not going to sit by and watch their efforts wash away from underneath them. They are going to do whatever it takes to help Bashar Assad maintain control and in the process keep Syria on course for their prophetic destiny per Isaiah 17.
With this being said, it is important that students of Bible prophecy continue to watch the region as it continues to explode and head toward a climax that may set the stage for Bible prophecy to be fulfilled. Another development that we need to watch out for is the one coming up in September where the Palestinian Authority is trying to unilaterally declare a Palestinian state along 1967 borders without negotiating or satisfying Israel's security needs. This coming "political tsunami" as it is being called is something that could alter the region and atmosphere very fast. Right now the U.S. is against the Palestinians trying to go to the U.N. and seek recognition for an independent state based on 1967 borders and with east Jerusalem at their capital. Israel for their part has said they will not allow this and will counter the Palestinians in the political arena. This makes the next month or so very interesting as U.S. President Obama is expected to announce new initiatives to jump start the peace process. So far both sides have basically balked, but only time will tell what will happen. Which is why we need to keep watching very intensely over the new few months. Not only is there the threat of a unilateral Palestinian state being declared, another flotilla will be heading towards Gaza possibly in June. this flotilla will be much larger than the initial one and may contain up to as many as 15 ships.
It does take much to see that things are getting very interesting and very hectic for students of Bible prophecy. The Lord said that when people least expected it, he would return to gather his bride in the rapture. With the signs pointing to the ancient prophecies, time is slowly but surely running out on the rapture of the church. Let us continue to be watchmen on the wall and keep a look out on things in the region. Stay tuned!