The Gaddafi Era Ends
Rapture Forum Staff: Chris
News reports across the world reported today that former Libyan strong man Col. Muammar Gaddafi was captured today and apparently died of his wounds bringing to end the 42 year rule of terror in Libya. Reports indicate that Gaddafi was shot in both legs and in the head as well. It was reported that a combination of U.S. predator drones and French Air Force jets delivered the blows that finally brought to end the rule of Gaddafi. There were reports that a large convoy was seen leaving Gaddafi's hometown and last major stronghold of Sirte when it was intercepted by the U.S. and French military that are part of the NATO allies involved in the Libya operations. The Jerusalem Post reports:
Muammar Gaddafi was killed Thursday, succumbing to wounds sustained after fighters discovered the deposed autocrat hiding in a sewage pipe while trying to flee his final redoubt of Sirte. Gory cell-phone footage appeared to show the fugitive strongman being dragged through the streets of his hometown while still alive, as throngs of Libyans beat the bloodied 69-year-old until he died.
In addition to numerous aides who were killed in the conflict today, it is being reported that at least one and possibly two of Gaddafi's sons were also killed. Despite the fierce and unrelenting fighting of Gaddafi's loyal fighting men, in the end it was not enough to keep him in power. It is expected that elections will be formally announced as soon as possibly tomorrow for the future direction of the Libyan people. I do not think that Libya will head down a "democratic" path but one that leads to the rise of Islamic fundamentalism.
While many are hailing the downfall of the Gaddafi regime and pointing towards a new era for Libya, it is prudent to look at the future of Libya according to the Holy Bible. One of the most obvious places that Libya fits into the end times scenario is in the coming "Gog and Magog" war spoken of in Ezekiel 38-39. The Holy Bible records the specific mentioning of Libya in Ezekiel 38:5 when it talks about a "sneak attack" carried out and led by Russia and the other Muslim countries that surround Israel. The source of the conflict is to take a "spoil" and once and for all destroy Israel. However, despite the devilish intentions of this coalition of evil, God has a totally different plan that involves his supernatural intervention in order to save Israel from what would be certain destruction. So while many hail the beginning of the "new dawn" for Libya, the Holy Bible actually presents a future for Libya that is not very good.
While things remain "fluid" in Libya, the coming days will be the most important for Libya as we have seen from the overthrow of the Mubarak regime in Egypt that things are not always going to go the way we hope they will. Some analysts today were calling for the Obama administration to remain "engaged" in the Libya situation despite the supposed liberation. Afterall, it was Obama's quick withdrawal from Egypt that led to the current state of affairs that has not seen the democratic elections of the Egyptian people. In fact, it is the Muslim Brotherhood and other terrorist groups that have benefited from the chaos caused by the downfall of the Mubarak regime. I think in a similar way this will happen with Libya as well, it will be over-run by Islamic fundamentalists who will take the country down the wide path of destruction according to prophecy. And in fact, I think all of this "removal" of tyrants that kept the peace for the most part in the Middle East will eventually lead in the opposite direction and lead to a more Islamic fundamentalist direction which will fit Bible prophecy perfectly.
Keep watching the Middle East, it doesn't appear to be long before something major will break out as it regards Israel and her neighbors. The puzzle pieces are moving around the prophetic chessboard and soon the final moves will be made leading to God's checkmate of Israel's surrounding enemies. This of course will give rise to Satan's man of evil - the Antichrist. Keep watching and stay tuned!