The final sign in this series is both controversial and not as yet so widely accepted.
At the end of this present age an empire will gain ascendancy. In Revelation it is described as a beast which the whole earth follows after (Rev 13: 3). The beast is both an empire and a man who heads the empire and leads the final revolt against Christ (Rev 19:19). It has been generally accepted that this man is also the one who is described elsewhere as ‘the man of lawlessness’ (2 Thess 2: 3). Continue reading
The Spring 2011 edition of Trumpet Sounds carried an article on the Muslim Brotherhood. It looked at its history and explained why despite being persecuted by the state it had steadily gained in popularity. The article predicted that the Muslim Brotherhood was poised to fill the political vacuum left by the overthrow of Mubarak.
What was not foreseen at the time was the rise of an even more extreme brand of conservative Islam. The Salafi Al-noor party has gained about 25% of the popular vote in Egypt. They gained support by claiming that the Muslim Brotherhood who has been prepared to achieve its goals through political means was not being true to Islam. Continue reading
For years King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has been planning to unite the religions of the world in a bid to establish world peace. His hopes took a step forward in October 2011 with the founding in Vienna of the “King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue”. The centre has mainly been funded by the Saudi government. Continue reading
Following the first three phases of the Egyptian elections the Muslim Brotherhood FJP party and even stricter Salafi Al-Noor party have gained a majority of seats in the lower house of parliament. At the time of writing taken together they have won 230 out of 322 seats. There are a few runoff elections still to take place which may change this total slightly. Continue reading