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1 Why the Middle East is Important 1/1/2012


3 God’s Eternal Covenant "I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you." Genesis 12:2-3

4 God & Ishmael Then the angel of the Lord told her, "Go back to your mistress and submit to her." The angel added, "I will so increase your descendants that they will be too numerous to count." The angel of the Lord also said to her: "You are now with child and you will have a son. You shall name him Ishmael, for the Lord has heard of your misery. He will be a wild donkey of a man; his hand will be against everyone and everyone's hand against him, and he will live in hostility toward all his brothers." Genesis 16:9-12

5 God & the Land The whole land of Canaan, where you are now an alien, I will give as an everlasting possession to you and your descendants after you; and I will be their God." Genesis 17:8

6 Abraham, Isaac & Ishmael Abraham left everything he owned to Isaac. But while he was still living, he gave gifts to the sons of his concubines and sent them away from his son Isaac to the land of the east. Genesis 25:5-6

7 Ishmael These are the names of the sons of Ishmael, listed in the order of their birth: Nebaioth the firstborn of Ishmael, Kedar, Adbeel, Mibsam, Mishma, Dumah, Massa, Hadad, Tema, Jetur, Naphish and Kedemah. These were the sons of Ishmael, and these are the names of the twelve tribal rulers according to their settlements and camps. Altogether, Ishmael lived a hundred and thirty-seven years. He breathed his last and died, and he was gathered to his people. His descendants settled in the area from Havilah to Shur, near the border of Egypt, as you go toward Asshur. And they lived in hostility toward all their brothers. Genesis 25:13-18

8 God & Jerusalem, Israel A day of the Lord is coming when your plunder will be divided among you. I will gather all the nations to Jerusalem to fight against it; the city will be captured, the houses ransacked, and the women raped. Half of the city will go into exile, but the rest of the people will not be taken from the city. Zechariah 14:1-2

9 God & His Land In those days and at that time, when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem, I will gather all nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat. There I will enter into judgment against them concerning my inheritance, my people Israel, for they scattered my people among the nations and divided up my land. Joel 3:1-2

10 Jesus & the Nations When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. Matthew 25:31-33

11 Jesus and the Signs Jesus answered: "Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, 'I am the Christ,' and will deceive many. You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains.” Matthew 24:4-8

12 A Restraint is Removed US leaves Iraq – 12/18/11 12/22/11 – at least 12 blasts in Baghdad killing at least 69 & injuring hundreds. Mostly in Shiite neighborhoods. Iraq & Iran – Shiite majority Iraq under Saddam Hussein – ruled by Sunni minority

13 Syria Syria – genocide continues at hands of Assad’s military. Over 5,000 dead. Sunni majority – Shiite minority. Alawites even smaller minority. (Assad family & government power) Break-off sect of Shia Islam – most Shia consider Alawites to be heretics. Syria > Hezbollah

14 Muslim Violence Christmas Day – Nigeria – Muslim groups bomb churches during services - killing dozens.

15 Egypt After 2 nd round of elections - Muslim Brotherhood & Salafis 2/3 parliament

16 Muslim Brotherhood * modern, democratic state based on Sharia law * Legislation based on principles of Sharia * Followers of other religions would be governed by their own laws on religious matters “I cannot draft a law that says an unveiled woman will be forbidden from this or that – (but) I must make her feel that her punishment is in the afterlife.” FJP Secretary-General Saad el-Katatni * Gradually expand Islamic banking in Egypt * Vociferous critic of ‘Zionist entity’ * Muslim brotherhood > Hamas

17 Muslim Brotherhood When asked whether it is a requirement for the government in Egypt to recognize Israel, Bayoumi responded by saying: "This is not an option, whatever the circumstances, we do not recognize Israel at all. Its [Israel] an occupying criminal enemy." The deputy leader stressed during the interview that no Muslim Brotherhood members would ever meet with Israelis for negotiations. "I will not allow myself to sit down with criminals." Bayoumi went on to say that The Muslim Brotherhood would take legal procedures towards cancelling the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel that was signed in 1979. "The Brotherhood respects international conventions, but we will take legal action against the peace treaty with the Zionist entity," he told the paper. Muslim Brotherhood deputy leader Dr Rashad Bayoumi – 1/1/12

18 Muslim Brotherhood * Muslim brotherhood > Hamas "The Islamic resistance movement of Hamas, by definition is, a jihadist movement by the Muslim Brotherhood, Palestinian on the surface, Islamic at its core and its goal is liberation." Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh 12/26/11 Cairo

19 Salafis (Al-Nour) * purer alternative to other Islamist parties * Spurns democracy – that is man’s law over Allah’s law * “guardians” of Sharia * Women and Christians cannot run for president * Legal system punishes according to Islamic law “Islam must resist democracy” * Segregate sexes – bans usury – cut off hands of thieves

20 Al-Nour, Egypt's Salafi party, announces it will honor [Israel] peace treaty so as not to violate international agreements but stresses it will work to amend 'clauses which exploit us' Salafis (Al-Nour)

21 Saudi Textbooks In a textbook for 10th-graders, printed for the 2010-2011 academic year, al-Ahmed said teenagers are taught barbaric practices. “They show students how to cut (the) hand and the feet of a thief,” he said. In another textbook, for ninth-graders, the students are taught the annihilation of the Jewish people is imperative. One text reads in part: “The hour (of judgment) will not come until the Muslims fight the Jews and kill them.... There is a Jew behind me come and kill him.” [Hadith]

22 Strait of Hormuz Gate of Tears Suez canal IRAN EGYPT SAUDI ARABIA YEMEN IRAQ

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