Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Back to the Pyramids

 The Prophets Isaiah and Ezekiel speak very vividly about Egypt's demise in the End of Days.
And all of a sudden - Egypt is falling?! [again]


Clashes broke out at rival protests across the country overnight, with at least 16 pro-Morsi protesters killed at a demonstration at Cairo University.

The army has said it will shed its blood to defend Egypt against "any terrorist, radical or fool".

Mr Morsi insists he is the legitimate leader and will not give in to "violence and thuggery" by resigning.

In a defiant televised speech on Tuesday evening, he too said he would give his life to defend constitutional legitimacy, and blamed the unrest on corruption and remnants of the ousted regime of Hosni Mubarak.

Calling for protesters to respect the rule of law, he urged the establishment of a committee of reconciliation as well as a charter of ethics for the media, and said he was prepared to meet all groups and individuals as part of a national dialogue process.

'Terrorists and fools' The army has given a deadline of around 16:30 local time (14:30 GMT) on Wednesday for the crisis to be dealt with.

In a statement posted on its Facebook page after Mr Morsi's speech was broadcast - under the title, "Final Hours" - it said: "We swear to God that we will sacrifice even our blood for Egypt and its people, to defend them against any terrorist, radical or fool."

Media reports say the army's plan includes the outline for new presidential elections, the suspension of the new constitution and the dissolution of parliament.

However one military source told Reuters those reports were not true, and that the deadline would mark the beginning of talks about what should be done next.

On Tuesday, Mr Morsi met the head of the armed forces, Gen Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, for a second consecutive day. No details of the talks, which also included Prime Minister Hisham Qandil, were released.

Military sources earlier told the BBC the president's position was becoming "weaker" with every passing minute and suggested that, under the draft plan, he could be replaced by a council of cross-party civilians and technocrats ahead of new elections.

The president was put under further pressure by the resignation of six ministers from his government on Monday, including Foreign Minister Kamel Amr.

Mr Morsi became Egypt's first Islamist president on 30 June 2012, after winning an election considered free and fair following the 2011 revolution that toppled Mubarak.

But anger has been growing against him and the Muslim Brotherhood - the party from which he comes. Protesters are angry at the lack of development in post-revolution Egypt - they accuse the Brotherhood of trying to protect its own interests and of pushing an Islamist agenda.

"This is a president threatening his own people. We don't consider him the president of Egypt," said Mohammed Abdelaziz, a leader of the Tamarod (Rebel) campaign, a rapidly growing anti-Morsi opposition movement.

However, Mr Morsi and the Brotherhood still have significant public support, and both sides have drawn huge numbers to rallies in recent days.

The Tamarod movement says more than 22 million people have signed a petition complaining that:

Security has not been restored since the 2011 revolution that toppled Hosni Mubarak The poor "have no place" in society The government has had to "beg" the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a $4.8bn loan to help shore up the public finances There has been "no justice" for people killed by security forces during the uprising and at anti-government protests since then "No dignity is left" for Egyptians or their country The economy has "collapsed", with growth poor and inflation high Egypt is "following in the footsteps" of the US Profile: Tamarod protest movement Thousands gathered in Tahrir Square in central Cairo on Tuesday afternoon to demand Mr Morsi step down. There were outbreaks of violence in several parts of the capital, with casualties reported at hospitals in the north, south and centre of Cairo.

In the largest unrest, at least 16 people were killed and about 200 wounded at Cairo University in Giza. Eyewitness Mostafa Abdelnasser told AFP that Morsi supporters had come under attack from unidentified men carrying firearms.

Clashes were also reported in Alexandria, Egypt's second city, on Tuesday.

Crowds began gathering in Tahrir Square again on Wednesday morning, with numbers expected to rise throughout the day.

On Monday, eight people died as activists stormed and ransacked the Muslim Brotherhood's Cairo headquarters.

In the wake of the latest unrest, the UK Foreign Office has changed its travel advice for Egypt recommending against all but essential travel to the country except for resorts on the Red Sea in South Sinai and in the Red Sea governorate.

The instability has also hit global oil prices, sending US light crude above $100 a barrel for the first time since September last year, amid concerns supply routes through the Suez Canal could be affected.


Klishlishi said...

The conflict in Egypt, including the threat of Suez Canal closure and even of direct conflict with Israel, brings to mind the prophecy that before the Redemption "I will set Egyptians against Egyptians; everyone will fight against his brother, and everyone against his neighbour, city against city, kingdom against kingdom. The spirit of Egypt will fail in its midst" (Yeshaya 19).

"Egypt will become a waste, And Edom (Jordan) will become a desolate wilderness, because of the violence done to the sons of Judah, in whose land they have shed innocent blood" (Yoel 3).

"I will make the land of Egypt utterly waste and desolate, from the tower of Syene even unto the border of Ethiopia. And I will make the land of Egypt and her cities desolate for 40 years; I will scatter the Egyptians and disperse them among the nations" (Yechezkel 29).

"He will extend his power over many countries; Egypt will not escape. He shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt" (Daniel 11).

"This will be the punishment of Egypt and of all the nations that refuse to go up to celebrate the festival of Tabernacles" (Zechariah 14). "He will fall in the face of all his brothers" (Breishis 25) - "At the End of Days when the Ishmaelites will fall by their own hands, then will the Moshiach come" (Baal HaTurim).

But in the end there will be true peace in the Middle East. "In that day Israel will be the third, along with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing on the earth. The Lord will bless them, saying, 'Blessed be Egypt my people, Assyria my handiwork, and Israel my inheritance'" (Yeshaya 19).

cfr said...

"Edom (Jordan)" ~ Klishlishi

em, i thought yarden was eretz lot. then, where in the southeast of yisra'el is ammon v'moav ? there are filipinim in amman, ahem. should b'nei keturah be dancing elsewhere ?

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