Egypt is experiencing an unprecedented uprising of resistance to the government of President Hosni Mubarak, who has led the country for almost 30 years, following the assassination of Anwar Sadat in 1981. Protests and outbreaks of riotous activity have taken place in Cairo, Giza, Suez, and Alexandria. The people are calling for the resignation of Mubarak.
The protests are apparently caused by the lack of progress in the country and the degrading living conditions of the Egyptian people. Their complaints and plans appear to have been promoted widely on Facebook and Twitter in recent days. Consequently, the Egyptian government has suspended Internet usage and cell phone service.
Egyptian police were overwhelmed by the crowd, and though they killed some protesters and arrested many more, they had to abandon their efforts. Egyptians then overwhelmed and burned the police stations.
President Mubarak finally appeared in a televised speech, saying that he supports the right of the people to express their concerns, and that he will reorganize the government. It remains to be seen if this will appease the crowds.
Commentators notice the similarity between this uprising and the Islamic Revolution in Iran in 1979. There is, however, a major difference. The Iranian Revolution was led by Shiite clerics, while the religious component of the Egyptian protest is the Muslim Brotherhood, which is aligned with the larger Sunni branch of Islam. The Muslim Brotherhood is the guiding force behind the Hamas Movement in the Palestinian areas.
If this revolution succeeds, the most dramatic effect might well be the termination of the peace agreement between Israel and Egypt that has been in effect for more than three decades. Relations between the United States and Egypt could be severely strained by the outcome of this revolution.
Egypt was a prominent nation in the Old Testament history of Israel, and is usually identified by prophecy scholars as the “King of the South” in End-Times prophecy (Daniel 11:21 ff.). However, Egypt is conspicuously absent in the line-up of the enemies of Israel in the upcoming war of Gog and Magog (Ezekiel 38 and 39), which we think will most likely be the same as the great war of the Second Seal in Revelation 6.
We will be watching this development with the greatest of interest.