The Prophetic Significance of the Arab Spring: Why it had to happen before Jesus returns.
• Syria’s embattled Bashar Assad security forces have killed thousands of protesters
• Yemen’s wounded Ali Abdullah Saleh clings to power in a state on the verge of civil war
• Tunisia’s president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled to Saudi Arabia January 2011
• Egypt’s deposed Hosni Mubarak was talked into internal exile before being hauled into court
• Libyan’s ruler Muammar Gaddafi styled himself as Africa’s King of Kings ended up dragged through the streets
As each successive Arab dictator has been ousted, the violence unleashed to retain power and the violence needed to topple the regime has increased exponentially. That may serve as a sobering harbinger that the worst in yet to come in the Middle East. (Paul Koring — The Globe and Mail, Toronto)
To date over 15 countries have experienced a revolutionary wave of demonstrations and protests in what has come to be called the Arab Spring.
Interestingly enough, and what I want to highlight at this time, is that many of these countries fall within the boundaries of the old Roman Empire — which has a huge place of importance in the last days scenario. Father God will orchestrate End Time events so that the transition of the end of this age to the “age to come” will take place primarily within the boundaries of the Roman Empire, the same Empire that ruled during the death of His Son!
To look into the answer as to what is the prophetic significance of the Arab Spring one must turn back in time to the early days in the life of Daniel (ca. 580 BC). Daniel was just a youth when the King of Babylon, one King Nebuchadnezzar, approached the him about a troubling dream he had.
This dream is the cornerstone of all prophecies as it depicts the coming succession of Gentile rulers on what I call the “Prophetic Earth” until the return of the Lord Jesus in glory in the form of a large statue. This statue accurately prophesied the reign of Babylon (head of gold), Persia (silver), Greece (bronze) and Rome (legs of iron). This is a stunning prophecy as Greece is called by name as the world leader 250 years before Alexander the Great’s birth!
1. Babylon (604 – 539 BC)
2. Medo-Persia (539–330 BC)
3. Greece (330 – 146 BC)
4. Rome (146 BC – 456 AD)
These coming Kingdoms that would rule on the earth are depicted as metals and you can easily see that as you descend down the statue, from head to toe, the metals become more and more inferior — even the Olympics use this same standard! (Gold, Silver, Bronze) Finally you get to the feet and toes that are an unwielding mixed of iron and clay.
Gold represented absolute reign by a King. Silver represented reigning by council. (Remember that Darius was tricked into putting Daniel into the lion’s den by those he shared power with!) Bronze represented military might and power to the strongest. Iron represented absolute control albeit by an elected official — think “Caesars”. Clay represented government “by the people”. Think “he has feet of clay” as when someone reveals a flaw that makes him vulnerable or more human.
The Bible describes something as miry clay, mixed with iron. But iron and clay don’t mix! The prophecies describe ten-nations which will be unified together, but only for a short time… Nevertheless, there are as yet unfulfilled CORROBORATING prophecies which predict a cohesive combine of nations described as ten kings which will play a critical role in a tumultuous culmination of end time events. (Garner Ted Armstrong)
Clay in scripture is equal with people.
“O LORD, You are our Father, We are the clay, and You our potter; And all of us are the work of Your hand.” Isaiah 64:8
A major slogan of the demonstrators in the Arab world has been “the people want to bring down the regime”. (Uriel Abulof, March 2011)
Daniel told King Nebuchadnezzar that the final stage of the statue would be a mixture of iron and clay in the feet and toes. Then he foretold of a Stone “cut without human hands” (Jesus Christ) that would come to the earth and destroy this statue — starting with the feet and toes – and set up an everlasting Kingdom! Therefore, at Jesus’ Second Coming, the feet and toes of clay (democracy) and iron (authoritarian) must be intact.
“You continued looking until a stone was cut out without hands, and it struck the statue on its feet of iron and clay and crushed them… In the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which will never be destroyed, and that kingdom will not be left for another people; it will crush and put an end to all these kingdoms, but it will itself endure forever.” (Dan 2: 34, 44)
Daniel will cover this same ground again in Chs. 7-8 but there he describes the coming kingdoms’ military strength and uses the symbolism of beasts; lion, bear, leopard, etc. Here in the vision of the statue (Ch. 2) Daniel is describing the coming kingdoms on the earth as they influence and interact with Jerusalem and God’s chosen people, Israel.
Here is the point you cannot miss: the clay in the iron feet and toes is the addition of democracy into the Roman Empire nations. Where nations had been ruled by iron fisted leaders, the Bible predicts that clay of the people will intermingle and will not mix. This will set the stage for a strong leader to unite the Empire, starting with 10 nations.