The Arab world consists of 22 countries: Algeria; Bahrain; Comoros; Dijibouti; Egypt; Iraq; Jordan; Kuwait; Lebanon; Libya; Mauritania; Morocco; Oman; Palestinian territories; Qatar; Saudi Arabia; Somalia; Sudan; Syria; Tunisia; United Arab Emirates, and Yemen. A 2000 U.S. census reports that 1.2 million have Arab ancestry, and some believe they have descended from Ishmael.
Sometimes, peoples non-ethnically Arabic, but who often speak the same language, such as some the Bible refers to as Cushites and/or Nubians are considered to be part of the Arab world. The Bible also at times indicates that the Edomites (many of which are Turks) sometimes cooperate with the Arab world, and that the Edomites (apparently Turks) have a tie to the descendants of Ishmael and Lot. This is a biblical perspective of some of the origins of the Arab people, the Arab world in prophecy, and their hope of salvation.
Genesis 17:20 God Made a Promise to Abraham:
“And as for Ishmael, I have heard you. Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly. He shall beget twelve princes, and I will make him a great nation.” As far as greatness is concerned, throughout most of the “dark ages” in the West, the Arabic peoples were the leaders in science and culture. They are still a major people, and have already partially fulfilled prophecy, with more to come. Ishmael lived for 137 years and was gathered to his people who dwelt in Havilah as far as Shur, which is east of Egypt as you go toward Assyria.
Ishmael also had at least one daughter, Mahalath, who married Esau, grandson of Abraham and son of Isaac: “So Esau went to Ishmael and took Mahalath the daughter of Ishmael, Abraham’s son, the sister of Nebajoth, to be his wife in addition to the wives he had.” Genesis 28:9 There were other marriages between various families in the Middle East and Northern Africa. Some Arabs are apparently descended from Abraham through his second wife, Keturah. Some believe that the Yemenites descended through Jerah (Genesis 10:25-31), and that the descendents of Lot are now considered to be primarily Arabs in the area of Jordan. Genesis 19:36-38 Hence, the Bible indicates that the peoples of the Arab world descended from Abraham or one of his relatives.
The Bible prophesied that the descendents of Isaac and Israel would have problems. God said to Hagar, “Behold, you are with child, and you shall bear a son. And you shall call his name Ishmael, because the Lord has heard your affliction. He shall be a wild man; his hand shall be against every man, and every man’s hand against him. And he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.” Genesis 16: 11-12 Notice what God tells Rebekah concerning Esau and Jacob: “Two nations are in your womb, two peoples shall be separated from your body; one people shall be stronger than the other, and the older shall serve the younger.” Genesis 25:23-26 Esau lifted up his voice and wept, and his father Isaac said to him, “Behold, your dwelling shall be of the fatness of the earth, and of the dew of heaven from above. By your sword you shall live, and you shall serve your brother; and it shall come to pass, when you become restless, that you shall break his yoke from your neck.” So Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing of his father. (Genesis 27:38-41)
After the children of Israel crossed the Red Sea, they sang the following in a song, “The people will hear and be afraid; sorrow will take hold of the inhabitants of Philistia. Then the chiefs of Edom will be dismayed; the mighty men of Moab, trembling will take hold of them; all the inhabitants of Canaan will melt away.” Exodus 15:14-15 Even from the earliest times, there has been discord between the Arab and Turkish worlds and the children of Israel.
Christianity and the Arab World
Most in the Arab world practice some form of Islam, usually the Sunni version. Although some earlier Arabs were Christian, many in the Arab world consider Christianity a barbarous and pagan religion because of the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox crusades against them and the fact that it was Arabs who preserved and even expanded science during the Middle Ages. They consider it pagan because of the doctrine of the Trinity, pagan holidays and the use of icons and idols. In one very real sense, Mohammed was a reformer who saw some of the errors in mainstream Christianity and rebelled against them. Sadly, because of “false” Christianity, much of the Arab world has never known true Christianity.
Many do not realize that no true Christian would have ever been a part of the Crusades. This was genocide of a peoples and a true Christian would never have taken part in such barbarity. Many who say they are Christian are not. True Christians do not worship idols, participate in genocide, nor do we condone abortion, homosexuality, or pornography. Those who do and say they are Christian will have to answer to God on the Day of Judgment for leading their sheep astray.
Near-term Prophecies Involving the Arabic Peoples
The Bible shows that the re-emerging European Union will increase the prosperity to many nations, and that they will apparently make a deal with the Arab world that neither intend to completely follow. Recall that God promised Ishmael He would make him a great nation, and although they have been united in the past and tend to desire unity today, the Arab world is split into at least 22 nations. The Bible suggests that they will be highly unified in the future. The Living Church of God reported: Six wealthy Persian Gulf nations are working together to create a “Common Market” where each will recognize the others as an economic equal. This is most likely the GCC, the Gulf Cooperation Council, created on May 25, 1981. It consists of the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, and Kuwait. God prophesied of a future league of Middle East nations known as the King of the South. Interestingly enough, Obama bowed to the Saudi King in a way that some say was “inappropriate for a head of state.” This powerful group of nations will be located primarily “south” of Jerusalem and will eventually push hard against the King of the North, or Beast power, to rid the Holy City and region from the power and influence of the “infidel.” Eventually, the King of the South will be overrun by this Beast power. (see Daniel 11) The creation of the GCC could facilitate the development of the prophesied King of the South.
Is Barack Obama the “Promised Warrior” Meant to Help the Hidden Imam of Shiite Muslims to Conquer the World?
A pro-Government website published a Hadith from a Shiite text of the 17th century. According to the tradition of Bahar-al-Anvar by Mullah Majlisi, Imam Ali Ibn Abi-Talib prophesied that at the End of Times and just before the return of the Mahdi, the Ultimate Savior, a “tall black man will assume the reins of government in the West.” Commanding the “strongest army on earth” the new ruler in the West will carry a “clear sign” from the third imam, whose name was Hussein Ibn Ali. The tradition concludes: “Shiites should have no doubt that ‘he is with us’.” Curiously, Obama’s first and second names-Barack Hussein-mean “the blessing of Hussein” in Arabic and Persian. O ba ma, written in Persian, means “he is with us”. The Mahdi is supposed to return before Judgment Day to eliminate injustice and tyranny. His appearance is not mentioned in the Quran or Sunnah, and many Sunni scholars view it as a Shiite invention. Whether or not Obama is the one to usher him in, many believe that it is happening now. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is doing his level best to ensure the coming of the Mahdi.
Revolution 2.0 may be the staging area for the Imam Mahdi to rise up, and Iran may have taken it a step further by indicating that somehow the Imam Mahdi has been orchestrating the uprisings. “The final move has begun. We are in the middle of a world revolution managed by this dear (12th Imam). A great awakening is unfolding. One can witness the hand of Imam in managing it”, said Ahmadinejad. The author of this article believes that the King of the South is alive, Islamic, and may be associated with one or more transnational Islamic groups. The Taliban, al-Qaeda, Hamas, and Hezbollah have traditionally been considered too radical to lead a nation, but the Muslim Brotherhood has been gaining ground in Egypt daily and they are the new concern. After being banned in Egypt, they now have a voice, and they are a very organized, well-recognized group that was created in 1928. Obama has been very supportive of their rise in power, even suggesting cooperation with America. I have wondered if Obama fomented these uprisings in order to bring about the rise of the Muslim Brothers, and I’ve read an article that suggests he wants amnesty for 12 million illegals already here in America in order to pave the way for millions of refugees displaced by the Revolutions. Either way, many prophecy scholars believe that we are living in the End Times, or the Last Days, and that as we witness wars and rumors of wars, we will also witness an outpouring of the Holy Spirit such as the world has never seen before.
Where Does This Leave You?
“And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the Word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.” Revelation 20:4-6 ~ “After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb.” Revelation 7:9
We can’t stop prophecy from coming to pass. It is happening as we speak, and the writer of this article warns about the King of the North, Syria. He warns about nations trusting him, and this King sounds very powerful. But there’s a better King. He’s called the King of Kings, and it’s Jesus Christ. “Behold, I stand at the door and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come into him, and sup with him, and him with me.” Revelation 3:20 When Jesus raptures His church with a shout from the sky, it will be glorious. Although we have no idea of when this will happen, it will happen. And my hope, above all, is to be there in Heaven, with you.