Another Arab Spring?

Behold, you are with child, and you shall bear a son.  You shall call his name Ishmael, because the Lord has heard your affliction.  12 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

The Real Truth Magazine published an article earlier this month about the 2011 Arab Spring Uprising.  The question being asked in this 10-year retrospective is whether we are due for another Arab Spring.

It started in December of 2010 when a fruit seller was severely abused by the police.  He couldn’t take the oppression anymore and set himself on fire outside a government office.

Arab oppression is so harsh that this one man and his suicide motivated tens of millions of Arabs across northern Africa and the Middle East to protest in their capitols.  Hosni Mubarak was ousted.  Muammar Gaddafi fled for his life, was tracked down, and killed by opposition forces.  Others suffered similar loss of power if not life.

What has the net effect been?  Not much.  Worse, if anything.  Those who filled the power vacuum of those displaced have cracked down as hard or harder to prevent more uprisings.  From the article:

“One of the lessons of the Arab Spring, unfortunately, is that repression works, that the wall of fear can be rebuilt,” Shadi Hamid, a Brookings Institution Senior Fellow, told NBC News.  Egypt’s political outcome portrays that lesson.

Many look at the Arab world and wonder what the answer is.  The heralded Camp David Accord designed to bring peace to the Middle East under President Carter was a noble effort that has joined other such efforts on the garbage heap of history.

Unfortunately, there is no answer.  The Arabs will never get along with themselves or Israel.  Ever.  How can we know this?  God told Hagar and us as much in Genesis 16.

Hagar was the handmaid of Abraham’s wife, Sarai.  Sarai had been promised that she would give birth in her old age to a son who would become a great nation.  Impatient that nothing was happening, she told Abraham to get Hagar pregnant, and that child would be the heir.  Sarai later decided it was a bad idea and tried to get rid of the pregnant Hagar, who fled.

While in the wilderness, God told her what we read in the verses above; call him Ishmael, and life will be rough for him and his.  The conflict between him and his half-brother – and legitimate heir – Isaac.

That’s how it’s been up to the present day.

However, there is hope.  Being Arab does not mean one is doomed.  Anyone who accepts Jesus as Savior will escape that prophecy and will join all believers in eternal life.

See my article We ARE Living in Biblical Times from last September.  The last part of the article deals with how Jesus is appearing to Arabs who are seeking and bring them into His fold.  I’m talking about today!  This is happening currently!  Jesus’ love knows no bounds!

As a group of nations, Arabs will fulfill their destiny.  But, as with us all, we can individually come to Jesus and be saved regardless of nationality, personal history…anything!

For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus.    I Timothy 2:3-5

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